Thursday, December 31, 2009
Chris Lee, marketing advisor for the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), commented that Thailand has a lot to offer those on gap years, as well as people holidaying there.
"Gap years are not just about doing a lazy trek, people want to get involved with cultural tourism, do home stays and get a much more down to earth product," he said.
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According to Travelmood, it is one of the best value destinations for British travellers.
Rad Sofronijevic, the company's managing director, said 2009 saw a rise in the number of people making late bookings and noted that, as a result, airlines and hotels are offering great deals for 2010 in order to encourage early bookings.
"Thailand is definitely more affordable for 2010 than it was this year because of the great, value-added deals around," he commented.
Mr Sofronijevic added that flights to Australia and New Zealand are also becoming more affordable for Britons.
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According to accommodation provider Jurys Inns, forgetting to do this - and then incurring a charge at the airport as a result - is one of the most annoying things that business travellers encounter on their trips.
Other things that were found to be particularly irritating by the survey included dim bathroom lighting that does not allow for make-up to be applied efficiently and missing breakfast due to early business meetings.
Forgetting to take a mobile phone or BlackBerry charger - meaning that the device becomes useless once the battery has run down - also made the ranking.
In recent days, Thomson and First Choice predicted that warmer destinations are likely to attract an increased number of customers next summer.
Simon McNamara, director of industry affairs for the European Regions Airline Association, said the past 12 months have been tough for most carriers.
However, he noted that this is likely to benefit holidaymakers and business travellers.
"What could be advantageous for customers may be the fact that airlines will be discounting tickets, in order to attract the numbers in terms of demand once again," Mr McNamara commented.
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Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Often thought of visiting Delhi, the rich cultural city with grand remnants of stately colonial and magnificent Mughal architecture? Unbelievably, you can fly for as low as £245 from London Heathrow Airport! There are scores of other options. If frilly in-flight services matter to you, then you can select from the upper end of the spectrum from Kingfisher Airlines and Jet Airways with price tags of £397 and £322 each.
A trip to India is incomplete without a visit to Mumbai, home to the world’s largest film industry. You can reach this fabulous destination for an amazing £245. Can it really go lower than this? Near Mumbai, India’s premiere beach destination of Goa has long remained a hot favourite vacationing destination. Why not? Laidback but extremely fun filled ambience against a backdrop of surviving Portuguese culture works its magic on the most jaded traveller. You can steal a deal to Goa with Air India for for as low as £417.
To witness an amazing convergence of the old and the new, head to Hyderabad. With epithets like the ‘City of Nizams’ and the City of Pearls, Hyderabad is full of delightful historical landmarks and culinary wonders. Trust Jet Airways to take you there with fares starting from £322. Whether you are a history buff or a pub crawler, make sure to visit the swish city of Bangalore. Once ruled by Tipu Sultan and adorned with many historical buildings, today Bangalore has come to be known as the Silicon Valley of India. Fly to this wonderful destination at a shockingly low fare of £333.
Whether it is Lufthansa for merely £411 for round trip to the ‘City of Joy’ (Kolkata), or a paltry £289 for a trip to the coastal city of Chennai with Kuwait Airways, it is the tourist who is being spoilt for choice. With all these flights to India available from London Heathrow Airport, get ready to explore this enigmatic country on a shoestring budget.
Writing for the Guardian, Sarfraz Manzoor described his week-long trip on the Golden Chariot that took him from Bangalore to Goa.
People booking flights to India may want to consider the journey as part of their itinerary on a visit to the country.
Mr Manzoor visited historic locations, such as the ruined city of Hampi, the palace in Mysore and the spectacular statue of Jain saint Bahubali in Shravanabelagola.
Passengers on the train also had the opportunity to go in search of the elusive tiger on a safari in the Nagarhole National Park.
Although he did not see any tigers, Mr Manzoor did find an elephant: "An elephant, its trunk dressed in leaves, emerged as if from a dream. I had never seen elephants in the wild before and it reduced me and everyone else to silence."
