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Dominican Republic’s DATE 2011 Draws Impressive Turnout

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ATE 2011, the 12th edition of the Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE), was held April 27–29 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana. The very successful event registered 2,872 pre-scheduled appointments between buyers and suppliers. In addition to this, an immeasurable amount of unscheduled appointments were held, making it a great opportunity for everyone involved. This was the best DATE ever in terms of buyers, suppliers and interest—a great turnout. Suppliers included 95 companies/345 delegates and Buyers were 108 companies/176 delegates. The media was represented by seven companies, 11 delegates. Opening night was at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Caribbean Night was held at Barceló Bávaro Beach Resort. Sponsors included the Ministry of Tourism, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Barceló Hotels & Resorts, Banco Popular Dominicano, Cerveceria Nacional Dominicana, AERODOM, Scotiabank, TRICOM, Banco BHD, Claro CODETEL, Prieto Tours, Rutas SA, JetBlue, Delta Vacations, U.S. Airways, Travel World News and HOSPITEN.

The essential DATE The Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE) was created to provide a professionally organized business exchange between Tour Operators, International Travel Agents and Dominican Republic’s leading tourism suppliers. The idea came in response to the need that existed in the Dominican touristic sector of having an event based exclusively on the country’s existing offer where international buyers and 4 • JUNE 2011

suppliers of the touristic product could meet and define joint business strategies. DATE is conceived and organized by the Hotel and Tourism Association of the Dominican Republic, with the support of the Ministry of Tourism. Its first edition was in the year 2000 and since then each version has shown the evolution of the event itself and the position achieved by the Dominican tourism sector at international levels. DATE has seen annual increases in the number of countries represented by Tour Operators interested in selling the DR product. This event is also an excellent means for promoting the location (for tourism) where the tradeshow is celebrated. DATE has been hosted by Santo Domingo, La Romana, Puerto Plata and Punta Cana. The magnificent facilities of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Convention Center as this year’s venue fittingly endorse the authority DATE has claimed reaching its twelfth year. With more than 200 companies participating, including buyers, suppliers and sponsors, this reveals significant growth in Tour Operators visiting from South America. Furthermore, coverage by over 70 media representatives coming from the United States, Europe, Latin America, Germany and of course, the local press, gave DATE 2011 professional marketing it has earned. DATE has indeed established itself as ‘The official event for the Dominican Tourism.’ It has become the mandatory date for those who bet on the country’s tourism potential.

Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE), www.drdate.net www.travelworldnews.com • Travel World News


INDUSTRY EVENTS ITB ASIA TO BE HELD OCTOBER 19–21 IN SINgAPORE

UNICOMM ADDS ATLANTA TO gATEWAY CITIES FOR TRAVEL & ADVENTURE SHOW

ITB Asia, the annual three-day B2B trade show and convention now in its fourth year, will be held at the Suntec Singapore Exhibition & Convention Centre October 19–21. International exhibitors of all sectors of the travel-value chain, Asia Pacific’s leading companies, and emerging small to medium-sized enterprises, meet with top buyers from the MICE, Leisure and Corporate Travel markets at this important event. The Trade Show for the Asian Travel Market, ITB Asia features a full range of travel products, services and goods. At the same time, it functions as a knowledge platform for the industry along with the concurrently held Web in Travel (WIT) Conference offering networking opportunities during evening functions, workshops and seminars. A complete booth is $3,660. Qualified small and medium-sized companies can take advantage of a special offer starting at $1,000 for a tabletop. A wide range of products is offered to showcase products, services and destinations. According to data gathered by the US Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI), visitors to the US from Asia increased 24 percent from 2009 to over seven million in 2010. Of the top 25 inbound countries, four of them were in Asia, all posting double-digit increases in 2010—most notably China, with a 53-percent increase and South Korea with a 49-percent increase. International visitors spent an estimated $134.4 billion on US travel and tourism-related goods and services in 2010, an increase of 12 percent compared to the previous year. Asian visitors to Canada have seen a strong gain in 2011 over 2010. In January alone, visits from China increased 37 percent over the year before, and South Korea had a nine-percent increase in that same month. Show details are available on the official website. Questions can be directed to Dorothea Baxter. ITB Asia, www.itb-asia.com; B-FOR International, dbaxter@exhibitpro.com (D. Baxter), berlin@exhibitpro.com, www.exhibitpro.com

Unicomm has announced the addition of the Atlanta Travel & Adventure Show to its consumer show series. The inaugural event will take place October 22–23 at Atlanta’s Cobb Galleria. The Atlanta Travel & Adventure Show will round out the six existing shows in the prominent series of consumer travel expos. “Being the nation’s seventh largest city, we are pleased that Atlanta will offer our exhibitors the ability to reach a new audience of high-income consumers in the Southeast,” states John Golicz, CEO of Unicomm. “It is a market we’ve been watching for a number of years and, now, the timing is right for us with consumer confidence and travel bookings on the rise. Atlanta also is home to the world’s busiest airport, which makes the show location ideal for many of our domestic and worldwide destinations and tour operators,” Golicz added. In preparation for its entry into the Atlanta market, Unicomm is creating an aggressive marketing campaign targeting partnerships with leading regional broadcast, radio and online outlets. Combining a new mix of social media with traditional marketing strategies has proven successful for the show producer in the past, showing a 25–40-percent increase at the recent Travel & Adventure shows in the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. markets. Mike Boyce, Unicomm’s director of business development, expects the Southeast region will have a big presence at the inaugural event in addition to Latin America and Caribbean regions. In addition, the co-location of the Faith Travel Conference & Expo will attract consumers and hundreds of church leaders from around the area to learn more about faith travel options, tapping into an underserved market in the travel arena. Travel & Adventure Show, info@adventureexpo.com, www.adventureexpo.com; Unicomm, www.unicomm.org

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Dubrovnik Welcomes Tourism Professionals to First Annual NETM

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nternational Event Management Firm William H. Coleman, Inc. and the Dubrovnik Tourist Board welcomed 150 Leisure Travel “Buyers” and “Suppliers” to the first annual New Europe Travel Mart (NETM) at the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa April 13–15. The new tourism sales/business development event is designed to increase leisure travel to the region from the Baltic to the Balkans referred to as “New Europe.” NETM’11 was a good start to a long-term opportunity for travel professionals to increase business in this very special part of the world. Over 1,300 business appointments were already pre-scheduled when participants arrived in Dubrovnik, and many reported they were able to add additional meetings during the business sessions. The opportunity for personal meetings between dedicated “Buyers” and “Suppliers” in an organized and professional environment is just one benefit of this format used for NETM. Hospitality and support received from The Dubrovnik Tourist Board, The Croatian National Tourist Board, and The Dubrovnik & Neretva County Tourist Board all helped make the event successful. The Radisson Blu Resort & Spa facilities and service were excellent, with reliable ground transportation and transfers provided by Korkyra Travel. Both operations should be remembered when preparing Dubrovnik and Croatia product plans.

Winning format works The unique three-day “pre-scheduled appointments” format used at NETM is one that Coleman has successfully applied in other global tourism destinations for almost forty years. “Buyers” of Leisure Travel services from global markets meet senior sales and marketing executives representing “Supplier” organizations from the “New Europe” region. Prescheduled 20-minute appointments in Supplier booth/offices take place during the two days of business sessions. In April, 561 of these appointments were “Perfect Match” appointments where both Buyers and Suppliers requested to meet each other; 307 of the appointments were “Buyer Requests;” and 509 of them “Supplier Requests.” “Buyers” are “decision makers” from companies and organizations that can “contract and book” group, FIT, and special interest travel products from markets in the US, the United Kingdom, Canada, Chile, France, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and Venezuela. The Brazil Airline TAM worked with William H. Coleman, Inc. to bring a large group of Buyers from Brazil, one of the fastest growing tourism markets in the world. “Suppliers” are experienced sales executives representing 6 • JUNE 2011

Serious travel professionals show interest in “New Europe.” hotels, airlines, cruise companies, receptive operators, car rental firms, attractions, resorts, tourist boards, city and convention bureaus, and promotional organizations from Croatia, Albania, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Montenegro, Lithuania, and Montenegro. Buyers made a significant financial investment to attend, including paying a $175 registration fee (for business sessions, social functions, accommodations/transfers) plus arranging their own air. Suppliers paid $975 for this and their booth/office. One reason Dubrovnik was chosen for the venue was the strong support NETM received from the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, joined by the Croatian National Tourist Board and the Dubrovnik & Neretva County Tourist Board (DubrovnikRiviera & Islands). DTB Director Jelka Tepsic stated, “We believe this will help us all to promote Dubrovnik and Croatia, and to also focus attention on ‘New Europe.’” Event organizers invested several years of market research before launching the inaugural NETM in Dubrovnik. Irma Coleman, President & CEO of William H. Coleman, Inc. said, “We are very pleased that so many dedicated and professional Buyers and Suppliers have made the investments in time and money to attend this ‘first-ever” NETM’11. This is a wonderful beginning for what we believe will be a successful and valuable event for many years.” Coleman values suggestions about how they can make future New Europe Travel Mart events even more valuable and productive. Participants are asked to take a few minutes to complete the NETM’11 Survey & Evaluation form now available online. Plans for NETM’12 and NETM’13 are already in preparation, and announcements will be made soon.

New Europe Travel Mart (NETM), www.neweuropetravelmart.com/EvaluationForm.html (survey), www.neweuropetravelmart.com; William H. Coleman, Inc., www.whcoleman.com www.travelworldnews.com • Travel World News


INDUSTRY EVENTS ATTA ANNOUNCES BILL RICHARDSON’S PARTICIPATION IN 2011 WORLD SUMMIT Governor Bill Richardson will be the closing keynote speaker at the Adventure Travel Trade Association’s (ATTA) Adventure Travel World Summit themed ‘Prosper with Purpose’ set for October 20 in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. Known for his work as a diplomat and special envoy on sensitive missions to win the release of hostages, American servicemen and prisoners in North Korea, Iraq, Cuba and Sudan, Richardson has recently founded the Richardson Peace Institute which will train government entities in peacekeeping and hostage negotiations. “Throughout my travels in the effort of diplomacy worldwide, it has become clear that connecting on a basis of a sense of place can be a lynchpin for creating peace,” said Richardson, who served as Governor of New Mexico between 2002 and 2010. Richardson’s talk will be about the potential for peace through the development of adventure tourism. An avid outdoorsman, Richardson was known during his tenure for his horsemanship and as a keen marksman. His embrace of all things Western, his progressive policies on clean energy, the development of a powerful film industry, and other issues such as education and health care made him one of the state’s most popular governors. He will address the group in both English and Spanish. Chiapas was chosen due to its partnership orientation and readiness and willingness to press forward on progressive adventure tourism development. Additionally, it was identified as having potential benefits to the local tourism economy and ATTA members worldwide. Other keynote speakers include Maryann Fernandez, Founder & President of Philanthropy Indaba; Leilani Latimer, Director, Sustainability Initiatives, Sabre Holdings; Bruce Poon Tip, Founder, GAP Adventures; Ben Sherman, President, Medicine Root, Inc.; Jens Thraenhart, Cofounder & President of Dragon Trail (previously with the Canadian Tourism Commission and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts); and Tensie Whelan, President, Rainforest Alliance. Partners include the Chiapas Convention and Visitors Bureau, the State Government of Chiapas, the Tourism Ministry of Mexico and the Mexico Tourism Promotion Board; Eddie Bauer is a Major Sponsor. Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), www.adventuretravelnews.com

ITTFA TEAMS UP WITH MENATA The International Tourism Trade Fairs Association (ITTFA) has entered a partnership with MENATA, The Middle East & North Africa Travel Association, to encourage communication and build relationships between members of both associations. Launched in January, MENATA aims to raise the profile of the Arab tourism industry by providing a catalyst and platform for travel industry representatives with a shared interest in the region to work together more closely. Stretching over 4,000 miles from the Atlantic coast to the Indian Ocean, the MENATA region covers 18 Arab countries and territories together with Cyprus, Iran and Turkey. Travel World News • www.travelworldnews.com

“The Middle East and North Africa has to be one of the most exciting, distinctive and rewarding tourism areas anywhere in the world with a vast array of attractions to appeal to every type of visitor. The region has made huge steps over the past decade, Dubai has been a major instigator in this development, but there is still a great deal of growth to come in all areas of this amazing region,” said Executive Director Peter Lilley. As well as beautiful beaches, blue seas and luxurious hotels, an unrivaled list of world-class sporting events, magnificent architecture and shopping to die for, MENA is home to almost 90 sites on the UNESCO World Heritage listing. MENATA also seeks to play a role in fostering much greater understanding of the Middle East & North Africa, its peoples and cultures. Tom Nutley has been chairman of ITTFA since its inception almost two decades ago. “The MENA region is one of the most exciting markets in terms of growth and development and has much to offer. Travel exhibitions have sprung up across the region to showcase the many attractions of the area as well as encourage trade and visitors. MENATA will further support this growth industry and we are pleased to be able to assist by opening channels of communication between our members and theirs. Encouraging new and improved relationships in the international tourism trade fair industry is a key objective for the association which will further enable all of our members to obtain maximum benefit from opportunities worldwide.” ITTFA, secretariat@ittfa.org. www.ittfa.org; MENATA, www.menata.org

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INDUSTRY EVENTS CITY OF KYOTO WELCOMES BLOSSOM JAPAN IN 2012

As the 2011 cherry blossom season ends in many Japanese cities including Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nagoya and Hiroshima, Blossom Japan, a Lucioles event, is preparing its second event next year. The City of Kyoto will welcome Blossom Japan 2012 February 13–16, allowing participants to discover the “real Japan” experience. Daisaku Kadokawa, Major of Kyoto says, “For more than a millennium, Kyoto has been the destination of choice for those seeking the true essence of Japanese luxury, culture and refinement. The city’s many exclusive restaurants, private galleries, secret gardens and temples, and myriad magical experiences continue to draw the most elite and discerning travelers from around the world.” Blossom Japan is a dedicated invitation-only event that brings Buyers from 39 different countries, all of them looking for exciting new products to present to their clients. By creating a platform for key luxury brands to meet, Blossom Japan provides a new dynamism for the whole luxury travel industry internationally and in Japan. Over the past three months, the Lucioles team has been recruiting the best high-end travel buyers from all over Japan and the world. “We only have two (out of 105) international places left on the fully hosted buyer program. This shows how committed the inbound market is to Japan and Asia Pacific in light of recent devastation,” says CEO Jay Martens. Silversea, Tonichi Travel Service, Wilderness Safaris, Windows to Japan, L’Hotel du Lac, Orient-Express and Amanresorts are among the Exhibitors that have re-signed for 2012 while Naiade Resorts and Ayana Resort and Spa Bali will make their debut. Blossom Japan 2012 will commence with a full-day conference followed by a three-day exhibition at ICC Kyoto. The exhibition will be facilitated by pre-scheduled appointments ensuring that all attendees are conducting serious business by day, and will be supplemented by a series of networking events by night for all Buyers, Exhibitors and Media attending. The Hyatt Regency Kyoto and The Westin Miyako, Kyoto have been announced as official hotel partners. Blossom Japan has launched stage one of its website complete with a teaser of the 2011 inaugural event. Blossom Japan, www.blossomjapan.com; Lucioles, www.lu-cioles.com 8 • JUNE 2011

TRAVEL & DESTINATION SYMPOSIUM TO BE CO-LOCATED WITH THE TRAVEL & ADVENTURE SHOW SERIES Unicomm, producer of leading travel shows in the US, has announced its plans to add the Travel & Destination Symposium to four of its leading markets: Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington D.C. “After conversations with many of our top travel agents, we found that they valued the content but would rather it be accessible in their region.” said Mike Boyce, Director of Business Development for Unicomm Travel Events.” Geared to the needs of top producing agents, the format will be virtually unchanged with destination and niche selling content, networking functions and one-on-one appointments with event sponsors. The content will deliver detailed destination information and “off the beaten path” facts. In addition, two niche selling panels focused on Luxury/Romance and Experiential/Adventure will round out the program. A partial list of event sponsors includes Authority of Tourism Panama, Costa Rica Tourist Board, Travel Alberta, Florida Keys & Key West, and the Italian Government Tourist Board. Unicomm, info@unicomm.org. www.unicomm.org

