Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Hiking in Madagascar: an authentic experience in a preserved nature


CALLING all nature lovers. The Analamanga Regional Tourist Board is organising a hike in Tsiazompaniry, #Madagascar on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July 2017. It is located 90km south-east of the center of Antananarivo.

After about 20 km of hiking, the local bush taxi will rock you on a string of paved roads and tracks. During the journey, you can admire a peaceful landscape of well-landscaped land and buildings with a variety of colors. You will also have the opportunity to rub shoulders with the local population at the market, a true theater of country life.

Once you arrive in Tsiazompaniry you will be amazed by the tranquility and natural beauty of the landscape as well as the fresh air of the forest and the lake. In short, a trip to the heart of an authentic nature. Prepare for an experience of simplicity, while supporting the economic development of the local community, which manages the region's natural resources.

This trek that combines escapism in nature and ecotourism, will be punctuated by several stops in the small villages of the regions, such as Antovontany renowned bamboo items, its blacksmiths and weavers, or Ambohidralambo famous for its basketry. And to immerse yourself in the country life of Tsiazompaniry, hikers will stay in a cottage and discover the joys of the country meal and a campfire evening.


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Three Thailand water parks named among top 10 in Asia

THREE of Thailand’s fun-filled water parks have been listed as among the Top 10 in Asia by renowned travel website TripAdvisor in their 2017 Travellers’ Choice awards.

The Ramayana Water Park in Pattaya took the third spot in the Top 10 Water Parks in Asia with the Black Mountain Water Park in Hua Hin taking sixth spot. Also in Pattaya, the Cartoon Network Amazone is making a splash and was named the seventh most popular water park in Asia.

TripAdvisor users praised the Ramayana Water Park in Pattaya for its “beautifully clean water” and “excellent rides” while Black Mountain Water Park was reviewed as “safe,” “family-friendly” and “a great day out”. Cartoon Network Amazone was called “state-of-the-art” with both “simple and daredevil” slides.

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Monday, 24 July 2017

Safety upgrades at Concord Waterfall Grenada

THE Government of #Grenada, through the Ministry of Tourism, continues to make every effort to enhance and to improve safety at our various attraction and recreational sites. As such, work was recently completed at the Concord Waterfall to improve the experience for both locals and visitors, particularly as it relates to safety at the site.

Through collaboration with our various stakeholders improvements included installation of new railings and the erection of a multilingual sign which serves to remind all users to exercise a level of responsibility and safety when enjoying the falls.

Adding to the enhancement and safety of the premier tourist attraction is the inclusion of two inflatable lifeguard rings to assist in cases of emergency. While the physical and safety amenities have been upgraded, quality service delivery will also be addressed.


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Amazing places . . . where am I heading?




















BACK in a week with tales of our adventures. . . 


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Sunday, 23 July 2017

Ghana launches campaign to develop domestic tourism

AS part of its objective to develop domestic tourism, through Ghanaian culture and creative arts, the #Ghana Tourism Authority under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and its partner agencies has outdoored the “See Ghana, Eat Ghana, Wear Ghana, Feel Ghana” campaign in a bid which also aimed at igniting the ‘’I am Ghanaian’’ spirit.

The campaign which was launched in the gardens of the Christiansburg castle, a former slave holding and administrative seat of colonial government in demonstration of Ghanaian ownership of her heritage and destiny, seeks to invoke the spirit of nationalism through sounds, distinct sights and the fusion of traditional food drawn from each of the 10 regions of Ghana.

The multimedia integrated campaign is expected to provide a platform for existing cultural and historic events such as traditional festivals and new initiatives like PANAFEST.

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Fly & Win

FRAPORT #Bulgaria has launched its sweepstakes campaign at the two Black Sea airports of Burgas and Varna. The Cool Airport Summer campaign aims to boost the mood and improve the experience of all passengers during their stay at the airport. 

Travelers will be able to win attractive prizes while shopping in the designated airport facilities. The diverse range of awards include Vespa mopeds, smart phones, electronic readers, discounts of up to 50% of the next purchase, refreshments, products from the available store selection and much more.


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Whales & Gardens Tours in British Columbia

BRITISH Columbia’s largest and most trusted whale watching company Prince of Whales Whale Watching, is excited to welcome guests aboard the Salish Sea Dream — a sleek new state-of-the-art, eco-friendly $3.5 million catamaran that will provide a new experience for tourists and locals on the “Ultimate Day Tour.” 

