Medical Tourism

March 29, 2011

Thailand is considered by many to be the global leader for medical tourism. Thousands of Americans and Europeans have been traveling to Thailand for decades seeking affordable world-class medical travel treatment, for both elective and non-elective procedures. Thailand also has a very large expatriate community from American and Europe that receive medical care from hundreds of private hospitals throughout the country. In addition to having a highly advanced healthcare system, with state-of-the-art equipment, first-class modern facilities, and an abundance of doctors with advanced medical degrees and board certifications from the US and Europe, Thailand is also world-renowned as a top health tourism destination. Thailand is also well known for the generous hospitality of its service minded population, which is why the country is often referred to as “The Land of Smiles.”

The favorable exchange rate of the US Dollar to the Thai Baht makes the already low cost medical treatment an incredible value to medical tourists. With one private hospital in Thailand being the first to receive JCI Accreditation in all of Asia, many others are following its lead and have begun the application process. The Government of Thailand is also working with the private hospital association in order to maintain its national lead as an international medical tourism hub. Our partner hospitals in Thailand are among the top private healthcare facilities in the country and are at par with the top facilities in the US.  Read at http://www.medretreat.com/destinations/thailand.html   For more Detail information contact Getachew Teklu  your Thailand Specialist.

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Africa Tours

March 26, 2011

As the second largest continent, Africa straddles the equator accounting for its generally sizzling climate. The soaring sand dunes, hidden waterfalls, exotic wildlife, and distinct tribes make Africa a rich continent, bringing travelers from all around the world.
Vacationers in Africa can explore colorful markets, coffee plantations, local tribes, and a mosaic of landscapes dotted throughout the distinct regions. Travelers will also be pleasantly surprised by a variety of sites not considered characteristic of the hot arid plains of Africa, such as the penguins of South Africa, hundreds of pink flamingos, or the snow-capped mountain of Kilimanjaro.
Safaris offer travelers with the opportunity to hop into a private vehicle while touring the natural habitats of lions, gigantic elephants, towering giraffes, rapid cheetahs, nonchalant hippos, hyper baboons, and more. Sleeping in the heart of these surroundings during a Safari gives travelers the chance to hear the roar of lions and the content banter of animals at night, while accompanied with experienced Tour Directors who provide knowledgeable information and guidance.
Passengers may enjoy the unique lifestyle of a culturally rich Massai village with their dominating spears and quaint huts. The pyramids of Egypt also captivate guests with their mysterious tombs, historical pharaohs, and breathtaking views of the Nile. In addition, Morocco’s bazaars, herds of goats, and musicians of Casablanca will inspire guests with a multitude of enriching experiences

Once stepping onto the diverse and inspiring soil, guests become spellbound while traveling through the core of Africa. While leaving the terrain of Africa may be inevitable, the experience and sights attained will remain in hearts forever. 

 


Will rising gas prices detour spring and summer travel plans?

March 8, 2011

In some cities, such as San Francisco, a gallon of gas is hovering around $4. Nationally, the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline reached $3.51 last week, up 13 percent in a month.

“It’s not like other commodities such as milk, bread or eggs,” said AAA spokesperson Troy Green. “As you drive around, you see those gas prices large and in your face at intersections every day.”

Airlines are facing fuel challenges again as well. United Continental Holdings, the world’s largest airline, on Tuesday said rising fuel costs will force it to drop some unprofitable routes and nix plans to add new ones.

That comes on top of a succession of industry wide increases in airplane ticket prices. “A traveler who paid $240 for a round-trip on the first day of the year is now paying closer to $300 — a 25 percent increase,” said Rick Seaney of FareCompare.com.

Seaney has already counted six successful domestic 2011 airfare hikes. “That is a carbon copy of 2008 to date, where we ended up with 15 hikes for the year as oil hit stratospheric highs in the summer of $145 a barrel and just as quickly crashed to $32 a barrel at Christmas.”

Rolling revisions
AAA hasn’t yet surveyed drivers about Memorial Day driving plans, but travelers respond to rising gas prices in somewhat predictable ways. “The rise in fuel costs may cause some people to alter or cancel travel plans altogether,” said Green. Others who have already made their plans are still likely to travel. “What they may do to compensate for increased fuel costs is stay in more economical hotels, dine at more economical or cheaper restaurants and spend less on gifts and other incidentals,” he added.

“All travel destinations pay close attention to gas prices,” said Carl Whitehill of the Convention and Visitors Bureau in Gettysburg, Pa., one of many towns getting ready to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. “We know fuel prices will affect travel decisions. While we still think millions of people will come to Gettysburg, they may not buy as many souvenirs or go to as many attractions as they’d hoped.”

Whitehill believes those millions of visitors will still eat in restaurants and stay in hotels. But Marti Mayne, spokesperson for the Professional Association of Innkeepers International, said country inn and B&B owners are concerned about the effect gas prices will have on guests’ travel plans and how those higher prices will affect food and energy costs at the inns.

“The B&B industry held its own during the 2008-09 gas crisis, as people stayed closer to home and ‘staycations’ became popular,” said Mayne. “The B&B industry expects this will be the trend again as most inns and B&Bs are located within a one-tank drive of a major metropolitan area.”

Still, she said some B&Bs are already rolling out offers that include complimentary gas gift cards and finishing touches are being put on a new B&B campaign that is sure to include more such offers.

For some travelers, a complimentary $20 gas card with a two-night stay won’t be a strong incentive to travel. But AAA’s Green said, “Others may look at this as a great idea and want to take advantage of it.”

And, free gas card or not, Green said that when fuel prices are up, drivers can stretch their travel dollars by remembering to properly inflate their tires, driving the speed limit, avoiding quick starts and stops and taking out any unnecessary weight in the trunk. “If you’re not going golfing, you don’t need to be driving around with those golf clubs,” said Green.

“We also suggest people shop for gas with their steering wheel,” he added. “Don’t drive 30 miles out of your way to buy cheaper gas. But you may be able to save three to five cents a gallon by driving a few extra blocks” or by consulting a website or smart phone app that tracks area gas prices.

Fly away — for more
Those planning spring or summer vacations abroad should be ready for sticker shock.

“If you’re planning on heading to Europe, know this: Fuel surcharges are over $400 round trip now with average taxes around $120,” said FareCompare.com’s Seaney. “This means before any fare is charged, you’re looking at $520 round trip, the highest we have tracked in 8 years.

“If you are shopping for early spring travel, it would behoove you to lock in now,” Seaney added.

Seaney’s tips for finding the best deal include shopping on Tuesday afternoons, when “the maximum cheap seats hit the reservation systems at 3 p.m.,” and flying on the least expensive days, which tend to be Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. He also suggests shopping for one ticket at a time, even if there are two or more people traveling together. “Airline reservations systems must have everyone in the party at the same price, even if there are a few cheaper seats.”

The bottom line? If you want to go somewhere, don’t wait: “Procrastination is not your friend when planes are full,” said Seaney. “Airlines have no reason to discount at the last minute.”

Source: Newsvine


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