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Europcar: Best Weekend Getaway in Belgium

Europcar: Best Weekend Getaway in Belgium

If you’re a bit clueless when it comes to what to see and do in this small yet fascinating European country, here’s a few of our top picks for a memorable long weekend in Belgium:

If you’re in need of some pampering, make your way to Spa

Guess what? Spa is the original spa town! Clue’s in the name, right? So, where to make the most of your time and get the authentic experience? The Thermes de Spa is the place to go. You’ll find 800 square metres of complete serenity, including hot springs and saunas as well as tranquil treatment rooms where you can indulge in a massage or facial.

Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts

Belgium’s capital has enough things to see and do to keep you entertained for days, but if you’re short on time just make sure you check out the Grand Place (the city’s major square), the elegant Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts and the hip independent shops and cafés in Marolles.

If you can’t resist a gorgeous beach, check out Ostend

Belgium may not be the first place that pops into your head for a beach getaway – but did you know it’s actually home to one of the top 50 beaches in Europe? Located on Belgium’s North Sea coast, the resort city of Ostend is blessed with a huge sandy beach and various amazing attractions along its shores.

If the mountains are calling you, strap on some skis in the Ardennes

Fancy hitting the slopes? It’s the mountainous Ardennes region on the German and Luxembourg borders for you then. It’s home to a handful of brilliant ski resorts, making it a wonderful option for a wintery long weekend in Belgium! Val de Wanne and Le Monty are popular picks for a snowy getaway, with the former being home to one of the longest ski slopes in Europe.

Explore Belgium by car and book your rental car with us at Europcar.

MGTO’s “Travel Stimulation Program” will cover sports travel and widen support items from May

MGTO’s “Travel Stimulation Program” will cover sports travel and widen support items from May

Macao, 27 April 2021 – Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) will launch the renewed “Travel Stimulation Program” (referred to as the “Program”) on 1 May, to expand its coverage of beneficiaries and activities with a wider spectrum of support items, to enhance Macao’s charm as a destination for business and sport tourism activities among other travel experiences. The Program will be renewed to diversify visitor source and revive Macao’s tourism and economy in parallel with the Macao SAR Government’s direction to enhance concerted
development between tourism and other related industries and deepen “tourism +” cross-sector integration.

At present, the Travel Stimulation Program covers activities in the fields of incentive, wedding and student travel. After renewal, the Program will be applicable to sports travel activities as well, which will encourage more visitors to join or organize sports events in Macao, in turn advancing “tourism + sports” integration and diversifying visitor source.

In addition, to revitalize the economy in local communities, the Program will provide visitors with a wider diversity of support items including not just tourist information kits and Experience Macao half-day tours as before, but also an addition of new choices such as admission tickets to Macao tourism products, cultural and gastronomic experiences among other activities offered, encouraging visitors to explore local communities.

The Program requires the “Incentive Travel/Wedding Travel/Student Travel/Sports Travel” activities in Macao to engage a minimum of 25 non-resident participants for at least two consecutive nights of stay in Macao. Please visit MGTO’s Macao Tourism Industry Net  for the renewed Travel Stimulation Program’s application form, terms and conditions, etc.

MGTO continues to offer the Travel Stimulation Program to promote Macao’s diverse offer of travel experiences, attract different types of visitors to Macao and expand visitor source.

Temporary Measures in Place for Indian Travelers Arriving in Maldives

Temporary Measures in Place for Indian Travelers Arriving in Maldives

The government of Maldives has recently announced temporary measures to control the spread of COVID-19 in relation to the rising COVID-19 cases in India. Indian travelers arriving in the Maldives are restricted from staying at guesthouses and hotels located in local inhabited islands. The restriction does not apply to resorts and liveaboards. All flights will be as per schedule and no change is expected in terms of local transport from the Airport to the Resorts.

The following safety measures are in place to ensure the health, safety, and wellbeing of the local population and travelers alike. Indian tourists who are already checked into hotels and guesthouses will be allowed to stay at the facilities until the completion of their booking duration. The measures are temporary, and tourists are able to spend their holiday in Maldives at resorts as normal. With added precautions, we warmly welcome Indian tourists to the Maldives and we look forward to the easing of the situation in the near future.

For Safety measures, the below restrictions are being imposed effective 27.04.2021

1. Indian travelers arriving in the Maldives from India including travelers exceeding 24 hours transit periods must hold a negative PCR test for COVID-19 prior to entry into Maldives. The restriction also applies for tourists who have completed the prescribed dose(s) of a COVID-19 vaccine. The PCR test must be conducted not more than 96 hours prior to the travelers scheduled time of departure from the first port of embarkation en-route to the Maldives from India. In addition, travelers must undertake a PCR test for COVID-19 maximum 72 hours prior to departure from Maldives.

2. Maldivian citizens and work permit holders to Maldives from India must undertake a PCR test for COVID-19 within 24 hours of arrival to Maldives and must complete a mandatory 10-day quarantine period followed by a negative PCR test result at the end of this quarantine period. Children below one-year-old are exempted from the aforementioned requirement.

3. Travelers arriving from India (including travelers exceeding 24 hours transit periods) are restricted to check-in to Guesthouses and hotels that are located in Inhabited Islands. However, the restriction does not apply to guesthouses and hotels that are located in secluded areas of the Inhabited Islands.

Why Kauai is the best Hawaiian islands to visit

Why Kauai is the best Hawaiian islands to visit

If getting on island time during these unusual times is on your wish list, look no further than Kaua‘i. Hawai‘i’s oldest major island is home to small towns with vibrant arts, food and shopping scenes, unreal views and a slower pace – making it the perfect place for travelers to unwind and indulge in local culture.

Sip, Savor and Support Local
Kaua‘i’s shops and restaurants are symbolic of the community’s love for the land and pride in calling the Garden Island home. While wandering its small towns during a lazy afternoon, visit Java Kai and Kaua‘i Juice Co, whose menus emphasize Kaua‘i’s tropical crops, like ‘ōlena (turmeric), kalo (taro), banana, mango, pineapple, and more, and dish up sweet and savory bites that are as good for your body as they are for your taste buds.

Settle into a Relaxing Resort Experience
Mauka-to-makai (mountain-to-ocean) views and authentic hospitality are abundant at Royal Sonesta Kaua‘i Resort. The hotel sits on an impressive beach-facing parcel with dreamy sunsets and sunrises, a signature spa and an expansive cliffside golf course. The resort is an easy drive from Līhu‘e Airport and fronts the soft sands of Kalapaki Beach, a natural harbor known as an ideal spot for swimming, surfing lessons, and relaxing on the beach.

Experience (and Take Home) Hawaiian Sugar Cane Rum
Kōloa Rum Company was founded in 2009 and today proudly sources its staple components for premium Hawaiian rum – coffee, sugarcane and water – from the Garden Island. Based on Kauaʻi’s south shore, its distillery refines the ingredients and blends them into a unique spirit that is bottled, sold, and served worldwide.

Magical Moments on River or Yacht Cruises

Magical Moments on River or Yacht Cruises

Create magical moments in unforgettable destinations

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