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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 3, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, March 3, 1972 THE LETHBRIDGE HERAtD 21 Flowers, races and football Spring comes to Britain THE HEART OP PAKIS-flie Seine, Notro Dame and. the He de la Clte-Irat it fa longer causes American hearts to beat Quite so romantically. Long love affair over? City of Light dim to tourists By ROSETTE HARGROVE PARTS Is the long love af- fair of Americans with Parts over? At the very least, It would ap- pear that a lot at Uie magic has gone out of it. Paris, according to those who know tourists best the travel agents is still No. 1 on the list for visitors to B'ranee. But a survey of the tourist business by a trade magazine, Paris- Projet, revealed that Ameri- cans are spending less and less time here, giving the city's ma- jor attractions a quick look and then heading for other and usu- ally less expensive parts. The long-term Implications of the trend have prompted worried city fathers to estab- lish an official Tourists Office to rehabilitate the reputation of the City of Light. The American disaffection with Paris is shared to some extent with tourists from other countries, Paris Projet noted, for Jour primary reasons: Fierce competition for tour- ists from other European coun- tries, helped by easier interna- tional exchanges, newer and more extensive travel facilities plus lower prices, particularly in less-developed countries. The ever-greater mobility of tavelers and the preference for one-night stops at a greater number of points. In many tra- ditional tourist centres, visitors remain only a day or even a few hours rather than several days as was once customary. Paradoxically, the total number of tourists has been steadily increasing but more and more, proportionately, arc lower budget tavelers f o r whom a lengthy stay in capitals such as Pais is just too ex- pensive. Then there is the chronic problem of inadequate accom- modations. There are some hotels in Paris, but many are old and lacking in comfort. Fully 50 per cent date from oe- fore 1900 and only 1 per cent have been constructed since 1945. Running water is avail- able In 76 per cent, but only 41 per cent offer both hot and cold; bathrooms average out to one per every five rooms. In addition to too few ade- quate rooms In June, 1971, the hotel Industry estimated it was short to meet the demand the hotels are hurt by high prices, questionable standards of cleanliness and lack of courtesy on the part of some personnel. Two mammotti the French hotels are in the course of construction west and south of the city, but these will not be completed before 1973. One, the Concorde, going up three short blocks from the Et- oile and Arc de Triomphe, will have over rooms plus congress hall seating But there is obviously much more room for improvement and more problems to be solved if Paris is to regain its old tourist pre-eminence, or even retain its present dirnin' ished attraction. "In times when a very lively competition exists between the great tourist centres of the world, when a country or a city is 'sold' just like any other product, the three-part effort of campaign of Paris to Improve publicity, hospitality, and at- tractiveness still leaves to ba concluded frar- is-Projet. (Newspaper Enterprise MEANS a lot of things In Britain. For in- stance, daffodils burst into bloom in the Scilly Isles off the southwest toe of England and spread a golden swath slowly northeastward across Devon- shire and central Britain. In a national football fever, 83 clubs in four divisions battle wildly for cup honors at the fi- nal match of the season. If you think the Grey Cup is frenetic, you should be at Wembley Sta- dium 6! Tulips flower in wide car- pets of red, yellow and purple across the flat-lands of Lin- colnshire and Rutland. Bird choruses at dawn return to the Vale of Evesham and the Woald of Kent, along with cherry, apple and pear blos- soms. Life, which has barely slow- ed, for Britain's mild winter, quickens into famous events. Thousands travel from around the world for Craft's Dog Show the event in the canuie calendar and annual meeting place for international breeders and fanciers. The stow took place this year at Olympia, London, early this month. Then, In late March, comes UK beginning of the Shake- speare season at Stratford- uron-Avon. This year it will again present five or six plays by the Bard and an bonus of a rarely staged Eliza- bethan play. festival year. Four cathe- drals in Britain are celebrat- ing their anniversaries of ded- ication or construction. At Ripon In Yorkshire, the fes- tival begins May 15 for the 1300th anniversary of this truly ancient cathedral. York, not far away, cel- ebrates the 500th anniversary of its newly refurbished "Min- the largest church in northern Europe. This cel- ebration begins in March and lasts all year. Lincoln will celebrate from April to September the 900th anniversary of its world famed double-spired