Sunday, September 28, 2008

Siam Park Opens from Canarian Weekly newspaper

SPLASHING TIME - 19.09.2008
AT LAST, we have splashdown! After months of speculation, Siam Park’s magnificent, multi-million-euro, aquatic attraction is open to the public following a mammoth inaugural ceremony on Monday evening.

It was a memorable occasion, made even more memorable with the news that the park would be opening two days later to the public.
More than 2,000 guests attended the private event, including Thailand’s HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, who cut the ribbon to open the proceedings, and Bishop Bernardo Alvarez, who gave his blessing to the park. Loro Parque President Wolfgang Kiessling, and Christoph Kiessling, Director of Siam Park were also among the dignitaries, as were Paulino Rivero, President of the Canaries, and Ricardo Melchior, the Cabildo President.

Hundreds of press were drawn to the occasion from all over the world, and they were not disappointed as a spectacular firework display welcomed everyone to this incredible world of water.

The guests enjoyed traditional dishes from Thailand and Spain, and were treated to an exhibition of surfing and Thai dancing among other attractions, plus a demonstration of the mind-blowing three-metre, artificial wave which is the highest in the world.

Park officials were relieved after such a long delay – the park should have opened last spring but it suffered minor technical problems – Siam Park is expecting around 600,000 visitors a year.

The big question on everyone’s lips for months – “how much will it cost to get in?” - has been answered as well. And surprisingly, considering the phenomenal array of attractions available, the prices are reasonable. Adults will pay 28 euros (25 for those with residencia), and children 18 euros (17 with residencia). You can also pre-book your tickets on the internet.

This magical, mystery park, situated between junctions 28 and 29 on the TF1 and well-signposted, is based on the ancient
kingdom of Thailand and is already seen as one of the biggest and best-themed water park in Europe.

Among the exciting features is a dare-devil, hair-raising water ride – the
Tower of Power – which has a breath-taking 28-metre drop and a memorable finale. The Volcano is just as scary, enveloping riders in darkness as the speed builds up and a spectacular laser show is revealed.
And if you want to prove your mettle, challenge your pals to a contest on the Nagar Racer, a head-first, six-lane race from top to bottom. You can also slither through the inside of the Jungle Snake, then catch your breath while experiencing a swirling ride on a five-seater raft, plunging headlong down the Mekong Rapids.

You won’t to miss the Dragon, with its mammoth jaws open wide as it hurtles closer and closer, higher and higher in a gravity-defying experience.

There are 14 major water attractions, plus five bars and restaurants in which to relax and catch a second wind. But it all sounds too much for mum and dad, there is plenty of tranquillity in the park to enjoy. The
Sawasdee River, for examples, meanders through the park, and you can sit and soak up the atmosphere as you drift along, taking in the waterfalls, exotic islands and the spectacular aquarium.

For youngsters who may find the going a little hard, there is the Lost City, where they can splash about to their heart’s content in their very own fun-packed world, designed with safety in mind.
The carp, provided by Loro Parque and now basking in the Floating Market, will appeal to all visitors to this aquatic kingdom, as will the sea lions, also from Loro Parque, frolicking on Sea Lion Island.

All in all,
Siam Park is a must – the perfect family day out.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Interval International Affiliates Slovakias First Timeshare Resort



Greenhill Skiing & Wellness Club

Greenhill Skiing & Wellness Club Joins The Quality Exchange Network

Interval International, a leading provider of vacation services, has announced the affiliation of Greenhill Skiing & Wellness Club, the first timeshare resort in Slovakia.

“While this is the first resort in Slovakia, this is the fifth affiliation in Eastern Europe in the past 12 months and is a further example of our continued success in the region,” says Darren Ettridge, Interval International’s vice president resort sales and service (Europe). “Timeshare is proving to be a popular concept in central and Eastern Europe and this is evidenced by the growth in the number of resorts.”

Located in the popular Slovakian vacation destination of Donovaly, the stylish new timeshare resort with spa facilities is scheduled to open in December 2009. The resort is being developed by Greenhill Investment, a Slovakian development company and will have 40 timeshare apartments on completion.

Donovaly is a part of Low Tatras National Park, and is one of the biggest ski resorts in Slovakia. It is also renowned for its annual dogsled racing championships.

“We are delighted to have affiliated the very first timeshare resort in Slovakia“, says Joachim Mezger, Interval’s director of sales for Europe. “This is an excellent new property with good wellness facilities and it will be attractive to our members in central and Eastern Europe.”

Interval International operates membership programmes for vacation owners and provides value-added services to its developer clients worldwide. Based in Miami, Florida, the company has been a pioneer and innovator in serving the vacation ownership market for more than 30 years. Today, Interval has a network of over 2,400 resorts in excess of 75 countries and offers its resort clients and nearly 2 million member families high-quality products and programs through 28 offices in 17 countries. Interval is an operating segment of Interval Leisure Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: IILG), a leading global provider of membership and leisure services to consumers and business-to-business customers in the vacation industry.