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Helicopter Tour Coupons in Grand Canyon

Las Vegas is known as the coupon capital of the world. In other words, it’s the home of deals, promotions, and discounts, not exclude tours. Grand Canyon helicopter tours are offering at steep discounts. I will show you how to get the hottest promotional offers.

 

The trick to getting great discounts is buying direct from the tour operator. Not the broker. Not the hotel concierge. Not the sidewalk ticket vendor. Each of these guys exists because they make insane commissions. The result: You pay more.

 

Tour operators understand that middlemen are a part of doing business. In a perfect world, however, they’d prefer to book all their trips themselves. Why? The process is smoother. Customer service is higher. And, most importantly, they know that you’re getting the right trip at a fair price. Brokers, on the other hand, are interested in selling you the trip that gets biggest commission.

 

Tour operators understand the concept of “customer value.” They also “get” the idea of repeat and referral business. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t be in business. These companies know intrinsically that if you are happy with your helicopter trip that you’ll refer your family and friends. It’s a “value” that’s so important that they factor it into their business plan. Middlemen don’t do that.

 

As such, tour operators like Papillon Helicopters, Maverick Helicopters, and Sundance Helicopters do everything in their power to get you to purchase your flight on their website. How so? By offering you coupons and specials that give you savings up to 35 percent. For instance, Papillon Helicopter’s Grand Celebration tour, the most popular West Rim landing trip, retails for $ 399. That’s a fair price when compared to the company’s competitors. But if you book that same tour online, you pay only $ 280. That’s a savings of nearly $ 120. Or how about the Grand Celebration with Skywalk and Boat, Papillon’s #2 best-selling tour. It retails for $ 597 but savvy travelers can book it at $ 400 per person, netting themselves a savings of nearly $ 200!

 

Groups of ten or more people can really load up on the savings. Eligible for the small-group discount, these parties can take an additional 10 percent off the already low promotional price. On the Papillon Helicopters website, for example, click on the “small-group” pricing button on the left side of the page. This will refresh the site and you’ll have access to small-group rates.

 

There’s no lack of helicopter tour coupons in Las Vegas, the leader in discount tour packages. Marketers and middlemen far and wide will tell you that they’ve got the cheapest package price. Not true. The owners of the helicopter tour companies are offering the best price. These businessmen accept third parties selling their trips as a “cost of doing business.” Their preference, however, is if you bought straight from them, and they’ll reward you with discounts of up to 35 percent (higher for group bookings) if you do. They do this because they value your business and want to sell you a trip that meets and exceeds your expectations. That’s why they post fantastic promotional offers on their websites. Remember: If you are ready to fly, book direct online.

 

Travel writer Keith Kravitz shares more tips on how to get Grand Canyon helicopter tour coupons at http://www.GrandcanyonHelicopterTourReviews.com/grand-canyon-helicopter-tour-coupons.html

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Trip To the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon is considered as a tourist destination with spectacular attractions which bring you a wonderful holiday. Here are some guides for you with Grand Canyon vacation.

 

The perfect destination for an adventure tour, the giant gorge could be the focal point of your American trip, set in the authentic wild west. Journey to the Nevada desert from Las Vegas and explore the land of cowboys and Indians with an overnight stay at a real cowboy camp in Glenn Canyon.

 

Situated close to man-made reservoir Lake Powell, why not drink in the arid landscape and enjoy what the local Glenn Canyon National Recreation Area has to offer? Including the marinas, where you can throw yourself into adventurous activities such as jet-skiing and kayaking.

 

The recreation centre also offers opportunities for 18-hole golf and fishing for striped, largemouth and smallmouth bass, and when the sun goes down you can turn in for the night at the cowboy camp after an open-air barbeque – the perfect moment to share your experiences with others taking part in an adventure holidays for singles.

 

To make the most of the local landscape, you could try hiking across Monument Valley, which is part of the Colorado Plateau and encompasses the plains and many craggy sandstone buttes dotted here and there. The location has been used as the backdrop to a wealth of western films over the years so grasp the opportunity to feel like the star of your own cowboy movie!

 

Journey across the desert in a jeep with a tour guide from the North American Indian Navajo tribe, which is native to the region., and pay a visit to the Cameron Trading Post, where you can find out more about the meeting place first established in 1911 as a place for Navajo and Hopi locals to trade their wares, such as wool, blankets and livestock.

