“Reviews Rock!” Contest Winners

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August 2016 Winners

Capt. Wally is this month’s Tour Operator winner of the $500 Adwords Campaign, for a review left for his Fishing Charter – 35 foot vessel custom tour. Our Traveler winner of the $100 gift card is Steve’s review of Peru Safari 4×4 Adventure , the self driven expedition that will take you to sites in Peru that others can only dream of reaching in comfort and safety, led by expert guides.

Capt. Wally

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“I give Capt. Wally 5 stars”" says Kevin. Captain Wally is licensed by the US Coast Guard with his experience in the Beaufort River and Hilton Head South Carolina waters dating back to 1946. Great job Capt. Wally!

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Steve gave Paul ‘s Peru Safari 4×4 Adventure 5 out of 5 stars saying “The ability to tailor the trip to meet our requirements made it a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience.” Great job Paul!

Peru Safari 4×4 Adventure
Make sure to get your clients to review you and maybe you’ll see your name, or theirs,  here next month!

July 2016 Winners

Gem Tshering is this month’s Tour Operator winner of the $500 Adwords Campaign, for a review left for his 6 day Best of Western Bhutan tour. Our Traveler winner of the $100 gift card is Randy’s review of Sue Solf’s Magical Horses retreat, an experience for those interested in developing connection and communication with horses and other friendly farm animals.

Gem Tshering
Gem Tshering

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“The name “Gem” best describes, our trip, the experience and most of all Mr. Tshering as a human being…for me there is no other choice…” says Claire. Well deserved Gem!

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Randy gave Sue’s Magical Horses experience 5 out of 5 stars saying “Sue is very open and friendly. When you meet her you will quickly realize that she is easy to talk to, and very genuine. This place is well worth a visit.” Great job Sue!

Magical Horses
Magical Horses
Make sure to get your clients to review you and maybe you’ll see your name, or theirs,  here next month!

June 2016 Winners

Guide Gari Garces is this month’s Tour Operator winner of the $500 Adwords Campaign, for a review left for his popular Overnight Jungle Tour. Our Traveler winner Peter’s review of  Helen Bartolome, a Blue Badge guide of London with whom he did a walking tour of London with in June 2016, earned him the $100 gift card.

Guide Gari Garces
Guide Gari Garces

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Peggy Cashero said “Gari provided so many wonderful experiences in his two full days with the overnight. We were extremely happy with the results…We highly recommend Gari’s tour and hope to return someday.” Congrats (again) Gari!

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Peter gave Helen  5 out of 5 stars for her walking tour of London saying “Helen is high energy, friendly, knowledgeable, fastidious, enthusiastic, understands group dynamics in a way that is very rare…” Cheers to you Helen!

Windsor and Eton Walking Tour
Windsor and Eton Walking Tour
Make sure to get your clients to review you and maybe you’ll see your name, or theirs,  here next month!

May 2016 Winners

Guide Paul Boardman was this month’s Tour Operator winner of the $500 Adwords Campaign, for a review left for his popular Peru Safari 4×4 Adventure tour.  Our Traveler winner Laurence’s review of the Kashmir Houseboat Tour he took in Srinagar India with Kashmir Travels netted him the $100 gift card.

Guide Paul Boardman
Guide Paul Boardman

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Andrew had nothing but great things to say about his time with Paul and Indio in Peru including, “… It far surpassed our expectations, it was extremely well organised from start to finish, with great attention to detail… “.

Awesome job guys!

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Laurence was very pleased with the Kashmir Houseboat Tour and some  highlights of his review (translated from French) included, “… The hikes, which allowed us to admire the beautiful landscapes, were of incomparable quality…”  and “… we were delighted!”.  Nice work!

Kashmir Houseboat Tour
Kashmir Houseboat Tour
Congratulations to both of our May winners.  Check back and maybe you’ll see your name here next month!

April 2016 Winners

Vietnam is a lucky place this year with our 2nd Tour Operator winner of the $500 Adwords Campaign in 2016 hailing from this beautiful country. Mr. Tom of Hue Locals Travel & Transport runs several tour and private taxi options between and around cities in Vietnam. In our Traveler contest, David Puzzo’s review for the multi-day tour he took around Rio de Janeiro with Guide Manu Peclat was drawn for the  $100 Gift Card  

Guide Mr. Tom
Guide Mr. Tom

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Mr. Tom’s customer was impressed with the quality of the vehicle on his Hue to Hoi An Private Taxi Tour,  and also by the English speaking skills of his driver and his adherence to the agreed upon schedule.  He was one happy 5-star customer!

