Author Archives: Shelby Bouck

There are 21 articles by Shelby Bouck published on this site.

Once home to Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, and Michelangelo, the breathtaking region of Tuscany extends from the sparkling Tyrrhenian Sea to the snow-capped Apennine Mountains. This valley cradles some of the most enlightening sensual experiences Italy and Europe have to offer–whether your passion is good food, breathtaking views or fine wine, you’ll find something to inspire you under the Tuscan sun. This article is provided to the travel community for free by Europe Express.
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The island of Jamaica is the third largest in the Caribbean. Ideally located, it captures trade winds that assist in maintaining a near constant temperature between 77 and 82 degrees and which bless the mountainous island’s northeast coast with abundant rain. Jamaica supports a wide diversity of plant and animal life. More than half the island is higher than 800 feet above sea level. The economy depends heavily on tourism, and some of the Caribbean’s finest resorts and elegant boutique hotels are found on the beaches of Jamaica. Read the rest of this entry »

Weekend Flights from Nashville and Cincinnati to Cancun!

Vacation Express is pleased to announce new flight patterns to our fall 2013 and 2014 charter flight schedule. Two charters have been added to Cancun International Airport (CUN) departing from Cincinnati/North Kentucky International Airport (CVG) and Nashville International Airport (BNA). Vacation Express will charter AeroMexico aircrafts for these exclusive non-stop flights boasting complimentary bar, select snacks, in-flight entertainment, headsets, one free carry-on bag and one free checked bag. Clients looking for more personal space can upgrade for only $75 each way. With an upgrade, clients receive first-class seating with priority check-in and boarding and a second checked bag free of charge. Read the rest of this entry »

While the individual parts that make up the United Kingdom have a history going back thousands of years, the United Kingdom as we know it is relatively new. The history of the U.K. as a unified sovereign state began with the political union of the kingdoms of England, which included Wales, and Scotland in 1707. The Union created the United Kingdom of Great Britain, which shared a single constitutional monarch and a single parliament at Westminster. Today the U.K. includes Northern Ireland, officially making it the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. All four countries fall under the same monarchy and government—England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

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Click Here!Akshay Shah is the vice president of marketing for Sky Bird Travel & Tours, Inc. He is currently the president of United States Airline Consolidation Association and is on several boards of advisors for different organizations.


Travel Research Online: Before you entered the travel industry, what experiences did you have in travel?

Akshay Shah: Thanks to my parents’ involvement in the travel industry, there has never been a time at which I was not involved in it as well. From a very young age I was fortunate enough to be able to take frequent trips including yearly excursions to India as well as the occasional cruise and what have you.


TRO: Did that translate to a greater understanding or appreciation of travel?

Mr. Shah: First and foremost, there really is a great sense of appreciation. The knowledge I have gained of the logistics of travel helps me in assisting travelers with having their own desired experiences. Read the rest of this entry »

WCBS: Printing You Can Trust

WCBS4Printing, (“WCBS”)  is a seasoned, full-service premium printing resource for travel companies, mid-sized businesses, corporations and marketing & design professionals nationwide. From printing and graphic design to editing, proofreading and bulk mailing, the company’s mission is to make life easier for our customers by providing a high-quality, low-cost, one-stop resource for all your printing and physical marketing needs. WCBS began as West Coast Business Systems in 1981. The first year it had a total of five travel agency clients, all on Sabre and all in Los Angeles. From there, with its dedicated focus on the travel agency community, it has grown to serve over 7000 active accounts domestically throughout the United States and internationally in the Pacific Rim, Canada and the Caribbean. To serve these accounts cost effectively and efficiently WCBS has production facilities in the Western, Central and Eastern U.S. and Canada.

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“Don’t you worry about a thing… ’cause every little thing is gonna be all right.” These wise words from Bob Marley encompass the kind of laid-back calm you can achieve as you lie on a beach, explore a jungle or take a guided tour around the beautiful island of Jamaica. No matter where you’re from or what your background is, you’ll be welcome on this tropical paradise. While it’s tempting to never leave the grounds of your luxurious all-inclusive resort during a trip to this gorgeous isle, you should resist the urge long enough to get a taste of Jamaica’s singular unique culture and natural beauty.

