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Hanoi Open Kite festival prepares to take off in October

The Hanoi Open Kite Festival taking place this October will just be a taste of what’s to come, as the International Kite Festival in 2010 hopes to draw 30 countries to the capital city’s skyline.

The national festival will be a good trial for the International Kite Festival, according to organiser Ngo Hong Tien. The capital’s skyline will be brightened by various colours and designs of kites as the first International Kite Festival takes place to celebrate the 1,000th birthday of Thang Long, the ancient name of the country’s capital.

Festivities will take place in three of Hanoi’s localities: My Dinh Square, Hong (Red) River’s floating land and Hoan Kiem Lake.

Enthusiasts will be able to head to My Dinh Square and Hoan Kiem Lake to watch the traditional and creatively designed kites take flight. The ideal locations will provide craftsmen plenty of opportunities to show off their designs while audiences can revel in watching the artistic beauties flutter in the sky.

International kite clubs will show their skills in flying uniquely designed two or four-string kites, said Tien, from the Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Continue Reading

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Borneo’s oldest national park, a popular choice for repeat visitors

The ‘Proboscis Monkey’ or ‘Orang Belanda’, symbolic of Borneo’s internationally-renowned and protected animal, is not the only reason why tourists keep returning by the droves for more.

The Bako National Park is another reason.

Borneo’s first and oldest national park has long been a popular choice for repeat visitors.

Located on the Muara tebas peninsula and gazetted as a national park, five decades ago, not much of its natural ambience and wildlife has been disturbed.

Only accessible by sea from the Bako fishing village, about a 20-minute drive from here, foreigners account for 70 per cent of the average 30,000 visitors annually.

Park manager Siali Aban attributes the 2,727-hectare park’s popularity with foreigners to its privacy and quietness. The Bako Park has been, and still is as it was. Continue Reading

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CruiseCompete offers top reasons to enjoy a cruise during 2008 holidays

Enjoying summer weather? Come November and December, cold and snow will be here just in time for the holidays – and a Caribbean cruise vacation.

Whether traveling as a couple, with friends or family, holiday cruises over Thanksgiving and the December holidays are some of the most popular offered by the cruise lines. Rather than wait to book these vacations, the cruise specialists at CruiseCompete.com encourage travelers, especially those in groups, to plan and book their holiday cruises now. This will help assure the best selection of ships, itineraries and cabin choices – not to mention best deals.

“For many people, a holiday cruise is not traditional, but it can also provide their vacation budgets with a break, considering the great value of a cruise,” said Bob Levinstein, CEO of CruiseCompete. “Cruises feature all-inclusive pricing, with ship accommodations, food, entertainment and other amenities included. Plus, people of all ages and interests find plenty to do aboard a holiday cruise.”

For those still looking for a reason to cruise over the holidays, here are several: Continue Reading

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New Report Details How as Commercial Air Carriers Struggle, Private Jets Boom at Public’s Expense

As Americans prepare to pay extra for checked bags, wait in long lines, and endure crowded commercial flights this summer, super-wealthy private jet owners are enjoying tax breaks and luxury at the public’s expense. “High Flyers: How Private Jet Travel Is Straining the System, Warming the Planet, and Costing You Money,” a new report from the Institute for Policy Studies and Essential Action, exposes the impacts of private aviation on the air traffic system, carbon emissions, and everyday travelers.

“While air travel has become more expensive, uncomfortable and degrading for the rest of us, a growing class of ultra-rich Americans are fueling a boom in private jets and flying high on tax breaks,” said Chuck Collins, senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies and coordinator of the Working Group on Extreme Inequality. “The surge in private jets has real costs to taxpayers, shareholders, and everyday air travelers. These high flyers aren’t just living large on their own privilege; they’re threatening our environment, security, and the cohesion of our country, at our expense.” Continue Reading

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How to Travel Safely

No matter where you go or where your trip takes you there is and always will be a need for safety tips and rules. So to travel safely while on your city break you should use some if not all of the following tips:

Know Your Area

It doesn’t matter if you are in Rome or Greece you need to have a good idea of the town’s layout and important features. Some of the important places to know are where you are staying, where the local hospital is, where the police are located and at least one apothecary. Now this may seem hard, but if you have a map and mark them on it then find the center most location you have a start. Once you know what the center of town is find something unique or that will stand out, even a local business will work. Now that you know spot you chose and its local name you will be able to start back there time and time again, and by knowing which important item is in which direction you can get help when needed. Continue Reading

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Gambling prohibited for Chinese going to Taiwan

Chinese visitors to Taiwan will not be allowed to gamble or engage in “pornographic activities,” China’s state news agency reported Sunday.

The warning was issued by the Cross-Strait Tourism Association, the official Xinhua News Agency said. It follows the signing of breakthrough agreements on charter flights and tourism promotion between the rival sides earlier this month.

“Travel agencies are not allowed to arrange gambling, pornographic and drug-related activities, and other activities harming cross-strait relations,” Xinhua said. Continue Reading

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West Virginia Division of Tourism Showcases Summer Travel Destinations

For travelers looking to get the most out of their vacation dollars without limiting fun, the West Virginia Division of Tourism offers summer travel attractions and events.

