Tailor-made services for Chinese Air France Customers

Beijing, China

Beijing, China

Throughout the year, Air France offers its customers excellent personalized service combined with many products developed exclusively for them on flights to and from China.

At Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport, Air France agents speaking Cantonese and Mandarin are available to assist customers on departure, arrival and when they have a connection.

On board, crews provide specially-adapted service for Chinese passengers. Air France has set up an awareness program in Chinese culture for its flight attendants. This constant strive for excellence, hospitality and service is reflected both in the gestures and polite vocabulary used. Furthermore, Chinese interpreters are available on all Air France flights to and from China.

The Air France announcements are made in Mandarin or Cantonese, depending on the destination. Adapted versions of the Air France in-flight magazines in Chinese are available for customers, as well as a selection of Chinese newspapers and magazines. In the new cabins, an individual screen shows up to 1,000 hours of programs on demand in various different languages, including some in their original Chinese version or subtitled.

During the flight, the cabin crew hand out menus translated into Chinese to all passengers, as well as oshiboris (hot or cold towels) when they are settled in their seat. Air France takes care to adapt to the culture and dietary requirements of its customers, while providing a French-style dining experience.For Chinese customers, the chefs at Servair, a subsidiary of Air France specializing in airline catering, have developed refined Chinese dishes.

Moreover, since February 2015, brand new à la carte dishes have been available in the La Première and Business cabins, on departure from Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou. Air France is now working with Paul Pairet, a renowned French chef whose mission is to propose exceptional French cuisine on departure from these three Chinese destinations.

Air France-KLM, a vast network to Greater China

During the winter season, the Air France-KLM group is operating up to 77 weekly flights linking the hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol to 9 destinations in Greater China: Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou (Canton) Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taipei, Wuhan and Xiamen.

 

Dine under the Northern Lights with RAW:churchill and Frontiers North Adventures

 

Northern Lights, Churchill, Manitoba. Janis Turk photo.

Northern Lights. Janis Turk photo.

In collaboration with Parks Canada and the creators of the award-winning RAW:almond pop-up restaurant, we at Frontiers North Adventures are so excited to announce RAW:churchill, a unique culinary and adventure experience in Churchill, Manitoba taking place March 10-12, 2016.

Never before has a culinary experience like this been hosted in the Canadian subarctic. At RAW:churchill, our guests will enjoy a world-class meal underneath the northern lights on the exact same spot that the women and men of the Hudson’s Bay Company would have more than 250 years ago, right within the walls of Prince of Wales Fort National Historic Site.

Part of the adventure is for guests to embark upon an official Tundra Buggy® and travel across the frozen Churchill River to Prince of Wales Fort National Historic Site. Once there, protected from weather and wildlife by the fort’s 6.5 meter (21 feet) tall and 11 meter (36 feet) thick stone walls, guests will experience fine cuisine and spirits in a heated transparent-roof ‘pop-up’ restaurant. Post-dinner, guests will complete their adventure with more northern lights viewing from the warmth and comfort of the Tundra Buggy.

Churchill is located directly under the auroral oval and the RAW:churchill structure has been designed purposefully with a transparent roof to take advantage of the opportunity for guests to dine while northern lights dance overhead. Here is a taste of the awe-inspiring Northern Lights as seen in Churchill.

We’ve curated a selection of five RAW:churchill package options for people choose from. We invite you to visit www.raw-churchill.com for details on each package and to book your spot on this exciting new adventure.

The World’s Most Difficult Motor Races

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To most people, scorching deserts or blisteringly cold glaciers are not somewhere to spend a Saturday afternoon. To others, however, the most inhospitable climates the world has to offer mean one thing: a chance for adventure. Since the first cavemen were fashioning hiking boots out of leaves (probably), humankind has been seeking danger and excitement.

For some adrenaline junkies, however, merely visiting some of the world’s most exotic locations isn’t enough. Over the past century, a new form of competition has steadily evolved, spanning all seven continents.

