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*****This #map of "every European city. Last week the #BudeTunnel became a no.1 location on @TripAdvisor □ Who'd have thought? Maybe we should get into tourism? ✈️✈️✈️ #travel… #Map shows where Polish people go on vacation. Map is in Polish but easy to read. Source. Single big hit for tourism in the Lake District is not the answer for Cumbria. Uluru closed to climbers - finally! It's not a theme park like Disneyland Stand back - you'll see better. Could Saudi Arabia become a holiday destination? *****Story Map: Exploring the World's Top Destination Cities.

Millions upon millions of people traverse the globe each year, trading in the sights and sounds of home for the sensory stimulation of some far away land. But have you ever wondered to where, exactly, are all these people traveling? Or how they're spending their time once they arrive at their destination? If you have, then you're in luck—a new report, released at the end of September by Mastercard, sheds some light on these very questions. The Global Destination Cities Index 2017 looks at over 130 cities in the world, and ranks them based on measurements like: • The total number of international overnight visitors for a city in a given year, • The amount of money these visitors spent during their stay, and • The rate of visitor growth year over year.

The Index is based on public data, not Mastercard volumes or transactional data; you can learn more about the methodology here. So, which city was deemed the world's top destination? Mobile viewers! Where do Europeans go on holiday? | World Economic Forum. Where do Europeans go when they want to top up their tans, see some sights or read a book by the pool?

Clue: it’s not far. When it comes to going on holiday, most Europeans prefer to stay close to home, with the majority of recorded tourists in Europe coming from the continent itself. And it’s the beaches of the Canary Islands, Paris and its surrounds, and Spain’s Catalonia, encompassing Barcelona, that prove the biggest draw. Image: Eurostat Nearly 90% of all tourist nights spent in the EU in 2015 were by EU residents themselves, the EU statistics agency Eurostat finds. Spain, Italy and France are the most popular countries to visit, each having a number of different regions attracting large numbers of tourists. France claimed three spots in the top 10 destinations, with Ile-de-France, including Paris, taking second place with 76.8 million nights. In 2015, both UK and Estonian residents spent more than a quarter of their holiday outside the EU.

Image: REUTERS/Albert Gea Share. How can #India realize its potential as a tourism hotspot? #wefindia. *****1970: Nationwide went to the experts (kids) to learn more about the Loch Ness Monster (physical or human tourist attraction?) 15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their Surroundings. On hot summer nights, a ferry boat in Tokyo Bay transforms into a floating #BeerGarden. Wear a #yukata to take in the vibe! #MadeInTokyo. Before corporate hospitality buggered up the event. This channel system at our local beach can only have been designed and dug by a #geographyteacher. @bobdigby I've found a likely candidate here for a copycat crime. Keep patrolling the beaches Bob.

BBC One - Orkney: When the Boat Comes In. #OnThisDay 1954: Richard Dimbleby went sightseeing around Northern Ireland - after seeking some advice. Tourists spotted taking family snap in front of PHOTO of Edinburgh Castle - but real thing's just behind them. This hilarious snap shows tourists taking a fake family photo 'with Edinburgh Castle.' The visitors were spotted posing alongside a poster of the famous landmark in Scotland's capital city with one of them holding up a camera to take a snap. Andy Glidden, 54, was on his way to work when he spotted the group smiling for pictures, reports Daily Record The owner of a marketing company took a double-take as he walked past the bizarre scene and took several photos as he did so.

On an overcast day, Andy saw a family-of-three pose next to the bright Vodafone branded photograph of the famous castle. They stood next to the picture for around four minutes and Andy says that at no point did they over their shoulder to see the real thing. He said: "I spotted a group taking a picture of themselves in front of a photograph of Edinburgh Castle in a Vodafone shop window. "It struck me as quite amusing since the actual Edinburgh Castle was right there, looming large and beautiful in the background. 10 things to do in Cardiff | The Independent. Cardiff was once one of the largest coal ports in the world. The wealth created from its industrial past is still evident in the city's fine architecture, but the Welsh capital is perhaps best known around the world these days for being the home of Welsh rugby. However, there is far more to this dynamic city than sport – here’s why, apparently, it’s rocketing in the holiday destinations stakes for 2017. Get on your bike Cardiff is one of the greenest cities in the UK.

