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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 3, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 24 - THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD - Friday, December 3, 1971 - Japan extending facilities Youth travel villages TOKYO - A new system of "youth travel villages", improved tourist facilities, and protection of tourist resources and of cultural properties are among the projects being undertaken during the 1971 fiscal year in Japan to enhance the enjoyment of tourists. The government undertakings were announced recently in the 1970 White Paper on Tourism published by the Ministry of Transport. It indicated that the government intends to establish the youth travel villages to provide proper sites for healthy and inexpensive recreational activities. Under the new system, a total of 16 areas, scattered throughout the country, Winter vacation bargains by SAS MONTREAL - A new series of winter vacation bargains in the sun spots of Southern Europe and Africa are being offered by Scandinavian Airlines at prices of only $19 to $29 a day - including airfare from Montreal. This is based on the new low $197 excursion fare which can be extended from 7 days to 90 days and is expected to become effective as of February 'Pedestrian Paradise' is success TOKYO - More than a year has now passed since the "Pedestrian Paradise" scheme, designed to shut out vehicular traffic from busy streets on Sundays and National holidays was inaugurated. And the scheme, in Tokyo's representative districts - Ginza, Shin-juku, Asakusa, Ikebukuro and Shibuya - has been a great success. The idea was tc emancipate the people at least once a week from the disruptions caused by automobiles and to provide an environment more attuned to the human than the car. During the last year approximately 44 million neoplo t�m ed out to enjoy the "Pedestrians' Paradise" - about four times Tokyo's population. 1. subject to government approval. SAS' winter specials include two week package tours to Tunisia and Majorca for $329 or less than $24 a day; Costa del Sol in Spain for $345 or less than $25 a day; and the Canary Island, long famed as the Har waii of the Atlantic, for $406 or less than $29 a clay. A three-week SAS package to Torremolinos in Spain sells for $391 or less than $19 a day. All routings are via Copenhagen and all packages include air fare, transfers by taxi, first class hotels, breakfasts at Copenhagen and all meals in the sun spots and all taxes and service charges. If you stay overnight in Copenhagen, the Danish Tourist Board invites you to sample life in Copenhagen at their expense. This is the famous "Day on the Danes" which includes sightseeing, car and bicycle rental, surprise gifts from several department stores, lunch eon and many other delightful things- all free. will be prepared as sites. Besides this, the rapidly growing demand for recreation in natural surroundings in rural areas has resulted in the government deciding to set up "natural recreation villages." These will be created by protecting nature in rural villages and building and improving meadows, orchards and fish farms which harmonize with nature. In the current fiscal year a total of 30 areas will be designated throughout the country. The country's system of national parks is also to be improved aind expanded. A plan to do this is being accelerated, the Benin Islands are being designated as a national park, and preparations are being made for designating areas with superb landscapes and seascapes in Okinawa as national parks. Tourist facilities will also be improved, with the emphasis being placed on improving facilities in areas where people can enjoy walking in an unspoiled natural setting, areas which excel in natural landscapes, and marine park areas. The government will also facilitate the construction of hotels because the number of foreign visitors is expected to increase sharply and hotel facilities in big cities such as Tokyo and Osaka are in short supply. Particular emphasis is being placed on supplying adequate accommodation for visitors from abroad during the Winter Olympics in Sapporo (February 3-14, 1972). At the same time hotels and inns will be asked to give priority to foreign guests in providing rooms. mmuimw 732 MOUNT ISA 0WDO0LYA6APB *&r ^954 darwin"A' tmiMmm A LONG WAY from anywhere, the Australian Outback is two-thirds the size of the United States. If heat doesn't get you, the flies will Great Australian Outback Sask. youth are urged return home for Christmas JAL extends youth fares Japan Air Lines has extended its trans-Atlantic youth fares to Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Paris and Rome from New York, after establishing the discount fare to London at an earlier date. Restrictions include: no reservations prior to seven days before departure, or 72 hours for travel to and from Denmark; no stopovers enroute to destination. REGINA - A