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The Affect of Eyjafjallajokull eruption

Business Travel Jobs – Learning from Experience

Article by Tim Leach

For those keeping their eye out for business travel jobs, there have been several events in 2010 that have given business travel consultants and managers food for thought. The field is unpredictable by its very nature; there can sometimes be little warning before a problem overseas requires attention, or a new opportunity must be taken advantage of with an early meeting a long journey away. Travel managers, however, can never assume all will go as planned during these trips. Take a look at some of the events which affected business travel during 2010, and how they might affect the future of business travel.

Volcanic Ash

One of the biggest disruptions for travel in 2010 was the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull, a volcano in Iceland, which caused the most significant closure of European airspace since the Second World War. For weeks, many people simply couldn’t fly for a myriad of technical and legal reasons concerning the volcanic ash which was released over European airspace. Those looking for travel jobs would be wise to take note of the ways businesses adapted to the restrictions – making use of online conferencing programs like Skype and using long-distance train and ferry travel as a substitute. Many businesses found that their air travel wasn’t quite as critical as they’d first assumed. The most important lesson the volcanic eruption taught those in business travel jobs was to always have a back-up plan for travel arrangements, and a back-up for the back-up!

Snow Problems

At the beginning and end of 2010, heavy snowfalls in Europe left many airports and airlines struggling to cope. While the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull couldn’t have been predicted by those working in the industry, regular occurrences such as snow during the winter months should factor into business travel planning in 2011. It was Heathrow, Europe’s busiest airport, which was the most affected because – as its critics noted – it had done the least to prepare. A lesson for those in travel jobs in 2011 is not to assume major transport hubs will be ‘ever-ready’ whatever the weather – they are as susceptible to misfortune, and even closures, as smaller transport hubs.

Future Developments

With new transport security developments on the horizon in 2011, it remains to be seen what impact they will have on business travel jobs. In October 2010, the US Transport Security Administration introduced controversial new full-body scanners. Many air passengers saw them as highly intrusive as operators were able to see through clothes. When those in travel-related jobs need to deal with urgent or short-notice travel arrangements, avoiding such stringent security procedures may not be an option, and so the preferences of those embarking on the journey must be taken into account.

While 2010 threw up many challenges for the business travel industry, there will always be a necessity for efficient business travel arrangements. Those looking for travel jobs could learn a few lessons for the year ahead by examining the problems faced by travellers in 2010.

About the Author

Barbara Kolosinska (MREC CertRP) is a Sales Director for C&M, a leading travel recruitment agency who specialise in finding their clients the perfect http://candm.co.uk/cm/jobs/business_travel”> business travel jobs across all sectors of the travel industry. C&M have access to the largest choice of business travel jobs from the UK’s top travel employers.

Refreshing and completely unique Iceland

Refreshing and completely unique Iceland

Article by Asberg Jonsson

Iceland is a small island situated in the North Atlantic Sea and is recorded as the westernmost country of European continent. It lies 800 kilometers far from Scotland in northwest direction and 970 kilometers from Norway in west direction. The northern coast of Iceland is touching Arctic Circle just a bit. The position of Iceland makes it accessible by air and waterways only. Keflavík airport, Iceland’s international airport is connected with twenty big cities of Europe and America and delivers Micardis Plus online services of about 115 international flights in a week.

There are two words that can be joined with Iceland without any questions or doubts. They are refreshing and unconventional. The nature of Iceland is unscathed and becomes even more interesting and magical with the presence of spouting geysers, active volcanoes, plummeting waterfalls, huge mountains, vast lava grounds and some very beautiful lakes full of superstitious stories. The fjords, the glaciers and the highland plains provide the tourists’ with some spectacular and supernatural sights they will not get to see elsewhere in this world with the sense of complete silence and extreme nature. In case of man made beauties, the nightlife of capital city of Reykjavik is considered legendary and is one of the best in the world. It is supported by number of social and cultural activities that takes place there almost 24/7. The infinitesimal size of Reykjavik adds to the advantage as the entire city can be seen only by walking on foot.

For those who are in search of some high flying action, Iceland again stands ahead of all and offers huge natural spaces to enjoy most of the outdoor activities such as snowmobiling, horse riding, caves exploration, hiking, swimming, skiing, river rafting, kayaking and not to forget driving on mountains on an enhanced four wheel drive. Iceland also presents great differences in flora and fauna at every mile and hence, it is a numero uno loved spot for ornithologists. One thing which cannot go unnoticed while discussing about Iceland is the fact that it provides world’s best whale watching spots and destinations.

