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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 17, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, December 17, 1971 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - 31 BAHAMA ISLANDS GOLFERS' PARADISE-GOLF becomes an all year round sport in the Bahamas. Here, on some of the world's most challenging courses, professional and amateur golfers alike can enjoy a game regardless of the time of year. Bahama Islands gear up for busiest golf season Joint program of air-sea tours As a killing forst settles over most Canadian golf greens, and clubs and carts are forgotten in basements until next year, the Bahama Islands are gearing up for their busiest season. But every year, more Canadian golf bags are being plucked from their accustomed winter hibernation to join the action on tropical Bahamian courses. Big league golf came to the Bahamas in 1970 with the first annual Bahama Islands Open in Freeport. This $130,000 Professional Golf Association event drew many of the sport's top names, including Arnold Palmer. The tournament was played over the lush lawns of the Emerald course at King's Inn. The Bahamia Golf and Country Club, Freeport, Grand Bahama, is considered one of the world's finest golf courses. Also known as the King's Inn and Golf Club, Bahamia offers a new approach to golf course design with its golf control centre containing 250 golf carts. The centre is connected directly to the hotel lobby. This means that when a guest is ready to play, he merely registers at the centre where his clubs are placed in a cart. The golfer then goes to the first tee at whatever course he chooses. The fairways here are well trapped and the greens well isolated. The five artificial New 'executive service'' on JAL Business cards in Japanese and English at low, low prices; a Tokyo Information Service where a businessman can dial for facts and figures; work-break weekend tours especially created for the executive with a limited amount of time -these are a few of the features of Japan Air Lines new "Executive Service." It's JAL's way of taking the worry out doing business in Japan. As part of the service your business card may be translated into Japanese at the price of $3.00 per 100. When you arrive in Tokyo, you simply pick up your cards at the JAL counter in your hotel. Dial 747-3191 in Tokyo between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily except Sunday and holidays and one of the friendly operators will put you in touch with the people who can best answer any of your questions. Every hard-working executive needs a break. JAL's "Workbreak Weekend Tours" will take you away from bustling Tokyo to the tranquility of Kyoto's gardens, Kama-kura's shrines or Hakone's natural scenery. Or, you can stop off in Honolulu on your return and unwind on either a two or three-day "Hawaii Beachcomber Tour." Other services available under the new plain include secretarial and translation help, which can be requested by calling JAL on arrival in Tokyo, and a complimentary copy of the English-language Japan Economic Journal, which can-be picked up from the JAL counter in your hotel. Top is north It is a convention in map making to put the northern part at the top. Thus, if no directions are shown, it may be taken for granted that the top is north. lakes here also add to the challenge. The Paradise Island Golf Club, on Paradise Island, just off New Providence, is an 18-hole, par-72 champion ship course. It is at the eastern end of the Paradise Island resort, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the north and Montagu Bay on the south. On this course, the golfers plays through rolling fairways, several doglegs, numerous bunkers, and tightly-trapped elevated greens. The Treasure Cay Golf Club on Abaco is designed around what is to become a new residential area, bringing golf . to the doorsteps of guests and residents of this seaside resort. One of the most challenging courses in the Western Hemisphere is the Coral Harbor Golf Club on Nassau with its wooded roughs, rolling fairways, many water hazards and deep bunkers. Coral Harbor has three unique holes - the first with a narrow 1,000-f o o t waterway adjacent to its fairway - the 13th with a 45-foot pine tree at the green - and the 18th with lakes, woods, bunkers and other hazards. All of the main hotels here have special golf packages, offering the sport at the best courses in Nassau and Grand Bahama. The enthusiast is asked to write directly to the hotel of his choice or contact his travel agent for more information. Pros, amateur and beginners -people of every degree of skill come to the Bahamas to golf every winter. Each person finds a course which offers him the challenge he seeks. After testing his skill on a sunny course, it's a cool swim in water as crystal clear and warm as a Canadian - lake in July. The toed golfer can then have a drink and dinner in