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                                                                                                                                                                     Vol. 17 Issue 395            July 26 - Aug. 8, 2011

               Huntington buys
               Western Vacations
   Huntington Travel has acquired Western                                               forms available through Huntington.
Vacations of Victoria, an FIT operator with 32                                          And for certain, he said, it will expand its
years in the business                                                                   product offerings to include other US vaca-
   Appointed as president of Western Vaca-                                              tion spots, such as New York, New Orleans
tions is Dean Neville, who has been with the                                            and some popular Florida destinations. Nev-
Victoria-based company since last summer.                                               ille added that Western Vacations’ 10-person
   Western Vacations’ founder and CEO Frank                                             staff can also customize any air, hotel and car
Tovey is retiring from the business, but will                                           rental package in virtually any US city.
continue to provide consulting services. He                                                 Eventually, he said, Western will expand
also plans to spend a bit more time boating in                                          outside the US borders, but not immediate-
and around the BC Gulf Islands.                                                         ly. One of its first endeavors is to increase
   Neville said that Western Vacations, which                                           staffing. He added that Huntington, a Mis-
specializes in California, Hawaii and Las Ve-                                           sissauga-based company with 38 years
gas, will continue to operate independently,                                            experience, offers air consolidation with more
tapping into the extensive technology plat-                                             than 60 carriers, and packaged holidays

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                                                                   Fam reward
Anderson Vacations will reward its top six                                              train ride. The winners will be announced at
selling travel agents, based on BC and Alberta                                          the beginning of September and hosted at the                                              Melanie Carter of TPI has nothing but
travel packages sold between April 1 and Aug                                            end of the month. Email fitres@andersonva-                                       12       praise for Intrepid Travel following a
31, 2011, with a fam covering Alberta and                                      or call 866-814-7378.                                                          recent fam to Kenya, which was high
BC, including a one-night Rocky Mountaineer                                                                                                                                       on her “bucket list”, she says.

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Royal Scenic has packaged a four-night
Korea tour in Seoul. It includes airport meet
and greet, a city tour of Deoksugung Pal-
                                                  Insight plans 2012 tours
                                                    Insight Vacations has produced its 2012            Among the product enhancements in
ace, Namdaemun and Seoul Station, the
                                                 USA & Canada brochure, featuring five new          the 2012 USA & Canada brochure are more
Gyeongbok Palace, the National Folklore
                                                 GOLD luxury tours and introducing Hawaii           exclusive dining experiences and a number
Museum and the main gate of Blue House
                                                 into its USA product line up.                      of hotel upgrades. On the GOLD Canadian
(President’s Residence). The program also
                                                    Insight’s deluxe GOLD tours offer journeys      Rockies and Alaska Cruise, guests will
visits the DMZ, the last De-militarized
                                                 to Hawaii, Mexico, the Canadian Rockies            stay at the Four Seasons resort in Whistler
Zone in the world that stretches for 2 km
                                                 & Alaska, American East Coast and the              and onboard Holland American Line, they
wide on each side of the Demarcation Line
                                                 Southern USA.                                      will enjoy a
between South and North Korea. This
                                                    GOLD departures include high-end                stateroom with
program also includes a visit to Memorial
                                                 hotels in central locations, authentic dining      private balcony.
Hall, the Observatory, the 3rd Tunnel, Im-
                                                 experiences, smaller tour groups and leisurely        Travelers on
gin Park, Freedom Bridge and more. While
                                                 paced itineraries with more free time.             the new GOLD
packed with interesting things to see and
                                                    The new GOLD Hawaiian Dreams trip is            Mexico’s Great
do, this program also allows for free time
                                                 Insight’s first venture to the tropical locale     Colonial Cities
and time to shop.
                                                 and includes authentic experiences with            departure will
                                                 luxurious stays in Oahu, Maui and the Big          stay at the Four
Goway Travel has introduced an agents’
                                                 Island of Hawaii, with plenty of leisure time.     Seasons         in
incentive for bookings made July 1-Aug
                                                    Highlights include surfing lessons on           Mexico City and
31. The Great Giveaway will reward North
                                                 Waikiki Beach, a guided walk through coffee        dine in style at
American agents with weekly prizes and
                                                 and macadamia nut orchards and a visit to          the AAA Four
a grand prize trip for two to New Zealand.
                                                 Iolani Palace.                                     Diamond Andanza
To be entered in draws, agents need to
                                                    Insight Vacations Canada president Cris         restaurant in Guanajuato. Every tour in the
make a booking on any Goway vacation
                                                 David said: “Hawaii has long been a favourite      new brochure also features a Celebration
to Africa, Asia, The South Pacific, Idyllic
                                                 getaway amongst travelers, so we’re pleased        Dinner with wine, in which guests can toast
Islands or Latin America. Each week, one
                                                 to offer a luxurious way to explore the tropical   their travels in an intimate setting.
lucky agent will be selected at random to
                                                 destination. As part of our new premium               Insight is offering 10% savings on 2012
win a prize. In addition, all bookings made
                                                 GOLD series, we expect the Hawaiian Dreams         USA & Canada bookings made before Sept 9.
during the promotional dates will be en-
                                                 tour to be one of our most popular additions to
tered into the main prize trip draw, which
                                                 the 2012 USA & Canada brochure.”
will include airfare from Los Angeles and a
nine-day coach tour by Australian Pacific
Touring. Visit                     Georgia re-opens in Vancouver
                                                    Vancouver’s Rosewood Hotel Georgia has          10,000 square feet of banquet and meeting
Carnival Cruise Lines will operate an ex-        re-opened in downtown Vancouver, following         facilities, crystal chandeliers and an intimate
tended schedule of voyages from Boston           a dramatic restoration that returned this          lobby lounge. It includes 155 rooms, including
with a series of four- and five-day eastern      historic hotel to its former grand status.         two penthouse suites. To mark the reopening,
Canada cruises aboard the 2,974-passen-             The 84-year-old property, located across        the hotel is offering a special rate of $192.70
ger Carnival Glory beginning in June 2012.       the street from the Vancouver Art Gallery,         (the year the hotel opened). This rate is
Carnival will be the only cruise line offering   boasts one of the country’s largest private        limited, and valid only on stays of two or more
short cruises from Boston to the Canadian        collections of Canadian art, as well as a          nights.
Maritimes.On the new program, Carnival           restored Spanish Ballroom, a spa, nearly
Glory will sail from Boston’s Black Falcon
Cruise Terminal on four-day cruises Thurs-
days to Saint John, NB, and five-day voy-
ages departing Mondays and Saturdays to
Halifax and Saint John.The program will
operate June 10 to July 26, 2012. A spe-
cial seven-day cruise will be offered June
3-10, 2012, with visits to Portland, Maine;
and Saint John, Halifax and Sydney, Nova

       Mekong cruise
Avalon Waterways will offer new Mekong
River cruises next year aboard its new
16-cabin Avalon Angkor, which is under
construction in Viet Nam by Pandaw. The
itineraries will operate between Ho Chi
Minh City in Vietnam and Cambodia’s Ang-
kor Wat at Siem Reap.

                                                 Vancouver’s Rosewood Hotel Georgia has re-opened following a major renovation and expansion.
                                                 For a limited time, rates are going for $192.70 to commemorate the hotel’s year of birth.

