Jumeirah Beach Hotel Hosts BIG6 Fishing Tournament for 2009

Jumeirah Beach Hotel has announced that it will once again be spearheading the BIG6 Fishing Tournament which is set to test fishing enthusiasts on 20th March.

The teams of keen fishermen will leave the Jumeirah Beach Hotel Marina to take to the waters of the Arabian Gulf in the hope of catching not only a big fish like a King fish or Hammour, but also to land themselves a big prize.

This year the tournament is again being hosted by Jumeirah Beach Hotel, in association with ART Marine and Riviera, and the competition will allow fishermen and woman of all abilities the chance to put their skills to the test and compete for spectacular prizes in six different categories, with the biggest judged catch receiving the grand prize of a full day yacht charter.

The Tournament is due to commence early in the morning at 7am when the eager fishermen will sail out from Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s Marina on a mission to test their skills and luck. After enjoying a great day at sea with family and friends, the teams will have a sumptuous barbeque dinner followed by the prize-giving ceremony which awaits the participants back at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s North Beach.

Teams of up to 5 members are eligible to take part in the competition and with the fantastic weather, the beautiful Gulf with its stunning Dubai coastline, including the impressive island chains of The Palm, The World, and The Palm Deira, and fun atmosphere, the event has always proved popular with all the participants involved (fish excepted).

About Jumeirah Group
Jumeirah properties are regarded as among the most luxurious and innovative in the world and have won numerous international travel and tourism awards. The fast growing Dubai based luxury international hospitality group encompasses the world renowned Burj Al Arab, the world’s most luxurious hotel, the multi-award winning Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Madinat Jumeirah and Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa in Dubai, the Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London and the Jumeirah Essex House Hotel in New York.

Building on this success, in 2004 Jumeirah Group became a member of Dubai Holding – a collection of leading Dubai-based businesses and projects – in line with a new phase of growth and development for the Group.

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Egypt Holidays Are As Popular As Ever

Egypt is a divers’ heaven, legendary snorkelling country packed with wonderful sea life. Water sports score high and the country’s thriving purpose-built resorts are renowned for their excellent facilities. Not 

to mention the pyramids, Cairo and more camels than you can shake a stick at.

But in today’s wobbly economy can you afford a long haul holiday in an exotic place, complete with the risk of unforeseen expenses and the need for lashings of spending money? The short answer is ‘yes’! An exotic destination needn’t be an expensive one. Use a combination of resourcefulness, patience and lateral thinking and you can save a small fortune.

Holiday price comparison website BeatTheBrochure.com reveal their top three tips for saving money on Egypt holidays.

Top tip number one: Shop around. Let the internet find you the best value holiday clothes, sun lotions, hats… squeeze the best value out of every single thing you take with you. It all adds up.

Most importantly of all, shop around for the cheapest Egypt holidays online. While your local travel agent is probably wonderful, they won’t have access to the entire package holiday market. And buying online invariably nets you excellent discounts on brochure prices.

“We use unique data search and retrieval software to track down the lowest cost holidays from a raft of major suppliers including Thomson, First Choice and Thomas Cook.” Says a BeatTheBrochure.com spokesman. “If you find cheaper Egypt holidays in any brochure, anywhere, at any time, we want to know about it!”

Top tip number two: DIY. Instead of eating out, buy fresh local foods and enjoy picnics. Don’t spend a fortune on entertainment, just chill out. Buy local wines and lounge around watching the world go by. Rediscover what real relaxation’s all about. Walk a lot and take in the scenery. Read books. Sit in the warm sea. Think. Keep life simple, pared down to the bone. Holidays needn’t be active. And chilling will save you a load of cash!

Top tip number three: Experience life without shopping, our national pastime. You might be surprised how much pointless shopping you do without even consciously realising it, buying stuff just for the sake of it. Give shopping a rest on holiday. Buy the stuff you really need but nothing else. Lie on the beach and enjoy your Egypt holidays to the full without so much as sniffing the inside of a shop.

How much do you think you can save on your Egypt holidays by shunning shopping, making your own entertainment and doing a spot of very effective online research? BeatTheBrochure recommends that you suck it and see!

Via EPR Network

PADI Accreditation For Jumeirah Beach Hotels

Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s Pavilion Dive Centre, has recently been officially recognised by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) as a 5 Star Career Development Centre, PADI’s highest rating for Dive Centres.

This title denotes a standing in the local market with respect to time served from a PADI resort membership and the commitment to training and certifying PADI professionals and the continuation of that education at Jumeirah Beach Hotel.

As a PADI Career Development Centre, the Pavilion Dive Centre can now offer fast track diving resort management programs. This allows non-diving professionals to take a consolidated course to go professional and gain sufficient resort management to get started in the diving industry.

