China’s Silk Road is as popular today as it was when the route began. Designed for trade and cultural use, it runs throughout the Eurasian continent, extending and connecting the Western and Eastern civilizations from China to as far as
With over 6,000 miles of Silk Road to explore, the road’s moniker originated from the Chinese silk that was traded through this route from as early as the Han Dynasty, beginning in 206 BC. Over time, as the route grew more popular, even the Great Wall of China was extended to protect this valuable route of traffic, peppered with the likes of traders, merchants, pilgrims, monks, soldiers and nomads, all seeking something that a trip along the Silk Road offered.
Having just attended South Africa’s 2014 Indaba Travel Trade Show in Durban, I headed out to explore the country. I was excited to hear about the recently launched Mandela Tourist Attractions Map which highlights historical places that defined Mandela’s life. Included are Soweto, Johannesburg and Robben Island. With this new heritage tour clients can experience the country’s rich and stirring history in addition to the gorgeous topography, fascinating cities, great food, fine wine and wildlife safaris.
With a new global marketing campaign launching this year and an accolade naming this Emirate one of the top 25 places to go worldwide, Dubai has certainly come a long way from the financial troubles that plagued the city back in 2009. There are new airline routes to announce and a summer campaign to attract both business and leisure travelers. We’ll break it all down for you here, giving you the latest information on this
First-timers and repeat visitors will be mesmerized by Korea’s transformation, from a nose-to-the-grindstone economic miracle during grim, post-war days to an innovator, inventor and savvy global brand maker and marketer, leaping as it were, from staple fare of fermented kimchi (cabbage swilling in hot spices) to an expanding roster of restaurants along trendy Garosugil lined with international cuisines and wine bars.
While you read this month’s Destinations by JAX FAX, think of Christopher Ames from US Airways. The director of product development is holed up in Las Vegas scouting hotels, restaurants, and enough local lore to baffle 30 travel agents in the upcoming 2014 US Airways Las Vegas Scavenger Hunt. While he gathers ‘intel’ on this famous gambling hub, JAX FAX looks back on Reno, NV, the second of three scavenger hunts held last October by Ames and his trusty cohorts.
The city of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage site since the 1970s, is one of the jewels in Croatia’s tourism crown. The intact Medieval walled city on the Adriatic Sea, as well as Split, the largest city in the scenic region of Dalmatia, contain fascinating medieval, Renaissance and Baroque historical sites that draw millions of tourists each year. Many arrive on cruise ships in the heat of mid-summer, drawn to the beautiful beaches, breathtaking views and the city’s unique architecture. But, while most of the attention is focused on these seaside villages and towns and islands off the coast of Croatia, there is so much more to see. especially in spring and fall, before and after the busiest part of the travel season, when the crowds thin, streets and hotels empty and there’s room to breathe, to take in the unique beauty, ancient culture and complex modern history of this small country.
With its ancient hilltop castle, picturesque river and cobblestone squares lined with ornate architecture, Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Yet what sets it apart for many visitors is the wonderful music that fills the city’s churches, concert halls and streets.
Your clients already have images of Scandinavia: fjords, Vikings, reindeer, colorful fishing villages, northern lights, maybe a stave church. This much they know, but you can introduce them to Scandinavia in 2014, and to a few things they may not
For decades, Lima, Peru’s great capital by the Pacific, languished, beset by crime, political unrest and triple-digit inflation. The once-proud city became a way station for Americans headed east to Machu Picchu or north to the Amazon. But times have changed. In the past decade, a committed leadership has worked to wipe out gang violence, strengthen U.S. trade agreements and upgrade the city’s infrastructure.
Safer and more welcoming, Lima retains the elegance of its Spanish colonial past. Grand plazas are lined with ornate churches, and stylish European-style cafés where Limeños savor cocktails made from pisco, the heady national drink, and ceviche made from the Pacific’s freshest fish. Only a three-hour drive down the coast, tour the Paracas National Reserve, home of Humboldt penguins, sea lions and blue-footed boobies, and follow the Pisco Trail to Hacienda La Caravedo, the oldest distillery in the Americas and birthplace of premium Pisco Portón.
Costa Rica is generally regarded as the first eco-tourism destination in South America. Its long history of sustainability includes setting aside an impressive 26% of its land mass for protected areas, including nearly 30 national parks.
New upscale options offer visitors the opportunity to combine “green” with luxury, especially in the Papagayo peninsula of the northwest Pacific coast, which is experiencing growth and change.