Archive | April, 2010

A new boost for the Mallorca tourism in May

A holiday on the Balearic Islands has never been so available and easy for organizing than now. The largest island of the archipelago, Mallorca, not only has everything you need for a dream holiday, but after May this year, it promises more convenient and comfortable traveling to and from the resort.

If you think that everything on this outstanding summer resort on the Mediterranean Sea is dedicated to give you the best holiday in your life, then you’re right!

After May this year each visitor to Mallorca will enjoy the comfort and the ease of traveling to the island, because of the progress of the big project for enlarging Module C at Palma airport.

The new hub, already called with the nickname the “Mediterranean Hub”, will start operating in May, according to the two years’ plan. The benefits for the travelers to and from Mallorca are expected to be countless. It is supposed to make the connections of the international flights easier for passengers who are transferring from one flight to another.

The expectations of this significant investment are to attract airline companies for organizing long distance flights and using the Mediterranean Hub as an interconnection point for international passengers.

It is believed that it will rapidly enhance the all-year-round tourism in the region. Local companies already offer attractive packages of services, such as hire car Mallorca.

Visitors can easily plan their holiday according to their taste and preferences, and take an advantage of high quality services and facilities. The operating of the Mediterranean Hub will be especially useful for business travelers, who have limited time and need more flexible options for their traveling. Continue Reading

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A holiday of a lifetime on the Mediterranean Sea

Spend a holiday to remember on the Mediterranean Sea in Ibiza and Barcelona!

If you are dreaming of hot sun, stunning beaches and fabulous opportunities for entertainment, come to Ibiza, one of the largest islands of the Balearic Islands. This outstanding summer resort is a real peace of heaven where there is something for everyone.

From the interesting landmarks and cultural highlights, to the terrific towns and villages set just on the coastline, you will fall in love with Ibiza from the first glance. Santa Eulalia is among the most attractive and popular resort on the island that has everything for a fabulous holiday on the Mediterranean.

It is well known for its gastronomical specialties and abundance of cultural events that will enrich your vacation. The picturesque beaches will not leave you indifferent. Despite if you enjoy the leisure sunbathing with an exotic cocktail or you are a fan of water sports, you will not be disappointed! Hotel es Canar lies just beside the outstanding Es Canar beach, miles of exquisite fine sand washed by the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean.

The views from the hotel will take your breath away! The quality of services and the abundance of amenities at your disposal will make you want to stay here forever.

You can choose among 240 rooms, stylishly furnished and fully equipped with a TV set, air-conditioning, a bathroom, a balcony, telephone, a ceiling fan and a safe. A restaurant, children playgrounds, swimming pools and internet point are only a few of the benefits the hotel offers for its guests. Continue Reading

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The Big Day Just Got Bigger – Tropical Sky’s Most Unusual Wedding Packages

For those wanting a ‘wow’ factor wedding to remember and a bargain to boot, wedding abroad experts, Tropical Sky offer couples much more than just guaranteed sun and a gazebo on the beach; from saying ‘I do’ in a limousine en-route to Broadway in New York to a romantic Buddhist ceremony on a Thai beach – Buddhist monks included! From the sublime to the ridiculous, Tropical Sky’s most unusual wedding packages include:

USA: Fly By Night Las Vegas Wedding

Newlyweds really can reach cloud-nine with this wedding in the sky, in which couples and guests are flown by helicopter over the dizzy heights of Las Vegas to say their vows, before celebrating afterwards at the Excalibur Hotel.

Statue of Liberty

This four-night package is available from May 2010 from £999 per person and includes flights from Heathrow with Continental Airlines, accommodation on a room-only basis, the wedding ceremony, taxes, transfers and surcharges. Continue Reading

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From Beach To Bush With Africa Sky – Long-haul, Specialist Tour Operator Offers An Extensive African Collection

Africa, the world’s second largest continent, has a vast appeal and offers the ideal holiday destination whether for a safari, family beach break, honeymoon or trip-of-a-lifetime.

With tailor-made itineraries and suggested tours, specialist operator, Africa Sky (, has holidays to suit every taste and budget, enabling a trip to this magical land to become a reality.

Explore the diversity, culture and charm of Africa with highlights that include:

African Safari

KENYA: Perfect For… Bargain Hunters
Experience an eight-day Magical Kenyan Safari to some of the country’s finest national parks. Staying in established lodges and camps on a mixed board basis, the trip includes a visit to the Giraffe Centre and game drives in 4×4 vehicles to Samburu, Aberdare and Lake Nakuru National Parks as well as the famous Maasai Mara to witness an abundance of wildlife. Prices start from £1,199 per person. Continue Reading

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Affinia Manhattan Hotel Shows its Love of the Game this Baseball Season

The Affinia Manhattan wants to take you out to the ball game this season with their For the Love of the Game package.

