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  • German town lines up to honor teens killed in Alps crash

    first_imgIn addition to the 72 German victims, 47 Spaniards, another four people who were dual citizens with a Spanish passport, and citizens of more than a dozen other countries were killed in the crash.___Kirsten Grieshaber reported from Berlin. Dorothee Thiesing contributed from Haltern.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Earlier, students in Haltern had placed white roses for their dead friends on the sidewalk next to the school. They also lit white candles on the school yard, where 18 trees were recently planted as a memorial to the deceased.Wessel said psychologists had talked to the students earlier this week and that all students would be allowed to attend their schoolmates’ funerals. The first burials will be held Friday, the last ones at the end of the month. One teen won’t be buried in Haltern.Wessel said the long wait that the families had had to endure before bringing their children home had been particularly difficult.“This time has ended today but at the same time today once more has been very dreadful, very brutal for the parents,” he said.“On Friday, the funerals will start over a period of two weeks, and this is another dreadful moment, to have to say goodbye to the children. Therefore this day today was cruel on the one side, but on the other hand it was important.”A spokeswoman for Germanwings said the remains of the other victims to their home countries had also begun and would likely be finished by the end of June.Lufthansa spokesman Andreas Bartels said, in addition to individual returns, a special flight Monday would return remains of more than 30 Spanish victims to Barcelona from Marseille. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall The slow-moving convoy of hearses — white ones for the students, black ones for the teachers — was accompanied by a police motorcade and a bus carrying further relatives.“After so many weeks of waiting, particularly for the relatives, we are happy that we have them back home in our town again,” Haltern Mayor Bodo Klimpel said. “It was very moving, when we drove from the motorway into the town and the residents shared the feelings and lined the streets.”Onlookers cried and hugged as the convoy passed the Joseph-Koenig-Gymnasium where the teens had gone to school.Principal Ulrich Wessel said the tragedy had struck the whole community.“This entire event is a tragedy, especially for the parents, but we, too, lost our students and colleagues,” he said.Two of the teachers who had accompanied the students on a school exchange trip to Spain were also killed in the crash.“It’s especially difficult for the students of grade 10,” Wessel said. “There used to be 150 students, now they are only 134 … Many lost their best friends.”The group was flying back from Barcelona to Duesseldorf when co-pilot Andreas Lubitz locked the captain out of the cockpit and slammed the plane against a mountainside, according to authorities. Top Stories Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Sponsored Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like HALTERN, Germany (AP) — Hundreds of people lined the streets to pay solemn respect to 16 high school students and two teachers killed in the Germanwings plane crash, as a convoy of hearses brought their remains home for burial Wednesday.Authorities blame the co-pilot of Flight 9525 for deliberately slamming the plane into the French Alps on March 24, killing all 150 people onboard.Lufthansa had flown the remains of the first 44 victims to Duesseldorf late Tuesday. Parents and relatives of the students viewed the coffins inside an airport hangar before bringing their loved ones home to Haltern, 75 kilometers (46 miles) to the northeast. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

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  • Suu Kyi warns instability could delay Myanmar elections

    first_img YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi told her party’s senior members Saturday that this year’s general election could be delayed if there is any instability in the country.The former Nobel Peace Prize winner did not go into specifics but Myanmar has seen several deadly outbreaks of violence between Buddhists and Muslims in the last few years amid a surge of Buddhist nationalist sentiment. This weekend, a movement of ultra-nationalist Buddhist monks is holding a keenly watched conference. Comments   Share   Suu Kyi spoke at the opening of a two-day conference of her National League for Democracy, which is expected to mount a sharp challenge in the polls to the current military-backed government.In her speech at the party’s twice-yearly meeting of central committee members, Suu Kyi said that stability ahead of the poll was “very important” as she wanted to see it go ahead on time.“The election is getting closer. I want to stress that stability in the country is very important ahead of elections,” said Suu Kyi. “I want to warn that elections could be delayed using instability as a reason.”Suu Kyi’s remarks can be seen as suggesting that the government or the military — which holds power behind the scenes — might want to take advantage of disorder to hold on to power.The election is slated for late October or early November but no exact date has yet been set. The NLD is expected to see heavy gains against the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party.Suu Kyi also said when her party contested by-elections in 2012, it pledged to work for amending the 2008 constitution, and it continues to seek that. The current constitution contains clauses that bar her from becoming president. Parliament this coming week will debate several constitutional amendments. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks during a meeting of her National League for Democracy Party’s first Central Executive Committee at Royal Rose restaurant in Yangon, Myanmar Saturday, June 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories center_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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  • New ASEAN campaign to launch at ITB Berlin

