The Best Way to See Orlando

Orlando, Florida is a city with a lot to offer, and when searching for vacation hotspots with something for everyone, fewer cities can compare. From Disney World to world class golf courses, shopping, nightlife and everything in between, Orlando is indeed a vacation paradise.

Choosing Orlando, Florida, as a vacation destination is easy, but how can one get the best deal that will allow them to see the sights and enjoy the experiences they desire at the best possible price?

Orlando, Florida, is one of the few vacation destinations that offers almost unlimited package options that can be customized to meet the needs of the individual or group. While package deals to other destinations usually involve substantial savings with limited choices, Orlando can be enjoyed at a discount without having to compromise.

Travel agencies who specialize in Orlando, Florida, getaways can help vacationers find a package that suits their tastes and without breaking the bank. Still, some packages may be the most suitable yet not include the full menu of activities that are available in Orlando, “The Vacation Capital of the World.”

The way to book a satisfying trip to Orlando Florida is by finding a package deal that comes closest to offering all the activities you want and then taking advantage of add-ons to complete the experience.

Add-ons are usually sold as excursions, tours or simply tickets and can usually be had at a discount if you include them when purchasing your initial package deal. Most agencies have discounted arrangements with the providers and operators of several popular activities, from shows to golf outings and more.

Although it can be tempting to account for every waking moment by adding various activities to the itinerary, vacationers should remember two important points when booking. The first is that keeping a more open schedule will allow them to relax between activities and enjoy each experience without feeling rushed. The second is that, undoubtedly, travelers will encounter things they want to try while on their vacation, so having some down time scheduled will allow them to make new plans without losing out on what they’ve already booked.

RIM Announces BlackBerry Travel App

Research In Motion (RIM) today announced BlackBerry Travel, a new app that provides BlackBerry smartphone users with an all-in-one integrated and contextual experience as they plan, book and manage their travels and itineraries while on the go.

“The BlackBerry Travel app is set to be the next must-have tool for travelers, offering convenient push notifications and seamless integration of travel itineraries, profiles, and flight status updates into the familiar BlackBerry Calendar,” said Jim Tobin, Senior Vice President, Software and Services at RIM. “We also think the BlackBerry Travel app represents a great opportunity for travel industry leaders to work with RIM to deliver enhanced services and better travel experiences for their customers, and new revenue opportunities for travel providers.”

When a new booking confirmation or itinerary arrives in the user’s inbox, the BlackBerry Travel app is automatically updated with the relevant details, which makes travel planning and management easier than ever.

BlackBerry smartphone users can also have their calendars automatically populated with itineraries as soon as they are confirmed and, by leveraging the BlackBerry push technology, the BlackBerry Travel app can keep users informed and in control of their itineraries by monitoring flight statuses and promptly providing notifications about changes. The app can even identify potential omissions or scheduling concerns with the itineraries, such as missing accommodations or timing conflicts, and provide users with suggestions.

The BlackBerry Travel app also brings together tools that travelers need while planning on the go, including:

Hotel booking

Currency converters

Weather forecasts

Local searches

In addition, BlackBerry smartphone users can share their travel information with colleagues, friends and family over email or through LinkedIn®, directly from the BlackBerry Travel app. The LinkedIn integration allows users to search for people in their network who will be in the same city, send messages to contacts and update their status.

The BlackBerry Travel app also features a desktop component that allows users to book flights and car rentals, as well as print and edit itineraries, from their computer.

The BlackBerry Travel app was built in collaboration with WorldMate, a leader in mobile travel platforms.

“WorldMate is tremendously excited to bring its unique itinerary management, travel expertise and technology to RIM to create the next stage in mobile travel services. The BlackBerry Travel app represents a quantum leap over existing solutions in features, functionality, polish and ease-of-use,” said Jean Tripier, CEO, WorldMate Inc.

WorldMate and RIM are working together with leading travel service, content and technology partners to provide BlackBerry Travel app users with an amazing mobile experience. Travel industry leaders will be able to work within the BlackBerry Travel partner program to point users back to their mobile sites for additional information, as well as access the itinerary API in the BlackBerry Travel service to enable the delivery of up-to-date information and itinerary details.