 

And don’t forget to explore the Native American Indian Art Antiques Gallery to learn more about local history and see first hand exhibits of antique beadwork, pottery and Old West memorabilia. Items of native American Indian art are on sale at the gallery, providing the perfect mementos from the trip.

 

Next stop on your tour from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon is the spectacle itself. Be prepared for jaw-dropping views of the natural wonder, which has been carved over millions of years by the Colorado River. Sunrise and sunset walks are scheduled to take place around the giant gorge, providing the perfect opportunity to see the canyon in all its natural glory. If you’re brave enough you can always opt for a helicopter ride over the gorge for an experience you’ll never forget.

 

Following your adventures in the Grand Canyon National Park, it’s time to take a trip down the Mother Road, or Route 66. Designed to be a highway connecting towns and communities from Chicago and Los Angeles, the stretch has become world-renowned and even featured in the lyrics penned by Bobby Troup “get your kicks on Route 66”, which were released by Nat King Cole in 1946.

 

Along the way, don’t forget to take a break at the Hoover Dam for some snapshots of the formidable-looking concrete structure, which has provided power for utilities in Nevada, Arizona and California since 1936.

 

And then it’s time to return to Las Vegas for the journey home, but before you do you simply must pay a visit to the city’s most famous attractions – the casinos. After all, what trip to Las Vegas could be complete without going through the doors of Cesar’s Palace?

 

Many of the casinos feature eye-catching facades, such as a volcano at The Mirage, fountains at the Bellagio and the sirens of Treasure Island.

 

If gambling really isn’t your forte, there’s much more to entertain you in the city of neon lights than poker chips. For example, there is much to learn at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum and entertainment abounds at the Fremont Street Experience, with performers taking to the streets to put on free shows every evening. The latter could be a draw for budget-conscious holidaymakers who have spent up on their visit to the Grand Canyon.

 

Nearby is the Las Vegas Mini Gran Prix, which provides fun racing action for adults and youngsters, while the Fiesta Ice Arena could tempt travellers to an impromptu ice hockey match.

 

If you’re looking for a break full of adventure and excitement, a tour from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon could be a western experience you’ll never forget.

 

No adventure tour would be complete without a tour from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon through the Nevada desert. Make sure you take in these unmissable sights on your adventure holiday for singles.

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When ITV launched on 22 September 1955, the BBC’s television service had been running unchallenged for almost two decades and was fast gaining popularity.

Less than fifteen months before the first television commercial appeared on British screens, on July 4th 1954, the Minister of Fuel and Power, Geoffrey Lloyd, burned a large replica of a ration book at an open meeting in his constituency to herald the official end of fourteen years of rationing in Britain. The dawning of a new age of prosperity was upon the British public. From a retailers point of view the start of commercial television could not have been better timed.

At 8pm, on September 22, 1955, ITV broadcast its first television programme. Its first advertisement came 12 minutes later advertising Gibbs SR Toothpaste. That first programme is now almost completely forgotten. But the first advertisement has acquired iconic status.

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The USA’s first television advertisement was broadcast July 1, 1941. The watchmaker Bulova paid for a placement on New York station WNBT before a baseball game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies. The 10-second spot displayed a picture of a clock superimposed on a map of the United States, accompanied by the voice-over "America runs on Bulova time."

ITV Facts

* The BBC tried to strangle ITV at birth on 22 September 1955 by killing off Grace Archer, a leading character in the radio series, The Archers.

* ITV’s launch night was marked with a lavish banquet at London Guildhall, where the menu included clear turtle soup, lobster chablis and roast grouse washed down with 1947 Krug.

* ITV went live at 7.15pm on 22 September 1955, with a line-up including the Hallé Orchestra playing Elgar’s Cockaigne Suite and an excerpt from The Importance of Being Earnest, starring Sir John Gielgud.

* The first full day of transmission was on 23 September, and included the weather presented by Squadron-Leader Laurie West.

* ITV had the first female newsreader on British TV, Barbara Mandell, who read the news on the second day on air.

* Before ITV launched, Lord Reith, the founder of the BBC, compared "sponsored broadcasting" to smallpox, bubonic plague and the Black Death (all of which were introduced to England from overseas).

* Opponents of commercial television were incensed when American TV coverage of the Coronation was interrupted for an ad break featuring a celebrity chimp, J Fred Muggs. A clause was included in the commercial television Bill banning ad breaks from broadcasts featuring the Royal Family.

