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Top 10 Vacation Spots in British Columbia

The 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia were brought to us by the Vancouver and for the first time, the Four Host First Nations as equal partners. The events of the Olympics: Olympic Festivals held before the Games, the two weeks of the Games and Cultural Events, the Paralympics, and the Four Host First Nations Pavilions introduced first-time visitors to the area who will plan to come back many times to such a wondrous natural beauty in the Pacific Northwest.

Now that we know our friends – Vancouver and Whistler BC – a little better, since the wonder of Winter 2010, we can travel back and experience memories and new adventures. The Four Host First Nations will welcome us as old friends.
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First Nations; Native North Americans
First Nations; Native North Americans
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1) Aboriginal Pavilion and Chiefs’ House? – Visit Royal BC Museum

Elements of the Aboriginal Pavilion have been dispersed into British Columbia and other places in Canada, but continue in various exhibits, including in the Royal BC Museum, and around up island sites on Vancouver Island.

First Nations received a new status in Canada, thanks to the 2010 Olympics and Paralympics, with their full partnership as sponsors and hosts of the Games. The Aboriginal Pavilion was so successful, that it could have been made a permanent installation, had commercial space been available long-term in Downtown Vancouver.

The Royal BC Museum in downtown Victoria BC, across the water by ferry on Vancouver Island, is a well maintained venue I have visited. It continues its ongoing improvements and additions of new exhibits, particularly of First Nations and tableau of indigenous animals of BC. Visit online with the First Peoples Gallery. Artist Bill Reid has several items in the museum.

The Four Host First Nations, including the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations are indigenous to Vancouver and Whistler and welcome both visitors to their historic sites and customers to their businesses. Their companies include upscale restaurants and chefs, book publishing houses, artists, fashion design companies, traditional arts and crafting, and several other lines of commerce.

First Nations, Inuit and Métis groups still present their cultures and entertain with music, dance, drumming, stories, and friendship. The Pavilion strengthened the respect and friendship of others for these Indigenous peoples and now visitors look for them every day.
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A Totem Pole is a Person – The Legacy of Native North American Carvers, Customs and History in the
Carved cedar poles have often been misunderstood and misrepresented globally. Such a pole is traditionally a person – a respected story teller. Here is part of the story.
Totem Poles: Culture and Meaning Among First Nations, With Kwakiutl Lineages
Even though the carved cedar pole and potlatch were illegal for many years until 1951, their meanings in a cultural context were never lost. The lineage of the Master Carvers preserved them.
Totem Poles Before 1700 AD – Pacific Northwest, Vancouver, Alaska, Siberia, Korea, New Zealand, Papu
The history of totem poles around the Pacific Rim and the Cub-Polar regions is many centuries old. In-depth research and interviewing from 1700 to the 21st Century have revealed a history of totem poles globally that was previously unknown.

Bear N Mom – Travel – 7Springs Mountain Resort


It has been many years now since the Elks have had their conventions at 7Springs. I believe that it was the intent of the newest owners to discourage our group from entertaining there since they put so many big hotel restrictions on our hospitality and increased the prices out of the range of most of our members.

It is my impression that the management is intent on attracting a different type of clientele. This can only be demonstrated by one of my stepdaughters and her friends spending so much of their time at the Springs. They started going in October and practically lived there except for time out to go to work during the weekdays.

While these younger members of society attend all kinds of attractions put on by the hotel, I also see a lot of upper class families taking weekenders at the resort.

You might say the split up of our twice a year convention at the Springs was a mutual decision. Theirs to price us out, ours to look for more affordable housing. It is a shame though because some of my fondest memories as an Elk are the conventions at 7Springs.
Final Stay Overview

7Springs deserves a recommendation for their clean and inviting decor and rooms. Their employees extend a gracious and welcoming atmosphere. The only area that needs improvement is their banquet and buffet menu. The breakfast buffet does not require any changes. Since I have never had any reason to be dissatisfied in the past, I intend to revisit the resort and get another feeling for their cuisine.
Arrival and Breakfast Buffet

For many years, I have traveled to what was one of my favorite buffet eating resorts. Yes, it was primarily a ski resort in the winter and convention meeting rooms throughout the year; but, for me it was a culinary pleasure trip. The resort was built and owned by the Dupre family and there was no finer resort in the area where you could enjoy Creme Bulie, home baked breads and other culinary delights. They originally raised their own cattle and farmed the farm to be used in some of their recipes. Their chefs were skilled artisans that made you daydream on the entire trip across the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Donegal exit. No matter in what direction you traveled to one of our conventions the end result was the same, three days and evenings of excellent dining.

