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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Say Hi! to Bolivia, a truly authentic country

With one of the largest biological diversities in the world, rich native cultures, and 6 World Heritages declared by the UNESCO, Bolivia distinguishes as a diverse unspoiled country with extraordinary places to visit (you probably heard that among them is the amazing salt flats or "Salar de Uyuni").



Hi Bolivia! Travel & Tours is a tour operator/DMC company based in La Paz with decades of experience in the field and a solid reputation. If you are looking for travel diversity in all their forms: Adventure, Ecotourism, Cultural, Nature, etc., then Hi Bolivia! should be your company of choice as they specialize in tailor-made programs and tours connecting Bolivia with Perú (and vice versa).

Hi Bolivia! has been marketing the great potential of this country in order to make it visible to the world. Choosing hibolivia.travel as a strategy to accomplish this goal, has proven to give already positive results in SEO scores and page visits. Hi Bolivia! has also chosen to be completely branded with its .travel domain, using it for all kinds of marketing material, trades, flyers, email and business cards.

To learn more about the amazing attractions that Bolivia has to offer, please visit http://www.hibolivia.travel/

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Ecuador: mega-diverse country for travel

Ecuador is perhaps one of the most mega-diverse countries per square kilometer on the planet. In relation to its surface, Ecuador holds the greatest amount of species of plants and animals on Earth. At latitude 0 degrees in the middle of the world, shadows disappear in the presence of the mid-day sun. It is a destination where everything feels close and where each region is a different world, from the Galapagos Islands to the Pacific Coast, to the Andes Highlands and the Amazon Rainforest.



Ecuador’s key tourism products are eco-tourism, adventure tourism, and cultural tourism. Here, travelers journey through a life-changing experience that generates personal growth and make them better human beings. As far as city life, Quito, is filled with bright blue skies and art, and bears the largest best preserved colonial center of Latin America fused with a modern and contemporary city. Museums, churches, convents, parks, skyscrapers, and town squares captivate visitors from all over the world.


Named after Pichincha and surrounded by powerful green mountains, visitors may observe 14 volcanoes with over 4,000 meters of altitude from different places of the city. The capital and political center of Ecuador was the first city named by UNESCO as a World Heritage site in 1978, and was the winner as the best destination of South America. Ecuador uses the .travel domain to gain that instant brand recognition.


Website visitors know that they will be “traveling” to Ecuador when they see the .travel web site extension.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Guam to commemorate 100th anniversary of SMS Cormoran Scuttling

On Friday, April 7, 2017, the Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) will commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the scuttling of the SMS Cormoran II. The peace memorial event will include a series of educational, promotional, and diving opportunities to expose the public to the history of the German ship and its connection to Guam prior to World War I.

The Cormoran’s incredible story includes being part of the first shot fired by the United States upon entering World War I on April 7, 1917 and how it became part of one of the world’s most unique diving sites.

The SMS Cormoran II initially came to Guam in December 1914 out of coal and weary from avoiding enemies throughout the Pacific. While the US was not involved in World War I, Guam’s military governor decided against refueling the vessel, but did allow the German sailors to come ashore.

The Cormoran and her crew stayed in Guam for two and a half years, becoming very friendly with the people until the day the United States officially entered World War I.

On that day, with the US now at war with Germany, the Guam military governor ordered Captain Adalbert Zuckschwerdt to surrender the Cormoran. Unaware of the new conditions, a supply boat returning to the Cormoran with supplies failed to stop when ordered to by US sailors who then fired a warning shot over its bow. This was the first official shot fired by the US in World War I.

Rather than surrender his ship, Captain Zuckschwerdt decided it would be more patriotic to scuttle her instead, which he did. For the next 26 years, the SMS Cormoran II lay undisturbed on the sea floor, until August 27, 1943. On this day, a US submarine torpedoed the Tokai Maru, a Japanese freighter during World War II. The Tokai Maru came to rest lying perpendicular against the Cormoran. The two ships are the only place in the world where divers can touch shipwrecks from two different World Wars at the same time.

The commemoration of the 100th year since the scuttling of the SMS Cormoran will include special dive packages to Guam. Divers and visitors will participate in dive tours to the historic wreck site, history lectures at Guam Museum and T. Stell Newman Information Center, exhibits, and inclusion in special ceremonies. There will be a wreath laying ceremony at sea and at the monument in the U.S.
Naval Cemetery in Hagatña where six sailors who perished during the scuttling of the Cormoran are buried.

