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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - December 12, 1999, Brandon, Manitoba Brandon 3 Sun Al 2 sunday december 12,1999 travel giant mall mania Singapore attracts More Canadian tourists by Ken Becker for the Canadian press Bloomington Minn. The parking lots outside the mall of America testify that loonie strapped canadians Are yet to completely break the Cross Border shopping habit. Among the rows and rows of vehicles filling 20,000 parking spaces is a Good sampling of Canadian licence plates a from Manitoba Ontario even one weather beaten Van from British Columbia. The charter buses rolling in from All across the continent magnify the migration to this Minneapolis Surv Urb. More than 43 million people mob the mall each year a that a More visitors than Disney world Graceland and the grand Canyon combined. More than to million of them come from outside a 200-Kilometre radius of the 500-store Mega mall where victorians secret and a mini amusement Park called Camp snoopy reside under the same four Storey big top. A and canadians Are our biggest customers after americans a a says the malls Maureen Cahill. A we see a lot of people from All Over Canada throughout the year and we work with a lot of Canadian tour operators to bring them embassy Tours of St. Andrewes man., for example steered some 300 shoppers on six separate motor coach trips from Winnipeg a nine hours on the Road each Way a in november alone. It has run scores of Tours to Bloomington since the mall opened seven years ago. A we get mostly seniors and Middle aged couples on these trips a says a company spokesperson. A a they re away four Days three nights and when they re not at the mall of America they go to other malls in the the mall of americans bigger and older 1981 sister a and part owner a the West Edmonton mall still lays claim to the title worlds largest shopping and entertainment Centre. Its twice the size of the mall of America and has More stores. But while its Alberta s no. I destination with 22 million shoppers a year it can t equal Bloomington a Bonanza. A a it a mainly location and population a says the West Edmonton malls Travis Reynolds. A they have millions More people to draw from in the twin cities and Are within a Days drive of most major centres in the . Midwest. They re also right near a very Busy air a we photo giant snoopy looms in front of the roller coaster at knotty scamp snoopy at the mall of America. Camp snoopy occupies seven acres of the 350-store mall in Bloomington Minn. Port so anyone on a Layover can take a shuttle bus Over to the mall. A the majority of our out of town visitors come from Northern Alberta Saskatchewan and the . Interior. Americans come up mainly from the Pacific Northwest a Washington Oregon Idaho Montana a but we also get them from As far away As Denver and Many Are going to or coming from someplace else. The Edmonton mall is a frequent Stop for foreign travellers heading to Jasper other Parks in the Rockies and even those driving to Alaska. Lately its been getting a steady Stream of school kids from Britain travelling to Alberta on ski trips. A with the British Pound so Strong against the Canadian Dollar they love it Here a says Reynolds. A and we give them printed Price comparisons to show How much cheaper they can get things like levies and Toronto up a a rising number of canadians Are visiting Singapore thanks in part to a favourable Exchange rate and attractive package Tours says the Singapore tourism Board. Between january and october this year 59,860 canadians travelled to the Southeast asian Island Republic a 19 per cent increase Over the same period in 1998, the Board says. A along with our Canadian tour operator partners we have combined efforts to increase awareness about Singapore and make it an affordable year round destination a said the boards Gerald Lee. The Board along with Singapore airlines and various Canadian tour operators recently launched Singapore and More packages. Valid until next March the packages include return airfare on Singapore airlines from Canada four nights accommodation in Singapore transfers breakfasts and local Tours. Prices Start from $1,399 can. Extensions include cruise holidays or excursions to Penang Lan Kawi Shuket Bangkok Bali Seoul or Saigon. For More information Call a travel agent or Contact the Singapore tourism Board 2 Bloor Street West suite 404, Toronto ont., m4w 3e2, 416 363-8898, or Check out the web site at . New years eve bookings lagging in Hawaii Honolulu apr bookings for new years eve partying in Hawaii Are lagging and a predicted surge of visitors for the millennium Holiday was apparently far off the Mark tourism officials say. Not Only will the number of Holiday visitors this year fall Short of expectations but they will even be fewer than on the most Ordinary new years the officials say. Many North american travellers apparently Are staying Home this new years because of exorbitant prices fears that computer related events in their communities could result in something amiss at