Overseas Network/Felix Brambilla
For the previous 15 years, Overseas Network has been a number one Miami-based worldwide vacation spot administration firm and luxurious tourism operator, creating distinctive journey experiences for journey advisors and journey planners worldwide. Felix Brambilla is founder and lead accomplice.
He can also be a world traveler and has first-hand information relating to the wants and needs of the modern luxurious traveler.
He has carried his firm into the heart beat of cultural range, carrying the shopper journey expertise to way over mere comings and goings. He has chosen to permit his touring shoppers to expertise journey essences – past explanations of vacation spot, to these of luxurious connectivity to tradition, value, and legacy.
“As an instance,” he mentioned not too long ago, “ If you fly to Prague on a non-public jet, go to the National Théâtre and the State Opera, and miss strolling on the Charles Bridge at daybreak, experiencing a beer spa, and sampling Prague chocolate, I’d argue chances are you’ll not totally perceive Prague’s essences and histories. This essence is what our firm supplies, permitting our shoppers to be taught cultural connections by permitting them to expertise the extra refined, dimensional value of the nation, not simply these with extra apparent vacationer enchantment.”
Overseas Network- The Souq Waqif, famed market in Doha
It will be intuited by these phrases that Mr. Bramblla’s job is extra of a calling than an precise nine-to-five. The mixed sense of mission and fervour led him and his firm to a brand new, interesting engagement, one which appears becoming to Overseas Network.
It is that this: Overseas Network has develop into the official journey accomplice for Qatar Airways, the Official Airline of FIFA, whose mission it’s to create off-site cultural experiences as a part of the Official Fan Travel Packages for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.
At current, Qatar Airways has elevated connectivity to Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Houston, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. As a part of Qatar Airways purpose to deliver communities collectively via sport, Qatar Airways has a worldwide sports activities partnership portfolio that features soccer-governing our bodies equivalent to FIFA, CONCACAF and CONMEBOL.
Because of this distinctive Qatar Airways appointment, Overseas Network has opened an workplace in Qatar, with further subsidiary corporations, to additional develop distinctive native, genuine cultural sights across the stadium match expertise for sports activities followers attending the FIFA World Cup. It is anticipated that FIFA will appeal to 1.3 million guests from greater than 14 international locations to go to the area in November 2022. The FIFA match may also be held throughout eight world-class stadiums designed as homages of Arabian tradition.
Just two examples of those distinctive designs: Al Janoub stadium, opened its doorways in May 2019. Designed by Zaha Hadid, the 40,000-seat enviornment attracts inspiration from the Dhow boats which dot Qatar’s waters.
Overseas Network – Dhou — a Qatari boat for pearl fishing
The different, Al Thumama stadium is one other purpose-built venue for the FIFA World Cup 2022. Al Thumama Stadium has been designed by Ibrahim M. Jaidah, a effectively revered Qatari architect, who was impressed by the gahfiya, a woven cap historically worn by males in lots of Arab international locations. In retaining with Qatar Airways and Overseas Network’s broader view in the direction of legacy, the 40,000-seat stadium’s capability shall be halved after the FIFA World Cup 2022, with seats being donated to international locations requiring sporting infrastructure.
Bedouin Camp at Southern Dunes expertise, close to Doha
A devoted customer support staff supplied by Overseas Network , and shall be out there particularly for followers buying packages from the U.S, to assist with any wants or inquiries.
The inflection level, says Mr. Brambilla, is for Overseas Network, together with Qatar Airways, to advertise the FIFA World Cup as a brand new, progressive path main towards a brand new, supportive cross-cultural consciousness supplied by an unique vary of cultural experiences. Overseas Network permits their shoppers to expertise
- luxurious pearl fishing in conventional Dhow Boats on sundown cruises.
- Bedouin Desert Camp excursions within the Southern Dunes
- excursions by native guides to Education City, an leisure camp within the northern area
- Soccer matches organized on a custom-built soccer area within the desert
- Meet-and-greet receptions for followers with skilled gamers
As regards the final, MLS Iron Man Luis Robles, the not too long ago retired soccer participant and the primary ever nominated staff member for the New York Red Bulls Legends Row, now serves because the athlete model ambassador for Overseas Network and its FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 program.
As one of many first U.S. primarily based journey organizations to plant roots in Qatar, Mr. Brambilla and Overseas Travel Network, serves as native cultural concierge and journey planner for overseas guests. Each day, he understands extra of the character and tradition of Qatar, its Bedouin roots, and modern enticement for world vacationers.
He feedback, “One of the main the explanation why Overseas Network is so enlivened to work with Qatar Airways is we each see our roles, particularly as regard FIFA, as an lively hyperlink, and an moral, cultural bridge that may be created between east and west.
When I take into consideration the road within the Kipling poem, The Ballad Of East And West, the place there’s the well-known line, “East Is East and West Is West and Never the Twain Shall Meet”? Well, the twain has damaged, and we’re part of this joyful disruption. In its place shall be, via Overseas Travel Network, FIFA and Qatar Airways, a larger potential for schooling, understanding, and enrichment. This is just the start. There shall be rather more to return.”
The Education City Mosque — the community-focused mosque in Qatar and the area. It’s situated within the Minaretein constructing, which rests on 5 massive columns representing the 5 pillars of Islam, with every that includes a verse drawn from the Holy Koran.
Felix Brambilla is founder and lead accomplice