World Tourism Day – Challenges Galore

The first half of 2009 has been sordid thanks to the invasion of the recession, terrorism and new health concerns that have left many key industries across India and the rest of the world in a lurch. The ghosts of 2008 just refuse to die down and continue to haunt the world economies! While the global tourism industry and the Indian tourism industry in particular is no exception to this, experts see this as an opportunity in crisis. The key lies in identifying the problems, fixing them and this is just the right time to do it! However, it will take a concerted effort by India, the winner of three awards of the United Nations World Tourism Organization including Asia’s favourite tourist destination in 2007, to see through this turmoil. All this makes the World Tourism Day on September 27 this year even more challenging and exciting like never before!

This is the time to clean up the system
Globally, the tourism ministries in many countries and in India are gearing up to do well out of this world economic calamity. These efforts assume significance as the global travel and tourism industry is one of the world’s largest industries, employing nearly 231 million people and generating over 10.4 per cent of world GDP. And according to the Ministry of Tourism in India, in 2007, 5 million tourists visited India and spent nearly $11.5 billion. The World Tourism Organisation 2020 vision estimates that around 5.08 million tourists will visit India by 2010 which is likely to touch 8.9 million by 2020. India and China have so far been resilient during recession and the recent World Bank report has not only endorsed this but predicts a decent growth for the two Asian giants. Thus, as far as the tourism industry is concerned, India is well poised to cash in on the global recession only if it makes up its mind to roll up its sleeves and work around a host of domestic and international tourism related issues.

The international and domestic issues that affects tourism in India
A weaker American and European economies that are already stung by recession has a spiralling effect on the global corporate world which is on a cost-cutting spree. This means lesser business and personal travels to India. The country is also facing newer challenges in health scares like the Swine flu, racism scandals, and poor protection for foreigners in certain tourists’ locations, climatic changes, inadequate manpower and the monsoon failures. Estimates have put that India would need at least 200,000 people to cater to the country’s growing tourism needs. Then there are the proverbial infrastructure problems like poor road connectivity, non-modernisation of airports, lack of world class food and accommodation facilities in hot tourism spots and the sluggish pace in identifying and developing tourist destinations and circuits. All these could have far-reaching impacts on the tourism industry in India.

Internally, India’s domestic tourism industry is on a boom. Literally a money spinner, the domestic tourism industry too faces similar issues and these will have to be sorted out simultaneously. Hence, it will take collaborative and focused efforts on the part of the Indian tourism ministry and other related ministries to tackle these issues and set up new standards.

Tackling the issues
Tourism is multi sectoral. It has to coordinate and work with other industries and ministries to remove bottlenecks in infrastructure, travel, health, food and accommodation and other facilities. The key is to offer a world class experience for tourists visiting India.

1. Creating a healthy environment, literally
On one hand, the medical tourism industry is on a roll. The country is witnessing a huge influx of tourists from all over the world for medical treatment purposes. This calls for steadying up the healthcare facilities and switching on the ‘always on the ready’ mode in terms of modernisation of equipments and qualified manpower. The invasion of new health scares like the recent H1N1 scare could make a dent on the tourists’ visiting the country. These health scares will have its impact on the domestic tourism scenario as well. The health ministry will have to roll out promising measures and work with the public in creating a safer, healthier atmosphere for all tourists visiting India.

2. Infrastructure woes
Presently, the thrust remains on the construction, maintenance, and development of roads, rails and airways that connect the various tourist destinations in the country. For this the Ministry of Tourism has to coordinate with the ministry of road transport and highways, the civil aviation and the railway ministry. The source of funds for these all-important development activities could also come from the various IPOs. However, this could happen only when the present rule of not allowing banks in India to accept deposits beyond 10 years is relaxed. The finance for infrastructure is a long term plan and runs for 15-20 years. Hence only if banks are allowed to have long-term funds, this mismatch could be removed.

3. Development of world class hotels
Accommodation continues to be the central plank of the development strategy of tourism in India. This is an area where the Government will have to spruce up its coordination with not only the states and union territories but also with private players. Tourists from foreign countries not only will expect safety and world class facilities in the hotels they stay but also close proximity to the tourists’ hotspots. Hence, there is an increasing need to identify, set up and maintain world class accommodation facilities near the heritage sites, and other tourists’ destinations in the country.

