Because of the great importance of Jerusalem to Jews, Christians and Muslims as the place God chose to dwell during the world’s creation, centuries of kings and rulers have commissioned builders and artists to beautify it. Despite wars fought over its possession resulting in the destruction of several major monuments, Jerusalem remains a location of significant works of Hebrew, Roman, Early Christian, Muslim and Crusader endeavors - both above and below the ground.
With some of the best safaris and luxury lodges, the countries of Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana have been gaining popularity year over year. In Zambia, for instance, authorities have expressed optimism that the country will be able to capture the targeted 1 million tourists arrivals by the end of 2015. The country’s Minister of Tourism and Arts, Jean Kapata, stated the increase was partly due to the 20th United Nation World Tourism Organization general assembly held in his country in 2013.
When planning a trip to India, what usually comes to mind is a journey filled with Maharaja’s palaces, wondrous temples and a riot of sensory delights. In this exotic and fascinating land, you’ll also find remarkable destination spas and wellness retreats that take you on a different kind of journey - one that rejuvenates and stimulates the body, mind and soul. With a growing international wellness movement, more people are including health related activities, massages, body treatments, meditation and yoga as part of their travel plans.
If you have never thought about heading to Japan to hike, relax and enjoy a good drink, then think again. Healthy hikes are high on the to-do list in this country, as are stays at very traditional and relaxing Japanese Ryokans, and finally, sampling the many varieties of sake.
Selling fun in the sun as the winter winds start blowing at home is a no-brainer. Although many resorts front their own beach, savvy travelers these days are looking to shake up the vacation mix by exploring a variety of beaches. Sure, they all have stately coconut palms, bone-white sand and baby blue waves, but only a handful come with uncrowded stretches and vistas prettier
“Irie?” Ms. Nicola Madden-Greig, President of the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association (JHTA) asked the audience at the official welcome reception for JAPEX 2015. A robust “Irie!” filled the room.
It is a country that boasts a pure richness of tradition, folklore, culture and art. Indeed, Guatemala is a rare find in Central America and for the discerning traveler, it is an experience not to be forgotten. Flying into Guatemala City, you should consider beginning your trip by spending a day getting acclimated to the country and the people. This is best done by opting to take a local city tour. It’s easy to hire a driver from any of the higher-end hotels, and you will definitely want to request a trip to the local market to see the plethora of handicrafts and souvenirs for sale there. Take time to look at the square too, and admire the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Palace of Culture, built in
Destination Britain Americas’ annual event was held outside of the U.S. for the first time this year, and the host hotel was the five star, Paradisus La Perla in Playa Del Carmen. Just a 45-minute drive from Cancun airport and a 5-minute taxi ride to lively Playa Del Carmen, Paradisus La Perla was the perfect choice to host this event.
Germany is the undisputed monarch of Christmas markets, with decorated stalls filling the main squares of its villages, and multiple markets lending a festive holiday aura to larger cities. Especially in Southwest Germany and Bavaria, you can plan entire itineraries for your clients that include a different market - or several -- each day, with minimal travel between them.
Streaks of purple, pink and green, the Northern Lights dance across Arctic skies, from September through April, when solar winds collide. Also known as the Aurora Borealis, the lights can be seen close to home in Alaska and Canada. But, these days, savvy travelers are heading to Norway. At the center of the Northern Lights belt, and with low-lying mountains and miles of coastline, Norway offers some of the world’s clearest and most unobstructed views. The Gulf Stream also keeps winter temperatures relatively warm—a big plus when hunting the nighttime lights.