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Google Aims to Make Air Travel Planning Easier

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Google unveils plans to create an online airfare search engine after acquiring ITA software for $700 million. ITA software is a company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts that develops tools for flight information

The companies are not posting new information regarding when this new service will be made available to the public. However, Google CEO and Chairman Eric Schmidt volunteered information on their plans during a conference call. According to Schmidt, they will be building tools that allow users to query flights and check any possible options they might have in regards to pricing and other features. He further adds that after being able to decide on what to take in the buffet of choices the customer will face, they will be then conveniently led to a ticketing website. Mr. Schmidt claims that the vision for the project is to improve the collective manner in which air travel information is presented to the customers. He does not downplay the difficulty of this particular endeavor but goes on to say that they will enjoy addressing this particular concern for years to come.


Trolley Services Costs Double at British Airports

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The price of convenience at British airports has just about doubled as passengers who will be availing of trolley services next week will be finding out. Luton and Bristol airports have increased their prices for trolley use.

The increase in the prices comes as the summer holidays are reaching steam. According to a spokeswoman for Luton Airport, this increase cannot be refunded. She distances Luton’s authorities when she adds that Bagport, the company who handles the trolleys, is the one who doubled the pricing to get  a trolley from a pound to two. Furthermore, she mentions that Bagport is the one who decided on this additional charge and neither the airport had the choice in the matter nor would it be earning off the measure.

Passengers can expect a domino effect in trolley prices in the coming months as Cardiff Airport will be following suit in regards to the prices of their trolleys. Other airports will be scheduled to apply this increase as well.


British Families Bear the Burdens of the Ballooning Cost of Summer Vacations

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There is an average increase of 38 per cent in overseas travel packages from July to August. Budget conscious parents, who want to vacation with their children during the British holidays and who hope that they are shielded from such expenses, are in for a shock. Local vacation packages likewise encounter these pricing surges with an average of 30 per cent.

British families have continuously aired their gripes about this practice by travel agencies to up the cost of their packages when schools closed their doors during July. However there is a disturbing trend showing that the price for holidays taken during school vacation and the term time has been increasing. A survey conducted by Santander Cards in 2008 showed that the costs were already at 79%.

Travelsupermarket.com, a travel website, conducted its own survey and their results show that 49% among their sample population of parents confess to removing their children from school at a certain period just to be with them on a vacation.


All Patties Lead to Akron, Ohio for National Burger Fest

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An eating establishment’s signature burger is equal to their pride. If restaurants and diners trumpet how juicy their patties or are how uniquely satisfying their recipes are, what more about burger-centric towns? If you’re wondering where the most happening event in burgers is, you only have to fix your map and head out to Akron, Ohio.

Akron is the stage for the most quarter-pounding action as it holds the 5th National Hamburger Festival on the third week of July 2010. Keep the 17th and 18th open if you want your share of the beef patties when they come sizzling down. This Ohio town contests for the honor of being the place where the first burgers were flipped. Its strict contest with three other US cities resulted in the Hamburger Hearings of 2006 where a mock trial and a jury of online spectators judged that Seymour, Wisconsin birthed the hamburger. Despite the results, Akron continues to uphold its love for this sandwich.


South Africa Hits Goal for Tourism as Tourists Spend $128 Million for World Cup Games

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The 2010 World Cup is entering into its final stages as Uruguay, Netherlands, Germany and Spain battle each other for football supremacy. Even as the confetti have yet to fall on the winning team, people are already dreading the July 11 closing ceremonies. The games have put the entire world in a stir and got the majority of the Earth’s population’s blood aboil. Without the highs of the games, people will go through withdrawal stages. But none are more hapless than the tourists who flew to South Africa to cheer their national teams in the flesh; they might feel like there were handed red cards when they view their credit card statements.


WorldHotels tips travelers on where to stay in Japan

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Hotel group WORLDHOTELS announced this year an addition of four new affiliates in their list of partners. Their network will now include no less than four Rihga hotels in Japan alone. WORLDHOTELS will now be present over a large expanse of the island, from Hiroshima to Tokyo. In between, they can be found in Osaka and Kyoto.

Osaka

In Osaka, they have teamed up with the Righa Royal hotel which is one of the biggest hotels that you can find in Japan. If you’re looking to be one with nature but the idea of sleeping in a hollowed out tree doesn’t float your boat, then this may be the ideal place for you. The hotel is situated near rivers, and there’s beautiful scenery all around. Even the wallpaper in the guest room gives that serene, calm and earthly feel to the surroundings. During dinner, guests can opt to dine under a star-studded sky. Don’t worry about the rain, though, because the sky and stars are all man-made. Feeling peckish? There are 24 restaurants and bars to choose from. If you feel like partying, there’s a sprawling ballroom that can accommodate almost 2,000 people.


Meningitis 101 for tourists

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Travelers making their way to foreign countries should not only concern themselves with tourist attractions, but also how they can avoid being inflicted by various disease and infection. Earlier this week, the NICE institute under the National Health Service (NHS), released updated guidelines on how to treat and diagnose early cases of meningitis. This year, the health department has also suggested Menveo to travelers, which is a new and effective vaccine. Below is a primer for travelers who are unfamiliar with meningitis.

What is it?

Meningitis is an infection caused by germs called meningococci bacteria. These bacteria particularly affect the membranes surrounding the human brain, and also the spinal cord. The bacteria dwell in a person’s throat and are spread through sneezing and coughing. There is also another type of meningitis which is caused by virus, but by comparison, the bacterial meningitis is more severe. Within hours, symptoms can develop which may eventually lead to a person’s death. Septicaemia or blood poisoning, is also caused by meningococci. In some countries abroad, getting treatment for meningitis can be very hard.


Problem in the workhouse: 787 Dreamliner fleet to remain on the ground as Boeing conducts additional safety checks

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Almost two dozen 787 Dreamliners are scheduled for checks after Boeing discovered issues concerning stabilizers installed in the said planes.

Apparently, the plane’s horizontal stabilizers, part of the tail assembly of the aircraft, were installed improperly. These stabilizers are responsible in making sure that the plane is leveled while it transports hundreds of passengers across the skies. While the parts in themselves may not necessarily defective, Jim Proulx, spokesman for Boeing, said this is still an issue with their supplier. Aside from that, Boeing is looking into issues in its workmanship. Alenia Aeronautica, an Italian company, furnished the parts in the Dreamliner.

Boeing has declared that it is not uncommon for airplane companies to come across problems such as these during the production phase of an aircraft. Proulx also insisted that the fleet is not grounded. That being said, however, they will now have to inspect every single plane before clearing the fleet and deeming it safe to fly.
It will take Boeing eight days to complete testing for a single aircraft. In the time given, they will also be expected to replace or fix any other malfunctioning parts.