Panoramic views of waters ranging between royal blue and turquoise amid the archeological ruins of ancient Greece and Turkey is hard to top-unless, of course, you’re experiencing all this with a cruise ship as your base. JAX FAX visited seven Greek islands, Turkish ports and Athens on Louis Cruises in July, seeing first-hand the local culture, quaint island villages, ancient ruins and swimming in the pristine Aegean Sea. The seven-day Louis Cruises’ Idyllic Aegean cruise program was experienced onboard the Louis Cristal, a 480-cabin ship with two restaurants, two bars, a cafe, casino and amenities like a pool and jacuzzi, gym, spa and massage room, duty free shop and medical center. With so many excursions at each port to experience, however, it is the destination that takes center stage.
Here’s the scoop on Croatia. The country has fabulous ice cream. Don’t worry about the calories. You’ll burn them off climbing the steep cliffs along the scenic Dalmatian Coast or walking the national park paths and the medieval cobblestone streets. One thing you need to know: those ancient towns like Sibenik (pronounced Shiv-n-eek) and Split are stony and steep with lots of steps. Exploring them is like working out on a Middle Ages Stairmaster. But do it, because they are fascinating places.
Before the Sunshine State transformed into a dream destination of 825 miles of diverse beaches, family fun attractions, culinary spots, scenic highways, cultural venues, world-renowned hotels, sporting events, and nature trails, attracting some 95 million visitors a year, it was the playground of wealthy northerners who figured out this place had natural beauty, and some thought its waters were curative.
Today, Florida is a lot more than its beaches and amusement parks. Each area has its own particular appeal, ranging from the subtropical Florida Keys and Key West, to a world-class art scene in St. Petersburg/Clearwater, to off-the-beaten-track hideaways like Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands on the southwest coast, halfway between Sarasota and Fort Myers.
Hotelbeds, the top global business-to-business bedbank, recently hosted its 6th annual MarketHub Americas trade forum. Over 600 travel suppliers and distributors from the main sectors of the American travel industry gathered at the two-day event, held at Las Vegas’ Caesar’s Palace, for current insights on key tourism trends and updates on the Spanish-based accommodation wholesaler.
Singapore, 9 July 2014 – Euromic, one of the world’s most expansive group of destination management companies, is now on board IT&CM India 2014.
Executive Director, Christophe Verstraete said, “India is the third fastest growing global economy, and well positioned for an un-paralleled development within the travel and tourism sector. As Indian companies look for business opportunities around the world, outbound business travel and MICE are estimated to be expanding at a greater pace than leisure.”
Small hotels have always been part of New York’s hospitality mix. But in 1984, the first boutique hotel appeared in the city when Ian Schrager, of Studio 54 discotheque fame, opened Morgans Hotel, still a stylish Midtown fixture.
Ranging from about 100-200 rooms, boutique hotels typically offered three-to-five star luxury, personalized service and upscale furnishings. By the late 1990s and early 2000s, designer-decorated boutique hotels ran the gamut from minimalist with all-white interiors to phantasmagorical with velvet trappings, outsize gilded mirrors and eye-popping art.
With broad stretches of blue sea, calm turquoise bays where stylish mega-yachts shelter beside colorful old fishing boats, exclusive seaside resorts and sleepy bougainvillea-draped villages, Turkey’s Aegean Coast draws thousands of sun seekers each year. Home to some of the Mediterranean’s most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, it’s also a mecca for culture and history buffs.
This year, Scotland celebrates Homecoming 2014 with scores of music, art and theater events as well as food and whisky tastings. Summer and fall bring Highland games with kilted competitors, garden tours and hill walks, and special editions of top annual festivals like the Edinburgh Festival and Glasgow’s Celtic Connections. The Scots invite everyone to join in the fun, to explore their cities and towns, and their incomparable Highlands, 10,500 square miles of moors, mountains and lochs nearly the size of Massachusetts.
Poland is full of history, culture and modernity, covering a total area of over 120,000 miles of beautiful and historic landscape. There are many diverse experiences and reasons for a traveler to visit this country. Offered here are two vastly different places within Poland, both must-see destinations - but for opposite reasons.
I was standing on the edge of the medieval hilltop village of Motovun, deep in the Istrian peninsula of Croatia, looking out on the beautiful countryside dotted with stone farmhouses, old olive groves and vineyards.
It was spring and everything was fresh and beautiful. Beside me, there were two American women, part of a tour that had arrived the night before, who were looking out in the same direction and they were trying to remember which movie star they’d read had purchased a house in the area a few years ago. They argued back and forth, discarding names, and finally decided it might be Anthony Hopkins.