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Hotels, Airlines, Yacht Charters, Shopping, Reviews AUGUST 2016

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Welcome August 2016

As summer once again comes to an end, travelers are soaking up the rays and enjoy-

ing the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean before heading back home. Most island destinations have shown an increase in airlift and cruise passengers this year and so far projected to continue into the upcoming winter season. If you haven’t booked your winter escape as yet, it’s not too late… we’ll be sure to find you the best rates available. This month we have welcomed our 30th independent hotel brand, ParkInn by Radisson has joined Holiday Travel Network to bring you the best rates on all their hotels worldwide. During the coming month we will also be making changes to our website layout along with a new interactive addition to the Holiday Travel Network brand. Stay tuned and safe travels!

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The Royal Sands - Cancun Mexico

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Edelmira Hotel Boutique, Guanajuato Mexico Located on the historic centre of Guanajuato, this hotel features a stylish indoor pool and a roofed hot tub. Edelmira Hotel Boutique has a rooftop terrace with spectacular views of the town. This boutique hotel comes with a bar and a restaurant, and features a colonial-style structure with archways and a domed central patio. Featuring a modern dÊcor in turquoise and brown tones, Edelmira’s air-conditioned rooms have parquet floors and stone walls. Each comes with a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with shower. Edelmira Hotel Boutique is a few metres from the Union Garden, and is within walking distance from main colonial buildings. The famous Mummies of Guanajuato Museum is a 6-minute drive.

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Hilton

Cleveland Downtown

The opening of the 600 guest room Hilton Cleveland Downtown signifies not only a historic occasion for the city of Cleveland, but for Hilton Hotels & Resorts. This is the first hotel for Hilton Worldwide’s flagship brand in Cleveland, opening as this city continues to transform into a must-visit destination. The hotel’s sleek, contemporary design embodies a new era of Hilton hotels and represents our future. Located on Lakeside Avenue in downtown Cleveland, the hotel overlooks Lake Erie and FirstEnergy Stadium. The convention-style property, intended to serve as the new front door to Cleveland, connects to the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland and is adjacent to the Global Center for Health Innovation. “Today marks the opening of this exciting addition to Cleveland, a reflection of the hard work and determination of this community and the hotel’s more than 350 team members,” said Teri Agosta, general manager, Hilton Cleveland Downtown. “With all of the energy and buzz surrounding this city, we could not think of a better place to be right now.” Agosta continued, “We have assembled a top-notch best-in-class staff and look forward to welcoming locals and travelers alike to this impressive hotel.” At 32 floors high, overlooking Lake Erie, the new downtown Cleveland location represents the future of Hilton. Architectural firm Cooper Carry designed the modern industrial structure with reflective glass to ensure unobstructed views and natural light-filled rooms and common spaces. The silver LEED Certified building incorporates sustainably-minded features such as smart thermometers and occupancy censors. The hotel was designed to meet the needs of every guest and to serve as a gathering or dining mecca for local residents. For fitness and recreation enthusiasts, an indoor pool and comprehensive fitness room are available on the sixth level, as well as Hilton Fitness Guestrooms with in-room yoga and/or cardio and strength training setups. For art and culture aficionados, exclusively commissioned artwork of Cleveland landmarks and monuments appear in-room and throughout the hotel, including a collage comprised of 2,800 selfies submitted by Cleveland residents to create a mosaic depiction of the Cleveland skyline. A nod to Hilton’s legacy in music and entertainment, music buffs can enjoy a stay in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Suite, designed in collaboration with the Cleveland-based museum. In addition, the hotel is equipped with business traveler essentials such as a business center, in-room Wi-Fi, in-room dining and laundry valet.

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Emirates named World’s Best Airline Emirates was today named the World’s Best Airline 2016 at the prestigious Skytrax World Airline Awards

2016, in addition to scooping up the awards for World’s Best Inflight Entertainment for a record 12th consecutive year, and Best Airline in the Middle East. Based on the results of the largest airline passenger satisfaction survey in the industry, the World’s Best Airline Awards are considered a global benchmark of airline excellence. This year’s Skytrax awards were based on a total of 19.2 million completed surveys covering 280 airlines, by customers hailing from more than 104 countries. The Skytrax survey measures quality standards across 41 key performance indicators of front-line products and services in the airline industry. This is the fourth time Emirates has won the top accolade since the airline awards were introduced 15 years ago; the airline won the first ever Skytrax World’s Best Airline in 2001, again in 2002 and in 2013. In total, Emirates has won a total of 20 Skytrax World Airline Awards since 2001. Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline, said: “We are honoured to be recognised by the prestigious Skytrax awards. Emirates has always put our customers at the heart of what we do, and we work hard to deliver the very best experience possible to our customers at every touchpoint, every day, all around the world. We constantly invest in our product and services, both on the ground and in the air. We listen carefully to our customers, and then relentlessly challenge ourselves to deliver and exceed expectations. The fact that these awards are based on the direct feedback from passengers is gratifying and wonderful recognition for all of the hard work that’s gone into creating the Emirates experience.” Commenting on the Award, Edward Plaisted, CEO of Skytrax said: “This fourth World’s Best Airline title for Emirates is a fantastic achievement and true testament to the airline’s popularity. To satisfy customers from such a wide and diverse passenger base is not an easy task, but Emirates continues to gain superlative feedback from customers for its product and service offering from the front to the back of the aircraft. The IFE that Emirates provides is a continued focal point for passenger praise and it is important to note that customers were not only impressed with the programming but also the superior hardware standards, particularly for the A380 fleet.” Emirates is the world’s largest international airline, with an extensive network that has grown to offer its customers a choice of 154 destinations in 81 countries across six continents, with convenient connections through its hub in Dubai. The airline operates one of the world’s youngest modern wide-body fleets. These 13


