JUNE 2006 - Travel World News


JUNE 2006 - Travel World News

JUNE 2006


The Magazine for DestinationTravel Specialists ADVENTURE


Pulsates in

North India’s




Dharamsala and

the Dalai Lama

Dominican Republic

DATE 2006

Enjoys Continued




Where Self Indulgence is Always a Good Thing


Sweet Incentives to Sell an All-Suite Experience


Beyond Machu Picchu and Cusco



June 2006


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Industry Events

Dominican Republic DATE 2006 4

Calendar of Events 10

Europe 11

North America 13

Fam Trips 15


Riviera Maya: Hacienda Vista Real & Spa

Where Self-Indulgence is Always a Good Thing 3

Turks & Caicos: Alexandra Resort

Sweet Incentives to Sell an All -Suite Experience 5

Caribbean Resource Directory 14


Peru Travel Mart

Peru: Beyond Machu Picchu and Cusco 3

The Hoteles Las Américas

Six Peruvian Properties for Americans to Know Better 7

Peru’s InkaNatura Travel

Doing Well By Doing Good 9

Latin America Resource Directory 15










Adventure Tourism Pulsates

In North India’s Himachal

Pradesh State 3

Spiritual Tourism –

Dharamsala and the Dalai Lama 5

Profitable World of Niche Markets

Resource Directory 15

COVER PHOTO CREDITS: Maria Mohanna/PromPerú; Travel World News Archives; Fortina Spa Resort; Peter Deilmann River &

Ocean Cruises Ltd.; Helen Kitti Smith


industry events

Dominican Republic: DATE 2006,

Punta Cana

The Dominican Annual Travel Exchange works creating large strides forward

for Dominican Republic’s tourism.

By D. O. Christian Rieger IV

The Dominican Annual Travel

Exchange (DATE) is the Dominican

Republic’s most important tourism

exchange fair. This is its seventh

year bringing together hoteliers,

destination mangers and tour

companies (270) with buying tour operators (150). From

its inception, the exchange has been organized by

the National Association of Hotels and Restaurants


The association has 130 hotel members, with 38,500

rooms that represent 70% of the national hotel inventory.

This annual event has contributed significantly to the

Dominican Republic’s surge in popularity as a vacation

destination and has helped new resorts get their name out

to the industry.

Edmundo Aja President of Ocean Hotels and Felix Jimenez Minister of

Tourism greeting all DATE delegates to a splendid evening of revelry at

Dominican night on Thursday April 6.

Increasing Tourism Numbers

The first quarter foreign-travel arrival figures for 2006

are up compared to the same period last year. Foreign air

arrivals were 987,599, up 8% according to the Central

Bank which keeps track of these numbers. The Punta

Cana International Airport led all the nation’s airports

with 494,315 arrivals, 19.5% jump over the past year.

Puerto Plata International received 215,367 tourists, up


La Romana also showed increased numbers, with

95,089 foreign arrivals, up 5%. Santiago's Cibao airport

had a robust 14.7% growth. Only one entryway showed

a decline, Las Americas International Airport in Santo

Domingo, the capital. It had a slight decline of 9%, with

149,163 arrivals.

In is in Punta Cana, on the eastern shore, with the

biggest number of arrivals and the largest increase in traffic,

where this year’s D.A.T.E. was held. The town of

Punta Cana is famous for its European style hotels,

championship golf courses and excellent local arts and

crafts. The shoreline is protected by law, making it one of

the most pristine in the Caribbean and an excellent spot

to practice water sports — both on the surface and below.

The three-day event, from April 5 though the 7, was in

the 12,477 square foot convention center of the new

Paradisus Palma Real. Most of the participants stayed at

this 554 all-suite, luxury resort located on Bávaro Beach.

As well as the many social events of the fair, attendees

also used its casino and extensive spa, its seven restaurants

and eight bars.

One of the highlights of the social side of DATE was the

Dominican Night at Ocean Blue Golf and Beach Resort -

Ocean Sand Golf & Beach Resort. The management likes

to put on first-line extravaganzas, and this was no exception.

About 450 attendees, local and international press, and

government officers attended this sea-side affair. After

the official opening, a saxophone player guided the delegates

into La Tortuga Buffet restaurant where the delegates

were welcomed by Dominican tourism officers,

members of the hotel association and management of the

hotel. Dancing and show girls in traditional dress posed

with the delegates for photo ops. Just before going into

the theater for an evening of feisty Dominican entertainment,

there was a spectacular fireworks display in the

dark sky over the ebony waters.

The buffet consisted of a wide variety of traditional

Dominican specialty cuisine that included pork, chicken,

lobster, snapper, paella, pasta, various rices, plantains,

sweet coconut dishes and Dominican cakes of different

colors, flavors and taste.

The First-Timers and The Regulars

Among the new resorts at DATE was the 55-suite,

beachfront hotel, Sivory. Many units have oceanfront

views and private plunge pools. There are three gourmet

restaurants, two casual dining bars and cigar lounge. It

is the second Dominican hotel to operate under the pres-


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Left to right: Enrique de Marchena, President of the National Hotel and Restaurant Association,

Felix Jimenez, Ministry of Tourism, and Andre Gerendau,VP Sol Melia Hotels, cutting the ribbon

for the opening of DATE 2006 and the luxury hotel Paradisus Palma Real.


tigious Small Luxury Hotels of the

World designation.

The resort's three menus, created

by Chef Francois Bouvet, who cooked

at two Michelin-starred restaurants

in the Dominican Republic, specialize

in French, Mediterranean and

Asian cuisine.

There is an 8,000-bottle wine cellar

strong in Spanish vintages, with

California, French, German,

Portuguese, Chilean, Australian and

Bulgarian wines represented. Mr.

Maiel, vice president of sales and

marketing, waxes enthusiastically

about the sommelier. “He is dedicated

to his profession and is very

proficient and very passionate about

the right pairing of the right food

with the right wine, the right red

wine with the right Cohiba cigar and

the right Dunhill with the right

scotch whiskey.” Yes, he is referring

to a Cuban Cohiba.

He adds “From the planning stage

we wanted a hotel for the wealthy. It

is intended to be for people who want

privacy and quiet. It is not to compete

with the very active and large


“We chose a staff of 150 from 850

applicants. We particularly wanted to

be sure they spoke English. That is

the language of our resort’s major

market, America.” Management realizes

that their target clientele goes

on a vacation to relax, not to have to

wrestle with misunderstandings

brought on by language differences.

They believe if their clientele is paying

the price, they should get the service.

