Great Safaris Offering Limited Time Spring Break Special to Tanzania

Great Safaris Offering Limited Time Spring Break Special to Tanzania

31/Jan/2015  //  140 Viewers

Luxury safari outfitter Great Safaris is re-introducing their classic program Great Tanzania Wing Safari with a limited time offer for Spring Break. Book your clients on this family safari and their first child travels free; in addition, they will receive a 50 percent discount for their second child. Help travelers plan this amazing adventure with their kids and give them something to talk about for years to come.

The luxury Level itinerary allows your clients to see the greatest wildlife destination on Earth by air. They will travel along the safari route in the lap of luxury as they fly to and from each destination in the comfort of an Executive Cessna 208B, the very first of its kind on Tanzania’s safari circuit. With a new Executive Oasis interior and only nine business class seats, they will be able to stretch out and relax while they soar over the beautiful Tanzania landscape.

Families will stay in world-class accommodations, feast on gourmet cuisine and quench their desire for adventure while discovering Tanzania in awe and wonder. Elewana SkySafari includes all of Northern Tanzania’s major highlights and offers an unparalleled game viewing and cultural experience. The Safari Cruisers have been customized for comfort and optimized game viewing; additionally, the vehicles are fitted with bush-lunch awnings, power supply to recharge cameras and batteries, a cool box and refrigerator, binoculars, and reference books on local flora and fauna.

The experienced guiding team boasts domestic and international qualifications and will share their deep knowledge and passion for the areas your clients visit. Families will wing their way to Tarangire National Park for day and night game drives, game walks and drinks atop Sunset Hill. They will soar to Karatu where they can stroll through an African market and enjoy high tea then head out on a full day of exploration of the Ngorongoro Crater. Travelers can visit Lake Manyara National Park or choose from activities like horseback riding, cycling, a massage treatment or just relaxing at the lodge. Then families will fly to Serengeti National Park to explore the vast plains and its diverse wildlife on the last few days of this amazing journey.

The Great Tanzania Wing Safari is $6,796 per adult for departures on March 23 & 29, 2015. The tour is $6,429 per adult for departures on April 4, 12 & 18 and May 2, 2015. The first child (under 12 years) is free, the second child (under 16 years) is 50 percent. Park and crater fees are an additional $455 per adult/child.

For travelers who have a little more time, Great Safaris offers a variety of pre- and post-travel extension options in Southern Africa, Eastern Africa, Egypt and now in Abu Dhabi. These options are from some of their most popular tours and can be added to most itineraries.

Great Safaris offers up to 15 percent commission on all land rates.


Travel2 Launches Invest in Romance Packages Ahead of Valentine’s Day

Travel2 Launches Invest in Romance Packages Ahead of Valentine’s Day

31/Jan/2015  //  144 Viewers

With Valentine’s Day approaching, it is the perfect time for couples to invest in romance and plan a romantic getaway to a beautiful destination. There is no better way to celebrate love than in a private overwater bungalow overlooking crystal clear water and a clear blue sky.

Travel2, a specialist in romantic travel to the South Pacific and Asia, has launched romantic getaways with something for every taste and every budget. Packages range from just under $2,000 to $5,000 and include travel to Tahiti, Fiji, Australia, Cook Islands, Bali, and Thailand. Travel2 has worked with their partners to offer the best savings on accommodations, giving the best value to travelers. Couples will save any anywhere from $450 to $2300 per package.

In addition, Travel2 has added a range of romantic treats to make travelers’ experience that much more enjoyable. Their romantic treats include bottles of sparkling wine, champagne breakfasts, massages, resort credits, and more; a great value add for customers. Whether couples are looking for a simple day of relaxation, or a day filled with adventure and sightseeing, these packages will cater to all their needs and fulfill all of their romantic wishes.