The Golden Chariot makes four stops – Mysore, Hassan, Hospet and Gadag -between Bangalore and Goa.
Catching a cold or the flu can put a serious downer on holidays. However, according to one publication, there are a number of steps people can take to prevent the spread of germs.
Writing for the Mirror, Nigel Thompson noted that passengers should carry a bottle of hand sanitiser with them, which should be applied liberally and at regular intervals.
"Use antibacterial wipes. They can help in disinfecting anything you may rest your hands on, such as your tray table and arm rests," he added.
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Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Anyone booking flights to India next year may be pleased to hear that the country has been chosen as one of the ten best places to travel to in 2010.
World Travel Guide highlighted Delhi as a particularly good choice as the city is set to host the Commonwealth Games in October next year.
As a result of the forthcoming sporting event, authorities have made a number of improvements to city's infrastructure and have resolved to teach basic English to workers in the hospitality and transport industries.
The online guide also recommended that visitors looking to escape from the chaotic urban environment should take a trip to the seaside state of Kerala.
"Away from the urban sprawl, this is a vast and diverse land, with tranquil beaches, parched deserts and fresh mountain retreats," the website stated.
The Commonwealth Games, which are taking place between October 3rd and 14th, will showcase international athletes in events such as archery, cycling, wrestling and table tennis.
The Asian-based carrier picked up four gongs, including the title of best international first class airline.
Additionally, Singapore Changi was voted the best airport in the world by the registered OAG members and frequent fliers who took part in the ballot.
Other winners included Continental - which picked up the accolades for best airline based in North America and the best executive/business class carrier - and Virgin Atlantic which was awarded best airline based in Western Europe and best transatlantic airline.
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Monday, December 28, 2009
Virgin Atlantic has announced that it will operate a fleet of larger aircraft on certain routes over the Christmas period to help passengers who will encounter travel difficulties as a result of industrial action at a rival airline.
Flights to Delhi are among those that will use a larger aircraft, along with several major transatlantic routes, such as those to New York and Washington.
An additional 68 seats will be provided on each flight, as the airline will use an Airbus A340-600 rather than the A340-300 model.
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Saturday, December 26, 2009
Writing in the Daily Mail, Tim Lott talked about a recent trip to the southern Indian city.
Initially sceptical of the spiritual journey promised by the itinerary, Mr Lott explained that he was completely surprised by what he found.
After spending a few days sightseeing in Hyderabad, Mr Lott's trip took him to a spa resort on Vembanad Lake.
While here, he underwent a soul rebalancing session, which he said was "a remarkable encounter".
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The carrier has announced that it will begin a daily flight from the Indian capital to Doha alongside its existing routes to Mumbai and Kochi.
Delhi to Doha operations and the reciprocal journeys will commence from January 21st 2010.
Nikos Kardassis, acting chief executive officer at Jet Airways, commented: "The launch of our daily services to Doha from Delhi will cater for the strong customer demand for direct flights on the route."
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According to a recent survey by hotels.com, it is the third most popular sight to see in the world, after the Eiffel Tower in Paris and St Peter's in Rome.
More than 10,000 travellers voted in the poll, which demonstrates that the 17th century palace still has appeal for modern tourists.
Located in Agra, the Taj Mahal was constructed by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal and is described by the Taj Mahal website as "the epitome of love".
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Friday, December 25, 2009
People booking flights to Bengaluru in India will have another option from early next year.
Qatar Airways has announced that it will be launching flights to the city from its Doha hub at the beginning of February.
The Bengaluru route will be the first of three launches which will see the carrier expand its international network.
This will be the 11th destination served by the airline in India and will mean that the company operates 71 flights to the Asian country each week.
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Two thirds (66 per cent) of respondents said that they will be taking one or two holidays in 2010, while 31 per cent intend to take three or more breaks next year.
Of those planning trips, 76 per cent said they plan to take a short break before May.
Joel Brandon-Bravo, managing director of Travelzoo UK, commented: "We're very pleased to see that our UK subscribers are upbeat about their plans for 2010. [They] clearly see travel as a must do element of their lives."
