Survey Provides Insights Into Travelers’ Needs


While everyone knows that there’s no such thing as a “free lunch,” travelers do like to look for a free breakfast and will often select a hotel that offers one.

That’s just one finding from a recent survey-conducted by Harris Interactive and commissioned by Best Western International. The survey findings offer some insight into what travelers of all ages look for when booking a hotel and what customer service means to them.

Here are some key highlights:

The top three considerations travelers indicated when choosing a hotel were price (78 percent), convenient location (64 percent) and free breakfast (49 percent).

Interestingly, travelers 55+ are more likely to choose a hotel based on convenience of location (70 percent) than younger travelers between the ages of 18 and 34 (56 percent), who don’t feel location is as important when booking a hotel.

On the other hand, younger travelers between the ages of 18 and 44 tend to book hotels that offer fitness centers and pools (45 percent).

Travelers of all ages agree that room service or a restaurant on-site is important when choosing a hotel (18-34: 31 percent and 55+: 31 percent).

Regarding customer service provided by hotels, U.S. adults who stay in hotels say that free parking (75 percent), the concept of feeling “at home” when they’re a guest (67 percent) and having a strong knowledge about the local area-and thus being able to share valuable tips and highlights (63 percent)-score highest when it comes to excelling at “customer care.”

Other top responses include offering free essential toiletries (beyond shampoo and soap) when they’re forgotten (63 percent), providing a free airport shuttle (54 percent), providing a free local newspaper or USA Today (51 percent), offering free products in the room (such as coffee, mouthwash or lotion) (35 percent) and providing a free bottle of water in the room at check-in (35 percent).

“For more than 60 years, Best Western has provided travelers with convenient locations and a range of amenities including breakfast and free high-speed Internet,” said Best Western’s Ric Leutwyler. “Guests who see the Best Western sign know that they can expect the same high level of customer care, comfort, service and value anywhere they go around the world.”

A Guide To Hotel Linen Sizes


Hotel quality bed linen, duvets and towels are a cut above the rest and thats why hotel rooms always have that sumptuous, luxurious feel. However, how do we know what the industry standards are to make your hotel room so comfortable?

Bed Linen:
Bed linen in hotel rooms has a lovely, luxurious feel and this is often down to the thread count of the linen itself. The higher the count of the threads in the item, the softer and more comfortable the bedding seems to be. The thread count is the number of fibres horizontally and vertically inside a square inch of the material and the higher this is, the better the quality. Hotel bed linen has a thread count of around 300-400 threads.

This then fits over the beds in the room, of which there are a number of different sizes. The exact measurements may differ slightly from one manufacturer to another.

UK Bed Measurements:

Single: Fitted Sheet – 90 x 190cm; Flat Sheet – 180 x 265cm; Duvet Cover – 137 x 203cm

Double: Fitted Sheet – 141 x 196cm; Flat Sheet – 230 x 275cm; Duvet Cover – 198 x 203cm

King size: Fitted Sheet – 152 x 200cm; Flat Sheet – 275 x 280cm; Duvet Cover – 244 x 234cm

Super king size: Fitted Sheet – 183 x 200cm; Flat Sheet – 305 x 305cm; Duvet Cover – 270 x 234cm

Towels are also subject to specific requirements for hotels and the width of the cotton towel or its weight is usually measured in GSM, this is grams per square inch. Low quality towels can have a GSM of 200. However, towels in hotels generally have a GSM of at least 600 and up to 800. This ensures they are more absorbent and also softer as there is more cotton to absorb the liquid.

Bath towels in hotels usually come in four different sizes. Again, exact measurements may vary.

Types of Towels and Their Sizes:

Large towel – 100 x 178cm

Medium size bath towels – 70 x 137cm

Small size hand towels – 50 x 100cm

Smallest size towels – 33 x 33cm

The duvet in hotel rooms is usually made from quality natural materials. The tog is how the duvets insulation is measured, and doesnt signify the thickness of the duvet as many people think. This is because different fillings may have the same tog, but differ in thickness.

Togs generally come in six sizes 4, 7.5, 10, 10.5, 12 and 13.5.

