Daily short travel features that air around the world on America Forces Radio and other networks.

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People – Orlando Ashford Keynotes SATW Portland 2017

Orlando Ashford, President of the Holland America Line, was the keynote speaker at this year’s National Conference for the Society of American Travel Writers. He speaks of the transformative power of travel to open minds, build connections, and be inspired by our shared humanity. 



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Autos – Jeff Bracken and the LA Auto Show

Jeff Bracken, Group Vice President and General Manager of Lexus joins Paul and Elizabeth at AutoMobility, the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Jeff reveals the secret behind the morpho butterfly’s brilliant blue wings, which Lexus engineers have captured on one of their top-of-the-line sports cars. How did Lexus do it? We’ll find out.

Plus, Jeff also talks about the sport utility vehicles that Lexus is introducing, including one with a 7,000-pound towing capacity.

 



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Film – Naples 44 Brings Norman Lewis’ Classic Book To Life

The late Norman Lewis is widely regarded as one of the great travel writers and his book Naples ’44: A World War II Diary of Occupied Italy, one of the great works of travel writing.
Naples 44 is now a film, and Director Francesco Patierno joins Paul and Elizabeth along with producers Francesca Barra and Davide Azzolini to discuss how the film came to be and how faithful it is to the spirit and legacy of Norman Lewis’ great book.  
Details on Naples 44 can be found at IMDB. There are brief moments when our guests are speaking in Italian but how this film came to be made is fascinating. 


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Gardens — Portland Japanese Garden

Lisa Christy with the Portland Japanese Garden shares garden lore with Paul and Elizabeth in the new library and visitor center at the garden. Widely considered one of the finest Japanese gardens in the United States it’s creation was the result of Portland community action years ago. 

 



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Insight: Roger Dow Talks Travel Industry Jobs

Wanna make a living in travel? Roger Dow, president and CEO of US Travel Association joins Paul and Elizabeth to discuss the latest data on travel jobs. Turns out that travel is a huge economic engine driving not on the economy but jobs and job creation in the U.S.



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Cory Lee: The World In A Wheelchair

Lowell Thomas award winner Cory Lee has seen and experienced more of the world from his wheelchair than most travelers will ever accomplish. He joins Paul and Elizabeth to share experiences and give some tips that are sure to inspire and encourage anyone who is physically challenged.



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Mark Jaronski of Select Registry Talks Luxury And Great Inns

Mark Jaronski, new CEO of Select Registry, joins us to talk about their remarkable portfolio of small inns and B&Bs and what makes a great inn. We also learn that while a great in depends on who the innkeepers are, price may also reflect some indication of its quality. 

 



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Chicago’s Palmer House Hotel — Incredible History And A Historian

Ken Price, historian of Chicago’s Legendary Palmer House hotel,  joins Paul and Elizabeth in the hotel museum and chats about the remarkable history. With 145 years of history the hotel remains one of the legendary hotels in America. Ken talks about the famous and infamous and even tells how the hotel had the first vertical transportation system. 

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Key West Parties During Fantasy Fest Where Costumes Reign

Paul and Elizabeth chat with the new President and CEO of Fantasy Fest, Nadine Grossman Orr. She talks about taking Fantasy Fest to new artistic and creative levels. This year’s Fantasy Fest will feature such great events as the Zombie Bike Ride and a Pet Masquerade. Of course, there will always be the amazing costumes seen everywhere in Key West.

 

 



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Lufthansa’s Remarkable Aid To Puerto Rico After Maria

Pat Foley, CEO of Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico, joins Paul to talk about the remarkable aid effort that Lufthansa has made following Hurricane Maria. He discusses Lufthansa’s role in Puerto Rico and the fact that their base there does skilled technical maintenance on planes. Since their hangar stood up to Maria, they were able to use it as an aid base for many of their people, some of whom have lost everything. Foley also talks about the close working relationship with the University of Puerto Rico.