special program to encourage all young people who have left Saskatchewan to return home for Christmas in Homecoming year was announced in Regina. Under the program an invitation will be mailed to all young people outside the province under 25 whose names are submitted to the Homecoming office in Regina. Two names from each of the 12 Homecoming zones will then be drawn for free transportation tickets. Saskatchewan families who have children under 25 residing outside the province are asked to submit the names and addresses to the Homecoming office at Box 7171, Regina. A special invitation will be mailed to all those whose names are submitted. The draw for free transportation tickets will be made in the third week of December. Each of the 24 names drawn will receive one round-trip ticket to the public transportation centre closest to his home from anywhere in Canada. Entries must be received no later than December 10, 1971. GROWING POPULARITY OP ACAPULCO as a fashionable winter resort has stimulated winter travel to Mexico. GO DELUXE GREYHOUND V.I.R EXECUTIVE COACH WITH 'HOSTESS CARE' AND COMPLIMENTARY FOOD SERVICE DAILY,NON-STOP SERVICE To: CALGARY............. S 6.50 EDMONTON........... $15.50 Leaving Lethbridge Bus Depot, 6:30 a.m. New schedule now in effect. DOWNTOWN.TO-DOWNTOWN, HOTEL-TO-HOTEL CONVENIENCE. NO RESERVATIONS NEEDED. the bus plus! GO GREYHOUND ... and leave the driving to us. Holland America cruise brochure A new four - color brochure is now in the mail to travel agents and passengers with details on Holland America Cruises' new 40-day "Spring Mediterranean Explorers' Cruise" on the newly - rebuilt s.s. Sta-t end am which will depart from New York on April 29. Passengers on this cruise will be able to enjoy the multimil-liom - dollar facelifting that the Statendam is currently undergoing in the Netherlands which will provide the ship with an all-new promenade deck with new bars, lounges and a Lido Terrace. The vessel's cruise capacity also is being increased from 650 to 740 beds with the By TOM T1EDE ALICE SPRINGS, N.T., Australia (NEA)-For longer than man has recorded, for longer than he can even guess with certainty, the Australian outback has been one of the world's least lovely places. Dry as death, hot as hell, crawling with creatures from another time, the outback "bush" covers an area two-thirds the size of the United States and assaults the senses with is sterility and scrub. Some natives here say it began as God's garbage dump. Early explorers were so disgusted with the land they didn't even record its discovery until 1770. The first settlers were so numbed by the desolation they attached names like "Mt. Hopeless" to the features. Even today the land remains, at best, menacing. Airplanes fly over, telephone poles crisscross the flats, there are some few business attractions, in fact. Yet the land is reluctant to yield. Most Australians avoid it, live as far from it as possible, and so continue to leave most of their continent to "a few dim blokes what enjoy spending their days chasing off the scorpions and flies." Like aborigines. Like cattle ranchers. Or, like me. I discovered the rigors of the outback the hard way, the scary way, recently. I got stuck dead on in the middle of it. It happened south of this town, near the border of the Northern Territories (one of eight Australian states and territories). I was driving toward an isolated cattle station and, in retrospect, was using more cheek than wit. No one should push out into bush country with so little knowledge of the terrain and circumstances. My problem was the road. It was "off the bitumen" (black- addition of new cabins SLx new ports will be fea- top), as they say here, which tured on this 11,933 - mile cruise means it resembled a tank to 27 ports in 10 countries. training route at Ft. Benning, Ga. I soon discovered that my rental sedan was inadequate to either scale the road boulders or float the drifting dust. I did fairly well for a few hours. I selected a manageable speed (30 m.p.h.), got the hang of the disastrous curves, and even kept the axle together over the foot-high bunkers of solid stone. Then, several dozen miles from anywhere, and with the sun sinking beyond the blood-wood trees, I panicked. Suddenly, out of the prickle-bush, a loping hereford cow jumped into the road. It was the first animal I had seen along the lonesome road, and it came as a shock and a fright. I jerked at my wheel to avoid the beast, swerved off the road, hit a large rock and came to rest against a witchetty bush. The damage was minor, but in this place somewhat severe. I had a flat tire. Worse, I was lodged in 12-18 inches of fine red dust. I looked around. Nothing. A large (three-foot) gowanna lizard was crawling away, ugly but timid. Other than that, even the cow, the culprit, had disappeared. On one side the land rolled 50-60 miles to distant small hills. On the other side it just kept rolling. And then, like something out