Say “Poland” and it conjures images of WWII monuments, churches, museums and pierogies. No doubt about it, much of the traffic from the U.S. to Poland has been based on geneology in past years. But Poland is a Central European country ideal for family travel and visitors following their own passions way beyond being Polish.
The largest of the Leeward Islands, Antigua and its petite pretty sister isle Barbuda are a wonderland of the finest beaches under the Caribbean sun. Attractions include historical sites like Nelson’s Dockyard, an unbroken wall of coral reef that attracts divers from all corners of the world, and a potpourri of edible delights like black pineapple and pepper pot stew.
The pre-eminent tourism gathering in the Caribbean, State of the Industry (SOTIC), organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) in collaboration with Curacao’s Ministry of Economic Development and the Curacao Tourism Board brought together tourism decision-makers, hotel and airline executives and travel agents. At the World Trade Center in Willemstad; capital city of Curacao, the conference theme Caribbean Tourism: Growth through Innovation was an attention-grabber with a host of seminars and keynotes that excited an enthusiastic crowd. www.OneCaribbean.org
For Qatar, a country that relies heavily on its hydrocarbon revenue, tourism has never been at the forefront of their identity. Recently, however, tourism is playing a pivotal role in diversifying the nation’s economy. In that vein, this past year the Qatar Tourism Authority has developed and unveiled a “Qatar destination brand” to position the country as a premium tourist destination offering an authentic experience rooted in the nation’s culture and heritage. H.E. Mr. Issa Bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi, chairman of Qatar’s Tourism Authority, stated, “The unveiling of Qatar’s first destination brand marks the beginning of a new phase in our journey towards achieving the vision for Qatar, to become a world class hub with deep cultural roots.”
South Africa is an excellent intro for anyone interested in Africa. Set on the southernmost tip of the African continent, South Africa’s cosmopolitan cities can be experienced side by side with the country’s rich African roots and recent Apartheid history. Add in abundant wildlife, natural beauty and a rich culture, and you are hard pressed to find that diversity anywhere else.
There is a lot to see in South Africa. If you’re an avid traveler, chances are you’ll pass through South Africa, en route to other Southern African countries; Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Whether your destination is South Africa alone, or you’re en route, do more than stretch your legs on a Jo’Burg layover. Get out and stretch your imagination and your sense of adventure.
As one of the world's most ancient civilizations, China is on just about every modern traveler's bucket list. It has catapulted into the 21st century at lightening quick speed, making it all the more fascinating.
Even though China has modernized, traditional life continues in provinces like Sichuan where stores open on to the streets, senior citizens play Go and Mahjong, grandmothers carry babies in straw baskets strapped to their backs and people squat at roadsides to inspect vegetables while quibbling over prices
Some people never visit the South Pacific because they figure it's just like the Caribbean. Well, they are completely wrong. Each South Pacific island has a uniqueness you won't find anywhere else. Here is just a sampling of some of its fabulous destinations.
With its vibrant arts and culture scene, lively nightlife, irresistible music, colorful festivals and rich historic heritage, Colombia would be an easy sell even without its magnificent Caribbean beaches. And PROCOLOMBIA is poised to help travel agents advise their clients and plan trips there, using a newly revamped version of their www.colombia.travel portal. With practical information on 285 cities in all regions of Colombia, the site connects you to 1,294 tourism providers, including hotels, tour operators and restaurants.
If you are looking for a country in Latin America that is not only unique, but still relatively untouched with regard to mass tourism, Nicaragua is an excellent choice. While there is an entire Caribbean side to discover, the Pacific side of the country offers old world charm, outdoor adventure and a look at some of the country's important handicrafts.
Sicily has come into its own as a great vacation destination. It's not surprising with new upscale hotels, direct flights from the US and recent improvements in infrastructure. Top luxury tour operators like Absolute Sicilia are now offering a new concept of luxury travel in Sicily with creative customized itineraries. www.absolutesicilia.com