The resort was sold recently after being owned by generations of Dupre decendents and my latest trip to 7Springs resulted in the following experiences.

I arrived early Friday morning which is my normal arrival time to the inability of getting situated in my room for the first time in about 20 years. I understand that hotels do not hold rooms for early arrival only late arrivals and was not put out because the check in clerk was ever so apologetic and friendly to deal with. She took care of my dining needs and parking passes with the promise that the Bell Staff would handle my luggage for me until the rooms were available. The man at the Bell Desk did exactly that he took my bags and put them away for me. OOPS! I forgot to get my credentials out of my briefcase and when I returned not 15 minutes after he had housed my luggage he retrieve my briefcase for me with a twinkling smile that told me I was not the first person to forget something in their luggage.

Off I went to breakfast and even though the standard griddles for eggs any way and omelettes was removed there was a breakfast chef ready to do the same in four individual frying pans. My omelette was excellent and there was nothing I could complain about with this change in venue.

The last time I had attended a breakfast buffet I was disappointed that one of the standards had been removed from the serving line. They no longer had Apple Bread Pudding as a selection on their Buffet. Of course, you know I’m not backward about voicing my opinions and at that time I let everyone I saw know of my displeasure. Lo and behold, in my investigation of the various tables of culinary delights there was my favorite Apple Bread Pudding and I didn’t pass it up any of the mornings that I dined at the buffet.

There were many of my favorites that I had to pass up because I’m now a diabetic so the danish and other doughnuts I sampled by begging pieces from the people that I shared tables with. No, I didn’t totally give up sweets and I allowed myself a couple of pieces of their cinnamon bread with creamy butter that you cut from the butter balls near the bread selections. When I say butter balls I mean that they have flavored balls of butter such as cinnamon butter and chocolate butter balls available. I didn’t sample these because I prefer my creamy butter.
Room decore
Room decore
Balcony in Main Lodge
Balcony in Main Lodge
Auditorium Meeting Room
Auditorium Meeting Room
Rooms and Service

The hallways at 7Springs are long and because of my disability I always ask for a room on the Fourth Floor as close to Center Lobby as possible. That puts me right in the center of everything that I need at the resort, meeting rooms, convention dining rooms and, of course, hospitality rooms.

After the first business session, I went back to registration and was checked into my room which was slopeside and only 4 doors away from Center Lobby. I couldn’t ask for a better location. These rooms unfortunately do not have balconies but they are close to the action and you can see the slopes and any activity that is in play at the pool. The Bellman brought my bags and met me at my room which was very bright with a window that went wall to wall on the outside wall. Newly remodeled, the ceiling is still decorated with beautifully stained tree trunks that support the upper levels. The trappings of the rooms have always been very nice but the bedding and furniture have all been upgraded. The orange bedspreads are very festive looking and whole room is inviting. I would expect any hotel to remodel from time to time but I must say the new owner has made some very nice selections for the comfort of his guests.

As far as the staff is concerned they could not have picked friendlier more helpful people. If there are some that do not fit this bill, I never ran into any of them. As a matter of fact, I had to take a carton to my car which was parked 2 spaces outside the Center Lobby door. I was carrying it with some difficulty when an employee who was just coming on duty stopped and carried it to my car for me. I’m not even sure if he wasn’t a maintenance person or if that was one of his regular duties because his shirt was a different color than the regular service people.

The only mishap for me was that the original elevator in the old section of the hotel went out of service. This made it necessary for me to walk to the new elevators in order to get from floor to floor. That may not sound like a big deal to most people but for me with my disability it hurt. I managed though and was back and forth to our hospitality room one floor below by using the stairs to go down and the center elevators to come back.

