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Enjoying famous festivals of Hawaii during May-August

by amit.uniyal 10. April 2014 04:13

Headed to Honolulu to enjoy the famous festivals in Hawaii Islands? Say Aloha now! You are in for a real treat when you visit this beautiful destination during the months of May through August. Though many festivals are held round the year throughout the Hawaii Islands, but visiting during these months are indeed pleasurable.

Here are some of the important festivals that you can look forward to celebrate in this key state of the United States. These festivals include Waikiki SPAM Jam, Ukulele Festival Hawaii, Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival, Lei Day Celebration, Lantern Floating Hawaii, King Kamehameha Floral Parade, Prince Lot Hula Festival, Made in Hawaii Festival, Okinawan Festival and Duke’s OceanFest.

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If you are traveling during the month of May, three major festivals will keep you enthralled. The Lei Day Celebration will be held on May 1, 2014. This festival is celebrated to mark the Hawaiian tradition of making as well as wearing lei. The festival will be entering its 87th edition this year. The major highlights of this festival are lei-making competition, food booths and other entertainment at Waikiki’s Queen Kapiolani Park and Bandstand. The other two festivals celebrated this month are Waikiki SPAM Jam and Lantern Floating Hawaii.

On June 14, witness the colorful 98th Annual King Kamehameha Floral Parade celebrations. The festival is held to honor King Kamehameha, who united Hawaiian Islands during his reign in 1810. The parade will be featuring marching bands, decorated floats and traditional pau riders on horseback representing the Hawaiian royal court.

There are many more festivals other than these which you can witness and celebrate. So what are you waiting for, just go ahead and plan a vacation to Hawaii as the Hawaii Islands is beckoning you.

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Hong Kong International Airport among worlds best

by amit.uniyal 9. April 2014 10:26

Have you ever visited Hong Kong and seen its only civil airport – the Hong Kong International Airport? You will appreciate just like everybody else that Hong Kong International Airport is among the best in the world today. Here’s a brief outlook on this finest airport.

The Hong Kong International Airport is based in China’s Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong. It is the only civil airport in the city-state and a prominent gateway to Asia. It is among the world’s busiest airports catering to huge international passenger traffic and cargo flights. The airport is a major hub for Hong Kong’s flagship carrier Cathay Pacific Airways, Hong Kong Express, Hong Kong Airlines, Air Hong Kong and Dragonair.

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The Hong Kong International Airport is situated on Chek Lap Kok Island. The airport is also called Chek Lap Kok Airport. Earlier, it was named Kai Tak Airport. The airport is operational ever since 1998. The airport is accessed to reach 44 destinations in China as well as other Asian cities.

Currently, the airport handles above 100 airlines operating flights to nearly 180 cities around the world. The airport was used by 59.9 million passengers for transportation purposes in 2013, thus transforming it as world’s 11th busiest airport. It also left Memphis International Airport behind in the race to emerge as the busiest airport in the world for cargo traffic.

The Hong Kong International Airport is presently home to two terminals. The Terminal 1 with an area of 846,000 square meters is the world’s 3rd largest terminal building. The other two airports with largest terminal buildings are Dubai International Airport and Beijing Capital International Airport.

The Hong Kong International Airport is a proud recipient of 2014 SkyTrax Award for Best Baggage Handling System. The airport became the world’s first airport to unveil RFID luggage tags in 2008 for efficient baggage handling. The airport has also been awarded the title of Best Airport in the World for 8 times ever since 2001.

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Indian Arrival Day to relive East Indians arrival to Guyana

by amit.uniyal 8. April 2014 10:12

Headed to Georgetown to visit the beautiful Caribbean destination of Guyana? If you are destined for your sojourn in May this year, then better be prepared to take yourself down the memory lane. A pleasant surprise awaits you as the history of East Indian’s arrival is all set to be retold on the sea shores of Guyana.

The Indian Arrival Day will be celebrated in Guyana on May 5, 2014. This annual celebration is an important event on Guyana’s calendar. The day commemorates the arrival of Indian indentured laborers to Guyana for working in the sugarcane plantations.

