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					                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ARAB TIMES, SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2011




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                                                                        Best destinations for splashing the cash
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Check out world’s top hang-outs for high-rollers                                                                                                                                                                                             saturday, july 23, 2011

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SYDNEY, July 22, (RTRS): If you are           Paradise Island, Bahamas                     bling destinations in the world. With no      or a game of blackjack — this city has       two 18-hole golf courses and a wildlife
feeling a bit flush after the tax return,      Located just off the shore of the city of   less than 33 casinos, in addition to local    it all. The iconic Caesar’s Palace hotel     reserve. At the extravagant yet pictur-         www.kuwait-airport.com.kw
have enjoyed a windfall or are just a       Nassau, Paradise Island is best known for      horse and greyhound racing venues,            and casino offers 129,000 square feet of     esque Palace of the Lost City, guests are
keen gambler, then a visit to one of        its sprawling ‘Vegas-by-the-sea’ resort,       Macau is perfect for the betting junkie.      casino space plus an endless smorgas-        treated to stunning valley views from
world’s top gaming destinations might
be on the cards. For those who enjoy
                                            Atlantis. The resort spans seven acres           Baden-Baden, Germany                        bord of entertainment, shopping and
                                                                                                                                         fine dining options, including
                                                                                                                                                                                      the guestrooms, along with exclusive
                                                                                                                                                                                      access to the Grand Pool.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ✔ SYDNEY: Pilots on international
                                            along a lagoon, where guests can soak up          Situated on the western foothills of the                                                                                              routes for Australian airline Qantas on
hitting the tables, rolling the dice or     the Caribbean sun and choose from a                                                          Cleopatra’s barge, a floating lounge           Atlantic City, United States                Friday began their first industrial action in
making the most of what you’re dealt                                                       Black Forest and on the banks of the Oos      perfect for a relaxing drink after a jam-
                                            variety of outdoor gaming areas. When in       River, Baden-Baden is not your typical                                                       Regarded as the US’s ‘Las Vegas of          45 years with unauthorised in-flight
online travel company Expedia               need of a break from the tables, guests                                                      packed night on the casino floor.                                                          announcements telling passengers about
(www.expedia.com) offers its top 10                                                        casino town. However, in addition to its                                                   the East’, Atlantic City in New Jersey is     their dispute.
places for splashing the cash. Reuters
                                            can enjoy the private beach or one of the      hot springs and picturesque countryside,        Manila, The Philippines                    renowned for its gambling, shopping
                                            resort’s 20 sunlit pools.                                                                                                                                                                  Some 1,700 long-haul pilots voted ear-
has not endorsed this list:                                                                the town is also known for its 200-year-         With a favorable exchange rate, Manila    and fine dining. Towering above the           lier this month to take their first action
                                              Melbourne, Australia                         old ‘Spielbank’ casino — the oldest of its    provides great value for Aussies wanting     banks of the Atlantic Ocean, the Trump        since 1966 following stalled contract
    Monte Carlo, Monaco                                                                    type in Germany. With French chateau-         to live the high-life overseas. The city     Taj Mahal casino is an icon of the city,      negotiations, holding out the possibility of
                                              As Australia’s sporting and entertain-
   Perched above the Mediterranean          ment capital, Melbourne offers the per-        style salons rooms named after historical     offers a range of shopping and entertain-    with an on-site shopping district and an      a two-day strike as a last resort.
and bounded by the French and Italian       fect option for high rollers looking for a     figures such as Madame Pompadour and          ment options, along with a world-class       abundance of restaurants and bars.               Passengers on flights Friday were to
coastlines on either side, Monaco pro-                                                     Louis XV’s mistress, the quirky casino        casino at the Hyatt Hotel. Spread across                                                   hear pilots urging them to back their cam-
                                            local break. Aussies need look no fur-                                                                                                      Genting Highlands, Malaysia                 paign to keep the airline Australian.
