Tuesday, 23 May 2017

High Flying San Diego

SUNNY San Diego is an ideal outdoor playground to take to the skies and take in the sights from a bird’s-eye perspective.  For the adventurous traveler, #SanDiego has many unique, high flying escapades, from hang gliding along the scenic seaside bluffs of La Jolla and hot air ballooning in North County to a zip lining safari and indoor skydiving. The following are some of the ways visitors can spread their wings and have fun in the air, San Diego-style.

Torrey Pines Gliderport in La Jolla is America’s most popular coastal soaring site with nearly 100 years of flying history. Visitors can take a tandem paragliding or hang gliding flights at the largest tandem operation in the world with professional, experienced instructors, enjoying sensational bird’s-eye views of dramatic cliffs, Torrey Pines Golf Course and the stunning mansion homes of La Jolla. 

A world leader in the sport of soaring, in operation since 1959, Sky Sailing in North County’s Warner Springs offers introductory rides for one to two passengers in a sailplane or glider. Passengers can share a thermal with hawks and eagles while enjoying phenomenal views of nearby Palomar Mountain and the famous Palomar Observatory, as well as Lake Henshaw and the historic Warner Springs Ranch.

Capable of floating balloons up to 3,000 feet on a clear day, San Diego’s inland North County is among a few places in the world where a hot air balloon can fly both at sunrise and sunset due to perfect wind conditions. California Dreamin’ offers a couple of deluxe hot air balloon adventures: a Del Mar sunset flight where guests can sip champagne while floating above coastal bluffs and the Pacific Ocean, and a Temecula wine country sunrise flight featuring breakfast, champagne and wine tasting at Vindemia Winery. 

Flying over San Diego for the past 26 years, Corporate Helicopters provides another exceptional way to sightsee over area beaches, bays and landmarks. Notable tours include the 30-minute Diego Delight and the Coronado Bridge; the aptly-named, 42-minute Unforgettable and the one hour Surf & Turf. Exclusive tour packages are also available, like the bucket list-worthy Baja Mexico Premier two-day tour of Ensenada and the renowned Guadalupe Valley wine country.

A vacation destination since the 1930s and popular for inner tubing down the San Luis Rey River, the La Jolla Indian Campground’s newest attraction is La Jolla Zip Zoom, the longest zip line in California. The 6,273-foot zip line course, nestled in the foothills of the Palomar Mountain range and running parallel to the San Luis Rey River, provides riders with spectacular views of mountain peaks, lush green canyons and steep rustic slopes.

Go wild on another exciting zip line adventure in North County, Flightline Safari at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Guests soar 130 feet above the ground on two zip lines, enjoying thrilling views of rhinos, giraffes and other exotic wildlife in the savanna-like fields below. The “flight” covers approximately two-thirds of a mile, landing safely near the park’s campground at Kilima Point.

iFLY San Diego delivers the dream of flight to thrill-seeking visitors with San Diego’s first indoor skydiving wind tunnel in the heart of Mission Valley. The indoor skydiving facility is a marvel of engineering that replicates the experience of skydiving, creating conditions that allow guests to fly on a smooth cushion of air with the help of iFLY certified flight instructors.


Expected to launch in summer 2017, Airborne San Diego brings two new indoor skydiving wind tunnels to downtown San Diego by Petco Park, as well as a Sky Lounge, viewing platforms, a café and bar.


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Up in the air . . .

SWISS International Air Lines (SWISS) is to operate further direct flights between London and Sion in Southwest Switzerland in the coming winter timetable period. With the flights having proved highly popular this winter, SWISS has decided to again offer UK-based winter sports enthusiasts these convenient direct services between London and Sion in the coming winter season.

The services will be provided on SWISS’s behalf by Helvetic Airways under a wet-lease arrangement. The flights will be operated with Embraer 190 aircraft offering 112 passenger seats.

The new London-Sion flights are bookable now. The flying time is around two hours.


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Monday, 22 May 2017

New International Cruise terminal scheduled to Open in 2020

EXPLORING The Islands of #Tahiti by sea is not only one of the most convenient methods to island-hop but is also an awe-inspiring experience to immerse oneself in the destination’s stunning 118 islands. Seagoers from across the world will be able to enjoy Papetee’s new International Cruise Terminal, which is scheduled to open in 2020.

Financed by the Port of Papetee, the new #cruise terminal will have the capacity to accommodate up to three ships simultaneously and 2,000 turnaround passengers. The terminal will also feature amenities such as an aerial walk, luggage room, check-in counters, waiting room, duty free, snack bar and café and reservations facilities.

“The new cruise terminal offers us many more opportunities to welcome international travelers to The Islands of Tahiti,” says Kristin Carlson Kemper, Managing Director, Tahiti Tourisme U.S. “We look forward to introducing all of them to the Tahitian way of life, and for them to be embraced by Mana.”


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On The Ball

MORE than 20,000 fans and supporters are expected to touch down in New Zealand for the DHL #NewZealand #Lions2017 series next month and Tourism New Zealand has been working to make sure the visitors know what they can expect away from the rugby field.

The world’s best-selling rugby magazine, Rugby World has turned its focus on the tourism highlights fans can enjoy when the Lions Tour begins next month. The current issue features seven pages of travel highlights visitors can experience in the cities hosting matches during the six week tournament.

In a 36 page feature, the UK based Rugby World magazine provides detailed travel guides of the host cities: Auckland, Whangarei, Rotorua, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.


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On the Runway . . .

AIR Canada has announced St. Vincent and the Grenadines as one of six new routes for the airline’s winter season.

A news release issued by Air Canada stated that weekly flights from Toronto to St Vincent and the Grenadines are now available for purchase.

“Air Canada is continuing its strategic, global expansion with a diverse range of exciting new non-stop routes this winter to Australia, South America, the Caribbean and the United States,” Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada said.

The airline says its first long-haul international scheduled service to St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the other five destinations, “offers new choices for travellers looking to escape Canadian winters”.


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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Dubai launches new website to boost golf tourism

#DUBAI has unveiled a new website to enhance awareness of the world-leading, premium #golf destination that convenes - for the first time in one place - everything visitors and tour operators need to know about experiencing golf in the city.

Launched at the Asia Golf Tourism Convention (AGTC) in Danang, Vietnam, golfindubai.com provides information on the first-class courses designed by legends including Ernie Els, Sir Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie and Greg Norman, as well as details on leisure and practice facilities and wider hospitality offers.

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Growing Interest from US in High-End Travel to Vietnam



DESTINATION Asia #Vietnam recently hosted a series of high end retail travel agent trips from the US following growing interest in this market for luxurious encounters with an infusion of local adventure.

For many agents it was their first visit to Vietnam and Destination Asia wanted to expose the ‘real’ essence of the country. Using unrivalled local knowledge, we were able to connect the agents with a broad range of local experiences that the everyday traveler would never discover on their own.

The groups visited a range of destinations including, Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An in central Vietnam and the capital Hanoi. The UNESCO World Heritage area of Halong Bay was also on most itineraries. It was a great opportunity for Destination Asia Vietnam to showcase their new 2017 range of ‘local gems’ which include sampling a range of local cuisine (prepared by traditional vendors) from Pho and seafood pancake to locally brewed ‘craft’ beers and rice wine. Another hit was the Vespa food tour through districts of Ho Chi Minh where only locals frequent.

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