December 2012

Posted on December 12th, 2012


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Posted on December 11th, 2012

Editor’s Notes

I’ve been to quite a few trade meetings lately where the conversation, inevitably, ends up on the topic of air travel—we write about the travel industry after all, so this is no surprise.


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Posted on December 11th, 2012

Apple Vacations

For nearly 45 years, Apple Vacations has specialized in providing the ultimate vacation experience for travelers. According to Tim Mullen, co-president of Apple Vacations, the tour operator can book a client’s entire vacation “from flights to hotel transfers to excursions.


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Silversea Cruises' Butler Service

Posted on December 11th, 2012

Cruising 2012

Time and again, season after season, the cruise industry has shown that it’s got the right stuff when it comes to surmounting challenges.


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Kauai is one of Hawaii's most popular islands.

Posted on December 11th, 2012

North American Splendor

Looking back on 2012 and the vacation destinations that were making headlines this year (Europe and its popular river cruise market; all-inclusive resorts in Cancun, Riviera Maya, and Punta Cana; and destinations like Cuba, South Africa and Israel), travel agents may wonder how the North American leisure market fared these past 12 months. According to tour operators and independent travel agents selling domestic and Canadian vacations, pretty darn well.


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Suite Accommodations at Hotel Duval

Posted on December 11th, 2012

Tantalizing Tallahassee

“Experiential travel” has been the buzz phrase for the last couple of years—you know, getting a more in-depth feel for a destination, rather than just taking a peek at the sightseeing highlights.


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Poolside at Secrets The Vine in Cancun

Posted on December 11th, 2012

New Beginings

Despite a healthy uptick in visitor numbers and optimistic outlook for 2013, what’s going down as Mexico’s most buzz-worthy milestone in 2012 is the Mayan Calendar’s swan song.


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Bird's eye view of the Hard Rock Hotel Cancun.

Posted on December 11th, 2012

Hard Rock Hotel Cancun Is Ready To Rock

Another news-maker this year was the opening of the Hard Rock Hotel Cancun (hardrockhotels.com), one of only three all-inclusive Hard Rock properties in the world (with a fourth on the way in 2013).


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Tiger's Nest Monastery in Bhutan

Posted on December 11th, 2012

For Asia And The South Pacific 2012 Was A Vintage Year

The last 12 months were filled with momentous happenings, especially in the thrilling and exotic Asian and South Pacific destinations.


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Bled Lake, Slovenia.

Posted on December 10th, 2012

Europe Always Astounds

From traditional European destinations like Great Britain, Germany, Spain and France to more off-the-beaten-path hotspots such as Romania and Estonia, in 2012 U.S. travelers headed to Europe in record numbers.


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