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Monday, November 26, 2012

Incentive Travel - International - 5 Emerging Incentive Destinations - Incentive Magazine

Incentive Travel - International - 5 Emerging Incentive Destinations - Incentive Magazine

While many of the top incentive destinations for 2012 were tried-and-true locales such as Florida and the Caribbean, there was also growing interest in a number of more off-the-beaten-path places. Their common threads? Rich, complex cultural histories and strong  traditions, and a range of activities and attractions for incentive groups, especially those that have already been to traditionally popular incentive destinations. Many of these emerging incentive destinations, while popular with leisure travelers, are just now beginning to attract the interest of incentive groups. The more unexpected the destination, the better.

"Why are people doing incentive travel in the first place? It's to drive behavior and increase sales," says Kurt Paben, senior vice president, business loyalty, Aimia. "We look for destinations that have the ability to be highly motivational in nature so organizations can achieve the objective that they've set up and once they get there, they have a truly memorable experience." Incentive spoke to several influential incentive travel executives for their opinions on what the top five emerging  incentive destinations are for 2012.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Victoria's Secret 2012: Sexy Supermodel Beauty Look - Video | MODTV

Victoria's Secret 2012: Sexy Supermodel Beauty Look - Video | MODTV
Get the sexy supermodel beauty look of Victoria’s Secret 2012 and go backstage at the world’s biggest runway show with top models Barbara Palvin,  Doutzen KroesKarlie Kloss andCara Delevingne.
The beauty look of the Victoria’s Secret 2012 show is modern, fresh and very sexy.  The VS glam team, makeup artist Tom Pecheux and hair stylist Orlando Pita are two of the world’s hottest beauty pros and they are bringing more of a fashion edge to the show.  Orlando Pita piled on the extensions and gave the models sexy tousled waves using Victoria’s Secret Volume Mousse and a large barrel curling iron. As Orlando explained “ it’s going to be shiny with very luxurious waves and still have that glamour edge“.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Vanitytours.com - Articles: South Korea hoping to ride on Gangnam Style wave to lure more tourists

Vanitytours.com - Articles: South Korea hoping to ride on Gangnam Style wave to lure more tourists:
Rapper Psy to boost South Korean tourism
South Korea hoping to ride on Gangnam Style wave to lure more tourists
Korean rapper Psy / Image via news.com.au



SEOUL, Korea - South Korea is hoping to ride on the Gangnam Style wave to attract more visitors to the country next year.
The video by 34-year-old Korean rapper Psy has more than 620 million YouTube hits to date, making it the second most watched YouTube video of all time.
And with its huge popularity around the world, the head of the Korea Tourism Organisation said South Korea's tourism will start to see the benefits of this from next Spring.

Vanitytours.com - Articles: Colorado, Washington future Marijuana Tourism

Vanitytours.com - Articles: Colorado, Washington future Marijuana Tourism

Anyone 21 or older can legally posses Drugs in Colorado and Washington

Marijuana Tourism got two thumbs up in the U.S. elections earlier this month as the states of Washington and Colorado made selling, buying and using cannabis legal. Never mind the federal law prohibits any of that; the voters have spoken and opened the door for what could be promoted as Weed Weekends, Bong Backpacking and a variety of marijuana-related tourism options.

State government leaders were quick to put the brakes on a massive migration to either state, saying a lot of details still have to be worked out. Colorado's governor opposed the legalization vote but indicated after its passage that he didn't see marijuana tourism taking over the state and its iconic tourist attractions.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Vanitytours.com - News: Why? It put Baldwin Hills on the culinary map

Vanitytours.com - News: Why?It put Baldwin Hills on the culinary map

Baldwin Hills on the culinary map

Post & Beam




Courtesy Post & Beam


Why?It put Baldwin Hills on the culinary map.

