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UNWTO - Top 10 tourism destinations

Tuesday, May 26, 2010

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has graded Malaysia the mainly traveled destination in the world in 2009.

Tourism Minister, Datuk Seri Ng Yen Yen said though 2009 had been a difficult year for tourism worldwide, it was someway a good year for the Malaysian tourism industry. Malaysia attracts 23 million travelers in 2009.

In 2009, there have been only small changes in the ranking of the top ten destinations by global tourist arrivals, while the ranking in terms of tourism receipts remains unaffected evaluate to the 2008 list.

The first three places in both arrivals and revenues are still engaged by France, Spain and the USA even though in a diverse order.

In 2009, France attracts 74 million tourists and continues to lead the ranking of the world's main tourism destinations in conditions of arrivals and ranks third in revenues.

The USA ranks first in receipts with US$94bil and second in arrivals with 54 million travelers in 2009. Spain maintains its position as the second major earner worldwide and the primary in Europe,

and position third in arrivals with 52 million tourists.

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Pulau Payar - Marine Park tourism

Monday, April 12, 2010
Pulau Payar
World Tourism - The sprinkling of jade green islands that makes up Pulau Payar lies just 30km south-east of Langkawi. It's just a 1-hour boat ride out to the best marine park on Malaysia's West Coast, making it an ideal choice for a day outing.

This well-preserved, uninhabited marine park extends over a number of islands, with Pulau Payar being the largest. Your base out here is the floating platform moored off Pulau Payar. But the real attraction of this platform lies below sea level. Step into the underwater observation chamber to view the marine life surrounding a reef. Want to get even closer to the swirl of fishes that make these corals their home? Grab a mask, a snorkel and fins and join the spectacle!

Are you into scuba diving? The best diving is along the reef system that skirts the south, east and west of Pulau Payar. Please check with your dive operator what the visibility is like during that time. It can vary from time to time.

There is no accommodation in Pulau Payar as it is a marine park, but that's not really an issue since Langkawi, with all its fine resorts and restaurants, is just a quick boat-ride away.

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Coney Island – will be coming back

Thursday, April 8, 2010
Coney Island
State-of-the-art new rides with a roller coaster and a pendulum will release this summer at Coney Island to jump-start the reappearance of the famed Brooklyn amusement park, Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

“Coney Island is coming back, huge time,” Bloomberg said at a news meeting near the boardwalk where the decades-old Astroland rides were take apart in 2008. The new rides are being shaped by Zamperla, the world’s leading company of mechanical rides, found in Altavilla Vicentina, Italy.

Luna Park at Coney Island will release on Memorial Day weekend by 19 rides. Among them will be the Air Race, which sends riders swinging and soaring about a control tower. It will be the ride’s worldwide debut. By the summer of 2011, Scream Zone at Coney Island will present two roller coasters, go-carts and a human slingshot beginning people more than 200 feet into the air.

“We will have rides that will flick you, turn you, launch you, dive you, splash you and make the mayor desire to lose his lunch,” said David Galst, a CAI spokesman.

Not all of Coney Island’s old amusements were piece. The 1920s Cyclone roller coaster is land marked, as is Deno’s Wonder Wheel. Both will go on to be operated by their present management. The cities buy 6.9 acres of Coney Island assets in November from developer Joe Sitt for $95.6 million. That followed years of wrangling among the city and Sitt, whose idea for Coney Island was not in line with Bloomberg’s.

Officials said the park will make 330 jobs by 2011, with pressure on local hiring. In coming years, the rest of the renewal is expected to create more than 25,000 structure jobs and 6,000 lasting ones, along with billions of dollars in financial activity.

The city has assured to invest about $6.5 million toward improving the neighborhood’s rotting infrastructure in research for building more than 5,000 housing units, counting 900 affordable ones. The May opening of Luna Park is to be toasted with a fresh beer called the Coney Island Luna Lager, complete by the San Francisco-based Shmaltz Brewing Co.

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Himalayan - National Park

Monday, April 5, 2010
Himalayan National Park
The National Park with an area of 754 sq. km. is located in Kullu District and has the representative area of temperate and alpine forests of Himachal. It has some the virgin coniferous forests of the State. Vast areas of alpine pastures and glaciers cap this park. This area has many important wildlife species of Western Himalayas, like Musk deer, Brown bear, Goral, Thar, Leopard, Snow leopard, Bharal, Serow, Monal, Kalij, Koklas, Cheer, Tragopan, Snow cock etc. Trekking of Rakti-Sar, origin of Sainj river and camping in alpine pastures is unforgettable. Similar is the trekking route to Tirath the origin of Tirthan river.

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Sydney and NSW direct the mode as nation’s top tourist destination

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sydney was Wotif’s number one city for the second year running, and NSW the most represented state with 7 destinations on the top 20 list. The major arts, sporting and cultural events and activities taking place in 2010 are expected to inject more than $500 million into the NSW economy.

The Master Events Calendar includes some fantastic events such as the Medibank International Sydney Tennis Tournament, Mardi Gras, and the FIFA Fan Fest. The calendar also includes some exciting new events such as Parramasala - a week long festival of Indian arts to be held in Parramatta. These events promise to cater to a wide range of interests, provide a great day out for budget conscious families and inject vital funds into our economy.

The calendar includes the State’s three annual anchor events:

  • Vivacity which is on now through to the end of January,

  • Vivid, Sydney’s festival of music, light and ideas that brings the city to life throughout June; and

  • Crave, Sydney's October festival that celebrates our fantastic food, wine and lifestyle.

Sydney is maintaining a festive vibe in January, with Vivacity already underway and Sydney Festival organizers preparing for Festival First Night this weekend. The Sydney Festival offers an impressive array of music, dance, entertainment and theatre featuring an exciting line up of international and local performers.

Regional tourism for the new decade is off to a great start, with Parkes in the Central West this weekend expecting more than 10,000 visitors for the annual Elvis Festival.In Tamworth, organisers are predicting about 50,000 visitors for the Country Music Festival, expected to inject about $40 million for the city and surrounds.

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Alor Star Tower

Monday, March 29, 2010

Located in the heart of Alor Star, the 165.5 meters tall tower is the 19th tallest telecommunication tower in the world. It's a prominent and modern landmark that signifies the rapid development in the state of Kedah.

Apart from serving the role of a telecommunication tower, it also caters as a tourist destination for the town. The tower also houses a restaurants and a souvenir shop. The tower is an observatory tower to look for the crescent moon to mark the beginning of Muslim months. The observation deck is at a height of 88 meters from the base of the structure.

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Boracay Island

Monday, March 22, 2010
Boracay Island is situated at the northwestern tip of Panay, a large Island in Western Visayas. It is part of the town of Malay in Aklan Province. It is only compose of three barangays namely: the "Yapak" in the north portion; "Balabag" in the Center and "Manoc-Manoc" in the south. The tropical climate makes it ideal to visit Boracay all year round.

The mystic of Boracay is that it was gifted with sugary-white and powder fine sand, considered one of the nature's wonders that makes Boracay's white beach famous to the world. Walking barefoot in an almost magical white sand is a fad, for the sand seems to have a therapeutic effects on the senses. What's amazing is that the sand never burns your feet, no matter how hot the day gets. With the white sand, comes the crystalline, azure water where the ocean floors can be seen sloping steeply.

During the day, the color of the sky blends with that of the sea while at night, the sands glow to give its magical splendor. The shoreline is lined with coconut palms and in the inner, higher places, the tropical forest remains. There are bat caves with bats hanging on the ceilings during the day.

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