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Monday, April 19, 2010

Upcoming San Francisco Sunday Streets 2010

Sunday Street is an event celebrated every year in San Francisco. This year, they have decided to expand the outdoor community event in a more successful way by adding more dates and including more neighborhoods. Last year was the first year celebration hosted by San Francisco and few events and celebration were made regarding health, fitness and community. Sunday street event got inspiration from a 30 year old program of Bogota Columbia and similar events took part in other locations like Japan and Ukraine.

In Sunday Streets, new neighborhoods including bayview, civic center and western addition were also included. The city streets neighborhoods designated for the Sunday streets will be closed to vehicular traffic from 10 Am to 3 Pm and opens to pedestrians, bicyclists and other non-motorized activities. Participants are invited to join groups along the event route such as yoga and fitness clinics, children's art activities and community related groups. It is an opportunity for out of town tourist to enjoy the San Francisco events.

Dates and Locations
  • April 11 - Grest Highway
  • April 18 - Bayview
  • May 23 - Bayview
  • June 20 - Mission
  • July 11 - Mission
  • August 22 - Great Highway, Golden Gate Park
  • September 19 - Western Addition
  • October 24 - Civic Center, Tenderloin

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Tuesday, April 06, 2010

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge Participates on Earth Hour

As earth day is coming ahead, everywhere around the world started to be the part of earth hour. 

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge becomes dark for an hour on earth day. Even, other American attractions will also become dark. It includes Mount Rushmore and all 110 storeys of Chicago's sears tower. Other monuments include Sydney Opera House in Australia followed by variety of famous monuments in other countries like the Forbidden City and even the Pyramids in Egypt. 

Earth Hour is started in the year 2007 in Sydney Australia and was designed to make the people aware of the environment. The event becomes more popular and the big businesses are also joining their hands. It includes coca-cola, McDonalds and the internet giant, Google. 

The popular social media sites like twitter and facebook also go for earth hour. Using special applications, they make their on-screen displays dark for earth hour. 

A San Francisco resident Wrendy Caponi says that not only the landmarks like golden gate bridge will participate in earth hour, but millions of homes in 125 countries worldwide will also be turning off their lights to mark the occasion. 

United Nations Secretary General, ban ki-moon said that the campaign which is now in its fourth year is both a warning and a beacon of hope. Residents of San Francisco who wish to take part in earth hour should turn off their lights and go dark at 8.30 pm.

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Renewal of San Francisco Cable Car

Passengers will be redirected from San Francisco cable cars to buses starting in January as the cable system is upgraded. Cable cars, the picture postcard element of the city tourism industry carry riders to and from fisherman's wharf up and down steep hills and to pier where boats depart for Alcatraz Island. $24 million is spent by San Francisco municipal transportation agency on car's underground infrastructure and electrical systems. The municipal transportation agency expects that the upgrade will come to end by month of June.

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

San Francisco weekend special: Kimpton Hotels

San Francisco may be the fall-back weekend getaway for Angelinos, but with flights on Virgin America and South west starting at $49 each way right now, a jaunt up north is hard to resist. Now is a great time to consider a weekend in the Bay Area because Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, the well-regarded boutique chain, has a San Francisco hotel sale going, with rooms starting at $85 per night?
Best of all, prices are cheaper on weekends than midweek under this sale.

Deal:
Eight hotels are participating. The Harbor Court Hotel and Hotel Triton start at $85 per night, and the Prescott, Cypress and Sir Francis Drake hotels start at $89 per night. The Serrano Hotel starts at $95. The highest starting rate is $129, for the Hotel Monaco San Francisco and Hotel Palomar San Francisco.

Tested:
I found rooms at the Prescott Hotel for $99 per night (instead of $89), but I measured this to be a deal because Hotels.com had rooms there starting at $134 on the same nights Feb 5-7 (and it was marking them down 25%, from $178 per night).

When: Book by Feb. 4 for travel through April 4

Tip: 

One of my favorite things about staying at Kimpton Hotels (besides the free wine hour) is the generous list of amenities they provide at your request under the Forgot it? We’ve got it program. If you forget your toothpaste, shaving cream or more than a dozen other things, Kimpton has got you covered. Some items are free; some carry a small charge. Look for the list in the bathroom when you arrive at your room.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Hainan Introduce Twelve New Tour Products


Hainan has launched 12 new tours to encourage the construction of Hainan International Tourist Island and catch up with the trend of tour products internationalization.

