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Miss Nusrat Jahan
Lecturer and course instructor Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management Faculty of Business Studies University of Dhaka
Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management Faculty of Business Studies University of Dhaka
Date: March 29, 2010 Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management Faculty of Business Studies
University of Dhaka
International tourist arrivals by country of destination 2008
The top international destinations in 2008 are: Rank Country International tourist arrivals 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 France United States Spain China Italy United Kingdom Ukraine Turkey Germany Mexico 79.3 million 58.0 million 57.3 million 53.0 million 42.7 million 30.1 million 25.4 million 25.0 million 24.9 million 22.6 million
Mexico, the name spells magic. Located in the continent of North America, this fascinating country offers tourists with plenty of hues and colors. Tourists cannot resist the wonderful destinations, the diverse culture and the spicy cuisine. The range of attractions is as diverse as the country. All are the invited to explore the hidden treasures of the country. The country has many options for tourists. The country has wide collection of art and archeology, many museums, lively cities, pristine beaches and unique food. Tourists can easily arrive in the country by various modes of transportation. The Capital of the country and a top rated travel destination, Mexico City is the entry point for the international travelers. There are plenty of Tourist Destinations in Mexico, each offering something different from the other. Tourist Destinations in Mexico Cancun Merida Oaxaca Puerto Vallarta
Acapulco Ixtapa-Zihuatenejo Mexico City Puebla Veracruz
Mexico City is one of the biggest and fascinating cities in the country of Mexico. This modern city with its urban luxuries also has range of historical and cultural attractions. Being a cultural, financial and political center in the country, visitors will throng the city in large number for different purposes. Mexico City attracts tourists with its range of historical and fun filled attractions.
Mexico City has some landmarks, which makes it a top rated travel destination arre as follows:
Plaza de la Constitucion- This is one of the biggest squares in the world. It is surrounded by grand buildings like the City Hall and the Cathedral. Angel de la Independencia- A famous monument located in Reforma Avenue Basilica de Guadalupe- Holiest place in the American continent for the Catholics. Coyoacán- A significant counterculture district in the Mexico City. Xochimilco- Comprises of intricate system of waterways and gardens which dates back to Aztec times. Chapultepec Park and Zoo Paseo de la Reforma- Beautiful park located in the center of the City Plaza Garibaldi-Mariachi- This region in Mexico City is surrounded by restaurants and bars.
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Major tourist attractions include the following; Centro Historico: This is the major religious and political center of this capital city, it stands second in size only to the Red Square of Moscow. This area bustles with life and vivacity both during day and evening. Various important ceremonies and events are arranged at this place. Paseo de la Reforma: This center houses many shops, offices, hotels, restaurants and high rise buildings. It is one of the most prestigious destinations in the entire Mexico City. Here, you can find various statues and figures of Mexican heroes, monuments, and fountains that add to the beauty and splendor of the city. Museo Nacional de Antropologia (National Anthropology Museum): This is one of the most beautiful museums in the whole Mexico City. It houses excellent displays reflecting the rich culture and heritage of the city.
