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Friday, August 18, 2017

Traveling with the family? Corinthia Hotels keeps the little ones happy!

Heated indoor pools, sunny outdoor pools, kid-friendly restaurant menus, free in-room WIFI and a water sports center are among the facilities that will keep children occupied and happy at the collection of luxury Corinthia Hotels around the world.



“Family travel is a growing part of our business and we strive to keep all members of the family happy during their stay,” says Matthew Dixon, Commercial Director of the Corinthia Hotels.

Corinthia Hotels located in prime locations around the world including; London, Budapest, Malta, Lisbon, Prague and St. Petersburg offer family facilities, services and special family-specific packages.

Corinthia Hotel London

The hotel’s two main restaurants – The Northall and Massimo (and the in-room menu) – have introduced kids’ menus that include goodies such as eggs and toast, macaroni cheese, burgers, chocolate brownies, milkshakes, and strawberry and marshmallow sundae.

Children can use up their energy in the hotel pool inside ESPA Life at Corinthia at certain hours (as long as they are accompanied by an adult). A Family Friendly Package is valid until December 2017 for two adults and two children up to age 16 that includes a second bedroom connected or nearby, a buffet breakfast, chilled Laurent-Perrier champagne on arrival (for the parents!), a games console in the children’s room, children’s amenities on arrival, access to the Technogym facilities for parents, babysitting services, and complimentary WIFI throughout the hotel.

For full details (and terms and conditions) see:



Corinthia Hotel Budapest

Families checking into this hotel have the bonus of free access to the Royal Spa, rooms that include LCD HD TVs with 50-plus local and international channels and a choice of 40 films, a 24-hour kids’ menu for in-room meals which include pasta, cheeseburgers, popcorn and nachos.

Children under 16 enjoy daily access to the spa between 11am-3pm and must be accompanied by an adult.

Corinthia Hotel Lisbon

Kids under 12 stay free in the hotel’s interconnecting Family Rooms. The spacious pair of rooms come complete with king size bed, twin beds, a rollout fourth bed, and two bathrooms. LCD HD TVs have 75-plus local and international channels, a choice of 40 films and complimentary WIFI. The hotel is easy walking distance to Jardim Zoologico (Lisbon Zoo), where children can see dolphins, snakes, gorillas and chimpanzees and take a ride in the Zoo train. The hotel offers discounts on the entry fee to the zoo, the Lisbon Aquarium, and to the Gulbenkian Museum.

Furthermore, the hotel has a family-friendly offer available called Bring the Kids Along, the package includes two interconnecting rooms, a buffet breakfast, one in-room complimentary family movie, mouth-watering cookies and hot milk for the children before bedtime and early check-in and late check-out (subject to availability). Prices from Euros 354.00 (approx. $415.00) per night per family room (i.e. for both rooms).

For full details (and terms and conditions) see:



Corinthia Hotel Prague

Families staying in Corinthia Hotel Prague will relax as soon as they enter the doors of the hotel. Children have special dining seats in the hotel’s four restaurants, a range of baby cots to help settle the little ones, and baby carriages for those that require them. Younger guests will be able to enjoy special children’s menus crafted for their demanding palate and appetite.

Inter-connecting rooms are available while all rooms have LCD HD TVs with 75-plus local and international channels so children can catch up on their favorite children’s TV programs. There is also an indoor swimming pool if you can tear the children away from the TV, and there is free WIFI throughout the hotel.

Corinthia Hotel St. George’s Bay, Malta

As a large resort hotel, Corinthia St. George’s Bay is the perfect base for families. With five pools - including a quiet children’s-only pool away from the main lido area – a water sports center and access to ten restaurants, the hotel offers plenty of escape for both parents and children alike. Three categories of spacious guest bedrooms – all with private balcony and two double beds - are geared to families; Deluxe Sea View Family, Superior Family, and Executive Sea View Family. The hotel is a short walk away from the bars, clubs, and restaurants of Paceville for those families with teenagers and young adults.

Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa, Malta

Spacious rooms overlooking the hotel’s tranquil garden setting, 75 TV channels to immerse the little ones, outdoor and indoor pools, and a choice of restaurants make for a relaxing family break here in the center of the sun-drenched island.

Corinthia Hotel St. Petersburg

Spacious deluxe family rooms have plenty of room, LCD screens have over 70 channels to surf, baby cots come free of charge, children under six stay free of charge in their parent’s room, and breakfast for the little ones comes with a 50% discount.  Corinthia Hotel St. Petersburg has everything a parent needs to keep their child happy and entertained.

A special Family Break package at the hotel includes buffet breakfast, welcome drink, welcome gifts for the little ones, a voucher for a dinner in the Imperial restaurant (cooked by Michelin-starred chef David Mottl), plus early check-in and late check-out based on availability. Prices are based on a minimum three-night stay and start from R15,863 (approx. $266.00).

For full details (and terms and conditions) see:
www.corinthia.com/en/hotels/stpetersburg/offers/family-break-st-petersburg

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Considering traveling to Costa Rica? Costa Rica Nature Escape would love to assist you!

Costa Rica Nature Escape has been a tour operator and travel agency since 1994. Its governmental license is OT-340, and it has earned level 3 CST for its sustainability efforts. Visit the wonders of Costa Rica, the country that encompasses 6% of the world's biodiversity. It is an ideal vacation spot for groups, families, couples, and individual travelers who are seeking close-to-nature experiences. Costa Rica offers a great variety of natural venues, more than 25% of its land and the majority of its waters are protected. Encounter a wide variety of forests, breathtaking flora and fauna, active volcanoes, and tropical beaches with warm sea water, always enhanced by the friendliness of the "ticos" (native Costa Ricans).



If you enjoy a little adventure, Costa Rica Nature Escape can arrange for adrenaline-filled tours on various levels and for all ages, like white water rafting, zip-lining, and more! As if starting up a business and marketing a new brand is not challenging enough on its own merits, doing it in a new top level domain name space adds its own share of trepidation along the way. When AURA Travel was an online start-up, it was set to revolutionize, commoditize, and standardize the holiday rentals by owner niche of the accommodation market, while providing an online platform that easily facilitates listing, search, and booking of holiday rental properties. The business name the company chose – AURA - has its own historical reasons and drives. This was only half of the challenge. Choosing an online domain name extension was the other half.


Because AURA was effectively launching a new online, unknown brand, the domain name extension in itself was considered a quintessential component of the brand. The popular TLDs (i.e., .com domain space) was not only saturated, but also somehow monotonously insignificant due its popularity.


Scouting the web for alternatives, AURA arrived at the .travel extension as a part of a number of domain name spaces offering specialization for different industry verticals. The .travel domain made sense instantly. This is what AURA’s new business was offering - accommodation for people who travel - for business, for pleasure, or for no reason at all. What it did, is what travelers needed, whether looking for a place to stay while in vacation around the globe, or booking a weekend escape a couple of hours’ drive away. As much as the domain name made sense, it was initially dismissed, because at the time it was too new and unknown. Let's face it, who is not scared of the unknown? Eventually, however, AURA came back to it and decided to launch its brand new business on a brand new domain name space that made sense to what it did.

The company was excited and full of start-up spirit. It was all new and starting from scratch, so why not give it a go? The company was no longer just AURA - it became aura.travel. Now the results speak for themselves. AURA considers its journey so far a great success and is looking forward to further expanding globally. The company will never give up its aura.travel identity for the world. AURA welcomes anyone who wishes to join them - property owners, travelers looking for accommodation, or industry peers wanting to improve the status quo.


