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Why Cambodia should be on your bucket list

Are you looking for new travel experiences? Visit Cambodia! This Southeast Asian country is so full of wonder and its French-influenced capital, Phnom Phen, is a cosmopolitan city on the brink of becoming Asia's next bright destination. Adelman's Cam Thieme can attest to the many wonders of Cambodia having visited the country as part of a 13-day journey on an Avalon Waterways river cruise along the Mekong River. "I thoroughly enjoyed traveling in Cambodia and cruising along the Mekong River," Cam says. "We saw many amazing places, enjoyed waving at the villagers along the shores of the Mekong, and soaked up the rich culture of this intriguing place."

There are many so reasons to visit Cambodia but some of the country's highlights include:

Phnom Penh: Cambodia's capital city is a contrast between tradition and modernity. You can see the city by private cyclo (pedaled tour) or tuk tuk (motorized tour) with visits to the National Museum and the Royal Palace with its stunning Silver Pagoda. The waterfront on the Mekong River is lovely, the historical monuments are moving and the restaurant scene is alive and growing.

Angkor: Located in the jungle near Siem Reap, the ancient city of Angkor was the capital of the Khmer Empire from the 9th to 15th century and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Temples around Angkor include the breathtaking Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument ever built, and the awe-inspiring Bayon, the central temple of Angkor Thom, which contains 216 massive stone heads whose faces stare down at temple visitors from every direction. Ta Prohm, which is known for being a back drop in the movie Temple Raider, is also a magnificent sight to explore with its grand trees that grow directly out of the stones and roots that sprawl over the structures.

Untouched Beaches: Most travelers know about Thailand's beautiful beaches, but visitors say that the less-frequented Cambodian beaches and islands, such as Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem, are what Thailand used to be like 20 years ago.

Markets: From Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, bustling markets are located all over the country. Visitors can buy almost anything from sneakers to fresh fish to produce. According to Cam, "It was so interesting to barter in the markets as it was a great way to get a sense of daily life."

People: The people of Cambodia are known to be kind and industrious, generous, hospitable and open-minded. Cam found this to indeed be the case as "the people were so sweet and happy to have us visiting their country." Do not travel to this beautiful country without getting to know the people who live there.

With all the natural beauty, fascinating ancient historical sites and rich culture, Cambodia is definitely an amazing place. Cam notes that her journey was "a life changing experience" and recommends that you put it on your bucket list!

Are you ready to book your Southeast Asia adventure? Give one of our Adelman Vacations consultants a call at 800-749-7116, or visit our website www.adelmanvacations.com. Our expert team of professional leisure consultants can help you with this once-in-a-lifetime journey to Cambodia or any other vacation needs.

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BUSINESS TRAVEL BRIEFS

Congress introduces legislation to limit free expedited TSA screening

Ever since the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) launched its PreCheck expedited screening program, some travelers were selected to receive the service free of charge. As the program has increased its membership, however, the TSA has been hinting that it will limit or eliminate complimentary PreCheck services. Congress is now stepping in and has officially introduced the Securing Expedited Screening Act that would direct the TSA to make expedited screening available only to individuals that are formally vetted through the PreCheck or Global Gateway programs.

Travelers who have enjoyed the expedited services without official membership in PreCheck are now encouraged to enroll in the program. More information on PreCheck can be found at http://www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck.

Higher hotel occupancy levels affect business travel

Statistics show that occupancy rates at hotels across the U.S. are on the rise. Much of this growth is driven by group bookings, which are being secured further in advance as compared to previous years. These trends are pushing hotel rates upward. Marriott, whose average room rate was $143.27 in North America in 2014, says average prices are now about five percent higher this year. The higher occupancy levels and more advanced booking also means that travelers may need to make their own reservations further in advance to secure the best rates. Adelman's preferred hotel program offers a variety of strategies to help our customers secure the rooms they need at competitively low prices. Contact your Adelman travel consultant for help with your next hotel reservation.

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AIRLINE UPDATES

Air Canada

Travelers on Air Canada who are eligible for the TSA PreCheck screening and have completed web or mobile check-in no longer need to reprint their boarding pass when departing most U.S. airports. Passengers can now use electronic boarding passes instead. Electronic boarding passes are also available for Air Canada Express and Air Canada Rouge passengers.

American Airlines

For the fourth consecutive year, American Airlines AAdvantage was named Frequent Flyer Program of the Year by the Freddie Awards. American also took top honors for Best Elite Program. The Freddie Awards, which are based on votes by frequent travelers worldwide, have recognized achievements in the travel loyalty industry since 1988.

