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first_imgMelbourne now has a $400 a night caravan park MELBOURNE, Australia — Flinders Street in Melbourne has become home to what has to be the world’s most expensive trailer park.The park is called NOTEL and sits on the top level of a three-story car park and is comprised of six airstream caravans imported from Santa Barbara. The Herald Sun in Australia reported that the caravans cost $70,000 each and were retrofitted with luxury interiors.The idea came to the owner of the car park after having drinks on the roof with friends. After two years of work, the new accommodations opened last week with a VIP launch. Travelweek Group Tags: Australia A stay at the trailer park runs $389 to $434 per night, with a premium suite equipped with a spa on offer.For more information, go to notelmelbourne.com.au. << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Wednesday, August 31, 2016 Sharelast_img read more

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first_img Share KINDERSLEY, Sask. — The owner and manager of a Saskatchewan travel agency has been charged with fraud.RCMP say they charged a 44-year-old woman after receiving more than 250 complaints about T & T Travel in Kindersley, Sask.The charges come after a 16-month investigation.In January 2016, a voicemail for the company said the business was no longer operating.A Facebook group called “Travelers Taken by T & T” describes itself as people who were not able to fulfill their travel plans because of the agency’s closure.The woman is to appear in Kindersley provincial court on July 4. Thursday, May 25, 2017 Saskatchewan agency owner accused of fraud after 250 complaints << Previous PostNext Post >> The Canadian Press Posted bylast_img read more

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first_img Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Tags: Sunquest Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> MISSISSAUGA — As part of its Experiences product line, Sunqest is offering unique Out Islands vacations in the Bahamas that highlight activities that “many may not be aware of or considered before,” said Frank DeMarinis, President & CEO, TravelBrands.“Whether it is a yoga retreat or living in an old palace, Experiences offers something for each type of traveller,” he added. Experiences, which takes the existing service and convenience of Sunquest vacations and pairs them with exciting local experiences, is fully customizable to match clients’ preferences.Samples of Experiences in the Bahamas include deep sea fishing in Bimini, exploring the blue holes in Abacos, and shopping at the straw market in Eleuthera. For clients wishing to experience a touch of glamour, there are also historic and luxury product lines as well. For example, the Graycliff Hotel & Restaurant is a petite boutique hotel that’s home to the world’s third largest wine cellar, a cigar company and fine dining.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksSunquest arranges the entire voyage from start to finish, including flights, accommodations, transfers and excursions.center_img Sunquest invites clients to see Bahamas like never before with Experiences product line Share Travelweek Group last_img read more

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first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, March 22, 2018 LONDON — The travel and tourism sector is set for a modest slowdown in 2018 as a result of higher oil prices and airfares, a year after it experienced its best year on record, according to a leading global industry body.In its annual Economic Impact Report, the World Travel and Tourism Council said Thursday that the sector was responsible for the creation of 7 million new jobs worldwide in 2017, or one in five new jobs.That was due largely to the fact that the sector outperformed the global economy for the seventh year running, growing by 4.6 per cent against 3 per cent. The sector, according to the organization, outperformed all others.“2017 was the best year on record for the travel & tourism sector,” said Gloria Guevara, president and CEO of the WTTC. “We have seen increased spending as a result of growing consumer confidence, both domestically and internationally, recovery in markets in North Africa and Europe previously impacted by terrorism and continued outbound growth from China and India.”More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsThough the WTTC forecasts 2018 growth of 4 per cent as a result of higher oil prices and airfares as well as expectations of rising interest rates in countries such as the U.S. and the U.K., it kept its long-term forecasts unchanged, with average annual growth of 3.8 per cent over the next decade. By then, it expects the sector to support more than 400 million jobs globally, or one in nine of all jobs.“As our sector continues to become more important both as a generator of GDP and jobs, our key challenge will be ensuring this growth is sustainable and inclusive,” Guevara said. “Already in 2017, we have begun to see a backlash against tourism in some key destinations.”So-called overtourism is imperiling cherished buildings, straining infrastructure and harming the experience of travellers and local residents alike. Tourism-phobia has become increasingly prevalent, particularly in European destinations such as Barcelona and Venice, where visitors crowd the same places at the same time. The WTTC is involved in efforts to spread tourists around destinations and smooth out demand over time.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckOxford Economics helped in the compilation of the report, which covers 185 countries. Tags: Trend Watch By: Pan PylasSource: The Canadian Press Share Global tourism predicted to slow after best year everlast_img read more