Guam has a well-established reputation as a site for outstanding scuba diving. The Guam Visitors Bureau regularly promotes the island’s underwater clarity, beautiful seascapes and marine life to diving enthusiasts at the largest dive shows like the Dive Equipment & Marketing Association (DEMA), the Marine Dive Fair in Tokyo, the Asia Dive Expo (ADEX) in Singapore, and the Scuba Show in Long Beach. Diving enthusiasts are excited to learn about sites like the Blue Hole and The Crevice, but historic sites from World Wars like the twin shipwrecks of the SMS Cormoran and the Tokai Maru always captivate.

The Netherlands tour company runs with .travel domain

When Elisabeth, of Elisabeth's Tailor Made Tours & Promotions in The Netherlands, was to set up her website, she didn't have to think too long to decide that a domain with a .travel extension was the way to go. Having a website with “.travel” in its name would provide her with instant brand recognition.


Said owner, Elisabeth, about why she chose the .travel domain for her website, “I was advised to do so, and I did not have to think about it twice because my business is all about TRAVEL.”


Elisabeth’s Tailor Made Tours offers personalized, guided tours and events relating to culture, art, history, architecture, (vintage) design & fashion, nature & gardens, science, and interesting sights in combination with sporting activities like for instance guided walks and bike tours in Amsterdam and The Netherlands in all their beauty across the shifting seasons in one or more days. Apart from cultural and educational customized guided tours, Elisabeth’s tour company also offers art workshops in which active participation is an important aspect. Some tours even include visits of ateliers of well-known artists. Tours are carefully planned, customized and personalized and are available in English, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish, Czech, Arabic, Chinese and Dutch. Elisabeth’s Tailor Made Tours also does reservations of selected unique hotels and B&B locations.


Tour experiences include transportation via boat, bike taxi, coach, Vintage old timer or bus, limousine, by bike or on foot and may be designed for companies, schools, and international and private groups. For more information about Elisabeth's Tailor Made Tours & Promotions, visit www.tailormadetours.travel .

Now .travel is open to everyone. Haven’t got your Member Number (UIN) yet? Obtain it here: http://www.travel.travel/obtain-uin/

.Travel re-launched for 10th anniversary: New website and open to everyone in travel

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida - TRMC, the .travel Registry, is pleased to announce the launch of its new and completely redesigned Registry website, travel.travel. The re-launch of the .travel site marks the successful completion of ten years of domain name service to the travel industry and announces the start of a new phase of support and services for .travel registrants.


 Having first launched on October 3, 2005, .travel is now the chosen domain name for dozens of country tourism portals, as well as for businesses, organizations, and individuals who want to improve their visibility in the active travel segment of the Internet. Just go to http://www.travel.travel/testimonials/ to see how a .travel name has helped our registrants.

A .travel domain name is available to everyone who provides services, products or content in or to the travel industry. New travel startups are welcome, and that includes every new travel content provider. Our simplified eligibility review is showcased at http://www.travel.travel/obtain-uin/ . For no charge, you can get an approved Member Number immediately that will allow you to register your .travel domain names with any of our 45 registrars.

Our new website shows the value that our registrants achieve in visibility, identity and name selection, especially important now in a world with over 1,000 top level domains vying for attention. Our relaunched website is the core of .travel support and services on social media, as well as for our newly-launched multi-lingual online chat, registrar support, blog and newsletter.

Follow us on Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/dotTraveldomains ), Twitter ( https://twitter.com/dottravel ), and on other social media, or visit our site at http://www.travel.travel/ to watch for new promotions, partners and services to be launched in coming months.

For more information, contact info@travel.travel

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Space still available! Special tour through Central Asia

Baraka Journeys is offering a special tour runs from September 29 to October 23, 2017 at a price of only $9,560 plus air to Central Asia. That is a true bargain in today’s world of travel – less than $400 a day for accommodations, transportation, meals, beverages, tips, entertainment, insurance, and guides.




