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A city re-defined

A city re-defined

Pudong is the newest kid on the block in Chinese destinations for travelers. This modernized city is situated facing the east side of the Huangpu River, and considered one of the most attractive and exciting places to visit in Shanghai, China. Constructed over land that was cultivated for farming just over fifteen years ago, this newly built city is now home to some of the tallest sci-fi like skyscrapers and attractions. Filled with all amenities that are expected of a modern city, Pudong is a certainly a city you should not miss out on. Travel hotspots, educational sites, attractive towers, museums, the best of dinning and leisure and shopping centers can be conveniently found to meet every ones taste and fancies when you visit Pudong. With state of the art transportation like magnetic levitation trains and the Metro Lines conveniently located throughout the city it has become a breeze visiting each and every attraction in the city. A visit to the Oriental Pearl Tower is a must when you visit this beautiful city. With this skyscraper’s bird’s eye view, watching the sunset is truly a remarkable experience. And the transformation that takes place when the night lights should not be missed. Whether you are visiting the Science Museum to have an educational experience, the Century Park for a relaxing walk or getting close to the sharks at the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium, a visit to Pudong is always going to be a new and exciting adventure. When searching for a Shanghai apartment near tourist attractions nothing comes to mind like Ascott Shanghai Pudong, which is one of the better options for executive accommodation in Shanghai . With its elegant settings, excellent service and location in the business district, this hotel is perfect for business and leisure traveler alike.

The great cell phone rip off

The great cell phone rip off…

You’ve seen the news, read the Sunday times and it would appear we can look forward to some reduced mobile phone call rates in South Africa. About time, we need to understand the international visitor to South Africa, the holiday maker who has travelled from Europe on a long haul flight, does not want to pay more for accommodation, a beer, a pizza and last of all, for calls from his mobile phone.

I doubt if I am alone in wondering why the cell phone companies are the biggest advertisers; why they can take pages and pages of media space, sponsor every sport event as they compete for market share amongst the gullible consumer. Yes, sorry South Africa but we are gullible, with a low education rate by world standards; a poor education system; less than 15% of the population as registered tax payers; unemployment at more than 25%; a rural population with no access to, never mind a poor level of education and an historic social history lacking third world civilization….one does not have to be a rocket scientist to work out that the average African is gullible and could well be fooled by the complex cell phone contractual options; how they work; which one to choose.

It was just the other day when I discovered after some six years of dealing with Vodacom that the minutes I physically purchase each month, in my case five hundred of them are used on a “newest first” principle and that those not used are removed after five months, it being irrelevant that the twenty four month signed contract is still active. My logic is that if I bought them; paid for them in good faith and provided my contract is still active, I can surely use them at my pleasure. Not according top Vodacom, it is THEIR POLICY to expire them, this, aside from being morally unjust, is surely illegal?

So, to Vodacom; MTN and cell C…it’s called come-uppance, whilst I do find state intervention in business reprehensible and feel it smacks of socialism and communism I also firmly believe that we must have got to this position through some form of collusion which is even worse. If I read the states opinion, or rather that of the ICASA, it would appear the committee appointed to investigate this has done their job and have made every attempt to resolve the position to find some compromise. As I write, no final decision appears to have been made, the cell phone operators have refused to comment and perhaps this is just positioning on the part of ICASA but, if so, great, well done guys…the great cell phone rip off is now over and we can go forward into Christmas and welcome the tourists to South Africa for the 2010 world cup.

Alan Hawkins – CEO

www.staysa.co.za

Commonwealth games xix 2010 delhi

Commonwealth Games XIX 2010 Delhi

The Commonwealth Games XIX, the biggest sport event to be held in India since the Asian Games in 1982, will feature 71 nations, mainly from the former British Empire. Seventeen sports will feature in the XIX CWG at six venue clusters and five stand-alone venues in Delhi. Hosting a sporting event at a scale such as the Commonwealth Games is a matter of international prestige for the country, and is bound to boost brand India. The country is heralded as the next world economic superpower and the Games will be another opportunity to project the nation on the world stage.  Delhi too, as the host city, will get the chance to exhibit a new image for itself – that of a world class city with international standards. Improved infrastructure and appearance of the host city, and global media exposure will serve to transform the image of the city. Delhi a city known for its rich culture hospitality and diversity will look at its best for visitors during the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010. One of the spotlights of this event is that it will leave this city much more beautiful and glittering than it ever was. The colonial city, which is surrounded by hundreds of exciting and dazzling tourist attractions, is being rejuvenated.  Delhi has a vibrant and scintillating hospitality industry with world-class restaurants and hotels who will give you the best of the best.  The state owned India tourism Development corp. Ltd (ITDC) and private hotels have ventured on makeover and improve plans to welcome visitor to Delhi and make their stay enjoyable. In preparation for the Games and to promote security at major tourist destinations, Indian states will be deploying a force of “tourist police” far before the Games begin. These tourism police are regular state police forces, but will be trained to handle tourist-related aspects. A number of states have already implemented this program; other states are expected to emulate this model within the end of the year. We understand that this is an opportunity of a lifetime that you do not want to miss. Thus, the friendly and co-operative team at India visa 24 is ready to make the tour of yours a memorable and a less tiring one… you will have no more trouble with obtaining a Visa to India as we have the safest and quickest process to help you. All you have to do is apply for a Visa through http://www.indiavisa24.co.uk and let the Indian Visa experts do the rest for you. To find out more about how to obtain a Visa for India  you can visit India Visa 24 at http://www.indiavisa24.co.uk or call toll free 0800 084 5037. Indiavisa24.co.uk is located at 107 Fleet St, City of London, EC4A 2 AB, UK.