On the food front, though it is a fact that tourists’ visiting India loves the spicy Indian food, the lack of stringent food laws and restrictions, however, remains an issue. In addition to the variety, there has to be quality and safety too in the food offered.

Research, plan, and perform!
Tourism is not just about visiting a country. A tourist may visit a country for various reasons. For example, many tourists from different parts of the world see India as a hub of medical tourism. So is the adventure tourism sector which offers mountaineering, skiing, ice skating, paragliding, and rock climbing opportunities in some of the country’s finest landscapes, seas and ice capped mountains. Further cruise tourism which is very popular in the Caribbean, Latin America and some South-east Asian countries is gaining foothold in India’s vast coastlines and unexplored jungles and destinations. Rural tourism, eco-tourism are also good potentials for India’s tourism sector. It is high time the Ministry of Tourism focuses more on eco-tourism as it will serve as an educative tool for domestic and foreign tourists in observing wildlife, learning about the environment and understanding and conservation of the environment. Hence, understanding and solving these issues becomes all the more important. For this, the country needs well chalked out plans, funds from different sources, adequate manpower, and updated technology, round the clock concerted coordination between the various ministries and private players and above all the urge to make India the most favoured tourist destination in the country.

The World Travel & Tourism Council declares that the World Tourism Day is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic values. And India, being an important member of the global tourism industry, has to make concerted efforts to understand, draft plans and ease the impact of the repercussions of the recent challenges in the social, cultural, political and economic spectrums. This will not only prove to be an antidote for its own domestic tourism troubles and unemployment concerns but also set an example for the rest of the world. Only then the real meaning of Atithi Devo Bhava, the slogan for Incredible India, will serve its full purpose!

Green Traveling Around the World Series – Quito, Ecuador

Whether you are traveling alone, as part of a couple, or with your family, one place that you will surely want to consider visiting is Ecuador. Ecuador is known for its beautiful rainforests and fun activities that will offer you everything you want and more in a vacation or trip destination. As far as eco-friendliness, Quito, Ecuador, offers many different restaurants, activities, and lodgings in and around the area to allow you to travel without guilt. Eat organic foods there and other establishments around town. Enjoy birdwatching, a side trip to the Galapagos Islands, hiking the rainforest or mountains, or just relax.

There are many environmentally friendly places to stay located in Ecuador, offering beautiful scenery and fun activities for you and your entire family. Whether you want to just relax or you want to see everything possible in the area, you can find the perfect vacation package for you.

If you are looking to eat outside of the lodge, you have a few different options around the area. One is El Cucayo. It is located in the foothills of Quito and offers organic, as well as locally grown and pesticide-free foods. If you just want a cup of coffee, El Cafeto offers you 100% organic Ecuadorian beans to give you an organic cup of coffee that you will enjoy. Las Palmeras’ menu includes fresh products that are grown right outside in their organic garden. You can’t get much fresher than that.

As far as activities, there are all types of eco-friendly activities that you can take part in. From bird watching to walking through the rainforest to swimming to visiting the Galapagos Islands to hiking to mountain biking and more, there are many natural activities that you can enjoy in and around Quito, Ecuador. All types of eco-tours are given in this area of the world, from learning about the history of the area to learning about the geography to learning about the environment, you can find many different activities that are both good for the environment and the mind.

Quito, Ecuador, offers you a wonderful dip into eco-tourism that you will love. Whether your travel style is more active or more sedate, you will find that there are eco-friendly ways to make your vacation into what you want in Quito. From eating organically to enjoying the beautiful environment to learning more about being eco-friendly, you will find it all in Quito, Ecuador. Plan your trip today.