For more information, please contact Christine Robison of Baraka Journeys: 1107 Fair Oaks Ave., #811, South Pasadena, CA 91030-3311, USA, 626-570 -1700, email: barakajourneys@sbcglobal.net , or visit their website: http://www.barakajourneys.com/barakajourneys/Home.html

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Experience Central Asia through this unique tour

Baraka Journeys is offering a unique trip through Central Asia that includes:

- Experts to host the journey

- Visits to fascinating countries that are little known to Western people, and not at all over-crowded with tourists

- An in-depth 25-day journey

- Visits to workshops of crafts people (ceramics, silk and cotton weavers, yurt makers, felt makers, rug weavers)

- Meals in private homes of locals

- Snacks while on the bus

- Only 2 visas necessary (not included)



This special tour runs from September 29 to October 23, 2017 at a price of only $9,560 plus air to Central Asia. That is a true bargain in today’s world of travel – less than $400 a day for accommodations, transportation, meals, beverages, tips, entertainment, insurance, and guides.

For more information, please contact Christine Robison of Baraka Journeys: 1107 Fair Oaks Ave., #811, South Pasadena, CA 91030-3311, USA, 626-570 -1700, email: barakajourneys@sbcglobal.net , or visit their website: http://www.barakajourneys.com/barakajourneys/Home.html

Monday, February 20, 2017

Baraka Journeys announces unique tour: The Golden Road

Baraka Journeys is offering a special tour through Central Asia that includes accommodations, transportation, meals, beverages, tips, entertainment, insurance, and guides. 

Christine Robison of Baraka Journeys has been offering this tour since 1999. With all her experience and personal contacts, she has made over the years, this tour is unlike any other. Guests on this journey will receive invitations to private homes and visit with skilled and renowned crafts people, and so much more!




For more information, please contact Christine at 1107 Fair Oaks Ave., #811, South Pasadena, CA 91030-3311, USA, 626-570 -1700, email: barakajourneys@sbcglobal.net , or visit their website: http://www.barakajourneys.com/barakajourneys/Home.html

Sunday, February 19, 2017

In-depth journey through the Great Silk Road, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan

Imagine going on an in-depth journey throughout Central Asia exploring the Great Silk Road, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. This is an all-inclusive tour – the most carefree way to travel -  so guests can leave all the planning to the experts while they simply experience and enjoy everything this journey will offer.



This special tour runs from September 29 to October 23, 2017 and includes accommodations, transportation, meals, beverages, tips, entertainment, insurance, and guides.


For more information, please contact Christine Robison of Baraka Journeys: 1107 Fair Oaks Ave., #811, South Pasadena, CA 91030-3311, USA, 626-570 -1700, email: barakajourneys@sbcglobal.net , or visit their website: http://www.barakajourneys.com/barakajourneys/Home.html

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Experience Central Asia from unique perspectives

A concert under the stars, fashion shows, walking through a palace – all this and so much more are parts of a unique journey through Central Asia with Baraka Journeys.



This special tour runs from September 29 to October 23, 2017 at a price of only $9,560 plus air to Central Asia. That is a true bargain in today’s world of travel – less than $400 a day for accommodations, transportation, meals, beverages, tips, entertainment, insurance, and guides.


For more information, please contact Christine Robison of Baraka Journeys: 1107 Fair Oaks Ave., #811, South Pasadena, CA 91030-3311, USA, 626-570 -1700, email: barakajourneys@sbcglobal.net , or visit their website: http://www.barakajourneys.com/barakajourneys/Home.html

Rentals by owners use travel domain

AURA Travel began ready to revolutionize, commoditize, and standardize the holiday rentals by owner niche of the accommodation market, while providing an online platform that easily facilitates listing, search, and booking of holiday rental properties.


As if starting up a business and marketing a new brand is not challenging enough on its own merits, doing it in a new top level domain name space adds its own share of trepidation along the way.
The business name the company chose – AURA - has its own historical reasons and drives. This was only half of the challenge. Choosing an online domain name extension was the other half. Because AURA was effectively launching a new online, unknown brand, the domain name extension in itself was considered a quintessential component of the brand. The popular TLDs (i.e., .com domain space) was not only saturated, but also somehow monotonously insignificant due to its popularity.

