Kausha Ghia has a BA in Economics from Mumbai University, and took her IATA travel and tourism course in 1984. She worked at a travel agency in India from 1985 until 1997; she then moved to New York City and spent a year working for an agency selling airfare to diamond buyers. She started at Cook Travel in 1998 and became manager in 2002. In addition to her degree in Economics, she has LMSW from Fordham University, and practices psychotherapy, which she thinks is a useful skill in dealing with travel agents! She is currently involved in a mentorship that benefits students in India. She is married and lives in Totowa, NJ. Read the rest of this entry »
An often overlooked destination in France, Lille is a charming European city on the northern tip of France. It is mostly accessible by walking its streets, which are lined with French architecture. There is a slower pace compared to Paris, perfect for relaxing outside a café and taking in the air of a great getaway. Thanks to Back-Roads Touring, today we’ll go over the main points of why the traveler will revel in the atmosphere of Lille.
Jaclyn manages Collette’s day-to-day operations, working with our global offices, teams on the road and all over the company. She collaborates with the strategic leadership and executive teams to drive Collette’s growth. She directly oversees product development and tour management operations; and works closely with the sales and marketing teams. Jaclyn started with Collette in 2005 and has held numerous positions within the company. Jaclyn spent many years designing product and managing tours in regions including in the United States and Australia. She has also guided tours and worked in the customer care center as an inside sales representative. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rhode Island and an MBA from Babson College. Read the rest of this entry »
In the northeast of the United States is an area with a distinct aesthetic and culture, an affinity for its shores, and phenomenal seafood. New England is comprised of six states: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. In today’s 60-Second Geography article, we’ll be focusing on the coasts and islands of New England. Thanks to American Cruise Lines today’s article is possible.
Tokyo, the capital city of Japan and the most populated city in the world. It brings up visions of neon lights shining on technology beyond what other parts of the world can only gawk at in amazement. Though these aspects are present, Tokyo is much more than robots and a colorful cityscape. Thanks to ShoreTrips, today’s 60-Second Geography is all about this metropolis that has one foot in the future and one in its past.
Far below the equator, at the edge of southern South America, lies one of the purest landscapes on Earth: Patagonia. Australis has obliged the traveler with the knowledge and sights of this pristine area since 1990. They’ve navigated Patagonia with respect, minimizing the impact tourism has on the environment. This adheres to their high standards of operation, in taking care of the traveler and the environment. Read the rest of this entry »
Barcelona is seaside city on the northeast coast of Spain. It is known for its unique culture and excellent cuisines. The city shows architectural designs from over 2,000 years. From ancient city walls to the Gothic quarter to the iconic cathedral that juts from the center of the city – Barcelona is a magnificent city to behold. Thanks to ShoreTrips, you’ll learn a little about why the traveler should take a holiday in beautiful Barcelona.
Stacey Ray is the CEO and founder of Groupit Travel and Groupit Travel Host Agency, the only host agency in the US to specialize in group travel. She is a veteran traveler having been to almost 70 countries and has sailed more than 50 times ranging from 5 days to 6 weeks onboard. She is a certified Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialist and also certified by the The Gay Wedding Institute for same-sex destination weddings. Stacey is proud to be a Certified Luxury Travel Specialist and to lead our Certified Accessible Travel Advocate agency. Stacey has been an invited as a fully-hosted buyer to the Global Travel Marketplace, ILTM (International Luxury Travel Marketplace), ITE (Incentive Travel Exchange), CruiseWorld and the Pacific Asia Travel Association Conference. Read the rest of this entry »
EgyptAir was the first airline Middle East and Africa, starting operations in 1932. Though they may have been the first, but their fleet shows otherwise with one of the most modern fleets in the airline industry. In the 86 years since their start, EgyptAir has grown significantly and garnered many awards. With their connections, networks, and being the only non-stop carrier to Egypt from the US; this growth doesn’t seem to be slowing any time soon. Read the rest of this entry »
Mark Fravel is the Founder and CEO of National Transaction Corporation. Founded in 1997, NTC has over 20 years of transaction processing experience, specializing in card not present and e-commerce solutions for the hospitality, tourism and medical industries, charitable institutions and franchises. NTC is an electronic payment expert, currently serving over 4,000 merchant accounts across Canada and the US. Read the rest of this entry »
When it comes to dream vacations, many people have put China high on their wish lists. Whether it be sightseeing around Beijing, cruising the Yangtze River, or walking the Great Wall – China has much to offer the traveler. For all of this, and more, you can look no further than ChinaTour.com. Read the rest of this entry »
The Torres del Paine National Park (Parque Nacional Torres del Paine) is South America’s most impressive national park. Within its borders are mountains, glaciers, lakes, and rivers. It was voted as the fifth most beautiful place in the world by National Geographic. A natural wonder that shouldn’t be missed, Marnella Tours wants you to know why the traveler should not miss it.
