24th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

25 Jan 2017

Celebrating 24 years when it kicks off March 1, 2017, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will jump-start spring with gardens of earthly delights plus new character topiaries, entertainers and food and drink offerings. The festival, which expanded to 90 days in 2016, will open with an irresistible array of fresh surprises and new treats: Fresh, farm-market food and beverage flavors will debut at... View Article

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Organizers set National Plan a Vacation Day for Jan. 31

24 Jan 2017

The numbers are staggering. According to GfK Market Research, in 2015, more than half of American workers (55 percent) left a combined 658 million vacation days unused. Since 2000, vacation days used have been declining. In 2015, workers took an average of 16.2 days off, compared to 20.3 days pre-2000. The impact has been well documented. Workers who do not take their vacations to recharge... View Article

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Advisor Spotlight: Mary Franson

19 Jan 2017

Mary Franson has seen many changes during her 35 years as a travel advisor. There are more options, more experiences and more flexibility to see every corner of the globe — and she says that makes her job more exciting and fulfilling. Franson has a wealth and diversity of experience including the destinations of Hawaii, the Caribbean and Europe.  If you are looking to experience... View Article

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Travelers Voting with their Feet

17 Jan 2017

As a tourist, I now had the power to go online and create a travel experience that I wanted. I could google to my heart’s delight and find options galore. I could even save a lot of money in bypassing the travel agent — at least I thought I could. If only it were that easy. What tourists quickly found was an overload of information... View Article

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Couple is Loyal to Royal

29 Dec 2016

It’s been said that you only get one chance to make a good first impression. When it comes to Royal Caribbean International, it was love at first sight for Lenny and Carol Hines of Kansas City when they set out on their maiden voyage in May of 1996. They were instantly smitten with Royal Caribbean —  and eight sailings later, they have stayed loyal to... View Article

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Be Resolute in Your Goal to Travel in 2017

29 Dec 2016

Why does it seem like our New Year’s resolutions are mostly punitive? Lose weight. Paint the house. Clean my closets. Save more money. Landscape the yard. I get it — the whole concept of “no pain, no gain.” Yes, I understand that we must make sacrifices. But, whatever happened to treating ourselves in a special way? Why don’t we resolve to engage in an activity... View Article

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Cruise the Romantic Rhine with Gary and Jackie Davis

27 Dec 2016

Gary and Jackie Davis, co-owners of Acendas Travel, invite you to join them for an experience of a lifetime. Enjoy the “Romantic Rhine” in the fall of 2017 for eight days of wonderful scenery, captivating culture and inspiring entertainment. The memories you create will last for a lifetime. ROMANTIC RHINE – AN AVALON WATERWAYS RIVER CRUISE SEPTEMBER 30 TO OCTOBER 7, 2017 One of Europe’s... View Article

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Disney is Magical for Cheryl Waag

17 Dec 2016

There are Disney fanatics, then there is Cheryl Waag. Waag is a vacation consultant for Acendas Travel, specializing in Disney properties. In early December, she completed her 100th visit to a Disney destination or experience with a trip to Walt Disney World. Waag became a travel advisor in the mid-1980s, but her first touch with a Disney Destination came in 1977 at Walt Disney World... View Article

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Unique and Fun Hotels of Paris

06 Dec 2016

One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Paris is famed for its romance, iconic architecture and centuries of artistic achievement. The cultural riches of Paris are overflowing, from the bohemian left bank galleries to the Louvre to the regal Jardin des Tuileries, artistic explorations abound. Paris today is still at the forefront of leading artistic and design movements and many of the city’s... View Article

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Kim Shannon Named a Travel Trendsetter

02 Dec 2016

Acendas Travel’s Kim Shannon has been selected by Luxury Travel Advisor magazine as a “Travel Trendsetter” for 2016 as published in its December edition. The magazine identified 45 travel advisors nationwide that are “doing amazing things.” They are seen as collaborators, accessible, client-focused, passionate and experts in their field. Acendas Travel Co-President Gary Davis said of Shannon, “she is the ideal travel advisor for couples... View Article

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