You can read more about AURA.travel at: http://aura.travel/ Details of the .travel domain program may be found at www.travel.travel and through any .travel authorized registrar listed at www.registrar.travel. Please address any inquiries to info@travel.travel . Costa Rica Nature Escape offers all vacation needs in Costa Rica, from a single tour to a full all-inclusive package. Its prices are below the published prices of its providers, and Costa Rica Nature Escape will design the best itinerary for the visitor, without any additional cost. Take advantage of the knowledge and experience of the company’s staff, and read the feedback from its customers. Costa Rica Nature Escape is willing to work with travelers on an itinerary based on their expectations, budget, and preferences until they are satisfied. Outstanding customer satisfaction is #1 to Costa Rica Nature Escape, and this has been proven again and again. Costa Rica Nature Escape is located in downtown San Jose, just a half block from the National Theater and Plaza de la Cultura.


Feel free to send an email, visit the website, or call to reach us for any question or arrangement: Toll free number in the USA (888) 491-2996, 24-hour phone number +506 8381-7178. For more information, visit: www.1costarica.travel

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Diverse travel to be discovered in Ecuador

Ecuador is located on the equatorial line in northwestern South America, bordering the Pacific Ocean to the west, Colombia to the north, and Peru to the south and east. Ecuador is the eighth largest country in South America, at roughly the size of the US state of Nevada. Ecuador is 283,561 square kilometers in size and has a very diverse geography.




Ecuador has four geographical regions: The Andes (La Sierra), the Amazon Rainforest (El Oriente), La Costa (The Coast), and the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos Islands are located around 1,000 kilometers west of mainland Ecuador. The volcanic islands have a subtropical climate and are marked by beaches and forests. During the Galápagos Islands' dry season, which runs from June to December, the weather is cooler and windier. From October to May, the weather is warmer and there is frequently light rain.


The coast runs along the west coast and features low mountains, valleys, plains, mangroves, rivers, and rainforests. The coast has a tropical climate, and is hot and humid. The coast is cloudy, cooler, and dry from May to December, and hotter and rainier from January to April. The Andes region, or central highlands, lying between the western coastal lowlands and the eastern jungles, consists of mountain ranges, foothills, and valleys.


The two sides of the Andes, the Western and Eastern Andes contain 60 volcanoes with an average altitude of 7,000 feet, covering a distance of 400 km from the northern to the southern Andes. This is called the “Avenue of the Volcanoes.” Due to the altitude, the Andes region has cool, spring-like weather, with a great deal of sunshine. Temperatures vary throughout the day. The highlands are overcast and wet during the rainy season (October-May), and drier, with mild showers, common in the afternoon, during the dry season (June-September).


The Amazon region is east of the Andes, and it borders Colombia and Peru, and contains part of the Amazon rainforest, as well as rivers and rolling jungles. Three active volcanoes are located in Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest: Sangay, Reventador and Sumaco. This is the only country where three active volcanoes are located inside the Amazon rainforest, The Amazon is hot and humid, and receives a significant amount of rainfall year-round. The Amazon is the wettest from June to August.
Ecuador uses the US dollar as its currency. Natural landscapes make up a good deal of the land mass—the Amazon alone takes up about 50% of the land area. http://www.ecuador.travel

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Cultural Tourism Week: Reflecting the other side of Rwanda

Kwita Izina, Rwanda’s annual baby gorilla-naming ceremony, is slated for September 1 at the entrance of Volcanoes National Park in the Musanze district. And, as has been the norm in the last 5 years, Cultural Tourism Week is going to run from August 25 to D-day, as a curtain raiser to the ceremony.



Greg Bakunzi, the founder of Red Rocks Cultural Centre - the organizers of Cultural Tourism Week - says that this year his organization has partnered with Linking Tourism & Conservation (LT&C), a European conservation non-profit, to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, experience, and effective practices that mutually benefit tourism and nature conservation in protected areas.

LT&C is based on the compelling idea that tourism, the industry that benefits so much from protected natural areas, can play the most critical role in ensuring their sustained and effective management world-wide.

“By partnering with an international conservation organization like LT&C, we also want to reach a wider audience and show that conservation is a global responsibility,” adds Bakunzi.



Cultural Tourism Week has become a premier chain of events through which Rwandans have the chance to reflect about their rich cultural heritage and play a critical role in conservation efforts. The event also gives Kwita Izina attendees a peek into the “real Rwanda” during their visit to the country.

