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Ecuador B2B Exchange Travel World News (ISSN 1044-4602) is published monthly by Travel Industry Network, Inc., 28 Knight Street, Norwalk, CT 06851-4707. The cost of a subscription in the USA is $25, in Canada $40. For subscribers outside USA or Canada, the rate is $80. Please send check or money order in U.S. dollars payable to Travel World News. For change of address, please enclose your mailing label and send to: Circulation Department, Travel World News, 28 Knight Street, Norwalk, CT 06851-4707. Periodicals postage paid at Norwalk, CT, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Travel World News, 28 Knight Street, Norwalk, CT 06851-4707. Address advertising inquiries and/or editorial copy to: Travel World News, 28 Knight Street, Norwalk, CT 06851-4707. Copyright 2011. All rights reserved. Printed in USA. No part of this publication may be reproduced without permission. All advertising in Travel World News is based on data submitted to the Publisher by the advertisers. The Publisher shall not be liable for the accuracy or inaccuracy of any information contained in Travel World News and shall not be liable, including but not limited to consequential or special damages, to any party for any products or services advertised or reported upon herein. The Publisher shall not be responsible for typographical errors. All information contained herein is subject to change without notice by the parties providing such products and services. The Publisher reserves the right to reject any advertising that has been submitted at his sole discretion. Upon providing a refund of any amount paid to the party whose submittal was rejected, the Publisher shall not have any liability to any party for such rejection.

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INDUSTRY EVENTS USA PAVILION IN PARIS ALMOST SOLD OUT Only 2 booths remain in the USA Pavilion at IFTM Top Resa 2011, set for September 20–23, 2011, at Porte de Versailles in Paris. France’s leading international B2B tourism exhibition, IFTM Top Resa is attended by over 27,000 trade professionals (2010). Companies are increasingly aware of the importance of the exhibition ‘medium’ for maintaining a high profile, and are now incorporating the show into their marketing strategies. IFTM Top Resa is a unique opportunity for industry professionals to network, discuss ideas and do business. By hosting over 200 diplays, events and demonstrations in just 4 days, IFTM Top Resa combines a professional approach and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Every year, a packed program of talks attracts a huge audience. Organizers and exhibitors will be holding dozens of press conferences, maximizing the event’s extensive media coverage. U.S. inbound travel from France reached a total of over 1.3 million in 2010, and is projected to increase nearly 60% by 2016. France is also a Top 10 market for spending on US travel, with over $4 billion spent in 2010. (Source: OTTI) The USA Pavilion at IFTM Top Resa 2011 offers US destinations and travel suppliers with unique in-market opportunities to meet international buyers face to face. As space in this Pavilion is nearly sold out, those interested are urged to register immediately for participation. B-FOR International,,


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ALMA LOPEz ChIEF MARkETING OFFICER, NEW CANCUNMESSE CONVENTION FACILITY IN MExICO Alma Lopez, CHME, was recently appointed Chief Marketing officer for Mexico’s new Fairs, Exhibition and Conferences center, Cancunmesse. Her 25 years of experience in the sales and marketing field made her the perfect candidate for this new venue in the CancunRiviera Maya area. Some highlights of her career include eight years as head of the Sales and Marketing team of Xcaret, ALMA LOPEz Sales Director for Palace Resorts. She has also acted as President and member of the executive Committee for the HSMAI Mexican Caribbean Chapter on several occasions. Located 10 miles from Cancun International Airport Mexico, the Exhibition Center Cancunmesse is making the Mexican Caribbean a perfect destination for international fairs, exhibitions and congresses. Cancunmesse features expansive concourses totaling 215,000 ft of covered space and more than 87,000 ft of outdoor space, with a projection of 600,000 sq ft coverage according to its 3-year expansion plan. Last fall, Cancunmesse co-headquartered COP-16 (Conference of the Parts), receiving presidents, foreign ministers, NGOs and exhibitors from 192 countries. Three indoor pavilions will host forums and exhibit spaces for these countries accredited by the UN, proving that Cancunmesse, Mexico and the region can provide quality service for international events. Cancunmesse,,

B-FOR’S DISCOVER AMERICA PAVILION AT WTM 2011 IN NOVEMBER AT ExCEL Registration is now open for the 32nd edition of WTM (World Travel Market) to be held November 7–10, 2011, at ExCeL London. WTM 2011, the leading global event for the travel industry, is the place to see all the industry’s key players under one roof, meet new and existing partners and keep up to date with what is going on in the travel industry. Over 47,000 travel trade professionals attended WTM 2010 resulting in an impressive 10% increase in visitors. WTM offers a unique opportunity for exhibitors to meet their vital buyer contacts from all over the world, seal deals, and boost profits. During the invite-only first day, exhibitors conducted business with key contacts and 6,700 senior industry buyers. The Discover America Pavilion at WTM 2011, organized in partnership with the U.S. Travel Association, provides US exhibitors with a choice of economical and hassle-free participation alternatives. Whether one is a regular exhibitor or a WTM newcomer, the company can guide participants through the opportunities available. B-FOR International,,, • Travel World News


The American Tourism Society (ATS) has set its Annual Fall 2011 Conference for October 23–27 in the Czech Republic spa town of Luhacovice, to be followed by a product development tour to Moravia and Slovakia October 27–20. In making the announcement, David Parry, ATS Chairman and Chairman, Academic Travel Abroad, noted “we are confident that our US-based ATS members will find that, true to our mission of ‘Presenting Tomorrow’s Destinations,’ this conference will showcase another region in the Czech Republic and Slovakia that Americans are less familiar with, but which has great tourism potential for this market.” Pavel Kosar, Director of Czech Tourism North America said, “We are thrilled to work with ATS and bring the acclaimed conference to the Czech Republic for a second time, but to a totally different area. Czech Tourism is especially pleased that the ATS delegates will be able to experience and tour the beautiful region of Eastern Moravia—starting with Luhacovice, the biggest Moravian spa town with a distinct architecture and the iconic town of Zlin, famous for the historic Tomas Bata’s factory and museum.” ATS will bring its ATS Tourism College Program to students at Zlin University. The well-respected ATS Tourism College has received much praise from host countries of the past three conferences in Egypt, Germany, and most recently, Kosovo in October 2010. The program consists of three tracks—the first where ATS tourism professionals spend a day teaching students at the local university tourism programs; students are invited to attend the ATS conference sessions in the second track; and the third focuses on how to promote and sell to the US market, geared to local and non-US travel professionals. Following the Fall 2011 ATS Conference, delegates on the optional product development tour to picturesque Moravia and Slovakia will start from Luhacovice to Bratislava with visits along the way to Spa Piestany and the Tatra Mountains. Information about ATS, as well as conference registration, itinerary and agenda is available online. American Tourism Society (ATS),,; Czech Republic,

TRAVELSAVERS, NEST PARENT COMPANY SETS ‘TRAVEL MARkET 2012’ CONFERENCE American Marketing Group plans to hold its “Travel Market 2012” global conference June 19–24, 2012, at The Phoenician, a luxurious Starwood resort property in Scottsdale, Arizona. Travel agents, suppliers and staff from all of American Marketing Group’s 18 travel brands around the world will participate in the convention. Over six days, “Travel Market 2012” will assemble the best and brightest in the travel and general business industries to motivate and educate. A robust series of educational tracks on marketing, sales, social media, technology, and business operations will run throughout. Networking opportunities will be plentiful and the entertainment stellar. Two highly specialized niche market events will take place in conjunction with the larger convention—the first medical travel conference (sponsored by Well-Being Travel), and The Affluent Traveler Symposium (a gathering of luxury travel advisors in The Affluent Traveler Collection and the group’s preferred suppliers serving the high-end market). Part of Starwood’s luxury collection, The Phoenician offers magnificent amenities including spacious guest accommodations with spectacular views, eight restaurants and lounges, a championship 18-hole golf course with a 9-hole executive course, a world-class tennis complex, a 22,000-square foot Centre for Well-Being spa, a total of 160,000 sq ft of interior/exterior meeting and event space, a stunning 2-acre Cactus Garden, a $25-million art collection, and upscale retail boutique shops. Agents and suppliers who are part of the American Marketing Group companies will soon receive an invitation to “Travel Market 2012.” A micro site for the event will be launched in the fall providing more details as well as up-to-the-minute news and developments. In the meantime, travel agents can contact their local Business Development Manager. Travelsavers,


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2011-12 • CALENDAR OF EVENTS DATE EVENT LOCATION CONTACT SEPTEMBER 6-9 PATA Travel Mart New Delhi, India 7-9 La Cumbre Las Vegas, NV 11-13 Travel Mart Latin America Florianopolis, Brazil 11-13 ThETRADEShOW Las Vegas, NV 20-23 IFTM Top Resa Paris, France 20-23 Discover America Pavilion at IFTM Top Resa Paris, France 20-23 Travel Media Showcase Oklahoma City, OK 21-24 Astana Leisure Astana, Kazakhstan 22-25 FITA 2011 Mexico City, Mexico 22-25 Discover America Pavilion at FITA 2011 Mexico City, Mexico 27-29 Astana Leisure Astana, Kazakhstan 28-30 PRhTA 25th Annual Convention San Juan, Puerto Rico OCTOBER 4-6 The Motivation Show Chicago, IL 4-6 Ukraine Intl. Travel Market Kiev, Ukraine 6-8 TTG Incontri Rimini, Italy 6-8 Discover America Pavilion at TTG Incontri Rimini, Italy 11-13 IMEx America Las Vegas, NV 12-14 Cancun Travel Mart Cancun, Mexico 13-15 Caribbean Boutique & Intimate hotel Conf. Saint Lucia 17-20 Adventure Travel World Summit Chiapas, Mexico 19-21 ABAV Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 19-21 Discover America Pavilion at ABAV Rio De Janerio, Brazil 19-21 ITB Asia Singapore 19-21 Discover America Pavilion at ITB Asia Singapore 21-23 Akwaaba: African Travel Market Lagos, Nigeria 23-27 ATS Fall Conference Czech Republic 27-30 CITM 2011 Kunming, China 27-30 ATS Fall Conference Bratislava, Slovakia NOVEMBER 1-4 Pure Life Experiences Marrakech, Morocco 2-5 DEMA Orlando, FL 7-10 WTM London London, England 7-10 Discover America Pavilion at WTM London, England 11-14 Taipei International Travel Fair Taipei, Taiwan 14-17 Intl. Golf Travel Market Antalya Expo, Turkey 16-18 Cruise Shipping Asia Exhibition Singapore 16-18 MITM Americas San Salvador, El Salvador 18-20 Philoxenia Thessaloniki, Greece 29-Dec 1 EIBTM Barcelona, Spain 29-Dec 1 Discover America Pavilion at EIBTM Barcelona, Spain DECEMBER 2-4 Monte Carlo Travel Market Grimaldi Forum, Monaco 5-9 NTA Convention Las Vegas, NV 6-8 Luxury Travel Expo Las Vegas, Nevada 11-13 USTOA Annual Conference & Marketplace Marco Island, FL JANUARY 2012 11-15 Vakantiebeurs Utrecht, The Netherlands 14-15 Travel & Adventure Show Los Angeles, CA 14-15 The Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show Philadelphia, PA 18-22 FITUR Madrid, Spain 18-22 Discover America Pavilion at FITUR Madrid, Spain 19-22 Matka Helsinki, Finland 21-22 Travel & Adventure Show New York, NY 26-29 Tourism & Leisure Show Ljubljana, Slovenia 27-29 Los Angeles Times Travel Show Los Angeles, CA 28-29 Travel & Adventure Show Chicago, IL TO LIST YOUR EVENTS EMAIL : • FOR ADDITIONAL EVENTS VISIT: 6 • AUGUST 2011 • Travel World News


USTOA Member Tours Target Special-Interest Buffs


s tours have become increasingly sophisticated, they are targeting life interests more and more, according to USTOA President Terry Dale. He notes that today travelers can find tours focused on adventure, culinary and wine, photography, wildlife, cultural explorations, and more. Best of all, the hard work is taken out of the trip by the tour operator, oftentimes at significant savings to the traveler. “All you have to do is enjoy the experience,” he adds. Here are some attractive selections offered by members of the U.S. Tour Operators Association, ranging from 4 to 12 days.

‘Tasty’ tours Brendan Vacations is offering a 4-day/3-night Colombian Coffee package to those who want to get to the real essence of coffee. Priced at $918 pp, the package includes roundtrip flights from Bogota to Armenia, a full-day coffee farm excursion featuring coffee tasting and coffee plant tours, an excursion to the Corcora Valley, and a trip to ACAIME Nature Reserve. The package is available through December 31, and provides a savings of 10% over making the same arrangements on one’s own, according to Brendan. 800-421-8446, Guests will learn to prepare paella Argentinian-style on the 2-week SITA’s Gourmet Tour to Chile & Argentina. Visiting Santiago and the Casablanca Valley in Chile and Mendoza and Buenos Aires in Argentina, the 15-day/14-night tour includes accommodations, meals, sightseeing, local guides, transportation, culinary experiences and more. Priced from $5,312 ppdo, it’s available for booking through September with travel available through November 15, 2011. 800-421-5643, Wines and Wonders of South America by Smithsonian Journeys Travel Adventures includes a full-day excursion on the “tren del vino” from Santiago to the Colchagua Valley wine-producing area, wine tastings and education, accommodations, and 15 meals with wine at lunch and dinner, plus the services of a professional tour manager. Also available are an optional empanada cooking demonstration and a tango dance lesson. The tour must be booked by March 15 for travel through April 11, 2012. The $2,199 ppdo price represents a savings of 30% compared to arranging the same vacation on one’s own, according to the company. 800-528-9917, Travelers will dine alfresco on the terrace of historic Villa Tritone overlooking the Bay of Naples, along with personally Travel World News •

Cinque Terre, Italy. selected wines by the villa’s owner and hostess, on an intimate tour from General Tours World Traveler’s Italy: The Amalfi Coast to Cinque Terre that tops out at 16 guests. Visiting Italy coast to coast, this 9-day/8-night tour takes in Sorrento, Pompeii, Rome, Florence, and Cinque Terre. First-class and deluxe hotels; 15 meals including fine local wines at lunch and dinner; lunch and wine tasting on an Umbrian estate, extensive sightseeing and all on-tour transportation are included. Priced from $6,995 ppdo, the tour is valid through October 14 and can be booked until departure. Sicilian wines and restaurants in Palermo, Segesta, Erice, Agrigento, Siracusa, and Taormina are highlighted on Travcoa’s Splendors of Sicily, a 10-day/9-night luxury tour. A Dine-Around program allows guests to dine independently wherever they wish. Price includes accommodation, all meals, comprehensive sightseeing, transportation, services of a travel director and local guides, and more. Starting at $4,199 ppdo if booked by September 20, this tour is valid through October 18. Guests will charter their own barge and cruise Burgundy visiting medieval Noyers, one of the most beautiful villages in France, on a 6-night Chocolate & Wine cruise from Abercrombie & Kent featuring onboard tastings and dessertmaking demos. Included are accommodations for six, three gourmet meals daily, guided sightseeing and entry fees. Onboard chefs prepare meals with ingredients often bought the same day at a farmers market, paired with local wines. CONTINUED ON PAGE AUGUST 2011 •

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Price for six nights is $4,500 ppdo, based on six guests. According to the company, travelers save $250 a day pp (or 30%) over making the same arrangements on their own. The trip is valid through October 31, 2011. 800-323-7398, Guests will visit Napier, Martinborough, Wellington, and Blenheim, all part of New Zealand’s wine trail, on their own with a full-size self-drive rental car, accommodations and ferry crossing between the North and South islands on Goway’s 10day/9-night New Zealand Wine Country vacation. Price begins at $2,190 ppdo land only, with airfare available at additional price. According to Goway, the price represents a 10% savings over creating the same itinerary on one’s own. 888-469-2944, A love of food and wildlife is satisfied on Great Safari’s Food & Wine Safari to South Africa. Valid through December 1, this individually-arranged 12-day/10-night itinerary visits Cape Town and Victoria Falls, and includes a safari to a private game reserve. Along the way travelers dine in some of South Africa’s finest establishments and also have opportunities to meet the chefs. Priced at $7,000 ppdo, this trip provides a savings of 15–20% over planning arrangements individually, according to Great Safaris. 800-409-7755,

Photo op Photography buffs can look to improve their photo and digital editing skills on International Expeditions’ Galapagos Photography Workshops, where seasoned professional wildlife photographers provide daily lectures and offer hands-on advice during extensive shore excursions. Valid for travel through November 25, 2011, the tour can be booked any time. Price starts at $4,798 ppdo and includes visits to nine islands; daily shore excursions, interpretive walks, swimming, snorkeling, hiking and panga boat rides. Seven nights are spent onboard the yacht Evolution, with hotel accommodations pre- and post-cruise. Also included are onboard meals, copious snacks; two Level 3 certified naturalists; snorkeling gear and shorty wetsuits; kayaks; bottled water; a full educational program; basic travel insurance, arrival and departure transfers; and more. Airfare is additional. 800-633-4734,

USTOA peace of mind USTOA member companies participate in the association’s Travelers Assistance Program, which among other things protects consumer payments up to $1 million in case the company goes out of business. On the tours described, restrictions and additional security fees, departure and local taxes and fees may apply. Prices may vary based on departure date and currency fluctuations.

