Destinations

Destinations

Grenada’s Latest 4-1-1

Grenada is a perfect spot for those who enjoy the great outdoors, said Patricia Maher, CEO for the Grenada Tourism Authority, during a quick interview Recommend conducted with her at Seatrade.
Modern sculpture at Legacy Place in Palm Beach Gardens. (Photo credit: Discover The Palm Beaches)

What’s New in The Palm Beaches

The Palm Beaches—a collection of 39 cities and towns located in South Florida—wants to entice your clients to book their next getaway in this little slice of paradise with new hotels, attractions and wellness offerings.
The glamorous Fontainebleau Miami Beach has made updates to its Versailles Tower suites.

Fontainebleau Miami Beach Debuts Redesigned Suites and Cabanas

The glamorous Fontainebleau Miami Beach has received a few updates to the resort’s historic Versailles Tower, as well as renovations to the property’s existing poolside cabanas.
SeaWorld Orlando is launching a new Dolphin Days show.

SeaWorld Orlando to Debut Dolphin Days Show

On Saturday, April 1, SeaWorld Orlando will launch a new Dolphin Days show, replacing the popular Blue Horizons animal show after an 11-year run at Dolphin Theater.
LATAM Airlines Brazil is launching a direct service connecting Orlando, Florida with Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 2.

LATAM Launches Direct Orlando-Rio de Janeiro Flight

On July 2, 2017, LATAM Airlines Brazil will launch a direct service connecting Orlando, Florida with Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Carnival Cruise Line will offer its first-ever Cuba sailings beginning this June.

Carnival Cruise Line News Round Up

Have you heard? Carnival Cruise Line will offer its first-ever Cuba sailings beginning this June.
The newest destination to be added to the Earth Journeys cruise collection is Iceland.

Tauck To Double Small Ship Cruising Capacity

Tauck has put into place a 4-year plan to double its small ship cruising capacity through fleet expansion, strengthened partnership programs and new itineraries.
Royal Caribbean International’s Empress of the Seas will offer new overnight itineraries to Havana.

Royal Caribbean’s 2017 and 2018 Itinerary Highlights

Royal Caribbean International (RCI) is rolling out a number of new itineraries and offerings for 2017 and 2018.
A guestroom at the Tower Suites Reykjavik in Iceland.

Small Luxury Hotels of the World Introduces New Destinations

What do two luxurious retreats in Iceland, a historic gem in Armenia, and an island hideaway in Nicaragua have in common? They are the latest properties Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has introduced into its portfolio.
Denali National Park Pride Camp with Mount McKinley in the background. (Photo credit: State of Alaska/Jocelyn Pride)

John Hall’s Alaska Launches Untamed Alaska Tour

This year, John Hall’s Alaska is launching an Untamed Alaska itinerary that will explore some of the most picturesque off-the-beaten-path destinations in the Last Frontier by road, sea and rail.
A rendering of the Baha Mar complex Nassau, Bahamas. (Photo credit: Bahamas Ministry of Tourism)

Rosewood Baha Mar to Open in Nassau Spring 2018

Rosewood Baha Mar is scheduled to open spring 2018 on the white-sand beaches of Nassau, Bahamas’ Cable Beach within the Baha Mar Resort complex.
Qatar Airways’ new Business Class QSuite features unique family-suite offerings.

Qatar Airways Unveils New Business Class QSuite

This month, during a ceremony at ITB Berlin, Qatar Airways unveiled its new Business Class QSuite.

Eye on the World: Panama & Costa Rica with Windstar Cruises

During the course of seven days, through the Panama Canal and to Costa Rica with Windstar Cruises.
Aqua Expeditions guests have the opportunity to sail with conservationist Jean-Michel Cousteau during 7-night cruises on the Mekong and Amazon rivers. (Photo credit: Carrie Vonderhaar/Ocean Futures Society)

Jean-Michel Cousteau Hosts Aqua Expeditions Sailings

Aqua Expeditions has partnered with conservationist Jean-Michel Cousteau to launch a series of 7-night cruises on the Mekong and Amazon rivers in 2017 and 2018.
The American Queen Steamboat Company’s new 2018 brochure features a full overview of itineraries and river cruise offerings for its seventh season. 

