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Archive for June, 2009

  • June 30, 2009
    “Smile Cards” for tourists in Bangkok

    The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration announced the launch of its Bangkok Smile Card project this July. According to BMA Deputy Governor, Ms Taya Teepsuvarn, the BMA will introduce a boat pass, add information booths and designate certain roads as walking streets. The “smile cards” are part of a wider campaign that tags Bangkok as a city […]

  • June 30, 2009
    Bandra-Worli Sea-link opens in Mumbai

    After 10 years of expectations, delays and, of course, hardcore planning and labour, the spectacular Bandra-Worli Sea Link is set to open at midnight on Tuesday. Come Wednesday morning and a new day will dawn for Mumbai’s rush-hour motorists, with the Rs 750-crore link offering a new route between the island city and the western […]

  • June 29, 2009
    Statue of Liberty Crown opens July 4, 2009

    After closure since 9/11 (2001), the Statue pedestal reopened to visitors in 2004. The crown has been closed since 9/11, but will reopen on July 4 2009. Visitors will enter/exit the crown in groups of 10, under the direct supervision of a Park Service employee. Tel: +1 866 782 8834 (within USA) or +1 212 […]

  • June 29, 2009
    Tips for traveling with a baby

    Traveling with a baby can be daunting and overwhelming. You can avoid disasters of missing a flight or losing the stroller – here are top ten tips to prepare you for traveling with a baby: Check-in Make sure to leave plenty of time to get to the airport, check in, and go through security. With […]

  • June 29, 2009
    Photos: Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles

    Click here to see photographs About A New Space For Music Designed by architect Frank Gehry, Walt Disney Concert Hall, new home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is designed to be one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world, providing both visual and aural intimacy for an unparalleled musical experience. Through the […]

  • June 28, 2009
    RyanAir: Bye bye, checked bags & airport check-in. Hello, Gambling!

    RyanAir this week announced that they will soon eliminate all airport check-in counters and require passengers to carry-on their luggage. Starting early next year, passengers will need to schlep their bags through airport security and drop them at the steps of the plane for checking into plane’s cargo hold. Once aboard though, there will be […]

  • June 27, 2009
    Southwest starts services to LaGuardia

    Starting tomorrow, Southwest will fly out of New York’s LaGuardia airport, which hopefully means that flying between New York, Boston, Chicago, and Washington is about to get a whole lot cheaper. The move is part of the airline’s attempt to cater more towards business customers, who don’t always want to fly into the second-tier airports […]

  • June 26, 2009
    Tips for trauma-free travel

    Holidaying is one of our favourite pastimes, with Brits making almost 70,000 trips abroad alone each year. While we traditionally associate holidaying with seasonal health complaints such as travellers’ tummy, sunburn and insect bites, back pain is also a common holiday health hazard. We all need a holiday to recharge our batteries, but with back […]

  • June 26, 2009
    Berlin launches special tourist deals to suit every budget

    Visitors to the German capital this summer are faced with a number of choices when it comes to their holiday budget. They can choose between beginning a weekend break with a Champagne breakfast for $377 or ending it with a few glasses of wine for nothing at all. Another option on offer is a rented […]

  • June 26, 2009
    Eight tips for smooth air travel

    There’s a lot to do before you take that flight and still make it to the airport two hours before your 11 a.m. flight. But what if you could cut that time in half and not miss your flight? Here are some tips to help you navigate more quickly. 1. Take public transportation No car […]

  • June 26, 2009
    Google City Tours builds itineraries for multi-day trips

    Not one to be outdone by Microsoft’s Bing travel site or the myriad other net travel guides, Google today rolls out City Tours for planning and navigating itineraries. Currently a Google Labs project, City Tours helps “identify points of interest and plan multi-day trips to most major-cities.” To build your tour, just enter the destination […]

  • June 25, 2009
    Ryanair: Passengers As Baggage Handlers?

    Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary suggested today that passengers should ferry their own luggage from airport to airplane — but still pay £5 (about $8) per bag to place them in the hold. O’Leary said that getting rid of baggage handlers would help the budget airline save £26 million ($43 million) a year. “What it […]

  • June 25, 2009
    AirAsia drops admin fees

    AirAsia has abolished its administrative fees from its fee structure. AirAsia group chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes said all bookings made for AirAsia and AirAsia X flights would now only display the fare plus airport tax throughout the booking process. “We were the first airline to abolish our fuel surcharge and we are […]

  • June 25, 2009’s deals for Summer 09

    With more savvy Americans on the hunt for good values and summer travel deals, – the Official Travel and Tourism Website of the United States – is now loaded with more than 300 money-saving offers from leading brands such as Best Western, Crowne Plaza, Marriott, Radisson, Gray Line, Hertz and Macy’s through its “Get […]

  • June 24, 2009
    Pay check-in baggage fees now

    Fed up with airline fees? Well, brace for more. As if charging $15 to check a bag weren’t enough, US Airways and United beginning this summer are asking passengers for $5 more if they pay their baggage fees at the check-in counter. (You can avoid the $5 fee if you pay your baggage fee from […]

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