aircraft are not only more efficient to operate, but are also more comfortable for passengers to fly in – enabling Emirates to install and offer the latest onboard products. Over the past 12 months, Emirates has rolled out a number of new product and service investments, including the unveiling of a new 777-300ER Business Class seat; expanding its global Emirates Lounge network to 39 with the opening of new facilities in Cape Town; launching new children’s toys and activity kits both on board and in the lounges and new amenity kit bags for First and Business Class travellers, investing over US$140 million in its wine programme for all cabin classes in 2015 alone, and much more. On most of Emirates’ fleet, including all of its A380 aircraft, passengers in all classes can enjoy unprecedented Wi-Fi connectivity. On average, over a quarter of all passengers use the internet during their flight. This figure increases to half on flights over 12 hours. Emirates’ unbeaten 12-year run as winner of the World’s Best Inflight Entertainment award, is thanks to its industry-leading ice entertainment system, which currently boasts an incredible 2,689 different channels for passengers to choose from – including over 90 dedicated children’s channels. Ranging from the latest blockbuster movies, award-winning television box sets, comedy series, live TV, music and computer games, ice is constantly expanding to offer even greater choice. Since winning the Skytrax award a year ago, ice has seen: 35% more TV channels introduced 20% more TV Box Sets introduced 35% more audio channels introduced An enhanced selection of content for hearing and visually impaired customers with Audio Description and Closed Captions Content offered in 37 languages The airline has also expanded Live TV across its fleet including Live TV Sports Channels featuring high-profile sporting events, including this year’s Rio Olympics.

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Second A380 from Emirates on the Dubai - Milan route In late July 2016, Emirates unveiled plans to increase capacity on the Dubai-Milan route with the deployment

of a second daily A380. The migration from a Boeing 777-300ER to the iconic double decker represents a capacity increase of 1,834 seats per week between the two cities; enabling more A380 to A380 connections to and from key destinations in Australia, China, South Korea and South East Asia with just one stop in Dubai. Commencing 1st October 2016, Emirates flights EK91/92 will be operated by an Airbus A380 aircraft in a 3-class configuration with 14 Private Suites in First Class, 76 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 401 comfortable seats in Economy Class. Passengers in all classes will enjoy access to free Wi-Fi and over 2500 channels of films, TV shows, music and games, with an impressive selection in Italian, through ice Digital Widescreen, Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment system. They will also experience the famed hospitality of the airline’s multi-cultural cabin crew, with Italian speakers on all flights to and from Italy, as well as fine Italian wines and regionally inspired cuisine prepared using the finest ingredients. What’s more, First and Business Class passengers can travel to and from the airport in style with Emirates complimentary Chauffeur-drive service as well as enjoy Emirates exclusive lounges. Once onboard, passengers in premium class seating receive a luxurious amenity kit featuring Italian-made Bvlgari products and can enjoy the Emirates Onboard Lounge; First Class passengers can also take advantage of the Emirates Shower Spa to prepare for their arrival. At Milan Malpensa, Emirates offers an arrivals lounge where premium passengers can freshen up before being driven to their final destination. Emirates’ flight EK91 departs from Dubai International Airport at 15:45hrs and arrives in Milan at 20:30hrs. The outbound flight EK92 departs from Milan at 22:20hrs and arrives in Dubai at 0625hrs the following day. The airline currently operates three daily services between Dubai and Milan, as well as a daily flight from Milan to New York JFK. From the airport, Emirates also enables seamless rail connections to over 700 train stations across Italy through its partnership with Trenitalia. The links between Milan and Emirates extend far beyond the airline’s triple daily service. Emirates has been a proud sponsor of AC Milan since 2010, with the current shirt sponsorship contract in place until the end of the 2019/20 season. Through its SkyCargo division, Emirates also facilitates the import and export of key products, connecting Italian companies to the world. In 2015, Emirates transported 22,000 tonnes of cargo from Milan including cars, marble, food products like cheese and olive oil, pharmaceuticals, clothing and shoes bound for the UAE, India, Hong Kong, USA, Australia and Mexico. 17


The Royal Sands, Cancun Mexico The Royal Sands beachfront hotel, in central Cancun, is next to Kukulcan Plaza Shopping Centre. It offers outdoor pools, a gym, spa and tennis courts. All rooms have free Wi-Fi and a balcony with sea views. Modern, air-conditioned rooms and suites feature a TV and DVD player. The private bathroom comes with a hairdryer. Suites also have a well-equipped kitchen with a fridge, microwave and coffee maker. Pasta, steaks and seafood are served at La Veranda restaurant. Hacienda Sisal restaurant specializes in Mexican cuisine. There is a snack bar and a sports bar. A varied entertainment programme is offered and Cancun’s nightlife area is 10 minutes’ drive away. The complex has free parking, and you can hire a car at the tour desk. An airport shuttle service is available for an extra charge. Cancun Airport is a 20-minute drive away.

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Holiday Travel Network - August 2016  

Catch our latest summer issue with highlights of the new Hilton Cleveland Downtown. Also find out who Skytrax has named the World's Best Air...

Holiday Travel Network - August 2016  

Catch our latest summer issue with highlights of the new Hilton Cleveland Downtown. Also find out who Skytrax has named the World's Best Air...

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