During the Industrial Revolution in America (18th to 19th centuries) steel, railroad and beer barons built the cities of Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Milwaukee and Roanoke into capitals of industry.
By the 1980’s the steel mills and breweries closed and the railroads disappeared. The cities fell on hard times. Today, each is on the upswing with new businesses, cultural venues, and strong tourism infrastructures.
In Marseille, the good times never end. Centerpiece of the Marseille-Provence 2013 Capital of Culture region, the ancient Mediterranean port city-along with neighboring cities like Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Avignon and Orange-is dazzling the world with over 400 events, including art exhibits, concerts and dance performances, festivals and food tastings, and parades and equestrian events. Festivities continue through the end of 2013 and into early 2014 (see calendar). Clients heading to Marseille this year, or in the coming spring or summer, will discover a revitalized waterfront anchored by three new world-class museums and a new five-star InterContinental hotel. And, with new XL Airways direct flights from New York to Marseille, getting to the south of France has never been easier
Croatia may have made international news by joining the EU in July, but this country on the Adriatic’s eastern shore is not news to European travelers. As word - and pictures - of golden beaches, historic cities filled with Venetian architecture (many towns along the coast were once part of Venice’s vast empire) and turquoise sailing waters has spread, Americans have joined them to become Croatia’s second-largest tourism market.
When it comes time to set up an itinerary for a client looking to visit Peru, Machu Picchu is probably the first destination that comes to mind. Indeed, this ancient Incan city should be on every traveler’s list of places to visit, but the country’s highlands and coastline also offer many wonders worth exploring
Bordering Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua and at the very heart of Central America, tourists are beginning to see the utter abundance that Honduras has to offer its guests. This is a destination that seems to have it all - pine forests, mountains, coffee plantations, Mayan archeological sites, and of course, shores on both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Just off the northern coast of Honduras in the Caribbean Sea are the Bay Islands, offering white sand on long stretches of beautiful beach, warm weather and friendly people. The Bay Islands are surrounded by the world’s second largest coral reef, which has made this destination a mecca for scuba enthusiasts, snorkelers and nature lovers.