The # 1 ResouRce
FoR WesTeRn canadIan
Vol. 17 Issue 395 July 26 - Aug. 8, 2011
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
Cont'd on Page 4
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 cations.ca 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.
If you don’t generally think of house-
boating when you think of Nevada,
16 you might want to reconsider after
reading Brad Edelson’s report.
It was late last year that GSA co-
44 Adult $
33 Child (3-11) 18 publisher Sandra Cumming visited
Jordan, thanks to Insight Vacations.
She’s been waiting for the turmoil to
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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 www.insightvacations.ca
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 Gowayagent.com. 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. www.rosewoodhotelgeorgia.com
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
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 $192.70 to commemorate the hotel’s year of birth.
2 July 26 - Aug 8, 2011
MUNCHEN CITY CENTRE ★★★★
HOT BUFFET BREAKFASTS
FOR YOUR COMFORT This hotel’s very central location, near the train
station, means you will be within walking distance of Marienplatz,
Theresienwiese, theatres and museums. Recently renovated, it
features 80 comfortable rooms with: air-conditioning, TV, Internet,
coffee/tea tray, mini-bar ($), in-room safe, bathroom, hairdryer
• restaurant, bar, 24-hour room service, pool, parking ($)
7 nights 8 days/ 7 nights • August 10, 17, 24
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,
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 www.sunquestagent.ca.
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
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
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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 www.agentlingo.ca.
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.
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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
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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).
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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 quest.ca.
all destinations, and for any duration, on all
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 cations.ca.
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
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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. espreference.com.
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 www.tauck.com.
July 26 - Aug 8, 2011 9
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. www.glasgowmuseums.com/ 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
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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
tents that were put
up for us and fur-
nished with sleep-
ing cots. Then in
the Masai Mara,
we enjoyed a Com-
with pool, restau-
Melanie Carter of TPI joined an international group of travel agents on a seven-day Intrepid Kenya
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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- stagent.ca.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org; 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-
sarsTravelAgents.com. 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 www.foreverhouseboats.com. For
night Las Vegas vacation for two. Visit www. However, the real adventures are on the commissionable international bookings, call
CaesarsTravelAgents.com. 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, gay.travelnevada.com, 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. www.radioblvd.com. 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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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 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
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- www.cathaypacific.com/newbusinessclass 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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