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Green Tourism Gains Momentum

Despite the impact of the global recession on most travel market eco-tourism, or green tourism, is increasing.   Green tourism used to be a niche form of tourism but it is now pushing its way into the mainstream.   The term eco-tourism implies travel to protected areas in a low impact, small scale way, and there is a focus on educating the traveler. 

Emirates launched Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa the first luxury, conservation based resort in Australia.   Tony Williams, said “When guests open their eyes at Wolgan Valley they will see the real Australia in all its natural beauty,” Mr. Williams is senior vice president, resorts and projects for Emirates Hotels and Resorts. Emirates’ Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa is located in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve and just celebrated its tenth anniversary.  Mr. Williams said the secret of success is having a long term vision.  He said financial investment and conservation are long term projects and these two elements are natural partners.
 

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Dzetysu

Dzetysu

Almaty, Kazakhstan

Address: Tulebayev Street, Almaty Located along the Tulebayev, an expensive and exclusive residential area for the elite, is the Dzetysu – a beautiful fountain system. Dzetysu means Seven Rivers in Kazakh. The fountain consists of seven springs gushing forth from a black-and-pink colored granite pillar, which symbolizes the seven major rivers of southeastern Kazakhstan. Get your camera out – th...

Hanuman Dhoka

Hanuman Dhoka

Kathmandu, Nepal

A small area within Dunbar Square, this place serves as the inner palace complex that was originally founded during the Licchavi period (4th to 8th centuries AD). The structure that stands today was constructed by King Pratap Malla in the 17th century. There are now ten chowks (courtyards) to explore here; cameras are allowed here but not within the buildings of the complex. The Hanuman Statue mar...

Art Institute of Chicago

Art Institute of Chicago

Chicago, United States

The Art Institute of Chicago started as the Chicago Academy of Design and was founded by a group of 35 artists in 1866.  The academy was profitable, but struggled with financing.  The current building, built in the Neoclassical style, was built as an art gallery for the Colombian Exhibition and completed in 1893.  The museum and art school have continued to grow and expand ever si...

St Vitus Cathedral

St Vitus Cathedral

Prague, Czech Republic

If you must see one part of Prague Castle then make it St Vitus Cathedral. Its construction began in 1344 and despite it is very Gothic in appearance it was only completed in 1929. Passing through the Golden Gate doorway adorned with its 14th century Mosaic of the Last Judgement, you’ll be given a brochure of highlights to visit. One of these is the view of Prague from the 96m tall Great Tower and...