CULTOUR FAIR IN QUITO DRAWS WORLDWIDE INTEREST The third edition of CULTOUR, Global Heritage & Cultural Travel Exhibition, is taking place in Quito, Ecuador, June 22–24, sponsored by Ecuador’s Ministry of Tourism and the City of Quito, as Quito’s cultural capital of the Americas 2011. CULTOUR has attracted tour operators and travel agencies from all over the world. As of April 19, tour operators from 34 counties had requested registration: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Rumania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, UK, United Arab Emirates, USA and Venezuela. The same, enthusiastic response is evident with the travel and tourism suppliers, public and private, wishing to participate as exhibitors—in April, up to 50 countries: Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Bhutan, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Spain, Ethiopia, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Laos, Malta, Mauritania, Mexico, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russia, South Africa, UK, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, USA and Venezuela. CULTOUR is open only for professionals and it is run by a minimum of 20 individual meetings between exhibitors and buyers. Interested persons should contact Charo Trabado, Commercial Director. Cultour, gsar@gsamark.com, www.cultourfair.com www.travelworldnews.com • Travel World News


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La Cumbre Travel Mart Latin America THETRADESHOW IFTM Top Resa Travel Media Showcase Astana Leisure FITA 2011 PRHTA 25th Annual Convention

Las Vegas, NV Florianopolis, Brazil Las Vegas, NV Paris, France Oklahoma City, OK Astana, Kazakhstan Mexico City, Mexico San Juan, Puerto Rico

www.lacumbre.com www.travelmartlatinamerica.com www.thetradeshow.org www.iftm.fr www.travelmediashowcase.com www.leisure.kz/en www.fitamx.com www.prhta.org

The Motivation Show Chicago, IL Ukraine Intl. Travel Market Kiev, Ukraine TTg Incontri Rimini, Italy IMEX America Las Vegas, NV Cancun Travel Mart Cancun, Mexico Caribbean Boutique & Intimate Hotel Conf. Saint Lucia Adventure Travel World Summit Chiapas, Mexico ABAV Rio De Janeiro, Brazil ITB Asia Singapore Akwaaba: African Travel Market Lagos, Nigeria ATS Fall Conference Czech Republic CITM 2011 Kunming, China ATS Fall Conference Bratislava, Slovakia

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Pure Life Experiences DEMA WTM London Taipei International Travel Fair Intl. golf Travel Market Cruise Shipping Asia Exhibition MITM Americas Philoxenia EIBTM

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Marrakech, Morocco Orlando, FL London, England Taipei, Taiwan Antalya Expo, Turkey Singapore El Salvador, CA Thessaloniki, Greece Barcelona, Spain

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Florida Huddle IMTM The Boston globe Travel Show Blossom Japan

Fort Lauderdale, FL Tel Aviv, Israel Boston, MA Kyoto, Japan

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INDUSTRY NEWS AMERICAN MARKETINg gROUP ANNOUNCES BUSINESS-BUILDINg BOOTCAMPS FOR TRAVELSAVERS, NEST AgENTS American Marketing Group has announced it will hold two Business-Building Bootcamps this fall, September 23–24 at Lowes Pacific Resort in Orlando and October 14–15 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. The intensive hands-on workshops are open to Travelsavers licensees and NEST home-based agents in the US, and will help them “pump up their profits” and create healthier businesses. Head trainer Nolan Burris will guide the two-day programs. Well-known in the travel industry as a motivational speaker and author, Burris is also a former travel agent and Founder & Chief Visioneer of Future Proof Travel Solutions. The core training sessions at the Business-Building Bootcamps—called “Visioneering and the Four Corners of Business”—will provide critical information and interactive exercises in the essential business arenas of Sales and Marketing, Finance, Operations, and Technology. In the sessions, agents will be involved completing a workbook that will help them define the visions for their businesses and then turn them into action plans that they can implement when they return to their offices. Another key component in the Bootcamps is a preferred supplier showcase. A mini trade show will take place onsite, giving attendees the opportunity to discuss product offerings, marketing and sales tactics, and vendor support with suppliers. “We’re so excited about our Business-Building Bootcamps because they’re based 100 percent on what our agencies have told us is most important to them in running their businesses,” said Kathryn Mazza-Burney, President of NEST and Executive Vice President of Sales and Service for Travelsavers. “With our sponsoring suppliers, we’ll help our agencies assess their businesses and design actionable plans to strengthen operations. When the events end, the real work begins, and our Business Development Managers will continue to work with our licensees to implement their new plans in a way that positively impacts their bottom line,” Mazza-Burney added. Travelsavers and NEST travel agents can contact their local BDM to find out more about the Business-Building Bootcamps. Travelsavers and NEST are owned by American Marketing Group, Inc., the parent company of 18 leading travel brands worldwide. Travelsavers, www.travelsavers.com; NEST (Network of Entrepreneurs Selling Travel), www.jointhenest.com

DESPITE AIRLINE CUTS, gOWAY OFFERS PROFIT ON AIR SALES With the recent announcement by Air Pacific that they will no longer pay travel agent commissions, Goway’s consolidator division GowayAir has announced that they are still offering Air Pacific net fares via their call center and their online booking engine at Gowayagent.com. “As airlines continue to squeeze margins to travel agents, at GowayAir we recognize the important role of retail travel agents in the distribution chain. Our net fares ensure agents are compensated for the key role they play in delivering the best airline options to their customer,” commented Goway’s VP Air, Jim Morrison. “As a market leader on the South Pacific routes, Goway’s buying strength often results in a significant margin between net and published. This provides the ideal equation for retail agents buying from GowayAir to deliver value to their customer and retain a margin for their services,” continued Morrison. GowayAir worldwide net fares can be accessed via a dedicated agents site and booking engine at Gowayagent.com. Goway offers weekly specials and rewards, and offers agents the opportunity to control the booking process and markups. For complex itineraries and around-the world fares, agents can contact the experienced GowayAir staff toll-free. goway, 866-866-5494, www.gowayagent.com, www.goway.com

WESTJET IS 240TH AIRLINE TO SIgN IET AgREEMENT WITH HAHN AIR Hahn Air has now activated interline e-ticketing (IET) with WestJet Airlines Ltd. Therewith, flights of 240 partner carriers can be issued on insolvency-insured Hahn Air e-tickets (HR-169). Hahn Air has extended its e-ticketing platform with WestJet, Canada’s second-largest carrier. As one of the most successful airlines in North America, WestJet provides scheduled service to 71 destinations in Canada, the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. With its main campus located in Calgary, Alberta, WestJet currently operates more than 420 flights, carrying an average 45,000 guests daily. In 2011 alone, eleven carriers have already been implemented into Hahn Air’s e-ticketing platform. With 240 partner airlines, Hahn Air is the first and only IATA member airline offering the most comprehensive portfolio of airlines for up to 85,000 IATA and IATAN travel agents in 180 markets including BSP/ARC in the US and non-BSP countries. Hahn Air, www.hahnair.com 10 • JUNE 2011

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NORTH AMERICA STEIN ERIKSEN LODgE NAMES TIMOTHY RUTLAND NEW DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETINg Stein Eriksen Lodge has announced the appointment of Timothy Rutland as the new Director of Sales & Marketing of Utah’s only Forbes Five Star property located midmountain at Deer Valley Resort. Rutland, with over 20 years of hospitality experience in both independent and branded properties, is responsible for implementing sales and marketing strategies TIMOTHY RUTLAND to drive business to Stein Eriksen Lodge and The Chateaux at Silver Lake; both properties managed by Stein Eriksen Lodge Management Corporation. Rutland worked many years for Ritz-Carlton at the Half Moon Bay and Marina Del Rey (California), and Phoenix properties; L’Ermitage Beverly Hills and most recently as Director of Sales & Marketing at The Beverly Hilton. Rutland replaces Jan Raio, whose 17-year tenure saw phenomenal growth and accolades, and the lodge’s entry into the property management business. Stein Eriksen Lodge, www.steinlodge.com

PORTER DOUBLES SUMMER TREMBLANT FLIgHTS Porter Airlines is doubling summer Mont Tremblant service, with up to four flights weekly between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Mont Tremblant International Airport. Flights begin June 16 (and will run until September 18), on Thursdays, Fridays and twice Sundays. One-way fares start at $89, plus fees and taxes. Long known as a winter playground, summer is equally actionpacked in the Laurentians region. Canoeing, camping, cycling, golfing and hiking are just some of the activities to keep busy with in an area that boasts Quebec’s largest protected park. Travelers can also relax by the water or enjoy fine dining for a more laid-back approach. “Our passengers got to know Tremblant as a summer destination for the first time last year,” said Robert Deluce, President and CEO of Porter Airlines. “The response was excellent and we anticipate the extra flights will fill up quickly.” The inaugural summer schedule operated with twice-weekly flights in 2010. Porter’s seasonal winter Tremblant schedule, with as many as 12 flights weekly, concludes April 3. “The tourism community is proud to be partners with Porter in a year-round program. The added summer flights make the region more accessible to both corporate travelers and vacationers,” said Serge Larivière, CEO of Mont Tremblant International Airport and Vice President of Tourisme aérien Laurentides (TAL). “The variety of summer activities and meeting facilities in the Laurentians are very attractive for Torontonians, especially when it’s only a 70minute flight away.” Travel, accommodation and activity options can be found on the website of Fly Tremblant. Custom golf packages, including Porter Travel World News • www.travelworldnews.com

flights, can be arranged by Ultimate Golf Vacations. Flight-only options are available for booking through travel agencies, Porter’s website or their call center. Porter Airlines, 888-619-8622 (call center), www.flyporter.com; Fly Tremblant, www.flytremblant.com; Ultimate golf Vacations, www.ultimategolf.ca

IMPRESSIVE FIgURES FOR CLUB MED’S SANDPIPER BAY RESORT RELAUNCH

After launching a $25-million transformation, Club Med Sandpiper Bay, which reopened last December, has exceeded expectations in its year-to-date performance by delivering 30 percent more bookings and 50 percent more sales than achieved in the entirety of Winter 2010. In addition to its strong winter performance, Sandpiper Bay is already the top-selling resort for North Americans this summer. Located in Port St. Lucie, Florida, the 216-acre renovated Sandpiper Bay features two new restaurants, Slice Bar & Lounge, four swimming pools including an infinity pool exclusively for adults and a certified lap pool. The resort also has a conference center and meeting facilities as well as a new waterfront wedding gazebo. Enhanced accommodations include spacious Deluxe Family Rooms offering separate bedrooms and one-and-a-half bathrooms with plenty of space for the entire family. New facilities for younger guests include a Kidz Village with a splash park, the BRITTO Art Center and Latitude 27, a new lounge for ’tweens and teens, and a clubhouse for the Raggs’ characters from the “Raggs TV” series. Raggs and his furry friends interact with children by way of fun and educational programs. As the flagship resort for “premium sports,” Sandpiper Bay is home to the new Club Med Academies for tennis, golf and fitness, featuring experts in the sports industry including Gabe Jaramillo, who trained the likes of Agassi and Seles; Brad Brewer, host of Golf Channel’s Daily Brew; and professional tri-athlete and five-time Ironman Champion Heather Gollnick. Onsite facilities include 21 tennis courts, an 18-hole, Tom Fazio II designed course, and a new 12,000-sq-ft clubhouse. Club Med’s new FIT Performance Academy, directed by Gollnick, recently introduced a new dynamic race series: Club Med Racing. This program hosts upcoming races while training guests for sprint and Olympic distance triathlons, 5k and 10k running races. Club Med, 800 CLUB MED (258-2633), www.clubmed.us/sandpiperbay JUNE 2011 •

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ottonera commonly referred to as the Three Cities, namely Vittor-iosa, Senglea and Cos-picua, forms an integral part of the Grand Harbour conurbation facing Valletta, Malta’s capital city. Although each of these towns has its own specific identity, the Three Cities have collectively been interlinked due to their common history and unique topography of land peninsulas bordering sheltered inlets set within the environs of the Grand Harbour. When the knights of the Order of St John were offered Malta in fiefdom by Emperor Charles V in 1530, the maritime town of Vittoriosa was the natural choice for the knights to establish their base. The Order of St John relied heavily on its fleet of galleys and other maritime craft and securing a safe haven was a determining factor in the selection of Vittoriosa as its first home base. The small town set on a peninsula offered excellent berthing facilities. Furthermore, the old medieval Castello a Mare or Castrum Maris, today referred to as Fort Saint Angelo, provided the starting point for setting an elaborate network of military defences. The knights built their first auberges or hostels within Vittoriosa. Initially their intention was to isolate themselves from the rest of the native population by creating a segregated collachio as they had done when based in Rhodes. However, given the densely populated urban fabric, the knights found it almost impossible to displace the local inhabitants to impose the collachio model and they soon abandoned their original plan. Fort St Angelo at the tip of the Vittoriosa peninsula became the seat of the Grand Master of the Order. It was to play a heroic role during the Great Siege of 1565. From its ramparts Grand Master Jean Parisot de la Valette directed all the major battles fought between the knights and the Maltese against the Ottoman Turks. It was from the fort’s cavalier that a shot aimed at the enemy camp in Sliema point caused the death of Dragut, the feared leader of the Turks’ elite corps. After the victory of the Great Siege, the project of establishing a new city to be called Valletta assumed a high priority in order to better repel any future Turkish invasion. The knights transferred their base from Vittoriosa to Valletta in 1571. Still, the former town continued to play an important role for the Order as it hosted its arsenal, ship-building and ship-repair yards and a waterfront lined with Baroque palaces and warehouses that flourished during the late seventeenth century. The other two towns were Senglea and Cospicua. Senglea was founded by Grand Master Claude de la Sengle on the land peninsula opposite Vittoriosa towards the end of the sixteenth century. Cospicua was developed as a densely populated town at the neck of the inlet of the creek then referred to as Porto delle Galere, or as it is known today as Dockyard Creek. The knights embarked on building highly elaborate fortifications

Aerial photo of the Cottonera Lines and the Three Cities within. and military defence works around the Three Cities. Besides the land-front fortifications to Vittoriosa and Senglea, the entire Three Cities were encircled by the massive Margherita and Cottonera fortifications that were built during the late seventeenth century to secure a virtually impregnable line of imposing defense works. To this day the fortified urban enclave of Cottonera represents one of the finest examples of fortified cities in the world. During the nineteenth century the British colonial authorities established H.M. Victualling Yard and an extensive network of Drydocks and ship-repair facilities to service the British navy. Malta had become a highly strategic naval station and military base at the crossroads of the Mediterranean Sea. The Three Cities continued to increase their resident population as many sought employment at the dockyards or with the Navy. One of the finest architectural developments in the mid-18th century was the construction of the Naval Bakery building which supplied tack or dry biscuits to the whole British fleet within the Mediterranean. Today, the former Naval Bakery has been transformed into a Maritime Museum which displays several artifacts testifying to the town’s centuries-old connection to maritime events. The Second World War had a catastrophic impact on the Three Cities. During 1942-43, Malta was severely bombed by the German Axis forces and Cottonera suffered the brunt of most of these aerial attacks given its location within the Grand Harbour and the dockyards. A number of historic buildings and monuments in Vittoriosa were destroyed, Senglea was virtually reduced to a heap of rubble and Cospicua’s dense urban fabric was also severely affected. Anticipating the oncoming onslaught, most of Cottonera’s residents had prior to the war sought safe refuge in the outlying rural areas as far as possible CONTINUED ON PAGE

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from the Grand Harbour conurbation. The extent of the war damage was severe with the loss of thousands of houses. In the aftermath of the war, most of the former residents rendered homeless relocated elsewhere. The population of Cottonera was drastically and irretrievably reduced to its pre-war levels. In spite of its glorious history, the Cottonera region degenerated into a socially depressed area with some neighborhoods characterized by poverty and substandard housing. Fortunately over the past two decades there has been a sustained interest in the urban regeneration of the Three Cities. A number of historic palaces along the Vittoriosa waterfront were restored to their original splendor, the Order of St John established its seat in the upper precincts of Fort St Angelo and recently the world-renowned firm Camper & Nicholsons has taken over the management of a new yacht marina along thewaterfront. There are other urban regeneration projects in the pipeline and certainly more needs to be done. Still, it is comforting to note that the renaissance of the Three Cities is well on its way.

Malta Tourism Authority, www.visitmalta.com Conrad Thake Ph.D (Berkeley) is an architect and co-author of the books Malta – The Baroque Island and Malta – War & Peace, an architectural chronicle 1800-2000.

