A South Pacific Honeymoon in Fiji or New Caledonia
While the modern world is a buzz in Beijing and Shanghai, the idyllic villages and natural beauty that abound in Yellowstone or Huangshan Mountain and the Zhangjiajie region is otherworldly. Both misty mountain regions are filled with magic and make for great add ons to any urban itinerary.
Fascinating, exotic and lively, perennial Mumbai always enchants. Whether you’re a first time visitor or a well traveled habitue, India’s most cosmopolitan city boasts a panoply of colors, flavors and aromas. With luxury hotels, spas, restaurants, famous sights, and a rich cultural heritage, there’s something for everyone. Capital of the West Indian state of Maharashtra, Mumbai, aka Bollywood, is also the ‘Entertainment Capital of India’. Known as the ‘City That Never Sleeps’ Mumbai’s glamorous nightlife is legendary. To many, it will always be their favorite place to go.
Over the last six years, on my frequent visits to Japan, I bemoaned even the thought of pulling my always over-stuffed suitcase through Tokyo Station. This was not only because the place is massive - with 3,000 trains passing through every day, but because it was a disastrous construction zone. I wondered what they were doing for so long and when it would finally be completed.
Since the devastating earthquake of March 11, 2011, tourism to Japan’s Tohoku (literally “northeast”) region is slowly coming back. In October 2012, I joined a group that visited Aomori, Akita, Iwate, and Miyagi, four of the six prefectures that comprise the 25,825 square mile region that is approximately the size of West Virginia, but with a population of 9.3 million. While we were there, we experienced wonderful tourist attractions, so many of which targeted children, and we met numerous children everywhere enjoying themselves
Traveling our way around the tourism news of South East Asia, our first stop is Singapore, which is certainly promoting itself as a major conference and meetings destination, especially for travel and food events. From October 15-19, 2012, for the third year in a row, Singapore will host the mega travel and tourism festival, TravelRave (www.yoursingapore.com). This year’s program has expanded to include Asia’s most important annual travel industry forums, including: the Asia Pacific Tourism Destination Investment Conference, October 15 - 17, 2012; the Web in Travel Conference, October 15 - 17, 2012; Aviation Outlook Asia, October 17 - 19, 2012; ITB Asia, October 17 - 19 2012; Asia Travel Leaders’ Summit and the Singapore Experience Awards and Conversation (both by invite only); and for the first time, the World Travel Awards’ Asia & Australasia Ceremony on October 18. In 2011, TravelRave welcomed more than 9,500 attendees, a 15 percent growth over the 2010 debut.