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Sunday, May 29, 2016

The City of Brotherly Love is having its own love affair

Seven years ago, the Philadelphia Visitors and Convention Center commented on establishing their .travel domain. “We wanted a web site domain name that would set us apart as a great resource for conventions and visitors. We thought using .travel would have an ‘official travel organization’ feel to it that you don’t get from a .com or .org,” said Danielle Cohn, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for on why they decided go with a .travel domain.

The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, known on the web as, is a private, nonprofit membership corporation and is the official tourism promotion agency for the city of Philadelphia globally and the primary sales and marketing agency for the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Cohn explained that the mission of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) is to generate economic impact and job growth by increasing the region’s hotel occupancy and revenues, while concurrently affecting other diverse segments of the hospitality industry. The bureau will do whatever it takes to attract ethnically diverse regional, national, and international convention and tourism customers through creative sales, marketing, and communications efforts.

The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official tourism promotion agency for the city of Philadelphia globally and the primary sales and marketing agency for the Pennsylvania Convention Center. It is an economic engine for the city, creating jobs and fueling the economy by bringing meetings, conventions, and travelers to Philadelphia. The PHLCVB advocates for Philadelphia and the region’s continuous transformation of infrastructure, growth of human capital, and brand asset management. It serves as a connector for meeting planners, conference attendees, tour operators, travelers, and its members by orchestrating a symphony of resources to create great expectations.

The PHLCVB offers services in the areas of convention sales and services; marketing and communications; membership; tourism; finance and administration; multicultural affairs; sports events; and the raising the visibility of the tri-state region (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware) as a world-class destination for life-sciences meetings, conventions, and business. The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau loves its city and is passionate about its clients and visitors, seeing itself as an ambassador for the city.

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The benefits of a .travel domain

The .travel top-level domain registry announced last year that Tourism Fiji, the official travel and tourism agency of the government of Fiji, had registered the name FIJI.TRAVEL and launched as its official tourism website.

Joining many other countries in the use of their .travel name, Fiji is taking advantage of the fact that the .travel domain name provides travelers with instant online identification of their country and their tourism portal.

With hundreds of millions of domain names now registered, clear identity is a crucial component in building an Internet presence. In the near future, many hundreds of new top-level domains will enter the market, and will continue to stand out. Other country governments have made the same move to .travel.

Take a look at to see how countries are taking advantage of .travel to define their tourism identity on the Internet.

Details of the .travel domain program may be found at and through any .travel authorized registrar listed at Please address any inquiries to .

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

New Zealand Tours: Highly-awarded tourism business offers extensive range of Auckland tour is one of the most awarded tourism businesses in New Zealand. Its extensive range of Auckland Tours is the result of the passion of its Directors Neill and Ceillhe Sperath for the outstanding natural beauty, Maori culture, and friendly people that Auckland and New Zealand have to offer.

Based in Auckland, New Zealand, provides an extensive range of high-quality Auckland Tours. Neill and Ceillhe Sperath are New Zealanders that are extremely passionate about Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) and Aotearoa (New Zealand). Ceillhe is a New Zealander of Maori descent, who has excellent contacts with groups involved in this fascinating culture that is so much part of New Zealand. This is very much reflected in the extensive range of high-quality Auckland Tours provided. Ceillhe is also a direct descendant of 2 very prominent Maori chiefs that helped shape New Zealand.

Neill Sperath is a passionate New Zealander by choice. He is of Irish and German descent and has become a proud New Zealander and a New Zealand citizen since relocating from Europe several years ago, after falling in love with New Zealand and Ceillhe. Previous to that he lived mainly in Ireland and Germany and is well travelled, having visited over 40 countries so far. Before coming to New Zealand Neill managed several large shopping centers in Europe.

Commenting on why they chose .travel for their website domain, Neill said: “.travel is only available to real tourism and travel companies; so it’s exclusive to our industry. This leads to Google and other search engines looking more favorably on our website and results in higher rankings.”

The unrivaled enthusiasm for what they do, unique and highly personal Auckland and NZ Tours, knowledge of and access to truly exceptional places and cultural experiences, plus their knowledge of both international and Maori culture, is what sets them apart from other tourism operators. Plus in the past few years alone they have won 8 significant awards, including a worldwide tourism award and many other awards.

