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Generator Hostels Takes Reservations For Dublin And Copenhagen

Generator Hostels has opened its booking channels to take reservations for their new Dublin and Copenhagen properties.
With their official openings planned for June 2011 backpackers, groups, families and friends have now the opportunity to reserve a bed in the Irish and Danish Generator hostels.

Being part of the Smithfield village and next to the Jameson brewery, the Dublin hostel will hold 530 beds, including a 10 bed VIP suite with Jacuzzi.
In the Generator bar you will be entertained by live music and able to pour yourself your own pint of Guinness from the Generator bespoke self-service counter.

Just of Kongens Nytorv, with over 600 beds, the Generator Copenhagen will feature room types from en-suite dormitories and private rooms. Female dorms only are also available with all the necessities you need to get ready for a night out in the stylish Danish capital.
In addition, you will also be able to enjoy mild Danish evenings on the hostels own outside terrace.
Prices start in Dublin from €15 per person per night and in Copenhagen from DKK 178 (£20) per person per night. So plan your road trip to Europe early this year.

About Generator Hostels (www.generatorhostels.com)

With over 15 years of experience Generator Hostels is one of the leading backpacker destinations worldwide. Generator Hostel welcomes over 480,000 travellers from all over the world every year with hostels currently located located in Berlin and London.

Offering excellent facilities and everything budget travellers need to stay entertained under one roof, each hostel has a bar and a travel desk where excursion can be booked and advice can be found. Additional facilities include luxury female dorms, en-suite rooms, as well as bedlinen and Wi-fi at no extra charge.

For the second year running Generator hostel has been awarded budget accommodation of the year by Visit London in 2009 and 2010.

You can follow Generator Hostels on Twitter http://twitter.com/GeneratorHostels and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/GENERATORhostels/76979800511?ref=ts

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With over 100 different bars, clubs and restaurants all within walking distance from each other, Reykjavik, Iceland, has everything to offer for nightlife. Reykjavik also boasts a flourishing music scene, where visitors are guaranteed to see something suited to their tastes, and maybe experience something new.

Iceland's leading airline, Icelandair has introduced its new Nightlife in Reykjavik package deal to make the planning for adult partygoers that bit easier. The nightlife in Reykjavik package deal includes flights and three nights accommodation, as well as plenty of activities to kick start an evening. This package is designed to get visitors ready for what the locals call the 'runtur' (round tour) and provides plenty of time the following day for sleep or a trip to the ultimate hangover cure, the Blue Lagoon spa.

Also included within the package is entrance to the interactive comedic performance called 'Let's talk Iceland', that gives unique insight into how modern-day Vikings party. This is followed by a 3-course dinner at Restaurant Reykjavik including entrance into the Ice Bar and a complimentary drink.

Furthermore, also included is a tour of the Egills brewery where visitors can sample Icelandic beers, and the infamous Brennivin, also known as Black Death. Adventurous souls can also try a new take on a brew loved by the Vikings.

Icelandair is Iceland's leading airline, departing from UK gateways Manchester, Glasgow and London Heathrow.

For further details about Icelandair's Nightlife in Reykjavik package deal, visit www.icelandair.co.uk. Travel is good until 31st December 2011.

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New online application lets travellers rate LH destinations in ten categories

Thanks to the new online 'City Ratings' application, Lufthansa customers can now rate the airline's worldwide destinations, share their personal recommendations with other passengers or find inspiration for their next holiday based on other people's experiences, ideas and travel tips. And they can find answers to questions like these: Which city offers a fascinating range of cultural events and activities? Which sights and tourist attractions make the hearts of young and old alike beat faster? Which major city has the most tempting array of shopping options? And where can the best culinary highlights be enjoyed?

The new application, which can be accessed via www.lufthansa.com, will enable users to share their first-hand experiences and impressions – a valuable source of information for travellers before they embark on their journey.

