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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


THE PARISIAN WAY
Rendezvous en France celebrates its tenth year
30 APR 2015: It was a night out at the Lido in Paris.  What better display of joie de vivre and je ne regrette rien than having a bevy of bare breasted beauties in nothing but plumes, stilettos and skinny thongs strut like peacocks in the heart of the Champs-Elysées. MORE

SPRING IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE
27 APR 2015:  Off the Place Bellecour in Lyon, footsteps from the Father of French Nouvelle Cuisine Paul Bocuse’s casual brasserie Le Sud, I’m at another foodie bastion – Le Grand Cafe Lyonnais carving into a succulent organic chicken leg bathed in a heavenly butter cream sauce. MORE

NEW YORK STATE OF MIND
20 APR 2015: Think of New York and a dynamo of cosmopolitanism, comes to mind for many with towering skyscrapers, Times Square and the Statue of Liberty. On the other hand a group of New York tourism representatives arrived in Toronto to share a list of the state’s happenings that could fuel many ideas for your clients who want an add-on to their New York City vacation or for those who just feel like embarking on an easy drive destination. MORE

GERMANY REUNIFIED
25 years on
15 APR 2015: Milestone anniversaries, grand festivals, and innovative developments were some of the themes discussed at a recent German National Tourist Office event. Antje Splettstoesser, director of marketing and sales in Canada for the German National Tourist Office hosted a media luncheon to showcase some of upcoming highlights from the various regions. In addition to the representatives who flew in from Germany, special guest German Consul General Walter Stechel was also in attendance.   MORE

PORTUGAL
Big things come in small sizes
07 APR 2015: Portugal it seems has big tourism perks for a compact country the size of Indiana. As William Delgado, country manager of the Portuguese National Tourism Office, Turismo de Portugal, explained at a trade event which included travel agents, media and tourism partners, big things come in small packages. MORE

CELINE COUSTEAU
Walking with TreadRight
31 MAR 2015: Celine Cousteau, the granddaughter of legendary marine conservationist, Jacques Cousteau, has made it her lifelong mission to document environmental projects and to shed light on causes she believes in.  MORE

A MEXICAN VACATION
Velas Style
16 MAR 2015:  There are many alluring choices around the sun kissed Banderas Bay along Mexico’s legendary Pacific Coast. For instance, should I take the Carolina Herrera glitzy gold or the fancy butterfly motif from Mexican designer Pineda Covalin as my evening purse at this ritzy resort? Guests staying at the Casa Velas in Puerto Vallarta have these kinds of tough dilemmas that I discovered on a recent tri-resort visit of the Mexican all-inclusive brand, Velas Resorts. MORE

BE OUR GUEST
France welcomes visitors
06 MAR 2015:  The theme of Atout France’s annual Destination France expo which occurred recently was “Be our guest.” Atout France held its four city whistle stop travel trade show tour in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver in which over 20 partner exhibitors met with local agents and tour operators. MORE

Keeping up with Vacation.com
17 FEB 2014:  Vacation.com is on the fast track to showcase travel agents in a new way and is banking on online enhancements in what company insiders describe as more options to help them. MORE

SPURS UP IN SAN ANTONIO
13 FEB 2015: What happens when fans from the mighty Toronto Raptors and the five-time NBA champion San Antonio Spurs meet up? It’s a lovefest with trip giveaways and cheering fans. As two of the best basketball teams competed at the Air Canada Centre the other night, reps from the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Texas Tourism Office mingled with local media in a corporate box to watch the exciting game (the Raptors won) and to share some of the latest tourism developments. MORE

ROBBIE BURNS AND ALL THINGS SCOTTISH
26 JAN 2015: On a typical wintery night in Toronto I traipsed into a wee pub in the city’s west end to observe a now atypical Toronto event. At this pre-Burnsian gathering - which means pre celebratory birthday toasts to Scotland’s national poet whose fete was on January 25 - the wall-to-wall punters were there to discuss peaty whiskies and the aging of a good malt. MORE

DIRECT TO THE SUN
Sunwing starts service from Buffalo
19 JAN 2015: Buffalo’s infamous winters have met their match with a Canadian sun seeking air carrier that hopes to thaw the freeze. Ironically the blast of sun emanates from the Great White North as Sunwing, famous for its high frills champagne service launched its first ever weekly direct flight this past weekend from Buffalo International Airport to sunny Cancun Mexico. MORE

