26th of April is the date marked on all calendars as Chernobyl Catastrophe Day. From that moment the meaning of the word “Zone” changed for Ukrainians. Zone is the unique reminder of this technical catastrophe. The open-air museum tells the story of the world’s largest and worst radiation and ecological disaster, a nuclear catastrophe at the Chernobyl Nuclear power station.
During this day tour you will visit Chernobyl city and learn more about the history of the tragedy, to see the fourth block of the Chernobyl Nuclear station and the Pripyat’ – the dead city where life stopped on this fateful day. At the end of the trip we will visit “self-settlers” – people who decided not to leave the Zone.

“This is possibly the most poignant eco-tourism trip one could take. Politicians from all over the world should visit Chernobyl before they consider commencing extolling the virtues of nuclear power in an effort to justify further investment in this technology.”
Charlotte Jones, travel blogger from UK

Eco Activity Thailand

Phuket – Release of hatched young turtles to the sea at Mai Khao Beach on Phuket island to help preserve the endangered species!

This amazing activity is organized during traditional Thai New Year (13-15 April) every year by The Mai Khao Marine Turtles Foundation in collaboration with JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa and its partners.
Mai Khao is one of the few Phuket beaches that continue to welcome nesting turtles. The eggs are rescued from surrounding beaches where the necessary natural and peaceful environment can no longer be guaranteed. They are then given to the Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC) who provide a safe home for the eggs to hatch and the young turtles to gain strength before finding their true home in the Sea in April.
Corporate Groups are more than welcome to join this activity and make a contribution.
Moreover, the foundation is organizing great environmental events like beach and reef cleaning, educational workshops, recycling projects as well as mangrove tree planting that can be added as an enriching CRS activity to your next Incentive!


On the 3rd of April MICE HOUSE took part at the tourist workshop Ukraine – China.

The workshop was attended by representatives of 20 travel companies and media from China. The event is aimed for popularizing of Ukrainian tourist products and increasing tourist flow to Ukraine from China.

The number of Chinese visitors to Ukraine increased by 51.4 percent last year.

A total of 31,114 Chinese citizens visited Ukraine last year, according to a report released by Ukraine’s State Statistics Service.

Most of them came to Ukraine for business, tourism or private purposes, the report said.

Ukraine introduced a visa-on-arrival policy for Chinese citizens at Kiev Boryspil Airport and the airport of the country’s southern Black Sea resort of Odessa in June 2016.



GRAND HOTEL LVIV – the new 5 stars property was opened in Lviv after four years of reconstruction.

Lviv Grand Hotel is located in the center of Lviv offering 121 comfortable rooms of Standard, Improved, Luxury, Sado-Maso Themed Room and Presidental Suite.

For guests of the hotel there are Restaurant Grand SoLie (106 seats), Lounge Bar (90 seats), VIP Lounge (27 seats), Roof Terrace and Cigar Room.

For corporate clients open their doors Meeting Room (up to 8 persons), U-Shape Style Setup (up to 70 persons), Auditorium (Theatre) Style Setup (up to 180 persons).

Bushtracks Express introduces High Tea Steam Safari for groups











The perfect activity for MICE and larger traveling groups.

The Bushtracks Express has recently introduced a High Tea Steam Safari. These runs provide a magical, delightful way to discover a new and unique approach to safaris. Avoid rocky roads and uncomfortable safari seats and step back into gentler times when life moved to the slow, measured beat pulsed out by the steam locomotive.
Experience freedom to move about the cars, viewing wildlife from the comfort of any of the luxurious 1920’s themed carriages. The route will include a historic trip onto the famous Victoria falls bridge, followed by a wildlife safari through to Jafuta conservancy. Indulge in the renowned Victoria Falls Hotel High Tea whilst on the trip, a delicious spread catered by their first-class chefs. The signature High Tea will include a variety of delicious drinks and tantalizing high tea finger foods to delight in, as you relax and enjoy the romance of the African Bush.
The High Tea Steam Safari will be available to groups of with a minimum of 30 guests, only then will bookings open to the public. Exclusive hire of the train for the High Tea Safari will require a group minimum of 50 guests.  These runs can be requested for any day of the week, the train will depart Victoria Falls Station at 15:00 and return at 18:00.
Picture this marvelous spread on board a luxury steam train, the perfect way to spend an afternoon.
High tea image courtesy of Victoria Falls Hotel.

Bumi Hills Safari Lodge revamps to relish in better views of Lake Kariba

Bumi Hills Safari Lodge has recently completed a $3 million upgrade to capitalise on the incredible views available of Lake Kariba. Nestled in Matusadona National Park in Zimbabwe, Bumi Hills gutted and reconfigured their lake-view rooms.
In addition, the garden rooms have been converted to a spa and gym, the pool decking was extended and additions were made in the formof a fire pit, bar and dining room.

The banks of the Zambezi is home to a new camp

 Great Plains Conservation has launched the Mpala Jena Camp in the Zambezi National Park. The camp is 16 kilometres away from the town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and is anticipated to be an amazing spot of luxury and enjoyment.
Comprised of four tents and the Mpala Jena Suite (which offers a private two-bedroom suite for families or smaller exclusive groups), the camp also includes a private plunge pool overlooking the river, a main lounge and dining area. In addition, each tent has a small lounge/seating area with decking in front.
In true Great Plains Conservation style, the camp is focused on being Eco-friendly and was created using only recycled hardwoods and canvas. All electricity is run by harvesting the solar power produced by its solar farm.
As a guest, activities on offer include gave viewing drives, guided walks, a ticket to view the Falls and boat based activities on the Zambezi. Also included in cost is certain transfers. This is definitely a must-visit camp!
Image: Great Plains Conservation

Zimbabwe Adjusts Visa Conditions Effective Immediately

The government of Zimbabwe has announced that a revised visa regime will be implemented whereby 29 countries will move from being Category C to Category B.
This change has been made with the hope of unlocking the potential of the tourism industry and to better facilitate travel. This new visa regime is being acknowledged with immediate effect. Various countries, including India, Ethiopia, Romania, Panama and Mexico, will now be included on the Category B regime. This will allow tourists from these countries to be issued with a visa upon arrival in Zimbabwe.
Category C requires tourists to obtain a visa before travelling. The full list of 29 countries moved into Category B will available soon.
Please note we do not have a full list yet, keep an eye on our Travel Updates for that announcement.