Did You Know?

When we travel, we learn a lot about how people live.  We gain knowledge of different cultures, meet new people and make new friends in different parts of the world.

We thought we’d share a few interesting facts about some countries around the world.  Some you may know, and some may surprise you!

Australia

  • There are three times as many sheep than people living in Australia.
  • The Box Jellyfish, found in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef is responsible for more deaths than snakes, sharks and saltwater crocodiles combined.
  • The Australian Emu, a large, flightless bird can run as fast as 45km per hour.
The Australian Emu

Canada

  • The Royal Canadian Mint once made a gigantic coin comprising of 99.9% gold that was worth $1 million.
  • Quebec manufactures more than 77% of the world’s maple syrup.
  • Canada only got its own flag100 years after it became a country; on February 15, 1965.
Canadian Maple Syrup

China

  • Chinese New Year is the biggest traditional holiday in China. It is celebrated in January or February and lasts for 15 days!
  • China is the most populated country in the world with more than a billion people. The population of China is four times bigger than the population of the USA.
  • Contrary to popular belief China is not the biggest country in the world.  It’s fourth after Russia, Canada and the United States.
A traditional Chinese lantern.

Dubai

  • To construct Dubai’s artificial Palm Islands required 94 million cubic meters of sand.
  • The interior of the Burj Al Arab is decorated with around 1,790 square meters of 24-carat gold leaf; that’s enough to cover 46,265 Mona Lisa paintings.
  • Dubai has the largest indoor mall in the world, the biggest aquarium, the biggest automated fountain, the tallest hotel, the longest automated rail network and the largest indoor ski park.
Dubai’s amazing architecture.

Indonesia

  • Indonesia is the largest island nation in the world with 735,358 square miles of land, it is the 14th largest country in the world by available land. When both land and sea are considered, it is the seventh largest in the world.
  • Indonesia is the only place in the world to see Komodo dragons in the wild. The two most popular islands for seeing Komodo dragons are Rinca Island and Komodo Island. Both islands are in a national park.  Despite their ferocity, Komodo dragons are listed as a threatened species.
  • Sumatra and Borneo are the only places in the world to see wild orangutans. An easy place for travellers in Indonesia to possibly see semi-wild and wild Sumatran orangutans living in the jungle is Gunung Leuser National Park.
Komodo dragon

Kenya     

  • Kenya has the second-highest mountain in Africa; Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second-highest, after Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa.
  • Kenya is one of the world’s leading safari destinations. You’re sure to encounter wildlife; the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, black and white species of rhinoceros and the African leopard.  It is a criminal act to hunt any protected animal in Kenya. Kenya is home to the cheetah; it is the fastest moving animal on land in the world, with speeds recorded up to 120 kilometres per hour.
  • Masai Mara Nature Reserve is best-known for the Great Wildebeest Migration when, every year, more than a million wildebeest, zebra and antelope migrate clockwise around the Serengeti-Masai Mara ecosystem.

The Great Wildebeest Migration

New Zealand

  • New Zealand has a town with the longest name in the world. Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenua-
  • kitanatahu. Yes, that is a word!
  • Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand and is home to more than a quarter of the population, but Wellington is the official capital city. Wellington has been the capital since the 1800s when the parliament buildings were moved to a more central location, the middle of New Zealand!
  • In 1982, New Zealand appointed an official ‘Wizard of Christchurch’. New Zealand is the only country to have a government-appointed wizard. His duties include casting out evil spirits and cheering up the population.
New Zealand

Scotland

  • Scotland is home to the tallest waterfall Eas a’ Chual Aluinn which is 658 feet, this is three times the height of Niagara Falls.
  • Scotland is home to the oldest tree in Europe. It is a twisted yew and has been around for 3,000 years.
  • The raincoat was invented in Scotland by a man named Charles Macintosh, who was born in Glasgow.

Eas a’ Chual Aluinn Waterfall

South Africa

  • Cape Town’s Castle of Good Hope is the oldest building in South Africa. It was built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India company.
  • Johannesburg is the biggest man-made forest in the world. The city has more than 10 million trees lining its streets.
  • South Africa has eight UNESCO World Heritage sites: The Fossil Hommonid Sites at Sterkfontein, the Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape in Limpopo, the Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape in the Northern Cape, Robben Island, the floral regions in the Eastern Cape and the Western Cape, iSimangaliso Wetland Park in KwaZulu-Natal, the Vredefort Dome and the uKhahlamba / Drakensberg Park.

