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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

SAILING THE SILVERSEA
The best wave season on record
28 JAN 2013: A seasoned travel veteran, Kristian Anderson is Silversea Cruise’s new vice-president of sales for North America and boy is he ready to talk about luxe cruising. And, why not? MORE

SIGNATURE SPOT
A relationship that works
24 JAN 2013: Source markets – you might not be familiar with the term but RIU Hotels and Resorts is into them. The luxe hotel brand headquartered in sunny Mallorca, Spain, has been expanding in the most surprising spots as of late, and that’s partially thanks to source markets and working with partners like Signature Vacations and Sunwing. MORE

CELEBRATE 2013
International events
04 JAN 2013: We finish our series of events and celebrations to watch for in 2013. It's a handy reference guide for travellers, and today's feature covers Europe, Asia, South East Asia, Australia and Africa. MORE

CELEBRATIONS 2013
The US and the UK
03 JAN 2013: We continue our series of events and celebrations to watch for in 2013. It's a handy reference guide for travellers, and today's feature covers the US and the UK. MORE

CANADA 2013
Plan to celebrate
02 JAN 2013: The world didn’t end in 2012, so here’s a look at what will be making headlines around Canada in 2013. Grab a glass of your favourite libation, kick up your heels, and check out some of these milestone events and why they’re a big deal: MORE

WHAT A COLLECTION
Europe a la Transat
04 DEC 2012: Skyfall James Bond’s latest film has taken movie-goers around the world by storm. But there are other super agent secrets brewing closer to home. Last week Transat Holidays launched its new 2013-2014 Europe Collection to a packed house of industry partners and trade media. MORE

SUN VACATIONS
Where else but the Caribbean
30 OCT 2012: I still remember my last sun vacation. Travel-size bottle of suntan lotion, white sand, and okay, I admit a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey. But like many of your clients who might have been calling lately, I’m game for a new sand-between-the-toes vacation. “So what’s out there?” MORE

SNOW
The Powder Battle
25 OCT 2012: Some clients can hardly wait to strap on the skis or snowboard for their winter fix of adrenaline rush. Others however, might wish to skip those wildly adventurous sports altogether and indulge in post piste pampering at the spa or nestling up to a crackling fire armed with a cup of hot cocoa and frothy marshmallows. MORE

AIMING HIGH
Record breaking numbers at Vacation.com conference
18 OCT 2012: More exhibitors, the largest number of prizes and a growing membership sounds like it’s too good to be true. But when your conference theme is ‘Aim High’ hosted by the largest travel services marketing organization in North America Vacation.com - maybe there’s a reason for the numbers surge. MORE

60 WAYS
A new count at Myrtle Beach
17 OCT 2012: Google the term ’60 ways’ and funny up pops the old Paul Simon song title: “Fifty ways to leave your lover.” Now I don’t know if the legendary singer ever roamed the sixty miles of Myrtle Beach aka The Grand Strand to get his 50 ways fix, but if he didn’t he sure should. There’s plenty of inspiration to find there. MORE

LOT IS HAPPENING
Polish airline brings Dreamliner to Toronto
12 OCT 2012: Anytime an opportunity arises to talk shop with a CEO, I’m there. So when Marcin Piróg, the relatively new CEO of LOT Polish Airlines, flew into town last week, admittedly via Air Canada (that’s due to the Star Alliance network in which LOT is a member), to release details on the state-owned airline company’s latest plans, I was ready. MORE

SECRETS AND MAGIC
Peru is a must
10 OCT 2012: House lights dimmed. Popcorn buttered. And so the show began. A magical mystery tour unfolded at the Scotiabank Theatre in Toronto’s trendy Entertainment district recently and it wasn’t captured on 3D film or any other fancy tech invention. MORE

GETTING TOGETHER
Rootin for the Badlands
13 SEP 2012: In the seventies two guys originally from Motown aka Detroit - absolutely smitten with our summer cottage country - decided to hunker down for a spell north of the 49th parallel, and soon ROOTS was born. MORE

