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December 27, 2008

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"Sandy, you're not going to get away without my thanking you for getting the message out, for being a channel where people can actually learn about what tourism means and especially during this decade of peace and the decade of the cultural peace by the United Nations...that tourism can become a partner in building a culture of peace for the world and hopefully that message will go out in 2009."
Dr. Noel Brown,
Chairman International Institute for Peace Through Tourism and
President of Friends of the United Nations.

Dr. Brown will be joining Sandy on her first show of the New Year, next week, Jan 4, 2009. Don't miss his
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December 28, 2008 on TravelTalkRADIO

It's our special New Year's celebration show where we will be getting some insight into what lays ahead for the travel industry in 2009. We'll be calling on a few of our good friends in the  travel and  tourism business from around the world to wish them a Happy New Year and get their take on the near term future. Joining Sandy this week will be Peter Pantuso, President of the American Bus Association, Sam Nhairy, President of Hospitality Marketing Services and Founder of American Hotels International, Rob Gulick of AltaVia Travel in Kosovo, Patricia Kutza, Travel Author and Journalist,  Julie Brooks, Executive Director of the Wickenburg, Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Sean Kirkland, Executive VP of the DMC Network, and Thomas Steinmetz, Publisher of eTurboNews. CLICK HERE catch the show!


Welcome to this week's TravelTalkMEDIA Newsletter

Congratulations to us all!

We got through one of the most challenging years ever. A year filled with economic woes, environmental warnings, a long war, a mega list of scandalous activity against the trusting public and the loss of so many wonderful people.

Even with solutions and answers not yet clearly in sight, it seems unanimous from the results of our own small poll that 2009 is looked upon with hope and anticipation of a healthy change.

We also welcome a healthy attitude adjustment about travel in 2009 and to continuing to spread the good word of its positive effect on world peace and economic abundance. In fact, we will ring in 2009 with our very first guest, Dr. Noel Brown, who will speak to us about responsible tourism and the work of the International Institute of Peace through Tourism.

This week's show is our last program of 2008 and we'll take some time to have fun with unscripted and spontaneous calls to friends in the travel and tourism industry to wish them a Happy New Year and, of course, totally catch them off guard!

Thomas Steinmetz, Founder and Publisher of eTurboNews,  will also talk to us about his recent visit to Iran and why Iran chose the

Earlier this month, TravelTalkMEDIA welcomed partners to Southern California from Beijing. Madam Xiao, Chairman of China Media Educational Group and Brian Li, President of China Media Educational Group joined Sandy and team to strategize 2009.

Getting ready to ride in the multi-national 'limo' outfitted in
both Chinese and US flags. Sandy and partners from China Educational Media Group and John Johnson in Del Mar, Calif.

During 2009, we will be introducing you to  this wonderfully creative and successful business woman, Madam Xiao.
With the support of China Educational Media Group and CETV in China we will be bringing you the TravelWORLD channel from Beijing, China and delivered by Satellite to China and other regions in the Pacific Asia area.

First International Congress of World Tour Operators this past November to announce that they are ready, willing and able to accept inbound tourism from the West. In fact, you can listen to the Vice President of Islamic Republic of Iran, Estandyar Mashaee, Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization Chief makes opening remarks to the Congress about Iranian tourism HERE.

This week, we will also talk about the phenomenal popularity and growth of the motorcoach industry with American Bus Association's (ABA) President, Peter Pantuso. We are planning our live broadcast Jan 11, 2009 from Charlotte, North Carolina at the ABA's annual Marketplace and we look forward to highlighting the Top 100 events and other group travel products being introduced at the event.

Happy New Year, safe travels and until next week,

Sandy Dhuyvetter
Executive Producer and Host TravelTalkMEDIA Radio and TV

TOURISM4PEACE members representing the Holy Lands will be at the
Utrecht Travel Trade Fair in Holland.
Jan 11 - 15, 2007
STENDEN UNIVERSITY in Leeuwarden, Netherlands
continues to support the Tourism4Peace organization
during its recent meeting in mid-October 2008.
Looking for a great education in hospitality? Then look into Stenden!

Campuses located within and outside
the Netherlands.

January 13-18
Utrecht Vacation Fair
Utrecht, the Netherlands

Tourism4Peace Forum Convenes in The Hague and the CHN University Netherlands to Encourage International Tourism to the Middle East.
Visit our Press room and read our press release, click HERE
Last meeting in Holland was in 2006
Photo below

From left to right: Idit Nirel, Project Manager, the Peres Center for Peace; Elhamy ElZayat, Chairman and CEO EMECO Travel (Egypt); Richard Elias, HlLTOA Bethlehem - Board Member (Palestinian Authority); Janos Damon, Executive Director, Israel Hotel Manager Association (Israel); Nahed Samir, VP Business Development, Sonesta International Hotels Corporation (Israel); Rafi Baeri, VP Marketing and Sales Dan Hotels Corp. (Israel);  Fahmi Nashashibi, Former President, Arab (Palestinian) Hotel Association; Michael Stolowizky, President and CEO, American Tourism Society (USA); and Raed S. Saadeh, President, Arab (Palestinian) Hotel Association. Front center:; Sandy Dhuyvetter, Executive Producer and Host TravelTalkMEDIA (USA); and Ami Etgar, CEO, Israel Incoming Tour Operators Association (Israel).
Not pictured
Michael Nazzal, Chairman of the Board, Jordan Hotel Association and Professor Muhsen A. Makhamreh, PhD, Dean Jordan Applied University of Hospitality and Tourism, Dr. Laila Nabhan, Director, Marketing Development, 5 Continents Travel.

This week, we bring you interviews from our Thanksgiving celebration
in San Francisco. Click HERE to go to program page.

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Thanksgiving Day November 27, 2008
TravelTalkMEDIA Announces Creation and Launch of
New Web Site for Africa Peace Caravan

The Web site officially launched on
Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 2008


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