Columbias Best Holiday Lights Displays

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Celebrate the holiday season in Columbia, South Carolina by enjoying some of the best light displays in the state. Attend Lights Before Christmas at the zoo, Holiday Lights on the River at Saluda Shoals Park, or Harborside Lights at Lake Carolina. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the seasonal activities.

Lights Before Christmas is one of the signature events at Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens. The zoo grounds sparkle with nearly one million lights and animated holiday displays from November 17-December 30. Enjoy the holiday music and warm up around the Jingle Bell Bonfire. Hot chocolate, marshmallows, and other treats are available for purchase. Children may visit with Santa. The event runs from 6-9 pm nightly, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas. Advanced tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for ages 3-12. Prices are $2 more after 5pm at the gate. Riverbanks Zoo is located at 500 Wildlife Parkway, off I-26 at Greystone Blvd.

Holiday Lights on the River is the largest drive through Christmas lights display in the midlands region. Located at Saluda Shoals Park, the light show runs November 21-December 31 from 6-10pm. The two mile driving loop features more than a million dazzling lights and over 400 animated lights displays. Visitors will see a Victorian Village, Old Man Winter, and the 12 Days of Christmas. The Dazzling Dancing Forest comes alive with dancing, lighted trees synchronized to holiday music. Park the car and walk along the Wetland Wonderland Walking Trail or take the Red-Nose Express Hayride for $1. Enjoy the thrilling Winter Wonder Ride on weekends, or nightly from December 14-23. Riders tube downhill on a 125 foot course through a series of lighted arches. This ride is fun for the whole family. Tickets are $2 per slide and tubes are provided. Visit on Nights of Wonder, December 14-23, for 10 nights of special family activities. Make holiday crafts, visit Santa and the gift shop, purchase refreshments, and roast marshmallows. Ride the Saluda Shoals Choo-Choo for $2 per person. Admission to Holiday Lights on the River is $10 per car and $20 for 15-passenger vans. The park is located at 5605 Bush River Road.

The residential community of Lake Carolina hosts their annual Harborside Lights on December 7 from 6-9pm. Visitors may drive through Lake Carolinas beautifully decorated neighborhoods and enjoy thousands of lights and luminaries at the Village Green and Town Center. The family celebration includes musical entertainment, visits with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides, and holiday treats. The activities also include the Harborside Lights 5K and Fun Run. The Lake Carolina community is located northeast of Columbia at 100 Lake Carolina Blvd. The event is free and open to the public.

Corporate Holiday Gifts – Sometimes A Small Token Goes A Long Way

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Corporate holiday gifts are usually gifts that the employer gives to employees and clients to show appreciation for the contribution to the business.

Cash tops the list for for employees, while trips are another great gift idea. A short weekend getaway to an area spa is a real nice to say thank you at the holidays.

No one wants a wreath either, a corporate holiday gifts list should not include any plant life or any use to be a plant gift either. Another bad idea is anything with the corporate logo blazoned across it. Employees do not need another pen with the company name on it. Food baskets are not the worst of the worst as presents to employees but food baskets should be sent to clients, and not given to employees that have helped to build the business throughout the year.

There have been some record breaking corporate gifts recorded over the years. There have been some gifts that were new cars, new homes, and all inclusive vacations to exotic locations. Large amounts of cash also made to the top recorded presents to employees.

Corporate holiday gifts are not only a show of holiday spirit but are also a nod to appreciation for a job well done. They should be well thought out or come in the form of a one size fits all cash gift. It really is the thought that counts and if there is no thought than it does not count.

If your employees have served you well throughout the year, you should reward them for it. Don’t give them anything insulting, like a simple wreath or pen with your company’s logo on it. Instead, give them a nice cash bonus or treat them to a vacation so they can come back to work well rested. If they have kids, consider getting them gifts in addition to your employee as well, to show that you pay attention to their family life.

Online ticketing for event promotion

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Online ticketing is valuable because it offers ease of use for attendees and event organizers for booking hassles reduce your workload, speedup timelines increase your attendee numbers and enhance attendee satisfaction by launching your ticketing process online.

If your organization sells tickets to events throughout the year, whether it is a theatre, concert Hall, sporting association or school or college, no longer do you need to use the services of a centralized event booking organization which sells tickets on behalf of many different group and location.