E/P rates through July 31 range

from $266 for Deluxe Junior Suites

to $1500 for the Sivory Grand Suite.

The resort is an hour’s drive from the

airport, but Mr. Maiel says, “Most of

our guests take the helicopter and

would not even consider the drive.”

A regular resort at DATE is the

Punta Cana Resort & Club that is

owned by Oscar del la Renta and

Julio Iglesias. So in a real and figurative

sense, style and rhythm permeate

the property. Its 18 hole golf

course is one of the prides of the

Dominican Republic. One cannot go

wrong on taking a golfing vacation in

the DR. It is almost as if the resorts

compete with each other as to which

has the most extravagant, challenging,

and most artistically and innovatedly

designed and landscaped


P. B. Dye, the designer of the course

at the Punta Cana Resort and Club,

takes its design deep into golf

course/landscape innovation. Six

holes are on the ocean adjacent to the

beach. One fairway is almost entirely

a sand trap with patches of lawn leading

to the green. Another fairway is

about 80% water, rimmed with sand

and small patches of lawn, with a

narrow path to the green.

The manager, Carlos A. Del Pino,

says their second course will be finished

by the end of 2007. “The new

one is being designed by Tom Fazio.

It will have 12 to 13 holes along the

coast with very close contact with the

ocean with surf pounding on the

rocks. We also now have a unit of the

world-renowned Six Senses Spa, the

fist in the Americas. Over-all, Punta

Cana Resort and Club is a low-density

resort, we do not compete with

the all-inclusives.”

One of the incoming agents at the

exchange was Turinter. It is perhaps

the Dominican Republic’s oldest incoming

tour agency. The founders,

Felix Jimenez, a former Architect,

and Carlos Alonso, a former professor

of tourism in Argentina, started

their working relationship while taking

a course on planning and tourism

development in 1975. They started

Turinter with just the two of them in

1976, at the beginning of tourism

development in the DR.

Mr. Jimenez says, “When you are

business 30 years you have many advantages

others do not have.” The

company is now a multi-level organization

handling groups and FITs for

major wholesale travel companies,

and arranging corporate meeting and


Many of the American participants

flew to the Dominican Republic on

Spirit Airlines. Spirit has 29 destinations

with 125 daily flights flying

Airbus’A319, A321 and MD-80 aircraft.

Flights leave daily for Santo

Domingo and Punta Cana,

Dominican Republic. 800-772-



4676, Fax 809-540-4727

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The 13th edition of MITT, (the Moscow International Travel & Tourism

Exhibition) was held at Expocentr, Kresnaya Presnaya from March 22-25,

2006. It was a success.

Over 2,500 companies including 1,500 international companies, representing

111 countries, 64 official national group stands and six regional

pavilions gathered for the most anticipated tourism event in Russia and

the CIS, MITT 2006. MITT again promoted the travel and tourism industry

with a full four days of business networking, seminars, forums, press

conferences and related events.

The event statistics confirm that MITT is not only the largest event in

Russia but one of the most significant industry meeting places worldwide.The

event continues to deliver a keen and valuable audience to exhibitors

year after year.An independent audit of MITT 2006 revealed that

over 98,000 visitors attended the event – 69,345 were trade professionals

and a record number of visitors had registered to attend prior to the

show.In addition to the exhibition, MITT 2006 provided a complete interactive

travel and tourism industry forum with numerous parallel seminars,

conferences, press meetings, round tables and presentations.

The event registered an increase in space from international destinations

with new exhibitors including Macedonia, Chonburi (Thailand),

Agadir (Morocco) Taiwan, Belarus, Serbia as well as the North Cyprus

Tourism Centre.

MITT exhibition was held under the support of the Council of

Federation of the Federal Assembly of the RF, Committee for Economic

Sell the Adventure!




Policy, Entrepreneurship and Tourism of the State Duma of the RF,

Moscow Government, Committee for Tourism of Moscow and Moscow

Association of Entrepreneurs.

Moscow International Travel & Tourism Exhibition (MITT),

Frederique.maurell@ite-exhibitions.com, www.mitt-moscow.com


The number one travel trade event for the Ukraine, UITT, annually

brings together the international tourism industry to meet with the key

Ukraine travel professionals. In its 12th edition, UITT has a reputation for

delivering quality visitors and each year providing a highly professional

event.The latest event was held March 29- April 1, 2006, in Kiev, Ukraine.

They expected 750 companies from 40 countries and regions, and

25,000 visitors based on numbers from their 2005 event.

There were a number of new exhibitors at UITT this year. In addition,

many of the established tourist boards increased their stand sizes based

on last year’s success. Frederique Maurell, Event Manager says,“We are

pleased to see new destinations joining UITT.We believe this growth is

due to a number of factors including the economic climate in Ukraine

and the development of the Ukraine tourism industry, with increasing

numbers of Ukrainians traveling abroad.”

New at UITT2006 was the MICE Conference. This one day Conference

was held alongside UITT on March 31 and addressed the development

of the MICE industry in Ukraine.

UITT, www.uitt-kiev.com









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The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) will

design a new-style, industry-focused annual

'summit' to replace the 55-year old PATA

Annual Conference. The first summit will take

place in 2008. Destinations that had been appointed

to organize the 2007 and 2008

Conferences - Chinese Taipei and Sri Lanka respectively

- have been advised to cease preparations.

New bid books for the inaugural 2008

summit will be circulated to all PATA member

destinations later this year.

The decision, passed by the PATA Board of

Directors on April 23 and ratified by the PATA

Annual General Meeting on April 24, included

a mandate for PATA to create a new format for

Committee, Board and Annual General

Meetings. The internally-focused agendas of

the Board and AGM sessions can now, if necessary,

be de-linked from the summit, which,

PATA officers said, should be outward looking,

intellectually compelling and able to attract

iconic speakers.

PATA President and CEO Mr. Peter de Jong

said: "The PATA Board has taken the wise, longterm

view to vote for a more tightly focused

summit-style event. The summit would

demonstrate PATA's growing role as the convener

of high-level discussions on the major

global issues and opportunities that shape the

travel industry."

He added: "Our Board of Directors understood

and acknowledged the disappointment

expressed by Chinese Taipei and Sri Lanka. It

was heart-warming to note,however,that both

destinations appreciated the greater good for

the Association and accepted the Board's sovereign

and democratic decision-making

process."While the format and scope of the

summit is yet to be confirmed, Mr. de Jong said

that the new event would enhance the PATA

brand,be affordable for destinations to host,be

time and cost-efficient for busy executives, be

content focused, be in tune with PATA's advocacy

agenda, be a platform to convert nonmembers

to members, and deliver a better return

on investment for host destinations and

PATA.During 2007, PATA will hold two Board

meetings and a 'new-style' AGM. It will also

consider convening smaller summit-like

events in different parts of Asia Pacific.

Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA),



JUNE 22-24

The newly launched Mexico Luxury Travel

Expo will serve as a forum in which high-end

North American travel agents and Mexican

luxury suppliers will meet in the Riviera Maya.

The Mexico Luxury Travel Expo, to take place

from June 22 – 24, will be produced by

Questex Media (publisher of Luxury Travel

Advisor and Travel Agent, as well as producer

of Luxury Travel Expo) and held in conjunction

with the Mexico Tourism Board and the

Riviera Maya Tourism Promotion Board.

Recent travel surveys revealed Mexico as the

number one vacation destination for U.S.travelers,

welcoming 22.2 million international

visitors in 2005, of which 83 percent came

from the United States. With Mexico already

on travelers’ radar and fast becoming a top international

vacation destination, it would

benefit every agent in the travel community

to be well-versed in this rising market.

Two special presentations will commence

the Mexico Luxury Travel Expo. First, Jennifer

Hamer, Public Relations Manager of Grupo

Ultrafemme, will discuss luxury shopping experiences

in Cancun. Then, regional tourism

leaders (Alfonso Ventura, Deputy Director of

the Mexico Tourism Board; Dario Flota,

Director, Riviera Maya Tourism Promotion

Board; and Artemio Santos, Director, Cancun

Convention & Visitors Bureau) will take a look

at Mexico as a luxury destination.

Educational sessions will address specific

concerns of the agent booking high-end


These sessions will address experiences, attractions

and suppliers at the center of

emerging luxury destinations in Mexico; support

customized itinerary development in the

Yucatan region; and how to understand the

differences and support structures of the top

Mexican tour operators. Post-event fam trips

to Yucatan, Cancun and Xcaret, as well as hotel

site inspections, will provide participants the

opportunity to experience the Mexican highend

market first-hand.

Registration and room reservations at

the host hotel, Aventura Spa Palace, are available

at the Mexico Luxury Travel Expo website.

Event sponsors include: Riviera Maya

Tourism Promotion Board, Mexico Tourism

Board, AMAV, Cancun Convention & Visitors

Bureau, Grupo Ultrafemme, Palace Resorts, Sol

Melia, Virtuoso and the State of Yucatan.

Mexico Luxury Travel Expo, www.




In recognition of the huge growth potential

of the meetings and incentives industry

within China, the Beijing Municipal Bureau of

Tourism (BTA) has announced a strategic partnership

with Reed Exhibitions to drive the

growth of the industry through the CBITM


The China International Business and

Incentive Travel Market (CBITM), to be held

from July 11-13, 2006 at the China World

Exhibition Hall in Beijing solely focus on

meetings, incentives and business travel. The

event will showcase international and domestic

suppliers to a visitor audience of qualified

local Chinese and Asian buyers along with international

meeting planners attending as

part of the Hosted Buyer Programme.

Organized by Reed Exhibitions China, the

event receives the support of the specialist

meetings industry team within Reed Travel

Exhibitions in London led by Paul Kennedy,

MBE, Group Exhibition Director.

BTA, through their influence and alliances

amongst the region's most important travel

authorities, companies and destinations, will

be responsible for attracting the top government

and association buyers in addition to organizing

local group participation to fulfill the

show's full potential. The partnership creates

exciting potential for the future growth of

CBITM and signals a breakthrough which will

redefine the meetings and incentive industry

for the Chinese market.

Paul Kennedy, MBE, Group Exhibition

Director, Reed Travel Exhibitions comments:

"The partnership with the BTA is a major endorsement

of the importance of this event

and we look forward to working with them to

develop an even closer future strategic alliance.

CBITM already has the support of MPI, SITE

and ICCA and will develop into an important

international event and major part of our

growing portfolio of meetings industry

events worldwide."

CBITM, cbitm@reedexpo.com.cn, www.


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CULTOUR, a new travel trade show which specializes in promoting international

cultural travel, with take place both in Spain and in the USA.

The first edition of CULTOUR will be held at a 1,100 year old cultural

travel venue: Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain. In the year 2008,

CULTOUR will take place in Las Vegas.

CULTOUR will be a two day trade show where worldwide exhibitors

will promote travel and tourism services to international wholesalers,

tour operators and travel agencies selling cultural travel packages including

city breaks, archaeology, cities of art, historic venues, cultural

events, city or regional festivals, religious events, religious pilgrimages,

music festivals or concerts, dance, theatre, musical shows, museums, cellar

visits, gastronomy, ethnic festivals, natural sciences tours, sport

events, scientific cruises, folkloric events and more.

CULTOUR will have a “hosted buyer program” comprised of product or

purchasing managers of tour operators wholesaling cultural travel, as

well as travel agencies selling their own cultural travel programs, both

from key markets such as Japan, China, the USA and Europe. Exhibitors

will have the chance to purchase pre-arranged meetings with these

hosted buyers.

A cultural program, aside from the trade show hours, will be offered to

the hosted buyers and trade visitors as well as post-event fam-tours to

be arranged for the hosted buyers.

CULTOUR is promoted and organized by GSAR Marketing, a 23 year old

company which has been producing specialized professional travel

trade shows for 11 years in Europe, Latin America and North America.

CULTOUR, gsar@gsamark.com, www.cultourfair.com


Standing: Penny Cuomo, Sunset Travel; Jim Marino, Oyster Bay

Travel; Donnajean Schroeder, Magical Travel (LITAA President); Ken

Blau, Here & There Travel. Seated: Kathy Cooney, Ginger Peachy

Travel; Marley Newton, Jimmy's Travel.

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The St.Kitts Tourism Authority announced that it has concluded its second

annual St. Kitts Symposium, held on island May 4-6, 2006. The

Symposium brought together St. Kitts’ top tour operators from the U.S.

with the island’s tourism officials, hoteliers and local tourism industry

partners for three days of exciting events, meetings and networking


Representatives from a total of eight tour operators attended the

Symposium,which was held at the St.Kitts Marriott Resort & Royal Beach

Casino.The Symposium kicked off with a welcome cocktail reception and

dinner at Turtle Beach and continued the following day with Opening

Ceremonies, a Welcome Address from the Minister of State in the

Ministry of Tourism, Sports and Culture Richard “Ricky” O. Skerritt, destination

and marketing communications updates and various other presentations.