* More words were spoken in Parliament about whether a law allowing commercial television should be passed than are contained in the New Testament.

* The Broadcasting Bill was given Royal Assent on 30 July 1954, paving the way for a new independent television service supervised by the Independent Television Authority.

* Household cleaning products were the most advertised products in ITV’s first five years.

* Adverts were placed in the press inviting applications from prospective programme contractors on 25 August 1954, attracting 25 replies.

* It is a myth that Sidney and Cecil Bernstein, the founders of Granada TV, chose to set up their company in the North, because it rained more, so they thought people would stay in to watch more TV.

* Lew Grade’s ATV consortium, which held ITV licences in London and the Midlands, changed the face of television entertainment. But the ITA turned down the impresario’s first application for a franchise, fearing it would give him too much clout.

* The first advert shown on ITV was at 8.12pm on its launch night for Gibbs SR toothpaste. At the time, more than a third of the population never brushed their teeth.

* ITV was the home of the first US TV shows to be broadcast in the UK, including I Love Lucy and the A-Team.

* Granada needed two transmitters for the northern region to serve both sides of the Pennines, but while the Lancashire transmitter was ready in time for launch night on 3 May 1956, the Yorkshire side was delayed until November.

* In the early days of ITV, the actors’ union Equity refused to allow repeats so, if a show was repeated, the actors had to perform it all over again.

* An Oxford postgraduate called Somerset Plantagenet Fry became a celebrity as the first contestant on the quiz show Double Your Money’s Treasure Trail in 1955.

* In 1958 Granada covered the Rochdale by-election, the first election to be shown on British television.

* Sunday Night At The London Palladium was one of ITV’s most successful shows. At its height in 1958, when it was presented by Bruce Forsyth, it was watched by 28 million people.

* Armchair Theatre, run by Sydney Newman, brought original plays to a broad audience, but in 1958 one of the cast died as Underground was being transmitted. The play went on.

* Gone With The Wind star Vivien Leigh made her TV debut on ITV in 1959, in a production of Thornton Wilder’s play The Skin of Our Teeth.

* The first episode of Coronation Street was broadcast on 9 December 1960. Writer Tony Warren originally called it Florizel Street and it almost became Jubilee Street.

* In 1962, the Pilkington report was highly critical of ITV and suggested the licence to run the third channel should be awarded to the BBC.

* In 1965, the ban on advertising cigarettes resulted in an £8m loss of revenue for ITV.

* ITV switched from black and white to colour in November 1969, prompting employees to strike for a pay increase for operating the new system.

* The Beatles made their TV debut in a live performance for People and Places, from Manchester on 17 October 1962.

* ITV’s first major ratings clash with the BBC was on 20 July 1969, when the two went head to head with their live coverage of the first man on the Moon.

* The tape of ITV’s coverage of the Moon landing has since been erased, along with many other programmes of the 1960s and 1970s, so it could be reused.

* In 1968, London Weekend Television acquired the rights to the one-day cricket contest, the Gillette Cup. The MCC was furious when ITV interrupted play for ads. The MCC took cricket back to the BBC, prompting an ITV lawsuit.

* ‘Pop Stars’ presenter ‘Nasty’ Nigel Lythgoe made his first television appearance as a dancer on Sunday Night At The London Palladium.

* Robin Hood was brought to ITV by Hannah Weinstein, who had fled the US in the McCarthy era and employed other blacklisted Hollywood talent to make a show about a character who redistributed wealth from the rich to the poor.

* ITV pioneered the concept of the studio panel to discuss football matches during the 1970 Mexico World Cup.

* Richard Burton was one of the backers for HTV’s successful bid for the ITV franchise in Wales in 1967.

* ITV hoped to set up a second terrestrial channel like the BBC, but its hopes were dashed by the 1977 Annan report into the future of broadcasting.

* Lew Grade tried to keep down the cost of employing Roger Moore in The Saint by telling him episodes would last half an hour rather than an hour.

* The name of The Avengers’ character Emma Peel was an expression of what the producers were looking for – Man Appeal.

* Mindful of impact, in the making of Jesus of Nazareth, Lew Grade asked: "Why are there only 12 apostles?"

* The Sweeney was the first police drama to be shot on location in real streets rather than in the studio.

* It takes longer to watch ITV’s 13-part 1981 costume drama Brideshead Revisited than it does to read Evelyn Waugh’s novel.

* The US oil companies who usually sponsored ITV’s big dramas at first would not back Jewel In The Crown, saying India was too far away for the US audience.

