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Emirates has recently launched a special offer for Bangladeshi passengers traveling to the United States, Canada, Europe or Africa to avail a complimentary 96-hour UAE visa*. First and Business Class passengers can also enjoy a complimentary* two-night stay at the JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai.
The offer is available for booking on 22nd October, 2017with the date limit for travel between October 15 and November 30, 2017. To avail the offer, passengers need to purchase their return ticket in Bangladesh and complete their visa application at Emirates’ office in Dhaka, no less than five UAE working days prior to departure.
“Whether for leisure or business, Dubai has always been a preferred destination for Bangladeshi travelers. We are happy to provide such a unique, exiting offer which demonstrates Emirates’ commitment to the country,” said Khalid J. Hassan, Emirates Area Manager for Bangladesh. “I hope our valued Bangladeshi customers will avail the offer to explore our home city and enjoy the journey on Emirates with our industry-leading comforts on board and award-winning service.”
Emirates ensure that maximum comfort for its passengers extends into their in-flight entertainment and communication. A highlight is its renowned ice inflight entertainment system which offers passengers over 2,500 channels of the latest multi-lingual entertainment and has been voted the world’s best at the World Airline Awards for 13 consecutive years.
For any additional information one can visit Emirates offices in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet or visit www.emirates.com/bd.
Emirates presently operates thrice daily from Dhaka to Dubai offering convenient connections to over 150 destinations in six continents.

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Emirates has recently launched a special offer for Bangladeshi passengers traveling to the United States, Canada, Europe or Africa to avail a complimentary 96-hour UAE visa*. First and Business Class passengers can also enjoy a complimentary* two-night stay at the JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai.
The offer is available for booking on 22nd October, 2017with the date limit for travel between October 15 and November 30, 2017. To avail the offer, passengers need to purchase their return ticket in Bangladesh and complete their visa application at Emirates’ office in Dhaka, no less than five UAE working days prior to departure.
“Whether for leisure or business, Dubai has always been a preferred destination for Bangladeshi travelers. We are happy to provide such a unique, exiting offer which demonstrates Emirates’ commitment to the country,” said Khalid J. Hassan, Emirates Area Manager for Bangladesh. “I hope our valued Bangladeshi customers will avail the offer to explore our home city and enjoy the journey on Emirates with our industry-leading comforts on board and award-winning service.”
Emirates ensure that maximum comfort for its passengers extends into their in-flight entertainment and communication. A highlight is its renowned ice inflight entertainment system which offers passengers over 2,500 channels of the latest multi-lingual entertainment and has been voted the world’s best at the World Airline Awards for 13 consecutive years.
For any additional information one can visit Emirates offices in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet or visit www.emirates.com/bd.
Emirates presently operates thrice daily from Dhaka to Dubai offering convenient connections to over 150 destinations in six continents.


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‘World’s most useless airport’ finally opens

