Holiday travel expected to be heavy

More people than last year are expected to hit the road this Fourth of July holiday travel period, possibly tying the past decade’s volume record.

“We are projecting a pretty robust travel period,” Jessica Brady, the spokeswoman for the AAA Auto Club Group, said Friday. “We are expecting this year to tie the record in the past decade for the highest volume.”

The Fourth of July holiday travel period runs from July 3-8.

This year, 42.3 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more away from home for the holiday. That is a 5 percent increase from 2011.

The anticipated volume would equal that of 2007 – the record holder.

In Florida, AAA estimates that 2.1 million residents will travel – a 5 percent jump over last year. Of those Floridians, 1.8 million are projected to drive.

“That does not account for the many people who come into Florida to enjoy the holiday,” she said. “So we’re going to have some pretty busy roadways.”

Brady noted that despite the anticipated increase in travelers, the median amount of spending this holiday is expected to be down about 7 percent.

Spending is estimated to be about $749, compared to $807 in 2011.

“People are looking to economize,” she said.

Inexpensive activities and staying with family or friends or in low-budget hotels or motels are the trend. While shopping and entertainment may drop by as much as 9 percent, visiting and sightseeing could jump 4 percent.

AAA attributed the higher volume of travelers to two factors.

“The fact that it is a six-day holiday versus the typical five-day holiday,” Brady said, adding that it means one extra travel day and more flexibility.

For example, co-workers unable to take the same time off could split the first half and the second half of the week, allowing both to travel some.

The second factor is the falling gas prices.

“Gas prices have fallen substantially since they peaked in April,” she said.

The current average cost of gas in Florida is $3.21 per gallon. That is 8 cents less than last week, and prices are projected to continue to fall.

“It does look like prices are going to continue to decrease into July,” Brady said, adding that they have typically dropped an average of 5 cents per week.

The spike in April was attributed to a threat by Iran that it was going to block a major passageway for one-fifth of the world’s oil supply. A meeting between UN officials and Iran eased concerns and the threat was dropped.

The decline in gas prices since April is tied to multiple factors.

“Supply and demand came into play,” she said, adding that there was weakened demand numbers and an increased supply.

The decrease in manufacturing across the globe and Europe’s financial issues, including the drop in the value of the euro, also played a part.

“All of that combined has caused oil prices to fall, and that in turn has caused retail gas prices to drop,” Brady said.

For those who take to the road this holiday period, AAA offers a few suggestions to keep you and your traveling companions safe.

“Drive defensively,” she said.

“Leave ample room between yourself and the vehicle in front of you,” Brady added. “Pay attention to the car in front of the car in front of you.”

Do not use a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle. Program the GPS before beginning a trip and also familiarize yourself with it beforehand.

Properly inflated tires and windshield wipers in good condition are a must.

“So that you have keen visibility in case it begins to rain,” she said.

AAA will offer its Tow to Go program from July 4-7. Tow to Go provides a confidential ride and tow home from any bar or restaurant – free of charge – to anyone who may have had too much to drink. You do not have to be a AAA member to use the service. Simply call 800-AAA-HELP (222-4357).

“We do ask that the program be used as a last resort,” Brady said, adding that people should first turn to a designated driver or cab for a ride.

“However, if you’re in a bind, you can call and we will send a tow truck driver to get you home safety,” she said.

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Social Travel Site Gogobot Redesigns: Less Text, More Photos

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Gogobot, the social travel site that recently passed the 1 million registered user mark, just launched an interesting redesign this week that turn the site’s homepage into more of an interactive magazine experience with a focus on photos instead of the site’s previous text-heavy design. As Gogobot’s founder Travis Katz told me earlier this week, the Gogobot team noticed that its users didn’t just use the service to plan their trips and update their friends, but that many of them also used the service just to browse photos. This, said Katz, became especially clear after Gogobot launched its mobile app earlier this year and allowed users to share and create virtual postcards from their trips.

Ever since it launched, Gogobot hand-curated images from Flickr and other sources. Now that its users are also contributing thousands of images, Katz said, putting more emphasis on these photos was an obvious choice for the company. Katz stressed that while the new design looks a bit Pinterest-like, Gogobot always focused on the visual aspects of its service. Now, however, the highly visual and more magazine-style browsing experience is at the service’s center.

