Airlines offer spring deals – summer sales in offing

February 22, 2012 by  
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It looks like we’re starting to inch through spring and toward summer. The new Southwest and AirTran promotion will last until midnight Thursday for travel from March 6 through June 6 and only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for domestic routes. A 10-day advance purchase is required. Here are the terms at Southwest and at AirTran.

Last week JetBlue launched a one-day promotion for Tuesday-Wednesday flights through April 3. Southwest tends to be first out of the gate in terms of promotions to fill seats for new seasons and this new one, with its Tuesday-Wednesday sale-seat terms and early June endpoint, likely marks the start of a few more such short-term offers in the industry to wrap up spring — a generally slack period (with spring break exceptions) for leisure travel.

UPDATE 10:38 A.M.: JetBlue has just announced a one-day spring sale for 20 percent off fares on flights from May 1-June 12. Here’s the website with the other restrictions. To get the fares you will need to use the promo code: SPRING12

If you are planning summer travel, early forecasts suggest that seats will be tight and expensive, given that oil is once again on the rise and airlines have really tightened down schedules. It’s a bit early now to shop — carriers start aggressively managing seats about 10 to 12 weeks out. But it is time to start casually looking around. We should start to see summer deals in March.

Article source: http://www.boston.com/travel/blog/2012/02/southwest_airtr_2.html

Delta Offers Wi-Fi Service on all Delta Shuttle Flights

February 22, 2012 by  
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NEW YORK, Feb. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) now offers in-flight Wi-Fi service on all Delta Shuttle flights between New York’s LaGuardia Airport, Boston Logan and Washington National and on all Delta Shuttle flights between LaGuardia and Chicago O’Hare.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090202/DELTALOGO )

Delta operates the world’s largest Wi-Fi-equipped fleet of aircraft and by this summer more than 800 Delta aircraft, including more than 250 two-class regional jets, will be equipped with in-flight Wi-Fi service. More than 550 mainline aircraft are already Wi-Fi-equipped.

Delta is the first carrier to deploy Wi-Fi across its entire mainline and two-class regional fleet. When Wi-Fi installations on regional jets are complete, more than 400,000 Delta customers on more than 3,000 daily flights will have in-flight connectivity on a fleet that already makes up nearly half of the world’s Wi-Fi-equipped aircraft.

“Wi-Fi offers travelers the flexibility and tools to stay connected at 30,000 feet, enabling them to send email or finish a presentation before they reach their destination,” said Gail Grimmett, Delta’s senior vice president – New York. “We are thrilled that Wi-Fi is now available to our Delta Shuttle customers as it’s a perfect complement to other Shuttle amenities including free morning coffee and newspapers.” 

Delta was named last month as the “Top Tech-Friendly U.S. Airline” by PCWorld magazine for its airport recharging stations, in-flight Wi-Fi on more domestic flights than any other carrier and smartphone apps with innovative features such as baggage tracking and airport check-in. The magazine also highlighted Delta’s 24-hour customer service via Twitter from @DeltaAssist, as well as the ability to book tickets directly from Facebook.

Delta also offers Delta Connect, its in-flight Wi-Fi portal, for access to real-time travel information, free news content from The Wall Street Journal and People magazine, exclusive shopping deals and entertainment options.

Delta’s Wi-Fi investments are the latest in the airline’s previously announced plan to spend $2 billion improving its products, services and facilities. As part of that goal, Delta is participating in a $1.2 billion project to expand Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport to create a modern overseas gateway. When completed in spring 2013, the terminal will feature nine new gates, a state-of-the-art baggage screening system and one of the largest Delta Sky Clubs in the system. Delta also will spend more than $100 million to renovate Terminals C and D at LaGuardia after it takes over certain landing rights there from US Airways next month. Delta will add 100 new flights and 28 new destinations to become the leading carrier in New York by mid-July.

About Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. Delta was named by Fortune magazine as the most admired airline worldwide in its 2011 World’s Most Admired Companies airline industry list, and was named the “Top Tech-Friendly U.S. Airline” by PCWorld magazine for its innovation in technology. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 342 destinations in 61 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. A founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance, Delta participates in the industry’s leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 13,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. The airline’s service includes the SkyMiles frequent flier program, a world-class airline loyalty program; the award-winning BusinessElite service; and more than 50 Delta Sky Clubs in airports worldwide. Delta is investing more than $2 billion through 2013 in airport facilities and global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and review flight status at delta.com.

SOURCE Delta Air Lines

Article source: http://www.bradenton.com/2012/02/21/3891446/delta-offers-wi-fi-service-on.html

Special Travel Deals for French Tourists to Israel

February 22, 2012 by  
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In its preparation for the summer high season period, the Ministry of Tourism is promoting cheaper vacation deals for French tourists with reductions of about 10% on last year. July and August are characterized by a high demand for tourism to Israel. As a result, the tourism industry advertises high vacation prices for that season. Due to this, few French tourists buy vacation packages to Israel at the beginning of the summer season. Although prices gradually decline towards the end of August, by this time most French tourists have purchased vacation packages to other destinations.   In order to try and offer a reasonable price on vacation packages for the summer season, the Ministry of Tourism office in Paris approached the airlines and travel agents. In addition, the Ministry of Tourism contacted people in the hotel industries; attraction owners and wholesalers in order to get them to make their prices more attractive as of now. In light of the collaboration between all of the parties, tourists from France can now purchase cheaper vacation package, with reductions of about 10% on 2011, that include flight and accommodations, throughout Israel. The packages are available online on a dedicated page of the Israel Government Tourist Office in Paris.

In order to encourage French tourism to Israel, the Tourism Ministry will invest about 12 million NIS, in 2012, on marketing Israel to the French market. The marketing activities will be targeted to consumers interested in holidays that include religion, history and culture. France is the third largest source country for incoming tourism after the United States and Russia. In the years 2010 and 2011, 287,000 French tourists arrived in Israel. The vast majority of these tourists come from the Jewish community. The French tourist stays in Israel for an average of 11 nights, and spends about $1,173 during his visit.

Minister of Tourism, Stas Misezhnikov: “French tourism to Israel is one of the most important anchors in tourism to Israel and the Ministry of Tourism invests significant resources in this sector. Despite the stability of incoming tourism from France, the Ministry of Tourism does not rest on its laurels and continues to develop creative ways and attractive packages in order to meet the needs of the French tourist and reach the goal of about 310,000 tourists from France in the year 2012″.

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The ethics of disaster tourism: What is the right thing to do?

February 22, 2012 by  
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Removal of fuel from the Costa Concordia, which ran aground last month off Tuscany, began last week and officials say that after it’s gone, it may take seven to 10 months to refloat the ship.

Meanwhile, Tuscan tourism officials are urging tourists to visit eight-square-mile Giglio, off whose coast the ship ran aground on Jan. 13, as a “gesture of love.”

Not long after the accident, which killed at least 17 people (15 are still missing), islanders said people came to Giglio to gawk and not because of their affection for Giglio, one of seven islets in the Tuscan Archipelago.

All of which raises this question: Is it love or is it lewd to visit a place after a disaster?

After a recent story in the Travel section reported that some residents of Joplin were angered by a map showing where a tornado devastated the southwestern Missouri town last spring, we asked ethicists about tourism  in the aftermath of tragedy.

Wanting to see a place where disaster has struck is not always a sign of insensitivity, said Patricia Illingworth, an ethics professor at Northeastern University, a lawyer and a lecturer in law at Northeastern University School of Law and author of “Us Before Me, Ethics and Social Capital for Global Well Being.”

“I think that there’s a lot of benefit from going,” she said of seeing the aftermath, adding that “gawking … obviously isn’t a good idea.” But, she added, “going and seeing what the people are suffering or seeing the situation, that then raises empathy or allows us to empathize” with the situation, she said.

Fundraisers, for instance, often have at their core human suffering, she noted. And you know those ads featuring emaciated children? Calling this the “pornography of poverty,” Illingworth noted that such images stimulate empathy, which often results in action.

