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JAXFAX

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MAGAZINE

The Travel Agents’ Path to Profits

Antigua & Barbuda

20 DUBAI

Super-sized Adventures

22 SOUTH AFRICA

Call of the Wild

32 GREECE

Athens with a Fresh Eye

50 THAILAND

Growth & Amazing Values

52 FIJI

Finding Value In Paradise

62 MEXICO

Margaritas and Mariachi


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VOLUME 38, NO. 2 FEBRUARY 2010

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DESTINATION ARTICLES

15 JAMAICA Jammin’ in 2010

With more flights from the U.S. than in previous high seasons,

voted “Golf Destination of the Year for the Caribbean” by…

20 DUBAI Home to Super-sized Adventures

With an eclectic mix of traditional culture and sleek architecture,

a trip to Dubai will turn any adult into a mesmerized…

22 SOUTH AFRICA Call of the Wild

While tracking a leopard in the Sabi Sands private game

reserve, my guide assures me the tree-swinging baboons are...

32 GREECE Athens with a Fresh Eye...

Athens has often been eclipsed by the Greek islands that

promise and deliver cloudless blue skies, turquoise seas and...

36 EUROPEAN RAIL Rail Hi-Speeds it...

As Eurostar celebrates its 15th anniversary, the English/French

joint venture that gets travelers from central London to Paris…

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DESTINATION FEATURES AND ARTICLES

12 COVER FEATURE ANTIGUA

The Sandy Sister Act: Selling Antigua & Barbuda

With Boggy Peak re-named Mount Obama in honor of our 44th President, Antigua

is poised to welcome American travelers this winter season. Officially named on

the August 4th birthday of the President, Mt. Obama stands proud at 1,319 feet

and is the highest peak on the island. Measuring 14 miles long and eleven miles…

PUBLISHER’S CORNER 6 Two Industry Powerhouses Join Forces

EDITOR’S DESK 8 We Need a Bigger Plan And a Longer Memory

SNAPSHOTS 10 The Month in Review

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS 14 Derede Samuel Whitlock, US Director of Tourism for A & B

39 Nico Zenner, President of Travel Bound

50 THAILAND Growth & Amazing Values

Like most tourism destination last year, Thailand experienced a

16% decline in the number of inbound tourists in the first…

52 FIJI Finding Value In Paradise

I’m lying supine against the trunk of a fallen coconut tree on

my own private beach at Jean Michel Cousteau Fiji Resort …

62 MEXICO Riviera Maya

From Cancun to the Belize border, Riviera Maya unfurls along

eighty-one miles of Mexico’s Caribbean coast. With some of…

64 GALAPAGOS New Air Access Boosts Tourism

More access and activities are adding to the tourism offering in

the Galapagos Islands this year. New flights from the U.S. to…

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C O N T E N T • F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 0

DEPARTMENTS

CARIBBEAN & BERMUDA 12

NEWS & BEST BUYS 16-17

AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST 20

NEWS & BEST BUYS 21, 24-26

EUROPE 32

NEWS & BEST BUYS 34-35, 38

MESSAGE BOARD 49

GREEN CORNER 49

ASIA & SOUTH PACIFIC 50

NEWS & BEST BUYS 54

WORLDWIDE CRUISES 61

CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA 62

NEWS & BEST BUYS 63, 65

NORTH AMERICA & HAWAII 70

FAM TRIPS & STUDY PROGRAMS 19

CALENDAR TRADE SHOW EVENTS 69

DIRECTORY OF SUPPLIERS 71

INDEX OF LISTINGS BY DESTINATIONS 72

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Iam thrilled to be bringing our Travel Agent and Travel Supplier

readers some great news about JAX FAX to start off

2010. I am very pleased to announce that JAX FAX Travel

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According to Richard Earls, TRO Publisher, the combination is

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agent readers. TRO brings the best electronic platform in the

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JAX FAX’s New Listings and Editorial Format

For our long time readers, this issue of JAX FAX will look familiar

as we are going back to our roots and changing the layout of

the magazine to one that better integrates our editorial and listings.

The magazine will continue to be divided into 6 geographic

sections, providing worldwide coverage in every issue. The big

difference now is that the Consolidator Airfare and Tour Operator

Package listings will become part of each editorial section. This

will better link the feature articles with the destination listings,

enabling travel agents to jump quickly between the destination

articles and the listings for that destination.

JAX FAX has always been designed to be a reference tool for

travel agents when researching and booking travel for their

clients. By making the magazine easier to use and aligning ourselves

with a leading online travel agent resource, JAX FAX continues

to lead the way in helping travel agents secure more sales

and compete with the consumer direct, online booking systems.

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EDITOR’S DESK

We Need a Bigger Plan

And a Longer Memory

Sheremetyevo-3 Terminal D

New Business Class Seats

from well-meaning agencies with suggestions for people

to participate, contribute to relief efforts to alleviate the

suffering of 100,000 (and counting) victims. Each pitch

appears worthwhile: from Doctors Without Borders, to

Partners in Health, to pay forward schemes with each

click of the mouse making micro donations [footprintsnetwork.org].

Of all of the relief efforts, however, there is one that carried

a message that could be a focus for the travel industry

in the next decades as it transcends Haiti. Just a Drop

appealed to the industry to raise funds to supply clean,

safe water to Haiti not just today or tomorrow but forever.

As emergency relief agencies attempted to get essential

supplies through in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake,

Just a Drop called for donations for ongoing support

for villages and communities. Hundreds of people

have died without access to clean, safe water supplies,

while 50% of the people in hospitals in Haiti are there due

to conditions caused by dirty water.

Fiona Jeffery, founder and chairman of Just a Drop, said,

“…once immediate needs are met, it is vital that support

is ongoing so that the recovery process is sustained. That

means rebuilding the water and sanitation infrastructure.”

That means creating wells and other ongoing sources of

clean water for the Haitian population; that means, that

water is a priority, something none of us ever think about

when we turn the tap water on, let it run until it reaches

the proper temperature. Are we spoiled? No, we’re lucky

not to be among the two billion people who face grinding

poverty where basic needs cannot be met; where people

must choose between feeding children with dirty water or

allowing them to dehydrate; and people earn less than $2

a day.

Dr. Basil Springer, founder and director of the Caribbean

Media Exchange on Sustainable Tourism, which promotes

sustainable tourism development said, “Haiti’s crisis provides

an opportunity to lay a strong foundation on which to

reduce the wealth divide…”

Clean water could support other projects – education,

farming, sanitation – sustainable tourism built on a foundation

of fairness, wisdom and compassion. Mike Spinelli,

past president, the American Society of Travel Agents

(ASTA), and assistant chairman of the Haitian League,

said, “Ironically, the biggest problem Haiti faces is one of

charity being concentrated on eradicating Haiti’s problems,

and not the causes.”

Maria Lisella, Editor

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SUPERCLUBS RESORTS

Snapshots

41-74 Club Host Holiday Charity Luncheon

The 41-74 Women’s Travel

Club of New York celebrated its

annual Holiday Gala at the Mandarin

Oriental in New York City.

Pictured from left to right are: Lisa

Conway, Exec.Vice President; Florentina Florescu, Corresponding Secretary;

Isabella Santora, Past President; Corrine Mutarelli, Member-at-Large; Yvonne

Nichie, 1st VP; Adele Black, President; April Piazza, Member-at-large; Denise

Kahoud, Treasurer; Rena Udell, Parliamentarian; and Dorothy De Nonno,

Recording Secretary.

Breezes Resort Gets Presidential Welcome

Breezes Resort & Spa Panama,

the first Super-Inclusive resort in

Central America, officially opened

its doors December 12, 2009 with

statewide luminaries, including

Excelentísimo Sr. Ricardo Martinelli,

president of the Republic of Panama. Located in the coastal

community of Santa Clara, just 90 minutes from Panama

City, the 294-room resort has been booked solid with consumers

and agents since its soft opening October 1, 2009.

From left: Excelentísimo Sr. Ricardo Martinelli, president of the Republic of

Panama and Hon. John. J. Issa, chairman of SuperClubs.

Bolongo Bay Wins Hotelier of the Year

Richard Doumeng (center)

is shown receiving the

2009 CHTA Caribbean

Hotelier of the Year Award

at Caribbean Marketplace,

held Jan. 10th in Puerto

Rico. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the Caribbean

Hotel & Tourism Association, recognizing superior achievement

in Resort Operations, Food & Beverage, Marketing and Sales,

Resort Maintenance, Staff Training and Motivation, Innovative

Management, Environmental Practices, Community Affairs, and

Involvement with National and Regional (CHTA) lodging industry

associations. Dick and his wife Joyce (left) were previously given

the same honor in 1988, making them the only family to have

received the award twice.

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Jamaica to the Rescue

Jamaica’s Minister of

Tourism helps put the finishing

touches on a Jamaica window

display at Liberty Travel’s West

37th and 7th Avenue location

in New York City. Minister Bartlett was in New York City for the

launch of the Jamaica Tourist Board’s Winter Rescue sales blitz

across the United States, providing travel agents with updates

on the destination’s latest news.

From left: Liberty Travel’s Area Leader Michael DeMattia, Minister of Tourism

Edmund Bartlett, Liberty Travel’s Team Leader Flor Mota, Jamaica’s Director of

Tourism John Lynch

TABS Celebration

The Travel Agents of

Brooklyn and Staten

Island celebrated their

Annual Holiday Gala at

El Carib in Brooklyn.

Their new Board of Directors from Left: Chuck Betivegna, TradeShowChairman,

Immediate Past President; Camille Sperrazza, Member Liasion; Kathy

O'Leary, Recording Secretary; Bob Paradiso, Vice President; Mary Evans,

President; Valerie Tropea, Publicity; Helaine Zagaro, Corresponding Secretary;

Charles Hintze, Treasurer

Saint Lucia United at Caribbean Marketplace

The Saint Lucia Tourist Board

(SLTB) and the Ministry of

Tourism and Civil Aviation joined

their private sector partners,

including hotels, destination

management companies, tour operators and travel agencies to

position the Eastern Caribbean nation as a premier location for

travel and tourism in 2010. Above, the Saint Lucia tourism contingent

stands together at the Saint Lucia booth at the Sheraton

Puerto Rico Convention Center Hotel & Casino in San Juan.

From left: SLTB US Northeast sales rep., Lorine St. Jules; McHale Andrew,

Executive VP of the St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association; Nerdin St. Rose,

SLTB VP of Marketing and Sales; Director of Tourism, Louis Lewis; Permanent

Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation Titus Preville; Minister

of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Senator Allen Chastanet.

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The Sandy Sister Act:

Selling Antigua & Barbuda

With Boggy Peak re-named Mount

Obama in honor of our 44th President,

Antigua is poised to welcome

American travelers this winter season.

Officially named on the August 4th

birthday of the President, Mt. Obama

stands proud at 1,319 feet and is the

highest peak on the island. Measuring

14 miles long and eleven miles wide,

Antigua sits pretty south of St. Maarten

and east of St. Kitts. Three hundred

and sixty five beaches rim its coastline

and with an array of accommodations

from upscale resorts to quaint inns, the

island is a magnet for the winter-weary.

To the north, Barbuda is a very big

beach surrounding a very little island,

so far untouched by mass tourism.

Beds for Heads

New on the hotel horizon, Sugar

Ridge opened in December with sixty

rooms and the island’s first Aveda Spa.

Perched on its namesake hill bordered

with sugar cane fields, the property

provides shuttles to the beach and an

18-hole golf course. “Our team

remained focused on this project, even

in this challenging economic climate,“

said Aidan McCauley, company director.

”The opening is a tribute to what

we have set out to do, which is offer a

luxurious resort that is affordable and

unrivaled in the region.” Visit

www.sugarridgeantigua.com

Accessible by boat, Jumby Bay has

reopened after a $28 million renovation.

Secluded and swanky, the Rosewoodmanaged

property unveiled new facilities

including a Sense spa and bistro-style

eatery overlooking a new infinity pool.

Accommodations include forty

redesigned guestrooms and suites.

Jumby Bay encourages eco-minded

guests to join the Turtle Watch Program.

All-inclusive rates through April 10 start at

By Melanie Reffes

Antigua and Barbuda’s pink and white sand beaches are protected by barrier reefs.

$1,395 per night. Visit www.jumbybayresort.com

Two Sandals properties include the

Grand Pineapple Beach Resort on the

northeast coast and Mediterranean Village

at Sandals Grande Antigua Resort

overlooking Dickenson Bay. “Together,

the Villages represent the best of both

worlds,” said Gordon “Butch” Stewart,

Sandals chairman. “With nine fine-dining

restaurants, six pools, Red Lane spa and

large areas for shopping, guests have

more options in one grand setting.” Visit

www.sandals.com

Elite Island Properties manage a

quintet of resorts including Galley Bay,

St James’s Club, Dian Bay, Pineapple

Beach Club and the Verandah. On the

West Coast, Galley Bay is the jewel in

the crown with refurbished Gauguininspired

cottages and the Teepee bar

where you may spot next door neighbor

Giorgio Armani sipping a glass of

Grandin Champagne. The only resort

that touches the Caribbean Sea and the

Atlantic Ocean, St. James’s Club is

family-friendly with babysitting services

when the Monte Carlo casino is open.

The “Linger Longer“ promotion at all

five resorts offers 50% off the 8th

night, valid year round. Visit

www.eliteislandresorts.com

On the south coast, 72-suite Curtain

Bluff has been under the same ownership

for more than four decades. Ratcheting

up the luxe-factor with caviar and

champagne massages, sightings of

Oprah and Eric Clapton are as legendary

as the wine cellar stocked with twentyfive

thousand bottles. “The year 2009

was tough for many; we want to offer

something extra special to start 2010 off

right,“ said Rob Sherman, managing

director, referring to the “Power of 10”

which includes a second spa treatment or

tennis lesson for ten dollars above room

rates. Visit www.curtainbluff.com

In English Harbour, Copper & Lumber

Store Hotel dates to 1783 when

Captain Horatio Nelson commissioned

the warehouse to shore up his embattled

fleet. The waterfront inn is a

favorite of modern swashbucklers who

favor its whitewashed brick structure

and antique brass keys that unlock

fourteen guest quarters, each named

after one of Nelson’s ships. Visit

www.copperandlumberhotel.com

More island history at the Inn at English

Harbour with twenty-eight rooms in

colonial-style cabanas and villas. Although

upgraded with Wi-fi and spa, the Inn

retains its old-world charm with the Terrace

Restaurant and Stone Bar built in

the original stone house. “No detail has

been spared to preserve the integrity and

grace of the historic inn while updating

the comforts and amenities essential to

today’s travelers,” explained Fabio Giorgi,

general manager. Visit www.theinn.ag

Chow Down

The Caribbean Sea laps so close to the

Coconut Grove restaurant that it’s not

unusual for the waves to wash right into

the dining room. With a steady stream of

guests from the attached Siboney

Beach Club, the open-air eatery is a

favorite watering hole of the ex-pat community.

Outside Nelson’s Dockyard, Grace

Before Meals is famous for fruit smoothies

large enough to be a meal, though

burgers and rotis are also on the menu. In

a leafy courtyard inside the Dockyard,

Wardroom Restaurant and Mainbrace

Pub serve British fare to a crowd of regulars.

Around the corner in Falmouth Harbour,

Mad Mongoose attracts hungry

sailors with affordable drinks and hearty

Guinness pies. On Hilda Davis Drive,

Papa Zouk’s pours two hundred kinds of

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um and Trappas, overlooking English

Harbour, serves international fare with

flair. On the Dickenson Bay resort strip,

the Beach specializes in Caribbean

recipes prepared with an Asian twist.

Testing the Waters

A local favorite, Pigeon Beach is a quarter-mile

of white sand within view of the

volcano on Montserrat. Dickenson Bay

and Runaway Bay, on the northwestern

coast, front the busy resort strip. Galley

Bay attracts surfers during the winter, joggers

at night, and for those who prefer

their birthday suit over a swimsuit, the

crescent beach at Hawksbill is all about

privacy. On the hilly southwest corner,

Fryes Bay and Darkwood Beach are

worth the effort necessary to find them.

Long Bay is protected by a reef and recommended

for family swimming and the

secluded Half Moon Bay has been

deserted since Hurricane Luis destroyed

the beach resort in 1995. On Deck

Ocean Racing offers sailing courses

aboard a 40-foot racing yacht. Visit

www.ondeckoceanracing.com. Kokomo

Cats sells sailing tours on the fastest

catamaran in the Caribbean. Visit

www.kokomocats.com. Antigua Paddles

offers a snorkel and hike package

to Bird Island with its white beaches

and rare wildlife. www.antiguapaddles.com.

Here at the epicenter of

Caribbean sailing, yachties flock year

round to the islands many sailing

events and spirited pubs, and divers

covet the two-hundred shipwrecks

including that of the Andes circa 1905 .

Let’s Get Physical

Islanders are devoted to cricket with

the Antigua Recreation Ground one of

the finest in the Caribbean. The Historical

and Archaeological Society arrange hikes

to Fort George atop Monk’s Hill and Fort

Barrington near Deep Bay. For independent

trekkers, the trail from English Harbor

to Shirley Heights reaches a summit of

492 feet with breathtaking views of sheltered

bays and the craggy south coast.

The scenic Fig Tree Drive dotted with

sugar mills, banana groves and little

churches is a popular day trip. Cedar Valley

Golf Club and Jolly Harbor Golf

Club offer 18 holes and The K-Club on

Barbuda has its own nine-hole course.

A Storied Past

East of St. Johns, Betty’s Hope is a

plantation, restored sugar mill and small

museum. The only existing Georgian

naval dockyard in the world, Nelson’s

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July 24- August 3 – Carnival 2010

Dockyard was built in 1725 as England’s

most important outpost in the Caribbean.

History aside, it is also a big tourist draw

with shops and cafes. Inside the Antigua

and Barbuda Museum, fans will appreciate

the cricket bat of Sir Vivian Richards,

the best player in the Caribbean.

Get your Groove On

The Sunday night party at Shirley

Heights Lookout above English Harbour

gets going at 4 pm when revelers

toast the sunset and enjoy a lobster

dinner from one of many grills. With no

shortage of Wadadli beer, the party

gets going after dark with steel bands

and reggae performers. Entry is 20

local dollars. Visit www.shirleyheightslookout.com.

Crowds at the restaurants

and bars on Dockyard Drive spill

into the streets after dark. The hot spot

is Abracadabra where expert bartenders

pour knock-out rum punches.

Shop to It

Antigua is the center for duty-free

shopping in St. John’s. A few blocks

away, haggling with vendors lends charm

to the Heritage Craft Market. Near the

cruise ship pier, Heritage Quays has

dozens of stores and cafes and for a less

frenetic scene vendors sell Antiguan souvenirs

at Nelson’s Dockyard.

Barbuda

Thirty miles north of Antigua, Barbuda’s

coastline is rimmed with pink and white

sand beaches protected by barrier reefs.

Rocky and flat, much of the island is covered

in bush with the beaches of the

southwestern shore stretching as far as

ten miles without interruption. The Frigate

Bird Sanctuary is the largest in the

Caribbean while Long Island and Great

Bird Island offer outstanding opportunities

for birdwatchers. There are two hotels on

the island; Coco Point Lodge

(www.cocopoint.com) and the chi-chi

Lighthouse Bay Resort (www.lighthousebaybarbuda.com)

with helicopter

transfers included in the rates. A few

guest houses are in the village along with

sheep and goats that roam during the day

and return to their pens at night. The Barbuda

Express ferry (www.antiguaferries.com)

makes the trip from Antigua in

ninety minutes and Winair

(www.winair.com) offers the 15-minute

flight twice daily.

Getting There

From New York City, Continental flies

daily during high season from Newark.

Delta flies nonstop from JFK on Thursdays

and Sundays with connections in

Miami and San Juan. For island-hoppers,

Fly Montserrat Airlines offers twice

daily service between Montserrat and

Antigua. Ferry service is also available

between the two islands. Visit www.flymontserrat.com.

Navigating the 108

square-mile island is easiest with a rental

car, $35.00 daily not including the $20.00

license and taxes. Taxis are plentiful but

pricey with fares about $30.00 from the

airport to English Harbour.

For information call the Antigua

and Barbuda U.S. Tourist Office, 888-

268-4227 or visit www.antigua-barbuda.org

and www.barbudaful.net

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Weddings, Honeymoons, Romantic Getwaways

WINTER RATES from $170 per night through May

15; include AC beachfront rooms, suites and Captain's

Cabins offer all the comforts of home, kitchenette,

phone, cable and two restaurants on-site,

serving local, international and Italian cuisine.

SUMMER RATES, from $145 per night for beachfront

rooms and $210 per night for the Presidential

Suite, May 16 through the end of November.

Visit www.catamaran-antigua.com

Call 268- 460-1036 | Fax: 268-460-1339

or E-mail us at catclub@candw.ag

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

Antigua & Barbuda Making Waves

What was the impact of 2009 and what is

the outlook for 2010?

From the arrival standpoint, Antigua &

Barbuda were able to maintain the level of

stay over visitors from the United States,

as well as cruise visitors in 2009. However,

occupancy levels were down, and by

extension the yield was down due to

hotels discounting rates to remain competitive.

The outlook for 2010 is extremely positive.

We expect a slow and uneven recovery,

however by year end we anticipate

there will be considerably more activity.

We have also been able to negotiate additional

airlift with increased service from

Continental out of Newark, and with Delta

out of New York and Atlanta. Consumers

continue to see “taking a vacation” as a

priority and although they may make

fewer trips, they are still inclined to travel

but tend to demand higher value.

What makes Antigua and Barbuda unique as a

Caribbean island destination?

This fraternal twin island destination

offers two totally different experiences

to create the ultimate dream

vacation. Antigua has a range of properties,

from the ultra exclusive such as

Jumby Bay and Carlisle Bay to intimate

escapes such as Hermitage Bay, The Inn

at English Harbor or the newly opened

Sugar Ridge Resort. There are options to

suit every taste and budget. Barbuda, on

the other hand, offers a great alternative

for the eco-traveler with award winning

beaches and a more secluded experience

at the Lighthouse Bay Resort. Your clients

will enjoy the spectacular cuisine that can

be found in the cornucopia of restaurants

and eateries throughout the destination,

from mouth watering authentic local fare

and Creole to continental culinary delights,

fine wines and spirits. Barbuda is the

seafood capital of the Caribbean, known

for its spiny lobster. The “Black Pineapple”

which is indigenous to Antigua is surprisingly

sweet. Cavalier Rum and Susie’s

Hot Sauce are locally made products, both

winning international awards.

by Randi White

Derede Samuel Whitlock, US Director of Tourism for Antigua & Babuda,

recently sat down with JF to discuss several exciting new

upgrades to the islands' resorts and air service, and explain why

they're the perfect spot to tie up or tie the knot in 2010.

Sailors and yachtees can experience

“Sailing Week” on Antigua, which is the

fifth largest regatta in the world. The general

shape and layout of the island, with

many protected coves, makes it a haven

for yachts to anchor. Yachting has given

the island an upscale appeal and provides

a backdrop for sailing as a great spectator

sport. Tourists can feel a true part of the

nautical experience. Many yachts on display

are amazing floating palaces and add

to the cachet that makes Antigua the ultimate

“Sailcation”.

What are the key selling points for a travel

agent selling Antigua to their clients?

Getting to Antigua & Barbuda is

easy and convenient. With so many hotel

and resort options offering the all inclusive

to the extra inclusive, and each featuring

distinctive qualities, you can easily find

one to suit all ages, preferences or interests.

Curtain Bluff Resort boasts one of

the largest wine cellars in the Caribbean.

The newly reopened Jumby Bay has consistently

been voted one of the top

Caribbean resorts. Sandals Antigua has

easily been voted one of the most romantic

experiences year after year, ideal for

honeymooners. Blue Waters, Galley Bay

and St. James have recently undergone

major renovations and upgrades. Jolly

Beach and Verandah are perfect for families,

offering family friendly rates, packages

and amenities. Antigua & Barbuda is

safe, and the warmth and friendliness of

the people will make your holiday even

more special. There is so much to do on

these islands, whether clients want a

relaxing vacation or one filled with activities.

There is much to choose from including

every type of water sport such as jet

skiing, parasailing, kite surfing, land based

activities, spectacular golf, spas, horseback

riding, tennis, zipline, and submarine

tours where you can experience the

underworld in its natural habitat, marveling

at turtles, stingrays and sharks. There are

well over 20 offshore islands to visit,

snorkel and scuba dive. Catamaran cruises

stop at these islands where visitors

can indulge in a unique “Robinson Crusoe”

experience.

Antigua & Barbuda is the easiest island

in the Caribbean to exchange nuptials and

offers your clients a “hassle free, expedited”

wedding experience. There is no residency

requirement, so same day

weddings are easily arranged. This allows

cruise passengers the ability to get married

on their stop over to Antigua as well.

Antigua and Barbuda offer different

unique settings – at sea, on the beach or

offshore on one of the many deserted

islands. Most of the resorts have wedding

planners who will work with you to create

the perfect day.

Antigua is the first country to rename a

national landmark in honor of the 48th

President, Mount Obama National Park.

This attraction will be developed into an

Eco park and a symbol of triumph, hope

and dignity for all people.

What is the impression you would like visitors

to take home?

I would like visitors to leave thinking,

what a discovery! Particularly for those

who are well traveled throughout the

Caribbean. We can take them on a journey

back to colonial times to experience

Nelson’s Dockyard – an old British Naval

Fort. Antigua and Barbuda is one of

those destinations that offers such

diverse experiences; driving through the

rainforest, escaping and enjoying one of

our 365 white sandy beaches, looking at

the outline of the volcano in neighboring

Montserrat, or experiencing it close-up

through a helicopter tour. Essentially, you

can be easily transported from one era to

another. We offer the most exhilarating

activities on land and at sea, relaxed

entertainment and night-life, and world

class culinary dining from Continental to

Creole to local fare with the freshest

seafood in the Caribbean. Visitors will

receive the warmest Antiguan welcome

and leave already planning their return.

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CARIBBEAN & BERMUDA

Jamaica is Jammin’ in 2010

Melanie Reffes

With more flights from the U.S. than in previous high seasons,

and new partnership with Expedia.com, and the International

Association of Golf Tour Operators Carribean “Golf

Destination of the Year” award, Jamaica is anticipating

record arrivals in 2010. “Despite the challenging economic

environment, Jamaica continues to discover innovative ways

of diversifying its product in time for the winter season,”

said John Lynch, director of tourism. “Our tourism infrastructure

has continued to undergo a series of developments,

from an increase in room stock to a boost in our appeal

through improvements to our attractions and entertainment

sectors.” In addition to flights via Delta, US Airways, American

Airlines, Continental, United, Spirit and Northwest, Jet-

Blue starts service from Orlando on February 8 and AirTran

will begin nonstop flights from Atlanta, Baltimore and Orlando

on February 11. Apple Vacations operates seasonally

from Chicago, Minneapolis, Detroit, St. Louis and Milwaukee

and Funjet sells charters from St. Louis, Minneapolis and

Milwaukee.

Hotel Horizon

Room stock has also

increased due to the grand

resorts on the north coast, and

with booking discounts and

add-ons like massages and golf

lessons it’s a buyer’s market.

As part of the realignment to the Breezes brand, Lido

Negril Resort is now Breezes Grand Negril, Grand Lido

Braco Resort has been renamed Breezes Rio Bueno and the

family-friendly Starfish Trelawny is now known as Breezes

Trelawny with “kids stay free” and “single parent supplement”

waivers remaining intact. Visit www.breezes.com.

Sandals has dropped Dunn’s River Villaggio from its portfolio

effective May 31, 2010, however they will operate the

Ocho Rios resort and take bookings through July, 2010 in

order to accommodate existing bookings. Sandals Whitehouse

European Village

reopened in December 2009

with the debut of Neptune’s, a

Mediterranean-themed eatery.

“While we regret the inconvenience

of the closing, the wait

was worth it and we are thrilled

to share the improved Sandals

Whitehouse with our guests,” said Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart,

chairman. In Montego Bay, 52-room Sandals Carlyle, formerly

Sandals Inn reopened with a new name and butler

service starting in April. Visit

www.sandals.com.

Next to Sandals Royal

Caribbean, 681-room RIU

Montego Bay is the fourth RIU

in Jamaica and easy to spot

with its signature lavender

SANDALS WHITEHOUSE

RIU MONTEGO BAY

DREAMER CATAMARANS

With departures from Cornwall Beach on the Hip Strip in Montego Bay ,

Dreamer Catamaran Cruises is a licensed attraction by the Jamaica Tourist

Board and popular with tourists not staying at a seaside resort.

exterior. Visit www.riu.com.

Available at all four Couples Resorts, Conception-Moon

add-on includes $75 gift shop credit and $100 certificate for

a return booking. Visit www.couples.com.

In Montego Bay, Half Moon introduced ‘Select Online

Training’ to familiarize agents with the fifty-five year old

resort. Benefits include FAM trips, upgrades and gifts for

clients accessible via the agent-exclusive website

www.halfmoon.com/agents.

Get off the Beach Chair

There are 150 licensed attractions in Jamaica which is the

highest number in the Caribbean. “Soft adventure is one of

the fastest growing segments,” said John Lynch, director of

tourism, “providing an ideal option for visitors to spice up

their vacation, no matter their skill or physical level.” Visit

www.attractions-jamaica.com.

In Montego Bay, Dreamer Catamaran Cruises sells a

three-hour Sail and Snorkel cruise from Cornwall Beach for

$65, which includes foot massages for the ladies and dance

lessons from a spirited crew. Visit www.dreamercatamarans.com.

Chukka Caribbean, the largest tour provider, has

bolstered its roster with Flight of the White Witch in Montego

Bay and Bird of Paradise Zipline Canopy above the

White River valley. www.chukkacaribbean.com. In Negril,

two tours celebrate the second anniversary of the Kool Runnings

Water Park. Kool Culinary Heritage is a palate-pleasing

excursion and Kool Kanoe Swamp Adventure is a scenic

ride through the canals of the Great Morass, one of the

island’s protected eco-systems. Visitors can stay and play all

day for $28 per person. Visit www.koolrunnings.com. Mystic

Mountain is the first eco-attraction in the Caribbean to

stay open at night with an illuminated Sky Explorer ride and

gourmet dining overlooking the lights of Ocho Rios. Agent

commissions are given for bookings confirmed on the website.

Visit www.rainforestbobsledjamaica.com.

Rastaman Libations

The island’s most famous culinary export is also a new tour

guaranteed to tempt the foodies in the crowd. Culinary Jerk

Trail celebrates spicy venues including Boston Jerk in Port

Antonio and Ultimate Jerk in Discovery Bay. “We invite travelers

to sample this dish the way it was meant to be, which is in

our laid back and tropical environment,” said tourism minister

Edmund Bartlett. Visit www.visitjamaica.com/jamaica-jerk.

