Wednesday, 19 September 2018

A few days off . . .


HEADING off to bonnie Scotland for a family wedding so we'll be back on Monday.  

SlĂ inte!


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Must need apps for travellers



TRAVELLING
for work or pleasure? There are certain apps you just need to have to make life that little bit more stress-free try these 7 must-have apps and they're all free!

Google Translate - if you travel overseas, you may find yourself in a situation where you do not understand the local language.

XE Currency - convert between any two currencies in the world.

WiFi Map - when traveling, it is not uncommon to need a WiFi connection, especially if you find yourself outside your cell coverage area. This is why you need WiFi Map, which will not only show you public hotspots nearby, it will also provide you the passwords for these hotspots.

Tripit - not only can you track what you are supposed to be doing and where you are supposed to be, but you do not even have to enter this information directly into the app. The app can import your itineraries from confirmation emails. Best of all, you do not even have to be online to use it.
Triposo lets you discover hotels, restaurants and things to do in more than 50,000 locations worldwide.

Sit or Squat - an app which will help you find a bathroom no matter where you are.

American Red Cross First Aid - an app, which will let you know what to do if an emergency happens. It even comes with videos to instruct you.

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Accommodation Chain of the Year

MARRIOT International claimed the esteemed title of Accommodation Chain of the Year award at this year’s HM Awards for Hotel and Accommodation Excellence. The hotel industry’s night of nights proved an overwhelming success for Marriott International, with the company recognised across the board for its commitment to exceptional quality and customer service.

These accolades come at a time of continued growth for Marriott International in Australia and the Pacific region, where the company operates 30 hotels and has a further 21 in the pipeline. Marriott International currently employs over 4,000 throughout ANZP and the current pipeline properties will provide a further 2,500+ new hotel jobs in the region.


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Tuesday, 18 September 2018

A small country with a huge heart


A
small country with a huge past, 
Cambodia, a popular holiday destination among travellers from the USA, Canada, Australia and the UK, has seen growth double through the years offering tour operators the opportunity to market their own specially crafted vacation packages. Vietnamese Private Tours offers its own tours and trip deals in 2019 taking advantage of the growing number of travellers to the region.

Its rich history is challenging, enchanting and ever present. Voted the world‘s friendliest nation, the Cambodian people smile their way throughout the day. Its blossoming art scene and funky bars and restaurants contrast nicely with its ancient temples and colonial decay plus its throbbing cities and island beaches are the perfect place to relax and play.

#Cambodia is warm to hot year round with a rainy season between June and October. Don’t be too put off by the term ‘rainy’ though. It’s actually a great time of the year to visit. The temperature is a little cooler and the land lush green. Most of the downpours are in the afternoon or at night and they only last for a couple hours or so making them easy to plan around.


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One free for every three

STINGRAY City Cayman Islands is offering one FREE ticket for every three tickets purchased on our Stingray City, Coral Garden and Starfish tour. This end of summer special enhances the exceptional value of tours offered by Stingray City Cayman Islands, which is located in the North Sound of Grand Cayman, within stations on the Royal Watler cruise ship terminal and Seven Mile Beach Safe Haven Marina.

This offer extends to the Stingray City, Coral Garden and Starfish tours booked between September and October and can be applied to tours throughout 2018 and 2019. Stingray City Cayman Islands is one of the leading tour companies selected by cruise ship visitors in the Cayman Islands, with an average rating of 4.8 on TripAdvisor.




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Monday, 17 September 2018

Sao Paulo Art Biennial: A reason to explore

THE 33rd Sao Paulo’s Art Biennial opened its doors to the public on September 7 and will remain open until December 9th, 2018. It’s the second largest biennial in the world, just behind the inspirational Venetian Biennial, bringing over 500 thousand viewers per edition.

The Biennial alone would be enough reason to jump on a plane, but for art lovers, the country is an adventure to be explored. Curated by Gabriel Perez-Barreiro, Spanish director, chief-curator and Art History Master, the 33th Biennial was built on the idea of privileging the individual experience of the spectator on the appreciation of art, where the artist is not only exhibiting its work but also curating it, hoping to bring a bigger and better communication between viewer and artist.


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Choose Sri Lanka for Retail Therapy

SRI LANKA has introduced a new system enabling tourists to obtain refunds of 15 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) payments for goods they purchase from shops in the country. The Tourist VAT Refund System (TVRS) was aimed at attracting tourists and generating income by sale of products, Finance Ministry sources said. 

A VAT refund counter was opened at the Bandaranaike International Airport’s exit terminal by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera on Tuesday. Tourists are able to obtain the VAT refund of 15% of the value of their goods.

Shop owners and traders will be required to register for this scheme at the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) under the Tourist VAT Refund Scheme and it is suggested that travellers check prior to making their purchase. 


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