The Maldives are a truly spectacular destination while its a holiday location not exactly ideal for the highly budget conscious, a variety of different star resorts do offer most travellers a chance to taste its delights.Here are a few things to consider when deciding on a Maldives resort: Determine what your budget is this will immediately narrow your list of potential resorts. Decide what youre likely to be interested in. For instance, the Maldives is a great place for diving if youre going to be spending a lot of time diving then you must be aware that different resorts have different standards in their diving facilities. Some resorts are also naturally better for divers than others. Youll want to choose a package thats best for diving (its possible to get diving packages so you dont have to spend a fortune on additional diving expenses on a daily basis). Further, some resorts offer a wealth of activities and entertainment others are very chilled and offer fewer activities (perfect if you just wish to laze by the sand gazing at the crystal blue waters). Decide what type of package would be the best for you most resorts are quite pricey when it comes to food and drink so while a bed & breakfast package (room & breakfast only) may at first appear cheaper, after paying for all food and drink it may in fact be more expensive than an all inclusive package. Full board may be a good choice in many cases as all meals are provided, although the guest still has to pay for drinks (a good choice for those who do not drink too much alcohol). If on the other hand you enjoy a tipple or five then the All Inclusive option may well be the optimum package for you as drinks can be sinfully expensive at most resorts. Some resorts may cater to specific nationalities for example predominantly Italian, German or Japanese clientele. This may be a problem if you like to mingle but are unable to speak the dominant language. Most resorts offer a wide range of accommodation types decide which of these is best for you. For example, a standard beach villa would be typically a few metres from the sea while a water villa is located in the waters itself. Water villas can be beautiful and offer the chance to see the marine life swim by while looking from the window but they are considerably more pricey. Travellers with children should try and choose a resort with a kids club if possible there is a world of difference between resorts when it comes to providing facilities that keep the kids entertained. If you do wish to spend a day exploring the capital Male as an excursion then you may not want to choose a resort thats not too far away some resorts do not offer this as a day trip so you may want to check this prior to booking. You may also want to consider when during the year you wish to go the optimum time with regards to weather are between December and April when there is the most sunshine and least rain. At these months, theres no surprise to learn that the prices tend to be far higher. Some resorts (even the pricey ones at times) may not offer a personal TV in the rooms this is usually intentional to promote the no news, no shoes feel of the island. Few people come to the Maldives to watch TV but if this is a comfort that you simply cannot live without then check with your travel agent before booking to see if your chosen resort offers one. If the look, feel and architecture of your lodging is important to you then you will want to research and find the best resort for you some can be more modern, almost like a standard hotel room while others are traditionally built with thatched roofs and even a partially open-air bathroom. Romantics and honeymooners may find that some of the smaller islands are more cosy, intimate & quiet while the larger ones may have more of a party feel to it and be more crowded.You'll really love your holiday in the Maldives - but a little research on choosing the right resort can go a long way to ensure that you really enjoy the trip of a lifetime.
On Tuesday, 17th July 2007 the 2nd National Tourism Day was held in Trieste: Confindustria (the leading association representing all Italian industries) organised this annual conference during which tourism businessmen and political representatives gathered to debate about the situation of the tourist industry in Italy. Authoritative speakers joined the debate: Italian Deputy Prime Minister Rutelli stated that tourism will be the 1st national industry in the 21st century, while Mr Illy - the President of the Region Friuli-Venezia Giulia - announced the opening, in Friuli V.G., of the 1st high-level education centre for businessmen and managers of the tourist sector. Businessmen and other official representatives, like Mr. J. Ejarque the President of Turismo F.V.G., focussed on the faults of the Italian tourism, on a regional as well as on a national basis; the same points were then later highlighted by the President of Confindustria Mr. Montezemolo in his closing speech.According to data issued by the Confindustria Research Centre, the town of San Michele al Tagliamento, i.e. Bibione, ranks at the 3rd place in Italy for what concerns the total amount of available bed-places: this datum needs weighting to create a complete analysis, nonetheless it is enough to measure the potential influence this holiday resort can exert on the overall tourist offer in Italy.Many tourist businesses are active in Bibione, being therefore able to play an important role in the development of the tourist industry with all its subcategories: accommodation firms, catering a food companies, without forgetting entertainment and beach