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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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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Destination Spotlight: Iceland – Land of Fire and Ice

16 Nov 2016

Iceland is a country known for its natural wonders, epic sagas, heroic legends and rich history. It’s a land of volcanoes and glaciers, geothermal areas, roaring rivers, majestic waterfalls, and beautiful lakes. The capital Reykjavik is the most northerly capital city of the world. The entire island has a human population of a little over 300,000 people and is one of the safest countries in... View Article

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Travel is the Perfect Gift

11 Nov 2016

There is nothing that compares to the spirit lifting value of a well-planned and well-loved getaway. This holiday season, or at any time of year, giving the gift of a customized vacation to the one you love will create good feelings and memories to last a lifetime. If your loved one is worn out from an over scheduled year of work, parenting, or both, a trip... View Article

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