The custom-built 78-foot catamaran will depart Vancouver each morning, taking guests on a whale-watching tour en route to the B.C. Capital. In Victoria, there will be many options for sightseeing around the city before travelling by shuttle to the world-famous Butchart Gardens. From the Gardens, guests will take a breathtaking sunset cruise back to downtown Vancouver. The vessel can carry 95 passengers and everyone will have a great view as each person will have a seat inside the cabin and on the deck. Combining two of Victoria’s “must do” activities, the Salish Sea Dream will offer whale-watching excursions each afternoon from the Inner Harbour and stopping for a visit to the Butchart Gardens as part of the “Whales and Gardens” packages. 

“It’s a fantastic trip and it really offers something different,” says Prince of Whales Whale Watching owner Alan McGillivray. “We live in such an amazing part of the world and this gives people a front-row seat to see and learn more about the animals that live in and travel through our waters.” 

Marine naturalists and experienced crew will be on board and offer informative talks about marine mammals, birds and other wildlife, as well as the ecosystem and key points of interest. It will be an entertaining and educational trip with a focus on conservation.


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Saturday, 22 July 2017

UNESCO status for the Lake District great for tourism

THE news of the UNESCO status for the Lake District has been welcomed with open arms from many in the tourism and travel industry. Pitchup.com, which features camping and glamping sites in the Lakes has reported that bookings in the region are up 72% year on year over the last three months.

Commenting on the news Pitchup.com founder Dan Yates said: “The news of the UNESCO World Heritage Status for the Lake District is fantastic for the leisure industry and tourism. It means that one of the UK’s most loved National Parks will now be protected forever, for future generations to enjoy. For businesses operating in the area this status is going to raise interest and appeal and we’re anticipating a strong drive on bookings to the area.”


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Getaways just for grownups

CHILDFREE boltholes for guaranteed pool peace and toddler tantrum-free dining. Prestige Holidays has hand-picked some adults-only properties that are ideal for those seeking a peaceful peak summer child-free getaway this August.


Tenerife  - This small rural hotel is in a glorious location central to Tenerife’s Mount Teide walking routes. Just 15 miles from the famous 5000ft peak, the hotel is set within a pine forest in the mountain village of Vilaflor, which is surrounded by four nature parks and has 11 walking trails to explore, with two straight from the hotel: the six mile 'Lunar landscape route' and the 12-mile 'Las Lajas Route'. While the 3.7 mile 'wine route' is ideal for lazy days. 

Packed with sporting opportunities, yet not a kids club in sight, Spa Villalba offers a range of fitness options including: yoga, personal training and a climbing wall. There's also a spa, with extensive treatments including wine therapy, an indoor/outdoor pool, Turkish bath and sauna. 

Departing Gatwick to Tenerife South with Monarch on 3rd August, the price is £648 per person including seven nights bed and breakfast accommodation, return flights and car hire.

Dalmatia, Croatia - One of the loveliest hotels in the central Dalmatia region, the new adults only, boutique style, Hotel Ola overlooks the Adriatic close to Trogir. Many aspects of this fabulous new property are five star including its gorgeous roof top infinity pool with fantastic views that can be enjoyed in blissful peace, the super a la carte restaurant and large sea view rooms.

Hotel Ola is just a five-minute taxi ride from Trogir, a UNESCO listed, walled old city that looks like a mini Dubrovnik. Trogir has an excellent choice of restaurants, bars and boutique shops with some superb galleries. 

Its medieval centre has an “Aladdin’s Cave” feel as narrow cobbled streets lead into tiny courtyards – not to be missed is the impressive St Lawrence Cathedral.
Seven nights departing 16th August cost just £1069 per person.

Paphos, Cyprus  - With Paphos the joint European Capital of Culture in 2017, this summer is the perfect time to experience the celebratory events taking place in the historic UNESCO listed city. 

Just 20-minutes from Paphos airport, The Asimina Hotel is a boutique style, all-suite hotel exclusively designed for adults only and situated on a delightful beach within its own private gardens. Thalassotherapy, Aromatherapy and a ‘couple’s suite’ in the Spa are just some of the facilities, which also include two outdoor freshwater inter-connected pools and one indoor pool – all perfect for peaceful dozing, plus a floodlit tennis court and gym. The luxurious Executive Suites even offer a private pool, a Jacuzzi bath and a private Cabana on the beach, ideal for a quiet read.