“When United and Continental customers are travelling, access to the best, most up-to-date information is key. Integrating with BlackBerry Travel will provide customers not only that information, but the ability to quickly jump to our web sites for additional information and access to enhanced services,” said Jared Miller, managing director of self-service and emerging technology at United Airlines. “We’re excited to team with RIM and WorldMate to give the customers of the combined carrier a great option for managing their travel and information while on the go.”

“As mobile usage grows exponentially, Expedia Affiliate Network provides the technology and solutions to allow travelers to plan and purchase their perfect trip quickly and easily,” said Benoit Jolin, VP of Product and Marketing at EAN. “We’ve supported RIM and WorldMate to bring our hotel booking capabilities to BlackBerry Travel to give our users an integrated experience as they plan, book and manage their travel with their BlackBerry smartphone.”

“Working with RIM and WorldMate gives Hilton Worldwide customers a great new option for keeping track of their stays with us while on the go,” said Chuck Sullivan, senior vice president, global online services, Hilton Worldwide. “Our customers will appreciate having a place to go to quickly and easily manage their travel itineraries.”

“BlackBerry Travel is a superb tool for travelers who want the most accurate and pertinent information delivered promptly and reliably,” said Kurt Ekert, chief commercial officer, Travelport. “We look forward to working with RIM to introduce BlackBerry Travel to the corporate market and believe its integration will continue to enable our travel management company clients to serve their customers even more effectively.”

Heathrow staff digs deep to help Heroes

Heathrow employees trekked through a jungle, cycled across Britain and sang their hearts out on the way to raising a fantastic £205,000 for their 2010 Charity of the Year, Help for Heroes. This year they’ll be hoping to break that total for new staff cause Macmillan Cancer Support.

Money raised last year will go towards Help for Heroes schemes providing better support for British servicemen and women. Projects include Personnel Recovery Centres in local areas throughout the UK, helping launch injured soldiers back into the next phase of their lives.?Hundreds of BAA Heathrow employees got involved last year through a variety of events such as office sweep stakes, a boot camp in Terminal 5, and a talent competition. Many staff collected huge sums. The Airport Fire Service’s Michael Coates trekked through the Amazon rainforest and raised £10,000; Mace Construction Manager James Kampa collected £16,000 on a gruelling 100-mile walk whilst beating a 45 gallon drum and a BAA supergroup won the battle of the bands event ‘Construction Rocks’, gathering £8,000 in the process.?Even other airport workers helped out.

A team of police officers led by Mark Foskett and Terry Ford cycled from Lands End to John O’Groats and raised £24,000. Passengers also played their part by dropping off their foreign loose change in one of 20 special collecting boxes in the airport’s terminals. Heathrow’s construction partners took part in a golf day and charity ball and raised a whopping £46,000.? ?Steve Dodd, a long time airport employee who organised the ball and golf day said: “I’ve been involved with Heathrow’s charitable initiatives for years now and last year was a fantastic result. Staff really went the extra mile for Help the Heroes last year, some literally. To raise such a huge amount of money is a testament to the extraordinary dedication and generosity of Heathrow’s staff and passengers alike.”? ?

Sarah Walker, Charity of the Year Manager from Help for Heroes, said: “It was great to work with BAA Heathrow in 2010, and to receive £205,000 through the generosity of the airport’s passengers and staff. With the support of BAA, we will be able to help make a real difference to make a real difference to the young men and women wounded in active service”? ?

Macmillan Cancer Support is the 2011 charity of the year, following a vote of Heathrow’s 5,000 staff. The cancer charity has pledged to use any funds to help with projects in the boroughs closest to Heathrow airport. The initiative is a key part of Heathrow’s community investment programme. The partnership will run for the whole of 2011. This is the fourth Charity of the Year partnership that Heathrow has adopted. Over £550,000 has been raised so far for the three previous partnerships – Marie Curie Cancer Care in 2008, Age Concern/Help the Aged in 2009 and Help for Heroes in 2010.