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Egypt Travel Guide

No visit to Egypt is complete without a half day excursion to the Giza Plateau, home to the Great Pyramid, sphinx and the Solar Boat Museum. This most traveled destination lies on the desert’s edge, about 30 minutes from downtown Cairo, and remains one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world.

The Great Pyramid was constructed by Khufu, the second pharaoh of the 4th Dynasty, circa 2589-2566 B.C. Also known as Cheops to the Greeks, this ruler left his legacy in history with the construction of one of the greatest engineering feats known to mankind. Visitors are permitted to climb the interior of the Great Pyramid, on an upward trail of narrow passageways and rock hewn tunnels leading to the burial chamber located halfway up the structure. This attraction, if you wish to enter the structure, is deemed laborious and geared for the physically fit traveler on holidays Egypt. Interior photography is prohibited and strictly enforced.

Nearby stands the majestic sphinx, a half-man, half-lion structure pre-dating the construction of the Great Pyramid. Although there are no interior chambers opened to the public, you may visit the sphinx up-close and personal from its base and are free to take photographs.

A few steps away from the mighty sphinx, lies the Solar Boat Museum, home to the royal barge owned by Pharaoh Khufu. This vessel was accidentally discovered beneath the desert sands in Giza, and proved a valuable source of information about its royal owner and daily life during the pharaoh’s reign. In addition to the ancient ship, visitors may roam the museum for a photographic chronology record of the solar boat’s excavation and observe artifacts directly linked to Egypt’s ancient maritime industry.

The Giza Plateau is conveniently located within minutes of the Giza hotel district, with many of the nearby accommodations offering spectacular views of the monuments. Admission to the attractions in Giza are sold separately for independent travel, or will be combined for a holidays Egypt package deal.

If you are organizing your travel adventure then ensure you use some of the many planning resources to help you to plan your trip with ease, such as travel guide books, tour brochures and travel guides online such as http://www.puretravel.com/Guide/Africa/North_Africa/egypt which has loads of location advice, travel tips, destination photos and plenty of suggestions on what to do and what to see. This is a one stop travel guide to help you to plan your trip easily and cost effectively.

Coorg Travel Guide – Helping You Find the Right Hotel

Coorg, also known as Kodagu is well known for its beautiful scenery and outstanding weather. This place has lured tourists from all over the world. It is enriched with colorful scenery and beautiful landscapes. Coorg travel guide helps you to know about places to see, how to get in and many other things you ought to know before planning your journey. Any holiday turns into a perfect holiday when you find accommodation that is comfortable and well within your budget. Therefore proper planning is required before booking an accommodation in Coorg. A good travel guide on Coorg can definitely assist you with the various hotels and the rates that are available in Coorg. A bit of online research will also help you find those hotels in Coorg that match with your requirements and specifications.

These Coorg hotels not only provide excellent accommodation to you but also help you with various sightseeing tours so that you are able to discover all that Coorg has to offer. Whether it is eating out at a local restaurant, trying out a sport or visiting one of the coffee plantations – these hotels will provide you with all the assistance to ensure your holiday to Coorg turns out to be a successful one.

• Hotel Hill View- This is one of the highly renowned hotels in Coorg that caters to the needs of both business and leisure travelers. The rooms are tastefully furnished and offer stunning views of the surroundings. The hotel staff is efficient and extremely courteous.

• Vivanta By Taj – This amazing property from the leading brand in the country is spectacular in every manner. For the affluent willing to splurge on an extravagant holiday, there can’t be anything better than this high-end luxurious hotel. Situated in Madikeri, this is one of the few hotels in Coorg that offers a bouquet of exceptional facilities and services. The views from each of the rooms are truly breathtaking while the lip smacking cuisine leaves you wanting more of it.

• Orange County: Counted among one of the most grand and opulent hotels is Orange County. Spread over 300 acres of verdant coffee plantations, this hotel transports you to another world where nature takes predominance over everything else. A range of facilities such as a private pool with every villa and a holistic ayurvedic spa allows you to get pampered and remain immersed in a world of luxury.

• Hotel Coorg International: This is also one of the popular hotels in Coorg that comes more under mid-segment rather than luxurious category. For those looking to enjoy a comfortable stay and yet not pay exorbitantly will find this hotel as the perfect alternative. The air-conditioned guestrooms are accompanied with a host of suitable features and amenities.

• Misty Woods Resort: Misty Woods Resort has found mention in many a Coorg travel guide. As the name suggests, this scenic resort is truly situated amid the mists from where you can enjoy stunning views of this charming hill station. The staff at this hotel is extremely courteous, warm and friendly and do ensure one gets to enjoy a fabulous holiday. A stay at this wonderful holiday is guaranteed to make one’s stay truly memorable.

