Chocolatour and all the chocolate travel it entails could not happen without the support of funders, sponsors and the global travel industry. I wish to acknowledge all members of the travel community who have been generous with their knowledge and resources including Pure Grenada, Prom Peru, Visit Puerto Vallarta, Destination Québec, Tourisme Montréal, Ontario Travel, Ottawa Tourism, Swiss Tourism, Visit Belgium, Netherlands Board of Tourism, Visit Hershey Harrisburg, Visit Florida, San Francisco Travel, Visit Oakland, Explore Branson, Tourism Nanaimo, and many others.
I would like to thank the Manitoba Arts Council, who have awarded me with two small travel grants over the years to help with the massive travel costs associated with the Chocolatour project.
I would also like to thank the North American Travel Journalists Association who chose Chocolatour: A Quest for the World’s Best Chocolate, Volume I as a Finalist in the 2014 NATJA Awards.
And I’d like to thank Debra Gaynor, and the team at Readers’ Favorite for awarding Chocolatour a Bronze Medal in the 2014 Readers’ Favorite 2014 International Book Awards in the Food/Cooking category. This award represents the pinnacle of my 20+ years as a professional writer.
I’m also thrilled to be part of the Go Ahead Tours team of custom tour hosts. I’ll be leading a Chocolatour (custom chocolate small-group tour) to the Hawaiian Islands February 10-18, 2018 in celebration of Valentine Week. See the Tours and Events page on this site for details.