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Traveling this Holiday? Be Prepared!

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Thanksgiving and Christmas are traditionally the busiest travel periods of the year, so San Antonio International Airport (SAT) is anticipating heave traffic again this year.

To make your travel somewhat stress free, here are some helpful tips:

Early Arrival: Passengers are encouraged to arrive at least two hours before their scheduled flight especially during the holidays.

Check flight status online: Passengers are able to check their flight status before they leave home and receive email alerts from the airline.

Wheelchair Assistance: If you are traveling with someone who needs wheelchair assistance, contact the airline before arriving at the airport.

Kids Traveling Alone: If you have a child traveling alone (unaccompanied minors) and want to escort them to the gate, please make arrangements with the airline to receive an access pass to the gate.

Print your Boarding Pass Early: Passengers can print boarding passes at home or download to their cell phones before they arrive or can use the convenient airline check-in kiosk at the airport.

Allow time for traffic: Allow ample time to get to the airport.

Parking availability:  There are 8,674 parking spaces between the Short Term (1,238), Long Term (5,288), and Economy Lots [formerly Green / Red Lots] (2,148).

Pay attention to Park Assist: Take advantage of the Park Assist System to guide you to available spots. As you enter the parking plaza, signs indicate the number of available parking spaces within the Short Term Parking Garage. Park Assist uses a green light for available spots, red for unavailable and blue for available ADA/Handicapped parking. You can visit the airport webpage or use the Park Assist App and know the number of available parking spaces before you depart.

Use the Cell Phone Lot for pick-ups: Use the convenient cell phone lot while waiting for your party. The new lot is located directly behind the Burger King and Q-Mart convenience store on Airport Boulevard.

Ask for Help:  This time of year, we see a lot of passengers who don’t travel often. Our Ambassadors and staff are here to help, so if you have questions, ask them.

Wrapped gifts: TSA recommends that you NOT bring wrapped gifts to the airport, either in  your carry-on baggage or your checks bags. If the package alarms for any reason, they will have to unwrap it.

@AskTSA:  Travelers with questions about security, or items they can or cannot bring on their trip, can contact a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employee for live assistance 365 days a year by tweeting questions and comments to @AskTSA.

Follow the 3-1-1: Liquids, gels and aerosols cannot exceed the 3-1-1 ounces rule in your carry-on bag. Let the TSA officer know right away if you’re traveling with larger quantities of medically necessary liquids.

Be ready:  Be ready when you enter the checkpoint line. Have an acceptable ID and boarding pass out and ready to hand to the TSA officer.

TSA Cares: Travelers or families of passengers with disabilities and medical conditions can call the TSA Cares helpline toll free at 1-855-787-2227 with questions or for assistance 72 hours prior to traveling. Injured service members and veterans may contact TSA Cares to help facilitate the screening process.

Electronics:  Electronics larger than a cell phone — including e-readers and tablets—must be removed from your carry-on bag and placed in bins with nothing on top or below (this rule does not apply to TSA Pre✓® passengers).

Escalators / elevators: When traveling with multiple suitcases, small children, and other items, avoid risk and choose to take the elevator.  The escalators require balance and hands-free flexibility should you lose balance.

Aira Availability:  Aira is available to all blind or vision impaired travelers free of charge at SAT. Aira allows users to use their cell phones, or specially designed glasses for subscribers, to have an off-site agent guide them through the airport, returning independence to our visually impaired passengers.

Airport Holiday Preparations and activities: 

  • Transportation Security Administration has fully staffed checkpoints: TSA anticipates having all lanes  adequately staffed during peak hours.
  • San Antonio Police Department will focus on curb side traffic control management.
  • Ground Transportation staff will facilitate traffic control along the curb zones for taxi and Transportation Network Company management.
  • Long term, short term parking garages, and Economy Lots are open and fully operational with staffing and available space. SAT expanded the Economy Lot (Green Lot) by an additional 389 parking spaces. The Red Lot will be used as an overflow lot if the garages and Economy Lot fill.
  • San Antonio Airport System surveyed the airlines for outbound and inbound passenger projections for each day starting November 19 through November 25. During this time period a total of 228,291 passengers will travel through SAT.
  • Additional security will be deployed within  both terminals.
  • Music will be playing in Terminal A and B during the time period from noon through 5 pm, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

For more information visit www.sanantonio-airport.com

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Futuristic Buildings in Kenya Will Be the Tallest Skyscrapers in All of Africa

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Standing over 1,000 feet (300 meters) above ground, The Pinnacle is an exquisite mixed-use development at the heart of Upper Hill in Nairobi, Kenya’s fast-growing business and financial hub; an attractive development which combines indulgent luxury with high-end commerce and distinctive architectural design.

