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HAL’s ms Rotterdam latest ship to recieve new Signature of Excellence enhancements


Upgrades Cater to Diverse Interests of Premium Cruisers

When ms Rotterdam sailed from Fort Lauderdale Wednesday, December 16, guests enjoyed many new Signature of Excellence enhancements and amenities just completed in a 28-day drydock in Freeport, Bahamas.

Rotterdam received the trendy Mix lounge, innovative Retreat Pool, classy Showroom at Sea and the addition of the industry’s only Lanai staterooms.

Every stateroom now features a fresh new cabin and bathroom design as well.

“Rotterdam looks spectacular,” said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs.

“The enhancements are going to impress our guests and engage them in exciting, new ways. This continued investment reaffirms our commitment to our fleet of mid-sized ships and our ongoing leadership in the premium category by continually raising the bar in terms of products and services.”

Signature of Excellence upgrades began with new fixtures and soft goods in staterooms and bathrooms.

Travelmood tips Thailand for best value holidays in 2010



Long-haul specialist says Thailand’s where the best deals are and airlines to Australia are offering the most competitive prices

Long-haul, tailor-made tour operator and retailer, Travelmood has identified Thailand as the destination in its collection that is offering the best value deals on 2010 holidays.

The company is also advising that Australasia will be excellent value to fly to and that early bookers will bag the biggest bargains.

“In 2009 we saw a lot of holiday-makers booking at the last minute – six to eight weeks before travel, in many cases – largely due to the economic climate.

In response to that, the hotels and airlines in many of the destinations we programme are offering superb deals for customers who book early,“ says Rad Sofronijevic, managing director of Travelmood.

Dubai Green Tourism Award programme making headway


Through the pioneering award programme, it wants the tourism industry stakeholders to demonstrate a firm commitment towards reducing the impact of their business on the environment.

Hotels and hotel apartments were invited to participate in the award programme and their business practices were assessed for a wide range of environmental, economic and social issues, including energy saving, nature conservation and community involvement.

Mr. Eyad Ali Abdul Rahman, DTCM Executive Director Media Relations and Business Development, who opened the judging session, said: “We are providing an opportunity to the tourism industry to keep pace with changing patterns and to demonstrate that tourism sector is acting and committed to green initiatives. Tourism sector fuels Dubai economy and the whole idea is to inspire and encourage tourism industry stakeholders.”

Free Fulton and Montgomery Counties Snowmobile Trails Map Now Available


onda, N.Y. – The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce and the Fulton County Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry announce the availability of the Fulton and Montgomery Counties Snowmobile Trails map.

“There are approximately 400 miles of snowmobile trails to enjoy between the two counties. The pocket-sized snowmobile map has a new look compared to the previous map,” states Gina DaBiere-Gibbs, Montgomery County Tourism Director. “Instead of advertising, we opted to keep the map winter themed highlighting winter activities such as skiing and ice skating, annual winter events, snowmobile safety guidelines, snowmobile club information, snowmobile sales and repairs, and more.”

“We are excited to have available for tourists and our residents this great resource for snowmobiling information and sledding trails within the two counties,” states Terry Swierzowski, Vice President, Director of Tourism & Communications, Fulton County Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry. “We thank the county planning and highway departments for their help in putting together the information for this great map.”

Orana Wildlife Park


“Piwi” the Kiwi a ‘Miracle’ Chick

A nine day old Kiwi chick was assist-hatched at Orana Wildlife Park last week.

Orana Wildlife Park staff received the perfect early Christmas present ten days ago – the first successful Kiwi hatching at the Park in nine years! The little Kiwi was assist-hatched meaning staff had to carefully remove layers of shell and membrane to free the bird. Park staff, who were hatching a Kiwi chick for the first time, were given step by step advice from Claire Travers of Kiwi Encounter (Rotorua) via speaker phone resulting in the successful hatch.

Head Keeper of Native Fauna, Tara Atkinson, says the baby was a ‘miracle’ egg: “The chick is one of the smallest Kiwi hatched in captivity so some staff have affectionately nick-named it Piwi for now! We experienced problems throughout the incubation and hatching process and feared for the chick’s survival. We considered it a miracle egg as at one stage we thought it had died.”

Speedboat Tours Launch in Abu Dhabi



Adventurous way to see top attractions

Thrill-seeking visitors to Abu Dhabi can now explore the capital by speedboat. The new Yellow Boats provide a fun and unique way to explore the city’s headline-grabbing developments and stunning coastline.

The Yellow Boats guided tours visit the Abu Dhabi Corniche and the iconic Emirates Palace. They also run a Natural Wildlife Tour and an Ultimate Thrill Ride.

“It made sense to launch our exhilarating tours in Abu Dhabi where the potential for our business is enormous,” said Tony Adams, Managing Director of The Yellow Boats.

“With its unique waterfront developments, endless sun, sand and coastline, what better way is there to experience the thrill of Abu Dhabi? It’s great for viewing the rising skylines on Reem, Yas and Saadiyat Islands.”

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), which manages, helps develop and promote the emirate’s tourism industry, has welcomed the company’s arrival.

Croatia – 2010 hottest destination


Croatia: Hot again in 2010

According to specialist Croatia tour operator, `Hidden Croatia’, Croatia continues to increase in popularity for British holidaymakers, far more than most other European destinations, many of which have seen a decline in visitor numbers in recent years

Alan Brown of `Hidden Croatia’ says “Not only is Croatia attracting new visitors for 2010, but the country enjoys a high level of repeat business. These are British guests who have been surprised at the high standards of accommodation and cuisine and who are returning time and time again.

When Croatia first re-emerged onto the tourist map it’s fair to say the hotels were reminiscent of its socialist past, standards were mediocre and food was nothing to write home about. These days standards have improved beyond recognition and Croatia offers really good value. Hotels have been reconstructed and refurbished, there’s a much greater emphasis on high quality food and new, cosmopolitan restaurants have sprung up.

Travel City Direct offers Scottish travellers a ray of Florida sunshine for 2010 with Florida 2010 offers from Glasgow



To ensure that customers affected by the recent collapse of flyglobespan can still enjoy Florida family time together next year, Travel City Direct, the Florida specialists, have created options especially for Scottish travellers.

Take a look at our great 2010 offers from Glasgow:

Stay 14 nights at the Champions World Resort, Kissimmee, from only £725pp. Price is based on two adults and two children sharing on a room only basis departing 1 October 2010. Price includes return Virgin Atlantic flights from Glasgow and resort transfers. Bookable exclusively at Terms and conditions apply and prices are subject to change.