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Kentucky Experience Pavilion to Showcase Kentucky at WEG

Sunday, November 29, 2009
Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear today previewed an interactive attraction to be assembled on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park during the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

The Kentucky Experience will feature nearly 25,000 square feet of exhibits, displays, products, entertainment, food and art from throughout Kentucky. The area will include a welcome center, entertainment pavilion, exhibit pavilion and product pavilion, plus a large courtyard. Since it will be on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park, attendees at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games will be able to visit The Kentucky Experience without leaving the grounds of the park.

“We are assembling – in one spot – the best of Kentucky for the world to see,” said Mrs. Beshear. “Our visitors will be able to walk through The Kentucky Experience, find out what’s available in Kentucky, and then make plans to visit that specific region of the commonwealth. Visitors also will be able to see how bourbon and wine are made, and purchase Kentucky-made products and food,” she said. “In essence, it is a mini- world’s fair focusing entirely on all things Kentucky.”

“The Kentucky Experience will be the perfect complement to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games,” said Jamie Link, CEO of the games. “It will allow our visitors from right here in Kentucky to world travelers, to take a break from the eventing competitions and sample all that’s Kentucky. While the Games will bring visitors to Kentucky, this exhibit will convince visitors to come back again and again.”

“Seldom does any city, state or region get an opportunity of worldwide significance as large as the 2010 Alltech World Equestrian Games,” said Marcheta Sparrow, Secretary of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. “The Kentucky Experience will showcase Kentucky’s assets, not only to those who come to the games, but also to their friends, associates and others who watch from anywhere in the world. That will increase interest—and business -- in Kentucky over the long term.”

Visitors will enter through the Welcome Center where they may learn of the day’s special attractions, and then walk into the exhibit pavilion. Here, the visitor will be able to view attractions from each of Kentucky’s nine tourism regions. For example, in the “Caves, Lakes and Corvettes” exhibit, a Corvette will be on display, as well as a model of Mammoth Cave and a boat dock, jet ski and scenes that represent the area. This type of exhibit will be repeated for each of the eight other regions.

Next, a visitor can enter the product pavilion to see how Kentucky bourbon and wine and made, plus purchase Kentucky Proud products and Kentucky-made arts and crafts.

The last stop will be in the entertainment pavilion, where large screens and a live stage will offer nonstop music, dance and other art forms.

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Notre Dame de Paris

Friday, November 27, 2009

Notre Dame de Paris ('Our Lady of Paris' in French) is a Gothic cathedral in Paris, France. Notre Dame de Paris is widely considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in the world. It was restored and saved from destruction by Viollet-le-Duc, one of France's most famous architects. Notre Dame de Paris was one of the first Gothic cathedrals, and its construction spanned the Gothic period. Its sculptures and stained glass show the heavy influence of naturalism, unlike that of earlier Romanesque architecture.

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China to Host 2010 World Tourism Day

Tuesday, November 24, 2009
News from the 85th session of the World Tourism Organization Executive Council held in Bamako, Mali, is that China will host the World Tourism Day in 2010.

The theme of the 2010 World Tourism Day will be tourism and biological diversity. The session reviewed and assessed the general program of UNWTO's work from 2008 to 2009, and determined the budget and general program for the year 2010 to 2011. In addition, the session recommended that Taleb Rifai be secretary-general for the four-year-period starting January 2010.

These resolutions above will be presented for ratification by the UNWTO General Assembly, meeting during the first week of October in Astana, Kazakhstan.

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Scenic Bohol casts an enigmatic charm drawn from the many archaic mementos spread throughout the oval-shaped island - from unique rock formations to a 45-million-year-old mammal species, from massive stone watchtowers built by the Spaniards in the 18th century. Surrounding the mainland are 73 other smaller offshore islands and islets whose palm-fringed coastlines are rimmed by white sand and sheltering coves. Serpentine coastal highways wind along unsullied beaches and rustic rivers where the tourist can stop at any point and jump in for a dip.

Bohol is the perfect area for scuba diving, kayaking, trekking and cave exploration. For the less adventurous, it offers leisurely pursuits like cruising, swimming, snorkeling or, simply, collecting seashells by the seashore.

