Saturday, 22 April 2017

CNN launches new digital venture "Explore Parts Unknown” featuring Anthony Bourdain

Explore Parts Unknown is a mobile-first immersive guide featuring original stories and video, premium photography, and engaging interactives inspired by the Emmy-winning CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown. The experience will allow users to recreate Anthony Bourdain's journeys and dive deeper into the people, places, and stories he’s encountered.

The site will launch with destinations like Hanoi, Las Vegas, Koreatown (LA), Manila, Buenos Aires, London, Punjab, Montana, The Greek Islands, Senegal, Madagascar, Istanbul, New Jersey, Colombia and South Korea. New destinations will roll out weekly with original content.

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TripAdvisor reaches half a billion reviews and opinions and counting



Rapid growth in user-generated content offers unique opportunities for businesses to engage with global travelers, increase bookings and thrive online.

TripAdvisor announced that it has crossed the 500 million reviews and opinions milestone. The popular travel planning and booking site and app now posts 290 pieces of content every minute of every day. The phenomenal growth in user-generated content has been fueled by travelers' desire to "pay it forward" with insights and advice for millions of other global users.

Most Reviewed Hotel, Restaurant and Attraction on TripAdvisor

- Most reviewed tourist attraction in the world: The Basilica of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain, has more than 104,000 traveler reviews

- Most reviewed hotel in the world: The Luxor Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada, has more than 28,000 traveler reviews

- Most reviewed restaurant in the world: Pasteis de Belem in Lisbon, Portugal, has more than 25,000 traveler reviews

- Most reviewed tourist attraction in the U.S.: Central Park, New York City, has more than 92,000 traveler reviews

- Most reviewed restaurant in the U.S.: Cafe Du Monde, New Orleans, has more than 22,000 traveler reviews

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Iberia unveils new Premium Economy cabin


Iberia has presented its first Airbus A340/600 fitted with its new Premium Economy seating section to travel agencies, major companies, and the media.

Iberia Maintenance will install the new seats on the aircraft already in Iberia’s fleet at its Madrid hangars, while the A350s the airline has on order will come factory-equipped with the new seating section.

This summer, the airline will have five A340/600 equipped with the new cabin.

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Shanghai - The Bund & People's Square (Chapter) Lonely Planet

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Shanghai - The Bund & People's Square

Shànghǎi’s definitive spectacle, the grand sweep of the river­side Bund (外滩, Wàitān) is a designer retail and dining strip; it’s the address in town for the city’s most exclusive boutiques, restaurants and hotels.

stroll along the promenade of the Bund, and capture Pǔdōng lighting up through a martini glass

load up on Chinese culture’s greatest hits at the world-class Shànghǎi Museum

indulge in high dining at some of Shànghǎi’s signature Bund restaurants, such as Mr & Mrs Bund, with showstopping views as standard

Coverage includes: Sights, Eating, Drinking & Nightlife, Entertainment, Shopping and Sports & Activities.

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11 NEW Lonely Planet Travel Guides

Check out these 11 brand new Lonely Planet travel guides. From the Lake District and The Loire Valley to the coffee shops of Seattle, start researching and planning your next adventure. 


1.  Canada

Covers: Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, British Columbia, the Rocky Mountains, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Alberta, Newfoundland, Banff, New Brunswick, Yukon Territory and more


2. England

Covers: London, Newcastle, Lake District, Cumbria, Yorkshire, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Midlands, the Marches, Nottingham, Cambridge, East Anglia, Oxford, Cotswolds, Canterbury, Devon, Cornwall, and more


3. France

Covers: Paris, Lille, Flanders, the Somme, Normandy, Brittany, Champagne, Alsace, Lorraine, the Loire Valley, Burgundy, Lyon, the French Alps, Basque Country, the Pyrenees, Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence, Corsica and more


4. Scotland

Covers: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Highlands & Islands, Inverness & the Central Highlands, Orkney & Shetland and more


5. Portugal

Covers: Lisbon, the Algarve, Porto, the Douro valley, Faro, Sintra, Evora, the Alentejo, the Beiras, Coimbra, the Minho, Estremadura and more.


