September 2017

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Questions & Answers About Hurricanes & Travel Insurance

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Q. How can travel insurance cover my vacation investment in the event of a hurricane or other unforeseen severe weather?
A. In the event of a covered hurricane or other unforeseen severe weather, travel insurance provides coverage under the Trip Cancellation and Interruption benefit. If your trip is cancelled for a covered reason, we will refund the pre-paid, forfeited, non-refundable trip costs trip up to the limit of coverage.

Q. If a hurricane watch or warning is issued that may impact my travel plans, up to what point can I still purchase travel insurance?
A. Insurance must be purchased 24 hours prior to when the hurricane has been named. Once the hurricane has been named, Trip Cancellation and Interruption losses resulting from the hurricane are excluded from the coverage of the policy.

Q. If the resort that I will be staying at next week is damaged in a storm before my scheduled departure, can I cancel my trip and be reimbursed for my non-refundable costs?
A. If the resort is damaged and cannot accommodate you (or provide comparable accommodations), your nonrefundable costs will be reimbursed.

Q. I’m worried that a predicted storm’s path will be too near to the location of my upcoming insured vacation; can I cancel for a refund?
A. If the storm directly affects your travel arrangements or accommodations, you are entitled to Trip Cancellation or Trip Interruption benefits. For example: an airport is closed due to the high winds; you are forced to evacuate your hotel/resort; the road you are traveling is impassable due to high water. On the other hand, if you choose to cancel a trip based on what you think might happen — and not because the inclement weather has directly affected your travel arrangements — that would be considered a matter of choice — not a direct loss to your arrangements.

Q. If my airport is closed due to a hurricane or other weather event, and my vacation is delayed, will I be reimbursed?
A. Yes, travel insurance will cover the expenses incurred if your trip is delayed and will cover reasonable, additional accommodations and travel expenses until travel becomes possible.

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Turkey Moves Up in Tourism Ranks

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Turkey is the only country in the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) list that moved up among the top ten rankings from seventh to sixth place in 2011.

The UNWTO is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.

Each year it publishes the “Tourism Highlights Edition” and in the 2012 edition,Turkey was the only country able to move up in the top ten rankings.

In 2010 Turkey registered in seventh spot, but was able to creep up a notch in 2011 to sixth place with 29.3 million visiting tourists. Turkey was able to supersede England on the list and ranked twelfth in terms of tourism receipts. While England ranked one spot behind Turkey in tourist arrivals in seventh place, it also came in seventh in terms of receipts.

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“We are working night and  day to reach our [tourism] targets,” said Culture and Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay.

France continues to lead the ranking of international tourist arrivals (79 million), and ranks third in receipts ($54 billion), while the United States ranks first in receipts ($116 billion) and second in arrivals (62 million).

Spain is still the second largest earner worldwide and the first in Europe ($60 billion), while ranking fourth in the world by arrivals (57 million).

China continues to rank third in arrivals (58 million) and fourth in receipts ($48 billion), while Italy remains in fifth place in both arrivals (46 million) and receipts ($43 billion).

Germany continues to rank eighth in tourist arrivals and sixth in receipts, while Malaysia is ninth and fourteenth respectively. Australia, Macao (China), and Hong Kong (China) complete the top ten ranking by receipts in eighth, ninth and tenth place respectively, while Mexico closes the top ten by arrivals in tenth position, according to the report

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Amantaka Buddhist Celebrations:

The town of Luang Prabang boasts a history and culture that are intrinsically linked to Theravada Buddhism, with around 1,200 monks and novices residing in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. From 13-16 September the town will be celebrating Boun Khao Padap Dinh. This festival honors the deceased and culminates in boat racing on Nam Khan River. Another imminent celebration is Boun Ook Phan-Sa which marks the end of Buddhist Lent. Occurring 29 October – 1 November, it involves evening candlelit processions and hundreds of colorful floats decorated with flowers, incense and candles adrift on the Mekong River. Situated in the heart of Luang Prabang, Amantaka offers insight into Buddhist culture and an array of activities to get closer to daily life in Luang Prabang during these Buddhist festivals.

About Amantaka

Set on a large garden estate, Amantaka is housed in graceful French colonial buildings in the UNESCO protected town of Luang Prabang. Airy and elegant throughout, the décor and furnishings reflect the town’s French colonial history. Situated just south of Phousi Hill, the resort is within strolling distance of the boutiques, bakeries and restaurants lining the town’s main street. The fabled night market, the picturesque banks of the Mekong River and the former Royal Palace are also nearby.

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