Celebrating Solo Travel


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LITTLETON, Colorado – May 3, 2017 – Solo travelers don’t follow the herd … they forge their own path and have a distinct way of looking at the world.  And now, Avalon Waterways is celebrating solo travelers by waiving the single supplement on EVERY Europe departure* and select departures on the Mekong and Irrawaddy Rivers in Southeast Asia.

“Is there such a thing as a typical traveler?  Not anymore.  Travel preferences have never been more diverse nor has traveling the world been more accessible and appealing, especially to solo travelers, said Terri Burke, managing director of Avalon Waterways.  “One of the best reasons to travel alone is to make your trip all about you,” said Terri Burke, managing director of Avalon Waterways. “You can push yourself out of your comfort zone and meet new friends – like-minded travelers who enjoy seeing the world like you.  And as a result, solo travel is becoming increasingly popular.  In fact, nearly 10 percent of travelers who choose Avalon go solo.”

When solo travelers choose Avalon, not only will they save money, they know they’re never really alone.  Avalon Waterways’ Cruise Directors and expert guides are there to help solo travelers see and experience the world up close.  After a day of discovery and fueling minds, Avalon encourages guests to feed their souls by using fresh and local ingredients in regional delights as well as Western favorites in a variety of tasteful settings.  Panorama Suites with unique, Open-Air Balconies (a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows that open 7-feet wide) on the company’s Suite Ships provide a perfect escape.

For more information about Avalon Waterways’ offer to solo travelers, visit http://www.avalonwaterways.com/Specials/Waive-Single-Supplement/.  To download a PDF of this release, click here.

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* There is a limited number of staterooms available for this promotion per departure. Applies to E, D, B, A & P cabin categories. 


Since we launched our very first ship in 2004, Avalon Waterways has invited you – our traveler – to be our muse. Thanks to you, we let imagination and a relentless desire to create a smart use of space, be our guide. The result?  An incomparable river cruise experience, including one-of-a-kind Panorama Suites℠ – with innovative Open-Air Balconies® and beds facing the views – on the industry’s only Suite Ships®:  Unequaled vessels that feature two full decks of 200- and 300-square-foot suites.
On the spectacular ships of Avalon, “included” is one of our favorite words.  Spacious outside staterooms with plenty of room to relax – included.  Special touches like regional wines and beer at every onboard dinner – included.  Complimentary Wi-Fi – included.  The most shore excursions, led by Certified Local Guides – included.  VIP entrance into must-see sites – included. Unique Local FavoritesSM designed to bring your destination to life – included.  In addition to everything that is included, we also give you the freedom of Avalon Choice® – a different approach to river cruising that invites travelers to personalize their trip.
Whether looking for a romantic mini-break, an in-depth 24-day exploration or something in between, with Avalon Waterways, you can choose the river cruise that reveals the very best of Europe, Asia, or South America– your way!
For more information, visit AvalonWaterways.com and “like” us on Facebook.  Agents should visit GlobusFamilyPartner.com for booking details and promotions.

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Stein Kruse Receives the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Award in the Pacific Northwest

EY announced that Holland America Group Chief Executive Officer Stein Kruse received the Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Award in the Pacific Northwest in the Real Estate, Hospitality and Construction Category. The award recognizes business leaders who excel in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Kruse was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue Hotel earlier this month.

Since 1986 EY has honored entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation and discipline have driven their companies’ success, transformed their industries and made a positive impact on their communities. Now in its 31st year, the program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Co., Pierre Omidyar of eBay Inc., Mindy Grossman of HSN, Robert Unanue of Goya Foods, Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn, Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks, Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani, and James Park of Fitbit.

Kruse accepting his award.

Kruse accepting his award.

