Visiting Seychelles

April 18, 2018

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suspended in the Indian Ocean, miles east of Kenya and north of Madagascar, is a 115-island archipelago so beautiful, early British explorer thought they had stumbled upon the Garden of Eden. While the Seychelles were reportedly first sighted by Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama in 1502, little — if anything — was known of the islands prior.

Though remote, the Seychelles attract visitors who come for the ultimate romantic escape. After all, there are few places more isolated than this heavenly cluster of islands. (Even Kate Middleton and Prince William came here after exchanging vows.)

Of course, there’s more to the Seychelles than pristine beaches and water so clear, you never lose sight of your feet. In addition to unabashed natural beauty and wildlife, the main island of Mahé, where the capital Victoria is located, boasts beautiful French and British colonial architecture. And that’s to say nothing of the incredible seafood and incredible resorts.

Before you book full-day flight, consider our definitive guide to planning a perfect getaway in The Seychelles.

Before You Go

Since the Seychelles International Airport opened in 1971, tourism has boomed, and is now the leading industry in the Seychelles. United States passport holders are not required to obtain a visa for a visit of up to 30 days — however, upon arrival, you must show proof of return transportation, lodging information, and sufficient funds.

What to Pack

The Seychelles has a tropical rainforest climate with substantial humidity that is tempered by cooling ocean breezes. Pack swimwear, loose-fitting clothes, and open-toe footwear, as much of your time will be spent on the beach. Hiking is also a popular activity, so consider bringing sturdy boots. Keep in mind that the rainy season runs from December through February.

What to See

Unsurprisingly, beaches are the main draw for this island nation. And since the islands are so far-flung, many of the beaches are virtually untouched and never very crowded. Particularly famous is the Anse Lazio beach on Praslin island, which is known for its clear blue waters and native takamaka trees.

Away from the beach on Praslin is the Vallée de Mai Nature Preserve. While visiting this thick green jungle, with its primitive plant and animal species that have remained isolated since the islands were formed, try to catch a glimpse of the Seychelles black parrot. It’s found nowhere else on Earth.

The island of La Digue is also known for the Anse Source d’Argent beach. Here, you’ll find a shoreline framed by picturesque granite boulders. If you need a break from the beach, the capital city of Victoria, on the island of Mahé, is home to incredible architecture, open air markets, museums, and a vibrant nightlife scene.

What to Know

The Seychelles were not known to be inhabited until the French began settling the islands in 1768. Over the years, control of the Seychelles passed between the British and French, until the nation gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1976.

Today, the country remains incredibly multicultural, with most Seychellois tracing their roots back to early French settlers and East Africans who came to the islands later. There is also a sizable South Indian and Chinese influence on the cultural makeup of the islands.

This may be best manifested in the island’s cuisine, which is a seafood-heavy homage to the country’s many influences. Specialties include shark chutney (mashed shark seasoned with bilimibi juice) and ladob (a sweet of savory plantain simmered in coconut milk).

How to Get There 

Some 300 miles off the coast of mainland Africa, the best way to reach the Seychelles is by plane. Most connecting flights originate from Doha, Dubai, or Nairobi and travel between the islands is typically done on small planes or helicopters. Ferry service between the main islands of Mahé, La Digue, and Praslin is operated by Seychellesbookings.com.   From USA contact Admas Travel at 612-228-2208 or Visit www.admastravel.com

Official Tourism Destination site  http://www.seychelles.travel/

 

 


Why Visit Jamaica: 10 Irresistible Reasons

April 18, 2018

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Jamaica is a beautiful island bursting with culture and adventure. While the opportunity to getaway should be reason enough to book a flight, we have 10 great reasons why you should visit Jamaica!

From the warm weather to the locally sourced cuisine, there is so much to enjoy on the island. Local residents will welcome you with open arms, eager and open to share their homeland with visitors like you.

