Our July/August issue is being delivered just in time for one of the busiest travel seasons of the year. We all should take some time off to relax and see the world. If your clients need a reason to go, we have compiled a list of some travel quotes for you to use in your marketing pieces, on your social media pages, or just for your own inspiration.
Along with this issue is our Annual Guide to Host Agencies, Coop’s and Consortia. This guide is a valuable source of information when looking to join one of these types of groups. It can also serve as a starting point for those agents who may currently be affiliated with an organization but are looking to make a change. Our research indicates that up to 35% of agents are considering changing their affiliation.
Why join one of these groups in the first place? For newer agents without a track record in the industry, it provides them with an agency partner through whom they can book travel. More experienced agents may join for one or more of the reasons below.
Small hotels have always been part of New York’s hospitality mix. But in 1984, the first boutique hotel appeared in the city when Ian Schrager, of Studio 54 discotheque fame, opened Morgans Hotel, still a stylish Midtown fixture.
Ranging from about 100-200 rooms, boutique hotels typically offered three-to-five star luxury, personalized service and upscale furnishings. By the late 1990s and early 2000s, designer-decorated boutique hotels ran the gamut from minimalist with all-white interiors to phantasmagorical with velvet trappings, outsize gilded mirrors and eye-popping art.
With broad stretches of blue sea, calm turquoise bays where stylish mega-yachts shelter beside colorful old fishing boats, exclusive seaside resorts and sleepy bougainvillea-draped villages, Turkey’s Aegean Coast draws thousands of sun seekers each year. Home to some of the Mediterranean’s most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, it’s also a mecca for culture and history buffs.
This year, Scotland celebrates Homecoming 2014 with scores of music, art and theater events as well as food and whisky tastings. Summer and fall bring Highland games with kilted competitors, garden tours and hill walks, and special editions of top annual festivals like the Edinburgh Festival and Glasgow’s Celtic Connections. The Scots invite everyone to join in the fun, to explore their cities and towns, and their incomparable Highlands, 10,500 square miles of moors, mountains and lochs nearly the size of Massachusetts.
Poland is full of history, culture and modernity, covering a total area of over 120,000 miles of beautiful and historic landscape. There are many diverse experiences and reasons for a traveler to visit this country. Offered here are two vastly different places within Poland, both must-see destinations - but for opposite reasons.
I was standing on the edge of the medieval hilltop village of Motovun, deep in the Istrian peninsula of Croatia, looking out on the beautiful countryside dotted with stone farmhouses, old olive groves and vineyards.
It was spring and everything was fresh and beautiful. Beside me, there were two American women, part of a tour that had arrived the night before, who were looking out in the same direction and they were trying to remember which movie star they’d read had purchased a house in the area a few years ago. They argued back and forth, discarding names, and finally decided it might be Anthony Hopkins.
Italy’s diverse and spectacular region of Piedmont is not only a mecca of enogastronomy, textiles manufacturing and world-renowned shopping, but it is also home to a distinctive interpretation of Jesus Christ’s final days on earth. “Passione Di Cristo” or, The Passion of Christ, takes place every five years in the captivating town of Sordevolo. As part of an alliance with the town of Sordevolo, Central Holidays has been named the preeminent tour operator partner for upcoming events in 2015 of this acclaimed Passion Play of Sordevolo.
Maria Claudia Lacouture, president of Proexport Colombia, says, “The most unforgettable experience for a tourist may be the seven tones of the waters of San Andres, the inspiring streets of Cartagena de Indias, the green canopy of the Sierra Nevada parks or the dazzling sands of the Caribbean shoreline.”
It is estimated that the government is prepared to receive four million travelers by the end of 2014, generating an estimated four billion dollars of revenue.
To date, 27 cruise lines dock in Colombia, and new in 2013 was Disney Cruise Lines, stopping in Cartagena. An additional 39 international weekly flights to the country have been added, the most significant from the United States being American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Jet Blue and United Airlines.
Pulling the blinds open at the Hotel Lago Grey (www.lagogrey.cl) in Patagonia’s Torres Del Paine Park was all the wake-up call I needed - no coffee necessary. The sight was far prettier than a picture; the expansive Grey Lake, snowcapped trees, icebergs and Grey Glacier boldly in the backdrop. It was just as I had imagined it. Minutes later, we were able to board the motorboat, the Grey II, steps from the hotel. It could accommodate as many as fifty. Fortunately, there were fewer than ten of us that morning.