of Gulliver's Travels, the flies began to land. On my arms. On my neck. Up my nostrils, in my eyes, through the openings of my ears. I flayed my arms and gave the insects a vebral what for, but they didn't run and they didn't listen. Big flies. Little flies. Hundreds of the things. In a few minutes' time they were up my trouser legs and down my shirt collar. They didn't bite. They didn't sting. But very soon I realized the validity of the outback claim that if the heat doesn't get one, and there is water to drink, the flies can still kill by torment. I changed the tire as quick- Guest capacity upped at Banff ly as possible. Actually chok ing on flies that rushed into my mouth. And in a half-hour was ready to go. But. More trouble. When I shifted into gear, the car didn't move. The tires spun furiously in the dust, getting no traction. I rocked the vehicle. Burned the accelerator. But I could get no movement. I decided further spinning was useless. The dust was so fine it offered no resistance, And in trying to lick it I only sank deeper. So I stopped there, and thought, in the 95-degree heat, and the flies crawling in my hair, and the map showing the nearest cattle station 20 miles away. I sat, or paced, for an hour. Through sundown and into night. Two hours. Three. Hoping that, as I'd been told in town, there were "one or two oars on the road every day." Every day? Or every week? About the time I began to seriously wonder, I thought, Eureka, of my salvation. I quickly let the air out of my rear tires. And it worked. The extra rubber surface grabbed the dust and I was able to goad the automobile back onto the-uh-road. It took me about an hour to reach a cattle station, an air-pump, and a chuckling old Aussie who said: "Flies? Oh, they don't mean no harm. You see, there's so little life out here that when somebody comes along they just naturally jump on him for the ride." (Newspaper Enterprise Assn.) BANFF, Alberta-The world famous Banff Springs Hotel has swung into its third winter season with a host of new features and increased guest capacity. There will be 300 rooms available during the 1971-72 season, an increase of 100 over the first two winter seasons. As the new season gets into full swing, ski resort atmosphere abounds throughout the baronial castle in the heart of the Canadian Rockies ski country. Formerly a summer-time-only resort, the Banff Springs began year-round operation in the winter of 1969-70 and the hotel's recently-appointed General Manager Ivor Petrak is looking forward to a season which will firmly establish it as the nucleus of an international-stature ski resort area. The increased guest capacity will better enable the hotel to meet the growing demand for accommoda t i o n, particularly during the ever-popular Christmas-New Year holiday period. Christmas at the Banff Springs has become a tradition for many families. On Christmas Eve there is a family dinner, caroling by the hotel choir, supervised activities for children and a supper dance for the adults. A children's Coke-tail Party, during which Santa Claus pays a visit with gifts for all, is a highlight of Christmas Day for the young folk. The evening program is highlighted by a reception at 6 p.m. for all guests and the traditional Boarshead Parade at 6:45 p.m., followed by Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings. A supervised games and movie room is provided for children from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m, Christmas day and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Boxing Day to enable parents to participate in the many winter resort amenities such as skiing, skating, tobog ganing, snowmobiling, swimming, dancing, or just plain relaxing. New Years at the Banff Springs is also very popular for people of all ages. For those with a young family, there is'a special super vised children's dinner, and entertainment New Year's Eve, and of course a Gala New Year's Eve dinner dance for the adults. A highlight of the hotel's winter program this seaso* comes in February when the World Ski Cup Championships will b� held at nearby Mount Norquay. The organizers, officials and competitors, as well as many of the spectators will make their headquarters at the Banff Springs. 