Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Book flights to Mumbai 'and see the real city'

Tourists who arrive on flights to Mumbai may be interested in getting under the skin of the city and its culture. For those who are particularly interested in how the locals live, a new tour of the slums could be a good way to gain an insight into their society.

The India Travel Centre has teamed up with Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts to offer holidaymakers a new way to experience the city.

Rajeev Olickel, director of operations at the India Travel Centre, explained: "We have designed a tour that showcases Mumbai in its true essence, giving travellers a complete mix of real Mumbai experiences and an insight into the real lives of the people."

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Travellers 'want deeper experiences'

Tourists jetting off on their summer breaks are seeking more from the travelling experience.

This is according to Alexander Lyons, PR executive for responsibletravel.com, who explained that travellers want "more authentic, richer, deeper experiences". He noted that people are increasingly turning to responsible holidays in order to find this kind of trip.

"They want better holidays for their money and responsible tourism offers them that sense of place and that story behind the destination," Mr Lyons added. As well as selecting sustainable accommodation and destinations, travellers are being urged to take the environment into consideration wherever they visit.

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Malaysian Airlines introduces iPad self-service terminals

Anyone who has booked flights to Thailand or other south-east Asian destinations with Malaysian Airlines could find that they get to experience the latest innovation in the carrier's check in process.

The company has introduced new self-service kiosks that utilise Apple iPads on a trial at Kuala Lumpur airport. Passengers will now be able to perform a range of ticketing transactions at the new terminals, such as booking and paying for flights, checking in and looking up flight schedules.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Australia expects visitor numbers to rise

More travellers are expected to book flights to Australia over the next 12 months, according to one organisation in the country.

The latest figures issued by the Tourism Forecasting Committee (TFC) predict that inbound arrivals will rise by 5.5 per cent by the end of 2010, with a further increase of 4.9 per cent expected in 2011. Between 2009 and 2014, the TFC anticipates that the number of Brits booking flights to Australia will rise by 1.9 per cent.

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Travellers offered tips to make money go further

Avoiding buying currency at airports and withdrawing money on your card while away are just two of the tips offered by one national newspaper.

The Daily Mail has provided tourists jetting off on cheap flights to Thailand and other destinations closer to home with some advice about how to make their money go further.

At the top of the list is buying currency online, rather than getting it from the airport where you "will get a poor exchange rate" and "pay steep commission charges".

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Airline passengers 'would pay more for better experience'

More than half of British holidaymakers have stated that they would pay extra for flights to India or other destinations if it meant they had a better in-flight experience.

Research carried out by HolidayExtras.com revealed that 58 per cent of those surveyed would part with more cash if it meant they received free food and drink while in the air, had access to better in-flight entertainment and were more comfortable. In the 18 to 24 age group, four out of ten respondents claimed they would pay out up to ten per cent more to receive these benefits.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Air India launches flights to Australia

Air India has announced that it will now offer flights to Australia from Delhi.

The carrier revealed that it will make Melbourne its base in the country and intends to operate a daily service between the two cities. John Brumby, state premier of Victoria, explained that India has much in common with the Australian state.

"Victoria and India share common interests in cricket, international education, film and trade," he asserted. The announcement could be of interest to people boarding flights to India with the intention of travelling on to other parts of Asia and Australasia.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Travel cafe opens in Delhi

Anyone who is jetting off on cheap flights to Delhi may find that the city's latest travel cafe could be the place to go when they arrive in the destination. Kunzum Cafe offers travellers a place to meet and swap stories, pick up tips and to plan their next adventure, Asian Lite reported.

People who pay a visit to the establishment in Hauz Khas Village are encouraged to post details of their most recent and forthcoming trips on a notice board in the cafe. Owner Ajay Jain, a travel writer and photographer, explained that he has an unusual business model for his coffee shop.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

More flights to India through Jet Airways codeshare

People booking flights to India with Jet Airways could now find that they have more options when it comes to onward connections from the country.

This is because the Indian carrier has entered into a codeshare agreement with United Airlines, allowing passengers to board connections in London for destinations in the US.

Among the cities that the new arrangement will serve are Chicago, San Francisco, Washington and Denver. People booking flights to Mumbai and Delhi from London will also be able to make use of the route offered by United Airlines.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Find the world's best beaches in Goa, India

Goa has the best beaches in the world. The nature beauty and beaches of Goa attracts thousands of visitors every year. Brits, American and other global holiday makers book flights to Goa in advance for travelling with their friends, family, lovers and professional purposes. Plan to explore Goa this year if you never been there.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Visit the doctor before travelling, holidaymakers advised

People booking cheap flights to Thailand or other exotic destinations such as India should ensure that they make an appointment to see their healthcare professional in advance of their trip.

