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Archive for July, 2008

Roll Out the Barrels

By Linda Tancs

You needn’t wait for Oktoberfest to enjoy your favorite brew.  Kicking off tomorrow through 3 August is the Berlin International Beer Festival along the city’s Karl-Marx-Allee.  Showcasing over 200 breweries from more than 80 countries, the event includes traditional culinary fare, musical entertainment, and the newest brands to tickle your taste buds.  Admission is free.  The festivities this year will highlight 1000 years of Czech beer making, which brings to mind the Czech proverb, “A fine beer may be judged with only one sip, but it’s best to be thoroughly sure.”

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Take a Pass on Ozone

By Linda Tancs

As the ground-level ozone alert rises in New Jersey, mass transit agencies encourage people to take a break from the wheel.  On designated alert days, employees whose businesses belong to the New Jersey Air Quality Partnership can commute via bus, rail or light rail for under $3 with an Ozone Pass. Now you can breathe easier.

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Castle in the Sand

By Linda Tancs

Let’s face it, there’s no shortage of lodging for the adventurous traveler: igloos, ice hotels, caves, and now this: a giant sand castle.  One thousand tons of sand and four sculptors later, Dorset unveiled the first-of-its-kind hotel a few days ago on Weymouth beach.  Lacking certain–ahem–amenities, the experience is yours (until Mother Nature’s wrecking ball is in full throttle) for a mere 10 quid a night.  Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream, indeed!

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Hassle-Free Flying in Toronto

By Linda Tancs

Short-haul flyers in Toronto can’t speak highly enough about Porter.  Situated downtown within easy reach of Union Station, this start-up offers flights between Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Ottowa, Halifax and Newark, New Jersey, with more U.S. destinations to follow.  Consider this list of features and benefits:  free ticket changes, free lounge access (leather seating) with complimentary wireless access, a free business center and all-you-can drink coffee, tea and soda.  A porter is defined as someone employed to carry burdens.  Sounds like they’ve taken a load off to me.

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A Taste of the Good Life

By Linda Tancs

Hot dog eating champs, move over.  It’s time for a less hurried, more palate-pleasing competition in California.  Just a few miles northwest of Philo, Greenwood Ridge Vineyards hosts a wine tasting competition this weekend.  Singles can vie as connoisseurs on Saturday.  Sunday is reserved for doubles.  There’s even a training camp on both days for oenophile wannabees.  Time to get your game on.

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Environmental Effects of Tourism

By Linda Tancs

Sometimes too much interest can be a bad thing.  For years now, conservationists have been bemoaning the effects of tourism on a wide range of treasures around the world.  Recently, a report indicated that the platforms harboring visitors at some of Cambodia’s ancient monuments are in danger of collapse because of the wear and tear from guests unloading from tour buses from sunrise to sunset.  This situation is hardly unique, and other countries have implemented measures to control the effects of tourism on the environment.  For instance, Egyptian authorities have long rotated the availability of tombs in the Valley of the Kings to offset the effects of rampant tourism.  With some nations realizing a substantial part of their GDP from travelers, a dilemma arises between accommodating those who contribute to the community coffers and preserving an ecosystem that grows ever more fragile by the day through human and industrial actions.  Ultimately, these nations must manage their tourism assets like a key player trying to effect change in a system, using goals that are strategic, measurable, agreed, realistic and timely.  Then maybe sustainable tourism can be achieved.

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World Tourism Grows Amid Uncertainties

By Linda Tancs

The World Tourism Organization recently reported some encouraging news on the status of international tourism.  Amid roiling global markets, the WTO found that world travel grew at a rate of about 5% during the first four months of this year, up 1% long term.  Summer travel in the northern hemisphere will dictate whether the uptick holds at year-end.  Not surprisingly, the U.S. sported a double-digit increase in tourism, thanks in no small part to the declining dollar.  Tiger economies are enjoying a surge in inbound travel as well.  On the other hand, Europe’s numbers are lagging except for the ever-popular southern and Mediterranean destinations.  Overall, the WTO remains cautiously optimistic, so why shouldn’t we?

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