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The cool months of Fall are approaching and that means stimulated appetites. And what better way to satisfy culinary desires, or the quest for something new, than on a trip to Hong Kong for their tantalizing food celebrations? Fall visitors can indulge in the region’s four-day Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival or stay longer and enjoy even more during the Hong Kong Wine & Dine Month.
Organized by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) and title-sponsored by China Construction Bank (Asia), the CCB (Asia) Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival will be held at the Central Harbourfront Event Space from 22 to 25 October. The excitement will then extend until 30 November, when the whole city will celebrate the Hong Kong Wine & Dine Month.
It all kicks off against the stunning backdrop of Victoria Harbour, where food and drink from around the world will be shared and celebrated. Around 340 stalls will show and share their offerings, all divided into themed areas to help participants find just what they fancy or to sample something new.
In the Country Pavilions wine dealers and experts from 21 countries and regions around the world – including famous Bordeaux – will share secrets of their delicious wines, while the Discovery Zone experts will offer something new for the festival: whiskies and craft beers. And the Cheering Zone will no doubt be especially popular with its sparkling wines and champagnes.
There will, of course, be food as well as drinks. The Tasting Room will demonstrate wine-pairing meals with master chefs, while two new zones – Star Avenue and Gourmet Trails – will present masterpieces from Michelin-starred and other award-winning Hong Kong restaurants. On 24 and 25 October (Saturday and Sunday), chefs from Michelin restaurants in France and Hong Kong, together with award-winning chefs from Hong Kong’s “Best of the Best Culinary Awards”, will present exquisite feasts in the Tasting Room. On the same days, in the afternoon sessions, the renowned Hong Kong Mandarin Oriental Hotel will showcase its classic afternoon tea in the Tasting Room. In addition, there will be around 100 food booths offering such delights as barbecued specialities, scrumptious appetizers and sweet treats.
Indulging the appetite is not the only pleasure to be found at the festivals. There will be live music and entertainment on the Main Stage and areas of alfresco seating where it will be possible to kick back and relax under the stars.
On officially launching the event, HKTB Chairman Dr Peter Lam said: “The CCB (Asia) Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival is the largest outdoor food and wine event in Hong Kong. We are delighted to stage the largest-ever event this year, with more new zones to present wines from more than 20 countries and regions and a wide range of food selection. The event venue will be specially decorated as an urban garden, in order to create an appealing setting for food and wine tasting.”
During the Wine & Dine Month following the four-day Festival the celebrations will widen across Hong Kong. There will be wine-themed tours, cellar visits, wine appreciation classes, cooking classes with master chefs, street carnivals and parties with dancing and entertainment, special menus and offers in restaurants and hotels all around the town. Everyone will wish they could be in more than one place at one time!
A funny thing about Reunion island in the Indian Ocean is that it is completely surrounded by water, but it is known more for hiking and adventure tourism. This video will show you a bit about the topography so you can see why!
Trace TV is presently shooting a series of six sequels, all dedicated to the amazing variety of how one can keep fit when visiting Reunion Island.
The six episodes are moderated and presented by well-known Edmee Cherdieu d’Alexis who spent two weeks on the island as part of the filming which will end in a gala on Sunday, June 14.
Themes covered range from Zumba to Segway driving, to horseback riding and paragliding, and from canyoning to mountain biking. Part of the team introduced will be two of Reunion Island’s tourism ambassadors, Audrey Dardenne and Stephanie Thazar, who will no doubt get the crowds out on Sunday for the final gala farewell session which will also be filmed.
The Trace TV channel is screened on Reunion Island and also in over 140 countries, while Trace Sports TV reaches some 163 countries around the world through syndicated broadcasts.
The Fitness Island program will hit the screens from October onwards, no doubt giving Reunion Island tourism a major boost for the adventure niche market.
Tourists and journalists currently on Reunion Island could be considered the luckiest travelers in the world. Not only are they witnessing the an answer to the biggest mystery in modern aviation (MH 371), but Saturday morning 9.50 am local time a fantastic scene unfolded after Piton de la Fournaise erupted.
Tourists are lucky. Yes, it’s safe for tourists. Visitors should get ready to see something that is like a once in a life dream. Twitter, Instagram and Facebook already is having its own eruption with tourists and locals posting some of the most amazing photos. Tourists visiting this piece of paradise have a lot more than tropical beaches to write home about.
Reunion volcano, Piton de la Fournaise is known worldwide for its high activity. The volcano erupted for the third time in 2015.
It is also one of the most studied volcanoes in the world, monitored closely by the international scientific community.
The Piton de la Fournaise is indeed one of the most active volcanoes in the world. It is possible to observe volcanic activeties safely by following the instructions issued by the Prefecture and the gendarmerie.
It is safe to view, but local authorities are setting some ground rules and view points. Luckily the best position to watch is the Reunion National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Reunion tourism board is explaining to eTN how to get to the view points?
A spokesperson for the tourism board said: “The eruption is visible from the parking area Pas de Bellecombe, but the closest point of view is at the Piton Partage.