Town visits promise exciting cultural treats that include scheduled performances by the Teatro Bolanon, Dimiao Rondalla, Diwanag Dance Theater and the award-winning Loboc Children's Choir.

Bohol is an anchor tourist destination and one of the 7,000 times more islands that make up the Philippine archipelago.

Bohol is like a jade brooch set on a velvet-blue sea. Its fertile land has hills that roll gently around lush forests and grassy meadows. Marine life - from schools of tiny reef fish to bigger pods of dolphins and whales - teem in the surrounding waters.

Located east of Cebu and southwest of Leyte in the Philippines' Central Visayas region, Bohol is bounded on the north by the Camotes Sea, on the west by the Cebu Strait, and on the South by the Bohol Sea.

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Fantasy World

Monday, November 23, 2009
Fantasy World
As a multifunctional compound recreational area, Fantasy World of Successful Group occupies an area of over 60 hectares. There are dozens of entertainment facilities such as natural cold spring, water skiing course, and so on. Besides, it offers the first flying peacock show in Taiwan.

Fantasy World occupies 60 hectares at Shei-Pa National Park, joining majestic mountain views and refreshing air with a host of recreational facilities added as part of a recent NT$1 billion development project. The attractions here include a cold spring-fed water slide swimming pool, a peacock flying show, and macaw performances. Visitors can also enjoy the local fireflies, baby kangaroos, Pigeon Square, Lovebird Garden, a camel caravan, science center, wax museum and other attractions that combine fun, learning and art. There are also five-star European style cabins, a 1,200-person capacity campground and barbecue area, making this an ideal spot for vacationing, company training activities, conferences and other events.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009
Famous for its natural grandeur, Chitral is an ancient and main mountainous town in northern Pakistan situated at a distance of 322 km from Peshawar. It is home to some of majestic mountains, . green valleys, glaciers and snow-capped peaks including 7706 m Tirichmir, the highest in the Hindukush mountain range. Chitral district has two sub divisions, Chitral and Mastuj. Lower Chitral has a near Alpine like climate, upper Chitral has arid lands though blessed with glaciers. Good trekking and trout fishing facilities are available along overflowing rivers and streams adding to the natural harm of this serene valley. Harsh winters (Dec. April) make it inaccessible by land when Shandur and Lowari Passes are closed due to heavy snowfall. During summers vehicular traffic( subject to weather conditions) resumes connecting Chitral with Rawalpindi and Peshawar. For travel between Chitral and Gilgit via thrilling Shandur Pass, special jeeps are available on rent at both the towns. PIA Fokker service operates between Peshawar and Chitral, depending on weather conditions. Located on the banks of a swiftly flowing river, Chitral is a fascinating place worth seeing. Its old Fort overlooking the main city adds to its historical grandeur with a beautiful palace inside and famous mosque outside. Foreign visitors are required to register with the police on their arrival. A permit from the District Administration is required before moving to the valleys of the Kafir Kalash having their own distinct culture and ways of life.

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Manila Cathedral

Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Manila Cathedral
Manila Cathedral is a magnificent architectural feat with its intricate stone carvings, stained glass mosaics, and rosette windows

The Church of Manila was established by the secular Juan de Vivero who had the honor of baptizing Rajah Matanda. The Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception administered the religious affairs of Manila until such time it became a parish and Manila was created into a diocese. It was a simple structure of nipa and bamboo, materials which were readily available during that time. It had for its first parish priest the secular Juan de Villanueva. The other religious who became the pillars of this parish were Juan de Vivaneta and Nicolas Riccio.

Manila Cathedral is located near Beaterio; near Gen. Luna; near Cabildo; near Postigo; near Sto. Tomas; Manila Cathedral is geographically located at latitude (14.5915 degrees) 14° 35’ 29" North of the Equator and longitude (120.9738 degrees) 120° 58’ 25" East of the Prime Meridian on the Map of Manila.

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Monday, November 16, 2009
Cuyo - “Desert Country” in the Indian language - is the region of the high peaks, the snow-covered volcanoes, and the large wilderness spreading from the Andes mountain range and foothills to the steppe.

