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Two separate conversations I had yesterday with professionals in the world of foodie Web sites left me bewildered, and inspired me to write this entry.  I’m still not sure what to think of these interactions, and would be interested to see if readers out there have any thoughts to share on the subject.

Call #1: I was explaining my agency’s approach to culinary tours, when the person asked about Italy.  I responded by using our Tuscany sample itinerary as an example, and mentioned that we suggest guests stay at a villa outside of Florence, using it as their home base for a few days to explore the Tuscan countryside.  Mid-sentence, she cuts me off with “So you do luxury tours?”

“No,” I said, what we do are custom tours.  If a client asks for a luxury tour, we can certainly arrange that, but if someone asks us to put together a culinary tour on a budget, we can do that as well.”

Her answer:  “Oh, that one sounds expensive.”

Well, I can’t argue with whatever gold-tinged images she might have had in mind, but what this experience taught me is that people’s perceptions and other long-held notions can be difficult at best to change or even influence.  But what stood out even more was this person’s apparent unwillingness to even hear me out, or to be open to ideas in the culinary and related realms.   Baffled as to what else to say, we ended the call with formalities.

Call #2: This time I’m explaining our approach to culinary tours (i.e. Get out of the tour bus and actually experience the destination; per my earlier post “Escorted Tours My Way:  No Whirlwind Bus Rides”.) to Caller #1’s designee.  This time I decide to explain simply that our tours are customized to accommodate whatever the traveler is interested in seeing and doing, but that our culinary tours are designed to be more than just restaurant tours, that we give travelers the chance to do more than just sightsee, eat; sightsee, eat.

Her Response:  “Now that’s my type of tour.”

Normally, her answer wouldn’t have bothered me, except that instead of listening or wanting to learn anything about our tours, she proceeded to tell me that “For those of us who live to eat, that’s what we want,” and that our culinary tours wouldn’t work in the foodie world.

As much as I respect every individual’s right to their own opinion, I take our work and professional stance in the travel and culinary worlds very seriously.  I would not want anyone to ever think that the intent of our culinary tours is anything other than to introduce travelers to the joys of the culinary world.  By all means, the highlight of any culinary tour is for travelers to enjoy all the food, wine and other delights their destination has to offer.

The point I think both callers missed is that Celebrations International Travel’s culinary tours are 100% customized to give travelers the opportunity to experience their destination in ways that best suit the travelers’ interests and needs.

That is not to say that enjoying a host of different restaurants isn’t one way to experience a destination, but good meals can be enjoyed anywhere, without necessarily having to travel.  And good memories are created through good, enriching experiences, which exploration and travel provide.

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We are pleased to announce that Adrienne Mitra, owner of Celebrations International Travel, Inc. is now on www.WhereIveBeen.com!  Take a look at Adrienne’s map.

I haven’t filled in all the places in the world I want to visit, simply because that would take all day and then some!  I’d like to see and experience as much of the world as I possible can with my family.  Having just completed my map, I have to say that I like using the search functions a lot more than the initial click-through myriad of destinations it gives you.  I say this because the search function allows you to search either for a country or city, whereas the initial display of destinations does not tell you about this upfront.   However, as an interactive map goes, I think it’s a neat concept!

Our friends at WhereIveBeen.com recently blogged about Celebrations International Travel and our culinary tours.

Very soon, you will see some of my travel, destination, and culture-related articles on WhereIveBeen.com, and I will be a panelist on their Round Table Forum to discuss travel-related topics.   I (CelebrationsInt) came in contact with WhereI’veBeen.com through their Community Manager, Katy Lynch (whereivebeen) on Twitter.  Her tweets are quite interesting and sometimes entertaining.  I look forward to Celebrations International Travel’s partnership with WhereIveBeen.com, and hope to hear from many of its users.


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