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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Slovakia without Borders project

Tourism in Slovakia offers natural landscapes, mountains, caves, medieval castles, spas, ski resorts, active tourism opportunities, hiking, international flight and train connections, as well as rich cultural heritage, gastronomy, attractions and modern newly-developed lodging capacities.

In the last two years, tourism in Slovakia has been rapidly increasing, and more than 4.3 million people visited Slovakia in 2015, especially the most attractive regions like Bratislava – the capital of Slovakia and the High Tatra region. 

Astoria Tatry Travel, Ltd. has been active in the tourism industry, hospitality management, and marketing for more than 20 years. During this period, it has developed important long-term national and international partnerships.

The project, “Slovakia Without Borders,” was established after a two-year long communication and negotiations with local tourism associations, tourism executives, and strategic travel companies.

Moreover, the latest affiliations and interest in collaborating with eTurboNews, the leading global network in tourism, as well as, the International Institute for Peace through Tourism resulted in a successful opportunity to define and make each traveler a “Travel Ambassador of Peace” through a unique partnership with SKAL and Inspirock – the leading innovative trip planner.

Next stop in Slovakia? 

Plan your trip and get a detailed travel itinerary and tips in just seconds with Inspirock's trip planner platform. The trip planner provides a day-by-day plan of attractions you can experience at various destinations of the Tatra region or other Slovakian destinations. The plan is fully customizable with many options and add-on services you can choose from.

You can even write down your notes, comments for your next trip planning, and book hotels at the same time, comfortably from your home. One of the modern and contributing features of Inspirock's trip planner is also connecting with your friends and travel communities on social media, sharing your travel plans, and letting them assist you with recommendations or opinions of your planned trip.

It uses advanced technologies to sift through the large amounts of data to find the perfect match based on your preferences. In addition to all of these features, Inspirock will be adding more to help make your trip unforgettable.

“The idea of creating such a communication platform was born in 2013, when I attended an international networking event in Hawaii where I also met Mr. Steinmetz, the Publisher of eTurboNews and Chairman of the International Council of Tourism Partners, for the first time.

“We had an opportunity to discuss many topics from the travel and tourism industry, as well as potential cooperation between Hawaiian and Central European inbound/outbound tourism and membership with the International Coalition of Tourism Partners.

“In my opinion, Central Europe itself has a great perspective and is ready for active tourism. For example, tourism in Slovakia has been rapidly increasing in the last two years, which I find very positive. There are many tourism agencies, information centers, and authorities that have improved the communication strategy and public relations sector. However, there is still lack of goal-directed promotional activities, and the communication model of all local and government-funded tourism authorities needs to be improved.

“Based on our long-term negotiation and our interest in working together with international travel professionals and institutes, we have decided to create a platform where all those affiliations and future partners can communicate among themselves and participate in various future projects within Central Europe.

“The project will be based in Slovakia, but also in Switzerland, from where it will be directed.

“We need to really improve the PR, outline, and specify what we really wish to promote. What we are trying to do is to set up or create a communication model or strategy which will lead to a successful promotion of the country under one strong brand, and we expect from the tourism authorities to work closely together with Slovakia. I am convinced that partnering with international partners is a key to success where networking, communication, and PR ideas are included. We are very happy to not only be part of those mentioned partners, but we will do our best to be a great contribution to those mentioned partners, as well,” said Jaroslav Guzanic, the founder of the project.

It has to be mentioned that all of those successful tourism entities have by a significant amount of partnership activities contributed to the world of travel by supporting the Olympic Truce. We appreciate having the chance to be, “Travel Ambassadors of Peace through Tourism” and that travelers from Slovakia will also support this unique campaign by sharing their travel stories and experience. 

Furthermore, Astoria Tatry, Ltd. executives have organized a successful sports and tourism event in a partnership with the city of Poprad, SK, and Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Foundation (Food Revolution Day Project) in May 2016. The end of the event was celebrated by healthy recipes, activities for kids and parents, and a Night Run around the city under the slogan, “Greeting to Rio 2016!”

More than 500 runners, including professional and amateur athletes, sports teams, clubs, city executives, and sports legends have taken part in this competition.

In conclusion, the goal of this project is first of all to connect the most attractive regions of Slovakia and tourist boards to create new travel products and promote the services, attractions, and services of the Tatra Mountains internationally as a leading tourism brand within Central Europe with its base in the city of Poprad, Slovakia.

All these affiliations are bringing us a unique opportunity not only for tourism professionals, but also for potential travelers and newcomers by promoting and using this helpful and innovative travel tool that will be able to help generate and a detailed travel itinerary in just seconds.

Next Goals: 

• Become more familiar with the Olympic Truce Ambassador Program

• Preparation and activation of the role as an Olympic Truce Ambassador 

• Potentially joining the project and making a contribution 

• Promoting the Truce of Slovakia and Tourism as a safe travel destination 

• Including the Olympic Truce Partnership in our marketing promotional activities 

• Interest in studying the History of the Olympic Truce in more depth 

• Analyzing the Global Peace Index and creating a report

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

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.