2015 WORLD ANNIVERSARIES
Where and when to celebrate
07 JAN 2015:  As we celebrate the arrival of the New Year, destinations are eagerly prepping for some blockbuster events and milestone anniversaries.  The general themes in 2015 - war, freedom and cuisine. Now, here’s a handy list for travellers who happen to be in the vicinity and want to check in on some festivals at home and around the globe. MORE

A RIU GOOD TIME
25 NOV 2014: If the Farmer’s Almanac is correct then we’re in for another winter blast. But that’s not discouraging one senior executive from the popular all-inclusive RIU Hotels and Resorts which is sold exclusively to Canadians through Signature Vacations. MORE

FESTIVAL CITY
Edinburgh knows how to celebrate
24 NOV 2014: Revellers around Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, sure know a thing or two on how to party. Come every New Year’s Eve there’s a three-day Hogmanay celebration. The streets by fabled Edinburgh Castle are ablaze in a star-studded pyrotechnic parade heralded by blaring bagpipes toted by kilted performers and choruses of “Auld Lang Syne,” the New Year’s Eve anthem penned by Scotland’s own Robert Burns. MORE

A TASTE OF PHILADELPHIA
17 NOV 2014So you thought you knew the famous Rocky steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and The Philadelphia Zoo, the spot of love where Rocky proposed to Adrian. Ever since the movie Rocky entered our pop culture psyche as Sly Stallone jogged past now familiar landmarks in Philadelphia and yelled “Adrian,” folks have got a taste for Philly. MORE

Local Favourites with Globus and Cosmos
10 OCT 2014: So your client asks about experiencing something local but doesn’t want to be burdened in finding that “local favourite” and thinks motor coach tours are only for old people.Well, it’s time for a rethink. MORE

CHILE IS GETTING HOT
03 NOV 2014: What destination is at the doorstep of Antarctica, has wines that rival Napa and Bordeaux, and has been showing huge promise to the Canadian travel market? Chile. MORE

DINNER WITH PATRICIA SCHULTZ AND TRAFALGAR CANADA
27 OCT 2014: “You know dear your knees have expiration dates,” the NY Times bestselling author of “1000 Places to See Before You Die” Patricia Schultz was once told by a 90-year-old trekker in Peru. That advice has stayed with her but another travel tip she likes to offer goes like this, “Travel as much as you can. There are no guarantees in life.” MORE

THE SUSTAINABLE WORLD OF KENYA
22 OCT 2014: “We don’t want to change their culture,” says one of Kenya’s top hoteliers over breakfast as we sit outside the Hemingways Nairobi boutique hotel with the backdrop of the famous Ngong Hills that Karen Blixen made legend in her novel “Out of Africa.” MORE

ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
KLM turns 95 and Air France is 80
14 OCT 2014: Executives from Air France and KLM alongside local industry guests and partners gathered at Toronto’s ceramic central hub aka the Gardiner Museum last week to welcome the new general manager and Air France-KLM Canada vice president Jean-Noel Rault and to celebrate two big aviation fetes. MORE

JUMP INTO IRELAND
Not just a summer holiday
10 OCT 2014: “We’re the first port of call from Canada to Europe,” says Alison Metcalfe, head of Tourism Ireland in North America about the Emerald Isle’s proximity for Canadians who wish to experience something different in Europe during the offseason. MORE

IN A HEART BEAT
Check out Manitoba
08 OCT 2014: Talk to a local from Manitoba and they’ll tell you Manitoba is the heart of Canada. It helps that the province is smack in the middle of the country. But then again if you’re from a place where sightings of polar bears, beluga whales and catching the biggest trout on record are possible then no wonder hearts go a-beating. MORE

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Lufthansa to launch special Canadian regional menus
02 OCT 2014: Food isn’t a new encounter on board Lufthansa German Airlines. Serving pilsners, pretzels and schnitzels have been a wunderbar experience for the flight attendants ever since the early flights. MORE

HOT STUFF
The next best thing
25 SEP 2014: Mexico’s fastest growing destination wants us to take notice. Guidebook companies like Frommer’s already have. They laud this Pacific Coast location, “Move over Maya Riviera, the Riviera Nayarit is virtually undiscovered.” MORE
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