Travel Books

2017

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A Sector Driven by Growth & Ambition

By Roshni Dabur 

Over the past year, this growth has reflected in all segments of tourism. The sluggish economy and poor sentiments did not have any adverse impact on the Indian outbound tourism market. India is one of the fastest-growing outbound travel markets. Despite drastic fluctuations in rupee value recently, numbers of tourist's departures from India did not take a hit. The country is leading the outbound market with only China ahead in the race.

India offers exponential growth opportunities in outbound travel with the population of over 1 billion and over 7% hike in GDP every year  .Indians are travelling abroad for more than one more reasons, ranging from meeting relatives, for international sports matches, shopping, or pure leisure. Among the leading contributors of increasing outbound travel are Official and Personal Travel for business, leisure/ holiday/, and MICE tourism.

The tourism boards of other countries are gearing up to meet this challenge of increasing Indian travelers.   Several countries have set up their offices in India, while some others are optimally using their embassies to first conduct a few pilot tests before taking the final call.

While VFR trips, business travel and going on a holiday top outbound volume, people are preferring niche products too such as luxury travels, sports tourism, honeymoon packages, MICE, cruises, etc.

Thailand, Singapore, United States, and Malaysia are some of the most preferred tourist destinations for Indian travelers. Indian tourists have now started exploring new destinations as well. Among the emerging countries, Sri Lanka, China and Nepal are the favorite destinations of Indian tourists. Japan aims to focus on tripling the tourists' number from 2013 to 2020. Places such as Indonesia, Mauritius, Philippines, and Egypt are also experiencing a huge hike in Indian tourists. Travel agents are using enhanced promotions drives to further aid the increase in outbound departures.

The country's growth in outbound tourism can be attributed to the following reasons:

• Decrease in international airfare

• Affordable travel packages

• Increasing disposable income

• Rise of low cost carriers (LCCs)

The internet and its proliferation in the travel industry has transformed the way Indians travel now. The huge information data bank available on the internet has generated a good deal of confidence in travelers to go ahead and travel. Traditional travel agents are still around but their role is more of certifying a deal now than to actually plan it.

Bollywood, the Indian film industry, has generated a humungous wave of interest among global travelers. It has brought India on a global map when it comes to travel and tourism. As per one estimate, over 13 million Indian population watch Bollywood movies every day. So, it can be termed as one of the strongest influences on Indian travelers.

India's travel sector is poised to become the third-largest market by the year 2019 and the largest market by the year 2029. Many abundant professional opportunities are expected to come up in the industry every year. It is the most exciting phase that the industry is going through.

Travel offers some great professional highs! If you want to travel the world, get ready for it. The best part is, you can earn while you travel. Which other profession offers you the luxury of travelling and getting paid for it. The travel industry has shown a huge appetite for growth. This growth demands a lot of trained manpower, which is a concern as of now. The industry never goes out of demand for aspiring young professionals. This makes it essential for students to equip themselves with the business of tourism by merging managing skills with that of tourism. However, before you venture out, it is best to arm yourself with a professional diploma in Travel & Tourism Courses Management.

Many academies offer diverse courses, among which Travel Tourism Management is one of the prominent courses. Many professional institutes are there in Delhi that teach you the best of trade practices. Apart from the course content, they also teach aspiring youngsters to groom themselves.

There are many distant learning courses that offer deep knowledge of theories, business models and practices that consist of tourism management. Such courses prepare individual for a bright profession in the leisure and tourism industry. The Travel Management institutes will prepare you for a profession in this field.

You can work in the Government Department of Tourism, or in the district or state Tourism branches. After your degree, you can also join the private sector or opt for the public sector enterprise. Whatever you choose, the travel and tourism industry will never be out of opportunities for your travel and career ambitions

The Travel & Tourism sector is one of the most emerging sector in India. The growth of the sector opens the door for the aspirants to make a successful career in Travel Industry.


7 Tips to Choose The Best Family-Friendly Motel

By Shalini Madhav 

Have you been looking for a family-friendly motel for your stay during the trip? If so, we suggest that you find out if a motel offers special rates and swimming pools. Aside from this, some hotels offer other amenities, such as field trips and babysitting. These hotels can keep your children happy and busy. So, you won't get bored. In fact, you will be able to get the most out of your time. Given below are some tips to help you look for a good family friendly motel. Read on to know more.

Guide books and the internet

For parents, there is tons of information about family friendly motels out there. To get started, the Internet is an ideal place. You can get great advice about family trips on these sites.

