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Posts from October, 2008

”Holidays will make us happy” says the public

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Taking a holiday is one of the most important factors in your happiness, according to new research.

A survey has found that 90 per cent of people include holidays at one of the five most important things that will make you happy, beating owning your own home and being in a relationship, among other factors.

The poll of 1,000 of its customers this summer by website kayak.co.uk also found that 98 per cent of people would forgo luxuries in order to afford a holiday.

Indications are that, despite the growing economic gloom, the UK holiday industry remains buoyant.

According to Lonely Planet author David Else, "the actual number of people (young and old) travelling the world or taking a simpler/shorter holiday has not been impacted much".

In a recent article for the Times, Nick Hasell says neither of the UK”s two biggest tour operators, TUI and Thomson, have yet to suffer "any fallout from the consumer downturn".

The firms” closest competitor XL went out of business earlier this summer, but this was due to rising fuel costs as opposed to a fall in consumer demand.

Relaxation and Romance – Wining and Dining – Dine in some unforgettable settings including the Eiffel Tower and in the shadow of the New York skyline.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18807399-ADNFCR

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”Holidays will make us happy” says the public

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Taking a holiday is one of the most important factors in your happiness, according to new research.

A survey has found that 90 per cent of people include holidays at one of the five most important things that will make you happy, beating owning your own home and being in a relationship, among other factors.

The poll of 1,000 of its customers this summer by website kayak.co.uk also found that 98 per cent of people would forgo luxuries in order to afford a holiday.

Indications are that, despite the growing economic gloom, the UK holiday industry remains buoyant.

According to Lonely Planet author David Else, "the actual number of people (young and old) travelling the world or taking a simpler/shorter holiday has not been impacted much".

In a recent article for the Times, Nick Hasell says neither of the UK”s two biggest tour operators, TUI and Thomson, have yet to suffer "any fallout from the consumer downturn".

The firms” closest competitor XL went out of business earlier this summer, but this was due to rising fuel costs as opposed to a fall in consumer demand.

Relaxation and Romance – Wining and Dining – Dine in some unforgettable settings including the Eiffel Tower and in the shadow of the New York skyline.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18807399-ADNFCR

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”Holidays will make us happy” says the public

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Taking a holiday is one of the most important factors in your happiness, according to new research.

A survey has found that 90 per cent of people include holidays at one of the five most important things that will make you happy, beating owning your own home and being in a relationship, among other factors.

The poll of 1,000 of its customers this summer by website kayak.co.uk also found that 98 per cent of people would forgo luxuries in order to afford a holiday.

Indications are that, despite the growing economic gloom, the UK holiday industry remains buoyant.

According to Lonely Planet author David Else, "the actual number of people (young and old) travelling the world or taking a simpler/shorter holiday has not been impacted much".

In a recent article for the Times, Nick Hasell says neither of the UK”s two biggest tour operators, TUI and Thomson, have yet to suffer "any fallout from the consumer downturn".

The firms” closest competitor XL went out of business earlier this summer, but this was due to rising fuel costs as opposed to a fall in consumer demand.

Relaxation and Romance – Wining and Dining – Dine in some unforgettable settings including the Eiffel Tower and in the shadow of the New York skyline.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18807399-ADNFCR

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”Holidays will make us happy” says the public

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Taking a holiday is one of the most important factors in your happiness, according to new research.

A survey has found that 90 per cent of people include holidays at one of the five most important things that will make you happy, beating owning your own home and being in a relationship, among other factors.

The poll of 1,000 of its customers this summer by website kayak.co.uk also found that 98 per cent of people would forgo luxuries in order to afford a holiday.

Indications are that, despite the growing economic gloom, the UK holiday industry remains buoyant.

According to Lonely Planet author David Else, "the actual number of people (young and old) travelling the world or taking a simpler/shorter holiday has not been impacted much".

In a recent article for the Times, Nick Hasell says neither of the UK”s two biggest tour operators, TUI and Thomson, have yet to suffer "any fallout from the consumer downturn".

The firms” closest competitor XL went out of business earlier this summer, but this was due to rising fuel costs as opposed to a fall in consumer demand.

Relaxation and Romance – Wining and Dining – Dine in some unforgettable settings including the Eiffel Tower and in the shadow of the New York skyline.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18807399-ADNFCR

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”Holidays will make us happy” says the public

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Taking a holiday is one of the most important factors in your happiness, according to new research.

A survey has found that 90 per cent of people include holidays at one of the five most important things that will make you happy, beating owning your own home and being in a relationship, among other factors.

The poll of 1,000 of its customers this summer by website kayak.co.uk also found that 98 per cent of people would forgo luxuries in order to afford a holiday.

Indications are that, despite the growing economic gloom, the UK holiday industry remains buoyant.

According to Lonely Planet author David Else, "the actual number of people (young and old) travelling the world or taking a simpler/shorter holiday has not been impacted much".

In a recent article for the Times, Nick Hasell says neither of the UK”s two biggest tour operators, TUI and Thomson, have yet to suffer "any fallout from the consumer downturn".