Plaza de la Constitucion: It is popularly known as the Zocalo, which is located downtown. It is counted as one of the largest Squares of the world, which is surrounded by various buildings, cathedrals and city halls. Ciudad Universitaria: It is one of the largest universities of the world. More than 270,000 students appear for each semester. Other Tourist Attractions in and around the Mexico City include Xochimilco, National Palace, Fine Arts Palace, Metropolitan Cathedral, Six Flags, Museo del Templo Mayor, The Saturday Bazaar, Coyoacan, Mexico City National Cemetry and many others. Other than these, you can also undertake various Mexico City Tours and spend some quality time, which you can cherish forever. Other information: Mexico City offers other interesting activities like sporting events and shopping. Mexican food is famous all over the world and tourists can taste the wonderful culinary items. Hotels of Mexico City Mexico City is the capital city of Mexico. Ample options are there in regards to Hotels in the Mexico City. There are hotels catering to customers of a wide section of guests. Offering upscale accommodation are the upscale 5 Star hotels. Offering decent accommodation without much dent to the pocket are the budget hotels. The luxury hotels serve you more than your money's worth. The different amenities and facilities in a luxury hotel are crafted in a way to cater to the smallest need of yours. Brilliant rooms with excellent facilities are a characteristic feature of these hotels. To spice up your leisure time the luxury hotels offer a wide array of leisure and recreational facilities that includes swimming pool, gymnasium, spa, sauna and different sports facilities. The hotel keeps in mind your convenience. For this Mexico City Hotels offer great facilities. Upscale business facilities are offered by the luxury hotels. They come with spacious and modern conference rooms. Equipped with state of the art facilities the conference rooms would make your conferences a huge success. Furthermore, you need not go far for your dining as these hotels offer restaurants on the premises. They also offer cafes as well as bars. Hotels in the Mexico City also feature budget hotels. These hotels provide decent accommodation at nominal rates. All the essential room facilities are offered by the budget hotels. The budget hotels command great location. So come to the budget hotels and spend a great vacation without digging a hole in your pocket. There are more hotels that are being built in Mexico city to accommodate the growing number of tourists. So, tourist would have no dearth of living space even in the peak seasons. Tourists who have connecting flights or is in the city for a short time would have hotels close to the airport. So, come to the beautiful Mexico city and enjoy the glorious Hotels in the Mexico City.
Amberes Suites Condesa DF Emporio Reforma Fiesta Americana Santa Fe
Hotels in the Mexico City Casa Gonzalez Embassy Suites Mexico City-Reforma Fiesta America Reforma Four Seasons Mexico City
Holiday Inn Mexico City Zocalo Hotel Fleming JW Marriott Mexico City Marquis Reforma Hotel Sheraton Centro Historico Hotel, Mexico City, Mexico
Hotel Catedral Hotel Habita Maria Cristina Hotel Sevilla Palace
Acapulco is a natural resort town in Mexico, which enjoys the reputation of a town that never sleeps. Dotted with beautiful stretches of beaches, the city has all types of activities, which attracts tourists of all age group. Children or adults, everyone can have fun and frolic in Acapulco. This city is one of the major Tourist Destinations in Mexico.
La Quebrada Cliff Divers: No visit to Acapulco is complete without watching the cliff divers perform their impressive jumps into the shallow stream of water of dangerous tides that forms in the bottom part of La Quebrada. They have been doing it since 1934. Zócalo - Zócalo, Acapulco's town square, lies on the western side of La Costera. It tends to expose more local culture than other, more tourist-centric, areas. Zócalo Pie de la Cuesta is a quiet strip of land roughly 6 miles northwest of Acapulco, bordered on one side by the Pacific Ocean and on the other by a freshwater lake (Laguna de Cuyoca) on the other. The lagoon is extremely tranquil, Other attractions in and around the city are Sky Garden, Hornos Beach, Barra Vieja Beach, Amazing World, Acapulco Bay, Puerto, Marques Beach, Laguna de Tres Palos, San Diego Fort, Papagayo Park and Casa de la Culture.
Acapulco Info Acapulco is a seaport city situated in Guerreo, a state in Mexico. The city is located by the Pacific Ocean, in the environs of hugging mountains. Acapulco is situated at a distance of 300 kilometers from Mexico City. The city lies on a bay which has the shape of a semi-circle.