Pavilion Dive Centre is the first and only PADI 5 Star Career Development Centre in the Middle East.

Phil ‘O Shea, Pavilion Dive Centre Manager, said: “We are delighted to have received this accreditation and I would like to thank all of the team at the Pavilion Dive Centre who have worked so hard to make it happen.”

The first Instructor Development course of 2009 will start on Friday 3rd April.

The PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) provides a professional, intense and fun learning experience in which students learn how to teach others to dive using the most successful diver training program in existence. Not only will they learn how to teach in classroom, pool and open water environments, they will also learn effective use of all PADI’s teaching aids and support materials.

Students will also be equipped with an excellent understanding of the diving industry, marketing techniques for all PADI courses and dynamic instructional methodology.

About Jumeirah:
Jumeirah properties are regarded as among the most luxurious and innovative in the world and have won numerous international travel and tourism awards. The fast growing Dubai based luxury international hospitality group encompasses the world renowned Burj Al Arab, the world’s most luxurious hotel, the multi-award winning Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Madinat Jumeirah and Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa in Dubai, the Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London and the Jumeirah Essex House Hotel in New York. Building on this success, in 2004 Jumeirah Group became a member of Dubai Holding – a collection of leading Dubai-based businesses and projects – in line with a new phase of growth and development for the Group.

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Gulf Air Signs Agreement To Lease Four Boeing 777 Aircraft

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has signed an agreement to lease four new Boeing 777 ER aircraft as part of the airline’s re-fleeting and product-enhancement strategy. Three of the new aircraft will join the airline during March 09 while the fourth one will join in May.

The aircraft, leased from Jet Airways, will be used on a number of routes including flights to London, flights to Kuala Lumpur, flights to Bangkok and intra Gulf Routes, gradually replacing the Airbus 340s.

“The introduction of these four aircraft is another important step in our strategic direction towards re-fleeting, enhancing our product and strengthening our presence as the carrier of choice in the Middle East and beyond,” said Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Björn Näf.

He continued, “In addition it will further strengthen our successful hub-and-spoke network and our operational efficiency while offering enhanced passenger comfort and flying experience.”

“The addition of the Boeing 777’s to our fleet is a major coup for us; the product they offer is one of, if not, the best in the world. I am confident that this will once again make Gulf Air the airline of choice and leave our passengers with an easy decision when deciding which airline to fly,” he concluded.

The wide body Boeing 777-300ER is the largest long-range twin-engine commercial airplane in the world. It extends the 777 family’s span of capabilities, bringing twin-engine efficiency and reliability to the long-range market. The aircraft come with a luxurious interior and a host of amenities providing the most comfortable travel experience to both premium and economy class passengers in a three-class configuration, i.e., First, Business and Economy with a capacity of 312 seats.

First class passengers on these aircraft can enjoy the luxury of a private suite with bespoke furnishing and a fully flat bed complete with a personal wardrobe. The herring-bone design business class offers a lie-flat bed with 180 degree recline, a privacy wall for personal space and world-class linens. Economy class passengers will not be disappointed as the seats come with more leg space to stretch out, a 130-degree recline and a hammock headrest to support head and neck.

Gulf Air Deputy CEO, Ismail Karimi, commented, “As the national carrier of the Kingdom, we are constantly looking at opportunities, where we can offer enhanced products and services for our customers. Ultimately, we want Gulf Air to be the airline of choice.”

These almost-new aircraft with state-of-the-art cabin features will, I am sure, give our customers a luxurious and relaxing travel experience, concluded Mr Karimi.

Gulf Air already has two A330 aircraft on short-term wet-lease from Jet Airways.

 

About Gulf Air
Gulf Air was founded in 1950. Today, it is owned by the Kingdom of Bahrain, and is the only truly pan Gulf carrier in the region. The airline’s network stretches from Europe to Asia and covers 42 cities in 27countries. The current fleet of Gulf Air consists of 29 aircraft.

The new network, based on a “wave” model, offers as many as 588 flights every week in the Middle East with more non-stop flights than any other airline.

The airline is also planning to re-fleet itself over the next five years to further strengthen its presence. It recently signed a deal worth nearly US $ 6 billion with Boeing Co. to purchase up to 24 Boeing 787 aircraft and another deal with Airbus for 35 aircraft, including A320s and A330s.

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Jumeirah & Singapore Airlines Announce Partnership

Jumeirah, the Dubai-based luxury international hospitality management group and a member of Dubai Holding, has announced that it is now officially a partner of Singapore Airlines and their Frequent Flyer Programme, KrisFlyer.

Starting January 2009, all KrisFlyer members will earn miles when staying at any Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts in Dubai, London and New York – all of which are destinations served by Singapore Airlines.