Apart from the Internet, you can check out guidebooks about family travel. With these resources, looking for the best hotel will be a piece of cake for you.

The Dining Options

Finding a hotel that you and your family can agree on is hard, especially if you have chosen an unfamiliar location. Moreover, some motels make this a lot easier with special discounts and menus.

Choose the right destination

It's a good idea to go for a destination that will suit everyone. Do you have younger kids? If so, make sure you choose a hotel that offers a kids' program and other fun activities. You may want to opt for a hotel with kid-based activities, such as sports events, beaches and teen discos.

Booking

You may want to book all of the rooms at the same time. This will help the hotel make notes and give response to your requests like booking rooms on one and the same floor.

Dining option and restaurants

It's a good idea to go for a hotel with many dining options and restaurants. This will help you eat at different restaurants during your vacation. This way you can benefit from different dining plans and you won't get bored.

Other fun activities

You may also want to have fun even when you are away from the motel. In other words, all-inclusive hotels offer all what you need in order to have a lot of fun. We suggest that you find out what you can get offsite.

Flexibility

The hotel has to be flexible. Actually, everyone has different interests and tastes. This way all of your family members will be able to enjoy their trip. So, all of you don't need to be in the same place all the time. Aside from this, you may want to make sure you set aside more time than usual for check-ins and checkouts. Usually, if you are with your family, it will take you longer than usual to get things done.

The takeaway

So, if you have been thinking of choosing a good motel to say in during your trip, we suggest that you follow the motel selection tips given in this article. This way you will be able to have a lot of fun throughout your stay at the motel.

Have you been looking for a good family motel Rotrua? If so, we suggest that you check out The Arista Group.


20 Easy Ways to Stretch Your Travel Dollars

By Bob Tom 

There are people who've managed to travel the world completely free or at very little cost. It proves that you do not have to have a lot of money to travel. All you need is to be creative. Here are 20 easy ways in which you can stretch your travel dollars.

1. Start saving

As a part of saving for your trip, make a plan. When planning, in one column list all the things that you would like. In another column list how you can reduce or eliminate these costs. Project how much money you will now need and save towards it.

2. Sign up for flyer miles benefits

Many companies now offer these as part of their product offerings. For example, banks will offer travel points on credit cards whenever you travel and use them.

3. Look out for airline ticket deals

Popular airlines often have ticket deals and sales for certain times of the year. Schedule your trips around these times so that you can save on airfares. Also, schedule your flights for the middle of the week when most business travelers or vacationers don't fly.

4. Scout for destination packages

These are great ways to save money. You can get all-inclusive packages, especially at resorts, for less at certain times of the year.

5. Check with your employer

If you work for the government or for a large corporation, check with your employer to see which destinations worldwide have benefits for employees when they travel. Make use of these benefits and save your money. Travel with proof from your employer to your destination. These may even still apply even if you are a retiree.

6. Check with your school

If you are a student, especially a college student, check with your school for travel benefits that they may have for students. You may also be able to access international programs for students that will save you money when you travel.

If you are in high school, get your parents or guardians to look for locales for possible school trips. There are normally discounted group packages that will save them money and are cheaper than if they were to do it on their own. Usually, a teacher or school employee will chaperone the students on the trip.

7. Join a charity or religious organization

There are some charity and religious organizations that have overseas missions. As a member on a mission, you will get to travel for free. However, please bear in mind that you are on these trips to assist others and not for your own self-gratification.

8. Make a travel budget

It is very tempting to get carried away while traveling. You will come across many things to spend money on. Make a travel budget and stick to it.

9. Stay at cheaper accommodation

If you are not on a travel package that offered you hotels at cheaper rates consider accommodation that will cost you less but are still safe. These include bed and breakfast offerings in private homes, rooms on university campuses, convents, motels and cottages.

10. Try couch surfing

You may have a friend or family member living in another country. If they don't mind having you, consider staying with them instead of paying for accommodation. Another thing you can try is a house sitting arrangement. This is where you occupy and watch over someone's property and their pets while they are away. Lastly, you can join couch surfing communities where you can connect and stay with locals for free.

11. Walk a lot

Save money by using your feet and not spending it on taxis or Uber. You can also wear a pair of smart shoes during your trip. Not only can it guide you and give you directions, but also burn calories as well.

12. Rent or buy your own transportation

Instead of paying for taxi rides to places, consider renting or buying your own transportation. Two-wheel vehicles, such as bicycles, scooters, or motorbikes, are normally the best to rent or buy as they cost less. You will get more mileage out of these to go many places at less cost.

