Archive | June, 2009

Microtel Inn Boracay Island : A secluded Paradise

Microtel Inn Boracay Island is a beachfront Boracay Hotel in Diniwid Beach that brings international-standard hotel accommodation to the premier resort island of Boracay, Philippines.

Microtel Boracay is located in the new frontier of Boracay Island. It is away from the maddening crowd of the main beach. Strategically located in a private cove, which ensures privacy and peaceful environment. It is a beachfront property, which makes it more convenient for guests to access the beach.

microtel-boracay-island-resortsOffers mostly double rooms and connecting to each other good for families. Has a swimming pool, which is very suitable for kids. It is a fully operational restaurant, which offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is very accessible both from the beach area and the main road. This property was built in 2006.

With consistently clean, comfortable rooms and world-recognized hotel facilities, the Microtel Inn and Suites Resort Hotel in Boracay lends unmatched comfort to Boracay beach holidays, complementing the tropical vibe that Boracay Island is famous for.

Sitting on Diniwid Beach north of Boracay Boat Station 1, Microtel Inn and Suites brings to its doorstep the white sand beaches, water sport activities, tropical beach night life, and other island adventures available in Boracay Beach.

Each day of fun and relaxation at Microtel Boracay is guaranteed with rest-conducive Microtel Boracay hotel rooms and facilities, where guests will see that the comfort of home is possible to have in exciting Boracay Island.

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Kalamayan Inn : A place to stay in Coron Palawan

The Kalamayan Inn Coron Palawan is a family operated bed-and-breakfast offering first class accommodation in the heart of the last frontier -Palawan.

All rooms are air conditioned and the staff is determined to help guests enjoy their stay. The Tourist Trap bar and Restaurant serves a combination of Western and Filipino menu and the coldest beer in town.

Amenities and servies includes : Non-Smoking Room, Smoke Alarm in Rooms, Health Spa/Massage, surveillance Cameras On Site, 24 Hour Security , Room Service (Limited) , Concierge/ Club Floor , Barber/Hair Stylist , Business Center , Meeting Facilities , Mini Bar , Cable/Satellite TV , Air Conditioned , 24 Hour Front Desk , Elevators , Refrigerator , Wake-up Service , Work Desk w/Lamp , Private Bath , Parking Area Patrolled and Restaurant on site.

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Carlson Hotels Adds Avis and Budget Rent A Car to Loyalty Programme

Carlson Hotels has added Avis and Budget Rent A Car to its goldpoints plus loyalty programme.

Carlson goldpoints plus members can now earn 750 points on qualifying rentals at participating Avis and Budget outlets worldwide.

In addition, members can save up to 25% on car rentals when they mention the Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) number G639300 or the Budget Customer Discount (BCD) number U106500 at the time of reservation.

carlson hotels promotionsThe goldpoints plus programme allows members to earn and redeem points at over 1,000 global participating Carlson Hotels Worldwide properties which include five brands – Regent Hotels & Resorts; Radisson Hotel & Resorts; Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts; Country Inns & Suites By Carlson and Park Inn.

“The addition of Avis and Budget to our goldpoints plus programme is a further demonstration of our commitment to loyal guests.

We are constantly looking at ways to enhance benefits to our members,” said Frank Trampert, executive vice president, Revenue Generation – Asia Pacific, Carlson Hotels Worldwide. Continue Reading

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AirPower09 air show attracts large number of fans

The Austrian air show ” AirPower09″ was opened on Friday in Zeltweg, Steiermark, central Austria.

The information officer of the Bundeswehr (Austrian Force), Karl Krainer said that the first day of the show attracted over 80, 000 spectators, far more than the spectators in the first day of the “AirPower” in 2005, which attracted 60,000 spectators.

He also expected that the two-day show this year would attracted about 200,000 viewers in total.

According to the organizer’s plan, in addition to a variety of related exhibitions, the pilots from 19 countries drive a variety of aircrafts from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time everyday to show the audience stand-alone, formation and aerobatics skills.

