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Studio Corona

For nearly 35 years, Connections has been flying travellers to all four corners of the world. Over the past three decades this has created an immense network of contacts; one by one people who ensure Connections good repute and customer satisfaction as well as sustain carefree travel on location. Every single one has their own story to share. All are passionate about their destination and eager to share their knowledge with other travellers. A story that has now been disrupted by the worldwide spread of the corona virus and its necessary yet drastic measures which impact the world of travel.

That’s why for the next few weeks Connections has created Studio Corona which will take you on a journey across the globe and give you the opportunity to meet our ambassadors abroad live. 
How do they experience and deal with the crisis? How does it impinge on their daily life and families? What is the reaction of the local population? And, and do our present news bulletins correspond with reality on the spot? A story of hope and a unique behind-the-scenes look our contacts/associates and their favourite destination.

Save the date in your calendar! Each Connections ambassador will be addressing you on the specified day and time live and will allow you to ask questions, should you wish to do so!


Live from New York

Patrick van Rosendaal
Patrick lost his heart to the Big Apple 12 years ago and founded his own city guide company in New York where he resides with his wife and 2 kids in one of the nicest neighbourhoods of New York.

Live from Thailand

Sofie Coucke
More than 20 years ago Sofie Coucke exchanged Deerlijk for Thailand. She lives there together with her Thai husband and children and now runs a local agency.

Live from Los Angeles

Nathalie Bevernaegie
As a travel journalist and TV researcher, Nathalie travelled the world for years, looking for places with a soul and people with fascinating stories. Do you want to find out how Angelenos deal with the corona crisis?

Live from Dubai

Salua Daghay
As a Belgian-Arab quantum physicist and travel enthusiast, Salua followed her dreams and started Unveil Arabia, a local agency in Dubai. Ready for a dazzling session?

Live from Chicago

Leentje de Leeuw
Journalist Leentje De Leeuw and her son León left Antwerp and moved to the Windy City. Leentje gives you a insiders look at Chicago during Corona times.

Live from Tokyo

Nicolas Wauters
This photographer and guide settled in the city of his dreams in Japan. With his company Tokyo Trip, he introduces hundreds of Connections travellers to this fascinating metropolis each year. Curious how Japan tackles the situation ?

Live from South Africa

Elodie Bonnefon
Elodie describes herself as “French traveler living in and enjoying Johannesburg for years.” Elodie is our contact at Akilanga and ensures our travelers have an unforgettable time in South Africa.

Live from Canada

Bruno Le Guide
Bruno is the head of Canada's motoneige and has an extensive experience in organizing adventure travel, in and around the Mont-Tremblant region. How do the East- Canadians experience this crisis?

Live from Thailand

Sofie Coucke
More than 20 years ago Sofie Coucke exchanged Deerlijk for Thailand. She lives there together with her Thai husband and children and now runs a local agency.

Live from Colombia

Diego Zapata Gonzalez
Diego is our guide in Colombia. Last year he felt honoured to take 10 of our Connections crew travel companions across his stunning South American country during their first-time visit. Listen in and find out how Colombians experience the corona crisis...

Live from Sri Lanka

Mahen Kariyawasan
Mahen has been Connections' regular contact person in the former Ceylon for many years. As director of the Sri Lankan Tourist Board he is well-placed to sketch a picture of how the Sri Lankan population is coping during the pandemic!

Live from Italy

Jean Devos
This citizen of Ostend, Belgium first spent many years in Africa before he started organizing Vespa tours in Piedmont together with his Italian spouse, Roberta. Northern Italy was hit hard by the corona crisis, Jean says.

Live from Guadeloupe

Florence Polard
After several years of service for Connections as a travel expert and wanderings through Thailand, Mexico and Sri Lanka, among others, Florence ended up in Guadeloupe to make her dream come true. Fly along virtually to the French Antilles!

Live from Peru


Monica Isola

Originally from Lima, Monica has been a guide for many years. She considers it a privilege to guide our Connections travelers in Peru. How are Peruvians coping with the Coronavirus crisis? Monica is pretty positive about the future of her country!

Live from Iceland


Nicolas Olivier

As the digital marketing coordinator of our partner Iceland Air, Nicolas lives and works in Reykjavik. He can therefore give us an overview of the current situation in Iceland like no other. Are the Vikings always bold and fearless?

Live from New Zealand


Xavier Pironc

Xavier was active in our Louvain-la-Neuve travel shop for a about one year when he decided to make a massive leap and move to the other side of the world. He currently lives and works in New Zealand! He is happy to share live the story of the kiwis in times of Corona.