With Chef Govind Armstrong (Spago, Wolfgang Puck Hollywood) running the show, that's certainly one reason to venture out to an unfamiliar part of the city. But there's more: "We're taking an approach that focuses on delivering fresh, well prepared food," says restaurateur Brad Johnson. How fresh is fresh? Try a garden on the premises. For brunch, there is much to be desired: Oro Blanco grapefruit brulée, deviled eggs with smoked catfish, smoked-salmon hash with poached eggs and even a shaved short-rib grilled cheese with red onion marmalade. Enjoy.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Competitiveness: 1,000s of jobs in Euro Zone likely with ASEAN explosive solar energy points IMS Research

Competitiveness: 1,000s of jobs in Euro Zone likely with ASEAN explosive solar energy points IMS Research

by thaiintelligentnews
Yingluck making some major moves on Thai solar energy adoption
  • By Pooky, Thai Intel's economics journalist
When Thaksin became Thailand's prime minister, as they say, "If was the worse of times and it was the best of times."
It was the worse of times, because IMF collapse of the Thai economy to wipe out bade debt, in the rationale that the bottom will be a base of a new growth phase-stubbornly, did not take place.
And it was also the best of times, because Thaksin, a billionaire businessman, understood business needs. So Thaksin, did mainly two things, went hunting for investments and injected funds to the grassroots, meaning the majority of the Thai people.
In effect, Thaksin created new demand and supply, together systematically, in a very effective manner.
Well, Euro Zone is in a mess pretty much like Thailand, when Thaksin came to power in Thailand. Off course, Thailand and ASEAN can not serve the Euro Zone as a market place to spur new investments in the zone indefinately.
But there is hope, that all the QEs, will lead to just enough investment in the real sector, and the engine of growth in regions such as ASEAN, will give the global economic leaders, time to sort out all the mess and implement some sound policies like Thaksin's policies.
Press release, November
IMS research found that although the region accounted for less than 1% of global installations in 2011, its share is forecast to increase by more than four times by 2016, In addition, annual installations are forecast to grow by 50% a year on average for the next five years and expected to exceed 1GW by 2015.
Jackie Chang, DIGITIMES [Friday 2 November 2012]
Total cumulative solar installations in Southeast Asia are forecast to reach almost 5GW by 2016, according to IMS Research. By conducting analysis on the solar markets in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore and the Philippines, the market research institute believes that the region will grow at 50% per year on average over the next five years, providing an attractive market for ailing suppliers in Europe. Installations have previously been dominated by Thailand, however, other regions are also forecast to quickly account for a significant share of the market.
In recent years, Thailand has accounted for the majority of installations in the region and will be the fifth-largest market in Asia in 2012 (after China, Japan, India and Australia). Rapid growth in Thailand has been driven by the attractive Adder incentive scheme which has resulted in several large ground-mount systems being completed. However, a new incentive scheme to promote smaller rooftop systems is expected in 2013. As a result, the market share of utility-scale systems in Thailand is forecast to fall by 25% by 2016.
The solar market in Southeast Asia is forecast to diversify significantly in the future. "Although the market is currently dominated by Thailand, a number of countries within the Southeast Asia region have huge potential for solar and offer significant opportunities to suppliers, and these will account for a growing share of the market in the future," commented Jessica Jin, PV market analyst at IMS Research. "Given its substantial and quickly growing need for electricity, the small amount of the population that currently have access to electricity, and its reliance on diesel generators on its thousands of islands, solar is a highly attractive solution for providing distributed electricity sources in Indonesia." IMS Research predicts that Indonesia will be the fastest growing market in the region installing close to 1GW of solar over the next four years, with off-grid systems set to account for a significant share of this.
IMS Research also found that although the region is home to some large manufacturing facilities for international solar cell and module manufacturers, these manufacturers do not hold a significant market share, and five of the largest solar module suppliers to the region were found to be China- or Japan-based manufacturers. In contrast, the majority of the largest system integrators were headquartered locally.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Rihanna Stunning Looking

Rihanna Looking stunning as she strides along in a sex, casual outfit
RiRi Wow Wow

Freckles&Pins

Freckles&Pins


not fell lonely

Hirari Ikeda Shibuya 2012

Tokyo Fashion News - Oct 26 2012
Hirari Ikeda w/ Blonde Hair, Vive Vagina & Dog Harajuku Sweater

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Venetian Carnival New Year´s Eve

Vanitytours.com - Venetian Carnival New Year´s Eve

Monday, December 31st
Time: From 8pm till Late

Ring in the year with style under the stars of Cabo. Get your Venetian Mask and join our Gala Dinner Stations, followed with life performances, fireworks and the best Dance Music in Town