This is according to Dr Pixie McKenna, who explained that many people are misinformed when it comes to travel health. She urged holidaymakers to speak to their doctor or other healthcare professional six to eight weeks before they travel to make sure that they have taken all the necessary precautions.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Some Interesting offers on India flights from UK

Thousands of travellers are taking flights to India from UK on daily basis. Even almost all the airlines are revising the airfares for India to compete the industry fluctuations. The cheapest fares are starting from £277 RT as per latest update by Southall Travel website. Find more about discounted flights and special holiday packages of India like Golden Triangle Tour, Highlights of Kerela etc. here.

Parents 'prepared to take kids out of school to get cheap flights'

With the summer holidays approaching, a new poll has found that 44 per cent of travellers believe that it is unfair that prices increase dramatically during the school holidays.

These respondents also stated that they "would not hesitate" to book a trip during the school year, potentially allowing them to take advantage of the cheap flights to Egypt and other foreign destinations.

Researchers for HolidayExtras.com noted that just 28 per cent of parents said that they would never take their children out of school during term time.

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Jet Airways sees passenger revenues grow

The Indian airline Jet Airways has seen a sharp increase in its passenger load factors. Last month, its international passenger traffic saw a rise of 36.5 per cent, a figure the firm described as "robust".

The company said that it has enjoyed eight months in a row of continual growth and that this has set a new record. More demand has been made for the Premiere service and the Konnect Select service has also seen growth.

Nikos Kardassis, chief executive officer of Jet Airways, credited "effective network planning and strategic marketing initiatives" for the airline's success. Last month, Jet Airways planted 25 sapling trees to mark its 17th year of existence.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

More travel insurance policies on the market

There are more travel insurance policies on the market now than there were a year ago, new research has found. According to independent financial research company Defaqto, there are 9.5 per cent more travel insurance policies available to UK holidaymakers now than there were in 2009.

The survey found that there are now 1,018 different options for cover, compared with 930 last year. However, the firm noted that there are only 44 separate organisations or partnerships that underwrite the policies.

Defaqto also carried out research into travel insurance for families which found that more than one quarter of policies do not cover children that do not usually live with the main policy holder.

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Many Brits 'missing out on haggling on holiday'

Anyone who has found cheap flights to Thailand clearly knows how to seek out a bargain but when it comes to haggling for goods, a new survey has found that half of Brits fall short.

In research carried out by sunshine.co.uk, 54 per cent of respondents claimed that they were too embarrassed to haggle while on holiday. Just 26 per cent of those polled said that they had managed to barter for the price of goods, with 86 per cent of those who have tried their hand at haggling claiming to "really enjoy it".

Chris Brown, co-founder of sunshine.co.uk, urged travellers to have a go at negotiating prices during their holidays. "Tourists should take advantage of the bargains available by learning the art of haggling," he stated.

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Development of Satyajit Ray movie trail announced

People who have booked flights to Kolkata may find that they are able to follow a trail dedicated to the work of Satyajit Ray, one of India's most famous directors.

Asian Lite reported that the West Bengal government has prioritised the project, which will pay homage to the iconic director and composer who is known throughout the film industry.

The news provider revealed that Ray's son Sandip and one of his former crew members are helping to identify the locations used in some of his movies.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Get Around Europe with Professional Hands

Life can be cherished in so many ways. Then, why not devoting your eyes and feet to some exotic destinations of this evergreen world? Travel and Tourism are always featured as mainline attractions during holiday vacations, festive and so on. So, why staying back at your drawing room and see the pinch of this wonderful world through a box shaped electronic box?

Have a fun. Wish you were in Europe. Once you visit the favourite hotspots there and celebrate the beautiful, unusual and interesting differences, you can easily perceive what a perfect holiday vacation means in ground reality. You won’t believe how adventurous the countries like Ireland, England, France, and Netherlands are in summer.

But, before you plan to give it an honest try in your next vacation, look for some Europe Guide websites. Get the ideas on how to plan Europe vacation and what are the affordable ways to make maximum fun. Next necessity is to decide the travel route and medium, by train or airplane. If want to get the lowest prices for your travel schedule, choose a few handpicked reliable Europe Travel Agencies. With online bookings you may earn some exciting packages discounts or additional trip services also.

While fixing up the reservation deal, ask as many questions you can, pertaining to lodging, travel accessories, room facilities, location coverage, additional entry fees, tax payment everything to your trip planner.

