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Caribbean Cruise Lines Caribbean Cruise Line Scam Watch Highlights Spring Break Travel Safety Needs. According to Caribbean Cruise Line scam prevention is one of its highest priorities as a vacation package provider. As many Americans embrace travel plans for annual spring breaks, Caribbean Cruise Line encourages tourists to use cause -- especially when traveling abroad. In a recent press statement, the company comments, "Through the Caribbean Cruise Line Scam Watch program, we hope to decrease the amount of scams travelers face so that they can enjoy their time away with confidence and in an affordable manner." However, as a recent article from U.S. News and World Report indicates, many of those embracing the spring break travel season, are also looking for ways to enjoy vacation time without going over budget. It reveals, "Spring break is around the corner, and if you're not careful, costs can easily turn a fun family vacation into a financial catastrophe. It's understandable if you're considering skipping this year's vacation, but if you're willing to do some research and get a little creative, you can find that there are plenty of ways to enjoy [spring] break with your kids without crushing your checking account." The article continues by offering an array of tips for those trying to plan spring break on a budget, one of which Caribbean Cruise Line raises caution about. The article suggests, "Consider daily deal websites. Investigate sites like LivingSocial and Groupon for vacation packages. Both offer significant discounts for travel options, and if you're planning a trip to a destination city, try signing up for email updates for that zip code so you can get deals and discounts on local food and entertainment options to use on your vacation." While the company encourages -- and provides -- affordable travel deals, Caribbean Cruise Line believes that these kind of websites can prey on unsuspecting scam victims. As such, the company explains in its press statement, "Based on the research of Caribbean Cruise Line Scam Watch, we have found that many travelers are scammed out of their money opting for 'daily deals' from illegitimate vacation providers, before the trip even takes place. While many sites -- like those mentioned in the article -- are genuine, it is important for all consumers to use caution to make sure the deal they are paying for is the one they really get." In addition to looking at online travel deals with a closer eye, Caribbean Cruise Line notes that those who are traveling abroad should learn basic ways to avoid scam artists. In its press statement, the company concludes, "For Caribbean Cruise Line scam prevention is the utmost importance from planning travel to enjoying travel; as a general tip we encourage all tourists to travel in numbers, stay free of distractions in public places and keep valuables close and secure at all times." May 29, 2013

Centara Hotels Full moon shining brightly over Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket. Thailand is where the idea of full moon parties really began, on the island of Pha Ngan, and the idea has now spread to Phuket, where Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket is one of the first hotels to have its own Full Moon Party, which is hosted on Karon Beach. The event at Pha Ngan has become world-famous since the first was held in 1985, drawing thousands of revelers each month to the islandOs Haad Rin town and beach and generating huge revenues. OPhuket is such a successful tourist destination that it may surprise some this hasnOt been done before,O says Denis Thouvard, Area General Manager of Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket. OHowever, when the situation is looked at more closely, there are not that many locations where a hotel in a prime resort area has direct access to a large stretch of beach. OOur resort is the only five-star property located directly on the beach at Karon [ETH] the others are on the land side of the beach road. The design of the resort is based around a water park, and that leads straight onto the beach. OWith our own beach frontage we, therefore, have the ideal venue for a full-moon beach party, and it is proving very popular not just with our own guests but with other tourists staying in Karon and even further afield.O The resort bases its party at its Cove beach restaurant, which is set directly on the beach, and which has awnings to keep the sun off during the day and to protect against any inclement weather during the evening. The next full moon party at the Cove will be on the night of Tuesday, July 3, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. A BBQ buffet with live music to dance to are the features of the evening, which is priced at Baht 1,090 (US$36) per person, or Baht 1,590 (US$53)if you would like a free flow of wine with your dinner. For youngsters between the ages of 6 and 12 years, the price is only Baht 545 (US$18), and there is no charge for those under 6 years old. Mr. Thouvard believes that CentaraOs Full Moon Party will establish Karon as the go-to destination for those who have no plans to travel to the Gulf of Thailand, where Pha Ngan is located. OKaron is not going to be on anything like the same scale as Haad Rin, as the tourist profile and the facilities are so different, but as a magical moonlit evening, with music, food, and the ocean, it does make a very attractive alternative,O he says. OSo far, our own full moon party has been attracting a wide selection of guests, ranging from singles and couples through to groups, and families with young children. Everyone has a great time, the kids included.O Centara Hotels & Resorts is Thailand's leading operator of hotels, with 41 deluxe and first-class properties covering all the major tourist destinations in the Kingdom. A further 17 resorts in the Maldives, Vietnam, Shanghai, Bali Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Mauritius Indian Ocean, brings the present total to 58 properties. Brands and properties within Centara ensure that specific categories such as couples, families, individuals, and meetings and incentives groups will all find a hotel or resort that is appropriate to their needs. Centara operates 27 branches of Spa Cenvaree, one of Thailand's most luxurious and innovative spa brands, together with its newly-launched value brand Cense by Spa Cenvaree, which provides core spa services for busy travelers. The company's Kids' Club is available at all the family-friendly resorts to ensure that the youngsters and teens are taken care of. Centara Hotels & Resorts also operates two state-of-the-art convention centers in Bangkok, and two in northeastern Thailand, one being located in Udon Thani and the other in Khon Kaen. The latest Centara brand is named COSI Hotels, an economy brand designed for travelers who predominantly make their bookings via the Internet and who want comfort and convenience at the most friendly prices available, which is under development with the first property due to open in 2015. For more information and reservations, please contact tel. +662 101 1234 ext. 1 or e-mail to reservations@chr.co.th Facebook: www.facebook.com/centarahotelsresorts Twitter: www.twitter.com/MyCentara Source: centarahotelsresorts.com May 30, 2013