    first_imgTen countries part of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations will officially launch their new consumer destination marketing campaign at ITB Berlin this week.The campaign, Southeast Asia: feel the warmth, was created by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Tourism Association (ASEANTA) and the ASEAN Competitiveness Enhancement (ACE) project. It was soft-launched earlier this year at the ASEAN Tourism Forum in Brunei. At ITB Berlin, the Southeast Asian countries will unveil the campaign in conjunction with its meta-search site www.SoutheastAsia.org, which will allow travellers to plan trips, estimate costs, check availability and book through a unique map-based trip planner.ASEANTA will also launch a six-week e-marketing campaign on 15 March targeting special interest travellers, soft adventure seekers and young independents.A three-month content contest aimed at travel bloggers, writers and photographers will also launch on that day.The online campaign aims to attract quality text and images based on first-hand travel experiences, said ASEANTA. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/1f131/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

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  • QF ground five aircraft cancels 100 services

    first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Qantas is grounding five of its aircraft and cancelling up to 100 flights a week as its engineer’s “go slow” as part of their ongoing industrial action.The carrier announced today the ban on overtime in maintenance facilities has created a backlog and forced the carrier to ground the flights for at least a month.The cancelled flights are expected to affect services to and from Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.“Regrettably,  the  industrial  action  from  the  licensed  aircraft  maintenance  engineers’  union  is  now making it difficult to clear maintenance tasks in a timely fashion,” Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said.  “Not only are they seeking pay and conditions that would put us even further beyond our competitors, they want the right to control key elements of how we run the company.”The airline added that there will be no impact on QantasLink, Jetconnect and Jetstar services.   center_img “It takes about 15,000 hours per week to maintain the fleet.  “We are seeing a shortfall in maintenance capacity of over 1,200 hours per week or about eight per cent.”The carrier’s head stressed the grounding is not a safety concern but rather a result of “decline in schedule reliability”.He continued that the co-ordinated attacks on the carrier from pilots, engineers and baggage handler unions are causing severe disruptions for passengers and the carrier’s business. “Between the three unions we are seeing almost daily strikes, bans on overtime, political messages being  read  out  to  customers  on  international  and  domestic  flights  and  union  leaders  telling passengers to expect disruptions for many months to come,” Mr Joyce said.  last_img read more

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  • QF axes 400 flights as engineers goslow

    first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Australia’s largest carrier will be flying 400 less domestic flights from today as ongoing engineer pay disputes create a backlog in aircraft maintenance.Flying 60,000 les seats a week, Qantas announced late last week that work bans set by the Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA) has forced the carrier to ground five aircraft and  publish a new schedule that will see 60,000 less seats flying around Australia for the month. Although the union said it would hold off any further walk-outs until 28 October, the day of the Qantas Annual General Meeting, a Qantas spokesperson said the bans on overtime and the ‘go-slow’ work ethic remains in place until at least Christmas. Qantas Group Executive government and corporate affairs Olivia Wirth explained that while it was a relief that the union had postponed strikes, the bans were causing the most damage to the airline’s ability to fly customers.“While we welcome the temporary postponement of some strike action, the most damaging industrial action is still in place and still causing an increasing backlog to impact the business and our passengers,” Ms Wirth said.“Mr Purvinas (ALAEA secretary) knows that his token offer to suspend a few one hour strikes and a stop work meeting in Adelaide will not help get these give grounded aircraft back up in the air.”Ms Wirth added that the carrier was keen to reach a new agreement with the union, however, stressed that the Group is still requesting “significant pay increases” and “demanding Qantas hands over control of parts of the business to union leaders”.Until pay disputes subside, the carrier has parked two Boeing 737 at Avalon, a 767 in Brisbane while two other 737s will go on a weekly rotation through a hangar at Avalon.last_img read more

