Elements of a Strong Corporate Travel Program

In order to make the most of your corporate travel budget, it is critical to plan for leveraging your program for all it is worth. Telling travelers to select the lowest logical airfare is just not enough. Here are the elements that should be considered when planning or evaluating your travel program.

1. Travel policy

A well written and disseminated travel policy is the foundation of any good travel program, and I am consistently amazed that so many corporations have such an outdated and poorly conceived travel policy, if they have one at all. It is not difficult to find a well written policy. One can be found online quite easily. All that remains is that it is edited to reflect corporate culture, and disseminated within the company so that everyone understands and agrees to follow it. For this reason, it is a good idea to have everyone sign a copy of the travel policy to ensure that it is read, understood and owned by all company staff. I suggest that everyone in the company signs a copy of the travel policy, whether they travel or not. They may change positions in the company later and be required to travel. A travel policy need not be long or complex. Some of the best travel policies I have ever seen were only a few pages long.

2. Centralized travel internally and externally

Many companies do not centralize their travel program, and they pay a price in terms of a loss of expense reduction opportunities and internal efficiencies. Many companies that do not centralize travel have a fear of requiring travelers to do something they may not want to do, along with the idea that centralizing travel will require hiring a Travel Manager. Both of these may be legitimate concerns but they do not have to be in most cases. By requiring travelers to book centrally, you are not necessarily causing them to lose flexibility. You can centralize travel while still allowing travelers to book on their own, either with a travel agency of your choice, or online through a provider that you have partnered with and have confidence in. By assigning someone with the responsibility of overseeing travel, you are getting a single point of contact both internally and externally for travel issues. If your company spends less than $1 million in air travel, you probably do not need a full time travel manager. In these cases, travel oversight can be given to the finance department, human resources, or even an executive level assistant. Here is a look at the advantages to be gained by centralizing travel.

When you centralize travel with a single agency, you gain in a number of important ways. You will have a single point of contact for problems while travelers are on the road, and you will have one entity to go to for all your travel needs. This eliminates the problem of consolidating a travel report from among several sources. By bringing travel together, you will gain significantly from economies of scale. If you can measure total travel among various divisions or locations, you can get more for your money from travel suppliers. This will allow you to gain more from airline soft dollar programs, which means more free tickets and upgrades, get a higher percentage discount from our preferred airline, and get better negotiated rates from your hotel and car contracts. Your fulfillment costs will decrease as well, as your travel agency will often discount their fees for a higher overall volume of travel.

3. Mix of online booking and personal service

This is an addendum to the previous element, which calls for centralizing travel with one travel agency. This is important, but in doing so, you need not require travelers to use an online booking system, and you need not require travelers to call the agency directly. By offering travelers the option of doing either, you are accomplishing several goals. You will reduce your fulfillment costs, as online booking is cheaper in terms of a service fee. By giving travelers the option, you are giving them a sense of control, thereby increasing morale and standing a better chance of a high adoption rate. Thirdly, you leave open a best practice of using your online booking engine for less complex itineraries, and allowing senior executives, frequent travelers, and complex itineraries to be booked directly with a travel agent that can offer a higher level of service and a better overall travel experience where it is most warranted.

4. Look under every stone

While the bulk of most travel programs revolve around the air budget, there are several other areas one can investigate to find savings opportunities. There are a couple of more obvious areas to look, such as negotiated hotel rates at your favorite hotels, or car rental discounts with a favored supplier. Often your travel agency will already have discounted rates through consortia affiliations and agency car contracts. There are also some less common areas that should be investigated. For example, if ground transportation is a concern, most suppliers will offer discounted rates and a direct billing option. Direct billing arrangements with hotels and car rental agencies are also a great way to increase efficiencies and make the job of the accounting department easier.

5. Leverage hard dollar and soft dollar contracts

Most major airlines today offer hard dollar discounts as well as soft dollar incentives in exchange for company loyalty to their product. If your travel program is over $1 million in air spend, you can secure a discount off of the lowest fares of your carrier of choice in return for a market share commitment. For your secondary carriers, or if your volume is less than the minimum required by the airline, you can enter in to soft dollar programs for free tickets and free upgrades, as well as traveler status enhancements or airport club passes. These programs require little in the way of volume, but they are not well publicized so you may need to hunt for them or ask Baker Travel or your current agency to point you in the right direction.