Congratulations Mr. Tom!

Traveler Draw

Here’s just a taste of David’s glowing review of Manu’s services for his group of 15 travelers “.. and did I mention, his English is fantastic. The last couple of days he set up a tour for the group and we really had a great time. I would highly recommend Manu for setting up any requirements in the Rio area and as an excellent tour guide….”

Kudos to Manu for a job well done!

Guide Manu Peclat
Guide Manu Peclat
May’s draw will be here before you know it , so make sure you’re hedging your bet to come out on top by collecting loads of reviews this month!

March 2016 Winners

It is that time again already! We’re sending our hearty congratulations all the way to Managua to Guide Pedro Caceres of  Gecko Travel Nicaragua who is the March winner of the $500 Adwords Campaign. Our  $100 Gift Card for a Traveler review this month goes to a very satisfied visitor to Jamaica, Patrick Bentley.

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Guide Pedro Caceres
Guide Pedro Caceres
I would love to give you a taste of the gushing review left for Pedro by his newfound friend and tour customer Anatole, but I fear Google Translate hasn’t quite done it justice.  Perhaps one of you could help us out? Suffice to say it is still clear that Anatole had the time of his life and would recommend Pedro as a guide unconditionally!

Nice job Pedro!

And Patrick had great things to say about seeing the best of Jamaica with Guide Robert Wilmot of El Sol Vida:

“Excellent tour operator. One of the best we have been with in Jamaica. We hopped around the Island quite a bit and we were able to book local tours in all the places we stayed online with ease and at last minute. Very good. Definitely recommended!“ 

Traveler Draw

Guide Robert Wilmot
Guide Robert Wilmot
April just may be your lucky month, so keep those reviews coming in!

February 2016 Winners

It’s a bit astounding that both prizes this month (our $500 Adwords Campaign for Tour Operators and our $100 Visa Gift Card for Travelers) were drawn for reviews of tours in the exact same city! What are the chances?

Hue, Vietnam is where you can find VM Travel whose review for their awesome Private Car Tour to Hoi An was drawn, and it is also home to I Love Hue Tours whose happy customer Chrissy was our lucky Traveler winner.

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Guide Hoang Vo
Guide Hoang Vo
Here’s a taste of what tour customer Pansy had to say about her trip with VM Travel:

“….  The car stopped at many beautiful places on the way for us to visit. I was really interested in Marble Mountain, Lang Co beach and Hai Van pass. I will definitely introduce your company to my friends. Thanks VM team!”

And Chrissy couldn’t say enough about her time aboard the bike with Lien including:

“… She will infect you with her love for Hue and you will instantly feel how passionate she is about showing you the best spots of Hue. I really loved the time with her and the other girls from her little company….”    Well done Lien!

Traveler Draw

Guide Huong Lien Nguyen
Guide Huong Lien Nguyen
Make sure you get in on all the fun in March!   We make it easy!

January 2016 Winners

It is our absolute pleasure to announce that Guatemala Guide Gerald Duran is the winner of the first dedicated $500 Adwords Campaign for 2016! The  $100 Visa Gift Card awarded to one lucky traveler for leaving a tour review is on its way to Will Thomason in South Carolina. 

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Guide Gerald Duran
Guide Gerald Duran
With 15 years guiding experience and multiple related awards, popular Guatemala Guide Gerald Duran has also consulted for such well known programs as Discovery Animal Planet and Survivor Nicaragua CBS.

Congratulations Gerald!

Will Thomason enjoyed a day with Capt. Wally on the Beaufort River - bringing along his family including grandchildren to do a little fishing! Here’s jut a little taste of what Will had to say “….  we caught a lot of fish! He really is tops. Been on several charters before, but rate him the best!”

Great work Capt. Wally!

Traveler Draw

Guide Capt. Walley
Guide Capt. Walley
It’s not too late to start racking up the reviews for this month’s draw.  We make it easy!

December 2015 Winners

Exotic Morocco is where our $500 Adwords Campaign winner Guide Rachid Ait Elmahjoub calls home. December’s Traveler winner of the  $100 Visa Gift CardGary Mora, hails from San Francisco California where he can be heard spinning golden oldies on Classic KYA radio.

Guide Rachid Ait Elmahjoub
Guide Rachid Ait Elmahjoub

Guide / Operator Draw

We can pretty much guarantee that no matter what you are looking to do in Marrakech or Merzouga Morocco, Pathfinders Atlas Mountain Treks has a tour for you. Whether a trip by camel into the desert, a waterfall tour, visits to Berber villages, or a trek through the Atlas mountains – there are so many options. Congratulations to Rachid and his team!