Acapulco is a dream destination for a holiday in Mexico. Tours in and around Acapulco There are ample places for sightseeing in and around Acapulco. Some of the popular Acapulco tourist attractions that lie in the vicinity of Acapulco are : •
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Sky Garden Hornos Beach Caleta Beach Condesa Beacyh Icacos Beach Revolcadero Beach Barra Vieja Beach Amazing World Acapulco Bay Puerto Marques Beach Laguna de Tres Palos San Diego Fort Papagayo Park Casa de la Cultura
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Tourist Attractions in and around Acapulco: Condesa Beach Condesa Beach is situated in the heart of Acapulco Bay. It offers ample opportunities for surfing, water skiing and sunbathing. Tourist Attractions in and around Acapulco: Hornos Beach Hornos Beach is located in the heart of the Acapulco city. The waves in the sea are calmer here. Tourist Attractions in and around Acapulco: Icacos Beach Icacos Beach is situated close to the La Palapa Hotel in Playa. The beach is ideal for para sailing. Tourist Attractions in and around Acapulco: San Diego Fort It is situated in Acapulco in Guerrero in Mexico. The San Diego Fort serves as the historical museum of the city. It houses a unique collection of documents pertaining to the fort's history, the Conquest and Acapulco's trade with different countries and continents like Asia. The fort was originally built during 1615-1617. In the old days the fort served to defend the city port from the pirates. Tourist Attractions in and around Acapulco: Cici Water Park It is an exciting water park. It is open to visitors on all days of the week. It offers waterslides, wave pool, water tobobbaning and various other rides. Here you can swim and play with dolphins. You can even watch seal shows here. It houses a beach club and a large aquarium. Tourist Attractions in and around Acapulco: Papagaya Park
It is one of Mexico's municipal parks. It spreads over an area of 52 acres. It is home to a large population of birds
Tourist Attractions in and around Acapulco Acapulco Bay Amazing World Barra Vieja Beach, Acapulco Casa de la Cultura, Acapulco Hornos Beach, Acapulco Laguna de Tres Palos in Acapulco Papagayo Park in Acapulco Puerto Marques Beach in Acapulco San Diego Fort in Acapulco Sky Garden in Acapulco Hotels in Acapulco
Hotels in Acapulco provide a fine stay when you are in this city of Mexico. This city is set near a bay. This city is a major port of this country. There are several beautiful beaches and natural locations in and around this city. These places are quite renowned and are visited by several business travelers and leisure tourists from different parts of the world. So come and put up a stay at the Hotels in Acapulco. There are several accommodation options available in this city. The luxury hotels in this city offer a lavish stay to the guests. The luxury hotels generally comprise of 5 star hotels. There are many other 4 star and 3 star hotels in this city which provide a comfortable stay to the guests. There are many business hotels as well in Acapulco who take care of the needs of the business guests who travel to this city from all corners of the globe. If you are here on a limited budget and are looking for a decent accommodation, then this city in Mexico also has many cheap, discount and budget hotels for the guests. These hotels will make your stay in this city a relaxed and laid back one. The various Hotels at Acapulco comprise of Las Brisas Acapulco, The Fairmont Pierre Marques Mayan Palace, Fiesta Inn, Elcano Hotel, Quinta Real, Suites Selene, Hotel Los Flamingos, Hacienda Vayma, Casa Condesa, Acapulco Majestic del Aristos, Costa Club Acapulco, Crowne Plaza Acapulco, Hotel Villa Romana, Hyatt Regency Acapulco, Hotel Embassy, Best Western Fairway Four Suites and Romano Palace Hotel & Suites Acapulco Many Acapulco Hotels are beach front hotels and they provide you a panoramic view of the sea. You can also indulge in various water sports activities here. The scenic surroundings along with various recreational facilities make your stay in Acapulco a fun-filled and exciting one. The room facilities offered at these hotels are very good. Dining facilities are also offered in many hotels. Many of the above mentioned hotels are well equipped with business facilities. The several Accommodation in Acapulco provide many other useful facilities and services which will make your stay in this city one of a kind experience which you will treasure for the rest of your lives. Stay at any of the Hotels in Acapulco and have a great time. Hotels in Acapulco Best Western Fairway Four Suites
Acapulco Majestic del Aristos
Casa Condesa Crowne Plaza Acapulco Fiesta Inn Acapulco Hotel Embassy Hotel Villa Romana Las Brisas Acapulco Quinta Real Acapulco Suites Selene
