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Myanmar strives for reviving tourism after cyclone

Myanmar is striving hard for the revival of tourism industry, so as to re-draw attention of foreign tourists despite temporary hardship experienced through the disaster of cyclone.

Noting that Myanmar’s tourism industry is reviving and the country is receiving a growing number of foreign tourists, China’s XINHUA news agency quoted official newspaper the New Light of Myanmar, as stressing on Wednesday the need to take measures for providing tourists with better accommodation, international-level services and smooth transport.

The areas that needed some boost are Bagan, the archaeological hub of the country, and Mandalay, the Inlay region, natural gardens and the regions where new year day commemorative festivals of various national races are held.

The paper, in its editorial, held that responsible persons and private entrepreneurs, engaged in tourism industry, are obliged to work hard together to fulfill all requirements for comfort and convenience of the visitors in a bid to promote Myanmar’s tourism industry. Continue Reading

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The Yacht Club at Palmas del Mar: Puerto Rico’s and Caribbean’s First Resort Mega Yacht Marina Opens

The Yacht Club at Palmas del Mar, another multi-million dollar investment at Palmas del Mar, inaugurated the first mega yacht resort marina in Puerto Rico and in the Caribbean today.

The 162 slip luxury marina can accommodate mega yachts up to 200 feet long and provide them with resort hospitality and amenities no other marina in Puerto Rico can provide. The Yacht Club will offers its members a restaurant, bar and grill, private members lounge, pool, convenience store and deli, a marina and resort wear shop as well as concierge services for its guests. The wet slips are already open to guests and the Club facilities and fuel dock are projected to be completed by January 2009. Continue Reading

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The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® Announces ‘Coffee from Home’ Campaign

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, the oldest and largest privately-held chain of specialty coffee and tea stores in the United States, today announced that it will host a “Support from Home” campaign in stores from July 1 to Aug. 31. During this time, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf will invite consumers to purchase a bag of coffee, a tin of tea and/or retail merchandise to donate to the troops. The product will be discounted by 10 percent at the store register, and the purchase will be sent overseas to military personnel. The company is pleased to facilitate product donations due to the fact that coffee is a rationed item for troops posted overseas; sending coffee is a simple way to provide comforting products from home that may not otherwise be available to military personnel.

During this campaign, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf will also sell “Support from Home,” a limited-edition special blend of coffee. This packaged coffee item is designed with a special back label created to allow consumers to write a personalized message to soldiers. The company is currently working with the organization “Soldiers’ Angels” to provide product donations to the troops. Additionally, the company will donate a percentage of proceeds from the “Support from Home” blend to the Fisher House, an organization that acts as a “home away from home” for families of military personnel and veterans receiving medical care at major medical facilities. Continue Reading

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Amadeus Hospitality Protects Its Business With Fortinet Unified Security Solutions

Fortinet® — the pioneer and leading provider of unified threat management (UTM) solutions — today announced that Amadeus Hospitality has implemented Fortinet’s FortiGate® multi-threat security appliances to help provide broad security at the main German office and secure connections with its branch offices as well as more than 150 hotels to date across the world. Amadeus Hospitality is the hotel IT business unit of Amadeus, a worldwide leading technology partner for the travel and tourism industry.

Amadeus Hospitality provides the international hotel and catering industry with applications for profitable hotel management, worldwide distribution and IT hosting. Due to the multitude of personal data held in the hotels’ IT systems — ranging from guest addresses and staff payrolls to customer credit card details — it is crucial for Amadeus Hospitality to ensure the highest level of security internally as well as to its customers. Due to increasing virus attacks, the IT department at Amadeus Hospitality proactively started to look to replace its firewall with a more robust security solution that would offer the performance and features required to effectively protect against increasingly sophisticated Internet threats. As most hotels do not have IT staff on-site and rely directly on Amadeus Hospitality’s IT support, it was also critical to select a solution that would be easy to install and manage. Continue Reading

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Tickets on Sale Now for Formula Drift Singapore

Binter & Co. will be releasing grandstand seats in the coming weeks for the inaugural Formula Drift Singapore competition to be held on 27 April 2008.

Held at the new Changi Exhibition Centre – same venue as the Singapore Air Show Grounds – Formula Drift Singapore is the circuit’s very first championship to take place outside of North America. This one-day event promises to raise the profile of the local motor sports scene onto the next level.

Grandstand seating, situated next to the circuit track, will cost Sin$30 for a full day pass. Tickets were made available today, Friday, 28 March 2008 via SISTIC and the grandstand seats will offer great views of the various clipping points along the track where Drift drivers execute their best Drifting moves to garner points.

Formula Drift Singapore fans who have already purchased the Sin$10 walkabout tickets will be given the opportunity to upgrade their access to grandstand tickets through SISTIC starting on Tuesday, 25 March 2008. Ticket-holders will need to bring their tickets down to the Box Office at Singapore Indoor Stadium to do the upgrade on their tickets. Continue Reading

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Successful Abacus Philippines Solutions Roadshow

Abacus Philippines successfully concluded a series of Solutions Roadshow in 8 major cities nationwide (e.g Bacolod, Baguio, Bulacan, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Pampanga and Manila).The Solutions Roadshow is scheduled to continue next week in three more cities (i.e Bulacan, Cavite and Laguna).

At the roadshow, 3 new solutions – Abacus SBOSSi, Abacus ClientBase and Abacus VirtuallyThere (mobile) were launched. The new solutions were well-received by the attendees and several travel agencies signed up for Abacus ClientBase and Abacus SBOSSi immediately at the roadshow. Continue Reading

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Dubai to host Global Travel & Tourism Summit in April 2008

dubai global travel and tourism summitThe World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has confirmed that Dubai will be the host state of the Global Travel & Tourism Summit taking place on April 20-22, 2008.

At the official launch last week, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group and Geoffrey Kent, Chairman of WTTC and Chairman & CEO of Abercrombie & Kent signed an accord establishing a public-private partnership.

This partnership, comprising the Government of Dubai, Emirates, Jumeirah, Nakheel and WTTC, will guide the development of the Summit; an event which will bring industry and government leaders together in Dubai to discuss the priorities for the world’s largest generator of jobs and prosperity – Travel & Tourism. Continue Reading

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Philippine Airlines eyes Foreign Investors

Philippine Airlines has said it is preparing to launch a road show across Asia, Europe and North America to drum up interest in a limited offering of shares in PAL Holdings, Inc., the airline’s parent company.

In a simple ceremony this week at the Securities and Exchange Commission boardroom, SEC chair Fe Barin handed PAL president Jaime J. Bautista official documents containing the agency’s approval of PAL’s petition to move out of receivership.

The move was welcomed by PAL’s creditors, who have come to terms with the flag carrier on the rescheduling of its remaining obligations. As of August 31, 2007, PAL had $869 million in outstanding principal debt, down from $2.2 billion when it entered receivership. Continue Reading

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AirAsia launches $1 flights between Singapore and Phuket

AirAsia is preparing to launch direct flights between Singapore and the Thai island paradise of Phuket from 5 November this year. The route will be served by Thai AirAsia, a member of the AirAsia Group.

Mr. Tassapon Bijleveld, chief executive officer of Thai AirAsia, said, “With the opening of the Singapore-Phuket route, AirAsia expands its presence in Singapore. We expect the route to perform strongly, given that the Singaporeans are fond of traveling to holiday spots overseas. Phuket is among the world’s most beautiful islands and most popular getaways. Tourism continues to grow there.”

Once the Singapore-Phuket route is opened, AirAsia will have five daily flights serving Singapore – four on the Singapore-Bangkok route and one on the Singapore-Phuket route.

To make the Singapore-Phuket route more attractive to Singaporeans, AirAsia has launched a promotional airfare starting from Sin$1. Travellers must book their seats before 31 October, 2007 and fly between 5 November, 2007 and 29 March, 2008. Up to 5,000 seats are available for the promotion. The Sin$1 airfare excludes fuel surcharge, taxes and applicable fees.

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Bordeaux France listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

bordeaux france listed as a unesco world heritage siteBordeaux has been officially included on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites as of June 28 2007. This distinction recognises the beauty and unity of style of Bordeaux’s architectural heritage, which has developed harmoniously over the centuries and remained remarkably well-preserved. The Bordeaux World Heritage site is the largest urban entity to be so honored. It covers 1,810 hectares, or half of the city, from the outer boulevards to the banks of the Garonne.

A rich concentration of monuments in a dynamic city
With over 347 historic monuments in a protected area of 150 hectares, as well as 3 churches (Saint-André, Saint-Michel, and Saint-Seurin) that were already listed as World Heritage sites on the pilgrim road to Santiago de Compostela, Bordeaux had a number of assets to convince the jury. Continue Reading

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Mandarin Oriental changes name of The Oriental, Singapore

the oriental mandarin singaporeThe Oriental, Singapore, one of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s award-winning properties, will be renamed Mandarin Oriental, Singapore from 25 September 2007.

Following an extensive refurbishment that began in 2005, which included the redesign of the 527 guestrooms and suites as well as enhancements to all public areas, dining and meeting facilities, the hotel has been re-positioned as one of Singapore’s best luxury properties. The name change was designed to coincide with this significant upgrading and to better align the hotel with the rest of the luxury properties in the world operated by the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. Continue Reading

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Record US$110 billion of Global Hotel Transactions Predicted by year-end 2007

Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels estimates that US$110 billion worth of global hotel transactions could be completed by the end of 2007. This represents a 52% rise on last year’s record-breaking figure of US$72.5bn, proving that investors’ appetite for the hotel sector remains at an unprecedented high level.

Arthur de Haast, Global CEO, Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels said, “Global hotel deal activity to June has already reached US$56bn, higher than we initially predicted for this period. Activity is particularly strong in the United States, where the market is largely being driven by REITs being taken private and private equity groups buying up not just real estate but also management and brands, as seen with Blackstone’s recent purchase of Hilton Hotels Corporation. However, there are fewer opportunities for deals on this scale so attention may turn to other regions, such as Europe, where private equity firms could still find value in buying large hotel businesses.” Continue Reading

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