Saturday, May 31, 2014

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Obama Meets with Travel CEOs Ahead of Baseball HOF Speech

There is always much work to do to keep tourism front and center in the minds of governments and lawmakers. The US needs a cabinet member that represents Travel and Tourism, like our neighbors from around the world, called Ministers of Tourism. The 50 states must be represented to create an equal opportunity for all destinations.

I admire and agree with all these leaders who have come to DC today to meet with our president, however I still see Brand USA as a PR firm dressed up like a government agency where equal opportunity exists only for the paying client....Sandy Dhuyvetter

Here is what some of the travel industry experienced today with President Obama.

Tourism as Economic Growth Driver

WASHINGTON (May 22, 2014)—President Obama met today with leaders of America's travel industry for a discussion in the White House Roosevelt Room on activities to spur economic growth through travel and tourism.
The meeting was the president's second such gathering with travel leaders; in March 2009, President Obama convened a similar West Wing meeting.

Other Administration leaders involved in today's meeting were Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett, National Economic Council Director Jeff Zients, and Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas of the Department of Homeland Security.

The discussion with the President included both domestic and international travel community priorities, including the development of airport-specific action plans to improve international visitors' experience upon arrival; expansion of the Visa Waiver Program to nations such as Brazil and Poland; surface and aviation infrastructure needs; and provisions of the JOLT Act now pending before the House, specifically those related to immigration reform.

"The president recognizes that travel is a top performer on many of his economic priorities, like job creation and the U.S. trade balance," said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. "He invited us in to ask us what we need to be able to do even better. Customs entry reform, Brand USA renewal, infrastructure improvements—we didn't hold anything back, and he listened intently to everything we had to say."
Renewal of Brand USA, the public-private partnership that markets the United States as a tourism destination and is nearing its statutory sunset date in 2015, was also discussed with the President.
Today's meeting coincides with the release of an Presidential Memorandum on travel and tourism for the heads of executive department and agencies as well as the President's related remarks in Cooperstown, N.Y. at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

In attendance at the White House meeting:
Jim Abrahamson
Chief Executive Officer
Interstate Hotels & Resorts

Geoff Ballotti
Chief Executive Officer
Wyndham Hotel Group

John Caparella
President and Chief Operating Officer
The Venetian | The Palazzo

Stephen Cloobeck
Founder and Chairman
Diamond Resorts International

Roger Dow
President and Chief Executive Officer
U.S. Travel Association

Barney Harford
Chief Executive Officer
Orbitz Worldwide

Mark Hoplamazian
President and Chief Executive Officer
Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Jeremy Jacobs, Jr.
Delaware North Companies

Stephen Joyce
President and Chief Executive Officer
Choice Hotels International

Tom Klein
President and Chief Executive Officer

Christopher Nassetta
President and Chief Executive Officer
Hilton Worldwide

Joseph Popolo, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer

Trudy Rautio
President and Chief Executive Officer

Sergio Rivera
President, The Americas
Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide

Arne Sorenson
President and Chief Executive Officer
Marriott International

John Sprouls
Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
Universal Parks and Resorts

Greg Stubblefield
Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental

W. Edward Walter
President and Chief Executive Officer
Host Hotels & Resorts

Paul Whetsell President and Chief Executive Officer
Loews Hotels

Anre Williams
President, Global Merchant Services
American Express Company

Cathy Keefe, (O) 202-408-2183, (C) 703-899-7031
Jamie Morris
, (O) 202-218-3621, (C) 530-545-9274

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Australian ultra marathon runner ran through Lebanon, Jordan, the Palestinian territories to Israel arriving at the Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem yesterday afternoon.

