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With over 13 years of experience, Via Tours welcomed over one hundred thousand travelers and gained crucial destination knowledge to assure best local experience for people with desires to travel to Croatia and beyond including Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, and Albania. Read the rest of this entry »

River cruising may just be the most authentic, inspiring way to see and experience the world today.

On the world’s rivers, travelers bend and wind through historic and dramatic landscapes reminiscent of impressionist paintings depicting vineyards, castles atop hilltops and medieval villages from the days of yore. And while river cruisers enjoy access to thriving cities like Paris, Vienna, Budapest, Amsterdam and Prague byway of the world’s rivers, they also have the opportunity to step back into history and experience lesser-known towns and hidden landmarks time – and most travelers – have passed by.

Here are 4 off-the-beaten-path destinations and experiences found along Eastern Europe’s rivers.

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The Spring Travel Agent Forum will take center stage in less than two months at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, and will welcome more than 1,000 independent travel agents at every level in their career, seeking continuing education, supplier networking, and destination experiences to support their professional growth. The Forum, which will be held from March 26 – 29, is the industry’s largest event of its kind, and will house hundreds of travel suppliers from across the globe, affording delegates the chance to shop destinations, commissionable vacation packages, and various business resources to support their business needs.

For the first time ever, the Forum will offer a supplemental One-to-One Meeting Showcase, providing pre-determined mutual interest meetings among select suppliers and an audience of hosted travel agents, who have been carefully vetted based on their potential business contribution and overall sales volume. These hosted agents will individually represent a minimum of $800,000 in annual business, with clientele bookings spanning the globe. Supplier participation will cover the full gamut of commissionable vacation offerings, both from a product and geographic standpoint.  Read the rest of this entry »

The debut Family Travel Advisor Forum has officially wrapped, and by all accounts, was a tremendous success. The Forums was produced by Specialty Travel Forums, a division of Travel Show Marketing Group, an independent event organizer. This exclusive event took place at the Royalton Riviera Cancun in Mexico from Tuesday, November 1 through Saturday, November 5, with optional post-event familiarization itineraries.

“The results are in, and clearly, it’s all about family! The first ever Family Travel Advisor Forum has far exceeded our expectations, and based on the very positive feedback we’ve received from suppliers and sellers alike, a success across the board! It is an absolute privilege to produce an event that brings suppliers together with such a passionate and successful audience; really, some of the best in the business, and who contribute to their professional growth and longevity in the marketplace,” said Jennifer Fernandez, Vice President Events & Content, Specialty Travel Forums. Read the rest of this entry »

Planning a family vacation can be difficult. Parents want to have a relaxing time and share wonderful experiences with their kids, but finding a destination that appeals to kids and adults alike is harder than it seems… especially if you don’t want to drive all the way to the coast and spend hours in line at a theme park once you get there.

The best solution might be one you hadn’t considered yet: a Colorado adventure vacation at a dude and guest ranch!

Bringing your kids on a family trip to Colorado for a week – or even longer – can be just what you need to get a bit of relaxation, change your perspective, and pull everyone closer. To understand why, here are five things you’ll never hear your kids say while visiting one of Colorado’s dude ranches: Read the rest of this entry »

Although David Holman is a professional travel consultant, he is currently working on a mobile app that all travel professionals can share with their clients and incorporate into their own business models. We recently sat down with David to learn more about Travel with Purpose.

Travel Research Online: Let’s start with a quick description of Travel with Purpose.

David Holman: It is a mobile app and website that will match travelers seeking volunteer opportunities with nonprofits looking for help on projects or for ongoing needs. There is a growing trend towards people desiring to make a positive, meaningful impact on the people and places they visit. Currently, it requires a lot of footwork prior to travel to accomplish that goal. By making it easier to connect with nonprofits, even last minute, we hope to grow that legion of travelers who desire to “Leave It Better.” Read the rest of this entry »

Take A Drive With Enterprise Holdings

Whether it’s the budget-conscious traveler looking for a car to take the scenic route to their destination or the frenzied business traveler on his or her way to an important seminar, Enterprise Holdings has every vehicle for every need. With three car rental brands under its umbrella, Enterprise Holdings owns Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car. The brands, through their regional subsidiaries, operate fully staffed locations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. Founded in 1957 by Jack Taylor, Enterprise Holdings began with only a seven car fleet and one employee, and is still owned by the Taylor family today. Read the rest of this entry »

With over 27 years’ experience, Journeys Connect is a privately owned wholesale tour operator offering group and specialty vacation packages to destinations throughout Europe. Our dedicated team works to understand as much as possible about your customers’ goals and needs, and are committed to delivering excellence in product, value, and destination knowledge.

Journeys Connect group and specialty services are available exclusively on a Business-to-Business basis, to travel industry professionals. Read the rest of this entry »

Fun on the Home Based Travel Agent Forum Agenda

Plans for the Spring edition of the Home Based Travel Agent Forum are well underway, and in addition to great education and networking, agents will get to enjoy a whole lot of fun, too!

Taking place in Las Vegas (Entertainment Capital of the World), the Forum has a new home in the Paris Hotel & Casino and a new timeframe, March 20 – 23, 2016. March in Las Vegas not only offers a full range of special attractions and events, (ie March Madness, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, and JLo’s Residency) coupled with the ongoing city-wide offerings such as world-class gaming, shows, concerts and more, but it also is the most desirable time to be in the desert, with average temperatures of about 70 degrees!

Now, back to the Forum! You’ll not only have time on your own, but here are some official additions being offered exclusively to the Forum’s attendees: Read the rest of this entry »

Fly The Wings Of Progress With Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing airline in Africa and a multi-award winning airline, registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years. In its close to seven decades of operations, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivaled in its efficiency and operational success.

Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the pan-African passenger and cargo networks, operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 90 international destinations across five continents. Ethiopian’s fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as the Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter, and the Bombardier Q-400 double cabin, all with an average age of five years. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft. Read the rest of this entry »

Find a NACTA Chapter Near You

The National Association of Career Travel Agents (NACTA) is the foremost Travel Industry Association dedicated to providing the finest education, training, networking, and representation in support of Career Travel Consultants.

Established in 1986, NACTA was and still is the original travel association with the mission to represent the interests of individual travel consultants, gradually expanding to all professional sellers of travel. NACTA’s host travel agencies and suppliers support this growing distribution channel. Read the rest of this entry »

Peter Wen, Sales Director For Chinatour.com

Peter Wen has worked at Chinatour.com for just over 3 years and is currently the Sales Director at the company. Born and raised in China, Peter came to the United States to peter wen headshotpursue a graduate degree and eventually graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a Master’s degree in Economics in 2012. Although working in the travel industry wasn’t his first choice, he found himself highly passionate about helping travel agents know more about the ancient country of China. His ultimate goal is make China a more popular destination in the industry and help travel agents realize how easy and profitable it is to sell China packages.   Read the rest of this entry »

Discover Your Asia With Buffalo Tours

For over 21 years, Buffalo Tours has been the leading tour operator in Southeast Asia, offering the best in customized and private guided tours to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Myanmar. Today, as Asia’s leading destination expert, we also provide remarkable cultural experiences and destination support for Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai. With decades of award-winning experience, we are now serving the US market from the West and East coasts for your convenience. Read the rest of this entry »

Say “Aloha!” To Hawaii With Blue Sky Tours

Blue Sky Tours, a leading wholesaler to Hawaii, has been selling custom designed vacation packages since 1981. Blue Sky Tours sells only Hawaii and only through travel agents. What does this mean for you? Read the rest of this entry »

Nicholas Filippidis 2Nicholas Filippidis is the Director of Product Development for Celestyal Cruises in North America, part of the award winning global travel & tourism corporation, The Louis Group. In his role, a post that he has held over the past 12 years, he is responsible for directing the company’s initiatives towards the North American market in the areas of Business Development, Sales, and Marketing. A time-honored travel industry professional, Mr. Filippidis has more than 39 years of specialization in travel throughout the Mediterranean and in the Cruise industry as a whole. Over his career he has served in key management roles for organizations including The Greek Government Tourist Organization and Sun Line Cruises & Royal Olympia Cruises. Born in Greece with roots throughout the country, Mr. Filippidis’ extensive insight into Greece, the Greek Islands and the surrounding regions is unparalleled and further serves to achieve the objectives of Celestyal Cruises in their offering of “The Real Greek Experience” via the company’s unique cruise programs to popular and off-the-beaten path destinations, themed cruises, outstanding shore excursions, and exclusive food, wine, and cultural offerings that provide travelers with authentically rich experiences in each place visited. Mr. Filippidis is based in South Florida where he resides with his lovely wife: he is also a proud father of 4 children and 3 grandchildren with one more to join the family soon. Read the rest of this entry »

Discover Ancient Rome With Shore Trips

Home to the most powerful and formidable empire in ancient history, Rome is a city that still embraces its past. From the Colosseum, to the Circus Maximus, to the Pantheon, the fallen Roman empire is still alive and well everywhere you look. Let Shore Trips guide you through Rome, and discover a world you’ve only ever read about!

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Founded in 2004, Jetairfly has already, despite its young age, become the second largest airline in Belgium. With a fleet of 22 aircraft, Jetairfly is well equipped for medium and long-range travel. They began in 2004 with 5 aircraft, but thanks to its intensive fleet renewal program, Jetairfly has the most up-to-date and modern fleet in Belgium. Read the rest of this entry »

The largest city in Peru unreachable by road, Iquitos is only accessible by boat or plane. In the past, the rubber and oil trades dominated and brought wealth to the region, the prosperity of the time still visible in some of the older homes. Today, it flourishes in the Amazonian jungle with it’s friendly people juxtaposed with its vibrant nightlife. Whether you come to visit the famous Amazon river or to stroll through the market of Belén, there is something new for you to discover in Iquitos. Read the rest of this entry »

At Universal Orlando® Resort you’ll discover two amazing theme parks­, spectacular on-site hotels, unique dining and entertainment, plus much more, all in one convenient location. You can stay in the heart of it all at one of the resort’s uniquely themed on-site hotels, each within walking distance of the theme parks. The hotels offer convenient complimentary transportation to the parks as well. Read the rest of this entry »

Rental Escapes is a leading luxury villa rental and concierge agency based out of Montreal, Canada. Their website features a curated collection of the world’s finest private villas and estates. Read the rest of this entry »

Explore the World with Viking River Cruises

Accredited as the most award-winning river cruise line in the industry, Viking River Cruises provides remarkable value while placing high on competitive rankings, like Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List, Reader’s Choice, and Best Small Ships awards and Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards. Read the rest of this entry »