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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Colorado: the best US state to ride a bike in

CYCLISTS from across the United States and abroad widely recognize #Colorado as a premier #cycling #destination, because of its natural beauty, variety of terrain, notable bike rides and races and soaring elevation. From world-class bike races like the Colorado Classic and the Breck Epic to a cruiser ride along the Fruit & Wine Byway in Palisade or mountain biking the downhill trails at Winter Park (“Mountain Bike Capital, USA”).

Must-Experience Colorado Bike Trails and Rides:

Bike-friendly Fort Collins
Cycling opportunities prevail in and around Fort Collins, and getting to know the area atop two wheels offers a bounty of benefits. Road cyclists will appreciate the 285+ miles of relatively flat, wide bike lanes, trails and paths, including three main bike trails offering 19 miles of paved surface: the Poudre trail that follows the Cache La Poudre River; Spring Creek trail following the creek; and Fossil Creek trail covering miles of open prairie.

Blue River Trail in Silverthorne
The Blue River Trail is Silverthorne’s link to the county-wide paved trail system. The 3.5-mile, hard surface paved trail begins at the top of the Dillon Dam and ends at North Pond Park. The Blue River Trail offers a meandering, family-friendly paved trail with spectacular views.

High-Desert Biking in Eagle
Eagle is a high-desert town, which means an extended biking season and trails that are open into mid-December. Over 100 miles of single-track mountain biking trails and paved recreational trails are accessible. Riders can start on beginner trails like Haymaker and Eagle Ranch Loop and then advance to the technical Mike’s Night Out. Eagle Ranch Loop is great for families and various skill levels.

Maroon Creek Road in Aspen
Few bike rides in the world can match the drama of this eight-mile road ride. Riders will round a bend and suddenly view the iconic Maroon Bells, two 14,000-foot peaks striped with snow year-round. The trek takes riders 22 miles round-trip through a moderately difficult ride with unparalleled views.

Mineral Belt Trail in Leadville
Biking is a favorite sport on Leadville’s famous Mineral Belt Trail, where riders can see the tops of the towering Sawatch Range and remnants of 1880s silver mines, all on a paved, 11.6-mile loop around town. Portions of the trail follow old railroad grades, making for a pleasant ride around North America’s highest incorporated city, set at 10,152 feet.The trail winds through Leadville’s historic East Side Mining District.

Monarch Crest Trail in Salida
Thanks to the diverse ecosystem in Salida, there’s always great singletrack to be ridden in the middle of winter or during the heat of summer. The Monarch Crest Trail should be included on the Colorado mountain bike bucket list. From the Monarch Crest trailhead at Monarch Pass, riders will encounter singletrack, doubletrack, fire road, smooth and packed trails, rocky and loose trails and great views of nature and wildlife.

Trailheads in Niwot
The town of Niwot in Boulder County is known throughout the cycling community as one of the best spots to begin or end a ride. Home to mammals, birds and amphibians, these trails are perfect for nature-lovers. The 6.4-mile Niwot trail system is composed of easy trails and provides breathtaking mountain views and shady cottonwood-lined paths along irrigation canals.

Winter Park, Aka “Mountain Bike Capital, USA”
With over 600 miles of cross-country trails and two downhill bike parks, Mountain Bike Capital USA™ has it all: mellow rides, heart-thumping singletrack adventures and gravity-fed adrenaline. Winter Park plays host to numerous bike races and events all summer long. For the novice, seasoned cross-country biker, downhill racer or the want-to-learn-more-skills casual biker, there are a variety of events and trails to choose from.

Fruit & Wine Byway in Palisade
Choose from three different loops from five to 25-miles-long through mapped points of interest for those who want to stop and experience the agriculture and industry of the area. Explore historic downtown Palisade, tour along the scenic Colorado River and enjoy some of the best vistas of the Grand Valley, all while savoring fresh fruit from the beautiful orchards, or enjoying the lavender gardens, world class vineyards, premium wineries and fresh farm market fruit stands along the way.