Talking about Hospitality Rooms, our district had always had our room on the 9th Floor right off the center elevators. This was a very large room with a bar, soft furniture and a bedroom separated by a doorway. This year we couldnot get our normal room because it is not being remodeled into an executive suite which will be too expensive for our group to rent in future years. As an accommodation to our group they provided one of the connecting bedroom groups and removed all of the furnishings. This worked very well with the portable bar that they provided at a reduced rate. At least 3 times a day their service staff provided the room with ice and anything else that was needed. As I said the staff could not be friendlier or more helpful.

Banquet Dining
Banquet Dining
Western Buffet and Saturday Banquet

This part of the review is not easy for me to prepare. I ate Steamboat Round Steak and Filet Mignon at my main evening meals. Friday night I asked for medium rare and the slices I ate were done to perfection. The taste was wonderful and I did not need any steak sauces to achieve that sensational taste. Saturday night, I had the Filet and again the piece I was served was superb. Obviously, their entree chef is of top quality.

The breads were done to perfection and had a great crusty taste. There was no hint of too much yeast and the as I stated earlier the cinnamon bread is to die for.

I’ve put this off as long as I could but I heard several moanings that the salad bar offerings were not as good as they had been in the past. I didn’t eat salads on Friday but if Saturday night’s offering was proof of the taste I have to agree that the salads are not the same quality they have been in the past.

I sampled their ices, cheesecake and apple pie over my stay at the resort. I must say that none of these came up to standard. The ice served at the banquet was bitter and I’m not sure what the flavor was supposed to be. The cheesecake with berries lacked flavor also. It almost tasted like vanilla pudding that had been solidified somehow. If you have read any of my other reviews, you know my feelings on pie. A good pie is only good if the crust is flaky. The apple pie I ate at 7Springs did not have a flaky crust and the apples were so tart that I could have been eating lemons. I noticed that they still make the creme brule and the people with whom I sat tried it remembering the brules of yesteryears. The presentation lacked the carmelized coloring and I was told by my friends that the brule also lacked flavor. My recomendation is for the resort to send their chefs for scholling or look for new salad and pastry chefs.

Island Beach Resorts in Cebu, Philippines

As a worker in a travel and tours company, I’ve got to know more of travel destinations here in the Philippines and even in other countries. As I was fixing up the messy catalogs and travel brochures in the desk, I took a glance over these picturesque and exquisite places. It could be a nice topic for my hub. So, first must be first. I should start with my own country before going out elsewhere. Let’s get to know more about Cebu first.

Cebu is often called “Queen City of the South” and the Seat Christianity in the Philippines. It is the oldest city in the country. Exploring the city, one encounters a rich historic past. Cebuanos, native people in Cebu, are extremely proud of their cultural and historical heritage. It has evolved into a highly urbanized metropolitan center which now serves as focal point of growth and development in Southern Philippines. Cebu has 6 cities namely; Cebu, Danao, Lapu-lapu, Mandaue, Toledo and Talisay.

Today, the island province leads in traditional and non-traditional exports and has the highest economic growth rate anywhere in the country. Likewise, recent indications pointed out that Cebu has become the country’s most favorite tourist destination.
Resort Islands in Cebu:

Mactan Island

Mactan island lies a few kilometers southeast of Cebu mainland. The island is connected to Cebu Island by two bridges, the Mandaue-Mactan Bridge and the Marcelo Fernan Bridge. This coral island is famous for its dive sites, local handicrafts and more than a dozen of beautiful beach resorts of international standards offering local and foreign tourists world class services.
Mactan Island
Mactan Island
Bantayan Island

Bantayan Island is located at the northernmost tip of Cebu. It is known for its white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. Beach resorts dotting the island’s shores offers a mix of local and international cuisines as well as vast arrays of fresh sea foods to choose from.
Bantayan Island
Bantayan Island
Malapascua Island

Malapascua sometimes referred to as “Logon”, the main community in the south of the island. The island is 3km long and 1km wide. It has white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. The west coast is ideal for swimming and snorkeling but one should be careful because of unpredictable weather. A walk or tour on the whole island can be done within half a day.
Malapascua Island
Malapascua Island
Camotes Island

Located off the coast of Danao City in north Cebu mainland is known as the “Lost Horizon in the South” because of its unspoiled beauty. Camotes consists of four islands: Pajican, Poro, Ponson, and the tiny Tulang Island.
Camotes Island
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Rock Island in Camotes
Rock Island in Camotes | Source

There are numerous islands that can be found in Cebu. Some are small enough but these four are among the famous and well-known islands in Cebu.

