Marriott To Open First Sri Lanka Hotel In Weligama Bay In 2014

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Marriott International will be making its debut into the Sri Lankan hospitality market in 2014 after signing an agreement with Weligama Hotel Properties Ltd to open a new brand hotel.

The hotel group has announced that it will be opening the new Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa to tourists planning Sri Lanka holidays in 2014 and it will have 200 guest rooms.

“Marriott is delighted to be extending its portfolio and opening a world-class hotel in Sri Lanka,” stated Simon Cooper, the President and Managing Director of Marriott, Asia Pacific.

“Sri Lanka is a destination that has great potential and opportunity and we hope to capitalise on that and establish a strong presence in the country. We are confident that the reputation of Marriott Hotels and Resorts and the power of Marriott Rewards, our loyalty programme, will create great interest from both local and international travellers and be successful in promoting the beautiful area of Weligama Bay, as well as the country itself as this is our first hotel here.”

The new Sri Lanka hotel is located in the district of Weligama, in the city of Matara on the south coast of the Indian Ocean island.

The Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa will cater for both leisure treavellers looking for relaxing holidays in Sri Lanka and business travellers looking for comfortable accommodation and features 640-square-metres of flexible ballroom space and modern meeting rooms. The Sri Lanka hotels facilities also include a swimming pool with pool bar, three gourmet restaurants, a modern fitness centre, and guests will also have access to a stretch of pristine sandy beach.

Mr. Nahil Wijesuriya, the Chairman, East West Properties PLC, the parent company of Weligama Hotel Properties Ltd, explained: “We are among the first companies in Sri Lanka to sign up with an international branded hotel company and to open as early as 2014. The resort is being built according to Marriott International’s five star brand standards, with a beach frontage of 115 meters on the Galle-Matara road in the South-East of the country.

Sri Lanka is famous for its stunning natural scenery and diverse ecosystem comprising miles of white sandy beaches, jagged mountains, wildlife sanctuaries, thriving nature parks, and an array of heritage sites that include ancient cities and colonial forts. Since the end of its 25-year-long civil war in 2009, the island nation has seen a significant increase in the number of international travellers opting to go on holidays to Sri Lanka.

Plastic Travel Mugs Vs Stainless Steel Travel Mugs

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There are three categories of travel mugs: plastic travel mugs, stainless steel travel mugs and ceramic travel mugs. The most popular travel mugs are stainless steel and plastic travel mugs. Ceramic travel mugs have fewer products available and less demand on the market but still have some high quality mugs. Those looking for travel mugs will likely have to choose between stainless steel travel mugs and plastic travel mugs, so this article reviews the pros and cons of the two types of portable coffee drinking devises.

Stainless Steel Travel Mugs

Pros: Using stainless steel to make travel mugs is a recent occurrence as aluminum and plastic were the preferred traditional methods. Stainless steel became popular because of its superior insulation abilities and light-weight. Stainless steel is also very durable and has a longer shelf-life than plastic travel mugs. For customization purposes stainless steel allows not only custom printed logos but engraved logos as well.

Cons: Though this is not always the case, stainless steel travel mugs can be more expensive than plastic travel mugs. Stainless steel is considered a higher quality material than plastic so naturally it costs more. Stainless steel by itself often has a bland look to it, which is why most stainless steel travel mugs employ riged or curvaceous designs and sometimes even add plastic and rubber.

Plastic Travel Mugs

Pros: Though plastic is often thought to be a softer material, most travel mugs are made of a substance known as hard plastic that can take nearly as much punishment as any metal material. Plastic travel mugs are often more colorful than stainless steel mugs because plastic is easier to print color on. Plastic as a material is also relatively less expensive making plastic travel mugs less expensive than stainless steel travel mugs in general.