7-Eleven Olympic Velodrome in Colorado Springs
Built in 1983 in preparation for the 1984 Olympic Games, the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center Velodrome is the official training venue for U.S. Olympic and Paralympic track cycling and USA Roller Sports. The Velodrome features a 333.3-meter banked cement cycling track, which wraps around a 200-meter track for roller sports. The 1,000-seat facility is open to the public for community racing, and hosts local, national and international events throughout the year.

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On the runway . . .

JAMIE Oliver has visited Gatwick Airport to unveil his new flagship restaurant, The Diner, a homage to great American comfort food, serving up honest home-cooked dishes in a relaxed and vibrant setting.

The Diner is home to three distinct areas, a diner restaurant section serving food in a rustic way, on big trays or in baskets, making it perfect for sharing, an art-deco inspired bar plus also a ‘grab and go’ deli.

At 627 m2 the new arrival is one of the largest restaurants at Gatwick serving 278 covers.


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Sunday, 20 August 2017

A shore thing

THE Whitsundays’ reputation as a world-class sailing destination is riding high with Airlie Beach to be a host port for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in 2018.

Tourism and Major Events Minister Kate Jones said the carnival was expected to attract more than 4000 visitors to the Whitsundays and generate more than $3 million for the local economy.

“The Whitsundays is a jewel in our tourism crown so for it to be confirmed as a host port for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is another significant achievement,” she said.

“We all know the impact of Tropical Cyclone Debbie on this community but we also know the resilience and determination of the people and businesses in the Whitsundays.”

Airlie Beach will host the 12 yachts, their skippers and their international crew and supporters as the final stop of the Australian leg of the race, but the stopover will be complemented by a festival set to include a large scale welcome event, a regional rodeo and a spectacular lunch on the iconic Whitehaven Beach.



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A new level of luxury in Sri Lanka

LOCATED at One Galle Face along the Galle Face Green promenade, which is the most exclusive address in Colombo, #SriLanka. Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo will offer uninterrupted Indian Ocean views in most of its 500 guestrooms and suites and 41 serviced apartments. 

The hotel sits on 10 acres of land that will also soon accommodate an office tower, two residential buildings and a high-end shopping mall, bringing a new level of luxury to the thriving, metropolitan city of Colombo. The hotel is a 40-minute drive from the Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport.

The hotel will begin taking bookings from 1 September 2017 for stays from 1 December 2017.

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Māori artwork inspires German backpackers

A Māori art workshop with social media experts proved an effective way to reach the German backpacker market, with the bloggers sharing their own kōwhaiwhai inspired designs.

The one day workshop in Berlin organised by Tourism New Zealand was a creative way to raise awareness about #NewZealand as a destination that has more to offer than landscapes and adventures.

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Saturday, 19 August 2017

SeaWorld Adds New Killer Whale Up-close Tour



THE Killer Whale Up-Close Tour gives guests the opportunity to meet the park’s killer whales in ways never before offered at the park. The 45-minute tour includes learning from the park’s killer whale trainers, meeting the whales and understanding their unique personalities and even taking part in an interaction with one off the whales.

During the tour, which takes place daily, SeaWorld’s trainers share stories and information about the killer whales, demonstrate how the whales take part in voluntary husbandry sessions and discuss their healthcare, feeding habits and more. The engaging and interactive tour also gives participants the chance to try their hand at a session with the whales alongside a trainer. Throughout the entire experience, guests can take photos to help forever preserve the memory of the one-of-a-kind experience.

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Polka dot pumpkins

A Yayoi Kusama Museum is set to open in Tokyo’s Shinjuku on 1st October 2017.  Yayoi Kusama is one of Japan’s most famous and prolific artists. Even when people don’t recognise the name, mention her spotted pumpkins and everybody lets out an ‘aaah’ of acknowledgement.

So it’s very exciting news for one and all that the internationally famed artist will have an entire museum dedicated to her polka-dot works from this autumn onwards, located in one of Tokyo’s most central and well-trodden districts.

The five storey Yayoi Kusama Museum will house a gift shop on the first floor, with floors two and three dedicated to exhibition spaces. On the fourth floor, the artist will create Instagram-friendly immersive installations. On floor five, visitors can expect to find a reading room with documents and material relating to Kusama’s works.

