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Ilona Kauremszky

As a frequent traveller, Ilona has filed numerous articles on the travel industry for leading consumer and trade publications and rubbed shoulders with the famous and not so famous, pulled G-forces in race cars and tested her acrophobia in more ways than she cares to remember. A former editor of a meetings magazine, you'll often spot her covering one of your events.

As a weekly Q+A travel columnist of a major newspaper, Ilona provides readers with travel tips and advice. Ilona also co-produces mycompass.ca and its digital TV channel, mycompasstv.

RECENT ARTICLES


TRAVEL PROS HIT NEW YORK

07 FEB 2018: As sub-zero winter freezes the nation and your clients are relaxing in summer climes, meanwhile a crop of travel professionals headed to the heat of the Big Apple where business and pleasure unite - even in the off season.


LEADING EDGE
Travel Leaders Network boosts leads and membership

23 JAN 2018: Coming off a record breaking year, Travel Leaders Network is not resting on its laurels. TL Network considered North America's largest travel agent network reports a 47 percent increase in lead distribution and has added 51 new member agencies in Canada (300 agencies overall) through its revamped integrated network.

 


2018. A YEAR OF CELEBRATIONS

29 DEC 2017: It’s that time of year again. As we celebrate the arrival of the New Year, destinations worldwide are eagerly prepping for some blockbuster events and milestone anniversaries.  For those clients who seek one-off celebrations and travel the globe in search of special historic events, here’s your go-to list.


THE MAGICAL WORLD OF DIOR
Mid century haute couture in Toronto

22 DEC 2017: This year Paris has been celebrating the birth of one of its fashion darlings, the 70th anniversary of the House of Christian Dior.  To coincide this ode to high fashion, the Royal Ontario Museum is showcasing Dior’s work in an exciting new exhibition.


MEXICO SAYS GRACIAS TO AGENTS

11 DEC 2017: It was a night at the gallery like no other. The Art Gallery of Ontario was the select setting for the Mexico Tourism Board, Pro Mexico and Aeromexico to say Gracias to local travel professionals last week.


CTO SETS THE PATH TO WELLNESS
The Year of Rejuvenation and Wellness

06 DEC 2017: The Caribbean is open for business and the member countries who were affected by the hurricanes earlier this year are on the road to recovery. That was the strong message conveyed by Secretary General Hugh Riley with the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) at a press conference held during Caribbean Week last month as he outlined a 6.4 percent growth in Canadian visitor arrivals for the first quarter this year compared to the same period last year.


A NEW YORK STATE OF MIND

04 DEC 2017: US Consul General Juan Alsace and Markly Wilson, the Director of International Marketing for New York State Division of Tourism, recently hosted a New York State networking session for tour operators, agents and local media at the Albany Club.

 


MORE CANADIANS TO NEW ZEALAND
Air New Zealand direct from Vancouver to Auckland

30 NOV 2017: What can you do in 14 hours? Fly to New Zealand on board the Air New Zealand YVR-AKL direct service. That’s what 66,000 Canadians travelling to New Zealand have enjoyed doing this past year. (VIDEO)


OFF THE BEATEN PIAZZA WITH GLOBUS

27 NOV 2017: The focus is “all things Italy.” Globus family of brands has roots firmly implanted in Italy’s la dolce vita. Nearly 90 years old, the popular travel company is a family-owned business headquartered in Ticino, the Italian-speaking side of Switzerland. And as one executive candidly noted, “It’s an Italian company run by the Swiss.”


QUEBEC OUTSHINES THEM ALL

22 NOV 2017: The latest visitor arrival figures from Quebec’s tourism organization for this year indicates record breaking numbers. At the annual Discover Quebec Day held last week in Toronto, guests learned that the success of this year’s performance is due to a few factors: Canada’s 150th anniversary, Montreal’s 375th anniversary, and the vast array of tourism products available to satisfy any client interest.

 


CLUB MED
The pioneer of the all-inclusive looks to new markets

13 NOV 2017: I don’t know about you but when I used to hear the name “Club Med,” images of foot loose and fancy free types imbibing tropical drinks while enjoying lusty playful games and other ‘fun’ things under the sun, would pop up. Well I’ve made a huge rethink.

 


INVICTUS
A game changer

10 NOV 2017: No insider from the world’s fastest growing sporting event could have predicted the phenomenal success behind a competition that only evolved three years ago. But it’s happened.


