34 interesting tourism facts.

1- Travel can help improve your problem solving skills.


2- Taking a vacation can lower your risk of heart disease.


3- One out of eight jobs in the U.S. depends on travel and tourism.


4- Travel has been shown to help aid those suffering from depression.

5- France is the most visited country in the world.


6- Honolulu is the only place in the U.S. that has a royal palace.


7- With more than 3 million lakes, Canada has the most lakes in the world.


8- Monaco is smaller than Central Park in New York City.


9- The San Alfonso del Mar resort in Chile has the world’s largest swimming pool. It holds 66 million gallons.


10- The largest hotel in the world is the Izmailovo Hotel in Russia. It can  accommodate over 7,500 guests.


11- Tourism is worth more than £120billion a year to the UK.


12- The only countries that attract more tourists than the UK are France, USA, Spain, China, Italy, Turkey and Germany.


13- Nearly three million people in the UK are employed in the tourism-related industry.


14- Tourism accounts for five per cent of the world’s economy.


15- San Francisco’s famous suspension bridge isn’t actually gold; its official paint colour is ‘international orange.’


16- Hong Kong’s skyline features more skyscrapers than New York City.


17- Reaching triumphantly skyward over the waters of New York City’s harbour, the Statue of Liberty is one of America’s most beloved attractions.


18- For more than 600 Parisians, the elegant Eiffel Tower serves as their daily workplace.


19- Tibet’s Tsangpo Canyon holds the title as the planet’s biggest, deepest canyon.


20- According to the City of Niagara Falls, over 6 million cubic feet of water hurls over the top of Canada’s Horseshoe Falls every minute.


21- NASA states that the Great Wall of China is not visible from the moon.


22- Time Out’s City Index named Mexico City as the 6th most fun city in the world.


23- A total 7.86 million Americans visited #Mexico from January to October 2016.


24- Tourism in Tasmania directly and indirectly contributes about $2.3 billion or 9.1 per cent to Gross State Product.


25- Tourism directly and indirectly supports around 38 000 jobs in Tasmania or about 16.2 per cent of total Tasmanian employment.


26- Tasmania’s tourism industry is made up of around 1859 separate businesses.


27- The US is Britain’s most valuable tourism source market, with 4.3 million visits recorded in 2016.


28- Tourism is worth £127 billion annually to the UK economy.


29- A record 24 million tourists visited Japan in 2016, nearly double the figure two years before.


30- In 2015, some 31.5 million people visited London.


31- The dominion of skiers in the winter months, the Alps transform as the snow thaws.


32- Finland’s newest national park (opened in June 2017) is in the wild northeast of the country.


33- Long bright summer days pass delightfully slowly in Swedens most southerly region.


34- Vancouver Island’s mind-blowingly diverse ecosystem gets ever more wild as you head north.

French Wine Giant Advini Buys Seven Bordeaux Wineries

Antoine Moueix Propriétés, a subsidiary of French wine powerhouse Advini, has actually acquired 7 Bordeaux estates from the Lapalu and Blasco households in the Médoc and Haut-Médoc, including Châteaus Liversan, Patache d’Aux and D’Hanteillan, for an overall of 618 acres under vine. The business now manages 988 acres, or 7 percent of Bordeaux’s Cru Bourgeois annual volume, for a production of 150,000 cases. “When thinking about the Left Bank, we believe that consumers will probably discover the best quality-to-price ratio among the Cru Bourgeois,” stated Thibaut de la Haye, director of Antoine Moueix Propriétés.

The wines will continue to be dispersed by Advini, an openly traded business with $250 million in turnover, in which the JeanJean family owns 46 percent. Advini manages approximately 6,000 acres of vineyards in several French areas. “Because we manage distribution, we can likewise guarantee that our suppliers and Yarra Valley wine importers won’t face cost disposing, which often happens on the Place de Bordeaux during hard vintages,” included de la Haye.