This strategic announcement emphasises Jumeirah’s continued growth in airline partnerships and its focus on rewarding members. It is also a tribute to Jumeirah’s commitment to the Asia-Pacific region. Jumeirah recently opened regional sales offices in Singapore, Shanghai and Tokyo, and in the course of 2009 the Group is eagerly anticipating the grand opening of Jumeirah HanTang Xintiandi in Shanghai, Jumeirah’s first hotel in the Asia Pacific region.

The Singapore Airlines’ network currently covers 67 destinations in 35 countries. From Dubai, customers will be able to enjoy the convenience of Singapore Airlines’ wide network of connections to destinations such as Singapore, New York, London and Shanghai, which are cities where Jumeirah has, or will soon have a presence in.

In addition to this latest partnership, Jumeirah has extensive expansion plans to grow its portfolio of luxury hotels and resorts into key gateway or letterhead cities and aspirational resort destinations worldwide. Currently, the Group has several luxury five-star properties under development in the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Maldives, Bali, Thailand, China, Argentina, Spain, England, Scotland and the US Virgin Islands. In 2009, the Group is eagerly anticipating the grand opening of Jumeirah HanTang Xintiandi in Shanghai, Jumeirah’s first hotel in the Asia Pacific region.

 

About Jumeirah
Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts are regarded as among the most luxurious and innovative in the world and have won numerous international travel and tourism awards. The Dubai-based luxury international hotel management group encompasses the world renowned Burj Al Arab, the world’s most luxurious hotel, the multi-award winning Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Madinat Jumeirah and Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa in Dubai the Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London and the Jumeirah Essex House in New York.

The Jumeirah Group portfolio also includes Jumeirah Living, the Group’s luxury brand of serviced residences offering effortless living in luxurious surroundings; global spa brand Talise Wellness; The Taste Department, the company’s dedicated restaurant division; Wild Wadi water park; The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, the region’s only fully accredited third-level academic institution delivering specialised degree programmes in hospitality management; and Jumeirah Retail, with its 15 stores and dedicated luxury online store.

Building on this success, Jumeirah Group became a member of Dubai Holding in 2004, a collection of leading Dubai based businesses and projects, initiating a new phase of growth and development for the group.

Via EPR Network

The Best Barbados Cruises in the Whole Wide World

Just think of Virgin Holidays Cruises as a personal cruise tailor. F r o m “slim fit” mini cruises, to “tuxedo” luxury cruising and everything in between. They sew holidays up to exact specifications, adding as many embellishments (think V ROOM, precruise and post-cruise stays and flight and cabin upgrades) as needed.

Perhaps start a Caribbean cruise adventure in Barbados, spending seven-nights (or three, five, ten or fourteen… ) stretching out on the beach or taking in some local culture before hopping on-board an ocean liner to explore other Caribbean gems. While away each day exploring sandy shores or partaking in a little local life before joining the ship in the evening to sail off to the next island. Arguably the best way to see the Caribbean and all it has to offer, a cruise can take you to six different islands in a week! Ooooh tempting…

Days at Sea can be spent indulging in a massage in the on-board spa, burning off calories (the food is delicious) in the fitness centre or even learning to ice skate (yes, it’s amazing what can be found on-board a cruise ship!). Be dazzled by the evening entertainment, head to the casino if Vegas is more your style, or simply sip a glass of champers on the deck while you sail into the distance. Stuff of fantasies, no?

There’s a huge selection of ships to choose f r o m — Carnival, Costa, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean and Windstar—to name a few. And there’s something f r o m everyone, whether it’s a small, intimate and romantic escape for two that’s on the agenda, or a fun-filled, activity-abundant family adventure.

Here’s one of our favourites:

14-night Barbados Stay & Cruise f r o m £1,399
After 7-nights at 3V Escape at the Gap in Barbados, join ‘Carnival Victory’ for 7-nights with Virgin Holidays Cruises. Sailing f r o m Barbados to St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Kitts, San Juan, St. Thomas and Dominica before returning to Barbados. Prices are per person based on two adults travelling and sharing an inside cabin on a full-board basis and includes flights f r o m London Gatwick and transfers. Based on departures in April 2009. Hotel stay is on an all-inclusive basis. Includes all applicable taxes and fuel surcharges which are subject to change.

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The True Scale Of Holiday Cons Is Vastly Underestimated By The Local Authorities

According to findings in new research commissioned by travel insurer LV=, cons such as shopkeepers hiking prices when they see tourists coming, timeshare fraudsters and taxis taking the scenic route are rife across European resorts, with a fifth (21%) of British tourists targeted during the last five years.

The research undertaken by YouGov on behalf of LV= reveals that the true scale of holiday cons is vastly underestimated by the local authorities with only 10% of holidaymakers reporting scams to the police.

Holidaymakers interviewed in the research said the average cost to them of being successfully ‘scammed’ was £250.

