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Are you looking for adventure traveling tips

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Why do People Travel?

Traveling is probably the next best thing to having your own home. In fact one without the other doesn

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The history of gwent county,wales

The History of Gwent County,Wales

Gwent came into existence as a preserved county since 2003. Its history dates back to Bronze, Iron Age and Roman era. It used to be the area of Dark Age Welsh kingdom and was sprawled between the rivers Wye, Usk and Seven estuaries. It basically came into existence when Romans abandoned Britain and the Roman Silures started ruling it. It followed their culture and their Iron Age territories.

It derived its name from Civets capital Venta Silurum, which meant Market of the Silures and the land that lay around Venta became its descendants kingdom of Guenta, later it turned to be Gwent. A slight change in pronunciation did happen due to Brythonic languages as v changed to go. The town itself was called Caerwent, meaning Venta fort.

According to Old Welsh historical study, when the kingdom was formed originally, it was ruled by Caradoc Vreichfras. As King was wounded mortally after a Saxon attack, many people believed that his grandson, Athrwys AP Meurig, might be better for King Arthur.

All controls of the kingdom lay at Caerwent or Caerleon, the latter had served as a great and main Roman military base. This area was Christianized by some Welsh saints like Cadoc, Dubricius and Tatheus.

Gwent have survived many ups and downs in many forms. It was related with its neighbors Glywysing until the Normans invaded the west in 1067 AD. The Normans separated this area into many Lordships of Monmouth, Abergavenny, Striguil or Chepstow and Usk where they constructed and fortified massive and lasting stone castles out of a many of the initial bailey and motte castles.

The age of these castles is very old and so is their density, it is highest in Britain. At least twenty five of these castles in Welsh Marches still remain intact that too in Monmouthshire alone today.

The castles proved defensive for new settlements and also made possible for older settlements to develop and become prospective under this Norman rule. All this happened despite their dictatorship policies, taxation, many small or big fights and rebellions that effected this portion of southeastern Wales over for many centuries.

Most of the time the Lordships were overseen by the strong Marcher Lords, as these remained the basic units in the administrative functions for the next round about 450 years or so till Henry VIII applied the Laws in Wales Act 1535.

The Act, when ceased, the Marcher Lordships perished and helped in creating new County called Monmouthshire and thus combined the four Lordships in eastern side of River Usk with Newport, or Gwynllwg and Caerleon, which lay to the west of it.

During the 19th and 20th centuries, writers and authors started mentioning the name Gwent in a romantic and intellectual way to illustrate Monmouthshire. In the local native government re-organizations of 1974/5 when several new administrative regions in UK were named after the middle ages kingdoms, like Gwent, Dyfed, and Gwynedd within Wales, Cumbria and Strathclyde.

A preserved county Gwent was an initially a local government county that is situated in south east Wales. It was created on 1 April 1974, because of the Local Government Act 1972 and its name was dedicated to an ancient Kingdom of Gwent.

Most of the previous administrative counties had belonged to Monmouthshire and the county borough of Newport. Both these authorities which were believed to be officially a part of England, however, since ages these were dealt as if these existed within Wales, along with Brynmawr and Llanelly from Brecknockshire, which is in Wales. According to Local Government (Wales) Act 1994, Gwent was eliminated on 1 April 1996.

The name still retains its position as one of the kept intact counties of Wales and is used in certain ceremonial functions and it still is surviving in several titles.eg Royal Gwent Hospital, Gwent Police, Coleg Gwent College and in sports too with the Newport Gwent Dragons rugby team.

When it was alive, the administrative area used to be divided into many districts like Torfaen, Newport, Monmouth, Islwyn, Gwent, and Blaenau.The descendant governing authorities are City of Newport, Blaenau, Gwent county borough, Torfaen county borough, Caerphilly county borough some part of it was deducted from Mid Glamorgan, Monmouthshire that is spread over the eastern half of the initial county with identical name.

This County of Gwent stretched itself and went to cover the whole of Caerphilly county borough in 2003.

