Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Air2Web - SIX CONTINENTS HOTELS EXPANDS FULL-SERVICE WIRELESS AND ONLINE RESERVATION TECHNOLOGY IN TIME FOR THE BUSY HOLIDAY TRAVEL SEASON

Air2Web - SIX CONTINENTS HOTELS EXPANDS FULL-SERVICE WIRELESS AND ONLINE RESERVATION TECHNOLOGY IN TIME FOR THE BUSY HOLIDAY TRAVEL SEASON: "'With Six Continents Hotels' launch of its wireless reservations service in 2001, they have solidly positioned themselves as having one of the most progressive, m-commerce applications in the market,' said Dale Gonzalez, Air2Web vice president of Wireless Research and Development. 'Six Continents Hotels is determined to offer its guests every convenience including the flexibility of making and changing their reservations anytime, anywhere from any web-enabled device or phone.'
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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Blaise Pascal - Biography of Blaise Pascal and the Pascaline

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Ever wondered how some people lead he jet set lives ?
Jetting about the world ? Well maybe this guy had something to do with it.

And this other Guy learnt something valuable too Semyon Dukach

Friday, January 20, 2006

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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Courting the Jet Set


Sent: Wednesday, September 28, 2005 23:22
To: Ling Ong
Subject: Today's WSJ.

 

Shunning the Backpackers,
Courting the Jet Set

Developing Countries Focus
On Luring Wealthy Tourists;
Namibia on $1,000 a Day

By SUEIN HWANG
Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
September 28, 2005; Page D1

Well-heeled, experienced travelers who have seen everything -- high-end hotels, high-end cruises and high-end spas -- are flocking to a new tourism segment: the high-end country.

 

DESTINATIONS

See high-end places to visit in developing countries.

 

 

 

 

Across the globe, a handful of developing nations, including Namibia, Botswana and the Seychelles, are subverting the traditional tourism model. Rather than allowing themselves to be pioneered by the budget backpacker crowd, only later to develop the infrastructure for big hotels, these nations are starting in the opposite direction. They're first wooing that minuscule slice of affluent travelers who will pay massive premiums for fancy digs far removed from the travel riffraff.

Dubbed "high value, low volume" tourism, the theory is to maximize the money derived from a small group of big spenders. In doing so, these countries hope not only to avoid damaging their natural and cultural attractions, but also aim to hang on longer to that exclusive cachet that will keep fickle luxury travelers returning for many years.

[Amankora resort]
Inside a room at the Amankora resort in Bhutan.

 

 

The most visible and oft-cited example is the kingdom of Bhutan, the once hermetic Buddhist country whose citizens gained access to television only a few years ago. Fearing a flood of $15-a-day trekkers like those who flock to nearby Nepal, the country established a no-exceptions $200-a-day minimum fee for all visitors, regardless of whether they are sleeping in a tent or at a top hotel. Now, this tiny country sandwiched between India and Tibet is a darling of luxury travel circles. It recently attracted Amanresorts, the super-luxury hotel chain, which is in the process of building five Aman resorts that will be scattered across the nation. The daily rate (including meals, fees and services): about $1,100. (Even at that price, there are no television sets or phones in the rooms, though iPods are provided upon request.)

In Botswana, a landlocked country bordered by Zimbabwe and South Africa, among other nations, the government leases its prime wildlife-viewing areas to a handful of small lodges that offer top-drawer service at high prices. Vumbura Plains, a camp that opened this year, includes private plunge pools with each of its rooms. In Namibia, an up-and-coming travel destination in southwestern Africa known for its stark desert landscapes, a $1,000-per-night resort opened last year. And in the Seychelles, a string of Indian Ocean islands off East Africa, the only "camp" on its North Island has rooms that run over $3,000 a night.

Luxury travel in developing countries isn't without controversy. To some, it is unseemly to build $1,000-a-night resorts in parts of the world where many people live in poverty.

[Vumbura Plains photo]
Each room at Vumbura Plains has a private pool.

 

 

High prices don't always ensure a flawless vacation. In April of this year, Chantal Prunier, a retired real-estate executive in Los Angeles, paid several thousands of dollars for a trip to Bhutan that she says included middling food, medium-grade bathroom facilities and in one case, limited electricity. Still, Ms. Prunier raves about the trip, which was organized by San Francisco-based Geographic Expeditions. "The countryside and people are beautiful," she says. "It is one of the most exotic places in the world."

