Attractions Accommodations Colbourne College Tour Operations What is a Destination? A destination is the specific location to which a traveller decides to go. •Destinations can be defined variously and can include: >Towns, Villages and Cities >Historical Sites, Heritage Sites >Self-Contained Resorts, Holiday Villages >Amusement and Theme Parks >Regions or Groups of Countries (e.g The Caribbean) A destination must contain the “critical mass” of elements to meet consumer requirements The Five ‘A’s of a Tourist Destination Attraction – A unique product offering that will entice the visitor to come. Access – to both to the destination and the attraction, whether by land, air, water or rail. Amenities – such as water, food, electricity, telecommunications, security and acess to healthcare must be in place. Accommodation- A place to stay during the visit that offers convenience and comfort to suit her budget and taste. Activities- Shopping, Dining, Snorkeling, and Gambling are but few of the activities that can be made available to the visitor during his stay. CANADA 10. Rockies THE CANADIAN ROCKIES Straddling the British Columbia/Alberta border, this mountain chain runs from the U.S. border to the northern end of British Columbia. 9. Mont Royal Park – Montreal MOUNT ROYAL PARK Located at the highest point in the city of Montreal. Within the park you’ll find a ski trail. The park, named for the city itself, captures the attention of more than 3 million visitors each year. 8.Canada’s Wonderland – Maple, Ontario CANADA’S WONDERLAND MAPLE ONTARIO Canada’s Wonderland is home to the largest wooden roller coaster in existence in Canada. It’s also the location of the only “flying coaster” in the country – the Time Warp. More than 3.35 million people visit this incredibly fun theme park each year and, according to news sources, the park is still expanding Banff National Park – Alberta Banff National Park was the first national park established in Canada. The park consists of 2,500 acres of land in the Canadian Rockies and regularly attracts nature lovers to its glaciers and meadows. There are two towns within the park: Banff and Lake Louise. Both are filled with galleries, museums, and cultural attractions designed to occupy visitors in between treks into the wilderness. Approximately 3.3 million people visit the park, to explore and to ski, Niagara Falls – Ontario The folks in the City of Niagara Falls in Ontario estimate that Niagara Falls receives more than 12 million visitors every single year. We really weren’t surprised to find that it’s such a popular attraction – it’s one of the most famous in the United States as well UNITED STATES OF AMERICA The White House The White House is the official residence and office of the President of the United States. It was built between 1792 and 1800 and first used by President John Adams. After the 9/11 attacks it has become more difficult to visit the White House and today tours are available only for groups of 10 or more and must be requested up to six months in advance through your member of Congress or your country’s US Ambassador Las Vegas The gambling mecca of the world, Las Vegas is situated in the midst of the southern Nevada desert landscape. Casinos can be found throughout Las Vegas, but the strip, a stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard South, contains the most of them. It features giant mega-casino hotels, decorated with lavish care and attention to detail to create a fantasy-like atmosphere. The Florida Keys The Florida Keys are a 120 mile long chain of tropical islands curving around the base of the Florida peninsula, connected to the mainland by a series of bridges. The most spectacular bridge, the Seven Mile Bridge in the Lower Keys, has been frequently used as a location for films including True Lies and Fast 2 Furious. US Highway 1, the “Overseas Highway” runs from Key Largo, Islamadora, Marathon, Lower Keys and finally to Key West, the most distant and most famous island. Niagara Falls Situated between the state of New York and the province of Ontario, Niagara Falls is one of the most spectacular natural wonders on the North American continent. Niagara Falls is actually three different falls, the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls. Horseshoe Falls is located on the Canadian side while the other are located in New York. With more than 14 million visitors each year it is one of the most visited tourist attraction in the world. The Golden Gate Bridge The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the strait between San Francisco and Marin County to the north. The Golden Gate Bridge was the longest suspension bridge span in the world when it was completed in 1937, and has become an internationally recognized symbol of San Francisco and