Departing London Stansted on 14th August with Ryanair to Paphos for £1418 per person.



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Hamburg sees tourism sector boom

HAMBURG'S tourism sector has been booming for several years and has turned the city into the most successful tourist hotspot in #Germany. 

Over the past 10 years, the number of overnight stays in #Hamburg has more than doubled, and record numbers have been achieved every year for the past 15 years. A total of 6.6 million guests generated 13.3 million overnight stays in Hamburg in 2016, which corresponds to an increase of 5.5 percent compared with the same period of the previous year.

The majority of international overnight guests came from: 
  • Denmark (396,000, an increase of 7.8 percent
  • Switzerland came second, with 340,000 overnight stays, an increase of 10 percent. 
  • The UK showed a positive development with a growth rate of 8.5 percent.
  • United States (+6 percent) and 
  • China (+30.7 percent)

All of which will help position Hamburg as a top ten European tourist destination.

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Friday, 21 July 2017

JAL launches new route between London & Tokyo

JAPAN Airlines (JAL) is set to launch a new direct morning flight each way between London and Tokyo starting from 29th October, 2017.

The new service will operate between Tokyo’s Haneda (HND) and London’s Heathrow (LHR) airports. The outward flight will depart from LHR at 9:30am and arrive at HND the following day at 6:25am, while the return flight will depart from HND at 2:45am and arrive at LHR later the same day at 6:25am.

With the addition of the new daily nonstop service, JAL will operate a total of four flights daily to and from Japan together with its partner airline British Airways (BA). The addition will greatly enhance choice for customers, as both outbound and inbound flights offer completely different departure and arrival timings to those of JAL’s existing services between the two countries.


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Alternative accommodation for a city break



TRAVELLING
to a European city does not have to mean staying right in the centre in an overpriced hotel. Outdoor accommodation specialist Pitchup.com has alternative ideas that are easy on the wallet and offer a more fun and quirky alternative.

Gothenburg
The Swedish city is an increasingly popular destination thanks to its rich culinary scene, proximity to the coastline and fascinating sights. Kungälvs Camping is just outside Gothenburg in a quiet town. Golfing and fishing are some of the local activities available, while the site has an easy stroll into the nearest town along the beach.

Dubrovnik
Why stay in the centre of Dubrovnik when just 15km away, accommodation for a holiday could be in a funky treehouse! Surely more fun for the holiday photos and Facebook updates. Cadmos Village is situated in Komaji and within easy reach of both Dubrovnik centre and airport. There is so much to do here from archery, painting and ziplining to hiking, bike tours and wine tasting.

Ljubljana
The compact Slovenian city is a must-see for anyone who loves European city breaks. Pitchup.com has seen vast growth in outdoor holidays to Slovenia and when you have a site just a 20-minute cycle from the centre of Ljubljana, it’s not hard to see why.

Madrid
On the outskirts of Madrid lies Camping Park Arco Iris. Although most visitors will probably spend their days exploring the shops, museums and galleries of Madrid, there is also plenty to keep them on site including a pool, jacuzzi, sauna, restaurant and kids’ playground.
Paris

Rome
Who needs to stay in the centre of Rome when from as little as £17 per night, visitors can stay just 12km away and enjoy a shuttle bus transfer everyday into the city. Camping Village Tiber offers guests a swimming pool, pizzeria and free wifi with entertainment in peak season.



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Play London

PLAY London with Mr Bean is an interactive mobile Match-3 game with geo-location features, starring an animated Mr Bean character visiting scores of tourist attractions in central and outer #London. 

Launching later this year on iOS and Android the game will engage with visitors to the city and help them discover London’s hidden tourist gems, and the city’s cultural and foodie highlights. It will feature hidden treasures and great offers that can be found all over the city.

By spending time playing the game, players will be able to pick up vouchers which they can then cash in for discounts when they holiday in London and find great offers on locations around the city. Discounts may include free Wi-Fi, or money off hotel room rates and at famous visitor attractions.

www.play.london

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Up in the air . . .

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BA Comair has announced there will be an additional flight into and out of Victoria Falls from Johannesburg with effect from the 28th of July until the 12th November.


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Bermuda hailed a success after 35th America's Cup

BERMUDA'S successful delivery of the 35th America’s Cup has elevated the destination to a strong position for attracting future sports tourism events and has already helped officials land new events for the island.

