Archive | July, 2009

Royal Plantation Island provides private island retreat in the Exumas, Bahamas

Tucked away in the quiet center of the Exumas chain of islands in the Bahamas is the largely untouched, 50-acre Royal Plantation Island at Fowl Cay. A classic favorite for boating, diving and fishing, the island maintains the strict Royal Plantation Collection standards of excellence in a uniquely remote destination.

The spectrum of blue surrounding Royal Plantation Island is breathtaking. Turquoise, cerulean and ice-blue are some of the descriptions that fall short of effectively describing the waters of this spectacular destination.

In 2007, each of the six private one-, two- and three-bedroom villas at Royal Plantation Island were renovated and outfitted with casually elegant furnishings to complement the natural surroundings.

Royal Plantation Island at Fowl CayThe barefoot chic décor of each villa features hand-selected art, elegant furnishings and luxury linens.

All villas are equipped with a fully stocked kitchen, modern electronics, Molton Brown amenities and a dedicated golf cart, beach-cruiser, bicycles and motorboat to explore neighboring beaches and cays.

The villa collection at Royal Plantation Island includes: the two-bedroom Birdcage; three-bedroom Bluemoon; three-bedroom Sweetwater; identical two-bedroom Starlight and Seabreeze; and the one-bedroom Lindon villa. For the utmost secluded getaway, the island can be rented in its entirety, and sleeps up to 30 people in total.

“Royal Plantation Island is one of the most pristine locations in the Bahamas that is still easily accessible for travelers from the US,” says Steve Huggins, General Manager of Royal Plantation Island, referring to the two-hour long flights from Ft. Lauderdale to neighboring Staniel Cay. “The island’s crystal clear waters and overall charm is truly magnetic; it’s no wonder why travelers seeking the true private island experience plan their escape here.” Continue Reading

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Dubai Hotels Emirates launches Ramadan Promotion

Emirates Airline has developed some special accommodation packages for passengers travelling to or via Dubai during the holy month of Ramadan, from 20th August to 20th September 2009.

Emirates’ passengers already holding a one-way or return ticket to or via Dubai are eligible to book a three-night stay in some of Dubai’s most sought after properties, at discounted packages starting from only US$67 per person, per night, based on two people sharing.

Ahmed Khoory, Senior Vice President Commercial, Gulf, Middle East and Iran said, “Ramadan is an important part of the Islamic calendar and in honour of this Emirates has developed some incredible accommodation packages that will allow people from around the world to experience the magic of Ramadan in Dubai.

“With the help of our valued hotel partners Emirates has endeavoured to offer our passengers the chance to explore this beautiful city whilst staying in some of the city’s newest hotel developments at a reduced rate.”

Skywards members will receive an additional bonus earning 20% more miles when they book a minimum three-night Ramadan package.

The Emirates’ Ramadan Offer includes: Continue Reading

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Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa in United Arab Emirates to Open 1 October 2009

The construction of the Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, Emirates’ first luxury conservation-based resort outside Dubai, in the heart of Australia’s Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, is reaching completion.

“We are well on schedule for our October 1st soft opening,” said Joost Heymeijer, General Manager, Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa. “We have reached that very satisfying point in the development when the hard construction work is behind us and the focus shifts onto detail, quality finishing and preparation for operations.”

With the resort’s electrical and water systems completed, the emphasis is now on each suite’s fit-out and interior design. Half of the one-bedroom suites are already fully furnished, and the remainder will be completed by the end of August.

Work is well under way on the Main Homestead, which will be the social centre of the resort. The main pool area and gymnasium, as well as the resort’s luxury Timeless Spa, will be completed by the end of this month. Continue Reading

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United States Hotel Performance in June 2009

According to data from STR, the U.S. hotel industry’s occupancy (in year-over-year measurements) fell 9.7% to end the month at 61.3%. The ADR dropped 9.9% to finish the month at US$96.77 while RevPAR for the month decreased 18.6% to finish at US$59.34.

Through the first six months of 2009, the industry experienced decreases in all three key metrics in year-over-year comparisons. Occupancy fell 10.9% to 54.6%, ADR decreased 8.7% to US$98.66, and RevPAR fell 18.7% to US$53.87.