The aircrafts participating in this show are from the old 1908- style wooden plane (imitation) to the advanced supersonic fighters, with a total of 173 planes. Continue Reading

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Vienna Danube Island Festival held as scheduled

The 26th Danube Island Festival was ceremoniously opened on Friday night in the Danube island as scheduled.

Over the past few days, due to the continuing rainfall, the Danube water rose to such an extent that some of facilities set up for the Danube Island Festival had been soaked by water. Until Wednesday, the organizers of the festival still worried that this year’s Danube Island Festival might be forced to cancel owing to flooding.

Fortunately, from Thursday on, the weather along the Danube valley in Austria began to be fair, and the Danube water level dropped. The flow decreased significantly to alleviate the flood threat. The organizers therefore decided to hold this year’s Danube Island Festival on Friday evening as scheduled.

People were organized to repair and clean up the soaked facilities on Danube islands. A total of 1,000 cubic meters of wood pieces were also shipped to be scattered on the island to prevent the road slippery, muddy, so as to ensure the festival opened as scheduled. Continue Reading

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Korean royal tombs named UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site

Korea Tourism News Update : A group of 40 ancient royal tombs in South Korea has been given World Heritage status by a U.N. organization, becoming the nation’s ninth such site, officials in Seoul said Saturday.

The collection of tombs, all belonging to the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), was given the designation during a meeting of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee in Seville, Spain, on Friday, the officials said.

The Joseon royal tombs, all scattered around the nation’s capital, were created for 27 generations of kings, queens, crown princes and even those overthrown or posthumously recognized as kings during the dynasty. The tombs built from 1408 to 1966 using Confucianism principles and geomancy are known for their unique construction method and landscape architecture. Continue Reading

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Bukit Fraser Still Draws The Tourists

Fraser’s Hill is a resort notable in the country’s tourism industry.

This highland retreat, that sits on the Titiwangsa Range in Pahang, draws a continuous stream of visitors as the temperature there is cool, ranging from 17 and 24 degrees Celsius.

The highest point on Fraser’s Hill is 1,280 metres above sea level. Located some 105 km from Kuala Lumpur, Fraser’s Hill showcases a number of bungalows and houses constructed according to the British colonial style.

The small town of Fraser’s Hill is known as ‘Little England’ and most of the activities here centers around a spot that stands a beautiful clock tower.

Fraser’s Hill is also world-renowned for the Fraser’s Hill International Bird Race event.

The scenario of a Tudor-style village, akin to that in Scotland, coupled with the highland’s cool air, has never failed to draw tourists who want to enjoy the ‘picturesque’ situation there. Continue Reading

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Singapore records double digit drop in May 2009 tourist arrivals

Singapore recorded a double digit decline of 13 percent in tourist arrivals last month compared to a year ago.

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) said today about 730,000 visitors came to the city-state last month compared to the 834,000 in May 2008.

In its monthly update on tourism performance in the Republic, STB said visitor days in May were estimated at 3.1 million days, a decrease of 10.6 percent in comparison to the corresponding month last year.

The board said Indonesia, India, Australia, Malaysia and China were Singapore’s top five visitor-generating markets, accounting for 53.1 percent of total visitor arrivals for last month.

Some 129,000 Indonesian, 90,000 Indian, 59,000 Australian, 55,000 Malaysian and 52,000 Chinese visitors came to Singapore last month. Continue Reading

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Cebu Pacific now offers Catanduanes Flights

Cebu Pacific (CEB) now flies to Virac Catanduanes on a daily basis.  The airline began its daily Manila-Virac service a week ago, adding three more flights to its previous four-times weekly schedule. It likewise increased its Manila-Naga flights to twice daily – from 10 times weekly.

“This is proof of our commitment to make Philippine travel affordable for everyone. CEB’s trademark low fares have allowed many travelers to travel by air for the first time. The public can expect CEB to continue offering the lowest possible fare in every destination it serves, even if CEB is the only airline serving that route.” Candice Iyog, CEB vice president for marketing and distribution, said.

