Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Hot in Chile



FOLLOWING Chile's ranking as the number one country to visit next year in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018 list, the #destination has further cause for celebration after being voted Best Adventure Tourism Destination in the World by the World Travel Awards for the second year running.

These prestigious industry awards highlight why #Chile should be on every travel bucket list for 2018 and showcase how the destination is being recognised by the travel industry, the media and their readers for its diverse tourism offering. Here is a list of recent accolades Chile has proudly received…

  • Chile voted Best Adventure Tourism Destination in the World for the second year running at the World Travel Awards
  • Santiago ranks 12th in National Geographic’s ‘Places you to need to visit in 2018’ list
  • Santiago comes Runner Up in the ‘Coolest City Right Now’ category of the Rough Guides Reader Awards 2017
  • Nevados de Chillán in Biobío Region ranked in world’s top 25 best ski resorts


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Visit the Ecuadorian Amazon with explorer Benedict Allen

NEW for 2018, Steppes Travel has launched an exclusive ‘Wildlife and Communities’ experience travelling to the Ecuadorian #Amazon with British explorer Benedict Allen. The adventurer will guide guests on a ten-day holiday into the #rainforest on the luxury boat Anakonda, sharing stories of his adventures in three informal lectures. Highlights of the trip include canoeing down the Amazon River in the UNESCO listed Yasuni National Park, and meeting indigenous tribal communities to learn about local culture.  

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Monday, 11 December 2017

Design your own experience




WHILE
the hyper-competitive Experience Economy is nothing new, it is clear that we haven’t yet seen the full impact of the Instragram effect. Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH), in partnership with global trends analysts Trendwatching, has today launched a luxury trends report that looks ahead at what will be shaping the luxury boutique hotel experience in 2018.

In 2018 travellers will be looking to get their luxury hands ‘dirty’ by helping to design their own experience. 

700,000 Hours wandering hotel, brought to you by the brains behind Dar Ahlam in Morocco, will allow guests to choose its location each year. 

Guests can also get a true ‘scents’ of place at Hotel Magna Pars Suites Milano where they can choose the fragrance of their room in this old perfume factory, and at The VIEW Lugano in Switzerland where the smell is not the only choice to make in advance of a stay but the colour of their toilet paper, brand of toiletries and linens, as well as when to have their bag unpacked are all ways guests can customise their experience.


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Travel through time in Queensland

EVER wondered what life was like in a 19th century Australian village, a time when British settlers forever changed the aboriginal people’s way of life? The new Spirts of the Red Sand experience in Beenleigh is a 2.5-hour journey through the 1800s, led by Jarrah, the only survivor of three Aboriginal brothers, and based on the true story of his family. 

This interactive experience with indigenous culture takes up to 120 guests through seven sets of live theatre, like the Dreamtime, a precolonial village and a jail, with an 18-strong cast of direct descendants of the first people. The cast will join guests for a warm damper dinner in the dining hall when the show concludes. 

Located in the Beenleigh Historical Village, 45km from the Gold Coast CBD and 36km from Brisbane’s CBD, tickets include transfers from either location. 


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New ‘Route of Parks’ in Chile will connect 17 National Parks

THE Carretera Austral – a Chilean route which traverses 1,000 kilometres through Patagonia from Puerto Montt to Villa O’Higgins – is being re-branded as the ‘Ruta de los Parques’ with the aim of developing adventure tourism in the region. The new route will be 1,500 miles long and will connect 17 #nationalparks in #Chile including Corcovado National Park, Patagonia National Park and the Yendegaia National Park. 

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Saturday, 9 December 2017

Silver Cloud makes inaugural expedition to Antarctica

SILVERSEA'S first crossover luxury expedition ship arrived successfully in Antarctica this week, marking her maiden visit to the remote continent following an AU$52.8 million (US$40 million) refurbishment and conversion into an ice-class polar expedition ship. 

Currently sailing a 10-night Antarctic Peninsula expedition roundtrip from Ushuaia, guests are being treated to vistas of towering icebergs, snow-capped mountains, and awe-inspiring wildlife aboard the completely refitted ship that includes the only Relais & Châteaux restaurant on an Expedition ship.

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Club Med opens 8th retail outlet in Australia

ICONIC holiday operator Club Med opened its first Queensland in-store boutique at Snowscene in Woolloongabba. The holiday boutique is just Club Med’s 8th such retail outlet in #Australia. 

