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Travel
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Travel is the transport of people on a trip or journey. Reasons for travel include:
Tourism—travel for recreation. This may apply to the travel itself, or the travel may just be the necessary investment to arrive at a desired location.
Visiting friends and family
Trade
Commuting–going to various routine activities, such as work or meetings.
Migration—travel to begin life somewhere else; nomadic people do this
Pilgrimages—travel for religious reasons
The word originates from the Middle English word travailen ("to toil"), which comes from the French word travailler ("travail").

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Hotel
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The 4-star Manor House Hotel at Castle Combe, Wiltshire, England. Built in the fourteenth century, the hotel has 48 rooms and 365 acres (1.5 km²) of gardens.
A small hotel in Mureck, Austria which has preserved its 1960s exterior and interior
An upscale hotel room in the Renaissance Hotels chain in the U.S.
A hotel is an establishment that provides paid lodging, usually on a short-term basis. Hotels often provide a number of additional guest services such as a restaurant, a swimming pool or childcare. Some hotels have conference services and meeting rooms and encourage groups to hold conventions and meetings at their location.
Hotels differ from motels in that most motels have drive-up, exterior entrances to the rooms, while hotels tend to have interior entrances to the rooms, which may increase guests' safety and present a more upmarket image.

Contents
1 Origins of the term
2 Services and facilities
3 Classification
4 Boutique hotels
5 Famous hotels
6 Unusual hotels
6.1 Treehouse hotels
6.2 Cave hotels
6.3 Ice hotels
6.4 Garden hotels
6.5 Underwater hotels
6.6 Other unusual hotels
7 World-record setting hotels
7.1 Tallest
7.2 Largest
7.3 Oldest
8 Living in hotels
9 Hotels in fiction
10 Other usage

Origins of the term
The word hotel derives from the French hôtel, which referred to a French version of a townhouse, not a place offering accommodation (in contemporary usage, hôtel has the meaning of "hotel", and hôtel particulier is used for the old meaning). The French spelling (with the circumflex) was once also used in English, but is now rare. The circumflex replaces the 's' once preceding the 't' in the earlier hostel spelling, which over time received a new, but closely related meaning.

Services and facilities
Basic accommodation of a room with a bed, a cupboard, a small table and a washstand only has largely been replaced by rooms with en-suite bathrooms and climate control. Other features found may be a telephone, an alarm clock, a TV, and broadband Internet connectivity. Food and drink may be supplied by a mini-bar (which often includes a small refrigerator) containing snacks and drinks (to be paid for on departure), and tea and coffee making facilities (cups, spoons, an electric kettle and sachets containing instant coffee, tea bags, sugar, and creamer or milk).

In the United Kingdom a hotel is required by law to serve food and drinks to allcomers within certain stated hours; to avoid this requirement it is not uncommon to come across "private hotels" which are not subject to this requirement.
However, in Japan the capsule hotel supplies minimal facilities and room space.

Classification
The cost and quality of hotels are usually indicative of the range and type of services available. Due to the enormous increase in tourism worldwide during the last decades of the 20th century, standards, especially those of smaller establishments, have improved considerably. For the sake of greater comparability, rating systems have been introduced, with the one to five stars classification being most common.

Boutique hotels
"Boutique Hotel" is a term originating in North America to describe intimate, usually luxurious or quirky hotel environments. Boutique hotels differentiate themselves from larger chain or branded hotels by providing an exceptional and personalized level of accommodation, services and facilities.
Boutique hotels are furnished in a themed, stylish and/or aspirational manner. Although usually considerably smaller than a mainstream hotel (ranging from 3 to 100 guest rooms) boutique hotels are generally fitted with telephone and wi-fi Internet connections, honesty bars and often cable/pay TV. Guest services are attended to by 24 hour hotel staff. Many boutique hotels have on site dining facilities, and the majority offer bars and lounges which may also be open to the general public.
Of the total travel market a small percentage are discerning travelers, who place a high importance on privacy, luxury and service delivery. As this market is typically corporate travelers, the market segment is non-seasonal, high-yielding and repeat, and therefore one which boutique hotel operators target as their primary source of income.

