Tuesday, 18 November 2014


Viet Nam gears up for world's best tourism destination

22 December, 2014, Viet Nam, USA NEWS CORP

Localities, especially those with prominent tourist sites, must raise public awareness of maintaining security and order and servicing tourists in a friendly way, according to a resolution recently issued by the Government.   The Government also gave the nod to funding for a national action plan on tourism and a national tourism promotion programme in 2015.   International visitors to Viet Nam in November estimated 608,617 arrivals, increase 8.9% over last month and down 16.7% over the same period last year. Total international arrivals in 11 months reached 7,217,008, increase 5.4% over the same period last year. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MoCST) was asked to work together with other ministries and sector in devising plans to draw foreign visitors from potential markets.   In coordination with the MoCST, the Ministry of Planning and Investment will work on all possible incentives for investments, especially those going to infrastructure and key national tourist areas as listed in the comprehensive master plan on tourism development until 2020, with a vision to 2030 and...

The Sydney Opera House, A milestone architecture in world

08 December, 2014, Australia, USA NEWS CORP

Sydney Opera House Inaugurated in 1973, the Sydney Opera House is a great architectural work of the 20th century that brings together multiple strands of creativity and innovation in both architectural form and structural design. A great urban sculpture set in a remarkable waterscape, at the tip of a peninsula projecting into Sydney Harbour, the building has had an enduring influence on architecture. The Sydney Opera House comprises three groups of interlocking vaulted ‘shells’ which roof two main performance halls and a restaurant. These shell-structures are set upon a vast platform and are surrounded by terrace areas that function as pedestrian concourses. In 1957, when the project of the Sydney Opera House was awarded by an international jury to Danish architect Jørn Utzon, it marked a radically new approach to construction. The Sydney Opera House constitutes a masterpiece of 20th century architecture. Its significance is based on its unparalleled design and construction; its exceptional engineering achievements and technological innovation and its position as a world-famous icon of architecture. It is a daring and visionary experiment that has had an enduring influence on the emergent architecture of the late 20th century. Utzon's original design concept and his unique approach to building gave impetus to a collective creativity of architects, engineers and builders. Ove Arup's engineering achievements helped make Utzon's..... 

Algeria offers 'Timgad' as beautiful Town Planing

08 December, 2014, Algeria, USA NEWS CORP

Timgad lies on the northern slopes of the Aurès mountains and was created ex nihilo as a military colony by the Emperor Trajan in AD 100. With its square enclosure and orthogonal design based on the cardo and decumanus, the two perpendicular routes running through the city, it is an excellent example of Roman town planning. Timgad, located to the north of the massif of the Aurès in a mountainous site of great beauty, 480 km south-east of Algiers and 110 km to the south of Constantine, is a consummate example of a Roman military colony created ex nihilo. The Colonia Marciana Traiana Thamugadi was founded in 100 A.D. by Trajan, probably as an encampment for the 3rd Augustan Legion which, thereafter, was quartered at Lambaesis. Its plan, laid out with great precision, illustrates Roman urban planning at its height. By the middle of the 2nd century, the rapid growth of the city had ruptured the narrow confines of its original foundation. Timgad spread beyond the perimeters of its ramparts and several major public buildings are built in the new quarters: Capitolium, temples, markets and baths. Most of these buildings date from the Severan period when the city enjoyed its Golden Age, also attested by immense private residences. A strong and prosperous colony, Timgad must have served as a compelling image of the grandeur of Rome on Numidian soil. Buildings... 

Why archaeologist find Butrint a great site in Albania's ancient cultural landscape

08 December, 2014, Albania, USA NEWS CORP

    Inhabited since prehistoric times, Butrint has been the site of a Greek colony, a Roman city and a bishopric. Following a period of prosperity under Byzantine administration, then a brief occupation by the Venetians, the city was abandoned in the late Middle Ages after marshes formed in the area. The present archaeological site is a repository of ruins representing each period in the city’s development. The city of Butrint is one of the fragments which form the fabric of Albania's ancient cultural landscape. Nestling in the highlands in the far south of the country and surrounded by dense vegetation, Butrint was linked to the Mediterranean by the Vivari canal, which runs from the Butrint Lake to the Ionian Sea. The settlement became an important stop along the merchant trade routes and reached the height of its glory in the 4th century BC as one of the major maritime and commercial centres of the ancient world. The sight of the fortifications alone, which date from the 6th century BC, evokes the military and economic potential of the city at the time. The hill on which the acropolis stands is encircled by a wall built from huge stone blocks. The amphitheatre, dating from the 3rd century BC, bears witness to the cultural riches of the city: the stone banks of seating, of which 23 rows have been preserved, would have held an audience of 1,500. The theatre is situated at the foot of the acropolis, close by two temples, one of which is dedicated to Asclepios, the Greek god of medicine, who was worshipped by the city's inhabitants. Excavations have brought the light to many objects - plates....