300-rooim hotel rises at Wembley A 300 - room hotel is to open near London's world - famous Wembley Stadium, scene of the 1966 World Cup and the 1948 Olympic Games. It is the latest development of Esso Motor Hotels, and is due for completion early in 1973 within the boundary of the stadium complex. Esso already have hotels at South Mimms in Hertfordshire, Maidenhead in Berkshire, and Edinburgh. Two more are under construction at Luton and at Runcorn in Cheshire, and the company have also announced plans for hotels in Glasgow, Coventry and Bristol. The $7% million Wembley hotel, on the Empire Way leading to the stadium, will incorporate conference facilities for 500 people. Three-month voyage to 23 ports Next March the 28,000 - ton P and O liner Oronsay sails from the Canadian West Coast on a three - month voyage. The British cruise line's Jolly Swagman Adventures includes shore excursions, lodging, transportation, and a full-time P and O escort, as well as the steamship ticket, in the total fare. Departure from Vancouver is March 1, 1972. Before returning June 19, the Swagman group will have visited 23 ports, including such places as Acapulco, Panama, Montego Bay, Nassau, London, Lisbon, Dakar, Cape Town Durban, Sydney, Rabaul Kobe and Honolulu. An 18 - day land tour of France, Holland, Switzer land and England; a Rhine cruise; a three - day overland tour in Japan; and a bush barbecue in'Australia are included in the Jolly Swagman package, fares for which start at $3,283. French open wine centre in Dublin DUBLIN - The French have opened a wine centre in Dublin. It is located on Baggott Street and was officially opened by the French ambassador to Ireland. The centre, small and intimate with seating accommodation for only 35 people, is expected to prove attractive to all categories of wine drinkers, from the most casual imbiber to the serious amateur. Snacks also will be offered, such as ham and veal pie which, with a glass of wine, will sell for $1.25. Czechoslovakia offers range of ski holidays C e d o k, the Czechoslovak Travel Bureau, is drawing attention this winter to the opportunities to be found in Czechoslovakia for a skiing holiday. The three main skiing areas of the country are the High Tatra Mountains of eastern Czechoslovakia where the World Nordic Sid Championships were held last year, the nearby Low Tatras, and the Krksnose or Giant Mountains located about 2% to 3 hours out of Prague by car. The terrain of the High Tatras, which rise to about 8,-500 feet, is similar in many respects to the Alps or the Rockies, and excellent skiing conditions are to be found there from November through the middle of April. The leading centres of this region, all equipped with good hotels and modern skiing fa, cilities, are Tatranska Lom-nica, Stary Smokovec, and the world ski meet site, Strbske Pleso. All lie within an hour of one another by electric railway. The Low Tatras, although over-shadowed by their more magnificent neighbors, sometimes boast longer skiing seasons. Around Chopok, for example, the best time of year is from mid-February to mid-April but during some seasons skiing can continue through much of May, sometimes even into June. The most popular of the nation's skiing regions, largely because of the proximity to the capital, Prague, is the Giant Mountain Range in northern Grand prize in game contest is log cabin REGINA - As the end of 1971 approaches and the deadline date for Saskatchewan Game entries draws closer, entries in the contest are coming in at a brisk rate. The grand prize in the contest, a cabin on Lac La Ronge has been placed on site at Waden Bay and is ready for its lucky tenants to move in. The two bedroom cabin is located on Waden Bay about 15 miles north of La Ronge town-site on a wooded Jot on the cottage development there. Anyone intending to enter the contest is urged to get their entries in as soon as possible and those who have not yet played the Saskatchewan Game are reminded that there is plenty of time yet to participate. Entry forms and rulebooks are available from Box 7171, Regina. Bohemia where summits rise to 5,000 feet. This region is equipped with a wide range of facilities for skiing and other winter sports, including the country's fastest cable car lift (four minutes for a 4,000-foot journey that carries skiers up 1,300 vertical feet - from 2,000 feet above sea level to the top of a 3,300-foot mountain). Costs are well below those charged at most of the better-known Western European ski resorts and are unchanged from I9G9 levels. Ski hotel rates, for example, range from about $7 single, $12.50 double for room and breakfast in a "B" category hotel up to $20 single, $36 double for a deluxe room with private bath and all meals included. Prices are in U.S. dollars. Group rates are lower. Skis can be rented for about 75 cents a day. Tours for yachtsmen An Australian - New Zealand tour designed for sailing enthusiasts has been put together by Qantas - Australia airline and Hibiscus Tours. Sailors will have an opportunity to use yachts in Fiji, Sydney, and Auckland. Holiday flights leave daily from the West Coast of the United States. miWVVOUGO! GREYHOUND HAS EXTRA SERVICE TO LOOK AFTER YOU! from LETHBRIDGE to: CALGARY .. 5 trips daily $ 4.45 EDMONTON . 5 trips daily $11.20 VANCOUVER . _ 2 trips daily $21.15 via Nelson RED DEER ... . 3 trips daily $ 8.20 WINNIPEG . .. 1 trip daily $24.50 TORONTO . . . 1 trip daily $50.75 These fare changes effective Dec. 15 GO EASY - GO EARLY! CALL 327-1551 FOR FAST HOLIDAY TRAVEL SERVICE. GO GREYHOUND ... and leave the driving to us. Ask about V.I.P. Executive Coach service-non-stop, daily between Lethbridge, Calgary and Edmonton I ;