The visit to Ischigualasto - Talampaya Natural Parks, is a true journey to the dinosaurs era. Ischigualasto, also known as “Valle de la Luna” (Moon Valley) because of the amazing diversity of forms and colours of its landscape shaped by erosion, is one of the world’s most important paleontologic sites. The Talampaya River Canyon reveals amazing multi-shaped layers in its high red walls.

Pink flamingos, Andean ducks, “vicuñas” and “guanacos” cohabit freely in parks and natural reserves, while condors fly over the area.

The region displays the full splendour of the Central Andean Range. The Aconcagua (6.959 m) is the highest peak in the Western Hemisphere, and its steep slopes are renown and respected by mountain climbers from all over the world.

In the valleys of La Rioja, Mendoza and San Juan, among leaves of grapevines, farms and wineries, visitors can go along the Wine Road, an attraction of international renown.

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Red Square

Sunday, November 15, 2009
Red Square
Red Square is the most famous city square in Moscow. The square separates the Kremlin, the former royal citadel and currently the official residence of the President of Russia, from a historic merchant quarter known as Kitai-gorod. As major streets of Moscow radiate from here in all directions, being promoted to major highways outside the city, Red Square is often considered the central square of Moscow and of all Russia.

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Lankayan Island

Saturday, November 14, 2009
Lankayan Island
Lankayan Island is a virtually uninhabited island located in the Sulu Sea. This tiny island is covered by thick tropical jungle that is surrounded by smooth, white sand - the perfect getaway.

It has the only dive resort in Malaysia's Sulu Sea called the Lankayan Island Dive Resort and is one of the best spots for whale shark sightings. The location of the whale shark is usually indicated by flocks of seabirds screeching high above the placid surface. With luck, divers and snorkellers may get close to this gentle giant, although it won't stay close for long.

During the day you can witness black-tip sharks swimming about by the beach. At night, hawksbill and green turtles may be spotted coming to shore. Large stretches of beautiful hard and soft corals belonging to numerous genera can also be found here, the perfect habitat for colourful friendly fishes.

Among the 40 dive sites is Lankayan Wreck, where the remains of an ocean-going fishing boat can be explored. This wreck now hosts many different species of fish from small glassfish, harlequin ghost pipefish, painted frogfish to giant grouper and marbled stingrays.

Despite the remoteness, the island has all the amenities of a tropical resort. Visitors can stay in wooden bungalows that blend into the natural surroundings.

Indeed, Lankayan is not only for discerning divers but for anyone who appreciates the tranquility of a paradise island that offers beautiful sunrises, spectacular sunsets and magnificent seascapes.

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Orange Isle

Thursday, November 12, 2009
Orange Isle
Orange Isle is like a black silk ribbon lying in the middle of the river and like a dark yellowish green barrier while seen in the river bank.

As the world's longest inland river isle, Orange Isle connects the Mount Yuelu in the west and the downtown in the east, with a length of 5km and a width of 50-200 meters and a total area of 70kms. Orange Isle comprises three nearly-connected isles: upper isle, middle isle and lower isle. The upper isle is called Ox-head Isle and middle isle Land-and-water Isle, while the lower isle is called Fujia Isle. Orange Isle referred to at present includes Ox-head Isle and Land-and-water Isle.

The isle has been a popular site for summer vacation for a long time. During his youth, Mao Zedong spent a lot of time walking on the beach, swimming and sunbathing. There is also a grand white marble monument, on which there are two seal cuttings: four Chinese characters Ju Zi Zhou Tou (Orange Isle) and a classical Chinese poem QinYuan Chun-Changsha, both of which are Mao Zedong's works.

Orange Isle Park was originally set up in 1960 for entertainment and service and today the island is under construction to be a more attractive sightseeing destination, which will integrate gardening, traveling, entertainment, sports, culture and commerce. In the plan, the area will be divided into Two Corridors and Seven Garden: Hunan Culture Corridor, On-water Amusement Corridor, Orange Garden, Garden of the Nature, Park of Harmonious Guests, Plaza of Shopping and Foods, GYM Center, Relaxation Resort and Wildlife Park. And an even more beautiful Orange Isle will surely bring more pleasure to every tourist.