It’s worth noting, by the way, that two of Gogobot’s smaller competitors Trippy and Gtrot look quite a bit like Pinterest, but in our conversation, Katz stressed that while these services may provide travelers with inspiration for their trips, only Gogobot offers users a more complete solution.

That said, though, while the company also made some minor updates to the look and feel of the rest of the site, this redesign doesn’t affect Gogobot’s feature set. What the new design does, though, said Katz, is make it easier for the service’s users to find travel ideas and do some aspirational browsing on the site. The main focus of Gogobot, of course, also remains on the social aspects of the service, which lets you see which hotels and sights your friends liked when they traveled to a certain city, for example.

Given the success of its mobile app, Katz also said, Gogobot plans to launch a number of new mobile features in the near future as well, though he wasn’t quite ready to share any details yet.


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Article source: http://techcrunch.com/2012/06/29/gogobots-photo-redesign/

‘Pilgrimage’ sets the model for travel

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The exhibition of photographs by Annie Leibovitz at the Concord Museum is simply called ”Pilgrimage.” It’s an apt title. It turns out that Leibovitz, perhaps the best known portrait photographer of our era, is a model for traveling with imagination and curiosity.

She took these environmental photographs as part of a several-year-long self-assignment to visit places that held a particular interest for her. By and large, they were spots associated with major artists, thinkers, and public figures – Elvis Presley’s Graceland, Virginia Woolf’s desk in the ”room of one’s own with a lock on the door,” and Ghost Ranch studio in New Mexico, where Georgia O’Keeffe and her landscapes became one.

The individual pilgrimages of the title may have been a checklist of what Leibovitz called ”crazy places,” but they were ultimately only points of departure.

Once Leibovitz arrived, she followed strings of associations wherever they would lead her. Concord is a good case in point. She came to photograph the site of Thoreau’s cabin at Walden Pond. Finding a pile of rocks, she discovered more palpable Thoreau artifacts at the Concord Museum–where she became fascinated with Ralph Waldo Emerson’s books. Being in Concord led her to Orchard House, where she became captivated by the Alcotts. ”Ultimately,” she said during a recent press walk through the exhibition, ”I had to get out of Concord. You could do a whole book here!”

Leibovitz’s joy in discovering and embracing the unexpected is a good lesson for all travelers, even those of us who will never capture the piquancy of O’Keeffe’s box of homemade pastels in all the shades of her beloved desert. But studying the photos can teach us how to look more closely–even if not through a camera viewfinder–to identify the fleeting but wondrous experience that links us across time to the people who drew us to a place. Leibovitz, for example, was ”enamored” of Emerson’s wall of books. ”It fits so many minds in the town,” she observed.

The exhibition of ”Pilgrimage” is a collaboration between the Concord Museum (200 Lexington Rd., Concord, 978-369-9763, www.concordmuseum.org) and Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House (399 Lexington Rd., Concord, 978-369-4118, www.louisamayalcott,org). It is on view at the Concord Museum through September 23.

Photo by David Lyon for the Boston Globe

Article source: http://www.boston.com/travel/blog/2012/06/pilgrimage_sets.html

Sunwing Travel Group Shows Their Canadian Pride for Canada Day


TORONTO, ONTARIO, Jun 29, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) –
In honour of this upcoming Canada Day, employees of the Sunwing
Travel group gathered together to celebrate their Canadian pride with
their O Canada Tribute. Staff members from the Toronto head office,
as well as offices in Montreal, Moncton, Cancun, and Punta Cana, put
themselves in the limelight to sing Canada’s national anthem and
share their passion for Canada with the world. Segments were filmed
in several locations and destinations to produce a video displaying
not only the company’s spirit, but the great talent of so many of its
employees.

A call out was made to the entire staff just 2 weeks before filming
began and the response was phenomenal. “I was so pleased with the
response and the participation from so many of my fellow friends and
co-workers,” said Regan Baird, Video Content Producer for the Sunwing
Travel Group. “Everyone showed such great spirit and I was surprised
to learn how many people in our company have such amazing musical
talent and skill! It was challenging to put everything together in
such a short amount of time, but it was so much fun and the video
turned out very well. ”

The O Canada Tribute video, which was launched on Friday, June 29,
can be viewed on the Sunwing TV YouTube channel, as well as on the
following brand websites: Sunwing Vacations, Signature Vacations, and
SellOffVacations.com.

