For those of us who grew up during the Cold War era the cities of the Ukraine were viewed enigmatically. Ukraine was located on the other side of the Iron Curtain and so it seemed to be off-limits, not just a different political system, but a different world entirely. Yet, for those who dared to delve to dream of visiting the forbidden cities on the other side of the Iron Curtain, they also conjured up images from a previous age...the beauty of legendary opera houses, ancient monasteries, great literature and beautiful parks and the romance of a long ago age.
When people think of storybook medieval German towns, the talk generally revolves around Rothenberg ob der Tauber, as well it should; it’s a beautiful medieval city on the Romantic Road in Bavaria. It has picturesque lanes, half-timbered houses and an intact fortification wall gives you a good idea of what a medieval town looked like nearly 1,000 years ago. It is even said that Walt Disney used some of Rothenberg’s medieval buildings for inspiration when constructing Disneyland. The region also attracts millions and millions of visitors each year.
While Rothenberg is a must-see city, discerning travelers may have an issue with those millions of tourists. In this age of experiential travel, many people want to avoid places that even slightly resemble a tourist trap and the souvenir shops that go with that moniker. If only Franconian Bavaria had an undiscovered medieval town that had the charm, the architecture and the culture of Rothenberg, yet without the millions of tourists. Well, luckily there is one! And its name is Iphofen.
While Manchester may not be high on the radar yet for American travelers, it welcomes the UK’s third largest number of visitors, exceeded only by London and Edinburgh. They come to enjoy a vibrant city that’s England’s most ethnically diverse, a melting pot of Britain’s vast former empire.
Rail travel is a quick, easy and efficient way to travel in Europe. France’s TGV and other high-speed routes speed clients from city to city, leaving more time for enjoying the attractions. On long trips, night trains can save time by combining sleep with changing cities. But convenience is not the only reason to tell your clients about Europe’s excellent rail network: riding one of the great scenic routes by train can be the highlight of your client’s vacation.
Any list of the world’s greatest train rides includes a number in Europe, where trains are the best vantage point for scenic landscapes. Remind clients that trains have a big advantage over driving: everyone can marvel at the scenery, as no one needs to be watching the road.
Africa really is where man - and woman - first roamed the earth. Some even point specifically to Tanzania according to experts at Africa’s Top Travel show, held from May 16-18 this year in Durban, South Africa. About 1,000 representatives participated in the annual event held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention center, better known as the DICC or Durban International Convention Center
It’s been a number of years since I last visited the magical Kingdom of Jordan, and since that time there has been much exciting tourism news coming out of the country. The good news includes many hotel openings to talk about, as well as tourism revenue and arrival numbers that continue
New Zealand is an impressive country with much to offer visitors. With staggering scenery, fascinating history and culture combined with plenty of opportunity for adventure, it is a destination that will not disappoint. When choosing a country to visit, it can be difficult to choose what regions to see, and therefore what regions you will also not see. Visiting these spectacular National Parks provides a great way to see this country’s splendor. From the New Zealand Tourism website (www.newzealand.com) we have selected an article about making the absolute most of an active New Zealand vacation.
If you think Taiwan is just like China, then you haven’t dined at the funky Five-Dime Restaurant, visited Taipei 101 (one of the world’s tallest buildings) or toured the National Palace Museum. Each place gives Taiwan a unique personality. But there are still similarities. Think of it like difference between the U.S. and Great Britain.
Taiwan is small, about the combined area of Maryland and Delaware. The high steel and glass bamboo-like Taipei 101 stands 1,671 feet above it. Outside Taipei, verdant mountains often shroud themselves in mist and envelop Buddhist monasteries and chasms that dig deep into the earth. In between are rice paddies, tea farms, Starbucks and 7-Elevens.
The 18th edition of the Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE) conference took place in May in Bávaro, Punta Cana. Organized by the Dominican Republic’s National Hotels and Tourism Association (ASONAHORES) and Ministry of Tourism, the country’s most important tourism fair saw an all time attendance high with a 26% jump in the number of registered delegates, including 1,000 more appointments than in 2016. This edition also celebrated Viva Wyndham Resorts’ three decades in the hotel industry.
In the southeastern Caribbean north of Trinidad, Grenada and the smaller sister isles of Carriacou and Petite Martinique is a popular getaway for sun seekers looking for an alternative to the more crowded Caribbean islands. Gorgeous and green, the island nation is affectionately dubbed the ‘Spice Island’ for the wonderfully fragrant nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves that grow in the volcanic soil. “With so many activities and adventures available in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, we at the Grenada Tourism Authority are able to provide travel agents with the right tools to tailor unique experiences based on their clients’ interests,“ said Francine Stewart, marketing manager for the Grenada Tourism Authority.