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  • Air NZ discounts Seats to Suit passengers

    first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J New Zealand’s national carrier has launched Seats to Suit on its domestic operations and reducing its lowest domestic airfares by an average of up to six percent. Announced early this morning, the discounted air fare structure follows “outstanding success” when it launched on the carrier’s Trasman and Pacific Islands flights 14 months ago and will see New Zealanders able to purchase a Seat with carry-on luggage on the airline’s cheapest fares for up to NZ$10 less.Available on Air New Zealand’s regional and domestic jet services, the promotion is in addition to the airline’s three existing baggage-inclusive fare levels grabaseat, Smart Saver and Flexi plus and will see up to 1.5 million domestic fares sell for under NZ$100.Earlier this morning Air New Zealand also announced it would introduce nationwide standby fares until 30 June next year after months of trailing in Dunedin and Christchurch.Starting from NZ$59 for one way Standby Seat Only fares, the seats are available on the carrier’s 27 domestic destination on its non-stop off peak flights.“This means thousands of last minute, bargain basement seats on regional and main trunk routes every week,” Air New Zealand Group Australasia general manager Bruce Parton said.“It is important to point out that these are standby fares, which means passengers will only fly if there are spare seats available on the specified off peak flights.”The carrier concluded that it would implement blackout periods for the occasions when booking a passenger on a last minute seat is small.“Anyone who’s not already an Airpoints member can sign up online for free until the end of January to take advantage of the standby fares,” the carrier concluded.last_img read more

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  • Travelzoo to buy hotel booking engine

    first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Travelzoo could be looking to expand on its accommodation offering, with plans to acquire a hotel booking website.Currently in negotiations to buy the booking engine, the company said the additional product would allow its customers to book deals on any night at select hotels.Distinguishing itself from other online travel agencies, Travelzoo said it would limit the selection of properties on its list to those tested and approved by Travelzoo’s Deal Experts.”We continue to be positive about our long-term growth strategy,” Travelzoo chief executive Chris Loughlin said.“But we have found our hotel search offering and the group-buying voucher model not meeting the needs of hotels and users well enough, and therefore plan to adjust our product offering.” The announcement coincides with news that the company expects to earn around $35 million for the third quarter of 2012.last_img read more

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  • Revealed Aussie women using work time to plan vacations

    first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Forget Facebook and solitaire, it seems Australian women are using their work hours to plan and book their vacations, a recent report has revealed.According to lastminute.com.au, nearly three in four women admit to researching or bookings their holidays during their work day, 81 percent of women claiming they felt more motivated at work when they have a holiday to look forward to.The report also showed that, contrary to popular belief, two in three women would prefer to travel with their partner over a celebrity. Although it wouldn’t all be love and romance, with 16 percent of women worried their partner would get on their nerves when on holidays. The one in three who would want a star-studded vacay would prefer to spend time off with Hugh Jackman, Chris Hemsworth, Asher Keddie and Rebecca Gibney.last_img read more