Furthermore, the organizers of Cultural Tourism Week want to debunk the myth that Rwanda is only about the mountain gorillas.

“Rwanda is a country that is rich in cultural heritage and history, and Cultural Tourism Week has become a chain of events through which different people from different cultures come together and share their experiences and stories as a form of cultural synthesis,” says Bakunzi.

This year, like in the past 5 years, Cultural Tourism Week is going to involve events that reflect the authentic cultural identity of the country.



It is going to feature 2 major themes: Cultural Tourism Week that will run daily from 2 pm until 6 pm, and thereafter the Kwita Izina Nights to run from 6 pm to 10 pm.

According to Bakunzi, the Kwita Izina Nights will offer visitors the opportunity to have fun after the strenuous day spent in the wild trekking the gorillas. Visitors will have the opportunity to share Rwanda’s (traditional) food and drinks, dance to live traditional music, and also be thrilled by stand-up comedians.

Visitors will also have the chance to sit around the campfire and share their respective stories, just as their forefathers used to do.

Visitors can also learn how to make the traditional banana beer (locally known as Urwagwa) and also take part in basket weaving, pottery, painting, and dancing.

Another interesting activity will be the “Gorilla Run.” Here, people are going to have the opportunity to participate or cheer on the athletes taking part in Red Rocks’ first gorilla run, which will go through villages around Volcanoes National Park.

Other events lined up include a Cultural Fashion Show, where Rwandan designers will have the chance to showcase and market Rwanda’s unique traditional and modern attires. Tourists will have the chance to purchase one or two of these as souvenirs.

Networking opportunity

Bakunzi adds that “the Cultural Tourism Week is an ideal networking opportunity for civil society organizations, tourism industry players, policy makers, and government officials, considering that the event attracts a sophisticated audience that appreciates our commitment to realizing sustainable community development through cultural tourism and conservation.”

Francis Ndagijimana, Special Project Coordinator for the Virunga Community Programs, says that Kwita Izina should provide Rwanda with the opportunity to market its tourism potential.

“This is an event that has attracted international attention. It’s upon Rwanda to use such [an] opportunity to market her other attractions. The visitors who come to take part in Kwita Izina should be left with no doubt in their minds that Rwanda also has more amazing tourist attractions apart from the mountain gorillas,” he says.


Peterson Hirwa, a poacher-turned tour guide, says Cultural Tourism Week has educated them on the value of conservation.

For more information, visit: www.amahoro-tours.com  

by Gilbert Mwijuke

Diverse travel to be discovered in Ecuador

Ecuador is located on the equatorial line in northwestern South America, bordering the Pacific Ocean to the west, Colombia to the north, and Peru to the south and east. Ecuador is the eighth largest country in South America, at roughly the size of the US state of Nevada. Ecuador is 283,561 square kilometers in size and has a very diverse geography.




Ecuador has four geographical regions: The Andes (La Sierra), the Amazon Rainforest (El Oriente), La Costa (The Coast), and the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos Islands are located around 1,000 kilometers west of mainland Ecuador. The volcanic islands have a subtropical climate and are marked by beaches and forests. During the Galápagos Islands' dry season, which runs from June to December, the weather is cooler and windier. From October to May, the weather is warmer and there is frequently light rain.


The coast runs along the west coast and features low mountains, valleys, plains, mangroves, rivers, and rainforests. The coast has a tropical climate, and is hot and humid. The coast is cloudy, cooler, and dry from May to December, and hotter and rainier from January to April. The Andes region, or central highlands, lying between the western coastal lowlands and the eastern jungles, consists of mountain ranges, foothills, and valleys.


The two sides of the Andes, the Western and Eastern Andes contain 60 volcanoes with an average altitude of 7,000 feet, covering a distance of 400 km from the northern to the southern Andes. This is called the “Avenue of the Volcanoes.” Due to the altitude, the Andes region has cool, spring-like weather, with a great deal of sunshine. Temperatures vary throughout the day. The highlands are overcast and wet during the rainy season (October-May), and drier, with mild showers, common in the afternoon, during the dry season (June-September).