Appleton Rum Tour includes a visit to the distillery south of

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Jamaican Bobsled Ride at Mystic Mountain Park, Ocho Rios

Montego Bay, plenty of samples and time to peruse the gift

shop stocked with rum-themed souvenirs. Visit www.appletonrumtour.com.

Eye to the Future

Opening in the fall, a cruise ship pier at Falmouth will have

the capacity to handle two 5,400-passenger Royal

Caribbean Genesis-size ships simultaneously. Opening later

this year, Montego Bay Convention Center will be the

island’s largest meeting facility and home to one of three

casinos once the government passes the necessary legislation.

Casinos are also expected to open later this year in the

not-yet-built Harmony Cove Hotel and Celebration

Jamaica, near the Solis Palmyra, opening in March next to

the Ritz-Carlton in Montage Bay. Secrets Resorts will open

their first Jamaican properties in March with the 350-suite

Secrets St. James Montego Bay and 350-suite Secrets

Wild Orchid. Built side by side, the complex will include a

$ 170 ANTIGUA

The Catamaran Hotel offers intimacy in an

idyllic setting along one of Antigua's 365 beaches, perfect

for weddings, honeymoons and romantic getwaways. Starting

at their winter rate of $170 per night through May 15,

their air-conditioned beachfront rooms, suites and Captain's

Cabins offer all the comforts of home, with private shower,

kitchenette, phone, cable and two restaurants on-site, serving

local, international and Italian cuisine. Guests can also

book in advance to take advantage of their discounted summer

rates, which start at $145 per night for beachfront

rooms and $210 per night for the Presidential Suite, May 16

through the end of November.

Visit www.catamaran-antigua.com

CHTA Names Green Globe as Strategic Partner

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA)

has signed a Strategic Partnership agreement with the prestigious

Green Globe Certification to work with and support

the Caribbean hospitality industry and Alliance for Sustainable

Tourism (CAST) Governing Council.

“We are pleased to add Green Globe Certification to our

elite group of supporters of the Caribbean hospitality industry,”

said Alec Sanguinetti, Director General and CEO of

CHTA. He added, “The synergies between Green Globe Certification

and our own CAST will bring enhanced awareness

and benefits to our entire membership. They and our other

Strategic Partners recognize the importance of tourism and

the hospitality sector, and our impact on the economy of the

region.” Guido Bauer, CEO of the California based Green

Globe Certification said, “Since Green Globe's inception in

1994, the Caribbean has had more Green Globe certified

properties than any other region in the world. After many

years supporting sustainable tourism in the Caribbean we

are honored to take on such an important and prestigious

plaza with entertainment and shopping. www.secretsresorts.com.

For more information, contact the Jamaica Tourist

Board, 800-526-2422; www.visitjamaica.com

CARIBBEAN & BERMUDA NEWS & BEST BUYS

DOUG COOKE

role as a CHTA Strategic Partner and a member of the CAST

Governing Council.”

CHTA and CAST will actively promote and endorse the

Green Globe Certification program. Green Globe Certification

may consider using CAST personnel for the purposes of

environmental auditing and other related activities in the

Caribbean. Green Globe Certification will be a sponsor of

CHTA conferences and events. For more information, visit

www.caribbeanhotelandtourism.com.

Paradise Beckons with Free Airfare

Nassau Paradise Island is offering your clients (U.S. residents)

a free companion airfare when they book a four-night

Nassau Paradise Island vacation. The Free Companion Airfare

deal is available to travelers who book a minimum fournight

stay at any of the 15 participating hotels by March 3,

2010, for travel from January 4 to June 23, 2010 (taxes, fees

and certain blackout periods apply).

The destination is also offering residents of Florida a special

offer to redeem a free companion ticket (including all

taxes and fees) when a three-night stay is booked. Participating

island properties include: Atlantis, Paradise Island,

One&Only Ocean Club, Best Western Bay View Suites,

Paradise Harbour Club & Marina, British Colonial Hilton

Nassau, Paradise Island Harbour Resort All-Inclusive,

Comfort Suites Paradise Island, The Reef Atlantis, The

Cove Atlantis, Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort &

Offshore Island, Graycliff Hotel, Sheraton Nassau Beach

Resort, Harborside Resort at Atlantis, Wyndham Nassau

Resort, and Marley Resort & Spa.

Agents must book flights and hotel accommodations

(based on double occupancy), by March 3, 2010 for travel

until March 18, 2010 and April 19 – June 23, 2010. Limit one

Free Companion Airfare offer per room. Visit www.NassauParadiseIsland.com

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$ 61 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Allegro Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic,

previously an adults-only resort owned by Jack Tar Hotels,

and then Holiday Village Golden Beach, is offering familyfriendly

rates as low as $61 per person, per night which represents

a savings of up to 46 percent. The all-inclusive resort

was re-flagged as of November 1, and renovated. The property

still maintains a separate, exclusive area for adults. Winter

rates start from $61 per person, per night, based on

double occupancy for travel until April 30, 2010. Call 800-

858-2258; or, visit www.occidentalhotels.com

$ 3500 GRAND CAYMAN

Valentine’s Day lasts more than a single day

and night at the Cotton Tree, the new boutique Cottage hotel

on the Grand Cayman. The enticing three-night package is available

through April, 2010. The romantic treatment starts when

couples enter their beachfront cottage, pre-stocked with grapes,

cheese, champagne and chocolate. As a memento of the occasion,

couples can receive a professional photograph of themselves,

done either in Cotton Tree’s garden (under a Cotton Tree

or exotic fruit tree) or on the beach. Additionally, a top local chef

is on hand for a cooking lesson to prepare an aphrodisiac dinner

ensuite (starting with oysters or one of the Caribbean’s favorite

aphrodisiacs, conch, and ending with a chocolate decadence

dessert) with a sommelier choosing the wines to match. Couples

are also treated to three hours on a luxury 42’ Sea Ray

sport yacht that includes fresh fruit, light snacks, snorkel gear,

the use of a Sea-Doo Wave runner, sparkling wine and an open

bar. The three-night Honeymoon Romance Package costs

$3,500 per couple. Visit www.caymancottontree.com

$ 199 PUERTO RICO

Hilton Worldwide’s two Puerto Rico properties

are offering Winter Escapes Packages through March

31, 2010. Guests who book the Winter Escapes Package will

receive breakfast for two, and earn a $50 activity credit for

each consecutive two-night stay, up to $200.

At the Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza rates start at

$199. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Condado Lagoon,

the Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza is the area’s premier

urban resort offering newly redesigned guestrooms and public

spaces, as well as numerous recreational activities,

including water sports, a 24-hour casino, tennis courts and

outdoor massage area. The hotel also houses numerous dining

establishments, which include two restaurants by

renowned Chef Wilo Benet – Varita and Pikayo. Call 888-

543-1230; www.ConradHotels.com

Rates at the El Conquistador Resort, The Waldorf Astoria

Collection spread across 500 acres in Fajardo, start at $259. The

property boasts a new Coquí Water Park; the private Palomino

Island for an array of water sports and other recreational activities;

a Golden Door Spa; Arthur Hills 18-hole golf course; a casino;

and numerous dining options. For guests seeking a higher

level of privacy and pampering, El Conquistador Resort’s sister

property, Las Casitas Resort, is offering the Winter Escapes

Package, with rates starting at $289. Call 800-925-

3673; www.ElConResort.com, www.LasCasitasVillage.com,

www.WaldorfAstoriaCollection.com

$ 9800 BARBADOS

Sandy Lane is offering a new Tropical

Escape package to travelers visiting the resort by February 7,

2010 and between February 22 – March 26, 2010. In addition

to one complimentary night offered to guests booking

eight night stays, the Tropical Escape package features a full

daily breakfast in the resort’s elegant beachfront restaurant,

complimentary round trip transfers, and unlimited use of

non-motorized water sports. Rates start at $9,800 for

accommodations in an Orchid Room. All rates include full

breakfast, non-alcoholic beverages in the honor bar,

roundtrip executive transfers, and are subject to 10% service

charge. Rates for 2010 at Sandy Lane range from $1,000

to $4,200 for rooms, $1,800 to $6,200 for suites, and $4,000

to $10,000 for penthouses, and $9,000 to $25,000 for the

Villa at Sandy Lane. Call 866-444-4080;

www.sandylane.com

$ 55 JAMAICA

Sunflower Cottages & Villas located in Runaway

Bay on the north coast of Jamaica, offers guests a special

rate of $55, which includes accommodations, breakfast,

lunch and dinner. Rate is based on doubles through April 14,

2010. Visit www.sunflowerseavillas.com

Fun Holiday Beach Resort offers guests the Winter Package

through April 15, 2010. Sample all-inclusive Winter Package

rates include Garden View rooms for $85 per person

based on double occupancy and Ocean View rooms for $93

per person double. Visit www.funholidaybeachresort.com

Strawberry Hill offers the Unwind & Rejuvenate package

with accommodations that include a suite with private balcony

overlooking the Blue Mountains and one 30-minute

massage per person. Roundtrip airport transfers are included

from Kingston to Strawberry Hill. Rates begin at $295 (European

Plan) based on double occupancy or $595 to include all

meals from an a la Carte menu, a wide selection of beverages,

and a customized stocked mini-bar stocked daily with

juices, bottled water and herbal waters. Visit www.islandoutpost.com

$ 2391 CARIBBEAN

Expanding its offerings for travelers seeking

an indulgent getaway at sea, Kensington Tours has added

five intimate Caribbean catamaran cruise itineraries to its

portfolio. Among the eight-day itineraries are The Bahamas –

Discover the Abaco Islands, including Great Guana Cay and

Man-O-War Cay, and quaint towns such as Treasure Cay and

Hope Town; the French West Indies and Dutch Antilles –

Visit exotic St. Martin, St. Barts, Anguilla, and the deserted

islands of Prickly Pear Cays; the Mayan Riviera and Yucatan

– Explore Mayan ruins, the lifestyle of Isla Mujeres, Cancun,

and the beautiful beaches and natural parks of Contoy; St.

Vincent and the Grenadines – Sail to Mustique, Bequia, Tobago

Cays and Mayreau Island; and the British Virgin Islands –

Visit Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, Anegada, Peter Island and

Norman Island. Rates for the Caribbean catamaran cruises

start at $2,391 per person double depending upon itinerary

and travel dates. Call 888-903-2001;

www.KensingtonFIT.com

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TRIP # ROUND TRIP PRICE VALIDITY

DEPARTING TYPE DAYS MIN MAXSUPPLIER PERIOD ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

ANTIGUA

NEW YORK To:ANTIGUA

DAILY SKED AIR $ 425 Net $ 550 TRAVEL PEOPLE ALL YEAR ALL USA TO ALL CARIBBEAN;800-999-9912

ARUBA

HOUSTON To:ARUBA

DAILY SKED AIR $ 474 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

LOS ANGELES To:ARUBA

DAILY SKED AIR $ 466 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

NEW YORK To:ARUBA

DAILY SKED AIR $ 423 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

DAILY SKED AIR $ 325 Net $ 450 TRAVEL PEOPLE ALL YEAR ALL USA TO ALL CARIBBEAN;800-999-9912

BARBADOS

NEW YORK To:BARBADOS

DAILY SKED AIR $ 365 Net $ 495 TRAVEL PEOPLE ALL YEAR ALL USA TO ALL CARIBBEAN;800-999-9912

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

NEW YORK To:PUNTA CANA

DAILY SKED AIR $ 299 Net $ 495 TRAVEL PEOPLE ALL YEAR ALL USA TO ALL CARIBBEAN;800-999-9912

GRENADA

NEW YORK To:GRENADA

DAILY SKED AIR $ 325 Net $ 450 TRAVEL PEOPLE ALL YEAR ALL USA TO ALL CARIBBEAN;800-999-9912

GUADELOUPE

MIAMI To:POINT-A-PITRE

DAILY SKED AIR $ 475 Net $ 550 TRAVEL PEOPLE ALL YEAR ALL USA TO ALL CARIBBEAN;800-999-9912

HAITI

MIAMI To:PORT AU PRINCE

DAILY SKED AIR $ 120 Net $ 240 TRAVEL PEOPLE ALL YEAR ALL USA TO ALL CARIBBEAN;800-999-9912

JAMAICA

NEW YORK To:KINGSTON

DAILY SKED AIR $ 350 Net C & H INTERNATIONAL TO 2/28/10 888-8238839;CECELIA.CHANG@CNHTRAVEL.COM

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FT LAUDERDALE To:MONTEGO BAY

DAILY SKED AIR $ 148 Net $ 218 TRAVEL PEOPLE ALL YEAR ALL USA TO ALL CARIBBEAN;800-999-9912

NEW YORK To:MONTEGO BAY

DAILY SKED AIR $ 423 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

SAN FRANCISCO To:MONTEGO BAY

DAILY SKED AIR $ 576 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

MARTINIQUE

MIAMI To:FORT DE FRANCE

DAILY SKED AIR $ 475 Net $ 550 TRAVEL PEOPLE ALL YEAR ALL USA TO ALL CARIBBEAN;800-999-9912

SAINT MARTIN

MIAMI To:ST. MAARTEN

DAILY SKED AIR $ 335 Net $ 450 TRAVEL PEOPLE ALL YEAR ALL USA TO ALL CARIBBEAN;800-999-9912

ST. KITTS

WASHINGTON DC To:ST. KITTS

DAILY SKED AIR $ 460 Net $ 590 TRAVEL PEOPLE ALL YEAR ALL USA TO ALL CARIBBEAN;800-999-9912

ST. LUCIA

NEW YORK To:ST. LUCIA

DAILY SKED AIR $ 325 Net $ 450 TRAVEL PEOPLE ALL YEAR ALL USA TO ALL CARIBBEAN;800-999-9912

ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES

NEW YORK To:ST. VINCENT

DAILY SKED AIR $ 735 Net $ 845 TRAVEL PEOPLE ALL YEAR ALL USA TO ALL CARIBBEAN;800-999-9912

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

MIAMI To:PORT OF SPAIN

DAILY SKED AIR $ 385 Net $ 495 TRAVEL PEOPLE ALL YEAR ALL USA TO ALL CARIBBEAN;800-999-9912

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

NEW YORK To:ST. THOMAS

DAILY SKED AIR $ 250 Net $ 360 TRAVEL PEOPLE ALL YEAR ALL USA TO ALL CARIBBEAN;800-999-9912

FamiliarizationTrips

EGYPT

With Deluxe Nile Cruise and Air

The 9 day / 8 night fully escorted FAM is featuring top hotels and a deluxe

Nile cruise with guaranteed departures in March and April. The price for

recognized agents is $1,295 pp from NY (not incl. taxes) and companion

price is $1,495 pp (not incl. taxes.) Highlights of this FAM include: RT air

from JFK on Egyptair in economy class, buffet breakfast daily, 4 day / 3

night Deluxe 5 star Nile cruise with upper deck, outside Nile view cabin and

buffet lunches and dinners, transportation and entry fees to included antiquity

sites and museums.

Call Travel Egypt 877-778-3497; www.travelegypt.com/winter2010fam.htm

CHINA ASIA PACIFIC

With cruise on the Yangtze River in Victoria Cruises

Trips departing March 10-23 (14 days) or March 22-30, 2010 (11 days), RT

transpacific air (LAX/SFO) and fuel surcharges included, starting at $1,599* pp.

In addition to a-la-carte dining and five-star accommodations, booking an 11day

Pacific Delight Tours' Fam Trip allows agents to experience a cruise on the

Yangtze River in Victoria Cruises' exclusive Executive Suites, or in a Superior

stateroom with our 14-day program. Pricing for March 2010 11- and 14-day Fam

Trips start at $1,599 per person, with an additional spouse rate of $300.

Pacific Delight Tours: 800-221-7179; visit www.PacificDelightTours.com.

EGYPT

$499 9-Days Egypt: Deluxe Nile Cruise Tour

Arrival in Cairo on Saturdays, Return the following Sunday. Companions

allowed at supplement. For additional information, qualifications & registration

contact: Sunny Land Tours 1-800-783-7839; www.HotFamTrips.Com

INDIA KASHMIR

ride tour in Jaipur to Amer castle, Gondola cruise of the lakes and floating

gardens, Area specialist English speaking guides. 4 days Nepal Extension:

Agent $687 Per person sharing, spouse $176, single sup. $265, clients may

join at supplement of $357. Airfares from Delhi. Hotel with daily breakfast.

Airport transfers. Sightseeing tours. Local English speaking guide

Call Himalayan Int'l Tours 516-739-4660, visit www.himalayantours.com

ISRAEL

Complimentary Holy Land Trip, January 14th – 21, 2010. Explore the Biblical

cities of Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Discover the Dead Sea, Jordan River,

and the Sea of Galilee. Enjoy Tel Aviv, the city that never sleeps. Additional

visits include Massada, the colorful Druze market, the Church of Annunciation

and St. Joseph’s workshop in Nazareth, the Tomb of King David and the

Room of the Last Supper! All Iatan agents are welcome with companion.

Sunny Land Tours 1-800-783-7839; visit http://hotfamtrips.com/IsraelFam.htm

ITALY

Andiamo to the Amalfi Coast

Five-night fam, departing Feb. 19-25, visits the Amalfi Coast with stays in

Naples (1 night) and Sorrento (4 nights). Highlights include those seen on

the Food Network: tasting Neopolitan pizza, an excursion to Pompeii, cooking

class, sightseeing in Sorrento and a visit to a winery. Agent land rate

$899 pp/dbl; companion sup., $199; agent single supplement $399.

Call 718-524-0490; info@GoAndiamo.com; www.goandiamo.com

PERU

$599 7-Days Peru: Lima/Cusco flights included

Arrival on Saturdays, Return on Saturdays. For information, qualifications &

registration call: Sunny Land Tours 1-800-783-7839; www.HotFamTrips.Com

TURKEY

11 days Luxury Tour with optional 4 days Nepal extension

8 Day Tour of Turkey - Post ASTA IDE April 23-30, 2010

Price is $1499 and include: AC minibus or midibus or coach for sightseeing

Departure May 10, 2010. Delhi, Agra Taj Mahal, Agra Red Fort, Jaipur, Sri- & transfers. English speaking guide. All entrance fees. Turkish breakfast at

nagar, Pahalgam Himalayan resort, Mogul gardens and Srinagar city in all four & five star hotels. 18 meals. Shi Sha break with tea or coffee in Cor-

Kashmir. Agent $1768 pp sharing, spouse $433, plus agent cost, single sup. lulu Ali Pasha Medresah. Dinner with 2 local drinks. Domestic airfare. Show

$597, clients may join at supplement of $879. Airline Departure, security AT Kervansaray. Porterage at hotels. 1-6 pax minibus & 8-16 pax midibus.

Taxes extra**. Includes: RT Airfares from New York, Inter India flights, Optional Hot Air Balloons Of Cappadocia on Day 6, Wednesday April 28th

Hotels with American breakfast, houseboat with daily breakfast and din- $199; upgrade to a Cave Hotel in Cappadocia from $190.

ners, Airport transfers, Sightseeing tours as per daily program, Elephant Foreign Independent Tours Inc: 800-248-3487; www.fittours.com

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Dubai: Home to

Super-sized Adventures

By Lisa Loverro

With an eclectic mix of traditional culture and sleek architecture,

a trip to Dubai will turn any adult into a mesmerized

child. Part of the United Arab Emirates (UAE),

Dubai will simultaneously transport you back in time

while hitting you smack in the face with a dose of the

future. Now claiming the tallest building in the world, the

Burj Khalifa (formerly named the Burj Dubai, renamed after

the President of the United Arab Emirates) which opened

last month, Dubai could be likened to a “city on steroids”

where too much spending and shopping is always in vogue.

Formerly, this Persian Gulf region consisted of nothing more

than small fishing communities and Bedouin camps. Today,

Dubai has morphed into a city of modern buildings and artificial

islands creating a touring paradise for its visitors.

“Dubai tourism has seen a tremendous growth in visitors to

the region over the past five years, with the number of visitors

from the U.S. more than tripling since 2004,” boasts Virginia

Goff, Manager of Promotion for Dubai Tourism North

America.

“Even in 2009, as the world faced a challenging year for

tourism, Dubai tourism numbers remained consistent year on

year with 2008 and we are confident that as the economy

picks up, the region will continue to draw an increase in visitors

from North America,” Goff adds.

At first glance, its history and culture have seemingly disappeared,

but peel back its outer shell and you’ll discover it’s all

there beneath the surface. A trip on an Abra (water taxi) to Deira,

bordered by the Persian Gulf and Dubai Creek, transports visitors

to what was once the epicenter for trading in the Gulf region

where spice, gold and textile souks (markets) line the streets

while boats from Iran and Pakistan sail into port to sell goods.

Camels, Hummers and Skiing…Oh My!

A kaleidoscope of attractions, Dubai is a mixed bag of nonstop

activity. For starters and a dose of vertigo, send them up

to the observation tower on the 124th floor of the new Burj

Khalifa...the ultimate high!

Visitors can enjoy an arctic blast in the Middle East at the

Emirates Dubai Mall with Ski Dubai, an artificially made ski

slope complete with chair lift. Always a treat for children, the

Dubai mall houses one of the world’s largest aquariums containing

33,000 aquatic creatures. For a memorable experience,

book your clients a desert safari adventure. Beyond The

Dunes (www.beyondthedunes.com) will satisfy any adrenaline-seeking

junkie as they scale some of the desert’s highest

dunes in high-end Hummers. Your clients may also elect to

sleep alfresco under the stars with the company’s all-day,

overnight excursion.

Polo anyone? With an Arabian twist on an old sport, Camel

Polo is now available through Gulf Ventures (www.gulfventures.ae)

where all skill levels are welcomed. Lama Tours

(www.lama.ae) offers daily excursions throughout the city,

LISA LOVERRO

Polo with an Arabian twist

stopping at all of Dubai’s “greatest hits” including Souks and

marinas. You can arrange for a desert safari with Lama, sans

the Hummer.

A visit to the Jumeirah Mosque, organized by the Sheik Mohammed

Centre for Cultural Understanding, is a highly recommended

cultural activity. “As the only mosque in the UAE

open to non-Muslims, not only is the Jumeirah Mosque beautiful,

but the one-hour visit led by a local Emirati provides an

‘open doors, open minds’ environment where visitors can

learn about the culture and religion,” says Goff.

Eat Your Heart Out

Dining options are about as endless as their desert and most

are located within hotels. The Noble House, with panoramic

views of the city’s skyline on the 17th floor of the Raffles

Hotel, is a fine dining establishment serving contemporary Chinese

dishes. With outdoor dining, Al Nafoorah, in the Emirates

Towers, is one of Dubai’s top Lebanese restaurants and

the Exchange Grill in the Fairmont Hotel is the place to chow

down on Angus beef. London fare is served at Rivington Grill

located in the Souk al Bahar with a sticky toffee pudding that

is mind-blowing, and the ridiculously high-priced International

cuisine at The Edge on Sheikh Zayed Road has been hailed as

the best in town by “Time Out Dubai.”

Sophisticated cocktails at The Shangri-la Hotel’s iKandy

Lounge, a very cool, poolside lounge allows for mingling with

locals, and the views at Bar Vu on the 51st floor of the Emirates

Towers and Neos Sky Lounge at the Address Hotel

Downtown will leave clients breathless!

Find a Hotel to Suit Your Clients

Hotels in Dubai cater to different crowds and it can be a

daunting task to determine the best fit for your client. To get

clients “into the groove,” the Burj Khalifa will host the first

Giorgio Armani hotel aptly named, The Armani Hotel Dubai

(www.armanihotels.com). Scheduled to open March 18,

2010 bookings and registration are now available on their website.

What could be more vogue than a stay there? For honeymooners,

The Residence and Spa at the One and Only

Royal Mirage (www.oneandonlyresorts.com) is a tropical

paradise in the midst of the bustling city.

The Arabian styled private residences have 16 suites and 32

prestige rooms, all sea facing with private balcony or garden patio.

For golfers, the Park Hyatt (www.dubai.park.hyatt.com), located

just outside the city, is a luxury waterfront resort sitting adjacent

to the Dubai Creek Golf & Yachting Club; perfect to enjoy

Dubai’s skyline while playing around.

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The Address Dubai Mall Hotel with the world's largest building,

The Burj Khalifa, towering in the background

The Address Dubai Mall (www.theaddress.com) opened

in September 2009 and sits in the heart of downtown Burj

Dubai, with a direct link to The Dubai Mall for those looking to

be centrally located. For a boutique experience, the

Qaramdeen Hotel (www.southernsunme.com/qamardeen),

a four-star deluxe, boutique hotel offers Arabian charm and

classic comfort.

If there were a category entitled “friendly and trendy,” The

Intercontinental Festival City (www.ichotelsgroup.com)

would more than fit the bill. Its minimalist and modern rooms,

hip bars, and connection into the Dubai Festival City Mall live

up to the service expected by its brand name, but with an

overload of chic.

The sultan of them all, the iconic Burj Al Arab

(www.jumeirah.com), celebrating its 10th anniversary in December

2009, is located on Dubai’s renowned Jumeirah Beach

strip, one of the nicest beaches in the area and perfect for

beach and sun worshippers.

Easy Access

Emirates (www.emirates.com/usa) serves Houston, Los

Angeles and San Francisco with daily non-stop flights and

twice-daily non-stop flights are flown from New York City. For

more information on Dubai, visit www.dubaitourism.ae

Israel Hits High Notes on Land and Red Sea

As tourism to Israel hit an all-time high of 333,000 travelers

in the month of October, a 9% increase compared to the same

period last year, commensurate with a 20% increase in cruise

travel with 23,500 cruise passengers, and a 6% increase in

the number of tourists who visited Israel and stayed for a minimum

of one night compared with October 2008, Israel is

heading into its lively culture season.

The 5th Eilat Chamber Music Festival will attract music

lovers and travelers from around the world to the southern Israeli

resort town of Eilat, February 18-27. The festival will

showcase a series of 20 chamber music concerts and classical

music recitals, poetry and theater performances at the

Golden Tulip Club Hotel in Eilat.

Festival performances will include: Sir Roger Moore reciting poetry

alongside violinists Aleksey Igudesman and Julian Rachlin; a

multilingual performance of Fabio Vacchi’s Irini, Essalahm, Shalom;

a special concert featuring the works of Polish composer Krzysztof

Penderecki; Israeli author Amos Oz reading short stories from his

latest book, Scenes from a Village Life, alongside percussion duo

PercaDu; Violinist Fumiaki Miura performing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons;

an evening of Hungarian Gypsy music concerts featuring violinist

Roby Lakatos; and Chamber music concerts highlighting works by

Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Strauss, Schumann, Brahms, Mozart

and Piazzolla. The festival will also include a special Chopin music

marathon commemorating the 200th anniversary of the late composer’s

birth. Visit www.eilat-festival.com. For information about

Israel, visit www.goisrael.com

Kenya’s Small Hotel Edge on Poverty

Bush and Beyond, the central booking and reservations office

for a selection of small luxury camps and lodges, announced that

three of its properties — Rekero Camp, Acacia House, and the

Topi House — were commended at the Responsible Tourism

Awards in the category of “Poverty Reduction,” that were

awarded at the World Travel Market in London. With locations

throughout Kenya in the Masai Mara, Chyulu Hills, Laikipia, the

Northern Frontier, and Diani Beach, Bush and Beyond guarantees

personal experiences as the properties hosts from eight to 20

guests. Contact Elizabeth Bean Crookston 647-344-9492; E-mail:

ebean@bush-and-beyond.com

$ 3610 EGYPT

Discover the holy land of Judaism, Christianity,

and Islam with an exclusive tour from Baobab Expeditions, which

offers an opportunity for travelers to visit Egypt’s Sinai desert with

the Bedu tribe. Baobab Expeditions has been ranked by National

Geographic Adventure Magazine as one of the “Best Adventure

Travel Companies on Earth 2009.” Baobab’s 10-day tribal Sinai journeys

are set for the dates of April 10th to 19th, 2010; June 12th to

21st, 2010; August 21st to 30th, 2010; and September 18th to

27th, 2010. Pricing begins at $3,610 per person for double occupancy

and includes accommodations, all meals on expedition and

breakfasts at hotels, local experienced guides, drinking water, and

all transportation and excursions. The use of tents on expedition

and a luxury upgrade is optional (restrictions apply). The expedition

is available to groups of up to ten, and requires moderate to difficult

physical effort. Call 516-622-2279; or visit www.Baobab-

Expeditions.com

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South Africa’s

‘Call of the Wild’

By Lisa Loverro

While tracking a leopard in the Sabi Sands private game

reserve, my guide assured me the tree-swinging

baboons are harmless. “They just like to play,” said

Westley. Latter upon returning to my villa to find three

of them frolicking in my plunge pool I thought to

myself, “Welcome to Africa”!

Splendor in the Savannah

A safari is a once in a lifetime experience that will more than

likely change people’s view of the world. So make it a memorable

one by matching your clients with the perfect lodge. Most offer

various types of lodging within the same complex. Singita

(www.singita.com) for instance, has three camps; the more exclusive

are Ebony, and Boulders, and their intimate hideaway,

Castelton, accommodates just 12 guests. Ulusaba (www.ulusaba.com),

Sir Richard Branson’s lodge has two very distinct and

different accommodations. Rock Lodge, the more posh of the

two, sits high atop a rocky mountain while Safari Lodge, aptly

named for its location directly down in the bush, is where visitors

would be more likely to see an elephant or two roaming by their

JOCK SAFARI LODGE

Africa’s most exciting destinations … all in one package!

At last, the genuine ‘something for everyone’ collection for the travel industry. Now you can offer your clients the world’s widest choice of exotic

sights and sensations in a single, first world, English-speaking location.

They can enjoy all the most amazing wildlife - the big five, whale watching and shark diving, abundant birdlife and appealing African residents

such as giraffe, hippo and warthog. Visit a breathtaking array of landscapes - forests and deserts, mountains and beaches, wetlands and savannahs.

Experience a dozen different cultures – music, cuisine, dance, dress and jewellery. And it’s all easily accessible in one world-class country.

Dynamic cities with distinctive characters offer international quality shopping alongside colourful indigenous crafts and artwork. Impressive resort

facilities provide unique and unforgettable stays in a wide variety of environments. Adventurous activities are abundant, including surfing,

mountaineering, white water rafting, game viewing, trail hiking, sailing and ballooning as well as visiting historic sites such as Robben Island, the

Cradle of Humankind, World Heritage sites and centuries old wine estates.

Whatever your clients’ dreams of the perfect holiday destination, South Africa can offer it and Rennies Travel can

deliver it.