“While we’re still not seeing any bright light at the end of the tunnel, a few occasional flickers have begun to appear especially as it relates to lodging demand,” said Mark Lomanno, president of STR. “Even though June demand was still down considerably from last year, the level of decline was the best so far in 2009.

That trend has continued through the first half of July, and we’re hopeful that it will continue for the remainder of the summer. However, the percentage declines in average daily room rates continue to be at all time lows.” Continue Reading

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Hostelworld.com Announces the Worldwide Golden Ticket Giveaway

Hostelworld.com, the leading provider of online reservations to the budget, independent and youth travel market, today announced their biggest promotion ever – the Hostelworld.com Worldwide Golden Ticket Giveaway. To celebrate the company’s milestone 10th anniversary, Hostelworld.com will distribute 10 golden tickets in 10 days to 10 lucky winners.

Between July 27th and August 5th, customers that book online on Hostelworld.com, at any of their 20,000 properties across 170 countries, will be entered in the drawing to win a coveted golden ticket.

Every day a winner from the previous day’s bookings will be randomly selected as a golden ticket winner and will be awarded €1,000 in cold hard cash! (U.S. winners will receive dollar equivalent based on current exchange rates) Silver and bronze ticket winners will also be selected each day over the 10 day period. Runner-up prizes include the iPod touch and a limited edition Hostelworld.com Northface backpack.

“Our Golden Ticket Giveaway celebrates ten years of innovation and market leadership,” said Feargal Mooney, CEO Hostelworld.com. “Our dedicated users have made Hostelworld.com an industry leader over the past decade and we are thrilled to be able to give something back by recognizing them with this giveaway.” Continue Reading

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Indonesia’s tourism industry expected to recover in December

Indonesia’s tourism is expected to recover in December from the bomb attacks in two Jarkarta hotels last Friday, the chairwoman of Indonesia Hotel and Restaurant Association Yanti Sukamdani said on Friday.

“We will conduct programs to rescue our tourism industry. Hopefully, we will recover in December and in January next year situation will be back to normal,” Yanti told reporters.

The programs consist of rehabilitation, consolidation and road shows, which will be conducted until October, she said.

bali_tanah-lot-bali-indonesiaYanti said Indonesia would experience drop in traveling activities in August due to fasting month of Ramadhan and in September due to Muslim festivity of Lebaran.

“But in October onward we hope that we will be busy again. We expect the ITTF could bring buyers from foreign countries. We hope that government will sponsor this event because that time would be the last chance to get many tourists this year,” said Yanti. Continue Reading

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Philippine Airlines launches discounted Domestic Fares Promotion

Philippine Airlines has launched a “Seat-All-You-Can” promotion with domestic flights priced as low as P888 on one-way economy tickets from Manila to Bacolod, Cebu, Dumaguete, Iloilo, Kalibo, Laoag, Legazpi, Puerto Princesa, Roxas, Tacloban or Tagbilaran.

One-way economy tickets to Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Cotabato, Davao, Dipolog, General Santos, Ozamiz and Zamboanga are P1,888.

This latest round of low-fare tickets on 26 domestic destinations is on sale until July 27, for travel between August 16 and December 15, 2009.

PAL Express has also slashed the price of its tickets on 16 domestic routes: Continue Reading

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Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay enters final round of wonder voting

Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay is among the top 28 nominees to advance to the final stage of a campaign voting for the world’s seven new natural wonders.

The bay, which was twice recognized by the UNESCO for its landscapes and geological values, ranks 12th among the 28 successful landscapes in terms of votes, according to the NewOpenWorld’s website on July 21.

The Amazon rainforest, which stretches through nine countries in South America , leads the voting.

halong bay vietnamAsian countries have six nominees in the final round, of which three were recommended by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members, namely Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park.

The campaign will continue to vote for the seven new wonders of nature, which will be unveiled in 2011.

