TravelAgent Magazine Latin America for Gay Clientele

TravelAgent Magazine Latin America for Gay Clientele |  New York |  by Joe Pike for TravelAgent Magazine. Here is a copy of the interview I gave for TravelAgent Magazine in New York City about Latin America for Gay Clientele, Growing a Niche Market. Travel agent / consultant Carlos Melia offers tips on selling South America to gay travelers… (read the full interview). You may also watch the LIVE Video interview at TravelAgent. Enjoy…  CM
Travel Agent Magazine is the preferred trade publication of the agent community*  and boasts not only a powerful readership but one that’s active and engaged.Its readers are responsible for driving nearly half of all agent bookings!** Because of its reputation in the industry, Travel Agent Magazine has become the publication of choice for agents nationwide.

La Vigna Country House Hotel

La Vigna Country House Hotel |  Colonia Valdense , Uruguay | New York Times TOP 41 Places to Visit 2011. In 1880, it was set up as a Winery belonging to a family of Italian immigrants from italian Piedmont dedicated to Tannat winemaking. Today, more than 120 years after that, “La Vigna” is born as a warm and exclusive Country House Hotel, rigorously restored by its current owners.
A new concept in the Art of Reception… featuring a congenial combination of indigenous country life and the exquisite comfort required by the demanding contemporary traveler.  A haven in the country offering serenity, homemade delicacies, and heavenly landscapes that invite you to relax and enjoy a balanced mixture of European rural architecture and avant-garde exotic, refined interior design.
Colonia Valdense, located in the department of Colonia, known for agricultural and livestock production, and dairy products. Only 59 kilometers from Colonia del Sacramento and 120 kilometers from Montevideo.
Rustic Rooms with all the comfort for your stay. Queen or Twin size beds, kitchenette, WiFi. Prices from USD 100 per  night including breakfast. Room Type of your choice: Master Suite “La Violeta”, Suite “Akanana”, Family Room, Single Room, Twin Room.

Casa Toscana is a house with two bedrooms, bathroom, living room, kitchenette, laundry, garage, deposit, patio, deck, roof with adobe oven and panoramic views.
Some of the activities included in the country house hotel are Mountain Bikes to get around the area and Bike tours. Art Workshop. Fishing: Catch & Throw of Tarariras Mojarras Dientudos. Ranch activities, Tambo, Organic Gardening, Birdwatching and Hiking. Swimming pool, Table Games and Library.
They offer a very interesting La Vigna + Colonia del Sacramento + Wineries of Uruguay Package (03 Days/02 Nights) from USD 660 per person on double base. The package includes: Transfers Colonia del Sacramento to Colonia Valdense, 02 nights with breakfast at La Vigna, all meals included with local produce and wines served at Bitro La Bodega. On the second day the include the Uruguay Wine Route tour including lunch at Bodega Souza and Wine Degustations at Stagnari, Bouza and Marichal Wineries.
Every  Saturday and Sundays , La Vigna Wine Art opens its doors to welcome the arts…tango, drama, fusion, photography, jazz, sculptures… Rejoice for the five senses and pleasure for the soul. Housed in that old family winery, a new concept is born: “La Vigna- Wine Art”. A versatile and heterogeneous place: At times, your living-room at home; sometimes, a mountain refuge in the Piedmont countryside (of a remote Colonia Valdense); and at other times, just a meeting place to share and enjoy with friends. A place to listen to good music, taste some of the specialty regional cheese “boards”, tapas and homemade delicacies, served with good wine, or simply a place to relax and linger at.
At “La Vigna”, they make their own food products, which are based on the care of and respect for nature and a healthy lifestyle. Their Organic Garden, their ecology-concerned and respectful breeding of farm animals, their sheep milk products made in their Dairy Farm: La Pecora Pazza, and their fruit trees provide them with the raw materials necessary to create each of the flavors offered by La Vigna’s organic gourmet cuisine, at LV Bistró. They produce traditional Jams, Liqueurs, Chutneys and Preserves, in addition to some extravagant products exclusively created by “La Vigna”. For the diner time, stylish, exotic and colorful dishes merge into those taken from Italian immigrant communities of the Piedmont region, which, for the past 130 years, have been coming here to settle down at this spot of South America, imbuing everything with their European smells and essences..

