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America's Vacation Center / American Express Accomplishes Industry First - Booking a Cruise from 30,000 Feet
Thu, 04 May 2006, 06:00:00 GMTEdited by Carly Zander
SAN DIEGO, CA - May 4 (TRAVEL INDUSTRY NEWSWIRE) -- America's Vacation Center / American Express (AVC) continued to break new ground last week, when agency co-president Brad Anderson booked a Royal Caribbean cruise while on a commercial flight. Using America's Vacation Center's exclusive Agent Power(TM) software and the satellite Internet connection on the Lufthansa 747 airplane, Anderson successfully booked a deluxe balcony cabin aboard the Freedom of the Seas.

Unique Health Retreat Offers Lifestyle Changes in Paradise
Tue, 25 Apr 2006, 15:18:00 GMTEdited by Carly Zander
KAHULUI, Hawaii - Apr. 25 (TRAVEL INDUSTRY NEWSWIRE) -- The sounds of the ocean, the smell of plumeria in the air, and the chirping of exotic birds in the garden. These are the attractions touted by 'The Road to Life,' a new and unusual health and lifestyle modification retreat in the isolated Hawaiian community of Hana, on the island of Maui. Sponsored by Rational Christian Ministries, a non-denominational Christian ministry dedicated to health and wellness education,

Renovations Make Meridian Hotel Orlando a Vacationer's Dream Destination
Fri, 21 Apr 2006, 18:24:00 GMTEdited by Liisa Sullivan
ORLANDO, FL - Apr. 21 (TRAVEL INDUSTRY NEWSWIRE) -- The Meridian Hotel Orlando - Disney Maingate - has just been newly renovated. The entire property has been completely upgraded to better meet its Florida vacationers' needs, it was announced today by

'Best Inn in North America 2006' - Top Honors Again Go to Luxury Boutique-style Inn
Fri, 21 Apr 2006, 17:16:00 GMTEdited by Christopher Laird Simmons
COLUMBIA, MD - Apr. 21 (TRAVEL INDUSTRY NEWSWIRE) -- The Inn at Peralynna Manor, a small Maryland Luxury Inn, is voted by guests and recognized by Arrington's Inn Traveler Magazine, 'Best Overall Bed and Breakfast/Inn in North America 2006.' For the past two years, 2005 and 2006, Peralynna has taken top honors in competition with 33,000 Inns and B & B's in the US and Canada. In 2004, Peralynna was recognized by Arrington's as 'Best Inn in the USA.'

America's Vacation Center Wins American Express Travel Representative Excellence Award
Tue, 04 Apr 2006, 16:51:00 GMTEdited by Christopher Laird Simmons
SAN DIEGO, CA - Apr. 4 (TRAVEL INDUSTRY NEWSWIRE) -- America's Vacation Center announced today that it was named winner of this year's prestigious American Express U.S. Consumer Travel Network (CTN) Representative Excellence Award. America's Vacation Center joined the American Express network in 1987 and because of their commitment to customer service has won the award every year that they have been part of the network. Launches Website that Offers Multi-Channel Lowest Fare Search and Booking Technology
Tue, 14 Mar 2006, 21:00:00 GMTEdited by Liisa Sullivan
NEW YORK, NY - Mar. 14 (TRAVEL INDUSTRY NEWSWIRE) -- is an online consumer, air ticket wholesaler offering over 18 million special airfares, last-minute discounted fares, and unsold tickets at bargain rates. All fares are backed by the company's low-fare guarantee, anywhere on the Internet.

USA TODAY MileTracker(TM) Further Distances Itself from the Competition!
Thu, 9 Mar 2006, 02:58 ESTEdited by Christopher Laird Simmons
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Mar. 9 (TRAVEL INDUSTRY NEWSWIRE) -- DeskPort Technologies announced today that USA TODAY MileTracker, the free application allowing travelers to easily track their frequent flier mileage and points, has added nine more programs, bringing the total programs indexed to 109. This is over 40 more programs than offered by other pay-for-use services.

New Traveller's Edge Product Line to Debut at Travel Goods Show
Thu, 2 Mar 2006, 07:44 ESTEdited by Christopher Laird Simmons
LAS VEGAS, NV - Mar. 2 (TRAVEL INDUSTRY NEWSWIRE) -- A new line of personal health and hygiene products from Aero-San Corporation (Booth 125) will debut on March 7, 2006 at the Travel Goods Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Traveller's Edge(TM) product line is designed for travelers who want to help protect themselves from the grime and germs found on high traffic surfaces in commercial aircraft and other public areas.