* In 1973, the ITA banned a World In Action programme about the business affairs of bankrupt architect John Poulson, uniting The Sunday Times and Socialist Worker in a campaign against censorship.

* The South Bank Show first aired in 1978. When writer Richard Curtis applied to work for it, he was not even shortlisted.

* Greg Dyke was hired as editor-in-chief of TV-am in May 1983, when the new show was engaged in a frantic battle with BBC Breakfast and had just 800,000 viewers.

* City analysts reckon ITV’s first unsuccessful foray into digital , OnDigital, had losses of up to £1m a day. Even rebranding it as ITV Digital, with a campaign featuring a woolly monkey, couldn’t save it from going bust in 2002.

* In the first Pop Idol final, which pitted Will Young against Gareth Gates, on 9 Feburary 2002, the public cast 8.7 million votes and BT said the volume of calls had threatened the network.

* Bryan Ferry has admitted to being a fan of Footballers’ Wives. He said the show was: "Wonderful! All these trashy women wandering around done up to the nines. I love it."

* The final of the first series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here inspired some to recreate their own jungles. B&Q reported a 30 per cent rise in online sales of deck chairs, barbecues and garden arches.

* Nearly 13 milion viewers tuned in to watch Ken and Deidre Barlow get remarried on Coronation Street in April 2005; 7 million saw Charles wed Camilla the following day.

* Royal Mail is releasing stamps to mark the 50th birthday, but Kevin Whately’s image has had to be cut from the Inspector Morse stamp, as no one living, apart from the Royal Family, is allowed to appear on UK stamps.

* Nearly 90% of people watching timeshifted shows fast-forward the ads, but TV remains the most memorable form of advertising.

* Prior to the 1980s music in television advertisements was generally limited to jingles and incidental music; on some occasions lyrics to a popular song would be changed to create a theme song or a jingle for a particular product. In 1971 the converse occurred when a song written for a Coca-Cola advertisement was re-recorded as the pop single "I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing" by the New Seekers, and became a hit. Some pop and rock songs were re-recorded by cover bands for use in advertisements, but the cost of licensing original recordings for this purpose remained prohibitive until the late 1980s.

The use of previously-recorded popular songs in television advertisements began in earnest in 1985 when Burger King used the original recording of Aretha Franklin’s song "Freeway of Love" in a television advertisement for the restaurant. This also occurred in 1987 when Nike used the original recording of The Beatles’ song "Revolution" in an advertisement for athletic shoes. Since then, many classic popular songs have been used in similar fashion.

Songs can be used to concretely illustrate a point about the product being sold (such as Bob Seger’s "Like a Rock" used for Chevy trucks), but more often are simply used to associate the good feelings listeners had for the song to the product on display. In some cases the original meaning of the song can be totally irrelevant or even completely opposite to the implication of the use in advertising; for example Iggy Pop’s "Lust for Life", a song about heroin use addiction, has been used to advertise Royal Caribbean International, a cruise ship line. Music-licensing agreements with major artists, especially those that had not previously allowed their recordings to be used for this purpose, such as Microsoft’s use of "Start Me Up" by the Rolling Stones and Apple Inc.’s use of U2’s "Vertigo" became a source of publicity in themselves.

In early instances, songs were often used over the objections of the original artists, who had lost control of their music publishing the music of Beatles being perhaps the most well-known case; more recently artists have actively solicited use of their music in advertisements and songs have gained popularity and sales after being used in advertisements. A famous case is Levi’s company, which has used several one hit wonders in their advertisements (songs such as "Inside", "Spaceman", and "Flat Beat").

Sometimes a controversial reaction has followed the use of some particular song on an advertisement. Often the trouble has been that people do not like the idea of using songs that promote values important for them in advertisements. For example Sly and the Family Stone’s anti-racism song, "Everyday People", was used in a car advertisement, which angered among people.

Generic scores for advertisements often feature clarinets, saxophones, or various strings (such as the acoustic/electric guitars and violins) as the primary instruments.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, electronica music was increasingly used as background scores for television advertisements, initially for automobiles, and later for other technological and business products such as computers and financial services.

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Hiking Trips In Grand Canyon

If you love hiking, then you would love to visit the Grand Canyon. Each year there are millions of travelers coming here to stand at the edge of a spectacular natural wonder of the globe. They want to gaze out at the large space and to feel awed and humbled.