LOVE FLORIDA
The Sunshine State launches new Canadian Power Play Programme

03 NOV 2017: Florida Governor Rick Scott along with the new president and CEO of Visit Florida, Ken Lawson, were in Toronto this week to announce a new promotional programme called 'Canadian Power Play' which aims to increase Canadian visitation to the State by aiming directly at Canadian pocket books.


CHINA WONDERS

16 OCT 2017: Who knew China is considered among the countries to possess the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites in the world? But then again having 5,000 years of history can do this. Home to some of the world’s earliest great civilizations, China currently has 52 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. (VIDEO)


TORONTO RAISES THE BAR
And Australia is ready for the challenge

04 OCT 2017: As the Invictus games drew to a spectacular close in Toronto, Australia began its own countdown to the days it hosts Invictus. The Games are a relatively new international sporting competition for wounded military personnel, established in 2014 by Prince Harry who became inspired after watching US wounded veterans compete at the Warrior Games in Colorado.


SKY HIGH FINE DINING FROM AIR TRANSAT

28 SEP 2017: It was the remark: “Can I have some of yours?” that had me. Normally the talk of airline food sends people running in the opposite direction. But Air Transat is continuing to take its inflight experience to new heights with a second season of the leisure airline’s new Chef’s Menu by renowned Quebec Chef Daniel Vezina.  


LIGHTS, STARS AND FRENCH ACTION AT TIFF

12 SEP 2017: For a moment TIFF central in downtown Toronto morphed into Paris. There beneath a blazing sun illuminated by a CN Tower backdrop and the crowds of cinefiles shuffling by Festival Street stood that beacon of French-dom, that glory to Paris: The Eiffel Tower.

 


ONE WOMAN'S JOURNEY TO THAILAND

10 AUG 2017: A woman’s work is never done – but somebody’s got to do it, and while you’re at it you might as well have some fun, especially in the month of August. That’s when one royal kingdom has devoted a month-long celebration of women.


VIRGINIA IS FOR LOVERS
And everyone else

18 JUL 2017: There’s Northern Virginia – an easy jaunt from Dulles Airport OR a good diversion from the long drive to Florida. It’s here where you discover a strong entrepreneurial ethos of mom and pop shops, quaint family-run establishments, and incredible natural attractions that boast some kind of superlative.


WRIGHT IN WISCONSIN

11 JUL 2017: This year marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of architect trailblazer Frank Lloyd Wright. He was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin on June 8, 1867. For this sesquicentennial, the Badger State has moved mountains to churn out the state’s newest tourism product: the Frank Lloyd Wright Trail. It’s a feat insiders say was no easy task.

 


GREEN ESCAPES
Costa Rica

06 JUL 2017: Located on a high plateau in Costa Rica’s fabled Central Valley region (it’s home to volcanoes, waterfalls, and more), clients have a menu of options for day trips, scenic weekend getaways, and city-countryside itineraries for outdoor adventure, nature tours, and foodie excursions.

 


COSTA RICA
An Eco Summit Expo Tour like No Other

04 JUL 2017: Most nations are grappling over green issues but one country just might have this market cornered. Costa Rica. The Central American hub boasts a small population of only 4.8 million and is blessed by a bounty of eco-tourism products. Think of a green rich terrain offset by a strand of volcanoes, a bulging countryside, and a world of flora and fauna. Even naturalist and BBC broadcaster extraordinaire Sir David Attenborough has waxed poetic over the sight of a three-toed sloth there.


BREATHLESS IN VIMY

16 MAY 2017: Everyone who has seen the Vimy Memorial in France will tell you something similar. “It’s so beautiful and moving,” “You can see the monument for miles,” or “Every Canadian should see the monument to our war dead.” Agreed.

 


RELAX AND UNWIND IN MYRTLE BEACH

12 MAY 2017: Toronto might have had stormy weather last week but that didn’t detract a group of sun revellers from hitting the posh Island Yacht Club to relax and unwind. Visit Myrtle Beach hosted an industry outreach event attended by travel professionals from trade partners and agents to local media to learn about how this sun-loving state is ideal for the next new travel trend: wellness tourism.


TRAVEL MASSIVE
Time to visit Montreal

08 MAY 2017: Montreal plays host to some very big events, including the Montréal International Jazz Festival, Just for Laughs and the Formula One Grand Prix. It is a city of crowd pleasers. Montréal is prepping to celebrate 375 years which incidentally falls on May 17. But like most parties in la belle province one day will not do the party trick. Try weeks and in this case, months of celebrations.

 

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