Famous hotels
Some hotels have gained their renown through tradition, by hosting significant events or persons, such as Schloss Cecilienhof in Potsdam, Germany, which derives its fame from the so-called Potsdam Conference of the World War II allies Winston Churchill, Harry Truman and Joseph Stalin in 1945. Other establishments have given name to a particular meal or beverage, as is the case with the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, USA, known for its Waldorf Salad or the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, where the drink Singapore Sling was invented. Another example is the Hotel Sacher in Vienna Austria, home of the Sachertorte.
A number of hotels have entered the public consciousness through popular culture, such as the Ritz Hotel in London, UK ('Putting on The Ritz') and Hotel Chelsea in New York City, subject of a number of songs and also the scene of the alleged stabbing of Nancy Spungen by her boyfriend Sid Vicious. Hotels that enter folklore like these two are also often frequented by celebrities, as is the case both with the Ritz and the Chelsea. Other famous hotels include the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Chateau Marmont, in California, USA, and the Hotel George V in Paris and the Palazzo Versace hotel on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
The Burj Al Arab in Dubai is regarded as the most luxurious hotel the world.

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Unusual hotels
The first of the Ariau towers[edit]
Treehouse hotels
Some hotels, such as the Costa Rica Tree House in the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, or Treetops Hotel in Aberdares National Park, Kenya, are built with living trees as structural elements, making them treehouses.
The Ariau Towers near Manaus, Brazil is in the middle of the Amazon, on the Rio Negro. Bill Gates even invested and had a suite built there with satellite internet/phone.

Cave hotels
Desert Cave Hotel in Coober Pedy, South Australia and the Cuevas Pedro Antonio de Alarcón (named after the author) in Guadix, Spain, as well as several hotels in Cappadocia, Turkey, are notable for being built into natural cave formations, some with rooms underground.

Ice hotels
Main article: Ice hotel
Ice hotels, such as the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, melt every spring and are rebuilt out of ice and snow each winter.

Garden hotels
Garden hotels, famous for their gardens before they became hotels, includes Gravetye Manor, the home of William Robinson and Cliveden, designed by Charles Barry with a rose garden by Geoffrey Jellicoe.

Underwater hotels
As of 2005, the only hotel with an underwater room that can be reached without Scuba diving is Utter Inn in Lake Mälaren, Sweden. It only has one room, however, and Jules' Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, Florida, which requires scuba diving, is not much bigger.
Hydropolis is an ambitious project to build a luxury hotel in Dubai, UAE, with 220 suites, all on the bottom of the Persian Gulf, 20 meters (66 feet) below the surface. Its architecture will feature two domes that break the surface and an underwater train tunnel, all made of transparent materials such as glass and acrylic.

Other unusual hotels
The Library Hotel in New York City is unique in that its ten floors are arranged according to the Dewey Decimal System.
The Rogers Centre, formerly SkyDome, in Toronto, Canada is the only stadium to have a hotel connected to it, with 70 rooms overlooking the field.


Typical high-rise urban chain hotel: Westin in Cincinnati, Ohio.The Burj al-Arab hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, built on an artificial island, is structured in the shape of a sail of a boat.

World-record setting hotels

Tallest
The tallest hotel in the world is the Burj al-Arab in Dubai, United Arab Emirates at 321 meters (1,053 feet). However, this title may be taken by the less illustrious Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang at 330 meters (1,083 feet), pending its (perhaps unlikely) completion; it has been under construction since 1987 and was abandoned in 1992. The Burj Al-Arab also claims to be the world's only seven-star hotel until The Flower of the East is completed in Kish Island, Iran in 2009

Largest
The largest hotel in the world is the Ambassador City Jomtien resort, in Jomtien, near Pattaya, Thailand, at 5,100 rooms. It is a resort complex with a number of buildings. In 2000, the First World Hotel, in Genting Highlands, Malaysia, claimed that it was in the process of developing a 6,300-room hotel complex; however, it appears that only about 3,000 rooms have been built and opened to the public.
The largest single-building hotel is the MGM Grand Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada, with 5,005 rooms. Third place belongs to the Luxor Hotel, also in Las Vegas, with 4,408 rooms. According to About.com, 8 of the top 10 largest hotels are in Las Vegas.

Oldest
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the oldest hotel still in operation is the Hoshi Ryokan, in Awazu, Japan. It opened in 717 CE, and features hot springs.