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Commenting on trends for the decade ahead as the noughties draws to a close, Mr Rice stated that the ski industry in India could really take off over the next ten years.
"While the likes of Japan, Mongolia and Chile are likely to emerge as viable ski destinations in the coming ten years, we feel that India's slopes will be the hottest draw of the next decade," he predicted.
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Bob Atkinson, an expert at travelsupermarket.com, commented that people view their holidays as "one of the highlights of the year".
He added they will save up and sacrifice all kinds of things in order to ensure they get at least one break in a year.
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With Globespan and Allbury recently failing, Simon McNamara, director of industry affairs for the European Regions Airline Association (ERA), has warned tourists to be careful when booking a trip.
"Any consumer who buys a product needs to look at what protection they need and how much responsibility they should take for this," he said.
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The Maharajas' Express train is cited as being the most lavish locomtive in the world and is due to be unveiled in Mumbai in January 2010.
Operating between Mumbai and Delhi and also Delhi and Calcutta, passengers can enjoy the richness of Indian life and culture from the comfortable surroundings of their train's carriage.
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Saturday, December 12, 2009
Speaking at the Next Generation Equity Research conference on Wednesday (December 9th), Hank Halter said that Delta is anticipating a seven per cent drop in unit revenue for the fourth quarter, Reuters reports.
However, he also indicated that the airline will experience a return to growth in 2010, possibly as a result of more people booking flights to India, South Africa, Australia and other destinations.
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Dermot Blastland, managing director of TUI UK & Ireland, said: "Consumers are going on holiday because they want to have a good time but 60 per cent of them prefer to go with companies who are eco-friendly."
He added that the trend indicates that people are "starting to take climate change seriously".
In terms of destinations, Mr Blastland commented that resorts need to take climate change into account when making any alterations to their premises or developing new attractions.
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Friday, December 11, 2009
Among numerous beautiful hill stations, Darjeeling is a gem, which allows one to behold the dazzling glory of KanchanJunga, supposedly the second highest mountain peak in the world. Further world famous hill destinations are the Valley of Flowers, Kashmir, Manali, and Mussourie to mention just a few. For the brave hearts, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Kashmir offer nail biting heli skiing and normal skiing opportunities. The hilly heights are also perfect for hang gliding, snowboarding, rock climbing and ice climbing.
Campers can take their pick from family camping, weekend camping, wild camping and winter camping across the breadth of the nation. Indulge in the adventure of bicycling over difficult terrain on the hills. The great adrenalin rush resulting from the mountain biking in Ladakh which is among the best destinations for the sport will leave you craving to come back.
Adventure sports in India are incomplete without an experience of rafting in the swirling currents of the Ganges in Rishikesh. This sporting bug even bit celebrities like Sir Edmund Hillary and Brad Pitt.
Country’s premier beach destination, Goa offers great water sport and adventure activities. Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Jet Skiing and fantastic opportunities to unearth the secrets of the deep blue sea in the midst of some finest marine life is sure to boggle your mind.
The jungle enthusiast would do well to visit the Sunderbans Delta (home to the famous Royal Bengal Tiger), where boating excursions take tourists deep into the jungle. A saying goes that very few who spot the tiger live to tell the tale. It is a fact that due to some inexplicable reason, most Sunderban tigers are inherently man eaters. Among numerous other sanctuaries are the Gir Forests inhabited by the nearly extinct Asiatic lion, Ranthambore National Park, the Kaziranga Rhino Sanctuary and the Corbett National Park. Most sanctuaries conduct jungle safaris including night safaris.
To behold the might of nature, do not miss the Thar camel safari. This ocean of sand reveals how lost you are without your guide and camel. A cruise over the Chambal River is panacea for further craving for adventure. The cruise brings one in close proximity to ferocious crocodiles.
Whatever your travel pursuits may be, this vibrant, enigmatic and diverse land is sure to leave you with memories to cherish for the lifetime.