HRG Rennies Travel is southern Africa’s oldest and largest travel organisation, with 72 offices in four countries.

And nowhere else can you get so many magnificent experiences for travellers from one source.

Contact Nadine Thayer on nadine@inspiringdestinations.com

or call 716.745.9074 or visit www.renniestravel.com

windows. Jock Safari Lodge (www.jocksafarilodge.com) just

underwent an extensive refurbishment program so successful

that the lodge re-earned its five-star status.

All are located in the Krueger National Park and Sabi Sands

region, both considered to be the best in the country for viewing

the Big Five (elephants, lions, etc.) They are easily accessible

by air from either Cape Town or Johannesburg via a short

flight on SAAirlink (www.saairlink.co.za).

Historical Johannesburg

For history buffs, Johannesburg should be on the itinerary. Although

not as well known as Cape Town for tourism, the city

houses the Apartheid Museum and South Africa National Museum

of Military History, both very educational and worthwhile

sights. A visit to the town of Soweto, birthplace of Nelson Mandela

is more than worth the trip and can be arranged through tour

Destination

Management

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Mother and child in Kruger National Park

operators such as SA-Venues (www.sa-venues.com).

Aside from its historical aspect, Johannesburg offers great

dining, art galleries and ballet. Accommodations range from the

ultra exclusive Saxon Hotel (www.thesaxon.com), with a

13,000 square-foot spa and newly constructed suites, to the

more affordable Michelangelo Hotel (www.lhw.com) centrally

located in the Nelson Mandela Square, and the Intercontinental

Sandton Sun & Towers (www.ichotelsgroup.com) located

in a residential and business district of Johannesburg.

Exotic Cape Town

Cape Town, one of the most picturesque cities on our planet,

is a mish-mash of outdoor adventure and exotic dining. In contrast

to the Apartheid Museum, the District Six Museum here

is a personal and moving account of the struggles this District endured

during Apartheid. Just as moving is a visit to the Robben

Island Museum, which served as a prison from the 17th to 20th

centuries and declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1999.

Tours are given by former political inmates of Robben Island

where Mandela was incarcerated from 1964 to 1982.

A cable car ride up the city’s landmark, Table Mountain, is

not to be missed, as the view from the summit is stunning.

Cape Town itself is a playground for the thrill-seeker. Biking,

surfing, and rappelling are all easily arranged at Downhill Adventures

(www.downhilladventures.com) and for day tours

around Cape Town, along with Safari excursions and Cape

Wineland tours, Gilt-Edge (www.gilt-edge.com), a luxury tour

operator based in Cape Town can handle it all.

When my waiter asked, “How would you like your wildebeest

cooked?” I confidently replied “Why, medium rare of course!” Culinary

surprises will pop up everywhere in Cape Town! The cuisine

runs the gamut including local game meats; Eland, Kudu, Impala

and Wildebeest…all delicious and sampling should be encouraged.

The Roundhouse (theroundhouserestaurant.com), set up on a

hill in the Camps Bay section, is a historic landmark dating back to

the 1700s. Today it’s a premier dining facility with contemporary

French cuisine and breathtaking views of the coastline. For the best

gnocchi in town (yes, I said gnocchi) send your clients to 95

Keerom, favorite of all the locals. Afternoon High Tea will make anyone

feel special at the Mount Nelson (www.mountnelson.co.za).

Accommodations vary from the exclusive Ellerman House

(www.ellerman.com) in the swanky section of Bantry Bay, to

the larger One and Only Cape Town (www.oneandonlyresorts.com),

The Cape Grace (www.capegrace.com) and

Table Bay Resorts (www.suninternational.com/Destinations),

all located by the V&A Waterfront. The Twelve Apostles

(www.12apostleshotel.com) has a beautiful spa but is a

bit removed on a secluded stretch of highway.

The Thrill of the Falls

Victoria Falls is without a doubt one of the most spectacular

natural sights in the world. The mighty Zambezi River plummets

108 meters in a roar of spray and mist to create a visual

feast for the eyes. Victoria Falls Adventures (www.victoriafallsadventures.com)

has got you covered with everything

from white water rafting and helicopter tours to skydiving!

World Cup Envy

South Africa will be on everyone’s radar beginning June of

2010 when the FIFA World Cup descends upon the country.

While tickets are at a premium and hotels are filling up fast, its

likely rates will be at an all-time high during this period. Gilt-

Edge has a dedicated website for the World Cup, as they have

charter flights and blocks of rooms set aside for the event. All

information can be and accessed by visiting www.gilt-

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edge2010.com. In addition, all information (including ticket

purchase) can be viewed at www.fifa.com/worldcup.

Getting There

There are direct flights to Johannesburg on South African Airways

(www.saa.com) and Delta Air Lines (www.delta.com). SAA

operates flights from New York (JFK) and Washington Dulles &

Delta Airlines from Atlanta. From other USA destinations fly via a European

capital on British Airways, Virgin, KLM or Air France.

Call the South African Tourist Board, 800-593-1318 or

visit www.southafrica.net

Rennies Travel Offers Luxury and Adventure

Rennies Travel Destination Management was established

1954 and is the oldest and largest travel company in Southern

Africa, providing solutions for corporate travel management,

leisure travel, groups, incentives, conferences and technology

solutions. The year 2010 is a landmark year for South Africa,

which will be hosting the FIFA 2010 World Cup. “Rennies

Travel is all about delivering the ultimate Southern African

Dream,” says Susan van de Merwe, Executive Head. “Along

with customizing every program to suit the clients interest and

budget, we take great care to integrate socially responsible

new products to deliver a taste of luxury and creative adventure.”

Visit www.renniestravel.com

Exciting Journey to South Africa

Explore two distinct areas and enjoy accommodation in two

special properties with Lion World Tours’ Luxury Cape Town: 15

on Orange in Cape Town and Rijk’s Country Lodge on Rijk’s

Wine Farm, minutes from Tulbagh. The Luxury Cape Town package

is $1,699 (+$300 for fuel surcharge) pp/dbl for six nights and

includes five-star accommodations, RT international airfare [New

York or Washington/Johannesburg/New York or Washington],

South Africa domestic flights [Johannesburg/Cape Town/Johannesburg],

all transfers, most meals, transportation in air-conditioned

vehicles, and meet and greet services of a South African

Airways Vacations representative. Call 800-387-2706; www.lionworldtours.com

WE ARE AFRICA!

We have independent and escorted options for South Africa, and can

help you create a multi-country combo tour of this great continent.

FOREIGN INDEPENDENT TOURS

Ancient Mystique...A Lifetime of Memories

LET US SHOW YOU

• Big 5 Safaris

• History and Culture

• Landscape and “Moonscape”

• Archeology and Art

• Wine Tours

• Culinary Tours

• River Cruises

• Cooking Classes and more

Call: 800-248-3487

Visit: www.fittours.com

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AFRICA &THE MIDDLE EAST NEWS & BEST BUYS

$ 2999 SOUTH AFRICA

FIT, or Foreign Independent Tours is selling

a nine-day luxury adventure to South Africa and Botswana that

promises to deliver an incredible cultural experience.

Included are luxury accommodations such as the Thulamela

Lodge Kruger National Park, Leshiba Village an authentic & holistic

African experience, Mashatu Tented Camp, Tuli Block,

Botswana all interspersed with four game drives. Priced from

$2,999 per person double through Nov., 2010. For more than

20 years, Foreign Independent Tours has been offering an

array of escorted group tours and vacations featuring Africa,

Budget Travel, Central and Eastern Europe, Egypt, Italy, Jordan,

Malta, Morocco, Small Groups, South Africa, Turkey, and

the company specializes in private car and custom tours. Call

800-248-3487; www.fittours.com

$ 1899 AFRICA

Friendly Planet Travel has just released six

packages that are as expansive as the continent itself. Three

of the six follow: Discover Morocco is an eight-day program

priced from $1,899 per person double. The 10-day Kenya

Wildlife Safari priced at $2,999 per person double for a trip that

combines Kenya and Tanzania. The nine-day Pyramids and Nile

Cruise is priced from $1,899 per person double, visits Giza,

Luxor and Edfu and more, plus four nights on a luxury cruise

on the Nile. Call 610-228-2138, E-mail Jackie@GregoryFCA.com;

visit www.FriendlyPlanetTravel.com

$ 9100 ZIMBABWE

Rothschild Safaris’ “Along the Mighty Zambezi

River Zimbabwe Canoe & Walking Safari” takes travelers through

the country in boats, canoes and on by foot. This safari is for the

adventurous traveler who wants the closest possible encounters

with wildlife. This experience begins with a canoe trip through

Mana Pools National Park, followed by a walking safari along the

Zambezi’s shoreline with one of Southern Africa’s pre-eminent private

guides. Each night is spent recalling the day’s adventures

around the bush fire in camp on the banks of the mighty Zambezi

River. This nine-day safari starts at $9,100 per person. Contact

Leora Rothschild to plan your client’s dream vacation to Africa and

receive commission on all FIT bookings. Call 800-405-9463; visit

www.rothschildsafaris.com

$ 6145 JORDAN

Cox & Kings announces a new Private Travel

Journey “Hidden Treasures of Jordan.” The tour introduces Jordan

to visitors who are looking to connect with the country’s untouched

and undiscovered side—both its nature and people. The

tour cover musts for a first time visitor, and also features stays at

two new eco-lodges, benefiting local communities and assisting

conservation efforts of several nature reserves within the country.

Guests stay at Feynan Lodge, one of the recent environmentallyfriendly

projects supported by the King and Queen of Jordan. Near

the Dead Sea, the marshland of Azraq Wetlands Reserve is being

restored. On this 12-night, program, guests will tour the sites of

Petra, Jerash, Madaba, and Kerak. The journey is priced from

$6,145 per person double includes some meals and all sightseeing

with a private guide. The best time to visit Jordan is during

spring or fall. Call 800-999-1758; www.coxandkingsusa.com

$ 3185 SOUTH AFRICA

Goway’s AFRICAExperts announces savings

of up to $720 for single travelers on their World in one Country

South Africa tour. The World in one Country tour allows visitors

a glimpse of South African wildlife, scenery, traditional cultures

of old as well as the dynamic South Africa of today. From wildlife

reserves that teem with birdlife and excite with sightings of the

infamous “Big Five” to modern cities, world renowned wine

farms, ancient forests and the arresting beauty of rugged coastlines

to long stretches of warm waters and golden sands. This

tour encompasses a huge slice of South Africa hospitality, culture

and sights. Prices start from $3,158 and single passengers save

up to $720 per departure; valid on new bookings for travel before

October 31, 2010, but excludes the World Cup Soccer period

June 1to July 31. Call 800-245-0920; E-mail info@goway.com

or visit www.AfricaExperts.com

New Non-Stop Flights

From D.C. To Dakar

With Continuing Service to Johannesburg

Only award-winning South African Airways offers daily non-stop

service from Washington (Dulles) to Dakar and direct to Johannesburg.

And with 180-degree completely lie-flat business class seats and more

legroom in economy, you can see why we’ve earned more awards as

“Best Airline to Africa” than any other carrier.

Go See For Yourself.

www.flysaa.com • 1-800-722-9675

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$ 3200 ZIMBABWE

Singita Pamushana, which is located in the

Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve in southeastern Zimbabwe, is offering

clients a chance to contribute to the local community

when booking one of its land excursions. When clients book

four night stays starting at $3,200 per person, the fourth

night’s charge will be donated to a community development

project in the region.

Pamushana Lodge comprises six luxury suites and one villa,

each offering incredible views of the Malilangwe dam.

The lodge’s Game Viewing Excursions, range from private

open Land Cruiser or walking safaris with an experienced

guide and tracker. Clients choosing the Gonarezhou package,

will take a full day trip to Gonarezhou National Park, including

a picnic lunch at the famous Chilojo Cliffs. This offer is subject

to availability through June 30 and Sept. 15-Dec. 15, 2010.

Call 800-999-1758; E-mail tours@coxandkingsusa.com;

www.coxandkingsusa.com

Cape Grace’s New Face

Following the 2008 year-long Cape Grace refashioning, The

Spa has undergone a facelift of its own. Now incorporating a sense

of place more than ever, the existing Spice Route theme has been

expanded so that guests can truly indulge in the mysteries of the

spices. Based on Vasco Da Gama’s voyages and trade with exotic

lands, The Spa has embraced this history with its new signature 90minute

treatment, Spice Journey, which takes guests on a journey

from India to Kenya, Tanzania to Madagascar and Mozambique to

South Africa. In celebration of the reopening, the Spa at Cape

Grace has unveiled a new product line, Skin Sphere, with signature

products in the body range and new amenities created with signature

scents. Visit www.capegrace.com/services/

Coastal Aviation Unifies Tanzanian Safaris

As of June 2010, Coastal Travels Ltd. is rescheduling their

flights to connect Serengeti National Park in the North and Ruaha

National Park in the South via Arusha. The new routing will make

it more convenient and easier for travelers on a Tanzania Safari to

combine the Northern Circuit and the Southern Circuit, ensuring

a fuller, more diverse travel experience. The Serengeti National

Park, adjacent to the Ngorongoro Crater, was named the new 7th

Wonder of the World and has been designated a UNESCO World

Heritage Site; it is host to the largest and longest overland animal

migration in the world. Ruaha, the 2nd largest National Park in

Africa, is one of Tanzania’s “undiscovered jewels,” receiving far

fewer visitors than Parks in the North, yet it could provide a totally

different and enhanced safari experience.

Peter Mwenguo, Managing Director, Tanzania Tourist Board said

“Until recently, most first time visitors only had time to see Tanzania’s

famous Icons in the North, Kilimanjaro, Serengeti, Lake

Manyara, and Tarangire. Now, as flight service improves between

the North and South, the visitor can also discover in the same visit,

the excitement and beauty of the South – Ruaha, the Selous,

Mikumi, Kitulo.” Visit www.tanzaniatouristboard.com

Egypt

Land of the

Pharoahs

Classic Egypt Tour 9 Days $ 1152 *

Accommodation, Nile cruise, inter-Egypt airfare, guided sightseeing,

most meals and entrance fees.

Grand and Mysterious Egypt 15 Days $ 1889 *

Accommodation, Nile cruise, inter-Egypt airfare, guided sightseeing,

most meals and transfers. BONUS: FREE 7 nights accommodation

at a Deluxe Red Sea resort.

*Valid 10 May - 20 SepÕ10. Price is per person, twin share. Land only. Blackout dates may apply.

For reservations and more information contact

1 800 442 6136 For itinerary details

visit www.africaexperts.com

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Athens with a Fresh Eye

and More Time to Spend

By Maria Lisella

Athens has often been eclipsed by the Greek islands

that promise and deliver cloudless blue skies,

turquoise seas and small, white buildings bleached

by the Mediterranean sun, but this capital city is

almost a secret to the millions of visitors who pass

through waiting for their ships to sail elsewhere.

Says Chryssanthos Petsilas, Deputy Director of the Greek National

Tourism Organization, U.S.A., “Visitors land in Athens and

visit the Acropolis, the Plaka–now they have added the new Acropolis

Museum–of course, and often the National Archeological Museum,

all of which are must-sees, but visitors should not stop

there.” Visitors often miss the wonderful cultural performance festivals

in Athens each year at the Herodion Theater next to the

Acropolis. Performances are staged two to three times weekly

from May through September where one can expect the unexpected,

like Tango in Athens and not just Greek tragedies.

“I wish people would stay in Athens for five nights, and some do

by spending some time prior to their island vacations and adding a

day or two on their return. There really is so much to see and experience

in the city and some of its suburbs,” says Debbie Gregory

of Crown Peters, whose programs are structured for maximum

flexibility so the city stays are easily tacked on to a tour.

The New Athenian “Temple” of Art

With the opening of the Acropolis Museum last June, Athens

seems well on her way (could Athens be anything but a woman,

after all so was Athena) to show her hidden talents and charm.

Located in the historic Makryianni district about 1,000 feet southeast

of the Acropolis, the new museum is right next to the Acropoli

Metro Station.

The ultramodern Acropolis Museum exhibits all the significant

finds from the Sacred Rock and its foothills. It has become the

number one cultural magnet for locals and visitors alike and the reviews

have been nothing less than spectacular. Swiss-born architect

Bernard Tschumi in New York and Athens-based Michael

Photiadis have arranged the best surviving works of classical

sculpture in a way that gives them the breadth and space they

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deserve. The Parthenon marbles, for instance, are set in a rooftop

gallery along with 19th-century white plaster copies of the controversial

Elgin marbles, a reminder of Greece’s claim to repatriate

the artifacts that are still housed in the British Museum to this day.

At the Museum of Cycladic Art, a major archaeological exhibition

dedicated to Eros and its various manifestations in antiquity, from

its first mention in Hesiod’s texts to the Roman period, is open to

the public through April 5, 2010. When I first visited the Cycladic

Museum its collection was set with dramatic lighting and it was

impressive, but today the collection has been expanded and an

Atrium Café has been added that is set under a a transparent roof

and air-conditioned, making it a great respite in mid-summer. The

Museum Shop is also well stocked with publications, games, toys,

jewlery and reproductions of Cycladic art as well as jewelry.

Athens alone counts about 30 major museums from Numismatic

to Philatelic, Jewish Heritage, the Benaki Museum, the

Venizelos Historical Museum and the Cycladic. The media coordinator

at the GNTO suggests a trip to the National Museum of

Contemporary Art and the Old Parliament House, which now

houses the National Historic Museum and is often overlooked,

but gives a quick view of 19th century Greece’s revolutions toward

independence.

Lately, Greece has attracted attention not only on the international

finance pages but also on the sports pages as it recently

won the Mediterranean Games to take place in 2013. Dubbed the

lesser-known cousin of the Olympic Games, the big beneficiaries

of the Games are likely to be the smaller cities of Volos and Larissa

and the region of Thessaly, but as the gateway to the entire country,

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full of life.” Just outside the new Acropolis Museum, there is a

walkway, that runs down to the Plaka and is definitely worth the

walk for insight into this city.

Dine Like the Ancients

The media coordinator at the GNTO notes: “Very few visitors

stay long enough to realize that Athens has a coastal area.

They stay within the confines of the downtown area so they

have no awareness of what has become a coastal strip of

great dining spots along the waterfront.” Athens’ culinary

scene is also given short shrift, though the last 10 years–especially

the moments leading to the Olympics–have seen a

flurry of restaurant openings, ranging from restaging Ancient

Greek cuisine to nouveau cuisine and Eastern Greek choices

that has been influenced by Constantinople.

Families with children and groups might enjoy the Archaeon

Gefsis, a group of restaurants that feature Ancient Greek cuisine.

Waiters dress like Ancient Greeks and diners adapt to the “ancient

Greek” culture of not using a fork but just spoons and

knives, tasting citron rather than lemons and herbal teas instead

of coffee all to the sounds of flute and stringed musical instruments.

Expect dinner to last between three and four hours. Hytra

Restaurant (the word refers to a traditional pot used in Greek cuisine)

is known for its reinvented classical Greek cuisine with a

nouveau flair including special mezes and an emphasis on freshness

and flavors based on the owner’s Cretan roots.

“A short ride out to the suburbs like Vouliagmeni, Kavouri or

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and cafes,” says Pappas. “About 20 minutes from Piraeus visitors

can take a hydrofoil and spend the day on the charming and

beautiful island of Hydra known for its artist community and

where there are no cars allowed.”

There are three Agoras or markets in town; the ancient one

just northwest of the Acropolis, the Roman one near the

Plaka–both which have been closed for centuries–and the

Agora or Central Market on Athinas Street, which is worth a

visit. Once the civic and commercial heart of Ancient Athens,

the functioning Agora is lined with fish, meat, olives, dry

goods, nuts and herbs. “Aside from Plaka there is Monasteraki

with its Sunday flea market and boutique shops,” suggests

Pappas, adding “the city comes alive at night when the sites

are illuminated: Parliament, University, Academy, National Library,

Acropolis, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Zappion, Catholic

Cathedral, Constitution Square.”

Contact the Greek National Tourist Organization at 212-421-

5777; email: info@greektourism.com; www.visitgreece.gr

Cloud’s Tastes of Greece in Spring

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Tastes of Greece, a 14-day discovery tour through Greece highlighting

wines and food. This independent tour includes round-trip

airfare New York/Athens (fuel surcharge as well), all Greek domestic

air and hydrofoils, two nights in Paros, four nights in Santorini,

four nights in Crete, wine tasting in Paros and Santorini,

cooking classes in Santorini & Crete, city tour of Athens with the

Acropolis, a tour through beautiful and traditional towns in Crete,

daily breakfast, hotel service fee and taxes, car rentals in Crete and

Santorini and all transfers. Rates begin at $3,229 per person double;

travel is April – October. Imagine a day visiting Olympia, the

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$ 1249 NORWAY

Because Troms, Norway is located in the Northern

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Search of the Northern Lights are designed to be outdoors

when the Aurora Borealis lights up the night sky. Troms is also

the perfect place to see any solar storms on the surface of the

sun. This package, available from Jan. through April, 2010 is

for them. The package includes two of the most popular activities

offered in the Arctic – an evening dog sled safari that

gets close to the hushed wild beauty of the wilderness just

outside of Troms and a horse-drawn sleigh ride at night to the

coastal Sami area to see the breathtaking Northern Lights. The

dog sled safari, where guests have the option of driving their own

sled (warm protective gear is provided) or being on one of the

guide’s sleds wrapped in reindeer fur is followed by a special traditional

Sámi dinner in a lavvo, where they learn about the dogs as

well as Europe’s longest dog sled race. Besides these two activities

and the dinner, Nordique Tours’ In Search of Northern Lights

package includes five nights of accommodations and daily breakfast

at Clarion Collection Hotel and costs $1,249 per person, double

occupancy or $1,795 for single occupancy. Call 800-995-7997;

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$ 1279 EUROPE

World On Skis, a brand of Central Holidays has

unveiled week-long air and land inclusive travel packages from

NYC to spectacular ski resorts in Italy, Switzerland and Austria – for

travel in early 2010. With prices starting at only $1,279 per person

(and up to $1,743 for a 5-Star Resort), these Ski Hot Deals will enable

U.S. travelers to experience some of the most celebrated Europe

ski destinations this winter, for an unbelievably low

cost.These special Hot Deal packages include seven-night hotel

accommodations (including hotel taxes and service charges),

roundtrip airfare from New York City to the European gateway city

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$ 1099 SPAIN

TourCrafters has come up with a terrific bargain:

an 8-day/7night Madrid and Bilbao package for $1,099

that includes round-trip air fare from New York and Boston on

Alitalia, airline fuel surcharges, four overnights at the 3-star

Hotel Tryp Washington in Madrid, three overnights at the 3star

Hotel NH Deusto in Bilbao (with the possibility to extend

for one night free of charge), daily breakfast, a four-day car

rental, hotel taxes and service. The package is valid only from

March 25 to 31. Though the 3-star hotels designated in the

package are very comfortable and in good locations, there are

options for upgrading. Four nights at the 4-star Hotel Emperador

in Madrid plus three nights at the 4-star Villa de Bilbao

plus breakfasts, car rental and air fare costs $1,275. The same

deal at the 5-star Hotel Melia Princesa and Villa de Bilbao

costs $1,290. In addition, Madrid’s legendary and luxurious

Hotel Ritz: $1,399 buys three nights at the 5-star Ritz and

three nights at the Villa de Bilbao with breakfasts, car rental

and air fare. Note that the Ritz package is valid from March 25

to April 4. Call 800-482-5995; www.tourcrafters.com

$ 695 ENGLAND

The Mantis-owned five-star Draycott Hotel, situated

in London’s most elegant enclave, is helping cupid by

offering a February Romance Package valid through March 31.

The package consists of an overnight stay in either a Deluxe

Double or a stunning Suite, English breakfast, a dozen red

roses, pink champagne, strawberries swaddled in chocolate,

and one of the famous Draycott teddy bears. An intimate,

three-course candlelit dinner in a private suite can be arranged

at a supplement of $88 per person. The package price for a

Deluxe Double is $695 (excluding VAT); for a Suite it is $799

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in its “family” hotel in Rome – the Rose Garden Palace

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owned by Perillo just steps from the famed Via Veneto, across

from the American Embassy, and walking distance of the Villa

Borghese. Valid through March 30, 2010, the air-inclusive rates

from $1,395 to $1,795 per person, include nonstop roundtrip

flights from JFK International Airport to Naples via Alitalia Airlines,

transfers, four nights at the Rose Garden Palace, breakfasts.

Flights depart on Thursday and return on Tuesday – and

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Rail Hi-Speeds it to the

Call for Value for Money

By Maria Lisella

As Eurostar–the English/French joint venture that gets travelers

from central London to a Paris bistro in a little over two

hours– celebrates its 15th anniversary, the European Union

is fast moving toward the grand gesture of deregulating all of

Europe’s railway systems, starting this year.

The Eurostar has, no doubt, garnered its fair share of attention

over the years as it has managed to bite into the airline market

share. Since services first started on November 14, 1994, more

than 100 million people have traveled on Eurostar, with an expected

count of 10 million at the end of 2009.

This particular rail ride has been a tremendous boost to rail travel

as Eurostar now accounts for 80% of all passengers traveling directly

between London and Paris, while London’s airports share

the remaining 20% between them. Passengers traveling to or from

London do so from the renovated St. Pancras Station, and in Paris

clients go directly to the Gare du Nord. Clients can also opt for Brussels,

Belgium or Lille in northern France.

But the Eurostar is not the only celebrity in the rail yard. Railteam

forecasts that by 2020 the number of international high-speed rail

journeys on the Railteam network will have increased by at least

50 percent, with 68 million international trips being made per year

compared with 45 million made in 2007. Railteam is an alliance between

Europe’s leading high-speed rail operators, currently

Deutsche Bahn (Germany), SNCF (France), Eurostar (UK, France

and Belgium), NS Hispeed (Netherlands), ÖBB (Austria), SBB

(Switzerland) and SNCB (Belgium), as well as three of their highspeed

subsidiaries Thalys, Lyria and Alleo.

Frédéric Langlois, president and CEO of Rail Europe, the major

distributor of all rail products in the U.S., predicts that deregulation

will further push the traveling public, both business and leisure traffic,

toward total reliance on high-speed rail for short-haul travel. He

has indicated in the past that the rule of thumb is that when rail

travel time averages less than two hours or less, it grabs about

90% of the market share and when it is three hours or less, it takes

about 70% of the market.

Deregulation Will Broaden the Base & Travel Trends

From October through December 2009, Rail Europe Inc. reported

sales of 16% over the same period last year, while the number of

passengers purchasing rail increased by 28%.

“The increasing popularity of rail travel is due to the fact that it

continues to offer the traveler the best experience and value for

money, both of which are key factors in a down economy,” says

Langlois. With the onset of deregulation however, the competition

will heat up starting with Eurostar, although according to Eurostar

chief executive Richard Brown that may not happen this year or

next year. Reports in Rail Technology indicate that rival providers

could come in the form of Deutsche Bahn, which would like to run

direct services from London to German cities like Frankfurt and

Cologne. Deutsche Bahn has already indicated that it is organizing

its timetables from Brussels to Frankfurt and Cologne to match

those of Eurostar’s arrivals, ensuring the waiting times from the

U.K. to Germany move passengers in a streamlined way. The

EUROSTAR

Eurostar in Waterloo, London

Netherland’s state-run railway company, Nederlandse Spoorwegen

is also eyeing the Channel Tunnel between London and Amsterdam.

Rail Europe reports an interesting travel trend that shows that an

increasing number of travelers are choosing to purchase point-topoint

tickets particularly in Italy, Spain, and France. The growing

popularity of point-to-point tickets in these countries is easily attributed

to the expansion and development of new high-speed

routes in Spain over the last two years and in Italy as recently as

December 2009.

Indeed, according to the Eurail Group, Italy climbed the charts to

become the second most popular country of choice for Pass holders

while the One Country Pass available for Italy is currently the

best selling Eurail Pass overall. Further, what has always seemed

a pipe dream may actually come to fruition in the next seven years.

Italy has approved funding to build the Messina Bridge, set to be

the world’s longest suspension bridge.

The 12,000 ft-long rail-cum-road bridge will link the island of Sicily

to the Italian mainland. The bridge, to include four tracks for a highspeed

railway line along with a highway, is expected to carry 200

trains daily and replace the slow ferry service between the island

and mainland. Construction is expected to finish in 2017.

Travel trends for 2010 point to the fact that value for money will

continue to be one of the deciding factors this year, and travelers

will search out the best deal and the best discounts. Eco travel is

another growing trend and trains can help travelers reduce their

carbon footprint. Traveling by high-speed trains generates 10 times

less green house gas emissions than flying.

With the growth of mobile applications and capabilities, mobile

phones will play an important role in travel planning. Rail Europe

plans to launch its mobile application in May 2010 so that visitors

planning summer trips to Europe will have easy access to planning

and booking tools to create their trips.

Last fall, Rail Europe introduced an upgraded travel agent booking

site, agent.raileurope.com, that now includes Amtrak USA

Passenger Rail products in addition to the broad range of European

rail passes and tickets previously available on the site. The site offers

dynamic new features that allow travel agents to book train

tickets in Europe & North America, explore detailed train and train

station information, as well as access order history status and easily

view agent commissions.

Langlois stated, “We recognized the need to offer sophisticated

online booking technology. Our new website provides travel agents

the tools to easily and efficiently research, plan and book European

and American rail vacations for their clients…we are thrilled to offer

access to the American train market through our new partnership

with Amtrak.”

“The ability to reach rail centric travel agents through Rail Europe

is vital to increasing the number of international passengers on

board Amtrak trains,” said Emmett Fremaux, Amtrak’s vice president

of marketing and product management. “We welcome the

opportunity to work with Rail Europe to offer our products to even

more travelers.” Call 888-382-7245; www.agent.raileurope.com

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Aeroflot’s Grand

Opening at Terminal D

Moscow and certainly Aeroflot will shed the

last vestiges of their “Cold War” shabbiness

this month on the opening day of

Aeroflot’s new Terminal D at the Sheremetyevo

International Airport. Its is expected

to become Russia’s main air hub as well as home to most

of Aeroflot’s domestic and international flights and its

SkyTeam members and partner carriers. The Terminal is

being touted as an architectural masterpiece as it displays

digital copies of famous paintings from the State Russian

Museum and the National Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts

throughout. It has already won accolades such as the

“ARX Award” that ates Russian architecture and development

and the original architectural plan was nominated for

the “Best Transport Infrastructure Object.”