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AmaWaterways has announced the details of its new 164passenger MS AmaCerto, advancing innovative concepts of its MS AmaBella (2010) and MS AmaVerde (2011). With a design inspired by classic ocean yachts, the MS AmaCerto will feature such distinctive elements as a magnificent glass elevator, an al fresco Café at the forward portion of the ship shielded by a protective glass windbreaker; a heated swimming pool on the Sun Deck featuring a “swim-up” bar, as well as two “Tapas and Wine” venues, plus an elegant Chef’s Table Restaurant featuring a different tasting menu each evening. The new ship features AmaWaterways’ “Twin Balconies” for the majority of its staterooms: a French balcony plus a full step-out balcony for relaxing, enjoying riverside views or room service (available in suites). Twin Balcony accommodations ranging in size from 210 sq ft to the 350 sq ft suites. White and champagne with apricot and bronze accents, staterooms evoke the look of hip, modern hotel, with unique design elements such as a window between the bathroom and the stateroom, tufted headboards and Berber-style carpets. Staterooms also offer AmaWaterways’ Infotainment System, featuring a flat-panel TV and keyboard with which to access complimentary Internet and first-run Hollywood movies, as well as satellite TV and music selections. As with the every AmaWaterways vessel in Europe, membership in the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs insures the finest gastronomic experience on the rivers, whether guests choose to dine in the Main Dining Room or any of the alternative venues. The ship also features a cozy “fireside” library; Observation Lounge; 24-hour specialty coffee and tea station; fitness center; Massage, Hair and Beauty salon; and bicycles for guests to use on their own or on complimentary guided bicycle tours. MS AmaCerto also provides Wi-Fi throughout for guests with laptops, iPads or smart phones. The MS AmaCerto will mark its inaugural cruise with a “Tulip Time” sailing departing April 12, 2012. Thereafter, the vessel will cruise AmaWaterways’ most popular itineraries, including “Romantic Danube,” “Legendary Danube,” “Blue Danube Discovery” “Magnificent Europe” and “Christmas Time Cruise” for the remainder of the 2012 season. AmaWaterways, 800-626-0126, • Travel World News

INDUSTRY NEWS ChI hOTELS & RESORTS APPOINTS JAMES FARROW SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES CHI Hotels & Resorts (CHI) has announced the appointment of hotel industry specialist James Farrow as Senior Vice President of Sales across its portfolio of managed hotels under the Corinthia, Wyndham and Ramada Plaza brands worldwide. This includes the Company’s newly opened flagship Corinthia Hotel in Whitehall Place, London. Farrow reports directly to CHI chief executive officer and managing director Tony Potter. From his base in London, James will direct and oversee the company’s entire sales operation, including the monitoring of individual hotels’ sales forces and the direct management of a nucleus of internationally established regional sales offices in strategic locations throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Welcoming Farrow to his new role, CEO Tony Potter commented, “This appointment is an extremely rewarding one in that James Farrow is without question one of the most experienced senior sales executives JAMES FARROW within the European, African and Middle Eastern theatre. James’ career in senior sales management, rising to senior vice president with Hilton International and Hilton Hotels Corporation, is a perfect fit for Corinthia and our immediate global challenges.” Farrow’s career with Hilton and its owning company spread over 23 years, during which time he gained first-class expertise in managing a broad range of sales forces across the Hilton brands. Earlier, James was a distinguished and experienced general manager with various companies including Quality International Hotels and the Prince of Wales Group. ChI hotels & Resorts (ChI),

CARADONNA WORLDWIDE DIVE ADVENTURES RECOGNIzED BY DELTA AIRLINES Caradonna Worldwide Dive Adventures has recently been recognized as one of Delta Airlines most “Outstanding Performers” for 2010. As one of the largest and most influential airlines in the travel industry, Delta serves an increasing number of dive destinations worldwide. Caradonna has played an important role in garnering support from Delta for the dive industry which in turn has resulted not only in improved service to many popular dive destinations but also some exclusive offers for divers who make Delta their airline of choice. Dive stores and dive clubs can take advantage of an exclusive group offer for travel to the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and the Pacific. With every 15 paid passengers, the 16th passenger flies free (maximum of 2 free per group). This includes travel to some of the dive world’s most popular dive destinations including Bonaire, Grand Cayman, Belize, Roatan, Micronesia, Australia, the Philippines and many more. To take advantage of this very special group offer on Delta Airlines, those interested should call Caradonna toll-free or email them. The offer is good for travel booked and made by December 31, 2011, for the Caribbean, Mexico & Central America and for travel to the Pacific booked and completed by March 31, 2012. Caradonna Worldwide Dive Adventures, 800-330-6611,, Delta-Group-Air-Promotion.aspx,

AUSTIN-LEhMAN AGAIN RANkS AMONG TOP FIVE TOUR OPERATORS WORLDWIDE A chemistry combining hospitality with paddles and saddles (bike and equine) on thousands of miles of international trails and waterways has, for the third consecutive year, garnered Austin-Lehman Adventures (ALA) a top ranking in Travel + Leisure Magazine’s 2011 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey. A jury of magazine readers and editors placed multiple-award-winning tour operator ALA Number 5 in the category of ‘Best Tour and Safari Operator in the World.” Only four companies that primarily conduct African safaris scored higher. ALA creates adventure vacations in North, Central and South America, Europe, Africa and beyond. Companies in the survey were rated on a variety of criteria including staff and guides, itineraries and destinations, activities, accommodations, food, and value. On the heels if the announcement made July 6, Dan Austin, founder and president, reported that his company is having its “best year ever.” He attributes this to bar-setting client services and active itineraries that annually expand destinations to loyal alumni who represent 40% of the company’s business and to an “exponential” growth in the family and multi-generational market. ALA’s Preserve a Park program that for three consecutive years has singled out a National Park to receive a portion of guest bookings to that park has also positively stimulated an always-strong interest in national park trips and traveling to America’s iconic destinations, said Austin. The 2012 park selection is Canyonlands National Park. Growth in the company’s Europe bike tours with the recent introduction of e-bikes has also been a factor in record bookings for 2011. For a free 2011 catalog and to get on the list for the upcoming 2012 edition, those interested should contact the company toll-free or by email. Current trips, schedules and itineraries are outlined on their website. Austin-Lehman Adventures, 800-575-1540,, Travel World News •

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Life’s a Cool Breeze This Summer...In Malta!

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ummer in Malta can be said to reflect the character of Mediterranean people; exotically attractive, warm & full of colour. The Maltese Islands have been blessed by the gods with more than three months of celestial magic and glorious sunshine. Rich in Millennial history, Malta has been the melting pot for civilizations for over 7,000 years. It comes as no surprise to see how the major Cruise Line Companies find the Islands Mediterranean positioning to be appealing. With MSC, Costa, TUI’s Mein Schiff, Disney, Aida, Celebrity, Sea Cloud, Club Med and so many others visiting the impressive Grand Harbour, the streets of Valletta are filled with laughter, smiles and the loud local greeting of ‘Sahha’ (Health!) from locals. Together with other visitors from across the globe, the Maltese Islands have perfected hospitality to a fine art – but then, this comes naturally to a people who are genetically already extraordinarily friendly. Summertime in Malta is all about sun & fun, beach and lots of socializing. With so many ‘al fresco’ cafeteria’s and restaurants open till very late, the Islands come alive after the sun has sunk beneath the horizon’s blue and with it Villages in full festival mode until late September, making this a perfect hub for singles, couples or families in general. Maltese ‘festas’ are celebrations that commemorate each towns’ patron saint. Complete with colourful street decorations, lights and food & beverage stalls with delectable local produce, the towns people get together in festivities that build up to a religious procession, where a statue of the patron saint is carried through the village streets, accompanied by amazing brass bands and devotees. Complete with firework displays & ground displays set against the starlit indigo night sky, this unique experience is bound to delight young & old. Boat trips are the way to go at this time of the year since the sea is immaculately calm and serene, allowing you to sail or cruise into one of the countless romantic coves in Malta, Gozo or Comino. A day spent in the renowned turquoise waters of the Blue Lagoon can be enjoyed complete with snorkeling, diving, sailing or slow motoring in & out of the wonderful sea-caves along its coastline. Several Day Boat Charters are available from local Operators. Diving too is at its wonderful peak in summertime and with so many interesting wrecks, caves and areas to experience here, it is no wonder that Malta’s sea reigns as one of the top Dive Spots in the world. For the young at heart, the partying scene is at its peak in the Summer months with Top DJ’s playing at countless Clubs across the Islands, such as Gianpula (Rabat, Malta), La Grotta (Gozo), Popeye’s Village and more. Numero Uno Club,

Snorkeling in the turquoise waters of the Blue Lagoon. shall be celebrating the 10th edition of its infamous ‘Sunset Sundays’ sessions, which carry on each Sunday until midSeptember. Concerts by your favourite artists such as Carlos Santana (July), Zucchero (July), Wine Festivals, Arts Festivals, Jazz Festivals and any reason to celebrate is vibrantly alive this year in Malta. The Malta Tourism Authority’s Event page has a complete listing of all events being held across the Maltese Islands all year round. With all this in mind, it’s easy to hop down to the Maltese Islands when frequent and direct flights from key European Cities are only an average of 2.5hours. A visit to this incredibly friendly & welcoming Island will be the cherry on your ice-cream this summer & is sure to make your European vacation complete. For more information about this holistic archipelago and the latest festivals, concerts and events happening in the Maltese Islands, log on to our website.

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A wonderful waterfront resort complete with private beach and water sports; a central cosmopolitan location close to shopping, entertainment and historic sites; and an array of services appreciated by leisure and business travellers alike. Valletta, Mdina and the Mosta Dome are within easy reach.


Summer is here and for lovers of fine wine, there’s no better time for a sun-kissed wine appreciation cruise with European Waterways in Burgundy, France’s wine capital. A wine cruise onboard the 12-passenger L’Impressionniste on the Burgundy Canal brings travelers to visit Clos de Vougeot, headquarters of the esteemed Chevaliers du Tastevin. Or, guests can take a different cruise aboard 12-passenger La Belle Epoque, and visit the vineyards of Chablis and Nuits St George. They will enjoy wine tastings at winemakers such as the Domaine Servan, well known for its superb Premier and Grand Cru wines. Another wonderful cruise route for wine aficionados is the 300year-old Canal du Midi in the South of France. Cruising this tranquil, sun-drenched canal on the 8-passenger hotel barges Anjodi or Enchanté, visitors will tour the historic Chateau Guery and Chateau de Perdiguier to sample their internationally renowned Corbieres and Chardonnay wines with Anjodi. Or, they may indulge in tastings in Saint Chinian, the first village in the region to receive the prestigious A.O.C. mark of approval, on Enchanté. Each trip includes a professional wine guide, gourmet meals on board with Premier and Grand Cru wines, open bar, all excursions, private wine tastings, local transfers and of course, the services of an attentive crew. A 6-night cruise starts at $4,190 pp. European Waterways,

ThE PALACE hOTEL MALTA WINS 2011 BEST DESIGN AWARD The Palace boutique hotel in Malta has won the award for Best Design for 5-star hotels with 50–200 rooms, at the International Hotel and Property Awards 2011. Angelo Xuereb, Chairman of AX Holdings, represented the group and The Palace at the ceremony held at L’Hôtel Hermitage in the heart of Monte-Carlo. “Design is very important to The Palace’s spirit. Not only it makes our hotel a one-of-a-kind place to stay but indeed plays a fundamental part in creating the unique atmosphere one breathes with every step taken into it, from our reception, to the rooms, to our restaurants and entertainment areas,” said Xuereb. The International Hotel and Property Awards are hosted by design et al, a leading interior design magazine in the UK. The Palace 12 • AUGUST 2011

achieved this year’s Best Design Award by overcoming strong competition from some of the world’s premier hotels. The International Hotel and Property Awards are judged not by a panel but online, where short-listed entries are presented and voting is open to industry professionals as well as readers, clients and customers. Vibrant and attractive, The Palace is a deluxe 5-star city hotel in Sliema with distinctive elegance, renowned for the infusion of its genuine hospitality, the charms of an intimate and comfortable environment, and the luxurious and cosmopolitan vibe of the ‘big city.’ All this and more create “The Palace Experience.” Along with adjoining Palazzo Capua, The Palace offers the only Concept Suites in Malta—an experience a world apart from other suites. Both hotels along with The Victoria Hotel, the Sunny Coast and the Seashells Resort at Suncrest are part of AX Hotels’ portfolio. The Palace,

SPLENDOR OF SICILIAN BAROqUE FROM DONNAFUGATA GOLF RESORT & SPA Historic Val di Noto, in the heart of Sicilian Baroque just outside Ragusa, is the location of 5-star Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa, a luxury resort that opened in summer 2010. Baroque became the distinctive style of the region after the 1693 earthquake that forced almost total reconstruction. Eight Sicilian cities feature this look, including Ragusa, Noto and Modica, have been included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa offers a 3-night Sicily Yourself Package that includes breakfast; 1 dinner (3 courses, drinks excluded); a Spa massage (60 minutes); 1 Spa entry (1 hour’s relaxation course) per stay; and a half-day excursion to Modica or Ragusa Ibla by car with guide. Rates start at approximately $636 ppdo. The Ragusa Ibla hub has many attractions, including the masterpiece cathedral of San Giovanni. Facades in the Beneventano di Scicli palazzo date back to the mid-eighteenth century. Modica is famed not only for monuments but also for chocolate from an Incan recipe said to have arrived from returning explorers. San Giorgio, Chiesa del Soccorso, and the Jesuit monastery are important sights, as well as Chiesa del Carmine with its imposing stairway and San Pietro Inferiore built into the rock. A visit to nearby Castello di Donnafugata, which the resort is named after, is a must, as well as the park with its “coffee house,” small temple, labyrinth and artificial grotto. Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa, situated on a restored aristocratic estate, is laid out in villas, with generously sized rooms of high detail and sophistication. Ten bright suites with pastel furnishings enjoy a large private terrace. All the rooms offer splendid views of the panoramic surround. Its jewels are two 18-hole championship golf courses. Donnafugata Spa won the Condé Nast Traveller Favourite Overseas Day Spa award for 2010. Not far away are the marvelous beaches of Camarina, Punta Secca and Marina di Ragusa. Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa,, • Travel World News

Enjoy Modern, Luxury River Cruising Whether cruising down China’s mighty Yangtze River on the Victoria Anna or Victoria Jenna, exploring the wonders of the Galápagos Islands on the Santa Cruz, floating past antiquities along Egypt’s majestic Nile River on the Royal Lotus, you’ll benefit from in-depth sightseeing to truly feel the charm of your destination on an Avalon river cruise.

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In southern Austria, near the Italian border, framed by Austria’s tallest mountains sits The 5-Star Grand Hotel Lienz Elegance, flair and class, surrounded by stunning scenery, gourmet cuisine, top service, a medcial center of the highest level, as well as a spacious spa oasis for the soul.

