Koh Lanta has long been one of Thailand’s best kept secrets as a laid back island paradise to get away from the crowds in Phuket and Krabi. Now AmazingLanta.com has launched a new service to make it easy to find and rent holiday villas on Koh Lanta. Unlike the burgeoning villa rental market in Phuket, it’s only comparatively recently that holiday villas for rent have begun appearing on Koh Lanta because development has been deliberately slow on the island. Located only a couple of hours journey from Krabi or Phuket airport, Koh Lanta is popular with families, backpackers and scuba divers alike as a place to find some peace and quiet, but still be near great beachside bars and restaurants. [Read more…]
Priority Pass members now have access to over 600 airport VIP lounges around the world – an increase of 100 over 2008, reinforcing its market leadership. Priority Pass is one of the beneficiaries of the uncertain economic climate, as more travelers seek to cut travel costs and downgrade from business class. By joining Priority Pass, travelers can ensure that they can gain access to the facilities of VIP lounges, even when flying economy class. Lounges offer refreshments, business facilities and, above all, peace and quiet. [Read more…]
A new cruise line for the French market, CDF Croisieres de France, will begin operations in May of next year. The re-christened Bleu de France will operate from Marseille on a Mediterranean route for the summer season. The cruise liner will then sail a Caribbean route based in La Romana, Dominican Republic, for the 2008-2009 winter season. [Read more…]
India’s Kingfisher Airlines and China’s Shenzhen Airlines have both agreed to install OnAir’s in-flight communications systems for phone and data. Two other Asian carriers, AirAsia and AirAsia X, also plan to offer OnAir services, bringing the number of Asian customers to four.
Demonstration systems will be installed on three Shenzhen Airlines planes by August of next year, at the time of the Beijing Olympics. By the middle of 2009, the OnAir will be available on all the carrier‘s aircraft. The airline will be the first in China with facilities for passengers to use their own communication devices while in the air. [Read more…]
Cathay Pacific Airways has chosen the Altéa Customer Management Solution (CMS) software from Amadeus as part of its commitment to new technology in support of the airline’s growth strategy. Cathay Pacific currently uses Amadeus’ internet booking package for its reservation systems. The Altéa suite has been chosen for management of the entire passenger service chain, including reservation, inventory, and departure control systems for Cathay Pacific and its subsidiary, Dragonair. The companies have agreed to a ten-year contract. [Read more…]