6. Do not neglect hotel volume

Hotel volume is sometimes overlooked but it should not be. Negotiated rates can be had through your travel agency or directly with the hotel properties of your choice. Individual hotels near corporate locations will negotiate discounted rates for you in exchange for a minimum room/night commitment. By utilizing a travel agency, you are likely to receive discounts of 5% to 50% on thousands of hotels worldwide.

7. Have at least one car rental contract

Rental car contracts are easy to enter into and require little in the way of commitment from the corporation. Choose a partner that has airport locations and a reputation for excellent customer service. You can save 5-10% very easily and can also negotiate frequent renter membership for all your employees. This will make them more efficient and enhance morale. You can also enter in to direct billing agreements at the same time that can make the jobs of your travelers and accounting staff much less stressful.

8. Understand group and meeting contracts

Airlines and hotels will discount your fares and rates when you have groups traveling together or meeting at a single destination from multiple points of origin. These meeting contracts can bring you airfare discounts of 2-10%, and if you have enough travelers on a single airline, you may be able to negotiate for free tickets to be awarded at contract completion. The minimum requirement is usually 10 travelers going to the same place at the same time. Some airlines have higher minimums so be sure to ask before a contract is generated. Hotels will discount their rates in a similar way with a minimum of 10 room nights. These discounts can range from 10% to a much higher discount depending upon occupancy rate and seasonal variances.

9. Use reporting to consistently improve metrics

Well managed travel programs require constant monitoring and financial controls to be properly leveraged. Insist on timely and customized reports that can be designed to bring you the information you need most. By receiving regular reporting on traveler behavior and provider contract performance, you will be in a better position to fulfill contract obligations, achieve cost reduction objectives and see where opportunities for future savings may lie.

10. Use all avenues to enhance traveler comfort and efficiency

Lastly, any well managed travel program will take in to account the comfort and productivity of their travelers. When travelers are comfortable, they can focus on their main priorities that help propel your business forward. If travelers are happy, they perform at a higher level. Ask if your travel agency can upgrade traveler status on a preferred airline. Look in to purchasing blocks of airport club passes so they can be used strategically during long and complex itineraries. There are many ways to reward travelers for the difficult and often grueling chore of travel. These kinds of rewards generate feelings of loyalty and increased productivity and efficiency.

If you would like to learn more about how your company can better leverage their travel program to benefit your bottom line and the satisfaction of your executive level, feel free to contact me. I am delighted to point you in the right direction.

Source by Stephen N Baker

The Boeing 747: The End of an Era

The Boeing 747, often referred to as the "Jumbo Jet," was a remarkable commercial jetliner for its time. The world's first ever wide-body airplane produced, the so called "Queen of the Skies," boasted an upper deck, and a passenger capacity that remained unrivaled for decades.

The 747-100 first entered service in 1970 with, the now defunct, PanAm. The -200 model followed in 1971, featuring more powerful engines and a higher MTOW (Max Take-Off Weight). Boeing followed this up with the shortened 747SP (Special Performance), which featured a longer range, and entered service in 1976.

Boeing then launched the 300 model in 1980, which directed from studies to increase the capacity of the 747. The 300 featured fuselage plugs and a stretched upper deck. This variant, along with the -100, -200, and SP, were collectively referred to as the 747 "Classics." It was now time for a more significant upgrade.

The most common version, the 747-400, entered service in 1989. This variant featured, along with the stretched upper deck of the 300, more fuel-efficient engines, and was the first to feature a 2-crew glass cockpit, eliminating the requirement for a flight engineer, and is also the most common variant in service. The -400 has a longer wingspan than the classics and was fitted with winglets, which reduced drag, and is the most common aesthetic feature used to distinguish the variant from the -300.

The 747-400 dominated the long-haul market for years to come. It was operated by almost every major airline in the world, dominating every major international airport. It was not until the late 2000's that the 400-had to face competition, after the larger Airbus A380 entered service. Boeing eventually responded by launching a new larger, more fuel-efficient variant.

The third generation 747-8 was launched in 2009, with Lufthansa, and entered service in 2012. This variant boasted a composite fuselage, as featured on the 787, and more fuel-efficient engines. It also featured an increase in capacity, thanks to the stretched fuselage and upper deck. Sadly, it failed to capture the market and was unable to match, let alone surpass, the success of the -400.

The four-engine 747's time is coming to an end, with an increasing number of airlines retiring the type in favor of more efficient twin engine aircraft. The late passenger variant, -8, failed to attract as many sales as Boeing had enjoyed, having earned less than 50 orders from mainly 3 airlines, as the quad can no longer compete with the likes of the 777, 787, and Airbus A350.

This time the 747 enjoys a great reputation as one of the most successful airliners in history. As we see an increasing number of smaller, twin engine aircraft in its place, the industry will always remember the beauty and grace with which the Boeing 747 adorned our skies.

Source by Kaywan Nowrouzi

Yacht Charter in Ibiza Town – Sailing at the Party Hotspot

Ibiza Town, Egypt Eivissa, as it is called in the local language Catalan, is the island's largest town. The gorgeous and unique UNESCO world heritage site is brimming with interesting people, lovely bars as well as restaurants and exciting clubs to go to. Shopping is fun, the nightlife legendary and every summer many celebrities are coming here on holiday. There is a wide range of selected sailing yachts and power boats for rental.

How to get there when you are planning a bareboat charter in Ibiza Town?

One option to make your way here is to fly directly to the international airport that is located only 7 km from Ibiza Town. In summer especially it offers many connections to big European cities.

Ibiza town and San Antonio, the second largest city in Ibiza, also have a very good ferry connection from and to the neighboring islands, as well as to the port cities Barcelona, ​​Valencia and Denia on the Spanish mainland. To Valencia or Alicante it is 100 NM and to Barcelona 160 NM. The neighbor island Formentera is a mere 11 NM away and Mahon in Menorca, the second largest Balearic Island, about 140 NM.

Should you not find an available charter yacht in Ibiza, it is possible to fly to Mallorca and hire a charter yacht there. From Palma de Mallorca it is about 70 NM to Ibiza town.

Which marinas are there in and around Ibiza Town?

Very centrally located at the foot of the Old Town are the Club Nautico Ibiza and the Marina Ibiza Magna. From here you can walk directly into the huzzle and buzzle of Ibiza Town. The exclusive Ibiza Magna offers many services and has 85 moorings for yachts up to 60 meters in length. Here you find the swankiest superyachts moored up and may easily spot some celebrity on board.

Ibiza Yacht Club, or Club Nautico Ibiza is the second oldest port on the Balearic Islands and features 300 berths for sailboats or motor yachts up to 18 m as well as many facilities. The non-profit club has a long tradition and offers many sailing courses.

In modern Marina Ibiza there are 539 moorings, most of them for yachts up to 60 m. Yet it can also host mega yachts of up to 100 m length. Here you find a boulevard with shops, restaurants and beautifully landscaped green spaces. More facilities include fuel supplies and 24 hour guarded parking. It is situated on the northern shore of the port of Ibiza and it is a 20-minute walk to the center of the Old Town. The flair is very exclusive and in the immediate vicinity you find a lot of luxurious clubs and restaurants, ie the famous "Cipriani".

The trendy and popular Marina Botafoch lies just adjacent to the Marina Ibiza and has 428 berths for boats up to 30 m length. There is a variety of services and shops as well as many restaurants and bars. Very useful is the ferry service that goes directly from Marina Botafoch to the harbor promenade in the Old Town. Here, as well as in all other marinas in Ibiza it is essential to book ahead as there is such high demand for moorings in summer.

The Marina Santa Eulalia on the east coast, 15 km from Ibiza Town, has 755 moorings for boats from 6 -22 m length. There are many services available like travel lift, crane, gas station and 24-hour security. Other features include a shopping center, restaurants, cafés and nautical shops. Club Nautico San Antonio, on the west coast, 19 km from Ibiza town, offers another 578 berths for ships up to 50 m. It is newly renovated and has a lot of innovative services. And Puerto de San Antonio has 245 for boats no longer than 30 m. This popular fishing, marine and commercial port contains a gas station as well as many repair services.

What is there to do in Ibiza Town apart from sailing?

There is absolutely no shortage of fun things to do here. What many people don't know is that even in winter there is an abundance of festivals, or fiestas as they are called in Spain. On January 6th, Three Kings Day, there are big processes everywhere. Then there is San Antonio, a huge Flower Power party, that normally takes place on the first Saturday following the Three Kings Day. There are many more fiesta days in January and it is a much more quiet time to visit the island. The daytime temperatures are around 17 degrees on average but rarely fall below zero. You could take the opportunity to visit the beaches or the sights with hardly any tourists around.