The Symposium also included a Marketplace, catamaran cruise, barbeque

dinner at an authentic island Great House, cocktails at the Royal

Beach Casino and “A Taste of St. Kitts” Farewell Dinner featuring local

music and dance groups to highlight St. Kitts’ distinctive island culture.

Perhaps most importantly, an Open Dialog Round-Table Brainstorming

Session served as the forum for a lively exchange of ideas, covering topics

from branding and increasing repeat guests to reaching the adventure

travel niche market.

“Although the Symposium has barely concluded, we have already received

a great deal of positive feedback from participants who found it

both educational and enjoyable,” said Ms. Christine Walwyn, Chief

Executive Officer (Ag.) of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority.

“This is an exciting time for St. Kitts and we felt it was important to

strengthen our relationships with key tour operators, particularly those

who serve our key niche markets such as wedding/honeymoon,dive and

adventure, since these markets are becoming increasingly important as

we begin to move our tourism product to a more upscale level.”

St. Kitts Tourism Authority, 888-395-4887, 800-582-6208,

info@stkittstourism.kn, www.stkitts-tourism.com

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Since 1998, B-FOR International has cooperated with the U.S. travel

and tourism industry to promote U.S. incoming travel at leading

international events. Over the years, hundreds of U.S. exhibitors have



The Cancun Hotel Association has expanded the original Cancun Travel

Mart event to include all destinations in Mexico, and invite you to attend

the 19th annual event now called Cancun Travel Mart, Mexico Summit in

Cancun as a supplier at the Cancun Convention Center October 11, 12,

& 13.

experienced the success of exhibiting, making See America Pavilion

participation a vital part of their international marketing programs. B-

FOR introduced a new look, pictured above, for the See America

Pavillion at the recent ITB and was a finalist for Best in Show. See

America Pavilions facilitate access to foreign markets for U.S. travel

and tourism companies and organizations, increasing leverage of exhibiting

dollars spent, boosting exposure, building market pull, and

putting U.S. exhibitors where attendees expect to find them.

Participation in See America Pavilions is open to U.S. companies and

organizations, their overseas subsidiaries, agents, representatives and

licensees, promoting travel and tourism to and within the United


The upcoming schedule for See America Pavilions include

THETRADESHOW 2006 – Orlando, FL, WTM 2006 – London, UK, BIT

2007 – Milan, Italy, ITB 2007 – Berlin, Germany and TUR 2007 –

Gothenburg, Sweden.

The Cancun Travel Mart, Mexico Summit format is now expanded to

include two full days of pre-scheduled appointments with VIP Tour

Operator Buyers and Meeting Planners.Detailed destination updates

presented by regional and national tourism industry leaders will also be

added to the schedule of events on the first business day.

Cancun Travel Mart, Mexico Summit, 800-874-2324, sales@

whcoleman.com, www.cancuntravelmart.com

Africa Travel Association’s

10th Annual

“Cultural Heritage, Adventure,

and Ecotourism Symposium”

November 15 – 20, 2006


For more information:

1.212.447.1357 or info@africatravelassociation.org


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2006–2007•calendar of events




19-22 IACVB Annual Convention Austin, Texas www.iacvb.org

27-28 5th Annual Mediterranean Travel Trade Show Hollywood, Florida www.ibrcusa.com


5 SATA 2006 Salt Lake City, UT satausa1@aol.com

5-7 Mediterranean Travel Fair Cairo, Egypt www.reedtravelexhibitions.com

6 SATA 2006 Seattle, WA satausa1@aol.com

6-8 La Cumbre Las Vegas, Nv. www.reedtravelexhibitions.com

8-12 2006 SYTA 10th Annual Conference Boston, MA www.syta.org

10-13 SeeAmerica Pavilion at TheTradeShow Orlando, FL www.exhibitpro.com

11-12 BIT Peru 2006 Lima, Perú www.bitperu.com

12-15 PATA Travel Mart Hong Kong, China www.pata.org

12-18 Betex 2006 Belize City, Belize www.betex.bz

13-15 Travel Mart Latin America Panama City, Panama www.travelmartlatinamerica.com

21-23 Top Resa Deauville, France www.reedtravelexhibitions.com

21-24 FITE 2006 Guayaquil, Ecuador www.fite.info

26-28 ITME 2006 Chicago, IL www.motivationshow.com

28- Oct 1 African Diaspora Heritage Trail Conference Hamilton, Bermuda adht@hend.com


4-5 ICI Marketplace Milan, Italy m.malgioglio@expocts.it

4-6 CIS Travel Market St. Petersburg, Russia www.reedtravelexhibitions.com

8-15 Guanacaste Marketplace Guanacaste, Costa Rica pablo@acoprot.org

9-13 ATIA Annual Conference Valdez, Alaska www.alaskatia.org

9-14 World Youth & Student Travel Conference Melbourne, Australia www.wystc.org

11-13 Cancun Travel Mart, Mexico Summit Cancun, Mexico www.cancuntravelmart.com

11-13 Ukraine Travel Market Kiev, Ukraine www.autoexpo.ua

14-15 Centro America Travel Market Tegucigalpa, Honduras catm2006@iht.hn

17 SATA 2006 Detroit, MI satausa1@aol.com

18 SATA 2006 Cleveland, OH satausa1@aol.com

20-22 TTG Incontri Rimini, Italy www.ttgitalia.com

25-29 ABAV 2006 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil www.feiradasamericas.com.br

29-Nov 1 ICCA Exhibition Rhodes, Greece www.reedtravelexhibitions.com


3-6 ITF 2006 Taipei, Taiwan www.taipeiitf.org.tw

3-7 NTA Annual Convention Salt Lake City, Utah www.ntaonline.com

6-9 World Travel Market London, England www.reedtravelexhibitions.com

6-9 SeeAmerica Pavilion at WTM 2006 London, UK www.exhibitpro.com

8-11 DEMA 2006 Orlando, FL www.demashow.com

14 SATA 2006 Atlanta, GA satausa1@aol.com

15 SATA 2006 Charlotte, NC satausa1@aol.com

20-23 International Golf Travel Market Andalucia, Spain www.reedtravelexhibitions.com

25-28 FIT AMerica Latina Buenos Aires, Argentina www.fit.org.ar

28-30 EIBTM Barcelona, Spain www.reedtravelexhibitions.com

29-Dec 2 World Tourism Forum Porto Alegre Brazil www.desti-nations.net


5-7 Luxury Tavel Expo Las Vegas, Nevada www.luxurytravelexpo.com

11-14 International Luxury Travel Market Cannes, France www.reedtravelexhibitions.com


