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Mr. and Mrs. White New Style Hotel in Paros, Greece

Grecian Luxury Joins Small Luxury Hotels

Small Luxury Hotels has welcomed three new hotels to its portfolio, including Mr. and Mrs. White New Style Hotel in Paros, Greece.
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Editors’ B-Roll: A Glimpse of Pandora—the Land of Avatar

Take a virtual journey to Pandora—the World of Avatar—at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
A rendering of The Tokyo EDITION, Toranomon.

Marriott International’s EDITION Brand to Debut in Japan

Expected to open in 2020, The Tokyo EDITION, Ginza and The Tokyo EDITION, Toranomon, will mark the debut of Marriott International’s EDITION brand in Japan.
Among the new experiences at Walt Disney World Resort is a Minnie Van transportation service.

9 New Experiences Coming to Disney Parks and Resorts

At the D23 Expo 2017 last weekend in Anaheim, California, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Bob Chapek announced a line-up of brand-new attractions and experiences coming to Disney parks and resorts across the globe.
THE LEVEL villas at Melia Coco Beach.

Melia Hotels & Resorts Rebrands Puerto Rico Retreat

Melia Hotels & Resorts has announced that its Puerto Rico retreat will be rebranded as Melia Coco Beach.
InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa unveils overwater villas. (Photo courtesy of InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa.)

InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa Unveils Overwater Villas

InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, which is located on Motu Piti Aau with views of Bora Bora's Mount Otemanu, recently announced the unveiling of its 10 Pool Overwater Villas.

U.S. Virgin Islands Hotel News

At the U.S.V.I. Symposium in late June, a guide told me the National Park System had finished restoring Fort Christian (b. 1670s) in Charlotte Amalie just in time for the U.S. Virgin Islands' 100th Transfer Day. I wondered, What more could go so right?
Costa Diadema passengers who disembark in Savona during 1-week Mediterranean cruises will have the chance to go on a day trip to Turin.

Costa Cruises Introduces New Tours in Turin, Italy

Costa Diadema guests can now take a discovery tour of Turin, Italy, every Saturday during the 2017 summer season thanks to a new partnership between Costa Cruises and the City of Turin.
Viking Cruises' In Search of the Northern Lights will sail between London and Bergen starting in January 2019 on the Viking Sky.

New River and Ocean Cruise Itineraries

Whether your clients take to the river or ocean, there are a bevy of new cruise itineraries for them to embark on.
The 175-passenger American Constitution has been successfully launched. 

American Cruise Lines Successfully Launches American Constitution

American Cruise Lines has successfully launched the 175-passenger American Constitution.
The Palacio de la Cultura in Medellin, Colombia. (Photo credit: Medellin.travel)

48 Hours in Medellin, Colombia

If you have clients who are pressed for time, but still want to make the most out of their vacation, we have highlighted what to see, taste and experience with just 48 hours in Medellin, Colombia.
San Clemente Palace Kempinski has unveiled a new spa.

San Clemente Palace Kempinski Unveils Venetian Spa

San Clemente Palace Kempinski—a luxury resort uniquely situated on its own private island in the Venetian lagoon—has unveiled a new spa in partnership with local luxury perfumery brand, The Merchant of Venice.
Guests who book W Hotels' Heat Wave package receive this playful, limited edition pool float.

W Hotels’ Summer Offerings

W Hotels across the country are celebrating the summer season with a line-up of new offerings.
The black sand beaches of Vik, Iceland featured in Jon Snow’s quest north of the Wall. (Photo credit: Shutterstock)

Zicasso’s “Game of Thrones” Tribute Tours

Zicasso has introduced two new “Game of Thrones” tribute tours—one in Iceland, the other in Spain—in advance of the hit TV series’ return to HBO.
Club Med's Opio en Provence resort is sporting a fresh look.

A New Look for Provence’s Club Med Opio

Club Med Opio en Provence is sporting a new look after a $12 million property-wide renovation.
Avanti Destinations' new Gastronomic Wonders of France & Spain itinerary includes a private San Sebastian tapas tour.

Avanti Destinations Introduces New Food-Themed Offerings in Europe

Avanti Destinations is meeting independent travelers’ insatiable appetite for food- and cooking-related experiences by introducing a dozen new food-themed tours and activities in France and Spain this year.
Pandora—The World of Avatar.