But some may object. “Some local residents may find it embarrassing or offensive for outsiders to ooh and ahh and take pictures of a broken community,” said Dr. Tanvir Hussain, a Los Angeles cardiologist and adjunct professor of bioethics at Pepperdine University School of Law. “On the other hand, local businesses [that] thrive off of visitors, such as restaurants and hotels, may welcome outsiders at a time when little business from locals is to be had.”

The issue of disaster tourism isn’t new. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, companies began offering tours of areas that were especially hard hit after the storm and the levee failures. After the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004, photos showed tourists sunbathing on Asian beaches while cleanup continued in the background. More than 200,000 people were killed in that calamity, many ripped from the arms of loved ones and swept to their deaths. Some thought the sunbathers insensitive.

“There are really two sides to the issue, one principled, and the other practical, but both making valid points,” Hussain said. “The principled view finds disaster tourism fundamentally exploitative, bringing in the wealthy and healthy to gawk at scenes of destruction, and those less fortunate who are struggling to rebuild their lives. The other side makes a practical point, stating that exposure will truly inform outsiders of the degree of devastation and hardship experienced by a community, while bringing in income from tourism and increased donations.”

There is no clear answer as to whether or even when you should go, although time will help with that latter question. Illingworth reminded me that people today visit Auschwitz, the Polish concentration camp where as many as 1.5 million prisoners, most of them Jews, died in World War II. The visitation would have seemed almost unthinkable in the aftermath of a war that saw 6 million Jews perish as part of the “final solution.”

In 1979, UNESCO declared Auschwitz a World Heritage Site, noting, “The site is a key place of memory for the whole of humankind for the Holocaust, racist policies and barbarism; it is a place of our collective memory of this dark chapter in the history of humanity, of transmission to younger generations and a sign of warning of the many threats and tragic consequences of extreme ideologies and denial of human dignity.”

Travel, at its core, is supposed to broaden our experience and make us think beyond our own horizons. A visit to a place of barbarism that once may have been unthinkable can now provide a painful but important lesson.

Yet those whose lives are touched by misfortune, although none on the scale of the Holocaust, may object to becoming unintended teachers.

“A couple of years ago when the Iceland volcano exploded, I was stranded in Nairobi, Kenya, for several days awaiting my flight through Europe and back to the U.S.,” Hussain said. “While there, I visited the Kibera slum … taking pictures during my day there, but being careful so as not to offend and asking permission when the opportunity arose.

“Still, I was aware of the debate around this issue and experienced it firsthand, with some locals who took offense at my presence and yelling at me … to leave, while others welcomed us by telling their stories and showing us their living conditions. I volunteered for a day and donated to a local charity as a result of my visit.”

And that may be the best solution, both experts agree. Volunteering offers the opportunity to see what’s happened while being of use to the people who need your help most — the convergence, perhaps, of the principled and practical.

“More and more, our nation and our world must look to volunteers to fill the gaps that governments are unwilling or unable to fill — in health care, education and programs for the disabled and underprivileged,” Ed Asner writes in the foreword to the just-published 11th edition of “Volunteer Vacations: Short-Term Adventures that Will Benefit You and Others,” by Bill McMillon, Doug Cutchins and Anne Geissinger. The book gives details on volunteering around the globe and shows how acting, rather than simply reacting, may be the gift of a “key place of memory” that becomes part of not just who we are but who we can become.

Article source: http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-trb-ethics-of-disaster-tourism-20120221,0,2950405.story

Delta Offers Wi-Fi Service on all Delta Shuttle Flights

February 22, 2012 by  
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NEW YORK, Feb. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) now offers in-flight Wi-Fi service on all Delta Shuttle flights between New York’s LaGuardia Airport, Boston Logan and Washington National and on all Delta Shuttle flights between LaGuardia and Chicago O’Hare.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090202/DELTALOGO )

Delta operates the world’s largest Wi-Fi-equipped fleet of aircraft and by this summer more than 800 Delta aircraft, including more than 250 two-class regional jets, will be equipped with in-flight Wi-Fi service. More than 550 mainline aircraft are already Wi-Fi-equipped.