Visit also Davao Oriental’s Islands and Beach Resorts.

“guaranteed Getaway” Hurricane Policy For Tourists Booking Caribbean Holidays At Breezes And Hedonis

After Hurricane Isaac stormed its way through the Caribbean and southern states in America last week, tourists staying at Breezes and Hedonism resorts in Jamaica and the Bahamas are being offered “Guaranteed Getaway” policies.

If a hurricane strikes while travellers are enjoying holidays in Jamaica or the Bahamas at any of the resorts, they will receive reimbursement for the value of disrupted nights as well as a voucher that can be spent in the same month, the following year.

If tourists are disrupted by a storm or hurricane as they travel to their holidays in the Caribbean, Breezes and Hedonism Resorts will provide complimentary extensions to make up the number of nights missed. Guests who have to reschedule their Caribbean holidays due to a hurricane will receive vouchers that can be used at a later date.

Holidaymakers are provided with a “sunshine guarantee” where for every day the sun is not shining, the resorts will offer a credit voucher to the value of their room. The vouchers must be used within a year and can go towards future holidays to the Caribbean.

The Breezes and Hedonism brands are operated by SuperClub Resorts and the Caribbean hotels and resorts include Hedonism II in Jamaica, Breezes Grand resort & Spa in Negril Jamaica, and Breezes Resort & Spa Bahamas.

The Breezes Resort & Spa Bahamas is situated in Nassau on the white sands of Cable Beach and tourists taking Bahamas holidays can enjoy facilities including four gourmet restaurants and four bars, swimming pools and Jacuzzis, tennis courts, and a variety of fun watersports.

Travellers planning Jamaica holidays can choose from Hedonism II, the adults-only resort, and Breezes Grand Resort & Spa; both of which are located on the famous seven-mile beach in Negril.

Hedonism II is an all-inclusive resort with 280 guest rooms and suites, and facilities include four restaurants, five bars, tennis courts, a disco, fitness centre, a nude spa, nude swimming pools and a nudist beach.

Breezes Grand Resort & Spa Negril is open to tourists over the age of 16 and features several exquisite restaurants and stylish bars, a freshwater swimming pool, Jacuzzis, disco, spa, fitness centre, and access to a pristine stretch of white sand beach.

The Enchanting Spas

Are you looking for a place where you can relax and pamper yourself? Do you want to unwind yourself in surroundings that have serene settings? Do you want to indulge in a day, or even a week, of bliss and calmness and enjoy natural therapies that will invigorate, relax, and purify both mind and body? Best spa hotels provided by online tour operators feature top-rate facilities. They provide you with an array of nourishing treatments, healthy activities, and even nutritious gourmet meals to ensure that you have an amazing and relaxing experience that is unforgettable for a long time o come. One example of the luxury resort spa is ‘Enchantment Resort’ and ‘Mii Amo Spa’ situated at Sedona, AZ, United States. This desert oasis retreat embodies tranquility and beauty. It has adobe casita-style accommodations set in the heart of the majestic Red Rock Country. The serene atmosphere here clears your body and mind, and makes you feel one with nature.

Another destination to enjoy and pamper you with spas and resorts is Bermuda. It is a place for relaxation. Here, vacation escapism is perfectly complimented by a massage or spa treatment to pamper you. These spas and hotels in Bermuda are great options for the traveler and holiday seekers who need a little more rest and relaxation during their trip. These spas and resorts provide an ultimate relaxation after a hectic day of shopping, touring, or meetings. These Bermuda hotels provide the best spa hotels in the area and provide the most enduring treatments, services, amenities and facilities.