Also on offer are Private Luxury Tours around Auckland and New Zealand as well as Auckland Tours for larger groups. Their success is based mainly on referrals from travelers who have been thrilled with the unique experiences around Auckland that were offered to them.

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Secret travel escapes in Germany revealed is Germany’s most brilliant trip discovery platform. This website has made it fun, easy, and possible for travelers to discover amazing places in Germany, so far known only to local “insiders.” teamed up with the nation-leading knowledge community to create the most exciting database of hidden gems for travelers planning to visit Germany. The secret is simple: Hivino collected the best places in Germany, known only by "insiders," and collected all the information travelers will need to make visiting simple and free.

The team of "insiders" works around the clock to get the best places listed in categories like spa wellness & detox, seasonal attractions like ski and Christmas markets, places to enjoy family trips, tons of medieval castles, exploration of old towns, engaging in outdoor activities, and much more. is rapidly growing to become the most complete source of hidden gems in Germany.

This means that a trip to Germany becomes even more pleasant and exciting. After selecting the beautiful places from the website’s discovery panel, simply add it to a personal trip designed by you, for you, with everything organized into an easy-to-read itinerary from a mobile device, email, or even shared on social media with friends.

Hivino is a brand of Flyvino UG. For more information, go to

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Monday, May 23, 2016

South African Airways launches “Sizzling Summer Sale” with fares to South Africa from $1,199* (restrictions apply)


FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida – Just in time for the summer travel season, South African Airways (SAA), the national flag carrier of South Africa and Africa’s most awarded airline, announces the “Sizzling Summer Sale” with our lowest fares of the season for travel from New York and Washington, DC to Johannesburg. Sale fares start at $1,199.00 * (restrictions apply) round-trip from Washington, DC-Dulles to Johannesburg and $1,299.00* (restrictions apply) from New York-JFK to Johannesburg. These fares are available for purchase by June 1, 2016, for travel from June 1-30, 2016. 

“For those that have not made their summer holiday travel plans yet, these fares offer an inexpensive opportunity to fly home to visit friends and family, or take that special vacation of a lifetime,” said Marc Cavaliere, executive vice president, the Americas for South African Airways. “Combine our summer sale fares with the extremely favorable exchange rate for the US dollar, and there is no better or more affordable time to experience South Africa.”

South African Airways is one of the world’s most awarded airlines, having been honored as “Best Airline in Africa” for 13 consecutive years by Skytrax. On-board, SAA provides an inflight experience designed for pure comfort for long-haul travel. Our customers enjoy fully-flat seats in Premium Business Class, industry-leading legroom in Economy Class, gourmet cuisine and a selection of complimentary spirits and award-winning South African wines and generous checked baggage allowance. Also included are individual audio/visual entertainment systems that deliver an extensive menu of first-run movies and music choices. Via our Johannesburg hub, SAA links the world to dozens of cities and destinations across Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean islands.

Other low fares are also available from cities in the US and Canada to many other destinations throughout SAA’s extensive route network on the African continent for similar travel periods. For additional information and reservations, travelers should visit , contact SAA Reservations at 1-(800) 722-9675 or call their professional travel consultant.

About South African Airways

South African Airways (SAA), South Africa’s national flag carrier and the continent’s most awarded airline, serves 74 destinations worldwide in partnership with SA Express, Airlink and its low-cost carrier Mango. In North America, SAA operates daily nonstop flights from New York-JFK and direct flights from Washington DC-IAD (via Accra, Ghana and Dakar, Senegal) to Johannesburg. SAA has codes share agreements with United Airlines, Air Canada and JetBlue Airways, which offer convenient connections from more than 30 cities to SAA’s flights. SAA is a Star Alliance member and the recipient of the Skytrax 4-star rating for 14 consecutive years.

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Terms & Conditions

*Restrictions:  Fares are per person and valid for round-trip travel and include government and airline imposed taxes and fees.  Valid for travel between 6/1/2016-6/30/2016. The $1,199.00* fare is valid for travel from Washington, DC-Dulles Airport (IAD) to Johannesburg, South Africa (JNB). The $1,299.00* fare is valid from New York-JFK Airport (JFK) to Johannesburg, South Africa. Minimum stay: Must stay over one Sunday for fares to apply. Tickets must be purchased within 72 hours of reservation being made or by June 1, 2016. Seats at these fares are limited and may not be available on all flights or dates.  Cancellations before/after departure: fares and fuel surcharge (YR/YQ/Q) are non-refundable. Date change fee: $300.00, plus any applicable fare difference. Administrative fees may also apply. Baggage and optional services may apply. Reservations made 7 days or more prior to scheduled departure may be cancelled without penalty up to 24 hours after the reservations is made.