Delta is the first carrier to deploy Wi-Fi across its entire mainline and two-class regional fleet. When Wi-Fi installations on regional jets are complete, more than 400,000 Delta customers on more than 3,000 daily flights will have in-flight connectivity on a fleet that already makes up nearly half of the world’s Wi-Fi-equipped aircraft.

“Wi-Fi offers travelers the flexibility and tools to stay connected at 30,000 feet, enabling them to send email or finish a presentation before they reach their destination,” said Gail Grimmett, Delta’s senior vice president – New York. “We are thrilled that Wi-Fi is now available to our Delta Shuttle customers as it’s a perfect complement to other Shuttle amenities including free morning coffee and newspapers.” 

Delta was named last month as the “Top Tech-Friendly U.S. Airline” by PCWorld magazine for its airport recharging stations, in-flight Wi-Fi on more domestic flights than any other carrier and smartphone apps with innovative features such as baggage tracking and airport check-in. The magazine also highlighted Delta’s 24-hour customer service via Twitter from @DeltaAssist, as well as the ability to book tickets directly from Facebook.

Delta also offers Delta Connect, its in-flight Wi-Fi portal, for access to real-time travel information, free news content from The Wall Street Journal and People magazine, exclusive shopping deals and entertainment options.

Delta’s Wi-Fi investments are the latest in the airline’s previously announced plan to spend $2 billion improving its products, services and facilities. As part of that goal, Delta is participating in a $1.2 billion project to expand Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport to create a modern overseas gateway. When completed in spring 2013, the terminal will feature nine new gates, a state-of-the-art baggage screening system and one of the largest Delta Sky Clubs in the system. Delta also will spend more than $100 million to renovate Terminals C and D at LaGuardia after it takes over certain landing rights there from US Airways next month. Delta will add 100 new flights and 28 new destinations to become the leading carrier in New York by mid-July.

About Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. Delta was named by Fortune magazine as the most admired airline worldwide in its 2011 World’s Most Admired Companies airline industry list, and was named the “Top Tech-Friendly U.S. Airline” by PCWorld magazine for its innovation in technology. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 342 destinations in 61 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. A founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance, Delta participates in the industry’s leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 13,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. The airline’s service includes the SkyMiles frequent flier program, a world-class airline loyalty program; the award-winning BusinessElite service; and more than 50 Delta Sky Clubs in airports worldwide. Delta is investing more than $2 billion through 2013 in airport facilities and global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and review flight status at delta.com.

SOURCE Delta Air Lines

Article source: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/02/21/4280117/delta-offers-wi-fi-service-on.html

Element hotels: Eco-friendly lodging has a wallet-friendly deal

February 22, 2012 by  
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President Obama’s recent stay at the eco-friendly Element Hotel in Summerlin, Nev., has inspired a deal.  Apparently, the president suggested that his staff might want to miss their flight to stay an extra night, which led Element to resurrect an extended stay deal that has been popular with business travelers.

The deal:  Element By Westin is offering a “stay three, stay free” deal in which guests get a free fourth night when they check in on a Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday into any of the 10 eco-oriented Element hotels. The website indicates it must be booked with an American Express card, but phone reservationists said any card will work.

All the Element hotels are seeking LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for sustainable design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.  The Summerlin property where Obama stayed is LEED certified as is the Element in New York’s Times Square. Other Element hotel locations include Denver, Miami, Houston, and the Dallas/Ft. Worth and Miami airports. 

Caveat:  This deal is good for travelers who are certain their plans won’t change; this is prepaid and nonrefundable. Guests lose 100% if they cancel.

When: Through Dec. 31.

Tested:  I tested this deal online and by phone.  Availability seems limited in March and April because of spring break but widely available after May 1. A stay May 10-14 at the Lexington Element in Massachusetts would cost $269 a night for three nights (which averages out to $201 a night) for a total of $932.89 with tax ($807 pre-tax). Although the website indicates that the deal must be booked with an American Express card, two reservation specialists said I could book the deal with any card. 