Snowscene’s General Manager, Emily Foy, described the partnership as “a perfect alignment of a pair of iconic holiday brands. We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome Club Med into our retail space, and look forward to delivering an authentic Club Med experience to our customers in store”, continued Ms Foy. 

Club Med’s boutique deepens a long term relationship between the two businesses. At a recent Club Med VIP conference in Bintan, Snowscene was recognised for delivering the ‘Highest Ski Growth’ for Club Med from Australia.


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Finnair brings Nordic flavours to business and economy class

FINNAIR is investing in its food offering as part of the acclaimed carrier’s drive to present customers with a unique Nordic experience. Finnair General Manager – Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Geoff Stone said food was one of the items that frequently comes up in airline customer satisfaction surveys, especially on long-haul flights, where dining has a strong impact on the overall customer experience. 

Finnair has been delighting its business class customers with signature menus designed by top Finnish chefs since 2013, and is now introducing its first Nordic cooperation with top Swedish chef, Tommy Myllymäki, a nominee for Chef of the Year in Sweden and Creative Director for five Stockholm restaurants who has also represented Sweden, enjoying great success in the prestigious Bocuse d’Or competition.


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Friday, 8 December 2017

On the naughty or nice list?

SANTA'S Lapland (www.SantasLapland.com) offers three and four day family holidays to Lapland each year with activities including a private meeting with Santa, snowmobile safari, husky and reindeer sleigh-rides and visits to the Elves’ magical igloo playgrounds. 

The short breaks also include half board stays at one of the three or four star hotels, flights, resort transfers and thermal clothing to equip the whole family for the adventures that lie ahead.

For those who missed the chance to visit Santa this year, Santa’s Lapland has now put 2018 dates on sale and is offering fantastic low prices for children including free half-board accommodation for those under six and even free child places!


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New Archaeological site to open in Mexico

A new archaeological site called the Ichkabal Mayan – dating back to 300 BC – is set to open in 2018 in the southern region of Quintana Roo. The site is spread over more than 30 square kilometres and is believed to have been one of the most important political centres in the region during the Preclassic Mayan era. Located 82 kilometres from Chetumal in the municipality of Bacalar – the site is expected to increase visitor numbers to the region. 



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Thursday, 7 December 2017

NZ voted world's best five years in a row



NEW ZEALAND has been voted the best country on earth for the fifth year in a row in the world’s largest customer travel survey.

The British love affair with the Aotearoa continues with 87,220 readers voting in this year’s Telegraph Travel Awards, the largest number of responses since the awards were established in 1998.

New Zealand’s nearest rivals for “Best Country’ in the awards were the Maldives ranked 2nd and South Africa 3rd. Australia came in at 6th place.

The Telegraph Reader Awards are among the longest running and most prestigious in the industry giving readers a voice in recognizing those in the travel sector who they feel have made the biggest impact over the past year.

  • The United Kingdom is New Zealand’s fourth largest international tourist market
  • Half of the UK visitors to #NewZealand have already been here at least once before, and around three-quarters (73.2 per cent) visit regions beyond the main tourist centres.
  • In the year ending October 2017, 113,264 UK visitors enjoyed a holiday here, staying an average of 24.9 days.

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Top 10 reasons to visit San Simeon this fall and winter

AS the crowds of summer on California’s Central Coast subside, fall colors surge, surfing conditions begin to peak, and San Simeon’s seductive charm kicks into high gear. Situated along either side of one of the most beautiful stretches of Highway 1, San Simeon is a secluded retreat filled with natural splendor, endless outdoor adventure, scenic wonders and treasured historic landmarks.  Here’s why you need to plan your next getaway to San Simeon.

1. The Ideal time to visit as crowds are smaller.

2. Hearst Castle attracts visitors from around the world looking to experience the newspaper magnate’s enviable lifestyle and wonder at his impressive collection of 14th to 17th century fine and decorative European art.

3. San Simeon’s proximity to other charming seaside towns means there are plenty of other events to enjoy.

4. Wine and Dine - If visiting in January, you can save significantly during the ever-popular San Luis Obispo County Restaurant Month. 

5. Elephant Seals Galore - Catch a glimpse of the northern elephant seals at Piedras Blancas Rookery, one of only three accessible mainland rookeries in California.  