MEETINg INDUSTRY TOURISM IN BARCELONA REgAINS NUMBERS The Turisme de Barcelona (Barcelona Tourism Office) recently presented last year’s statistics for the professional tourism industry at the annual assembly of its Barcelona Convention Bureau (BCB). The assembly was held at the meetings facility L’Acadèmia, and attended by 200 professionals from the sector. All in all, it was concluded that 2010 proved a fruitful year for meetings and incentives. Conventions and incentives were largely impacted by the worldwide economic crisis. With the recent recovery being experienced in the US in particularly, all destinations alike have regained the ground they had lost during the past two years. For Barcelona, 2010 has reaped great numbers from the North America market—the market has grown by over 35 percent in 2010 from 2009. Additionally, the North American market represents 20 percent of the international market and the US market is the second international market beyond the UK. Currently in Barcelona, the international market represents 59.5 percent of business, while the local Spanish market share is 38.5 percent. In 2010, Barcelona hosted 2,138 meetings representing 616,833 delegates. The number of professional meetings held last year in the Catalan capital was up 15.1 percent over the 2009 figures. Consequently, the increase in the number of meetings drove the number of delegates who attended meetings in Barcelona, a whole 7.1 percent over the previous year’s figures. The increase in the number of meetings for Barcelona was mainly the result of the spike in the number of international conventions and incentives, which represented 18.8 percent of the overall number of meetings. 14 • JUNE 2011

Barcelona is a metropolis which is fully equipped to host congresses and conventions. It is one of the cities in Europe and the world that hosts the greatest number of international congresses. Barcelona received second position in the ICCA ranking for the year 2009. In recent years, Barcelona has proved itself to be one of Europe’s most attractive and dynamic cities, and this has made it one of the preferred meeting and incentive trip destinations. More information is available by contacting Melissa Manganelli. Marketing Challenges International, mmanganelli@mcintl.com, www.mcintl.com

TUSCAN WAY OFFERS AgENTS 20% COMMISSION ON SELECT WEEKS Tuscan Way is offering travel agents a 20% commission on a variety of weeklong cooking vacations during the summer and fall seasons. Adding to their excursions, vineyard visits and hands-on cooking lessons are the sagre—local folk festivals usually honoring a particular food such as truffles, wine and olives or the pageantry of historical events. The Tuscan people shine through as they greet friends and guests. Tuscan Way includes these sagre where possible to add even more local flair to the guest experience. Weekly packages range from $3,181 to $3,444 ppdo; single supplements start at $356. Dates and locations follow: Weeks of June 18 and September 24—Villa Poggiarello is an 18thcentury villa in the 1,000-year-old village of Roccastrada, surrounded by vineyards, rolling hills, medieval villages and natural parks. Weeks of July 2, August 20, 27, and September 17 and all weeks in October— Villa Gaia, a charming luxury country estate, sits amid olive groves, grape vineyards and medieval forests outside Seggiano. Nearby is an ancient monastery. June 19— Casa Innocenti is the picturesque five-story medieval home of the chef and company patriarch, Carlo Innocenti, in the small village of Arcidosso. The festivals offer entertainment, pageantry, tournaments, historical perspective, reenactments, hands-on opportunities, and incredible foods and wines. Some possibilities include: May’s Strawberry Festival in Marsiliana or Lasagna Festival at Montenero; June’s Cherry Festival in Seggiano; July’s Beer Festival in Roccalbegna and Murcia’s Festival of Strozzaprete; and August’s Festival Picio— Seggiano, Wild Boar Festival—Montepescali, and “Goblets of Stars” in Massa Marittima. The fall brings harvest festivals like the Wine Cellar Festival, Chestnut Festival and Green Gold Olive Festival. Guests are taught “La Cucina Povera,” the simple and flavorful style of southern Tuscan dishes during four cooking classes, set in the home’s large kitchen, with a relaxed, informal style, a glass of local wine always within arm’s reach, and small groups (maximum of eight guests). No less than five excursions head off to nearby villages, through local markets, restaurants and vineyards. The seven-day vacation includes six nights’ accommodations, daily excursions, all meals, and transportation throughout, including Rome or Florence airport transfers. Tuscan Way, 800-766-2390, www.tuscanway.com www.travelworldnews.com • Travel World News


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Finland is a unique blend of the East and West. Its capital, Helsinki, is a pocket-sized metropolis—fun and friendly and ideal to visit in any season. It is full of activities and interesting events. Finland is recognized around the world for its playful and practical designs with an intimate relationship to nature as well as its talented designers. The country’s achievements in the world of architectural excellence rank on the very top in the design world. The Design District of Helsinki is an area full of antique and fashion stores, museums, art galleries and restaurants that clients can explore with new Helsinki Expert tour offerings or the Helsinki Card. Helsinki, the world’s second most northern capital and designated World Design Capital 2012, is a cosmopolitan paradise that represents every interest and taste: diverse history and culture, excellent cuisine, exciting nightlife, splendid architecture, extensive sightseeing, and a wealth of shopping. Helsinki is a culturally active city with adventures and activities nearby. A new bargain Helsinki & Reykjavik six-night/seven-day tour offers an opportunity to explore two countries and cities with unique landmarks and activities from only $1,122, air and land. To bring the East closer to the West there is the hi-speed Allegro train and visa-free cruises from Helsinki to St. Petersburg or attractive cruising options to Stockholm and Tallinn from Helsinki. More information about the tour options is available by contacting Borton Overseas. Helsinki City Tourist & Convention Bureau, www.visithelsinki.fi, www.wdc2012helsinki.fi/en; Borton Overseas, 800-843-0602, info@bortonoverseas.com, www.bortonoverseas.com

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FINNAIR TO OFFER SUMMER RATES TO 21 EUROPEAN DESTINATIONS Finnair will offer special rates for summer travel to 21 cities in Europe. Finnair flies the shorter northern route via Helsinki, offering a fast and efficient connecting time for passengers traveling to Europe. Finnair’s summer rates between JFK International Airport and Europe will start at $776. Finnair will also open two new destinations including Murmansk in Northern Russia and Aarhuus in Denmark in cooperation with Sun-Air. Leisure flights to Malaga and Nice will change to a scheduled service during the summer session. In Helsinki’s compact terminal, designed especially for transfer traffic, Finnair operates one of the youngest fleets in Europe and offers several high-class lounges and a unique Finnair Spa. For business class passengers, Finnair’s new pre-order meal service has been extended to long-haul flights. Passengers can place a food order from two weeks before traveling up until 24 hours before departure. In 2009, Helsinki was appointed as the World Design Capital 2012. Direct services to other familiar summer destinations include Slovenia, Poland, Lisbon, and Pisa. In addition to serving over 50 destinations in Europe, Finnair flies the shortest and fastest direct route to 10 cities in Asia via Helsinki such as Delhi, Hong Kong or Seoul. Flights to Delhi start at $836. A direct service between Chicago and Helsinki began May 14, when oneworld partner American Airlines started operating the new route. Finnair, www.finnair.com www.travelworldnews.com • Travel World News


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EUROPE BERLIN AND HAMBURg URBAN SUMMER HIgHLIgHTS ARE MANY

Only ninety minutes apart by high-speed train, Hamburg and Berlin can conveniently be combined in one trip. With distinctly different yet complementing identities, they make a perfect pair, and a long to-do list in late summer coupled with smaller crowds and perfect temps put them at their best. In Hamburg, harbor cruises are popular, and Harbor City’s maritime experience at this former dock area turned urban hotspot is extensive. Pristine inner city Alster lake is perfect for strolls along its banks or renting a paddle- or small sailboat. In 2011, the European Commission awarded it the title of European Green Capital. Berlin tours often cruise past Museum Island and the Reichstag, or to the outer city lakes. Berlin is Germany’s greenest city—27 percent consists of parks and woods. Special “Creative Sustainability” and “Green Design” tours see everything from eco-hip markets to green art and urban gardens. Hamburg and Berlin each boast more bridges than Venice. In the summer, locals catch rays along the cities’ rivers and lakes. Urban beaches are hugely popular in both metropolises—ideal for soaking in the local vibe on long summer evenings. Popular beach bars in Hamburg are Strand Pauli and the eclectic Strandperle Elbe beach. In Berlin, the Strandbar Mitte and the ultra-trendy Arena Badeschiff are the places to be. The Alster-Vergnügen festival in Hamburg September 1–4 features water/air/land acrobatics, concerts, gourmet stands as well as romantic moonlit nights and fireworks on Alster lake. Reeperbahn Festival September 22–24 is a must for music fans. With new and established names of popular music, the line-up is complemented by exhibitions, street art events and screenings. Prost! The 15th Berlin International Beer Festival August 5–7 turns Karl-Marx-Allee into the world’s longest beer garden and bar, with 300 breweries from 86 countries and some 2,000 brands of the world’s finest brews. The Berlin Festival September 9 and 10 will see around 15,000 music fans. This unique urban rock event held at historic Tempelhof Airport will have its line-up posted soon. Berlin and Hamburg are the two German cities with the most Michelin Stars. Culinary experiences are often a modern and creative interpretation of traditional recipes. 18 • JUNE 2011

Close to two oceans, Hamburg’s seafood dishes range from a traditional on-the-go Matjes Herring (salt mild herring) sandwich to Asian-inspired haute cuisine. Fresh seafood and classical northern German dishes are served at Fischereihafen Restaurant. Much talked-about new restaurants are Goldene Gans serving an outstanding veal with plums and the city’s best chocolate soufflé, and Vier Rosen, where former punk musician turned chef Marcus Schröpfer serves Francophile delicacies. Berlin’s cuisine is redefining itself just like the rest of the city. Organic farms in the surrounding Brandenburg region supply meats, traditional herbs, and fresh seasonal produce. Berlin is currently experiencing a comeback of traditional German fare, often with a Mediterranean or Asian twist. At the new—and immediately starrated—Tim Raue, chef Raue serves energy-giving Asian-inspired dishes. Also new and known for high quality homemade dishes are Chipps No 1 and No 2. The famous Curry Wurst and the Turkish Doener are the pillars of Berlin’s street food scene. Hamburg’s Fish Market is well worth getting up for before 5 am on a Sunday morning.Hamburg’s oldest open-air market sells all items imaginable, with breakfast and live music completing the picture. In Berlin, the flea market Trödelmarkt Boxhagener Platz on Sundays 10 to 6 is one of the most popular of roughly 50 in the city. Some 100 booths sell anything from old records to porcelain, second-hand fashion to antiques and furniture. Train tickets between Hamburg and Berlin can be booked online, with specials often available. For local transportation, the Berlin Welcome Card and Hamburg Card offer free public transportation and discounts. Berlin Tourismus & Kongress gmbH, www.visitberlin.de; Hamburg Tourismus gmbH, www.hamburg-tourism.de

OVADIAS TOURS PRESENTS FOOTSTEPS OF ST. PAUL RELIgIOUS PACKAgE IN gREECE In the Footsteps of St. Paul is a religious package provided by Ovadias Tours which is priced from approximately $1,110, sharing triple, and which is available from now until November, 2011. The tour features three nights’ hotel accommodation in Athens; an Athens city sightseeing tour; a four-day classical tour with Meteora in A class hotels on half board; all transfers; meeting and assistance; hotel taxes and service charges; and a three-day cruise to the Greek Islands and Turkey minimum inside cabins, all meals (supplement applies according nationality). Ovadias Tours has special net F.I.T and group rates. As tour operator they provide state-of-the-art services covering all aspects of tourism: V.I.P. and honeymoon special services; special interest groups; incentives; meetings/conventions and congresses; custommade tour and cruise programs; team-building activities; hotel, villas, apartments, reservations; and yacht, car and limousine rentals. Ovadias offers international experience and technical support combined with personalized service, and a commitment to delivering quality. Ovadias Tours, www.ovadiastours.com www.travelworldnews.com • Travel World News


The Baltic Sea is one of the fascinating areas in the world – with a rich history, an unspoiled nature in a safe and secure environment. Travelling is easy in our region – our members offer all transport and accommodation facilities for you to explore the medieval cities, the Scandinavian metropolis, the white beaches, cliffs and huge woods.

www.balticsea.com

We are happy to serve tourist groups and families, business travellers as well as backpackers in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and neighbouring areas of Russia and Finland. Experience our excellent services and versatility.

Let’s discover Estonia together!

www.balticsilver.ee

Central Europe is our environment. We know every bit of it. Poland is our land. We love it and enjoy showing it to the others. Please see our suggestions and make the most of it!

www.furnel.pl Winston Churchill once described Russia as ‘a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma…’

All Baltic States in One Handful We co-operate with service suppliers in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Kaliningrad region and the western part of Russia. Just contact us and we will arrange any tour in all three Baltic states and Russia.

www.deltatours.lt

FInlAnd COnventIOn BUreAU is a national organization representing the meetings and events industry. FCB offers solutions and will find on your behalf the ideal destination, organizer, city, venue, accommodation, transportation and restaurant services to suit your specific needs.

www.fcb.fi In Malmö, there are experiences and entertainment for all.

Our goal is to bring each visitor a little closer to understanding what Russia is, what it once was and what it might become. Our itineraries are carefully customized to accommodate the special interests and preferences of our clients. We create unforgettable experiences and vast learning opportunities.

www.trips2russia.com

We believe a good spa-experience is born from hundreds of small details which should function well together. This is most influenced by the people working in one spa. Thank you to our good clients. We work hard to surprise you each time!

Unwind in the lush parks in the city center or keep up with the pulse of the city. It is close to almost everything, attractions and sightseeing are almost around every corner. There are restaurants in Malmö from around the world and always many concerts, shows and events to choose from.

www.gospa.ee

a boutique hotel nestled in the heart of Tallinn’s Old Town, the Schlössle is a delightful hotel that harkens to Estonia’s medieval past. The luxurious furnishings and the attentive staff ensure a memorable stay in this charming hotel.

www.schlossle-hotels.com

www.malmo.se

a boutique hotel situated in the heart of Tallinn’s Old Town, the St. Petersbourg is a luxury hotel rich in medieval charm. The intimate hotel has been carefully restored to reflect the historic style of the capital’s Russian merchants and is an elegant retreat for a modern traveler.


CARIBBEAN ‘Girls Golf Getaway’ Combines sport & spa at breezes runaway bay

Breezes Runaway Bay Resort & Spa tees off with a top par package for gals who’ve always wanted to learn how to play golf or simply sharpen their game. Though typically a male dominated sport, girls rule the course on the Super-Inclusive “Girls Golf Getaway.” In addition to a onehour private golf lesson, a complimentary 60-minute Native’s Touch massage with tropical ingredients to boost immunity, and a manicure and pedicure at full-service a la carte Blue Mahoe Spa will help loosen any sore muscles.

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A leisurely swim in sparkling azure waters. A soothing massage on your own private balcony. An afternoon spent gazing at the sun-splashed Atlantic with not a cruise ship or a care in sight. The Sands at Grace Bay

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offers a soul-satisfying tranquility along with inspired cuisine, considerate service and as much – or as little – activity as you choose.

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an exceptional all suite beachfront resort For reservations, see your travel professional or call 1.877.77.SANDS (72637) www.thesandstc.com

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Breezes Runaway Bay boasts Jamaica’s first golf school, with PGA- and CPGA-certified instructors at the resort’s 18-hole, 72par PGA quality course. Visual learners of all skill levels will enjoy a well-equipped lecture room, where personalized video analysis is available to help improve their swing. Off the greens, the resort’s beautiful beach, three pools, and array of activities will make just about any mom happy. If she’s looking for more sporty action, she can earn herself a scuba diving certificate from the resort’s own Gold Palm five-star PADI facility, sign up for tennis classes, or take windsurfing lessons on the pristine waters of the Caribbean. Afterward, she can veg out at the Blue Mahoe spa where her massage, manicure and pedicure await. Breezes Resorts’ “Super-Inclusive” concept offers a great vacation value. A single payment covers accommodations; all meals and multiple dining options including Japanese, Italian and authentic regional cuisine; unlimited premium brand drinks; myriad land and water sports including equipment, instruction and green fees; entertainment; weddings; recreational activities; and hotel taxes. Tipping is not allowed. Rates for the “Girls Golf Getaway” start at $149 ppdo with a three-night minimum stay. To take advantage of the package, guests must book by June 30 for travel through September 2. breezes runaway bay resort & spa, www.breezes.com/resorts/runaway-bay; superClubs, 800-Go-super (467-8737), www.superclubs.com

majestiC resorts adds 92 rooms to eleGanCe Club Due to the incredible demand for an adults-only experience, Majestic Resorts in the Dominican Republic has added an additional 92 rooms in their Elegance Club as of May 1. The Elegance Club offers a wide selection of premium amenities and superb accommodation for the sophisticated traveler. At the Punta Cana resort, a choice of luxurious accommodations is available: Elegance Club Junior Suite with Jacuzzi, Elegance Club Majestic Jr. Suite (Swim Up), Elegance Club One-Bedroom Suite with Jacuzzi (new category), Elegance Club Swim Up Suite (Outdoor Jacuzzi), and Elegance Club Ocean View Suite (Outdoor Jacuzzi). Guests of the Elegance Club will enjoy Majestic Supreme Service including three private swimming pools and a private beach area with Bali beds and bar service, two VIP lounges serving drinks and snacks, complimentary Internet, plasma TVs, two rooftop bars, and Il Bottacio restaurant exclusively for a la carte breakfast and lunch. A library, a surprise in-room gift, an in-suite bar including four liquors per stay, express bellboy service, butler service for special requests, 24-hour room service, private check area, late checkout, and pillow and aromatherapy menus are among some of the additional facilities that can be enjoyed. majestic resorts, www.majestic-resorts.com www.travelworldnews.com • Travel World News


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

Re-introducing The Cove at Eleuthera. An island legend – reborn with more style and more luxury. An intimate destination set upon the Caribbean’s most beautiful pink sand beach, The rooms and suites have been extensively renovated to blend urban chic with island charm. A true Bahamian experience.