Beach Life Around the World – The Most Memorable Vacation Experience

Most of the people around the world are interested to spend their holiday vacations at some finest beach resorts only. Almost everybody would like to spending holidays some of the world’s best beach resorts in Jamaica, Caribbean and Mexico. When it comes to the wonder experience in beach life, there are many attractions like blue water, beauty of beaches and adventurous water sports and many more. If you are choosing a best beach resort as accommodation that offers all the luxuries and comforts of modern living that would be a dream comes true vacation. From the past decade, it has been observed that most of the people around the world are interested to spend their vacation in some fine beach resorts. In these stress full and hectic scheduled days, so many people are interested to spend vacation with their family member; this is the main reason for hot demand for beach holiday packages. And also it is one of the main reasons that the beach resorts are offering unlimited fund and pleasure offered by these resorts. Irrespective of age group, so many people are preferred to go on a beach holiday, whenever they get time. And also most of the beach resorts are offering some additional services to the newly married couple. And some of the aged people also prefer these resorts on behalf of health issues. In summer, every beach is fully loaded with crowded people and most of them are spending time with their family members indulging in water sports, underwater activities, exotic food and many more organized by these beach resorts.

When it comes to newly married couples, these wonderful beaches are the best holiday destinations for them to spend their honeymoon. In these days, the demands for resorts are increasing due to these newly married couples. To resolve this issue, so many beach resorts are started another venture for a couple only. This is the wonderful destination for those who want to spend their excellent honeymoon in these resorts. For this instance, so many resorts are offering holiday packages that cover very cost involved. The vacation experience in these resorts will become most wonderful moments in your life. Every resort around the world is providing some finest and luxury facilities and delicious food and many more things. When it comes to enjoyment, these beach vacations are offering something for everyone. The honey moon couples are enjoying their loneliness and privacy in these resorts along with all comforts offered by these resorts, family members are enjoying different water sports with their lovable family members. And also it is a best chance for kids to enjoy the nature in closely.

Finally, these beaches are losing their natural beauty due to the present atmosphere and some man made a mistake. To resolve this issue, some well established and experienced organizations are motivating people to protect the ultimate beauty of the beaches.

Travel to the Venice of China – Suzhou

Suzhou is famous for canals and waterways, stone bridges, pagodas and exquisite classical gardens. Over 42% of the city is covered in water and the Great Canal from Shanghai to Hangzhou bisects Suzhou so Suzhou has the well deserved reputation as the Venice of China. Suzhou has a history dating back 2500 years and is also famous for its ancient temples and pagodas. In recognition of their beauty and classical nature, the gardens of Suzhou were listed as UNESCO world heritage sites in 1997.

Suzhou is a major city the south east of Jiangsu province and only100 kilometers west of Shanghai. Suzhou’s strategic location in the Yangtze River delta and proximity to key cities such as Shanghai and Hangzhou was instrumental in its cultural and economic development over the millennia and its well deserved status as a must see travel destination in China.

So what does this mean? It means that Suzhou is a great place to travel to and you should not deny yourself the pleasure of several days there!

History

The history of Suzhou began in 514BC when it was established during the last years of Zhou Dynasty (1046-256 BCE) and quickly rose to prominence. Much of this prominence was lost in 306BC during a warring kingdoms period when it was annexed the Chu Kingdom.

The completion of China’s famous Gran Canal in 609 by the Sui Dynasty (581-618) placed Suzhou on a major trade route which did wonders for Suzhou’s prosperity and it rise to prominence again.

In 1130 when China was wracked by internal warfare, the Jin Dynasty army from Manchuria swept down through northern and central China raping and pillaging and the inhabitants of number of cities such as Suzhou were massacred.

Not one to be outdone, the Genghis clan also captured Suzhou and many other cities when they defeated the Jin Dynasty around 1215. By the time the Mongols had reached Suzhou, Khan Ogodei had apparently sated his blood lust and the city was not put to sword like so many others before it.

Later in 1367 Suzhou came out on the wrong side of turf struggle and was under siege for 10 months when King Wu of the Red Turban Rebellion made the unfortunate choice of going against the Yuan Dynasty

Suzhou’s run of bad luck continued when the Taiping Rebellion soldiers captured it in 1860 and again when the Japanese invaded in 1937.

With the unification of China at the end of the civil war in 1950, the 1950′s where good years for Suzhou and extensive restorations were completed in its famous gardens

Attractions

Humble Administrator Garden (Zhuozheng Yuan)

This garden is the largest of Suzhou’s gardens and has an area of around of about 52, 000 square meters. It is also one of China’s four most classical gardens. The other three gardens are Summer Palace, the Mountain Resort of Chengde and Lingering Garden which is also in Suzhou.