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Xilai Ancient Town

Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Xilai Ancient Town
Xilai Ancient Town situated in the northern part of the county has a history more than 1700 years.it is 66 kilometers away from Chengdu and 13 kilometers from the county. There are typical residential housing in West Sichuan, thousand-years aged banyan, beautiful river corridor and fascinating rustic scenery.

After recent years' construction, the ancient town has finished the sight-formation , culture excavation of the core area and outer-ring supplementary construction and has formed the cultural theme of "mountain and water coming from the west and ancient town represented by writing and painting".The town has also perfected the reception services and was opened up on New Year's day in 2007.The scenery has successfully set up the town as one of the "Top 10 Glamourous Town", "Historically and Culturally Renowned Town" and "National town with Beautiful environment".

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Mahabaleshwar means ‘God of Great Power’ in Sanskrit. Indeed, the place is great and bountiful, rewarding the visitor with a mix of old-world charm, natural beauty and modernity.

A tour of Mahabaleshwar town and the surrounding countryside would take at least a couple of days as there is much to see and experience. The town bazaar is called Malcolm Peth after the then British Governor of Bombay, Sir John Malcolm. It lies at the heart of Mahableshwar with its hotels, shops, restaurants, outlying bungalows, government offices, and jostling crowds.
Mahabaleshwar has proper, motorable roads to every point worth visiting. So one could tour the place by car, jeep, or even horseback. There are many buildings and sites that take one back to the days of the Raj. There’s Mount Malcolm, the one-time residence of Governor Malcolm; Moraji Castle, where Mahatma Gandhi lived during 1945; and the Mahabaleshwar Club.
As short drive from town is the beautiful Venna Lake, where one can go boating, fishing, and pony riding. Or indulge oneself at the entertainment center with its numerous food and game stalls. Near the lake, further down the road on the way to neighbouring Panchgani, are the great strawberry fields.

Mahabaleshwar is known for its numerous sightseeing points, each providing a unique perspective of the majestic hill range. En route to Babington Point is Dhom dam, which is a good place to take a break. Or one could visit Old Mahabaleshwar and the famous Panchganga Mandir, which is said to contain the springs of five rivers: Koyna, Venna, Savitri, Gayatri and the sacred Krishna River. There’s also the Mahabaleshwar Mandir, revered for its Swayambhu Lingam

Mahableshwar is a great holiday destination throughout the year, except for the monsoon months. During the late-June to mid-September period, torrential rains virtually shutdown this hill station, so travel is not advised at this time.

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Viet Nam - Top ten tourist destinations

Viet Nam has been predicted to be among top ten major tourist destinations in the world in the next ten years by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), according to a local newspaper.

The Shangbao newspaper described Viet Nam as being home to numerous convergent attractive characters such as ancient architecture, high mountains, beautiful waterfalls, sunny sea beaches and a cluster of wonderful places appealing tourists worldwide.

Many giant companies and hotel businesses around the world, including Accor, Starwood, Hyatt, Marriot hotel groups, have planned to invest in Viet Nam, the paper said, adding that they have negotiated or signed contracts with Vietnamese partners to build five-star hotels in the country.

Hotel owners have affirmed that Viet Nam is a peaceful and safe place where attractive oriental characters remain, according to a recent survey.

According to the WTTC, Viet Nam's oriental characters will attract tourists in the years to come. In the past, Hong Kong and Singapore were named as the two tourist destinations in terms of attractive oriental characters.

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Monday, November 9, 2009
This is a region of large rivers, humid tropics, red earth, magnificent forest, a virgin forest full of huge trees and extraordinary flora and fauna. Great Waters - “Iguazu” in the Guaraní language - overflowing into one of the world’s wonders: the Iguazu Falls.

A scenery of exuberant beauty spreading along the Iguazu National Park, Saltos del Mocona (Mocona Falls), Rio Pilcomayo National Park, El Palmar National Park, Esteros del Ibera (Ibera Swamps) or the Chaco plains.

