Scottish visitor attractions record a bumper year | News

Scottish visitor attractions record a bumper year | News

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The Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions has announced that visits to its member sites rose dramatically in 2017, the fourth year running that an increase in numbers has been recorded. Analysis of statistics submitted by 232 of the organisation’s member sites for its annual ‘Visitor Trends Report’ confirms that over 30 million visits were made to those sites in Scotland in 2017, a rise of 9.7 per cent over 2016 figures.  The increase comes on top of a six per cent rise in 2016, which itself followed a 3.4 per cent rise in 2015, confirming once again that visitor attractions in Scotland are enjoying a period of sustained growth. The two top sites – The National Museum of Scotland and Edinburgh Castle – each attracted more than two million visits,…
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Levi to head up tourism portfolio at Empire State Development | News

Levi to head up tourism portfolio at Empire State Development | News

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Empire State Development has announced that Ross Levi has been promoted to executive director of tourism. He will lead the iconic I Love New York tourism program and help coordinate marketing efforts to increase awareness and promote state-wide tourism visitation. In 2016, New York State welcomed a record 239 million visitors, who between them spent nearly $65 billion, generating a total economic impact of more than $100 billion for the third straight year. Additionally, tourism remains the state’s fourth largest employer, supporting more than 914,000 jobs annually.  Empire State Development president, Howard Zemsky, said: “For the past five years, Ross has been a crucial member of our tourism division, bringing a creative passion for travel and a commitment to promoting New York State as a world-class destination. “He understands the…
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Eurostar departs for Amsterdam for first time | News

Eurostar departs for Amsterdam for first time | News

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Eurostar today marks an historic milestone in the expansion of international high-speed rail as it embarks on its inaugural journey from the UK direct to The Netherlands. The inaugural service will depart from London St Pancras International at 08.31 this morning and tickets for the new route will go on sale from 16:00 for travel from Wednesday, April 4th. With highly competitive fares from just £35 one-way, a journey time of three hours and one minute to Rotterdam and three hours and 41 minutes to Amsterdam, Eurostar will transform the connection between these key destinations, providing travellers with a compelling, environmentally friendly alternative to the airlines. Nicolas Petrovic, chief executive, Eurostar, said: “Today’s inaugural service heralds an exciting new chapter in the expansion of high speed rail, strengthening the trading…
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Bahrain Tourism seeks to woo UK sports fans to F1 Grand Prix | News

Bahrain Tourism seeks to woo UK sports fans to F1 Grand Prix | News

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The Bahrain Tourism & Exhibitions Authority has launched its latest Formula One advertising campaign, designed to increase package booking and consumer awareness for the annual Bahrain Grand Prix. The race will take place on April 6th-8th. In partnership with four tour operators, Grandstand motorsports, ITC sports, Motorsports Travel and ST Sports (part of Southall Travel), BTEA will aim to increase an even higher volume of sales from affluent motorsport enthusiasts, educating travellers as to why the Grand Prix is an unmissable and necessary part of their travel schedule. The campaign will effectively drive consumers to two portals: the first, a campaign microsite, which offers destination inspiration as well as a call-to-action booking page. The second, being directly to the tour operator websites, where consumers can book their race weekend holiday…
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Boeing 747 retirement: Farewell to ‘Queen of the Skies’

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Marana, Ariz. (CNN) — For the first time in 48 years, you can't buy a ticket on a US airline to fly on a Boeing 747.On January 3, Delta Air Lines Flight 9771 touched down in Marana, Arizona, an arid boneyard for stored and cannibalized jetliners. A three-hour-and-33-minute journey from Atlanta. The last of the airline's 16 jumbo Boeing 747-400s flew to a desert retirement, ending travel operations by passenger airlines in the United States. Both Delta and United Airlines have been saying goodbye to the jumbo for months. A final domestic revenue flight, a last international trip, a final charter. Those last trips became more of a farewell tour than a formal end. But this departure on ship 6314 was the true grand finale.Pan American Airways debuted the enormous…
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26 of Africa’s most amazing places to visit