We know how to give you a memorable vacation at realistic, down-to-earth prices, without sacrificing your pleasure or comfort. Cruises are our main focus and we know from decades of experience what makes or breaks a cruise. Our experience has taught us how to please even the most discriminating traveler.

Tourism marketing at the national level, provides information on tourism opportunities in Slovakia, promotes Slovakia as a tourist destination, contributes to the positive image of Slovakia abroad and supports the marketing of tourism products of the Slovak Republic. STB is authorized to carry out official representation and create field offices at home and abroad.


Our job is to promote Vienna as Central Europe’s leading conference city. We offer our services free of charge to any national or international organizer of meetings, conventions and incentives.


The Hungarian National Tourist Board co-hosted a media event with American Airlines and Budapest Airport Zrt to celebrate the launch of American Airlines’ nonstop service from New York (JFK) to Budapest. At the event, Vivian Fancher, Editor of CEO Traveler, won a trip for two to Budapest, including a four-night stay at the luxurious five-star Corinthia Hotel Budapest and two American Airlines tickets. The event took place at the Consulate of Hungary in New York. Corinthia Hotel Budapest is owned by Malta-based International Hotel Investments (IHI) and operated by CHI Hotels & Resorts. It was reopened in 2002, having been faithfully restored to its former glory as Budapest’s leading luxury hotel, featuring a magnificent ballroom and the most extensive conference facilities in the city. In 2010, Corinthia Hotel Budapest was voted as one of the top 25 hotels in Europe by TripAdvisor, the only hotel in Hungary to make the list. (Left to right) Maria Rachidi, PR Manager for Hungarian National Tourist Board; Sarah McHeffey, the Bradford Group, representing Corinthia Hotels; Kam Jandu, Director of Aviation, Budapest Airport Zrt; Vivian Fancher, Editor of CEO Traveler; Art Torno, Vice President-New York, American Airlines; and Ambassador Károly Dán, New York Consul General for Hungary. Corinthia hotels,

SkYTRAx NAMES TURkISh AIRLINES ‘BEST AIRLINE EUROPE’ In addition to “Best Airline Europe,” Turkish Airlines topped the categories “Best Premium Economy Seats” and “Best Airline Southern Europe” by Skytrax at the 2011 World Airline Awards in Paris, France. Participation in the 10-month customer satisfaction survey included 18.8 million airline customers. Turkish Airlines received several awards by Skytrax identified as “Passengers Choice Awards.” The airline won the “Best Airline in Southern Europe” award last year as well, and also the “Skytrax World Aviation Award 2009.” In Skytrax’ 2010 evaluation, Turkish Airlines was named “Best Airline in Southern Europe” and the best quality in economy class. The airline marked itself with third place in the best airline companies in all European countries. Turkish Airlines, 14 • AUGUST 2011


The Berlin Convention Office (BCO) is celebrating a decade of growth and the successful positioning of post-Wall Berlin as one of the world’s top meeting destinations. The city boasts 113,100 events per year with a total of 9.1 million participants. Since 2001, hotel beds rose from 63,000 to 112,400 and meeting space expanded to 4.95 million sq ft. Berlin now ranks #4 in the ICCA ranking for international congresses and conventions (up from #9 in 2001). Berlin Brandenburg International Airport (BER) is on schedule to open June 3, 2012. The new airport will allow direct access to markets and travelers around the globe with an unprecedented number of international flights and the best connections. Nonstop services from North America and around the world is expected to increase, and transport to and from the airport will be effortless and expedient with direct freeway access and a railway station below the terminal to allow travelers to reach the city center in about 20 minutes. The Berlin Convention Office has launched a new online tool specifically designed to assist planners of incentive and motivational travel to customize components of client programs. After entering the parameters of a client’s group and special requirements, BerlinCentives immediately suggests matching program elements, as well as booking information and contacts. The BerlinCentives tool complements the new Berlin Meeting Guide, a listing of venues and services that can be downloaded from BCO’s website. Opening this winter, the new Waldorf Astoria Berlin will feature 211 guest rooms, including 24 suites, as well as 21 apartments. The newly built hotel is within walking distance of Berlin’s Zoo station, the legendary Kurfürstendamm shopping boulevard and the upscale KaDeWe department store. The 31-floor property will feature close to 12,000 sq ft of conference and meeting facilities, a spa and wellness area, as well as a stylish restaurant and sky bar with fantastic cityscape views. The Waldorf Astoria will supplement the facilities at the Hilton Berlin, located in the eastern part of the city. The Berlin Convention Office offers a wide range of services, including free-of-charge agency and booking services for hotel allotments. Berlin Convention Office, • Travel World News

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cabarete hosts a number of events throughout the year to showcase and celebrate the uniqueness of this particular tourist town. in the summertime particularly, residents and tourists see one event after another, with a goal of supporting the betterment of everyday life for inhabitants on the north coast of the Dominican republic. education, women and children are number-one concerns. exciting events include Kiteboarding 4 Kids, cabarete beach eXPO, Master of the Ocean, Kiteboarding World cup PKra, The butterfly effect and many more. This summer, cabarete beach invited a number of prominent guests to support charitable causes. The DreaMin Live concert hosted in June was held to raise money and awareness for the children of cabarete. The DreaM Project (the Dominican republic education and Mentoring Project) organized the 2011 edition of this event. internationally recognized musicians Doug Wimbish (Living colour) and eric Gales (blues guitarist of the year 2010) were onstage with local musicians, rocking for charity at cabarete beach. “it is rare to see such involvement like the one we have seen during our stay here, and we have experienced an epiphany in regards to the importance of these events. We want to take this message with us during our future travels and use these tools that we have to support more,” said Living colour bassist Doug Wimbish. both musicians shared their respect for the synergy in the local charity and event scene. Hotel Villa Taina is one of the local establishments that promotes and supports local community efforts. Since day one, the hotel has played an integrative role with organizations such as the DreaM Project. “events like these serve not only to raise consciousness about community issues and needs, but also add to the social flavor of the town. i believe many local people, as well as the international audience, will pay attention to upcoming events organized for the benefit of the community,” says Hotel Villa Taina’s Director claudia Schwarz. Villa Taina, a founding partner, supports the DreaM project and the Mariposa Foundation, catering to the needs of young adults and education of children. Villa Taina, 16 • AUGUST 2011

DominiCA’S 15Th AnnUAl WorlD Creole mUSiC FeSTiVAl SeT For oCTober The slate of musicians is building for Dominica’s 15th annual World creole Music Festival—one of the only truly indigenous music events in the eastern caribbean. The highly anticipated annual festival is planned for October 28–30 at roseau’s Windsor Park Stadium. Known for attracting world-renowned musical groups and soloists from the creole-speaking world, artists at this annual musical extravaganza represent a variety of musical genres, including indigenous styles from east and West africa intertwined with rhythms of the caribbean, including zouk, compas, reggae, soca and calypso. Details on the music festival, where to stay and other ideas for planning a trip to Dominica are available online. national Geographic Traveler has Dominica on its best Trips of 2011 list. it’s the only caribbean island among Shermans Travel 2011 Top 10 Fitness Vacations. Dominica was also named to the 2011 ethical Destinations list by ethical Traveler for its commitment to conserving natural treasures while sustaining and empowering local communities. Discover Dominica Authority, 866-522-4057,

35% rACk rATe DiSCoUnT on SAnDS AT GrACe bAy’S 2-beDroom oCeAnVieW SUiTe The Sands at Grace bay is offering a 35-percent rack rate discount for guests who book one of their luxurious Two-bedroom Oceanview Suites for travel between September 1 and October 31, 2011. This offer is ideal for families or friends looking to reduce vacation costs by sharing a spacious suite that can easily accommodate up to 6. With the discount applied, suite rates are only $312 per night (excluding 11% government tax and 10% service charge)—down from $480 per night—and feature full kitchens with modern appliances, two bedrooms and two full bathrooms, a living/dining room area complete with a big-screen plasma TV and comfy couches and a private screened balcony boasting incredible ocean views. in addition to enjoying the resort’s idyllic location alongside world-famous Grace bay beach, guests enjoy three free-form swimming pools and complimentary access to watersports equipment—kayaks and windsurfing equipment to snorkel gear and Hobie cats—plus free bicycle rentals for island exploration. There are no minimum night stay requirements and there is no booking window, however, the offer is based on suite availability at the time of booking. The offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other resort offer or promotion. The offer may be booked online using promo code “35OFFSePOcT2011.” Guests can also call the resort toll-free or contact a travel agent for reservations. The Sands at Grace bay, 877-777-2637, • Travel World News


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A Beachfront Low-Rise Boutique Hotel tucked away in it’s own secluded bay amongst 46 acres of lush tropical grounds. Located directly on one of the top ten beaches in the world. Princess Hotels & Resorts is a hotel chain specializing in holiday and urban hotels in top class tourist resorts, which, from the start, has enjoyed the prestige, confidence and consideration of our customers. A chain with a business philosophy and methodology in the management of large hotels.

“Most Romantic Resort in the World” TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice, 4th consecutive year

Located on one of the Caribbean’s top 10 "Dream Beaches of the World",

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ELEGANCE. TIMELESS. SOPHISTICATION. A luxury beachfront resort on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao. Our aim is to deliver to our guests a sense of timeless elegance, a bygone age delivered in a modern package. Whether for business, romance or simple pleasure, we use our gift of hospitality to ensure Avila is not only a location, but also a destination – Make it your hotel.

created to celebrate the unspoiled beauty of the caribbean. The design of the resort was inspired by the cultural heritage and history of St. croix and the Virgin islands.

~ red roofs reflect St. croix’s Danish heritage ~ ~ british inspired in-room screened porches ~ ~ Spanish colonial mahogany woodwork ~ ~ creole symetry and central entrance ~ ~ French inspired louvered windows ~

An all-inclusive resort set along the pristine white sands of Grace Bay Beach on the island of Providenciales, in Turks and Caicos. Modern mixes with traditional style, casual elegance with chic allure and relaxed charm with magnificent views – the Caribbean’s only beachfront residential resort community of its kind.

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Tourism corporation bonaire has announced that carl roessler will become the third north american recipient to receive bonaire’s prestigious Lifetime achievement award. roessler will travel to bonaire during bonaire Lifetime achievement award Week august 20–27, 2011, a highlight week of the bonaire Dive into Summer Program. He will lead various seminars for visitors and residents on oceanography and photography and will share his knowledge and experience through myriad activities. roessler is an internationally recognized pioneer of the divetravel industry whose services were recognized by induction into The international Scuba Diving Hall of Fame and the nOGi award from the academy of Underwater arts & Sciences. With longtime friend captain Don Stewart, he was one of the earliest voices promoting sustainable diving on bonaire. He also actively promoted bonaire’s beautiful reefs through a variety of photo articles in Skin Diver Magazine, and he brought top dive manufacturing companies to bonaire to make a promotional film on the wreck of the Windjammer. He logged over 100 dives on the wreck. roessler is now retired from the diving industry and volunteers his time to the Historical Diving Society, The international Scuba Diving Hall of Fame and The Journal of Diving History. The bonaire Lifetime achievement award honors long serving, high performance professionals whose careers have truly made a difference. it is for achievement over a period of several years rather than a single contribution and it is awarded for achievement that distinguishes the individual’s worked and provides a legacy for future generations. The award Week’s host hotel is captain Don’s Habitat bonaire, and continental airlines is the official airline sponsor of bonaire Dive into Summer. Tourism Corporation bonaire, 800-bonAire (266-2473), 18 • AUGUST 2011

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Travelers can experience a hot new fitness trend at breezes runaway bay resort & Spa in Jamaica august 14–21 during its “Wellness & Zumba Week,” where certified instructor Linda a. robinson will lead daily complimentary Zumba and Pilates classes for guests of all activity levels. each session is followed by a “healthy eating” break featuring an assortment of exotic fruits and nutritious snacks. Travel, food and spa editor and author babbie De Derian will share highlights of her new book Outsmart Mother nature, and teach guests what it takes to be “Fabulous at every age…Through a Lifetime of changes.” each morning at 9, robinson, an aerobics and Fitness association of america instructor based in new York city, will teach a beachfront Pilates class that helps build flexibility, strength, endurance, and coordination in the legs, abdominals, arms and back. at 11 am, De Derian will share her pampered life and a wealth of anti-aging beauty, health and nutrition secrets, tips and philosophies that she has gathered from ancient cultures and 450 spas around the world. Guests will learn how to make seasonal changes in their exercise routine, diet and appearance to maximize their potential, plus how to turn a bath into an at-home spa sanctuary using herbs and leftover fruits and vegetables for scrubs and facials. De Derian’s interactive mini workshops will bring guests’ goals into focus and build age-defying reserves that will last a lifetime. afternoons at 4, robinson will get guests on their feet for some Latin-inspired dance fitness fun. robinson calls her high-energy, aerobic classes “parties,” as the easy to follow, calorie burning Zumba program features upbeat music and choreography incorporating hip-hop, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo, martial arts and some bollywood and belly dance moves. rates during the august 14–21 “Wellness & Zumba Week” start at $175 ppdo with a 3-night minimum stay. Those who book by august 15 will receive a $260 air credit on four- and five-night stays, or a $420 air credit on six- and seven-night stays. a second breezes “Wellness & Zumba Week” is planned for December 4–11. breezes runaway bay, 877-breezeS (273-3937),; SuperClubs, (800) Go-SUper (467-8737), • Travel World News

caribbean bolonGo’S riChArD DoUmenG VoTeD preSiDenT-eleCT oF ChTA bolongo bay beach resort Managing Director richard Doumeng has been voted President-elect of the caribbean Hotel & Tourism association (cHTa) for 2012–2014. Doumeng brings a wealth of tourism knowledge and experience to the position. in addition to being a second-generation hotelier on St. Thomas, Doumeng has riChArD DoUmenG served on the cHTa board of Directors for 19 years and as Vice President of the association for the past 10 years. currently, he is the First Vice President and Trustee for the cHTa education Foundation. He is also the past chairman of the board of Directors of the US Virgin islands Hotel & Tourism association. in 2009, Doumeng was given the cHTa’s highest honor of caribbean Hotelier of the Year. When Doumeng takes the reins in 2012, he says that his first priority will be to reach out to as many individuals in the caribbean tourism industry as possible and build membership. “Tourism is critical to our region and we have a lot to offer visitors. The islands of the caribbean are full of diversity and unique vacation experiences,” says Doumeng. “cHTa needs all stakeholders in the region to be actively involved for the region to be competitive to traveling consumers.” Doumeng was elected President-elect by acclamation at the annual General Meeting of cHTa held June 25 in Miami. The officers who will work with Doumeng during his presidency will be elected at the annual General Meeting in 2012. Caribbean hotel & Tourism Association (ChTA),; bolongo bay beach resort, 800-524-4746,

Grand case beach club is a 5-minute walk from Grand case village (culinary capital of the island), and around 10 minutes’ drive from Marigot, the capital. The resort features water sports and fitness centers; island boutique; swimming pool; tennis court; and the Sunset cafe for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Happy Hour seven days a week. every unit has a fully equipped kitchen and flat-screen satellite TV. room rates include continental breakfast daily, use of all nonmotorized water sports equipment, and a bottle of wine on arrival. a special plan is offered in the event a vacation is either cancelled or cut short because of a hurricane. if staying at the resort and an official evacuation is ordered, guests will not have to pay for any unused nights and will also receive a free future stay for the same number of nights. as an example, if a guest is booked for seven nights and has to evacuate after four, there will be no penalty for the three unused nights. in addition, guests will receive a voucher for a 7-night future stay. in the event of an official hurricane warning issued for the island of St. Martin, the Grand case beach club will waive the cancellation penalty and, at guest’s option, either refund the full deposit or change the reservation to a future date. Grand Case beach Club, 800-340-3016,,

