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Team<br />

CEO<br />

Robert Bruce<br />

Editor-In-Chief<br />

Katherine Lozell<br />

Art Director<br />

Marcs Bacera<br />

<strong>Awards</strong> Director<br />

Brian Anson<br />

Editorial Liaison Manager<br />

David Hyde<br />

Director Of Marketing<br />

Azim Aftab<br />

Social Media Manager<br />

Apple Gatus<br />

Senior Writers<br />

Tasmai Dave & Zavier Zulfqar<br />

Senior Designers<br />

Maria Fernandes & Ashwin Ramesh<br />

<strong>Awards</strong> Managers<br />

Adam Cole, Alice Smith, & Stanley Lucas<br />

Research Managers<br />

Peter Clement & Mukul<br />

Contributing Writers<br />

Joseph Malabanan, & Michael Popoola<br />

Contents<br />

4<br />

Criteria<br />

8<br />

Canada<br />

56<br />

Mexico<br />

28<br />

United<br />

States<br />

64<br />


Criteria<br />

Service<br />

Excellence in Service is an important<br />

category, as customer service can often<br />

be responsible for having guests return<br />

year after year. We look for the hotels<br />

and tour operators that go out of their<br />

way to please their guests, those that<br />

provide a personal level of service and<br />

take the time to get to know each visitor<br />

so that they might anticipate their every<br />

need. This can be something as simple<br />

as a 24-hour concierge desk, a hotel<br />

manager who offers a personal greeting<br />

or a tour guide who is happy to create<br />

bespoke private tours – but whatever<br />

it is, we are always pleased when we<br />

encounter staff that have been trained<br />

in the art of customer satisfaction.<br />

Style & Design<br />

It is no question that style and design<br />

plays a big part in selecting our awards<br />

shortlist. A guest will form an opinion<br />

about a hotel as soon as they arrive<br />

so it is important to us that all our<br />

winners make those first impressions<br />

count. We’re certainly not partial to a<br />

particular period of architecture – but<br />

whether we’re judging a gothic castle or<br />

an environmentally friendly lodge, the<br />

criteria remains the same. We consider<br />

factors such as architectural features,<br />

use of materials, creation of spaces,<br />

décor and the overall feel. We love it<br />

when we find a hotel that tells a story<br />

though its design and construction, or<br />

offers a design that is sympathetic to<br />

the natural surroundings of its location.<br />

Local Knowledge<br />

Knowledge of the local area is essential<br />

for any organization, be it a hotel or a<br />

tour operator. The quality of services<br />

takes a great hit when the quality of this<br />

element is not up to the mark. Quite a<br />

few of our winners in this category are<br />

because they have displayed excellent<br />

knowledge about the surrounding<br />

areas. The criteria for a hotel is slightly<br />

lenient <strong>com</strong>pared to a tour operator, as<br />

the latter is expected to have thorough<br />

knowledge of the area in order to<br />

provide good services.<br />

Facilities<br />

Award-winning guest rooms <strong>com</strong>e in all<br />

shapes and sizes, but they all have one<br />

thing in <strong>com</strong>mon – a home-away-fromhome<br />

feel. The <strong>com</strong>fort of the facilities<br />

on offer are of vital importance; we look<br />

for luxurious linens, stylish bathrooms<br />

and a coordinated colour scheme that<br />

work together to create a cohesive<br />

sense of relaxation. Additional touches,<br />

such as <strong>com</strong>plimentary toiletries, free<br />

wi-fi or tea and coffee making facilities<br />

are always a bonus in making us feel<br />

wel<strong>com</strong>e. We’re always impressed to find<br />

hotel rooms that embrace technology<br />

and offer amenities like tablets or smart<br />

thermostat systems, but this does not<br />

always necessarily trump the traditional<br />

– four poster beds, ornate fireplaces or<br />

antique furniture can add a touch of<br />

decadence to a hotel stay.<br />

Marketing<br />

In today’s modern age, a hotel or tour<br />

operator cannot rely on word of mouth<br />

to get their message out into the world.<br />

As social media has be<strong>com</strong>e a vital<br />

part of everyday life, we like to see<br />

<strong>com</strong>panies that go the extra mile to<br />

engage with their guests, both past<br />

and future. Attractive and informative<br />

websites and engaging and honest<br />

content are what we look for when<br />

judging a <strong>com</strong>pany’s use of marketing;<br />

how well they display their services, how<br />

up-to-date their content is, how well<br />

they get their brand message across,<br />

and, most importantly, how well their<br />

marketing can tempt us to go and see<br />

what they have to offer for ourselves.<br />

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Criteria<br />

Diversity<br />

Diversity is one important aspect that<br />

needs to be taken into consideration<br />

when in the travel and hospitality<br />

industry. It is essential to have staff<br />

that has varying diversity to ensure that<br />

the organization can properly connect<br />

with their guests. Diversity is taken into<br />

account in terms of gender, nationality<br />

as well as languages spoken among<br />

other factors. Not only do we take the<br />

diversity of the staff into account but<br />

even that of the facilities and services<br />

offered; a hotel or tour operator<br />

providing a better range of services is<br />

preferred over those that do not.<br />

Customer Reviews<br />

What better way is there to know about<br />

an organization than by getting first<br />

hand reviews? Customers are the best<br />

judges of any service as they are the<br />

ones who experience them and can<br />

assess whether they were up to the<br />

mark or not. Considering reviews from<br />

hundreds of customers gives us a fair<br />

idea about the general pros and cons<br />

of any organization and also gives us<br />

valuable inputs for the other criteria<br />

as well.<br />

Industry Knowledge<br />

It is of prime importance that an<br />

organization has thorough industry<br />

knowledge. Without knowing the nit-bits<br />

of the industry, it is difficult to flourish<br />

and provide services which are a class<br />

apart. Before any organization ventures<br />

into the industry, it is essential that<br />

they know how the industry is moving<br />

and how they should make changes to<br />

their methodologies in order to remain<br />

relevant and also be a top-performing<br />

organization.<br />

Location<br />

Location is one of the most important factors, but also one of the most subjective,<br />

as the ‘ideal’ is very much determined by the type of visitor and the type of<br />

hotel itself. However, there are a few factors we take into consideration when<br />

determining the winners of location-based awards. The first is convenience; that<br />

is, hotels that are easy to travel to. Many of our winners in this category are in<br />

convenient locations, such as adjacent to airports, close to beaches or found in<br />

the heart of easy-to-navigate cities. We are always impressed when hotels go the<br />

extra mile to take the hassle out of traveling and offer such additional services as<br />

airport shuttles or car hire services. However, we’re always excited to <strong>com</strong>e across<br />

a hotel that is, to use a familiar phrase, off-the-beaten-track. A hotel that can<br />

offer something a little different, in terms of natural surroundings, can make the<br />

