The Most Qualifiied Concierge Team in the Middle East

The Most Qualifiied Concierge Team in the Middle East

The Concierge team at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay has three officially recognised Les Clefs d’Or members. This ranks the Hotel as the most qualifiied concierge team in the Middle East. Khalil Al Yaman, Saleha Al Wazzan and Ali Radhi wear their golden Les Clefs d’Or badges proudly. The trio now comprise the Middle East’s most heralded Concierge team. No other hotel in the region has three Les Clefs d’Or concierge members. “We are really…

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Belarus Extends Visa-Free Entry

Belarus Extends Visa-Free Entry

Belarus to implement a 30-day visa-free policy to citizens of 74 states travelling through Minsk airport. The decision is the latest of several national policy changes aimed at safer and more seamless travel. Visitors from 80 states now enjoy visa-free entry at Minsk National Airport and visa-free stay in Belarus for up to 30 days. The decision came into force on 27 July 2018 and expands upon the five-day visa-free policy for travellers from 80…

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The Most Visited Attractions in England

The Most Visited Attractions in England

VisitEngland’s Annual Attractions Survey shows historic properties experienced significant growth in visitor numbers in 2017. Of the 1,400 English attractions surveyed the research found that historic properties such as mills, monuments, boats and burial grounds saw the largest increase in visitor numbers, up 8% on 2016.  Visits to farm attractions also experienced strong growth in 2017, up 5% on the previous year. Historic houses and palaces, along with visitor and heritage centres and places of worship all saw increases…

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Canada introduces biometrics for Ukrainians

Canada introduces biometrics for Ukrainians

On July 31 Canada started to collect biometric data from all Ukrainian visa applicants. Ukrainians are required to provide biometrics (fingerprints and a photo) if they are applying for a Canadian visitor visa, work or study permit, or permanent residence. Biometrics will be collected from each applicant once every ten years, regardless of the length of the visa issued. These changes entail an increase in the cost of Canadian visas, from CAD 140 to CAD…

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Cheapest Countries for Expat Families

Cheapest Countries for Expat Families

Today, new research by leading price comparison website MoneySuperMarket reveals that the UK is the most expensive location to raise a family. The running costs associated with a four-person family in the UK exceeded those of Spain, USA, Germany and Sweden due to the high costs of rent, utility bills and groceries. The data is based on the average monthly cost of property, utility bills and grocery shopping for a family with two children in…

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Heathrow unveils archive images

Heathrow unveils archive images

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force, Heathrow has released never seen before images of hangars, aircraft and engineers at what was formerly known as ‘Heath Row Aerodrome’.    The release celebrates what is set to be an historic day for the Royal Air Force as the service’s 100th anniversary celebrations come to a head across greater London. Up to 100 aircraft  will create a once-in-a-lifetime display across the skies of London and…

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Goa beaches set up ‘no selfie’ zones

Goa beaches set up ‘no selfie’ zones

The aim of setting up no selfie zones is to reduce the number of accidents caused by falls from slippery and rocky areas along the Goa coastline, which incidentally also provide a vantage point for selfie and photography enthusiasts. The 24 unsafe selfie points with signages which have been identified are located near Baga River, Dona Paula Jetty, Sinquerim Fort, Anjuna, Vagator, Morjim, Ashwem, Arambol, Kerim and between Bambolim and Siridao (all beaches) in North…

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IHG launches new upscale brand, voco™

IHG launches new upscale brand, voco™

IHG® has today launched voco™, its new upscale hotel brand, alongside announcing a first signing in Australia. voco will focus primarily on conversion opportunities and will strengthen IHG’s offer in the $40 billion upscale segment, which is expected to grow by a further $20 billion by 2025. Working with high-quality individual and locally-branded hotels, this distinctive brand will offer owners the ability to drive higher returns through delivering a compelling guest experience and leveraging IHG’s…

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