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JUNE, 2011

ONLINE MAGAZINE


Dear readers, Welcome to the June issue of the Tourism Review Online Magazine. Discover the vast plains of Mongolia, learn about the local customs and experience the life of Nomads. Read the Destination supplement. Adventurers seeking vacations full of adrenalin should opt for safari and perhaps even a hunting holiday. Learn more in the Adventure part. Even educational trips are exciting – learn to cook Mediterranean dishes, go for art classes, improve your skills as a travel photographer. Learning vacations are the types of holiday popular among the young and the old alike. Open the Professional supplement. The topic of the Ethical part are volunteer vacations focusing on Peru and Ecuador. First of all however read the Heritage part presenting several really big and really small attractions of the world. Milada Sovadinova Editor


CONTENTS HERITAGE

ADVENTURE

World’s AttrActions: the Biggest And smAllest

Great attractions lure crowds of tourists. However, even the less known and smaller sights are worth seeing. Explore the smallest house in Britain, the biggest champagne glass, the longest swamp lane and much more.

The World of hunTing

Adventurous and exciting holidays? For many travelers this means hunting trips and safari. Discover the best hunting destinations, learn about bow hunting, and explore the dove shooting capital of the world.

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Liepaja: Full of Surprising and Unique Sights............................................................. 5 The Smallest House in Britain – Mind Your Head!....................................................... 7 Champagne – The Marne of Superlatives..................................................................... 9 Province of Vercelli: Big and Small Attractions..................................................... 11

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The World of Hunting........................ 33 Top 10 Hunting Destinations in the World................................................................ 34 Safari: Hunting Trips in South Africa......................................................................... 36 Hunting in France – An Unforgettable Experience.................................................. 38 Cordoba – Dove Shooting Capital of the World...................................................... 40 Bow Hunting: Explore Namibia with a Bow in Your Hand....................................... 42

Mongolia: going Hot and Cold

Mongolia – known for its vast plains, Nomads and cheerful feasts. Discover the country that is opening up to the global tourist offering pristine nature, rocky mountains as well as tours through the modern capital Ulaanbaatar.

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What Is a Learning Vacation?....................................................................................... 15 Cooking Tours: Home Cooked Meal and Delicious Wine.......................................... 17 Educational Trips: Women Travelers Unleash Their Creativity............................. 19 Prepare Your Taste Buds for Andalucía Culinary Tours......................................... 21

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Destination:

Mongolia: Going Hot and Cold................................44

Mongolia – The Wild Land of Nomads........................................................................ 45 Mongolia’s Tourism Industry Facing Challenges.................................................... 47 Mongolia Changing Tourism Landscape................................................................... 49 Ulaanbaatar: Tents and Skyscrapers.......................................................................... 51 Tourism in Mongolia: Getting Ready for Visitors.................................................... 53

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In Vogue: Volunteer VacatIons

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Volunteer vacations are growing in popularity all around the world. Explore the unique projects organized for voluntourists in Ecuador and Peru, learn how to choose your tour operator, and what to expect from your trip.

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Edu-, Edu-, Educational travEling

Improve your art skills, learn to cook Italian dishes, get better in taking pictures – all of this is possible to do and be on holiday at the same time. Educational traveling or learning vacations are getting more and more popular among young and old as well.

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In Vogue: Volunteer Vacations........ 23 Voluntourism and Positive Social Impact................................................................. 24 Ecuador’s Volunteer Vacations for “Grown Ups”................................................... 26 Ten Tips for Taking a Volunteer Vacation.................................................................. 29 Travel and Volunteer in Peru’s Orphanage and School......................................... 31

Travel/Tourism in JUNE 2011 by regions.........................................55 Western Europe............................................................................................................. 56 Africa/MIDDLE EAST........................................................................................................ 57 North AmericaT.............................................................................................................. 58 CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA......................................................................................... 59 Asia & Pacific................................................................................................................... 60


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World’s Attractions: The Biggest and Smallest

Great attractions lure crowds of tourists. However, even the less known and smaller sights are worth seeing. Explore the smallest house in Britain, the biggest champagne glass, the longest swamp lane and much more.


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Liepaja: Full of Surprising and Unique Sights The city of Liepaja is located in the south-western part of Latvia on a narrow stretch of land between the Baltic Sea and Liepaja Lake. People have been living there for more than 750 years and have changed Liepaja from a small village into the third largest city in the country with the population of 85,000 people. The people of Liepaja have always been very proud. Many unique sights can be seen in Liepaja and its surroundings too. Sights, sounds and experiences unique in Latvia and the Baltic, in Europe and all around the world...

can enjoy a wonderful view over the city from the tower of the Cathedral. The Largest Military Territory

Visitors interested in history should not miss their chance to explore the Liepaja Fortress and Karosta (Naval Port); together they form the largest historical military territory in the Baltic. The structures of Karosta were built at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries as a naval base of Russian Empire. Today, Karosta occupies one third of Liepaja city. It is a spectacular, paradoxical and unique site not only in Latvia but also in the world’s history and architecture. Its environment reflects the interaction of Tsarist Russia military elegance and Soviet era heritage.

The Largest Organ

Liepaja is home to the largest mechanical organ in the world; it is located in the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. The organ has more than 7,000 pipes. It was built by one of the best master organ builders H.A. Contius. The foundation stone of the Cathedral was laid in 1742. Both the interior and the exterior of the Cathedral are late Baroque with elements of Classicism. The interior of the Cathedral surprises the visitors with the grandeur of Rococo. The commemorative plaque dedicated to the Finnish soldiers who gave the oath of loyalty to the government of the new independent Finland in 1918 is located inside the Cathedral. Visitors June, 2011

Wind Farm

Liepaja is also known throughout Latvia as "The city where the wind is always blowing", possibly because of the constant sea breeze. For this very reason one of the biggest wind farms in Latvia and the Baltic (33 wind turbines) was constructed nearby the city. It is one of the northernmost points of Europe, where the wind turbines are installed. The Longest Swamp Trail

Duniky swamp trail is with its 6 km the longest swamp trail in Europe. It is located in

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Dunika Nature Reserve. The only hornbeam monoculture stand in Latvia can be seen there, too. This place is a recommended spot for lovers of silence and tranquillity because visitors can enjoy the unorthodox, primeval scenery: a marsh with pools, little lakes and small islands.

Tourists can observe different species of wild animals such as brown bears, wolverines, wolves, lynxes, wild boars as well as domestic animals. The owls and diurnal wild birds are kept in the wild bird complex. The Zoo is a great place for families with children.

The Largest Herd of Kiangs

The confined area in Kalvene Zoo “Cīruļi” hides the largest herd of kiangs in the world.

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The Smallest House in Britain – Mind Your Head! A tiny house in the picturesque medieval town of Conwy, Wales, known as the Quay House is believed to be the smallest house in Britain. The 3.05 meter by 1.8 meter (10 feet by 6 feet) structure was used as a residence from the 16th century until 1900. The Last Tenant

Looking at the houses in the street it seems that house building started at both ends of the street, and when the workers reached the middle there was a small gap which was filled with a small house. The last tenant, Mr Robert Jones, who was 6 ft 3 inch tall (1.9 meters), lived in the house for fifteen years. The rooms were too small for him to stand up in fully and since there was no room for a toilet within the walls he was eventually forced to move out when the council declared the house unfit for human habitation in 1900. The house is still owned by his descendants. Some time later the houses numbered 1-9 (to the left of the smallest house) were demolished. Today the red house nearby the Conwy Castle walls is a popular tourism attraction that deserves its place in the Guinness Book of Records. A very pleasant lady in traditional Welsh costume welcomes the visitors and proJune, 2011

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Address: Quay House, Quayside, Conwy LL30 2YF–Wales, UK Phone: +44 (0)1492 593429

vides all information about the house. There are also some mementos and very interesting guide books about the house and Conwy for sale. The upstairs is so minute that there is room only for one bed and a bedside cabinet. Visitors can't walk about on the 2nd floor, but can view it from the step ladder. There is just about enough room for one stove, a water tap, a bedside cabinet and a bed. Traveling to Conwy

If you are travelling by train, it is important to know that Conwy is a request stop. It is necessary to inform the guard on the train that you want to get off at Conwy station. If you are catching a train at Conwy, you will need to raise your arm to get the drivers attention. Conwy is situated on the banks of the River Conwy in Conwy County, North Wales. The magnificent Edwardian Castle and town walls of Conwy are a World Heritage Site and after a visit to the town you will understand why they have been chosen for this award. The castle itself is one of the most impressive examples of mediaeval military architecture and offers spectacular views of both the estuary and the mountains of Snowdonia. Visitors can also

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walk along the town walls between Uppergate Street and Berry Street. The circuit of walls, over three quarters of a mile long and guarded by no less than 22 towers, is one of the finest in the World. http://www.walesdirectory.co.uk http://grumpystumpy.com

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Champagne – The Marne of Superlatives Situated in the Champagne-Ardenne region, the Marne area, 140 km from Paris, is considered as the birth place of champagne, the king of wines and the wine of kings. Many kings of France during their coronation in Reims would taste the local wine. Champagne was called at this time ‘le vin du diable’ (devils’ wine) or ‘vin saute-bouchon’ (exploding wine) as the slight fizz to the wine was not understood at the time, nor was the fact that the bottles had a tendency to explode in the cellars. Today, champagne is one of the most important industries of Marne. Champagne sales (about 320 millions of bottles produced in 2010 – the highest sales for French wine) contribute to the prosperity of Champagne area and constitute an important part of the French trade balance. For tourism, the mystery of champagne can be discovered on a visit to a local champagne producer, a champagne cooperative or one of the prestigious champagne houses that have made champagne famous and glamorous the world over.