difference between a good holiday and an incredible one.<br />

6<br />


Banff, Canada<br />

Canada<br />

<br />

Alberta<br />

Banff National Park<br />

Johnston Canyon Lodge &<br />

Bungalows<br />

Brian Merry Photography<br />

Jasper National Park<br />

Fitzhugh House<br />

Niagara Falls Top 5<br />

Ostrich Land<br />

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Alberta<br />

The wonderful history of tourism in<br />

Alberta dates to 1885 when the<br />

first national park in Canada, the Banff<br />

National Park, was founded. Attracting<br />

a small number of adventurous visitors<br />

from around the country.<br />

Then in the 1920s a series of roads<br />

were built, hotels began to open,<br />

and in the annual Calgary Exhibition<br />

and Stampede event was founded.<br />

This ultimately laid the foundation for<br />

tourism to Alberta. Ever since, many<br />

more historic landmarks have been<br />

established and visitor numbers have<br />

continually grown. Calgary, the biggest<br />

city in the state, played to host to the<br />

1988 winter Olympics, which enhanced<br />

Alberta’s standing on the international<br />

tourism scene. To date tourism has<br />

contributed more than $8.5 billion to the<br />

economy of Alberta.<br />

Why is Alberta so special?<br />

Simply put Alberta has a lot to offer.<br />

The natural beauty of the area is<br />

the obvious attraction, visitors can<br />

expect serene lakes, snow topped<br />

mountains, lush forests, diverse<br />

wildlife, and unique rock formations.<br />

The ruggedness of the area offers<br />

ample opportunity to take part in<br />

several outdoor activities such as<br />

hiking, climbing, skiing, camping,<br />

hunting, fishing, and watersports, on<br />

the lakes.<br />

Alberta also has an interesting past<br />

from the indigenous cultures that<br />

settled there for thousands of years<br />

to the colonial frontier history from<br />

the 17th to the 19th centuries.<br />

The other lesser-known benefit of<br />

visiting Alberta is the lack of sales tax<br />

meaning you’ll pay less out of pocket<br />

here than you would in other parts of<br />

Canada.<br />

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Our Re<strong>com</strong>mendation for Alberta<br />

Calgary<br />

Drumheller<br />

Banff National Park<br />

Jasper National Park<br />

The largest city in the state and known for hosting the<br />

1988 Winter Olympics as well as the annual Calgary<br />

stampede. The city is pleasant and offers much in the<br />

way of good quality restaurants, bars, and shopping<br />

venues. Considered a good base to explore the<br />

surrounding areas.<br />

A dinosaur lovers dream, Drumheller is a seasonal<br />

destination that draws visitors interested in paleontology.<br />

The rich deposit of fossils found in the area means the city’s<br />

museum of Paleontology is one of the best in the world.<br />

Without a doubt the most popular destination, not just in<br />

Alberta but all of Canada, and a UNESCO World Heritage<br />

Site. Much of what people associate with Alberta in terms<br />

of its ruggedness, wilderness, and natural beauty, can be<br />

traced back to the Banff National Park.<br />

The Park shares its name with the main resort town, one<br />

of two populated areas in the park, which is often the first<br />

stop for many adventurers.<br />

The northern neighbor of the Banff National Park, it gets<br />

fewer visitors due to accessibility and weather conditions,<br />

however it’s no less stunning. Jasper is much bigger in size<br />

than Banff, is less populated, and less <strong>com</strong>mercialised.<br />

Making it a preferred choice for those looking for a more<br />

solitary experience.<br />

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Banff<br />

National Park<br />

Canada’s famous Banff National Park is quite simply<br />

an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is one of<br />

the 7 wonderous parks in the country that make up the<br />

UNESCO World Heritage Site “Canadian Rocky Mountain<br />

Parks”. Of the 7 it’s the first national park to be opened in<br />

Canada, arguably it’s the most picturesque.<br />

The park is made up of 90% untouched wilderness, there<br />

are two populated towns called Banff & Lake Louise as well<br />

as three ski areas. This means there are very few routes to<br />

getting in, there are essentially six routes by road. Train is<br />

another option, there is a daily service from Vancouver as<br />

well as several leisurely “train cruises”. Ultimately the trains<br />

and buses only take you so far and to efficiently move<br />

around you’ll need your own vehicle or a hire private driver.<br />

As you’d expect the park is jam packed with nature<br />

trails, hiking opportunities, wildlife, and beautiful<br />

natural scenery. In terms of places to see you won’t<br />

want to miss Lake Louise or Peyto Lake, both glacial<br />

lakes set amongst a stunning mountain backdrop<br />

ideal for a boat cruise or gondola ride. Sulphur<br />

Mountain is certainly worth a hike to the top to take<br />

in the panoramic views of the Canadian Rockies.<br />

Sunshine meadows on the other hand offer a great<br />

opportunity to appreciate the greenery and flora that<br />

the Banff National Park offers.<br />

For hiking however nothing beats the Johnston<br />

Canyon. A breath-taking attraction carved into<br />

the limestone bedrock by years of erosion, expect<br />

waterfalls, deep pools, overhanging canyon walls,<br />

and lush forests.<br />

For ac<strong>com</strong>modation camping is a truly memorable<br />

option but is only allowed in designated spots.<br />

For creature <strong>com</strong>forts you’ll want to base yourself<br />

in either of the populated towns or one of many<br />

ac<strong>com</strong>modation options scattered around the park.<br />

Our pick of the bunch is the award winning Johnston<br />

Canyon Lodge & Bungalows profiled on the next page.<br />

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Johnston Canyon<br />

Lodge & Bungalows<br />

Canada | Boutique Resort<br />

Nearing almost a hundred years in operation and still going strong. Johnston Canyon<br />

Lodge & Bungalows is the epitome of rustic, traditional lodging with a unique charm.<br />

The location of this boutique resort makes it the ideal basecamp to explore the<br />

surrounding natural beauty of the Banff National Park, enjoy outdoor pursuits, or<br />

simply unwind & de-stress from the pressures of modern life.<br />

Ac<strong>com</strong>modation options are plentiful, the resort is home to 42 cabins and<br />

bungalows that <strong>com</strong>e in a variety of options. The studio rooms are cosy, and<br />

perfect just to have a foot in nature and explore the surroundings. Cottages<br />

and small bungalows are ideal for individuals or couples a request for a<br />

hide-a-bed can be done with the latter.<br />

Bigger groups may want to opt for either a family cottage; ideal for<br />

two adults, two children, or a two-bedroom bungalow; which<br />

allows for more privacy, houses up to 6 people, and offers a<br />

fully-equipped kitchen.<br />

Our pick of the bunch is the carriage house, a unique open<br />

space bungalow that carries all the allure and tradition of<br />

the area, perfect for a romantic getaway.<br />

All rooms <strong>com</strong>e with a private entrance, high quality toiletries,<br />

