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JULY 2010
Bedouin musicians entertaining  visitors at the desert camp in Ksar Ghilene Pansea © LNA Associates images


“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page”... St Augustine

THIS MONTH'S DESTINATON: Djerba, Tunisia
A Desert Island where wellness and nature walk hand in hand
Not many Brits would have heard of Djerba prior to Tunisair’s inaugural flight from London Gatwick to Djerba on Thursday 27th May 2010. Lyssiemay Annoh was aboard the one-class maiden flight and shares her experience here with us.
Djerba, the largest island in North Africa is already very popular with French, German, Italian and Czech tourists. The island’s uniqueness prompted French philosopher, novelist, and essayist, Simone de Beauvoir, the lifelong companion of Jean-Paul Sartre to describe it as “one of the silent places in the world.... Discover the experience

The "coolest" spa destinations

The world's top spa destinations come to play in Executive Traveller

Anti-cellulite treatment at the Athénée Thalasso Spa at the Radisson Blu, Djerba, Tunisia Hot stones treatment at the One Spa at the Sheraton Grand Hotel - Edinburgh - Scotland Group Thalasso relaxation session at the Yadis Golf, Thalasso & Spa Hotel - Djerba, Tunisia
HOTELS AND PLACES TO STAY

Travelodge has something to celebrate

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson with Guy Parsons, Travelodge's Chief Executive and London’s Beefeaters at the opening of Travelodge’s 400th Hotel

Its official, Travelodge opens its 400th hotel on its 25th Anniversary with “Pomp and Pageantry”
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, officially opened Travelodge's 400th hotel at Waterloo and also joined in the party to celebrate the hotel chain's 25th anniversary. Travelodge opened its first hotel at Barton-under-Needwood on the A38 in 1985.Over the subsequent 25 years the business has grown from its roadside beginnings into being the most highly recognised hotel brand in the UK. It is the biggest hotel brand in both London and Edinburgh and has the most visited website in the hotel industry.Travelodge is also trialling a free cycle service where customers can hire a ‘Go Cycle’ - which is the world’s lightest electric bike. Guy Parsons, Travelodge’s Chief Executive was present at the opening to present his company’s vision for London…. Read more

OPINION

VIEWS FROM THE TRAVEL ECONOMIST

Taking holidays is a human right
As Commissioner for Transport I successfully defended passengers’ rights. The next step is to safeguard their right to be tourists. Antonio Tajani
In his opening address at the European Tourism Stakeholders’ Conference in Madrid, Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission with responsibility for industry and entrepreneurship declared taking holidays as a right. He said that as the person responsible for Europe’s policies in this economic sector, it is his firm belief that the way in which we spend our holidays is an . . .…read more

USEFUL INFORMATION

TIPS ON HOW TO TRAVEL SAFELY

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Helpful tips for female travellers:
Female travellers may find travelling alone or with a couple of female friends to be a great experience; but as a women, you can be targeted by criminals. Here some tips to making yourself safe when you’re out and about.. read more

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Bellevue Palace Executive Chef Gregor Zimmerman

FOOD AND DRINK:
Chefs of Excellence

Applause for Hasdrubal Prestige Thalassa & Spa Executive Head Chef Guider Hdiedn

Executive Head Chef Gregor Zimmermann of the Bellevue Palace - Berne, Switzerland a member of the Swiss Deluxe hotels

"Most of my ideas come to me whilst playing the Piano.". Chef Gregor Zimmerman. Swiss cuisine is elegant, classic and above all flavoursome Isis Basnayaka exposes deluxe cuisine with the Executive Chef of the Bellevue Palace in Bern, one of 39 unique 5* hotels under the Deluxe Hotels Group. Zimmerman started ...read more

Hasdrubal Prestige Thalassa & Spa Executive Head Chef Guider Hdiedn wowed a delighted group of British guests visiting Djerba for the first time during the launch of the London-Djerba-London maiden flight of Tunisair from London Gatwick to Djerba. Guider’s ....read more
Hasdrubal Prestige Thalassa & Spa Executive Head Chef Guider Hdiedn stands to receive an applause from his delighted guests

RECIPES

How to eat well on a desert island.
Who says you cannot eat well on a desert island? Djerba competes with haute cuisine in the capital city and delivers on traditional cuisine hinterland. Enjoy some ethnic desert cuisine at Ksar Gilhene Pansea ...discover the experience

Soup to go Barley Soup Grison Style
During our encounter with Chef Zimmerman, he created some mouthwatering Reception/Cocktail food for us to sample. ...discover the experience
Chef Gregor Zimmerman of the Bellevue Palace Hotel, Bern at work

TRAVELLING BY AIR

ICELAND EXPRESS NOW FLIES FROM LONDON GATWICK TO NEW YORK FROM 267 RETURN, INCLUDING TAXES.