The Humble Administrator Garden was first built in 1509 as the private garden of an ex public servant who wanted to live a humble life there. Considering that the garden is said to coast a boat load of silver and taken 16 years to make, there is very little humble about it.

The grounds of the garden are divided into the eastern, central and western sections with each section having its own style and character. The focus point of the garden is the pond which makes up 60% of the actual garden and is the cause of the gardens charm and serene nature.

Lingering Garden (Liu Garden)

With a size of 23,300 square meters, the Lingering Garden is much smaller than the Humble Administrator Garden and was originally also a private garden. In feudal China when the gardens were developed, only the Emperor or noble (rich) families owned gardens so all of Suzhou’s four famous gardens and basically every other garden in China was private.

Lingering Garden is characterized by the exquisite beauty of its halls and buildings. The garden is divided into northern, southern, western & eastern sections with each section having it’s own building style. Interestingly the northern part used to be a vegetable garden and is now used to exhibit pot plants.

The central section of Lingering Garden defines the character of the entire garden and is the original part of the garden that dates back over 400 years. The other three sections were added later during the Qing Dynasty. A 700 meter long corridor winds through the park connection the four different sections.

Master of Nets Garden (Wangshi Yuan)

Created in 1140, the Master of Nets Garden is the smallest of Suzhou’s gardens and the most beautiful, well proportioned and charming. The garden achieves this effect by an incredible balance in the use of water, plants, rocks and buildings. The brilliant use of space in this garden creates an illusion that the garden looks much larger than it actually is.

The garden is made up of three sections, the residential section, main garden section and inner garden section. The focus point of the large garden is a big pond that takes up a major part of the garden. The pond contains a pagoda that is only accessible by a bridge that is less than a foot wide at the narrowest point.

All of Suzhou’s gardens project an atmosphere of harmony and tranquillity and this is especially so with the Master of Nets Garden. Even though it is small, you will want at least 2 to 4 hours to slowly savour and fully appreciate it.

Lion Grove Garden (Shizilin)

Unlike the other three gardens, the Lion Grove Garden was built by a Buddhist monk in 1342, was originally part of a Buddhist monastery and has an area of roughly 1000 square meters. This park is famous for its pitted and eroded Taihu rock formations. These rock formations or rockeries are laid out like a maze and the Lion Grove Park is often referred to as a labyrinth.

The Taihu rocks used in the creation of this garden are from the nearby Lake Tai and are made of sandstone that erodes over time. Originally the stone formations were built to resemble lions but many lost their shape from continuous erosion over the years.

Tiger Hill

Located in north west Suzhou, Tiger hill is a 36 meter in height and contains historical sites that date back 2,500 years to the founding of Suzhou. Tiger Hill is pretty small as far as hills go but it is a local spot of great beauty and rich in history. A famous Song Dynasty poet said something along the lines that if you visit Suzhou and do not visit Tiger hill it is a life long pity. Poets tend to dramatise and exaggerate but if you do go to Suzhou, take no chances and see Tiger Hill.

Pan Gate

This gate is one of Suzhou’s famous historical landmarks and is located on the south west corner canal circling Suzhou. Built in 514 BC, Pan Gate was one of the eight gates of the ancient city wall that protected Suzhou during the warring states period. The gate has been rebuilt twice, once during the Yuan Dynasty and again in 1986.

Apart from the mechanics of the land and water gates in Pan Gate, there is very little else to be said about this site. Most travel companies take their clients here so it is worth having a look at.

Water Towns

Water towns is a term given to towns that were built on the canal system for easy irrigation and transportation. These towns have not changed much in the last few hundred years so visiting them can give you a good idea of how China’s cities looked in the past. The houses in these towns are not normally more than three stories in height, stone bridges are common and streets are divided by canals. Taking a boat ride in a water town or eating at a water town restaurant that opens to the water is a delight.

