Dominican Republic Sets World-Class Example for Responsible Tourism During a Pandemic

World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili publicly commended Dominican Republic for the travel and safety protocols the country has put in place to help ensure visitor’s safety amid the global pandemic.
The Secretary-General, who was on vacation in Dominican Republic, took time to visit the government house, greet President Luis Abinader and Minister of Tourism David Collado, and learn about the country’s measures that support a safe and responsible tourism recovery strategy. In a series of tweets following the meetings, Pololikashvili remarked that the country is proof that you can travel responsibly.
“Today, the Minister of Tourism, David Collado, informed me first-hand about how the Dominican Republic protects tourism for the country’s recovery. An example to follow, safe tourism is possible!” said Pololikashvili.
“The fact that the World Tourism Organization’s Secretary-General chose Dominican Republic as the destination for his first family vacation is a sign of confidence, a sign that our rigorous work and respect for security protocols create trust among the international community,” said David Collado, Dominican Republic’s Minister of Tourism. “With its sanitary protocol, equipment, security, and infrastructure, the country is prepared to receive tourists.”
Secretary Pololikashvili praised the Dominican government’s commitment, recognizing that it’s not easy to balance economy and health, and stressed that the country is an example to follow. “We have seen with our own eyes that Dominican Republic is a safe country,” said Pololikashvili, while he described the country as a paradise for tourists.
Since September 15, 2020, Dominican Republic has implemented the Responsible Tourism Recovery Plan, which includes providing a free healthcare plan for tourists that covers all types of emergencies (including a possible coronavirus contagion) and conducting random tests on incoming passengers at the airport. Dominican Republic tourism industry’s security protocols have been endorsed and certified by the international organization Bureau Veritas and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). Furthermore, the Ministry of Tourism launched the Traveler Information Center, an interactive platform that answers the most frequently asked questions by those who plan to visit the country

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Carnival Becomes First Cruise Line Certified as “Sensory Inclusive”

By: James Shillinglaw

Carnival Cruise Line has become the first cruise operator to be certified “sensory inclusive” by KultureCity, a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to accessibility and inclusion for individuals with sensory needs and invisible disabilities. The rollout of the program started in October and all of Carnival’s South Florida-based ships are certified, with the balance of the fleet scheduled to be completed by March 2020.

As part of a comprehensive fleetwide training program, hundreds of guest-facing team members, including guest services personnel and youth staff, have been trained to understand and help adults, youth and children with sensory related questions or needs relating to conditions such as Autism, ADHD, Down syndrome, PTSD, etc.

In addition, KultureCity sensory bags are available for check out for the duration of the cruise and contain a variety of items to help calm, relax and manage sensory overload.  Items include comfortable noise cancelling headphones (provided by Puro Sound Labs), fidget toys, and a visual feeling thermometer (produced in conjunction with Boardmaker), as well as a KultureCity VIP lanyard to help staff easily identify guests.

These measures have proven to be helpful in the more than 450 landside venues like stadiums, arenas and amusement parks that have partnered with KultureCity.  Carnival says that since the program has been implemented aboard the first wave of its ships, feedback from guests and their families has been overwhelmingly positive. Once on board, guests should inquire at the Guest Services desk to inquire about borrowing a sensory bag and any other accommodations that are available.

Informational videos featuring actor Christopher Gorham, a member of the KultureCity board of directors, designed to create greater awareness among all guests, are playing on in-stateroom televisions on the line’s six certified ships and will expand across the fleet as the program rolls out to other ships.

“Carnival Cruise Line and KultureCity share a heartfelt commitment to acceptance and inclusivity.  Working together, all of our guests can maximize their enjoyment and be the truest versions of themselves during their time on board,” said Vicky Rey, Carnival’s vice president of guest care and communications and the company’s ADA Responsibility Officer.

In addition to the KultureCity certification, Carnival will be the first cruise operator to complete an additional special needs certification program offered by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). The IBCCES program includes 17 continuing education units (CEUs) of training in a variety of special needs, such as Autism, Down Syndrome, mobility issues, and various other disabilities.