2              July 26 - Aug 8, 2011
                                                                                                                                MUNICH, GERMANY
                                                                                                                                CITY PACKAGE
                                                                                                                                LEONARDO HOTEL
                                                                                                                                MUNCHEN CITY CENTRE ★★★★
                                                                                                                                HOT BUFFET BREAKFASTS
                                                                                                                                GREAT LOCATION
                                                                                                                                FOR YOUR COMFORT This hotel’s very central location, near the train
                                                                                                                                station, means you will be within walking distance of Marienplatz,
                                                                                                                                Theresienwiese, theatres and museums. Recently renovated, it
                                                                                                                                features 80 comfortable rooms with: air-conditioning, TV, Internet,

                                                                                                                                coffee/tea tray, mini-bar ($), in-room safe, bathroom, hairdryer
                                                                                                                                • restaurant, bar, 24-hour room service, pool, parking ($)

                                                                                                                                                                                             VANCOUVER DEPARTURES
                                                                                                                                7 nights                                                     8 days/ 7 nights • August 10, 17, 24

                                                                                                                                $      969
   For more details, see the Transat Holidays                                                                                                                                                PACKAGE INCLUDES Flights, 7 nights’
   Europe 2011-2012 brochure or visit                                                                                                                                                        accommodation & Hop-On Hop-Off pass
                                                                                                                                                                                             Add taxes & fees: $491

                                                                                                                                CALGARY DEPARTURES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE,
                                                                                                                                PLEASE INQUIRE.

New bookings only. Flights are via Air Transat in economy class. Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Space and price subject to availability at time of booking and subject to change without notice. Departure taxes, transportation fees, HST/ GST (where applicable),
supplements, fuel surcharges and ATSC are not included and noted above. Prices and space are available at time of our advertising deadline. For complete details and terms and conditions refer to the Transat Holidays 2011-2012 Europe Collection brochure. Transat Holidays is
registered as a travel wholesaler in British Columbia with offices at 555 West Hastings Street, Suite 2800, Vancouver, BC V6B 4N5. BC REG# 2454-4.
                                            Sunquest will hold seats
                                           Sunquest is making it easier to book trav-         The program applies to departures be-
                                        el. It is now allowing agents to hold six seats    tween Nov 1, 2011 and April 30, 2012, ex-
                                        without payment until midnight the following       cluding Christmas and March breaks. To avoid
                                        day on all new winter 2011-12 bookings.            auto-cancellation of the booking, a deposit of
                                           The offer applies to departures outside of      $250 pp must be applied to the reservation by
                                        45 days, allowing agents to secure the rate at     midnight the next day. Final payment is due
                                        the time of booking. Should the rate increase      45 days prior to departure and early booking
                                        within the option period, the lower rate will be   bonuses may or may not apply depending on
                                        honoured, and should the rate decrease dur-        the conditions outlined by the hotel.
                                        ing this period, agents may request to have        Visit
                                        the reservation adjusted.

                                          Signature offers iPad2 reward
                                            Signature Vacations has announced a             and 31 exclusive resorts from Riu Hotels
                                         groups booking reward for travel agents.           and Resorts.
                                         Simply book any group of 20 or more adults            The iPad2 reward is available to travel
                                         with Signature Vacations for next Winter,          agents who make bookings between June
                                         and receive a free state-of-the-art iPad2 as       28 and Aug 9, 2011 inclusive, for depar-
                                         a “thank-you!”.                                    tures between Nov 1, 2011 and April 30,
                                            No tracking or forms are required.bSig-         2012 of three or more nights.
                                         nature is offering flights from 30 Canadian           The reward applies to Signature pack-
                                         gateways, now loaded in the system, and            age bookings only (excludes land only or
                                         a product line-up consisting of Palace             air only groups), and groups must be fully
                                         Resorts’ exclusive Crown Collection,               deposited to qualify.

                                        Wyndham Hotel Group plans to open more
                                        than 75 new Microtel Inns & Suites® hotels
                                                                                           Western Vacations
                                        in Canada over the next 25 years as part of        Cont'd from Page 1
                                        a master development agreement between             through its subsidiary Myescapades. It be-
                                        Wyndham and MasterBUILT Hotels. Currently,         came interested in Western Vacations due
                                        the Microtel Inns & Suites brand has two ho-       to the company’s solid reputation among the
                                        tels in Canada, one in Parry Sound, ON and         travel industry and its highly experienced
                                        another in Woodstock, ON.                          staff, he said.
                                                                                              In a prepared statement, Huntington presi-
                                                                                           dent Kiran Budhdev said: “Not only does this
                                                                                           acquisition establish a solid foundation for
                                                          Index                            Huntington in Western Canada but it also fur-
                                             Section                        Page           ther diversifies our product offerings to our
                                             Europe .....................   9-10           travel agent partners. Both companies have
                                                                                           shared the same philosophy that the travel
                                             Fam Report ..............      12
                                                                                           agents come first.”
                                             Winter Preview .......         14
                                             Classifieds ................   17             Stratford Summer Music festival in
                                                                                           Ontario runs to Aug 22. Tickets range from
                                                                                           $30 to $50. Call 800-567-1600.

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4          July 26 - Aug 8, 2011
Le Centre Sheraton Montreal is offering
a summer promotion, with rates from $179
per night with a third night at 50% off. This             Anderson adds V Australia
Sweet Deal package includes a $40 food and              Anderson Vacations has added a new              hotels, tours and activities.
beverage credit for use at the hotel bar and         airline, V Australia, to its roster of air car-       V Australia offers wide economy seats,
restaurant and a 2 pm late checkout. The             riers serving the South Pacific.                   plenty of legroom, and USB connections to
stay also includes a 15% discount on the                V Australia aims to make the 10 to 14-          its entertainment system. Coming soon, V
Montreal Museum pass, plus a $10 credit              hour flights between the two continents            Australia will allow passengers to stay con-
per person for slot machine play at Casino de        more pleasurable by creating a boutique            nected throughout their flight, by email or
Montreal when signed up as a Casino Privi-           style flight experience, with mood lighting,       SMS through a unique eXPhone system.
lege member, plus a special gift from Fruits &       tongue-in-cheek advertisements and club               V Australia offers its international long
Passion and Tourisme Montreal. This offer is         music and more.                                    haul flights from Los Angeles and San
valid to Oct 15, and subject to availability. To        The new agreement between Anderson              Francisco, with connections available from
book this Sweet Deal call 866-716-8101 and           Vacations and V Australia will allow An-           Canada.
mention rate code SWEETS or visit the Hotel          derson’s travel agent partners to access V            Call 866-814-7378 or email dures@an-
Offers page at            Australia’s fares to tie in with Anderson’s

           Two for one
GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel and
Tours, the Canadian representative for AMA
                                                                     Goway into Siberia
Waterways,is offering two-for-one cruise-              Goway Travel has launched a new inter-           es, vodka and caviar tasting sessions and
only bookings on select sailings in Europe          continental journey aboard the Tsar’s Gold          concerts. At Lake Baikal, there is a BBQ
this year, when deposits are made by Aug            Transsiberian Railway. The Trans-Siberian           with kebabs and vodka, as well as Russian
31. Among the departures honoring the               traverses two continents, and 9656 km               folk songs..
two-for-one deal are: the Legendary Danube          of Siberian steppe between Beijing                     Goway Travel offers this unique experience
cruise departing Nov 9 and Nov 21; The Blue         and Moscow.                                         with quad cabins starting at $5037 pp, two-
Danube Discovery cruise departing Nov 1                From Beijing, the train traverses the Gobi       berth cabins starting at $6995 pp and luxury
and Nov 3; and the Enchanting Rhine cruise          desert overnight, crossing into Mongolia.           deluxe cabins at $16,809 pp. As the train
departing Nov 18.                                   Meanwhile, there is plenty going on aboard          operates between May and September only,
                                                    the train, including Russian language class-        2012 journeys are nearly sold out.