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first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Canadian market very much a priority for Visit San Antonio Posted by Thursday, February 7, 2019 Travelweek Group center_img Share Tags: Air Canada, Canada, San Antonio TORONTO — Visit San Antonio wants agents to know that it is committed to promoting the destination to the Canadian market, with arrivals from Canada at 60,000 annually and growing.Earlier this week came news that Air Canada is suspending its five times weekly nonstop service between San Antonio and Toronto, with the last day of operations scheduled for April 28, 2019. Air Canada launched the route on May 1, 2017.“While we were sad to learn of Air Canada’s shift in strategy, San Antonio remains a convenient destination with one-stop connections on WestJet (with a Delta codeshare), Air Canada, United and American Airlines,” says Casandra Matej, President & CEO, Visit San Antonio.She adds: “Canadian visitors are important to San Antonio. Our commitment to welcoming more than 60,000 annual Canadians continues.“We are excited how San Antonio’s unique blend of culture, history, cuisine and value have contributed to measured growth in Canadian visitor counts year after year.”More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureSan Antonio celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2018 with an event-packed year. The popular city is home to the River Walk and the Alamo, plus attractions including Six Flags Fiesta Texas and SeaWorld San Antonio.last_img read more

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first_imgSuites with oceanview bathtubs, butler service on Silver Origin Travelweek Group MONACO — When it launches in summer 2020 Silver Origin will be “the most elegant ship ever to sail the Galapagos”, says Silversea.Silver Origin is also Silversea’s first ever destination-specific ship, designed for the Galapagos Islands.“Silver Origin will elevate our industry-leading offering in the Galapagos Islands, unlocking meaningful experiences for guests, as they travel in ultimate luxury,” says Roberto Martinoli, Silversea’s CEO. “Ever since the early planning phases, every decision on Silver Origin has been made to strengthen the connection between our guests and this spectacular, unique destination.”Silver Origin will offer the highest crew-to-guest ratio (1:1.16) and the highest ratio of qualified guides per guest (1:10) in the Galapagos Islands, adds Martinoli. This will extend to the in-suite experience, as Silver Origin will be the only ship in the Galapagos Islands to offer butler service to all suites. The cruise line’s Silver Galapagos will be replaced by Silver Origin.The 100-passenger, all-suite ship will offer pioneering design, unique shore excursions led by Silversea’s Expedition Team, who are certified by the National Park of the Galapagos, and Ecuadorian culture on board. The experience includes daily briefings, lectures, videos, and scientific information, and authentic local cuisine prepared by expert Ecuadorian chefs. The ship will also offer the highest Zodiac-to-guest ratio in the region, at 1:12.5.Here’s a look at the highlights…BASECAMP LOUNGEThe ship’s Basecamp lounge will connect with the ship’s Zodiac embarkation area. Basecamp will feature a large, interactive digital wall through which guests can access destination-related content, including pictures, videos, excursion previews and scientific presentations. EXPLORER LOUNGEWith floor-to-ceiling windows for sweeping views of the destination, Silver Origin’s Explorer Lounge will host daily briefings and lectures from the ship’s Expedition Team. The venue will feature a large video wall and wide HD screens in different seating areas. Guests can relax here, with a bar and piano. OBSERVATION LOUNGELocated at the very front of the ship, the Observation Lounge will offer “an elegant hideaway”. It will be the ideal place for guests to relax with a book from the library, curated by Silversea’s destination experts and the most extensive destination-focused collection the cruise line has ever had on one ship.SUITESSilver Origin will feature eight different suite categories. The largest, the Owner’s Suite, will offer an unprecedented view on the destination. Passengers in every suite have access to private balconies, while certain suite categories will feature Silversea’s innovative Horizon Balcony, which can convert to enclose the balcony with a floor-to-ceiling window for added space and better shelter from the elements. Selected suite categories will also have an oceanview bathtub, as well as an oceanview shower that is accessible from the balcony for guests’ convenience and comfort.DININGExpert local chefs will take guests on a journey of culinary discovery in Silver Origin’s two dining venues: The Restaurant and The Grill. In The Grill, a sophisticated open-air venue that can be partially enclosed for comfort, Silversea’s signature Hot Rocks concept will enhance guests’ dining experiences, with Ecuadorian twists enhancing the offering further still. << Previous PostNext Post >> Sharecenter_img Thursday, April 11, 2019 Tags: Openings & Renovations, Silversea Cruises Posted bylast_img read more