The Amazon region is east of the Andes, and it borders Colombia and Peru, and contains part of the Amazon rainforest, as well as rivers and rolling jungles. Three active volcanoes are located in Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest: Sangay, Reventador and Sumaco. This is the only country where three active volcanoes are located inside the Amazon rainforest, The Amazon is hot and humid, and receives a significant amount of rainfall year-round. The Amazon is the wettest from June to August.
Ecuador uses the US dollar as its currency. Natural landscapes make up a good deal of the land mass—the Amazon alone takes up about 50% of the land area. http://www.ecuador.travel

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SolomonIslands-Hotels has its brand all wrapped with travel domain

SolomonIslands-Hotels.travel is a web site for independent travelers wishing to book services with local tour operators and accommodations. “The [website] portal is an important addition to our country’s tourism promotion channels,” said the Solomon Islands Minister for Tourism. “It not only enhances Solomon Islands appeal, but also enables business to be conducted in this important sector.”



SolomonIslands-Hotels uses its .travel name in all marketing aspects including email, business cards, collateral materials, and expos. The name “Solomon Islands-Hotels.travel” was a natural choice to the owners, as “hotels” is a significant key word in web searches and .travel reflects the nature of the site. By using its .travel name, they are increasing their ability to be seen by independent travelers.


The Solomon Islands has a variety of activities and special interests that will attract travelers from backpackers to business travelers. If you are interested in learning more about the warmth and ecological beauty of the Solomon Islands, along with the wide variety of activities available, please visit www.SolomonIslands-Hotels.travel .

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Bartering with Rwanda’s rural women welcomed

by Gilbert Mwijuke

The Red Rocks Cultural Center in Nyakinama village, Musanze district, this year started English classes for rural women belonging to different cooperatives to enable them to easily communicate with foreign tourists.



Home to the Volcanoes National Park, which is famous for its mountain gorillas, Musanze district is the heart of tourism in Rwanda.

The cooperative women make utilitarian products such as pots and baskets and aesthetic handcrafts like jewelry and beads, which some of the tourists buy after gorilla-trekking.

Marie Nyirabigirama, a 33-year-old mother of 3 and resident of Susa village, is a member of the local Amaboko yi Imigisha Cooperative. She says the literacy classes they attend in the evenings have immensely improved her English language skills, and now she can competently speak to tourists who come to buy her handcraft products.

“Before I joined the classes, I found it difficult haggling with tourists who came to our cooperative, and sometimes I would lose the opportunity to sell anything just because of [the] language barrier. But now, any time I meet tourists, I’m able to talk freely and transact business with them,” she says with enthusiasm.



Polline Muhawenimana, 36, is a mother of 4 who demonstrates to tourists how to make the local banana beer, known in Rwanda as Urwagwa. She says that initially she had to rely on a translator whenever she was demonstrating to the visitors how to make the beer, but now “things have changed since I enrolled for the classes. Now I can speak directly to them,” she says.

Belta Ntawangkaje, 40, says she and her colleagues have learned more than English here. These classes, she says, are tailored to teach them how to create and implement their own business plans and to take care of their health and family health through proper washing of hands, sanitation, and hygiene.

Furthermore, “During these literacy classes, I’m able to learn many things and make informed decisions for my family. All my children are in school, and I hope to continue supporting them to have a bright future,” she says.

Ntawangkaje adds that even though she went back to class just to learn English so that she could ably communicate with tourists, she has come to realize that education is “more than just learning one subject, for I’ve learned more to do with my rights as a woman, the value of educating my children, and how I can handle money matters to save for the future.”

Their current class teacher, Sumaya Beekun from the University of Nevada who is doing her internship here, says the women have shown remarkable thirst and passion to learn the language, and they can now easily converse with tourists.


“The initial challenge was that when we started, some of these women didn’t even know any of the 26 letters of the English alphabet. But it’s amazing that within these few months they’re now able to speak to tourists, which shows the level of their personal commitment to learn,” says Beekun.