This country attracts tourists all around the year. People are drawn here naturally because of its diversification in landscape and also because of its vital energy and shades of lights and seasons that gives new scenes on every visit. Iceland is considered the world’s youngest country from geological point of view and is continuously growing in size. A volcanic explosion in 1963 on the southern shore of Iceland and it was named Surtsey. The latest explosion in Vatnajokull glacier occurred in 2004.

As told earlier that one can find every natural activity here next in the list is geothermal heating. It is one of the many subterranean activities occurring in Iceland. The flawless supply of geothermal heat is used very wisely and extensively for thermal spas, keeping house warmer during chilly winters. Iceland is second biggest user of geothermal energy in the world and it is marginally behind China.

Though the name appears very cool to the world but slowly and steadily, it has proved that, Iceland is not shy of showing what it has and what it is capable of having.

About the Author

Asberg Jonsson is the manager of Iceland Visitor, a company specializing in packages for Vacation in Iceland and day tours in Iceland. For more information visit www.icelandvisitor.com

What Iceland’s Volcano Eruption Brings to the World?

What Iceland’s Volcano Eruption Brings to the World?

Article by Avivi

When asked what film is the best seller since the year of 2009, most film fans will give you this answer, “it must be the film 2012.” This is the truth, even though those who show no interest or too busy to go to the cinema must have ever heard of this disastrous film to date. The film is shot with high-definition video cameras and the cliff-hanging scenes of the end of the earth worldwide can shock and move each audience to the core. It’s so stirring and vivid, thus making audience believe in the Mayanism, on which the film is said to be inspired from.

The continual earthquakes since the beginning of this year are also believed to the forceful evidence of the end of the world. Some pessimistic believers even begin to drone through their lives. Admittedly, these are extreme cases and most of us are still living our daily lives as usual. However, it never rains but pours. The recent volcano eruption in Iceland is little less than pouring oil onto the fire, lending support to those doomsday-believers.

What Iceland’s volcano eruption suggest to the world? Are we virtually at the merge of our extinction? The answer is “Definitely Not.” In spite of this, we have to admit to the fact that severe losses are seen every day with the continuing of the volcano eruption The first threat goes to the local citizens of Iceland. Clouds of ash shadowed the sky over the country, thus giving rise to severe environmental problems. In addition, the heat even made a glacier melt and hundreds of people are facing the danger of being submerged by the imminent flood.

Apart from these explicit harms the volcano eruption causes, some potential negative effects are also in existence. For example, as the clouds of volcano ash spread over the sky, almost all the fights in Europe have been cancelled or delayed, thousands of passengers all stalled in the airport, unable to travel to their destinations, accordingly, the economic loss is rather tremendous. A lady with a shoulder bag gave us her complaints as follows

“My company is dealing with wholesale wedding dress business, and we also sell the little black dresses to the Japanese and Korean markets. I planned to fly to Seoul, but the continuous postponement of the flight spoilt my entire schedule. I phoned to the counterpart in Korea, they showed their full understanding, though unwillingly.” In fact, the economic loss is a lot more intensive than one can expect. With the large-scale cancellation of passenger and freight flights, the economic loss is said to be one to two percent to the GDP of Europe.

“The influence is unexpected and long-term”, a market manager noted, “we plan to deliver our goods to East Asia to take up the summer dress market quota, while we have to wait here and lose to our competitors”. He concluded. Still wedding dress. is their hot line.

About the Author

Chian wholesale, global free shipping–milanoo.com

The Icelandic Volcano and Holiday Planning

The Icelandic Volcano and Holiday Planning

Article by Patrick Omari
gos 2011

The Eyjafjallajokull volcano last erupted in 1821 for a period of 14 months and, according to records, every time it does so, it’s neighbor or “angry sister” Katla follows.

Katla, as is suggested by the name ‘angry sister’, is a larger and more violent volcano situated next to it’s Eyjafjallajokull. Currently scientists are monitoring the volcano for any signs of seismic activity similar to those recorded under Eyjafjallajokull just before it’s most recent eruption.

Katla has erupted 16 times since 930 and on different occasions has managed to tear chunks our of the glacier above it causing the Myrdalsjokull glaciers to break and discharge the same amount of water as would be from the amazon, nile and mississippi combined and also dispel smoke clouds so big that ash has been found to settle as far as Scotland.

