December 2011

December 2011

Florida is Recomend's Best Selling Destination in the USA/Canada

Florida Flourishes

Florida rates as the Best Selling Destination in the USA/Canada for the third consecutive year in Recommend’s Readers’ Choice Awards.

Hawaii Embraces Its Sexy Side

Hawaii has long been the American public’s go-to destination for idyllic vacations

France Always in Style

World travelers have always had a love affair with France, and Americans—from Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson to Audrey Hepburn and Julia Child—are no exception.

Italy A Case of Ongoing “Amore”

Italy, a land that continues to inspire writers, artists and casual visitors alike, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
Tahiti is Recommend's Best Selling Destination in the South Pacific and the Sexiest Romance/Honeymoon Destination in the South Pacific

Captivating Tahiti

The first English sailors who came in 1767 from dark, foggy, wet and cold Northern Latitudes thought themselves the luckiest men in history because they stumbled upon Tahiti after arduous months at sea.

Enthralling Thailand

In Thailand—chosen in Recommend’s Readers’ Choice Awards as the Sexiest Romance/Honeymoon Destination in Asia for the fifth consecutive year—a returning visitor invariably finds that despite the colossal strides the country has made to elbow its way into the 21st century and the recent natural disasters to strike there, the magic of the kingdom is alive and thriving.

It’s A Slam Dunk For China

Whenever China is mentioned, the first impression is consistently that of a great, vast, enigmatic land defined generally by its iconic treasures: The Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the hectic modern pace of Hong Kong, Shanghai’s Bund and other world-renowned wonders that have become its symbols.
Cancun is Recommend's Best Selling Destination in Mexico

A Sunny Victory for Cancun

The turquoise waters and grand resorts of Cancun have been beckoning visitors for decades, with no signs of a slow-down anywhere in sight.
Riviera Maya is the Sexiest Romance/Honeymoon Destination in Mexico

Riviera Maya Wins For Sex Appeal

Already well ahead of the travel curve, the Riviera Maya, now a 5-time winner as the Sexiest Romance/Honeymoon Destination in Mexico, is still coming up with new attractions and welcoming properties into its fold.

Costa Rica Love is in the Air

If there was any doubt that good things come in small packages, consider that, for the third year in a row, our Readers’ Choice Award for Best Destination in Latin America goes to Costa Rica: the size of the states of Vermont and New Hampshire combined.

Jamaica Gold Standard

Some travel trends are just that—trends, often fleeting and with limited impact on the industry as a whole. But some rare trends have lasting power that can transform a destination.
Saint Lucia is the Sexiest Romance/Honeymoon Destination in the Caribbean

Steamy Saint Lucia

Walking barefoot in the sand, intimate dinners on the beach, cruises at sunset—romance and the Caribbean go hand-in-hand.
South Africa is the Best Selling Destination in Africa

Twice the Love for South Africa

The advantageous combo of outdoor adventure, rich cultural diversity and cosmopolitan comforts has worked well for South Africa yet again, garnering the destination two important wins.

Israel Still the Leader in Middle East Sales

Nobody can deny the appeal of Israel to the true traveler—thousands of years of history, a mecca of multi-culturalism, and a spiritual icon that embraces all three of the world’s greatest religions. So its consistent history of being named Best Selling Destination in the Middle East in our annual Readers’ Choice Awards isn’t much of a surprise.
ISRAM is the Best Tour Operator, Middle East

Isram Takes it Again

Roots for IsramWorld are in the Middle East, where Israel was first stop in 1967 for the newly established tour company.
Abercrombie and Kent is the Best Tour Operator in Africa

A&K Highlights Africa Roots

What company started as a boutique safari operator in the Kenya bush, evolved into a full-fledged luxury touring brand with programs on seven continents, and has consistently—for the 12th year in a row—returned to its roots when declared Best Tour Operator, Africa in our Readers’ Choice Awards? Congratulations (hongera in Swahili) again go to Abercrombie & Kent.

Globus Tops Awards List

Globus and, of course, the Globus family of brands, has to be one of the most consistent Readers’ Choice Awards winners in the 15-year history of Recommend’s awards program with 12 straight wins as the Best Tour Operator, Europe; five straight wins as Best Tour Operator, Asia; four straight years as Best Tour Operator for Travel Agent Support and for the first time this year, Best Travel Agent Support, International Destination.

Tauck’s Winning Year

This year was New Orleans and all that jazz, next year they’re up and running at the Kentucky Derby.
Goway is the Best Tour Operator, South Pacific

Showing the Love for Goway Travel

Another coup for Goway Travel: Recommend readers have chosen the travel leader as Best Tour Operator, South Pacific for the third year in a row—a feat accomplished by that tricky mix of outstanding products and the people to pull them off.
Travel Impressions is the Best Tour Operator, Caribbean

Travel Impressions Impresses

Travel Impressions made it to the top of the Best Tour Operator, Caribbean list in this year’s Recommend’s Reader’s Choice Awards and president & CEO Steve Gorga is “absolutely thrilled.
Avanti Destinations is the Best Tour Operator, Latin America

Avanti Destinations Wins Big

According to Harry Dalgaard, his team works hard to offer unique activities and authentic cultural experiences in every destination to ensure that travel agents’ clients have a vacation of a lifetime.
Apple Vacations

Double Wins for Apple

With a fifth straight win as Best Tour Operator, Mexico and third consecutive win for Best Travel Agent Incentive Program, Apple Vacations continues to surpass expectations for agents and their clients with a bevy of vacation options that are both—no surprise here—affordable and fulfilling.

Multiple Accolades for Marriott

The company that started as a root beer stand in the late-1920s is as much the epitome of the American Dream as it is a tangible example of moxie, never resting on its laurels and always keen on healthy growth.

Utmost Pampering at Four Seasons

When it comes to choosing the best luxury accommodations and resorts in the world, one invariably finds Four Seasons among the top of most lists.

Sandals & Beaches Resorts

If you’re a Recommend reader who sells Caribbean travel, chances are you’re a big fan of Sandals and Beaches resorts.

Twice the Celebration for AMResorts

The company who launched the Unlimited concept and tweaked the face of all-inclusives in the industry is celebrating both a first-time win as Best Resort/Hotel Chain in Mexico in our Readers’ Choice Awards and a 10-year anniversary.

Best Western is Best Value

As our readers have acknowledged, Best Western International grabs the trophy this year for Best Resort/Hotel Chain for Value, but what they might not be aware of is the tremendous growth the company has enjoyed over the last several years, both here and around the world.

Cruising to the Top

When it comes to value, Carnival Cruise Lines continues to shine with its 12th consecutive wins as Best Cruise Line—Value in Recommend’s Readers’ Choice Awards.
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