Home and edicts from employers to be nearby in Case of a y2k emergency. Ron Letterman chief executive of classic custom vacations one of Hawaii a largest tour operators said the millennium has a basically been a the Industry guessed wrong overestimated the demand and underestimated Consumers reaction to the High prices he said. He anticipates a 20 per cent drop from typical new years business. The Maui visitors Bureau predicts an eight per cent drop in the usual Holiday business. Airline to begin regular new York to Cuba flights new York apr for the first time since the Early 1960s, there will be direct passenger flights Between new York and Cuba beginning this month. Cuban americans journalists researchers and other individuals permitted to visit Cuba have Long been Able to do so via Miami. Now Marzul Charters inc. Says it will run a 3.5-hour flight for these select groups directly from Kennedy International Airport to Havana every Friday night with a return flight Early saturday. The round trip fare will be $629 us about $300 less than flying from new York to Havana via Miami. The . Broke diplomatic relations with Cuba in january 1961. Since then travel to and from the country has been restricted by the . Government. Currently Only those with relatives in Cuba can visit and then Only once every 12 months. Researchers journalists human rights groups and others with a professional interest in Cuba May also obtain permission to visit but americans Are not allowed to go to Cuba simply As tourists. Mara Zulu a founder Francisco Aruca said the Carrier will comply with existing regulations and make sure Only authorized travellers get on these flights. London transport behind the scenes the Canadian press London a a former a a tube train depot the size of i 1/2 football Fields has been turned into a treasure trove of London a transport history. The depot opposite Acton town underground station in West London is a behind the scenes storage area for the London transport museum in covent Garden which remains open. On show Are Many of London a famous red buses including the first route master and a lineup of historic subway trains among them an 1890 electric Loco from the worlds first tube line. The depot contains 370,000 items spanning 200 years for which there is no room in the main museum. As Well As the big vehicles there Are signals Art Deco lights ticket machines signs uniforms and More than 5,000 posters including original artwork. The museum is the first in Britain to offer visitors Access to its Complete collection. Open Days Are feb. 6, March 19, May 14, july 16, sept. 3, 2000. Admission is 6.95 pounds about $17 can. Guided Tours Are also offered on some Days. For details Check the web site . Contest encourages youth to explore own country the Canadian press Toronto a canadians aged 18 to 26 Are being encouraged to explore their own country next summer in a Competition called Canada Cool. To participate Young people must travel in Canada beyond their own province or territory and submit an article or photographs to be judged by professional travel journalists. Winning entries in English and French will be posted on the internet and offered to major Canadian publications. There Are three grand prizes a one week stay at be Manoir Richelieu in the Charlevoix Region of Quebec one week at a Canadian Pacific resort property of the winners Choice and a 12-Day Canadian Rockies tour. Details of the contest will be published on the Back of a map of Canada to be distributed next March across the country through travel cuts and hosteling International. Canada Cool was created by travel columnist Lucy Izon and has received $120,119 in Federal funding. Yoyo for the holidays Ltd me undecided decide on the Elkhorn resort for your Christmas and new year s holidays packages starting at f4jp Call 1 204 848-2802 for More information or Snowbird migration to Arizona dropping Phoenix apr if some tourist resorts Are bemoaning disappointing bookings for the new years eve Holiday Arizona is distressed Over a decline in Winter visitors for the past two years. The seasonal migration of a a snowbirds to Phoenix and Elicson has dropped almost to per cent says Tom Rex a demographer and bus mess researcher at Arizona state University. A you can see it coming Down the Road a one of the prime populations wont be there a said Rex. The change could have widespread economic implications Given that snowbirds inject an estimated $1 billion us into the states Economy each year. Rex said the Snowbird drop off has several causes a Many re and Mobile Home Parks Are now surrounded by new housing developments. And some Mobile Home Parks Are increasing their rents. A the Canadian Dollar has been weaker against the . Dollar. A sprawl traffic and Brown air could be taking a toll on the travel plans of snowbirds Many of whom come from Small quiet mid Western towns. Mss Saigon january 13 23 Saskatoon Centennial auditorium packages on Sale now airfare accommodations and tickets. Starting As Low As $365 per person. 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