In order to use this function and give Lufthansa destinations worldwide a star rating, all you have to do is log on to www.lufthansa.com and submit a brief personal profile. You can then award up to five stars in each of the ten categories listed, which include 'Sightseeing', 'Family' 'Eating & Drinking' and 'Nightlife'. Users are free to decide whether they wish to award a star rating for just one category or for all ten. The ratings are added together and then automatically averaged out to produce the city rankings, which provide further orientation for anyone planning a trip. Moreover, if passengers have special tips or personal recommendations for other travellers, they can also submit a text that can be easily passed on to other users.

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Ladainian Tomlinson Is Throwing The Official Fort Worth Grand Finale in Sundance Square!!!

(PRWeb February 02, 2011)

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Best Western River North Hotel Chicago reaches across the country in their new Social Media Sweepstakes.

(PRWeb February 02, 2011)

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With Thailand always in the news for one reason or another of late, the impact upon holiday and business travellers to the country has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride according to official figures.

Practical and timely advice for business and leisure travellers has been lacking for the general public. A collective group of travel safety and security experts with significant experience in Thailand decided to create a new, affordable and unique information and support service to fill this gap.

Travellers of all types now have continuous access to practical information, maps, interviews, videos, threat levels and advice via their laptops, desktop computers and mobile devices.

Is it safe to travel to Thailand in 2011?

Many business and holiday travellers have been asking this question for many months and recent events have guaranteed the question is being raised again for 2011. TravelSafeAdviceToThailand.com has one simple aim, to answer this question in detail, provide extensive background information on how the analysis was made and promote Thailand as an enjoyable location for business and holiday travel, regardless of the headline news.

A lot can happen in a day, so it provides continuous information and updates all year round to ensure travellers get what they need when they need it.

How is TravelSafeAdviceToThailand.com different?

Its new live service provides for all traveller demographics. Business/holiday travellers, families, travel agencies, medical and dental tourism, expatriates and even groups such as schools and sporting teams. It offers multiple levels of membership to suit their needs and variable pricing to add even more choice for travellers, travel agencies, expats or travel managers. Online payments and monthly subscription options are also available.

The already comprehensive information and advice available is continuously being added to in order to cater for the growing requests and demand. Articles, news, information, maps, interviews and videos are constantly being added on a daily basis.

Travellers can also find TravelSafeAdviceToThailand.com on facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other multiple social media sites.

Complimentary Thailand travel safety report-2011

The expert team at TravelSafeAdviceToThailand.com have put together a complimentary, annual travel safety and security report to help businesses, travellers, families and managers understand the REAL threats for 2011 and how to be better prepared (http://travelsafeadvicetothailand.com/reports/2011-2).

The Benefits of Membership

Government travel advisories are too brief, travel guides are quickly outdated and the media only provide the news without travel safety and security advice. TravelSafeAdviceToThailand.com is a single source option for all Thailand travel needs. Its travel safety and security experts are continuously monitoring the country, publishing information, providing analysis, updating advice and posting new information resources and links that will help any business or holiday traveller make an informed and safe decision on how best to travel to Thailand. Travellers and their family will feel safer knowing they have the best information and advice available when planning their next incredible holiday or business trip to Thailand.

Some of the available resources are:

Hospitals
Dentists
Hotels
Threat levels
Crime statistics
International benchmarking/comparisons
Travel advisories
Travel tips, advice and recommendations
News
SMS updates
Newsletters
Videos
Webinars
Interviews
Evacuation planning
Thousands of archived articles and updates

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Long-term agreement adds Boeing 777-300ERs to coverage

SEATTLE – Boeing [NYSE: BA], Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance and Air New Zealand today said an agreement has been signed to expand the airline's use of the 777 Component Services Program (CSP), offered jointly by Boeing and Air France Industries KLM Engineering and Maintenance.

After gaining experience with the CSP on its 777-200ER (extended range) fleet, Air New Zealand is expanding the support for common parts to cover its fleet of 777-300ERs. These parts will be added to the existing 777 CSP agreement. The airline accepted the first of its five 777-300ERs in December 2010.

The program allows airlines to outsource the cost and logistical challenge of keeping important parts on hand. It significantly reduces the airline's up-front investment in spare parts and offers a reliable supply of critical parts. They also benefit by receiving a working component more quickly, rather than having to wait for a completed repair that could ground an airplane.

'For the past four years the 777 Component Services Program has operationally been highly successful on our 777-200ER fleet, so it is natural to expand it to include our new 777-300ERs,' said Vanessa Stoddart, group general manager, Technical Operations and People, Air New Zealand. 'The -300ER's longer range make the need for this component availability even more critical.'

"Air New Zealand, with its unique location and route structure, requires a great airplane operating at the top of its performance capability," said Dale Wilkinson, vice president of Material Services for Commercial Aviation Services, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. 'The 777 Component Services Program will help provide that edge.'

'Air New Zealand has chosen a program that has demonstrated its relevance to customer expectations. Since it's been launched, the 777 CSP is indeed the favorite program for 777 operators,' said Robert Anton, senior vice president, Components Services, Air France Industries.

Thirteen 777 customer airlines participate in the CSP, with a total of 135 aircraft currently operating under the program.

The 777 CSP program is offered jointly by Boeing and AFI KLM E&M, who also offer a similar program for Next-Generation 737 models.

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'2011 has begun an exciting year for Cunard,' said Thomas DeSimone, President & CEO at CruiseDealership.com. 'On 1 January, Cunard made their inaugural debut at the 122nd Pasadena Tournament of Roses® Parade, winning the prestigious Queen's Trophy for best use of roses; on 13 January Cunard's youngest fleet at sea — 'Queen Victoria,' 'Queen Mary 2,' and on the occasion of their maiden call, the new 'Queen Elizabeth,' met for an historic Cunard Royal Rendezvous in New York Harbor.'

To continue the celebration, CruiseDealership.com is offering clients savings up to $1,500 per stateroom* on Mediterranean voyages. Plus, On Board Credit up to $300 per stateroom^ and a Reduced Deposit.* CruiseDealership's 3-Day Sale offers their clients the perfect opportunity to return to the elegance of a Cunard voyage, or to discover it for the first time.

For more information or to book a cruise vacation, contact CruiseDealership.com at (888-604-0279) or Email: bonvoyage@cruisedealership.com or visit www.cruisedealership.com.

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220 units to serve as rental cars within the Prefecture

YOKOHAMA – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced it has delivered 220 units of its 100% electric and zero-emission Nissan LEAF to rental car companies in Okinawa Prefecture, to support the project "Eco-resort Island Okinawa Promotion Project". The Nissan LEAF, which went on sale in December last year, is leading the way in the spread of electric vehicles (EV) as a means to reduce the effects of tourism on the environment.

The Ceremony launching the new EV Rental Car service held today in Tomigusuku City in Okinawa was attended by Yoshiyuki Uehara, Okinawa vice-governor and representatives from local business groups, rental car companies and travel agencies. After the ribbon-cutting event, 190 units of the Nissan LEAF made their way to destinations all over the prefecture.

Nissan has prepared about 500 units of Nissan LEAF to be used as rental cars nationwide for fiscal 2010 and 220 units, or about 40%, of them have been introduced in Okinawa. The Prefecture attracts nearly six million tourists every year and around half of them rent cars to go sightseeing. Nissan LEAF, with its excellent environmental performance is a perfect fit as it features a spacious cabin that accommodates five adults, superior acceleration performance and quietness, and a new ICT system for navigation. Nissan, through its support of this EV rental car project aims to have as much customers experience the joys of EV and create a ripple effect that will resonate its environmental benefit to the rest of the country.

Related companies within the prefecture have also established a joint company called Advanced Energy Company (AEC) to deploy charging facilities in Okinawa. Providing active support for the wide-spread adoption of EV in the prefecture, the new company has already built 27 charging facilities in 18 spots in the main island, ready for use by the EV rental cars.

With the goal of becoming a global leader in zero-emission mobility, Nissan, in conjunction with Alliance partner Renault, has signed more than 90 partnerships for zero-emission mobility with governments, municipalities and companies worldwide. Nissan LEAF went on sale in Japan and the United States in December last year and to be followed by selected markets in Europe. Release in other global markets is set to begin in 2012.

