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1 year ago

Travel Roundup: Vegas Tourism Drops, New VP at Outrigger, Holland Sails to South America and More

Last Updated Oct 14, 2008 2:36 PM EDT

lasvegas.jpegLas Vegas tourism and hotel occupancy down -- According to August data from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, visitor volume dropped 4.3 percent and hotel occupancy was down 2.4 percent from August of last year. Year-to-date numbers were also negative, showing visitors down 1.5 and occupancy 2.5 percent respectively. Gambling wins were also down. [Source: GlobeSt]

Family of slain hotel manager sues hotel chains -- The family of Cynthia White, a manager of a Columbia, Mo. Comfort Inn killed by an armed assailant last year, filed a wrongful death suit against Marriott International and Choice Hotels International for not strengthening security at the hotel. A coworker was raped by the same gunman a week before White was killed, and the suit claims the hotel chains did not install surveillance cameras, hire a security guard or change locks on the doors after the first incident. [Source: Columbia Tribune]

Edmonstone new vice president at Outrigger -- Darren J. Edmonstone has been named senior vice president for Asia for Outrigger Enterprises Group and will oversee the new Asia regional office in Phuket, Thailand. Edmonstone recently was an executive with HongKong and Shanghai Hotels Limited. The Honolulu-based Outrigger manages 40 hotels, resorts and other properties in the Asia-Pacific market with about $1 billion in assets. [Source: Outrigger, Hotels]



Holland America to sail to South America, Antarctica-- Holland America has dedicated its cruise ship, Veendam, to cruise to South America and Antarctica for the 2009-2010 season. The voyages will last 16 to 20 days and begin Oct. 31, 2009 from San Diego -- a 19-day cruise to Valparaiso, Chile. A 20-day cruise to Antarctica will begin in December 2009 from Valparaiso. [Source: SmartBrief, Holland America]



Photo courtesy of Las Vegas News Bureau

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1 year ago

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1 year ago

How To Journey Europe With No Money (5 Steps)

As an antidote to the excessive-mileage Germany journey, we deliberate our trip in Thailand to be low stress, staying in a single place, Phuket, with no specific agenda. The Ko Phi Phi islands, used as a location for 'The Seaside', are among the best recognized and nonetheless most beautiful and an outdated favourite for holidays in Thailand. Wherever you select to stay it's worth factoring in a day trip into your holidays in Thailand, to Phang Nga Bay, and see James Bond island and Koh Pannyi island, which still has its traditional stilt fishing villages constructed over the water. You'll be able to learn about complete details of Phuket on this web site and can ebook the trip prematurely.

With the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King, the Regatta is organised by the Phuket King's Cup Regatta Organizing Committee underneath the auspices of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, in conjunction with the Yacht Racing Affiliation of Thailand, the Royal Thai Navy and the Province of Phuket. The inaugural Phuket King's Cup Regatta was founded in 1987 by Royal Varuna sailors together with Commodore Chris King, Dr Rachot Kanjanavanit, Al Chandler, Adolph Knees and others. Like every outstanding yacht racing event, the Phuket King's Cup Regatta has developed its personal folk-lore. The only exception was Phuket marine entrepreneur, Andy Dowden, who took on the task in 2001.

Now, not way back, Dale instructed that I have to be embarrassed to have lived on a sailing boat for five years and yet nonetheless not know anything about boats or sailing. Once more we employed scooters so that we may discover the east coast of Phuket at our own pace and cease for a swim, drink and or eat !! Many years ago, Ko Lanta's Previous City acted as the port and commercial centre for the island and supplied a safe harbour for Arabic and Chinese language trading vessels sailing between the larger ports of Phuket, Penang, and Singapore. JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa is an award-successful resort in an unlimited tropical panorama paradise.