Finally prepare the travel kits with your family members well in advance. Include photography arrangements in your priority list too.

Get up close with tigers on holidays to India

Holidaymakers who have booked flights to India may wish to get up close and personal with tigers in the Satpura National Park.

Brian Jackman, writing for the Daily Telegraph, advised the area is India’s “best-kept secret” and offers animal lovers the opportunity to track wild tigers on foot.

Even if a tiger is not spotted, this is sure to be an interesting experience for adventurous holidaymakers, as trekkers can see the fresh tracks of tigers and traces of the animals throughout the park. Ranger Hashim Tyabji said: “I truly believe that walking enables you to get to know and understand the jungle in a way that is simply impossible by Jeep.”

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Holidaymakers 'seeking cheap flights this summer'

Most Britons hope to save money on their travel plans for a summer holiday, according to a poll. In a street survey in Sheffield, 70 per cent of people said that they would be looking to shave at least 25 per cent off the cost of their annual break.

A majority said that they would not shy away from looking for the best deal for more than three days. Looking for cheap flights could help the 30 per cent who are aiming to spend less for their 2010 summer holiday than they did for last year's.

Comparison and voucher discount sites are two ways in which people will be looking to save money.

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Travellers 'should seek locals' advice'

Anyone who has booked their summer holidays to a country that they have never visited before should ask locals for advice about the best places to visit.

Simon Calder, travel editor at the Independent, explained that people should avoid relying solely on the internet for advice about a destination. "People should be far more focused on seeking locals' advice. [...] The first rule of any traveller is to ask and if you do that people are generally very happy to help you," he stated.

His comments could be particularly useful for anyone who is preparing to board flights to South Africa ahead of the World Cup.

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India 'cheapest long-haul destination for cost of living'

People who are jetting off on cheap flights to India this year will find that their holiday money will go a long way in the country.

According to a new cost of living survey released by Thomas Cook, India is the cheapest long-haul destination to visit, with total daily expenses coming in at £17.10.

It is more than £7 cheaper than the number two location, Cuba, where total daily costs are estimated at £24.23. India was also named as the best-value destination overall, with the travel operator pointing out that a beer in the country costs just 68 pence.

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Friday, June 4, 2010

Jet Airways and Regus To Enter Into A Strategic Pact

Jet Airways, one of the leading international air carriers and Regus the world’s largest provider of workplace solutions have announced an exclusive arrangement that offers all members of JetPrivilege frequent flyer programme, complimentary membership to the Regus Businessworld Gold programme at special rates.

The Regus Businessworld Gold Card offers its patrons easy access to office facilities in more than 1,000 business centres in 450 cities worldwide. Regus has more than 150 centres in the Asia-Pacific Region with nearly 22 business centres in India alone at places like Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Emirates launches mobile site

People who travel frequently may find that the new mobile service from Emirates Airline could be useful.

Tourists can now search for and book flights to Dubai, for example, through their mobile phone. Emirates has developed a mobile version of Emirates.com, which has been optimised to allow passengers to navigate around the website and find all the information they need on the move.

Russell Sheldon, Emirates senior vice-president of network sales and passenger development, commented that "the move to allow passengers to quickly and conveniently book their tickets through their mobile phone was a natural one".

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Expect More Flights to Sri Lanka as US Lifts Warning

The Sri Lankan Government says all is well in Colombo now and that tourists can safely visit Colombo this summer. Colombo has always been able to attract sunbathers from the west and a major chunk of the visitors constitute the tourists from the UK. Every year, in the summer, the holidaymakers seek flights to Colombo to experience some of the best sun sand and surf.

Given the occasional violence erupting now and then between the Sinhalese majority and Tamil minority, lives had been at risk for both the Sri Lankans and its visitors as well. The US Government had earlier advised its citizens against travel to Sri Lanka on the grounds of security. After the Sri Lankan Government’s victory over the separatist Tamil militants, the Sri Lankan Government has asked the US Government not to dissuade its citizens from visiting Colombo.

It has been one year that Sri Lanka has had no US tourists and now on the request of the Sri Lankan Government the US Government has lifted its warning. Sri Lanka’s hospitality and delicious cuisine have always pleased its visitors and have remained a major attraction for the UK and the US tourists.

Western tourists have always enjoyed the Sri Lankan summer by sipping on freshly tapped palm wine (palm toddy) or Ceylon tea. If you are looking for some great sunshine and salubrious weather then book cheap flights to Colombo at the earliest before the cost of the tickets spiral up.

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