SpeCiAl pACkAGeS plUS hUrriCAne proTeCTion AT GrAnD CASe beACh ClUb Honeymooners, second honeymooners and incurable romantics can take advantage of the Grand case beach club’s popular “Honeymoon Magic” package offered now through December 22, 2011, according to Steve Wright, General Manager. The package, available for both three and seven nights, includes air-conditioned accommodations; continental breakfast daily; a bottle of red or white wine at check in; one day car rental (gas and insurance are extra); an island floral bouquet in room on arrival; picnic basket for two (one day); welcome cocktail; Grand case beach bag; match play casino vouchers for use at the Dutch side casinos; and use of all non-motorized water sports equipment. From now through October 31, per-couple rates begin at $545 for three nights and $1,185 for seven. From november 1 through December 22, three-night rates begin at $668, with $1,472 for seven. Travel World News •

Experience Jamaica at the Ultimate All-Inclusive Beachfront Resort. Be yourself at the Hilton® Rose Hall Resort & Spa. Enjoy a simplified, all-inclusive experience that includes: ]

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apply. no matter what rate plan guests choose, the fun in the sun is always included. Guests can enjoy complimentary non-motorized water sports, including paddleboards, snorkel gear, Hobie cats, kayaks and more. bolongo bay beach resort, 800-524-4746,

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Stephon Scott, a bartender at Hyatt regency Trinidad, mixed, muddled and poured his way to the top during the finals of the Trinidad & Tobago bartender of the Year competition recently. Out of seven finalists, Scott emerged victorious after an ongoing three months of competition creating cocktails with some of the finest spirits in the world from the Diageo reserve portfolio. Scott captured four challenge categories with his creative presentations, winning over judges Shyam Seukeran, Jamie Garcia, aS brydens’ brand ambassadors and certified hospitality educator Johny Kanor-Doublier. For the final, bartenders had to learn 15 classic cocktails and were asked to prepare one at random. They were assessed on their fluency in making the cocktail, technique and taste as well as their knowledge of its history. Scott will now join bartenders from 35 other countries in new Delhi, india, for the 2011 Global Final of the Diageo reserve World class bartender of the Year. hyatt regency Trinidad, 800-233-1234,; hyatt regency,

bolonGo bAy beACh reSorT bACk-To-SChool SAVinGS Up To 25% The school year is quickly approaching and summer is coming to an end. but it doesn’t mean it’s time to put away the swimsuit and flip flops. Those who pre-book a fall getaway to bolongo bay beach resort will save up to 25% on travel. bolongo bay’s back-to-School savings include 25% savings on a room-only plan for Oceanview and beachfront rooms, or 20% savings on bolongo’s popular all inclusive plan, which includes all dining a la carte and premium cocktails. The savings are available on travel now through December 22, 2011. Travel must be booked by September 30. Guests who stay 7 nights on a room-only plan or 5 nights on an all inclusive plan receive a free sail for two people on bolongo’s 53’ catamaran, Heavenly Days. Guests can choose from a half-day Swim with Turtles snorkel trip or a Sunset Harbor cocktail cruise ($110 value). With the discount, daily rates begin at $192.75 for the room-only plan or $381.75 for the all inclusive plan for two people. rates are subject to tax, resort fee and energy surcharge. blackout dates may 20 • AUGUST 2011

Gulfstream international airlines has announced a further expansion in its flights to/from Marsh Harbour, The bahamas for the summer 2011 travel season. Two new flights on sale now for travel until august 22 will operate daily from Fort Lauderdale and West Palm beach. The new service brings to five the total number of daily Gulfstream flights to/from Marsh Harbour and continues the carrier’s recent push to expand its bahamas service. in June, Gulfstream announced new summer flights between Fort Lauderdale and Freeport, Marsh Harbour and Treasure cay. Gulfstream international airlines operates as a continental connection carrier on flights to/from The bahamas. Gulfstream international Airlines, (reservations, Continental Airlines) 800-523-3273, (montana service) 800-499-7450,

ArmAnDo emAnUelli nAmeD DireCTor oF SAleS AnD mArkeTinG AT SherATon olD SAn JUAn hoTel & CASino The 240-room Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel & casino has named armando emanuelli director of sales and marketing. He brings over 23 years’ experience in the travel industry to his new position. Prior to joining the hotel, he served as director of global accounts for conferenceDirect, where he developed the company’s partnerships, recruited a sales ArmAnDo emAnUelli team and built brand awareness. Previously, he led sales and marketing departments for three midsized hotels in Palmas del Mar, caguas and isla Verde. Other experience includes seven years at The Westin rio Mar beach Golf resort & casino as director of sales; seven years with Hyatt Hotels of Puerto rico and nine years with american airlines, inc. With extensive knowledge in event planning, sales, and marketing, emanuelli has achieved the designation of certified Meeting Planner (cMP) and has successfully planned high-profile ViP events such as the World amateur Golf championships, Miss Universe, and the USTa annual conference. Located on the waterfront of San Juan bay and just six miles from Luis Munoz Marin international airport, Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel & casino is steps from major cruise ship terminals, worldclass dining, great shopping, and historical landmarks. Sheraton old San Juan hotel & Casino, • Travel World News

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he Mundo Maya Tourism Fair hosted in Yucatan’s capital, Merida, “city of peace”, June 19 – 20, 2011, afforded an enticing glimpse into the splendors of this vast region. international travel professionals and media met with Mundo Maya tourism boards, tour companies, hoteliers, and airlines in the modern Convention Center XXi with the objective of promoting this alluring land. Yucatan’s secretary of Tourism, Juan Jose Martin Pacheco, welcomed participants to this third annual event in anticipation of intense worldwide interest, embracing the timely concept of “2012 – Year of Maya Culture.” And rightly so! Archaeo-astronomer Alberto haggar, the keynote speaker, predicted that the year 2012 would inaugurate a new epoch of peace and understanding, ushered in by physical changes as the sun and earth line up with the rift in the Milky Way on December 21, 2012. The fabled Mundo Maya includes the five Mexican states of Yucatan, Campeche, Quintana Roo, Tabasco and Chiapas, as well as the nations of Guatemala, belize, and parts of honduras and el salvador. No other region on earth possesses such a wealth of magnificent archaeological sites. here, too, travelers experience countless natural wonders in landscape, seascape, flora and fauna, charming colonial cities, magical villages with exquisite heritage of arts and handcrafts, gastronomy which fuses the indigenous with influences of Caribbean, spanish, French, and Arabic flavors, and the warmly welcoming residents of the Maya World. The advanced civilization of the Maya miraculously constructed their “universities of the cosmos”, the astounding cities now revered as archaeological sites, over a thousand years ago. This was at the very time of europe’s “Dark Ages.” here in the Yucatan, one can explore the seventh new wonder of the world, Chichen itza, and the classically beautiful Uxmal, among countless others, many of which lie buried within the jungle’s embrace. host-state unique Yucatan lies on a flat limestone slab covered by a tenacious growth of scrub and bush beneath which undulate vast underground rivers, caves (cenotes) in which to dive and mysterious caverns to explore; here the mangrovelined estuaries of water fowl sanctuaries including nesting grounds of the fabulous pink flamingo. The year-round climate is hot and humidity ranges from moderate to high; the rainy season extends from June through october. When conquistadors arrived to dominate the region, Francisco de Montejo founded the capital here in 1542 and named it Merida after a city in spain. This was the former Maya ceremonial center of T’ho. buildings in the Plaza of inde-penTravel World News •

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Yucatan’s Mundo Maya Tourism Fair Promotes “2012 – Year of Maya Culture”

Uxmal’s spectacular Pyramid of the Magician... built over a thousand years ago. dence were partially constructed with the limestone blocks of T’ho’s temples. Now a bustling city of one million inhabitants, it exudes a captivating charm. The original home of Montejo is now a banamex bank with a Museum of Culture. The exterior sculptures depict spanish soldiers with feet firmly planted on the heads of the subjugated Maya. The Cathedral of saint ildefonso, the oldest cathedral in the mainland Americas, was completed in 1598. The Government Palace’s hall of history displays bold paintings by famous muralist Francisco Castro Pacheco. one can sit back in one of the s-shaped white stone benches, the “confidenciales”, to survey these buildings and the beehive of vendors and shoppers in the plaza. The arts are especially favored in this university city. Yucatan’s Upper school of the Arts (esAY) provides professional training in dance, music, drama and visual arts. The Juan Peon Contreras Theater, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the olimpo Cultural Center are some of the venues giving Meridans access to the arts. The Regional Museum of Anthropology on Paseo de Montejo, the broad boulevard framed by opulent mansions, houses an interesting collection of Maya artifacts. Romantic boleros can be heard in numerous little plazas (especially at moonlight). The “Merida on sunday” program offers music, poetry recitals and romantic ballads by the roving Trova Yucateca, when the historic center is closed to traffic. The Concert of the Maya sun scheduled for July 12 – 16 will feature a performance by shakira! hotels in Merida run the gamut from eclectic b&b’s to fivestar properties such as the hyatt and Fiesta Americana, and elegant restored haciendas on the outskirts of the city. The centrally-located Casa del balam (“house of the jaguar” in Mayan) continued on page


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( never disappoints. owned by the barbachano family who helped develop tourism in Mexico, one finds serenity in the midst of frenetic city life. how pleasant to enjoy breakfast in its adorable courtyard-patio! For true enchantment and pampering, hacienda Xcanatun (“tall stone house”) ( , designated a small Luxury hotel, stands in a category all its own! Guests will luxuriate in its eighteen artistically-furnished spacious suites; enjoy sumptuous cuisine and fine wines in the Casa de Piedra restaurant, stroll in eight acres of tropical gardens, bathe in refreshing pools, and rejuvenate in the fabulous spa! Attentive, talented Carolina is the mistress of this domain. The massages and facials are to-die-for…whether a massage with Maya stones or decadently, a “chocolate caress”! Travelers can choose from a wide array of restaurants, those featuring distinctive Yucatecan cuisine with emphasis on chilies, maize, tomatoes, chicken, turkey, pork, beef, beans and rice, as well as those offering an international menu. A favorite dish is the cochinita pibil, a marinated pork dish; a favored liqueur the anise and honey-flabored xtabentun. Merida also boasts of a vibrant nightlife. one longtime favorite, Pancho’s, delights with its amusing ambiance and tasty food and drink. When sisal production was in its heyday in the 19th and 20th century, Merida was home to more millionaires than anywhere in the world! The haciendas were self-contained villages with housing for workers, stores, medical facilities and a chapel. The immensely wealthy hacendados (hacienda owners) often sent their children to be educated in France and filled their magnificent mansions with european imports. one prominent hacienda, the Yaxcopoil, (“place of green poplar trees”) ( has been converted into a hauntingly beautiful museum where visitors wander as if caught in a time-warp. A monumental Moorish double arch stands in front of the property offering a unique welcome. some thirty-five towns in Mexico have been designated as “pueblos magicos” (magic towns). izamal was the first to receive this honor. The buildings in the historic center were painted an ochre color (hence also called “city of yellow) at the time of Pope John Paul ii’s visit here in 1993. The convent of st. Anthony of Padua was constructed atop a flattened Maya temple in 1561. one climbs precipitously over ancient Maya stones to enter the vast atrium, a stunning setting for festivities, the façade of the gorgeous church illuminated. Daylight hours are well-spent here, sightseeing in a horsedrawn carriage (calesa), serving as a taxi. This was the residence of the infamous bishop Diego de Landa in 1562. The cruel auto-da-fe in nearby Mani’s Archangel saint Michael’s convent took place under de Landa’s direction. irreplaceable sacred Maya manuscripts were destroyed (except for four which miraculously survived), and hundreds of the Maya were brutally slaughtered. Recalled to spain after these atrocities, de Landa wrote “The Relacion de las Cosas de Yucatan”, a record 22 • AUGUST 2011

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Hacienda Xcanatun. of what he remembered of the codices and Maya way of life. A definite must is a visit to the archaeological site of Uxmal which leaves one awestruck! The Pyramid of the Magician's massive curvilinear shape reigns in splendor, surrounded by other enigmatic buildings. The symmetrical Palace of the Governor resembles the architectural wonders of ancient Greece. The venerable hacienda Uxmal with its rather spartan guestrooms, exudes an appealing historical ambiance. Nestled close to Uxmal, once can relax in a rocking chair on a balcony overlooking the pool...and go back, way, way back in time, imagining how the proud Maya lived all those many centuries ago. Climbing into the immense Loltun Caves (“stone flower”) seems very much like entering Xibalba, the Underworld! enormous limestone stalactites and stalagmites formed over millennia in fantastic shapes and colors meet the eye. These caves have provided shelter since prehistoric times. Another natural attraction not to be missed is the Celestun estuary, a biosphere reserve situated a two and one-half hour ride from Merida on the west side of the peninsula. small boats race toward the habitat of the beautiful pink flamingos, taking care not to disturb them! They seem to move ever so slowly across the river, occasionally rising up in a rose-colored rush of glorious wings. The boats then winds through thick mangroves to a crystal clear pool for swimming. Appetites whetted, lunch can be enjoyed in one of the seafood restaurants or at hotel eco Paraiso Xixim (, a veritable ecologist’s paradise. Now is the ideal time to visit this remarkable region and sense the energies of impending transformations! The Mundo Maya is not just a clever advertising moniker to entice visitors. it is a sacred entity, a huge region of unparalleled beauty, of cautionary tales and of redemption, of life affirmation. Partake of the Maya mystique! Why, you may even find yourself.

Mundo Maya Tourism Fair,, Mexico Tourism Board,; Yucatan, Tierra de Maravillas, • Travel World News

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Casa Vieja is a luxury all-suite Boutique Hotel situated in the exclusive area of Polanco, created with a luxury lifestyle in mind as is now considered the most unique boutique property in Mexico City.

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Located in the heart of Playa del Carmen, close to the most beautiful stretch of white sandy beach, La Tortuga Hotel and Spa is the perfect place to set up base for your visit to the Riviera Maya.

Among the 4-Star Hotels on the island, Hotel Cozumel & Resort has many good reasons to be proud. This friendly resort is the best choice for families, honeymooners, individuals and sea sports lovers. Conveniently located near downtown allows you to take advantage of the great variety of restaurants, bars and shopping malls located all over the waterfront.

On a beautiful beach of the Mexican Rivera, overlooking the Sea of Cortez, The Inn at Mazatlan offers a relaxed and elegant atmosphere. A vacation, romantic honeymoon or convention – enjoy the tranquility, wonderful dining, exciting beach and ocean adventures. Relax with the warm golden sunsets and miles of pristine beach.

The largest trade fairgrounds in Latin America. Its versatile design and avant-garde concept was designed for the

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Visit Great Parnassus – a Mexican paradise with your family and make your holiday unforgettable.

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Combining the architectural charm of colonial Mexico with modern comforts. Just a few minutes from beautiful white sand beaches and area attractions. Free shuttle service to the beach, a business Center, Fitness Center along with exceptional customer service.