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Here’s just a snippet of the winning review left by Gary Mora – “….  I can’t recommend this tour enough. If you want a fun filled, educational, entertaining day in the city where the Beatles got their start, Mop Top Tours is for you! …” Well done Stevie T!
Guide Stevie T.
Guide Stevie T.
Don’t despair if your name wasn’t drawn this month, just be sure to get in on all the fun again in January!

November 2015 Winners

We are sending our congratulations all the way to exotic Tanzania to Roy Bantam’s Kili Bike Adventures this month. One of the glowing reviews for their cycling tours was drawn as the winner for our $500 Adwords Campaign.

November’s winner of the Traveler’s $100 Visa Gift Card was JB Bitten for an equally complimentary review of the tour he enjoyed with Idaho Fishing Guide Will Judge.

Keep those reviews coming in and we’ll save a spot for your name here next month!

Guide Roy Bantam
Guide Roy Bantam

Guide / Operator Draw

The Kili Bike Adventures team invites travelers to join them at the ‘roof of Africa’ – Mount Kilimanjaro – for bike tours, cultural visits and a trip of a lifetime.

The winning review this month was for the 8-day Kili Base Cycling Tour – which had customer Kirk Trace raving “We had a great 7 days biking Safari with Kili Bike Adventure. The bikes were very good, the guide was incredible! I recommend Kili Bike Adventures for your Safari without any doubts!”

Congratulations to the team!

October 2015 Winners

This month’s winners hail from Isfahan, Iran and Hamilton, Ohio! Congratulations to Sima Jahandideh who will be receiving a $500 Adwords Campaign for her trips, and to Sean Quinn’s tour customer Roy Dobson whose tour review was drawn for our Traveler’s $100 Visa Gift Card.

Keep those reviews flooding in and next month you could see your name listed here!

Guide / Operator Draw

A review for Sima’s Two Days in Isfahan tour nabbed her the draw for the Google Adwords campaign. Sima is run off her feet right now and reports that tourism is booming in Iran. As a bilingual (English & Italian) operator of her own tour company (Swan Tours), her passion is introducing travelers to the rich culture and sights of her area of Iran.
Guide Sima Jahandideh
Guide Sean Quinn

Traveler Draw

The winning Traveler Review drawn this month was a 5-star ode to Sean Quinn and his crew at My Ireland Family Heritage. Sean’s tours receive the longest and most detailed reviews we’ve seen! If you want to delve deeply into your Irish past – his team clearly delivers that personalized experience with a solid reputation for thorough planning and in-depth research.

September 2015 Winners

It is our absolute pleasure to announce the September 2015 “Reviews Rock!” contest draw winners for both our $500 Adwords Campaign for Operators/Guides who receive reviews, and our $100 Visa Gift Card draw for the Travelers who leave them!

Guide / Operator Draw

This month’s winner is Louisiana’s Marie Ducote-Comeaux who introduces tour guests to such culinary delights as etouffee, boudin, cracklin’, and gumbo on her All-Inclusive Taste Tour around Lafayette. The stellar reviews she received clearly demonstrate her passion for sharing the culture, food, history and reputation for hospitality that set this region apart. Congratulations Marie!

Tour Guide Marie Ducote-Comeaux

Traveler Draw

Polo Guide Nacho Echezarreta
Carlos was our lucky traveler this month for the glowing review he left for Buenos Aires Polo Tour Guide Nacho Echezarreta and Nacho’s brother Edgar. The Argentina tour company Polo Break offers an authentic local experience with tour options for guests to learn to play polo, to attend a polo match, or to enjoy a horse race in Palermo.

August 2015 Winners

We are delighted to announce the August 2015 winners for both our Guide and Traveler “Reviews Rock!” contest draws.

Guide / Operator Draw

The draw for a $500 targeted Google AdWords campaign for August 2015 goes to Gari Garces and Michelle Klein from Gary’s Tours at La CasaBlanca in Tena, Ecuador. Gari Garces offers jungle, adventure and chocolate tours and he delighted his customers in August, which resulted in numerous 5 star reviews – and led to this strategic win!

Guide Gari Garces, his wife Michelle and their Family
Guide Cristina de Angelis

Traveler Draw

The lucky traveler winner of a $100 Visa Gift Card is Jennifer, who left a glowing review for Guide Cristina De Angelis (pictured here) and her private tour of stunning Orvieto in southwestern UmbriaItaly. Cristina De Angelis speaks 4 languages and shares her love of the villages of Italy by offering a variety of food, wine, art, and sightseeing tours.

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