For more information, go to www.amahoro-tours.com 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

TIME Unlimited Tours from New Zealand: National Geographic World Legacy Award winner

BERLIN, Germany - TIME Unlimited Tours from Auckland, New Zealand has been selected as the overall winner in the category “Sense of Place” at the National Geographic World Legacy Awards 2016.



TIME Unlimited Tours was one of 5 winners and the only one from Australasia out of 150 entries, representing 51 countries and 6 continents from around the world. 

The World Legacy Awards, a partnership between the National Geographic Society and ITB Berlin, showcase the leading travel and tourism companies, organizations and destinations from around the world — ranging from large resorts to small eco-lodges and from wildlife conservancies to geoparks — driving the sustainable tourism transformation of the travel industry based on National Geographic’s work of inspiring people to care about the planet.

TIME Unlimited Tours was selected as the overall winner in the category “Sense of Place,” which recognizes excellence in enhancing cultural authenticity, including implementing vernacular architecture and design, support for the protection of historic monuments, archaeological sites, indigenous heritage and artistic traditions.

This is TIME Unlimited Tours’ latest major achievement on the international stage representing New Zealand and its 3rd Worldwide Tourism Award. They won their 2nd Worldwide Tourism Award at Luxperience in the category “Meaningful” in September 2015, as well as winning at the New Zealand Tourism Awards in the “Maori Cultural Tourism” category in October 2015. As part of their selection first as finalist and now winner in this highly-prestigious global award, TIME Unlimited Tours’ Co-Founder and Co-Director Neill Sperath attended the award ceremony as part of ITB, the world’s largest tourism trade fair, in Berlin/Germany.

“The past year has been truly outstanding for us and we are overjoyed to have been selected to receive this iconic global award. This accolade is a further validation of the great efforts we undertake to promote and lead the way in authentic experiences that aim to always protect, preserve and enhance the beautiful environment in which we are so fortunate to operate. We applied in the category 'Sense of Place," because we see our unique Auckland-based business as having a mission to always go the extra mile to leave our environment in a better place than how we found it, plus to always strive to lead the way for others to follow in Ecotourism. We see this latest accolade by National Geographic as one of the world’s most respected organizations as further motivation to keep improving for the benefit of the many stakeholders that are involved in our unique business,” say Neill and Ceillhe Sperath, Founders and Directors of TIME Unlimited Tours.

TIME Unlimited Tours is an Auckland-based tourism business with special focus on integrating cultural experiences into their luxury eco-tours in the Auckland region and throughout New Zealand.

TIME (“To Integrate Maori Experiences”) Unlimited Tours is one of New Zealand’s most iconic tour operators and one of the country’s most-awarded tourism businesses. 

Founders & Directors Neill and Ceillhe Sperath as well as their growing team members take their manuhiri (guests) on a wonderful journey through Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) and throughout Aotearoa (New Zealand). 

Their highly-personal, small group and private tours in various top-end Mercedes vehicles and highly-qualified guides showcase their stunning home that is New Zealand.

Auckland Tours comprise their Auckland All Inclusive Full Day Tour, Auckland Highlights Half Day, Auckland West Coast, Auckland Maori Tour and Guided Wilderness Walks, which allow their guests to discover the most spectacular spots in around Auckland as New Zealand’s largest and most vibrant city.

Private Luxury Tours explore world-famous destinations as well as many hidden gems including Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set, Rotorua, Taupo, The Bay of Islands, The Coromandel and many other wonderful locations throughout New Zealand’s North and South Islands. These can be One-Day, One-Way and Multi-Day Tours, all of which can be adjusted to their guest’s specific wishes.

TIME Unlimited Tours’ extensive and varied range of luxury tours has been developed over the past decade and in 2015, while celebrating the company’s 10th anniversary, TIME Unlimited launched their new brand identity, incorporating a logo which continues to symbolize their deep connection to Maori culture. The new brand message “OUR NEW ZEALAND - YOUR WAY” highlights the emphasis of placing the guest’s requirements at the center of everything they do. 

