Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Speak like a local

YOUR shortest path to a conversation in a new language comes in the form of Babbel, who along with TripAdvisor joined forces earlier this year to inspire travelers and get them ready for their next city trip.

For this joint campaign, the companies have combined their expertise and built an interactive city-trip themed campaign website. 

The site features customized language lessons for some of the world’s most popular cities as well as recent TripAdvisor 2016 Travellers’ Choice Destination award winners: London, Paris, Rome, New York, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Rio de Janeiro, St. Petersburg, Istanbul and Ubud (Indonesia).


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Safe in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI has been named the safest city in the world by Numbeo, a website that curates and collates data to develop the world’s largest user-contributed database about cities and countries worldwide.

With the lowest crime index of just 13.54 in the past six months, and the highest safety index of 86.46, #AbuDhabi was well ahead of second place city, Basel, Switzerland in the scores for overall safety. Respondents to the index stated that Abu Dhabi has very low crime levels and scored the capital at 94 per cent for a general feeling of safety in the city.

Last month, Abu Dhabi was named the second-best city in the world to live, work and do business in, overtaking both London and Paris in the most recent Ipsos City Index.


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Formula 1 Powerboat Racing returns to London in 2018

FORMULA 1 Powerboat racing (F1H20) will return to #London for the first time in over 30 years, with organisers U.I.M announcing a London Grand Prix as part of the 2018 World Championship season.

The 2018 race will see around 24 drivers of the world’s leading F1 Powerboat drivers race around the iconic Royal Victoria Docks site in June next year.

The two-day race weekend (16-17th June) will give spectators the chance to see the lightweight and powerful catamarans race at speeds of up to 140mph. Showcasing the latest powerboat technology and engineering, the race will be part of London Tech Week 2018, Europe’s largest festival of technology and innovation.


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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

KAZA Univisa shortage in Zambia

WILD Horizons the adventure tour operator based in Victoria Falls has reported that there is presently a shortage of KAZA UNIVISA stickers in #Zambia. 

The entry points namely (Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport, Victoria Falls Border Post, Zambian side and Kazungula Border Post, Zambian side) have run out of KAZA UNIVISA stickers.

The standard Zambian single and double entry visas will be available at these Ports of Entry until this matter has been resolved.


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Caves of the Ice Age become 42nd UNESCO World Heritage Site in Germany

THE UNESCO World Heritage Committee has included a new site to its list: the caves of the Ice Age in the Swabian Jura in Baden-Württemberg. More than 50 artifacts mostly made of bone and ivory, were discovered in six caves in the Ach- and Lonetal. These archaeological sites and prehistoric works of art from the Ice Age allow researchers to draw conclusions about the earliest traces of human settlement. 

Visitors to #Germany will experience the works of the Ice Age in various historical #museums in Baden-Württemberg. The Prehistoric Museum Blaubeuren is a central museum for the Paleolithic period of the state of Baden-Württemberg. It displays, among other original finds, the "Venus vom Hohlenfels" and three flutes of the Ice Age. At various locations, visitors can not only marvel at the objects, but also try working with stone tools. 

The museum of the University Tübingen displays a 40,000-year-old figure of a horse made of mammoth ivory, called “Vogelherdpferd“, and a cave named “Vogelherdhöhle“ is part of the archaeological park Niederstotzingen. Other artifacts from the era of hunters and gatherers are on display in the permanent Stone Age exhibition of the Landesmuseum Württemberg in Stuttgart.

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PortAventura World named 2017 Best Amusement Park in Europe


SPANISH amusement park PortAventura World has been named the best theme park in Europe in the 2017 edition of the 'World of Parks Awards' (www.worldofparks.eu), by one of the leading online portals for theme parks and leisure.  

In addition, Dance Revolution, one of PortAventura Park’s most acclaimed shows, has been named ‘Best show in a European Theme Park’ for the fourth year running. Dance Revolution is a spectacular musical which takes the audience on a journey through the world of music from the 1940s and 1950s right through to the present day.

This award positions #PortAventura World among the best leisure and #family #holiday destinations in Europe. The resort has welcomed more than 70 million visitors over its 22 year history, and it is also the home of the PortAventura Park theme park, PortAventura Caribe Aquatic Park, the recently opened Ferrari Land, 5 hotels and a convention center.

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Monday, 21 August 2017

Grab a bargain with half a million discounted tickets on Virgin Trains

WHETHER you fancy a late summer break, an autumn staycation or are even thinking about exploring Christmas markets, look no further than Virgin Trains’ half price seat sale. Between Tuesday August 22 and Sunday August 28, you can bag huge discounts on selected advance tickets for travel between September 11 and December 20* to destinations along the east coast.

With half a million tickets up for grabs, there’s never been a better time to enjoy a trip to Britain’s vibrant east coast. From the cobbled streets of Edinburgh, to the bustling nightlife in Leeds, you can get to these and many more destinations along the route in style and comfort for half the usual price.

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