Zhouzhuang is the most popular of the water towns near Suzhou and is a must see for anyone with a day to spare in Suzhou. Zhouzhuang is both divided by and surrounded by lakes and rivers and has 14 classic stone bridges crossing its rivers. Buses regularly leave Suzhou for Zhuozhuang and the trip is an hour at the most.

Other famous water towns that are a great to visit are Tongli and Mudu. Both of these towns are extremely old, have water and garden landscapes and are extremely enjoyable.

Activities

The one absolutely must do activity in Suzhou is to take a boat ride through the cities canals. There are touts selling boat rides all over the city with boat companies regularly opening and closing so ask your hotel to recommend a nearby boat ride company to you or just choose one as you are visiting the various sites.

Getting There

Suzhou does have a tiny airport with extremely limited flights. The last time I looked, it was just operating flights between Beijing and Foshan in Guangdong province. This is not a problem though because high speed train services run between Suzhou and Shanghai that only takes 25 t o30 minutes so trains are the cheapest, fastest and way to travel to Suzhou.

If you are flying in from out side China and Suzhou is your first travel spot, you can fly into Shanghai and catch an express train the same day to Suzhou or have a night in Shanghai and train to Suzhou the next day.

Traveling the World – A Dream For Many and a Reality For Few

Traveling the world is a dream of mine. I haven’t been too many places. I live in Oregon, in the United States and so far I’ve managed to visit all of the states around me and fly out to Michigan a few times. We’ve also been to Maui, Hawaii twice. I still have a lot of the United States to see. I’d very much like to visit a few places like New York, Florida and Washington DC.

As far as international travel, I’ve been to Mexico twice and Canada once. Our fist trip to Mexico was a cruise and we visited Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. This was a great trip with wonderful weather and food.

Our second trip to Mexico, we flew into San Jose Del Cabo, a small town outside of Cabo San Lucas and stayed for 4 or 5 days. We enjoyed the smaller town setting, with less tourism it was nice. We ate at some local places and had a great time.

I drove into Vancouver Washington and stayed the night when we were camping in northern Washington many years ago. I didn’t really get to see much of the city and we only stayed about half a day. I’d like to see more some day.

I’d really love to fly to Europe some day and travel to places like Paris, Venice, Rome, Berlin, Moscow and Cairo. These places are so different from what we are used to, I’d love to experience this in my lifetime.

I think Europe is one of the places I’d love to go, but I’d also love to visit as many countries as possible. Some of my top places to visit include China, Japan, Australia, Iceland/Greenland, Thailand and many many more.

I think it would be a challenge to go somewhere where people do not speak much English, but it would be refreshing to. I am so tired of our normal day to day life, that I’d love to experience something new, fresh and totally different. To go around and be treated differently and experience a different culture. This is the true excitement in life, not working a 9-5 and taking weekend holidays to the beach.

Traveling is the only exciting thing in life, besides watching your kids grow up. With a vacation on the horizon at all times, there is sure to be excitement all the time without a dull moment.

Valencia Las Fallas Festival, the Best Firework Fiesta in the World!

La Fallas de Valencia without a shadow of a doubt, are one of the most spectacular fiestas on earth. They take place March 15th through the 19th and are intended as a tribute to St. Joseph, patron saint of the carpenters’ guild that started the springtime custom of burning torches and assorted waste from their workshops. The basis of the fiesta are the Fallas, name given to each one of the gigantic structures made out of wood, cardboard, paper mache and other materials paraded through the streets during Fallas week. These monuments are mostly mischievous and satirical caricatures usually of local personalities that on the last day, at midnight, are set on fire in the “Cremà”. Fallas are also the social clubs or committees that raise money to build the floats and the young woman who represents the city during the festival known as la Fallera Mayor. Everyone is invited and encouraged to take part in the celebration and the number of Falleros (young men) and Falleras (young women) dressed in traditional customs now easily surpasses a hundred thousand people.