Living in hotels
The American billionaire Howard Hughes lived much of his life in hotels. He moved with his entourage from hotel to hotel and from Beverly Hills to Boston before deciding to move to Las Vegas and become a casino baron. Less than a month after his November 27, 1966 arrival , Hughes made a public offer to buy the Desert Inn. The hotel's 8th floor became the nerve center of his empire and the 9th floor penthouse became Hughes's personal residence. Hughes moved to the Bahamas, Vancouver, London and several other locations — always taking up residence in the top floor penthouse of the hotel. Between 1966 and 1968, he also purchased several other hotel-casinos from the Mafia: Castaways, New Frontier, The Landmark Hotel and Casino, Sands and Silver Slipper.
King Peter II of Yugoslavia spent much of the Second World War at Claridge's, hotel in London. His son, Aleksandar Karadordevic, was born in there too.

Prince Felix Yusupov lived in the in Hotel Vendôme in Paris.

Sultan Said Bin Taimur of Muscat lived at Dorchester Hotel in London from the day when he was deposed by Qaboos of Oman. He lived there from 1970 to 1972 when he died there.
Eleftherios Venizelos, Greek statesman and diplomat, lived in the Hôtel Ritz Paris while he was in exile in France from 1935-1936.

Hotels in fiction
Hotels have been chosen by authors as the setting of their crime fiction, farce and mystery works. Such a setting is perfect for mysterious, anonymous settings where multiple characters may gather. Hotels also feature in films, television series, songs and even theme park rides.

Examples:

Hyperion Hotel
Grand Hotel
Room Service
Plaza Suite
Tipton Hotel on Disney Channel's "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody"
The Hotel New Hampshire
Fawlty Towers
White Horse Inn
Hotelier
Hotel Babylon
"Hotel California"
Agatha Christie's Evil Under the Sun
A Caribbean Mystery
At Bertram's Hotel
Cyril Hare's Suicide Excepted
Hotel Rwanda
"Hollywood Tower Hotel" (ride at Disney-MGM Studios, Orlando, Florida)
The Overlook Hotel from The Shining
Hotel
Hotel Trianon in Graham Greene's The Comedians

Other usage
In Australia, the word "hotel" often refers to a public house, a drinking establishment which does not necessarily provide accommodation. In India, the word may also refer to a restaurant since the best restaurants were always situated next to a good hotel.

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Vacation
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Vacation is a term used in English speaking North America to describe time away from work or school, a trip abroad, or simply a pleasure trip away from home. In the rest of the English-speaking world the word "holiday" is used. In Canada both terms are widely used. In England the word vacation referred specifically to the long summer break taken by the law courts (and later universities) - a custom introduced by William the Conqueror from Normandy where it was intended to facilitate the grape harvest. The French term is similar to the American English: "Les Vacances". The term derives from the fact that, in the past, upper-class families would literally move to a summer home for part of the year, leaving their usual family home vacant.
Most countries around the world have labor laws mandating a certain number of days of time off per year to be given to a worker. In Canada the legal minimum is two weeks, while in most of Europe the limit is significantly higher. Many American companies give only one week, and then frequently only after completion of a year of employment.
In modern employment practice, vacation days are usually coupled with sick time, official holidays, and sometimes personal days.
Americans and Canadians may also use the word "holiday", especially those of recent British or European descent.

Minimal vacation time around the world
Country legally required
Argentina 12 calendar days
Australia Not required, but 4 weeks is standard
Austria 5 weeks, for elderly employees 6 weeks
The Bahamas 2 weeks after 1 year employment, 3 weeks after 5 years employment
Belgium 20 days, premium pay
Brazil 30 consecutive days
Bulgaria 20 business days
Canada 10 working days, determined by provincial law
Chile 15 working days
China Not required
Czech Republic 4 weeks
Colombia 2 weeks
European Union 4 weeks, more in some countries
Ecuador 2 weeks
Finland 5 weeks
France 5 weeks (30 "workable" days, i.e. Mo to Sa, even if the working week is Mo to Fri)
Germany 24 working days, plus 9 to 13 bank holidays
Hong Kong 7 days
Hungary 20 working days
Israel 14 days
Japan including sick leave: 18 days paid time off;
officially, five weeks (in reaction to the karoshi problem)
Korea, South 10 working days
Mexico 1 week
Netherlands 4 weeks
New Zealand 4 weeks as of April 1, 2007
Norway 25 working days
Paraguay 2 weeks
Peru 2 weeks
Puerto Rico 15 days
Saudi Arabia 15 days
Singapore 7 days
South Africa 21 consecutive days
Spain 30 calendar days
Sweden 5 weeks
Switzerland 4 weeks
Taiwan 7 days
Turkey 12 work days
Tunisia 30 work days
Ukraine 24 calendar days
United Kingdom 20 calendar days, plus 8 bank holidays
United States Not required, but 7-21 days is standard for most employers. Typically, 10 working days.
Uruguay 2 weeks
Venezuela 15 paid days