Castle of Good Hope

Spain

  • Spain produces 43.8% of all the world’s Olive Oil. The largest Olive Oil producing region is Andalucia, with Jaen at the epicentre of production. Liquid gold is a common term used for olive oil.
  • Portal del Ángel, a pedestrianised shopping street in the same city sees the soles of 3,000 pedestrians every hour of every day. It’s also known as the most expensive street in Spain, with high rents reflecting the popularity.
  • Spain is the least densely populated country in Europe, with plenty of wild and wonderful open space!  Many gestures are used to portray feelings. Closed fingers and a thumb up means a drink, a little finger and index finger up with fist turned in means a wife is having an affair, be careful how you talk with your hands!
Olive Oil Plant

Thailand

  • Thailand is where you’ll find both the smallest and the largest creatures. The smallest mammal in the world, the bumblebee bat, calls Thailand home. You can also find the largest fish, the whale shark, in Thai waters.
  • People often marvel at the forests and jungles of Thailand, but there used to be more. What most people don’t realize is that over one hundred years ago, nearly all northern Thailand was covered in hardwood forest. Today, about a quarter of that forest is left. For this reason, logging is completely banned in Thailand.
  • One-tenth of the entire population of Thailand lives in Bangkok. It is the capital of this great nation, and, of course, the largest city. There are about 35,000 temples in Thailand. Visiting them requires modest clothing, meaning no shorts or sleeveless shirts.
Thailand

USA

  • The current USA flag was designed by 17-year-old Robert G. Heft; he did it as a school project. He originally received a B for the project but was later awarded an A after the flag was accepted by Congress.
  • Pizza might originate from Italy, but the Americans sure do love their pizzas; they consume three billion pizzas every year!  Reports claim that the pizzas that Americans eat every day would cover an area of 100 acres.
  • Throughout history, there has been countless American inventors who’ve come up with inventions that have changed the world.  Some of these include the transistor, the internet, the lightbulb and the airplane.
American Pizza

We hope you enjoyed these interesting little items that travel has taught us.  Please contact us with your tourism queries.

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Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

1. Why are so many people joining Club Elite with VIP Express Tourism Limited?
That is a good question, there are many great reasons, but we will list the top three.

a.Top quality resorts and accommodation: with over 3900 resorts worldwide, you are sure to find the perfect place for you and your family to travel to.
b. Passive wealth generator: members have the potential to earn a sustainable passive income when effectively using the VIP Express Tourism Limited product and referral marketing program.
c. Service Excellence: VIP Express Tourism Limited always goes beyond the call of duty to ensure that their members receive the best service possible.

2. How do I use my VIP Express Tourism Limited holiday?
To use your VIP Express holiday, you can either;
a. Use your allocated week in the resort and predetermined time slot (reservations require 8 weeks’ notice prior to your travel date and you need to provide at least three travel destination options).
b. Exchange your allocated week by contacting our reservations department, 8 weeks before the start of your allocated week. We will together with our exchange affiliates
assist you in finding alternative accommodation to the same exchange value of your allocated week.

3. Must I use my allocated holiday week myself?
This is your choice. If you would like to send someone in your place, all you must do is ask the VIP Express Tourism Limited reservations department to organise a guest certificate for that person/people.

4. If I cannot or do not want to use my allocated holiday week at the allocated resort or at the specified time, what can I do to change that?
You have the option to exchange your week for another available week, subject to it being in the same “season” that you have purchased. Refer to your buyers guide to the calendar page to find out more about the “seasons”.

5. Where can I go on holiday?
The choices are almost endless, VIP Express Tourism Limited has a portfolio of over 3900 resorts worldwide, you are sure to find your dream holiday destination.

6. Can I upgrade my membership?
Yes of course. You may upgrade your membership at any time. All that is required is that you sign a new contract reflecting your upgraded membership. The monetary difference between your current price and your upgraded price will be calculated and is all you will be required to pay.

7. What makes the VIP Express Tourism Limited business model so flexible and rewarding?
VIP Express Tourism Limited equips you with a powerful tool for wealth generation and not only can you operate your business from anywhere in the country, you also have optimum growth opportunity and can determine the pace at which your business grows.

8. What will VIP Express Tourism Limited do for my lifestyle?
VIP Express can enhance your lifestyle on a multitude of levels. You have guaranteed holidays for the next five years and after a relatively small initial capital investment, you can generate a secondary passive income, thereby creating a healthy, happy, balanced and secure future for your family.

9. What support will I get from VIP Express Tourism Limited?
In addition to continuous support training to assist you to grow your business, we also have a dedicated referral team who will contact your referrals on your behalf. Your referrals attend one of our presentations, join Club Elite and you can enjoy the earning benefits highlighted in your matrix.

10. When can I start my active referral business?
You are welcome to start any time after you have paid your deposit in full and you have completed and signed all the necessary documentation.

11. How many people am I allowed to introduce?
There are no limitations. Remember, the more people you have in your personal business base, the quicker your business will grow.

12. I am not a sales person; do I have to sell the product?
Not at all. Just invite suitable and qualified people to attend one of our presentations, ensure that they do attend and if they decide to also purchase the VIP Express product, you will be rewarded according to your matrix structure. Refer to your buyers guide for tips on qualified referrals.