American Queen Steamboat Company Releases 2018 Brochure

In the American Queen Steamboat Company’s (AQSC) recently released 2018 brochure, travel agents can find a full overview of itineraries and river cruise offerings for the seventh season of the U.S.-flagged cruise line and its American Queen, American Empress and new American Duchess luxury riverboats.
Oceania Cruises is bringing the flavors and heritage of traditional Cuban cooking on board all Cuba sailings. 

Eat, Drink, Sail: Food- and Wine-Themed Cruises

Sip and savor the flavors of Europe, Cuba and the Pacific Northwest on one of these tantalizing culinary- or wine-themed sailings.
Norwegian Airlines Transatlantic flights

Norwegian To Offer Cheapest Transatlantic Flights Ever

The announcement of low-cost fares on Norwegian's Transatlantic routes at a time when the exchange rate is already making Scotland a very appealing destination will undoubtedly generate a great deal of interest among U.S. travelers.
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo performing at Edinburgh Castle in Scotland. (Photo credit: Visit Scotland/Kenny Lam)

Experience Scotland’s Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Experience the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on CIE Tours' 5- or 6-day Taste of Scotland itineraries.
Ackergill Tower Hotel is a luxury historic hotel that sits on the shoreline of Sinclair Bay in the Scottish Highlands. (Photo credit: Visit Scotland/Paul Tomkins)

Unusual Places to Stay in Scotland

From five-star eco-pods to medieval castles or even Europe's largest tree house, we've rounded up some of the more out-of-the-ordinary places to stay in Scotland.
Performer on The Royal Mile during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. (Photo credit: VisitScotland/Kenny Lam)

10 Must-See Sights in Scotland for 2017

VisitScotland has dubbed 2017 as the Year of History, Heritage, and Archaeology, which means your clients have year-round events and activities celebrating the best of Scotland's historic places, icons and hidden gems to look forward to.
More than 800 Vikings join a massive dragon ship set ablaze by flying torches for Scotland's Up Helly Aa Festival in January. (Photo credit: Visit Scotland)

Scotland Celebrates Its History with Year-Round Festivities

To further entice visitors to experience Scotland’s fascinating heritage, VisitScotland has dubbed this year’s theme “Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.”
Kippford, Dumfries and Galloway

A Chat with VisitScotland’s Chairman Lord Thurso

In this year that Scotland is celebrating its history, heritage and archaeology, we took a moment to chat with Visit Scotland’s chairman Lord Thurso to dig a little deeper into what this stunning country can offer your clients.
Views of Jade Mountain.

Reap the Benefits of Selling Saint Lucia

Set in the West Indies, Saint Lucia is an island vacation that appeals to a wide range of travelers, whether they are interested in all-inclusive hotels, classic inns, boutique hotels with spas or wellness programs.
Indigo dyed fabric in Japan. (Photo credit: Japan National Tourism Organization)

Touring Japan

There’s no denying Japan’s global appeal—just ask the 24 million international travelers who visited the island nation last year, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO).
shwedagon_pagoda_in_Yangon_Myanmar

Avanti’s Focus on Asia

Ask Mark Grundy, managing director for Avanti Destinations’ Asia program, how the tour operator’s Asia destinations are doing, and without hesitation, he says, “phenomenal.”
Couple kayaking in Admiralty Island. (State of Alaska/Reinhard Pantke)

Visiting Alaska by Sea

As of press time, the official stats weren’t in, but visitor numbers in total to Alaska for 2016 are...
Newer and Better: All-Inclusives for Families

Newer and Better: All-Inclusives for Families

Families are the prime focus, so companies keep renovating and opening new ones. Here’s what’s new with some major all-inclusive brands...
Barcelo Bavaro Grand Resort in Punta Cana

Globetrotting: Barcelo Bavaro Grand Resort

The flavors of the Dominican Republic took center stage when Recommend recently visited the Barcelo Bavaro Grand Resort in Punta Cana during its annual culinary week.
Luxury Junior Suite Swim Out accommodations.

Globetrotting: Royalton Blue Waters

Royalton Blue Waters is just one of Blue Diamond Resorts’ recent additions in the Caribbean. Although the company only launched in 2011, it has already grown to 23 resorts in eight countries.
Ukulele lessons at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the Big Island, Hawaii.

Family Focus Across the U.S.