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Cruise ship
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Pacific Sky sails under Sydney Harbour BridgeA cruise ship, or less commonly cruise liner or luxury liner, is a passenger ship used for pleasure voyages, where the voyage itself and the amenities of the ship are considered an essential part of the experience.
Cruising has become a major part of the tourism industry, with millions of passengers each year as of 2006. The rapid growth of the industry has seen nine or more new-build ships catering to a North American clientele added every year since 2001.
The practice grew gradually out of the transatlantic crossing tradition, which despite the best efforts of engineers and sailors into the mid-20th century, rarely took less than about four days. In the competition for passengers, ocean liners added many luxuries — most famously seen in the Titanic, but also available in other ships — fine dining, well-appointed staterooms, and so forth.
In the late 19th century, Albert Ballin, director of the Hamburg-America Line, was the first to make a regular practice of sending his transatlantic ships out on long southern cruises during the worst of the winter season of the North Atlantic. Other companies followed suit. Some of them built specialized ships which were made for easy transformation between summer crossings and winter cruising.
With the advent of large passenger jet aircraft in the 1960s, the vast majority of inter-continental travellers switched from ships to planes. There were some, however, who actually enjoyed the few days of enforced idleness, so while the ocean liner transport business crashed, the cruising voyages never stopped altogether.

Pacific Princess in Sydney HarbourLater other cruises were introduced, such as to the islands of the Caribbean, and through the Mediterranean, and new ships were built to accommodate the growing demand.
The 1970s television show The Love Boat, featuring Princess Cruises' since-sold ship Pacific Princess , did much to raise awareness of cruises as a vacation option for ordinary people in the United States.
As of 2004, several hundred cruise ships, some carrying over 3,000 passengers and measuring over 100,000 gross tons, ply routes all over the world. For certain destinations such as Antarctica, cruise ships are very nearly the only way for tourists to visit.
Present-day cruise ships are organized much like floating hotels, with a complete "hospitality staff" in addition to the usual ship's crew. It is not uncommon for the most luxurious ships to have more crew/staff than passengers.
As with any vessel, adequate provisioning is crucial, especially on a cruise ship serving several thousand meals each at seating. The amount of food and beverages consumed by a cruise ship on an average 7-day voyage is staggering. Passengers and crew on the Royal Caribbean International ship Mariner of the Seas consume 20,000 pounds of beef, 28,000 eggs, 8,000 gallons of ice cream, and 18,000 slices of pizza in a week.
Many older cruise ships have had multiple owners over their lifetimes. Since each cruise line has its own livery and often a naming theme (for instance, ships of the Holland America Line have names ending in -dam, e.g. MS Statendam; or Royal Caribbean's ships all ending in "of the Seas"), it is usual for the transfer of ownership to entail a refitting and a name change. Some ships have had a dozen or more identities.
Because of a shortage of hotel accommodation there was a plan to moor a number of cruise ships in Athens to provide tourist accommodation for the duration of the 2004 Summer Olympics.
On September 1, 2005, a few days following Hurricane Katrina washing through New Orleans, FEMA contracted for three Carnival Cruise Lines vessels to house hurricane evacuees. The six-month contract cost $236 million. The contract was widely criticized because the vessels were never fully utilized. In addition, Carnival received more money that it otherwise would have gotten for using the ships in their normal rotation. [1], although this calculation does not take into account the fact that cruise lines receive a greater proportion of their revenue from gambling and alcoholic beverages on normal excursions, none of which were offered during the evacuation.

