Jungle Resort Opens In Ranthambhore
and romance are in the air at Vanyavilas, the Oberoi Groups
newest luxury resort adjoining the world famous Ranthambhore Tiger
Reserve. Ranthambhore is situated between the Aravali and the Vindhya
mountain ranges in south-eastern Rajasthan.
guides accompany visitors to the reserve where frequent tiger sighting
is an exciting and unforgettable experience. Visitors to the National
Park can also view a variety of other animals such as leopards,
jungle cats, sloth bears, crocodiles and several species of deer.
The resort organises guided expeditions to the reserve in custom-built
four-wheel drive vehicles. Situated in a grove of fruit and flowering
trees, Vanyavilas with its beautifully landscaped grounds presents
a serene ambience.
accommodation consists of spacious and elegantly appointed luxury
tents. Each air-conditioned tent has a private deck for sunbathing.
A walled garden surrounds each tent, thus, ensuring complete privacy.
Large bathrooms have freestanding bathtubs and shower stalls. The
restaurant serves fine Indian and Continental cuisine with al fresco
dining adjoining the restaurant. In the inner courtyard of the main
building, a log fire provides welcoming warmth in winter and is
an ideal place for aperitifs or a relaxed after-dinner drink. The
bar offers a fine selection of wines, spirits and cigars. Fateh
Singh, a well-known conservationist, will give lectures and show
films on wildlife if the region. The resort offers state-of-the-art
meeting facilities and has a heated outdoor swimming pool also.
A special feature of the resort are the private therapy suites.
Guests can pamper themselves with a relaxing massage by trained
Thai therapists in a soothing and serene atmosphere.
Expands Code-Share With British Airways
Cathay Pacific Airways and its oneworld alliance partner British
Airways are expanding their code-sharing agreement to cover flights
to both Kuala Lumpur and Auckland as well as 11 destinations in
Europe. From January 7, 2002, Cathay Pacifics CX
code will be placed on British Airways European flights linking
London Heathrow with Newcastle, Aberdeen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Dusseldorf,
Hamburg, Munich, Berlin, Cologne, Stuttgart and Prague. The code-share
will provide smoother European connections for Cathay Pacific passengers
arriving on the airlines two daily flights from Hong Kong.
At the same time the BA code will also be added to daily
Cathay Pacific flights between Hong Kong and both Kuala Lumpur and
Auckland offering British Airways passengers the same benefits on
their connections to Asia-Pacific destinations. The code-share is
an important step for British Airways allowing the carrier to return
Kuala Lumpur to its timetable having suspended direct flights from
London earlier this year due to mounting losses on the route.
Cheung, Cathay Pacifics general manager Alliance, said: Todays
code-share is good news for passengers in both Europe and Asia.
In addition to new destinations passengers will find connections
much more convenient now thanks to oneworld.
Jackson, British Airways head of Alliance and Francises said:
We are delighted to announce this new code-sharing agreement
with our oneworld partner. It reflects how the two airlines are
constantly striving to find new opportunities to work together in
the interests of all our customers.
new code-sharing arrangements are open for sale. Code-sharing between
the two carriers first began in March 2000. Cathay Pacific already
offered its CX code on British Airways flights between London and
Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Manchester. The new destinations bring the
number of code-share routes to 14.
Service To Mumbai
Airways International Public Company Limited has inaugurated a new
destination in the Winter Schedule 2001/2002 on the route Bangkok-Mumbai.
Thai will operate on the route Bangkok-Mumbai, utiliing Airbus 330
aircraft, capable of accommodating 317 passengers; with 50 passenger
seats in business class and 267 passengers seats in economy class.
THAI flights will operate three times per week on Tuesday, Thursday
and Saturday with flights departing Bangkok at 19.35 hours and arriving
in Mumbai at 22.30 hours, the return flight departing Mumbai at
23.50 hours and arriving in Bangkok at 05.30 hours the following
promoters and developers of Le Royal Meridien, Mumbai, and Holiday
Inn, Ahmedabad, have announced the launch of The Luxury Club, a
premium global vacation product. The Luxury Club is the first vacation
brand to be associated with the RCI Points rewards programme in
India. The Luxury Club members will enjoy the comfort of a variety
of suites at Le Royal Meridien, Mumbai, and Holiday Inn, Ahmedabad,
shortly followed by Le Meridien Residence Juhu, Mumbai. Properties
in Goa, Lonavala and Mahabaleshwar will be introduced in the short
to medium term.
time purchase of a week of vacation ownership from The Luxury Club
translates into the versatile option of RCI Points. RCI Points equivalent
to the value of the week purchased are credited to The Luxury Club
member every year, for the following 25 years. These may be redeemed
at his convenience and according to his preference in RCI affiliated
resorts and/ or services offered by RCIs Points programme
Luxury Club will tie up with premier financial institutions to offer
loan facilities to make this an attractive proposition for purchases.
Attractive and affordable Equated Monthly Installment (EMI) facilities
will be extended. A marginal loan transaction fee will be levied
and the customer can repay his loan over a comfortable period of
as many as five years.
