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| DotMBlurb= '''[[Hong Kong]]''' is a place with multiple personalities, as a result of being both Cantonese Chinese and under a more recent contemporary ex-British influence. It is a '''unique destination that has absorbed people and cultural influences''' from places as diverse as Vietnam and Vancouver and proudly proclaims itself to be ''Asia's World City''. While "legally" part of China, Hong Kong is secluded from mainland China as a dependency with a high degree of autonomy. The former colony has its own constitution which lays out its own government, own laws, separate immigration controls, financial system, own passport and is officially bi-lingual (Cantonese and English). This important East Asian hub offers its visitors lots of attractions. In June the city celebrates '''Dragon Boat Festival''' with colorful dragon boat races and food celebrations. <small>([[Hong Kong|more...]])</small>
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| DotMBlurb= Boasting the largest ski area in North America, '''[[Whistler]]''' is a popular winter snow-skiing and outdoor sports destination near Vancouver. If skiing or boarding is your thing, it's hard to be disappointed with Whistler-Blackcomb resort!<small>([[Whistler|more...]])</small>
  
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| OTBPBlurb= '''[[St Augustine]]''', [[Florida]], is a small jewel of a city on the east coast, full of '''romantic ambiance and old world charm'''. It is best known for its remarkable historic streets, Spanish style architecture, and panoramic bay. Do take time to wander down St. George street, a promenade of sorts, and enjoy the art galleries, quaint shops, and restaurants. For those of you don't know, '''St. Augustine is the oldest inhabited European settlement in the U.S.'''. Spanish explorer, Juan Ponce de Leon, claimed the land now known as Florida in the name of Spain on March 27, 1513. Originally the land was named La Florida, which means "Land of Flowers". The city was founded by Spanish explorer Pedro Menendez de Aviles in 1565. <small>([[St Augustine|more...]])</small>
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| OTBPBlurb= '''[[Saba]]''', known as "The Unspoiled Queen" due to the protection of its unique ecosystem, is a volcanic island in the Caribbean. It's one of the top destinations in the world to go scuba diving due to its sheer underwater cliffs, pinnacles, and the multitude of diving locations surrounding the island that each offer a unique experience. The people in the local dive shops are very friendly and great at teaching inexperienced people how to dive. <small>([[Saba|more...]])</small>
 
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{{newsitem| North Korea builds nation's first beach resort| 27 June| As part of his plans to turn North Korea into a "world class" tourist destination, Kim Jong-un has ordered the transformation of the industrial port of [[Wonsan]] into a beach resort town. In May, Kim paid a visit to the Masik Pass Skiing Ground to provide "on-the-spot guidance" to "soldier-builders" constructing North Korea's first ski resort. The facility will have 68 miles of ski runs and Kim ordered that work be stepped up so it can be used this winter. Apparently not satisfied with that feat, Kim now wants his army to turn nearby Wonsan into a summer destination for tourists, South Korea's JoongAng Ilbo newspaper has reported. A document titled "General blueprint for the Wonsan District," calls for factories and dockyards that presently line the waterfront to be replaced with a series of new districts. Songdowon Beach will be remodeled into a stretch of sand with all the trappings of a resort. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10145092/North-Korean-leader-Kim-Jong-un-orders-the-creation-of-nations-first-beach-resort.html]}}
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{{newsitem| Eruption of Mount Sinabung in North_Sumatra|04 Jan| The emergency response to the eruption of Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra has been extended until January 4, 2014 as the volcano still shows signs of increased activity[http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/91899/sinabung-emergency-response-extended-until-january-4]}}
{{newsitem| Stunning New UNESCO Sites| 24 June| 19 new sites have been added to UNESCO's World Heritage list - the top honor for monuments, buildings, sites or natural features "of outstanding universal value". Here's the full list of 19 sites granted UNESCO World Heritage status by the committee:
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{{newsitem| Blizzard to reach from NYC to Boston Thursday night|02 Jan| During Thursday and Thursday night, the storm will affect 20 states with more than 120 million people in the [[Midwest_(United_States_of_America)]] and the Northeast combined and could have a major negative impact on travel for people returning from holiday destinations, heading back to school or resuming business activities.[http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/northeast-snowstorm-alert-thursday/21493316]}}
# Xinjiang Tianshan ([[China]])
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{{newsitem| Heatwave hits inland Australia|01 Jan| Heatwave: temperatures climb towards 50C in parts of Australia. Weatherzone says intense air mass is centred over northern NSW and western Queensland, but it's cooler in the capital cities.[http://www.theguardian.com/weather/2014/jan/02/heatwave-temperatures-climb-towards-50c]}}