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The Indian Arrival Committee (IAC), an NGO committed to safeguard the history of Indians in the country and promote their cultural traditions, has made elaborate plans to mark this significant event in the country’s history. A boat cruise along the Demerara River would be held on April 27, 2014 to re-enact the arrival of indentured laborers to Guyana.

The aesthetics of the Hesperus or the Whitby, the two prominent ships that transported the first batch of indentured laborers to Guyana in 1838, are being recreated in order to aptly showcase the bygone era and all that took place during those times.

 This historic event would be exciting indeed. Those people who would be taking part in the cruise would be required to dress up in similar outfits as worn by the East Indian forefathers on the day they first arrived in Guyana. The event would be sought to be mimicked to the greatest possible extent.

The annual Pagwah Mela will kick off the event marking the celebrations. The Phagwah Mela has been titled “Rang Barse”. A rich cultural show would be held on Bath Settlement Public Road’s tarmac in West Coast Berbice. The magnificent Indian Arrival Day Melas would also be held featuring renowned international artistes giving their spirited, soulful renditions alongside local musicians, dancers and singers. The event will be a gala affair proudly showcasing the Indian cultural heritage in Guyana.

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Enjoy thrilling moments at Fort Lauderdales best beaches

by amit.uniyal 7. April 2014 04:45

Fort Lauderdale is renowned world over for its yachts and beaches. The city, which has earned the epithet of ‘Yachting Capital of the World’, attracts millions of visitors from across the world to its numerous gorgeous beaches. Whatever you just might be looking for – kayaking, hiking, sunbathing or simply fun and frolicking – the beaches of Fort Lauderdale have it all for you.

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Here’s is a glimpse into some of the best beaches in Fort Lauderdale. If you are visiting Fort Lauderdale to spend your vacations, knowing about the beaches here would indeed be worthwhile for you to plan well for your visit. The famous beaches in the city include Deerfield Beach, Hillsboro Beach, Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Fort Lauderdale Beach, Dania Beach, John U. Lloyd Beach State Park, Hollywood Beach, Hallandale Beach and Miami Beach.

If you are taking along your family and looking out for fun moments at a beach in Fort Lauderdale, then consider visiting the Deerfield Beach. It is great favorite with the families and kids. This beach is devoid of alcohol, jet skis and cigarette boats. It’s safe for families. Here your kids will enjoy building castles in golden sand. Tired of the water? Think of playing volleyball or tossing Frisbees along its shores.

A visit to Hillsboro Beach is simply fascinating. Consider touring the Hillsboro Lighthouse. It was built in 1907. Get a magnificent bird’s eye view of Fort Lauderdale atop the lighthouse. The Barefoot Mailman statue is yet another attraction here. It commemorates the 19th century shoeless mailman trodding the shoreline to deliver mails to coastal communities.

Fort Lauderdale Beach is a great place to visit. It is known for its sidewalk cafes and stylish boutiques. Want to sip margaritas or buy swimwear, then visit the beachfront promenade. The 7 miles of beachfront here offers oodles of activities, be it snorkeling, swimming, boating, jet skiing or simply making sand castles.

These are the only few beaches described here. There are many beaches in Fort Lauderdale which should be explored. The beaches here offer a gala time to the visitors.

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How to make out the most of long haul flights

by amit.uniyal 4. April 2014 05:35

Long haul flights are wearisome. But there are various ways in which you can make your travel enjoyable by adhering to the following valuable tips. Just imagine the toll your long haul flights can take if you are traveling to Johannesburg from Atlanta or any other U.S. city. Do you know it will take around 15 to 19 hours for a nonstop flight to reach the South African city from any U.S. destination?

Don’t worry. You can always make your long haul flight hassle free only when you consider some of the important tips being provided here for your benefit. The first thought that comes to a traveler’s mind when booking long haul flights is about the jet lag. This can be overcome by keeping yourself comfortable in every possible way.