Luxury Club membership works best for individuals for whom lifestyle
enhancement is a priority. It is designed to suit a variety of needs,
catering to individuals, couples and families. The members will
have access to a host of lifestyle-focussed products and services.
Our members can get all this and more with the most economical and
inflation proof investment validated for 25 years, says Sanjay
Bhaduri, chief executive officer of The Luxury Club.
Oberoi Group recently announced the launch of The Oberoi Advantage,
a special programme to reward frequent guests at select Oberoi Hotels
and Resorts. Every stay at participating Oberoi Hotels between December
1, 2001, and May 31, 2002, contributes to a guest earning a complimentary
stay at the groups hotels and resorts. The participating Oberoi
Hotels under this programme are: The Oberoi, Mumbai; Oberoi Towers,
Mumbai; The Oberoi, New Delhi; The Oberoi, Bangalore and Oberoi
Grand, Kolkata. The Oberoi Advantage offers guests who
stay eight times at any of the participating Oberoi Hotels, a complimentary
stay for two nights at an Oberoi Resort. The Oberoi Resorts where
the complimentary stay is offered are: Rajvilas, Jaipur; Amarvilas,
Agra; Udaivilas, Udaipur; Wildflower Hall, Mashobra or at The Cecil,
Shimla. Staying five times at any of the participating hotels entitles
a guest to a complimentary stay for two nights at an Oberoi Hotel.
The attractive offer includes accommodation for two adults and one
child below eight years of age in the same room. In addition a complimentary
room is offered for up to two children under 12 years, subject to
availability. Sanjay Rai, vice-president, sales and marketing of
The Oberoi Group, elucidates on The Oberoi Advantage,
Group believes in providing excellence in service and quality and
is committed to its customers. We believe in exceeding guest expectations
and enhancing their stay experience. The Oberoi Advantage is an
initiative that benefits frequent guests at Oberoi Hotels and Resorts.
By rewarding our guests through this initiative, we would like our
guests to think Oberoi at every step of their travel.
Opens Hotel In Chennai
Ramada International Hotels and Resorts, a division of Marriott
International, have announced the opening of the 87-room Ramada
Hotel Raj Park Chennai. The hotel is owned by Hotel Raj Park Ltd.
We are delighted to bring the Ramanda International brand
to Chennai. India is such a large country with an untapped business
and leisure travel market, said Reas Kondraschow, senior vice-president
and managing director, Ramada International Hotels and Resorts.
Ramada Hotel Raj Park Chennai maintains Ramada Internationals
five pillars, which are: a restful sleep, an invigorating shower,
a well-trained staff, an exceptional level of cleanliness, and the
Ramada Mornings Breakfast - a selection that is hot,
delicious and easy. The hotel may be booked on Ramada Internationals
website - www.ramadahotels.com. The Ramada Hotel Raj Park Chennai
is the second Ramada hotel in India. There are currently 130 Ramada
International hotels in 17 countries and territories.
Launches Same Day Return Facility
temple town of Madurai was recently linked with the state capital
of Tamil Nadu, Chennai by two Jet Airways ATR 72-500 flights, one
morning and the other in the evening. Besides providing the day-return
facility between Chennai and Madauri, these new flights will offer
a convenient and fast link to business travellers to the adjoining
districts of Sivakasi, Tuticorin, Rajaplayam, Tinunelveli, Nanguneri
and the picturesque hill resort of Kodaikanal on the western ghats.
The one way fare would be Rs 2,990. Passengers on Chennai-Madurai
Chennai sectors will have also the option of availing of a special
excursion fare of Rs 5,480 to be valid till further notice.
In The Sky
Customers on Qantas international services
can now earn frequent flier points when they make purchases from
the airlines new in-flight duty-free range. QBoutique features
117 highly desirable duty-free items, many of which are not available
in any duty-free store on the ground or on any other airline. Whats
more, each item is offered for sale at the most competitive duty-free
price normally available for the product in Australia or, in most
cases, internationally. If you are a Qantas Frequent Flyer, you
can now earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points for every Australian dollar
(or equivalent) spent on duty-free purchased in-flight from this
new QBoutique duty-free shopping guide. Simply present your Frequent
Flyer card, Qantas Club card or boarding pass to your flight attendant
when you make a purchase.
Got The Cosmos Power!
Air Sahara has recently introduced a new revamped
frequent flier programme called Cosmos. Members can
start earning miles right from their first flights. All passengers
travelling on economy earn 100 per cent of the miles flown and all
executive class passengers earn 150 per cent of the miles flown.
A dedicated service centre has also been set up to offer assistance
to all Cosmos members, which takes care of all mileage inquiries,
redemption request or other customer services.
is a competitive frequent flier programme and is highlighted by
a number of attractions:
redemption of miles
redemption of accruals
Members of other frequent flier programmes can transfer their
current mileage on other domestic carriers to Cosmos.
a member, double the number of miles flown on Air Sahara on any
sector are credited to a customers account, on all return
tickets members earn bonus miles along with the number of miles
is based on the globally accepted mileage system and is expected
to help carve out alliance with international carriers. It also
aims to address the needs of the corporate traveller and has already
tied-up with Avis Rental Company for providing convenient transportation.