The airline, which has been providing a viable transport alternative to ferries and buses, will also boost its Cebu-General Santos service with an additional Saturday flight.

Last June 12, the leading domestic airline offered a P111 all-in “Go Lite” fare for all of its domestic services in celebration of the 111th anniversary of Philippine independence. The one-day seat sale was available on June 12 only and is valid for travel from November 1 to 30, 2009. Continue Reading

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GotoBus Expands Online Travel Service to Include Australia Sightseeing Tours, the leading online ticketing company for intercity bus travel and bus tours, has recently expanded its services to include Australia sightseeing tours. The company now offers over 100 sightseeing tours and activities in nine cities: Adelaide, Alice Springs, Darwin, Gold Coast, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney.

Throughout the company’s history, GotoBus has continually diversified its product lines to meet the needs of its growing customer base. Expanding into the Australian bus travel market is a natural addition to its current services in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and China.

Each year, travelers flock “Down Under” to Australia’s Outback to discover the beautiful national landscapes, sparkling beaches, and vibrant cultures of its diverse people. GotoBus is pleased to offer its customers unique touristic experiences—like cuddling a koala, exploring the Cadbury Chocolate Factory, or experiencing close encounters with jumping crocodiles along the Adelaide River!

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AirAsia Partnership with Oakland Raiders set to boost brand globally

For 7 years now, we have conquered the skies. For 50 years, they’ve conquered the gridiron. Today, both stand together in unison, the start of an awesome winning combination.

AirAsia, the world’s best low-cost carrier and Oakland Raiders, three-time National Football League (NFL) Super Bowl champions, officially announced a winning partnership at the Low Cost Carrier Terminal today.

AirAsia is proud to be a sponsor of an iconic NFL football team like the Oakland Raiders and this partnership is expected to be the catalyst in promoting the AirAsia brand in the United States.

AirAsia will also host a 1,000 FREE SEATS online contest in which students will be chosen at random for the opportunity to win free tickets to a Raiders home game. Program and contest details will be made available on and

AirAsia Group CEO Dato’ Sri Tony Fernandes said, “This is a very meaningful moment for all of us at AirAsia. We are excited to associate ourselves with a great, iconic team like the Oakland Raiders as they reflect our own endeavor for excellence. This is actually the latest step we are taking, to boost our brand globally. Despite not operating in the US yet, AirAsia has already captured the attention of the US public and won Aviation Week’s prestigious Laureate Award.” Continue Reading

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Ascott Marks 25th Anniversary With Over 25 Community Initiatives Worldwide

CapitaLand’s wholly-owned serviced residence business unit, The Ascott Group Limited (Ascott), marks 25 successful years as the top international serviced residence owner-operator with over 25 community initiatives worldwide. These activities range from supporting the educational needs of underprivileged children to funding their medical treatment.

Turning 25 this year, Ascott pioneered the serviced residence concept with one property each in Singapore (The Ascott Singapore) and France (Citadines La Défense) in 1984. Ascott has since grown to be the world’s largest international serviced residence owner-operator with 190 properties and three award-winning brands – Ascott, Somerset and Citadines – in 66 cities and 22 countries.

Mr Lim Chin Beng, Chairman of The Ascott Group Limited, said: “We are commemorating Ascott’s 25th Anniversary in a meaningful way with over 25 charity initiatives worldwide to give back to the communities where we operate. In particular, we have raised funds to build a school dormitory for hill tribe children in Thailand and will support a French charity which sponsors heart surgery for children. In Singapore, our staff have donated S$25,000 to provide for the educational and developmental needs of children under Chaoyang School, Pertapis Children’s Home, and TOUCH Young Arrows, a service of TOUCH Community Services. Through these efforts, we hope to create a brighter future for the children of these beneficiaries. CapitaLand Hope Foundation has also extended a S$25,000 top-up for the three Singapore charities.” Continue Reading

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