Take the planet’s toughest climates. Add some individuals of questionable sanity into the mix. Throw in some supercharged engines, wave a chequered flag, and you’ve got yourself one of the world’s most extreme motor races. These wild races take place all across the globe, with drivers journeying from all continents to test their vehicles not just against each other, but against the most difficult environments possible. Whether it’s the Gumball 3000, Malaysia’s Rainforest Challenge, or Mexico’s Baja 500, drivers in these races push both their driving abilities and their souped-up vehicles to the limit.

Below, we have a guide from Vertu Lease Cars detailing the world’s most extreme motor races, featuring notoriously dangerous races spanning entire continents, through jungles, frozen tundra, mountains and more.

Stuck in a Boring Routine? Book a Day Room To Find Some “Me” Time

Screen Shot 2016-01-27 at 12.08.33 PMWe all need some valuable time to ourselves, but in today’s fast-paced and busy world, it’s often hard to find that much-needed dose of downtime to kick back and relax. Treating yourself to a mini-vacation or hotel stay might be just the thing you need when it comes to taking some time out of a busy schedule to decompress and enjoy yourself.

Feeling put-off by the idea of booking a day room at a hotel? Don’t fret; services like Hotels By Day are erasing certain stigmas and associations that come along with daily or hourly hotels and motels. You’ll have to think of it in a different way, says Mashable. In actuality, these daytime-only bookings are perfect for travelers looking to nap or shower, or anyone looking for some downtime during a day trip or in-between work and play.

Here are six suggestions for when a day room might be your perfect option:

1. Focus on a Project

Sometimes, a change of scenery is exactly when you need in order to finish a project or get your creative juices flowing. Whether you’re collaborating on a professional project or just need a private space to work on your novel or art for a few hours, booking a hotel room for the day is the perfect way to relax, pamper yourself, and get your work done without responsibility or interruption.

2. Beat the Layover Slump

Ah, the biggest of travel woes: the layover. Stuck in a city for hours and hours until your next flight? Don’t just down your sorrows at the airport bar; make the best of it and book a hotel room for the day. You can easily turn your layover into a bit of an adventure by exploring the locale, getting something to eat, and having access to a private bed and shower.

3. Avoid the Coffee Shop Shuffle

If you’re in the city for the day to attend some spaced-out meetings, interviews, or appointments, finding a place to hang out in between can be tiring. Bouncing from coffee shop to coffee shop in search of free Wi-Fi and a restroom can start to wear you down, especially if you’ve got a lot of personal items to carry along with you, such as a portfolio. Booking a room not only gives you a “home base” while you’re in the city, but also a private place to relax, nap, or freshen up in-between appointments. Plus, it gives you a place to safely store your belongings.

Additionally, you can make a fun day out of what would otherwise seem like a string of duties. Done with your appointments? Take the rest of your booked time to explore the city at your leisure before heading back home.

4. Stop off for some Shopping

Of course, you might also be in the city for the day for something else: shopping or recreation. Again, booking a hotel room for the day gives you (and any friends and family accompanying you) a place to stop off and relax for downtime, to store your belongings, or freshen up. There’s nothing like having a private bathroom or a place to take a nap when you’re out all day far from home. If the thought of traveling for a couple hours to spend the whole day on foot in the city makes you feel exhausted, booking a room for the day is your convenient, comfortable solution. You might even want to throw in a relaxing trip to a spa during your “daycation”, as Allure suggests in their listing of the top New York day spas.

5. Recharge Your Road Trip

Whether you’re traveling across the country or just a bit of distance across the state, you’re going to need to stay in a hotel at some point. The thing is, you might not always need one for an entire night’s stay. Perhaps you’ve been driving since the wee hours of the morning and just need a place to stop off for a few hours before embarking on the final leg of your trip. Or perhaps you find yourself passing through a town that you didn’t originally plan to stop in, but now you’re having the urge to take a break and explore. Add something unexpected to your trip!

6. Get Ready for a Night Out

If you’ve got a big event, party, or special night out after work, the commute home and back might leave you pressed for time—or there might not be time for it at all. Booking a chunk of time during the day at a hotel will give you a place to stop off, freshen up, get changed and ready—without the stress. This can come in handy especially if you’ve got a lengthy commute between your home and your workplace.

