Dubai Tour Packages – Get Best Deals and Enjoy an Abu Dhabi Tour With Family

Dubai is an exciting place, an ultimate tourist destination that one must visit in their lifetime. It is also a major stopping off destination for long haul flights that gives an opportunity to experience the best of Dubai even if it is for a short period. Dubai has many interesting places to visit and also offers exciting experiences. To experience the best of Dubai, choose a tour operator who can provide you with good Dubai tour packages that combines adventure, sightseeing, shopping and entertainment.

Best of Dubai Tour Packages:

No matter how many times you travel to Dubai, you will always want to go back to the city. It is one of the most sought after tourist destinations, purely because of the host of experiences this city has to offer. Kids and adults are sure to enjoy this place that has unique experience to offer to every age group. There are different types of Dubai tour packages that reputed travel agents offer, these packages include:

• Air tickets
• Accommodation with breakfast at luxury hotels
• Sightseeing
• Pick up and drop off facilities

Abu Dhabi Tour Package:

Your Dubai trip is incomplete without a visit to Abu Dhabi, a great place to unwind by the beach or just enjoy a day out at the famous Ferrari world amusement park. Abu Dubai is well connected by road and is just few hours’ drive from Dubai. Your Abu Dhabi tour package will include a visit to the palace, a day out at the Ferrari world and a visit to the famous formula one circuit. There are also some beautiful mosques that boast of great architecture and are worth seeing. The best thing about your Abu Dhabi tour is you can cycle along the beach on exclusive and safe cycling lanes. It truly makes for a great experience. To make the most of your tour, you should ideally choose to stay overnight at Abu Dhabi and return to Dubai the next day.

Ferrari World at Abu Dhabi:

Ferrari world is a Ferrari themed amusement park in Abu Dhabi and is spread over an area of 200,000 square meters. It is the largest indoor amusement park in the world and offers exciting entertainment for all age groups. The main attraction here is the world’s largest roller coaster named Ferrari Rossa. There are also over 20 unique rides and simulator games for kids and adults. There is also a Ferrari museum that showcases different types of Ferrari cars and stores with Ferrari merchandise. Italian cuisine is widely available at the park along with a variety of other mouthwatering delicacies. It is a place that you shouldn’t miss for anything. Therefore, when booking your Dubai tour packages, make sure that your tour operator includes a one day trip to this world class amusement park in Abu Dhabi.


Internet Marketing For Travel Professionals – A Complete Guide

The impact of the internet on human life is visible at every turn. More people turn to the internet each day seeking answers to a host of questions related to every known subject in the book. In this article on internet marketing for travel professionals the central aim is to show readers the importance of becoming techno-savvy and using internet marketing to reach your target audience.

Internet marketing is a huge field and knowing where to begin can be quite an uphill task. To help you get started you need to become aware of the questions requiring answers before we proceed any further with this article.

– Have you got an ever increasing client database with email addresses of clients? Do you constantly update, weed out deadwood and add new names to the database?

– Do you actively use lead generation techniques to help develop the database?

– Are you in the habit of passing on to clients without delay the many travel deals you receive on a daily basis?

– Are you spreading the word on travel deals among family and friends as well? Word of mouth is still one of the most powerful mediums of advertising.

– Are you in the habit of posting the best travel deals and vacation packages on offer on free ‘travel only’ classified sites?

– Does your website follow the design guidelines to attract and hold a customer’s attention?

– Do you use linkbacks and other methods to optimize search engine optimization?

– Do you make it a practice to constantly make price comparisons with the competition to see which deals on offer are the best?

– Do you have an easy to read and navigate site filled with the kind of information that attracts readers who may be potential customers?

What travel agents need to bear in mind is that when a customer is doing an internet search for online travel deals, they usually compare up to a maximum of the top 5 deals to get the best prices. This stems from the constant rush we are in to cram an unbelievable amount of things into a limited time period. In other words make sure your site is search engine optimized to feature constantly in the top 5 search results. In this way customers are sure to click on the link to your site.

Internet marketing is not only about bringing visitors to your site; it is taking them to the next level as well. Once a potential customer lands on your site, you need to ask yourself what happens next. Make sure your site is very easy to navigate, people are impatient and always in a rush. KISS is the acronym for keep it simple, it is one of the best policies you can ever adopt when planning your internet marketing strategies.

To close out this article – one of the top techniques for internet marketing for travel professionals is the use of Video; it is a very powerful medium and one that is becoming more popular as one of the top rated.Research has shown that people prefer to watch a video rather than read text. This method is ideally suited to the travel industry as well.


Road Trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina – Banner Elk and Grandfather Mountain

One hot, sweltering day last summer in the flat lands of North Carolina, me and my biker buddy thought it was about time to plan for a weekend road trip. Not wanting to spend too much time getting there, but definitely wanting a change of scenery and to escape the stifling summer heat, we decided to check out the Grandfather Mountain area in the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains, just about an hour and half drive from home in Mooresville N.C.