Friday, September 28, 2012

Mr. Gay Hong Kong Final

Vanitytours.com: MR GAY HONG KONG FINAL


Category: Gay
Cost: HKD200 in advance* / HKD250 at the door includes 1 standard drink

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Hawaii Layover Time Lapse

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I had a week long layover in Hawaii last year. Bummer right? I didn't really set out to make a time lapse clip out of the "vacation", but it just sort of happened.
These are a few of the clips from the trip accompanied by some good music. I hope you enjoy!
Equipment:
Canon 5DmarkII
Mumford moco

Vanitytours.com - Bangkok - Dusk to Dawn - Timelaspe

Vanitytours.com - Bangkok - Dusk to Dawn - Timelaspe
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Bangkok - Dusk to Dawn - Timelaspe
Several time-lapses I've shot in Bangkok in 2010/2011.

Song: Who am I - from the Movie Animatrix

Camera: Canon 7D
Lenses: Tokina 11-16, Canon 35,50,85mm
Editing and color correction: Final Cut Pro, Looks
Title: Shine-o-text

Monday, September 17, 2012

V Creative Agency - Articles: How Much Does it Takes to Be A Chinese VIP?

V Creative Agency - Articles: How Much Does it Takes to Be A Chinese VIP?: It comes as no surprise that to luxury brands, Chinese VIPs are those that spend the most. Reports on just how much vary. McKinsey reports that VIPs drop at least 150,000 renminbi a year on luxury goods. Accounts from real VIPs suggest that number is much higher. Wall Street Journal reporter Laurie Burkitt recently interviewed a young woman in Beijing who said she spent about 20,000 renminbi on luxury products every one or two months. “She also said that in order to become a VIP in some instances you need to spend at least that much. And at Hermes, you need to spend a whole lot more, buying about five or six limited edition bags per year,” Burkitt reported. And the fact that the VIPs keep spending mean that brands have worthwhile incentives. Few retailers publicly offer details about everything a VIP receives in an attempt to preserve the uniqueness of the experience for those paying for it. “They want this to be an exclusive, extravagant experience for a VIP to make them feel really special and provide some sort of impression on them so they will go home and tweet about it on Weibo, which is very similar to Twitter, and tell all their friends, so that other VIPs will go in and do just the same – buy a lot of products and go back and tell their friends,” said Burkitt.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Nakadia :: Beatport

Nakadia :: Beatport

NAKADIA


Bio:
Nakadia - Asia's rising star of the global DJ community has played over 800 gigs across 54 countries and made herself a name as one of the very few globally successful females in electronic music. But still, due to her Thai origin she is still very much like a raw diamond that has yet to be discovered. Nakadia stands for highest quality music and her performances are filled with life, joy and excitement. This – in combination with the musical quality and her technical skills – is what makes Nakadia so popular with all who have witnessed her on stage. She celebrates her music rather than just playing records. Since the beginning of 2012 Nakadia is releasing music on a regular basis and her first tracks already made a big impact and boosting her career to the next level. The future looks very bright for this young Asian artist.

Miami

DJ Cleo P

dj-cleo-p
dj-cleo-p Plerny Soraya Bangkok, Thailand She is now working on her debut single, and is already booked in Europe and Asia. Her passions only drive her to perfect her turntable skills. SHE IS Definitely A trend setter in her music for Asia. Check her out with 'Swagger Pary Rockin' Crew

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Travel Agent magazine's Eye on Asia roundtable | Travel Agent Central

Travel Agent magazine's Eye on Asia roundtable | Travel Agent Central

The Asia Pacific region is the fastest growing global destination – and the boom isn't expected to stop anytime soon. It’s no wonder Asia Pacific travel is on the rise, with travelers constantly searching for new cultural experiences and unconventional adventures.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Gorgeous women at a luxury villa in Ibiza - Unravel Travel TV


Celebrity portrait photographer Bryan Adams has created some magic on the golden shores of Ibiza with the 28 finalists of the MARTINI Royale Casting, a search for the new female MARTINI® star.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Vanitytours.com - Articles: Film-friendly Thailand a hub of foreign production shoots in Asia

5th Annual Sri Lanka Tourism Awards
Film-friendly Thailand a hub of foreign production shoots in Asia | Read More
Image via thestar.com.my

