Monday, July 6, 2009

Sparks Still Fly in Recession

Colorado Springs, Lowell, and Reno might have canceled their fireworks shows over the weekend due to financial issues, but Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks lit up over the Hudson River this year in a dazzling display of lights and booms. Prior to the patriotic show, fireworks executives reported that business is healthy, hardly showing any of the effects of the recession as expected. Zambelli Fireworks Internationale, a heavy hitter in the business, said that they added new shows to their roster in 2009 and also will produce 1500 shows throughout this year. While growth has all but stalled this year, the lack of significant cutbacks has been quite a welcome surprise.

Do you love fireworks displays? Some of us adore watching bright lights burst over rivers and fields, and sometimes once or twice a year just isn't enough. One of the best fireworks shows comes at New Year in Sydney, Australia, where you can watch a stunning display over the harbour with an international crowd. If you like traveling during the first of the year and want to catch some bright lights, Sydney won't disappoint. Book a stay in the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, which is situated on Sydney Harbor, and take advantage of the close proximity to shopping and business destinations nearby for the work-related traveler and the sightseer, too. Lounge in a thick terry bathrobe and douse yourself in complimentary toiletries before you head out to catch one of the best fireworks displays in the world—which you can also see right from your hotel! Another interesting location to check out is The Observatory Hotel in Sydney, which is considered the 4th Best Business Hotel in the World and was also voted the Leading Hotel Asia Pacific for two consecutive years. Located in the same historic district as the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, this five-star hotel offers great views and a limousine service to the business district if you need it. It's another gorgeous location in Sydney to enjoy before you go see stunning fireworks displays at Sydney Harbour, which will get your camera out and snapping ASAP!

Did you know that Montreal has an International Fireworks event that allows you to catch some of the best shows in Canada during the summer? You can watch them for free at the Old Port, or view them from any vantage point in the city of Montreal. If you'd like, you can watch the fireworks synchronized to music in front of the Lac des Dauphins, or buy tickets that let you take advantage of a bunch of amusement rides before the show. The fireworks display begins at 10 p.m. and is one of the most popular touristic events that occur in Montreal all year. If you're going to try this event next year, how about a hotel in one of the most talked-about locations in Montreal? The Loews Hotel Vogue is one of the best places to stay in all of Old Montreal (the “Paris of Canada”), providing sleek furnishings and amenities for hotel guests. Be sure to go out and find somewhere tasty to eat while you are there, because Montreal boasts both bistros and buffets for every budget. For a more traditional guest experience, try the Hotel Le St James, which is found in the center of Old Montreal and features European design and comfort with a luxurious appearance, plus amenities. The hotel is well-preserved and gorgeous, and there's plenty of cutting-edge technology, too, so don't get nervous when you see plush antiquities in its interior!

There's nothing like a fireworks show to lighten the mood, and who wouldn't want to see a show per season? If the recession isn't affecting our dear bright lights, we might as well watch a show or two.

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