Scouting the web for alternatives, AURA arrived at the .travel extension which was recently released as a part of a number of domain name spaces offering specialization for different industry verticals.
The .travel domain made sense instantly. This is what AURA’s new business was offering - accommodation for people who travel - for business, for pleasure, or for no reason at all. What it did, is what travelers needed, whether looking for a place to stay while in vacation around the globe, or booking a weekend escape a couple of hours’ drive away.

As much as the domain name made sense, it was initially dismissed, because it was too new and unknown. Let's face it, who is not scared of the unknown? Eventually, however, AURA came back to it and decided to launch its brand new business on a brand new domain name space that made sense to what it did. The company was excited and full of start-up spirit. It was all new and starting from scratch, so why not give it a go? The company was no longer just AURA - it became aura.travel.
Within days, AURA bumped into the first few challenges. Using its email addresses in online forms was often rejected as “not a valid email.” It became apparent that older form validators were not aware or compliant with the newer domain extensions. AURA made it its mission to contact the webmasters of these sites and let them know that their form validation was out of date. While a minuscule contribution in this sense, AURA can attest that overall, the web has changed and became radically more aware of the new domain names. The automated validation issues initially experienced seem to have mostly vanished.

User adoption was the next major hurdle. AURA’s customers found it hard to “get” its domain name. Whenever someone said “aura.travel,” the response was, “travel dot what?” or “aura.travel.com?” It was almost like arriving in a foreign country, and having a name that is hard to pronounce. However, AURA’s faith was restored by Google, who did not seemed scared at all by its .travel name. In fact, looking at the increasing search results and website hits, its name may have found inherent value in its novelty. This is exactly what AURA was banking on in the beginning.

Following this episode of identity crises, AURA completely embraced its uniqueness, persevering with its brand - aura.travel.

Now the results speak for themselves. AURA considers its journey so far a great success and is looking forward to further expanding globally. The company is still aura.travel, and it will never give that up for the world.

AURA welcomes anyone who wishes to join them - property owners, travelers looking for accommodation, or industry peers wanting to improve the status quo.

You can read more about AURA.travel at: http://aura.travel/ .

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See Italy’s art cities with unique ohmyguide.travel

A new and unique travel company has for some time has been operating as an on/off line organizer of guided tours in some of Italy’s major art cities. What makes these tours unique?


These guided tours all take place by foot and last roughly 3 hours for small groups (minimum group size of 3, up to maximum group size of 8/10 people) and encompass themes of local, social, artistic, and cultural, all carried out by accomplished tourist guides, who are all officially accredited.

This startup was born from the experience of seasoned traveler, Enrico Corsini, the tourism manager of ohmyguide.travel. “The more I traveled, the more I felt that I was always missing out. So why not find a way of being able to utilize my time more efficiently when visiting a new city in an interesting, culturally-stimulating fashion,” Enrico said.

The initial major cultural venues are: Piacenza, Parma, Milano, Bologna, Ravenna, Ferrara, Lodi, Cremona, Mantova, Pavia, Rimini, Firenze, Siena, and Verona with over 50 tour combinations.

All are available with accomplished tour guides that share Enrico’s passion, values, and philosophy that makes their package unique, providing 3 hours of immersion by foot in the hidden wonders of art, culture, and history of these fabulous Italian cities.

Ohmyguide.travel allows participants to tailor their visits by favorite destination, tour, and date.

Why choose ohmyguide.travel?

It is sociable, tourists and travelers can meet and pass the time with people from all walks of life.

It is healthy and culturally stimulating.

It is extremely interactive, walking among the very history of Italy.

It stimulates curiosity and a thirst for knowledge by experiencing first-hand the very fabric of Italian culture.

The web site offers a perfect starting point in each of these cities, to learn the local culture, history, and art, leaving precious time to enjoy and relax in the “bel paese” (beautiful country).

For more information, visit:

Website: website: www.ohmyguide.travel/en/

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Friday, February 17, 2017

South African Airways offers special travel industry fares for 2017 tourism shows in South Africa

South African Airways (SAA), the national carrier of South Africa and Africa’s most awarded airline is, once again offering special travel industry fares for upcoming tourism conferences in South Africa.  The 2017 travel trade fares are being offered from North America for travel industry delegates that are attending the World Travel Market – Africa April 19-21, with International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM-Africa) April 21-23 and We Are Africa May 1-4, all hosted in Cape Town.  Indaba, Africa’s premier and longest- running travel show, hosted by South African Tourism, will be held in Durban May 16-18.



