Archive | January, 2010

Sonesta St. Maarten Resorts Launch “The 40+ Sale”

Sonesta St. Maarten Resorts’ “The 40+ Sale” is the gateway to winter savings in the Caribbean. Travelers get a 40% discount on room only rates. PLUS, guests who stay four nights or more get $150 in food and beverage credits. This limited-time offer must be booked January 27-31, 2010 for travel February 1 – April 3, 2010 and is valid for stays at Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort & Casino and Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino.

Rates in “The 40+ Sale” from Sonesta St. Maarten Resorts, reflective of the savings, start at just $204 per room, per night based on double occupancy. Normal rates at this time start at $340 per room, per night.

Offer is contingent on availability and blackout dates. Rates are subject to 21% tax and service charges. For more information, call 1 800-SONESTA (1-800-766-3782) or visit

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Planning a trip to the World cup in South Africa? Be flexible with your travel dates and Save!

FACTS 1: Best available airfare (from Los Angeles) with departure dates 8th & 11th of June is currently $2300 and with departure dates 7th, 9th & 12 June it is $3300

FACTS 2: Best available airfare (from New York) with departure dates 7th & 8th of June is currently $2100 and with departure dates 9th & 10th of June it is $3800

When planning a trip to the World Cup in South Africa (from Los Angeles), you may want to research your departure dates carefully. A one day flexibility could make all the difference! You may be better off flying out on the 8th or 11th of June rather than on the 7th, 9th or the 12th because airfares are $1000 less! Continue Reading

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VisitEngland Highlights 2010 Calendar of Quirky Events

Encompassing the charmingly quirky to absolute eccentric, England offers visitors an abundance of one-of-a-kind events, ensuring unique entertainment and an unforgettable experience for participants and observers alike.

From the Isle of White Garlic Festival and annual Nettle-Eating Contest, to the World Toe Wrestling Championship and the Biggest Liar in the World Competition, VisitEngland, the official tourism body for England – comprised of the capital city London and its further eight regions, has compiled a list of some of the most unusual events taking place throughout the country in 2010.

“England boasts an exciting and extraordinary calendar of events which visitors wouldn’t necessarily stumble upon,” said James Berresford, CEO of VisitEngland.

In addition to taking in the picturesque landscapes, vibrant arts and cultural offerings and rich heritage for which England is renowned, we encourage visitors to also discover the abundance of diverse events that add to the country’s unique array of attractions.”

World Coal Carrying Championships, April 5

Held annually on Easter Monday in the village of Gawthorpe in West Yorkshire, the World Coal Carrying Contest is a test of stamina and muscle. The race involves men carrying 50kg of coal over an uphill course close to a mile long, while the ladies race sees ladies carry 20kg of coal. The World Coal Carrying Contest dates back to 1963 when a local coal merchant and the president of the Maypole Committee were enjoying a pint of beer together. A friend is said to have burst into the pub and bet that he could race the two with a bag of coal on their backs. Not wanting to let a good idea go to waste, the secretary of the Maypole Committee who was listening to the challenge, decided to set the race for Easter Monday. Continue Reading

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Dine, Stay and Play at the Millennium Resort Scottsdale this Valentine’s Day

The Millennium Resort Scottsdale McCormick Ranch is offering the Dine, Stay and Play Package just in time for a Valentine’s Day escape.

The Dine, Stay and Play Package includes superior accommodations, $100 food & beverage credit redeemable at the Resort, plus golf for two.

Golf aficionados will enjoy two 18-hole PGA Championship courses, as well as stunning views of Camelback Lake and the McDowell Mountains.

Millennium Resort Scottsdale McCormick Ranch

Additional leisure activities offered on-site include access to lighted tennis and sand volleyball courts, as well as fishing, biking, paddle-boating and canoeing.

The package is available for travel during the months of February and March starting $349 per night for a standard room, double occupancy, plus applicable fees and taxes, based on availability.

To make reservations, please visit the Millennium Hotels & Resorts website at or call directly at 1-866-866-8086 and use the booking code PLAY.

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FIFA Fly Drive – ‘Fly In, Fool Around’ With Wicked Africa

Fans lucky enough to get tickets for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa are counting down the days until kick off – but the adventure doesn’t need to end when the final whistle blows. With nine cities and 10 stadiums to visit, funky campervan company, Wicked Africa offers unrivalled convenience for both travel and accommodation, between games and beyond, with prices from only £241 per person, per week.

For those planning to see England play, then why not extend your visit? Wicked Africa’s affordable vans are welcome at more than 700 camps across South Africa, allowing a once-in-a-lifetime experience to discover the host country’s famous game parks, vibrant cities and beautiful coastline.

Turning a trip into a real ‘holiday of two halves’, campervan hire with Wicked Africa offers a unique opportunity to make the most of the journey itself, marvelling at the awe-inspiring landscapes, sampling the rich heritage and local cuisines, rather than simply worrying about how fast to get to the next destination. Continue Reading

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Valentine’s Day Package to St. Maarten

Sonesta St. Maarten Resorts add Caribbean sizzle to Valentine’s Day with the Seduction in St. Maarten romance packages. Both three-night packages are priced at $329 per room, per night for stays through April 3, 2010 and $229 per room, per night for stays April 4 to December 18, 2010.

Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino’s Seduction in St. Maarten package includes:
• Round trip Transfers from Airport
• Sparkling wine and chocolates in the room
• In room dinner for two from a special menu (one per stay)
• In room breakfast for two from a special menu (one per stay)
• Nightly turndown service
• 20% off Treatments at Good Life Spa.

Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort & Casino’s Seduction in St. Maarten package includes:
• Ocean view accommodations
• A bottle of champagne and Belgian chocolates upon arrival.
• Romantic dinner for two in one of the resort’s restaurants (one glass of house wine per person included)
• Free US$ 20.00 casino match bet per person
• Daily Turn Down Service

If you would like more information, or visit .

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Nepal Adventure Trips attracted more tourist in 2009

Despite sporadic strikes witnessed in Nepal in 2009, major tourism activities saw a growth compared to the previous year.

According to Monday’s The Kathmandu Post, the number of tourists putting down trekking, mountaineering, rafting and golf as their purpose of visit has gone up.

Tourism entrepreneurs are optimistic of increasing visitor numbers in 2010 and doubling arrivals during the upcoming Nepal Tourism Year 2011 national campaign.

Following the government’s ambitious target of bringing one million tourists, different tourism related stakeholders are hopeful of achieving the target but raised concerns about the deteriorating political environment. Continue Reading

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Denmark expects upturn in tourism industry this year

An upturn in tourism industry is expected this year in Denmark after a dismal year in 2009, according to news reaching here from Copenhagen.

“All the local markets from where most of our tourists come have been hit hard by the financial crisis — Germany, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands and the UK — they’ve all experienced huge drops in production, and that adversely affected consumer spending, including holiday budgets,” said a report published by the Copenhagen Post.

According to the report, tourism in Denmark generates about 127, 000 jobs both directly and indirectly nationwide, a figure representing every 20th job in the country. It also contributes tax revenues of some 22.7 billion kroner (about 4.3 billion U.S. dollars), of which 85 percent goes to the state.

Analysts said business tourism was strongly influenced by the economic slowdown since the travel budget is an easy place to save.

VisitDenmark believes that the worst is over, predicting a 5- percent growth in the number of overnight stays but the industry could reach 2007 levels in another two years, the report said.

It also said that Denmark’s tourism industry has not suffered worse than most European countries, and its 8-percent drop in turnover is on par with the continental average even though in general Denmark was hit harder in economic crisis than other countries.

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Peru caters to tourists with gastronomic delights

There are already quite a number of theme tours in the category of cultural tourism; eco-tourism is a popular example.

The Peruvians, however, have come up with an unusual variation: gastronomical tourism. Gastronomical tourism will boost the country’s tourism sector, which is well-known for its archaeological and historical interest.

“The gastronomical tourism will be consolidated this year,” Peru’s Tourism Minister Martin Perez declared. “We could magnify it by linking archaeological (tourism) and historical tourism to gastronomy.”

Peru, whose cuisine is considered one of the most diverse in the world, is to invite tourists to taste the various Peruvian dishes apart from visiting the museums.

Though the Peruvian cuisine is acclaimed as being on a par with the French, Chinese and Indian cuisines, foreign visitors normally do not come to Peru to sample its cuisine. Continue Reading

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High-Tech Asian Travel Website Slated For Launch Soon

Malaysian travel and tour operators, and others connected with the tourism sector, can avail of a new Southeast Asian search site soon.

Described as a high-tech travel website, is being touted as an “anchor for a new destination marketing campaign for Southeast Asia”.

The site, which will be launched on Jan 25, will allow users to research, plan and book multiple destination trips to and within the 10 member countries of Asean. will also have a special section for travel agents and others in the travel trade — travel and tour operators are being encouraged to submit content now.

The new site is the brainchild of a three-way partnership between Singapore-based Wego Pte Ltd, the Asean Tourism Association (ASEANTA) and the Bangkok-based Asean Competitiveness Enhancement (ACE) Project. Continue Reading

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China reveals plan to develop Hainan into global tourism destination

The Chinese government said on Monday that it aims to build the southern island of Hainan into a top international tourism destination by 2020.

The country also plans to develop the only tropical island province to be a platform for international economic cooperation and cultural exchanges, according to a statement of the State Council, or the Cabinet, released on, the official web portal of the Chinese government.

The island will also become a base of agricultural production and a base for developing resources and services in the South China Sea, said the statement.

The government said it would maintain the healthy development of the island’s property sector and encourage developers to build premium hotels and resorts. It also supports family-run hotels and property-rental services.

Efforts should also go to the financial sector in the island by pushing forward the trial program of cross-border trade RMB settlement and backing qualified tourism firms to get listed in the stock market. Continue Reading

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Thailand’s 2010 foreign tourist arrivals expected to reach 16M

The number of foreign tourists this year is expected to reach 16 million as targeted if there are no serious political disturbances nor epidemics, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

Speaking on the first day of assuming the TAT governorship, Governor Surapon Sawetseeranee said he would attempt to increase the number of foreign arrivals to the target set by Tourism and Sports Minister Chumpol Silpa-archa.

“Unless there is political chaos or epidemics, the number of foreign tourists will edge up to 15-15.5 million against the target number of 14 million,” he said.

For local tourism, the target number of local tourists is expected to reach 90 million with combined revenues of Bt430 billion this year.

He said strategies to attract foreign tourists are to expand, maintain, and retrieve the 3 groups of markets including ASEAN, Oceania (Australia-New Zealand and the Pacific) and China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Canada where there are several million targeted foreign tourists.

The TAT chief added that the New Year celebrations this year were more joyful than those of last year, which could help boost tourism.

The New Year celebrations generated incomes of at least Bt3.2 billion. Of this, Bt1.1 billion came from foreign tourists and Bt2.1 billion baht from domestic tourists.

Thailand’s most favored destinations are major provinces including Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, Phuket, Songkla, Samui and Pattaya. (PNA/TNA)

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