“We have food, wine and festivals and families with strong ties to their heritage and tradition,” stated Mekhak Apresyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the Ministry of Economy, Tourist Department for the Republic of Armenia. “We want to share these with visitors making Armenia their destination,” he said, adding, “the country is stable and safe.”
In 2013, Armenia’s tourism and technology sector grew by 13%, “conditioned by increasing the quality of services and skills,” said the Deputy Prime Minister. The banking sector is open to foreign competition. The country has improved its investment, trade and fiscal strategies since gaining independence from the Soviets in 1991.
Travel agents all have at least one client seeking a unique vacation, one that offers a sense of discovery and greater world knowledge.
For that next one-of-a-kind adventurer consider Ethiopia, located in the horn of Africa.
One of the lesser traveled regions, Ethiopia has a fascinating history that actually begins with human civilization.
Ethiopia, entrenched with indigenous tradition and ceremony, is enjoying an uptick in tourism. Tourists will find that the people are friendly and curious about them.
Saying “Bula” (hello) will come naturally as soon as you step off the plane in Fiji, a year-round paradise located in the heart of the South Pacific, comprising an archipelago of more than 332 islands, of which 110 are inhabited. Fiji is renowned for its stunning beaches, warm climate and relaxed island atmosphere, but it is also home to a local population of the most welcoming and helpful folks in the South Pacific.
One of the most popular tourist destinations in Mexico, the Riviera Maya extends along the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula from Puerto Morelos to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. Once home to small fishing villages, the Riviera Maya coastline has since been developed into a modern tourist attraction, with everything from all-inclusive resorts and boutique hotels to fine dining. An ideal vacation destination, the Riviera Maya is home to some of the most stunningly beautiful beaches in all of Mexico with expansive stretches of powdery white sand and the clear turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. The Riviera Maya is home to the world’s second largest coral reef just a short distance offshore. With the Mayan ruins of Tulum and Coba nearby, the region is truly a perfect destination for sightseeing, water sports and all around sun worshipping.
While an economic downturn may be bad news for Argentina, it’s very good news for travelers, so there’s no better time to suggest Argentina to your clients. The highly favorable exchange rate isn’t the only reason to urge them to choose this South
Savvy travel agents know their customers’ favorite destinations well. They make periodic visits to evaluate hotels, dine at the newest eateries, and test drive the latest amusements and attractions.
Las Vegas tops the list for some travelers and agents. Recently US Airways Vacations invited 39 agents to participate in the 8th Annual Las Vegas Scavenger Hunt with a 3-night, 4-day stay at the Aria Resort & Casino.
Québec City really knows how to give a party - and how to make the most of their cold, snowy winters. Every February they throw a 17-day extravaganza that engulfs the entire city in a joyous, often boisterous, celebration of all things snow and ice. Even clients who aren’t great fans of winter will find plenty to love here.
Until last spring, it had been two decades since I had seen Venice. I had forgotten how beautiful it is - with its grand piazza and winding canals; its palaces and churches, its gondolas and hump-backed bridges.
Held this year in St. Thomas, USVI, the State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC) is the Caribbean’s leading tourism conference, bringing together movers and shakers from the public and private sectors. With the theme “Realizing the Vision: Positioning Caribbean Tourism for Major Change,” the annual event was organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) in collaboration with USVI’s Department of Tourism and was held at Marriott Frenchman’s Reef and Morning Star Beach Resort. “The theme dovetails nicely with the organization’s own vision for Caribbean tourism, which is to position the Caribbean as the most desirable, year round, warm weather destination,” said Hugh Riley, secretary general of the CTO. “If we seriously put our resources together, we could certainly achieve the 30 million visitor goal that we have our eye on.” Last year, the Caribbean received 25 million stay-over visitors with arrivals up by 4.3 percent during the first half of this year. If the pace of growth continues at the current rate, the region would reach the target of 30 million visitors by 2017. www.OneCaribbean.org
I never cease to be amazed at the ever-changing adult playground that is Las Vegas. I am there at least five times every year, and yet, there is always a new resort being constructed or renovated, a new restaurant or show opening, and new sites to be seen. It truly is the city that never sleeps. Trying to give a comprehensive list of these changes would take a book, so instead I will focus on the highlights of my past few trips.