Ramada Lake Spa Resort is just 45 minutes away from Kochi. It is a veritable altar of enchantment beside the Kumbalam Lake in Kerala. It is promoted by Synthite Group, a global leader in natural extracts and product solutions. Synthite ventured into the hospitality industry with Riviera Suites. Ramada Lake Resort Spa is the second undertaking of Synthite Group to promote tourism in Kerala. The Ayurvedic courtyard in the lake facing spa provides authentic traditional Ayurvedic treatments.

If money is not a constraint, visit the Texas Hill Country and experience for yourself why Lake Austin Lake Spa Resort is the best destination spa in North America. It was rated number one by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler in 2008 and also named one of the top ten spas in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards. The 2009 Zagat Survey declared the resort as the top destination spa resort in the United States. American Airlines’ Celebrated Living magazines have recognized the resort as one of the best spa resort in the country and in the world. In this spa resort, you can relieve your stress and pamper yourself to restore your well-being at the world-class LakeHouse Spa. This is one of the best spa hotels and is wrapped in the warmth and casual elegance of a best friend’s lake house. Whether you visit this spa to stay for the night or want to relax for a day, it provides you with an escape to peaceful lakeside resort.

Country Vacations India Holiday Once And Enjoy Their Very Homely Resorts

Leisure means no work, taking time off from your daily routine, a time in which you can unwind yourself from the day to day busy life. It means time to relax with the near and dear ones and some free time to refresh and regenerate yourself. It takes a great deal of time to think about the place and hotel, the budget and many such things when people think of planning their holidays which is very tiresome sometimes. Well, country Vacations India is a company that saves you from all these hassles.

Country vacations is the synonym of ultimate pleasure trip. It is a well known establishment for its unmatched quality and network of homely resorts and clubs spread all across India, Srilanka and Dubai. Country Vacations will help you spend your holidays like never before with the best and wide range of Country Vacation options. Country Vacations promotes point based holiday club which gives people, who have the Country Vacation Membership, access to all the Country Vacation India properties, its alliance properties and also the affiliated properties. Country vacations India is a division of Country Club India and has office all across India.

People who own a country vacation membership are very proud of it. Being a member of country vacations enables one for great discounts boarding, lodging and dining. Being the proud member of Country vacations India, a member is entitled to avail all the facilities of other resort companies by paying a very nominal utility fee. Country vacation Membership allows its members to have access to all the country club India limited properties across India which is an additional benefit with Country vacation Membership. Country vacations India is a sister concern of country club. All those who have the country vacation memberships are also entitled to enjoy the access to all the country clubs across the country and a direct membership to their wildlife resorts at Bushbetta, Bandipur and Karnataka. Anyone who is a resident or a non resident of India can avail the country vacation membership.

Country vacations India is exceptional in delivering presentation and offers its members, many a visual and flavorful delights. Country vacations India’s membership offers plenty of harmony as well as enthusiasm. Great food, great people make it an ideal and a homely resort destination. The facilities like A.C. luxurious suites, health spa, gym, swimming pool, banquet hall, conference hall, beauty salon and many indoor games and many more under one roof is truly impressive. Country vacations India provides many fun activities for their guests making it one of the best and homely resort destinations. The people at Country vacations India always take care of the travel schedule and inform their members and guests well in advance about the travel itineraries and also about the upcoming activities. The Country vacations India plays an extraordinary host for your most treasured holiday trips. Country vacations India gives its members the opportunity to celebrate the fun and joy of being together with their families. One must try Country vacations India holiday once and enjoy their very homely resorts.

All About Golf Travel and Resorts

Golf is a popular sport, but it is also one of the most interesting activities. There’s no wonder why golf travel and resorts are getting more and more popular nowadays. Golfing helps you interact with others socially. It gives you an opportunity to strengthen your friendships and meet new people. In fact, golfing is a well-known networking technique that many businessmen use.

Golf also increases your exposure to nature. Golf travel and resorts are amazing because they expose you to the trees, sunlight, and the natural beauty of nature. Golf also has a lot of health benefits. It strengthens your bladder and increases your heart rate. It helps you stay fit and it enhances your muscle tone and endurance. It also helps you lose weight and improve the quality of your sleep.

