Global Village: New Zealand to get royal tourism boost
KATE Middleton taking baby George to New Zealand as part of the royal tour Down Under is expected to have the same effect on the number of tourists visiting the country as The Lord of the Rings did.
Peter Jackson's epic fantasy adventure films showed off the country's spectacular landscape including its vast mountain chains, steaming volcanoes, sweeping coastlines, and fiords, and had us running over there in our thousands.
Now that New Zealand is in our thoughts following the royal sojourn, here are some fascinating facts about the county:
Bungee jumping originated in New Zealand.
A kiwi is not a fruit – it's a flightless bird and a slang term for a New Zealander. Kiwis call the fruit "kiwifruit" – though they are also known as Chinese gooseberries.
There are around nine sheep to every human in New Zealand (the population of New Zealand is four million).
Plastic surgery was pioneered during the First World War by New Zealand-born Sir Harold Gillies.
CRUISE SHIPS IMPROVE FACILITIES
ROYAL Caribbean cruise line now offers services and activities to accommodate families with children who have autism.
Autism-friendly toys are available for loan on all ships. Counsellors can provide a tote bag of toys that can be used in the Adventure Ocean children's centre or brought back to the stateroom.
Sailings with at least five children with autism on board will offer films presented in a low-volume, low-lit environment, where guests may freely talk and walk around during the showing.
Other autism-friendly features include priority check-in, boarding and disembarkation; special dietary offerings, such as gluten-free and dairy-free foods; and pagers for parents of children in the Adventure Ocean programme.
Vacations To Go has compiled a list of special needs facilities, amenities and services provided by more than 90 of the world's best cruise ships – including facilities for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, are blind or have low vision, have limited mobility or have to travel with supplemental oxygen.
FESTIVAL SERVES UP A FEAST OF MUSIC
NEW Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is seen as a fantastic excuse to party in the city that spawned jazz. And, when you see this year's line-up, including Eric Clapton, Santana, Chaka Khan and Robert Plant, it's hard not to get carried away by the party vibe calling you all the way from Louisiana.
Jazz Fest began as a celebration of the city's 250th birthday in 1968, and back then it attracted musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Dave Brubeck.
This year the music festival is running over this weekend and next and, along with musical acts, which will include Lyle Lovett, Arcade Fire and Bruce Springsteen, there's a cultural section to the festival. This includes a Native American Village, as well as a Louisiana Marketplace and a Congo Square African Marketplace.
The Jazz Fest food list includes sausage and jalapeno bread, Cajun jambalaya, alligator pie and fried green tomatoes.
A NEW WAY TO CLEAN AND CARRY YOUR GADGETS
GERMAPHOBES might want to take a deep breath, because when tested, it has been discovered that most iPhone and iPad screens are a home to germs.
Mmmmm, so what to do if you regularly tweet from the bathroom to save on time? The NueVue case for the iPhone and iPad is an antimicrobial cleaner and carrying case all in one.
It's lined with a special microfibre fabric that cleans the screen of your favourite gadgets, while at the same time killing bacteria over time.
The case sandwiches your devices against getting knocks and scratches – and also cleans and kills germs as you take your iPhone or iPad out for use.
So not only are your screens cleaner and easier on the eye, which will keep your gadgets looking younger for longer, it also means that you don't have to worry about such things like catching colds from lingering bacteria.
Prices for the cases start in and around €35.
Sunday Indo Living