Cons: Plastic travel mugs do not insulate as well as stainless steel travel mugs. Plastic travel mugs also cannot achieve the same metallic designs stainless steel travel mugs can that are considered by many to be aesthetically pleasing. Lastly, plastic travel mugs are more difficult to engrave on and very few items can have custom engraved logos.

Holiday Packages To Africa!

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If you are wondering where to go for a holiday this season, and need it to be one of those inexpensive and cheap holidays this time, Africa is your answer. Visit this breathtaking continent for the time of your life. Be it a wildlife safari in Kenya, a climb up the Table Mountains of Cape Town, a walk through the colonial style towns or just an afternoon on the infinite white sands of its beaches, Africa has a full spectrum of activities and experiences that can never be found anywhere else in the world.

The good news is that Africa is a relatively affordable place to visit. If you are on a shoestring budget and need to keep your expenses to the minimum and want an unforgettable travel experience, cheap holidays in Africa is what you need. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to cheap holiday packages that let you experience the true Africa at cheaper rates with reasonable comfort. These cheap holiday packages come bundled with great deals and offers that ensures that you can use your money for spending on things other than travel lie buying that tribal mask you always fancied or going on a safari at Kenya and getting to see the African elephant and other spectacular natural treats that Africa has to offer.

You can get all the information you need on cheap holiday packages and cheap holidays in Africa online. There are a wide range of cheap hoiday packages for travel to Africa. You can have fun choosing among Gambia holidays, Kenya holidays, South African holidays and Cape Verde holiday packages. In addition to these, there are many other cheap holiday packages available.

The cheap holiday packages to Africa usually include everything – travel, accommodation, and scheduling. So choose your special cheap holiday package so that you can make the best of your holidays in Africa and come back with a bagful of wonderful memories.

Travel Insurance 101 – Annual Vs Single Trip Holiday Insurance

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If youre taking a journey in the near future, chances are youve already been made aware of the value of having appropriate travel cover. It is a necessary purchase to guard against financial loss incurred by delays, cancellation or interruption, lost or damaged property, illness, and accidents – in addition to a host of other real, but often unforeseeable, events. As with any policy, the extent of your coverage, which includes the dates, items, events, and people covered, depends on the policy you purchase – which in turn depends on the company you buy it from. So choose wisely! One of the first decisions you need to make is whether to purchase annual travel or single trip holiday insurance. How do you know which choice is right for you? Here are a few of the advantages and disadvantages of both.

Price

Just as with any purchase, theres a certain economy of scale involved in the business of travel cover. Everyone wants to both save money and get the best deal possible; therefore, it is important to clearly identify what you need from a policy in order to determine whether annual travel or single trip holiday insurance is the right choice for you. Because an annual policy covers several journeys over the course of a year, you end up paying a lower wholesale price compared to what you would pay in total for several. However, if you foresee taking only one holiday over the course of a year, purchasing single trip holiday insurance configured precisely to your needs is definitely the more practical option.

Convenience

Another important factor is convenience. For a person who does a lot of travelling, especially to different locations for business, convenience is of premium importance. Travellers have to contend with tight schedules, paperwork, and hundreds of tiny details that could easily lead to very unpleasant situations if neglected. If you plan several trips over the course of a year and your coverage requirements do not change significantly from trip to trip, opting for an annual plan can save you lot of time and effort with regards to negotiating and paperwork.

Coverage

The final consideration which policy best suits your needs is coverage. An annual policy generally provides the same blanket coverage for multiple journeys, which makes it perfect for those that are somewhat repetitive and mundane in nature, such as business visits to satellite offices in other countries or to visit the folks back home for ex-pats.

However, if you travel for pleasure and visit different places seeking diverse experience each time, a single policy that can be configured to your individual needs may be the right choice. For example, if youre planning a high-octane adventure to the French Alps, you may need hazard insurance if you plan to go skiing or paragliding, which annual plans generally do not cover.

