As the contest for the Super Bowl XLVI heats up to immeasurable temperatures, the fans of competiting teams have turned their attentions to a separate competition that bestows the ultimate in travel oneupmanship.
On Monday the Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced their support to their hometown teams with a sideline wager.
The bet by respective mayors allows a selected fan of the winning team to visit the losing city in an all expenses paid trip.
Super Bowl Competition
If New England Patriots win, the winning Boston family will receive a round trip airfare to New York, with a short, two night stay in the Grand Hyatt New York. The trip will also include dinner at B. Smith’s retaurant and the Russian Tea Room, along with free tickets to a range sporting events, culture visits and tours.
If the Giants win though, the winning New York family will equally win a round trip to Boston. The stay includes two nights at The Ritz-Carlton, as well as dinner at the Legal Seafoods Harborside and Top of the Hub restaurant. Similarly, the prize in Boston includes free tickets to a variety of sporting events, cutural visits and tours.
New York Mayor Bloomberg ignited the friendly smack talk, openly announcing his confindence in the Giants to bring home the Lombardi Trophy.
Boston Mayor Menino showed far more restraint in his approach, stating that he had a lot of ‘faith in the Patriots’. He added that he hoped ‘they’ll carry the Vince Lombardi Trophy right back to Boston.’
The Patriots go into the tie as slight favourites in the 2003 rematch in which the Giants came out on top. Regardless of who wins the superbowl though, there will still be some sore losers amongst those winning fans that don’t win the trip to the opposition’s city.
Greece holidays have been a favourite among the British public for years now. Famed for its crystal clear waters and beautiful scenery, this country may have a turbulent present, but the current situation shouldn’t overshadow this country’s glittering past. Drenched in rich history, there are still many reasons to visit Greece and they don’t all link to the past. The truth is the future of Greece is as a promising European city and it will continue to add to its merits as a great holiday destination.
The breaking news this morning indicates debts surrounding the country are expected to half, as representatives from the International Monetary Fund are undergoing meeting with the country’s government. It appears that the on-going protests from the thousands of Greek protesters outraged by ballooning interest rates have finally broken through to the investors.
Greece and it financial situation
Greek Stock markets jumped up yesterday, indicating the probability that a deal over the debts is likely to be pieced together.
Who’s to say that the country’s tourism has to suffer because of a country’s economic downturn. If that were really the case than China would be the only viable destination having seen its economy grow an impressive 8.9% in the fourth quarter of 2011. But even the Chinese have over $5.7 trillion of debt according to US tabloids. On the whole, it’s a nearing impossibility to find a country that isn’t in debt. And that’s the same globally as it is in our continent, despite GDP rising in most European countries in 2011.
Of course, Greece has had a whole host of media speculation regarding the extent of its debt. But where many read headlines of disaster, potential travellers should recognise that the media’s coverage of the country’s financial struggle spells out a cheap break.
The media have worked Greece’s situation into a frenzy, making a critical situation into an irreparable one. It’s well known around the financial districts that countries like Japan, Lebanon and Zimbabwe have more debt the Greece. The media news worthiness came as the riots broke out.
In any case, a country’s economic down turn should not affect the traveller decision to make that their holiday destination. In fact it should mean quite the opposite. Not only because it opens the possibilities for a cheap vacation, but moreover to help rebuild the country’s economy during financial reform.
Surely this then is the perfect time to holiday in Greece. Booking your break in at the start of an upturn for any country simply means that you’ll get more value money. And at the end of the day what more can you ask for. The likelihood that you’ll even encounter the effects of Greece’s economic down town is highly unlikely, especially on the surrounding islands like Corfu.
The geography of the country remains as does the excellent service standards. If anything the quality of your stay only escalates given the panics that continue to surge around the country’s economic stand point.
Yet still the global travelling community chooses to neglect a country that, in spite of its critical finance situation, remains one of the most beautiful places on planet Earth.