Miami Hotel Valentine's Day Guide

Miami Hotel Valentine's Day Guide

31/Jan/2015  //  603 Viewers

EPIC Hotel - Miami Romance

Take your love sky high to this downtown luxury retreat with a romance package at the EPIC Hotel (270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami; 305-424-5226) that includes:

    A welcome bottle of bubbly
    Poolside cabana with fresh fruit and water
    20% off spa therapies for two at Exhale Spa
    Chocolate-covered strawberries and an intimacy kit

Nightly rates start at $414. For more information and to book, call 1-800-KIMPTON and use promo code: LOVE.

Surfcomber Miami, South Beach - Tryst with a Twist

Get a little naughty in South Beach with Surfcomber's (1717 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-532-7715) "Tryst with a Twist" package including:

    Sex on the Beach welcome cocktail
    Intimacy adventure kit
    Late check out for more one on one time

Nightly rates start at $352. For more information and to book, call 1-800-KIMPTON and use promo code: SinF.

The Angler's Hotel - Suite Hearts

Amp up the romance with a stay at the cozy boutique hotel, The Angler's (660 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-534-9600) with their "Suite Hearts" package:

    Welcome bottle of Champagne
    Rose petals at turndown for an evening of romance
    Intimacy amenity
    Late check out for more time together

Nightly rates start at $281. For more information and to book, call 1-800-KIMPTON and use promo code: LOVE .

Vero Beach Hotel & Spa - Romance is a Shore Thing

Head up the coast for a retreat to Vero Beach this Valentine's Day where "Romance is a Shore Thing" at the Vero Beach Hotel (3500 Ocean Dr., Vero Beach; 772-231-5666):

    Complimentary room upgrade at check in (based on availability)
    Welcome bottle of bubbly
    Full breakfast with bottomless mimosas for two daily
    Beachfront beach chairs with fresh fruit and water for two daily
    Complimentary daily parking

For more information and to book, call 1-800-KIMPTON

Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa – Ultimate Romance

Escape to the all-suite, beachfront Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa (3800 N. Ocean Dr., Riviera Beach; 561-340-1700) over Valentine’s Day Weekend for the “Ultimate Romance” package:

    Overnight stay for two in a luxurious Ocean View Suite
    Unlimited use of SiSpa facilities, including steam room, showers, heated marble beds, relaxation room with tea bar, private whirlpool, and lockers
    A Couples Massage paired with a sensual aromatherapy bath and a glass of Champagne
    Breakfast for two daily at 3800 Ocean
    One in-room movie per night
    $50 dining credit per stay
    Champagne toast and chocolate covered strawberries upon arrival

Rates start at $639 per night based on a two-night minimum stay. For reservations or more information, click here or call 561-340-1700.

Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa – Couple’s Getaway

The Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa (1200 N. Ocean Blvd., Pompano; 954-782-0100) is celebrating love in big ways with its Valentine’s “Couple’s Getaway” package:

    Overnight accommodations
    Champagne and tropical fruit on arrival
    Breakfast in McCoy’s Oceanfront for two daily
    Beach Cabana included per day
    25% discount at SiSpa

Rates start at $349 per night. For reservations or more information, click here or call 954-782-0100.

B Ocean Resort – Fifty Shades of B

With the premiere of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie over Valentine’s weekend, B Ocean Resort (1140 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-524-5551) has crafted an inspired, sexy package for couples. The “Fifty Shades of B” package includes items from the movie’s storyline including: a grey silk tie, a bottle of Pouilly Fume wine, a decadent cheese and fruit platter and a sensual love kit. Couples can up the adventure ante in true Christian Grey style with a helicopter ride above the Fort Lauderdale beaches and skyline.

Package starts at $339 per night based on a two-night stay. The helicopter ride can be booked separately at $185 per person. The package is valid February – March 1, 2015. For more information and to book click here.

Delano – Romance

Get romantic at the Delano (1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-672-2000) this Valentine’s Day with dinner at Bianca, a concert by Grammy award winning R&B star Miguel and an overnight stay. The “Romance” package includes:

    Complimentary breakfast in bed
    Upgrade to the best available room upon arrival
    Late check out
    Bottle of Champagne
    15% off couples massage

For a $200 upgrade per person, you can also indulge in:

    Prix fixe dinner at Biana
    VIP tickets to Miguel’s poolside concert
    Open bar from 10 – 11 p.m.