As a Pacific Northwest award winner, Kruse is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur of the Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur of the Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, Nov. 18, 2017. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth ForumTM, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

About Entrepreneur of the Year
Entrepreneur of the Year, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen by an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance and the local community. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur of the Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries. Visit www.ey.com/eoy

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The Best Way to Collect Windstar Voyages

This summer we launched a fresh series of back to back cruises, where longer and more in-depth voyages from 14 to 34 days feature few repeated ports in the new Star Collector Voyages. In addition to the elegance of an extended trip with the luxury of unpacking only once, guests also get to take advantage of traveling light for these epic journeys, as all Star Collector Voyages include free daily laundry service.



Star Collector Voyages combine some of Windstar’s most popular itineraries for a longer exploration of the region and feature overnights in port (like Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands and Hong Kong, for example), allowing guests to make the absolute most of their trip.Yacht_cruise


“With dozens of sailings to choose from, and more to be announced for Europe 2018, we are thrilled to now offer an extensive collection of longer voyages designed for the person who wants to sail longer, get closer, and discover the world of Windstar 180 degrees from ordinary,” said Windstar President John Delaney.

Guests can cruise through multiple regions and even cross the Atlantic on unforgettable journeys that cover numerous parts of the world on one of eight Star Collector Voyages:

Arabia & Ancient Spice Routes – Athens to Singapore – 34 Days: Embark from Athens on an odyssey of contrasts and retrace some of the oldest known sea routes in the world, experiencing the cuisine, culture, and landmarks of Egypt, Jordan, Oman, UAE, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Malaysia.

The Grandeur of Southeast Asia – Singapore to Bangkok (or reverse) – 28 Days: Set sail on a journey of memorable contrasts to sample elegant cuisines and explore breathtaking UNESCO settings in Malaysia, Brunei, China, Vietnam, Thailand, and the Philippines. (There are two sail dates on this itinerary.)Taipei_Chiang_Kai_Shek_tour

Sailing Among Dragons: China & Japan – Singapore to Beijing (Tianjin) – 28 Days: Wander through ancient temples and cosmopolitan cities in this diverging adventure of old and new in Vietnam, China, and Japan.

The Best of China, Korea & Japan – Hong Kong to Tokyo (Yokohama) – 28 Days: An ideal choice for adventurous travelers seeking an array of excursion options, this journey from China to South Korea and Japan grants access to more than 17 exceptional UNESCO World Heritage Sites.Miyako_Japan_cruise

Crossing to the Caribbean Saints – Lisbon to Philipsburg (St. Maarten) – 21 Days: Rekindle the romance of a classic ocean voyage with this transatlantic cruise from Lisbon, Portugal to tropical Bridgetown, Barbados. Once in the Caribbean, set a course among the southern island havens and highlights, with stops at some of the best beaches in the world, ending in St. Maarten.

Classic Caribbean Havens & Harbors – Philipsburg (St. Maarten) to Colón (Panama) – 14 Days: Cruise the southernmost and warmest waters of the Caribbean, stopping off in sun-drenched Aruba and exploring the untouched natural splendors in Colombia and Panama.St.-Lucia_sailing

Caribbean Beaches & Costa Rican Cloudforests – Bridgetown (Barbados) to Puerto Caldera (Costa Rica) – 14 Days: With time in the Southern Caribbean Islands, the charming remote white beaches and quaint village markets then give way to tropical jungles, the Panama Canal, and the Pacific Ocean, ending in Costa Rica.

Caribbean Explorations – Philipsburg to Philipsburg (St. Maarten) – 14 Days: Skip the usual Caribbean cruise stops and discover the small harbors, overlooked havens, and most remote secrets among the Leeward Islands, with the lesser-known charms of Barbuda, Soper’s Hole in Tortola, Gustavia in St. Barthélemy, St. Lucia’s Pigeon Island, and much more. (There are 14 sail dates on this itinerary.)

If You Go:

For additional information on private yacht-style cruising with Windstar, contact a travel professional or Windstar Cruises by phone at 877-958-7718, or visit www.windstarcruises.com.

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How PLR Reports Can Boost Your Online Business

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How PLR Reports Can Boost Your Online Business

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Bon Appetit


Food creates a bond between people that extends beyond all borders. And the recipes here are just as diverse and individual as the many countries that make up Europe. Try a few of our favorites!






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