Contact: Element by Westin, (877) 353-6368

Article source: http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-trb-element-hotel-stay-free-20120221,0,7109012.story

Japan tourism board offers 1-for-1 deals at Natas fair

February 22, 2012 by  
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SINGAPORE - The Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) has a slew of one-for-one deals lined up for Singaporeans at the upcoming Natas Fair this weekend.

It has increased its budget by 5 per cent – the biggest marketing effort at the travel fair since 2006 – to attract visitors to the quake-hit country.

JNTO said travellers had regained confidence and many had made trips after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami last year, but it seems visitor numbers are still not back to pre-quake numbers.

The Straits Times reported that 9,000 visitors went to Japan last month, 34 shy of the number recorded in January 2011 before the earthquake and tsunami struck.

Visitor numbers from Singapore fell by 38.5 per cent to 111,300 in 2011 - from a record high of 180,000 in 2010.

To strengthen its impact at the Natas Fair, JNTO has roped in sponsors such as Changi Airport Group, which is contributing more than $150,000 to JNTO’s one-for-one travel deals.

JNTO is also bringing in 13 other partners including travel experts from various prefectures such as representatives from Gifu prefecture, who will unveil a new discount pass for self-driver holidays around the scenic region, said the report.

Visitors will also be able to sample Japanese food, including sake and premium Hida beef from the prefecture.

The three-day event, organised by the National Association of Travel Agents Singapore, begins on Friday at the Singapore Expo. 

With158 exhibitors, the fair is expected to draw some 65,000 visitors and generate sales of about $90 million.

Opening hours are from 10am-9.30pm from Feb 24-26. Admission fee is $4 for those above 12 years old.

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Article source: http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Relax/Story/A1Story20120222-329458.html

WTM to generate massive amount of travel deals

February 22, 2012 by  
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World Travel Market Deals Up

Feb 21, 2012

World Travel Market (WTM) 2011, the leading global event for the travel industry, will generate a massive £1,653 million (US$2.6 billion) in travel and tourism industry deals – an impressive 16 percent increase on WTM 2010.

Independent research of World Travel Market’s exhibitors shows WTM 2011 will generate £1,653,729,318 million in deals, either through contracts signed at the event or from negotiations with Meridian Club members, which will lead to deals before WTM 2012.

WTM 2010 generated £1,425 million in business deals, either on the exhibition floor or in the 12 months that followed, which was a 25 percent increase on WTM 2009’s £1,139 million.

The increase in business generated by WTM 2011 can, in part, be accredited to the overhauled Speed Networking session – which allowed exhibitors and buyers even more time to negotiate and conclude deals.

Speed Networking took place as a one-hour-long session before the exhibition opened on the first day of WTM 2011 (Monday, November 7). Previously, Speed Networking was in 5 45-minute sessions – based around the regions of the exhibition – throughout the first day.

The change increased the amount of time at the event for exhibitors, and Meridian Club members could conclude negotiations on the exhibition floor, in-turn helping to increase the amount of business generated because of the event.

An extra business opportunity was also introduced on the final day of WTM in the shape of the WTM Networking Breakfast, giving exhibitors and Meridian Club members a further event to meet up and discuss business deals.

Furthermore, an impressive 94 percent of exhibitors are “extremely likely” or “likely” to exhibit at WTM 2012, which takes place between Monday, November 5–Thursday, November 8.

While, 96 percent of exhibitors feel it is “very important” or “important” to exhibit at WTM, 96 percent of exhibitors were “completely satisfied” or “satisfied” about their most recent time at WTM.

Reed Travel Exhibitions Director, World Travel Market, Simon Press, said: “World Travel Market 2011 has seen, and will lead to, a phenomenal amount of travel and tourism industry business being agreed.

“The expanded Speed Networking program played an important role in the success of WTM 2011 for both exhibitors and Meridian Club members, offering both stakeholders increased opportunities to meet new contacts, sign contracts, and conclude deals.”

“The amount of business conducted and the findings from the exhibitor research, shows WTM is delivering on its commitment to facilitate business in the travel and tourism industry.”

