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Plan Your Next Trip with Avanti Destinations

Avanti Destinations makes it easy for you to plan travel for your clients and their family and friends. We’ve been inspiring independent travelers with innovative and authentic vacations for 33 years. We will provide you seamless, multi-destination vacations that will return your clients thrilled and ready for the next. With us, they go where they want. When they want. With the flexibility to savor special moments along the way. Their vacation is uniquely theirs. That’s Avanti! Read the rest of this entry »

Postak Shrestha, President of Highland Asia Travel

postakPostak Shrestha was born and brought up in the tourist town of Chitwan National Park, Nepal where he also started his career in tourism as a Nature Guide in early 90s. After spending about two years as a Nature Guide, he moved to the capital city Kathmandu and started working for a European Tour Operator as a Tour Leader, and later held key positions in operation and finance in the same company. After few years the company started downsizing its Nepal office, and Postak founded his own company together with some of his colleagues in 1998; since then Postak has been actively promoting adventure and culture tours to the Himalaya and Asia. Postak immigrated to USA in March 2005 with his family and Highland Asia Travel (now doing business as Far & High Adventure Travel) was founded in Minneapolis, Minnesota a year after. While the company here in USA is an independent entity, Postak is also a major share holder in Nepal and Bhutan offices. In other destinations, Postak works with local suppliers, some of whom are headed by his former colleagues. Postak and his company specializes in small groups and custom tours to Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet and India. Postak also offers tours to Myanmar, China, Mongolia and Indochina.

Postak is a Mathematics and Physics graduate and lives with his wife and two daughters in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For many, travel is a business but Postak takes it as his passion and believes in earning his bread and butter by doing what he likes. He finds satisfaction not in the profit but in the positive notes of happily returning customers. Postak’s clients says that he is very patient, flexible and takes care of every tiny details. Whether you are a part of a big group or a solo traveler taking a private trip, you will get equal attention from him.

 

Travel Research Online: What is your earliest or most memorable experience in travel?

Postak Shrestha: I was guiding a group on a jungle hike in Chitwan National Park and we saw a rhinoceros in some 400 yards away. It was grazing and also walking in the direction towards us. I asked everyone to find some trees and climb up but everyone got so busy in taking pictures of the animal, they didn’t listen to me. Within a moment, the animal was very close to us and people started panicking. Luckily there was a big Kapok Tree with broad trunk where we could hide. The animal passed by the tree but didn’t see us. We were holding our breath! May be the wind was blowing in the same direction it was walking, otherwise it could smell us. This has been an unforgettable experience for me. Read the rest of this entry »

Raffi Sadeh, CEO of the Dan Hotels Corporation

IMG_2212Jerusalem-born Raffi Sadeh studied hotel management, graduating from the École hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland. He went on to manage hotels and hotel chains in Israel and in various cities in North America. During his career Raffi held the position of CEO of the Isrotel Hotel Chain for 26 years as well as CEO of the Fattal Hotel Group. Raffi has also held public posts in the Israeli tourism industry including Vice President of the Israel Hotel Association and Chairman of the Eilat Hotel Association.

Mr. Sadeh’s appointment in January 2014 to CEO of the Dan Hotels Corporation was not his first connection with the luxury chain: in the past he held the position of Deputy Director General of the company in two separate terms during the late seventies and mid eighties.

 

Travel Research Online: What was your first or most memorable experience in travel?

Raffi Sadeh: I enjoy traveling to exotic places where I can see new cultures and traditions and I think that Papua New Guinea probably tops the list.

 

TRO: Is there anything in particular that prompted you to study hotel management?

RS: I was born to a family of hoteliers, my grandparents, my mother and my uncle were in the hotel business and I grew up at the Sharon Hotel in Herzliya. When the time came for me to make a decision regarding a profession, I finally came to the conclusion to continue the family tradition. Read the rest of this entry »

Discover the Galapagos with G Adventures

Approximately 600 miles off the coast of Guayaquil, Ecuador is the Columbus Archipelago, often referred to simply as The Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos is one of the most popular sites in Ecuador; home to a number of endangered species (including some very famous tortoises), the chain of islands was declared Ecuador’s first national park in 1959 and a UNESCO World Heritage site twenty years later. Gorgeous white-sand beaches, thick jungles and lava tunnels make these 19 “Enchanted Isles” well worth a visit–once you arrive, you may never want to leave.

