Category: Travel Miscellany

ITTFA welcomes Luxury Travel Expo

ITTFA, the International Tourism Trade Fairs Association, welcomes its newest member, Luxury Travel Expo. Luxury Travel Expo is the industry’s largest gathering of luxury travel professionals in the   U.S. and during its last show in Las Vegas, December 2005, it attracted 4,376 visitors and 486 exhibitors over three days, serving both international and domestic […]

Spring 2006 fishing special with Alaska's Boardwalk Lodge

Spring 2006 fishing special with Alaska’s Boardwalk Lodge

Stay at Boardwalk Lodge between 15th April and 31st May 2006 and get the season’s lowest rate. The season spans Alaska’s peak Steelhead season and for just $495 per day you can be a part of it. Float plane, fishing license, tax and gratuities not included. Alaska’s Boardwalk Lodge is a sportsman’s paradise and has […]

Rio Carnival

Rio Carnival

For the next four days, until the last day of the month, one million people will gather in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The centrepiece is the Sambadromo parade, when neighbourhood groups compete for the title of best samba school; flashy floats and fancy costumes will no doubt feature prominently. The Masquerade Ball is almost as […]

Win a stay at Charlton House & Monty’s Spa in SOMERSET

Celebrating the launch of a new website for romantic holidays and the release of “Imagine Me & You” on 31st March 2006, South West England has teamed up with UIP/Universal to give away the perfect romantic gift: 2 nights at the  fabulous award-winning Charlton House & Monty’s Spa in Somerset, with 1st class rail travel […]

Blonde antelope

Blonde antelope

Antelopes – found in both Africa and Asia –  come in a multitude of different species.   But have you ever seen a Blonde Antelope?   Click the link to watch a short video of this antelope in an attempt to evade capture.   Now, that’s something you don’t normally see on safari…

Holland America's Noordam in New York

Holland America’s Noordam in New York

With more than 1,000 spectators on hand here to partake in the festivities, Holland America Line officially inaugurated its newest ship, the Noordam yesterday. The ceremony included Academy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin, the ship’s godmother, christening the vessel with the traditional breaking of a Champagne bottle on the ship’s bow.  The Noordam, an 81,769-ton ship […]

South Beach Food and Wine Festival 2006

South Beach Food and Wine Festival 2006

The prelude to the 5th annual South Beach Food and Wine Festival is today, with the main event continuing tomorrow and through the weekend. Presented by Food & Wine magazine, the festival invites the world to attend South Florida’s premier culinary extravaganza. Meet some of the greatest chefs in the world, not to mention  winemakers, […]

Heaven on Earth

Heaven on Earth

This ‘calendar of divine hotels around the world’ – as the book is sub-titled – provides a superb review of some of the top hotels in the most wonderful destinations in the world.  For the families out there, there’s also a  chapter on hotels that cater for children. Sir Richard Branson  said of  Sarah Siese’s […]

Choco-Laté Belgian chocolate festival

Choco-Laté Belgian chocolate festival

The town of Bruges is about to host Belgium’s first chocolate fair. Choco-Laté – the first chocolate festival in the country of chocolate – will be an ode to chocolate.   The event is the brainchild of the Bruges chocolate museum, Choco-Story. If you’re a chocoholic, don’t miss out! The event runs from 28th April […]

Sunrise Package at Cape Panwa, Phuket

Sunrise Package at Cape Panwa, Phuket

Until 16th April 2006, you can take advantage of the sunrise package at Phuket’s Cape Panwa resort. The package  is 4,450 per person and includes accommodation in a Superior Room at Cape Panwa Hotel, daily buffet breakfast at Café Andaman, one dinner at one of the restaurants and transfers to/from Phuket Airport. You may also […]

Escape winter with Boca Raton Resort & Club

Spend the cold winter months warming your toes in the sand and sun with Boca Raton Resort & Club in the sunshine state of Florida.  Winter specials are on offer at $249 per night and valid until 30th April 2006.

Robotic shark

Robotic shark

Having to share your hotel swimming pool with someone?   Not with the remote-controlled robotic shark, you don’t.   I’m curious as to what the actual purpose of this 2-foot offering from Hammacher Schlemmer truly is, but I guess you could up to quite a bit of mischief with it. The beast moves in all […]

Guinness blog launched

Guinness blog launched

World-renowned brewer Guinness launched a weblog last Wednesday that is created and written by the company’s staff to give you an inside track on Guinness in Great Britain. Tip:  just say you’re from the UK when hitting their homepage in order to by-pass some legal mumbo-jumbo that otherwise disallows your visit.  

Condé Nast / Gleneagles offer

Condé Nast / Gleneagles offer

Condé Nast Traveller readers are invited to live it up at Gleneagles at an exclusive event to be held on 18th-19th September 2006. This bespoke event will include  a complimentary clay-pigeon shooting session, a cookery demonstration, a Gala Dinner with accopmanying Scottish entertainment and accommodation in the best rooms at Gleneagles. Price is £785 per […]

Never under-estimate the importance of local knowledge

Never under-estimate the importance of local knowledge

HSBC, your local bank, never under-estimate the importance of local knowledge.   Or so the adverts say.   If you haven’t seen this series of HSBC ads before, take a look for a little light travel entertainment. This fun TV ad highlights the differences of a certain hand signal within South America.

Oxia... coming to a minibar near you

Oxia… coming to a minibar near you

Here’s something you don’t normally expect to find in your minibar: oxygen. That’s right, oxygen!   These small cannisters are starting to appear in hotel minibars with greater frequency, with the aim of giving weary travellers a natural boost of energy. Keep an eye out for them… they’re already to be found at W Hotel […]