13. Use electronic guides

There are now many kinds of guides that you can access to help you get around your vacation locale. You can access many of these GPS applications on your mobile phone. This will help you to save money on tour buses and tour guides.

14. Cook instead of purchasing meals

Don't consider cooking on a trip a chore. You can make it fun by trying out some new foods where you are. Buy fresh food at their local market and experiment with some new dishes. You can do an internet search to find out how to cook them, and it does not have to be elaborate. Not only will this save you money but you get to learn about cuisine in another culture.

15. Look around for meal deals

Meal deals are not only available at international fast-food restaurants. You can find these elsewhere too. For example, buffet style restaurants, where the size of the dishes far outweigh what you pay. There are also all-you-can-eat restaurants and other places that offer discounted meals on certain days. Some of them don't mind you leaving with a "doggie bag" either.

16. Drink boiled water

You don't have to spend money on bottled water, which can add up. Use the regular water from the tap and boil it. Cool it and drink that. You may even use it to make drinks instead of spending on those too.

17. Entertainment deals

If you took a vacation package then you don't have to spend extra on entertainment. This will be provided on a nightly basis for free. If you are traveling solo, due to negative worldwide events, avoid entertainment late at night and in certain places. Consider a local movie or concert.

18. Use your debit or credit cards instead of cash

Make sure your card doesn't charge a foreign transaction fee. Then, if you have to pay for something, use your debit or credit cards instead of cash. You may be able to save money on the currency exchange differential depending on which country you're in. Additionally, your card may have benefits such as insurance that protects your purchases or points that you can cash in for something else later. Every little benefit helps.

19. Shop at discounted stores

You don't have to buy stuff in expensive shops for visitors or tourists. Duty Free shops in airports and shops in hotels charge way more for the same items than you can find in a local discount store. Look around for these, they shouldn't be that hard to find.

20. Gifts for others

If you must take back gifts for friends and family, go for inexpensive items. Small souvenir items are great and you don't have to buy them at expensive souvenir shops catering to tourists. If you go out an explore, you can find them gift ideas in local stores and craft markets.

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What Every Traveler Should Know About Making Hotel Reservations

By Morris Raymond 

There was a time when making hotel reservations was as simple as picking up the telephone & booking a room for a specific period of time. Depending on how your travels worked out, you would sometimes have the misfortune of having to book the same day & were hoping for the best, but all in all, booking a hotel room was not a big deal.

Boy, things have certainly changed! When the occasional hotel room "booker" decides it's time to make a reservation, the nervous perspiration starts. Palms get clammy, internal temperature starts to rise, and voices start cracking. The issue at hand is that we're constantly bombarded by commercials on our airwaves telling us that we can find better deals by using technology. Online booking, booking apps, and email & text message alerts for price drops are now the way to book a hotel room not necessarily the right way but the smart way. Of course, no one wants to seem foolish, right?

To begin, let's keep it simple. First of all, you always want to be sure you have the dates correct for your prospective reservation at the correct hotel. In other words, have the basic information spelled out correctly before you even start. It seems like common sense, but you'd be surprised how often people will try booking a hotel room with faulty information.

You also want to be sure to try & book early. Even though this may not always be possible, it does help get things off your mind faster than waiting until the last-minute before booking. You also avoid issues of not having a room to reserve because of something on the calendar that is bringing people into town. An example would be trying to book a hotel near the beach during Spring Break season.

It pays to think about how you book so that you can avoid having to contend with overbooking, time crunches, and heavy travel windows. For example, if you are traveling on the weekend, try to book a room at a hotel that tends to have a leaning toward business bookings. In the same vein, if you're traveling during the week, like to stay in a hotel that has more of a 'resort' feel to it. This way, you're always trying to travel opposite of the general travel traffic.

Finally, here is some input regarding the online & discount booking apps & websites - it can go either way. You can actually save some serious money booking online in some way, but you may open yourself to being booked at a mystery hotel whose identity isn't known until after the reservation is made. In some cases, you also have to act quickly to take advantage of hotel reservation deals in order to get the pricing, which you may not be in a position to do right away. It's also important to know about being "walked" by a hotel. Getting "walked" means that if a hotel can't fill your reservation, it will pay for a night elsewhere. Hotels overbook assuming that there will be "no shows". Depending on how & when you book, your indirect/third-party booking leaves you as a low priority, and if you're unlucky enough to have booked at a hotel where everyone showed up, you will be "walked".