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One of humanity’s most isolated outposts joined the 21st century on Saturday when the British island of St. Helena, home to “the world’s most useless airport”, welcomed its first commercial flight.
As the inaugural plane from Johannesburg touched down on the forbidding volcanic outcrop in the middle of the south Atlantic, the travel and history buffs on board clapped and cheered.
“I’ve never felt so emotional in all my life,” said Libby Weir-Breen, a British travel operator who has been bringing tourists to the island, 1,200 miles (1,900 km) west of the African nation of Angola, for the last 12 years.
She had flown in specially from Scotland to be on the plane, and dabbed away tears as it touched down on the spectacular cliff-side runway. “I never thought I’d see this day,” she said.
The 4,500 people living on St. Helena, a British colony since 1658 - most famous as the windswept outpost where French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte breathed his last - might also be forgiven for thinking the day would never come.
There has been talk of building an airport on St. Helena since the 1930s. The best site – one of the few flat spaces on the notoriously craggy island – was ruled out because of a nearby breeding ground for the wirebird, an endangered species of plover.
An airport at the new site, on top of a valley filled in with 8 million cubic metres of rock, suffered numerous setbacks and delays as costs ballooned to 285 million pounds, to the horror of the British government.
The runway and terminal were completed in 2016 but the official opening was pushed back another year after test flights were buffeted by wicked cross-winds, making it unsafe for large aircraft to use.
With Britain mired in financial austerity, the London media were quick to condemn it as a white elephant, or “the world’s most useless airport”, with a price tag of more than 60,000 pounds for every Saint, as the island’s residents are known.
Before the opening of the airport, which will receive weekly flights to and from the South African commercial capital, the only way to St. Helena was a five-night voyage from Cape Town aboard the RMS St. Helena, a British postal ship.
With the risk of wind-shear limiting the size of planes and numbers of passengers – Saturday’s flight had room for 100 but only 68 on board due to weight restrictions – the hoped-for tourist boom is unlikely to materialise.
Hotel capacity has jumped in the last few years from just a few dozen rooms to more than 100, but, with a maximum of 3,500 visitors a year, the island is unlikely to be weaned off the 53 million pounds it receives in aid every year from London.
Besides Napoleon’s old house, Longwood, and a cemetery holding some of the 6,000 Afrikaner prisoners sent there by the British during the Anglo-Boer wars in South Africa, St. Helena offers scuba diving and walking in pristine natural wildernesses.
Governor Lisa Phillips dismissed the critics and said that even before it accepted its first commercial flight, the airport had proved its worth in the last 18 months by enabling several life-saving emergency medical evacuations, including a newborn child.
“I’ve seen the headlines about the world’s most useless airport, but for St. Helenans this has already been the most useful airport,” she told reporters after greeting them on the tarmac. “It’s priceless.”

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One of humanity’s most isolated outposts joined the 21st century on Saturday when the British island of St. Helena, home to “the world’s most useless airport”, welcomed its first commercial flight.
As the inaugural plane from Johannesburg touched down on the forbidding volcanic outcrop in the middle of the south Atlantic, the travel and history buffs on board clapped and cheered.
“I’ve never felt so emotional in all my life,” said Libby Weir-Breen, a British travel operator who has been bringing tourists to the island, 1,200 miles (1,900 km) west of the African nation of Angola, for the last 12 years.
She had flown in specially from Scotland to be on the plane, and dabbed away tears as it touched down on the spectacular cliff-side runway. “I never thought I’d see this day,” she said.
The 4,500 people living on St. Helena, a British colony since 1658 - most famous as the windswept outpost where French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte breathed his last - might also be forgiven for thinking the day would never come.
There has been talk of building an airport on St. Helena since the 1930s. The best site – one of the few flat spaces on the notoriously craggy island – was ruled out because of a nearby breeding ground for the wirebird, an endangered species of plover.
An airport at the new site, on top of a valley filled in with 8 million cubic metres of rock, suffered numerous setbacks and delays as costs ballooned to 285 million pounds, to the horror of the British government.
The runway and terminal were completed in 2016 but the official opening was pushed back another year after test flights were buffeted by wicked cross-winds, making it unsafe for large aircraft to use.
With Britain mired in financial austerity, the London media were quick to condemn it as a white elephant, or “the world’s most useless airport”, with a price tag of more than 60,000 pounds for every Saint, as the island’s residents are known.
Before the opening of the airport, which will receive weekly flights to and from the South African commercial capital, the only way to St. Helena was a five-night voyage from Cape Town aboard the RMS St. Helena, a British postal ship.
With the risk of wind-shear limiting the size of planes and numbers of passengers – Saturday’s flight had room for 100 but only 68 on board due to weight restrictions – the hoped-for tourist boom is unlikely to materialise.
Hotel capacity has jumped in the last few years from just a few dozen rooms to more than 100, but, with a maximum of 3,500 visitors a year, the island is unlikely to be weaned off the 53 million pounds it receives in aid every year from London.
Besides Napoleon’s old house, Longwood, and a cemetery holding some of the 6,000 Afrikaner prisoners sent there by the British during the Anglo-Boer wars in South Africa, St. Helena offers scuba diving and walking in pristine natural wildernesses.
Governor Lisa Phillips dismissed the critics and said that even before it accepted its first commercial flight, the airport had proved its worth in the last 18 months by enabling several life-saving emergency medical evacuations, including a newborn child.
“I’ve seen the headlines about the world’s most useless airport, but for St. Helenans this has already been the most useful airport,” she told reporters after greeting them on the tarmac. “It’s priceless.”


