Avengers – ASSEMBLE (in Edinburgh)

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The Avengers has been a global smash

Fresh from being a magnificent backdrop in Danny Boyle’s T2: Trainspotting Edinburgh has opened her beautiful city gates to the cast and crew of mega American franchise, Avengers.

A six week filming schedule for the new Avengers: Infinity War movie is estimated to generate more than £10m for Edinburgh.

It is the largest and most complex shoot ever to film in historic Old Town and other locations in the capital’s city centre. More than 400 crew have been working on the project, which started in the city on Wednesday.

The production’s first schedule with cast in the city will be in mid-April.
Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Paul Bettany. Keep your eyes peeled – there’s a prize for the best selfie!

Avengers is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo. Mr Russo said: “When Edinburgh came up as a location option we jumped at the chance. The city is such a unique and iconic location, but one never seen as the backdrop for a big action film, which is incredibly exciting.

“We appreciate the entire city’s help and are excited to have such a beautiful and historic city in the film.”

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Waverley Train Station has been transformed for filming.

Win a full scholarship to Edinburgh Napier!

One lucky American will win a full fees-paid scholarship to come to Edinburgh Napier for a year to study for a tourism-focused Master’s degree.

The university has launched the ‘Destination Edinburgh Scholarship’ which will give the winner the chance to follow an absorbing academic programme, boost their career prospects and enjoy a city with an outstanding quality of life.

As part of a recruitment drive to attract more American students to Edinburgh Napier, would-be students vying for a free place at the country’s number one university for tourism by helping to highlight what its capital has to offer to visitors.

Applicants are being asked to submit a 90-second pitch video explaining, What makes Edinburgh a successful tourism destination?

The seven-week digital competition will end with an online public vote to determine the winner of the scholarship, valued at $16,000.

The winner will also enjoy a programme of cultural activities across Scotland, and will get the chance to share their experiences online as the University’s International Brand Ambassador.

The Destination Edinburgh Scholarship is open for entries until March 30th 2017. A shortlist will be announced on April 13, followed by the public vote and the declaration of the winner on April 26.

For a chance to win, click here for the application form.

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Edinburgh: Officially happy

Edinburgh City Council’s annual survey of residents has shown a whopping 94% of people are happy living here, one of the highest scores recorded anywhere in the U.K.

The survey polls people on all aspects of city life, and while it also highlights areas for improvement, it shows an overall positive picture for residents.

Depute council leader Frank Ross said: “Every year the Edinburgh People Survey gives us an insight into what the public feel we are doing right, and the things they want us to do better.

“It’s great to see such high satisfaction this year with services like public transport, parks and our calendar of cultural events, but we also acknowledge the areas that scored lower, and intend to act on these concerns.”

You can read the full article here:http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/our-region/edinburgh/welcome-to-happy-town-94-say-they-like-living-in-edinburgh-1-4399303/amp

And here are some shots of Edinburgh looking lovely. Just because.

Be a virtual tourist to Scotland – thanks to Edinburgh Napier

Scotland’s most stunning sights have been given global exposure in a virtual travel app created by Edinburgh Napier expertise.

People across the world can now instantly walk through the prehistoric Orkney village of Skara Brae, soar high above Edinburgh Castle or journey into the depths of The Hollow Mountain of Ben Cruachan from the comfort of their own home.

The ScotlandVR app – a ground-breaking virtual reality travel experience which immerses web users in Scotland’s remarkable attractions – was launched recently by tourism body VisitScotland.

 

Featuring state-of-the art 360˚ imagery and footage, users start their journey in a virtual glen complete with mooing Highland Cow, crackling fire and bellowing stag. From there, they can jump into a map of Scotland and experience 26 unique attractions covering every part of the country.

The whole environment can be experienced in Stereoscopic 3D when used with a Google Cardboard virtual reality headset, or in 360˚ view using gyroscope technology in phone mode. Future phases of the software will see new attractions added through refreshed content.

The landmark locations in the launch app were chosen from criteria including footfall, product diversity, online searches and links to the current 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, said: “A team from Edinburgh Napier University developed the concept for this app, which demonstrates the pioneering spirit and ingenuity of Scotland’s academic, technology and tourism sectors.”

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Fiona Hyslop, MSP

 

ScotlandVR is available to download from Google Play and Apple Stores.

For more information, visit www.visitscotland.com/app

 

 

Scotland – go explore!

We cannot stress enough how awesome parts of Scotland are. Edinburgh is one of the major cities, but in a few hours you can be stomping about the Highlands in absolutely sensational scenery. The Highlands are a playground for adventure fans, mountain bikers, hill-walkers, or just those who want to sit beside a Loch and look for a Monster.

Go and make a coffee and take a few minutes out of your day to watch this, filmed on the Isle of Skye. 4mins 14 is UNREAL.

Visiting Edinburgh: A Navitas Staff perspetive

As mentioned last week, we are fortunate enough at the University to be able to host visitors from around the world for tours, conferences and events. Last April, EIC and Edinburgh Napier held their first Agent Conference, and we welcomed Navitas staff and agents to the campus to share with them what we do, and show them a little bit more about student life in this fair city.

Today’s perspective comes from Catherine Jefferies.

Hi, I am Catherine Jefferies and I am UK Regional Account Manager for Navitas UK, based in London.

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Every chance I get to go to Edinburgh I jump at. Last year I was lucky enough to be invited to Edinburgh Napier University & EIC’s agent conference.

We were met with a welcome reception with the University vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrea Nolan, and the Navitas Europe CEO, Paul Lovegrove. From there an old-fashioned double-decker bus took us on a tour of the city. We sat at the top of the open-air bus, and although it was a cold day (snow on the mountains in the background!) it was well worth it! From the old buildings and cobbled streets to the castle and Arthur’s Seat beyond.

That evening we were taken out for some traditional Scottish food – haggis and tatties of course! And even sampled the delights of traditional Scottish dancing.

The following day we were taken to the university campus – impressive modern buildings with very friendly and approachable lecturers. I was most impressed by the Health Sciences facilities – in the labs we had a go at extracting DNA from strawberries.

It was a great event, and I cannot wait to return to Edinburgh!

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Catherine enjoyed the bus tour. So much to take pictures of!
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Catherine gets in the mood for some golf.
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Extracting DNA from strawberries with our life-sciences faculty.

 

Visiting Edinburgh: a Nigerian perspective

We are fortunate enough at the University to be able to host visitors from around the world for tours, conferences and events. Last April, EIC and Edinburgh Napier held their first Agent Conference, and we welcomed Navitas staff and agents to the campus to share with them what we do, and show them a little bit more about student life in this fair city.

We’ve asked a few people who came to tell us about their time. We start today with Kelechi Ekpemu, who works for one of our key partners, TG Marchnata in Nigeria.

Hi, I am Kelechi Ekpemu from Nigeria; I attended the first Destination Edinburgh International Agent Conference in 2016.

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This was my first trip to the United Kingdom and I was super excited. My expectations were very high. I was looking forward to seeing what the Capital of Scotland looked like. On arrival as I expected, I was warmly welcomed at the airport. On my way to the hotel, I kept on smiling as I beheld a very beautiful city indeed.

We had a well-planned Itinerary. We visited all three campuses at Craiglockhart, Sighthill and Merchiston, which have state of the art facilities.

It wasn’t all about the University though! I had been looking forward to the Ceilidh Dance and it was great fun. We also climbed up the Arthurs Seat, played golf, had the Scotch Whisky experience too and went on a bus tour round the city. OMG, I wasn’t going to forget the meals! Edinburgh is a very cultural city with lots of different meals beautifully prepared.

Edinburgh is the one tourist destination I would definitely visit again and again.