Onsite Review: New Openings in Central Florida

For the start of summer 2017, two of Central Florida’s theme parks—Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Universal Orlando Resort—enticed crowds with new fun-filled offerings: Disney opened the enchanting Pandora—The World of Avatar, and at Universal, the high-adrenaline Volcano Bay water theme park made its debut.
At the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem in Israel.

Travel Talk

From faith-based tours to what's new in rail travel, this month's Travel Talk sums it up.
Treatment at the NIZUC Resort & Spa.

Wellness Havens

We’ve handpicked three resorts across Mexico with spas that deliver on indulgence, and threw in our favorite accommodation for the ideal pairing.
Hiking near Canyon Ranch Tucson.

Nourish Your Soul

“I think it’s fair to say that wellness is no longer a trend among today’s luxury travel segment; it’s really a lifestyle that is here to stay, particularly in a market like Los Angeles,” says Zachary Lapidus, director of rooms at The Beverly Hills Hotel.

Riding the Rails: A Matter of Taste

Coming up this fall, of course, is harvest time in the great wine regions of Europe, a busy, colorful couple of months (September-November) when ripe grapes make their way from bucket to cave to barrel.
Barcelo Bavaro Grand Resort is offering Sports Week in September.

All-Inclusives Where Wellness is Alive and Well

Most all-inclusive resort brands in the Caribbean have spent the last few years ratcheting up the wellness factor, from spas to aquarobics to gluten-free pasta.
Beachside at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas.

USVI: A Cultural & Culinary Feast

A feast of Caribbean butter poached lobster, jerk lamb chop tikka masala, and piri-piri-style Key West pink shrimp welcomed us to the Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa.
Bob Older, president of Delaware-based travel service and transportation company Creative Travel, Inc., has been taking U.S. travelers to Cuba for six years. (Photo credit: Bob Older/Creative Travel, Inc.)

Travel Agent Veteran Shares His Views on New Cuba Policy

"The next 90 days are going to be important,” Bob Older, president of Delaware-based travel service and transportation company Creative Travel, Inc., told us in a recent interview about President Trump’s new Cuba policy.
JW Marriott Nashville will accommodate weddings ranging from intimate affairs to large-scale ceremonies.

JW Marriott Nashville’s Customized Weddings

JW Marriott Nashville will offer couples a one-one-kind wedding experience meticulously tailored to their individual tastes when it opens next year.
The adults-only Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico is offering a new romance package.

Wedding Bands and Sun Tans: Beach Nuptials

Sunsets and white-sand beaches are the backdrop for these beach weddings.
Acqualina Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles Beach hosts small beach gatherings as well as lavish affairs. 

Specialty Wedding Options

Make your clients’ special day that much more memorable by providing them specialty wedding options unique to the couple.
On Jan. 2, 2018, Australis Expeditions will debut the 210-passenger Ventus Australis.

Ventus Australis to Cruise Round the Tip of South America

On Jan. 2, 2018, Australis will debut the 210-passenger Ventus Australis.
The well bar at The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens.

Charlestowne Hotels is Opening 5 Historic Reuse Properties

Hospitality management company Charlestowne Hotels is opening five boutique hotels repurposed from historic structures and landmarks within the next year.
Walt Disney World is saluting Independence Day with fireworks displays and more at each of its park.

Where to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks Display at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World is saluting Independence Day with fireworks displays and more at each of its park.
Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa's Funky Fish Ocean Camp ocean adventure program includes sports activities like snorkeling, skim boarding and boogie boarding.

Under the Sea Adventures in Florida

These under the sea adventures in Florida take explorers below the ocean's surface where a world of discovery awaits.
An aerial view of the Don CeSar hotel in St. Pete Beach.

Everything’s Coming Up Rosy at Florida’s Pink Palace

In honor of #NationalPinkDay tomorrow (June 23), the Don CeSar hotel in St. Pete Beach, known as Florida’s Pink Palace, is celebrating with a limited-time package for those who can’t get enough pink.
SeaWorld Orlando's new virtual reality roller coaster, Kraken Unleashed, is now open.

SeaWorld Orlando Debuts Kraken Virtual Reality Experience

Just in time for family summer vacation, SeaWorld Orlando has debuted its first-of-its-kind virtual reality roller coaster, Kraken Unleashed.
The Hidden Lake bike trail at Grande Lakes Orlando offers guests 13 and older a 2-mile mountain bike route.

Grande Lakes Orlando Expands Adventure Program

Grande Lakes Orlando, comprised of The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott properties, is expanding its adventure program at a new hub for all things adventure on property: Grande Lakes Sports.
Kayaking at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in North Florida.

