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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 21, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 30 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, April 21, Wilderness school for students Tours" to show reality of black Africa By DONAT VALO1S PARIS fCP) "Discovery TORONTO The African Wilderness Leadership School j is again offering special 12-day summer youth courses to North tours" cf bush areas along the American boys and girls! Casamance and Niger rivers in aged 15 to 20. and Niger will be avajl- The courses are limited to a ab'e to tourists by the end of maximum of seven students and the cost U.S. includes round-trip economy airfare from New York to Durban, South Africa; the cost of the course itself, land trans- portation, school fess, lodging and two days of sightseeing. Three departures have been arranged by South African Air- ways out of New York this year June -J (with ths course ending Ju'y July 5 (July 19) and July (Aug. 1973. The tours, set up by the Fran- cophone Technical and Cultural Co-operation Agency, are aimed at bringing tourists 'into contact with the reality of black Africa, Jean-Marc Leger. secretary- generel cf the agency, said in an interview. The idea is to get the tourist to leave the bsaten path, the centals and the air-ccoditicaed hotels and to ''know a little more intimately the cultural and social reality of these coun- tries." he said. Organization for the tours in Senegal and Niger began last year and the agency expects to have similar tours set up in and Gabon by the spring Of 1974. The agency, created in 1970 in Niamey, Niger, with 22 member countries including Canada decided in 1971 on "dis- covery" tourism in black Africa as one of its projects. Along the tour routes, na- tives, aided by agency person- nel, have constructed small vil- lages of traditionally built cab- ines, of accommodat- ing about 15 tourists at a time. Fiji has no special season a steady rush all year By RANDI ROSENBLUM SUVA, Fiji CAP) Fereimi Waqa from Beqa used to walk It's easy to have your oivn private beach one at Savanna Boy, Virgin Gorda. (Jack Oldham photo) With some 40 islands to choose from, it's no trick to find a beach to yourself in the British Virgins like this Try British Virgin Islands A holiday off the beaten track on fire for God. Now he does it for the tourists. And an ex-policeman with a wild aloha shirt and a Fiji skirt explains it all to the tourists in a heavy New Zea- ntuaL .Wlth a show soias land accent Wliere Fiji six tunes a week. Duty-free' shops line the they now ml? four days> streets of the Victorian town When the people of Beqa Is- land decided several years ago to do their famous fire-walking to for the tourists they ha d change some of the rules. In timss past, a fire-walker had to abstain from sex and coconuts for two weeks before homesites have been sold to Londoners looking for vacation homes. "Now there is some govern- ment trepidation that Pacific Harbor is going to turn into a big enclave of wealth and observed one long- time resident. Sanitary facilities are to be in- stalled. Tourists will take about six to 10 days to travel a set route, using native means of transport as well as canoes, horses and motorized vehicles. The agency will assume en- tire financial responsibility for the tours for the first two years of operation. After that, the tours will come under the na- tional tourism office in each na- fon, Leger said he felt this lapse of two years would perm't the agency to prove the feasibility of the fours. The agency will contribute to promotion of these tours and collaborate with the national tourism offices 3a Senegal and Niger. These officers will be respon- sib.'e for making agreements with travel agencies in Europe i and North America to encour- j age tourists to tiy the new 1 travel format. i Tlie tours will also be avall- 1 able to Africans and local res- idents. TORTOLA First results we have a greater variety of poshest establishments in the from a revised system of sta- i islands under one government j West Indies. The Americans tistics sesm to support the j than anywhere else in the Car- j love it here those