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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 Jose Balido on April 18, 2015 at 9:21am — No Comments

Fiola Mare: Washington DC's Best Waterfront Restaurant

Where do you go in Washington DC for a special celebration to make memories with family and friends over food and wine?

My choice for my birthday this year was …

Added by Denis C Gagnon on April 17, 2015 at 8:13pm — No Comments

An Inflight Turbulence Primer


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…


Added by Iberia Airlines on April 16, 2015 at 6:36am — No Comments

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

Cajun Cooking, in Astoria, Queens, New York City: Sugarfreak

We had been wanting to try Sugarfreak since it opened a few months ago, but Jon's gluten allergy, and my intolerance to sugar kept us away. When I first glanced at the menu one day as I walked by it on 30th Ave, all I saw were po-boy and muffaletta sandwiches (hence, the gluten), and that name...well it scared me a little. Still, I was intrigued by…


Added by Searching for Sincerity on April 14, 2012 at 6:00pm — 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…


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 — 3 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…


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

Western New York's Chalet of Canandaigua: Woodsy Elegance Worthy of VIPs

When TV newscasters show two or three global leaders meeting in seclusion to talk peace, we are often impressed with the beautiful woodland surroundings the planners choose for such discussions. Well, we found a retreat these meeting handlers have missed, and the world leaders will be disappointed – however, you needn’t be.

It’s in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State…


Added by Page on April 8, 2015 at 8:07am — No Comments

Oy, Olé! Exploring Jewish Spain

The many-centuries-long saga of the Sephardim, the Jews of Sepharad (as they called the Iberian Peninsula) reaches back to Roman Hispania (and there are suggestions there might have been trade links dating back…


Added by Jose Balido on April 7, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

Yesterday and Today in Antigua, Guatemala

Picturesquely set amid volcanoes, Antigua may be antigua (old), but these days there’s always something new percolating along these cobblestone streets, alive with Guatemalans hawking their wares; local commerce; tourists from all over the world; North American kids in town to learn Spanish at the many…


Added by Iberia Airlines on April 6, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The Eco Side of Ethiopia

Ethiopia has so much to offer visitors: the Historic Route, covering the ancient town of Axum, with…


Added by Amran Ethiopia Tour and Travel on April 5, 2015 at 5:51pm — No Comments

How Will You Experience 'Experiential' Travel?

Nick - Peru with Local Ladies in Cuzco


If a picture is worth 1,000 words, what is an experience worth? The experiences of travel are what make one’s journey priceless. The memories of these experiences are what make travel last forever.

Perhaps this is because I have been to 85 countries, but when I travel, it’s no longer stunning sites that fuel my…


Added by Nicholas Kontis on April 4, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Hills & Seas Alive: California's Channel Islands National Park

I have been whale-watching a few times (always a joy) and visited Anacapa Island, but our recent Channel Islands Outfitter trip to Santa Cruz Island was one of the highlights of my travels. Kayaking in February may not have been the ideal month to choose, but we were well-prepared thanks to the helpful information on Channel Islands Outfitter’s website, including to dress warmly for the hour-long boat ride to Santa Cruz and to…


Added by Ventura County West on April 3, 2015 at 8:09pm — No Comments

'Semana Santa' (Easter Week) an Extravaganza in Spain

In Spain as in much of Europe, church attendance may have waned of late and society modernized in many of its attitudes, but culturally it's still one of Europe’s most Catholic countries — perhaps never more so than…


Added by David Paul Appell on April 2, 2015 at 10:47am — No Comments

10 Things *Not* to Expect on Costa Rica’s Southern Caribbean Coast

The two coastlines of Costa RicaCaribbean and Pacific – are about as opposite as you can get in landscape and lifestyle – kind of like New York and California.


Most tourists to Costa Rica head west to the Pacific-coast beaches. It is the adventurer looking…


Added by Shannon Farley on April 1, 2015 at 12:51pm — No Comments



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