cathedral. Coventry, whose p o s t-World War II cathedral is one of Uie universally admired pieces of modern architecture, is holding After quickens March, the tempo again. Oxford and _ 10th anniversary festival with a series of year-long com- memoration concerts and exhi- bitions, Hereford in western England is holding one of Uie year's most unusual festivals from May 26-June 3. it will be a 'Cider but in addi- tion to the tasting of apple juice, there will be an Ed- wardian fun-fair, folk dancing in the streets, mock battles, motorcycle races and water sports. A major attraction in Lon- don this year will be the suc- cession of festivals running from May through July cul- minating with the Festival of the City of London, July 22, with concerts and plays in the ancient livery halls of the city. In Wales the International Vtusical Eisteddfod will bring folk singers and dancers from more than a score of countries to Llangollen, July 4 through 9. The Royal National Eistedd- fod, an annual event when Welshmen celebrate their good fortune to be born Welsh, takes place this year August 7 through 12 at Haverford West, Pembrokeshire. As usual, The Edinburgh In- ternational Festival is the cli- max of the summer season, running from August 21 to September 9. For details about these find other events in Britain, consult your local travel agent or write the British Tourist Au- thority, 151 Bloor Street West, Toronto 5, Ontario. Cambridge race their boats April 1 (no fooling) on the Thames from Putney to Mort- lake. from Supporters will hang every launch and pub window for miles. And then comes the world's most hair-raising horse race on April 8, as the Grand National gets off to another break-neck Bargains tJiat are different South Pacific shopping By TON! CHAPMAN Remember the ads that boasted: ''I'd walk a miic for a That's nothing. Every year a bevy of women cruise thousands of South Paci- fic miles shopping for a bar- gain that is different. And, since member lines of the Trans-Pacific Passenger Conference, whose purpose is to encourage more travelers to cruise the vast and varied ocean, all have shops and-or boutiques aboard, a lady can shop around the world whilo sailing, the Pacific. So what else Is so unusual about cruise shopping in the South Seas? Would you believe fur coats? In Auckland, New Zealand, a high fashion full-length lapin Cfrom France) coat, with a poshy chincilla look, costs what one usually pays for a so-so cloth coat. Sydney's style-smart. It con- tains some of the world's most respected fur houses and is considered among the best places to purchase fine fur coats. Furriers present vogueish shows aboard TPPC cruise ships docked in Sydney harbor. In addition to indigenous furs Australian fox, lamb, kanga- roo Sydney offers values in mink and other prestige furs. Sign a form stating the coat you buy is not for resale and most reputable houses will dis- count 1314 per cent to offset the export tax. There are millions of sheep in Australia and Ivew Zealand. No wonder the two island coun- tries specialize in superior woollen goods rugs, blan- kets, sheepskin car seat covers, and sheepskin suede fashions. Passengers aboard TPPC cruise ships are encouraged to show off their extraordinary purchases and talk shopping at special shopper's teas. Most la- dies find the graceful and ele- gant Indian saris irresistibe in Suva, Fiji. And what yummy colors! Emerald green, royal blue, shocking pink, lilac, red ginger, virgin bird-of-paradise, white. Shoppers and pay at Aintree, near Liver- The number of hopeful from to depending on whether they buy nylon, rayon or silk. Among small gifty things for the kids, aunts, grandparents and friends back home who are wishing there were here, the ladies chose assorted give- aways. Australian stuffed koa- las top the list. Then New Zea- land silver and Paua shell (opalescent greens and blues) jewlery and Samoan turtle- shaped tonoa bowls (used for drinking ceremonial Vis- itors buy them for use as salad bowls. The gals go big for straw A complete travel Agency. Tha A.M.A. can make all travel arrangements onywhera In th< world. Escorted tours and holiday packages art also offered throughout tho year. The friendly, qualified staff of tha A.M.A. World Travel Servica is prepared 1o advise and assist on all travel plans, as well as provide assistance in securing passports, visas, and other documentation. For all travel needs, airline, steamship, rail, cruises, lours, hotels, and car rentals, etc. 