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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


SURPASSING EXPECTATIONS
Heating up in The Bahamas
05 MAR 2018: "Bahamas is hot right now," the Minister of Tourism and Aviation, Dionisio D'Aguilar told a full house of travel partners and media at a lunch presentation recently hosted by the Government Ministry and the Bahamas Tourist Office.   MORE

RIGHT UP THERE
Ireland ranks Canada among top 10 tourist markets
27 FEB 2018: Canada now ranks among the top 10 tourist markets for the Emerald Isle, and has record-high visitor numbers to back it up. Last year over 200,000 Canadian travellers experienced the friendly hospitality, rich history, strong heritage and majestic natural landmarks that make Ireland a world-renowned top European tourism destination.   MORE

EUROPE YOUR WAY
12 FEB 2018:Transat’s new Europe 2018-2019 programme has added the latest consumer travel product called, “Your Way tours,” an independent semi-guided tour package to satisfy the growing demands from independent travellers. Dan Prior, Transat sales manager for Ontario and Atlantic Canada, highlighted the option during the company's Europe Training Academy held last week in Toronto.  MORE

FIND YOUR GREAT BRITAIN
UK launches new campaign
08 FEB 2018: It was easy to find a “GREAT” group of VisitBritain’s tourism executives at the Spoke Club earlier this week. They were all standing in front of an illuminated red-white-and blue “GREAT” sign, part of a showpiece laced around VisitBritain’s new brand campaign MORE

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. MORE

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.   MORE

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. MORE

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. MORE

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. MORE

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. MORE

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

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) MORE

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.” MORE

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.   MORE

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.   MORE

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. MORE

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. MORE

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) MORE

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. MORE

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.   MORE

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.   MORE

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. MORE

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. MORE

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.   MORE

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.   MORE
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