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travel must be booked by december 30, 2011, for travel through december 30, 2012. restrictions apply. the offer is subject to availability, does not apply in blackout dates, is not combinable with other promotions and applies to new groups only. in Krystal puerto Vallarta, the offer applies in Holy–easter weeks. all-inclusive features for each hotel are listed under Specials & packages. Krystal Hotels & Resorts, 800-437-9605, (Tere Messina, groups),


Krystal Hotels & resorts in cancun, ixtapa and puerto Vallarta offers special benefits to new groups booking a minimum 10 rooms and making reservations through apple Vacations, mlt Vacations (delta Vacations, continental airlines Vacations, united Vacations), funjet Vacations, pleasant Holidays, travel impressions, gogo WWV, uS airways, and alaska airlines. included in the rate when the european plan is chosen is one complimentary room for every 9 rooms paid, per night (10th room complimentary); one upgrade to the next higher room category for every ten rooms; a Welcome group cocktail reception (one hour in a private section); private check-in and late checkout (subject to availability); kids free (up to 12 years of age) in the same room with their parents; and one free setup for a private event on groups with minimum of 25 rooms. all inclusive plan benefits—in addition to the upgrade, group cocktail reception, private check-in/checkout, free setup for private event features—are one complimentary person for every 6 persons paid, per night (ppdo); 25% discount in the Spa (not combinable with other promotions); and kids free (up to 12) in same rooms with their parents august 16 to december 21 (except family Suites). 24 • AUGUST 2011

mexitours knows how to get the most for travelers flocking to the international events staged in mexico. Here are a few famous ones coming up: the pan american games 2011 will take place in the beautiful city of guadalajara november 12–20. guadalajara is the perfect example of mexican culture and history. this city is full of examples of mexican architecture and traditions. its localization has made guadalajara one of the most-visited cities for business and negotiations. the international tourism fair of the americas fita will take place in mexico city September 22–25. it will gather tourism industry professionals from around the world, and will be the perfect place to make negotiations and promote tourism products and destinations. adventure travel World Summit, hosted by the state of chiapas, will take place in San cristobal de las casas october 16–20. it will gather 650 of the most important adventure tourism operators. it’s the perfect opportunity to explore the most exotic and diverse part of mexico’s southern state. mexitours opens the doors of mexico to visitors so they may discover the wealth and splendor left by the aztecs, mayans, ol-mecas, Zapotecas, toltecas and many other civilizations that significantly marked the country’s roots, creating what mexico is today. With mexitours, visitors will discover all the wonders offered by colonial cultures in different cities such as Veracruz, morelia, mexico city, oaxaca, San cristóbal de las casas, San miguel de allende, Querétaro, guadalajara, mérida, guanajuato, cuernavaca, Zacatecas, aguascalientes, and many more, including uneSco world heritage sites. at mexitours, clients’ passengers are given the best of mexico through programs, hotels and services of the best quality and at excellent prices. the company offers ecological and religious routes, adventure and cultural and archaeological sightseeing, as well as tailormade programs for individual travelers and special-interest groups. for exclusive tourism use, mexitours also provides a modern transportation fleet of buses, maxi vans, mini vans and luxury cars among others, all equipped with air-conditioning. for 31 years, mexitours has been synonymous with quality and worldwide guarantee. Mexitours, • Travel World News

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It’s hard to imagine someone traveling to Guatemala and leaving unchanged. The mountainous landscape is nothing less than magical, and the people—forty percent indigenous Maya—are cordial and kind-hearted. The country offers many inland attractions. Come explore Guatemala travel.

Discover exciting new destinations in Central America — rich in culture and natural splendor, where modern and ancient intermingle, elegantly delivered on a silver platter at Bristol Hotels in Panama.

Specializing in: ~ Foreign Individual Travel (FIT) ~ Incentives Groups ~ Meetings & Conventions ~ Charter Flights ~ International and National Events ~ Servicing passengers of the most prestigious cruise lines

Designed to exceed the expectations of the discriminating travelers seeking discovery, exploration, and elegant relaxation.

Camino Real Managua Hotel, has created unique surroundings by perfectly blending nature and comfort. With an excellent service, convenient facilities and highly qualified staff, Camino Real ensures that your stay will be enjoyable.

Conferences, Business and Incentive Travel. A leader in Destinations Management and International Tourism. First-line representation such as Copa Vacations, Carnival Cruise Line, Delta Vacations, China Airlines, Sandals & Beaches, Special Tours and Rail Europe among others.

Princess Guatemala Hilton Princess San Salvador Hilton Princess San Pedro Sula Hilton Princess Managua Imperial Hospitality Management Company, was created to respond to the need in the Central American market for specialty hotels that would bring together international standards of efficiency with the warmth and friendliness of the local environment.

We are the most highly recognized hotel chain in Central America operating all of our hotels with award winning standards under the InterContinental, Marriott and Choice Hotels International brands.


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Nicaragua Restored to majesty. Granada’s finest hotel.

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Panama Nestled in the mountains outside town of Boquete.

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Panama A different perspective – view the Canel from the air.


of 18 platforms, nine cables, two rappel lines, one aerial swing and one suspended bridge) and white water rafting (rapids of the spectacular naranjo river), suitable for novice rafters. parador resort & Spa is deeply committed to green practices and has received the 5-leaf Sustainability award by the costa rican tourism Board. the resort features european-inspired ambience, 96 rooms and 33 suites, three restaurants, four bars, and three ocean view pools and pacifica Spa. Parador Resort & Spa,


aguateca is a classic maya archaeological site (250–900 a.d.) located in the southwestern peten region of guatemala. aguateca’s main feature is a series of stelae dedicated to its rulers. this site is unusual in that it contains the only known bridge formed in maya civilization and is surrounded by a natural moat fortification formed by a fault line; it is believed that this fault line formed around the same time as lake atitlan when there was a lot of movement in the tectonic plates. Visitors can explore the natural fault, which is over 300 ft deep in some places, as well as a small selection of restored monuments and some intricate carvings. other highlights to see include a temple that was never finished (the maya fled the site before completion) and some reconstructions offering visitors a good idea of what the houses would have looked like during the maya occupation. aguateca is accessed by boat. viaventure,

A WHITE (WATER) WEDDING IN cOSTA RIcA AT PARADOR RESORT & SPA parador resort & Spa in punta Quepos, costa rica, combines tender touch with adrenaline rush in its new pacific adventure romance Wedding package. two nights in a suite, an intimate wedding ceremony and couples’ massage are coupled with white water rafting and a rainforest zip line tour. the package is priced at $1,440 per night per couple, tax included, through december 2012. parador resort & Spa lies within 12 acres of manuel antonio national park, the only place in costa rica where jungle literally kisses sea. couples can stage their wedding in a secluded niche of dense jungle, or they can opt for grand-scale ballroom ambiance. parador resort & Spa’s pacific adventure romance Wedding package welcomes newlyweds to two nights in parador Suites, a self-contained complex with private adult-only infinity pool and Jacuzzi, la fragata restaurant & tapas Bar and private concierge. the package also includes a ceremony official; the legal fee and wedding certificate; the bride’s bouquet and groom’s boutonnière; a carpet of rose petals; a romantic candlelit dinner with a bottle of champagne; a Swedish massage for two; a rainforest canopy tour (zip line 26 • AUGUST 2011

couples looking for an elopement wedding destination should consider costa rica—the epitome of exotic, where sun-kissed beaches are lined with wild flowers, active volcanoes light up the dawn, and colorful wildlife still rules the land. Boutique luxury hotel la mansion inn, located in the heart of manuel antonio, offers intimate wedding events in a spectacular surround. for groups of 40, the rooftop Sky lounge is the perfect venue, providing 360-degree panoramic views of the manuel antonio national park, pacific ocean, and rainforest canopy. depending on the size and scope of the wedding, the resort can work directly with clients in order to arrange important details such as a lawyer, flowers, catering and other requests. However, they also work with a professional wedding planner in order to ensure the day unfolds flawlessly, exceeding expectations. couples who wish to stay on at la mansion inn after the wedding to enjoy their honeymoon can choose special packages. their Honeymoon package includes fresh tropical flowers in the couple’s room on arrival, plus a fruit plate and a bottle of sparkling wine. daily breakfast, lunch and all drinks at the pool are included for two people until 7 pm. the couple will receive an in-room one-hour couples massage and a catamaran tour, which includes snorkeling, a tour of the offshore islands and a delicious meal for two. la Mansion Inn,, • Travel World News


the family Vacation critic website recently gave chaa creek a 91% satisfaction rating backed up by reviews from some 45 travelers who evaluated the eco-resort with accolades such as “awesome,” “the perfect vacation experience,” “Superb” or “a fantastic family vacation spot!” and trip advisor also ran a similar number of reviews with headings such as “exceeded expectations,” “outstanding” and “divine.” marketing advisor larry Waight points out that besides being a great family vacation destination in itself, chaa creek is the perfect base for exploring Belize’s beautiful rainforests, caribbean beaches and the spectacular Belize Barrier reef as well as maya temples, sacred caves and archaeological sites. chaa creek, this year’s Belize Hotel of the Year, is an award-winning, globally recognized model for green, sustainable tourism, with lovely thatched-roof cottages as well as luxury suites with private Jacuzzis and sundecks, all surrounded by gorgeous gardens. the airy thatched restaurant enjoys consistently high ratings, as do the jungle lounge, Hilltop Spa, Butterfly farm, conference centre, natural History centre, and maya medicinal plant trail. the more remote macal river camp set above the river and surrounded by pristine jungle and exotic wildlife is also highly reviewed by families looking for an authentic jungle experience. families will find even more to like with summer savings: until august 31, 20% discount on rooms and 10% off selected packages including family adventure and Honeymoons. “our website has some great summer deals and links to more reasons why families are spending their summer vacations in Belize,” Waight said. “and of course it’s not just families, he added. “Summers are beautiful in Belize and perfect for couples and anyone looking for that magic combination of rainforests, the caribbean Sea and our fascinating maya history and vibrant mix of cultures.” The lodge at chaa creek, 877-709-8708,,, Travel World News •

TARA TOURS ANNOUNcES PANAMA GIvEAWAY tara tours is releasing a new program to panama in conjunction with copa airlines. “panama—city, canal & Beach ” will feature 7 days/6 nights in panama. the first 2 nights will be spent at the deluxe property radisson decapolis with daily buffet breakfast, city tour with visit to the famous canal, followed by 4 nights at the royal decameron playa Blanca. playa Blanca is an all-inclusive beach resort with all meals at any of its 8 restaurants (breakfast and lunch are buffet style and a la carte dinners); unlimited domestic and international alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages; daily activities program; non-motorized water sports (wind glider, kayaks, snorkeling and sailboats); beach towels, chairs; tennis courts, basketball, volleys; nightly entertainment; unlimited drinks at the discotheque; with taxes and tips included. all transfers are included, as well as english-speaking tour guides. the cost of this fantastic tour program is only $1,186 ppdo plus uS departure taxes (it varies from $90 to 150) including airfare from miami via copa airlines. add-on from new York is $250, Washington dc $270, los angeles $300 and orlando $150. the package does not include insurance, airport departure taxes, tourist card ($5) and any service not specified in the program. Tara Tours, 800-327-0080,,

FREE NIGHTS AT NAYARA HOTEl IN cOSTA RIcA STARTING THIS AUGUST nayara Hotel, Spa & gardens, a luxury retreat overlooking costa rica’s arenal volcano, is offering four-night stays for the price of three in any suite category from august 15 until november 10, 2011. the 4x3 Suite Special, which applies to casita Suites and nayara Suites, includes daily breakfast for two and welcome cocktails and starts at $795 per couple, per stay, averaging to less than $200 per night. romance seekers will revel in their private outdoor Jacuzzi overlooking the volcano or outdoor stone shower and private garden. large wooden barrel hot tubs are hidden in private nooks of the lush gardens. a plethora of activities are accessible nearby, from zip-lining through the cloud forest and rafting Sarapiquí river to horseback riding or hiking the enormous neighboring volcano. after a day of active pursuits, an open-air spa nestled in the rainforest awaits, offering treatments such as the Hot Volcanic mud massage. the nostalgia Wine Bar features latin american and european Wines, and open-air altamira restaurant presents international dishes with traditional costa rican flair. recently voted the “most romantic Hotel in central and South america” as well as one of the “top five most romantic in the World” by tripadvisor, nayara is a relaxing oasis where guests effortlessly immerse themselves in nature without sacrificing comforts and pampering. located in la fortuna, adjacent to the active arenal volcano, nayara is just a two-hour drive from the capital of San Jose. Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens, AUGUST 2011 •



trails recently launched an extranet service where partners can find important information such as rates, itineraries, pictures and even an instructional webinar about selling the destination and the company’s products. latin trails is thus committed to constantly enhancing both onthe-ground operations as well as their relation with partners. this is made evident with all this company is doing to make their strategic alliances work better. latin Trails,


latin trails is a complete inbound operator based in ecuador that specializes in tailor-made tours for individuals or small groups. this boutique travel company offers galapagos islands cruise tours aboard a superior fleet—the catamaran galapagos Journey i in the expedition first class, the galapagos odyssey yacht in first class, and the brand-new galapagos grand odyssey yacht in the luxury category. latin trails offers 16-passenger tours to deliver trips of a lifetime, with various mainland ecuador options to complement the unique experience in the galapagos. evidence of their commitment is latin trail’s constant work to improve relationships with fellow travel agencies and agents. to begin with, the company knows that in order to compete in the complex tourism trade of today, is it necessary to offer their partners a competitive commission structure. this is why latin trails offers commissions starting at 25%. furthermore, as the company is well aware that business relationships are more readily achieved through establishing a friendly face for the company, latin trails continues to be committed to participating in industry trade shows all over the world. agents are invited to visit them in the upcoming travelmart latin america September fair in florianopolis, Brazil, and the World travel market november show in london, england. and in order for agents have access to the most up-to-date material, latin 28 • AUGUST 2011

an authentic paradise for nature lovers that bears one of the highest places in biodiversity of the world with its lush tropical rainforests and andean cloud forests, ecuador is home to more than 1626 species of birds and more than 17,000 recorded plants, many endemic to this small and peaceful country on the pacific coast of South america. With its mosaic of cultivated fields, indian markets and well-preserved colonial architecture, the region offers plenty of variety. enchanted expeditions is a pioneer of small boat cruises and tours to the galapagos islands and mainland ecuador. ready-made and custom vacations are designed for active, curious and conservationminded travelers looking for value, authenticity and a genuine connection to people, communities and wildlife while traveling with a ‘small footprint.’ the galapagos islands, ecuador’s biggest treasure and a favorite nominee for the new 7 Wonders of nature, are a must for all ages. enchanted expeditions continues to maintain early Bird Special rates on certain departures aboard Beluga, their completely renovated motor yacht, a vessel providing the highest standards of comfort and service and equipped with the most modern safety systems. travelers should move quickly to reserve the last available cabins. Beluga accommodates 16 passengers in eight double cabins (four lower/lower berths, two matrimonial beds and two lower/lower berths that can be joined to create matrimonial options). cabin 1 has three beds (two lower and one upper bed), each with private bathrooms equipped with hot and cold-water showers, fully air conditioned, spacious social areas with all the comfort and facilities of a superior first-class motor yacht, and panoramic windows in the salon/dining area. travelers can enjoy time aboard on the spacious sun deck or relax in the shade on the top deck while cruising between islands. the company will customize a tour per the client’s main interests and priorities. founder Judy carvalhal and her three partners have collectively over 125 years of field experience as tour guides, researchers, conservationists and community tourism advocates in ecuador. reservations and additional information on tours are available by contacting sales staff monse or Wendy at the Quito office. Enchanted Expeditions,,, • Travel World News

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The Pearl of the Pacific Guayaquil stands out among the Ecuadorian cities for its high use of mass transit, and its overall density and diversity of its population. Like Ecuador in general, almost the entire population is the official language Castilian language. The port of Guayaquil is one of the most important of the eastern Pacific coast.

At the forefront of new trends in promoting and developing tourism products with adequate funding. Tourism Quito, is dedicated to improving the visitor experience in our capital and to make tourism a primary industry in the region, generating jobs and wealth for hundreds of thousands of people.

Elegance and comfort – with its great arches, balconies and attics. Experience the colonial times through our corridors that have witnessed Ecuadorian history since the end of the XVI century. Located in the heart of the historic Quito Antiguo.

GALAPAGOS CRUISES REDEFINED Haugan Cruises is owned and managed jointly by experienced personnel from both Ecuador and Europe. Our aim is to give our guests a great Galapagos experience at extremely competitive prices and always in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.

Our four-star hotel provides rooms noted for their blend of elegance, comfort, privacy, and mesmerizing view. Take refuge in our spacious rooms flooded with natural light and sleep peacefully in soft double or king beds.

