Yourasianvacations.com Is A Comprehensive, Innovative Site Covering All Aspects Related To Tourism In Asia

Noshi Webmart, an upcoming web company in India, has launched http://www.yourasianvacations.com, a comprehensive site focused on vacations in Asia. The site is the first in a series of services which would be later launched by the company.

YourAsianVacations.com is a comprehensive, innovative site covering all aspects related to tourism in Asia. The site is aimed at providing the user with information he can depend upon. A unique aspect of the site is Transport Section offering users information regarding travel between major tourist destinations of the country. Another section Travel Information has been designed to help the users plan their travel in the best possible way. Various factors related to vacations have been covered under the sections like Holidays, Activities, Travel Tips, Islands, Hill Resorts, City Guide, Province Guide and so on.

YourAsianVacations.com, which is initially focusing on South East Asia, particularly Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, will later bring all countries in Asia under its coverage.

About Noshi Webmart
Noshi Webmart is an upcoming web company based at New Delhi, the capital of India. The company aims at creating a visible difference at the crowded arena of web sites by coming with quality, reliable content-rich sites and portals, thus carving a place for itself. Post YourAsianVacations.com, the company plans to launch a series of portals at regular intervals.

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Following The Successful Launch Of Emirates Terminal 3 At Dubai International, Emirates Has Announced The Launch Of Phase 2

With the first phase of flight operations from Emirates Terminal 3 at Dubai International proceeding smoothly as planned, Emirates has announced the launch of its the next phase from the new terminal.

After launching flights to countries on its GCC and Americas network in the first phase from the new terminal, the second phase sees Emirates launching flights to the rest of the Middle East and Africa, increasing operations to 99 flights every day, 37 per cent of all the airline’s flights. All flight numbers in the 200, 700, 800, 900 series and any extra flights on these routes will now depart and arrive at Emirates Terminal 3 at Dubai International.

The first Emirates flights in phase two are to Amman and Damascus while the first flight to arrive at Emirates Terminal 3 will be coming in from Damascus.

In the first five days of operations, Emirates Terminal 3 handled 86 flight departures, 87 arrivals and a total of 36,000 passengers. More than 47,300 pieces of luggage have been handled by the baggage system, which is the largest and deepest of underground systems in the world.

More than 4,000 customers have enjoyed the facilities at the Emirates First Class and Business Class Dubai Airport Lounges, while the Marhaba Lounge welcomed in excess of 250 passengers.

Dubai Duty Free, which operates 8,000 square metres of retail space in the new terminal, has reported healthy opening days’ sales, with perfumes and gold being amongst the favourite items for shoppers arriving to and departing from Emirates Terminal 3.

Commenting on the first week of operations from Emirates Terminal 3, Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said: “Emirates maintained schedule integrity, the baggage systems proved robust, passenger services were exemplary and we have received excellent feedback from our passengers. We could not have asked for a better opening week and we hope to move our entire operations to Emirates Terminal 3 by December this year.”

Both Emirates and Dubai International Airport have committed dedicated teams to assist both passengers and staff at the new terminal. Around 100 Dubai Airports staff sporting large ‘May I Help You?’ badges are on hand, ready to help passengers as they enjoy the facilities and embark on their journeys.

Passengers who arrived at the wrong terminal for their flights were quickly and conveniently transferred by Dubai Airports’ shuttle buses to the right one.

Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, expressed satisfaction with the way the opening phase of transition of operations to the new facility was handled. “In short, the opening went as planned and we are happy with the results. But we won’t rest on our laurels; we are acutely aware of our objectives for the remaining three phases, as well as the greater goal of meeting and eventually exceeding the expectations of all Dubai Airports’ customers.”

Flights to Europe will take-off in the third phase, escalating operations to 168 daily flights or 60 per cent of all Emirates‘ services. The fourth and final phase will include flights to the Indian Subcontinent, East Asia and Australasia, taking the total operations to 269 flights every day.

About the Emirates Group:
Emirates, the Dubai airline, is one of the world’s most successful and rapidly-expanding airlines. Emirates is currently the only airline to operate non-stop flights to six continents from one hub.

Emirates now flies to 32 online destinations from Emirates Terminal 3.

GCC/Middle East: Amman, Bahrain, Beirut, Damascus, Dhahran, Doha, Jeddah, Kuwait, Muscat, Riyadh, Sana’a and Tehran.

Africa: Abidjan, Accra, Addis Ababa, Cairo, Cape Town, Casablanca, Dar es Salaam, Entebbe, Johannesburg, Khartoum, Lagos, Mauritius, Nairobi, Seychelles, Tripoli and Tunisia.