Each year, Kusama will run two rotating exhibitions, the first of which will be titled: “Creation is a Solitary Pursuit, Love is What Brings You Closer to Art”. This exhibition will run from 1st October 2017 until 25th February 2018. Tickets will go on sale from 28th August, and will cost around 1000 yen (£6.40) for adults, and 600 yen (£4.20) for children.



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On the runway . . .

BRITISH Airways is to launch new routes from London City Airport to three European capitals, Paris, Prague and Reykjavik, in October.

The new services to the three popular cities will mean British Airways will fly to 30 destinations from London City this winter.

The Orly flights are being transferred to London City Airport from Heathrow, offering customers a choice of two London airports from Paris. Flights to Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris will continue to operate from Heathrow.

It will be the fifth French route served by British Airways from the Docklands airport. The launch of Prague and Reykjavik routes will be the first time British Airways has flown to the Czech Republic or Iceland from London City.



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Friday, 18 August 2017

Celebrate Indonesian Independence with music

INDONESIAN composer Ananda Sukarlan and Australian Indigenous musician Djakapurra Munyarrun will perform together in Jakarta to celebrate the 72th anniversary of Indonesian Independence.

Taking its name from the Makassar term for Arnhem Land in northern Australia, the Voyage to Marege concert is inspired by the connections between the Yolngu people from North East Arnhem Land and the Bugis traders from Makassar.

The concert is a celebration of the deep bonds between #Australia and #Indonesia. It will be held on 31 August 2017 at Teater Jakarta, Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM) Jakarta.


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Explore the 'New Midtown' in New York with Norwegian

FOR most travellers, #NewYork likely conjures up images of the City’s many classic attractions - Times Square, the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Centre, but in 2017 the beating heart of Manhattan is set to see the opening of some brand-new landmark attractions:

The immersive, first-of-its-kind NFL Times Square Experience (opening November 2017) will bring the world of professional football to life. Including a 4D film with exclusive footage, interactive displays that dive into the NFL training regimen and game plan, physical challenges that allow guests to measure up against the pros, and championship memorabilia, the first-of-its-kind attraction will take fans of all ages from the stands to the field.

During the jaw-dropping interactive undersea journey that will be National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey (opening October 2017) visitors will be transported to breath-taking places from around the world thanks to virtual reality technologies and interactive “real-time’ audience tracking.

Gulliver’s Gate - In May this year, Gulliver’s Gate became the newest addition to Midtown Manhattan. The attraction features more than 300 miniature buildings and more than 1,000 model train cars, including 3-D printed replicas of Times Square, Grand Central Terminal and parts of Lower Manhattan, along with scenes from around the world (gulliversgate.com).

Country music’s most famous brand, the Grand Ole Opry’s, first “home away from home,” in the shape of Opry City Stage (opened April 2017)

#Norwegian has launched a new second daily service to New York City with fares from £149, meaning that passengers can now experience the city that never sleeps in just one day!

The new flight departs London Gatwick in the morning and arrives into John F Kennedy airport for 9am. Jet setters can then spend the whole day exploring the city before returning on the 11pm ‘red eye’ from JFK, landing back to London Gatwick the following day – perfect for a weekend break.

Flights direct to New York City from London Gatwick start from £149 one-way and £259 return for a LowFare economy ticket or £419 one-way and £759 return in Premium including all taxes and charges.

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Istanbul Among Top 10 List of Street Food Cities

VirtualTourist.com surveyed its members about their favorite street food experiences, and they rated #Istanbul as the 7th top city for its doner – lamb, chicken, or beef grilled on a vertical skewer and served in pita bread. There is also simit (ring-shaped bread topped with toasted sesame seeds, Lahmacun (sometimes called Turkish pizza, flatbread topped with minced vegetables and/or ground meat and bold spices,) and midye dolma (stuffed mussels.)


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Thursday, 17 August 2017

Up in the air . . .

ETHIOPIAN Airlines Group, the largest airline in Africa, is pleased to announce to its valued customers that it has fully refurbished its Boeing 767-300 ER fleet and availed for service on its India, Middle East and Africa destinations.

