Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Start High Season Kuta Bali

Already one week I am not update this blog, that all because with my activities about my work, about travel this time start for high season specially of Bali island. Kuta beach to much people tourist from domestic and international tourist. Let alone in Indonesia this season for holyday students in Indonesia and this time I want write about how situation about start high season in Bali island. Around 60% tourist came to Bali, domestic and international tourist, they came to Bali visit to interesting place around Bali, visit to Kitamani, Bedugul, Tanah lot, Tampak siring and another place interest.


Afternoon days I walking on the beach in Kuta, I see many people tourist domestic and international doing on the beach, they play food ball, play music classic ( ridu², guitar and play another finds), play with pet they have, many people play because sun set on the beach Kuta. That all good promotion traveling for Indonesia network travel with country as a : Australia, Japan, Malaysia, and Europe country as a Germany, Italy, England, USA, and another country. I am Balinese people and Indonesia personal people like about to much came tourist to Indonesia and stabile tour traveling from agent and sponsor can make stabile economic people Indonesian country.
Travel agents busy about guest booking tour to interest place around Bali, usually destination place target tourist is Kintamani, Tanah lot, Sanur, Ubud and another place around Bali, and many café and restaurant in Bali get booking tourist for party or fun dance inside that place. And Hotels around Bali many full also about rooms have hotels. Many staff villa get booking guest tourist in airport Ngurah Rai in Tuban area.
In kuta area have place favorite destination for domestic tourist, that place is JOGER Store, this Joger Store sale many kinds dress, trousers ¾ and merchandise present special from Bali island, usually that group visit to Joger Store is students and group government from java area. About product sale Joger Store very write funny in t-shirt, dress, that really funny sentence. Ok reader this is information about high season in Bali, have fun and enjoy on the Kuta beach.

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Monday, June 11, 2007

AAA Travel Agents Expect Robust Summer Travel Season

Travelers Want to Visit Unusual Places, Cruise Outside the Caribbean
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sixty seven percent of AAA travel agency managers expect that total summer bookings will increase compared to last summer. In addition, 70 percent of AAA travel agency managers anticipate increased international bookings compared to last year, which they attribute to consumers’ increased comfort in traveling to Europe.

Cruising is a popular way for travelers to relax and get away from it all, and this year travelers will expand their cruising repertoire by trying something new. Over half of AAA travel agency managers expect that Alaskan and European cruise bookings will increase compared to last year due to attractive pricing and the cache of cruising away from the Caribbean. Because travelers are looking to cruise new destinations, Caribbean cruise bookings are expected to decrease compared to last year, according to half of AAA travel agency managers.


In an April 2007 survey, AAA travel agency managers identified the following locations as this summer’s top five domestic and international vacation destinations:

Domestic by air:

(Excluding Canada & Mexico)

2007 2006
1. Orlando 1. Orlando
2. Las Vegas 2. Las Vegas
3. Seattle 3. Hawaii
4. New York 4. New York
5. Los Angeles/Orange County
5. Southern California

International by air:

2007 2006
1. Rome 1. Rome
2. London 2. London
3. Vancouver 3. Dublin
4. Cancun 4. Paris
5. Paris 5. Caribbean (in general)

In addition, domestic “hot spots” new for this summer include Chicago, Las Vegas, Boston, Savannah, Ga., and Phoenix. New international “hot spots” include Croatia; Costa Rica; Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico; Warsaw, Poland; and China.

When asked about destinations that most frequently provide the most attractive bargains or best values, AAA travel agency managers identified the following: Las Vegas; Orlando/Walt Disney World, Fla.; Florida (in general); Palm Springs, Calif.; and San Antonio. International destinations identified as top for bargains and value are Australia, China, Mexico, London, and Costa Rica.

In addition, approximately half of AAA travel agency managers indicate that they have noticed an increase in families traveling with children compared to last year. The top three leisure activities families are planning this summer include going to the beach, general sightseeing, and visiting family and friends.

AAA is the largest full service leisure travel agency in North America, generating nearly $4 billion in sales. Travelers can access full-service travel planning at some 1,100 club offices and on AAA.com. In addition, AAA is the premier provider of travel information and trip planning tools including print and online versions of maps, TourBook guides, TripTik map routings, and low member pricing on reservations at AAA Diamond rated hotels.

As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 50 million members with travel, insurance, financial, and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at www.AAA.com.