Sunwing Travel Group, one of the largest integrated travel businesses
in North America, is comprised of Sunwing Vacations, the leading
leisure tour operator in Canada, Sunwing Airlines, Canada’s premier
leisure airline, offering departures from 33 Canadian gateways,
Signature Vacations, one of Canada’s leading tour operators for
package vacations, SellOffVacations.com, a retail travel division,
Blue Diamond Hotels Resorts, an innovative hotel management
company, operating resorts under the ‘Royalton’ and ‘Memories’
brands, Vacation Express, a growing tour operator in the United
States, and Caribbean Nexus Travel, which provides destination
management services to individuals, agencies, tour groups, corporate
businesses, and tour operators.



        
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Free summer travel apps for iOS

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Summer is here in the northern hemisphere and many probably already have their vacation plans set for a short getaway to enjoy the weather. But if you haven’t made any plans yet, I’ve gathered up some highly rated apps to help you get out of town.

This week’s collection of apps will help you plan the perfect trip. The first is a popular app that checks for the best flights to your chosen destination and looks for the best deals. The second will help you find the best food in your location once you get there. The third is a mapping and guide app that lets you download the information so you’ll never get lost — even when you have no connection on your
iPhone.

Hipmunk

Sort by Agony to make sure you don’t end up with several layovers and late-night flights.

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Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET)

Hipmunk (Free) takes some of the hassle out of finding the best flight by showing you several possible flights on a timeline, then letting you sort by various criteria to find the best flight for you. Like any good travel app, Hipmunk offers buttons to quickly select your departure and destination airports and the dates you want to travel, and then you can select the number of travelers. Then you hit the Search for Flights button to get the best flights available.

The way Hipmunk displays the flights is what sets it apart from other apps. When the app has gathered all the data, you get a list of all the flights from each of the different airlines displayed on a timeline. But each flight is color-coded and shows the complete flight time and each of the layovers (if there are any) graphically. Tap on a flight to show exactly how much time the flight takes and the length of each layover. With one more tap you get the full information like flight numbers, exact times, and the type of planes you’ll be flying on.

What’s particularly fun about this flight-finding app is that you have a few more options from the search result screen using the buttons across the bottom. An Agony button lets you sort by the level of, well, agony on your trip — the app looks for late-night flight times, multiple layovers, and other factors that might make spending a bit more money worth the trouble. A Cost button lets you sort from cheapest flights to the most expensive. A Depart button shows departure times from earliest to latest. Finally, a Length button lets you weed out the longest flights with the most layovers.

Overall, Hipmunk is a great way to experiment and find cheap flights, with cool sorting options, graphical results that help you make your decision, and fast load times so you don’t have to wait. If you’re looking to take a trip in the near future, check out this app.

Lunchbox

Colorful pictures and easy-to-read reviews will get you to the food and drinks you want nearby.

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Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET)

Lunchbox (Free) is a fun way to find local food and drink spots based on those who have already been there. Whether you’re on vacation or just want to find something new, Lunchbox makes food and drink discovery a snap.

When you launch the app there are only three choices of categories to choose from: Food and Restaurants, Coffee and Tea, or Bars and Nightclubs. All you have to do is touch your selection and the app brings up the names of places near your GPS location, colorful pictures of the venues, and short reviews written by people who have been there. When you touch a location you get a map at the top with the address, phone number, and a menu (if available) right below and you can also browse through numerous tips from other people who have been there. Just below that, you can swipe through color photos of the food taken by other people. This is what makes Lunchbox more than just a menu — you can actually see what a restaurant has to offer to help you make your decision.

Lunchbox doesn’t do much beyond that, but it doesn’t need to. It’s just the right app to have if you’re in search of food or drinks wherever you are. If you’re out and about — especially in a place you’ve never been to before, Lunchbox is the perfect way to get the food and drinks you want with tons of recommendations from the people who have been there.

BohoGuides offline travel guide

All the information you need is available offline, but the design isn’t the greatest (notice how San Francisco overlaps the map button).