The Latest Buzz in Travel!
Thu, 2 Mar 2006, 06:21 ESTEdited by Christopher Laird Simmons
NEW YORK, NY - Mar. 2 (TRAVEL INDUSTRY NEWSWIRE) -- New York based Fare Buzz has added New Dimensions to Air Consolidation. With its low consolidator fares and unique fusion of Products, Tools and Service, Fare Buzz has created a Buzz in the Travel Industry.

Travel Expert Fred Brenner Has Devised 40 Brainteasers for Your Audience Related to U.S. and Canadian Travel and Geography
Mon, 27 Feb 2006, 01:29 ESTEdited by Carly Zander
LAKE ZURICH, IL - Feb. 27 (TRAVEL INDUSTRY NEWSWIRE) -- Travel expert Fred Brenner is able to provide entertaining and informative answers and explanations to your audience to forty fascinating and thought-provoking brainteasers devised by Brenner related to U.S. and Canadian travel and geography. The remaining 37 brainteasers appear further below. Brenner has traveled on two-lane roads in all fifty U.S. states as well as in nearly every province and territory of Canada. He devised the questions and discovered their little-known answers through his extensive travels, study of maps, and by performing detailed research.

Fighting the Spread of Disease Among Airline Passengers
Thu, 16 Feb 2006, 11:24 ESTEdited by Carly Zander
ENCINO, CA - Feb. 16 (TRAVEL INDUSTRY NEWSWIRE) -- International travel is often cited as a major factor in the global spread of disease. Contracting an illness while aboard an airplane can be a serious matter. From the annoying common cold to more serious SARS infections, air travelers are exposed to more germs and disease than ever before. A fast growing company in Southern California has recently produced a product which could allay many of these fears. Aero-San Corporation has designed and manufactures convenient and affordable airline seat cover and head rest packages under the name of Traveller's Edge.

Poppa Neutrino Partners with Riley Books to use eBay Auctions to Garner Sponsors for Raft Trip to China
Tue, 31 Jan 2006, 01:31 ESTEdited by Carly Zander
AIRWAY HEIGHTS, WA - Jan. 30 (TRAVEL INDUSTRY NEWSWIRE) -- The media follows David Pearlman aka Poppa Neutrino wherever he goes. Poppa Neutrino's journeys have been chronicled by National Geographic, the New Yorker and dozens of other media outlets. This latest voyage is certain to garner the same kind of attention that his earlier ones have. Pearlman is no stranger to ocean crossings, having crossed the Atlantic during the nineties and even having made a 1800 mile journey down the Mississippi River.

Leading Online Consolidator Booking Tool Now Available to Travel Agents
Tue, 24 Jan 2006, 04:02 ESTEdited by Christopher Simmons
NEW YORK, NY - Jan. 24 (TRAVEL INDUSTRY NEWSWIRE) -- New York based Fare Buzz (, announced today its advanced Web-based Booking Engine tool will be made available to Travel Agents and their Agency's Websites for easier accessibility. The industry leader in Air Consolidator fares and their Web-based booking engine has made it easier for Agents to search worldwide fares and eliminates the need to contact several air consolidators to get the best fare.

Innovative Custom Software Designer and Developer Completes Web Site for Charter Bus America
Mon, 23 Jan 2006, 11:25 ESTEdited by Liisa Sullivan
BOSTON, MA - Jan. 23 (TRAVEL INDUSTRY NEWSWIRE) -- The Integrated Solution Group, Inc. (ISG) recently designed and launched a custom, eCommerce Web site for Charter Bus America, Inc. (CBA). The site,, is believed to be the first reservation site in the U.S. that allow users to personally set up their charter bus rental itinerary, obtain pricing quotes from multiple charter bus companies, and book their trip entirely online.

Largest Healthy Travel Site Launches with 100 Destinations
Thu, 12 Jan 2006, 11:25 ESTEdited by Christopher Simmons
SAN DIEGO, CA - Jan. 12 (TRAVEL INDUSTRY NEWSWIRE) -- Athletic-Minded Traveler LLC, a San Diego based healthy-living media company, announced today the launch of its new healthy travel portal, This first-of-its-kind site arms travelers with accurate information and credible recommendations on fitness-focused hotels, superior health clubs and gyms, healthy eating options, running routes, retailers, and more in 100 North American destinations.

Travel Agent Sells More than $150,000 in Her First Month with America's Vacation Center / American Express
Tue, 10 Jan 2006, 12:28 ESTEdited by Carly Zander
SAN DIEGO, CA - Jan. 10 (TRAVEL INDUSTRY NEWSWIRE) -- Within a month of her first sale as an independent contractor with America's Vacation Center, home-based travel agent Alisha Kier has sold more than $150,000 in cruise and vacation packages. 'The support I receive from America's Vacation Center is unparalleled in the industry,' Kier said. 'Their Live Leads(TM) and cutting-edge technology help me fulfill my desire to bring families together and give them their dream vacations.'

