Thursday, June 23, 2011

Continental Resumes Service to Sendai Japan

jts-logo.jpg Continental Airlines will resume service to Sendai Oct. 2, flying there twice a week from Guam. The new flights mark the first resumption of regular service by a foreign airline at Sendai Airport since the facility reopened on April 13. The airport was temporarily closed after the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11.

Since the earthquake and tsunami, United Continental Holdings has worked to support the victims of the disaster in partnership with the American Red Cross in an effort that includes both monetary contributions and donations of frequent flyer miles. As of today, cash donations from more than 23,000 customers and employees exceed $2.5 million, and loyalty program members have donated more than 63 million miles.

“I am very happy to announce that we will be resuming regular Guam-Sendai flights, which we first began offering 21 years ago,” said Jim Mueller, United’s vice president-Asia/Pacific. “I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to everyone who worked together with us under such trying circumstances to restore flight operations. We look forward to the long-term continuation of regular flight service between Guam and Sendai.”

United Airlines and Continental Airlines together operate 169 weekly flights to nine destinations in Japan.

Monday, June 20, 2011

JAL International Fare Fuel Surcharge from August to September 2011

jal-tsuru-logo.jpg Japan Airlines (JAL) has requested for approval from the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) to increase the current level of fuel surcharge on all international passenger tickets issued between August 1 and September 30, 2011.

In April this year, JAL began setting fuel surcharge levels bimonthly based on the 2-month average price, instead of quarterly based on 3-month average price, of Singapore kerosene-type jet fuel.

The price of Singapore kerosene-type jet fuel during the two month period of April and May 2011 averaged US$132.66 per barrel. With reference to the fuel surcharge benchmark list for the fiscal year of 2011 (see below), this corresponds to Zone H of fuel surcharges which range from 3,000 yen on a Japan - Korea ticket to 29,000 yen on a Japan - USA ticket per person per sector flown, on tickets purchased in Japan.

This level of surcharge will be applied to all international passenger tickets issued between August 1 and September 30, 2011.

Fuel Surcharge for the period: August 1 - September 31, 2011

Japan- Hawaii, India, Indonesia - Current Surcharge: US$185.00
Japan- Hawaii, India, Indonesia - New Surcharge: US$213.00

For full details about JAL’s fuel surcharge policy, please refer to http://www.jal.co.jp … ter/fuel/detail.html

- The surcharge applies to flights operated by Japan Airlines as well as code-share flights operated by other airlines.
- The planned level of fuel surcharge is subject to government approval

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Globus Faith Based Tours for 2012

globus-faith.jpg In 2012, Globus is providing travelers the perfect blend of faith, fellowship and fun with eight (8) faith-based itineraries that include the world’s most spiritual and inspiring destinations matched with the history, culture, landscapes and cuisines that make these regions rich with experiences.

Contact us to book a tour now, book a faith-based vacation online or see the Tour with Naka’s page for more information about packaged tours around the world.

In addition to unveiling a reinvigorated 11-day GRAND CATHOLIC ITALY vacation, as part of the company’s offerings for 2012, Globus is introducing travelers to (11-day) THE EUROPEAN REFORMATION getaway.

Globus’ NEW Reformation-inspired vacation (priced from $2,289) invites travelers to “live” the stories and visit the sites of Lutheran Reformation from Berlin to Munich. This vacation includes stops at Luther’s Tomb, Wartburg Castle, the Augustinian Monastery and the famous Lutheran Lorenz Church. Providing a balance of faith and fun, on this journey, travelers will also visit the fascinating Coburg Fortress and enjoy a castle-lined Rhine cruise through the famed, beautiful Rhine Gorge.

“With Globus, travelers can venture through Grand Catholic Italy while also experiencing the glory of the Roman ruins,” said Mike Schields, managing director of group sales and emerging markets. “We invite them to take in the Marian Shrines of Spain and Portugal while savoring paella, tapas and regional wines. They can even bring the Old Testament to life with our Through the Ages vacation while witnessing marvels like the Great Pyramids of Giza to ensure each faith-based journey also feels like a vacation.”