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Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET)

BohoGuides offline travel guide (Free for one city guide) doesn’t offer the polish found in the interface for LunchBox, but it has an exceedingly important feature for travelers: you download the guide for the city you’re in so you’ll have it even without a connection on your iPhone.

The app gathers all of its information from Wikitravel and you can browse through several categories for each city to find out more. Hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, and popular spots all have extensive descriptions for each location. But you also can find out where not to go: in BohoGuides you can read up on the more dangerous parts of a city so you know just what to avoid. You can find out about spoken languages in the area, the best transportation options, where to find work, where to shop, and tons more. The information about each city is exhaustive and welcome to anyone who has never been in a location before.

The only thing I don’t like about the app is the interface. A good UI designer would have organized the information better and made navigation much easier, but as is, you’re dealing with a long list of items that, once touched, produce a wall of text that’s difficult to get through. All the information is there, mind you, but it just seems like there would be a better way to display it.

Still, if you’re on the road or in another country, the ability to view maps and info offline can be extremely useful. For this reason, if you’re planning a vacation this summer, I recommend you download this app or one like it in case connection issues leave you out in the cold.

Article source: http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19512_7-57464283-233/free-summer-travel-apps-for-ios/

San Francisco Travel Association Announces New Marketing Representation in …

The San Francisco Travel Association, in partnership with San Francisco International Airport (SFO), has retained AVIAREPS Marketing Garden Ltd. (AMG) as their new marketing representation office in Japan.

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) June 29, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

San Francisco Travel Association Announces New Marketing Representation in Japan

June 29, 2012 – The San Francisco Travel Association, in partnership with San Francisco International Airport (SFO), has retained AVIAREPS Marketing Garden Ltd. (AMG) as their new marketing representation office in Japan.

San Francisco Travel and SFO first retained representation services in Japan in 1987, making San Francisco one of the first cities in the U.S. to have an office in Tokyo. In 2000, a full-time office was opened and a Japanese website was developed to promote San Francisco to the Japanese market http://www.sf-japan.or.jp/

Asia is an extremely important market for San Francisco, representing more than 800,000 visitors in 2011.

“In the past two years, the visitor volume from Japan has increased by nearly 60 percent,” said Tom Kiely, executive vice president, Tourism for San Francisco Travel. “In 2009, San Francisco welcomed 122,000 visitors from Japan and in 2011, the city welcomed 192,000, a nine percent increase over 2010 with 178,000 visitors. With a population of 126 million people, we anticipate welcoming even more visitors from Japan in the coming years.”

AMG will be responsible for promoting San Francisco to the professional travel trade, consumers, media and airlines. “Most importantly, they will assist airlines to promote service to San Francisco, generate press coverage of the region and assist the travel trade with information to increase bookings to San Francisco,” added Kiely. This includes business travel, technical visits and convention attendance as well as the rapidly growing leisure travel market.

San Francisco International Airport currently has five non-stop flights from Tokyo per day with United Airlines offering two daily flights, and Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways and Delta Air Lines each offering one daily non-stop flight.

“We are confident that this service will increase over time,” said Kandace Bender, SFO deputy airport director, marketing. “With SFO’s 24 international gates, easy domestic connections all under one roof, and well known expedited immigration processing, San Francisco is the favorite gateway to North America.”

The international market represents nearly 20 percent of San Francisco’s total visitors, which was 16.35 million in 2011, an increase of 2.7 percent from 2010. These visitors spent $8.46 billion in 2011, up 9.8 percent from the previous year.

The tourism industry generated $526 million in taxes for the City of San Francisco, up 8.6 percent from the previous year. Tourism supported 71,403 jobs in 2011 with an annual payroll of $2.06 billion. In 2011, there was an average of 129,499 visitors in San Francisco each day. Visitor spending equated to $23.19 million daily (including spending related to meetings and conventions).

AMG is the leading marketing and public relations firm in Asia specializing in outbound tourism marketing. The company’s primary goal is to increase the number of visitors from the Asia-Pacific region to its client destinations. AMG represents more than 25 destinations around the world, and has offices in Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, Beijing, Taipei, Dubai, Sydney and Mumbai.