The most modern, comfortable and hi-tech facility at the

Sheremetyevo airport, Terminal D can accommodate up to

12 million passengers annually, nearly doubling the capacity

of the airport. Since November, Aeroflot has been moving

its own flights and flights operated by its partners to the

new Sheremetyevo Terminal D, located next to Terminal F

(Sheremetyevo 2). Aeroflot’s 77 international flights, 33 international

flights by partners and SkyTeam member carriers,

Aeroflot’s 38 domestic daily flights, 7 flights by

DonAvia, and 16 by Aeroflot Nord. Thirty of Aeroflot’s longhaul

flights including some within the CIS countries, will remain

in “Sheremetyevo-2” and in terminal C.

Aeroflot also announced upgrades and changes for the airline

including the arrival of a new Airbus 330-200 and

changes to the airlines flight schedule. The A330-200

boasts 34-business class and 207 economy class seats. The

IFE on board allows passengers to select “multi-channel

video/audio programs; the world’s latest films and Russian

films; international and Russian music videos; popular animation

movies; musical albums by various performers;

audio books; and interactive video games,” an Aeroflot

spokeswoman said in one online report.

For the U.S. market additional flights are among the most

significant schedule changes: Flight 316 from JFK to SVO

will now depart from New York at 7:05 p.m.; Flight 315 from

SVO to JFK will now arrive in New York at 5:00 p.m.; as of

June 1st through September 30 four additional flights will

be added, bringing the total to 11 flights weekly from New

York’s JFK airport to Moscow; and Flights SU317 and

SU318 between Moscow and Washington will now operate

on Thursdays.

Agents are cautioned to advise clients to make sure their

flight is on the list of flights departing from Terminal D at

the entrance to Terminal D, if it does not appear on the list,

refer them to the information desk.

If their flight departs from another terminal of the

Sheremetyevo airport, they will be invited to exit 6, where

passengers can board shuttle buses to other terminals. The

buses depart every 10 minutes.

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Aeroflot was the first Russian carrier to enter the IOSA

Registry, and has multiple times confirmed the certificate.

Aeroflot has successfully passed the ISAGO (IATA Safety

Audit for Ground Operations) procedure. Aeroflot operates

one of Europe’s youngest air fleet that consists of 115 aircraft.

Aeroflot is based in Moscow, at the Sheremetyevo International

Airport. Since Oct. 2009, the Aeroexpress Train

has been streamlining passengers’ way to Moscow’s Belorusski

Train Station to Sheremetevo Airport. Aeroxpress

train tickets are now offered at the airline ticket offices, so

agents can save clients’ time by getting both tickets simultaneously.

For more information on Aeroflot, visit

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Celtic Tours World Vacations’ 2010 brochure includes

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the Treasures of Italy. The Celtic Fling is the first in a series of an

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and a 3 day cruise to the Greek Islands and Turkey, stopping

in Patmos, Kusadasi, Heraklion and breathtaking Santorini.

Guests have to option to visit the Grotto of St. John where the

Book of the Revelation was written; Ephesus, one of the most

complete ancient cities ever excavated; and the Palace of

Knossos, center of the Minoan Civilization. Tour program includes

daily breakfast, four or five-star hotel accommodations,

half-day Athens city-tour, ferry transfers and hotel taxes. Airfare

is not included. Call 800-882-3983 or email info@europtours.com;

www.europtours.com

Turkish Airlines Sponsors FC Barcelona

Dr. Temel KOTÝL (right), CEO of Turkish Airlines, and Mr.

Joan Laporta (left), Chairman of the

legendary Barcelona Football Club,

signed a three-year sponsorship deal

to become “the 3rd international official

sponsor” of Barcelona FC, who

made history last year by bringing

home 6 trophies in a single season.

This deal brings one of the fastest

growing carriers in the world one step

closer to becoming a global brand. Turkish Airlines will provide

the team with transport to tournaments and training camps,

have players appear in commercial spots and have their logo

displayed on-screen at the Nou Camp Stadium and all other

team locations. More information about their Frequent Flyer

Program is available at www.thy.com/smiles and for more information

on Turkish Airlies flights and fares please visit

www.thy.com or contact Turkish Airlines Sales Offices.

New Site at Europe Express

Europe Express, formerly EEI Travel, has launched a new website:

www.europeexpress.com which allows agents additional

functionality including flexible FITs, live air, and Google maps

showing the exact location of each hotel. Upcoming enhanced

features are: tour management, online tour sign up, upgraded look

to quotes, detailed itineraries for the client, and online payments.

Call 800-927-3876; www.europeexpress.com

TURKISH AIRLINES

Spain in the U.S. at February Festivals

New York’s annual flamenco celebration, now in its 10th year,

will feature mesmerizing performances with renowned dancers

and musicians direct from Andalucia, Spain from Feb. 11-14. This

year's Flamenco gala features new figures in flamenco dance: the

sensuous Pastora Galván; Manuel Liñán, a master of technique;

the passionate Belén López, who has caused a sensation in flamenco

circles in recent years; and Rocío Molina, known as a fiery

dancer. Visit www.nycitycenter.org

At the same time, prepare your palate for Piquillo red peppers

and rosado wine as the Kingdom of Navarra, Spain will

visit New York and Washington D.C. for its nine-day Gastronomic

Festival Feb. 6-14. For more information on restaurants

and events, visit www.navarragastronomy.com. Contact the

Tourist Office of Spain at 212-265-8822; www.spain.info

Up & Away named Top Consolidator for SN

Up and Away Travel, a major consolidator for most international

carriers “is the top seller of tickets on Brussels Airlines

(SN) from North America for the third year in a row,”

stated Terence Mascarenhas, the company’s president at their

New York headquarters, adding that “we are delighted to work

with a carrier and management that is so focused on our customers

and the markets we specialize in.” Up and Away Travel

offers special net fares from the Brussels gateway to all 14

destinations in Africa served by the Belgian airline. Passengers

originating in the United States are offered discounted add-on

rates on major transatlantic carriers such as American,

United, Delta, Continental, Lufthansa and Jetairways, and

baggage is checked thru to the final destination in Africa. Brussels

Airlines currently offers flights to Abidjan, Banjul, Bujumbura,

Conakry, Dakar, Douala, Entebbe, Kinshasa, Freetown,

Kigali, Luanda, Nairobi, Yaounde and Monrovia. The consolidator

also offers net fares for travel originating in the above

cities to Europe and the United States. Visit www.upandaway.com;

800-275-8001

Brussels Airlines Joins The Star Alliance

Lufthansa has acquired a 45 percent stake in Brussels Airlines

after being granted approval from the European Union.

Following this action, Brussels Airlines has joined the Star Alliance,

thus solidifying an already strong partnership of 11

major airlines. Brussels Airlines is the Belgian airline offering

the widest choice of flights to and from the “capital” of Europe.

With a fleet of 51 aircraft, the airline operates some 200

daily flights to 55 European airports and 14 African destinations.

With the addition of Brussels Airlines, customers on the

Star Alliance network can now choose from more than 19,700

daily flights to reach 1,077 destinations in 175 countries. New

to the network are more connections from Brussels Airport,

which has now become a Star Alliance hub. These include four

destinations in Africa, which are presently not being served by

other Star Alliance member carrier: Bujumbura, Burundi;

Conakry, Guinea; Kigali, Ruanda; and Monrovia, Liberia. Eleven

Star Alliance member carriers serve 81 destinations in 40

countries across Africa. Belgium has now become a home

market for the Star Alliance network, thereby improving the

customer proposition for both business and leisure customers.

www.brusselsairlines.com

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

Travel Bound: Measuring

Success One Market at a Time

From humble beginnings as an FIT and customized

group operator to Europe, Travel

Bound (TB) is now selling hotels, transfers,

sightseeing options, packages and customized

groups to 130 countries, including

the U.S. and the regions of Asia, Latin

America and the Caribbean. For a brief period

in the 90’s, the company offered escorted

motorcoach tours in Europe, but has

pretty much stuck to its core products and

business model since–selling FIT and customized

groups at competitive rates and

commissions levels to travel agents only. JF

spoke with Nico Zenner, president of TB.

JF: What is TB’s edge over the competition?

TB/Zenner: With well over 30,000 hotels

and tens of thousands of transfer and

sightseeing options, TB fulfills an important

role as preferred travel supplier to

thousands of travel agents that count on

its vast inventory, competitive pricing, superior

technology, worldwide local support

and exemplary customer service. As a

brand of Gulliver's Travel Associates,

some 30 offices around the world not only

source the very best prices and products

but also assist customers locally in case

their travel plans change.

JF: Can you talk about the diversity of your

product and clientele?

TB/Zenner: Our portfolio of products include

boutique hotels, affordable inns, allinclusive

resorts and upscale or luxury

properties around the world.

Passengers on a budget, travelers looking

to get pampered, and people looking for a

short break–all through their travel

agent–will find what they’re looking for

with TB. Through this range of product

line, we offer flexibility, mostly no minimum

night stay requirements, no fees,

few, if any, cancellation penalties, great

deals and above all - choice.

JF: How does TB gather its market intelligence?

TB/Zenner: TB actively listens to its customers.

This year and last, when customers

were and continue to be careful

about how they spend, we’ve signed up

many more hotels, lowered rates and provided

thousands of special offers ranging

from room upgrades to free nights (if you

purchase 2,3 or more) and complimentary

By Maria Lisella

amenities. Most of TB hotel rates include

all taxes and hotel service fees; in Europe,

even most breakfasts are included.

JF: What percentage of TB’s sales originate

with agents?

TB/Zenner: 100% of TB sales are generated

through travel agents. TB doesn’t sell

directly to consumers.

JF: What is the biggest challenge in reaching

agents?

TB/Zenner: The biggest challenge is not

reaching agents, but educating them. We

tell them that, especially in today’s environment,

TB offers a very compelling

story: depth and breadth of product, flexibility,

ease of booking and amending, competitive

pricing, customer service and the

ability to earn more money. Agents can

provide even better service to their customers

if they book their pre- and post

cruise (even pre-/post escorted tour)

arrangements with TB.

JF: Has the word reached agents about TB’s

domestic inventory?

TB/Zenner: There is still a great deal of untapped

potential in selling domestic travel

through TB (some 3,000 hotels in the USA

and growing quickly, not to mention

Canada.) Selling customized groups

through TB is also a great way for agents

to make money, and at the same time create

a unique experience for their clients

while TB does all the work. A quote request

is all it takes to get the ball rolling

and we guarantee 24-hour turnaround on

group quotes.

JF: How large an outreach staff do you have?

TB/Zenner: There are over a dozen TB

Business Development Managers in the

field assisting travel agents. We also have

an inside sales team and a fantastic team

of well-trained professionals in our customer

contact center. Travel Agents can of

course request an online meeting in order

to become even better trained in selling

TB products and services.

JF: Is the TB website exclusive to agents?

TB/Zenner: We have an award-winning

travel agent exclusive website. It has won

several awards and continues to receive

accolades from the travel professionals

who use it daily or occasionally. The site

not only offers an easy booking engine but

also allows users to amend bookings, consult

past bookings, consult travel guides to

hundreds of destinations, email vouchers

(TB doesn’t ship documents and therefore

charges no shipping or handling fees).

Agents can experience virtual sightseeing

tours, book hotels right from city maps

and sort hotel queries by star rating, location

(proximity to specific sights or neighborhoods),

price or name.

JF: Any new destinations in your portfolio?

TB/Zenner: TB is constantly adding new

hotels and destinations. Shortly, more domestic

inventory will be added in many secondary

and tertiary cities and towns, in

places many other providers don’t give you

much choice. Most destinations are already

well covered and to make things even easier

for agents we’ve created easy to book,

inexpensive short stay packages in key

cities: pre and post cruise arrangements

with transfers, hotel stay and sightseeing

tours; and themed getaways such as food

and wine, family reunions, soft adventure,

and close-to-home vacations.

Agent Guide Now Available

Travel Bound’s new 176-page 2010

Travel Agent Guide, a geographicallyarranged

directory of the company’s hotels

and services for independent

travelers is now available. This year’s inventory

includes more than 31,000 hotels

and 6,000 sightseeing tours in

destinations around the world. Additionally,

a 12-page introduction explains how

to create pre- and post-cruise packages

and customized group travel. Agent

commission starts at 10% on individual

services, 15% on packages. To order the

Agent Guide, simply go to www.booktravelbound.com

and click on “travel

agents/brochures.” or call 800-808-9541.

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AUSTRIA

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AZERBAIJAN

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CHICAGO To:BRUSSELS

DAILY SKED AIR $ 359 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

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BOSTON To:LONDON

DAILY SKED AIR $ 189 Net HARI-WORLD TRAVEL TO 2/28/10 888-449-8783;WWW.HARIWORLD.COM

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DAILY OW SKAIR $ 275 LEGEND TRAVEL AND TOURS TO 12/15/10 800-295-3436;CALL 4 RULES AND OTH CITY

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DAILY BUSINESS $ 1595 Net $ 2750 ARROW TRAVEL ALL YEAR CALL FOR OTHER CITIES;866-359-2776

WASHINGTON DC To:LONDON

DAILY OW BC $ 1125 LEGEND TRAVEL AND TOURS TO 12/15/10 800-295-3436;CALL 4 RULES AND OTH CITY

DETROIT To:MANCHESTER

DAILY SKED AIR $ 211 Net HARI-WORLD TRAVEL TO 2/28/10 888-449-8783;WWW.HARIWORLD.COM

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ATLANTA To:SOFIA

DAILY SKED AIR $ 359 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

BOSTON To:SOFIA

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CHICAGO To:SOFIA

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DALLAS To:SOFIA

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DEPARTING TYPE DAYS MIN MAX SUPPLIER PERIOD ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

DETROIT To:SOFIA

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HOUSTON To:SOFIA

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LOS ANGELES To:SOFIA

DAILY SKED AIR $ 357 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

MIAMI To:SOFIA

DAILY SKED AIR $ 357 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

NEW YORK To:SOFIA

DAILY SKED AIR $ 297 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

PHOENIX To:SOFIA

DAILY SKED AIR $ 399 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

SAN FRANCISCO To:SOFIA

DAILY SKED AIR $ 357 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

SEATTLE To:SOFIA

DAILY SKED AIR $ 429 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

WASHINGTON DC To:SOFIA

DAILY SKED AIR $ 297 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

CHICAGO To:VARNA

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WASHINGTON DC To:VARNA

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SOFIA To:BOSTON

DAILY SKED AIR $ 357 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

SOFIA To:CHICAGO

DAILY SKED AIR $ 343 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

SOFIA To:DALLAS

DAILY SKED AIR $ 457 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

SOFIA To:LOS ANGELES

DAILY SKED AIR $ 429 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

SOFIA To:MIAMI

DAILY SKED AIR $ 405 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

SOFIA To:NEW YORK

DAILY SKED AIR $ 357 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

SOFIA To:SEATTLE

DAILY SKED AIR $ 519 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

SOFIA To:WASHINGTON DC

DAILY SKED AIR $ 357 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

CROATIA

ATLANTA To:DUBROVNIK

DAILY SKED AIR $ 804 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

CHICAGO To:DUBROVNIK

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NEW YORK To:DUBROVNIK

DAILY SKED AIR $ 711 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

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LOS ANGELES To:ZADAR

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NEW YORK To:ZADAR

DAILY SKED AIR $ 980 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

LOS ANGELES To:ZAGREB

DAILY SKED AIR $ 798 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

NEW YORK To:ZAGREB

DAILY SKED AIR $ 320 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

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DAILY SKED AIR NET/COMM DOWNTOWN TRAVEL ALL YEAR 212-481-1800;WWW.DOWNTOWNTRAVEL.COM

FINLAND

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DAILY SKED AIR NET/COMM DOWNTOWN TRAVEL ALL YEAR 212-481-1800;WWW.DOWNTOWNTRAVEL.COM

FRANCE

NEW YORK To:NICE

DAILY BUSINESS $ 1950 Net $ 2850 ARROW TRAVEL ALL YEAR CALL FOR OTHER CITIES;866-359-2776

DAILY SKED AIR $ 264 Net CROWN PETERS FROM 2/1/10 BIZ NETS AVBL;800-321-1199;MORE DESTS

ATLANTA To:PARIS

DAILY SKED AIR $ 300 Net C & H INTERNATIONAL TO 2/28/10 888-708-0088;SODE.DELRISCO@CNHINTL.COM

DENVER To:PARIS

DAILY OW BC $ 1424 LEGEND TRAVEL AND TOURS TO 12/15/10 800-295-3436;CALL 4 RULES AND OTH CITY

LOS ANGELES To:PARIS

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MIAMI To:PARIS

DAILY SKED AIR $ 354 Net CROWN PETERS FROM 2/1/10 BIZ NETS AVBL;800-321-1199;MORE DESTS

NEW YORK To:PARIS

DAILY SKED AIR $ 264 Net CROWN PETERS FROM 2/1/10 BIZ NETS AVBL;800-321-1199;MORE DESTS

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SAN FRANCISCO To:PARIS

DAILY SKED AIR $ 369 Net HARI-WORLD TRAVEL TO 2/28/10 888-449-8783;WWW.HARIWORLD.COM

GEORGIA (EX SOVIET REPUBLIC)

NEW YORK To:TBILISI

DAILY SKED AIR NET/COMM DOWNTOWN TRAVEL ALL YEAR 212-481-1800;WWW.DOWNTOWNTRAVEL.COM

DAILY SKED AIR $ 395 Net PANORAMA TRAVEL, LTD. TO 3/2010 ADD-ONS WB AVBL;800-204-7130

GERMANY

CHICAGO To:BERLIN

DAILY SKED AIR $ 528 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

NEW YORK To:BERLIN

DAILY SKED AIR $ 370 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

ATLANTA To:COLOGNE

DAILY SKED AIR $ 551 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

SAN FRANCISCO To:COLOGNE

DAILY SKED AIR $ 676 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

DETROIT To:FRANKFURT

DAILY SKED AIR $ 570 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

NEW YORK To:FRANKFURT

DAILY BUSINESS $ 1950 Net $ 3250 ARROW TRAVEL ALL YEAR CALL FOR OTHER CITIES;866-359-2776

DAILY SKED AIR $ 275 Net CROWN PETERS FROM 2/1/10 BIZ NETS AVBL;800-321-1199;MORE DESTS

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DAILY OW BC $ 1875 LEGEND TRAVEL AND TOURS TO 12/15/10 800-295-3436;CALL 4 RULES AND OTH CITY

WASHINGTON DC To:FRANKFURT

DAILY SKED AIR $ 268 Net HARI-WORLD TRAVEL TO 2/28/10 888-449-8783;WWW.HARIWORLD.COM

LOS ANGELES To:HAMBURG

DAILY SKED AIR $ 251 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

NEW YORK To:HAMBURG

DAILY SKED AIR $ 251 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

ATLANTA To:MUNICH

DAILY SKED AIR $ 551 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

CHICAGO To:MUNICH

DAILY SKED AIR $ 528 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

GREECE

ATLANTA To:ATHENS

DAILY SKED TUR 7 $ 799 $ 975 AEGEAN/MED CRUISES/TOURS TO 8/31/10 888-968-0335;13-16%COMM:CRUISES/TOURS

BOSTON To:ATHENS

DAILY SKED TUR 7 $ 799 $ 975 AEGEAN/MED CRUISES/TOURS TO 8/31/10 888-968-0335;13-16%COMM:CRUISES/TOURS

DAILY SKED AIR $ 363 Net CROWN PETERS FROM 2/1/10 BIZ NETS AVBL;800-321-1199;MORE DESTS

DALLAS To:ATHENS

DAILY SKED TUR 7 $ 799 $ 1015 AEGEAN/MED CRUISES/TOURS TO 8/31/10 888-968-0335;13-16%COMM:CRUISES/TOURS

LOS ANGELES To:ATHENS

DAILY SKED TUR 7 $ 799 $ 1120 AEGEAN/MED CRUISES/TOURS TO 8/31/10 888-968-0335;13-16%COMM:WEDDNGS/TOURS

MIAMI To:ATHENS

DAILY SKED AIR $ 413 Net CROWN PETERS FROM 2/1/10 BIZ NETS AVBL;800-321-1199;MORE DESTS

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NEW YORK To:ATHENS

DAILY SKED TUR 7 $ 799 $ 975 AEGEAN/MED CRUISES/TOURS TO 8/31/10 888-968-0335;13-16%COMM:WEDDNGS/TOURS

DAILY SKED AIR $ 363 Net CROWN PETERS FROM 2/1/10 BIZ NETS AVBL;800-321-1199;MORE DESTS

DAILY SKED TUR 7 $ 1350 CROWN PETERS FROM 2/1/10 AIR;6N ATH;CITY TOUR;MORE

TAMPA To:ATHENS

DAILY SKED TUR 7 $ 799 $ 1080 AEGEAN/MED CRUISES/TOURS TO 8/31/10 888-968-0335;13-16%COMM:CULTURAL TOURS

DAILY SKED AIR $ 543 CROWN PETERS FROM 2/1/10 BIZ NETS AVBL;800-321-1199;MORE DESTS

HUNGARY

BOSTON To:BUDAPEST

DAILY SKED AIR $ 297 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

CHICAGO To:BUDAPEST

DAILY SKED AIR $ 331 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

MIAMI To:BUDAPEST

DAILY SKED AIR $ 399 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

NEW YORK To:BUDAPEST

DAILY SKED AIR $ 259 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

DAILY SKED AIR $ 337 Net AMERICAN TRAVEL ABROAD 12/25/09-3/25/10 OW $181;NET;CALL;800-228-0877

DAILY SKED AIR $ 363 Net CROWN PETERS FROM 2/1/10 BIZ NETS AVBL;800-321-1199;MORE DESTS

DAILY SKED TUR $ 689 CZECH VACATIONS TO 3/31/10 WWW.CZECHVACATIONS.COM;800-204-7130

DAILY SKED AIR $ 260 CZECH VACATIONS TO 3/31/10 WWW.CZECHVACATIONS.COM;800-204-7130

SAN FRANCISCO To:BUDAPEST

DAILY SKED AIR $ 483 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

IRELAND

ATLANTA To:DUBLIN

DAILY SKED AIR $ 576 Net C & H INTERNATIONAL TO 2/28/10 888-708-0088;SODE.DELRISCO@CNHINTL.COM

ITALY

CHICAGO To:FLORENCE

DAILY SKED AIR $ 374 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

SAN FRANCISCO To:FLORENCE

DAILY SKED AIR $ 855 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

BOSTON To:MILAN

DAILY SKED AIR $ 285 Net CROWN PETERS FROM 2/1/10 BIZ NETS AVBL;800-321-1199;MORE DESTS

DETROIT To:MILAN

DAILY SKED AIR $ 459 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

LOS ANGELES To:MILAN

DAILY SKED AIR $ 359 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

NEW YORK To:MILAN

DAILY BUSINESS $ 1995 Net $ 3250 ARROW TRAVEL ALL YEAR CALL FOR OTHER CITIES;866-359-2776

DAILY SKED AIR $ 283 Net CROWN PETERS FROM 2/1/10 BIZ NETS AVBL;800-321-1199;MORE DESTS

ATLANTA To:ROME

DAILY SKED AIR $ 311 Net C & H INTERNATIONAL TO 2/28/10 888-708-0088;SODE.DELRISCO@CNHINTL.COM

DAILY SKED AIR $ 770 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

BOSTON To:ROME

DAILY SKED AIR $ 285 Net CROWN PETERS FROM 2/1/10 BIZ NETS AVBL;800-321-1199;MORE DESTS

CHICAGO To:ROME

DAILY SKED AIR $ 363 Net HARI-WORLD TRAVEL TO 2/28/10 888-449-8783;WWW.HARIWORLD.COM

LOS ANGELES To:ROME

DAILY SKED AIR $ 355 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

MIAMI To:ROME

DAILY SKED AIR $ 365 Net CROWN PETERS FROM 2/1/10 BIZ NETS AVBL;800-321-1199;MORE DESTS

NEW YORK To:ROME

DAILY SKED TUR 5 $ 599 $ 999 AEGEAN/MED CRUISES/TOURS TO 8/31/10 888-968-0335;13-16%COMM:CRUISES/TOURS

DAILY SKED TUR 8 $ 799 $ 1299 AEGEAN/MED CRUISES/TOURS TO 8/31/10 888-968-0335;13-16%COMM:CRUISES/TOURS

DAILY SKED AIR $ 283 Net CROWN PETERS FROM 2/1/10 BIZ NETS AVBL;800-321-1199;MORE DESTS

BOSTON To:VENICE

DAILY SKED AIR $ 365 Net CROWN PETERS FROM 2/1/10 BIZ NETS AVBL;800-321-1199;MORE DESTS

NEW YORK To:VENICE

DAILY SKED TUR 8 $ 599 $ 999 AEGEAN/MED CRUISES/TOURS TO 8/31/10 888-968-0335;13-16%COMM:CRUISES/TOURS

DAILY SKED AIR $ 412 Net CROWN PETERS FROM 2/1/10 BIZ NETS AVBL;800-321-1199;MORE DESTS

LATVIA

NEW YORK To:RIGA

4,7 SKED AIR $ 475 Net UNITED TOURS CORP. TO 2/28/10 888-838-1674;212-245-1100;OW OK

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LATVIA

NEW YORK To:RIGA

DAILY SKED AIR $ 340 Net AMERICAN TRAVEL ABROAD 12/25/09-3/25/10 OW $285;NET;CALL:800-228-0877

DAILY SKED AIR NET/COMM DOWNTOWN TRAVEL ALL YEAR 212-481-1800;WWW.DOWNTOWNTRAVEL.COM

LITHUANIA

NEW YORK To:VILNIUS

DAILY SKED AIR $ 340 Net AMERICAN TRAVEL ABROAD 12/25/09-3/25/10 OW $285;NET;CALL:800-228-0877

DAILY SKED AIR NET/COMM DOWNTOWN TRAVEL ALL YEAR 212-481-1800;WWW.DOWNTOWNTRAVEL.COM

DAILY SKED AIR $ 705 IMPRESSA CLUB, LTD. ALL YEAR OTH CITY;718-645-8578;IMPRESSACLUB.COM

MACEDONIAN REPUBLIC

BOSTON To:SKOPJE

DAILY SKED AIR $ 479 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

CHICAGO To:SKOPJE

DAILY SKED AIR $ 330 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

NEW YORK To:SKOPJE

DAILY SKED AIR $ 435 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

MOLDOVA

NEW YORK To:CHISINAU

DAILY SKED AIR $ 385 Net PANORAMA TRAVEL, LTD. 10/1/09-3/31/10 C,WB,U.S. ADD-ONS AVBL;800-204-7130

SEATTLE To:CHISINAU

DAILY SKED AIR NET/COMM MISSION VALLEY TRAVEL ALL YEAR 800-321-8069;WWW.MVTI.US;ALL CITIES

POLAND

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NEW YORK To:KRAKOW

DAILY SKED AIR $ 350 Net AMERICAN TRAVEL ABROAD 12/25/09-3/25/10 EWR SAME;OW $265;NET;800-228-0877

ATLANTA To:WARSAW

DAILY SKED AIR $ 363 Net AMERICAN TRAVEL ABROAD 12/25/09-3/25/10 KRK,GDN SAME;OW $215;NET;800-228-0877

BOSTON To:WARSAW

DAILY SKED AIR $ 358 Net AMERICAN TRAVEL ABROAD 12/25/09-3/25/10 KRK SAME;OW $212;NET;CALL:800-228-0877

CHICAGO To:WARSAW

DAILY SKED AIR $ 410 Net AMERICAN TRAVEL ABROAD 12/25/09-3/25/10 KRK SAME;OW $268;NET;CALL:800-228-0877

DETROIT To:WARSAW

DAILY SKED AIR $ 416 Net AMERICAN TRAVEL ABROAD 12/25/09-3/25/10 KRK,GDN SAME;OW $247;NET;800-228-0877

HOUSTON To:WARSAW

DAILY SKED AIR $ 363 Net AMERICAN TRAVEL ABROAD 12/25/09-3/25/10 KRK,GDN SAME;OW $215;NET;800-228-0877

NEW YORK To:WARSAW

DAILY SKED AIR $ 300 Net AMERICAN TRAVEL ABROAD 12/25/09-3/25/10 GDN,KTW SAME;OW $177;NET;800-228-0877

PHILADELPHIA To:WARSAW

DAILY SKED AIR $ 350 Net AMERICAN TRAVEL ABROAD 12/25/09-3/25/10 KRK SAME;OW $265;NET;CALL:800-228-0877

WASHINGTON DC To:WROCLAW

DAILY SKED AIR $ 450 Net AMERICAN TRAVEL ABROAD 12/25/09-3/25/10 KRK,GDN SAME;OW $267;NET;800-228-0877

PORTUGAL

BOSTON To:LISBON

DAILY SKED AIR $ 257 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

CHICAGO To:LISBON

DAILY SKED AIR $ 287 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

MIAMI To:LISBON

DAILY SKED AIR $ 299 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

NEW YORK To:LISBON

DAILY SKED AIR $ 235 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

SAN FRANCISCO To:LISBON

DAILY SKED AIR $ 349 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

ROMANIA

BOSTON To:BUCHAREST

DAILY SKED AIR $ 310 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

CHICAGO To:BUCHAREST

DAILY SKED AIR $ 305 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

NEW YORK To:BUCHAREST

DAILY SKED AIR $ 310 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

SAN FRANCISCO To:BUCHAREST

DAILY SKED AIR $ 507 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

RUSSIA

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LOS ANGELES To:IRKUTSK

DAILY SKED AIR $ 925 Net $ 1125 TRAVEL PEOPLE ALL YEAR ALL USA TO ALL EUROPE:800-999-9912

CHICAGO To:MOSCOW

DAILY SKED AIR NET/COMM DOWNTOWN TRAVEL ALL YEAR 800-952-3519;WWW.DOWNTOWNTRAVEL.COM

LOS ANGELES To:MOSCOW

DAILY SKED AIR NET/COMM DOWNTOWN TRAVEL ALL YEAR 800-952-3519;WWW.DOWNTOWNTRAVEL.COM

DAILY SKED AIR NET/COMM MISSION VALLEY TRAVEL ALL YEAR 800-321-8069;WWW.MVTI.US;ALL CITIES

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DEPARTING TYPE DAYS MIN MAX SUPPLIER PERIOD ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

LOS ANGELES To:MOSCOW

DAILY HTL PKG 3 $ 210 RUSSIAN AMERICAN CONSULT. ALL YEAR 877-268-2677;VISAS;HTLS AVBL ALL RUSSIA

MIAMI To:MOSCOW

DAILY SKED AIR NET/COMM DOWNTOWN TRAVEL ALL YEAR 800-952-3519;WWW.DOWNTOWNTRAVEL.COM

NEW YORK To:MOSCOW

DAILY BUSINESS $ 2050 Net $ 2950 ARROW TRAVEL ALL YEAR CALL FOR OTHER CITIES;866-359-2776

DAILY SKED AIR $ 292 Net CROWN PETERS FROM 2/1/10 BIZ NETS AVBL;800-321-1199;MORE DESTS

DAILY SKED AIR NET/COMM DOWNTOWN TRAVEL ALL YEAR 212-481-1800;WWW.DOWNTOWNTRAVEL.COM

DAILY SKED AIR $ 400 IMPRESSA CLUB, LTD. ALL YEAR OTH CITY;718-645-8578;IMPRESSACLUB.COM

DAILY BUSINESS CALL FOR QUOTES MISSION VALLEY TRAVEL ALL YEAR 800-321-8069;WWW.MVTI.US;ALL CITIES

DAILY SKED AIR $ 241 Net PANORAMA TRAVEL, LTD. ALL YEAR OTHER CITIES AVAIL;800-204-7130

DAILY HTL PKG 3 $ 210 RUSSIAN AMERICAN CONSULT. ALL YEAR 877-268-2677;HTLS AVBL ALL RUSSIA

VARY SHIP PKG 11 $ 1200 $ 1760 RUSSIAN AMERICAN CONSULT. ALL YEAR 877-268-2677;VISA SVCS;HTLS;ALL GATES

SAN FRANCISCO To:MOSCOW

DAILY HTL PKG 3 $ 210 RUSSIAN AMERICAN CONSULT. ALL YEAR 877-268-2677;VISAS;HTLS AVBL ALL RUSSIA

SEATTLE To:MOSCOW

DAILY SKED AIR NET/COMM DOWNTOWN TRAVEL ALL YEAR 800-952-3519;WWW.DOWNTOWNTRAVEL.COM

DAILY SKED AIR NET/COMM MISSION VALLEY TRAVEL ALL YEAR 800-321-8069;WWW.MVTI.US;ALL CITIES

WASHINGTON DC To:MOSCOW

DAILY SKED AIR NET/COMM DOWNTOWN TRAVEL ALL YEAR 800-952-3519;WWW.DOWNTOWNTRAVEL.COM

LOS ANGELES To:ST. PETERSBURG

DAILY SKED AIR NET/COMM MISSION VALLEY TRAVEL ALL YEAR 800-321-8069;WWW.MVTI.US;ALL CITIES

NEW YORK To:ST. PETERSBURG

DAILY HTL PKG 3 $ 210 RUSSIAN AMERICAN CONSULT. ALL YEAR 877-268-2677;HTLS AVBL ALL RUSSIA

VARY SHIP PKG 11 $ 1200 $ 1760 RUSSIAN AMERICAN CONSULT. ALL YEAR 877-268-2677;VISA SVCS;HTLS;ALL GATES

SERBIA

BOSTON To:BELGRADE

DAILY SKED AIR $ 347 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

CHICAGO To:BELGRADE

DAILY SKED AIR $ 305 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

LOS ANGELES To:BELGRADE

DAILY SKED AIR $ 537 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

NEW YORK To:BELGRADE

DAILY SKED AIR $ 324 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

SLOVAKIA

NEW YORK To:BRATISLAVA

DAILY SKED AIR $ 390 CZECH VACATIONS TO 3/31/10 WWW.CZECHVACATIONS.COM;800-204-7130

SPAIN

ATLANTA To:BARCELONA

DAILY SKED AIR $ 297 Net C & H INTERNATIONAL TO 2/28/10 888-708-0088;SODE.DELRISCO@CNHINTL.COM

BOSTON To:BARCELONA

DAILY SKED AIR $ 237 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

MIAMI To:BARCELONA

DAILY SKED AIR $ 219 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

NEW YORK To:BARCELONA

DAILY SKED AIR $ 237 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

DAILY SKED TUR 14 $ 599 $ 1299 AEGEAN/MED CRUISES/TOURS TO 8/31/10 888-968-0335;13-16%COMM:CRUISES/TOURS

DAILY SKED AIR $ 243 Net CROWN PETERS FROM 2/1/10 BIZ NETS AVBL;800-321-1199;MORE DESTS

SAN FRANCISCO To:BARCELONA

DAILY SKED AIR $ 363 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

NEW YORK To:COSTA DEL SOL

DAILY SKED TUR 14 $ 799 $ 1999 AEGEAN/MED CRUISES/TOURS TO 8/31/10 888-968-0335;13-16%COMM:CRUISES/TOURS

BOSTON To:MADRID

DAILY SKED AIR $ 239 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

CHICAGO To:MADRID

DAILY SKED AIR $ 300 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

DAILY BUSINESS $ 2350 Net $ 2950 ARROW TRAVEL ALL YEAR CALL FOR OTHER CITIES;866-359-2776

MIAMI To:MADRID

DAILY SKED AIR $ 279 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

NEW YORK To:MADRID

DAILY SKED AIR $ 220 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

DAILY SKED TUR 14 $ 699 $ 1699 AEGEAN/MED CRUISES/TOURS TO 8/31/10 888-968-0335;13-16%COMM:CRUISES/TOURS

DAILY SKED AIR $ 243 Net CROWN PETERS FROM 2/1/10 BIZ NETS AVBL;800-321-1199;MORE DESTS

DAILY SKED AIR $ 216 Net HARI-WORLD TRAVEL TO 2/28/10 888-449-8783;WWW.HARIWORLD.COM

SAN FRANCISCO To:MADRID

DAILY SKED AIR $ 275 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

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TRIP # ROUND TRIP PRICE VALIDITY

DEPARTING TYPE DAYS MIN MAX SUPPLIER PERIOD ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

SWITZERLAND

BOSTON To:GENEVA

DAILY SKED AIR $ 299 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

CHICAGO To:GENEVA

DAILY SKED AIR $ 319 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

LOS ANGELES To:GENEVA

DAILY SKED AIR $ 359 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

SWITZERLAND

MIAMI To:GENEVA

DAILY SKED AIR $ 295 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

NEW YORK To:GENEVA

DAILY SKED AIR $ 235 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

DAILY BUSINESS $ 1950 Net $ 2950 ARROW TRAVEL ALL YEAR CALL FOR OTHER CITIES;866-359-2776

DAILY BUSINESS $ 1757 Net $ 3514 PERFECT TRAVEL CALL 212-840-6777 CALL FOR RULES/OTHR CITIES

SAN FRANCISCO To:GENEVA

DAILY SKED AIR $ 359 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

BOSTON To:ZURICH

DAILY SKED AIR $ 297 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

CHICAGO To:ZURICH

DAILY SKED AIR $ 315 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

DAILY BUSINESS $ 1864 Net $ 3728 PERFECT TRAVEL CALL 212-840-6777 CALL FOR RULES/OTHR CITIES

DALLAS To:ZURICH

DAILY OW BC $ 1456 LEGEND TRAVEL AND TOURS TO 12/15/10 800-295-3436;CALL 4 RULES AND OTH CITY

LOS ANGELES To:ZURICH

DAILY SKED AIR $ 359 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

DAILY SKED AIR $ 363 Net HARI-WORLD TRAVEL TO 2/28/10 888-449-8783;WWW.HARIWORLD.COM

DAILY BUSINESS $ 2263 Net $ 4526 PERFECT TRAVEL CALL 212-840-6777 CALL FOR RULES/OTHR CITIES

MIAMI To:ZURICH

DAILY SKED AIR $ 295 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

DAILY BUSINESS $ 1840 Net $ 3680 PERFECT TRAVEL CALL 212-840-6777 CALL FOR RULES/OTHR CITIES

NEW YORK To:ZURICH

DAILY SKED AIR $ 249 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

DAILY BUSINESS $ 1760 Net $ 3515 PERFECT TRAVEL CALL 212-840-6777 CALL FOR RULES/OTHR CITIES

SAN FRANCISCO To:ZURICH

DAILY SKED AIR $ 359 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

TURKEY

MIAMI To:ISTANBUL

DAILY SKED TUR 7 $ 699 $ 1299 AEGEAN/MED CRUISES/TOURS TO 8/31/10 888-968-0335;13-16%COMM:CRUISES/TOURS

NEW YORK To:ISTANBUL

DAILY SKED TUR 7 $ 699 $ 1299 AEGEAN/MED CRUISES/TOURS TO 8/31/10 888-968-0335;13-16%COMM:PILGIMAGES

DAILY SKED AIR $ 338 CZECH VACATIONS TO 2/28/10 WWW.CZECHVACATIONS.COM;800-204-7130

DAILY OW BC $ 1145 LEGEND TRAVEL AND TOURS TO 12/15/10 800-295-3436;CALL 4 RULES AND OTH CITY

UKRAINE

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WASHINGTON DC To:DNEPROPETROVSK

DAILY SKED AIR $ 550 Net $ 795 TRAVEL PEOPLE ALL YEAR ALL USA TO ALL EUROPE;800-999-9912

To:KIEV

DAILY TOUR PKG 3 $ 295 RUSSIAN AMERICAN CONSULT. ALL YEAR 877-268-2677;VISAS;HTLS FOR ALL UKRAINE

CHICAGO To:KIEV

DAILY SKED AIR NET/COMM DOWNTOWN TRAVEL ALL YEAR 800-952-3519;WWW.DOWNTOWNTRAVEL.COM

HOUSTON To:KIEV

DAILY SKED AIR NET/COMM MISSION VALLEY TRAVEL ALL YEAR 800-321-8069;WWW.MVTI.US;ALL CITIES

LOS ANGELES To:KIEV

DAILY SKED AIR NET/COMM DOWNTOWN TRAVEL ALL YEAR 800-952-3519;WWW.DOWNTOWNTRAVEL.COM

MIAMI To:KIEV

DAILY SKED AIR NET/COMM MISSION VALLEY TRAVEL ALL YEAR 800-321-8069;WWW.MVTI.US;ALL CITIES

NEW YORK To:KIEV

DAILY SKED AIR $ 340 Net AMERICAN TRAVEL ABROAD 12/25/09-3/25/10 OW $310;NET;CALL:800-228-0877

DAILY SKED AIR NET/COMM DOWNTOWN TRAVEL ALL YEAR 212-481-1800;WWW.DOWNTOWNTRAVEL.COM

DAILY SKED AIR $ 500 IMPRESSA CLUB, LTD. ALL YEAR OTH CITY;718-645-8578;IMPRESSACLUB.COM

DAILY BUSINESS CALL FOR QUOTES MISSION VALLEY TRAVEL ALL YEAR 800-321-8069;WWW.MVTI.US;ALL CITIES

DAILY SKED AIR $ 265 Net PANORAMA TRAVEL, LTD. ALL YEAR WB,ADDON;800-204-7130

SAN FRANCISCO To:KIEV

DAILY SKED AIR NET/COMM DOWNTOWN TRAVEL ALL YEAR 800-952-3519;WWW.DOWNTOWNTRAVEL.COM

SEATTLE To:KIEV

DAILY SKED AIR NET/COMM DOWNTOWN TRAVEL ALL YEAR 800-952-3519;WWW.DOWNTOWNTRAVEL.COM

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Bob Lawrence Takes on Two Roles at Travel Impressions

Travel Impressions

has named industry

veteran Bob

Lawrence to the dual

roles of senior director,

Caribbean Destination,

and American Express Vacations

Product Key Linkage.

Lawrence joins Travel Impressions with

more than 30 years of travel industry experience

with a predominant focus in marketing

the Caribbean region. Most recently,

Lawrence was regional vice president

Caribbean product at LibGo Travel.

In his role as senior director, Caribbean

Destination, Lawrence will report to Paul

Darya Camacci is

stepping into Trafalgar's

newly created

position of Director,

National Accounts for

the Eastern Region.

Reporting to Susan Donegan, Vice President,

National Accounts, Darya brings over

Zar, vice president, Caribbean Destination,

Managed Brands and Airline/Car Relations

and will work closely with Pauline Abatamarco,

senior director, Caribbean Destination.

His key responsibilities will include:

acquisition and management of supplier

product and inventory; development and

fulfillment of marketing plans; promotion

of destinations; development of promotions;

and manage supplier relations.

In his product key linkage role for American

Express Vacations, Lawrence will report

to Francesca Bonavita, executive vice

president and general manager for American

Express Vacations, and will serve as liaison

for American Express Vacations with

15 years experience in the travel industry,

including senior executive sales positions

with Travel Counsellors USA and Auto Europe/Destination

Europe. Camacci has had

extensive interaction with the travel agency

community in sales and support positions in

the tour and lodging sector of the industry.

She will focus on strengthening Trafalgar's

all Travel Impressions destination teams.

This includes supporting American Express

Vacations customer and American Express

Cardmember strategy and vision, both online

and offline and communicating the

American Express Vacations product and

destination requirements.

Prior to joining Travel Impressions,

Lawrence held various positions during his

30-year tenure with LibGo Travel including

regional VP Caribbean product & Caribbean

marketing, VP Caribbean marketing and director

of Mexico marketing. Lawrence also

served as vice president product development

at National Leisure Group.Visit

www.TravelImpressions.com

Trafalgar Expands Sales Team with Camacci as Director

G R E E N C O R N E R — By Jim Moronek

How Green Was My Bali

You deserve this vacation. You’ve earned it and

you’re so ready for it, you can almost taste the

pan-seared chicken breast on leek fondue with

ginger cream. Yes, your chosen destination is

exotic Bali, maybe only because further from here

you cannot get. And you are treating yourself to a little

slathering of luxury travel (remember, you deserve this). So,

then, why that nagging sense of guilt?

Because, last week you attended a meeting protesting the

impact of tourism on your own peaceful little resort community,

that’s why. Because there’s a bumper sticker on your car

which reminds tailgaters to tread lightly on your planet if not

your tail. Mostly, because your neighbor just returned from an

“eco-vacation” boasting of her natural rice diet, her natural

campsites in the jungle, and her natural insect bites. “Took

only photographs; left only footprints,” she smirked. You plan

to take only battery-operated appliances and leave only credit

card vouchers (luxury, remember).

But now you wonder what damage the increasing invasion of

the tourist hordes (yourself among them) will befall Bali’s fragile

beauty. To the rescue comes a concept and a company called

Second Nature ~ Vacations for Body, Mind & Planet whose

goal is “to expand the idea of ‘green travel’ beyond the jungle so

that every traveler can make a positive contribution to the envi-

ronment on their

next vacation.” It

operates on the

principle that “ecological

sensitivity in

travel should be

‘second nature,’ and

not just an occa-

relationships with key East Coast-based National

Accounts while supporting the District

Sales Managers. Camacci's position complements

that of Marina Accardo, Director,

National Accounts for the Western Region

and Amanda Ogle, Sales Manager for the

home-based agency channel.

Visit www.trafalgar.com

sional issue, or limited

only to wilderness.” And what a relief to know that you

needn’t suffer jungle rot to experience environmentally correct

travel. Quite the contrary, the 5-star Oberoi Hotel & Resort on

Legian beach has caught your eye, where, among other exotic

amenities, “a spacious open-air bathroom of bamboo and marble

is set in a private, walled garden. With a riot of tropical flowers and

plants. Some say the gardener is a magician, and that all Balinese

are gardeners.” All this and a green conscience, too.

www.oberoihotels.com

Is this enough to qualify as “green travel?” Will the concept of

“Second Nature” save the planet? The first impulse is to contrast

these good intentions against the world-wide, rampant destruction

of rain forests, ozone layers and open spaces of which we are all

too familiar. On second thought, however, if every tourist were to

have wasted a little less and learned a little more and returned a

little more respectful of home as a resource, just maybe a second

chance at salvation could truly become second nature. For additional

information visit: www.lotustours.us

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Thailand’s Tourism

Growth & Amazing Values

By Marian Goldberg

Like most tourism destinations, Thailand experienced a

16% decline in the number of inbound tourists in the first

half of 2009. Nevertheless, they are seeing clear signs of

recovery. In August, 2009 the number of tourists declined

by 5%, switching to growth of more than 10% in September

and October, which continued through the end of

2009. In fact, the number of tourists arriving via Suvarnabhumi

International Airport (between November and mid-

December 2009) increased nearly 40%. The Tourism

Authority of Thailand (TAT) expects the number of international

tourists visiting Thailand to grow at around 7 to 10% to

approximately 15.0 to 15.5 million in 2010.

According to Mrs. Juthaporn Rerngronasa, Deputy Governor

for International Marketing for TAT, speaking at the “Amazing

Thailand Road Show” held on October 15, 2009 at the Hilton

Hotel in NY, the American tourism market is extremely resilient

and extremely important for Thailand. To encourage this

bounce back in the U.S. market she announced Thailand’s

“Amazing Thailand Amazing Value” campaign. The strategy is

to “let the Americans and the world know that Thailand is a

real value as a travel destination, in terms of both value-formoney

and emotional value,” she said.

The campaign groups Thailand’s tourism products into seven different

categories, each with a special theme under the name of

Seven Wonders of Amazing Thailand. “All the themes reflect Thailand’s

culture and traditions, and provide travelers with a vacation in

which they can learn more, enjoy more, relax more and appreciate

more,” she explained. The themes are: Thai-ness, Treasures,

Beaches, Nature, Wellness, Trends, and Festivities. A related video

can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=poX4EOxuoMg

Assisting Visitors

On October 1, 2009, TAT opened its new Internet Call Center

at the head office in Bangkok to help visitors get updated tourism

information — or even lodge a complaint. The Call Center provides

24-hour service in Thai and English via internet inquiry or

video live chat. Tourists log into www.tourismthailand.org and

click on the “1672 tourist hotline” icon on the lower right-hand

side of the web page. The information available covers four categories:

accommodation, traveling, sight-seeing, and seasonality.

Responses are provided in a timely manner.

As of November 30, 2009, the Center had responded to

3,074 visitors in 18 countries, with the U.S. visitors ranking the

second highest number of inquiries after Japan.

Value for Money and Special Interest Markets

According to the latest Country Brand Index (CBI) conducted by

FutureBrands Inc., Thailand, with its reputation as the “land of

smiles,” was ranked fourth in the category of “friendly locals” after

Bahrain, Canada, and Australia. In addition, Thailand took the #3 position

in the “Value for Money” category and #5 in the “Nightlife”

category. Nearly 3,000 international business and leisure travelers

from nine countries participated in the comprehensive study.

TED FOLKE

Bang Pa-in Palace, Ayutthaya

In a separate recognition, the International Association of

Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO), named Thailand the “Golf Destination

of the Year” for Asia & Australasia. Additionally, Thailand

was also honored as “Asian Spa Capital of Year,” on November

19, 2009, at the Fifth Annual AsiaSpa Awards hosted by AsiaSpa

magazine. At this same time, Phuket’s Six Senses Destination

Spa was named “Destination Spa of the Year.”

News in Air Service and Hotels

Thai Airway’s domestic Carrier, Nok Air (www.nokair.com),

meaning “bird” in Thai, opened three new routes linking Bangkok

and the northeastern provinces of Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom,

and Buri Ram on December 3, 2009. Thai Airways delivered three

Boeing 737-400’s to Nok to service these flights.

InterContinental Hotels opened Hua Hin on December 1, 2009

two and a half hours southwest of Bangkok. Inspired by the

Maruekhathaiyawan Palace built by King Rama VI, the resort

features 119 rooms, 10 of which are deluxe with direct pool

access. The resort’s most superior accommodations are its 11

ocean-view deluxe suites, six executive suites, three beachfront

villas with private plunge pools and one presidential suite.

All guests can enjoy the infinity pool and the beachside barbecue

fire pit. Rooms start at $154 per night. (www.ichotelsgroup.com/intercontinental/en/gb/locations/huahin)

The world’s first Ritz-Carlton Reserve – Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton

Reserve opened on December 22, 2009 in Krabi, Southern

Thailand. The property features individual, signature, one-of-a-kind

boutique resorts positioned in unique settings, each with a distinctive

personality and sense of place reflecting its history and culture.

Nestled on the shore of the Andaman Sea, the resort is the

vision of in-demand Thai architect Lek Bunnag. It features a marriage

of style and design in keeping with and tied to the natural environment

of the location with both contemporary and traditional

Thai cultural elements. Its new ESPA comprises three traditional

Thai pavilions set over two levels offering 11 treatment rooms

including single and couples massage rooms and two VIP

treatment suites. Resort Pavilion rates start at $589. (http://reserve.ritzcarlton.com/phulay_bay/home.aspx)

New air service and new accommodations along with exotic culture,

great weather, activities and genial locals at a value-driven

price are sure to attract more visitors to Thailand as the international

economy improves. Thailand also will continue to promote its

country through online marketing channels, overseas Thais, and

through its continuing series of Amazing Thailand Road Shows.

For more information contact the Tourism Authority of

Thailand, 800-842-4526; E-mail info@tatny.com or visit

www.tourismthailand.org

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Come and find your own wonder in Amazing Thailand!

The Seven Wonders of Amazing Thailand, whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it here.

Whatever your own definition of wonder, it’s waiting for you. It could be the gorgeous

Thai beaches or the spectacular Thai heritage. It could be any one of the Seven Thai

Wonders. But one thing is for sure. Thailand always makes it possible for you to find

your own wonder. Come and find your own wonder. In Amazing Thailand.

www.tourismthailand.org

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FiJi

Finding Value

In Paradise

Ryley Hartt

I’m lying supine against the trunk of a fallen coconut tree on

my own private beach at Jean Michel Cousteau Fiji Resort

(www.fijiresort.com). A gentle breeze rustles the palm

fronds overhead, carrying the sweet smell of frangipani

blossoms and small roadside brush fires in its vectors.

There is a saying here that the coconuts have eyes, that they

always manage to avoid people, though I am skeptical. A

google search reveals one hundred and fifty coconut-related

RYLEY HARTT

Meke at Tau Village

deaths reported annually worldwide. None so far at Cousteau.

The sunlight strikes the crystalline water and charges it with

lambent color. Here I could easily exhaust my allotted word

count on a single tide pool, pontificating on the differences between

viridian and lapis lazuli etc., but if you’ll meet me

halfway I think we can do this in three words—electric copper

green—and move on. Similarly, I could drum up a million ways

to describe the white beach sand I’m resting on, but it would

be far more interesting to report that most of it is coral, pulverized

and passed through the digestive chamber of a parrotfish.

Indeed, I spent nearly an hour before breakfast

watching them gnaw on the reef with their deceptively rugged

beaked dentition. A single fish can produce up to a ton of sand

in one year. Knowing that our appreciation of nature is always

culturally derived, I guess it would suffice to say that Fiji looks

a lot like a Corona ad, but that wouldn’t give you anything to

think about the next time you’re cleaning out the fish tank or

the litter box.

I am really trying to construct something roughly chronological

here, but the concept of “Fiji time” isn’t really programmed

for chronological. It’s been 6 days since I arrived and

in that time I’ve been presented with 5 seashell necklaces, 6

garlands of flowers, 7 perfumed face cloths and 15 bowls of

kava (high tide, i.e. full to the max, mercifully not all in one sitting).

At least 8 songs have been sung in my honor and I’ve

been coaxed onto 3 massage tables where I spent 2.5 hours

wondering what my face would look like to someone staring

up at the padded doughnut. I have gone through 2 scuba tanks

and 2 sleeves of golf balls. The promise of a “unique and authentic

experience,” the same one that usually triggers my

fight or flight instinct, has been paid many times over. My

memory card is full, and I am not talking about bytes.

When you are selling Fiji to clients, bear in mind that they

are increasingly seeking out experiences, not just destinations.

They can probably imagine what the beaches look like.

Chances are they’ve read about the friendly people and already

know how to say bula, vinaka, and “No more Fiji Bitter, I’ll take

a Heineken please.” I doubt they’d expect to be greeted by

name right off the plane, engaged by locals everywhere they

go and invited to dinner or to drink kava in a song circle with

their new friend from the resort staff. Fiji is already a wellknown

destination for honeymooners and couples (about 80

percent of American visitors), but is underappreciated by the

FIT and family markets that its laid-back, effusive personality

truly caters to. Mention that childcare is dirt-cheap, engaging,

and thus guilt-free at most resorts.

For FITs there are no roped-off viewing areas and no phony

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tourist traps. Some (myself included) might balk at the idea of

visiting an “authentic village” on Viti Eco Tours’ trip to Tau

Village or going to Catholic mass for a “typical average Fiji Sunday

experience”—these are lifted straight from my itinerary—

but it is impossible to roll your eyes at the warmth and

sincerity of the people you meet. Even a half-day in any one

place is enough to make you wish you could stay longer, and

that’s before you throw in the seemingly endless possibilities

for world-class diving, surfing, golf and spas. Like the coral

reef that environs them, the Fiji Islands offer clients a chance

to discover the world in macro; up-close and vibrant, with each

new discovery connected to something else and yet somehow

totally unique. Apart from that, there are enough options

to customize trips to suit anyone, and they’re more affordable

than ever.

Driving Home Value

In July, Forbes.com ranked Fiji among the top 15 travel values

for American tourists. In April the Reserve Bank of Fiji

decided to devalue the country’s currency by 20 percent to

boost tourism. At the 2009 Fiji Matai Convention, recently

held at the brand-new Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort &

Spa, Tourism Fiji CEO Jo Taumoto emphasized the need to

create product awareness and drive home the value for

money message in the North American market. Taumoto remains

optimistic in spite of the global financial crisis and a

significant drop in tourism this year. He outlined a plan to effectively

double the number of annual visitors by 2016, saying,

“It took us about 50 years to drive the numbers from

10,000 to about 500,000 visitors. We want to take the next

500,000 in seven years.”

The message being sent by the recent currency devaluation

and the 1 million visitor mark set for 2016 is pretty clear; the

dollar is up, tourism is down, and now is a good time to get to

know Fiji. With the U.S. dollar presently worth $1.89 Fijian, it’s

a message that seems to be catching on. Numbers are down

across the board, but month-to-month progression shows a

marked improvement. After sustaining a 30 percent drop in

tourism revenue through the first six months of this year, the

numbers from this past month rebounded to just 4 percent

shy of those from last year, which saw 66,000 visitors from

the U.S.

Getting There and Getting Around

Air Pacific currently operates 5 days a week from LAX to

Nadi International Airport. The ten and a half hour flight departs

at 10:30 p.m. and arrives just after 5 a.m. the following

day, whereupon Fiji’s regional carrier, Pacific Sun, offers connections

to local airports in the early morning and throughout

the day. Taxis are readily available for short trips (though most

are unmetered), and otherwise Nadi serves as home base for

the vast majority of transfer services like Exclusively Fiji,

Rosie Holidays, and Focus on Fiji Travel. Fiji’s tourism website,

www.fijime.com, features an easy to use and comprehensive

guide to help you and your clients decide how to

spend all of those devalued Fiji dollars, with information on

specific regions, activities, accommodations and packages.

Additional information on ferry transfers to the Mamanuca and

Yasawa island groups is also available.

New Places to Stay

The Fiji Orchid’s six luxurious bures (thatched roof bungalows)

start at FJ$550 per night or FJ$275 for day use. Situated

in the foothills of the volcanic Nausori Highlands on five

acres of tropical gardens once belonging to Raymond Burr,

just 15 minutes from Nadi International airport, The Orchid offers

travelers who are just passing through a serene stopover

while they wait to catch a flight. Features a gourmet restaurant,

pool and massage bure. Visit www.fijiorchid.com

Located 20 minutes from the International airport, Denarau

Island is a popular stop for those coming or going from the

Mamanucas and Yasawas and the largest integrated resort in

the South Pacific. Radisson Resort Fiji is Denarau’s newest

five star beachfront resort, with 270 rooms and suites, the

largest pool complex on the island and their commitment to

offering value for the money is reflected in their dining options

and specials. Visit www.radisson.com/fiji

The brand new Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa features

271 luxuriously appointed rooms and an 18 hole championship

golf course designed by Vijay Singh, ideally located

on a ‘world’s best beach.’ In addition to the five restaurants

and bars, every room comes with a private terrace with a

Cleopatra bath and day bed. Visit www.intercontinental.com

Koro Sun Resort, near Savusavu town on the island of

Vanua Levu, just re-opened in September after some major

renovations. All guests are greeted with a complimentary foot

massage from Mela, the magic behind Koro Sun’s signature

Rainforest Spa, one of Islands Magazine’s ‘Top Island Spas

2009.’ The LEEDs certified, all-inclusive resort is an ideal destination

for romantic getaways, with their own PADI dive center

and 23 bures with a wide range of accommodations,

including the Tree Top Honeymoon Bure and five new villas

built over the Koro Bay lagoon. Visit www.korosunresort.com

Fiji’s New Adventure Capital

Located between Nadi and the capital of Suva, Pacific Harbor

has recently become ground zero for thrill seekers. A gorgeous

two-hour drive from Nadi by private car or a forty

minute flight to the new airport at Taunovo Bay, Pacific Harbor

overlooks Beqa island, home to some of the best diving in Fiji,

as well as the world-class left handed reef break known as

Frigate’s Passage. Pac Harbor is also the place to look for the

best big-game fishing and kite boarding.

There are a number of exciting and diverse accommodation

options to be found here, all bound by a tangible community

feel and an industrious and inventive approach to recreation.

The Uprising Beach Resort is as good as it gets for backpackers

and the young at heart, offering budget (though by no

means shabby) accommodations starting from just $35 per

night in their tree house dormitory and $180 per night beachfront

bures. Uprising has an atmosphere that’s nearly impossible

to describe except to say that it’s worth checking out,

either to gather around a bonfire for a sundowner with the locals

and their very own rugby team, go island hopping on their

Island Jet Ski tour, or just to see what they mean by horseboarding.

Visit www.uprisingbeachresort.com

The Pearl South Pacific Fiji Islands is a luxurious and contemporary

take on the spirit of the South Pacific, centrally located

on one of the longest stretches of beach in Fiji, walking

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distance from their own 18 hole Robert Trent Jones Jr. golf

course and Arts Village, Pacific Harbor’s shopping and cultural

center. With 72 ocean or garden view rooms, six individually

themed penthouse suites, four restaurants, six bars, a full spa

and gym, The Pearl offers all the bells and whistles of a big resort

while preserving its own remarkable intimacy and character.

Visit www.thepearlsouthpacific.com

Beqa Adventure Divers offer packages through both Uprising

and The Pearl for the chance to dive with up to eight

species of sharks, including massive bull and tiger sharks. Visit

www.fiji-sharks.com

Rivers Fiji is considered the #1 adventure tour in Fiji, with

whitewater rafting and kayaking tours venturing high in the

lush interior of Viti Levu. Clients can raft the Upper Navua

river’s volcanic, waterfall-filled gorges protected by their Upper

Navua Conservation Area or journey to the Namosi Highlands

and see villages, hike to waterfalls and kayak the ‘Luva River.