tea & coffee makers, dining table, fridge, and TV, DVD player<br />

and HDMI cables.<br />

On-location you’ll find much to do. The bistro serves delicious<br />

locally sourced dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The<br />

Market Café is the perfect place to collect some souvenirs<br />

and gifts, and to treat yourself to excellent coffee, authentic<br />

milkshakes, soft serves, snacks and baked goods. You’ll find<br />

an outdoor patio with a barbecue area, a tennis court, and<br />

several nearby hiking & cycling trails. The lodge is located on<br />

the trailhead of the historic Johnston Canyon which boasts<br />

over 7 cascading glacial waterfalls experienced from a series<br />

of suspended canyon catwalks, bridges, and caves.<br />

On a final note, it’s very much worth mentioning that the<br />

resort is pet-friendly, and of course, there are a few house<br />

rules to follow. Your pets especially dogs will be in for a<br />

wonderful experience<br />

Additional Info : family / dog-friendly / 45min to upper falls /<br />

trail heading to the Ink Pots<br />


Bow Valley Parkway<br />

Hwy 1a, Banff National Park, Canada<br />

Tel + 1-888-378-1720<br />


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Brian Merry<br />

Photography<br />

Canada | Learning Experience<br />

Banff is a picturesque resort town enveloped within the Banff National<br />

Park; the town’s skyline is adorned by the peaks of the majestic<br />

Canadian Rockies. The spectacular landscape and rich wildlife of<br />

Banff is a feast for the eyes. One of the best ways to explore this<br />

wonderous town and region is by going on a photography tour for<br />

this we re<strong>com</strong>mend Brian Merry Photography.<br />

Owned and operated by experienced landscape and<br />

wildlife photographer, Brian Merry and his wife Kazue,<br />

Brian Merry Photography is an opportunity for a<br />

unique learning experience. Brian has been a<br />

professional photographer for over two decades<br />

whereas Kazue worked as a nurse in Japan<br />

before moving to Canada in 2005. As a team,<br />

they curate and organize photography<br />

tours taking guest to some excellent<br />

photogenic sites and improving their<br />

photography skills.<br />

Having lived in Banff for more than 20 years, Brian is<br />

familiar with places that a regular tourist guide won’t<br />

know of. He uses this experience to lead extraordinary<br />

photography tours that let you explore Banff like a local.<br />

Brian is accredited with the Professional Photographers<br />

of Canada (PPOC). Along with his wife, he has been<br />

organizing group and private photography tours since<br />

2010.<br />

You can choose among the sunrise/sunset, half-day, and<br />

full-day photography tours. The prices start at $125 per<br />

person (based on a minimum of two participants). Brian<br />

and Kazue will take you off the beaten track and let you<br />

explore and capture the hidden gems of Banff. Lunch is<br />

included in the full-day tours.<br />

However, if you want to make the most out of your<br />

experience, request for a customized private tour. You can<br />

opt for a day tour of Banff National Park or a return trip to<br />

Jasper. For overnight trips, ac<strong>com</strong>modation is arranged in<br />

<strong>com</strong>fortable hotels. The duo also organizes photography<br />

tours in Japan, Kazue’s home country, and Nova Scotia,<br />

where Brian grew up.<br />

100 Owl Street. Unit 21, Banff<br />

Alberta, Canada<br />

Tel +1 403-763-1114<br />



Jasper<br />

National Park<br />

Less renowned and often overlooked for its more popular<br />

southern neighbour Banff, the Jaspar National Park is<br />

equally as impressive and twice as big. Beautiful valleys,<br />

rugged mountains, glacial lakes, rich forests, grassy meadows,<br />

a dark sky preserve, and untamed rivers await all those who<br />

venture in.<br />

Getting in and getting around by car is by far the easiest and<br />

most efficient way. There is a train service from Vancouver and<br />

Edmonton to Jaspar, as well as a scenic tourist train operating<br />

throughout the year.<br />

As is the case with many other national parks, entry into Jaspar<br />

does require a permit, you can choose from a day pass to an<br />

annual licence. Should you plan on moving between parks<br />

then the pass allows for entry into the surrounding parks in<br />

Alberta and British Columbia.<br />

The most famous attraction with Jaspar is Whistlers Mountain,<br />

famed for the spectacular views at the top and relative ease<br />

of access given that a tram can transport you about half the<br />

way to the top. The walk thereafter is relatively short but steep.<br />

Maligne Lake is another well-known attraction, it’s a<br />

stunning sight that’s best explored via a boat cruise. In<br />

the middle there’s the iconic Spirit Island, a culturally<br />

significant photo opportunity and one of the places<br />

where the water on the lake is actually coloured<br />

emerald as opposed to the blue at the docks.<br />

Jasper is home to an extensive range of<br />

fascinating wildlife species, so we’d advise<br />

going on a nature tour to get the most out of<br />

your trip. Popular sightseeing animals include<br />

Bighorn Sheep, Mule Deer, Mountain Goats,<br />

Grizzly Bears, Bald Eagles, and Grey Wolves.<br />

The town of Jaspar is the National Parks main<br />

<strong>com</strong>mercial and tourist centre. It’s usually the base<br />

for exploring the region and offers a few shops,<br />

restaurants, and hotels. We re<strong>com</strong>mend <strong>Travel</strong> and<br />

<strong>Hospitality</strong> Award winner Fitzhugh House for all<br />

your ac<strong>com</strong>modation needs, profiled extensively<br />

on the next page.<br />

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Fitzhugh House<br />

Canada | Modern Guest House<br />

For a cosy, warm, and homely experience in the heart of Jasper we<br />

re<strong>com</strong>mend none other than the delightful Fitzhugh House. Nestled in<br />

the heart of Jasper, Fitzhugh house presents the ideal location for exploring<br />

