Culture

Alexander+Roberts’ Alexander the Great.

Posted on March 3rd, 2015

“Ahlan wa Sahlan” Says Egypt’s Welcome Sign

In culture, beauty and hospitality, Egypt has historically been a destination fit for pharaohs. But millenniums later—2015 to be precise—is it fit for tourists? Well, there seem to be a lot of people in the tourism industry who think so, particularly the U.S. tour operators who are back at the job designing itineraries to meet the increasing demand for travel to a country on everyone’s bucket list.


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Ready for a ziplining adventure, which is very popular in Costa Rica.

Posted on March 3rd, 2015

Parks & Recreation = Family Travel Highs in Costa Rica

“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 4×4 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.


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Little Havana, Miami (Michelle Marie Arean).

Posted on March 3rd, 2015

Miami’s Cultural Side

Let’s slice it up by neighborhood and take a few morsels from each so you can get a taste of what Miami and South Beach offer your clients.


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Huerta Los Tamarindos organic farm and restaurant. (Photo credit: Paloma Villaverdo de Rico)

Posted on March 3rd, 2015

Los Cabos

Los Cabos is back, with high hotel occupancy, upgraded and new hotels, and additional airlift from the U.S.


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The Aguamarina accommodations.

Posted on March 3rd, 2015

Club Med Cancun Yucatan

Authenticity. It’s the buzzword of the hour and one that French designer Marc Hertrich seemed hyper aware of when he set out to add a little pizzazz to Club Med Cancun Yucatan. As a fifth generation cabinetmaker, Hertrich already had a sense of where to dig in—plunging into Mexico’s vibrant cultural heritage and exploring the work of local artisans. The result was a $14 million renovation with a keen sense for locality, family and festivity.


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Ritz Tours’ new 10-day China Charm tour leads travelers to Beijing, Hangzhou, Suzhou and Shanghai.

Posted on March 3rd, 2015

China’s Got it Going On

Expect plenty from China in 2015, as this country—rich in history and culture—is front and center with new happenings.


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Entrance to The Beatles Story in Liverpool. (Deserae del Campo)

Posted on March 3rd, 2015

Liverpool

It’s time to take Liverpool seriously. This waterfront destination is gaining popularity as a cultural hotspot with more museums and galleries than any other city in Great Britain, outside of London, says Joe Keggin, press officer for Visitor Economy, Marketing Liverpool.


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The Viking Freya sailing in Austria. The river cruise line announced plans to introduce itineraries in North America.

Posted on February 25th, 2015

Viking to Sail along the Mississippi

Viking River Cruises is making its move to sail along the Mississippi River in 2017.


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Pink Sands Resort

Posted on February 10th, 2015

Notes from the Caribbean

Here are the takeaways—in short-hand style—from the Caribbean Travel Marketplace that took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico a couple of weeks back.


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Infinity pool at the Condado Vanderbilt.

Posted on February 9th, 2015

Eye on the World: A Taste of Puerto Rico

Recommend attended the Caribbean Travel Marketplace a couple of weeks ago in Puerto Rico, and although we certainly worked hard, we also had some time to “play,” abusing our iPhone to give you a taste of Puerto Rico from our lens.


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