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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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South Africa aiming Asian events set

Thursday, March 18, 2010
South Africa Tourism is building a serious pitch for discussions and incentives from Asia as it make towards the 2010 FIFA World Cup in June. This was its point at Meetings Africa, which get place at Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg from February 24 to 26.

The trade show aspect 272 exhibitors, which organizers said was an increase of 12.5% over 2009. There were also 123 international buyers at the occasion, including an allocation of 12 from China.

M Y Chung, process manager of Westminster Travel, Hong Kong, said: “South Africa is a high-potential purpose. My business events groups actually want to know more about the diverse cultures here. It is so special from what we see in Asian place.” Meetings Africa 2010 located a strong importance on the global associations market, highlighting the country’s meeting centers and hotel facilities, particularly in the country’s financial centre of Johannesburg and coastal city of Cape Town.

Sandton Convention Center’s broad manager of sales and marketing, Karin White, said: “This event presents a great opportunity to network and learn and, this year in exacting, should be used as a platform to plan for the stage after the 2010 FIFA World Cup.” In addition to Meetings Africa, a high-profile peak was also detained between tourism ministers of the G20 countries and the UN World Tourism Organisation.

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Bulgaria succeed award at Tourism Fair in Moscow

Monday, March 15, 2010

Bulgaria recognized an exacting prize at the international tourist exhibition ITM in Moscow. The Bulgarian allocation received the prize from the Executive Director of the World Tourism Organization, Zoltan Somogyi for their lively contribution in the fair. Bulgaria is a beautiful destination for the Russian tourists for its seaside and winter resorts, but also for the chances for, wellness and spa, cultural and wine tourism, as well as rural and environmentally gracious tourism, said Bulgaria’s Deputy Economy Minister Ivo Marinov

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Philippines Tourism

Thursday, March 11, 2010
The Philippines, is an archipelagic country located in Southeast Asia with Manila as its capital city. The Philippine archipelago comprises 7,107 islands in the western Pacific Ocean. Modern Filipino culture, though primarily Asian, has many more influences from the Western world than other nearby Asian cultures who have been able to retain more of their core Asian identity. Most of these influences are a product of previous colonization and derived mainly from the cultures of Spain and the United States, with a secondary influence from Latin American cultures who were under Spain during the same period the Philippines was. The influence from the United States being so strong that the Philippines continues to integrate newer American cultural influences into its culture even in this post-colonial period.

Tourism plays an important role in the Philippine economy. In the year 2000, net tourism income in the Philippine totaled to 2.1 billion U.S. dollars. Most of the foreign tourists came from the United States, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and The Netherlands. There were also tourists coming from Taiwan, Australia, Great Britain, Germany, Canada, Israel, Russia, France and Singapore.

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Tioman Island

Monday, March 8, 2010
About 56km off the coast of Pahang lies Tioman Island, an alluring holiday paradise in the South China Sea. Acclaimed as one of the best island getaways in the world, Tioman was the location of the Hollywood musical, 'South Pacific' in 1959.

According to legend, this island is the final resting place of a mythical dragon princess. The warm waters and good visibility make Tioman a paradise for divers. Discover astounding sights such as colourful Gorgonian sea fans, Staghorn corals, nudibranchs and beautifully sculptured sea sponges. Snorkellers can delight in swimming alongside huge Napoleon Wrasse, Golden Striped Trevally, Bumphead Parrotfish and shoals of Fusiliers.

This island is an idyllic spot for leisurely days under the sun. Swim in its emerald waters, enjoy a stroll by the beach or be lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves. There are several villages scattered around the coastline, the larger ones being Salang, Tekek, Genting, Paya and Juara.

The island's granite formations make for excellent rock-climbing expeditions. The more adventurous can attempt to scale the sheer cliff face of the legendary Gunung Nenek Semukut or Dragons Horns. Berjaya Tioman Beach, Golf & Spa Resort offers a luxurious stay amidst a backdrop of rolling hills and scenic views.

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*Rock formations at Tongpan

Thursday, March 4, 2010
Tongpan Island is about six nautical miles from Makung, or 20 minutes by boat. It is named after its shape of a barrel. The pillar shaped basalt rock formations that create a unique attraction in the Yellow Stone National Park of U.S. are even more evident in Penghu. The entire island is surrounded by these basalt rock formations, making it the island with most basalt rock formations in all of Penghu. The cliffs of these rock formations make them even more magnificent.

The waters around Tongpan are also rich in fish. Colorful tropical fish swim among the coral reefs, forming a charming picture under the sea and making it the paradise for divers.

The Fuhei Temple is one of the most famous temples in Penghu, with intricate architecture with golden plated exterior. Though situated in a far away corner at sea, it has a unusually large number of worshipers.

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The Cabildo Museum

Monday, March 1, 2010
One of the more gorgeous historic attractions in New Orleans is the place where the first Spanish Council, or Cabildo, met. The Cabildo, a structure where the Spanish rulers group during their supremacy in the late 1700’s, has a characteristically Spanish colonial architecture. The premiere building in the past of New Orleans, it’s the location where the transfer of the Louisiana territory to the Americans took place in 1803 in an area overlooking the town square. One of the best significant attractions New Orleans offers, the Cabildo New Orleans is a huge place to take the family to study about Louisiana history.

The Cabildo New Orleans, located in the French Quarter, later became an assembly place for the many altering city councils and finally the seat of the Louisiana Supreme Court. Many fights over city politics and the handing down of legendary state Supreme Court cases occur here at the Cabildo New Orleans. In 1911 it becomes the home of the Louisiana State Museum, usually referred to as the Cabildo Museum.

The Cabildo Museum is one of the most fascinating New Orleans attractions because of its group of exhibits documenting the Native Americans who occupied the region before the European Settlers here. You can find many charming illustrations and artifacts that sketch the lives of these Louisiana associates. These artifacts of Native Americans in Louisiana create this one of the more particular attractions New Orleans present.

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