After reading this article, you will no longer be asking yourself why should I visit Jamaica? – you’ll be asking when!? Here are ten enticing reasons why traveling to the island should be at the top of your to-do list.

  1. Beautiful Miles of Beaches

Home to some of the Caribbean’s most impressive beaches, Jamaica offers a vast expanse of spectacular white sands. With breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, mountains, and crystal blue waters, the beaches are the perfect place to relax on vacation.

Walk along the coast of famous Seven Miles Beach, or explore the rocky coastline of Cosmos Beach. No matter which area of the island you visit, the beaches will amaze you. Nearly every coastal city in Jamaica has a unique and inviting seashore to welcome you.

  1. Tropical Climate & Weather

Instead of staying cooped up in the winter months, throw on a bathing suit and make your way to a tropical island in the Caribbean! With an average temperature of 81˚ in Jamaica, can you think of a better way to escape the dreaded cold?

Jamaica is home to the stunning Blue Mountains, can provide a relaxing cool down and lower temperature than the beachy lowlands.

  1. Enjoy Local Cuisine

Jamaica is well known for its exotic and locally sourced meals. While on the island, it is essential that you try the local cuisine. Fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood and even eggs are all typically grown and sourced by the regional farmers in Jamaica.

Of the first things to try are the jerk-seasoned dishes, one of the most well known cuisines. Usually served on chicken or pork, jerk and curry seasoning pack a delicious punch! Some consider it the second-national dish of Jamaica.

The true national dish is ackee and saltfish; ackee is a locally grown fruit sautéed and served with onions, peppers, tomatoes and salt cod. Seafood is caught daily by the Jamaican fisherman, presenting you the freshest cuisine possible.

  1. Nature Lover’s Welcome!

If you love to experience nature, you will be delighted with the new experiences and adventures to take in while visiting Jamaica. Known for their exotic wildlife, the area bird species and flora will astound you. Cameras can help you retain the memories, but seeing the wildlife for yourself is irreplaceable.

If you decide to participate in snorkeling or scuba diving, the sea life will expand your horizons even further! (Tip: Underwater cameras are a must – pick up a disposable one for under $15 before your flight.) Swim with dolphins, admire the aquatic plants, and be awash with enchanting sea creatures.

  1. Water Sports for Everyone

Whether you consider the water your second home or are new to experimenting with the sea, there is a sea adventure for everyone! Snorkeling and scuba diving are so much fun, exposing visitors to the tropical life under the sea’s surface!

If you’re a surfer, Jamaica’s coasts won’t disappoint you! Beautiful, clear waters and great tides offer an enjoyable adventure to new and experienced surfers alike. This is a great opportunity to take a surfing lesson as well, immersing you in the tropical ambiance while learning.

  1. All-Inclusive Resorts Abound

Unlimited coconuts and rum, need we say more?

The easiest and greatest way to experience Jamaica is with an all-inclusive resort. Vacation packages with all amenities and activities included give visitors the freedom to immerse themselves in the culture and island while on a refreshing travel.

Whether traveling on a budget or searching for the luxurious side of the island, travelers are sure to find an all-inclusive package to fit their needs. Bluefields Bay offers a lavish Jamaican vacation, housing visitors in private villas along the accompanying secluded beaches.

  1. Child Friendly Resorts & Activities

Traveling families know the importance of making sure children can and will enjoy the vacation just as much as the adults do! That being said, the adults need to have some fun themselves, too.

Jamaica has a vast array of child-friendly activities, from boat tours to beach fun to in-resort activities, don’t worry about finding a way to keep your children occupied and happy!

Many resorts even offer childcare for the days and nights when Mom and Dad need a little alone time. Don’t worry about dreary childcare in a room filled only with crayons and paper. Kids are on vacation too, and you want to make sure it stays that way!

Resorts like Bluefields Bay offer engaging childcare (and even adult care for elders) that keeps the entire party going. Keep your children occupied with fun activities while you and your loved one get an opportunity to sneak off for some alone time—worry free.