These are only some of the activities and services you can enjoy while visiting Colonia Valdense and La Vigna Country House Hotel. Not for nothing The New York Times ranked it TO 41 Places to Visit 2011, right. !!!
Easy access either from the city of Buenos Aires, by Speed Ferry to Colonia del Sacramento (50 minutes) or from Montevideo by bus services (2 hours and 30 minutes)

(*) NOTE: This is a PRESS RELEASE for La Vigna from CM by Carlos Melia. Please be aware that I have not personally visited or tested this hotel yet. Coming soon my own personal review following my main commitment of Been There Done That.

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Troy Masters from Gay City News Customer Feedback

Troy Masters Customer Feedback | New York City, United States |  Troy Masters is the Founder and Publisher of Gay City News. My trip to Argentina, Uruguay and the Rio de la Plata region, thanks to Carlos Melia‘s outstanding organizational skills, went off without a hitch. We trusted him with everything and relied on him to make sure we saw Buenos Aires as it is meant to be eperienced; he hit all the right notes and we were never disappointed. It was like a well-executed Tango.

After assessing our personality Carlos matched our desire for stylish accomodations with our wish to see the city from different perspectives; the result was a privilidged stay in a selection of Buenos Aires’ top boutique hotels.

Carlos’ attention to detail was simply amazing. He provided us with an indepth intineray both in print and online, fulll of details and contact information that we were able to follow. Every step was planned. When we arrived at the airport in Buenos Aires our driver was waiting and whisked us to our hotel. The concierge at every hotel was an extension of Carlos and so the reception was always familar and extremely welcoming. His name brought perks, like late check outs and bottles of wine.

Every hotel we stayed in was exceptionally well designed, modern, very clean and exquisitely located.

Carlos remained available to us the entire time by Skype or email and provided us assistance when we wanted ideas on things to do. If you are traveling to the Rio del la Plata region Carlos is the only travel agent that can provide the service a high-end luxury traveler demainds. He will make your vacation seamless and incredibly functional. All in all, 5 Stars plus.

Soon you will be able to read Troy’s full review on his trip to Buenos Aires and Uruguay, online and printed on the March edition of Gay City News.

(*) During his trip Troy and his partner visited Argentina: Buenos Aires and San Antonio de Areco. Uruguay: Colonia del Sacramento and Montevideo. They experienced the following hotels: Buenos AiresSerena Hotel Buenos Aires, Design CE, Legado Mitico, Vitrum Hotel, BE Hollywood Hotel. San Antonio de Areco: Patio de Moreno. Colonia del Sacramento: Casa los Jazmines. Montevideo: La Puerta Negra. Special Thanks to the Tourism Office of Montevideo (Uruguay) for taking such good care of both Troy and his partner. Also to Nicolas Iwanuzska (Gay Guide of Buenos Aires), Guillermo Guereño (Guide of San Antonio de Areco) and El Querandi Tango Show.

Interview to Carlos Melia by ALFA FM • Uruguay

Radio Interview to Carlos Melia in MONTEVIDEO ( Only Spanish Version ) this interview was conducted by Gilberto Gonzalez of Radio ALFA FM in Montevideo, Uruguay during my last visit and press conference in this city. Topics: Gay Travel / Mr Gay World Uruguay among many others.