The first thing you should do is to wear comfortable clothes when flying long distance. If your flight involves a travel time of nearly 19 hours, then you must acknowledge the fact that you will be boarding the aircraft which involves several meals as well as one sleep cycle at least. It is therefore advisable to wear loose-fitting and comfortable clothes. Remember to pack in pajamas as you can use them before taking a nap. There are only few airlines that provide their passengers a comfort kit comprising of pillow, blanket, nightwear and slippers in business class cabins, while most of them don’t offer such kits. So, it is recommended that you carry pajamas for your comfortable sleep.

For smokers, the very idea of traveling on a long haul flight makes them jittery. The simple reason being that you won’t be allowed to light your cigarette. Obviously, you feel agitated. The best way before booking a long haul flight for such travelers is to talk to your doctor and seek suggestions on how to handle the trip. It is highly recommended that you take the help of electronic cigarettes, nicotine gum or a nicotine patch to satisfy your urge for smoking on board your flight.

Staying healthy is also quite important to fight your long haul flights blues. Remember that aircraft cabins are dry. So it is essential to keep yourself healthy during the entire course of your flight. This can be done by continuous intake of water and other beverages throughout the flight. Apart from this, it is vital to take care of your skin as well. Consider applying moisturizing lotion or cream to your face and hands.

A little exercise on board your aircraft would also work wonders in fighting off jet lag. A full cardio exercise in not possible in the aisle, so you must make sure to walk around after every hour or so. When you are seated, you should ensure that your blood keeps circulating. This can be done by simply lifting your legs and arms.

There are many ways other than these to keep your long haul flights smooth and comfortable as far as possible.

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Craft beers become new in-flight offerings, enthusing drinkers

by amit.uniyal 3. April 2014 11:11

Airlines worldwide continue to revamp their in-flight offerings in order to attract more passengers. The attention is particularly on food and beverages front. The trends are changing now, and so are food and beverage options. Craft beers are the latest entrant as part of new offerings to the travelers on board their flights.

The airlines have perceived that more drinkers are now displaying their passion for specialty brews and significantly moving away from mass market beers. By adding craft beers as their latest offerings in the air, the airlines are going the extra mile in keeping the drinkers happier and glued to the good stuff on board their flights.

Renowned Sam Adams beer brand co-founder Jim Koch said that the drinkers were though present on the aircrafts, but there was certainly lack of quality beer. He said that the drinkers would like to have the same stuff in the air that they are already enjoying on the ground. The airlines are now moving at a frenetic pace and responding to customers tastes which are considerably changing. He said that the Americans have developed passion for craft beer, and they just love it. The craft beer retail sales are on upward trend reaching at $14.3 billion in 2013, up 20 percent as compared to last year.

Sam Adams craft beer is already being served on some Delta shuttle flights for nearly 20 years. Virgin America has also been offering craft beer procured from 21st Amendment Brewery in San Francisco for past some years. Following suit, other airlines have also recently started pursuing the trend and offering craft beer to their customers.

The latest to join the fray earlier this year is Southwest Airlines, which started selling Fat Tire cans to the passengers on its flights and those of its subsidiary AirTran Airways. Even JetBlue is also offering Sam Adams beer on its flights during summer.

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American Airlines Group leaves Star Alliance to join Oneworld

by amit.uniyal 1. April 2014 11:48

Ever since American Airlines merged with US Airways, a new chapter is set to open. The effect of the merger would be most on frequent fliers. In a significant step indicating a new beginning, American Airlines Group has decided to leave Star Alliance and join Oneworld.

Star Alliance and Oneworld are two leading global airlines alliance with leading international airlines as their partner members.
 
With the new Oneworld membership, US Airways frequent fliers would now be eligible to earn and redeem miles on a new set of airlines. Currently, there are 16 member airlines in Oneworld. These include American Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Japan Airlines, British Airways and Qatar Airways.
The latest to join Oneworld is Qatar Airways. The airline became member in October 2013. Qatar Airways is to begin daily nonstop flights between Doha and Philadelphia starting from April 2, 2014. The airline will provide connectivity to 136 destinations in the Middle East, South America, Asia, Africa and India.