BANGKOK, Thailand - Often times Thailand has been accused of over using the term "hub" in describing positioning of its burgeoning industrial growth. But now, thanks to pro-active marketing on the part of the Department of Tourism, Thailand Film Office (Thailand's Film Commission) the Kingdom is in the midst of a foreign production boom.
With the lure of high-production values, skilled crew, beautiful locations, and low costs, Bangkok is blossoming into an outsourcing hub for foreign filmmakers - it has become the center of foreign movie production in Southeast Asia.
For 2011, 606 foreign productions where produced from 46 different countries generating US$39.2 million. Countries as diverse as Chile (a documentary), Germany (8 documentaries, 4 ads, and 6 TV programs), and Nepal (1 feature), all used locations in various parts of the country.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

V Creative Agency - Articles: When It Comes to Luxury Spending, China Takes Gold

Luxury
When It Comes to Luxury Spending, China Takes Gold

The Olympics may be long past, but the results have just been announced for one event that wasn’t even televised: luxury spending. The Chinese spent the most abroad on luxury purchases during the games, $255 per purchase on average. The United Arab Emirates, despite years of training, were outspent by the Chinese by 10 percent.

Q&A: Richard Branson's Tips for Saving the Planet : Condé Nast Traveler

2012 Visionaries
Q&A: Richard Branson's Tips for Saving the Planet

Richard Branson, one of our 2012 Visionaries, shares his travel survival tips, the trip that made the biggest difference in his life, and what we can all do save the planet—apart from buying tickets to leave it on Virgin Galactic.

Vanitytours.com: The Burberry Autumn/Winter 2011 Ad Campaign August edition

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Shot by Mario Testino, the August edition of the Burberry Autumn/Winter 2011 Ad Campaign stars Amber Anderson and Jake Cooper. Having looked at several Burberry ad campaigns now, I must say Burberry has one of the best model castings ever; credit to Mario Testino too.

V Creative Agency - Articles: Chinese Carmaker Takes Stake in Spyker, Plans For A 0,000 Luxury SUV

Spyker


Click to Read
Car and Driver reports that both Spyker and Youngman will also create a company called Spyker Phoenix to produce a line of luxury cars using the Phoenix technology and platform – a project Saab had been working on before the brand collapsed last year. These cars are expected to be manufactured in China.

While Spyker enters into these plans with Youngman, it is also suing Saab GM for $3 billion in relation to the brand’s demise. Spyker itself has little to bring to a new venture, and as Youngman has outsourced vehicle development to Lotus in the past, the experts are wondering just how this collaboration will work out.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Vanitytours.com

Dubai Party time

Vanitytours.com: By day they hide within an air-conditioned utopia removed from the blistering heat and humidity, but come nightfall Dubai emerges in grand style within a series of club hotspots that have transformed the once-complained about nightlife scene. Fashion revelers have two choices in town including Armani Prive that’s equal parts fashion and billionaire business crowd

Monday, August 27, 2012

V Creative Agency - Articles: The New Chinese Tourist

The New Chinese Tourist - Click to Read
How US retail travel and tourism industry can attract chinese tourists
What will be the impact of the growing influx of Chinese inbound tourists in the U.S.?
To make things simple, the big winner will be the U.S. retail industry, far ahead of the hospitality industry, the transportation industry, and the entertainment industry. According to recent China Elite Focus statistics, the average Chinese leisure tourist in the U.S. may spend around $2,500 in air transportation and lodging and more than $7,000 in shopping at retail stores on U.S. soil. And we are talking about an average Chinese traveller from the Chinese upper-middle class, not a high-net-worth individual, who will easily spend $100,000 in shopping for himself and his family and friends.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

V Creative Agency - Articles: “China’s Hawaii” is Flooded with Luxury Hotel

V Creative Agency - Articles: “China’s Hawaii” is Flooded with Luxury Hotel

In December 2009, China unveiled a massive plan to develop the southern Hainan province into a major international tourist destination. Sanya is the second-largest city in Hainan. In December of 2011, both St. Regis Sanya and MGM Grand Sanya opened. The major hotel chains Marriott and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide also have a presence there.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Air Asia X to Adopt No Child Policy


Air Asia X to Adopt No-Child Policy
Above: The carrier plans to operate the “quiet zone” from February, 2013.
The long-haul arm of AirAsia has said it plans to ban children from the first eight rows in Economy of its A330 fleet.
The “quiet zone” will be off-limits to those traveling with kids under the age of 12 because, according to the Malaysia-based airline, “we know that sometimes all you need is some peace and quiet for a more pleasant journey with us.”