Costa Club Acapulco Elcano Hotel in Acapulco Hacienda Vayma Hotel Los Flamingos Hyatt Regency Acapulco Mayan Palace Acapulco Romano Palace Hotel & Suites Acapulco The Fairmont Pierre Marques in Acapulco
Every year large number of tourists from different parts of the world come to Cancun to spend a fabulous vacation. Loaded with lots of exotic tourist attractions, beaches and amazing natural landscapes Cancun is a place to be. Cancún is a coastal city in Mexico's easternmost state, Quintana Roo, on the Yucatán Peninsula. The best time to visit Cancun is from December to April. Prices in both airfare and hotel increase dramatically during these times. Tourism is the main industry in Cancun. There are about 140 hotels in Cancún with more than 24,000 rooms and 380 restaurants. Four million visitors arrive each year in an average of 190 flights daily. Listed below are the popular sightseeing places in the city of Cancun: • Interactive Aquarium - This is located right in the middle of the hotel zone, this small but modern aquarium lets you get up close and personal with aquatic life. You can watch very closely pet rays, nurse sharks, and starfish. There is also a chance to swim with dolphins in a large pool. Isla Mujeres - This is a great break from the Cancun tourist traps. This small island is just a 20 minute ferry ride from the hotel zone. Rent a scooter to get around the island fast and cheap. The Water and Sand - This is one of Cancun's primary attractions and is popular for its beautiful turquoise, multi-hued waters, and worth mentioning is its white, powdery sand beaches. Mayan Sites, Tulum - This is the only major Mayan archeological site to overlook the Caribbean Sea, and is only 80 miles south of Cancun. Tulum has over 60 different. The major highlight of Tulum is El Castillo which is a large pyramid that sits on a forty-foot cliff. El Castillo is thought to be a part of a series of lighthouses.
Nightlife in the city of Cancun is very vibrant. There are plenty of bars, clubs and restaurants in the city and some of them are Hard Rock Cafe, DadyO's, CocoBongo, Señor Frogs and BullDog Café.
Hotels in Cancun
Hotels in Cancun offer you contemporary accommodation. You have numerous accommodation choices in the city of Mexico. Most of the hotels are outfitted with on restaurants and other modern facilities. In addition to that the hotels are in also in proximity to the various attractions, nightlife and shopping centers of Cancun. Hotels in Cancun offer you with noteworthy services and you can enjoy with your families and friends. The hotels are sure to provide vacations that are delightful. Cancun Hotels provide lodging options that suit every taste and the amenities are sure to please the discerning travelers. The Hotels in Cancun are most magnificent choices. The hotels and resorts are quite impressive and the tourists coming to the city are satisfied. Hotels in Cancun feature all-inclusive plans and you are provided with the facilities of meals, beverages and entertainments. In addition to that the Cancun hotels are chosen as they provide you personalized attention. Furthermore, traditional warm hospitality is really gratifying. JW Marriott Cancun Resort and Spa is visited by tourists for outstanding services. It is one of the most attractive accommodations in the Cancun. It offers comfortable rooms with modern in room facilities. Step into the hotel for a pleasant stay. Cancun Palace is another sophisticated choice among the Hotels in Cancun. The services are standard and the friendly staff is sure to impress you. Choose the best Hotels in Cancun during you visit to the splendid region of Cancun. Hotels in Cancun Avalon Baccara Cancun Blue Bay Club Cancun Cancun Palace, Cancun Club International Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach, Hilton Cancun Golf & Spa Cancun Hyatt Cancun Caribe Resort JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa Le Blanc Spa Resort, Cancun Le Meridien Cancun Resort & Spa, Cancun Oasis Viva Beach Resort Park Royal Piramides Cancun Ritz-Carlton Cancun Royal Mayan The Royal Cancun, Cancun
Merida is one of the popular holiday destinations in Mexico. Merida is the capital and largest city of the Mexican state of Yucatán. Merida is located in the northwest part of the state and is about 35 kilometers from the Gulf of Mexico coast. Listed below are some of the popular tourist sites in Merida:
Mérida - Ermita de Santa Isabel is a 18th Century church features a cemetery which has been turned into a garden. The Mérida - Museum of Anthropology and History is at the corner of Paseo Montejo and Calle 43 the former government building known as the Palacio del General Cantón now houses the Museum of Anthropology and History (Museo de Arqueología e Historía). This imposing 19th Century building contains a fine collection of material
mostly from the halcyon days of the Maya civilization. The highlights of the collections are the sacrificial gifts retrieved from the cenotes at Chichén Itzá.
