Back from Tahiti

Well I had to come back to work I guess.  They wouldn’t let me stow away on the lovely Paul Gauguin so I really had no choice.  Check out my story about Tahiti and you will understand why I really have to go back there soon.  In fact I am planning a return in May 2011 so stay tuned for more on that.

The South African World Cup is getting closer and flights into South Africa over that period are either hugely expensive or just not available.  Some wholesalers are holding group space with hotels and game tickets included but this does not help the expat South Africans who want to go back to visit family over this time.  Nevertheless this is a great opportunity for South Africa.  As I saw when I went back in November last year the development of roads and facilities in cities all over South Africa have provided much needed employment – especially in areas such as Mpumulanga (near Kruger National Park).

You have no doubt read about the Canadian man who was shot in Mazatlan.  That has raised a lot of questions in the media as to whether or not Mexico is a safe destination.  The Mexican Tourism officials are working hard to soothe travellers’ fears and it really is a shame that they have been hit with this now.  I certainly haven’t noticed a significant number of people not wanting to travel to Mexico – the main concern seems to be with getting the right deal.  And let’s face it – you could just as easily be attacked in downtown Calgary.

And finally could we really have a non stop flight from Calgary to Dubai?  That would open up so many destinations such as Africa and the Indian Ocean islands including the Maldives.  Air Canada is crying “No Fair” – but I like the idea of a night or two in Dubai on my way to South Africa.  We’ll see.

By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.

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