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Gliding above the Tyrolean Alps
The Alpine climbing and adventure park Hornpark near St. Johann in Austria is offering a new attraction, the thrill of sailing high above the snow-covered landscape on its Flying Fox zipline. The regional tourism office said the cable-gliding course is 531-meter-long and runs up to 21 meters above ground. The Flying Fox goes over, among other terrain, a frozen alpine lake. Ticket prices range from 13 euros for children to 20 euros for adults ($17-26). The Flying Fox course is open Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 am to 4 pm. (www.hornpark.at)
Spring travel goodies for seniors
The website byecity.com is launching its spring travel products specially designed for older tourists. Overall, this segment of the market tends to demand experienced tourist guides and health care-givers and prefer destinations rich in both natural and cultural landscapes. Taiwan is a hot spot among the silver-haired travelers, according to the agency.
How much would you pay?
Name your price. That's what Delta is telling passengers at airport now, in case a flight is overbooked. The Atlanta airline is asking passengers to enter a bid - of how much they would like to be offered if they were bumped off.
There's no minimum bid; the maximum varies. Passengers can change their minds at the gate if they decide they don't have time to wait for the next flight.
Delta says the move is part of its larger strategy to expand its technology offerings. And the bidding prevents the "crowded and chaotic scene" that often ensues at the gate when a flight is oversold, spokesman Paul Skrbec said.
The airline knows as much as 24 hours ahead if a flight will be overbooked, as passengers begin to check in online. It started offering bids on its website in November.
Delta has been offering the kiosk bids for a little over a month.
Brisbane ready for visitors
After recent floods, Brisbane is back to business. Most attractions, tours and accommodation in Brisbane are operating as usual, including Story Bridge Adventure Climb, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Australia Zoo and Riverlife.
Areas such as the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Fraser Coast, Whitsundays, Far North and North Queensland are all functioning normally.
Airline news and deals
CSA pass options for Australia: China Southern Airlines recently launches the one-ticket pass for three Australian cities in line with the local market demand and passengers' travel patterns.
Passengers with tickets for economy class and above from Guangzhou to Sidney, Melbourne and Brisbane or return could switch the departure or destination among the three cities if needed.
The pass applies to all CSA round trips in China and between Sidney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
New Urumqi-Sanya route: Beijing Capital Airlines launched the flight between Urumqi and Sanya on Jan 14, following the footsteps of Hainan Airlines earlier this month.
The route between the two cities has attracted up to four airline companies so far, including China Southern Airlines and Sichuan Airlines.
Air Asia to kick off connecting service: Air Asia will launch its connecting flight service on Monday, which will save passengers in transit in Kuala Lumpur holding the transfer visa in Malaysia.
The service will cover flights from Thailand, Indonesia, India, Paris, Republic of Korea, Japan and China (in the cities of Tianjin, Hangzhou and Chengdu during the first phase). The checking-in can be completed at the departure city.
The service will also save passengers from having to transfer the luggage between flights.
Air China adds one more round-trip flight: Air China plans to add one more round-trip flight between Tianjin and Hong Kong on Feb 3 and 7, to cope with the Spring Festival demand. Flight CA191 will take off at 9am from Tianjin and arrive in Hong Kong at 12:25pm.
The return flight CA192 will take off at 1:25pm in Hong Kong and arrive in Tianjin at 4:35pm.
China Daily - Associated Press - Deutsche Press Agentur
(China Daily 01/23/2011 page16)