Shelborne Wyndham Grand – Borne To Be Romantic

Check into the newly restored Shelborne Wyndham Grand (1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-531-1271) for their “Borne To Be Romantic” package, including:

    In Harmony Couples Massage or Dual Hand and Foot Massages, plus Spa Oasis Retreat at Blue Harmony Spa
    Valentine’s Day tasting lunch menu
    Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries
    Daily full American breakfast for two (in bed or restaurant)
    Early check in and late check out

Rates start at $649 per night (minimum two night stay). To book, click here and use promo code: PKGBTBR or call 866-269-9165.

Eden Roc Miami Beach – Fifty Shades of Romance

Check into the Eden Roc Miami Beach (4525 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-531-0000) for a naughty night of fun with the “Fifty Shades of Romance” package:

    Oceanfront king bed suite in the Ocean Tower
    20% off in room dining and one complimentary bottle of Champagne at dinner
    Welcome “Red Room of Pain” cocktails in the lobby bar
    In-room chocolate covered strawberries
    Shopping experience at Eberjey lingerie shop
    Two tickets to Fifty Shades of Grey at Regal Cinemas South Beach
    “Laters, Baby” Do Not Disturb sign for door
    Array of complimentary products for couples in a kit on the bed at turndown.

Nightly rates start at $429. For more information and to book, click here. Valid now through February 28, 2015.

Mandarin Oriental – Be My Valentine

Book a romantic Valentine’s Day at Mandarin Oriental (500 Brickell Key Dr., Miami; (305) 913 8383) with the “Be My Valentine” package:

    Overnight accommodations in a deluxe room
    Full American breakfast with mimosas at La Mar
    Romantic welcome amenity including a bottle of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries

Rates from $739 per night. For reservations and more information, call 305-913-8383. Indulgent spa and dinner packages are also available.

Mondrian South Beach – Grand & Romance

Get ready for love at the Mondrian South Beach (1100 West Ave., Miami Beach; 305-514-1500) with two perfectly tailored packages. The “Grand” package includes:

    Two-bedroom Bay View Suite
    In-room Couples Massage
    Three-course dinner prepared in room by private chef with bottle of Champagne
    Continental breakfast for two at La Savina or in bed

The “Romance” package includes:

    Upgrade to Bay View room based on availability
    20% off spa treatment of choice
    Continental breakfast for two at La Savina
    2 p.m. late check out
    Bottle of Champagne and surprise welcome amenity

Shore Club – Romance

Post up at this South Beach hot spot for a romantic Valentine’s Day. The Shore Club’s (1901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-695-3100) “Romance” package includes:

    Complimentary in-room breakfast
    Late check out
    Bottle of Champagne
    15% off couples massage
    Upgrade to best available room upon arrival

Vegas gambling guide: Sports betting

Vegas gambling guide: Sports betting

30/Jan/2015  //  534 Viewers

The Super Bowl is upon us. Historically, more money has been bet on this game than any other American sporting event. While much of the betting is casual and among friends, a flabbergasting amount is wagered with sports books and online bookmakers. Though bets among friends are pretty straightforward, laying bets with sports books and bookmakers is anything but.

Any discussion of sports betting can wind up in the weeds pretty fast. Odds making, the spread, prop bets, overs and unders, parlays: It's about as clear as accounting in a third-world bureaucracy. I'm going to try, however, to blow away the fog one small puff at a time and, in the process, hope to illuminate the arcane mysteries of sports betting.

It all starts with a game

Usually there is a favorite and an underdog. Common sense and a cursory knowledge of sports give most folks a sense of which team is more likely to win. Next September, for example, the Alabama Crimson Tide will play the Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee University. Anything can happen in sports, but most would agree that the probability of Middle Tennessee pulling off an upset is slim to none. If a Blue Raiders alum wants to make a straight-up bet for even money that his team will beat the Tide, he can do it, but it wouldn't be the smartest thing he ever did.