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first_imgThe 3rd Annual Gold Coast Women’s Group World Tour of Food, Fashion and Music was a huge success. The 170 ladies at Mar y Sol Restaurant in Playa Flamingo enjoyed being together and tasting the food, which corresponded to countries exhibited. Models represented fashions from the U.S., India, Costa Rica, Italy, Indonesia, France, and Peru.Thank you to Patricia Sterman, proprietor of Azul Profundo Boutique, who provided the fabulous fashion for the models, and her sister, Victoria Sterman, who offered support and coordinated the models throughout the show. Thanks to Mar y Sol for hosting this great event and to Maureen Thompson and Anne Scalf, whose organizing efforts made the event possible.Dawn’s Spay/Neuter clinic was held in Huacas Salon Comunal, on Sunday, Nov. 18, starting at 8:30 a.m. and ending when the last pet was treated. The clinic is organized for low-income families at a cost of $16. We thank those who donated time and money.The Happy Snapper hosted live music with Darin Talbot on Saturday, Nov 17. at 7 p.m. Dinner and Drink Specials were offered. Call  2654-4413 for more information regarding upcoming events.On Nov. 18, we set out for sunset sail with friends and family of BCC. We spent the day together on the New Marlin catamaran from Marlin Del Rey Catamaran Sailing Tours. We had a full boat for sailing, swimming, visiting, munching and singing. Thanks to Jeff Ruzicka and his crew for such a memorable day.On Dec. 2 (Sunday), Gran Bingo y Feria de Garaje will be held at the Plaza de Brasilito from 9-5 p.m. For more information, contact Van Salcedo at vansalmai@hotmail.com.On Dec. 8 (Saturday), Blessed Are The Children’s Human Trafficking Gala Event will be held at the Conchal Beach Club at Reserva Conchal. For more information about the event and other activities, contact Kim Toltz at thetoltzgroup@me.com.tbabehopkins@gmail.com Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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first_imgNo related posts. The Costa Rican Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday said they have identified suspects in the May 30 murder of turtle conservationist Jairo Mora, 26, but no arrests have been made.Almost two weeks have passed since masked assailants kidnapped and murdered Mora on Moín Beach in the Caribbean province of Limón. On Wednesday, the Ocean Futures Society, founded by famous environmentalist and filmmaker Jean-Michel Cousteau, joined the long list of environmental groups urging the Costa Rican government for justice.“This crime, in the Limón province, has shaken the consciousnesses of many internationally, more than anything because it occurred in a place like Costa Rica,” wrote Ruben Arvizú, the society’s Latin American director, in a letter addressed to Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla.The Ocean Futures Society and several other groups are outraged over Mora’s slaying and the seemingly slow response by law enforcement. Mora was intercepted along with four foreign volunteers on the beach while protecting nesting leatherback turtles and their eggs. The volunteers – three from the U.S. and one from Spain, all women – were left in an abandoned house, while Mora was stripped naked, beaten and left to suffocate outside in the sand.Arvizú asked the Chinchilla administration to make solving Mora’s case a national priority, referencing a petition calling for justice started by the Sea Turtle Restoration Program. At the time of publication the petition had over 11,000 signatures.The organization Mora worked with, the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Network (WIDECAST), shut down their Moín Beach operations after the murder, and according to WIDECAST’s Costa Rica Director Didiher Chacón, volunteer dropouts following the murder have left the organization short by more than 200 volunteers. Other organizations fear that failure to catch Mora’s killers could affect volunteer-run conservation programs throughout the country.“The perpetrators of this heinous crime need to be brought to justice and they need to be brought to justice quickly,” said Todd Steiner, a biologist and director of SeaTurtles.org, an NGO that has volunteer programs throughout the country. “We are concerned that if that doesn’t happen that it really threatens the ecology of all of Costa Rica.”There is now a $56,000 reward for information leading to the capture of Mora’s killers. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgNo related posts. *This information was updated at 11:01 am on Friday. A previous version stated the unidentified woman was Adams’s girlfriend. Facebook Comments The bodies of a 30-year-old U.S. man and an unidentified woman were found in a quiet Tres Ríos neighborhood east of San José on Thursday. Authorities discovered Benjamin Adams McCoy with a gunshot wound to the head inside the residential complex Omega. The woman’s body did not show any signs of physical violence but she was surrounded by drugs and syringes, according to sources at the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ).The OIJ sources did not have any additional information about the woman, but neighbors said she was also an expat and had been in living with McCoy. A security guard at the complex told CRhoy.com that the couple had been living there for two months, and were always very friendly.“It’s a surprise because they were very quiet and nice people,” security guard Jader Ruíz told CRHoy.com. “I did not hear gunshots or anything, I can only say that they were foreigners.”  Neighbors hadn’t seen the couple since Tuesday evening. The landlord, a Costa Rican woman, apparently encountered the bodies at 3 p.m. Thursday. She then alerted police, who say the case remains under investigation.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI) on Thursday morning reported a magnitude-4.0 tremor off the Caribbean coast in Limón.The earthquake occurred at 9:01 a.m., with an epicenter located 13 kilometers northeast of Puerto Vargas. It was felt strong in communities such as Cocles and Manzanillo, though no damage or injuries were reported.The University of Costa Rica’s National Seismological Network reported the quake as a magnitude-4.1.Overall, OVSICORI recorded 10 tremors this week ranging from 2.6 to 4.6 in magnitude.The highest magnitude earthquake hit Wednesday night on the Nicoya Peninsula in the northwestern province of Guanacaste, with a 4.6-magnitude. Early that day a 3.4-magnitude tremor was recorded near Parrita in the southern Pacific. Facebook Comments Related posts:Strong temblor jolts Costa Rica 2 temblors jolt Costa Rica; no initial reports of injuries 23 temblors shake Cartago starting Monday night Earthquake in Cartago damaged dozens of houseslast_img read more

