Salsa, Shopping and the Seaside: How to Live Like a Local in Cartagena de Indias

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Avanti Destinations Inspires Travelers to Capture the Rhythm of Colombia in New Video Series

Video journalist Kelley Ferro met many Palenqueras during her journey through Cartagena de Indias

With new hotels, easier flight access and a burgeoning culinary scene, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia has been named one of the not-to-be-missed destinations for 2015. For travelers looking for inspiration or trip planning advice, this coastal city is now featured in the newest series of experiential travel videos from the United States Tour Operators Association, in partnership with active member Avanti Destinations, Avianca, and the Rafael Núñez International Airport.

In the series, Kelley Ferro, travel expert, video journalist and frequent contributor to Tripfilms.com, captures the vibrant rhythm pulsating through all aspects of Cartagena de Indias’ culture. From salsa lessons and dinner in a private family home to visits with colorful palenqueras and the owner of an iconic lending library, the videos highlight immersive one-on-one local experiences accessible through members of the United States Tour Operators Association.

The videos are the most recent installment in USTOA’s Travel Together campaign, a thoughtfully curated collection of videos and blog posts from bucket list destinations around the globe. They were developed in partnership with Kelley Ferro and AFAR magazine to inspire travelers and to share the opportunities USTOA tour operator members create by harnessing local connections and expertise to engage travelers in the regional culture and customs.

In addition to the videos, Ferro and AFAR magazine Ambassador Sherry Ott chronicled their experiences in Cartagena de Indias on USTOA’s blog. Ott’s top 10 highlights from the trip can also be read at afar.com.

Travel Together videos and blog stories can be found at youtube.com/user/ustoanyc and ustoa.com/blog, as well as ustoa.com/traveltogether. Consumers can follow the adventures on Twitter by using #traveltogether, Instagram, and by joining Facebook chats at facebook.com/USTourOperatorsAssoc with the media team scheduled throughout the coming months.

Videos and blogs about new destinations visited with USTOA tour operator members will be added monthly as part of the Travel Together campaign.

For questions and more information on USTOA, visit ustoa.com, call 212-599-6599, or email information(at)ustoa(dot)com

About USTOA:
Representing more than $12.5 billion in revenue, the member companies of U.S. Tour Operators Association provide tours, packages and custom arrangements that allow 7.6 million travelers annually unparalleled access, insider knowledge, peace-of-mind, value and freedom to enjoy destinations and experiences across the entire globe. Each member company has met the travel industry’s highest standards, including participation in the USTOA’s Travelers Assistance Program, which protects consumer payments up to $1 million if the company goes out of business.

As a voice for the tour operator industry for 40 years, USTOA also provides education and assistance for consumers and travel agents.

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Redpoint Marketing PR., Inc.
212-229-0119
Dolecki(at)redpointpr(dot)com
Carty(at)redpointpr(dot)com

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