vides a spectacular and luxurious set-      ther than Crown Casino on the southern         provides visitors with a very unique gam-     three levels, the sparkling casino offers
ting for the wealthy and the wannabees.                                                                                                                                                  Nestled on the Titiwangsa mountain            “We are proud of our profession and our
                                            bank of the Yarra River, which is one of       ing experience.                               the newest in gaming facilities for both                                                   airline and trust you will support us in
Home to the Monaco Grand Prix and           the largest casino complexes in the                                                          hotel guests and visitors, and is just a     range, just an hour’s drive from Kuala
the legendary Casino de Monte Carlo,                                                         Las Vegas, United States                                                                 Lumpur and 6,000 feet above sea level,        keeping Qantas pilots in Qantas aircraft and
                                            southern hemisphere.                                                                         short distance from Manila’s tourist hub.                                                  ensuring our great iconic airline remains
this isn’t the place for those on a tight                                                     With over 1700 licensed casinos in                                                      the Resorts World Genting offers 360-
                                              Macau, China                                                                                 Sun City, South Africa                                                                   uniquely Australian,” the message says.
budget. The magnificent Casino hosts                                                       operation, Las Vegas offers the ultimate                                                   degree views of the surrounding coun-            Pilots have been negotiating new wages
the annual European Poker Tour and            Known as the ‘Monte Carlo of the             package for travelers who fancy a flut-         Known as ‘Africa’s Kingdom of              tryside. This spectacular resort has first-   and conditions with Qantas for months
was also the scene of several James         Orient,’ and the gambling capital of           ter. A visit to the famous ‘Strip’ is a       Pleasure,’ this luxury resort and casino     class accommodation, dining and enter-        and want a new clause in their contracts to
Bond Films, including the original          Asia, Macau now rivals Monaco and              must for any player, whether they’re          complex, just two hours from                 tainment, while avoiding the hustle and       stop the airline from potentially outsourc-
“Casino Royale” and “Golden Eye.”           Las Vegas as one of the premier gam-           looking for a spin on the roulette table      Johannesburg, boasts two large casinos,      bustle of a capital city.                     ing pilots to cheaper bases in Asia.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “The aim of the announcement is not to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    argue any point to passengers, it is to gen-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    tly remind them that Qantas pilots are cur-
                                       Travel                                                                                                                                                                                       rently fighting to stay in the cockpit of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Qantas flights,” said association vice pres-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ident Richard Woodward.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “Quite simply, Qantas passengers do
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    not want to see their Australian Qantas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    pilots replaced on Qantas flights with out-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sourced alternatives working to Asian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    conditions and standards.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “We hope that this action spreads
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    awareness of what management is up to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and puts pressure on them to reconsider.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The union has also launched billboards
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    declaring: “When you board a Qantas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    flight, you expect a Qantas pilot.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Qantas has rejected the claims about
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    outsourcing and said it was disappointed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    passengers would be disturbed.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “Passengers want pilots to provide
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    updates over the PA system on the arrival
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    time, the weather at their destination and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    important safety information,” spokesman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Luke Enright said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “They don’t want to hear scripted com-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    plaints from the pilots’ union about a dis-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    pute with management.” (AFP)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ✔ NEW YORK: Fare increases gave
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    United Continental and US Airways
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    profitable quarters despite the financial
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    damage the airlines suffered from sharply
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    higher fuel prices.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       On Thursday both airlines reported
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    smaller second-quarter profits than a year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ago — down almost 12 percent at United
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Continental, and a 67 percent drop at US
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Airways.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Airlines have put growth plans on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    shelf and, especially at United, focused on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    getting more business travelers on board.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That has allowed the airlines to raise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    fares. On Thursday, some airlines attempt-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ed a fare increase of up to $20 round-trip.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “The reason they’re able to raise fares