Increasing revpar without sacrificing margins or brand value

Increasing RevPar without sacrificing margins or brand value

Hotels are being pummeled by the economy, and the hospitality industry is suffering in every corner of the globe – what else is new?

In the current climate, most hotel experts are expecting RevPar (revenue per available room) to drop by as much as 11%, perhaps even more. And with occupancy rates already at all-time lows, this isn’t good news for the hotel business. In such a climate, many hoteliers will compete on rate, but this only creates a downward spiral of price competitiveness, and more pain for the long-term growth and sustainability of hotels’ revenues once the economy bounces back.

So how can hotels compete in this weak economy, looking beyond discounts? Is it possible to flourish, even during such a travel slowdown?

The answer is yes. I have seen proper revenue management take a struggling hotel from barely surviving to thriving, even as the recession bites deeper. One Miami-based property was struggling to maintain a 45% occupancy rate. After overhauling its revenue management system, occupancy jumped to 90 to 94%, with an increase in revenues of 70%. Too good to be true? Absolutely not. A fundamental building block of revenue management, RevPar is one of the most important metrics of the hospitality industry and absolutely possible with the right system in place.

For hotels, RevPar is key determinant of profitability. It’s what keeps the doors open, yet many hotels and chains still handle room occupancy and pricing in an old-fashioned and haphazard manner – reactively and rarely scientifically.

Times like these require greater efficiencies in everything from improving customer relationships and boosting loyalty initiatives, to improving direct marketing programs and not cutting back on service. None of these, however, can be sustained without optimising cost centers and profits. And on that basis, effective revenue management becomes an operational imperative, not an option. It’s time for hoteliers to think beyond discounts and so I have created a list of tips on how hotels can increase their RevPar, without sacrificing margins or brand value:

Supercharge your internet sales
Only web-based internet sales can compensate for what has not been sold in advance to fill your hotel. In 2009, the meetings and corporate market is slowing even more so sales efforts should be focused on the internet. This is the channel that discount-hungry travelers are using more and more frequently when booking travel, so it is vital to manage your hotel’s web presence to gain greater visibility and better positioning… which of course, means more sales.

Open your sales office at night
Hotel staff cannot manage Online Travel Agencies (OTA) allotments 24/7. So if you’re not adapting in real-time and making updates as travelers are out there shopping (even internationally) when you’re asleep, you are missing out on valuable RevPar dollars. As supply and demand fluctuate non-stop, you need to automate your pricing at night to increase your hotel’s profitability.

Increase sales by changing your rates more often
Once the OTA allotments are filled, your hotel is closed for business, with no one to reopen the online booking allotment. But as more bookings arrive, hotel rates should successively increase. Many hotels, however, leave money on the table because there is no one to change prices in real-time. In this economic environment where every dollar can make the difference between boom or bust, changing rates only once or twice a day does not make sense, or cents, anymore.

Make the most out of your holidays

Make the most out of your holidays

Holidays are time for fun. It gives us a chance to break free and to loosen up ourselves from day to day hectic lifestyle.Holidays are meant to rejuvenate you during your vacation time.

There are numerous innovative holiday packages available for through out the year. One can pick the favorite package for the choice if his or her budget. Travel agencies around the world list their packages. And there is no way you are not going to find one which is suitable for you and for your family. You will find holiday packages for any type of vacation from cruising to trekking on Himalayas and in between tourist attractions. Wherever your interest lies you will find packages for that interest.

It is your holiday and make the best out of it. Search for the packages that are available and book it in advance it will certainly help you in getting the best deals if you book in advance. With the package there you will find the itineraries so it won’t be difficult to find your preference. These packages come with the round trip airlines fare to that destination. Accommodation and transportation cost. And if you are looking for your own way to travel to that destination then you can opt for going with the choice of your airlines and accommodation. Some prefers to go on their own by booking individually the flights and the accommodation. All the information is available in the net and you can do the online booking and save your precious time.

So what you are waiting for. Get a break, get a life. Make the most out of your holidays. There is so much to see in this world and do in this world even a small trip to your favorite destination can bring the immense joy and make your child in you grow again.