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Masirah Island in Oman Kiters and Windsurfers Paradise

The island of Masirah located in south-east region of Oman is a real tranquil haven of calm with a gentle Indian Ocean sea breeze blowing through it. It is Oman’s largest island with 12,000 inhabitants, breathtaking beaches, flat water and waves.
Masirah island is popular among the kite surfing enthusiasts, and best time to visit this place is between May- September due to the area’s outstanding winds. While the mainland of Oman heats up to 55 degrees during this time of the year, monsoons in Masirah island keeps the temperatures pleasant between 24 and 38 degrees.
The natural environment is unspoilt; and you can see flamingos and loggerhead sea turtles side by side. Access to Masirah Island is by a short ferry trip from Shannah, 5 hour drive from Muscat. Kite boarding Oman is a registered kite boarding facility at Masirah and operates a Bedouin camp and a kite station directly on the beach.
Also, accommodation near the island is available for every budget.

 Frankfurt, the Shopping Metropolis on River Main

Lovers of fashion and design are guaranteed to feel right at home in Frankfurt. Here, it’s not just about filling your shopping bags; it’s also about the exciting interplay between fashion and design, both of the past and of the future.
In November 2017, for example, the Museum of Applied Arts will be presenting the first-ever exhibition to highlight the work of the famous German designer, Jil Sander. Two months prior, on 08th September, to be exact, the Style Award will be presented to up-and-coming fashion designers in Frankfurt. Shopping fans and fashionistas, meanwhile, will find Frankfurt to be a truly first-class shopping destination. The wide range of department stores, retail chains, independent shops and boutiques has something for every taste and every pocketbook. Be it stylish, elegant, individual or handmade, Frankfurt offers visitors a colourful variety of shopping opportunities.
Goethestraße, with its array of chic boutiques, is known to be Frankfurt’s absolute hotspot for luxury goods. From Armani and Chanel to Versace and Vuitton, all of the world’s most famous designers are represented on this swanky cobblestone street with their own boutiques. The new and exclusive ma’ro office and retail complex in the opera district is equally posh, offering premium shopping and haute cuisine. One Goetheplaza, a building ensemble designed by the Frankfurt architect, Christoph Mäkler, is another luxurious shopping destination. It serves as the geographical entry point to Goethestraße, Frankfurt’s luxury shopping mile.
Conveniently situated in the heart of downtown Frankfurt, the Zeil promenade is Germany’s most profitable shopping street. This pedestrian zone attracts nearly half a million visitors every day. Here, shoppers will find the latest fashion trends and the most important must-haves, from casually chic to sporty and elegant. Aside from the many established brand names and retail chains, the Zeil is also home to one of the very few Karl Lagerfeld flagship stores.

Tips for A Responsible Traveller

" We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is
no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our
eyes open." Jawaharlal Nehru

The majestic Pyramids of Egypt

  Shopping for handicrafts promotes rural economy
  Traveller taking a photo of Sydney Harbour Bridge
  Protect the environment

Navigating the mighty Mekong River in a slow boat. Savouring the authentic cuisine of a street vendor in Morocco. Reflecting on life’s mysteries amid the ancient burial grounds of Angkor. The diversity of our world unites us, and gives us the chance to explore, engage and experience the best that local culture and communities have to offer.
Respecting our world and all that makes us different and unique will enhance your travel experience. Whether your travels take you to a tropical beach, a bustling city or a tranquil village, you will gain more from your travel experience and earn the respect of the host communities.
Following these practical steps will make your travels as rewarding and gratifying as possible for you, for the people you meet, and for the places you visit.

Research your destination to learn about local customs, traditions and social conditions. It’s a great way to build understanding of the local community and excitement for your adventure ahead. Learn to speak a few words in the local language.
This can help you connect with the local community and its people in a more meaningful way. Experience and respect all that makes an international destination different and unique, from its history, architecture, religion, dress and communication codes, to its music, art and cuisine. Always ask before taking photographs of other people as their privacy matter as much as yours.

Reduce your environmental impact by being a guardian of natural resources, especially forests and wetlands. Respect wildlife and their natural habitats. Purchase products that aren’t made using endangered plants or animals. In protected areas, access only the places open to visitors. Reduce your water and energy consumption whenever possible. Leave only a minimum footprint and a good impression behind.

Buy locally-made handcrafts and products. Respect livelihoods of local vendors and artisans by paying a fair price. Do not buy counterfeit products or items that are prohibited by national/international regulations. Hire local guides within-depth knowledge of the area.