The firms” closest competitor XL went out of business earlier this summer, but this was due to rising fuel costs as opposed to a fall in consumer demand.

Relaxation and Romance – Wining and Dining – Dine in some unforgettable settings including the Eiffel Tower and in the shadow of the New York skyline.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18807399-ADNFCR

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New mega-hotel nears completion in Dubai

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One of the world”s most costly hotels opened on the Palm Jumeriah in Dubai this month.

With a construction bill of $1.5 billion (£800 million), Atlantis covers some 114 acres and includes over 1,500 rooms.

Its setting is a newly created island just off the coast of Dubai city, which has been conceived specifically for the hotel.

While its name might recall the numerous themed hotels some 8,000 miles away in Las Vegas, the resort”s first priority is luxury.

Double rooms start at a relatively affordable £230 a night, but the finest suite will set you back £15,000. It does boast a gold leaf-lined dining table, however.

As with any good resort, the in-house attractions are just as impressive as the accommodation. The aquapark includes a 1.5 mile lazy river, with another seven rides and numerous swimming pools and other facilities.

Seventeen restaurants will cater to any taste of palette and their list reads like the contents page from the annual Michelin guide: there are 11 of its famous stars accompanying the names of the respected chefs with locations in the complex.

World-famous hotels are no rarity in this part of the world, but the emergence of the Atlantis has raised the bar for the rest.

Dubai – A true modern metropolis Dubai boasts a fine range of tourist facilities including the refined Burj al Arab hotel.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18805202-ADNFCR

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New Zealanders look to the skies

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Heads will be tilted back and eyes turned upwards as the annual New Zealand Air Games takes to the skies above Wanaka this December.

From December 27th and 28th, fearless pilots and stuntmen will compete in a series of airborne disciplines above the airport at Wanaka on the Southern Island.

Events will include helicopter stunt flying, aircraft acrobatics and, perhaps most death-defying of all, head-to-head skydive races which take place amid descending inflatable pylons as a gauge of each competitors progress back down towards the ground.

There will also be model aircraft races as well as non-powered events such as paragliding to excite the crowd.

The spectators in the airfield will be able to see pictures from fuselage and helmet-mounted cameras displayed on large video screens, as well as benefit from sophisticated computer graphics giving real-time updates and statistic information.

Visitors will also have the chance to try out some aerial pursuits themselves, with hot air ballooning, (strictly non-competitive) skydiving and helicopter flights all on offer as the festival looks to increase interest and participation in airborne pursuits.

Special Interest – Nightlife – From an extravagant meal to an eerie ghost walk – plenty of things to keep you entertained after the sun goes down.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18805005-ADNFCR

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Risk of contracting Malaria is ”avoidable”

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The risk posed by malaria to backpacking gap year students is "avoidable", according to new research.

A survey of nearly 1,000 ”gappers” has shown that a third of students did not take important antimalarial drugs which would protect against the disease.

The research, conducted by gapyear.com on behalf of the Malaria Awareness Campaign, also found that almost a quarter did not seek medical advice before leaving the UK, while forty-one per cent did not sleep under mosquito nets while away.

Commenting on the findings, gapyear.com founder Tom Griffith said: "An estimated 250,000 gap year students will head off on their gap year holidays this year and more than three quarters will visit malaria endemic areas."

The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that, while between 1,500 and 2,000 people return to the UK from overseas with malaria, an average of only nine people die each year as a result. However it suggests that this figure may be distorted as not all cases are reported.

Malaria is caused by a parasite which passes to humans via the bites of infected mosquitoes. Symptoms including headache, fever and vomiting may occur between ten to 15 days after infection.

"By not taking the necessary precautions, we believe hundreds are needlessly becoming seriously ill each year from malaria," Mr Griffith added.

Special Interest – Nightlife – From an extravagant meal to an eerie ghost walk – plenty of things to keep you entertained after the sun goes down.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18804909-ADNFCR

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Risk of contracting Malaria is ”avoidable”

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The risk posed by malaria to backpacking gap year students is "avoidable", according to new research.

A survey of nearly 1,000 ”gappers” has shown that a third of students did not take important antimalarial drugs which would protect against the disease.

The research, conducted by gapyear.com on behalf of the Malaria Awareness Campaign, also found that almost a quarter did not seek medical advice before leaving the UK, while forty-one per cent did not sleep under mosquito nets while away.

Commenting on the findings, gapyear.com founder Tom Griffith said: "An estimated 250,000 gap year students will head off on their gap year holidays this year and more than three quarters will visit malaria endemic areas."

The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that, while between 1,500 and 2,000 people return to the UK from overseas with malaria, an average of only nine people die each year as a result. However it suggests that this figure may be distorted as not all cases are reported.

Malaria is caused by a parasite which passes to humans via the bites of infected mosquitoes. Symptoms including headache, fever and vomiting may occur between ten to 15 days after infection.

"By not taking the necessary precautions, we believe hundreds are needlessly becoming seriously ill each year from malaria," Mr Griffith added.

Special Interest – Nightlife – From an extravagant meal to an eerie ghost walk – plenty of things to keep you entertained after the sun goes down.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18804909-ADNFCR

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