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first_imgA 151-room hotel with restaurants, bar and lounge, infinity pool, spa and convention center is the latest tourism development planned for the Pacific province of Guanacaste. It’s a project of Desarrollos Hoteleros Guanacaste, a subsidiary of local corporation Florida Ice and Farm (FIFCO).The group announced this week that the new W hotel complex Reserva Conchal Costa Rica has a projected opening date for the second quarter of 2019. The project will be operated by the U.S. company Starwood Hotels & Resorts, FIFCO reported in a press release.The resort will be located in Cabo Velas, Santa Cruz, some 45 minutes from the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia.The project includes the construction of a desalination plant to supply the new hotel with fresh water.Businesses and residents in Guanacaste have faced drought conditions in recent years, causing losses in the agriculture and livestock industry.Despite water supply problems, the tourism industry in Guanacaste has seen a boom. FIFCO currently owns another hotel at Reserva Conchal, the Westin Golf Resort & Spa Playa Conchal, also operated by Starwood since 2011.International hotel chains plan to open a number of new hotels in the area in the coming years, including Paradisus Papagayo Bay Resort, Marriott Papagayo and the Wyndham Papagayo YU Resort. Facebook Comments Related posts:New Hilton hotel opens west of downtown San José; group also will renovate Grand Hotel Costa Rica Costa Rica’s capital wins ‘Travel Oscar’ Beach, mountain hotels report 88 percent occupancy for the holidays Construction of Discovery Costa Rica set to begin in 2018last_img read more

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first_imgPARIS (AP) – A young man fleeing an ID check by French police has drowned in the Seine.Such checks are a hot topic in France, where some say their frequent use in poor neighborhoods amounts to police harassment. The government is drafting legislation that would require officers to provide those whose IDs are checked with a receipt, hoping to reduce the number of checks.Police union representative Eric Guyon said Tuesday that three young men began to run when officers tried to check their IDs Monday night in Melun, 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of Paris. Two were caught; the third jumped into the river. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 0 Comments   Share   Four benefits of having a wireless security system Sponsored Stories Top Stories An officer tried to help the 20-something man, but Guyon said the current was too strong. When his body was pulled out, he could not be revived.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates The vital role family plays in society Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

