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Golden Backpack Awards UK Finalists Announced

The finalists for the Golden Backpack Awards UK have now been announced and the countdown begins to the inaugural London gala awards dinner and presentation.

Taking place on Wednesday 12 October 2011, at the spectacular Shaka Zulu in London, the gala evening event will recognise tour operators, airlines, accommodation and transport providers who have shown outstanding commitment to the adventure and youth travel market. Continue Reading

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Affinia Manhattan Offers an Exclusive Look at the Macy’s Flower Show

Although Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this year, Spring is right around the corner for Affinia Manhattan guests with the hotel’s new Flower Show package. From March 28th through April 11th, patrons of this New York City hotel will get an exclusive look at the glorious arrangement of art, color, culture and flowers in full bloom at the annual, Macy’s Flower Show.

Now, the biggest of it’s kind, the Macy’s Flower Show, which will take place at the flagship Herald Square store just minutes away from the Affinia Manhattan, will highlight over 30,000 varieties of fragrant flowers and exotic plants, from six continents.

Starting at $299, Affinia Manhattan guests will receive a VIP private tour of the Flower Show before its open to the public by a personal Macy’s docent on the following weekends including April 1st – 3rd & April 8th -11th at 9:30 AM.* Along with their reservations, guests will also receive a signature Macy’s Flower Show Gift bag with complimentary goodies, two ROSANGEL Cosmopolitan cocktails at the Affinia Manhattan’s Niles Bar and Restaurant and a Chocolate Viola Garden-in-a-Bag.

This package reflects savings of $100 and is valid through April 11th; subject to availability. This promotion is not valid with any other promotion at the hotel and can not be combined with any other offer. For further details, please visit the Affinia Manhattan website at or call 212.563.1800. When booking, please site offer code, “FLORAL.” Continue Reading

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New Tel Aviv Museum : Revealing the Hidden City

A total of Three hundred volunteers joined to collect photos for the new Tel Aviv Museum “Revealing the Hidden City.”

The City will be opening a new museum soon. It will be located in the old majestic municipal building on Bialik Street.

The historic museum will offer documents, artifacts, and thousands of photographs and many of which were collected in the special “Revealing the Hidden City” project.

Tel Aviv “Hill of Springs” is the first all-Jewish city. Tel Aviv is a big city, which sparkles with attractive beaches, cultural offerings, excellent shopping, and vibrant nightlife.

Tel Aviv first Museum was established as a city in 1932 in the home of Tel Aviv’s first mayor, Meir Dizengoff.

Tel Aviv Museum “Revealing the Hidden City” will be available to the public on December 17, 2009. Consider visiting Israel, this historic city will never fail to amaze you. Its easy to book flights to Tel Aviv since this city is a popular tourist destination.

See you There:)

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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. ( 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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Foreign travel continues to fall at Los Angeles int’l airport

Mainly due to the economic crisis, foreign travel through Los Angeles International Airport ( LAX) continued to fall by a whopping 19 percent in March, it was reported on Thursday.

This was the 12th straight month of declines for the world’s sixth largest airport, the Los Angeles Times reported, quoting figures released by the Los Angeles World Airports.

The figures showed that the number of domestic and international passengers at LAX declined from 5.2 million in March 2008 to 4.6 million in March 2009, a drop of about 12.6 percent overall.

Meanwhile, the number of international travelers fell from 1.5 million to 1.2 million for the same period.

The greatest declines occurred at nearby Ontario International Airport (OIA), where the number of domestic and international passengers dropped by more than 31 percent from 607,000 in March 2008 to 417,000 in March of this year, according to figures cited by the paper. Continue Reading

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Australian tourism industry optimistic in face of global recession

The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) said on Friday that the economic crisis has led to a sharp spike in the number of backpackers heading to Australia shores.

“The backpacker market is absolutely booming, we’ve seen visa applications up by 20 percent out of Germany and Britain alone, and those figures are translating into business” ATEC managing director Matt Hingerty told reporters.

The number of tourists coming to Australia has been predicted to fall by at least 250,000, representing a loss of around 1 billion Aust dollars (0.71 billion U.S. dollars), but Hingerty said the industry is well-equipped to bounce back.

“The industry’s been through SARS, September 11, the collapse of Ansett, and the Bali Bombings, and we have learned and got better at recovery every time,” Hingerty said.

The government has launched an 8.5 million Aust dollars (6 million U.S. dollars) grant program to support tourism innovation. Continue Reading

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ASEAN member countries urged to build tourist site trademarks

Delegates to the ASEAN Tourism Conference emphasized the need to increase the concerted efforts to build up trademarks for tourist sites in Southeast Asia.

The meeting, held in Hanoi on Jan. 10 within the framework of the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2009, brought together representatives from tourism associations and companies of the ASEAN member countries and its partner nations.

The participants discussed tourism development in the world and in member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in recent years, and shared experiences and initiatives to foster the growth of the non-smoking industry.

Gregory Duffell, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Asia Travel Association, noted that over the past five years, the region’s tourism sector has been adversely affected by various crises, including bird flu outbreaks, earthquakes and strikes.

To develop tourism in a sustainable way, the regional nations should map out plans to control these crises and economic slowdown, Duffell said, stressing that the move is a key to success. Continue Reading

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Luxury Travel Promotes Destinations and Luxury Tourism Products in ITB Berlin 2009, Germany

Luxury Travel Vietnam will participate in the World Largest International Travel Show “ITB Berlin 2009”, to be held from March 11 to 15, 2009 in the city of Berlin, Germany.

The aim is to promote the Vietnamese tourism product in the luxury segment, which is addressed to people who want to live a unique experience, with personalized service, privacy, tranquility and simplicity. All this in a different destination combining history, culture and cuisine or an exotic destination with an excellent service.

Ha Pham, founder and CEO of the Luxury Travel Company believes the time is ripe for high-end travelers worldwide and luxury german tourists. Vietnam has world class properties to compete with other destinations in the region. Continue Reading

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Hanoi ready to host the ASEAN tourism forum

Around 400 foreign and local tourist agencies are expected to gather at the ASEAN tourism forum scheduled to open in Hanoi on Jan. 5.

The eight-day ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) will include a raft of meetings between ASEAN tourism ministers, executives of tourism agencies and dialogue partners.

The forum would serve as a venue for Vietnamese tourism agencies to seek and set up cooperation with foreign partners, particularly those from potential markets such as Australia, China, Japan and Russia, said Nguyen Van Tinh, director of the Foreign Relations Department of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Continue Reading

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Bangkok Airport operations finally back to normal

The anti-government protestors that had been holding Bangkok’s two major airports – Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang – as well as Thailand’s tourism industry and image under siege, returned the airports to the official authorities on Wednesday, after having caused enormous damage to the Thai economy.

Flights are however gradually returning to normal at Suvarnabumhi, but it is extremely important that passengers check with their airline about any new check-in procedures, locations etc.

It will take the airports some time before they can fully resume operations. For airlines, there is also the complication of newly scheduled and confirmed flights to other areas of Thailand, giving priority to stranded passengers, and those passengers that should have been leaving around this time anyway etc

Once we receive more confirmation of the flights in or out of Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang, their dates etc, we will update this page.

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Philippines Travel Pavilion Takes Center Stage at KINTEX

2008 Gyeonggi International Travel Exhibition kicked off on Nov, 13 ,2008 for a four-day run at KINTEX in Ilsan, some 20 km north of Seoul.

Philippine Department of Tourism (DoT) has taken center stage at KINTEX with the spacious 10 booths showcasing diverse tourism attractions of the archipelago, notably its newly developed adventure tourism products geared up for venturesome young travelers as well as new list of tourism attractions featuring exciting yet exotic night life, shopping and exhibition and convention business to name just a few,

“These are only part of our ongoing efforts to fight back global business setback caused by financial market jitters worldwide,” said Ms Maricon Basco Ebron, tourism director and attaché at the Embassy of the Philippines in Seoul adding that notwithstanding global business slowdown.

The Philippines still remains on the top of the popular destinations for foreign tourists thanks to its improved tourism infrastructure and affordable prices for foreign visitors,

As usual, Korean visitors to the annual tourism show will be provided with upgraded service as to valuable and latest travel info about popular Philippine destinations to their satisfaction, she said.

The Philippine booth occupies a total of 90 square meters (10 booth spaces) which is strategically positioned near the entrance.

“Our booth will again become the center piece attraction of the Pavilion as the photo zone,” Ms.Ebron said.

To draw a big crowd at the Philippine Pavilion, DoT has sent a Filipino ethnic band composed of 16 members widely known as Kawayan

This bamboo orchestra is a unique ensemble of young, talented students from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Manila will perform a wide variety of songs ranging from love song to lullaby, or popular dance hit with a distinct and unique musical style, she explained.

It is this unusual brand of music, coupled with imaginative and lively choreography that has won the hearts of its audiences not only in the Philippines but also other parts of the world.

They will be performing twice daily at the Philippine booth and at the Main Stage of the Exhibition Hall.

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