These special fares start from $519.00* (restrictions apply) for Economy Class and $4,619.00* (restrictions apply) for Business Class travel round-trip from New York-JFK Airport or Washington, DC-Dulles Airport to Cape Town or Durban, with fares slightly lower for travel to Johannesburg.  Special low add-on fares are also available to select destinations on SAA’s extensive route network throughout Southern and East Africa to give delegates an opportunity to travel around the region to explore and experience the beauty, culture and wildlife of Africa on pre- and post-conference tours.

 “As the leading airline to South Africa, one of SAA’s missions is to assist in fostering the development of tourism to the region through the promotion of these upcoming travel industry events.” said Stroebel Bekker, vice president, sales - North America for South African Airways.  “We are pleased to offer these special fares to our Travel Partners and industry colleagues to provide them with an affordable way to travel to these conferences to learn more about selling Africa and the new business opportunities for further developing tourism to the continent.  With the very favorable exchange rate for the U.S. Dollar, now is a great time for travel professionals to not only visit Africa for themselves, but to sell an African vacation of a lifetime to their clients.”

 South African Airways offer the most service from the U.S. to South Africa, with the only daily nonstop service from New York-JFK Airport and daily direct service from Washington, DC-Dulles Airport to Johannesburg. As one of the world's most awarded airlines, SAA has been named “Best Airline in Africa” for 14 consecutive years by Skytrax and has received numerous honors from leading travel publications in the U.S.  With fully-flat bed seats in Premium Business Class, industry-leading legroom in Economy Class, sumptuous cuisine and award-winning complimentary South African wines, SAA provides an in-flight experience designed for pure comfort. Individual audio & video entertainment systems deliver an extensive selection of first-run movie and music choices. From its Johannesburg hub, SAA links the world to cities and destinations across the African continent and the Indian Ocean islands, including South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

For reservations and information on the travel trade fares, conference delegates should download the application form by visiting http://www.flysaaspecials.com/2017INDABAFARES.pdf and call SAA reservations at 1-866-359-7227.

About South African Airways

South African Airways (SAA), South Africa’s national flag carrier and the continent’s most awarded airline, serves over 75 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 D.C.-IAD (via Accra, Ghana and Dakar, Senegal) to Johannesburg. SAA has partnerships with United Airlines, Air Canada and JetBlue Airways, American Airlines and Virgin America, which offer convenient connections from more than 100 cities in the U.S. and Canada to SAA’s flights. SAA is a Star Alliance member and the recipient of the Skytrax 4-Star rating for 14 consecutive years.

Restrictions


*Fares all government and airline imposed taxes and fees. The $519.00 fare for Economy Class and $4,619 fare for Business Class is valid for travel from New York-JFK or Washington, DC-IAD to Cape Town and Durban, with slightly lower fares to Johannesburg.  Applicable to selected SAA destinations with flight # range 001-999 for round-trip or open-jaw travel only.  SAA must be used on the transatlantic sectors in order to qualify for the domestic / regional add-on fares within Africa. Travel must originate from JFK or IAD only between April 19 and May 17, 2017, and return travel completed no later than May 31, 2017.  A minimum stay of three days is required and must include at least one of the conference dates. Tickets must be purchased within five days of reservation being made or 14 days prior to departure, whichever comes first. Cancellations before departure will be assessed a $300.00 service charge and after departure the ticket is non-refundable. Date change fee: $150 + any applicable fare difference. Child and other discounts do not apply to these fares. Seats are limited at these fares, but other low fares may also be available. Baggage and optional service fees may apply.  Fares available for travel agents with a valid IATAN identification card and other conference delegates will valid registration for ILTM-Africa, We Are Africa and/or Indaba. 

Special offer on Central Asia tour!

Baraka Journeys is offering a special tour that runs from September 29 to October 23, 2017 to Central Asia. The tour includes accommodations, transportation, meals, beverages, tips, entertainment, insurance, and guides.




For more information, please contact Christine Robison of Baraka Journeys: 1107 Fair Oaks Ave., #811, South Pasadena, CA 91030-3311, USA, 626-570 -1700, email: barakajourneys@sbcglobal.net , or visit their website: http://www.barakajourneys.com/barakajourneys/Home.html