The Mérida - Government Palace at the north-east corner of the square is the Government Palace (Palacio de Gobierno), which was built in 1892 and decorated with interesting murals painted by the Campeche artist Fernando Castro Pacheco in 1971-74. The Mérida - University of Yucatán originally was a Jesuit boy's school dating from 1618, stands on the corner of Calles 57 and 60. It offers summer courses for visitors in a number of subjects, including Spanish and archaeology.
Tourist Attractions in and around Merida
There are a myriad of Tourist Attractions in and around Merida. This colonial capital city of Mexico has a host of sightseeing destinations and provides opportunities for lot of outdoor activities. The city of Merida lies 200 miles west of Cancun in the heart of the Yucatan peninsula. The city was founded by the Spanish settlers and is known for its buildings which are glorious specimens of the architectural splendor of the Colonial rule. Tourist Attractions in and around Merida comprise of different edifices which are testimony to the colonial rule. Tourist Attractions in and around Merida include its fascinating beaches which provide opportunities for numerous outdoor activities. Merida is often refereed to as the walking city and the city's sightseeing attractions can be visited on foot. The city is also the home to numerous restaurants, boutiques and hotels. The city is particularly known for its low crime rate compared to other American cities. Visiting and getting around the city is very convenient for its superb infrastructural facilities, health services clean environment. Tourist Attractions in and around Merida comprise places like Plaza Grande and its adjoining cities which throb with music every evening. Specially on Sundays, the roads are closed for the pedestrians and the traffic when cultural programs are organized on the streets. On Saturday evenings, historical center of the city of Merida come to life with Cuban salsa and Latin Music. The city assumes a carnival look on the weekend evenings. Many well known international musicians perform here at during the week ends. You will get different cuisines served in the restaurants of Merida. You will get Mayan, Caribbean, European and even Middle Eastern cuisines apart from the local dishes in the various eateries of the place. You will find delicacies served by the street vendors too. To satisfy your shopping spree pay a visit to the daily market Lucas de Galvez. You will get amazing variety of local food there. Situated next to it is Mercado de Artesanias, where you will get artwork prepared and sold by local craftsmen. Tourist Attractions in and around Merida. Merida Tourist Attractions Catedral de San Ildefonso La Casa de Montejo Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Ateneo de
Canton Palace Government Palace Macay Museum
Plaza Mayor Ruins of Chichen Itza Santa Lucia Park Hotels in Merida
Yucatan Progreso beach Ruins of Uxmal Hacienda Yaxcopoil
Hotels in Merida provide wonderful accommodation to a large number of tourists visiting this historical city in the Mexican State of Yucatan. One of the reasons for the growing trends in tourism is the growth in the number of hotels in Merida. There are innumerous accommodation options for tourists in Merida. Ranging from 5 Star Luxury hotels to Cheap and Budget Hotels, these hotels treat guests with utmost warmth and hospitality. Merida is frequented by large number of domestic and international tourists to experience the taste of a combination of medieval colonial color and modern cosmopolitan features. Cathedrals and churches, museums, shopping malls, beaches and a host of tourist attractions keep calling tourist throughout the year. Meirda Hotels struggle hard to cope with the rush during festive seasons. Merida is frequented regularly by tourists and business travelers. Hotels in Merida are geared and equipped to accommodate the various types of travelers and suit every pockets to provide accommodation in Merida. Tourists with a preference for luxury and comforts are not short of choices. Besides providing ostentatious rooms, the hotel provides top notch facilities for conducting some prestigious business and social events. The corporate houses use them as venues for holding several business events. Mid range tourists run the risk of being flabbergasted by the wide range of choices they have for hotels in Merida. The 3 Star and the Budget Hotels are scattered all over the place. Tourist can decide upon their accommodation in Merida as per the choice of the location where they intend to stay. The hotels are preferably located close to the station, the airport and the bus stands and close to the city center. For tourists on a shoe string budget, there are cheap hotels offering standard accommodation at a location slightly on the outskirts of the city or in the inner areas of the city. They can opt for the cheaper hotels in Merida that are offer smaller but neatly maintained rooms. Hotels in Merida El Legendario Gran Hotel Fiesta Americana Merida. Hacienda San Jose Hacienda Santa Rosa Holiday Inn Merida Hotel el Espanol Hotel Posada Toledo Hotel San Juan Hotel Santa Ana Hotel Trinidad Hotel Villa Maria Hyatt Regency Merida Luz En Yucatan Merida Mision Park Plaza Presidente InterContinental Villa Mercedes
Puerto Vallarta is a beautiful city in Mexico. on the Pacific Coast of the country. Where to stay: Some famous place in the city are Villa Premiere Hotel and Spa, Velas Vallarta Suite Resort, The Westin Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta, Costa Vida Vallarta, Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta, Lindo Mar Resort, Molino de Agua Puerto Vallarta, Barcelo La Jolla de Mismaloya, Holiday Inn Puerto Vallarta and Marriott Casamagna Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa. Attractions:
It is a well-known holidaying resort located
Banderas Bay- This is one of the largest beaches in the world. The adjoining hills give picture perfect scenery.