Cheer on the beloved Bronx Bombers at Yankee Stadium or savor a famous NYC hotdog at the Mets’ Citi Field as this all-suite hotel, located in the heart of it all at 31st Street and 7th Avenue, is the ideal spot to welcome the 2010 baseball season.

Starting at $239, the Affinia Manhattan’s For the Love of the Game package is a grand-slam for guests looking to cheer on their favorite NYC teams while enjoying great city attractions as it offers:

* Complimentary room upgrade to a one-bedroom
* Beer & Wings at Niles NYC Restaurant & Bar
* $10 ESPN Gift Card
* Metrocard for two to catch a ride to a Mets or Yankees game
* Modell’s autographed picture of Joba Chamberlain (limited quantity; once supply is up, this item to be replaced with a baseball souvenir from Modell’s)
* Late check-out

This special package can be booked at or by citing the promotional code “GAME” and is valid through October 30th; subject to availability.

This promotion is not valid with any other promotion at the hotel and can not be combined with any other offer.

Must be 21 years old to obtain beer. Game tickets must be purchased separately.

For further details, please visit the Affinia Manhattan website at or call 212.563.1800.

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Spring Into Summer And Enjoy Great Savings With Mallorca Farmhouses

Where better to escape this May and June than to a private luxury farmhouse in Mallorca?

With temperatures averaging 25C and accommodation to suit all budgets, it’s the perfect excuse to take an early summer holiday with self-catering specialists, Mallorca Farmhouses.

Choose from an extensive selection of luxury villas, country houses and charming cottages, which all come with a swimming pool, maid service and starter pack.

Car hire, babysitting and a gourmet chef service are also available in order to make the holiday as stress-free as possible. What’s more, visiting Mallorca has never been easier with many low-cost airlines flying daily into Palma. Property suggestions include:

Finca sa Cavea

Finca Sa Cavea, a four-bedroom traditional farmhouse, ideal for families has up to 20% off and is available for:
£789 per week in May (saving £197)
£1031 per week in June (saving £258) Continue Reading

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Hotels in Bangkok Thailand closed amid prolonged “red-shirt” rally

Several upscale hotels around Bangkok’s Ratchaprasong intersection, where the red-shirted protesters have been based for more than a month, decided to close from Tuesday until April 25 for safety reasons.

The hotels included Grand Hyatt Erawan, Holiday Inn, Intercontinental and Centara Grand. All guests living in these hotels were asked to check out before noon.

Apart from security concerns, the cost reason was also considered an important factor for the hotel management to make the closure decision since they had to spend big for daily overheads but received fewer and fewer guests.

An earlier report by the Thai Tourism Association said hotel occupancy rate dropped below 30 percent in the country amid prolonged demonstration by the anti-government red-shirts. Hotels near the rally site suffered even bitter loss, with only a few guests staying.

The “red-shirts” started gathering at Ratchaprasong intersection rally site since March 12 and the place, which is home to Bangkok’s posh shopping centers and five-star hotels, has become the only rally site after red-shirted protesters abandoned another base at the Phan Fah Bridge.

Thailand has lost about 21.0-38.0 billion baht (US$ 649.76 million to US$ 1.17 billion) due to the red-shirted mass rallies, the National News Bureau of Thailand reported Monday.

It is projected for the whole 2010, there will be 12-13 million tourists’ arrival, lower than the previous target of 15.5 million.

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Australian travel insurance estimates volcanic related insurance claims over 8 million

Australia’s largest travel insurance provider said on Monday the company expected claims relating to the volcanic ash cloud over Europe to top more than 8 million Australian dollars (About US$ 7.35 million).

Cover-More Travel Insurance Australia chief executive David Ferguson said travelers who purchased their policy before April 16 will be covered.

“With the magnitude of the disruption of flights we expect claims to exceed 8 million Australian dollars and this number will continue to grow as the period of disruption extends,” Ferguson said in a statement.

Cover-More, whose policies are sold through travel agencies such as Flight Centre, Harvey World Travel, STA Travel, Travelscene American Express and Travelers Choice, has been receiving more than 2,500 calls a day from customers anxious to find out whether they are covered.

Ash from eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjoell volcano last Wednesday has stranded millions of air travelers across the world after European airports were shut down.

An enormous cloud of fine mineral dust particles has now stretched from the Arctic Circle to the French Mediterranean coast, and from Spain into Russia.