If you come here in summer for a bareboat charter in Ibiza, you can easily combine sailing with sightseeing. The Old Town, or `Dalt Vila` is a mesmerizing labyrinth of cobblestone lanes, quaint as well as neatly houses and a myriad of charming restaurants and bars. There are some highly exclusive eateries. Here you can sit and do some people watching – there is no better place in the world for it. Or you could visit the stunning Castle of Ibiza as well as the Catedral de Santa Maria and there are many galleries and museums to choose from. In addition, you can find a lot of quirky boutiques that make shopping here very colorful and interesting.

The nightlife in Ibiza Town is more vibrant than in any other place in the world. Many famous DJs have residencies here and clubs like Pacha, Space, Amnesia or Ushuaia have hosted the world's most renamed DJs. And in the daytime there are some very stylish beach clubs like Nassau Beach Club or Nikki Beach where you can sunbathe, swim, wine and dine. The Lio Beach Club features an amazing Cabaret Show and you can head to the famous Café del Mar, where chill-out music was taken to another level.

Water sports facilities are never-ending: Go scuba diving, snorkeling, parasailing, take a jet ski, or go kayaking. The Aguamar Water Park near Ibiza Town is an attraction for families and the Parque Nacional de Ses Salines offers impressive landscape and it is great to take children sunbathing as there is a very safe swimming pool.

What possible day charter trips are there from Eivissa?

Ibiza is perfect for beach hopping – on a party boat or a normal sailboat.

The western coast – the leeward coast – has many smaller islands and beautiful coves with beach bars and facilities to anchor. The island Es Vedra with its characteristic pyramid shape is clearly popular. Then there is lovely Cala Jondal with the Blue Marlin and other highly frequented beach clubs.

Cala Compte, a beautiful beach on the western coast, is said to be best to watch the sunset. Also recommended are Cala Bassa and Playa Cala Salada near San Antonio. Sa Caleta, an ancient Phoenician settlement together with the natural park of Ses Salines was declared World Heritage Site in 1999.

Ses Salines, the long sandy and exclusive beach with colored buoys to anchor is also the most southern point of Ibiza and closest to Formentera. From here you can head to Espalmador, a privately owned island north of Formentera. It boasts naturally therapeutic mud springs and a white, unspoilt sandy beach with a pink edge due to an adjoining coral reef. It is a complete paradise and a protected World Heritage Site. Enjoy the view of the breathtaking scenery and lots of anchored superyachts in summer.

And on Illetas Beach in Formentera you can find some fine fish restaurants on the dazzling white sand, go shell seeking or play water sports in the aquamarine sea. This is the stuff dreams are made off!

Source by Felix Wolf

Nomex Flight Suits – For People Who Live Life on the Edge

Improved over the decades, thanks to the extraordinary technological advances, Nomex flight suits are the must-have apparel not only for pilots and airport police but also for extreme sports enthusiasts.

Skydiving, Paragliding and even parachute jumps range among the most popular adventure sports. And one can’t enjoy the thrill of gliding unless certain conditions are met. Enthusiasts know that keeping safe is essential, which is why sports lovers all over the world are now so fond of the highly protective and ultra-light Nomex flight suit.

The advantages of Nomex gear

Nomex is a material made of nylon fibers that has become indispensable for the manufacturing of safety equipments and flight gear. It was invented by the DuPont, American Chemical Company in 1960, and it started being manufactured in 1967.

Among its outstanding benefits for flight use we should mention:

– Excellent durability thanks to the presence of aromatic backbones;

– Resistance to fire;

– Ease of use and perfect fit – suits fit without the need to bind in parachute harnesses or seat belt;

– Protection against UV radiation;

– The ability to keep warm in the very cold atmosphere at high altitudes.

– Breathable material that prevents the body from overheating by allowing air to circulate.

Nomex overalls and flight suits are often made on special order, and it could take between 1 to 3 weeks to manufacture one. While most manufacturers have standard sizes in a variety of colors, the gear can be designed specifically to fit your measures.

The military generally use green and dust colors for camouflage, yet, variations of the military flight suits do exist from country to country.

Nomex suits are not a fashion statement!

Why choose Nomex gear for sky sports?

They are not fashionable, they are highly expensive, yet they keep you safe!