A river Shannon Boating Holiday in Ireland

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I have recently come back from what I can only describe as the most relaxing and interesting vacation I have ever been on. This year myself and my wife were looking at holiday options and based on a recommendation by some friends we thought that a trip to Ireland might give us a dose of culture and scenery. I had only ever heard good things about the country, so we started planing. We were informed that the best way to see the real Irish countryside was by boat, cruising on the river Shannon which runs through the center of the entire country. So we did our research and booked a cruiser from a little town called Banagher. We had never operated a boat before but we were given a brief class beforehand which made everything easy.

We booked the cruiser for three nights, we thought that this would allow us time to see the rest of the country and it did. The rest of the country was fantastic but the truth is I never wanted to leave that boat. The river is full of history covering three thousand years, the ruins of churches, abbeys, castles and towers are everywhere and free to explore. Not far from Banagher is the ruins of an ancient seventh century city which you can cruise right up to and walk around. It was all very extraordinary. You will never be cruising for long without meeting a lovely village and stopping in at a pub. One pub we visited was 350 years old and the old part of the bar was preserved from this time. Another small village had huge deserted stone buildings and military towers. A local told us this was in case Napoleon was to attack England by coming through Ireland. All of these structures still stand like ornaments on the landscape passed down through generations until there meaning has been eroded to just spectacular sites. Cruising by low lying green meadows to the sweet backing notes of wildlife all around really recharge my soul. As the famous Irish Poet Yeats said ‘Come with me oh Human Child, to the waters and the wild’ my natural human instincts for exploring, for the wild were satisfied and the scenic delights that crossed my eyes will never be forgotten. Until next year when I will return to the river Shannon.

There is a company called Discover the Shannon Link: which arrange holidays on the river and were really helpful with us.

How To Make Your Hotel Bedding Last Longer

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Beds get a lot of use in hotels, with daily changes and new guests all the time – from the tossing, the turning, the jumping and even the breakfasts in bed. So, how do you add to the longevity of these well used hotel amenities?

Duvets and Pillows:

These essential items of bedding need to be looked after carefully, especially if youre using feather and down filled bedding. These fillings tend to move around a lot and clump together in corners. So, each time you change the bed, make sure you give the duvet a good shake and fluff the pillows. This will ensure the comfort that these items give will last longer. And of course, occasional washing is needed. But make sure you check with your hotel linen supplier for laundry instructions.

Mattress Turning:

One of the simplest ways to get the most of your bed is to turn the mattress quite regularly. It may sound extremely simple, but its the best way to encourage longevity and will significantly prolong the life of the mattress. Mattresses have to deal with a lot of weight on them for long periods and turning them will relieve some of this weight induced wear.

Clean Bed Linen:

Clean bed linen also makes a lot of difference to a bed. Firstly, daily linen cleaning is very important in the hotel industry, but also the maintenance and care of linen is pivotal in creating the right impression and can really lift a room to a significant degree. Of course, you should use the best possible products when cleaning linen to ensure they are whiter than white. Do, be aware that you should also try and take care of the linen with products that have great cleaning ability, whilst being kind on fabric. The last thing you want is brilliant white, clean linen thats worn out.

Mattress Toppers:

Of course, mattress toppers and protectors prevent the mattress being stained, well to a large degree anyway. These protectors are easy to put on the bed, create a barrier for stains and liquids. Whats more, they also help older mattress by increasing the padding, making the comfort last longer.

Cleaning Mattresses:

Mattresses can often be cleaned by hand with the use of laundry detergent and water, a sponge and some hard rubbing. This should work on superficial stains, though be aware not to use too much water, which will dampen the mattress. Upholstery shampoo also works well, but make sure you follow what the manufacturer states and test in a concealed area first.

Mattresses may also need to be vacuumed. This is a good way to ensure you get rid of dust, crumbs and other extras that end up on the mattress. This can be achieved with the main hoover or a hand held hoover.

Following these rules should ensure that your beds are spotless, clean and will last for a longer period of time.