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Twine hurricanes affects  Caribbean Tourism this winter

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Pleasure craft lie crammed against the shore in Paraquita Bay as the eye of Hurricane Irma passed Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Courtesy of Ron Gurney / via Reuters

Tourism is the Caribbean’s lifeline, bringing in $56 billion in 2016. But the devastation wrought by hurricanes Irma and Maria will hurt the region come high season this winter, bringing its seven-year streak of year-over-year growth to a halt.
As a whole, however, the loss in tourism dollars might not be as severe as one might have thought. At least, that’s what the islands’ ambassadors are hoping.
“There is no doubt that this hurricane season has devastated a number of Caribbean islands, but when considering the sheer number of islands in the Caribbean (more than 7,000), travelers soon realize that the majority of Caribbean islands were not affected at all by the storms, or only minimally,” said Ninan Chacko, CEO of Travel Leaders Group in an email statement to NBC News.
“There are close to 30 of the most popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean that are welcoming visitors with open arms, including Aruba, the Bahamas, Barbados, Curacao, the Grand Cayman Islands, Jamaica, and St. Lucia,” he said.
“There is still plenty of Caribbean for visitors to experience right now, and this winter season,” agreed Gordon “Butch” Stewart, chairman of Sandals Resorts, referencing figures from the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association that said 70 percent of the region was untouched by hurricanes.
Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism, Jamaica, told NBC News that Jamaica is “performing ahead of target for 2017 with a 7.3 percent increase in stopover arrivals from January [through] September over the same period last year. We anticipate this to continue to the end of the year and forecast a strong winter season given the new resorts that have opened in the last 12 months on the island as well as increased airlift from our main markets, the USA, Canada, U.K, and Europe.”

Keeping People Informed — And Tempted
Right now, the industry is faced with an unusual problem: getting out its message that most of the Caribbean is doing just fine.
“We’re in a unique position to help cities and areas that are open for business raise awareness with travelers on where they can go to still get the beach vacation they were hoping for, especially as we enter the winter and holiday seasons,” said John Morrey, vice president and general manager of Expedia, in an email to NBC News. “Places like Jamaica, Aruba, and the Bahamas were minimally affected by Hurricane Irma and Maria, and are still very much up and running for tourists. So we are doing our best to supply travelers with a wide array of choices for their winter getaways as well as package savings where possible.”
David Fiorenza, a professor of economics at Villanova University in Pennsylvania, anticipates blowout sales on the rise for tourists who will consider the Bahamas as the region vies for visitors.
“I think the Bahamas will make off like Vegas, which is now lowering fares so people will go [after the mass shooting],” said Fiorenza. “Even if the rooms are filled at a loss, they’ll take it as they look at making revenue back in other areas.

Tourists Want to Know All the Options
Frank Eff, a Caribbean travel specialist and the co-owner of Dream Vacations in Monkton, Maryland, is not too worried about things slowing down this year.
“The actuality is that most people aren’t altering their vacations much; they’re just asking which islands they should go to,” Eff told NBC News. “If their original trip can’t happen, people just want to know their best options.”
Travel agents are also working to recommend islands that have a similar vibe if the client’s original travel plans aren’t doable, but they’re open to others.
“I had a bride and groom set to get married in St. John, but the resort was badly damaged in Hurricane Irma and will be closed until 2019, so I recommended St. Croix as it has a similar vibe to St. John,” said Amber Koll, co-owner and travel consultant at The Travel Advantage in Sioux City, Iowa. “When someone had their heart set on a destination, it is critical to find something that compares in as many ways as possible to their original choice.”
If a passenger is on a cruise, then the choice is largely out of their hands, but Eff says that so far these re-routes haven’t roused many complaints.
“A lot of the cruises have re-routed to the western area of the Caribbean,” said Eff. “Very few customers canceled or decided not to go on these cruises.”
This points to the fact that for many cruisers, the specific destinations are somewhat secondary to the offerings of the cruise ship itself: “The islands can become a side note,” said Eff.
Peta-Gaye Daniel, the founder of the travel blog My Cruising Family, is leaving this week with her family for a five-day cruise to Cuba and the Bahamas, and has another scheduled for March to visit several more islands.
“We are excited about both cruises, and honestly, I am hopeful that individuals and families like ours continue to travel to these beautiful countries and that tourism helps to rebuild the economy of those countries that need it,” Daniel said.