18-21 Matka Helsinki, Finland www.matkamessut.fi

18-21 Slovakiatur Bratislava, Slovak Republic www.incheba.sk

24-28 BTL Lesbon, Portugal www.fil.pt

31-Feb 4 FITUR Madrid, Spain www.fituronline.com


15-18 EMITT Istanbul, Turkey www.emittistanbul.com

15-18 Holiday World Prague, Czech Republic www.holidayworld.cz

22-25 BIT 2007 Milan Italy www.bit.ecpocts.it

22-25 SeeAmerica Pavilion at BIT 2007 Milan, Italy www.exhibitpro.com


7-11 SeeAmerica Pavilion at ITB 2007 Berlin, Germany www.exhibitpro.com

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Monsieur Michel Blanchet, President,

Association of Master Chefs of France and

Mr. Karmenu Vella, Chairman, Corinthia

Hotels International at the Hotel Group’s

Malta Flagship Corinthia Palace Hotel.

The Malta based Corinthia Hotels

International (CHI) has signed an exclusive collaboration

agreement with the Association of

Master Chefs of France that will enable CHI to

regularly send a number of its chefs from its 20

hotels worldwide to France for specialized

training in the art of French Cuisine and kitchen


The agreement was signed by CHI Chairman

Mr. Karmenu Vella and the French Association’s

President Monsieur Michel Blanchet. Through

the agreement, each selected Corinthia chef

from the company’s 20 hotels will spend up to

six months in France as a culinary ‘Godson’ of

one of the French association’s master chefs.

During the allotted period, the student chef

will undergo extensive training in the various

aspects of French cooking methods and

kitchen management techniques.At the end of

the training period, the French master chef will

ensure that the knowledge he has gained is

put to good and effective use in his particular

work environment.

Commenting on the agreement, CHI chairman

Karmenu Vella said, “French cuisine is

widely recognized as being at the forefront of

the world’s culinary profession. Therefore, to

have this opportunity presented to us by none

other than the President of France’s most celebrated

master chefs association is both an


honor and an endorsement of Corinthia’s efforts

at striving to offer high quality cuisine and

service in all our hotels.”

As part of the agreement, Corinthia Hotels

International will be holding yearly French cuisine

promotions in all its upscale city centre hotels,

thus helping the association to further

promote its country’s culinary art.This will also

be the next step in helping to cement the

young but already fruitful relationship between

the two sides.

Monsieur Blanchet, who was accompanied to

Malta by fellow master chef Monsieur Alain

Nonnet, thanked Chairman Karmenu Vella for

Corinthia’s collaboration, and had words of

praise for Libya’s Corinthia Bab Africa Hotel

catering director Stefan Hogan and Hungary’s

Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal executive chef

Philippe Derrien for bringing the project to


As a measure of their appreciation, the

French chefs presented Corinthia Bab Africa

catering director Stefan Hogan with full membership

status of the exclusive Academie

Culinaire De France, which was founded in

1883 by Joseph Favre, Author of the universal

dictionary of cooking.The academy represents

the elite of the profession throughout the


Corinthia Hotels International (CHI),




Travel agency and tour operator Select Italy is

now offering luxury Ferrari tours of Italy. Select

Italy is the official North American partner of

Turin-based Red Travel, Italy’s premiere vendor

of deluxe sports-car tours.

These Ferrari tours provide unique experiences.

Custom-tailored for individuals, a small

group of friends, or a business group, Select

Italy makes these Ferrari tours to order with

itineraries flexible enough to allow travelers to

see and experience Italy exactly as they want.

These trips can function as incentive programs

for companies looking for a unique way to motivate

their employees.The tours are also gaining

in popularity as luxury getaways for couples

and groups of friends.

Select Italy president and owner, Andrea

Sertoli says,“These trips in Ferraris are a great

way for clients to reward themselves,their families

and their employees with a unique and

breathtaking experience, whether as a romantic

getaway, a family-bonding trip, a bachelor

party or an executive retreat. The Ferrari is an

emblem of the best of Italian design and philosophy.We’re

so happy to have the chance to

let travelers to Italy taste even more of the

splendor that this country has to offer.”

Driving in a fleet of the most up-to-date

Ferraris clients can zip through the Tuscan hills

along the famed auto-race route, the Mille

Miglia, or jaunt up to Maranello to visit the

Ferrari museum and complex. Accommodations

are in Italy’s finest five-star resort properties.Tours

can last anywhere from two days to

six weeks.

Select Italy, www.selectitaly.com




Delta Air Lines has announced that Aeroflot

Russian Airlines became a SkyMiles partner effective

April 1, 2006.The agreement will enable

SkyMiles members to earn and redeem miles

on flights operated by Aeroflot.

This partnership demonstrates Delta's continued

commitment to international expansion,"

said Jeff Robertson, Managing Director

of the SkyMiles program. "It opens up access to

Russia's more remote destinations through

Aeroflot's extensive service and allows

SkyMiles members to earn miles while traveling

to other locations throughout Eastern

Europe - and beyond."

SkyMiles members may earn bonus miles

and Medallion Qualification Miles when flying

Aeroflot and may redeem miles on Aeroflot

flights. Aeroflot Bonus members may accrue

bonus miles, class of service bonuses and elite

qualification miles, and may redeem miles

while traveling on Delta, Song, Delta Shuttle

and Delta Connection carriers. Aeroflot offers

nonstop service to Moscow from New York City,

Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., and from

Moscow to destinations throughout Eastern

Europe and Asia.

"Delta SkyMiles and Aeroflot Bonus members

around the world will benefit from this partnership,"

said Eugene Bachurin, Commercial

Director of Aeroflot. "We look forward to providing

great service and benefits to SkyMiles

members on our flights."

Delta Air Lines, delta.com; Aeroflot Russian

Airlines, www.aeroflot.com

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According to the Travel Industry Association,

nearly 16.4 million women traveled alone in

the past three years. Whether it’s a trip for business

or pleasure,a girls' only weekend or a onewoman

retreat, women are hitting the road

sans male companions, and hotels are taking

notice of this popular trend by offering femalefocused


The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin

Resort is offering a four night Princesses package

including nightly passes to Downtown

Disney Pleasure Island, and one 50-minute

Swedish massage. Divas will also feast on

meals fit for queens with dinner at four of the

resort’s award-winning restaurants. Valid

through September 30, 2006, the package is

priced at $326 ppdo.