It’s also one of the flattest, which makes it a great place to go cycling. The city's 'green lung' runs along the banks of its major river – The Taff. Go arcade shopping As well two huge modern shopping centres – St Davids and St Davids 2, Cardiff's grand past can be re-lived by meandering through its fine Victorian and Edwardian arcades, with their numerous independent shops. Bag a bit of 'Cool Cymru' Cardiff is home to the oldest record shop in the world. Take a ride on a water taxi around the bay (Visit Cardiff ) Millennials LOVE Abu Dhabi. Spain is the most tourist friendly country in the world. *****Destination tourism - Singapore Airport: Think about this the next time you are in an airport.

*****Certainly rings true for me: WiFi is the most important issue for #Hotel guests. *****#England’s World Cup home - What a dump! #Espana82 #Shoot! 1982-03-27 (impacts of tourism; Butler model; perception; rebranding) *****Early tourism: A Victorian Tourist's Photo Album Of Los Angeles, Circa 1894: LAist.

Fullscreen What did Victorian Los Angeles look like through the eyes of tourists discovering it for the first time? A photo album from a trip to Los Angeles in the spring of 1894 shows us just that. The album, which was acquired and digitized by the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum in City of Industry, contains a few dozen cabinet card-sized photographs descriptions written in white ink. There are no names or identifying information, just the nascent city as they saw it, a handful of years after the completion of the transcontinental railroad lines had opened the floodgates to the west.

So, what was the city like in 1894, a year after the Bradbury Building opened downtown and five years before the first car would take to its streets? First, let's backtrack for a minute. The fledgling city was sold into being through real estate and railroad ads, which promised a paradise of health, beauty, and endless potential. "It's a long trip by train. Mystery starter perhaps? Wooden sleds used by residents on the steep cobbled streets of Clovelly, north Devon. *****Le Cinq, Paris: restaurant review | Life and style (terrible review of Michelin 3*)

Le Cinq, Four Seasons Hôtel George V, 31 avenue George V, 75008 Paris (00 331 49 52 71 54). Meal for two, including service and modest wine: €600 (£520) There is only one thing worse than being served a terrible meal: being served a terrible meal by earnest waiters who have no idea just how awful the things they are doing to you are. And so, to the flagship Michelin three-star restaurant of the George V Hotel in Paris, or the scene of the crime as I now like to call it.

In terms of value for money and expectation Le Cinq supplied by far the worst restaurant experience I have endured in my 18 years in this job. This, it must be said, is an achievement of sorts. It wasn’t meant to be so. The dining room, deep in the hotel, is a broad space of high ceilings and coving, with thick carpets to muffle the screams.

Menus the height of Richard Osman are brought. All this comes with canapés and amuse-bouches, pre-desserts and bread and serious attitude. Other things are the stuff of therapy. *****Autumn Microadventure in Swiss Alps (glaciers, glaciation) #OnThisDay 1951: Long before Facebook live Brian Johnston tried to keep his composure while rollercoaster reporting. These are the world’s most visited cities. Which is the world’s most popular city to visit? According to Euromonitor’s latest global rankings, Hong Kong reigns supreme. Even with a slight drop in the number of international visitors it attracts, the Asian city is hard to beat. In 2015, Hong Kong recorded just under 27m arrivals.

This is about a third more than second-in-line Bangkok, which achieved a growth of 10% in international visitors, and London in the UK, which was the third most popular city, with international traveller numbers growing by 7%. Image: Euromonitor Asian cities reign supreme Five of the ten most popular cities are in Asia: after Hong Kong and Bangkok, Singapore is in fourth place, Macau in sixth and Malaysia in tenth. The report highlights that Chinese cities are struggling to maintain their attraction for international visitors, with not only Hong Kong but Beijing and Shenzen also recording falling visitor numbers. Among the biggest winners was Japan. Europe feels the impact of instability Share.

#Map shows the most popular #tourist attraction across the #USA. #Mormons are the best thing to see in #Utah. These are the world’s most visited cities. 'It's heartbreaking': Maltese mourn collapse of Azure Window arch | World news. As arches go, the Azure Window had celebrity status, featuring in films such as Clash of the Titans and The Count of Monte Cristo and serving as the backdrop to the Dothraki wedding scene in the television version of Game of Thrones. But now, the limestone arch, one of Malta’s most famous landmarks, is no more, having collapsed into the sea after a heavy storm. Jonnie Atha (@Jonathan_Atha)Gutted that the "Azure Window" on Gozo in Malta has collapsed in a storm. So glad to have seen it in September '16 #malta #AzureWindow 8, 2017 Malta’s prime minister, Joseph Muscat, said the news was heartbreaking.