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first_img(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Riggs’ website listed him as a Hollywood stunt pilot, movie producer and holder of several world aviation speed records. It said he became the first American to fly from a Chinese military base since World War II during the 2010 China International Air Races.Calls to the Studio City, California, offices of Riggs’ Mach One Aviation Inc. were answered by a message saying it was unable to connect to voice mail.__On the net: http://www.davidriggspilot.com/index.php Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies BEIJING (AP) – A U.S. stunt pilot was missing and his Chinese translator dead after their aircraft crashed into a lake in China’s northeast on Tuesday, state media reported.The accident involving David Riggs took place about 1 p.m. on Tuesday outside Shenyang, the capital of Liaoning province, the official Xinhua News Agency said.Xinhua said Riggs had been flying a high-performance Lancair plane that had been assembled at a local airport. It said rescuers were still searching for Riggs while an investigation into the crash was under way. Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Men’s health affects baby’s health too New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

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first_imgErrorOKFree Rate QuoteCall now 623-875-9940 ErrorOK Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Top Stories Comments   Share   (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober —Follow Cassandra Vinograd at http://twitter.com/CassVinograd Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement LONDON (AP) – Prime Minister David Cameron contacted Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday ahead of negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear program in what Downing Street says was the first such conversation between the leaders of the two countries in more than a decade.The telephone call comes a day before Britain, the U.S. and four other world powers resume talks with Iran in Geneva _ and follows a concession by Tehran dropping its insistence that the six world powers publicly acknowledge its claim to have the right to enrich uranium. That move opens a way to focus on more practical steps on the road reaching an initial agreement that freezes Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. Cameron’s office said Tuesday that the prime minister and Rouhani agreed during their telephone conversation Tuesday that significant progress had been made in recent Geneva negotiations over the nuclear issue and that it is important to “seize the opportunity” in the next round of talks.“The prime minister underlined the necessity of Iran comprehensively addressing the concerns of the international community about their nuclear program, including the need for greater transparency,” Downing Street added in a statement.Iran insists that it wants to enrich uranium for energy and medical purposes. But the U.S. and its allies _ Britain included _ contend that Tehran’s nuclear program has a military dimension.British-Iranian relations have been hampered by arguments over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program and Tehran’s support for embattled leader Bashar Assad in Syria. But in a sign of thawing relations, the U.K. and Iran last week appointed non-resident charge d’affaires offices to work toward the eventual reopening of the British embassy in Iran and the Iranian one in Britain.The British embassy in Tehran was closed in late 2011 after a mob overran the building as tensions over a possible attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities ran high. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

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first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober BEIJING (AP) — China has put on display the latest twin pandas born through artificial insemination as part of efforts to boost the numbers of its unofficial national mascot.Still mostly hairless and with their eyes yet to open, the sisters were met by adoring fans at a breeding center in the southwestern city of Chengdu on Tuesday.Their mother, seven-year old Kelin, gave birth to the twins early Monday.Wu Kongju, chief administrator at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, said the twins were in good condition based on their milk consumption and normal body temperature. The cubs were born more than four months after the mother was artificially inseminated in January. Figures released this year show 1,864 pandas live in the wild.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help This Tuesday, June 23, 2015 photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, shows one of the twin panda cubs born in Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, capital of southwest China’s Sichuan Province. The first panda twin cubs of the year met the public for the first time on Tuesday, a day after they were born in China’s southwest. (Xue Yubin/Xinhua via AP) NO SALES Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top holiday drink recipes Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

