Experience the indescribable feeling of cruising the ocean at the Hamburg Cruise Days! From 1 to 3 August 2014, six gargantuan cruise ships will be anchored in the Hanseatic city of Hamburg, bringing a magical maritime atmosphere to the city. …
By offering free travel days, Eurail aims to maximize its customer’s travel experience with the possibility of discovering even more of Europe by train. The number of extra travel days depends on the type of pass: the campaign offers …
The Viking Festival sees the idyllic spa resort of Norddeich on Germany’s North Sea coast transformed into a huge encampment inhabited by more than 100 Vikings and Frisians. The event, which runs from 7 to 10 August 2014, takes you …
A new survey by Small Luxury Hotels of the World ™ (SLH) completed by over 13,000 SLH customers worldwide reveals new trends within the luxury market. Italy has been identified as the most luxurious holiday destination, Chanel as the most …
There are great concerns that the deadly virus Ebola may have risks of spreading across the world through air travel. Ebola has taken a lethal turn since its outbreak in Guinea in March. The virus rapidly reached Liberia, Sierra Leone …
Experience the indescribable feeling of cruising the ocean at the Hamburg Cruise Days! From 1 to 3 August 2014, six gargantuan cruise ships will be anchored in the Hanseatic city of Hamburg, bringing a magical maritime atmosphere to the city.
The breathtaking Blue Port illuminations are a work of art, bathing the port and the cruise ships in a mesmerising blue glow.
There is plenty to discover on land as well.
The various themed islands – maritime markets, shopping, sport and relaxation to name but a few – are fun to stroll around and offer something for everyone.
The number of extra travel days depends on the type of pass: the campaign offers one extra travel day for the 4-Country Select Pass, two extra travel days for the 15-day Global Pass Continuous, three extra travel days for the 21-day Global Pass Continuous and five extra travel days for the one month Global Pass Continuous. This special offer is applicable to all product variations for both first and second class.
As passes are available within a six month pre-booking period, Eurail customers can profit from this promotion until April 2015.
Thus, they can further benefit from the many advantages that are synonymous with off-peak traveling.
“The advantages of shorter lines in tourism sites and lower prices are obvious”, states Silvia Görlach, Marketing Manager of the Eurail Group G.I.E., “As visiting Europe once the large crowds have left, is a completely different experience, in which tourists have the chance
to discover Europe, its culture and inhabitants in a more authentic and relaxed environment.
Eurail’s Extra Days promotion runs alongside Eurail’s “Free Roaming” promotion, launched on July 7, offering the first 2,500 Eurail Select and Global Pass customers who register their pass purchase on www.eurail-roaming.com a Eurail Free Roaming SIM Card with a pre-paid credit of 18 Euros.
Eurail Passes are available from a worldwide network of Authorized General Sales Agents.
Established in 2001, the Eurail Group G.I.E. is responsible for the marketing and management of the InterRail and Eurail Passes that provide unlimited rail travel across Europe.
The organization is based in Utrecht (Netherlands) and is wholly owned by thirty railways and shipping companies.
In addition, the Group has many benefit partners, including hotels, transport companies and museums, which offer
their services either at a reduced rate or free of charge to rail pass holders.
The event, which runs from 7 to 10 August 2014, takes you on a journey back to the 9th century.
You can experience the battle of Nordendi first hand or see for yourself how chain mail is forged.
Nordic music playing and mead flowing in the Viking ship tavern make for a relaxed medieval atmosphere.
Thrilling stories told by torchlight are sure to entrance even the youngest of festival-goers.
A new survey by Small Luxury Hotels of the World ™ (SLH) completed by over 13,000 SLH customers worldwide reveals new trends within the luxury market. Italy has been identified as the most luxurious holiday destination, Chanel as the most popular luxury brand and free Wi-Fi was favoured over free breakfast in the majority of core markets.
The survey carried out in May and June 2014 reveals significant trends in the luxury sector highlighting luxury travel habits, identifying favourite luxury brands and delving deeper into the demands of luxury travel with pets.
For the second year running, French brands topped the list of favourite luxury brands with Chanel identified as the number one luxury brand overall followed by Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ and Hermés. Other top brands included Prada, Louis Vuitton and Gucci.
Luxury travel preferences
When asked to specify their favourite luxury holiday destination, Italy and destinations within Italy reigned overall chosen by 13% of all respondents. France and destinations within France followed, representing 11.1%, with the Maldives taking third place, selected by 8%.
Australia, Latin America and the USA all opted for Paris as their favourite luxury holiday destination making it the stand-out ‘luxury’ city whereas China, Germany and the UK preferred the Maldives as their number one holiday destination.