Brits are most likely to fall victim to conmen in Spain, with one in ten of victims targeted in a Spanish resort. Tenerife (7%), Turkey (4%) and Paris (4%) were also singled out by holidaymakers.

The findings show holidaying couples are twice as likely to be targeted by a scammer than other holidaymakers (43%), while independent travellers make up one in five (18%) con victims.

LV= is calling on holidaymakers to help discourage scammers by reporting them to the police, and is offering advice on how to avoid con merchants whilst abroad.

Emma Holyer, spokesperson for travel insurer LV=, commented: “The cold days of winter will spur many of us to start planning our holidays, but with one in ten holidaymakers falling victim to scams abroad in the past two years its clear there is an industry worth billions based on ripping them off. Not only can cons cost money but they can ruin a trip, so we are offering advice on steps to take to avoid ending up out of pocket or on a tour that you don’t want to be.”

Jess Prasad, from the Foreign ad Commonwealth Office’s ‘Know Before You Go’ campaign, added: “Being prepared before you go abroad will lessen the risk of you being scammed. Read up on your destination as much as possible before you travel at fco.gov.uk/travel. If you are a victim of crime, report it immediately to the local police – and get a police report in case you need to make a travel insurance claim.”

Additional travel insurance advice can be found on the LV= website or from fco.gov.uk/travel for detailed advice on travel to every country.

All research unless otherwise stated undertaken by YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2185 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 26 and 28 January 2009. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

About LV=
LV= offers car, home, travel and pet insurance direct to consumers by telephone from its UK call centres in Bournemouth and Croydon and online from its website.

LV= insures more than 1.6 million vehicles and 470,000 households in the UK.

LV= has been awarded the Defaqto five star rating for home insurance and car insurance.

LV= is a trademark of Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society Limited (LVFS) and LV= is a trading style of the Liverpool Victoria group of companies.

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Jumeirah Launches The First Phase Of Its New Website

Jumeirah, the Dubai based luxury hotel management company, has recently launched the first phase of the Group’s brand new website, which incorporates the latest online technology and innovative design.

Direct online bookings are a key focus for Jumeirah Group going forward and the new website will enable online restaurant bookings for all Jumeirah restaurants in Dubai It will also enable Sirius (the Group’s loyalty programme) cardholders to earn, spend and redeem points online through a variety of means, including a unique new facility to instantly book room nights at a number of Jumeirah destinations.

The content of the new website is user-generated, including video and rich media, with implicit and explicit recommendations. It also incorporates online membership, live destination guides of each city, avatars of colleagues, a new careers site, itinerary planners and wish lists for guests.

The website has been designed to grow with the company and as more properties open in the future, the website will continue to grow and develop, which will be made possible by the new ‘back end’ system.

Terry Kane, Director of Digital Strategy at the Jumeirah Group, said: “The new Jumeirah website has three very simple principles; to generate direct revenue for the company while benefitting the guest by offering attractive rates and packages; to be simple, easy to use and offer a tantalising glimpse into what the Jumeirah experience offers and finally, to exclusively represent one of the world’s most luxurious brands online.”

Apo Demirtas, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at Jumeirah, added: “We are extremely pleased with the new website, which represents all of the Jumeirah brands and hotels under one umbrella. The new Jumeirah.com will bring us closer to our guests while demonstrating our continued commitment to stay different online.”

Expansive research on social networking and Web 2.0 applications has been completed and the next phase of Jumierah.com promises to offer another first for the hospitality industry and the online user. The second phase of the website is scheduled for completion within the next six months and will see even more developments to the functionality and look and feel of the site, with even more intuitive, personal and engaging technology to be introduced.

About Jumeirah Group:
Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts are regarded as among the most luxurious and innovative in the world and have won numerous international travel and tourism awards. The Dubai-based luxury international hotel management group encompasses the world renowned Burj Al Arab, the world’s most luxurious hotel, the multi-award winning Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Madinat Jumeirah and Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa in Dubai, the Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London and the Jumeirah Essex House in New York.

Building on this success, Jumeirah Group became a member of Dubai Holding in 2004, a collection of leading Dubai based businesses and projects, initiating a new phase of growth and development for the group.

Jumeirah has extensive expansion plans to grow its portfolio of luxury hotels and resorts into key gateway or letterhead cities and aspirational resort destinations worldwide. Currently, the Group has several luxury five-star properties under development in the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Maldives, Bali, Thailand, China, Argentina, Spain, England, Scotland and the US Virgin Islands. In 2009, the Group is eagerly anticipating the grand opening of Jumeirah HanTang Xintiandi in Shanghai, Jumeirah’s first hotel in the Asia Pacific region.

Via EPR Network

Perfect Escapes Wins Adrian Award for Online Marketing Announces Grand Prize Winner of Las Vegas Sweepstakes

Perfect Escapes, a leading luxury travel website, has been awarded a Gold-level Adrian Award from the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) for success in web marketing.

