Showing posts with label Travel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Travel. Show all posts

Friday, September 16, 2011

Top 10 Must-See Locations in the World



The top ten must-see locations, in the order of ranking, as chosen by voters from all over the UK are:


1) Stonehenge, England
2) Rome, Italy
3) Chatsworth House, England
4) Cape Town, South Africa
5) Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
6) Sahara, North Africa
7) Aurora Borealis, Sweden
8) New York City, USA
9) Gower Peninsula, Wales
10) Machu Picchu, Peru




Thursday, June 2, 2011

4 Most Annoying Things to Airline Travelers


Photo Credit: Global Express Airways


4 Most Annoying Things to Airline Travelers

CHICAGO, June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The DDB Life Style Study® asked Americans what was the worst experience to have on an airplane:

1. Sitting next to a boring person who won't stop talking.
2. Sitting next to a crying baby.
3. Sitting next to an obese person.
4. Sitting next to somebody with strong body odor.
Across gender, age and parenthood status, sitting next to somebody with strong body odor was considered the worst among the four choices by 64% of people.

The unpleasantness of sitting next to a crying baby pales in comparison, with only 23% of people citing this as the worst. Apparently, boring people can keep talking because only 8% of people found this the worst, and only 6% of people claimed sitting next to an obese person as the worst.

"Considering there are several movements currently taking place to create family-only sections of aircrafts, we were surprised to find that crying babies didn't rate higher as an annoyance to airline travelers," said James Lou, U.S. Chief Strategist at DDB. "There has been a lot of press indicating that people wish there were child-free flights. Stories of lawsuits about passengers claiming hearing loss as a result of sitting next to screaming children and news of families who were removed from flights because of their unruly children have received a lot of attention, but apparently those issues are in reality less bothersome than others."

Unsurprisingly, parenthood status does seem related to feelings about sitting next to a crying baby. According to the study, people who have children aged five or under are more tolerant of sitting next to a crying baby, with only 8% citing this as the worst choice. People with children aged 6 or older are less tolerant, with 18% claiming that sitting next to a crying baby is the worst.

"It's possible that these parents have selective memories of their own children's behavior or higher opinions of their own abilities to console their little bundles of joy," added Lou.

"Given how much conversation there has been around overweight individuals having to pay for an extra seat on some airlines, we were also surprised to find that sitting next to an obese person was the least bothersome to our respondents," added Lou. "It seems that we as a society may be more tolerant of overweight people than some of the new airline policies would have us believe."

About DDB
DDB Worldwide Communications Group Inc (www.ddb.com) ranks among the top five consolidated advertising and marketing services global networks, according to Advertising Age. Consistently one of the most awarded networks globally for creative excellence, DDB was Campaign's 2009 Global Network of the Year, the 2010 Spikes Asia Network of the Year, 2010 Eurobest Network of the Year, 2010 Campaign Asia Pacific Creative Network of the Year and captured both the Cyber Grand Prix and Film Craft Grand Prix at the 2010 International Advertising Festival in Cannes. With more than 200 offices in over 90 countries, the DDB Group helps grow the value and influence of leading brands around the world. DDB Worldwide is part of Omnicom Group Inc. (OMC).
SOURCE DDB

CONTACT: Mia Sissac, DDB Chicago, +1-313-552-6439, or Pat Sloan, DDB Worldwide, +1-212-415-3271
Web Site: http://www.ddb.com


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Cape Town wins World’s Best Tourist Destination Award


One & Only Luxury Resort in Cape Town, where American Pop music Diva Mariah Carey performed for the great Madiba Nelson Mandela at a private luncheon when it opened in April 2009.


Cape Town has won the first prize as the world’s best destination in the 2011 Travellers Choice Destination Awards of TripAdvisor(R), the world's largest travel site*. Unlike any other awards, TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice awards are based on the experiences of millions of travellers from around the world.


Top 10 Tourist Destinations in the World

1. Cape Town, South Africa
2. Sidney, Australia
3. Machu Picchu, Peru
4. Paris, France
5. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
6. New York, USA
7. Rome, Italy
8. London, UK
9. Barcelona, Spain
10. Hong Kong.



Tracy Fawcett Kitesurfing girl, Cape Town, South Africa


"Cape Town is clearly the destination to beat," commented Emma O'Boyle, TripAdvisor spokesperson. "With beautiful scenery, great wine and gorgeous weather, it's easy to see why Cape Town, which also played host to last year's World Cup, has topped this year's list."

See the complete list on TripAdvisor(R)


~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima


Monday, January 10, 2011

Release Okey Ndibe's Passports Now!

Okey Ndibe

Top of the Post: Guns and Bombs Defining Nigerian Election | 24/7 NIGERIA

Jonathan, Obasanjo, Atiku, Ribadu, Ikimi : Call for the release of Okey Ndibe ‘s passports now and free him!

