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Here are the Best Desert Safari Deals you can Have

Unending sand dunes extending to the horizon is surely a visionary treat that no one wants to miss. It is the experience of traversing the toughest of terrains in adverse weather conditions that seem to lure in the tourists from every corner of the globe.

Best Desert Safari Deals

Putting Up a Safari Trip:

Individuals going out on their own for a safari trip are likely to face a number of problematic situations. It is to ease such situations has come upon the various online sites that offer some of the best desert safari deals. However, there are a number of essentiality’s that must be clarified upon by the interested before venturing any further with a trip. These are;

  • The type of camp and group size features first on the list. Camp sizes on a desert safari can be varied and so will be the budget. It is thus required to know in detail about the camp that is going to be setup.
  • For people who feel apprehensive amongst large groups might not be at ease with the huge private camps that some safari companies have.
  • Small private camps, on the other hand, are more compact and reasonable with good service. Studies suggest the smaller camps are much more of a preferred option for couples, well-travelled guests, and families.
  • The ones who are on the lookout for some more exclusive experience can opt for the private set-up. The pricey camp set up has a staff to guest ratio of 3 or 4 to 1. Every need of the guests is attended including some out of the box themes like a dinner held at the dunes.

So What Is Labelled as Some of the Best Desert Safari Deals?

If we are to look into the general way most people take to before venturing out on a desert trip, it will be an extensive research work. And the ones who do get to avail some great safari trips out of the companies they selected go on to rate them by citing an in-depth analysis like;

  • The tour guide is the one who acts like an engine directing and educating the tourists on the tour they are to embark on. The set of instructions is all relayed verbally with enough cordial behavior. You might be also interested in checking out Burj khalifa from the top of the building.
  • Snacks and drinks with entertainments like camel rides and belly dancers during a desert safari come next to be counted upon. Most of the entertainment costs are all included in the price.
  • The vehicles used are all the top of the line 4*4 vehicles that can very well negotiate some of the toughest terrains. The newer the vehicles, the better are the chance of pulling out of treacherous sand dunes with minimal difficulty.
  • Online booking options or email connectivity go a great deal in the favor of safari companies as this helps interested tourists to get pick-up and drop facility during a trip.
  • Voucher use is encouraged by most desert safari travelers to many of the newer tourists. This helps in saving money a great deal. The vouchers can very well be purchased online too. The package regarding the vouchers is various and at variable rates.

More on the Table:

There seem to be no limitations when it comes to some of the best desert safari deals. A person who is on a desert trip and wants to celebrate his or her birthday with the family or group of friends is now a possibility with the inclusion of desert surprise party. This is indeed a lifetime’s worth of experience for the traveler to cut a cake and celebrate his or her birthday at the very heart of a desert.

How about a BBQ dinner spread with enough veg and non-veg dishes at the middle of the desert? The desert safari deals offer such provisions too. Enjoying food and drinks amidst some of unique backdrops and settings brings out the liveliness of a desert trip for many.…

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Overshooting a Runway Wrongly Perceived as Pilot Problem: Expert

MONTREAL – Despite new technologies and data available on runway accidents – the leading cause of aviation deaths – runway excursions have remained stable since at least 1995, James Burin said Wednesday.

The director of technical programs for Alexandria, Va.-based Flight Safety Foundation told the 2nd annual International Winter Operations conference hosted by the Air Canada Pilots Association that of the 1,508 aviation accidents between 1995 and 2009, 442, or nearly a third, were runway excursions. Only 10 were runway incursions.

An excursion is overshooting a runway, either on takeoff or landing, while an incursion is usually an unauthorized object – generally another aircraft – on a runway.

Formed in 1947, the not-for-profit foundation conducts studies on various aspects of aviation safety.

Burin, who led a study on runway excursions, said they are wrongly perceived by most as a pilot problem.

They’re not, he told the conference entitled Safety Is No Secret.

“They involve aircrews, airline management, air traffic control and regulators – they all play a role,” said the former U.S. Navy pilot who was a wing commander during the first Gulf War.

The reasons for the great disparity between incursions and excursions, Burin said, is the relative ease of preventing aircraft from bumping into each other – at low speeds.

Excursions usually involve high speeds, weather issues and human judgment.

One of the major obstacles hampering efforts to lower the incidence of these crashes, said Burin, is there is no single accepted standard measuring the conditions of runways.

The other “mystery,” said Burin, is the reluctance of pilots and air traffic to do more go-rounds in dodgy situations – to scrap a landing approach, go around the runway and try again.

“Why they don’t is really the question,” Burin said. “But it’s partly psychology, partly procedure – what’s considered safe.”

Most of the time, they are proven right, he noted – they land safely. And the 442 excursions resulted in 812 fatalities, statistically not excessive over 15 years.