Marne tourist area: 03 26 68 37 52, Tourisme-en-champagne.com The biggest glass of champagne: Champagne Vincent d’Astrées 1, rue Carnot à Pierry; 03 26 54 03 23, Vincentdastree.com The biggest cork and bottle of champagne: Champagne Beaumont des crayères 64 rue de la liberté à Mardeuil; 03 26 55 29 40, – Champagne-beaumont.com

Biggest Champagne Glass

Some curiosities can be noticed such as the biggest champagne glass situated in Pierry near Epernay, the capital of Champagne, part of the collection of Champagne Vincent d’Astrées. Registered in the Guinness Book of Records, the glass is 2.13 m high and weighs 18 kg (empty!). It could contain 160 bottles of champagne. To complete it, the world’s biggest champagne cork can be seen in Champagne Beaumont in Mardeuil. The company also possess the world’s biggest champagne bottle (1.76 m high with a circumference of 1.66 m). It is made of real glass and is also registered in the Guinness Book of Records. The Richest Avenue

The world ‘champagne’ is the second best known French word all over the world. © H. Guillaume - CDT Marne

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In Epernay, the ‘Avenue de Champagne’, recently restored and lined with prestigious champagne houses above ground and 100 km of cellars below, is known as the local ‘Champs Elysées’. Owing to the 200 million bottles it


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contains, this avenue is being considered by UNESCO for a possible future classification. It is also known as “the richest avenue in the world”. The Longest Village

Champagne is not the Marne’s only attraction–many other curiosities can be found in this area. For example the longest village of

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© X. Lavictoire - CDT Marne

France (7 km long!) is Courtisols near Châlonsen-Champagne and the longest village name is also from the Marne and attributed to Saint-Remy-en-Bouzemont-Saint-Genest-enIsson (38 letters) ‘La Champagne, la Marne’ invites visitors to discover the diversity of the area’s attractions, and also these superlatives! http://www.tourisme-en-champagne.com

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Province of Vercelli: Big and Small Attractions

A large hourglass which contains grains of sand of infinite shapes and colours: this is the Italian province of Vercelli, a territory with unusual borders that embraces the entire course of the Sesia River from the Monte Rosa to the Po River and encloses an incredible variety of landscapes and natural environments but also those with historical and artistic elements and those with numerous and amazing cultural spots. It is just for this very reason that the entire area has so much to offer and fascinates June, 2011

every type of tourist including the most curious ones, the most daring ones as well as the gourmets. The Largest and Oldest: The Sacred Mount of Varallo

The monumental complex of the Sacred Mount rises on a rocky peak which dominates Varallo and offers very atmospheric glimpses of the town below and of the entire Valsesia

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district and Monte Rosa. Tourists can reach the top of the mountain by a cable car. The mount is an integrated part of a Special Natural Reserve and is the oldest of the Sacred Mounts in Italy. The artistic-religious complex comprises 44 chapels, isolated or set into more articulate architectural complexes, 800 wood and multicolored terracotta life-size statues and 400 frescoed figures highly expressive. The sacred representation was conceived by the Franciscan monk Bernardino Caimi and built in 1491. The monk, upon returning from a journey to Palestine, wanted to reproduce the places he had seen and revoke the Life and Passion of Christ in Varallo. A “New Jerusalem” was built in the heart of the Valsesia district. Famous artists, and not just of local origin, worked on the project: the most important was Gaudenzio Ferrari, a painter, sculptor and architect from Valsesia. Sacro Monte is also a beautiful example of park gardens, organised according to the model of the Italian garden, with hedges, paths and wooded areas, but also of the ideal town with its two historical squares. Since 2003 the Sacred Mount of Varallo has been inscribed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Unique and Less Known Sights in the Region Walser Museum

The Walser Museum follows the fascinating and adventurous history of the Walsers, the people of Germanic origin who between the 13th and 16th centuries colonized the Alps.


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Special Natural Reserve of the Sacred Mount of Varallo Piazza della Basilica–Casa Valgrana, Località Sacro Monte – 13019 Varallo (VC) Tel. 0039 0163.53938– Fax 0039 0163.54.047 Email: riservasacromonte@laproxima.it Web: www.sacromontevarallo.eu Walser Museum Hamlet of Pedemonte – 13021 Alagna Valsesia (VC) Ph. 0039 347 1377404– Fax 0039 0163 922805 Email: info@alagna.it Web: www.alagna.it Basilica di Sant’Andrea Piazza Roma – 13100 Vercelli Tel. 0039 0161.1850019 – Tel. 0039 0161.502460 St. Christopher’s Church Via San Cristoforo – 13100 Vercelli Tel. 0161.258000

Strong, determined people who learnt to live under the severe conditions in the mountains. They also invented ingenious solutions to improve the living conditions in high altitudes. In Alagna, the most famous Walser settlement in Valsesia, there is the Museum that bears witness to the originality of the culture and traditions of this population. Situated in the hamlet of Pedemonte, it has been set up in a house dating back to 1682, altered over the centuries but restored to its original form for this purpose. June, 2011

Built on three levels (animal shed level, room level and barn level), the construction is made of tree trunks, stacked on top of one another and interlocked at the corners, and is surrounded by the wide porches characteristic of Walser architecture. The Walser Museum houses furniture, objects, furnishings and products from the period, forming an authentic historical complex and an instrument for reconstructing the sociological and anthropological aspects of the Walser culture. Basilica di Sant’Andrea

St. Andrew’s Basilica in Vercelli is the symbol of the town, a beautiful example of the passage from the Lombard-Emilian Romanesque style to the French Gothic architecture. It was

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built between 1219 and 1227 at the commission of Cardinal Guala Bicchieri of Vercelli, one of the most influential members of the Roman Curia, a leading protagonist of the events that marked the history of England during the hard times of John Lackland’s succession to the throne. The cabin-shaped façade, bordered by slender, elegant towers, is embellished with refined lunettes on the three portals. The central one, representing St. Andrew’s martyrdom, is ascribed to Benedetto Antelami. What is interesting is that the chapterhouse, one of the finest in Italy, and the rectangular cloister, with full centered arches, bear relieves, brickwork and paintings dating from the early 16th century (now nearly disappeared). In front of the Basilica is the


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www.caucasusexplorer.com Salone Dugentesco, the remains of an ancient Pilgrims’ Hospital. St. Christopher’s Church

Within the historical centre of the town of Vercelli there’s a little church which is safeguarding a patrimony of paintings from the 1500s of inestimable value and immense cultural interest: St. Christopher’s Church. The building has maintained the original 16th century structure, with the nave, two aisles and transept.

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The interior is characterized by a vault sumptuously trompe d’oeil frescoed: the presbytery is closed by a superb balustrade of polychromatic marbles designed by Filippo Juvarra. The choir, the pulpit, the confessionals, the sacristy furniture are made of a valuable wood. On the main altar there is a precious wooden cross. The most interesting object here is an extraordinary series of frescoes by Gaudenzio Ferrari, illuminating the chapels of the transept at the end of the aisles. http://www.atlvalsesiavercelli.it

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Improve your art skills, learn to cook Italian dishes, get better in taking pictures – all of this is possible to do and be on holiday at the same time. Educational traveling or learning vacations are getting more and more popular among young and old as well.


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What Is a Learning Vacation? No, it's not summer school! A learning vacation is an opportunity to learn something new (something fun!), broaden your horizons, and do something really different! They are unusual vacations, out-of-the-ordinary experiences – experiences that last a lifetime. Push yourself beyond your self-imposed limitations – learn to surf! Paint a landscape! Join an archaeological dig! Try something you've always been just a little bit scared of... Amaze Yourself!

An educational vacation doesn't have to be difficult, and it's certainly not boring. There are educational travel tours that cover a number of interests – want to join an archaeological dig? Or study art in Europe? You can do it! Have you always wanted to learn to speak Spanish? Why not do it in Spain? You can immerse yourself in the culture while learning the language, and learn faster than simply taking a course at your local community college. And you can visit Barcelona or Madrid while you do it! Attend an art workshop and unleash your inner Georgia O'Keefe. Or attend a writer's workshop and get going on that Great American Novel. A learning vacation could also be called a special interest vacation. What are your special interests? A hobby you'd like to practice? June, 2011

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Indulge Your Passion at a Craft Retreat!

A culture you'd like to visit? An activity you'd like to learn? There are hundreds of ways you can enrich your vacation experience with educational travel. - You can learn to paint or to write in an artist's workshop. - You can immerse yourself in another culture while you learn the language. - You can learn to surf in California, Costa Rica, or Hawaii. - You can indulge your favorite hobby in a scrapbooking, sewing, or beading retreat – or take a tour to buy Japanese textiles! - You can join an Archaeological Dig and learn more about ancient cultures! Educational travel is not boring – and any vacation can be an opportunity to learn something new! Check out food and wine vacations for cooking classes and tours, or river cruises for history and culture of Europe, China, or Egypt.