Yow will discover a assessment of price range inns with clear rooms and guest friendly services in Bangkok, Thailand. This can be a review of The Balcony Hill Resort in Chiang Rai which overlooks rice paddies and mountains. In keeping with Australian newspaper The Courier Mail, Palmer desires Titanic II to be built bigger and better than the unique, and to present passengers a real really feel for the expertise of sailing on the Titanic, including replica furnishings, menu, and ship design.

1 year ago

Rihanna poses with protected primate in Thailand

BANGKOK Pop star Rihanna spent a weekend at the beach in Thailand, leaving behind a trail of racy tweets and an incriminating Instagram photograph showing her cuddling an endangered primate. That didn't go down well with authorities, who arrested two people for allegedly peddling protected species.

On a break from her Diamonds World Tour, Rihanna visited the Thai island of Phuket, where she befriended the wildlife.

An Instagram photo she Catamaran Phuket also shared on Twitter showed her in sunglasses snuggling up to a furry primate called the slow loris and was captioned: "Look who was talkin dirty to me!"

The slow loris, a squirrel-like animal with big eyes, is native to Southeast Asia and is listed as a protected species.



"Phuket authorities were alerted to the picture (of Rihanna), and last night police arrested the two individuals who brought out the loris as a photo opportunity for tourists," a Phuket district chief, Weera Kerdsirimongkon, said by telephone Sunday.

Police confiscated two lorises from the pair a 20-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy who could face charges of possession of protected animals. The charge carries a penalty of up to four years in prison and a 40,000 baht ($1,300) fine.

Weera said authorities have tried for years to crack down on the problem of vendors exploiting wildlife, particularly in popular tourist areas where people pay to pose for pictures with elephants, orangutans and other animals.

"It's like a cat-and-mouse game. But this time it's bigger because a celebrity like Rihanna posted the picture, and there were more than 200,000 `likes' from around the world," he said.

Rihanna also posted a picture of herself playing with a herd of elephants in the street Friday night, with the comment: "They all hail Empress when She walk by."

On the same night, she tweeted a few unprintable comments about what she apparently witnessed at an adult show in one of Phuket's red-light districts.

Saturday's social media postings were devoted to the beach and photographs of the singer in a black bikini on a boat surrounded by turquoise water with limestone cliffs in the distance.



Before leaving Thailand on Sunday, she posted from the airport: "Gave the immigration guy my passport and he handed me this in return without a word. Lol." The Instagram image had a picture of the singer that said "I love Rihanna."

She performed on Sunday in Singapore before her tour heads to Australia and New Zealand.

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1 year ago

Travel Spot :: So Much To Visit In Barcelona

Each country in Europe has plenty to offer culturally, historically, artistically and even gastronomically, which also means all kinds of short city breaks to choose from such as a family getaway, an unforgettable stag or hen night with your mates, or a shopping trip with a best mate.

It is so easy now to plan your trip from the beginning to the end, and it is even easier with online reservations so accessible, so ready your travel plans, grab your bags and have yourself an amazing city destination to look forward to.



1 year ago

Travel Roundup: Vegas Tourism Drops, New VP at Outrigger, Holland Sails to South America and More



Last Updated Oct 14, 2008 2:36 PM EDT

lasvegas.jpegLas Vegas tourism and hotel occupancy down -- According to August data from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, visitor volume dropped 4.3 percent and hotel occupancy was down 2.4 percent from August of last year. Year-to-date numbers were also negative, showing visitors down 1.5 and occupancy 2.5 percent respectively. Gambling wins were also down. [Source: GlobeSt]

Family of slain hotel manager sues hotel chains -- The family of Cynthia White, a manager of a Columbia, Mo. Comfort Inn killed by an armed assailant last year, filed a wrongful death suit against Marriott International and Choice Hotels International for not strengthening security at the hotel. A coworker was raped by the same gunman a week before White was killed, and the suit claims the hotel chains did not install surveillance cameras, hire a security guard or change locks on the doors after the first incident. [Source: Columbia Tribune]