               Avalon introduces luxury cruising
   Avalon Waterways introduced its unique           and beer.                                           seven feet.
style of river cruising at a reception for travel       Introduced this year is a new line of upscale      Avalon is offering a number of EBB incen-
agent partners recently in Vancouver. With a        L’Occitane amenities and additional bedding         tives such as $1,300 off per couple on most
fleet of elegant ships offering such onboard        comfort with premium mattresses, Egyptian           air-inclusive itineraries.
luxury as spacious cabins, comfy bedding,           linens, European duvets and a choice of firm           In addition to Europe, Avalon features
floor-to-ceiling windows and, coming next           or soft pillows.                                    cruising in Egypt, the Galapagos, China and
year, Wifi throughout each ship. Passen-               The company has also introduced the              – new for 2012 – The Mekong River through
gers also have flexibility in their meal choic-     Panorama, a new class of ship with 11-foot-         Cambodia and Vietnam.
es, which come with complimentary wine              wide, floor-to-ceiling windows that open a full     Visit

Networking at the Avalon Waterways’ product launch in Vancouver re-           Joining their travel colleagues at the Avalon Waterways’ launch in Van-
cently were Peter Ouzounov, BDM for Globus and Avalon Cruises, Rita           couver were Derek Swaile, manager, Hagen’s Travel, King Edward, Van-
Grzeskowiaik, Cambie House of Travel, and Tony Wicks, DSM for Globus          couver; Soledad Barraza, Forbes Travel International; and Don Swaile,
and Avalon Waterways.                                                         owner, Hagen’s Travel.

6                July 26 - Aug 8, 2011
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                 Fly Free
Goway Travel is offering free airfare on
some trips to New Zealand booked by Aug                       Sunquest is offering agents $50 per seat                      new groups bookings made between July 4
15. The offer applies to selected guaran-                  on every group booking,                                          and Aug 4, 2011, for departures between Nov
teed escorted tour departures from Octo-                   awarded in the equivalent number of TC                           1, 2011 and April 30, 2012.
ber, 2011 to March, 2012. The free flight                  Loyalty Points (5,750). These points can                            It applies to both packages and air-only
offer to New Zealand from Vancouver rep-                   then be redeemed for merchandise, travel or                      bookings, but is not valid on land-only book-
resents a savings of $1898 per person.                     used with the Thomas Cook Visa card, which                       ings. The bonus TC Loyalty Points will be
There are five touring programs offered on                 can be used towards any purchase where                           awarded once the group has departed.
this deal, in the Premier Plus Category -                  Visa is accepted.                                                   In addition, the Groups EBB has also been
the 21-day Great New Zealand Experience,                      Since a minimum of 10 adults are required                     extended. When clients book their group by
18-day All About New Zealand and 16-day                    to qualify as a group, agents may earn a bo-                     Aug 4, 2011, they will save $270 per adult
New Zealand Phenomenon plus 2 Premier                      nus $500 in TC Loyalty Points, in addition to                    ($150 per adult plus no fuel surcharge).
Escorted Tours, the 17-day New Zealand                     the regular points earned with every Sunquest                       Visit or call 800-
Wonderland and 141-day New Zealand                         Group booking.                                                   509-9229 #1, or email groupswest@sun-
Highlighter Premier Plus Vacations.                           This promotion applies to all gateways, to          
                                                           all destinations, and for any duration, on all
          Single parents
Velas Resorts is waiving the single supple-                               Anderson covers rail
ment fee for single parents traveling with                    Anderson Vacations offers a plethora of                       Packages featuring moderate hotels start at
kids at three of its Mexican properties,                   rail journeys across Canada, catering to the                     $2259 plus GST pp dbl.
through to Aug 31. Special offers for chil-                growing numbers of travelers who enjoy this                         Also offered is a Kingston 1000 Islands
dren range from two children stay and eat                  relaxing way of touring. Corey Marshall, An-                     Getaway with VIA Rail that focuses on the wa-
free (Velas Vallarta) to $75 per child, per                derson’s president CEO, said that some 80%                       terfront and surrounding islands of this area
night at the Grand Velas resorts.Grand                     of Anderson’s quotation volume for Canada                        of the St. Lawrence Region.Packages start at
Velas Riviera Maya also includes a guided                  product currently includes a rail experience.                    $495 plus GST pp and include return VIA Rail
tour of the property’s cenotes, private                       Among the offers is an Islands, Peaks and                     from Toronto, two nights of moderate accom-
transport from Cancun Airport to the hotel                 Glaciers trip that takes passengers on a nine-                   modation, sightseeing cruise including lunch,
and a Croco-Cun Zoo tour per person per                    night customized rail package from Calgary                       and a Kingston trolley tour.
stay.All-inclusive rates range from $190                   to Victoria via Banff, Jasper, Vancouver and                        Also, any rail itinerary can be fully cus-
per night at Velas Vallarta Suite Resort                   other overnight stops. Sightseeing along the                     tomized to meet the needs of any client. Call
in Puerto Vallarta to $320 at Grand Velas                  way includes a Banff discovery tour, Colum-                      866-814-7378 or email dures@andersonva-
Riviera Nayarit and $550 at Grand Velas                    bia Icefield excursions, VIA rail from Jasper to       
Riviera Maya. Call 888-323-4294 or visit                   Prince Rupert and whale watching in Victoria.

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8                 July 26 - Aug 8, 2011
                                                                  SAVE ON
                                                                  FLIGHTS, HOTELS