Saturday, May 21, 2016 offers the perfect, personalized Brazil vacation, tailor made to your unique preferences

The American owner/operator of, Jonah Golan, had a promising career in hotel management in Seattle, until he took a seven-month backpacking trip to Brazil in 2010. During this trip, he slowly made his way up the coast, falling in love with the diverse natural beauty of the country and the distinct Brazilian culture. Since this initial trip, Jonah has chosen to live, travel and work in the tourism industry in Brazil, and he is now fluent in Portuguese.

Using his previous experiences, he began arranging custom Brazil vacations in a freelance manner, just prior to the 2014 World Cup. was officially started shortly thereafter. Jonah’s vision for the company is to simply share his love of Brazil with others, providing a personalized service with the utmost attention to detail, to ensure that his clients’ Brazil vacation is customized to their specific tastes.

The available destinations include some of the more popular Brazilian vacation spots such as: Rio de Janeiro, Amazon, Pantanal, Iguazu Falls, etc., but also the lesser known, off-the-beaten-track spots that Jonah has personally traveled to in Santa Catarina Minas Gerais and northeast Brazil where he lives. Services include but are not limited to: accommodations, transportation, private drivers, private aviation, day trips, city tours, bilingual guides, event tickets, culinary, company retreats, photo tours, yoga tours, adventure sports tours, etc., just about anything to make sure his clients receive the Brazil vacation of their dreams. is committed to doing business ethically, offering a valuable service at a fair price and furthering the concept of Responsible Tourism. Responsible Tourism means minimizing negative social, economic and environmental impacts on Brazil. Whenever possible, partnerships are formed with other businesses in the travel sector that are also committed to this practice of sustainability; caring for the environment, while generating greater economic benefits for local people thus enhancing the well-being of the community. believes that it is not only the right thing to do, but it is also in their best interest to preserve the natural landscapes and happy communities of people in Brazil, because without these things, their business would cease to exist.

For more information about specific Brazil tours, customizing your own Brazil vacation, how the booking process works, or for frequently asked questions, simply go to their site: or send Jonah an e mail at:

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Pixeldreams: all things needed to prepare for a trip

Pixeldreams has been a part of the online travel industry since 2006 providing online travel sites where users can find all things needed on a destination to prepare for a trip. “At first, each city guide was functioning independently, but when we decided to make the leap to create a brand with which to be recognizable in social media and directly associated with the tourism industry, we liked the sound of the name Guias.Travel and especially the possibility of having the generic name of what we do: "Guides" (in Spanish Guias),” commented Isaac Paton, Pixeldreams Founder.

Pixeldreams loves the concept of .travel, and month by month the developments under its .travel domains go live, which for them is the best to have city names on .travel and develop on it. The latest .travel developments are and which are focused on the Spanish market.

For 2014, Pixeldreams will begin multi-language developments under a .travel generic city and region domains. It is looking for strategic alliances in the French market, especially for the Burdeox zone and Sicilia, and also in growth markets like Abu Dhabi and Astana. Pixeldreams has a .travel area for all them, and it expects to make great contacts at FITUR 2014, as well as focusing on classic holiday destinations like Punta Cana and Benidorm.

 Pixeldreams` goal is to provide the best information users can find to prepare for their trip and enjoy a destination, and this has been its success over the years. Pixeldream`s customers love the good information provided, and they buy the service recommend on their web site.

At Pixeldreams, every good notice about .travel is amplified as it develops, that's why on the social level, Guias.Travel is already connected with all the official portals that use the domain. Pixeldreams invites all those who are still not connected, to so via
For more information about what Pixeldreams does, access, as from there it is possible to access the different city developments.

For information about the full destinations generic portfolio and possible alliances, write to

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El Salvador links its destination directly to travel

Knowing that a .travel name would automatically link El Salvador as a tourism destination, the country tourism office purchased its name seven years ago and has been flourishing ever since. “We chose to purchase our .travel address as it clearly links our country as a tourism destination,” commented Ruben Rochi, then Minister of Tourism for El Salvador when the site was initially launched, “It helps accelerate the positioning process in this very competitive, global travel market.”
The initial launch of the El Salvador website brought tremendous growth to the country’s tourism, and the Minister of Tourism, Jose Napoleon Duarte Duran, authorized a project to increase information on the .travel website in 2011.

