Friday, February 20, 2009

Travel Picks: Top 10 most romantic retreats

SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - With couples across the world celebrating Valentine's Day, luxury travel company Hideaways International Inc has come up with a list of the world's 10 most romantic retreats.

This list was compiled by Hideaways International and is not endorsed by Reuters:

1. Chateau Eza, Cote d'Azur

Guests will be awe-struck by the Mediterranean views spread out below their cliff-side perch. Just 10 rooms and suites offer plenty of privacy, plus in-room massage, stone fireplaces, Jacuzzis, and private balconies.

2. Hotel Splendido, Portofino

Private balconies spilling over with fragrant flowers, the warm Italian sun, and great views. It's hard to imagine a more romantic setting for a honeymoon or any other special occasion. Other romantics who've visited this love-nest include Taylor and Burton and Bacall and Bogart.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

American Tourists To Bali Up Substantially Following Lifting Of Travel Ban

The number of American tourists to Bali has been increasing since the Indonesian government had lifted its travel warning, classiying the number of American tourists coming to the island resort as one of the big-ten.

The number of tourists from other western countries also increased by an average of 20 percent, Ida Komang Wisnu, Head of the Bali Central Bureau of Statistics said here Monday.

Komang Wisnu said the number of foreign tourists to Bali reached 1,664,854 last year. And their number increased further this year.

A total of 1,298,130 tourists came to Bali from January to August 2008, which was a 20 percent increase compared to the 1,079,751 people in the same period last year.

Americans from January to August 2008 coming to Bali reached 46,923, up by 30 percent from 36,092 compared to the same period in 2007 whereas the number of French tourists increa

Friday, February 6, 2009

Bali tourism expiring

Experts continue to claim that Bali's tourism industry is on the decline and that the island may become marginalized when the ASEAN charter takes effect in 2015 and makes travel to other regional tourist attractions more affordable for Indonesians.

Daradjatun Kuntjoro Jakti, former coordinating minister for the economy, said Friday that Bali's tourism industry had reached a saturation point that could endanger public livelihood if the administration did not act.

His data shows that Bali's income from foreign tourist has continually dropped to $4.44 billion in 2006 from US$5.74 billion in 2000, despite the rapid development of tourism-related infrastructure projects within the six-year period.

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