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Companion Free Offer From A-I
Every time you fly Air-India, you can take one companion absolutely free. Without even a surcharge. This offer is valid on every First, Executive or full fare Economy Class ticket, on the worldwide Air-India network. This offer closes on April 30, 2002, for outbound travel. Your return journey should be completed by May 31, 2002. The offer is valid for international travel from India only.

Air India will also commence international operations from Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Guwahati, effective April, 4, 2002. Introduction of these flights, to be operated with a 200-seater Airbus 310 aircraft on Thursdays and Mondays, will open a new gateway for Assam and other north-eastern states. The flights to Bangkok will not only enable those wishing to travel to Thailand a direct service, but also enable those travelling to Japan on business or leisure direct connectivity on Air-India flights to Tokyo on the way out and to Guwahati from Tokyo on the way in after a 24-hour halt. Packages are being worked out to ensure that the Japan-bound passengers have a useful stay while in transit.

Lufthansa To Introduce Daily Services To Mumbai
Lufthansa German Airlines recently announced that it will commence daily non-stop services to Mumbai effective April 1, 2002. The airline currently offers five flights a week to Mumbai as well as a daily service to Delhi and three times a week services to Bangalore and Chennai. The additional two frequencies to Mumbai are a result of the bilateral negotiations held last year between India and Germany. This will make Lufthansa the only carrier from Mumbai to offer daily non-stop services to the heart of Europe - Frankfurt. Lufthansa will operate a Boeing 747-400 aircraft on this route, which offers a three-class configuration, with 16 seats in an extended First Class cabin, 64 in Business and 310 seats in the Economy class. The daily flight, LH 757 from Mumbai to Frankfurt, will depart Mumbai at 0250 hours and arrive into Frankfurt at 0800 hours. The return flight, LH 756 from Frankfurt to Mumbai, will depart Frankfurt at 1355 hours, arriving in Mumbai at 0100 hours.

You’ve Got The Power!
Global Trust Bank, one of the leading new private sector banks, has announced the connectivity of its ATM network to the Visa Global ATM network. Now Visa cardholders across the world can access the Global Trust Bank (GTB) MyTime ATM network. All categories of Visa Cards (cards bearing the logos of ‘Visa’, ‘Electron’ or ‘Plus’) can now transact through the 170 strong MyTime ATM network of GTB spread across 23 cities in the country. MyTime ATM network of GTB is set to expand rapidly and reach the 200 mark within the next two months. Says P C Narayan, president-IT and retail banking, Global Trust Bank, “Visa cardholders can now avail facilities like cash withdrawal and balance inquiry at GTB’s MyTime ATMs, which are strategically and conveniently located in various cities across India. This facility will be of great advantage to the over three million Visa cardholders and over one million Electron cardholders in the country.”

Experience Aussie Outback!
Two new touring products designed to give visitors a unique insight into the natural and cultural significance of Australia’s Red Centre are to commence operation from Ayers Rock Resort on April 1, 2002. According to Voyages’ CEO, Grant Hunt, the new tour product will offer an opportunity for guests to be genuinely touched by their experience of the Australian desert. The two new tours - ‘Songlines’ and ‘Sunset at Yulara Pulka’ - have been designed to convert the guest from an observer to a participant. These tours are designed to give you a much-sought-after opportunity to obtain an introduction to an ancient culture and leave with a sense of understanding and respect. You will travel before sunrise by 4WD to a private and beautiful wilderness location where you can enjoy breakfast with magnificent views across the desert.

Drink In The View
The world’s tallest building, CN Tower in Toronto, is celebrating the Wonder of Wines throughout 2002. The CN Tower’s wine cellar is uncorking some of its fine wines during 2002 and giving tours of its cellar to guests of its 360 Restaurant in celebration of the wine cellar’s latest award, a ‘Best of Award of Excellence’ from Wine Spectator, the premier ranking services for North American wine collections. To celebrate, the CN Tower is providing guests at its 360 Restaurant with the opportunity to taste a fine red or white wine by the glass. Featured wines will change weekly. Guests can also learn about the fine collection that represents some 526 labels from around the world - many of them rare and bearing four-digit price tags.

Springboard To Adventures
Lasseters Hotel Casino, one of Alice Springs’ foremost hospitality providers, has completed an AUD 20 million redevelopment that nearly doubles the number of top quality rooms available on its site. A total of 66 new rooms are being brought into service from January, complementing 74 four-and-a-half star rooms that have just been refurbished as part of the biggest single enhancement of the Alice Springs facility since its opening more than 10 years ago. Investment in the new and refurbished rooms, spaciously encircling pool and garden facilities dramatically backdropped by the ancient MacDonnell ranges - is in addition to AUD 10 million committed for the adjacent Alice Springs Convention Centre, opening in March.