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Amusement park
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Amusement park is the more generic term for a collection of rides and other entertainment attractions assembled for the purpose of entertaining a fairly large group of people. An amusement park is more elaborate than a simple city park or playground, as an amusement park is meant to cater to adults, teenagers, and small children.
An amusement park may be permanent or temporary, usually periodic, such as a few days or weeks per year. The temporary (often annual) amusement park with mobile rides etc. is called a funfair or carnival.
Amusement parks evolved in Europe from Pleasure Gardens which used to exist for the recreation of the people, while charging a fee. In the United States, expositions were another influence on the amusement park. Amusement parks were the historical precursors to modern theme parks as well as the more traditional midway arcades and rides at county and state fairs (in the United States). Today, amusement parks have largely been replaced by theme parks, and the two terms are often used interchangeably. The oldest amusement park of the world (opened 1583) is Bakken, at Klampenborg, north of Copenhagen, Denmark. Another long-standing park is Prater in Vienna, Austria, which opened in 1766.
For a remarkable example of a European park, dating from 1843 and still existing, see Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen. Even older is the Oktoberfest which is not only a beer festival but also provides a lot of amusement park features, dating back to 1810, when the first event was held in Munich, Germany.

Contents
1 History of American amusement parks
2 History of theme parks
3 Australian shows
4 British theme parks
5 Noteworthy amusement, theme and water parks

History of American amusement parks
Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland. Disneyland is considered to be the first Theme Park, a type of amusement park where rides, shows and attractions are organized and decorated around themes instead of being separately designed and decorated entities.In 1897, Steeplechase Park, the first of three significant amusement parks opened at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York. Often, it is Steeplechase Park that comes to mind when one generically thinks of the heyday of Coney Island. Steeplechase Park was a huge success and by the late 1910s, there were hundreds of amusement parks in operation around the world. The introduction of the world-famous Cyclone roller coaster at Steeplechase Park in 1927 marked the beginning of the roller coaster as one of the most popular attractions for amusement parks as well as the later modern theme parks of today.
During the peak of the "golden age" of amusement parks from roughly the turn of the 20th century through the late 1920s, Coney Island at one point had three distinct amusement parks: Steeplechase Park, Luna Park (opened in 1903), and Dreamland (opened in 1904). However, the Great Depression of the 1930s and World War II during the 1940s saw the decline of the amusement park industry. Furthermore, fire was a constant threat in those days, as much of the construction within the amusement parks of the era was wooden. In 1911, Dreamland was the first Coney Island amusement park to completely burn down; in 1944, Luna Park also burned to the ground.
By the 1950s, factors such as urban decay, crime, and even desegregation led to changing patterns in how people chose to spend their free time. Many of the older, traditional amusement parks had closed or burned to the ground. Many would be taken out by the wrecking ball to make way for suburban development. In 1964, Steeplechase Park, once the king of all amusement parks, closed down for the last time.

