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Brazil’s Pantanal: A “Secret” Wildlife Haven

Brazil is known as a haven for biodiversity—20 percent of all living species are found within its borders—and the Amazon rainforest often steals the spotlight as an ecotourism destination. Scratch the surface, however, and another region emerges to offer what is arguably an even better ...

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Trip report: Cuba from a First-Timer's Point of View

Dec 14, 2018 |

From the Field

| by Molly O'Brien

Stefanie Plein, educational travel consultant, recently traveled for the first time to Cuba on “Birding in Cuba: Discover the Island’s Endemic & Native Species”.  As Holbrook’s program in association with Road Scholar, the journey began in Havana, Cuba’s capital and then on to the western town ...

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News Bin - December 14, 2018

Dec 14, 2018 |

News Roundup

| by Christa Markley

Bringing you the latest news, information, and resources from around the web. In the December 14th edition, read more about the following:...

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Duo dynamics: Ensuring a successful partnership between leader and guide

For group planners, the relationship between your in-field trip leader and local guide is a major factor in a trip’s success. This dynamic not only affects the logistical unfolding of the itinerary, it also has a huge impact on the intangible “tone” of a trip – and how your participants will ...

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Sharing Success — Learning from Peer Organizations

Dec 14, 2018 | | by Christopher Bensley

Does travel make you want to help others? How about helping your peers? At Holbrook’s recent gathering of travel professionals in Costa Rica this past month, peer-to-peer exchange was evident, as planners and leaders provided useful tactics and data to support their counterparts at other ...

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Destination Spotlight: Rediscovering Ethiopia in the post-Lucy period

Oct 30, 2018 |

Destination Spotlight

| by Molly O'Brien

The discovery of Lucy, our oldest ancestor, by a team of scientists in 1974 placed Ethiopia high in the minds of many travelers. But news of famine and a civil war that waged for 15 years kept Ethiopia off the radar for some time. All of that is changing with renewed interest in its storied ...

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Is AI the future of travel?

Oct 30, 2018 |

Insider

| by Christopher Bensley

How artificial intelligence will impact group travel If you’re like me, you long for the good old days when people, yes people, helped you. A real person answered the phone and your travel agent took care of your flights and filled out forms. But artificial intelligence, or AI, is here to stay ...

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Fighting the crowds: Seeking solutions to overtourism at World Tourism Day Forum and beyond

Oct 30, 2018 |

Conservation

| by Christa Markley

Imagine yourself at Machu Picchu. We’ve all seen photos of this iconic attraction, so it’s easy to conjure: there you are, gazing out on the abandoned stone sanctuary and jagged green peaks, as a gentle mist hangs silently over the scene, beckoning you to explore. Maybe there’s a llama grazing ...

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The big short: 5 tactics to fill an under-enrolled group

We’ve all been there. Your travel program had a flurry of initial enrollments but the well has gone dry. Your final payment deadline is fast approaching and you are several travelers short. How do you avoid canceling and alienating the loyal travelers who signed up?...

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News Bin - October 30, 2018

Oct 30, 2018 |

News Roundup

| by Christa Markley

Bringing you the latest news, information, and resources from around the web. In the October 30th edition, read more about the following:...

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