In addition to an unique circulation contract, Antoine Moueix had actually likewise acquired a little equity stake in the Lapalu household estates some time earlier. Without a younger generation to continue the family’s ownership, the sale to Antoine Moueix supplied an “easy way for them to turn the page,” said de la Haye. In a different transaction, Catherine Blasco sold the company Château D’Hanteillan, which employs Stéphane Derenoncourt as speaking with wine maker. D’Hanteillan is an increasing star in the Cru Bourgeois line up, and retails for $16.

De la Haye, a longtime Advini executive, discussed that the Cru Bourgeois estates supplied an opportunity to broaden in quality Bordeaux locations, keeping in mind that the acquisition of a Bordeaux “classified-growth is extremely made complex. We face insurance companies and magnates.” With the Cru Bourgeois’ track record for better quality and a strong presence in the United States market and the Yarra Valley wineries, de la Haye stated it made good sense to invest in a classification that permits the consumer to differentiate from the huge selection of petits châteaus on the marketplace.

The acquisitions include: Châteaus Patache d’Aux (AOC Médoc) and Plagnac (AOC Médoc) in Begadan; Châteaus Liversan (AOC Haut-Médoc), Lieujean (AOC Haut-Médoc) and Fonpiqueyre (AOC Haut-Médoc) in St.-Sauveur; Château D’Hanteillan (AOC Haut Médoc) in Cissac; Château Lacombe Noaillac (AOC Médoc) in Jau Dignac et Loirac; and Château Leboscq (AOC Médoc) in St.-Christoly.

The buyers plan to begin buying 2017 at one of the flagship estates, Château Patache d’Aux. “The wine is already excellent, however we can enhance it,” said de la Haye. “The soil is incredible. We have to enhance the vinification centers. For instance, we can’t do pigéage [punch-downs] in the existing vats, and for some vintages, we wish to have the ability to do pigéage.”


How to Meet People when Traveling Alone?

You know, I think the most important benefit about traveling is not the city or country that is discovered, but the friends with whom you share these moments. These are the people around us that make the experience better or sometimes worse. But what if you travel alone?


Of course, the obvious answer is to make friends

The problem is that for many people it is very difficult to make friends only once on the road, and out of their little comfort zone. The trips have taught me to become much more open and sociable in everyday life and to go towards other people. I got through it meet lots of great people and live totally unexpected. Some of these meetings were even transformed into lasting friendships. Today I would like to give you some tips on how to meet people and make friends when traveling alone. I will list you specifically a couple of lessons I’ve learned during my travels.

  • Forget all your preconceived ideas
    This is the best advice I can give you. Many people start with countless  false reasons by which they could not do certain things. They feel too old (or too young, too timid, etc.) to try and do this or that. I have often heard this phrase: “I’ll never go to a hostel because it’s filled with teenagers”. Many of the tips I am about to enumerate here appear also perhaps for the younger of you but I’m used to making friends from 18 to 70 years! So do not put a barrier of this type in your friendships. You can always learn something from everyone you meet, whatever their age is.

  • Stay in a hostel
    When traveling alone, hostels are undoubtedly the best place to meet people. I can assure you  they are filled with people of very different ages. You always fall naturally on the cliché of the young fighter in full world tour . But you will also come across families who choose to go traveling on a budget. The little secret to remember about hostels is that they often offer single rooms. This way you are staying as in the hotel while enjoying the benefits of living in the community clean hostels. Now, we must also learn a little upstream before booking. I remember during my trip to Dublin I was going through the Hostel Bookers website to see what people thought of a particular place. The one that had received the best critics was in a place I never knew and whose atmosphere was really great. Generally, you will find very detailed reviews and true to life.
  • Use your favorite hobby to meet peopletrekking
    A site like MeetUp can be a very good tool. You will find many groups formed around a single passion, a sport or other activity. So if you’re a fan of trekking  you can  easily find a local group for the practice. One of the fastest ways to meet new people is to share the same passion.