800-227-1500, www.swandolphin.com

Hilton Latin America’s “Spoil Yourself” getaway

is available now through December 31,

2006, for rates from $155. The “Spoil Yourself”

package features upgraded accommodation,

daily breakfast, two beauty treatments per

stay, and late check-out until 10pm on

Saturdays and Sundays. Participating hotels

offer the Spoil Yourself package at the following

rates: Hilton Buenos Aires $180; Hilton São

Paulo Morumbi $187; Hilton Cartagena $317;

Hilton Colon Guayaquil $268; Hilton Colon

Quito $183; Hilton Barquisimeto $155; and

Hilton Margarita & Suites $210.

800-HILTONS, www.hilton.com

The Westin Chicago River North offers the

Martini, Manicure & Magnificent Mile Package

including in-room specialty martinis,a gift card

for a 60-minute Spa Nordstrom manicure and

shopping certificates at Chicago’s premier retail

stores.The package also includes an unlimited

supply of M&M’s. Prices start at $259 per

night, per person and are valid through

September 4, 2006. Manicure appointments

must be booked in advance and directly with

the salon.

800- 233-4100, www.westinchicago.com

Designed to celebrate The Devil Wears Prada

film debut this summer,New York City’s Flatotel

offers the Fashion Fabulous package. Flatotel

offers a personal shopper at Manhattan’s famous

three “B’s,” Henri Bendel, Bergdorf

Goodman and Barneys New York, a copy of The

New York Times best-selling book on which the

movie was based, a list of New York City locales

where the movie was filmed, breakfast for two

and deluxe room accommodations. Rates start

from $289 per night, based on double occupancy,

for weekend stays (Friday and Saturday

nights) through September 4, 2006.

800-FLATOTEL, www.flatotel.com




The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, the city’s

highest rated hotel, has completed a $12.5 million

renovation of all 336 guest rooms and

suites, redefining and renewing the modern elegance

of the city’s Nob Hill landmark. In addition

to new furniture, carpeting, and draperies,

guests also enjoy the technology and amenity


Technology enhancements include wireless

internet access; built-in electrical outlets and

broadband connections on guestroom desktops;

32-inch High-Definition, LCD Flat-panel

televisions with dual speakers and DVD/CD

player; electronic in-room laptop safes; Ipod

docking stations (Executive Suites only); LCD

flat-panel televisions in bathroom (Club Suites

only); Bang & Olufsen 14-speaker, surroundsound

system and 57-inch High-Definition,

LCD Flat-screen television with dual speakers in

living room (Presidential Suites only); and 32-

inch High-Definition, LCD Flat-panel television

with dual speakers above bathtub (Presidential

Suites only).

Amenity enhancements include Kohler performance

“rain” showerheads; new bedding;

and added bathroom shelving and cabinetry.

Occupying a full city block,the massive white

structure "is an important part of the city's architectural

heritage," states Edward Mady,Vice

President and Area General Manager. “The

hotel's interior is decorated with specially selected

18th and 19th century antiques and artwork

and new floral designs by Simon Naut of

New York that complement the historic stately


The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco is located just

blocks from Union Square,the Financial District

and Fisherman’s Wharf.

The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, 800-241-

3333, www.ritzcarlton.com



Miami Beach may not be the first destination

that comes to mind for a summer getaway, but

for those who love South Beach, Indian Creek

Hotel is offering low-season prices starting at

$89 per night for standard rooms and $169 for


Miami Beach’s newly renovated Art Deco

gem is a block from Miami’s white beaches,

nearby to South Beach and the Historic Art

Deco District.

Voted 2005 Best Boutique Hotel in Miami

beach by the Miami Sun Post and recipient of

the Award for Outstanding Restoration from

the prestigious Miami Design & Preservation

League,Indian Creek Hotel is a fusion of refined

Art Deco styling, old world hospitality, sophisticated

modern amenities and cozy comforts.

Built in 1936, the 61-room hotel has been

meticulously restored to its former glory by its

new owners. Every air-conditioned room and

suite has been completely renovated and appointed

with new furnishings, bedding and

hardwood floors as well as first class amenities

and modern touches such as cable TV, hair dryers

and Wi-Fi wireless broadband Internet access

through the property.

For those seeking non-stop action, the high

energy of South Beach’s Art Deco District is a

short walk and the upscale shops of Lincoln

Road Mall and Bal Harbour, the Miami Beach

Golf Club, and the cruise ship Port of Miami are

easily accessible only minutes away.

While nearby South Beach offers a plethora

of restaurants, a favorite dining spot is the

hotel’s own critically acclaimed neighborhood

restaurant, Creek 28.Renowned executive chef,

Kira Volz, formerly the executive chef of the

famed Abbey Dining Room at The Abbey Hotel,

offers an eclectic Mediterranean-inspired


In addition to the many clubs, restaurants,

shopping and watersports that entice travelers

to this hot destination year-round, Miami

Beach is host to entertaining events from 4th

of July Miami Beach fireworks,Super Sand Blast

sand castle building competition, and Stone

Crab Seafest at North Beach to the

International Ballet Festival, South Florida Auto

Show, South Florida Boat Show and Art Basel

Miami Beach, sister to Art Basel in Switzerland.

Summer rates are available from June 1

through October 31 based on availability.

(Rates are not applicable for holidays and do

not include tax.)

Indian Creek Hotel, 800-491-2772, www.


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In recognition of See America Week, the

Brunswick-Golden Isles Convention & Visitors

Bureau in Georgia initiated a special “Helping

Hands” promotion to raise funds for the

Hancock County Tourism Development

Bureau in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

Between May 13 and 21, the Brunswick-

Golden Isles CVB contributed a cash donation

for each visitor who stopped by any of the

CVB’s three welcome centers. In addition, visitors

were encouraged to contribute their own

cash donations, and to sign oversized “Get

Well”/encouragement cards.

Bill Tipton, CVB Executive Director, suggested

the outreach program as a way to

serve colleagues in the tourism industry.“We

want to do something special to help the people

who are still struggling to rebuild their

lives and their livelihoods,” he explained.

“It was important for us to work with a small

town that hasn’t gotten much attention in the

media.Two different people in Mississippi, unbeknownst

to each other, recommended

Hancock County. We took that as a sign that

this was the right thing to do.”

Tipton hopes to encourage other

Destination Marketing Organizations to develop

their own fund-raising efforts. To that

end, the Brunswick-Golden Isles CVB is working

with the Southeast Tourism Society (STS)

and Georgia Association of Convention &

Visitors Bureaus (GACVB), to build state and

regional support for the program.