In other news, American announced the launch of new daily service between Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas and Beijing, China using its Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner as of June 2, 2015. The new route is the only nonstop daily flight between the two cities. American also revealed that it will begin video streaming service on over 200 additional aircraft in its domestic fleet beginning with the Airbus A319 planes. Video streaming service will then be introduced on A320 and A321 aircraft. American will also bring the service to additional wide-bodied aircraft used on international routes. In celebration of this announcement, American is offering a selection of free movies through June 30, 2015 on certain flights.

British Airways

As a reminder, effective May 20, 2015 British Airways will no longer be offering its On Business loyalty program as it instead has joined the American Airlines Business Extra loyalty program. One of the key benefits of this change is that as a Business Extra customer, members will be able to earn and redeem Business Extra points across not one, but three global airlines: American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia.

Members who are already Business Extra customers can simply transfer their On Business Points to their American Airlines account. This must be done before May 20, 2015. Members will need their On Business and Business Extra membership details to complete the process. Customers who are not already Business Extra members will need to open a Business Extra account before On Business Points can be transferred. To transfer points or open an account, please visit https://businessextra.com/onbusiness.htm.

Please note: If members choose not to transfer their On Business account over to Business Extra, accounts will be closed and points will expire as of May 20, 2015.

More information on this change can be found at

http://www.britishairways.com/en-us/information/on-business/changes-us.

Delta Air Lines

Delta announced it will be expanding flight offerings from Seattle, Washington beginning December 19, 2015. The new routes include flights from Seattle to Orlando, Florida; Palm Springs, California; Tucson, Arizona and Kona, Hawaii.

JetBlue

JetBlue officials confirmed the airline will begin assessing baggage fees on select fares during the second quarter. To implement checked-luggage fees, the carrier will introduce fare families that will include or exclude different amenities based on the price paid for the ticket.

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FEATURED ARTICLES

American Airlines sets timetable for reservation system merger

Instead of merging the American Airlines' and US Airways' computer systems in an overnight switch, airline officials said they will use a gradual approach for the conversion to avoid problems similar to those experienced by other merged airlines. The computer system changeover is expected to begin as soon as July and will take 90 days. Once the process is complete, the US Airways website and airport check-in kiosks will disappear and all flights will be booked as American Airlines. Travelers can expect the following once the conversion process begins:

- At the beginning of the 90-day period, travelers already holding US Airways reservations for travel three months out and beyond, including Thanksgiving or Christmas travel, will be notified that their flight is now an American Airlines flight. The confirmation code, flight times and route will not change.

- Travelers holding US Airways tickets for travel during the 90-day period will not see any changes. It will be business as usual.

- During the 90-day period, travelers can still buy tickets on USAirways.com and other sites for US Airways flights but only for travel during those three months. Travelers needing tickets past the cutover date will be automatically redirected to American's website, aa.com, which will feature the full flight inventory of the combined airline.

Despite the careful planning and preparations, American officials have declined to give specific dates for the switchover. The goal is travelers will "have no idea anything actually happened" once the process is complete this fall.

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ON THE ROAD

Zipcar expands to more airports

Zipcar announced it is bringing its services to seven more airports bringing the total number of airports served to more than 50. Travelers will also have access to a wider variety of vehicles including the Ford Focus, Toyota Prius and Volkswagen Golf. Rates at airport locations vary, but start at $9 per hour or $69 per day. Drivers using Zipcar need to be at least 21-years-old instead of 25 as required by most traditional airport car rental companies.

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TRAVEL TIP

Business travel packing hacks

  1. - Use back-saving luggage. Choose a roll-aboard bag requiring only fingertip pressure to scoot through the airport. A good roll-aboard should also have a hook that holds your brief case counterbalanced so the bag does not tip.


  2. - For a wrinkle-free look, pack business clothes directly from the cleaners. Dry cleaners use special techniques that are hard to replicate at home for folding and bagging suit jackets, dress shirts and pants.


  3. - Ditch the colors. Black matches everything thus reducing the number of items you may need to pack.


  4. - Test your batteries and know the capacity of your rechargeable ones. Many items will actually have enough power for your entire trip without bringing a charger if you leave home with a full charge.


  5. - Clean out your briefcase. Once every three months, take everything out of your briefcase. Challenge yourself by asking when the last time was you used each item on a trip? Pitch or leave at home any items that do not make the cut.


  6. - Splurge on hotel laundry. If you are staying at least two nights in a row at the same hotel, take advantage of their laundry services. Even though it can be a bit pricey, you can eliminate other costs and hassles of bringing a larger wardrobe on your trip.

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