Work Your Core at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort

Now through Dec. 31, Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in North Florida is offering a Coastal Core package.
Views of Espanola Way from a balcony at El Paseo Hotel.

Miami Beach’s Española Way Reopens

Española Way, one of the most historic lanes on Miami Beach, reopened last month after the completion of the City of Miami Beach's $2.5 million restoration project.
The doors to Cuba are still open.

Travel Experts Weigh in on New Cuba Travel Policy

Tour operators and cruise lines remark on President Trump’s rollback of President Obama’s Cuba policy.
San Antonio River Walk

What’s New in San Antonio

There’s more to San Antonio than The Alamo and great tacos. Through the end of 2017 and into 2018, this fast-growing city will see a host of new offerings, from restaurant openings and site renovations to hotel developments.
Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach features two Asian restaurants and a tropical beer garden from celebrity chef Masaharu Morimoto

Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach Splashes Onto the Scene

Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach is set to splash onto the Honolulu hotel scene this fall on the site of the current Pacific Beach Hotel.
Eating London's  Brick Lane – Flavors of India & Beyond tour features nine tastings “Banglatown."

Eating London Launches Two New Walking Tours

Eating London has expanded its offerings in the British capital with the launch of two new tours in Brick Lane and the Docklands, respectively.
Emirates' new First Class product will debut onboard a Boeing 777-300ER.

Emirates to Unveil New First Class Product

Emirates has announced that it will unveil a new First Class product this November at the Dubai Air Show.
Bike Odyssey's new Che - Bariloche to Santiago bicycle tour visits Valparaiso, Chile.

Bike Odyssey Unveils Che Guevara Epic Cycling Tour

Bike Odyssey, a newly launched bicycle tour operator based in California, has unveiled the 29-day Che - Bariloche to Santiago tour tracing the footsteps of Che Guevara through Chile and Argentina.
A rendering of the TRS Yucatan.

Palladium Hotels & Resorts to Rebrand The Royal Suites

Palladium Hotels & Resorts is rebranding its adults-only luxury resorts, The Royal Suites by Palladium, to TRS Hotels.
Melia Cable Beach in the Bahamas.

News from Caribbean Week

Caribbean Editor Ed Wetschler gives an update on the Caribbean Tourism Organizations' Caribbean Week in New York.
A boating excursion on Lake Peten Itza in Guatemala.

Family Coppola Resorts Offers Wellness Retreats in Central America

The Family Coppola Resorts is offering new all-inclusive wellness retreat packages at its three Central American eco-lodge resorts.
Lake Titicaca.

Contiki Adds Six New Trips in Latin America

Contiki is adding six new trips to its Latin America portfolio beginning in 2018.
The view from Victoria Tower in London England. (Photo credit: VisitEngland/Andrew Pickett)

Summer Travel to Great Britain On Track

The summer travel season is upon us and despite the latest string of terror attacks in London and Manchester, the allure of travel to Great Britain, and Europe as a whole, remains high, proving American’s resilience in our post-9/11 world.
The Disney Fantasy.

Interview with Disney Fantasy’s Cruise Director Jimmy Lynett

During a recent cruise on the Disney Fantasy, Recommend caught up with Disney Cruise Line's cruise director Jimmy Lynett for insight into the new ship enhancements and how a visit to Castaway Cay complements the Disney Fantasy experience.
The Hotel Marques de Riscal in Elciego, Spain is part of Marriott International's  Luxury Collection.

Marriott International’s Ever-Expanding Luxury Portfolio

During Marriott International's showcase presentation in New York last week, the press had a chance to examine the luxury, boutique sector of the brand's portfolio.
Le Meridien Denver Downtown's open-air rooftop bar is said to be the highest in the city.

Denver Hotels Debut This Summer

Le Meridien Denver Downtown opens this summer and we’ve got your sneak peek of this property.
Oku Japan's Japan's Culinary Heritage itinerary includes people-to-people experiences such as a community-hosted meal with a sake brewer.

A Gastronomic Journey Through Japan

Oku Japan is taking guests on a gastronomic tour through Japan with the launch of its new culinary itinerary Japan's Culinary Heritage.
African Travel, Inc. has launched a travel gift registry service to help travelers pay for their trip to Africa. (Photo credit: Linkwasha Camp)

African Travel, Inc. Launches Travel Gift Registry Service

African Travel, Inc. has launched a travel gift registry service to allow friends and family to contribute toward travelers planning a trip to Africa for a birthday, anniversary, honeymoon or other celebration.
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