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Tripadvisor: Istanbul is the Top Destination for 2014

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

TripAdvisor unveils travelers’ top destinations for 2014 and Istanbul is on top of the list.  There are 25 other destinations on the list; Istanbul is  followed by Rome, London, Beijing, Prague, Marrakesh and Paris.  The largest city in Turkey has pulled off an impressive feat in the sixth edition of TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Destinations 2014 report, moved up 11 places from last year and Paris lost its standing as the top travel destination this year.

Tripadvisor uses an  algorithm that goes through millions of reviews and takes into account the quantity and quality of ratings for hotels, attractions, restaurants and destinations around the world over a 12-month period.

Istanbul’s epic history, ancient architecture, rich culture, mouth watering cuisine and modern night life makes it a great destination for travelers all around the globe for all age groups. Yet Turkey has more to offer such as Cappadocia with its unique landscape, another unique UNESCO site Pamukkale, one of the best preserved ancient sites Ephesus and lots of charming small towns along the Mediterranean coast. Travelers can visit the major highlights  in approx. 7-8 days, however  it is also possible to stay in Istanbul and enjoy the vibrant culture of this beautiful city at your own pace.  Anatolia Travels offers 26 different Turkey Tour Packages ranging from 4 to 18 days,  accommodations ranging from tourist hotels to award winner boutique/cave hotels, several tour packages which can cater to variety of interests/budgets.

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Anatolia Travels offers romantic Dubai package for Valentine’s Day

Monday, January 27th, 2014

A romantic moonlight swim at Burj Al Arab if you book a luxury Dubai tour

Romance is in the air at Burj Al Arab with the introduction of the Romantic Moonlight Swim – an exclusive spa experience designed to set guests’ hearts aflutter. Promising an evening of sheer luxury, the Romantic Moonlight Swim takes place in the serene environment of Burj Al Arab’s Talise Spa 150 metres into the sky.

The treatment commences with a soothing massage to relax and unwind. The next step leads the couple to their own infinity pool adorned with floating rose petals, with the glimmering moonlight and sweeping views of Dubai and the Arabian Gulf serving as the only backdrop. The experience would not be complete without bespoke Burj Al Arab’s beverages and personalised music to refresh the body as well as the soul. As a memento to keep the memories of the evening alive, guests are presented with a white-chequered Burj Al Arab bathrobe.

Burj Al Arab’s Romantic Moonlight Swim includes:
•Private infinity pool at 150 metres above Dubai
•55-minute couples massage
•Bespoke Burj Al Arab refreshments and personalised music
•Burj Al Arab signature white-chequered bathrobes

Source: Jumeirah.

Visa Information for Turkey

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Please find the announcement of Turkish Consulate General below:

The application of Stamp Visa and Banderole visa for entering the Republic of Turkey at the border gates will continue together (simultaneously) with the e-visa application until 10th April 2014. After the aforementioned date (10 April 2014) the application of Stamp Visa and Banderole visa will be abolished and will completely be replaced by the e-visa application. The citizens of the countries who are eligible to get the banderole visa given at the border gates will be able to enter the Republic of Turkey with getting an “e-visa” online from the website instead. Please find the information about the citizens of the countries who are eligible for getting visa online at

Turkish Consulate General would like to inform and emphasize the deadline (10 April 2014) for the application of Stamp Visa and Banderole visa for entering the Republic of Turkey at the border gates.

Turkey growing as a prominent medical tourism destination

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Turkey has emerged as a prominent destination for hair transplant, highlights RNCOS in its recent report “Turkey Medical Tourism Outlook 2017″. With the growing acceptance of medical tourism, people who need hair transplant, hair loss treatment and restoration are considering treatment abroad as a low-cost option. Since 2005, the number of tourists visiting Turkey for hair transplant has been increasing at a fast pace

The major reason for Turkey being a preferred destination for hair transplant is affordability, and high-quality treatment. Transplantation cost in Turkey is about one-third of that in Europe. Apart from imparting treatment at a cheaper price, Turkey has also changed the method of treatment, to the bloodless, painless, non-surgical and seamless FUE method, to replace the bloody FUT method. Because of this, surgery can be carried out more quickly as there is no need to remove the skin. Instead a self-closing process of transplanting by opening small holes is done, making the procedure less painful and seamless.

