Free Offer From A-I
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.
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.
Daily Services To Mumbai
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.
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 GTBs
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.
new touring products designed to give visitors a unique insight
into the natural and cultural significance of Australias 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.
In The View
worlds tallest building, CN Tower in Toronto, is celebrating
the Wonder of Wines throughout 2002. The CN Towers 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 cellars 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 senders
name, storing important messages and the choice of listening to
the voice instructions in English, Hindi or a regional language,
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.
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.
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.