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first_imgSofitel Macau At Ponte 16 – Exterior (night time) Sofitel Moorea la Ora Beach Resort – French PolynesiaSofitel Brussels Europe – Exterior Sofitel Wanda Beijing – Exterior Sofitel Hamburg Alter Wall – Exterior Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square – Exterior The results are in and travelers worldwide have spoken. Sofitel Luxury Hotels ranks high among globetrotter’s favorite hotels in the US, European and Asia, according to the 2010 TripAdvisor® Travelers’ Choice® Awards. Six Sofitel properties from around the globe received top marks in the annual awards listing, which is determined based on the millions of hotel reviews and opinions posted on tripadvisor.com™, as well as content from across the Web. In the Top 25 Hotels in the United States category, Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square ranked among the top ten hotels, receiving praise for its location and restaurant. In Europe, Sofitel Brussels Europe was honored twice, receiving top slots in the Top 25 Hotels in Europe and Top 25 European Destinations Chosen by Europeans categories. In Germany, Sofitel Hamburg Alter Wall ranked no. 16 in the Top 25 Hotels in Germany Chosen by Europeans category. Sofitel Luxury Hotel’s popularity truly spanned the globe, as two Asian properties additionally received recognition. Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16 was named one of the Top 25 Hotels in Hong Kong / Macau / Taiwan, while Sofitel Wanda Beijing, famed for its spa and numerous restaurants, received the no. 22 slot in the broader Top 25 Hotels in China category. In the South Pacific, Sofitel Moorea la Ora Beach Resort, beloved by romantic travelers worldwide, was named one of the Top 10 Hotels for Romance in South Pacific. “We are thrilled and humbled that six properties were honored this year,” said Robert Gaymer-Jones, COO of Sofitel Luxury Hotels. “The TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards are particularly meaningful to Sofitel, as they are determined by real travelers. It is a testament that our effort to provide travelers with outstanding accommodations and service is truly resonating with guests.”Now in its eighth year, the annual TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards honor the world’s best hotels, earning their distinction from those who know them best – real travelers. Unlike any other hotel awards program, TripAdvisor® Travelers’ Choice® winners are based on the millions of real and unbiased reviews and opinions about hotels on tripadvisor.com™ and content from across the Web. Featuring advice for travelers, TripAdvisor® welcomes more than 25 million monthly visitors, 15 million registered members and 30 million reviews and opinions. Source = Sofitel Luxury Hotelslast_img read more

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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.C The world’s second-biggest commercial jet builder, Boeing Corporation, recently announced that orders for 26 jets valued at US$5.82 billion had been cancelled. The company lost contracts for fifteen 787 Dreamliners, ten 777s and one 737, Bloomberg reported. The contract for the 15 Dreamliners was removed on 6 August from Boeing’s online backlog listing. The contract was for Dubai Aerospace Enterprise, a state-owned aviation services and leasing company. The withdrawal reflects Dubai’s continued struggle in the property and tourism industries in the wake of the credit crisis. Boeing’s entry into the Dreamliner service is also struggling, with the company this year having lost four more orders than it has won. Last month Boeing said their target of delivering the first 787 by the year’s end is likely to be extended to 2011 – even though it is already two years behind schedule – because workers have discovered more defects. The 787 backlog now stands at 847 jets for 55 customers, with orders dropped for 116 Dreamliners since 2008.Boeing’s recent addition of purchase contracts for two 737s brings the total net order tally for the year to 255 planes, exceeding the total for all of 2009.last_img read more

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first_imgWorldhotels Asia Pacific Vice President, Roland Jegge,and Asia Pacific hoteliers gathered in Grand Hotel Bohemia for WorldhotelsLeadership Forum 2010 Source = Worldhotels The group honours its best hotels with Performing Excellence Award 2010100 hoteliers and travel industry leaders from around the world, gathered at the prestigious “Worldhotels Leadership Forum 2010” themed “Building Bridges” which was held in Prague from 9 to 11 September 2010. As a highlight of the conference, Worldhotels presented the annual “Performing Excellence Awards” to the hotels with the best scores in its annual anonymous quality tests. The Lakeview Xuanwu Hotel in Nanjing, China, scooped the award for best hotel in the region Asia Pacific and the Hotel Madero in Buenos Aires was honoured for the region The Americas.  Winning properties in the region EMEA were the Hotel de France in Vienna and the Grand Hotel Bohemia in Prague. In addition, the group presented Joan Gaspart, President of Husa Hotels Group, with the Leadership Award to honour his outstanding achievement and engagement in the tourism industry. Gaspart is not only the head of the family owned Husa Group, which is operating 157 hotels and 50 restaurants, but he is also president of Barcelona Tourist Consortium, an institution promoting tourism in the city. Previous winners of the prestigious award were Olav Thon, owner of the Olav Thon Group with 400 properties in Norway and 20 worldwide; Sir Rocco Forte, CEO of the Rocco Forte Group operating 13 hotels and resorts within Europe; and Bernard Lambert, CEO of Société des Bains de Mer (SBM) which is owning the majority of Monaco’s most distinctive assets, among which are hotels, casinos and restaurants.Robert Hornman, managing director of Worldhotels, also took the opportunity to present the group’s branding strategy going forward. In his opening speech he announced that the group will complement the existing Affiliation Model with a new Full Licence Model. This will allow hotels to use the Worldhotels brand more prominently on signage and at various points of their property. Also during the conference were series of speeches and networking opportunities bringing together presidents, owners, and the senior management of the international hotel group with leaders and experts from the tourism industry and other areas of commerce. Eminent speakers at this two-day event included Ong Tze Boon, Chairman of Ong&Ong Pte Ltd Architects; Simon Johnson, Director of CBRE Hotels EMEA; Nathan Clapton VP and General Manager of TripAdvisor; Tobias Ragge, Managing Director of HRS; Adam Wallace, Director of Digital Marketing of the Roger Smith Hotel in New York; Cédric Michaux, Sales Manager Prestiges Range and Public Relations of Groupe Vranken-Pommery; Nenad Pacek, Founder and President of Global Success Advisors GmbH and Drs. Sander M. Allegro, owner of Allegro INN OvationS and lecturer at Hotelschool the Hague. The Leadership Forum took place at the Boccaccio Ballroom of the Grand Hotel Bohemia and was hosted by the Art Deco Imperial Hotel, the Buddha-Bar Hotel Prague and the Grand Hotel Bohemia. Executive Room at The Lakeview Xuan Hotel in Nanjing, China 100 hoteliers and travel industry leaders from around the world, gathered at the prestigious “Worldhotels Leadership Forum2010” themed “Building Bridges” which was held inPrague from 9 to 11 September 2010last_img read more

