Author Archives: Joseph DeLoach

There are 232 articles by Joseph DeLoach published on this site.


The Temples of Abu Simbel

In southern Egypt, just above the border with Sudan, sits Abu Simbel. It is a small town that houses lesser-known temples that stand out as grand sites. Along the river considered to be the cradle of civilization, Abu Simbel rests next to where the Nile opens up to Lake Nassar. The desert region is home to perfect examples of Nubian monuments and musical traditions that date back thousands of years.

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Santorini: Weddings and Honeymoons

There are many reasons to visit the paradise known as Santorini. It is home to some of the famous and stunning white-washed houses found along many of the islands in the Cyclades. Almost all cafes and restaurants have a view of the azure waters. Nights bring starry skies, the revelry of nightclubs and bars. These traits make Santorini perfect for the start of a new life together – whether it be weddings or honeymoons. Read the rest of this entry »

Bavaria: Traditional and Festive

In the south of Germany sits the birthplace of many fairytales inspired by magical surroundings and castles. A place where the meadows are a pleasant sight and walled towns from the medieval times continue to flourish. Bavaria is cozy and dreamlike, with the Bavarian Alps rising along the border to Austria.

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The Tastes of Tokaj

In the northeast area of Hungary is the Tokaj-Hegyalja Region. Here, the famous Aszú wine flows and the cuisine is topnotch. The nearby Zemplen Mountains offer up rugged wilderness, while just outside of those mountains nature trails and ancient castles are ready to be explored. From luxury to cozy, this UNESCO World Heritage site is a getaway for travelers that has much to offer in the way of luxury and adventure. Read the rest of this entry »

The East Coasts of Canada with CroisiEurope

Canada’s east coast is sprawling. It is the quintessential image of the northeast, lighthouses dot rocky cliffs while the bustling city of Montreal is just inland along the St. Lawrence River. The entire area has more of a French feel than the rest of Canada (and one of the islands off the coast is owned France). Cities here are reminiscent of the 17th-18th century world, where elegant architecture was simple – yet never understated. Eastern Canada is a cross between European and North American, a beautiful mix that shows all over.

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The Croatian Coast

On the Adriatic Sea, just across from Italy, is the coast of Croatia. These 1104 miles of magnificent coasts, and 1246 islands, are world-renowned. The stunning clear-blue waters along the Croatian coast have always been a draw for those looking to experience a vision of paradise. Cliffs and islands offer up sites to behold that can not be overstated. The shores of Croatia are picture-perfect in every way. Read the rest of this entry »

The Ease of Cuban Travel

Conflicting news has travelers confounded about whether they can still travel from the US to Cuba. Caribbean Tours USA has the answer, a resounding – Yes!

With almost 20 years of experience in travel to Cuba, 11 in in the Dominican Republic, Caribbean Tours USA wants to help travelers get the real information about traveling to the land of classic cars and gorgeous beaches. As they are already welcoming 25,000 customers per year to Cuba and the Dominican Republic, their knowledge of what is required for Cuba travel is tried and true. Read the rest of this entry »

Durban: South Africa’s Lesser Known Beach Paradise

On the stunning coasts of eastern South Africa sits Durban. The third most populous city in South Africa, after Johannesburg and Cape Town, its beaches seem endless. A place where Zulus make up the bulk of the population and the largest number of Indians live outside of India itself. All of this gives it a unique feel compared to the rest of South Africa. Embracing both its roots and the future, Durban is a worthwhile alternative to the more famous of South Africa’s cities. Read the rest of this entry »

Southern Spain is hot in far more ways than the climate. This area, covering the entirety of the south, is called Andalucía. It has been the front line of heated wars between Islamic and Christian cultures, and the fire of emotion brought out in art. Flamenco dancers and Roma singers spice the air, while the passion shown in the architecture and felt in the atmosphere keep the emotions high. Andalucía is what one thinks of when they think of Spain in cultural snapshots.

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Tewfik Ghattas, Board Member, Central Holidays

1993-1996

Regional Administrative and Financial Director of Club Med, Cairo office

1996-2010

Financial Manager of STI Voyages France

2010-2012

General and Financial Director of STI Voyages France

2012-2014

Founder and President of Ghattas Tourism & Consulting Management, France

2014-2016

Executive Director of STI Voyages France

2016 to Present

Board Member of SGI Travel, Egypt –based in New Jersey office Read the rest of this entry »

Poznań and Poland’s Old-World Charm

One of the oldest cities in Poland, Poznań has been around for 1,200 years. Today Poznań combines old-style charm with a modern city, business center and western atmosphere. It features interesting museums to visit and an old-world square during the day, and an energetic nightlife. Shortlisted for European Best Destination 2019, Poznań is one of Poland’s gems shining bright. Read the rest of this entry »

