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Redefining Hotel Entertainment

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With the introduction of iPad, Android mobile phones, iPhones, and the like, most hotel guests are no longer interested in the pay per view entertainment offered by hotels. According to a study done by Smith Travel Research, there was a decline of 26 percent in purchase of movies offered in hotel rooms.
Aside from being expensive, guests no longer see the value of these services because they can easily watch movies and their favorite TV shows on their iPad from a website like www.netflix.com for a lot cheaper.

Some hotels have already removed their adult content since guests who are willing to pay for them are getting fewer and fewer. One hotel chain that did this is Marriott.

How To Turn This Around

So what will hotel guests find value in? These gadgets need plain and simple Wi-Fi. Most hotels charge an arm and a leg for internet. If it were reasonable, most guests would avail of this but hotels seem to not want anyone using them by charging exorbitant prices. This is why most guests prefer it when it is included to their room rate.

Creative Entertainment

New York’s The Plaza Hotel has introduced the use of iPad for their guests to do a myriad of things. Controls that used to be in a wall panel are now controllable through the iPad. Moreover, guests can order room service or make restaurant reservations through the hotel-given iPad. Guests can also access pre-programmed guides to the city which is a plus for travelling tourists. And more importantly, guests can do their internet surfing for free on this iPad.

In Royalton, rooms come up the iPad too that has a virtual concierge application that guests can use to search for the best Japanese restaurant in town, Broadway shows, best clubs and anything else that they can possibly need.

But this creative use of the iPad is pretty much limited to The Plaza, Royalton and a few others. Almost all hotels still offer the same bland TV and overpriced movie programs. It is quite surprising actually that in surveys, TV is not on the list of customer requirements for booking a room. This just means that guests do not see the entertainment value that hotels are offering now through this medium. It is time to move on and make the most of new technologies to introduce new value-added services to the 21st century hotel guests. Learn about the current trends in the industry. Another innovation now being utilized by many hotel owners and managers is the hotel management software.

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Cayman Islands real estate property for sale – Homos, condos, villas, lands.

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Customer is king – is the motto at Regal realty. With an ear to the ground for the best in Cayman Islands properties, we are able to bring to you prime listings in condominiums, beach front villas and time share apartments in the best locations on Cayman islands.

There is always real estate for sale in the Cayman Islands. A burgeoning services hub, the Cayman Islands sees a good amount of flux of working people. As a result, there are always a large number of Cayman homes for sale. Pre-owned homes a real good option for those looking to work in the Cayman Islands for a few years. It is also a good second home away from your urban one. Grand Cayman real estate offers a choice of residential properties – beach front villas and deckhouses along the coveted seven Mile Beach; other areas on the Cayman Islands have similar facilities at lower costs. A long eekend on your delightful Cayman Islands property sends you fully recharged for your hectic city schedules.

This apart, Cayman Island real estate is a great investment option. The government is keen to promote development, the tax laws for owning property are not stringent, the people are honest and you are more likely than not to get good value for your money. Owning land in the Cayman Islands is also an attractive idea. You might develop it when you are good and ready or you might sell it to a developer or have them develop it for you. Besides land, there is commercial property that you might want to invest in. Its win-win either way.

Cayman real estate agents make things very easy for you. All reputed Cayman Islands real estate agents are members of CIREBA, which ensures that all land deals proceed in a regular fashion. Regal realty is a long-standing and respected member of CIREBA. They are with you every step of the way. All you have to do is visit the website and leave you contact details, with of course, the type of property you might be seeking. You get regular updates via e mail, after careful and diligent steps are taken to match your requirements with an existing or under-progress property. If site photos do not satisfy you, a site visit is arranged. Many Cayman island real estate agents allow you direct access to the buyer/seller of the property. Once the deal is struck you get regular updates on the progress of the deal. There is not a great deal of paperwork involved, you only have to supply your personal particulars, source of funding and so on. And all you pay is a stamp duty. Regal realtyhandles all of this and you get your Cayman Islands property on a platter.

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Rotana To Open New Centro Capital Centre Hotel To Guests Planning Abu Dhabi Holidays

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Rotana has announced that its newest Centro hotel, the Centro Capital Centre, Abu Dhabi, will be opening to guests in October, 2012.

Rotana is a leading hotel management groups in the Middle East and Africa and operates approximately 70 luxury hotels and resorts across the region including four properties for Abu Dhabi holidays and business travel.

The new Abu Dhabi hotel is located next to the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition centre within the Capital Centre development complex.
Travellers taking holidays to Abu Dhabi will be able to sample a range of cuisine in the C.Taste all-day dining restaurant, the C.Deli takeaway delicatessen, and the sophisticated C.Mondo bar.

The property has 414 spacious guest rooms that are decorated with contemporary and classic furnishings. The rooms feature modern technology including flat-screen TVs, high speed Internet, mini-fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, and hairdryers.

“Centro is a revolutionary hotel concept that redefines mid-market accommodation and does not compromise on quality at all”, commented Omer Kaddouri, the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Rotana.

With the rise in travellers looking for accommodation at an accessible rate, Rotana is eager to continue growing our revolutionary Centro Hotels brand. We are delighted to announce the opening of Centro Capital Centre in Abu Dhabi, Rotanas fifth Centro hotel in the UAE. With this opening, Rotana will increase the number of Centro rooms to 1,464.”

Centro Capital Centre, Abu Dhabi is located just 20 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport, allowing easy access for tourists arriving and departing from holidays in Abu Dhabi.

The hotel management group is planning to open 25 Centro Hotels by Rotana hotels in the Middle East and Africa by 2014.
Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates and it is a thriving destination for business and leisure travellers.

The emirate is a popular destination for annual festivals, shopping, and sporting events such as the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Yas Island. Holidaymakers can visit a number of attractions during deluxe Abu Dhabi holidays, including Khalifa Park, Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the Marina Mall, the Abu Dhabi Mall and the waterfront. The vibrant city is home to luxury internationally-branded Abu Dhabi hotels, championship golf courses, lavish shopping malls and boutiques, lush green parks and golden sandy beaches.


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Top 5 Turkish Beaches Revealed

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Turkey continues to remain a firm favourite for UK holidaymakers looking for guaranteed summer sunshine and value-for-money. With four airports (Izmir, Dalman, Bodrum and Antalya) serving the coastal areas to the south of the country, there are plenty of resorts to choose from – but which really offer the best beaches? The travel experts at Hays Travel have compiled a list of their top five Turkish beaches.

1)The Blue Lagoon, OluDeniz, near Fethiye
This is the most photographed beach in Turkey and one of the most photographed in the world! A protected national park, this clear, peaceful lagoon is cut off from the sea by a long sandbank. Home to the endangered Loggerhead Turtle, the lagoon is surrounded by fine white shingle and shady pine forests. Hire a pedalo and see if you can get up close to a turtle, or make a real entrance by paragliding in from the top of one of the nearby rugged mountains. Stunning scenery, unique wildlife, a real must-see spot.

2)Olympos, near Alanya
Oludeniz is stunning, but its popularity means it can get very crowded. For something a little less busy, head to Olympos. Secluded and small, it’s more popular with backpackers than the masses. Nearby Roman ruins give it its name. Go back to basics and stay at the local treehouse camp.

3)Patara, near Fethiye
This huge beach is the birthplace of Nicholas, who went on to be immortalised in legend as Father Christmas. Soft and spotless, it’s a great place for building sandcastles and playing but does lack shade in the scorching high season.

4)Turgutreis, near Bodrum
Ever-popular Bodrum can get crowded and isn’t very special, luckily you don’t have to head too far out of town to reach Turgutreis. Gnetly shelving and chilled-out, this is a great spot for families. The breze also makes this beach popular with windsurfers.

5)Konyaalti Beach, near Antalya
Clear sea and pristine shingle have won this stretch an award for cleanliness. Arrive by dolmus or stay in the hip minimalist Hillside Su hotel, which overlooks this beautiful beach.

“These are only a selection of the brilliant beaches on offer in Turkey,” says Emily at Hays Travel. “Go and visit, explore, hire a car and find your own. There are lots of little islands and hidden coves around the coast – for a real holiday with a difference, why not cruise on board a gulet (traditional Turkish yacht.) If you prefer luxury, choose a first-class beach front hotel and take just a few steps from your room to the shore. There’s a beach to suit everyone in Turkey!”


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Country Vacations Jaipur Well Placed In The City Of Forts

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Country club India is the Country’s widest chain of Family Clubs. With the help of services provided by country vacations India, any person can make the most out of his trip thereby wholly enjoying the resorts along with the variety of packages that are offered by country club vacations. The service is widely spread all over India, and hence Country vacations Jaipur is not excluded from the list of offering some famous and renowned resort of Jaipur, which is a well and one of the best planned cities in India, and is also famous as a Pink City.

Rajasthan is famous as a state of deserts and the capital of it is Jaipur. The city has a distinctive pink shade which is very clearly visible on the buildings and other structures that are situated in the older side of Jaipur. This reflection is basically due to the use of pink stucco during the sandstone imitation that has been used for construction in the city. At the Country vacations Jaipur clubs and resorts, we definitely make sure to make our guests familiar with the beautiful and the rich past of the city splendid with magnificent tales of courage and bravery.

Country vacations Jaipur presents the most enjoyable and comfortable holiday packages for all. The club of Country vacations Jaipur is spread over 1.5 acres area, all surrounded by blossoming green scenery. The building design complements the life style offered by people here. Also, we offer various facilities for indoor as well as outdoor sports, gymnasium to remain fit, spa to relax, swimming pool to enjoy, auditorium, conference hall and party lawn etc. All these available facilities make us, Country Vacations Jaipur, one of the finest clubs in the city.

Jaipur is really famous as the hottest destination among the vacationers as it offers a large variety of attractions, which reflects our ancient history to the best. Country vacations Jaipur provides all the facilities for vacationers to explore these attractions to the fullest, some of which are Jaigarh Fort, Jal Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, Galtagi, Govind Dev Ji temple, City Palace museum, Moti Dungari, Birla Temple, Chowki Dhani, Sisodia Garden, Albert Museum and many more. Other than above, there are also some attractions around Jaipur like Amber Fort, Pushkar, and Ajmer, which we at Country vacations Jaipur, make sure that our guests visit and enjoy their trip to Jaipur the most.

To make a vacationer know more about Jaipur, we would like to inform with some basic details like the main languages used in Jaipur are Hindi, Rajasthani, English, Urdu and Sindhi. Tourist Corporation of Jaipur is the best guide to serve the vacationers with. The favorable time to visit the city is from October to March. The available means to reach the city are By Air, by rail and by road as well.


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A Tour of the Navy SEAL Museum

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Located at the northern part of the Hutchinson Island in Florida, the U.S. Navy SEAL Museum is nestled at the original place where the Frogmen underwent their training back in the early 1940s. The Navy SEAL Museum is dedicated to the elite group of the Naval Special Warfare, the only one in the whole world.

How It Started

The U.S. Navy Frogmen, the original name given to the Navy SEALs, were born and came to existence at Fort Pierce, Florida, where the National Navy SEAL Museum now stands. The U.S. Navy Underwater Demolition Teams and the U.S. Naval Combat Demolition Units were composed primarily of brave volunteers for the Second World War.

It was in November 1985 when the Navy SEAL Museum was formally dedicated to the elite group of the U.S. Special Operations Forces. Thereafter, an endless number of artifacts have continuously been sent to Fort Pierce.

What You Will Find

The Navy SEAL Museum provides a good venue for people to learn more about the history of the Naval Special Warfare. Inside the Navy SEAL Museum, one will be able to discover the beginnings of the Underwater Demolition Team, learn about their exploits in the Second World War, and understand more about the Navy SEALs by way of the artifacts and the many photographs displayed in the museum.

Outside, one will feel nostalgic seeing various modes of transportations that have been used by the Navy SEALs. A helicopter, two-man submarines, and patrol boats are artfully displayed outside the museum. The vehicle’s story can be read on a statue that stands on each of them.

Inside, one will be greeted by a volunteer, who could be a retired SEAL, a retired Frogman, or a spouse of a Frogman or a SEAL. The volunteer will serve as your guide in your tour of the museum and will explain every memorabilia on display.

