April 2002

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Itís springtime in many countries and a perfect time to get away from every day life and enjoy a game of golf in true Scottish ambience! And donít miss out on our great competition and your chance to win a handy underarm portfolio.


In this newsletter:
1. Competition
2. Hotel of the Week
3. New Hotels
4. Springtime Golfing in Scotland
5. News: Use of Private Jets takes off among Business Travellers

 

Also check out this month's Guest Article - Great Dining at the Waldorf Astoria By Beverly Clark

 
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2. Hotel of the week     The Inn on 7th, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

The Inn on 7th welcomes you to your Edmonton home-away-from-home. This excellent quality hotel is located in the heart of the downtown government center, within walking distance of shopping, museums, theater and our gorgeous river valley nature trails.  | Read more

  

3. New Member Hotels
Below youíll find new member hotels since the March Newsletter. They are not listed in the directory, as they joined us after the deadline. For further info on the various hotels, visit our hotel database
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Belgium:
  • Royal Windsor Hotel - Grand Place, Brussels
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England:
  • Radisson SAS Hotel Portman, London
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Finland:
  • Hotel Merihovi, Kemi
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France:
  • Hotel Unic Renoir St Germain, Paris
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Italy:
  • Diplomatic Hotel, Rome
  • Cami Hotel, Latina
  • Hotel 90, Bari
  • Hotel la PaŁl, Brescia / Sirmione
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Nepal:
  • Hotel Vaishali, Kathmandu

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Sweden

  • Excelsior, Gothenburg
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USA:
  • Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, Columbus, OH
  • Millenium Knickerbocker, Chicago
  • Ramada Inn Stapleton, Denver 
  • Crowne Plaza Union Square, San Francisco
  • Holiday Inn Civic Center, San Francisco 
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco
  • Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco
  • Holiday Inn Financial District, San Francisco
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  Useful Travel Info

4. Springtime Golfing in Scotland 
Golf, in Perthshire, Scotland is a way of life and almost every village seems to have its own course. The variety of courses is remarkable with scenic highland layouts, idyllic parkland settings, heath and hilly upland courses to chose from. Perthshire has some of the finest golf courses in Scotland and visitors are often surprised by the modest green fees and the quietness of the courses, making it ideal for a golf break, golf vacations or golf holidays.

One of many great golf courses in the area is Pitlochry Golf Course. This course, widely known as one of the most scenic in Britain, is a 18 hole parkland course, 5,811 yds (par 69), with generous fairways and natural hazards ideal for holiday golf.

Atholl Palace Hotel is a majestic hotel located nearby. The hotel stands in splendid fashion overlooking the town of Pitlochry, amidst 48 acres of wooded parkland, the building is the epitome of Scottish Baronial Style.and is an ideal centre for visiting the scenic splendour of the Central Highlands. (More info in our hotel guide.)

 

 

 

Click here to see complete list of Perthshire golf courses.

5. Use of Private Jets takes off among Business Travellers  -   Commercial airlinesí woes fuel search for alternatives

With the airlines in a tailspin from terrorism and the recession, new security hassles and delays are accelerating the flight of business travellers to personal jets. Once the privilege of the corporate elite, light jets in recent years have drawn more and more business fliers willing to pay a premium for fast and dependable service. Now shoe inspections and hour-plus waits for airlines have made that option even more attractive.

Industry expert Rick Charles, head of the aviation program at Georgia State University says that there was a definite increase prior to Sept. 11, but the slope has more than doubled since. The security requirements at the airport have become so time-consuming. People in the mid to upper level in business are finding it's more cost-effective to pay a higher price and go on a business airplane.

That's apparent at places like the private San Jose Jet Center, where business has grown 25 percent in the past six months. Right now, they are at 120 percent capacity.

While the recession has put a crimp on travel budgets, companies such as Palo Alto's Tibco Software say travel is just too crucial to clinching deals, and they are looking into private jets. Tibco spokeswoman Caroline Phillips says flexibility  is an important factor.

More cumbersome

Executives such as Umberto Fedeli, president of an insurance brokerage who began taking chartered and private jets years ago, says the move makes sense when time is valuable. "Since Sept. 11, travelling has become more cumbersome,'' Fedeli said. "Flying commercial is very inexpensive, but it's more of a hassle.''

The business jet boom also has been driven by part-ownership plans and online charter reservation services that make expensive planes more accessible. "Fractional'' ownership plans, similar to time-shares but with guaranteed on-demand availability, can put a $10 million Learjet within reach for $630,000, about the cost of a nice Silicon Valley home. The fractional jet business has grown 38 percent a year since 1995, says Steve Phillips, marketing director for Bombardier Flexjet in Dallas. There are more than 3,500 fractional owners today, up from fewer than 1,000 in 1997, according to the National Business Aviation Association. 

Jet charters also are seeing strong growth. According to a recent Air Charter Guide survey, three out of four charter companies reported gains averaging 28 percent in January over last year. 

Recession blamed

Airlines say they aren't worried about losing business fliers. They blame declining business travel on the recession.

"Although we have seen a reduction in business traffic, we believe it is more related to the downturn in the economy,'' American Airlines spokeswoman Sonja Whitemon says. "Private jets may be a convenience for some, but they cannot possibly offer the breadth and depth of service and convenience of the scheduled airlines.''

Most business travellers will surely continue flying airlines to save money, especially with the recession adding scrutiny to the budget, analysts say. It's hard to beat the airlines, particularly for long flights between major destinations.

Source: www.tolsearch.com

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Guest Article

Great Dining at the Waldorf Astoria 

Iím not a fan of hotel dining. So I was surprised recently when I was taken to lunch at Peacock Alley, and discovered that not all hotel dining should be dismissed...
By Beverly Clark 

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