Allow about two km walk from Pas de Bellecombe, 30 to 45 minutes to access the perspective.
The National Gendarmerie and the National Forestry Office (ONF) is responsible for ensuring the implementation of these security measures on the site.”
Where on Earth is Reunion Island?
Cyrille Barrieu, marketing and communication manager of the Reunion Island Tourism Board explains it.
“Reunion Island is a French overseas department. It is a small island in the southern Indian Ocean, just off the east coast of Madagascar and only 45 minutes from Mauritius by air. One can fly direct from Paris, Marseille, Bangkok, Mauritius, the Seychelles, Rodrigues, the Comores, Madagascar or Johannesburg.
La Reunion is also not just a typical island destination, offering more than just rest and relaxation – Reunions inhabitants hail from ten different countries and the native Creole culture is blossoming on the island, it is an outdoor and adventure mecca, boasts a plethora of land-living and marine wildlife, and the creative and artisanal offerings are out of this world.
From lunar landscapes to clear blue lagoons and lush tropical forests, French-Indian Ocean Island Réunion is the ultimate travel and tourism destination.
The administration of Reunion Island has given advance notice that another eruption of the famous Piton de la Fournaisse may be imminent and if so, visitors to the island will be able to enjoy a unique spectacle, that of a volcano eruption but from a safe distance and with nothing to worry about except getting the camera settings right.
VIEW VIDEO BY BEA BRODA
ABOUT REUNION ISLAND VOLCANOES
In recent days, the Piton de la Fournaise has been subject to close observation, and over the past 24 hours, the OVPF has recorded not only an increase in the number of earthquakes but also of increasing intensity and a persistent deformation at the summit of the volcano. According to the prefecture of La Réunion, an eruption is, therefore, likely to take place in the near future.
Image via www.reunion.fr
Under these circumstances, the Prefect of Reunion decided to implement alert phase 1 which suggests a probable eruption on April 29, 2015 starting at 6 pm. Public access to the upper part of the enclosure of the Piton de la Fournaise, either from the path of Pas de Bellecombe or from any other path, and the helicopter landing on the rim of the crater, are now prohibited until further notice. The National Gendarmerie and the National Forestry Office (ONF) are the responsible organizations to ensure the implementation of these security measures at the site.
This volcano, which appears on the list of the most active in the world, is one of the most studied and monitored by the international scientific community and the volcano observatory of Reunion Island. Walking on the slopes of this sulfuric fire-breathing “dragon” is an essential activity for visitors to the island, and adventurers in search of intense adrenalin-raising adventures should do not hesitate to consult the specialist tour operator on the island for suggestions on the volcanic theme. Those on the island at the right time may be lucky enough to watch the fountains and glowing lava flowing down the slopes of this basaltic volcano as it spits fire and flame. And should it even happen that the lava rivers meet the Indian Ocean after crossing the road, this is considered the ultimate spectacle one can think of when visiting Reunion Island as the waters of the Indian Ocean are caused to boil and evaporate from the intense heat when the two elements meet.
The first thing I told my friends after returning from two trips to the Azores, a gorgeous group of islands that belongs to Portugal, I told them,
“Better go and visit now, because they are so unspoiled and untouched, and that can’t possibly last!”
Here is my video clip about many of the islands of the Azores:
I also knew that they had many initiatives in place to ensure that their little paradise would never get over-run with some of the more negative aspects that popular tourism can bring with it. That’s why I was so please d to see this following story about the Azores leading the pack in terms of being a “green” destination.
The Global Sustainable Tourism Review by QualityCoast has named the Azores the leading green destination in Europe, awarding the Portuguese island chain a score of 8.9 out of 10. The Azores are on the organization’s list of the 100 Most Sustainable Destinations of the World.
In 2014, the Azores earned the QualityCoast Platinum Destination award, created to recognize quality standards related to marine life, nature and coastal areas as well as identity, culture, and society, all which affect the experience of tourists visiting the region.
The Azores are considered among the best sustainable destinations in the world for reasons including the following:
• Just 5% of the island chain’s land is occupied by buildings
• The Azores are protected by regional law against the cultivation of GMOs
• Currently, 28% of energy produced in the Azores comes from renewable sources; that number is expected to reach 75% in 2018
• The Azores include two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the City of Angra do Heroismo on Terceira, and the Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture
• Graciosa, Flores, and Corvo are Biosphere Reserves, which certifies the conservation of the natural world, the balance in the relationship between the population and the surrounding environment, and demands the creation of logistical conditions for the development of activities that promote good environmental practices and scientific research
• Focus on geotourism promotes and protects the geological heritage of the volcanic islands
• Focus on ecotourism, including activities like whale watching and hiking, promotes education and awareness among locals and visitors alike
The Sustainable Destinations Global Top 100 list, launched at the end of 2014 for the first time, aims to celebrate the management efforts of the most sustainable destinations on Earth. The list is the result of open calls in social media followed by evaluation and selection by 30 international tourism sustainability experts.
“The Global Top 100 aims to recognize tourism destinations that have worked hard to make a difference and take sustainability seriously,” said Albert Salman program director.