Take appropriate health and safety precautions prior and during your trip. Know how to access medical care or contact your embassy in case of and emergency. Research well before engaging into voluntarism. Choose tourism operators with environmental policies and community projects in place.

Observe national laws and regulations. Respect human rights and protect children from exploitation. Abusing children is a crime. Refrain from giving money to begging children and support projects instead.
Take photos instead of protected cultural artefacts as mementos of your trip. Provide honest travel reviews up on your return and promote your positive experiences.
The Tips for a Responsible Traveller were developed by the World Committee on Tourism Ethics and are based on the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism.

Get Up Close to the Great Irish Writers

  Bizarre Bloomsday Brunch
  Bloomsday in Dublin

Ireland is the home of an array of towering figures in world of literature, so it is little wonder the island of Ireland is a place of pilgrimage for lovers of language.
With four Nobel laureates (Shaw, Yeats, Beckett and Heaney) and many other world-renowned literary figures including Joyce, Wilde, Swift, Kavanagh, O’Casey, Enright, O’Brien and O’Connor, Ireland boasts one of the world’s greatest literary heritages. Across the island their legacy can be enjoyed not only in bookshops and great libraries, but in a plethora of festivals, museums, theatres, visual arts and even pub crawls.
Dublin is the place to start. It’s a UNESCO World City of Literature with a thriving cultural scene a host of literary attractions and a dozen literary-themed festivals every year. On a stroll around the city visitors will encounter statues to Oscar Wilde, Brendan Behan, Patrick Kavanagh, George Bernard Shaw and James Joyce.
The Dublin Writers Museum presents the opportunity to delve further into their lives and genius with exhibits of their books, letters, portraits and personal items as well as lunchtime theatre and readings.
Aficionados of Joyce should visit the James Joyce Cultural Centre and make a date in their diary for 16 June, when Bloomsday bursts upon the city in a celebration of the novelist’s life and work. For a light-hearted literary experience sign up for Dublin’s famous literary pub crawl led by two actors who perform scenes from the works of some of Ireland’s greatest playwrights.
The Chester Beatty Library is another definite must-see. It has been described as “the finest collection of manuscripts and books made by a private collector in the twentieth century.”
Many other places on the island also celebrate their literary heroes. Northern Ireland honours one of the world’s favourite poets, Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney, in the recently opened Heaney HomePlace in Bellaghy, County Londonderry. The HomePlace takes visitors on a journey through the poet’s life, his experiences and the people who inspired his writing, and features audio recordings of Heaney reading his work. Literary fans couldn’t forget that County Sligo is Yeats country. The acclaimed poet spent much of his childhood there and is buried, as he famously wrote, “Under bare Ben Bulben's head” in Drumcliff churchyard.

Unique MICE Locations One Can Explore in Japan

  Nijo-Jo Castle – Kyoto
  Moerenuma Park, Hokkaido

Japan is the ideal location for international conferences and incentive tours with its highly-developed infrastructure, world-class venues and excellent facilities, wide variety of accommodations, wealth of tourist attractions and superb level of hospitality, safety, cleanliness and above all, professionalism. Japan offers a wide variety of venues and activities for the MICE traveler. From high-quality hotel venues to unique ones like MICE venues at the Tokyo National Museum, Nijo Castle in Kyoto, Atake-Maru Tokyo Bay Cruise & Entertainment, the Osaka Aquarium to name a few. The most popular cities for MICE amongst Indians are Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Yokohama and Mount Fuji. Aside from cutting edge facilities, there are one-of-a-kind Japanese venues, where you can plan holding international meetings and events at. Below listed are a few of them.

Nijo-Jo Castle – Kyoto

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Nijo-jo Castle is a venue apt for events where one can take full advantage of its historic value and the great national treasures held there. A delightful experince is guaranteed for guests as they experience the incredible history and special atmosphere of this very special unique venue.
Moerenuma Park, Hokkaido

Isamu Noguchi, a world-famous artist, developed the conceptual design of this park. There are 15 buildings on the premises which include the 32m-high Glass Pyramid, the symbol of the park. The beauty of the pyramid changes with time, during the day it is full of sunlight and in the evenings the building is illuminated. There are meeting rooms available equipped with audiovisual devices, and exhibition and workshop spaces.