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  • Year of the Snake filling hotel rooms

    first_imgAs Australia celebrates the Chinese New Year, hoteliers are welcoming the Year of the Snake with open arms as occupancy rates reach record numbers.Accor saw over 90 percent occupancy rates across its range of hotels on the eve of the New Year and an overall 30.4 percent increase in room nights over the Chinese New Year period.Accor also experienced great success at its Optimum Service Standards accredited hotels which focus on the Chinese market with special attention paid to ensuring that their guests have familiar home comforts. 37 Accor hotels have services such as particular foods available at the breakfast buffet, Chinese speaking reception staff and specialised TV channels, as part of the program, which saw an increase of 34.3 percent in booking this Chinese New Year’s Eve, compared to the last.The Mercure Hobart Hotel had 100 percent occupancy rate for the entire week, whilst the Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort saw a 20.1 percent increase in occupancy on the eve of the Chinese New Year which resulted in over 80 percent overall occupancy rates; both hotels are Optimum Service Standards accredited.Other Accor hotels helped celebrate the Chinese New Year with red Chinese decorations, gold coins and red envelopes, Chinese food and drinks as well as dragon dancers and even displaying live snakes in some hotel lobbies. The embellishments would not have gone to waste with Accor’s Sydney hotels seeing a 52 percent growth in booking compared to last year and Melbourne hotels increased room nights by 15.7 percent.With an expected 100 million Chinese travelling the globe by 2020, the investment into the market seems to be definitely worth the while.Would you like to see more hotels provide specialised services for the Chinese market?Source = e-Travel Blackboard: A.N. The Chinese New Year helping increase hotel occupancy rates. Image: sydneychinesenewyear.comlast_img read more

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  • Statue of Liberty to reopen postSandy

    first_imgLady Liberty is set to reopen to the public later this year, almost nine months after she was closed due to Hurricane Sandy.The popular New York City (NYC) tourist attraction was closed on 29 October 2012, when Hurricane Sandy arrived, less than a month after the iconic landmark’s received a major renovation.Now, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and New York Senator Charles Schumar expects the Statue to reopen from 4 July 2013.“We are looking forward to putting our crew back to work carrying visitors to the world’s greatest symbol of liberty. In the interim, we offer a great cruise to Lady Liberty with uniformed rangers on board departing frequently from Battery Park,” Statue Cruises founder Terry MacRae said.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Lady Liberty to reopen to the public.last_img read more

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  • Tourico Holidays becomes exclusive partner of National Airlines

    first_imgTourico Holidays, a global leader in wholesale travel brokerage, today announced that it has reached an agreement to become the exclusive travel wholesale partner to National Airlines.  National Airlines will now package its air bookings with Tourico’s massive inventory of hotels, car rentals, activities and transfers, cruises, and vacation homes.The partnership comes a week after National Airlines announced that it will commence commercial services for the first time.  National Airlines’ initial offering includes a non-stop service from Windsor International Airport, in Ontario, to Orlando Sanford International Airport.  National’s inaugural flight will depart Windsor, Ontario, on December 17, 2015 and will be in service year round.  The flight provider will also be rolling out commercial flights to Vancouver, St. John’s, Las Vegas, and San Juan.“After comparing potential competitors against Tourico Holidays, it became clear that our customers will enjoy the most bundle options and the best prices through Tourico,” said Dennis Daley, Manager of Network Planning and Strategy for National Airlines.  “Not only will travelers now get best-in-class air service through National Airlines, they can now also purchase complete trip packages that fit their specific needs and budget.”Tourico Holidays works on a high-volume, wholesale model to broker its massive inventory to clients, like National Airlines.  National will now be able to bundle its flights with more than 100,000 hotels worldwide, over 25,000 vacation homes, approximately 10,000 activities and transfers, 15 cruise lines and more than 10,000 different cruise departures throughout the world, and 25,000 car rental pick-up locations worldwide.  Tourico’s commitment to pre-purchasing large hotel room blocks will also give National Airlines the ability to offer its customers ExclusiveDeals on hotels – guaranteeing discounted rates of up to 60% off of retail, no blackout dates, last-minute availability and a greater inventory.“In the travel business, you don’t want customers leaving your booking channel to look for other components of their trip,” said Jason Soss, President of Global Business Development for Tourico Holidays.  “By partnering with Tourico, National customers will now have access to everything that they need, in one place and at great rates.”Source = Tourico Holidays www.touricoholidays.comTourico Holidays becomes exclusive partner of National Airlineslast_img read more