Globus’ most popular religious itinerary focuses on Israel: JOURNEY THROUGH THE HOLY LAND. Rounding out the “top 3” are FOOTSTEPS OF APOSTLE PAUL which takes travelers through Turkey and Greece and GRAND CATHOLIC ITALY.

In addition to offering travelers vacations designed to take them to the heart of their faith, experiencing the most popular spiritual destinations around the world, thanks to a dedicated religious travel division – created in 2004 – Globus also customizes religious journeys for groups.

“Faith-based journeys should feel as special as they do spiritual. And in that vein, we understand that some groups may desire a more unique and personalized religious getaway,” said Schields. “Whether travelers are looking for a custom set of cities or simply want to edit one of our current itineraries, we can craft journeys that are perfect for each group’s needs, passions and interests.”

In addition to offering travelers the choice, flexibility and personalization they crave, Globus’ faith-based journeys provide travelers award-winning land programs, world-class accommodations, guided sightseeing (complete with headsets), engaging lectures, unequaled VIP access into key destinations and incomparable storytelling, thanks to the finest Tour Directors in the business.

Early Booking Incentive: Travelers booking a 2012 Globus Religious vacation (and paying in full) by September 27, 2011 can save 10 percent!

ABOUT GLOBUS

With more than 80 years of international travel expertise, Globus is the world’s leading tour operator. Globus has teams of people on the ground in more than 65 countries around the world, and is an expert in providing travelers a holiday from the everyday by helping them truly experience each destination. We bring to life cultures and histories through storytelling and in-depth journeys in the heart of each city, region or country. Honored with countless industry awards, including Travel Weekly’s Reader’s Choice Awards three years running and Recommend magazine’s Best Tour Operator to Europe for more than 10 consecutive years, Globus also unites travelers with similar interests through niche tours, including family vacations, music-oriented journeys, faith-based travel and holiday excursions. The Globus family of brands is a member of Sustainable Travel International (STI).

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Viking River Cruises Wins WAVE Awards

viking-logo.jpg Viking River Cruises has been voted the “Best Overall Cruise Line for River Cruising” for the 5th consecutive year and “River Cruise Line Providing the Best Travel Agent Support” for the 3rd consecutive year in the 2011 TravelAge West WAVE (Western Agents’ Votes of Excellence) Awards.

More than 4,100 travel agent professionals throughout the 14 Western states and readers of TravelAge West voted on the best-of-the-best from a list of Editor’s Pick award recipients that were chosen after careful review by TravelAge West Editor-in-Chief Kenneth Shapiro and the editorial team of TravelAge West. Review methods included product analysis, on-site visits, a survey of a select group of travel agents and online research.

A river cruise is the ideal way to travel along the waterways of Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Asia or Egypt. Unlike an ocean cruise or motor coach tour, river cruises visit a port nearly every day—you will enjoy scenic river cruising in between great cities and picturesque towns. See your destination up close with insider access and enjoy cultural enrichment activities on board and ashore.

Viking River Cruises offers river cruises and cruisetours through Europe, Russia, Ukraine, China, Southeast Asia and Egypt. From our award-winning ships to outstanding service to dedicated staff who speak your language, the best vacation is aboard a Viking ship.

Recipient of multiple awards from Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and more, Viking River Cruises offers discriminating travelers comfortable, affordable and all-inclusive river cruise vacations along the world’s most beautiful rivers.

Contact us to book a Viking River Cruise, book a Viking River Cruise online now or see the Cruise with Naka’s page for information about cruises around the world.

Monday, June 13, 2011

2012 Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort and Aulani Packages Now Available

disney_parks.jpg The 2012 Walt Disney World® Resort, Disneyland® Resort and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, vacation packages are now available to book. Featuring magical elements for families, the packages are valid for arrivals beginning January 2012.

Lock in your preferred dates and contact us to book your 2012 Disney package now!