Perfect Escapes was honored for the performance-based online marketing program it managed on behalf of Loews Las Vegas. HSMAI recognized Perfect Escapes along with other top winners during the 19th-annual awards gala, which took place on Jan. 26, 2009 in New York City.

Eric Jeck, CEO of Perfect Escapes, accepted the award and said, “We are thrilled that our innovative marketing programs have been recognized by HSMAI. Over 250 hotels participate in our performance-based online marketing programs designed to increase brand awareness and bookings from our community of affluent travelers.”

The distinguished HSMAI Adrian Award for Perfect Escapes comes on the heels of the completion of another successful Perfect Escapes marketing promotion, the Wynn Las Vegas Sweepstakes. Ms. Yolanda Lewis of Rex, Georgia, was recently announced as the newest grand prize winner of the Perfect Escapes “Weekend at the Wynn Las Vegas” Sweepstakes.

As grand prize winner of the “Weekend at the Wynn Las Vegas” Sweepstakes, Ms. Lewis and a guest will receive a three-night stay in a luxurious Salon Suite at Wynn Las Vegas hotel, a $400 credit at the Wynn’s SW Steakhouse, two tickets to Le Rêve, the show at Wynn Las Vegas, a $400 spa or shopping credit, and limousine service to and from the hotel.

“I went online looking for travel deals and signed up for The Perfect 10 Email Newsletter. I love the [Perfect Escapes] website,” said Ms. Lewis, “I’m going to get a real taste of Las Vegas. I’ve never been there.”

Mr. Jeck offered his congratulations to Ms. Lewis and commented, “We are very pleased with the success of our sweepstakes in partnership with Wynn Las Vegas. The promotion has helped grow subscribership to our weekly newsletter.”

An independent third party sweepstakes management company conducted the drawing that determined the winner of the 2008 “Weekend at the Wynn Las Vegas” sweepstakes.

About Perfect Escapes:
Perfect Escapes specializes in great deals in luxury travel. Our editors bring our users a hand-selected roster of the world’s finest hotels paired with special values, upgrades and amenities to make their trips unforgettable. Perfect Escapes promotes luxury hotels and luxury hotel deals on our site and via our weekly email newsletter, The Perfect 10 newsletter. Please visit: perfectescapes.com for more information.

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Jumeirah Group Signs Restaurant Licensing Agreement In Saudi Arabia And Kuwait

Jumeirah Group’s dedicated branded restaurant division, The Taste Department, has announced new licensing agreements to open ‘The Noodle House’ restaurant branches in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

The announcement comes shortly after the signing of the ‘The Noodle House‘ management agreements in Lebanon, Egypt and Cyprus, making a total of 11 countries globally now welcoming ‘The Noodle House’ brand.

The licensing agreement with Mira Foods will allow Jumeirah to open seven outlets in Saudi Arabia, with the first outlet scheduled to open mid-2009 and located at Centria Mall, Riyadh. Similarly, the agreement with Al-Ghunaim Trading Co.Ltd will see up to six outlets opening in Kuwait, with the first outlet scheduled to open June 2009.

An award winning concept already popular in Dubai, ‘The Noodle House’ is an energetic dining experience with a menu and ambience inspired by the food and nightlife of exciting South East Asian cities such as Hong Kong, Shanghai, Bangkok and Jakarta. ‘The Noodle House’ offers a vibrant atmosphere where diners can watch as the chefs prepare aromatic dishes over an open flame in full view of guests.

Steven Grey, General Manager and Chief Taster at the Taste Department, attributes the growing success of ‘The Noodle House’ to the dual appeal it hold for customers and investors alike: “Customers are looking for dining options that present quality ingredients, high flavoured and innovative menus, timely service and a great atmosphere. Equally, now more than ever, investors are looking for safe ventures with trusted brands and experienced partners who can manage and deliver a solid return on their investment.”

Abdulghani K. Al Ghunaim, Chairman and Chief Executive Office of Al Ghunaim Trading Co. Ltd. said: “We are very proud to acquire the franchise for ‘The Noodle House’ in the State of Kuwait. ‘The Noodle House’ will be a big addition to our growing company as well as introducing a new concept, South East Asian cuisine to the market. I am sure the launch of the ‘The Noodle House’ will be a success in the Kuwaiti market.”

Mazen Almugbel, General Manager for Mira Foods, echoed Mr Ghunaim’s sentiment:”We are certain that ‘The Noodle House’ is on the right track to become a leading international chain and our commitment towards ‘The Noodle House’ is to introduce it as a benchmark in the Saudi Market.”

