Nusa Dua is famed as an enclave of neatly manicured five-star resorts and spas, parked on a stretch of white sandy beaches with dramatic views of the Indian Ocean. The area has been grossly overdeveloped over the past three decades, but it hasn’t always been like that
We arrived in Hong Kong the day before the Lunar New Year to find the city abuzz with locals putting together the final touches to family gatherings, and tourists soaking in bargain retail deals.
Madame Tussauds waxworks is coming to Beijing while Dubai will get a Legoland theme park under an international expansion drive by Britain's Merlin Entertainments, which announced its maiden results as a listed company on Thursday.
The wedding procession in the Indian city of Chandigarh entered the hall amid great fanfare as well as the pomp and circumstance that make an Indian wedding. Trumpets and other instruments blared the arrival of the family and friends that make up the wedding party, as the bride Neha Garg and groom Ketan Walia made their way to the ceremonies to finalize their wedding, starting with the Kanyadaan.
While the tourism industry continues to make a name for itself, and with many optimistic about the nation’s potential, concerns remain over destinations that have not been sufficiently optimized to attract travelers.
These scenarios may be familiar to some. It’s been a long day at the office. By the end of the day, you can’t think of anything but your comfy bed at home. But when you look out the window, you see long lines of cars, buses and motorcycles clogging the roads in all directions. And suddenly you wish that you don’t have to drive all the way home tonight.
When global hotel group Accor arrived in Indonesia 20 years ago, economy accommodation was synonymous with the bare essentials; air-conditioning was a luxury, and comfort was an afterthought. Today the economy segment is focused on value for money and the options for luxury stays are vast.
“A circumstance in which both the environment as well as the people you are with are right at the moment of time,” said Matthijs Steur, a graduate student from Leiden University, to explain gezillig , a Dutch word often used in a comfortable and pleasant situation. This word sounds fitting to describe our three-day trip in Pacitan, East Java, where six Leiden students and I were taking some time off from our three-month research work in several areas in Java.
Trinity has always been a traveler. She used to travel on her days off from her job in the marketing communication department of a company and would then blog about her trip. In 2007, she decided to resign from the routine and follow her dream — to become a full time traveler and writer.