Since 2016, nine America’s Cup legacy events – some of them recurring – have been added to Bermuda’s sports tourism calendar. These events coming to the island were positively influenced by the 35th America’s Cup and the 2015 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in #Bermuda.

“Using the momentum of the America’s Cup to set the stage for future tourism growth has always been a goal of the Bermuda Tourism Authority. Bermuda is well on her way to accomplishing that goal,” said Bermuda Tourism Authority Chief Executive Kevin Dallas.

Meantime, in the wake of America’s Cup, the Bermuda #Tourism Authority is actively vetting the feasibility of many other sports-related events, including future Superyacht and J Class Regattas similar to the America’s Cup-related events that took place in Bermuda in June. 

 The 2017 Superyacht Regatta attracted about twice the number of entrants that raced in San Francisco during the 34th America’s Cup, while the convergence of eight J Class boats in Bermuda was the largest gathering in history – even more than raced at any one time in the 1930s and 1940s when the majestic sailing vessels competed for the America’s Cup.

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Game of Thrones in Tapestry

A brand new Tourism Ireland campaign will showcase Northern Ireland once again as Game of Thrones® Territory to millions of fans worldwide.

The campaign, which is supported by Tourism NI, will also be rolled out – by Tourism NI – in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

This year’s campaign is bigger than ever before – featuring a 77-metre long, Bayeux-style tapestry which tells the story so far from season 1 to season 6 in #gameofthrones. The tapestry brings to life the trials and tribulations of the show’s characters in its most epic and famous scenes – complete with blood red weddings, golden Lannister hair, emerald green wildfire, cold blue White Walkers and jet black crows. 

The tapestry will be woven from one enormous piece of linen supplied by Thomas Ferguson’s in Banbridge, one of the last surviving linen mills in Northern Ireland – giving fans a chance to re-visit all the key events which led to the season 7 premiere.

John McGrillen, CEO of Tourism NI; Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland; and Kathryn Thomson, CEO of the Ulster Museum, at the launch of the 2017 Game of Thrones campaign in the Ulster Museum, Belfast.





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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Second new opening for Roosmspace in 2017

ROOMSPACE is delighted to announce the official opening of their latest building in #London - 'La Roka'.

Situated in vibrant Canning Town in East London, La Roka is a stunning new development and is the first opening for Roomspace Serviced Apartments in this area, growing the Roomspace footprint in London to nine popular locations. The building is just 2 minutes from the underground, and 4 minutes from Canary Wharf.

La Roka is the second new opening for Roomspace in 2017 after the successful launch of Bradley Court in Camberley in April.

La Roka is a luxury development, offering a combination of one and two bedroom apartments finished to a very high specification and complete with private winter gardens for each apartment. Guests enjoy fully fitted kitchens, breakfast bars, luxury bathrooms, modern fixtures and fittings, flat screen wall hanging smart TV's, complimentary WIFI, washer dryers and weekly cleaning.


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Malta Tourism Authority deplores false warnings on social media

THE #Malta Tourism Authority deplores the false warnings circulated on social media advising beachgoers against swimming at a number of locations due to allegedly dangerous sea conditions. These warnings, claiming to be issued by the St. John’s Ambulance, are an example of ‘fake news’ aimed at dissuading members of the public and tourists from frequenting local beaches and creating unnecessary fears.

This year, lifeguard services fully funded by the Malta Tourism Authority are provided at a number of beaches in Malta, Gozo and Comino by two organisations: A-Medical in Malta and ERRC in Gozo and Comino. This is part of the services, improvements and enhancements that MTA carries out every summer to make popular beaches around the Maltese Islands better organised, cleaner and safer. 

Actions include the engagement of beach supervisors, the provision of waste separation bins and bags, accessibility facilities such as ramps, hoists and beach wheelchairs, signage and more. 

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Jade Mountain in St. Lucia is among the world's Top 25 hotels.

READERS of influential travel magazine Travel + Leisure gave the famed St. Lucian hotel the 25th spot in the world and number two in the Caribbean, Bermuda and the Bahamas category in its annual survey. 

Jade Mountain's sister resort, Anse Chastanet, was not far behind, placing number six among hotels in the Caribbean region.



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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Fish for Lodges

FISHING vacation website fishlodges.com has been updated with a new search experience, allowing users of the site to filter fishing lodges and resorts in the North American Northwest by a wide array of attributes.

"Our search tool has been the defining feature of the site since day one" states "Chief Navigator" Eric Embacher. "Our mission is to help anglers find their ideal fishing lodge vacation with far more efficiency than using Google, and the power of this tool is key to that."