In Botswana, the country's exclusivity strategy was inspired, some travel experts say, by the small, luxury camps that first popped up in South Africa. The government limits the number of visitors to its wilderness areas. Colin Bell, founder of Wilderness Safaris, the largest operator in Botswana, says one private reserve of 275,000 acres is allowed a maximum of 52 visitors at any one time. Mr. Bell says that his firm pays $300,000 a year plus over 20% of the lodge's profits to the local community for exclusive use of another safari area.

[Seychelles photo]
A view to the beach at North Island, Seychelles.

 

 

In Botswana's top-flight camps, the rooms are more like compounds, including a luxury tent, deck, indoor and outdoor showers and what's called a sala, a separate covered deck furnished with day beds for outdoor game viewing.

Room prices for Botswana are 20% higher than comparable camps in East Africa, but that doesn't seem to be scaring off customers. Mr. Bell says some of his camps are running at 90% occupancy. "Many of the camps are showing limited availability for April, May, June of next year," adds Ryan Hilton, a Sarasota, Fla.-based agent specializing in luxury safaris. "There's no shortage of money and travelers prepared to pay."

Many say Namibia appears to be moving toward a high-end, low-volume strategy similar to Botswana's. In Namibia, the new Little Ongava camp's three thatched rooms are set amid 74,000 acres.

[Mombo]
An interior of a guest tent at the Mombo camp in Botswana.

 

 

It is unclear how long the countries will pursue the exclusivity strategy, however, especially when faced with increasing demand. Travel veterans point to Costa Rica and the Galapagos as examples of countries that began pursuing such policies only to fall off the wagon, tempted by the influx of dollars that bigger numbers bring. Richard Butler, professor of International Tourism at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, notes that such policies are easier to pursue if the appeal of a destination is naturally limited for other reasons, like the Caribbean island of Dominica, which uses its off-the-beaten-path appeal to compensate for a lack of white sand beaches. Already, the Seychelles, while still regarded as high-end, now boast a number of big hotel developments.

In the meantime, some travelers are willing to pay for an experience that is a touch more exotic. Jules Rose, a retired supermarket executive in Sarasota, Fla., says he booked his Botswana safari 10 months in advance and paid "at least" a 15% to 20% premium more than he did for a safari in Kenya. In exchange, Mr. Rose says he got a much more intimate view of the animals and their lives, as opposed to "six to seven Land Rovers in one spot in any given time." "It's like everything in life," he says. "You pay for what you get."


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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

jokes : Fly with Qantas for laughs


From: Mei Lin Chan [mailto:chanmlzzz@yahoo.com]
Sent: Tuesday, July 26, 2005 19:18
To: Mei Lin 's pals
Subject: Fly with Quantas for laughs

Gee these are funnee.... 'ave a laugh mates!!!!!
G' day to ya!!!!

