Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Vertigo sufferers look away now

THE Palm Springs Aerial Tramway can be found in the rugged Chino Canyon on the north edge of Palm Springs. 

The first ride took place on September 12th 1963 and in 1998, the Tramway announced that it was embarking on an ambitious modernization program that would see the construction and installation of new cars and an update of its facilities.

In September 2000, passengers first rode the world’s largest rotating tramcars.

Since 1963, nearly 18 million people have traveled the 10-minute, 2.5-mile ride, which begins at the Valley Station (elevation 2,643 feet) and ends at the Mountain Station (elevation 8,516 feet).


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Singapore Sling

NORWEGIAN will launch a new route from London Gatwick to #Singapore this winter as the airline’s growing low-cost long-haul UK network expands into Asia for the first time.

From 28th September, Norwegian will operate four weekly flights, increasing to five in the winter, from London Gatwick to Singapore Changi Airport, voted the World’s Best Airport by passengers for five years in a row. 

Flights are now on sale at www.norwegian.com from £179 one way.


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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Festival frolics on the Isle of Wight



The Isle of Wight Festival 8-11 June
This iconic festival is known as one of the best music festivals in the UK – and is not to be missed. Winner of the Best Family Friendly Festival in the 2016 Family Traveller Awards, it is ideal for music lovers of all ages, and with headliners this year including Arcade Fire, Rod Stewart, David Guetta and Run DMC, it is not to be missed. Plan ahead and book ferry travel soon to take advantage of Wightlink’s Early Bird Ferry Fares until 31 January 2017.

Ventnor Fringe 8 – 13 August
Originally created by a team of local students in 2010, Ventnor Fringe follows the core principles of the famous Edinburgh Fringe that inspired it, in which any artist can take part. From musicians to comedians, poets to dancers and pop-up cinemas to woodland sing-alongs, the Ventnor Fringe is an exciting place for a culture vulture. Ventnor Fringe has grown into one of the Island’s most exciting new eclectic festivals, attracting performers from all over the world.

Jack up the 80s 11 – 13 August
With the artists Jason Donovan, Alexander O’Neal, Bruce Foxton From The Jam and The Real Thing already confirmed, this 80s revisit in Ryde is sure to be a hit. Tickets will be on sale from 23 January, so make sure to grab these tickets while they’re hot – after all, they are Especially For You.



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Go Dutch





THINK bike, think Holland! Now, British travellers can explore the delights of this cycle-friendly (not only due to the flat landscape) country with a new six-day #Amsterdam ‘Loop’ that starts and ends in the capital city and embraces Amsterdam and The Charms of #Holland. Or, explore a leisurely route from Amsterdam to Bruges in Belgium over nine days discovering the very best the Netherlands has to offer.

The Loop tour starts and finishes in Amsterdam to allow time for exploring the famous museums, art galleries and historic architecture and canals. Head out to towns such as Haarlem, through flat and hill-free countryside to see the Dutch masters on show. Indulge in pancakes, Edam cheese and local beers along the way, and remember to seek out some traditional Dutch gifts as souvenirs.

For those keen to #cycle over the border into Belgium, the new nine-day tour takes guests from Amsterdam through the delightful towns of Gouda, Dordrecht, Vlissingen and Damme before reaching Bruges. Along the route are nature reserves and picturesque countryside, ideal for slow exploration and working off the delicious local delicacies, not least the many varieties of locally brewed beer. Guests may choose to cycle from Bruges to Amsterdam and additional overnight stays are available.

www.bspoketours.com



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Up in the air . . .

Research from global flight search and travel deals website, Cheapflights.co.uk, has revealed that the UK’s regional airports are giving London a run for its money when it comes to price, popularity and pick of destinations. Cheapflights’ analysis of 20 million searches and more than 200 different routes reveals that it doesn’t always pay to fly from the Capital.


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Monday, 24 April 2017

US Virgin Islands celebrates 100th anniversary in 2017

THE U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism has launched "Centennial PLUS", an enhanced summer and fall travel promotion to coincide with the destination's 100th anniversary as a U.S. territory.

The new, expanded package, which can be booked through participating tour operators, offers $400 in VI Spending Credits as well as the fourth night free for a minimum four-night stay. The credits can be easily redeemed across the Territory at restaurants, retail stores, attractions and activities.