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Travel Guard Names Honeymoon Mishap Victim Third Semi-Finalist for “World’s Unluckiest Traveler”

A newlywed couple who had their honeymoon reduced to 24 hours without their luggage due to travel complications became the third monthly winner in Travel Guard’s ( ) search for the “World’s Unluckiest TravelerSM.”

The bride, Diane R. of Coudersport, Pennsylvania, utilized her social media savvy on Facebook and Twitter to generate the most votes during the month of March, and will receive a Flip MinoHDTM camcorder for her efforts.

She is now eligible to win a grand prize $10,000 dream vacation, to be awarded in December, 2010. A randomly-selected participant who voted for Diane was also awarded a Flip MinoHDTM.

World’s Unluckiest Traveler

Following a Valentine’s Day wedding, Diane was set to leave with her new husband for their Texas honeymoon, but little did the newlyweds know they were in for a series of mishaps along the way. Continue Reading

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Enjoy A Long and Hot Summer With Coast & Country Cottages In South Devon

With the Met Office predicting that 2010 will be a ‘barbecue year’, where better to spend a long hot summer than the beautiful coastline of South Devon, which offers the mildest year-round climate on mainland Britain, unspoilt sandy beaches, miles of open-countryside and many great attractions.

For a place to stay look no further than self-catering specialist, Coast & Country Cottages who promise the finest collection of holiday homes to suit every taste and budget, whether for a short break or a longer stay.

With accommodation throughout Dartmouth, Salcombe, Kingsbridge and the South Hams, the southernmost tip of South Devon, visitors will never find themselves far from a beach, scenic walk or a picturesque village with a pub serving delicious local cuisine.

Country Cottages Hillfield In South Devon

There are so many reasons to visit South Devon, but those needing extra enticement will find a plethora of events taking place this summer including the Dartmouth Music Festival (7-9 May); Salcombe Music Festival (11-13 June); Kingsbridge Music Festival (25-27 June); Dartmouth Shakespeare Week (3–7 August) and the Dartmouth Royal Regatta (26-28 August). Continue Reading

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Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa Unveils Multi-Million Dollar Transformation

On April 30, Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa will unveil the modern reinvention of the quintessential ocean-side resort as the property completes its full-scale renovation.

Transforming practically every aspect of the AAA Four Diamond resort, Laguna Cliffs Marriott has upgraded all 378 guest rooms, created a stunning new OverVue lounge, renovated 20,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and added additional spectacular swimming pool facilities.

Designed to encompass the epitome of the Southern California resort experience, Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa will unveil its newly redesigned property to guests and dignitaries on April 30, beginning with a procession of vintage surf “Woodies” courtesy of the South Coast Woodie Club; the iconic automobile that represents the timeless past of California beach culture will make a dramatic entrance, followed by a public ribbon cutting and a private reception.

“With this comprehensive renovation project we have successfully recreated the entire Laguna Cliffs experience allowing us to offer our guests unparalleled luxury at an incredible value,” said Jim Samuels, General Manager of Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa. “By making this investment during a challenging economic period, we bring to market dazzling new deliverables just at a time when consumer demand is increasing.”

The renovation project enhanced interior design, exterior structure and amenities of the resort. Laguna Cliffs Marriott completely refurbished its guest rooms, 20,000 sq. ft. of expanded indoor meeting and banquet facilities, added a new porte cochère entrance and marble lobby with waterfall. Continue Reading

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Majority of Macao travel agencies cancel tourist trips to Thailand

The Travel Industry Council of Macao Monday announced that over 40 local travel agencies, which are members of the Council, have decided to suspend their package tour service in Bangkok until April 20, due to the ongoing political unrest there.

Aside from the member travel agencies, the Council also discussed the issue with a non-member agency which has also moved to cancel tourist trips to Bangkok, and a total of seven such package tour trips were canceled in the next nine days, said Andy Wu, president of the Council.

Wu also said that the Council will meet again next week and decide whether to cancel other package tours scheduled to depart for Bangkok after April 20.

Saturday’s clash in Bangkok between Thailand’s troops and “red-shirts” anti-government protesters, who are supporters of ousted former Prime Minister Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, has led to 21 deaths and 858 injuries. Despite the bloodshed, the protesters continued staging demonstrations against current government.

The government of Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) has already issued its travel warnings, in which local residents were told not to travel to Thailand as the demonstration staged by anti- government protesters turned violent in Thailand’s capital.

A package tour group of 25 tourists returned to Macao safely from Thailand by air last night, and the tourists said that their tour there was not affected by the protest.

Thailand has long been the first choice of Macao tourists, as approximately thirty to forty percent of Macao’s outbound tourists go to the country every year, according to Wu.

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