With this issue of IO we take you on voyage to Spain, a country you probably know much about but our stories would make you see the familiar places in a new light. We discover Moorish cities such as Seville, Granada and Cordoba, visit Madrid and Ibiza and give you new ways of experiencing these places. Basque Country is another destination we visit and explore the place from Bilbao to San Sebastián. We also indulge in the culture of the country and besides the famed La Tomatina we familiarise with religious festivals and various other events that take place throughout the country. Since no visit to a nation is complete without its cuisine, we have also highlighted Spanish food in this issue. Other than Spain, our explorers have also brought stories and pictures from the matriarchal Minangkabau culture in West Sumatra – a feminist society in an Islamic nation. With this issue of IO reel in a cultural delight and also enjoy the luxuries of spa tourism in Czechia and some gastronomic tourism with dates in Sharjah. So, read, explore, eat and make merry.
With many museums and religious places infusing ancient culture in the air of its modern cafes and shopping complexes, Ho Chi Minh City emanates a societal confluence boasting of the city’s own development and a French legacy.
Thanks to better connectivity, cheaper air fare and higher disposable incomes, more and more Indians are travelling abroad as well as visiting domestic tourist circuits. However, travelling does not necessarily mean going on a holiday or flying to various exotic locales. It could also mean visiting borderlands, as this book reveals.
Barcelona, a city visited by millions each year, is a bustling space of colours, energy and vibrancy. With spectacular, surreal architecture and streets you can get lost in, there’s so much to do and see here.
Hyderabad has won the bid to host the prestigious 78th Skal World Congress in October 2017. After trying for two years, the city has finally succeeded in garnering the maximum votes to host the mega tourism event.
Ras Al-Khaimah commits to sustainable tourism and further development of MICE and wedding venues, along with focusing on hosting OTOAI convention. Haitham Mattar, CEO, Ras Al-Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, talks to MIG about further developments.
If the idea is to have a carefree and relaxed holiday, then this summer, buy these basic accessories that have been remodelled for a hassle-free holiday.