(*) You may also listen the interview with Radio Sarandi by Sergio Puglia Click HereCM

CM by Carlos Melia visiting URUGUAY

CM by Carlos Melia visiting URUGUAY • Invited by local Hotels and other Travel Services I am heading to Uruguay tomorrow morning via Speed Ferry. So stay tuned for my posts, videos and photos. My schedule COLONIA DEL SACRAMENTO ( Jul 24 – 26 ) Casa los Jazmines and La Casa de los Limoneros / MONTEVIDEO ( Jul 26 – 27 ) Hotel Regency Suites / PUNTA DEL ESTE ( Jul 27 – 28 ) Estancia VIK at Jose Ignacio.

(*) Also and most important on MONDAY JUL 26th. at 06PM I will be giving a Press Conference at the Hotel Regency Suites in Montevideo. The topics will be: CM by Carlos Melia, Gay Travel & Tourism, Gay Marketing and Mr Gay World America. CM

This trip is also to ultimate the itinerary for my upcoming Gay Weekends Gateway to Colonia del Sacramento. See the proposed itinerary below: First group planned for the 3rd. week of September. Chosen hotel is La Casa de los Limoneros.

Package #01 – 02 Nights / 03 Days
– Speed Ferry BUE/COLONIA/BUE Economy Class
– Transfer IN/OUT
– Room with breakfast x 02 nights
– 02 Lunchs with 04 steps each
– Horseback Ridding x 02 hs
– Bicycles
> Price (SGL) USD 450 /(DBL) USD 310 /(TPL) USD 280

Package #02 – 01 Nights / 02 Days
– Speed Ferry BUE/COLONIA/BUE Economy Class
– Transfer IN/OUT
– Room with breakfast x 01 nights
– 01 Lunch with 04 steps each
– Horseback Ridding x 02 hs
– Bicycles
> Price (SGL) USD 280 / (DBL) USD 210 / (TPL) USD 200

Package #03 – Full Day
– Speed Ferry BUE/COLONIA/BUE Economy Class
– 01 Lunch with 04 steps each
– Horseback Ridding x 02 hs
– Bicycles
> Price (SGL) USD 150

Optional Tours:
01. City Tour of Colonia del Sacramento with Transfers
02. Dinners at restaurant with Transfers
03. Wineries with Degustation

Steven Cipolla Customer Feedback

Steven Cipolla Customer Feedback |  from New York City, United States  |  We arrived in Punta del Este and all is well. We are like 40 minutes from the beach. And about 1.5 hour drive to Montevideo (so we’ll probably visit there one day). Very excited to be here. Going to the gay beach this afternoon. Wanted to tell you that everything has gone very smoothly. The agency in El Calafate was super nice, and the car company here in Punta was super as well.  Thank you for organizing everything. It’s been a remarkable trip and memories. THANK YOU For the idea to visit Perito Moreno Glacier. It was AMAZING. We had a beautiful day of sunshine and the sight and experience was like another planet. The trek around the Fitz Roy in El Chalten was super nice. A little cloudy with sun on/off, but a really nice hike and we loved it.  One of the highlights was eating those delicious empanadas at that place you mentioned. Slept most of the way back on the bus and just arriving back in El Calafete. The transfers etc have all gone very smooth.  Thanks for the recommendations and arrangements. We love your peoples and country.  Xo. 🙂 Steven & Denis. Steve and Denis used my services at CM by Carlos Melia while visiting the following destinations in Argentina: Buenos Aires , El Calafate, Perito Moreno Glacier, El Chalten, Fitz Roy National Park and Buenos Aires. In Uruguay: Punta del EsteCM @ Carlos Melia Recommends


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EL PAIS Newspaper features Carlos Melia

EL PAIS Newspaper features Carlos Melia |  Montevideo, Uruguay |  The main newspaper of Uruguay has featured Carlos Melia as a pioneer in Gay Travel to South America, CM by Carlos Melia as the preferred gay travel agency. Also show their strong interest to have a candidate of Uruguay competing for the Mr Gay World title next February 2010 in Oslo, Norway. To read more follow the link below to the Official Website of EL PAIS.  LINK: @ Carlos Melia Recommends


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