Used Travel Trailer – A Checklist Before Buying

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Your retirement dreams may include traveling the country in a new travel trailer. However, these rigs can be very costly to purchase and operate. While renting is an alternative, another alternative is to purchase a used travel trailer. Used travel trailers are available on recreational vehicle sales lots. When you locate a used trailer that is right for you, you will enjoy traveling freedom without leaving a big hole in your pocket.
In general, the value of travel trailers depreciates at a very fast rate. In a year’s time or so, a travel trailer could have already depreciated considerably. This makes purchasing a used travel trailer very advantageous. A used trailer would definitely be a lot more affordable than a new one. In fact, you may be able to purchase a used mid-range or full-size, fully furnished Rv at the price of a new, small travel trailer.
But just like purchasing a new travel trailer, buying a used one also requires some thought and consideration. In fact, the odds of purchasing a pre-owned recreational vehicle may even be greater. With a little patience and the proper knowledge, however, overcoming the odds in purchasing a used travel trailer should be easy.
Examine the condition of a used travel trailer very carefully before buying it. Any pre-owned vehicle, whether it is a trailer, a car, a truck or a motorcycle, can have a normal appearance but may have mechanical issues and electrical damage. If you buy such a trailer, you may end up spending more money than you anticipated on repairs. Inspect your potential purchase well to avoid this issue.
As you walk through the trailer, turn on every switch to be sure that it works. Check every appliance as well. Inspect the water system and rest rooms to see if they are functioning as they should. Look at the motor and electrical system of the trailer. If these areas are not your forte, bring someone with you who knows about such things. Request a test-drive to determine that the trailer is in good working condition.
Careful research is the key to any good investment, including the purchase of a used travel trailer. If your RV dealer prices the vehicle you have in mind too high, you will be defeating your purpose of buying used. Pricing guides for vehicles are available both online and in print magazines and are easy to follow. Study these sources to learn about the prices of used travel trailers before you sign any papers.

The Importance Of Travel Vaccination

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From time to time, we like to take time away from the normal routine of daily life in order to have fun and spend quality time away from the demands of work. Many people enjoy we all do the prospects of a holiday abroad. This is the perfect solution that once in a while helps us unwind from the tensions and stress associated with our professional engagements. However, there is one thing that nearly all of us tend to overlook or simply neglect when planning for holidays. This is nothing else but travel vaccination.

You might wonder whether or not it is necessary to be vaccinated before traveling to another country or region. One misconception that most of us have is that vaccination is meant for children and pets, and so you might wonder why you need to bother with this especially when you are going on holiday. The answer is simple where we end up conditions may not be similar to what we are used to way back at home. Certain infections are associated with some regions only, and so when we visit search places there are higher chances that we might get infected.

Imagine that horrors of being a victim of a strange disease just because you neglected to take a simple precaution! And suppose where you are, you cannot find the right medical facility to handle your case? You can guess the rest. As they say, prevention is better than cure, so it should not be too much trouble to have travel vaccination before setting off to any destination.

As part of conditions for visiting, some countries have legal requirements for a certificate showing that one has complied with immunization requirements. Probably this is meant to prevent the spread of deadly infections as well as ensuring that you do not pose a danger to your health and that of others. So next time you are planning a holiday to a far flung destination, do not forget to take this important step.

One thing you should be aware of is that this should be done by a qualified Doctor Jindalee physician who has intimate knowledge about travel vaccination and the right vaccines to use for every country. This should be done well in advance of the trip so that the medicine can take effect in the body. If you are wondering where to get this type of service, you can try a renowned facility for travel vaccination such as Western suburbs doctor Brisbane.