Only in Australia.........
> > >
> > >All too rarely, Australian airline attendants
> > >make an effort to make the
> > >in-flight "safety lecture" and their other
> > >announcements a bit
> > >more entertaining. Here are some real
> > >examples that have been
> > >heard or reported:
> > >
> > >On an Air NZ Flight with a very "senior"
> > >flight attendant crew, the pilot
> > >said, "Ladies and gentlemen, we've reached
> > >cruising altitude and will be
> > >turning down the cabin lights. This is for
> > >your comfort and to enhance the
> > >appearance of your flight attendants."
> > >
> > >--------------
> > >
> > >On landing the hostess said, "Please be sure
> > >to take all your belongings.
> > >If you're going to leave anything, please
> > >make sure it's something we'd
> > >like to have."
> > >
> > >--------------
> > >
> > >"There may be 50 ways to leave your lover,
> > >but there are only 4 ways to
> > >leave the aircraft."
> > >
> > >--------------
> > >
> > >As the plane landed and was coming to a stop
> > >at Auckland, a lone voice came
> > >over the loudspeaker: "Whoa, big fella.
> > >WHOA!"
> > >
> > >--------------
> > >
> > >After a particularly rough landing during
> > >thunderstorms in Adelaide, a
> > >flight attendant on a Qantas flight
> > >announced, "Please take care
> > >when opening the overhead compartments
> > >because, after a landing
> > >like that, sure as f*** everything has shifted."
> > >
> > >--------------
> > >
> > >From a Qantas employee: "Welcome aboard
> > >Qantas Flight X to Y.To operate
> > >your seat belt, insert the metal tab into the
> > >buckle, and pull tight. It
> > >works just like every other seat belt; and,if
> > >you don't know how to operate
> > >one, you probably shouldn't be out in public
> > >unsupervised."
> > >
> > >--------------
> > >
> > >"In the event of a sudden loss of cabin
> > >pressure, masks will descend from
> > >the ceiling. Stop screaming, grab the mask,
> > >and pull it over your face. If
> > >you have a small child travelling with you,
> > >secure your mask before assisting with theirs. If
you are
> > >travelling with more
> > >than one small child, pick your favourite.
> > >
> > >--------------
> > >
> > >"Weather at our destination is 32 degrees
> > >with some broken clouds,
> > >but we'll try to have them fixed before we
> > >arrive. Thank you, and
> > >remember, nobody loves you, or your money, more
than
> > >Qantas Airlines."
> > >
> > >--------------
> > >
> > >"Your seat cushions can be used for
> > >flotation; and in the event
> > >of an emergency water landing, please paddle
> > >to shore and take them with our compliments."
> > >
> > >--------------
> > >
> > >Heard on Qantas Airlines just after a very
> > >hard landing in Hobart:The flight attendant came
on the
> > >intercom and said, "That was quite bump and I
> > >know what you are all thinking. I'm here to
> > >tell you it wasn't
> > >the airline's fault, it wasn't the pilot's
> > >fault, it wasn't the
> > >flight attendant's fault... it was the
> > >asphalt!"
> > >
> > >--------------
> > >
> > >Another flight attendant's comment on a less
> > >than perfect landing: "We ask
> > >you to please remain seated as Captain
> > >Kangaroo bounces us to the
> > >terminal."
> > >
> > >--------------
> > >
> > >An airline pilot wrote that on this
> > >particular flight he had
> > >hammered his ship into the runway really
> > >hard. The airline had a policy
> > >which required the first officer to stand at
> > >the door while the passengers
> > >exited, smile, and give them a "Thanks for
> > >flying United. "He said that, in
> > >light of his bad landing, he had a hard
> > >time looking the passengers in the eye,
> > >thinking that someone would have a smart
> > >comment. Finally everyone had got off except
> > >for an old lady walking with a
> > >cane. She said,"Sonny, mind if I ask you a
> > >question?" "Why no Ma'am," said the pilot. "What
is it?"
> > >
> > >The little old lady said,
> > >"Did we land or were we shot down?"
> > >
> > >--------------
> > >
> > >After a real crusher of a landing in Sydney,
> > >the Flight Attendant came on
> > >with, "Ladies and Gentlemen, please remain in
> > >your seats until Capt. Crash
> > >and the Crew have brought the aircraft to a
> > >screeching halt against the
> > >gate. And, once the tire smoke has cleared
> > >and the warning bells
> > >are silenced, we'll open the door and you can
> > >pick your way
> > >through the wreckage to the terminal."
> > >
> > >--------------
> > >
> > >Part of a flight attendant's arrival
> > >announcement: "We'd like to thank you folks for
> > >flying with us today. And, the next
> > >time you get the insane urge
> > >to go blasting through the skies in a
> > >pressurised metal tube, we
> > >hope you'll think of Qantas."
> > >
> > >--------------
> > >
> > >A plane was taking off from Mascot Airport.
> > >After it reached a comfortable
> > >cruising altitude, the captain made an
> > >announcement over the intercom,
> > >"Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain
> > >speaking. Welcome to Flight Number XYZ, non-stop
from Sydney to
> > >Auckland. The weather ahead is good and,
therefore, we should have
> > >smooth and uneventful flight.
> > >Now sit back and relax - SHIT! ARGHHH! OH, MY
> > >GOD!" Silence followed and
> > >after afew minutes, the captain came back on
> > >the intercom and said, "Ladies
> > >and Gentlemen, I am so sorry if I scared you
> > >earlier, but, while Iwas
> > >talking, the flight attendant brought me a
> > >cup of coffee and spilled the
> > >hot coffee in my lap. You should see the
> > >front of my pants!" A
> > >passenger in Economy said, "That's nothing.
> > >He should see the back of mine!"

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Friday, May 27, 2005

National Geographic Showreel Submission

Friday, March 04, 2005

Navigate the Globe : Clipper Ventures Sails Round the World !