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Spending a weekend at a craft retreat is a great way to indulge in a favorite hobby, and just relax! Do you have a favorite hobby – but no time to actually enjoy it? You can sharpen your skills enjoy the camaraderie of others with similar interests at one of many craft workshops. Whether you choose a weekend retreat or a full week of instruction and creative activity, this is the ultimate "me time". The Clearing – The Clearing in Door Penninsula, Wisconsin is a "Folk School", offering summer classes in quilting, carving, writing, knitting, music, and much more. They offer a women's writing retreat in the fall and yoga classes, too! The Clearing is located on a

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bluff above the waters of Green Bay, a setting often compared to New England in its rural charm. If you love Paris, and love silk painting, Silk Painting France Adventure is exactly what you're looking for. You'll get an in-depth experience in silk painting, and a great Paris vacation, too! You'll start with a Champagne cruise on the Seine, do a little sightseeing, eat at fabulous cafes–and spend at least part of each day learning new silk painting techniques! Carol Lane-Saber Designs – Carol Lane-Saber offers a yearly 2-week trip to Japan to study the history, architecture, and gardens of Japan, as well as the textiles and clothing. This is a shopping tour, focusing on textiles to bring home for your next project. http://www.great-womens-vacations.com


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Cooking Tours: Home Cooked Meal and Delicious Wine Bravo for today’s traveler! No longer are people willing to be anonymous voyagers, going from one city to another, checking into hotels where they are unknown, sometimes not even very welcomed. Today there are choices of much more meaningful ways to travel, and one of the most popular has become cooking vacations. These are not trips where you spend all day in the kitchen, but, rather, an opportunity to spend time with the local people sharing in the most important activity of their day; breaking bread, eating a home cooked meal made with the best local ingredients, accompanied by a wonderful regional wine. What could be better? In a week-long trip there would be four hands on classes of 2-3 hours each, followed by eating the meal, of course, drinking a good wine. In temperate weather, meals are always outdoors, so imagine sitting at a table with your fellow classmates, now good friends, eating, drinking, talking, laughing, all the while surrounded by vistas of vineyards or olive groves or views of the sea. This is what dreams are made of and you are experiencing the dream. The experiences are almost always set in the country, away from the crowds and the hubbub of the cities. Life is a different pace and you are the beneficiary of this leisurely, appreJune, 2011

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ciative way of life. But, you might have to do a little work as well. There are markets to shop for ingredients for the classes, food artisans to meet and sample perhaps some homemade cheeses, vineyards and wineries to visit, for, of course, you must taste the varieties of local wines. And let us not forgot some cultural site visits in the area as well. And, in the country accommodations are also different. They are always in ancient structures, valued for their intrinsic history as well as a wonderful positioning, perhaps perched high on a hill with vistas of sunflowers, or in verdant gardens or vineyards, or nestled along the sea with water views everywhere. Does this make your mouth water yet? Well, think about cooking with the best and freshest local ingredients, sometimes just steps away at the garden of the property. And these are not classes that teach you to cook. Of course, every chef or cook has their own personal tricks or methods and they pass those along, but, really you are learning the cuisine of the region and what makes a particular region unique from the one next door. You also drink the local wine, made from grapes that can be very different from those a few kilometers away.

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WELCOME TO SMEDEREVO THE MEDIEVAL CAPITAL OF SERBIA

This is an education and a cultural experience. The “frosting on the cake” are the cooking classes and the recipes that you will take home with you to reproduce and impress your friends and family. But the real treasure of these trips is the authentic, personal and delightful experience of spending a week with the local people and for a short time being a part of the life. By Karen Herbst http://www.theinternationalkitchen.com

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Educational Trips: Women Travelers Unleash Their Creativity who wish to recharge their creativity, regain perspective on their lives and businesses, build alliances with other creative women and experience an immersion in the culture and beauty of Central Italy", the week-long retreats are held periodically throughout the year.

Many of us harbor dreams of being the next Georgia O'Keefe or Joyce Carol Oates. Why not live your dream at an art workshop or writer's retreat? Some retreats are for amateurs just testing their skills; others are for those more serious about their craft, who need a nurturing environment to work and learn. Whatever your level of commitment, there is a workshop or retreat for you.

New York City and Europe

Creativity Workshop – Creative writing, memoir, art, and storytelling – holds full-week workshops in New York, Crete, Barcelona, Florence, and Carmel, California. The goal of the workshop is to explore and "exercise" your creativity, whether it be in life, writing, art, business, education, performing, or the visual arts. Working with students of all experience levels, the workshops are intended to get the creative juices flowing, and to nurture and focus your creative energy. People from all over the world and from all disciplines attend. There is plenty of time to get to know the inspiring locations of the workshop settings and to make new traveling friends. You will come out of the workshop relaxed, rejuvenated, and with techniques to make you more productive and confident about your creative abilities.

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Artista Creative Safaris – Their motto is "We make girls out of women" – the goal of Artista Creative Safaris is to learn and practice your craft in a casual, creative environment (you can even bring your dog!) You can take a week-long art workshop in Abstract Painting, Encaustic (hot wax) painting, and Fashion Design. Yoga is also a part of the program; massage and spa treatments are available separately. Umbria, Italy

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Dillman's Bay Resort and Workshops – Located in the serene north woods of Wisconsin, Dillman's Bay Resort and Workshops offers week-long summer art workshops in a variety of disciplines. Instructors specialize in acrylics, watercolors, oils, pastels, and photography. The resort boasts a marina with water activities to relax after your working session, and there are workshops and activities for kids as well as adults. Asheville, NC and other locations

Clarity Works – Clarity Works offers classes and week-long writing retreats for scribes

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of all levels of experience. This is a women's retreat, focusing on letting go of the "rules" you learned as a child, and getting to the truth within. Writer's workshops are held at several locations in the Southeast U.S. Virgin Islands, Spain, India

The Painting Gypsies – The Painting Gypsies offer week-long oil workshops in the Virgin Islands, Spain or India (one workshop a year). Artists of all levels are welcome. You'll paint daily in stunning outdoor locations! http://www.great-womens-vacations.com

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Prepare Your Taste Buds for Andalucía Culinary Tours Chef Mike Powell and his wife Hilary are passionate about Andalucía Spain, its culture, history, art and cuisine, and they love to share it with guests by hosting art and culinary vacations, aptly named ‘A Flavour of Spain’. Guests are welcomed to savour and explore southern Spain through these vacations, with very personal and up close experiences provided by hosts Mike and Hilary. Andalucía is known for its sun-drenched whitewashed villages, olive groves, Moorish architecture, flamenco music and Mediterranean cuisine. Guests have the opportunity to explore Spanish culture, while enhancing and nurturing either their artistic or culinary talents at a leisurely pace in small group settings. All Flavour of Spain holidays take place at El Molino, The Old Mill, which is a beautifully renovated three house estate nestled in a rural valley surrounded by a trout stream, olive groves and white villages. It is hour equal distance from Malaga and Granada. The days are set up to provide plenty of time for art and cooking classes, personal time, fully escorted excursions and relaxation. There is always time to linger over lunch, tapas, and dinners; to swing by the stream or rest in the hammock under the pomegranate tree; to swim in the pool and watch the sheep being herded on the hillside; to walk to the nearby June, 2011

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villages or hike in the hills; and to finish your days with an evening stroll on a quiet country road that winds through the olive groves. Food is central to the Spanish way of life. The Foundation is olive oil, the Heart is the legacy of the Moorish culture, and the Magic is the Tapas ritual. Spain’s gastronomy is a wealth of colors, flavours and textures. There are only a few countries that have such a diversity of landscapes, wine types and cuisine as Spain. Mike is passionate about Spanish food, its freshness, the simplicity of preparation, and the quintessential flavours of Southern Spain… the Mediterranean diet at its best. The Tapas ritual is a digestive aid in itself. The sherry and tapas work their magic and take away hunger pangs, as well as creating the time for people

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to air their problems and frustrations, joys and pleasures, releasing the safety valve that has been forgotten in modern life. Cookery vacations include a mix of hands-on cooking sessions and demos; wine tastings; visits to local food and fish markets, wineries, Rute Museo de Jamon (ham museum), and to the Baena organic olive oil mill; and excursions with sight-seeing, shopping, dining out and even a flamenco show. During the cookery vacations, guests discover the joys of Mediterranean food using the finest local ingredients and learning the secrets of local dishes and wine pairings. Also, Mike and Hilary put together custom private cooking holidays, so if a wine club, culinary group, group of friends or business associates wants to create their own cooking vacation in Spain, Mike and Hilary will customize every detail to suit the group, including add-ons such as Spanish language lessons, spa experiences, and additional excursions. For the art vacations, even though Mike himself is an artist, he is too busy preparing his exceptional meals for guests, so highly successful artists lead the workshops. If you want to spend a couple of weeks on an art or culinary vacation in the countryside in the south of Spain at a lovingly restored Old Mill, spend your days painting or learning to cook beautiful Spanish cuisine, explore Spain in small escorted groups, discover the joy and health of delicious Spanish cooking, join hosts Mike and Hilary in Spain on A Flavour of Spain Vacation. They have brought together the

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place, instructors and opportunities for you to experience the cuisine and culture of Andalucía and to inspire your culinary and artistic abilities. Through Spanish country cooking and Spanish-inspired recipes, excellent art teachers at a tranquil country setting, they will stimulate your artistic talents and encourage them to flourish. By Tina Baird http://www.flavourofspain.net


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Volunteer vacations are growing in popularity all around the world. Explore the unique projects organized for voluntourists in Ecuador and Peru, learn how to choose your tour operator, and what to expect from your trip.