Financial donations from all sources will be

sent to the Southeast Tourism Society’s

Emergency Relief Fund, Inc. The fund was established

by STS in late September 2005 following

Hurricane Katrina, to provide timely financial

assistance to victims of major disaster

for the purpose of helping communities rebuild

their local tourism industries.

One hundred percent of all funds raised will

be distributed by STS to local tourism organizations

in disaster areas, and to relief efforts

dedicated to helping the tourism industry recover

in the affected areas. All donations to

the fund are tax-deductible.

See America Week, formerly National

Tourism Week, is sponsored by the Tourism

Industry Association of America (TIA) as a way

to celebrate America’s tour and travel industry,

and to encourage travel throughout the

United States.

Brunswick-Golden Isles Convention and

Visitors Bureau, 800-933-COAST (2627),





Pairing hotel savings with discounts to some

of Dallas best attractions, the Hilton Anatole

Hotel is offering guests a Family Fun Getaway

package, featuring venues such as the Dallas

Zoo, Medieval Times, National Scouting

Museum, Dallas Aboretum, Six Flags Over

Texas, Hurricane Harbor, as well as the Texas

Rangers in season.

Starting from $144 per night, guests will

enjoy the hotel’s three pools, health club, private

seven-acre park and a complimentary

breakfast to the hotel’s Terrace restaurant.

Guests can begin their weekend with a complimentary,

self-guided tour of the hotel’s art

collection which includes works by Pablo

Picasso, J. Seward Johnson Jr. and Josiah


Guests can continue their weekend using

their package discounts to explore the Dallas

Zoo, catch a Ranger’s game or relax amidst the

66 acres of gardens and statuary at the Dallas

Arboretum. Discounts to the National

Scouting Museum allow guests to experience

the largest Norman Rockwell collection,

hands-on learning experiences and a historical

collection that traces the Scouting movement

from its beginnings.

Additionally, guests can spend a day enjoying

nearby Six Flags theme park and

Hurricane Harbor water park. Guests can also

enjoy discounts at any of the Hilton Anatole’s

10 shops, including the Children’s Corner boutique.

To culminate the weekend, families can

partake in an evening of entertainment at

Medieval Times.

The Family Fun Getaway Package starting at

$144 per night includes one night deluxe guestroom

accommodations for two adults and

two children; one complimentary breakfast

for two adults and two children at the hotel’s

Terrace restaurant; special discount on Dallas

Zoo tickets; buy one ticket, get one free offer

from Texas Rangers; special discount to the

Dallas Arboretum; special discount to the

National Scouting Museum; special discount

to Six Flags/Hurricane Harbor; special discount

to evening shows at Medieval Times; 20

percent discount to Hilton Anatole shopping

boutiques; and complimentary self-guided

tour of the Hilton Anatole’s art collection.

Hilton Anatole Hotel, 214-748-1200,




The Saint Louis Hotel in New Orleans is offering

a 20 percent commission to travel

agents for bookings arriving prior to

September 15, 2006 with a chance to for the

top travel agent to win a five night complimentary

Mardi Gras stay. The hotel is located

a half block from Bourbon and Royal Streets

with guestrooms that overlook New Orleans'

most magnificent tropical courtyard. It features

Bar & Bistro at La Louisiane Restaurant,

and its sister hotel, Saint Ann/Marie

Antoinette, is a half block away with a built in

swimming pool.

The Saint Louis Hotel, 800-884-0111

The St. Christopher Hotel is a boutique style

hotel located in the heart of New Orleans

nearby to world-famous Canal Street and the

French Quarter. Guestrooms feature original

New Orleans artwork and views of the

Mississippi River, French Quarter, and

Downtown New Orleans. Complimentary

breakfast hours are 6:00am-10:00am.

Summer promotional rates start at $69.

The St. Christopher Hotel, 800-645-9312

New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and

Visitors Bureau, www.neworleanscvb.com

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On behalf of the 330 volunteers at the 2006

Tourism Caring for America Gulf Coast Clean-

Up, Tourism Cares Executive Director Bruce

Beckham received the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Preservation Hero Award.

The award by the National Trust for Historic

Preservation and the Mississippi Heritage

Trust was presented in appreciation of the efforts

of the volunteers from across North

America who, in mid-March, gathered to assist

in the clean up of nine tourism-related


sites. The award was presented during a reception on May 3, 2006 in

Biloxi, Mississippi.

“The wealth of history and culture along the Mississippi Gulf Coast

could not be destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.”Said Beckham adding “For

two days, our volunteers sifted through rubble to save and preserve historic

artifacts exposed to the elements and feared lost.We were honored

to be able to lend a hand to our friends along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.”

During the 2006 Tourism Caring for America Gulf Coast Clean up, historic

sites including Beauvoir - The Jefferson Davis Home, the Maritime &

Seafood Industry Museum, the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum and other sites

were tended to the volunteers representing the travel, tourism and hospitality

community. In total, 5,000 hours of hard labor were provided

over the two days.

Tourism Cares for Tomorrow, www.tourismcares.org



Kauai’s Poipu Bay Golf Course, home to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, is

offering a variety of 2006 values designed for golfers who want to experience

the award-winning course.

Poipu Bay’s 2006 “Grand Slam Package”offers three rounds of golf for a

discounted price.The package includes green fees, shared golf cart, use

of the GPS (global positioning system) and driving range, and three

rounds at Poipu Bay for $360 plus tax. For guests staying at the adjacent

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, the package is offered at $300 plus tax.

The package price represents a substantial savings off the single-round

green fee at Poipu Bay, which is $125 for Grand Hyatt guests and $185

for non-Hyatt guests. The package is available through December 19,


The course also offers two “Prepaid Golf Packages” for 2006, providing

discounts to individuals who pre-purchase five or 10 rounds of golf.The

five-round package price is $550,representing a savings of $375 over the

standard per-round green fee of $185. The 10-round package price is

$1,000, a savings of $850 over the standard per-round green fee.

