What are the tourism trends in 2017?

In January begins the general orientation on the next holiday trips. Fairs help choose, trend watchers look in their crystal ball.

Just about any travel magazine and every holiday site sins on their crystal ball look: what destinations are hot in the New Year, the most attention the list of Lonely Planet, which publishes an annual top 10 countries list, cities and regions.

The top 10 countries

1/ Canada. The country exist 150 years. More importantly, it is full of natural beauty and friendly people.

2/ Colombia. Hooray, it is peace and everyone is welcome.

3 / Finland. Another anniversary. The 100th anniversary is celebrated with exhibitions, cooking feasts and, yes, sauna evenings.

4/ Dominica, Go before it’s too late: the ‘last unspoiled Caribbean island’ come in 2018 the first resorts.

5/ Nepal. Earthquakes have quite thrown back the country. Every tourist who comes, indirectly helping in the reconstruction efforts.

6/ Bermuda. Pink beaches appeal to the imagination, like the fact that the America’s Cup sailing race calling the British island in June.

7/ Mongolia. A new airport, better infrastructure and new hotels: Mongolia is gradually Tourism proof.

8/ Oman. Trump Arabia is becoming more accessible thanks to new hotels and attractions. Eye-catcher is the Musandam peninsula, with fjord-like inlets.

9/ Myanmar. The mysterious land of Southeast Asia has more temples than flats. Upcoming travel destination.

10/ Ethiopia. Exotic, overwhelming and now more accessible thanks to new flight connections.

 

China approved New Panda area in Rhenen Zoo

RHENEN – The future stay for the two giant pandas the getting Ouwehand Zoo in Rhenen, is approved. Wednesday, has a delegation of Chinese panda experts given the green light, the Rhenen Zoo announced.

The approval means that the journey of Wu Xing and Ya Wen now can be arranged. Ouwehands expects the special animals around Easter.

Wu Wen (the female) and Xing Ya (male) remain in Rhenen fifteen years. The zoo is paying a million dollars a year to China, that the money used for panda protection there. Panda comes only in China in the wild and be heavily protected.

 

Miss Universe Thailand stuns in barong Tagalog

MANILA – The representative of Thailand in the 65th Miss Universe pageant arrived in Manila on Tuesday evening wearing a stylish barong Tagalog outfit, a kind of traditional Filipino clothing.

Chalita Suansane took to social media to share photos of her in a modern barong Tagalog top decorated with a simple black belt, and white bell bottom pants.

“Safe and sound. Sawasdee ka & Mabuhay,” the 22-year-old Thai beauty queen wrote in the caption of one photo.

Suansane also shared a short video greeting of her on Facebook. “”Mabuhay, Philippines. I am Chalita Suansane para sa Miss Universe pageant. Maraming salamat po!” she said.

Two days before her flight to Manila, Suansane posted a photo of her with her 11 suitcases with the caption “Are you ready?”

Suansane is vying for the coveted Miss Universe crown set to be passed on by outgoing titleholder Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of the Philippines on Jan. 30 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. YG/CDG

Source: TheNation

Phnom Penh – The Bridge project tops out ahead of schedule

After more than two years under construction, Oxley-WorldBridge’s much-anticipated mixed-use development has achieved the topping out milestone.

The successful topping out of The Bridge project, which involves the structure of the building reaching the highest point, was achieved on December 18, 2016, and was formally celebrated at a ceremony yesterday afternoon.

WorldBridge chairman Sear Rithy proudly said the topping out milestone of the project’s twin towers makes the development the tallest building near the Chaktomuk riverbank in the heart of Phnom Penh city, stretching 160 metres into the sky.

“We have good news to tell customers and the general masses,” Rithy said.

“The Bridge project, the first project for Oxley WorldBridge, was completed up to the forty-fifth storey successfully.”

Rithy added that The Bridge project, a joint venture between Singapore’s Oxley Holdings and WorldBridge Land, was among a select few property projects in Cambodia being developed according to schedule.