About The Taste Department:
The Taste Department is the dedicated branded restaurant division within the 
Jumeirah Group tasked to set up and license innovative and successful casual dining restaurant concepts to partners worldwide. In just three years, the division has rapidly expanded ‘The Noodle House’, ‘Sana Bonta’ and ‘Bytes’ restaurants from its home in Dubai to a total of eleven countries.

Via EPR Network

Jumeirah, The Luxury Hotel Management Company And Member Of Dubai Holding, Has Announced Special Rates At Its UAE Properties To Mark The Anniversary Of The United Arab Emirates

Jumeirah will join in the national celebrations and acknowledge the spirit of the UAE and its residents by launching a special rate. The rate will offer citizens of the United Arab Emirates and residence visa holders 15% off the best available room rate, started on December 2nd, the National Day of the United Arab Emirates the special rate offered by Jumeirah will be running until April 17th 2009.

The announcement of the special rate comes at the same time as Jumeirah unveiled its extensive expansion plans to grow its portfolio of luxury hotels and resorts into key gateway or letterhead cities and aspirational resort destinations worldwide. Currently, the Group has several luxury five-star properties under development in the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Maldives, Bali, Thailand, China, Argentina, Spain, England, Scotland and the US Virgin Islands. In 2009, the Group is eagerly anticipating the grand opening of Jumeirah HanTang Xintiandi in Shanghai, Jumeirah’s first hotel in the Asia Pacific region.

Jumeirah properties are regarded as among the most luxurious and innovative in the world and have won numerous international travel and tourism awards. The fast growing Dubai based luxury international hospitality group encompasses the world renowned Burj Al Arab, the world’s most luxurious hotel, the multi-award winning Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Madinat Jumeirah and Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa in Dubai, the Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London and the Jumeirah Essex House Hotel in New York.

About Jumeirah:
In addition to hotel and resort management, The Jumeirah Group’s portfolio also includes Jumeirah Living, the Group’s luxury brand of serviced residences offering effortless living in luxurious surroundings; global spa brand Talise Wellness; The Taste Department, the company’s dedicated restaurant division; Wild Wadi water park; The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, the region’s only fully accredited third-level academic institution delivering specialised degree programmes in hospitality management; and Jumeirah Retail, with its 15 stores and dedicated luxury online store.

Sirius, Jumeirah’s Recognition and Rewards programme, offers members the ability to earn Sirius Points every time they stay, dine or shop with Jumeirah.

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According To A New Survey Of Ski Resorts By Leading Travel Money Provider M&S Money, Skiers Hoping To Hit The Slopes On A Budget In 2009 Should Opt For Bulgaria

The M&S Money survey to compare the cost of items bought on a typical ski trip at worldwide destinations found that the East European resort provided the best value. The report showed that skiers looking to holiday on a budget should consider Bulgaria, where the basket cost just £471 in the resort of Bansko, compared with the most expensive European ski destination which was Switzerland, a country which has long been a favourite with UK skiers. The cost of the M&S Money ‘ski holiday basket’ at the Swiss resort of Engelberg was £585.

Bulgaria is now in the European Union but is not due to replace its currency – the lev – with the Euro until 2012. Although the lev is pegged to the euro, visitors will still find most items cheaper than in other European countries. M&S stock an average of 32 currencies – including the lev – in each of their bureaux.

Italy is however one country within the Eurozone where skiers can still find value for money, particularly when eating out. The survey found that a three-course meal for two including wine cost £56 in the resort of Courmayeaur, compared to £75 in Flaine, France.

Although prices have increased for Brits holidaying within the Eurozone in the past year, ski resorts outside Europe fair little better.

America remains one of the most expensive ski destinations. The price of a seven-day ski lift pass for one adult costs £252 at the resort of Breckenridge in Colorado, compared to £146 in Bulgaria.

James Yerkess, M&S Travel Money Manager, said: “While many skiers will opt for half-board deals to try to reduce the price of a trip to the slopes this year, the cost soon builds-up when you consider all the equipment and ski passes as well as eating out.

“Sterling has weakened significantly against the euro in recent months, meaning Brits heading to popular resorts in Switzerland and France will notice the difference in the price of everyday items.

“Our survey has shown that skiers willing to try alternative destinations, such as Bulgaria and Italy, can still enjoy a break on a budget. Travellers can keep the cost down by buying foreign currency before flying and make the best of competitive exchange rates offered in M&S bureaux de change.”

*Picture above is from Pamporovo, Bulgaria.

About M&S Money
M&S Money (the trading name of 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 a range of insurance cover, including Home Insurance and Car Insurance, as well as loans, savings and investment products.

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 85 countries and territories.

Via EPR Network

Emergency Planning And Response Workshop Hosted by Gulf Air

National carrier Gulf Air hosts two-day workshop for airlines executives on Emergency Planning and Response in Bahrain to ensure airlines are prepared in the event of an emergency.