Located on one of the Caribbean’s top 10 "Dream Beaches of the World", the sophisticated and stylish Bucuti and Tara Beach Suites offer Aruba's only refined and tranquil boutique resort experience. Exchange your vows on our magnificent white sandy beach.

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.

Let us make your honeymoon a celebration that you will cherish for a lifetime...

www.thecoveeleuthera.com

www.bucuti.com Eagle Beach • Aruba • Dutch Caribbean i

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“where simplicity is a style in itself and indulgence is guiltless” A gleaming architectural gem in the heart of Old San Juan. An exquisite alternative to conventional accommodations. Discover this loving restoration of Spanish Colonial architecture and design, blending a distinctive, contemporary character while conveying the spirit of the Old World.

www.elconvento.com

Located on the city’s bayfront the Garraway Hotel affords easy access to the city’s main shopping areas and other historic sites. Offering a choice of rooms with either an ocean or panoramic view of Dominica’s lush mountains.

www.garrawayhotel.com

Port Antonio ChArm with A ConsCienCe An environmentally-friendly setting providing intimate luxury boutique accommodations at a moderate price. Close to both town and beach and a short drive from the waterfalls, forests & botanical gardens that distinguishes the North-East coast of Jamaica.

www.hotelmockingbirdhill.com

Welcome to The Inn aT englIsh harbour elegant and exclusive, The Inn blends into the perfect balance of a Colonial style building with luxurious and contemporary comfort. Ideally located on the captivating southern coast of antigua, The Inn combines picturesque beauty and historic legend in an intimate boutique resort.

www.theinn.ag


CARIBBEAN bird of paradise offers ChanCe to reserve at 2010 rates

Travelers are being given the opportunity to take advantage of 2010 rates prior to a July 1, 2011, price increase at Anguilla’s Bird of Paradise, with 2010 prices applied to reservations made now for travel now through 2012. The Caribbean islands are taking an economic hit like other countries around the world, and having to take measures to balance budgets. In Anguilla, all hotels and villas will now have a six-percent “stabilization levy” imposed on all wages. Real estate taxes increased by 150 percent. On this 35-square-mile island where almost everything needs to be imported, duties that normally would be 26 percent are now 31 percent. Many tourists don’t realize that the hotels and villas pay a marketing levy for every guest. These fees doubled this past year. New taxes have been levied on communications

and fuel, the latter increasing the cost of electricity and water. Owners of the Bird of Paradise villa have made a conscious effort to keep rates low to ensure the villa is occupied frequently so the staff could earn a good living and work exclusively for the Bird of Paradise. Owner Melody Dill says clients and travel agents actually ask, “Why are the rates so low? What’s wrong?” since the Bird is priced way below other high-end villas on the island. Repeatedly ranked as one of the top villas in the world and recently recognized by Conde’ Nast, the Bird of Paradise is, indeed, a bargain. However, with increasing taxes and fees, the Bird will be forced to raise rates six percent as of July 1. Any reservations received for the remainder of the year or through 2012 will be at the current 2010 rates as long as the reservation is made by July 1, 2011. The Bird of Paradise offers families, groups, couples and honeymooners exclusive use of the villa. Two pools perched above a perfect crescent beach, four master suites and multiple living and dining areas offer lots of room to socialize as well as private space. Pricing for stays can include everything from an all-inclusive rate with chef and meals, 24-hour concierge, in-villa spa treatments, and daily housekeeping to a basic rate with few services. bird of paradise, anguillabird@yahoo.com, www.anguillabird.com

summer fun and 40% savinGs at bolonGo bay beaCh resort, usvi Bolongo Bay Beach Resort is celebrating a big birthday with big savings for travelers. The St. Thomas resort’s famous Iggies Beach Bar is turning 21, and invites adults 21 and up for fun in the sun all summer long with more than 40 percent savings. Available May 1 through August 31, 2011, Bolongo Bay’s Iggies 21st Birthday travel deal includes the following features: five nights in an Oceanview room, with the fifth night for $21; third and fourth adult in the room stay free; a welcome cocktail to start the party early; a complimentary bottle of Cruzan Rum in-room upon arrival; first meal (or cocktails) are on Bolongo with $21 in Iggies Bucks per person; and happy hour on the sea with a Sunset Cocktail Harbor Cruise on Bolongo’s own 53’ catamaran. This five-night package for four people is just $1,141, plus tax, service charge and energy surcharge. It adds up to less than $70 per person, per day. Plus, all guests enjoy complimentary non-motorized water sports, including paddle boards, Hobie Cats, kayaks, windsurfers, aqua tricycles, snorkel gear and more. From sailing, diving, snorkeling and a “snorkel booze hunt” during the day to live nightly entertainment, there’s always something fun to do at Bolongo Bay—even if it’s just lounging by the oceanfront pool or in a hammock on the beach. No passport is needed for US citizens to take this affordable summer vacation to the Caribbean. bolongo bay, 800-524-4746, www.bolongobay.com

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CARIBBEAN Grand Case beaCh Club introduCes upGraded website

malliouhana’s best-sellinG paCkaGes just Got better

The Grand Case Beach Club has just introduced a “new look” to its website, with a series of new photos, additional information about the oceanfront resort, the island, things to see and do, events, rates, and how to make a faster and easier reservation, according to General Manager Steve Wright. The new photos automatically change every several seconds, which create a moving image of the resort. There is also a link to the latest newsletter, which provides an update about the latest developments at the Grand Case Beach Club. The Grand Case Beach Club, located adjacent to Grand Case Village, the culinary capital of the island, has a wide range of amenities for its guests. These include a swimming pool; water sports and fitness centers; tennis court; island boutique; the Sunset Cafe, open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Happy Hour seven days a week; and the Boardwalk, which wraps around the hill overlooking the ocean and connects to the Sunset Cafe. Every unit is equipped with a full kitchen and a flat-screen satellite TV. Besides the website, reservations can be confirmed by email or by calling them toll-free. Grand Case beach Club, 800-340-3016, info@gcbc.com, www.grandcasebeachclub.com

Malliouhana’s Relax a Little Longer Package which offers two nights free for bookings of five nights in an Ocean View Double has been expanded to include complimentary Continental breakfast daily, free WiFi, a welcome bottle of wine and 15-percent spa savings on any selected treatments. The rate for the seven nights including the two complimentary nights is $2,550 ppdo plus tax and service. The Friends and Family package which provides Two Ocean View Doubles for a party of four for five nights for $3,210 has been expanded to include Continental breakfast daily, free WiFi, welcome bottle of wine and 15-percent savings on any spa treatment all at no additional cost. Perched on a bluff overlooking the ocean, the picturesque 55-room Malliouhana Hotel & Spa is owner managed by Leon and Nigel Roydon. The Malliouhana Hotel & Spa is a member of Leading Hotels of the World and is the only hotel in the Caribbean to be named Best Hotel for Food in the 2010 and 2011 Gold List by Condé Nast Traveller UK. malliouhana hotel & spa, 800-835-0796, reservations@malliouhana.com, www.malliouhana.com

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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Contemporary guestrooms and suites, each with private balcony Beautiful private beach Popular kids programs

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Exhilarating water park Nightly live entertainment Award-winning Executive Chef 15 minutes from MBJ Airport

Also available at the oceanfront resort is the championship Cinnamon Hill Golf Course and full-service Soothe Spa.

Montego Bay, Jamaica RoseHallResort.com For inquiries e-mail Semone Clarke, at SClarke@LuxuryResorts.com

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sushi, sake and sunsets at hyatt reGenCy trinidad One might not expect to savor sushi rolls, makimono and temaki while watching the sun set over the gulf, but guests at Hyatt Regency Trinidad, one of the region’s premier business and meetings hotels, can do just that. The hotel’s sushi bar serves up the island’s best Japanese cuisine. “We attract a varied local and international clientele and we anticipated that the sushi bar would be a great addition to the hotel’s offerings, appealing to both first-time and experienced sushi diners,” said Russell George, general manager at Hyatt Regency Trinidad. Sushi Chef Joel Del Castillo is trained in Japanese cuisine and sharpened his skills while working in Japan. Chef Joel and his team, together with Executive Chef Franco, serve up a variety of sushi on the menu, including a wide selection both for the novice and the well-seasoned sushi diner. New sushi rolls on the menu include the Super California, the Caribbean Cream Dream and the Ultimate Dragon alongside favorites such as the hotel’s own Trinidad Roll. Sashimi options on the menu range from Maguro (red tuna) to Tako (octopus). Other offerings include Makimono, Nigiri and Temaki. Guests looking for a sake cocktail to accompany their meal can select from choices such as the Sake Sunset, combining sake, orange, lemon and grenadine; the Bonsai, with sake, midori, Malibu, pineapple and Blue Curacao or the simple Saketini with sake and Grey Goose vodka. The sushi bar is located next to the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Trinidad and is open from 5:30 to 10:30 pm. hyatt regency trinidad, 800-233-1234, www.trinidad.hyatt.com; hyatt regency, www.hyatt.com www.travelworldnews.com • Travel World News


b e l i z e Your own piece of Paradise

Located on the lush, green banks of the Belize Olde River – the entrance into the Caribbean Sea and classic Flats fishing. This beautiful historic mahogany lodge sits amidst an abundant tropical setting.

b 2 b e x c h a n g e A romantic wedding, honeymoon, anniversary or just a getaway from the crowds, a spell of renewal or a stepping stone to adventure. Only twelve rooms situated in landscaped gardens, on a private beach and hiding the only bird sanctuary on the island. Stay with us and be at peace with nature.

www.cahalpech.com

The closest mainland property to the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere offers unparalleled access to some of the best scuba diving, snorkeling and fishing in the world. Explore Mayan ruins, canoe or kayak on a jungle river, birding in the rainforest, or relax in in a hammock on the beach. Private five-star Belize villas offer the ultimate luxury oceanfront in a lush tropical paradise.

The first fishing lodge built in Belize specializes in the very best saltwater fishing in all of Belize.

www.belizeriverlodge.com

We are located in the heart of Caye Caulker, the center of many of the island’s restaurants, shops, markets, dive and snorkel shops. Caye Caulker Plaza Hotel not only boasts of its perfect location but also the magnificent 360 degree view that all guests can enjoy on our roof top terrace. At the Caye Caulker Plaza Hotel your stay is simply relaxing!

www. cayecaulkerplazahotel.com

www.hopkinsbayresort.com

Snorkeling, scuba diving and outstanding fishing at some of the top lodges in the country of Belize, on the world’s second-longest barrier reef. In addition we operate exciting reef and rainforest packages which combines the best Belize has to offer for nature enthusiasts and adventure-seekers alike.

www.cayeresorts.com

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Our perception of treating you as ‘Our Guest’ is far beyond ‘customer satisfaction’ Our Mission is to provide an exceptional and memorable hospitality experience, in spectacular surroundings, by delivering quality service in an atmosphere of comfort, openness and friendship.

www.islandmagicbelize.com

Surrounded by a multitude of exotic attractions – a rare place where tranquility meets adventure. Surrounded by a multitude of exotic attractions while enjoying the breath-taking beauty of the emerald seas, palm trees and tropical breezes. Enjoy either the simple pleasures or exciting adventures of life in paradise. Our natural attractions will enchant you. Our mixture of cultures will captivate you.

Mother Nature’s best kept Secret!

www.costamayareef.com


LATIN AMERICA BElizE’s Chaa CrEEk BECkoNs BoomErs aNd GraNdkids with BarGaiNs

day tour and a half-day tour on non-transfer days; the four-night adventure, a choice of two full-day tours and a half-day tour on non-transfer days; and the five-night package a choice of two fullday tours and a half-day tour on non-transfer days. Families can also customize packages with a selection of optional tours and activities. The Chaa Creek Summer Family Adventure Package runs from June to September 2011 and bookings are now being accepted. the lodge at Chaa Creek, 877-709-8708, reservations@chaacreek.com, www.chaacreek.com

GraNd CariBE BElizE rEsort aNd CoNdomiNiUms Now iN FUll swiNG

When The Who sang “I Hope I Die Before I Get Old,” they obviously weren’t thinking about spending time in a tropical paradise with their kids and grandkids. There’s no better way to bring postwar progeny and their families closer together, according to the two traveling baby-boomer founders of The Lodge at Chaa Creek in Belize. Proprietor and GM Lucy Fleming said that the idea came out of her own experiences. “I realized that as we mature our growing families become more and more important, but finding the time to experience things together becomes increasingly difficult, especially in this age of social networking, X Boxes, television and all the other technological distractions. “Sometimes you just want to get away from it all and spend real quality time to catch up with your loved ones, to take walks, explore new things together, share an adventure or just have the space to relax and talk,” she said. Chaa Creek’s all-inclusive Belize Summer Family Adventure Vacation Package offers discounts that increase with the size of the family groups. A group of four adults receives a 10-percent package discount. Six adults get 15 percent, and eight or more attract 20 percent off the entire holiday. All packages include roundtrip transfers from Belize International Airport or Belize City; a visit to the Belize Zoo during transfer on arrival or departure; beautiful thatched-roof cottage accommodations; full breakfast, lunch and dinner; government taxes; gratuities to Chaa Creek staff; guided visits to the Natural History Museum, Butterfly Farm, and Maya Medicinal Plant Trail; canoeing on the Macal River; and guided early-morning bird watching. Besides the aforementioned and unlimited onsite activities, the three-night Family Summer Adventure offers a choice of one full26 • JUNE 2011

The start of 2011 saw a completed Grand Caribe Belize Resort and Condominiums. Located two miles north of San Pedro in Ambergris, the resort with all its amenities is now in full swing. With 35 full-time employees and 100-percent occupancy during the Christmas season its first year, the young resort is successfully making a name for itself. It’s currently ranked Number 3 of 27 Specialty Lodging on Ambergris Caye, according to TripAdvisor. Accommodations consist of eight individual buildings in a semicircle with 500 feet of white sand beach facing the Caribbean Sea and the world’s second largest barrier reef. Each condo has a panoramic view of the turquoise water and is just steps from the ocean. Of 75 privately owned units designed for personal and vacation use, 45 are currently in the rental program. Each spacious unit is individually owned and uniquely furnished with everything guests need to feel at home. Every condo has a fully equipped kitchen and each bedroom has its own bath. The luxury of each unit ranging from one to four bedrooms is perfectly accented by the luxury amenities on-site: three pools, a docking pier, gift shop, conference room, a bar and grill, and the beautiful beach. Grand Caribe’s concierge is available to help guests get where they want to go and find what they need. Tours are her specialty. Some of her newest are adventure packages— a Reef, Ruin and Rainforest Package for $575 pp and an Adventure Sea and Spa Package at $625 pp—both based on the seven-night package that includes two nights free, and a fabulous Beneath the Sea Photo Dive Package priced at $620 pp ($535 for two or more). This program consists of three days of two-tank dives along the second largest reef and largest living barrier reef in the world, with photos taken of the diver in the underwater world. Package prices do not include accommodations. Grand Caribe offers two special deals for the Winter and Summer season: Stay for four days while paying for only three, or stay for seven days and pay for just five. Caribe Belize resort and Condominiums, 800-488-5903, reservations@grandcaribebelize.com, www.grandcaribebelize.com www.travelworldnews.com • Travel World News


LATIN AMERICA maya oF BElizE PaCkaGE From ChaBil mar rEsort aN UNForGEttaBlE ExPEriENCE

iaN aNdErsoN’s CavEs BraNCh JUNGlE lodGE iNtrodUCEs lUxUry trEE hoUsEs

What, do you suppose, is the significance of the upcoming end of the 5,126-year, Maya “Long Count” calendar in December of 2012? And what of the Maya currently living in Belize? Chabil Mar Resort in Placencia is the ideal launching point for Mayan adventure. Sandy beaches, a virgin mangrove–fringed lagoon, coral–studded islands, nearby jungle rivers and pristine rainforest, combined with Garifuna, Creole and Maya cultures and ancient ruins make Placencia perfect for the adventure-loving Maya enthusiast. Seven days of Maya exploration takes in visits to the Maya Center Museum at the 128,000-acre Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary; archeological sites; and Maya villages and family homes where guests learn Maya farming techniques, crafts, food, cooking, and traditional medicine. The Maya Culture, Education and Adventure Package includes roundtrip airfare between Belize City International and Placencia; airport transfers; six nights luxury villa accommodations of choice at Chabil Mar; a traditional Chabil Mar guest greeting of cool lemonade, vase of flowers and Belizean chocolates, along with the comfort of one’s lounging robe; a professionally-licensed, knowledgeable and hand-selected tour guide; six breakfasts at Chabil Mar, four lunches on tour and five dinners at Chabil Mar; three one–half days of golf cart use; Maya Center Museum Maya History Seminar, music and dance demonstrations; Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve Tour at Maya Center; Lim Ni Punit archeological tour; visits to families in Blue Creek and Indian Creek; taxes and service charges; and all fees related to entrances to public grounds and family visits, where applicable. The package is priced from $2,140 per person, with a minimum two persons (maximum eight persons per week). Chabil mar resort, 866-417-2377, info@chabilmarvillas.com, www.chabilmar.com