There is another way to experience the Grand Canyon.

 

The Grand Canyon boasts hundreds of miles of hiking trails that can take you on a variety of adventures, ranging from one-day dips beneath the rim to seven-day adventures that take you to the Colorado River and back and everything in between. Planning though is key because the Grand Canyon averages more annual helicopter rescues than any other national park in the world. Planning is also important because it’s a competitive game trying to get permits.

 

So here are some guidelines:

 

First decide which trail(s) you would like to hike. If you’re new to the Grand Canyon I recommend staying on the corridor trails for your first round; that means the South Kaibab, North Kaibab, and Bright Angel Trails. If you’re feeling more adventurous the Hermit, New Hance, Grandview, Tonto and Tanner Trails are all excellent tastes of the wilder side of the Canyon.

 

Second decide when you want to hike the Canyon. The best times, because of winter storms and scorching summer temperatures, are from mid March to mid May, and from mid September to mid November. Summer temperatures can reach 110 degrees Fahrenheit in the shade, and winter storms can drop a foot or more of snow at the rims.

 

Third secure your permits. Permits become available four months in advance on the first of the month. For example, if you want April permits they become available on December first. You secure permits through the Backcountry Office at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Their phone number is 928-638-7875, but you’ll have to fax your permit request in to the office. Their fax number is 928-638-2125.

 

You’ll find out about ten days later if you received your desired permits.

 

Once you have your permits it’s time to plan the specifics. First you have to get yourself to the Grand Canyon. The best way to do that is to fly into Phoenix or Flagstaff and rent a car. The best place to stay before your trip is in the small town of Tusayan, a short five minute drive from the South Rim Village. The hotels in Tusayan are more affordable than the hotels at the South Rim and often have more availability.

 

For gear, you’ll need backpacks with a minimum of 4,000 square inches of packing space, a sleeping bag rated at a maximum of 30 degrees, sleeping pads, tents, cooking stoves, cooking pots and pans, food, water containers, first-aid kits, extra clothes, blister precautions, and possibly a satellite phone.

 

If you’re an experienced backpacker, this is a pretty common list and won’t be a problem. If you’re not, you may consider going on a guided tour where they take care of the permits, supply all the gear and food, and equip you with a professional Grand Canyon hiking guide. Either way, it’s a peak experience and the adventure of a lifetime!

 

For information on guided tours to the Grand Canyon, see the Wildland Trekking Company’s Grand Canyon Hiking Tours.

For information on guided hikes to other destinations, see Wildland Trekking’s homepage.

For information on obtaining permits in the Grand Canyon for your own hiking trip, see the park service’s Backcountry Permit Page.

Grand Canyon Fast Facts

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Ah, the Grand Canyon – one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and one of the most awe striking sights to behold on the Earth. Some people claim that if you have seen it once, you have seen it enough. I, however, disagree wholeheartedly. It is more than just easy on the eyes, it is a miracle.

– The Grand Canyon stretches across 277 miles of the northern Arizona plains. It has an average depth of about one mile and at one point is over 18 miles across from rim to rim.

– The canyon houses over 250 species of birds, five species of reptiles, and almost 100 species of mammals, several of which are native and exclusive to the canyon.

– The Colorado River runs through the canyon at an average width of almost 300 feet and depth of about 100 feet. Its current averages 1,000 cubic feet of water per second, which is often compared to the speed of 1,000 basketballs passing by every second.

– The north rim of the Grand Canyon is much taller than its south rim; at some points almost a mile taller. There is only one bridge going from south to north across the canyon because of this vast difference in height.

– The difference in temperature between the rim and the bottom of the canyon can be up to 35 degrees.

– White water rapids rafting is so popular in the Grand Canyon that if you are lucky enough to go on a trip, you are not allowed to go back within the calendar year. The waiting list for white water rapids rafting trips on the Colorado River is currently almost a year and a half long.

– The Grand Canyon was made a national monument in 1908, four years before Arizona became a state. The area became a national park in 1919.

– Despite only five percent of the park being intensely surveyed for artifacts, there has been over 2,700 artifacts found. The oldest of them, left by Desert Archaic cultures, are up to 3,000-4,000 years old.

The Grand Canyon can be overwhelming for first time visitors, but it can also be a favorite vacation spot for families, new romances, or anyone who is interested in pure, natural beauty. If you have not had the opportunity to visit the Grand Canyon, you should do so as soon as possible.

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