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There are 72 articles by Jonathan Divine published on this site.


Interview with Yvette De Vries, President of APTA

 

PictureYvette De Vries grew up and studied in Stellenbosch, South Africa. She spent the first 10 years of her career in public relations in the local wine industry before moving to the United States and settling in Connecticut.  As the senior consultant at African Portfolio since 2001, Yvette’s extensive travels throughout the continent and years of first-hand experience has been of great value to hundreds of travelers for whom she has tailor-made unique and memorable adventures in East- and Southern Africa, Morocco, Egypt, the Seychelles and Mauritius. She is President of the Association for Promotion of Tourism to Africa, or APTA.

 

TRO: What made you interested in becoming part of the travel industry?

Yvette: When I first came to the US on a vacation, I quickly realised that Cape Town was not nearly the “world renowned city” that I had thought. After explaining where it is to a very friendly lady on a train, she mumbled that seeing as she was a geography teacher, she probably should have known that…

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Discover Beijing with ShoreTrips!

From the substantial culture to the magnificent architecture and entertainment, this Chinese wonderland offers a memorable visit for everyone. The second most populated city in China, Beijing is a noteworthy blend between the delicate balance of nature and mankind. Proud of their past, the Chinese maintain the city with utmost care, making sure to incorporate it into the social and economic boom that has come to define their wondrous society. This 60 Second Destination brought to the travel professional community by ShoreTrips.

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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. 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 Costa Rica with Solar Tours

A 3-hour plane ride from Miami will place you within one of the most beautiful countries in all of Central America. Costa Rica offers attractions for all ages; nature in its prime can be reveled in thanks to the government’s strong efforts to preserve eco-tourism. The rainforests that populate this gem are some of the most unique in the world, and in combination with the perfect year-round climate and atmosphere, not to mention the extremely friendly locals, you are sure to desire a visit over and over again.

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Argentina by Avanti

Argentina is a country of vast natural resources and beauty. From Iguzazu Falls in the North to the vineyards of Mendoza and the splendor of Patagonia, Argentina has for too long been largely overlooked by travelers from North America. Explore Argentina with us and check out Avanti’s amazing values to South America. Remember that travel agents can use 60-Second Geography articles on their websites and in their newsletters! Read the rest of this entry »

Interview with Rob Betz on Blue Sky Tours’ New Website

 

PictureRob Betz joined The Mark Travel Corporation in 1994 and has held several duties involving sales, marketing, operations and product contracting. He is inspired and energized to continue working with such a knowledgeable and dedicated team at Blue Sky Tours, who recently completed and launched a complete overhaul of their website and booking engine. His mission is to grow the business and further the reputation of Blue Sky Tours as an industry leader in the Hawaii market.


TRO: What motivated Blue Sky Tours to create a new booking engine and website?

RB:  Blue Sky Tours has always been a wonderful company that prides itself on its innovative systems and wonderful customer service.  Our Customer service continues to be second to none and we wanted to ensure that our system kept pace. We have improved our web site and booking engine to bring the best pricing and ease of booking that our agents have come to expect from Blue Sky Tours. Read the rest of this entry »

The Dominican Republic with Vacation Express

If you’re thinking about the Dominican Republic, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Despite a history of social unrest, this is one of the friendliest islands in the Caribbean. The Latin influenced vibe is laid-back, the nightlife is supercharged, and the beaches offer something for everyone. If that was not enough, the Dominican Republic is a bargain hunter’s paradise. And no tour operator knows the Dominican Republic like Vacation Express!

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An Interview with Sophie Bujold of Clixo Media

 

PictureSophie Bujold is the founder of Clixo Media, a social media marketing company that opened its doors 2 years ago. She markets her brand at www.sophiebujold.com which offers education and consulting services in social media marketing for travel professionals. She teaches travel professionals how to understand and use social media successfully to market their business. This is done through online training programs, one-on-one work with individual clients, and group speaking events Read the rest of this entry »

Beijing by ShoreTrips

From the substantial culture to the magnificent architecture and entertainment, this Chinese wonderland offers a memorable visit for everyone. The second most populated city in China, Beijing is a noteworthy blend between the delicate balance of nature and mankind. Proud of their past, the Chinese maintain the city with utmost care, making sure to incorporate it into the social and economic boom that has come to define their wondrous society. This 60 Second Destination brought to the travel professional community by ShoreTrips.

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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. 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 »

An Interview with Margaret Murphy, Senior VP at CLIA

 

PictureMargaret Murphy is Senior Vice President of Marketing and Training for Cruise Lines International Association. Prior to joining CLIA, Margaret was president of 21C Communications Consulting.  Her background also includes leading a global Business Transformation practice as a managing principal of the IBM Consulting Group and heading the Atlanta public relations offices for GolinHarris (IPG International). She is a graduate of Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business.

TRO: With a background in business, what inspired you to go into the travel industry?

MM: As a management consultant, I worked in a variety of industries from finance to fashion.  Inspiration for me comes from a love for the industry and knowing I will work with people who feel the same way.  No question, we in the travel industry are in the business of making people’s dreams come true – it’s a real privilege and a joy to be in an industry where we create positive experiences for people. Read the rest of this entry »

Welcome to the Islands of All About HAWAII

Whether you are a return visitor or newcomer, All About HAWAII offers a program to suit your individual budget and vacation needs. Let us help you choose your Hawaiian destination where you may discover the “True Aloha Spirit”.

HISTORY:

Opened in 1980, as a corporate and leisure travel company, All About Travel quickly transitioned into a wholesale tour operator when founder Gerry Mayes recognized the need for value priced vacations to Hawaii departing from the West Coast. Over the years, All About Travel has grown to offer contract and published airfares from across the United States and 200+ choices for accommodations in Hawaii alone. Read the rest of this entry »

Cancún, Mexico by Vacation Express

Cancun has become a second home for North American travelers looking for great beaches, lots of sun and exciting nightlife. Mayan ruins sit next door to world-class accommodations and tourism facilities, with water sports and natural attractions close at hand. Only a couple of hours from many United States cities, Cancun is one of the most accessible international destinations available. Use the article below in your own newsletters and on your websites, compliments of Vacation Express!

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Peru has an appeal to both the adventure and the luxury markets, a real opportunity for an excellent first experience to Latin America. Join Solar Tours on a voyage to the largest of the Andean Republics. Remember, you can use 60-Second Geography articles in your own newsletters and on your web sites. 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 »

The Western Caribbean by ShoreTrips

When you think of the Caribbean you typically conjure up images of white-sand beaches and tropical drinks with little umbrellas and cabana boys (or girls)to wait on your every need. It’s a pleasant thought, but the islands of the Caribbean offer so much more.  The contradictions hit you the moment you arrive. With a history built on piracy, sugar, slavery, revolt and colonial identity, the islands support a vibrant mix of cultures. There are cricket players and Rastas, Cuban rebels and lobster fishermen.

Be sure to see the recommended tours by ShoreTrips after the article.

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DISCOVER FLANDERS… It’s the northern region of Belgium, and includes the cities of Antwerp, Bruges, Brussels, Ghent, Leuven and Mechelen. While most people think of mussels, fries, beer and canals when you mention Flanders, there is so much more! With an incredibly rich history, impressive arts & architecture, a cutting edge fashion industry, a cyclists paradise and of course, a culinary Valhalla, Flanders will not disappoint. All this can be found just 1h 20 min from Paris and 1h 51 min from London, by train. Read the rest of this entry »

Galway by Sceptre Tours

Galway is a city in the western region of the Republic of Ireland, and is a prime destination both for its own local charms and because it serves as a fantastic “jumping-off” point for west Ireland! This week’s 60-Second Geography is sponsored by Sceptre Tours because, well, who knows Ireland better? Read the rest of this entry »

Vacation Express, part of Sunwing Travel Group Inc., has been in existence for over 23 years and is one of the largest tour operators in the Southeast. The Atlanta-based tour operator specializes in quality vacation packages to over 25 destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico and Costa Rica.

The company sells air/land vacation packages from most U.S. cities via regularly scheduled airline service. In May 2012, capitalizing on the opportunities afforded by Sunwing, the company expanded its business model and introduced a seasonal Sunwing program featuring non-stop champagne flights from Atlanta, Cincinnati and Nashville to three of the company’s most popular destinations, Cancun, Jamaica and Punta Cana. The seasonal service has been extremely successful and due to unprecedented demand in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region, the DOT has already approved a continuation of the Sunwing CVG service for 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

An Interview with Stuart Cohen of the Stuart Cohen Show

 

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Stuart L. Cohen is an accomplished international speaker, writer and business success coach for Exclamation Points Inc., a company he launched to help people and their businesses to achieve greatly. A 24-year travel industry veteran, he has served in many leadership positions with such companies as Vacation.com, World Travel Holdings and Celebrity Cruises. Cohen’s entrepreneurial spirit has brought brands like N.E.S.T, the Home Based Success Series, and the Travel Agent Success Series to life. Stuart currently produces and hosts the Stuart Cohen Show, an award-winning web-based talk radio show for travel professionals. He is also president of ResortForaDay, which offers resort passes to Caribbean & Mexico cruisers. Stuart lives in Long Island, New York.

TRO: What about the Travel Industry first appealed to you as an entrepreneur/businessman?

SC: I can’t think of another industry that I’d rather be in! I sell what everybody wants. I sell happiness and memories. Travel will never go out of style and there is always a new experience to be had! Read the rest of this entry »

CLIA, All about You and Cruising too.

CLIA is one of those acronyms that the industry likes to toss around. CLIA is said to be one of the “must join” organizations for travel professionals. It is also an affordable alternative for industry recognition if you do not want to be beholden to the airlines with ARC or IATAN (more acronyms). But beyond the certificate, stickers, bonus commission coupons and other goodies, CLIA offers so much more, including allowing you the ability to book cruises!

History

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise association and is dedicated to the promotion and growth of the cruise industry. CLIA is composed of 26 of the major cruise lines serving North America and is an organization that operates pursuant to an agreement filed with the Federal Maritime Commission under the Shipping Act of 1984 and serves as a non-governmental consultative organization to the International Maritime Organization, an agency of the United Nations. Read the rest of this entry »