Enter the bookmaker

If you were a bookie covering straight-up win/lose bets, you'd get creamed because most bettors would bet on Alabama and very few on Middle Tennessee. As it happens, the bookie doesn't care who actually wins. What he wants is a low-risk scenario: approximately the same amount of money wagered on each team. When betting with a sports book or bookie, you're charged what amounts to a commission (in gambling terms: "vigorish") for handling the bets. In other words, you'll have to bet $11 to win $10. The extra $1 from losing bets goes to the bookie regardless of the outcome of the game. If an equal amount is bet on each team, the bookie uses the money bet by the losers to pay off the winners and pockets the vig. Balancing the amount wagered on each team is very difficult, and a bookmaker who makes the wrong adjustments to the line can lose a bundle.

Let's hear it for the underdog

So how does the bookmaker get people to bet on the underdog? He gives them a little help. In our example, he would say, "If you'll bet on Middle Tennessee, I'll add 35 extra points to their actual score." If the Blue Raiders rack up 7 points in the game and the bookie adds 35, their total score, as far as the bet is concerned, would be 42. If you bet with the bookie on Alabama, the Tide would have to score 43 or more points for you to win your bet. Theoretically, if the bookie offers enough points to the underdog to make betting on it attractive, the same amount of money will be bet on each team. The number of points the bookie allows the underdog is what determines the line, also referred to as the spread.

The points accorded the underdog are usually pretty much the same from one bookmaker to another, but it's still worthwhile to shop around. If one bookmaker gives Middle Tennessee only 32 points instead of 35, that makes a bet on Alabama easier to win because they need to score only 40 points rather than 43. If you're betting on Alabama and deciding with which bookie or sports book to place your bet, the one offering 32 points increases the probability of you winning the bet.

When the NFL conference championships were decided and we learned that the Seattle Seahawks would play the New England Patriots, sports books announced the opening line, or the number of points allowed the underdog. But guess what? The sports books at Westgate Las Vegas and Caesars Entertainment properties thought that the teams are so evenly matched that they didn't give points to either team. This is known as a "pick 'em." But an opening line is just that. Let's say that because more people live in New England than in Washington, more money is wagered on the Pats than on the Seahawks. In this case, the bookies would give a point or two to the Seahawks to even up the amount bet on both sides. Thus, the line would fluctuate somewhat right up until game time. It's very unlikely that the Super Bowl betting line will close as a pick 'em. It's never happened before according to's history and would therefore be totally unprecedented.

There are several types of sports bets. The different odds, point spread (the line), and payoffs for the most popular wagers are encapsulated in two lines of figures per game on an electronic sports board display in a casino or an online sports book's website. The figures are not explained — it's up to you to know what they mean. Because the upcoming Super Bowl is a pick 'em, or close to it, we'll look at a board display entry from the past that offers more differentiation.

Cowboys: -8, -400

Chiefs: 42, +300

I should pause here to say this discussion applies to two teams going head-to-head and is different from how odds are presented for multi-contestant events such as horse races.

Pointspread bets

The Cowboys are the favorite, and -8 is the number of points you would subtract from their score or, expressed differently, tack onto the actual score of the underdog Chiefs. So if you bet the Chiefs and the score turned out to be Cowboys 14, Chiefs 7, adding the 8 points to the Chiefs would give them a score of 15 (7 + 8) and you would win the bet.

Over/under bets

The 42 is for over and under bets. Here, you bet that the two teams' scores added together would either be over or under 42. If the game's a defensive battle and the final score is Cowboys 10, Chiefs 7, the total score for the game would be 17 (10 + 7), and bets on "under" would win.

Money line bets

The -400 and +300 are for money line bets. Money line bets are based on which team will win without any consideration of the line. However, the probability of one team winning over another is incorporated in the payouts for winning bets. The way this is stated on the odds board is a little counterintuitive and confuses many people. Each minus figure (-400) indicates how much you'd have to bet to win $100. So if you bet on the Cowboys, you'd have to put down $400 to win $100. Betting on the Chiefs, a plus figure (+300) means the wager pays off at more than 1 to 1. If you risk $100, a winning bet would pay $300.

Prop Bets

"Prop" or proposition bets can be made covering a whole range of things that may or may not occur in a game. For the Super Bowl, for example, you can bet on which team will win the coin toss, which team will score first, the distance in yards of the longest touchdown of the game, which player will be the most valuable player, and so on. The number of prop bets available is simply numbing. For a look at some of the Super Bowl prop bets and their respective odds, check out

Parlays and teaser bets

Parlay bets link separate bets together. You have to win all bets for the parlay to pay off. Let's say that by game time the line adjusts to the Patriots being a 3.5 points favorite. Half points, as in 3.5, eliminate the possibility of a tie, or "push" as it's called in gambling. Because there's no way to score a half point on the field, it takes at least 4 points to beat the spread. Thus, betting on the Seahawks, the underdog, you add 3.5 points to their score. So the Pats must win by at least 4 points (more than 3.5) for you to lose your bet. Then, hooking another bet to the first in a parlay, you bet that the final sum of the two teams' scores will be under 48.5 points. To win your parlay, the Hawks must win the game by holding the Pats to a four or fewer points difference AND the total score must be under 48.5 points. In this example, a total score of 48 points would be a winner.

Simply put, a teaser bet involves an adjustment of the spread to increase your odds of winning. Teasers are "offered" so to speak. For instance, you might be offered an adjustment (teaser) of the line of 6, or 6.5, or 7 points. If you select 7 points, those are added to the spread of the first bet of the parlay. So if the spread on the first bet of the parlay was 3.5, and then you add the 7 points teaser, the adjusted spread is 3.5 + 7 = 10.5, which means that New England must win by 11 points instead of the original 4 in the parlay for you to lose. Likewise, 7 points are added to the second bet of the parlay for the under bet, so 48.5 + 7 = 55.5. For the teaser to win, the Patriots cannot win by more than 10.5 points AND the total score must be under 55.5.

Why would you want to bet a teaser? Probably because it took you a month just to understand it, but also because it improves your chances of winning. The enhanced probability, however, comes at a price. The payoff for the teaser will be less than that of the parlay.

Oman, Bahrain aims to boost trade relations

Oman, Bahrain aims to boost trade relations

23/Jan/2015  //  160 Viewers

Under the chairmanship of Yousuf Bin Alawi Bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs, the Joint Committee between Oman and Bahrain, a meeting was held where the two parties signed the minutes, which included executing a proposal to establish Omani-Bahrain Investment Company.

Omani-Bahrain Business Council was invited to study the executing proposal set up and work especially in food security, financial investment, insurance and other economic fields. They came to a conclusion that the Foreign Ministry in both the countries is going to follow up the activities of the joint committee every six months. They stressed the importance of exchanging expertise, information and visit oil, gas, electricity, water, agriculture, fisheries, municipalities, education, higher education, civil service, heritage, culture, tourism and vocational training fields.

The conclusion of the meeting was affirmative in initiating new promising avenues for strategic partnership between the two countries and establishing a businessmen council to promote trade relations between the two countries.
Qatar Tourism opens Asia office to increase tourist numbers

Qatar Tourism opens Asia office to increase tourist numbers

23/Jan/2015  //  170 Viewers

Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) had promulgated the opening of its fifth overseas office to promote the destination in the rapidly developing South East Asian market, with special focus on Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

Rashed Al Qurese, QTA’s Chief Marketing and Promotions Officer, said, “We are delighted to further reinforce our growing overseas marketing capabilities through this new office. Experience shows that having an on-the-ground presence makes a vital contribution to maximising the tourism potential of source markets.”