management businesses.The Casa Mare Agency is a bulwark of the real-estate sector: it has been actually dealing with rentals and real-estate sales in Bibione for more than thirty years, during which it could witness and actively take part in the development of the tourist world, sometimes being even ahead of the times. Comparing the guidelines stated in Trieste with the actions the agency CasaMare has already undertaken, it is possible to check how every single tourist company can help bringing Italy again to its rank as world leader within the tourist business field.Among the first topics to be discussed there was need for the national tourist offer to become annual instead of seasonal. The agency Casa Mare is actually already complying with this suggestion since it is opened and provides its services all the year long, while among the very many accommodations it manages there are some disposing of heating, which is not at all a minor detail on the upper Adriatic coast, where almost everything has been planned for the summer.A second element highlighted during the National Tourism Day was the issue of a much more diversified offer, which however must avoid the risk of excessive fragmentation, another typical problem for the Italian tourist industry. Almost as if it decided in advance to follow this suggestion, the agency CasaMare has been reorganising its availabilities in order to offer any kind of accommodation: camping places, villas with swimming-pool, hotels of any category and apartments in Bibione directly lying on the beach; no matter the kind of holiday, the agency CasaMare is able to provide every tourist with the most suitable accommodation according to his requirements.Italy does not mean only Rome, Florence or Venice and this was eventually clearly stated during the meeting in Trieste: improving the whole national territory is the only way to overcome this stagnation and the agency CasaMare seems to have speeded up things again. By planning trips to Venice, Verona, Trieste, to the Postumia caves or to the wonderful Venice Lagoon the agency Casa Mare puts into practice the improvement of the national territory. Seaside resorts like Bibione should be renewed and thought in a different way, not only as seaside resorts but also as starting points to explore the hinterland, a very important input to develop tourism in a more thorough way.Having been active in the real-estate sector for more than thirty years, the agency Casa Mare relies on a highly qualified staff: only by supplying a high quality service a real-estate agency can ensure constant results and enjoy positive trends in the long run. Besides providing top-quality services, the agency Casa Mare can also offer very competitive pricing levels thanks to economies of scale, which can be only developed by quite large firms.It is doubtless that Italian tourism needs renewal and in order to achieve that goal it needs a strong help from the Government, but the agency Casa Mare proofs that every single operator, every single firm can and should contribute to the common effort.
For a period of almost three weeks, the Canadian Tulip Festival offers a wide range of special events and festivities, and the Flotilla on the Rideau Canal is certainly one of the highlights. This morning I made my way down to Dows Lake through the leafy historic neighbourhoods of Ottawa. I parked my car about 20 minutes away from Commissioners Park which gave me the opportunity of a nice morning stroll through some of the gorgeous residential areas in Ottawa. Queen Elizabeth Driveway had been blocked off to road traffic, but yesterday I had the opportunity to drive right next to the "Rideau Canal" - it simply has to be one of the most scenic areas in Ottawa and one of the most serene public spaces in any of the big world cities that I have visited.People were lining up beside Dows Lake and no one was quite sure if the weather was going to hold up or not, so there were many umbrellas to be seen in the crowd. But that didnt deter a large number of loyal onlookers from gathering on the shores of Ottawas urban lake, ready to take in the beautiful images of the Flotilla. Ottawas parade on the water is one of the highlights of the Tulip Festival and this year more than 40 especially decorated boats participated.The Flotilla Weekend features a variety of events, including Music on the Lake on a floating stage; there is a remote-control model boat exhibition and historic blacksmithing demonstration. The main event, the Flotilla started at 1:00 pm at Dows Lake and decorated boats of varying types and sizes paraded along the Rideau Canal all the way up to the Rideau Street Bridge. Along the route there is entertainment, refreshments and bilingual commentary introducing the participants.Always curious, I made my way towards the announcer right next to the Dows Lake Pavilion who was dispatching and describing each floating participant in the parade. Right next to the announcer I found one of the key people behind the Canadian Tulip Festival: Benot Hubert, the Executive Director of this non-profit organization who sat down with me to give me a better background of Ottawas largest festival.The Canadian Tulip Festival got its start in 1953 and has very interesting historical roots: Queen Juliana of the Netherlands (1909 2004) went into exile to Canada during the Second World War and her daughter, Princess Margriet, was born at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. Canadian soldiers also played an integral role in liberating the Netherlands from Nazi occupation at the end of World War II. As a gesture of appreciation