TIME Unlimited Tours leads the way in Ecotourism and is highly aware of its responsibilities in the tourism sector, following strict environmental policies and supporting many biodiversity & cultural initiatives. For its commitment and outstanding services, TIME Unlimited Tours has now won 19 awards including 3 Global Tourism Awards, which acknowledges their excellence over many years in providing the very best luxury touring in Auckland and New Zealand.

TIME Unlimited Tours on Web 2.0:

•           www.facebook.com/TIMEUnlimitedTours     
•           www.twitter.com/timeunlimited   
•           www.youtube.com/user/TIMEUnlimited     

For more information, click here: www.newzealandtours.travel

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Say Hi! to Bolivia, a truly authentic country

With one of the largest biological diversities in the world, rich native cultures, and 6 World Heritages declared by the UNESCO, Bolivia distinguishes as a diverse unspoiled country with extraordinary places to visit (you probably heard that among them is the amazing salt flats or "Salar de Uyuni").



Hi Bolivia! Travel & Tours is a tour operator/DMC company based in La Paz with decades of experience in the field and a solid reputation. If you are looking for travel diversity in all their forms: Adventure, Ecotourism, Cultural, Nature, etc., then Hi Bolivia! should be your company of choice as they specialize in tailor-made programs and tours connecting Bolivia with Perú (and vice versa).

Hi Bolivia! has been marketing the great potential of this country in order to make it visible to the world. Choosing hibolivia.travel as a strategy to accomplish this goal, has proven to give already positive results in SEO scores and page visits. Hi Bolivia! has also chosen to be completely branded with its .travel domain, using it for all kinds of marketing material, trades, flyers, email and business cards.

To learn more about the amazing attractions that Bolivia has to offer, please visit http://www.hibolivia.travel/

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FAM TRIP: Explore the Exotic Land of Morocco Dec 5-16, 2017


Explore the Exotic Land of Morocco Fam Trip
DEC 5-16, 2017
Double: $2299.00  Single $2499.00

Contact Sam morocco@moroccodestination.com

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES

  • Round trip airline ticket from Washington Dulles or JFK/CASA/JFK via Royal Air Maroc including airline taxes/Fuel charges
  • Transfers and transportation
  • Baggage handling  
  • 10 night’s accommodations at 4* & 5*  Hotels TBA
  • 1 Rabat –2 Fez, 2 Erfoud, 1 Ouarzazate, 3 Marrakech, 1 Casablanca
  • 10 Breakfasts buffet daily
  • Lunches as per the itinerary
  • Dinners as per the itinerary
  • 1 Fantasia dinner & show in Marrakech
  • 1 Farewell dinner at the Ricks Cafe
  • Professional English speaking national guide
  • Local guides in each city as required
  • Entrance fees to all monuments and museums in all visited cities
  • All taxes

NOT INCLUDED
  • Meals except where indicated
  • Travel insurance
  • Any Alcoholic drinks
  • Tips for the national/ local guides and driver

I hope you can join us. Thanks,


Sam Nhairy, CTIS
General Manager
Morocco Destination Management (MDM)
Hospitality Marketing Services (HMS)
2103 Maleady Dr
Herndon, VA 20170
Tel: 703 707-6449
Fax: (703) 707-0784
Cell: (703) 585-0454

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Rwanda’s “expensive” gorilla permits are keeping some tourists away, tour operators say

Since the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) doubled the price of gorilla permits from $750 to $1,500 at the beginning of June, bookings for the bucket-list experience of gorilla trekking have slumped, according to some local industry players.

“Ever since the price was increased, I have only sold one gorilla permit,” said one local tour operator who preferred anonymity. “I think that was a very big mistake RDB made because even the tourists who used to come for other attractions have reduced; they think that now everything else in Rwanda is expensive, yet the prices for other products have not changed.”

Toward the end of May 2017, Rwanda increased the price of gorilla permits from $750 to $1,500 for both local and international tourists alike, effective immediately.

Defending the price increase, RDB CEO Clair Akamanzi said that the decision “came at a much-needed time, after careful consultation and consolidation with key stakeholders; key stakeholders within the tourism and conservation industry were in agreement that the sooner the better adage is applicable this time round.”



