Archive for August, 2011

Leading car rental company in Iceland, Iceland Car Rental is helping to prevent road accidents by promoting the importance of road safety and knowledge regarding potential hazards when driving through Iceland's highlands.  

Because of Iceland's harsh countryside roads and highlands, visitors are being advised to become aware of the numerous driving situations that could occur, such as river crossing and gravel road driving, and learn the correct road procedures before setting off.

CEO of Iceland Car Rental, Kristjan Baldvinsson states, 'It's important for car rental companies in Iceland to educate their customers on how to correctly handle 4X4 vehicles in order to prevent accidents.'

He followed by explaining, 'At Iceland Car Rental, we spend at least thirty minutes with each customer; since we started this mandatory procedure in the summer, road accidents have decreased by 80 percent, with only two this year as apposed to ten in 2010.'

Since the company's establishment in 2007, Iceland Car Rental has received a lot of positive feedback from its customers. Iceland Car Rental is known as the only rent-a-car service in Iceland to give its customers 24-hour direct phone contact.

For further information about Iceland Car Rental and renting a car in Iceland, visit www.icelandcarrental.is.

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Created for fans of 80s Hard Rock music, the Monsters of Rock Cruise sails from Fort Lauderdale, FL to Key West and Nassau, Bahamas from February 25-28, 2012, showcasing legendary bands including…

(PRWeb August 31, 2011)

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Passengers, airlines and airport welcome convenient new service

Taiwan's busiest airport, Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, is celebrating the successful introduction of the first common use self-service (CUSS) kiosks in Taiwan bringing fast and efficient check-in to its 20 million passengers. Already the new kiosks are proving to be hugely popular with more than 335,000 boarding passes issued in the first four months of usage.

Provided by SITA, the 52 new kiosks located in Terminals 1 and 2 allow passengers to check in for flights on ANA, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Delta, EVA Airways, Dragonair, KLM or TransAsia Airways from any kiosk. The flexibility this offers departing passengers ensures the best use of the kiosks, improving efficiency and reducing congestion in the busy terminals.

Jimmy Hu, Airport Service Manager of Cathay Pacific and CUTE Club Chairman at Taoyuan International Airport, said: "SITA has provided excellent service over the years to the airlines operating at Taoyuan International Airport and now these new common-use kiosks extend that great service.

"The implementation has gone very smoothly and already our passengers are enjoying the flexibility these easy-to-use CUSS kiosks provide. We look forward to further improvements and advanced passenger services provided by SITA."

The introduction of the SITA S3 CUSS kiosks is the first step in the end-to-end self-service vision for Taoyuan International Airport. The airport is discussing possible future enhancements with SITA including self-service bag drop and boarding.

Paul Dalton, SITA Regional Vice President, North Asia and Pacific, said: "Taoyuan International Airport is responding to passenger needs as more and more are demanding self-service. In fact, the latest SITA Passenger Self-Service Survey shows that 70% want self-service for more steps of the journey.

"In addition, SITA is helping the airlines operating at Taoyuan International Airport by providing a bundled solution for common-use services. This integrated approach ensures consistency across the various check-in channels available."

These improvements at Taoyuan International Airport are in line with the IATA Fast Travel program which aims to provide self-service options in five areas of a passenger's airport journey – representing annual savings of up to US$ 2.1 billion for the industry.

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The Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the fastest growing hotel companies worldwide, announces the Park Inn Trysil Mountain Resort in Norway. The property, featuring 369 rooms, is scheduled to open in December 2011 – just in time for the next ski season. Park Inn by Radisson is Rezidor's young and dynamic core brand in the mid-market segment, offering a hassle free stay, a relaxed and personalized ambiance, and comfortable rooms with modern amenities.

"The Park Inn Trysil Mountain Resort will perfectly complement our existing Radisson Blu Resort, Trysil. We are delighted to further strengthen our presence in our key home market Norway and to also further grow our chic and contemporary resort portfolio," said Kurt Ritter, President & CEO of Rezidor. The new hotel is developed and built by the company Peab, and owned by Peab and SkiStar in equal parts.

Minutes from the slopes, the hotel in Trysil will comprise 369 rooms, suites and apartments with up to 3 bedrooms, making it the ideal destination for family or friends travelling together. Further services will include a restaurant, a bar, a wellness area including indoor swimming pool, sauna and 12 treatment rooms, and a conference centre with a 425 square meter ballroom as well as with several meeting rooms.

