Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Destination Focus: The Edge of the Planet

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This month's Destination Focus:
Barely on the Planet

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Saturday, 1 December 2007

December 2007 - Latest Stories and Destinations

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The award-winning Global Travel Writers team bring you their latest offerings for December 2007

Stop Press: Just off the plane from Korea, Sally Hammond is now packing for Hobart.

Think outside the square. GTWers have decades of experience covering such diverse subjects as music, culture, cuisine, lifestyle, technology, aviation, sport and tourism business. [see themes]

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Australia : Europe : Iceland : Thailand
India : Cambodia

coastal artBrushstrokes by the Bay: Melbourne's Coastal Arts Trail on Port Phillip Bay, from Brighton to Mentone, celebrates pioneer Australian artists. At different times of day, you can see the same hues, colours and moods which inspired Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton and others. [PG]

All-Star qualia Opens

Australia has a new star on the luxury resort scene. qualia, a truly Australian resort on the Great Barrier Reef which deservedly claims to set a new benchmark in Australian tourism. GTWer Karen Halabi was one of the first journalists to visit the newly opened resort in the Whitsundays which is owned by the Oatley family of international yachting and wine fame. “Watch this space”, says Karen, “I predict qualia will soon be winning awards as well.”

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Graham Simmons
John Borthwick
Karen Halabi
Philip Game
Roderick Eime
Sally Hammond
Sheriden Rhodes
Thomas E King
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bulgaria"Europe is not designed for speed”, said Romanian philosopher Andrei Pleşu. He may well have had the Danube-Main-Rhine rivers in mind. When swollen waters strand a cruise ship in the Bavarian city of Würzburg, it becomes an exercise in "What if...?" [GS]
Cambodia GolfHip Thai Resorts: From industrial chic at Indigo Pearl to barefoot charm at luxurious Trisara, Thailand boasts the hippest new boutique resorts. Staffed by warm, efficient Thais, they put out the welcome mat the moment you arrive. [SR]
IcelandA New Kind of Cool: Icelanders, let it be known, are not adverse to a good time. Even an official tourism guide for the 'Capital of Cool' declares, "the nightlife scene in the city centre at weekends is one of hedonistic mayhem". [GAB]
TajPutting on the Taj: The Taj Group has several palace hotels in northern India. The Umaid Bhawan at Jodphur, is still partly occupied by the Maharajah. Udaipur's Lake Palace, a glistening white edifice floating like a mirage on Lake Udaipur once featured in a James Bond movie. [KH]
AngkorSiem Reap: Simply Remarkable:
In 1860, French naturalist Henri Mouhot, while searching for rare orchids, found something hidden for 500 years under the dense forest growth: the ‘universe’ condensed into one magnificent temple. [TK]
BudapestThe Last Mahouts: Thailand's changing environmental laws and increased mechanisation means the traditonal mahouts, or wild elephant catchers, are dying out. We meet the last mahouts in the famous elephant city of Surin. [RE]
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