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Personally, I am a fan of interesting tattoos. I know that is not necessarily a shared preference. Body art is not for everyone and please do note my preference: interesting tattoos. I have certainly been exposed, to use a phrase, to some very bad tattoos.
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AmaWaterways announced it has launched a wellness program onboard AmaLyra’s Paris & Normandy sailings. The program – led by “Sports Scientist” Selina Wank features four to six classes daily, including morning stretches, jogging, yoga, cardio and core strengthening and circuit training. Activities will be complemented by discussion groups with a focus on healthy eating and relaxation techniques.

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John_Gunning_pic_150John Gunning, Sales Manager for Down Under Answers and the three different brands within the company, goes in depth about his experiences in the travel industry, the beautiful places it has taken him, and what he has learned along the way.

Growing up on a small country property in central west New South Wales (Australia) who knew what lay ahead when I packed my bags and headed off to London in 1998. This was to be the beginning of my love and dedication to travel.

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How to Market your Blog like a Pro

Summer is a time for BBQ’s, triathlons and gardening. Think about the planning that goes into each of these fun summer activities.

Take the summer backyard BBQ for example; think of all the planning that goes into that party. Menu planning, grocery shopping and grass mowing are only the start. Doing these tasks in the right order keeps the budget in line and ensures you won’t have fresh cut grass in your glass.

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We figured there would be changes

Back in a November column, I said that under any new Presidential administration that we should expect changes that impacted the travel industry. It is inevitable, the only unknowns are how severely it will impact us and at what cost? And what do we need to do as an industry to handle any changes and fight those that are detrimental?

Since November, the two largest changes have been the ban on electronics entering the US in aircraft cabins and the most recent repeal of former President Obama’s relaxing of travel to Cuba. While the first is a major inconvenience; the second has to potential to do harm to our bottom line. So what to do? Read the rest of this entry »


The Classic Argument

The classic argument of who came first, the chicken or the egg, is most evident when discussing marketing and sales.

The marketing folks will say that without them the salesperson would not have any customers. The salespeople will say without them no one, including the marketing people, would have jobs. As a lifelong salesperson, I subscribe to the later theory.

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When Carnival Cruise Line recently announced their new EasyPay payment plan, my initial reaction was that they were coming up with yet more ways to make travel agents less valuable to cruise passengers. After learning more about it, I’m not as concerned.

For as long as I have been in the travel industry, travel agents have had the unique proposition of offering “payment plans” to their clients. Many travel agents liken it to a layaway plan.

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I spent most of May at an Ayurveda hospital in India, located on the grounds of a former resort and geared more to Westerners than domestic patients. Since medical tourism is a growing field and I’ve had so many friends in the industry ask me about my experience, I thought I should share a few thoughts about my sojourn at CGH Earth Ayurveda’s Kalari Rasayana.

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South African Airways (SAA), Africa’s most awarded airline, offers flights to more places in Southern Africa than any other airline. Together, SAA and their regional partners, South African Express, Mango, and Airlink, offer service to over 75 destinations throughout Africa. SAA’s route network means greater convenience, with thorough check-in and baggage handling, affordable fares, and a wider choice of flights for your clients traveling to, from, and within the African continent.

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Manchester, A Capital City of Culture

The recent appalling terrorism atrocity in Manchester has inspired me to increase my efforts to heighten awareness of this user-friendly northern gateway which is more accessible than ever before with non-stop flights from Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Newark, New York JFK, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington D.C

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Tip #15: Seek a Balanced Life

This is Tip #15 from my Special Report written for recent high school graduates. It is also relevant to most adults. (Make that all adults.)

The concept of balance is often overlooked when it comes to building a life worth talking about. Most people skip right over the topic thinking it is too obvious, too elementary, too mundane.

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The town of Tepoztlán is classified as a Pueblo Mágico: a place with natural beauty, cultural riches, and historical relevance. Hotel Posada Del Tepozteco, an old mansion-turned-hotel steep with ancestry and tradition, has been a staple in the community for over 60 years. A founding member of the elite group of hotels and restaurants known as the “Tesoros De México,” who are considered the gold standard for excellence in hospitality and cuisine, Hotel Posada Del Tepozteco provides its guests with an unforgettable experience. Read the rest of this entry »


steve_simao2Steve Simao, Vice President of Sales for Windstar Cruises, got his start working in Allentown, Pennsylvania working in operations at a local theme park, and has since been in the cruise industry for the last 20 years. An avid cruiser from a young age, he aspired to work within the Cruise industry. Graduating from Mansfield University with a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis on travel and tourism, Steve currently oversees both domestic and international sales for Windstar Cruises. In the past Steve has served as the Purser for the Holland America’s annual Grand World Voyage, quite an experience for the books. To learn more about Steve Simao, Windstar Cruises, and his role in the travel industry, continue on to his interview with Travel Research Online.

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The Silk Road was integral for centuries to cultural interaction through Eurasia, connecting the east and west, and stretching from the Korean peninsula all the way to the Mediterranean Sea. Consisting of several routes that travel through a variety of locations, the Silk Road has both historical and cultural significance while still offering an exciting, and enlightening, travel experience to visitors.

Thanks to ChinaTour, the supplier sponsor of this article, you won’t have to miss out on the many sights that wind through the routes of the Silk Road.

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Robin Mountain

Robin Mountain is the Owner and CEO of Ntaba African Safaris. Along with his wife Stella, Ntaba African Safaris works tirelessly to provide itineraries that go above and beyond the expectation of their clients. Robin has not only traveled extensively through Africa, but even summited Mount Kilimanjaro three times! Qualified and registered National South African Guide is another title Robin wears, and he personally accompanies the majority of the tours Ntaba African Safaris hosts. With a degree in Animal Science and a wealth of knowledge on wild animals and bird life, Robin Mountain knows Africa, from culture to languages to animals.

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The Yangtze River, which translates literally to “The Long River,” is the longest river in Asia, third longest in the world, and the longest river in the world to flow through just one country. More than just setting records, The Yangtze River plays a large role in the history, culture, and nature. Within The Yangtze River you find Shennong Stream, which  consists of three sections each with something unique to offer its visitors.

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