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Voluntourism and Positive Social Impact Over the last decade, many of the cataclysmic events that have shaped our global awareness of the economic contribution of the travel industry to destinations have come as a result of its starkly-contrasted absence in the aftermath of devastation. Think of New York following September 11th. Think of Southeast Asia following the tsunami. Think of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. And think of China, Haiti, and Chile following the earthquakes. Doubtless, in each of these destinations, the economic loss associated with declines in travel and tourism was significant. But, what was not immediately evident, yet has increasingly come to our attention during these past ten years, is the travel industry’s growing potential to be the delivery vehicle for direct, social impact that benefits destinations. Voluntourism, blending voluntary service and travel, has seen notable adoption among travelers and the industry alike since the turn of the millennium. Clearly, the travel industry, through voluntourism, is embarking on a new role, one with which it is not wholly familiar. This is not a reinvention, however; it represents a realization. Travel in the 21st Century demands experiential authenticity and, therefore, the inclusion of all elements of the destination – be they dark, light, or gray. Today’s travelers are seeking a personal encounter with the destinaJune, 2011

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tion, its people and environment. Passivity is giving way to a requisite of active engagement; only then can a traveler begin to approach satisfaction. And today’s destinations – residents and the environment – are demanding a travel industry that is engaged, supportive, and approaching sustainability with an enthusiasm that is equal to that of their own. In this new role, the travel industry’s social impact can indeed be measured in the customary, quantitative manner; nevertheless, the qualitative measurement of such ‘intangibles’ as goodwill or a deepening of the relationship between traveler and destination, poses a vast opportunity, one that has never been truly explored. It is this very exploration, into a realm of inspiration no less, which may prove to be the most exciting adventure for the travel industry thus far. How do we begin this process? Certainly, any entity can adopt its own measurement guidelines and ‘accounting’ formulas for social impact. Some have already done so in annual reports on corporate social responsibility and philanthropy. However, most of these reports speak specifically to the financial outlay or in-kind support of philanthropic efforts or NGOs, or they may speak of the direct contributions of employees. With the introduction of travelers into this already-existing mix, not only do we have a new set of quantitative data to consistently measure and track, but we have an opportunity to share unique testimonials, photos, and videos demonstrating the net positive social benefit that can be generated through travel.

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Voluntourism is not a public relations campaign for the travel industry; rather, it is a public awareness-raising campaign designed to emphasize the consumer’s role in the advancement of the well-being of destinations. The long-term health and sustainability of destinations across the globe is enhanced by travel that unites social beneficence and net, economic benefit. The travel industry is best-

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suited to play the role of delivery system and enable travelers to contribute, as effectively and efficiently as possible, to projects aligned with goals and objectives set forth by communities on behalf of residents and/or the environment. Projects will vary from destination to destination. Some projects will focus on such things as food security, clean water, or micro-enterprise development. Others will conflict with our notions of sustainability: take the recent voluntourist-led effort to build a community theater in Haiti on the outskirts of a tent city. Yet, it was exactly what residents wanted – a place where they can laugh or cry or dance or sing to Hollywood’s finest, and not so fine, creative expressions. Voluntourism represents the true hospitality and service that is inherently built into the DNA of the travel industry. All we are proposing to do through voluntourism is extrapolate the footprint of this hospitality and service, to extend to consumers the chance to have a reciprocal relationship with destinations. Ultimately, voluntourism affords travelers an opportunity to transform what they receive in the form of art, culture, history, geography and recreation, into what they give back in honor of these priceless gifts.

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Ecuador's Volunteer Vacations for "Grown Ups" It is not hard to identify volunteer needs in developing countries such as Ecuador. However, there is always a challenge in finding reliable in-country organizations with a track record of efficiently matching the willing volunteer with creative, reliable service projects. Better yet is to discover organizations that make all living and working arrangements, and shepherd volunteers through their chosen experience (including any crisis!) from arrival to departure. I was fortunate to discover Quito-based LEAD Adventures (lead-adventures.com) whose dedicated staff carries out these services year round with a creative menu of well-researched options on the country's mainland and in the Galapagos Islands. Launched in 2004 by Ecuadorian Enrique Torres, following years of university study and investment banking work in the U.S., the company has made arrangements for over 2,000 participants in conservation, social service, sports development and education. Best of all, the LEAD team understands the needs and interests of adult participants, offering alternatives and customization to what they call their "Grown Up" clients, 35 and older. While the majority of clients are still in their teens and 20s, LEAD reports a rapidly growing clientele of adult travelers and family groups June, 2011

Nine women from Britain joined forces for a threeweek Galapagos Islands volunteer and adventure program, among LEAD Adventures most popular itineraries. Photo credit: Trudie Udell

for certain projects. It also pays a commission for travel agent bookings. Very reasonable prices vary from project to project usually including a comprehensive orientation at LEAD's Quito office, many meals, airport transfers, travel insurance for direct bookings only, 24-hour-a-day emergency support, and organization of Spanish classes in some locations. Volunteer accommodation varies from on-site dormitory-style out in the

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country to well-situated hostels and homestays in the city. Many city-based options may be customized by choice of accommodation and other support services. Volunteers may also choose to do more than one program (minimum two weeks each) to experience different projects and parts of the country. Here is a glimpse of two experiences of my own to illustrate Ecuador options suitable for Grown Up volunteers. A private Animal Rescue Center on the edge of the Ecuadorian has its own English-speaking volunteer coordinator from Holland, and several hand built cabins on the property. The Flores family lives on this vast jungle property themselves, treating every volunteer as an honored guest in their home and country. German Flores and his son, Jorge, are both passionate about their mission of animal rescue, rehabilitation and re-introduction to the wild where possible. As we toured many acres of well-maintained buildings and jungle-setting enclosures, we met Chilean veterinarian, Tatiana, patiently feeding an abandoned new-born coati with a tiny milk bottle. She had read about Yanacocha on the internet and flown north to volunteer for two months. Another participant, Australian Alex Wilson, had heard about the rescue center from friends while he was traveling in


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At an Amazon Animal Rescue Center, volunteers are the care and feeding of indigenous wild animals dropped off as infants or in an injured state. Photo credit: LEAD Adventures

South America. Now after 10 days he was quite the pro with preparing quantities of fruit and veggies for each rescued critter twice a day and delivering buckets and wheelbarrows of June, 2011

specialized menus to each enclosure. We were soon pressed into chopping service ourselves (the animals come first!) and later into helping with dinner preparation in the well-equipped volunteer kitchen and outdoor dining area. Back at Quito's 10,000-foot elevation, my focus switched from animals to people with the Villa Tica Street Children Daycare. Its goal is to help pre-school children of single and teen working mothers, and to offer support to impoverished families in the neighborhood. On the street, you can't miss the three-storey whitewashed building with black and white cows dancing all over it. Inside, colorful murals decorate every wall of the secure interior courtyard full of playground equipment. Each nursery and classroom is divided by age from six months to five years. This is much more than a safe haven and a babysitting service for 100 lucky children. Besides receiving health programs not otherwise available to them, donated clothes and the only nutritional meals of their day, there are creative educational programs, especially for the three, four and five year olds. These are planned by accredited Ecuadorian pre-school teachers and delivered with the helping hands and loving support of many international volunteers. Villa Tica has achieved a great deal since it was started by three Dutch women who came to Ecuador as volunteers themselves in 2002 and stayed to establish this inspiring charity which began operations in 2004. I was treated to an animated sing-a-long of "head and shoulders, knees and toes" in English by the class of four-year-olds. To my astonishment, the Ecuadorian teacher then proudly

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A Sample of Ecuador’s Volunteer Possibilities

While in Ecuador, I researched the following four options and interviewed adult volunteers (age 35 and up). Contact LEAD Adventures (lead-adventures.com) for project details. • Amazon Animal Rescue Center (lead-adventures.com/grown-up/index.php?/AmazonDetails/) six hours by public bus or car from Quito is a privately-funded operation for rescued and confiscated wild animals indigenous to Ecuador. The goal is to return them to their natural habitat if at all possible. • Villa Tica Daycare Center (lead-adventures. com/index.php?/Street-Children-QuitoDetails/) in Quito supports 100 children (6 months to 5 years old) of teenage and single mothers, as well as children of financiallydestitute families. • Extreme Response City Dump Daycare (leadadventures.com/grown-up/index.php?/ Zambiza-Details/) in Quito supports 40 to 50 pre-school children of trash dump-working families, located right at the dump site. • Galapagos Adventures (lead-adventures. com/grown-up/index.php?/Galapagos-Experience-Details/) is an enriching land-based introduction to three key islands, combining well-planned volunteer days and educational vacation days during two or three week programs. A different way to visit the Galapagos at a fraction of the cruise options!

encouraged me to talk to the twenty children in English rather than in Spanish! Clearly, they had not just memorized a catchy song. Even at such a young age and within the impoverished


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Ten Tips for Taking a Volunteer Vacation These days, many travelers are forgoing traditional vacations in order to take part in a volunteer vacation. Volunteer vacations gives average travelers the chance to volunteer abroad by taking part in a worthwhile project such as helping to preserve endangered wild animals or ecosystems through wildlife conservation programs, often in remote parts of the world, and much more. Dr. Matthias Hammer, Executive Director of non-profit wildlife conservation volunteer organization Biosphere Expeditions, offers his top ten tips on how to choose the right volunteer vacation: 1. Make sure it is a well-established organization with a proven track record of making a real difference in the projects it has become involved with – has it won any awards for its work? 2. If for example the project is about wildlife conservation, make sure that the program is run on verifiable scientific grounds. While you give your time as an interested traveler who wants to make a difference, you need to have peace of mind that the project you are helping with is being run by a qualified scientist. 3. Ask where your money goes. To truly make a difference, it is best if as much money and resources as possible go to help the local June, 2011

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environment in the country the project is in. Reputable organizations will always publish information about how funds are distributed to the public. Make sure that the organization keeps you up to date on how your volunteer project is progressing. Even though you may have only been there for one or two weeks, many volunteer programs run for many years. Make sure that you will be sent regular reports to see what is happening with the program. Many volunteer vacations will take place in remote parts of the world where you may have close encounters with potentially dangerous wild animals. Make sure the organization that you are volunteering with has an excellent safety record and takes the whole issue seriously. Do some background research on your expedition leader and make sure that they are qualified. To some extent you may be putting your life in their hands, so you need to be sure they have all the necessary qualifications. Determine what new skills you will learn on your volunteer vacation and how you will be taught these skills. One of the biggest bonuses of a volunteer program may be learning something new in an exciting environment and you want to make sure that

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the people who are teaching you are well qualified. 8. Make sure that you have clear goals about what you hope to accomplish out of the whole experience and don’t be afraid to ask questions or seek the views of travelers who have gone before you. Reputable organizations will always offer to put you in touch with previous travellers – if they don’t, beware.