  1. Golfing Gold Mines

Golfers are always looking for the best course around when they go on vacation. Jamaica knows, understands and delivers upon that need! If golfing is near the top of your activity list, you won’t be disappointed with the luxurious courses on the island.

Remember those breathtaking coasts and Mountain scattered skylines? You can golf in the presence of Jamaica’s beautiful landscapes. Montego Bay is home to the Caribbean’s best golf course, Half Moon. Bluefields Bay visitors will also be impressed with the well-maintained gardens of Negril Hills Golf Course.

  1. An Island Rich in Culture

Still asking yourself “why visit Jamaica?” Jamaica has a proud and astounding culture, embracing the land and the lifestyles they lead. One of the greatest aspects of Jamaica’s culture is the friendly and welcoming nature of the locals. You won’t feel like a stranger when you arrive at the island, for the locals will welcome you with warm hearts.

Visiting the island is a great time to take an adventurous history lesson. Schedule a local tour, guiding you through cultural hot spots and stories of Jamaica’s past. Learn about the traditional healing of Rastafarians and visit the Bob Marley House in Nine Mile.

 

 

  1. Great Shopping Deals

Local Jamaican crafters offer such a unique assortment of artisan pieces, and you are sure to find a market anywhere across the island. From art to jewelry to specialty foods, there is so much to explore within the Jamaican markets.

You may stumble upon some great deals on perfumes, clothes, handbags and other local crafts, all available for purchase without duty. Check with your resort for tips and recommendations on the best shopping hot spots, because they surely won’t be far!

Start Planning Your Caribbean Getaway!

If that wasn’t enough reason to start booking your Jamaican vacation, we may have to question your definition of a good time! Beautiful natural life and climate, exotic and local cuisine, spectacular outdoor activities and stunning beaches lining the coast of the entire island!

Planning your getaway can be so easy and so much fun! We have some great tips to make the planning process smooth, leading you to the cultural island in no time.

If you’re interested in experiencing the most luxurious all-inclusive experience that Jamaica offers, Bluefields Bay is the private resort for you. Give us a call at 1-877-955-8993 to learn more about our private villas and beaches. You can also book online at http://www.admastravel.com

http://www.visitjamaica.com/

 


Ethiopian Airlines set to become first African carrier serving Chicago

April 18, 2018

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By Lewis Lazare – Reporter, Chicago Business Journal
Ethiopian Airlines will be the first airline based in Africa to serve Chicago.

The carrier said that on June 9, it will begin nonstop service three times a week between Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport in the Ethiopian capital.

The new Ethiopian Airlines route will become the eighth new international route planned to launch from Chicago in 2018, including new service to Budapest, Venice and London-Gatwick Airport.

Chicago Department of Aviation commissioner Ginger Evans immediately hailed the new Ethiopian service as a breakthrough event for the city.

“This landmark route will unlock new opportunities for the City of Chicago and travelers across the globe,” Evans said. “We look forward to partnering with Ethiopian Airlines to deliver new tourism and economic opportunities here and throughout Africa.”

Ethiopian’s move to serve Chicago comes more than 10 years after South African Airways, another high-profile African carrier, announced it would starting serve Chicago in 2007 from its headquarters hub in Johannesburg, South Africa. But months later, without explanation, South African Airways suddenly reversed its decision to serve Chicago, and nothing has been heard from the airline since then.

But Ethiopian Airlines, which has a strong 4-star rating from Skytrax, the airline industry’s respected independent rating service, looks to be picking up where South African Airways left off.

Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebre Mariam, said of the new service: “Ethiopian Airlines is striving to accelerate the U.S.-Africa connection as part of our service expansion plan. From Chicago O’Hare, one of the best connected airports in the U.S., we will propel connections between Africa to the rest of the world like never before. We are well positioned to provide the missing link in connecting Africa with its major trading partners in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, North and South America.”