"New tour products growth will be the basis for building the international tour island," said Lu Zhiyuan, the head of the Hainan Tourism Development Committee. "With an international view, we will have an international outlook and introduce more new tour products to global tourists."

The new tours are more suitable for leisure travelers than traditional sightseeing tours. They are classified into three categories:

* Improved customary scenic spots with new leisure facilities, including Dongtian Park and Tianya Haijiao (End of the Earth and Corner of the Sea);

* Tours that can improve Hainan's image of tour internationalization and represent its leisure features, including Haikou Holiday Beach and Yalong Bay Tropical Forest Park;

* Cultural scenic spots that show off Hainan's tropical landscape combined with sightseeing and shopping, including Xinglong Nanyao Garden.

Friday, January 22, 2010

A San Francisco's Heritage Marina named the dirtiest hotel in America

"If you are filming a horror flick or a slashes movie, this is the place for you. If you are a NORMAL person, avoid it like the plague!" one traveler warned about an October stay at the Heritage Marina, which has earned negative marks from 80% of Trip Advisor reviewers.

(Management at the Heritage Marina, located downtown about a 15-minute walk from Fisherman's Wharf, didn't reply to requests for comment.)

Rounding out Trip Adviser's 10 dirtiest U.S. hotels are the Days Inn Eureka/Six Flags, Eureka, Mo.; Tropicana Resort Hotel and Super 8 Virginia Beach/At the Ocean, Virginia Beach; Quality Inn, Stroudsburg, Pa.; New York Inn, New York (down from No. 3 last year); Parisian Hotel & Suites, Miami Beach; Capistrano Seaside Inn, Capistrano Beach, Calif.; Desert Lodge, Palm Springs, Calif.; and Continental Oceanfront Hotel South Beach, Miami Beach.

Not on this year's dirtiest list: New York's Hotel Carter, a former Times Square tenement that had landed at the top three times in four years.

"We did a lot of minor renovations and hired a professional bedbug exterminator," says general manager Erwin Lumanglas. "I think it paid off: We're still old, but we're cleaner."

Monday, January 18, 2010

The International Tourism on Track for a Rebound


Despite delicate economic growth in major source markets such as Europe and the U.S., growth returned to international tourism in the last quarter of 2009, contributing to better than expected full-year results, according to the latest edition of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer.

Prospects have also improved with arrivals now forecast to grow between 3 percent and 4 percent in 2010. This outlook is confirmed by the remarkable rise of the UNWTO Panel of Experts' Confidence Index, the United Nations group said. Pent-up demand and gains in consumer confidence are cited as reasons for optimism.

The last quarter of 2009 saw growth. International tourist arrivals for business, leisure and other purposes are estimated to have declined worldwide by 4 percent in 2009 to 880 million. This represents a slight improvement on the previous estimate as a result of the 2 percent upswing in the last quarter of 2009. In contrast, international tourist arrivals shrank by 10 percent, 7 percent and 2 percent in the first three quarters, in that order. Asia and the Pacific and the Middle East led the recovery with growth already turning positive in both regions in the second half of 2009, the UNWTO said.

"The global economic crisis aggravated by the uncertainty around the H1N1 deadly disease turned 2009 into one of the toughest years for the tourism sector," said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai. "However, the results of recent months suggest that recovery is underway, and even somewhat earlier and at a stronger pace than initially expected."

Experience shows that tourism earnings generally follow the trend in arrivals quite closely, even if they suffer somewhat more in difficult times, the UNWTO said. Based on the trends through the first three quarters, receipts for 2009 are estimated to have decreased by around 6 percent. "While this is unquestionably a disappointing result for an industry accustomed to continuous growth, it can also be interpreted as a sign of comparative resilience given the extremely difficult economic environment," Rifai said. "This becomes even more evident when compared with the estimated 12 percent slump in overall exports as a consequence of the global crisis.


Consumers tended to travel closer to home during 2009. Several destinations have seen domestic tourism endure the crisis better and even grow significantly, often with the support of specific government measures aimed at leveraging this trend. This was the case among many other countries, of China, Brazil and Spain, where the domestic market, representing a large share of the total demand, contributed to partially offsetting the decline in international tourism.
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