Archive for December, 2011

Traveling Film to Film: The Setting’s the Star

It takes more than a village to keep a destination in the spotlight. It takes a movie. Hollywood is good for the travel business and often whole campaigns (witness Tourism Australia’s near year’s worth of hoopla in advance of 2008’s “Australia”) are waged around a single hit film. This the coming year, with hits such […]

New Zealand One Luxe Hideaway at a Time

The Land of the Long White Cloud is colorful indeed, especially when you consider New Zealand has more species of ferns, flightless birds and baying sheep per square mile than most cities have people. So it’s not surprising that many resorts on these north-south isles will encompass views that barely contain roads or cars, much […]

Cruising Through Costa Rica

Cruise passengers heading to Costa Rica will get more than they bargained for on shore whether they book an excursion through the cruise line or take fate into their own hands with a tour operator met at the docks. What they won’t get either way is a run for their money. Tourism is big business […]

Four Tips that can Save the Store

— by Jacob Harper Businesses usually go under for one of the following two reasons: the business is either out of capital, or it is going to run out of capital in the very, very near future. As a business owner, making sure you and your company have money (or at least the ability to […]

A Very Good Year

Could 2012 turn out to be a boom year for tours? The answer is a booming “Yes!” if you ask members of the US Tour Operators Association (USTOA). A whopping 75% of tour company members who participated in an annual survey expressed confidence in the better days ahead and nearly half (43%) of those surveyed […]

Calling on Costa Rica

The tiny Central American country of Costa Rica is betting on the cruise industry in a big way. The cruise ports of Limon and Moin on the Caribbean front and Puntarenas and Caldera in the Pacific already see some 314,000 cruise passengers visiting each year within popular regional and world itineraries with some 266,000 of […]