AWAKEN YOUR SENSES
Visit the Eastern Townships
10 AUG 2012: Next time a guy taps you on the shoulder and offers you advice, take it. The other day traipsing through some lavender fields in the bucolic Eastern Townships, it happened to me. “The smell only gets better the further down the slope you go,” the voice from behind coaxed. I took the advice. MORE

PACK IT IN
World class luggage
20 JUL 2012: When Raymond Durocher popped inside a National Geographic Store along London’s busy west end Regent Street, a couple of summers ago, the president of Holiday Group’s first thought was: where’s the luggage? MORE

KING OF THE HIGH WIRE
An interview with Nik Wallenda
06 JUL 2012: Dreams can be fulfilled. That’s what ace daredevil Nik Wallenda did as some 13-million viewers sat glued to their TV sets on the night of June 15th hypnotized by his every move as for 26 minutes they watched a man walk over mist. I had an opportunity to talk to him a few days later when he was back at his usual gig – risking his life on a high wire. MORE

KING OF THE HIGH WIRE
An interview with Nik Wallenda
06 JUL 2012: Dreams can be fulfilled. That’s what ace daredevil Nik Wallenda did as some 13-million viewers sat glued to their TV sets on the night of June 15th hypnotized by his every move as for 26 minutes they watched a man walk over mist. I had an opportunity to talk to him a few days later when he was back at his usual gig – risking his life on a high wire. MORE

CREATIVITY AND COMMERCE
New Montreal conference draws big names
28 JUN 2012: These days with travel agents and tour operators clambering for ROI, market share, and customer retention, it’s a tough business at the best of times. So, last month I spent half a week schmoozing with some top guns at a new conference called C2-MTL in Montreal examining how creativity influences global businesses. MORE

CALIFORNIA DREAMING
Cool vibes from the Golden State
26 JUN 2012: California seems to be in the spotlight year-round. Hollywood’s Tinseltown is a case in point but there’s so much more to this place than Entertainment Tonight. So when state reps arrived to T.O. last week, I was half expecting the glitz and the glamour; but instead what I discovered was another cool vibe from the Golden State. MORE

GLASGOW
The art of a city
07 JUN 2012: Now that Scotland’s hit the streets with its Year of Creative Scotland 2012 campaign, there seems to be more verve, more vigour, and dare I say more of that famous Glasgow swagger percolating from the old Merchant City. MORE

SCOTLAND NOW
How creative can you get
31 MAY 2012: The Scots will be the first to tell you, “Give it five minutes and the weather will turn to something else.” So having braved the elements recently on a phantasmagorical journey to the Orkney Islands I got a front seat chance to romp around the mysterious isle with Scotland’s jewellery sensation Sheila Fleet, an Orcadian, who left no stone unturned in this rocky playground. She opened my eyes to a whole new world. MORE

COME ON DOWN
Vegas welcomes Canadians
17 MAY 2012: Just when you thought Vegas had pulled out all the bunnies from its top hat, it come up with another surprise. Room occupancy numbers are skyrocketing at 150,000 at last count. So we gotta ask, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, right?” MORE

SPRING IN VERMONT
Getting there was half the fun
13 APR 2012: Bucket lists are important. They serve as reminders about the things we wish we could do if we had the time. So this spring I grabbed my mom’s bucket list and put some talk into action. It was time to visit Vermont. MORE

THE POSSIBILITY CITY
Louisville, Kentucky
03 APR 2012: These Kentuckians who live along the Ohio River straddling Indiana in the old steamboat belt are proud folk who don’t swagger when they walk. It’s that down-home hospitality, the kind you hear about in those old southern songs that makes you feel like you’ve come home. MORE

A SOUTHERN TWIST
Travel South USA Showcase
30 MAR 2012: The headlines raged about tornadoes devastating parts of Indiana and Kentucky. Survivors who narrowly escaped from the eye said their lives turned upside down that Friday afternoon. Two days later I was headed to the annual Travel South USA Showcase in Louisville Kentucky, a mere 20 miles from the worst tornado-hit spots. MORE
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