Category Archives: Tourism

Views: How Singapore’s ‘Gardens By The Bay’ Was Constructed (Video)

The ‘Gardens by the Bay’ are home to 100,000 thriving plants–but for the entire setup to work, the designers had to figure out a way to protect the eerily-designed structures against the strong winds that hit Singapore.

The Gardens by the Bay is a nature park spanning 101 hectares in the Central Region of Singapore, adjacent to the Marina Reservoir. The park consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden.

Cruise Industry: How U.S. Ports Are Staying Afloat

The shutdown of cruise lines during the pandemic has had far-reaching economic consequences for America’s ports. In this video, WSJ reporter Julie Bykowicz visits Port Canaveral’s once-bustling cruise terminal to learn about what’s next for the industry.

Tourism: Ten Things To Know About ‘Thailand’

As the business world prepares to get moving again, here are 10 things that you might have missed about Thailand during the past 12 months. From its sunny disposition to its trade and innovation, quality of life and sustainable development, there’s much to look forward to on your next trip.

Views: ‘Bailong Elevator’ – World’s Tallest Outdoor Lift, Hunan, China (Video)

The Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in Hunan, China is famed for its towering, pillar-like karst formations. One of the fastest and easiest ways to view them is by riding up Bailong Elevator, the world’s tallest outdoor lift.

Business Customs: ‘Why Do Americans Tip?’ (Video)

Tipping is a quintessential American custom. In the U.S. consumers tip for services ranging from baggage handlers at the airport to housekeepers at hotels. But according to some analysts, tipping has created an environment where restaurant servers are subjected to sexual harassment and low pay.

About 70% of tipped workers in the restaurant industry are women and about 45% are people of color. In a recent study by One Fair Wage and UC Berkeley’s Food Labor Research Center over 78% of restaurant workers reported witnessing hostile behavior from customers who were asked to follow Covid-19 safety protocols, more than 40% noticed a change in the frequency of unwanted sexual comments from customers and 83% said their tips had declined during the pandemic.

With Covid-19 leaving millions to do essential work for low pay there have been renewed calls for a $15 minimum wage and the elimination of the tipped minimum wage — the base salary for many restaurant workers. Forty three states, including Georgia, North Carolina and Texas, have a tipped minimum wage for workers who in some cases are paid as little as $2.13 an hour by their employer.

But many in the full-service restaurant industry oppose the proposed changes, saying they would lead to higher menu prices and fewer hours for workers. According to the National Restaurant Association, the pandemic has already enacted a devastating toll on the industry, wiping out 2.5 million restaurant jobs and more than 110,000 eating and drinking establishments in 2020 alone. Watch the above video to find out what the $15 minimum wage and the elimination of the tipped minimum wage would mean for restaurants and their employees.

Travel Books: ‘Stay Wild – Cabins, Rural Getaways & Sublime Solitude’ (2021)

Follow us deep into the woods on a journey that showcases new ways to escape into Europe’s vast and eclectic landscape. With an emphasis on environmentally-friendly travel, Stay Wild shines the light on places for curious, conscious travelers to rest and recharge.

From towering treehouses, compact cabins, houseboats, yurts, and mobile homes that let you cook your meals al fresco whilst the campfire flickers, this book showcases alternative travel’s astounding diversity and enriching qualities.

For the first time in decades, our worlds got smaller, but for many, travel limitations have fostered a newfound appreciation for regional vacations. Are you ready and willing to digitally detox? Leave the city behind you, switch off, reconnect with yourself and nature, and fall in love with the world again through the pages of Stay Wild.

Launched in 2010, Canopy & Stars is an online platform where people can book stays in weird and wonderful locations all over Europe. With authenticity, creativity and a connection to nature at its core, Canopy & Stars strive to facilitate meaningful experiences that have a positive impact on the environment.

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Double-Deck Bus Views: ‘St. Paul’s Cathedral To The Tower Of London’ (Video)

London Bus 15 from Charing Cross to Blackwall. This is a scenic route that passes along the historic Fleet Street, St Paul’s Cathedral and Tower of London . Filmed from the second storey and upper deck of the bus, this video offers a wide angle view of the beautiful streets and architecture of London.

KEY BUS STOPS: 00:00​ 🅱️ Charing Cross Stn / Covent Garden 02:27​ 🅱️ Southampton Street / Covent Garden 03:03​ 🅱️ Aldwych 04:00​ 🅱️ The Royal Courts Of Justice 04:45​ 🅱️ Fetter Lane 05:39​ 🅱️ Ludgate Circus 06:05​ 🅱️ Ludgate Hill / Old Bailey 07:30​ 🅱️ St Paul’s Cathedral 09:47​ 🅱️ Mansion House Station 12:37​ 🅱️ Cannon Street Station 15:11​ 🅱️ Monument Station 16:14​ 🅱️ Great Tower Street 20:26​ 🅱️ Mansell Street 23:12​ 🅱️ Aldgate East Station 25:25​ 🅱️ London Metropolitan University 26:39​ 🅱️ New Road 28:07​ 🅱️ Watney Markey 29:17​ 🅱️ St Mary’s & St Michael’s Church 30:09​ 🅱️ Arbour Square 30:41​ 🅱️ Stepney Methodist Church 31:20​ 🅱️ Limehouse Station 33:35​ 🅱️ Lowell Street 35:25​ 🅱️ Salmon Lane 35:44​ 🅱️ Burdette Road 36:44​ 🅱️ University Of Cumbria In London 37:30​ 🅱️ Upper North Street 38:35​ 🅱️ Poplar Recreation Grd / Poplar Stn 39:32​ 🅱️ Chrisp Street Market 40:11​ 🅱️ Poplar / All Saints Church 41:58​ 🅱️ Poplar High Street / Blackwall 43:57​ 🅱️ Blackwall Station (Final stop!)

Magazine Previews: ‘Monocle – March 2021’

Monocle’s optimistic March issue challenges us to do it better, whether that be by growing your own forest or running a cleaner, leaner business. We visit the cities bringing the wilderness back to urban life and find out why you can mend almost anything. Plus: nature’s fluffiest film stars.

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The Arts: ‘The Underwater Museum Of Cannes’ (Video)

Six large sculptures of fractured human faces form the underwater museum that British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor has created off the coast of Cannes, France. The Underwater Museum of Cannes is a permanent installation beside the island of Sainte-Marguerite that is intended to “draw more people underwater” to engage with marine life. It is designed by deCaires Taylor to be highly accessible by either snorkelling or diving, positioned two and three metres below sea level. The goal is that visitors will “foster a sense of care” for marine life and better appreciate its value, while oceans environments are continually threatened by human activity.

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Trave Guides: ‘5 Must-See Places In Berlin’ (Video)

Berlin, Germany’s capital, dates to the 13th century. Reminders of the city’s turbulent 20th-century history include its Holocaust memorial and the Berlin Wall’s graffitied remains. Divided during the Cold War, its 18th-century Brandenburg Gate has become a symbol of reunification. The city’s also known for its art scene and modern landmarks like the gold-colored, swoop-roofed Berliner Philharmonie, built in 1963.