Saturday, 20 January 2018

Paying by credit card win or lose?

A new rule introduced on Saturday January 13th, 2018 stops businesses, including tour operators, charging their customers a fee when paying by credit card.

The EU law, adopted by the UK, is designed to force banks and credit card companies to lower their charges – around half of all holidays and paid by credit card. In reality, the banks have not lowered their charges and the tour operators and holiday companies are being forced to absorb the cost in their own prices.

Or are they?

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Friday, 19 January 2018

On the runway . . .

LAST year, Lufthansa and Munich Airport welcomed over 30 million passengers to Terminal 2. To be more precise, 30.6 million passengers used the terminal for their travel needs in 2017, an increase of 10.6 percent compared to the previous year.

Munich’s airport was already named Europe’s first “5-Star Airport” by London-based ratings agency Skytrax in 2015. In December 2017, Lufthansa joined them as the only European 5-star airline when they received the highest level of quality certification in international aviation from Skytrax. 

Another world best: Terminal 2, along with the Terminal 2 Satellite, which are operated jointly by the two companies, received a special award in March 2017: They were voted World’s Best Airport Terminal at the Skytrax World Airport Awards.

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W to rise up in the Land of the Rising Sun

W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International has announced the signing of W Osaka set to open in 2021. This will be the first-ever W in #Japan. The 27-floor, new-build hotel will boast provocative and bold W design, with a stunning building fa├žade designed by Osaka-based Tadao Ando. W Osaka sits amidst the indie boutiques and restaurants of the city’s main thoroughfare on Mido-Suji Boulevard, allowing guests immediate access to luxury shopping and insider experiences along the Gingko tree-lined street.


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Thursday, 18 January 2018

Whale of a celebration

CHANNEL Islands Harbor, USA celebrates the migration of the Pacific Gray Whale with its Annual Celebration of the Whales. Each winter, these enchanting whales migrate through the Santa Barbara Channel on their way to the lagoons of Mexico, where the females will give birth. 

Whale watching excursions to the Channel Islands National Park are offered daily from Channel Islands Harbor and provide sightseers the best opportunities for viewing the whales, which are up to 50 feet long and weigh approximately 36 tons, as they travel south. Excursions begin January 5 and run through mid-April 2018.

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Maldives wins multiple awards at WTA awards



Maldives wins the prestigious position of World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination and World’s leading Dive Destination at the 24th annual World Travel Awards and Indian Ocean’s Best Spa Destination at the 3rd annual World Spa Awards held alongside with the World Travel Awards Grand Finale.

#Maldives competed against other world class destinations such as Thailand, Hawaii, Mauritius, Australia, Seychelles, USA and UAE for these titles. In addition to the destination awards, the Maldives Tourism Industry also won 10 prestigious awards in various categories during the event.


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From China to Chicago

MIRRORING China’s Past: Emperors And Their Bronzes runs February 25 to May 13 at the Art Institute of Chicago, and will be the first project devoted to an in-depth study of the tradition of collecting ancient bronzes in China. The focus of this exhibition is not only how such works were unearthed in their original context, but also the different ways in which they were collected, classified and conceptualized throughout Chinese history. 

The exhibition features over 160 exquisite objects of diverse forms and materials, including a number of highlights from the Art Institute of Chicago’s strong holdings; the majority are loans from the Palace Museum, Beijing, the Shanghai Museum and important museums and private collections in the United States.


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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Discovery Shores ends 2017 on a high

DISCOVERY Shores, a luxury beach resort in the island of Boracay, sealed 2017 with several notable international recognitions. This top destination received a total of 10 prestigious awards, including two from the 2017 World Luxury Hotel Awards. This makes the property’s 10th anniversary celebration truly a memorable one.

The five-star hotel was named Country Winner in the Luxury Wedding Destination and Luxury Family Resort categories. Frances Maniquis, Director of Marketing Communications of Discovery Shores Boracay, received two awards during the awarding ceremony held at the Kulm Hotel in St. Moritz, Switzerland.


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