Summer holiday: Travel to Goa for the sand & the beach

ET Panache Reader Manu Bansal tells us why Goa is a must-visit before it starts to pour? “Normally rainy season is not the time to visit Goa, but it was almost like heaven when I visited Goa last year before the rains.

The sky is colourful4 and beaches look more beautiful. The sky keeps on changing colours in the morning and evening. It’s fun to be in Goa during off season as hotels offer various discounts.”

Summer Holiday: Travel To Goa For The Sand & The BeachVaried fish5 on the beaches of Goa



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Lufthansa offers 40% lower fares to 40 European destinations for 40 days

Lufthansa Premium Economy

As Lufthansa German Airlines celebrates 40 years of its presence in Dubai, the airline has just made travel to Europe more appealing this summer as it slashes 40% off on its regular fares. The special fares are applicable across four cabins Economy, Premium Economy, Business and First Class. The 40 destinations will be revealed every day and customers are able to avail of the lower fare only for each particular day. The special fares run until June 11, 2016. Customers will find more information on the daily offers by checking www.LH.com1.

Once purchased, the tickets are valid to start travel anytime, but latest by September 30. The inclusive dates of travel include popular Discount Holidays © holiday dates including Eid-al-Fitr and Eid-al-Adha.

At Lufthansa, we try to find novel ways to connect passengers between Dubai and our hub Frankfurt to onward destinations. With a continued presence of 40 years in Dubai, it is but fitting to treat our customers with an attractive offer to help them plan their summer holidays in Europe. For the first time in Lufthansa s history, we are offering four comfortable cabins Economy, Premium Economy, Business and five-star First Class with the quality service we are known for, said Karsten Zang, Regional Director Gulf, I.R. Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan for Lufthansa German Airlines. We thank our customers for their continued support of Lufthansa throughout the past four decades, helping to build a bridge between Germany and the UAE. Lufthansa s Premium Economy is the latest product of the airline providing a higher level of comfort with spacious legroom and seat pitch.

The new cabin offers around one-and-a-half times more room than Economy Class to passengers as well as upgraded services including two pieces of baggage of 23kgs each, enhanced inflight services like welcome drinks, high-quality amenity kit and meals served on porcelain tableware.

The new cabin class has proven to be attractive to Lufthansa s Dubai-based customers and those traveling to Frankfurt and beyond from other GCC gateways.


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European countries to introduce new border control system

European countries are looking to introduce a new automated border control system that will log people’s photos and fingerprints when they visit for business or leisure. The proposal is part of a push by European countries to fight terrorism and enhance security. The system is expected to come into effect by 2020, taking four fingerprints and a facial image from visitors who do not hold a passport issued by a European Union country.

The data will be stored in a centralized system for five years. The technology will be implemented by members of the Schengen area, which includes most EU countries, as well as Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The U.K. will not participate but already collects biometric data in some cases.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has a similar fingerprinting system in place for foreign visitors that’s designed to check for suspected terrorists, criminals and immigration violators. The U.S. agency said its biometric system has “helped stop thousands of people who were ineligible to enter the United States.”

The European Commission, which published the proposal on Wednesday, said the new system was “not a direct response to the refugee crisis, although it contributes to the overall strengthening of our border management.”

About 1.2 million people applied for asylum in the EU last year, double the number in 2014, and more than half of them came from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Before anything can move ahead, the proposal will need to win the support of EU member states, and the approval of the European Parliament, which reviews EU laws.

The system is expected to cost about 480 million euros ($546 million).

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