Fly cheap to Australia with Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia_airlines_b747-400Tourism Australia (TA) along with Destination New South Wales (DNSW) have collaborated with Malaysia Airlines on a promotion campaign featuring attractive airfares to Australia. As part of the campaign, Malaysia Airlines is offering fares to Australia starting from INR 44,999 from Bangalore and Chennai; INR 46,999 from Mumbai and Hyderabad and INR 51,999 from Delhi. The promotional fares are on sale effective immediately till 31 October 2013 for a travel period valid upto 30 April 2014.

Leisure travel to Australia has been on an upswing in recent months with a consistent increase in the number of Indian travelers. There were 10,900 visitors from India during July 2013, bringing the total for the seven months to July to 95,900, an increase of 6.3 per cent relative to the same period previous year. The leisure arrivals during this period increased by 15 per cent.

Nishant Kashikar, Country Manager, Tourism Australia, said, “The offer by Malaysia Airlines provides immense value for travelers and will definitely provide a boost to leisure travel from India during the upcoming holiday and wedding(honeymoon) season. Malaysia Airlines offer excellent connections to Australia and are a key partner for us. We  look forward to continuing this association pursuing the common objective of strengthening visitor traffic on the India – Australia route through joint promotion activities.”

A litter of five male white lion cubs, thought to be the first in the world to be bred in a zoo, relaxes at Mogo Zoo south of Sydney. Photo: AFP
A litter of five male white lion cubs, thought to be the first in the world to be bred in a zoo, relaxes at Mogo Zoo south of Sydney. Photo: AFP

Malaysia Airlines offers seamless connection to key Australian gateway cities including Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney from six Indian cities. In addition to the competitive fares on offer, a favourable feature for travelers on Malaysia Airlines is the baggage allowance of 40 kgs in Business Class and 30 kgs in Economy Class.In-flight, Malaysia Airlines offers the most advanced and state-of-the-art facilities to its customers that include on-board entertainment at each seat with access to both international as well as North and South Indian audio/video programs apart from Interactive services like SMS, LIVE news updates.

Commenting on the co-op campaign, Mr. Azahar Hamid, Regional Sales Vice President – South Asia & Middle East, Malaysia Airlines said, “It is our pleasure to be a part of this campaign. India has always been a major source market for us and Malaysia Airlines keeps introducing new promotional fares and value added service particularly for Indian market, be it new Indian menu or on board entertainment or increased baggage allowance . We provide seamless connections from six Indian cities to Australia via Kuala Lumpur.”

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United to tackle global wildlife crisis

tiger-roger-hooper-wwfThe Duke of Cambridge has brought together an unprecedented collaboration between seven of the world’s most influential conservation organizations and the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

The partnership, named “United for Wildlife”, is a long-term commitment to tackle the global challenges to the world’s natural resources so they can be safeguarded for future generations. The Duke of Cambridge will be President of the collaboration.

The seven organizations include TRAFFIC’s alliance partners, WWF-UK and IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, together with Conservation International; Fauna & Flora International; The Nature Conservancy; Wildlife Conservation Society; and the Zoological Society of London.

The first action of the collaboration has been to commission research by wildlife trade specialists TRAFFIC on the impact of the illegal wildlife trade on elephant, rhino, big cats and pangolin populations. The research will identify the most effective solutions, creating a clear evidence base for the grantmaking programme to follow.

The collaboration has also commissioned a mapping exercise to understand what resources and support are available to young conservationists around the world, what is missing and how best to fill these gaps.

In a statement issued by Kensington Palace, His Royal Highness, The Duke of Cambridge, said: “The threats to our natural heritage are extensive, but I believe that this collaboration of the best minds in conservation will provide the impetus for a renewed commitment and action to protect endangered species and habitats for future generations.

“At the root of the illegal wildlife trade, for example, is the demand for products that require the deaths of tens of thousands of these animals every year, pushing them further towards extinction. We must work together to prevent this catastrophe and allow our children the opportunity to experience wildlife in its many beautiful and varied forms

Maldives- Beauty Unlimited

In the third part of the series on Maldives, here are some beautiful shots of Maldivian sea and islands. This beauty seems to unending.