General Travel News

Holiday traffic picks up

April 3- Holiday season traffic is increasing as more and more people are looking to take a break from work, said an Emirates Holidays official. "People worked really hard last year. A return on those investments is trickling in now," John Felix, senior vice-president of Emirates Holidays said.


Felix added that while people are still looking for cheap holidays, they are also looking for quality. They want to do as much as possible when they go on vacation to another country and are looking for a wide range of activities.


Last year, the demand for holidays went down by 22 per cent but it is picking up pace this year, he added. "Indicators show that we might beat 2008 numbers”, said Felix, pointing out that double-digit traffic is expected this year.


Last year, the H1N1 scare, economic slowdown and Ramadan led to a slowing down of tourism. This summer, however, will be different, said Felix.

More General Travel News
Emirates expecting over 500,000 arrivals into Dubai by early September
Kazakhstan's new tourist attraction - falconry
Summer in Turkey
Latest Travel News
Kazakhstan's new tourist attraction - fa...
Summer in Turkey...
Taif Season attracts more than 750,000 v...
Featured Sights To See
Place Jacques-Cartier

Place Jacques-Cartier

Montreal, Canada

Named for the French explorer, this open plaza covers several blocks near the old port. It is a common gathering point in the city all year round.  During the peak tourist season (summers), street performers flock to the Place Jacques-Cartier, and vendors and food kiosks line the streets. The terraces of the traditional Parisian style restaurants all around the plaza bulge with tourists eagerly aw...

Jamarat

Jamarat

Makkah, Saudi Arabia

These are the devils that were cast into stones. As part of Hajj, pilgrims have to throw seven stones on the 10th, 11th and the 12th of Zil Hajj. They are located around 1.2 km outside Mina. A new super structure consisting of three floors have been placed around the small, medium and large devils, or Jamarats.  ...

Ca' Pesaro

Ca' Pesaro

Venice, Italy

Located on the Grand Canal and housed in a late Renaissance palace, these two museums have an impressive collection of art. The first collection is the Museo d'Arte Moderna or the Museum of Modern Art. Here numerous works of art are displayed, most of which have been bought during Venice's own Biennale over the years. The artists displayed include Chagall, Kandinsky, Klimt, Miró, Henry Moore, Umbe...

Alpine Park on the Road to Chimbulak

Alpine Park on the Road to Chimbulak

Almaty, Kazakhstan

 Address: along the same road as Medeu Ice Rink, Dam, and Chimbulak. Large, sprawling park, which contains quite a number of apple trees in addition to its towering alpine cones. Pleasant stop, especially if you catch a light drizzle. ...