A Region That Runs on Tourism
It’s critical to the Caribbean economy that tourists continue to visit. The World Travel and Tourism Council reported that in 2016 the total contribution of travel and tourism to the Caribbean’s GDP was $56.4 billion in 2016 (14.9 percent of GDP) and was expected to grow to $58.5 billion (15.4 percent of GDP) in 2017.
But that 2017 growth just isn’t feasible now.
“I think the whole area will experience a noticeable decrease in tourist arrivals,” said Larry Yu, professor of hospitality management at The George Washington University School of Business. “Even though the other islands can intercept some of the rebooked and new demand, they do not have the capacity to compensate the losses from the damaged islands.”

More Tourism for Other Places
“In regards to alternate hot spots, it’s a little soon to tell which destinations are seeing a boost as a direct result of the recent hurricanes,” said Expedia’s Morrey. “However, we anticipate destinations like Oahu, Maui, Phoenix, and Los Angeles will experience increased interest as people look for a warm-weather getaway this winter.”
Tammy O’Hara, a travel agent based in Brooklyn, notes that some travelers don’t have a U.S passport. For them, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands were first choices because though they have a foreign element, they’re still tied to the U.S.
“I have been recommending Hawaii for island lovers,” O’Hara said. “I am also recommending cruises a lot more.”
Jackie Guenther, a yacht charter broker with Denison Yacht Sales, says that while many captains and charter managers are heading to the Caribbean as planned, she’s also seeing interest pick up outside the Caribbean to include Costa Rica, Mexico, and Panama.
And then there’s Tahiti, which is seeing a boom of interest from tourists.
“The islands of Tahiti have already seen an uptick in bookings from those travelers who may have their plans for the immediate future upended,” said Kristin Carlson Kemper, managing director of Tahiti Tourism U.S. “We’re seeing a 20 percent increase in bookings from now through the end of the year than we have been in the past.”

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Pleasure craft lie crammed against the shore in Paraquita Bay as the eye of Hurricane Irma passed Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Courtesy of Ron Gurney / via Reuters

Tourism is the Caribbean’s lifeline, bringing in $56 billion in 2016. But the devastation wrought by hurricanes Irma and Maria will hurt the region come high season this winter, bringing its seven-year streak of year-over-year growth to a halt.
As a whole, however, the loss in tourism dollars might not be as severe as one might have thought. At least, that’s what the islands’ ambassadors are hoping.
“There is no doubt that this hurricane season has devastated a number of Caribbean islands, but when considering the sheer number of islands in the Caribbean (more than 7,000), travelers soon realize that the majority of Caribbean islands were not affected at all by the storms, or only minimally,” said Ninan Chacko, CEO of Travel Leaders Group in an email statement to NBC News.
“There are close to 30 of the most popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean that are welcoming visitors with open arms, including Aruba, the Bahamas, Barbados, Curacao, the Grand Cayman Islands, Jamaica, and St. Lucia,” he said.
“There is still plenty of Caribbean for visitors to experience right now, and this winter season,” agreed Gordon “Butch” Stewart, chairman of Sandals Resorts, referencing figures from the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association that said 70 percent of the region was untouched by hurricanes.
Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism, Jamaica, told NBC News that Jamaica is “performing ahead of target for 2017 with a 7.3 percent increase in stopover arrivals from January [through] September over the same period last year. We anticipate this to continue to the end of the year and forecast a strong winter season given the new resorts that have opened in the last 12 months on the island as well as increased airlift from our main markets, the USA, Canada, U.K, and Europe.”

