El Calafate sits near the bottom of the world, nestled near the southernmost point of Patagonia, Argentina. It is a wondrous place full of sights rarely seen anywhere else. From caves to glaciers to still, blue lakes—El Calafate is the nature lovers paradise. And, today, Aerolineas Argentinas wants you to know all about this magical place.
Tel Aviv, translated as ‘The Hill of Spring’, is a modern and fresh city in Israel. The city has a mix of beaches for relaxation and a vibrant, cosmopolitan cityscape. All of this, combined with its roots to Judaism creates a stark, yet familiar, connection to Jerusalem. Tel Aviv is chock full of cultural happenings, and Dan Hotels wants you know all about this great city.
Founded in 2017 by husband and wife duo Jeff and Gina Paglialonga, Teeming River Cruises has come a long way from its beginnings. Jeff and Gina are no strangers to the travel industry. These high school sweethearts have been traveling the world for years, having visited 6 of 7 continents and giving everyone in their family the gift of travel. This led them to create a river cruise company that caters to the passengers needs and explorations, a chance for travelers to customize how they want to spend their hard-earned vacation time.
Skagway is known to historians for the Klondike Goldrush, to bookophiles as the setting for Jack London’s Call of the Wild, and to travelers as a natural paradise to slow down and relax. Skagway is picturesque in its Alaskan beauty, and ShoreTrips wants you know all about it.
According to mythology Crete was the hiding place of Zeus as a newborn, brought by the goddess Rhea to be raised in peace. It’s easy to understand why the people thought this. Crete is a place where you can find beautiful beaches, ancient culture, and fulfilling cuisine. It’s an all-in-one island getaway with a link to thousands of years of history. Thanks to Cosmopolitan Travel Service, you’ll find out a bit more about this paradise.
Ronen Nissenbaum is the new President and CEO of Dan Hotels. He has rich and extensive background in the hotel industry in Israel and overseas. He has served as Vice President of Luxury Operations for Hilton Hotels, and was responsible for 15 hotels and three hotels in pre-opening stages. He has also served as the Managing Director of Waldorf-Astoria in New York, one of the most famous hotels in the world. In addition, Nissenbaum held a number of senior positions with InterContinental. And, three years opening Disneyland in Paris.
Starting as the first Spanish colony in South America, Cartegena is now a romantic and picturesque city full of life. It is known for its historic old town and colonial architecture, which sets it apart from the rest of Colombia. Today, Marnella Tours wants you to know all about this fantastic place.
With a new ship on the horizon, Saga Cruises is sailing into 2018 with class and style. For 65 years they have provided cruisers over 50 with an enjoyable experience to remember. It is a quintessentially British cruise line, with afternoon tea provided free of charge. Though, this doesn’t mean that others from around the world will not enjoy their serene routes.
Argentina’s most versatile airline, Aerolineas Argentinas, has been giving its customers excellent service since 1950. With those 67 years of experience and over 300 departures daily, they are the leading way to get around in Argentina.
Beaches are for relaxing, and letting the hours of work slide from your shoulders onto the soft sands. Progreso is the place where this will happen, and more. Progreso is not as grandiose of a tourist destination as Cancun, nor as crowded. It has maintained a smaller city feel. Thanks to ShoreTrips, you can learn all about the ins-and-outs of Progreso.
Todd Neuman serves as the Executive Vice President for South African Airways in North America. Based at the carrier’s North American Regional Office in Plantation (Fort Lauderdale), Florida. He oversees the commercial operations for South African Airways, including sales, marketing, and corporate communications. Neuman began his career with South African Airways in 2006, as vice president of sales, responsible for passenger sales strategies and business development.
An airline industry veteran with more than 30 years’ experience, Neuman has held senior management positions with World Travel Holdings, a leisure travel company based in Burlington, Massachusetts. Prior to his engagement with World Travel Holdings, Neuman served 22 years with US Airways in several management positions in the sales and marketing departments. During his tenure at US Airways, he was instrumental in business development to support the airline’s aggressive expansion into the Caribbean, Latin America and Europe.
Teeming River Cruises is an independent family-owned business. Although newly founded the beginning of 2017, their story began well before that. Owners Jeff and Gina Paglialonga’s love for travel spans decades as does their romance (high school sweethearts, fellow University of Florida graduates, married 30+ years with four children). This twosome was bitten by the travel bug early in their marriage and instilled the same love of travel, adventure & exploration into all their four kids. They have toured the globe (visiting 6 out of the 7 continents) both as a couple and as a family.
Travel Agent Marshall O’Hearn shares one of his client stories for this week’s Travel Agent Diaries entry.
My clients were booked for what was supposed to be a beautiful and relaxing trip to Sandals Regency La Toc in Saint Lucia. They were scheduled to leave on a Tuesday. Their itinerary had them flying Delta into Atlanta, for a short layover, before completing their journey to Saint Lucia. However, a Nor’easter came through and was going to hit on that same day, which would have severely disrupted their travels!
Amadeus River Cruises has been in the river cruise industry for over 30 years, and for good reason. From the start their goal has been, and always will be, to give their clients first-class service. Pure, and simple. The staff are trained to be at your service the whole cruise. There isn’t much they haven’t thought of to make their river cruises a complete experience.
Carol Dimopoulos is President of Perillo’s Learning Journeys and Groups where she brings her passion for education, travel and community service based programs to global destinations in Europe, Asia, The Americas, Africa and The Middle East. She is a prominent expert in both business and academia the field of niche market and transformative travel. She holds an MBA and serves as an adjunct faculty member for SUNY (State University of New York) where she shares her knowledge of business and organizational management with a focus on business ethics and women in business as well as global marketing and communications. Her enthusiasm and passion for transforming self through the travel platform invites travel professionals to think in new ways to deliver value to their clients by investing in learning and growing through travel.
Atacama desert is the driest desert on Earth. But, don’t let this turn you away from its stunning beauty and stillness. It is a place for adventurers, with many activities and sites: trekking, climbing, archaeological sightings, amateur astronomy, to even sand boarding down magnificent dunes—Marnella wants to show you the majesty of the Atacama Desert.
Margot Windenburg is the Senior Sales Manager, North America for AAT Kings and has worked in tourism focusing on Australia and New Zealand for the better part of 20 years. She has held roles in the retail, wholesale and tour operator side of the travel industry and has traveled to the South Pacific 30+ times and has a great passion for the destination. Her favorite destination in Australia is sunny Tropical North Queensland and in New Zealand, the adventure capitol of Queenstown. To learn more about Margot and AAT Kings, read on.
The communication from supplier to travel agent, and vice versa, can be confusing at times. Both are in the business of travel; yet, there are aspects and motivations that differ greatly. Even so, it can be a boon to work with people who understand the difficulties of your profession. Thanks to ShoreTrips, that gap is bridged by their personal experience of once being a travel agent.