Glover Garden, Nagasaki

A famous sightseeing spot nationwide, Glover Garden can be rented out after closing where one can host social gatherings. If the weather gods play havoc, one need not worry as the venue can be changed to either a traditional art gallery within the park or a hotel in the city.

Perfect Reflections on New Zealand’s Most Beautiful Lakes

  Pinders Pond
  Lake Tekapo
New Zealand is blessed with so many extraordinary landscapes, none more stunning than its prolific lakes. Whether you’re seeking somewhere to sit and reflect in nature’s beauty, or to take an incredible mirror-image snap, here are 10 unmissable locations.

Lake Benmore

Even though it’s man-made (the largest man-made lake in New Zealand, in fact), the mineral blue of Lake Benmore in South Island is a natural wonder. Take a leisurely walk around the Benmore Peninsula track for a stunning overview of the lake’s islands, neighbouring mountains and surrounding forest. There’s also good boating and fishing.
Lake Dunstan
Set by the town of Cromwell, just an hour from the famed ski resort of Queenstown, Lake Dunstan is the perfect place to enjoy the best of Central Otago, including its renowned pinot noir wines. The Cromwell Heritage Precinct, on Lake Dunstan’s edge, is where the town’s history as a gold-mining centre is kept alive with heritage buildings and handcrafted industry.

Lake Rotoiti
In Nelson Lakes National Park Lake Rotoiti is surrounded by beech forest and overlooked by Mt Robert. Tramping tracks run around the lake and hikers should keep an eye and ear out for a glimpse or the song of the tūī and bellbird. Nearby Mt Robert Ski Field is a great club ski area for mountain goers in the winter months.

Lake Tekapo
While the New Zealand locals know just how special their lakes are, Lake Tekapo is recognised as an International Dark Sky Reserve, which means it’s one of the best places in the world for stargazing. Just three hours from Christchurch on the South Island, it’s also a daytime playground with an ice-skating rink on its turquoise shores from April to September, winter snow tubes, a water slide in summer and hot alpine tubs and pools.

Mount Cook National Park / Sealy Tarns
Not one for the faint-hearted or underprepared, Sealy Tarns Track offers unmatched views of New Zealand’s highest peak, Aoraki Mount Cook, as well as both Hooker and Mueller glaciers and their respective glacial lakes. It’s a tough one-day walk so consider staying at Mueller Hut and giving yourself a couple of days to really appreciate the tarns (small mountain pools) dotting the track.

Mavora Lakes
Set in the wild landscape of Southland’s jagged mountain peaks and tussock grassland slopes, Mavora Lakes are not only recognisable as a location for the Lord of the Rings trilogy but also as a place for boating, mountain-biking, fishing, camping and tramping. Embark on a day walk or, if you’re feeling fit, try the four-day trek along the Mavora-Greenstone Walkway.

Pinders Pond
The Teviot Valley in the South Island’s Central Otago region is where floods of prospectors came in the 1860s in search of gold. You can still see old mining equipment at Pinders Pond, which is part of the Clutha Gold Trail, a two-day cycle route that snakes along the Clutha Mata-au River. Information panels along the way also allow you to uncover the area’s Māori moa hunting and European farming history.

Pouakai Circuit Tarns
Soaring over the remarkable black-sand beaches of the North Island’s west coast (as well as its impressive surf), Mount Taranaki is a picture-perfect volcanic cone.

Canada’s New Tourism Vision Unveiled

  Bardish Chagger
Canada's Minister of Small Business and Tourism

Canada is competing to be a top destination in the global tourism sector. Making sure that more international tourists choose Canada will mean more jobs for Canadian youth and a boost for small businesses in every region of the country.
The past year was a record one for Canadian tourism, and with Canada’s New Tourism Vision the Government of Canada has a clear plan to build on this success, continue growing the tourism sector and create jobs for many years to come. This was the message delivered by the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, during her unveiling of Canada’s New Tourism Vision in a keynote luncheon speech at Rendez-vous Canada.
The New Tourism Vision commits to taking action on 20 priority issues. Specifically, the plan will invest in stronger and more sustained marketing, address issues related to travelling to and within the country, and support Canadian tourism businesses and operators as they work to upgrade their offerings with new, innovative products and services.
Minister Chagger also launched a website to showcase Canada’s New Tourism Vision, providing Canadian tourism businesses and operators with up-to-date information on Canadian tourism. This action supports three of the vision’s commitments:
• Increasing the number of international tourists to Canada by 30 percent by 2021.
• Doubling the number of Chinese visitors by the same year.
• Positioning Canada to compete for a top 10 destination ranking by 2025.