Keeping People Informed — And Tempted
Right now, the industry is faced with an unusual problem: getting out its message that most of the Caribbean is doing just fine.
“We’re in a unique position to help cities and areas that are open for business raise awareness with travelers on where they can go to still get the beach vacation they were hoping for, especially as we enter the winter and holiday seasons,” said John Morrey, vice president and general manager of Expedia, in an email to NBC News. “Places like Jamaica, Aruba, and the Bahamas were minimally affected by Hurricane Irma and Maria, and are still very much up and running for tourists. So we are doing our best to supply travelers with a wide array of choices for their winter getaways as well as package savings where possible.”
David Fiorenza, a professor of economics at Villanova University in Pennsylvania, anticipates blowout sales on the rise for tourists who will consider the Bahamas as the region vies for visitors.
“I think the Bahamas will make off like Vegas, which is now lowering fares so people will go [after the mass shooting],” said Fiorenza. “Even if the rooms are filled at a loss, they’ll take it as they look at making revenue back in other areas.

Tourists Want to Know All the Options
Frank Eff, a Caribbean travel specialist and the co-owner of Dream Vacations in Monkton, Maryland, is not too worried about things slowing down this year.
“The actuality is that most people aren’t altering their vacations much; they’re just asking which islands they should go to,” Eff told NBC News. “If their original trip can’t happen, people just want to know their best options.”
Travel agents are also working to recommend islands that have a similar vibe if the client’s original travel plans aren’t doable, but they’re open to others.
“I had a bride and groom set to get married in St. John, but the resort was badly damaged in Hurricane Irma and will be closed until 2019, so I recommended St. Croix as it has a similar vibe to St. John,” said Amber Koll, co-owner and travel consultant at The Travel Advantage in Sioux City, Iowa. “When someone had their heart set on a destination, it is critical to find something that compares in as many ways as possible to their original choice.”
If a passenger is on a cruise, then the choice is largely out of their hands, but Eff says that so far these re-routes haven’t roused many complaints.
“A lot of the cruises have re-routed to the western area of the Caribbean,” said Eff. “Very few customers canceled or decided not to go on these cruises.”
This points to the fact that for many cruisers, the specific destinations are somewhat secondary to the offerings of the cruise ship itself: “The islands can become a side note,” said Eff.
Peta-Gaye Daniel, the founder of the travel blog My Cruising Family, is leaving this week with her family for a five-day cruise to Cuba and the Bahamas, and has another scheduled for March to visit several more islands.
“We are excited about both cruises, and honestly, I am hopeful that individuals and families like ours continue to travel to these beautiful countries and that tourism helps to rebuild the economy of those countries that need it,” Daniel said.

A Region That Runs on Tourism
It’s critical to the Caribbean economy that tourists continue to visit. The World Travel and Tourism Council reported that in 2016 the total contribution of travel and tourism to the Caribbean’s GDP was $56.4 billion in 2016 (14.9 percent of GDP) and was expected to grow to $58.5 billion (15.4 percent of GDP) in 2017.
But that 2017 growth just isn’t feasible now.
“I think the whole area will experience a noticeable decrease in tourist arrivals,” said Larry Yu, professor of hospitality management at The George Washington University School of Business. “Even though the other islands can intercept some of the rebooked and new demand, they do not have the capacity to compensate the losses from the damaged islands.”

More Tourism for Other Places
“In regards to alternate hot spots, it’s a little soon to tell which destinations are seeing a boost as a direct result of the recent hurricanes,” said Expedia’s Morrey. “However, we anticipate destinations like Oahu, Maui, Phoenix, and Los Angeles will experience increased interest as people look for a warm-weather getaway this winter.”
Tammy O’Hara, a travel agent based in Brooklyn, notes that some travelers don’t have a U.S passport. For them, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands were first choices because though they have a foreign element, they’re still tied to the U.S.
“I have been recommending Hawaii for island lovers,” O’Hara said. “I am also recommending cruises a lot more.”
Jackie Guenther, a yacht charter broker with Denison Yacht Sales, says that while many captains and charter managers are heading to the Caribbean as planned, she’s also seeing interest pick up outside the Caribbean to include Costa Rica, Mexico, and Panama.
And then there’s Tahiti, which is seeing a boom of interest from tourists.
“The islands of Tahiti have already seen an uptick in bookings from those travelers who may have their plans for the immediate future upended,” said Kristin Carlson Kemper, managing director of Tahiti Tourism U.S. “We’re seeing a 20 percent increase in bookings from now through the end of the year than we have been in the past.”


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