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.
Italy’s diverse and spectacular region of Piedmont is not only a mecca of enogastronomy, textiles manufacturing and world-renowned shopping, but it is also home to a distinctive interpretation of Jesus Christ’s final days on earth. “Passione Di Cristo” or, The Passion of Christ, takes place every five years in the captivating town of Sordevolo. As part of an alliance with the town of Sordevolo, Central Holidays has been named the preeminent tour operator partner for upcoming events in 2015 of this acclaimed Passion Play of Sordevolo.
Maria Claudia Lacouture, president of Proexport Colombia, says, “The most unforgettable experience for a tourist may be the seven tones of the waters of San Andres, the inspiring streets of Cartagena de Indias, the green canopy of the Sierra Nevada parks or the dazzling sands of the Caribbean shoreline.”
It is estimated that the government is prepared to receive four million travelers by the end of 2014, generating an estimated four billion dollars of revenue.
To date, 27 cruise lines dock in Colombia, and new in 2013 was Disney Cruise Lines, stopping in Cartagena. An additional 39 international weekly flights to the country have been added, the most significant from the United States being American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Jet Blue and United Airlines.