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    is because of choices they’ve made by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    keeping capacity down, by looking to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    raise fares instead of gain market share,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    by trying to attract higher-yielding passen-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    gers in the cabin rather than just filling the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    cabin, by waiting longer to put fares on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sale,” said Standard & Poors airline ana-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    lyst James Corridore.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The boost in ticket prices is a reaction
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    to high fuel prices. American Airlines
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    parent AMR Corp said Wednesday it paid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    $547 million more for fuel in the second
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    quarter than a year ago. It lost $286 mil-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    lion.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       United Continental Holdings Inc earned
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    $538 million in the quarter. Revenue rose
Nurses push disabled persons across a bridge while out for a stroll in Manila on July 22. The Philippines said on July 22 it would court disabled tourists by offering discounts on fares, hotels, and leisure                      more than 10 percent to $9.81 billion,
establishments to a potentially huge and under-served market segment. The government has called on tourism business to apply a 20 percent discount, already guaranteed by law to disabled Filipinos,                                even though traffic was flat. That’s the
                                                                to all visitors with disabilities, Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim said. (AFP)                                                                                        fare increases at work. Fuel costs rose by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    $1 billion, or 45 percent from a year ago.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hedging gains of $278 million took away
                Philippines courts disabled tourists                                                                                                                                                                                some of the sting.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       US Airways Group Inc earned $92 mil-
The Philippines said Friday it would        Secretary Alberto Lim said.                      “This entails making our products           high 3.52 million visitors last year.        main draws to the disabled who                lion. Revenue rose more than 10 percent,
court disabled tourists by offering dis-      Markdowns would cover accom-                 suitable for persons with particular             Lim had said poor facilities particu-     make up about 10 percent of the               to $3.5 billion. Its fuel cost jumped almost
counts on fares, hotels, and leisure        modation, admission to amusement               needs so that they may enjoy travel           larly in transportation and too few          world’s population.                           54 percent to $948 million.
establishments to a potentially huge        centres, medical services, and trans-          equally with everyone else.”                  hotel beds, as well as bad press and            It said the government was com-               Oil prices haven’t reached the record
and under-served market segment.            portation for persons with disabilities          President Benigno Aquino has sin-           isolated security problems, were key         mitted to reducing their transporta-          levels of 2008, but they remain high.
   The government has called on             (PWDs), he said in a statement.                gled out tourism as a key driver of           hurdles.                                     tion constraints by making toilets,           Average jet fuel prices for this year are on
tourism businesses to apply a 20              “The trend is not to have separate           economic growth.                                 The statement quoted a Filipino           bathrooms and doors easier to use             track to be as high as the 2008 average,
percent discount, already guaran-           services for PWDs, but for full inte-            But the Philippines lags many of its        expert as saying moving into “barrier-       for the wheelchair-bound, and putting         maybe higher, said US Airways Chairman
teed by law to disabled Filipinos, to       gration in our hospitality industry,”          Asian neighbours even though arrivals         free” tourism would open up many of          up ramps, handrails, and non-skid             and CEO Doug Parker.
all visitors with disabilities, Tourism     Lim said.                                      surged 16.68 percent to an all-time           the tropical southeast Asian nation’s        floors. (AP)                                     President Scott Kirby said some air-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    lines ran sales that lowered fares in June.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Before that, planes weren’t quite as full
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    but passengers were paying more, which
                                                                Get the most out of British capital on the cheap                                                                                                                    Kirby said worked in the airline’s favor.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    He said he’s “cautiously optimistic” that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    prices bottomed in June and will begin to


48 hours in London for bargain-hunters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    climb again.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Even with Thursday’s attempted fare
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    increase, the pace has slowed. The last
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    successful increase was in April, accord-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ing to Rick Seaney of FareCompare.com.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       United Continental it’s still been able to
       By Madeleine Cowley                  of visual art exhibitions, showcasing          performance at 5 pm.                             12:30 pm: Head east to Columbia              6 pm: Thought vinyl was dead?              raise fares through “revenue management
                                            emerging new talent. (www.jerwood-                7 pm: Da Polpo in Covent Garden is         Road, a Victorian terraced street that       Bustling Kristina records on Stoke            strategies.” In the airline industry, that
I  f you think London is the kind of lux-
   ury destination that will empty your
wallet in seconds, then you’ll be
                                            space.co.uk).