Netherlands is attractive tourism spot for Europians

08 December, 2014, NetherlandsUSA NEWS CORP

The Dutch government’s tourism policy has three focuses: entrepreneurship, sustainability and boosting the number of foreign visitors to the Netherlands. More visitors to the Netherlands A record number of almost 12 million tourists visited this country in 2012, spending a total of €5 billion. As in previous years, the majority were from Germany, the United Kingdom and Belgium. The Netherlands also attracted more visitors from Japan, China and India. Promoting the Netherlands The Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions (NBTC Holland Marketing) is responsible for branding and marketing the Netherlands nationally and internationally. Its activities are aimed at attracting as many tourists as possible to the Netherlands. NBTC puts the country on the map as an attractive destination for holidays, business meetings and conventions, notably through the Holland website. A shrinking budget The NBTC receives funding from central government to promote the Netherlands. Between 2011 and 2015, its grant will be halved from €16.6 million to €8.3 million. With this in mind, the NBTC is thinking ahead and focusing its sights on 11 countries –Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium, the United States, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, China and Japan. About 80% of all foreign visitors to the Netherlands come from these countries. Fewer regulations for doing business The Dutch government wants to abolish red tape and scrap unnecessary regulations for businesses. The aim is to create greater scope for entrepreneurs, especially in the tourism and recreation industry. Company Dossier The Company Dossier is a data-sharing scheme to ease the regulatory burden. 

Patagonia Mind blowing tourism destination in Argentina
08 December, 2014, ArgentinaUSA NEWS CORP

The Andean Mountain Range displays all its greatness in the Patagonian provinces. Thousand-year-old silent forests with native vegetation extend to the banks of the lagoons. On mountain tops, nature overflows in granite needles and icy fields brimming with glaciers in lakes of unique beauty. The paintings on the sides of the Cueva de las Manos (Cave of the Hands) have survived for about 10,000 years, and embody the oldest expression of the South American peoples. Imposing mammals and sea birds go through some rough seasons on the Patagonian coasts where they spend part of their life cycle. Colonies of sea lions play and rest on small islands and sandbars. Southern elephant seals have their greatest continental station in the world on Península Valdés. Nuevo and San José gulfs, separated by Carlos Ameghino isthmus, bear witness to the arrival of the Southern Right Whale, which punctually gets there for giving birth and breeding. Creole hares, rheas and guanacos (a lowland relative of the upper-Andean llama) run through the plains, and in Punta Tombo the largest colony of Maguellanic penguins nests. The amazed look of the visitor beholds this cadence that has been repeating itself since time immemorial. Farther south, you should visit Tierra del Fuego and Ushuaia— the latter being the southern-most city in the world. They are both an open door to the immense solitude of mysterious Antarctica.

07 December, 2014, SpainUSA NEWS CORP
The Ministry of Industry, through the Tourism Institute of Spain (Turespaña), has launched a campaign to promote domestic tourism under the slogan "Spain, fate in you." The campaign, developed for the second year from June to September, aims to: encourage domestic tourism demand and encourage Spanish tourists to discover the variety and quality of tourism in our country. This initiative aims to strengthen and consolidate the turnaround in domestic tourism demand, whose latest data confirm their recovery after two years in parallel with the drop in overall consumption falls. In addition, it seeks to meet the demands of the business sector in the context of the powers of the Tourism administration. On 5 January each year, Spain’s villages, towns and cities receive the traditional, joyful visit of the Three Wise Men of the East. We are talking about the Three Kings, Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar, who bring good cheer and presents to children at Christmas. Bring your children to Spain and discover our traditions together, as well as the latest attractions for the little ones at this time of year. If you are thinking of taking advantage of the Christmas holidays for a trip to Spain, then be sure to bring the family, because here the celebrations go on until 6 January and children are the centre of attention. The Journal of Journalism & Mass Communication stressed upon strong cooperation with Spain to explore it's vast tourism opportunities. Here are some ideas for family fun: Letter to the Three Kings To make sure your children experience our traditions to the full, there is one thing they... 

Nilgiris, India is ultimate travel destination in South Asia

The Name 'Nilgiris' means Blue hills (Neelam - Blue and giri - Hill or Mountain) the first mention of this name has been found in the Silappadikaram. There is a belief that the people living in the plains at the foot of the hills, should have given the name, the Nilgiris, in view of the violet blossoms of 'kurinji' flower enveloping the hill ranges periodically. Nilgiri Hill, also known as the Blue Mountains in India (one of the oldest mountain ranges), is one of the most ravishingly beautiful hilly terrains in India and supposedly one of the best in the world too. High above the sea level, situated at the junction of the two ghat ranges of the Sahayadri Hills, Nilgiri district provides a fascinating view. Nilgiris is a part of the Western Ghats. They begin from the North East Corner of the State of Kerala, another tea growing state, but the main range lies in the State of Tamil Nadu, close to both Coimbatore and Cochin in India.  Ooty the "Queen of Hill Stations", Coonoor 19 kms from Ooty and Kotagiri 31 kms from Ooty, are best three hill stations of this district. The height of the hills in the Blue Mountain range varies between 2,280 and 2,290 metres, the highest peak being Doddabetta at a height of 2,623 metres. Nilgiris is India's first biosphere.......

Drama continues between Sharif and Modi during Saarc summit at Kathmandu, Nepal


The Prime Minister is keen "to have meaningful dialogue with as many south Asian colleagues as possible", External Affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said"This would mean taking into account all aspects of relationships," he added. He said the schedule of the bilateral meetings is being finalized, "and it is a work in progress".

"Our intent is to have meaningful dialogues," he said.

Modi will leave here on November 25 afternoon for the SAARC summit in Kathmandu, being held on November 26-27, and is scheduled to return on November 27 late evening.

(.... if again Pak repeats previous fault, talking with extremists, would Modi talk to him?) it is good to talk since it will give some heat in the month of November, as already it is winter season. So be ready for warm winds blowing from Himalaya and forget winters.

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