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Interview with a Social Critic - Kaewmala: Part III: 'Are Thais such an exceptional human species?'

Interview with a Social Critic - Kaewmala: Part III: 'Are Thais such an exceptional human species?': Interview with a Social Critic - Kaewmala: Part III: 'Are Thais such an exceptional human species?'
Kanyakrit Vongkiatkajorn Aug 6, 2012
CityNews recently had the opportunity to interview Kaewmala, an outspoken Thai writer who first made headlines with her provocative book on Thai sexuality, Thai Sex Talk.
Since then, Kaewmala has gone on to write about societal and political issues in Thailand, broaching such topics as Thailand’s failing education system, pop-culture scandals, and constitutional language. She regularly contributes to news website AsianCorrespondent.com, as well as the English version of Prachathai. Self-described as “unapologetically liberal”, Kaewmala is perhaps one of the few Thai female critics writing cogently on Thai issues in English today – acting as a much-needed bridge for both Thais and English-speakers/readers to discuss Thailand’s many social hang-ups, both amusing and controversial.  
This three-part interview covers such topics as the construction of Thai culture, the role of expats in Thailand, and, of course, Kaewmala herself. Don’t forget to check out Kaewmala’s blog as well for a taste of her writing. 
Part I: Beating the bullies in the school yard -  on developing critical views, critiquing society, and cognitive dissonance in Thailand.
Part II: “It takes power to change meanings…” - on cultural adjustments, readership, and the construction of Thai culture.
Part III: “Are Thais such an exceptional human species?” - on the direction of Thai society, “swamps of confusion,” and the role of expatriates in Thailand. 
Part III: 'Are Thais such an exceptional human species?'
…on the direction of Thai society, “swamps of confusion,” and the role of expatriates in Thailand. 

Interview with a Social Critic - Kaewmala - Part II

Interview with a Social Critic - Kaewmala - Part II: Interview with a Social Critic - Kaewmala - Part II
Kanyakrit Vongkiatkajorn Jul 26, 2012

CityNews recently had the opportunity to interview Kaewmala, an outspoken Thai writer who first made headlines with her provocative book on Thai sexuality, Thai Sex Talk

Since then, Kaewmala has gone on to write about societal and political issues in Thailand, broaching such topics as Thailand’s failing education system, pop-culture scandals, and constitutional language. She regularly contributes to news website AsianCorrespondent.com, as well as the English version of Prachathai. Self-described as “unapologetically liberal”, Kaewmala is perhaps one of the few Thai female critics writing cogently on Thai issues in English today – acting as a much-needed bridge for both Thais and English-speakers/readers to discuss Thailand’s many social hang-ups, both amusing and controversial.  
This three-part interview covers such topics as the construction of Thai culture, the role of expats in Thailand, and, of course, Kaewmala herself. Don’t forget to check out Kaewmala’s blog as well for a taste of her writing. 
Part II: “It takes power to change meanings…”
… on cultural adjustments, readership, and the construction of Thai culture.

Interview with a Social Critic - Kaewmala

CityNews recently had the opportunity to interview Kaewmala, an outspoken Thai writer who first made headlines with her provocative book on Thai sexuality, Thai Sex Talk
Self-described as “unapologetically liberal”, Kaewmala is perhaps one of the few Thai female critics writing cogently on Thai issues in English today – acting as a much-needed bridge for both Thais and English-speakers/readers to discuss Thailand’s many social hang-ups, both amusing and controversial.  
This three-part interview covers such topics as the construction of Thai culture, the role of expats in Thailand, and, of course, Kaewmala herself. Don’t forget to check out Kaewmala’s blog as well for a taste of her writing. 
Part I: Beating the bullies in the school yard -  on developing critical views, critiquing society, and cognitive dissonance in Thailand.
Part II: “It takes power to change meanings…” - on cultural adjustments, readership, and the construction of Thai culture.
Part III: Are Thais such an exceptional human species?” - on the direction of Thai society, “swamps of confusion,” and the role of expatriates in Thailand. 
Part I: Beating the bullies in the school yard
…on developing critical views, critiquing society, and cognitive dissonance in Thailand.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

