General Travel News

International Tourism Stalls

The volatile world economy caused the international demand for tourism to slow significantly in 2008.   International tourist arrivals in 2008 were 924 million, a 16 million increase, or 2% increase compared to 2007.

However, during the second half of 2008 growth stopped and the trend for international arrivals declined slightly.  This trend is expected to continue into 2009.
 

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Beylerbeyi Palace

Beylerbeyi Palace

Istanbul, Turkey

Beylerbeyi Palace was built by the Sultan Abdulaziz between 1861 and 1865 as a summer residence on the Asian shore of the Bosphorus.  The palace served as a venue for entertaining foreign heads of state.  Guests included the future Edward VIII of England, Napoleon III's wife Eugenie, and Russia's Grand Duke Nicholas.  It also served as the final residence of the last Ottoman Sultan....

Bavaria Film Studio

Bavaria Film Studio

Munich, Germany

This film studio is Europe's largest film making center. Production began here in 1920. Directors such as Fassbinder, Wim Wenders, Herzog and Stanley Kubrickhave worked here. Tours take you through the sets of famous films such as Das Boot and The Neverending Story. There is also a live stunt show, as well as a 4-D film viewing that can be taken in during the visit. Timings: Mar-early No...

Safaris

Safaris

Nairobi, Kenya

Besides these, are the Safaris one can take to game parks which are just 6-7 hours drive from Nairobi. Amongst them the most popular is of course the Masai Mara Natural reserve. This is in the beautiful Savannah Grasslands area of Kenya and has a huge number of large animals. The Masai community has been allowed to graze there and very often can be spotted in their traditional attire asking you to...

Kongens Have

Kongens Have

Copenhagen, Denmark

Also known as the king’s gardens, Kongens Have is as old as the 16th Century. The popularity of these attractions can be gauged by the fact that over 2.5 million tourists visit it every year. The place is spread over acres of greenery with rose-gardens and multi-sized sculptures. The gardens are also utilized for holding exhibitions, concerts and puppet shows for children. Address: Øster Vol...