'For the In Travel ALL-WAYS" Call or Visit A.M.A.. World Travel Service 903 3rd S. IETHBRIDGE ALL INQUIRIES WELCOME! Office open Monday ihrg Saturday 9 a.m. fo 5 p.m. Forking at Rear of Building woven handbags, sandals, ani- mals, placemats and baskets found on all the islands, plus seashell leis, 60 cents plain to fancy. In Hawaii, the lad- ies find temptation is chocolate- covered macadmia nuts. Plain macadamias, crushed over pancakes, make oh what a beautiful morning. Even the ladies who don't speak French know that GI- venchy, Capucci, Balenciaga, Schiaparelli, Le Gallon, Guy La- roche and Don- all mean per- fume. In Tahiti they also mean bargain. Oil Oahu, In Honolulu, women cruise passengers find pleasure in buying the unusual and ex- clusive Hawaiin floral scents plumeria, orchid, white pnger, carnation, pikake, tuberose- and sandalwood. Lots of ladies send home, live, the exotic flowers of Ha- waii. The stems are put into deflated penny balloons partly filled with water and fastened with a robber band. The unsual become the unl- when real pikake blossoms, Chinese parsley, Jacy fern and liny ordiids are dipped in 24r carat gold and worn as pins, rings, earrings and bracelets. Things like that happen in Hawaii, and the South Pacific where happiness is a woman shopping. start pool. beginners is more than thirty but usually not more than four or five thunder home. The rest coma to grief In hedge, ditch or water. Special events now begin to come thick and fast. Chelsea's Flower Show, pinnacle of achievement in a country where gardening Is as essen- tial a gift as making a proper cup of tea, is scheduled for May 2M6. Set in the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea the heart of artistic and Bohemian London tents, booths and outdoor gardens bring a dream of spring loveli- ness to the world's premier horticultural event. The Pitlochry Drama Festi- val La the Highlands of Scot- land opens April 25 and sig- nals that spring has indeed come to the north. On May 1, Maypole dances and May fairs will mark the spring festival. At Padstow in sunny Cornwall, the old Hobby Horse will buck and dance to ancient pipe and drum music. At Oxford, the robed choir of Magdalen College assembles in famous Magdalen Tower to sing in Latin to the crowds lin- ing the- riverbank below. After- wards, there is Morris dancing in the streets. The Bath Festival, now spill- Ing over into Bristol and Wells, is scheduled for May 26-June 4. Giyndebourne's opera season opens May 21 and from far off June 26, Wimbledon tennis beckons with the promise of high summer. 1972 Is to ba a bumper Non-smoking section Japan Air Lines has joined the growing list of airlines of- fering non-smoking sections in its 747s. From March 1 non- smokers may choose to be seat- ed in a special section of tha forward economy class com- partment on all of JAL's giant jets. SAS caters to needs ivorld-tvide Back in 1961, Scandinavian Airlines decided to spin oil Its flight kitchens into subsidiary company and thereby spawn- ed a highly diversified interna- tional corporation which now caters to a wide variety of need from Los Angeles to Tokyo, and from above the Arctic Cir- cle to Crete in the Mediterran- ean. With a annual turnover, SAS Catering now supplies flight meals for SAS and 40 other airlines from 10 flight kitchens around the world; operates four hotels, 34 restaurants and cafeterias 14 airport tax free stores and 14 canteens; and does outside catering for "verything from banrjuets for thousands to inti- mate dinners a-deux. Rising to special occasions, SAS Catering operated highly popular and successful Scandin- York, Montreal and Osaka World's Fairs; and has now its avian restaurants at the New sights set on breaking new rec- ords at Philadelphia in 1D76. TRAFFIC CONGESTION, MARINE STYLE it can't get much worse than this har- bor at Hong Kong. Actually, wilh this population of more than four million and available land at a premium, some of tha residents spilt over onto Ihe water, living in floating homes. With shops and other conveniences also afloat, some are said never to go ashoro In a lifetime. [CO A Kamper Klub to be launched BILLINGS, Montana America's largest system of amily campgrounds is launch- ing a camper's club. Kamp- of America unveils its 'KOA Kamper Klub" with nu- merous membership benefits: ive coupons (each worth a dol- ar toward the registration fee at any of nearly 700 KOA's fn Canada, the U.S. and a quarterly-Issue camper pub- ication, monthly rallies and caravans, foreign camping ours, and special offers on camping equipment In furthering tha KOA slogan 'Happy the Kamp- er Klub provides lost key and lost credit card service, theft reward, and optional life, health and recreational vehicle insurance. Cost of membership is five dollars. Complete details can be se- cured by writing Kampgrounds of America, P.O. Box 1138, Bii- lings, Montana. Appointments at Banff hotel BANFF, Alberta Appoint- ments involving three key posi- tions at the Banff Springs Hotel were announced recently by General Manager Ivor Petrak. E. G. Balderson was appoint- ed resident manager, Ian B. Mackie was named manager of the Banff Springs Hotel golf course and Fred Wieland was promoted to the position of food and beverage co-ordinalor. Mr. Balderson assumes the position of resident manager in addition to his previous duties of Comptroller, RESERVATION MANAGER LAKE LOUISE, Alberta The appointment of Uli W. Beichardt at front office man- ager-reservations at the Chateau Lake Louise has been an- nounced by General Manager L. M. Margeson. CHLL ;