Ian Anderson’s Caves Branch Jungle Lodge is announcing the addition of new boutique chic tree houses nestled within the canopy on a hillside 200 ft above the turquoise waters of Caves Branch River. Luxuriously perched high above the river, guests can experience the spectacular sights and sounds of the rain forest as they soothe their muscles from the day’s adventures, enjoying evening wine in their rooftop soak tub. Located in a privately owned 50,000-acre estate, Ian Anderson’s Caves Branch specializes in adventure travel and exploration of the ancient Mayan world. The new boutique chic tree houses are designed to provide a unique and luxurious experience, while still allowing guests to enjoy rugged adventurous expeditions in a setting unlike anywhere. Ian Anderson’s Caves Branch offers a wide variety of adventurous tours ranging from the extreme Black Hole Drop (rappelling); rock climbing up through cascading waterfalls while hundreds of feet underground, to exploring Belize’s Mayan underworld of river caves; or inner tubing up to seven miles underground with only headlamps lighting the way past spectacular crystal formations that sparkle like diamonds, to some of Belize’s best bird watching and ancient Mayan ruin tours. So, those looking for an adventurous vacation in a stylish atmosphere filled with much wonder and excitement, will find the Belize Tree Houses at Ian Anderson’s Caves Branch Jungle Lodge a perfect choice. The tree houses are fully screened to provide complete separation from the jungle critters, but still allow the visitor to hear and experience the surrounding jungle sensations. While the jungle is front and center, guests are pampered so the rooms have electric lights and fans, hot and cold water and a stunning view of the Mayan mountains in canopy rooms, and the turquoise water of the Caves Branch River in river view rooms. ian anderson’s Caves Branch Jungle lodge, 888-332-4268, info@belizetreehouses.com, www.belizetreehouses.com

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Geographic Snorkeler, Canopy and Zip Line Tours will sponsor a Snorkel Treasure Hunt, Dixon Golf and Hacienda Pinilla a Green Golf Tournament, and the first-ever EcoPhoto Challenge, sponsored by EcoGuides and Dive PhotoGuide, will give away a nationwide EcoTour and winning photograph in EcoGuide Costa Rica and Dive Photo Guide. Ecoweek Costa rica, www.ecoweekcostarica.com

Costa riCa to host witia aNNUal EdUCatioNal toUr

Costa Rica has long been known not only as the most peaceful nation in Central America—it has no military—but as the most ecofriendly as well. As the world’s second most sought-after eco-destination after the Amazon, its diverse environment offers rainforests, volcanic mountains, plains and powdery beaches. Costa Rica (the “rich coast”) is home to five percent of the world’s biodiversity, with 12 climate zones and close to 27 weather patterns. Its abundant wildlife includes 850 species of birds and 220 species of reptiles, plus many other rare species. There are flowers and plants in Costa Rica not found anywhere else. To celebrate all this, EcoGroupCosta Rica has organized an event August 13–20 called EcoWeek Costa Rica, with assorted activities throughout its seven provinces. Trips have been designed highlighting the best of the country at special prices, and agents will receive top commission when selling any EcoWeek package. Kicking off the event will be Green Living Fair at the Pedregal Events Center in San Jose, with everything from green products, organic food, coffee and cocoa, to eco-resorts and adventure tours. Other attractions will be the Children’s Eco and Recycle Art Display, medical tourism presentations, and a showcase of wellness, spa and beauty facilities as well as green communities featuring developers and homebuilders in green certified construction. San Jose will also host the country’s first State of the Oceans Summit, sponsored by the Ocean Realm Society and Rainforest Alliance. In the area of La Fortuna, home to the famous and active Arenal volcano, there will be yoga and meditation, wellness and alternative medicines activities, as well as spa, hot springs and mud bath programs. The southern Pacific town of Uvita will see a Rainforest Alliance and National Geographic Snorkeler-sponsored ECOsta Rica Kids program—with fun like snorkeling, canopy tours and zip lining, while learning about the nation’s biodiversity. The Guanacaste area, known worldwide for a hundred miles of majestic Pacific Ocean vistas, will host a variety of activities. National 28 • JUNE 2011

Costa Rica has been selected as the destination for the 2011 WITIA Educational to be held from October 16–22. The annual gathering unites WITIA members hailing from six continents for networking opportunities, the annual general meeting of the Alliance, and enriching cultural experiences expertly crafted by this year’s WITIA host member, George Duffy, owner of Worldwide Ecolodges. Costa Rica is widely acknowledged as the worldwide leader in sustainable tourism, maintaining the delicate balance between improving the country’s economy by opening its rich biodiversity to tourism and carefully preserving its delicate ecosystems and natural wonders for present and future generations. WITIA continues to champion efforts to increase education on this topic to their global member network. This year’s itinerary begins with a look into the maw of an active volcano, visits to authentic village markets, and guided explorations of flora and fauna through biodiverse Manuel Antonio National Park. As participants get their proverbial feet wet, they’ll progress to walking tours around the famed Arenal Volcano, electrifying meanders high above the forest floor as they explore the canopy via hanging suspension bridges, and a soothing experience in the natural mineral waters of the Ecotermales (Hot Springs). A farewell dinner gala will include an informative session with special guest speaker Federico Solano of the Rainforest Alliance, sharing points on Best Practices in Sustainability—practices adopted by every supplier on the itinerary. Registrants pay $1,260 ppdo covering six nights accommodations, airport transfers, welcome reception, daily breakfast, various tours throughout the regions in a private air-conditioned coach with English-speaking guide, and some additional meals. Unique optional tour extensions that allow for more specialized explorations in the Costa Rican rainforest, or further south to Panama are also being offered at attractive prices. WITIA seeks to link tourism professionals, male and female, in locations all over the world. Presently represented in 25 countries, the organization communicates with monthly electronic newsletters to a database of over 2,600 tourism professionals. Each member has an entire profile page on the WITIA website accessible to all other members. witia (women in tourism international alliance), president@witia.org, www.witia.org/costa-rica-educational2011-program/page/117/, www.witia.org www.travelworldnews.com • Travel World News


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surrounded by lush nature, a rainforest with hundreds of exotic birds, wild animals and tropical vegetation of Costa Rica. This lodge offers a unique view of the Arenal Volcano and Arenal Lake. This cozy mountain inn, with its breathtaking scenery is the ideal setting for weddings, honeymoons or other special celebration. A wide range of outdoor activities making it a worthwhile destination for your travel itinerary.

The Calypso herself has been retired to another route to make way for the Manta Raya, built especially to satisfy every request made by passengers over the years. Her catamaran design gives guests a chance to lie between the twin bows and know how leaping dolphins feel swimming the ocean. She’s everything a generation of passengers has asked for.

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Alamo rent a Car focuses on its customer-oriented philosophy. on a vacation travel or on a business trip, Alamo exceeds the needs of the traveler, with services and products exclusively designed to make each trip to Costa rica more productive and comfortable.

A Corcovado National Park Tour is a wonderful experience! Whale watch and dolphin watch in Drake Bay and around Cano Island, or perhaps a beautiful boat ride to visit the Cano Island to enjoy world class snorkeling there are diverse possibilities for the tropical vacation lover.

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“I had the good fortune to charter the Sea Lady & Wild Dog. I have fished many areas around the world by many methods. These two charters are at the top of the ‘Best Times’ in my life adventures. Special thanks to the skipper of the Sea Lady. He’s definitely a cut above the rest.”

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Located on a point of land at sea level with cabins facing the ocean and the jungle river at the back door. Excellent swimming and kayaking just steps away, as well as many hiking trails and miles of beaches for jogging. Tour packages reasonably priced and customized – for all ages. Families and school groups available from 3 days to 10 days.

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The adventure begins on a ride through open fields into a unique world where the splendor of the rainforest fills the senses. www.rara-avis.com

Nestled in the misty cloud forest of Monteverde, El Establo offers the best quality services for an unforgettable experience. Spectacular view, heated indoor pool, spa, restaurants, sports, hiking trails and canopy tour and much more... with the most charming staff.

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Located in Playa Hermosa de Jaco, on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Playa Hermosa Beach is one of the most popular Costa Rica surfing beaches. There is also a wildlife refuge for the Olive Pacific Ridley Turtle. The perfect place to just relax and enjoy the quiet easygoing peace of this unique area.

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Located in the quaint town of San Juan Del Sur, Pelican Eyes Resort, one of Nicaragua’s finest resorts, has joined the LMG portfolio. Nicaragua is one of Central America’s fastest growing “emerging” markets. The destination offers a vast variety of activities, which includes visiting colonial towns, sand boarding on the Volcano, fabulous surfing, horseback riding on remote beaches, fishing, zip lining, sailing and boating trips along the Pacific coast, and much more. A trip to Nicaragua and Pelican Eyes Resort will undoubtedly offer clients an incredible vacation at a great value. The Spanish-inspired resort features panoramic views of the beautiful bay from its public space and accommodations. There are 70 accommodations set on a hillside, ranging from over-sized hotel rooms to homes that can easily sleep six. Casas include fully equipped kitchens, dining and living room areas, large open terraces and sweeping ocean views. All guests can also enjoy three swimming pools, two restaurants and bars, a spa with three treatment rooms, and other resort amenities. Ideal for destination weddings, family reunions and small corporate/incentive groups. Guests can stay five nights and pay for just four with their fabulous Summer Escape Package, priced at just $895 per couple (Deluxe Habitacion) and $1,490 per family of four (two-bedroom Casa), excluding 17-percent Nicaragua taxes. The package includes five nights in an Ocean View room (kingsize bed), a welcome amenity, breakfast daily, a zip line excursion, dinner for two or four (family package) with a bottle of wine, a couple massage (one 50-minute massage per person) or 30 minutes pp for family package. Rates are commissionable at 10 percent to all qualified travel agents. The package is not combinable with other offers. Additional packages are available. Agents should contact Evelyn St. Germain for group rates. league marketing Group, lmginc@earthlink.net (Germain), www.leaguemarketinggroup.com; Pelican Eyes resort, www.pelicaneyesresort.com

On December 21, 2012, the ancient Maya Long Count Calendar will complete a 5,125-year cycle. There are various interpretations of this transition; 2012 may mark the beginning of a new era, the end of the world or a similar catastrophe. The modern Maya, on the whole, haven’t attached much significance to the date and the classical sources on the subject are scarce and contradictory, suggesting there is little if any universal agreement among them about what, if anything, the date might mean. Regardless of the theory subscribed to, we can be certain that the onset of 2012 will mark a heightened awareness of the ancient Maya civilization and modern Maya culture. An air of mystery will continue to build around the Maya as is already evident in the ever-increasing amount of attention this calendar event is generating worldwide. For this reason, Viaventure has designed a special itinerary with many important elements of the ancient and living Maya culture in Guatemala and Copan (Honduras) included. If the itinerary is booked before the end of June 2011 for dates in 2012 outside of Peak Season, travelers will receive a 10-percent discount. The itinerary follows: (Day 1) Arrival. Transfer to Colonial Antigua. Overnight Antigua 2N; (Day 2) Architecture & History Tour in Antigua. Free afternoon; (Day 3) AGAIG Fairly Traded Coffee & Jade Workshop and transfer to Lake Atitlan. Overnight Lake Atitlan 2N; (Day 4) Lake Tour, visit San Juan & Santiago; (Day 5) Chichicastenango Market. Overnight Antigua 1N; (Day 6) Transfer to Copan (Honduras). Overnight Copan 2N; (Day 7) Copan & Bird Park; (Day 8) Transfer to Rio Dulce. Overnight Livingston 1N; (Day 9) Yaxha Sunset. Overnight Tikal area 1N; (Day 10) Uaxactun Site & Camp in the Middle of Jungle. Overnight Campsite 1N; (Day 11) Tikal Tour. Flight to Guatemala City. Overnight Guatemala City 1N; and (Day 12) Transfer out. viaventure, www.viaventure.com

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LATIN AMERICA mExitoUrs oFFErs travElErs thE iNtriGUiNG aNd attraCtivE iN EvEr-PoPUlar mExiCo Mexico City for the first time set an economic record with the number of tourists it attracted at Easter 2011 (beating the beach resorts), with average 60-percent occupation, and in the historical center it reached 90 percent, reported Tourism Minister Alejandro Rojas Díaz Duran, announcing a working group with representatives from the private sector to analyze the usefulness of “bringing the Tianguis Turistico to Mexico City.” The 10 most popular tourist spots in Mexico are places where Mexitours can offer accommodation, tours, transportation, and more: 1– Cancun is the most important tourist destination in Mexico and one of the most recognized worldwide. It is located in the state of Quintana Roo, in the region of the Yucatan Peninsula. 2– Acapulco is famous for being one of the most important beach destinations in Mexico. It is located on the Pacific Coast, about 245 miles from Mexico City. 3– Los Cabos is one of the most beautiful destinations in Mexico. During the winter, visitors might witness one of the most beautiful natural phenomena occurring on the coast of Mexico: the courtship, mating and birth of gray whales in Magdalena Bay. 4– Mexico City is the oldest metropolis on the American continent and has two areas designated as World Heritage by UNESCO: the main square “Zocalo,” decorated with beautiful historical and religious buildings such as the Metropolitan Cathedral; one of the most important architectural monuments, the National Palace, in whose courtyard is found the spectacular Diego Rivera murals created in his vision of Mexico’s history. And the Xochimilco Ecological Park, considered by many as the “Venice of Mexico” for its beautiful canals. 5– Oaxaca is one of the most beautiful colonial cities in the country, declared world cultural heritage. Along with the rest of the Central Valley, these are the most important tourist centers in the state. 6– Manzanillo is one of the most beautiful beach destinations in the country. It is known as the “Sailfish Capital of the World” since important national and international fishing annual fishing tournaments have been hosted there since 1957. 7– Veracruz is the country’s largest port. A variety of tourist services are offered in the State of Veracruz, manifested in four segments of interest—Sun & Beach, Adventure and Eco-Tourism, Culture, and Business—forming a wide, diversified market. 8– Puerto Vallarta is located on Banderas Bay, the second largest in the Americas, around 218 miles from Guadalajara. Among its many attractions is Playa Mismaloya where they filmed the movie “The Night of the Iguana” in 1963. 9– Monterrey, also known as “The City of Mountains,” is the capital of Nuevo León and one of the three major cities of the country. 10– Guadalajara is the capital of Jalisco and the second most populated city in Mexico. Its temperature range is around 52–79 degrees, and it is considered one of the country’s three major cities. Its charming homes are symbols of Mexican culture. mexitours, www.mexitours.com.mx Travel World News • www.travelworldnews.com

siNGlE sUPPlEmENt waivEd For sUmmEr at lUxE all-iNClUsivE vElas rEsorts From June 1 through August 31, the luxury all-inclusive Velas Resorts at three top beach destinations are waiving the single supplement fee for single parents traveling with their children. Special offers for children range from two children stay & eat free (Velas Vallarta) to $75 per child, per night at the Grand Velas resorts. VIP hotel–airport transportation and late checkout are also included as part of the package at Velas Vallarta. Grand Velas Riviera Maya also includes a guided tour of the property’s eco cenotes, private transport from Cancun Airport to the hotel and Croco-Cun Zoo tour per person per stay. All-inclusive rates range from $190 per night at Velas Vallarta Suite Resort in Puerto Vallarta to $320 at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit and $550 at Grand Velas Riviera Maya. Ages of children qualifying vary by resort and in all cases the rate is based on sharing the suite with their parent. Minimum night and other restrictions apply depending on the resort. All resorts feature a complimentary kids club with activities ranging from planting trees and flowers and learning about the environment to beading in the style of the Huichol Indians and baking with the pastry chef. Kids can also enjoy water sports and spa treatments. Evenings bring quality entertainment, perfect for family bonding which can include Mexican folkloric night with live music and native arts and crafts and magic and clown shows. velas resorts, 888-323-4294, www.velasresorts.com