Visit www.riversfiji.com

Zip Fiji offers a unique perspective of the Wainadoi jungle as

the only zip line canopy tour in Fiji and home to the second

longest zip line in the Southern Hemisphere at 210 m. Visit

www.zip-fiji.com

For more information. contact Tourism Fiji at 800-YEA-

FIJI; email infodesk@bulafiji-americas.com; or visit

www.fijime.com

Book Goway’s Odyssey by Feb. 26

Goway Travel’s China Odyssey escorted tour program has

confirmed 2010 departure dates for their popular escorted program

to China. The China Odyssey is priced from $1,989 for

the 11-day tour and from $2,449 for the 14-day tour - and offers

first class and deluxe centrally located hotels. A unique

feature of the tour is that a National Guide remains with the

group through their entire China journey, rather than employing

local guides in each location. The 14-day journey includes

the more popular downstream cruise on the Yangtze River and

uses one of the best four-star ships available in the region. To

kick off the China Odyssey 2010 program, Goway is offering

a $100 per person Early Booking Bonus on bookings made by

February 26. Call 888-469-2988; E-mail res@goway.com;

www.Goway.com/asia

$ CHINA

2799 Pacific Delight Tours is offering a 12-day vacation

package for their Imperial China/Yangtze River Gold Experience

program featuring Executive Suite accommodations with

VIP concierge services, use of the exclusive Executive Lounge

and private, a la carte dining on the Yangtze River cruise segment.

The program also includes FiveStarPlus luxury hotels, all intra-

China air/land transportation, most meals and bilingual tour directors

to escort guests on a comprehensive sightseeing program

featuring cultural highlights throughout the Yangtze River, Beijing,

Xian, Chongqing and Shanghai. This China tour starts from $2,799

per person double. As with all programs in the Pacific Delight Gold

Experience Distinctive Collection, cultural lectures and sightseeing

activities are limited to groups of 16 participants or less. Call 800-

221-7179; www.PacificDelightTours.com

$ CHINA

2649 In celebration of the world’s largest luxury river

cruise ship recently launched on China’s Yangtze River by Victoria

Cruises the five-star cruise line’s longtime industry partner,

Uniworld River Cruises is offering a 12-day Highlights of China

& the Yangtze program. Starting from $2,649 per person double

Uniworld’s Highlights of China & the Yangtze program features

seven nights in deluxe hotels in Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai, a

three-night cruise on the lavish Victoria Jenna, all domestic flights

within China, all transfers, most meals, a multitude of fully-escorted

sightseeing with English-speaking guides. Call 800-733-

7820 or visit www.uniworld.com

$ TAHITI

2988 “There’s something about the water which is

magical to me,” says Dean James Max, the Executive Chef of

3030 Ocean, located on Fort Lauderdale beach at the Marriott

Harbor Beach Resort & Spa. Onboard the m/s Paul Gauguin

May 1, 2010 seven-day sailing to Tahiti and the Society

Islands, While onboard, Chef Max will host cooking classes,

culinary seminars and fishing excursions. Rates for ocean view

staterooms and suites aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin start at

$2,988 per person, based on double. Call 800-848-6172; or,

visit www.pgcruises.com

SITA Awarded Green Globe Certification

Recognizing the tour operator's commitment to operating at

the world's highest environmental standards, SITA World

Tours, based in Los Angeles, has received the prestigious

Green Globe Certification award. Having cleared a stringent

process and third party verification, the company's Chairman

& CEO states, "We are very proud to have this certification issued

to us, as it is an important testament to what is good for

our guests, staff and the many countries we operate in.”

Adding to that, Laudie Hanou, the company's Vice President

noted that "It was well worth the

effort and changes required by our

staff. We are excited about continuing

to seek out new and innovative

ways to continue as an

environmentally responsible company."Visit

www.sitatours.com

From left to right are SITA’s President, Mr. Mok Singh; CEO of Green Globe Certification,

Mr. Guido Bauer; and SITA’s CEO/Chairman, Mr. Roger Mahal.

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DAILY SKED AIR $ 1040 Net AUSSIE ADVENTURES LIMITED 1/17/10-6/16/10 866-828-AUSSIE;AIR ONLY AVAIL

ATLANTA To:MELBOURNE

123 SKED AIR $ 959 Net QANTAS VACATIONS SALE FARE 800-348-8146;WWW.QANTASVACATIONS.COM

CHARLOTTE To:MELBOURNE

123 SKED AIR $ 959 Net QANTAS VACATIONS SALE FARE 800-348-8146;WWW.QANTASVACATIONS.COM

DALLAS To:MELBOURNE

123 SKED AIR $ 906 Net QANTAS VACATIONS SALE FARE 800-348-8146;WWW.QANTASVACATIONS.COM

40%-60% OFF BUSINESS & FIRST CLASS FARES

No advance/min/max required. We can get space. Discounts on most major carriers.

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AUSTRALIA

HOUSTON To:MELBOURNE

123 SKED AIR $ 906 Net QANTAS VACATIONS SALE FARE 800-348-8146;WWW.QANTASVACATIONS.COM

LOS ANGELES To:MELBOURNE

123 SKED AIR $ 721 Net QANTAS VACATIONS SALE FARE 800-348-8146;WWW.QANTASVACATIONS.COM

1234 BUSINESS $ 3975 Net AUSSIE ADVENTURES LIMITED ALL YEAR 866-828-AUSSIE;AIR ONLY AVAIL

DAILY SKED AIR $ 930 Net AUSSIE ADVENTURES LIMITED 1/17/10-6/16/10 866-828-AUSSIE;AIR ONLY AVAIL

DAILY SKED AIR $ 999 Net GOWAY AIR ALL YEAR 800-387-8850;AIRFARES@GOWAY.COM

DAILY SKED AIR $ 369 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

NEW YORK To:MELBOURNE

DAILY BUSINESS $ 3450 Net $ 4450 ARROW TRAVEL ALL YEAR CALL FOR OTHER CITIES;866-359-2776

DAILY SKED AIR $ 897 Net QANTAS VACATIONS SALE FARE 800-348-8146;WWW.QANTASVACATIONS.COM

DAILY SKED AIR $ 369 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

PORTLAND,OR To:MELBOURNE

123 SKED AIR $ 880 Net QANTAS VACATIONS SALE FARE 800-348-8146;WWW.QANTASVACATIONS.COM

SAN FRANCISCO To:MELBOURNE

123 SKED AIR $ 721 Net QANTAS VACATIONS SALE FARE 800-348-8146;WWW.QANTASVACATIONS.COM

SEATTLE To:MELBOURNE

123 SKED AIR $ 880 Net QANTAS VACATIONS SALE FARE 800-348-8146;WWW.QANTASVACATIONS.COM

LOS ANGELES To:PERTH

DAILY SKED AIR $ 1265 Net AUSSIE ADVENTURES LIMITED 1/17/10-6/16/10 866-828-AUSSIE;AIR ONLY AVAIL

CLEVELAND To:SYDNEY

123 SKED AIR $ 933 Net QANTAS VACATIONS SALE FARE 800-348-8146;WWW.QANTASVACATIONS.COM

DALLAS To:SYDNEY

123 SKED AIR $ 906 Net QANTAS VACATIONS SALE FARE 800-348-8146;WWW.QANTASVACATIONS.COM

HOUSTON To:SYDNEY

123 SKED AIR $ 906 Net QANTAS VACATIONS SALE FARE 800-348-8146;WWW.QANTASVACATIONS.COM

DAILY SKED AIR $ 548 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

LOS ANGELES To:SYDNEY

123 SKED AIR $ 721 Net QANTAS VACATIONS SALE FARE 800-348-8146;WWW.QANTASVACATIONS.COM

1234 BUSINESS $ 3975 Net AUSSIE ADVENTURES LIMITED ALL YEAR 866-828-AUSSIE;AIR ONLY AVAIL

DAILY BUSINESS $ 3250 Net $ 4150 ARROW TRAVEL ALL YEAR CALL FOR OTHER CITIES;866-359-2776

DAILY PRM ECON $ 2451 Net AUSSIE ADVENTURES LIMITED ALL YEAR 866-828-AUSSIE;AIR ONLY AVAIL

DAILY SKED AIR $ 930 Net AUSSIE ADVENTURES LIMITED 1/17/10-6/16/10 866-828-AUSSIE;AIR ONLY AVAIL

DAILY BUSINESS $ 4990 Net EXTRA VALUE AIR ALL YEAR 800-758-1382;OTHER CITIES & 1ST AVBL.

DAILY SKED AIR $ 999 Net GOWAY AIR ALL YEAR 800-387-8850;AIRFARES@GOWAY.COM

MIAMI To:SYDNEY

123 SKED AIR $ 1003 Net QANTAS VACATIONS SALE FARE 800-348-8146;WWW.QANTASVACATIONS.COM

NEW YORK To:SYDNEY

DAILY BUSINESS $ 5900 Net EXTRA VALUE AIR ALL YEAR 800-758-1382;OTHER CITIES & 1ST AVBL.

DAILY SKED AIR $ 1139 Net GOWAY AIR ALL YEAR 800-387-8850;AIRFARES@GOWAY.COM

DAILY SKED AIR $ 897 Net QANTAS VACATIONS SALE FARE 800-348-8146;WWW.QANTASVACATIONS.COM

PHOENIX To:SYDNEY

123 SKED AIR $ 898 Net QANTAS VACATIONS SALE FARE 800-348-8146;WWW.QANTASVACATIONS.COM

PORTLAND,OR To:SYDNEY

123 SKED AIR $ 880 Net QANTAS VACATIONS SALE FARE 800-348-8146;WWW.QANTASVACATIONS.COM

RALEIGH-DURHAM To:SYDNEY

123 SKED AIR $ 959 Net QANTAS VACATIONS SALE FARE 800-348-8146;WWW.QANTASVACATIONS.COM

SAN FRANCISCO To:SYDNEY

123 SKED AIR $ 721 Net QANTAS VACATIONS SALE FARE 800-348-8146;WWW.QANTASVACATIONS.COM

1234 BUSINESS $ 4351 Net AUSSIE ADVENTURES LIMITED ALL YEAR 866-828-AUSSIE;AIR ONLY AVAIL

DAILY SKED AIR $ 1072 Net AUSSIE ADVENTURES LIMITED 1/17/10-6/16/10 866-828-AUSSIE;AIR ONLY AVAIL

DAILY SKED AIR $ 369 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

SEATTLE To:SYDNEY

123 SKED AIR $ 880 Net QANTAS VACATIONS SALE FARE 800-348-8146;WWW.QANTASVACATIONS.COM

WASHINGTON DC To:SYDNEY

123 SKED AIR $ 1038 Net QANTAS VACATIONS SALE FARE 800-348-8146;WWW.QANTASVACATIONS.COM

CAMBODIA

BOSTON To:PHNOM PENH

DAILY SKED AIR $ 977 Net C & H INTERNATIONAL TO 2/28/10 617-357-1608;PETER.LI@CNHTRAVEL.COM

LOS ANGELES To:SIEM REAP

DAILY SKED AIR $ 798 Net $ 1298 TRAVEL PEOPLE ALL YEAR ALL USA TO ALL ASIA;800-999-9912

CHINA

BOSTON To:BEIJING

DAILY SKED AIR $ 571 Net C & H INTERNATIONAL TO 2/28/10 617-357-1608;PETER.LI@CNHTRAVEL.COM

CHICAGO To:BEIJING

DAILY BUSINESS $ 3400 JBTI TOUR LLC YEAR ROUND 800-967-2345;212-696-2058;INFO@JBTI.COM

DALLAS To:BEIJING

DAILY OW BC $ 1453 LEGEND TRAVEL AND TOURS TO 12/15/10 800-295-3436;CALL 4 RULES AND OTH CITY

LOS ANGELES To:BEIJING

DAILY BUSINESS $ 2700 JBTI TOUR LLC YEAR ROUND 800-967-2345;212-696-2058;INFO@JBTI.COM

DAILY BUSINESS $ 2550 JGT TRAVEL/LAX ALL YEAR 800-367-8833;OTHER CITIES & FARES AVAIL

DAILY SKED AIR $ 570 Net TOKYO TRAVEL SERVICE TO 1/31/10 RATES CHNG;800-227-2065;CST#1017187-60

NEW YORK To:BEIJING

DAILY BUSINESS $ 3300 JBTI TOUR LLC YEAR ROUND 800-967-2345;212-696-2058;INFO@JBTI.COM

SAN FRANCISCO To:BEIJING

DAILY BUSINESS $ 2700 JBTI TOUR LLC YEAR ROUND 800-967-2345;212-696-2058;INFO@JBTI.COM

DAILY BUSINESS $ 2550 JGT TRAVEL/LAX ALL YEAR 800-367-8833;OTHER CITIES & FARES AVAIL

SEATTLE To:BEIJING

DAILY BUSINESS $ 2440 JGT TRAVEL/LAX ALL YEAR 800-367-8833;OTHER CITIES & FARES AVAIL

WASHINGTON DC To:BEIJING

DAILY BUSINESS $ 3800 Net EXTRA VALUE AIR ALL YEAR 800-758-1382;OTHER CITIES & 1ST AVBL.

DAILY SKED AIR $ 530 Net JGT LOW SEASON 800-926-7274;WWW.JGTTRAVEL.COM

40%-60% OFF BUSINESS & FIRST CLASS FARES

No advance/min/max required. We can get space. Discounts on most major carriers.

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TRIP # ROUND TRIP PRICE VALIDITY

DEPARTING TYPE DAYS MIN MAX SUPPLIER PERIOD ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

BOSTON To:SHANGHAI

DAILY SKED AIR $ 489 Net C & H INTERNATIONAL TO 2/28/10 617-357-1608;PETER.LI@CNHTRAVEL.COM

CHICAGO To:SHANGHAI

DAILY BUSINESS $ 3900 Net EXTRA VALUE AIR ALL YEAR 800-758-1382;OTHER CITIES & 1ST AVBL.

DAILY BUSINESS $ 3100 JBTI TOUR LLC YEAR ROUND 800-967-2345;212-696-2058;INFO@JBTI.COM

NEW YORK To:SHANGHAI

DAILY BUSINESS $ 2750 Net $ 3950 ARROW TRAVEL ALL YEAR CALL FOR OTHER CITIES;866-359-2776

DAILY BUSINESS $ 3800 Net EXTRA VALUE AIR ALL YEAR 800-758-1382;OTHER CITIES & 1ST AVBL.

DAILY BUSINESS $ 3150 JBTI TOUR LLC YEAR ROUND 800-967-2345;212-696-2058;INFO@JBTI.COM

SAN FRANCISCO To:SHANGHAI

DAILY BUSINESS $ 2700 JBTI TOUR LLC YEAR ROUND 800-967-2345;212-696-2058;INFO@JBTI.COM

WASHINGTON DC To:SHANGHAI

DAILY SKED AIR $ 470 Net C & H INTERNATIONAL TO 2/28/10 866-787-2288;PETE.CHHABRA@CNHINTL.COM

COOK ISLANDS

LOS ANGELES To:RAROTONGA

DAILY

FIJI

SKED AIR $ 718 Net AUSSIE ADVENTURES LIMITED ALL YEAR 866-828-AUSSIE;AIR ONLY AVAIL

BOSTON To:NADI

DAILY SKED AIR $ 1357 Net QANTAS VACATIONS LOW SEASON 800-348-8146;WWW.QANTASVACATIONS.COM

CHICAGO To:NADI

DAILY SKED AIR $ 1336 Net QANTAS VACATIONS LOW SEASON 800-348-8146;WWW.QANTASVACATIONS.COM

DALLAS To:NADI

DAILY SKED AIR $ 1301 Net QANTAS VACATIONS LOW SEASON 800-348-8146;WWW.QANTASVACATIONS.COM

HOUSTON To:NADI

DAILY SKED AIR $ 1301 Net QANTAS VACATIONS LOW SEASON 800-348-8146;WWW.QANTASVACATIONS.COM

LOS ANGELES To:NADI

DAILY SKED AIR $ 828 Net AUSSIE ADVENTURES LIMITED ALL YEAR 866-828-AUSSIE;AIR ONLY AVAIL

DAILY SKED AIR $ 966 Net QANTAS VACATIONS LOW SEASON 800-348-8146;WWW.QANTASVACATIONS.COM

NEW YORK To:NADI

DAILY SKED AIR $ 1357 Net QANTAS VACATIONS LOW SEASON 800-348-8146;WWW.QANTASVACATIONS.COM

SAN FRANCISCO To:NADI

DAILY SKED AIR $ 1073 Net QANTAS VACATIONS LOW SEASON 800-348-8146;WWW.QANTASVACATIONS.COM

WASHINGTON DC To:NADI

DAILY SKED AIR $ 1357 Net QANTAS VACATIONS LOW SEASON 800-348-8146;WWW.QANTASVACATIONS.COM

HONG KONG (CHINA)

CONSOLIDATOR NET FARES AND OVERRIDE COMMISSIONS

TO WORLDWIDE DESTINATIONS FROM ALL U.S. GATEWAYS

800-742-2776 www.picassotravel.com Groups: 877-742-2776

BOSTON To:HONG KONG

DAILY SKED AIR $ 652 Net C & H INTERNATIONAL TO 2/28/10 617-357-1608;PETER.LI@CNHTRAVEL.COM

CHICAGO To:HONG KONG

DAILY BUSINESS $ 3200 Net EXTRA VALUE AIR ALL YEAR 800-758-1382;OTHER CITIES & 1ST AVBL.

DAILY BUSINESS $ 3500 JBTI TOUR LLC YEAR ROUND 800-967-2345;212-696-2058;INFO@JBTI.COM

LOS ANGELES To:HONG KONG

DAILY BUSINESS $ 2250 Net $ 2950 ARROW TRAVEL ALL YEAR CALL FOR OTHER CITIES;866-359-2776

DAILY SKED AIR $ 655 Net GOWAY AIR ALL YEAR 800-387-8850;AIRFARES@GOWAY.COM

DAILY BUSINESS $ 2700 JBTI TOUR LLC YEAR ROUND 800-967-2345;212-696-2058;INFO@JBTI.COM

DAILY BUSINESS $ 2480 JGT TRAVEL/LAX ALL YEAR 800-367-8833;OTHER CITIES & FARES AVAIL

DAILY OW BC $ 1243 LEGEND TRAVEL AND TOURS TO 12/15/10 800-295-3436;CALL 4 RULES AND OTH CITY

DAILY SKED AIR $ 740 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

DAILY BUSINESS $ 2580 TOKYO TRAVEL SERVICE TO 1/31/10 18% COMM ON PUB FARES;CST#1017187-60

DAILY SKED AIR $ 433 Net TOKYO TRAVEL SERVICE TO 1/31/10 800-227-2065;CST#1017187-60;NO ADV.

NEW YORK To:HONG KONG

DAILY BUSINESS $ 3600 Net EXTRA VALUE AIR ALL YEAR 800-758-1382;OTHER CITIES & 1ST AVBL.

DAILY BUSINESS $ 3150 JBTI TOUR LLC YEAR ROUND 800-967-2345;212-696-2058;INFO@JBTI.COM

DAILY SKED AIR $ 658 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

SAN FRANCISCO To:HONG KONG

DAILY BUSINESS $ 2800 JBTI TOUR LLC YEAR ROUND 800-967-2345;212-696-2058;INFO@JBTI.COM

DAILY BUSINESS $ 2480 JGT TRAVEL/LAX ALL YEAR 800-367-8833;OTHER CITIES & FARES AVAIL

SEATTLE To:HONG KONG

DAILY BUSINESS $ 2480 JGT TRAVEL/LAX ALL YEAR 800-367-8833;OTHER CITIES & FARES AVAIL

WASHINGTON DC To:HONG KONG

DAILY SKED AIR $ 570 Net JGT LOW SEASON 800-926-7274;WWW.JGTTRAVEL.COM

INDIA

CHICAGO To:CHENNAI

DAILY SKED AIR $ 435 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

NEW YORK To:CHENNAI

DAILY SKED AIR $ 429 Net HARI-WORLD TRAVEL TO 2/28/10 888-449-8783;WWW.HARIWORLD.COM

DAILY SKED AIR $ 370 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

SAN FRANCISCO To:CHENNAI

DAILY SKED AIR $ 305 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

ATLANTA To:DELHI

DAILY BUSINESS $ 4800 Net EXTRA VALUE AIR ALL YEAR 800-758-1382;OTHER CITIES & 1ST AVBL.

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TO LEARN MORE ABOUT TRAVELING TO INDIA VISIT

WWW. .ORG

INDIA

BOSTON To:DELHI

DAILY SKED AIR $ 470 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

Himalayan International Tours Visit: www.himalayantours.com

TOURS & AIRFARES Email: tours@himalayantours.com

India Nepal Bhutan Tibet Thailand Reservation & Brochure: 800-421-8975

CHICAGO To:DELHI

DAILY SKED AIR $ 469 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

DAILY SKED AIR $ 441 Net HARI-WORLD TRAVEL TO 2/28/10 888-449-8783;WWW.HARIWORLD.COM

LOS ANGELES To:DELHI

DAILY SKED AIR $ 365 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

MIAMI To:DELHI

DAILY SKED AIR $ 573 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

NEW YORK To:DELHI

DAILY SKED AIR $ 359 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

DAILY SKED AIR $ 350 Net PANORAMA TRAVEL, LTD. TO 3/31/10 OTHER CITIES;ADD-ONS AVAIL;800-204-7130

DAILY SKED AIR $ 370 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

CONSOLIDATOR NET FARES AND OVERRIDE COMMISSIONS

TO WORLDWIDE DESTINATIONS FROM ALL U.S. GATEWAYS

800-742-2776 www.picassotravel.com Groups: 877-742-2776

SAN FRANCISCO To:DELHI

DAILY SKED AIR $ 639 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

WASHINGTON DC To:DELHI

DAILY SKED AIR $ 575 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

HOUSTON To:HYDERABAD

DAILY SKED AIR $ 580 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

SAN FRANCISCO To:HYDERABAD

DAILY SKED AIR $ 415 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

BOSTON To:MUMBAI

DAILY SKED AIR $ 470 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

CHICAGO To:MUMBAI

DAILY SKED AIR $ 470 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

DETROIT To:MUMBAI

DAILY SKED AIR $ 590 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

LOS ANGELES To:MUMBAI

DAILY SKED AIR $ 649 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

DAILY SKED AIR $ 1060 Net GOWAY AIR ALL YEAR 800-387-8850;AIRFARES@GOWAY.COM

MIAMI To:MUMBAI

DAILY SKED AIR $ 583 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

DAILY OW SKAIR $ 475 LEGEND TRAVEL AND TOURS TO 12/15/10 800-295-3436;CALL 4 RULES AND OTH CITY

NEW YORK To:MUMBAI

DAILY SKED AIR $ 369 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

DAILY SKED AIR $ 373 Net HARI-WORLD TRAVEL TO 2/28/10 888-449-8783;WWW.HARIWORLD.COM

DAILY SKED AIR $ 370 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

SAN FRANCISCO To:MUMBAI

DAILY SKED AIR $ 285 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

INDONESIA

LOS ANGELES To:BALI, DENPASAR

DAILY SKED AIR $ 760 Net GOWAY AIR ALL YEAR 800-387-8850;AIRFARES@GOWAY.COM

WASHINGTON DC To:JAKARTA

DAILY SKED AIR $ 838 Net JGT LOW SEASON 800-926-7274;WWW.JGTTRAVEL.COM

JAPAN

LOS ANGELES To:NAGOYA

1234 SKED AIR $ 412 Net TOKYO TRAVEL SERVICE TO 1/31/10 800-227-2065;CST#1017187-60;FARES CHNG

DENVER To:NARITA

DAILY OW BC $ 1653 LEGEND TRAVEL AND TOURS TO 12/15/10 800-295-3436;CALL 4 RULES AND OTH CITY

WASHINGTON DC To:OKINAWA

DAILY SKED AIR $ 757 Net JGT LOW SEASON 800-926-7274;WWW.JGTTRAVEL.COM

LOS ANGELES To:OSAKA

DAILY SKED AIR $ 412 Net TOKYO TRAVEL SERVICE TO 1/31/10 800-227-2065;CST#1017187-60;FARES CHNG

CHICAGO To:TOKYO

DAILY BUSINESS $ 3795 Net EXTRA VALUE AIR ALL YEAR 800-758-1382;OTHER CITIES & 1ST AVBL.

DAILY BUSINESS $ 3548 JBTI TOUR LLC YEAR ROUND 800-967-2345;212-696-2058;INFO@JBTI.COM

LOS ANGELES To:TOKYO

1346 BUSINESS $ 3116 TOKYO TRAVEL SERVICE TO 1/31/10 18% COMM ON PUB FARES;CST#1017187-60

DAILY BUSINESS $ 3116 JGT TRAVEL/LAX ALL YEAR 800-367-8833;OTHER CITIES & FARES AVAIL

DAILY SKED AIR $ 412 Net TOKYO TRAVEL SERVICE TO 1/31/10 800-227-2065;CST#1017187-60;FARES CHNG

LOWEST FARES TO JAPAN & ASIA

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NEW YORK To:TOKYO

DAILY BUSINESS $ 2850 Net $ 3750 ARROW TRAVEL ALL YEAR CALL FOR OTHER CITIES;866-359-2776

DAILY BUSINESS $ 3795 Net EXTRA VALUE AIR ALL YEAR 800-758-1382;OTHER CITIES & 1ST AVBL.

DAILY BUSINESS $ 4200 JBTI TOUR LLC YEAR ROUND 800-967-2345;212-696-2058;INFO@JBTI.COM

DAILY SKED AIR $ 589 Net TOKYO TRAVEL SERVICE TO 1/31/10 800-227-2065;CST#1017187-60;RATES CHNG

SAN FRANCISCO To:TOKYO

DAILY BUSINESS $ 3500 Net EXTRA VALUE AIR ALL YEAR 800-758-1382;OTHER CITIES & 1ST AVBL.

DAILY BUSINESS $ 3200 JBTI TOUR LLC YEAR ROUND 800-967-2345;212-696-2058;INFO@JBTI.COM

DAILY BUSINESS $ 3116 JGT TRAVEL/LAX ALL YEAR 800-367-8833;OTHER CITIES & FARES AVAIL

SEATTLE To:TOKYO

DAILY BUSINESS $ 3250 JGT TRAVEL/LAX ALL YEAR 800-367-8833;OTHER CITIES & FARES AVAIL

WASHINGTON DC To:TOKYO

DAILY SKED AIR $ 560 Net JGT LOW SEASON 800-926-7274;WWW.JGTTRAVEL.COM

KAZAKHSTAN

To:ALMATY

DAILY TOUR PKG 3 $ 346 RUSSIAN AMERICAN CONSULT. ALL YEAR 877-268-2677;VISAS;HTLS AVBL ALL KAZAK.

KOREA

CHICAGO To:SEOUL

DAILY BUSINESS $ 2830 JBTI TOUR LLC YEAR ROUND 800-967-2345;212-696-2058;INFO@JBTI.COM

LOS ANGELES To:SEOUL

DAILY BUSINESS $ 2130 JGT TRAVEL/LAX ALL YEAR 800-367-8833;OTHER CITIES & FARES AVAIL

DAILY SKED AIR $ 445 Net TOKYO TRAVEL SERVICE TO 1/31/10 800-227-2065;CST#1017187-60;MORE CITIES

NEW YORK To:SEOUL

DAILY BUSINESS $ 2630 JBTI TOUR LLC YEAR ROUND 800-967-2345;212-696-2058;INFO@JBTI.COM

SAN FRANCISCO To:SEOUL

DAILY BUSINESS $ 2300 JBTI TOUR LLC YEAR ROUND 800-967-2345;212-696-2058;INFO@JBTI.COM

DAILY BUSINESS $ 2130 JGT TRAVEL/LAX ALL YEAR 800-367-8833;OTHER CITIES & FARES AVAIL

SEATTLE To:SEOUL

DAILY BUSINESS $ 2160 JGT TRAVEL/LAX ALL YEAR 800-367-8833;OTHER CITIES & FARES AVAIL

WASHINGTON DC To:SEOUL

DAILY SKED AIR $ 620 Net JGT LOW SEASON 800-926-7274;WWW.JGTTRAVEL.COM

KYRGYZSTAN

To:BISHKEK

DAILY TOUR PKG 3 $ 310 RUSSIAN AMERICAN CONSULT. ALL YEAR 877-268-2677;VISAS;HTLS AVBL ALL KYRGY.

MALAYSIA

LOS ANGELES To:KUALA LUMPUR

DAILY SKED AIR $ 798 Net $ 1298 TRAVEL PEOPLE ALL YEAR ALL USA TO ALL ASIA;800-999-9912

NEW ZEALAND

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS CLASS FARES: SAVE UP TO 50%

Cheapest Economy Class Net Fares to Worldwide Destinations. Search Your fares at www.panexpresstravel.com

800-518-7437 • 800-518-7726 • 877-475-1049 • FAX 212-730-1486 • Email: info@panexpresstravel.com

LOS ANGELES To:AUCKLAND

DAILY BUSINESS $ 2950 Net ARROW TRAVEL ALL YEAR CALL FOR OTHER CITIES;866-359-2776

DAILY SKED AIR $ 752 Net AUSSIE ADVENTURES LIMITED 1/17/10-6/16/10 866-828-AUSSIE;AIR ONLY AVAIL

DAILY BUSINESS $ 4403 Net AUSSIE ADVENTURES LIMITED ALL YEAR 866-828-AUSSIE;AIR ONLY AVAIL

DAILY PRM ECON $ 2199 Net AUSSIE ADVENTURES LIMITED ALL YEAR 866-828-AUSSIE;AIR ONLY AVAIL

DAILY BUSINESS $ 7295 Net EXTRA VALUE AIR ALL YEAR 800-758-1382;OTHER CITIES & 1ST AVBL.

DAILY SKED AIR $ 958 Net GOWAY AIR ALL YEAR 800-387-8850;AIRFARES@GOWAY.COM

DAILY SKED AIR $ 721 Net QANTAS VACATIONS SALE FARE 800-348-8146;WWW.QANTASVACATIONS.COM

NEW YORK To:AUCKLAND

DAILY SKED AIR $ 1218 Net GOWAY AIR ALL YEAR 800-387-8850;AIRFARES@GOWAY.COM

DAILY SKED AIR $ 897 Net QANTAS VACATIONS SALE FARE 800-348-8146;WWW.QANTASVACATIONS.COM

DAILY SKED AIR $ 1255 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

SAN FRANCISCO To:AUCKLAND

DAILY BUSINESS $ 4780 Net AUSSIE ADVENTURES LIMITED ALL YEAR 866-828-AUSSIE;AIR ONLY AVAIL

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WORLDWIDE CRUISES

River Cruises:

The New Generation or The

Americanization of River Cruises

By Lillian Africano

“River cruising has definitely taken off,” said agent Margaret

Propper of Brownell Travel, named by Conde Nast as a River Cruise

Specialist. “Many years ago, the river ships were old. Then the big

three–Uniworld (www.uniworld.com), Avalon (www.avalonwaterways.com)

and Amadeus (www.amawaterways.com)–

all got new ships, changed the product and changed the look.