that like contention cf most hoteliers in i ibbean. and we have a range i to get away from it all and these British Virgin Islands of hotels that runs all the way i we think Canadians would, too, that Canadians tourists have from the rustic to two of the I if they'd stop worrying about yet to discover them. 1------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A total of 3.937 tourists arriv- ed in the islands in November, final figures just out for that month reveal. Of these, 67 per cent fa total of came from the U.S., 14 per cent from j the neighboring U.S. eight per cent from Puerto j Rico, six per cent fir Ji east- j ern Caribbean islands, and the i remaining five per csnt fa total of 156) from all other! countries in the world includ- j ing Canada. j Richard Batham. executive j secretary of the Tourist i Board here, attributes the j low Canadian response to BVI' blandishments to the lack, as j yet, of same-day plane connec- j tions between Canada and the' islands. The Canadian tourist can fly either way every day. but at present, whether he tra- vels via the U.S. or Antigua, he must make an overnight stop en route. "How else do vou explain Mr. Batham asks. "Here Haiti welcomes tourist return after long break By ERNESTO MEDOZA PORT AV PRINCE. Haiti CReuter) The once deserted hotels cf Port au Prince now are gay with laughter, clink- ing glasses and the ring of cash registers. Tourists who shunned Haiti because of its violent reputa- tion during the 14-year regime cf the late dictator, Dr. Fran- cois (Papa Doc) Duvaliar, are coming back. Occasional tourists can still Passport Photos Candid Weddings '.Picture Framing Photo Supplies A. CROSS STUDIO 328-0111 710 3rd Av. S. Phone 328-0322 be seen at a hotel poolside reading Graham' Greene's novel The Comedians which depicts ths terror sown in Haiti by Papa Doe's secret police, the Tonton Macoutes. But the terror has gone i under the regime of Papa i Doc's 21-year-old son Jean j Claude who took over the i presidency when his father died two years ago. j Now cruise ships are calling j once more and holidaymakers 1 from the United States, Can- ada and Europe come by planeloads to a festive wel- come by meringue bands at the airport. ATMOSPHERE EXOTIC The tourists come in search of the exotic Caribbean magic. Haiti, with its voodoo, 18th-century French planta- tion houses and poor but smil- having to make an overnight stop on the way here. have a reputa- tion for liking to get off the beaten path, and these islands out-of-the-way dots on the boundary where the Atlantic and the Caribbean meet, and with names that date back to the days of the should have special appeal for them." (Information on winter or summer holidays in the Bri- tish Virgin Islands may be se- cured from the BVI Tourist Board, British Virgin Islands, W.I., or, more quickly in Can- ada, from the Eastern Cari- bbean Tourist Association, Fifth Floor, 950 Younge Street, Toronto.) of Suva. New hotels border the stately waterfront of the former British colony. I Tourism, officials explain, is the only industry that can ex- pand fast enough to provide jobs for more than young people who graduate from school each year. As island paradises go, tHs South Pacific island, miles east of Australia, is sec- ond only to Tahiti. But unlike other paradises, it has no sea- son just a steady rush. One of Fiji's chief assets is its people. "Our whole image of friendliness goes away if tourists don't mix with the lo- says an official of the Visitors Bureau. The islands' half million residents usually are willing to share their fives and customs with strangers. But some cus- toms change in the process. Germany boasts towers' across nation MONTREAL G e rmany j mixed with mortar, helped tilt the the does things on scale, if leaning towers any example. There are no less than seven "leaning in Germany: iour of them are church steep- les, and three are castle tow- a national i the tower at Kitzingen, accord- arc j ing to local legend. In Lueneburg, known as the "City of Leaning Towers." St. John's steeple tilts seven-and- one-half feet off perpendicular, St. Michael's leans in two dir- abstinence between shows. "After you walk on fire, you feel different mused one old Beqa man. "But when it's for tourists, it's not the same." The Visitors Bureau has a vigorous policy to help pro- mote more contact between the islanders and their guests. Itj publishes two booklets, one with a cover drawing of coins marching called The Tide Is Coming In, explaining to Fiji- an what's in it for them as tourism expands. "When you hear of 100 new hotel rooms, you'll know that there are new jobs for 150 peo- ple." it says. Last year Fiji added 600 new rooms for a total of nearly 000, a huge jump from tbs 388 rooms 10 years earlier. MOST NEAR SUVA Most of the 70-odd hotels are on the main island of Viti Levu, clustering around the capital of Suva. And most have been put up with foreign money. Land on the 105 inhabited is- j lands of the Fiji group gener- _ allv is held communally and j MOFC cannot be sold. Hotels lease the land from the villages. "This way we make sure of local says an of- ficial. Privately-held land is rare but some investors have been lucky, including TV actor Ray- j mond Burr who owns an island retreat off Suva. It was hoped that Fijians would build vacation homes and rent them to tourists in a development at Pa- cific Harbor. 26 mi'es to the south. But local response has been poor and most of the JAL buys into Hong Kong hotel With an eye on the boonung tourist business in Hong Kong, Japan Air Lines Development Co.. Ltd., the hotel subsidiary of the airline, has gone into a partnership with the Marubeni Corp. to own the new mil- lion. 850-roomed Hotel Plaza. To be completed by the end of 1973. the 28-storey hostelry was especially designed to ac- commodate large tour groups. _____ _ While these groups are being the World" Cup "featuruw j processed through health and the ten best professional cou- i immigration services at the air- Biggest dance show xiit world on in Munich Saturday April 21. "Biggest Dance Show in World" with 400 partici- pants is being staged at the Olympia Hall in Munich. High- light of this event is the ball- room dancing competition for pies from all continents. For those in the city, the Munich Tourist Office offers an all-in arrangement "Easter in Mun- ich" with 33 1-3 per cent re- duction on tickets to the dance port, their baggage will be whisked directly to the hotel's unique customs inspection facil- ity to await their arrival. Sub- ject to government approval, the in-hotel customs inspection show, 30 per cent reduction on believed to be the first of hotel rates, sight-seeing tour of I its kind in the world. The pro- the city and excursions, free' admission to museums and art galleries, Gardens and the the Botanical Olympia Park, as well as a ride up to the top of the Olympia Tower. >7isit S. Africa TORONTO Canadian visit- ors to South Africa totalled 667 in July, a rise of 110 or 20 per cent over the total of 557 for July of last year. posed action will alleviate air- port congestion. This is the third hotel in the JAL system to be opened in the near future, with one in Djak- arta and another in Okinawa. Hotels in Tokyo. Narita (site of the new Tokyo International and Kyoto will be completed by 1975. Better rate for dollar uuij- ui loot Jem. I a The July figures brought total i T ITkm jnariian visitors tor firrf Will Canadian visitors for the first priod an 35 cent over the 3.219 Canadians I statement in mid-March that the new tourist exchange rate who visited South Africa dur-i for the Czechoslovak crown had ing the first seven months 1971. ers or parts of ancient fortifi- i ections and St. Nicholas' owes' i cations. In one instance, wine j its bert to a washout of silt i Tfc 1 te a -las. tours More than 107.000 construction. i tions Three of the steeples are to- Take a SUNFUGHT VACATION to one of these Holiday Destinations HAWAII SPAIN MOROCCO MAZATLAND PORTUGAL CANARY ISLANDS 1973 Spring ond Summer Departures now available Phone or Coll AMA WORLD TRAVEL for your FREE, FULL COIOR BROCHURE! "For ihs Best In Travel All-WAYS" Call or Visit A.M.A. World Travel Service 608 5th Ave.S. Phone 328-7921 or 328-1181 All enquiries welcome O" open Monday Soturdoy 9 o.m 5 p m Ampfo perking ot reor of building 20.000 over the previous year, according to statistics issued by