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9. Find out who you will be traveling with. As you may be virtually living “next door” to each other for some time, you need to be comfortable with the type of people you are likely to be with. The organization should be able to tell you about the kind of people who typically attends their projects. Facebook, blog pages, and social media outlets can be invaluable information gathering tools for volunteer vacations. 10. Most importantly, determine if it will be fun. Although most volunteer vacations

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have a serious purpose, you should have fun considering that you are spending your valuable vacation time “giving back”. For more tips, advice, and information about volunteer vacations and volunteer wildlife conservation programs visit the Biosphere Expeditions website at www.biosphere-expeditions. org or contact info@biosphere-expeditions. org. http://www.biosphere-expeditions.org

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Travel and Volunteer in Peru’s Orphanage and School Volunteer tourism begins on the individual level, with a desire to both explore and positively contribute to the communities visited during a journey abroad. For highly visited countries such as Peru, the financial benefits of traditional tourism are obvious but organizations such as Traveller Not Tourist take the concept a step further by integrating the social, cultural, and economic advantages of travel. Founders Jay and Luis Chavez aimed to create a non-profit organization that connected foreign visitors with locals in a way that would foster a self-sustaining immersion experience to enrich the lives of all involved. Not only do volunteers assist with the daily operation of the school and orphanage sustained by the program, but they also have the opportunity to help by booking tours through the in-house travel agency, which donates 50% of all profits back to the program. Fundraising efforts have also gone international with the preliminary establishment of a UK based charity called Pachawawas, formed to support the work being done in Peru. Benefiting the Local Community

Projects available to volunteers include the Casa Hogar Luz Alba orphanage and the Flora Tristan community school. Finished in 2010, the school was constructed almost exclusively June, 2011

by the hands of volunteers and serves as a place for children in the outlying community to practice and speak English. Because tourism in Arequipa is such a profitable business, speaking English is both a highly-desired and marketable skill. Attendance is free of cost and children from ages three to eighteen find a safe place to learn and play within the walls of this colorful, five classroom building. Unique from other TESL programs, the teaching here is conducted solely by volunteers who develop their own curriculum and administer all lessons and activities based on the level of comprehension of each class. Small construction projects also arise at the school, allowing for continual growth and expansion and attracting travellers who prefer the challenge of more physically demanding activities. The Casa Hogar Luz Alba orphanage is a home for about 20 children under the age of twelve. Volunteers assist orphanage staff to provide constant care and attention to each child during formative years of psychological and physical growth. The good work done here is apparent as children who have been abused or abandoned find a comfortable, loving place to live and thrive under the supervision of adults. Besides spending quality time with the children, volunteers help with housework such as cooking and cleaning, homework

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completion, playing games, and short outings to visit the doctor or enjoy the sunshine. Volunteer Gemma Smiddy adds, “Helping out at the orphanage allowed me to meet other volunteers, create lasting friendships, and participate in a more worthwhile cause as opposed to just being a tourist, which is a bit more selfindulgent. The children at Casa Hogar are so loved, and their safety and well being are our first priority.” Meaningful Exploration

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concept of cultural immersion. Many other programs charge significant fees to participate in voluntourism, whereas Traveller Not Tourist keeps costs low through the operation of an inhouse travel agency, personal Spanish lessons, and local fundraising. Living in Arequipa has its perks: the city is not only a culinary treasure with delicacies like cuy chactado (roasted guinea pig) and chicha morada (fermented corn drink), but it is also in the vicinity of excellent hiking and trekking opportunities such as Colca and Cotahuasi Canyons and volcanoes Misti, Ampato, and Chachani. The recent addition of a full-time travel operator at the office allows volunteers to easily plan trips – even at the last minute  – knowing that their travel arrangements are booked with reputable local guides at fair prices. Traveller Not Tourist stands apart by offering programs of varied length, for those travellers who have anywhere from one day to one year to give to the organization. Living arrangements June, 2011

while volunteering will also suit just about any taste, with options to live at a homestay, bed and breakfast, or at the volunteer house in town. With so many choices to tailor the experience of each volunteer, combined with the visible difference that Traveller Not Tourist is making in the lives of those in Arequipa, travellers who are looking to give and receive joy will continue to find their way to the doorstep of the Andes. By Jessica Ward http://www.travellernottourist.com

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ADVENTURE The World of Hunting

Adventurous and exciting holidays? For many travelers this means hunting trips and safari. Discover the best hunting destinations, learn about bow hunting, and explore the dove shooting capital of the world.


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Top 10 Hunting Destinations in the World Hunting for food has been the primary source of sustenance for man since the Stone Age; however with farming of animals and easy availability of food, hunting has become a popular recreational activity for people. An extremely popular sport in the Africa’s and America’s, this is also a major source of income for these continents.

was heavily poached thus resulting in dwindling population of animals. However, the initiative of the government in working with locals in promoting sustained hunting has revived Mozambique’s hunting industry. One can claim the Lion, Leopard, Cape Buffalo and Elephant as trophies from their hunting expeditions. Other unusual game trophies such as Kudu, Chobe bushbuck, Nyala, Eland and Crocodile are also hunted in Mozambique.

1. Tanzania

Tanzania is a country with beautiful national parks and game reserves. It is also called the African hunter’s paradise and is considered as the ultimate hunting destination. There are numerous game reserves in this land which is abundant with flora and fauna. The Selous Game Reserve is the largest hunting ground in the world dedicated to conduct hunts. The lion, buffalo and exotic species such as Sitatunga, Lesser Kunduk and Gerenuk are the popular animals hunted here. Other parks you must visit for game hunting are the Gombe Stream National Park, Mkomazi Game Reserve for Rhinos, Monduli Mountains, Ugalla. These reserves are not very well-known though offer wide variety of games to hunters.

3. South Africa

South Africa is the destination to be for hunters seeking ‘luxury and that something extra’ while on a hunt. It is easily accessible from all over the world thus making it a preferred hunting destination. The world-famous Kruger National Park, Pilanesberg Game reserve, Kalahari Gemsbok National Park are some of the parks which offer a multitude of big game hunting. One can hunt game such as Nyala, Suni, White Rhino and Gnu apart from Buffaloes, Elephants, Lions etc. 4. Namibia

Earlier a favorite gaming spot among Europeans it is also gaining popularity among North American hunters. It offers a diverse selection of hunts such as the Elephant, Lion, Cape Buffalo, Leopard, Rhino and Steenbuck for hunting enthusiasts.

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8. Canada

Canada offers vast and beautiful landscapes to hunt and fish. The choices available for hunting big game are plentiful. One can head to Ontario for Deer and Waterfowl, Newfoundland for Caribou and Hare. Moose and Grouse are other games popular among hunters. For an extremely challenging and exciting hunt one should go for a fishing expedition to the North i.e. Yukon, upper Quebec to fish for the traditional Seal, Arctic Fox and even the Beluga Whale. A hunting trip in Canada is an experience one will never forget. 9. Argentina

5. Montenegro

Located in Southeastern Europe this small country has relatively untouched landscapes and beautiful rugged countryside. Hunting in Montenegro is an actively practiced sport as the wildlife thrives in its rich jungles and forests. A wide variety of bird species are available for hunting such as quail, duck, turtledove, snipe; while the wild boar, bears, rabbits, chamois and wolves are also allowed to be hunted. The Skadarsko Jezero, Mount Durmitor, Bjelopavlicka vally, Crmnica and Ulcinj are popular hunting grounds in Montenegro. 6. Belarus

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marshy tracts. It also has 11,000 pristine lakes and 40% of its land is covered with forest area thus perfect for hunting and fishing game. Their national animal – the European Bison – is an exciting game to hunt. Among other big games, the Elk, Red Deer, Roe Deer, Wild Boar and Wolf which provides exciting challenges.

Argentina has one of the most regulated and organized hunting industry in the world. This country is rich in its biodiversity and provides some of the best games for hunting. Due to its close proximity to Antarctica a wide assortment of birds and animals thrive here. Dove and Pigeons are hunted throughout the year while hunters seeking higher challenges can focus on the Blackbuck Antelope, Stags, Pumas and Water Buffalo. This place is a must-visit for any hunting enthusiast. 10. Uruguay

7. Cambodia

After hunting was banned in 1954 in Cambodia the government finally opened doors to hunters in 2009. It is actively working with locals to promote sustainable hunting thus preserving Cambodia’s rich wildlife. For hunters who have money to spend Cambodia offers expeditions into underground jungles where one can hunt elephants, reptiles and birds.