The operator has set out a list of travel predictions for 2010, with warmer destinations expected to experience an increase in popularity.
Value for money will be the most important factor in British holidaymakers' decisions when it comes to booking a trip, the company claimed.
With this in mind, Thomson and First Choice has predicted that all-inclusive breaks will be a favourite choice among those looking to stick to a holiday budget.
Over the past five years, bookings in this area have increased by 32 per cent and the travel agent expects this trend to continue.
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The newspaper has selected four of the best beach houses on offer to travellers in the region.
Vivenda dos Palhacos tops the list. Described as a "beautifully restored Hindu-Portuguese hacienda", it is situated just a short walk from Majorda Beach.
Offering individual rooms and one self-contained cottage, the publication claims that it provides an "authentic Goan experience" that is slightly off the well-trodden tourist trail.
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David Henderson, spokesperson for the Association of European Airlines (AEA), commented: "The market has got used to fares at a much lower level. We don't think the airlines will be able to put their fares back to where they were."
He said that, while this is bad news for carriers, it signals the continuation of cheap airfares for tourists.
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Kumari Selja commented that UK travellers are an important part of the tourism market for India, adding that they often travel around during their stay.
She noted: "They go [to] the beaches in Goa and they go for the wildlife, they go just about everywhere. They are really adventurous people."
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Wednesday, December 9, 2009
If they decide to visit the city's latest bar, then they could be treated to a unique experience.
A rooftop bar, called Aer, is located 34 floors above the streets on the Four Seasons Hotel.
Promising "panoramic city and sea views and [an] endless ceiling of sky and stars," this nightspot could be the perfect choice for a romantic drink or a fruity cocktail.
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Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Passengers on any of the carrier's flights will be given the opportunity to donate some of their leftover holiday money to the good cause.
Collection envelopes will be placed in seatback pockets and anyone is free to place money in them, which will then be collected at the end of the flight.
Christer Haglund, senior vice president at the airline, said: "Finnair and its customers have already collected nearly €1 million (£910,000) for Unicef work through the Change for Good campaign."
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The airline announced that it was making the changes following feedback from passengers and cabin crew that indicated a card service would be preferable for making purchases on the plane.
Handheld card readers will be used to take payment and save passengers having to root around in their bags to find the correct change. However, cash will still be accepted for purchases of duty-free products.
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Writing in the Guardian, Tom Hall from Lonely Planet offers some advice to tourists who may struggle to see the Taj Mahal during their trip.
Responding to a letter from a woman visiting Agra on a Friday - the only day that the monument is closed to the public - Mr Hall suggested taking in Agra Fort and Akbar's Mausoleum.
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Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Travel journalist Annabelle Thorpe has picked out some quieter options for people looking for a quiet winter-sun break.
Writing in the Guardian, she described the Fusion boutique hotel in Dubai as "a real find". Compared with many of the emirate's hotels, Fusion is a small, 15-room hideaway based in Jumeirah that offers guests classic Arabian villas with gardens.
Also featured in her top 20 is the Villa Belle Epoque in Cairo that "provides an escape from the madness of Cairo's streets in the lush suburb of Maadi".
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Monday, November 30, 2009
The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) has underlined its commitment to the reform process within the industry that should lead to increased protection for customers.
Mark Tanzer, ABTA chief executive, said: "These consultations are hugely important to our members and all their customers."
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The British budget hotel chain opened its first location in the Indian city this week and announced plans to build a further nine hotels across the country over the coming five years.
Patrick Dempsey, managing director of Premier Inn UK, said: "India represents one of the fastest-growing economies in the world today and we are confident that Premier Inn will be successful in India."
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Friday, November 27, 2009
Justin Francis, co-founder of responsibletravel.com, commented that tourists are expressing a greater interest in having "authentic and real" travel experiences.
He suggested that people planning holidays may want to consider a trip that is based around local communities, cultures or environments.
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Thursday, November 26, 2009
Delhi was chosen alongside cities such as Vancouver in Canada and Nara in Japan by the Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness Travel team, according to a report published in the Times.