# [[Mount Etna]] ([[Italy]])
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{{newsitem| Four people dead due to a series of avalanches in Swiss_Alps|27 Dec| A series of avalanches in the Alps on Friday left four people dead, including a young Irishman, and several other skiers seriously injured, according to mountain rescue teams.[http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/27/alps-avalanches-dead-injured-france-switzerland]}}
# El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve ([[Mexico]])
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{{newsitem| Two die as severe weather hits UK Christmas getaway|23 Dec| The deaths come as gale-force winds and heavy rain hit the Christmas getaway for road, rail, air and sea passengers. Fallen overhead power lines left thousands without electricity. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25484998]}}
# Namib Sand Sea ([[Namibia]])
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{{newsitem| Major Ice Storm for New England|23 Dec| Winter Storm Gemini was winding down over New England Monday, but thousands of families could be spending Christmas Day without power after the storm brought down trees and utility lines from the Midwest to [[New_England]] during the weekend.[http://www.weather.com/news/weather-winter/winter-storm-gemini-monday-state-state-20131223]}}
# Tajik National Park ([[Tajikistan]])
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{{newsitem| Ice Storms darkens much of Ontario|23 Dec| Hundreds of thousands of Ontarians may spend Christmas in the dark, as the ice storm that left a path of destruction in Ontario and Quebec causes fresh damage and power outages in the Maritimes.[http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ice-storm-darkens-much-of-ontario-still-hitting-maritimes-1.2473933]}}
# Red Bay Basque Whaling Station ([[Canada]])
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{{newsitem| Travel Warning South Sudan|17 Dec| The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to the Republic of [[South _Sudan]] and recommends that U.S. citizens currently in South Sudan depart immediately [http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_6234.html]}}
# Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces ([[China]])
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# Historic Monuments and Sites in [[Kaesong]] ([[North Korea]])
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# [[Levuka]] Historical Port Town ([[Fiji]])
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# Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe ([[Germany]])
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# Hill Forts of Rajashtan ([[India]])
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# Golestan Palace ([[Iran]])
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# Medici Villas and Gardens in [[Tuscany]] ([[Italy]])
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# [[Fujisan]], sacred place and source of artistic inspiration ([[Japan]])
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# Historic Centre of [[Agadez]] ([[Niger]])
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# Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region in [[Poland]] and [[Ukraine]] (Poland / Ukraine)
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# University of Coimbra - Alta and Sofia ([[Portugal]])
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# Al Zubarah Archaeological Site ([[Qatar]])
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# Ancient City of Tauric Chersonese and its Chora ([[Ukraine]]) 
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The UNESCO World Heritage List features 981 sites from 160 countries that are party to the World Heritage Convention. Of these, 759 are cultural, 193 natural and 29 mixed properties. [http://edition.cnn.com/2013/06/24/travel/whs-2013]}}
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{{newsitem| National Parks Raise Guard Against Virus| 21 June| Near the peak of the summertime tourist season, [[Yellowstone]] and [[Grand Teton]] National Parks are fighting an outbreak of norovirus, the highly contagious gastrointestinal scourge of cruise ships. Park officials said that the virus had so far sickened 150 employees and 50 guests. Employees at the parks’ lodges and restaurants have been scrubbing rooms and sanitizing every surface to try to stop the spread of the virus. Sick employees, and some who might have been exposed, have been quarantined.  So far, park officials said that only a small percentage of visitors had fallen ill. Yellowstone draws more than three million visitors every year, and about 2.5 million people visit Grand Teton.Officials at Yellowstone said the outbreak of norovirus began June 7, when several people on a tour bus complained about feeling ill. [http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/21/us/2-national-parks-fight-a-virus-outbreak.html] }}
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{{newsitem| Singapore Haze: Air Pollution Reaches Hazardous Levels| 20 June| Singapore is covered with haze and some are calling it the worst ever as air pollution fills the sky, forcing people to stay indoors. Forest fires in nearby Indonesia have made matters worse and several public areas have been forced to close. According to the Pollutant Standards Index, Singapore's air pollution measurement, the level reached an unprecedented 371 and reached a "hazardous" classification that can make breathing difficulties even worse. The level has never been so high and the previous record was only at 226 back in 1997. The air pollution levels seem to be caused by raging fires in nearby [[Indonesia]]. The fumes have hit both [[Singapore]] and [[Malaysia]]. Singapore is asking [[Jakarta]] to do more to put an end to the fires on [[Sumatra]] Island, which farmers started to clear their land cheaply. "This is now the worst haze that Singapore has ever faced," Singapore's Environment Minister Vivian Balakrishnan wrote on Facebook. "No country or corporation has the right to pollute the air at the expense of Singaporeans' health and wellbeing." [http://www.travelerstoday.com/articles/6676/20130620/singapore-haze-air-pollution-reaches-hazardous-levels.htm]}}