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Uruguay is not as well-known as its southern neighbor though it offers a variety of birds and animals for game hunting. Hunting for ducks is the most popular game in Uruguay. Other game are pigeons, doves, freshwater fish are also available. http://top-10-list.org


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Safari: Hunting Trips in South Africa

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To go through one’s life without having at least once been to Africa is a life without that spicy ingredient. Once the African sun kisses you on your cheek and the sunset bids you a good night, your life will simply never be the same. And then of course once the "safaribug" bites you, it is over and done with, for you

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will seek that African sunrise and sunset as it has become an integral part of your soul and wellbeing. On any hunting trip in Africa, whether it is for plains game or African Big Game hunting the experience is one of everlasting reality. And just as the memories start to fade, the "safari-bug" bites you again, and you find yourself heading to Africa for yet another African hunting safari. South Africa hunting is equally if not more attractive than hunting in any other part of Africa given all the species available to hunt. Hunting in South Africa also offers the sought after Buffalo roaming Tanzania, when booking a safari for big game hunting. Although the term game hunting South Africa might imply that all species resort to game, in a sense it is true, but we distinguish three main categories of the game: Mini-Antelope, of which the Blue Duiker, Red Duiker and Suni are included. Plains-game, of which most of the larger antelope are made up of and then the Dangerous Six, of which the Elephant, Hippopotamus, Rhinoceros, Buffalo, Lion and Leopard and referred to by hunters as doing big game hunting when hunting these dangerous animals. When booking a hunting trip of African Hunting Safari, we strongly recommend being in your best physical condition possible for a good hunt and a quality memorable safari experience. In the African bush, conditions might be difficult for the hunters. Although hunting is normally conducted during typical winter months in South Africa, conditions


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during the day can be very challenging with respect to the ambient temperature and the dry air. The South African hunting safaris are conducted mainly in drier climate regions with the exception of the coastal region where the humidity is much higher and makes for an even tougher hunt. A fit hunter with mental alertness will find it a lot easier to concentrate when perusing his quarry getting to adjust his eyes to the vegetation in the field. Each region where game hunting is done in South Africa has a unique makeup of grass, trees, shrubs and bushes delivering either: grass lands, river rines, savannas or thick bushveld areas.

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In these areas all senses available to the hunter must be utilized in giving him the best opportunity to outsmart his quarry and be successful in harvesting his trophy he came to collect. So as much as there is a good Professional Hunter guiding the hunter hunting game during his African hunting safaris, the hunter also contributes to the memorable hunting experience. By Kobus Vrey The author is a licensed hunting outfitter, professional hunter, and taxidermist. Kobus a third generation hunter currently owns Shingelani Safaris, an African Hunting Safari company founded in 2002. http://www.shingelani.com http://EzineArticles.com

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Hunting in France – An Unforgettable Experience In Lorraine, France, wild boar numbers have been on the rise since 1999, when sheltered areas of dense vegetation were put aside for the animals. “Hunters killed 19,000 wild boars between 1997 and 1998,” said Olivier Schoenstein, head of the regional hunting federation. In 1999, that figure topped 50,000. Needless to say, Lorraine is one of the best places to hunt for wild boar in France. The beautiful castle Hattonchatel Chateau offers boar shooting and hunting holidays; arrangements for hunting can be organised for both small and large groups. In recent years it has become more and more popular to go crossbow hunting, these types of hunting trips can also be arranged by Hattonchatel management. A growing number of hunters wish for something more than the regular one-day-hunt. That is why you can participate in hunting breaks lasting two or three days. Either solemnly focusing on hunting throughout the holiday period, or combining the trip with other types of exciting activities – such as golf, water sports at the Lac du Madine , wine and cheese tasting, culinary events or day trips to some of the beautiful historic cities such as Metz, Nancy and Verdun. June, 2011

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The European wild boar’s body is similar with the bison’s body but it is heavier and higher in the shoulders region. The boar’s body is covered with coarse, thin hair. In most cases, wild boars are black but in some cases, they can be brown or silver-gray. The boars are born with stripes from their nose to the tail which

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will fade when the boar reaches six up to nine weeks old. Wild boars are known to inhabit lots of different areas which in some cases is quite annoying as these animals do a lot of harm to the nature. European Wild Boar has always been said to be the most intelligent of game animals. A fully grown wild boar is around 1 m tall and weighs


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sows may give birth to more than one litter per year. At about one year, permanent tusks start growing; their sexual maturity is reached in their first year of life. They live for around 10 years but there are some cases in which the European wild boar lived for even 27 years. The boar hunting season starts in Lorraine on the 1st of September and continues to the 15th of April, but hunting yearling and piglets is permitted all year. The best time to hunt wild boar in France is from November to January, when the snow makes the Boar more visible or during a full moon because of the light. Pheasant Hunting

between 90 kg and 140 kg. The sow is slightly smaller, being only 90 cm tall and weighing between 70 kg and 90 kg. Both boars and sows are armed with big sharp tusks. The European wild boars vary in colour from rusty brown to dark black and piglets are brown with light horizontal stripes. Wild boars can breed all year round, with a litter of 8 to 10 June, 2011

piglets being born after a gestation period of 4 months. As far as the reproduction is concerned, the males are capable of breeding year round. Female boars are able of farrowing any month. Most of the female boar farrow only once per year, but there are some cases (when food is abundant for example) when some of the

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Perhaps the most popular out of the various bird hunting trips is pheasant hunting  – and it has been that way for hundreds of years, since these birds were first brought to Europe in the 10th century. Although things are very different nowadays, our passion for hunting these creatures remains untouched and to some extent it seems to defy the time. Many explanations can be found but one of the most plausible seems to come from our inner desire to be as free as these beautiful creatures are when they fly. Pheasant hunting in France is an unforgettable experience. Hunt for pheasants in the region of Lorraine and you will not be disappointed.

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Cordoba – Dove Shooting Capital of the World For those who have never undertaken a dove shooting trip in Cordoba, Argentina, it is an experience which must rank as a ‘must do’ in any keen shot’s ‘list of things to do before you die’. Quite apart from the sheer volume of doves in Cordoba, the variety of the shooting is staggering. The Dove Shooting

Birds fly simultaneously in almost every direction, breaking, banking and swirling with many at heights that will test even the most expert of shots. The birds fly literally in waves, darkening the skies and whether you wish to focus on sheer numbers or go for the most challenging shots the options are yours. Cordoba is rightly considered the dove shooting capital of the world. is the South American shooting lodge that sets the standards for others to follow. The 100 square mile radius (160 km) around Pica Zuro, the shooting lodge close to Cordoba City, is inhabited annually by over 40 million dove. For the uninitiated this is quite possibly shooting heaven and whether you are a veteran or a relative novice you will be able to find sport to match. Pica Zuro and its sister lodge La Dormida enjoy 55 privately held shooting fields, all within a scenic drive through the region’s rich June, 2011

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dens, orchards and a lake. There are 9 en suite bedrooms which can accommodate a maximum of 15 guests, a spacious and comfortable sitting room and a well stocked complimentary bar. Throughout your stay whether it be in the field or lodge dining room you will have a choice of delicious traditional and international dishes including the finest quality Argentine beef. Carefully selected Argentinean wines complement the dishes. Best Times to Go

This is a true all year round location and makes an excellent addition to any other activities you might have in mind during a trip to Argentina or Chile. Combined with the fabulous Sea Trout fishing in Tierra del Fuego or Patagonia or indeed Golden Dorado fishing in the Iberian marsh area it makes for an amazing sporting holiday. Non-shooting options

farmland. At all times please remember that this is not just sport for sports sake as the doves in Argentina are considered an endemic plague. Local farmers openly welcome the tiny levels of attrition which shooting parties have on the numbers of these ultra-prolific birds. The province of Córdoba is centrally located in Argentina and enjoys a mild climate that changes little throughout the year. The thousands of acres of grain crops, coupled with

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suitable roosting conditions, have produced a dove population that is sustained at 23 million birds. Many shooters return from Córdoba saying, "You have to see it to believe it!" The Lodge

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Pica Zuro is an extremely comfortable lodge and has a full range of facilities both inside and outside the lodge, which includes a swimming pool. Non–shooting guests can happily relax at the lodge morning or afternoon and join the shooting party at some stage during the day should they wish. In addition, guided tours of the historical city of Cordoba can be arranged as well as horse riding trips. By Justin Maxwell-Stuart http://www.wherewisemenshoot.com


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Bow Hunting: Explore Namibia with a Bow in Your Hand Bow hunting is one of the finest ways to hunt, despite countless developments and an array of modern weapons available to today’s hunter. Going Back in Time

The bow hunt takes us back thousands of years, connecting us with our Stone Age ancestors. Even though the bows we have used toady have developed considerably from the ancient willow bows the techniques required and spirit remains the same – making bow hunting both challenging and rewarding. Modern bows fire further and straighter, and sink deeper into the prey, bows are strong and durable and may include complex sighting. All this gives the hunter added advantage over the prey, however skill, and an expert knowledge of the prey is essential to allow the hunter to get in close to the prey and make the desired clean kill. The hunter must be cautious to remain up wind, or masking the animal’s sense of smell, sight and sound. Like hunting with rifles, modern bow hunting requires appropriate licensing and planning.

bit of a secret for hunters, until now. Situated in the north-eastern part of the country you will find 15,000 acres of pristine, private hunting area, set aside exclusively for bow hunting. This is true bushveld and an African experience awaits you upon arrival. Bow hunting safari has been organized here since it was legalized in the country back in 1998, making it one of the oldest bow hunting areas in Namibia. Hunting is

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conducted by ambush, in areas frequently used by game and/or walk and stalk methods. All the blinds (elevated and/or pit type), are placed in the best wind direction and are custom built near waterholes or salt licks with average shot distances being around 15 yards. Portable blinds are sometimes set up to ambush game on game trails and on nearby hunting concessions.