                                               1:45 pm: Wander down to the Thames
                                                                                           a great dinner destination. With a no-
                                                                                           reservations policy just head down to
                                                                                                                                         springs to life on Sunday with the
                                                                                                                                         weekly flower market. Prepare to have
                                                                                                                                                                                      Newington High St begs to differ.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Peruse their collection of quality under-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    includes tactics such as managing the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    number of seats sold at a discount and
                                            to explore London’s riverside cultural         the New York Italian inspired restaurant      your senses overwhelmed as you are           ground new and second hand records or         changing prices as a plane fills up. United
delighted to know that you don’t have       quarter, the South Bank. Theatre enthusi-                                                    met with vibrant foliage, exquisite          stumble upon an in store gig.                 Continental’s average fare per passenger
to be a billionaire to enjoy the best of                                                   for a spread of Italian delicacies
                                            asts should head to the thatch-roofed,         (dapolpo.co.uk).                              blooms and the barrow boys bellowing         (www.kristinarecords.com)                     rose 12.5 percent to $273. (AP)
the British capital. This city is also a
jewel for the world class bargain-hunter
                                            oak-beamed Shakespeare’s Globe, a
                                            faithful reconstruction of the open-air
                                                                                              Treat yourself to a glass of the house
                                                                                           wine and soak up the atmosphere at
                                                                                                                                         out the deals of the day.
                                                                                                                                         (www.columbiaroad.info)
                                                                                                                                                                                         For your evening meal follow the
                                                                                                                                                                                      mouth-watering scent round the corner to      ✔     FRANKFURT: Traffic at airports
looking for top food, culture and art on                                                                                                                                                                                            along Germany’s western borders fell in
                                            playhouse originally built in 1599.            Gordon’s wine bar. Every nook and                2 pm: Peckish? Aim for Goldsmiths         Mangal Ocakbasi, the frontrunner in           the first half of 2011 because of a new
a staycation budget. Reuters correspon-     Between April and October visitors can                                                       Row, home to a few economical eater-         Turkish charcoal grilled lamb, chicken
dents with local knowledge show you                                                        cranny of the vaulted candlelit cellar is                                                                                                ticket tax, the airport association ADV
                                            experience a near authentic, original          filled with chatter and in summer the         ies along with some more upmarket            and vegetables. A popular spot, you may       said Wednesday.
how to get the most out of London on
the cheap.                                  ‘Shakespeare in performance’. Tickets          crowd spills out into the Embankment          establishments. For a taste of tradition-    have a short wait to be seated but there is      At Frankfurt-Hahn airport, the main
                                            for the pit, the open air free standing yard   Gardens. (www.gordonswinebar.com)             al London fare visit F. Cooke’s Pie and      plenty of activity to hold your attention.    German destination for low-cost carrier
    Saturday                                are a snip at 5 pounds ($8.15). Tours of                                                     Mash Shop. Established in 1900, the          A single chef adeptly manipulates row         Ryanair, the number of passengers
                                            the building and the Shakespeare exhibi-
                                                                                             Sunday                                      menu remains the same, steaming by           upon rows of kebabs as the ocakbasi grill     dropped by 13.7 percent to 1.37 million,
   10 am: Contender for the best coffee
in London, a brew from Monmouth             tion are on all year-round.                       10 am: Let the aroma of freshly            the window is a vat of eels, choose from     plumes smoke into the huge extractor          compared with the same period in 2010,
Coffee Company is an ideal way to kick         Strolling along the riverside path, it’s    baked goods lure you into Brick Lane          hot or jellied for a mere 2.50 pounds        looming above. Grab a beer from the cor-      ADV figures showed.
                                            hard to ignore the imposing Tate               Beigel, an East London institution and        washed down with a mug of piping hot         ner shop as the restaurant operates a            The Cologne-Bonn airport reported a
start the long day of exploration ahead.                                                                                                                                                                                            smaller decline of 1.7 percent to 4.36 mil-
(www.monmouthcoffee.co.uk) Next             Modern, housed in a former Power               thriving relic of London’s Jewish East        builder’s tea.                               BYOB policy (www.magal1.com).