During the last four days of las Fallas de Valencia the city swells with constant excitement, there are nonstop explosions of fireworks, dances, musical performances and street parties. Every day around 2:00pm firecrackers rip through the Town Hall in a noisy event called “mascletà” that concludes in what is literally called the “terremoto” (earthquake) hundreds of masclets exploding on the ground simultaneously. The Evenings are spent walking around town and enjoying the nightly firework show held by the riverbed anytime between 11:00 and 1:00am. Local Fallas clubs hold parties on the street or at their casals (meeting headquarters) throughout the night. All these activities all building up to the last day of the Festival la “Cremà” (the burning) when the splendid structures which just hours before stood proudly in the streets and squares of Valencia are reduced to ashes amidst the clamor of thousands of people who attend the ritual every year. The Falleros throw everything that is considered superfluous, harmful or simply unusable into the fire and by doing so aim to make a fresh start and regenerate their spirit. The true purpose of the “Cremà” is not only to create a beautiful spectacle but to also start out a new Fallas year which always aspires to be better than the last.

If you are heading to las Fallas de Valencia for the first time be sure to make reservations ahead of time and be prepared to experience total chaos. Keep in mind the whole area of the historical centre is closed off to traffic for the construction of the Fallas, the “mascletàs” fireworks, the award ceremonies, the parades and other events. It is not advisable to use a car to get around Valencia when the festival is in full swing as traffic jams can block whole avenues for hours, particularly around nightfall. Your best bet is to use public transportation or the local trains when coming from nearby towns. In the city center the best way to get around and truly experience Las Fallas is on foot.

The weather during this time of year is usually hot and temperatures can get up there during the day although it is a good idea to bring a sweater if you are planning to stay for the night festivities as the temperature will drop once the sun goes down. Rain showers are also common at this time. Most important of all remember to have a great time during las Fallas de Valencia as it will be an experience like no other…

Tourism in China

With the development of china’s national economic,China’s tourism industry has witnessed continuous growth in strength.The prospects for China’s tourist industry are quite optimistic. The World Tourism Organization estimated that by 2020 China would become the top tourism destination country and the fourth largest supplier of tourist resources.

The tourism in China has been an engine behind the global economic growth for almost two decades. This high growth has created a middle class in China that is increasingly traveling domestically and internationally. On the other hand high economic growth and foreign direct investment has resulted in increase foreign travelers traffic.

China’s abundant tourism resources, with magnificent mountain rivers, rich and colorful customs, peculiar animals and plants and countless attractions, combined with unique opera, music, dance and world-renowned cuisine, each year attracting a large number domestic and foreign tourists. At present, China has become the world’s largest and fastest growing, most potential tourism market.

According to the China tourism industry statistics, total inbound foreign traffic has been around 131 million out of which Asian constitute the largest percentage including 16 million from Asia followed by 6 million from Europe and 6 million from Americas. The domestic traffic has increased to 1.6 billion passengers spending on average 16 dollars.

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC)’s preliminary measurement shows that China’s tourism and travel industry in the next decade is expected to reach 10.4% of the annual growth rate,and China will become the world’s fourth largest tourism economy. According to the World Tourism Organization predicts that by 2020, China will become the world’s largest tourist source country of destination and the fourth largest exporter.

This blog describes China’s rich tourism resources?? its historical sites, natural landscapes and folk customs?? and gives an account of its history, present situation, relevant services, and expected developments within China’s tourism industry.

Macau – A Great Attraction For Travelers From All Around the World

Macau, is a southern coast city of China. It is located at the south of Guangdong Province, on the tip of the peninsula formed by the Xijiang (West River) on the west and the Zhujiang (Pearl River) estuary on the east. Macau is situated 145 km southwest of Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong Province and 60 km western side of Hong Kong. It is next to the Zhuhai Special Economic Zone.

Macau facing the South China Sea in the south and east has thriving industries such as electronics, textiles and toys. There is also a remarkable Macau tourism industry that features a wide range of hotels, resorts, restaurants, stadiums and casinos. Macau, one of the richest cities in the world, tempts all with the variety of entertainment.

The Templo de A-Má, a temple built in 1448 dedicated to Matsu – the goddess of seafarers and fishermen – has given Macau its name. The following are the must see places in Macau:

Casino at Venetian Macao
Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre
Grand Prix Museum
Leal Senado (Municipal Council)
Cotai Strip
Ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral
Lisboa Casino
A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu)
Largo do Senado (Senate Square)
Monte Forte (Fortaleza do Monte)

Macau, an enthralling tourist location with a cluster of entertainment facilities, famous for its locales, casinos and nightlife.