California. The famous redorange color of the bridge was specifically chosen to make the bridge more easily visible through the thick fog that frequently shrouds the bridge. Yellow Stone Park Yellowstone National Park was the world’s first national park, set aside in 1872 to preserve the vast number of geysers, hot springs, and other thermal areas, as well as to protect the incredible wildlife and rugged beauty of the area. Yellowstone lies on top of a gigantic hotspot where light, hot, molten mantle rock rises towards the surface. Subsequently, the park contains half of all the world’s known geothermal features, with more than 10,000 examples of geysers and hot springs. In addition, black bears, grizzly bears, Manhattan Manhattan is one of New York’s biggest and sought after attractions. It’s familiar skyline and sights have been featured a thousand times on screen. Walk in the shadow of the skyscrapers, picture the Statue of Liberty, see a Broadway show , climb the Empire State building, stroll Central Park, window shop on 5th Avenue or stagger around a museum. The Grand Canyon The Grand Canyon is located in northern Arizona and is one of the great tourist attractions in the United States. Carved over several million years by the Colorado River, the canyon attains a depth of over 1.6 km (1 mile) and 446 km (277 miles) long. The Grand Canyon is not the deepest or the longest canyon in the world but the overwhelming size and its intricate and colorful landscape offers visitor spectacular vistas that are unmatched throughout the world Washington US Capital Building Lincoln Memorial The White House Vietnam War memorial Smithsonian Institute Miami Florida The City of Miami known as the “Magic City” is located in Southeast Florida, on the Miami River, between the Everglades and the Atlantic Ocean. Miami is being recognized worldwide as a center for international culture. Miami recently hosted the 4th annual Latin Grammy Awards show, the visit of the Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, the celebration of the Free Trade of the Americas Conference , FTAA and most recently, the MTV Music Video Awards and the Source Hip-Hop Music Awards. Las Vegas The Top 10 Hotel Suites in Las Vegas* 1. Villa One, Bellagio Las Vegas 2. Presidential Suite, Venetian 3. Verona Suite, Las Vegas Hilton 4. 180-Degree Suite, Four Seasons Hotel 5. Napoleon Suite, Paris Hotel Las Vegas 6. Elvis and Priscilla Suite, Viva Las Vegas 7. Top Suites, Turnberry Place 8. Ambassador Suite, Sahara 9. Adrienne Suite, The Palms Casino Resort 10. Penthouse Suite, MGM Grand New Orleans, Louisiana The French Quarter is the destination for most tourists. Jackson Square is the heart of the French Quarter. Visit with artists, museums and tour historical buildings. The Moon Walk provides a breath-taking view of the Mississippi River. Mardi Gras, the French Quarter Festival, The Jazz & Heritage Festival (Jazz Fest), the Spring Fiesta, riverboat cruises, and of course, New Year's Eve at Jackson Square. Don’t forget the nightlife! The streets are alive with people taking in all of the jazz and music clubs, not to mention Bourbon Street Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois With nearly 70 rides to enjoy, including 10 adult coasters, there’s no shortage of options here for anyone who loves classic amusement park entertainment. Must-rides include last year’s addition, The Dark Knight, the park’s first indoor and part-dark coaster, and the famous Raging Bull, a massive steel “hypertwister” DISNEY Theme Parks Animal kingdom Magic Kingdom Epcot MGM Studios Blizzard Beach Typhoon Lagoon Downtown Disney Night Clubs Amc Movie Theater Virgin Records Pleasure Island BET Night Club Bongos Night Club Planet Hollywood DISNEY Blizzard Beach Summit Plummet Universal Studios Orlando Florida At this theme park, rides and attractions are based on popular movie and TV show properties, including Shrek, Men in Black, The Mummy, Terminator, Jaws (a classic, as always) and so on. The new The Simpsons RideTM is just awesome Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia Most apparent about Busch Gardens Williamsburg is the sheer beauty of the park. Well-maintained with a unique design, this place is almost as fun to walk as it is to ride. The ten sections, or hamlets, are inspired by countries in Europe, from Scotland to Germany, and the quality of the theme décor never fails to impress. Nor do the rides, especially the Griffon, the world’s tallest and fastest dive machine coaster. We also like the shows here in particular, many of them inspired by the “countries” that present them. Top 10 hotels in the USA as rated by TripAdvisor reviewers: 1.Elysian Hotel Chicago, Chicago 2.The Grand Del Mar, San Diego 3.Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Maui, Hawaii 4.Old Edwards Inn and Spa, Highlands, N.C. 5.Heathman Hotel, Kirkland, Wash. 6.Hotel Commonwealth, Boston 7.French Quarter Inn, Charleston, S.C. 8.Fairmont Heritage Place Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco 9.Hotel Monaco Portland – a Kimpton Hotel, Portland, Ore. 10.Inn at the Market, Seattle Top Hotel Chains In the USA Marriot International(Marriott Hotels & Resorts, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard etc) 2. Global Hyatt Incorporated(Hyatt Regency, Grand Hyatt & Park Hyatt brands 3. Starwood Resorts and Hotels Worldwide 4. Hilton Hotels Corporation(Hilton, Conrad, Doubletree, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites etc) 1. Top Hotel Chains in the USA 5 Choice Hotels (Cambria Suites, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge, & Rodeway Inn brand hotels; based in MD) MEXICO Acapulco Acapulco is the original Mexican resort town which came into prominence by the 1950s as a getaway for Hollywood stars and millionaires. Still, Acapulco remains a popular tourist destination especially among Mexicans and as a spring break destination among US college students. No visit to Acapulco is complete without watching the cliff divers perform their impressive jumps into ocean. They have been doing it since the 1930s, although today the divers are professionals. DAY OF THE DEAD OAXACA The city of Oaxaca is wellknown for having one of the best Dia de Los Muertos festivals in Mexico, a holiday celebrated in many parts of Latin America. In Mexico the festival can be traced back thousands of years ago to indigenous cultures such as the Zapotec and Aztec. In Oaxaca the Day of the Dead Festival starts at the end of October when families prepare the tombs for the return of the spirits. During this time tombs and home altars are decorated with flowers and families leave offerings for the spirits in the cemeteries COZUMEL Located just off the Yucatan Peninsula, COZUMEL is a popular destinations for scuba diving and snorkeling. The underwater world around Cozumel was discovered by Jacques Cousteau in 1959 who called it one of the best diving areas in the world. Since that time Cozumel has become a National Marine Park to protect the delicate balance of it’s beautiful coral reefs and amazing variety of tropical fish Palenque Palenque is an archaeological site that was located on the western edge of the Maya empire in the present-day state of Chiapas, Mexico. Palenque is much smaller than some of its Mayan neighbor cities, but it contains some of the finest architecture and sculptures the Maya ever produced. Most structures in Palenque date from about 600 AD to 800 AD including the Temple of Inscriptions, the only Mesoamerican pyramid built as a funerary monument. COPPER CANYON The Copper Canyon is in fact a network of canyons which together are several times larger than the Grand Canyon. The most popular way to explore the Copper Canyon is on the “Chihuahua al Pacifico” Railway. The track passes over 37 bridges and through 86 tunnels, rising as high as 2,400 meter (7,900 feet) above sea level featuring spectacular views of the canyons below Chichen Itza Chichen Itza is the largest of the Maya cities in the Yucatan Peninsula and one of Mexico’s most visited tourist destinations. The most famous landmark of Chichen Itza is the temple-pyramid of El Castillo. The design of the temple has special astronomical significance. Each face of the pyramid has a stairway with 91 steps, which together with the shared step at the top, add up to 365, the number of days in a year. Other highlights of Chichen Itza include the Great Ballcourt and El Caracol, a circular temple which served as an astronomical observatory. BRAZIL AMAZON RIVER At approximately 6,400 km (4,000 miles) the Amazon River is the second longest river in the world, just slightly shorter than the Nile, and the largest river by volume. The Amazon has over 3,000 recognized species of fish and new species are still being discovered. The Amazon Basin is covered by half of the planet’s remaining rainforests. Although a tenth of the world’s estimated 10 million living species live in the Amazon rainforest, jungle tours are more about the boating upriver into the damp, buzzing, oppressive ambience than actually spotting animals CARNIVAL IN BRAZIL There are carnival celebrations in virtually every corner of Brazil, the best-known ones taking place in Recife together with the neighboring Olinda and Salvador. But the biggest and most famous carnival is undoubtedly the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. The Rio Carnival attracts two million people per day on the streets and almost half a million foreigners during its 4 day celebration. The Carnival is all over the place, in the streets and squares, bars, clubs and all other venues in