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Singapore's planned Resorts World at Sentosa expects fewer visitors

Singapore's planned Resorts World at Sentosa expects fewer visitorsSingapore - The developer of the multi-billion dollar Resorts World at Singapore's Sentosa island on Thursday said it will have a soft opening early in 2010, but it has scaled down the expected number of visitors due to the global recession.

"We will open early 2010," said executive vice president of projects Michael Chin. "The target is first quarter 2010."

Tickets to visit Statue of Liberty's crown go online

Tickets to visit Statue of Liberty's crown go onlineNew York - Holidaymakers visiting New York can now book a place on a tour of the Statue of Liberty's crown over the internet. Tickets can be reserved at www. statuecruises. com and cost three dollars each. A place can be reserved up to a year in advance.

A maximum of three groups of 10 people will be allowed to visit the crown of the Statue every hour. Each visitor may reserve only one ticket every six months.

German capital launches special tourist deals to suit every budget

German capital launches special tourist deals to suit every budgetBerlin - Visitors to the German capital this summer are faced with a number of choices when it comes to their holiday budget. They can choose between beginning a weekend break with a Champagne breakfast for 377 dollars or ending it with a few glasses of wine for nothing at all.

Another option on offer is a rented limousine service for 637 dollars or going on a salsa dancing course for zero dollars.

Brussels more than just the capital of Eurocracy

Brussels more than just the capital of EurocracyBrussels - Its most famous landmark is the Manneken Pis - a bronze fountain of a boy urinating - and it is home to tens of thousands of Eurocrats who are in some way tied to the European Union. Brussels might be a quirky city, but a nice one that is worth a visit.

As the seat of European institutions such as the EU, Brussels functions as the de facto capital of the continent. While it would be an exaggeration to describe it as a metropolis, Brussels has a lot to offer. There must be a reason for the large number of people who work in Paris, but live in Brussels.

Seagulls and octopi on Spain's islands of the gods

Seagulls and octopi on Spain's islands of the godsVigo, Spain  - With their steep cliffs, white beaches and giant colonies of seagulls, Spain's Gallic island in the Atlantic count among the world's most beautiful national parks. Few tourists forget their visit to the islands of the gods.

Ramon Guimerans carefully steers his sailboat through the mussel shoals in the Ria de Vigo. Fishermen pull up ropes, some up to 15 metres long. The mussels cling to the ropes, which are then loaded into boats with cranes. Then its time to head back to the Cies islands.

Sweating in a lakeside sauna in Finland

Sweating in a lakeside sauna in FinlandViitasaari, Finland  - One of the last signs of civilisation is a supermarket at Viitasaari, a village in central Finland. It offers visitors the chance to embark on a shopping spree before a 38-kilometre trip into the back of beyond.

The route starts on the well-paved European Highway, the E 18 which stretches from Ireland to Russia, and turns later into a country highway, then a bumpy trail and finally a dirt track.

Rugged and windswept - Sardinia's north-west coast

Rugged and windswept - Sardinia's north-west coastAlghero, Sardinia  - Holidaymakers heading for Sardinia are well advised to give the Costa Smeralda, that playing field for the rich and famous, a wide berth and make a bee-line instead for the rugged north-western coast of the Italian island.

Australians offset declining tourist numbers to New Zealand

Australians offset declining tourist numbers to New Zealand Wellington - A record 1 million visitors from neighbouring Australia helped offset a slump in foreign tourist numbers to New Zealand as fears of swine flu compounded the effects of the global economic slowdown in the last year, according to official figures released Monday.

Visitor arrivals for the year ending May 31 totalled 2.4 million, 3 per cent down on the previous year, Statistics New Zealand reported.

America's rugged Pony Express mail celebrates 150 years

America's rugged Pony Express mail celebrates 150 years Miami, US  - It became a legend in the space of just 19 months. Between April 1860 and October 1861 the Pony Express mail route between the state of Missouri and the US Pacific coast was the fastest and most direct means of east-west communication until the arrival of the telegraph.

Lake Garda a pricey place to park your boat

Lake Garda a pricey place to park your boatMunich  - Mooring fees for recreational motorboats and sailing vessels vary enormously throughout Europe and are at their most expensive on Lake Garda in northern Italy, according to a survey by Germany's largest motoring organisation, the ADAC.

The cost of tying up a boat on Lake Garda for the night averages out at 62 euros (88 dollars) compared to just 11.50 euros (16.30 dollars) in Belgium. The Swiss side of Lake Constance charges skippers 12 euros a night while inland ports in France and Germany generally ask a fee of 13 euros for an overnight stay.

"Bilateral exhibition" highlights Finnish and Swedish history

"Bilateral exhibition" highlights Finnish and Swedish historyStockholm - Scores of artefacts including a famed desk, a throne, portraits and historic documents feature in an exhibition highlighting the bicentenary of the separation in 1809 of Finland and Sweden.

Titled, 1809 - A kingdom divided and a new beginning, the exhibition at the Royal Armoury was formally opened June 5 by King Carl XVI Gustaf.

In his remarks, the king said "you feel humbled over the events and people who shaped developments."

Former US Navy troopship is now huge artificial reef for divers

Former US Navy troopship is now huge artificial reef for diversKey West, Florida  - A decommissioned US Air Force troop transport ship has recently been turned into a new habitat for marine life and an attraction for recreational divers in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

The 159-metre General Hoyt S Vandenberg was intentionally sunk in 42 metres of water some 11 kilometres south of Key West. Parts of the ship's superstructure are located just 12 metres below the ocean surface, Florida tourist officials said.

Croatia shifting from budget to high-end destination

Croatia shifting from budget to high-end destinationZadar, Croatia  - Over decades, Croatia was the traditional summer destination for Germans and Austrians on a tight budget - families with several children, students, the elderly and young couples.

The accommodation reflected the customers - only one out of seven beds on offer was in a quality hotel. Most guests were happy to drive their cars to somewhere on the stunning coast and sprawl on air-mattresses in their tents or on cheap beds in "rooms to let."

From Jeep tours to camel caravans: new tips for travelling abroad

From Jeep tours to camel caravans: new tips for travelling abroadFrankfurt  - Travel company Meier's Weltreisen has added a new Filipino diving safari to its itinerary. The trip to the Visaya group of islands includes six dives to see black corals and dwarf seahorses, reports the company.

A round trip to Manila, including six overnights in a two-bed room, with breakfast included, costs 939 euros (1,325 dollars) per person.

Information: Meier's Weltreisen, Dertour GmbH & Co KG, Emil-von- Behring-Str. 6, 60439 Frankfurt (Tel: ++49-1805-33-74-00, Internet: www. meiers-weltreisen. de). (dpa)

Ontario: Canada's wet, wild and occasionally tranquil wonderland

Ontario: Canada's wet, wild and occasionally tranquil wonderlandWabatongushi, Canada  - It's only the rare motorboat off in the distance that breaks the quiet here. The small wooden canoe rocks in the waves, but otherwise it's quiet on Wabatongushi Lake.

"Some fish has to bite some time," says Adam Madahbee as he looks out on this lake in the northern part of Canada's most watery province.

Beavers, bears regular companions while camping in Adirondack Park

Beavers, bears regular companions while camping in AdirondackLake Placid, US  - As the canoe glides slowly across the lake in the early morning, only the sound of loons diving rises above the steady slapping of the paddles.

The fog covering the water slowly recedes, revealing another boat on the shore. Its occupants could very well be off watching beavers or turtles.

As it all comes together, it becomes clear: a visit to Adirondack Park in the US state of New York, just south of the Canadian border, offers something for outdoor enthusiasts that is next to impossible to find in Europe.

Tourists to view Taj Mahal in environment-friendly golf carts

Tourists to view Taj Mahal in environment-friendly golf cartsAgra, June 7 : Tourists flocking to Taj Mahal can now enjoy their sightseeing in eco-friendly golf carts imported from China.

The golf carts have been pressed into service by the Agra Development Authority (ADA) after the Supreme Court prohibited pollution-causing vehicles near the eternal symbol of love, fearing damage to its structure.

Western Ireland an ideal venue for adventure holidays

Western Ireland an ideal venue for adventure holidaysDublin - Eyes anxiously search for the next crevice in the cliff's face while below, there's a sheer - and impressive - drop to the ground. Although you might want to, don't even think of looking down to where waves are lapping against the foot of the cliff.

This is the place where Michael Crawley has chosen to take his beginners climbing group - one of the most spectacular training spots this part of western Ireland has to offer adventurous holidaymakers.

Medieval monasteries in Serbia and Kosovo are gems off beaten path

Medieval monasteries in Serbia and Kosovo are gems off beaten pathBelgrade  - Serbia and its former province of Kosovo lie somewhat off Europe's beaten tourist path. Bad roads, few attractions and substandard accommodation have not exactly drawn throngs of visitors. As a result, Serbia's medieval monasteries, some of which are on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites, are little known in Central Europe.

Site of key ancient battle in western Germany fascinates tourist

Site of key ancient battle in western Germany fascinates touristBerlin  - A sign with the word "Varusschlacht," the German name for the Battle of Teutoburg Forest, stands beside a road, indicating drivers should turn right. When travelling around the city of Osnabrueck in western Germany signposts can be seen everywhere pointing the way to the location of this landmark battle.




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