JetBlue Airways JetBlue launches program to compost food waste. JetBlue Airways announced plans to compost nearly 300 pounds of food waste per day from restaurants at its terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. The carrier is partnering with Air Ventures and Royal Waste Services. The compost from the leftover food will be turned into fertilizer and soil for farms. May 31, 2013

JetBlue Airways JetBlue To Launch Composting Program At JFK's Terminal 5. JetBlue Airways (JBLU), New York's Hometown Airline*, today announced a partnership with Air Ventures and Royal Waste Services to compost leftovers from select restaurants in Terminal 5 (T5) at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Air Ventures, the franchisee that owns and operates the Jamba Juice and Dunkin Donuts restaurants in T5 and Royal Waste Services have committed to work with the airline to separate and haul nearly 300 pounds of food waste each day for composting. Preserving the environment and creating a healthier planet is a core pillar of JetBlue's sustainability philosophy. Compost is good for the environment, reduces the amount of solid waste that goes into landfills, redirects it to become a useful product and decreases the production of greenhouse gases such as methane. "We have a greater responsibility to the community than just transporting people from point A to point B," said Robin Hayes, chief commercial officer, JetBlue Airways. "As a corporate citizen and leader in our industry, we seek opportunities to recycle, reduce and restore. We offset emissions from all crewmember business travel, we fund and plant trees in areas affected by deforestation, and now, we're introducing a composting program at our home base of operations at New York's JFK airport. JetBlue's 15,000 crewmembers power our efforts every day to be the airline of choice among the communities we serve, and together, we aim to improve our communities' environment, too." This collaboration is JetBlue's most recent sustainability effort. Rather than tossing food into the trash, Air Ventures will throw compostable food scraps into bins which Royal Waste Services will then transport to a composting facility to turn it into fertilizer and nutrient rich soil for local farms including McEnroe Organic Farm in upstate New York. JetBlue plans to extend this partnership to other vendors in JFK's T5, as well as other airports throughout its network. "We know that reducing the landfill footprint is the right business and social choice," said Stephen Baldi, operating partner, Air Ventures. "Our dedicated managers and team members who see the waste on a daily basis want to do this and help make the program happen." "Composting is a no-brainer," said Joe Morra, general manager, Royal Waste Services. "As a company, we can reduce costs. As corporate citizens, we can keep good materials out of landfill." At JetBlue, preserving the environment is a top priority. The airline is creating a healthier planet through a variety of efforts. JetBlue recently accepted Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Carbon Challenge to reduce carbon gas emissions in New York City. JetBlue also took an environmentally-friendly approach during the construction of its new corporate support center in Long Island City, adding to the building's recognition by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as having achieved Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design for Existing Buildings (LEED EB) Silver certification. Since 2008, JetBlue has partnered with Carbonfund.org, a nonprofit organization that allows customers to offset carbon dioxide emissions generated by their individual air travel. The airline also offsets all crewmember business travel. Carbon offsets balance out carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from a flight by supporting projects that reduce CO2 elsewhere. The airline offsets CO2 emissions through CarbonFund.org which manages a variety of sustainable initiatives including renewable energy and methane projects; energy efficiency and carbon credits and reforestation. Additionally, over the past six years through its One Thing That's Green, JetBlue has planted 1,333 trees and cleaned up nearly three tons of trash throughout New York City in an effort to improve air quality. These trees will remove 34,658 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere over the course of their lives. May 29, 2013