The newly refurbished airplane is fitted with brand new full flat-bed seats in Cloud Nine, modern IFE with high resolution 17 inches screen and in-seat power outlets (inflight entertainment), lighting and other modern cabin products. Customers in the main cabin will also enjoy new seats, multiple channels of inflight audio and video entertainments accessible with their own mobile devices /tablets.

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I Do . . .



IMAGINE walking towards the rest of your life over a glass-bottomed aisle, accompanied by ancient turtles and kaleidoscopic fish. Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru now offers its most breathtaking bridal backdrop: a “floating” overwater pavilion that elevates the #beach #wedding concept to a spectacular vantage point, allowing couples to pledge forever above the infinite life and endless beauty of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve ocean in the #Maldives.

Located off the northeast tip of the island, accessible only by boat, the overwater Wedding Pavilion is a freestanding, pillared structure: light and airy with lofty vaulted ceilings (maximum height 6 metres or 20 feet); shimmering titanium-polished concrete floor with glass bottom “aisle”; and wrap-around, bi-folding floor-to-ceiling glass doors to three sides, opening onto timber decking.

“Landaa’s wild natural beauty has hosted so many incredible weddings and celebrations,” comments Regional Vice-President and General Manager Armando Kraenzlin. “Our UNESCO Biosphere Reserve location really sets up apart, and our vision with the Wedding Pavilion was to incorporate this in a way that surpassed anything we’d offered before. Now wedding couples can surround themselves by – and draw inspiration from – the power, possibility and abundant beauty of the ocean.”


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Pura Aventura launches into central Chile

PURA Aventura has chosen central #Chile as the location for its latest itinerary – a little-known region, much of which is off-the-map for tour operators. 

The 15 day trip travels from snow-capped volcanoes on the Pacific coast, to the Valdivian rainforests of Huilo Huilo and the stunning Zapallar beach. The relatively compact route within central Chile is ideal for the second time visitor, particularly those who are looking for a gentler adventure. 

The experience is priced from £3,460 per person based on two people sharing, including domestic flights, accommodation, guides, 4×4 vehicle rental and transfers. 

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Play Me . . .

BRISTOL artist Luke Jerram's musical art trail, Play Me, I'm Yours, has returned to the streets of Bristol this week from August 17 to September 7th.

The pianos - each decorated by a different #Bristol artist - will be installed in public spaces across a city for everyone to play and enjoy.

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Luxury Greek Spa

THE newly built Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa, which opened its doors in 2016, is located in a privileged setting at the edge of Oia. 

Santo Maris Oia offers seclusion and direct views to the renowned sunset of Oia. Accommodation is offered in 44 suites & private villas and facilities include four outdoor swimming pools, the 300 sq.m. Luxury Spa with indoor swimming pool and the Alios Ilios restaurant.

The Spa has been nominated in the category “Greece’s Best Resort Spa for 2017” at the prestigious World Spa Awards.

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Visual Storytellers Wanted: Last Chance


TOURISM Australia and BuzzFeed Australia are on the hunt for the next generation of visual storytellers from around the world to join the first ever BuzzFeed Mateship program, a once-in-lifetime fellowship and travel program that will see the Mates work, travel and capture content across #Australia.

Eight young travellers and aspiring content creators from the UK, Germany, Italy and France will be flown to Australia for a three-month road trip to discover and report on some of the most unique, eye-opening and breathtaking experiences across the country for both Tourism Australia and BuzzFeed.com social channels.

Entries for the BuzzFeed Mateship program are open to applicants from the UK, Germany, Italy and France. The entries are open from 2-18 August to creative professionals and enthusiasts alike. Application details can be found online at www.buzzfeed.com/jobs


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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Lighting up the night sky

FOR the 29th year, the night’s sky over Macao will light up as the Asian city celebrates its prestigious International Fireworks Display Contest. 

As in previous years, the 2017 contest – adjacent to the 338-metre high Macau Tower – will be held each Saturday evening in September (2,9,16 and 23) with the fiery grand finale on Saturday, October 1. 