Surprisingly enough, booking hotel reservations directly with a hotel over the phone or through their own website is the best way to book in many cases & provides the most perks. Whether through loyalty programs, flexibility in price negotiation, or being a frequent guest, connecting the old-fashioned way seems to be the best bet for handling your travel lodging.



MONTH OF SEPTEMBER 2017

MONTH OF SEPTEMBER 2017

Women Of Color Empowerment Conference
9/8/17-9/10/17; Fort Lauderdale, FL;
http://www.nationalwomenofcolor.com

Martha’s Vineyard Jazz & Blues SummerFest
9/01/17-9/03/17; Oaks Bluff, MA;
http://mvjazzbluessummerfest.com

Monterey Jazz Festival
9/15/17-9/17/17; Monterey, CA;
http://www.montereyjazzfestival.org

Michigan BluesFest
9/15/17-9/16/17; Lansing, MI; 
http://www.oldtownbluesfest.com

African American Street Festival
9/22/17-9/24/17; Nashville, TN; 
http://aacanashville.org

Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo – Championship Finals
9/22/17-9/23/17;; Washington, DC;
http://www.billpickettrodeo.com

National Black MBA Association Annual Conference
9/26/17-9/30/17, Philadelphia, PA;
https://www.nbmbaaconference.org/

Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference
9/20/17-9/24/17; Washington, DC; 
http://www.cbcfinc.org/

International Black Women’s Congress Conference
TBD; 
http://www.ibwc.us/

ADCOLOR Awards
9/17/17-9/19/17; 
http://adcolor.org

Silicon Valley African Film Festival
9/29/17-10/01/17; Mountain View, CA, 
http://www.svaff.org/

Black Owned Wine and Spirits Festival
9/30/17; Washington, DC;
http://www.BlackOwnedSpiritsFestival.com

OCTOBER

Black Enterprise TechConnext Summit
10/09/17-10/10/17, FL; 
http://www.blackenterprise.com

Action Icon Awards
10/22/17; Los Angeles, CA; 
http://actioniconawards.com

Taste of Soul Festival
10/21/17; Los Angeles, CA, 
http://www.tasteofsoulla.org

Arizona Jazz Festival
TBD; Litchfield Park, AZ 
http://arizonajazzfestival.com


NOVEMBER

State of the Black World Conference
TBD; location TBD; 
http://www.ibw21.org

DECEMBER

Kwanzaa Celebrations
12/26-01/01 in cities across America;
http://www.soulofamerica.com/events/kwanzaa-celebrations

Kwanzaa Celebrations
12/26-01/01 in cities across America;
http://www.soulofamerica.com/events/kwanzaa-celebrations

National Girls Self-Esteem – NUTCRACKER IN OAKTOWN
TBD; Oakland, CA; 
http://www.girlsselfesteemprogram.com



INNKEEPERS and SPA

NEW ORLEANS

Hubbard Mansion
DESCRIPTION: Don Hubbard presents a fabulous Greek Revival house filled with intergenerational wonders and Victorian antiques; beyond the wrought iron gates, the home flaunts a four-column ivory portico preceding seven-foot windows and balconies that overlook the Avenue; magnificent foyer and spiraling staircase, private quarters reveal king-size legacies of perfection, imperial mahogany beds and regal armoires with matching chaise lounges compliment hardwood floors blanketed by oriental rugs; marble whirlpool, carriage house, living and dining areas, fully-furnished kitchen, washer and dryer and 2 1/2 baths are featured as well

BREAKFAST: Deluxe Continental
PRICING: $150-$350 per night, two nights minimum
ADDRESS: 3535 St. Charles Avenue  MAP
PARKING: on premises
TRANSIT: St. Charles Streetcar is in front
PHONE: 504-897-3535
WEBSITE: http://www.hubbardmansion.com

MARTHA’S VINEYARD

Martha's Vineyard Inn
DESCRIPTION: Within walking distance to the center of Vineyard Haven and West Chop; when you enter the 5-room inn with spa, you are greeted by an old trunk in which you leave your old stresses. Wake up for breakfast and then unwind in our relaxing hot tub; find Victorian furnishings, fine paintings, and hardwood floors; our living room is designed for with a high tea server in the afternoon; enjoy natural spa treatments such as massage, yoga, sauna and mineral baths

ADDRESS: Vineyard Haven
PHONE: 800-595-9996 or 508-693-0001
WEBSITE: http://www.marthasvineyardinn.com

