Nowadays, designing a hotel is very much an unenviable task. With so much money at stake, let’s not forget that the hotel industry generates masses of cash worldwide, such a small margin for error and huge competition, the job can hardly be described as easy.
There are not many visitors to Amsterdam who skip the visit the Anne Frank house. Situated on the Prinsegracht near the centre of Amsterdam, the Anne Frank house gives us a reminder of the story of the Jewish girl who unsuccessfully hid from the Nazis during World War 2, eventually perishing in the Belsen concentration camp having suffered betrayal.
By June next year, the airline industry shall do its bit for the environment, itself and its customers by making one very simple step: disposing of the paper ticket system. Most passengers tend to keep hold of their paper tickets as souvenirs after some dream holiday or once-in-a-lifetime trip. However, as next year shall see the introduction of the electronic ticketing system, the paper ticket is set to become a collector’s item.
For lovers of castles and fortresses, Europe has a number of extremely attractive sites. However, Portugal can boast to be unique in this field and claim to offer castle-enthusiasts something unique. Unlike anywhere else in Europe, Portugal’s castles show a mixture of the combined influences of the Romans and the Moors. This is due to the fact that Portugal was a crossroads of these two cultures during the middle Ages, sandwiched between the hostile Moors in the South and the Romans, who invaded in 711 A.D.
Vietnam desperately needs more hotel rooms. The country has tried hard to become a wanted tourism spot and after it succeeded it lacks accommodation for tourists. The number of both inbound and outbound travelers has significantly increased and so has the hotel room prices. The fact is that hotel prices in some tourism facilities in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and in some other tourist centers have gone up by 100%.
More than half a million of foreign tourists is expected to visit Beijing during the 2008 Olympic Games from August 8 to 24. The majority of visitors will naturally be local people; some 2.58 million domestic visitors are expected to come to see the Games. Beijing already is the third most populous Chinese city (with some 15 million inhabitants) and the Olympics will make it even more crowded.
Dubai can offer plenty of delights to tourists. It is a great place for shopping as well as for spa going. In fact, the city competes spa-centric destinations as Las Vegas and Scottsdale. It is a really multicultural environment as in the Dubai emirate is inhabited by people of some 120 different nationalities. This multiculturalism is reflected in a wide offer of spa services and techniques.
The South Africa based Rovos Rail operates the most luxurious trains in the world. They offer passengers a unique experience – traveling by steam trains throughout Africa.
Certain destinations have been, on the basis of statistics, singled out to be the most dangerous for British people to visit. For differing reasons, Thailand, India, Australia and Greece figured prominently on the lists, although British representatives in Spain have revealed that the popular Mediterranean paradise is the most dangerous country of all for Brits to visit. This is, of course, due to the fact that 147 million Britons visit Spain every year and the figures related to death and injury are exacerbated.
What is the travel industry’s worst kept secret? It is that flying and dealing with airports is far from the best and most comfortable way to travel. Shouting children, long queuing, heavy baggage, delayed flights and overloaded trolleys are just a few of the problems. On a similar note, the U.S. bureau of transportation statistics recorded that there were an astonishing 728 071 delayed flights between January and May this year. This is far from impressive and more and more passengers are becoming angry at the unreliability of the airline industry. So what are the airline companies doing to combat such a lack of faith in their services?
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