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True Japanese culture can be no better expressed than through the sacred temples of Kyoto city. Home to over 1600 Buddhist temples, of which 15 were awarded UNESCO status in 1994, Kyoto is one of the finest destinations in the world to immerse oneself in ancient religious ritual, blissful tranquillity and beauty. The Kyoto Convention and Visitors Bureau is therefore encouraging UK visitors to include a selection of these world heritage sites in travel plans for 2017.

Scottsdale, a desert oasis located in the heart of the Valley of the Sun, is a melting pot of culture and history, which truly embodies where the old Wild West meets the new modern West. It comes as no surprise that the destination was recently listed in the top ten most attractive cities to visit in the United States*, and Instagram-worthy shots can be taken every minute.

In discussions at the Deputy Prime Minister's Port Louis Offices in Mauritius, it was confirmed that there has been a 100% increase in the number of cruise passengers for the 2015/2016 season. A total of 29,000 cruise passengers have been recorded compared to 14,000 for the 2014/2015 season. Just days before the opening of the new cruise season, the Deputy Prime Minister of Mauritius, Xavier-Luc Duval, who is also the island’s Tourism Minister and President of the Vanilla Islands Organization, gave an update on the positive developments in the cruise tourism industry of the Indian Ocean region.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced that St. Lucia's Jade Mountain resort has become the first hotel in the Caribbean to receive the coveted LEED GOLD certification status. "Achieving LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold, as Jade Mountain has done, demonstrates an exceptional level of leadership in the industry.  I congratulate both the owners (Nick and Karolin Troubetzkoy) and the project team for this significant achievement," said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and Founding Chairman of the USGBC.

"The Ministry of Tourism of Haiti, the Haiti Tourism Association (ATH) and the National Network of Solidarity Tourism Operators (RENAPROTS) would like to express their sympathies to all the victims of Hurricane Matthew that severely affected the southern peninsula of Haiti on the 3rd and 4th of October 2016. As a nation we are already working relentlessly to bring support to our fellow citizens in this difficult time.

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) registers its sadness at the loss of life and property following the passage of Hurricane Matthew throughout the Caribbean. We send our thoughts and prayers to the families and communities that have been impacted by this powerful storm, and convey our earnest hopes for a timely recovery to the people of our region.

"The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life and the extensive damage inflicted on our member countries and neighbours by the dangerous Hurricane Matthew, described as the most powerful storm to hit the Caribbean in a decade. Even in its weaker form as a tropical storm it inflicted loss. Our prayers are with the Government and People of Haiti where the death toll has soared to more than 400 and where there is still not full recovery from the destructive earthquake of 2010.

From a thirteen-year-old deejay to moonlit crystal meditation and paranormal performances, Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort's cool vibe is set to excite guests both young and young at heart over the holiday season. Master of Mentalism and go-to advisor for the likes of investment bankers, world leaders, and military officials, Gerard Senehi (also known as The Experimentalist) will give an evening performance at the resort, welcome to all guests, on December 28.

Safari specialist Real Africa has announced that it will be sponsoring the purchase, training and deployment of a Belgian Malinois dog as part of their commitment to rhino conservation. The dog will be deployed to work in an anti-poaching unit in Africa. These units are proving very effective in the battle against poaching with the dogs widely considered to be the rhino's new best friends. 

The 27-year-old joins Tiger Woods, who is scheduled to appear in Antalya/Belek as his second tournament back from injury, in heading to Turkey for the third time in his career for the start of The Race to Dubai’s Final Series. Having won the Tour Championship to finish at the top of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings, McIlroy travels to Turkey looking to boost his attempt to emulate Henrik Stenson and become just the second man in history to win both the FedEx Cup and the European Tour’s Race to Dubai in the same year.

The St. Kitts Tourism Authority partnered with LINKS Magazine, a premier golf lifestyle publication, to present the first annual St. Kitts & Nevis Partner Golf Classic. The event was hosted from May 3rd to 7th, by the world-class Four Season Resort Nevis and featured tournament rounds on both the Robert Trent Jones II course at Four Seasons and the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club course. 

Kyoto, the former ancient capital of Japan, is widely known for its rich history and vibrant culture. It is therefore not surprising that the annual Jidai Matsuri festival, which commemorates the relocation of the Japanese capital from Kyoto to Tokyo in the nineteenth century, is one of the city's most anticipated and celebrated events.

Traveling, exploring new cultures and experiencing new destinations should be within everyone's reach. Thanks in part to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the United States Virgin Islands has made major strides in offering barrier-free travel to visitors from around the globe. However, we all can do more to welcome people of all abilities to our shores, which is one reason we wholeheartedly support the theme of World Tourism Day: "TOURISM FOR ALL - Promoting Universal Accessibility."

The five-star, exclusive use venue has partnered with two of Scotland's leading wedding suppliers to create the perfect winter wedding package - and with the help of a professional snow machine, even the weather can be arranged. The new offer provides all the ingredients for an unbeatable winter wedding atmosphere. From the piper greeting guests on arrival, to the dazzling display of fireworks as night falls, every moment will be taken care of.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, are due to arrive in Canada on Saturday, 24 September. With offices both at home in London and in Vancouver, global deals company Travelzoo has put together a guide on how to follow in the Royal footsteps around Vancouver, and what to see and do along the way.