"Centennial PLUS", which builds on the success of the popular $300 consumer incentive, must be booked through participating tour operator partners through June 1, 2017 for travel between June 1 and October 31, 2017.

Participating tour operators include American Airlines Vacations, Apple Vacations, CheapCaribbean.com, Costco Travel, Delta Vacations (MLT), Expedia Inc., Flight Center Travel Group (Libgo), JetBlue Vacations, Pleasant Holidays, Travel Impressions and Tourico Holidays.



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Quirky Queensland



IMMERSE yourself in the weird and wonderful whilst in #Queensland. 2017 in Queensland has some of the most unusual and unique #events on its calendar so get ready for some fun and laughter whilst on your travels.

The Great Wheelbarrow Race, Mareeba, May 19-21
A tough 60-kilometre race is designed to honour the pioneering miners of the early 19th century, as competitors' race their wheelbarrows to the finish line. www.greatwheelbarrowrace.com

Goomeri Pumpkin Festival, Sunshine Coast, May 28
Now in its 20th year the Great Australian Pumpkin Roll is back and you can alsotake part in the pumpkin lawn bowls and pumpkin shotput competitions. www.goomeripumpkinfestival.com.au


Mary Poppins Festival, Maryborough, June 23-July 2
Parade your finest hat and umbrella, and put on your most comfortable shoes to dash a pram to the finish line in the Great Nanny Race and raise your voice in the Mary's River Cruise Singalong. Mary Poppin's author, P.L. Travers, was born in Maryborough in 1899, and this year's 10-day program will highlight storytelling for all ages through various art forms, such as music concerts, pop-up performances and art installations. www.marypoppinsfestival.com.au

Big Red Run, Birdsville, June 24-29
Australia's first and only 250-kilometre running race and to make conditions harder, it is set in the blistering Simpson Desert. Competitors race 40-kilometers a day through blistering heat, stomp through sinking sand and camp out at night in freezing winter conditions. There is also a smaller 42-kilometre desert dash. www.bigredrun.com.au

Abbey Medieval Festival, AbbeyStowe, July 8-9

The Abbey Medieval Festival in Caboolture will have you dining, dancing and jousting your way into the past. Celebrate with the children, a wide range of workshops designed to teach children all about the medieval world will also be held. www.abbeymedievalfestival.com

VIVA Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, July 7-16
The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist crown at VIVA Surfers Paradise with toe-tapping tunes of the 50s and 60s with live performances, marvel at an array of vintage cars. www.surfersparadise.com/whats-on

Boulia Camel Races, Outback, July 14-17
Belly dancing to sky diving, camel rides to market stalls, this festival is absolutely jam packed with way-out things to see and do, culminating in the Quarter-Mile Flyer and the Camel Cup races. www.bouliacamelraces.com.au


Jumpers and Jazz Festival in July, Warwick, July 20-30

Warwick comes alive in July to celebrate the thrill of the chill. The citizens lovingly dress 150 deciduous trees around the town in textiles for the official Jumpers and Jazz Festival. www.jumpersandjazz.com

Windorah International Yabby Races, Outback, August 30
Cheer on crustaceans as they crawl to the finish line in the Windorah International Yabby Races. Each of the ten yabbies in every race are named and auctioned off. The event has been running since 1998, all to raise much needed funds for the Royal Flying Doctors Association and local community groups. www.outbackqueensland.com.au


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Real time tracking for Malaysia Airlines

MALAYSIA Airlines will be the first SITAONAIR airline customer to benefit from a revolutionary flight tracking partnership. Under the agreement, all Malaysia Airlines aircraft will have access to minute-by-minute, 100% global, flight tracking data.

Malaysia Airlines’ aircraft operations center will receive real-time position updates of its airborne fleet globally. Aireon’s space-based ADS-B data will also resolve any existing data feed coverage gaps that remain, particularly over oceanic and remote airspace, where there is currently no surveillance.


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Sunday, 23 April 2017

Indaba 2017

SOUTH African Tourism is putting the final touches on an event that will foster closer collaboration and more targeted business interactions than ever before. This is sure to result in a productive trade show for buyers, exhibitors and media alike, while showcasing a vast and eclectic selection of tourism products from all over Africa.

INDABA, Africa’s leading #travel show, returns to the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in #Durban from 16 to 18 May 2017, sporting a more streamlined programme and improved floor layout to make it easier for the world to come and sample the tourism treasures #Africa has to offer.

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