The Search tool allows users to filter the entire set of lodges by 20 of the 124 types of information collected for every fishing lodge. Filters include location, price, fish species and type of fishing, guided or unguided trips, trip duration, lodge rating and number of reviews, and more. Once lodges are filtered they can be compared "apples-to-apples" and then individual lodges inspected in detail.


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Savour Singapore

THE #Singapore Food Festival (SFF) 2017 is back for its 24th edition. Taking place from 14 to 30 July, this year's SFF pays tribute to all things Singaporean, and locals and visitors alike can look forward to a delicious spread of both traditional and contemporary Singaporean flavours, interpreted through the palates of our home-grown culinary heroes. 

Themed "Savour Singapore in Every Bite", the festival will feature up to 20 gastronomic experiences that celebrate our heritage and flavours, and honour the people who work passionately to keep local culinary traditions alive.

This year's festival also shines the spotlight on four different Foodie Profiles1 and the SFF events that exemplify them. The four profiles are: the Gutsy Gourmand who lives and breathes modern cuisine; the Traditional Taster who believes there's nothing like old school fare; the Culture Craver who embraces all things local; and the Art Addict who appreciates creativity not just in food, but in art form too.


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Get your rush in Switzerland

GET a rush of adrenaline in #Switzerland with zip wires, cable cars combined with rock climbing, bungee jumps and abseiling.

In Bourg-SaintMaurice, Les Arcs, experience Bungee Ejection. This attraction is a cross between a catapult and a bungee jump. Equipped with a harness attached to long elastic ropes, participants get propelled to a height of 20 metres in two seconds! 

Chamonix Mont Blanc, the world’s capital of alpinism, is opening its first via ferrata. Beginning next to the top of the Flégère cable car, the via ferrata Via des Evettes has two parts: first, a via ferrata (with a steel cable), followed by a via cordata. A via cordata is a mixture of hiking, rock climbing and mountaineering, and is the perfect initiation for people who want to get into climbing. 

In Aussois, Les Jardins d’Eden circuit combines zip wires, via cordata, and abseiling in the canyon and gorges of the Arc river, just under the spectacular Fort Victor-Emmanuel. This activity is available for people aged 12 and over. 





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Monday, 17 July 2017

Hong Kong: Old Town Central

THE #HongKong Tourism Board (HKTB) launched a new programme earlier this year – “Old Town Central”, consolidating unique tourism hotspots in Central and Sheung Wan.

To provide visitors with a unique perspective when exploring this area, five themed walking routes have been thoughtfully designed, highlighting historical architecture and landmarks, arts and culture, dining outlets and lifestyle boutiques.

The HKTB will also work with trade partners to promote guided tours focusing on the richness of Central, and local celebrities as well as long-time expats to introduce the district’s charms and hidden gems through PR campaigns and digital platforms.


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Malaysia sees rise in cruise ships calling

LAST month, brand new super luxury passenger vessel, Majestic Princess, made her maiden call at the Boustead Cruise Centre, Port Klang, bringing some 3,560 passengers from 41 countries and 1,350 crew members to Malaysian shores.

The cruise ship was on its “Silk Road Sea Route,” a 49-day journey from Rome to Shanghai. During the voyage, she visited a total of 22 ports including Athens, Dubai, Cochin, Singapore, and Xiamen before arriving in Shanghai, her new homeport in China, in July. In #Malaysia, she berthed at Port Klang and Penang.

Over the last few years, Malaysia has seen an encouraging number of #cruise ships calling at the various country’s ports. In fact, Malaysia has welcomed guests on Cunard Line’s ultra-luxury Queen Mary II and Queen Victoria ocean liners, the UK’s Arcadia cruise liners, as well as passenger vessels such as Costa Allegra, Diamond Princess, Pacific Sun and Europa, among others.

Between January and May 2017, a total of 253 international cruise ships called at the country’s 11 ports indicating an increase of 9.48% compared to the same period in 2016. For the same period, the country received 405,554 cruise passengers compared to 330,473 passengers, signifying an increase of 18.51%.

Affordable exchange rates, modern infrastructure and facilities, warm weather, friendly people, a politically stable government, and numerous tourist attractions that are easily accessible from the ports make Malaysia the ideal stopover for cruise line operators.


