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Top 10 July World Events

Here are the HOT Events for July around the Perpetual Traveller world!

Larnaka, Cyprus throughout July

Star events with an all star line up, the Larnaka Municipality certainly knows how to stage world class events. With this years hot line up Locals & Tourists alike will delight in live performances from the West End’s cast (flown in from London) with the Production of CATS, which will be performed in an amphitheatre under the stars. This is followed by a personal favorite of mine Michael Flatley’s spectacular “River Dance”. The truly fantastic world famous singer Cesaria Evora from the Cape Verde Island off West Africa will eclipse July. Larnaka will host a comprehensive programme of theatre, music, folklore and traditional Events to complement the main agenda throughout the month of July.

Further information: www.cyprusevents.blogspot.com  

Switzerland, 43rd Montreux International Jazz Festival 3rd - 18th July
In 1967, the first Montreux Jazz Festival opened, featuring almost…

Greetings from Oroklini

Greetings from the village of Oroklini where the summer is in full swing and the weather is Habanero HOT! An Irish friend of mine visiting the area said that going outside here is like walking into a massive Hairdryer!

Traditionally July marks the beginning of the PEAK TOURISM SEASON across most parts of our fascinating planet. Naturally, in the climate of a recession destinations and resorts in all corners of the world are expecting the worst, however best estimates forecast a 7 – 10% decrease in Tourism overall. If that holds true in times of a depression that many media channels report as the worst since the second world war, the impact on Tourism will not be quite so dramatic as expected.

There will of course be winners and losers in the great summer escape. In particular resorts with non-euro currencies are expected to do well this year or destinations with excellent value for money. Tourism is also expected to GO LOCAL, whereby families will choose to vacation in their own count…

Jet Blows Out Tire Landing in Tampa

U.S. Airways Flight 1241 blew its front tire as the jet landed on Saturday at Tampa International Airport (TIA). No one was injured. The airport was forced to temporarily close its busiest of two runways.Read more
By Planet Data

Brazil Ends Air France Body Search

On Friday (6/26) Brazil called of its search for more bodies and debris from the Air France Flight 447 crash. However, the search for the flight data recorders will continue. To date search teams recovered 51 bodies and hundreds of pieces of debris.Read more
By Planet Data

OPEN-AIR NEW YORK

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In spring and summer a new trend is taking tourists to the roofs: spectacular views, cool refreshment  and the high life, in grand style or in perfect silence, on the terraces and in the parks of the Big Apple The city that never sleeps, and which in 2008 attracted a record average of 47 million visitors, is reaching even further for the skies—and we’re not just talking about the architecture tracing its skyline. To welcome the good weather, escape the scorching heat, admire the view or just enjoy the luxury of the 21st century—silence—the new thing to do in New York is meeting on the terraces of the highest buildings. Museums, bars, restaurants, hotels, or private clubs with pools like the one at SoHo House, if you’re one of the lucky members. “New York is a particularly vibrant destination in summer and we want to make sure people know about these hidden pearls, these exclusive yet accessible spots that visitors might miss out on just because they never heard about them,” explains G…

Hot Spot Larnaka

Greetings from Larnaka, which is the Hot Spot of Cyprus this July for a multitude of reasons. Apart from the almost guaranteed Sun and Blue Flagged Beaches of Mckenzie, city beach and the long coastline parallel to Dhekalia road, the local Municipality have been highly active in supporting and securing first rate entertainment for residents and tourists alike. To start the entire cast of the West End of London show Cats will perform for 2 nights this magnificent musical on the 1st and 2nd of July. Michael Flatly’s Lord of the Dance will follow on July the 7th and on July the 27th its the turn of the world famous bare foot singer from Cabo Verde with the velvet voice and personal favorite of mine “Cesaria Evora”.
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Germany

Summary
There is a general threat from terrorism in Germany. Such attacks could be indiscriminate, including in public places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. See the Terrorism section of this advice for more details.You should carry your passport with you at all times. German police have the right to ask to see identification.Road Travel 

If you wish to drive in Germany you must carry a valid driving licence, insurance and vehicle documents with you in the vehicle at all times. If the vehicle does not belong to the driver, written permission from the registered owner may also be requested.Local laws and customs

You should carry your valid passport with you at all times. German police have the right to ask to see identification. Visas 

You need a valid passport to enter Germany.Stays of longer than three months

If you intend to stay in Germany for three months or more you must register with the German authorities (Einwohnermeldeamt) within seven days of arrival. Those…

Qantas Passengers Injured When Jet Hits Turbulence

At least a dozen passengers suffered various injuries on Sunday when the Qantas jet they were flying in struck severe turbulence on a flight from Hong Kong to Perth, Australia. Seven of the injured were taken to the hospital. According to a Qantas spokesperson speaking to News.com.au, the Airbus A330-300 likely quickly rose some 800 feet and then plunged back to cruising altitude.Read more
By Planet Data

Americans Warned About China's Flu Pandemic Containment Measures

On Friday, June 19 the U.S. State Department issued a Travel Alert to inform American citizens about the quarantine measures imposed by the Government of China in response to the 2009-H1N1 pandemic. The Travel Alert expires on September 30, 2009.Read more
By Planet Data

Search Continues for Flight 447 "Black Boxes"

The New York Times has a good article about the massive search that is still underway for the flight data recorders missing from the crash of Air France Flight 447. The number of nations, vessels and manpower involved is unprecedented.
Unfortunately, the Brazilian military decided on Saturday (6/20) to remove from the effort an Embraer R-99 - a specialized aircraft with on-board radar.Read more
By Planet Data

Denver Juggles Traffic to Boost Arrival Rate

One of the runways at Denver International Airport (DIA) was pulled out of service June 1 so deteriorated concrete panels could be replaced. This leaves the airport without one of its four north-south runways, and limits it to only two runways during marginal visibility, cutting the arrival rate to 64 planes an hour, according to a statement from the FAA. In order to mitigate this decrease the FAA has come up with a plan that allows the arrival rate to return to 96 jets an hour.
So for the next three months (expected time for construction), DIA will utilize a runway configuration in which planes can land on two of the north-south runways and one of its east-west runways in order to reach the 96 planes per hour target.
Read moreBy Planet Data

U.S. Chartered Plane Forced to Land, Now Being Cleared

India — The Indian government is in the process of clearing a Russian-owned military cargo plane for take-off from Mumbai airport after it was forced to land for intruding into Indian airspace. The plane is said to have been chartered by the U.S. and is headed to Khandahar, Afghanistan. Read more
By Planet Data

Georgia

SummaryThe situation in Georgia, including Tbilisi, remains calm but protests by Opposition Parties continue, though it is unclear for how much longer the protests will go on, and what form they will take. 
We continue to advise against all travel to the separatist regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Unless you are carrying out essential business, such as humanitarian work, we advise against travel to areas near the Administrative Boundaries of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, in particular Zugdidi and villages north of Gori. You should exercise extreme caution if you travel along the M27 (also known as the M1) road, particularly where it runs very close to South Ossetia, i.e. between the Stepantsminda/Gudauri turnoff and Gori, where there has been a kidnapping, and between Gori and Khashuri. There remains a risk of local volunteer militia or criminal activity along this road. We do not recommend that you use the M27 during the hours of darkness.

We also do not recommend that you travel…

France

SummaryThere is a general threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. On 16 December 2008, several packs of explosives were dismantled at the Printemps Haussman Department store in Central Paris. No-one was injured. Since 2006 a number of explosions and failed explosions have occurred in Corsica. You are advised to take care, particularly in town centres and near public buildings, and be wary of unattended packages. See the Terrorism section of this advice for more details. 

