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The market in the long run is expected to be more efficient with players moving towards the car sharing market in the densely populated areas such as Washington DC, New York and others. Additionally, opaque and online car rental segment will gain momentum with several leisure travelers switching to online reservations for relatively cheap rentals. The reduced fleet size and efficient yield management policy adapted by the players will also certainly change the course of the operations of the US car rental industry in the long run. It is expected that the market will grow at a CAGR of 5.25% in the next 5 years and will reach USD ~ million by 2015.
The future projections are presented along with the cause and effect relationship between the market and several industry and macro-economic indicators providing an insight on the prospects in the US car rental market.
The car rental market in the US is a mature market which was valued at USD ~ million with ~ million cars in service in 2010. The market has consolidated over the period with a wave of several mergers and acquisitions which has strengthened the position of few players and has created complexities for the new entrants due to high initial costs and reduced economies of scale. The US car rental market is predominantly dependent on the behavior of the travelers. Total visitors using car rental services has risen from ~ thousand in 2005 to ~ thousand in 2010 propelling the growth of the US car rental market.
Key Topics Covered in the Report:
The market size of the US car rental industry and its segments including on-airport, off-airport, domestic and overseas car rental travelers, online/opaque car rental market on the basis of revenue, users and cars in services
Market segmentation of the US car rental industry and its segments
Recent trends and developments in the industry
Competitive landscape/ market share of the various players operating in the country in off-airport, on-airport and total car rental market
Future outlook and projections along with the cause and effect relationship between the market and industry factors on the US car rental industry
Company profiles of major car rental agencies including company overview, business strategies, financial and operating performance and SWOT analysis
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Indonesia is the world’s biggest archipelago, containing thousands of islands. The country is a collection of many different local places of interest. Tourism in Indonesia is highly developed, including a wide range of tourist destinations, and excellent luxury hotels and hotel packages.
The selection of places to visit is vast, including many fascinating and unique sites and areas of interest. Indonesia is a big place, and the tourist is confronted with infinite possibilities of combinations of places to see and things to do.
This is a selection of five of the best and most dazzling of Indonesia’s tourist paradises:
Java is the main island of Indonesia, in terms of population and development. It’s also one of the most unusual tourist destinations in the world. There are some extraordinary things to see in Java:
Borobodur Temple, the ancient Buddhist Mahayana monument. This is one of the great classics of Buddhist art, with no less than 504 Buddha statues and 2,672 relief panels.
Prambanan Temple, the Hindu Temple near Yogyakarta, a masterpiece of Hindu workmanship 47 metres tall, the equal of its Indian equivalents.
At the western tip of Java is the volcano Anak Krakatau, the “Child of Krakatoa”.
Sumatra is Indonesia’s big western island. It’s a very diverse place with many different environments and a priceless wildlife heritage which trying hard to survive the strain of modern times. Sumatra retains much of its ancient heritage and culture. It’s common to see ancient ways of life and fishing boats next to new four wheel drives and sleek modern power boats.
Bali, one of the world’s legendary tourist destinations, is the global traveler’s classic must see destination. Bali resorts are famous for their high quality, particularly in the Nusa Dua and Jimbaran areas of the island.
People don’t just “like”Bali, they love it. Each beach and resort has its own admirers, and the regular visitors come back many times. Bali’s reputation is based on a mix of its natural beauty, the fabulous holiday lifestyle, and a personal affinity. Everyone has “their” personal Bali. It’s one of the few places in the world where tourists care as much as locals about preserving the natural charm of the region.
Kalimantan, formerly known as Borneo, is the big northern island, a wild area famous in colonial times for its wild jungles and their fierce inhabitants, the Dayaks. This is a truly incredible, magical place. You can see orangutans in their natural environment, go on river cruises up wild rivers, trek through one of the world’s great jungles, and see a real traditional longhouse and the famous Dayak dragon.
Sulawesi is the large, island with four big peninsulas east of Kalimantan. The island is divided into North Sulawesi and South Sulawesi. This island is famous for its diving experiences. Sulawesi has a range of marine environments, including beautiful beaches. Inland, it has fabulous Lake Linow, and an active volcano, Mt. Soputan.
