Follow Modern Day Explorer Louise Shumbris as she scouts activities and inclusions for Abercrombie & Kent’s first ever itineraries to the Philippines. Go behind-the-scenes as she discovers the luxury, cuisine and nature of the destination to put together highly immersive, culturally engaging journeys to the Philippines.
Delve even deeper into Louise’s journey on the USTOA blog, where she details the process and luck needed to put together a highly sought-after itinerary.
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Blessed with a tropical climate and fun-loving people, the Philippines is an archipelago of 7,107 islands that offers a unique blend of natural beauty, historic sites, cultural attractions, bustling metropolises, authentic Filipino food and cuisine, graffiti-splashed jeepneys, white sandy beaches, bug-eyed tarsiers (the smallest primate in the world), and rich marine life.
See the astonishing seascapes of El Nido, one of the country’s premier tourist attractions. Take a kayak ride around the limestone formations of small and big lagoons, or get dropped off on a private island for a seafood picnic. Or enjoy the cosmopolitan Manila, historic Cebu, scenic Bohol, laidback Banaue with its 2,000 year-old rice terraces or the beachside paradises of Boracay and Palawan.
Get to know the heart and soul of the Philippine culture by embarking on a gastronomic journey and fall in love with its local culture, destinations, and of course, people. The country’s most alluring attribute is the personal warmth, openness and cheerfulness of its people. What differentiates the Philippines from every other place in the world is the Filipino. Filipinos have a gift for transforming what is already a beautiful place into an unforgettable, special place.
Philippine Department of Tourism
U.S. Based Tourism OfficesNew York San Francisco
Louise Shumbris, Vice President, Product Development & Operations
Louise A. Shumbris joined Abercrombie & Kent two years ago, bringing with her decades of experience in product development, tour design, contracting and operations. Louise has worked for the top U.S.-based tour operators, developing and managing travel programs around the world. Her specialty is designing luxury group journeys, but she has also created FIT, incentive and even sport group programs.
Photos courtesy of Philippine Department of Tourism