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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

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER
How a family-run business is challenging the tourism industry
18 OCT 2019: The Travel Corporation which is behind some of the biggest brands in the business: Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, Luxury Gold, Contiki, Uniworld , along with the Red Carnation Hotels which includes the legendary Ashford Castle has launched its biggest pledge to date: Make Travel Matter. MORE

STAY AND PLAY
The magic of Kissimmee starts with extended vacations
03 OCT 2019: As a lead-in to the busy winter booking season Experience Kissimmee with VoX International, the destination's PR company in Canada, hosted a media event last week in a private suite at One King West Hotel in Toronto. The atmosphere held a homey ‘stay longer’ vibe evident in the spacious luxe interiors with rap around balcony and waterfront facing views as seven trade partners showcased the many reasons to book a trip there. MORE

HOW LOS CABOS HAS BECOME MEXICOS LARGEST EMERGING DESTINATION
30 SEP 2019: For the fastest growing tourist destination in Mexico, Los Cabos is not sitting on its laurels. The Los Cabos Tourism Board reports a steady growth of 18 percent in Canadian arrivals,  adding to the already growing region where the latest reports indicate Los Cabos tourism has grown 16 percent, representing 1.5 times the overall pace of Mexico. MORE

SOARING WITH THE RED ARROWS AT THE CNE
04 SEP 2019: It's not every day you receive an invitation to hang out with the RAF Red Arrows, the ace acrobatic flying troupe from Great Britain and Northern Ireland. But on the 70th anniversary of the Canadian International Air Show (CIAS) it was an easy invitation to accept. This year the CNE ended its annual outdoor party on a high note. The RAF Red Arrows – the fleet of Top Guns you normally see  jetting past Buckingham Palace in plumes of red, white and blue smoke –  were the big crowd pleaser. MORE

THE CARIBBEAN COMES TO TORONTO
26 AUG 2019: Last week The Caribbean Tourism Organization showcased their sun partners in advance of the upcoming winter bookings by hosting travel media at its annual Caribbean Media Day held this year at the Boulevard Club. In his opening remarks CTO Chair and Saint Lucia’s Tourism Minister, Dominic Fedee, said that for all its strengths and potential, the Caribbean brand “is perhaps the most neglected tourism brand in the world.” But there’s an upside, said Fedee, real change is on the way.   MORE

UNPLUG WITH UNCRUISE
20 AUG 2019: I feel like I have the entire sea to myself. On the edge of the planet's largest remaining tract of temperate rainforest, waves are lapping around the S.S. Legacy. We're sailing on one of the cruise itineraries from expedition cruise company, UnCruise Adventures called Alaska's Glacier Country, a 7-night thrilling adventure of Southeast Alaska. MORE

PALM SPRINGS STARS OF THE DESERT
03 JUL 2019: Joshua Tree National Park has this uncanny seduction. Is it the aridness? Maybe it's the stark, utter desolate wilderness caked from the high desert sun? Or perhaps it's, “I still haven't found what I'm looking for,” a rock ballad made famous by U2 from their 80s album, The Joshua Tree. MORE

A MOTHER DAUGHTER VIEW OF FRANCE
Cruising on the AmaLyra
05 JUN 2019: Losing a loved-one is always difficult. We lost Dad five years ago. He never saw Paris and only saw the waterfront of Le Havre as he made his flight to Canada in 1957, leaving behind his war-ravaged homeland of Hungary that was pitted in fresh bullets from the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. MORE

EAT, PRAY, LOVE YOUR WAY
On Avalon Envision
28 MAY 2019:Beneath the Buda Hills of Budapest awesomeness happens when you least expect it. Tucked away from the famous banks of the Danube River a group of cruising sightseers are peering into mysterious caverns discovering rocky outcroppings verging on mystical art formations. MORE

100 PERCENT PURE NEW ZEALAND
Wine growers big on sustainability
22 MAY 2019: The Land of the Kiwi is having its moment. Over 25 winery members from the New Zealand Wine Growers uncapped bottles of their finest vintages in a soiree of New Zealand wine aficionados. Held at The Globe and Mail Centre, a sold-out crowd of oenophiles attended Pure Discovery 2019, a triple threat of New Zealand wine events scheduled in Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa to offer the latest labels, with some verging on the obscure with names that could make you smile. MORE

FLY AWAY TO BAHAMAS
06 MAY 2019: The Islands Of The Bahamas are having a record-breaking year and there is no end in sight. The latest Canadian visitation numbers to the beautiful islands of the Bahamas shows a double digit spike. MORE

THE MAGIC OF MAPLE LEAF ADVENTURES
18 MAR 2019: Maple Leaf Adventures, a Canadian-owned enterprise, has morphed into a boutique eco-tourism initiative that leads guests to uncharted territories for award-winning bespoke wilderness encounters. High experience tourism is pegged as one of the fastest growing sectors in cruising. As one cruise insider notes, Canada's fabled Pacific Coast is ready for mindful exploration. MORE

SNAPTRAVEL WANTS TO BE YOUR NEW HOTEL FRIEND
12 MAR 2019: Established for busy travel consumers who want a hotel room pronto, SnapTravel intends to alleviate hotel booking dilemmas by being your 'friend.' The Canadian based digital hotel booking company is best described as a “conversational commerce” hotel reservation system. They hosted an evening for TravelMassive social media influencers to share company news and awareness of their services. MORE

SUNNY WAYS TO ROLL INTO NORTH CAROLINA
04 MAR 2019: Quebec folks will soon be able to converge on North Carolina happenings with the new Air Canada daily non-stop Montreal-Raleigh service starting on June 3. Those in the GTA have already enjoyed direct air service to the south-eastern US State. MORE

A TRIP LIKE NO OTHER
A Wessex Girl Remembers
20 FEB 2019: Turn back the clock, brew a pot of tea, and hunker down in your favourite chair on this cold winter day to read A Wessex Girl Remembers –Memories of a War-Time Childhood. Canadian travel writer Tess Bridgwater has written her memoirs using a 12 mile radius in the southernmost corner of Wessex she frequented as a 12 year-old growing up in southern England to unravel intriguing historic footnotes of epic proportions. MORE

THE STATE OF THE INDUSTRY
Checking it out at the New York Times Travel Show
06 FEB 2019: The travel year is looking good. Despite political unrest and the wrath of Mother Nature in some destinations, you'd never consider these points taking a walk through the rows of tourism exhibits at this year's 16th annual New York Times Travel Show which was held at the Javits Center. MORE

FILL YOUR HEART WITH IRELAND
05 FEB 2019: Tourism Ireland is ready to ‘Fill Your Heart With Ireland.’ The new global campaign unveiled recently by Tourism Ireland is the biggest one of its kind to date. ‘Fill Your Heart with Ireland,’ is a 10-million euro investment from the Irish Government, designed to drive continued growth to the regions and to encourage visitors to travel in the shoulder season. MORE

CELEBRATE
World Celebrations 2019
28 DEC 2018: Ready for the official count down as we bring in the New Year? We've spun the globe around to highlight some headliner events that'll be splashing some big ink. Here's the rundown: MORE

AUTENTICA CUBA
More than just sun and sand
06 NOV 2018: A recent trade event aptly dubbed “Autentica Cuba” hosted by The Ministry of Tourism of Cuba saw a coterie of the Caribbean country's most important travel execs from Cubanacan to Mintur and even a rep from Cuba's Medical Services who later in the evening added free dental service to the grand prize giveaway- an all-inclusive trip for two to Varadero's newest Melia Internacional with scuba diving included.   MORE

CHINESE GREATS
29 OCT 2018: Before sporting enthusiasts flood the plains of Beijing for the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympics this Olympic host city has plenty of reasons clients should make the great trip now. Mine starts with the Great One. On a recent direct flight to Beijing with Air Canada none other than 'the' Wayne Gretzky was on board albeit in first class. MORE

MIAMI IS SIZZLING
18 OCT 2018: Miami is sizzling hot - group of Toronto travel agents can attest to that. Representatives from The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau invited seasoned travel pros to roll up their sleeves in an interactive cooking class that had them slice, sauté, and simmer some traditional Latin flavours at Cirillo's Culinary Academy in the city's west end.  MORE

ROYAL HOT SPOTS IN NEW ZEALAND
15 OCT 2018: On an island where you're more likely to encounter grazing sheep than humans, the nature scenes are definitely a big bonus. That's because New Zealand – a pint-sized nation compared to the behemoth neighbour across the Tasman Sea – packs in sunshine, splendid sea views, and homegrown solitude, the kind that's luring one particular newlywed Royal Couple to hopefully tour some action-packed areas on North Island. MORE

ONE GRANDE GRACIAS
From the Gaviota Tourism Group
03 OCT 2018: Senior brass from Cuba's largest travel company put on a grand fete to say “Gracias” to Canada's travel industry partners for their continued support of travel to Cuba. The special event was also to celebrate some of Gaviota Tourism Group's grande tourism developments. MORE

GAVIOTA TOURISM GROUP RAMPS UP FOR WINTER
26 SEP 2018: Cuba's largest tourist company is growing so you can expect even more travel products to the popular sun-kissed nation. Frank Pais Oltuski, marketing vice president with Gaviota Tourism Group announced yesterday at a trade media luncheon hosted by the Cuba Tourist Board in Toronto, that the Cuban tourism company powerhouse has grown by more than 12 percent due to a slate of projects, investments, and new hotel openings on the books through 2025. MORE

AIR FRANCE KLM AND PARTNERS AT TIFF
11 SEP 2018: A push on customer intimacy is one of the top priorities for Air France/KLM Group's new vice-president and general manager in Canada, Vincent Etchebehere. His goal is to understand customer needs and address them in a timely fashion by putting more emphasis on digital strategies like the use of social media networks and AI at the service of customer relations. The term 'intimacy' is tres Francais. Trade press gathered around snug intimate tables at the pop-up Parisian-style Bistro Air France which was available during TIFF's opening weekend for an informal meet and greet over bubbly and croissants.   MORE
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