DestinAsian – AirAsia Paves New Way to Mandalay

DestinAsian – AirAsia Paves New Way to Mandalay
AirAsia has begun accepting reservations on a new route from Bangkok’s Don Muang Airport to Mandalay, Myanmar. The first flight is scheduled to take off on October 4

Thursday, August 9, 2012

V Creative Agency - Articles: Power Sports Vehicles Wow China’s Thrill Seeking Rich

V Creative Agency - Articles: Power Sports Vehicles Wow China’s Thrill Seeking Rich


The rich have a great appetite for risk and for novel experiences. This bodes well for Bombardier Recreational Products of Canada. The company designs watercraft, outboard engines, snowmobiles, and ATVs and distributes to more than 100 countries. Now, it’s setting its sights on the Chinese luxury industry, and has just recently opened an office in downtown Shanghai.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Hundreds march in Nepal in support of gay rights | Asia News – Politics, Media, Education | Asian Correspondent

Hundreds march in Nepal in support of gay rights | Asia News – Politics, Media, Education | Asian Correspondent

POKHARA, Nepal (AP) — Gays, lesbians, transgender people and their supporters marched in a Nepalese town Friday to demand recognition as a third gender in citizen certificates, to allow same-sex marriage and to criminalize discrimination based on sexual preference.
Nepal Gay Rally
A participant pictured at a gay rally in Pokhara 200 kilometers (125 miles) from Katmandu, Nepal, Friday. Pic: AP.
Dressed in colorful clothes, laden with beads and other jewelry, they danced to Bollywood music played over loudspeakers as they marched for about 3 kilometers (2 miles) though the center of Pokhara, a resort town 200 kilometers (125 miles) west of the capital, Katmandu.

Monday, August 6, 2012

V Creative Agency - Articles: NARS Flagship Boutique opens in Hong Kong


Straight from New York, NARS has brought their city-chic store concept to Hong Kong. Following its grand opening last week, the NARS flagship store in Pacific Place is now the biggest NARS outlet in Hong Kong.
With hardwood floors, a fireplace and floor-to-ceiling mirrors, the new monochromatic store channels the style of a modern New York apartment to make you feel right at home when browsing through their make-up counters.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Key Athletes | US Olympic Women's Track & Field Team 2012: Updated News, Roster and Analysis | Bleacher Report

Key Athletes | US Olympic Women's Track & Field Team 2012: Updated News, Roster and Analysis | Bleacher Report:

Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Allyson Felix: Felix's profile soared after her controversial tie with Jeneba Tarmoh for the third and final spot on the 100-meter team, but she was already bold-ink news in the track world.
The remarkably versatile sprinter has won consecutive silver medals in the 200-meter dash and hopes to make it gold in London. For the second Olympics in a row she'll enter as the pre-race favorite, this time after running a world-leading 21.69 at U.S. Olympic Trials.
Lolo Jones: The gorgeous, charismatic Jones became a crossover media sensation after divulging to HBO's Real Sports that she's a virgin. The confession turned her into one of London's biggest stars, but it won't likely lead to the podium. Jones barely qualified for the U.S. team and her times this season are well off the medal pace.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

V Creative Agency - Articles: Chinese Luxury Baijiu Debuts in the UK for £99 a Bottle

V Creative Agency - Articles: Chinese Luxury Baijiu Debuts in the UK for £99 a Bottle
Shui Jing Fang, the oldest distiller of popular Chinese liquor baijiu, sold a controlling stake in the brand to Diageo with the intentions of bringing the 52 percent proof white spirit to the west through a UK distribution deal. Diago now owns 53 percent in Sichuan Chengdu Quanxing Group, the largest shareholder in Sichuan Shui Jing Fang.