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My Exclusive Journeys is offering a Peru trip in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Machu Picchu’s discovery in 1911 by American explorer Hiram Bingham. A Centennial Festival will be broadcast worldwide July 7. Some 500 million are expected to view the opening ceremony via satellite, where Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa will speak. Among those attending will be 10 of Bingham’s grandchildren. Even Yale University, which has harbored 350 artifacts excavated from the site, is returning them to Peru to honor the momentous occasion. My Exclusive Journeys can tailor a Machu Picchu Centennial Tour to include the mystic site, colonial Cuzco, shopping in indigenous markets and explorations of the nearby Sacred Valley. Rates for a five-day trip beginning in Lima begin at $1,892 ppdo. Price includes airport assistance in Lima; return flight to Cuzco; airport transfers; three nights in Cuzco at Monasterio Hotel; private Cuzco and surrounding ruins tour; daily hotel breakfast; Private Pisac Tour (an indigenous market, visit to Ollantaytambo fortress and lunch at a historic hacienda); return train ride aboard Vistadome to Machu Picchu; a night’s accommodation at Inkaterra Machu Picchu; one lunch and dinner in Machu Picchu; guided visit to Machu Picchu citadel; a leisure walk and Twilight Walk. my Exclusive Journeys, 888-334-6905, ms@myexclusivejourneys.com, www.myexclusivejourneys.com

Hotel Las Torres is located in one of the most beautiful and breathtaking locations in the world—the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, whose vast and varied resources make for exciting exploration. All-inclusive packages allow guests to experience the untamed Patagonia region feeling the freedom of the pampas and beauty of the mountains without any concerns. Passionate, knowledgeable guides lead the travelers through their adventure, telling them about local history and special stories as well as important details about the deep relation people have with their amazing geography. At Cerro Negro Ranch, where Antonio Kusanovic (founder of the Hotel) grew up, guests become part of the authentic daily activities of the ranch, including shearing demonstrations and dog shepherding, and they are treated to a real Patagonian lamb roast. Every horseback tour always includes the company of a baqueano to ensure safety. Baqueanos work in the hotel and are striking personalities. Most of them have been taught since childhood to ride and trust instincts of horses. Transportation within and outside the park is included and is in small groups of a maximum of eight. This has been found to be the ideal number to meet people and maintain the necessary privacy to fully enjoy the adventure. Excursions are in either cars, trekking or on horses. Visitors need only pick their preference, interest or capacity. Inside comforts include sauna and herbal baths, Jacuzzi and fireplace lounges. All the meals in the Hotel are included, plus open bar for drinks, wine or juice. hotel las torres, www.lastorres.com

soNEsta hotEls iN PErU wElComE visitors iN CElEBratory yEar For PErU In this, the centennial anniversary year of the discovery of Machu Picchu, travelers will be drawn to Peru to see and celebrate this captivating archeological wonder whose mystery has enchanted many since its discovery in 1911. In the heart of the ancient Inca and Spanish Colonial capital of Cusco, the 22-room Sonesta Posadas del Inca is a train ride from Machu Picchu, an ideal home base for exploring the famous icon as well as the many fascinating artifacts and archeological structures from the ancients that are present in Peru. There are seven upscale Sonesta Hotels in Peru. Besides the Sonesta Posadas del Inca Cusco, there’s also the Sonesta Hotel Cusco, and those located in Arequipa, Puno (Lake Titicaca), Lima, Miraflores, and Yucay. The individual architecture of each is designed to reflect its special location within Peru. Sonesta hotels are tastefully designed to blend with the environment, with the goal of having every detail make a lasting impression. From the structure to the staff, whose focused and friendly care make memorable stays for every guest, the products and services of Sonesta Hotels express the best of Peruvian hospitality. sonesta Peru hotels, www.sonesta.com 32 • JUNE 2011

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Visit the North of the Chilean Patagonia on modern speed boats that will allow you to get to the San Rafael glacier in a day and live an unforgettable experience. You will be able to rest at the Loberías Del Sur Hotel and enjoy its well known cuisine and cozy rooms.

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This magical ‘city of roses’ – Puerto Varas is located in a natural setting formed by Lake Llanquihue and the Osorno volcano. A wealth of attractions, most notably health spas and a paradise for fly fishing, mountain climbing, skiing, golf, water sports, horseback riding to hunting deer.

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An eco-luxury retreat and private preserve that comprises more than eight thousand pristine acres of millenary forests and six miles of imposing South Pacific coast. We strive to create long lasting and unforgettable memories delivering the simple pleasures of life with a caring and personal touch, all this in one of the most remarkable and intact settings on the earth; Patagonia.

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The Atmosphere caught the attention of famed fly-fishermen, whale watchers and media from all over the world. They heartily endorsed the innovative approach and its ability to fulfill the demanding requirements and high-end standards of specialty tourism.

Experience the Andean Lakes and Volcanes, an area that contains two important national parks: Nahuel Huapi in Argentina and Vicente Pérez Rosales on the Chilean side, two examples of how nature has preserved this veritable paradise on earth.

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We offer our guests exclusive adventures and experiences, in a most extraordinary location: the Chilean Patagonia.

Culture and Chilean identity, captured in every corner right in the heart of downtown Santiago. Hotel Galerías invites you to experience friendly service, while enjoying a true slice of Chile in every facet of the hotel.

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“Wanting to see this momentum continue and also knowing from firsthand experience how precious and remarkable the islands are, we are offering free roundtrip airfares between Quito and the Galapagos—a saving of $450 per person,” continues Forster. The free airfare is offered on Goway’s best selling vessels—the Coral I and II, Beluga and the Legend. A copy of Goway’s Latin America Travel Planner is available by calling them toll-free or by email contact. Goway, 888-469 2955, info@goway.com, www.goway.com/brochure, www.goway.com

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Most people know of Charles Darwin as the man who “put Galápagos on the map.” But not everyone knows the curious circumstances that brought him to these islands. His ship, HMS Beagle, had been sent to South America on important business, and its brief stop in the Galapagos Islands on the homeward-bound journey happened almost as an afterthought—and almost didn’t happen at all. Metropolitan Touring is presenting a special “Darwin and Friends” expedition cruise which, in addition to its regular program of island visits, will offer a series of illustrated lectures on the life and times of the man who changed the views of the natural world and humanity’s place within it. Guests will also have a look at some of the explorers who got there first, including a British buccaneer who coined the expression “sub-species” a century before Darwin’s birth. John Woram is the author of ten books. He has traveled extensively in South America, including frequent visits (at last count, 20) to the Galapagos Islands and to Tierra del Fuego. His interest in the human and cartographic history of these places eventually led him to design and build a website on the subject and to write Charles Darwin Slept Here: Tales of Human History at World’s End. This was followed by his Here Be Giants: Travelers’ Tales from the Land of the Patagons. metropolitan touring, www.metropolitan-touring.com; (woram site) www.galapagos.to

Goway oFFErs FrEE airFarE to thE GalaPaGos Goway Travel, specialist wholesaler for long-haul destinations, has announced a new promotion that offers free airfare to the Galapagos Islands. According to Don Forster, Product Manager for Goway’s Latin America Division, “2010 was another big year for the Galapagos and Goway, and 2011 has begun just as strongly, if not stronger. The ongoing awareness of the islands’ fragility, uniqueness and close link to evolution keeps the Galapagos at the top of the “must see” list.” 34 • JUNE 2011

On the flank of Ecuador’s Mojanda mountain range, overlooking often-snowcapped Cotacachi, is Las Palmeras Inn, sister hotel of Hacienda Cusin, and its new guest cottage, Casa Acacia. Casa Acacia’s four, double guest rooms, each with bathrooms, can be used as two, inter-linked, double-bedroom family suites. All four rooms have kiva-style, log-burning fireplaces and views of the mountain range. Acacia’s wide, columned patio corridor over-looking landscaped gardens, is moments away from the hotel’s restaurant. The bustle of Otavalo’s markets is fifteen minutes downhill. Las Palmeras Inn and Quito’s airports are both north of congested Quito city. Travelers can save time by taking a direct transfer to Las Palmeras. Help with reservations and an airport transfer is available by contacting Paulina at Las Palmeras. las Palmeras inn, palmeras@cusin.com.ec, www.laspalmerasinn.com; hacienda Cusin, www.haciendacusin.com

viPaC PErU iNtrodUCEs iNsidEr JoUrNEys’ oUt-oF-thE-ordiNary ExPEriENCEs VIPAC Peru, a prestigious and reliable tour organization in Peru, has recently launched its exclusive Insider Journeys, a collection of unique experiences for travelers that will make their trip to this amazing country even more enjoyable. These programs offer a wide range of possibilities combining specialized private guiding, accurate accommodation selection and a touch of particular interests. From a gastronomical tour to taste the flavors of this country to a relaxed program to clean soul and spirit or a romantic tour highly recommended for couples and honeymooners, Insider Journeys consists of several excellent choices that make easy solutions for discovering the land of the Incas in one’s own style. Included in the long list this special collection offers are rich tours that offer a variety of experiences, all detailed on the website’s Insider Journeys page. There’s something colorful and creative to appeal to any and everyone’s special interests and preferences. These tours are marked by VIPAC Peru’s famous personalized service, with representatives and private vehicles, experienced guides and intervention specialists, a special selection of properties for flexibility with each program and more. viPaC Peru, www.vipacperu.com www.travelworldnews.com • Travel World News


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A true wilderness experience. Since our first trip down the Main Salmon, we continue to provide quality wilderness adventures into pristine areas – instilling a love of the wilderness and a keen sense of fun and adventure in those who travel with us. Some of the finest wilderness rivers in America, including the Owyhee, Jarbidge Bruneau, Tatshenshini, and Flathead Rivers – and adventure-style trips through the most incredible canyons in Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Alaska and Canada. We look forward to sharing it with you.

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for the fourth consecutive year, austin-lehman adventures (ala) is seeing mid-double-digit growth in 3G (three generations of same family) trips, both in preset, small-group and custom departures. seventy-five percent of its custom exclusives are 3G bookings, most requesting national park trips, an ala specialty. “our Yellowstone national park family adventures are sold out for 2011 and we’re now taking bookings for 2012,” said dan austin, founder and owner. he added that family programs to other national parks such as Yosemite, Glacier, bryce & Zion and Grand teton still offer good space this season. ala believes 18 people (with six guests per one guide) is preferred maximum for a family trip—big enough to allow interaction between multiple families, yet small enough for personalized attention. they try to match up three or four like-minded families with children of similar ages on the same departure. flexibility is key. austin cites a montana trip where guides spontaneously set up an easy half-day horseback ride for grandparents who otherwise would have sat on the porch as younger family members did an intensive hike. summer break teachers experienced in working with young children make excellent guides, says austin. their team offers kid-size mountain bikes and even tag-along kiddy carriers on all trips and new high tech electric bikes on all european trips. the itinerary should allow parents quiet time for dining or socializing if desired, knowing children are cared for, fed and entertained. ala’s Yellowstone programs end at chico hot springs resort where adults dine by candlelight while kids have pizza by the pool. 3G trips have recently been identified as top trends by mainstream companies like Virtuoso and american express travel. U.s. travel association finds 30 percent of Us adult leisure travelers vacation with children or grandchildren along. tripadvisor reported 92 percent of families with children surveyed last year planned to travel in 2011, up from 88 percent last year. with a five-percent increase predicted in international travel by families this year, austin-lehman is also developing family-focused programs abroad. Austin-Lehman Adventures, 800-575-1540, info@austinlehman.com, www.austinlehman.com 36 • JUNE 2011

GrANdpArENts pAckAGE cELEbrAtEs boomErs tUrNiNG 65 At ‘bEyoNd ALL-iNcLUsivE, bEyoNd ALL compArE’ in celebration of baby boomers turning 65 this year, grandparents stay for just $65 per night at the “beyond all-inclusive, beyond all compare” Velas resorts in puerto Vallarta, riviera maya and riviera nayarit. the Grandparents packages also feature spa rituals, discounted golf, professional portrait, airport transportation, up to $500 in resort credits, and exclusive activities with the resort’s family reunion coordinator. a guided tour of the property’s cenotes (sacred mayan wells) and a trip to riviera maya’s renowned Xcaret nature park where families can swim in underground rivers, snorkel, snuba and see the butterfly pavilion and coral reef aquarium are also included at Grand Velas riviera maya. the Velas resorts’ all-inclusive rates include luxury suite accommodations, a la carte gourmet meals at a variety of specialty restaurants, premium branded beverages, 24-hour in-suite service, fitness center, nightly entertainment and more. packages start at $200 ppdo through december 22 at Velas Vallarta, $344 ppdo at Grand Velas riviera nayarit through december 18 and $439 ppdo through december 19th at Grand Velas riviera maya. two grandparents are complimentary at Velas Vallarta. one grandparent pays just $65 per night at both Grand Velas resorts. four suites must be booked for a minimum three-night stay to qualify. package components vary based on resort. children rates start at $75 per night. velas resorts, 888-323-2776, www.velasresorts.com

GrEEN hoNEymooN drEAms At pArAdor rEsort & spA, costA ricA Just You and me…and a fourth night free. luxurious and ecofriendly parador resort & spa in punta Quepos, costa rica, perched above the shimmering pacific ocean, awaits green honeymooners. rejoice—this costa rican gem is deeply committed to sustainability and green practices. its new Just You and me honeymoon package woos with a fourth night free, plus all the trimmings: ocean view suite, daily buffet breakfast, private gourmet dinner, couples massage at pacifica spa, herbal steam, welcome gifts and more. package starts at $375 ppdo, taxes included. even though the opportunities for adventure are endless with manuel antonio national park nearby, some couples may never leave their scintillating ocean view suite at parador resort & spa. enveloped in lush rainforest, each suite features a large serene bedroom with pillow-top king-size bed. spacious living area comes replete with sleeper sofa, 42” plasma tV, stocked mini-bar and i-pod dock. the Just You and me honeymoon package at parador resort & spa also includes daily free transportation to manuel antonio park, teeming with vibrant wildlife; 10 percent off any treatments at the pacifica spa; and a welcome cocktail and fruit basket. parador resort & spa, 877-506-1414, www.hotelparador.com www.travelworldnews.com • Travel World News


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discover france adventures, the leaders and specialists in france for cycling and hiking tours, has announced that groups of four or more can now enjoy group discounts on self-guided cycling tours that heretofore were only available to groups of 10 or more. the amount of savings increases with the group size. for example, on the self Guided provence Vineyards & lavender tour, the posted per person rate is around $1,909 (accommodations in european category threeand four-star hotels). if four persons book and travel together, a discount of approximately $78 per person is possible, adding up to a group savings of about $320. this offer is valid for bookings through october 31 for the 2011 season only. loren siekman, managing director, said the impetus to provide these discounts reflects the increase in inter-generational travel. the self-guided, open scheduling option has been well received by the public. discover france adventures has been organizing bicycle and hiking tours since 1994 and has offices in the Us and france. discover france adventures award-winning tours are made up of their unique self guided tours and competitively priced guided tours. discover france Adventures, 800-960-2221, contact@discoverfrance.com, www.discoverfrance.com

10% GroUp discoUNt oN bUrGUNdy hoLidAy With frELoN’s fAbULoUs frANcE Groups of eight or more who book a bespoke holiday in burgundy with frelon’s fabulous france receive a 10-percent discount, saving up to $334 pp off the engaging itinerary. Guests at the meticulously restored, 400-year-old ‘la ferme de la lochere’ are immersed in burgundy, from professional culinary instruction onsite to private wine tastings and insider access to stimulating venues in the surrounding wine country. optional master classes and excursions range from a full day of bread making in dijon to golf at chateau de chailly, an 18-hole course set in the rolling countryside. reduced prices for the seven-day holiday range from $2,474 to $3,005 ppdo; pricing at time of booking is calculated using current market conversion value. host katherine frelon, provides fascinating hands-on cooking demonstrations. Guests enjoy insider access to the abbey of fontenay, wine tastings at renowned vineyards of the cote de beaune and cote de nuits, a privately guided tour of the opulent hospice de beaune, and lunch at michelin-starred le charlemagne. there are tours of the Vineyard of flavigny, ; lunch at michelin-starred restauTravel World News • www.travelworldnews.com

rants bernard loiseau; visits to colorful dijon markets; and trips to the medieval village of chateauneuf-en-auxois. Visits to a chocolatier and a local cheesemaker were recently added. optional excursions, ranging from a hot air balloon ride accompanied by a bottle of champagne to a cooking demonstration with award-winning chef laurent peugeot at michelin-starred le charlemagne, start at only $142. rates include accommodation; all meals prepared on the property; culinary instruction and ingredients; transfers to and from the montbard train station; attractions specified in the itinerary; set menus designed with seasonal ingredients by the head chef at both michelin restaurants, with wines selected by the sommelier; and a complimentary cookbook from the host. frelon’s fabulous france, www.frelonsfabulousfrance.com