Customized first-class tours and luxury tours around Ecuador, and the Galapagos Islands as well as high standard Ecuador trekking tours, mountain climbing tours, Amazon jungle expeditions, mountain-biking tours, horseback riding, river-rafting tours, bird watching tours, incentive travel, shamanic rituals, honey moon trips, hotel accommodations. We also organize Galapagos cruise ships, scuba diving tours, Galapagos trekking tours and travel to the remote areas in South America.


goway travel has created a range of latin country connectors. the company believes that, while many fantastic sites are well known, what is little known is that to connect both the sites and countries together is often very cheap and always easy. these “country connectors” are many times mini trips in themselves and avoid using international air between latin countries. not only do they make an overall itinerary flow, but they also offer the traveler areas few will witness. “With our convenient, scenic and affordable ‘country connectors’ you can combine peru and Bolivia, Bolivia to chile, chile to argentina, and argentina to Brazil. travelers are able to reduce overall costs but increase their overall experience by crossing the largest Salt lake in the world—deserts and lakes of the andes, traverse the andean mountains—andean traverse, visit the largest waterfall in the world—iguassu falls complete or skirting the highest navigable lake in the world lake titicaca on our la paz to puno connector,” states don forster, product manager for goway’s latin america division. goway has 5 “country connectors” on offer—andean traverse from $635 pp, iguassu falls complete from $870 pp, puno to la paz connector from $330 pp, patagonia complete from $4,590 pp, and probably one of the most spectacular and “out of this world” journeys, the Salt lakes of Bolivia connector from $1,165 pp. Goway, 888-469-2955,

TRAvElERS DIScOvER MAGIc OF THE NORTH OF PERU WITH vIPAc PERU the northern region of the country is perhaps the best-kept secret of peru and Vipac peru is inviting vacationers to discover it. a mud citadel, a priestess with her tattooed body, the richness of an ancient moche ruler, the place where the inca power came to an end, and one of the highest waterfalls of the world are only some of the jewels that one can find with the special programs that Viajes del pacífico has designed for learning about this magic region. their “treasures of the north” is a good first approach to the area. With this program, guests are able to visit the best of trujillo and chiclayo, from the citadel of chan chan to the wealth of the 30 • AUGUST 2011

lord of Sipan. for archeology lovers, there’s “lost empires,” through which visitors are able to tour the main archeological remains left by the ancient civilizations of the north—like the enigmatic chachapoyas who had a special cult for the dead, traces of which can be found in its Karajia tombs as well as in the impressive Kuelap fortress. finally, for a complete experience, travelers must ask for the “peruvian northeast” program. this very comprehensive program, in addition to taking in the cities of trujillo, chiclayo and chachapoyas, shows the city where the end of the inca empire started— cajamarca, a city of colonial remains and beautiful countryside. these programs can be rounded up with some additional days in the sunny beaches of mancora or punta Sal. these marvels of peru are accompanied by kind people, typical food, impressive landscapes and an almost intact living culture. vIPAc Peru,,

lIMA TOURS HAS cElEbRATORY MAcHU PIccHU ADvANTAGES FOR clIENTS to be part of the jubilee surrounding machu picchu’s anniversary celebration and to share with clients and guests the magical spirit of the inca Sanctuary, uneSco cultural and natural World Heritage Site, and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, lima tours has developed several activities. the company is issuing, on behalf of clients, “centennial certificates” to every guest visiting machu picchu this year, signed by the Sanctuary’s manager. there’s an online registry of certificate holders for guests to look up. “Strategic partner–centennial certificates” are issued to clients who have earned that distinction after so many years of actively promoting travel to peru and machu picchu, as a gesture of appreciation for their support and partnership. their “centennial lunch” in cooperation with cafe inkaterra notably improves the meal component of the machu picchu excursion, including a la carte/special menus, reserved seating, and private areas for groups—all in an intimate environment overlooking the river. this upgrade is available to clients and guests at no extra cost and it provides a $1 donation to support the lima tours foundation’s social responsibility efforts. lima tours’ newest addition to the cultural and artistic scene in the town of machu picchu/aguas calientes is “machu pictures— inspiring Views of the Sanctuary.” this is a private art gallery within cafe inkaterra where guests will have privileged access to never-before-seen photography, images and visual compositions of the fabled citadel, produced by some of peru’s best contemporary photographers and classic masters. this feature was officially inaugurated recently with the participation of key local authorities from the ministries of culture, tourism and environment, as well as lima tours’ and its foundation’s senior management. lima Tours, (virtual gallery), • Travel World News

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High quality hospitality and tourism services, exclusive spa treatments that promote wellness and health for all our guests. Harmony with the environment and appreciation of culture. We have earned a reputation for providing superb service, outstanding meals and for making our clients feel at ease.The perfect starting point to make your visit to Cusco and Machu Picchu an unforgettable experience. Our friendly and professional staff awaits you to ensure a delightful stay.

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tara tours and american airlines have announced the release of their new amazon programs for the year 2011–12. this program features an exciting experience in the amazon region at its best. “the manatee river cruise” will give the traveler an opportunity to experience the mighty napo river, its tributaries, wildlife, people and villages for 7 days and 6 nights from only $1,996 ppdo including airfare from miami. add-ons are available via american or lan airlines from more than 100 different cities in the uS. this program includes 5 days/4 nights aboard the manatee river Boat with all meals, shore excursions, guided boat and land excursions; main deck cabin with 2 lower beds, air conditioned, hot water and private bathrooms; 2 nights in Quito at the superb hotel dann carlton (one at beginning, one at end of cruise); all transfers on arrival and departure; local airfare Quito–coca–Quito; entrance fees; assistance of tara tours’ local representative in Quito, coca and while on the cruise; $20 Yasuni national park entrance fee; $25 parrot clay lick fee; and international airfare from miami via american or lan airlines. rates for 2011 are $1,996 ppdo (triple $1,861; single $3,157); 2012 rates are $2,158 ppdo (triple $2,032; single $3,382). not included in rates are insurance and any other service not specifically mentioned in included section; airport departure taxes guayaquil $32–$38 and Quito $48. add-ons from other uS cities are as follows: for same package add $220 from orl, tpa, JaX, fmY and Zone 1; $250 from atl; add $300 from Bdl, BoS, BWi, eWr, nYc, pHl, rdu, WaS, + Zone 3 — add $350 from cHi, cle, dtt; add $380 from den, dfW, Hou, mSY, SJu Zone 2 and 4; add $430 from laX, Sfo + Zone 5; add $450 from Zone 6. rates are subject to change at any time. american airlines Zone chart—Zone 1: fl; Zone 2: ar, la, mS, nm, oK, tX; Zone 3: ct, ga, ma, md, nc, nH, nY, pa, ri, Sc, Va, Vt; Zone 4: al, aZ, co, ia, il, in, KS, KY, mi, mn, mo, ne, oH, Sd, tn, Wi; Zone 5: ca, id, nV, ut; Zone 6: or, Wa. Tara Tours, 800-327-0080,, manatee_river_cruise, 32 • AUGUST 2011

GOWAY’S NEW 2011/2012 lATIN AMERIcA TRAvEl PlANNER HAS ARRIvED offering a complete choice of travel ideas in central and South america, the goway latin america travel planner covers travel styles from moderate to luxury travel choices. areas of note are the galapagos islands (with a full selection of vessels from budget to luxury), peru, chile (and easter island), argentina, Brazil and the hidden jewel of Bolivia. there’s also a wide selection of travel and budget choices for central america with Belize, guatemala, Honduras, costa rica and panama. goway’s innovative and exclusive toV (tour open Voucher System) in costa rica allows travelers to combine a wide choice of activities with an array of accommodations and transfers, creating a customized getaway. travelers save up to 10% by using this tour open Voucher network versus purchasing the tours locally, while they get to control the itinerary’s design and flexibility. two Holidays of a lifetime are detailed in the new travel planner. these are goway’s flagship tours with a “promise of something special.” the 17-day Splendors of South america encompasses Santiago, chile, to rio, Brazil, including the chilean lakes district, Buenos aires and iguassu falls. magical ecuador and peru, 20 days from Quito, ecuador, to lima, peru, includes the galapagos and machu picchu. Holidays of a lifetime are inclusive vacations where a goway professional guide takes care of all the day-to-day details and all accommodations are first class or better. “We continue to expand our offerings on vessels in the galapagos due to demand as well as featuring special departures in celebration of the anniversary of machu picchu’s discovery 100 years ago,” stated don forster, product manager, latin america & adventure. He also noted that, in observance of industry trends and client preferences, the company has introduced new day options for destinations such as the falkland islands, colombia, Venezuela, and antarctica. Goway, 888-469-2955, • Travel World News

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metropolitan touring colombia, one of the five regional offices that the Quito-based company operates, has been accepted as a Virtuoso on-Site agency. “We are delighted with the prestigious status this acceptance confers on our colombian offices,” stated maria cecilia alzamora, commercial Vice-president. “We regard this recognition as an important sign of both the interest in colombia as a destination in the north american market and of the confidence the metropolitan touring brand carries.” Virtuoso, “the specialists in the art of travel,” is an association of 300 agencies in 22 countries in north and South america, the caribbean, australia and new Zealand. the Virtuoso network is formed by “the best travel agencies in the World” with destination experts boasting firsthand experience with which to plan the best vacations for clients. Being a Virtuoso on-Site means metropolitan touring colombia is a local destination management company approved by Virtuoso for the marketing of tours with the standard of the Virtuoso network. the growing interest in colombia from the uS market is due to the country’s having improved all aspects of safety over the last years and a dynamic promotional campaign highlighting its natural and cultural diversity. the South american nation encompasses a vast variety of regions, destinations and activities for all ages and tastes, and metropolitan touring has developed captivating programs for travelers to make the most of their time. metropolitan touring ecuador has had a long and fruitful relationship with Virtuoso since 1988 (when it was called api), through its then representatives in the united States, adventure 34 • AUGUST 2011

Sata is a not-for-profit association whose mission is to provide and improve tourism by promoting awareness and education of South & central america as a leisure travel destination, to travel agents throughout the united States. membership is comprised of uS-based tour operators, hoteliers, airlines, expedition cruise companies and tourist boards. Sata is now welcoming retail travel agents to become associate members. agent membership benefits are exclusive access to Sata’s members educational site; timely communications on important latin american destination news and updates from Supplier members; notification of fam trip announcements and special offers from Sata Supplier members, invitations to Sata’s trade events and educational seminars; and $100 (award certificate) bonus commission + regular commission from participating tour operators on booking. Suppliers honoring the $100 award certificate (bonus) are alluring americas/raj, avanti/gina, cosmopolitan adventure tours/rea, festival tours/ray, gt tours/marcelo, latour/cheryle, tara tours/daniel, and 2000latintours/claudio manriquez marjorie miloro, president of great escape travel in fort lauderdale, had this to say: “recently i attended a very informative dinner presentation by Sata. it was an excellent opportunity for me to meet with tour operators and representatives of tourist boards for central and South america. there were many incentives offered that evening, but the one that appealed to me the most was joining Sata. We all know that incentives work, both for our clients and for us as well. So when i learned that by booking with one of the participating tour operators, i would receive a $100 bonus, it was a done deal. i joined that night. not only did i increase my knowledge of latin american destinations, but within a month i booked clients to South america and received a check for $100. i am one very enthusiastic member of Sata!” a new and improved Sata website will be in operation next month and traffic will be directed to that site. South & central American Travel Association (SATA), 888-609-7770,,; (members ed.); (new in September); Tara Tours,, • Travel World News


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Africa Travel Association Announces Impact of 36th Annual Congress on Africa’s Tourism Industry Africa Tourism continues to grow at higher rate than overall world arrivals. ATA reaches new milestones at annual World Congress in Dakar, Senegal.


he Africa Travel Association, a world leader in promoting tourism to Africa, announced major industry milestones at the travel trade association’s 36th Annual World Congress in Senegal. ATA’s hallmark event brings together tourism leaders and professionals from around the world to shape Africa’s growing travel industry. “ATA is incredibly pleased with the outcomes of the congress and is confident they will have a positive impact on the tourism industry in Senegal and across Africa,” said Edward Bergman, ATA Executive Director. “These achievements are an integral part of the story of the growing importance of the industry in Africa and we expect they will encourage a spike in the number of arrivals to and investments in Africa’s emerging and well-known destinations.” Under the banner “Destination Senegal: A Tourism Gateway Inspired by Culture, Heritage and Arts,” the event was hosted by the Ministry of Tourism and Handicrafts, Liaison with the Private Sector and Small Businesses, in cooperation with the Senegalese Tourism Authority. South African Airways served as the presenting sponsor. Delegates included six tourism ministers (Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Senegal and Sierra Leone), the African Union Commissioner responsible for tourism, 16 tourism ministry representatives, approximately 200 tourism leaders and professionals, businesses and non-governmental organization participants, students, and travel trade media. Delegates came from more than 30 countries.

ATA Congress Milestones Congress milestones include the following: • ATA and the National Tour Association (NTA), the leading business-building association for travel professionals interested in the North American market-inbound, outbound and within the continent, renewed their commitment to work together to promote travel and tourism to Africa by signing a new memorandum of understanding. • Dr. Yaw Nyarko, Director of New York University’s Africa House, announced the forthcoming release of the second edition of State of Tourism in Africa, prepared by Africa HouseNew York University, the World Bank and ATA. The report, which uses facts, figures and stories to show the potential and impact of tourism across Africa, will be officially released at ATA’s upcoming Presidential Forum on Africa Tourism in September, parallel to the meetings of the United Nations General Assembly. 36 • AUGUST 2011

Dr. Yaw Nyarko, Professor of Economics at New York University and Director of Africa House-NYU, highlights recent tourism statistics and trends profiling the continent’ competitive position in the international marketplace. Citing UNWTO data, among other international sources such as WTTC, China Tourism Academy, World Economic Forum, and Expedia, Inc., the report presents the preliminary finding that Africa’s tourism arrivals grew from 37 million in 2003 to 63 million in 2010 and that arrivals to Africa continued to grow at a higher rate than overall arrivals in the world in 2010. In addition, according to China Tourism Academy, Africa received 730,000 visitors from China in 2010, making it the smallest, but fastest growing continental destination with a growth rate of 90% in comparison to 2009. • ATA hosted the largest delegation of students and young professionals to date with over 20 participants from more than 5 countries. • The Republic of Chad joined ATA as a member country.

Program Highlights Senegalese Prime Minister Hon. Souleymane Ndéné Ndiaye opened the event, which took place at Le Méridien President. “The Government of Senegal is pleased to partner with the • Travel World News

AfricA Africa Travel Association to strengthen Africa’s travel and tourism industry,” the Prime Minister said, adding, “I hope this Congress marks the dawn of a new era in promoting Destination Senegal in the global marketplace and advancing Africa’s travel and tourism industry.” The Prime Minister was joined by Minister of Tourism and Culture of The Gambia and ATA President Hon. Fatou Mas Jobe Njie. In her remarks, the Minister emphasized the importance of regional and sub-regional cooperation. “We cannot promote tourism in an isolated and self centered way in the same way we cannot talk of national development without linking it to bilateral and multilateral cooperation between states or institutions.” ATA hosted a roundtable for tourism ministers on the second day of the congress. The discussion focused on current challenges and future prospects for the industry, building on the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the African Union Commission and ATA. Participating ministers included Hon. Minister Thierno Lo, Ministry of Tourism and Handicrafts, Liaison with the Private Sector & Small Businesses, Senegal; Hon. Fatou Mas Jobe Njie, Minister of Tourism and Culture, The Gambia, President, Africa Travel Association; Hon. Minister Akua Sena Dansua, Ministry of Tourism, Republic of Ghana; Hon. Minister Aissa Bright, Assistant Minister of Tourism, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Republic of Liberia; and Hon. Victoria Sylvia Saidu-Kamara, Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs of the Republic of Sierra Leone. Dr. Elham M.A. Ibrahim, AUC Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, also participated. The four-day networking and learning event engaged delegates in discussions on a range of industry topics, such as new product development and brand positioning, culinary tourism, airlift to Africa, hotels, online marketing, responsible tourism, public-private partnership, advertising, tourism development levels, and trans-Atlantic communication with tour operators. The program also included a special reception co-hosted by The Gambia ATA Chapter, under the auspices of ATA President Hon. Fatou Mas Jobe Njie and Le Méridien President. Speakers at the congress included representatives from Advancing Tourism to Africa (ATTA), Africa Consult GroupProduction Travel & Tours, the African Union Commission, Amadeus, Arik Air, The Bradford Group, Expedia, Fuel Outdoor, National Tour Association (NTA), Passport Health, South African Airways, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, among many others. At the closing gala, ATA announced the 2011 recipients of ATA’s annual congress awards, which recognize companies and individuals for their leadership in promoting tourism to Africa. ATA’s highest achievement, the Founder’s Award, was presented to Ronald Mracky of the Africa Consult Group. The recipients of the Outstanding Service awards were Senegal’s Travel World News •

Tourism Minister Hon. Thierno Lo, Senegal’s Director General of the Senegalese Tourism Authority, Ibrahima Sarr, the Senegal Tourist Authority in the USA, and South African Airways. Hon. Fatou Mas Jobe Njie received the Outstanding Leadership award; Salif Badiane of Africa Connection Tours and Mariama Ludovic de Lys of West Africa Tours received the Development of Responsible Tourism in Africa award. The Diaspora Tourism Leadership award was presented to Ogo Sow and Robert Washington received the Young Professionals Leadership award.