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Various other hunting concessions (approx. 50,000 acres) are available within close proximity to the main area. February to end of May provide a lot of cover and an abundance of water in the bush, therefore we recommend spot and stalk at that time. June- September are normally the best months for bow hunting. October and November see temperatures rising but animals can normally be found closer to the

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waterholes, which provide very good hunting opportunities. All animal species available within the hunting area are truly wild African game, ensuring a real challenging hunt. Enjoy one of the best bow hunting destinations available in Namibia. http://www.africanhuntingholidays.com http://www.eurohunt.co.uk

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Destination Mongolia: Going Hot and Cold

Mongolia – known for its vast plains, Nomads and cheerful feasts. Discover the country that is opening up to the global tourist offering pristine nature, rocky mountains as well as tours through the modern capital Ulaanbaatar.


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Mongolia – The Wild Land of Nomads

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Mongolia is one of the last unspoiled pristine lands on our small planet – wild, splendid and virtually intact vastness. Snow-capped mountains, ancient volcanoes, virgin forests, placid lakes, pure rivers full of freshwater fish and steppes that are serenely white or multi-coloured from lush green, bronze or yellow grass ... Fauna and flora, although threatened to some extent by the whims of nature or human excesses, are extraordinarily diverse and exuberant especially during warm seasons. Despite its ceasing resorts of loneliness, it is still an inhabited wilderness, known in its unique recesses only by Mongolians who have roamed the vast plains for centuries. These friendly and cordial people embody the spirit of this harsh nature, to which they belong, love and know so much about. A half of its 2.5 million inhabitants still preserve a nomadic lifestyle, freely migrating in the steppes, mountains and deserts and living on livestock breeding and natural resources, following thousand-year-old traditions.

Did You Know? • That Mongolians are the only people who have 54 names for a horse. • That the first National Park in the world was established in Mongolia? In 1778 the Bogd Khaan moun­tain range was declared as a National Park. • That territory of Mongolia is three times the size of France but its population is 30 times less than that of France. MongoliaTourism.gov.mn

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Although "urbanized", the other half never loses an occasion to adventure into the infinite steppes both for pleasure and necessity. Mongols are nomads in the heart. However, unlike other few nomadic nations on earth, their lifestyle is naturally recognized by the country's leaders and compatriots. Mongolia is a free democratic country where the economy, obviously marked by the collapse of a communist system once very firmly established, depends mainly on livestock that is ten times more than the country's population. Sheep, horse, camel, goat, cow and yak herds graze on rich semi-wild vast pastures triple the size of France. The two terrible winters of 2000 and 2001 had a severe impact on the country. Many nomadic families who lost their herds migrated to settle in the urban areas, mainly in the capi-

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tal city, the population of which has reached over a million in the last two years Independence of this country after centuries of Manchu domination followed by Russian control and survival of a virtually unchanged way of life and culture for centuries is almost a miracle. Proud of their glorious history, Mongols live in peace with their powerful neighbors joining again their beliefs as Animists and Buddhists. Despite its geographical enclavement Mongolia opens to the world, and this opening desired by the majority of Mongols will enable them to test the strength of their identity and to carry a message of peace, harmony and tolerance by the powerful winds of the steppes. http://www.e-mongol.com

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Mongolia’s Tourism Industry Facing Challenges the travel choices of international consumers. The number of arrivals and departures declined in 2010. The impact of the global economic downturn caused travel and tourism products and services to shrink. The ongoing global economic crisis discouraged many would be travelers in recession-hit markets such as the US, the UK, Japan and Canada. The number of outbound travelers, which is underdeveloped, fell significantly as Mongolian consumers stayed at home. With holidaying still considered a luxury, Mongolian consumers were further discouraged by weakened purchasing power, persistent inflationary pressure and a lower exchange rate, and as a result, travelling abroad was low on their list of priorities during 2010. China Grows in Importance

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heavily. Mongolia has felt the impact of the global economic crisis more heavily than most countries in Asia. The number of inbound arrivals fell as weak purchasing power affected both the ability to travel and

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China has continued to grow in importance as the leading source of inbound arrivals over the review period. China’s growing economic power and geographic proximity have fuelled greater interest in Mongolia. This has helped drive growth in the number of trips to Mongolia. Chinese businesses and government have increased their demand for development and investment in the country’s natural resources,


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infrastructure and tourism, including highways and hotels. Government Involvement – below the Expectations

As a developing economy and a small population the growing interest in Mongolia has lead to an almost exclusive focus on the country’s natural resources, often at the expense of industries with great economic potential. Many industry players feel that the government has not sufficiently promoted Mongolia abroad. At the same time, improvements in the tourismrelated infrastructure have been slow. This has created a difficult environment for industry players, with smaller operators especially feeling the brunt of the economic downturn.

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Tourism Focus Expanding beyond Ulaanbaatar

Ulaanbaatar has long dominated Mongolia’s travel and tourism industry. The capital city is home to the nation’s only international airport. As a capital city, Ulaanbaatar functions as an economic centre for the rapidly expanding domestic resources industry and is a political and cultural hub. Relatively little focus has been placed on significant tourism developments outside of the capital city.

boring markets, awareness of Mongolia as an appealing holiday destination, particularly for adventure travelers, is set to help stimulate growth in international arrivals. Outbound tourist trips are forecast to recover even later since approvals are needed for outbound travels. In the long term, greater infrastructure development by the government will lead to a gradual improvement and expansion of the nation’s road and highway network, which will boost domestic travel and support international arrivals.

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Mongolia Changing Tourism Landscape

Mongolia, the land of endless steppes and nomadic traditions is changing; it is happening very fast but is it a change for good or rather a change for worse? Mongolia is undergoing an economic change  – the land of Genghis Khan is evolving fast and the country has recently joined the world of rapidly developing nations. Thanks to the abundance of mineral resources, the country has opened itself up to large global mining June, 2011

players keen to make the most of its underground wealth. The GDP of the country is set to triple over the next few years with its small population (3 million) set to become one of the globally wealthiest per capita within the next 10 years. This change is apparent the most in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar where its citizens sport new Louis Vuitton bags, where cars are new and expensive and where ostentatious displays

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of wealth are becoming increasingly common. This is also visible in the new luxury skyscrapers appearing all over the city and the new shopping malls bustling with expensive goods. This has both positive and negative impacts on the country and its tourism industry. Among the positive effects is the development of the transport infrastructure. A richer country can invest in improving roads, opening new airline routes and providing incentives to the private sector to invest in hospitality and tourism. The investments of the private sector can be already seen in the development of international brand hotels in Ulaanbaatar. Shangri-La, Hilton, Best Western, Sheraton and Ramada are all in construction and set to open in the next couple of years. The new Ramada Hotel and Suites will be the first international brand hotel to open in UB in June 2011 in the new Max towers near the Gandan Monastery. This will lead to a new phase in Mongolia’s tourism development since it will allow highend travelers to make the most of Mongolia’s natural beauty and enjoy its incredible diverse landscape. The country has a unique set of attractions including camels in the Gobi, yaks in the endless steppes of central Mongolia, reindeers in the distant northern mountains  – all of this mixed with vast lakes, sand dunes and some of the most pristine and untouched natural beauty on earth. Mongolia is one of the few countries in Asia to have retained its traditional nomadic heritage alive as an important part of its daily life. A large portion of the Mongolian population still lives as nomads and it provides an important basis for its economic development.


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It is equally likely that the increasing income per capita as well as the opening up of the country to high end tourism will promote the development of adventure sports and recreational activities such as flight schools, parachuting, go-karting, quad biking, hunting and the opening up of dedicated recreational parks and facilities all over the country. It is hoped that within a few years, Mongolia will be able to develop its tourism sector towards winter activities, thereby enabling the tourism sector to remain active throughout the year and allowing those working within it to become professional tourism operators instead of amateurs who consider it as a summer job. Of course, large scale mining operations scar the earth and destroy the natural beauty of Mongolia. Even responsible mining will leave

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a visible impact in the countryside. The positive impacts of Mongolia’s economic development far outweigh the negative damage though. Most important of all the development of Mongolia’s tourism sector will allow the country to obtain a diversified source of wealth which does not involve mining activities as well as employ a significant portion of the population. The challenge for Mongolia will be to manage carefully the enormous increases in revenues and not ruin its existing potential for the sake of cheap tourism or pleasing international operators looking for a more sterile environment for the tourists. By Christopher de Gruben http://www.mad-mongolia.com

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Like nearly one half of the Mongolian population, the capital city of Ulaanbaatar is a nomad. The city has changed locations more than twenty times over the past 350 years before taking root in its current location in a sweeping valley bounded by four sacred peaks, including the Bogd Khan mountain in the south. Besides its location the capital has also changed its names several times over the years, having been called Urguu from 1639 to 1706, Ih Huree from 1706 to 1911, Niislel Huree from 1911 to 1923, and finally Ulaanbaatar since 1924 (meaning “Red Hero”). But despite its many transformations, Mongolia’s capital has remained constant as the political, economic, and cultural center of the nation, and as a city rich in both character and contrast. Indeed there aren’t many world capitals in which you can ride a horse, visit a nomadic family, and enjoy fine dining and luxurious spa treatments all in the same day. Ulaanbaatar today is a vibrant city of more than one million residents. The city reflects a close and sometimes amusing juxtaposition of nomadic traditions and modern society, perhaps best summarized by its skyline dotted with both gers (felt tents) and towering skyscrapers. The city’s contrast can also be found among those who call it home, from traditional-clothing-clad herders, to Armani-suit-wearing business men and women, to a growing number of ex-patriots hailing from nearly every corner of the globe. Only in Ulaanbaatar you can find a horse cart bouncing down the central avenue alongside a Mercedes Benz, or a market selling both livestock and designer clothing. In short,