Despite the shifting of allegiance to Oneworld, US Airways will continue to retain codeshare partnership with 12 airlines that are currently not part of Oneworld. With the new Oneworld membership, the airline plans to phase out codeshare pact with these airlines in coming months. However, US Airways frequent fliers would continue to redeem and earn miles with these carriers as of now.

US Airways frequent fliers would not be able to earn or redeem miles on majority of 28 partner airlines of Star Alliance, including Swiss International Air Lines, Asiana Airlines and Lufthansa. The flights booked with erstwhile Star Alliance partners by US Airways frequent fliers are safe, but miles would not be able to be earned or redeemed for these flights.

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After Malaysia Airlines accident, need for GPS connectivity grows

by amit.uniyal 31. March 2014 07:26

The sudden disappearance of Malaysia Airlines aircraft from the radar and announcement of a fatal accident by country’s prime minister has rattled the aviation industry worldwide. A clamor for strict safety measures is growing ever since. The echo is now loud and clear. Bradley Tilden, CEO of Alaska Airlines, while speaking to mediapersons recently said that the use of GPS technology for all aircrafts is the need of the hour.

Media reports quoted Tilden as saying that the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 demonstrates that all the airlines across the world need to equip their aircrafts with GPS connectivity. He said that this is the paramount need of the hour.

According to Tilden, the airlines basically know only of the airspace but are little or ill equipped when it comes to surveillance of their aircrafts while they are flying. He said that the technology for surveillance is already in place and the only question remains as to when the airlines move to this ‘next generation’ air traffic control. He said that there are many airlines, including Alaska Airlines, which are equipped or ready to be equipped with the technology. In fact, all the airlines in the world need to equip their aircrafts with this new technology.

Tilden said that not much is known about what actually happen to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 ever since its disappearance on March 8. This also raises a pertinent question whether the GPS connectivity would have proved to be of great help to the officials to locate the missing aircraft.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration mandates that all the domestic carriers should make compulsory use of global positioning systems. However, the use of GPS is not mandatory for aircrafts globally at present.

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Dubai Desert Safari - A fascinating glimpse into Bedouin life

by amit.uniyal 28. March 2014 09:31

The very idea of a safari conjures image of romanticism – of travel into mountains and jungles.  But, visiting a desert has its own thrills. This vast barren area of sand and sand dunes will mesmerize you endlessly. Just head for a desert safari to Dubai, and you are destined for an experience of a lifetime.

Before going on a desert safari, it would be good to seek a little knowledge about the desert and its topography. It will enhance your knowledge and make your safari quite enjoyable. Most of the people don’t really know much about the desert. The only brief knowledge that one has through geography books is that desert is a vast sea of barren land, with high temperatures and almost zero humidity. But, there is much more than this. The life in the desert and the scenery has some peculiar characteristics. The desert is widely known to support bare human existence and other life forms. Its topography is mostly comprises of rocky surfaces, sand and sand dunes. The vegetation here is sparse. Though, at some places oasis are found as well. The lifestyle of desert people is hard, but nevertheless provides a fascinating insight and develops keen interest in others, who have never seen a desert or just might be visiting for the first time.

If you are heading for a desert safari, Dubai is the place to visit. In earlier times, the people enjoyed safaris on camels. But times have drastically changed now. These days, the safari is conducted in a modern way with the advent of technology and machine on the scene. The desert safari in Dubai is conducted on a four-wheeled sturdy vehicle. The Toyota land cruiser is commonly used here for the safari. The vehicle is spacious and ensures that you don’t have to confront the desert heat with good air conditioning.  

There are many tour operators in Dubai who conduct a desert safari. You will be required to contact a tour operator and book a safari. The desert safari is usually conducted in a group of 6 and all are supposed to be traveling together. After you have booked your safari, the tour operator will pick you up from your place of residence early in the morning. All the six passengers gather at a point from where the fleet sets off for the desert journey. Vehicles are barred from going out alone as this might prove to be hazardous and may cost the person’s life.