Further, patients who choose treatment in Turkey can receive lots of perks such as free air tickets, free transport from airport to hotel, and sometimes free accommodation in some hotels in Turkey. Thus, the country attracts a huge amount of hair loss sufferers from all over the world. However, hair transplant patients mostly come from Arab countries.

Besides hair transplant, our report also highlights other emerging segments of Turkey medical tourism market such as dentistry, cosmetic surgery, infertility treatment, eye treatment, etc. The report also analyze the industry trends and drivers of the Turkey medical tourism market and provides forecast of medical tourist arrivals and market size of medical tourism market till 2017. Apart from this, the report provides profiling of the major players including Memorial Healthcare Group, Florence Nightingale Hospital Group, and many others. The players section includes their business description, and recent developments to provide a brief idea of the competitive landscape. Thus, the report covers all the important aspects of Turkey’s medical tourism industry, which will help consultants, industry analysts, and vendors to get an in-depth knowledge of the industry.

Anatolia Sponsors Turkey Travel Episode

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Anatolia Tours & Travel is proud to sponsor and provide travel services for TV Show “Word Travels”
Turkey episode, you can watch on City TV and OLN

Jordan Dead Sea Resort hosted children with special needs

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Crowne Plaza Jordan Dead Sea Resort & Spa hosted children from Al Amal Association for Special Needs for a full day filled with many fun and exciting activities. The resort welcomed 10 kids from the Amal Association for Special Needs for lunch and swimming at the resort’s large swimming pool “The Lake”. Al Amal Association for Special Needs is a charity establishment that takes care of children who suffer from hearing impairment.
Crowne Plaza Jordan Dead Sea Resort & Spa is always keen on undertaking activities and initiatives that are at the heart of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy, which the resort is committed to and strongly believes in. The resort focuses on various environmental activities on a regular basis as well as humanitarian activities that include hosting charities that care for different underprivileged segments in the society.
Crowne Plaza Jordan Dead Sea Resort & Spa boasts 420 rooms and suites, including one Presidential Suite and one Royal suite. Guests can enjoy the vast pool called The Lake which is 5,500 m3 big, two smaller pools, as well as a soft white sandy beach by the Dead Sea with private cabanas. Anatolia Travels has private Jordan tour packages featuring this hotel in Dead sea which also includes visits to world wonder Petra and Wadi Rum.

Brazil Tourism Boost

Monday, November 18th, 2013

The success of London Olympics in 2012 has had a positive impact on the industry’s view of Brazil and Rio as a tourism destination in the upcoming sporting events. Brazil is one of the world’s fastest emerging travel and tourism economies. The country’s rapid growth has now given Brazil the opportunity to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup and then the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Brazil is targeting 500,000 more visitors to the country in the World Cup year, compared to 2013, and a further 15% increase in visitors for the Olympic year, compared to 2015 arrival numbers. Several tour operators launched Brazil tour packages in 2013.
The success of London 2012 has had a positive impact on the industry’s view of Brazil and Rio as a tourism destination during the Games. Four out of ten (39%) senior industry executives say they are more likely to commit capacity and sell holidays to coincide with the Rio Games.

Furthermore, more than a quarter (26%) are so confident of Rio’s potential as a successful and popular host city that they will commit capacity to Rio for the games regardless of the success of the 2014 football World Cup.

A further 28% are willing to increase capacity to Rio for the games but will wait until after the football World Cup before deciding.

Additionally, almost a quarter (18%) of UK holidaymakers say London 2012 has made them more inclined to make the trip to Rio for the games in 2016. Almost one in ten (8%) say they would be ‘much more likely’, with 10% ‘a little more likely’.