Princess Juliana sent 100,000 tulips to Canada in the fall of 1945 and this tradition has continued every year since then with an annual shipment of tulips from Holland.The Tulip Festival has become a symbol of international friendship and over the last 53 years has evolved into the Worlds biggest tulip festival. World-wide interest in this festival was stoked early when internationally renowned photographer Malak Karsh presented his stunning tulip pictures which appeared in newspapers all across the nation. Today more than two million flowers grace Ottawa during the festival, and the National Capital Commission, a federal agency with a mandate to beautify the National Capital Region, is in charge of the hundreds of flower beds and gardens that adorn the city.Benot mentioned that this year is a very special year since Ottawa is hosting the World Flower Council, an organization that promotes peace through the shared joy of flowers. The conference is introducing an international flavour to this years Tulip Festival and even the Flotilla had participants from the Netherlands, Thailand, Turkey, Taiwan, and France. He went on to explain that during the Kids World events, more than 3000 children come every day from different schools to learn about the history of the tulip.The historical background of the tulip is surprisingly interesting: as a flower it is native to southern Europe, northern Africa and Asia, all the way from Anatolia and Iran east to northeast China and Japan. The tulip is the national flower of Iran and Turkey, and Persian and Turkish folk art prominently feature tulip motifs. Over the centuries tulips became more popular and moved westwards where Holland became the worlds primary tulip producer.During the 1600s Holland was gripped by a regular tulip mania which makes the stock market crash of 1929 pale in terms of its speculatory excesses. At the peak of this crazy historic period, enormous prices were charged for a single tulip bulb. Today the term tulip mania has come to mean any large economic bubble. The historic appeal of the tulip has continued, evidenced by the fact that the Tulip Festival is Ottawas biggest festival, and incidentally the largest festival of its kind in the world. It attracts somewhere between 600,000 and 650,000 visitors in 19 days and generates C$ 70 million in revenue for the National Capital Region.It is interesting to note that the Canadian Tulip Festival is a non-profit organization that only has three full-time employees year round. Leading up to the festival staff levels grow to 45 full-time employees and more than 1200 volunteers who play an integral part of this special event. The Canadian Tulip Festival enjoys the generous support of major sponsors such as the Casino du Lac-Leamy and the Hilton Lac Leamy, CTV, the Ottawa Citizen and Sun Life Financial.Government Partners include the City of Ottawa, the Federal Government (Human Resources Development, Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions and Heritage Canada), Ontarios tourism marketing agency ("Ontario - More To Discover"), the National Capital Commission (who is the official gardener of Canadas Capital) as well as the City of Gatineau. From corporate sponsors, to public sector partners to private individuals, the Canadian Tulip Festival is a magnificent collaborative effort that mobilizes the entire National Capital Region on the Ontario and Quebec side and attracts visitors from all over the world.The Tulip Festival has four official sites, all lavishly decked out with flower beds featuring different varieties of the coveted tulip. Parliament Hill, Majors Hill Park, Commissioners Park next to Dows Lake and the Casino du Lac-Leamy are all official Tulip Festival sites and host a variety of events, concerts and displays during an almost three week period.The Capital Infocentre on Parliament Hill provides all the necessary information for visitors of the Tulip Festival and the Parliament Buildings are adorned by thousands of these iconic spring flowers. Commissioners Park showcases more than 350,000 tulips planted by the National Capital Commission. The Casino du Lac-Leamy in Gatineau on the other side of the Ottawa River has been hosting the Tulip Explosion for the last three years. This event encompasses floral shows, dress and hair design competitions as well as floral design competitions. Seven different schools compete for the top prize in floral design. Majors Hill Park plays host to the Tulip Friendship Village, the Artisans Marketplace, to the Family Zone entertainment area as well as the Get Out! Ottawa Citizen Concert Series.Benot also informed me of the 16 attraction sites that are part of the Tulip Festival: all of Ottawas and Hull / Gatineaus major attractions are part of this spring festival. Some of the attractions on this long list include the Canadian Agriculture Museum, the Dows Lake Pavilion, the Canadian Museum of Nature, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Rideau Centre, the National Gallery of Canada, the Royal Canadian Mint, the Canadian War Museum, Little Italy and many more.There is no doubt that the Canadian Tulip Festival with all its attractions, special events, concerts and displays is a major tourist draw. Even the couple from Rochester that I met at the Auberge McGee said that the Tulip Festival was the main draw for them to come to Ottawa and its a wonderful way to get to know the City of Ottawa and its neighbour Gatineau across the River. Its a great opportunity to celebrate the arrival of spring and the international friendships that are symbolized by the Canadian Tulip Festival.