Nissan Zero Emission Website
http://www.nissan-zeroemission.com

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Round Rock, Texas

* A leading cruise line selects Dell servers, storage, workstations and laptops to manage onboard data, offering one of the cruise industry's most advanced floating datacenter and shipboard social networks
* With the help of EqualLogic storage and PowerEdge servers, Carnival can save approximately 7,000 hours/year for shipboard Information Systems managers

Dell is helping Carnival make its vacations as seamless as possible for its customers by providing the cruise line with high performance, reliable technology solutions to help manage all of their reservations and on-board experiences.

In order to support Carnival and its guests, the IT organization needed to consolidate its infrastructure to create a reliable, self-sufficient environment and to help reduce its physical footprint. Dell helped Carnival achieve this by deploying Dell PowerEdge servers and Dell EqualLogic storage arrays onboard the line's 22 cruise ships and at their shore side data center in Miami, Fla. Carrying as many as 54,000 guests fleet-wide at any given time, Carnival needed an effective IT solution that would meet the unique criteria that comes with managing a self-contained cruise ship.

Carnival Cruise Lines can now benefit from running critical applications on their fully virtualized, Dell server and storage infrastructure by helping them save power and floor space while also reducing the amount of energy needed to operate their shipboard data centers. By implementing this new platform, Carnival has reduced their physical footprint by up to 60 percent, while the combination of storage automation and EqualLogic SANs have helped save Carnival's information systems (IS) managers an estimated 7,000 hours/year in management time.

Depending on the size of the ship, Carnival was able to reduce the number of servers, which was anywhere from 13 to 22 physical servers, down to just two PowerEdge servers. The initial deployments were high-end four-socket PowerEdge R900 servers but Carnival quickly found their workload could be supported on mainstream two-socket Dell platforms such as the PowerEdge R710.

To support their back end data warehouse, Carnival selected EqualLogic PS6010XV, PS6010XVS, PS6000XV, PS6000E and PS5000XV 10GbE and 1GbE storage arrays. With the help of software features included in the EqualLogic platform, Carnival is now able to deliver high availability and redundancy for shipboard data centers. With the successes that Carnival had with the EqualLogic platform, they decided to move their shore side warehouse onto a similar platform. Prior to the EqualLogic deployment, the data warehouse was running on a legacy Sun Solaris-based system with EMC Symmetrix storage, but both the server and storage arrays were in need of replacements and upgrades.

'Dell helped us realize the advantage of the EqualLogic PS6010XVS array, which hosts hot data on solid-state drives while pushing cold data, the least-used data, to the slower spinning disks,' says Doug Eney, Carnival's vice president of IS engineering. 'Our proof-of-concept convinced us that the Dell platform could ensure that frequently used data is available without having to manually move data between two media types. This automation showed us that with the Dell solution, we save 60 to 80 percent compared to other high-end enterprise storage options we were considering.'

Furthermore, Carnival Cruise Lines has implemented Dell solutions in its corporate and onboard environments, including Dell OptiPlex desktops, Latitude laptops and Studio One desktop computers. Not only does this help provide passengers with onboard computer use, it allows them to access Carnival Dream's Fun Hub, the cruise industry's first shipboard social network, as well as a ship-specific intranet.

'Carnival has a well-deserved reputation as being one of the premier cruise lines in the world,' said Praveen Asthana, vice president of Enterprise Solutions and Strategy at Dell. 'Dell worked collaboratively with Carnival to help design and implement the optimum data center and IT infrastructure for their unique environment. Dell understands and supports Carnival's philosophy that logistics should never get in the way of fun for cruise ship guests.'

About Dell:
Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to its customers and uses that insight to help make technology simpler and create innovative solutions that deliver reliable, long-term value. Learn more at www.dell.com.

About Carnival:
Carnival, a unit of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), is the most popular cruise line in the world with 22 'Fun Ships' operating three- to 16-day voyages to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexico, Europe and other destinations. The line has two new ships set to debut between now and 2012. Additional information is available at www.carnival.com

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