Born and educated in the Netherlands, Gordon Dirker has enjoyed an extensive career in the travel industry. Prior to being appointed VP of Business Development, Americas for Celestyal Cruises in January 2018, Gordon spent nearly 18 years working for the Travel Corporation. This was followed by nearly 4 years with the Norway based expedition cruise and ferry line, Hurtigruten. He started as a BDM for Contiki Holidays based in Baltimore, MD. After 1 year, Gordon was promoted and moved to London to lead their sales and marketing efforts in the UK and Europe. This was followed by a move back to LA where he spent 6 years at Brendan Vacations in a similar senior role. He left the Travel Corporation to become the regional VP for the USA and Canada with Hurtigruten. Gordon is married and resides in Seattle. In his free time, he likes to ski, hike and explore the Eastern Mediterranean. Read the rest of this entry »

The Down Under Wonders with AAT Kings

Australia, and its companion country New Zealand, have always been known for their natural beauty and unique cultures. And, sometimes, we need a little help from a guide to show us the good sites – which is AAT Kings’ goal. Starting with a simple trip from Sydney to the Blue Mountains in 1912, AAT Kings has had a long history of showing travelers Australia and New Zealand. Read the rest of this entry »

Up and Coming Tasmania with AAT Kings

Just to the south of mainland Australia is an island that is the smallest of its states, Tasmania. Known as ‘Tassie’ to the locals, protected natural areas make up almost 42% of the land area. White sands line the east coast, hiking includes waterfalls and wild forests. Tasmania is wilderness meets the modern world – with a dash of excellent wines.

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Vancouver with Vacations By Rails

On the west coast of Canada is the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver. The city is only about 125 years old, but it has grown to be one of the most diverse in the world. It started from a tiny shanty town located at the modern site of Gastown, located directly next to the downtown area. A city kind to the arts and proud of its native heritage, with an astounding amount of nature right at its doorstep, Vancouver welcomes the traveler to experience the Canadian way of life. Read the rest of this entry »

Richelle Emefe, General Manager Idyllic Islands, Goway Travel

Richelle joined Goway Travel in 2014 and has held several positions during her tenure. She was promoted to General Manager of Goway’s Idyllic Islands division last year which oversees travel to exciting destinations such as Tahiti, Fiji, Maldives, Greece and the Seychelles.

A veteran in the industry, Richelle brings over 20 years of experience driving sales, overseeing successful marketing campaigns, and creating once-in–a-lifetime itineraries.

She fell in love with travel to the South Pacific early on and has spent most of her career promoting travel to Australia, New Zealand and the beautiful islands of the South Pacific.

Richelle lives with her husband in Toronto, Ontario and spends her free time travelling the world and immersing herself with the local culture. Read the rest of this entry »

The Best of Budapest

Budapest is a treasure of Eastern Europe, an architectural wonder of baroque and neoclassical. Located on the famous Danube River, its beauty is from a time that memorializes eras of classical music and Roman roots. The sights, the food, and nightlife combine into a fantastic foray into the “Paris of the East.” Read the rest of this entry »

Costa Rica is already known as one of the premiere spots for its forests and beaches. But to the very south of the country is a remote peninsula that has maintained its untamed ways. Miles and miles of pure rainforest meet empty beaches. The water is the blue of serenity, while surfable waves crash near the shores. The Osa Peninsula is where nature still reigns supreme, and the Tico (a colloquial term for a native of Costa Rica) life of old carries on as it always has. Read the rest of this entry »

The Holy and Profound Experience of Israel

Israel, a place of holiness to many around the world. It is steeped in the ancient history of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian faiths. Calls from mosques ring out in contrast to the prayers along the Western Wall. Markets buzz with life, while holy sites like the Dome of the Rock and Temple Mount stand as monoliths in time. Modern Israel is full of amazing opportunities for the traveler to experience, from relaxation to the deepest of historical sites. Read the rest of this entry »

The Mississippi River is an American treasure. It has been a central figure of trade, exploration, literature, and music in the United States. In fact, Mark Twain once wrote, “The Mississippi River towns are comely, clean, well built, and pleasing to the eye, and cheering to the spirit. The Mississippi Valley is as reposeful as a dreamland, nothing worldly about it…nothing to hang a fret or a worry upon.” Thanks to American Cruise Lines, you’re going to learn all about why cruising the Mighty Mississippi should be on every traveler’s bucket list. Read the rest of this entry »

Michael was born and raised in the south suburbs of Chicago. He attended Northern Illinois University where he received a BS in Biological Sciences. It didn’t take him long to realize the routine of scientific testing work didn’t match with his personality.

Following a 29-year career working for the airlines in increasing sales roles, Michael joined Sky Bird Travel & Tours in 2015 as Sky Bird’s first Business Development Manager. As the sales team grew, Michael took on the role of Director as well as overseeing the Customer Service division. He is often the face of Sky Bird at industry events and the voice of Sky Bird on webinars featuring our WINGS booking engine.

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