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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Leipzig - where arts and music thrive

Over the last few years, Leipzig has developed into one of the most dynamic cities in Europe, with the fastest-growing population in Germany. The East-German city mixes 1,001 years of tradition with a young heart, and this is evident in its rich arts and music scene.



2017 got off to a spectacular start with some outstanding exhibitions.  The new TITANIC 360° Panorama by panoramic artist Yadegar Asisi at the Panometer Leipzig revisits the most famous shipwreck of all time and shows the ocean giant as it is today at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Meanwhile Leipzig’s Museum of Fine Arts is experiencing a true whirlwind of color with its special exhibition “Nolde and ‘Die Brücke’” (until 18 June 2017). The collaboration between the ‘Brücke’ group of artists and Emil Nolde, who was almost a generation older, marked the beginning of modern art in Germany. 

Eleven leading galleries and over 100 studios are now housed within the walls of what was once the largest cotton mill in continental Europe: The ‘Spinnerei’ in Leipzig is a must-see for contemporary art enthusiasts.  For the Spinnerei Gallery Tour, all galleries and exhibition spaces open new exhibitions (29/30 April and 15/16 September 2017). It is also worthwhile to take a detour to the nearby ‘Tapetenwerk’ or the recently re-opened ‘Kunstkraftwerk’: For the German premiere of the “Hundertwasser Experience”, the former heating plant has been transformed into a colorful, lively, engaging and immersive Hundertwasser world by Gianfranco Iannuzzi (until 24 August 2017).

Wagner fans can look forward to the performance of the complete “Ring des Nibelungen” with the Gewandhaus Orchestra under the musical direction of Prof. Ulrich Schirmer at the Leipzig Opera House (from 28 June to 2 July 2017). After more than 40 years, the Ring has returned to the city of Wagner's birth. The recent appointment of Andris Nelsons, aged 38, as the youngest Gewandhauskapellmeister of the past 150 years underlines how Leipzig both treasures its tradition and embraces the future. The international music world is already excitedly awaiting the arrival of the celebrated conductor in Leipzig in February 2018. The Gewandhaus Orchestra will be holding four weeks of concerts to mark both Nelsons’ inauguration and its 275th anniversary, with a festival concert as the high point on 11 March 2018.

In summer, many of Leipzig's music festivals can be enjoyed in the open air – often for free. Check out BACHmosphere on Leipzig market square as part of the annual Bachfest Leipzig (9-18 June 2017), “Klassik airleben” with the Gewandhaus Orchestra in the popular Rosental park (23/24 June 2017) or the Monday Concerts at the Bach Monument in front of St. Thomas Church (every Monday at 7pm in July and August).  The city’s music scene covers everything, not just classical, choral and opera but also jazz, indie, house and techno.  During Whitsun every spring 20,000 Goths from all over the world come together in Leipzig to join the Wave Gotik Treffen (2-5 June 2017). The annual Highfield Festival (18-20 August 2017) at Lake Störmthal near Leipzig is the biggest independent rock festival of East Germany, attracting large numbers with its wonderful dreamscape, the beach, the lake and of course the spectacular line-up.

Find out more at http://www.leipzig.travel/en


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Travel blog network brings together travelers around the globe

A travel blog network launched a few years ago that brings together travelers from all over the world. Users of 365.travel are all individuals that enjoy travel and have taken advantage of the free travel blogs provided by 365.travel to track and tell their travel stories.


It is becoming increasingly popular for travelers to create travel blogs and update them during their journeys - better than a postcard, more convenient than a phone call. Today’s travelers want to document their daily adventures in journal entries and pictures for their friends, family, and followers to view.




“I liked the sound of the .travel extension, and I realized that I could obtain a more attractive website with .travel,” commented co-owner of 365.travel, Robert Geoghegan, “As the .travel extension says exactly what it does, ‘on the packet,' I feel it has helped us gain a foothold in an extremely competitive area.”


