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There are 73 articles by Jonathan Divine published on this site.


Branson, Missouri has something for everyone! We aren’t just country anymore! Branson offers shows of every genre from singing and dancing to magic to murder mystery to religious plays, boat and train rides, zip lines, go-karts, theme parks, indoor and outdoor water parks, museums, 18 hole golf courses, miniature golf, hiking, themed restaurants, outlet shopping and beautiful scenery. Branson has all of this and so much more with a safe, hometown friendliness.

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Discover Ecuador by Solar Tours

The eye-catching colors of Ecuador leap out from every corner of its diverse landscape, from fluttering rainbow-hued macaw wings in the Amazonian jungle to the calm, dazzling blue lakes of the Andean sierra and the fiery terracotta sands of the Galapagos Islands. Brooding snow-capped volcanoes provide a striking contrast to the roaring heat of the salsa-dancing coast. You’ll gaze in wonder at the sparkling gold interior of Quito’s baroque churches while walking in the footsteps of Spanish conquistadors and Incan warriors.

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CookTravel.net has been providing a better class of service for less since 1974. We provide discounted consolidator fares on international Business and First Class air travel and have negotiated contracts with 28 major airlines, giving us access to deals unavailable to most travel agents.

We never rely on booking engines or automated assistants, because time and time again we’ve found that, when it comes to business or first class tickets, humans find the best and most reliable deals. Read the rest of this entry »

Interview with Mike Marchev, Author and Speaker

 

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Mike Marchev entered the travel industry in 1984 and has been sharing his sales, marketing and business development strategies with proactive travel professionals ever since.

Author of “Become the Exception,” the “More-On” business series, the “Travel Agent Success” series, the Mike & Nolan Show and now the “Sales Kit in a Box” programs, Mike is a frequent speaker at industry events. He makes a point to mix both content and entertainment in his down-to-earth, logical, believable and doable training sessions.

Mike writes regularly for TRO and The Travel Institute and has appeared in Travel Weekly and Agent @ Home Magazine on numerous occasions.

Mike has spoken to audiences in 18 countries and in over 75% of the United States. He has earned a marketing graduate degree and has taught sales and marketing classes at the university graduate school level. His latest focus is to help travel professionals sell and promote River Cruises while they represent the hottest trend in the industry. He is collaborating with AmaWaterways to help travel professionals take full advantage of River Cruising; find out more at http://www.mikemarchev.com/rivercruising.

Travel Research Online: What is the earliest experience in travel you can recall?

Mike Marchev: My dad was a true, dye-in-the-wool salesman who often took me on business trips. When air travel was involved I remember the plane was called an Eastern Airline Electra. That should position me with your readers as a “fossil.” (LOL) In addition to making his sales calls, he always found time to check out the local sights. We had fun traveling together. Read the rest of this entry »

Costa Rica Dream Adventures has been in business for over 15 years and is based out of Atlanta, Georgia. They are especially proud of their great team in Costa Rica, available for hands on support with 24/7 service for all the clients in Costa Rica. They are a unique, single destination tour management company. They customize tours for individuals, couples, family vacations, weddings, anniversaries, groups, corporate and incentive travel. They remain one of the largest tour operators in the United States. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Mavian Arocha-Rowe is currently the director of brand communications and content for Vacation Express, where she creates and ensures articulation and consistency of Vacation Express’ desired brand image and position. Her position ensures all communication and marketing efforts are aligned with vision, mission, ambition and brand strategy. She is also the editor-in-chief of Strategy Magazine, a national business lifestyle publication, where she has received accolades from FOLIO Magazine and the Library Journal. Her hands-on experience in the ever-changing business world has ignited her passion and perseverance to creatively fuse Strategy’s “Strategy for Life” slogan.

Mavian Arocha-Rowe is also a Speaker and Advocate for WellSpring Living and on-air contributor for CNN NotiMujer. She provides business consulting to PurseN, a fashion organizational company, and her knack for business is also witnessed within Little Pink Book and La Nueva Voz Latina, where she serves as one of their business blog experts. She has won numerous awards for her work in the travel and publication industries.

Travel Research Online: Though you still work in many publication fields, you moved from broader lifestyle publications to Vacation Express – was there anything which inspired your entering the travel industry?
Mavian Arocha-Rowe: Within my lifestyle magazine days, aside from beauty and fashion, I was at the forefront of reviewing hotels and restaurants. So, let’s just say I was very fond of traveling prior to Vacation Express. Read the rest of this entry »

Experienced travel agents have long used consolidators for obtaining the best possible pricing on international airline fares for their clients. However, many travel planners have little experience with consolidators and don’t know where to begin to establish the proper supplier relationships. The United States Air Consolidator Association, better known as USACA, is making it easier for travel consultants to work with its membership. USACA is an association of twelve distinguished consolidators who have joined together to provide travel agents with a better understanding of the consolidator market and the advantages to working with consolidator fares. USACA serves as the national trade association for airline ticket consolidators committed to integrity, trust and reliability. A travel agent may freely and confidently look to USACA members for consolidated airline tickets. The end result? Better international fares for clients and more profit for the travel agent. Sound like a good deal? Read on. Read the rest of this entry »

Discover Alaska with ShoreTrips!