In the past, the eruptions of both the volcanoes have caused disruption not only in Iceland but also for the whole of the Northern Hemisphere. Dust and sulphur from the ash clouds have been known to travel over much of Europe casting a haze over Norway, The Netherlands, the British Isles, France, Germany, Italy and Spain and according to records, past eruptions may have affected weather up until a few years after the event.

The most recent volcanic eruption has already caused noticeable disruption for holiday-makers, travelers, airlines, travel agents and the government. Initial signs of an eruption first started on 20th March 2010 and the second, more obvious phase started on the 14th April. This was the eruption that led to a huge ash cloud moving over much of Europe and consequently leading to the closure of UK airspace, airports and the cancellation of many inbound and outbound flights between the 15th and 20th April.

The decision to close the airspace above the UK was made as The National Air Traffic Service warned that the volcanic ash present in the cloud spreading across Europe posed a significant safety thready to aircraft.

It is unsure as to whether the volcano will erupt again and how much disruption will be caused in the future due to the ash clouds, which is why it is incredibly important to be stringent with any holiday plans that are made during this period and to make sure you are prepared for any eventuality.

Make sure to check with your travel agent, flight provider, airport parking provider, insurance company, holiday home, bank and whoever else may be involved win any aspect of your holiday to check their policies surrounding problems with traveling and the volcano. You do not want to be caught short if you end up stuck abroad or alternatively, stuck in the UK when you should be on holiday.

It is important to make sure you have an extra supply of money in a climate such as this, to ensure that if you are stuck abroad, need to change your flights, stay an extra night of couple of nights in different accommodation, make special arrangements to get home or in any other number of situations that may arise that it is possible to do so. It is also important to check companies policies on cancellations and amendments etc so that you are able to change your flights, extend your airport parking, extend your stay in a holiday home or change the dates of your holiday if you end up stuck at home.

All this extra care and hassle may seem an annoying addition to holiday planning stress but it will only make sure that you are prepared and if anything lead to a more relaxed and smooth running holiday.

About the Author

Patrick is an expert Research and Travel consultant. His current interest is in Belfast Airport Parking, Q Park Belfast Airport and Stansted Parking Long Stay

 

The After Effects of the Iceland Volcano

The After Effects of the Iceland Volcano

Article by Michelle Stevens

It came and went and in-between caused damage that cost billions of pounds. The ash from the Iceland volcano was a freak of nature. It hasn’t caused damage like that before and possibly may not happen again. For the couple of weeks that it was spewing forth ash, the volcano brought Europe to a standstill.

The airlines were hit the heaviest. People couldn’t fly to or from many European countries. This meant millions and millions of people were left stranded. Many of these had to be compensated – the cost which went into the billions of pounds. For the already cash-strapped and debt-heavy airlines, this was the last thing they needed.

It just wasn’t the small people who were affected – international sporting events were dragged into this as well. Barcelona was playing Inter Milan in the Champions League and had to take a bus from Spain to Italy. This was a 17 hour bus ride that they had to take. In the 21st century, this is the last kind of thing that elite athletes are used to. Similarly Liverpool had to make their way to Madrid and Fulham had to go to Hamburg.

They had to get through it the same way everyone else did. Read books, read the newspapers, listen to music and play games. Games were a popular way of getting through it as they allow one to kill a lot of time as well as win things. Online casinos registered an increase in activity during the time the ash was in the air. Games such as poker and roulette experienced more activity.

Most of the affected travelers were British and it was estimated that the affect on air travel was greater than that of what happened following the September 11 terrorist attacks. This does make sense as the affect on air travel happened a lot longer than what occurred in September. It created issues that previously weren’t aware would be problems. For instance, Bangladesh travelers who had been flying and in transit in Brussels didn’t have visas for Belgium as they just thought they were stopping over there – just being the case, they weren’t able to leave the airport.

Likewise the same thing happened to Indian tourists who stopped over in Germany. Some British travelers faced the same issue in India and left the airport without having a visa. They got in trouble with the immigration authorities because of this but they are hoping that the complications regarding the volcano will be accepts as mitigating circumstances. You would hope that common sense will prevail.

Additionally international celebrities and world leaders were affected by the travel restrictions. The likes of Vladimir Putin, Jens Stoltenberg, Tony Blair and the Prince of Wales couldn’t go where they wanted to because of the impact of the ash. It is alleged that John Cleese took a taxi from Oslo to Brussels and paid around 3,300GBP for it. The journey took some 15 hours and took Cleese trough a number of countries.