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{{newsitem| Brazil sends national force to control protest trouble |19 Jun 2013|Brazil's government says it will deploy a national security force to five major cities after a wave of protests which has seen almost a quarter of a million people demand better public services. The national force will be sent to [[Rio de Janeiro]], [[Belo Horizonte]], [[Salvador]], [[Fortaleza]] and the capital, [[Brasilia]]. All of the cities are hosting games in Fifa's Confederations Cup. The announcement comes after riot police and protesters clashed in fresh protests on 18 June in [[Sao Paulo]]. Brazil's ministry of justice said that [[Recife]] was the only Confederations Cup host city not to request the support of the National Public Security Force (FNSP). Shops and banks in Brazil's largest city, Sao Paulo, were vandalised by groups of masked activists, who fought other demonstrators trying to stop the violence. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-22964785]}}
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{{newsitem| Floods in North India |19 Jun 2013|Military helicopters and the army are leading rescue operations in India's flood-hit northern states, where 138 people are now known to have died. About 10,000 people have been rescued in worst-hit [[Uttarakhand]] state over three days. Flood-related deaths have also been reported in [[Himachal Pradesh]] and [[Uttar Pradesh]] states and neighboring [[Nepal]]. The monsoon season generally lasts from June to September, bringing rain which is critical to the farming output of both countries, but this year the rain in the north of India and parts of Nepal has been heavier than usual. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-22963870]  }}
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{{newsitem| Turkey's silent protest spreads|19 Jun 2013|A silent, standing protest by performance artist Erdem Gunduz has been taken up by hundreds of anti-government demonstrators and spread to several Turkish cities. Protests planning goes on now via social media websites and meetings. A total of 883 people have been detained under protest-related charges since May 31, said Emre Cokgezen, a member of the Istanbul Bar Association's crisis desk, which was created to handle detention issues related to the protests.Though most of those have been released, 71 remained in custody facing terrorism charges, 20 facing organized crime charges and 28 facing other charges, he said. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/19/world/europe/turkey-protests/index.html] }}
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{{newsitem| Toxic radioactive isotope found in Fukushima groundwater|19 Jun 2013|High levels of a toxic radioactive isotope have been found in groundwater at Japan's [[Fukushima]] nuclear plant, its operator says. Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) said tests showed Strontium-90 was present at 30 times the legal rate. The radioactive isotope tritium has also been detected at elevated levels. The plant, crippled by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, has recently seen a series of water leaks and power failures. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22974316]}}
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{{newsitem| Budget airline gets green light in Africa|19 Jun 2013| The low-cost airline Fastjet has been given clearance to begin international flights from [[Tanzania]] to [[South Africa]], [[Zambia]] and [[Rwanda]]. The company, launched last year with the backing of EasyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, was given approval to open the new routes last week. Flights from [[Dar es Salaam]] to [[Johannesburg]] will start from $100 (£63.68) one-way excluding taxes and charges. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/10123878/Fastjet-gets-green-light-for-international-flights.html] }}
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{{eventsitem| 55th International Art Exhibition, Venice|1 Jun- 24 Nov 2013| The title chosen by curator Massimiliano Gioni for the 55th International Art Exhibition is Il Palazzo Enciclopedico / The Encyclopedic Palace. Massimiliano Gioni introduced the choice of theme evoking the Italo-American self-taught artist Marino Auriti who “on November 16, 1955 filed a design with the US Patent office depicting his Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace), an imaginary museum that was meant to house all worldly knowledge, bringing together the greatest discoveries of the human race, from the wheel to the satellite. Auriti’s plan was never carried out, of course, but the dream of universal, all-embracing knowledge crops up throughout history, as one that eccentrics like Auriti share with many other artists, writers, scientists, and prophets who have tried - often in vain - to fashion an image of the world that will capture its infinite variety and richness." [http://www.labiennale.org/en/art/exhibition/]}}
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{{eventsitem| Ice Sculpture Festival Zwolle, Netherlands|Until January 26, 2014 |In winter, [[Zwolle]]’s city centre serves as the backdrop for wonderful snow and ice sculptures. Dozens of Dutch and foreign artists will use 250,000 kilos of ice and 250,000 kilos of snow to create their unique works of art, which will be exhibited on Rodetorenplein square.[http://www.holland.com/uk/tourism/article/ice-sculptures-in-zwolle.html/] }}