So, if you’re planning to go on a golf trip, here are the best golf resorts that you should try:

1. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews (Fife, Scotland)

This golf resort is located in the charming town of St. Andrews. This was founded in 1754. This golf course has a breathtaking view. It is also filled with charming Scottish buildings such as the Old Course Luxury Hotel. So, if you have money to burn and you want to feel like a royal, you should visit this resort.

2. Rosewood Tucker Point (Bermuda)

This amazing golf resort is located on the edge of the panoramic and beautiful Tucker’s Point in Bermuda. This resort is secluded and it has a wonderful view of the hills and the sea. So, if you want a little private time, you should definitely visit this place.

3. The American Club (Wisconsin, United States)

This is probably one of the most popular golf resorts in the whole world. It is frequented by professional golfers and die hard golf enthusiasts. This beautiful resort is located in Kohler, Wisconsin. The golf course is located along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. This resort is filled with gardens and luxury cabins. It definitely gives you an experience that will last a lifetime.

4. K Club Resort (Kildare, Ireland)

This resort is just thirty minutes away from downtown Ireland. The lodging building in the resort was established in 1830 and it looks a lot like a French chateau. This post-card perfect resort has two golf courses that guests can enjoy.

5. The Broadmoor (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

This golf resort is located about 6,200 feet above sea level and up against the Rocky Mountains. It is mainly known as a tennis destination, but this highland resort also has three golf courses that guests can enjoy.

6. Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (Bandon, Oregon)

This golf resort was established in 1999 and it is one of the favourite destinations of seasoned golfers and golf enthusiasts. Many golf magazines consider this resort as one of the best in the world. This resort does not have the luxury accommodations that most of the resorts in this list offer. But, its modest and cozy rooms are pleasant and comfortable.

Golf travel and resorts are now becoming a trend. So, if you want to bring your golf game to the next level, you should book your trip now.

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Simple Tips in the Selection of Golf Travel and Resorts

Whether you are a novice or professional golfer, you also deserve a break or vacation. Like employees, executives, students and homemakers, golfers too experienced stress. They need a diversion to energize and to relieve the stress they experienced especially after participating in a golf tournament. However, golf travel is not only limited to golfers because ordinary individuals like you can avail and can enjoy is type of vacation.

Playing golf is not only a type of sport or entertainment, but it can be beneficial to your health as well. It is a form of cardiovascular workout that lowers harmful cholesterol in your body and speeds up your metabolism. It also relieves stress and prevents bone degeneration. Aside from its therapeutic benefits, you can also build friendships and gain new friends by playing golf.

Because of its benefits, several individuals, both young and old alike, plan to travel and book in golf resorts, but due to the limited knowledge they have, they have trouble selecting the right golf travel and resorts.

Because of the numerous golf travel and resorts in the market, some encountered trouble in choosing one that suits their budget, preferences and needs. If you are one of these individuals, then this article is for you. Read on and follow steps on choosing suitable golf travel and resorts.

Before deciding or booking to a particular golf travel and resort, you should ask referrals from colleagues, co-players, relatives and family members. You can also surf the Internet to find renowned but cheap golf travel and resort in the market. Take into consideration several facilities and compare their prices, amenities, quality of service and packages offered.

Factors to consider in the selection of golf travel and resort:

* Golf Resort. Before you decide to make reservations, you should examine the vicinity first. Since golf is you main focus, you should evaluate the sports facilities offered by several golf resorts.
* Amenities. Also examine the amenities offered by the resort, like bedroom, living room and entertainment area. Also check adjacent tourist attractions and destinations, including shopping malls, amusement parks, beaches and spas.
* Cost. Before making your final decision, you should examine all the costs associated with your stay in the resort, including, meals, on-site games and activities. If you travel with your family, friends and non-golfers, you should search and consider facilities that offer discounts to non-golfers. Assess if they also offer complimentary transportation service to other attractions.

* Discounts. If you are on a budget, you can search online for golf resort promotions and discount coupons. Some travel agencies also offer travelers like you exclusive discounts on air travel and transfers.
* Golf equipment. As soon as you prepared the reservations and you are ready to go, double check your golf equipment and ensure all your paraphernalia are packed.
* Activities. Before you arrive in the facility, you should plan all your activities beforehand, like participating in golf tournaments, guided tours, shopping, relaxing on beautiful beaches, biking, hiking, mountaineering, kayaking and swimming along the beautiful beaches.