In addition, Carnival’s youth staff have different resources on hand to help soothe, calm and entertain children participating in our youth programs, such as weighted vests, conversation cards, sensory games and other aids.

“Carnival Cruise Line is to be commended for training their staff about autism and offering sensory bags that will enable individuals with autism and their families to have an enjoyable cruise,” Dr. Temple Grandin, a renowned autism advocate and author and one of the first individuals on the autism spectrum to document the insights she gained from her personal experience with autism.

For more information on the KultureCity program, visit the Guests with Disabilities page on

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Non-traditional Wedding Officiant for Ohio weddings

Ohio Wedding Officiant
Diana and Daniel

Since you’ve landed here I am guessing you have found that special person you want to share your life with and you are getting married. Congratulations! And, you are seeking a celebrant for a non-traditional, non-denominational wedding or spiritual officiant/Minister in Ohio to perform your wedding ceremony. I’m Eileen Lebowitz and I’m glad you’ve arrived here.

As a Minister and Wedding Officiant, I understand the importance of making your ceremony unique, personal and reflective of you both.

Why Choose Me To Officiate?

As a Director of Sales for Conference and Banquet Facilities in NYC and Columbus, Ohio I spent over two decades coordinating weddings for couples who shared different faiths, were multi-cultural and non-traditional. My experience and knowledge ensures you that your ceremony will be a tapestry of both of you and your families!

Your Vows are what you want them to be!

If you want to write your own, then I will be there to guide you and make the process as stressless as possible. If you prefer I can create vows unique and meaningful to you or you may choose something prewritten.

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I invite you to contact me and set-up a convenient  time to chat. If after our conversation you feel I’m the Officiant and Celebrant for your special wedding ceremony, then it is time for me to …

Get to know you and your significant other to learn

  • about you,
  • how you met,
  • what you love about each other
  • and what your vows mean to you,
  • what marriage means to you,
  • what expectations you have for one another.
  • What family rituals and traditions are important and are part of you.

We’ll talk about the type of wedding ceremony you want and people you may want to include.

I am honored each time I am chosen to perform a ceremony, I hope to have the honor of marrying you!

What people are saying . . .


First and foremost, thank you so much for officiating our wedding ceremony. On a day that seemed to be in constant fast forward, you really took the time to get all the details and help us fully embrace the day/moment.
You were such a pleasure to work with. From start to finish, you really were a true professional and helped in making all of our dreams come true. We absolutely appreciated all of your suggestions while keeping our ideas paramount.
Your work ethic is top notch and that really showed throughout the entire process, from our first inquiry to the conclusion of our special day. We had so many fears heading into our big day but, you helped ease our worries with your follow-ups and advice.
My wife and I will always hold a special place in our hearts for you and would recommend you to anyone and everyone. Thank you again for all of your help.

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Thank you for the best wedding ceremony ever!  We couldn’t have done this without your help, Eileen. We never knew how complicated it could be to get married and you were so helpful and so knowledgeable that you put us at ease and made us feel taken care of.

I was so touched when you sent me 2 quotes that reflected how I felt and how I knew Derek was the one this is the one I chose “ when I saw him, I fell in love; he smiled, because he knew” what was so impressive is that you remembered what I told you in the course of a conversation and you found something reflective of my feelings – you listen.

Your reading selections made it an even more memorable day for us. Thanks to you everything was exactly how we imagined it would be. Our ceremony was truly perfect! We’ll tell our un-married friends about you!

Wildilisa M. Silverman
LMFT, Certified Sex Therapist

GISELLE-JON-WEB-1Thanks so very much for officiating our wedding ceremony, and for being a strong sense of support throughout. We truly appreciated it!

From being there early enough to help me put on my wedding dress; reviewing my written vows and guiding me on what was appropriate… Neutral ground so to speak, seeing that I am practicing Christian, and my husband, an atheist); coming out to our chosen location (a small outdoor, backyard garden, 2 meters away from the edge of a lake); to performing the indoor, unity candle vows and signing the marriage certificate… THANK YOU!

Working with you was economical, easy and stress-free, a welcome change to wedding planning.
Thanks for making our wedding day, wonderful!

~Giselle and Jon

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Hello soon to be Brides and Grooms,

Most of you will spend a year or more planning your big event – the wedding. Many of the months leading up to the wedding can be stressful and confusing. Many decisions will have to be made, picking a venue, what color scheme, picking center pieces, selecting a wedding gown and the list goes on and on. This is why Wedding Planners are hired. To help make the Wedding planning easier ending in a perfect wedding. The Wedding Planner sometimes is a liason a buffer between the Bride and Groom, Bride and parents, the list goes on and on. The Wedding Planner helps diffuse situations and the bottom line is they make the Wedding planning less stressful and more fun. 

Which leads me too;

Why Use A Honeymoon/Destination Wedding Planner/Travel Agent?

Because I have extensive travel experience familiarizing myself with most all Sandals and Secrets Resorts as well as many other resorts on almost every  Caribbean Island as well as Punta Cana, Mexico and Hawaii I have sailed with most every cruise line. 

Because I am here to find out your desires, your expectations, your dream destination. There are times I also diffuse disagreements regarding budgets and destinations. Do you want to veg out on a beach for the entire time, enjoy an island, soak up the sun and sea? Do you seek adventure?  Do you want to hike, visit a city in Europe or be pampered in a romatic spa? With the hundreds of places you can chose from the task of planning a Honeymoon/Destination Wedding can be overwhelming stressful and confusing. My goal is to  make your Honeymoon/Destination Wedding planning stressless. As you have your unique personality, so has every destination.

Because I am no different than a Wedding Planner my goal is the same. Dedicated to you to make sure your plans are seamless, stressless and very special. Remember when planning your Honeymoon the same effort needs to be put into it as you do your wedding.

 Because I believe in UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL service, Because we know that our clients have many options, but, because they trust us we are grateful and so there is always a GRATITUDE GIFT!

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This is an exceptionally well-run and well-managed resort, with an almost endless supply of pools (there are 12, to be exact), with very good food and, more importantly, a never-ending stream of activities that mean there’s never a dull moment. Best Casino in the Caribbean fabulous golf great resort for everyone!


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Women & Travel – Trips You’ve Only Dared To Dream!!

Women and Travel – Trips You’ve Only Dared To Dream!

Whenever I get together with a group of women the topic of travel always presents itself and what I hear on a regular basis is “I would love to travel, but I have no one to go with me”. Whether it is a significant other that has no desire to travel, a widow, a divorcee etc. all situations are different, however, the bottom line is women want to travel and don’t want to go by themselves. The good news is Ladies there are very reputable tour companies that have been in business for many years and their expertise is catering and planning group tours for Women only – women from all walks of life.

With all the above being said, think of today as a new day, today is the day you realize you don’t have to give up on the dream trips you’ve dared to dream about. Whether your dream is to shop in Milan, cook in a Villa in Tuscany, Photo Safari in Africa, breathe in the rain forests in Costa Rica while zip lining, catch a glimpse of the amazing Northern Lights, cross the United States by rail, be a city slicker in the mountains of Montana while enjoying a gourmet dinner cooked by a professional chef while riding the plains, I can go on and on but, you all have your own dream.

Now that you know the many possibilities available to you and that you can take the trip you’ve dared to dream about with like – minded women and feel safe I hope you take the steps to move out of your comfort zone and live one of your dreams. There are so many women that have found these trips life changing and not just because of the places they visit but because they have also made life long travel buddies.

Wishing you Happy Travels!


Eileen Lebowitz, Founder, YTC, CTC, DS of Planit Travel Ltd., New Albany, Ohio Certified Secrets Agent, Certified Mexico Specialist, Spa Specialist, Travel Writer, Resort and Cruise Critic.,



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 Lol the vacation was amazing!! We had such a great time. The resort was stunning and all of the restaurants had very good options! We met a great couple and spent most if our time with them. The dinner on the beach was unbelievable! The view was incredible and again the food was delicious! Thank you so much for putting it altogether for us we really enjoyed the experience. We didn’t even leave our resort we loved it so much. Although our friends did and they said they enjoyed ours way more than the others. We had a great time thank you again!!

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