Thursday, March 25, 2010

"Ooo eee, ooo eee baby, won't you take me on a sea cruise?"

Those immortal lyrics, written in 1959 by Huey “Piano” Smith and first recorded by Frankie Ford and later recorded by 12 other artist and groups including the Beach Boys, Billy “crash” Craddock, Herman’s Hermits and Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen, is the theme for this week's show.

Certainly cruise lines around the globe offer a tourism and vacation product that is extremely popular. With ships getting larger and larger and providing passage to world class destinations, Talkin' Tourism explores this mode of travel this week. John Burson, CTC, a partner in the regional travel agency Indian River Travel and one with 30 years in the travel industry, will be our tour guide. Beginning his agency with partner Ken Wall in 1980, Indian River Travel has grown from 1 full-time and 2 part-time employees to 24 employees and three regional locations. The agency “specializes in upscale, luxury travel with a focus on one-to-one relationships with clients," and that includes cruises all around the world. 

Talkin' Tourism on Florida's Treasure Coast hosts Gary Guertin and Robin Hicks-Connors plan to pick John’s brain and investigate such topics as:  How has the global economic downturn impacted this segment of the industry? What are today’s most popular destinations? Tips for the first time cruiser? What tactics and strategies did the cruise industry engage in to stimulate business? And, much more.

In addition to this special topic, Gary and Robin will tackle “Gary’s Paper Pile." What’s that you ask? Well, there are only so many things that can be covered each week in the brief one hour duration of the show so this Friday will be the day to get “caught up” on “everything tourism” that just hasn't made it to the microphone.

Tune in LIVE on your radio dial (WSTU 1590 AM) or to the live streaming audio on the Internet ( at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 26. And, don’t forget to visit Talkin Tourism' on Facebook and become one of our Facebook fans!

See you Friday!
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