Top Ten World Travel Destinations In 2005
Mon, 9 Jan 2006, 12:31 ESTEdited by Christopher Simmons
CHICAGO, IL - Jan. 9 (TRAVEL INDUSTRY NEWSWIRE) -- iExplore ( announced today the list of Top Ten World Travel Destinations as determined by the vacation purchases of its adventure and experiential travelers.

Group Travel Planet LLC Launches First-Ever Direct Connect Technology for Group Hotel Distribution
Wed, 4 Jan 2006, 02:18 ESTEdited by Christopher Simmons
PIGEON FORGE, TN - Jan. 4 (TRAVEL INDUSTRY NEWSWIRE) -- Group Travel Planet LLC, the pioneer and leader of online group travel, marked a major step in hotel distribution by today announcing that it has built first-ever direct connections that pull group hotel rates and inventory from hotel central reservation systems (CRS), property management systems (PMS), providers of distribution management solutions and merchant hotel distributors.

Leading Corporate & Leisure Air Consolidator Celebrates Record Year
Tue, 3 Jan 2006, 02:22 ESTEdited by Christopher Simmons
NEW YORK, NY - Jan. 3 (TRAVEL INDUSTRY NEWSWIRE) -- New York based, the industry leader in Air Consolidator fares, celebrated another record year as its client roster and revenue base grew significantly in 2005. 'Our expansion and growth into the Corporate Travel Agency sector was a primary reason we enjoyed another record year,' said CEO Arnold Walter. A contributing driver for this tremendous growth was the introduction of an upgraded Online Booking Tool to enhance their current Best Fare/Real Time booking engine for Business & First Class fares.

City of Loreto, Baja California Sur Finally Gets an Entire Book of Coverage!
Sat, 31 Dec 2005, 02:05 ESTEdited by Christopher Simmons
SPOKANE, WA - Dec. 31 (TRAVEL INDUSTRY NEWSWIRE) -- Riley Books has released the first book dedicated entirely to the travel options surrounding the city of Loreto in Baja, Mexico. Instead of the brief coverage Loreto has received to date, 'You Decide Travel Guide: Loreto' dedicates two full pages of information on each hotel or lodging property along with specific practical information on dining and activity options for you to enjoy during your stay in Loreto. An expanded second edition was released on February 25 of 2005.

Best Inn in North America 2005 Award goes to Boutique-style Luxury Inn in Columbia, MD
Wed, 21 Dec 2005, 01:58 ESTEdited by Christopher Simmons
COLUMBIA, MD - Dec. 21 (TRAVEL INDUSTRY NEWSWIRE) -- The Inn at Peralynna Manor, a small Maryland Luxury Inn, was selected 'Best in North America,' 2005, by Arrington's Inn Traveler Magazine. In competition with 33,000 Inns and B&B's, Peralynna has taken the top spot in 2005. In 2004, Peralynna was awarded 'Best Inn in USA' by Arrington's.

Perillo Tours' New HD-DVD Brochures Let Travelers Discover the Romance of Italy Without Leaving Their Living Room
Mon, 19 Dec 2005, 11:28 ESTEdited by Beverly West
WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ - Dec. 19 (TRAVEL INDUSTRY NEWSWIRE) -- Perillo Tours, Inc., America's leader in tourism to Italy since 1945, today announced the launch of their originally produced, High Definition DVD brochure 'Discover Italy,' allowing travelers to explore the lush landscapes of Italy right from the comfort of their own living room, before making their final travel plans.

Group Travel Planet LLC Named Travel Partner of Choice by VISIT FLORIDA
Mon, 21 Nov 2005, 01:45 ESTEdited by Christopher Simmons
PIGEON FORGE, TN - Nov. 21 (TRAVEL INDUSTRY NEWSWIRE) -- Group Travel Planet, LLC, the pioneer and leader of online group travel booking, and VISIT FLORIDA, the official source for travel planning for the Sunshine State, today announced a strategic partnership that names Group Travel Planet the group travel partner of choice for VISIT FLORIDA.

How2 Group's New Site Makes Planning Your Ski Vacation Easier Than Ever
Mon, 21 Nov 2005, 12:44 ESTEdited by Carly Zander
MIAMI, FL - Nov. 21 (TRAVEL INDUSTRY NEWSWIRE) -- A snowbird's paradise is just a mouse-click away thanks to, the latest web site from How2 Group International...and it's just in time for the winter season! is the perfect site for skiers and snowboarders of all ages and skill levels. Visitors can plan and book the trip of their dreams at an exciting ski resort, or just shop for the latest in ski and snowboard apparel.