You can see more tour packages on the Tour with Naka’s page or view information about Disney vacations here.

Walt Disney World Resort

At the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, each 2012 Magic Your Way* Package from Walt Disney Travel Company come with “Magical Extras” benefits that will help you explore Disney beyond the Theme Parks.

“Magical Extras” include an array of activities like a15% discount on most spa services of 50 minutes or greater at many Niki Bryan Spa locations throughout the Resort, discounts giving guests 15% off the regular price of any boat rental and 15% off the regular price of select Guided Bass Fishing Excursions at participating Walt Disney World marina locations, and a 15% discount on the regular hourly rate at a Children’s Activity Center at a select Walt Disney World Resort hotel.

Walt Disney Travel Company vacation packages also may include a dining plan. The Magic Your Way Package plus Dining allows you to experience a wide variety of select restaurants, connect with the family at a Table-service restaurant, dine with Disney characters, take in a dinner show and now includes a refillable drink mug.

Disneyland Resort

At the Disneyland® Resort in California, every Walt Disney Travel Company vacation package includes the chance to interact with some Disney Characters in Mickey’s Toontown Morning Madness** one hour before Mickey’s Toontown opens to the general public.

All 3-day or longer Walt Disney Travel Company vacation packages include a souvenir Disneyland Resort Park Hopper® ticket which is for admission to both Theme Parks and preferred seating*** at select attractions in Disney California Adventure™ Park. Included in this ticket is one Magic Morning† admission in Disneyland® Park before the Park opens to the public!

Walt Disney Travel Company vacation packages also include an exclusive collectible pin, lanyard and luggage tag for each member of the family, as well as a “Welcome” phone call from a Disney Character‡.

There are lots of great reasons to visit in 2012, including exciting new additions to Disney California Adventure Park, such as Cars Land. All around you, the sights and sounds of Radiator Springs bring the hit Disney·Pixar Cars movies to life – with 12 acres of supercharged entertainment and attractions to get your motor running!

The Disneyland Resort vacation package provides the magic of Disney from check-in to check-out at one of three Hotels of the Disneyland Resort: Disney’s Paradise Pier® Hotel, Disneyland® Hotel or Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel® & Spa.

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai’i

Walt Disney Travel Company 2012 packages to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, are also now available to book.

Aulani, which opens on Aug. 29, 2011, offers you a new way to vacation in Hawai’i, complete with luxurious accommodations in an idyllic ocean setting.

*The number of rooms made available for the Magic Your Way package may be limited. Marina and Guided Bass Fishing discounts not valid all dates, one voucher per room. Age restrictions apply to all Magical Extras.

**To enter Mickey’s Toontown Morning Madness, each Guest must have a valid Disneyland® Resort souvenir ticket and one Mickey’s Toontown Morning Madness voucher from the Walt Disney Travel Company. Entitlement available for one morning throughout the length of your ticket on Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday. Days and times of operation and all other elements including, but not limited to, operation of attractions, entertainment, stores and restaurants, and appearance of Characters may vary and are subject to change without notice. Subject to capacity and other restrictions.

***Preferred Seating and viewing capacity is limited and subject to availability. Valid only during dates of vacation package. Show times vary.

†Magic Morning admission allows admission into select attractions in Disneyland® Park before the Park opens to the general public on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday. Each Guest must have a valid 3-Day or greater Disneyland® Resort souvenir ticket from the Walt Disney Travel Company. To enhance the Magic Morning experience, it is strongly recommended that Guests arrive at least 1 hour and 15 minutes prior to Park opening. Magic Morning admission is based on availability and does not operate daily. Applicable, days and times of operation and all other elements including, but not limited to, operations of attractions, entertainment, stores and restaurants, and appearances of Characters may vary and are subject to change without notice. Subject to capacity and other restrictions.

‡ Disney Character Call is available when travel agents booking packages online (one per package) through disneytravelagents.com. Not available for Guests in Quebec, Canada.