ARAB TIMES, SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2011
Best destinations for splashing the cash
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
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-
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
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
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.
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)