April 11, 1995 |
A group of 75 Taiwanese tourists obediently standing in line and wearing orange identification discs on their lapels gasped with simultaneous pleasure as a huge rainbow trout gracefully rose to the food being powdered onto the crystal-clear water below. "New Zealand is so clean, so beautiful," said Judy Chen, a banker from Taipei. "In Taiwan we have so much pollution. Here the air is clear. People are not crowded. It is so different from our home. I love it here."
October 13, 1996 |
I've been going to australia almost every year for the past 15, but I didn't discover Adelaide until 1994, when I was invited to speak at Writers' Week, part of the biennial Adelaide Festival. Since then my visits to Australia have taken on a new pattern. As soon as I finish with business, I head for Adelaide for a bonza (good) time. Once there, I dine, shop and immerse myself in Australian art, culture and history.
September 24, 2000 |
There's only one thing that could get a city slicker like me--one whose idea of a perfect vacation is sitting in a cafe--to sleep on the ground in some rural wilds. That one thing is a horse. I've been riding and loving it since age 6, spending summers as a kid on a New Mexico ranch. I never imagined that I could repeat the thrill of 20 years ago, when I raced across the Egyptian desert on a magnificent Arabian horse with the Pyramids as my backdrop.
November 30, 2008 |
Andaz's wrap artist The much-anticipated Andaz West Hollywood hotel, once known as the Riot Hyatt for the bad-boy pranks of its rock-star guests, was expected to have hung a 190-by-86-foot piece of art over the facade of the 14-story, 257-room hotel (see photo) by late last week. The vinyl wrap by Brian Cairns asks the question, "What is your Andaz?" (The quick answer: a new hotel flavor from Hyatt.) The WeHo Andaz, expected to open just after the first of the year, will be the first one in the U.S. Two more are expected in New York and one in Austin, Texas.
February 5, 1989 |
Kangaroos may soon end up on dinner plates in New South Wales, Australia's most populous state. Animal welfare groups are hopping mad. They contend that few Australians will want to feast on their national symbol but that tourists might. Conservationists called the decision "disastrous" and potentially dangerous because kangaroos carry a host of diseases.
March 26, 2006
AIRPORTS were open and some tours resumed last week after Australia's most powerful cyclone in decades wrecked hundreds of homes and businesses Monday in mainly rural areas on the eastern coast. Some resorts and roads remained closed in Queensland state after Cyclone Larry, a Category 5 storm, struck the Innisfail area south of Cairns especially hard.
August 30, 1989 |
Australia's tourist industry, starved of domestic airline services for the past week, is facing ruin because of widespread cancellations by nervous overseas visitors, operators said today. Resorts and hotels reported a slump in occupancy rates since the weekend when travelers realized that the dispute, which has grounded all domestic airlines since Thursday, was set to continue for some time.
August 31, 1989 |
Australia's tourist industry, starved of domestic airline services for the past week, is facing ruin because of widespread cancellations by nervous overseas visitors, operators said Wednesday. Resorts and hotels reported a slump in occupancy rates since the weekend, when travelers realized that the dispute, which has grounded all domestic airlines since last Thursday, was set to continue for some time.
January 17, 1988 |
Our faces were as red as the rock we were climbing, but pesky black flies kept us from opening our mouths to gulp extra air. On the pretense of enjoying the view, we sat down to catch our breath. We still gripped the thick metal chain that was our lifeline for an ascent that seemed straight up. Looking down the slippery mountainside, we recalled what a park ranger had said when we asked whether it was easy to climb Ayers Rock. "There have been 18 deaths we know about," he said.
September 24, 2000 |
After years of occupying a fairly secondary position in the world of tourism, Australia finally steps to center stage as a result of the Olympics. The media coverage is sure to add "Oz" to every insatiable traveler's wish list. If Australia is in your plans, there are some basic mistakes to avoid. First, don't assume you can drive everywhere you want to go.