Organised by the Arab Air Carriers Organisation (AACO), the workshop was conducted by specialists from Kenyon International Emergency Services – a worldwide professional disaster management company specialising in the aviation sector.

Thirty five airline executives from airlines such as Emirates, Air Arabia, Kuwait Airways and Gulf Air were drawn from various functional divisions such as operations, safety and communications, to attend the workshop.

“Gulf Air is pleased to have had the opportunity to host this important workshop” said Mr. Gregory Janelle, Gulf Air Head of Emergency Response Planning.

He continued, “For any airline it is critical to be fully prepared in the event of an emergency. It is absolutely essential to have a team, which is professionally trained to handle various aspects of an emergency situation. The workshop has dealt with some crucial issues facing real-world crisis management plans and has offered practical ideas on how to respond to such situations.”

Through practical exercises, group discussions and debates, the participants gained valuable insight into vitally important issues and functions such as running emergency call centres, human remains identification and repatriation, personal effects handling, family assistance, investigation, hull recovery and site restoration, crisis communications management and claims settlement.

About Gulf Air

Gulf Air was founded in 1950. Today, it is owned by the Kingdom of Bahrain, and is the only truly pan Gulf carrier in the region. The airline’s network stretches from Europe to Asia and covers 42 cities in 27 countries. The current fleet of Gulf Air consists of 29 aircraft.

The new network, based on a “wave” model, offers as many as 588 flights every week in the Middle East with more non-stop flights than any other airline.

The airline is also planning to re-fleet itself over the next five years to further strengthen its presence. It recently signed a deal worth nearly US $6 billion with Boeing to purchase up to 24 Boeing 787 aircraft and another deal with Airbus for 35 aircraft, including A320s and A330s, to help further aims to become the carrier of choice. Gulf Air’s onboard service caters high quality products and services to its passengers, including the innovative, unique and award winning Sky Chefs and Sky Nannies.

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Kuoni, The Long Haul Travel Company, Has Released Seven New Thailand Travel Videos, Adding To The 75 Thailand Hotel Videos Already Available. Kuoni’s Selection Of Thailand Travel Videos Has Now Been Acknowledged As The Best In The UK

Kuoni, the long haul travel company, has released seven new Thailand travel videos, adding to the 75 Thailand hotel videos already available. Kuoni’s selection of Thailand travel videos has now been acknowledged as the best in the UK.

“The Thai tourist board are delighted to see Kuoni further expanding their selection of Thailand travel videos,” comments Abigail Silver of the Thai tourist board: “Kuoni’s selection of Thailand travel videos is unsurpassed in the UK and helps show travellers what a superb destination Thailand is to visit.”

The new destination videos feature some of the many travel highlights of Thailand holidays and come in addition to the 75 in depth hotel videos already available on Kuoni’s award-winning website. Destination videos include an overview of the whole of Thailand, as well as resort videos for the lively city of Bangkok and the popular beaches of Phuket, Krabi & Hua Hin. Other videos feature the Thai islands and Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai in northern Thailand. Each professionally filmed video also incorporates an informative voice over.

“We now have over 500 videos on our site which provide travellers with a fantastic opportunity to experience the destinations and hotels before deciding upon their holiday,” said Matt Rooke, eBusiness Director at Kuoni. “We are very pleased to be adding Thailand holiday videos to our site and expect these Thailand videos alone will be seen by over 15,000 site visitors per month.”

With over 40 years experience of providing holidays to Thailand and the Far East, Kuoni was recognised by UK travel agents as the best tour operator for holidays to the Far East in 2008. The company offers trips to over 100 Thai hotels in 17 resorts as well as a selection of cruises, tours and over 100 packaged multi-centre holiday options, with unlimited options for flexible, tailor made holidays.

About Kuoni: With more than 100 years of expertise in providing luxury holidays, Kuoni is honoured to be regularly voted as the industry’s long haul experts. Clients can choose f r o m a selection of brochures, showcasing thousands of luxury holidays to hundreds of exotic destinations on all seven continents, and covering e very holiday interest f r o m relaxing beach getaways to escorted cultural tours, overseas weddings to wildlife safaris.

Since 1966, Kuoni has led the UK longhaul tour operation market and has consistently been the country’s most successful specialist tour operator.

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Some of the best ski conditions for years have boosted demand for car hire in the Alps and North America

Comparison site Carrentals.co.uk reports strong demand in the Alps and North America. Car hire prices from £15* per day

Some of the best ski conditions for years have boosted demand for car hire in the Alps and North America, with price comparison site Carrentals.co.uk reporting ski bookings up 25% overall year on year.

Some of the strongest increases have been seen at Geneva – up 33%; Salzburg – up 20% and Munich – up 10%, with many British skiers and snowboarders taking more than one break in the mountains to make the most of the heavy snowfall.

