John started his travel career with OAG Travel Magazines in 1989, working in marketing and sales with their highly successful TravelAge Trade Shows. He phased into also selling TV sponsorships and advertising for The World of Travel, which aired at major travel conferences worldwide.
John co-founded the trade show division at Travel Agent magazine, as well as writing a bi-monthly column called Trade Show Insider. After which he pioneered “Video Streaming” for that travel industry with MediaOnDemand.com. His next stop, was developing the travel vertical with a newly created position for Corporate Trading at ICON International, a division of Omnicom.
Returning to travel publishing as Vice President/Executive Publisher of Travel Trade Publications, he expanded its trade show operations.
The travel industry has seen unprecedented changes in the last couple of weeks. A pandemic we did not expect, nor were prepared for, has the industry holding its breath. But this doesn’t mean the industry has to halt altogether. In fact, Travel World VR has a product that comes into the current picture with a virtual experience to help scratch that travel itch and get travelers ready for the future.
Travel World VR, a part of the Perillo Tours group, is an award-winning leader in video production and distribution. Read the rest of this entry »
There are so many companies that provide travel to destinations around the world, it can be difficult to find the right person for the job. There are companies that can get you anywhere in the world but, a “Jack (or Jill) of all trades” lacks the specialized knowledge needed to give the traveler a thorough plan for their getaway. Fortunately, when it comes to the tropical country of Costa Rica, Costa Rica Dream Adventures is your go-to planner for a trip to this majestic country.
There’s a reason that La Fortuna remains one of the most visited areas in Costa Rica. Simply put, it is paradise. This small town, located in an area named the same, is a fortune of relaxation and allowing the richness of life to wash over the traveler. With a magnificent volcano as a backdrop, La Fortuna’s lush natural surroundings and laid-back atmosphere lets the traveler settle into a worthwhile vacation.
Since 1978, Insight Vacations has offered up experiences in travel that go beyond your normal agency. Their philosophy relies on getting the traveler to the heart of a destination, a way to feel the cultural vibrations and taste the local flavor. This immersion is met with a higher quality of planning, and shows in the way that they organize journeys.
One of the ways Insight connects travelers with locals is authentic dining options. As many travel shows have reminded us, meals are the time for connecting to others around us – a time to simply enjoy the tastes. When these tastes are infused with the love of locals for their culture, a meal is a memory. Read the rest of this entry »
The myths and legends of Scotland are mysterious, fitting of the storyteller culture that has emerged in its people. They call forth the natural surroundings of foggy coasts and cliffs. With more than 790 islands along its coast and hills as far as the eye can see, Scotland has plenty of true wilderness to explore. Its cities are reminiscent of the middle ages that coexist with the growing modern world. Add in a hospitable and down-to-earth people – you’ve go an amazing destination for the traveler all around.
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 »
Enterprise Holdings Inc. has been the largest vehicle rental companies in the world for quite some time now. Enterprise Holdings offers travelers three great car rental brands. Alamo Rent A Car, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental are internationally recognized brands with an extensive global car rental network. Read the rest of this entry »
Madrid, the capital of Spain and a city where the golden era of creative and culinary imaginations has not stopped. With traditional and reworked cooking to delight the taste buds and architecture that ranges from contemporary Spanish to the seeming motion of Baroque – it offers the traveler an exciting all-around experience. Madrid is a vibrant city that is full of life around every corner.
Steve Born is chief marketing officer for Group Voyagers, the company that markets and sells the Globus family of brands (Globus, Cosmos, Monograms and Avalon Waterways) worldwide.
Born began his marketing career outside the travel industry more than 30 years ago, and for the past 20 of them, has been responsible for guiding all marketing and call center initiatives for the Globus family. He spends his days bringing consumers the experience of travel–one of his true passions–and he could not be happier. A self-proclaimed people person, Born thrives on the daily interactions he has with travel industry colleagues, as well as with his staff–a group of individuals he fondly compares to NASA engineers; a team which now extends worldwide to global markets. With the help of this “rocket science” crew, Born has helped grow the Globus family from two to four brands, including the introduction of Monograms and Avalon Waterways. Read the rest of this entry »
Rising from the Arabian desert, on the Persian Gulf, is the luxurious and futuristic city of Dubai. Said to be settled in the 18th-century as a fishing village, Dubai has come a long way since then. Though forts and watchtowers remain from that time, skyscrapers and man-made islands create an entirely different aesthetic. As modern as Dubai has become, there is an undercurrent of tradition that keeps. Dubai has defied the harsh terrain to be become one of the most well-known metropolises in the world.
