Whether on land, sea or river, the buzzword is “experiential.” Not content to merely “see” or “visit,” seasoned travelers want to participate, to connect with the culture and people of a place - and to come home feeling that their lives have been enriched.
Voyages of Discovery cruises aboard the 550-passenger mv Voyager embrace this concept by offering guests an education about the history, culture and people of the places the ship visits. During the Tales of India and Arabia itinerary, for example, guest lecturers cover the history of India, starting from the days of the Raj, trade across the Indian Ocean and two of the world’s richest cities, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. This allows cruise passengers to relate to the people and places they see on a deeper and richer level than if they disembarked armed only with brochures listing well-known attractions.
Lounging on a private beach at Mozambique’s Indigo Bay is paradise. The weather is ideal - a soft breeze and not overly hot. The sun warms your body like a blanket. The turquoise Indian Ocean is so clear, you can see the underwater rocks far out into the water from the beach. The white sand feels like you are walking on talcum powder. There are no bugs. Perfect.
A crisp snap has been in the air these past few mornings, forcing me to acknowledge that yet another change in season is upon us.
Like the weather and the seasons, the business of travel always seems to be changing. There are new resorts, hotels, tour packages and airlift announced every day, and travel trends seem to change regularly as well. What is hot today might be old news tomorrow. The history and architecture of the top destinations remains the same, but how travelers experience those destinations is continually being upgraded, in an effort to provide new and unforgettable experiences to both new and veteran travelers.
During the ASTA Global Conference in Miami, ASTA Counsel Paul Ruden held an ASTA Town Hall meeting to address concerns over the proposed “New Distribution Capability,” better known as NDC.