Tourism New Zealand comes to New Delhi with Kiwi Link India 2017

  Steven Dixon
Regional Manager - South and South East Asia at Tourism New Zealand

Tourism New Zealand’s annual travel trade event, Kiwi Link India, is scheduled to take place from July 12th to July 14th, 2017 in the country’s national capital, New Delhi.
The event serves as a platform for Indian travel agents, product managers and planners to interact with New Zealand operators and understand the new developments and market insights in the tourism sector. It will be comprised of two full day workshops followed by a frontline training session for travel agents.
Kiwi Link India 2017 will see participation from 35 tourism operators from New Zealand, four airlines, Immigration New Zealand and Indian delegates from 42 companies. Tourism New Zealand will also be hosting key buyers from around India in New Delhi for the first two days of the event.
During the event Tourism New Zealand will be introducing the new, improved version of the 100% Pure New Zealand Specialist Programme. The programme features a Gold, Silver and Bronze tier structure, and will provide benefits and incentives for members of each tier such as: access to in-market training webinars and events; Tourism New Zealand’s Explore New Zealand Discount Programme; and 100% Pure New Zealand Specialist branded items.
The revised trade training programme will make it simpler for travel sellers to become New Zealand experts. It will enhance their knowledge of New Zealand through online and in- person training and provide an opportunity to potentially increase their sales and referrals. Their details will be listed on Tourism New Zealand’s website, further adding to their credibility.
Speaking about the event, Steven Dixon, Tourism New Zealand’s Regional Manager-South and South East Asia, said: “Kiwi Link India is one of Tourism New Zealand’s biggest trade shows and is very important to us as India continues to be a priority emerging market. The event serves as an ideal platform for us to strengthen relations with our stakeholders in the Indian travel trade.”

Survey Reveals Dubai, UK and Singapore are the Top
Vegetarian-Friendly Destinations for Indians

As per the latest Survey on 'Top Vegetarian-Friendly Destinations and Preferences of Indian Vegetarian Outbound Travellers', Dubai, the United Kingdom and Singapore have topped the list of most preferred Vegetarian-Friendly destinations for Indian Vegetarian Travellers. Other destinations preferred for holidaying are USA, Switzerland, Malaysia, Israel, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand. Thanks to an increase in the number of Vegetarian and Indian Restaurants and growing Indian population here, these destinations are becoming the top choices for Indian Vegetarian Travellers.
The survey also revealed that Cuisine is the most important factor while finalizing a holiday. A whopping 70% of the vegetarian travellers choose their destination based on accessibility to vegetarian food. Whereas, 30% of the travellers would scout for a vegetarian restaurant after they have chosen a destination.
Assurance of a vegetarian meal drives type of tour and accommodation to be chosen. 71% of the vegetarian travellers chose Vegetarian Tours over Cosmopolitan Tours, the reason being the availability of vegetarian meals. Hotels with vegetarian restaurants are preferred by 53% of the vegetarian travellers, whereas only 20% will be fine with a multi cuisine restaurant.
The survey also reveals that 85% of the younger generation between the age group of 20-45 are open to Cosmopolitan Tours where they are served veg food, whereas majority of the travellers from the age group of 46-65 years would necessarily opt for a group tour that assures vegetarian food.
The survey was conducted from January to March 2017 with a sample size of 5000 respondents with age groups ranging from 20- 65 years through our offices.
Sharing insights on the survey released Karan Anand, head, relationships, Cox & Kings said, "The demand for vegetarian outbound tours is mainly coming from Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu. Major share of demand for Cox & Kings' Vegetarian tours comes from these states"
Another interesting finding show how the length of a vacation is influenced by the type of cuisine available and the destination itself. On a shorter trip (lesser than 5 days), 77% of the vegetarian travellers would carry ready-to-eat pre-packaged food like Noodles, Upma etc. However, they would necessarily select a vegetarian-friendly destination if they have decided to go on a longer vacation (more than 5 days).
The most preferred restaurant remains one with a separate dining/kitchen area for vegetarian food. The survey also points out that 76% of the vegetarian travellers from the age group of 46-65 years insist demarcation be done within the restaurants. However, 68% of the younger travellers are fine with a multi-cuisine restaurant with no separate dining area.
Travel Agent's advice emerges as the most reliable one with 57% of the respondents saying they will check with their agent while deciding on a vegetarian restaurant/destination.