                                                                  ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD

            Europe                                   Preference plies the Med
                                                    Preference Vacations holiday options in          en-day Essential Croatia escorted tour from
   Sunwing to Europe                             Europe include Italy, Spain, Croatia, Greece        Dubrovnik or a six-day Wonderful Croatia,
 Sunwing Airlines is now offering service        and now also the island of Sicily.                  from Zagreb to Dubrovnik.
 from Toronto and Montreal to London and            Throughout Italy, Preference offers a full          Preference also offers a unique Adriatic
 Paris, respectively. All Sunwing flights to     slate of possibilities, from Tuscan holidays        cruise on an intimate 28-21 passenger ship,
 Europe offer the carrier’s trademark wel-       to seaside getaways, escorted tours, car            visiting various towns and islands along the
 come on board champagne toast (in both          rentals, farm holidays, chateaux stays, or          Dalmation Coast. For a larger ship experi-
 directions), complimentary headphones,          apartment or villa accommodation. Among             ence, Preference also partners with MSC
 snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. A           its escorted tours in Italy is the four-night Art   Cruises, Louis Cruises and Costa Cruises.
 hot towel service and choice of hot meal        Capitals journey from Rome to Assisi, Siena,           Contact the recently appointed sales
 served with wine is also included, as is a      Florence, Padua and Venice.                         manager, Western Regional Sales Office,
 generous checked baggage allowance.                In Greece, a variety of tours are offered,       Lisa O’Neill, at loneill@preferencevacations.
    Sunwing’s European program runs              including a Classic Greece tour that includes       com or phone 604-551-8175; or toll free to
 through to Sept 12, with flights from To-       Athens, Santorini, Crete, Rhodes and Kusa-          head office at 866-277-7666; info@vacanc-
 ronto to London (Gatwick), Paris (Charles       dasi in Turkey, among other sites.        
 de Gaulle), Rome (Fiumicino), Lisbon               In Croatia, guests may choose from a sev-
 and Porto, along with Montreal to Paris
 (Charles de Gaulle). Flights from Toronto
 to Amsterdam are also being offered                    Scenic Tours adds EBBs
 this summer.                                       Scenic Tours has launched some EBBS                  Among the cruises, a 15-day Jewels of
                                                 for those booking European river cruises and        Europe River Cruise from Amsterdam to Bu-
 The Meliá de Mar Hotel in Palma de Mal-         tours for next year. Those booking any 2012         dapest from $4,795 pp dbl, with free return
 lorca, Spain has converted to an adults-        departure of 15 days or more by Oct 31 will         flights excluding taxes.
 only resort for guests over the age of 15. It   enjoy free flights to Europe (taxes extra).             Also available is the 15-day Romantic
 has also added new services and facilities      For those booking a cruise tour of seven-14         Rhine & Moselle River Cruise from Amster-
 as well as more personalized customer           days, they get a free partner flight to Europe,     dam to Basel from $5,695 pp dbl, also with
 services designed to meet the needs and         excluding taxes.                                    free return flights excluding taxes. This itin-
 preferences of a more adult clientele.             Scenic’s 2012 river cruise program               erary includes Venlo, home of Floriade 2012,
 The hotel rooms equipped with a Ne-             includes journeys on the Rhine, Main,               in Holland.
 spresso coffee machine, an iPod docking         Moselle and Danube aboard one of Scenic’s
 station, wireless phone eBooks and iPads        Space-Ships.
 available on request.

         Tauck prepares for new ship
   Tauck will name its newest ship ms Trea-      ture a modular design that allows two single           Each of the 300 square-foot suites on the
sures and expects to launch it in August. Cur-   beds to be combined to form a king-size bed,        361-foot ship will feature French balconies,
rently under construction in the Netherlands,    and all beds will be outfitted with 400 thread-     walk-in closets and marble baths with full
the ms Treasures will feature new beds and an    count Egyptian cotton sheets and Hungarian          size tubs.
enhanced cabin decor, both of which Tauck is     down pillows.                                           The additional 45 junior suites and cabins
implementing fleet-wide. The ship will sail on      The ms Treasures will feature the same           range from 150 to 183 square-feet, while all
five itineraries, ranging from The Blue Danube   configuration of staterooms as the compa-           staterooms will be outfitted with TVs, mini-
cruise to the 24-day, transcontinental Grand     ny’s other ships, with capacity limited to 118      bars, terry cloth robes, radios, safes, individ-
European Cruise.                                 guests. The ship’s 59 outside-facing state-         ual air conditioning and L’Occitane toiletries.
   The new decor uses lighter shades and         rooms will include 14 suites and seven junior          Other onboard amenities include a 24-hour
accents to create a brighter, more airy ambi-    suites and 85% of all staterooms will have full     Jacuzzi, lounge and wellness center. Call
ance. The bedding in each stateroom will fea-    floor-to-ceiling windows.                           800-468-2825, or visit

                                                                                                               July 26 - Aug 8, 2011               9
                                                      Titanic remembered
The Hepworth Wakefield art gallery has
opened in Yorkshire, UK, and is now the
largest art gallery in the country outside
of London, which is three hours away. Lo-         Belfast in Northern Ireland is planning a     in Belfast 100 years ago, and details the
cated in an outstanding setting on Wake-       commemorative year in 2012 to mark the           local enterprise and skills of ship building
field’s historic waterfront, the gallery is    100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titan-   in Belfast, and describes life onboard the
showingfor the first time a uniquecollec-      ic, which was designed, built and launched       ship through a collection of objects and
tion of sculptures by Barbara Hepworth         from Belfast shipyards.                          personal stories.
and Henry Moore.                                  Among the initiatives is a chance for visi-      Titanic Walking Tours take visitors to see
                                               tors to meet with local people who have first    where the famed ship was designed, built
                                               hand knowledge of the tragic sinking. Among      and launched. Stops include the Drawing Of-
      Scottish history                         those is Susie Miller, owner and guide of        fice, Slipway and Dock & Pump-House.
The Riverside Museum has opened in             Titanic Tours Belfast, and the great-grand-         Another tour, the Titanic Boat Tour, takes
Glasgow, Scotland. Housed in a wave            daughter of Titanic engineer Thomas Millar,      visitors along the Victoria Channel along-
shaped structure next to the River Clyde,      who worked for shipbuilder Harland & Wolff       side Queen’s Island and the Harland &
the museum displays some 3,000 objects         before boarding the Titanic as an engineer       Wolff Shipyards. A longer tour includes the
and exhibits, as well as the 19th-century      with the White Star Line.                        boat ride plus a stop at the Harland & Wolff
Scottish tall ship, Glenlee which is moored       Destined for a new life in New York,          Cranes – Sampson & Goliath – then out into
on the river.          Thomas set out with 2,200 passengers and         Belfast Lough. Belfast Titanic Trail is a self-
riverside                                      crew on April 12, 1912. He was one of more       guided, multi-media tour using GPS-based
                                               than 1500 passengers who never made it.          technology, the Node Explorer, to take visi-
Windstar Cruises is boosting capac-               The Ulster Folk & Transport Museum will       tors back to the future on a tour of the city
ity in the Greek Isles this year, plac-        mark the 100-year anniversary with the           sites associated with the Titanic story.
ing its 312-passenger Wind Surf in the         opening of several exhibits that explore life
area, along with its 148-guest Wind Star
and Wind Spirit. Departures are offered
through to September.

Busabout is a popular choice for the
                                                            Biking and Dining
independent traveler to Europe. With              Active Journeys is offering visitors a        glimpse into the pre-historic past.
Busabout Hop-on Hop-Off passes, clients        chance to explore the French landscape              As this area changed hands between Eng-
can start from any city on the Busabout        with a couple of bike tours that include gour-   land and France several times during the 100
network and travel at their own pace,          met meals.                                       Years War, fortified villages remain in vari-
staying as long as they like at each stop.        One of the programs covers the Dordogne       ous degrees of ruin throughout the region, as
When they are ready, they can jump on          region in the south west and the other cov-      well as numerous medieval churches open
the next coach and move onto the next          ers Provence. All packages include accom-        for viewing.
destination (coaches depart each city          modation, breakfasts and dinners, and pric-         This area is also known for its wines and
every other day). Busabout Hop-on-             ing starts from $2395 pp dbl for six nights.     fine food, most notably fois gras, which
Hop-off passesare valid between May            These packages are geared to bikers with         seems to be served at every social gather-
and October.                                   a reasonable degree of fitness as there are      ing. Also endemic to the area are truffles,
   The Busabout network travels to nine        some hills to navigate. Bike rentals are an      which, due to their high price, are served in
countries in Europe with 33 stops. Flexitrip   extra $150.                                      minute portions in many dishes, including
passes start at $669 pp ($639 for stu-            The Dordogne program starts in Brive, an      light and fluffy mashed potatoes.
dents) and include a Lonely Planet travel      area inhabited by mankind for thousands of          Similar biking programs, some escort-
guide book.                                    years. Besides the wine, this region is home     ed and some self-guided, are available in
   For those traveling in Scotland and Ire-    to the caves of Lascaux, which contain some      Provence, starting from Avignon and also in
land, HAGGiS & Shamrocker Adventures           of the finest examples of pre-historic art in    Normandy and the Loire Valley.
offers the same kind of transportation         the world. While the original caves are now         Call 800-597-5594 or email info@active-
programs. Check out           closed to visitors, a replication called Las-
or call 877-668-4328.                          caux 2 is open to the public and offers a rare