Edmonstone new vice president at Outrigger -- Darren J. Edmonstone has been named senior vice president for Asia for Outrigger Enterprises Group and will oversee the new Asia regional office in Phuket, Thailand. Edmonstone recently was an executive with HongKong and Shanghai Hotels Limited. The Honolulu-based Outrigger manages 40 hotels, resorts and other properties in the Asia-Pacific market with about $1 billion in assets. [Source: Outrigger, Hotels]

Holland America to sail to South America, Antarctica-- Holland America has dedicated its cruise ship, Veendam, to cruise to South America and Antarctica for the 2009-2010 season. The voyages will last 16 to 20 days and begin Oct. 31, 2009 from San Diego -- a 19-day cruise to Valparaiso, Chile. A 20-day cruise to Antarctica will begin in December 2009 from Valparaiso. [Source: SmartBrief, Holland America]



Photo courtesy of Las Vegas News Bureau

1 year ago

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1 year ago

Travel Spot :: So Much To Visit In Barcelona

Each country in Europe has plenty to offer culturally, historically, artistically and even gastronomically, which also means all kinds of short city breaks to choose from such as a family getaway, an unforgettable stag or hen night with your mates, or a shopping trip with a best mate.



It is so easy now to plan your trip from the beginning to the end, and it is even easier with online reservations so accessible, so ready your travel plans, grab your bags and have yourself an amazing city destination to look forward to.

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1 year ago

Invest in Phuket Holiday Rentals by Michiel Van Kets

The stunning emerald that is Phuket is situated in the south of the country in the Andaman Sea and an idyllic destination for holidays, or to reside in, due to its fabulous beaches, a carefree ambience, delicious cuisine and choice of upmarket shopping outlets.



People select Phuket as the location to buy land or property for numerous reasons ranging from using it for vacations, to live in when they reach retirement age, or as a business investment. A major resort island, Phuket has gained its reputation from its ca

1 year ago

Sailing Holidays, Yacht Charters And Non-public Cruises In Myanmar & Beyond

The province of Phuket in Thailand has actually been one of the most visited and frequented vacationer destinations in Asia. We will meet in Phuket at the 'The Dwelling Room' restaurant at The Yacht Haven Marina' at 3pm. Within the afternoon we'll sail off in our comfy catamaran in the direction of the Northern Phuket Islands. You may select to go on a dinghy exploration, suntan on the deck and go for a night swim below the stars. It's a lengthy crusing day immediately as we make our approach by means of the Southern Phuket Islands. We depart early within the morning, and after a break for a swim, arrive into Phuket simply earlier than lunch.

The NE monsoon runs from November to April and has wind speeds of power 2 to four from the NE. The winds are fairly steady during this period and temperatures are normally within the region Catamaran Phuket of 30 deg C. It is constantly dry and sunny, with splendid situations for sailing. Subsequently when you want to depart on the day their constitution starts they need to arrive no later than 12 midday if you are doing your personal provisioning or 3.00 pm if you have provisioned online. The security in this kind of ‘buddy-boating' is a major cause for flotilla-model chartering, however the ease of participation and ‘immediate events' make a primary constitution that rather more fulfilling.

For the primary day the wind was proper on the nostril and we ended up motor crusing north north west for 70 miles until it veered north easterly and we were capable of get a course any where near our rumb line. Nonetheless, just before lunch Customs got here to the dock and we collected them in our dinghy. Two Immigration officers arrived on the dock shortly afterwards and have been collected by dinghy.

The Yacht Racing Association of Thailand has joined forces with Phuket Yacht Clubs Head Coach Jaray Tipsuk to open the world of sailing to more of Phukets deprived children. After a brief course in Optimist crusing as a younger boy, Khun Jaray went on to the Optimist Worlds in Yugoslavia when he was 15 years outdated. Hopefully, because the club grows and more individuals join us for dinghy racing and lessons and we find sponsorship for the new Optimist boats, the chance for these kids to actually succeed in sailing will probably be realized.