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Monthly Archives: January 2018

Flower Island In Mainau

Thinking about Lake Constance, the first thing that pops into ones mind is the Flower Island Mainau. It is a part of the district Litzelstetten-Mainau, Konstanz in Baden-Württemberg and in ownership of the aristocratic family Bernadotte of Swedish origins. Mainau is the third-largest Island in Lake Constance and is 1,100 meters long and at one point 610 meters wide. Because of the mild Lake Constance climate an exotic tropical and sub-tropical fauna prospered here with palm trees and other Mediterranean plants. Grand duke Friedrich I started the park with the Arboretum north-west of the Island, where he planted 500 different species of broad-leaved trees and conifers, with some of them being very exotic and valuable. Simply huge are some of the giant redwood trees (Sequoiadendron giganteum), whose seeds came from California in 1853 and were planted by Friedrich I on the Island Mainau in 1864. Therefore they are some of the oldest of its kind in Europe.

The aristocratic family Bernadotte still plays an important role in all the floral display and islands activities. The family manor was built after the plans of Johann Caspar Bagnato (Giovanni Gaspare Bagnato). The construction, under the supervision of Bagnato, started in 1739 and was completed 7 years later. The Baroque manor has 3 wings and include a court, the Ehrenhof and a terrace garden. The manor is still the residence of the Bernadette family and you will see the flag on top of the roof when the family is present. The private rooms are in the north wing, left from the court and are not accessible to the public.

Late March to the end of October is the time when Mainau stands up to its reputation to be the Flower Island. Until the middle of May tulips, narcissi and hyacinths will dominate the gardens and make it a colorful experience for all visitors. During the same time viola, forget-me-not and primrose add to the color. The spring-alley leads to the rose-garden, which was also created by Friedrich I. The Italian style garden is strictly geometric in its form, with pergola, sculptures and fountains. During summer around 500 varieties of roses bewitch ones senses in this garden. On the whole of the island you will discover around 30,000 pedicle of 1.200 different species. A Baroque stairway leads to the manor terrace which will give you a great view and your next point of interest might be the Mediterranean terraces, with palms, agave, cactuses and bougainvillea. From here, you have a panoramic view of Lake Constance and the Alps. The south of the island is home to the dahlias and September and October is the time to be there. Around 20,000 shrubs of 250 different species are home in the south garden and shine endlessly in their beautiful colors.

Mainau is also home to a butterfly house, with around 1,000 square meters the largest in Germany. It is open all year round and visitors will walk around in a truly tropical climate, accommodating the fauna and around 80 different species of butterflies. Depending on the season 700-1,000 butterflies can be admired by the visitors. Most of these species are originated in South America and some breed naturally on the premises. But still the butterfly house receives every week 400 pupae from breeder from Costa Rica, England and the Netherlands with a yearly budget of € 20,000.

Boost Bookings for Travel Packages

Go Social

Social media platforms are used as marketing tools because it is quick and convenient which makes it very effective. It allows you to engage with your customers from across the world, travellers and to get your message out about your business. It is also cost-effective as it allows targeted approach. Travel businesses are moving towards image-driven social media platforms that support influencer marketing such as Instagram, Facebook and Townske.

Highlight Package Benefits And Unique Experiences

Businesses that have specific services and experiences add value to your travel packages that sets you apart from your competitor. It is important to highlight them as it allows your customers to compare and contrast the benefits. If your packages are able to provide unique experience to the customers, these customers will be yours.

Offer Mobile Booking

Mobile phone usage has been increasing and it is important to use this method to approach your customers to offer more convenience, immersive travel content and faster access. If you’re a travel business and you’re not mobile friendly, you’ll be missing out on this valuable pie. 40% of online travel sales are expected to come from mobile bookings using mobile apps and browsers through the different technology devices.

Localize

A travel business needs to take in consideration of local preferences and sensitivities for the different cultures and languages the world have as globalization takes over. Localization is necessary if travel businesses cater to customers in foreign markets or attracting inbound tourists. Marketing translation services, Websites and Mobile Apps will be a helping hand if a travel business wants to use a multilingual approach to connect with larger customer pools.

Digital Marketing

There are online advertising tools that allow you to get the message out about your travel packages such as Google AdWords, Bings Ads, Facebook Advertising or Instagram Advertising. Using these tools enable you to reach your target customers more precisely based on metrics such as hobbies, interests and demographics. It is critical to also optimize your ads using the right keywords, creatives, or ad copies.

Build Partnerships

Establishing strong relationships with your B2B partners can play an important role in boosting the booking rates for your offerings. Tap into new opportunities and improve the quality and delivery of your own services.

Keep Holiday Plans Organized

• First of all, make sure where you want to go and where you will live. To decide the place, you can take the help of internet. Focus on your interest and find the place accordingly. For example, if you want to enjoy taking sunbath then you must select any beach where you can enjoy the cool breeze and smooth sand to relax for some time. As far as accommodation is concerned, consider any reliable hotel booking portal to get access to any economical last minute accommodation.

• Book your flight tickets. Do not forget to compare the rates of different airlines before booking the one.

• If you are planning to travel abroad, check for the money exchange rate in prior just to have an idea that how much money you will require at your holiday destination.

• Ask any of your neighbors or friends to take care of your emails and pets once you will not be around.

• Pack your luggage according to the weather of the holiday destination. Keep in mind that traveling light is always recommended and to carry clothes accordingly is of utmost importance. What will you do a fancy dress if you are going to a beach for fun?

• Double-check all the documents that you will need on travel. The best is to email a scanned copy of your documents at your email address. This type of precaution sometimes proves very handy in the hour of need.

• Once again, confirm your reservations a day before your flight. This precautionary measure will save you from facing any hassle, and you will enjoy your holiday more efficiently.

• Make sure that you close all the windows properly.

• Do not forget to unplug all the appliances.

English Garden In Munich

One of the most famous and popular Beer Gardens of Munich is located right in the heart of the English Garden, around the Chinese Tower or Pagoda. This is also the most colorful Beer Garden and has a lot to offer for ones eyes and ears. Often you will hear the sounds of a Brass band playing live from the first floor of the Chinese Tower. As soon as the warm sunbeams appear, local folks will enjoy their first Maß beer of the season. (In Bavaria it is common to order beer by a Maß and this means a liter!) As it gets warmer, more and more visitors from the nearby university, locals and international guests will enjoy the weather, companionship, the great local food and off course dive into the ancient tradition of the Bavarian beer drinking style.

Take a walk to the nearby Kleinhesselohe See, a large lake and the next, beautiful Beer Garden with the name Seehaus, Lake House, awaits you here. In the old days, the gardener and investor Friedrich Ludwig von Sckell enlarged this lake and a small Beer Garden, as the forerunner of the current one, was established on the edge of it. Today, after restructuring, it can host up to 2,500 guests and is an all year round popular place to see and to be seen. Especially on the weekends you should come early, if you want a prime seat at the lake side and intend to stay a couple of hours. Overall it is the bit younger crowd that prefers this Beer Garden and families will enjoy sun-bathing, paddling on the lake, or feed the swans and let the children play with the corsair in the backside of the garden. This is also the first address in winter during foehn periods, where all the seats at the lake might be taken although the lake still carries ice. In summer you might like to sit in the shady backside of the Beer Garden or come later in the evening, after exploring the beauty and tranquility of the English Garden.