GoWAy’s NEW brochUrEs iNvitE trAvELErs to GEt ActivE Goway travel is launching a new range of adventure product in their 2011/12 downUnder brochure, in response to an amazing demand for adventure travel, soft to extreme, in australia and new Zealand. the section offers the best adventure options in australia and new Zealand ranging from 1–365 days in length. one featured product is a 10-day rock n top between alice springs and darwin (from $1,445) that includes a local guide, all transportation, accommodation, the majority of meals, and more. or 4wd safaris through the outback, ranging from 2–14 days— with Uluru, kings canyon, kata tjuta, palm Valley, katherine Gorge, kakadu national park, litchfield national park, mary river and more, priced from $1,445. a great option for backpackers or someone wanting total freedom in an itinerary is hop on…hop off passes (similar to eurail) on a private backpacker network throughout new Zealand, from $60 to $1,375 depending on region and valid for 12 months of travel. australia’s popular east coast presents awesome natural attractions, golden beaches and pristine waterways. from sydney to cairns, the island suntanner is the perfect holiday to kick back, relax and enjoy the ride, priced from $1,975. Goway also offers deluxe options such as four-star deluxe small Group touring in the northern territory, south australia, western australia and new Zealand from $114 per day, or the famous kingfisher bay resort—three- and four-day fraser island adventure, whale watching or romance packages at this four-star eco resort (from $425). besides Goway’s downunder, agents can now find destination-specific adventure travel ideas in africaexperts (africa and the middle east), asia (india, se asia, orient) and latin america (central/south america and antarctica). Goway’s adventure division, adventuresincorporated, also produces a composite catalogue titled “the world’s best adventures” that feature all their recommended adventures around the world including europe for 18–30 somethings. Goway, 800-387-8850, 888-469-2944 (brochures), info@goway.com, www.goway.com/brochure, www.goway.com JUNE 2011 •

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there is nothing like the 14th of July in france. european waterways’ special all-inclusive cruise departing on July 10 will give passengers the chance to celebrate bastille day as they sip champagne while watching the world-renowned fireworks display from the deck of luxury eight-passsenger hotel barge anjodi. during the week, the fully crewed anjodi will take passengers along the peaceful canal du midi in the south of france, cruising from le somail to bram in the days leading up to the big event. also during the cruise, there will be visits to the medieval fortified city of carcassonne, and the charming rural town of castelnaudary to explore its lively markets offering delicious local produce. this special summer cruise offers the perfect blend of excitement and tranquility. Up to eight passengers can enjoy this experience, staying in one of four charming cabins, each air-conditioned and with en-suite facilities. or a party can charter the whole barge for a family celebration or reunion. prices for a six-night cruise in 2011 aboard anjodi start from $4,190 for an individual booking and $29,500 for a full boat charter. European Waterways, 877-879-8808 or 800-394-8630, www.gobarging.com

WELL-bEiNG trAvEL ExEc spEAks At EUropEAN mEdicAL trAvEL coNfErENcE “this is an incredibly exciting time for medical travel. the consumer demand is strong—and it’s growing rapidly year over year. now is the time for the medical and travel industries to come together to service what may well be a $100-billion global market by 2012,” said anne marie moebes, executive Vice president of wellbeing travel. moebes spoke at the april european medical travel conference 2011 in barcelona. the event drew over 400 participants and 40 exhibitors from around the world to exchange ideas and develop new initiatives for the fast-growing medical travel niche. key healthcare providers, doctors and politicians engaged in lively discussions during the event about how to enter the medical tourism market, attract patients and provide medical solutions that conform to the highest international standards. moebes added, “just as you are the experts in managing the medical side for patient travelers, you allow us to handle the travel side of their experience. the bottom line is that anyone can book an air38 • JUNE 2011

line ticket and a hotel stay. but it takes years of expertise and contacts to make the entire travel experience run smoothly, to know for instance how to book refundable airline tickets, or to know to arrange with the hotel concierge in advance to pick up the patient traveler at the airport.” well-being travel was launched last year by american marketing Group, inc. as the go-to resource for medical tourism, bringing together the medical and travel industries in a breakthrough partnership. the global organization provides the relationships, technology, marketing, networking and educational opportunities to help agents get in on the ground floor of this rapidly growing niche. its alliance with companion Global healthcare provides an instant relationship for agents who are part of the american marketing Group agency groups (travelsavers, nest, twin, or the affluent traveler collection) to become credible sources to handle the medical travel needs of their clients. well-being travel will soon be offering medical travel packages including air and hotel. and, the company has already begun planning a medical expo that will bring together the medical industry and destinations around the globe in an expanded partnership. travelsavers, www.travelsavers.com

soUth AfricAN cUisiNE hiGhLiGhts AfricA toUrs’ cULiNAry sAfAris home to some of the world’s famous masters of culinary creations, south africa is every food lover’s dream. Unique dishes have appeared, from the time of the khoisan, its first hunter-gatherers, to the black people who introduced agriculture, and later the dutch, english, German and portuguese immigrants. slaves from india and malaysia brought curry and other spicy flavorings, and portuguese explorers added fish dishes and peri-peri to the melting pot. in 2010, africa tour introduced new culinary safaris to the province of kwaZulu-natal. flavours of kZn offers ethnic food unique to the province paired with fantastic wines. travelers enjoy a gastronomic cultural adventure as they travel kZn’s length and breadth. packages can be tailor-made to suit a desire, be it beach, berg, bush or battlefields. flavours of kZn offers culinary tour packages with adventure and activities, either self-guided or guided. Guided options might include a trip to the mountains for a magical night under the african stars; a visit to the battlefield sites; experiencing the big 5 in game reserves and protected areas; tiger fishing at pongola; eco-tourism, cultural and artistic experiences; beach lodge activities including kayaking, walking, forest and scuba diving; city tours; ethnic, traditional cooking courses; and community cultural tours. culinary safaris is a unique opportunity to explore african food, beverages, culture and perhaps a hands-on cooking experience. the real highlight is the hands-on informal cooking session/demo that takes place in a local family’s home in the township, before sitting back, chatting, relaxing and enjoying a typical meal with the hosts—a perfect way to experience warm, local hospitality. Africa tour, www.africatour.co.za www.travelworldnews.com • Travel World News


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sita world tours, in association with apta (the association for the promotion of tourism to africa), kenya airways and air botswana, hosted a travel agent seminar in april. the successful dinner and presentation was held at the dupage club in oakbrook terrance, illinois, with almost 60 preferred agents in attendance. kenya airways provided roundtrip airfare for two from london to nairobi as the evening’s door prize. bradley brennan, business development manager for sita, led the presentation, which included an in-depth overview of travel in kenya and botswana. he said, “we’re seeing great interest in our africa tours and we want to make sure agents are aware of the scope of options in africa as well as the diversity of products we offer in budget, mid-range and luxury african tours. we are very excited about opening new areas and itineraries to our clients, including the moremi Game reserve in botswana. this is one of the most awe-inspiring locations on the african continent.” the presentation was designed to answer the “most-asked questions” with information that included climate, geography, history and indigenous people. brennan showcased the highlights as well as all the basic need-to-know travel information such as entry requirements, what to pack and health precautions. with over seven decades of experience, sita world tours is one of north america’s most reputable tour operators. recognized for its highly experienced staff and customized programs, sita was named by national Geographic traveler as one of “five top tour operators” in the publication’s “20th anniversary edition.” besides being a preferred tour operator to africa (kenya, tanzania, egypt, south africa, Uganda, rwanda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, botswana, namibia, tunisia, morocco, Jordan, the Uae and madagascar), sita also provides value-priced, luxury scheduled-departure and customized tours to exotic destinations worldwide, including asia, india, australia & new Zealand and south america. sitA World tours, 800-421-5643 (x2006), www.sitatours.com

12%-pLUs commissioNs EAsiEr thAN EvEr With sAAv’s NEW pArtNEr portAL ANd NEW pAckAGEs south african airways Vacations (saaV) has launched a new travel partner portal that will make earning 12 percent and higher commission easily accessible to agents throughout north america, with a wealth of knowledge available in a few clicks. agents will be able to view commission structure plus agency bonus incentive program, booking forms, an image gallery and promotions. itineraries can be downloaded and customized with the partner’s information to be forwarded to a client. two exciting new packages have been introduced. the “Jack hanna shamwari safari with one&only” features nine days following in Jungle Jack hanna’s footsteps, paired with a luxurious stay at one&only cape town, starting at just $4,025 ppdo (plus taxes/fees). the trip includes four nights at the chic and urban one&only cape town (bed-and-breakfast basis) and three nights at the exclusive shamwari private Game reserve, for a behind-thescenes Jack hanna safaris experience. benefits will include exclusive use of safari land rover with a private “Jack hanna” guide for game drives, white rhino tracking on Travel World News • www.travelworldnews.com

foot, cheetah tracking on foot, leopard telemetric tracking plus equipment demonstration, exclusive involvement in the ranger training program, a ranger who was involved with Jack hanna during his filming visit, meals and transfers, and a saa Vacations meet and greet. the nine-day “sensational south africa” trip beginning in Johannesburg’s exclusive saxon boutique hotel, and including the classically luxurious lion sands ivory lodge for safari, and the one&only cape town, starts at just $5,899 ppdo (plus taxes/fees). this package includes one night at the ultra-luxurious saxon boutique hotel, Villas & spa on a bed-and-breakfast basis; three nights at famed lion sands river lodge for a classic safari, with meals and game drives included’ three nights at the glamorous one&only cape town on a bed-and-breakfast basis; and transfers and meet and greet from saa Vacations personnel. prices are valid for travel september 1–30, 2011, with the same itinerary available at higher prices during other travel periods. both packages include international and african domestic flights on south african airways. sAA vacations (sAAv), 855-fLy-sAAv (359-7228), bookings@flysaavacations.com, www.flysaavacations.com JUNE 2011 •39


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travelspan Vacations along with its sister company amral’s travel is presenting their annual diwali tour to india, october 15–28, 2011. participants will visit mumbai, Jaipur, agra, mathura, Vrindavan, haridwar, rishikesh and new delhi. departing new York, the group will be whisked away to the hustle and bustle of mumbai, the home of bollywood. painted in pink, Jaipur, the princely city of rajasthan dotted with forts, palaces, heritage hotels and monuments, will be the next stop. agra, the eternal city of love, and visits to fatehpursikri, built by emperor akbar, follow. stops in mathura and Vrindavan (brajbhoomi) will be spiritually awakening. aarti on the banks of the Ganges at haridwar and rishikesh and an evening boat ride will leave the onlooker in awe. the last leg of the tour and the grand diwali celebrations with fireworks, gifts, an impressive and elaborate dinner and sweets galore will be staged in new delhi. participants will also have the opportunity to shop there and visit the renowned mother theresa orphanage. interested persons can also take advantage of an optional one-week extension to visit south india: puttparthy, bangalore and mysore. international and domestic airfare, exclusive four- and five-star hotel accommodations, meals, ground transportation, tour guides, monument entrance fees and entertainment are included in the allinclusive package. travelspan’s previous diwali tour in october 2010 was highly successful. participants hailed from Guyana, trinidad & tobago and the Us. in addition to the annual diwali tour, travelspan offers a variety of customizable packages to india. Groups can vary in size, and passengers are given the opportunity to choose dates convenient to them. some of the customizable tours offered are the Golden triangle tour (delhi, Jaipur & agra), north india tour, rajasthan & Goa tour, north india & nepal tour, temples of south india tour and the recently added, sufi shrines tour (new delhi, roorkee, chandigarh, ajmer, Jaipur, agra, and fatehpur sikri). interested persons may contact any travelspan office in new York, Guyana or trinidad. travelspan offers discounted airfares and vacation packages to the caribbean, india, europe, Guyana and trinidad & tobago. travelspan, www.travelspan.com 40 • JUNE 2011

viAvENtUrE hAs JULy ANd AUGUst fAmiLy pAckAGE At 10% discoUNt Viaventure has put together a belize package at 10-percent discount for summer break travel in July and august if booked before the end of June 2011. the eight-day/seven-night Jungle & beach family package features three days at chaa creek, with a canoe trip, horseback ride or mountain biking, two nature walks or a half-day jungle walk, natural history center & butterfly farm, and a sunset canoe trip. Guests may add another activity at additional cost, like a visit to barton creek or actun tunichil muknal cave, or a maya site such as Xunantunich or caracol. other highlights are a visit to the famous belize Zoo, the best introduction to the animals of belize, and a hol chan & shark ray alley half-day snorkel trip. hol chan is a natural break on the barrier reef where ocean depth ranges from three to 30 feet. breathtaking marine life is seen here and a huge coral garden, with flourishing stag horn corals and sea fans. shark ray alley is a shallow water snorkel where guests enjoy swimming with harmless nurse sharks and southern stingrays. this is a famous snorkel trip and a “must do” in belize. viaventure, info@viaventure.com, www.viaventure.com

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these days it’s getting more and more difficult to keep customers from booking their travel with otas on the web or with the hotels direct. the ‘better deal’ misconception tends to overshadow the benefits of working with a travel professional, and people often end up sacrificing not only service and expertise, but cost savings as well. in the case of selling dive travel, expertise is key. a professional dive travel wholesaler can make an agent look like a “rock star” to diving customers, even when faced with questions like “what’s the viz like?” or “can i get 36-percent nitrox?” the ability to provide clients with this level of expertise through one phone call to a professional dive travel wholesaler will make customers think twice about booking anywhere else. caradonna worldwide dive adventures has been a leading dive travel wholesaler for over 25 years with specialists who have traveled worldwide in search of the best dive resorts, dive operations and liveaboards dive yachts. their extensive product line is fully commissionable at 10 percent to agents and can be customized to client content. caradonna worldwide dive adventures is also the only Ustoa-bonded dive travel wholesaler offering Ustoa’s $1 million travelers assistance program ensuring that a client’s money is not only well spent, but secure. the next time a customer asks if they can book a dive vacation, the easy answer is “Yes, of course!” in fact, agents should ask their customers if they happen to be divers—if they are, and the destination they’re interested in visiting offers diving, agent perception will no doubt be greatly appreciated and possibly get more than a hotel and air booking. custom packages can be offered for all diving levels in over 65 destinations worldwide. and since divers often travel with their nondiving friends and families, there are plenty of vacation options to satisfy everyone’s needs. caradonna’s 2011 dive travel Guides are available by email or toll-free contact. the 2011 dive travel Guide is downloadable by selecting “brochure” in the upper right corner of the website. this 100-page full-color catalog of the world’s best dive resorts, dive operations, and liveaboard dive yachts will provide hundreds of diving options for clients, and one call does it. caradonna Worldwide dive Adventures, 800-328-2288, sales@caradonna.com, www.caradonna.com 42 • JUNE 2011

domiNicA’s ANNUAL divE fEst is JULy 8–17 preparations are underway for the caribbean’s longest running diving festival—dominica’s 18th annual dive fest—scheduled for July 8–17, 2011. experienced and beginner divers alike will flock to the island for one of the most fascinating dive experiences. dominica is rated as one of the top 10 dive locations in the world, with a variety of dive sites that feature dramatic walls and pinnacles, pristine reefs and champagne snorkeling. dive fest educates divers about the sport of scuba diving and helps raise awareness about dominica’s stunning and unique marine environment. there are a number of diving sessions for both adults and children throughout dive fest. many activities are free or at reduced rates. dive fest also offers activities for non-divers, including whale watching, a children’s treasure hunt, beach parties and the annual kubuli carib canoe race. the pinnacle event is the soufriere kubuli beach party July 17. hotels, resorts and dive operators across the island have great dive packages during dive fest and beyond. discover dominica Authority, 866-522-4057, www.discoverdominica.com; dive fest, www.dominica.dm/site/divefest.cfm

divE cENtEr siLbErstEiN’s GrEAt divE ExpEriENcEs With GALExtUr dive center silberstein organizes unique underwater adventures in one of the last natural paradises on earth—the Galapagos, its dive sites ranking among the best worldwide. beginner or advanced, any diver can discover this incredible underwater world with dive center silberstein. aside from daily dive excursions with two dives each, padi dive courses are offered, from open water diver to dive master. professional bilingual guides authorized and certified by the Galapagos national park lead the diver to sites where one is surrounded by local and pelagic, often large-sized animals. the center now operates with a predetermined itinerary exposing the great diversity of the Galapagos marine reserve. each dive spot is unique: santa fe, visited mondays, is with its mild currents ideal for beginners. tuesdays the team heads toward floreana and a visit to champions, known for its coral-covered walls, barracudas, white-tipped reef sharks and sea turtles. nearby is enderby, a partially eroded volcano where one can see sea lions, and cleaning stations for sharks and turtles. wednesdays and sundays guests go to a famous site known for hammerheads and sea lions: plazas and Gordon rocks. numerous crevices and caves are experienced here. thursdays, it’s mosquera and daphne minor, with many varieties large and small and fascinating underwater pinnacles. on fridays, seymour and the channel of itabaca offer four different dive sites—some with walls and caves, others sandy bottoms. hammerheads, white-tipped and Galapagos sharks are common here. saturday diving is along bartolome and cousin rocks, famous for the largest sea horses in the world. Galextur, www.galextur.com www.travelworldnews.com • Travel World News