But according to some local tour operators, the price increase is forcing some price-conscious tourists to opt for neighboring Uganda, even though many believe that Rwanda still remains the best place to view the critically-endangered species.

“Since the announcement, I have been to Uganda three times for gorilla-trekking expeditions, and I know how many Rwandan cars I have met there looking for alternatives,” said Darius Dosantos of Kings Travel Centre, a local tour and travel firm.

Dosantos went on: “At Kings Travel Centre, we had to refund money to three clients who had sent it two days before the announcement and that’s lost business. We have not got any bookings since then.”

Following Rwanda’s announcement, the Ugandan government said it had no plans of increasing the price of gorilla permits, at least not any time soon. Permits in Uganda still cost $600 per person during peak season and $450 in the low season. DR Congo, the only other country where the iconic mountain gorillas reside, charges $500 per person.

Doubling the price of gorilla trekking permits was seen as one of the ways Rwanda is positioning itself as a high-end tourism destination in the region.


“Every country has its way of doing business, and I believe they have a reason. If they believe that high-end tourism is the way to go, then why not? But basically they should have a considered a number of factors from suppliers and local vendors before increasing the price,” says Dosantos. 

by Gilbert Mwijuke

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Ecuador: mega-diverse country for travel

Ecuador is perhaps one of the most mega-diverse countries per square kilometer on the planet. In relation to its surface, Ecuador holds the greatest amount of species of plants and animals on Earth. At latitude 0 degrees in the middle of the world, shadows disappear in the presence of the mid-day sun. It is a destination where everything feels close and where each region is a different world, from the Galapagos Islands to the Pacific Coast, to the Andes Highlands and the Amazon Rainforest.



Ecuador’s key tourism products are eco-tourism, adventure tourism, and cultural tourism. Here, travelers journey through a life-changing experience that generates personal growth and make them better human beings. As far as city life, Quito, is filled with bright blue skies and art, and bears the largest best preserved colonial center of Latin America fused with a modern and contemporary city. Museums, churches, convents, parks, skyscrapers, and town squares captivate visitors from all over the world.


Named after Pichincha and surrounded by powerful green mountains, visitors may observe 14 volcanoes with over 4,000 meters of altitude from different places of the city. The capital and political center of Ecuador was the first city named by UNESCO as a World Heritage site in 1978, and was the winner as the best destination of South America. Ecuador uses the .travel domain to gain that instant brand recognition.


Website visitors know that they will be “traveling” to Ecuador when they see the .travel web site extension.

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The Netherlands tour company runs with .travel domain

When Elisabeth, of Elisabeth's Tailor Made Tours & Promotions in The Netherlands, was to set up her website, she didn't have to think too long to decide that a domain with a .travel extension was the way to go. Having a website with “.travel” in its name would provide her with instant brand recognition.


Said owner, Elisabeth, about why she chose the .travel domain for her website, “I was advised to do so, and I did not have to think about it twice because my business is all about TRAVEL.”


Elisabeth’s Tailor Made Tours offers personalized, guided tours and events relating to culture, art, history, architecture, (vintage) design & fashion, nature & gardens, science, and interesting sights in combination with sporting activities like for instance guided walks and bike tours in Amsterdam and The Netherlands in all their beauty across the shifting seasons in one or more days. Apart from cultural and educational customized guided tours, Elisabeth’s tour company also offers art workshops in which active participation is an important aspect. Some tours even include visits of ateliers of well-known artists. Tours are carefully planned, customized and personalized and are available in English, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish, Czech, Arabic, Chinese and Dutch. Elisabeth’s Tailor Made Tours also does reservations of selected unique hotels and B&B locations.


Tour experiences include transportation via boat, bike taxi, coach, Vintage old timer or bus, limousine, by bike or on foot and may be designed for companies, schools, and international and private groups. For more information about Elisabeth's Tailor Made Tours & Promotions, visit www.tailormadetours.travel .

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