Biking the Winelands

Posted on April 2nd, 2015

Here's a bike tour in South Africa that offers up a grand sampling of Winelands wines.

Now Is The Reason To Book Egypt

Posted on March 6th, 2015

Geoffrey Kent, CEO, Abercrombie & Kent, shares his positive views on why now is the time to book Egypt.

Turkish Delights by INCA

Posted on March 3rd, 2015

Turkey’s a personal favorite destination, one treasured for its ancient sites in spectacular locations, marvelous food, souks and boutiques full of irresistible crafts. Over the years, I’ve shopped ‘till I dropped for carpets, copper and ceramics, tiles, saffron and tribal jewelry—you name it. What I never thought to look for were Turkish towels, until talking with the experts at California-based International Nature & Cultural Adventures (INCA).

“Ahlan wa Sahlan” Says Egypt’s Welcome Sign

Posted on March 3rd, 2015

In culture, beauty and hospitality, Egypt has historically been a destination fit for pharaohs. But millenniums later—2015 to be precise—is it fit for tourists? Well, there seem to be a lot of people in the tourism industry who think so, particularly the U.S. tour operators who are back at the job designing itineraries to meet the increasing demand for travel to a country on everyone’s bucket list.

Parks & Recreation = Family Travel Highs in Costa Rica

Posted on March 3rd, 2015

“If any destination is tailormade for family travel, Costa Rica is it.” I wrote that sentence in Recommend’s Costa Rica Specialist Program based on just looking around during many years of traveling in this family-friendly nation. Last July was time to sample the product: The Hunt family traveled in an Adobe Rent a Car’s 4x4 to a trio of kid-friendly wild places: Tortuguero National Park (three nights), the Sarapiqui region (two nights), and Monteverde National Park (three nights). Perhaps a trip report on what worked (most things) and what didn’t (just a few) will be helpful in client trip planning.

GOGO’s Gone and Increased Commissions

Posted on March 3rd, 2015

Travel agents first, always and exclusively. You get the message right from the get-go when you’re speaking with Randy Alleyne, president of GOGO Vacations, about, of course, the company’s new Travel Agents First campaign for 2015. You also learn that the first of its many components is a new commission structure designed to enable agents to increase their commission by up to 25 percent—more than what they were earning previously.

So You’re Hiking the Inca Trail: Which One?

Posted on February 18th, 2015

Dasatariq Peru, a leading tour operator and DMC based in Lima, notes that more than 75,000 people make the trek each year to get to Machu Picchu the way the Incas did—on foot—and today there are many different ways to hike the Inca Trail.