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Egypt, One Year Later: Unrest Slows Recovery

February 13, 2012 // Posted in: Featured Articles

Egypt, One Year Later: Unrest Slows Recovery
By Nick Verrastro for Travel Market Report
Excerpts From Ms. Hilton "Be honest and objective with your clients about travel to Egypt in the face of the ongoing unrest there," advised Egypt specialist Malaka Hilton, owner and president of Admiral Travel International in Sarasota, Fla. When clients ask, agents should provide “an educated response, versus one that may come from their own fears,” Hilton told Travel Market Report. “Too often we...

For savvy travelers, the Middle East still beckons

February 01, 2012 // Posted in: Featured Articles

By Katia Hetter, Special to CNN Travel
STORY HIGHLIGHTS Clashes in Syria and Egypt have some travelers worried about the entire region. Countries such as Oman and the United Arab Emirates are safe and calm, experts say. Some agents set clients up with trusted guides and drivers for extra security. The Mideast region may not be a good fit for nervous travelers, travel agents say.

Without Intervention, Lions Heading for Extinction

March 02, 2011 // Posted in: Featured Articles

Terry Gross Interviews Dereck and Beverly Joubert, Fresh Air, WHYY
In 1960, there were 400,000 lions living in the wild. Today, there are just 20,000. "That represents a 90 to 95 percent decline," says National Geographic explorer-in-residence Dereck Joubert. "Unless we start talking about this, these lions will be extinct within the next 10 or 15 years." Joubert and his wife, Beverly, have lived among populations of big wild cats for decades. Based in Botswana, the filmmakers...

Port Ghalib On New York Times' 41 Places To Go In 2011

January 06, 2011 // Posted in: Featured Articles

Port Ghalib On New York Times' 41 Places To Go In 2011
By Shivani Vora for The New York Times
Port Ghalib, Egypt: A low-key beach escape with clear water and sea creatures. The once unspoiled beauty and calm of Sharm el-Sheikh, on the Red Sea in Egypt, has suffered from an influx of tourists (not to mention a recent series of shark attacks). Those looking to skip the crowds should turn to Port Ghalib, across the Red Sea from Sharm, on the eastern Egyptian coast. Ghalib’s beaches offer soft, snow-hued sand and translucent...

Malaka's Excellent Adventure

February 01, 2010 // Posted in: Featured Articles

Malaka's Excellent Adventure
By Ruth Lando, Style Magazine
Malaka Hilton is known for her chutzpah. “I’m not afraid of being turned down,” the Admiral Travel International founder and co-owner admits. “What’s the worst that someone can say, ‘no’? I’ve asked celebrity chefs to do trips and they’ve said no. I don’t go into a corner and cry. I say ‘OK,’ and go on to the next one.” Hilton is fearless, whether she’s...

Michael Distler Among "Top 30 Under 30"

November 20, 2009 // Posted in: Featured Articles

Michael Distler Among "Top 30 Under 30"
Recognized by Travel Agent Magazine
Distler grew up with a passion for travel, and after graduating with a double major in Business Management and Hospitality from Florida State University, he was trained by Admiral Travel’s owners Ryan and Malaka Hilton, both highly regarded specialists for Egypt and Africa, respectively. “In this economy, many transaction-based agencies have been forced to close their doors, and it is the innovative...

Malaka Hilton Among "Top 25 Agents"

September 01, 2009 // Posted in: Featured Articles

Recognized By Travel Agent Magazine
What makes a top travel agent? Is it determination and drive? Knowledge about suppliers and destinations? Specialization? We asked travel agents to tell us what makes them a top agent. Among the criteria we considered were: • Sales volume • Travel Specialties and Destinations • Certifications • Associations and Affiliations • Examples of challenges they’ve overcome in the industry...

A Wind From Africa

August 01, 2009 // Posted in: Featured Articles

A Wind From Africa
By Carol Tisch for Sarasota Magazine
The romantic notion of the Dark Continent as expressed through the hauntingly beautiful images of Meryl Streep and Robert Redford’s Out of Africa prompted a 20-year explosion of luxury safaris and camp resorts. Now the siren song of Africa has us swaying to a different beat: that of Precious Ramotswe, owner of Botswana’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and the heroine of a best-selling book series and new HBO series by the...

Call Her Admiral Adventure

May 21, 2009 // Posted in: Featured Articles

Call Her Admiral Adventure
By Gracie Gagliano for the Bradenton Herald
SARASOTA — Malaka Hilton has a passport and a resume that should have the Travel Channel calling her agency for stories. The president of Admiral Travel Gallery can get clients invited to a reception at the home of Egypt’s former first lady Jehan Sadat or dinner in Japan prepared by celebrity chef Roy Yamaguchi or backstage with legendary classical singer Andrea Bocelli while traveling in Tuscany. “We show them...

It's Not Just What You Know But Who

April 01, 2009 // Posted in: Featured Articles

It's Not Just What You Know But Who
By Dave Eisen for Luxury Travel Advisor
Back in 2005 at Virtuoso's annual Travel Mart in Las Vegas, Matthew Upchurch, Virtuoso's CEO, made a remark that would ring more true then he might have ever expected at the time. "Create something that cannot be Googled," he told a roomful of luxury travel advisors. Meaning: In order to not only survive but grow, you need to manufacture something different that sets you apart from others. You can't be a cookie-cutter...

Around The World: Entrepreneurs

June 16, 2008 // Posted in: Featured Articles

Around The World: Entrepreneurs
By Mark Gordon for Gulf Coast Business Review
In the high-stakes world of running an international travel agency, it helps to be opportunistic. Never take no for an answer. Ryan and Malaka Hilton have heard it many times: The travel agency industry is a dinosaur, a soon-to-be relic of the days before the Internet, when a neighborhood travel agent was as common as a diner lunch counter or a working phone booth. While the industry has indeed suffered, its demise has barely...

The Art of Travel Planning

November 14, 2005 // Posted in: Featured Articles

The Art of Travel Planning
By Claudette Covey for Travel Weekly
Whatever you do, don't call Admiral Travel Gallery a travel agency, becasue as far as its owners are concerned, it isn't - certainly not in the traditional sense. Malaka Hilton, who co-owns the agency with her husband, Ryan Hilton, has worked tirelessly to make Sarasota, Fla. based Admiral distinct. "In the past, people have viewed travel agents as order takers," Hilton said.  "We decided years ago that...
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