Monday, October 18, 2010

Phone Apps for Travellers

Tour directing and guiding is getting easier and easier thanks to phone apps. I like all of these.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Collette has Announced a New Tour Package

More great news for those of us in travel and especially tour directors. Collette has announced, “ — sales are up 61 percent from 2009 — the tour operator is launching a new brand of tours: Explorations. ...during one of Collette’s most successful years ...the goal of Explorations is to allow clients to taste, live, explore and connect to a destination, clients also receive the benefit of an all-inclusive tour.”

I recommend filling in the online application and posting your resume on their website asap. Collette normally starts their new hiring right after the Christmas holidays. With a new program they may start earlier.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Win an Eco-Adventure

Here's a way to donate to a good cause and maybe win a great adventure. "Prizes...include a seven-night cruise for two on a luxury yacht through the Galapagos Islands...a trek along Peru's Inca Trail to Machu Picchu...a stay at Nepal's Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge nestled deep within the Himalayas."

Friday, October 8, 2010

Free national parks field-guide phone app

This sounds like a wonderful app for Tour Directors, Guides and leisure travellers. Sure would help with questions, animal sightings, plants and etc.

Free national parks field-guide phone app
By Kitty Bean Yancey, USA TODAY

No need to wonder what flora and fauna you're viewing at a national park or to lug a heavy guidebook.

New field guides to 50 of them can be downloaded free to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch from iTunes, courtesy of the nonprofit National Parks Conservation Association.

The guides contain park info, show animals and plants; they even have recordings of bird calls, says the association's Megan Cantrell, who is senior coordinator of member engagement.

The idea is to make a park visit "more interactive," says Cantrell. And anyone who has ever been in a park, seen a strange animal and thought, "What the heck is that?" will be enlightened now. "There are a lot of maps" and park guides, Cantrell says. "But these are the first comprehensive field guides." You need to be in an area with cell service, though. And if you take an iPad or iPod touch into the field, you need a Wi-Fi connection.

Posted Oct 7 2010 12:15PM

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Tourism Progress and Peace Conference

“Throughout history humankind has looked into venues (other than war) to enhance sustainable peace and harmony in the world. Why not tourism? How?” These are the questions being discussed at the Tourism Progress and Peace Conference in Jordon next March.

Are you working on this in your travel career? Have ideas? The conference is looking for abstracts (a brief summary) of your ideas. The link will give you details on the conference. The link to submit an abstract in the upper left hand column.

I personally feel the importance of tourism and world peace has been greatly overlooked. I’m glad to see the conference.