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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Reserve now! In-depth 13-day fam trip to Thailand


Imagine visiting Thailand and experiencing Bangkok, Chiang Rai, Phuket, and Chiang Mai. Chinatour.com is offering travel agents and a companion special deals for an in-depth 13-day fam trip with departures in November and December.


Departure Dates:
November 1, 2018 & December 3, 2018 

Price:
$1,699/Agent
$1,799/Companion & Client
Air-inclusive from LAX, Double Occupancy

Land only:
$1,399/person Double Occupancy

Single Supplement:
$599/person extra

Tour Reservation: Space Limited!
1. Tour Reservation Form
2. Clear copy of traveler's passport first page
3. Purchase tour with Check/Cash/Credit Card
($500/person deposit, Final balance due 70 days prior to departure date)

Please email/mail/fax the forms to:
Jenna Lian
Phone: 626-709-3110
Fax:  323-831-2537


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Five minutes to maximize your revenue

A free profile with the Channel Manager MICE access ensures that the hotel content is distributed by over 100 multipliers.

With only one free hotel entry, each hotel is presented both on the MICE access platform and on more than 100 multipliers of the tool. This allows the interface provider MICE access to reach over 15,000 different international corporate customers.



This ensures maximum transparency when arranging international enquiries and bookings, as everything - from enquiries and offers to bookings - is handled via just one channel.

In order to achieve the best possible reach, each individual hotel profile can be individually adapted at any time through its own access to the backend. It is possible to present unlimited pictures, videos, room and conference capacities to customers and providers. The profiles are bilingual (German and English) to enable a worldwide representation.

In addition, MICE access offers first-class inquiry and booking support, which optimally supports the unique online bid management for fast and easy processing of event enquiries. The commission for each offer submitted is determined individually by the hotelier making the offer.

Conclusion

Even with a free basic entry, MICE access offers hoteliers maximum added value in the online marketing and presence of their own hotel.

Sven Bergerhausen, founder and CEO of MICE access can only underline this: "MICE access offers hoteliers an uncomplicated and fast solution to open up the international MICE market. The free tool is absolutely self-explanatory and covers a multitude of different request types. It is also possible to conclude a Premium Option and thus make maximum use of the many advantages of the tool".

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Tourism in Rwanda: Why has Rwanda become a top safari destination in East Africa?

When it comes to safari holidays, there are options aplenty in Africa, especially in the eastern portion of this massive continent. Yet, despite all the competition it faces, Rwanda is among the top destinations for those headed on safari.

Why is this? Consider the following points, and you’ll understand why this nation has become such a popular place to visit.



It possesses beautiful terrain

Rwandans call their nation ‘the land of a thousand hills’ - soon after arrival, you’ll understand what they meant by that. Everywhere you go, you’ll be surrounded by undulating terrain which will be the subject of almost as many pictures as the animals you are there to photograph. When you combine to the two it presents the opportunity for some truly award-winning photographs for your Rwanda tours during your trip.

The landscape is mostly beautiful in a subtle way, but not always – the Virunga volcano chain dominates the skyline in the northwest, with Mount Karisimbi towering over all others at almost 15,000 feet above sea level.

There are also plenty of lakes, with Lake Victoria being the most commanding of all – with a depth of over 1,500 feet, it is among the deepest in the world and home to countless members of the animal kingdom.
Rwanda is an easy country to navigate
Comparable in size to Albania, Rwanda is an easy country to navigate. A prime example of this: Kigali is situated within a three hour drive from Volcanoes National Park.
It is here where many of Rwanda’s mountain gorillas can be found – this makes it easy to get this highlight checked off so you can take in the other highlights of this compact and intriguing nation in East Africa.

Support for LGBT people

The 21st century has seen the LGBT community make huge strides towards tolerance and acceptance throughout the world. Sadly, many parts of Africa have fallen behind on this front, but not Rwanda.
Unlike its neighbors, Rwanda does not have any discriminatory laws targeting homosexuals, but it has gone further than that.

In 2011, this country was one of only six nations in Africa to sign on to a joint UN statement which condemned homophobic violence against LGBT people worldwide.

In 2017, they did the same for a statement condemning nations who put same sex couples to death for engaging in consensual intercourse.

While Rwanda may not be perfect on the issue of LGBT acceptance, it is miles ahead of its neighbors on this matter and many other countries around the world.