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  • Queenslands newest legend arrives down under

    first_imgRoyal Caribbean International’s first ever cruise ship based in Queensland, Legend of the Seas, arrives in Darwin Wednesday 2 December on the way to her new Brisbane home.Legend of the Seas is the fourth and final ship in the local Royal Caribbean International fleet to arrive down under this season, joining Explorer of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas.“We are thrilled to be welcoming Legend of the Seas to her new Australian home and welcoming her to our local fleet. We have increased our capacity this year by almost 50 per cent, with the addition of Legend of the Seas in Brisbane and our second Voyager class ship, Explorer of the Seas in Sydney,” said Adam Armstrong, Regional Commercial Director, Royal Caribbean International.Legend of the Seas’ December 2 arrival in Darwin is the first of two calls to the top end for the ship, and the third of six calls to the Northern Territory capital for Royal Caribbean International, with Voyager of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas also visiting one more time each during the summer season. The six calls to Darwin are expected to inject more than $2.5 million into the local economy in passenger spend alone.At 70,000 tonnes, Legend of the Seas is one of the largest ships in Royal Caribbean’s fleet that is able to navigate the Brisbane River and dock at Portside Wharf, Hamilton.Following an extensive US$50 million revitalisation in 2013, the ship boasts extraordinary facilities that guests will not find onboard any other cruise ship sailing from Queensland, such as the Central Atrium where high flying acrobats put on an incredible aerial show, an outdoor rock climbing wall for active travellers to test their skill, a mini golf course,indoor adults-only swimming pool for more leisurely pursuits, as well as a babies nursery.Legend of the Seas’ onboard dining offering will excite Queenslanders with six options including three speciality restaurants – a Japanese restaurant called Izumi, Royal Caribbean’s signature steakhouse Chops Grille and the 12-seat Chef’s Table private dining room.She also features a stunning two-deck grand dining room, a pool-side big screen showing movies and sports games, an 800-seat theatre with Broadway style productions, the Vitality Spa & Fitness centre, a beauty salon and a shopping arcade.During her five month season, Legend of the Seas will embark on 15 itineraries in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific ranging from two to 18 nights.  The ship will return to Brisbane for an extended summer season October 2016. Royal Caribbean CruisesSource = Royal Caribbean Internationallast_img read more

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  • Overseas visitors shatter expenditure record for the Gold Coast

    first_imgOverseas visitors shatter expenditure record for the Gold CoastOverseas visitors shatter expenditure record for the Gold CoastThe Gold Coast tourism industry has welcomed news from Tourism Research Australia that the city had a record-breaking financial year, reaching new heights in both international visitor arrivals and international visitor expenditure in 2015-16.The City welcomed 14.3% more international visitors in 2015-16 than the previous financial year, attracting 984,000 international visitors. These visitors injected $1.266 billion into the local economy, a 14.8% increase on the previous financial year.Gold Coast Tourism Chief Executive Officer, Martin Winter said the Gold Coast continues to perform well across a number of its core markets. “This is particularly the case for China (+33.2%), but also Japan (+16.9%), Taiwan (+66%) and Hong Kong (+65.7%).”“Improved aviation connectivity contributed to these record-breaking results; specifically for China with direct services into the Gold Coast Airport and the reinstatement of the Qantas Tokyo-Brisbane service,” he added.In 2015-16, there were 282,000 visitors from the Gold Coast’s largest international source market, China. “China has not been an overnight success story for the Gold Coast,” Martin said. “The local tourism industry has worked tirelessly for a number of years to lay the foundations and build the market to what it is today.”Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the City was reaping the dividends of a collaborative effort, combined with the destination’s increasingly diverse tourism offerings.“We rolled out the red carpet to welcome more international visitors and they’ve taken us up on the offer, in record numbers,” Mayor Tate said.“This has been no accident and has involved a strong commitment between Gold Coast Airport, Gold Coast Tourism and our key partners in the regions. I applaud everyone involved and know these figures are translating in to jobs for our children right here on the Gold Coast,’’ he said.Martin Winter acknowledged China and Asia’s importance to the Gold Coast, but said the destination’s global marketing footprint also includes New Zealand, the UK, Europe and North America. “We expect to see growth ahead of the Commonwealth Games, particularly as new routes into Brisbane and the Gold Coast Airports are introduced,” he said. Visit Gold Coastfor information, visitSource = Visit Gold Coastlast_img read more