Most of the ticket registration websites deal with live entertainment events, concerts, shows, etc., where the tickets are generally exhausted at the official seller end. But now availing these tickets has become quite easy and simple for you can buy tickets online without venturing out of your home or office as the case may be.

Today, things are very different in the online ticketing world and the competition is tremendous. Today, you don’t have to make a phone call to book tickets. You just have to surf the net, visit the websites that sell tickets and book them online in just a few clicks of the mouse.

Online ticketing is time-consuming especially if there is a deadline to event promotion. An event organizer can also use up most of his or her energy by falling in line in a printing shop to order for ticket prints. With this issue, business clients will have to look for a solution to be able to produce tickets easily.

With the convenience that online ticket printing can provide, business clients will be able to save time and energy in producing event tickets. There will be more time for these organizers to do other tasks related to a certain event, while ordering ticket prints online.

The best part about online ticketing is that it is easily accessible and convenient for both buyers and seller. Where online ticketing really helps promoters is for shows with an audience capacity of those tickets will be sold for sure.

The best online tickets can be yours if you know where to look for them. You do not have to leave your home to have good tickets to your favorite show and you may begin to purchase your tickets online and this can save your precious time and energy.

Online ticketing boom has created a major market where the top players in the industry As the battle to influence every prospective customer to purchase tickets from them continues, the promoters or organizers are relaxed because they know the benefits of selling tickets online.

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Travel agents offer holiday deals

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Many travel firms have kept tour prices unchanged while others are offering big discounts of 30-35 per cent for the upcoming National Holiday early next month (September 2).

The Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper reported on Monday that the The He Tre Tourism Co, in collaboration with Vietnam Airlines, will offer two tours of the northeastern region at unchanged prices despite it being a holiday, when prices normally rise significantly.

Those who take the tours will be able to enjoy several attractions including the Dong Van Stone Plateau, Lung Cu Flag Pole, Ma Pi Leng Pass, Ba Be Lake, Nguom Ngao Cave and Ban Gioc Waterfall.

The tours, lasting six or seven days starting from August 30, cost VND9.8 million (US$470) and VND11.4 million ($540), respectively. This would be up to 35 per cent lower than current market prices, the company said.

For the National Day holiday, Fiditour is offering tours from HCM City to favoured destinations like Phu Quoc and Con Dao islands with discounts of up to 30 per cent.

A three-day all-inclusive tour price for Phu Quoc will be reduced by VND1.57 million ($75) to VND5.19 million ($250) per visitor, while that for Con Dao will drop by VND300,000 ($14) to VND6.46 million ($310).

Doan Thi Thanh Tra, marketing and communication director of the Saigontourist Travel Service Co, said that in keeping with the policy to promote domestic tourism, the company had guaranteed that it would not only refrain from increasing tour prices on this occasion, but also offer many cost-saving tours.

Tourists from HCM City can choose tours to Buon Ma Thuot, Ha Noi, Hai Phong, Sapa, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Da Lat, or Phan Thiet with prices ranging from VND2.5-6.5 million ($120-310).

Besides, there are longer tours to the northern, central and western regions priced from VND5 million ($240) onwards, departing from HCM City on September 1 and 2.

Since this year’s National Day holiday falls on Monday, most visitors tend to choose short tours of 3-4 days.

On the occasion of the National Day, Saigontourist would launch its river tours, Tra said.

Recommended tours include a half-day tour to Cu Chi Tunnel, Long Phuoc Garden and Binh Quoi Tourist Village; and a full-day tour to Can Gio and Long An. The tours cost VND294,000-2.23 million ($14-106) per person.

Ton That Hoa, general secretary of the HCM City Tourism Association (HTA), said that the association would sign this week a domestic tourism stimulus programme with Vietjet Air.

The agreement would be a win-win situation for everyone, Hoa said, adding: “Travel firms will have more opportunities to exploit cheap air tickets to sell tours and consumers will have the opportunity to buy cheap travel tours.”

Kingfisher Airlines Tops E-ticketing Race

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Kingfisher Airlines sells all of its tickets via the Internet, Air-India sells a paltry 7 percent of its tickets through the Web, according to the International Air Transport Association. Indian Airlines is, however far advanced of Air India and sells 64 per cent of its tickets through the Internet. Among the clandestine carriers, Kingfisher has accomplished 100 per cent e-ticketing, while Jet Airways sells 84 per cent of its tickets through the Internet. Cumulative amount for airlines in India is 78 per cent. The IATA, which has added than 270 associates in 140 countries, aims to accomplish every affiliate about-face to 100 per cent e-ticketing by May next year as allotment of its simplifying the business programme.