“The summer months provide the perfect opportunity to showcase the Mountain State’s travel destinations,” says Betty Carver, West Virginia Division of Tourism commissioner. “Travelers will find a diverse selection of attractions, many of which are family friendly, a tank of gas away and conveniently located within a day’s drive of many metropolitan cities in the East.”

Those wanting to make travel plans will be able to find additional information and travel planning tools at www.wvtourism.com or by contacting the Tourism hotline at 1-800-CALL WVA.

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The Mountain State has more than 100 golf courses that offer challenging greens, tough shots and breathtaking vistas. Enjoy the luxury of golf at resorts such as The Greenbrier and Stonewall, challenge your skills at state parks courses, and discover courses at city parks, county recreation areas and along quiet country roads. For more information, visit www.wvgolfing.com or request a copy of the new 2008-2009 state golf guide by calling 1-800-CALL WVA. Continue Reading

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Tips on Buying Sunglasses and Eyeglasses for your next Travel

Buying sunglasses for recreational purposes calls for more critical examinations and some fundamental selection criteria in the mind among others, than you would have in a normal case. The tinted lenses used must not distort color and contrast for visual clarity and they have to protect the eyes from UV radiation and the recently discovered high energy visible light. You do not want to compromise on the vision front. Do not hesitate to choose from reputable manufacturers.

 Oakley sunglasses, Smith sunglasses, Julbo and Spy Optic are well known for research-based manufacturing. Buy glasses that are lightweight, they do not sense like you are wearing sunglasses at all. High altitude and snow sports need 100% UV protection and above 90% visible light reduction through lenses so check for lens ratings; higher the rating, better is the protection. A rating of 4 is all right, 5 are total opacity. Continue Reading

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Real Estate Excursion Offers Unique Chance to Surf Nicaragua with a Star

Perfect waves groomed by all day offshores are breaking right now in warm water, and they’re only a short flight away. With fewer crowds, a higher concentration of quality breaks within a short distance, and very affordable ocean view property still available, it’s easy to see why Nicaragua is being dubbed “the new Costa Rica.” But, first you need to see it for yourself.

Century 21 Gold Coast Realty is offering a unique opportunity to do just that. The Surf & Turf tour will combine comprehensive information about Nicaragua’s burgeoning real estate market with the opportunity to experience the country’s best surf with professional surfer and Nicaraguan land owner Holly Beck. Continue Reading

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American Express’ Going Once Seasonal Travel Website ’’Keeps it Local,’’ Providing Access to Amazing U.S. Vacations

Going Once offers extraordinary experiences closer to home with exceptional deals from coast to coast — Hawaii to Las Vegas to New York City

NEW YORK.- As summer approaches, many travelers are dreaming of getaways, but wonder how far their dollars can go. To quench the thirst for summer travel, American Express is offering exclusive travel packages from participating merchants that don’t require a round-the-world flight. From June 2 -12, one unbelievable new U.S. vacation destination will be posted each day at the Going Once website (www.amexnetwork.com/goingonce) — and once the travel packages go on sale at noon ET, the price drops every twenty minutes until 8:00 pm ET or until the limited packages sell out, whichever comes first. Last winter, Cardmembers experienced an average savings of 34% (over retail prices) on packages purchased through the Going Once website.

“In creating this summer’s Going Once, we listened to our Cardmembers who said they wanted more affordable travel options, closer to home, but still desired exceptional experiences” said Luke Gebb, vice president, Network and Merchant Marketing, American Express Merchant Services. “We started by focusing on the incredible destinations our country has to offer, then we worked with our merchants to create amazing vacation experiences” Continue Reading

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Top Five Reasons Why You Should Book Your Hotel Online

With over a million travel websites available online, Travelers are now comfortable of searching, inquiring and booking their travel and hotel requirements online. Online Travel services have become an integral part of the fast growing tourism industry in the world.

Here are the top 5 reasons to consider booking your hotel online:

1) Save Money

By booking your hotel online, you can easily compare rates provided by different online hotel reservation websites.

2) Convenience

Book your Hotel from the comfort of your own home. You don’t have to go out to pick up the hotel vouchers or gift certificates. You may check HotelsCombined.com, Its a unique and free tool that lets you search multiple travel sites simultaneously to find the lowest rates instantly. By using HotelsCombined.com to search for hotels, you no longer need to visit each and every travel site to find the best deals! HotelsCombined.com does it for you. Continue Reading

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July 4th Package Deal Waterville Valley Resort Brings in the 4th with a Bang

Waterville Valley, NH- Waterville Valley Resort will celebrate the 4th of July with a town-wide Parade on Friday, July 4, 2008 at 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome to participate, with float building, and to enjoy a free outdoor concert topped off with a spectacular fireworks display over Corcoran’s Pond.

Then, the Independence Day Festival continues on Saturday, July 5, 2008 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests are invited to join in on the fun on Packard’s Field where there will be games, crafts, a 100′ foot obstacle course, Fireman’s BBQ, Band, Dunk Tank and more. This event offers great fun for the entire family.

And, save for the 4th with a great deal: two nights lodging, parade flags at check-in, one free glow necklace, and Summer Unlimited Activities. Prices from $56 per person, per night (based on quad occupancy). Continue Reading

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