Macau Hotels have a huge spread as far as budget and location are concerned. Hotels in Macau possess a great range of diversity in facilities and entertainment options. Macau hotels range from exotic five star accommodations at Lisboa hotel to the very economical three star accommodations of Fu Hua hotel.

The costs of accommodation in Macau Hotels range from as low as USD 65 to USD 142. Most of the Macau hotels provide air condition, television, radio, telephone as basic room facilities and hotel facilities includes beauty parlour, fitness centre, and laundry cleaning service. Other important facilities available in most of the Macau hotels are sauna, conference facilities and car parking.

Hotels in Macau offer great food and beverages that suits both holiday and business travelers. Most of the hotels in Macau have restaurants and serve a range of dishes in Chinese, Japanese and Continental cuisines. Food in Macau interests foodies from around the world. Macau provides Italian, French, American, Brazilian, Japanese, Korean and Mozambique cuisine as well as dishes from Southeast Asia, such as Thailand, Burma, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

Macau hotels offer a great array of entertainment facilities. Lisboa hotel, New Century hotel, Holiday Inn, Royal hotel and many other Macau hotels entertain with a scintillating nightlife.

The hotels in Macau also house busy casinos that are open on all days. Casinos are one of the big attractions in Macau.

Enjoy the Best Tourism In The World

Malaysia is located in the south east region of Asia. It is considered as primary tourist destinations and visitor’s heavens. It offers amazing landscape and vies as well as culture that has been around for many years. Malaysia is a country blessed with lot of tourist destinations. Malaysia tourism offers some of the most popular destinations like Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya. It also offers a lot of very nice beaches like Langkawi beach, Perhentian islands, Pelangi Beach and Kapas Island. Malaysia is not only a place to go if one wants to go to beaches as it has lot more to offer when it comes to people who love nature and the outdoors. Malaysia tourism offers exceptional wildlife which is very diverse and unique. So go ahead and enjoy the tourism of this charismatic country.

Bangkok is Asia’s most famous tourist destination that contains a mixture of gleaming skyscrapers and ancient oriental shrines, Bangkok elevated sky train is becoming an increasingly popular way to travel around the city. With this dramatic increase of number of tourists every year Bangkok tourism has come into play. Bangkok Travel tourism offers you various travel deals in your budget to explore this beautiful city. Bangkok tourism takes responsibility for promoting Bangkok as tourist destination as well as supporting tourism activities involving Thai culture and customs. It also offers complete tourist guide to Bangkok, sightseeing, tours and travel information, hotels, food, night life and much more. So come and explore this beautiful city filled with enthusiasm and life and be a part of it.

Singapore is known for its shopping and skyscrapers. But is it has lot more to offer apart from this. Try a city trip through old Singapore, discovering the charms of little India, Hindu temples en route, or experience a trishaw journey to Clarke Quay, Singapore’s riverside night life hotshot and much more. Singapore tourism offers you a planned holiday package for a mesmerizing vacation. Go for a thrilling vacation to Singapore matched with exciting Singapore tourism. As this dynamic city is rich in contrast and color and has something for all the travelers. With Singapore Travel tourism you can also find low price vacation packages and travel deals customized as per your requirement. So go ahead and grab your best deal now and give Singapore tourism a chance to serve you and offer memories that you can cherish throughout your life.

Amazing South America Tourism

South America tourism is something that drives, in large part the economies of most, if not all of the countries in South America. Every country in South America has something to offer for the hardy traveler. Given below are a list of South America tourism sites that one definitely must visit when in South America:

Argentina: Buenos Aires capital of Argentina, has a Spanish architecture to it, making it very vibrant. Be it night or day. The city of Cordoba is a great historical city, giving view of the colonial period it partook in. If you want to experience the life of the Gaucho cowboys, make a trip to Pampas. If its the flora and fauna world that excites you, Tiera del Fuego is the place for you. The most powerful waterfalls in the world is situated in the Iguazu Waterfalls. If history makes you go gaga, go to the land of the extinct dinosaurs, and early man, Talampaya. Argentina has something for everyone.

