Onsite Review: Riu Palace St. Martin: The French Side’s All-inclusive

Posted on May 1st, 2015

It doesn’t look like a Riu, at least not one of the larger ones in the Caribbean. But in recent years Riu has branched out, opening smaller resorts and city hotels (Miami in February, and soon, Times Square), and the 258-suite Riu Palace St. Martin makes the family tree even more interesting.

A New Kind of Viva Wyndham

Posted on April 30th, 2015

In November 2015 a novel, adults-only product will debut: V Samana, in Las Terrenas, an entirely new sort of Viva Wyndham.

The U.S. Virgin Islands Are Hot

Posted on March 6th, 2015

The U.S. Virgin Islands are hot—and no, that is not a meteorological observation—so we sat down with Commissioner of Tourism, Beverly Nicholson-Doty, for an update on a few things agents should know.

Atlantis, Paradise Island, from an Agent’s Perspective

Posted on March 3rd, 2015

Remember those "Bo knows baseball" and "Bo knows football" ads? Bethann Platt, a corporate/leisure agent with Frosch International Travel, knows booking Atlantis, and she shed some light on things.

Advice for Clients en Route to Atlantis, Paradise Island

Posted on March 3rd, 2015

As a longtime repeat visitor, I've had a lot of experience on how to manage this bigger-than-life destination. I say "destination" rather than "resort," because Atlantis' marketing and sales people use that term, arguing that in this case, the resort, rather than The Bahamas, is the destination. They have a point. Anyway, what follows are some tips I've learned over the years.

Atlantis, Paradise Island

Posted on March 3rd, 2015

Sol Kerzner dined with two 6-ft. models the night that the Royal Towers and the Mayan Pyramid had their official opening. I knew better than to stare. I also knew Michael Jackson was upstairs in the instantly iconic Bridge Suite, and I knew the mythologically themed casino, the “ruin”-filled aquarium, and the new Aquaventure water park were unlike anything else in the region. I knew it all, right? Wrong, as I realized on subsequent trips. And now I’m back from my fourth visit, a trip inspired by two events: Atlantis, Paradise Island’s 20th anniversary and its linking up with the Marriott Autograph Collection.

Haiti’s New TV Ads and Partner: Apple Leisure Group

Posted on February 12th, 2015

Apple Leisure Group CEO Alejandro Zozaya announced last night that Apple affiliates are now offering vacations in Haiti. "Haiti is the next great destination in the Caribbean," he said, noting its beauty, culture, beaches, and people.

Barbados & Bermuda Get a Boost

Posted on February 2nd, 2015

Here’s why they’re smiling in Barbados and Bermuda: Delta Air Lines’ new nonstops from Atlanta and JFK may bring Barbados 33,000 additional visitors annually from the United States.