“Reports commissioned over the years indicated that this landmark would be hard hit by unavoidable natural corrosion. That sad day arrived,” he said. Joseph Muscat (@JosephMuscat_JM)I have just been informed that the beautiful Tieqa tad-Dwejra in #Gozo has collapsed. Joseph Muscat (@JosephMuscat_JM)The site from where one could admire it-Tieqa tad-Dwejra. Russian millionaire details plans to re-establish Romanov empire on remote Pacific island | World news | The Guardian. A Russian millionaire is in advanced talks with the Kiribati government to lease three uninhabited islands and establish an alternative Russia and revive the monarchy. Russian Anton Bakov and his wife Maria are planning to re-establish the Romanov Empire on three remote islands in the south Pacific nation of Kiribati, and invest hundreds of millions of dollars into the impoverished island’s economy.

The Russian monarchy was overthrown by the Bolshevik revolution in 1917 and Bakov, a businessman and former Russian MP, has devoted himself to reviving it – which over the years has included exploring options for a base in Montenegro and the Cook Islands. Bakov has now proposed leasing the uninhabited islands of Malden, Starbuck and Millennium to use as a base for his “alternative Russia”, as well as building infrastructure for tourists and businesses. Bakov’s son Mikhail first approached the Kiribati government in late 2015 with his father’s investment plan. These are the world’s most visited cities. Thomson Discount Code: £100 Off - Voucher Codes for 2017. Looking for a holiday with a difference but that won't burn a hole in your pocket?

You're on the right track by booking online with Thomson Holidays! Visit the Caribbean by cruise or fly to the States and unveil Florida; with Thomson there are plenty of ways to delve deeper into the world and ensure that you always get the best price for exactly what you want. From all inclusive promo offers to limited time sale discounts - you'll be sure to find a holiday that'll give you everything you wish for and more. Last Minute Holidays with Thomson Feeling the holiday itch?

Sign up with Thomson Holidays to get the best offers delivered straight to your inbox as well as the low down on new and trending destinations. How do I contact Thomson Holidays customer services? You can contact them by phone on 0203 451 2688. How do I make amendments or cancel my Thomson Holiday? Where can I find the latest travel updates? You can visit the Thomson travel alerts page for updates on your holiday destination. Visit Britain: Great Chinese Names for Great Britain. This is actually a thing. This is what the pyramids look like from Cairo street.

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***Top tourist attractions in each country. ***Map shows highest rated #tourist attractions in #Europe according to @TripAdvisor . #HarryPotter No.1 in #UK! The first Disneyland ticket sold was in 1955. Here goes. About to climb the 699 steps of Jacob's ladder at St Helena.... This guy makes sweaters of places, then takes pictures of himself wearing the sweaters at those places I LOVE THIS. These are the world's most visited cities in 2016. London will be the second most visited city in 2016.Flickr/August Brill This week Mastercard released its Global Destination Cities Index, which provides a ranking of the 132 most visited cities around the world. Measured by the number of international overnight visitors, the study, now in its seventh year, predicts which countries will be the most visited in 2016. From the AsiaPacific region to Europe to the Middle East and Africa, here are the 20 cities set to see the most visitors this year: Fun #map shows google autocomplete results for top #tourist attractions by country in #Europe.

Every afternoon at around 6:30 pm, scenes like this are part of the daily view in Uluru. Pic @elisaeves (IG) #NTaustralia. Early city break tourism: London Visitors by James Tissot c. 1874 (@ToledoMuseum). St Martin-in-the-Fields in the background. Map Shows Every Country's Tourism Slogan. This map shows the every country’s tourism slogan*. From the straightforward (‘Travel in Slovakia – good idea’) to the dramatic (‘Colombia is magical realism’) these slogans are an insight into the ways tourism departments in countries across the world sell their countries to visitors. There are 12 exclamations used (Lithuania uses three with ‘See it! Feel it! Love it!’)