10             July 26 - Aug 8, 2011
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Kenya : More than expected                                                                               FAM Report
By Melanie Carter, Manager, Training and Marketing TPI in Winnipeg

   I don’t know too many people who don’t          rants and large lobby.                           was an emotional experience, when over 150
have Kenya on their “bucket list” – it cer-           We went to Lake Nakuru and Lake               children sang for us. The orphanage is doing
tainly was on mine. So when Steven Larkin          Naivasha and visited the Masa Mara. For me       its best to be self-sufficient, by raising their
of Intrepid Travel in Toronto invited me to        that was a real highlight because it was a       own pigs and building their own bakery.
visit Kenya, I didn’t hesitate.                    wildlife safari and a balloon ride, where we        When we were camping we helped pre-
   The idea was that we would be a small           saw cheetahs and lions from the air. After       pare the food. There was lots of fresh fruit
group from all over the world – essentially        we landed we drove right by them, they were      and salads, very healthy, and never a short-
duplicating a regular Intrepid Travel depar-       so close.                                        age of food. We were certainly working up
ture in Africa and elsewhere. The company                                                           appetites so that was a good thing.
has 40 different itineraries that feature ei-                                                          Obviously a
ther Kenya alone or Kenya in combination                 “… The best trip                           trip like this
with other countries.                                   I’ve ever had …”                            is most suited
   I was the only TPI rep, but there were in-                                                       to an adven-
dustry people from Europe, Britain and Aus-                                                         turous type
tralia and staffers from Canada, Australia                                                          of clientele,
and England, so we were a pretty cosmo-               I was also impressed with the Intrepid        someone who
politan group.                                     staff. They are fabulous. They’ve been doing     doesn’t mind
   The fam was essentially Intrepid’s sev-         this for many years and you can tell that they   the camping
en-day Kenya Wildlife Safari, beginning in         really care about your experience in Africa.     aspect and
Nairobi. From there, we left in an overland        They are also well informed and genuinely        loves the out-
vehicle to tour the countryside.                   caring about the group.                          doors.
   What made the trip most interesting is             They also really go out of their way to          This was my first time in Africa and it was
that we sampled three of Intrepid’s “styles”       make sure visitors get to interact with the      an amazing experience. The pictures don’t
of travel.                                         locals. One night for example we camped          do it justice and to see the people, the land-
   Intrepid’s itineraries are rated Basix (as      with a Masai tribe, visited with them as they    scape and the animals first hand – it was
they say, backpacking with a guide), Origi-        milked their cows, and glimpsed a bit of z       definitely the best trip I’ve ever had.
nal (middle of the road, for an adventure          their lifestyle.                                    Where’s my next Intrepid Travel trip?
travel company) or Comfort (for a “soft land-         It was also interesting to see how Intrepid   Since they go to over 100 countries, I might
ing at night”).                                    supports sustainable travel. For example we      choose South America and Thailand. Any
   In Basix mode we pitched our own tents          had our own water bottles, which we filled       trip with them would be a great experience
(actually pretty easy) and chipped in do-          every day. We also went to an orphanage          – count me in.
ing the meals and cleaning up, which was           supported by the Intrepid Foundation. This
great fun. When
we switched to
Original style, we
stayed in very
comfortable larger
tents that were put
up for us and fur-
nished with sleep-
ing cots. Then in
the Masai Mara,
we enjoyed a Com-
fort-rated lodge,
very comfortable
with pool, restau-

                       Melanie Carter of TPI joined an international group of travel agents on a seven-day Intrepid Kenya
                       wildlife safari.

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12              July 26 - Aug 8, 2011
                                                                                        World-Class Product
                                                                                      Launches & Trade Shows
                                                                                   Every year Thomas Cook Canada’s Big Four product
                                                                                   launch and trade show brings you the biggest event
                                                                                   of the season. This year, we’ve gone even bigger as
                                                                                   Thomas Cook brings you the world!
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                                                                                   delivers the most exciting, most informative, and
                                                                                   most dazzling experience on the planet.
                                                                                   Come and connect with over 100 top-notch suppliers
                                                                                   from tourism boards, cruise lines, airlines, resorts, and
                                                                                   car rental agencies.

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  Sunquest turns 40!
  Stop by the Sunquest booth and join us
  as we celebrate our 40 years of sending
                                                                                                Agenda for The Big 4
  Canadians to the sun!                                                                AGENT REGISTRATION & TRADE SHOW: 5:00PM - 8:30PM

   Full details and the registration form for our launch and training seminars are available on our agent websites!
   Register at: • • • • 27240DC
 Winter Preview                                                    Sunquest repositions to Europe
                                                                      Sunquest is offering a long trans-Atlantic          extension costs an additional $449 pp dbl.
 Carnival Ecstasy will offer new four- and                         repositioning cruise holiday next spring.                 Clients booking this program by July 31,
 five-day Bahamas cruises from Port Ca-                            Departing Ft Lauderdale March 17, 2012, the            2011 will receive Sunquest’s stateroom up-
 naveral beginning Nov 7, 2011.Four-day                            MSC Poesia offers a 21- or 24-day cruise               grade special – when they book an inside
 long weekend cruises depart Thursdays                             across the Atlantic to Genoa, Italy.                   stateroom, they will receive an outside ocean
 and visit Nassau and Half Moon Cay or                                The 21-day cruise holiday starts from               view stateroom or when they book an ocean
 Freeport, while five-day voyages de-                              $2,899 plus tax and includes roundtrip airfare         view stateroom, they will get upgraded to an
 part Mondays and Saturdays, calling at                            from Toronto, a six-night Caribbean cruise, a          ocean view balcony stateroom.
 Nassau, Freeport and Half Moon Cay or                             five-night trans-Atlantic crossing, a five-night          Ports of call on this cruise include San Juan
 Key West.                                                         Mediterranean cruise and a four-night escort-          (Puerto Rico), Philipsburgh (St. Maarten), St.
                                                                   ed post-cruise tour in Italy exploring Genoa,          John’s (Antigua), Funchal (Madeira Island,
 Sunwing is expanding its service to Flori-                        Siena, Florence and Rome.                              Portugal), Malaga, Alicante and Barcelona in
 da from a number of Central Canada gate-                             The 24-day cruise holiday features all of           Spain and Genoa (Italy). Visit www.sunque-
 ways this coming winter. The new sched-                           the above plus three nights at a four-star ho-
 ule offers Ottawa to Orlando service and                          tel in central Rome over the Easter break. This
 Quebec City to Fort Lauderdale, in addi-
 tion to expanded service from Toronto and
 Montreal. All are aboard Sunwing Airlines.

