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ITB Berlin News 2020 - #4

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I SPECIAL FEATURE I FAMILY DESTINATIONS & RESORT IEuropapark- new recordin 2019Rulantica TrolldalWith over 5.7 million visitors in 2019, Europa-Park achieved thehighest number of visitors in its corporate history. In addition,further guests arrived at the new indoor water world Rulanticawhich was opened at the end of November.“Rulantica had a great start and gets topmarks. We are extremely pleased withthat as the water world is new territoryfor us”, said Europa-Park owner RolandMack.2019 was characterised by intensiveconstruction work and very highinvestments − the water worldRulantica and the adjacent hotel alonecost around 180 million Euros. It is thelargest single investment that Europa-Park has ever made. In addition, there isthe reconstruction of the Scandinavianthemed area, which was destroyed bythe fire, and the new ride “Snorri Touren”.EUROPA-PARK WITHRULANTICA - BECOMINGA TRAVEL DESTINATION INITS OWN RIGHTEuropa-Park is increasingly becoming anindependent travel destination and is thefirst operator in Germany which openeda second theme park, Rulantica, at itslocation in Rust.With two parks at the Europa-Park Resort,six hotels and the Confertainment Centreacross a total area of 145 hectares,Germany's largest theme park attractsmore and more international guests andis in competition with Mallorca, Greeceor the Italian lakes.THEMED HOTEL‘KRØNASÅR’ OPENSThe sixth themed hotel ‘Krønasår’was opened in May last year, and is anintegral part of the resort expansion. The4* superior hotel is a very special naturalhistory museum and offers stylishaccommodation in a Nordic atmospherefor up to 1,300 overnight guests. Thereare many culinary things to discover inseveral Nordic themed restaurants andbars22 • ITB BERLIN NEWS • THURSDAY 26 TH MARCH 2020www.itb-berlin-news.com

ADVERTORIALI SPECIAL FEATURE I NATURE TOURISM IYanping MountainTaiwan: a landof extraordinarycontrastsFrom breath-taking mountains andcoastlines to bustling cityscapes – in acompact packageTaiwan is indeed a combination of Asia’s most beautifulcharacteristics. The island’s breath-taking landscapesoffer impressive gorges, high mountains, adventurouscoastlines, colourful corals, and volcanic islands. Thisstands in contrast to modern cities like Taipei or Kaohsiung,fused with traditions and culture.Whether there on a stop-over or for alonger stay, Taiwan will surprise anddelight visitors with its extraordinaryvariety of sights and activities.TaipeiContrasting with the “raw nature”,Taipei is a dynamic and excitingmetropolis, which merges the oldand the new in a lively, diversifiedand exuberant way. Undergoinga drastic transformation in thelast 20 years, Taipei is the island’seconomic, political and culturalcentre - a never-ending series offascinating contrasts filled withenergy and friendly smiles. Thecapital’s cultural kaleidoscopeis reflected into centuries-oldtemples facing contemporary neonstreet life. The city has dozens ofworld-class restaurants offeringthe best regional cuisine but alsoplenty of night markets serving upscrumptious evening snacks.Taipei’s urbanity e ortlessly mergeswith this spectacular destination’sluxuriant nature. Just a few minutesfrom the city, tourists can soak in hotsprings nestled in lush mountainoushills or wander along trails and parks.Two-thirds of Taiwan is coveredby forested mountains while theremaining areas consists of hills,plateaux, coastal plains and basins.The Central Mountain Rangestretches from north to south,forming a natural line for riverson the east and west of the island.The island has an abundance ofmountains; over 200 of its peaksare more than 3,000m high. Firstand foremost, Yushan at 3,952m isTaiwan’s highest peak.Yushan’s snow cover in winter hasearned the nickname of MountJade, primarily because its peakglistens beneath the frozen icelike a sparkling green gemstone.Despite its size, Yushan can beYushan Mountainhiked relatively easily by hikers ofall levels (with the relevant permitsobtained in advance) which adds toits popularity.Those who prefer to go in search ofadventure on two wheels are also wellcatered for — that is why the islandhas earned a justified reputationas a cyclists’ paradise. A series ofboth simple and challenging routeswind through the island’s dazzlingFREE HALFDAY TOURSAVAILABLEFOR FOREIGNPASSENGERSWITH 7 TO24HOURLAYOVERS INTAIWANscenery, showcasing a mesmerisingjuxtaposition between coast and cliffside,sea and mountain.Each area boasts its own uniquegeographical features, ranging fromtropical forests and walled gorgesto dramatic sea cli s and abundantwildlife — small wonder that whenPortuguese sailors first sighted theuncharted island they noted it ontheir maps as Ilha Formosa or the“beautiful island”Taiwan's Tourism Bureau o ers free halfdaytours for transit passengers with 7- to 24-hour layovers, who have valid Taiwan travelvisas or come from countries eligible forvisa-exempt entry.There are both morning and afternoonhalf-day tours. The morning tour includesvisits to sites in Sanxia and Yingge. Theafternoon tour includes visits to Taipei 101,Longshan Temple, and Chiang Kai-shekMemorial Hall and Memorial Park, amongother sites in Taipei.ITB BERLIN NEWS • THURSDAY 26 TH MARCH 2020 • 23

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