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Monday, May 11, 2015

PBS News Hour Features Story on Israeli-Palestinian Tours

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Meet two Holy Land tour guides who bridge the Israeli-Palestinian divide

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The two Holy Land tour companies and ladies featured in the story are travel industry colleagues and friends of mine. Watching the PBS story is very powerful and enriching.

Active Family Travel: A Niche Within a Niche (Travel Market Report)

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The good news for agents researching active family travel is that tour operators have increased their product lines.

“Growing numbers of families want to experience this type of active travel, especially in the summer,” said Jaclyn Leibl-Cote, director of strategic product for Collette.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Morgan Maravich joins the National Tour Association

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The National Tour Association today announced that Morgan Maravich has been named as the organization's industry and member engagement manager. In her new role, Maravich will work to strengthen participation in leadership, education, events and international markets, and she will conduct industry outreach to bolster membership and event attendance.

"Morgan is well-connected in our industry, and she can use her knowledge to increase NTA members' involvement with the association," said Pam Inman, NTA president. "She has just the right amount of enthusiasm and insight to help members maximize their NTA experience."

Maravich, who began her NTA duties last week, will work primarily from her home in Washington, D.C. She will also represent NTA at industry events and meetings throughout North America.

"I have always regarded NTA as a leader in the tour and travel marketplace, and I'm excited to bring an industry perspective to the association," Maravich said. "As a former member, I found NTA to be valuable in helping grow my market segments and gaining new business, so I'm delighted to help members take advantage of NTA's many benefits and opportunities. "

Prior to joining the NTA staff, Maravich served as manager of tourism sales for Destination DC. She received the 2015 Tourism Industry Contribution Award from the Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington, D.C. A graduate of George Mason University, Maravich has been involved with several industry associations and served on NTA's Young Professionals Advisory Committee.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tourism Minister meets Vatican delegation over promoting tourism in Egypt

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Tourism Minister Khaled Ramy met on Sunday with Monsignor Liberio Andreatta, head of the Vatican-related pilgrim agency, Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi, considered to be the tourism ministry of the Holy See.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

L.A. museums sign on to 'China Ready' program in bid to draw tourists (Los Angeles Times)

Here's story from Los Angeles Times about local museums signing on to "China Ready" programs:


Celebrating Life's Milestones: It's a Growing Business (Travel Market Report)

Very insightful article by TravelMarketReport.com on the growing trend of traveling with a group to celebrate "life's milestones". I definitely foresee this becoming a major form of group travel in the coming years and more tour operators coming out with brochures, itineraries and programs specific to this type of travel: