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Doug Cooke

Wednesday, 01 January 2014 00:00

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Wednesday, 13 March 2013 11:26

Finding Paradise in the South Pacific

When assisting clients in choosing the perfect spot for a honeymoon, do not overlook the limitless possibilities found on the islands of the South Pacific. With year-round temperatures ranging from 75-89 degrees, and a seemingly endless supply of romance in a tropical paradise, this may be just the place. The names of several destinations may be familiar due to their exposure on television as locales where Survivor contestants have competed, exposing viewers to the unspoiled exotic scenery, flora and fauna and endless beaches. Once your honeymooning clients have decided that yes, they do want to go to the South Pacific to begin their married life together, the hardest decision will then be in deciding exactly where to go. 

 
Monday, 04 March 2013 10:39

Thai the Knot

Whether your clients are looking for the perfect backdrop to hold their nuptials or an ideal honeymoon retreat, this year the Tourism Authority of Thailand is actively seeking out new ways to place their Kingdom at the top of the list for that fairytale wedding. In February, the TAT invited renowned wedding industry personality Jacqueline Johnson to give a special seminar at the Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre. Ms. Johnson shared insight on the latest wedding and honeymoon trends, including projected spending habits for 2011. According to her, “When it comes to love, clients absolutely will spend money despite a sluggish economy. Couples still dream of that fairytale wedding or honeymoon experience.” The presentation also touched on how to reach wedding and honeymoon clients through social networks, bridal shows and alliances. On Valentine’s Day, the Tourism Authority of Thailand launched a micro-site dedicated to making wedding and honeymoon planning easier than ever, both for couples and their travel planners. The new website (www.Honeymooning-in-Thailand.com) offers dozens of customized honeymoon packages from some of the destination’s most exotic locations, along with luxurious properties and renowned spas.

Located almost directly between Australia and Fiji, New Caledonia might well be France's best-kept secret. The mainland, which is where most people live, is divided lengthwise by a range of mountains (Chaîne Centrale), the highest points of which are "Mount Panié" in the north (5,344 feet) and "Mount Humboldt" in the south (5,308 feet). Various species of trees can be found in these mountains.

Founded in 2001, Seoul Performing Arts Festival (SPAF) is one of Korea’s biggest performing arts festivals and encompasses the works of both international and domestic contemporary works of drama, dance and interdisciplinary arts. It runs for one month, from mid-September to mid-October, at major venues throughout Seoul and is funded by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Arts Council Korea, the Seoul aMetropolitan Government and the Seoul Foundation for Arts & Culture. SPAF is a festival that introduces cutting-edge, innovative and thought-provoking contemporary work. Over the past seven years, the event has presented more than 409 pieces (78 from overseas artists, 331 from domestic artists and auxiliary events). This year promises to be even better.

Monday, 25 February 2013 11:32

Leaf Peeping In and Out of Tokyo

One of the most populous cities in the world, Tokyo is also a thriving center of economy, culture and industry. The Japanese capital consists of the southwestern part of the Kanto region, the Izu Islands, and the Ogasawara Islands. Twelve million people live in Tokyo. When the Shogun Tokugawa established a government there in the early 17th century, the area started to develop, spreading out around his residence, Edo Castle. Most of the city was devastated by the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, and then again by the bombing in the WWII, however, Tokyo was able to achieve a remarkably rapid recovery both times.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013 14:53

Mumbai’s Secret Weapon: Bollywood

Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra, is the fastest moving, most affluent and industrialized city in India. As part of India's beautiful west coast, that runs down from Gujarat, through Mumbai to Goa, Karnataka and Kerala, Mumbai was blessed with a natural harbor that was developed by the British and remains one of the busiest ports of India, handling about 40% of India's maritime trade.
Mumbai (till recently known as 'Bombay'), derives its name from the local deity Mumba Devi, whose temple is still there. The Portuguese predecessors of the British preferred to think of the name as Bom Baim, the Good Bay. Mumbai is a group of seven islands, which today are known as Colaba, Mahim, Mazgaon, Parel, Worli, Girgaun and Dongri. Large expanses of open sea have been filled in, and tidal swamps have been reclaimed as the areas known as Churchgate and Nariman Point today.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013 14:53

Mumbai’s Secret Weapon: Bollywood

Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra, is the fastest moving, most affluent and industrialized city in India. As part of India's beautiful west coast, that runs down from Gujarat, through Mumbai to Goa, Karnataka and Kerala, Mumbai was blessed with a natural harbor that was developed by the British and remains one of the busiest ports of India, handling about 40% of India's maritime trade.
Mumbai (till recently known as 'Bombay'), derives its name from the local deity Mumba Devi, whose temple is still there. The Portuguese predecessors of the British preferred to think of the name as Bom Baim, the Good Bay. Mumbai is a group of seven islands, which today are known as Colaba, Mahim, Mazgaon, Parel, Worli, Girgaun and Dongri. Large expanses of open sea have been filled in, and tidal swamps have been reclaimed as the areas known as Churchgate and Nariman Point today.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013 14:51

India From the Sacred to the Sublime

From the trend-seeking tourist to the sophisticated traveler, Maharashtra, India’s third largest state, has an array of unforgettable tourism offerings and attractions that include ancient and historic sites of tremendous religious importance, well known in India, but still relatively unknown abroad.
Maharashtra is located in the southwestern region of the country. The state boasts breathtaking landscapes of tropical forests, tiger reserves, impressive mountain ranges, relaxing beaches on the Arabian Sea and the cosmopolitan capital of Mumbai (Bombay). Home to hundreds of archaeological sites of significant historical importance and four UNESCO World Heritage Sites — the mystical Ajanta and Ellora Caves, the Elephanta caves, and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai (Bombay) — Maharashtra boasts of tourism offerings found nowhere else in India.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013 05:39

Driving Business DownUnder

Do your clients like to plan ahead? If you have trained your clients well, they are savvy travelers who know they can save big on vacations with this year’s trips available at this last year’s prices in some cases. With the dollar fluctuating, and travel costs around the globe rising, it’s still possible to secure a 2008 vacation to Australia or New Zealand at 2007 prices. And wouldn’t your clients love you all the more if they can spend that savings on a night in a luxurious Outback resort rather than spend that extra money – sometimes an increase of 10% a year.

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