Other places of visit are the Las Animas beach, Mismaloya beach, Sayulita fishing village, Yelapa, The Cove of Las Caleta, Marina Vallarta, Whale Watching and The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Tourist Attractions in and around Puerto Vallarta
Positioned in the western part of the state of Jalisco in the central region of México, the city of Puerto Vallarta overlooks the Pacific Ocean and is the second most popular tourist destination in the Country of Mexico. Tourist Attractions in and around Puerto Vallarta draw over 2 million people from all corners of the globe round the year. Tourist Attractions in and around Puerto Vallarta include fascinating beaches and innumerable bars, pubs and bistros which line the bay. However the major Tourist Attractions in and around Puerto Vallarta are the colonial charm of the whitewashed buildings of the city, its old streets laid with cobblestone that meanders through the city and its neighborhoods, red tile roofs which speak of the Spanish colonial rule. These unique features of Puerto Vallarta make it stand apart among the others seaside resorts of the world. The Church of Guadalupe is well known heritage site in Puerto Vallarta. This colonial redbrick bell tower bears a crown which is modeled after the crown of Mexico’s 18thcentury Empress Carlota. You will be amazed by the diversity of nature exhibited by the area around Puerto Vallarta. The region is the home to mountains blanketed with lush green tropical forests and volcanic slopes which are rich treasure house of minerals. These volcanic slopes seem to emerge from the sea. The region flanked by the rugged Sierra Vallejo in the north and Sierra Cuale in the south is covered by lavish green slopes and offer spectacular views of the bay. Tourist Attractions in and around Puerto Vallarta include quiet and peaceful fishing villages like Punta gorda, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Bucerías, Mismaloya, Boca de Tomatlán and Yelapa which lie on the long coastline stretching from the north to the south of the town. The villages on the outskirts provides you true picture of the life in Puerto Vallarta.
Your Puerto Vallarta travel remains incomplete without visiting the pastoral villages of San Sebastián, Mascota and Talpa. Cuddled amidst expansive valleys and uneven mountains, these villages lie close to the city and provide you with glimpses of lives in the Colonial era. Visiting these villages is a different experience altogether. The city of Puerto Vallarta abounds in luxury hotels, well equipped resorts, fine golf courses, state- of- the- art facilities for meetings and conferences, a myriad of shops and restaurants serving multi cuisine dishes.
Tourist Attractions in and around Puerta Vallarta Casa Kimberley Las Animas beach Los Arcos Amphitheater Marina Vallarta Mismaloya beach Whale Watching Old Vallarta San Sebastian Church Sayulita fishing village Swimming with Dolphins The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe The Cove of Las Caletas Yelapa Other information: Puerto Vallarta offers numerous things to do. The adventurous travelers can go for hiking or mountain biking in the hills. Another interesting option is to explore the jungles and unknown trails on a horseback. Other activities are snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing or cruising. The strong and rich diversity of Puerto Vallarta is finely represented in the local cuisine. Tourists can dine at any of the local restaurants and opt for the exciting range of food and beverages.
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Though Mexico tourism is facing different challenges, according to World Tourism Organization(UNWTO) it will be second largest tourism destination of the world by 2013. If Mexico can make best use its’ vast resources it can certainly reach its goal.
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