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Saturday, June 9, 2007

Cruise, destination and luxury seminars kick off THETRADESHOW

Thursday, May 31, 2007
This year’s THETRADESHOW (Sept. 9-11, Las Vegas) will kick off with a day of niche education, all in keeping with the day’s theme of cruise, luxury and destination travel. Other themes include Home-based Agents (Monday, Sept. 10) and Business and Technology on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

The educational curriculum was shaped by strategic partners as National Tour Association (NTA), U.S. Tour Operators Association (USTOA), National Business Travel Association (NBTA), Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), ASTA and The Travel Institute.

Seminars focusing on the themes or cruise, destination and luxury travel that have already been scheduled are:


Business Building Secrets from Luxury Experts (Panel). Moderated by Kate Koziol. A panel of luxury travel industry experts will address the factors that have made them successful and what they have learned in their rise to the top of this highly sought-after market. The panel will cover such topics as which new opportunities are available to help travel agents expand their work in the luxury sector. Luxury Travel: What It Is and What You Need to Know to Sell It. Presented by Sharon Scott, CTC. This seminar will prepare attendees to be a part of this hot new travel trend. Travel agents will learn what sets apart the luxury travel market and the benefits of specializing in luxury travel as well as gain insight into marketing and sales for the luxury market. Matching the Right Tour Product to the Client–and Winning Customers for Life. Presented by Mark McMullen, CTC. Travel professionals will learn techniques for qualifying and closing sales, as well as which cruise products are the ones they should be selling and why. Attendees will review examples of effective product and customer “matching.” Professional Selling Skills. Courtesy of Cruise Lines International Association and presented by Bernie Blomquist, CTC, MCC. Geared toward the front-line counselor who has some experience but wants to sharpen their sales skills, in this seminar agents will learn how to overcome common challenges and add value for each cruise sale completed. (Earn 10 CLIA credits toward ACC and MCC designations.) Special Interest Marketing. Courtesy of Cruise Lines International Association and presented by Bernie Blomquist, CTC, MCC. Travel professionals will learn proven strategies to help them reach and satisfy their niche cruise clients with mainstream and specialized cruise products alike. (Earn 10 CLIA credits toward ACC and MCC designations.)

Sure Fire Ways to Increase Your Share of Luxury Cruise and Tour Products – Offline and Online. Presented by Mark McMullen, CTC. Attendees will learn about the psychology involved in selling luxury products as well as successful sales and marketing strategies both online and offline. Attendees will leave the seminar with real-world examples of effective luxury product sales techniques that will win them more group and FIT business. Sharpening Your Edge: Reinventing Yourself as a Seller of Luxury Travel. Courtesy of The Travel Institute. Presented by Jeff Drew, CTC. This seminar is geared to travel agents looking to break into the luxury market or who are selling luxury travel and want to increase their sales volume. Travel buyers will learn how to: identify their own luxury travel clients; market to local luxury travelers; and develop their staff to reflect their new image. Destinations such as Jamaica, Alaska, Madrid, United Kingdom, Berlin, Korea, Puerto Rico, Peru and Jordan will be on hand to provide agents with destination education or product seminars. In addition to these special presentations, more than 80 destinations will be exhibiting in the trade show; agents can pre-schedule appointments to meet with them one-on-one.

Theodore Koumelis

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Thursday, June 7, 2007

International Ink & Iron Festival to rock cruise liner Queen Mary

USA. International Ink & Iron Festival to rock cruise liner Queen Mary
Wednesday, 6 June 2007


The Fourth Annual International Ink & Iron Festival (3IF) will be rocking the Queen Mary June 8-10, and this year the popular festival is planning a unique way to leave its mark – by tattooing its host, the legendary Queen Mary ocean liner.

Well-known, local artist Mr. Scully has been commissioned to give the virgin Queen Mary her first tattoo. In homage to her colorful past, Trace Edwards, co-founder of Keen Entertainment explains, “The temporary tattoo is a twist on a classic - a heart with ‘Mom’ inscribed on a white banner representing the heroic efforts of the soldiers and the Queen in WWII. We continue to have a strong relationship with the Queen Mary and we are thrilled to take it a step further to pay tribute not only to the history of the ship but also the history and future of our partnership.”


The largest festival of its kind in the world, 3IF features the best talent in the international tattoo community with artists from 14 nations and 25 states, a highly anticipated music festival, custom culture car and rod show, as well as on-site tattooing by international artists, contests, burlesque shows and street performers.

