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Effective January 1, 2011 every type accommodation from B and B’s to 6 star hotels, will apply a charge of 1 Euro per person per day up to 3 Euros per day per person  to all stays up to 10 days.  Many tour operators will absorb the tax but most won’t!  Make sure to check with your agent so you will have no surprises on your trip to Rome.  Happy New Year!

Professional travel agents already knew that fact.  Those full service travel agents who have withstood the changes in this highly mercurial travel industry over the past 20 years and have survived ARE your best vacation resource.  We not only know our travel stuff but how to work the waters of uncertainty in business;  consistently delivering quality service and knowledge based travel advice to our loyal clients!  When you are online you are on your own!  Don’t be like “Little Red Riding Hood” alone in the forest filled with proverbial “travel deals”, shadow scams;  marbled with high risk!  Call us and we will take your hand, and keep you safe from the travel fray, even until you return home too…….!  Visit Who We Are and check out our agents credentials. http://travelagentonline.com/Meet-Our-Travel-Agents.html

Looks like a big power struggle has commenced among the airlines and the giants of the online travel business such as; Orbitz, Expedia and Travelocity.  It appears the costs for airlines to do business “their” way is not the most cost-effective model.  American shot the first salvo over “their” bow by pulling out of Orbitz display mix.  This prompted the other big engines to retort by “punishing American Airlines “, relegating their placement to the bottom of their respective listings or by creating more obstacles for you the consumer to obtain the information you need.

AMERICAN, SIMPLY STATED, HAS POINTED TO TRAVEL AGENTS ARE THE BEST RESOURCE FOR THEIR DISTRIBUTION MODEL AND FOR THE CLIENTS TO GET COMPLETE DETAILS FOR ALL PHASES OF THEIR TRAVEL PLANS!!  Everything goes full circle and this recent development is no exception.

Professional agents have always been there for their clients, providing top- notch service, as well as, the best price for their client’s vacations.  Agents are experienced and pro-active reservoirs of travel experience at your disposal from the planning stage until you are home safely. 

If you have an agent, be loyal!  If you don’t, call us we want to earn your trust and business!

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Merry Christmas!

May this season truly enrich all who celebrate the birth of the King and may those who don’t celebrate this season be touched by His humility and grace!

Not sleeping during your flight? “The secret to fighting jet lag has been discussed by lots of travel experts,” Smart Traveler site says. “But the best advice is to take a shower and a short nap (no more than two hours) after landing,” the survey taken by ST says.

Some of us were just not built for speed and will never conquer the dreaded jet lag experienced on International flights.

For more helpful information visit Know Before You Go on our website.

The largest cruise ship that serves the Mexican Rivera from the Port of Los Angeles will be finding a new home port for next year’s sailings.  RCCL’s departure of the Mariner of the Seas will represent a significant drop in passengers and revenue to Mexico’s west coast.  

“The widely publicized war between the country’s federal government and its powerful drug cartels has led to nearly 30,000 deaths since 2007. And on the West Coast – where 90 percent of cruises depart for the Mexican Riviera and other points south – the number of passengers in the last two years has dwindled by 21 percent,” according to the Los Angeles Business Journal. 

“People are obviously concerned about the violence and justifiably so,” said Oivind Mathisen, editor of Cruise Industry New. “They don’t want to get caught in the crossfire.”  

The largest cruise ship that serves the Mexican Rivera from the Port of Los Angeles will be finding a new home port for next year’s sailings.  RCCL’s departure of the Mariner of the Seas will represent a significant drop in passengers and revenue to Mexico’s west coast.   

“The widely publicized war between the country’s federal government and its powerful drug cartels has led to nearly 30,000 deaths since 2007. And on the West Coast – where 90 percent of cruises depart for the Mexican Riviera and other points south – the number of passengers in the last two years has dwindled by 21 percent,” according to the Los Angeles Business Journal. 

“People are obviously concerned about the violence and justifiably so,” said Oivind Mathisen, editor of Cruise Industry New. “They don’t want to get caught in the crossfire.”

June 26 (Reuters Life!) – A new luxury resort opens at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida boasts air-conditioned suites with televisions and a water park, but this resort is a bit different — it’s for dogs and cats.

Wow now you can visit “the Mouse” and your four legged family members can come too!

The new Best Friends Pet Care Resort has more than 50,000 square feet  of indoor and outdoor space with runs, play areas, and room to accommodate up to 270 dogs and 30 cats overnight, as well as, “pocket sized pets” like hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits and ferrets. 

Just another reason to come to Florida for a visit.  We include  “every” member of the family!

PS Wow and you hear folks say disparagingly, “Too bad but he has a dog’s life”…..Well at Disney World new Pet Resort……….I want to be my dog!

The Governor of Alaska signed legislation lowering the state’s tax on cruise passengers.  This head tax of $46.00 on each cruise passengers is blamed, at least partially, for the loss of three ships to sail in Alaska’s waters —and an estimated 140,000 passengers and the revenues that they bring to Alaska for this 2010 season.  The reduction of the tax by a $11.50 but is still not enough. Although the cruise lines have already made their plans for next year,  their line-up won’t be finalized for months.  Stay tuned!

Visit our Cruise page for more cruises.

The Maldives is an exotic chain of coral islands located in the Indian Ocean southeast of India. Few U.S. travelers are familiar with the Maldives despite their white-sand beaches, famed surfing, coral reef diving and other amenities. The islands also feature luxurious resort hotels, including villas situated over the water and beach bungalows….call us and we will help you get to a divers paradise!

Give up? The piece is Mozart’s Concerto in D minor, movement 2 for oboe. Go to You tube and listen and you will see what I am saying about the purity of this note played on the oboe and it’s symbolism! Enter in the search feature on You tube……Albinoni playing Mozart’s oboe concerto in D minor and listen to almost 4 minutes of sublime music! Please allow us the opportunity to put the high note back into your vacation pans!
PS Sorry we haven’t been Blogging for a week or so but we have had a serious illness in our family!