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TRO Travelgram: Dec 13


Friday, December 13, 2013


11 Best Australian Experiences 
Calling the only country that's also a continent unique isn't just a platitude. So much of what Australia has to offer truly can't be experienced anywhere else on earth…
5 up-and-coming California wine regions on our radar 
When we think of American wine, we think of the state of California. After all, over 90% of wine produced in this country comes from the Golden State. Famous wine regions like Napa Valley, Sonoma and Santa Barbara County are wildly popular for travelers, but a number of up-and-coming California wine regions are producing stellar grapes – and wines worth seeking out… USA Today
Seduced by Naples
More than Florence, Rome or Venice, the author argues, it is Naples that is one of the most romantic cities in the world… New York Times

Tours and Activities

Wild Burma: off-the-beaten-track tours
Wild Burma, a programme on BBC2 at 9pm tonight, followed wildlife trackers into untouched corners of the country, spotting everything from clouded leopards to tigers and bamboo rats… Telegraph (London)
9 sparkling North American Christmas markets
Christmas trees. Gingerbread houses. Advent calendars. Christmas as we know it is made up of traditions popularized in Germany, and anyone who's been to one of that country's legendary Christmas markets knows that a German Yule is hard to beat… CNN
At Paris Brasseries, Cuisine to Match the Scene
In recent years, the city's brasseries have gained a reputation for mediocrity. But at these four spots, diners can find both a lively atmosphere and satisfying food… New York Times


Cruise News Shorts: Carnival Ups Crew Training, Norwegians Sing with their Wine, and More Cruise News
Every week we catch wind of so much cruise news, we don't always know what to do with it all, but a few standout bits sometimes catch our attention. Here are some interesting cruise tidbits we think you might like to know about…
Oceania plans another epic, 180-day cruise
Got six months to spare to travel the world? Upscale line Oceania Cruises has begun taking bookings for another epic, 180-day voyage that includes stops in Europe, Africa and Asia… USA Today


Man vs. machine: Who should be at the wheel?
The deadly New York train wreck raises a larger question important to millions of U.S. travelers who rely on trains, planes and cars: When should key safety factors like piloting, steering, and braking, be handed over to emerging technology?… CNN
DOT threatens to enact its own ban on in-flight calls
The possibility in-flight voice calls inched closer to reality Thursday, though new opposition may be on the horizon… USA Today


20 Coziest Countryside Getaways in North America and Europe 
For those across North America and Europe looking to hunker down outside the city for a few days, here are 20 of the coziest countryside getaways to visit this winter… The Huffington Post
W Verbier hotel, Verbier, Switzerland: review
W Verbier, in Switzerland, is a Verbier hotel offering bold design, spacious rooms, luxuriant beds and superb food, close to the Médran lift… Telegraph (London)

Other and Odd

Real travelers' best tips
While Travel + Leisure has its own little black book of hotel tips and air travel tricks, we wanted to take a page out of yours, too… CNN
The literary hothouse: New York hotels and haunts of great writers 
Thecops never found the booze during Prohibition, and it belongs to the 21 Club. Famous for its sumptuously New Yorky dishes (such as filet mignon with cumquat vinaigrette), 21 is a real boys' den… The Australian

TRO Smith

Visual platforms and hospitality
Social media has revolutionized the way businesses are able to interact with consumers – it has created an opportunity for brands to raise the bar in providing unique, personal experiences for customers past, present, and future… TRO Smith

365 Guide Tip for the Day

Monitor your language: The language of relationships
I have many times indicated the probability your clients do not understand the role of a travel professional… Travel Research Online

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