Two weeks ago, restaurant chain Pizza Hut launched an iPhone application (iTunes link) with a bunch of bells and whistles, and apparently users were hungry for it. Downloads of the app for iPhone and iPod Touch have exceeded 100,000 downloads just before the weekend, the company informs us.
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Good for them, because Pizza Hut really made an effort with the software program, which they amusingly dubbed a “killer app for your appetite”.
Aside from the ability to order food, the app boasts a bit of entertainment to spice things up. It includes a so-called “virtual fridge” where you’ll find coupons to add to your order and a free game called “Pizza Hut Racer” that you can play while you kill time waiting for your food to arrive.
Shimla has been witnessing large number of tourist arrivals resulting in 100 per cent hotel occupancy. The rising mercury and extension of holidays in schools of Delhi and Punjab coupled with power cuts are making people travel to cooler places like Shimla, Manali, Dalhousie or even McLeodganj.
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Confirming this, Ajit Butail, Chairman of CII Tourism Cell, Himachal Pradesh said that on an average about 50000 plus tourists are coming to Shimla every day, which has a bed capacity of about 35000. A positive sign is that the forest department has given their rest houses on lease and opened Ecotourism camps at various places, as well as the home stay scheme of tourism department, whereby visitors are diverted to rural areas in the vicinity, preventing de-congestion of known tourist destinations.
According to a report in Times of India, lauding the effort of people of Sangla Valley in Kinnaur district who had formed the House Owners Association last year and treated tourists to festival of local cuisine, culture and folklore, he said that it had the desired effect and this year over 5000 tourists visited the tribal destination.
Settle into your seat, open your laptop, notebook computer or high-tech phone, and spend the remaining flight hours sorting your email, keeping up with the news, discovering you could have found a flight for less than you paid, and most of the other things you do online.
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That's an increasingly likely scenario as the domestic airlines scramble to find "value added" features for their dreary and uncomfortable coach product—especially features that bring in more revenue. Onboard Wi-Fi is the new "hot" feature. All you need to use it is a computer or handheld device with Wi-Fi capability (802.11 a/b/g) plus a few bucks for the service. About the only online service you can't get—yet—is VOIP telephone.