It’s expected that the decorating, fit out and equipping of units will begin early this year as planned, in time for ownership handover in “2018 or earlier”, Rithy said.

The Bridge development, which began construction in mid-2014 at a cost of more than $300 million, is a luxury condominium development which also boasts grade A offices and includes a 5-storey shopping mall.

According to Rithy, all the 746 condo units have been sold to buyers.

Living in condominiums is the epitome of modern living and The Bridge achieves just that, incorporating luxury and convenience. Most of the units in The Bridge complex offer river views and spectacular sights of the city.

In Cambodia, some major real estate projects have slowed down construction amid financial setbacks and market concerns. When asked what the joint venture’s key to successes was with The Bridge, Rithy said it was due to a great team of experts.

“My company is a developer company, we are not able to build this ourselves, but we have a team of experts who review and monitor the process to build it properly,” he said.

“In addition, we are grateful to the company Sino Great Wall, a professional and trusted partner, for our achievement on The Bridge project.”

Source: PhnomPenhPost

Football – Transfer Talk

Transfer Talk! The transfer market is open since January 1st.

Everton and Manchester United agree about Schneiderlin

Bramall joins Arsenal

Olympique Lyon angling to Memphis Depay

Sevilla hires Jovetic from Inter Milan

Bayern Munich defender Holger Badstuber (27) on loan to Schalke 04

Chelsea hires Isaiah Brown on Huddersfield Town

Be continued / follow

Enrique Iglesias to Cuba for new single

Enrique Iglesias has chosen Cuba as a destination for the filming of his new single Súbeme a la Radio.

Enrique is working on it with the reggae duo Zion & Lennox from Puerto Rican and Cuban singer Descemer Bueno. Enrique said this in a video on Twitter.

The artists take the accompanying music video on in Havana. Iglesias has worked with Descemer Bueno, for his single Bailando which came out in 2014.

The new single is the successor to the hit Duele el Corazón who took Enrique with Wisin. The Spanish singer has announced no album according to Billboard.

Star of Mariah Carey on Walk of Fame vandalized

The star of Mariah Carey on the Hollywood Walk of Fame defaced. The Los Angeles police on Sunday has included the declaration and commenced an investigation, reports TMZ.

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Mariah Carey‘s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was vandalized over the weekend … in a much more subtle way than Donald Trump‘s.

A rep for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce tells us … they called the LAPD Sunday and they gave cops a lead — someone on Instagram claimed responsibility.We’re told it cost $1,500 to restore the star. Hollywood Historic Trust has already had it cleaned up.

Cops are on the hunt. They’re pulling surveillance video. The investigation is for felony vandalism.

No word if James Otis has an alibi.

Bangkok – New mall ‘SHOW DC’ opens with durian room and shower for tourists

Another new shopping mall, SHOW DC, recently opened their doors near RCA. They hope to serve as the city’s tourist hub by offering basic facilities that all travelers need — such as a shower.

Located 30 minutes from Suvarnabhumi, SHOW DC will soon offer shuttle buses from the airport, Petchaburi MRT station and other attractions in the city. With its goal to become “Bangkok Tourist Terminal,” it offers a shower room, a courier service counter, a prayer room, a tourist police center, travel agents counters and a tourist information center with multi-language assistants.

Meanwhile, to please Thai travelers, its “K-District” on the first floor boasts the world’s biggest Koreatown with all things Korean such as street fashion, cosmetics, lifestyle products, groceries, cafes and restaurants owned by K-Pop artists. This is an attempt to give customers that they are shopping in one of Seoul’s shopping destinations like Myeong Dong.

For the first time in Thailand, Lotte Duty Free will also open at the mall, occupying two whole floors.

In the Thai Market, you will be able to find the best products from all regions of the country. There’s even a room for you to buy and eat durian so you don’t have to worry about the smell bothering other shoppers.

The mall is located on a 14-rai parcel (68,800 sq.m.) on Jaturatid Road, Huai Khwang. While some features have not opened yet, the mall will have its soft opening on Jan. 22.

Source: Coconuts.co

 

Tourist looks for safety

Nothing adventurous, risky and dangerous. The average vacationer chooses for security during his vacation this summer.

Vacationers find this summer a sense of security on their vacation is more important than ever.

Of all consumers say 60% consciously paying attention to safety aspects when choosing hotel and destination.

“That has never been so high,” says director Kees van der Most NBTC Nipo, who did with trendwatcher Cherry Laboratory research on the travel trends this season. The results are presented today at the ‘Holiday Fair’ in Utrecht / Netherlands

Large guarded all-inclusive resorts and parks are responding with more and more facilities and entertainment indoors.

“Tourists are also in need of familiar places, which are also safer in their perception. Even retro places like Benidorm are back “, also Italy, the former Yugoslavia and Portugal are in demand.

Attacks make tourists wary.

Thailand – Southern provinces brace for further heavy downpours and landslides today.

Southern provinces brace for further heavy downpours and landslides today.

There are fears that the expected worsening flooding could be exacerbated by landslides in at-risk areas.

The 11 provinces are Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Surat Thani, Phattthalung, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Trang. In Nakhon Si Thammarat yesterday, there was a landslide at the Thung Song-Ron Phibun section of Highway No 41, where motorists were forced to use one lane to transit the area.

Nakhon Si Thammarat International Airport also announced an additional suspension of services for today and tomorrow due to a flooded runway. Technicians are scheduled to inspect the runway and the airport’s electronics systems today.

Meanwhile, Lower Pak Phanang Irrigation Office director Kornnarom Wannakul said the Pak Phanang River basin was inundated with 1 billion cubic metres of floodwater, which would take up to 20 days to drain.

In Sichon district in Nakhon Si Thammarat, soldiers from the Fourth Special Warfare Camp yesterday trekked six kilometres to aid residents of Ban Huai Kaew (Moo 3), where about 50 homes were damaged by floodwaters and a bridge connecting the village to the outside world was destroyed.

In a separate assessment, Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation chief Chatchai Phromlert yesterday said since January 1 the Southern floods had already affected 958,602 residents in the 12 provinces of Phatthalung, Narathiwat, Yala, Songkhla, Pattani, Trang, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Chumphon, Ranong, Krabi and Prachuap Khiri Khan. Only in Yala had the situation been resolved, he added.

Along with the 21 reported death as of yesterday, two people were missing while five state offices, 218 road sections and 59 bridges were damaged, he said.

At Bang Saphan Hospital, officials erected sandbag barriers and installed water pumps. Although the hospital was not flooded, its surgery and childbirth services were suspended as equipment was removed as a precaution, while 30 critical patients out of the 100 being treated at the facility were moved to a six-storey building on the hospital grounds as a precaution.

As rain continued yesterday, three reservoirs in Bang Saphan were at capacity, while the area’s Anubal Bang Saphan School was closed.

In Krabi’s Muang district, which was hit by flash flooding on Sunday, floodwaters receded yesterday and the bodies of two drowned men were recovered.

Muang Krabi Municipality mayor Kiratisak Phukaoluan said 400 homes in the area had been damaged, mostly along Klong Krabi Yai, where the flooding was more extensive than that seen during the 2011 floods. His office has set up a flood-aid centre at Thesabal 1 Talad Kao School. Khao Phanom district reported that a 60-year-old woman was missing as a result of Sunday’s flooding.

A traffic policeman in Muang Krabi, Sgt-Major Kritthanapol Samranjit, was swept away by floodwaters at about 9.15pm on Sunday after he saved a child from drowning, but he was found alive tangled in a bamboo stand at about 2am yesterday. The exhausted policeman was rushed to Krabi Hospital and released later yesterday.

In Trang, whose six districts were declared flood-disaster zones affecting 50,000 people, various state offices continued to remain closed along with 25 schools including the 1,800-student Saparachinee 2 School that was under floodwaters of up to three metres deep.

Source: TheNation

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