Americas: New York, Houston, Sao Paulo and Toronto. Emirates will launch services to Los Angeles from 26th October and San Francisco from 15th December.

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Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa, Has Collected Another Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Award

Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa, the luxurious desert retreat owned by Emirates Hotels & Resorts, has collected yet another Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Award. Jumping six places in its overall rating from last year, Al Mahawas the only Dubai hotel to be listed in the prestigious top 20 list, for Overseas Leisure Hotels.

For the second year running, readers have placed Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa within the top 20 overseas leisure hotels in the highly competitive Middle East, Africa and Indian Ocean region. The influential readers’ survey of the world’s best destinations is conducted annually by Condé Nast Traveller. Moving up six places from the 2007 ranking to number 14 in the 2008 survey, the overall rating of the property improved from 79.59% to 83.81%.

Condé Nast Traveller is one of the world’s leading travel magazines, and has become a source of authority in the travel industry for sophisticated and discerning travellers, seeking the ultimate, unique holiday experience.

The prestigious Readers’ Travel Awards, now in their tenth year, are highly acclaimed in the industry and have become a highlight of the travel trade calendar in terms of a benchmark against which to judge the best the travel world has to offer. Resorts and hotels are ranked according to a number of different criteria including service, standard of accommodation, environmental friendliness, leisure facilities and overall ambience.

The top 20 listing of overseas leisure hotels in the region boasts some stunning resorts, including Singita Private Game Reserve in South Africa, Cape Towns’ Cape Grace Hotel, Soneva Gili in the Maldives, and North Island in the Seychelles. Once again Al Maha has the distinction of being the sole Dubai resort to be featured.

Tony Williams, Senior Vice President, Resorts & Projects at Emirates Hotels & Resorts, commented on the findings: “This is a great tribute to the staff of Al Maha, and we are obviously delighted to have received such a great accolade – in particular when it comes from the guests. Moving up in the ranking by six places this year highlights that year on year the resort and the experience at Al Maha remains not only consistent, but is improving against this world-class standard.”

Mr Williams continued: “The criteria against which we have been judged are integral to our own product philosophy, and it is heartening to see that across the company Emirates is pushing the boundaries in product and service excellence alongside some of the other great resorts in the world.”

About Emirates:
Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa is part of Emirates Hotels & Resorts, the premier hospitality division of Emirates Airline. It comprises a growing portfolio of award-winning luxury conservation-based resorts, five-star city hotel properties, spas and fully-serviced upmarket apartment hotels.

In addition to conservation-based resort Al Maha, located in Dubai, Emirates Hotels & Resorts manages The Harbour Hotel & Residence and Green Lakes Serviced Apartments. Both add diversity, luxury and a fresh dimension to Dubai’s quickly broadening accommodation landscape.

As well as being the epitome of luxury resorts for travellers, all Emirates Hotels & Resorts properties provide self-contained, stand-alone conference facilities with boardroom-style and conference-style. This makes Emirates Hotels & Resorts the ideal solution for hostingbusiness events, meetings and conferences.

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Asianairfares.com’s Innovative Technology Will Simplify The Task Of Researching, Planning And Booking Processes For International Leisure And Corporate Travelers

Internet is increasingly becoming the place where business travelers fulfill their travel needs. With competitively priced airfare and hotel accommodation, the internet travel service is replacing the traditional corporate travel agencies for price conscious business travelers. The cost benefits of going online are substantial. The cost of using a traditional travel agent ranges from $20 to $80 per trip. In comparison, booking a flight through AsianAirfares.com carries only a $5 transaction fee. Our airfares are normally 20% less than a traditional travel agent. We also offer even greater savings on Hotel or Flight + Hotel packages.

AsianAirfares.com Business Travel section is designed for companies of all sizes It provides numerous and useful resources for companies and corporate travel managers and Travelers. Its Intelligent Online Marketplace Engines aims to aggregate inventory from over 100,000 suppliers to give business travelers a single destination to plan and manage flights, car rentals, and hotel accommodations, as well as ancillary travel expenses such as shopping, dining, and event tickets.

About AsianAirfares.com
AsianAirfares.com is a Global Online Travel reservation system designed to save your time and money. Visitors to AsianAirfares.com can shop securely 24/7 for the best possible deals on Airline Tickets , Hotel Rooms , Vacation Packages , Car Rentals , Cruises , and travel Activities . Travelers can select from over 115,000 hotels and resorts worldwide, leading rental car companies, major cruise lines and hundreds of traditional and low-budget airlines to book travel services instantly and securely.