6. Breathtaking Trails and Parks 


7. Award-Winning Wines - San Simeon and the surrounding area are home to several award-winning wineries and the renowned regions of Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo. 

8. Beautiful Beaches and Parks - Wild and rugged, the unspoiled beaches of San Simeon are among the most beautiful in the state. 

9. Coastal Discovery Center - Boost your family’s ocean IQ at the free Coastal Discovery Center, while enjoying fun activities, such as spying marine life from the San Simeon Pier. 

10. Ride the Waves Less Traveled - San Simeon is the ultimate spot for those who love to play in the water without a lot of traffic and crowds, from surfing and kayaking to fishing and boating.


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Travel the world for half the Avios

BRITISH AIRWAYS is offering customers the chance to travel the world for half the number of Avios usually required.

Available for booking until December 17, the airline will offer World Traveller (long-haul economy) flights from Heathrow or Gatwick to more than 90 long-haul destinations for 50 per cent fewer Avios.

This means that customers can book a return flight to Toronto or New York using just 13,000 Avios instead of 26,000, to Johannesburg for 16,250 Avios instead of 32,500 or to Hong Kong for 19,500 Avios instead of 39,000.


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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Pop up in Manitoba

FOODIES scouring the globe for the ‘next big thing’ have found it in Canada’s central province of #Manitoba, with RAW:almond, taking place from 24 January to 13 February 2018. 

Manitoba’s capital city of Winnipeg, launched the concept in 2013 as the only #pop-up #restaurant of its kind in North America, where guests feast on multi-course meals, prepared by some of Canada’s finest chefs, served up in an elaborate tent perched on the fork of the frozen Assiniboine and Red rivers. The event grew wildly popular, with foodies flocking to experience this unique gastronomic adventure, and top chefs vying for a chance to showcase their edible works, created in the make-shift kitchen adjacent to the dining room. 

The 2018 RAW:almond features a large dining tent with seating for 30, where top chefs from Winnipeg, Canada and the US will take the helm in the kitchen for two nights each, with a weekend brunch also served.

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Heaven Scent

OMAN is full of contradictions of old and new and many modern shopping complexes have recently sprung up across #Muscat. Fully air-conditioned, they have a selection of local and international stores, local boutiques, supermarkets, cafes, food courts and play areas for children. 

When it comes to shopping a special mention goes to Oman’s world-famous scent, Amouage. One of the world’s most valuable perfumes, it is available at the flagship store, The House of Amouge, in Muscat’s Sabco Centre. Guy Robert, the renowned French perfumer behind the scents of Hermés, Dior and Rochas, was commissioned to formulate the celebrated fragrance, incorporating native Omani ingredients – frankincense and myrrh as well as rosewater extracted from the rarest rock rose found in Oman’s Jebel Akhdar region. 


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All aboard for the KTX train to the 2018 Winter Olympics

TRAVELLERS visiting #Korea for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic & Paralympic Games will be easily able to make their way between Seoul and the Winter Olympic venues when the new KTX Gyeonggang Line opens at the end of December just in time for the #WinterOlympic Games next February (9-25 Feb). 

The new line from Seoul to Gangneung on the east coast will service the main Olympic transport hubs of Pyeongchang, Jinbu and Gangneung making it very easy for athletes and visitors to the Games to travel smoothly and quickly to their destinations.

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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Alaska West Air celebrate 40th Anniversary in 2018

2018 marks the 40th anniversary of Alaska West Air providing flightseeing, bear viewing and guided trip services in #Alaska. 

The flightseeing company began in 1978 and has provided adventure services to clients from all around the world. From Disney, Warren Miller, BBC, MTV and National Geographic as well as its estimated 4,000 to 6,000 private guests each year.

Some of its most popular destinations include Katmai National Park and Preserve, Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Chinitna Bay, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and the iconic naturalist Dick Proenneke’s historic cabin on the shores of Twin Lakes. 


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Ice Architecture in China


HEILONGJIANG, #China borders Siberian Russia and in the two coldest months of the year January and February sees the most fantastic carvings made out of ice. Set in Harbin’s coldest months, Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival features breathtaking temporary works of art, all created with ice by hand or laser. 

Between the four primary parks and amusement zones, there are a few thousand pieces, not to mention all the ice architecture created throughout the city for the winter. This festival is a must-see for families and gives a whole new meaning to the name Winter Wonderland.


