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Read Our January 2024 Newsletter

Happy New Year! As New Year's approaches each year, I look back on the previous year with gratitude and appreciation and look forward to next year with excitement and wonder. We have been through some very challenging times, and there are currently many concerning areas around the world, but I look to travel as a great tool to share, blend and understand more than is just within our own neighborhood.

My gratitude and appreciation reflect on the places I have traveled and the places we send clients worldwide. Many of our clients share their stories, pictures, and trip reports with us. We spend hours passionately arranging and crafting wonderful vacations and travel experiences for our clients, and we love to share in the travel experience and joy!

My excitement and wonder are for all the emerging destinations, new products, and great travel experiences that we will plan for our clients. Travel that will bring excitement and new experiences! Whether it’s relaxing, exploring, learning, connecting with locals or so many other benefits of travel, anyone who travels will come back enhanced, relaxed, or excited. Where do you want to go in 2024?

In 2023 there were a number of local and global events that caused travelers to pull back for a moment or change destinations. It seems that after years of the pandemic we have become more flexible, more understanding that things can change, and we accept these changes in travel and continue. Of course, travel to some amazing closer-to-home destinations – Hawaii, Mexico, and the Caribbean – is still strong. We are also planning many trips to Africa and Southeast Asia, and cruises continue to be in high demand. We are booking cruises as far out as 2026 to ensure our clients get the sailing and cabin they want.

In this newsletter you’ll read trip reports from some of our team’s recent travels. Take a few minutes to read through them and enjoy our photography skills as we try to capture the essence of the location. However, that being said, no picture can capture exactly what it’s like in a destination. Use these trip reports as inspiration for your next trip, the next thing to check off your bucket list, or planning something in the future to look forward to. Please reach out and ask us more about these destinations, or any other place you want to visit.

Thank you for working with us, I greatly appreciate your trust and confidence in allowing us to plan some of your life’s most special moments. I hope you have a wonderful 2024.

Steve Orens
Steve Orens

Steve Orens
Senior Vice President, U.S. Branch Operations -
Western Region


Where We've Been Lately

Toucan in Costa Rica - Aly Foret

We ended the last few months of 2023
with some amazing adventures that we're
excited to share with you – a luxurious 7-
night Mediterranean cruise, a long
weekend in Costa Rica, and a two-week
trip to India. Check out our photos and
read our stories to get inspiration for your
next vacation!

Hotel Spotlight
Steve Orens recently visited Regent Phu Quoc, a luxury hotel in Vietnam, and it was amazing.
It’s new so the surrounding area is not fully developed, but there’s so much to do and enjoy. Is
it easy to get to from the U.S.? No, but it’s not a place you would visit on its own. It’s a great
place to stop and relax for a few days during a Southeast Asia trip. Regent Hotels and Resorts
is expanding and creating a new luxury experience. We’re looking forward to the new Regent
in Santa Monica, CA. Take a look at Steve’s pictures for a peek at Regent Phu Quoc.


Signature Travel Network's 2023 Conference

Every year, Signature's Annual Conference
brings together experienced travel advisors
and vetted travel suppliers to connect,
network, and build valuable relationships
while sharing expertise, generating
innovative ideas, and forging
groundbreaking partnerships. In 2023,
nearly 300 FROSCH advisors (including
many from Plaza Travel and our branches)
attended the conference in Las Vegas. Read
more to gain behind-the-scenes insight!

Signature Travel Network

Celebrating the Holiday Season

Last month we celebrated the holidays with
our colleagues and friends from several
West Coast FROSCH offices. It was great
to catch up with each other outside of
work and share the joy of the holiday
season. Be sure to click the link below to
see pictures from our holiday party!

Fun Travel Fact
Did you know the shortest commercial flight in the world takes less than two minutes?
The flight operates between the neighboring islands of Westray and Papa Westray in
Scotland's Orkney Islands, and takes around one and a half minutes!

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