It is compulsory to carry a warning triangle and reflective jacket in all vehicles. See the Road Travel section of this advice for details.

More than 14 million British nationals visit mainland France every year (Source: Ministère Français de l'économie et des finances). Most visits are trouble-free. 2,900 British nationals required consular assistance in France in the period 01 April 2006 - 31 March -2007. If you need to…

The Airline Industry is in Survival mode

All in all it was a depressing affair at the recent IATA Annual General Meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Director General and CEO Giovanni Bisignani of IATA read out the shockingly bad statistics of the Industry and backed them up with a list reasons to quantify a $10.4 billion USD loss in 2008. Skyrocketing oil prices dominating the first half of 2008, followed by an equally dramatic global recession in the second half, being the prime causes for the quoted losses.

In 2009 IATA expect to see massive shifts in costs as the fuel bill will likely fall by $59 USD billion, although recent rises may affect that. Anyhow rising oil prices anticipating recovery is a too greater risk to contemplate. The calculated total revenue that will disappear with falling demand, collapsing yields, broken consumer confidence and pandemic fears is in the tune of $80 billion USD. Moreover, IATA forecasts that Airlines will lose $9 billion US in 2009. To make matters worse, as the debris settles at the …

Finland

SummaryThere is a low threat from terrorism. But you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be in public areas, including those frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.

Finland can be affected by severe cold weather in the winter months, particularly in the North. You should be prepared for harsh conditions and if driving in the winter months cars should be winterised.Local Travel 

The public transport infrastructure is of a very high standard and very punctual. You can buy a variety of bus, train, tram and metro tickets at stations (bus, train, tram and metro), news kiosks and shops all over the country. Helsinki City Transport offers a service that allows you to order a text message ticket to your mobile phone.Road Travel 

In 2007 there were 377 road deaths in Finland (source: Liikenneturva, Central Organisation for Traffic Safety in Finland). This equates to 7.1 road deaths per 100,000 of population and compares to the UK avera…

Estonia

SummaryThere is a low threat from terrorism. But you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks which could be in public areas, including those frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.

You should be aware that petty theft, especially in Tallinn Old Town, is becoming increasingly common. See the Crime section of this advice for more details.

You must have the original V5 C (Vehicle Registration Document) if driving into Estonia. See the Road Travel section of this advice for more details.Terrorism 

There is a low threat from terrorism. But you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be in public areas, including those frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.Local Travel 

Tickets and travel cards from 2-72 hours or 10-30 days for trams, trolley buses and buses are sold at kiosks. You can also buy books of 10 tickets from there also. Tickets can be bought from drivers it is advisable to have the c…

Denmark

SummaryThere is a general threat from terrorism in Denmark. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.We recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for all the activities you want to undertake. Local Travel 

The public transport infrastructure is generally of a very high standard. You can buy a variety of bus, train and metro tickets at train station kiosks and also at a selection of supermarkets. Within the Copenhagen inner city area during the tourist season you can rent city bicycles (available for a token fee). Cyclists found outside the inner city area on these bicycles may be subject to fines. Other outlets hire out better quality bicycles for a reasonable fee. Ferries are available to transport you to Denmark’s many Islands.Local laws and customs

You should not become involved with drugs of any kind. Altho…

Cockpit Fire Forces Emergency Landing in Guam

A JetStar Airbus A330-200 flying from Japan to Australia was forced to make an emergency landing in Guam on Thursday (6/11) after a fire broke out in the cockpit. The fire was contained and the plane landed safely.
Read moreBy Planet Data

United Kingdom: New Scanner Being Tested on Liquids

A new, advanced scanning system that the manufacturer claims can detect explosive liquids even in sealed containers is being tested at Newcastle Airport in the UK. Developed by Kromek, if successful, the new technology could make it possible for passengers to carry liquids on-board airplanes again. The ban on containers containing more than 100ml of liquid went into effect in 2006 after a plot by terrorists to blow-up planes using soft drink bottles to smuggle explosives on board was uncovered.
Read moreBy Planet Data

