Parlez-vous polite? Paris Wants Happy Tourists

Paris is aware of their dwindling economy, and tourism officials know that tourism is an important piece of putting that puzzle back together.  To make sure tourists are happy in Paris, tourism and commerce officials are distributing pamphlets to businesses. The pamphlets are part of the “Do you speak touriste?” movement that encourages businesses to be polite and friendly to tourists.

There is a long-standing feeling that French can be rude, especially to outsiders. This pamphlet provides a cheat sheet to taxi drivers, servers, museum workers and other merchants to meet the tourists expectations.

The six-page guide includes tips for connecting with 11 different nationalities. Their tip for Americans? The guides says they demand WiFi and enjoy high-end accommodations. It also says the Spanish like amusement parks and the Japanese need to be reassured. As for the Germans, they want to converse in their native language, German.

Tell us, what do you think about the Parisian’s efforts? Are they spot on with the assumptions about Americans? We want to hear from you! Leave a comment below, write on our Facebook page or Tweet us.

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Selling Summer Vacations

Summer is almost here and that means it’s time for vacation! Summer vacation possibilities include road trips, island getaways or a luxury spa vacation. Whichever summer vacation your clients are taking, we’re sharing how to take their summer vacation to the next level and enrich their travel experience.

Including tours for your clients is a great way to enhance their vacation. It may cost a little extra, but the possibility of gaining more information about their destination and skipping lines is well worth it (especially if they’re traveling with children).

Since no family or travel group is the same, customizing trips for each client can really pay off. Remember to pay special attention if your clients are visiting multiple destinations and make sure each flight and hotel meets their expectations.

Now for the budget! If your clients are looking for a cost-effective trip, villas and home rentals can be a great option. In addition to a great price, they are great for families or large travel groups.

Another way to create great memories for your clients is to add adventure! If your clients are up to it, activities such as rafting, hiking, biking and boating can take any vacation to the next level.

In the end, make sure your clients communicate their wants and needs, communicate in return, and the trip is sure to be a success! And don’t forget the travel insurance!

Now it’s your turn. Tell us – what’s your tip for planning summer travels? We look forward to hearing from you!

American Rail System Gains Speed

In 2009, President Obama shared his plan for a high-speed rail across the United States. Whether the rail system will ever get built remains to be seen, but one artist, Alfred Twu, has determined where exactly those speedy rail lines should go.

Twu posted his design on Facebook and since then, the post has gone viral. With the overwhelming response, Twu created a petition to the White House to fund the system, and the petition has over 27,000 signatures after one week.

If the petition works and the government decides to go ahead with the project, the trains would zip across the country at 220 mph. Sound futuristic to you? You’re right, but it might not be as far off as you may think. Advocacy groups have marked potential dates between 2030 and 2050.

Overall, the project is estimated to cost between $1-$2 trillion. If this cost is divided over four decades, the government would be responsible for about $25-$50 billion each year.

To get a closer look at the map, view or download this .PDF file. And tell us, do you think the rail system will bring the United States up to speed with the rest of the developed world? Would you travel on the high-speed rail system? Leave a comment below with your answer.

Presidential Getaways

President’s Day is right around the corner, and it’s the perfect chance to escape on a quick vacation! In honor of the holiday, we’ve compiled a list of the most Presidential getaways for you:

Mount Vernon Estate
Mount Vernon is located in Alexandria, Virginia, and the estate was home George Washington and his wife, Martha. President’s Day is the perfect time to visit because this historic site is offering free admission and will open one hour early. There are also several events scheduled over the weekend including musical salutes, discussions and a ceremony at Washington’s tomb.

Mount Rushmore
You can take visit four past presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, at this granite sculpture. The unforgettable masterpiece lies in the Black Hills of South Dakota and offer guided tours, the Black Hills National Forest nearby and Crazy Horse Memorial.

Gettysburg National Military Park
This year is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, and the military park’s calendar is filled with events to commemorate the Civil War’s bloodiest battle. President Lincoln delivered one of the most famous speeches in American History, the Gettysburg Address, on the property.

Washington D.C.
Last but certainly not least is our capitol city, Washington D.C. The White House, the Capitol and the unbeatable Smithsonian museums are a great place to start for a weekend trip to D.C. If you decide to go back for more, Washington D.C. also boasts world-class restaurants that will please any traveler.

Tell us – what do YOU plan on doing during President’s Day Weekend?

Sin City Adds Ziplining to List of Attractions

Las Vegas will soon be using slot machines for more than just gambling. Officials from the Fremont Experience announced a new attraction, SlotZilla, will be hitting the streets in Sin City. SlotZilla, a giant slot machine that will spit our riders at 120 feet above street level, is scheduled to open in June 2013.

It will take the traditional zipline ride to the next level by combining the theme-park feel and gambling. It also brings new life to the “old school” Fremont Street, and officials hope it will become a new icon for the area.

The $11 million SlotZilla will shoot riders through the air at 35 mph for the entire stretch of Main Street – 1,700 feet.Not everyone is ready to take the plunge though! Las Vegas Mayor, Carolyn Goodman, said she is excited about the new attraction, but will not be riding it anytime soon.  Mayor Goodman joke serves as a warning to those with a fear of heights. The SlotZilla platform reaches as high as a 12-story building and will feature a slot arm, reels and two levels of doors that open to propel riders forward when the jackpot is hit.

If heights don’t scare you (or you’ve had a Mai Tai or two), you can take a ride on the new attraction for about the cost of a Blackjack hand. The lower portion of the ride will cost $20, with the upper level will cost $30. If that isn’t enough thrill, you can ride both for $40.Tell us, would you make SlotZilla part of your Las Vegas experience? Leave a comment below, post on our Facebook wall or Tweet us.

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