Saturday, March 27, 2010
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, he explained that packing light and taking something comfortable to wear on a flight are the most important things to consider when heading to the airport. He told the newspaper: "I try to travel light to avoid baggage issues," noting that he'll do "anything possible to make the journey comfortable"
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Friday, March 26, 2010
A survey conducted by Wanderlust and the AITO revealed that 67 per cent of respondents have seen an increase in bookings, while a further 15 per cent are reporting similar levels to the previous year. Customers looking for the perfect holiday continue to be more influenced by the destination than anything else.
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But new research has revealed that photos do not just bring back happy memories, they also evoke smells in our minds. According to the survey carried out by Nikon, 47 per cent of Brits said that they could remember the smell associated with a picture.
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The new menu will be rolled out on April 1st, offering hot hors d'ouvres for the first time.
In 2009, the airline collaborated with Michelin-starred chef Yves Mattagne to revamp its food, with a host of western dishes designed to complement the carrier's Indian meals.
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Thursday, March 25, 2010
Rachel Morgan-Trimmer, founder of thecareerbreaksite.com, commented that online advice offers a number of benefits beyond printed travel brochures. The main advantage, she noted, is that information online can be updated immediately, meaning that those headed to adventure travel destinations can get up-to-the minute visa information and official travel advice.
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In a selection of alternative breaks compiled by the Daily Telegraph, a singing tour in Kerala was among the options suggested for the "reluctant traveller".
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
With the global economic recovery on the horizon, the aviation industry in
the domestic passenger segment is expected to register annual growth rates of over 50% . Even the international passenger segment is slated to grow at 25% annually as per industry forecasts.
The looming crisis
Notwithstanding these glowing projections, the current situation in the industry continues to alarm policy makers, regulators and industry leaders alike. Presently, flights to
The recent hike in the price of Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) has further added to the anguish of the airlines as it has the potential to take the industry on a downward spiral that can prove fatal. Rising fuel costs will lead to a steep rise in the price of air tickets that would result in a significant reduction in passenger traffic. As a consequence, airlines may reduce the frequency of flights in the non-lucrative routes severely impairing
In response to the crisis, the industry has embarked on a cost-cutting spree and that too with a vengeance. Most full service carriers have chosen to outsource ancillary functions like ground handling, reservation, aircraft maintenance, catering, training, accounting, IT infrastructure, loyalty programme management to reduce their operational costs. Air lines are now paying more attention to the air cargo segment and develop its revenue potential by maintaining a dedicated fleet of aircraft for handling air cargo. To cut down their labour costs, airlines have also resorted to hiring contract labour for cabin crew, ticketing and check-in functions and retired personnel from Air force and PSU's have been engaged at senior management positions as part of the cost –cutting exercise.
The government on its part is acutely conscious of the crisis and has stepped in to avert an implosion in the aviation space. By keeping the tax on jet fuel at a low rate of four percent for smaller planes, it has offered an olive branch for regional carriers that typically use smaller aircrafts. It wants to aggressive promote regional aviation and has chosen not to cut the tax rate on aviation fuel for full service carriers which currently hovers at around 30-40%.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation has advised air -carriers to consume less engine power and reduce their operations on routes attracting lower load factors. The government is also contemplating several fiscal and monetary incentives to make
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
The Salaam Baalak Trust is a charity that helps street children find jobs and offers tours to visitors which are run by the children that it has helped. Nigel Richardson, a journalist with the Daily Telegraph, recently went on one of these tours and described his guide as "a testament to the lifesaving work done by the Salaam Baalak Trust".
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Members of the PATA chapter in India were given the Spirit of PATA award for 2010 following the way in which tourism operators in the country coped in the wake of the Mumbai terrorist attack in 2008. According to PATA, those working in the industry demonstrated "incredible determination and resolve" following the incident almost two years ago.
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Saturday, March 20, 2010
Kumbh Mela, which happens four times every 12 years, will be held in the Indian town until April 28th, the Guardian revealed.
Each gathering shifts to a different location, the news provider explained, with Allahabad, Ujjain and Nashik all taking a turn to host the festival.
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Friday, March 19, 2010
Its self-titled iPhone app offers travellers the chance to check up-to-date flight information, as well as allowing them to manage their bookings, check-in online and access their Lufthansa Miles & More account details.
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Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Writing for the Times, Paul Croughton picked out some of the best healthy breaks around the world. The Sanda Wellness retreat was among his selections, which is said to leave guests feeling "calm and serene".
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Tuesday, March 16, 2010
The country's southernmost tip has plenty to offer holidaymakers, Asian Lite reported, as the region's spiritual side has recently merged with a modern sense of adventure. When travellers have tired of visiting Vivekananda Rock at the Bay of Bengal, ecotourism events such as bird-watching may also be appealing, as 17 types of migratory birds can be spotted in the region.
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Saturday, March 13, 2010
Internal Security Act Rolled Out in Thailand
Anticipating trouble in the wake of the upcoming anti government mass protest marches by the left wing Red Shirts, the government of Thailand has implemented the Internal Security Act (ISA) in Thailand and seven nearby areas. The act empowers the Internal Security Operations Command with the following powers:
- state officials to take any step to curtail illegal activities.
- Protect the life and property of people by ensuring that no malicious actions are carried out with explosive related electronic equipment.
- Sealing of any locality or building during its operational hours, with the exception of permission from a designated official.
- Curtailing the carrying of weapons outside dwelling places.
- Enforcing curfew orders by restricting exit from dwelling places.
- Prohibiting or providing restricted access to vehicles in certain areas.
Duration and Sites of the Protest
The protests has already started on 12 March and expected to continue till 23 March. Its covering almost 10 sites, namely Nonthaburi City Hall, the town hall of Samut Prakan province, Lumpini Park, King Taksin Memorial on Wong Wien Yai Circle, Tung Song Hong, Din Daeng, Laksi monument, two sites in Pathum Thani province’s Lamlukka district, and Bangna. The protests would move to Ratchadamnoen Road on 14 March.
The main Bangkok rally would take place on 14 March covering the area from Sanam Laung to King Rama V’s Equestrian Statue. The main stage of the rally would be at Ratchadarnnoen Klang road’s Phan Fa Leeland Bridge.
Regions Covered by ISA
As per Panithan Wattanayakorn, the spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s Office, ISA would be enforced throughout Bangkok and Nonthaburi as well as some districts of Ayutthaya, Pathum Thani, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Prakarn, Chachoengsao, and Samut Sakorn. Although, rallying would be permitted, but the police and military forces would have every right to ensure that peace is maintained and public property is not damaged.
Economic Fallout of the Scenario
Among the chief concerns is the possible closure of Bangkok’s airports by protestors. Bangkok is a hub for many international full service as well as low cost airlines with travellers vying to book cheap flights to this exciting destination and in case of such a development, the country’s economy will suffer a crippling blow. However, the Red Shirts have assured not to close any airports. Mr. Quinton Quayle, the UK ambassador to Bangkok also raised the issue with the opposition party Puea Thai, who are Red Shirts sympathisers.
Expectedly, the market sentiment is far from robust. February saw a sharp decline in indices. In fact, the central bank of Thailand released a statement that it was deliberating a rise in rates to normalise policy settings. However, the political unrest has upset the timing.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Lots of portals on the web offer handy tips on how to get cheap tickets on all flights to India if you plan a rendezvous with the exotic sculptures of Khajuraho. Your trip to India will also give you a chance to explore its vivid cultural landscape that is an amalgam of numerous races, castes and religions.
Tour India’s forts, palaces and places of worship and witness history unfold before you. Visit its splendid temples like the Sun Temple at Konark Birla Mandir, Chattarpur Mandir, Isckon Temple, Lotus Temple, Khir Bhawani that highlight India’s rich cultural heritage. Do visit the Taj Mahal in Agra that is sure to spellbind you with its astounding beauty. This mausoleum in white marble is considered as the epitome of love and continues to enchant visitors even today.
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Frances Mayes wrote her story of moving to Italy to start a new life 20 years ago and now, with a new book about life in the country about to hit the shelves, she's been talking about other destinations to visit. In an interview with CNN, she said that she wants to travel to a number of countries over the coming years.
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It stated that work needs to be done to "reform consumer protection for holidays, flights and accommodation to ensure that all the travelling public are protected". The announcement could provide additional peace of mind to anyone booking trips and travelling on flights to India, for example.
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Thursday, March 11, 2010
Tourism Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan explained that a study is underway to determine whether sea plane flights would be feasible, Asian Lite reported. He told the news provider: "The proposed project will become a reality only if the feasibility study looks into areas of pollution and whether inland water transport and fishing will be affected."
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Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Anyone seeking five-star accommodation should find it here, with the complex offering deluxe rooms and suites, private pools, a rooftop terrace and a spa.
For those who like their food, there will be three restaurants on site serving up a host of Indian, Italian and Japanese dishes to enjoy.
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Saturday, March 6, 2010
Writing for the Times, Caroline Eden explained that this little-explored corner of the country offers unusual cultural experiences as well as a chance to spot some rare wildlife. She stayed at the Rann Riders resort, which is a two-hour drive out of the region's capital Ahmedabad.
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The search engine has added the Delhi metro routes to its Google Transit service, which allows people all over the world to view the network of transport links and plan their journey before they touch down in the country.
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In addition to adding new routes to destinations such as Bangalore, Amritsar and Goa since October last year, the company has also increased the number of aircrafts it operates.
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Thursday, March 4, 2010
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Sarina Singh, senior author for Lonely Planet India, explained that the city of Chandigarh has a number of sights which are becoming increasingly popular with travellers in the country. Among them are the Nek Chand Fantasy Rock Garden, which she claimed is now one of the most visited sites in India.
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