Monthly Archives: May 2013

Cheap and adventurous vacations to Africa

The standards quality in Tourism assesses to have been created as a result of harmonising standards from the National Tourist Boards for Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania. Today’s tourism environment covers few major actors and a large number of small and medium actors. There exist few standardised large platforms which lack an appropriate mapping of the existing structure to robust semantic descriptions. Besides, standardising the main protocols and ontologies is needed though the complexity is too high.

However, the Uganda’s tourism sector is riddled with enormous opportunities which make the tourism industry full of hope and optimism. Besides, the country has unique opportunities all the way from its fauna and flora, culture, the terrain and its people, good weather and general beauty across the country. For example marine tourism characterized with the fresh water bodies found in most parts of the country, Mountains, forest reserves, National parks, wildlife sanctuaries and many others with huge potential.

Still Tourism is a very competitive industry, which requires enormous investment in showcasing the products, enhancing visibility of the country in the tourism and travel markets as well as providing assurance to visitors about the safety of the destinations. These are expensive undertakings, which require huge budgets for marketing and promotion.

In East Africa, the most visible destinations are Uganda’s National Parks famous for Rwanda Mountain gorillas and marine tourism and wildlife, Kenya and Safari Tanzania National Parks known for wildlife migrations and mountain climbing and Rwanda as well for Mountain Gorillas. Each of these countries spends a lot on marketing and promotion alone. While Uganda Government is supporting tourism and promoting activities, in order to considerably step up in marketing and promotion of the Tourism industry.

Meanwhile in terms of comparison, Uganda’s tourism sector is unique because of its unique products like Culture; (the only country with traditional institutions), Conducive weather conditions year round which makes the country to be referred to as The Pearl of Africa”, fresh water bodies (the Nile), and organic food.Although Uganda’s tourism industry is unique, several training institutions have come up to train the staff of the industry for quality service provision which will raise the standard of the industry. These include; Crested Crane Hotel and Tourism Training Institute Jinja, Makerere University and many other institutions which count tourism course as one of the courses students offer. Enjoy Uganda’s quality beautiful natural pleasures during your holiday vacation.

Your chillin’ vacation to Nepal

Nepal is a great country for tourism and sightseeing. It is a land of  and has an of interesting tourist places and sites such as cultural & architectural sties, world heritage sites and adventurous sites. On your Nepal you will have a wonderful opportunity to relish adventure, religious, architecture and heritage on the same platter. The charm of Nepal tourism will never fail to grab your attention and steal your heart. Have a look at some of the famous tourist sites of Nepal which have been categorized into mainly three groups.

Cultural & Architectural Site There are many cultural and architectural sites in Nepal which attract travelers and tourists from all over the world. Among most sought after architectural & cultures sites include Boudhanath Stupa (a bastion of Tibetan Buddhist culture located in heart of picturesque Kathmandu Valley), Swaymbhunath Stupa (also called Money Temple) and Hanuman Dhoka (the former Royal Palace of the Mall kings).

World Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO There are also many sites in Nepal which are declared as world heritage sites by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). Exploring various UNESCO sites will give you ultimate pleasure for tourism in this culturally rich country. You will enjoy lots. Major world heritage sites to see in this country include Pashupatinath Temple (a magnificent Lord Shiva temple located 5 km away from Kathmandu), Royal Chitwan National Park (recognized for its unique ecosystems of international significance), Changu Narayan Temple (an impressive double roofed ancient temple in Kathmandu Valley dedicated to Hindu Lord Vishnu), Bhaktapur Durbar Square (a cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets back to the 12th & 18th centuries), Golden Gate (Nepal’s Pride), etc.

Natural and Adventurous Sites There are many natural and adventure sites in Nepal which attract nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts from all over the world. Pokhara, Nagarkot and Dhulikhel are wonderful tourist places which enjoy abundant natural beauty and relaxed atmosphere. Pokhara is a peaceful town with lovely lakes and scenic views of gorgeous gorges and majestic mountains. Mount Everest and Annapurna regions have some of the best trekking trails in the world. Trekking in Nepal is the best way to explore the mountainous beauty of the country. Tourists will not have opportunity to explore mountain beauty but also meet local people and know about their culture, tradition and lifestyle. Nepal peak climbing, mountaineering, river rafting, etc are other adventurous activities to enjoy.

Two tours to check out in London

Being one of the most popular tourist destinations, London Dungeon has been regarded with a lot of curiosity and excitement. This all-new museum is located in Tooley Street, London and situated near to world-known London Bridge rail station. The main concept of this museum is to display the diverse tortures and practices of the medieval period.

