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Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Italian Borgo and US Historic Districts



economic development virtual hotel towns and albergo diffuso travel accommodations

An Economic Development model designed to offer quality stays that do not impinge on the local lifestyle while promoting year-round resilient growth that favors restructuring, preservation and local resources.



Virtual Hotel Towns address the demand for sustainable, quality tourism in urban and rural areas by focusing on the interaction between visitors and locals as well as developing and promoting a community’s historic preservation efforts, traditions, values and architecture.




Albergo Diffuso is an innovative concept designed to revive small historic Italian communities by converting historic buildings into a virtual hotel village. Points of reference include:
Main Street Properties are managed by owners who also provide hospitality services
Travel Accommodations are derived from converted buildings in historic districts
A Central Reception provides Travel Related Services, including food and communications services.

Communities with Guest and Host Interactions that highlight Local Lifestyles
Local Businesses capable of managing incoming travel services benefit from a centralized marketing and sales program. Resources generated from inbound travel transactions are made available to Museums, Theaters and others on Main Street and in Historic Districts.
Local Projects integrate architecture with digital media and engage visitors through interaction with local citizens. Water resources and energy efficiency projects are also community attractors as domestic and international business and government visitors will come to study, learn and acquire knowledge and expertise in these fields.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Coming to America travel destinations itineraries and services



As an American who has lived, studied and worked in European and other countries around the world, I feel it is important that visitors to the United States experience a full range of opportunities, from our nation's capital, to the large ethnic cities of the East Coast and Midwest, Southern hospitality, as well as American Diversity, Western and Native Heritage. I am especially interested in showing off our various cuisines, wineries and breweries along with achievements in our communities, ranging from land conservation management, to renewable energy, historic preservation, local public transit initiatives, water resources management and especially America’s unique entrepreneurial spirit.
Travel Itineraries we have developed several itineraries, ranging in duration from 3 nights and 4 days for our city and country tours, to 7 nights and 8 days for regional programs and 14 nights 15 days for multi -state itineraries. They are designed for groups, families and business travelers ranging in size from 4 to 50 persons.
Cost and Price Reductions our price policy is also simple and straight forward; two rates USD 245/day for adults age 19 to 64 and USD 195/day for children under the age of 18 and seniors over the age of 65 traveling with parents and/or guardians.




What is Included travel between cities and states that are part of the itinerary, lunches and dinners, accommodations in double occupancy with breakfast for ten nights, applicable local and state taxes, sightseeing events and local transport services.
What is Excluded evening entertainment and air or other transport to travel program location start and from tour ending location to your final-destination.
Easy for You to Decide and for Us to Manage

Personalized Travel day to day programs and specific events at each location, as well as the sequence of the tour stops, are finalized with your participation after details on family/group composition have been determined to take-into-account client priorities and preferences.

Locally Managed many travelers think they can develop and implement their trip plans via online booking. In our experience, personalized travel services, planning as well as management, provide cost savings and numerous other advantages that leverage locally managed services, an established presence in and knowledge of your destinations, superior client service in the planning stages and throughout your trip, and logistics expertise to reduce travel costs, transport and transfer times. 


Experienced Local Operators provide the highest quality destination management services, Tourism assumes uniquely local dimensions wherever you go; the activities that you select irrespective of the length of your stay, are unique of the community and rooted into the local culture and traditions.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Galena Illinois Historic District



History Tourism Geography the Environment and Main Street
History the French arrived in the 1650s and called Galena La Pointe; the early American settlers who reached the area in 1821 adopted this name as The Point; by 1828, it became the largest steamboat hub on the Mississippi between St Louis and St Paul, with shipments of lead ore and control of the mines by the US Government as local native tribes permitted settlers to mine in established areas in Galena.
Galena is Named for a Mineral Mined by Native Americans for over a thousand Years
However, the growth of the city led settlers to encroach on native land claims, seeking new veins of lead, resulting in the Winnebago War. Following a sharp decline in the demand for lead, Galena's population dropped from 14 thousand in the mid-19th century, to 3,396 in the early 1900s.
The Galena Historic District is Listed in the National Register of Historic Places
Tourism until the late 1980s, Galena remained a small rural farming community. The Country Fair in Grant Park has helped the town’s transition to tourism. The craft show attracts visitors to the area and once boarded-up Main Street buildings have been preserved.


President Ulysses S Grant and Eight Other Civil War Generals Came from Galena



Geography the Galena River is part of the Driftless Area of Wisconsin and Illinois. It is 52.4-miles - 84.3 km – long and flows through the city before joining the Mississippi. Because it escaped glaciation, this region is known for its hills, valleys, bluffs and exposed rock; Horseshoe Mound is located outside Galena and is 1,063 feet - 324 m- above sea level.


Travel Duration 3 nights and 4 days. Group Size Minimum 4, Maximum 50 persons.
Cost/Person USD 735 for adults age 19 to 64 USD 585 for seniors 65+ and children under 18.
Information for Booking First and Last Name, Passport Number, Expiration date and Issuing country, Date of birth, Email address.
Included Travel between cities and states that are part of the itinerary, 3 lunches and dinners, accommodations in double occupancy with breakfast for ten nights, applicable local and state taxes, 3 one-half day sightseeing events, local transport services.
Excluded Evening entertainment and transport to tour location start and from tour ending location.
Day/time Day to day programs and specific events at each location, as well as the sequence of the tour stops, will be finalized with the participation of the clients after details on family/group composition have been determined to take-into-account client priorities and preferences.
Reductions Children under the age of 18 and seniors over the age of 65 traveling with parents and/or guardians, staying in the same hotel room receive a 20 percent discount.
Environment Because of the city's proximity to the Galena River, buildings have been threatened on numerous occasions by flooding. In 2011, over a 12-hour period, Galena received nearly 15 inches of rain and he Galena River rose to more than twice its normal height. A dike and floodgates were built to prevent flooding of the city.
Main Street was among the first to require the architectural review of exterior building modifications. Also, zoning restrictions contributed to the prevalence of brick buildings and efforts to improve the existing infrastructure while preserving the character of this neighborhood. Trolley Cars follow parade routes north and south on Main Street and connect shopping to parks and wineries. Main Street in Galena has specialty shops, restaurants and is home to DeSoto House Hotel which opened in 1855 and is the oldest operating hotel in Illinois.