Hotel Indigo to Open Nine Hotels in Six Different Countries in First Six Months of 2012 | Business Travel MagazineBusiness Travel Magazine

Hotel Indigo to Open Nine Hotels in Six Different Countries in First Six Months of 2012 | Business Travel MagazineBusiness Travel Magazine
Seven Hotel Indigo properties have already opened in four countries so far in 2012 including the United States, Scotland, China and our first two hotels in Continental Europe in Germany.
Hotel Indigo, IHG’s (InterContinental Hotel Group) upscale boutique brand, will to open nine hotels in six different countries around the globe within the first six months of 2012.
Seven Hotel Indigo properties have already opened in four countries so far in 2012 including the United States, Scotland, China and our first two hotels in Continental Europe in Germany. Guests can now explore the neighbourhoods surrounding the new Hotel Indigo Berlin Hardenbergstrasse, Hotel Indigo Berlin Alexanderplatz, Hotel Indigo Edinburgh, Hotel Indigo San Diego Del Mar, Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara, Hotel Indigo Waco Baylor, and Hotel Indigo Xiamen Harbour.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Leading engineering schools for Asian students | Asia News – Politics, Media, Education | Asian Correspondent

Leading engineering schools for Asian students | Asia News – Politics, Media, Education | Asian Correspondent: Leading engineering schools for Asian students

By Asian Correspondent Aug 02, 2012 11:04PM UTC

Many of the economies in Asia are faring well despite the financial trouble that much of the West finds itself in. Countries and municipalities in the East are finding that they still have capital to invest in their own resources and development. In many cases, they even have funds to funnel into less developed economies.

The world meets in Brazil. Come celebrate life.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Vanitytours.com - Articles: Discover Makoko - Nigeria's Floating Slum

Vanitytours.com - Articles: Discover Makoko - Nigeria's Floating Slum
Nigeria's Makoko slum is a shantytown located in Lagos, Nigeria. Makoko slum is seldom visited by anyone from outside and it is dangerous for strange visitors to go in without guides.

Vanitytours.com - Articles: Mila Kunis channels old Hollywood glamour in new Miss Dior handbag campaign

Vanitytours.com - Articles: Mila Kunis channels old Hollywood glamour in new Miss Dior handbag campaign:
Mila Kunis is definitely the best choice for the new Miss Dior Bag Fall/Winter 2012 campaign, which made its magazine debut in the August issue of Elle Hong Kong on July 21. The “Ted” star, whose first ad for the luxury fashion label debuted in January, smoulders in her return as the face of brand's ready-to-wear accessories.

Vanitytours.com - Articles: Thailand: The World’s Exotic Locations

Vanitytours.com - Articles: Thailand: The World’s Exotic Locations: Thailand has increasingly become of the most loved travel destinations in the world over the last decades. What makes the country so popular? Thailand is blessed with beautiful landscapes: valleys filled with swirling fogs and mists, attractive beaches and islands. In addition, it has rich history and culture.

Vanitytours.com - Articles: Andrej Pejic 2012: Pictures of 20-year-old Transgender Male Model

Vanitytours.com - Articles: Andrej Pejic 2012: Pictures of 20-year-old Transgender Male Model: With the frenzy of media attention over the past year, 2012 is going to be a big year for gender-bending model Andrej Pejic – the only top-tier fashion model walking the runway as a man or as a woman at New York Fashion Week. After walking in runways for heavyweight designers, including John Galliano and Jean Paul Gaultier and gracing the covers of 14 magazines last year alone including an ad campaign for a Dutch push-up bra, FASHION'S man of the moment Andrej Pejic is shooting advertisement campaign for a lingerie brand as posing in a bright blue bikini on a New York rooftop.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Save Money on Train Travel - Train ticket, Rail, Promo, Amtrak - AARP


Save Money on Train Travel - Train ticket, Rail, Promo, Amtrak - AARP

5 Tips for Saving on Train Travel

Train travel tips to boost your rail budget


AARP and Frommers: 5 Tips for Saving on Train Travel
Promotional deals and traveling in the slow
season help you save money on rail travel.
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 Photo by Blake Kent/Design Pics /Getty Images
Train travel is a romantic, classic way to crisscross the country and even visit Canada. But it's not necessarily the most economical option — unless you plan ahead. Here are a few train travel tips for saving money while riding the rails.


1. Look for Amtrak's Promotional Deals
Amtrak is the U.S. government-owned passenger rail service. It offers those age 62 or older a 15 percent discount on most train trips (on those operated by Amtrak/VIA Rail Canada, passengers 60 and over receive a 10 percent discount). Although you can't combine discounts and deals, you should still visit the "Deals" tab on the Amtrak website, says spokesperson Marc Magliari. "That should be the first stop for anyone trying to save money," he advises. Scan "Latest Promotions" for offers that knock off more than 15 percent. There are typically promotions available that reduce regular fares by as much as 20 to 30 percent when you purchase tickets by a certain date.