Host Agency Reviews recently surveyed hosted travel agents on their income and demographics for the second year in a row. After compiling the data, they published an article on the findings. We at TRO decided to interview everyone involved in the gathering of info and publication of the article, as we found it to contain previously unexplored insights into the travel agent community. Enjoy.
Sky Bird Travel and Tours has provided the travel industry with airline consolidation services for over 40 years. Partnered with over 90 airlines around the world, they strive to offer up savings to the agent that also help the client while dishing out high commissions for agents remains high. They were voted ‘Best Airline Consolidator’ by the Travvy Awards in 2017 and 2018. With 24/7 support for agents across all aspects of travel and providing assistance in 25 languages, Sky Bird consistently maintains their spot as an industry leader. Read the rest of this entry »
The Douro Valley, also known as the Alto Douro Wine Region, lies northeast of Porto, Portugal. It is a fertile and mountainous region along the Douro River, which runs through Spain and Portugal. The valley is winding, with terraced fields of grapes covering its elevated sides that decline straight into the Douro River. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a great place to sip a bit of wine and enjoy vistas with a panoramic views of lush mountainscapes. Read the rest of this entry »
Buenos Aires is a city made from the cultures and histories of other cities. It is a melting pot of regions, a blending of history and lineage from other places. Buenos Aires is not a city to skip on your travel list, and thanks to ShoreTrips, the supplier sponsor of this article, you won’t have to.
Vancouver is Canada’s largest city on the west coast. It is a metropolitan city with plenty to do and surrounded by gorgeous mountains, unbelievable vistas, dense forests, and wildlife watching for every traveler’s enjoyment. Canada à la Carte is ready to show the traveler the history and sights of Vancouver’s best.
Dream vacations, and their destinations, vary greatly in the spectrum of travelers. Finding a supplier of vacations that span a large portion of the world and have cater to different styles of travel can be difficult. This is one of the many things that DSA Vacations does well. With vacation plans for southern and eastern Africa, the Americas, and Asia; and types of travel ranging through safaris, family, culinary, and adventure travel; DSA Vacations is there for the traveler and the agents they trust for their dream vacation. Read the rest of this entry »
Victory Cruise Lines has only been in the cruise game for about three years now, but that hasn’t stopped them from forming some of the best boutique cruises on the market. Their all-inclusive cruises are built for a smaller, more intimate, and sophisticated experience. Victory I and Victory II, the total of their fleet, are built for the sole purpose of enriching the travel experience on a level that will show the traveler that there is much more to cruising than simply arriving by boat. As top-quality shore excursions, port experiences, food, beverages (yes, that includes alcohol), and hotel services are all covered on the all-inclusive cruises they offer – Victory has the sophisticated traveler covered. Read the rest of this entry »
In the northeast of China lies a Jinan, the capital of Shangdong province. It has been called the “City of Springs”, due to the numerous artesian springs around the city and outskirts. It is a mix of nature and cityscape, with parks and temples alongside a minimal skyline. Thanks to ChinaTour.com, you’ll learn all about why Jinan is the perfect stopover when touring the Shangdong district of China.
Marcelo Gallo, On-board Expedition Team Leader, Australis
Australis on-board expedition team leader Marcelo was born in Santiago de Chile, but has chosen to live in the Patagonian region. He started working on Australis in 2005 until 2009. After a two-year break, he returned in 2011 to guide and show Patagonia, “the most beautiful place on earth,” to our guests. He traveled to France where he perfected his French. Today he works guiding the on-shore excursions in Spanish, English, and French.
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