a Bahamian resort hotel or restaurant where the food and service is among the best in the world. With a new brochure in the mail to travel agents, Holland America Cruises and Pan American World Airways are jointly introducing a program of 25 "Cruise and Fly Vacations" in conjunction with six long cruises of the s. s. Rotterdam and newly-rebuilt s. s. Statendam to destinations all over the world. Tour members will be able to j sail part of the way on the Rotterdam's Around the World > Cruise or one of the Staten-dam's three cruises to the Mediterranean or two cruises to the North Cape and Baltic and then return home via one of Pan Am's jet liners. Or, if they wish, passengers may fly out and join one of the cruises and then sail back. As an added plus, before the cruise portion of the tour (or afterwards), tour participants will be able to visit at least two other cities besides the ports on the cruise itinerary. The sea-air tours, which will begin Jan. 18 arid run through Oct. 29, 1972, will range in length from a 15-day tour of the Western Mediterranean with the minimum rate set at $1,-190 to a 58-day tour around the world with rates beginning at $3,495. Typical of the "Cruise and Fly Vacations" program is one of 23 days to the North Cape and Baltic. It departs from New York on July 21 on the Statendam and calls at the ports of Reykjavik, Hammer-fest, North Cape, Tromsoe, Trondheim, Ytterdal, Geiran-ger, Hellesylt, Bergen Oslo, Goteborg, Gudhjem and Stockholm. In Stockholm passengers will transfer to a hotel and then have two days for sightseeing in that city before flying to Copenhagen. After a day and a half in Copenhagen they will then trasfer to the airport there for their return Pan Am flight to New York, arriving on Aug. 13. The minimum rate for this tour is priced at $1,550. Included in the price of the tours are one-way jet transportation (economy class) on Pan Am, Deluxe or First Class hotel accommodations with private bath and American-style breakfasts, selective sightseeing with E n g 1 i s h-speaking guides, transfers, all gratuities aboard ship, and unlimited baggage that may be left on board for the entire cruise whether passengers fly to or from the ship. Converted bus now a mobile restaurant The latest mobile eating-place to tour London is the Victoriana, a converted bus which has a 23-seat top-deck restaurant with decor based on Queen Victoria's railway carriage. It makes two tours a day, starting and ending at the Royal Lancaster Hotel. The cost of $8.90 per head includes a four-course meal with wine, served - when the bus is stationary in Bat-tersea Park - by girls in Victorian costume. It is the idea of Mr. Frank Morris, a Canadian who came to Britain for a holiday in 1966 and has stayed ever since. He is now considering introducing buses decorated in the styles of other periods - Georgian, Regency and the 1920s. Clip And Choose Multip'upose coupons - good for theatre tickets, night club shows, restaurants and car rentals - are a convenient new feature of Air France winter tour packages to Paris, London and Rome. The coupons allow vacationers free choice of activity using part of the cost of the tour package. Slovak spa adds two new hotels BRATISLAVA-Two new hotels, built at a cost of $5 million, have been opened at Slovakia's world-famous Piestany spa. The hotels, the Grand and the Splendid, will provide accommodation for 400 patients in summer and 600 in winter in modernly furnished first category rooms. Both will help to increase the rising number of visitors to Piestany. Two years ago 2,200 patients from abroad took the cure there. Last year the number was 3,300 and this year/s total is expected to top 4,000. Piestany is sought out especially by people suffering from reheumatic ailments who are attracted as much by the care given them by the spa's medical personnel as by the curative effects of the water and mud. Tokyo world's biggest city with over 9,000,000 people UNITED NATIONS (AP) -Tokyo has more people living within its city limits and in its suburbs than any other city in the world, a UN publication reports. The new issue of the UN Do mographic . Yearbook, an 830-page collection of figures analyzing population trends, listed New York as second behind Tokyo in both city and suburban residents. The most recent count showed Tokyo with 9,005,000 residents in its "city proper," the yearbook says, compared with 7,793,757 for New York City. If the suburbs are added, Tokyo comes out ahead with 11,454,000 inhabitants compared with 11,448,440 for New York suburbs in New York state. If the New York suburbs in northeastern New Jersey are included, the total becomes 16,037,395. But a metropolitan area around Tokyo with less than one-third the amount of space, had 20,485,542 inhabitants at last count. A list of the five largest cities shows London in third place with 7,703,400 residents, Moscow fourth with 6,942,000 and Shanghai fifth with 