the serene natural beauty of the surrounding area while maintaining easy<br />

access to local restaurants, bars, and attractions.<br />

While property has a rustic and traditional façade the interior<br />

is designed with modernity and contemporary elements in<br />

mind. The décor is elegant and functional while the lighting<br />

enhances an already warm and wel<strong>com</strong>ing atmosphere.<br />

On offer are two charming guest rooms, both finished to<br />

a high standard.<br />

Guests can expect plush queen-sized beds, an<br />

en-suite bathroom, a private entrance, free wi-fi,<br />

de-luxe toiletries, and kitchen amenities such as a<br />

microwave, fridge, electric kettle, dining table, and<br />

toaster. The front patio is perfectly set up to enjoy a<br />

lovely warm beverage and watch over the majestic<br />

mountain scenery the area is renowned for.<br />

Hosts Stephen and Patricia Pavlov are on hand<br />

should you need anything. Their knowledge of the<br />

area and experience in the art of hospitality means<br />

they are well suited to offer advice and arrange<br />

activities, transfers, tours, and much more.<br />

Popular local activities include hiking, cycling, white<br />

water rafting, nature and wildlife tours, and scenic<br />

drives.<br />


119 Patricia St. Box 2614<br />

Jasper, Alberta, Canada<br />

Tel +1 (780) 852-4622<br />

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Niagara Falls<br />

Fabulous Five<br />

Niagara Falls is a small Canadian city home to the<br />

world-famous waterfall of the same name. Though<br />

the city’s population is less than 100,000, Niagara Falls is<br />

nothing short of an urban centre with plenty of trails, parks,<br />

shopping centres, restaurants, and attractions on offer. If<br />

you’re planning to visit Niagara, here are the top five places<br />

you don’t want to miss out on.<br />

1. Niagara Falls<br />

Top on the list is of course the waterfall from which the city<br />

gets its name. Niagara Falls is divided into two main parts;<br />

the Horseshoe Falls (located along the Canadian bank) and<br />

the American Falls (along the US border). A guided ferry<br />

tour is the best way to get up close and personal with the<br />

falls.<br />

2. Skylon Towers<br />

Skylon Towers is a high-rise observation tower offering panoramic<br />

views over Niagara Falls and beyond. The tower also features<br />

two restaurants; the Revolving Dining Room, which rotates once<br />

an hour to give a magnificent view, and the Summit Suite Buffet<br />

perfect for family outings or group meals. There is a gift shop and<br />

an amusement arcade located at the base of the tower.<br />

3. Niagara Skywheel<br />

Best described as a ginormous ferris wheel, the Skywheel features<br />

enclosed cars offering stunning views. The unique built-in<br />

conditioning system means the wheel is set up to operate all year<br />

round keeping you warm in winter or cool in the summer.<br />

4. Fallsview Casino<br />

Built on a cliff overlooking the Horseshoe<br />

falls, the Fallsview Casino and resort is one of<br />

Canada’s largest and most popular gambling<br />

resorts. Boasting several restaurants, casino<br />

games, a spa, luxurious rooms, and a theatre, the<br />

casino also hosts several international events<br />

throughout the year.<br />

5. OstrichLand<br />

Something a little different and located a short trip<br />

outside of Niagara. OstrichLand is an ever popular<br />

Ostrish farm providing an up close, informative,<br />

and personal experience with Ostriches. Check<br />

out the next page to find out more.<br />

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Ostrich Land<br />

Canada | Unique Experience<br />

While Ontario may offer much in the way of grand spectacular<br />

attractions, the state is home to niche and unique sites as well.<br />

One such attraction is famed Ostrich Land farm located in the rural<br />

stretch land between Hamilton and Niagara Falls.<br />

At Ostrich Land you can expect a fully immersive and<br />

educational experience centred around these majestic birds,<br />

a rarity in North <strong>Americas</strong> as Ostrich originate from the<br />

African Savannah. There are three Ostrich species at the<br />

farm: Black, Blue, and Red, each with their own distinct<br />

quirks and uniqueness. As well as seeing fully grown<br />

Ostrich visitors also get the opportunity to visit<br />

chicks in the nursery, purchase good to take<br />

home as a memento, and take part in regular<br />

special events staged throughout the year.<br />

Tours<br />

Tours of Ostrich Land, led by<br />

expert guides, are fun, engaging,<br />

educational, and suitable for<br />

all ages. Guest can learn all<br />

about the history of these birds,<br />

their anatomy, social structure,<br />

diverse personalities, the benefit<br />

of having a farm like this nearby,<br />

and can feed the chicks.<br />

Tours last roughly an hour and<br />

a half, there is no need to prebook,<br />

and at the end guests are<br />

wel<strong>com</strong>e to enjoy the farm.<br />

Store<br />

The store at Ostrich Land<br />

certainly adds to the uniqueness<br />

of the site. For one, visitors can<br />

purchase livestock, Ostrich<br />


chicks are available from a<br />

fertilised egg and one-day old<br />

right up to a breeding pair. If<br />

you’re more interested in the<br />

nutritional benefits then you can<br />

reserve Ostrich eggs in seasons,<br />

these are extremely popular, and<br />

the waiting time can be up to 10<br />

weeks. Ostrich meat can also be<br />

bought.<br />

Ostrich oil is another popular<br />

product, it is famed for its skin<br />

healing, anti-aging properties,<br />

anti-fungal properties, and was<br />

a key part of ancient Egyptian<br />

queen Cleopatras daily skincare<br />

routine.<br />

People have to buy a ticket<br />

first, before to <strong>com</strong>e (Covid 19<br />

requirement) at our website<br />

<strong>www</strong>.OstrichLandOntario.<strong>com</strong>.<br />

8299 Concession 2 Road,<br />

West Lincoln, Ontario, L0R 1E0<br />

Tel +647 988-0841<br />

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Banff, Canada<br />

United States<br />

<br />

The 2022 <strong>Travel</strong> Rush<br />

New York The Empire City<br />

Brooklyn The Place to be<br />

Wyndham Garden Brooklyn<br />

Omar Bouchaar<br />

Newport <strong>Americas</strong> Hidden Gem<br />

Howland House Inn<br />

The Chicago Style<br />

The Seattle Super Six<br />

The Best of Vegas<br />

Las Vegas Walking Tours<br />

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The 2022<br />

<strong>Travel</strong> Rush<br />

During the Covid pandemic the USA, the third most<br />

visited country in the world, shut its borders for<br />

non-citizens from over 30 countries including those in<br />

the EU, United Kingdom, South Africa, China, and Brazil.<br />

The lack of visitors from key markets in Europe meant that<br />

tourism industry in the US suffered. Thousands of hotels<br />

and tour <strong>com</strong>panies were forced to shut down, hundreds<br />

of thousands of jobs in the hospitality industry were lost,<br />

and millions in expected revenue wiped away.<br />

However, on November 8th there was some good news<br />

as the border to the USA finally re-opened to visitors from<br />

over 30 countries including the UK and large parts of<br />

Europe. This is as long as travellers a fully vaccinated and<br />

can provide a negative Covid result within 3 days before<br />

departure. As a result, many international airlines began<br />

restarting services to the USA or those that continued to<br />

provide a service found bookings up by more than 50%.<br />

This so called “travel rush” of<br />

course <strong>com</strong>es as no surprise<br />

given how appealing the USA<br />

is to international travellers.<br />

The country is one of the most<br />

diverse in terms of attractions,<br />

things to do, places to eat,<br />

natural beauty, and culture.<br />

With so many major cities and<br />

destinations to visit America is<br />

a country many have to keep<br />

re-visiting just to take it all in.<br />

In fact, 5 of the top 50 most<br />

visited cities in the world are in<br />

the USA, more than any other<br />

country.<br />

So, for our chapter on the USA,<br />

we’ve decided to cover 5 cities<br />

you need to visit on your next<br />

trip to the USA. These are New<br />

York, Chicago, Seattle, Las<br />

Vegas, and our hidden gem<br />

Newport on Rhode Island.<br />

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New York<br />

The Empire City<br />

Always a Good Idea<br />

New York is one of the world’s most famous cities, renowned for its many<br />

historic landmarks, museums, attractions, restaurants, and finance<br />

<strong>com</strong>panies as well as being the home of several famous personalities. New<br />

York is America’s most populous city, and its people are vibrant, wel<strong>com</strong>ing,<br />

passionate, and most of all proud of their city!<br />

Getting In & Around<br />

You can fly into New York from almost any part of the world. The John F Kennedy<br />

and Newark International Airports are the major entry points for foreign travelers<br />

whereas LaGuardia airport offers domestic flights daily.<br />

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can take the three-hour drive from New Jersey<br />

to New York or relax as the bus or train service from several major surrounding<br />

areas connects you to the Big Apple.<br />

To navigate New York, we re<strong>com</strong>mend using the subway for fast, efficient, and<br />

easy <strong>com</strong>mutes. Bus rides, Ubers, and Taxis also provide an avenue for getting<br />

around, but you do have the risk of getting caught in traffic.<br />

Things To Do & See<br />

There is so much to see<br />

and do in the city that<br />

we can’t cover it all so<br />

this is selection of some<br />

of our favorites.<br />

Of course, you’d want<br />

to start with the city’s<br />

most iconic sites the<br />

Statue of Liberty and the<br />

Empire State Building.<br />

From here you’ll want to<br />

hit up Wall Street, catch<br />

a show in the Theater<br />

District, watch a ball<br />

game at the Yankee<br />

Stadium, or a concert at<br />

Madison Square Garden.<br />

Other fun activities to<br />

do include boat cruises,<br />

food tours, picnic at<br />

central park, and of<br />

course, shop at fifth<br />

avenue.<br />

Dining<br />

New York has no shortage<br />

of food options and is the<br />

perfect destination for all<br />

sorts of palates. The New<br />

York gastronomic scene<br />

has it all, from street<br />

bagels and hotdogs to<br />

fine dining Italian and<br />

high-grade steak. In New<br />

York we guarantee you’ll<br />

find a dish to suit your<br />

tastes!<br />

Ac<strong>com</strong>modation<br />

The Wyndham Garden<br />

Brooklyn Sunset Park<br />

is where we would<br />

re<strong>com</strong>mend checking in.<br />

A <strong>Travel</strong> and <strong>Hospitality</strong><br />

Award winner, profiled on<br />

page 36.<br />

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Brooklyn,<br />

The Place to be<br />

Brooklyn is one of New York’s famous five boroughs,<br />

one which many consider to be the best of all. It is<br />

the second-largest district in the state, with a population<br />

that exceeds two million people and is from Manhattan by<br />

the East River.<br />

On the first visit to Brooklyn, you’ll likely have several places<br />

on your list to visit. However, it doesn’t get much better<br />

than the Williamsburg and Dumbo areas. Both offer plenty<br />

in the way of attractions, things to do, places to eat, and<br />

shop.<br />

The Dumbo area lies on the waterfront and is home to some<br />

of the best views in all of Brooklyn. If you’re a food lover, we<br />

re<strong>com</strong>mend a visit to the open-air market in Smorgasburg.<br />

It is one of the largest weekly open-air food markets in<br />

the United States and attracts more than 20,000 visitors<br />

during the summer.<br />

One of the most famous attractions in the borough is the Brooklyn<br />

Bridge which runs through Manhattan directly into Brooklyn and<br />

present an iconic view. It is one of the most recognizable attractions<br />

in all of Brooklyn be<strong>com</strong>ing especially popular at night.<br />

After a long day of exploring dinner at Cecconi’s is a must, it’s a<br />

Brooklyn landmark located on Water St offering up traditional<br />

Italian dishes in full view of the Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn<br />