The Commonwealth Games XIX, the biggest sport event to be held in India since the Asian Games in 1982,

will feature 71 nations, mainly from the former British Empire.

Seventeen sports will feature in the XIX CWG at six venue clusters and five stand-alone venues in Delhi.

Hosting a sporting event at a scale such as the Commonwealth Games is

a matter of international prestige for the country, and is bound to boost brand India.

The country is heralded as the next world economic superpower and the Games will be another opportunity

to project the nation on the world stage.  Delhi too, as the host city,

will get the chance to exhibit a new image for itself – that of a world class city with international standards.

Improved infrastructure and appearance of the host city, and global media exposure will serve to

transform the image of the city.

Delhi a city known for its rich culture hospitality and diversity will look at its best for visitors during the

XIX Commonwealth Games 2010. One of the spotlights of this event is that it will leave this city much more beautiful

and glittering than it ever was. The colonial city, which is surrounded by hundreds of exciting and dazzling

tourist attractions, is being rejuvenated.  Delhi has a vibrant and scintillating hospitality industry with

world-class restaurants and hotels who will give you the best of the best.  The state owned India tourism Development corp.

Ltd (ITDC) and private hotels have ventured on makeover and improve plans to welcome visitor to Delhi

and make their stay enjoyable.

In preparation for the Games and to promote security at major tourist destinations,

Indian states will be deploying a force of “tourist police” far before the Games begin.

These tourism police are regular state police forces, but will be trained to handle tourist-related aspects.

A number of states have already implemented this program; other states are expected to emulate this model within

the end of the year.

We understand that this is an opportunity of a lifetime that you do not want to miss.

Thus, the friendly and co-operative team at India visa 24 is ready to make the tour of yours a memorable and a

less tiring one… you will have no more trouble with obtaining a Visa to India as we have the safest and quickest

process to help you.

All you have to do is apply for a Visa through http://www.indiavisa24.co.uk

and let the Indian Visa experts do the rest for you.

To find out more about how to obtain a Visa for India  you can visit

India Visa 24 at http://www.indiavisa24.co.uk

or call toll free 0800 084 5037. Indiavisa24.co.uk

is located at 107 Fleet St, City of London, EC4A 2 AB, UK.

Choosing the best travel accommodation

Choosing the Best Travel Accommodation

There are many things to consider when choosing your travel accommodations. The decision could make your trip fun or a disappointment. Choosing the right hotel is a must. Most travelers spend more time in airline ticket reservations and bargains but less time in choosing the right accommodations. Thus they may end up on the wrong side of the bed during their stay.

To get the most out of your hotel accommodations, remember to book as early as possible and make your dates more flexible. Hotels that cater to the business traveler will consider weekends as off season. Family vacationers could tap into these special packages during weekend times. Primarily, you should choose your hotel based on name, amenities, features, price, packages and location.

Here are some considerations in choosing your best travel accommodations:

  • Accommodations should be family-friendly. Always ask if your hotel offers children activity areas with educational and fun activities supervised by duly-trained care-givers.

  • Your hotel should provide a swimming pool for children, daycare service, crib rental and child-proof electrical outlets.

  • Stay in a hotel that has electronic room-key cards and has a security viewer installed on their doors.

  • Make it a priority to choose a room on the upper floor.

  • If you’re the one who likes to spend more time in your hotel room and the balcony, you should ask for the available amenities and the conditions of the surrounding environment.

  • Depending on whether you’re on a private or business trip, ask your hotel about the availability of laundry service, hair dryers, coffee makers, newspapers, free meals, fax machine, bar, cable television, parking, shuttle service, internet connection, etc.

  • The hotel property layout and its location may speak more of its surrounding environment. Noisy locations such as construction on adjacent property, car traffic and noisy waterfalls are not specified on hotel flyers. So be sure to ask about it.

  • Beautifully landscaped surroundings with trees, flowers and inner courts also enhance your travel pleasure. Moreover, gift shops and restaurants all add up to a wonderful travel experience.

  • The location of your hotel with respect to main attractions is equally important. It could save you money on taxi and bus fare.

  • If room service is important to you, make sure that it is provided 24 hours a day.

  • Check out the room itself. Is it brightly colored or classical? It sets the mood of your travel.

    In order to get the most out of your travel, whether for business or family vacations, be sure to know everything about the hotel you are planning to check in to. Ask friends and relatives who have been there. Don’t just depend on the hotel’s webpage which is undoubtedly biased. Having to stay in a hotel which you don’t like could ruin your trip. With these tips in mind, a great stay is sure to come!