It is easy to join the 365.travel community and get your own travel blog for free. Not only is a travel blog cost effective as compared to international phone calls or the unnecessary hassle of purchasing phone cards, but they are a great way to preserve memories. With a travel blog, you can keep a multi-media diary with photos, videos, and more to last forever.


To learn more about joining the 365.travel community and starting your own personal travel blog, please visit http://www.365.travel .


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Saturday, July 22, 2017

newcaledonia.travel: Fresh web portal for New Caledonia Tourism going strong

Last fall, New Caledonia Tourism ingits brand-new website: www.newcaledonia.travel . Package suggestions, calendar of events, listing of suppliers... this website, available in English, French, and Japanese offers an engaging experience to consumers considering New Caledonia for the next holidays.



An international one stop shop

A unique and comprehensive web platform highlighting the rich and diverse tourism offering of New Caledonia: caledonia.travel is designed to replace the many generic microsites (office-tourisme.nc, visitenouvellecaledonie.com, newcaledonia-tv.com) or niche and international microsites (newcaledonia.jp, haveitall.com.au, ncaledonie.com) currently live. The website offers personalized and geotargeted for all 4 key markets (Australia, New Zealand, Japan and France). Initially in French and English, it will then become available in Japanese (end of September) and Italian in 2017. The website also offers dedicated sections to the trade and media allowing access to press releases, online image library and training program for travel agents.

An inspiration engine

Exhaustive, newcaledonia.travel contains a wealth of information on accommodation, activities and iconic places around New Caledonia and organized by themes or regions. Its rich supplier's database will jointly be fueled by the 3 provinces of New Caledonia (NCTPS, Northern Province Tourism and Destination Loyalty Islands) to reference the entire touristic offering in New Caledonia. Last but not least, to better inspire potential consumers based on key criteria such a demographic (couples, single, family...), holiday length or more specific ones such as experience or motivations (sports, relaxation, culture, seaside...), newcaledonia.travel offers strong recommendations based on consumer needs.

A practical and interactive tool

The new website delivers a transformed web experience for users. Some of the key highlights include:

- A strong user experience for visitors to the site - with many stunning images, ease of navigation - prompting users to organically explore the site under different themes like location and interests.

- Social media connections and sharing tools are a key feature, embedded on every page, encouraging users to "like" and share with all of their friends.

- A huge volume of original and engaging content bringing "news" about New Caledonia, helping fuel that social sharing and ensuring more traffic to the site.

- Special offers and packages feature throughout the site, with the capacity to deliver more sales leads and referrals for tourism partners.

Fully responsive, the website is perfectly adaptable to smartphones and tablets.

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Customized travel experiences in Chile

Have you ever wanted to explore another part of the world from the eyes of a native having the advantages of knowing all the great spots on and off the beaten path, but with special itineraries that meet your interests and timeline of travel?



For trips to Chile, chilenativo.travel is the answer for customized travels and experiences with emphasis on personalized, guided tours to Patagonia. Chile Nativo Travel is an expedition/excursion operator with an intimate family of staff that is both native and expert in the Patagonian region of Chile. The team deeply enjoys sharing the Chilean culture and traditions with its travelers, as well as educating all about the overwhelming array of nature provided by the region.


The key to this difference is the guide. With Chile Nativo Travel, each guide is a respectful teacher of the surroundings with special focus on the community, preservation of natural resources, and paying attention to every detail to make the journey truly an experience, not just a trip.


Founded in 2000, Chile Nativo Travel has relied almost exclusively on the Internet for the majority of its sales. Chile Nativo Travel launched its new website and decided to move its domain to .travel.
“We adopted our .travel address to reach travelers from outside of South America. .Travel gives security to overseas clients that we are an authenticated travel provider in Chile,” stated one of the original co-founders of Chile Nativo, “Also, we believe that the future trend of the Internet and search will be moving to domain names like .travel."


On the www.chilenativo.travel website you can find all the information you need to organize your trip along with testimonies from all corners of the globe. Included on www.chilenativo.travel are rave reviews that speak of amazing experiences, both educational and social, where various travelers comment on the additional attention to detail provided by the guides from the first leg of the trip to the very finale.