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Mobile App for Kremlin Museums

THE #Moscow Kremlin Museums have produced a multimedia application for smartphones and tablets – 'Moscow Kremlin Museums. Armoury Chamber'. It provides the latest news about the events of the Kremlin Museums and full information on the Armoury Chamber, i.e. the map of the museum, automatic navigation through the halls, audio guide, information about its halls and exhibits, games with museum content and in-museum quests. The Armoury Chamber provides Wi-Fi, so it is possible to download the app directly at the museum.

The option Exposition Guide allows using the app as a guide. The app automatically identifies the location of the visitor and illuminates the nearest showcases with blue. One could also discover general information about the each hall by clicking the 'i' symbol. There is both textual and audio content in the app, so it can be used as an audio guide.

The free app is available in English and Russian for both iOS and Android users.


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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Celebrate Hawaii

THE annual Koloa Plantation Days festival on Kauai, July 21-30, 2017 commemorates the various cultures and people who immigrated to #Hawaii and contributed their traditions, music, dances, and foods to the rich melting pot that is Hawaii today. 

The event celebrates the present-day vitality of Koloa and Poipu areas, major visitor destinations on Kauai. Resorts and businesses welcome visitors and residents alike to enjoy guided walks and talk stories, outdoor sports and a variety of themed keiki activities, as well as live entertainment. The annual festivities also showcase watch top rodeo competitors from the state and mainland. 

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New hotels open in Oman

THE Middle Eastern country of #Oman is the subject of some reimagining of its potential from within the region. Thirteen new hotel facilities started operating in the Sultanate during the first five months of this year, and the number is expected to increase to 81 hotels during 2017-2018.

The Ministry of #Tourism has detailed its efforts since the beginning of the year to establish hotel projects in the Sultanate, along with supporting investment opportunities through electronic services.

According to Director General of Investors Services & Quality Control
Eng. Mohammed Mahmoud Al Zadjali, the total number of rooms by the end of 2016 was 18,825 rooms distributed throughout the Sultanate, through hotels, resorts, hotel apartments, tourist camps, rest houses, guest houses, heritage hotels and green hotels.

The number of hotel establishments by the end of 2016, at 339, increased by 6.6% compared to the year 2015, which was at 318 hotel establishments. The number is expected to rise in 2017 to 352 hotels.


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It's a hat trick

THE Lodge at Kauri Cliffs is the number one hotel in Australia & New Zealand, as voted by Travel + Leisure readers in the publication’s World’s Best Awards 2017. With this most recent award coming more than 15 years after Kauri Cliffs first opened, it stands as a testament to the enduring style and timeless elegance of this much-loved #NewZealand lodge.

Kauri Cliffs’ sister properties, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers and Matakauri Lodge were also named in the Top 5 Resorts in Australia & New Zealand, at #2 (Cape Kidnappers), and #5 Matakauri Lodge. The trio are the only New Zealand properties in the top five.


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Saturday, 15 July 2017

Relax before you fly with Virgin Holidays at Gatwick Airport

WHETHER you’re a honeymooner off to the Caribbean or taking the kids away to Orlando, the v-room truly caters for everyone, all with a premium design ethos, yet retaining a lot of family-friendly quirks. Covering more than 7,200 square feet and available exclusively for Virgin Holidays’ customers, the new space creates a calming atmosphere away from the hectic airport terminal through its pastel tones, sumptuous relaxation areas and extensive menus. Here, visitors can sip a specialty cocktail, enjoy a hearty breakfast and even try their hand on one of the lounges many interactive games. Split into a number of distinct sections, the v-room includes:

Innovate: Practice your driving skills in the Forza racing car sled, take part in a kids vs adults game of table football or Xbox Kinect games and even take the first of your holiday selfies in the dedicated booth, all with your chosen destination super imposed on the background.

Toddler Time: Created specifically for the under-fives, this immersive space really focuses on the needs of the youngest travelers. There’s a variety of touch screen games, with a soft play area and slide, an arts & crafts table and TVs screening child friendly content, to ensure the little ones are kept fully immersed during their airport experience.

Try before you fly!: Inspired by some of the most tropical destinations, cabana daybeds will make you feel like you’ve already arrived on holiday. The space is designed strictly with older guests in mind, who can relax in style with a cocktail and a magazine, before they even hit the beach.

Guests can also enjoy an al-a-carte hot food menu, along with an extensive continental buffet offering. Other finishing touches include a gourmet coffee shop, Cup Cup and Away, and a pancake machine that offers a variety of personalised toppings.

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