The 'internationally uninterested' - Travel Weekly

The 'internationally uninterested' - Travel Weekly

The 'internationally uninterested'

By Richard Turen
Richard TurenIt's an old witticism, but one worth repeating here:
What do you call someone who speaks three languages? Multilingual.
What do you call someone who speaks two languages? Bilingual.
What do you call someone who speaks one language?
An American
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Perhaps I should start by trying to destroy an urban myth that I myself have helped perpetuate. Much of the world, it turns out, believes a well-circulated rumor that only 10% of American adults own a passport. I have previously written that, actually, 29% of all American adults have passports. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Go Topless: 5 Luxe Convertibles in Hong Kong - LifestyleAsia.com - Key to your city

Go Topless: 5 Luxe Convertibles in Hong Kong - LifestyleAsia.com - Key to your city: Go Topless: 5 Luxe Convertibles in Hong Kong
Go cruising this summer in your very own drop top
Upgrade your ride with a brand new convertible for summer.

Summer's the perfect time to flash some hot wheels, and what better to do it in than these five luxe convertibles available in Hong Kong:

London and Spain most popular destinations - {Travel Daily News}

London and Spain most popular destinations
Wednesday, July 25, 2012

With the Olympics opening in just two days’ time, this summer sees UK citizens heading to the capital to participate in the festivities: London is the tenth most popular holiday destination during July and August. Spain is the most popular country: four out of the top ten destinations are located in Spain, with Benidorm and Barcelona taking the top two spots. There are the findings from hotel comparison website www.trivago.co.uk.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

14 of the Awesomest Airline Lounge Amenities Around the World || Jaunted

14 of the Awesomest Airline Lounge Amenities Around the World || Jaunted



Virgin Atlantic's hot tub

So you're holding an airline ticket for Business or First Class and psyched to see what sort of luxuries await beyond the sliding doors of the exclusive airport lounges? Well, we have good and bad news. Bad news first: not all airlines think beyond offering the basics of seating and snacks. The good news: most do! Kids areas, workstations and even shower facilities are de rigueur in a lounge these days, and the more creative carriers have moved onto hidden hot tubs or perfect French pastries for an extra "oomph."
This is how you may end up breathing at the oxygen bar of the SkyTeam lounge at London-Heathrow or picking up a cue for a game of pool at New York-JFK. Now let's look at a whole bunch more of the interesting offerings, all of which we've personally visited. 

And the Official Airline of Team USA's Olympics Travel is... || Jaunted

And the Official Airline of Team USA's Olympics Travel is... || Jaunted
Today is Tuesday. The Opening Ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympics are this Friday. That means right now is prime check-in time at the Olympic Village for the thousands of athletes competing in the games. 

Emerging markets drive global business travel spending up 4.5% in 2011 to over $1 trillion - {Travel Daily News}

Emerging markets drive global business travel spending up 4.5% in 2011 to over $1 trillion - {Travel Daily News}: such as Brazil, Russia, India and China

Vanitytours.com - News: Rapid Transit Finally Goes All the Way to MIA

Vanitytours.com - News: Rapid Transit Finally Goes All the Way to MIA: Orange Line Metrorail service to the Miami International Airport Metrorail Station is almost complete. Basically this means that passengers can now be whisked right into downtown Miami without the need for rental cars, shuttle buses, or taxis.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Vanitytours.com - Articles: Destination report: Hua Hin, Thailand

Vanitytours.com - Articles: Destination report: Hua Hin, Thailand: Mention Thailand’s great seaside resorts and favorite escapes, and a short list of perennial holiday destinations roll off the tongue: Phuket, Phi Phi, Krabi, Koh Samui, Pattaya, and perhaps Koh Chang, Koh Phangan, and a few smaller islands.

Lately, however, another, more traditional Thai town is being quietly shared and acclaimed among those in the know: Hua Hin

Vanitytours.com - News: JetBlue announces its sixth destination in the Dominican Republic

Vanitytours.com - News: JetBlue announces its sixth destination in the Dominican Republic: JetBlue Airways today is pleased to announce plans to expand its award-winning service to its sixth destination in the Dominican Republic and 73rd BlueCity with the addition of Samana