More and more official residences belonging to world leaders are opening their doors to tourists. For the world leaders, it's a great way to lift the building's world heritage status and show people one of their country's architectural treasures. For tourists, it's a great opportunity to explore an iconic national building first-hand, and for many, has become a key attraction to check out when visiting a country. Tourism Review introduces a list of seven world leader residences around the globe available for tourists.
In the minds of most tourists, the image of the national park can be quite stereotypical; North Americans will undoubtedly think of their own, vast green spaces and the natural wonders left to them by past generations, such as Yellowstone, while others will automatically think of the great wildernesses and safari parks of deep Africa. What about South America? This wild continent, famous for the Amazon rainforest of course, also has some incredible and diverse parks to enjoy and here are five of the best.
With the first annual China Xi'an Silk Road International Tourism Expo on the way, Organized by the Shaanxi Provincial Tourism Administration and will be held from 19 to 21 September at the Qujiang International Conference & Exhibition Centre, more eyes are focusing on this historical route in 2014 as traders, tourism agencies and travellers all reconsider the cultural significance and potential of the area.
It is crucial for any tourism business, be they hotel, travel agency or airline, to keep up with trends in spending and technology in order to stay ahead of the competition and retain their evolving consumer base. A survey was recently carried out on travel agencies and professionals within the industry to get their opinions on the changing trends within travel, consumer expectations and bookings, the impact that they are having on their sectors and the adaptations that need to be made as a result. Here are seven of the most important trends and their likely effects.
With a diverse history influenced by a litany of different cultures and civilisations, there are endless discoveries to make throughout some of the grand old cities of Europe. The grandiose spectacle of Bavaria contrasted with the timeless beauty of renaissance Florence signifies the changing, vibrant tapestry that makes up the continent. Here are seven of the top cruise tours to be taken to discover the majesty of old Europe.
There is no need to promote the wonders of central Paris to foreign or domestic tourists, not when visitors numbers continue to amaze and earn the city the title of most popular destination in the world; there is, however, a good case for promoting those forgotten gems on the outskirts of the city. There are cultural heritage sites that mean so much to the history of the nation but are easily overshadowed by the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Notre-Dame Cathedral and other big draws, many of which were undoubtedly seen by the 32.3 million visiting for 2013's City Of Light. Here, Tourism Review hopes to shine a light on the top five heritage sites outside of Paris to showcase the beauty and history beyond the city limits.
An African safari can be enjoyed in almost any corner of the continent with different perks on offer, from Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls to South Africa's boutique reserves and the big cats of Kenya. The reason why Tanzania is seen is one of the best African countries for a safari is because there are so many different packages to enjoy within its fifteen parks – such as tracking, specialized wildlife tours, boat rides, mountaineering, walking tours and hot air balloon rides – and there is a park to suit all kinds of visitors. The following examples showcase the five best parks for those with a taste for adventure, wildlife enthusiasts with either a desire to expand their knowledge or see rare spectacles, anthropologists keen on the other side of Tanzanian safari and first timers wanting to see as much as possible.
Whether you see yourself as a budding historian, an artist looking for inspiration or simply a keen tourist looking to learn, it can really be worthwhile adding a trip to a local castle to your holiday itinerary the next time you are travelling in Europe. Seeing iconic castles for real, instead of just in photographs, can help to bring local and national history to life and highlight the building's unique quality. Every castle has its own personal charm, a little quirk regarding its former purpose or owner or an unusual aesthetic aspect that makes a top attraction, and the following ten European residences and fortifications are perfect examples of unique, must-see castles.
A TripAdvisor review is not just seen as a helpful tool, it is often heavily relied upon by many travellers choosing between hotels, attractions and other businesses that are lucky enough – or in many cases unlucky enough – to receive an entry. The problem is that these reviews can be easily misinterpreted, because of the purpose behind them, and they aren't always designed to be helpful.
When Western tourists travel to China, they often do so because of the country's ancient history and the many cultural experiences that will await them but it seems that the differences between the East and West extend even further into our attitudes to tourism and the expectations of a holiday. Chinese travellers are heading abroad more readily than before and, while doing so, are exhibiting some noticeable trends and dispelling a few misconceptions. The following five examples show interesting contrasts in the desires and level of preparation behind Western and Chinese holidays as well as the style of the trip chosen and spending habits.