*38 countries did not have tourism slogans – Full source list (Google doc) Cloud shows most popular words Press Mentions We’ve had a great response to the map being featured in The Guardian, Daily Mail, boingboing and many others. Did you know? FamilyBreakFinder is the UK’s favourite site for family friendly holidays, short breaks and days out. FamilyBreakFinder publishes the Cheap Family Travel Guide, a 200+ page book that helps readers get the best deals on flights, train tickets, hotels, holidays, theme parks and more.

Around ¼ million fans follow us on Facebook where we share dozens of fresh offers every week. 9 Images To Make You Visit Swanage - Darwin Escapes. The Dorset Jurassic Coast is one of the most beautiful places on earth, and these images will show you why… Our traditional family location on the Dorset coastline, Swanage Bay View Holiday Home Park, has been a family favourite UK holiday destination for over 50 years, and these 9 stunning images show why. Swanage is a breath taking location, with lots of family fun things to do around the local area, as well as on the park itself. Take a look at the 9 images below to sway you on where to stay for your next UK holiday to Dorset… 9 Images To Make You Visit Swanage Did these sway you to stay at Swanage Holiday Home Park? Happy Holidaying Ladies & Gents!

So what's so bloody brilliant about Bordeaux then? Brilliant Bordeaux. Photo: Flickr The city of Bordeaux and south-west France seems to come top of every ranking so The Local tries to find out just what's so special about the city and the region around it. It seems like you can't open a French newspaper these days without seeing the south-west of France leading some kind of ranking. Direct Matin, for example, trumpeted that 54 percent of the French public would choose to head to the region first if they were to move somewhere else in the country. In August 2014 the region was voted as the "best place to work" by the French, with 39 percent choosing Bordeaux first and 37 percent saying they could imagine themselves working in the city. The cities of Toulouse and Montpellier, also both in the region, finished second and third in the survey. Patrick Dumoulin, Director of the Great Place to Work institute in Paris, told The Local at the time that there's no comparison between Bordeaux and Paris.

But first - a bit of background. Santé. #OMGB - GREAT Britain - Home of Amazing Moments campaign | VisitBritain. International campaign Building on the success of the initial campaign in the Americas and Europe, we have launched #OMGB (Oh My GREAT Britain) - Britain, Home of Amazing Moments in Australia and China, marking the beginning of phase two of the campaign that is due to roll out globally in the next few months. Each market will have carefully selected ‘moments’ that resonate with the audience to provide a richer experience.

The second phase kicked off in Australia on 9 September 2016 and is primarily targeting the affluent trendsetter. The activity is a mixture print and digital that will drive consumers to the #OMGB landing page for the Australian market. The brand campaign will be supported by additional partner co-op campaigns taking place over two phases to align with key booking periods – Sept/Oct 2016 and Jan/Feb 2017. Domestic campaign We have launched our largest domestic marketing campaign for 2016, the ‘Home of Amazing Moments.’ Background to the campaign What is the campaign? Log In. Wow! I!□ Heritage and cultural attractions: Snowdonia. The first photo upon discovery of Machu Picchu, 1912. I walked from Exeter to the source of the Thames following the Fosse Way, the longest Roman road in Britain. Legoland 1971 (same sample as intro to Stand & Deliver - Adam Ant): Blue Peter fell to pieces after visiting @LEGOLANDBLLUND.

Instagram photo by Geoawesomeness • Oct 24, 2016 at 12:43pm UTC. USSR Tourism poster. 1963. A hypothesis so appalling it must be true: Tourism driven by the desire to share on FB/Instagram. Intourist Soviet travel poster. La France, Touristique et Gastronomique. Edition Jacques-Petit. Video top 10 run-down: Which is the world's most visited city? Clue: It's not London or Paris. Read more. "People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home." – Dagobert D. Runes #StHelena.

The Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe, Devon.  #ukcoastwalk. New virtual reality sign will boost tourism (From Largs and Millport Weekly News) Hikers stand near top of natural rock bridge, Mt. Rainier, WA, USA May 1963. Find Places to Visit. Would you take your family on holiday to Russia? Etna erupting - Sicily, Italy. Lounging in crystal clear waters at Hidden Lake, Montana | Photo by Travis Burke (@travisburkephotography on IG) Dubai Flow Motion (Superb time-lapse video) ‪Istanbul | Flow Through the City of Tales‬ (Superb time-lapse video) Barcelona GO! (Superb time-lapse video) Drone captures stunning view of Uluru.