Body exposure to the cold air and UV radiation in the upper atmosphere is very hazardous. Flight suits create a protective barrier between the harsh outside environment and the wearer’s body.

Nomex flight suits make an excellent choice for lots of adventure sports enthusiasts like those who want to fly on hot air balloons, glide or skydive. The multiple pockets of Nomex suits allow for keeping lots of gear items handy for immediate use, and this practicality makes a difference when up in the air.

Nomex gear doesn’t make any fashion statement; it’s just simple, practical and safe. Wearing it for a Top Gun fantasy would be a problem!

Criticism of civilian use

Criticism has sometimes been formulated against the use of Nomex flight suits by civilians, because they are unworthy of the “uniform”. However, there are no restrictions or regulations that limit the use of protective gear to the military.

Besides sports adventurers, other categories of civilians wear flight suits without any problem: aircraft engineers, mechanics, non-military personnel flying in helicopters, pilots on civilian flights and so on.

Nomex flight suits are now manufactured in a variety of colors for non-military use. Skydiving, gliding or parachute jumps appeal to adrenaline lovers, but everybody should understand the importance of keeping safe even in extreme conditions.

Source by Alan Landry

Agra Hotels – Check-In to the Best Accommodation Available

Agra is one of the famous travel destinations in India. It is known for its magnificent historical monuments and architectural grandeur ventures. It has to offer various man made beauties to its visitors with 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites include. These are the Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort.

There are innumerable hotels in this city in different categories. The city has a booming hotel industry for being a popular tourist destination. Here, getting accommodation here is quite easy. Some of the 3 start hotels in Agra are listed below:

Hotel Pushp Villa

This is a 3 star hotel located very close to the Taj Mahal. The airport, railway station and bus stand is easily accessible from the hotel. The services and facilities offered by the hotel are impeccable. The interiors and exteriors of the hotel look stunning. There are 51 elegantly appointed rooms in the hotel that include Taj Suite Room as well. There is a multi-cuisine restaurant, a café and a bar in the restaurant. The hotel offers modern amenities and facilities to its guests. These include broadband facility, flower shop, massage parlor, satellite TV, travel desk facility, and mini bar.

Hotel Amar

The hotel is located to major shopping areas and tourist attractions of the city. This is an award-winning hotel for best performance in the 3 star category in the northern region. The hotel offers excellent leisure and business facilities for its guests. Its interiors, exteriors and services make it a blend of modern and traditional style. There are 66 well-appointed and spacious rooms in the hotel in different categories with all the facilities and amenities to lead a comfortable modern life. There is a multi-cuisine restaurant and bar in the hotel. The services and amenities in the hotel include a beauty salon, jacuzzi tub, outdoor swimming pool, business center and steam room.

Amar Yatri Nivas

This is one of the most popular Agra hotels in the 3 star category. It is the ideal abode for pleasure and leisure. You would get international standard service by paying an inexpensive amount in the hotel. Forty-one centrally air-conditioned rooms in different categories are available in the hotel equipped with beautiful interiors, modern amenities and facilities. These include business center, cable TV, medical facility, Internet connection, laundry, and travel desk service. A multi-cuisine restaurant is available in the hotel that services mouthwatering food.

The 3 star category hotels are the ideal place to stay in this city since they offer excellent services at affordable price.

Source by Sneha T

Flight Training for Recreational Aviation

There are two types of certificates available for the beginning pilot. These certificates., Called licenses, are the recreational pilot or the private pilot license. Although there are many similarities between the two, there are also some significant differences. The recreational pilot is generally restricted to a fifty mile radius of his home airport. He also may not fly at night, nor may he fly in air space requiring communication with air traffic control. The advantages of the recreational license are a shorter training time, thirty hours compared to forty for the private pilot, and this translates into a major cost savings. The major reason for the reduced training time is that instrument flying, and air traffic control communication training is left out. It is important to note that it is easy to upgrade from the recreational to the private pilot license, and usually involuntarily making up the deleted hours of training.

Both licenses have the following minimum requirements:

—- You must be 16 years of age in order to fly solo

—- You must be at least 17 to get the private pilot license

—- You must be able to read, speak, and understand English

—- You must have a minimum of a third class medical certificate

There are some other restrictions that need to be considered when selecting the recreational license. You may only fly during the day, and then in only good weather. You also may not fly over 10,000 feet, however, the FAA is usually understanding if you happen to have a 11,000 foot mountain in your path. You also are limited to single engine planes with less than 180 horsepower engines, and only up to four seats. Two of those seats are going to stay empty, as you are not allowed to have more than one passenger.