Typically, a 4 tog duvet is used for the warmer summer months, whereas the 10.5 tog and 13.5 tog are used for winter months.

So, now you understand the different sizes, thicknesses and materials used by hotels you can buy all your linen, towels and duvets with confidence.

Hostile Takeover At Popular Luxury Hotel For Beach Miami Holidays


One of the most sought after Miami hotels- the Setai South Beach has recently undergone an unusual management shake-up. The hotel, owned by Setai Owners LLC (a unit of Lehman Brothers) was managed by Singapore based firm General Hotel Management (GHM) until a hostile takeover on 31st March 2012 which saw GMH replaced by Trevi Luxury Hospitality Group a firm which specialises in luxury hotels and resorts.

GMH was ousted in a dramatic style, reminiscent of a something straight out of a film, with owners of the Setai South Beach arriving with armed guards at 2:30 am announcing the management change.

According to a press release from GMH, Representatives from Lehman Brothers arrived at the hotel with armed guards and off duty sheriff officers in uniform in the early morning hours on March 31st. They informed us that they were taking over the property and that General Hotel Management (GHM) was no longer welcome on the property. These actions took us by surprise, as we had no prior indication they were intending to do this, nor were we under the impression that they were unhappy with our performance. We had just achieved the second best financial performance year since the inception of the hotel, not an easy accomplishment in the current economic environment

The luxurious hotel has proven to be one of the most popular with travellers spending Miami holidays in South Beach. The Setai is currently ranked 14 out of 204 Miami Beach hotels on popular travel review website TripAdvisor. However, based on the information gathered following a request for arbitration at the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, Lehman Brothers claim that under the GMHs inefficient management the hotel was not as profitable at it should be claiming that GMH squandered $7.6 million in incremental profit.

The Setai South Beach boasts three swimming pools, a spa- perfect for unwinding after the shopping sprees that most travellers relish when booking holidays in Miami, guests can also enjoy a wide range of dining facilities as well as the picturesque landscaping echoing the serene minimalist Asian-inspired motif woven throughout the hotels decor.

A single nights stay at this lavish hotel in Miamis trendy South Beach can cost anywhere upwards of $725 USD. Given all that the hotel has to offer there is no doubt that despite the peculiar circumstances under which management changed hands, guests will continue to enjoy first class accommodation during their Miami holidays. Vice president of Lehman Brothers Holdings, Anthony Barsanti expressed optimism stating, We believe that under the right management, this property has limitless potential.

Don’t Ruin Your Vacation Because You Forgot To Pack Your Holiday Insurance!


Budget holiday insurance is the smartest way to travel; even the cheapest holiday insurance could help you to re-coup costs that you may have to face if you were to lose your tickets, passport or credit cards. What if you were to leave your luggage in the back of a taxi, or if it was lost at the airport? If there was a natural disaster that cut your travel plans short? Budget holiday insurance could be the only way you gain compensation for such events.

When travelling on a budget holiday insurance is still the smartest thing you could pack in your suitcase “” besides sunscreen! Why risk ruining your vacation, for the sake of a few extra dollars to give the you peace of mind that you could travel safely anywhere in the world and be covered for most if not all eventualities you may face.

Imagine if you or a family member fell ill or had an accident while you were in another country. Medical expenses when you are not in your own country can be extremely expensive and distressing for you. Would you like that to ruin your holiday? It”s bad enough that you are ill or injured at all, without having to find money to pay for medical expenses, not to mention possibly changing flights or accommodation bookings, or having to cut the holiday short and go home.

If a family member was to fall ill or die while you were overseas, even the cheapest holiday insurance could cover you for that. Changing flights and travel bookings at the last minute can be a costly experience, and a time consuming one. If you knew that you could claw back some of the money you had to spend to get home quickly, the load on you could be lightened a little. In a time of family crisis and distress, the last thing you want to worry about is how you will pay your credit card bills for all the expenses it cost you to get home.

Holiday insurance has helped many people, in a variety of situations. Some holiday insurance companies even cover fees incurred at the dog kennels or cattery should your return home be delayed by some unforeseen circumstance. Loss of income as a result of an illness or injury that was covered by your budget holiday insurance, could even be covered if you were unable to return to work after your holiday.
With a variety of different policies and levels of cover available from many different companies, there has never been a better time to take holiday insurance, whether it be for a holiday within Australia, or overseas. Just a one off, or if you travel many times in a year; make sure you find out more today!

Dubai Tours a Top Holiday Destination Package


Dubai, an emirate in the United Arab Emirates, has emerged as one of the most popular cities in the modern world. An ideal hub, both for professionals as well as tourists, it serves as the center of industrial and commercial trading in the Middle East. Over the years, this cosmopolitan city has grown to become one of the main centers of Persian commerce and trade. Historically, it had its economical base on the Oil industry, but with time, aviation, real-estate and tourism encouraged a number of foreign companies to make this city their base. Also, this location has become a must-visit center from enthusiastic tourists from round the globe. Famous tourist agencies have made Dubai tours a must in their package offers in recent years.

Burj Khalifa

One of the most famous attractions of Dubai is the Burj Khalifa. This is a gigantic building and is the tallest man-made structure in the world. The skyscraper has 163 floors, the highest in the world and is located along the Sheikh Zayed Road. It took nearly 7 years for the construction of this huge building. There is an Observation Deck on the 124th floor named At the Top. Visitors are allowed to view a magnificent glimpse of the landscape around from this tower in real-time. Also, previously saved images taken from this Observation Deck are on display here.

Palm Jumeirah

Also, a major tourist attraction, which should never be missed on Dubai holidays, is Palm Jumeirah. This is an artificial archipelago, brought into existence by a company owned by the Dubai government, Nakheel. Located in the coastal area of Jumeirah, Palm Jumeirah is one of the three of the planned islands called palm Islands. It is in the shape of a palm tree comprising a main trunk, from which, 16 outgrowths, 8 in either sides, make up the main structure. It is surrounded by a crescent-shaped island.

Gold Souk

For shopaholics, the urban city has Gold Souk, which is located in the business areas of the city in Deira. Around 300 retailers in this world famous market carry out their trade in jewelery items made from pure gold. According to rough estimation, approximately 10 metric tonnes of pure gold is always in this market at any given point of time. A surprising statistical study say, that India is the biggest buyer of this gold, accounting for nearly 23 per cent.

Dubai also excels in providing tourists with exceptional beaches, restaurants and other forms of entertainment like, desert safaris. Also, the culture and ethnicity of this famous location is mesmerizing and people from every nook and corner of the world come to spend their holidays in this beautiful place. The city flourishes in the urban lifestyle and offers visitors with mouth watering cuisines from around the world. Large shopping malls and markets are dotted in this posh metropolis making it an ideal place for shopping.

Family Sailing Vacations


The current holiday trend among families is to go together on a family sailing vacation. The excitement of being secluded with the entire family on a single yacht in the middle of the ocean is incomparable with anything else. And being surrounded by picturesque locales is another added asset. More and more families today are going a-sailing together to celebrate occasions like birthdays, anniversaries and family get-togethers.

Hotspots for family sailing vacations include the Hawaiian Islands, the Caribbean Islands, the coast of Florida, Brazil and Argentina and European countries such as Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain. Families usually prefer lonely cays and beaches for their sailing vacations and avoid crowded waters.

Many tourist agencies provide packages for family sailing vacations. The first step is in finding a properly sized yacht or catamaran to accommodate the entire family. A big enough yacht will also have rooms or cabins for the people on board. Food and drink is provided on board. There may also be provisions for live music and orchestras if the families so prefer. Some sailing vacations also hire emcees who coax the people to dance aboard in the style of cruises.

Families prefer to perform group activities when they are sailing together. Lonely islands are preferred for taking a break from sailing. They may indulge in beach-combing or even snorkeling and scuba diving if they are more adventurous. Family meals become a highly celebrated affair with local cuisine and folk dances thrown in.

Agencies that target family clientele try to provide activities for all the members. Children are provided inflatable water toys with which they can amuse themselves. Adults can enjoy different adventure sports while those not inclined to sports may simply enjoy the whole experience. Care is taken by the crew to keep everyone occupied.