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while off the beaten track, roatán in the honduras bay islands is no longer a deep caribbean secret kept only by a few scuba divers and ocean sailors. with over 800,000 cruise ship guest visits in 2010, more than double that of costa rica according to the bulletin of tourism statistics in central america, the secret is out. roatán is fast becoming the vacation destination of choice for anyone looking to chill out on an exotic caribbean island. beaches range from the vast white sand of popular west bay to the secluded clothing-optional coves of paya bay. accommodations are just as varied; there are condos, beach shacks, resorts and house rentals to match any taste or budget. fun things to do are everywhere. with an extensive and healthy coral reef system, scuba diving and snorkeling justly reign as major attractions but there’s enough fishing, sailing, kayaking, hiking, zip lines, horseback riding, shopping and dining to keep anyone entertained. and with the completion pete dye’s 18-hole black pearl last april, no one even needs to miss tee time. with change comes opportunity, and both local and international investors are jumping on the wagon. when cruise ships are in harbor, the road to mahogany bay is nose to tail with taxis offering tourist transportation. the familiar signs of wendy’s, applebees, and ace hardware are set back in modern shopping plazas and some of the big boxes have plans in the works or construction already underway. co-co view responds but bigger is not always better. roatán has plenty of small attractive properties adapting to the “new tourist” deluge. coco View resort, a dedicated scuba resort long famous for its extensive coral walls and snorkel reefs right out the front door, has recently stopped accepting cruise ship and day guests. “with strangers always on our beach and at the bar, and with our facilities in constant demand, we were afraid we wouldn’t feel like coco View anyTravel World News • www.travelworldnews.com

more,” said mitch karlson, its manager. for a small, friendly resort with one of the highest repeat guest rates in the caribbean, that image is important. so rather than open the cash register to walk-in traffic and the fast cash that comes with it, coco View opted out. (though for those who’ve been through their dive orientation or are a scuba professional, exceptions can be made.) instead, coco View enhanced their existing programs to make them more appealing to the new generation of island visitor. the old hardcore diver will be right at home, but casual divers and non-divers fit in just as comfortably. changes include rescheduling the boat launch to the main road, a five-minute ride, to operate on demand allowing guests to visit zip lines and other tourist attractions at will. two weeks, July 9–23, offer dedicated snorkel boats with special itineraries for those that need a little handholding or prefer to do their underwater explorations from the surface. free instruction, snorkel gear, fish identification and island lectures will be offered and dockside dive center will discount scuba certifications for those who decide to take the plunge. coco View is also hosting a University of alabama internship program in which graduate marine biology students conduct research and give evening presentations regarding their studies, and emmy winner, stan waterman, will be guest host december 11–18. all this is free to coco View guests. more information is available about roatán, the honduras bay islands, mainland honduras tours, and other dive destinations worldwide, by contacting roatan charter toll-free as well as visiting their website. roatán charter, 800-282-8932, www.roatan.com

photo EdUcAtioN for divErs With stEphEN friNk ANd stUArt covE’s divE bAhAmAs divers will learn to shoot sharks like a pro when they join stephen frink and stuart cove in nassau november 13–18. frink is the most frequently published underwater photographer in the world, and co-host stuart cove is a world-famous shark wrangler. those who sign up for this special event will learn the secrets of shooting big animals and will be able to develop the photo skills necessary to get those ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ shots. this program consists of six days/five nights at the sheraton nassau beach resort with four days of world-class shark diving at stuart cove’s. a welcome breakfast and farewell dinner are included, as well as an event t-shirt. airport transfers are included also. the price, $2,854 single and $2,223 ppdo, includes taxes and gratuities. no experience is necessary for this chance to become a pro shooter. open to all skill levels with no experience necessary, this is a great chance to become a pro shooter. participants should bring their digital camera, laptop computer—and nerves of steel. space is limited, so early booking is advised. stuart cove’s, 800-879-9832, info@stuartcove.com, www.stuartcove.com JUNE 2011 •

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maduro dive fanta-seas is providing an opportunity to offer the Galapagos islands to select clients at a discount of 55–60 percent. packages are $1,299 for five days and $1,399 for six days, and include accommodations at the number-one rated properties on the Galapagos: the red mangrove lodges. included in the packages are all meals, excursions with english-speaking naturalist guides, diving with all equipment provided (except dive computers), snorkeling gear and service charges. low-cost airfares, pre- and post stays in ecuador and additional nights are also available. the offer is limited, so it’s important to take advantage of it soon. a special commission of 12 percent is available for these Galapagos packages. all special red mangrove Galapagos packages are detailed in the ‘last minute deals’ section of maduro’s website. known as an innovator in dive travel, maduro dive fanta-seas has been an arc-appointed travel company and member of asta for over 30 years. they offer a best rate Guarantee on all their dive travel packages to over 230 resorts and 51 dive liveaboard vessels in 78 destinations within 39 countries in the caribbean, micronesia, asia, latin america, mexico, south pacific and africa. all of maduro dive’s knowledgeable specialists are travel agents and certified divers. maduro dive fanta-seas, 800-327-6709, travelagent@maduro.com, www.madurodive.com/lastminute.aspx, www.madurodive.com

thE rEEf’s GrANd cAymAN divE vAcAtioN With mEALs stArts At JUst $865 whether vacation means diving down, digging in or drinking up, the reef has a deal for every scuba diver. the resort has released new meal plan options designed to satisfy each guest’s desires and budgets. Visitors can choose from a dive package that grants three meals a day and keeps the caybrew flowing, or one where divers can just grab a coffee and a muffin at the continental breakfast before hitting the dive boat. all of the reef’s dive packages include accommodations at the allbeachfront resort, continental breakfast, daily two-tank dives with red sail sports, a complementary sunset sail and 50 percent off 44 • JUNE 2011

one-tank night dives and 20 percent off the infamous stingray city dive for the less starved and more sober diver, all of the above for five nights and three days of diving start at $618 ppdo in a studio. to add three meals a day from a select menu and tap soft drinks, the five-night meal plan package starts at just $865 per diver. domestic alcoholic beverages can be added to the meal plan for an additional $75 per person. the reef’s deluxe all-inclusive plan will still be available to guests and divers alike who wish to enjoy a worry-free vacation with unlimited meals, unlimited top-shelf premium drinks, an hour of nonmotorized watersports, and even gratuities included. the reef’s summer season dive packages will fall under the reef and red sail sports’ guarantee to take divers out for every day of the pre-booked vacation, or else both accommodations and diving are free for the entire stay. Just 45 minutes from the airport, the reef is located on the secluded east end of Grand cayman. the reef, 888-232-0541, reservations@thereef.com, http://caymandivingresort.com, www.thereef.com

ExpLorEr vENtUrEs LivEAboArd diviNG fLEEt ANNoUNcEs NEW GroUp poLicy ANd moNthLy pAymENt pLAN Groups of 6 or more traveling on an explorer Ventures (eV) liveaboard now receive one free berth for every five paid (maximum of two free per charter). “this is not a special we are offering, this is new policy,” said clay mccardell, president of explorer Ventures. mccardell says that booking trends have shown that people are traveling in smaller groups and decided to make it more attractive for them to do so. it opens up great deals for families or small groups of friends traveling together and it makes it easier for sellers of dive travel to put groups together. “it’s working well for our clients and it’s working well for explorer Ventures,” mccardell said. not only has (eV) responded to smaller group trends, it has also responded to difficulties some find in meeting the “traditional” dive industry group payment terms which require an initial deposit followed by one or two sizeable interim deposits and then, the final payment. this new alternative Group payment plan developed by eV divides the initial deposit and all interim deposits into equal monthly payments, enabling groups to manage their cash flows better. for those who request it, eV has also waived credit card fees for monthly payments. from the initial reservation contact through the follow-up after the guest returns home, explorer Ventures delivers exceptional service and product quality, so it’s not surprising that 98 percent of eV guests would recommend them to a friend. the eV fleet is composed of liveaboard boats in five destinations including the southern bahamas, the turks & caicos islands, the northeastern caribbean (saba/st. kitts), the Galapagos islands and the maldives. Explorer ventures Liveaboard diving, 800-322-3577, www.explorerventures.com www.travelworldnews.com • Travel World News


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apt’s newest product offerings are escorted china vacations, each featuring a four-day cruise on the luxury 124-passenger vessel, the sanctuary ms Yangzi explorer. this boutique-sized ship offers 62 suites with private balconies and an exceptionally high level of service with a crew of 130. the 13-day imperial china package (from $5,095 pp person twin share) includes icon sites the forbidden city in beijing, one of the best-preserved parts of the Great wall, the mutianyu section, fourday Yangtze cruise, and the terracotta warriors at Xi’an, suzhou and shanghai. this tour offers an extension to Guilin and hong kong with a farewell dinner atop hong kong’s Victoria peak. the wonders of china package from beijing to shanghai (12 days, from $4,895) offers a hong kong extension making it a 14-day trip: the wonders of china with hong kong. these three new trips qualify for savings of up to $1,000 per couple ($800 per couple plus a $200 per couple discount for apt past travelers). the Guilin and hong kong extension added to imperial china becomes a 17-day trip (from $7,395) with a five-day cruise. this qualifies for savings up to $1,200 per couple ($1,000 per couple plus the $200 per couple past traveler discount). these offers are valid for new bookings received for travel to June 30, 2012 (savings must be asked for at time of booking.). no other discounts apply; offer is subject to availability. Apt (Australian pacific touring), 800-290-8687, reservations@aptouring.com, www.aptouring.com

ms AmAkAtAriNA dEbUts oN ‘rUssiAN WAtErWAys’ for AmAWAtErWAys amawaterways has introduced the newest addition to its awardwinning fleet, the 212-passenger ms amakatarina. completely redesigned and rebuilt starting from the hull, the vessel features outside balconies in 76 of her 106 staterooms, and suites ranging up to 432 sq ft in size. her inaugural itinerary on russia’s famed Volgabaltic waterway debuted may 10. the ms amakatarina’s staterooms feature a sitting area, bathroom with separate shower, refrigerator, hairdryer, safe and telephone (onboard communications). public areas include a panorama lounge, conference hall, and solarium and Gift shop. an american chef with extensive experience in russia will oversee 46 • JUNE 2011

dining. there are two separate dining venues onboard, including a beautiful main restaurant with panoramic views. complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks are served with dinner; bottled water is replenished in staterooms daily and specialty coffees are available throughout the day. the ship also features internet access; a fitness center on the sun deck; hairdresser and masseuse; elevator reaching all four decks plus an infirmary staffed by an onboard physician. Guests aboard the 12-day “russian waterways” itinerary between moscow and st. petersburg experience an unforgettable cruise into the heart of russia, from bustling moscow to the enchanting Golden ring cities of Uglich and Yaroslavl to the splendors of st. petersburg. highlights include visits to the kremlin, the hermitage museum, a day boat luncheon cruise on the moscow river; an exclusive ballet performance at the hermitage theatre plus a specially-arranged visit to the home of a local russian family in Uglich. during the cruise, guests enjoy onboard music performances and russian language classes, as well as lectures from experts on topics such as russia’s history, culture, art, politics and economy. AmaWaterways, 800-626-0126, www.amawaterways.com

ENchANtEd ExpEditioNs’ GALApAGos dEALs coNtiNUE ovEr sUmmEr moNths there is still some space available during June, July and august on enchanted expeditions’ superior first class Yacht beluga with weekly departures cruising the Galapagos islands. this is a fantastic opportunity too see this unique environment with the amenities of a top-class boat at extemely low prices that can include last-minute offers for as low as $2,600 pp (adult rate with airfare included) or even less if a shorter stay is chosen. for more pleasure, a Galapagos active vacation can be combined with an extension tour in the andes highlands or amazon rainforest. the andes highlands are a colorful explosion of indian markets, cultivated fields and well-preserved colonial architecture. the amazon tropical rainforests and the andean cloud forest are home to more than 1,626 species of birds and over 17,000 recorded plants, many endemic to this small and peaceful country on the pacific coast of south america. for cultural and ancient civilizations enthusiasts, man’s prehistoric archaelogical remains are excellent proof of the abundance of the country’s fertile soils and rich seas that have favored uncountable human settlements on this territory for thousands of years. the treasured Galapagos islands, one of the favorite nominees for the new 7 wonders of nature, are a must for people of all ages. enchanted expeditions (formerly angermeyer’s enchanted expeditions) will customize a tour according to a traveler’s main interests and priorities. the completely renovated motor/Yacht beluga, smart Voyager-certified, offers the highest standards of comfort and service, equipped with the ultimate and most modern safety systems and devices in compliance with solas and ism procedures. Enchanted Expeditions, monse@enchantedexpeditions.com, wendy@enchantedexpeditions.com, www.enchantedexpeditions.com www.travelworldnews.com • Travel World News


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the czech spa towns have ceremonially opened the new spa season with spring celebrations and pampering and spa treatments. this year marks the 200th anniversary of ludwig van beethoven’s visit to the spa town of teplice, and visitors may stay in his recently renovated room. clients looking for upscale amenities will appreciate a newly furnished imperial suite in the emperor’s spa. all visitors to teplice will receive, together with spa wafers, a souvenir of spa coffee made of south and central american roasted coffee beans exclusively for teplice. in karlovy Vary, the most famous czech spa town, visitors will get a chance to enjoy the old czech fair or porcelain celebration, taking place in front of the famous Grandhotel pupp. elizabeth baths named after the empress sisi, will celebrate its 105th anniversary this year. the spa will offer elizabeth’s bath with mineral water and a massage. the spa town of marianske lazne is reopening the renovated hotel maria spa courtyard, offering upscale accommodation along with a range of treatments that employ natural maria’s gas co2 and peat. the royal spa hotel will be offering special spa and wellness packages. czechtourism, www.czechtourism.com

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and herculaneum. there’s a two-night hotel stay in rome, complete with a tour exploring the architectural legacy of augustus. rome to rome (august 2) features the scenery and history of the mediterranean, from the splendors of imperial rome and picturesque corsica to the beauty of the french riviera. Guests will visit elba, avignon, arles, barcelona and florence. a two-night hotel stay in rome with a tour of augustus’ legacy is included. athens to cypress (october 29) explores castles of the southern mediterranean, the citadels of rhodes, minoan crete and roman turkey. the trip includes the kolossi castle in cyprus, mamure castle in turkey, and the walled city of the knights of st John at rhodes. Guests also visit knossos, the Greek theater at epidaurus, perge, the ruins of aspedos and the remarkable lycian tombs carved into the cliffs at fethiye in turkey. most itineraries are cruise-tours with pre-and/or post-cruise hotel stays in legendary mediterranean cities. cruise fares include all applicable transfers for purchasing full cruise-tour packages or Voyages to antiquity air for non-cruise-tour itineraries. Guest lecturers and speakers, including those from the prestigious archaeological institute of america, complement shore experiences with art, history and culture talks. regional foods and wines further enhance the experience. cruise fares from $3,795 include shore excursions with complimentary bottled water, gratuities to shipboard staff, wine, beer and soft drinks at dinner. Guests booking for 2012 by december 31 are eligible for free air from over 60 north american gateways. voyages to Antiquity, 877-398-1460, www.voyagestoantiquity.com

victoriA hoUsE for dEstiNAtioN WEddiNGs with belize named a top up-and-coming location for a destination wedding, Victoria house is ideal. it’s just a couple of miles south of san pedro on ambergris caye, the largest island off the coast of belize in the western caribbean. at Victoria house the ambiance is relaxation, privacy and barefoot elegance. stress-free planning starts at the Us-based reservations office and continues with on-site wedding coordinator Javier williams, who assists with every detail from the ceremony to legal requirements, flowers, photographer, reception and more. Victoria house offers a variety of guest room options—charming thatch-roof casitas, plantation-style rooms and suites and luxury beachfront and beach-view villas. their palmilla restaurant and admiral nelsons bar are known for outstanding offerings. Javier coordinates with the chef on the rehearsal and reception dinners and post-ceremony celebrations with wine and exquisite hors d’oeuvres. dinners can range from a sophisticated seated dinner to more relaxed buffet-style events. accolades from guests and awards from the international hospitality media such as conde nast traveler, conde nast Johansens and trip advisor encourage high standards, constantly maintained by the dedicated and experienced staff at Victoria house. victoria house, 800-247-5159, www.victoria-house.com JUNE 2011 •

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