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Panoramic view on the rails

TRAVELLERS venturing to Machu Picchu will have more choice of train travel from December 2017 following the inauguration of a new service by Inca Rail, the #MachuPicchu Train; Peru’s first scenic #train with dome-like panoramic windows. 

The train will boast taller and wider scenic windows stretching up into the dome of each carriage as well as an open-air observation carriage from which passengers can take photos as they pass through the Sacred Valley. Two return tickets in standard economy are priced from £238. 



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Monday, 4 December 2017

Remote Pitcairn added to cruise programme



ARANUI Cruises is adding a special cruise to one of the most remote destinations in the world, #Pitcairn Island, as part of its bumper 2019 cruise program of 20 voyages in the South Pacific. 

It’s the first time the Tahitian adventure cruise line has offered a different itinerary from its regular roundtrip voyage from Papeete to the Marquesas, Society and Tuamotu islands, and marks the first new destinations added to the program since Bora Bora was introduced in 2015. The line’s 125-metre long mixed cargo and passenger vessel Aranui 5 will start the year with a new 13-day roundtrip cruise from Papeete to Pitcairn Island departing on January 10, 2019.

The one-off voyage includes the cruise line’s inaugural calls to the palm-fringed crystal-clear lagoons of Anaa and Amanu in the Tuamotus; Mangareva and Aukena in the Gambiers, which both offer pristine lagoons perfect for black pearls; and Raivave and Rapa in the Austral Islands, known for their intricate weavings.

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‘Ecotourism Corridor’ introduced in Argentina

THE Litoral region in #Argentina has recently launched a new tourist route called the ‘Ecotourism Corridor’. The circuit encompasses four major areas including Iguazu & Mancona, Ibera, Impenetrable and Bañado La Estrella, and features hiking routes, horse riding paths as well as offering visitors the chance to learn about native people and their culture. 

The aim of the project is to encourage the conservation of endemic species and to promote #tourism to these regions, whilst also positioning Argentina as one of Latin America’s number one tourist destinations. 

www.argentina.travel

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Whitehaven recognised as world’s second best beach

WHITEHAVEN Beach is regularly recognised as being one of the top spots in #Australia but now the iconic 7km stretch of white silica sand has been named the second best beach in the world. 

FlightNetwork, Canada’s largest travel website, has created a list of The World’s 50 Best Beaches after consultation with more than 600 of the world’s top travel professionals including journalists, editors, bloggers and agencies. 

Whitehaven Beach, which scored 10/10 for sheer untouched beauty, remoteness and sand and water quality, was described as “heaven on earth” by judges.

The holder of the Best Beach title is Grace Bay, in the Turks and Caicos Islands. For the complete list of The World’s 50 Best Beaches visit www.flightnetwork.com/blog/worlds-50-best-beaches


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Sunday, 3 December 2017

Icelandic culture and stunning Arctic scenery

AKUREYRI is Iceland’s second largest city it is still something of a hidden gem, not yet on the main tourist trail. You can enjoy Icelandic culture, heritage and cuisine in the city’s museums, restaurants, shops and bars, all the while surrounded by stunning Arctic scenery. Explore the culture and scenery of the Arctic north with an Incredible Iceland break.

Flying from Exeter Airport on Friday 19 January 2018, this three night break to Akureyri is exclusive to Super Break.

Search for the Northern Lights – a four hour tour on your night of arrival. Being just 60 miles from the Arctic Circle, #Akureyri is one of the best places in #Iceland to view the famous Aurora Borealis. Watch the incredible displays of light dance across the night sky, one of earths true natural wonders.

The Lake Myvatn Adventure – Land of Ice and Fire. A full day adventure led by an experienced local guide visiting some of the best natural wonders in Northern Iceland. Highlights include the mythical Godafoss Waterfall, the boiling mudpools of Namafjall and a stop at Vogafjos working farm. There is also the opportunity to visit Myvatn Nature Baths – the Blue Lagoon of the North or take part in a Snowmobiling Experience (extra charge applies).Add extra excursions to your Incredible Iceland break. Spot whales and seals in the Eyjafjörður fjord, visit the Bjorbodin beer spa or explore the local cuisine with an Akureyri Food Walk.