Ethiopian’s entry into Chicago could become a competitive threat for the three Middle East carriers serving Chicago, namely Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways. Part of their strategy entering Chicago was to provide connecting service to Africa, the Indian subcontinent and Asian destinations not easily reached via other carriers from Chicago.

Now Ethiopian could provide another more attraction option for travelers en route to Africa and possibly beyond. Ethiopian serves 55 destinations in Africa from its hub in Addis Ababa, as well as destinations in the Indian Ocean region.

Ethiopian’s new Chicago route will depart O’Hare on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday on a 270-seat Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner with 24 angle-flat seats in its Cloud Nine-branded business class and 246 seats in the economy cabin.

The Chicago Department of Aviation expects the new route will generate $70 million in annual economic impact in the Chicago area.

To book your flight to Ethiopia, and the rest of Africa contact Admas Travel at 612-822-2208 or visit http://www.admastravel.com

 

 


Experts Rank Ethiopia’s Coffee Among Best

January 21, 2015

Marthe van der Wolf

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Ethiopia’s coffee has been ranked as the best in the world by an international group of coffee connoisseurs. Not surprisingly, coffee is a top export for the country. But at home it is a source of pride.

International coffee experts travel the world to find the best tasting cup. They keep coming back to Ethiopia, where importers like Morton Wennersgaard say the climate produces quality coffee beans.

“You have different ancient varieties referred to as Ethiopian heirdom. They are grown in places with perfect soil, perfect altitude, and micro climates that are really suitable for coffee processing, such as drying and things like that,” he explains.

Finding the best beans is a matter of taste, literally. The intense process is known as cupping – tasting and comparing coffee from different roasted beans, grading and then pricing them.

Coffee labs

But before international experts come to taste, coffee beans go through analysis in small coffee labs, where Helen Assefa describes the process.

“When the coffee comes to the lab, we assess the coffee quality first by recording the details. Then we weigh the moisture level and we screen the beans for analysis. After that we grind the coffee beans and taste the samples. At the end we check for defective beans,” Assefa explains.

And that screening is a very difficult and lengthy process, says lab worker Mubarik Abaoli.

“We sort out the defects manually, by hand. And we sort out the defect according to the defect types. The types are immature, paste damage, foxy, black – all has to be sorted out according to the severity of the defects,” Mubarik Abaoli says.

Cashing in abroad

Nevertheless, Ethiopia is cashing in on its coffee reputation with consumers in more than 120 countries and a yearly export revenue of more than $840 million.

But not all the best coffee leaves Ethiopia. With 40 percent of the coffee production consumed at home, it remains an important part of everyday life at work, at home and at ceremonies just to celebrate that special cup.

 


Ethiopian Airlines to Expand Service to Dublin and Los Angeles

January 19, 2015

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Good news for international travelers toEurope, California and Africa: Ethiopian Airlines has finalized preparations to commence flights to Dublin and Los Angeles starting from June 2015.

Ethiopian flights to Dublin and Los Angeles will be operated three times a week with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The flights will be the only direct service connecting Africa with Ireland and the West Coast of the United States. The flights will also be the only direct service between Dublin and Los Angeles.

“Our new flights connecting Addis Ababa, Dublin and Los Angeles will play a critical role in the expansion of trade and tourism investment between the fast-growing continent of Africa, the United States and Ireland,” Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group, said in a statement. “As these flights will be the first and only direct air route linking Africa with Ireland and the West Coat of the U.S., they will bring these two seemingly distant cities much closer to Africa and will facilitate mobility and connectivity for businesses and the large African Diaspora community living in the West Coast of the United States.”

With the addition of Dublin, the airline’s 11th European city, and Los Angeles, its fourth point in the Americas, the Ethiopian Airlines international network will cover 85 destinations across five continents.