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Post-golf posing!
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Setting off up Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano in the middle of the city
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The Edinburgh Bus Tour collected our visitors from the Craiglockhart Campus

Meet the locals

There’s nothing Edinburgh likes more than talking about itself. You might have noticed that on this blog…

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But as much as we love our mega famous city-born celebs like Sean Connery, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Chris Hoy, have a look at this link to read a bit more from those who live here and why they love it.

http://edinburgh.org/things-to-do/local-heroes/

For example, here’s Michelin-starred chef Martin Wishart talking about his love for Edinburgh.

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Martin Wishart is an award-winning chef and restaurateur, who in 1999 established his eponymous Edinburgh restaurant. Situated in the historic port area of Leith, it was awarded a Michelin star in 2001, and has retained this accolade every year since. Following this success, Martin established a sister restaurant at Cameron House Hotel in Loch Lomond this success, which in turn received a Michelin Star in 2011. His most recent venture is The Honours, a contemporary brasserie in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town.

When I hear the words ‘This Is Edinburgh’, the first thing that springs to mind is…
When I hear the words ‘This Is Edinburgh’, the first thing that springs to mind is a vibrant, historic, fun and a very exiting city to live in and to visit. Edinburgh offers a magnificent spread of old and new combinations. There is also lots of things to see and do. Edinburgh Festivals in the summer, rugby weekends and of course, Hogmanay.  Where else would you like to be?

What makes you proud to live and work in the city?
I love the friendliness of people in Edinburgh.  I am so proud to belong to this unique city and always happy to show people around or to enjoy it myself with my family and friends. I also love working in Edinburgh, it’s a city that has it all without being too big, you’re just so close to the sea, the mountains.  It’s a perfect place to get fantastic fresh ingredients for me to cook with, such fish, shellfish, game and wonderful beef.

A perfect Day in Edinburgh ends with….
A perfect day in Edinburgh ends with a nice meal in one of the many restaurants that the city offer – followed by a pub crawl in the Grassmarket and Royal Mile. Couple of personal favourite Edinburgh pubs are Kay’s Bar and The Canny Man. I also really rate Blackfriars, a great place for a drink, but also the restaurant is really worth a visit.

Edinburgh still surprises me when…
Edinburgh still surprises me every day. Wherever you are in the city centre, you’re surrounded with things to look at and appreciate. The dominating presence of the Castle on the volcanic rocks, the unique New Town architecture and the great advantage of being near the sea, Edinburgh is packed with drama.

Where are your favourite places to eat and drink in the city-centre?

When it comes to eating out, we are spoiled for choice in Edinburgh no matter what your budget. Artisan Roast serves terrific coffee, while the delicious Turkish-Mediterranean cuisine at Café Truva on the Royal Mile is ideal for a quick, light lunch. For fish and shellfish it has to be a visit to Ondine in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town.  And of course – I have to recommend The Honours for a night out and meal with friends! You have not tried the best meat in Scotland until you’ve tried a rib-eye steak perfectly cooked on our fantastic Josper grill. Delicious.

As a local my hidden gem that most visitors to Edinburgh may miss is…
If I’m in need a nice bottle of wine, the only place to go is Raeburn Fine Wines in Stockbridge where you can find rare and excellent wines.

 

Edinburgh Strollin’

One of the very finest things you can do in Edinburgh is just wander about and take it all the historic buildings and vistas. I took to the ‘Water of Leith‘ last weekend, to see Edinburgh’s New Town from foot.

The Water of Leith is Edinburgh’s hidden natural charm, meandering for 24 miles from its source in the Pentland Hills, through the heart of the city to its outflow into the Firth of Forth at Leith. The river is home to a wide variety of plants and animals from wild garlic and orchids to brown trout, heron, kingfisher and otters. If you don’t fancy the walk, jump on your bike and pedal your way across the Capital.

First time in Edinburgh? Read on…

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We get it. We really do. Not everyone has been fortunate enough to visit Edinburgh before. Obviously if you are coming for study, you’ll have a long time to explore the city and get to know where’s the best place for coffee, or what the best view is.

But if you are only in Edinburgh for a short time, want to make the most of it and want to get some pretty gorgeous pics at the same time, follow the lead of Lonely Planet’s guide right HERE.

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