The Pinnacle offers residents and guests a selection of spacious apartments, stylish commercial offices and a five-star hotel joined together at the base of both towers by a five-story shopping mall and entertainment center.

The Pinnacle will be the tallest building in Africa and the ultimate architectural achievement, soon to become the defining landmark not just for Nairobi, but for Kenya and the whole African continent.

Combining indulgent luxury with high-end commerce and distinctive architectural design, the Pinnacle is an exquisite mixed-use development at the heart of Upper Hill, Nairobi’s fast growing business and financial hub. Its two towers will offer stylish commercial offices and a five-star hotel, joined together at the base by a five-story shopping mall and entertainment center.

From an exclusive viewing deck at over 900 feet above ground, residents and visitors can see Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya for unforgettable, and truly breathtaking views.

For more details and/or to invest in this project, visit https://www.thepinnacleofafrica.com/

Kenya, located in East Africa, is the world’s 48th largest country by total area. With a population of more than 52.2 million people, Kenya is the 27th most populous country. It’s capital and largest city is Nairobi while its oldest city and first capital is the coastal city of Mombasa.

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Botswana’s First Skyscraper and Tallest Building

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Located in the capital city of Gaborone, Itowers is an establishment comprised of three buildings in total, with the tallest South Tower rising 28 levels above the ground – making it Botswana’s tallest building, an iconic landmark in the city. Located in the center of the city’s vibrant new Central Business District just 20 minutes away from the airport, this complex of condominiums, apartments, office and retail space is perfectly suited for businessmen, diplomats and tourists seeking comfortable temporary accommodations.
It’s also in close proximity to all major government offices, shopping malls, and tourist attractions including the Square Mart Shopping Centre (just 1.2 km or 3/4 mile away), and the Three Dikgosi Monument (also just 1.2 km or 3/4 mile away).

Itowers has 54 outstanding apartments comprising of: 36 Standard rooms, 6 Premium rooms 12 Premium Plus rooms, with balconies opening to city views. They have 2 paraplegic friendly rooms and 12 family rooms.

In addition, Itowers features an on-site stylish and contemporary restaurant called Table50Two, located on the 28th floor of the south tower. The beautiful outdoor setting is set in a loft-life lounge ambience with lounge sofas and breathtaking views of the city. The unique and world class menu is complemented by a comprehensive choice of wine and beverages. It is the highest dining venue in all of Botswana.

When built, the project not only made an impact on the city of Gaborone, but also to the livelihoods of everyone involved in this multi-million dollar project. A total of 4.8 million man hours, 3.5 million bricks, 28 400m3 of cement and millions more hopes and dreams went into designing, erecting and completing the landmark towers.

For more details about this property, visit http://room50two.com. To learn more about investing in other projects in Botswana, send an email to info@baryenlegacy.com

Botswana is a landlocked country in Southern Africa. Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name after becoming independent within the Commonwealth in 1966. Since then, it has been a representative republic, with a consistent record of uninterrupted democratic elections and the best perceived corruption ranking in Africa since at least 1998. It is currently Africa’s oldest continuous democracy.

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Urban Camp Festival (Fall 2018)

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Imagine the gathering of all of your friends at the livest house party of all time… and then add tents, a raging river waiting for you all to tame it, laser tag, different tastes from all over the country, games that might have your children look at you differently, and lastly an open bar that’ll help you forget your antics of the evening.  Once your vision is realized, you will now be walking amongst Urban Camp Weekend, the best camping event in the world, hosted at Mount Breeze of New Braunfels, TX!

Urban Camp Weekend is the largest camping trip in the country, hosted by Urban Camp Weekend and Urban Events Global!  This camp enthralls a large community of eager travelers from all across the country to indulge in a highly entertaining activities, ranging from yoga, to river rafting, during the scheduled weekend.  Intertwined during the duration of the event are mixers for professionals eager to network while still having their fun.  This event was established by Kevin Knight, who had the vision to develop unique and non-traditional experience that allows participants to relax and make lasting connections all while in a territory never explored!

I never knew that drinks, tents, and laser tag could fit together so well.

Upon arriving, we received a warm greeting from campers all across the campsite.  All were participating in games, with laughs bellowing across the site, and immediately incorporated us into the fun!  The atmosphere of the site put people at ease, allowing them to commune with people they had never prior to that day.  The DJ curated songs from all decades, playing them in a way that younger and mature audiences could equally enjoy.  I never knew that drinks, tents, and laser tag could fit together so well.  Overall, the experience was beautifully organized, and the participants had an awesome time.  We cannot wait until next year.

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