Archive for June, 2009

22
Jun

Seoul’s Incheon International Airport

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Seoul’s Incheon International Airport has been named the world’s best in the annual World Airport Awards.

Incheon beat out last year’s winner, Hong Kong International, which fell to second place. Singapore’s Changi came third.

Australia’s airports were nowhere to be seen in the top rankings, with Auckland named the best airport in the Australasia/Pacific region, coming in at number 10 over all. Brisbane and Melbourne were named the second and third best airports in the region.

Asian airports dominated the awards, with seven of the nine service awards going to airports from the region.

Skytrax CEO Edward Plaisted congratulated Incheon on winning the award, which is based on surveys conducted with 8.6 million air passengers, covering more than 190 airports worldwide.

Incheon is an airport that has been in the global top five ranking for the World Airport Awards during the past five to six years, and it is a great achievement for them to secure this premier mark of customer satisfaction.”

The survey evaluates traveller experiences across 39 different airport service and product factors – from check-in, arrivals, transfer through to departure at the gate.

WORLD’S TOP 10 AIRPORTS

  1. Incheon International Airport
  2. Hong Kong International Airport
  3. Singapore Changi
  4. Zurich
  5. Munich
  6. Kansai
  7. Kuala Lumpur
  8. Amsterdam
  9. Centrair Nagoya
  10. Auckland

BEST BY REGION

  • AFRICA
    Cape Town
  • ASIA
    Incheon Int’l
  • AUSTRALIA/PACIFIC
    Auckland
  • EUROPE
    Zurich
  • MIDDLE EAST
    Tel Aviv
  • NORTH AMERICA
    Dallas/Fort Worth
  • SOUTH AMERICA
    Lima
  • CENTRAL AMERICA
    Panama

BEST IN CATEGORY

  • BEST DUTY FREE SHOPPING
    Dubai
  • EASIEST INTERNATIONAL TRANSIT AIRPORT
    Incheon International
  • BEST AIRPORT DINING
    Hong Kong
  • BEST SECURITY PROCESSING
    Incheon International
  • CLEANEST AIRPORT WASHROOMS
    Kansai
  • BEST TERMINAL CLEANLINESS
    Incheon International
  • BEST BAGGAGE DELIVERY
    Helsinki
  • BEST LEISURE AMENITIES
    Singapore
  • BEST IMMIGRATION SERVICE
    Kuala Lumpur
03
Jun

World Beard and Moustache Championships

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The United States is the world’s new facial hair super power, having captured twelve world championship titles out of eighteen categories plus overall at the World Beard and Moustache Championships in Anchorage, Alaska on May 23, 2009. Possessing home field advantage, the USA was able to dethrone Germany which had dominated this competition since its inception.

Hometown favorite and Beard Team USA member David Traver was crowned overall champ, having styled his beard to resemble an Alaska snowshoe which earned him top honors in the freestle full beard category. Meanwhile Germany’s Karl-Heinz Hille’s elaborate moustache earned him second. San Franciscan Jack Passion placed third with his long, red natural beard.

Nearly 300 competitors from 15 separate countries competed. All of the winners received engraved Alaska gold pans as trophies.

Germany came in second taking first-place honors in five categories. Other countries represented on the podium were England, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, and newcomer Canada.

The big winner was also the vice-president of the host organization, the South Central Alaska Beard and Moustache Club, which pulled out all of the stops to make to make the WBMC 2009 the biggest and best ever.

THE WINNERS! 

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David Traver
Anchorage, Alaska
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Jack Passion
San Francisco, California
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Karl-Heinz Hille
Berlin, Germany