Within the forest-cloaked mountains of northwestern Costa Rica lies a true Eden. Nestled between two cloud forest preserves and situated along a string of active and dormant volcanoes, the small community of Monteverde is a mountaintop paradise renowned for its beauty, biodiversity and outstanding tourist accommodations.
Terri Burke (MCC, CTC) has an extensive and varied travel background spanning over 30 years. Her travel industry career began as a frontline agent and includes executive positions with supplier and retail industry leaders including Norwegian Cruise Line, Holland America, Cruise Planners/American Express, AAA National and the Globus family of brands. As part of her travel industry career, she has successfully developed and coordinated two award-winning online travel agent universities and is a champion of travel industry education and accreditation. Through the Avalon Waterways Specialist program, Burke inspired travel professionals to become certified with this important online river cruise training tool.
Athens is the city of classical wonders; a land of gods and temples, of sports and plays, where scholars and philosophers first dreamed up democracy; a must-see city for anyone visiting Europe. Step into antiquity. Step into Athens. Step into the past and discover breathtaking sites from one of the most important civilizations to ever flourish.
Athens is located in the southern side of Greece along the peninsula of Attica. Protected by mountains and nearly surrounded by water, Athens is a city with a bit of something for everyone. Adding appeal to the destination, the hot summers and mild winters encourage visitors year-round.
Tourist traffic has risen over the last few decades in reaction to the city’s rehabilitation of travel infrastructure. There is a state-of-the-art international airport, a new motorway and an expansion of the city’s metro system. Athens is an anachronism; an ideal destination for those who wish to look into the past while staying comfortably put in the present.
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VISITFLANDERS is a research and knowledge driven organization and the only official tourist office of the state of Flanders-Belgium. The office believes that supporting travel agents and tour operator partners is very important and they want to ensure travel agents have the right tools to create, market and sell tours to Flanders-Belgium.
VISITFLANDERS is one of the first offices to develop a mobile app just for the travel trade, the FlandersInsider.
Why does a state have a tourist office and not the federal government of Belgium? The answer is that the field of tourism was delegated from the federal government to state governments in 2007. At that time the Belgian National tourist office was split into two offices, the tourist office of Flanders and the tourist office of Wallonia. The government closed the North America office in Wallonia last year which makes VISITFLANDERS the only “Belgian” tourist representation.
The magical Solomon Islands are an archipelago of almost 1,000 islands in the South Pacific between Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu, a three-hour journey from Australia. This virtually untouched archipelago is a beautiful and exotic destination, rich in cultural heritage, biodiversity and spectacular landscapes. Relatively untouched, the Solomon Islands offer travelers a magical vacation that looks and feels out-of-this-world.
Dakar is the vibrant capital city of Senegal on the West African coast. Whether travelers are exploring the many markets laden with colorful crafts, enjoying a horse-drawn cart ride along the sandy streets, or find themselves at one of the many museums, the world renown hospitality of the Senegalese is sure to impress.
Dakar stretches across the Cap-Vert peninsula on the westernmost edge of Africa. This area was originally settled in the 15th century by the Lebou people; an indigenous group with descendants still in the region today. The Portuguese reached Dakar soon after, followed by the Dutch, English, and the French in the 19th century. While French is the official language of Dakar, English speaking tour guides are abundant and easily located. From 1978 to 2008, Dakar was a popular destination for those eager to join the Paris-Dakar Rally. In this annual event, competitors navigated off-road vehicles over sand dunes and rocks, through mud and camel grass. More recently, Dakar has grown into a major financial center and is home to several international research centers and organizations.
Vacations By Rail bridges the gap between the allure of rail travel and the knowledge required to plan and enjoy a rail vacation.
Vacations By Rail was founded by travel industry professionals with a combined 25 years in the specialty of booking train travel and rail vacations. We quickly became a leader and trusted authority on rail vacations because of our in-depth knowledge of rail travel and first-class customer service. As the leading supplier of train travel and vacations worldwide, Vacations By Rail offers the largest selection of train trips with customizable vacation options for individual travelers. We believe that the journey to a destination should be just as important and exciting as the destination itself.
For many travelers from the United States, the island of Fernando de Noronha off the Brazilian coast is an unknown travel destination. With Marnella Tours, travelers can discover the vegetation-rich landscape and unparalleled biodiversity that makes Fernando de Noronha not only a tropical beach destination, but an island full of adventure.
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Stunning China was founded by Peter Wen, who was born and raised in China. Peter received his Master’s degree in Economics from the Georgia Institute of Technology at Atlanta, Georgia. During his years in the travel industry, he has worked closely with U.S. travel agents, igniting his passion to introduce his native China to more agents and their clients. Stunning China specializes in land tours and all-inclusive packages in China. Besides tours to the major sights such as Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, and Hangzhou, Stunning China also operates customized and private, off-the-beaten-path tours.
Cuba is a puzzle the US travel industry is just beginning to solve. Fortunately we have great cruise lines like Celestyal Cruises to lead the way!
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With 30 years of global travel experience, ShoreTrips co-owners Barry and Julie Karp have developed an intuitive sense of the desires of today’s savvy travelers. ShoreTrips takes a very “hands-on” approach to servicing you and your clients. We have traveled to every spot we represent in order to offer the best and the most unique experiences to fulfill any travel fantasy.
With 30 years of global travel experience, ShoreTrips co-owners Barry and Julie Karp have developed an intuitive sense of the desires of today’s savvy travelers. ShoreTrips takes a very “hands-on” approach to servicing you and your clients. Our mission is to allow you to enhance your clients’ travel experiences, whether they arrive by ship or by plane. We have traveled to every spot we represent in order to offer the best and the most unique experiences to fulfill any travel fantasy.