Thursday, February 27, 2014

News from the Dan Hotels Israel

If I am in Israel, you will find me at a Dan Property. Check it out. This upcoming weekend I interview General Manager, Yehuda Kraus from Dan Jerusalem. It has the same personality as it's big brother, The King David.... Sandy Dhuyvetter

Free Wi-Fi for all in every Dan property

Guests can enjoy free use of internet on up to three devices

Tel Aviv, Israel, February 28th 2014: When the Dan Hotel chain was founded in 1948 it immediately became a leading force in the world of hospitality. After six decades of continued excellence, growing popularity and paying close attention to guests’ requirements, the chain has just announced that from March 1, 2014 every hotel in the Dan Collection will provide free Wi-Fi in all guest rooms and designated public areas.  Guests will be able to log on and receive free internet connection for up to three devices per room.
Rafi Baeri, VP Marketing and Sales commented: “We introduced free Wi-Fi zones towards the end of last year in all of our 14 properties, and after listening to what many of our guests are saying we saw the need to increase this to include guestrooms as well. We are sure that this facility will add to the enjoyment and comfort of all our guests – whether they are visiting Israel as holiday makers or business travelers.”

About the Dan Hotels:

Dan Hotels is recognized as the country’s leading luxury hotel chain and its name has always been synonymous with the best hospitality experience for all its guests. Situated in Israel’s major tourist spots, the Dan Collection boasts 14 properties, all varying in size and design, but all carrying the same brand of excellence.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Inside Amtrak's Plan to Give Free Rides to Writers

As a travel writer I am excited to ride the rails and write! Can you imagine if you want to write the great American novel or you need to write a 'white paper' or scientific research!! Let's see if this is for real!

Amtrak has begun offering "writers’ residencies" to, well, writers – long roundtrip rides aboard Amtrak trains dedicated solely for the purpose of writing. 
After New York City-based writer Jessica Gross took the first "test-run" residency, traveling from NYC to Chicago and back, Amtrak confirmed that it is indeed planning to turn the writers' residencies into an established, long-term program, sending writers on trains throughout its network of routes.
First, let's get it out of the way: The Wire is 100 percent on board with this idea. Pun intended, because we're writers. We love writing, and we love trains, and we love them both together.


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Berlin event will be moderated by Sandy Dhuyvetter, Executive Producer and Host, TravelTalkRADIO as well as BusinessTravelRADIO

ICTP President Geoffrey Lipman to speak at IIPT 25th anniversary ITB event

Feb 15, 2014
STOWE, Vermont – Geoffrey Lipman, President, International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP), will be a featured speaker at this year’s ITB event commemorating the 25th anniversary of the International Institute for Peace through Tourism First Global Conference: Tourism – A Vital Force for Peace.
The IIPT 25th anniversary commemoration is in support of the “World War I Centenary” with its theme of “No More War” and takes place:
Friday, March 7, 2014, 1300 to 1400 hours
Hall 4.1, Large Stage
ITB Berlin
Confirmed speakers in addition to Geoffrey Lipman include: Zoltan Somogyi, Executive Director, Program & Coordination, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO); Elke Dens, Marketing Director, Visit Flanders; Ivy Chee, Regional Director - East Asia, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA); and Nigel Pilkington, Director, Public Relations & Communications, Skal International. Speakers will share their perspectives on “Building a Culture of Peace through Tourism.”
IIPT is also proud to announce that music legend, Alston Koch will join us on stage to perform his original “Peace Song” for the first time. The event will be moderated by Sandy Dhuyvetter, Executive Producer and Host, TravelTalkRADIO as well as BusinessTravelRADIO and TravelTalkTELEVISION
The event will pay tribute to 10 “Peace Makers” of the past 100 years; highlight achievements of the Peace through Tourism Movement over the past 25 years and present IIPT planned “legacy projects” of the 25th anniversary year.
IIPT Founder and President said, “IIPT is most proud to support the Great War Centenary with its theme of ‘No More War’ – and to welcome Geoffrey Lipman and other leaders of the travel and tourism industry to our 25th anniversary event. As one of the world’s largest and fastest growing industries, the collective voice of travel and tourism leaders can be a powerful force for peace and justice in the 21st century.”
The IIPT First Global Conference: Tourism – A Vital for Peace was a watershed event for the travel and tourism industry introducing for the first time the concept of Sustainable Tourism, four years prior to the Rio Summit – together with a new “higher purpose of tourism” paradigm that includes the key role of travel and tourism in:
- Promoting international understanding
- Collaboration among nations
- Protecting the environment and preserving biodiversity
- Enhancing cultures and valuing heritage
- Sustainable development for all
- Poverty reduction and
- Reconciliation and healing wounds of conflict
We look forward to you joining us at:
ITB, Berlin
Friday, March 7, 2014, 1300 to 1400 hours
Hall 4.1, Large Stage
IIPT is dedicated to fostering and facilitating tourism initiatives that contribute to international understanding and cooperation, an improved quality of environment, the preservation of heritage, poverty reduction, and the resolution of conflict - and through these initiatives, help bring about a more peaceful and sustainable world. IIPT is committed to mobilizing travel and tourism, the world’s largest industry, as the world’s first “Global Peace Industry,” an industry that promotes and supports the belief that “Every traveler is potentially an Ambassador for Peace.”