At a time when new hotels and indepth renovations

first_imgAt a time when new hotels and in-depth renovations have slowed, new developments are going strong in Turkey, which is quickly becoming one of the world’s most up-and-coming tourism destinations. Despite the slow worldwide economy, Turkey welcomed 12.8 percent more international visitors in 2008 than 2007, and five percent more American visitors.The popularity has led to aggressive new developments to the nation’s tourism infrastructure. Following is a sampling.Coming in June: The Most Expensive Hotel in EuropeJune will see the unveiling of the Mardan Palace in the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya. At $1.4 billion, the extravagant palace will be the most expensive hotel in Europe and arguably the most luxurious hotel in all of Turkey.More than 100,000 square feet of gold trimming give the Mardan Palace’s exterior the true Midas touch and combining with almost 250,000 square feet of Italian marble to give the appearance of a gilded wedding cake.Other ultra-luxurious amenities in the 560-room masterpiece – two of which are royal suites that average $18,000 a night – include a five-acre swimming pool – one of the largest in the Mediterranean; live musicians to serenade spa-goers into the traditional Turkish Hammam; gondoliers along the resort’s on-site river; and a golf course designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus. For more information visit www.mardanpalace.comA Landmark Hotel Returns to Its RootsDivan Istanbul, a landmark hotel in Istanbul for 53 years, is receiving a $50 million redesign – which amounts to a complete rebuild of the property – by renowned architect Thierry W. Despont. Located in the bustling Taksim district, the hotel is Despont’s first and only project in Turkey and is designed to be a unique interpretation of Istanbul’s architectural and cultural heritage. The hotel will house 228 rooms, two feature restaurants, the hotel’s famous Divan Patisserie, fitness center, spa, swimming pool and spacious meeting and conference facilities. The hotel will reopen its doors in 2010.The overarching theme of the redesign is to “go retro”: the hotel will be rebuilt to its original dimensions and feature old Istanbul’s archictecture, and classical characteristics reinterpreted in a contemporary manner. The façade is made of terracotta panels laid out in a horizontal banding pattern, recalling Istanbul’s old masonry buildings. The grand entry hall is articulated in three large bays covered with translucent domes that allow natural light to pour in to the elegantly appointed interiors of wood, louvered paneling and comfortable furniture. Behind the reception desk the ceramic art piece that was one of the treasured artworks of the old Divan has been reinstalled.Each bedroom will be contemporary, comfortable and extremely well appointed. The luxurious bathrooms have walls and floors of marble and glass. Each bedroom has a wood paneled seating area reminiscent of a Turkish divan – a long seat formed of a mattress laid against the side of the room.The Point Hotel Barbaros: “Arch-Tech” at Its FinestFeaturing an “Arch-Tech” concept that combines contemporary art and interior architecture with state-of-the-art technology. Ozbek Turizm has opened the new Point Hotel Barbaros in Istanbul’s centrally located Esentepe district. Opened this spring, the brand new 210-room hotel includes 52 executive suites and will target both business and leisure travelers. Amenities will include international restaurants, a 5,900-square-foot fitness center, a spa, a semi-Olympic indoor swimming pool and a helicopter landing pad. The hotel will have 14 meeting and conference rooms including a ballroom capable of hosting events for up to 800 attendees.New Archaeological Museum Showcases Turkey’s Breadth and Depth of Ancient RuinsIn addition to hotels, Turkey is celebrating the opening of other “new digs.” No country in the world is more engaged in active archaeology than Turkey, a country possessing more Roman ruins than Italy, more Greek ruins than Greece and remnants of several other fascinating ancient cultures. It’s no surprise why Turkey is often referred to as an outside museum.This summer will see the opening of a museum dedicated to this vast array of archaeological activity. The new Archaeology Museum will be located at Kaman-Kalehoyuk, an excavation site dating to the Bronze Age in central Turkey about 60 miles southeast of the national capital of Ankara. The site dates back several millennia; recently, examples of what may be the oldest steel fragments in the world – dating to 1800 B.C. – were found at the site.The museum, an interesting grass-covered, tumulus shaped structure, is an undertaking of the Japanese Institute of Anatolian Archaeology, which has been excavating the site since 1986. The museum is an investment of approximately $4.5 million U.S. Dollars.www.goturkey.comlast_img read more

Livestock may play important role in epidemiology of leptospirosis in subSaharan Africa

first_img Source: Jun 8 2018Leptospirosis, which affects more than one million people worldwide each year, is known to be transmitted to humans from a wide range of animals. Now, researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have discovered that more than 7 percent of the cattle and 1 percent of sheep and goats in local slaughterhouses in northern Tanzania are infected with Leptospira bacteria.Leptospirosis is a disease caused by infection with bacteria of the genus Leptospira. In humans, the disease can range in severity from mild to severe disease leading to kidney damage, liver failure, or death. The disease is most common in tropical environments, but occurs worldwide, particularly in people who work outdoors or with animals. Acute leptospirosis is an important cause of febrile disease in Tanzania, where little is known about the most common sources of infection in humans.Related StoriesChronic kidney disease patients are excluded from clinical trialsStructure of bacteria responsible for traveler’s diarrhea decipheredSugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyIn the new work conducted in northern Tanzania, Kathryn Allan, of the University of Glasgow, UK, and colleagues tested rodents, cattle, goats and sheep for Leptospira infection. Animals were sampled in the catchment areas of two hospitals that had high prevalence of patients with leptospirosis. Small samples of kidney tissue were collected and used to test for the bacteria.Among 384 trapped rodents trapped, no animals were found to carry Leptospira infection. In contrast, Leptospira was detected in kidney samples from 7.1% of cattle, 1.2% of goats, and 1.1% of sheep. As well as having a high prevalence of infection, cattle were found to be carrying four different types of Leptospira bacteria, all of which have the potential to cause disease in people.“Our study makes a substantial contribution to the growing body of evidence that livestock, especially cattle, play an important role in the epidemiology of human leptospirosis in sub-Saharan Africa,” the researchers say. “Our findings support recent hospital studies that have identified cattle farming as a major risk factor for human infection. Understanding the factors that support the transmission of Leptospira from livestock to people are important priorities for future public health research and could help us develop effect control measures to reduce both human and animal infection.”last_img read more