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africa-israel“Wherever you dig in Israel, you find history-often layer upon layer of civilizations,” said Michal Neumann, who was guiding our small group of travel trade journalists on a whirlwind seven-day history-focused journey through Israel. Licensed guides in Israel undergo rigorous training and testing and meet ongoing requirements and can greatly enhance a visit. We were standing at the Israel Museum’s giant model of ancient Jerusalem as Michal unfurled five feet of cards listing the names and dates of the major waves of peoples who have left their marks here. The cards would come out throughout our trip, adding perspective to sites like Acre, where an Ottoman walled town sits atop remains of a medieval Crusader capital.

Published in July - August

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While on camera Mutirl wa Bashara offered his opinion of Indaba, Africa’s largest annual travel and tourism conference. He did it in French. Others said the same, whether in English, Zulu or any other language used in or out of Africa. The confluence of tongues was heard from dignitaries, those representing African countries and companies, and the international journalists reporting on the event, held at the International Convention Center in Durban (ICC), in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

Published in July - August

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For some, a round of golf is vacation nirvana, yet for others - not so much. Traveling with a partner who likes to practice their putting can also be great fun for the non-golfer, as long as there is plenty to do away from the driving range. Ditch the golf guilt and discover that selling a golf vacation to players and those who travel with them is a breeze.

Published in July - August

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With air tickets that won’t cost a (tanned) arm and a leg, no shortage of beach chairs, reservations at the best restaurants easy to get, and hotels dishing up a myriad of booking incentives for travel agents, selling the Caribbean in low season is as rosy as a crimson sunset. A great way to audition an island before spending the big bucks for a Thanksgiving or Christmas vacation, Caribbean in the summer is a world away from buggy backyard barbecues and humid city nights at home.

Published in July - August

latin-colombiaApproximately nine months ago JetBlue, the leading airline connection between Latin America and the United States for the past 14 years, launched a new route between Fort Lauderdale and Cartagena, the picturesque colonial city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast.  Giselle Cortés, director of Blue Cities for JetBlue stated, “JetBlue is pleased to offer our U.S. customers even more travel options by adding the Fort Lauderdale-Cartagena route. Cartagena is less than three hours away from Florida, making it a convenient option for vacationers or travelers who do business in Latin America.” Cortés continued to state, “JetBlue will continue to promote Colombia as a viable destination from the U.S. and strives to offer the best U.S. air service to the country.” This new route, offered daily, will serve as an addition to the pre-existing flight connection between Rafael Nunez Airport in Colombia and John F. Kennedy airport in New York (this flight became active in 2012).

Published in July - August

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Imagine a vast colorful land that is riddled with fairy chimneys, hoodoo formations, and rock pinnacles in the colors of pink, peach, and coral. Lying within these natural wonders of Cappadocia, Turkey, is one of the most striking and largest cave dwelling complexes in the world.

Published in July - August

europe-czechThe arts are alive and well in the Czech Republic and your clients who love design, music, theater, art or architecture will delight in the rich cultural atmosphere of its cities.
Most will arrive in its beautifully restoreda capital of Prague, filled with buildings in styles from Gothic to Gehry in an old-world setting complete with a castle, palaces, meandering lanes and charming squares.
Not only does the architecture create a virtual textbook of styles, but the examples of each are definitive ones. Churches and palaces are stunning examples of Baroque, and Prague is renowned for its Art Nouveau buildings and cafes. Fans of Modernism and later styles will be just as happy: they can tour Villa Müller, designed by Modernist architect Adolf Loos, and see Frank Gehry’s famous Dancing House.

Published in July - August

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Mysteriously, Wroclaw (pronounced Vrots-Wahf), is among the warmest cities in Poland as evidenced by the proliferation of gelato shops, short sleeves, short skirts, and throngs of young people. It is also famous for hot chocolate spiced with a dash of chili and gummy candies at kiosks. Its medieval center wears its age well with covered markets, baroque gardens, towers, canals, peddlers selling zapiekanki (a Polish open-faced sandwich on a baguette) and trams.

Published in July - August

europe-istriaIn the northern reaches of the Croatia, there sits the exquisite heart-shaped peninsula of Istria that juts into the turquoise Adriatic Sea. Along its coast are lovely fishing towns and pristine beaches that the world has discovered as a summer playground. But in the interior, is another world. This large green oasis has ancient villages with church steeples scraping the heavens as they look down on their peaceful surroundings. Down its slopes drape vineyards, cool forests, and cultivated fields. All this beauty is stitched together with quiet winding roads. Traveling them is to go back in time to a peaceful, slower, and simpler life.

Published in July - August

USAWhen George C. Yount planted the first grapevines in California’s Napa Valley in 1838, he never guessed the area would one day be a world-class wine region. Nor did he imagine that Yountville, the town he laid out in the 1850s, would become the valley’s “Culinary Capital,” home to legendary restaurants like The French Laundry. How surprised he would be to discover that some of the Napa Valley’s most luxurious resorts and spas, plus more than a dozen wineries, including the West Coast outpost of French Champagne-maker Moét & Chandon, now call Yountville home. How proud he would be of his town, the setting each spring for Yountville Live, a star-studded music, food and wine festival. How could anyone have known that tiny Yountville would become a premier Wine Country destination for families and couples alike?

Published in July - August
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