Appealing to all ages and walks of life, the festival features something for everyone, including adult- and family-oriented activities, such as a French Ferris wheel and bumper cars. Complete with a 1900’s circus themed vendor village, the festival also features a big top classic circus tent. Under the big top, there is a custom bike exhibit as well as additional lifestyle vendors. The festival also offers VIP amenities, including a deluxe gaming lounge with full bars and seating. The Panhandler stage will feature performances by the renowned Vau de Vire Society, the first-annual Pin-Up Pageant and a variety of sideshow performers throughout the weekend.

The festival comprises one of the West Coast’s premiere showcases of up-and-coming talent across multiple genres of music including rockabilly, psychobilly, punk rock and rock n’ roll. The roster of artists includes Reverend Horton Heat, US Bombs and Mad Sin.

Last year’s sold-out event welcomed over 15,000 enthusiasts. The International Ink & Iron Festival continues to be more than a tattoo festival – the caliber of artists, performers and the diversity of exhibitions maintains its reputation to wow and impress an international audience.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

International delegates explore mining; Spending week in North Bay

BRYN WEESE
Local News - Friday, June 01, 2007

Mining officials are going to be bringing the lessons they learned in North Bay to exploration drilling sites around the world.

Atlas Copco in North Bay has been hosting 15 international delegates from as far away as Kenya, Mongolia, Egypt, China and Sweden this week, during a product training session, "to train the trainers," said Peter Balen, Atlas Copco's local product manager for drilling tools.

"We're here to learn and become the experts when we go back home," said Evans Mabeya of Kenya, an Atlas Copco employee who represents the company in 13 African countries.


Balen said the city was a logical place to host the weeklong hands-on training session because of the importance of the wealth of knowledge here.


"What we're trying to do is enlighten them (the 15 international delegates) on the whole process of mineral exploration," Balen said, noting the delegates are mainly salespeople for the Sweden-based company but also serve as technical consultants for the products they sell.

"Historically, North Bay was the logistical centre for Canada's mining industry . . . But with time, we've developed an incredible pool of intellect and resources that have positioned North Bay as the centre of the exploration industry for the globe."

But it wasn't all work. The delegates got to have some fun, including a cruise on the Chief Commanda II.

"It's been brilliant, really. We couldn't have asked for better weather. The whole week's been structured really well," said Colin Farenden, an Atlas Copco employee from London, England. "And it's great because everything here (in North Bay) seems to revolve around the mining industry. Everyone seems to be involved in one way or another."

Mayor Vic Fedeli said the mining industry is important to the city, noting there are 39 companies in the mining business operating out of North Bay. And it's great, he added, to be able to show off North Bay as a mining centre and as a "beautiful city" to international travellers.

And with the mining industry booming, said Balen, North Bay's position as a mining centre of excellence could grow. In fact, in April, Atlas Copco announced plans to build a new 7,000-square-metre manufacturing plant in the city that will result in seven new workers being hired.

Over the next 10 years, the mining industry in Canada alone will have to hire 81,000 new workers to replace those retiring and to meet the demand for growth, Balen said. And the demand for workers in the industry includes tool manufacturers, engineers and medical staff.

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Saturday, June 2, 2007

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has increased its membership as Majestic America Line has joined the association. Based in Seattle, Majestic America Line is America`s largest river and coastal cruise company.

The line operates seven U.S.-flagged vessels in three distinct regions of America - the Mississippi, Ohio and tributary rivers; Pacific Northwest`s Columbia, Snake and Willamette rivers; and Alaska`s Inside Passage.

"We are pleased to welcome Majestic America Line into our cruise line membership, further increasing the diversity of our member lines," said Terry L. Dale, president and CEO of CLIA. The cruise line membership of CLIA now totals 22 and represents more than 97 percent of the cruise capacity marketed in North America.


Majestic America Line, formed through the combination of American West Steamboat Company and the vessels of the Delta Queen Steamboat Company, is a division of Ambassadors Cruise Group, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ambassadors International, Inc. Together with Ambassadors International Cruise Group, Ambassadors Cruise Group operates both Majestic America Line and Windstar Cruises, a leader in luxury small ship cruising. "We are particularly excited to provide this esteemed industry association with our unique perspective on small-ship and niche-cruising," commented David Giersdorf, president, Majestic America Line. "CLIA`s tireless education and training efforts bring tremendous value to its travel agency members, and we look forward to strengthening those relationships and working together to promote the cruise industry."

Vicky Karantzavelou - Friday, June 01, 2007

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