Thistle Hotel Glasgow

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Glasgow is now one of the leading cities in United Kingdom to do business, shop and dine that’s why millions of people visit this city every year. Dhr.com offers a wide range of hotels in Glasgow ranging from economy to luxury hotels. Get up to 70% discount on selected hotels at Dhr.com so make sure to check out the big sale to avail of great discounts. For those who are planning to visit Glasgow for the first time, it is best to find a hotel that has the perfect location and accommodation to have a hassle-free stay. Dhr.com highly recommends Thistle Hotel Glasgow which is located right in the heart of Glasgow and near the main business and shopping districts. This 4-star hotel has been in operation for almost 28 years now and has proven to be one of the leading hotels in the city center. Tourists would find convenience in their sightseeing as Thistle Hotel Glasgow is surrounded by some of the main attractions in Scotland including the Kelvin Grove Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Royal Concert Hall, The Pavilion Theatre, Princes Square and Hampden Park. Businessmen can easily attend conventions at the nearby SECC Glasgow and City Chambers while shopaholics can shop all they want at the streets of Argyle, Buchanan and Sauchiehall. For those who want to explore more of Glasgow, there are several railway stations near the hotel such as the Glasgow Central Station and Glasgow Queen Street railway station. There are 300 glamorous rooms and suites available at Thistle Hotel Glasgow which are newly-refurbished and features hues of brown, burgundy, fuchsia and red, modern furnishings and the latest amenities including flat screen TV with free view, direct dial phone, work desk, air-conditioning, mini bar, coffee/tea maker, in-room safe, hairdryer, ironing set and trouser press. There are also 17 fully-equipped meeting rooms and a Grand Ballroom which can accommodate up to 1,500 guests perfect for bigger events such as wedding and corporate parties. Guests of Thistle Hotel Glasgow have the privilege to use the amenities of the prestigious Otium Health & Leisure Club which consists of state-of-the-art gym equipments, indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and sun bed. After a long day of sightseeing and working, guests of Thistle Hotel Glasgow can choose to indulge in authentic British and European cuisine at Annlann Restaurant, have a drink and light snack at Cabin Bar or dine comfortably right in their own room anytime they want.

The Beautiful Beaches of Kerala

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State – Kerala

Location – Tropical region situated in the southernmost tip of India

Best Time to visit Kerala – Tourists can visit Kerala between November and March and during August and September. Though there isn’t any special time suited for the beaches in particular, staying away from the summer heat is best.

Beaches in Kerala Located in the south-west tip of the Indian sub-continent, beaches in Kerala cover a distance of approximately 550km on the coastline of the Arabian Sea. With the terrain being unique, on moving further on the beaches from north to south the topography alters quite unexpectedly. The beauty of the beaches isn’t restricted to just the shore as the forts dotting the highlands make for a very exquisite view. All along the beaches in Kerala, it is common to find coconut trees bordering the coast. The distinct culture and tradition of the changing demography in this state along makes it a great tourist spot. There are a number of beaches in Kerala.

Alappuzha beach: Emerging as a natural wonderland in the state of Kerala, Alappuzha beach is endowed with enchanting beauty. It includes numerous lagoons, fresh water rivers and huge lakes. A great way to relax, the sandy beach is dense with palm groves and features the Vijaya beach park as a picnic spot and added attraction.

Varkala beach: At a distance of 54km from Thiruvanathapuram, the best time to visit the Varkala beach is between September to May. The water of this beach is believed to be sacred with the mineral springs here known for the curative ability. Lined by interesting red cliffs, the calm backwaters blend in well with the scenic beauty. The best part of being at Varkala is that it isn’t filled to the gills with tourists and crowd.

Kovalam beach: Kovalam beach includes a trio of beaches in crescent-shape which are differentiated by rocky headlands. At a distance of 16km from Thiruvanathapuram, the beach is best known for being one of the most cleansed and safest and beaches in the state. The beach is encircled by an array of ayurvedic centers besides the regular cluster of restaurants. This is one beach that can be missed out when in Kerala and offers a surreal experience.

The Fort Kochi, Kappad and Beypore are among the other beaches that should feature among tourists wish list.

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