The  Dan Hotels continues to Lead with Example and Support... Running for Peace in Israel
Tel Aviv, Israel, May 20th, 2014: Dan Hotels Israel was delighted to be a part of Pat Farmer’s mission to complete his Middle East Peace run. Starting on May 1st, Pat 52, the Australian ultra marathon runner ran through Lebanon, Jordan, the Palestinian territories to Israel arriving at the Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem yesterday afternoon.

he celebratory reception last night at the King David Hotel, Jerusalem, was hosted by the Australian Ambassador to Israel, Mr. Dave Sharma, who spoke about this wonderful and inspiring achievement that shows one man’s efforts to overcome obstacles.

Farmer told the audience how he hoped that running together could help show the positive side to the places that he had visited. He commented on the great support he received in all areas and how the Dan Hotels had looked after him all the way through Israel

Pictured here in the grounds of the King David: Pat Farmer, 
sporting the Dan Logo on his arm, with 
Rafi Baeri, VP Marketing and Sales, Dan Hotels, on the right 
and Dror Danino, Hotel Manager.

Danny Hakim, the founder and chairman of Budo for Peace, who helped untangle some of the bureaucracy involved in crossing borders, also spoke at the reception, explaining how the initiative came about and how he believes that sport is an agent for change. Hakim also commented on the Dan involvement saying: “Imagine how it feels, running 80 kms a day knowing that you’re going to end up in a Dan Hotel.” Pat himself added jokingly, "it made starting the next morning more difficult.”

In addition to creating awareness and better understanding among people in the Middle East, Pat wanted to show the unique and beautiful tourist attractions of the region and its people. A documentary film crew with LIVE TV feed accompanied him throughout the run.

About the Dan Hotels:

Dan Hotels Israel is the country’s leading luxury hotel chain with 14 properties located around the country. Established in 1948 the company motto has also been to provide guests with the very best in luxury, service and cuisine. The King David is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. During his run, Pat Farmer was hosted at; Dan Eilat, Dan Gardens Ashkelon, Dan Accadia, Herzliya, Dan Carmel, Dan Jerusalem and the King David.

Friday, May 16, 2014


Yes, this is a late notice, but if you are in the area or can get to Lake Mead, it will be memorable. 


WHAT: Swim Las Vegas 10K Open Water Swim
Around 300 swimmers will compete in an open water swim race at Lake Mead.
WHERE: Boulder Beach
WHEN: 8 a.m. to noon
WHAT: No-Cost Aquatic Invasive Species Removal Station Opening
Lake Mead National Recreation Area Superintendent Bill Dickinson and Nevada Department of Wildlife Director Tom Wasley will officially launch a new service that provides Lake Mead National Recreation Area boaters with free quagga mussel inspections and hot-water washes.
WHERE: Hemenway Harbor (490 Horsepower Cove Road, Boulder City, Nevada)
WHEN: 11:30 a.m.
WHAT: 50th Anniversary Summer Kick-off
Lake Mead National Recreation Area is celebrating its 50th anniversary and kicking off the summer season. The day’s activities include free vessel inspections, boating exhibits and information about recreational opportunities in the park, such as kayaking, scuba diving and fishing. For more information, visit
WHERE: Hemenway Harbor (490 Horsepower Cove Road, Boulder City, Nevada)
WHEN: Noon to 4 p.m.

WHAT: Life Jacket World Record Event
Joining thousands of people around the world, Lake Mead visitors will gather at Las Vegas Boat Harbor and don their life jackets in an attempt to break the world record for most life jackets worn on one day. The annual event kicks off National Safe Boating Week.
WHERE: Hemenway Harbor (490 Horsepower Cove Road, Boulder City, Nevada)
WHEN: 1 p.m.
WHAT: University Forum Lecture: America’s Wilderness
WHO: Mark Harvey, Ph.D., author of “Wilderness Forever: Howard Zahniser and the Path to the Wilderness Act,” will discuss the vision of America’s Wilderness and the writing of the Wilderness Act of 1964.
WHERE: UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum
WHEN: 6 to 7:30 p.m.


Sandy Dhuyvetter Takes Trafficking Awareness to London Conference on Disruptive Passenger Incidents

London Conference Explores Disruptive Passenger Incidents
"As a member of Airline Ambassadors International and one of the original trainers of trafficking awareness, I am always grateful to spread the information to groups who are in the front lines of trafficking. I will be presenting with two of our new AAI trainers!"
                                                                                                                                       Sandy Dhuyvetter

Unique Conference Explores

Bad Behavior on Airplanes. London 

Learn first hand experiences from the people in the front lines Pilots, Flight Attendants and Deportees

If you are in London on the 10th and 11th June you will have the opportunity to hear, first-hand, the experiences of pilots, flight attendants and passengers who have found themselves embroiled in disruptive passenger incidents.

- from a Captain whose aircraft controls were seized by a schizophrenic passenger,

- from a flight attendant who had to restrain a passenger and summon law enforcement intervention, and

- from a deportee who, whilst resisting deportation, suffered broken bones as a result of injuries incurred

To see the full program, visit:  

 Director of Conference, Phillip Baum joins Sandy this Sunday on TravelTalkRADIO May 18, 2014 For more information go to:

Sandy Dhuyvetter during one of her training sessions in
Grand Rapids, Michigan at the  States Prosecutors Association

Sunday, May 11, 2014

H A P P Y   M O T H E R S   D A Y

Sunday May 11, 2014
TravelTalkRADIO and
LIVE via Satellite on radio stations in USA and beyond.
Show streams from this page at Noon to 1pm ET
Rebroadcast at 2 - 3pm ET
 Second Hour: 1 - 2pm ET Rebroadcast at 3 - 4pm ET

This Week on TravelTalkRADIO
Sandy welcomes
Kathy Kratzer
National Director of Sales, Forever Resorts
Carol Whitaker,
Author Ridiculously Happy

This Week on BusinessTravelRADIO
Sandy welcomes
Roger M. Thorp, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB,
President Thorp Associates,
P.C. Architects and Planners
Estes Park, Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Flanders Fields Tourism Board Chooses Unique Campaign Byline: No More War

First in a series of articles by Sandy Dhuyvetter,
Host TravelTalkRADIO and BusinessTravelRADIO

Cemeteries filled with the remains of soldiers from all over the world.
Over 8 million lost their lives in World War I. Many casualties were in Belgium 

I was in London this past year at one of the largest travel
exhibits in the world called World Travel Market when I
met Dr. Peter DeWilde, the CEO of Flanders Tourism.
We were both participating in the International Institute for
Peace through Tourism award ceremony. As a board member,
I was accepting an award for the work Airline Ambassadors
International does for children around the world and Peter was
busy spreading the good word about the upcoming 4 year
campaign to honor Flanders Fields and experiencing the colorful
culture of Belgium

 Dr. Peter DeWilde, Dr. Peter DeWilde, the CEO of Flanders Tourism.

I couldn’t wait to learn more about the commemoration because
of my personal connection to World War I, which by the way,
is often referred to as, the Great War. As a travel journalists and
a first generation American, my parents were Belgians from the
villages of 
Ruiselede and Marie Alter in Flanders. My father was 
born in1902 and had lived through World War I.
That fact was Dr. DeWilde’s comments were extremely compelling
and coupled with my insatiable curiosity on the subject, I decided to
make another trip to Belgium to see for myself the effects of The
Great War. I have been to Belgium many times but this trip turned
out to be the most enlightening and endearing to me. Previously,
I had been to my parent’s villages and sat in my father’s home where
he said his last good bye to his Mother in 1919. However, I was still
hungry for more knowledge about those dark years where 8 million
people lost their lives.
Sandy and her father, Joseph Dhuyvetter.  Born in Flanders Belgium in 1902,
Joseph lived through World War I. 

My father was just 12 when WWI broke out. German soldiers moved 
into his family home in Ruiselede and life was forever changed.
Perhaps the most memorable part of all his stories was the fact he
never criticized the young German soldiers who he said were only
doing what they were told to do and they were alone in a strange
country without their mothers and fathers, a fact that struck my father
very deeply as a young boy. Even during the course of the 4 years,
when my Grandmother hid my father in the hay in the back of the
house for weeks because the boys were being taken to the front,
my father never harbored any hate for the invading army.
Donald Buyze, WWI Historian and Sandy's guide throughout the trip.
During my latest visit to Belgium, I thought of my father often as
I visited every museum and cemetery possible related to WWI. 
My dear friend and colleague Donald Buyze, who is from Wervik
and a WWI historian, was my travel guide and host. During our
time together, I created hours of footage and shot over 500 photos
which are being incorporated into a documentary and will be used
as a guide for those who want to travel to Belgium to see for
themselves the very grounds where 50 nations changed the course
of the war.
One of the must sees is the haunting Red Star Line museum in Antwerp
where visitors can find their ancestors names and how they emigrated
from so many countries around Europe and beyond.  The museum is
housed in the actual buildings where immigrants where processed for
their Atlantic ocean voyage. If you are on a river cruise in the area,
Antwerp is a port where visitors will see the Red Star Line Museum
just a few steps from their ship. A day trip to Flanders Fields is easy
and doable from Antwerp.

The Red Star Line ocean steamers paved the way to a new life
for about two million men, women and children between 1873 and 1934.

Visiting the cemeteries in Waregem, Poperinge and Wervik and
observing the emotional Last Post which happens each night in
Ipers was just part of my experience. I also stayed a night at the
Talbot House where weary British soldiers came for a night or two
of respite. It brought home the actual experience of these young
men and seasoned soldiers.

 Last Post happens each night in Ipers

As a part of my coverage, I interviewed Dr. Peter DeWilde, on 
BusinessTravelRADIO. An historian, professor and clearly one
of Europe's tourism leaders.  
Dr. Wilde shared his personal
journey as a history professor with an emphasis on understanding
how studying history gives us the opportunity to learn from mistakes
and most importantly, not to repeat those mistakes. 
conversation is enlightening, serious, and will hopefully provide
our listeners with an incentive to go, experience and remember
that there is never a good reason to fight, to kill and scar this
precious earth.

To Listen to Dr DeWildes Interview go to:

About the Author Sandy Dhuyvetter:

Sandy is an award winning producer and host of TravelTalkRADIO
and BusinessTravelRADIO and has successfully launched a
host of businesses including her current media company
called TravelTalkMEDIA.

Born into a household of all girls, Sandy has 3 big sisters who
were as much as 21 years older . By the time she was three,
all of her sisters had embarked on their journeys as moms and
wives and Sandy was in much of the sense of the word, raised
as an only child whose parents gave her art, music and much
of their time. She heard many stories of the ‘old country’ and
her father’s voyage to America. Sandy’s mother’s parents came
on the Red Star Line just a year before her mother was born.
English was her parents second language. Sandy often says
“we spoke Kitchen English as my parents continued throughout
their lives to combine the Flemish and English language”.
Her family still chuckles about that memory. 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Greenland for $1.99 Authors Miriam Murcutt and Richard Starks TravelTalkRADIO

 Greenland for $1.99
While the title of this book might be confusing, it is indeed just $1.99 when bought as  a kindle read. Authors Miriam Murcutt and Richard Starks come back to TravelTalkRADIO  for the 4th time to talk about their 4th book.

 Making a departure from old school publishing
Miriam and Richard have gone digital for the first time and from the sounds of things, they just might not look back. Listen to the story of  Greenland and how they decided to publish this book as a ebook.

 BTW, would Miriam and Richard return to Greenland? Check out the interview and hear their answer this week. 


approx 15 min

Other books written by Miriam Murcutt and Richard Starks

Lost in Tibet -
July 05, 2009

Along the River that Flows Uphill -  October 25, 2009 Click HERE
A Room with a PewSeptember 23, 2012 Click HERE