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Organisers of World Media Awards seek entries from across the Middle East and Africa

The World Media Awards are open for entries and the organisers are seeking entries from across the Middle East and Africa. The closing date for entries is Thursday 16 February 2017.
The global World Media Awards (WMAs) are the only awards that celebrate the effectiveness of cross platform, cross border, content-driven advertising.

How to enter

Entry to the WMAs at is free but entrants have the option to make a voluntary donation to Reporters Without Borders. Campaigns must be content-driven and have intentionally targeted audiences in at least four countries, with 75% of activity having been implemented in 2016. Advertisers and their media, PR and creative agencies can enter all categories while media owners are only permitted to enter the new Entertainment and Media category directly. There is no requirement for campaigns to have run in any of the World Media Group brands.


Ian Armstrong, co-head judge
Ian Armstrong, co-head judge
To reflect the importance of collaboration in creating successful international, content-driven advertising campaigns, the independent jury will number 30 heavy-weight judges from brands, agencies and media owners. It is presided over by three co-heads: Ian Armstrong, global advertising GM, Jaguar Land Rover, Sanjay Nazerali, global chief strategy officer with Carat Global, and Raquel Bubar, director T Brand Studio International at The New York Times. The full list of judges is available on the website.


There will be eight Award categories and a Grand Prix selected by the jury from amongst the category winners, as follows:

Corporate Influencer
Financial Services
Foreign Direct Investment and Economic Development
Lifestyle & Luxury
(New) Media & Entertainment
Technology and Telecoms
Travel & Tourism

Winners’ rewards

All category winners will see their work celebrated in an advertising campaign valued at €500,000, which will run across the World Media Group’s international media brands: The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Quartz, The New York Times, National Geographic, Newsweek, Fortune, Forbes, The Economist and Bloomberg. In addition, a number of the winning case studies will be published in the World Media Awards showcase on the World Media Group website.

The winners of the Awards will be announced at the World Media Awards Reception at the Ham Yard Hotel in London on Thursday 6 April 2017. All shortlisted entrants will receive two free tickets to join the celebration as guests of the World Media Group and additional tickets will be available for purchase

SA set for bumper Black Friday if social media is anything to go by

South Africa is set for a bumper Black Friday this year if social media is anything to go by, says online marketing agency, 25AM. In fact, social media conversation around this event has almost tripled in comparison to the same period last year. In the days leading up to Black Friday 2015 social media saw around 4719 mentions, whereas 2016 has already surpassed the 15,500 mark.
The majority of this year’s conversation continues to be driven on Twitter, and the massive increase in conversation is likely due to higher social media adoption by South Africans, as well as the large number of new brands which have joined this annual shopping extravaganza.

2015 vs 2016 Black Friday mentions:

SA set for bumper Black Friday if social media is anything to go by

In terms of demographics, the interest between male (47.5%) and female (52.2%) remains mostly on par, with women just slightly edging out their male counterparts.

SA set for bumper Black Friday if social media is anything to go by

In terms of age, 25 – 34 year olds are the most active in Black Friday conversation on social media, closely followed by the 45-54 age group; while the 55-64 year olds remain the least active. This could also indicate which age groups are likely to utilize online shopping facilities as opposed to travelling to shopping centers.

SA set for bumper Black Friday if social media is anything to go by

Interestingly, the buzz around shopping centers remains fairly low in comparison to the general conversation around Black Friday – this could also indicate a greater interest in online shopping as opposed to physically going to the shops, but only time will tell.

SA set for bumper Black Friday if social media is anything to go by

Big retailers appear to be pushing hard on social media, with Game currently leading the way. Twitter and email marketing seem to be the most successful platforms for the big brands to create awareness for their Black Friday specials.

SA set for bumper Black Friday if social media is anything to go by

Whether South Africans flood the shops or crash the internet tomorrow, one thing is for sure, Black Friday is here to stay and continues to find popularity and growth within the local market. Happy shopping!