 Air Canada Vacations will launch new
 A319 service from Toronto this winter to
 Curaçao, St. Kitts and St. Thomas. It will
 also offer a range of accommodations
 in each country. Toronto–Curaçao and
 Toronto-St. Thomas will operate on Sat-
 urdays beginning Dec 24, while Toronto–
 St. Kitts will operate Fridays beginning
 Dec 23.                                                           Sunquest is offering a trans-Atlantic cruise on the MSC Poesia next March, from Ft Lauderdale
                                                                   to Genoa.

      Transat Holidays heads to Florida
   Transat Holiday has released its new                               Transat Holidays offers three hotels in the             Paula Rizos, Commercial Director for
Florida 2011-2012 brochure, showing new                            Universal Orlando area: the Hard Rock Hotel,           Western Canada, said: “Interest in Transat
nonstops from Winnipeg this winter, as well                        Loews Portofino Bay Hotel and Loews Royal              Holidays’ ever popu-
as from its traditional Central and Eastern                        Pacific Resort.                                        lar Florida program is
Canadian gateways. The New Smyrna desti-                              Universal Studios’ newest theme park, The           likely to continue grow-
nation and Disney Cruise Line programs are                         Wizarding World of Harry Potter, opened last           ing in Canada, with the
new to Transat Holidays winter offerings, with                     year and is a must-see attraction for Potter           help of this year’s new
cruises on board the Disney Dream, Disney                          fans. New Smyrna, a beach community on the             line-up. Weekly direct
Fantasy, Disney Magic, and Disney Wonder.                          east central coast of Florida, joins Orlando,          flights from Winnipeg to
   In addition to Disney cruises, Transat Holi-                    St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota, Day-             Orlando taking off every
days continues to sell a wide range of hotels                      tona, Cocoa Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Holly-             Friday will make Flor-
and Walt Disney World attractions individually                     wood Beach, Miami and Key Largo in Transat             ida more accessible
and as part of a package. Various types of ac-                     Holidays’ 2011-2012 Florida brochure, each             than ever.”
commodation are available at over ten Disney                       offering a variety of packages and à la carte-
hotels, ranging from value to luxury.                              vacation options.

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Transat Holidays/Nolitours delivers on Groups
   Transat Holidays and Nolitours Groups         holiday, she added.                                   She also said: “Our Groups Resource
department in Vancouver is ready to handle           Debbie Girard, groups Director in Vancou-      Centre or APP provides our travel partners
business from Western Canada.                    ver, says group travelers continue to look for     with easy access to all our group offers and
   Paula Rizos, commercial director for the      authentic and unique experiences, as well as       added-value promotions, including consumer
west, says that while she couldn’t divulge       choice and value.                                  offers and travel agent incentives. New this
the exact numbers, group business is up year         She added that with the launch of Transat      season is the launch of our Extreme Deals
over year, and has grown “significantly” over    Holidays’ and Nolitours’ new Sun Collections,      and Recommended Departures, giving our
the past few years.                              there is a variety of new destinations, multiple   clients great value designed to meet their
   And while the groups staff can help agents    gateways, and resorts from which to choose.        customers’ needs.”
arrange for any kind of group package, wed-      Also, she said, agents can pre-book day tours         The Groups Business Builder is also back,
dings are the big seller, comprising about       and excursions to ensure the group gets            with its promise on Price, No Deposit Wed-
                             65% of all          what they want at destination, all together in     dings, Sell Above Block, DIY Groups and
                             group business,     a group.                                           BONBON offers.
                             she said. But           Girard added: “A huge part of our continued       If there’s one thing agents should know,
                             Transat Holi-       success and growth is due to the commitment        added Rizos, is they should encourage cli-
                             days and Noli-      and expertise within our groups department.        ents to book early, anywhere from six to 18
                             tours staff can     Providing our travel partners with support,        months before departure.
                             also customize      training and customer service is our top prior-       Contact the western Groups department
                             any departure       ity. Our team strives to find ways to improve      at; or call 877-284-
                             for a family re-    channels of communication when it comes to         8123; 604-638-2023; fax 604-630-1447,
                             union, sports or    special group offers and updated group/prod-       Monday to Friday, 0800-1700 PST.
                             adventure vaca-     uct information to our customers.”
                             tion, or a health       She added that agent training can be cus-
                             and wellness        tomized to suit any client’s specific needs.

Transat Holidays/Nolitours Western Canada Groups Department: Back Row (L-R): Director Debbie Girard; agents John Lawtie,Richard McGeachin,
Susan MacDonald, Jeenet Marchetti; incentive and specialty agent Farah Anderson; supervisor Cole Keitamo; agents Nena Ganja,Marlene Pier-
pont, Paul Chang, Nico Relova, Ting Lee. Middle Row: incentive and specialty agent Suzette Arrubio, supervisor Sandra Defrias; agents Jacqueline
Lou, Pamela Santos and Crystal Waugh.

                                                                                                             July 26 - Aug 8, 2011          15
            Nevada                               Houseboating explores Nevada
                                                 By Brad Edelson, Executive Director Student Abroad Travel, Toronto
       Caesars’ agents                              I joined a group of travel writers recently     striped bass in Lake Mohave. The high cliffs
Caesars Entertainment Corporation has            to explore a part of Nevada that doesn’t get       abound with cliff jumpers, which you may
launched a website for travel agents at Cae-     the same kind of attention as its dominat-         watch from the safety of a jet ski or deck- It provides agents         ing matriarch, Las Vegas. We went house            boat provided by Forever Resorts.
with direct access to customized offers and      boating, hosted by Darla Cook, VP of PR and           The Forever Resorts Deck Boat offers a
promotions from their origin destination and     Events for Forever Resorts.                        great alternative to its speedboat. This ves-
up-to-date news and access to sales re-             We spent four days on Lake Mead and two         sel provides shelter from the sun on a 10-
sources. The site is a central place to find     on Lake Mohave, on two different boats of          seat deck, and also offers the power of a
relevant information including agent com-        the same model.                                    speedboat, allowing for great tubing, skiing
missions, selling tips and the latest news          What I liked was I could experience the         and wake boarding at a cost of $60 per hour.
from the world of Caesars Entertainment.It       heat of the dessert while cruising the cool        Both Lake Meade and Lake Mohave are ex-
also provides information on signature pro-      blue-green fresh waters of the two lakes.          pansive, allowing for a serene experience,
grams including: Total Experiences for Travel       The setting offers a perfect base for fam-      without the noisy water traffic common on
Agents, PetStay Las Vegas, No Resort Fees,       ily reunions. The 75 foot XT includes four         smaller lakes.
Buffet of Buffets and All-Stage Pass. Reg-       bedrooms and a pull-out couch, complete               At each marina, you will find a restaurant
istered agents will also have access to an       with two bathrooms and a full kitchen and          and grocery store complete with ice, bever-
extensive library of tools including property    propane grill. And it was air conditioned.         ages, food and alcohol.
highlights, GDS Codes and Caesars Enter-            Topside, we could enjoy views of the               Training and orientation by skilled marina
tainment’s international contact list. Agents    mountains from the shade of the canopy             staff teaches renters how to pilot a house-
who register on the site before the end of the   or take advantage of the waterslide off            boat, and the rules of the lake.
year will be entered in a draw to win a three-   the stern.                                            Visit For
night Las Vegas vacation for two. Visit www.        However, the real adventures are on the         commissionable international bookings, call                         land. There is hiking the canyons around           480-998-1981. Daily rates start at $471
                                                 the Hoover Dam, where long-horned sheep            plus fuel. Trade contact is Steve Angell, at
The Nevada Commission on Tourism has             bask in hot springs. There is also fishing for     480-998-7199 x 7128.
launched a website to meet the needs of the
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender trav-
elers. The site,, offers
information on LGBT-featured events, as well
as information on various hotels, shows and

The Western Historic Radio Museum in
Virginia City, Nevada carries a wide selection
of radios and radio memorabilia from 1910 to
1950. Among the gems are: a 1912 wireless
station, a Colin B Kennedy high end receiver
from the 1920s, and a collection of vintage
radios including an RCA Victor Model, from
1934.                         One of the fleet of houseboats operated by Forever Resorts, seen here nestled for the night at
                                                 Cottonwood Cove Marina on Lake Mohave.



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        L O W E S T            P R I C E         G U A R A N T E E D !

      TRAVEL AGENTS is looking for Travel Agent
Professionals to work in our Edmonton, Surrey, Abbotsford, and                                        Vacation Travel Agent
                     Vancouver locations.
                                                                                 UNIGLOBE Vision Travel is seeking a motivated travel industry
Learn, Earn & Grow with one of Canada’s largest and most well known              professional to work in our vacation travel department based in
          Travel Retailers. A part of the Sunwing Travel Group                   downtown Vancouver. A minimum of 2 years vacation travel ex-
 recognized annually on the Profit Top 100 list,            perience, superior communication & selling skills, advanced cus-
           offers exclusive perks you can’t get anywhere else!                   tomer service aptitude, ability to work in a fast paced environment,
                                                                                 and multi tasking proficiencies are all required assets. Preference
           Competitive Salaries,                                                 will be given to candidate with written and verbal communication
                                                                                 in French.
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        Unlimited Earning Potential,                                             Your skills should include:
                                                                                 • Multi-GDS experience preferred
            Career Development                                                   • Sabre & Sabre Vacations
The more you sell, the more you earn. Combine our well known brand
                                                                                 • MS office 2007
and substantial marketing investment with your selling skills. If you are
                                                                                 • TRAMS Accounting
 an experienced travel agent or a motivated sales professional, please           • Keen knowledge of popular vacation travel destinations
email your resume with cover letter to,             • Excellent interpersonal skills with a focus on rapport building,
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                                                                                 Vision Travel offers unique and challenging career opportunities.

                                                                                 Please submit your resume to

                                                                                    Thank you for your interest however only selected candidates will be contacted.

  A leading Tour Operator is seeking dynamic candidates for the                                      The Journal
                       following positions:

           Area Sales Manager - Northern Alberta                               LOOK WHO’S BACK …. Tracy Poole has returned to the frenetic
                     (Temporary 1 year assignment)                             world of travel industry sales, joining Western Vacations in Victoria as
                                                                                                             Business Development Manager, where
Responsibilities:                                                                                            she will also be handling business for
Responsible for maintaining contact with travel agencies in Alberta                                          Western Vacations’ new owner Hunting-
to ensure continued satisfaction and obtain additional sales leads;                                          ton Travel and Myescapades. She will,
Promote, sell and service product line to a wide variety of travel                                           however, be based in Vancouver, under
agencies in an assigned geographical area;                                                                   the direction of Dean Neville, Western
Organize consumer shows in cooperation with travel agencies and                                              Vacations’ newly appointed president.
participate in all Trade Shows;
Responsible for maintaining a consistent prospective activity re-
                                                                                                             A condensed version of Poole’s resume
port and contact with customers to ensure continued satisfaction.                                            reads: travel agent; sales manager at
                                                                                                             Cook Islands Holidays; BDM at Fun
Requirements:                                                                                                Sun; and then spent the last couple
College diploma in Tourism; 3 years of experience in the tourism                                             of years settling down in Pemberton,
industry; knowledge of travel agencies, excellent communication                                              north of Whistler, working at various
skills; initiative and people oriented. Candidates should reside in                   Tracy Poole            jobs in Whistler. She can be reached
Greater Edmonton and have a valid driver’s license.                                                          at 604-384-3326 or tracy@westernva-
If you are interested in these positions and have the above
mentioned requirements, please send your resume by E-mail to by August 15, 2011.

        Only those candidates qualifying for an interview will be contacted.
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Insight adds depth to Jordan tour
By Sandra Cumming
   The six-day Jordan trip from Insight Va-         restoring mosaics. This is the only project of
cations will take you to places you’ve never        its kind in the Middle East.
dreamed of seeing. The tour starts in Amman            Petra – what can one say that hasn’t al-
then proceeds to Jerash, Petra and Madaba.          ready been said 1000 times. More that 2200
The entire trip was well planned with conge-        years ago, the Nabataens – a tribe from the
nial, well-trained staff.                           Arabian Peninsula settled in southern Jordan.
   Even with all my travelling, I did feel a bit    They became the undisputed masters of the
bewildered upon arriving in the Hashemite           region’s trade routes, levying tolls, protecting
Kingdom of Jordan.                                  caravans laden with Arabian frankincense
   My trepidation was quickly put to rest           and myrrh, Indian spices and silks and Af-
when I saw a Jordanian Tour Director holding        rican ivory and animal hides linking China,
up a sign with my name on it upon my arrival.       India and Southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria,
He made my entry to Jordan effortless and
without incident, even paying the entry fee as
I didn’t have Jordanian dinar at the time.             “… Humans have been
   Amman Airport is small and dated, but a           living here for more than
new, more modern airport is scheduled to                   6500 years …”
open in 2012.
   While driving to Amman and the Crown
Plaza hotel we passed a sign on the highway
indicating at the next right exit – Iraq was just   Greece and Rome.
119 miles away. It took me by surprise as I            They even traded in bitumen from the
guess I wasn’t that familiar with the geogra-       Dead Sea, used for caulking ships, and by the
phy in the Middle East and didn’t realize Iraq      Egyptians for embalming the dead, and used
and Jordan shared a border. I know it much          today to black top highways. In the 2nd Cen-
better now I’m happy to say.                        tury BC, Petra became the capital of the Na-       Peeking through the Sig to the first site of
                                                                                                       the Treasury.
   The four centers we toured are steeped           bataen Kingdom. They supported themselves
in antiquity. In Jerash, north of Amman, are        through agriculture and raising livestock.         and cisterns, even directing it from the source
the ruins a Greco-Roman city complete with          They built terraces to grow vines and olive        at Moses Springs many kilometers away. The
ruins of the temples of Artemis and Zeus, an        trees and breed their livestock, which were        remains of these pipes, channels and cisterns
oval Forum and Hadrian’s arch. Ruins have           surrounded by walls that can be seen today.        can be seen throughout Petra even today.
been found dating back to the Neolithic Age,        The Nabataens excelled at water manage-                Making our way to see the famous red rock
suggesting humans have been living here for         ment, using an ingenious system of canals          carvings, we walked along the Sig with walls
more that 6500 years. Quite by accident, our                                                           rising 200 meters on either side. Once through
timing was right on to watch a re-enactment                                                            the Sig we came upon the most famous carv-
of Roman soldiers at war, gladiators fighting                                                          ing, the Treasury. Standing 40 meters high,
and even a three-chariot race in the Hippo-                                                            it is breath taking. At one time tourists were
drome. Dressed in authentic Roman soldier                                                              allowed into the ‘building’ but thankfully that
uniforms and clothes of the period right down                                                          practice has stopped. It’s called the Treasury
to a Roman soldier calling the start of the                                                            not because it was a bank, as I thought, but
games by sounding an ancient horn, this en-                                                            because they knew it would be the treasure of
actment made me feel that I had been trans-                                                            all the carvings. Carved in the lst Century BC
ported back 2,000 years.                                                                               as a tomb for an important Nabataen king and
   Madaba is famous for its mosaics and the                                                            later possibly used as a temple, this façade
showpiece is housed in St. George Church.                                                              represents the engineering genius of early in-
Dating to around 560 AD, it is a map, first de-                                                        habitants of Petra.
signed to cover the front section of the floor                                                             One can walk to this opening, ride a don-
of this Byzantine church. Only part of the map                                                         key, ride a horse or ride in a small horse-
is visible now but originally it measured 16                                                           drawn buggy. The clickity-clack sounds and
x 6 meters and was made from two million                                                               echoes of the animals’ hooves and the metal
stone mosaics and likely took six years to cre-                                                        wheels of the buggies in the narrow Sig had
ate. Clearly visible today are Jerusalem, the                                                          a unique rhythm and melody that I can still
Dead Sea, the Jordan River, Jericho, Nablus,                                                           hear today.
Heron, the Nile Delta in Egypt and south Leb-                                                              Returning to Amman on the Kings Highway,
anon. The detail is so fine, it even shows fish                                                        we drove through flat agricultural regions,
swimming down the Jordan River and turning                                                             home to groves of 400-year-old olive trees
around before reaching the Dead Sea. The                                                               that still bear fruit.
Mosaic School of Madaba is operated under                                                                  Jordan is a country filled with history and
                                                    A re-enactment of Roman soldiers at war took
the patronage of the Ministry of Tourism and                                                           natural diversity with warm welcoming resi-
                                                    place in the Jerash ruins north of Amman.
trains technicians in the art of repairing and                                                         dents that I yearn to return to.

18               July 26 - Aug 8, 2011
          Trafalgar enhances N. America tours
Trafalgar Tours has launched its 2012 Amer-        ca, welcoming guests into family homes and             starts in the mornings and longer stays
ica & Canada brochure, offering new guided         other private venues.                                  in each location, include the seven-day
holidays, unique insider experiences, and an          Clients will be treated to authentic local          Canadaian Rockies tour, which starts in
opportunity to delve deeper into North Ameri-      cuisine and local entertainment prepared               Calgary and visits Jasper National Park
                                 ca’s top sites.   especially for them, allowing for a very               and Banff; the eight-day San Francisco &
                                    The pro-       personal experience.                                   Wine Country Delights tour; the eight-day
                                 gram, which          Experiential itineraries include learn-             Golden West Contrasts; and the eight-day
                                 also        en-   ing the art of winemaking at Ravenswood                Great East Coast Cities tour, which takes in
                                 compasses         Winery in the Sonoma Valley as part of                 the sites of Washington, Philadelphia, Boston
                                 Mexico and                                                               and New York.
                                 Costa Rica,                                                                 Upgraded hotels are another highlight
                                 includes Tra-                                                            of Trafalgar’s 2012 program.Another ad-
                                 falgar’s Hid-     “… upgraded hotels are                                 dition next year to the First Class pro-
                                 den Treasures,     another highlight …”                                  gram is the nine-day Colourful Trails of the
                                 which provide                                                            Southwest tour, which starts in the resort
                                 passengers                                                               town of Scottsdale and takes in Oak Creek
                                 with opportu-                                                            Canyon, Monument Valley and Mesa Verde Na-
                                 nities for more   San Francisco & Wine Country Delights,                 tional Park, as well as the history and culture
authentic, local experiences.                      or traveling through Amish country by                  of Taos and Santa Fe. Also new is the eight-
    The program has been enhanced with new         horse-and-buggy, or experimenting in choco-            day National Parks Wonders fromSalt Lake
itineraries and more inclusions in Trafalgar’s     late making on the Trails of Liberty.                  City to Grand Teton National Park, Yellow-
First Class program, including upgraded hotel         Following the success of At Leisure in Eu-          stone National Park and Mount Rushmore in
and dining options. Family Experiences itiner-     rope, the new America & Canada At Leisure              South Dakota.
aries have also been expanded.                     program provides independently minded                     Trafalgar is also expanding its
    Also, for the first time, Trafalgar will ex-   travelers the option of a relaxed pace holiday,        Family       Experiences       itinerary    for
pand its At Leisure program into America and       combining exceptional inclusive experiences            2012, offering eight value-packed options
Canada. Also, Trafalgar’s Be My Guest dining       with free time for personal exploration.               for families, including the new 10-day Dude
inclusions are now available in North Ameri-          Four new itineraries, each offering later           Ranchin’, Yellowstone & Glacier Roundup.

By Sandra Cumming
                           New York, New York
    On a recent getaway for five days to           vantage of this service on a really long haul
New York, we flew Cathay Pacific to New            flight would make the trip a joy from begin-
York’s John F Kennedy Airport, with great          ning to end.
flight times to maximize our time there: YVR           In New York, we stayed at an apartment
– JFK 22:50 – 7:00, returning JFK – YVR            hotel just off Times Square, a short walk to
22:40 – 1:30.                                      shows, shopping, sight seeing and many
    We enjoyed experiencing Cathay’s new           world-renowned restaurants. We managed to
Business Class service that offers both pri-       take in several Greyline Hop On Hop Off tours
vacy and the feeling of sitting in wingback        that are a great way to experience Manhat-
                                                   tan without walking your feet off. Although
                                                   there is still plenty of that to really explore this
                                                   massive city.
                                                         A harbor cruise to the Statue of Lib-
                                                   erty and Staten Island was followed by a
                                                   stopover at Ground Zero. It’s hard to be-
                                                   lieve this September 11th will be the 10th
chairs that envelope you. They are carefully       anniversary of that tragic event.
designed to maximize the space. All seats are          Cathay’s late departure from New York
placed on an angle to allow conversation with      allowed us to explore the city for one final
your travelling companion or viewing the pan-      day before returning home.
orama out the windows. The widescreen in-              For an effortless and luxurious journey
flight entertainment units provide a variety of    to New York, check out Cathay, and par-
listening and viewing options. And the mul-        ticularly its Business Class section, which of
tiple adjusting seats quickly convert to a bed     course also allows you to enjoy their pre-
that is one of the largest in the industry.        boarding lounge in Vancouver.
    We were only able to enjoy this luxury dur-                 Frank and Sandra Cumming, publishers of
ing the four and one-half-hour flight to and                                                              GSA Travel Magazine, enjoy their royal treatment
from New York, but I can imagine taking ad-                                                               in Cathay Pacific’s business class cabin, from
                                                                                                          Vancouver to New York.

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