Kathleen M. Mangan

Kathleen M. Mangan

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Cead Mile Failte, "A Hundred Thousand Welcomes," is the age-old slogan of Irish hospitality and tourism. Your clients will feel this warm welcome wherever they go in the southwest region of Ireland, known as the Kingdom of Kerry. Whether stopping to enjoy a pint of Guinness or a pot of tea, asking directions to a ring fort or an artist's studio, or simply sharing a bench at a scenic overlook, they'll feel right at home chatting up the locals.
All-Inclusive Resorts are Tailoring Their Facilities and Services to Appeal to Certain Travelers, in Order to Differentiate their Product from Competitors. The challenge for travel agents is keeping up with market developments and determining which all-inclusive properties are right for their clients.
In the race to become the next popular tourist hot spot in Central America (following in Costa Rica's footsteps), Honduras is working hard for the honors. The country currently attracts less than half the number of visitors (700,000 last year compared to Costa Rica's 1.6 million), but expects a 10 to 15 percent increase in visitors in 2006, according to Ricardo Martinez, Honduras Minister of Tourism.
While visitors admire the giraffes, backlit by a vibrant South African sunset from atop an elephant, the pachyderm parade enters a clearing where elegance reigns supreme. There, in the wild bushveld, the Camp Jabulani staff has created a swanky spot for sundowners to end the elephant safari, complete with silver candelabras on the table, crystal wine glasses and mahogany chairs upholstered in striped zebra skin with the spiked mane running down the back.