Contact information for San Francisco Travel’s office in Japan:

Mr. Tomo Shimada

AVIAREPS Marketing Garden Ltd.

http://www.aviareps.com

Tel: +81-3-3225-0008

Fax: +81-3-5363-1118

E-mail: tshimada(at)aviareps(dot)com

The San Francisco Travel Association is the official tourism marketing organization for the City and County of San Francisco. For information on reservations, packages, activities and more, visit http://www.sanfrancisco.travel or call 415-391-2000.

Beginning June 4-July 23, 2012, the Visitor Information Center will be temporarily located on the lower level of the Westfield San Francisco Centre, 865 Market St., while the permanent location near the Powell Street cable car turnaround at 900 Market St. in Hallidie Plaza, lower level, is being extensively remodeled.

Join more than 450,000 people who follow San Francisco Travel on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/onlyinsf. Follow “OnlyinSF” on Twitter at http://twitter.com/onlyinsf.

American Express® is the official Card partner for the San Francisco Travel Association.

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) offers non-stop flights to more than 31 international points and more than 70 non-stop cities in the U.S. For up-to-the-minute information on the Bay Area’s largest airport, visit http://www.flysfo.com

Note to editors: Photos and press releases are available at http://www.sanfrancisco.travel/media/.

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Holiday travel expected to be heavy

More people than last year are expected to hit the road this Fourth of July holiday travel period, possibly tying the past decade’s volume record.

“We are projecting a pretty robust travel period,” Jessica Brady, the spokeswoman for the AAA Auto Club Group, said Friday. “We are expecting this year to tie the record in the past decade for the highest volume.”

The Fourth of July holiday travel period runs from July 3-8.

This year, 42.3 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more away from home for the holiday. That is a 5 percent increase from 2011.

The anticipated volume would equal that of 2007 – the record holder.

In Florida, AAA estimates that 2.1 million residents will travel – a 5 percent jump over last year. Of those Floridians, 1.8 million are projected to drive.

“That does not account for the many people who come into Florida to enjoy the holiday,” she said. “So we’re going to have some pretty busy roadways.”

Brady noted that despite the anticipated increase in travelers, the median amount of spending this holiday is expected to be down about 7 percent.

Spending is estimated to be about $749, compared to $807 in 2011.

“People are looking to economize,” she said.

Inexpensive activities and staying with family or friends or in low-budget hotels or motels are the trend. While shopping and entertainment may drop by as much as 9 percent, visiting and sightseeing could jump 4 percent.

AAA attributed the higher volume of travelers to two factors.

“The fact that it is a six-day holiday versus the typical five-day holiday,” Brady said, adding that it means one extra travel day and more flexibility.

For example, co-workers unable to take the same time off could split the first half and the second half of the week, allowing both to travel some.

The second factor is the falling gas prices.

“Gas prices have fallen substantially since they peaked in April,” she said.

The current average cost of gas in Florida is $3.21 per gallon. That is 8 cents less than last week, and prices are projected to continue to fall.

“It does look like prices are going to continue to decrease into July,” Brady said, adding that they have typically dropped an average of 5 cents per week.

The spike in April was attributed to a threat by Iran that it was going to block a major passageway for one-fifth of the world’s oil supply. A meeting between UN officials and Iran eased concerns and the threat was dropped.

The decline in gas prices since April is tied to multiple factors.

“Supply and demand came into play,” she said, adding that there was weakened demand numbers and an increased supply.

The decrease in manufacturing across the globe and Europe’s financial issues, including the drop in the value of the euro, also played a part.

“All of that combined has caused oil prices to fall, and that in turn has caused retail gas prices to drop,” Brady said.

For those who take to the road this holiday period, AAA offers a few suggestions to keep you and your traveling companions safe.

“Drive defensively,” she said.

“Leave ample room between yourself and the vehicle in front of you,” Brady added. “Pay attention to the car in front of the car in front of you.”

Do not use a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle. Program the GPS before beginning a trip and also familiarize yourself with it beforehand.

Properly inflated tires and windshield wipers in good condition are a must.

“So that you have keen visibility in case it begins to rain,” she said.

AAA will offer its Tow to Go program from July 4-7. Tow to Go provides a confidential ride and tow home from any bar or restaurant – free of charge – to anyone who may have had too much to drink. You do not have to be a AAA member to use the service. Simply call 800-AAA-HELP (222-4357).