Bolivia: La Paz is the governmental capital of Bolivia and the main international hub for Bolivian Tourism. Sucre is the official capital of Bolivia, and as such has a very rich historical background. Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt flat in the world. Make sure you visit the salt hotel here, where even the furniture is made of salt. You could also visit Lake Titicaca, or the Tropical Rainforest if you want to indulge in the natural world here.

Brazil:Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and is amongst the hottest party places in Brazil. The carnivals of Rio de Janeiro is legendary. Many visit this place to see the Christ the Redeemer Statue. It is especially famous for Copacabana and it’s beach. São Paulo is the most populated place. It is very well known for international fashion week.some of the most beautiful beaches in the world are located in Santa Catarina.

Chile: While in Chile, make sure you visit the Cathedral of San Marcos. It was built by the architect of the Eiffel Tower. It is a popular tourist destination. Baquedano Street is the place to be if you wish to walk along old-style cobbled streets. Vaparaiso is where you should head to if you want to dip into Bohemian culture. You could also go in for a nice hot bath in the natural hot springs at Rancagua.

Colombia: The city of Bogota in colombia is known for the Museo de Oro, La Candelaria (the old town), and the “Eje ambiental”. In Cartagena, the Ciudad Amurallada (walled city), explore the historic past of colombia. Also small towns like Villa de Leyva, Raquira, and Zipaquira are definitely worth a visit. You could also get a glimpse of the Amazon and its excellent biodiversity in the Tayrona National Park.

Ecuador: Quito is the national capital and along with Cuenca, is listed as UN World Heritage Site, for the colonial architecture it presents. You could also choose to go to the Andes mountains, or the tropical rain forests. You could also go to the tropical beaches at Manta and Salinas. Ecuador is also home to the famous Galapagos Islands, and be one with nature.

Falkland islands: The Falkland Islands in South America are a British colony even now. Stanley is the capital of this country which is made up of more than 700 islands. It is a calm place and unlike the rest of South America tourism, provides a look into British influence more than Spanish.

French Guiana: As the name suggests, this place is a French overseas territory. It has a rich and varied history. Devil’s island here, is the most controversial sites and was used as a prison till 1946. this place is most famous for its King Carnival and the Mardi Gras celebrations.

Guyana: Georgetown is the capital city here. St George’s Cathedral is amongst the tallest wooden buildings in the world. Georgetown is also known as the “Garden City of the Caribbean”. Other interesting places to visit include the Stabroek Market, umana Yana, the Botanic Gardens, and the Kaieteur Falls.

Paraguay: Asunción is the capital city of Paraguay. It is importanit from the historical as well as tourist point of view. There are also a lot of natural wonders in this place. You could also book tickets on the Central circuit, that shows you the important places around the capital. The Iguazu Falls are another crowd-puller. The Chaco is a sparsely populated region known for its amny national parks, including the Defensores del Chaco.

Peru: if there’s one place in South America that can truly boast of being the most historical places, it has to be Peru. Right from developed places like the capital Lima, to mystical places like Nazca, Machu Picchu and Chiclayo. There are also naturally wonderful places like Huaraz & the Cordilleras. One of the main natural destinations in peru is the Iquitos on the Amazon River.

Suriname: An ideal destination for a good vacation. You could go on an adventure forest tip, checking out virgin flora and fauna. The capital Paramaribo is well known for its historical wooden architecture. You could also go to Matapica or Galibi to see sea turtles. Those interested in history can visit Fort Zeelandia or Jodensavanne.

Uruguay: Montevideo is the capital of this country. It is known for its many beaches and festivals. Punta del Diablo is a quiet little village where one can experience village life. Punta del Este is the party capital of Uruguay. Casa Pueblo is where one should head to check out the art and Mediterranean architecture.

Venezuela: Caracas is the oldest city in Venezuela and is the national capital. The place is a good mix of modern as well as traditional architectural styles. Venezuela is one of the most beautiful places on the planet in terms of natural beauty. The Angel Falls, for example, are world-renowned,. Coro was the old capital of Venezuela and offers insight into its colonial history. Other important places include Merida, Canaima National park,and the OrinocoDelta.