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World’s first carbon-neutral travel company

SETTING the sustainability bar higher than it had ever been set before, Natural Habitat Adventures became the world’s first carbon-neutral #travel company in 2007. Now, in 2017, Nat Hab celebrates the 10-year anniversary of its carbon offset program, a groundbreaking endeavor that has since offset more than 34.5 million pounds of CO2 for guests’ nature adventures in destinations all around the globe. 

As the #conservation travel partner of World Wildlife Fund, Nat Hab noted early the impacts of globetrotting clients on a changing climate. The EPA estimates that about 14 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions are travel-related. Offsetting carbon emissions became mission critical for this nature travel company. 

Nat Hab’s carbon offsets encompass every aspect of each adventure—from vehicles on safari in Africa and the American Southwest, to marine diesel in the Galapagos, to energy consumed in lodges all around the world. Carrying through on this promise involves complex calculations—but it’s a commitment that remains core to Nat Hab’s company values as a world leader in conservation travel.

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Costa Rica records a rise in UK visitor numbers

COSTA RICA has recorded an increase in visitors from the UK up by 7.8% in the first nine months of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016. 

From January to September 2017, a total of 57,906 Britons travelled to #CostaRica, compared to the 53,700 from the same period last year.
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Saturday, 2 December 2017

Signature tourism products in Quebec highlighted in new campaign

THE brand-new ‘14 Experiences of Québec’ campaign from aims to highlight the region’s range of signature tourism products and showcase what makes Canada’s French-speaking province of #Québec such an original destination. 

The experiences are ‘Great Outdoors’, ‘Snowmobiling’, ‘Gourmet Delights’, ‘Culture’, ‘Indigenous Traditions’, ‘The St Lawrence River’, ‘Vibrant Cities’, ‘Skiing’, ‘Road Trips’, ‘Fauna/Wildlife’, ‘Biking’, ‘Hunting and Fishing’, ‘Countryside Getaways’ and ‘Festivities’. 

The new campaign shines the spotlight on each of the 14 experiences, promoting the variety of cultural, culinary, historical and nature activities that visitors can discover in Québec.

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All I want for Christmas . . .

THE season for doing! Gifting experts predict experience gifts will be at the top of everyone’s list this holiday season. Adrenaline, Australia’s most popular gift website, says experience-based gifting has increased by 39 percent over the last year and they’re expecting an even bigger holiday season this year. 

Research shows those who spend money on experiences rather than material things are happier and feel the money is better spent. The same goes for the gifts we give. The thrill of receiving things fades but the memories of experiences last a lifetime. Who wouldn’t want to give that to someone they love?” 

A study by Harris Group found that 72 percent of millennials prefer to spend more money on experiences than on material things. But a desire to ‘collect’ experiences isn’t limited to younger generations. Older Australians are now the fastest growing age group travelling overseas. ABS data shows the number of people aged 65 to 74 holidaying overseas jumped more than 80 per cent in the past five years, showing that people of all ages are seeking out new adventures at home and abroad.


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Cowes promoted as a port of call

COWES Harbour Commission is working proactively with Destination Cowes and the Island’s tourism organisation Visit Isle of Wight to promote Cowes as a unique destination port-of-call, encouraged by the rising demand in the cruise ship market, including growth in the Northern European luxury cruise market.

Cowes offers exceptional visitor appeal with cruise ship passengers able to visit world famous tourist attractions such as Queen Victoria’s magnificent Osborne House in East Cowes, the palatial royal residence used as the setting for the major feature film Victoria and Abdul.


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Friday, 1 December 2017

A total of 234 restaurants are awarded stars in the MICHELIN guide Tokyo 2018

THE MICHELIN guide #Tokyo 2018 has been released with 512 restaurants and 42 hotels included in the guide. 

All the restaurants awarded three stars maintain their distinction: Azabu Yukimura, Joël Robuchon, Kagurazaka Ishikawa, Kanda, Kohaku, Makimura, Quintessence, Ryugin, Sukiyabashi Jiro Honten, Sushi Saito, Sushi Yoshitake and Usukifugu Yamadaya.

The MICHELIN guide Tokyo 2018 comprises:

12 restaurants with three stars, 56 restaurants with two stars, of which 5 are new 166 restaurants with one star, of which 23 are new 278 restaurants with a Bib Gourmand, of which 59 are new.