History of theme parks
The theme park is the modern amusement park, either based on a central theme or, divided into several distinctly themed areas, or "spaces" as is often used. Large resorts, such as Walt Disney World in Florida (United States), actually house several different theme parks within their confines.
In the 1920s, Walter Knott and his family sold berries from a roadside stand. In 1934, Knott's wife Cordelia began serving fried chicken dinners, and within a few years, lines outside the restaurant were often several hours long. To entertain the waiting crowds, Walter built a Ghost Town in 1940, using buildings relocated from real old west towns such as the Calico, California ghost town and Prescott, Arizona. In 1968, the Knott family fenced the farm, charged admission for the first time, and Knott's Berry Farm officially became an amusement park. Because of its long history, Knott's Berry Farm currently claims to be "America's First Theme Park."
Walt Disney, however, is usually credited with having originated the concept of the themed amusement park. Disneyland was based loosely on Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Children's Fairyland in Oakland, California, and various World's Fairs. Disney took these influences and melded them with the popular Disney animated characters and his unique vision, and "Disneyland" was born. Disneyland officially opened in Anaheim, California in 1955 and changed the amusement industry forever.
The years in which Disneyland opened were a sort of stopgap period for the amusement park industry, as many of the older, traditional amusement parks had already closed and many were close to closing their doors. Even before Steeplechase Park at Coney Island closed in 1964, a new entry to the theme park world emerged in the first regional theme park, as well as the first Six Flags park, Six Flags over Texas.
Six Flags Over Texas was officially opened in 1961 in Arlington, Texas near Dallas. The first Six Flags theme park was the vision of Angus Wynne, Jr. and helped create the modern, competitive theme park industry. By 1968, the second Six Flags park, Six Flags Over Georgia, opened, and in 1971, Six Flags Over Mid-America (now Six Flags St. Louis) opened near St. Louis, Missouri. Also in 1971 was the opening of the Walt Disney World resort complex in Florida, which is still the largest theme park and resort complex in the world.
An example of a roller coaster, one of the staples of modern amusement parks.During the 1970s, the theme park industry started to mature as a combination of revitalized traditional amusement parks and new ventures funded by larger corporations emerged. Magic Mountain (now a Six Flags park) opened in Valencia, California. Regional parks such as Cedar Point and Kings Island, popular amusement parks in Ohio, moved towards the more modern theme park-concept as well as rotating new [oller coasters and modern thrill rides. Also during the mid-1970s, Marriott Corporation built two nearly identical theme parks named "Great America" in northern California and Illinois. The former is now owned by Paramount, which now also owns Kings Island; and the latter is now Six Flags Great America. Many theme parks were hit badly by the Arab oil embargo of 1973 and a number of planned theme parks were scrapped during this time.
Perhaps the most indirect evolution of an attraction into a full-fledged theme park is that of Universal Studios Hollywood. Originally just a backlot tram train ride tour of the actual studios in Hollywood, California, the train ride that started in 1964 slowly evolved into a larger attraction with a western stunt show in 1967, "The Parting of the Red Sea" in 1973, a look at props from the movie Jaws in 1975, and the "Conan the Barbarian" show in 1984. By 1985, the modern era of the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park began with the "King Kong" ride and, in 1990, Universal Studios Florida in Orlando opened. Universal Studios is now the second-largest theme park company in the world, only rivalled in size by Disney itself.
Since the 1980s, the theme park industry has become larger than ever before, with everything from large, worldwide type theme parks such as Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood to smaller and medium-sized theme parks such as the Six Flags parks and countless smaller ventures in many of the states of the U.S. and in countries around the world. Even simpler theme parks directly aimed at smaller children have emerged, including Legoland in Carlsbad, California (the first Legoland opened in Billund, Denmark). The only limit to future theme park ventures is one's imagination.

Australian shows
Show is the Australian term for a village, county, state or national fair. They range from small fetes to medium-sized attractions like the Luddenham and Camden Shows in New South Wales, to the all-encompassing Sydney Royal Easter Show of the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales, which runs for two weeks and combines all the elements of an amusement park with those of an agricultural/livestock show as well as arts and crafts, shopping, restaurants, commercial stands, a national conformation dog show and cat show.

British theme parks
Main article: List of British theme parks Notable British theme parks, which are vastly bigger than the fairground and are not mobile, include; Chessington World of Adventures, Alton Towers, Thorpe Park and Drayton Manor.