Today, clients are looking for more and more luxury; they want

French balconies, suites and elevators, they want good shore excursions

and all-inclusive amenities such as wine with dinner. And,

of course, new builds.”

New builds were numerous in 2009, Tauck (www.tauck.com)

launched the Swiss Jewel; Victoria (www.victoriacruises.com),

the Jenna; Viking (vikingrivercruises.com) the Legend. Uniworld

added two ships, the River Beatrice and the River Tosca (recently

taken out of service and put into drydock due to passenger complaints

about the finishes). AMA launched two ships, the MS Amalyra

and the MS Amadolce.

Avalon christened two ships, the Avalon Infinity and the Avalon

Creativity—and announced that the Avalon Felicity and the Avalon

Luminary will join the fleet in 2010. The award-winning small ship

company will have christened five ships since 2008, bringing the

fleet to 10. Last year, Patrick Clark, managing director of Avalon

Waterways, said, “Fed, in part, by a big ship traveler base and the

fact that cruisers are looking for new, in-depth experiences, river

cruising is the fastest-growing travel style. Our new ship builds and

increased itineraries represent more than $100 million in growth to

meet increased demand.”

As if signaling the end of the “old” era of river cruising, in 2009,

Peter Deilmann Cruises, which had been offering European

cruises since 1983 withand which had a fleet of older vessels, shut

down their river operation.

The “new generation” of river cruises would undoubtedly startle

passengers who had only experienced the older product.

Though reasonably comfortable, river cruising was once fairly limited

in scope compared to ocean cruising. Now luxury river ships

offer many of the amenities, like new bed systems, alternate dining,

complimentary WiFi and elevators, once seen only on ocean

cruises.

Larry Greenman Manager of Public Relations and Customer

Service for Victoria, recalls a time when riverboats were locally

managed and had only basic comforts. “Europeans were not looking

for the same kind of amenities Americans wanted. In 1994,

Victoria began changing, aiming at the American market.”

Last year, Victoria made news with the Jenna, the world’s largest

and most technologically advanced river cruiser. The ship has four

elevators, two separate full-service kitchens, bathtubs and high-efficiency

dual flush toilets in every stateroom. “When we first conceptualized

the Victoria Jenna, we envisioned a state-of-the-art river

cruise ship above and beyond that which made our previous fivestar

vessels exceptional,” noted Greenman. “We also renovated

the Anna and the Katarina, added an elevator to the Katarina, and

launched the Executive Suites program.” With a concierge service,

VIKING RIVER CRUISES

Viking Spirit in Passau Germany

a dedicated executive lounge, business center, upgraded shore excursions,

private lectures and complimentary a la carte dining and

other services, the program was designed to create for affluent

travelers a more luxurious experience within a luxury cruise.

The new generation of cruises has occasionally been described

as “Americanized.” Joost Ouendag, Vice-President of Product

Marketing at Viking Cruises, the world’s top rated river cruise line

said: “We are actually ten years into the Americanization of river

cruising. In the beginning it was rudimentary; we simply asked ourselves

what Americans would like. For example, five or six years

ago, it was about smoking. Now that doesn’t even come up.

“It has been a process, fine-tuned to the needs of the passengers.

Yet, we always walk a fine line between providing comfort for

our passengers, and at the same time, providing a cultural experience

outside of their own, an immersion into something different.

That is the biggest difference between ocean and river cruising. In

ocean cruising, the ship is the destination. River cruising, which is

the best way to explore Europe, Russia and Asia, is like the traditional

coach tour, but much better, much more luxurious and comfortable.

After flying to the ship, you walk across the gangplank and

we bring you something new every day.”

Entertainment has been upgraded on the new generation river

cruisers. Tauck, which consistently gets high marks from travel

agents, offers artisan demonstrations, wine tastings, music provided

by professionals from area symphony orchestras and at least

one “wow” experience on each cruise–for example, a lavish banquet

with white glove service in a historic palace. The Jewel has

an elevator and fourteen 300-square-foot luxury suites with marble

bathrooms, full tubs and walk-in closets.. (Two suites on Viking’s

Legend measure 310 square feet.)

Though Viking has earned top honors, and though it has the

largest fleet of river cruises, the company is keenly aware of

the competition. Says Ouendag: “We have a very interesting,

exciting product that is constantly on the move. One year a

particular itinerary will be popular, the next year it will be different.

With an ever-changing marketplace, we cannot rest on

our laurels. Competitors and consumers keep us on our toes.

So for 2010, we are giving wine with dinner and upgrading our

shore excursions.”

Asked about the effect of recession on river cruising, he said:

Travel is absolutely back. I’m not saying the recession is over,

and granted our prices are sharper, but that is being done in

every industry. We have cruises that are sold out for all of

2010–and we are currently selling some 2011 cruises.” Looking

toward the future, Ouendag expressed an industry-wide

sentiment: “Not everything that could be done has been

done.” Undoubtedly the companies who own or operate the

ships that cruise the rivers of Europe, Asia and beyond will be

finding ways to do what hasn’t been done in the coming years.

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GRAND VELAS ALL SUITES & SPA RESORT RIVIERA MAYA

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A.DIAZ

Riviera Maya: Margaritas and Mariachi in the Western Caribbean

From Cancun to the Belize border, Riviera Maya

unfurls along eighty-one miles of Mexico’s

Caribbean coast. With some of the finest beaches

and golf courses in the world, nearly 40,000 hotel

rooms, duty-free shopping, eco-adventures, archeological

sites and Great Mayan Reef (the largest coral reef in

the western hemisphere) Riviera Maya is the preferred destination

for three million travelers annually.

Tourist centers include Playa Del Carmen, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres

and Tulum and following completion on February 10th,

the hotel zone will benefit from a $71 million facelift that

pumped one billion gallons of sand on the beaches damaged

by Hurricane Wilma in 2005.

With 17 miles of beachfront resorts, Cancun has a first-rate

tourist infrastructure while fifty miles south, Playa del Carmen

has morphed from a sleepy fishing village to the largest city in

the region. The deep waters separating it from Cozumel are

ideal for sport fishing and down the coast in Tulum Mayan

ruins sit atop cliffs overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

Offering incentives to agents, the Destination Marketing Office

has launched the Riviera Maya Travel Agent Program,

(http://rivieramayatravelagentprogram.com). “These online

seminars are a direct result of the high level of appreciation

we have for travel professionals,” said Javier Aranda, general

director, Riviera Maya Destination Marketing Office. For

tourists coming from the US, a new website details events

taking place in the region. Visit www.holarivieramaya.com

Tu Casa

A regal quartet of all-inclusive properties, Real Resorts include:

Royal Playa del Carmen, Gran Porto Real Playa del

Carmen, Royal Cancun and Gran Caribe Real Cancun. With

an expansion that included forty-four new suites, Royal Playa

del Carmen offers eleven dining options and junior-Olympic

pool. An on-site civil registry office is a first for the region and

allows couples to marry without legal red tape. “Extras for

couples include tequila baths and strawberries by the Jacuzzi,”

said Lili Levet, one of three romance concierges. At the adjacent

Gran Porto Real, a pair of packages includes Free Swim

with the Dolphins through April 30th and Kids Stay and Eat

Free through April 20th. Visit www.realresorts.com

Grand Velas Resort is, indeed, grand with 497 spacious

suites and the largest spa in the region. Celebrating the UN-

ESCO Natural World Heritage Site, Sian Ka’an Biosphere package

takes guests through Mayan ruins and the natural habitat

of jaguars and crocodiles. Rates through April 30 start at $438

per person per night. Visit www.grandvelas.com

Xcaret Dancers Royal Resorts Kensington Tours

ROYAL RESORTS

By Melanie Reffes

The 90-suite all-inclusive AAA-four-diamond-rated Zoëtry

Paraiso de la Bonita has introduced a Wellness Experience

package from $65 per person per night, following its re-branding

to an AM Resort. Visit www.zoetryresorts.com

Dreams Riviera Cancun excels with nine restaurants and

486 octagon-shaped rooms and suites. A member of Preferred

Hotels & Resorts, the resort offers complimentary golf at El

Camaleón Mayakoba Golf Club and Explorer’s Kids Club.

Visit www.dreamsresorts.com/

In Tulum, Catalonia Royal Beach Resort is an adult-only all-inclusive

with 288 rooms and cultural extras like Mayan ritual spa

treatments.www.cataloniacaribbean.com. For the eco-minded,

the 14 cabana Amansala tempts with a six-night Bikini Boot Camp

and men only Warrior Weeks. Visit www.amansala.com

Marriott International will triple the number of hotels it has

in Mexico including two in Riviera Maya. The 450 room JW

Marriott Milla de Oro Resort & Spa and an upscale 150 room

Renaissance Milla de Oro are slated to open next year.

To Explore

The most visited eco-archeological park, Xcaret has introduced

new attractions including Vino de Mexico and an interactive

sea turtle exhibition in addition to swimming in

underground rivers, snorkeling and the flamboyant nightly cultural

show. A Museum of Popular Mexican Arts will open this

summer. Visit www.xcaret.com

Underground currents of fresh water combine with salt

water to produce an unparalleled ecosystem at Xel-Ha Park.

Popular for snorkeling, other options include floating on inner

tubes, swinging over sinkholes (or cenotes) and swimming

with dolphins. Covering one thousand acres of rainforest,

Aktun Chen is home to three caves with underground rivers.

Xplor is an adventure park with 11 zip lines, cavern rafting and

underground rivers. Visit www.xplor.travel. New attractions at

Hidden Worlds Cenotes Park include the SkyCycle, enabling

adventurers to pedal bicycles suspended over the rainforest

by cables. Visit www.hiddenworlds.com

Kensington Tours has added five itineraries aboard catamarans

that sleep up to eight people. “An intimate cruise

through the Riviera Maya is a great take on this popular destination,

“said Jeff Willner, founder. “We visit the islands of Mujeres,

Contoy, Blanca and the vibrant city Cancun for a price

comparable to a week at any fine hotel.” Rates start at $2,391

per person. Visit www.kensingtontours.com

For more information, visit www.rivieramaya.com; call

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New Air Access to the Galapagos Boosts Tourism Choices

By Mercedes M. Cardona

More access and activities

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tourism offering in the

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year. New flights from

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and camping are expanding

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Ecuadorian airline AeroGal recently began service to New

York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, offering daily non-stops to

Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city and main port, which serves as

the international gateway to the Galapagos.

The New York flights depart JFK’s Terminal 4 just before midnight

daily and arrive in Guayaquil at 6:20 a.m., which gives travelers

plenty of time to make connections onward to the

Galapagos –where Aerogal flies to the islands of San Cristobal

and Baltra–or other points in Ecuador. New York flights leave

Guayaquil at 2:30 p.m. daily and arrive at JFK at 8:40 p.m. The

flights are operated with Boeing 767 aircraft that seat 210 passengers;

25 in business class and 185 in coach. This is the second

U.S. gateway for the airline, which connects cities in

ARGENTINA

Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls,

Patagonia

BRAZIL

Rio de Janeiro, Salvador-Bahia.

Amazon

ECUADOR

Quito, Galapagos Islands, Otavalo

PERU

Cuzco, Machu Picchu, Manu Reserve

CHILE

Santiago, Torres del Paine, Atacama

BOLIVIA

La Paz, Lake Titicaca, Santa Cruz

Ecuador and also serves Bogota, Colombia and Miami as part of

an international expansion that began in 2005. Officials said

AeroGal is also looking to begin flights to Madrid in the near future

to tap the European market; and it is awaiting delivery of an

Airbus A330 aircraft that will be capable of making the journey.

AeroGal was able to open the New York flight Dec. 7 by taking

over some existing routes that were approved under the U.S-

Ecuador bilateral agreement, but which had been left dormant by

other carriers. LAN Ecuador is the only other airline offering U.S.

non-stops to Guayaquil, operating daily service from New York and

Miami. LAN, which until 2009 had only offered international service

to Ecuador, is also eyeing the Galapagos. It started domestic

service within Ecuador in April, connecting Quito and Guayaquil

and has applied to connect both

cities with San Cristobal or Baltra,

but that service is still pending.

At the moment, AeroGal has no

plans to open other U.S. gateways,

said CEO Gabriela Sommerfield.

Because of the bilateral agreement,

AeroGal is limited to operating no

more than seven weekly flights

from New York and another seven

from Miami, she said. But Sommerfield

added that if the airline

needs additional seats on the route, it could trade up from its 767

aircraft to a larger Airbus model. Aerogal recently sold a stake in the

company to Colombia’s Avianca, so it has access to Avianca’s fleet

of aircraft, which includes A320 and A330 wide-body planes.

AeroGal marked the opening of its New York gateway with a trade

show where tour operators including Metropolitan Touring,

Surtrek Tour Operator and Gray Line Ecuador presented their

Galapagos offerings. All the tour operators present agreed the U.S.

market has softened somewhat during the recession, but the lure

of the Galapagos remains strong among adventurous travelers.

The number of travelers to the Galapagos is holding steady, but

the booking window is getting shorter, said Alfonso Tandazo, of

Surtrek. Rather than book 10 months to a year in advance, FIT bookings

are coming in about 45 days before travel, so there are better

last-minute deals, he said.

Paulo Irigoyen, sales and promotions manager for Gray Line

Ecuador, said his company’s booking window is holding at three to

six months, but special offers are driving more traffic.

For those travelers who make the commitment, new options

are available. While cruises to admire island’s animal diversity remain

popular with international travelers, options for camping and

other active pursuits have expanded.

Tandazo said the government recently opened up 10 licenses for

scuba operators in the Galapagos, in addition to the live-aboard ships

that ply the islands. Local boat operators will start receiving the licenses

during 2010. Despite the sharp growth in dive boats, it doesn’t

mean the waters will be crowded with divers, Tandazo said. Each

license means an extra dive boat carrying up to 16 divers, so there

will be at most some 200 divers per day. While the Ecuatorial waters

are not too cold and the depths are manageable–anywhere

from 75 to 90 feet, most operators recommend divers be of intermediate

or advanced experience levels, having completed about

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60 dives. Once in the water, they will find excellent diving, Tandazo

said. Sighting large sea animals such as whale sharks, sea

turtles, hammerhead sharks, is practically guaranteed, and several

native species such as the Galapagos marine iguana and

Galapagos shark are on display. Penguins and whales are also

sighted, although Tandazo said only a 7 mm wetsuit is necessary.

“For experienced divers, the Galapagos is a must,” he said.

The Galapagos chain is made up of 13 main islands, six minor

ones and dozens of volcanic cays, a layout that has lent itself to

cruising. But many independent travelers are looking beyond.

Tandazo also noted Suretrak is offering hotel-based island-hopping

packages, which allow visitors to spend more time in the islands.

While only four islands–Santa Cruz, Floreana, San Cristobal

and Isabela–have hotels, there are no plans to open other islands

to hotel development. “The Galapagos have always been offered

in a very traditional manner by cruising,” said Gray Line’s

Irigoyen. He said Gray Line is now planning home stays and

camping in the islands, part of its efforts to sell packages with

more experiential tourism in Ecuador. “We’re trying to give

tourism to Ecuador a new focus,” he said. Indeed, Ecuador is

stepping up its tourism promotions for the entire country, said

Mariano Proaño, under secretary of tourism. He noted Ecuador

has tripled its resources for marketing and promotion in the U.S.

for 2010 as part of the country’s 2010-2014 marketing plan.

For further information call the Ministry of Tourism-Ecuador

Tourism Promotion Fund at 593-2-250-7560; E-mail fmpt_americas@turismo.gov.ec;

or visit www.ecuador.travel/en

$ 2000 ECUADOR AND GALAPAGOS

Marnella Tours is selling a seven-day

Ecuador: the Galapagos Passport, aboard the M/Y Coral I & II

starting at $2,000 per person double on departures from August

through Sept. 10. Included are: RT airfare to/from the

Galapagos Islands from Quito/Guayaquil; three nights aboard

the M/Y Coral I & II, meals & two tours daily on ship, three

nights at Quito’s Four Points Sheraton with complimentary

breakfast daily, a city tour of Quito, all hotel taxes & service

charges, roundtrip airport transfers, as well as the Galapagos

National Park Tax ($110) and the cruise fuel surcharge ($78).

Standard cabins start at $2,000 per person double; $3,400 for

single standard cabins. International airfare is additional. Call

866-993-0033; www.marnellatours.com

Cruising Galapagos with Adventure Associates

Adventure Associates is offering a 10-day Galapagos Islands,

Ecuador: Wilderness Cruise Package. The 7 night / 8 day cruise on

an 83’ yacht includes all meals, and is accompanied by certified local

naturalist guide. Also included are two nights lodging in Guayaquil

or Quito; round-trip flight from Guayaquil or Quito to Galapagos; all

airport transfers; and two breakfasts. With a guide, clients spend

eight exciting days cruising the islands, snorkeling with colorful fish

and taking short day hikes through one of the world’s greatest

wildlife and volcanic island environments. An optional diving package

is available. Packages start at $3,625, and represent a $500 savings.

Visit www.adventureassociates.net; 888-532-8352

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MIAMI To:RIO DE JANEIRO

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SAN FRANCISCO To:RIO DE JANEIRO

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ATLANTA To:SAO PAULO

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MIAMI To:SAO PAULO

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NEW YORK To:SAO PAULO

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DAILY BUSINESS $ 3800 Net EXTRA VALUE AIR ALL YEAR 800-758-1382;OTHER CITIES & 1ST AVBL.

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DEPARTING TYPE DAYS MIN MAX SUPPLIER PERIOD ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

SAN FRANCISCO To:SAO PAULO

DAILY SKED AIR $ 625 Net CHANTECLAIR TRAVEL CALL 1-866-580-2427 WWW.C-TRAVEL.NET

CHILE

LOS ANGELES To:SANTIAGO

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MIAMI To:SANTIAGO

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NEW YORK To:SANTIAGO

DAILY SKED AIR NET/COMM 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

DAILY SKED AIR $ 529 Net CHANTECLAIR TRAVEL CALL 1-866-580-2427 WWW.C-TRAVEL.NET

COLOMBIA

MIAMI To:BOGOTA

DAILY SKED AIR $ 355 Net CHANTECLAIR TRAVEL CALL 1-866-580-2427 WWW.C-TRAVEL.NET

NEW YORK To:BOGOTA

DAILY SKED AIR $ 445 Net CHANTECLAIR TRAVEL CALL 1-866-580-2427 WWW.C-TRAVEL.NET

COSTA RICA

ATLANTA To:LIBERIA

DAILY SKED AIR $ 495 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

NEW YORK To:LIBERIA

DAILY SKED AIR $ 517 Net SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS TO 2/28/10 888-SKYBIRD;OTHER CITIES AVAILABLE

ECUADOR

NEW YORK To:GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

DAILY SKED AIR $ 761 Net C & H INTERNATIONAL TO 2/28/10 888-8238839;CECELIA.CHANG@CNHTRAVEL.COM

MIAMI To:GUAYAQUIL

DAILY SKED AIR $ 325 Net $ 450 TRAVEL PEOPLE ALL YEAR ALL USA TO ALL LAT AMER;800-999-9912

MIAMI To:QUITO

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DAILY SKED AIR $ 325 Net $ 450 TRAVEL PEOPLE ALL YEAR ALL USA TO ALL LAT AMER;800-999-9912

NEW YORK To:QUITO

DAILY SKED AIR NET/COMM 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

FRENCH GUIANA

MIAMI To:CAYENNE

DAILY SKED AIR $ 895 Net $ 995 TRAVEL PEOPLE ALL YEAR ALL USA TO ALL SO. AMERICA;800-999-9912

GUATEMALA

MIAMI To:GUATEMALA CITY

DAILY SKED AIR $ 268 Net CHANTECLAIR TRAVEL CALL 1-866-580-2427 WWW.C-TRAVEL.NET

GUYANA

MIAMI To:GEORGETOWN

DAILY SKED AIR $ 425 Net $ 550 TRAVEL PEOPLE ALL YEAR ALL USA TO ALL LAT AMER;800-999-9912

HONDURAS

MIAMI To:SAN PEDRO

DAILY SKED AIR $ 218 Net $ 248 TRAVEL PEOPLE ALL YEAR ALL USA TO ALL LAT AMERICA;800-999-9912

MEXICO

ATLANTA To:MEXICO CITY

DAILY SKED AIR $ 338 Net C & H INTERNATIONAL TO 2/28/10 888-708-0088;SODE.DELRISCO@CNHINTL.COM

NEW YORK To:MEXICO CITY

DAILY SKED AIR $ 236 Net C & H INTERNATIONAL TO 2/28/10 888-8238839;CECELIA.CHANG@CNHTRAVEL.COM

WASHINGTON DC To:MEXICO CITY

DAILY SKED AIR $ 500 Net C & H INTERNATIONAL TO 2/28/10 866-787-2288;PETE.CHHABRA@CNHINTL.COM

NICARAGUA

MIAMI To:MANAGUA

DAILY SKED AIR $ 138 Net CHANTECLAIR TRAVEL CALL 1-866-580-2427 WWW.C-TRAVEL.NET

PANAMA

NEW YORK To:PANAMA CITY

DAILY SKED AIR $ 320 Net CHANTECLAIR TRAVEL CALL 1-866-580-2427 WWW.C-TRAVEL.NET

PARAGUAY

MIAMI To:ASUNCION

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NEW YORK To:ASUNCION

DAILY SKED AIR NET/COMM 3KM TRAVEL TO 3/28/10 866-927-1272;WWW.3KMTRAVEL.COM

SURINAME

NEW YORK To:PARAMARIBO

DAILY SKED AIR $ 599 Net $ 699 TRAVEL PEOPLE ALL YEAR ALL USA TO ALL LAT AMER;800-999-9912

URUGUAY

MIAMI To:MONTEVIDEO

DAILY SKED AIR $ 465 Net CHANTECLAIR TRAVEL CALL 1-866-580-2427 WWW.C-TRAVEL.NET

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DOMESTIC COACH NET FARES WITHIN 48 STATES

FROM NYC/ATL/BOS TO LAX/SFO/SAN/SEA $498*

LAS/SLC/PHX TO DFW/OKC $468*

WAS/PHL TO LAX/SFO/SAN/SEA $486*

XNA/LIT/MCI TO LAX/SFO/SAN/SEA $498*

MIA/MCO TO LAX/SFO/SAN/SEA $498*

BOS/EWR/ROC TO DEN/PHX/SLC $489*

FROM DFW/IAH TO LAX/SFO/SAN/SEA $368*

SAN/SEA/PDX TO CLE/BNA/BHM $489*

STL/DEN/SLC TO NYC/MIA/ATL/BOS $498*

ORF/RDU/GSO TO LAX/SFO/SAN $498*

DFW/IAH/OKC TO BOS/WAS/CLT $498*

TPA/MCO/WPB TO LAS/ELP/DEN $398*

*Add tax. Subject to availability in lowest class of service; or you can purchase sell up class 1 day advance purchase no min/ non refundable return changes $150 plus

difference in fare; re-issue $300 plus difference in fare. All booking and changes strictly done by our office. If duplicate booking we will not issue tickets.

EMAIL: US FOR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS CLASS RATES! vijay@legen.com

Call LEGEND TRAVEL & TOURS 800-295-3436 Visit www.mylegendtravel.com

561-965-7885, Fax: 561-965-5482 Email Adriana@legen.com or vijay@legen.com

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DEPARTING TYPE DAYS MIN MAX SUPPLIER PERIOD ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

ARIZONA

MIAMI To:PHOENIX

DAILY OW SKAIR $ 154 LEGEND TRAVEL AND TOURS TO 12/15/10 800-295-3436;CALL 4 RULES AND OTH CITY

BOSTON

ST. LOUIS To:BOSTON

DAILY OW SKAIR $ 167 LEGEND TRAVEL AND TOURS TO 12/15/10 800-295-3436;CALL 4 RULES AND OTH CITY

CALIFORNIA

NEW YORK To:LOS ANGELES

DAILY OW SKAIR $ 198 LEGEND TRAVEL AND TOURS TO 12/15/10 800-295-3436;CALL 4 RULES AND OTH CITY

BOSTON To:SAN DIEGO

DAILY OW SKAIR $ 198 LEGEND TRAVEL AND TOURS TO 12/15/10 800-295-3436;CALL 4 RULES AND OTH CITY

WASHINGTON DC To:SAN FRANCISCO

DAILY OW SKAIR $ 167 LEGEND TRAVEL AND TOURS TO 12/15/10 800-295-3436;CALL 4 RULES AND OTH CITY

ATLANTA To:SANTA ANA

DAILY OW SKAIR $ 175 LEGEND TRAVEL AND TOURS TO 12/15/10 800-295-3436;CALL 4 RULES AND OTH CITY

CANADA

ATLANTA To:CALGARY

DAILY OW SKAIR $ 225 LEGEND TRAVEL AND TOURS TO 12/15/10 800-295-3436;CALL 4 RULES AND OTH CITY

LOS ANGELES To:MONTREAL

DAILY OW SKAIR $ 198 LEGEND TRAVEL AND TOURS TO 12/15/10 800-295-3436;CALL 4 RULES AND OTH CITY

MIAMI To:OTTAWA

DAILY OW SKAIR $ 176 LEGEND TRAVEL AND TOURS TO 12/15/10 800-295-3436;CALL 4 RULES AND OTH CITY

BOSTON To:QUEBEC

DAILY OW SKAIR $ 175 LEGEND TRAVEL AND TOURS TO 12/15/10 800-295-3436;CALL 4 RULES AND OTH CITY

NEW YORK To:TORONTO

DAILY OW SKAIR $ 165 LEGEND TRAVEL AND TOURS TO 12/15/10 800-295-3436;CALL 4 RULES AND OTH CITY

DALLAS To:VANCOUVER

DAILY OW SKAIR $ 198 LEGEND TRAVEL AND TOURS TO 12/15/10 800-295-3436;CALL 4 RULES AND OTH CITY

COLORADO

DALLAS To:DENVER

DAILY OW SKAIR $ 98 LEGEND TRAVEL AND TOURS TO 12/15/10 800-295-3436;CALL 4 RULES AND OTH CITY

NEVADA

ORLANDO To:LAS VEGAS

DAILY OW SKAIR $ 118 LEGEND TRAVEL AND TOURS TO 12/15/10 800-295-3436;CALL 4 RULES AND OTH CITY

NEW YORK

ARKANSAS To:NEW YORK

DAILY OW SKAIR $ 167 LEGEND TRAVEL AND TOURS TO 12/15/10 800-295-3436;CALL 4 RULES AND OTH CITY

2010 TRAVEL INDUSTRY CALENDAR OF EVENTS

DATE EVENT LOCATION CONTACT INFORMATION

January 20-24 FITUR Madrid, Spain www.fitur.ifema.es

January 29-31 India Travel & Tourism Mart Ahmedabad, India www.indiatravelmart.com

February 4-7 Travel & Tourism Kenya Nairobi, Kenya www.africantradefairs.ae

February 5 Intourfest St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, Russia denisova@restec.ru

February 6-8 Travel & Tourism Fair Mumbai, India www.fairfest.com/ttfotm_index.html

February 9-11 Travel Trade Shows MD & VA www.travel-trade-shows.com

February 9-10 I.M.T.M. Tel Aviv, Israel info@ortra.com

February 9-10 Travel Technology Show London, UK www.traveltechnologyshow.com

February 11-14 Holiday World Prague, Czech Republic www.pragooffice.eu

February 11-14 EMITT Istanbul Istanbul, Turkey www.emittistanbul.com

February 12-14 TOUREST Tallinn, Estonia www.fair.ee

February 13–14 Los Angeles Convention Center Los Angeles, CA info@africatravelassociation.org

February 13-14 Adventures in Travel Expo Los Angeles, CA www.adventureexpo.com

February 17-20 Travel Trade Shows Louisiana www.travel-trade-shows.com

February 18-20 ITTE - India Travel Trade Expo Mumbai, India www.itte.in

February 19-21 India Travel Mart Chandigarh, India www.indiatravelmart.com

February 21-23 The Jordan Tourism Board N. America Jordan, at The Dead Sea www.jordantravelmart.com

February 26-28 New York Times Travel Show New York City, NY nfo@nytts.com; nytimes.com/travelshow

February 26-28 VIVATTUR Vilnius, Lithuania www.visusplenus.lt/en/parodos

February 26-28 Ferien-Messe Salzburg Salzburg, Austria info@reedexpo.at or www.messe.at

March 4-6 ALPITEC International Trade Show Beijing, China www.ciec-expo.com

March 6-7 Adventures in Travel Expo Washington, D.C. www.adventureexpo.com

March 6–7 Washington Convention Center Washington DC info@africatravelassociation.org

March 9-11 TRAVELCOM Dallas, TX www.tia.org

March 10-14 ITB Berlin Berlin Germany www.itb-berlin.com

March 13-16 ITM – Intourmarket Moscow Moscow, Russia www.itmexpo.ru/en

March 15-18 Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention Miami, FL www.cruiseshipping.net

March 17-20 MITT-Moscow Int’l Travel & Tourism Moscow, Russia helga@ite-expo.ru or www.mitt.ru

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Temple University Honors Top Students

The answer to the question, “Where will the next generation

of travel industry leaders come from?” was answered at

the annual awards presentation for top students at Temple

University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management.

One after another, outstanding students were honored

for their achievements in academics, volunteerism and successful

internships in various segments of the travel and

tourism industry.

One such outstanding student was Tara Miller, a junior at the

School of Tourism, who's dream is to work in a tourist office

helping travel agents and consumers. Miller was the recipient

of the Joel and Lenore Abels Scholarship Award which will

help her finish her senior year at the University. She certainly

doesn't need help with her grades as her grade point average

was 3.9. At home she’s involved in operations and customer

service at a AAA Three-Diamond Resort. In addition to the

Abels Scholarship Fund, Miller has received commendations

from Temple University, the PA Dutch Convention and Visitors

Bureau, and the National Tour Association. “Supporting scholarships

like that awarded to Tara Miller,” said Travel Matters

Inc's CEO Bill McCue , “is the best way agents and suppliers

can give back to the industry that has given us so much.”