                                                                                           end. Smoked salmon and cream cheese                                                                                                      lion passengers.
nip across the road to London’s larder,     Station, the centre has succeeded in                                                            3 pm: Choose to spend the remainder          8:30 pm: The area has a handful of            Meanwhile the Dutch airport in
Borough Market, stocked full of organ-      bringing challenging modern art to the         or salt beef and mustard fillings make a      of the afternoon lounging on expansive,      great traditional pubs to wind down           Maastricht, just an hour by car from
ic fruit and veg, artisan cheeses, bread,   masses. Inside, the vast turbine hall dis-     hearty budget breakfast. (159 Brick           green London Fields or if the weather        with after dinner drinks. Prop yourself       Cologne-Bonn, saw the number of passen-
meat and fish. Browse amongst the           plays awe-inspiring site specific instal-      Lane, E1 6SB)                                 permits take a dip in the 50 metre-long      up at the Shakespeare’s horse shoe bar        gers soar by 71.8 percent, while traffic at
gourmet goodies and graze your way          lations and the permanent collections             10:30 am: Fancy a spot of shopping?        heated lido.                                 to sample their range of ales or head to      Eindhoven, another Dutch destination,
round the numerous free samples.            feature work by the likes of Francis           Shoreditch is a hotbed of cutting edge           Home to many of the capitals cre-         the Prince George (40 Parkholme Rd,           gained 29.7 percent, the federation said.
(www.boroughmarket.org.uk)                  Bacon, Picasso and Mark Rothko.                style and there are plenty of bargains to     ative industries there is also an array of   E8 3AG) popular with the hip kids and            “The German tax on airline tickets con-
   12 pm: Work off brunch with a stroll     Check www.tate.org.uk for the sched-           be had in its independent stores and vin-     neighbouring galleries to explore.           long term Dalston residents alike.            stitutes a definite disadvantage for airports
to Southwark’s newly created Urban          ule of free guided tours.                      tage shops. Tucked away on Cheshire           Famous for championing the Young                During the Summer months, it’s             that lie close to the border,” the federation
Physics Garden, an inner city oasis            4:30 pm: Stride across the pedestrian       St is cavernous Beyond Retro, a one-          British Artists is the White Cube in         worth checking Dalston roof park’s            concluded.
                                                                                           stop shop for the fabulous clothes of                                                                                                       Overall however, German airline traffic
bursting with medicinal plants and          Millennium Bridge admiring views of                                                          Hoxton (www.whitecube.com), or try           events calendar, on top of the spectacu-      gained 8.1 percent in the first half of the
herbs that heal. Be sure to try out the     the Thames. Next destination is St Paul’s      yesteryear. (www.beyondretro.com).            the Victoria Miro Gallery, stretched         lar views, the green astro turf plays host    year to 92.6 million passengers.
unconventional Serbian seesaws.             Cathedral, Christopher Wren’s 17th cen-           12 pm: For a quick post shop pep try       over nearly 3,000 metres (yards) com-        to small productions by the nearby               German authorities hope to earn a billion
(www.physicgarden.org.uk/)                  tury domed masterpiece. Visiting is free       Kiwi coffee connoisseurs Allpress             plete with a charming landscaped gar-        Arcola Theatre, and there are outdoor         euros ($1.42 billion) a year from the tax,
   Opposite is the Jerwood Space, the       for worship purposes and you can catch         Espresso who pride themselves on in-          den, it is a breeding ground for exciting    film screenings and gigs (www.boot-           which ranges from eight euros for short
gallery boasts an exciting programme        the cathedral choir giving an Evensong         house roasting. (www.allpress.co.nz)          young artists (www.victoria-miro.com).       strapcompany.co.uk). (RTRS)                   hops to 45 euros for long-haul flights. (AFP)

				
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