Usually a family sailing vacation will have a crew on board, apart from the family itself. There might also be chefs and waiters along with artistes for entertainment. It all depends on how much the family is willing to have a vacation together. A family vacation may last from 3 to 7 days and the cost would depend on the number of people, number of days and the location.

Family sailing vacations are fast becoming hot trends. All companies are cashing in on this craze, which doesnt seem to be fading away in a hurry.

Nagaon Beach Architecture On The Beaches


Nagaon Beach, situated 7 km from Alibaug, is a unique beach. It is a serene beach with calm water. The beach is covered with betel nut, coconut and suru trees and cypress groves. The beach, situated in Raigarh district of Maharashtra, is a central place for the other surrounding beaches like Murud, Kashid, Akshi, Thal, Alibaug, Kihim and Mandva. The famous song Sagar Kinare Dil Ye Pukare from the film Sagar was shot on this beach.

It is predominantly a sandy beach unlike most other beaches in the Alibaug area. It is a vast expanse of flat beach with a soft and fine mixture of white and black sand. One can walk a long distance into the sea. The beach is safe for a dip in the water.

Water sports are additional entertainment in the Nagaon beach. The visitors can enjoy a wide range of water sports including parasailing, Jet-Ski rides, boating and swimming due to flat surface. Eight types of boats are available to meet the needs of the travellers. While Akshi beach is suitable for bird watching, Thal Beach is one of the largest fishing centres in India.

Besides the beaches, forts and temples also attract tourists to the destination and its surrounding areas. Sagargad, associated with the Maratha ruler Shivaji, is a deserted fort. Situated some distance away from the destination, the fort is located at an altitude of 1357 ft. Kolaba Fort, built by Shivaji in 1680, is situated near Alibaug Beach. The Khanderi Fort, another 17th century fort, is situated near Thai Beach.

The ruins of the Revdanda Fort are a reminder of the Portuguese rule in India. A seven-storey tower and the fortification walls are what remain of the original fort. Lovely views of the sea can be had from this fort. Korlai Fort is situated at a distance.

Jai Bhavani Temple is an old temple that dates back to the 12th century. The main deity in the temple is Goddess Bhavani with eight arms and weapons. Someshwar Temple is about 3 km from Alibaug and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Brahma Kund is a big rectangular tank. There is an old temple dedicated to Lord Maruthi near the tank.

Birla Temple is situated 9 km from Nagaon Beach. The temple is situated within the Vikram Ispat premises. The temple has idols of Shree Radhakrishna, Shree Shiv-Parvati, Goddess Durga and Lord Surya.

Nagaon Beach has become a hot weekend destinations for the people of Mumbai and Pune. The tourists from Mumbai and Pune visit the beach due to clean water, best cottages, water sports and tasty sea foods, which are available at a reasonable price. The distance from Mumbai and Pune to the beach is about 100 km.

Most of the Nagaon Beach hotels also offers facilities for sightseeing expedition and jungle safaris, apart from pick-up and drop facilities from the various transit points.

Holidays Books are true friends during holiday periods


Summary: To let the joy of holidays live, keep some good books with you which can make your’s and your family time a memorable one.

Good books are necessary for good living because they teach us how to live effectively with good morals and education. It is the teachings of our parents and books only who tells us how to be a good person. We must have seen books worms around us. One becomes like that because he/she has affection towards them.

Well, if you are going for an holiday with your family, relatives or friends then don’t forget to take holidays books with you. These books will be your best companion during your travel time too as well. Suppose, your family slept while traveling but you are awaken still, in this kind of situation, you could easily enjoy your time by reading some great books by wonderful authors.

Holidays Books could be a novel, magazines, joke books, animated or cartoon books etc. If your children will see you reading then automatically they will have the affection towards the books. If you see that a natural desire is coming within them then present them entertaing and eye catchy cartoon or animation books.

You can take these books on beaches too. Have a true fun of reading books sitting under the beach umbrella enjoying sunlight and some drinks. You can choose some of the topics as well while selecting the holiday books. Select books according to your taste. If journals and essays are your fonds then buy some essay books which will not only update your knowledge but also make you more confident in the zone of articles. They will be of great help during any kind of discussions and if people will discuss you on any of the hot or current topics then you will see that your enhanced knowledge is leaving all the people back.