Charter Bus America, Inc. Launches Website Providing Charter Bus Travel Quotes and Reservations in Seconds Online
Fri, 18 Nov 2005, 12:09 ESTEdited by Beverly West
AUSTIN, TX - Nov. 18 (TRAVEL INDUSTRY NEWSWIRE) -- Charter Bus America, Inc. today announced that it has launched an online reservation system, allowing travelers to access multiple quotes and information for custom charter bus travel in a matter of seconds. The pilot launch targets charter bus rentals in Austin, Texas, but the company plans to make all Texas charter bus rentals available by the end of November and several other states by the end of this year.

The Active Network Partners with Group Travel Planet to Provide Members with Online Group Travel Deals and Reservations
Tue, 1 Nov 2005, 03:10 ESTEdited by Christopher Simmons
PIGEON FORGE, TN (TRAVEL INDUSTRY NEWSWIRE) -- The Active Network Inc. (Active) and Group Travel Planet, LLC today announced a new marketing partnership that allows Active's team administrators, event directors and customers to book group hotel rooms and motor coach charters at deeply discounted rates using Group Travel Planet's unique online reservation technology.

Traveling With Kids Holiday Survival Guide
Thu, 27 Oct 2005, 12:00 EDTEdited by Christopher Simmons
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - Oct. 27 (TRAVEL INDUSTRY NEWSWIRE) -- It's that time of year again and parents are starting to think about traveling over the holidays. Whether it's a road trip to see family and friends, a ski vacation or an airplane ride to a warm sunny beach, Traveling With Kids can ease the pressure of traveling with children.

TravelNet Solutions Creates a Rush for Travel Deals in Unique Destinations at
Wed, 12 Oct 2005, 04:11 EDTEdited by Christopher Simmons
SAINT PAUL, MN - Oct. 12 (TRAVEL INDUSTRY NEWSWIRE) -- With the launch of its incrediDEALS(TM) product, TravelNet Solutions has tapped into a market of millions of consumers who want more than the standard deals offered by most travel sites. New incrediDEALS(TM) product offers exclusive travel deals to last minute shoppers, bargain hunters.

Cruise Line Responds to Travel Agents with Personalized Email Offers
Mon, 12 Sep 2005, 10:41 EDTEdited by Christopher Simmons
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - September 12 (TRAVEL INDUSTRY NEWSWIRE) -- Dynamics Direct, Inc., a leading provider of email marketing software and ASP solutions for the enterprise market announced today that Cunard Line, whose fleet includes the most famous ocean liners in the world, such as the $800 million transatlantic Queen Mary 2, has successfully implemented the company's Dynamic Messenger(TM) Email Relationship Management platform to deliver custom offers for travel agent partners., a Fully Interactive Guide to New York's Celebrated Central Park Goes Live August 31st, 2005
Wed, 31 Aug 2005, 12:47 EDTEdited by Beverly West
NEW YORK, NY - August 31 (TRAVEL INDUSTRY NEWSWIRE) -- today announced the launch of their revolutionary virtual park, a definitive interactive online guide to the world's most famous public space for New Yorkers, Americans, and all Central Park fans in the global village.

The GEM Group, Ltd. Announces "How to Start a Tour Guiding Business," Workshop and Book by Gerry Mitchell
Mon, 22 Aug 2005, 08:57 EDTEdited by Beverly West
ATLANTA, GA - August 22 (TRAVEL INDUSTRY NEWSWIRE) -- The GEM Group, Ltd., offering workshops and seminars on travel and tourism careers and opportunities, today announced the publication of 'Tour Guiding: How to Start a Tour Guiding Business,' by Gerry Mitchell, an all-inclusive manual for tourism professionals and anyone who aspires to joint the wonderful world of travel tourism. The book will also be used as a companion volume in Mr. Mitchell's acclaimed workshop to be held November 6th - November 12th in Charleston, South Carolina.

iExplore Upgrades Website - Adds 'Find A Travel Buddy'
Fri, 29 Jul 2005, 01:58 EDTEdited by Christopher Simmons
CHICAGO, IL - July 29 (TRAVEL INDUSTRY NEWSWIRE) -- iExplore announced today the launch of the newest version of its award-winning adventure travel website. Version 4.0 includes richer content and community sections. iExplore has been named the 'Best Adventure Travel Website' by Forbes Magazine for five years in a row.

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