Archive for November, 2012

Travel Deals, Discounts and Packages Update

Riviera Nayarit: Warmth of Mexico for Winter’s Reward The combination of sun, sand and Mexican culture yields to an array of distinctive holiday festivities for visitors to discover. Beginning in December, hundreds of humpback whales head to the protected waters of Banderas Bay during their migration from Alaska to Hawaii, swimming among wild dolphins that […]

A Third of Americans Traveling for Thanksgiving

A new survey by TripAdvisor shows where Americans plan to be for Thanksgiving this year – on the road or in the air. Some 35 percent of the 1,500 people surveyed said they were planning to travel for the holiday this year, up a point from last year. How are they getting where they are […]

Monitor: An Incredibly Shrinking Global Village

As the World Travel Mart 2012 conference in London wrapped up this month, it had more than a few take-aways for where world travel may be headed, and how travelers are making their decisions. The “Global Trends Report” by market research firm Euromonitor International was able to pin point nine key emerging travel and tourism […]

New for Exotic Travel: Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast

Nicaragua is hot these days, especially for those who crave the allure of exotic travel. Think Belize in the 1990s or Costa Rica in the 1980s – places known to the jet set for the quiet beaches, the warm hospitality, and exquisite luxury all within the aura of exclusivity. In this case the spot in […]

Greece and Turkey … with Footnotes

What does it take for a tour operator to get noticed these days? How about a stack full of first-hand encounters with history and several pairs of worn out shoes… Peter Sommer walked some 2,000 miles across Turkey in the footsteps of Alexander the Great one summer in 1994 and never looked back. After earning […]

North Korea to Open “World’s Tallest Hotel”

What is being tabbed as the tallest hotel in the world by some and the “hotel of doom” by others is on schedule – albeit 26 years after it began – to open next year. However, this behemoth of hospitality is not going up in Dubai, or Beijing or Shanghai. The world’s tallest hotel tower […]