In-room hotel accessories and the mini-bar
When picking their favourite in-room accessory, the majority of respondents (58%) opted for a Nespresso/ coffee machine, followed by an I-pod docking system (22.8%). In the minibar, the favourite brand overall was Coca-Cola which featured heavily across most core markets with the exception of the UK, Russia and Australia. UK respondents opted for Bombay Sapphire as their favourite mini bar brand, Russian respondents for Evian whilst the Australians opted for Moët & Chandon.
Looking at the consumption of mini bar products, wine, beer and champagne were the top choice across all markets (33.5%) with the exception of Germany. The largest percentage of German respondents (38.7%) opted for soft drinks over spirits, snacks, and wine, beer and champagne.
Favoured hotel services and attributes
When picking one hotel attribute over another, most markets opted for a Michelin star restaurant over a roof top bar (51.5% vs 48.5%) with the exception of Germany and Russia (with 66.9% and 60% respectively opting for a roof top bar). Across all markets, a knowledgeable hotel guide (or concierge) was selected over in-room destination guides (71.3% vs 28.7%) and adult-only hotels were preferred over child friendly hotels (77.4% vs 22.6%). When booking a hotel, the majority of respondents preferred free Wi-fi access over complimentary breakfast (53.1% vs 46.9%) with the exception of the UK and German respondents who preferred free breakfast over free Wi-fi (55.4% and 58.4% respectively).
When picking a luxury hotel, the most important characteristic was ‘character/charm’ selected by 59.6% of all respondents, followed by ‘five star facilities’ (28%). Respondents from China and Hong Kong however opted for ‘personal experiences’ as their second most important attribute whilst Russian and German respondents chose ‘privacy/intimacy.
Travelling with pets
Finally when looking at luxury travel with pets, 7.3% of those surveyed said that they would travel with their pet whenever possible. 15.1 % said that they would be willing to pay extra for their pets to be pampered, with the top pet pampering items identified by respondents included luxury bedding and food (14.1% vs 11.2%) and pet grooming (7.9%).
When asked what luxuries their pet might enjoy at a luxury hotel, the responses were varied with one Chinese dog lover suggesting ‘pata negra ham and caviar’.
About Small Luxury Hotels of the World™
Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) is a brand of luxury, independent hotels offering an infinite variety of memorable experiences. Carefully selected for their style and sophistication, Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ has more than 520 hotels in over 70 countries.
The hotels are diverse, from spas, country houses, golf resorts, island retreats, city sanctuaries, to game and wilderness lodges. Focusing on individual experiences, SLH hotels offer charm, character and individuality with knowledgeable and friendly staff.
Paul Kerr, CEO of Small Luxury Hotels of the World concludes, ““today’s in-room Nespresso machine will possibly be tomorrow’s trouser press. Luxury demands are always changing and we are in a perfect position to respond to the demands of our customers worldwide. This annual survey offers valuable insight into the varying demands in markets across the world.”
Ebola has taken a lethal turn since its outbreak in Guinea in March. The virus rapidly reached Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Alarms were raised when it was known that a man carrying the virus had taken an internal flight.
The risk of the spread of this communicable disease became a possibility.
In planes, feel experts the ventilation goes from ground to the ceiling. The air is filtered for bacteria and virus before it is recalculated. The germs are generally carried as far as two rows away but that too is least likely feel scientists. The possibility of catching the illness is quite slim about 3.5% in this condition.
John Edmunds, professor of infectious disease modelling at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine says it is hard to access the risk of in-flight transmission of rare and unstudied diseases like Ebola.
However unlike other viruses Ebola may a be a bit difficult to catch as it is transmitted by contact with bodily fluids like saliva, vomit, or blood, which begins to secrete out of every orifice. Patrick Sawyer, US citizen was detected with these symptoms as he died from the virus last week. He showed symptoms of this disease in his flight from Liberia to Nigeria. The Airline staff should be more aware of the dangers and should place anyone suspected of having the disease in quarantine.
A basic hygiene measure and health check before boarding even internal flights can eliminate the dangers of the spread of Ebola. A person at the initial stage of the disease may not know that he has Ebola and may board his flight with light fever. With a bit of vigilance from the airport authorities such risks can be prevented.
Ebola has an incubation period of up to 21 days. Carriers could arrive in a country weeks before symptoms develop and spread the disease in their known circles.
The World Health Organisation is not recommending screening passengers in the airports; thermal scanners are used to detect fever. Travel restrictions may not take place immediately. But this is perhaps the best way to minimise any potential risk. Scientists feel that it is unlikely that Ebola will spread into the modern world to cause an epidemic.