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The Antrim Coast, an area in Northern Ireland, is known to be one of the most scenic places in the country. Designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty in 1988 under the Nature Conservation and Amenity Lands, the Antrim Coast is nothing short of breathtaking in all of its varied natural beauty. From sandy beaches to dangerously magnificent cliffs, the Antrim Coast is a must visit on any trip to Ireland.

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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 »

lisa & steve_lebouleaLisa and Steve Cavanagh opened the doors to Le Bouleau, a bed and breakfast located in Aveyron, France, in 2015. Originally from South Africa, Lisa and Steve packed up and moved to Aveyron for a fresh start, and the idea of a bed and breakfast in the back of their minds. With previous experience in renovation and building they worked tirelessly to make Le Bouleau a reality. Lisa’s passion for cooking and Steve’s love of cycling make any stay at Le Bouleau an adventure; they host scenic cycling tours and culinary tours on top of providing fresh ingredients for their guests from their own gardens! Lisa and Steve go above and beyond to make any stay at Le Bouleau a memorable one. 

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Israel’s Dan Hotels

When it comes to luxury lodging in Israel, look no further than Dan Hotel Chain. Boasting almost 3800 rooms spread out among 13 hotels, Dan Hotels has something to offer travelers of all walks of life. Their hotels can be found in many different cities within Israel, including their flagship hotel, the legendary King David Hotel. Located in the heart of the Old City, the King David Hotel opened its doors in 1931 at the meeting point of the historic Old City and the new, dynamic Jerusalem; it is also Jerusalem’s official venue for banquets and state occasions.

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From towering volcanoes to miles of rain forest and breathtaking views, the city of La Fortuna is not to be missed.  Positioned within the central American country of Costa Rica, La Fortuna has gained much traction over the years as a must-see travel destination.

Thanks to Costa Rica Dream Adventures, the supplier sponsor of this column, you can use this 60-Second Geography article in your own travel agency’s newsletters and websites.

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Felipe Castro is the North American Sales Director of Australis, an expedition cruise company specializing in exploring the “end of the world.” Returning to Chile in 2005, he served as the Sales and Customer Service Director for Turismo Cocha, the largest travel agency in Chile. Felipe regards his best achievement as a Commercial Director as being able to participate in the team that developed the Lan Airline project in Peru, consolidating its operations through its subsidiary LANPERU; within the country of Peru, he immensely expanded his strong ties with airlines, tour operators, and travel agencies. Felipe Castro has over 30 years of varied travel industry experience, and was the acting president of the Association of International Airlines of Peru (AETAI) for two consecutive terms; he is also a Commercial Engineer and boasts a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Universidad Diego Portales.

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Discover the World by Train with Vacations By Rail

Founded in 2004, Vacations By Rail is dedicated to the belief that the journey to a destination should be just as important and exciting as the destination itself. The company strives to give clients the journey and destinations they desire. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »