Meetings + Incentive Travel Magazine features Charles J. Kropke

By Uwe Doeringer, September 24, 2013

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In August the Canadian Meetings + Incentive Travel Magazine mentioned Dragonfly Expeditions in a Miami feature in its print edition as well as on Meetingscanada.com. This article resulted from a visit by editor Lori Smith in May of 2013. At the request of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau Charles J. Kropke took Lori around the city to immerse her into Miami’s hidden places. Based on the commentary in the article, we think Charles succeeded in convincing the writer that Miami really is more than beach. (more…)

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Travel Writer Susan Morrell Shares her Impression of the Magic City

By April Kuhlman, July 11, 2013

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Miami Nice “Miami isn’t just about the beach – it’s also a place where cultures collide to spectacular effect,” says travel writer Susan Morrell in an article published in the Irish Sunday Business Post in April 2013. Her impression of the Magic City is not so different from the sense of place Dragonfly Expeditions strives to express during our Miami tours. Morrell joined us on a Miami Magic City – Bus and Walking Tour back in January. Her article is a personal account of her visit to Miami; she describes everything from how out-of-place yet welcomed she felt in Little Havana to the type of dessert she had in South Beach. Morrell calls Miami a “unique cultural mosaic” and elaborates on every neighborhood she was able to visit during her trip. Keep reading (or click on the image and zoom in) for “Miami Nice” by Susan Morrell. (more…)

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Brazilian Magazine Features the Everglades

By April Kuhlman, June 4, 2013

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Brazilian journalist Christine Engelberg joined us on our famous Everglades Backwater Tour in the fall of 2012. The article she wrote about her experience was published in the March issue of TOP Magazine; click on the photo below and zoom in to read “Miami through Clyde Butcher’s Lenses.” For all non-Portuguese speakers, here is a little summary: As she asks in her article, “How about getting to know Miami from a different perspective than do most of the tourists who visit the city?” Engelberg agrees with Condé Nast Traveler and National Geographic when they recommend the Everglades Backwater Tour as one of the most interesting eco tours available. She considers it an excellent option if you want to learn about the biodiversity of this wild ecosystem. The cypress trees and wild birds made Engelberg feel in touch with nature while trekking through the swamp. Impressed by the beauty of Clyde Butcher’s photography, which she viewed in the Big Cypress Gallery as part of the tour, she chose one of his images to illustrate the article.

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Journalist Paul De Windt Explains why Miami is a Bridge Connecting the Americas

By April Kuhlman, April 30, 2013

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As those of us who live in the Miami-Dade area are well aware, each and every one of the neighborhoods that make up Miami has its own special flavor. Quaint Coral Gables could not be more different than saucy Little Havana, laid-back Coconut Grove, or sexy South Beach. Dragonfly Expeditions’ city tour, Miami Magic City Bus and Walking Tour, introduces guests to several of Miami’s communities and shares the stories behind each neighborhood’s drastically different development. Paul De Windt, publisher of a newspaper called The Daily Herald, joined us on a city tour last September. The Daily Herald, which is distributed in several places throughout the Dutch Caribbean, featured De Windt’s article in the “Business, Culture, & Leisure” section. De Windt’s work provides a snapshot of each area to which he was exposed during his visit to Miami. In addition, his closing sentence evinces the fact that our tour clearly imparts a true sense of place to a visitor, which is one of Dragonfly Expeditions’ most sought-after goals. Keep reading to see De Windt’s article.

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German Daily Newspaper Features Dragonfly Expeditions’ Everglades Backwater Tour

By Rodrigo Carmona Lopez, March 26, 2013

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German journalist Johanna Rüdiger joined a group on our popular Everglades Backwater Tour in the fall of 2012. Expert guide Bob Nesmith led an adventurous troop through waist deep water, immersing everyone in the plant and animal species as they snapped photos and tried to keep their cameras dry. In the article below, Johanna recommends that – out of all the things to do in and around Miami – visitors should make sure to visit the Everglades. Her article reflects how she was captivated by the natural beauty and wild virginity of this one-of-a-kind ecosystem and her gratitude that Dragonfly Expeditions was able to introduce her to the Big Cypress swamp. Johanna considers her experience a real adventure full of discovery; much better than a simple airboat ride during which she would have only seen the most commonly-visited areas of the Everglades.

The article was published in Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, the local daily newspaper of the city of Cologne, Germany in January. If you understand German, click on the image below and zoom in to read!