The next time you find yourself in one of the above situations, you might want to give a day room a shot. Take some time to yourself to explore and recharge, and discover the benefits of booking yourself a tiny stay for a day.

Hotels-by-Day: Use a Hotel Room for a Few Hours or a Whole Day

The holidays were wrapping up and I was exhausted. It had been two weeks of holiday bustle during the double shifts at work, trying to complete finals at college, and driving to far away family. I wanted a day off that differed from the normal routine. However on a student budget my choices were very limited. Until I found Hotels-By-Day.
How it Works  
Hotels-By-Day is exactly what it sounds like. It is a service where one can book a hotel room for the few hours the rooms are vacant between check-ins.Hotels by DayHotels-By-Day is simple to use. First, one picks the hotel and location where they wish to stay. There are hotels in the program all over the United States, Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom. The company is aiming to be global in the next year.

One can book a location on the website, IOS, or Android Application. There is no charge to book the hotel The website also lets one choose if they are picking a room for a quick day get away or for business purposes.
The hotels listed on the site are rarely under three stars, unless past guests have given excellent reviews and the hotel is independent. Guests will not pay over $150 for the day. Bookings need to be made with a credit card, however the card will not be charged until arriving at the hotel. Cancellation is free up to 24 hours before the stay.
Spas, Pools and More
After the booking is made, guests simply show up to the hotel and make the day their own. Many hotels offer spas, pools, or other daytime activities. Guests can enjoy these amenities without paying the full overnight prices.Hotels-By-Day is often used by travelers with long lay-overs. This gives one a chance to freshen up after a long flight, enjoy the city where one has to spend a few hours during a layover, do some work using hotel wi-fi, and to relax before continuing on with travels.The majority of users, however, are traveling for the day for business. The hotel room allows them to have a place to go in between meetings and to store their personal items for the day. Businesses can also can book conference rooms at hotels with Hotels-By-Day.Read more about Hotels-by-Day on GoNOMAD Travel

AARP Members Can Save on Something They Were Going to Do Anyway: Dine Out!

Denny’s – AARP members save 15 percent off all meals daily

o   Denny’s also has an exclusive menu for guests over 55, featuring an extensive offering of the brand’s most popular breakfast, lunch and dinner entrees, all offered at a competitive price. Fit Flare® options, including egg whites and hearty wheat pancakes, are also available for substitution at no extra cost to meet the nutritional needs of Denny’s  guests 55 and over.

  • sweetFrog – AARP members save 15 percent on all in-store purchases

o   The perfect low-calorie alternative to ice cream, sweetFrog premium frozen yogurt is gluten free, low fat, rich in vitamin B12 and calcium and is probiotic.

  • Bonefish Grill – AARP members 15 percent off all meals daily

o   Fish is one of the best things to eat if you’re trying to stay fit in the new year. Research shows fish is not only a “brain food,” it also is good for your heart and your total-body wellness. Bonefish Grill has several meals that have as little as 220 calories and packed full of proteins and fresh vegetables. We suggest ordering the wood-grill ahi tuna steak (only 250 calories) or the house salad with shrimp (330 calories).

  • Schwan’s Home Service – AARP members save $20 off their first order

o   If dining in is more your thing, but you want the convenience of dining out, Schwan’s Home Service is perfect for you. Schwan’s  LiveSmart meals offer low-calorie, heart healthy meal options for breakfast, lunch, dinner and event dessert  that are delivered directly to your home. They also offer a variety of recipes that can make dining in at home even easier.  Schwan’s is just one example of how AARP offers solutions for those who prefer to stay in, but still want to stay healthy.

  • Silver Cuisine by bistroMD

o   Another great dining in option is Silver Cuisine by bistroMD. This leading national online retailer of home-delivered, chef-prepared meals offers entrees that are designed by physicians specifically for the 50-plus and accommodate low sodium, gluten free, heart healthy and diabetic diets. With 150 entrees to choose from you can select everything from Italian style omelet to penne pasta with three cheese tomato sauce to chicken and white bean chili.