January 2014

Posted on January 3rd, 2014

January 2014


Me and my junior reporter on the Disney Magic.

Posted on January 3rd, 2014

Editor’s Notes

Last month, Recommend attended the 2013 USTOA Annual Conference & Marketplace at The Fairmont Princess Scottsdale in Arizona and if the optimism felt during that conference is any indication, 2014 is going to be a stellar year for the travel industry.


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Modern design is an integral part of a guest's experience.

Posted on January 3rd, 2014

Aloft Hotels

Music. Design. Technology. It may be difficult to imagine that these three elements can be associated with a hotel brand, but Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ Aloft Hotels are striving to transform the overall hotel experience for its guests using exactly these three components.


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Swain Destinations was founded in 1987, offering Australia vacations.

Posted on January 3rd, 2014

Swain Destinations

Yes, you read right—the company you’ve come to know as Swain Tours is kicking off 2014 by rebranding to Swain Destinations, but don’t worry, the ownership and culture of the organization will remain unchanged and the core values of the family-run business will remain steadfast, the tour operator stresses.


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Queen Isabel offers top-of-the-line suite accommodations.

Posted on January 3rd, 2014

Uniworld’s Queen Isabel

How do you lure a client to Uniworld’s Douro River Valley program?


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Kids can have fun spotting Mickey Mouse during the sailing.

Posted on January 3rd, 2014

Disney Magic, It’s a Whole New Cruise Ship

The Disney Magic has been re-imagined and it’s offering a slew of new and wonderful experiences, but the best part is that it’s all wrapped up in a classic setting—after all, we can’t ignore the fact that the Disney Magic was the first ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet to set sail 16 years ago.


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Street scene in Macau.

Posted on January 3rd, 2014

Macau’s Unchecked Growth is a Boon for Travel Agents

Someone once wrote that frequent travelers are often driven to bestow human qualities upon destinations in order to describe them more accurately.


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Egypt offers myriad sightseeing opportunities.

Posted on January 3rd, 2014

Egypt Update

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


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The Aurora Borealis in Iceland.

Posted on January 3rd, 2014

Scandinavia Exposed

From Finland’s lake district and Iceland’s dramatic landscape, to Sweden’s imposing castles, Norway’s cutting-edge architecture, and Denmark’s innovative festivals, Scandinavia is where the Northern Lights shine and where travelers will find something unique around every corner.


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Accommodations at b2 Miami Downtown.

Posted on January 3rd, 2014

B Hotels and Resorts

In 2011, B Hotels & Resorts launched in Fort Lauderdale with its first hotel, B Ocean Fort Lauderdale, with a very specific goal—provide an approachable, but stylish lifestyle hotel at a moderate price point, without compromising sleek design and well-thought-out amenities, especially for today’s tech-savvy traveler.


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