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Macdonald Hotels Is Offering The Perfect Cost Effective Opportunity To Escape And Savour The Beauty Of Autumn

Macdonald Hotels and Resorts has teamed up with many of the UK’s top attractions, including National Trust for Scotland properties, English Heritage properties and city sightseeing bus tours to provide guests with a host of Great Days Out discounts on activities across the country.

The Great Days Out Autumn break deals are available at over 40 Macdonald Hotels situated throughout the UK, allowing guests to take advantage of discounted short city breaks, golf and spa getaways and rural retreats in luxury locations.

The choice of hotels and attractions which are being included in this latest offer will allow guests to enjoy the highlife without the high price, whether they want to immerse themselves in a fun family holiday, share a romantic quality break, enjoy a Scottish golf break with friends on a championship fairway or simply discover the history and culture of cities like Edinburgh or Bath.

Keen to ensure that children are spoilt for choice too, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts are giving every child their own activity pack and bubble bath to soak up the fun.

The Great Days Out promotion includes the chance to visit any one of 400 family attractions around the country. With participating attractions like the Balmoral Estate in Scotland, Drayton Manor Theme Park in the Midlands, Dinosaur Isle on the Isle of Wight, Milennium Stadium Tours in South Wales, The Jorvik Viking Centre in York, and Portmeirion Village and Gardens in North Wales, there are many activities to suit both adults and children alike.

This autumn children under 12 can stay and eat breakfast for free when sharing a room with a parent or guardian, and guests who book one of the Autumn breaks will receive a late check out on a Sunday up until 4.00pm to really make the most of their weekends.

The Macdonald Hotels offer provides a cost-effective opportunity to escape and savour the beauty of autumn.

About Macdonald Hotels & Resorts
Macdonald Hotels & Resorts Limited operates 48 hotels across the UK and ten resorts throughout the UK and Spain. The company employs over 4,400 staff and operates in excess of 3900 hotel rooms. First established in 1990 by Donald Macdonald and colleagues, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts was floated in 1996 on the main London Stock Exchange. In 2003, it returned to private ownership and was one of Scotland’s biggest public to private deals at a cost of £620m, which was wholly underwritten by the Bank of Scotland. The Bank now owns 50% of the equity with the remainder held by the management.

The Group’s focus is on developing its strong portfolio of four and five star hotels, with each offering its own character and individuality underpinned with the quality and attention to detail expected of the Macdonald brand. In particular, the company prides itself on the seasonality and provenance of its food within the hotels, from breakfast through to dinner, as well as its wide range of specially selected wines.

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M&S Money Has Reported That Sales Of Turkish Currency Have Soared As Brits Seek Holiday Bargains Outside The Eurozone

M&S Money reports that the popularity of destinations outside the Eurozone is growing among British tourists, with Turkey emerging as a top holiday hotspot for 2008.

Foreign currency expert M&S Money has seen a 53% year-on-year increase in sales of Turkish Lira. The Turkish Lira has proved to be the second most popular ‘exotic currency’* in 2008, only being beaten to the top spot by the Australian Dollar.

According to the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the number of Brits visiting Turkey ranks third, only behind travellers from Germany and Russia. Around 1.9 million British tourists visited the country in 2007 and bookings for Turkish resorts are up 20% this year according to the ABTA website.

Currency sales have received an additional boost over the past few weeks, as millions of Brits headed abroad to make the most of the last Bank Holiday weekend of the summer.

Fraser Millar, M&S Head of Travel Services, said: “The huge increase in sales of Turkish currency is not surprising, with the relative power of the euro against the pound meaning Brits are getting more for their money by opting for destinations like Turkey. This trend is confirmed by the fact that there has also been a large increase in sales of Egyptian currency this year.”

However, travellers heading to Turkey are being warned that they should make sure that they have travel insurance. According to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Turkey is in the top 15 countries where British nationals required the most consular assistance between 1 April 2006 and 31 March 2007. During this period, 157 British passports were lost in Turkey and there were 137 hospitalisations involving British citizens.

About M&S Money
M&S Money (originally called Marks & Spencer Financial Services) was founded in 1985 as the financial services division of Marks and Spencer Group plc. The company is now a top-ten credit card provider and the second-largest travel money retailer in the UK. M&S Money also offers travel insurance as well as providing insurance for homes, cars, travel, pets and weddings, along with loans, savings and investments.

In November 2004, Marks & Spencer sold M&S Money to HSBC, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations with over 9,500 offices in 76 countries and territories. The business continues to operate under the M&S Money brand, with an executive committee comprising an equal number of representatives from HSBC and Marks & Spencer.

The company employs 1,200 staff at its headquarters in Chester, delivering personal financial services to its customers, reflecting the core values of Marks & Spencer – quality, value, service, innovation and trust.

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