For “>Ceap Books Online do online purchasing. You can find many of the holiday books at cheap price rates. Even discount offers are be capable enough which can let you buy many of the good books at cheap amount rate. So, have fun of reading.

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Trekking in the Amazon Rainforest – The Holiday of a Lifetime


One of the biggest ‘holidays of a lifetime’ for many people has got to be trekking in the Amazon rainforest. Just the thought of it is enough to send a world of exotic images spiralling into your mind: the verdant green of the trees, the shrieks and calls of the monkeys and birds, the croak of frogs, the trickle of sweat as it glides down your back, the squelch of the soft ground beneath your boots…

The Amazon rainforest traverses a whopping nine countries, over an area one and a half times the size of the European Union, meaning the opportunity to trek terrain that varies enormously. Visitors to the area should prepare to navigate microclimates where it can vary from the very hot to pouring rain, with changing animal species that diversify with their environment – and what animals they are! Jaguars, monkeys, anacondas, frogs, parrots, dolphins, crocodiles and tarantulas are just a few among the thousands of different types of animal life that can be found within the depths of the Amazon’s tropical rainforest. This, combined with the amount of species of plants and trees, makes the area one of the most magnificent in the world. Trekking in the Amazon rainforest is something that challenges tourists, and becomes an experience they will never forget.

Unfortunately, the Amazon rainforest is under growing threat of deforestation caused by logging, cattle ranching, mining and more. Global climate change is also a significant threat to the rainforest. Many people are aware of the types of threats that put the future of the Amazon rainforest in jeopardy, but are we doing enough to help protect this precious land?

If we want this region to keep its stunning, world-renowned biodiversity intact for the future, then we’re going to have to work harder than ever to stop deforestation, lower carbon emissions and reduce the terrible effects of greenhouse gas emissions on the environment. It may be possible for us all to enjoy the wonders of the Amazon rainforest in our lifetimes, but what about the next generation, or the next? If you want to help ensure that this precious – and crucial – rainforest is looked after and protected, it’s time to look into what you can do to help the cause. After all, there’s only one Amazon rainforest – and once it’s gone, it’s gone.

Whether Its The Algarve Or Madeira, Beaches Or Golf Courses, A Holiday To Portugal Will Not Disappoint.


With long sandy beaches and hot sunny weather, Portugal is a great choice of destination for a summer holiday. The warm dry climate is perfect for Golf and the Algarve area is renown for its selection of challenging courses for holidaymakers that want to play a few rounds.

Portugal has a wide array of interesting resorts to visit like Lisbon and The Algarve. Lisbon is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and is close to the coastal resorts of Estoril and Cascais, which boast unspoilt beaches and beautiful town buildings.
The more southern region of the Algarve has incredible long sandy beaches and high quality hotels for you to enjoy. This area also has a range of clubs and bars across the region and has terrific nightlife.

In northwestern Portugal, the Costa Verde/Oporto area is filled with vineyards, rivers and beaches. This area is famous for producing the fortified wine, Port. There are many different Port producers in this area and guided tours and Port tasting trips are available to visitors.

Madeira is a Portuguese island off the coast of Africa. It is great for luxury breaks and has many nice shops and even a casino to visit. The island is noted for its unusual plants and flowers and is a fantastic place to explore.

Travellers interested in surfing in Portugal should head for Enceira, the large waves are particularly good for surfers here although the Atlantic is generally good for waves and surfing. Many coastal places in Portugal offer a variety of other water sports including fishing boat excursions, water skiing, wind surfing, jet skis and more.

Food in Portugal is diverse and there is a range of places to eat whether you want to
eat traditional Portuguese fare or try the food in one of the many other kinds of restaurants available. Seafood is common in most resorts and Portugal has a reputation for good local wine, brandy and of course Port.

Overall Portugal is a great place to spend your summer holiday with dry hot weather and access to fantastic beaches, great golf courses and hotels. There are a lot of different hotels to choose from, allowing you to find a suitable hotel in an ideal location and at a good price.