Although this seems to be fairly restrictive, it is not such a bad deal as far as training is concerned, and puts flying within the reach of just about anyone with a serious interest in learning to do it. Most areas are going to have a training school nearby. The training schools are going to also have aircraft of the required size available for training purposes or for rental after the certificate is earned. The schools will provide all the pilot supplies, and aircraft supplies that are needed as well.

Once the recreational pilot has completed his training, he will be able to take short flights from time to time. Flying like any other skill requires practice, and until the pilot has logged at least 400 hours of solo flying, it is required to make three take offs and three landings every ninety days in order to be allowed to take passengers.

Flying is an exhilarating activity, and it is not that far out of the reach of the average person. It is also a very dangerous activity, and the margin of error is not that high. The first and most important step to insure the safety of yourself, and those who may fly with you, is good training. Cost and the availability of good aviation supplies are an important consideration in selecting a flight training school, but a good reputation is even better. Make your choice as if your life depends on making the right one.

Source by Natalie Aranda

Las Vegas Tourism Information Revealed

To the city and people of Las Vegas tourism is everything. Since its discovery as a small oasis of greenery amidst the harsh, sun-baked Mojave Desert, Las Vegas has grown into one of the most popular destinations for visitors.

In 2008 alone, more than 37 million tourists visited Las Vegas. Gambling, fine dining, world-class resorts and entertainment of all sorts continue to pull in large numbers of vacationers, not just from across the United States, but from around the globe.

According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, gambling bought in revenues of over six billion dollars in 2008. Slot machines are everywhere. Not only will you find them numbering in the thousands in each of the major hotel casinos, but some places as well. We discovered slots in small restaurants, inside the tiny terminal used to fly visitors over the Grand Canyon, as well as at the main airport – McCarran International. All the large casinos also offer keno, poker, roulette, blackjack and more as standard fare.

But it's not just consumers who flock to Las Vegas every year. Las Vegas is also one of the most popular locations for business gatherings of all types and sizes. Conventions are huge here. In 2008 alone, 22,454 conventions and trade shows were held in this city, collectively bringing in more than 6 million delegates and keeping the hotels, restaurants and other attractions teeming with traffic and activity.

Although the national average for hotel occupancy is around 60%, in Vegas the average occupancy rate jumps to almost 90%. It's no wonder that Vegas continues expand with new resorts and attractions being added on a regular basis.

Most vacation visits to Las Vegas are short and sweet 3 or 4 night packages. But with Vegas being such a 24-hour hotbed of non-stop entertainment with plenty to see and do, that's all most people need to get their Vegas fix.

Source by Kylie Crosby

Toronto Travel Guide For Tourists

Toronto is the densely populated city of Canada and the heart of action in Canada. Toronto is one of the cities that are home to a number of cultures and traditions. Not only is it diverse in the account of ethnicity but also caters to a good deal of people who were not even born inside Canada.

Getting in and Around Toronto
If airplane is your preferred mode of traveling then you can very well choose to land on Toronto Pearson International Airport. Toronto City Center Airport and Hamilton International Airport are also good alternatives for plane travelers. Bus and train are also two very convenient and practical means of approaching Toronto in terms of financial costs. Inside city, you can opt for GO Transit system which is primarily based on amalgamating regional trains and bus services. If you find it more appropriate to travel in sub-ways, that choice is also applicable in Toronto.

Mostly, Toronto climate is made distinct by its typically chilly and icy cold winters. However, the extreme temperatures experienced in other parts of Canada are quite few and far between. Majority of Canada has to experience some winters but this is not the case for Toronto. After this, do not assume that winters will be anywhere near warm; they are moderately cold for the most part.

Toronto is the residence of people of all races and cultures; since everyone has their own way of enjoying their nights. Pubs, Bars, or clubs, nothing is short of entertainment in Toronto. Whether you love partying all night or sleeping peacefully, Toronto caters to all individual needs of the different individuals who visit it or stay here.

Colorful Activities to Indulge in
There is no dearth of parks, theme parks, museums, art galleries or even theaters in Toronto. Go and pay a visit to them, have fun walking hand in hand with your spouse, see your children riding in the amusement parks, or share a laugh with your family while observing comedy plays. Beaches along the Ontario Lake are also beautiful. If you love beaches and beach sport activities then be sure to indulge in them and make the most of your trip.

