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An Interview with Len Cordiner on the Fifth Anniversary of the WHL Group

  • WHL Group
  • 28 March 2011

In a few days, the WHL Group celebrates five years as private company. What was rolled out in March 2006 has grown immensely. Len Cordiner, CEO of the WHL Group, has been with the company since its earliest days, having helped establish it as a project of the International Finance Corporation (part of the World Bank Group) in 2002. We asked Len to take stock of things – look back, look around and look forward.

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In Praise of Wild Beauty in Montenegro

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 11 February 2011

“Just like in childhood memories in which reality seems to shine with living colours,” says the website of Montenegro Adventures, a well-respected tour operator, “Montenegro is a land of contrasts and natural beauty… a fascinating combination in which the tiny and the grandiose are tangled.” Apparently, that same website has been instrumental in capturing some of the same sense brilliance in “this small but fabulous destination.” Late last year, it was awarded the country’s Wild Beauty Award 2010 for Best Tourism Website.

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OPINION: Will Some Donors Never Grow Up?

  • John Nicholls
  • 1 July 2010

Private enterprises usually operate on the principle of the smallest amount of energy and funding required to produce the greatest outcome. In striking (and disturbing) counterpoint to this, it seems to me that too many donor organisations – both international or domestic – operate in a parallel but opposite world guided by the principle of the greatest amount of energy and funding required to produce the least outcome.

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The WHL Group Continues to Grow, Unveils a New Website

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 19 March 2010

The ‘begats’ are almost biblical. In the beginning there was www.worldhotel-link.com, a development project of the International Finance Corporation (IFC). In 2006, it begat whl.travel, a private business that is now a global online travel-booking franchise network of local tourism companies in nearly 300 destinations. In July 2009, it then begat the WHL Group.

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Tourism in the Balkans Takes a Giant Leap Forward

  • whl.travel
  • 9 December 2009

Situated in the southeastern Europe, the Balkans is fast becoming one of the most popular destinations for intrepid travellers. Following the successful completion of a Balkan Hotel Market Access Program, independent travellers plan tourism in the Balkans can now research, plan and book their trips online through locally owned and operated travel websites.

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Responsible Travel in Samoa

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 1 October 2009

whl.travel helps independent travellers book accommodation and tours in Samoa that really benefit the local community. This is unabashedly a good thing for Nynette Sass, the CEO of the Samoa Hotels Association and the whl.travel local connection.

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Summer in the Balkans: Albania Discovered – The Future Is Looking Bright

  • Luke Ford
  • 10 June 2009

Setting Your Responsible Sights on the Southern Balkans Once a well-kept secret, Albania is on the verge of being ‘discovered’ by tourists. Until 1992 a communist country closed off to the rest of the world, Albania has only recently seen greater numbers of foreign travellers venture down to its southern Balkan corner of Europe, bringing…

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Summer in the Balkans: A Visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Ashley Hiemenz
  • 10 June 2009

Look Beyond Its Recent Past to a Greener Present The ghost of recent violent times in the Balkans still haunts the region; few people give it priority consideration as a destination of choice for their next holidays, perhaps least of all places like post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina. The mere mention of Sarajevo and Mostar conjures…

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Summer in the Balkans: Keeping Montenegro Pristine

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 10 June 2009

I’m always favourably surprised by how many people have heard of Montenegro. For such a Lilliputian nation, it seems to have outsized celebrity, although, sadly, still seldom as a place worthy of holiday consideration. Having been an attractive vacation retreat as recently as the 1980s, Montenegro until just a few years ago had fallen off the radar as a tourist destination for anyone outside the region.

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Outdoor Himalayan Treks Joins the Ranks of the whl.travel Global Grassroots Travel Network

  • whl.travel
  • 14 April 2009

Independent travellers to Nepal and hoteliers in Kathmandu have both celebrated the early-April launch of www.kathmanduhotel-link.com. A locally owned and operated travel-booking portal, it propels Kathmandu-based small- and medium-sized tourism operators into the global e-marketplace.

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