Bridge.<br />

However, if you want something different then why not tacos? The<br />

place to go is the Bushwick Taco Company on 1081 Fulton Street,<br />

a taco lovers dreams serving up fresh food and a wide variety, at<br />

affordable prices.<br />

Movie lovers are in for a treat. There are several places in Brooklyn<br />

to watch outdoor movies for free, we suggest checking out the<br />

excellent Harbor view lawn.<br />

Like the rest of New York Brooklyn is a shopaholic’s haven. The<br />

district boasts a number of shopping centres, but the top of our list<br />

is Bedford Avenue. A collection of excellent high street boutiques<br />

and Jewelry stores.<br />

If this has piqued your interest in Brooklyn and you’re planning a<br />

trip then be sure to visit the district during the autumn and spring<br />

months when the weather is still ok but the area isn’t too crowded.<br />

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Wyndham Garden<br />

Brooklyn<br />

USA | Hotel & Restaurant<br />

Contemporary architecture, unique décor, world class service,<br />

value for money, and a great location await all guests checking<br />

into the wonderful Wyndham Garden Brooklyn Sunset Park.<br />

This award-winning property, set on a bustling Brooklyn<br />

Street, is easily accessible and well connected to the<br />

rest of the city with a subway station, bus stop, and<br />

a plethora of taxis nearby. As well an onsite parking<br />

and transfer service should you choose to navigate<br />

in a more private manner.<br />

Guest rooms are colourful, artistic, and designed with the ultimate<br />

guest experience in mind. Rooms <strong>com</strong>e with luxury amenities, a<br />

mini fridge, coffee machine, workstation, a water purification system,<br />

flat screen satellite TV, and free high speed wi-fi. Options range<br />

from Deluxe, Superior, Executive and Premium King rooms. If any<br />

we re<strong>com</strong>mend the executive as it includes stunning city views of<br />

Manhattan.<br />

Guests can expect a daily continental breakfast made using the<br />

best local produce and ingredients, as well as access to a modern<br />

business centre, safety deposit box, early check-in, late check-out,<br />

free newspapers, state-of-the-art disability access, and pet-friendly<br />

entry. Express check-in and check-out are a popular service.<br />

The Constantine Restaurant and Bar, located within the property, is a<br />

treat. On offer are a range of dishes, light snacks, cocktails, and coffee.<br />

There are so many things to see and do just a stone’s throw away from<br />

the property. Why not take in a show, cheer on a local sports team, or<br />

enjoy a spot shopping at one of the many boutiques located nearby.<br />


457 39th St, Brooklyn, NY 11232, United States<br />

Tel +1 718-972-0900<br />

Fax#+1-718-972-1400<br />

Toll Free#+1-855-579-8333<br />

<strong>www</strong>.wyndhambrooklyn.<strong>com</strong><br />

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Omar<br />

Bouchaar<br />

USA | <strong>Hospitality</strong> Manager<br />

For his stellar handling of the Wyndham Garden Brooklyn<br />

through the tough phase of the COVID-19 pandemic while<br />

maintaining the best safety standards, Omar Bouchaar has<br />

been awarded the <strong>Hospitality</strong> Manager of the Year Award.<br />

We sat down with him to talk about his experience during the<br />

pandemic and more. Find out what he has to say below.<br />

1. How was your experience in guiding the hotel through<br />

the tough COVID-19 situation? What challenges did you<br />

face?<br />

1. Low Occupancy<br />

Most operators require a minimum occupancy of 50% to simply<br />

break-even. We were at 70% due to some contract business we<br />

had, so we never shot down we were one of the few hotels kept<br />

the business open in New York City.<br />

2. Pricing Elasticity<br />

Lower prices, a lack of significant demand and low occupancy<br />

rates do not bode well for revenues and profitability for the<br />

next 36 months.<br />

3. Renewed Lockdowns<br />

We are already witnessing spikes in COVID-19 cases in countries<br />

and cities that have re-opened too quickly and people that are<br />

not observing proper social distancing protocols, vaccination<br />

denials and travel bans.<br />

2. What changes did you implement to adapt to the new<br />

normal while maintaining the same quality of hotel<br />

experiences?<br />

Managed & controlled well fixed, variable expenses, cash flow,<br />

cost per room, cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing challenges.<br />

In addition, we did implement Count on Us Covid-19 Wyndham<br />

protocols, guest safety first, staffing and payroll post furlough,<br />

and redundancies are another major focus.<br />

3. How did you manage the massive hotel team during the<br />

COVID-19 period and keep their morale high?<br />

We created a task force team staying in the hotel by building<br />

a healthy and safe work environment, helped them manage<br />

schedules, gave in-room hotel ac<strong>com</strong>modation, training on<br />

Count on Us COVID-19 protocols and incentive bonus.<br />

4. Are there any new trends in the travel industry that<br />

you’ve noticed post the pandemic?<br />

Yes, I did notice that the recovery continues under storm<br />

clouds, the economy will fuel a rebound, labor markets<br />

present major challenge and finally the recovery will <strong>com</strong>e in<br />

stages by 2025.<br />

5. Tell us a little about your working experience in the<br />

hospitality industry<br />

Success-driven, astute, and results-oriented professional,<br />

offering extensive experience in hotel management and<br />

administrative functions for the past 20 years. Armed with<br />

expertise in developing business plans and strategies,<br />

implementing policies and procedures, and improving<br />

processes to meet or exceed corporate objectives and<br />

sales goals.<br />

6. Which cuisine do you enjoy, and which is your favorite<br />

restaurant in NYC?<br />

Japanese cuisine from our FUSHIMI Group Restaurants in<br />

New York City.<br />


Certifications<br />

<strong>Awards</strong> and Recognitions<br />

Certification in Antiterrorism Awareness—<br />

<strong>Hospitality</strong> Industry, 2015<br />

Certification in Cyber Security — <strong>Hospitality</strong> Industry, 2016 & 2018<br />

Professional in <strong>Hospitality</strong> Industry — Executive Leader—<br />

Wyndham Worldwide University, 2014<br />

Task Force Certification Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Operations 2010<br />

Hotel and Restaurant Management Certification —<br />

New York Food & Hotel Management Institute, 2001<br />

Proclamation <strong>2021</strong> from Eric Adams new mayor winner for in NYC <strong>2021</strong><br />

Selected one of TOP 50 leading GM’s is US <strong>2021</strong> by American Hotel &<br />

Lodging Association/AHLA<br />

<strong>Travel</strong> & <strong>Hospitality</strong> Award Winner for Award for Excellence in<br />

Leadership and General Management 2020<br />

Gold Stella Award winner <strong>2021</strong> Best Boutique Hotel Northeast USA<br />


Citations received in 2016 & 2018 from Brooklyn Borough President<br />

New YorK<br />

Selected as Ambassador for Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce <strong>2021</strong><br />