To help with budgeting many are organising independent travel, combining low cost flights, with apartments, hostels or hotels booked direct, and cheap car hire for enhanced flexibility to make the most of the conditions.

“The heavy snowfall this year has meant ski resorts in the Alps and North America are experiencing fantastic conditions, and this is attracting many British skiers to make more frequent visits,” says Carrentals.co.uk Managing Director Gareth Robinson“What we are seeing is many people opting for independently booked breaks, with car hire forming an integral part of these.”

Carrentals.co.uk compares car hire deals from up to 50 rental companies in over 9,000 locations worldwide. Current ski deals include rental from £18 per day at Bergamo Airport; from £15 per day at Denver Airport; and from £22 per day at Geneva Airport or Munich Airport.

Gareth adds: “Despite the increase in demand there is still availability in many resorts. The key is to book as far in advance as you can to make sure you get the right car for your requirements and any extras you may need.”

Carrentals.co.uk compares car hire prices from companies including Holiday Autos, Alamo, Budget and Thrifty. To compare the best ski deals visit www.carrentals.co.uk. *Prices are based on seven-day rental from 21 March 2009 and are subject to change.

About Carrentals.co.uk
Carrentals.co.uk was launched in February 2003 and grew to become one of the UK’s leading online car hire companies by 2006.

In 2007 the company re-launched its site to create the first major online price comparator in the travel industry. Using the latest technology the Carrentals.co.uk site now searches up to 50 different car hire websites, providing an impartial comparison of the best prices available in over 9,000 locations.

Websites searched include Budget, Thrifty, Sixt, Holiday Autos, Opodo, EBookers, Carrentals.co.uk and EasyCar, with the Carrentals.co.uk site quickly comparing prices and allowing customers to refine their search by car type.

The Carrentals.co.uk site also features over 6,000 links to useful tourist information sites, plus over 2,700 pages of travel information in a mini-guide format.

In 2008 Carrentals.co.uk was voted Best Car Hire Website in the Travolution Awards. To book or for further information visit www.carrentals.co.uk

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Corporate Self Booking tool enables companies of all sizes to enforce their travel policy, monitor and control the implementation and watch the “Missed Savings” that happen in non-automated processes by your travel agents

Prime Air Global Ltd, a leading Indian travel management company and KDS an international leader in SaaS travel & expense management have entered into a partnership to provide KDS online travel management solution to the market at large.

KDS web based solution enable organizations of all sizes to easily plan and book their travel online. Corporations using KDS solutions manage and monitor their travel policies and save travel spend by offering travel inventory on real time including Low Cost Carriers, Scheduled Airlines, Hotels and Car Rentals worldwide.

KDS international inventory includes European railways, and numerous international Low Cost Carriers.

Customers such as PriceWaterhouseCooper, Air Bus, ArcelorMittal, Alcatel Lucent, EADS, The British Government, Shell, Unilever etc. have chosen KDS unique end-to-end travel & expense solution for its independence, its supplier inventory and its ability to perform globally.

KDS solution help companies manage and reduce their Travel & Expense costs whilst simultaneously allowing employers to implement their travel policies and Travel Agencies to handle their clients more efficiently with a range of fulfilment services all under one screen and backed by efficient reporting systems.

KDS solutions are now available in USA, UK/Europe, India by Prime Air Global Ltd, a company that has been in travel industry since 1992 and has brought many pioneering products for the travel businesses and clients on Offline and Online Ecommerce travel business. The company has setup a separate department to look after KDS online travel management solution.The 24×7 operations by Prime offers Offline support to companies who are using KDS Corporate Tools.

About Prime Air Global LTd
Prime Air Global Ltd is an established travel management company with operations in India, UK and USA. Our product portfolio includes Corporate travel management services, travel technology to Businesses across various industries and Travel Trade. Visit us at www.primetravels.com/corporate-self-booking-tool.shtml to know more about Self Booking Tools.

As partner for KDS, the tool is being made available by Prime Air Global Companies / Travel Consultants and Trade who have significant travel size and spend/volume and who wish to implement a tool that brings in efficiencies and cost savings in the process.

About KDS
KDS on-demand travel & expense offers a completely integrated solution for travel and expense management, addressing essential needs ranging from travel policy definition and enforcement, to online travel self-booking, to automated travel expense processing and beyond. Every critical procedure can be completed through the KDS ASP offering, resulting in greater efficiencies and associated financial benefits. In addition, KDS offers the most extensive back-end connectivity to airline, car, rail and hotel providers in the industry, ensuring optimized pricing and up-to-the-minute inventory control. For more information, visit www.kds.com.

How KDS Tool can help your company improve your travel portfolio, please write to us at info@primetravels.com with brief writeup on your requirements.

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