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Archive for July, 2007

Say ‘Please’

By Linda Tancs

Can you say “please” in 80 or more languages?  Learn how by subscribing to TravLang’s Word of the Day program.  Go to www.travlang.com/wordofday.

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The Kingdom of Nepal

By Linda Tancs

In this week’s edition of Travelrific Travel Show, the topic is Nepal.  This tiny kingdom boasts plenty of attractions in the valley for those who aren’t interested in scaling the world’s tallest mountain.  Tune in at www.travelrificradio.com.

Las Vegas, Dubai Style

By Linda Tancs

Is there room in the world for another Strip (without the gambling)?  Dubai’s Bawadi is developing a $100 billion strip of themed resorts (think Epcot), including the world’s largest hotel.  The resorts characterizing the Americas will be the Latino Resort representing Latino culture, America Hotel and Resort (celebrating North American and South American cultures) and Wild Wild West (think John Wayne).  Other resorts will represent Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.   A Universal site will provide general entertainment.  Sounds more like a World’s Fair than a Vegas-like showplace.  Then again, maybe that’s the point.

Improved Airline Web Sites Seek to Enhance Customer Service

By Linda Tancs

In a bid no doubt to improve the customer service experience, several airlines have enhanced their Web sites to offer conveniences such as improved mileage reward retrieval and flight messaging services.  For instance, Delta Airlines (www.delta.com) offers award ticket FAQs, award travel tips and updated seat availability.  Also, American Airlines (www.aa.com) offers passengers the ability to download flight information to Palm organizers.  And not to be outdone, Southwest Airlines (www.southwest.com) offers wireless check-in via web-enabled mobile devices.  Southwest’s Travel Tools aren’t too bad, either.  Check out their interactive route map.    Will all these “virtual” improvements translate into higher airline satisfaction ratings?  Probably not, so long as lines are long, baggage loss is up, fuel costs are high, and meals are reduced.  Perhaps seating space is more important than cyberspace.

The World’s First City to Go Green

By Linda Tancs

The Welsh have six different ways of saying “green,” so it should come as no surprise that Wales boasts the first city to adopt an all-green program.  The tiny hamlet of St. David’s has initiated an Eco City Project designed to maintain a carbon neutral lifestyle.  The project supports the planting and preservation of trees to absorb carbon emissions, harvesting of rainwater, low-energy light bulbs and solar-heated water.  Learn more at www.eco-city.co.uk.

Charles Dickens Comes to Life in Kent

By Linda Tancs

Charles Dickens alive and well in Chatham?  Bah, humbug.  But seriously, you can explore the life and times of the great storyteller in his hometown of Chatham, England along with many of his favorite characters at the newly opened Dickens World.  Check out www.dickensworld.co.uk.

Alexandria, Virginia and Nearby Mount Vernon

By Linda Tancs

In this week’s edition of the podcast Travelrific Travel Show, the topic is Alexandria, Virginia and nearby Mount Vernon.  Experience the life and times of George Washington at his sprawling riverview estate, just miles from Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.  Tune in at www.travelrificradio.com.

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