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Newport<br />

<strong>Americas</strong> Hidden Gem<br />

Newport is one of Rhode Island’s best kept secrets,<br />

offering a perfect blend of waterfront locales, great food,<br />

beaches, and year-round events. The city is culturally rich,<br />

housing several, intact, structures that date back to the colonial<br />

era as well as stunning 19th-century waterfront mansions.<br />

Getting In & Getting Around<br />

Boston’s Logan Airport is about 90 minutes away and offers the<br />

best entry for international travelers unless you are flying from<br />

another part of the United States which would mean landing<br />

at Warwick’s T.F Green Airport which is only 45 minutes away.<br />

Newport’s proximity to several water bodies makes it perfectly<br />

accessible by ferries and yachts from Block Island, Jamestown,<br />

and Providence.<br />

Moving within Newport is best done on a bike or simply walking.<br />

Although you can self-drive or hire a drive, an influx of tourists<br />

in the summer means you may experience traffic and difficulty<br />

finding parking spaces. The city has an efficient transportation<br />

system with pedicabs, and trolleys that make navigation simple<br />

and a little adventurous.<br />

Things To Do & See<br />

Newport is a popular surfing and sailing destination which has<br />

been hosting America’s Cup sailing <strong>com</strong>petition for 53 years.<br />

We re<strong>com</strong>mend visiting iconic Newport Mansions, including The<br />

Breakers and Elms structures, to view the city’s architectural<br />

history. Other sites you won’t want to miss is the Famous Cliff Walk<br />

and the Museum of Yachting located in the amazing Fort Adams.<br />

Dining<br />

Newport’s restaurant scene boasts a wide<br />

selection of establishment serving mouthwatering<br />

food from all over the world but given its coastal<br />

location we’d always go with the seafood.<br />

Ac<strong>com</strong>modation<br />

We re<strong>com</strong>mend staying at the Howland House<br />

Inn, a <strong>Travel</strong> and <strong>Hospitality</strong> Award Winner,<br />

offering fantastic amenities and proximity to the<br />

best food, tourist attractions, and local shopping<br />

experiences.<br />

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Howland House Inn<br />

United States | Eco Friendly Guest House<br />

In a city famed for its history you’ll be forgiven for insisting on your<br />

ac<strong>com</strong>modation offer some of this in some form and in the great colonial<br />

city of Newport we have just the place, the Howland House Inn. A charming<br />

all-suite boutique hotel offering a unique look into the past.<br />

The house itself is one of Newport’s oldest homes, originally built<br />

in 1765 the house actually pre-dates the revolution and has the<br />

classic white New England look giving it an antique feel. It’s<br />

original proprietor Benjamin Howland came over on the<br />

Mayflower and during its renovation an effort was made<br />

to include as many as the original beams and floors.<br />

The inside reflects much of the elegance<br />

found on the exterior. The suites are finished<br />

to a high standard, offer much in the way<br />

modern amenities, and are spacious. Each<br />

suite includes a separate living area, work<br />

desk, coffee table, refrigerator, coffee<br />

maker, superb amenities, and a luxurious<br />

spa inspired en-suite. The stay includes a<br />

scrumptious daily breakfast that is locally<br />

sourced, organic, made using only the<br />

freshest produce and best ingredients.<br />

With only four suites you’re guaranteed<br />

a brilliant private experience with the<br />

wonderful hosts ready to wel<strong>com</strong>e all guests<br />

as they would do family. To this end expect<br />

expert advice on where to go, what to do, the<br />

best times to go out, shopping, restaurants,<br />

and for anything else you may need during<br />

your stay.<br />


205 Spring St, Newport<br />

Rhode Island, United States<br />

02840<br />

Tel +1 401239.7741<br />

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The Chicago Style<br />

Chicago is the third most populous metropolis in<br />

America, home to over 2.7 million residents. The<br />

city’s population density and diversity mean it’s rich in<br />

culture, art, and history, with a vibrant culinary scene to<br />

match.<br />

Cultural experiences <strong>com</strong>e in many forms in Chicago.<br />

For one you have several ethnic heritage neighborhoods<br />

that are worth exploring such as little Italy, Chinatown,<br />

Mount Greenwood (Irish), and Pilsen, which was originally<br />

inhabited by Czech immigrants but later became the<br />

centre of Chicago’s Latin American immigrant <strong>com</strong>munity.<br />

All these neighborhoods offer much in the way of food,<br />

shopping, culture, and art.<br />

Another cultural gem in Chicago is the Chicago blues, a form<br />

of blues music focused on the sound of an electric guitar<br />

and harmonica. You’ll find tons of clubs and performance<br />

venues if you fancy a listen, our personal favorite spot is<br />

Buddy Guys Legends on 700 Wabash Avenue.<br />

For food lovers there’s one<br />

dish that stands out and<br />

that is none other than the<br />

Chicago style pizza. A staple<br />

of the city, it’s basically a thick<br />

pizza-pie filled with cheese<br />

and rich tomato sauce.<br />

There is nothing quite like it<br />

anywhere else in America.<br />

For history lovers the first<br />

stop for sure is a tour of the<br />

city’s gangster heritage.<br />

Being the home of one of<br />

<strong>Americas</strong> most notorious and<br />

biggest mobsters, Al Capone,<br />

Chicago is littered with mob<br />

related sites. Another lesserknown<br />

historical fact about<br />

Chicago is that is the home of<br />

baseball, it’s where the sport<br />

was invented, and Wrigley<br />

field is the place to go for a<br />

tour and if you’re lucky catch<br />

a cub’s game.<br />

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The Seattle<br />

Super Six<br />

Seattle as a tourist city can best be described<br />

as that song you always skip in an album<br />

only to find out it’s the best on the track list. If<br />

you’re not sure where to start in this underrated<br />

city, then worry not as we’ve put together a list of<br />

our top 6 attractions.<br />


First stop you’ll be surprised to<br />

learn is the Pike Place Market,<br />

especially if you’re a foodie. Here<br />

you can experience a one-of-akind<br />

culinary tasting tour with a<br />

professional Chef or attempt to<br />

navigate it yourself. Breakfast<br />

normally starts at 7 am, while farm<br />

tables open a few hours later. A<br />

morning spent here is a morning<br />

fulfilled.<br />


The city’s most recognizable<br />

landmark, the space needle will give<br />

you exactly what you expect which<br />

is breathtaking 360-degree views<br />

of Seattle. Whilst there you should<br />

try a cocktail or two at the delightful<br />

Loupe Lounge.<br />


MUSEUM<br />

Located next to the space needle<br />

and showcasing glassworks of the<br />

charismatic Dale Chihuly. This one<br />

is certainly a hidden gem, and you’ll<br />

find plenty of awe-inspiring works<br />

particularly the 10ft long sculpture<br />

hanging from the ceiling.<br />

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No trip to the city is <strong>com</strong>plete<br />