Complemented by this new convention centre (accommodating 1,200 cocktail style and 780 banquet style), Lasseters Hotel Casino is the entertainment and accommodation hub of the modern and vigorously growing city of Alice Springs. Featuring adult and toddler swimming pools, tennis court and golf at the neighbouring fully grassed Alice Springs Golf Club, the Hotel Casino offers smorgasbord or a la carte dining, full international-standard casino facilities, and an intimate Irish pub complementing stylish inside and outside bar areas. With the strong support of the local hospitality industry, the hotel is a springboard to adventures as diverse as 4WD, bushwalking and photography expeditions, or as relaxed as silver service dinners under the stars on the Outback sands.

Experience Vegas Style
In light of the post 9/11 downturn in European and Asian travel, The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino has formed an international, strategic marketing alliance with London-based Le Meridien. For Le Meridien customers, who have long felt the void for a resort/casino in Las Vegas, this partnership promises access to a world-class, luxury venue synonymous with the quality to which they are accustomed. “This alliance is the perfect way for Indians visiting this summer to enjoy Meridien-style luxury. Le Meridien embodies the theme - the way hotels should be, and as our partner, The Venetian shares this spirit,” remarked Sanjay Sharma, regional director (sales and marketing), Le Meridien India. The Venetian offers guests 3,036 hotel suites (each standard suite measures approximately 700 square feet), 120,000 square feet of gaming floor, 500,000 square feet of retail space at The Grand Canal Shoppes, the luxurious 65,000 square-foot Canyon Ranch SpaClub, 500,000 square feet of meeting space at The Venetian Congress Center and a direct link to the 1.2 million square foot Sands Expo and Convention Center.

Xpress Your Thoughts
Orange cellular service has recently launched VoiceXpress, a unique voice messaging service that allows users to send voice messages to any phone in the United States or Canada (cellular as well as fixed lines), by dialing 12425, at a cost of Rs 5.95 per minute. The VoiceXpress service also allows users to send voice messages to Celforce (in Gujarat), Essar (in Delhi) and Command (in Kolkata) subscribers, by dialing 12424, at a cost of Rs 2.95 per minute. The VoiceXpress service, developed in collaboration with TeliVoice - the global voice messaging service, is available to both contract and pre-paid Orange users and does not require an STD/ISD connection.

The VoiceXpress service costs a fraction of the cost of an international phone call to the United States, which would otherwise cost of Rs 48 per minute on peak time and Rs 42 for non-peak time. Messages can also be replied to and are delivered back as a return voice message. Additional features include recording the sender’s name, storing important messages and the choice of listening to the voice instructions in English, Hindi or a regional language, as required.


New Business Lounge
Senior business executives flying into Singapore Changi Airport on their private jets can now breeze through immigration, customs and security formalities, while waiting in the comfort of a lounge with the introduction of a business aviation centre by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS). Costing S$ 650,000, the 450 square metres Changi Business Aviation Centre is used by private or chartered aircrafts to transport CEOs, senior corporate executives and businessmen. This group of air travellers, who may fly in and out of a country within a few hours to attend a business meeting, require flexibility in their flight schedules as well as quick access in and out of the airport. A key feature of the centre is that it offers passengers expeditious customs and immigration processing and fast security clearance in a comfortable lounge setting. Service is personalised and tailored to meet the demands of busy executives.

New Schedule To Singapore
Air New Zealand will increase its current services between Auckland and Singapore from three return flights weekly to a daily direct service, from May 5, 2002. At the same time, the airline will cease operating direct flights between Christchurch and Singapore and provide a same day service from Christchurch via Auckland. Meanwhile, it will continue to operate its current schedule between Auckland-Singapore (three return services weekly) and Christchurch-Singapore (four return services weekly) until May 4, 2002.

Thrilling Water Sports
Malaysia welcomes everyone to the month-long water festival from April 13 to May 11, 2002. Launched at Port Klang, Selangor, the festival will see participants from all over the world take to the water in this annual extravaganza. The National Water Festival 2002 would mainly comprise four important events. A not to miss opportunity for water lovers, the festival would see thrilling water sports like kayaking, canoeing, jet-ski races and diving. There is also plenty of fun for the family, with ‘Catch the duck’ race and ‘Log walking’ fights. The more leisurely minded can just lie back and enjoy the long sandy beaches, while water enthusiasts can look out for natural wonders underneath crystal clear waters. And as always, performances by cultural, musical and dance groups liven up the atmosphere throughout the festival.