Source: Travel and Tour World

Egyptian chaos is Turkish windfall

Monday, October 21st, 2013

This is a sort of a windfall in Turkish tourism. As chaos spread in Egypt starting from the protests against its dictator, Hosni Mubarak, tourists have started drifting to other destinations and Turkey has proved one of them. The resort hotels in the western and southern Anatolia are fully occupied, due to a significant rise in domestic tourists due to a nine-day holiday of the Feast of Sacrifice, tourism representatives said.

According to the tourism professionals, Turkey tour season may last until the end of November.

“Many foreign tourists, especially European tourists, have shown great interest in Turkey for vacationing as of August. Turkey’s tourism season has extended to the end of November, as many foreign tourists see Turkey as a safe haven amid social and political turmoil in Egypt or others,” said Turkey’s Hoteliers Federation Osman Ayık.

Turkey has accelerated its promotional activities in tourism during these last years. “This is real plus for the tourism sector. In addition to the positive effects of these activities, we have seen many Russian, German and British tourists showing a great interest in Turkey for vacations, as they do not prefer going to Egypt or elsewhere in the region due to the chaotic environment there,” he said.

Foreign tourists who do prefer Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon or Syria right now have started to show a great interest in safer countries in the Mediterranean, said the Tour Operators’ Spokesperson Cem Polatoğlu.

“Around 10 per cent of the foreign tourists who do not prefer Egypt or somewhere else are now coming to Turkey and Turkey is ranked fifth or sixth in luring those tourists after Spain, Italy, France and Greece,” he said.


Today’s Travel and Tour World Headlines

Monday, September 30th, 2013

• Twin-engine Cessna Citation crashes in Santa Monica Airport
• Tsunami warning in the coastal areas of New Zealand
• 6.7 magnitude earthquake rattles New Zealand’s islands
• Industry leaders to discuss improvement in air travel experience in WPS, Dublin
• A private helicopter crash kills four in Mumbai minutes after take off
• Airport Show depicts solid growth with unrivalled aviation industry support
• Fly London To Aarhus From Just £14.99
• easyJet unveils new flights to Reykjavik and Marrakech
• Virgin Australia Announces Extra Services Between Perth and Karratha
• Car Bomb blast in Baghdad kills 42
• The Hotel Show 2013 garners attention from hospitality industry professionals
• China tourism is expected to flourish with its first tourism law
• WTM Africa Invites Global Industry Buyers to Apply for Hosted Buyer Programme
• TDIC announced an exclusive sale of 70 apartments in Abu Dhabi
• Fly London To Aarhus From Just £14.99
• Shangri-La Named Best Business Hotel Brand In Asia-Pacific For 12th Year In A Row

UAE - Abu Dhabi 2014 Eid Celebrations

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Seven Abu Dhabi malls will come alive with dynamic shows by 21 internationally-renowned street performers during EidFest Abu Dhabi from October 15-17.
Top Argentinian, Spanish, English, Scottish, Dutch, American, Canadian and Australian performers will be in Abu Dhabi for the first time for 40-minute shows at Al Ain Mall and Bawadi Mall in the Oasis City, as well as the UAE capital’s Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi Mall, Mushrif Mall, Dalma Mall and The Galleria at Sowwah Square.

There’ll also be performances on two purpose-built stages on Abu Dhabi Corniche. Passers-by can have their hands painted with henna or watch traditional ayala dancing at the festival’s Eid Market and Heritage Zone.

See London’s Shandy South (comedy / mime), Dan Waples & Flavio (specialist music), Rob Collins (comedy) and Kwabana (high-wire) in the Oasis City or Australia’s Benny B, Mullet Man and The Great Dave, and Barcelona’s KIKI and Shay Horay on Abu Dhabi Corniche.

The EidFest Abu Dhabi line-up also includes Argentinian comedy football legend, Victor Rubilo; renowned illusionist Todd Various, a perennial favourite of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; Amsterdam hula hoop sensation, Lisa Looping; and Floridian dance troupe, USA Breakdancers.
Source: Visit Abu Dhabi