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Archive for February, 2010

Nigeria Visa Requirements for Tourists

February 27th, 2010
The Nigerian tourism industry is still in its infancy.  Development and facilities are quite limited; however, if you don't mind roughing it, the country is filled with interesting things to see and do. Nigeria's most popular tourist destinations are natural parks, including Yankari National Park, Cross River and Old Oyo. These parks feature breathtaking scenery and an amazing variety of animal and plant life, including animals that most of us only encounter in zoos, like elephants and lions. Tourists also visit Nigeria to see cultural attractions,  like the parades of the Durbar festivals and the shrines and temples of the Yoruba religion. According to Wikipedia, in 2007 travel and tourism was expected to bring the equivalent of $10 billion into the Nigerian economy, making up


Kenyan Visa Requirements for Tourists

February 27th, 2010
Tourism is one of Kenya's most important industries, second only to agriculture.  According to Wikipedia, in the year 2000,  1,036,628 tourists visited Kenya. Tourism receipts for that year were approximately $257 million. Tourism in Kenya is mainly conservation-oriented, with the major draws being wildlife parks, beaches, the Great Rift Valley and coffee plantations.  Kenya has 19 national parks, housing animals like rhinoceros, lions, baboons, flamingos, cheetahs and more. Although tourism revenues declined significantly in 2008 due to the crisis that occurred after the 2007 presidential election,   in April 2008 Kenya was still named Best Leisure Destination award at the World Travel Fair in Shanghai, China. The US Department of State currently has a travel warning issued


Syrian Visa Requirements for Tourists

February 26th, 2010
The US Department of State recently lifted its travel advisory to Syria, leading Jaunted. com to ask if the Middle Eastern country might become the next travel hotspot. Although security concerns and chilly US/Syria relations have kept the country off the radar of most US tourists, Syria actually has a lot to offer. In addition to the ancient city of Damascus, the city of Aleppo offers an intriguing mix of food, culture and shopping. According to the New York Times, tourist visits to Aleppo are on the rise.  The article quotes Joshua Landis of  Syria Comment who says that “The whole infrastructure of tourism is improving dramatically. The spate of new boutique hotels and restaurants has shown the moneymaking potential of Aleppo’s Old City. But the pitch is to go now, before the


Get a Belarus Visa To Get Lost in the Woods of Belovezhskaya Pushcha

February 25th, 2010
This week's UNESCO  World Heritage Site of the Week is the Belovezhskaya Pushcha in Belarus.  This ancient forest is one of the largest, most pristine forests in Europe, consisting of 1,771 square kilometers in Belarus and Poland, where it is called the Białowieża Forest. The forest is home to an amazing variety of creatures, including the wisent, or European bison.  The story of the recovery of the wisent is almost miraculous-the animal actually went extinct in the wild in 1927, when the last one was shot by poachers. However, a small herd was reintroduced in the 1950's, and today there are around 300 in the park. The park is also home to some magnificent oak trees, some over 500 years old.  The forest was made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. To visit the Belovezhskay


Peru Visa Requirements For Business Travelers

February 21st, 2010
American citizens don't need a visa to travel to Peru as tourists, but if you are traveling there on behalf of your employer it's a different matter.  Americans doing business in Peru need to have a Peru business visa, which is good for 90 days. You should apply before you leave the US, and you will need the following documents: 2 Peru visa application forms. Each application needs  needs an original signature (not a photocopied signature) and a thumbprint. 2 passport-sized photos A business letter from the company that's sending you. The letter should describe the nature of your business and the purpose of your trip, and should also contain assurances that your employer will support you financially while you are in the country and provide you with transportation home. Make to