Home to the elusive silverback mountain gorillas

Volcanoes national park Rwanda protects over 500 mountain gorillas whose numbers are at an increase in the recent years. Rwanda offers 10 habituated gorilla families in Volcanoes national park which are available for tracking all year round. Rwanda has become a more popular destination because of the easy for tourists to reach the gorilla national park with only 2 hours’ drive from the Kigali international airport.

It was in Volcanoes national park where Dian Fossey shot her famous documentary, Gorillas in the Mist, in 1967. Although she was killed by poachers in the 1980s, a non-profit set up as her legacy has since worked with the government to help double the population of these magnificent species of primate.

If you decide to check them out, be ready to get dirty – tracking gorillas can be a messy business, with plenty of bush whacking and scaling steep muddy slopes required just to find where they are situated within their protected reserve.

This sacrifice and the considerable fee you’ll need to pay will be worth it in the end, as they are peaceful and tolerant of people viewing their activities so long as they are respectful of their space. Knowing this, do whatever is asked of you by guides, and you will be certain to have an amazing experience.

Plenty of other unique animals can be found here as well

Don’t lose the forest for the trees as you explore Rwanda – there is more to see here than just mountain gorillas. For instance, Akagera National Park is a reserve which is home to the Big Five mammals of Africa – lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, and buffalo. It also has plenty of hippos, crocodiles, and zebras, as well as 483 identified avian species.

Want to observe chimpanzees as they swing playfully from one branch to another in their natural habitat? Nyungwe Forest National Park is where you’ll want to head, as this preserve is known for this species of primate.

The country itself has a compelling history

When you aren’t busy shooting this nation’s fauna and dramatic landscapes, spend some time in Kigali brushing up on Rwanda’s backstory. It is one with plenty of ups and downs, from countless generations of tribes co-existing together in relative harmony to the infamous Rwandan genocide, which saw upwards of a million Hutus killed back in 1994.

The best place to learn about the history of Rwanda is the Kigali Genocide Memorial and the National Museum of Rwanda – depending on your schedule, you can make time for these institutions at the start or end of your visit in Rwanda.

It is a remarkably safe country

Despite the horror of the Rwandan Civil War and the genocide it precipitated, this nation is actually one of the safest countries in Africa. It is rare to hear about a crime being committed against a foreigner here – so long as you take common sense precautions you would take in your home country, there isn’t anything out of the ordinary you should be worried about.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

40% discount on SAUDIA in all classes

SAUDIA Airlines has a last minute promotion.

WASHINGTON or LOS ANGELES to the WORLD via JEDDAH

40% off

Use promo code:  JULY

Sales period ends July 9, 2018

Travel period July 4, 2018 to July 31, 2018

Available at www.saudia.com 


Thursday, June 14, 2018

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Father’s Day packages from Corinthia Hotels in London and Budapest


Sunday, June 17, is an opportunity to spoil fathers, grandfathers and even father-in-laws. Corinthia Hotels has created perfect packages to solve gift ideas for Father’s Day.

Budapest, known for its thermal baths, Michelin-star restaurants, and UNESCO World Heritage sites, is the perfect destination for Father's Day. One of Budapest’s grandest hotels, the Corinthia Hotel Budapest, boasts the hotel’s original 19th century Spa. Restored to reflect its former Art Deco grandeur and managed by ESPA, the Royal Spa provides cutting-edge wellness and therapeutic treatments and technologies. The 3,280 sq. ft. facility has a 50 ft. pool, fitness room, sauna, steam bath, jacuzzi and various relaxation areas.

L-R:  The Royal Spa at Corinthia Hotel Budapest
 whiskies in The Garden Lounge, Corinthia Hotel London

It’s the perfect place for fathers to relax and and rejuvenate. ESPA for men’s 50-minute Deep Muscle Massage, normally priced at £99 (approx. $117.00), carries a 20% discount for Father’s Day guests. Furthermore, the hotel’s two and three-course set Theatre Menu ( https://www.corinthia.com/application/files/1715/1669/6133/Theatre_menu_-_January.pdf ), which currently features smoked goose, Atlantic cod and braised pork, has been discounted by 10% on the day.


The hotel is also currently offering a Stay 3 Get 25% package ( https://www.corinthia.com/en/hotels/budapest/offers/stay-3-get-25-breakfast ), making this the perfect time to book a long weekend at Corinthia Hotel Budapest for Father's Day.