Running through Central and Eastern Europe is the Danube River. It flows for 1770mi through 10 countries and is one of the most important rivers in Europe. Today, this river provides hydroelectricity and drinking water to many nations. But, where it really shines for the traveler are the cruises that showcase the traditional architecture, culture, and landscapes that run along its banks. The Danube is a treat, perfect for cruises to view and experience the multicultural shores of this river.
The southern United States is a destination of lush landscapes and rich history, from mighty oaks decorated with hanging Spanish moss to music that has remained soulful through time. One of the more prominent sights in the South is where the Mississippi River meets the Gulf of Mexico. An area that has been historically diverse in cultures, which often means phenomenal food and a variety of unique experiences. the traveler can take their time on a riverboat cruise along one of the most iconic rivers in the United States. Read the rest of this entry »
Over the past 30 years she has had various roles in business development in the travel industry. Throughout my career she has worked in tour operation with Air Canada Vacations, Travelbrands and TMR Holidays in Canada, along with retail management of Solways Travel and GTA Travel a seller of accommodations and transfers. Having worked in various avenues of the travel industry in Canada, she has gained valuable experience in sales, operations and marketing of travel products through both retail and wholesale clients. Vicki’s position is presently Director of Business Development, The Americas, with Blue-Roads Touring and Topdeck. This allows her to oversee key distribution partners in the Americas, developing, coordinating and implementing new strategic plans to advance existing business and secure new sales opportunities. Vicki is tasked with both forming new business partnerships with the brands’ key distributors, while further managing relationships with current distribution partners. It is an exciting time in travel, as clients are looking for unique experiences in their travel adventure. Read the rest of this entry »
The southwestern United States is a place of simple beauty. Plateaus and plains stretch across its seemingly endless horizon, interrupted with majestic mountain ranges and forests. Though the rusted red and orange of the southwest (particularly in the stunning sunsets) shines untamed by the modern world, this is only the beginning of where Southwest Adventure Tours starts. They’ve got much more planned for the traveler and the agent alike.
Southwest Adventure Tours has spent years searching out the best of the best in the American Southwest. For instance Read the rest of this entry »
As if South America’s allure couldn’t get better, in comes the Galápagos Islands. These islands off the coast of Ecuador are where nature is revered over development, where Darwin is said to have started on his Theory of Evolution. The Galápagos are a view of uniqueness, in the true sense of the word.
Joel Cohen is a travel industry veteran, having worked closely with the President of New York City Vacation Packages, Barry Tenenbaum, for over 40 years. Both an accomplished author and speaker, Joel Cohen has appeared at many travel industry events. He was once named the Who’s Who of American Business Leaders, and with his customer first attitude it is no wonder why. Joel has helped to build great relationships with both travel agencies and industry suppliers. Read the rest of this entry »
There are many travel suppliers in the industry. Most are great at what they do, which is offer the traveler an experience of a destination. Ya’lla tours is no different in that aspect; but they shine more when it comes to the more personalized experience. Having been in the industry since 1993, they’ve learned a few things about customizing the journey of travelers. Read the rest of this entry »
When most people think of Italy, they think of the rolling vineyards, Roman monuments, and boats in place of cars meandering down canals. While these are sights to be found in this romantic country, the border it shares with Switzerland and Austria has a very different feel. Here, in the northeast where the iconic Alps carry down, sits Cortina d’Ampezzo (commonly known as simply Cortina). A jet set destination since the 18th century, it has been an all-year-long destination for quite some time. Read the rest of this entry »
Jenn has over ten years of experience in the execution of successful business to business events and marketing campaigns. She joined the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) in March 2017 as the Director of Marketing Programs.
In her role, she is responsible for supporting ASTA’s initiatives by driving the promotion of events, membership, and education. Before joining ASTA, Jenn worked at Choice Hotels HQ in Rockville, MD where she supported the Global Sales team with B2B industry events, as well as, developed marketing promotions for TMCs.
Jenn’s passion for travel traces back to when she spent 1.5 years teaching English in South Korea. During her time overseas, she gained an overwhelming love for the travel industry, and all that encompasses it. Jenn received a BS in Communications and Marketing from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. She currently resides in Washington, DC. Read the rest of this entry »
There are magical places in the world, each with their own atmosphere and allure. But few of them compare to the shores of the eastern Mediterranean. From the aquamarine waters stretching out as far as the eye can see to the lively and accommodating locals, these shores have been memorialized in the minds of travelers for ages.