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  • NSW is number one again

    first_imgNSW is Number one again!NSW is Number one againNSW has achieved its highest annual growth in the past five years for domestic visitors, nights and expenditure, according to new figures released this week by Tourism Research Australia.The State remains the number one destination for domestic visitors in the country.In the 12 months to June 2017, NSW welcomed 30.1 million domestic visitors, who stayed 97 million nights and spent $17.2 billion in the State’s visitor economy.NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the latest numbers from the National Visitor Survey revealed a continuation of NSW’s strong tourism growth.“For the first time we’ve broken through the 30 million domestic overnight visitor mark and the $17 billion milestone for spend,” Mr Marshall said.“Rural and regional NSW continues to be the most visited regional area in Australia – attracting the highest number of domestic visitors who stayed the most nights in any regional area for the year.”Mr Marshall said the results reflected the NSW Government’s successful strategies to drive overnight visitation.For more on the National Visitor Survey results, go to Destination NSW.Source = Destination NSWlast_img read more

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  • Park Plaza Kolkata Ballygunge is now Radisson

    first_imgSource = Radisson Kolkata Ballygunge Park Plaza Kolkata Ballygunge is now RadissonPark Plaza Kolkata Ballygunge is now Radisson Kolkata BallygungePark Plaza Kolkata Ballygunge today announced its rebranding to Radisson Kolkata Ballygunge – a brand synonymous with outstanding service and comfort.Strategically located in the heart of upscale South Kolkata neighborhood Ballygunge, the hotel is within proximity of the international airport and railway station. Tourist landmarks such as Kalighat temple, the Indian Museum and Victoria Memorial are within five-kilometer radius of the hotel. Radisson Kolkata Ballygunge has been revitalized with a new look in several areas of the hotels and features upgraded amenities to better serve its discerning guests with its signature Yes I Can!SM service philosophy.“I am glad to welcome our first Radisson hotel in the heart of Kolkata. West Bengal is a key market for us and Kolkata remains a promising destination due to its thriving leisure and business footprint. We appreciate the investment that Mukti Group has made in upgrading this hotel and the trust they have demonstrated in the Radisson brand”, said Raj Rana, chief executive officer, South Asia, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.“We are excited about re-launching the hotel as Radisson and are confident that the new facilities and services would be greatly appreciated by our guests. We are delighted to be partnering Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group for the repositioning and are looking forward to continued association with them”, said Rajkumar Gupta, chairman, Mukti Group.Radisson Kolkata Ballygunge features 92 well-appointed, spacious and modern rooms across Superior, Business Class, Junior and Executive Suites categories. Equipped with modern amenities, new upholstery, superior bath amenities and colorful art work, the hotel assures a comfortable and enjoyable stay for guests. Upgraded Business Class rooms on higher floors offer business class amenities and wooden floorings. Business travelers can also enjoy services like complimentary evening cocktails, laundry, free board room usage, express check-in and check-out. All suites include a value-added complimentary airport pick-up and drop in addition to the facilities of a business class room. Branded flooring, carpet and furniture with vibrant upholstery add warmth and brightness to the hotel’s newly renovated lobby. An intriguing 25 feet-tall sculpture of Buddha in the lobby area is a spectacular sight to behold.“We are committed to offer a distinguished experience at Radisson Kolkata Ballygunge which has been upgraded significantly to meet the requirements of large weddings and is now an ideal venue for social gatherings. The hotel enjoys superb location, easily accessible from important city landmarks and thus ideal for both business and leisure traveler,” said Mukti Gupta, managing director, Mukti Group.The hotel offers exciting food and beverage options such as K-19, an all-day-dining restaurant serving delicious Indian and Mediterranean cuisine; Smoke Shack, a rooftop dining restaurant and lounge featuring barbecue, grills and kebabs; Brewin, a delicatessen housing freshly baked cakes, pastries, sandwiches, savories, specialty tea and coffee; Nirvana, the in-house lounge bar ideal for sipping hand crafted cocktails and soon-to-be-introduced Dal Bati, a pure vegetarian restaurantThe hotel is equipped with a state-of-the-art fitness center and offers a menu of bespoke spa and beauty services to rejuvenate, replenish and relax.Radisson Kolkata Ballygunge boasts over 9000 square feet of flexible meetings and events space, that can be split into five expansive conference and banquet areas. Ideal for weddings, socials as well as meetings and corporate cocktails, the banquets can accommodate over 1000 guests.last_img read more