Ethiopian currently serves 83 international destinations across five continents with over 200 daily departures.

Source: Trave agent central


IMEX America hits new highs and more growth

October 8, 2014

The fourth edition of IMEX America, the largest trade show for the international meetings, events and incentive travel industry in the US, will be 13 percent bigger when doors open on Oct 14 at the Sands Expo®, Las Vegas.

Both hosted buyer numbers and the number of US and international attendees are also expected to exceed last year’s levels.

On the show floor, the growth is reflected in new exhibitors as well as larger booths from some key global suppliers. USA & Canadian representation has increased by 16.5 percent; Latin America by 6.5 percent; Europe by 3 percent and Asia-Pacific by nearly 8 percent.

In other areas of the show, hotel groups are up by 26 percent; private sector companies by 37.5 percent, technology suppliers by 20 percent and incentive products by 50 percent.

70 new booths also add to the line-up of new global and US exhibitors giving buyers an even broader perspective on the marketplace.

83 of the show’s previous exhibitors have increased the size of their booths and of these over half have expanded their booths by 50 percent.

Looking ahead to the show’s opening day, Ray Bloom, Chairman of the IMEX Group stated: “The fourth IMEX America is set to offer increased business opportunities for the US and global meetings and events industry. Aside from the confirmed growth in exhibitor numbers and the expanded show floor, we are set to bring in even more hosted buyers and more attendees next week. Anticipation is high and we’re looking forward to a packed show with its usual strong focus on business appointments, networking and, of course, high quality education.”

IMEXlive and Live TV

There will be a number of different ways to stay up to date with IMEX America during the show. IMEXlive, sponsored by Hilton Worldwide and The Events Network on Bob.tv, will provide rolling video interviews and social media coverage (#IMEX14) on the IMEX America homepage and via the show app. IMEX America TV live will broadcast daily from the show floor at 12 noon Eastern Time (produced by Sonic Foundry, PRG and CNTV). Daily TV headlines will also be broadcast on the IMEX YouTube channel and in the hotel rooms of the host hotels, The Venetian ® | The Palazzo®, on channel 3.

IMEX America starts with its traditional preshow day of professional development and education – Smart Monday, powered by MPI on Monday Oct 13. This is followed by the three-day trade show starting Oct 14. IMEX America takes place at the Sands Expo®, Las Vegas.

Visitors who haven’t registered in advance can still register in-person and onsite for no charge.

Source: ETN


Is ISIS planning a terror attack on Buddhism and the travel and tourism industry in Indonesia?

August 23, 2014

Is ISIS attacking the travel and tourism industry? The Borobudur Temple is a major landmark for travel and tourism to Indonesia and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Indonesian police have been put on alert at the Borobudur Temple after a threat against the world’s biggest Buddhist was made on Facebook by Islamic State supporters.

The threat was posted on a Facebook account under the title ‘We Are Islamic State’ – apparently the one of Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS) followers – on August 15.

It read, “God willing, [Borobudur] will be demolished by Islamic caliphate mujahidin!”

Tightening security around Borobudur was not the only measure taken, as police in Central Java province also begun thoroughly searching through data from the Internet for possible clues about the plan, National Police spokesman Ronny F. Sompie told the Jakarta Post on Friday.

Following the reports of the threat, Borobudur Conservation Agency had prepared for the imminent bombing with increased number of security personnel within and around the temple, said the head of the agency, Marsis Sutopo.

The Indonesian army has also been involved. Earlier this week, commander of the Diponegoro Military Command, operating in two Java districts, Major-General Sunindyo confirmed readiness to back up security around the temple.

Built in Central Java in the IX century, Borobudur is known as the largest and one of the most important Buddhist monuments in the world. It was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1991, after major renovation works. With over 500 Buddha statues, it serves not only as a key tourist attraction in Indonesia, but also as a pilgrimage site for Mahayana Buddhists from all over the world.

Source ETN

 


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