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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.

Iceland, an experience of a lifetime

Iceland, an experience of a lifetime

Article by Asberg Jonsson

As the name suggests, most part of Iceland is covered by snow. It is recorded that almost eleven percent of Iceland’s total area is covered by snow and ice glaciers larger than life. It may sound very unfriendly and inhospitable but the fact is that the weather here in Iceland is very cozy and easy going. It suits tourists from any part of the world.

Iceland is located in northern most part of Europe. It is basically an island in north of Atlantic Ocean but a place one would wish to go again and again, if visited once. Entire Iceland is full of surprises for the tourists that pour down there whole year. There is a typical start to Iceland’s tour, but surprises come in wholesale once you enter Iceland. Some of the surprises are mentioned below.

Volcanoes – around the central plateau, there are more than one hundred volcanoes. Out of these almost forty are active. According to stats, there is a major volcanic eruption in every five years in Iceland. But, still Icelandic volcanoes remain one of the most visited tourist destinations in Europe.

HeklaMount Hekla is the most famous active volcano of Iceland. The last eruption in this volcano was recorded in the year 2000. Other famous active volcanoes are Grimsvotn, Katla, Askja and Krafla.

Vatnajokull – this is Europe’s biggest glacier and Iceland’s major tourist attraction. Its size is about 8300 square kilometers and it covers about 8 percent of Iceland’s total land. It is the highest point in Iceland. Its highest point is named hvannadalshnukur and is about 2119 meters above sea level.

thingvellir-99-26186Thingvellir national park – this park is one of the most visited places in Iceland. The fact that this park is situated in volcanic landscape makes it even more popular. During eruptions lava flows with the border of Iceland’s largest lake. One can see “the very rare” signs of tectonic plate’s movements.

Blue lagoon – it is also one of the most visited places in Iceland. The special fact about it is that it is a natural pool of hot water with temperature between 37 and 40 degree Celsius. Its location between moss covered lava fields makes it the most photographed place of Iceland. Blue lagoon is also famous for its beneficial effects on health. This is another reason why it attracts people from all around the world.

Northern lights of Iceland – perhaps, this is Iceland’s top tourist destination in summers. The reason why is because Iceland is the perfect destination to watch these northern lights or “aurora borealis”, popularly called in Iceland. It is nature’s most spectacular and surprising event. Iceland has the privilege to be in the most active part of this magic of nature. But these northern lights are visible only on the nights when the skies are all clear.

Gullfoss waterfalls of Iceland – people of Iceland believe that this waterfall is the most beautiful place on earth. They are one hundred percent right. Gullfoss is a double folding waterfall and one of the very few in the world. It thunders around thirty two meters over the fault towards its gorge. Its gorge is 2.5 kilometers long and as deep as seventy meters at some places.

Grjótaþorp?Reykjavik: the capital – how can one forget Reykjavik, when on a tour to Iceland? It is one of the world’s most clean and peaceful cities. It has got a blend of contemporary and modern architecture. All colored in low and some bright paint, this city appears very friendly for tourists. It has got some old-fashioned buildings of eighteenth and nineteenth century. This presents the ancient side of this city.

Iceland is full of natural surprises and everyone should go their at least once in their lifetime to experience what you have never experienced and will never experience again in any other destination of the world.

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

Boat Trips to Experience on a Reykjavik Holiday

Boat Trips to Experience on a Reykjavik Holiday

Article by Vikki Beale

On a city break to Reykjavik you will discover that the mainland offers plenty to see and do in terms of visitor attractions. However, if you want to experience a different side to Reykjavik on your holiday then take a boat trip and explore the city from the water:

Puffin Express

The Puffin Express is one of few animal spotting trips that can successfully boast a 100% success rate, but if you take this trip whilst on your city break to Reykjavik you are guaranteed to spot not one but hundreds of colourful sea puffins.

The boat leaves Reykjavik four times a day and journeys to the rocky Atlantic islands of Akurey and Lundey, which are well known for their vibrant birdlife. There are estimated to be around 10 million puffins in Iceland, making them the country’s most common bird.

Because of the rocky nature of Akurey and Lundey you will not be able to dock on these islands on your Reykjavik holiday, but the specially adapted vessel is built with bird watching in mind and as well as puffins you are likely to spot Arctic Terns, Black Guillemots and even the occasional seal.

If you haven’t fallen in love with the puffins on your day trip from Reykjavik, then you might be tempted by one of the local dishes. Although they are a protected species in the United Kingdom and North America, this protection doesn’t extend to Iceland, and you will find puffin heart eaten raw is the local delicacy.

Whale Watching

Many people take holidays to Reykjavik in Iceland with whale watching in mind and who can blame them. Reykjavik is one of the best places in the world to spot whales and you are likely to spot a number of different species of whale on your Reykjavik holiday. From humpbacks and blue whales to sperm whales and orcas, over 20 different species of cetaceans can be spotted of the Icelandic coast where krill and plankton are plentiful.

If you want to take a whale watching trip whilst on your city break to Reykjavik then make your way to the harbour where you’ll find a number of different operators offering excursions boasting high success rates. Included in the cost of your whale watching experience is a ticket to the Whale Watching Centre, a floating exhibition centre located on Reykjavik harbour. This exciting centre provides visitors with fascinating facts about the mammals they are likely to spot on their boat trip and also boasts a souvenir shop, where you can stock up on toys of your favourite cetacean.

Sea Fishing

On your city break to Reykjavik why not do something completely different and try your hand at sea angling. Fish in Reykjavik harbour are plentiful and on a trip aboard the 44-foot pleasure boat ‘Gestur’ you can try your hand at catching cod, haddock, pollock and catfish. The luckier of you may even manage to catch an elusive halibut. The Gestur is fully stocked with a grill so after you’ve caught your fish you can try your hand at cooking it. The fully stocked bar on board will not only provide the perfect accompaniment to your fish supper but will also help in protecting you from the cold Icelandic elements on your Reykjavik holiday.

About the Author

Vikki Beale is a holiday expert for iceland2go, a specialist operator providing a selection of itineraries for the best city breaks to Reykjavik. We arrange luxury tailor-made holidays to Iceland, Reykjavik and Greenland, with sights including glaciers, geysers, fjords, and the Northern Lights.