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Five things you should know when travelling abroad


If you are in need of emergency assistance (police, fire, medical): call 112 - this is the free EU-wide emergency phone number which is also used in some countries outside the EU, such as Switzerland and South Africa Don't forget your free European health insurance card, which you can get from your national health insurance provider: it entitles foreign travellers to urgent medical aid in all 28 EU member states plus in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland under the same conditions and at the same cost (which in some coun... Read More »

New rules on Travel packages adopted to protect the rights of travellers when booking online


The new directive will update current EU rules on package holidays by aiming to adapt to travel market developments in order to meet the needs of consumers and businesses in the digital era. It will extend the protection for traditional packages to combinations of separate travel services, in particular if sold online. Latvian Minister for Economics, Dana Reizniece-Ozola, made the following comments: "This piece of legislation will provide travellers and industry with the long-awaited framework which is fit for purpose and future-proof for t... Read More »

Brittany Ferries: Special fare to Western France this May


Brittany Ferries is offering the fare on its routes from Portsmouth and Poole to Normandy and Brittany. Customers can travel up until the end of May, spending up to five days in France, but bookings must be made by 5th May. This adds to the myriad reasons to head to France in May, as the weather gets hotter and an abundance of events take place, including the French Motorcycle Grand Prix in Le Mans (16th-18th May) and a host of food festivals. Plus it's the perfect time to visit the Normandy Landing Beaches and other D-Day sites before the c... Read More »

Mercedes-Benz enters the premium travel business


Mercedes-Benz has entered a strategic collaboration with HHTravel, the renowned premium brand of China’s biggest online travel operator Ctrip International. By offering a range of high-grade travel packages focused on fascinating European locations as well as unique events, the car manufacturer is breaking new ground. Mercedes-Benz Travel was developed by Business Innovation, Daimler’s own “think tank” for innovative business models beyond the automobile, and made ready for the market. “Individual mobility is our core expertise. We have been... Read More »

Vivanta by Taj – Madikeri, Coorg on the Conde Nast Traveller Hot List 2013 in US, UK and India for the Best New Hotels in the World


The Conde Nast Traveller Hot list showcases some of the most authentic havens for travelers across the globe. The publication publishes the list every year and the final selection is made from hundreds of suggestions from magazine correspondents worldwide. Situated at an altitude of 4000 ft. within 180 acres of subtropical rainforest, the hotel is the perfect retreat for nature lovers and sybarites. It offers panoramic vistas of the mountains. The surrounding rainforest's lush canopies are home to over 350 species of flora and fauna. The hote... Read More »

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