Indonesian holidays combine all the best elements of tourism; Excitement, exotic places, and real luxury.
Tejeda and its National Park
A day trip that is well worth taking in Gran Canaria is a drive into the mountain ranges to the village of Tejeda and its wonderful National Park, with stunning flora and fauna to be seen. Tejeda is located in the central mountainous area of Gran Canaria. The park is located on its highest mountain, Cruz de Tejeda, which rises to a height of 2,000 metres.
The best route to get to this park is either from the west where you will pass through the small town of Mogan, or from the south where you will join the road that will take you to San Bartolome de Tirajana at Maspalomas. The charming mountain villages of Artenara and Pinos de Galdar along this day trip route are well worth exploring.
A day trip to the south of the island at Maspalomas is well worth exploring the motorway on the east side of the Island (GC1) will take you quickly and conveniently to Maspalomas. The wonderful dunes are known as the Maspalomas Costa Canaria. The landscape consists of 17km of massive dunes. The dunes expand year by year, and the beaches are safe with plenty of shallow bathing areas.
Sioux City Gran Canaria
The Western styled Theme Park was originally constructed in 1969 at a cost of $2 million. It has been a very popular tourist attraction since. It was designed by the land owner del Castillo together with 20th Century Fox film producers, who enlisted designers to recreate the US Western type area. In the early 1970s Sioux City was opened as a Wild West Theme Park. The popular Western film “Take a High Ride” was filmed here. The theme park is open every day except for Mondays from 10am until 5pm, with a special barbeque night on Fridays.
The park is easily reached from Playa del Ingls in Caon del Aguila, San Agustn, and you will be enthralled by the recreation of a Wild West Village and you can try your hand at horse riding and there are restaurant and bar facilities. There is also a reptile zoo there!
Guayadeque Village of the Caves
Guayadeque National Park is perched on the eastern edge of the mountains of Gran Canaria. The National Park affords you some majestic mountain scenery and views of rich green valleys laden with almond trees.
But the real jewel in the crown of the National Park is the caves. The majority of the caves are put to good use, by farmers or locals who have converted them into houses. One part of the caves area has been recreated into an entire village, with walkways, a church, bar and street lights! A real treat is dining at the “Tagoror” restaurant, which is a huge cave transformed into a wonderful restaurant which seats more than 100 people. With tables and chairs carved from thick oak trees, and great food, what could be a more perfect end to a day trip to the Village of the Caves!
To get to Guayadeque, take the GC1 motorway north, branching off from the exit before the airport heading for Ingenio. Take the Ingenio road through to the town of Arguimes and when arriving in Ingenio, you will see the sign posts for the caves.
Mundo Aborigen is located on the route from Maspalomas to San Bartolome, and quite close to the village of Fataga. It recreates early island life in a realistic village, created with an authentic feel. You will learn all about the early inhabitants of the islands, who are known as the Gaunche. The history of the early dwelling people of the island has been re-enacted with authenticity in the village with a separate museum. You will learn about the lifestyle of the people, how they lived, their world of magic, religion, and rites of burial.
Parque Cocodrillos (Crocodile Park)
The Crocodile Park located at the Villa de Agimes has always been a popular family attraction and is home to hundreds of crocodiles, of differing sizes. It is situated in a wonderful scenic setting. The crocodile setting of the park gives you a display showing the lifecycle of a crocodile from the egg stage and newly born in tanks, to the full-grown stage. It is perfectly safe to explore so do not be alarmed!
Gran Canaria’s Crocodile Park also contains many more of your favourite animals from the zoo, including zebras, leopard, monkeys and exotic birds. Daily shows are available, together with gardens and a souvenir shop.
The park is run as a charity and receives no backing from the government, and relies on the entrance fee money to cater for the animals, many of whom were badly treated by previous owners. It is a very worthy cause to support by visiting. To get there, get on the GC1 motorway, and take the exit at Vecindario, past the Carrefour shopping centre on the left while you head north. At the roundabout take the last exit and this will bring you to the park.