the tourism department. "Quickie" divorces, free- port shopping, sandy white beaches and bargain paintings by Haiti's numerous artists are among the attractions. The hotels range from the old Hotel Oloffson to the lux- ury El Rancho Hotel wiJi its marble baths and ]y-operated drapes. Another popular hotel the Sans Souci. is an French plantation house with air con- ditioning and a pool in a lush setting of giant trees and trop- ical vegetation. SHUN SKYSCRAPERS "We do rot wart 300-room skyscraper hotels." says tour- ism director-general Andre Ujeard. "We want preserve the quaint atmosphere of Haiti. American comfort and the Haitian way of the comibinaiiwi we want." The saghJs and twnds of Haiti are exciting. The air smells of frangipani blossoms and human sweat, spices and rum. In the "iron market" with its twiji minaret-like towers. piles oi pottery, tin pots, wood carvings and gaudy bolts of doth spill curt onto the pave- rront Women balance baskets rJ fruit an tbesr beads, liie their ancestors did two centu- ries ago. Beautiful g o a I s k in rues, hangings like laundry, toe Ibe road to Petwmville, a garden suburb in 1be green WIT? tn er- Port au Prince. Some of the best hotels and restaur- ants are located in Petion- in Lueneburg. Stuttgart claims the fourth church stee- ple and the three off-centre towers are located in Memmin- gen. Ulm and Kitzingen. Wine. only a bit off centre and the tower in Bavaria's Memmin- gen, which once housed the city's executioner, is called the "Witcres' Tower." In Ulm on the banks of the' Manitoba plan WINNIPEG to Manitoba last year. Folklore festival dates set TORONTO CEDOK osiovak Travel Bureau has an- i gertrum of 1340 with an inclin- i ation cf six feet a tourist attraction rivaling the city's Minster stcenlc. at 523 feet the i Set at 13-05 to U-S- CEDOK the Czechosjo_ j vak Travel Bureau now reports that the rate applies to visitors I from the U.S. when exchang- ing vouchers. When exchanging currency, Canadians get a- better rate i than U.S. tourists. The rate ul exchange for bank notes is now 13.38 crowns to the Canadian dollar and 12.82 to the U.S. dol- lar. This would make the crown i worth 7.5 Canadian cents and 7.8 U.S. cents. The new rates follow deval- uation of the U.S. doDar by 10 jn j over 1971 and includes more province tourism minister than a million visitors from the Larry Desjardins announced Mr Desjardins told the legis United States, he said. lar on markets. dol- inlernational monev world's tallest, fa u t very lature the new program was de- j straight, church structure. veloped in response to sugges- j Perhaps the lower in Kitzin- 'ions from the travel industry. gen in Bavaria on the Main that pre-planned package tours I River has the best excuse for will bring more visitors into the mortar in the i province, remnant of the' The tours which range irom was most folklore festivals scheduled for j vvalls this summer in Czechoslovak- city's Tniicpr In Moravia, festivals wiH be famous fcrid at Strazmce from June For 27 29 through July i and at }0 14% nov pod Radhoslem o, brickie- of Ktataw, I Europe, he said. ab0red vat Thunderbird Travel "1m7 on sep- {0werf FaJier-1 Winnipeg has been imbibing old fortifications Kitzingen's ct wine vears from masons wildlife photography to all-pur- pose family vacations, are out- lined in a 36-page brochure which now Is being distributed both in North America and of, five folklore fes- tivals are slated for June and at Krakovany from June i 35 through Levoca also j from June is through 17: Detva from Julv 13 IhrouEh 15; Yv- from tbc package lour plan and the FaJter-: proEram, 4he minister said, is obvious i Mr. Desjardins ato so perhaps esismatcd 3 5 and on June 23 and Do-it-yourself weathrrmanl from the Luenwire's lower. Michael's seems toi In incidentally. tried to correct Smith Africa it Jeans in a northwesterly dir- v5OUln IC3 ertion the first Wiird of the For the visitor-golfer, the" v.ay up. then strajjditens oot Smtlb African Twirisl Corpors- for 2S feet, but retams to has a free illustrated 20- northwesterly indinalion at page booklet which describes ets predict a hard wnler v.nen top. jn brief some "S of the better trees have heavy bidding in A bank of