For more information about the Abels Scholarship Fund,

please visit www.sthm.temple.edu/scholarships/documents/abels-form.pdf

$ 795 TEXAS

The Inn at Dos Brisas, situated just outside of

Houston, wants guests to “Go Texan” with a luxury deal of a

lifetime! The Inn will feature a special Rodeo Days package

throughout the rodeo, March 2-22, 2010, which allows The Inn

at Dos Brisas’ guests to experience the uniquely Texan

lifestyle. Packages include breakfast at the Inn, Day and

Evening Rodeo/Concert Sky Box passes with complimentary

food and beverage; Parking Pass for Reliant Stadium, horseback

riding or skeet shooting. Weeknight stay packages start

at $795 per night based on a two-night minimum; weekends

start at $975 per night based on double occupancy. Call 979-

277-7750; or visit www.dosbrisas.com

$ 395 BOSTON

Following XV Beacon’s 10th Anniversary on New

Year’s Eve 2010, this 60-room property is situated in a turn of the

20th century Beaux-Arts building on Boston’s historic Beacon Hill.

Each of the hotel’s rooms is individually designed with Italian-inspired

decor. Guests can enjoy either queen size four-poster beds

or king size beds, in room fireplaces, high-speed Internet, 300

thread count linen sheets, complimentary Lexus sedan service,

and museum quality artwork throughout. Mooo… restaurant and

its subterranean Wine Cellar are not to be missed. The latter

holds a collection of 2,800 selections and 31,000 bottles of fine

and rare wine dating from the 1700s to present day. Standard

rates at XV Beacon begin at $395 for “Classic Rooms” per

night/double occupancy. Call 877-xvbeacon, 617-670-1500 or

visit www.xvbeacon.com

$ 168 VERMONT

The Latchis Hotel announced the return of two

wonderful packages: the Harris Hill Ski Jump Package and the

Women's Film Festival Package. The Harris Hill Ski Jump on

February 13 and 14 includes any hotel room (excluding suites

and king room), 2 adult tickets to the Jump, 1 cowbell and a

$50 gift certificate to the Adagio Trattoria (open 7 days a week)

or Flat Street Taproom. Price for one night, including tax is

$168. For a two-night stay, the price is $267.

The Women's Film Festival package combines the innovative

and inspiring films of the WFF–held from March 12 to 21,

with accommodation at the Latchis, and a meal at Adagio Trattoria

or the Flat Street Taproom. The Package includes any

room at the Latchis (excluding our suites and king room); a

$50 gift certificate to Adagio Trattoria or the Taproom; and two

2-film movie passes. The one-night cost, including tax, is

$152.50, and the two-night cost, including tax, is $246. Visit:

www.latchis.com

$ 499 FLORIDA

Nightly savings of “Breakers Rewards” at the

legendary Breakers Palm Beach, Florida start on January 4

and run through April 27, 2010. Guests earn $100 or $200 in

nightly credits per room, based on type of accommodations,

that can be applied to numerous resort amenities, from dining

to recreation to shopping. Winter season rates start at $499

(per room per night) to earn $100 nightly credits, and premium

rooms and suites generate a savings of $200 nightly credits.

Call 888-273-2537; www.thebreakers.com

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ADVENTURE ASSOCIATES

7920 Belt Line Road, Suite 720, Dallas, TX 75254; 800-527-2500; 972-907-

0414; F: 972-783-1286; www.adventure-associates.com; info@adventureassociates.com

AEGEAN & MEDITERRANEAN CRUISES & TOURS

1702 Quentin Rd., Brooklyn, NY 11229; 888-968-0335; 718-645-6499; F: 718-

645-4865; www.aegeanmedtours.com; aegean@aol.com

AEROFLOT

1384 Broadway, 22fl, New York, NY 10018.; 212-944-2300, F: 212-944-5200;

nyc-info@aeroflot.ru; newyork@aeroflot.ru

AIR CALIN

800-254-7251; info.aircalin@us-sales.com; www.aircalinusa.com

AMERICAN TRAVEL ABROAD, INC.

505 Eighth Ave, Ste 801, New York, NY 10018; 212-586-5230; 800-228-0877

ex NY; F: 212-581-7925; info@amta.com ; www.amta.com

ARC–AIRLINE REPORTINIG COMMISSION

4100 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 600, Arlington VA 22203-1629; 703-816-8547;

F: 703-816-5158

ARROW TRAVEL

280 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016; 212-889-2550; F: 212-889-5959; 866-

359-2776; www.arrowtravel.com; info@arrowtravel.com

AUSSIE ADVENTURES

4200 Eutaw Drive, Boulder, CO 80303-3627; 866-828-AUSSIE; 303-828-0757;

F: 303-828-0820; info@aussie-adventures.com

C & H INTERNATIONAL

4751 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 201, Los Angeles, CA 90010; 800-833-8888; 323-

933-2288; F: 323-939-2286; www.cnhintl.com

CARAVAN TOURS, INC.

401 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611; 800-CARAVAN; 312-321-9800; F:

312-321-9845; www.caravan.com; info@caravantours.com

CHANTECLAIR TRAVEL / AKA- C-TRAVEL

152 West 36th Street, Suite 805, New York, NY 10018; 866-361-3500, 212-

695-3514; F: 212-695-8333, info@chanteclairtravel.com; www.chanteclairtravel.com

CLOUD TOURS

31-09 Newtown Ave, Long Island City, NY 11102; 800-223-7880; 718-721-

3808; F: 718-721-4019; info@cloudtours.com; www.cloudtours.com

CROWN PETERS

34-10 Broadway, Astoria, NY 11106; 800-321-1199; 718-932-7800; F: 718-932-

2930; travel@crownpeters.com; www.crownpeters.com

CZECH VACATIONS

12 East 33rd St. Suite 1200, New York, NY 10016

DOWNTOWN TRAVEL

3 West 35th Street 8th Floor, New York, NY 10001; 800-952-3519; 212-481-

1800; Fax: 212-481-5516; downtowntravel@nyct.net; www.downtowntravel.com

EAGLERIDER MOTORCYCLE RENTALS & TOURS

11860 South La cienega Boulevard Hawthorne CA 90250-3461, 310-536-

6777; F: 310-536-6770; rent@eaglerider.com; www.eaglerider.com

ELITE TOURS & TRAVEL

• 28790 Chagrin Blvd., Suite 180, Woodmere, OH 44122; 800-354-8320; 216-

514-9000; Fax: 216-514-9001

• 9070 Kimberly Blvd., Ste 49, Boca Raton, FL 33434; 561-208-7777; F: 561-

208-0700

EUROPEAN TOURS

523 W. Sixth St., Suite 542, Los Angeles, CA 90014; 800-882-3983; 213-624-

9378; F: 213-624-4898 www.europtours.com info@europtours.com

EXTRA VALUE AIR

• 150 Boulder Ridge Rd, Scarsdale, NY 10583; 800-910-0575, F: 914-478-6186

• 1155 Warburton Ave. Suite 6P, Yonkers, NY 10701; 800-758-1382; Fax: 914-

966-1979

• 14 Jana Drive, Weston, CT 06883; 800-990-7321; F: 203-222-1804;

sales@extravalueair.com; www.extravalueair.com

TOURIST OFFICE FOR FLANDERS, BELGIUM

620 8th Ave., 44 fl., New York, NY 10018; 212-584-2336; F: 212-575-3606;

www.visitflanders.us

FOREIGN INDEPENDENT TOURS

2125 Center Avenue, Suite 209, Fort Lee, NJ 07024 800-248-3487; 201-585-

1549; Fax: 201-585-2298 www.fittours.com

GOWAY TRAVEL

5757 West Century Blvd, Suite 807, Los Angeles, CA; 800 387 8850; Fax 800

665 4432; res@goway.com; www.goway.com; www.gowayagent.com

G.T.T. INTERNATIONAL

• 4100 Spring Valley Rd., #202, Dallas TX 75244; 800-485-6828; F: 972-239-5068

• 900 Fourth Ave., #555, Seattle, WA 98164; 800-827-5882; F: 206-381-5996

• 3250 Wilshire Blvd., #1908 Los Angeles CA 90010; 866-868-8890; F: 213-

251-9967

• 4810 Beauregard St., #224, Alexandria, VA 22312; 703-354-9288; F: 703-

354-9567

• 9449 Balboa Ave., #212, San Diego, CA 92123; 858-614-0260; Fax: 858-614-

0312; www.gttglobal.com; airfares@gttglobal.com

HAHN AIR

1-877-HR169HR (1-877-471-6947); servicedesk@hahnair.biz; www.hahnair.com

ADVERTISERS DIRECTORY

HARI WORLD

• 3 W. 35th St, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10001; 212-997-3300; Fax: 212-997-3320

• 5255 Mawry Ave., Freemont, CA 94538; 510-795-5000; Fax: 510-795-6183

• 6346 N. Washtenaw Ave., Chicago, IL 60659; 773-381-5555; Fax: 773-381-2797

• 3400 Peachtree Rd, NE Ste 815, Atlanta, GA 30326;404-233-5005; Fax: 404-

233-5020 • www.hariworld.com

HIGHVIEW TRAVEL

199 Lee Avenue, Ste 686, Brooklyn, NY 11211, 888-3-HIGHVIEW; Fax 718-

732-2123; inquiries@highviewtravel.com

HIMALAYAN INTERNATIONAL TOURS

205 Mineola Blvd, Suite 1B, Mineola, NY 11501; 516-739-4660; www.himalayantours.com

HOMERIC TOURS & CHARTERS

55 East 59th St, NY, NY 10022; 212-753-1100; 800-223-5570; F: 212-753-0319;

W. Coast: 310-519-0366; 800-600-0377; Fax: 310-579-8246; info@homerictours.com;

www.homerictours.com

IMPRESSA CLUB LTD.

2307 Coney Island Ave, New York, NY, 11223; 718-645-8578Fax. 718-336-6708

INDIA TOURISM

1270 Ave. of the Americas , Suite 303, New York, NY 10020;

ad@itonyc.com, dvenka@gmail.com, www.incredibleindia.org; 212-586-

4901, Fax 212-582-3274

JBTI TOURS LLC

118 E 28 St., Suite 375, New York, NY 10018; 212-696-2058. 800-9672345, F:

212-696-2057: info@jbti.com; www.jbti.com

JGT

1629 K St. NW, Ste 601, Washington, DC 20006; 800-926-7274; 202-833-

3531; F: 202-833-4370

JTB USA (LAX)

19700 Mariner Ave, Suite 102, Torrance, CA 90503; 800-217-2647; 800-223-

6104; 310-606-5345; Fax: 310-606-5307; mht@jtbusa.com; www.jtbusa.com

KENYA AIRLINES

• 450 7th Avenue, Suite 705, New York, NY 10123, F: 212-279-6602, Kirti

Surendran, nyc@kenyaair.net; 866 KENYA AIR (536 9224);

www.kenyaair.net

• 401 North Michigan Avenue, Ste 3320, Chicago, IL 60611-4255; F: 312-822-

0048, Kazim Ghouse, chi@kenyaair.net;

• 3050 Post Oak Boulevard, Suite 1320, Houston, TX 77056-6569, F: 713-

626-1905; ; Ravin Mehra, hou@kenyaair.net

• 16250 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 115, Encino, CA 91436-2204, F: 818-501-

2098, ; Sam Kordi, lax@kenyaair.net

• 1235 Bay Street, Suite 601, Toronto, ON M5R 3K4, F: 416-972-0185. ;

Shekhar Ramamurthy, toronto@kenyaair.net,

• 1166 Alberni Street, Suite 1406, Vancouver, BC V6E 3Z3, F: 604-681-8953; ;

Mable Tang, yvr@kenyaair.net

LEGEND TRAVEL & TOURS

1730 South Military Trail West Palm Beach, FL 33415; 800-295-3436, F: 561-

965-5482 ; www.mylegendtravel.com

LOUIS CRUISE LINES

2801 NE 183rd Street, Suite 2204, Aventura, FL 33160; 877-568-4787, 786-

207-8429, F: 786-207-8430; www.louiscruises.com, nfilippidis@comcast.net

MISSION VALLEY TRAVEL, INC.

112 Cooperative Way, Kalispell, MT 59901; 800-321-8069; 406-758-4848; F:

406-758-4828; www.mvti.com

M & K TOURS LTD., DBA 3KM

3900 Veterans Memorial Hwy., Suite 171

Bohemia, NY 11716-1027; 631-981 6927; 310-691-8538; 847-201-2979; 305-

735-3807; 3km@3kmtravel.com

PAN EXPRESS TRAVEL, INC.

55 W. 39th Street, Suite 301, New York, NY 10018; 800-518-7437; 212-719-

9292; F: 212-730-1486; gen@panexpresstravel.com; www.panexpresstravel.com

PANORAMA TRAVEL, LTD.,

12 East 33rd Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10016; 800-204-7130;212-741-

0033; Fax: 212-645-6276; webmaster@panoramatravel.com; www.panoramatravel.com

PERFECT TRAVEL

19 W. 44th Street, Suite 310, New York, NY 10036; ; 212-840-6777; F: 212-

840-6707; sales@perfecttravel.net

PICASSO TRAVEL

• 11099 S. La Cienaga Blvd, Suite 210, Los Angeles, CA 90045; 800-PI-

CASSO, F: 310-645-1206

• 350 Fifth Ave, N Y, NY 10118; 800-247-7283; 212-244-5454; F: 212-240-0747

• 5250 W Century Blvd.,Ste 626, Los Angeles, CA 90045; 310-645-

4400;www.picassotravel.com

QANTAS VACATIONS

300 Continental Blvd. Ste 350; El Segundo, CA 90245; 800-641-8772; 800-

248-5830; F 310-640-1024

RENNIES TRAVEL

393 Carrollwood Drive, Youngstown, NY 14174; 716-745-9074; Fax 716-745-

9084; nadine@inspiringdestinations.com; www.renniestravel.com

RUSSIAN AMERICAN CONSULTING CORP.,

45 W. 34th St, Ste 703, New York, NY 10001; 877-268-2677; 212-268-9336;

Fax: 212-268-9368; racc@russianconsulting.com; www.russianconsulting.com

SCEPTRE TOURS & CHARTERS

9 South Long Beach Road, Rockville Center, NY 11570; 516-255-9800; Fax:

516-255-9805 www.sceptretours.com

SITA WORLD–AIR DIVISION

450 7th Avenue, Suite 705, New York, NY 10123, 10118; 212-279-6601

SKYBIRD TRAVEL & TOURS INC- SKY VACATIONS

• 24701 Swanson Rd., Southfield, MI 48033; 888-SKY-BIRD; 248-372-4800;

Fax: 248-372-4810; skybirdtravel.com

• 104 S. Michigan Ave., Ste 1425, Chicago, IL 60603; 312-606-9600; Fax 312-

606-0925

• 2637 West Peterson Ave., Chicago, IL 60659; 773-878-0300; Fax. 773- 878-

7543

• 350 Fifth Ave, Ste 610; NY, NY 10118; 212-563-0300; Fax 212-563-2056;

newyork@skybird-travel.com

• 3913 Old Lee Highway #32B, Fairfax, VA 22030; 703-934-8999; Fax. 703-

734-8157

• 360 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste 2050, El Segundo, CA 90245: 310-647-3400;

Fax. 310-647-5800

• 1601 Bayshore Highway, Ste 340, Burlingame, CA 94010; Akshay Shah:

akshay@skybirdtravel.com;

SKYLINK TRAVEL

• 980 Ave of the Americas, Ste 401, New York, NY 10018; 800-247-6659; 212-

573-8980; F: 212-573-8878

• 1025 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 213, Washington, DC 20036; 202-822-

6666; F: 202-755-8046

• 3525 West Peterson Avenue, Suite 301, Chicago, IL 60659; 773-463-4667,

F: 773-478-2501

• 8383 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 430, Beverly Hills, CA 90211; 323-653-6718, F:

323-655-4393; www.skylinkus.com

SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS

Sun Trust Bldg., 515 E. Las Olas Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301; 800-772-

9675; 974-769-5000; F: 954-769-5079; www.saa.co.za

SWISSTIX

www.SWISSTIX.com; 800-878-5228

TAIWAN TOURISM BUREAU

1 East 42nd Street, 9 Floor, New york, NY 100017; www.go2taiwan.net

TOURISM AUTHORITY OF THAILAND

61 Broadway, Suite 2810, New York, NY 10006; 212-432-0433; Fax: 212-

269-2588

TOURIST OFFICE OF SPAIN

666 Fifth Ave., New York NY; 800-OK-SPAIN, 212-265-8822; F: 212-265-8864

TOKYO TRAVEL SERVICE

835 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 320Los Angeles, CA 90017; 213-680-3545; F: 213-

488-9206

TRANS AM TRAVEL INC.

• 4222 King Street, Suite 130, Alexandria, VA 22302; 703-998-7676; 800-822-

7600; F: 703-824-8190; hdq@transamtravel.com

• 5200 W. Century Blvd., Ste 330, Los Angeles, CA 90045; 310-670-2111; F:

310-670-1875; www.transamtravel.com

TRAVEL PEOPLE

10707 S.W. 104th St., Miami, FL 33176; 800-999-9912; 305-596-4800; F: 305-

596-2344; www.travelpeople1.com; world@travelpeople1.com

TURKISH AIRLINES

8501 W. Higgins Road, Suite 210, Chicago, IL 60631; 773-693-5849; fax 773-

693-2849; www.thy.com

UNITED TOURS

701 7th Ave., #1000, New York, NY 10036-1505; 800-245-0203; 212-245-1100;

F: 212-245-0292

UP & AWAY TRAVEL

347 Fifth Ave., Suite 305, N Y, NY 10016; 212-889-2345; 800-275-8001; F: 212-

889-2350; www.upandaway.com

• 1010 Vermont Ave., Ste 1011, Washington, DC 20005; 800-746-4766; 202-

639-0520; F: 202-639-0525

• 376 Boyleston Street, Suite 204, Boston, MA 02116; 800-347-3813; 617-

236-8100; F: 617-247-2920 • 8383 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 1022, Beverly Hills, CA

90211; 888-978-7629; 323-852-9775; F: 323-852-9771

• 2701 LeJeune Road, Suite 402, Coral Gables, FL 33134 877-876-2929; 305-

446-9997;Fax: 305-446-0797

USACA (U.S. AIR CONSOLIDATORS ASSOCIATION)

925 L St, Ste 2020, Sacramento, CA 95814; 916-441-4166; Fax: 916-441-3520;

www.usaca.com

VYTIS TOURS

40-24 235th Street, Douglaston, NY 11363; 800-77-VYTIS; 718-423-6161; F:

718-423-3979; vyttours@earthlink.net; www.vytistours.com

YA’LLA TOURS USA INC.

4711 SW Huber Street, Suite 2, Portland, OR 97219; 800-644-1595; 503-977-

3758; Fax: 503-977-3765 ; information@yallatours.com;

www.yallatours.com

This directory is provided as a free service for our advertisers and

listers. JAX FAX Travel Marketing Magazine makes every effort to

provide correct & current contact information However, JAXFAX does

not guarantee the accuracy or validity of the information contained

in this directory. Any changes to the above information should be

submitted in writing to : doug@jaxfax.com. — Doug Cooke, CTC,

Publisher/Editorial Director

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SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA

Breezes Panama–A Pacific

All-Inclusive for Everyone

By Doug Cooke, CTC

Superclubs debuted their first all-inclusive resort in

Central America last fall with the opening of

Breezes Panama Resort & Spa. JAX FAX had a

chance to visit for a few days last November and

our onsite report follows.

Location

Breezes Panama overlooks a spectacular stretch of beach in

the Santa Clara region, known as “The Dry Arc” for its comfortably

dry climate throughout most of the year. The resort is

about a one hour, forty minute drive from the airport in Panama

City. The Pan American Highway, which leads to resort, runs

through small towns and lush, hilly countryside. Superclubs

Breezes is part of a larger resort complex that includes an 18hole

golf course, which is not part of Breezes, but is available to

guests wanting to play a round. A winding driveway leads down

a gentle sloping hillside to the resort, which overlooks the Pacific.

An open-air reception area overlooks the pool complex and

Pacific Ocean beyond. The resort sits above a beach that extends

for miles in both directions with very little development

along it shores, although that is sure to change in coming years

as this resort area develops. For now it is a beach walkers paradise

as I experienced each morning of my stay.

Accommodations & Amenities

The resort features 294 luxuriously appointed guest rooms

and suites with separate parlors, all featuring either views of

the Pacific Ocean or the lush mountainside surroundings. All

guest rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a table and

two sitting chairs, flat screen TV with international stations, direct

dial telephone, desk with chair, iron and ironing board, tea

and coffee maker, safety deposit box, hair dryer, private bath

and shower or shower only and balcony or terrace. In addition,

hotel suites are equipped with mini refrigerators stocked with

soft drinks and water.

A must in today’s busy world, computers with internet access

are available and there is wifi available in the large

lobby/reception area (additional fees apply).

The hotel has three swimming pools, including one with a

swim up bar for adults and two separate children’s pools, one

featuring a slide. The hotel also has two heated Jacuzzis and

two tanning pools. The pools are located below the main building

and are flanked by guest room buildings making them the

focal point of the resort.

Sports available include all water sports, tennis courts – lit

for night play, pool and beach volleyball, shuffleboard, bicycles

and a large, well equipped fitness center.

The Miraflores Spa offers several treatment rooms offering

a wide variety of spa options at reasonable rates.

Dining and Drinking Options

Breezes resorts all offer a buffet restaurant which are open

for breakfast, lunch, dinner and mid-night snacks along with

DOUD COOKE

DOUD COOKE

Breezes Panama Resort & Spa

their signature, a la carte specialty venues; Munasan Japanese

restaurant features Teppanyaki tables and sushi, while

Martino’s features Italian cuisine in an elegant setting. Reservations

are necessary to ensure a table at either of these

choices. The resort also offers a poolside bar and grill open

from 12:00pm – 6:00pm.

In addition, there are four bar options including; the

lobby/Piano Bar (my favorite), the pool terrace and swim up

bar, the Portobello Bar in the Italian Plaza and the Canopy

Lounge and Sports Bar.

Ship transiting through Miraflores Locks, Panama Canal

Excursions

It would be a shame to travel to Panama and not experience

some of the unique tourism offerings available. A trip to Panama

City makes for an interesting day trip. Be sure to recommend that

your clients visit the “Old City” ruins. This was the site of the

original city, which the residents burned to the ground to keep it

out of the hands of famous Pirate Capt. Henry Morgan. Of course

no trip to Panama would be complete without a visit to the

Panama Canal. Watching ships come through the Miraflores

Locks, followed by a trip through the on-site museum is a fascinating

way to spend an afternoon.

For your adventure seeking clients, a trip to El Valle De Anton

is a must. This is an ancient volcanic crater with lush rainforest

mountainsides. Located about an hours drive from

Breezes, this is a great daytrip with activities including: ziplining,

natural hot springs, hiking to waterfalls and to see unique

square trees, horseback riding and bird watching. There is also

a wonderful local farmers market in town where everything

from local produce, herbal remedies and native handicrafts are

available. Suggest that your clients stop in at Los Mandarinos

Boutique Spa & Hotel (www.losmandarinos.com) for lunch.

For more information or reservations go to

www.breezes.com or call 877-273-3937.

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SKI & SPECIAL INTERESTS

Comissionable

Northeast

Ski Packages

Take advantage of the cold this winter by finding the

perfect late-season ski & stay packages for your

clients right here in the Northeast. Not only are

these packages a good deal for your clients, they’re

comissionable to you as well!

NEW YORK: Holiday Valley was ranked 4th in eastern

North America by SKI Magazine, with 56 slopes and 13 lifts

spread over four distinct faces offering challenging steeps,

cruisers, glades and terrain parks. Three base lodges offer full

dining, four bars, ski repair & rental and on-site day care. Holiday

Valley Inn has 106 rooms available and HV Rental Management

Service offers 260 privately owned condominiums,

townhouses and homes. For Mountain Lodging and HV

Rental Property info visit the website

www.holidayvalley.com To book package reservations call

716-699-2345. Lift and lodging packages start at $133 pp/pn

double occupancy weekdays, and weekends from $193 pp/pn.

Special 3-night Holiday Packages available Presidents Weekend

(Feb. 12-14) and Presidents Week (Feb 15-18).

Set in the Adirondacks overlooking Lake Placid, Whiteface

Mountain has the greatest vertical drop in the east, with 85

trails and 11 lifts. Call 518-946-2223 or visit their website

www.whiteface.com for helpful links to accomodation options

in nearby Lake Placid, and to view a full directory of package options.

Ski & stay packages are available from $79 per night.

VERMONT: Killington Resort spans six mountains with

141 trails, 22 lifts and 600 acres of snowmaking. Guests can

also enjoy cross-country skiing, rock climbing, snowmobiling,

snowshoeing, dog sledding, spas, shopping, fine dining and

nightlife. Killington Central Reservations represents more than

100 properties, from slope side full-service hotels to charming

country inns, condominiums, townhomes and single-family

homes. Guests save up to 30% on lift tickets, lodging and

rentals by booking a ski & stay package. Featured packages

and special offers available through their website or by phone.

Mid-Winter packages start at $113 pp/pn 2-7 days and 5-day,

5-night Ski Weeks are available from $81 pp/pn. Call 800-621-

6867 or visit www.killington.com

Smugglers’ Notch offers northern Vermont’s biggest vertical

drop and has three interconnected mountains for beginners,

intermediates and expert skiers. There are 78 trails, 6

chairs and 700 acres of unmarked backcountry. Lodging includes

more than 600 mountainside condominiums centered

around a Resort Village with shopping, dining, child care and

teen centers, pool and hot tubs, outdoor ice skating rink and a

nordic ski (30 km) & snowshoe (26 km) center. Winter pack-

KILLINGTON SKI RESORT

Killington

age information can be found at www.smuggs.com or by calling

800-419-4615. The Club Smugglers’ Advantage Package offers

condominium lodging; daily lift tickets; daily ski and snowboard allday

camp for young children; group lessons for children ages 6-

17; adult beginner lessons; one free adult group lesson; offslope

activities and entertainment and more. Also ask about Super

Sunday and Valentine’s Day weekend specials.

Okemo is currently in top mid-winter form, with all 15 chairlifts

servicing 119 trails, seven terrain parks and the Ross Powers

Superpipe. Book a package for their Super Bowl Ski

Weekend Feb 5-7 and save 20%. Guests save 30% when

they stay 3 nights and enjoy the big game at the mountain.

For more information call 866-706-5366 or visit

www.okemo.com

Clients can spend a day at Sunapee or Stratton with

Okemo’s Three Mountain Package, although both resorts have

pretty sweet deals of their own. Stratton’s Take it Easy package

includes lodging, lift ticket, lunch and rentals all at just $89

pp/pn (double occupancy), available midweek and select

weekends for savings of $75 a day. For more information on

Stratton and other Vermont ski areas you can visit

www.skivermont.com

NEW HAMPSHIRE: New Hampshire also has a wealth of

alpine and Nordic ski areas, most of them only 20-30 minutes

apart from each other. Rated the most accessible resort in

New England by SKI Magazine readers, Loon Mountain

boasts 12 lifts and 55 trails, including the recently opened

South Peak. Call 1-800-229-7829 for lodging info or visit

www.loonmtn.com

Bretton Woods is renowned for its breathtaking views of

Mount Washington, and has 101 trails, 5 lifts, frour terrain

parks and a reputation for family programs, service and onmountain

food and lodging. Elegant lodging options are also

available at The Mount Washington Hotel, including, “Stay

Here, Ski Free.” Call 603-278-1000 or visit www.Mount-

WashingtonResort.com

Just two hours from Boston, Waterville Valley is another

excellent mountain for the whole family, offering Ski & Stay

packages all winter long. Take advantage of WV Fab Feb

through February 11th, two days and two nights from $105

pp/pn. Waterville also offers a Threedom Pass, valid at Bretton

Woods and Cranmore, and heavily discounted Spring skiing

starting in late March. Call 603-236-8311 or visit

www.waterville.com

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MADAGASCAR . . . . . . . . . . . .30

MALI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30

NIGERIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30

OMAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30

SAUDI ARABIA . . . . . . . . . . . . .30

SOUTH AFRICA . . . . . . . . . . . .30

SUDAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31

SYRIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31

TANZANIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31

TOGO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES . . . . .31

ZIMBABWE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31

ASIA & THE SOUTH PACIFIC 55

AUSTRALIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55

CAMBODIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56

CHINA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56

COOK ISLANDS . . . . . . . . . . . .57

FIJI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57

HONG KONG . . . . . . . . . . . . .57

INDIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57

INDONESIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58

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JAPAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58

KAZAKHSTAN . . . . . . . . . . . . .59

KOREA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59

KYRGYZSTAN . . . . . . . . . . . . .59

MALAYSIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59

NEW ZEALAND . . . . . . . . . . . .59

PHILIPPINES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59

SAMOA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59

SINGAPORE . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60

TAHITI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60

TAIWAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60

THAILAND . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60

TONGA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60

UZBEKISTAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60

VIETNAM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60

CARIBBEAN & BERMUDA 18

ANTIGUA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18

ARUBA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18

BARBADOS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC . . . . . .18

GRENADA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18

GUADELOUPE . . . . . . . . . . . . .18

HAITI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18

JAMAICA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18

MARTINIQUE . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19

SAINT MARTIN . . . . . . . . . . . . .19

ST. KITTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19

ST. LUCIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19

ST. VINCENT & GRENADINES . .19

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO . . . . . . .19

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U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS . . . . . . . .19

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ALBANIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42

ARMENIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42

AUSTRIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42

AZERBAIJAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42

BELARUS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42

BELGIUM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42

BRITAIN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42

BULGARIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42

CROATIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43

CZECH REPUBLIC . . . . . . . . . . .44

ESTONIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44

FINLAND . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44

FRANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44

GEORGIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44

GERMANY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44

GREECE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44

HUNGARY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45

IRELAND . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45

ITALY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45

LATVIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45

LITHUANIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46

MACEDONIAN REPUBLIC . . . . .46

MOLDOVA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46

POLAND . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46

PORTUGAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46

ROMANIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46

RUSSIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46

SERBIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47

EUROPE

SLOVAKIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47

SPA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47

SWITZERLAND . . . . . . . . . . . . .47

TURKEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48

UKRAINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48

SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA 66

ARGENTINA . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66

BRAZIL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66

CHILE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67

COLOMBIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67

COSTA RICA . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67

ECUADOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67

FRENCH GUIANA . . . . . . . . . .67

GUATEMALA . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67

GUYANA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67

HONDURAS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67

MEXICO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67

NICARAGUA . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67

PANAMA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67

PARAGUAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67

SURINAME . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67

URUGUAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67

U.S. • CANADA • HAWAII 68

ARIZONA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69

BOSTON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69

CALIFORNIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69

CANADA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69

COLORADO . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69

NEVADA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69

NEW YORK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69

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Banjul $513

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Luanda $680

Monrovia $500

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