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Discover Flanders with VISITFLANDERS!

Click Here!This North Belgian region of Flanders where contemporary lifestyles cross with medieval buildings/cityscapes boasts six beautifully preserved historic cities: Antwerp, Bruges, Brussels, Ghent, Leuven and Mechelen. Many cities are only a stones’ throw away from one other and easily accessible through the railroad network and by car or coach through a modern highway and road network. Read the rest of this entry »

Korea Tourism Organization

The Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) is in charge with the promotion of Korea as a travel destination with the common objective to increase visitor numbers. Our primary goal is to support the sales, marketing and promotional activities that will entice travel consumers to spend a holiday in Korea. We work in conjunction with the media, tour operators, travel agents, meeting planners, the Korean community and general travel consumers that work and live in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. Read the rest of this entry »

Discover South Africa with Alexander + Roberts

People say it all the time, but we know it’s true – one of the best parts about traveling is finding something new. Whether it be an environment, a culture, a certain flavor of food or that perfect keepsake that, upon looking at it, reminds you of that wonderful trip, the sensation of finding something previous unknown to us is thrilling.

South Africa is, without a doubt, an example of all of the above. Home to stunning examples of nature, exotic wildlife, highly regarded vineyards – producing some of the finest wine worldwide – historic (and unique) towns and cities, phenomenal cuisine and, of course, culture unlike any other. Read the rest of this entry »

Discover the Baltic with ShoreTrips!

The charming European towns and cities that line the Baltic Sea are some of the most magnificent in Europe, including Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki and Tallinn, Estonia. Tallinn is said to be one of the most underrated cities in Europe; this relatively undiscovered gem has preserved much of its medieval architecture and offers rich, welcoming culture to travelers. Read the rest of this entry »

Africa Answers is a division of the multi-award-winning travel company The Answers Group. Founded in 1992, the Seattle-based tour operator has an extensive history of customizing life-changing vacations for independent travelers and groups.

Africa Answers’ President, Kirk Demeter, has a passion for Africa, and built a team of African Destination Specialists who love to bring traveler’s African dreams to life.

Kirk intuited that people envision Africa as a continent of exotic wild animals, vast game reserves, epic sunsets, nomadic tribes, and sun drenched savannah – all true. But what they soon discover upon researching their trip is that there are myriad promising options, and the ability to discern which is most suitable becomes overwhelming. Read the rest of this entry »

South Korea represents perhaps one of the most exciting international experiences you can enter into today. Amidst a thriving and ancient culture, woven from the fabric of Asia but also distinctly its own, you’ll find one of the most prosperous nations on the planet, complete with sprawling metropolises of activity sitting next to serene and inviting mountain ranges. Come see South Korea with the Korea Tourism Organization! Read the rest of this entry »

Bryna Blum, President of The WCBS Group

Bryna_Face_SmBryna Blum – AKA “The Printress” – is President of The WCBS Group (“WCBS”). With technology as the impetus, Bryna and her IT Manager, Marty Gronewald, have moved from providing invoice / itinerary forms to a local clientele in 1981, to become a full-service company with 4 websites under the WCBS umbrella, suppliers across the USA and Canada, and clients in all 50 states, Canada, the Pacific Rim and the Caribbean. WCBS now provides everything from logo design, corporate packages, online offset, digital & large format printing to promotional products. WCBS has evolved over the years to be who their clients need them to be.

 

Travel Research Online: Why did you first begin working in the Printing and Marketing service industry?

Bryna Blum: It was a fluke. My late husband (and a partner) was selling hardware and software and ancillary products, when he was asked if he could do forms for SABRE, an airline reservation system. He said, “Yes!”, even though he didn’t know what SABRE was at the time, and the rest, as they say, is “history.” I went in to work “for two weeks” because he was ill and have been working ever since. Read the rest of this entry »

Discover Marseilles with XL Airways!