At over 650,000 square miles, Alaska is by far the largest of the United States – larger than the next three combined. With all this land – most of it untamed wild – Alaska presents a perfect experience for those who want to appreciate the serenity and awe-inspiring beauty of nature, as well as those who want to engage the outdoors head-on with thrilling adventures! Come explore Alaska – brought to you by ShoreTrips.

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Interview with Brian Stack, President of CIE Tours

 

PictureBrian W. Stack was born in Dublin and educated at 0’Connell Schools in Dublin and Salford College in Manchester UK (Marketing).

Following a ten year career with Aer Lingus in the UK, Brian joined the Irish Tourist Board in Dublin and New York – specializing in the meeting and incentive travel area.

In 1990, Brian joined CIE Tours International as President, and in 2007 was appointed to the additional role as Managing Director, with responsibility for the world wide operation of CIE Tours International.

CIE Tours International is one of the largest producers of tourists from the U.S. to Ireland and has been profitable each year since 1990.

 

Travel Research Online: First of all, thank you for taking the time for this interview.

Brian Stack: You’re welcome.

 

TRO: Before you entered the travel industry, what experiences did you have in travel?

Brian Stack: We vacationed when I was younger in Ireland, and we’d visit Paris and London, so I’ve always, even since a young age, enjoyed traveling. Read the rest of this entry »

Experienced travel agents have long used consolidators for obtaining the best possible pricing on international airline fares for their clients. However, many travel planners have little experience with consolidators and don’t know where to begin to establish the proper supplier relationships. The United States Air Consolidator Association, better known as USACA, is making it easier for travel consultants to work with its membership. USACA is an association of twelve distinguished consolidators who have joined together to provide travel agents with a better understanding of the consolidator market and the advantages to working with consolidator fares. USACA serves as the national trade association for airline ticket consolidators committed to integrity, trust and reliability. A travel agent may freely and confidently look to USACA members for consolidated airline tickets. The end result? Better international fares for clients and more profit for the travel agent. Sound like a good deal? Read on. Read the rest of this entry »

Brian John, Founder & CEO of Intrepid Vacations

 

PictureBrian John is founder, president, CEO of Intrepid Vacations where he is responsible for executing the vision of this leisure travel corporation and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the company. A veteran of the travel industry, Mr. John brings decades of experience to Intrepid Vacations as well as management expertise gained throughout his career in virtually every aspect of the tour operation business including: Product Development, Operations, Sales & Marketing and Training & Development. His diverse background includes key management roles at such well-known travel firms as STI Travel, Central Holidays, and BJ Travel Services.

Mr. John is currently working on his MBA from City University in New York, Baruch College. His company’s headquarters is location in Marlton, New Jersey. He and his wife reside in Riverton, New Jersey.

 

Travel Research Online: What was your first experience in travel? What is your most memorable experience in travel?

Brian John: As far back as I can remember as a child we traveled often from the Virgin Islands (where I was born) to Boston (where I grew up) – it was a time when air travel was a luxurious event. Everyone would dress up and savor every minute of the air travel experience as part of a whole vacation. I remember the excitement of taking off and the roar of the engines…of the clouds outside that made way for adventuring in new cities. Those memories made me simply love travel. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Since 1998, Joel Cohen has been Vice President of New York City Vacation Packages, a company devoted to promoting “the Greatest City in the World.”

He graduated from Temple University’s School of Business Administration and attended its Law School, has spoken at many travel industry events including the ASTA World Congress, and has been named to Who’s Who of American Business Leaders.

His life’s goal was to visit every major country in the world. His goal now is to eat in every one of New York City’s 17,000 restaurants.

He doesn’t plan on accomplishing either goal but is having fun trying.

 

Travel Research Online: What was your first experience in travel? What is your most memorable experience traveling?

Joel Cohen: I was a counselor for a teen travel camp in the late ‘60s. We toured New England, and the first time I saw the White Mountains in New Hampshire I was hooked on the beauty and sheer magnitude of nature. Read the rest of this entry »

Discover Peru with Solar Tours

Perhaps no other trip could possibly be more rewarding than one to Peru. With some of the most distinctive indigenous peoples on the planet, a fascinating history, and a variety of natural landscapes, a trip to Peru is most often a life-changing experience. Peruvian festivals and holidays are among the most colorful on the planet, and with thousands each year, chances are good that you can add one of these unforgettable experiences to your travel to-do list. Peru is a magical, thrilling place and the memories you take from a trip there, will beckon you to return in the future.