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Kuélap Citadel recognised as 2018 hotspot

PERU's Kuelap Fortress was named as the winner of the ‘far and away overseas attraction’ award by the readers of National Geographic Traveller, whilst the Wall Street Journal recently featured Kuelap as number three in its top 10 'hot destinations'. 

The pre-Inca Kuelap Fortress was built and developed at an altitude of over 3,000 meters between the 6th and 16th centuries by the Chachapoyas people and is the largest stone structure in South America. It was rediscovered in 1843 and declared a cultural heritage site in 2003. 

The ruins of the pre-Inca city of Kuelap became more accessible earlier this year with the opening of a £18.5 million cable car in March 2017. The cable car takes just 20 minutes and is expected to increase tourist numbers significantly in the years to come. 



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Sydney makes it to the top

IT'S official – #Sydney is one of the best places to visit in the world, according to global travel magazine, National Geographic Traveler, which today revealed its hotly anticipated ‘Best of the World’ list of 21 unmissable global destinations for 2018. Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the accolade cemented Sydney’s reputation as Australia’s most exciting and vibrant visitor destination. 


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Thursday, 30 November 2017

You're Welcome

HOT on the heels of being awarded the accolade of most beautiful country in the world, #Scotland is now officially the most welcoming country in the world, according to Rough Guides. 

Scotland has natural beauty in spades, munros, lochs, stunning isles and more, with a personality to match; consider everything from ceilidh-ing with strangers to chats with Glaswegian taxi drivers!

As Rough Guides states, “Whether you’re propping up a bar in Edinburgh or trekking the hills of Glen Coe, you’re sure to feel a warm Scottish welcome from whomever you meet.”


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Over the rainbow

THE Vinicunca Mountain, also known as the Rainbow Mountain, is no longer a secret tucked in the central Andes of #Peru. It has become an alternative attraction to the famed Machu Picchu citadel, and nowadays you can find day tours to visit this geological wonder. In fact, it’s becoming one of the top activities to do while in Cusco.

Locals say that the Rainbow Mountain used to be covered in glaciers that melted due to global warming, thus its late touristic discovery. The minerals in the Rainbow Mountain caused the sandstones to acquire a red rust-like color that contrasts the yellow, maroon and turquoise stripes, caused by the presence of other minerals combined with weathering; truly a geological wonder.

The Rainbow Mountain is now more accessible than ever thanks to http://RainbowMountain.Center, where you can book a day trip that leaves from Cusco early in the morning and arrives four hours later to the towns of Chilca or Japura situated at the bottom of the mountain. From there you’ll hike five miles for about two or three hours until you reach the peak. It sounds easy, but it’s actually challenging due to the elevation (17,000 feet).



Getting to the top of the Rainbow mountain involves a steep hike that could be extremely challenging for individuals who are not fully acclimatized to the altitude. It’s recommended you spend at least a couple of days in Cusco prior to the excursion.

Horse rentals and muleteers are also available for travelers not wanting to hike in high altitude. Locals rent horses to take you and your gear up and down covering 98% of the entire trek. There are 2 very steep sections that everyone has to hike on their own for about 10 minutes each in order to protect the horses from exhaustion.

Once you reach the Rainbow Mountain, the most scenic view is to trek to the top of the opposing mountain in order to take the classic Rainbow Mountain picture that is currently so popular in social media. From this summit, you can see the entire Red Valley below. Venturing into the Red Valley below makes you feel as if you are in a completely different planet as the vibrant red and yellow rocks and multi-color sediments create a truly unique environment unlike any other on planet earth.


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New Adina Apartment Hotels to open in Leipzig, Hamburg and Munich

TOGA Hospitality (now TFE Hotels) opened its first hotel in #Germany in 2007 at the famous Berlin Wall crossing point Checkpoint Charlie in the Mitte district, known as Berlin’s beating heart. 

The group created a new niche for high quality apartment hotels and today the brand is flourishing there, working towards opening its tenth hotel in Germany, which is set to open in Munich in 2019. 

The Adina Apartment Hotel Leipzig opens in November 2017 in the city’s historic city centre and beside the medieval market square. Adina Apartment Hotel Hamburg Speicherstadt opens in February 2018 in the centre of Germany’s second largest city, between the famous redeveloped warehouse district ‘Speicherstadt’ and the main shopping district.
 

