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.

Four Seasons Debuts in Bogota

Posted on February 18th, 2015

Two elegant boutique hotels in Bogota’s fashionable North Zone have switched hotel families.

AmaWaterways is Making Waves

Posted on February 12th, 2015

From the tulip fields of Holland to the temples of Southeast Asia, AmaWaterways is offering myriad opportunities to experience many of the great waterways in Europe, Russia, Africa and Asia aboard new ships, following new itineraries, and offering enhanced amenities.

Online Bookings Get Commissions Boost from Avanti

Posted on February 10th, 2015

With agent profitability in mind, Avanti’s latest boost comes with its offer to pay an additional one percent commission to travel agents booking any Avanti products or complete itinerary online from now until May 31, 2015.

In Focus: 150 Countries, One Destination

Posted on February 4th, 2015

Why is The New York Times Travel Show one of the largest trade and consumer travel events in North America? Well, let’s take a quick look at the numbers of the 10th annual tourism showcase, held Jan. 23-25, under the banner of 150 Countries, One Destination.

Africa Ups the Luxury Ante

Posted on February 2nd, 2015

Gone are the days when luxury travel meant only pampered opulence and staid leisure for the very idle rich. Welcome to Now!...when the wealthy—and not so wealthy—are out and about, reaping the travel rewards of unforgettable experiences in very far away places, complete with unexpected levels of service and comfort. Few corners of the world deliver such dividends better than the game-rich and culture-laden lands of Africa.