Other countries to compete for the annual crown are Austria, UK, France, Japan, the Philippines, Germany, Italy, Portugal and China.

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Treetop Travel

Keemala - Phuket, Thailand
TRAVELLERS can now live the luxury treetop dream with a little help from Hotels.com Loved by Guests awards and the millions of genuine guest reviews they’re based on. Ten amazing hotels have been crowned winners in the brand new Best for Treehouse category, and they’ll be climbing straight to the top of your wish list.

Today’s travelers are aiming high and dreaming of a vacation in the sky, as the travel experts at Hotels.com saw almost a 30% increase in demand for #treehouse #hotels last year.

With treetop luxury proving more popular than sleeping in a spaceship (28%), checking into a hotel made of gold (24%) or bedding down in an ice hotel (23%) ,the top ten Treehouse Hotels to suit every traveler’s taste are listed below.

1.   Phuket, Thailand – Keemala

2.   Harads, Sweden – Tree Hotel

3.   Tulum, Mexico – Azulik – Adults Eco-Resort & Maya Spa

4.   Papagayo, Costa Rica – Four Seasons Resort

5.   Plettenberg Bay, South Africa – Tsala Treetop Lodge

6.   Tioman Island, Malaysia – Japamala Resort

7.   El Gigante, Nicaragua – Aqua Wellness Resort

8.   Mossman, Australia – Silky Oaks Lodge Mossman

9.   Eureka Springs, Arkansas, USA – Eureka Springs Treehouses

10. Lower Daintree, Australia – Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa

Japamala Resort, Tioman Island Malaysia

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Warmer Cruising from Fred.Olsen

FRED.OLSEN Cruise Lines will be launching its new ‘Warmer Cruising’ campaign on 16th August 2017, offering guests up to 40% off a selection of 32 tempting cruises between October 2017 and March 2018, on bookings made up to 18th October 2017 inclusive. Durations vary from 46 nights to shorter breaks of three and five nights – the perfect ‘taster’ cruise for those taking a holiday at sea for the very first time.

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Monday, 14 August 2017

Things to do in Skagen

THE most northerly tip of North Jutland is not only home of the picturesque village Skagen but also a hot spot for many migratory birds, and one of Europe’s best bird migration sites. The Skagen Grey Lighthouse has opened in May to take enthusiastic visitors on a virtual tour to discover and experience the many migratory birds that stop off in the region and surrounding areas.

Whilst September is the month for walkers to gather and lace up their hiking boots for the launch of the Skagen Hiking Festival. Open to everyone, regardless of age or hiking experience, the festival offers the chance to explore some of Denmark’s most magical scenery in the company of other walking enthusiasts.


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Latest Discover England fund winner

A NEW tourism project to open up England’s coast has been awarded funding of £1 million from VisitEngland’s Discover England Fund.

The ‘England’s Coast’ project, led by the National Coastal Tourism Academy, will promote the coastline using interactive video technology which allows holidaymakers to create their own coastal itineraries.

‘England’s Coast’ will target German, Dutch and French visitors coming to Britain, and enable them to build personalised itineraries along the North East, South, South West and East coast. It will inspire visitors with a selection of each region's finest coastal locations and activities, allowing them to see destinations and retailers along each route, while also booking accommodation, activities and attractions.

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Kids Go Free in San Diego

FOR the 6th Year in a Row, Families Can Enjoy Special Deals at #SanDiego Hotels, Attractions, Restaurants, Arts and Culture Venues and More

During the entire month of October 2017, more than 100 San Diego hotels, restaurants, attractions, museums and transportation companies will offer families with children money-saving deals, so they can enjoy San Diego without emptying their wallets. “Kids Free San Diego” provides families an opportunity to save during budget-conscious times with a variety of unique “kids free” incentives, ranging from complimentary attraction admission to meals, welcome amenities at area hotels and much more.

Consistently rated one of the top family destinations in North America, San Diego is home to world-class family attractions, a rich arts and culture scene, delicious Cali-Baja cuisine and popular activities like whale watching, golfing, surfing and kayaking. In October, after the summer beach crowds diminish, visitors to San Diego can relish in the region’s sunny weather and warm temperatures and enjoy a number of fun-filled fall activities for the whole family. Below are highlights of the 6th annual “Kids Free San Diego” month.