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first_imgSource = Travel Indochina Travel Indochina, Australia’s leading Asian travel specialists, has congratulated Cambodia’s Aki Ra with his naming as one of the Top Ten CNN Heroes for 2010.Managing Director of Travel Indochina, Paul Hole, says Aki Ra’s life story is an inspiration to people around the world. “The award is well deserved, and the Cambodian Landmine Museum established by Aki Ra in Siem Riep is a place all travellers to the country should visit,” says Paul.CNN’s Hero awards are given annually to individuals nominated by viewers for their sacrifices and accomplishments.  “To be nominated by the public and selected as a finalist is a very special achievement.  It’s an indication of the esteem in which Aki Ra is held for the valuable work he is doing in Cambodia.“To come full circle from being recruited at the age of 10 as a child soldier planting landmines,  to a man who is  helping make his homeland a safer place  by clearing landmines, is a testament to the character of Aki Ra.  He is a remarkable individual.  “We are proud to support Aki Ra’s Landmine Museum by including a visit to the museum on most of our Cambodia itineraries,” says Paul.Aki Ra and his team, the Cambodian Self Help Demining Organisation, have cleared about 50,000 landmines and unexploded weapons since 1993.  The panel that selected Aki Ra and the other finalists included distinguished leaders and humanitarians such as Sir Richard Branson, Muhammad Ali, and renowned musician, Yo Yo Ma. “We are encouraging travellers to vote for Aki Ra so his team can continue to make Cambodia a safer place.   To vote, visit www.edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/cnn.heroes/For more information about Travel Indochina’s Responsible Travel itineraries, call 1300 365 355, or visit www.travelindochina.com.au.last_img read more

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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P The increase in direct flights from China to New Zealand has attributed a 1.7 percent increase in overseas arrivals for the month of November compared to the same month last year. The New Zealand government reported the total visitor arrivals numbers reached 230,000 in November, which is the same month that China Southern Airlines began daily flights between Guangzhou and Auckland, China Daily reported. According to figures by statistics New Zealand, Australia maintained its place as New Zealand’s largest tourist market, with Australian visitor numbers rising 7.6 percent year on year. Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive Kevin Bowler said Australia accounted for about 44 percent of all visitor arrivals in the year to the end November 2011.Statistics also showed consistent growth out of Asian markets in November 2011, with the visitor numbers from China up 3,685, Malaysia up 1,320 and Singapore up 863 up from last year.”China Southern Airlines’ commencement of daily flights into New Zealand from November 1 will have certainly supported this outcome,” Mr Bowler said.”The steady upward trend we continue to see out of Asia is a reminder that this market is where continued focus is required.”China Southern Airlines, which carried more than 70 million passengers last year, began direct flights to New Zealand in April, and plans to announce an increase in capacity due to the demand.last_img read more

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