Egypt Update

Posted on January 3rd, 2014

Elhamy ElZayat, chairman of the Egyptian Tourism Federation and one of the architects of the newly created Egyptian constitution, is feeling hopeful.

Editor’s Notes

Posted on December 9th, 2013

Here we are, wrapping up 2013 with an issue that has Recommend’s editors looking back over the course of the year and pinpointing noteworthy trends and hotel openings, as well as tour operator and destination updates.

Nostalgic for Europe

Posted on December 9th, 2013

Europe—from Great Britain to Italy, France, Germany, Eastern European countries, and Turkey, too—is never one to rest on its laurels, with new vacation experiences awaiting first-timers as well as those North Americans who just can’t get enough of this historically, architecturally, and culturally rich continent.

Eye on the World: Mexico City

Posted on November 18th, 2013

Editor-in-chief Paloma Villaverde de Rico traveled to Mexico City earlier this month, staying at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel Mexico, D.F. Here’s a snapshot of her time in this Mexican capital city.

A Marriage Made in Heaven

Posted on November 11th, 2013

There are so many options for just-perfect destination weddings in the Caribbean and Mexico, it’s sometimes hard to choose exactly which well-known hotel brand to say “I do” to. But we’ve done a bit of the legwork for you and your soon-to-be-wed clients by highlighting the offerings at key destination wedding powerhouses, which, of course, have the area’s top wedding coordinators and event planners on hand to help with all the details, no matter how big or small. Some offer travel agent commission for the weddings, some offer commission only on the rooms, but with the popularity of destination weddings skyrocketing, and the size of the wedding parties only getting bigger—and with many in the party adding extra nights to make it a complete vacation—even getting those guestroom bookings are a dream come true to your bottom line.

Editor’s Notes

Posted on November 7th, 2013

As I’m writing this, I’m thinking of the various trips I have lined up in the coming months, including a 2-day cruise on the re-imagined Disney Magic, Mexico City a la luxury, and December’s USTOA conference, which brings us to the issue at hand. For the articles in this November Hot Destinations & Tours issue, our editors reached out to USTOA members to get their take on the various destinations, trends and products we deem to be hot for 2014.

Vistas by IsramWorld

Posted on November 7th, 2013

Why is IsramWorld hot? Simply put, this tour operator isn’t one to rest on its 40-plus years of experience to draw in clients.