13. What must I tell my clients when I invite them to VIP Express Tourism Limited?
Tell them about the business and the product that they offer – five years of travel and the passive income opportunities. The more excited you are about VIP Express Tourism Limited, the more likely your client will decide to buy too and the more your business will grow. Remember to tell them to bring their cheque books or ATM cards.

14. Should I accompany my clients to the presentation?
Ideally yes, this will maximise your chance to grow your business by minimising any doubts that your clients may have about joining on the day.

15. How and when do I receive my payments?
Your commission payments will be allocated according to the matrix on the first weekend after the 18th of every month. All payments are made by cheque or by means of a bank transfer into your personal account.

16. Will I receive a regular business statement?
Yes. Once a month you will receive a printout at our regular host functions. However, your December, January and February statements must be collected upon notification from us at our offices.

17. The money that I earn in the matrix represents a large amount of money, where does this money come from?
It is no secret, we all know that marketing a product is extremely expensive, all we did is reroute a large portion of the marketing budget to you, the person who has earned it.

18. How legal is VIP Express Tourism Limited?
VIP Express Tourism Limited is 100% legal and fully registered as per accordance to the Nigerian Government. All documentation is in place and can be viewed by appointment.

19. What is the cancellation policy?
The Purchaser may cancel his agreement, without reason, by delivering a notice to the Trading Company within 5 (five) business days of the agreement being concluded, subject to the Trading Company refunding an amount of 10% of the deposit or purchase price received and the balance forfeited as liquidated damages.

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Quality Family time during the Festive Season

Families who spend time together share strong emotional bonds. Spending time together as a family brings about a sense of belonging and enhances communication.

The Festive Season is the best part of the holiday season to spend quality time with those you love. It’s a perfect time to disconnect from everyday stresses and reconnect with what life is all about; family, friends, laughter, love, gratitude and spreading warmth and smiles.

There are many notable and positive benefits of relaxing and spending time with those special people in your life who you can truly let your guard down around.  There are many fun activities you can do together as a family during the holiday season. Whatever activities you decide on doing with your family, the memories that you create throughout the holiday season will be special and lasting.

For starters, we suggest the following family activities that are sure to bring your family closer together.

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Go Christmas Shopping

For Christmas lovers nothing can replace shopping together as a family.  Each member shares their own inspiration and excitement and can’t wait for Christmas to arrive!  Shopping with friends and family is an enjoyable experience.  The atmosphere, lights and aromas drive your emotions with ideas to purchase inspired gifts.

Have a Christmas Party

Catch up with old friends and loved ones and have Christmas parties together.  A house party guarantees your privacy.  It is a perfect choice to get to spend quality time with everyone that matters to you. You can arrange fun tricks and activities to meet everybody’s favourite game.  By making your home the entertainment hub, you can party with your choice of delicious food, holiday deserts and sweets.  Christmas party activities can include karaoke, kid friendly crafts, cookie decorating, a treasure hunt, a  with Christmas props; the list is endless! We are confident your house party will be fun easy entertaining and will spread the holiday spirit. 

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Attend Outdoor Christmas Events

Check online or in your local community paper for outdoor festive season functions happening.  You are sure to find party events, singing of Christmas carols, concerts and end of the year bashes advertised in your town.  You could also decorate the outside of your home or front door for that great festive feeling.

Game Night

Hold a family game night at least one evening during the holidays.  There are many fun family games that everyone will enjoy.  Turn cell phones and the TV off and gather the family together to play a favourite game.

Movie Night

Watching a favourite holiday movie while enjoying each other’s company is great fun. Get some popcorn and snacks sorted and settle in for a special family movie snack night.

Food Preparation and Baking

Spend time in the kitchen together as a family. Parents and children can do the holiday baking and food preparation as a group. Even the youngest children can wash vegetables, set the table, or ice little cakes.

Share the Love

If grandparents visit during the holidays, spend time sharing family traditions and stories about past generations. Sharing family traditions gives family members values and beliefs.  This is a perfect time to show acts of kindness.  Encouraging words are a great way to express appreciation. A hug or heartfelt thanks reinforces your love and support for family members.

A Holiday for Sure!

A holiday is the best way to spend quality time together as a family.  Prepare your holiday ideas together; this will ensure attractions for all family members are inclusive.  Discuss where you would love to visit, restaurants to try, events or unique places you’d like to explore.  Once you have a list of all the attractions and desires, allow everyone in the family to choose the one thing they would most like to do. The fun thing about this is that members of the family will likely learn that they enjoyed someone else’s choice just as much as theirs. It is a great way for everyone to try something new.

 

Every family is different and hopefully have a few of their your own ‘family together’ ideas, but this is a good place to start.  It is even better to contact a travel agent who has all the tourism knowledge and experience to put your holiday dreams together with ease.

 

Contact VIP Express Tourism Limited today! We will arrange everything your family desires to enjoy a stress-free vacation.

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