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Arthur Salus, CEO of Costa Rica Dream Adventures



Arthur Salus is founder and CEO of Costa Rica Dream Adventures. The company is based in Atlanta, Georgia with another office in San Jose, Costa Rica.

After visiting Costa Rica many years ago, Mr. Salus remembered the wonderful experience he had there and decided to open a Tour Operator providing travel exclusively to Costa Rica.

For over 15 years, Costa Rica Dream Adventures has expanded and now promotes individual travel, group travel, weddings & honeymoons, incentive travel and corporate meetings. The company prides itself on providing hands-on support for the client from the moment the reservation is made until the guest returns, including in-country support provided by partner Costa Rica Dream Travel, located in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Travel Research Online:
What has been your most memorable travel experience?

Arthur Salus: Since I’m in the travel business, I get the opportunity to travel all around the world. However, Central and South America are my favorite destinations. The reason I’ve had the best experiences down in Central and South America is mainly because the people are so friendly. I think it is a much more laid-back culture and the people welcome you because tourism is promoted heavily in those countries. The people look forward to seeing Americans. Americans and their dollars are most welcome in these countries. Read the rest of this entry »

It isn’t often that two companies, both having been through major changes over a quarter of a decade, reunite. But that’s exactly what happened when Atlanta-based Vacation Express, part of the Sunwing Travel Group, added Grand Lido Negril Resort & Spa to its Jamaica Program. Both Vacation Express and Grand Lido have their roots in Jamaica. The Atlanta-based tour operator, which was famed for their first programs to Jamaica, opened their doors nearly the same time as Grand Lido’s original opening.

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stevetuckerStephen Tucker is the President of All Leisure Group, North America, parent company of Voyages of Discovery, Swan Hellenic, and Hebridean Island Cruises. Based in the Fort Lauderdale office, he reports to Andrew Dufty, the Group Marketing Director. Tucker, a certified travel counselor, is involved in all operations at the Fort Lauderdale office, including day to day liaison with travel agents, sales and marketing activities, and staff management.

Before joining All Leisure Group in February of 2013, his extensive cruise industry background started in 1981 and included vice president positions at Silversea and Orient Lines, as well as field sales positions with Holland America Lines and Premier Cruise Lines, and both field sales and charter and incentive experience at Dolphin Cruise Line and Majesty Cruise Line.


Travel Research Online: What has been your most memorable travel experience?

Stephen Tucker: My most memorable travel experience was my honeymoon 25 years ago when my wife and I took a one-week cruise to Egypt, Israel, and Turkey followed by a week on the island of Santorini, Greece, where we stayed in a “cave-villa”, which was basically a room actually excavated from Oia’s cliff face and overlooking the volcanic bay known as the “Caldera”.  Santorini is also the only place I know of that has a white sand, red sand, and black sand beach all on one island. Read the rest of this entry »

Grow Your Business with OASIS

As OASIS celebrates a record breaking 2012 for bookings, the well-known host agency is not sitting on its success.  The new Freedom cruise booking engine is in beta test with select agents and the new air program with Sabre Red is planned for roll-out in May.   OASIS consistently adds value to its membership which is why it has grown by double digits year after year.

Other reasons for OASIS’ skyrocketing growth are the 100% commission policy for preferred suppliers. A small processing fee is deducted and agents put the rest in their pocket.  As Kelly Bergin, Vice President of OASIS says, “We take less so you get more”.  Agents also take advantage of the high commission rates from 14 – 34%.  OASIS agents increase their income immediately by simply joining the program.

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Explore Costa Rica with Vacation Express!

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; revel in natural beauty left untouched thanks to the government’s strong efforts to preserve the island’s ecosystems. The rainforests that populate this gem are some of the most unique in the world; combine this with the perfect year-round climate and atmosphere, not to mention the extremely friendly locals, you are sure to desire another visit as soon as you return home.

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Luc Bereni was born in Corsica and has 27 years of experience in managing French airlines. He began his career in 1985 as an analyst at Air Inter; from there, he was promoted to executive assistant and then went on to head flight programs at Air Liberte and AOM French Airlines. He became Head of Commercial Operations at CCM Airlines in 2000 and in 2007 joined XL Airways as its Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Flight Schedules. He is married with two children.

What has been your most memorable travel experience?

My first flight, a domestic one-hour journey onboard a Caravelle in 1974. Perfect weather. Absolute silence. A total discovery in terms of mobility, which I often think of when I am onboard a plane that’s about to take-off.

How did that influence your understanding or appreciation of travel?

Even though I was not quite conscious of it at the time – after all I was only 12 – I probably considered from that day on that only planes could connect the earth’s five continents quickly enough to make it reasonable for someone to aim at discovering all of them across the course of a lifetime.

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Costa Rica is Central America’s special jewel and it is only a few short hours’ flight from anywhere in the US. Costa Rica appeals to travelers of all ages and the country’s natural attractions, wildlife and reputation for enlightened conservation draw visitors from all over the world. The government has made a real effort to preserve the country’s image as an eco-tourism haven; because of this watchfulness, Costa Rica  shelters a whopping 5% of the existing biodiversity in the entire world. The country’s bio-diversity attracts nature lovers from all over the world. Add to this the incredible warmth and sincere hospitality of the local people and the exceptional variety of hotels along Guanacaste’s Pacific coast and you have a recipe for a unique and memorable destination for couples, singles and families.

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Vacation Express, part of Sunwing Travel Group Inc., has been in existence for over 25 years and is one of the largest tour operators in the Southeast. The Atlanta-based tour operator specializes in quality vacation packages to over 35 destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico and Costa Rica.

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Punta Cana by Vacation Express

As far as the Dominican Republic’s tourist industry is concerned, this is where the magic happens: all-inclusive resorts abound, giving American, Canadian and European travelers a luxurious place to relax and recharge on the beach. The resorts are an experience in themselves, but Punta Cana merits some independent exploration as well. Whether you’re looking for undisturbed peace, quiet and luxury to feed your soul, adventure and new experiences to feed your brain or a heady mix of both, Punta Cana can offer you satisfaction.

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Explore Alaska with Shoretrips!

There’s no doubt about it: Alaska–The Last Frontier, the 49th State and home to some of the most ecologically diverse and remarkable ecosystems in the world–is in its prime. In the window of time between the bitter cold winter months and the cool, but very pleasant summer months lies the ideal time to explore our northernmost state.

Alaska presents visitors with a delicate blend of natural and man-made beauty, offering the best of both in picturesque settings – old towns from the gold rush days standing in the shadows of snow-covered mountains, their reflection bouncing off the tranquil lake in front of them. What could possibly be better than that?

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Barry and Julie Karp founded ShoreTrips over 10 years ago, starting an independent company that settled into a previously-ignored niche: providing tours and excursions in ports and major cities, offering hundreds of new activity options (and increased revenue) to agents in addition to what cruise lines or other suppliers offer. The company started by selling excursions in the Caribbean; in the past decade, they have expanded to Alaska, Hawaii, Europe and Asia. However, Shoretrips’ most important mission is to make sure their customers–travel agents–have a positive, profitable experience with their services. Read the rest of this entry »

Family-Friendly Jamaica with Vacation Express

Jamaica has long been a coveted vacation spot for honeymooners, but few people recognize its great potential as a family destination. There are a number of resorts on the island that lend themselves excellently to guests who travel with their spouses and children, and quite a few of them are right on the beach. Read the rest of this entry »

Approximately 600 miles off the coast of Guayaquil, Ecuador is the Columbus Archipelago, often referred to simply as The Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos is one of the most popular sites in Ecuador; home to a number of endangered species (including some very famous tortoises), the chain of islands was declared Ecuador’s first national park in 1959 and a UNESCO World Heritage site twenty years later. Gorgeous white-sand beaches, thick jungles and lava tunnels make these 19 “Enchanted Isles” well worth a visit–once you arrive, you may never want to leave.

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Tuscany by Sceptre Tours

Once home to Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, and Michelangelo, the breathtaking region of Tuscany extends from the sparkling Tyrrhenian Sea to the snow-capped Apennine Mountains. This valley cradles some of the most enlightening sensual experiences Italy and Europe have to offer–whether your passion is good food, breathtaking views, or fine art, you’ll find something to inspire you under the Tuscan sun.
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