without a ride on the Washing State<br />

Ferry that <strong>com</strong>e <strong>com</strong>plete with an<br />

in-depth historical narration from a<br />

guide on board. Learn all about the<br />

city, its history, key individuals, and<br />

generally what makes it tick.<br />


A visit to the Woodland Park Zoo<br />

is a fantastic experience. The Park<br />

houses a staggering 300 animal<br />

species, including a rare Snow<br />

Leopard and an exotic African<br />

Giraffe.<br />



A fabulous day trip away from the<br />

city, where there is much to do<br />

and photograph. You can opt for<br />

a simple camp picnic, maybe hike<br />

on a budget, or go all-out with a<br />

luxurious restaurant dinner. The<br />

best time to enjoy this park is during<br />

the week when it’s less crowded.<br />

Seattle, United States<br />

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The Best<br />

of Vegas<br />

The Adventuredome<br />

An indoor amusement park that presenting something<br />

a little different from the usual thrills of Vegas.<br />

Air conditioned and boasting over 20 rides the<br />

Adventuredome is a great day out for all the family.<br />

From the moment you set eyes on the big<br />

Wel<strong>com</strong>e to Fabulous Las Vegas sign, you<br />

know you’re in for a ride. Every moment in the city<br />

that never sleeps is a moment you’ll never forget.<br />

The strip is a casino haven housing multiple<br />

large gaming hotels, resorts, restaurants, and<br />

tourist attractions built to ensure value for your<br />

money. If you’re considering a trip to Vegas,<br />

then we re<strong>com</strong>mend the following sites to add<br />

to your “must-visit” list.<br />

The Bellagio Hotel and Casino<br />

Two miles from the McCarran International Airport is the<br />

world-famous Bellagio Hotel and Casino. Try your luck at<br />

slots or in engage in all-night poker game, maybe you’d<br />

prefer to relax at the world-class spa, or enjoy the thrills<br />

of an extravagant live show.<br />

Fremont Street<br />

The most famous street in downtown Vegas is a hub for<br />

party lovers. Fremont is the place to be, especially during<br />

the festive season. You can zipline, attend a New Year’s<br />

Eve party, go bar crawling, and much more. Instead of<br />

a family thanksgiving, Fremont Street is famed for its<br />

“Drinksgiving”.<br />

The Grand Canyon<br />

Although not strictly in Vegas the Grand Canyon is only<br />

about 2 and half hours away. Its certainly a site worth<br />

exploring especially while in Vegas!<br />

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Las Vegas Walking Tours<br />

USA | Tour Company<br />

There is much to see and do in Las Vegas, why not consider a walking tour? Las Vegas<br />

Walking Tours are fun, affordable, informative and quite possibly the best travel activity!<br />

Walking tours ac<strong>com</strong>modate families, couples and even the single adventurous traveler<br />

while offering the opportunity to meet other travelers from around the world and<br />

possibly even make new friends.<br />

Home to legendary casinos, hotels, wedding chapels, top restaurants, and even<br />

reality TV stars, Downtown Las Vegas is again a vibrant, top attraction in the<br />

country today.<br />

See, explore and discover Downtown Las Vegas’ famous Fremont Street<br />

on a 2-Hour guided walking tour as your experienced local guide takes<br />

you on a ‘Walk through time’ from humble outpost to infamous<br />

‘Glitter Gulch’, to gem of urban renewal and revitalization. Stories,<br />

facts & photos peel back layers of neon exposing the rich<br />

history underneath. Use of wireless audio headsets ensure<br />

a personal experience with your guide while hearing<br />

every fascinating story along the way. Tips, tricks and<br />

re<strong>com</strong>mendations throughout will also have you<br />

feeling like a ‘Vegas Insider’.<br />

Tour by day or night! Walk past the new Circa<br />

Resort & Casino, and legendary Plaza, Golden Gate,<br />

Golden Nugget, Binions & El Cortez. Photograph the<br />

infamous Vegas Vic as thrill seekers whiz by, 100-feet<br />

above on the Slotzilla zip line.<br />

Tour into the newly revitalized Fremont East where<br />

you’ll find unique restaurants, shops, clubs and<br />

entertainment venues while learning how one man’s<br />

vision and <strong>com</strong>mitment to <strong>com</strong>munity has sparked<br />

perhaps the greatest downtown revitalization project<br />

in the United States.<br />


are offered daily, Mon-Sat. Morning tours are preferred<br />

by those looking for a more relaxed environment as<br />

Fremont Street be<strong>com</strong>es busier throughout the day.<br />

FREMONT AFTER DARK Tours are available 2 evenings<br />

per week for those who prefer their tour amongst<br />

the twinkling bulbs, colorful neon tubes, live music<br />

stages, party atmosphere, and other adult-minded<br />

fun befitting a city known as ‘Sin City’.<br />

1 1/2 S Main St, Las Vegas,<br />

NV 89101, USA<br />

Tel +888 571-6587 toll-free<br />

<strong>www</strong>.lasvegaswalkingtours.net<br />



Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico<br />

Mexico<br />

<br />

A Foodies Dream<br />

Beautiful Beaches<br />

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A Foodies<br />

Dream<br />

When it <strong>com</strong>es to food tourism very few<br />

places can <strong>com</strong>pete with Mexico. This North<br />

American state is world-famous for its incredible<br />

food, unique produce, flavorsome ingredients,<br />

inventive dishes, and heritage delicacies. Mexican<br />

cuisine is so highly regarded in fact that it earned<br />

a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity<br />

status in 2010.<br />

For a foodie, participating in Mexican food culture<br />

is an unmissable experience, and for the most part<br />

we re<strong>com</strong>mend going with the street food. To this<br />

end we’ve put together our list of four of the best:<br />

Chiles en Nogada: The Chiles en Nogada is one<br />

of Mexico’s oldest dishes and one of royal heritage.<br />

Made from pomegranate seeds, picadillo (spiced<br />

beef and fruits) and walnut cream, this tasty dish<br />

was first served to Don Agustin de Iturbide - the<br />

country’s first Emperor.<br />

Enchilada: Arguably one of Mexico’s<br />

favorite foods. The dish features<br />

nutritious ingredients from tortilla<br />

flour to vegetables, beans, cheese,<br />

and seafood (or any other protein).<br />

Enchiladas can be found on just<br />

about every street corner in Mexico,<br />

particularly in Iztapalapa, home of the<br />

annual Enchilada festival.<br />

Pozole: Pozole is traditional<br />

dish with roots in Mexican Aztec<br />

culture. This delicious soup is<br />

made from corn, herbs and<br />

tomatoes that are boiled for<br />

hours. Pozole recipes vary from<br />

town to town, with locals adding<br />

cabbage, onions, lettuce, and lime<br />

to servings. Cheap, flavorsome,<br />

and easy to produce, you can see<br />

why its popular among working<br />

locals.<br />

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Tacos: What better place to<br />