Click Here!Marseilles epitomizes the Southern French experience – incredible food, pleasant atmosphere, gorgeous views and a melting array of European and African culture will beckon you to come and enjoy. XL Airways invites you to see what this 2500 year old port city has to offer! Read the rest of this entry »

Where You Can Fit In At Unitours

Unitours, the oldest and most respected name in Catholic group pilgrimages to Europe and the Middle East, is expanding its sales force throughout the country. If you are an active Roman Catholic, love to travel, and have sales experience, you may qualify to join the elite team of successful sales representatives. What can you expect in working with Unitours? Read the rest of this entry »

ShoreTrips offers smaller, more creative and better priced tours and activities than what cruise lines offer. Because the company was started by travel agents, their sensitivity to the agent community is substantial . The owners of ShoreTrips have personally visited each port on the site and every tour operator has been thoroughly vetted; the company works around the globe to help realize your client’s dream vacation whether they are on a cruise ship or staying at a hotel or resort. Read the rest of this entry »

Discover Belize with Maya Island Air

Belize is a country in Central America bordered by Mexico to its north, Guatemala to its south and west, and by the Caribbean Sea to the east. The nation has a very diverse society with many cultures and languages. Although Belizean Creole and Spanish are widely spoken, Belize is the only country in Central America where English is the official language.

Belize is still a relatively untapped tourist mecca. Replete with many natural attractions such as the climate, the Belizean Barrier Reef, over 1,000 offshore Cayes (islands), world class fishing, calm boating waters (many boats will head for the safety of Belize in a hurricane), scuba and snorkeling, river rafting, jungle and wildlife reserves…the list never ends. Read the rest of this entry »

The people of Central America are among the most kind and warm, and typically very friendly and eagerly welcoming to foreigners. The great diversity of culture stems not only from the differing influence of the colonial powers that once occupied the region but also from the varying native peoples that populated the area prior to discovery by European explorers. Join tour operator and consolidator Solar Tours on a trip through this remarkable land bridge. Remember, you can use 60-Second Geography articles in your own newsletters and on your web sites. Read the rest of this entry »

Buenos Aires with Trans Am Travel!

The old capital city of Buenos Aires, Argentina is a bit of Paris in South America. North America is just waking up to the treasures of the great cities of South America, and Buenos Aires is a great place to start. Celebrating its bi-centennial this year, the city is a terrific mix of a colonial past and modern times.

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Explore China with SITA World Tours

From the substantial culture to the magnificent architecture and entertainment, China and its majestic beauty offers a memorable visit for everyone. It truly is one of the greatest wonders of the world: China is home to some of the largest and remarkable cities in the world, there is never a shortage of things to do and see in this vast country. China is the perfect destination for someone who would like to experience culture and history like few places in the world.
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Since 1968 Hariworld has been providing the North American Travel Community with the most affordable fares on the broadest choice of Carriers to worldwide destinations.

Hariworld offers an unrivaled web-based booking engine that allows agents to book contracted and commissionable published air fares, choose trip itineraries, purchase tickets and add their own markups with a few clicks of the mouse. Read the rest of this entry »

Santiago, Chile with TransAm Travel

Santiago, Chile is easily one of the most arresting cities in South America. A visitor will immediately be struck by the variety of the buildings, stretching from neoclassical constructions in the old town centre to modern developments (including the tallest South American skyscraper), and by the incredible Andes mountains which surround the greater Santiago area, forming the flat valley which hosts the capital. Modernity and development mixing with the old world runs throughout Santiago, making it a wondrous stop for anyone wishing to grasp the heart of Chile and South America. Read the rest of this entry »

Costa Rica is Central America’s special jewel and it is only a few short hours’ flight from anywhere in the US. Costa Rica appeals to travelers of all ages and the country’s natural attractions, wildlife and reputation for enlightened conservation draw visitors from all over the world. The government has made a real effort to preserve the country’s image as an eco-tourism haven; because of this watchfulness, Costa Rica shelters a whopping 5% of the existing biodiversity in the entire world. The country’s bio-diversity attracts nature lovers from all over the world. Add to this the incredible warmth and sincere hospitality of the local people and the exceptional variety of hotels along Guanacaste’s Pacific coast and you have a recipe for a unique and memorable destination for couples, singles and families.

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