Trysil is located in South-eastern Norway, 2.5 hours' drive from Oslo. It is one of Scandinavia's premier ski resorts and attracts a significant international business. For the non-skier, Trysil offers a first-class golf course, canoeing, fishing, cycling, and hiking in a beautiful nature.

Once the Park Inn Trysil Mountain Resort opens, Rezidor will have 25 hotels in operation or under development in Norway, including the Park Inn by Radisson hotel Oslo.

Ritter concluded: "Six of those hotels are Park Inn by Radisson properties. With Radisson Blu already present in nearly every primary and secondary Norwegian city, our growth strategy is now heavily focused on Park Inn by Radisson."

About The Rezidor Hotel Group:
The Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the fastest growing hotel companies in the world. The group features a portfolio of more than 400 hotels in operation, and under development with 88,800 rooms in over 60 countries, including hotels in Nice and hotels in Vienna.

Rezidor operates the brands Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts, Park Inn by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites in Europe, Middle East and Africa, along with the Club Carlson loyalty programme for frequent hotel guests. Under a worldwide licence agreement with the iconic Italian fashion house Missoni, Rezidor also operates and develops the new lifestyle brand Hotel Missoni.

In November 2006, Rezidor was listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. Carlson, a privately held, global hospitality and travel company, based in Minneapolis (USA), is the majority shareholder.

The Corporate office of the Rezidor Hotel Group is based in Brussels, Belgium.

For more information on Rezidor, visit www.rezidor.com

PR Contact:
Christiane Reiter
Senior Director Corporate Communication
The Rezidor Hotel Group
Avenue Du Bourget 44
B-1130 Brüssel
Belgien
+32 2 702 9331
www.radissonblu.com

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Voyages Jules Verne has published the latest edition of its sought-after No Single Supplement brochure.

Covering departures until December 2012, solo travellers can choose from short break and longer-haul destinations in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Far East that all have one thing in common: there are no extra charges for having a single room. Far from being a 'singles club', these arrangements ensure that clients wishing to join a tour independently may do so without the all-too-familiar financial penalties imposed by many travel companies.

Equally appealing to first-time solos and regular clients of Voyages Jules Verne, the new No Single Supplement brochure includes three new itineraries.

Firstly, Ice & Lights, a seven-night Iceland tour that takes in the south west corner of this intriguing island. Highlights include Reykjavik, the Golden Circle and world-famous Blue Lagoon as well as the lesser-visited spots of Hveragerði, Skaftafell and the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, where Northern Lights sightings are likely (conditions permitting).

Kenya tours are also on offer in the new brochure. A 14-night African safari from Nairobi to Mombasa on this  features Amboseli and Tsavo West National Parks, the Taita Hills and Kenya's original tea estate in the Limuru Highlands. Accommodation is four-star throughout and, in addition to several game drivs, there's also an opportunity to look around the former home of 'Out of Africa's' Karen Blixen.

Jordan's Red Sea & Petra: Expanding its popular programme of Jordan tours this year Voyages Jules Verne now offers scheduled flights from Heathrow to Amman, enabling visitors to enjoy Saturday departures at a more convenient time, an extended season in which to travel and an additional day to spend in their chosen resort. This new eight-night option combines Amman, the Dead Sea and a third-centre choice of either Aqaba or Tala Bay.

The 2011/2012 No Single Supplement programme also includes familiar VJV holidays such as Turkey holidays, four nights in Rome, A Royal Steamer Restored (seven nights cruising the Nile in style) and India's Golden Triangle. For those seeking to see in the Advent season with aplomb, Christmas Markets & Music on the Danube promises an unforgettable four-night cruise to Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava with private on-board concerts and plenty of festive shopping opportunities.

Some itineraries also include special events – exclusive to clients of Voyages Jules Verne – ranging from a late afternoon cruise on Lake Como and typical Ottoman Dinner in Turkey to a lecture on Tunisian history in Sousse, a private evening reception at Luxor Temple and a ride in a bullock cart in India.

Those wishing to receive a copy of the new No Single Supplement brochure can contact Voyages Jules Verne on 0845 166 7035 or visit the award-winning website at www.vjv.com.

About Voyages Jules Verne:
Voyages Jules Verne was founded in 1978 and its range of product encompasses long haul and short haul, weekends and expeditions, the conventional and the unexpected, a variety of themes and special interests – all underpinned by quality and value for money. VJV offers tours to a number of exotic worldwide destinations including China tours, Middle East holidays and South America tours.

