The inspiration for Charles Darwin’s definitive work on evolution, the Galapagos Islands are famous for the wide and varied wildlife that inhabit the islands. Galapagos tortoises, sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, penguins, and many more species can be found here on the islands.
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Taiwan is a dynamic and affluently cultural country, apparent to any visitor lucky enough to grace its shores. The natural beauty of Taiwan is still relatively untouched, with soaring cliffs of marble and jade, mineral-rich hot springs, and sparkling lakes where the sky meets the water. Even the largest and most bustling of cities honor the traditions of generations past in their architecture and way of life.
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Provence is not where the traveller goes to run themselves ragged trying to see it all; it’s where they go to experience life at a pace so sedate sometimes it feels as if they’re standing still. And that’s ok with them. The wide open natural spaces, intriguing medieval ruins, and opportunities to stretch their physical boundaries makes Provence as much an excursion of the body and mind as the French culture. But for those salivating for a good glass of traditional French wine and the chance to savor truly authentic Provencal cuisine, don’t fret; everyone will find their pace here in Provence.
An expert in adventure and wildlife destinations worldwide, Jane Behrend started her own travel marketing company in 1989 after learning the business as an account executive in public relations and advertising sales. She started off as the Southeast USA sales rep for African Travel, Gametrackers Botswana, and 4th Dimension Tours before helping Volcanoes Safaris relaunch tourism to Rwanda and Uganda in the North American market.
In 2008, Jane re-branded her business as Emerging Destinations, a company that represents cool companies in cool places around the globe. She chose the name because her passion is working with areas where tourism is relatively new and still off the beaten path.
Born in South Carolina and raised in three Southern states, Jane is a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Journalism, and recently earned the Certificate of Hospitality Marketing from Cornell University. Together with husband Chris Behrend, she has raised two children and a foster daughter.
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.
The beaches and coast of Mexico are legendary, but the region known as Riviera Nayarit truly has something for everyone. This stunning area has every travel pace from sedate to full-octane; choose your speed and off you go! Whether it’s the challenge of a hard wave, a hole in one, or where to spot the next humpback, each challenge can be met here in Riviera Nayarit.
Australis is an expedition cruise company that specializes in exploring the “end of the world” — the pristine waterways of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego at the bottom end of South America.
Catering to only around 200 passengers maximum, Australis ships undertake three-, four- and seven-night itineraries between September and April each year. Their voyages sail between Punta Arenas (Chile) and Ushuaia (Argentina) along the Strait of Magellan, the Beagle Channel and other legendary passages, including many places where few other cruise ships venture. Read the rest of this entry »
Stunning China is a tour operator based in Rowland Heights, California. The company 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 at Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, and Hangzhou, Stunning China also operates customized and private, off-the-beaten-path tours. Read the rest of this entry »
The icy glaciers and natural parks of Tierra del Fuego are almost unmatched in the world for their beauty, collection of unspoiled and free wilderness, and abundant opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast. Since its European discovery by Ferdinand Magellan in 1520, Tierra del Fuego has captivated the world with its frigid wilderness. Tierra del Fuego is a favorite among visitors for its wildlife, including elephant seals, King cormorants, and Magellan penguins. While in the past the area was feared by sailors for its treacherous channels and rough waters, today the archipelago is more accessible than ever to the outside world.
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 »
Jackson Hole offers a wide variety of year-round activity for the entire family. Teton Village, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and the Town of Jackson—all located within the iconic Jackson Hole, Wyoming valley—offer lodging opportunities for every budget. Choose from moderate motels to luxurious, historic inns and vacation homes. Stay steps away from the ski slopes or steps away from the antler arches in Town Square. Jackson Hole Central Reservations offers the most comprehensive selection of lodging and activities in the valley! Read the rest of this entry »
Ann Chamberlin, the President of the National Association of Career Travel Agents (NACTA) and is responsible for the overall operations of NACTA. This includes member and supplier sales, revenue management, meetings and events and membership service. Ann leads the overall vision for NACTA, strengthens the company through strategic partnerships and membership growth to ensure NACTA remains the top membership choice for travel consultants. Last July, Chamberlin also added the title of Senior Vice President, Operations for the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of ASTA, focusing on membership growth and support, chapter operations, and consortia partnerships. Read the rest of this entry »
Anita Pagliasso took a leap of faith in 1992. Following her passion for travel, she switched gears from owning a successful and thriving electronic manufacturing rep business in the heart of Silicon Valley, CA., to opening her home-based travel business, Ticket To Travel. In 1993, Anita accepted Gary Fee’s challenge to become the San Jose/Bay Area Chapter director, which during parts of her 20 plus year reign became the OSSN flagship chapter.
