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Hot New Travel Destinations Looking for new places to go to from the Middle East? Read on, and learn about these buzzing tourism spots… Poland The Polish Tourist Organisation has declared its intention to promote the country as a new travel destination for UAE residents. A country with a vast diversity of architecture, historical monuments, castles and palaces open to public, it has 13 UNESCO sites, some of which compose not only of one building, but whole city complexes, such as the Old Towns of Warsaw, Krakow, Torun, and Zamość. Warsaw, the Polish capital, was rebuilt by its own inhabitants after World War II from complete ruins and in consequence, its painstakingly reconstructed Old Town was put on the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites. Thanks to the diversity of landscapes, Poland is an attractive destination for active tourism. It is a dream come true for water sports enthusiasts thanks to the long coast line, thousands of lakes, and many rivers and channels. It is also a winter sports destination. Poland also offers a large number of golf courses and bike and trekking trails in all kinds of terrain with good conditions for alpinism due to the diverse types of mountains. Aside from being a paradise for those interested in culture, as there is an endless list of various cultural festivals, music competitions and outdoor events, Poland has also became a major spot of foreigners travelling abroad for medical purposes. They take advantage of various kinds of mineral waters and mud for healing and relaxation, combined with the use of modern equipment. Increasingly popular are also salt caves. Says Monika Pasiorowska, Senior Specialist, Marketing Planning Department, Polish Tourist Organisation,“With daily direct flights between Poland’s capital Warsaw and Dubai by Emirates, and Doha with daily flights with Qatar Airways, visitors from the Gulf States and beyond can conveniently discover a new holiday destination in Europe. Poland is a fascinating country, which surprises the majority of first-time visitors.”

USA Brand USA, the public-private partnership responsible for launching the United States’ nationally coordinated tourism marketing effort, promotes a total of 20 US tourism, hotel and travel organisations including Dallas/ Fort Worth International Airport, Golden Travel USA, Greater Miami and the Beaches, Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, NYC & Company, Universal Orlando Resort and Visit Florida. The increased interest in wooing Middle Eastern visitors to the United States follows an increasing number of direct flights to the US by Arabian Gulf carriers and the establishment of preclearance at Abu Dhabi International Airport which is expected to facilitate ease of entry for visitors to the US. 2014 has also already seen additional flights come on line with Saudi Airlines launching to Los Angeles, Emirates Airlines to Boston, Qatar Airways to Philadelphia and Etihad Airways expanding its New York flights to a daily service. In addition to new direct air services between the Gulf and the United States, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility has been established at Abu Dhabi International Airport Terminal 3 as a purposebuilt facility that allows passengers on certain flights to the United States to undertake all immigration, customs and agriculture inspections in Abu Dhabi prior to departure. Having cleared CBP, passengers can checkthrough their baggage to their final destination in the US. On reaching the US, passengers will be treated as domestic arrivals, which allows for faster processing at their arrival airport. Jay Gray, Brand USA’s Vice President, Global Partnership Development, notes,“We realise the potential, need and importance for us to proactively engage with the Middle East tourism industry in order to maximise the opportunities that increased direct flights, preclearance and pent-up travel demand from the region offers. We come with a message that there are at least 56 excellent reasons to visit the United States, with each reason representing a state or territory, and each area offering unique travel experiences all of their own. We are here to welcome visitors from the Gulf region and invite them to experience the diversity, inspiration and excitement that the United States has to offer.”

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