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New York City : Spectacular Views and Good Food Go Hand in Hand This Summer

NYC & Company, New York City’s marketing, tourism and partnership organization, is touting a new trend in town this summer: high-altitude brunches. From Manhattan to Brooklyn to Queens, rooftops are catering to people seeking more than just a meal. In the vertical city of New York, good food and good views go hand in hand. From 230 Fifth, Hudson Terrace and the Gansevoort in Manhattan to the Ravel in Queens and Alma in Brooklyn, the City offers some excellent options for those lazy summer weekends.

“This summer, visitors and residents can retreat to the rooftops to not only take in spectacular views of our City from many different vantage points, but also enjoy some excellent food and drink,” said George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company.

Manhattan’s largest rooftop bar, 230 Fifth, offers its Champagne Party Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 5pm year-round, rain or shine, on its 14,000-square-foot palm-decorated roof deck and 8,000-square-foot fully enclosed lounge.

More than 40 dishes are offered, the majority priced between $8 and $12, including such signatures as “Liquored Up” French toast and matzah brei. Along with a number of specialty cocktails, six champagnes are served by the bottle and the magnum. “Bigger is better” is the theme at this rooftop retreat, which offers stunning views of New York City including head-on views of the Empire State Building. (230-fifth.com) Continue Reading

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2 Nights Free Every Week for 15 Weeks in 50 Antigua Properties

Antiguanice.com the online destination guide for Antigua has today launched a phenomenal promotion offering 2 nights free for bookings of a week or longer in over 50 properties island wide. The promotion includes resorts, hotels, villas, apartments and guest rooms and includes over 900 rooms, the majority being ocean view or beach front.

Desirable hotels on the list include Carlisle Bay, Cocobay Resort and Coconut Beach Club along with superb private villas such as the Carib House, Villa Sariel and Arca Villa. For families wishing to book a last minute summer vacation with the kids there are some great deals. Couples and groups of friends have a huge choice of retreats, party houses and all inclusive properties.

The promotion is valid for bookings of a week or more for vacations take by 31st October 2009. To view the list of properties visit www.antiguanice.com. Antigua Nice Ltd is an Antiguan owned and managed business located in Falmouth, Antigua.

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Mainland China tourists to Taiwan expected to reach 600,000

The Chinese mainland and Taiwan expected cross-Strait tourism to attract at least 600,000 mainland tourists this year, Monday’s China Daily reported.

The ambitious target comes one year after the island was opened up to mainland tourists.

About 383,300 mainland tourists visited the island in the past year, according to the Cross-Straits Tourism Association (CSTA) in Beijing.

Both sides want to grow the figure to at least 600,000 this year.

taiwan beachDuring a round table conference in Beijing on Saturday, CSTA President Shao Qiwei and Taiwan Strait Tourism Association (TSTA) Chairwoman Janice Lai declared the past year’s achievement “a good start”.

TSTA statistics suggested that 85 percent of mainland tourists were satisfied with their trips to Taiwan.

Fewer than 10 percent were not satisfied with the tight schedules and long hours on the road.

In the peak season of March and April, mainland tourists flock to the same scenic spots and restaurants at the same time, resulting in lower service standards. Continue Reading

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Grado, the island queen of hospitality: Albergo Diffuso Project

The Albergo Diffuso is actually sustainable tourism’s “third way”, a form of hospitality in which Italy is a pioneer and in which the Italian regions most attentive to the environment and niche demand are showing great interest. A new form of tourist hospitality that brings into play the local public administration and residents. Albergo Diffuso hospitality offers Grado’s guests the opportunity of being for a few days a fully-fledged honorary citizen of the Lagoon of Grado.

Grado is a little gem chosen for the beauty of its architecture and surrounding environment, where life still follows the pace and traditions of yesteryear. An Albergo Diffuso plays an instrumental role in saving major heritages (environments, buildings and connected systems) which bring about an improvement in the quality of life and the product in the short and long terms while also offering a new source of income, especially for the private residents involved.

The Grado Lagoon is an area of outstanding natural beauty, a rich environment of magic and tranquillity. The lagoon has many qualities, as many as the memorable sensations it evokes. The ruins of times gone by blend into the landscape as a testament to a past built on great works and hard struggle; they speak to people of today, encouraging them to continue along their chosen path to enable Grado and its lagoon to establish itself as the destination of choice of another slice of international tourism. Continue Reading

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