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Wednesday, May 4, 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.

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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 .

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Changing of the guard at historic CBD hotel

After more than 17 years at the helm of Melbourne’s Quality Hotel Batman’s Hill on Collins, executive general manager Yann Duroselle will this month hand over the reins.

Taking on the position will be Kevin Birchall, who has more than 19 years’ experience working in the industry, most recently as the general manager of the Downtowner on Lygon.

“I am thrilled to be joining the team at Batman’s at such an important time. Having worked in a range of hotels across three continents, I have had the opportunity to gain exposure to many different markets and cultures and I am looking forward to putting this experience to good use.

“My involvement in both corporate and leisure orientated business models in large and boutique property styles, has also given me experience in partnering with consortia, OTA and wholesale travel markets.”

Mr. Duroselle said it was an exciting time for the historic CBD hotel, which underwent a complete enhancement program in 2015.

“A decision was made by the Batman’s Group in 2014 to divest their hotel asset and our team has worked hard to reposition this well-known 4-star hotel.

“We are now well placed to capture any upcoming growth, particularly in niche markets such as families, educational groups and free independent travelers (FITs), and therefore it is time to hand over the leadership to a new skipper.”

Mr. Duroselle said this didn’t mean he was retiring, and he was looking forward to pursuing a number of opportunities within the tourism and corporate sectors.

“In recent years I have taken on a number of board positions and this is an area I am passionate about. I will concentrate in the near future on my board work for Destination Phillip Island and UNelife and hope to help develop future hospitality projects for owners and investors.

“I would like to thank all my colleagues, clients and friends for their support over the last 17 years and wish Kevin all the best for the future.”


Quality Hotel Batman’s Hill on Collins is an historic building located in Melbourne’s CBD. Originally built as a bank in 1923, it has in the almost 100 hundred years since it was constructed, seen many guises. In 1999 Yann Duroselle took over the management and in 2004 with the full support of the owners built it into a modern hotel. It has 190 suites incorporating hotel rooms and apartments as well as a cafe serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, restaurant, cocktail bar, an additional bar and gaming room. The hotel has a 24-hour reception, car park, as well as excellent conference and event facilities incorporating a boardroom, dining area, banquet areas and function rooms.

Saturday, April 30, 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 .

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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 to plan a trip to the Leipzig region.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach now taking reservations

WAIKIKI, Hawaii - The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach is a new residential resort and is the latest addition to the Waikiki skyline.

The Ritz-Carlton Residences will feature studios as well as one-, two- and three-bedroom residential accommodations along with penthouses, all facing the ocean.

Amenities include an infinity pool above Waikiki with private cabanas, a spa, and a variety of dining experiences.

Reservations may be booked online at or by calling (808) 922-8222.

Wednesday, April 27, 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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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

South African Airways celebrates Freedom Day with sale fares to destinations throughout South Africa

5-Day Sale for Summer Travel Starting at $1,299.00* (restrictions apply)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida - South African Airways (SAA), Africa’s most awarded airline, is celebrating South Africa’s Freedom Day with a 5-day sale offering special fares from New York-JFK and Washington, DC-Dulles to Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and East London. The Freedom Day Fares start at just $1,299.00* (restrictions apply) from Washington, DC-Dulles to Johannesburg and $1,399.00* (restrictions apply) from New York-York to Johannesburg for travel during the peak summer season. The Freedom Day Fares are available for sale through April 30, 2016, for travel June 1 through August 10, 2016. To celebrate Freedom Day with SAA and take advantage of these special fares, customers can visit or call SAA Reservations at 1 (800) 722-9675, or their professional travel consultant.

“The Freedom Day holiday celebrates the first democratically-held elections in South Africa back in 1994,” said Marc Cavaliere, executive vice president, the Americas for South African Airways. “On this holiday, South Africans honor the strides that have been made to ensure a democratic South Africa and a better life for all. As the national flag carrier of South Africa, we’re incredibly proud of this achievement and salute the country’s accomplishments by inviting our customers to visit South Africa this summer with these special fares.”

South Africa’s first democratically-held elections took place on April 27, 1994, when Nelson Mandela was voted as president of the newly democratic republic. For the past 22 years, South Africans celebrate Freedom Day on April 27, as a day to commemorate the sacrifices that were made to achieve equality, to strengthen democratic ideals and to reflect on the country’s successes in fostering a free and equal South Africa.

South African Airways is one of the world’s most awarded airlines, having been honored as “Best Airline in Africa” for 13 consecutive years by Skytrax. On-board, SAA provides an inflight experience designed for pure comfort for long-haul travel. Our customers enjoy fully-flat seats in Premium Business Class, industry-leading legroom in Economy Class, gourmet cuisine and a selection of complimentary spirits and award-winning South African wines and generous checked baggage allowance. Also included are individual audio/visual entertainment systems that deliver an extensive menu of first-run movies and music choices. Via our Johannesburg hub, SAA links the world to dozens of cities and destinations across Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean islands.

About South African Airways

South African Airways (SAA), South Africa’s national flag carrier and the continent’s most awarded airline, serves over 75 destinations worldwide in partnership with SA Express, Airlink and its low cost carrier Mango. In North America, SAA operates daily nonstop flights from New York-JFK and direct flights from Washington D.C.-IAD (via Accra, Ghana and Dakar, Senegal) to Johannesburg. SAA has code share agreements with United Airlines, Air Canada and JetBlue Airways, which offer convenient connections from more than 30 cities to SAA’s flights. SAA is a Star Alliance member and the recipient of the Skytrax 4-Star rating for 14 consecutive years.

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Terms & Conditions

*Restrictions: Fares are per person and valid for round-trip travel and include government and airline imposed taxes and fees.  Valid for travel between 6/1/2016-8/10/2016. The $1,299.00* fare is valid for travel from Washington, DC-Dulles Airport (IAD) to Johannesburg, South Africa. The $1,399.00* fare is valid from New York-JFK Airport (JFK) to Johannesburg, South Africa. Minimum stay: Must stay over one Sunday for fares to apply. Tickets must be purchased within 72 hours of reservation being made or by April 30, 2016.  Seats at these fares are limited and may not be available on all flights or dates. Cancellations before/after departure:  fares and fuel surcharge (YR/YQ/Q) are non-refundable. Date change fee: $300.00, plus any applicable fare difference. Administrative fees may also apply. Baggage and optional services fees may apply. Reservations made 7 days or more prior to scheduled departure may be cancelled without penalty up to 24 hours after the reservations is made.

Saturday, April 23, 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:

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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 .