The website contains information about the destination in general as well as facts about its history and culture. Here, travelers will find tourism information to help them plan their visit including ways to explore this country, whether it be rafting, diving, or exploring its volcanoes, beaches, and nightlife. There is a wealth of information about restaurants, airlines, accommodation, and tours.

With beautiful beaches, and many adventure and eco-tourism options, El Salvador is a gem to discover in Central America and is quickly becoming a choice destination in Central America. The country is becoming increasingly popular among tourist travelers due to its beautiful climate and variety of attractions featuring some of the most breathtaking volcanoes and beaches in the world.

From the Santa Ana volcano, which is the largest in the Pacific volcanic chain, to Los Cobanos beach, where you can find some of the best scuba diving in the world, one will surely find the activity of choice in El Salvador.

For more information on El Salvador and planning a visit to this beautiful destination, please go to .

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Zambia’s Savannah Southern Safaris

LIVINGSTONE, Zambia – In Livingstone, the tourist capital of Zambia and home to Victoria falls, Savannah Southern Safaris conducts nature walks and more in the Musi-O-Tunya National Park. What began as the brain child of a local guide, has a become a tour operator with more than a decade of experience in guiding. Savannah Southern Safaris was founded on the principal and spirit of conducting nature walks, city and village tours, as well as community-based projects in a more interactive, flexible, informative, and excitingly educative way. The company aims to be every nature lover's walking safari partner with conservation in focus, providing a more natural and eco-friendly way of viewing game, birds, flora, and fauna. 

Musi-O-Tunya National Park hosts one of the Seven Wonders of the World - the Shungunamutitima falls, commonly known as the Victoria Falls. It is also home to three out of the big five animal species which include Zambia’s white rhino population, elephants, and buffaloes. Transfers to and from the park are provided. Also provided are park entry fees, professional guides, armed scout escorts, light snacks, and drinks.

What makes Savannah Southern Safaris’ walks special, apart from its professional experienced knowledgeable and friendly local guides, is the flexibility on time. The tour emphasis is on environmental awareness making the walks more than flora and fauna focused.

The standard duration of tours is three hours. However, depending on what nature offers on any particular tour, guides are always willing to go longer.

Another niche product which can safely be claimed to be leading in the Musi-o-Tunya National Park is birding. With a steady growing interest in this area, Savannah Southern Safaris is currently so far the only company servicing birders. It also is the only provider for night-life tour services.


Savannah Southern Safaris provides personalized guiding services through its GOH services (Guides On Hire). GOH is a program of continuous training and retraining of young Zambian guides in specialized and personalized guiding. Guides may be hired at varying costs depending on preferred tours, and include:

-           Falls tours, city and village tours

-           Tours to community-based projects

-           City tours that include private art studios, museums, markets, and night clubs

-           Tours to community-based projects, including orphanages, bio-gas production plants, and youth training centers


Since the foundation of Savannah Southern Safaris, the company has also worked specifically with German travelers. Its experience with German tourists is that they are usually well-informed, environmental, and culturally-conscious people. Due to this, Savannah Southern Safaris work to attract more guests from the German market. 

Savannah Southern Safaris is managed by its Zambian founder, Chiinga Siavwapa, and his wife, Nina Börning, who is a German citizen, but has lived in Zambia for the past 8 years. This combined knowledge of Zambian and German culture, as well as the company’s passion for nature and the people they work with, allows them to tailor very attractive offers for the German market.


Zambian is a prospering country. The friendliness of its people is outstanding. The country’s nature is full of amazing experiences and adventures. It is an amazing combination of untouched nature, amazing adventure travel experience, and well-organized tours.  

Accommodation is available from backpackers, community-driven guesthouses, eco-lodges, all the way up to 5-star accommodation, so that each traveler can find what s/he needs.

Next to this tourism infrastructure, Zambia is also a melting pot for more than 72 different cultures, living peacefully in this nation for more than 50 years. This cultural stability makes it easy and pleasurable to work in the area of tourism in Zambia.

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Safari Destinations Zambia

Safari Destinations is a local independent destination management company for Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. We can plan our clients’ safaris in our sleep, because it’s what we know and love. We visit all properties that we sell regularly, and we are proudly independent which gives us the freedom to be objective, follow our instincts, and voice our opinions.

