Soaring for a soak
Five years after construction first started, Abu Dhabi's Yas Waterworld is now open. The waterpark is spread over an area the size of 15 football pitches and includes 43 slides.
Dawwama is the world’s biggest tornado slide at 238 meters and whirls around up to six riders through a 20-metre-high funnel. Flow and body-boarders can have their fun on a 3-metre-high wave known as Bubble’s Barrel. Yas Waterworld will be open 10am to 6pm during the winter and from 10am to 8pm during the summer. Visit www.YasWaterWorld.com.
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Officials at Frankfurt airport are putting up 90 new information kiosks to help improve passenger orientation, according to airport operators Fraport. The info kiosks feature barcode scanners, which scan a passenger's boarding ticket and display the quickest way to their gate. There is also updated information about flights, such as changes in the departure times. The machines are operated via touch screens. - DPA
Unbearable lightness of dark
Everything during the Winter Lights Festival in Reykjavik revolves around light and darkness. Illuminations light up the Icelandic night skies while artists will interpret old sagas; zoo visitors will experience what animals see in the dark; and avid readers will need a flashlight for the city’s library. The festival runs from February 7 to 10 and includes readings, exhibitions and tours in galleries, restaurants and museums around the city. Visit www.Vetrarhatid.is.
Laos lures Korean golfers
A big jump in South Korean tourist arrivals in Laos is being attributed to the lure of new golf courses in Luang Prabang, the ancient capital, and in Vientiane. Korean investors have built and now manage several golf courses in the land-locked communist country, where land and water are still abundant and labour is cheap. Golf course fees in Laos are a fraction of what they are in South Korea, where the game is a national passion. An estimated 3 million tourists overall visited Laos last year, up14 per cent year-on-year.
Travel with the 'Guru'
SeatGuru, the ultimate online guide to air travel, reveals several site enhancements that further help flyers find the best seats and flights. The iconic colour-coded airline seat maps have been updated with a fresh look, a more intuitive layout, and additional content such as user submitted photos. Furthermore, travellers can now shop for flights and quickly identify itineraries that offer the best onboard experience with the new "Guru Factor" rating system.
Connected in the car
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts worldwide make a further move on Internet connectivity, with the group offering free Wi-Fi access to guests both at hotels and in limousines. In 2009, Shangri-La was the first international luxury hotel group to provide free Internet access at all its properties, and it continues to be at the forefront of customising technology to keep guests connected, even while they are on the move. In Thailand, there are Shangri-La hotels in Bangkok and Chiang Mai.