With the countdown on to the long awaited partnership between Qantas and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Phil Ritter, executive vice president DFW took time out to speak with e-Travel Blackboard. Currently meeting with stakeholders in Canberra including Martin Ferguson, Australian Minister for Tourism, Mr Ritter shared his excitement at a partnership that seems set to benefit both regions. The result of 10 years work will come to fruition on 16 May 2011 when the first 747-400 ER aircraft flies from Sydney airport non-stop to DFW. Return flights will fly direct to Sydney with a stopover in Brisbane to refuel. Ideal for business travellers needing to access cities like New York and Washington, it also bodes well for cruisers wanting to take advantage of the increase in home ported ships in Galveston, Texas or the busy ports throughout Florida. Any connection within the USA takes 4 hours or less. The first interior connection between the USA and Australia will allow travellers to fly non-stop to 146 domestic destinations and 46 international destinations beyond DFW. “Dallas Fort Worth is the largest US hub…it (DFW) has no slot constraints, no curfews, seven runways and 5 terminals,” Mr Ritter said. DFW also features heavily in Queensland’s bid to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games, with a final decision on the successful city being made in just over 180 days. Plans for joint marketing campaigns with Australian tourism boards will be discussed when DFW delegates arrive in the country in mid-July and Mr Ritter expects the Qantas partnership to bode well for an increase in tourism to both regions. Offering flights 4 times per week, the world’s 3rd busiest international airport is hoping to increase visitation to Dallas and their surrounds in addition to presenting an easier option to those wishing to continue through to alternative destinations within the USA, Mexico and Latin America. Currently serving 57 million passengers per year, travellers will be privy to the efficient workings of an airport that offers such features as the ‘Skylink’ high speed train that allows transport between the gates in 8 minutes or less. The development of International Terminal D was completed in 2005 with a further US $2 billion set to be invested in the remodeling of the remaining four terminals over the next 5-6 years.Click here for a photo gallery of Dallas Fort Worth International AirportAre you more likely to fly into DFW instead of LAX with the new partnership with Qantas? Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.A
LONDON– Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London has started taking reservations for the ultimate traditional London Christmas for their “Christmas Extravaganza” experience which includes priority arrangements at Harrods ‘Christmas Grotto’, the Royal Albert Hall’s ‘Christmas Carols by Candlelight Concert’, ‘Winter Wonderland Ice-skating’ in glorious Hyde Park, and a helpful gift collection and wrapping service.Guests are invited to spend the festive season in one of the most spectacular buildings of the Victorian era, for a time-honoured English Christmas with all the trimmings, unparalleled warmth, hospitality and service. Furthermore, the hotel’s concierge has created seamless arrangements to the most popular traditional Christmas festivities in the area.Priced from GBP 2525.00, the ‘Christmas Extravaganza’ programme includes:• Accommodation for a family of four over three nights in two deluxe inter-connecting rooms, adorned with individual Christmas stockings, festive decorations, a bijou Christmas tree, and festive goodies at turn-down every evening • Full English Breakfast at a family table in The Park restaurant every morning • A Golden Pass to the Harrods Children’s Christmas Grotto between at 12.30 or 1pm on Christmas Eve • Access to the Mandarin Oriental box at the Royal Albert Hall for the Raymond Gubbay ‘Christmas Carols by Candlelight’ concert at 7pm on Christmas Eve • Christmas Day Lunch in The Park with a special appearance from Father Christmas and gifts for the children • A family pass to London’s largest outdoor ice skating rink at the magical Winter Wonderland in adjacent Hyde Park • Complimentary porter gift collection for Christmas gifts from nearby Harrods, Harvey Nichols and the surrounding luxury boutiques of KnightsbridgeTerms and conditions:Prices are based on 2 inter-connecting rooms for a 3 night stay arriving 24 December 2008, for 2 adults and 2 children (0-12 years only) including a guaranteed early check-in at 9am and late check out to 4pm. This package is subject to availability and is non-combinable with any other offer or promotion, and excludes 17.5% VAT and 5% discretionary service charge. Bookings must be made two weeks prior to arrival. Additional nights are available at prevailing rates.http://www.mandarinoriental.com/london/http://www.mandarinoriental.com/london/tempting%5Foffers/festive%5Fseasons/Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel directly on +44 (0) 207 235 2000, or through Mandarin Oriental’s worldwide sales and reservations offices or the Group’s direct on-line reservations service, www.mandarinoriental.com. Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the world’s most prestigious hotels and resorts. Mandarin Oriental now operates, or has under development, over 10,000 rooms in 23 countries with 16 hotels in Asia, 14 in The Americas and nine in Europe and North Africa.