If you want to experience the history of tortures and crimes, do not hesitate to visit the London Dungeon. It recreates the magic of a variety of gory along with macabre historical events in an all-new comic avatar. What were such museums needed? The primary reason for building such buildings here is to make it educative and appealing for the majority of young people who come to know their past in a good sense.

Historically, the museum was opened in the year 1976. Initially, it was made as the normal museums that clearly present glimpses of the torturous history of the United Kingdom. Later on, the museum has been turned into more interactive by inviting professional actors to join in. This great museum is working under the flagship of Merlin Entertainments that keeps of so many other entertainments options such as the Madame Tussauds, Legoland, London Eye, Thorpe Park, Heide Park, Alton Towers, Chessington World of Adventures, Warwick Castle, Sea Life, and Gardaland.

In addition, London dungeon has other very famous branches at Hamburg, Edinburgh, and New York. Also, a new branch has been opened in Amsterdam with the name the Amsterdam Dungeon.

Duck Tours transports you round the city in bright yellow colored amphibious landing craft and you’ll see the famous tourist attractions in London not only from the road and also from the water! Originally called DUKWs and built in 1942, these craft were used to bring supplies from the ships to the beaches during the Second World War.

The 75-minute Duck Tour of London starts from Chicheley Place behind the London Eye and first it’s over Westminster Bridge offering great views of the River Thames, Parliament and Big Ben. Round Parliament Square, the tour heads up Whitehall, past Downing Street, home to both the Prime Minister at no. 10 and the Chancellor of the Exchequer at no .11.

If you’ve been to London before, this tour will give you a new perspective to the city. If you haven’t been to London then this tour is simply a must and is particularly great for families. There is action packed commentary throughout the tour, detailing all the facts about London past and present as well as giving us interesting stories about the beloved Duck Tours vehicles.

Dublin, Ireland

Dublin, such a popular destination with groups whether it be for sporting events, sight seeing, stag and hen parties or university tours.

When thinking of a destination that caters for just about all tastes then Dublin is hard to beat. From the extensive arts and culture, to sporting events and music festivals, Dublin has it all. For group travel, it really is the destination of choice.

Universities, schools, brides and grooms to be, family and friends are all feeling the effects of the economic downturn. These groups are having to be more aware of costs for group travel.

You don’t need to spend a fortune to have a great time in Dublin and Cork – there are lots of things to do, see and experience and we can help you to plan and book the best of them at the cheapest group prices. Many of Dublins top attractions are located within easy access of a large selection fo Dublin hostels.

Somewhat of a hidden gem of a day out is on the Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) commuter train service which runs right along the coast, so it’s like a cheap tourist train, with breathtaking views and fabulous places to visit along the route.

One must visit location on the train journey is the pretty fishing village of Howth (rhymes with ‘both’), a twenty minute DART journey along the coast north of Dublin city centre. Howth has a pretty harbour, which is used by both working fishing boats and pleasure craft – but did you know that it also has a beach? Shhh! Don’t tell anyone, but when you come out of the DART station, walk about 100 meters towards Howth village, take a left then walk down the little alleyway to your left – and you come out on Claremont Beach! It’s right beside the pier, but you could easily miss it – it’s a great place to take a stroll, building up an appetite for…

Top money saving tip’s when staying in Dublin hostels
Travelling with a student group is certainly not easy or cheap, so making wise decisions prior to your trip will pay off when you arrive in Dublin or Cork. Planning your itinerary and booking the most important elements of your trip can not only be more cost effective for a group but also less stressful for the group leaders!
Here are some top tips on how you can save your group money for your stay in hostels in Dublin.

In some hostels, your group’s breakfast is covered so you just have lunches and dinner to think about for your group saving both time and money. Whether your group are busy with itineraries everyday or just taking it easy, wouldn’t it be great not to have to stress about sorting out lunch or dinners for the whole group? You can organise packed lunches prior to your arrival in some hostels and they will be delivered to the hostel reception for your group to collect in the morning time. Make use of the hostel’s helpful staff. They can often pre-book a local restaurant for your group at discounted group prices. Booking and paying for lunches and dinners in advance means your group saves money, saves time in the precious evenings not having to find a place to accommodate a large group and helps with daily budgets.

Many groups plan their trip to Dublin and Cork and don’t even consider costs of visiting attractions /activities until they arrive. They’re missing all sorts of opportunities to save money. By planning ahead and booking prior to arrival in Dublin hostel you will save a significant amount of money for the group.

Student discounts and other concessions will make a difference to your groups budget. If you are a student group in one of the Dublin hostels, make sure you bring your student vouchers on your trip. Lots of shops and attractions in Dublin offer student discounts.