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Fall In Love With Lakshadweep Islands

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Whenever there comes a thought of a tour, beaches are all time favourite. There is nothing concrete like forts, palaces and museums but open space overwhelms everyone. It is a paradise on land giving mankind an opportunity to sit in the lap of nature. Just think how do you feel when you see no buildings but a large expanse of area covered with blue water. There is calmness and happiness in the surrounding air. South India tours can help you visit this paradise.

Get Into Doorway of Lakshadweep

Agatti Islands is the entry gate to Lakshadweep Islands and it is not something to skip and HTO Tour Operator India assure that beforehand. The moment you reach Agatti Aerodrome (AGX) Airport (the only airport of Lakshadweep islands); you will be received by the coordinators of HTO India group who will take care of your needs. Only Kingfisher Airlines and Indian Airlines take care of Agatti Aerodrome. Flights are available between Cochin and Agatti Island.

Although Agatti is a small island but there are many eye popping spectacles to catch. If you have not considered South India Tours, you have missed lots of breath taking spectacles!!! Lakshadweep has temperature ranging from 35c to 22c in summers and 32c to 20c in winters. Do make sure that you pack your bags accordingly.

Why and How to Go There

Lakshadweep tour package take you to Agatti and Bangaram Islands which are parts of beautiful Lakshadweep Islands, the smallest union territory of India. The term Lakshadweep means thousand hundred islands. You can either reach there by sea route or by air. The former route takes a complete day whereas the latter route takes only seventy five minutes from Cochin!

It is a dream coming alive when you are sitting under blue sky watching coral reefs, shiny beaches, blossoming green coconut palms and turquoise blue lagoons. You would never like to leave that place and go back to polluted and fast paced city life. In todays time, no one has time even to read newspaper, forget about sitting close to nature. This serene environment will make you feel garb time in your hands and not let it go. The sublime and profundity resides here!

The tour package includes a stay in Agatti Island Beach Resort which has special arrangements for its visitors. You can opt between indoor or outdoor dining. If you choose latter, it is much more enjoyable to dine in the lap of nature.

You can even pamper yourself with various water sports like lagoon fishing, deep sea fishing, speed boating, wind surfing, kayaking, water scooter ride, snorkelling, banana boating and many others. You can even learn scuba diving and have a fun ride inside the sea and explore the mystery world of fishes and turtles.

Get ready to fly with the waves and stay neither completely on land nor in air…keep swinging and keep smiling.

lan Vacations Announces June Specials

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With the month of June upon us, many are looking to finally head for a bit of fun and what better place than the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The sun is out the surf is up and there are few places with as many wild free beaches as we have here at the Outer Banks. It is a great time to plan for family reunions, weekend getaways and just some old fashion holiday loafing on the beach or by the pool. While many may want to wait for the full brunt of summer in July, lan Outer Banks vacation rentals is proud to announce their special rates for those smart enough to book early for a June vacation.

June Specials Have Plenty of Amenities

This means that for those who want to make an early break for summer holiday fun, an Outer Banks vacation rentals home may be even more affordable. Among many of the fine vacation rentals that lan has to offer they are giving early holiday renters an extra incentive to book in June by reducing the rental rates on all open weeks. These reductions can be anywhere from 5-10% off the regular rates on a wide assortment of outer banks vacation rental homes. The rentals range from 2bedroom cottages to spacious 8 bedroom group homes and the majority of them have pools. If you are looking for a view, many of the vacation rentals specials have either an oceanfront view or a bay view.
Of course all the Outer Banks vacation rentals include the lan Vacations touches like free linens and towels, repeat rental rewards and of course our standard free home cleaning before you arrive and after you leave. Many of our rental homes allow dogs so be sure and check to see if the home you want is a pet friendly home before making the reservation. And remember, with lan Vacations you can check in as early as 1PM at the only off-island check-in office for vacation rentals.

Limited Time Offer

But like so many good things that summer brings, these June Outer Banks vacation rentals specials wont last long, so you might want to book your holiday getaway now. All rental specials are on a first-come first-serve basis and not every vacation rentals property is listed as part of this June holiday special. For a complete listing of what is available and to discover the many extras that the lan Vacations rentals have to offer, be sure to check the June Specials vacation rentals listing on their website.