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  • Atout Frances tourism portal rechristened

    first_imgAtout France – France Tourism Development Agency’s travel information portal on destination France – www.rendezvousenfrance.com has now been rechristened as www.France.fr.This announcement was made public by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development – Laurent Fabius during the first Annual Tourism Conference.Welcoming this new development, Christian Mantei – Managing Director of Atout France said, “This previously untapped domain name belonging to the Government provides many opportunities to showcase French tourism. It presents a formidable opportunity to reinforce site referencing and provide a boost to uplift the viewership and audience.”The home-page of the site promotes not only global tourist sites that represent France abroad (Paris, Mont-Saint-Michel, Champagne) but also showcases major events that are strategically important for destination France.The website is available in 17 languages, with informative content showcasing various destinations and excellence clusters that are representative of France.By 2016, the tourism board’s global branding RendezvousenFrance.com will give way to France.fr.last_img read more

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  • Tourist arrivals exceed 4 millions in Abu Dhabi as new cruise terminal

    first_imgTourist arrivals in Abu Dhabi exceed four millions in 2015. “We have stretched our target and we now expect  4.1 million tourists 2015,” Sultan Al Dhaheri, the acting Executive Director at TCA Abu Dhabi, said on the sidelines of the opening of the new cruise terminal at Zayed Port. He said that the growth in the capital’s tourism sector in the next five years would be driven by infrastructure developments such as the cruise terminal, the Midfield Terminal at Abu Dhabi airport and the completion of cultural attractions, including the Louvre and Guggenheim museums. In June, TCA Abu Dhabi had raised the initial target for 2015 from 3.49 million arrivals to 3.9 million as guest numbers surged by 20% in the first four months of 2015, with key source markets such as the United Kingdom, India, China and Germany contributing to the bulk of the increase.“Further details were released on the growth of the cruise sector. Cruise passengers will increase by 15,000 in the 2016-17 season,” said Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, the Chief Executive of Abu Dhabi Ports. That works out to a year-on-year increase of more than seven percent as figures from TCA Abu Dhabi and the ports operator show that about 205,000 cruise visitors from 112 ship visits were expected this season. The cruise season starts in September and runs through May.220,000 cruise passengers are expected in the capital next season from 117 ships expected to call on Zayed Port. The ports operator expects that figure to reach 300,000 passengers from 130 ship calls in 2019-20.last_img read more