try Tacos than in its ancestral<br />

home? Probably Mexico’s<br />

most famous culinary export,<br />

tacos are made from steamed<br />

wheat tortillas stuffed with<br />

vegetables, pork, diced<br />

tomatoes, and cheese. As<br />

a national staple, tacos are<br />

available all over the country<br />

with each region offering their<br />

own unique twist.<br />

Street vendors in Mexico<br />

Special mentions go out to<br />

Tamales, Mole, Quesadillasm<br />

and Tlayudas. These four haven’t<br />

quite made the list but are<br />

definitely worth trying.<br />

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Beautiful Beaches<br />

Mexico’s beautiful beaches are one of the main<br />

reasons why tourists pour into the country every<br />

year. From fun and happening beach spots to more<br />

relaxed environments, Mexico’s sandy beaches are a fit<br />

for everyone. The variety of options can make it hard to<br />

choose from, so we’ve decided given you a rundown of the<br />

country’s best.<br />

Tulum<br />

Located off the Riviera Maya, Tulum is one of Mexico’s<br />

most famous beach towns. The town has a handful of<br />

white-sand beach fronts and turquoise-colored waters.<br />

In addition to its relaxing allure, Tulum houses Mayan<br />

relics from the 13th century and an immersive jungle for<br />

adventure seekers and party ravers. Tulum’s beaches are<br />

accessible all year round with yoga, watersports, beach<br />

football, and food stalls just a few of the popular activities<br />

on offer.<br />

Cozumel<br />

Cozumel is Mexico’s top destination for tourists look to<br />

partake in beach activities and watersports. Located off<br />

the Yucatan Peninsula, the beach town boasts several<br />

beachfront bars, restaurants, tour operators, boat clubs,<br />

and sea view resorts. Cozumel is an absolute crowd<br />

favorite during the summer months so it’s good to book<br />

ahead.<br />

Playa Chac Mool<br />

If you’re keen on a quieter beach front experience, then<br />

Playa Chac Mool is perfect for you. The white sand beach<br />

is one of the finest in Cancun, offering tourists a peaceful<br />

getaway from the popular party beaches. Located in<br />

the heart of Mexico’s beach haven (Cancun), the Playa<br />

Chac Mool is ideal if you want something different or are<br />

recovering from a hangover.<br />

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Lima, Peru<br />

Peru<br />

<br />

Peru Let Your Adventure Begin<br />

Peru Sustainable Tourism<br />

Evolution Treks Peru<br />

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Peru<br />

Let Your<br />

Adventure Begin<br />

Peru, the third-largest country in South<br />

America, is one of the continent’s most<br />

charming. This fascinating nation is home to<br />

several UNESCO World Heritage sites and draws<br />

many tourists annually, primarily to the iconic<br />

Inca site of Machu Pichu, it’s what Peru is most<br />

famous for. However, once there, many tourists<br />

learn to appreciate that it’s a beautiful multicultural<br />

land, offering much in the way of history, culture,<br />

adventure, nature, and food.<br />

Getting In & Around<br />

You can fly into the country<br />

to Jorge Chavez International<br />

Airport located in Lima via<br />

several international airlines, or<br />

cross over, by car or bus, from<br />

neighboring South American<br />

nations like Ecuador, Bolivia,<br />

Columbia, and Chile, which offers<br />

the only international train.<br />

Moving around you can take<br />

advantage of the country’s bus<br />

system which is well connected<br />

but does mean travelling on badly<br />

paved roads, making the journey<br />

arduous. The train system in Peru<br />

is surprisingly good and journeys<br />

can be scenic, so this is something<br />

to consider. However, you’ll<br />

likely be flying as Peru is a large<br />

country, and with limited time this<br />

presents the most efficient way to<br />

get around.<br />

Things To Do And See<br />

Sightseeing is one of Peru’s biggest selling points. The country is the home of<br />

Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Moving away from this,<br />

for a more rounded experience we re<strong>com</strong>mend the Colca Canyon, Lake 69, the<br />

Sand Dunes of Huacachina, a stroll around Cusco, an Amazon River tour, hike<br />

up Rainbow Mountain and handicrafts shopping at local markets.<br />

If you need help with this or anything else within the country we re<strong>com</strong>mend<br />

the services of Evolution Treks Peru, a <strong>Travel</strong> and <strong>Hospitality</strong> Award Winner<br />

profiled on page 70.<br />

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Dining<br />

Peruvian food is quite varied which shouldn’t <strong>com</strong>e as too much of a<br />

surprise when you consider the diversity in its landmass. Fish on the coast<br />

is fantastic, in mountain areas you’ll find more hearty food based around<br />

potato & meat, whereas in the Amazon you can find jungle delicacies<br />

such as fried plantain, smoked pork, leaf wrapped rice, chicken, eggs,<br />

and olives.<br />

A guinea pig is a local favorite, and a tasty treat if you’re brave enough<br />

to try one.<br />

Ac<strong>com</strong>modation<br />

For a unique hospitality experience we<br />

suggest checking in to Llanganuco Lodge,<br />

a <strong>Travel</strong> and <strong>Hospitality</strong> Award winner.<br />

Paracas, Peru<br />

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Peru Sustainable<br />

Tourism<br />

In the past decade, Peru has launched itself to the centre of<br />

sustainable tourism, ensuring that future generations can<br />

continue to benefit from touristic experiences without irreversible<br />

damage to nature or the <strong>com</strong>munity. Sustainable tourism<br />

focuses on bridging the socio-economic benefits of tourism with<br />

the conservation of biodiversity.<br />

Peru’s effort has not gone unnoticed as it was rated as<br />

having some of the highest levels of human development and<br />

ecologically sustainable practices of resource consumption by<br />

the Worldwatch Institute in 2019.<br />

Peru bases its ecotourism system on the three values of<br />

sustainable and eco-friendly tourism, these are<br />

– to be a positive force for conservation by emphasizing the<br />

protection and perpetuation of naturalistic scenarios and<br />

attractive local peculiarities,<br />

– to bring economic benefit to host <strong>com</strong>munities, and<br />

– to increase the benefits brought about by tourism to host<br />

countries.<br />

Peru has lived up to the expectations<br />

of an eco-friendly and sustainable<br />

tourist centre by achieving a Human<br />

Development Index score of 0.086<br />

and an impressive ecological<br />

footprint of 1.5 hectares, according<br />

to the WWF Global statistics (2007).<br />

Peru has continued to maintain<br />

sustainability by enacting laws<br />

against deforestation and regulations<br />

to protect natural resources, wildlife,<br />

and other tourist attractions. Thereby<br />

maintaining “green” travel and a<br />

healthy ecosystem for tourism.<br />

The Inkaterra Machu Pucchu Pueblo Hotel in Peru is a worthy example (one<br />

of many) of a tourist attraction that is sustainable and eco-friendly. The<br />

hotel’s policy encourages the preservation of native cultures and a green<br />

environment, to ensure positive tourism for many more years to <strong>com</strong>e.<br />

Another example is TH Award winner Evolution Treks Peru which has focused<br />

its sustainability model built around empowering women. Find out more on<br />

the next page.<br />

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Evolution Treks Peru<br />

Peru | Adventure Tour Company<br />

Founded on the ancient Andean notion of Ainy, Evolution Treks Peru is an<br />

organisation unlike any other. Ainy means reciprocity, relating mainly to<br />

the ability of people re<strong>com</strong>pensating each other for the betterment of the<br />

<strong>com</strong>munity. At Evolution Treks the <strong>com</strong>munity is made up of clients and<br />

workers.<br />

Being a local worker-owned organisation means Evolution Treks<br />

places special emphasis on good working conditions, positive<br />

sustainability practices, outstanding client experiences, and<br />

high-quality equipment.<br />

Machu Picchu Tours<br />

Machu Picchu is without a doubt the big draw of<br />

Peru and at Evolution Treks there are several tour<br />

possibilities to see this magnificent wonder. The<br />

private tour is a good option as is the sacred valley<br />

and train <strong>com</strong>bination. If you prefer however you<br />

can choose to travel in luxury with this option<br />

of course costing a little bit more. For that<br />

added layer of safety for women, Evolution<br />

Treks offers a specialised women only<br />

tour led by female guides.<br />

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Inca Trail Treks<br />

For a more adventure filled journey to Machu Picchu we<br />

re<strong>com</strong>mend going via the ancient Inca Trails. At Evolution<br />

Treks you can do this over a four- or five-day route with luxury<br />

and female only options available. If you’re limited on time,<br />

then we re<strong>com</strong>mend the short trail which starts with a train<br />

journey for the first leg and then a 7-mile hike over two days<br />

to the top.<br />

Alternative Treks & City Tours<br />

Although the famed Inca Trail is the most popular route to<br />

Machu Pichu, there are alternative less explored trails that<br />

are worth exploring. The Lares Trek allows for a more cultural<br />

experience whereas the Salktantay Trek is more varied than<br />

the others. The Huchuy Qosqo Trek takes you through “little<br />

cusco” a true hidden gem within Peru and a great opportunity<br />

to give back to the <strong>com</strong>munity.<br />

If you have a day or two to spend in Cusco, then why not take<br />

a city tour? Evolution Treks offer a nice selection of immersive<br />

and adventure tours in and around Cusco.<br />

Tel +1 (510) 943 7453<br />

Tel +51 084265523<br />





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