Montreal’s International Civil Aviation Organization has isolated runway incidents as a major problem and has advocated one universal system to describe runway conditions.

Nancy Graham, director of ICAO’s air navigation bureau, told The Gazette in May that the rate of accidents is stable, but “that’s why we have a problem. As our traffic grows, we can expect these runway related accidents to grow as well, unless we act now.”

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Runway accidents are “the No. 1 killer in commercial aviation today,” she said.

Technologies are available that would curb their frequency, Burin said, including one that can read aircraft wheels when braking, translate that info into runway conditions and relay it to the world in real time.

He could not say why it hasn’t been adopted.

Another was developed by Airbus and tells pilots if they should do a go-round to land safely.

Airbus has offered the system to anyone willing to use it.

Denis Gordon, director of standards and procedures for AéroMag, a Ville St. Laurent firm that handles aircraft de-icing at airports in Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa and Cleveland, among others, said that removing ice from a plane’s wings and fuselage was done with warm water until a 1989 accident in Dryden, Ont., that killed 28 people aboard a Fokker jet.

“Three years later, there was a nearly identical accident, except that this time, they waited too long between de-icing and takeoff.”

That gave birth to de-icing practices that are now standard at most of the world’s airports, Gordon said.…

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Montenegro Tourism up 5.3%, Albania Passes 3 Million Visitors

Montenegro has a Stunning Coast, More impressive statistics emerge from the Balkans, where Montenegro reports a strong August performance in the wake of Albania welcoming 3 million visitors.

Countries in the Balkan region continue to post impressive tourism statistics, with Montenegro the latest to report an increase, according to a report on business web-portal Balkans.com on September 30, 2011.

Montenegrin Tourism up 5.3% in August, 7.2% Overall in 2011

According to the report, the tiny former Yugoslav republic with a population of 620,000 recorded 455,185 arrivals in August, an increase of 5.3% on the corresponding period the previous year. Overnight stays were up 12.2% at 3,556,078 nights. The statistics reflect an improved trend throughout the year, which has seen a 7.3% increase in arrivals in the first eight months of 2011 (1,102,639 in all). A small decrease in domestic tourists (2.4%) was outweighed by a strong foreign increase (11.1%).

The report gives an interesting breakdown into the origins of the tourists, with the two largest visitors from Serbia (27.9%) and Russia (20.3%). Bosnia and Herzegovina was next (7.6%), followed by neighbouring Kosovo (3.4%).

The Ministry of Tourism said yearly wage from tourism had tripled in the course of recent years, which it called a superb outcome for the nation.

“Montenegro is happy with what has been accomplished. Income tourism in the course of the most recent year was higher than in 2013,” it noted.

Concerning the structure of overnight remains of outside voyagers, most originated from the customarily inviting countries of Russia and Serbia. Guests from those two nations made up 60 for each penny of aggregate overnight remains.

Most voyagers went by the water-front range over the mid year months. Montenegro’s less touristy northern and focal areas were gone by just around 2 for each penny of enrolled sightseers.

Montenegro Most Popular with Serbians and Russians

Until recently joined to Serbia as a unified country, Serbia and Montenegro, the popularity of Montenegro’s coast to Serbs can be explained by traditional ties, common language, ease or access and a common Orthodox religion, while the strong Russian interest reflects the massive financial investment made in Montenegro in recent years before the global crisis, as well as a picturesque Orthodox resort country on the Adriatic with no visa complications for Russian visitors.

Crossing the Border from Montenegro to Albania Albania Tourism More Popular Than Montenegro, Says Google Search Croatian Tourism Enjoys a Bumper June: Up 20% on Previous Year While Montenegro’s tourism is best known for its stunning coastal walled towns and resorts, such as Budva, Kotor and Sveti Stefan, it also has an emerging adventure tourism offer inland in the mountains. It is perhaps therefore somewhat surprising that tourist overnight stays were so overwhelmingly coastal (98.8%), as opposed to 0.7% in the mountain areas, and just 0.2% in the capital, Podgorica.

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Albania Passes 3,000,000 Arrivals in 2011

The encouraging statistics were released soon after its southern neighbor, Albania – a rising star of Balkan tourism, with its 350km of virtually untouched sandy coastline – posted even more impressive numbers in the year it had been tipped as Lonely Planet’s Top Destination. In a press conference on September 1, Minister of Tourism Aldo Bumci announced that more than 3,000,000 tourists had visited the country in the first eight months of 2011.

In a press conference, the minister elaborated on this figure, stating that 2,120,000 had been foreign visitors, while some 870,000 were Albanians living abroad. In addition to the Lonely Planet factor, Bumci attributed the 16% annual increase on improved infrastructure and quality of service.…

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