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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Conquer Snowdon

20 miles over 1 mountain. You’ll begin your journey at sea level from within the UNESCO World Heritage listed Caernarfon Castle before climbing steadily through the beautiful landscapes of Northern Wales with some obstacles along the way. 

Once you’ve braved the elements and descended from the summit of Snowdon, you’ll then face the ‘All Out Vertical Kilometre’, a guided abseil, and a series of land and water based obstacles designed to test what strength remains.

Find out more about Man vs Mountain


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Three things you have to do when in Zakynthos: Part 2

ZAKYNTHOS Marine Park is located along the southern coast of Zakynthos and the Strofades, two small islands 50 nautical miles southern of Zakynthos. The marine park was set up in 1999 to protect not only the Caretta Caretta sea turtle and the Mediterranean Seals Monachus-Monachus but all wildlife found in the Southern part of the island.

The Caretta Caretta Turtle spawns along the beaches of the Laganas Gulf. and always on the same beach it was born, the nesting period is from June to August when the females come on to the beaches to lay their eggs.



They can have considerable dimensions (the largest weights 140 kg. and measures circa 120 cm whereas the smallest measures 80 cm.) but, in spite of this, they are very fast, with a big anterior and stiff posterior fins they can reach 30km/hour and so protect themselves from possible dangers.

Whilst on the island you can join many boat trips to catch a glimpse of the Caretta Caretta and sail to Marathonisi - a pine-covered islet nicknamed ‘Turtle Island’. 



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Music to your ears

A new route to Music City will be music to traveller’s ears with British Airways’ new service to Nashville.

From May 2018, British Airways will launch a five-a-week service from Heathrow, Terminal 5 and will be the only airline flying direct between Europe and the capital of Tennessee.

The new route takes the number of US destinations the airline flies to from London in summer 2018 up to 26, and the number of daily flights offered by British Airways and American Airlines as part of their transatlantic joint business up to 67 per day.

The route will be operated by a Boeing 787-8, with return fares in World Traveller starting from £749, £1196 in World Traveller Plus and £1849 in Club World available to book now on ba.com.


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Saturday, 12 August 2017

Toll Free Helpline for Tourists in India

THE Government of #India has introduced a 24 x 7 toll free multilingual tourist helpline in 12 international languages. 

The helpline provides information relating to travel and tourism in India to both domestic and international travellers.

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Lighting up the Borders

LIGHTING the Borders, designated a signature event for Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, will see sites such as Floors Castle, Ayton Castle and Peniel Heugh flooded with blue light for three nights from Friday 1 September to Sunday 3 September.

In addition, 11 of the sites will also host special free and ticketed events over those three days, including music, theatre and living history, celebrating and reflecting on the region’s history, heritage and cultural diversity.

The Scottish Borders Heritage Festival, which runs throughout September and includes over 200 events, is being delivered by Live Borders in partnership with Scottish Borders Council and the Borders Heritage Forum.

A full programme of events, including details of all the sites and events as part of Lighting the Borders can be found online at www.scottishbordersheritage.com

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Head to Yokohama

HEAD to Yokohama from August - November this year to experience this celebrated exhibition of local and global artists, now in its sixth year.

The sixth edition of the Yokohama Triennale will take place between 4 August and 5 November 2017, with the theme “Islands, Constellations & Galapagos”.

Yokohama is just 30 minutes’ from central Tokyo by train. This year’s festival will take place in the Yokohama Museum of Art and Red Brick Warehouse, which is home to a number of stylish shops and restaurants (including ocean front cafes and casual eateries such as Bill Grainger’s ‘Bill’s’). 

Combine your trip to the Yokohama Triennale with a visit to Yokohama’s other attractions, such as the Cup Noodle Museum (where you can create your own cup noodle!), the city's enormous China Town, the Kirin beer factory (which offers free tours) and a stroll along the waterfront at Yamashita Park.

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