Al Qurese said that the new office came on the back of Qatar Airways’ success in promoting Doha as an aviation hub between Europe and the Far East.

“Our focus will be on conveying a strong message that Qatar offers the ideal mix of top quality accommodation and superb leisure facilities, including outstanding cultural attractions and a clean, safe environment with ‘first world’ infrastructure and services. We will also emphasise the destination’s great potential for family entertainment, shopping, dining and other recreational activities to appeal to this market,” said Al Qurese.

In Qatar the number of visitors grew by eight percent to more than 1.4 million during the first half of 2014 as per the figures released by QTA where more than half a million of those were GCC nationals (536,264), representing 38% of total tourists.
Kuwait plans to implement new tourism projects

Kuwait plans to implement new tourism projects

23/Jan/2015  //  135 Viewers

Kuwait is preparing to perform tourist attraction projects, promote tourist quality and educate public awareness in the domain of tourism. Kuwait also enjoys the tourist prospective and the state bodies involved are working together to support the tourist sector in the country.

Samira Al-Ghareeb, Assistant Undersecretary of the Kuwaiti Ministry of Commerce and Industry for Tourism, said, “Such projects are part of Kuwait’s tourist strategy which matches a relevant Arab strategy. This strategy will be effective as of April 2015.”

Samira Al-Ghareeb also mentioned that Kuwait focuses heavily on family tourism which is needed by Gulf Cooperation Council member countries through carrying out fresh projects, including a new airport, as part of the country’s five-year development drive. Kuwait’s involvement in the gathering reflected its keenness on reactivating the role of its tourist sector in joint Arab cooperation in all fields.
Nile River Taxi: a new tourist attraction scheme

Nile River Taxi: a new tourist attraction scheme

23/Jan/2015  //  177 Viewers

By January 2015, Ministry of Egypt is planning to instigate the ‘Nile River Taxi’ project which as per the project would stop at 10 stations, with each journey taking 45 minutes, in comparison to a minimum of one hour by car. Nile River taxi will also help in reducing the traffic clogging in the capital.

‘Nile River Taxi’ project is designed to link the Qanater al-Khairiya region, north of Cairo, with Helwan, south of Cairo which may become a new tourist attraction in Cairo, Egypt’s capital.
Abu Dhabi opens remarkable roller coaster restaurants

Abu Dhabi opens remarkable roller coaster restaurants

23/Jan/2015  //  148 Viewers

Yas Mall has opened its first UAE outlet, The Roller Coaster Restaurant LLC, part of Group JWA, with the commence of ROGO’S, a roller coaster-inspired casual dining venue. As well as its hi-tech high-flying food delivery system, the 378-seat restaurant offers guest with a fully coherent ordering system in the form of individual handheld tablets which allows them to order from the carefully crafted menu of delicious specialties.

The important point of the 14,000-square foot restaurant is the network of 30 individual roller coaster tracks that loop, spiral and spin in and around diners to deliver an exciting menu of international comfort food directly to each table.

Jessica Wadih Al-Absi, Chairman & CEO, Group JWA, said, “The UAE is globally acknowledged as a groundbreaking destination for world firsts and with the world’s fastest roller coaster, the Formula Rossa, part of the neighbouring Ferrari World experience, ROGO’S offers a spectacular culinary experience for fun-loving diners looking for a new and exciting dining adventure.”
Ajman Tourism plans to set up first tourism information centre

Ajman Tourism plans to set up first tourism information centre

23/Jan/2015  //  222 Viewers

The Ajman Tourism Development Department announced that it plans to establish the emirate’s first tourism information centre in 2015.

The centre will include a reception area that offers tourism information about Ajman and will cater to all queries put forth by tourists. The centre will also offer all available tourism information about the emirate.

Khulood Khaled Al Nuaimi, ATDD’s Director of Tourism Development and Marketing, said, “The centre once established will include two counters for issuing licenses for tourism establishments and activities following the official Ajman Government working hours.”