Details of the .travel domain program may be found at and through any .travel authorized registrar listed at Please address any inquiries to .

SolomonIslands-Hotels has its brand all wrapped with travel domain 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” 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 .

Details of the .travel domain program may be found at and through any .travel authorized registrar listed at Please address any inquiries to .

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 sends clear message about its travel website

As new technology is growing quickly, it is important to stay connected at all times. is a perfect tool for connecting to destinations around the world. allows users to search for a country or city and have images of a specific street, site, landmark, or ideal vacation spot shown to them within seconds. Joerg Eugster, CEO of states, “When creating the idea of an international webcam portal for tourists, we were in search of a suitable domain name that fit our company, which is why we chose .”

Eugster is very familiar with .travel; he owns,, and many others. Launched seven years ago, site traffic has steadily increased over the years under the .travel domain.

“Our benefit is the simplicity of the domain: sends a clear message - .travel lets users know exactly what we do; we present all those webcams and deliver them to all kinds of portals (Internet or mobile). shows thousands of great webcams all over the world,” Eugster says, “ is available in twenty-five languages. Our webcams are presented on many Internet portals, map applications such as Google Maps and Earth, and on many iPhone applications (eg. WorldView).”

A sample of the website can be viewed on YouTube by visiting . can be used as a guide to find the places you are visiting with a REAL image of the destination, tourist attraction, historic landmark, park, or beach. is the perfect way to explore the world and look up travel opportunities in a matter of minutes online.

To check out this interactive tool, please visit .

Details of the .travel domain program may be found at and through any .travel authorized registrar listed at Please address any inquiries to .

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 to plan a trip to the Leipzig region.

Details of the .travel domain program may be found at and through any .travel authorized registrar listed at . Please address any inquiries to .

Saturday, August 13, 2016

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 and, 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.

For more information, contact:

Sweet Home Alabama calls .travel home

One of the many faces in .travel is . 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 will continue their growth and expansion of tourism through .travel. If you are interested in learning more about this great state, please visit,

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

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:


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.


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:

Details of the .travel domain program may be found at and through any .travel authorized registrar listed at . Please address any inquiries to .

Indonesia’s official tourism website takes off with .travel domain

Back in 2012, former high-profile Trade Minister, Dr. Mari Elka Pangestu, was chosen by Indonesia President Susilo Yudhoyono to lead the restructured Ministry for Tourism and Creative Economy.

Minister Mari Elka Pangestu stated that establishing a new, special, and specific creative economy organization would be one of her main targets. The establishment of the organization had the purpose to clearly define the creative economy division within the ministry. And she has done just that.

Indonesia’s Creative Economy comprises 14 broad areas: advertising, architecture, art and antique marts, handicrafts, designing, fashion, film, videos and photography, interactive games, music, artistic performances, publishing and printing, computer services and software, radio and television, and research and development.

Utilizing .travel as the Indonesia’s official tourism website, provides immediate authentication of the website’s intent and purpose. For more information, go to

Details of the .travel domain program may be found at and through any .travel authorized registrar listed at Please address any inquiries to .

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau extends its online reach with .travel

Cancun is a place like no other: white sandy beaches, clear turquoise water, expansive resorts, boutique hotels, fine dining, and festive entertainment. With such a great destination, the Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau was in need of a great marketing tool to pair with such a mecca of travel and tourism. Cancun found this tool in .travel.

The Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau is the official entity that interacts with different markets around the world highlighting the many added values Cancun offers. With numerous other .com sites related to their popular destination, Cancun decided to make a statement: the official travel information source for Cancun is . The Cancun CVB is pleased that people visiting know that the site is authenticated and offers the best Cancun information.

"Cancun recognizes the importance of the Internet for the tourism industry, that’s why our efforts are directed to promote our web page in all of our marketing campaigns,” said a Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau representative.

Details of the .travel domain program may be found at and through any .travel authorized registrar listed at Please address any inquiries to .

Colombia: world tourism destination

When it was time for the official tourism promotion organization for Colombia to launch its new Internet portal,, it logically saw the inherent impact that .travel would have as a marketing tool for the world tourism industry. The goal of is to raise the profile of Colombia as a world tourism destination.

With interactive media, multiple languages, and fresh content, the .travel website is a popular Internet website. Colombia tourism uses .travel in TV commercials, informative mailings, worldwide tourism fairs, posters, shirts, maps, bags, and all other marketing materials. is THE Internet tool for the promotion of international tourism to Colombia. To learn more about the breathtaking beauty of the Amazon, the carnival festivities of Barranquilla, or the Coffee Triangle, please visit .

Details of the .travel domain program may be found at and through any .travel authorized registrar listed at Please address any inquiries to