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29 November 2010 - Royal Wedding Hotel Prices

Posted by: Alan

The scramble is on for beds in London during next April's royal wedding week.

A booking website has reported a three-fold increase in London business for the last week of April.

And there are claims that demand has sparked the kind of price-gouging associated with major sporting events.

Some hotels are already charging 200% more for a room than they did in April this year.

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25 November 2010 - Ashes Cricket Score Change Airfares

Posted by: Alan

THE joint services agreement between British Airways and Qantas on the route between Australia and the UK brings lots of benefits - not the least of which is the Ashes rivalry which sees them offer discounted fares based on the cricket scores made by England and Australia.

The first Test kicks off in Brisbane today, and both airlines say they’ll be offering a discount on their economy BNE-LHR fare determined by the “highest single innings total” of each team.

Both QF and BA will offer 250 discounted tickets, on sale from midday next Tue 30 Nov.

So travellers will be eagerly watching the match - and hoping for a batter’s pitch which will push the scores up and fares down!

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24 November 2010 - Air Asia creates new hub in Darwin

Posted by: alan

The airline’s president director Dharmadi announced in Darwin on Tuesday that daily flights would start from 23 December between Darwin and Denpasar in Bali, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Jetstar already operates the route.

AirAsia already flies from Melbourne, Perth and the Gold Coast, primarily to Kuala Lumpur.

Earlier this month, Tiger Airways suspended flights between Darwin and Melbourne for nearly two months due to poor demand. Complaints have been made about time restrictions and fees affecting Northern Territory airports.

Dharmadi told reporters in Darwin that low-cost carrier AirAsia would try the route for up to six months, stressing that he was confident of its success.

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23 November 2010 - Great Barrier Reef Resorts Refurb

Posted by: Alan

Hideaway Resorts will plough $10 million into its two Qld island properties through extensive upgrades and enhancement programs.

Located on the Great Barrier Reef, Dunk Island Resort and Bedarra Island Resort have already begun remodelling projects, which will extend to exterior and interior redesigns.

Dunk Island will receive a $6.5m face-lift to provide more accom options for groups and families, new Upper Banfield spa rooms for couples (a lower priced alternative to Beachfront rooms and suites), soft refurbishments to its bar and restaurant, resortwide Wi-Fi access, and new water sports equipment.

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22 November 2010 - Icehotel Jukkasjarvi

Posted by: Alan

The world’s largest ice hotel welcomed its first guests on Friday, nearly a month earlier than usual.

Icehotel Jukkasjarvi in Swedish Lapland traditionally opens in early December, when snow builders, architects and designers have finished their annual task of crafting over 22,000 tonnes of frozen matter into a fully-functioning structure.

However, improved construction techniques meant work was completed last Wednesday, enabling the property to open for corporate guests ahead of a public opening on 10 December, The Independent newspaper reports.

This year’s hotel features 60 ice rooms and is the 21st hotel at the site.

Features include a luxury suite, an ice reception desk, an ice church, an ice bar and a main hall featuring a ice chandelier.

The hotel remains open until spring, when it is left to melt into a nearby river.

It is the world’s first ice hotel and, despite competition from Canada’s Hotel de Glace, remains the largest.

The Hotel de Glace, located about 40km from Quebec City and the only ice hotel in North America, is due open on 7 January.

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19 November 2010 - Strategic Airlines to operate direct Phuket flights

Posted by: Alan

New Australian carrier Strategic Airlines has just announced new non-stop services to Phuket from both Brisbane and Melbourne, with the operation to commence in Feb 2011 - filling the void left by the withdrawal of V Australia from the Phuket route.

Strategic will commence its Brisbane-Phuket flights on 24 Feb 2011, again twice a week operating each Thu and Sun, using a two-class A330 configured with 274 seats.

Direct flights from Melbourne to Thailand will commence on 22 Feb. The Melbourne flights will operate twice a week, each Tue and Fri

Strategic is a full service carrier, with flights including complimentary food, beverages and in-flight entertainment in both classes.

Lead in fares start at just $299 one way including taxes, and will be distributed through travel agents. The new services will be available for sale from Wed 24 Nov 2010.

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17 November 2010 - Richard Branson as a Stewardess

Posted by: Alan

AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes says he’ll be auctioning tickets for a flight which he says will see rival airline owner Richard Branson appearing as a flight attendant.

The bizarre scenario is the result of a bet the two men struck during the just-ended Formula 1 motor racing season.

Mr Fernandes bet that his Lotus team would make a better showing than Mr Branson’s Virgin Racing team.

Whoever lost the bet, would serve as a ‘stewardess’ on the other’s airline.

Mr Fernandes won. Neither team gained any points, but Lotus ended up with a higher ranking by virtue of better race finishing positions.

Mr Branson will work an AirAsia KL-London flight, according to reports today.

Mr Fernandes says a date for the flight will be announced "very soon".

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10 November 2010 - Funky Cars in Tokyo

Posted by: Alan

Guests staying at the prestigious Peninsula Hotel in Tokyo can take their pick of a range of fancy vehicles to get around the city.

As well as the run-of-the-mill BMW 7 series and long wheelbase Rolls Royce Phantom, for those who want to get to the airport a bit quicker there’s an Audi R8.

And the latest addition to the fleet is two customised Mini Coopers - perfect for shopping in the narrow Ginza side streets.

The Minis will be available at no charge for guests staying in the hotel’s suites, and come complete with a “shopping concierge” - and a special roof attachment to bring all those purchases back to the hotel.

Peninsula also already offers Minis at its Hong Kong flagship property and will also launch them at the Peninsula New York and Chicago, where the funky vehicles are even set to take part in the city’s upcoming Thanksgiving Day parade.

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09 November 2010 - Etihad has been named World's Leading Airline

Posted by: Alan

Middle East carrier Etihad has been named World’s Leading Airline for the second year in a row.

The award was announced at a World Travel Awards ceremony in London.

Etihad ceo James Hogan said: "To win the award two years running is a phenomenal and unprecedented achievement for an airline that is only seven years old.

"It shows our service ethic is well embedded and that we have the ability to consistently deliver what customers want".

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02 November 2010 - How to get a 73m ship under a 65m bridge . . .

Posted by: Alan

The captain of the world’s latest mega-liner has revealed the manoeuvring which took place at the weekend to get the giant ship under Europe’s Great Belt Bridge - with just 30cms to spare.

The normal height of Royal Caribbean’s new Allure of the Seas from water level to the top is about 73m.

But Captain Herman Zini told media that the 220,000-ton, 5400-passenger vessel couldn’t be higher than 65m for a safe passage.

To make it happen, crew lowered the retractable twin smokestacks and adjusted the ballast so that the liner would sit lower in the water.

Then he increased the speed of the ship as it headed towards the bridge.

"When you increase the speed in relatively confined waters, the ship has a suction effect from the bottom, and that actually makes the ship go a bit deeper into the water," he said.

Allure, sister ship to Oasis of the Seas, is due to arrive in its home port of Ft Lauderdale, Florida on 11 November.

A naming ceremony is scheduled for 28 November and the inaugural cruise will depart a few days later.

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01 November 2010 - Mobile phones on Everest

Posted by: Alan

Mountaineers and trekkers in Nepal will now be able to report home, send emails, watch YouTube videos and update their Facebook pages from the top of the world, with the launch of 3G internet services at the Mount Everest base camp last week.

The system was installed by Nepali communications provider Ncell, which debuted the facility by making the world’s highest ever video call.

“This achievement is as mighty as the [5300m] altitude,” said a company spokesperson.

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