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Peter Morrell Shares his Eye-Opening South Florida Experience

By April Kuhlman, February 13, 2013

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South Florida has had a bad reputation as a cultural wasteland for a long time. Part of Dragonfly Expeditions’ mission is to change that perception and to show our guests the different aspects of South Florida culture. Therefore we were happy to see a different kind of message on The Cultural Voyager. This is a website that strives to bring to its readers the latest news about world travel and maintains the belief that cultural exploration should be the focus of any vacation. If you pull up the website, you will be greeted by an assortment of brilliant images accompanying articles about topics such as the world’s most famous mummy, an artist in Cornwall, and a cultural celebration in Amsterdam. But the image at the top of the page looks familiar; that’s because it’s a shot of Miami Beach.

Peter Morrell, editor of the website, visited Miami in December 2012 and participated in one of our most popular activities: the Cuban Heritage Tour. Morrell’s stay in Miami prompted him to write “A Cultural Odyssey in Florida,” an article that was recently published on The Cultural Voyager. It is the first of a series of articles he is writing about Florida culture. Morrell’s piece was also published on About My Generation, a website that aims to inspire, inform, and motivate readers over age 50. The caption at the top of Morrell’s article resonates with Dragonfly Expeditions’ idea of Florida: “Peter Morrell finds that there is a lot more to the Sunshine State than beaches and theme parks…”

Click here to read Morrell’s article about his visit to the Magic City and keep in mind that Dragonfly Expeditions offers several experiences that focus on Florida’s diverse culture and art.

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Canadian Writer Donna Carter Explains why Miami is the Perfect Meeting Destination

By April Kuhlman, January 9, 2013

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A central part of Dragonfly Expeditions’ target audience is made up of corporate groups; companies of all sizes use Miami as both a destination for corporate events and incentive travel. Donna Carter is a Cobourg, Ontario-based freelance writer who had the opportunity to visit Miami as part of one of these groups.

In the following article, Carter presents Dragonfly Expeditions and shares her opinion about what in particular makes Miami one of the most popular US destinations for corporate gatherings. Her work was published by MeetingsCanada.com, which helps meeting planners in learning about and contacting potential partners for events and promotions. Carter’s article was published in the company’s magazine Meetings+Incentive Travel. In addition to focusing on the world’s most popular destinations for meetings and incentive travel, the magazine also features articles on topics such as hotels, venues, convention centers, marketing and finance, health and safety, business trends and research, and daily news.

Read more to discover why Miami is one of the best locations for corporate events and incentive travel and how Dragonfly Expeditions brings out this destination’s real sense of place. (more…)

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Freelance Journalist Maeve Hosea Shares her Perspective on Miami and the ‘Glades

By April Kuhlman, November 29, 2012

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The dry winter season is the best time to experience the Florida Everglades, so we thought it would be fitting to share a first-hand account of this one-of-a-kind ecosystem.

Maeve Hosea (click here to visit her on Twitter) is one of many to whom Dragonfly Expeditions has had the pleasure of introducing South Florida’s wild side. This freelance journalist from London had the opportunity to wade through the swamp with us on our Everglades Backwater Tour. Hosea’s article appeared in Sainsbury’s Magazine and touches on all of Dragonfly Expeditions’ passions; it provides a refreshing break from the publications typically expelled by the Magic City (you know what I mean – the ones that focus on glamorous celebrities and the rumors that follow them). Hosea shares her swamp walk experience by writing about culture and ecology. In addition, her article goes into detail about several projects Miami has undertaken to promote a more sustainable lifestyle for the city’s visitors and inhabitants. Read below to learn why she calls Miami a “collision of the natural and manmade world” and what made her appreciate the effort required to transform a huge swamp into a tourist’s paradise.

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Miami’s Wynwood Art District – Reflections of a Travel Writer

By April Kuhlman, October 18, 2012

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Richard Varr is an author and member of the SATW (Society of American Travel Writers). He participated in an architectural tour with us earlier this year during which we introduced him to several Miami neighborhoods, including the Miami Modern (MiMo) and Wynwood Art Districts. With more galleries opening, distinguished artists appearing, and more unique and striking graffiti appearing day by day, the Wynwood Art District is garnering an increasing popularity throughout the state, the country, and the art scene in general. (more…)

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A First-Hand Account of the Cuban Heritage Tour

By April Kuhlman, September 7, 2012

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The following article was written by Jerry Luciani, a staff writer for TravelGuys who experienced the Cuban Heritage Tour led by Charles Kropke. We wanted to share Jerry’s article with you because it provides a different and very detailed perspective on one of Dragonfly Expeditions’ most popular tours.

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“A look at the real Miami, from Miami Beach to Little Havana”

Miami, it’s the place where the rich and famous go to play. The place where fancy cars and beautiful people are outdone only by the glorious buildings done up in soft pastels and glowing neon. But there’s more to this city in the sun than Ferraris and fashion. A short drive from the beach will take you to another world: Little Havana, epicenter of the Cuban culture that has become as much a part of the city’s character as the art deco hotels lining Ocean Drive.

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