Brazil: Bodies Show No Signs of Explosion in Air France Crash

The UK's Telegraph reports that autopsies on 16 of the 50 bodies recovered from the crash of Air France Flight 447 show no signs that indicate the plane exploded in mid-air. However, investigators do believe the plane broke up while still in the sky.
Read moreBy Planet Data

Airline Puts 10-Year-Old on Wrong Plane

Continental Airlines confirmed to the Houston Chronicle that its contract carrier ExpressJet placed a 10-year-old girl flying by herself from Boston on a flight to Newark instead of the correct flight to Cleveland. The girl's father is not happy with the airline's offer to refund the $75 fee for an unaccompanied minor. In response to this he wrote on his blog, "My father-in-law laughed when they made the offer, it was so outrageous. You can bet they'll be refunding a lot more than that fee by the time I'm done with them."
Read moreBy Planet Data

Philly Airport Gets $26 Million for Baggage Screeners

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) the Department of Homeland Security is providing about $26 million in funding for the construction of two new inline baggage handling systems at Philadelphia International Airport.
(U.S. DHS) "When construction is completed, Philadelphia International Airport will boast a total of four operational inline systems instead of eight separate screening locations--markedly improving airport efficiency. The new technology will also make work safer for TSA employees by automating the baggage screening process."
Read moreBy Planet Data

Special Offer at the Linos Inn, Kakopetria, Cyprus (June & July)

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Perpetual Traveller offers all readers a special early summer bird prices at the Linos Inn. Details below...DescriptionLinos Inn is situated in Old Kakopetria village, in the Solea Valley (50 km from Nicosia) and 15 km from Mount Olympus, (highest peak of the Troodos mountains). 
Linos Inn is a Agrotourism complex of delightful traditional houses lovingly restored featuring a superb homely environment. 
Accommodation varies from studios and double-bed rooms to suites as well as a separate villa. All rooms are fully air-conditioned with traditional furniture, balcony / veranda, bathroom, telephone, radio, satellite TV, mini bar, fire place and a Jacuzzi in most of the rooms.

Double Room                   68 euro
Double with Jacuzzi        80 euro
Studio Suite                    92 euro
Executive Suite              100 euro


+ 10% Discount on the Linos Restaurant
Prices are per Room per Day, based on 2 in one room, on a bed and breakfast plan…

Penn Governor Schedules Security Announcement at Philly Airport Anonymous writes:

According to this press release, Governor Edward G. Rendell will join U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Senators Arlen Specter and Bob Casey and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter at 1:15 p.m. on Monday, June 15, for a security announcement at the Philadelphia International Airport. I guess we'll find out what this is all about on Monday.
EVENT: Governor Rendell, Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano will make an airport security announcement and participate in a media availability with U.S. Senators Arlen Specter and Robert Casey, and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.
DATE: Monday, June 15
TIME: 1:15 p.m.
LOCATION: Philadelphia International Airport
International Arrivals Hall, A West
Philadelphia, Pa.
The Rendell administration is committed to creating a first-rate public education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing economic investment to support our communities and businesses. To find out more about Governor Rendell's ini…

New Scanner Being Tested on Liquids

A new, advanced scanning system that the manufacturer claims can detect explosive liquids even in sealed containers is being tested at Newcastle Airport in the UK. Developed by Kromek, if successful, the new technology could make it possible for passengers to carry liquids on-board airplanes again. The ban on containers containing more than 100ml of liquid went into effect in 2006 after a plot by terrorists to blow-up planes using soft drink bottles to smuggle explosives on board was uncovered.Read more
By Planet Data

Police Use Helicopter to Hunt for Poppy Fields

Chinese local police have begun using a helicopter for the first time to hunt for illegal poppy fields in the suburbs of Beijing. Illegal poppy fields are often located in remote and mountainous regions and the use of the helicopter allows authorities to expand search areas. There were no poppy plantations found on the first flight.Read more
By Planet Data

Be the First in the NEW Larnaka Airport

Hermes Airports invites you to be the first to experience the new Era of travel in Cyprus.

Prior to its official opening to the public in November 2009, the new Larnaka International Airport will welcome a group of privileged volunteers to the Trial Operations which will take place during specific days within September and October 2009. These trials will allow for the fine-tuning of the airport and will support the smooth commencement of operations.

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Why the WHO declared a Swine FLU Global pandemic

Swine Flu is back in the media at least, but in physical reality it never went away! To cut a long story short, the reason why the WHO declared Swine FLU as a global pandemic is due to the spreading of the virus in at least 2 regions of the world, with an elevated number of cases occuring in the UK, Australia, Japan and Chile particularly. In Hong Kong they were forced to close all nurseries and primary schools for 2 weeks following 12 school cases. 
The WHO chief Dr. Margaret Chan commented however, that the move does not mean the virus is necessarily causing more severe illness or more deaths. 
Cast your minds back a moment to when the Swine FLU (H1N1) virus first emerged in Mexico in April 09; since then it has spread to 74 countries. There is evidence to suggest we are witnessing before our very eyes the first pandemic of the 21st century. These were the words of the WHO.To give you perspective, official reports indicate nearly 30,000 cases globally with 141 deaths and figures are r…

Czech Republic

SummaryThere is a low threat from terrorism. But you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks which could be in public places, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.You should carry a copy of your passport data page (including any visa pages) with you at all times for identification purposes. You should also keep copies of your insurance policy, European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), ticket details and a 24-hour emergency number in a safe place as well as leaving further copies, along with your itinerary and contact details, with family and/or friends.

We recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for all the activities you want to undertake. See General (Insurance) fo this advice.Terrorism

There is a low threat from terrorism. But you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks which co…

Croatia

SummaryThere is a low threat from terrorism in Croatia, but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate attacks, which could be in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. 
Carry your passport at all times. You must be able to show some form of identification if required.Unexploded land mines are still a danger in some more isolated areas. Highly populated areas and major routes are now clear of mines and are safe to visit. However, isolated areas in the mountains and countryside have not all been cleared. You should therefore be careful not to stray from roads and paved areas without an experienced guide.We recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake. Local Travel 

If you are planning to travel outside the normal tourist resorts you should be aware that there are areas affected by the war, which ended in …

Airports Not Doing Enough to Mitigate Bird Strike Threat

USA Today reports that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has determined that one in three of America's commercial airports have not taken the "legally required action to reduce the hazards of planes striking birds".
Read moreBy Planet Data

Air France Flight Still a Mystery, Debris Not from Crash

Brazilian officials are now saying that the debris recovered from the Atlantic Ocean is not from the missing Air France flight. Also, the oil slick found is not from a crashed commercial jet.
Read moreBy Planet Data

Mexico Grounds Airline for Maintenance Problems

Mexico's Communications and Transport Ministry effectively grounded Aviacsa Airlines today by forcing the airline to take 25 of 26 aircraft out of service temporarily to address irregularities in the maintenance. AviationWeek reports the airline has 60 days to fix the problems.
Read moreBy Planet Data

Air France Airbus enroute to Paris reported missing!

Today we received some concerning news that an Air France Airbus A330-200 aircraft was reported missing somewhere over the Atlantic, enroute to Paris from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.At this juncture we understand that 228 people checked-in for the flight, which was due to land in Paris CDG at 11:10 hrs local time, being 09:10 GMT. A search and rescue mission is currently under way close to the island of Fernando de Nornonha, off the northeast coast of Brazil.
Flight number AF447 departed from Rio at 19:00 local time (2:20 GMT) and it was reported that contact was lost with the aircraft at 06:00 GMT.