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
JAX FAX recently had the opportunity to visit and spend some time on the island of Tenerife, Spain. For agents unfamiliar with Tenerife, it is the largest of the seven Canary Islands, and it boasts that is the most populous island of Spain, with a population of just under one million people. The island has a surface area of 785 square miles.
The western United States offers some of the best choices for skiing in North America. Their mountain ranges stretch higher than those in the east, so snow conditions are often
But helping your clients choose the right mountain can be more important in the west because not all mountains' terrains match all skier skill levels. Another factor that can be important to clients is distance from major airports. Some of the most exciting ski areas may require a bit more travel time from the airport to the slopes, but clients may make that trade-off to have less crowding and more space on the trails.
Through classical antiquity and early Christianity, visitors will find their origins in an Egyptian city where the arts, religion and government of any modern civilization developed.
More than 5,000 years ago Egypt was comprised of a group of autonomous city-states, the primary ones being Heliopolis; Memphis, the capital; Saqqara and Giza (Lower Egypt), the area of
Because of the great importance of Jerusalem to Jews, Christians and Muslims as the place God chose to dwell during the world’s creation, centuries of kings and rulers have commissioned builders and artists to beautify it. Despite wars fought over its possession resulting in the destruction of several major monuments, Jerusalem remains a location of significant works of Hebrew, Roman, Early Christian, Muslim and Crusader endeavors - both above and below the ground.
With some of the best safaris and luxury lodges, the countries of Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana have been gaining popularity year over year. In Zambia, for instance, authorities have expressed optimism that the country will be able to capture the targeted 1 million tourists arrivals by the end of 2015. The country’s Minister of Tourism and Arts, Jean Kapata, stated the increase was partly due to the 20th United Nation World Tourism Organization general assembly held in his country in 2013.