AirAsiaX's new flat bed in business class from London to Kuala Lumpur

Things you need to know about the air travel

It was not all bad news with the ash cloud - Lufthansa sees growth between Manchester and Munich .. read more

KLM now flies to Hangzhou, China
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines launched a scheduled service between Amsterdam and Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport in China on 8 May 2010. This is the sixth destination in China for KLM making it the first airline read more

AirAsiaX introduces Flat Beds into Low Fare Long Haul Flying
Low fare long haul airline AirAsia X, has introduced a new flying experience for guests with enhancements to its long-haul premium and economy cabins. read more

COOL TRAVEL GADGETS

The Silhouette IQ-POL 2010

Eyewear maker Silhouette offers us polarised sun protection lenses with its IQ POL 2010 – the new 12 layer sun protection for eyes.
Based on the fact that the most intelligent sun protection for the eyes should offer polarised sun protection lenses, considered to be the sun protection technology of the future, Silhouette’s research and development experts have grappled intensely with this issue and produced the most advanced polarisation technology in the world, the 12-layer technology – referred to by Silhouette as IQ-POL.
Putting aside the obvious benefits of sun protection, the IQ POL 2010 is pretty stylish too. They are very comfortable and the remarkable thing about this pair is not so much the many benefits that you gain from the polarised sun protection lenses but the weightless nature in which it is presented. One can easily be fooled in thinking that its lightness does not make it durable but on the contrary the lightness of the glasses is one of its strengths.... read our full tried and tested review

Model wearing the Silhouette IQ-POL 2010 Sunglasses

BUSINESS JETS

BUSINESS AVIATION NEWS AND ONE-WAY OFFERS

Pilot and Quantas Airways Ambassador John Travolta greets ExecuJet agent at Lanseria Airport, South Africa

BUSINESS AVIATION BOOMS WITH 2010 WORLD CAP
John Travolta and family among VIP who flew into Lanseria
ExecuJet FBO has been very busy receiving VIPs who travelled with business jets into South Africa for the 2010 World Cup. Actor and Pilot John Travolta who is also Ambassador for Qantas Airlines landed his Boeing 707 from Buenos Aires to Lanseria Airport to lend his support to the Australian National Team, who have now sadly been eliminated. He was accompanied by his wife Kelly Preston and daughter Ella... read more

ONE WAY OFFER AVAILABLE ON LEARJET 31A - 6-8 PASSENGERS
If you are in Ibiza and neighbouring Balearic Islands, we have a Learjet 31A available to depart on Sunday 6th July to any other Mediterranean destination or Dusseldorf. Max passengers 6-8. Find out more

GREEN ISSUES

TIPS ON HOW TO TRAVEL GREEN

IN THE NEWS

UK Airport Operators are going green too….
They have launched new guidelines to reduce aircraft ground emissions
A major initiative to reduce the carbon emissions of aircraft on the ground at UK airports was launched on 29th June 2010 by the Airport Operators Association the trade association that represents the interests of British airports as well as the principal body with which the UK Government and regulatory authorities consult on airport matters. at their Environmental Conference...read more

VisitEngland and regional tourism agencies launch Green Toolkit
A new free online toolkit is now available for small to medium sized businesses who want to become more sustainable. Green Start has been launched by VisitEngland and regional tourism agencies, including Welcome to Yorkshire, to help tourism businesses embrace sustainable practices. ..discover more

Where do you start? Green hotels, environmentally friendly conferences, carbon footprints, sustainable travelling can be a mine field of its own doing. How do business travellers keep the balance?
Most of us are conscious and feel the need to do something useful. We recognise that for it to be a success, the effort has to come from both ends. The business provider, tourism offices, airports, hoteliers, event venues, caterers, transportation companies, exhibitors, and almost everyone must join in to create environmentally friendly resources and make themselves advocates of sustainability
Here are some tips on how to go green during your travels….

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