 
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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Jordan and Israel by pedal power

SPICEROADS Cycling, one of the world’s leading #bicycle adventure tour operators, has announced that #Jordan and #Israel will be the latest additions to a range of itineraries now covering 32 destinations.

These tours mark the first launched under the new segments "Road" and "Trails," introduced as part of the rebrand which SpiceRoads Cycling underwent earlier in 2017. "By clearly segmenting our tour types, we can make sure that we cater to the specific needs of different kinds of bikers in today's cycling culture," says Maria Deevoy, Marketing Manager at SpiceRoads Cycling.

The Road Biking tour also marks the 7th and 8th destinations in which SpiceRoads has launched road cycling, having branched out from their road cycling base, Thailand in 2015, the company followed with Vietnam, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Japan and Malaysia; often combining with multi country tours.

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Travelbag reveals top travel trends for 2018

WITH nearly 40 years of experience creating tailor made holidays to long haul #destinations worldwide, the experts at Travelbag always have their finger on the pulse of what’s next in travel.  From blockbuster breaks, party pilgrimages and ‘skip-gen’ #holidays, here are Travelbag’s top seven predictions for 2018 travel:

Into the Blue (Planet II) - David Attenborough’s masterpiece Blue Planet II is doing anything but floundering. Travelbag is seeing an increase in bookings to Borneo to encounter gentle green turtles and to Tanzania for a jaws-dropping look at whalesharks in their natural habitat. Since the programme aired, Travelbag experienced a zing in website traffic to its Australia packages from holidaymakers keen to explore Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef on the planet.

Foodies Go Four Wheels - Travelbag reports a growing interest in tailor made self-drive tours to South Africa, Australia and the USA, especially for the more discerning foodie looking to travel to all ends to taste the next culinary craze. These travellers know exactly where they want to travel, and what they want to eat, but they want the expertise of a Travel Expert to handle the logistics, such as flights, car hire and multiple hotel bookings, and to also provide the all-important support and booking protections. Travelbag recommends America’s Deep South where the culinary curious can hit the open road to sample all sorts of delights, such as fried okra, honey baked ham, pecan pie and seasoned fried chicken.#

Blockbuster Breaks - 2018 is set to be another blockbuster year in film and will once again motivate holidaymakers to walk in the footsteps of their favourite on-screen characters. Travelbag predicts the Tomb Raider reboot, starring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, will see cinema buffs booking a ticket to South Africa where the film was shot. The spotlight shines on India’s tangled jungles for a second year in a row with the new live-action remake of The Jungle Book, directed by Andy Serkis and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Rohand Chan, Matthew Rhys, Christian Bale and Tom Hollander.

Skip-gen Travel - Marcel Proust said, ‘The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.’ Active and adventurous grandparents with extra cash and endless free time are taking the grandkids along for the ride in 2018. Travelbag predicts that Vancouver, South Africa and Queensland will be the top long-haul destinations for skip-gen holidays because they are easy to explore independently, there is no language barrier and they offer abundant wildlife viewing to make memories that last a lifetime.

Party Pilgrimages - With Chile’s 200th year of independence, New Orleans 300th birthday, the Winter Olympics in South Korea and Mauritius’s 50-year anniversary, 2018 will be the year of epic world parties. Voted the best place to go in 2018 by Lonely Planet, Chile has so much to offer intrepid adventurers. After experiencing Santiago’s roaring food and arts scene, Travelbag recommends a night in the Atacama Desert, famed as a stargazing mecca, a winery tour to taste some of the world’s best Cabernet Sauvignon, and an outdoor adventure in remote Torres del Paine National Park.

Long Haul City Breaks - Culture vultures are avoiding Europe’s overcrowded and frenzied capitals in the summer months and heading further afield. Travelbag’s Travel Experts say larger and newer planes have made the longer journey more comfortable for travellers, while new low-cost airlines are making long haul city breaks more affordable than ever. 

World wanderers can coffee-shop crawl in New York, get their art fix at the new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town and shop ‘till they drop in Toronto’s trendy Queen West neighbourhood.

Cheap Thrills
- With never ending changes to exchange rates across the globe, money saving, savvy travellers want to find a destination where they will be guaranteed the most bang for their buck. In a surprise take-over, Tokyo was voted the cheapest destination in this year’s Post Office Long-Haul Holiday Report, in partnership with Travelbag. There has never been a better time to visit the Japanese capital.
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