We streamline the booking process providing one point of contact, minimizing administration time and related costs. Our helpful tools include multilingual safari packages, rate sheets, availability updates, lodge overviews, site inspection reports, destination manuals, high-resolution images, on-site staff training visits, and agent educationals.

Our core market is Europe, in particular the German-speaking countries. Our team is multicultural and multilingual and, therefore, understand the needs of each client in depth.

We have three highly-experienced sales consultants in our Zambia team. We mainly plan fly-in safaris around Zambia because of the large distances between the points of interests. Zambia is a great safari destination for the discerned traveler looking for an authentic Safari experience away from tourist crowds.

The different national parks in Zambia offer an enviable array of interesting activities from walking safaris, canoeing safaris, boating, game drives at day and night, as well as cultural experiences, making it one of Africa’s premier safari destinations.

Zambia’s primary drawcard are the 3 iconic national parks, after the great rivers that dominate their landscape - South Luangwa National park, Lower Zambezi, and Kafue National park. These parks are our bestsellers, and by combining the different areas, travelers can experience a well-rounded amazing safari. Zambia combines exquisite wildlife sightings with top quality guiding. The lodges in Zambia are small and intimate and run by people who have a passion for the bush.

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Azerbaijan as a tourism destination has it all

The rich historical, cultural, and natural heritage of Azerbaijan attracts visitors from all over the world. Untouched nature, mineral springs, the world's only oil field treatment – Naftalan, a unique ancient architecture, unique culture, cuisine, and more contribute to the formation in Azerbaijan of all types of tourism: business, sport, medical, cognitive, hunting, exotic, beach, and even gastronomic.

Azerbaijan is a territory of 9 out of 11 of the world's climatic zones. The climate of the country enables to organize summer and winter holidays. Very common are ecological tours to Azerbaijan, which include visits to nature reservations, trekking, and climbing routes. Mid-day sandy beaches offer opportunities for diving, and swimming season starts in Azerbaijan in May.

The tourism sector in Azerbaijan is developing day by day, becoming one of the most important sectors of the economy.

The flow of international tourists is increasing every year (currently at 2,484,048), so in the capital and other tourist areas there is a growing number of hotels with the highest level of service. Today their number is more than 500. Among the most popular hotels in the capital are the chain of brand hotels such as Four Seasons Hotel Baku, Hyatt Regency, JW Marriott Absheron Baku Hotel, Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel, Grand Hotel Europe, Hilton Baku, and Kempinski Hotel Badamdar, etc.

Hotels, recreation, entertainment, and sports centers operate also in the regions of Azerbaijan - a chain of hotels and amusement parks - Qafqaz Gabaland in Gabala, the epic winter and summer tourist complex “Shahdag” in the Gusar region, and more than 15 Olympic sports complexes having necessary infrastructure for receiving tourists all over the country, etc.

All this indicates that tourism in Azerbaijan is one of the priorities of the state policy and holds great promise for economic development. In its efforts to readily have their website instantly identifiable with travel, Azerbaijan chose the .travel domain for its online tourism presence.

Details of the .travel domain program may be found at and through any .travel authorized registrar listed at Please address any inquiries to .

Premium .travel domain obtained and company name change

Easter Island Traveling has been up and running for years now. Its many happy customers have spread the word about its services, which has helped it grow greatly, and their votes ranked this domain as the #1 Easter Island tour agency on TripAdvisor.

Over the course of the past years, Easter Island Traveling has started offering a wider array of tours, and it has received special attention for its focus on adventure tours, in which travelers go horseback riding for days, and camp in the wilderness under the stars and in caves.

As part of Easter Island Traveling’s growth and preparation for the future, it proudly announced that it bought a new premium website URL with a .travel extension – . Domains with these extensions are available exclusively to verified travel and tourism businesses and organizations. This premium domain was sold to Easter Island Traveling for not more than 1,000,000 CLP (US$1,545) by a Chilean private owner.

At the same time the company changed its website URL from  to , it also changed its company name to Easter Island Travel to better fit the domain and for a cleaner, slicker impression.

To read more about Easter Island, or if looking for any travel tips, tour service, or hotel, please visit their website at .

Details of the .travel domain program may be found at and through any .travel authorized registrar listed at Please address any inquiries to .