As the host of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Delhi is described as "rejuvenated and refreshed". The travel team also explained that many of the city's monuments have been cleaned ahead of the event and transport links have been improved.
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Writing for the Daily Telegraph, Clover Stroud described a trip that took her from a safari in the Nagarhole National Park to the coffee plantations in northern Kerala and on to a remote region of the Malabar Coast.
She began her trip in Orange County with a boat ride across the Kabini River for a morning safari.
From there, she travelled through the spice and coffee plantations to reach her next destination, where she stayed at a family-run guesthouse.
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Fred Mawer spoke to a number of experts in the industry who all agreed that, for a long-haul winter trip, Thailand is "a very good bet for bargains".
In addition to reduced room rates, the cost of living in the Asian country is incredibly low. Thailand was found to be the cheapest of the 16 long-haul destinations in terms of living costs in a recent survey by the Post Office.
Other destinations recommended by Mr Mawer as offering value for money include Dubai and Sri Lanka.
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Monday, November 23, 2009
It is made up of ancient rituals that take place in Taoist temples across the island, as well as the more bizarre practice of mediums piercing their faces with a range of objects.
Photos published in the Guardian show some participants with spikes sticking out of their cheeks and one man even used knives and shears.
The event has been taking place on the island since 1825, when the festival was started by Chinese immigrants.
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Thursday, November 19, 2009
The Australian company announced the initiative today (November 18th), which will benefit passengers departing from Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle.
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Rupert Winchester has urged tourists to consider visiting the city in an article in the Daily Mail this weekend.
He describes Kolkata, formerly known as Calcutta, as "a ramshackle and grubby celebration of India's vivacity, invented by the English with a blend of British design and the indelible characteristics of India".
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Saturday, November 14, 2009
Casa Colvale is one hotel picked by the publication as offering competitive rates with high-end service.
The hotel is set back from the beach by the River Chapora, making it a relaxing and quiet alternative to the coastal resorts that holidaymakers usually head for.
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Thursday, November 12, 2009
A new bilateral frequent flyer programme agreement between the businesses means that passengers on both airlines can now redeem miles on flights offered by either company.
Both airlines claim that this will offer their customers a greater level of choice as well as increasing the number of available routes.
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The Middle Eastern carrier beat off international competition to take the title.
This is the second consecutive year that the company has walked away with the award for world's leading airline - business class.
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Saturday, October 31, 2009
Holidaymakers booking flights to India may be interested to know that Qatar Airways has launched a new route from Doha to Goa.
The carrier offers connections from a number of UK cities, including London, Edinburgh and Manchester.
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Out-of-season deals are proving increasingly popular with British tourists, according to research released by Hotels.com today.
The survey revealed that long-haul destinations, including south Asia and the South Pacific, are receiving a lot of attention, with searches for holidays in these locations in the low season rising by as much as 200 per cent year-on-year.
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Tuesday, September 15, 2009
According to Lynsey Devon, an activity sector PR manager for TUI Travel, India is a destination that provides a wallet-friendly break for all kinds of travellers.
Recession-hit Brits prioritise travel to the region "because it is very good value for money", Ms Devon added.
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Monday, September 14, 2009
Suang Puangsri, aged 38, spent years cooking and sell scorpions to hungry passers-by, but now, as a practicing Buddhist, has decided to punish himself for this by taking up home with 4,600 of the creatures.
He told Reuters: "Although I was happy to have money, I felt suffering deep inside as they were being harmed by me. I felt scared that I was committing a sin."
Travellers have now begun to stop by his home in the small village of Fark Ta in the Uttaradit region, where he makes a living carving animal figurines.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
According to the Nielsen Upper Middle and Rich (UMAR) survey, Delhi is India's most affluent metropolis and is home to some of the richest Indians.
Conducted among 35 cities and 18,250 individuals, the paper used criteria such as lifestyle, possessions, consumer behaviour, level of income and quality of education in its evaluation.