As past or present players in the Nigerian leadership on matters of national freedom and expression, and the need to erect the freedom of movement, speech, or expression in a young democracy like Nigeria, your immediate and collective voice is needed now to curtail official and tyrannical abuse as reported in the case of our brother, Prof Okey Ndibe, the famous author of the classic novel Arrows of Rain.

You will agree that as men who one way or the other want to ensure afree State in Nigeria especially at a time when the country cries for more bold words no matter how bitter or rancorous they appear. As you know in history if Ndibe was truly about writing words of insurrection or rebellion in order to take over the country he will not be home for a family visit. Dear Chiefs, could this whole matter be nothing but a clear sign of institutional stupidity?

With the national dilemma in the country, others like Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, the former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria in a lecture at the Faculty of Social Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka,predicted that should the current social and economic woes continue, the people could seek self-help through violence, and bring the needed change that some in leadership have always resisted.

Also, with an air of frustration, a nationally revered Constitutional Law scholar, Prof Ben Nwabueze at a Book launch, in Victoria Island, Lagos, posited that adequate transformational change only taking place through Bloody Revolution.

Like these men, Prof Ndibe, is equally crying out frustration as it relates to the pain and pressure of a nation, and nothing else. No one, among these men is calling for physical violence , and certainly Prof. Ndibe as his collective line of words speaks for itself—a call for a progressive society in order to avoid going backwards.

Therefore this form of ugly treatment is bad.

Imagin this, on a man like Prof Ndibe; after almost 14 hours of stressful travel , with heavy luggage on his body, and lack of a functional lift to the SSS office , finds himself under abrupt questioning. Of course is it okay to question him, but it must be done under due process beginning from the time with his fist contact with
the nameless SSS officer. How Ironic that all these commotion will happen on Saturday, 8th of January, 2011, shortly before mid-night to a man like Prof Ndibe, a United States based Nigerian academician, writer, and speaker on progressive issues; when the nation is witnessing rampant and lawless killing, maiming , and kidnapping in the current electoral atmosphere.

From the point of psychological and criminal justice education the SSS appears to be hungry for professional development and training to avoid procedural mistakes like this one; and an unscrupulous press for the struggling Jonathan administration, and a bad international load on nation in political and security pain.

As Leaders you will agree that in the pursue of freedom of information and in the chase for a progressive nation that diasporan writers on political issues should be welcomed with open arms and not be treated with intimidation as in the seizures of passports. Let Ndibe go now, and tell the world that this is wrong, and that there is a better way to protect a young democracy like Nigeria.In the name and spirit of Anthony Enahoro free him now!

And by the way fix that broken lift leading to the SSS office! A message to the Jonathan administration and the airport management.


~ John Egbeazien Oshodi, Ph.D , DABPS, FACFE, is a Forensic/Clinical
Psychologist and an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Behavioral
Science, North Campus, Broward College, Coconut Creek, Florida.
joshodi@broward.edu




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Friday, April 9, 2010

Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson's Travel

9 Apr 2010 12:17 Africa/Lagos

Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson's Travel

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Office of the Spokesman


U.S. Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Johnnie Carson is traveling to France, the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa), and the United Kingdom from April 8 to April 19.

Assistant Secretary Carson will begin his trip in Paris, France where he will deliver a speech to the French-American Foundation Symposium. The topic of the speech will be Transnational Security Challenges in Africa. In addition, Assistant Secretary Carson will meet with a number of senior French officials.

Upon departing from Paris, Assistant Secretary Carson will head to Brazzaville where he has requested meetings with President Denis Sassou Nguesso, Foreign Minister Basile Ikouébé, and members of the political opposition. He will also confer with Embassy staff about the U.S. engagement plan for the Republic of Congo.

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Assistant Secretary Carson has requested meetings with President Joseph Kabila, Foreign Minister Alexis Thambwe Mwamba, and various other senior Congolese officials. In addition to meeting with Embassy staff on our engagement in the DRC, he will travel to Kisangani to visit a U.S.-funded training mission for a Congolese light infantry battalion. The mission is a collaboration between the State Department and AFRICOM as part of our effort to further the professionalization of the Congolese military. Upon his return to Kinshasa, Assistant Secretary Carson will participate in a signing ceremony for the President's Emergency Plan for AID's Relief (PEPFAR) Partnership Framework with Prime Minister Adolphe Muzito before departing the country.

Assistant Secretary Carson will conclude his trip in London where he has a meeting scheduled with his counterpart in the Foreign Office. He will also participate in a press roundtable.



