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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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Angeloktisti Church

Angeloktisti Church

Larnaca, Cyprus

Situates in a village 7 kilometers south of the city center of Larnaca, is the Angeloktisti Church, meaning ‘Built by Angels’. This Byzantine church was built in the 11th century on top of the ruins of an early Christian basilica. The church holds some of the rarest and finest surviving pieces of Byzantine art, like the priceless mosaic of the Virgin Mary and child in between two archangels, made ...

Johannesburg Botanic Gardens

Johannesburg Botanic Gardens

Johannesburg, South Africa

A 365 acre piece of land near the Emmarentia Dam with possibly the world's largest terraced rose garden and a yachting and canoeing club. It is recommended to stick to the main areas and avoid wandering into remote areas. Barbecues are allowed at selected locations and the restaurant in the garden serves some excellent tea and snacks.   Address: Olifants Road, Emmarentia Telephone: +2...

Confucius Temple

Confucius Temple

Beijing, China

This is a significant temple since it was built in 1306 to honor revered Chinese philosopher and thinker Confucius. The temple houses some ancient musical instruments worth looking at [Confucius thought music was key to self- development]; apart from that they are about 190 stele with Confucius' Classics inscribed on them. In the courtyard of the temple are inscribed the names of those students wh...

Parc de la Villette

Parc de la Villette

Paris, France

Located at the very edge of Paris city proper, just inside the Boulevard Periphérique, the Parc de la Villette is one of the city’s newest.  It was built between 1984 and 1987 as part of an urban redevelopment project on the site of Paris’ old slaughterhouses and meat market.  The park is notable for its unique architecture and is one of the best places in the city for kids.   There are ...