Showcasing New Attractions in Senegal During the congress, ATA and Senegal worked together to expose the delegates to Senegal’s new industry events and travel products. To begin, ATA delegates joined hundreds of Senegalese and West African travel professionals and consumers at TICAA (The International Tourism, Cultural Industries and Artistic Crafts Fair). The fair, held annually in Dakar in May, brings together travel-trade professionals working in the Africa tourism industry to develop business opportunities, tourism products, and strengthen markets for tourism in Africa. Senegal’s government has also invested heavily in developing new culture and heritage attractions, most notably the Africa Renaissance Monument, which rivals the size and scope of New York’s Statue of Liberty and France’s Eiffel Tower. This giant copper sculpture of a family was inaugurated by President Abdoulaye Wade to mark the 50th anniversary of the country's independence in April 2010. On Host Country Day, ATA delegates visited the monument. Delegates also visited Goree Island, a destination memorializing the trans-Atlantic slave trade, where they were hosted by the Mayor of Dakar, Khalifa Ababacar Sall. The delegates wrapped up the day at a tree-planting ceremony at Cheikh Anta Diop University, where they planted more than a dozen trees. ATA’s carbon neutral tradition began last year in The Gambia at ATA’s 35th Congress. At the end of the congress, delegates, alongside thousands of fans, attended a Senegalese wrestling match at Demba Diop Stadium in Dakar. Today, wrestling is Senegal’s national sport and a multi-million dollar game that attracts more fans than any other sport in the country. In addition to SAA, congress sponsors included the Senegalese Ministry of Tourism and Handicrafts, Liaison with the Private Sector and Small Businesses. New Focus Travel Magazine, E-Turbo News, and Travel World News were media partners with support from Afrique Expansion. The Gambia ATA Chapter, Le Méridien President, Mayor of Dakar, Khalifa Ababacar Sall, and Africa Connection Tours, Inc. were also sponsors.

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terraces afford sweeping, uninterrupted views of the longest river on Earth. The 1,500-square-mile Murchison falls National Park (Uganda’s largest) protects a swath of untamed African savannah intersected by the 4,132-mile-long Nile. it’s named for the dramatic Murchison falls, where the river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the rift Valley escarpment to plunge 140 feet into a foaming pool below. Though badly poached in the 1980s, wildlife populations have largely recovered. Today, elephant, buffalo and giraffe are regularly encountered on game drives, with lion sightings increasing in frequency. The Nile itself is densely populated with hippos, crocodiles, and a stunning variety of water birds including the world’s most accessible wild population of the rare shoebill stork. Marasa Holdings is a member of the Madhvani Group of companies, one of the largest private-sector groups in East Africa. Chobe Safari Lodge,,


Marasa Holdings’ luxurious new chobe Safari Lodge, located in a little-known section of Murchison falls National Park, is set to become one of Uganda’s key tourist destinations for adventurers, anglers, and aficionados of riverscapes. it comprises 36 elegant guest rooms, 21 luxury tents, four suites and a Presidential cottage, as well as a state-of-the-art conference block that can host up to 100. The lodge enjoys breathtaking panoramic views of the river Nile, coupled with the sounds of its frothing rapids. room rates start at $275 a night for a double ($325 full board); tent rates start at $195 a night ($220 full board). rates include 5% service charge, applicable government taxes and $5 pp UWA royalty fees. The area offers prime bird watching and game viewing (elephants in the park weigh up to 10 tons) and such an abundance of fish, it’s expected that the site will become one of the preeminent fishing sites in all of Africa. constructed in the fifties, chobe Safari Lodge was a crown jewel of Ugandan tourism. After decades of abandonment, it was decided to raze it and start anew with $13-million investment. The architect’s perspective was to take advantage of the spectacular Nile scenery: all rooms and luxury tents have balconies and 38 • AUGUST 2011

The Mantis Group has introduced a floating boutique hotel plying the great chobe river that divides Botswana’s chobe National Park from Namibia’s caprivi Strip. The Zambezi Queen operates in 5-star luxury, with 10 Suites and 4 Master Suites, private balconies and fans, full-length sliding shutters for privacy and protection from the sun, sliding mosquito net doors and the very finest finishes. The vessel’s top deck offers unobstructed views with a telescope for exploring the African night sky, an open-plan lounge, an entertainment deck and dining and a stylish bar. There’s shaded seating and a plunge pool and sunbathing area. in keeping with Mantis’ sustainable philosophy, the ship’s jet propulsion system reduces damage to the riverbed and enables operation in shallow water. At night it switches over to lowemission to allow undisturbed bush sounds. Hot water requirements are provided by solar panels, and plumbing incorporates advanced water saving; used water is stored to prevent discharging directly into the river. A two- or three-night stay includes collection from either Botswana immigrations at Kasane on the chobe or impilila airstrip across the Namibian border (other transfers can be arranged). All meals and drinks with meals and during game drives are included, as well as water-based game viewing on smaller boats for close-up viewing; land-based 4x4 game viewing in Botswana’s chobe National Park; tiger fishing in season; bird watching from smaller boats and land-based cultural tours. Experienced guides, chefs and hands-on staff ensure a memorable experience for all. Mantis Collection,, • Travel World News


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GrEAT SAFAriS PArTNErS WiTH SAA oN SPECiAL AirFArE To kENYA Luxury African safari operator Great Safaris has partnered with South African Airways to bring reality to the dream of a safari drive through Kenya’s Nairobi National Park. SAA offers one of the fastest air routes available to East Africa, departing JfK airport at 11:15 am and arriving in Nairobi by 2:45 pm the next day. SAA has partnered with Great Safaris to provide a special promotional JfKto-Nairobi airfare when booked with Great Safaris’ 10 day classic Wing Safari, with inclusive land and air rates as low as $5,135 pp. flying to East Africa can be one of the most grueling, time-intensive and expensive parts of a Safari vacation in Kenya, usually requiring multiple stopovers, more than a day of travel time, and fares ranging from $2,000 to $3,000. Great Safaris and SAA are offering this special fare as an add-on to Great Safaris’ classic Wing Safari itinerary, with an added cost of as little as $1,450 pp. Great Safaris’ 10-day ‘classic Wing Safari’ itinerary features sightseeing and safari drives in classic Kenyan game parks in Nairobi, Amboseli, Samburu and the Masai Mara, each reached by a short flight from one park to the next. Highlights include a sunrise hot-air balloon ride over the Masai Mara, an opportunity to meet the colorful tribes people of the Samburu, and witnessing Africa’s Big five up close on an open-air driving safari set against the dramatic backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. 40 • AUGUST 2011

Travel agents booking just seven clients on any of Great Safaris’ inclusive tours to East Africa aboard South African Airways will earn one free agent airfare with SAA. Ticket may be used on a personal safari vacation and site inspection through May 31, 2012. Great Safaris is a luxury African safari outfitter offering the convenience of a US booking office coupled with 10 on-site offices in Africa, fully staffed by dedicated professionals. Destinations include Botswana, Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, rwanda, the Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Great Safaris offers luxury programs to help adventure travelers explore Africa and create enriching life experiences. Great Safaris is a member of the United States Tour Operators Association, ASTA Tops, and Arc. Great Safaris,,,

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GoWAY AFriCAExPErTS oFFErS SAviNGS For SiNGLES AND FAMiLiES Goway’s AfricAExperts is now waiving the single supplement for travelers staying at Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge, representing a savings of $500 per night. Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge is located in the worldrenowned Sabi Sands private game reserve, deep in the bushveld, overlooking a waterhole and an open plain. for families, children under 12 stay free when sharing with their parents. Sabi Sabi is home to an astonishing variety of wildlife including over 200 mammal and 300 bird species. Morning and evening safaris are enjoyed in open Land rovers where close encounters with the Big 5 are a regular occurrence. There is ample space to relax, unwind and savor the tranquility of the bush. The two swimming pools and enormous covered viewing decks overhanging the Msuthlu river are an invitation to cool off in the filtered water or sit in comfort while spotting game at the nearby pan. An exquisitely furnished lounge, atrium and intimate bar area are perfect meeting places for friends old and new. As an extra indulgence, the new Amani Spa at Bush Lodge offers the ultimate African spa experience. Goway AFriCAExperts, 800-245-0920,, • Travel World News

AfricA DEvoTA kASANDA MDACHi APPoiNTED NEW DirECTor oF MArkETiNG For TANZANiA ToUriST boArD Dr. Aloyce Nzuki, Managing Director, Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB), has appointed Devota Kasanda Mdachi as TTB’s new Marketing Director. She succeeds Amant Macha, who has recently retired, and will be the first woman to hold this position. She will be based in the TTB head office in Dar es Salaam. in making the announcement, Nzuki noted, “Ms. Mdachi brings more than 17 DEvoTA kASANDA MDACHi years of outstanding experience and knowledge in tourism as part of the TTB staff, and has completed a diverse range of tourism courses and training outside the country. We are confident that under Ms. Mdachi’s direction, Tanzania’s booming tourism will continue to raise its international profile in the country’s major source markets worldwide as well as reach out to new markets. While at the same time she will be developing programs to attract more domestic and intra-Africa tourism.” Mdachi started working at TTB in 1994 and was first employed as Tourist information Officer at the TTB branch office in Arusha. in 1998, she was transferred to the Tourist information center in Dar es Salaam. She was promoted to Senior Tourist information Officer in 2000, and in 2004 to Principal Tourist information Officer and head of the Tourist information center. Since May of last year, she’s held the position of Principal Marketing Officer. Mdachi holds a BA degree in international relations and Advanced french Language from the University of Dar es Salaam. She completed a master’s in tourism from the Open University of Tanzania and a post-grad certificate in tourism from the international School of Tourism in rome. She is fluent in English, french and Kiswahili. Tanzania Tourist board,

MANTiS GroUP AND GrAND ToWErS PLANNiNG NiGEriA’S FirST LUxUrY boUTiQUE HoTEL Answering a need for exclusive executive boutique accommodation in Nigeria’s bustling and growing city hubs, the Mantis Group together with Grand Towers the owners of the hotel, are at an advanced stage with developing the first luxury boutique hotel situated in the capital city, Abuja. The hotel will afford high-end business travelers the opportunity to stay in beautifully appointed, service oriented, world-class accommodations. Grand Towers and The Mantis Group, under the management of Patrick Shorten with 35 years experience in hospitality, plan to develop over a dozen luxurious boutique properties, starting with Abuja then moving into Lagos and other frequently visited cities and locations within the country. The first hotel is due to open October 1 to coincide with Nigeria’s Travel World News •

independence Day celebrations. “We are delighted to be able to expand into this new part of our beautiful continent, and we look forward to answering a growing demand for exclusive boutique accommodation in this growing and untapped market,” says cEO of the Mantis Group Adrian Gardiner. Nze chidi Duru, chairman of Grand Towers praised the partnership, stating, “it is an exciting time to bring into Nigeria the best of class hospitality management group.” The economy of Nigeria since 1960 is mainly petroleum based. Oil exports account for 65 percent of Government revenues but 70 percent of Nigeria’s labor force is employed in Agriculture. Agriculture is the second biggest industry after oil and accounts for 27 percent of GDP. recent growth areas also include banking and telecommunications, all of which have contributed to an expanding need for hospitality establishments that service both local and international high-end investors. The Mantis collection is a private collection of award-winning, privately owned, five-star properties divided into 3 distinct groups: Boutique Hotels, Game reserves & Eco Lodges. Mantis Collection,

SAA ANNoUNCES SPECiAL AirFArE To TANZANiA iN HoNor oF 50TH ANNivErSArY oF iNDEPENDENCE South African Airways has announced an exclusive airfare starting at $1,300 (plus taxes) for travel from New York (JfK) to Dar es Salaam (DAr) between September 12 and Tanzania’s 50th Anniversary celebration on December 9, 2011. “South African Airways (SAA) recognizes that Destination Tanzania is in high demand among travelers, and since SAA offers a same-day connection from JfK to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, we hope that these special fares will encourage more tourists to experience Tanzania especially at such a festive and historic time,” said Gregg Truman, Vice President of Marketing, South African Airways. Dr. Aloyce K. Nzuki, Tanzania Tourist Board’s Managing Director, added “Tanzania became independent from Great Britain on December 9, 1961, and since then Tanzania has evolved into a prosperous, peaceful and stable country. We appreciate South African Airways’ constant support in providing special airfare to promote tourism to Tanzania from the US, our number one source market.” Tanzania is preparing a series of 50th Anniversary events during this travel period leading up to December 9, 2011. The South African Airway offer is valid for travel from New York (JfK) to Dar es Salaam (DAr) between September 12 and December 9, 2011.The fare must be purchased by August 31 at SAA’s website or by calling the airline’s reservation center toll-free number. Tanzania Tourist board,; South African Airways (SAA), 800-722-9675, AUGUST 2011 •


AfricA CHi’S NiCHoLAS borG SELECTED To SErvE oN ATA boArD oF DirECTorS Nicholas Borg, regional Director of Sales and Marketing for the Malta-based multi-brand hotel management company cHi Hotels and resorts (cHi), the operating company for corinthia Hotels, was selected to serve on the international Board of Directors of the Africa Travel Association (ATA) at the 36th international conference held in Dakar, Senegal, in May. NiCHoLAS borG Borg commented, “i am very pleased to represent cHi on the ATA Board especially since cHi is on an expansion track in Africa through its joint venture agreement to operate the Wyndham and ramada Brands in Africa, as well as managing its own corinthia Hotels luxury brand.” in his present position, Borg is responsible for the Mediterranean, Middle East and African regions, where he takes an active role in promoting the destinations and drives the sales teams in the relevant countries. He is also engaged in field activity in the main European and Middle East markets. Borg has over 31 years experience in hospitality management and has occupied senior management positions in Malta and North African regions over the years. He also pioneered and implemented corinthia Hotel’s ‘Events at corinthia’ MicE dedicated program throughout the chain. CHi Hotels & resorts,