About the Author

Michelle Stevens is a well known journalist that writes for many newspapers and online news sites. She has recently written a number of articles on the mathematical equations that help create the progressive jackpots that have become very popular lately.

What to See and Do When Visiting Iceland

What to See and Do When Visiting Iceland

A little background on myself: I am an American who, for work reasons, moved to Iceland and lived there for two years. It was a challenging but, overall, an experience that I treasure. In the time I was there I learned a lot about Iceland and experienced, first hand, all of what I write about in this article.

There’s only one international airport in Iceland so, you will be flying into Keflavik, a small city about 30 minutes south of Reykjavik, the capital. If you are just going to be in Iceland for a few hours due to a layover, you might want to consider going to the Blue Lagoon. It is about 15-20 minutes from the airport. The Blue Lagoon is a spa and its main attribute is a geothermal pond that you can bathe in. The water is emerald green and very relaxing. Icelanders believe that the mineral-rich water is healing. It certainly is soothing and the experience is unique.

If you are going to be staying in Iceland for a couple days, most likely you will be staying in Reykjavik. In this case, I would recommend seeing the downtown area, which can be done on foot, or by a tour bus. Reykjavik is a charming and beautiful city with bright colored roofs, narrow streets and bustling pedestrian activity. Next, I would highly recommend going to one of the city’s many pools. They are very affordable and one of the best things about living in Iceland. In fact, Reykjavik considers itself the spa capital of Europe. The pools are clean and numerous offering many hot pots, lap pools, steam baths, saunas and more. The cost is about , a bargain for such an expensive country.

The next thing I would highly recommend is taking a tour outside of the city to see Iceland’s unspoiled nature. You can take a bus or contract with one of the many jeep tour companies. The bus tours generally stick to the main roads and will take you to all the tourist hotspots: Gullfoss, Geysir, Thingvellir National Park and a few other well-known destinations. My feeling is that the bus tour option is not very interesting. It is like a glorified postcard. Instead, I would opt for the jeep tours which will take you off the beaten path, allowing you not only to see but to experience. These jeep tours range in length from 3 hours to overnight tours. You can choose a tour that fits you interests, for example you can go on a jeep tour that will take you to many of the more spectacular waterfalls. Or, you can opt to drive on a glacier and go snowmobiling. Or, you can take a tour that will allow you to explore lava fields and even climb into lava caves. I really believe that this is the best way to
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experience Iceland – firsthand, not seen through a bus window.

If you are going to be in Iceland for at least a week, I would recommend renting a car and driving the Ring Road. It is the only main highway in Iceland and it simply goes around the entire country. This trip will take you 2-3 days, depending on your pace. This kind of trip is an experience worth treasuring. Keep in mind that rentals cars are expensive and so is gas. When I was there, gas cost about .50/gallon. Food and lodging are also very expensive so consider staying in guesthouses and shopping for your food rather than eating-out for every meal.

In many ways, Iceland is like many Northern European countries. The capital city looks like other Scandinavian capitals, it has all the modern conveniences, the people speak English and, last but not least, it’s expensive. But, that’s where the similarities end. Iceland is unique in so many ways. First off, geologically, Iceland is very unique. It is a fairly young island that is still volcanically active. Due to this, Iceland is a hot bed (no pun intended) of geothermal activity. Icelanders use this hot water to produce electricity and heat their homes. Iceland is sparsely populated with a low overall population, approximately 300,000 people. Reykjavik is the capital city with approximately 120,000 people – not huge by any standards. Iceland has lots of glaciers; in fact it has the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajokull. Most of the interior is uninhabited and uninhabitable. So the cities, such as they are, have sprung up along the coastlines. Outside of Reykjavik, the next largest city is

Akueyri, which enjoys the distinction of the northernmost city in the world.

Iceland is clean and beautiful with amazing landscapes ranging from other-worldly lava fields to lush fields of moss, grasses and low-lying berry bushes to waterfalls, rivers and streams, mountains, glaciers and more. Trees are few and far between outside of the populated areas. Iceland has very clean air and water. You can safely drink water from many streams across the country – not something I would recommend in most of the world. Iceland is also a fun destination; Icelanders love to party and the club scene in Reykjavik is a must. Just don’t show up before 11:30 pm.