In addition to organizing trips to Patagonia, Chile Nativo Travel can arrange excursions to other extraordinary locations: Northern Chile and the lunar-like landscapes of the driest desert in the world, San Pedro de Atacama, rich with archeology and an active travelers dream, world-class wine tastings in the fertile central valley of Chile, and coastal tours visiting beautiful Viña del Mar and the historic port of Valparaiso.


If you would like to customize a trip to Chile, let www.chilenativo.travel design your best routes, lodging, highlights, and cultural insights. For more information, visit www.chilenativo.travel .


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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tralliance believes in the benefits of .travel

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida - Tralliance Registry Management Company, LLC (Tralliance), the Registry Operator of the .travel top level domain, signed on recently for a second ten-year Registry Agreement with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).


Launched in October, 2005 by Tralliance, the .travel top level domain has for ten years served as the first top level domain devoted exclusively to the travel industry. Long the primary tourism domain name for national governments, such as Egypt.travel and Germany.travel, the .travel top level domain provides a clear travel industry identity that doesn't leave smaller travel businesses in a confusing mix with thousands of unrelated industries. Ten years of history and success now provide .travel registrants an important level of confidence as many hundreds of new top level domains enter the market.

On its ten-year anniversary, TRMC would like to thank its many accredited registrars and many thousands of long-term registrants for their years of support.

Under its 2015 Registry Agreement Tralliance will continue to focus exclusively on the travel industry working with its industry partners to develop domain name services that will support new and existing registrants over the coming decade.

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Leipzig, a great city of culture and arts set in beautiful surroundings

A 70-minute train ride from Berlin, Leipzig is a buzzing city in the east of Germany. The cultural and architectural beauty of Leipzig has always been a source of inspiration for creative minds such as the composers Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Robert Schumann, and Richard Wagner. Hardly any other city can claim as rich a musical heritage as Leipzig. The Gewandhaus Orchestra has cultivated classical music in Leipzig for over 250 years. St. Thomas' Boys Choir was founded over 800 years ago by the Augustinian Canons, and the Opera House is the third oldest civilian music theatre stage in Europe. The majority of the composers’ homes and workplaces are still standing today. This is unrivaled in Germany and, in international terms, is second only to Vienna.



Unique in Leipzig, however, is the proximity of these sites: You will experience 300 years of musical history in one afternoon! Opened in 2012, the so-called Leipzig Music Trail (“Leipziger Notenspur”) connects 23 authentic sites of Leipzig’s music history on a 5.3 km walking trail.


The world’s oldest trade fair city, Leipzig is also home to Germany’s second-oldest university. It was in Leipzig that, in 1989, the first Peaceful Revolution in history was started: On October 9, 1989, more than 70,000 people congregated in the streets of Leipzig to protest against the GDR regime. The demonstrators called out “We are the People” and “No violence.” The Monday demonstrations remained peaceful and set the course for fundamental change in Europe: The Berlin wall fell only one month later. Today, Leipzig is livelier than ever. The city's vibrant contemporary arts scene centers around the Spinnerei and the New Leipzig School of painting with key figure Neo Rauch.


Leipzig Region offers a host of possibilities: An amazing diversity of nature, culture, history, and architecture are right on Leipzig's doorstep. Three areas of countryside around Leipzig, which couldn't be more different from each other, epitomize diversity: With its 22 lakes, the Leipzig New Lakeland area is the ideal place for recreation, swimming and all kinds of outdoor activities and trend sports. The Saxon Heathland area, which includes the beautiful Düben Heath and Dahlen Heath, is just perfect for walking, cycling, and riding. And in Saxony's Castle Country, there are countless romantic towns and historic castles, monasteries, and manor houses waiting to be discovered – 20 to 90 minutes away from the city at the most.


As the official tourist board, Leipzig Tourism and Marketing promotes the Leipzig region worldwide as a travel destination. It provides information, accommodation, guided tours, day trips for individuals and groups, incentives, as well as conference and event locations.


