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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/ .

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

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/

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

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

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Trip of a lifetime! Central Asia with tour veteran

Christine Robison of Baraka Journeys has been offering a special tour of Central Asia 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.



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

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wedding Fairy sprinkles her own version of magic dust over her travel website

Pamela Ott, owner of DestinationWeddings.travel, refers to herself as the “wedding fairy.” With a contagious passion for travel, romance, discovery, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, she has fulfilled many dreams for brides, grooms, families, and the young-at-heart.



DestinationWeddings.travel was established many years ago as a one of a kind, boutique travel concierge service. It customizes destination weddings, honeymoons, and celebrations designed for romance, love, and adventure. Whether it is an adults-only experience, a kid-free paradise, or a hip and chic experience for families and friends, boundless adventures are offered for adults and kids alike.


“Having been in the travel industry for so many years, when the opportunity arose to qualify and own a .travel, we jumped in bridal gown and bare feet first! Due to the nature of being authenticated, we knew this would be a way for true travel professionals to be acknowledged and recognized,” said Ott, “.travel, nDot to be confused with other domains such as .com .org .net - which anyone can purchase - represents who we are and gives a sense of pride and ownership to our travel business that many others have not earned. This level of industry recognition separates us from the next domain name and service. We place a sincere value on .travel crowning us as a dream provider, a unique brand in itself.”


DestinationWeddings.travel’s marketing materials include postcards, fliers, calendars, business cards, magnets, and car decals that are all unique and reflect their boutique, preferred services. The DestinationWeddings.travel site is frequently updated to recommend experiences, which continue to attract the traveler looking for heightened travel experiences. DestinationWeddings.travel has always remained boutique in services in order to continue the service level they want to give. They look for quality, not quantity.


With the "Wedding Fairy’s" passion for travel, each traveler is in special hands as she makes her client’s dreams come true. To learn more about the multi-generational luxury accommodations, tropical interludes, ravishing romance, eclectic honeymoons, beach bonding, sensuous safaris, and other enchanting adventures offered by Destination Weddings, visit www.DestinationWeddings.travel .

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

Ecuador capitalizes on recognition of travel domain name

Ecuador is located on the equatorial line in northwestern South America, bordering the Pacific Ocean to the west, Colombia to the north, and Peru to the south and east. Ecuador is the eighth largest country in South America, at roughly the size of the US state of Nevada. Ecuador is 283,561 square kilometers in size and has a very diverse geography. Ecuador has four geographical regions: The Andes (La Sierra), the Amazon Rainforest (El Oriente), La Costa (The Coast), and the Galapagos Islands.




The Galapagos Islands are located around 1,000 kilometers west of mainland Ecuador. The volcanic islands have a subtropical climate and are marked by beaches and forests. During the Galápagos Islands' dry season, which runs from June to December, the weather is cooler and windier. From October to May, the weather is warmer and there is frequently light rain. The coast runs along the west coast and features low mountains, valleys, plains, mangroves, rivers, and rainforests. The coast has a tropical climate, and is hot and humid. The coast is cloudy, cooler, and dry from May to December, and hotter and rainier from January to April.


The Andes region, or central highlands, lying between the western coastal lowlands and the eastern jungles, consists of mountain ranges, foothills, and valleys. The two sides of the Andes, the Western and Eastern Andes contain 60 volcanoes with an average altitude of 7,000 feet, covering a distance of 400 km from the northern to the southern Andes. This is called the “Avenue of the Volcanoes.” Due to the altitude, the Andes region has cool, spring-like weather, with a great deal of sunshine.


Temperatures vary throughout the day. The highlands are overcast and wet during the rainy season (October-May), and drier, with mild showers, common in the afternoon, during the dry season (June-September). The Amazon region is east of the Andes, and it borders Colombia and Peru, and contains part of the Amazon rainforest, as well as rivers and rolling jungles.


Three active volcanoes are located in Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest: Sangay, Reventador and Sumaco. This is the only country where three active volcanoes are located inside the Amazon rainforest, The Amazon is hot and humid, and receives a significant amount of rainfall year-round. The Amazon is the wettest from June to August. Ecuador uses the US dollar as its currency. Natural landscapes make up a good deal of the land mass—the Amazon alone takes up about 50% of the land area.


www.ecuador.travel


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

One journey: 4 fantastic destinations!

A single journey on offer by Baraka Journeys is like a trip to 4 places: the Ancient Silk Road, the former Soviet Union, contemporary Central Asia, and the future! The gas and oil-wealthy nations of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan are building extravagant cities of futuristic architecture, which will be visited.



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

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A steal of deal to 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

Monday, February 13, 2017

Central Asia tour delights and surprises in the fall

Imagine taking in a charming musical performance at the Balajan’s Children’s Music and Craft Center; visiting a Russian Orthodox church and Fine Arts Museum; enjoying dinner, a fashion show, and a musical performance organized by the creative, young students of a local fashion institute; then spending a restful night at the Damas Hotel. And this is just one day of this spectacular 25-day journey through Central Asia that offers delights and surprises every step of the way!



Presented by 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