Rio, concluding in the spectacular Rio Samba Parade at the Sambadrome. Christ the Redeemer Christ the Redeemer is the famous statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro. Located at the peak of the 700 meters (2,300 ft) Corcovado mountain, it provides a sweeping panorama from the interior of Guanabara bay to the north, to Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas to the south. The Christ the Redeemer statue stands 39.6 meters (130 ft) tall, including its 9.5 meters (31 ft) pedestal and has become an icon of Rio and Brazil THE CARIBBEAN The Baths (Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands These immense granite boulders are as mysterious as the huge monoliths at Stonehenge in England. While the stones of Stonehenge are off limits to visitors, those at the Baths are more visitor friendly. Located along the water's edge, these stones create caves, caverns, and small tidal pools that invite exploration. Visitors can swim, snorkel, or dive in the area around the boulders. Be sure to don your bathsuit so you can explore the Baths from both land and sea. Dunns River Falls Jamaica One of Jamaica's most famous tourist destinations, this 600-foot waterfall is truly an awesome sight. The clear, cold waters make their way over a series of stone steps leading to the waters of the warm Caribbean below. Swimsuit-clad visitors climb the slippery steps with the help of a guide. For safety, climbers make a human chain, holding the hands of those above and below them. Along the way, guides regale climbers with stories of local lore, history, and events. Once at the top of the falls, visitors exit into a colorful marketplace. Harrison's Cave (Barbados) This limestone cave is reputed to be the largest of its kind in the Caribbean. Visitors board an electric tram that takes them through an extensive cave system with an amazing spectacle of stalactites and stalagmites. Visitors pass a 40-foot waterfall and numerous crystal-clear underground pools and streams. This limestone cave is reputed to be the largest of its kind in the Caribbean. Drive-In Volcano (La Soufriere, St. Lucia) Truly an out-of-theordinary experience. St. Lucia is a volcanic island, and at La Soufriere visitors can see a volcano up close. Here, visitors can drive their cars right up to this semiactive volcano, then park the car and walk with a guide through a fault in the rock. You'll smell the sulfur and see a bubbling, hissing crater that spans more than five acres. Buck Island Reef (St.Croix) Buck Island Reef (St.Croix) Buck Island has been called "one of the finest marine gardens in the Caribbean Sea." Located off the northeast coast of St. Croix in the USVI, Buck Island is a 176-acre island surrounded by an extraordinary coral reef system. The Caribbean Best of the Caribbean Readers Choice Best Festival: Trinidad Carnival Honorable Mention: Reggae Sumfest, Jamaica; St. Lucia Jazz Festival Best Island to Live On: St. John, USVI Honorable Mention: St. Thomas, USVI; Grand Cayman Best Happy Hour: Rick's Café, Jamaica Honorable Mention: Sunset Beach Bar, St. Maarten; Soggy Dollar, BVI (Kitty's note: The Soggy Dollar is a hoot if you're a boater and party animal.) Best Luxury Resort: Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos Honorable Mention: Jade Mountain, St. Lucia; Fowl Cay Resort, Bahamas Best Family Resort: Atlantis, Bahamas Honorable Mention: Beaches Turks & Caicos; The Buccaneer, St. Croix, USVI Best Rum: Cruzan Honorable Mention: Tortuga; Appleton Best Beer: Red Stripe Honorable Mention: Carib; Presidente The Caribbean Best Shopping: St. Thomas, USVI Honorable Mention: St. Martin; Old San Juan, Puerto Rico Best Adventure Destination: Belize Honorable Mention: Riviera Maya, Mexico; Puerto Rico Best Snorkeling & Diving: Belize Honorable Mention: Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Mexico Best Small Hotel: Little Cayman Beach Resort Honorable Mention: Rincón Beach Resort, Puerto Rico; Peter Island, BVI Best Midsize Hotel: Caneel Bay, St. John, USVI Honorable Mention: W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico; Rosewood Little Dix Bay, BVI Best Restaurant: The Cliff, Barbados Honorable Mention: Kon Tiki, St. Maarten; Cracked Conch, Grand Cayman Best Golf Resort: Four Seasons, Nevis Honorable Mention: Sandy Lane, Barbados; Half Moon, Jamaica The Caribbean Honorable Mention: Golden Door Spa, Las Casitas Resort, Puerto Rico; Hotel Guanahani & Spa, St. Barts Best Beach: Seven-Mile Beach, Grand Cayman Honorable Mention: Trunk Bay, St. John, USVI; Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos Group Exercise Select a Destination of your choice that you might have visited and conduct a brief SWOT(Strengths Weakness, Opportunity , Threats) analysis. Remember a Destination does not have to be a country..