Noteworthy amusement, theme and water parks
Alabama Adventure Theme Park, Bessemer, Alabama
Adventure Island, Tampa, Florida, a waterpark owned by the Busch Gardens chain
Adventuredome, an indoor park in Las Vegas, Nevada
Al Hokair Land Theme Park, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Aladdin's Kingdom, Doha, Qatar
Alton Towers, Staffordshire, England
Appu Ghar, New Delhi, India
Aqua Serena, Espoo, Finland, the biggest indoor water amusement park in Europe
Athisayam Amusement Park, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Barry Island Pleasure Park, South Wales, UK
Bellewaerde, Belgium
Blackpool Pleasure Beach, England
Bobbejaanland, Belgium
Bonbonland, Denmark
Busch Gardens chain in Tampa, Florida ("Tampa Bay") and Williamsburg, Virginia
Canobie Lake Park
Celebration City, Branson, Missouri
Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio
Conneaut Lake Park, Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania
Cypress Gardens in Cypress Gardens, Florida, Florida's oldest theme park, started in 1936 by Dick and Julie Pope
Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, the world's best theme park for children according to The Independent on Sunday
Magic Kingdom, The
Epcot
Disney-MGM Studios
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Disney's Blizzard Beach (water park)
Disney's Typhoon Lagoon (water park)
Disneyland, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Disneyland, Marne-la-Vallée, France (near Paris)
Disneyland, Urayasu, Chiba, Japan (near Tokyo)
Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Dollywood's Splash Country, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee (water park)
Dorney Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania
Drayton Manor, Tamworth, Staffordshire near Birmingham, United Kingdom
Dreamworld, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia Largest theme park in Australia
Dubai Land, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (opening in 2006)
Efteling, Netherlands
Enchanted Kingdom, Philippines
Europapark, Germany
Flamingo Land, Yorkshire, England
Futuroscope, Poitier, France
Galaxyland, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (located inside West Edmonton Mall)
Gardaland, Peschiera del Garda, Italy
Geauga Lake, Aurora, Ohio, family amusement park owned by Cedar Fair. The property has been owned and operated by more individual amusement park corporations than any other, including Six Flags and SeaWorld .
Gold Reef City, Johannesburg, South Africa
Gröna Lund, Stockholm, Sweden
Heide Park, Soltau, Germany
Hersheypark, Hershey, Pennsylvania
Holiday Park, Hassloch, Germany
Holiday World, Santa Claus, Indiana; originally Santa Claus Land, started in 1946; claims to be the first theme park
Indiana Beach, Monticello, Indiana; Indiana's largest amusement park
Joypolis, An japanese arcade and amusement theme park created by Sega
Kennywood, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Knoebels, Elysburg, Pennsylvania
Knott's Berry Farm, which also claims to be the first theme park.
Lagoon Amusement Park, Utah, a park more than 100 years old
Lake Compounce, Bristol, Connecticut, oldest amusement park in the United States
Legoland chain in Denmark, California, Germany and the United Kingdom
LimmyLand a small park in southwest China. Home to 3 Togo roller coasters
Linnanmäki, Helsinki, Finland
Liseberg, Gothenburg, Sweden
Luna Park, multiple locations in Australia modeled after the original Luna Park at Coney Island; the Melbourne park is known for its historic scenic railway.
Marineland, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
MGM Dizzee World, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Mirabilandia, Ravenna, Italy
Moomin World, Naantali, Finland, the world´s 4th best theme park for children according to The Independent on Sunday
Mystery Park, Interlaken, Switzerland
Ocean Park, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
Paramount Parks
Paramount Canada's Wonderland, Toronto, Canada
Paramount's Carowinds, Charlotte, North Carolina
Paramount's Great America, Santa Clara, California
Paramount's Kings Dominion, Richmond, Virginia
Paramount's Kings Island, Cincinnati, Ohio
Parc Astérix in Pailly, France in the department of Oise
The Park at MOA (formerly known as Camp Snoopy), Bloomington, Minnesota (located inside Mall of America); most successful indoor amusement park in the United States.
Parque España in Shima-Isobe, Japan
Playland in Rye, New York; the only government-run amusement park in America
Phantasialand in Brühl, Germany
Plopsaland in De Panne, Belgium
Point Mallard Aquatic Center in Decatur, Alabama; "Home of America's First Wave Pool"
Port Aventura, Salou, Spain
Ratanga Junction, Cape Town, South Africa
Santa's Candy Castle, Santa Claus, Indiana, first themed attraction in U.S.
Santa Claus Park, Rovaniemi, Finland, a Christmas theme park
Särkänniemi, Tampere, Finland, the most popular amusement park in Finland, the world's most northern dolphinarium
Schlitterbahn, New Braunfels, TX, one of the world's most popular waterparks.
Seabreeze Amusement Park, Irondequoit, New York
Sea World, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida, San Antonio, Texas and San Diego
Silesian Amusement Park, Metropolian Katowice, Poland
Silver Dollar City, Branson, Missouri
Six Flags chain, including
American Adventures, Atlanta, Georgia
Frontier City, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom, Lake George, New York
La Ronde, Montreal, Canada
Six Flags America, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Six Flags Astroworld, Houston, Texas, closed at the end of the 2005 season.
Six Flags Belgium, Wavre, Belgium, sold and renamed Walibi Belgium
Six Flags Darien Lake, Darien, New York
Six Flags Elitch Gardens, Denver, Colorado
Six Flags Fiesta Texas, San Antonio, Texas
Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey
Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois
Six Flags Holland, Biddinghuizen, Netherlands, sold and renamed Walibi World
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, multiple locations, waterparks usually adjacent to Six Flags theme parks.
Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom, Louisville, Kentucky
Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia, California
Six Flags Marine World, Vallejo, California
Six Flags Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
Six Flags New England, Agawam, Massachusetts
Six Flags New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana, currently closed due to Hurricane Katrina
Six Flags Over Georgia, Austell, Georgia
Six Flags Over Texas, Arlington, Texas
Six Flags St. Louis, Eureka, Missouri
Wild Waves and Enchanted Village, Seattle, Washington
Wyandot Lake, Columbus, Ohio
Splish Splash Water Park, Riverhead, Long Island, New York
Space World, Kitakyushu, Japan
Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen
TusenFryd, Vinterbo, Norway
Universal Studios Theme Parks including:
Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando, Florida
Universal Studios Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
Universal Studios Japan, Osaka, Japan
Valleyfair, Shakopee, Minnesota
Veega Land, Cochin, Kerala, India
Water World
Warner Bros. Movie World, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Wet 'n' Wild, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (water park)
Wild Adventures, Valdosta, Georgia
Witches' Water, in Austria
World of Sid and Marty Krofft, Atlanta, Georgia. The world's first indoor amusement park (closed in 1976).
Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun, Kansas City, Missouri
Wurstelprater, Vienna, Austria