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there is something for everyone, and always a site to behold in Ulaanbaatar. If cities have a heart, and they certainly do, then the heart of Ulaanbaatar is Sukhbaatar Square. This sprawling plaza situated in front of the capital building, is the place where residents and visitors gather for celebrations, exhibitions, and concerts, or just for a leisurely stroll with friends. Running along the southern edge of the square is Enkh Taivny Orgon Choloo (Peace Avenue), Ulaanbaatar’s main thoroughfare, which spans from East to West across the city. On Peace Avenue, you’ll find a myriad of shopping hotspots, selling everything from cashmere, to antiques and souvenirs, to high fashion couture. You’ll also find a surprising variety of restaurants, bars, and cafes, serving up Italian, French, Korean, Chinese, Turkish,

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American, and Mongolian cuisine, to name but a few. Besides serving as the jumping off point for all travel throughout the country, Ulaanbaatar has much to offer its visitors. The city’s eight museums are bursting at the seams with treasures such as 3,000 year old Hunnu artifacts, prehistoric dinosaur bones, and Genghis Khanera armor and weapons. Dozens of cultural venues throughout the city present daily performances of dance, theatre, music, and contortionism. The city is also home to one of the world’s largest open air markets, Narantuul, with more than 2500 vendors selling everything under the sun. http://www.mongoliatourism.gov.mn

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Tourism in Mongolia: Getting Ready for Visitors Mongolia boasts of being the last and the least traveled tourist destination in the world. As the old saying goes ‘the best is kept to last’ – in 1991 after being hidden behind the communist iron curtain for seven decades, Mongolia opened up for adventurers and travelers. Many dreamed for years to visit the steppes where the great Genghis Khan was born and ruled the world. These dreams came true. Today, there are approximately one million nomads living in centuries old yurts, herding their livestock and fighting one of the world’s most extreme temperatures. Mongolia is rightly called ‘the lost country’ still relatively unknown to vast majority of tourists around the world. Tourism in Mongolia is relatively new compared to the rest of Asia and the world. You will not find well developed infrastructure, highly organized tours, neatly preserved tourist sights, and attractions in Mongolia. But these disadvantages are attracting the global nomads. Up until now, Mongolian tour operators were offering almost identical tours in a handful of tourist destinations in the country. The services also had little difference but the price range was noticeable. Due to small window of tourist season, the tourist companies were literally bidding for their clientele. The old systems were still strong with the same old leaders, thus, the old business environment left no chance for average tourist businesses to survive. June, 2011

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However, there are good signs and stats that show the growth of tourism in Mongolia. The biggest trend is the collaboration between the government and private sectors. Though the socio-economic and political systems of the country are still in transition stage, the government started supporting tourism in macro levels, providing the same opportunities to all, promoting better business environment and cooperation versus competition. Finally, every-

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one in the industry understands that we all together can succeed. There is a growing trend of specialization or niche products within the tourism sector. The growing numbers of companies specialize in their own fields such as cultural events, adventures trips, fishing, hunting etc. As the tourism develops, there will be more and more diversification in products, all working toward the same goal.

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The last trend is the significant shift of the use of social media marketing as opposed to traditional websites. Without exceptions the majority of tourist related companies have glowing flashy websites with zero to minimal traffic. However, some companies sensed the global trend in social media marketing on time, if not too late. So if you are planning to visit Mongolia, look for companies that provide services that you are interested in. If you are a true adventurer, the well known Mongol Rally is a must-see attraction. Mongolia provides a wide range of sights for naturalists. Search Facebook, Twitter for your niche. Today’s tourists can explore the country under much better conditions than the early visitors. Things change and they do change fast in Mongolia. And if you already experienced Mongolia in person, please, help spread the word out in your spheres of influence and circles of friends. Help us to make Mongolia better and brighter. By Tsogt-Erdene Khorloo http://www.mongolia-attractions.com


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Fairs & Exhibitions

Western Europe

 Etonnants Voyageurs  Location Start / End Provider Contact

France / Saint-Malo 11 June 2011 / 13 June 2011 Festival international du livre et du film info@etonnants-voyageurs.com

 Game Fair 2011  Location Start / End Provider Contact

France / Chambord 17 June 2011 / 19 June 2011 Lariviere Organisation organisation@editions-lariviere.fr

  World Health Tourism Congress  Location Start / End Provider Contact

Spain / Murcia 17 June 2011 / 19 June 2011 Grand Aurum Marketing and Aura Events Operations@auraevents.ae

 Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum   EUROAL: Latin American and European Fair      of Tourism, Art and Culture  Location

Spain / Torremolinos (Málaga)

Start / End

02 June 2011 / 04 June 2011

Provider

Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones Torremolinos

Contact

euroal@palacio-congresos.com

Location Start / End Provider Contact

Greece / Athens 21 June 2011 / 22 June 2011 Posidonia Exhibitions S.A. posidonia@posidonia-events.com

 Luonto & Erä  Location

Finland / Jyväskylä

Start / End

10 June 2011 / 12 June 2011

Provider

Jyväskylä Fair Ltd.

Contact

info@jklmessut.fi

 Vivre Côté Sud  Location

Aix-en-Provence

Start / End

10 June 2011 / 13 June 2011

Provider

Côté Maison (Groupe Express-Expansion, Express Roularta)

Contact

cristel@quaidelapresse.com et

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Fairs & Exhibitions

AFRICA/MIDDLE EAST

 Food & Hotel Arabia  Location

Saudi Arabia / Jeddah

Start / End

29 May 2011 / 01 June 2011

Provider

Al Harithy Company for Exhibitions Limited

Contact

international@acexpos.com

  Karibu Travel & Tourism Fair  Location

Tanzania / Arusha

Start / End

03 June 2011 / 05 June 2011

Provider

Karibu Trade Fair Limited

Contact

info@karibufair.com

  7 th ATLAS Africa Conference 2011  Location

Uganda / Kampala

Start / End

06 June 2011 / 08 June 2011

Provider

ATLAS

Contact

leontine.onderwater@atlas-euro.org

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Fairs & Exhibitions

North America

 HSMAI’s Affordable Meetings West  Location

USA / Long Beach, CA

Start / End

15 June 2011 / 16 June 2011

Provider

HSMAI

Contact

affordablemeetings@jspargo.com

 Spa & Resort/Medical Aesthetics     Expo & Conference  Location

USA / New York City, NY

Start / End

28 June 2011 / 29 June 2011

Provider

Reed Exhibitions

Contact

cronca@reedexpo.com

 NBTA Sports Travel Conference 

 IACP 2011 Conference  Location

USA / Austin, Texas

Start / End

01 June 2011 / 04 June 2011

Provider

International Culinary Tourism Association

Contact

info@iacp.com

Location

USA / Indianapolis, IN

Start / End

29 June 2011 / 30 June 2011

Provider

NBTA

Contact

info@nbta.org

 Destinations Showcase Chicago  Location

USA / Chicago, IL

Start / End

02 June 2011 / 02 June 2011

Provider

Destination Marketing Association International

Contact

service@conventionplus.com

 Online Marketing in Strategies in Travel USA  Location

USA / Miami, FL

Start / End

07 June 2011 / 08 June 2011

Provider

EyeforTravel

Contact

gina@eyefortravel.com

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Fairs & Exhibitions

CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA

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 FIEXPO LatinoAmerica  Location

Uruguay / Montevideo

Start / End

08 June 2011 / 09 June 2011

Provider

Fiexpo

Contact

info@fiexpo-latam.com

 Exphore: Expo-Hoteles y Restaurantes  Location

Costa Rica / San José

Start / End

21 June 2011 / 23 June 2011

Provider

EKA consultores

Contact

milagro.obando@eka.net

 CULTOUR, International Cultural Travel    Fair  Location

Ecuador / Quito

Start / End

22 June 2011 / 24 June 2011

Provider

G.S.A.R. Marketing

Contact

gsar@gsamark.com

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Fairs & Exhibitions

Asia & Pacific

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 MICE, Business & Incentive Travel Expo  Location

China / Hong Kong

Start / End

09 June 2011 / 12 June 2011

Provider

TKS Exhibition Services Ltd

Contact

travel@tkshk.com

  Asia Luxury Travel Market  Location

China / Shanghai

Start / End

13 June 2011 / 16 June 2011

Provider

Reed Exhibitions

Contact

james.samuel@reedexpo.co.uk

  Beijing International Tourism Expo 

  KOTFA: Korea World Travel Fair 

Location

China / Beijing

Start / End

17 June 2011 / 19 June 2011

Provider

CEMS

Contact

info@cems.com.sg

 Guilin International Tourism Expo 2011 

Location

South Korea / Seoul

Location

China / Beijing

Start / End

02 June 2011 / 05 June 2011

Start / End

17 June 2011 / 19 June 2011

Korea Tourism Association

Provider

National Tourism Administration, CEMS

kotfa@kotfa.co.kr

Contact

info@cems.com.sg

Provider Contact

 Qingdao International Tourism Expo 2011 

 Hosfair 

Location

China / Qingdao

Location

China / Guangzhou

Start / End

03 June 2011 / 05 June 2011

Start / End

30 June 2011 / 02 July 2011

Provider

Qingdao International Exhibition & Trade Co.,LTD

Provider

Guangzhou Huazhan Exhibition Company Limited, Canton Universal Fair Group Limited

Contact

wangsh@qdicec.com.cn

Contact

hosfair@hosfair.com

 Thailand Travel Mart Plus  Location

Thailand / Bangkok

Start / End

08 June 2011 / 10 June 2011

Provider

Tourism Authority of Thailand

Contact

info@thailandtravelmartplus.com

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