6,900,000. Ireland reports bookings heavy for St. Patrick's week DUBLIN - T w e n t y-five groups totalling 3,000 people had booked places by mid-November for the 1972 St. Patrick's Day festivities in Ireland. This compared with the 1971 final total of 2,-500 visitors for the week. The groups, which include 12 bands, are from Canada, the U.S., Britain, Germany and the U.S. base in Iceland. St. Patrick's Week in Ireland, centred around St. Patrick's Day (March 17), extends from March 10 through March 19. This year's experiment in decentralizing the events away from Dublin proved so successful that a similar pattern will be followed in 1972, with major parades in Cork, Galway, Wexford and Killarney. Free reservation system Tall on His Pedestal e nine-foot Blackfoot Indian dominates the lodge room ef Frontier Town, recreation of the Old West straddling the Continental Divide .near Helena, Mont. The lifelike figure was carved out of solid spruce by John Quigley, right, who started building the town 23 years ago to gratify a "crazy cowboy's dream." Like the Indian, the rest of the project, duplicating a frontier fort of the 1880s, is outsized, constructed of 700-pound boulders and 4-foot diameter timber, all moved and placed by hand. Below left, the chapel, a popular wedding setting, and bottom, the main street. Growing flood of Japanese tourists visiting Canada VANCOUVER (CP) - Japanese tourists, freed from money worries by a rising standard of living, are visiting Canada and especially British Columbia in ever-greater numbers. Japanese businessmen, who have financed and built many projects in B.C., payed the way for tourism, but the number of Japanese travellers to Canada strictly for pleasure has increased dramatically. Statistics Canada reports that in 1970, despite the attractions of Expo '70 in Osaka, 22,011 Japanese visited Canada. In 1966, the figure was 39,884. The British Columbia and Al-b e r t a governments, together with CP Air, which offers flights from Japan to Vancouver four times a week, combined last year to promote increased travel to Canada. The promotion group visited 18 cities in Japan for three weeks, extolling the virtues of Canada for business and sports. In 1971, says Jim McKeachie, CP Air's public relations manager for Western Canada, about 25,000 Japanese are expected to visit Canada. In the first half of this year an increase of about 11 per cent in the number of visitors from Japan was recorded. MANY ON BUSINESS A CP Air survey last year on Japan - Canada flights showed that 76 per cent of the passengers were travelling for business reasons, 15 per cent for pleasure, five per cent for family reasons and four per cent for immigration. The only other airline which offers direct flights to Vancouver is Japan Air Lines which, through its Jalpak division, has had 10 tours visit Canada this year. Next year, Jalpak expects to have 30 tours, with an average of 20 people on each tour. Together with other tours, this will bring 1,000 Japanese tourists to Canada. Also popular are trips to Canada for students, who combine pleasure with instruction in English. This year, 1,500 students visited Vancouver to at- tend English courses and next year 2,000 are expected. "Canada," Mr. McKeachie says, "is now enjoying popularity as an 'in' place for Japanese tourists, so it looks as if we can expect even more tourists." GIVES REASON Bill Iwata, manager of Iwata Travel Service in Vancouver, which specializes in tours from Japan, said the main reason for the greater number of tourists is the increased standard of living in Japan. The average income in Japan of $225 a month is bolstered by many special benefits and two bonuses a year which allow many people to travel for pleasure, he said. Shiro M i k u r a, Japan Air Lines' regional manager for Western Canada, says Canada is easy to promote for tourism because of its great natural beauty. NEVER SEE BLUE Experiments show that some birds cannot see blue or violet. TALLAHASSEE - Florida is setting up a free reservations system for holidayers who arrive in the state by car this winter. The computerized operation will be set up Jan. 1 in the Florida Welcome Station at Jennings on Interstate 75, the route most Canadians now use in driving to Florida. The system will be established as a joint effort of the Florida Hotel and Motor Hotel Association and the Florida Department of Commerce, which operates the state's visitor welcoming facilities. It will be operated on a six - month pilot basis. Huge new centre SHANNON - A new �17 million ($42.5 million) town centre is to be opened at Shannon next March which will contain 42 shop units including a supermarket, public houses, restaurants, offices and later a 120 bedroonn hotel, hostel and central post office. MIMWVOUGO! 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 Fares subject to change without notice 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 Edmontonl GXAM1-71a ;