PR Contact:
Prini Patel
Marketing Manager
Voyages Jules Verne
21 Dorset Square
London
0207 616 1094
www.vjv.com

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Robert Schaudel brings over 16 years of sales and account management experience to Vacation Storebuilder to lead Vacation Rental Management Sales Team.

(PRWeb August 31, 2011)

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Suffering from obsessive compulsive smart phone disorder? Then it's time to change status and slow down. The Harvest Inn's new Wine Country Slumber Party for grown-up girlfriends is the…

(PRWeb August 31, 2011)

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EL SEGUNDO, CA –Travoca, the world leader in luxury travel, has introduced a Solo Traveler Desk to meet the growing needs of those wishing to travel alone.  According to travelhorizons™, solo travelers – those who travel with no companions – make up 11% of all U.S. adult leisure travelers.  Solo travelers comprise nearly 20% of Travcoa's business.  The Solo Traveler Desk provides expert advice on choosing destinations, information on tour enhancements for solo travelers, and a designated point of contact for any questions related to this unique and growing group of travelers.
 
'Solo travelers have many advantages when traveling on our Escorted Journeys,' stated Jerre Fuqua, President of Travcoa.  'Our Escorted Journeys are limited to 18 like-minded travelers allowing for camaraderie, flexibility, security, and personal attention-hallmarks of the quality Travcoa provides.'
 
Travcoa regularly offers a 50% discount on the single supplement charge to solo travelers. Several available 2011 departure dates include Russia, Central Europe, Kenya and Tanzania, and Central America among others.  For an up-to-date list of journeys with discounted supplements visit Travcoa's Solo Traveler section online or contact Travcoa's Solo Traveler Desk at 1-800-992-2003 and select option 2 for additional information.
 
For more information about other journey options, to request a brochure, or to make a reservation, please contact Travoca at 1-800-992-2003 or go online at www.travcoa.com.
 
About Travcoa:
Travcoa has been leading luxury adventures and in-depth explorations of the world's most interesting destinations since 1954. The company offers three types of travel experiences around the globe: small-group escorted journeys with comprehensive itineraries guided by professional Travel Directors; pre-designed and priced independent journeys for travelers who prefer private travel on a date of their choice; and tailor-made journeys crafted specifically to individual traveler specifications.
 

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New Executive PADI Scuba Program Offered at Holiday Inn Montreal Airport
 
MONTREAL, QC – August 30, 2011Total Diving – Montreal Scuba announces the launch of a new Executive Learn To Scuba Dive program at the Holiday Inn Montreal-Airport on Cote-de-Liesse in Montreal, QC, Canada.
               
The program is designed to suit the needs of busy executives who need a custom-made schedule to learn scuba diving before their vacations down South. "The goal is to learn scuba diving before going on vacation, so that you can really enjoy your vacations without having any studying to do" explains Darcy Kieran, PADI Course Director and President, Total Diving.
                   
The program is also designed to suit the needs of out-of-town travelers who would like to benefit from Total Diving's innovative and quality approach to teaching scuba diving. Travelers can learn to scuba dive in Montreal, in the convenience of their hotel, while enjoying the many charms of this romantic North American city.

The indoor pool at Montreal Airport's Holiday Inn makes you feel like you are in a tropical oasis. "With the Atrium, you can enjoy a Tropical Holiday All Year!" is how the General Manager of the Holiday Inn Montreal Airport explains his pool.

"We are proud to have obtained exclusive access to teach scuba diving in this first class Montreal hotel", declared Darcy Kieran.

Total Diving is a PADI Career Development Center, the highest rating level for a scuba diving training center in the world.

The Montreal-based dive shop has been providing goods and services to scuba diving, snorkeling, and water sport enthusiasts since 1975 from its location in NDG in Montreal, QC, Canada. Founded by Bill Waddell, the enterprise is now owned by Darcy Kieran, an industrial engineer specialized in new product development and commercialization.

Darcy Kieran has been training recreational scuba diving instructors in Montreal since 2000. He is an instructor trainer for TecRec technical diving courses involving the use of mixed gases like helium and enriched air (nitrox), as well as an EFR and DAN Examiner to train first aid instructor trainers. He is an Industrial Engineer graduate from the Ecole Polytechnique of the University of Montreal, and holds an MBA from McGill University in Montreal.

PADI is a worldwide dive training organization based in California, with offices in Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada.

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Acquisition protects Shady Dell’s ‘Candelabra’ Trees and habitat for threatened salmon and other wildlife

(PRWeb August 30, 2011)

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