“We do ask that the program be used as a last resort,” Brady said, adding that people should first turn to a designated driver or cab for a ride.

“However, if you’re in a bind, you can call and we will send a tow truck driver to get you home safety,” she said.

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Mexico offers reward to capture killer policemen

Mexican federal police on Thursday offered a reward of 5 million pesos ($370,000) to help capture two officers accused of drug trafficking and shooting dead three other policemen inside the capital’s international airport.



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The wanted officers had gone into the airport bathroom to receive cocaine from a Colombian traveler before the three policemen tried to arrest them on Monday, said Luis Cardenas, division head of the federal police.

The officers opened fire and fled the airport along with another policeman who is also on the run, Cardenas said, calling them “traitors.” The shooting happened in front of food courts and panicked travelers threw themselves to the ground.

The incident is a major embarrassment for the government of President Felipe Calderon, who has put the federal police at the heart of a five-and-a-half-year-long offensive against drug gangs.

More than 55,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence in Mexico during that time.

On Sunday, Mexicans will vote for a new president to succeed Calderon, who is limited to one term in office.

Most opinion polls predict Enrique Pena Nieto, the candidate of the opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party or PRI, will win the election by a wide margin.

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Aviator Travel Jib gives you smoother videos

Aviator Travel Jib(Credit:
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The Aviator Travel Jib lets budget videographers capture videos with smooth, cinematic panning at a fraction of the price of professional systems. A jib is also known as a camera crane, which is typically used in movie productions to get a sense of the scene, usually with the camera panning or zooming from a higher vantage point.

Weighing only 3.7 pounds, the camera crane is able to extend up to 6 feet and should be able to carry your dSLR and a kit lens (the accessory can support cameras of up to 6 pounds). When not in use, it can be folded down to 24 inches for portability.

The Aviator kit includes a fluid pan base, a high-quality padded bag, mounting hardware, bubble levels, mounting ports, and a ballast bag. Slated to ship in August, the Aviator Travel Jib can be yours for a pledge of $399 on Kickstarter. There’s also a carbon fiber version going for $799 if you’re willing to splurge on an even lighter alternative.

(Source: Crave Asia)

Article source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57463856-1/aviator-travel-jib-gives-you-smoother-videos/

Specialist Travel Company Appoints Vivalogue

London-based Gemmaway Travel has appointed Vivalogue Corporate to assess and manage their online presence

York, UK (PRWEB) June 29, 2012

Gemmaway Travel and Coach Tours announces today that it is appointing Vivalogue Corporate Editorial Services to assess their website and manage future developments. The travel company specializes in providing fully escorted coach tours around the UK, to Europe and worldwide, primarily to expatriate North Americans living and working in the UK.

Like many small businesses, when Gemmaway was founded in 1994, they created a basic website as an online brochure, rather than as a principal marketing tool. Traditionally, the company reached its target audience through expatriate association newsletters for American and Canadian families and military and diplomatic staff. However, with the decline in the newsletters for these communities, reaching their target market has become more challenging. “In the past, we never really used our website as a direct marketing tool to generate new business for our tours. But, with the changing nature of access to our primary clientele, we realized we had to rethink this,” said Laraine Tresser, Gemmaway’s founder and managing director. “We have a number of clients who are in the same position as Gemmaway,” said Kilmeny Jane Denny, Vivalogue’s director in the United Kingdom. “They are daunted by internet marketing and social media, because they never needed to use it before. Our personal, tailored service means we give them as much support as they need and get them started in social media.”

Gemmaway Travel and Coach Tours provide fully guided and informative tours that cover the history, geography and sociology of their destinations. These include tours to Normandy and the D-Day Landing Beaches, the Edinburgh Festival and Royal Military Tattoo and the German Christmas Markets.

About Vivalogue

Vivalogue is a specialty publisher and editorial services company that helps individuals and organizations create professional-quality books and provides corporate editorial services to small businesses in Canada and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit http://www.vivalogue.com.

For media inquiries, contact:

Kilmeny Jane Denny, Director, Vivalogue Limited

T:604-522-6222/C:604-512-9997/lynn(at)vivalogue(dot)com

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