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US Open Travel Package 2010

Tennis fever is in full swing in the city! Coming to town for the Open, or want to brush up on your skills after watching the weekend’s matches? Stay at the only hotel in New York with an indoor tennis court, featuring stunning views of the East River from the property’s 38th floor.

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2010 US Open Travel Packages

Introducing the UN US Open Package at The Millennium UN Plaza Hotel, guests who book the package will receive: Continue Reading

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Cebu Pacific sponsors young Irish racer in Formula BMW

Cebu Pacific (CEB) has joined the ranks of global brands as it enters the highly competitive world of motorsport. The Philippines’ leading airline and Asia’s third largest low-cost carrier is sponsoring young Irish karting champ –-now Formula BMW Pacific contender — Gary Thompson, as he sets out to conquer the region’s circuits.

“Cebu Pacific has been great,” shares Thompson. “They’ve been really supportive and I hope they keep expanding in the future to bigger things.”

Ireland’s best driver meets Asian airline leader for a winning partnership on and off the track

The 17-year-old Dubliner has been called his country’s best bet in the Formula One calendar since Eddie Irvine drove for Ferrari in the 1990s, then Jaguar until 2002. Continue Reading

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Planning a trip to the World cup in South Africa? Be flexible with your travel dates and Save!

FACTS 1: Best available airfare (from Los Angeles) with departure dates 8th & 11th of June is currently $2300 and with departure dates 7th, 9th & 12 June it is $3300

FACTS 2: Best available airfare (from New York) with departure dates 7th & 8th of June is currently $2100 and with departure dates 9th & 10th of June it is $3800

When planning a trip to the World Cup in South Africa (from Los Angeles), you may want to research your departure dates carefully. A one day flexibility could make all the difference! You may be better off flying out on the 8th or 11th of June rather than on the 7th, 9th or the 12th because airfares are $1000 less! Continue Reading

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Brazil to privatize Rio airport to prepare for Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics

The international airport in Brazil’s largest city, Rio de Janeiro, which won the bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, will be privatized and modernized to prepare for the Olympics, the authorities said.

Rio, which faced stiff competition from Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo, became the first South American city on Friday to be awarded the games.

Rio de Janeiro 2016 OlympicsRio de Janeiro’s Galeao international airport, the largest airport in Brazil, evoked the strongest criticism from members of the International Olympic Committee at the stage of Rio’s preparations for the 2016 Olympic bidding, the State Privatization Council said.

The terms and the exact date of the airport’s privatization would be determined later, the council said.

The issue of the airport’s privatization was first raised a year ago by the governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Sergio Cabral, who said that the need to sell the airport was conditioned by its unsatisfactory infrastructure, poor airport services and ineffective management.

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Rio de Janeiro Brazil named 2016 Olympic host city

Rio de Janeiro was named the host city for the 2016 Olympic Summer Games on Friday after an International Olympic Committee vote in Copenhagen.

Rio, which faced stiff competition from Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo, becomes the first South American city to be awarded the games.

Residents of Brazil’s second largest city streamed out of their offices and homes to celebrate the news on world famous beaches such as Copacabana and Ipanema.

Rio de Janeiro Olympics 2016At the final presentations prior to the vote earlier on Friday, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva threw his weight behind the city’s bid.

“I honestly believe it is Brazil’s time,” Silva said, adding, “It is time to light the Olympic cauldron in a tropical country.”

“We will deliver a safe and secure games,” pledged Rio state governor Sergio Cabral.

The first city to fall by the wayside was Chicago, whose bid was backed in person by U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Next to go was Tokyo, which had emphasized the “green” aspect of its bid.

Madrid and Rio were then forced to wait for just over an hour, with many pundits predicting that an emotional plea by 89-year-old former IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch for the event to be awarded to Spain would see Europe awarded a third Games in a row, after London in 2012 and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia’s Sochi. Continue Reading

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South African Airports and SITA Prepare for FIFA World Cup 2010

South Africa is preparing its airports to receive an estimated half a million visitors for the FIFA 2010 World Cup with improved check-in and self-service facilities through a $35m programme to be implemented by aviation IT and communications specialist SITA.

The five year contract will see SITA provide the equipment and infrastructure for both agent check-in and passenger self-service kiosk check-in for the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), which operates ten of the country’s airports and handles 98% of South Africa’s commercial air traffic.

The programme will immediately benefit the three international airports in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, and the local airport in Port Elizabeth.

fifa world cup 2010SITA has also agreed with Aviation Coordination Services (ACS), which represents the 75 airlines using South African airports, to provide continued maintenance and operation of the CUTE (Common Use Terminal Equipment) and CUSS (Common Use Self Service) check-in environment.

SITA currently supplies many of the airport systems in South Africa but ACSA and ACS took the opportunity to review and upgrade services before 2010 to ensure that the surge of passengers travelling to the World Cup games could be handled with ease.

Bongani Maseko, Operations Director, ACSA, said, “This is the first time the continent of Africa is hosting this world-class event and in South Africa, as the host country, our airports will be the first and last experience our international visitors will have during the World Cup so it is vital that we are well prepared.

“As part of this agreement with SITA, we have already installed new check-in equipment and trained all airline staff at the Central Terminal Building in Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport. Work in the other terminals there will be completed in the coming months and the new terminal at Cape Town International Airport will be opening in November 2009.”

Khodr Akil, SITA Regional Vice President, Africa, said: “The airports in South Africa will have to handle up to 78,000 passengers and 260 international flights per day and will also require the capability to respond flexibly to airline schedule demands at peak times. Continue Reading

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