Being as ethnically diverse as Toronto is, it offers the most reliable and delicious options in terms of cultural meals. Since there are multitudinous options to eat out in Toronto, you can eat heartily for a small amount of money. Toronto caters to people with diversity range of tastes, in matters of food, music and party style. Here, options are endless, and so are the opportunities.

There is a plethora of accommodation options in Toronto. Hotels, motels and hostels, all are available on all sorts of budgets. There is an abundance of hostels and hotels outside the downtown area. The price range can somehow be reasonable or too expensive depending upon your own preference. Rooms can have a price of up to $ 150 or more subject to your own specifications, needs and requirements. A single bed can cost around $ 20- $ 40, and the most reasonable option ie motel can easily have a tariff within a range of $ 60- $ 80.

Source by Muhammad Suhail

Could Dreamliner be the Future of Flight!

In a year or two there will be non-stop flights to destinations of over eight thousand miles from Scottish airports without the aircraft having a weight penalty when the new Boeing Dreamliner 787-8 comes into service.

The fantastic Boeing Dreamliner aircraft can make a 20% fuel saving and a 60% decrease in noise compared to similar aircraft. This aircraft will set the standard for the future of aviation.

Now Airbus has taken note and had to rethink the design of their Airbus 350 which has not even been built. Most of the niggles folk have when taking long haul flights are being ironed out, The majority of aircraft are pressurized to 8,000 feet but the Dreamliner has a cabin pressure set at 6,000 feet. This should help prevent jetlag.

Overhead compartments will be larger around and toilets will allow wheelchair access. The windows on this aircraft will also be larger with a tinting mechanism installed to replace the older shades.

They will be an new all wireless inflight entertainment system and small LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting which will simulate day or night light conditions in the cabin.
The Dreamliner is also 12 "wider than the other similar aircraft which should give more room in the aisles.

The Dreamliner also has a cargo hold that can take five pallets and five LD3 containers an obviously the passengers bags.

Around 350 of these aircraft have been ordered and I am sure that more will be ordered when people have actually flown in one and the reviews start pouring out.

Source by David Mackenzie

Three Top Hotels in London for Business Travel

London is a popular city for business travel, with several major airports with easy reach of the city, including Heathrow and Gatwick Airport. Taxi and shuttle services from either of these airports provide an easy and very convenient way to get into the city.

If you're entertaining clients in London and need an excellent, high quality business hotel for their accommodation, you'll need to consider location, size and facilities. Here are three top hotels in London suitable for business travelers.

The Lanesborough

The Lanesborough is a luxury hotel located in Knightsbridge, which is a very prestigious area in the city. With 93 ensuite rooms, the hotel is a good size to accommodate larger groups. Designed with a refined and sophisticated edge, rooms have all the mod cons you would expect. Free Wi-Fi and laptops are offered in every room, and there's even a free butler service. A top class restaurant, fitness center and spa complete the facilities provided here, making it an ideal venue to cater to business travelers.

Langham Hotel London

With 380 rooms, the Langham could be described as a large, typically British establishment – exuding class without being pretentious. It has 15 meeting rooms and there are facilities to help if you need assistance planning an event. With its fitness center, pool, and even free champagne cocktails, business guests will be impressed with this choice. It is also perfectly located for your clients or guests to indulge in some West End shopping.

Royal Garden Hotel

This lively and attractive hotel has almost 400 rooms. Located in the borough of Kensington, the hotel fits in perfectly with vibrant environment. Rooms are contemporary and stylish, fitted with TVs, iPod docks, kettles and minibar. Guests can make use of the fitness suite, the spa and two excellent onsite restaurants. There are several meeting rooms for seminars or conferences as well.

How to Get There

London is a well-served city for business travelers. Most visitors arrive by Eurostar right into the center of London Kings Cross, or on a domestic or international flight to Heathrow or Gatwick Airport. Taxi or shuttle transport can be prebooked online and at Shuttle Direct we provide a reliable service that guarantees to get your clients to their accommodation in a stress-free, timely and efficient manner.

A Heathrow or Gatwick Airport taxi or shuttle can be booked on a private or shared basis, to make travel to your final destination even more seamless.

Source by Lukas Johannes