Tying the knot in paradise
With guests coming from across North America and Europe, Sandra Gagic decided to work with a travel agent to simplify the booking process for her destination wedding – but it still didn’t go off without a hitch.
“We had bad luck, and our condo completely burned while we were in Punta Cana – four days before the wedding. Tell me about pre-wedding stress,” she... more ›
Women in travel
(Photo above: Marlie Morrison at Ronto Roasters, locatedin the Black Spire Outpost, during the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Resort.)
Leading Disney teams across Asia Pacific and Canada, Marlie Morrison says the factors that drive respective markets to travel to its theme parks vary like night and day.
“It’s so different, which is fascinating. I... more ›
Changing lives one trip at a time
(Photo above: G Adventures recently held a trip called G for Good to India and Nepal to highlight the power of community tourism and social enterprises. Photo courtesy/ G ADVENTURES)
Human trafficking survivor Indira Gurung is president of the SASANE organization in Kathmandu, Nepal, advocating for the rights of rescued women and raising awareness of the widespread issue... more ›
(Photo above: Sayulita has built a following with surfers.)
Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit views itself as a crossroads between resorts that are often at the upscale end of the lodging spectrum and Mother Nature.
Richard Zarkin, spokesman for the Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau, says numerous upscale hotel companies – such as St. Regis and Four Seasons –... more ›
(Photo above: The Ethiopian city of Axum is home to a structure Ethiopians believe contains the Ark of the Covenant.)
Ethiopian Airlines believes its Cloud 9 service is heavenly.
The carrier has five-times-a-week Toronto service, and passengers can choose between economy and business class service, with the latter called Cloud 9.
And Birhan Abate, the airline’s area... more ›
What gives travel agents the EDGE over an online booking? For Christine James, TL Network’s vice-president Canada, it’s about the value and credibility that comes with being an expert.
Whether it’s booking a bucket-list cruise around the world or an annual vacation for an African safari or a luxury river cruise, she said many travellers would rather turn to a travel... more ›
Hard-working IPW helps fuel U.S. tourism recovery
(Photo above: IPW delegates took their first tentative rides on surf boards during a Day One excursion to Huntington Beach.)
America continues to struggle with slow-downs in tourism, but the IPW conference and travel trade market is doing its bit to reverse the trend.
During the most recent IPW in Anaheim CA, the U.S. Travel Association reported that IPW will generate US$5.5... more ›
The Havana-area National Botanic Garden amounts to a Garden of [tropical, desert and Japanese] Delights.
The facility, found some 25 kms from downtown Havana, is reportedly one of the 10 largest botanical gardens in the world at 550 hectares and has greenhouses showcasing the likes of tropical plants and others from dry climates, with vegetation from Yemen’s desert-like... more ›
The Cuban city of Camaguey is making Havana look like something of a youngster.
Havana is this year celebrating its 500th anniversary, but Luis Viamontes Borras of tourist promotion office Infotur’s Camaguey office notes his city has already surpassed that milestone.
“We celebrated the city’s 505th anniversary last February,” he notes of a destination founded in... more ›
Northwest Territories tour company Tundra North Tours is inviting those who want to see see the northernmost fringes of mainland Canada during winter a form of accommodation that’s pretty cool, but which won’t stand the test of time.
The company, which sends people to the northwestern mainland reaches of the Northwest Territories and the Yukon’s Herschel Island – offers... more ›