At Corinthia Hotels’ flagship London property, located in the heart of the city overlooking the Thames, there is a weekend treat to experience the culture and vibrancy of London. Corinthia Hotel London’s Weekend Wonder package includes accommodation, English breakfast for two, and access to the award-winning ESPA Life at Corinthia spa, a next-generation spa housed across four luxurious floors with pool, vitality pool, amphitheater sauna, steam room, ice showers, relaxation areas and BodySPace gym.

A wide selection of cigars and whiskey is another magnet for fathers at the hotel, usually enjoyed in The Garden Lounge, the hotel’s al fresco outdoor drinking and dining destination.

In addition, a Burger & Beer menu has been created for Father’s Day priced at £28 (approx. $33.00) for burgers and £7 (approx. $8.00) for beer. The Burger Platter includes three gourmet medium-sized burgers: Wagyu beef and mature Montgomery cheddar; vegetarian with Buffalo mozzarella, basil and spicy tomato; and king crab from Alaska with avocado, scallions, home-made mayonnaise and shredded lettuce. All are served with hand-cut, triple-cooked thick chips and dips.  A selection of porter style beers brewed in London will be on tap to help wash it all down: Kernel Table beer, Beavertown Gamma Ray, Beavertown Neck Oil Session IPA and Crate Lager.

Holding a meeting in the middle of Germany


Less than a one-hour drive from the financial metropolis of Frankfurt is the Congresscenter Marburg and the hotel VILA VITA Rosenpark in idyllic Marburg. These two exclusive conference locations offer a maximum of flexibility and the possibility to hold connoisseurs and excellent meetings. Due to the central location in Hesse and the great motorway and train connections, the convention centers are easily accessible from all over Germany.



For most convention goers, a pleasant journey to the conference location is just as important as suitable accommodation nearby the conference location. The VILA VITA Rosenpark conference hotel was recently refurbished and has 194 comfortable and modern furnished hotel rooms and suites, 5 a la carte restaurants, 23 light-flooded conference rooms with up to 600 square meters, and a large outdoor terrace.

As a multi-service provider, those attending a conference here will receive the right location, accommodation, cuisine, and an extensive offer of a framework program for a conference event.
Optimal conditions are guaranteed for a successful business event at the highest level.



During the holiday season, specials are offered from June 25 to August 3, 2018 and from October 1 to 13, 2018.


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

VODOHOD enhances fleet


Navigation 2018 has officially started in Russia, and VODOHOD introduced 3 newly-refurbished ships. This year, in addition to scheduled maintenance, VODOHOD’s 3 vessels were upgraded from 3 to 4 stars. Onboard the fully refurbished MS "Nikolay Chernishevsky," MS "Konstantin Fedin," and MS "Kronshtadt" an enhanced level of comfort, quality, and service is being offered.



The area of the cabins and bathrooms has been expanded by one-and-half times. This led to a major maintenance not only of cabins and public areas of the ships but of all communications as well. The sewerage was replaced with a new one, new plumbing and shower cabins were installed, and the system of air conditioning was completely modernized. Following the modern design of the project, all the furniture and accessories in the cabins were also updated using only high-quality materials which meet all safety requirements. Walls, floor coverings, bar counters, armchairs, chairs, and even chandeliers – all combine to create a special atmosphere.

Conference halls were completely reconstructed onboard the MS "Nikolay Chernishevsky," MS "Konstantin Fedin," and MS "Kronshtadt." Now the halls can be easily transformed into a bar, because the expanded space was supplemented with a bar counter, tables with comfortable seating, and a DJ mixer. There is also much more free space to hold business events and recreational cultural activities, as well as movie evenings thanks to a big screen. And, of course, the best personnel and musicians are working onboard. There are plenty of irresistible events during which guests will have fun and be amazed. The entertaining program caters to all tastes!



VODOHOD has considered the requests and suggestions of its customers in preparing a new and higher-level menu. The new menu will surely satisfy even the most capricious wishes of true gourmets.

The refurbished vessels have already made an impression on Russian passengers and have made a splash in the European market. Guests from Europe, North America and South America, as well as Asia and Australia, are interested in joining cruises organized by VODOHOD. With demand increasing, it is best to hurry up to catch available cabins onboard MS "Nikolay Chernishevsky," MS "Konstantin Fedin," and MS "Kronshtadt" and experience an amazingly beautiful voyage with the wonderful nature of Russia as a backdrop and a high level of service while onboard.

SALES 2019 is now OPEN! For more information visit https://www.bestrussiancruises.com/ or email requests to: Sales@vodohod.ru