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See Cuba As It Is Today!


Save the Date: January 14-24, 2017
To Celebrate Our 12th Agritour-We'll Be Among the Very First to Tour Cuba As It Is Today!

Visit this country frozen in a bygone era, isolated for decades, with a deep-rooted culture developed without Western influence. Experience Cuba now before inevitable change will come with tourism and foreign investment!

Let Me Know NOW
If You Might Be Interested In Going to Cuba!

It's still early, but we need to know ASAP how many people might be interested in this tour. Please read the article to the right, and then contact me if you are interested. Email me at Jane@eckertagrimarketing.com, or please call our travel agency, 1-800-325-6708 to indicate your possible interest.

TOUR PRICING WILL BE AVAILABLE WITHIN 60 DAYS (approx 6/15/16)


Teaching AgriTourism to Direct Farm Marketers

Jane Eckert is CEO of Eckert AgriMarketing, a firm specializing in providing marketing resources and consultation to farms, wineries and ranches involved agritourism and direct farm marketing.

 



Jane Eckert Chosen as YWCA Leader of Distinction

We are pleased to announce that Jane was chosen by YWCA Metro St. Louis as one of 9 Leaders of Distinction to be honored at the 33rd annual Leader Lunch in December and recognized by the approximately 1,000 guests in attendance.

Leader Lunch is the area’s premier event honoring women for their achievements in the work-place and the community. The women named to the Academy of Leaders are the role models who are empowering women and working every day to eliminate racism. In other words, these women personify the YWCA mission. For more information.

Rudy Maxa, The Savvy Traveler, On Agritourism

Rudy Maxa, Rudy Maxa's World.Jane was recently a guest on Rudy Maxa's World, talking briefly about Agritourism in North America. Rudy Maxa, aka "The Savvy Traveler," is one of America's premier consumer travel experts whose writings and radio and television shows have helped save thousands of travelers time and money.

A former Washington Post reporter, he is a contributing editor with National Geographic Traveler and Delta Air Lines' Sky magazine. His nearly 100 public television episodes on the great destinations of the world have numerous awards including several Emmy Awards. His weekend radio show, "Rudy Maxa's World," is the country's most widely syndicated travel talk radio show.

Click here to listen to the interview. (Jane's segment begins at 5:09)


India Publication Picks Up on Agritourism

I recently met Dr. Subramaniam, an entomologist/agri-biotechnologist for Jain Irragation Systems Limited, an agriculture based company in Jalgaon, Maharashtra, India. He was in St. Louis for an ag conference and called me. I gave him a tour of two of the Eckert Farms locations here in St. Louis, and asked him how he learned of my agrimarketing consulting business.

From his pocket, he produced this article which appeared in the May 16 issue of an Indian ag publication called Agro One. His boss gave him the article and told him he needed to meet me, as Jain has an agritourism component to their business as well. I'm told that this headline reads "A Revolution by an American Lady in Agri Tourism."

CUBA AGRITOUR!

January 14-24, 2017

As I'm sure you know, the U.S. relationship with Cuba is just beginning to thaw, so this is an opportunity that likely will only happen once in history!

Visit this country frozen in a bygone era that has been isolated for decades. Our goal is to experience this deep-rooted culture developed without Western influence now, before the inevitable change that will come with tourism and foreign investment!

Our itinerary will feature:

•  Old Havana – the colorful, vibrant capital with quaint cobbled squares where vintage cars ply the streets past historic architectural gems

•  Finca Vigia – Ernest Hemingway's home in Cuba, the "lookout house" where he fished, bred cats, and wrote several of his greatest works

•  Cienfuegos – the Pearl of the South, this UNESCO World Heritage site glitters with elegance, enlightened French spirit and feisty Caribbean panache

•  Trinidad – built on the back of the 19th-century sugar and slave trade, no expense was spared in fashioning the finest Spanish colonial mansions, plazas and churches, which still stand testament to the vain glory of this profiteering era

•  Vinales Valley – outstanding karst landscape encircled by mountains dotted with spectacular dome-like limestone outcrops (mogotes); this fertile soil and conducive climate have provided for centuries of unchanged traditional farming – such as stock-raising, fodder and food crops, and tobacco

•  As well as Botanical Gardens, tobacco growing/cigar making, artisan markets, nature preserves, a crocodile farm, sugar mills, "farm to table" paladares (innovative in-home restaurants), bars/tango houses/salsa dancing... experience it all -- plus an opportunity to interact with the Cuban people, delving into their daily lives, engaging them in conversation, and seeing Cuba through the eyes of the farmers, artisans, and entrepreneurs who will lead them into the future!

Please See the Special Notice to New and Past Travelers below.

Let me know NOW of your interest in joining me on this 12th Anniversary Eckert Agritour!

No obligation at this time. TOUR PRICING WILL BE AVAILABLE WITHIN 60 DAYS (approx 6/15/16)

Phone: (314) 862-6288
email: jane@eckertagrimarketing.com

More Information:

To View and Print flyer regarding the Cuba Agritour, click here.

See this PBS video on what America might learn about Agriculture in Cuba:
What Cuba Can Teach America About Organic Farming!

Read More About Havana, City of Contrasts.

Read More About the Art and Music of Cuba.

Special Notice to
New and Past Travelers:

Please understand that travel to Cuba is just now opening to U.S. travelers and the suppliers are not ready yet to quote us rates for hotels and airfares.  (In fact, hotel rooms are in such short supply in Havana, as the demand has increased, the rates are rising steadily.)

This may take us up to another 60 days to get the exact tour price.  Therefore, we wanted to get you these dates as quickly as possible if you are looking to make 2017 travel plans while we continue to work out the details of the itinerary

If you have had an interest in going to Cuba and seeing the country before it becomes commercialized this will be the trip for you.

Note too that Cuba is a country where travel choices will be more limited and accommodations and services may not as we are accustomed, but I guarantee you this will be a trip to remember.

We’d like to begin now getting an idea of how many people will be interested in this Cuba trip for January of 2017. Please just respond to this email if you might be interested so we can begin to see how large of group would want to go. 

Of course, you are under no obligation until we are able to get you the pricing and the full itinerary.

Phone: (314) 862-6288
email: jane@eckertagrimarketing.com