Saturday, 22 November 2014

ROUND-UP OF TRAVEL NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

EATING ONE GRAPE FOR EACH CHIME

One of the most important celebrations of the Christmas period is New Year’s Eve – a special dinner where the last night of the year usually becomes one big party.
As the clock strikes twelve, signalling the arrival of the New Year, families in Spain come together to eat 12 lucky grapes. Tradition has it that those who manage to eat the grapes, keeping time with the striking clock, will have 12 prosperous months the following year. The tradition dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. People also celebrate out in the street, at specific locations such as squares and Town Halls – the important thing is that there is a clock. Madrid’s Puerta del Sol Square is one of the busiest places to be at this time of year.
Details. Visit Madrid 


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Celebrate White Christmas in Philippines

Forget the snow this year. Try spending Christmas on the beach with white powdery sands and crystal clear waters. It's fun in Boracay. Truly! Celebrate Christmas the Island-way: hire a boat, explore the island's many beaches, scuba dive, be amazed by a zillion corals, explore the underwater tunnels and caves. Or just ride up to Mt.Luho, the highest peak in Boracay. For more info go here


The Canary Islands Music Festival
Usher in the New Year with some great music and wonderful vistas that side of the Atlantic. And if you are planning to visit Morocco then you have got to visit the Canary Island, which is directly opposite the coast of Morocco -- if only to witness the world renowned Canary Islands Music Festival, which will be taking place simultaneously on the islands of Gran Canariaand Tenerife and also on stages around the surrounding islands.It is also the only European festival to be held in winter, thanks to the islands’ excellent climate. The festival will be hosting top-level international artists, both orchestras and soloists. But the highlight would be the various debut performances that take place throughout the event. Dates: January 11, 2015 to
February 13, 2015. More info http://www.auditoriodetenerife.com/

SnowGlobe Music Festival

What happens when the world's best musicians are combined with world's best snow..ahem...conditions? Magic happens. In other words -- SnowGlobe Music Festival happens; a unique experience that offers a fusion of music and snow-capped mountains. To be held from 2 pm to 1 am, December 29, 2014 to December 31, 2014 at the Lake Tahoe Community College, South Lake Tahoe, California,  the festival will witness Electronic dance music heavyweights Skrillex, Zedd, Porter Robinson, Disclosure, Phantogram and Flux Pavilion, as well as Minnesota hip-hop veterans Atmosphere. 
 Skiers, snowboarders and music lovers will find the ultimate escape for New Year's Eve in Lake Tahoe. With multiple world class resorts within striking distance, the opportunity to escape in the fresh powder is right at your fingertips. 


St. Moritz Gourmet Festival 2015 – ‘British Edition’, 26th to 30th January

During the upcoming winter season, Switzerland will celebrate ‘150 years of winter tourism’. Since the British were the first to discover St. Moritz as a winter destination, the St. Moritz Gourmet Festival 2015, as a tribute, nine master chefs from Great Britain -- Claude Bosi, Angela Harnett, Virgilio Martínez, Jason Atherton, Nathan Outlaw, Isaac McHale, Atul Kochhar, Martin Burge and Chong Choi Fong -- are invited to provide exceptionally enjoyable experiences from 26th to 30th January.

With these exciting guest chefs from Great Britain and the equally outstanding chefs de cuisine of the partner hotels, the festival week promises to be an enjoyable one. The festival will kick-off with a grand opening at the  Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains, followed by individual Gourmet Dîners, Gourmet Safaris and the legendary Kitchen Party at the Badrutt’s Palace Hotel. Not only that it will also have other special events such as the illustrious Kitchen Whispering at the Hotel Schweizerhof and the Fascination Champagne at the Suvretta House, and exceptional tastings of delicious temptations at the Chocolate Cult. The Great BMW Gourmet Finale will be the crowning event with all the guest master chefs at the Kulm Hotel St. Moritz, offering an event of incomparable enjoyment.

Well, if you plan to be around that part of the world in January 2015 then book your table now. Advance booking of admission tickets for the events starts on 1st December 2014. More info...www.stmoritz-gourmetfestival.ch


Melbourne Food & Wine Festival 2015 17 days of fun --from 27th February to 15th March. You can enjoy the World's Longest Lunch at the 530 mt long table in the backdrop of the picturesque Fitzroy Gardens, East Melbourne. Feast on the locally sourced, three-course menu designed by star chefs who will be bringing a fresh and innovative take on Middle Eastern cuisine to the lunch table. 

Enjoy a MasterClass session with Richard Thomas, Australia's most revered artisan cheesemaker.

Return to Terroir. Whether you are a connoisseur or a casual enthusiast, this extraordinary wine tasting session is a remarkable opportunity to sample the creations of more than 40 of the world's leading biodynamic winemakers. 

To book your special advance tickets, click on this link Experience  Victoria 


Candle Light Museum in Chiang Rai, Thailand

Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park in Chiang Rai has scheduled to open the second Candlelight Museum, a magnificent exhibition where the Park will be beautifully decorated nightly with hundreds of lit candles from 1 December, 2014, to 31 January, 2015.The two-month Candlelight Museum, inaugurated in December last year, is the first-ever exhibition of its kind. It features hundreds of candles that are lit to spectacularly illuminate the exquisite ancient wooden candlesticks, crafts and artifacts.The Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park opens daily ((except Monday) from 10.00-22.00 hrs. Between this December and January, the Candlelight Museum will start from 17.00 hrs. with special Lanna performances on weekends and public holidays at 19:30 and 20:30 hrs.


Travel more for less


You can experience more of the world this winter with up to 20% off new bookings across Belmond’s global collection of luxury hotels, trains and river cruises.  From enjoying exclusive after-hours access to Iguassu Falls at Belmond Hotel das Cataratas in Brazil, to soaking up the year-round sunshine at Belmond Reid’s Palace in Madeira and marveling at exotic sights on board the Eastern & Oriental Express in South-East Asia...you can have a diverse range of travel experiences. The ‘Discover Belmond’ offer is valid for new bookings of up to nine rooms/cabins made by 25th March 2015. Offer is based on availability; minimum stays and black-out dates apply. To book or for more information, call the UK reservations team on 0845 077 2222 or visit belmond.com

Seychelles Tourism Board launches E-travel guide

The Seychelles Tourism Board Launches the New version of its very Popular Seychelles E-Travel Guide .Download it Today for Free on Your Ipad or Tablet :

Taj Group launches complimentary Wi-fi

Complimentary Wi-Fi connectivity will be available to all guests in all Taj properties -- The Taj, Vivanta by Taj, Gateway Hotels and Ginger-- for the duration of their stay for up to three devices as soon as they check-in to the hotel.


Skyscanner has launched a hotel app 

The global travel search engine, has launched its Hotels app -- which offers Indian travellers a way to search, compare and book hotels all over the world. The app is available on the iOS and Android platforms.


Emirates NBD Classics III presents Shubha Mudgal



The award-winning musician will be enthralling fans in Dubai on December 5, 2014 at the Mall of the Emirates.