Source: US Department of State

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Delta Makes Travel to Africa More Affordable with Special Fares to Kenya and Liberia

17 Mar 2009 19:41 Africa/Lagos


Delta Makes Travel to Africa More Affordable with Special Fares to Kenya and Liberia

ATLANTA, March 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) today announced limited-time special fares on its new routes to Kenya and Liberia*, making travel to Africa more affordable on the only airline with scheduled service between the U.S. and that continent.


(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090202/DELTALOGO )


Delta is offering a one-way introductory fare of $819** for travel between Atlanta and Nairobi, Kenya (via Dakar, Senegal), from June 2 to Aug. 30, 2009; and of $989** for travel between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Monrovia, Liberia* (also via Dakar), from June 8 to Aug. 30, 2009. A round-trip ticket purchase is required and travel must be booked by April 7, 2009. **Additional taxes/fees/restrictions/baggage charges may apply. Details are included below.


Delta's new flights to Kenya and Liberia are part of the airline's expanding service to Africa, which already includes service between New York-JFK to Accra, Ghana; Dakar; Cape Town, South Africa; and Abuja, Nigeria* (via Dakar*, beginning June 10, 2009). Delta also offers nonstop service between Atlanta and Dakar; and Lagos, Nigeria. Delta's existing one-stop service between Atlanta and Johannesburg, South Africa, via Dakar, will become a nonstop flight starting June 1, 2009.


Delta's schedule between Atlanta and Nairobi (via Dakar) starting June 2:

Flight Departs Arrives Aircraft Frequency

DL34 Atlanta 4:10 p.m. Nairobi 5:25 p.m. Boeing 4 times weekly
(next day) 767-300ER

DL35 Nairobi 8:10 p.m. Atlanta 8 a.m. Boeing 4 times weekly
(next day) 767-300ER


Delta's schedule between New York-JFK and Monrovia (via Dakar), starting June 8:


Flight Departs Arrives Aircraft Frequency

DL212 New York-JFK Monrovia 8:05 a.m. Boeing 1 time
4:15 p.m. (next day) 757-200 weekly
(with Business
Elite)

DL213 Monrovia 10 a.m. New York-JFK 5:40 p.m. Boeing 1 time
757-200 weekly
(with Business
Elite)


Delta Air Lines is the world's largest airline. From its hubs in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita, Delta, its Northwest subsidiary and Delta Connection carriers offer service to 378 destinations in 66 countries and serve more than 170 million passengers each year. Delta's marketing alliances allow customers to earn and redeem either SkyMiles or WorldPerks on more than 16,000 daily flights offered by SkyTeam and other partners. Delta's more than 70,000 employees worldwide are reshaping the aviation industry as the only U.S. airline to offer a full global network. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and flight status at delta.com.


**Terms and Conditions:


Restrictions: Fares shown are available at delta.com. Tickets cost $20 more if purchased from Delta over the phone, $35 more at a Delta ticket counter or ticket office, and these amounts are nonrefundable. Tickets are non-transferable. Seats are limited. Tickets: Fares shown are round-trip. Tickets must be purchased within 72 hours after reservations are made and no later than April 7, 2009. Travel Period: Travel to Nairobi may begin June 2, 2009 through August 30, 2009. Travel to Monrovia may begin June 8, 2009 through August 30, 2009. Blackout Dates: None. Fare Validity: Fare is valid only in the Economy (Coach) cabin via nonstop flights operated by Delta Air Lines. Minimum Stay: For Monrovia 7 days; for Nairobi 5 days. Maximum Stay: 3 months Taxes/Fees: Federal Excise Tax of $3.60, Passenger Facility Charge(s) of up to $4.50, and the September 11th Security Fee of up to $2.50 for each flight segment are not included. Fares do not include U.S. International Air Transportation Tax of up to $32.20 and U.S. and foreign user, inspection, security or other similarly based charges, fees or taxes of up to $299, depending on itinerary. Taxes and fees must be paid when the ticket is purchased. Baggage Charges: For travel within the United States/PR/U.S. Virgin Islands, $15 for 1 checked bag and $25 for second checked bag. For all other travel, no fee for 2 checked bags and $200 fee for third checked bag. Allowances are subject to size/weight limits. Contact a Delta agent or visit delta.com for details. Cancellations/Refunds/Changes: Tickets are nonrefundable except in accordance with Delta's cancellation policy. Fees may apply for downgrades/reissues and itinerary changes. Contact a Delta agent or visit delta.com for details. Miscellaneous: Fares, taxes, fees, rules, and offers are subject to change without notice. Other restrictions may apply. (C)2009 Delta Air Lines, Inc.


*Subject to foreign government approval.


Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090202/DELTALOGO
AP Archive: http://photoarchive.ap.org/
PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com
Source: Delta Air Lines

CONTACT: Corporate Communications, +1-404-715-2554


Web Site: Delta