Leipzig Tourism and Marketing is proud to use .travel to promote its beautiful city. Visit the website http://www.leipzig.travel to plan a trip to the Leipzig region.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Sweet Home Alabama calls .travel home

One of the many faces in .travel is www.Alabama.travel . Alabama, known as “Sweet Home Alabama,” is one of the most beautiful areas in the Southern United States. With over 4.6 million people calling it home, Alabama is among the nation’s leaders in aerospace, education, and healthcare.


The Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel decided in 2007 to begin the process of switching from other top level domains to .travel, because the chance to get in early with a more respected top level domain was too good to pass up. According to Luckie & Company, “We honestly had some reservations at first about how consumers might react to a new domain. But early testing on keyword ads and other studies showed that people seemed to respond extremely well to a .travel address.”


Alabama reiterates their dedication to .travel by using .travel on all of their marketing and promotion materials, including, email, TV commercials, web banners, trade shows, and brochures. When asked about .travel’s credibility, Luckie & Company stated, “With the .travel registrars continuing to manage the assignment of names responsibly, it pays off in the long-term by adding an extra level of credibility to .travel sites.”


There is no doubt that www.Alabama.travel will continue their growth and expansion of tourism through .travel. If you are interested in learning more about this great state, please visit, www.alabama.travel.

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Hi Bolivia! Unique tourist attractions

Bolivia is synonymous with diversity: diverse geographic land, mixed cultures, varied climate, sunshine every day in the winter time and many beautiful attractions.  All those facts make Bolivia a hard-to-match destination.  Let’s mention two wonderful attractions:


SALAR DE UYUNI

Unmistakably one of the most surreal landscapes, the largest salt flat in the world that can even be seen from space. Exploring the amazing empty white landscape is an incredible experience and a must-do while in Bolivia. During seasonal floods, you can witness the splendor and beauty of Salar de Uyuni as the water on the salt looks like the largest mirror you will ever see, reflecting the sky above.

CARNAVAL DE ORURO

This folkloric event takes place once a year between February and March and was declared a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Featuring music, dance, colors, and crafts, it is highlighted by a ceremonial parade lasting 20 hours, covering 4 kilometers and involving around 20,000 dancers and 10,000 musicians. The carnival reinforces the cultural identity of the community and attracts more than 100,000 visitors. It is one of the most interesting carnivals in South America, displaying spectacular folk dances, extravagant costumes, and lively music. Something not to be missed!

Hi Bolivia! Travel & Tours can take you to these unique attractions and much more. With decades in the field of tourism, Hi Bolivia! has earned a well-deserved reputation of having satisfied clients and committing to a responsible sustainable tourism. You are invited to come to Bolivia!


You can also visit the website here: www.hibolivia.travel

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Tour company in The Netherlands opts for .travel website

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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Sri Lanka benefits from using .travel


The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau is witnessing the benefits of using the .travel domain name with www.srilanka.travel . Since its launch seven years ago, the srilanka.travel site has received over millions of page views, with many unique, first-time visitors.



Kicking its promotional efforts into full gear with www.srilanka.travel , the country joined many other popular tourist destinations and organizations in using .travel for its website and emails.


“When we were developing our website initially, we decided to use the .travel domain because it was globally accepted,” said the then Managing Director of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau.
In fact, the Sri Lanka Tourism website was revamped with a new look and feel in line with a new brand strategy launching that same year.


To plan your dream holiday in Sri Lanka, explore wildlife, and experience an island of small miracles, visit www.srilanka.travel .


For more information on .travel, The Source for All Things Travel, visit www.travel.travel


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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Catalina Island: Southern California’s magical island

Catalina Island is a very popular tourist destination just off the coast of southern California. In an effort to make it fun and easy to plan a trip to this magical island, the owners at Catalina Island Marketing selected the TLD .travel as its preferred Catalina Island Guide Website (www.catalina.travel).