Press continued: “I am delighted that the amount of business conducted at World Travel Market continues to increase, firmly positioning WTM as a must-attend exhibition for national and regional tourist boards, global brands, and technology companies.

“The amount of business conducted at WTM clearly demonstrated WTM Means Business.”

Article source: http://www.eturbonews.com/28002/wtm-generate-massive-amount-travel-deals

Cheapflights.com.au Celebrates Australia’s First World Surfing Reserve

February 22, 2012 by  
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, Feb 21, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) –
As Sydney prepares to open its first World Surfing Reserve,
Cheapflights.com.au, the online leader in travel deals publishing,
has chosen to honour the occasion by having its in-house experts pick
out the best unlikely surfing destinations around the world.

“Surfing enthusiasts go all around the world chasing waves, so while
there’s plenty to choose from right here at home, why not make a
holiday out of exploring the world’s shorelines?” says Oonagh Shiel,
Senior Site Editor for Cheapflights.com.au.

“You never know when or where you’ll catch your next big wave and you
might even be the first to discover a new surfer’s paradise,” adds
Shiel.

The list of hotspots — or wet spots — includes highly improbable
suspects such as Alaska, China and even Lebanon, but that’s
precisely what makes it so interesting. Here we dive in to the first
five of the top unlikely surfing spots around the world.

Guatemala

This Central American country lies in Mexico’s shadow as far as
tourist numbers are concerned, but there’s an under-discovered 225km
stretch of Pacific coastline against which the waves tower and crash.
Best time to go? The weather is good and the waves are decent between
March and June. The waves are bigger and better during the rainy
season (July-February) but you’ll find a few more (United States)
tourists about.

Alaska

You won’t find many wimps if you go surfing in Alaska. Its frontier
spirit puts off the lily-livered, but for those with a strong
constitution, it offers an amazing experience. Yakutat is at the
northern end of the Alaskan panhandle and offers consistent surf with
heart-stoppingly beautiful views of the Saint Elias mountains. Best
time to go? Spring (April) and autumn (September) — the storms
produce long, towering breakers.

Ireland

Taking on the might of the Atlantic at Aileen’s, the Cliffs of Moher,
County Clare, is highly regarded, but we’re going north to Donegal.
Bundoran is the best known surfing spot, but around the Fanad
Peninsula you’ll find unforgiving Atlantic breaks. Best time to go?
Between September and May for those legendary swells.

China

China’s coastline is one of the world’s longest and, unfortunately,
one of its most polluted. The best location to head to for surfing is
currently the island of Hainan where the water is warm year round and
is relatively clean. Best time to go? In China, it’s the wind of
typhoons that drive the surf potential. Typhoon season runs from
approximately the start of summer through September, so October
through March is the recommended surf season.

Lebanon

In recent years Beirut has become synonymous with partying. Some of
the best nightlife in the world can be had there. However, a lesser
known fact is that it’s also a great unlikely location for surfing.
While there might be all of a few hundred surfers in the entire
country, the number of visitors heading there to surf is on the rise.
Best time to go? August or October through December. During the cold
winter months, surfers should make sure to include warm wetsuits
among their gear and head to either Jonas or Jiyeh beaches in the
south or Chekka beach in the north.

For the full list of unlikely surfing destinations, visit

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NUANCE COMMUNICATIONS INC. : Nuance’s Dragon Go! Now Features Travel Search … – 4

February 22, 2012 by  
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Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) today announced that its
revolutionary Dragon Go! app for iOS and Android now lets people truly
go anywhere with the ability to speak and quickly find and book flights,
hotels, and more with direct access to Expedia. Dragon Go!’s all new
travel search capability allows people with iPhones and Android devices
to easily find and book the best travel deals available – just by using
their voice.

Expedia joins the more than 200 trusted and reliable content providers
that have made Dragon Go! a success for iPhone, iPod Touch and most
recently, Android. Dragon Go! combines Nuance’s Dragon voice recognition
with natural language understanding to understand not only what people
say, but what they mean. The result is direct, instant access to the
most relevant content and knowledge on the mobile Web to get more done,
faster and easier. Forget the hurdles posed by traditional mobile search
applications – no boundaries and no scrolling through blue links. And
with Dragon Go!’s unique, open design – consumers and content partners
experience each brand’s familiar look and feel.

“Old school mobile search is fading. The majority of consumers don’t
like blue links, scrolling, or pecking. Consumers want personal mobile
assistant capabilities with unfiltered access to content and knowledge,”
said Michael Thompson, senior vice president and general manager, Nuance
Mobile. “With direct access to services like Expedia, consumers can do
just about anything from anywhere – even book a last minute trip with
just a few spoken words.”

Dragon Go! lets consumers say virtually anything and immediately jump to
relevant destinations – and with the addition of Expedia, people can
find and book accommodations for their favorite destinations. For
example, say:

  • “Available flights from Boston to San Francisco in March,” to
    instantly see flight schedules and pricing, and the opportunity to buy
    tickets directly from Expedia.
  • “Find 4-star hotels near me,” when traveling and need to book a room
    at a hotel closest to your current location on Expedia, and swipe over
    to the Yelp tab for additional feedback.
  • “What are the best resorts in Cancun?” to see reviews and ratings of
    the top resorts on Expedia, and see what others have to say with just
    a quick flick on over to the Twitter tab.

“Our consumers already love that they can find and book a flight, hotel
room and more on Expedia from just about anywhere with their iPhone or
Android device. And with the addition of Expedia to Dragon Go!, even
more mobile consumers will have direct voice access to the best travel
deals around,” said Jeff Warren, vice president, product management,
Expedia Worldwide.

And when traveling, Dragon Go! gives people direct access to local
restaurant reviews, directions, weather, and more. For instance, say:

  • “Where can I get the best Italian food in Las Vegas?” to get reviews
    from Yelp as well as book a reservation via OpenTable.
  • “Find sunglasses near me,” and be taken to Milo.com for a list of
    local retail shops that sell the shades you want, as well as the
    ability to purchase sunglasses online.
  • “What is the weather going to be like in Tahoe today?” to get detailed
    weather forecasts from Accuweather.com and other top weather services.
  • “Play ‘Drive By by Train’” to instantly play the song downloaded to
    your device, or play it from your Pandora station.

“We’ve combined natural language understanding with a unique design and
open access to content to deliver what consumers truly want – a better
search experience,” said Vlad Sejnoha, chief technology officer, Nuance.
“We’re committed to the continuous enhancement of our natural language
technology and the addition of new content providers to make Dragon
Go! the go-to mobile concierge.”

Dragon Go! features the largest direct-access content ecosystem in
mobile today, with content provided by AccuWeather, Ask.com, Bing,
Dictionary.com, ESPN, Facebook, Fandango, Last.fm, LiveNation, Milo.com,
OpenTable, Pandora ® internet radio, Rotten Tomatoes, Spotify, Twitter,
Wikipedia, Wolfram|Alpha, Yelp, YouTube, Yahoo! and many others – and
now Expedia.

Dragon Go! is available for free in the Apple App Store and in the
Android Market in the U.S. in U.S. English.

Dragon Go! is part of the Dragon Mobile Apps family, which includes the
FlexT9 application for Android, Swype, Dragon Dictation and original
Dragon Search apps for iOS. To learn more about all of the Dragon Mobile
Apps, visit www.nuancemobilelife.com.
Also be sure to follow the company on Twitter @DragonTweets
and @NuanceMobile,
and become a Fan
of Dragon Mobile Apps on Facebook
.

About Nuance Communications, Inc

Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) is a leading provider of
voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers around the
world. Its technologies, applications and services make the user
experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with
devices and systems. Every day, millions of users and thousands of
businesses experience Nuance’s proven applications. For more
information, please visit www.nuance.com.

Nuance, Dragon Go!, Dragon NaturallySpeaking, Dragon, Dragon
Carousel, and the Nuance logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of
Nuance Communications, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States of
America and/or other countries. All other company names or product names
may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

Nuance Communications
Rebecca Paquette, 781-565-5264
rebecca.paquette@nuance.com

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