Muscat airport Muscat airport in Oman crippled by strike . Oman is now also target of strikes. The ground handling staff at the Muscat airport in Oman have gone on strike since Friday night slowing down operations at the airport. The workers are demanding better working conditions, fewer working hours and better wages. This is second time this year the workers have resorted to a strike. OI could not deposit visas on Saturday morning for our business associate to come from India,O Biju Jacob, an employee of Abdul Fattah Noor Company LLC, told Gulf News. Article continues below He said that when he went to the airport to deposit the visa for passengers arriving later tonight, there was no one at the Ovisa depositO counter. Under the system, once a visa is deposited at the airport counter, the concerned airline is given a message to let a passenger board a flight. OWe had to send the visa by courier to our business associates from India and they had to postpone the visit till they get visas in hand to board a flight from India,O said the senior employee of the firm that imports fruits, vegetables, frozen foodstuff and eggs into Oman. OWith the airport situation since Friday night, we had to ask our employees to work double shifts to cope up with the work overload,O Riyaz Kuttery, General Manager of Jet Airways, told Gulf News. He, however, added that all three Jet Airways flight left Muscat on time. OTwo left last night and one this morning,O he added. Meanwhile, Oman Air issued a statement confirming that a small number of staff has gone on strike at the Muscat International Airport. OIt is disappointed to learn that an unofficial strike has been called by a small number of staff at Muscat International Airport,O according to the statement issued by the airlineOs Corporate Communication to Gulf News. ONo advance notice of the strike was given as required by the Omani labour law and the national regulations governing industrial action appear not to have been observed,O the statement said. OOman AirOs formal complaints and grievance procedures remain available to any member of staff who wishes to raise issues of concern.O The statement further clarified that Oman Air had positioned additional staff to minimize the impact on customers and have managed a 77 per cent on time performance of all their flights between 1am and 2.30pm on Saturday. The statement assured that Oman AirOs commitment to its customers was absolute and the airline was working towards resuming normal service as quickly as possible. Jun 1, 2013

StarWorld Macau StarWorld Macau wins "Best Service Hotel of the Year" award. StarWorld Macau recently garnered the "Best Service Hotel of the Year" award during "2013 China Travel and Meetings Industry Awards" presentation ceremony held in Shanghai, becoming the only Macau hotel to receive such recognition. "China Travel and Meetings Industry Awards" aims to honor outstanding enterprises in in the travel and MICE industry in China. This award marked an important recognition by the industry given the award's well-renowned justice and innovative originality. Other winners include The Ritz-Carlton Guangzhou, Shangri-La Hotel Suzhou and Sheraton Shanghai Waigaoqiao Hotel. Mr. Charles So, Deputy Chief Operating Officer of StarWorld Macau, expressed his heartfelt thanks to his team members, guests and associates. "StarWorld Macau has already received 40 industry awards since our establishment in 2006. This award is also the 5th award we have in this year, marking an important recognition on StarWorld Macau's outstanding performance and service quality. We will continue to serve with an 'Asian Heart,' and provide every guest with 'Star-Rated' experience." "2013 China Travel and Meetings Industry Awards" is organized by the leading travel media Travel Weekly Magazineand the Events Magazine. Each award is selected by a panel of judges which is formed by the most influential and authoritative experts in the travel industry. The award is definitely one of the most important honours in recognizing StarWorld Macau's leading position in the hotel industry and the unparalleled service standard for every guest. Situated in the heart of Macau's dynamic entertainment district - the Avenida de Amizade, StarWorld Macau is the first five-star hotel and entertainment project in the Galaxy Entertainment Group. Ever since its grand opening in 2006, StarWorld Macau has been paid a high compliment from various sectors, famed for its "star-rated" quality in hospitality, entertainment, accommodation and restaurants. StarWorld Macau has gone to great lengths to make the guests feel "When I step into StarWorld, I shine like a star." The StarWorld Macau team's "Asian Heart" service philosophy has been applied in every care and service provided to the guests. Round-the-clock room service is easily accessible through a "Star Service" button on the telephone in each guestroom that shows the hotel's thoughtful and caring one-stop service. With a pillow menu provided, the guests can choose from nine different types of pillows for the best suitable material, functionality and even fragrance. Meanwhile, air purifying system is equipped in the elegantly designed entertainment area, along with professional service delivered to every guest. The star-rated restaurants at StarWorld Macau have integrated the East and the West elements, representing the unique cosmopolitan charisma of Macau. Temptations is a secluded private garden that serves delectable international cuisines for guests to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city; the chic and posh Whisky Bar offers a panoramic view of Macau along with many fine wines and cocktails; the legendary brand Inagiku, which is the only one in Macau, features delicate Japanese dishes which have enjoyed more than a century's fame and prestige; Laurel features a wide range of Cantonese and other provincial cuisines at their best; The twice awarded one-Michelin-star restaurant Jade Garden serves an array of contemporary yet authentic Shanghainese food; Round-the-clock restaurant Sensations provides a convenient option for guests to savour various local and Cantonese delicacies. The management of StarWorld Macau strongly believes that the success of the company cannot be made possible without the contribution from every team member. Therefore, StarWorld Macau is dedicated to being a responsible employer by providing a comprehensive and happy environment for its team members. The company provides various trainings and even chances to visit hotel professionals overseas for employees to equip them with the latest service skills. A variety of recreational activities is also organized to build up team morale. The staff restaurant provides an abundance of choice of various dishes and salads where one can also find a massage machine to relax themselves during the break. Such attentive management style has made StarWorld Macau one of the employers in Macau to have recorded very low turnover rate compared with the other ones in the market. The loyalty of the team members to StarWorld Macau is also one of the key reasons for the hotel's excellent and consistent star-rated service characterized by the "Asian Heart" philosophy. May 31, 2013 AirGuideOnline ISSN 1544-3760 06/03/2013

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