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Honeymoon
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A honeymoon is the traditional trip taken by newlyweds to celebrate their marriage, and presumably, consummate it. Today, honeymoons are often celebrated in places that are secluded, exotic, warm, or otherwise considered special and romantic — for example, warm, sunny beaches, scenic coastlines, and mountain retreats. A recent trend among couples is to combine the wedding and honeymoon into one experience. This is typically called a "weddingmoon" or a "destination wedding."

The origin of the word honeymoon
Look up honeymoon in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.The Oxford English Dictionary offers no etymology at all, but dates the word back to the 16th century:
"The first month after marriage, when there is nothing but tenderness and pleasure" (Samuel Johnson); originally having no reference to the period of a month, but comparing the mutual affection of newly-married persons to the changing moon which is no sooner full than it begins to wane; now, usually, the holiday spent together by a newly-married couple, before settling down at home.
One of the oldest citations in the Oxford English Dictionary indicates that, while today honeymoon has a positive meaning, the word was actually a sardonic reference to the inevitable waning of love like a phase of the moon. This, the first literary reference to the honeymoon was penned in 1552, in Richard Huloet's Abecedarium Anglico Latinum. Huleot writes:
Hony mone, a terme proverbially applied to such as be newe maried, whiche wyll not fall out at the fyrste, but thone loveth the other at the beginnynge excedyngly, the likelyhode of theyr exceadynge love appearing to aswage, ye which time the vulgar people cal the hony mone.
Or, in modern English:
Honeymoon, a term proverbially applied to the newly-married, who will not fall out (quarrel) at first, but they love the other at the beginning exceedingly, the likelihood of their exceeding love appearing to assuage [any quarrels]; this time is commonly called the honeymoon.
It has also been said that the origins of this word date back to the times of Babylon. In order to increase the virility and fertility of the newlyweds, the father of the bride would provide his son in law with all the mead (a honey-based drink) he could drink during the first month of the marriage (and therefore "moon"). Given that the English word is only four hundred years old, direct attribution to Babylon is questionable (though often repeated). The custom of drinking mead after a wedding for a month was also a medieval custom, however, and in practice at the time the word first appeared. [1]
Another two possible explanations of the word honeymoon are to do with the date that weddings traditionally took place. Weddings once commonly took place upon the Summer solstice both for religious reasons earlier on and also for the practical reason that it was the time between the main planting and harvesting of crops. As it was at this time of year that honey was first harvested it is possible that this is the source. Another alternative is that "Honey Moon" is a name given to the moon when its path is close to the southern horizon. Its light shines though the haze and dust of our atmosphere giving its light a honey color for the whole month.

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