Author: PenelopeCorelliDate of Trip: July 2009 Sunday, July 26: Kusadasi, Turkey Today was our 40th anniversary! We had arranged a tour with Hello Ephesus for the day. Got up at 8am because our guide wouldn’t be here until 9am. I finished writing yesterday’s journal, as I knew I would not have time today. After breakfast, we left and met our guide, Eylem, and proceeded to our vehicle, a black VW van with a driver. It was great that our day was arranged so well — we couldn’t have planned it quite like this. We were the only ones on a tour that usually is reserved for more people. We had a separate driver. Our personal tour guide Eylem Kurnaz, who usually does groups, is a Bible scholar who has studied all the historic places in Turkey. He recently spent 17 days as the guide with a Christian group touring throughout the country. I was not aware, until Eylem told me, that every church from the book of Revelation: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, … [Read more...] about Ephesus, Sirince Village, & Kusadasi, Turkey
Kusadasi is known for its beaches, its climate, and its nightlife, but it’s near areas that are associated with unrest. Find out more about how to stay safe by avoiding these warnings and dangers in Kusadasi. For the most part, there is nothing to suggest that you’re likely to be hurt in this area, as there tends to be good law enforcement and general order here. There are so many tourists in this area that most of the people living in Kusadasi are those who make their living in one form of hospitality or another. One traveler notes that Benny’s Shop, a store that sells leather goods, runs up their prices in an attempt to catch tourists with too much cash on their hands. Be on the watch for what you buy, as well as the prices. Also, be careful what you’re paying in. Some shop owners may quote you the prices in Turkish lira and then charge you in euros. If you’re looking to get around, take public transportation instead of … [Read more...] about Tips on Kusadasi Warnings or Dangers – Stay Safe!
Whether you’re going to be in Kusadasi for one day when your cruise ship stops, or you’re staying there for several days, there are several transportation and tour options. The nearest airport to Kusadasi is the Izmir airport, which is 80Km away, and takes about an hour in a car. You can take a bus from Kusadasi otogar( bus station) to Izmir otogar, and then you pick up a connecting bus to the airport. The usual taxi charges to the airport are 90YTL but you can negotiate, especially in the off-season. You arrange a taxi driver by asking the day before to come to your hotel – they’ll even show up at 4 in the morning. If you’re arriving on a cruise ship, and you want a day tour of the local site, like Ephesus the Terrace Houses, or the Temple of Artemis there are several good local tour companies. Often, the cruise ships will charge several hundred Euro for large group tours. However, if you plan it ahead of time, you can do you own private tour for around … [Read more...] about Kusadasi Transportation – Taxi, Train, Bus & Airport Tips
Of the 54 hotel and resort properties of Hilton Worldwide which will be changing categories effective as of Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 33 of them will decrease at least one category; while the remaining 21 will increase by at least on category.Information pertaining to current promotions are also briefly covered later in this article as a reminder to you.The changes in category for hotel and resort properties in the brand portfolio of Hilton Worldwide are as follows:HOTELS WITH REWARD CATEGORY DECREASE — FALL 2016HOTEL NAMECITYSTATECOUNTRYPREVIOUSNEWHampton by Hilton St Petersburg ExpoForumSt PetersburgRussian FederationCategory 6Category 3Hampton Inn by Hilton Istanbul AtakoyIstanbulTurkeyCategory 2Category 1Hampton by Hilton SamsunSamsunTurkeyCategory 2Category 1Hilton Garden Inn Ankara GimatAnkaraTurkeyCategory 2Category 1Hilton Garden Inn MardinMardinTurkeyCategory 2Category 1Hilton KayseriKayseriTurkeyCategory 2Category 1Hilton Garden Inn Izmir … [Read more...] about Hilton HHonors Updates: Hotel Category Changes Fall 2016 and Promotion Reminders
460 million international tourist arrivals were recorded worldwide in the first seven months of 2005. This represents an increase of some 25 million arrivals compared with the respective period of 2004, or 5.9% growth, according to the preliminary data gathered for the new issue of the WTO World Tourism Barometer, presented on Monday, the first day of the WTO international conference on the Tourism Satellite Account in the Iguazu region.Global tourism trends confirm that growth has slowed. The first quarter`s 9% rise halved in the second quarter (+4%), partly as a result of early Easter holidays, which fell in March this year. Month-on-month growth for March is estimated at +15%, with April at 0%, May at +7%, June at +6% and July at +5%. This slowdown was to be expected, as tourism tends to grow faster in the shoulder season than in the high season. This is because available transport and accommodation capacity can be a constraint at times of peak demand. On the other hand, it is also … [Read more...] about World Tourism Barometer: international tourism on track for another strong year