Apotheosis of Nature, where the Jesuit ruins, declared World Heritage by the UNESCO, are a vivid testimony of the Society of Jesus' fruitful work.

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Bastar-'The Paradise of Tourists'

Thursday, November 5, 2009
Bastar , The Land of Tribals and Natural Resources , is also enriched with natural beauty and pleasant atmosphere. It is surrounded with dense forests ,hilly mountains , streams, waterfalls , natural caves , natural parks etc. It is firmly a tribal area, where the natural beauty can easily attract the tourists at first sight itself. Here the art & culture is the valuable ancient property of the Bastariyas. From the view point of tourists and tourism , Bastar is called the 'Kashmir of Chhattisgarh'. If we place Bastar in the map of tourism , no doubt it definitely attracts the foreign tourists.

The deep forest area ,between bushes and bamboos where one always felt the absence of sunlight , wide and thick forests , costly woods such as Sal , Teak , Sheesam ,Bija etc., between high mountains cool flowing stream , mountain valleys , caves , high waterfalls , sky-touching valleys and in the valleys the spread of greenary and in between this , the huts made by bamboo sticks, the fearless life style of the tribals and their culture, our heart and mind can be fill with new wonders and pleasure.

The important tourist places in Bastar district are Chitrakot and Tiratgarh (both are water falls), Kotamsar and Kailash caves, Kanger Valley National Park etc.Indravati National Park, known for tigers and wild buffaloes is situated at a distance of 200 Kms, west of Jagdalpur, is another place of worth seeing. There is another tourist spot virgin Kurschel Valley, with its gigantics trees, situated at 40 Kms. north west of Narainpur. There are two wild life sanctuaries Bhairamgarh and Pamed which are in Dantewada district. The famous historical temple of Goddess Danteshwari is situated in Dantewada.Another place of historical interest in Dantewada district is Barsur.

If you want to feel the complete joy of the Tourism , so let come , enter into the beautiful scenes of Bastar . Here you will get the same joy and peace where one gets at the places of tourism.

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Monday, November 2, 2009
The Andes mountain range shows its beauty in the Patagonian provinces. Millennial silent forests with native vegetable species are extended along the shores of glistening waters. On top of the mountains, nature overflows with granite peaks and ice fields spreading their glacier tongues into lakes of unsurpassable beauty.

Imposing mammals and sea birds, half-way between real life and fantasy, spend certain seasons on the rough coasts of Patagonia where they complete part of their life cycle. Seals colonies play on the islets and sandbanks. The world’s most important southern elephant seal continental colony is located in Peninsula Valdes. Every year, southern right whales come to Nuevo and San Jose gulfs to breed. Patagonian hares, “nandues” (South American ostrich) and “guanacos” run about the steppes, and the largest colony of Magellanic penguins in the world is located in Punta Tombo. This life cycle repeated since time immemorial, unfolds itself in front of the astonished visitors’ eyes.

In the south, Tierra del Fuego and the World’s southernmost city, Ushuaia, are the gateway towards the vast and mysterious Antarctica.

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The seven hills of Amman are an enchanting mixture of ancient and modern. Honking horns give way to the beautiful call to prayer which echoes from the stately minarets which grace the city. Gleaming white houses, kabab stalls and cafes are interspersed with bustling markets-known in Arabic as souqs-and the remains of civilizations and ages long past. Sunset is perhaps the best time to enjoy Amman, as the white buildings of the city seem to glow in the fading warmth of the day. The greatest charm of Amman, however, is found in the hospitality of its residents. Visitors to Amman-and the rest of Jordan, for that matter-are continually surprised by the genuine warmth with which they are greeted. "Welcome in Jordan" is a phrase visitors will not soon forget.

Amman is built on seven hills, or jabals, each of which more or less defines a neighborhood. Most jabals once had a traffic circle, and although most of these have now been replaced by traffic lights, Amman’s geography is often described in reference to the eight circles which form the spine of the city. First Circle is located near downtown, and the series extends westward through Eighth Circle.

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