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Team Buildings & Sport Incentives by SMS Frankfurt

February 17, 2017

UKRAINE: Wild water kayaking | Wildwater Canoe – Crazy Wildwater Kayak Racing #kayaking
Crazy Wildwater Kayak Racing in Ukraine – Ukraine Tours & Sport Travel

Wildwater canoeing is exceptionally physically demanding discipline that tests athletes technique and speed to the limits.

We offer wild water kayak tours for beginners and professional all around the globe. – The most craziest kayak pros we met here in the Carpathian Mountains in Ukraine.

The objective of the sport is to go from the starting point of the course on a river to the end point as quickly as possible. Typical wildwater venues consist of Class II – IV whitewater, in contrast to extreme racing, which takes place on more difficult streams. Match competitions generally consist of a classic and a sprint race. A classic course is 4 to 6 miles (6–10 km) in length or 10 to 35 minutes in duration, while the Sprint is between 500 and 750 meters and lasts around 2 minutes. Although there is some specialization, the vast majority of racers compete in both classic and sprint.

Competitors are placed in classes based on gender and boat type as follows:
K1 – solo kayak, male
K1W – solo kayak, female
C1 – solo canoe, male
C1W – solo canoe, female
C2 – tandem canoe.

The competitors are numbered within their class based on results from previous races and compete in reverse order (best paddler last), usually at one-minute intervals. To race successfully, paddlers must possess refined technical skill, as well as strength, endurance, aerobic capacity, and the ability to “read” whitewater.

Whitewater racing is also practiced by competing teams; each team is made by a group of three competitors belonging to the same class.

Whitewater racing started in Europe with the International Canoe Federation being formed and having the first World Championships in Switzerland in 1949. Since then, there has been a World Championships every two years. Since 2011 there is a sprint only world championships, with sprint and classic being contested every other (even) year.

About Carpathian Mountains (Ukraine & Poland)
The Carpathian Mountains form a 1,500km-long range in Central and Eastern Europe. They stretch west to east in an arc from the Czech Republic to Romania. The Tatra range between Slovakia and Poland is a national park and has several peaks above 2,400 meters. More than half of the Carpathian range lies in Romania, where spruce forests are home to brown bears, wolves and lynxes.

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Africa the fastest growing tourism region, UNWTO

May 23, 2012

Africa the fastest growing tourism region, UNWTO
The first results of 2012 indicate that international tourism continued to show sustained growth in spite of challenging economic conditions. During the first two months of 2012, international tourist arrivals grew by an estimated 5.7 percent compared to the same period of 2011, according to the May issue of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer.

In Europe (+5 percent), results were above expectations, boosted by the strong growth in arrivals to Central and Eastern Europe (+8 percent), as well as to destinations of Northern Europe and Western Europe (both +6 percent).

Across the world, growth was positive in all regions in the first months of 2012, with the exception of the Middle East (-1 percent), where there were nonetheless encouraging signs of recovery, such as in Egypt (+32 percent in the first quarter). Southeast Asia and South Asia (both at +10 percent) led growth by sub-region.

Africa was the fastest-growing region with an increase of over 7 percent in international tourist arrivals; and the Americas also reported significant growth (+6 percent).

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Germany is a leading congress destination in the world
Germany is the top congress and meeting destination of Europe – again. According to a study by the International Congress & Convention Association (ICCA), Germany comes in first for the eighth time in a row, followed by Spain and Great Britain.

Worldwide, Germany holds the second spot; only the USA hosts more international congresses. Germany´s capital Berlin stays on fourth place in the worldwide city ranking for most international meetings, following Vienna in the top spot, Paris on second and Barcelona on third place.

Matthias Schultze, CEO of the German Convention Bureau (GCB), said, „Germany being the European top destination for international meetings is not an accident. Germany offers great value for money, has an excellent infrastructure and a broad range of meeting sites available and also scores with innovation. Therefore, Germany is a leading force in the green meetings industry as well, which is becoming more and more important.”

The GCB markets Germany – internationally and nationally – as a destination for meetings, conferences, congresses, incentives and events and is the primary contact for planning and organizing a meeting in Germany.

Going green does not cost the world
Turning green doesn’t just help save the earth – it saves significant money. This was the message from The Hotel Show Dubai 2012 that took place at Dubai´s International Convention and Exhibition Center May 15-17.
According to Markus Oberlin from consultancy firm Avireal Farnek, the Mövenpick group of hotels and resorts saves 9 percent of electricity across 20 properties, a total of $1 million a year, which works out to an equivalent of free electricity for one hotel for one year.

Savoy Dubai states that guests themselves ask hotels to be more ecologically aware. According to manager Faroukh Sunny, guests recycle by keeping bottles and cans separate and ask hotel staff to clean their apartments’ sheets and towels twice a week instead of every day. Installing green-friendly water aerator devices in taps and toilets has seen the Savoy save “a million gallons of water each year”.

Mövenpick has also managed water saving across all Middle East propeties. Throughout 2011, the hotels collectively saved one Olympic-sized swimming pool of water each week. Through combined energy and water savings, Mövenpick hotels and resorts also reduced their overall carbon-footprint by the equivalent of five round trips from Dubai to London on an A380 Airbus.

Recently Green Globe Certified: Half Moon Resort, Jamaica
Green Globe announced certification of Half Moon Resort on the northern coast of Jamaica. With a comprehensive Sustainability Management Plan in place, the resort was able to lower energy costs significantly, by replacing light bulbs with low-energy light bulbs, irrigating the property with more than 130,000 gallons of treated waste water per day, and implementing an excellent midnight light reduction policy.

Through its community outreach program, the 400-acre luxury resort has completed several environmental projects, such as the staging of an annual symposium and poster competition in recognition of Earth Day. The resort also partners with the local Barrett Town All Age School to carry out the “Pack for a Purpose” program, which aims to solicit donations of school and medical supplies as most of the school´s 330 students are not able to afford enough school materials through their parents.

Half Moon is the only resort in the Caribbean with a natural Dolphin Lagoon on site. Trained handlers provide a detailed orientation and education session for guests who want to swim with the dolphins.

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