The Museum Store

Like the usual museum, the Navy SEAL Museum also has a shop for us navy seals visitors where they can purchase their choice of SEAL souvenirs such as a pin, a cap, or a book. Tactical gear like backpacks, gloves, bags, and holsters can likewise be bought at the Navy SEAL Museum store.

U.S. Navy SEAL shirts, polos, cammies, and other tactical apparel (ideally for souvenir purposes) are available at the museum shop. Items are moderately priced, and the museum also accepts donations for it maintenance. Also, for a $100 donation, one can make his name part of the great Navy SEAL history with his own memorial brick being used nowhere else but within the grounds of the museum.

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Over 40 Singles Vacations

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Have you ever tried to go on a holiday trip all by yourself or have an adventure with friends that are also single on their 40s? Actually, most of the holiday packages are intended for family trips, honey moon packages and others. You do not qualify on these kinds of holiday trips since you already on your 40s and you are still single. There is nothing bad on being single on an age like that especially if you enjoy your life being single.

The best thing here is that over 40 singles vacations are already available now. You can travel from different places alone or you can travel together with people who are the same as you.

If you prefer solo group holidays, it is more like a family trip since you are surrounded by people who are also above 40 singles. It can make the trip much more enjoyable because all of you share the same experiences in being a single person. Single people have a lot to expect when they are having a holiday trip. They can make friends to whoever they want, they can develop their network and they can meet different personalities and culture at the same time.

Being single also provides different benefits. The best one is that you are free to do whatever you want. You are not limited to your solo group. You can interact and meet other people as much as you want.

When you talk about budget, going on a group is also more economical than traveling all by yourself. When you are in a group, you can save more money since all of the singletons in your group will share expenses on lodging and expenses on food. You are already on your 40s so traveling alone is not an advisable thing. It is better if you can have company while you are enjoying the most pleasurable things in life.

There are also singles that are going on a group trip to find romance. The people who are already tired of being single and the people who want to have someone to share their old days with are also going on a group trip to search for love.

Singletons can have a lot of options if they want to have a holiday trip. They can choose to go on a solo trip and enjoy the wonderful destinations by their selves or they can go with a group and share the goodness of being single together.


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Season’s Favorite Holiday Cookies

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I have two childhood memories that center around Christmas cookies. My Mom’s no-bake cookies and my Aunt’s sugar cookies. I can still see my Mom stirring the cocoa for the no-bakes and can still smell their savory, sweet, aroma. I remember being just barely tall enough to peek up at the waxed paper-lined kitchen counter to sneak me a cookie while they were still warm.

My Aunt made the best sugar cookies that I can remember. The shapes that I remember the most were the Christmas trees, the candy canes, and the wreaths. I like soft doughy cookies and my Aunt’s were the best. She lived just three blocks down from our house and I still remember walking to her house with my parents…visiting, and eating those cookies. Those were the good old days.

What are the cookies that you remember as a child? Which ones were your favorites?

If you’re like most people…you will come up with the following four

*Sugar Cookies

*Chocolate Chip Cookies

*Peanut Butter Cookies

*Gingerbread Cookies

These four kinds of cookies are America’s top pick when it comes to holiday cookies. There are many variations of each kind. But my favorite…other than the cookies I mentioned at the beginning of this article, is chocolate chip cookies. Every Christmas, my Sister-In-Law brings everyone in the family a big bag of them. It’s a tradition with her. She enjoys baking chocolate chip cookies for us all.

Below is my Sister-In-Law’s recipe

(It’s actually the same recipe that is in the Betty Crocker cookbook)

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/3 cup margarine or butter, softened

1/3 cup shortening

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups all-purpose or whole wheat flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 package (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

(The original recipe calls for 1/2 cup chopped nuts, my Sister-In-Law doesn’t include nuts)

Directions

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Mix sugars, margarine, shortening, egg and vanilla. Stir in remaining ingredients Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake until light brown, 8 to 10 minutes.

Cool slightly before removing from cookie sheet. Makes about 3 1/2 dozen cookies.

I look forward to these every year. I too, have made them many times and they don’t last long around our house. My Husband loves them.

Do you bake cookies for the holidays? Everyone has their personal favorites.

If you’re baking cookies this Christmas, don’t forget to leave Santa a special plate full of them.

Happy Holidays to all!