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Experienced travel agents have long used consolidators for obtaining the best possible pricing on international airline fares for their clients. However, many travel planners have little experience with consolidators and don’t know where to begin to establish the proper supplier relationships. The United States Air Consolidator Association, better known as USACA, is making it easier for travel consultants to work with its membership. USACA is an association of twelve distinguished consolidators who have joined together to provide travel agents with a better understanding of the consolidator market and the advantages to working with consolidator fares.  Read on to learn more about some of USACA’s consolidators. Read the rest of this entry »

Interview with Bryan Tighe, CEO of Budget Your Trip

 

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Bryan Tighe is the co-founder and CEO of Budget Your Trip, a website that provides a suite of tools to travel agents (BYT Agent) as well as travel cost information for consumers. Together with his wife, Laurie, he launched the company in 2009. Having visited over 50 countries, many on extended trips, travel is one of Bryan’s passions along with photography and website development.

BYT Agent offers a variety of easy-to-use tools for travel agents, some of which are available to agents for free. The service brings modern Web 2.0 technology to the travel agent industry at an extremely affordable price. All of the tools are aimed to increase productivity for agents, and include a client manager, task tracker, supplier reviews, itinerary builder, invoice creator, and group trip organizer. Additionally, BYT Agent offers a unique travel cost research tool with incidental travel costs from real travelers for destinations around the world. All of the tools are available online, so no download is needed; any internet enabled device can be used to access the service. Ease-of-use and agent productivity are the primary goals of the tools. Read the rest of this entry »

USACA.com: A Powerful Resource for Travel Agents

Experienced travel agents have long used consolidators for obtaining the best possible pricing on international airline fares for their clients. However, many travel planners have little experience with consolidators and don’t know where to begin to establish the proper supplier relationships. The United States Air Consolidator Association, better known as USACA, is making it easier for travel consultants to work with its membership. USACA’s website is a virtual gold-mine of valuable information for travel professionals, who will find it easier than ever to benefit from the experience, reliability and comprehensive services offered by USACA air consolidators. Read the rest of this entry »

Wizie is a US based Travel Technology Company providing World Class solutions to Airlines, Travel Wholesalers/Consolidators, Travel Agencies and OTA’s worldwide. With strategic offices in multiple locations globally we strive to provide multiple products and solutions that help our customers reduce cost and increase sales/revenue. While we provide Numerous Solutions for Airlines and Travel Consolidators/Agents, there are several core products we aim at Travel Consolidators/Agents: Read the rest of this entry »

Interview with Bonnie Lee, CEO of Travel Quest

 

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Bonnie Lee entered the travel industry in 1994. She started as a home-based agent for four years working as part of two different host agencies. Because of bad business practices, the first host agency went bankrupt. The second host agency would withhold commissions from the home-based agents. Instead of trying to find a host agency that had everything she was looking for, she started her own.

In 1998, Bonnie Lee became ARC certified and created Travel Quest. What started as a small company of just herself and one other home-based agent has grown to over 480 independent contractor travel agents! Read the rest of this entry »

The Top 5 Reasons to Book Trafalgar

Trafalgar is passionate about travel and, with over 65 years of experience in guided vacations, your clients’ journey with them will be full of unforgettable moments that give them a unique insider’s view of each destination. Imagine dining at a family home or local venue like a traditional farmhouse in Ireland or a family-owned olive grove estate in Tuscany. With Trafalgar’s exclusive Be My Guest dining experiences, your clients will enjoy a true taste of local food and culture. Read the rest of this entry »

At Europe Express we are dedicated to amazing group travel experiences. From bringing families closer together to educating students about art, history or architecture, it is easy to see out why Europe Express has been a leader in arranging group travel since 1990. The amazing experience starts well before your clients even think of packing a suitcase.

We work with you to create a tailor-made trip to fit the interests of your group, booking whatever combination of travel services fit your plans and budget, including airfare, hotels, rail, transfers, sightseeing and more. We provide expert guides and high quality travel products and specialize in multi-city and multi-country itineraries. In addition to helping you organize signup deadlines, travel documents and payments. Read the rest of this entry »

CookTravel.net has been providing a better class of service for less since 1974. We provide discounted consolidator fares on international Business and First Class air travel and have negotiated contracts with 28 major airlines, giving us access to deals unavailable to most travel agents.

We never rely on booking engines or automated assistants, because time and time again we’ve found that, when it comes to business or first class tickets, humans find the best and most reliable deals. Read the rest of this entry »