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(CNN) — With its expansive landscapes and formidable animal life, the world's second-biggest continent is arguably the best for photographers.Throw in that sense of being in a place that hasn't changed for centuries and sometimes millennia, and you get some of the most inspiring, and inspired, destinations on the planet.Here are 26 of the most amazing places to see when you travel to Africa:1. The great migration, TanzaniaFollow the leader.PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/AFP/Getty ImagesA photo won't capture the thunder of hooves on dirt as more than a million wildebeest and several hundred thousand zebra make their annual migration, but still, this is one for the top of the pile.The migration is actually a year-round event as the animals move from Tanzania's Ngorongoro Reserve in January, up through the Serengeti around June and…
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Best places to visit in Spain and when to go

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(CNN) — When you hear "Spain," what's the first thing that comes to mind? Madrid's stately Plaza Mayor? Barcelona's mind-bending architecture? Next time you plan a trip to the Iberian Peninsula, consider getting off the beaten path: Spain is far more diverse than meets the eye. Of course, Madrid and Barcelona are world-class cities at the cutting edge of gastronomy, art and nightlife. You could spend weeks in either and never get bored. In the shamrock-green hills of Galicia and Asturias along the northern coast, you're in seafood paradise. Delight in such ocean-fresh delicacies as cockles, periwinkles and boiled octopus. Due south, time-travel to Moorish Spain in Andalusian cities like Sevilla and Granada, whose orange-tree-lined streets bask in an average of 125 cloudless days each year. And let's not forget…
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10 must-see places outside Las Vegas

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Editor's Note — The "With Me As Your Guide" series brings expert explorers to your doorstep for new discoveries and offbeat adventures.(CNN) — With dancing fountains, a thundering volcano, a pyramid-shaped flashlight and singing gondoliers, Las Vegas Boulevard could be the most happening street in the West."The Strip," as it's known worldwide, is the main drag through Sin City, the former truck stop which grew into one of the most popular destinations in the USA. And while the majority of Las Vegas' nearly 43 million tourists likely blew into town in 2016 and never ventured off the Strip again, there still are jackpots to be won by exploring some of the region's attractions farther afield.For an alternative to the beeping slot machines, thumping nightclubs and bikini-clad card dealers on your…
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Feel young again in ‘Old Florida’

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Editor's Note — Forrest Brown is an editor at CNN.com and a former resident of Florida in the 1980s for a grand total of 13 months.(CNN) — Does the idea of spending time in the Magic Kingdom with the Mickey Mouse gang leave you thinking "Oh, rats!"? Does the idea of spending time with the hot people of Miami's trendy South Beach leave you cold?Well, don't give up on Florida as a destination just yet. There's still a Sunshine State for folks like us -- it's "Old Florida." (And I'm not talking retirement communities here).Sometimes thought of as "Forgotten Florida," I'm talking about the more northerly portions of the state. It's the part that thrived a century ago during the first waves of development and travel but has been bypassed…
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Tongyeong: 8 things to see at South Korea’s seaside escape

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(CNN) — The city of Tongyeong, located on the southern coast of South Korea, is a popular weekend destination year-round. Its lures? Fresh seafood, picturesque seascapes and quaint fishing village charm. Part of the Hallyeohaesang National Park, this hilly city serves as a base for exploring the nearby islands. It's easily reached by express bus -- a four-hour ride from Seoul or an hour from Busan, South Korea's second-largest city. Showing off the pristine coastal charms of South Korea, it's the perfect place to kick off an island-hopping journey. Here are eight things to see when you travel to Tongyeong:1. Gangguan PortMost of Tongyeong's traditional markets, restaurants and shops are located in and around Gangguan Port. Dusk is a great time to take in the lively vibe of this fishing…
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