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International Tourism Stalls

The volatile world economy caused the international demand for tourism to slow significantly in 2008.   International tourist arrivals in 2008 were 924 million, a 16 million increase, or 2% increase compared to 2007.

However, during the second half of 2008 growth stopped and the trend for international arrivals declined slightly.  This trend is expected to continue into 2009.
 

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Christchurch, New Zealand

With the planting of an English oak tree in 1863, this Botanic Garden was given shape in New Zealand. Today it holds one of the most exotic and rare collection of plant species from within the country as well as abroad. Just the thought of 30 hectare of greenery circled by the Avon River is pleasing and one wants spend a good amount of time exploring this place full of the country’s botanic histor...

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Budapest, Hungary

One of the great things about Budapest is that it has an abundance of playgrounds, theme parks and roller-skating parks. One of the best theme parks is Varosliget (City Park) which has an abundance of activities to entertain children: playgrounds, the city zoo, a circus and a fairground. The Szechenyi Baths are well-liked by the older children, especially the whirlpool, and there is also rowing in...

The Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty

New York, United States

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free….”  Thus reads ‘The New Colossus’, a sonnet by American poet Emma Lazarus to commemorate the famous landmark.  Though not its initial intent, the Statue of Liberty quickly became a symbol of immigration and the American Dream as new Americans passed by on their way to Ellis Island. The Statue of Lib...

Pao de Acucar

Pao de Acucar

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sunset on a clear day is the best time to visit this mountain, which from its peak offers the best view of Rio de Janeiro. Try to avoid going around 10-11am and 2-3pm which is when the tourist buses arrive. There are two cable cars that connect to the summit. The first ascends 220m to Morro da Urca which has its own restaurant, souvenir shops, a playground and outdoor theatre. The second cable car...