Featured Traveler: Vien Cortez

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Vien is currently the Regional Market Analyst for the Spain Tourism Board for SE Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. She is based in Singapore for 13 years now. She have been in the travel and tourism industry for more than 25 years now and she used to work for Northwest ITI in Manila, Cathay Pacific in Hanoi, Vietnam and she was also part of the pre –opening  team of the Hanoi Press Club in 1997. She has so much passion for travelling because she loves learning new cultures and meeting people of different background.

Vien in San Francisco California
Vien in San Francisco California

She is currently finishing her online Masteral degree on Destination Management with U21 Global and she hopes to finish this postgraduate course by 2014.

Vien at The Legislative Building in Winnipeg
Vien at The Legislative Building in Winnipeg

She loves Spain so much, as a tourism destination product because of its diversity — it’s unique history, cultural blend, and beautiful sightseeing.  Spain has 13 places declared by UNESCO World Heritage places, and it’s  natural beauty within its 17 autonomous regions and the two clusters of islands (Canary Islands and the Balearics) plus the two autonomous cities (Ceuta and Melilla), make it a prime leisure destination from SE Asia.

Vien in Singapore
Vien in Singapore

Learn more about Vien by reading her interesting responses to our travel questionnaire below.

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Beach or Mountain?   —- Both, because I am not a city person and I love nature.

How often do you travel by air / land? —- At least once every other 2 months

What’s your favorite airport? —- Singapore Changi Airport

What is your favorite Hotel? —– I have different favorite hotels in each country.  I love the Holiday Inn Hotel in Bangkok, the Manila Peninsula in Manila, the Hotel Westin Palace in Madrid, and the lovely W Hotel in Barcelona, overlooking the Mediterranean sea (:

What is your preferred Airline? — I am a Gold Star Alliance Krisflyer and I always fly Singapore Airlines (:

How do you beat jet lag / Motion sickness?  —- I drink lots of water and I always bring my “whiteflower” bottle with me since I was 6 years old (:

What are your favorite travel gadgets? — my Sony and Canon cameras, my Dell laptop (cannot do without it), my Logitech laptop stand, and my Flip camera!

Any Tips on how to travel light?  — you need to choose the cloth and material of every clothing that you pack and plan your clothing for each day when you travel for work

Best Backpack Brand?  — Northface and Crumpler

Top 3 Philippine Destinations?  —- Batangas (Club Punta Fuego), Davao (Malagos Garden Resort), and Ilocos Sur (Vigan)

Top 3 International Destinations?  Galicia, Spain ; Melbourne, Australia ; Christchurch, New Zealand

Favorite Travel Quote  :

“The world is a book and those who do not travel only read a page.” quote from  St Augustine

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