“Irie?” Ms. Nicola Madden-Greig, President of the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association (JHTA) asked the audience at the official welcome reception for JAPEX 2015. A robust “Irie!” filled the room.
It is a country that boasts a pure richness of tradition, folklore, culture and art. Indeed, Guatemala is a rare find in Central America and for the discerning traveler, it is an experience not to be forgotten. Flying into Guatemala City, you should consider beginning your trip by spending a day getting acclimated to the country and the people. This is best done by opting to take a local city tour. It’s easy to hire a driver from any of the higher-end hotels, and you will definitely want to request a trip to the local market to see the plethora of handicrafts and souvenirs for sale there. Take time to look at the square too, and admire the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Palace of Culture, built in
Destination Britain Americas’ annual event was held outside of the U.S. for the first time this year, and the host hotel was the five star, Paradisus La Perla in Playa Del Carmen. Just a 45-minute drive from Cancun airport and a 5-minute taxi ride to lively Playa Del Carmen, Paradisus La Perla was the perfect choice to host this event.
Germany is the undisputed monarch of Christmas markets, with decorated stalls filling the main squares of its villages, and multiple markets lending a festive holiday aura to larger cities. Especially in Southwest Germany and Bavaria, you can plan entire itineraries for your clients that include a different market - or several -- each day, with minimal travel between them.
Streaks of purple, pink and green, the Northern Lights dance across Arctic skies, from September through April, when solar winds collide. Also known as the Aurora Borealis, the lights can be seen close to home in Alaska and Canada. But, these days, savvy travelers are heading to Norway. At the center of the Northern Lights belt, and with low-lying mountains and miles of coastline, Norway offers some of the world’s clearest and most unobstructed views. The Gulf Stream also keeps winter temperatures relatively warm—a big plus when hunting the nighttime lights.
The holiday season, from Thanksgiving to Hanukah to Christmas and New Years is a beautiful and busy time of year. Here are a few suggestions for your clients that are looking for a slower pace of holiday traditions in cities and towns in New Hampshire
Buoyed by the success of last year’s UNESCO tourism initiatives, which resulted in a 5% increase in foreign tourists, the German National Tourist Board (GNTB) is building on this momentum with its 2015 emphasis on Germany’s cultural and culinary traditions.
My first morning on the island of Losinj was a treat for the senses. As I jogged into the town of Mali Losinj, boats floating on placid harbor water filled my vision, the smell of jasmine, lavender and salt air was in my nose, and church bells clanged in the distance. I knew right away that this was a place I was going to thoroughly enjoy, and the next few days here didn’t disappoint.
Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, combines a charming historic Old Town with chic designer shops, lively clubs and cafes and a vibrant cultural vibe. Its wide range of offerings is epitomized by three recent additions to the scene: the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Torture and the newest, the Museum of Illusions, which just opened this spring. Families especially enjoy the Zagreb Zoo and kid-friendly museums while quality hotels and event venues are ideal for weddings and conferences.
Two hours east of Zürich, across Lake Constance from Austria and Germany, and bordering Liechtenstein, the Appenzell is close to Switzerland’s heart, but a world apart. Farmers in embroidered red vests, yellow breeches, and black hats embellished with flowers and ribbons parade their cattle to the high pastures; artisans craft big shiny cowbells; rustic mountain inns welcome hikers, and fresh-farm meats, produce and herbs provide down-home gourmet fare.