Malta Hotels And Holidays Hope To Rise Again 2007

Hotel and holiday bookings have been in decline on the Mediterranean island of Malta, but the hope is that 2007 will see new life breathed into her hotel and holidays industry.

The Malta hotels and holiday industry are major players in the island’s economy, and with unemployment already high, a further drop in the number of visitors next year could have a negative impact not just in tourism but for Malta as a whole.

Throughout the year the monthly statistics for the number of tourists visiting Malta have made depressing reading for the Malta hotels, and the next twelve months will be pivotal as to whether the island can stay in the mainstream of holiday destinations, or be relegated to niche travel status.

The island was rife with rumours earlier in the year that a UK tour operator was going to withdraw the island from their 2007 brochures, and a survey in the island’s biggest market showed that Malta would be more expensive for British tourists than the Canary and Balearic Islands for equivalent holidays next year.

But more recent news has brought hope to the holidays in Malta market that 2007 will see an arrest in the decline of visitor numbers seen this year, with MyTravel surprising the holidays in Malta market by announcing an increase in the number of winter visitors it will be taking from the UK to Malta.

But the most positive news has come from low cost carrier RyanAir, who have started cheap flights to Malta from London and Dublin.

Between announcing the Dublin and London routes and the maiden flight to Malta, Ryanair sold 30,000 tickets. And the new competition has spurred Air Malta, the island’s national airline, to make offers of its own. A successful campaign saw two tickets a minute being sold recently.

‘This is all good news,’ say Malta hotels and holidays guide YourMalta, ‘Earlier in the year it looked like there was only one way that the visitor figures for Malta were going for the future, and that was in a continuing downward spiral.’

At one stage earlier in the year there were real doubts cast upon whether the Malta Government would approve the new low cost flights at all. Air Malta is a major employer and some in the tourist sector felt that too much of a protectionist attitude was being taken at the expense of a possible upswing in new visitors.

‘Unfortunately,’ continue YourMalta, ‘The Malta Tourist Authority and The Malta government seem to to make life as difficult as possible for the island’s hotel owners and those involved in the holiday industry. A privately run company like Ryanair will achieve more and bring more money on to the island than the Tourist Authority can ever dream of. And Ryanair will probably make a profit out of it while the Tourist Authority is using taxpayers money. We’re just waiting for the first set of figures where tourism has risen, and for the Malta Tourist Authority to claim part or all of the credit. In reality if tourist figures do rise it’s despite the Tourist Authority, and not because of it’.

Holidays in Malta

Speaking on a visit to Malta recently, Ryanair’s Chief Executive Michael O’Leary declared himself pleased with their new Luton route, and predicted that their Dublin route, due to start operating in February, would be even more successful. He believes that Ryanair could take some 85,000 visitors to the island in 2007.

‘If Ryanair do deliver 85,000 visitors to Malta in 2007 it will stop the perpetual decline in overall tourist numbers,’ say YourMalta, ‘It depends of course on whether a large number will be new visitors or simply those who would have visited Malta anyway. We believe the likelihood is that a good deal of the 85,000 will be new visitors who hadn’t considered a Malta holiday before. With Air Malta fighting back and having successful promotions too there is every reason to feel confident that 2007 will prove to be a good year for Malta tourism. Hopefully it will prove to be a turning point and not a delay in the downward spiral of the last few years’.

The real estate industry in Malta also produces a good deal of inward investment for the Malta economy, and increased visitor numbers often correlate to an increase in Malta property prices.

According to Tribune Properties, a UK based company who specialise in Malta property for sale, property inflation could be in double digits next year.

‘Malta property buyers from overseas start as tourists, and with new tourists arriving next year in increased numbers we do expect this to have some impact on the market overall. The weather in Malta is always a plus point when potential buyers are considering where to buy a holiday home. But ease of access is a critical factor, and with the new flights at reduced prices it makes spending a few long weekends on Malta as well as the traditional week and fortnight holiday a realistic possibility for more people.’

Travel guide YourMalta do offer a cautionary note, urging the Malta authorities to invest in better roads and other infrastructure.

‘It’s important that holidaymakers want to return to the island in future years, and not just visit once – never to look at a holiday brochure and a map of Malta with good memories and return. The Malta hotels are on a par with the rest of Europe, but if they step outside to dangerous pavements, unclean beaches and a timeshare tout around every corner ready with a high pressure sales pitch they won’t return. Hopefully the Malta Tourist Authority will be doing as much as they can ensure a pleasant Malta holiday experience’.