The desert safari is quite a thrilling experience. The safari drives in to the desert going past through various sand dunes and finally converging on a camel farm. The visitors are then offered a short camel ride. They also get a glimpse into desert life and learn first-hand the way in which camels are bred. After a brief stay here, the visitors on the safari and brought to a Bedouin camp. It’s a wonderful experience out here. Here you are offered insight into the Bedouin life and how the nomads used to live in ancient times in the desert. The Bedouin camp is in fact located near an oasis, where you will be mesmerized with its romantic environs and cool waters. The visitors are treated to sumptuous barbecue dinner and entertained with belly dance by Lebanese girls. The duration of a desert safari usually varies from 5 to 6 hours. The Dubai desert safari is an enthralling experience indeed!

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A visit to world’s largest underwater sculpture museum in Cancun

by amit.uniyal 27. March 2014 10:11

There are many museums in the world devoted to all types of subjects, but some of them are quite unique and intriguing. One such museum is Cancun Underwater Museum. It is the biggest underwater sculpture museum built so far in the world. To explore this museum you need to wear snorkel gear and dive under the ocean.

The work on this unique underwater sculpture museum started with the initiative of Aquaworld. The primary aim of this museum was to protect marine environment and help varieties of marine life flourish in the sea.

The underwater museum took shape after keen interest shown by Dr. Jaime Gonzalez Cano. He is the Director of National Park Costa Occidental Isla Mujeres, Punta Nizuc and Punta Cancun. The idea to establish the museum came after Dr. Cano browsed the cyberspace for themes and finally saw the study of a British underwater artist Jason DeCaires Taylor. President of the Nautical Association, Roberto Diaz, who is also a sculptor and ceramic artist, also joined Dr. Cano and Taylor, to begin work on this project in Cancun.

The underwater museum project started in November 2009 and 100 sculptures were placed in the first phase in Cancún National Marine Park’s shallow waters.  

British sculptor and ceramic artist Jason DeCaires Taylor came to Cancun especially for the project and put in 2 years of dedicated effort to finally create 403 full-size sculptures. Neutral clay was used to make these concrete sculptures, which were placed on ocean beds with the specific aim of promoting marine life and help coral reef to flourish.

The ‘Garden of Hope’, ‘Man on Fire’, and ‘Dream Collector’ were the first to be submerged in the museum. All these three figures depicted their own messages. Finally, a total of 400 sculptures were submersed in October 2010, and thus created the ‘Silent Evolution’. The life sized sculptures were based on people, local children from Cancun, a British newsman and a mother-to-be.

The Cancun Underwater Museum presently comprises of several ‘rooms’. Room One, which is situated on Manchones reef, is home to some prominent sculptures such as ‘The Silent Evolution’, ‘Archive of Lost Dreams’, ‘Man on Fire’, and ‘The Anthropocene’. The location of Room Two is on Punta Nizuc. Here various sculptures like ‘Accountability’, ‘The Gardner of Hope’, ‘La Musa del Oceano’, ‘Void’, ‘Inheritance’, and ‘Inertia’ are found.

The museum is also attracting a large number of local artists who are also making significant contributions here. The Cancun Underwater Museum has succeeded in creating a global curosity and attracting scores of tourists to Cancun. The museum has also been prominently featured by Discovery Channel in its popular program ‘Megastructures’. Even a renowned publication like National Geographic has also published about the museum.

The visitors desirous of visiting the Cancun Underwater Museum are offered dive trips regularly by Aquaworld. This is being provided to both beginner as well as certified divers. Additionally, snorkeling expeditions are also offered for visiting the Punta Nizuc sculptures.

The Cancun Underwater Museum has started fulfilling its objectives and purpose for it was essentially established. The Angel Fish has started to return to the area it had previously left for unknown reasons. The return of this species of fish is fascinating indeed. The underwater museum surely makes an interesting visit.

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