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Where to find the best turkeys for Thanksgiving

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Each of us has our share of turkey disaster story for Thanksgiving. We might be very busy that we were only able to get the turkey in the last few hours before dinner and finding out that we do not have enough time to deal with the frozen meat.

Like how we plan our travels, getting turkey also needs some savvy. Sometimes a little research and a little planning will lead us to the best tasting, healthy choice turkey. Farmers in the last few years have been going for organic as the population tries to lead a healthier lifestyle. Artisanal turkeys have been on the rise as growers try to preserve their breed. Buy them, and ironically, you save them.

Here are some of the best turkeys that you can get:

Louisiana


Abu Dhabi to Provide More Luxury Lodgings

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We already know that Abu Dhabi is now a growing tourist destination, thanks to the Abu Dhabi Guggenheim, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Zayed National Museum, and the pristine beaches that are just within walking distance from these cultural highlights.

Simon Venison, the director of operations for Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Development and Investment Company, said that they are continuing their efforts to make Saadiyat Island a truly world class destination. The latest developments were plotted out during the World Travel Market convention.

Presently, they have 1,600 hotels and residential lodges slated to open next year. These were borne out of the partnership between TDIC and hotel investors. A brand to watch out for is the St. Regis which is scheduled to open its first branch in the Middle East by the last quarter of 2011, the Saadiyat Island Resort. On the other hand, the Rocco Forte Hotel is slated to open in the city center.


Breakfast Offerings, One of the Best Highlights of Mid-Class Hotel Chains

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There seems to be a growing trend, these days, of offering more and more attractive free breakfast deals across the country when it comes to mid-range hotel chains. The Carlson Country Inn and Suites, as well Residence Inn (owned by Marriot International) revamped their breakfast deals this week, including healthier options in their menu.

The Country Inn and Suites, in particular, added a “to go” station for guests who are rushing off to work. They also added an omelet station for guests to have the option to choose what goes into their omelet, as well as a rotating menu whose highlights were the most popular American breakfast—the eggs Benedict, for example.

Healthier options were also added to the buffet for guests who were watching their weights. The Country Inn and Suites vice president and CEO said that complimentary breakfast deals always attracted customers, at least in the case of mid-priced lodges. He said that it is important for guests to be given enough variety even if the breakfast is already a freebie. Each guest has his/her own lifestyle, and the hotel will have to accommodate that.


New Routes Announced for the Continental, Aero Mexico and Air Canada

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New routes are popping out of the woodwork nearly every week. Just to help keep you updates, below are the new routes to watch out for from the Continental, Aero Mexico, and Air Canada.

The Continental

While other airlines might think that the New York to London route has enough aircrafts servicing it, the Continental thinks that its addition is significant. In their positive outlook, they don’t think that they can ever run out of passengers to fly back and forth Newark and Heathrow.

The daily flight no. 5 has already begun its operations last October 30 and continues to do so. The added evening option is one of the most attractive offers they have today, if only because visiting the big city one day and getting some sleep at the plane while you’re being shuttled off to London the next is always a good thing.


Qantas Suspends A830 on the Ground for more Safety Inspections

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The Australian-based airline Qantas told the press recently that it will keep its six A830 airbuses on the ground while safety inspections are being done. This was after one of their airbuses’ engines exploded in mid-air, forcing the aircraft to land unexpectedly in Singapore. Thankfully, no one was hurt, but the authorities won’t run the risk of letting the same incident happen again.

The safety inspections are to be completed in the next 48 hours, or so Qantas hopes. Before then, the aircrafts are to remain grounded, stalling some of Qantas’ trips for the meantime. Losing six airbuses is no joke, after all.

In the same light, the air safety regulator of Europe also released an order to all of their airlines to carry out more tests on all A830 airbuses, particularly those with the same Rolls Royce engine as the troubled Qantas aircraft last Saturday. The European Aviation Safety Authority suspects that the catalyst in last week’s explosion was an oil leak.


The Arcanum to Open in Phuket Early Next Year

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The first quarter of 2011 will see the launch of a brand new and exclusive wellbeing sanctuary in Phuket called The Arcanum. Strategically located in a “hidden” location, this new resort will redefine the idea of secluded resorts. More than just being a paradise of sorts where no one can find you, the Arcanum also aims to focus on regenerating the body’s “natural engines”. Here, East meets West yet again.

The sanctuary promises to meld all the hospitalities of the East with the most advanced wellness methodologies of the West. Fitness and nutrition are also included in the regimen. When you sign up into their programs, your wellness schedule begins in London, even before your plane takes off. They will give your meal plans a complete makeover, and prepare you for a healthier and fitter lifestyle with exercises.


Emerging Markets to be Tourism’s Focus in the Next 5 Years

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In the recent World Travel Market exhibition, it was found out that the next focus of the travel and tourism industry will be emerging markets. According to the World Travel Market Industry report, almost one in every three major travel executive plans projects in new markets particularly in Asia. While there were so many investors building hotels in the west in the last twenty years, the next five years seem a little different.

These new markets, according to reports, promise more revenue growth for investors, at least until year 2016. To support this finding, polls were taken from 1,200 travel and tourism executives. All of them admitted that they see big promise in the emerging markets. They also admitted that these new markets have already affected their sales in the last two years.


Hotel Business’ Focus Shifts from US to China, India, Middle East

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The hotel growth in the U.S.A. has hit an all-time low with only 62,041 rooms in 487 properties. This is the lowest that the hotel construction business has recorded in the past 10 years. Next year, a mere 1,200 projects (130,000 rooms) are scheduled to begin next year, but one thing is clear: investors are moving their hotel plans someplace else. These figures were provided by research company Lodging Econometrics early this week.

Bjorn Hanson, the divisional dean of the New York University Tisch Center explained that the “permanent refocus” of investors overseas is only natural. Within the U.S.A., there is only less than 3.1% possible revenue growth in rooms here, no matter how posh the brand may be.