{{eventsitem| SAIL Den Helder, Netherlands|20- 23 Jun 2013| On Thursday the many Tall ships will arrive again in [[Den Helder]]. From the Sedov from [[Russia]] to the Sagres III from [[Portugal]], they will all be there. Many of the vessels can be visited during those days and there will be many activities in and around the port of [[Den Helder]] full program [http://www.saildenhelder.nl]}}
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{{eventsitem| Montreal Igloofest|January 16, 2014 - February 8, 2014 |Every winter thousands of electronic music lovers dance under the stars at the Quays of the Old Port of Montréal. With its icy décor blanketing steel structures, its striking architectural volumes, its programming drawing from the best local and international DJs, its igloo village, and its renowned "one piece" contest, Igloofest offers the hottest winter evenings in Montréal![http://www.igloofest.ca/] }}
{{eventsitem| Just So Fest, Cheshire |16-18 Aug 2013| The Just So Festival is a boutique, weekend-long festival of creativity aimed at children, young people and their families. The festival provides a magical experience where art, music and literature are embedded and entwined in a beautiful and wonderous landscape. You will enjoy broad range of musical, theatrical, visual and aural performances, workshops and installations within a safe, natural and magical setting. [http://www.justsofestival.org.uk/] }}
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{{eventsitem| Natchitoches Christmas Festival, Louisiana|till 6 Jan |Over 300,000+ Christmas lights and 100 plus riverbank set pieces are on every night at dusk through January 6, 2014.  Downtown attractions include carriages tours through the historic district. Shops and restaurants open late. All events take place in the Landmark Historic District along the Cane River Lake and along the Cane River Lake south of Natchitoches. The Natchitoches Christmas Festival Parade is one of the most important elements of a day of festivities that brings more than 100,000 visitors to the City of Lights. [http://www.christmasfestival.com/] }}
{{eventsitem| The Big Feastival, Kingham, Oxfordshire |31 Aug- 1 Sept 2013| Jamie Oliver and Alex James present The Big Feastival, a unique two-day celebration of music, food and fun for all the family, set on Alex’s idyllic Cotswolds farm. Enjoy music from top acts, tuck into top chef demos in the Big Kitchen and have your fill from The Menu, featuring the cream of the UK’s street food crop. Browse local producer stands, join a cookery class or get your foodie fix joining top chefs for intimate Q&A sessions. Keep little and big kids happy in the fun-filled Little Dudes Den, join an arts & crafts workshop, enjoy the Big Top games or take a spin round the vintage funfair. [http://www.jamieoliver.com/thebigfeastival/feastival-info/] }}
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{{eventsitem| Cologne Christmas market |till 23 Dec|The city of Cologne offers 7 Christmas Markets in total. Among them are four big Christmas Markets located at the Cologne Cathedral, on the Alter Markt, on the Neumarkt and on the Rudolfplatz. Every year these wonderful four Christmas Markets attract almost 2 million visitors. The Christmas Market at the Cologne Cathedral is the most impressive one in Cologne, due to the huge backdrop of the imposing Cathedral. Christmas music, arts and crafts, toys, Christmas decorations and the scent of the Christmas bakeries create a wonderful atmosphere. It is not just children's eyes that light up when pewter pourers, wreath binders and glassblowers demonstrate their art, and the aroma of mulled wine, hot chestnuts and gingerbread fills the air. [http://www.cologne.de/events/christmas-markets]}}
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{{eventsitem| National Finals Rodeo, Las Vegas |5-14 Dec|The big bronc of rodeo competitions, the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) sees Vegas taken over by cowboys ready to ride and wrestle their way towards immortality. Known on the circuit as the ‘Superbowl of Rodeo’, NFR ropes in the season’s top 15 competitors (based on the ProRodeo world standings) in each of professional rodeo’s seven events: bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, team roping and barrel racing. At stake are not just their bones and pride, but around US$5.5 million in prize money, which even by Vegas standards is real currency. NFR is running in conjunction with the rodeo is the Cowboy Christmas Gift Show in the Las Vegas Convention Center. [http://www.lonelyplanet.com/usa/las-vegas/travel-tips-and-articles/77563#ixzz2mYM4jw1Q]}}
  
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Boasting the largest ski area in North America, Whistler is a popular winter snow-skiing and outdoor sports destination near Vancouver. If skiing or boarding is your thing, it's hard to be disappointed with Whistler-Blackcomb resort!(more...)

Saba, known as "The Unspoiled Queen" due to the protection of its unique ecosystem, is a volcanic island in the Caribbean. It's one of the top destinations in the world to go scuba diving due to its sheer underwater cliffs, pinnacles, and the multitude of diving locations surrounding the island that each offer a unique experience. The people in the local dive shops are very friendly and great at teaching inexperienced people how to dive. (more...)
















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