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  • Air India to operate direct flights in the New DelhiVienna route

    first_imgAir India has announced the launch of non-stop flights to Vienna from New Delhi.Commencing during early April, the airline would operate flights thrice a week, on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, to the Austrian capital city, with a B787 aircraft, declared Pankaj Srivastava, Director for Commercial.The Delhi-Vienna-Delhi flight will have a convenient departure at 1400hrs from Delhi and arrival at Vienna at 1845hrs. The return flight will have a night departure from Vienna at 2245hrs and arrive in Delhi at 0925hrs. The new route would be serviced by the 256-seater Dreamliner Boeing 787-800 plane with 18 business class seats and the rest in economy.“Air India has taken a conscious decision to grow further in the European market and operate as a dominant player on the (new) route,” Srivastava said while announcing the new flight in the presence of Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani.Air India with codeshare arrangements with Austrian Airlines will replace existing five weekly services to Vienna and will offer connectivity to more than 25 European destinations. This service will provide connectivity to all corners of India and to international destinations like Bangkok, Kathmandu, Colombo and other destinations connected to Delhi.last_img read more

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  • Mission to save a camel

    first_imgIf one is travelling through the desert, there is no better way than via camel. They are called the ships of the desert for a reason, but it is unfortunate when litter left by travellers becomes the death of these creatures.Source: BBClast_img

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  • Royal Caribbean International celebrates 50 years of its journey

    first_imgRoyal Caribbean International (RCI) represented exclusively by TIRUN Travel Marketing in India, is celebrating 50 years of cruising this year. Through the course of its five decades in the business, RCI has managed to take cruise experiences a notch above the rest, year on year. Amongst the largest in the world, the company has introduced cruise enthusiasts to new and varied forms of entertainment and activities onboard its 25 ship-strong fleet. It has pioneered change and innovation in the industry, with a constant focus on enhancing the way people experience cruises around the world.The company was officially launched in November 1970 with its first ship, the Song of Norway. It was the industry’s first ship built for warm-weather cruising, with a 1,004 passenger capacity. This was followed by the launch of the World’s first ‘Megaship’ – Sovereign of the Seas – in 1988. The now-retired ship boasted of features such as a five-deck Centrum, sweeping staircases, glass elevators, and marble fountains. Next came the Voyager of the Seas which was launched in 1999, the ship introduced both the first ice-skating rink at sea, as well as the first rock-climbing wall at sea. It is currently the lead ship of RCI’s Voyager-class.RCI launched its Freedom of the Seas in 2006. The ship brought the first boxing ring to sea, which was inaugurated by professional boxers Roberto Duran and Joe Fraser. It also featured the first surf-simulator at sea, known as the ‘FlowRider’. In 2009, the Oasis of the Seas was launched with 12,000+ plants called ‘Central Park’ home. It was also the first ship to feature seven distinct neighbourhoods and the first zip-line at sea.Introducing the world’s first smart-ship as part of its cruise line, RCI launched the Quantum of the Seas in 2014. The ship features the North Star which at 300 ft and with a 360-degree view is the highest viewing deck on any ship in the world. It also showcases the ‘RipCord’, ‘Bionic Bar’ and ‘Sea Plex’. These are a simulated sky-diving experience, a bar with a robotic bartender and the largest indoor active sporting venue at sea, respectively.In 2016, the Harmony of the Seas brought ‘The Ultimate Abyss’ – the tallest slide at sea, with a 10 story plunge at 150 ft above sea level. This was followed by two launches in 2018, including the Symphony of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world and the Independence of the Seas with the first ‘Sky Pad’ – a bungee trampoline with VR. RCI then launched the Navigator of the Seas in 2019, with the longest waterslide at sea, called ‘The Blaster’.May 2019 marked a significant milestone in RCI’s journey, with the launch of the ‘Perfect Day at CocoCay’. This is the company’s private island in the Bahamas open to passengers on its cruises. It features the tallest waterslide in North America (Daredevil’s Peak) and the highest vantage point in the Caribbean (Up, Up and Away). It also houses the first overwater cabanas in the Bahamas (Coco Beach Club), the largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean (Oasis Lagoon) and the largest wave pool in the Caribbean (Thrill Water Park).last_img read more

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