Creative tourism

Central London is generously stocked with attractions that celebrate all things royal, but there’s plenty more to see within just a short train ride. Here are our top tips for royal days out steeped in history, both past and present. Richmond Park, Richmond upon Thames Richmond Park, a former hunting ground of Henry VIII, is still home to red and fallow deer, as well as some 2,500 acres of wooded hills, grassland and wide-open spaces. This protected Royal Park is a walker’s paradise, and given that it’s only 45 minutes from central London, is the perfect place to escape the…

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Discover a side of London that most tourists (and many Londoners) have never seen Morning: Roman Amphitheatre and Police Museum Start your day with the City of London’s Guildhall Galleries. Venture down to the basement, entrance is free to the public, and explore the remains of London’s Roman amphitheatre. Next, sleuth your way around the City of London Police Museum, which tells the story of crime and policing in the City. Lunch: Café in the Crypt Café in the Crypt underneath St Martin-in-the-Fields church in Trafalgar Square In warmer months, you can stroll across the square for a drink at Vista, the rooftop bar…

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The art of lace making is one of the Brazilian cultural expressions that fascinates people given its intricacy and beauty You must have seen it during the closing ceremony of the Rio Olympics: there centre stage, a circle of women dressed in gorgeous white dresses, weaving. Well, these were female lace makers. This craft arrived in Brazil in the 18th Century, thanks to Portuguese families. Found mainly in the Northeast, the lace makers live scattered across the states of Bahia, Alagoas, Pernambuco and Paraíba. Lace is a transparent, thin and delicate fabric that can take various forms, with interlaced designs…

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Buildings recognised as historic state patrimony by Condephaat (São Paulo State Council for the Defence of Historic, Archaeological, Artistic and Touristic Patrimony) preserve and promote the history of the State of São Paulo and take visitors on a trip into the past. Among highlights are the São Luiz do Paraitinga Historic Centre, São João da Boa Vista Theatre, the Coffee Museum in Santos and the Felícia Leirner Museum in Campos do Jordão. SANTOS Coffee Museum (Originally the Official Coffee Stock Exchange) The Coffee Stock Exchange was founded to be of service to the coffee business in Santos, the city being…

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There are countless London travel agencies which offer a range of options of packages to Brazil, including the lowest priced flights from London to Brazil and the best planned tourist trips in Brazil. When you contract the services of a London travel agency, you are guaranteeing a personalized and secure service for your trip or holiday. Professionals who work in this area are specialised consultants, with all the necessary experience to find the best package to suit your particular needs, whether you are traveling alone, with your family or with a group of friends. Among the services offered by a…

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With its abundance of cultural diversity and natural beauty, Brazil has fast become one of the leading destinations for Community Tourism, a strand of tourism that seeks to value and preserve the heritage of local communities and provide tourists with an immersive learning experience unlike any other Everyone loves to travel, no surprise there. However, people’s motivation for travel varies. Some travel to shop, others to visit famous landmarks or to simply relax in the comfort of a hotel. For some, however, travel means something altogether different: a journey of self-knowledge and discovery. Those who identify more with the latter…

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Discovering all there is to discover about a historic city requires all the senses. One needs to take in the streets, the architecture, customs, traditions, celebrations, churches and cuisine to get a sense of a city’s soul. Only by experiencing such places and features, are we able to understand their meanings and what they represent as a symbol of a nation’s culture. With the aim of aiding development, tourism and the preservation of Cultural Heritage sites, Iphan (the National Historic and Artistic Heritage Institute) has joined forces with the CNM (National Confederation of Municipalities) and the OCBPM (Organization of World…

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Valongo Wharf (O Cais do Valongo), was the main port of entry for the African slaves taken to Brazil, and is in Rio de Janeiro’s docklands. At the end of September, a representative of the International Council on Monuments and Sites – an organization which helps UNESCO decide on World Heritage sites – made a technical visit to the site as part of the evaluation process. The archaeological site was not only the main entry point of African slaves to the Americas, but it also happens to be the only one which remains intact today. For all that it represents,…

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Eco-reserve in Mato Grosso do Sul’s Pantanal region will represent the country at awards ceremony organized by the WTTC The Caiman Eco-reserve, one of the finalists of this year’s WTTC award, is located in the Pantanal region of the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul.  Brazil is among the 15 finalists of the WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow award, a prize given to organizations and establishments which adopt best environmental practices, through the conservation of biodiversity, protection of natural habitats and anti-climate change measures. Representing the country in the ‘Environmental Award’, the Caiman Eco-Reserve, located in the Pantanal region of…

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The event took place on Tuesday 14 March 2017 at the Brazilian Embassy in London The event was held in London last night, on 14 March 2017, to promote adventure and ecotourism destinations across a number of Brazilian regions, with several exhibitors making the trip over from Brazil especially. The evening represents a renewed partnership between VBRATA, the Embassy of Brazil in London and the Brazilian Tourist Board (EMBRATUR) in the United Kingdom to promote Brazilian tourism in the UK. More than 110 travel agents, tour operators and airlines as well as members of the trade press attended the event,…

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