Rainbow Travel Blog 10May10


Latest Ash Cloud

Eurocontrol announces that volcanic ash has now dispersed in Europe; another band in the mid-Atlantic is still blocking air routes between Europe and North America
Associated Press
Flights across Europe were operating normally Monday after a plume of volcanic ash that disrupted air traffic and forced some airports to close over the weekend dispersed, aviation officials said. But, delays on trans-Atlantic flights were expected because another band in mid-ocean was still blocking the air routes between Europe and North America, the European air traffic agency Eurocontrol said. “While most of these flights are operating, many are having to make significant re-routings to avoid the area of ash cloud coverage, resulting in delays,” according to a statement from the agency.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand, releases statement to relieve concerns for those planning to visit Thailand.


The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) released an official statement last week to relieve concerns stemming from news that has recently been coming out of Thailand and to give travellers a better understanding of what’s going on there.

The release, in question and answer format, reads as follows:

Q: Is the TAT advising tourists to avoid visiting Thailand?

A: Absolutely not. Travel and tourism are operating as normal throughout Thailand and all airlines flying to and from Thailand are operating their normal schedules. Visitors in Bangkok should seek advice from tour guides and hotel concierges to determine if there are any areas to avoid.

Q: What is the reality on the ground in Thailand right now?

A: As of May 6, 2010, political protests in Thailand were abating. A five-point plan presented by the Thai Prime Minister was unanimously accepted by the protestors and the situation is near final resolution.  Meanwhile, life in Thailand continues as normal; tourist sites are open and tens of thousands of travellers are in the country.

Q: Is the TAT being irresponsible by not warning tourists to stay away from Thailand at this time?

A: Naturally, travellers need to make their own decision regarding whether they feel comfortable coming to Thailand, but the situation is normal in almost all of the areas where tourists go, and the political situation is improving. Most importantly, if we felt it unwise for tourists to be visiting Thailand right now, we would ask you not to come.

Q: Does the TAT believe the airport will be closed again?

A: The TAT is in close communications with the parties responsible for the operation and security of Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport. The airport is currently operating as normal and there seems to be no reason to believe that airport service will be disrupted.

Q: Several governments have issued advisories suggesting their citizens not to travel at the moment to Thailand. How do you react to this?

A: Yes, the U.S. State Department last week issued a travel alert suggesting U.S. citizens should temporarily avoid nonessential travel to Thailand; we expect the alert to be rescinded shortly.  Moreover, the State Department has not urged U.S. citizens currently in Thailand to leave, and U.S. diplomats and their families are remaining in Thailand as normal.

BA cabin crew “overwhelmingly” reject offer


BA cabin crew “overwhelmingly” reject offer

BRITISH Airways cabin crew have “overwhelmingly” rejected the company’s offer relating to the current industrial dispute, the Unite Union announced on May 7.

In a statement the Union said that around 81% of the crew voted against the offer, in line with the union’s recommendation. There was a turnout of 71%.

Representatives of the crew will meet with Unite’s Joint General Secretaries, Derek Simpson and Tony Woodley, today (May 10) to discuss the next moves in the dispute.

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Yahoo BuzzAdd to Newsvine

Published by rainbowtravel

SIX SECRETS REVEALED ! 1. 26 years experience in the travel and tourism industry, combined knowledge of all of our agents at Rainbow Travel over 40 years from destinations accross the globe.   2. I have tried my hand at every facet of travel from Travel Agent to Tour Operator to Pier Supervisor for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines & Celebrity, Port Manager for N.C.L.Cruises, Customer Services Agent N.W.A. at YVR and Flight Attendant for Skyservice Airlines.The only thing I haven't done is drive a train, but there is time for that.   3. I have travelled to every major country in Europe and I am from "The World In One City", Liverpool and from there I was the number two operator in the N.W. of England for day trips by air to European cities.   4.Thanks to Skyservice Airlines my Customer Services Manager role on board their aircraft sent me South to destinations in Mexico such as Cancun, Mazatlan, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta. Caribbean destinations as well including Montego Bay, Puerto Plata & Punta Cana (Dominican Republic), Liberia (Costa Rica), Varadero & Havana (Cuba) as well as Las Vegas and every major Canadian city so my product knowledge is extensive for the Canadian charter market.     5. I am a champion net-worker being a member of B.N.I. which is a professional marketing organization specializing in word-of-mouth referrals. The BNI model relies on a business networking strategy that generates business referrals within many diverse networks. This enables me to recommend other business professions that are just as dedicated as Rainbow Travel is to customer service.   6. Rainbow Travel is actively participating in the world of Social Media. This means that we regularly Twitter, Blog and post newsletters and amazing deals to our client database.     7. Ask me about cruise ships, I have handled them all at Canada Place for the Alaska Season, Holland America (Zaandam, Ryndam, Westerdam, Oosterdam), R.C.I. (Radiance), Celebrity (Infinity & Summit), NCL (Sun, Wind, Star).  

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: