Monthly Archives: June 2017

Posted In: Spotlight

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 »

Posted In: Supplier Profile

See Africa’s Beauty with South African Airways

South African Airways (SAA), Africa’s most awarded airline, offers flights to more places in Southern Africa than any other airline. Together, SAA and their regional partners, South African Express, Mango, and Airlink, offer service to over 75 destinations throughout Africa. SAA’s route network means greater convenience, with thorough check-in and baggage handling, affordable fares, and a wider choice of flights for your clients traveling to, from, and within the African continent.

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This is Tip #14 from my Special Report written for recent high school graduates. It is also relevant to most adults. (Make that all adults.)

“Speed Wins” is a good motto for you, and it should not take too long to commit to memory. Before I give you my thoughts on “speed,” I would like to acknowledge this motto’s counterpoint, which reminds us in no uncertain terms “Haste makes waste.” I’ll accept your point of view and come right back with my response being “He who hesitates is lost.” Your move!

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Posted In: Point-to-Point

I spent most of May at an Ayurveda hospital in India, located on the grounds of a former resort and geared more to Westerners than domestic patients. Since medical tourism is a growing field and I’ve had so many friends in the industry ask me about my experience, I thought I should share a few thoughts about my sojourn at CGH Earth Ayurveda’s Kalari Rasayana.

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Tip #13: Be On Time

This is Tip #13 from my Special Report written for recent high school graduates. It is also relevant to most adults. (Make that all adults.)

Being on time for appointments, meetings, and scheduled events is a sign of respect. You will be silently judged accordingly. Being late is a selfish act.

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Posted In: 60-Second Geography

The Silk Road was integral for centuries to cultural interaction through Eurasia, connecting the east and west, and stretching from the Korean peninsula all the way to the Mediterranean Sea. Consisting of several routes that travel through a variety of locations, the Silk Road has both historical and cultural significance while still offering an exciting, and enlightening, travel experience to visitors.

Thanks to ChinaTour, the supplier sponsor of this article, you won’t have to miss out on the many sights that wind through the routes of the Silk Road.

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Tip #12: Don’t Be Too Quick To Judge

This is Tip #12 from my Special Report written for recent high school graduates. It is also relevant to most adults. (Make that all adults.)

All people have “bad hair days.” Although most of us are good at heart, we all can show our weak side now and then. Try not to judge people during their “momentary” lapse in behavior. Give people the benefit of the doubt whenever possible.

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Posted In: 1:1

steve_simao2Steve Simao, Vice President of Sales for Windstar Cruises, got his start working in Allentown, Pennsylvania working in operations at a local theme park, and has since been in the cruise industry for the last 20 years. An avid cruiser from a young age, he aspired to work within the Cruise industry. Graduating from Mansfield University with a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis on travel and tourism, Steve currently oversees both domestic and international sales for Windstar Cruises. In the past Steve has served as the Purser for the Holland America’s annual Grand World Voyage, quite an experience for the books. To learn more about Steve Simao, Windstar Cruises, and his role in the travel industry, continue on to his interview with Travel Research Online.

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Posted In: Editorial Musings

Back in a November column, I said that under any new Presidential administration that we should expect changes that impacted the travel industry. It is inevitable, the only unknowns are how severely it will impact us and at what cost? And what do we need to do as an industry to handle any changes and fight those that are detrimental?

Since November, the two largest changes have been the ban on electronics entering the US in aircraft cabins and the most recent repeal of former President Obama’s relaxing of travel to Cuba. While the first is a major inconvenience; the second has to potential to do harm to our bottom line. So what to do? Read the rest of this entry »

Posted In: Publishers Corner

Why Business Cards are Like Tattoos

Personally, I am a fan of interesting tattoos. I know that is not necessarily a shared preference. Body art is not for everyone and please do note my preference: interesting tattoos. I have certainly been exposed, to use a phrase, to some very bad tattoos.
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Posted In: Deck Plans

AmaWaterways Announces New Wellness Program

AmaWaterways announced it has launched a wellness program onboard AmaLyra’s Paris & Normandy sailings. The program – led by “Sports Scientist” Selina Wank features four to six classes daily, including morning stretches, jogging, yoga, cardio and core strengthening and circuit training. Activities will be complemented by discussion groups with a focus on healthy eating and relaxation techniques.

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Posted In: Soundings

When Carnival Cruise Line recently announced their new EasyPay payment plan, my initial reaction was that they were coming up with yet more ways to make travel agents less valuable to cruise passengers. After learning more about it, I’m not as concerned.

For as long as I have been in the travel industry, travel agents have had the unique proposition of offering “payment plans” to their clients. Many travel agents liken it to a layaway plan.

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This tip is from my Special Report written for recent high school graduates. It is also relevant to most adults. (Make that all adults.)

First impressions are important. Within milliseconds of my laying eyes on you, I will make an opinion on whether you are my kind of person or not. This is the way human nature works. Right or wrong, that is the way things are.

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Posted In: Spotlight

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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Posted In: Departures

St. John’s, the capitol and largest city within Newfoundland and Labrador, is a city full of charm from years past. With architecture unlike anything found anywhere else in Canada, and historic roots that make the city one of the top ocean-side travel destinations, St. John’s should be on everyone’s travel list. Thanks to North & Leisure, the sponsor of this article, you can see St. John’s in all of its grace.

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This tip is from my Special Report written for recent high school graduates. It is also relevant to most adults. (Make that all adults.)

You will soon learn that not everybody is a trusting, honest, and well-meaning soul. In fact, there are a number of people who feel it is their role in life to take advantage of others. They are good at fooling you. They actually enjoy being deceitful. Be cautious of who you trust. Don’t let your guard down too quickly.

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Tip #9: Ask For Help

This tip is from my Special Report written for recent high school graduates. It is also relevant to most adults. (Make that all adults.)

It is not a sign of weakness to ask for help when needed. In fact, it is a true sign of a mature individual who knows and appreciates the contributions of others. I urge you to ask for help when needed, before it is too late.

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Posted In: 60-Second Geography

Discover Reykjavík with ShoreTrips

Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capitol of a sovereign state, is located on the southern shore of Faxa Bay in Iceland. Reykjavík it is among the cleanest, greenest, and safest cities in the world, but it boasts more than just that. Beautiful views, rich history, and never a shortage of entertainment, this Icelandic town should be at the top of your travel list. Thanks to ShoreTrips, the supplier sponsor for this article, you won’t have to miss a moment of life in Reykjavík.

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This tip is from my Special Report written for recent high school graduates. It is also relevant to most adults. (Make that all adults.)

Through no fault of your own, you (we) are living in an “I want it and I want it now” world. Enter the credit card.

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Posted In: TRO SMITH

You probably know that fewer than 10% of your followers on Facebook are going to see any of your business page posts. The organic reach on Facebook continues to decline. The Facebook algorithms are getting more restrictive yet many business page owners are surprised by their low engagement rates. The surprise partly stems from their experience with their personal Facebook profile which always generates commentary and “Likes”. However, the algorithms controlling the visibility of personal posts are completely different from those controlling business pages.

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