6. Chicago

Covers: The Loop, Near North, Gold Coast, Old Town, Boystown, Wrigleyville, Andersonville, Uptown, Wicker Park, Bucktown, Ukrainian Village, Logan Square, Humboldt Park, West Loop, Pilsen, South Side, and more


7. Croatia

Covers: Zagreb, Zagorje, Slavonia, Istria, Kvarner, Northern Dalmatia, Split & Central Dalmatia, Dubrovnik & Southern Dalmatia and more

8. Seattle

Covers: downtown, Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, Belltown, Seattle Center, Queen Anne, Lake Union, Capitol Hill, the U District, Green Lake, Fremont, Ballard, Discovery Park, and more

9. Wales

Covers: Cardiff, Brecon Beacons, Swansea, the Gower, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Aberystwyth, Snowdonia, Angelsey and more


10. Berlin

Covers: Historic Mitte, Museuminsel, Alexanderplatz, Tiergarten, Scheunenviertel, Kreuzberg, Neukölln,  Friedrichshain, Prenzlauer, City West, Charlottenburg and more


11. New England

Covers: Boston, Cape Cod, Nantucket & Martha's Vineyard, Central Massachusetts & the Berkshires, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maine and more


Friday, 21 April 2017

Canada - Manitoba (Chapter) Lonely Planet

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Canada - Manitoba (Chapter)

The two prominent stars of Manitoba are Winnipeg, with its big-city sophistication, and Churchill, with its profusion of natural wonders. But it’s what lies between that truly defines this often misunderstood prairie province. Open spaces seem to stretch forever.

revel in polar bears, beluga whales and even an ancient fort in the subarctic city of Churchill

hike and paddle Manitoba’s best natural setting at Riding Mountain National Park

delve deep into Canada’s past in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, a museum that combines interactive exhibits with cutting-edge architecture

Coverage includes: Winnipeg & Around, Lower Fort Garry, Oak Hammock Marsh, Lake Winnipeg, Gimli, Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Park, Southeastern Manitoba, Whiteshell Provincial Park, Western Manitoba, Brandon, Riding Mountain National Park, Northern Manitoba, The Pas, Thompson and Churchill.

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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Taiwan travel guide Lonely Planet - 10th edition

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Taiwan travel guide

With legacies as varied as its adventure landscape and spirited traditions thriving alongside the cream of Asian sophistication, Taiwan is a continent on one green island.

Lonely Planet will get you to the heart of Taiwan, with amazing travel experiences and the best planning advice:

Coverage includes: Planning chapters, Taipei, Northern Taiwan, Taroko National Park, the East Coast, Yushan National Park, Western Taiwan, Southern Taiwan, Taiwan’s Islands, Understand and Survival chapters.

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Sicily - Aeolian Islands (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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Sicily - Aeolian Islands

Rising out of the cobalt-blue seas off Sicily’s northeastern coast, the Unesco-protected Aeolian Islands (Vulcano, Lipari, Salina, Panarea, Stromboli, Filicudi and Alicudi) are a little piece of paradise, a magical outdoor playground offering thrills and spills at every turn.

- scale a pair of active volcanoes on Vulcano

- island-hop till you drop

- go diving at some of the spectacular spots around Lipari

Coverage includes: Accommodation, Lipari, Vulcano, Salina, Panarea, Stromboli, Sciara del Fuoco, Ginostra, Filicudi and Alicudi.

You can pick and choose from complete guides and individual chapters, and download them to any device you like.

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Vienna city guide Lonely Planet - 8th edition

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Vienna city guide

Baroque streetscapes and imperial palaces set the stage for artistic and musical masterpieces alongside vibrant epicurean and design scenes.

Coverage includes: Plan Your Trip, The Hofburg & around, Stephansdom & the Historic Centre, Karlsplatz & around Naschmarkt, The Museum District & Neubau, Alsergrund & the University District, Schloss Belvedere to the Canal, Prater & East of the Danube, Schloss Schönbrunn & around, Day Trips from Vienna, Understand Vienna and Survival Guide.

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Austria travel guide Lonely Planet - 8th edition

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Austria travel guide

No country waltzes so effortlessly between the urban and the outdoors as Austria. One day you’re cresting alpine summits, the next you’re swanning around imperial Vienna.

Your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Stroll the palaces and cathedrals of Vienna, ski the slopes of the Austrian Alps, or take a lazy trip through the valleys and lakes of the countryside; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Austria and begin your journey now!

Coverage includes: Planning chapters, Vienna, Lower Austria, Burgenland, Upper Austria, Styria, The Salzkammergut, Salzburg, Salzburgerland, Carinthia, Tyrol, Vorarlberg, Understand and Survival chapters, and more.

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Sunday, 16 April 2017

The Netherlands - Maastricht & Southeastern Netherlands PDF Chapter Lonely Planet

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The Netherlands - Maastricht & Southeastern Netherlands

Things are different below the rivers. Product of their embattled histories (the Rhine formed the Romans’ northern border), the provinces of Noord Brabant and Limburg have a distinctly southern character: more Catholic, more relaxed and, in the case of Limburg, hillier.

- thrill in the good life of Maastricht, a world apart from the north, and go bonkers at the annual Carnaval

- explore the unusual canals of lively Den Bosch and decode the myriad messages in the artwork at the Jheronimus Bosch Art Center

- hop off your bike or train to tour Breda and its beautiful Gothic church

Coverage includes: Maastricht, Around Maastricht, North Limburg, Noord Brabant, Den Bosch (’s-Hertogenbosch), Around Den Bosch, Eindhoven, Tilburg, Breda and Bergen op Zoom.

You can pick and choose from complete guides and individual chapters, and download them to any device you like.

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Thursday, 13 April 2017

Video: Lonely Planet: Spotlight on: East Iceland



Iceland is becoming more and more popular with visitors. Lonely Planet Destination Editor James Smart tells us about a part of the country that's yet to be discovered by mass tourism.


Hitting headlines, topping bucket lists, wooing nature lovers and dazzling increasing numbers of visitors – there seems no end to the talents of this breathtaking northern destination.

Coverage Includes: Planning chapters, Reykjavík, Southwest Iceland, the Golden Circle, West Iceland, The Westfjords, North Iceland, East Iceland, Southeast Iceland, The Highlands, Understand and Survival chapters.

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Croatia - Dubrovnik & Southern Dalmatia (Chapter) Lonely Planet

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Croatia - Dubrovnik & Southern Dalmatia

Dubrovnik is simply unique; its beauty is bewitching, its setting sublime. Not that it’s a secret – quite the opposite. Thousands of visitors walk along its marble streets every day of the year, gazing, gasping and happily snapping away.

circle historic Dubrovnik’s mighty walls and then catch the cable car up Mt Srđ for breathtaking views from above

soak up the sublime medieval atmosphere of the walled Korčula

seek out Mljet’s secluded beaches, villages and eateries down the island’s east end, before joining summertime throngs at national park’s pretty lakes

Coverage includes: Dubrovnik & Around, Cavtat, Konavle, Elafiti Islands, Mljet Island, Mljet National Park, Okuklje, Saplunara, Pelješac Peninsula, Ston & Mali Ston, Orebić, Viganj, Korčula Island, Korčula Town, Lumbarda and Lastovo Island.

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

The best of Bagan temples



Bagan is home to some 4,000 Buddhist temples - here are some of the most exquisite.


The heartland of the Bamar people has been the location of three former Burmese capitals – Bagan, Pyay and Taungoo – as well as the latest surreal one, Nay Pyi Taw. Of this quartet, it’s Bagan with its wondrous vista of pagodas and stupas that’s the star attraction.

Coverage includes: When to Go, Bagan & around, Nyaung U, Old Bagan, Myinkaba, New Bagan (Bagan Myothit), Mt Popa, Salay, Pakokku, Monywa & around, Yangon–Mandalay Highway, Taungoo, Nay Pyi Taw, Meiktila, Yangon–Bagan Highway, Pyay (Prome) & around, Magwe.

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