Additional savings are offered to guests who are staying at the Grand

Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa. Each golfer’s Prepaid Golf card will be kept on

file at the Poipu Bay Golf Shop for easy access and check-in for their


For 2006, Poipu Bay offers an Afternoon Green Fee of $125 for play

starting after 12 noon ($110 for guests of the Grand Hyatt) and a Twilight

Special of $72 for play starting after 2:30 p.m.For those who want to play

36 holes in one day, the course offers a Second Round/Same Day rate of


Young golfers age 17 and under can play the course for 50 percent off

the adult rate at any time of day. After 4 p.m., junior golfers can play free

if walking the course with an accompanying adult ($10 green fee for the


Poipu Bay is an 18-hole championship course, situated on 210 acres on

Kauai’s southern coast.A Robert Trent Jones Jr.design,Poipu Bay has won

awards and has been consistently rated among the top golf courses in

Hawaii and the U.S. Since 1994, Poipu Bay has been host to the annual

PGA Grand Slam of Golf, the prestigious competition between the four

major championship winners of that year.

Other special rates may be available for visitors and kamaaina (Hawaii

residents) at Poipu Bay Golf Course.

Poipu Bay Golf Shop, 800-858-6300, www.poipubaygolf.com



Historic Hotels of America is offering more than 60 getaways to some

of America's best travel destinations.

Relax with a good book at the beach or poolside at the Don DeSar

Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach, Fla., with the Novel Beach Escape package.

Get lucky at La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla, Calif. The Get Lucky package

includes racing forms and transportation to and from the Del Mar

Race Track.

Enjoy the White Mountains of New Hampshire at the Mountain View:

The Grand Resort & Spa in Whitefield, N.H., with the White Mountain

Escape package.

Experience the old west with the Historic Preservation package at the

Wort Hotel in Jackson Hole,Wyo., with a half-day wildlife tour and a tour

of historic Jackson Hole.

Historic Hotels of America, a program of the National Trust for Historic

Preservation, has identified more than 200 hotels that have faithfully

maintained their historic integrity, architectural and ambiance.To be selected

for this prestigious program, a hotel must be at least 50 years old,

listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places or recognized

as having historic significance.

Historic Hotels of America, www.historichotels.org

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The San Ignacio Resort Hotel in Belize is offering their Summer Special

featuring the fourth night free.Travel Agents receive a special 15 percent

discount off rooms from now until November 2006. Discounted room

only rates are $84/single and $110/double plus nine percent room tax

and five percent service charge.

San Ignacio Resort Hotel, reservations@sanignaciobelize.com,



This August is Travel Agent Month and the Greater Fort Lauderdale

Convention & Visitors Bureau is celebrating with a special offer featuring

$50 and $75 hotel rates at 46 hotels, resorts, and inns throughout the

destination. Travel Agent Appreciation rates are in effect from August 1

– 31, 2006 and subject to availability.The rate is available for maximum

of one room for two nights,cannot be combined with any other offer and

must be requested at the time of reservation. All reservations must be

made by calling the individual hotel property directly.Travel agents must

show IATAN or CLIA identification card upon check in. Additional nights

may be purchased at the discretion of the individual property. .

Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, 800-22-

SUNNY www.sunny.org/travelagents


Unique World Cruises is offering France, Monaco, and Italy for one

week, November 9-16 for $998 per person including air from New York.

Single supplement is $158. Airport taxes are $268.There is an eight day

discounted tour of Nice, Cannes, and Monte Carlo with optional excursions

to San Tropez and San Remo. Price includes accommodations in

centrally located first class hotels, double room and air via Air France

from New York; buffet breakfast and dinner daily; welcome dinner and

farewell dinner in Nice; hotel and local tourist taxes; airport transfers;

guided city tours of Nice, Cannes and Monaco.

Unique World Cruises, 800-669-0757, www.uniqueworldcruises.com


Sterling Vacations is offering a Highlands and Fjords fam. This 10-

day/9-night cruise of Scotland and Norway has one departure August

20-29, 2006 from London/Tilbury. Companions and guests are welcome.

Fam cruise includes 9-nights accommodations; shuttle bus purchase

available Victoria Station/Tilbury round trip; welcome cocktail reception;

Captains cocktail party; all meals and midnight snacks; live entertainment

nightly; English speaking professional escort; Sterling Marketing

and Health & Wellness seminars; and “any reason” cancellation protection.

Travel agent rates for an Oceanview cabin are $949

(companions/guests $1,049) and rates for a Premium Oceanview cabin

are $1,199 ($1,299 for companion/guest). Cruise only rates are ppdo.

Single supplement is 50%. Port taxes and cancellation waiver is $265.

Sterling Vacations, 866-345-7755, www.sterlingvacations.com

adult companion rate is same asagent. One agent per agency. Highlights

include: A&K's professional escort; A&K's traveling bellboy service; destination

seminar by Anthony Bay, Director of Business Development of

A&K Europe; a private music of Chopin concert at Warsaw's Lazienki

Palace; Warsaw's Wilanow Palace and Jewish district; Krakow's Royal

Wawel Castle; a gala dinner in the chandeliered caves of the Wieliczka

salt mines; and excursion to Auschwitz and the Kazimierz District.

Abercrombie & Kent, Inc., 800-323-7308, gaporter@abercrombie

kent.com, www.abercrombiekent.com


Flo USA is offering a 13-day/11-night agent fam trip to Turkey October

26-November 7, 2006. Land plus air cost from JFK is $1,135. Program is

Istanbul (3 nights), Canakkale (1 night), Dikili (1 night), Pamukkale (1

night), Antalya (1 night), Cappadocia (2 nights)

Ankara (1 night),and Bursa (1 night).Cost includes all transfers per program

itinerary; first class hotel accommodations; buffet/continental 11

breakfasts daily and 11 dinners; sightseeing as specified in the day by

day itinerary; service of an English speaking tour guide who is licensed

by the Turkish Ministry of Tourism, and an expert in Turkey's history, art,

and culture; local transportation by deluxe A / C motor coach depending

on group size; baggage handling and portage per program itinerary; all

admission fees and service charges; and travel documents kit.

Flo USA, 888-435-6872, www.flo-usa.com


The Travel Institute recently added a new section on their website for

travel professionals seekingFam trips. Suppliers are encouraged to contact

The Institute to have their trip posted and reach a broad audience of

travel professionals as well as benefit from The Travel Institute’s promotional

efforts. The new Fam webpage is available to everyone, not just

members of The Travel Institute. The Travel Institute expects to see a

steady increase in supplier participation during May, as the word

spreads. For a nominal fee, suppliers will receive coverage until the day

of the trips departure.

The Travel Institute, www.thetravelinstitute.com


Abercrombie & Kent is offering a Poland Fam for IATA approved agents

and adult companions, November 2 - 7, 2006. Cost per person is $1,486

land package and single supplement is $453. This is land only, spouse or

For more FAM TRIPS to the four corners of the world visit . . . www.travelworldnews.com

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