Clear luminous aqua waters and white sands, Mauritius is a real haven of tranquility in the sun. Situated in the South West Indian Ocean, the island of Mauritius is surrounded by coral reefs and is composed of a central plateau with some breathtaking mountain scenery. Covering 1,865 sq kms crisscrossed by rivers, waterfalls and streams Mauritius is an enchanting island. Prepare to be dazzled by its beauty that will entice you to return time and time again.Mauritius has a diverse blend of cultures and religions testament to its 18th, 19th and early 20th century population movements. It is a society which is truly able to flourish in peace and harmony. Visitors to the island will find the Mauritian people they meet to be kind and full of hospitality. The official language spoken is English however most Mauritians speak the real language of the people, Creole- a pidgin language evolved from French masters of the 18th century. French is also widely spoken.Many describe the island as enchanting and a real life tropical paradise and its not hard to see why. The island has the worlds third largest coral reef encompassing a lagoon and several beaches. The natural beauty of the island is impressive and you will be astonished by the mountains, wildlife and nature reserves. If you are looking for a laidback relaxing holiday you can take advantage of the endless number of white sandy beaches and lagoons. Pereybere beach is ideal for soaking up the sun, sea and sand. Between the Grand Bay and Cap Malheureux its one of the best spots on the island. For more active beach activities and sports the Grand Bay beach offers a choice of sailing, windsurfing and waterskiing. On the South East of the island Blue Bay beach is also a popular location for windsurfing, sailing, sunbathing and passing the day away.Enjoy some of your most happy experiences on the island. Whether you are diving, playing golf or exploring the island, this tropical paradise has something for everyone. Mauritius has developed as one of the worlds best destinations over the years. It is a cut above the rest in the Indian Ocean, offering world class hotels and service and is renowned for having top spas and cuisine.The best time to visit for diving holidays is between December and March when aqua waters are at their clearest whilst the Mauritian winter offers a less humid climate between May to November and is a more agreeable time to visit in terms of temperature. Coastal temperatures vary from a low 22˚C in winter up to 34˚C in high summer.Mauritius is also a favourite amongst honeymooners and is a special place to get married. The mechanics of getting married are simple and ceremonies can be conducted on the beach or at selected hotels.Spa relaxation, hospitality, escape and adventure, culture- A holiday in Mauritius is the place to live, breathe and realize your dream holiday!Malachite Travel are specialists in tailor-made holidays to Mauritius.
Some of the most beautiful vacation spots in the world are in Spanish-speaking countries: Cozumel, Barcelona, Buenos Aries, Cabo, Argentina and hundreds of other spots make a great destination. But your vacation will be much more enjoyable, and much less stressful, if you learn some Spanish phrases before you leave. When you are on vacation in your own country, it is easy to be polite with please and thank you. It is easy to learn the Spanish for these phrases. Everyones mother taught them to be polite this includes mothers in other countries. Even if you pronounce it wrong, everyone will appreciate that you at least tried to speak their language. Remember, you are a guest and you need to be polite to your hosts. Furthermore, learning Spanish phrases for pardon me and other small apologies make people more inclined to help you. For example, yelling waiter in English is definitely rude. Instead learn a simple phrase for excuse me sir. No one likes being summoned in a rude way in a foreign language. Experience the CountryMany tourists visit places but never leave their little tourist bubble; they stay on the bus, the designated restaurant, the tour. While this is a stress-free way to travel, it is also a bit disingenuous. Why travel to another country just to watch it like a TV show? Learning a few Spanish phrases can help to turn a TV experience into an interactive special experience.For example, many people like to take public transportation in their vacation city. After all, especially if that is how the real locals live. And a fifty-cent bus ride is a tour in itself. However, it could be very difficult to navigate even a simple bus ride without learning Spanish phrases for direction, destination, distance, and fares. Also, often the best restaurant is not the one on the tourist boardwalk with a photographic menu. It is out-of-the-way one the locals frequent anyway. Learning Spanish food phrases mean a culinary treat on vacation. As long as you know the words for what you do not like or are allergic to, try anything else on the menu. Even if you dont understand everything the waiter says, pointing and smiling helps. Country SpecificSpanish is a very diverse language, and there are as many nuances and dialects as there are Spanish-speaking countries. Be sure to pick up the local words and phrases. Get a guidebook specific to your destination area that has a glossary of phrases and language notes about these dialects.