East Marion, NY

Quintessentials Bed & Breakfast and Spa
DESCRIPTION: Started in 1994 by Jamaican, Sylvia Daley as the first bed & breakfast and full-service spa on the North Fork, Long Island; a romantic, 1840 Victorian inn, Quintessentials blends Caribbean flavor with European style, featuring deluxe suites and rooms with gas fireplaces, private sundecks and whirlpool baths; a full-service spa, personal image development service in relaxing, elegant surroundings in Long Island Wine Country; indulge for an hour or a day in stress-relieving treatments from a relaxing hot stone massage, reflexology, effective, results-oriented skincare, steam room, Reiki energy balancing, or their signature marine and vino therapies that incorporate wine, grape seed, seaweed, Caribbean herbs and essential oils; many patrons also enjoy the spa parties and wine tours on the East End and Hamptons

PRICES: $250-$300 per night
ADDRESS: 8985 Main Road (Route 25A)  MAP
PHONE: 800-444-9112 or 631-477-9400
WEBSITE: http://www.quintessentialsinc.com

Newport News, VA

Divine Alkhemi Wholistic Skincare Boutique
DESCRIPTION: Malikah Divine first began her natural beauty experience at the age of 21 when introduced to the world of natural skin care by a beautiful West African woman in Harlem by the name of Folasade', the owner of Sade Skin Care; her skincare boutique located in Historic Hilton Village; provides natural skin care to treat and prevent skin disorders and to maintain the skin of men, women and teens; other clients use their service for special occasions such as weddings, fashions shows and photo shoots; spa treatments and packages, catering to pamper parties, bridal parties are available; the retail shop features deluxe, handcrafted skin care products

DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 11a-6p; Sat by appt only
PRICES: begin at $10-20
ADDRESS: 10202 Warwick Blvd  MAP
PARKING: free behind the boutique
PHONE: 757-246-2324
WEBSITE: http://www.divinealkhemi.com

Beverly Hills, CA

Lady Dee's Day Spa & Skincare Studio
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1988, Lady Dee offers a wide range of services and packages to treat clients spirit and physique; the spa feature 11 relaxing parlor rooms in a 3,000 square feet spa and a well-stocked gift shop; her spa specializes in treating all skin types and hyper-pigmentation caused by child birth, sun damage and birth control pills; Lady Dee was mentored by Dr. James Fulton who cleared up her severe acne problem in college; services include chemical peels, waxing, electrolysis, facials, body wraps; the massages will make you a repeat patron – they are really good; Black celebrity clients include Angela Bassett, Courtney B. Vance, Lonette McKee, Nancy Wilson, Nia Long, Toni Braxton, Chris Tucker, Tommy Davidson, Eddie Griffin, Kenny Lattimore and Natalie Cole

DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 9a-9p, Sat 9a-5p
ADDRESS: 155 South Robertson Blvd  MAP
PARKING: street
PHONE: 800-6LADYDEE or 310-659-7082
WEBSITE: http://www.ladydspa.com

New York, NY

Sugar Hill Harlem Inn
DESCRIPTION: Located on Sugar Hill, high on the cliffs overlooking Harlem in a limestone townhouse renovated in 2001; the area known as Sugar Hill is steeped in the history of the Harlem Renaissance; Sugar Hill Inn is focused on this history and all of their terrific non-smoking rooms are dedicated to the many great artists and civil rights leaders who were associated with this area; celebrity-themed rooms were meticulously designed and decorated by Carol Donawa, a graduate of the New York School of Interior Design

PRICES: $125-$275 per night
ADDRESS: 460 West 141st Street  MAP
TRANSIT: near 1, A, B , C & Dsubway lines
PHONE: 917-464-3528
WEBSITE: http://www.sugarhillharleminn.com

Pampered Man Pampered Woman Spa
DESCRIPTION: Walking through the doors is like entering your own private sanctuary filled with relaxing sounds of instrumentals, the gurgle of water flowing over polished stones in a copper-bowl fountain and a gracious smiling staff; offers facials, natural nail care, therapeutic massage and a variety of body treatments while strongly reflecting the flavor of Oakland -- a lobby display features hair and beauty products manufactured in the city;; by spa standards, prices are affordable, particularly combination packages; one excellent value is the 3-hour long Completely Pampered Man or Woman package, which includes a 30-minute massage, a spa pedicure, a pampered manicure and an express facial

DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Wed Noon-7p, Thu-Sat 10a-7p
PARKING: on street
ADDRESS: 458 Perkins Street, Suite 104  MAP
PHONE: 510-418-2252
WEBSITE: none