Featured Member Blog Posts – April 2015 Archive (28)

Today's Tourism Security Challenges

Tourism is facing four challenges that are perhaps more threatening than at any time since September 11, 2001.  What is interesting is that just as in the years prior to 9/11, many tourism officials have simply chosen either to ignore threats or to dismiss them with a great deal of verbiage and little actions.  Although…


Added by Peter Tarlow on April 30, 2015 at 5:43pm — No Comments

Baltimore's True Essence - And Yes, A Visitor's Dream

No doubt about it - as you read this, Maryland's largest city, Baltimore, is going through its most wrenching moment in decades. But while like every single large U.S. city, it has its problems, the current difficulties are centered in West Baltimore, home to a fraction of the city's 622,000-plus residents - and caused by a thuggish…


Added by David Paul Appell on April 29, 2015 at 2:14pm — No Comments

Talavera Ceramics, Pride of Both Mexico & Spain

Both Spain and Mexico are known for their rich ceramics tradition stretching back centuries (that of the latter dating back to the Aztecs, Mayans, Olmecs, and other Amerindian civilizations, and on the Iberian peninsula at least to the pre-Roman-Empire Celto-Iberians). But when it comes to "brand names,"…


Added by José Balido on April 28, 2015 at 4:08pm — No Comments

Does A Plane’s Paint Job Affect Fuel Consumption?

The answer is, quite simply, yes. There’s a direct correlation between the type and number of coats of paint covering an aircraft and both its weight and aerodynamics — and therefore, of course, its fuel consumption. This, in turn, has an impact on the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.…


Added by Iberia Airlines on April 27, 2015 at 7:24pm — No Comments

River rafting, Aquadream Water Park and a Village Tour in Marmaris, Turkey

Marmaris is a small but popular tourist destination in Turkey which offers something for everyone. Right from Marmaris boat tours to long full day Marmaris excursions , there are plenty of things to do which will make a vacation in Marmaris exciting and memorable for everyone.…


Added by Deepak Patel on April 26, 2015 at 10:25am — No Comments

Memories of Family Vacations

 Do you remember going on family vacations when you were a kid?

   It's funny how I can't remember where I put my keys or my phone or what I was supposed to pick up at the store (so when I arrive, I just stand…


Added by Voyages Groupe Ideal on April 25, 2015 at 3:46pm — No Comments

Where Do Unemployed Elephants Find Work?

At one time there were more than 100,000 elephants in Thailand, mainly working in the timber business. In 1989, the worst flooding in the Thai history caused the death of thousands of people. The flood was a direct result of excessive timber harvesting. To protect the rapidly diminishing forests, the Thai government…


Added by Sandra & John Scott on April 24, 2015 at 7:00pm — No Comments

A Morning Walk in London's Hyde Park

I walked 
through the park on a sunny but cold day of February, having in mind to take a few pictures. Despite the early of the hour, the park was full of life with local walkers as well as tourists.…


Added by Maria Athanassopoulou on April 23, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Here Be Dragons (& Books & Roses): St. George's Day in Catalonia

During the time I lived in and have since visited Catalonia, this for me is one of the region's most charming traditions. April 23, 2015 might seem like just another Thursday, but in one special corner of the world, Catalonia, the…

Added by David Paul Appell on April 22, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Two Hidden Beach Paradises on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast

I’ve been to a lot of beaches in Costa Rica. Most of them I like, some of them I don’t. Then there are others that are so off the charts in fabulousness that I nearly don’t want to tell anyone about them.


All right, I’ll tell you. I’ve discovered a hidden gem. A place I…


Added by Shannon Farley on April 21, 2015 at 2:25pm — No Comments

The Economics of Event Planning

Each year nations around the world compete for major events.  These events can range from sporting events to political events, from major conventions to religious festivals.  In all cases, and despite their different themes, these events are judged not only be the quality of the event but also by the events economic success or failure.  No matter what we call the event or what its purpose may be, on some level events are a business and the locale that…


Added by Peter Tarlow on April 20, 2015 at 3:55pm — No Comments

Bulgaria Rises on the Travel Radar

 is in vogue! And it's no surprise. This extraordinary country has plenty to offer travelers while still being able brag about not being inundated with mass tourism. Bulgaria has much more than you might imagine; beaches and resorts by the Black Sea, the lovely Sunny Beach, museums, churches and orthodox monasteries, vibrant…


Added by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts on April 19, 2015 at 1:04pm — No Comments

Back to the Heights of Machu Picchu

When I read not long ago that Peru‘s legendary Andean site Machu Picchu had made the top of TripAdvisor‘s annual “Traveler’s Choice” list of most prominent world landmarks, I certainly wasn’t surprised (though admittedly, the list was more than a little weird in some ways – number two was some mosque in Abu Dhabi, while the Parthenon and the Pyramid of Giza didn’t even crack the top ten).…


Added by José Balido on April 18, 2015 at 9:21am — No Comments

An Inflight Turbulence Primer

by VadeAviones.com

At one point or another we’ve all experienced bumpy patches during a flight, and whether we’re nervous flyers or not, few of us enjoy it.

So what exactly is air turbulence, technically speaking? Wind, of course, is the movement of air particles in greater or…


Added by Iberia Airlines on April 16, 2015 at 6:36am — 1 Comment

3 Great Parks of Porto, Portugal

Gardens and parks offer great relaxation both for mind and eyes, and the lovely city of Porto in northern Portugal has them in spades. Four of the top choices: 

Jardim de António Calém …


Added by Dilfadipatappi on April 15, 2015 at 7:33pm — No Comments

Birdwatching at Northern Greece's Kerkini Lake

Located in the prefecture of Serres, not far from Thessaloniki, Lake Kerkini truly captivates visitors, despite the fact that it is an artificial reservoir, as today it's become a very important wetland of Greece, giving shelter to many seldom seen aquatic bird species. We had the chance to make the tour of the lake, one of the country's…


Added by Maria Athanassopoulou on April 13, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Top Coffee Destinations in the Americas

Java hounds sniffing after both a copacetic cuppa and the chance to experience key aspects of history, culture, and ecology relating to coffee in several Latin American countries have the opportunity to have it all in a number of regions which have facilities that receive visitors, from small organic farms all…


Added by David Paul Appell on April 12, 2015 at 2:04pm — 4 Comments

5 Things to Know About Nosara, on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast

Like all travelers, when you plan a vacation to an unfamiliar location, you want to have an idea of what to expect. TripAdvisor is a great resource for getting insider information about a place from guests who have been there.


Here are 5 great travel tips for your…


Added by Shannon Farley on April 11, 2015 at 9:41pm — No Comments

Lake Placid, New York's Prime Whiteface Lodge

Nestled in the heart of 6-million-acre Adirondack Park yet within walking distance to downtown Lake Placid, Whiteface Lodge looks remarkably historic for being built in 2005. Massive timbers still in the shape of tree trunks stand as support pillars buttressed by open wood beam framing. Much of this wood was milled on site with…


Added by Steve Mirsky on April 10, 2015 at 1:33pm — No Comments

Northeast Brazil's Best Beaches

The northeast of Brazil is where some of the best beaches on the Atlantic are located. In general, they are beaches surrounded by palm trees; calm, crystal waters; and fine sand. Just for you, we have put together a selection of what are probably the best in this zone.

Praia do Francês, Alagoas: Close…


Added by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts on April 9, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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