Anita serves as the Conference Director for the Travel Agent Forums, where she is responsible for educational content, securing relevant authors, keynote speakers, travel industry top executives, and co-coordinating panels and panelists, all while working closely with the staff at Travel Show Marketing Group. Read the rest of this entry »
American Cruise Lines, the largest cruise line in the U.S., leads the way with more than 35, elegant 4 to 21 night itineraries visiting the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, New England, the Southeast, and the Mississippi River. The line is committed to continuous growth through an innovative shipbuilding program that elevates the standard of cruising in America.
The companies new ship design, creates intimate atmospheres for guests looking to receive the attentive and personalized service that is the hallmark of the brand. American Cruise Lines’ ships boast the most spacious staterooms in the industry and feature all the amenities of a modern hotel, including full-sized bathrooms and private balconies. Each room also has an interior entrance, giving guest’s unobstructed views of the picturesque scenery. Read the rest of this entry »
The largest lake in South America, Lake Titicaca has seen its fair share of civilizations come and go over the centuries. On its islands and shores you will find the decaying remnants of ancient Incans reflected in the calm waters of the lake. In fact, according to the Incans, the sun and moon were both birthed within the waters of the Lake. Aside from its rich historical and cultural heritage, Lake Titicaca offers simplicity in abundance: blue skies, clear waters, and beautiful scenery as far as the eye can see. Read the rest of this entry »
Jim Tedesco a proven leader with strong connections in the travel community, and currently serves as the Vice President of Sales for North America at Back-Roads Touring. He is the winner of two Magellan Awards by Travel Weekly, has twice been named a “Rising Star in Travel” by Vacation Agent Magazine and Agent@Home Magazine, and currently sits on the USTOA Associate Member Advisory Committee. With 10 years of travel industry experience, he has a proven track record of taking ideas from concept to market with successful results and continues to develop positive relationships with travel agents and suppliers across the globe. After 9.5 years of leadership within the Flight Centre Travel Group Retail and Wholesale divisions, he joined London-based Back-Roads Touring in July of 2016 as their Vice President of Sales for North America. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and a Master of Business Administration in Management from St Thomas Aquinas College.
South Africa is one of the continent’s most cosmopolitan countries, and Cape Town a big city with plenty of energy and buzz. But for many visitors, Cape Town is more than just buildings and sidewalks; it’s a gorgeous natural oasis cohabiting with the urban flair mankind has created. Whether it’s hiking up stunning Table Mountain or strolling through the botanical gardens, Cape Town has never lost sight of its foundation: the one that surrounds it every single day. Read the rest of this entry »
Solomon Airlines’ hub the Henderson International Airport in Honiara (HIR) and is the official international carrier of the Solomon Islands. A scattered archipelago of some 990-odd richly forested mountainous islands and low-lying coral atolls, the Solomon Islands has been attracting international tourism since 1568 when Spanish explorer Alvaro de Mendana first sailed into this tucked away corner of the South Pacific. Mendana’s legacy can still be found in the Solomon Islands today with many of the islands still bearing the Spanish names he gave them – Santa Isabel, San Cristóbal and perhaps the most famous of all, Guadalcanal, the name synonymous with World War II which takes its name from a small township in Andalucia in southern Spain.
Things changed dramatically during World War II and the Solomon Islands became a household name when the forces of Imperial Japan invaded, the region becoming the scene for some of the bloodiest battles in the Pacific theatre and most famously the battle of Guadalcanal when thousands of Japanese and US servicemen lost their lives.
Little has changed in the Solomon Islands since then and it’s thanks to this that the Solomon Islands have become such a breathtakingly fresh destination for those international travellers hardy enough to get off the beaten track and look for a new and very different experience. Read the rest of this entry »
The state of Western Australia holds all the romance and mystique of the old frontier tales: wide open spaces, old colonial and mining towns, and hundreds of thousands of miles of pristine flora. With stunning beaches, deserts, salt lakes, rock formations, and vibrant forests, the state is any outdoorsman’s fantasy come to life. Those looking for a quieter and less strenuous holiday will be well taken care of here as well, from whale watching in Pilbara to wine tasting in Margaret River. Take a trip to Western Australia, and prepare to find enchantment around every tree and rock.
Hokkaido is a far cry from the technicolor lights and glamour of Tokyo. This prefecture holds 20% of Japan’s land mass but only 5% of its population, leading to plenty of open spaces and untouched natural riches. Sports enthusiasts flock here no matter the season, whether it’s hiking and bicycling in the summer or snowboarding and skiing in the winter. Any visitor looking to take deep breath away from the crowds of the larger cities should look no further than the serene tranquility of rural Hokkaido.