How it All Began
In 1992, Brother Yves Vermette, a faithful and long-serving elder from Canada started to organize private group vacation tours to the Bible Lands. These trips were for friends who were fellow Jehovah's Witnesses. The name 'Discover Bible Lands' was used to describe these group tours, and always organized on a non-commercial basis.
Brother Vermette was aware of licensed travel operators who arrange faith-based travel tours. A legal provision in Ontario, Canada known as Special Interest Travel, would allow Brother Vermette to privately organize customized JW Bible Lands tours.
Many of our brothers and sisters expressed their desire to vacation with fellow witnesses only, and the need for regular tours to be organized became the norm. There remained a strong appetite for our unique itineraries, and the name 'Discover Bible Lands' continued! As a result, hundreds of our brothers and sisters would continue to enjoy life changing travel experiences when visiting many biblical heritage sites.
Our determination has always been to help our brothers & sisters enjoy the trip of a lifetime at the lowest price! How do we succeed in doing so? Thousands of hours are invested in negotiating reasonable prices because of our strong relationships with our travel operators.
What is our winning formula for a successful JW Bible Lands Tour? It is all about balance. We provide competitively priced packages that include high-quality accommodation and comfort. Our itineraries maximize our time to see as many sites as possible, with days-off in between. Fun activities are planned with plenty of time to relax and unwind is a must!
Since 1992 our tours were primarily for Jehovah’s Witnesses located in Canada. However, it became apparent that many of our brothers and sisters from all parts of the world would like to join us. It has been a joy over the years to experience how united we are as a global brotherhood.
In 2012 and 2018, further succession planning would ensure the continuation of Discover Bible Lands® tours. The objective remained to provide a supplementary educational resource and experience at a reasonable price.
In November 2019 Discover Bible Lands Inc. was incorporated.
In February 2020, TICO (Travel Industry Council of Ontario), approved Discover Bible Lans Inc. qualify for travel agency registry exemption based on the 'Special Interest Travel' provision. By using Peerless Travel Inc. and its subsidiary IHT (International Heritage Tours), a TICO registered travel agency located in Toronto Canada, Discover Bible Lands Inc. is able to legally organize group travel tours.
In 2020, Discover Bible Lands Inc. launched DBL TV™, becoming the first streaming JW Bible tour TV channel for Jehovah's Witnesses. Our DBL family has grown to over 40 of your brothers and sisters from all parts of the globe!
In September 2021, our Managing Director, Brother Emile Solanki pursued TICO certification. This means Brother Solanki is able to advise or sell any travel product under Peerless Travel Inc. and its subsidiary International Heritage Tours, a TICO registered travel agency located in Toronto Canada. By pursuing these credentials, Brother Solanki and Discover Bible Lands Inc. can ensure a more cohesive compliant practice.
Effective October 2021, Peerless Travel Inc. became a host travel agency of Discover Bible Lands Inc. DBL is an Independent Travel Agent registered with their TICO registration number 3319273. This means Discover Bible Lands Inc. can advise on, provide, and sell travel services.
In March 2022, DBL became a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA)
In July 2022, DBL was accredited an A-rating by the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
What can a traveller expect to experience with our comprehensive JW tour packages? You will visit much more than the top 10 attractions in the Middle East. Enjoy tours far beyond the average tourist. They are designed for you to take in the sights and sounds as a diligent Bible student. With this in mind, we are continually adding new sites and tours to our offering.
Your JW tour guide, often an elder in special full-time service, is passionate about Bible history and attentive to detail. Be prepared to enjoy a banquet of spiritual food unlike any other.
Our dear Brother Vermette continues to give his blessing and support to our tour operations. It is because of his initiative, organization, spiritual insights, wisdom, and training that we are able to continue what he started 30 years ago!
We love you all dearly. It is a real privilege to experience this spiritual adventure with you!
Discover Bible Lands Inc. is an Independent Travel Agent registered under and hosted by Peerless Travel Inc. (PT), TICO # 3319273. Following our vetting process, all bookings are handled by International Heritage Tours (IHT), a subsidiary of PT. IHT's TICO # is 4274452. IATA Agency Code is 67916730. Better Business Bureau Accredited.
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BIBLE LANDS TOURS FOR JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES SINCE 1992.