SoFiTEL MALAbo SiPoPo LE GoLF oPENS iN EQUAToriAL GUiNEA Sofitel Luxury Hotels has launched Sofitel Malabo Sipopo Le Golf, the hotel group’s second location in Equatorial Guinea. Located on Bioko island in Africa, the hotel features 200 rooms including 10 suites, a golf course, and five dining options. Sofitel Malabo Sipopo Le Golf offers visitors a balanced combination of sun, sea, nature and culture. The property’s contemporary glass architectural design creates an astounding contrast against the tropical paradise of cosmopolitan capital Malabo. The hotel features french furnishings and noble materials with splashes of African color throughout. Visitors will enjoy views of the ocean or golf course, accessible from every guest’s chamber. Malabo’s dynamic culture and economy have made the city a top destination for conferences, and Sofitel Malabo Sipopo Le Golf has been designed with both business and leisure travelers in mind. Sofitel Malabo Sipopo Le Golf features five distinct dining facilities that highlight African and french cuisine. Le Voyageur restaurant offers gourmet french dining in an atmosphere of intriguing geometric patterns and modern furnishings. L’Equateur affords diners local specialties beside an unparalleled view of the beach and ocean. Named after Equatorial Guinea’s cocoa plantations, Le cacaoyer reflects the spirit of Bioko island with its sparkling lights 42 • AUGUST 2011

and rainbow of cocktails. L’Horacio, the pool bar, and Le 19, located in the golf clubhouse, offer two ideal settings where guests can sit back, relax and enjoy a drink or two. Sofitel Malabo Sipopo Le Golf is a premier golfing destination with its 18-hole course nestled into a series of magnificent tropical forests and mangroves. A luxurious pool, beach lounge and footbridge leading to a private island all contribute to supply an air of incomparable relaxation. Sofitel Malabo Sipopo Le Golf, 800-SoFiTEL (763-4835),

kENYA AirWAYS’ TiTUS NAikUNi APPoiNTED To iATA boArD oF GovErNorS Dr. Titus Naikuni, Group Managing Director and cEO of Kenya Airways, has been appointed to the international Air Travel Association (iATA) Board of Governors. Naikuni, who is serving on the Board for the second time, was also appointed to the 2012 Nominating committee during the Association’s 67th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Singapore June 6. TiTUS NAikUNi This appointment places Naikuni at the center of decision making for the aviation industry. it is a culmination of experience and expertise gained after 8 years at the helm of one of Africa’s leading airlines and underpins the level of confidence that iATA members place in his leadership capabilities. Dr. Naikuni commented, “This appointment is very exciting because it comes at a time when the economies of Africa are poised for takeoff. Transport is an important factor in Africa’s economic development and the aviation industry will undoubtedly play a major role in the pursuit of this development.” He added, “The appointment is an indication that African airlines are ready to take their rightful place in leading the decision making in the world’s aviation industry. i will strive to serve the interests of all members while seeking to ensure that airlines in Africa in particular are able to meet the safety, environmental and sustainability agendas that iATA drives.” iATA serves over 230 airlines comprising 93% of scheduled international air traffic. The Board is composed of 31 persons elected from its members, who serve without remuneration. Their responsibilities include oversight and executive decision-making on behalf of the membership in order to provide policy directives and guidance to iATA industry committees, subsidiary bodies, iATA Traffic conferences and to industry settlement plans. Kenya Airways is the flag carrier of Kenya and is headquartered at Jomo Kenyatta international Airport. Part of the SkyTeam Alliance, the airline operates to over 46 scheduled destinations throughout Africa, Europe, the indian subcontinent and Asia. kenya Airways,; iATA (international Air Travel Association), • Travel World News


To celebrate the South African winter season, cape Town’s renowned Table Bay Hotel will host a series of intriguing and creative wine events. The wine series begins, appropriately enough, with “The Beginning,” affording guests the opportunity to taste wines from some of the oldest estates in the cape including constantia, Vergenoegd, and franschhoek, which has vigneron traditions dating back to the 16th century. The Table Bay Hotel then leaps into “The future,” a month-long affair with wines from South Africa’s most contemporary and modern estates. Last but not least, the much-anticipated “Golfers Grand Slam” will close out the wine series with creations from South Africa’s leading golfers such as

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Ernie Els, David frost and Gary Player. in addition to this special winter wine series, The Table Bay Hotel is also bringing back their acclaimed chocolate High Tea, a heavenly marriage between a traditional afternoon tea with a lavish selection of chocolate desserts, cakes, and pastries. The Table Bay Hotel’s chocolate High Tea has been featured in Sutro Media’s iPad/iPhone application titled “The chocoholic Traveler,” edited by Kay Harwell fernandez. The chocoholic Traveler focuses on worldwide chocolate attractions and is available on iTunes. “The Beginning,” “The future” and “Golfers Grand Slam” wine events will be hosted in the Atlantic Grill restaurant offering splendid views of Table Mountain and the beautiful cape Town harbor. chocolate High Tea is served in the newly refurbished Lobby Lounge between 2:30 and 5:30 pm and costs approximately $24 pp. The Table Bay Hotel is a Sun international property, located on cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. With 329 luxurious rooms, the hotel embodies all the tradition, grace and elegance befitting a five-star property while still maintaining its own unique nautical character. reservations for any of these special wine events or chocolate High Tea can be made by email or by calling the toll-free number provided. Sun international, 800-727-9330,,

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from the boardroom to the Bush, travelers in South Africa can now add an exclusive game experience to a business trip without having to spend hours getting to a game reserve. Situated in the picturesque Waterberg Mountains, Shambala Game reserve, until recently a private estate, is only two and a half-hours’ driving time from Johannesburg and there is nothing else like it in South Africa. Shambala Game reserve invites safari-goers to immerse themselves in the African Bush with the utmost luxury and style. Shambala offers guests an unforgettable experience in a breathtaking setting as they relax and unwind to the sound of echoing birdcalls, where all senses move with the rhythm of the river flowing throughout the camp. Unlike a typical workday, time is one’s own at Shambala. Guests can spend their day experiencing unforgettable elephant safaris to view the bush from the back of a magnificent animal. Guests can experience Africa’s Big five and other game such as the cape Mountain zebra, cheetah, spotted hyena, and many antelope species. Shambala Zulu camp indulges the senses during every moment of the stay. After a day in the bush, they’re invited to a pampering session at the secluded Shambala spa, with signature therapies and traditional spa treatments such as facials, reflexology, manicures and pedicures using Elemis or Africology products. They then round off the afternoon with a game drive and a Bush Picnic followed by a sundowner cruise on the Douw Steyn Dam, taking in a spectacular sunset as the Bush turns to dusk. Every evening a campfire is lit, offering the magical experience of a few hours in the silence of the bush under the Southern hemisphere’s starlit sky. Shambala Game reserve, (jennifer beattie),

SAA ANNoUNCES DATES For 2011 SoUTHErN AFriCA SHoWCASE South African Airways (SAA) has announced the dates in September 2011 for the 3rd annual “Southern Africa Showcase.” cosponsored by South African Airways and South Africa-based On Show Solutions, the Southern Africa Showcase will be held in six major US cities and feature 25 exhibitors representing luxury ho44 • AUGUST 2011

tels, safari game lodges, destinations tourism organizations and other travel services from throughout Southern Africa. Agents and tour operators specializing in Africa will be invited for one-on-one presentations with exhibitors to learn more about selling the rich heritage, diverse culture, beautiful landscapes and amazing experiences of Africa. The Southern Africa Showcase will be held on the following dates: on the West coast in Seattle on September 13, San francisco on September 14, and Los Angeles on the 15th; on the East coast, the Showcase will be held in ft. Lauderdale September 20, chicago September 21 and Washington Dc on September 22. “As the leading airline from the U.S. to Southern Africa, we are pleased to partner with On Show Solutions and our participating exhibitors to once again host the popular ‘Southern Africa Showcase’ in these key markets in the US,” said Todd Neuman, acting executive vice president for South African Airways in North America. “The ‘Southern Africa Showcase’ presents an excellent opportunity for our Travel Partners to learn about the latest trends, newest properties and updated destination products, and to give them additional knowledge and a competitive edge when selling Southern Africa.” South African Airways (SAA),; on Show Solutions,,

TrUMArkETiNG oFFErS bLUE TrAiN’S NEW SAFAri ExPEriENCE A stunning 7-night package is being offered by Blue Train that combines luxury, adventure, culinary wonders and nature into one exquisite journey at a fabulous value. in addition to a spectacular itinerary, clients will also be treated to an additional free night at the Sheraton Pretoria pre- or post-rail journey, including full breakfast, welcome drink on arrival, transfer to Pretoria rail Station and free health club access. The blue Train + offers indulgence in lavish surroundings, gourmet cuisine and personalized butler service as guests traverse overnight between Pretoria & cape Town on luxury rail. The trip includes a night aboard, all meals, wines and alcoholic spirits, butler service and off-train excursion. Sanbona reserve + provides two nights at this stunning game lodge for gorgeous game viewing among vast undulating mountains and plains, indigenous flora and fauna, rock formations and rock art. The trip includes 2 nights’ accommodations, all meals, game drives, and select beverage. Last Word Constantia includes 3 nights of bliss free at the intimate boutique retreat set in South Africa’s most beautiful wine valley, surrounded by magnificent gardens, chic decor and phenomenal service. This trip includes 3 nights’ accommodations, daily breakfast, and transfer to or from cape Town rail Station. The Blue Train Safari package is available through any preferred booking channel. More information is available by contacting Trumarketing. Trumarketing,, • Travel World News


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Great Safaris’ family Safari promotion is making it possible for families to take the ultimate family safari vacation in Africa—in style and on budget. Parents each pay regular safari price and may take along up to 2 children age 8–17 absolutely free of charge. Great Safaris’ 8-night cape & Bush itinerary first visits glorious cape Town, South Africa, where families will enjoy four nights in a two-bedroom luxury suite in the Waterfront Village, perfectly located on the bustling harbor shorefront. A full schedule of sightseeing includes a cable car to the top of Table Mountain, a full day cape Point exploration and a visit with arctic penguins. Next stop is Botswana, Africa’s true wildlife enclave and home to a spectacular array of wildlife species—sighting of lions, elephants, zebra, cheetah, leopard, hippos and buffalo are practically guaranteed. four nights are spent in two ultra-deluxe Orient Express Safari camps. A family of four will have two private tents at their disposal. All meals and daily game drives are included. Transport between camps is via bush plane—an aerial safari experience extraordinaire. Daily departures are available for travel now through November 1, 2011. The land cost for each adult is $7,945. Two children (8–17) are free of charge. Prices include bush flights between safari camps. international airfare is available from most major US cities and can be quoted on request. Great Safaris is a luxury African safari outfitter offering the convenience of a US booking office coupled with 10 on-site offices in Africa that are fully staffed by dedicated professionals. Destinations include Botswana, Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, rwanda, the Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Great Safaris offers luxury programs to help adventure travelers explore Africa and create enriching life experiences. Great Safaris is a member of the United States Tour Operators Association, ASTA Tops, and Arc. Great Safaris, 800-409-7755,, 46 • AUGUST 2011

DESiGN TrAvEL & ToUrS HAS SoUTH AFriCA SPECiAL ToUrS THroUGH SEPTEMbEr Design Travel & Tours is offering some special package programs for South Africa valid now through end of September. four nights in cape Town at either the Protea Hotel fire & ice or the Southern Sun Waterfront hotel on a bed-and-breakfast basis. Also included are roundtrip airport transfers, a half-day Table Mountain and city tour, a full-day cape Peninsula tour and a fullday Winelands tour.The cost for the Protea Hotel fire & ice is $595 ppdo. for the Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel the rate is $649 ppdo. Also on offer is a six-day Garden route tour. Depart cape Town on a Tuesday for two nights in Oudtshoorn, two nights in Knysna and one night in the Tsitsikamma area before arriving in Port Elizabeth on a Sunday evening. included in this package are 5 breakfasts, one lunch and one dinner as well as accommodation, porterage, transportation and sightseeing tours. Tours include a wine tasting, a visit to an Ostrich farm, the cango caves, a lagoon cruise to the featherbed Nature reserve, the Tsitsikamma National Park and a city tour of Port Elizabeth. The pp cost for this special tour is $1,195. Travelers can add on two nights at Kapama Private Game reserve. This package includes transfers from Hoedspruit Airport, accommodations, all meals and game drives. The cost is $575 pp sharing. Airfares are not included. Design Travel & Tours, 800-543-7164,

TrAvEL + LEiSUrE’S bEST HoTEL iN THE WorLD iS SiNGiTA GrUMETi rESErvES Singita Grumeti reserves, located along the Western corridor of Tanzania’s legendary Serengeti National Park, was named best hotel in the world by Travel + Leisure magazine’s World Best 2011 Awards. four luxury properties in Tanzania were among the Top 20 Lodges and resorts in Africa and the Middle East selected by Travel + Leisure magazine’s readers, as well. Dr. Aloyce K. Nzuki, Managing Director of the Tanzania Tourist Board, in commenting about the large number of Tanzania winners, said “this demonstrates that Tanzania is increasingly being recognized for its growing number of world-class properties and its luxury safari product. Singita Grumeti has been instrumental in local wildlife conservation, such as sponsoring the project to return endangered East African black rhinos to Tanzania. The other properties in Tanzania designated World’s Best are Kirawira Luxury Tented camp, Serengeti National Park; Serengeti Migration camp; Serengeti Sopa Lodge, and the Ngorongoro crater Lodge. Travel + Leisure has the largest audience of any travel magazine, with a readership of over 1.5 million people. for the past 15 years, Travel + Leisure readers have voted on the World’s Best Awards for the top hotels, destinations, airlines, cruises, outfitters and transportation companies. Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2011 is featured in their August issue. Tanzania Tourist board, • Travel World News


Two properties in South Africa are the newest members of the Trumarketing Portfolio: Kichaka Private Game Lodge and fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa. Kichaka Private Game Lodge is a stunning five-star luxury retreat located between two streams in the lush bushveld offering Big 5 game viewing in a malaria-free environment. Ten stone and thatch suites offer supreme seclusion with spectacular decor, individual plunge pools, fully stocked bars and viewing decks. Gourmet dining awaits, with the option of indulging in the privacy of one’s suite while experienced game rangers ensure exceptional wildlife viewing. This retreat is ideal for honeymooners and couples seeking privacy and luxury. fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa is one of Johannesburg’s best kept secrets—an award-winning chic retreat in the upscale suburb of Sandton, boasting 40 highly individualized suites, fitness center, exquisite Balinese Spa and a fabulous restaurant. The perfect balance between tranquility and urban fare, elegant enough to host European royalty, yet relaxed enough to feel like a home away from home. World Travel Award winner for Leading Boutique Hotel & Spa in Africa and a member of the prestigious chaine des rotissuers Association. Trumarketing can supply more information on pricing, property details and agent rates. Trumarketing,, www.trumarketing,com;; Travel World News •

TrAvELErS GET To ENjoY 9 DAYS oF LUxUrY iN AFriCA WiTH ‘MADikWE iN STYLE’ FroM LioN WorLD ToUrS Lion World Tours’ nine-day itinerary “Madikwe in Style” is a program that affords clients the opportunity to spend four nights experiencing the beauty and opulence of The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa while exploring cape Town, and two nights basking in the tranquility of the African bush while staying at the luxurious Madikwe Safari Lodge and viewing the wildlife. This package, which includes international airfare from New York (JfK) or Washington Dc (Dulles) on South African Airways, domestic flights within South Africa, fuel surcharges, as well as luxury accommodation in cape Town and the Madikwe Game reserve, also includes most meals, transfers, and more for just $3,199 ppdo. This package is valid at this price for departures in 2011 on August 24, 28, September 1, October 17, 21, 25, 29, and November 2, 12, 16, 20, 24. Government taxes, departure fees and September 11th Security fee of $190 are additional and payable prior to departure. Low add-on fares from 26 cities in the USA are available. The luxurious Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa lies is poised above Atlantic rollers and flanked by the majestic Table Mountain and her Twelve Apostles mountain range in glorious cape Town. This intimate five-star Hotel fully lives up to its stunning location, with exceptional standards of service and relaxed cape hospitality, providing the perfect counterpoint to its dramatic backdrop. Guests enjoy deluxe rooms, two breathtaking pool gardens perched above the ocean, the glorious Azure restaurant, friendly service and gorgeous sea views. Madikwe Safari Lodge is situated in the heart of the malaria-free and richly diverse Madikwe Game reserve. The Lodge offers exclusive accommodation in luxury suites and boasts french doors that open onto wooden decking, from which guests can take a refreshing dip in a plunge pool. The bedrooms are fitted with circular fireplaces, a dressing area, and both indoor and outdoor showers. Each suite features an elegant interior inspired by traditional African designs and nature. Lion World Tours specializes in group and individual tours to Southern and East Africa, and is a member of The Travel corporation, which also includes Trafalgar, contiki, Brendan Vacations, red carnation Boutique Hotel collection, Uniworld Boutique river cruise collection and insight Vacations. With their safari specialists all having firsthand knowledge of Africa, Lion World Tours, in its fifth decade, confidently assists clients in creating an African adventure that fits their specific interests as well as their budget. Lion World Tours, 800-387-2706,

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