"We choose .travel for many reasons, first being that we believe the .travel extension will become the Internet's standard for travel destinations," says Drew Mauck, Owner and Developer for Catalina Island Marketing.  "Our website is designed using the latest Responsive web design elements to maximize the users experience on mobile devices. More and more travelers use mobile devices to plan their vacations and while on holiday. Catalina.Travel, coupled with our Free Catalina Island Mobile App (www.cometocatalina.com) insures that our users enjoy the very best planning experience."


Travel.Travel is a very helpful resource for developers like Catalina Island Marketing. Travelers using the Internet will find the .travel TLD to be not only the standard for travel destinations but also the most reliable resource, lending credibility to searches and eventual planning.


Catalina Island Marketing is very proud to be working with the travel.travel network to provide its users the most innovative user experience while offering them superior content.


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.travel Registry pleased with MATTA.travel website

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, USA - TRMC, the .travel Registry, is pleased and gratified that the MATTA.travel website, the signature booking portal for the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents is doing so well. Joining country portals such as Egypt.travel and Germany.travel, MATTA.travel has embraced the value of the clear travel and tourism identity that the .travel top level domain provides. 



Byron Henderson, Managing Director of .travel, noted that "MATTA has been a long-time supporter of the .travel Registry and the .travel initiative to improve the reach of the travel and tourism industry on the Internet. MATTA's leadership in offering travel packages through its own portal under its .travel name introduces a new level of service to their members."


In a world of more than 1,000 top level domains, MATTA's choice, at this moment, shows that as the Internet grows and segments, a clear domain name identity is one of the best marketing investments a business can make.

Follow the .travel Registry on Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/dotTraveldomains ), Twitter ( https://twitter.com/dottravel ), and on other social media, or visit their web site at www.travel.travel/ .

For more information, contact info@travel.travel 

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Corinthia Hotel Prague is now offering a luxurious Spa Pamper package

Let Corinthia Hotel Prague pamper you at their Apollo Spa after a day of exploring all the sights and sounds of Prague, one of Europe’s most enchanting capital cities. The Corinthia Prague’s new luxurious Spa Pamper package provides guests with a great opportunity to spoil themselves every day of their stay. From the time they arrive, guests will have their choice of spa treatment, ranging from the soothing Apollo Massage, to a hydrating facial treatment, which includes a consultation.



In addition, guests will be able to continue their relaxation after their chosen spa treatment with unlimited access to the Apollo Day Spa. The Corinthia Hotel Prague offers guests a world class spa facilities, which include a pool, gym, sauna, steam room and relaxation area, all of which are open until 10pm.

Perched atop one of Prague’s several hills, Corinthia Hotel Prague boasts panoramic views of the City of a Hundred Spires from all sides of the hotel. Located adjacent to Prague’s Congress Center, and only 5 minutes from the historic city center, Corinthia Prague is ideally situated for business and leisure travelers alike. Among its delectable dining options, the Grill serves succulent meat and fish cooked over an open charcoal grill, while the award-winning Rickshaw restaurant offers a world-class Far Eastern fusion cuisine.



Priced at Euro 145 (approx. $165 USD) per room, per night, the package includes:

• Luxury superior double guest room

• Full buffet breakfast

• Unlimited access to the Apollo Day Spa on the 25th and 26th floors

• One treatment per person for each night of stay from the following: 60-minute pedicure; 30-minute Apollo massage; 30-minute manicure or 30-minute basic hydrating facial treatment including consultation

• Early check-in and late check-out subject to availability

• Complimentary WIFI throughout the hotel

• VAT and City Tax

• Ten-minute solarium bookable every day in addition to the above



Terms & Conditions:

• There is a small additional fee for breakfast for the second person in the room

• The rate will vary according to season, room size, number of guests and availability. Blackout dates may apply

• Apollo Day Spa is open daily from 6:30 am until 10:00 pm. After checking in, guests should make their choice about preferred treatments and ask Spa reception to arrange everything for them

• Reservations must be made at least one day prior to arrival and be guaranteed by credit card at time of booking

• Free cancellation up to 6 pm on arrival date

For more information about the spa package, go to: