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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Sesame Place: First Theme Park designated as a Certified Autism Center

Langhorne, PA – Sesame Place®, the nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning show Sesame Street®, in conjunction with the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), today announced the completion of a staff-wide autism sensitivity and awareness training at the theme park.  The completion designates Sesame Place as a Certified Autism Center (CAC) as distinguished by IBCCES, — the first theme park in the world to receive such a distinction. The certification aligns with National Autism Awareness Month and comes as the park readies for its 38th season, opening on April 28, 2018.

For almost 20 years, IBCCES has been the industry leader in autism training for licensed healthcare professionals and educators around the globe. IBCCES recognized that many families with children who have special needs have limited travel options, and in response, created training and certification programs specifically for the hospitality and travel industry.
As a Certified Autism Center, Sesame Place is required to provide ongoing training to ensure that team members have the requisite knowledge, skills, temperament, and expertise to interact with all families and children with special needs, specifically on the autism spectrum. Training takes place in the areas of sensory awareness, environment, communication, motor and social skills, program development, and emotional awareness as well as a comprehensive autism competency exam.  The autism training must be taken every two years in order to maintain the certification.
“As the first theme park in the world to complete the training and become a CAC, Sesame Place is better equipped to offer families inclusive activities for children with autism and other special needs,” explained Sesame Place park president Cathy Valeriano.  Robust pre-visit planning resources will be added to the park’s website including a sensory guide, developed by IBCCES.  This sensory guide will make it easier for parents to plan activities that satisfy their child’s specific needs and accommodations by providing insight on how a child with sensory processing issues may be affected by each sense for each attraction.  The park will also have two quiet rooms located on Sesame Island.  These rooms will have adjustable lighting, and a comfortable seating area for guests to take a break.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Hawaii Vacation Rental Deal of the Month


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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Today! Free online course about Russia + FIFA World Cup for travel specialists

Travel Agent & Tour Operators:

Free online session for travel specialists on how to sell FIFA World Cub and Tourism to Russia
Become a certified tourism expert on Russian destinations!

Click here to join our international online training session planned for today, 21 March 2018

You will learn about:

  • Russian highlights
  • Accommodation,
  • Reliable partners,
  • Variety of tour packages and itineraries
  • How to visit Russia without a visa
Join our online training now! All the participants of the course will receive a certificate.
Click here to watch the live stream.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Corinthia Hotel Prague offers special package for city’s 2018 Centennial Celebrations


2018 is a pivotal year to visit Prague as it celebrates the 100th birthday of the founding of the Czech Republic and 50 years since the Prague Spring. The Czech Republic’s capital city of Prague is at the heart of all the major celebratory events to mark the two anniversaries.

Special exhibitions, concerts, shows and parades take place during a full year of events, culminating on October 28 with a grand military parade and the re-opening of the National Museum.



Also celebrating in 2018 is Corinthia Hotel Prague, which is 20 years old as a Corinthia-branded hotel. Perched atop one of Prague’s several hills, the five-star hotel boasts panoramic views of Prague, known as a City of a Hundred Spires.

To tie in with the double birthdays, Corinthia Hotel Prague will present a bottle of local wine to each guest staying between June 11-17, 2018. It has also extended its Best of Prague package to include tickets for the major exhibition of the work of world-acclaimed Czech Art Nouveau artist, Alfons Mucha. As part of the centenary celebrations, the exhibition runs from June until the end of October at the Municipal House in Old Town.

Guests booking the Best of Prague package can choose a complimentary ticket to a must-see attraction in the city for each day of their stay. In a city heavily laden with sightseeing opportunities, it is a difficult choice. The Best of Prague package includes tickets to the following major sights:

           Old Town Hall Tower: Affords some of the best city views from the top of this 14th Century tower. Its astronomical clock is worth watching on the hour, every hour, for the procession of the 12 apostles.



•           Alfons Mucha; The Slav Epic:  One of Art Nouveau’s most celebrated artists, this special exhibition at the Municipal House in Old Town showcases a series of paintings by the artist summarizing the history of the Czechs and the other Slavic nations.



•           Žižkov Tower: The jury’s out whether this TV tower is a monument to Prague’s communist architecture or a funky place from which to look out over the city. It’s the tallest tower in Prague at 216m (708 feet) high.

•           Franz Kafka Museum: The museum tracks the life of Prague’s most celebrated literary son through an exhibition of his letters, diaries, photographs as well as period newspapers and videos.

For more information, visit: https://www.corinthia.com/en/hotels/prague

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Russia Expo Days 2018: Be an expert on Russia! Get a certificate of a travel specialist


LIFESTREAM in English to be an expert on Russia!
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Online course for travel professionals Russia Expo Days starts on 21 March. It is the most detailed online course on the tourist product of Russia for travel professionals from over the world. All attendees will receive a certificate.



Speakers from Russia will tell:

— How is the tourism market in Russia organized: DMCs, visitors’ centers, etc. – how to work with them?

— Transport in Russia: air flights, trains, bus tours, river cruises. How to select an optimal means of transport?

— How to organize a tour to Russia for the FIFA 2018 Championship?

— Tour packages by Russian DMCs, from traditional popular excursions and city breaks to tailored tours.

The best destination of Russia from Moscow to Siberia:

• Comprehensive presentation of Moscow including all facets of the Russian capital: museums, fascinating events, traditional and tailored excursion programs and much more.

• The Kaliningrad Region: the westernmost region of Russia, former Königsberg and the birthplace of Immanuel Kant, sandy beaches of the Baltic Sea, the Curonian Spit unique nature reserve.

• The Sverdlovsk Region: the Russian region rich in minerals, the border of Europe and Asia; the capital of the region – Ekaterinburg – is a unique conservancy area of constructivist architecture, and the city of Nizhny Tagil is one of the most interesting industrial centers of Russia.

• The Republic of Tatarstan: an unmatched mix of European and Asian cultures in the very heart of Russia, on the banks of the Volga River. Delicious ethnic cuisine, three UNESCO monuments and millennial history.

• Rosa Khutor: a ski resort of the world class; in 2014, a place of Winter Olympic Games is now one of the most popular leisure areas among Russian people. It is also a summer holiday resort as it takes only half an hour to Sochi, the main sea resort of Russia.

These and many other things will be presented by the representatives of various regional travel offices, tour operators, hoteliers and other market participants.



21 March
RUSSIA EXPO DAYS 2018
Live stream in Russian, English and Chinese
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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Hot Air Ballooning Deals in Sri Lanka’s stunning Landscape!!


Hot Air Balloon Tours in Sri Lanka - a great way to experience the exhilaration of flight with a bird's eye view of the area below. It is a silent ride through the sky, an excursion that has caught on fast with locals and tourists alike.


Hot air ballooning is drifting gently over the cultural triangle, or a wildlife park making unforgettable memories. Nothing beats a hot air balloon excursion across the central plains in our opinion. 


Hot air ballooning tours are available from the north central plains of the island where one can be carried away under blue skies and over the landscape dotted with many little man-made lakes where one might even spot an elephant near these tanks, ancient monuments, propose to your fiancée in a hot air balloon, celebrate your birthday in a hot air balloon, exchange vows and get married in the air in a hot air balloon!


Functioning from Dambulla, the service is available From December to March.


Contact us for a memorable tour experience in Sri Lanka…!!
Serene Vacations Lanka (Pvt) Limited
Travel agent and Tour Operator
Marine City Business Complex, No. 46, 1/8 , First Floor, Station Road, Dehiwala, Sri Lanka

Tel: +94 112 721519, +94 777 751 788

Monday, March 12, 2018

Discover Sri Lanka’s Amazing Beach Destinations at Kalpitiya in Sri Lanka


Kalpitiya located 130 km north of Colombo Bandaranayke Airport, is an exquisite coastal region located in the Western coastal belt north of Colombo. Kalpitiya is a peninsula set in between the deep lagoon of Puttalam to the east and Indian Ocean to the west. It’s a marine sanctuary with a diversity of habitats ranging from bar reefs, flat coastal plains, saltpans, mangroves swamps, salt marshes and vast sand dune beaches.


Best time for dolphin watching in Kalpitiya

The best time for dolphin watching in Kalpitiya is from November to March/April. During this time, conditions are perfect to view a variety of sea mammals: the monsoon season is over and the seas are relatively calm making it easier to spot dolphins.

Other Activities

Kalpitiya is an amazing place for watersports.
For birding the beaches and lagoons of Kalpitiya are ideal. The Wilpathu National Park is a 3 hour drive away.
Kayaking Expeditions
Kite surfing
Cycling Tours
Dolphin/Whale Watching Excursion
Diving Snorkeling
Horse Riding
Stand Up Paddle Boarding


Contact us for a memorable tour experience in Sri Lanka…!!

Serene Vacations Lanka (Pvt) Limited
Travel agent and Tour Operator
Marine City Business Complex, No. 46, 1/8 , First Floor, Station Road, Dehiwala, Sri Lanka

Tel: +94 112 721519, +94 777 751 788