To recap, I recommend the Iceland day tour, the jeep tours not the bus tours, soaking in the hot pots, the Blue Lagoon and at least on night on the town, just bring your Alka-Seltzer. – David Brooks

Rent a Car in Iceland with Glacier Car Rental

Rent a Car in Iceland with Glacier Car Rental

Article by Hallfreður Emilsson

Iceland’s Glacier car rental has announced the addition of the latest Garmin GPS navigation system to their rental fleet.

Glacier Car Rental Iceland has made GPS navigation systems available with their hire. The GPS navigation will be an option on any vehicle in their fleet.

The Garmin is the ultimate travel companion. It has all of the features that you would expect in a modern GPS unit: large color touch-screen display, voice direction, and automatic routing. But touring in an exotic place like Iceland can sometimes call for even more high-tech assistance.

The upgraded devices provide users with museum and restaurant suggestions, as well as translation services for easier interaction with the locals. In addition, Garmin fits Bluetooth wireless capabilities and an mp3 player into the system, which can be mounted in the car or will easily fit in traveller’s pocket.

To make explorers even more confident, the units used by Glacier Car Rental have been equipped with optional European travel guide updates that allow them to give useful information about the surrounding areas.

Iceland (Lonely Planet top 10 destination 2010) has become a prized travel destination for its unique combination of unspoiled wilderness and thriving nightlife. Vacationers from around the world are making excursions to this rugged country to enjoy outdoor pursuits like horseback riding, glacier travel, and hiking, and to enjoy the native’s famous Scandinavian beauty.

The Garmin GPS System will be available through Glacier car rental agencies in Iceland for a fee a small fee per day. Glacier Car Rental is a family owned car rental that offers delivery to all airports close to Reykjavik (the Capital) including Keflavik International Airport (KEF) and Reykjavik Domestic Airport. Glacier also offers delivery to Hotels within the capital area.

More information can be found at www.glaciercarrental.is

About the Author

Glacier Car Rental is a newly founded family car rental company, owned by two brothers and staffed with family members, with the main aim of providing quality cars and unbeatable service to traveler´s traveling in Iceland. The company was founded in 2009 and has since grown considerably. For more information and details call at 354-571-2240 or send an email at glacier@glaciercarrental.is

Holiday Singapore Travel To Iceland Cheaply

Holiday Singapore Travel To Iceland Cheaply

Getting there

There are no direct flights to Iceland from Singapore.

Keflavik International Airport, the gateway to Iceland, is easily reachable via a three-hour flight on Icelandair or Iceland Express from London.

Fares may be as low as €112 (S0, one way, inclusive Revia online of taxes and fees).

The two airlines also serve other major European cities such as Copenhagen, Frankfurt and Paris, where many international airlines fly to and from Singapore.

From Keflavik airport, it takes about 45 minutes by airport shuttle to reach Reykjavik.

Visit www.visitreykjavik.is for details.

5 things to do in Iceland

1. Do visit the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal pool. It costs about 5,000 kronur () per person, inclusive of hotel pickups from Reykjavik and admission. Bathing in warm mineral-rich water and piling on silica clay all over your body in a lava-field setting is an unforgettable experience.

2. Do join the Golden Circle Tour to see the majestic Gullfoss waterfall, the Great Geysir (geyser) and the Iceland Thingvellir National Park. The bus tour starts from 8,000 kronur.

3. Do go on a Northern Lights Tour (about 5,000 kronur) to observe the aurora on a clear night between September and March. Or stay in wilderness lodges and resorts for a better chance of sightings.

4. Do stay up late to check out Reykjavik‘s vibrant and varied nightlife, even if it means having to battle jet lag or cold weather.

5. Do try modern or fusion Icelandic cooking, which is less intimidating than traditional fare such as fermented shark meat. An insider touted Fish Market (Adalstraeti 12) as Reykjavik‘s best restaurant. Its tasting menu for lunch, a steal at 3,900 kronur for four starters, two mains and one dessert, may include salad with smoked Icelandic goose and grilled Arctic char (a fish related to trout and salmon).

2 don’ts in Iceland

1. Don’t schedule too much time for museums in Reykjavik as they are relatively small. Even the National Museum of Iceland can be easily browsed within a couple of hours, with time left to hop through the National Gallery and the Einar Jonsson Museum.

2. Don’t try to buy Icelandic kronur in Singapore – most money changers don’t seem to stock it. As you enter the arrival hall at Keflavik International Airport, head straight for the ATM to withdraw your needed kronur.

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