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Vancouver: Countdown to 2010 Winter Games begins

The 2010 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXI Olympic Winter Games, are the next Winter Olympics, scheduled to be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 2010.
The pre-Olympics build-up adds to the buzz of Vancouver, which is a vibrant and exciting destination.
The official countdown clock outside The Vancouver Art Gallery works tallies the seconds, minutes, hours and days until the 2010 Winter Games. The clock was unveiled on February 12.The clock is a striking reminder that the 17-day celebration of sports is fast impending.


Tourist kidnapping puts Ethiopia in the limelight

Northeastern Ethiopia is a spectacular yet barren expanse of volcanoes and ancient salt mines where bandits and rebels operate.

This out worldly landscape attracts only aid workers and adventure travelers who are willing to travel even with armed guards to see geographical wonders like the Danakil Depression. However the mysterious kidnapping of five Europeans and eight locals has put the international spotlight on this region now.


Do you want to own an island in Maldives?

Have you ever traveled somewhere where there were no high-rise buildings, no tourists and no billboards?
Admit it. There are times when you wish you could get away from daily chores, envisioning sparkling clear water, in every imaginable shade from sea foam green to cobalt blue. Imagine how your body relaxes as all your tension and worries drift away like a song on the gentle island breeze. On top of that, if the island is specifically owned by you… won’t that be great, an awesome experience! Yes, you can become the proud owner of an island.


World's biggest tourism fiesta opens in Berlin

The ITB, world’s biggest tourism fair gave excellent news to travel agents on Wednesday. India will be the glare of publicity as it is the ‘partner country’ of this year. This year’s fete, scheduled from March 7-11, has made an incredible record of the number of companies participating from 184 nations, i.e. 11,000.
President of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) says,
Entries from the world over have gone above 20 % in the last three years to 842 million. And moreover, the organizations have produced an annual-ballpark-figure-rise of about 4%, which will be common.


High-end health resorts to help you lose weight in luxury

As a solution to your weight losing problem many high-end health resorts have come up with qualitative treatments with the focus on hostilic trinity of mind, body and spirit.
The range offered by the health resorts runs the gamut from thalassotherapy and mud baths to Merlot wraps and electro-stimulation.
High-end health resorts:
St.Lucia’s Le Sport Resort, where you can learn the principles of funky dance. At Geneva’s Clinique La Prairie, you can lose excess fat from the specific area of your body by cosmetic surgical procedure


In Photos: Playgrounds of the billionaires

The rich and super rich are lucky people and have good number of options to go for rest and relaxation. There are several islands and remote retreats owned by billionaires and millionaires. Necker Island/Moskito Island Billionaire Resident: Richard Branson St. Barts Billionaire Residents/Visitors: Ron Perelman, Barry Diller. South Africa Billionaire Residents/Visitors: Oprah Winfrey, Richard Branson


Rwanda shines at the Berlin Internationale Tourismus Borse

The Berlin Internationale Tourismus Borse (ITB) that was held at the Berlin Exhibition Grounds from the 7th to 11th of March saw Rwanda outshine the other African countries to win the title of the “Best Tourism Exhibitor”. The world’s leading show which is a matter of pride for the travel industry attracted a huge number of travel and tour companies looking out for good holiday package deals. The show was a huge success and for Rwanda which was participating for the 7th time and won the 2nd place last year it was a joyous occasion.


The Tachila Nature Reserve gets its name

The nature reserve that is proposed to be set up in Francistown has finally got its name – “Tachila Nature Reserve”. The name was decided after a voting process, choosing from the names received for the contest. There were a huge number of entries for the naming contest that was announced, and the lucky winner who won a “trip for two to Planet Baobab Safari Camp” was declared as Jocasta Bobeng.


QE2 to be finally anchored as a floating hotel in Dubai

Dubai is spending billions of dollars in, tourist attractions and has bought QE2 cruise ship from Cunard Line for $100 million. The Queen Elizabeth 2 will continue her planned cruising itinerary until November 2008. It is being permanently moored off the Palm resort development on the coast of Dubai.


In Photos: Spring breaker-free beaches

The Phoenician Las Casitas Village Calliaqua Villa Amanecer de los Sueños The Ritz-Carlton Jamaica Inn The Cove Atlantis Casa Triton
Source: MSNBC



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