That Friday we took off work two hours early, packed our saddlebags and hopped on our hogs heading up 77 to I 40, destination Banner Elk, North Carolina. We turned off the Interstate in the foothills at Morganton, and after some cruising through the small Mayberry like town, soon found ourselves leaning into the curves, past Table Rock and numerous mountain vistas, the summer heat already melting away. Occasionally getting trapped behind a local, never in a hurry to get anywhere, we soon encountered a passing lane and sped on our way.

We got on 105 in Linville and we knew we were almost there. Cruising the next 7 miles in the shadow of Grandfather Mountain, we arrived at the stone buildings of Tynecastle, turned left heading down the valley past Sugar Mountain and into the town of Banner Elk. We had made reservations at the Banner Elk Inn Bed & Breakfast, so we turned right at the only stoplight and were soon checking in.

Being the cocktail hour, we stretched our legs with a nice cool walk into town and visited some local bistros, then crossed the street and headed to Stonewalls were we enjoyed an excellent steak dinner.

Saturday was to be a day to cruise the area. After a hearty breakfast at the Inn, we saddled up and headed back to Linville Falls, were we caught up with the Blue Ridge Parkway. Heading north towards Blowing Rock, the Blue Ridge Parkway is chocked full of winding roads and beautiful mountain views, one of the best ways to tour the mountains of North Carolina.

Shortly after hitting the Parkway we came upon the Linn Cove Viaduct. An engineering marvel, the viaduct is an elevated bridge that wraps around Grandfather Mountain for some eight miles, and has some of the best mountain views on the Parkway. Designed to blend in, the bridge is a fine example of Mother Nature and the man made coexisting. We stopped to take a hike on the trail that goes underneath the Linn Cove Viaduct to get a better view of some truly impressive architecture.

Julian Price Park was the next stop on the Parkway, with a primitive campground and a beautiful lake that offers some excellent trout fishing. The park covers over 4000 acres and has 25 miles of hiking trails. An amphitheater, picnic grounds, and canoe rentals make Julian Price an excellent place to spend the day. We spent a couple of hours, then moved on towards Blowing Rock.

We exited the Blue Ridge Parkway at the Moses Cone Memorial Park, checked out the Crafts Center, and moved on to Blowing Rock for lunch. On the way back, we took the road to Boone, home of Appalachian State University, and turned up 105 back to Banner Elk.

Back at the Inn, there was plenty of daylight left so we took a little break, hopped back on our bikes and headed up the mountain to Valle Crucis. A really fun narrow winding mountain road with one really mean switchback at the top, the ride down the mountain had some great mountain views as we passed farm houses, retreats, horse farms, and some quant little bed and breakfasts tucked away in there own mountain nooks.

Valle Crucis is a very rural community, its hub being the Mast General Store were we stopped for a look see. The Mast family has a large presence here with two stores and the Mast Inn, one of the best of the many Bed and Breakfast Inns in the area. This is where you come when you really want to get away from it all. A mountain retreat with 2 quality horse farms for those who like to ride the live things.

On the way back to Banner Elk via 105, we were having so much fun on these tight little roads that we decided to head on up to Seven Devils, a vacation resort area with the Hawksnest Ski Resort and Golf Coarse at the top of the mountain.

After a full day of riding, back in Banner Elk we headed to happy hour at the Bayou Smokehouse and Grill and stayed all night, scarfing down brewskis, Texas style Bar-B-Que, and some great Louisiana Cajun Cuisine.

Sunday was the day to conquer the big daddy of them all, Grandfather Mountain. Having been on the road all day Saturday, today we were going to do some serious hiking.

With the tallest peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Grandfather Mountain sits on the eastern continental divide and is host to the annual gathering of Scottish clans, and the Highland Games. We passed McRae Meadows and paid the $14 per person to enter the privately owned mountain. We parked briefly at the nature museum and took a quick tour of the wildlife habitat, which features animals native to the region on display in their natural habitat.

As we headed up to the mile high swinging bridge, we could see the clouds racing through the gaps between the peaks. It was a cool, foggy overcast type of day as it so often is in the mountains of North Carolina, and visibility was patchy at best. But we were here for a hike, and hiking is what we did.

We started the trek towards Calloway Peak, and being in the middle of the summer, we had plenty of company. The well marked trail led us through some easy to difficult terrain with ropes and wooden ladders to aid us in climbing the rock faces, and several open vistas where we could recognize Mt. Mitchell on the horizon, and the Sugar Top condos at Sugar Mountain as we viewed the cloud cover below us.

We never made it to the very top of Calloway Peak, the higher you go the harder it gets, but we did wind up getting a good workout, and the hike down was just about as hard as going up. We got back to the swinging bridge parking lot, caught our breath, then mounted our bikes for the trip back home. It was good to have the vibration of the road under us again, and by the time we left the foothills of Morganton, the cool mountain breezes were already becoming a fond memory.

Whether by motorcycle, car, or truck, a road trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina is a great way to beat the heat. The area surrounding Banner Elk and Grandfather Mountain is peppered with vacation homes of people from all over the south east, a large proportion escaping the hot, humid summers of Florida.

Outdoor activities abound all year round with skiing and snowboarding in the winter, and hiking, fishing, kayaking, white water rafting, tennis and golf, camping, or just plain cruising the roads in the spring, summer and fall.

Whatever your pleasure, Banner Elk and Grandfather Mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a great destination for the great American road trip.