These properties across the U.S. are not only packed with fun for the kiddos, but offer parents spas, lots of dining, and some adventure too.
Fusterlandia, an arts complex in Havana.

Globetrotting: Cuba, Celestyal-Style

Celestyal Crystal circumnavigates Cuba, the largest island in the Caribbean, so passengers get to experience Santiago, the former capital and the seat of the revolution, near the eastern tip of the island, as well as Trinidad and Havana, in the west of Cuba.
Downtown Dubai. (Dubai Corporation of Tourism & Commerce Marketing)

Globetrotting: VIP in DXB

Characterized by its extravagance and popularized as a playground for the rich and famous, Dubai just got a little closer to home for South Floridians following the December 2016 launch of Emirates’ daily nonstop service out of Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport (FLL).
Signature Eco Junior Suite accommodations at Sandos Caracol Eco Resort in Riviera Maya.

Five Fun-Inclusives

It’s fiercely competitive in Mexico’s resort landscape. If a hotel company isn’t building a new resort, they are renovating or upping the ante in terms of onsite amenities. And when it comes to their family-friendly properties, hotel companies are constantly adding offerings to please each member of the family.

D-Boat Experience in Antigua

In Antigua, D-Boat offers families a high-energy water park experience.
Glad Live Gangnam is the latest property in the Seoul’s Gangnam District to join Design Hotels’ portfolio.

Seoul’s Glad Live Gangnam Joins Design Hotels

Glad Live Gangnam is the latest property in the Seoul’s Gangnam District to join Design Hotels’ portfolio of design-driven luxury hotels.
Amenities at the new Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown in California include a sky bar.

Hotel Indigo Debuts in La La Land

This month, the 350-room Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown is set to debut in La La Land, marking the brand’s entry into the booming L.A. hotel market.
An exhibit at the Cite du Vin museum in Bordeaux, France.

French Tourism Rebounds Two Years After The Start of Terror Attacks

Despite the 2015 and 2016 terrorist attacks in Paris and Nice, France managed to record a record year in welcoming 84.5 million foreign visitors.
European Waterways new 12-passenger Spirit of Scotland luxury hotel barge will cruise through the heart of the Scottish Highlands beginning June 4, 2017. 

European Waterways Announces New Luxury Hotel Barge for Scotland

European Waterways has announced the arrival of its new 12-passenger Spirit of Scotland luxury hotel barge.
Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Splendor will offer a 14-day Alaskan cruise roundtrip from Long Beach, California next year.

Carnival Splendor Charts Course for Alaska

In 2018, Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Splendor will offer a 14-day Alaskan cruise roundtrip from Long Beach, California.
Ziplining in Antigua. (Photo credit: Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority)

Antigua’s Multi-Generational Appeal

When it comes to family fun, Antigua means business.
Margaritaville Hollywood.

Hot Winter Savings in Florida

Seize the opportunity for a last-minute winter getaway at these Florida properties. Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort Winter-weary travelers can head south...

Onsite Review: Exploring EAST, Miami and Brickell

Recommend took a few days recently to play tourist in our own backyard, checking out EAST, Miami, a Swire Hotels and a Preferred Hotels and Resorts property, and its surrounding area, including the neighborhood of Wynwood, the Perez Art Museum in Downtown Miami, and the recently opened and Brickell City Centre, which is connected to the hotel.
A suite at the new Oceans Edge Key West Hotel & Marina.

Key West Welcomes New Luxury Hotel

One of Key West’s newest properties, Oceans Edge Key West Hotel & Marina, opened last month on Stock Island, marking multiple milestones along the way.
Florida's Historic Coast is offering dozens of attractions, tours, events and adventure are sure to satisfy all ages this spring.

Springtime Activities in Florida’s Historic Coast

Midway between Daytona Beach and Jacksonville lies Florida's Historic Coast, a celebrated area encompassing historic St. Augustine and golf-centric Ponte Vedra, where dozens of attractions, tours, events and adventure are sure to satisfy all ages this spring.
A rendering of the new Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

Experience Spring Training in the Palm Beaches

Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa is celebrating this month’s opening of the new The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches with a Spring Training package.
The star attraction at Universal Orlando's Volcano Bay will be the Krakatau Aqua Coaster.

Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay Roars to Life

Volcano Bay, Universal Orlando’s new water theme park, roars to life May 25.
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Editors’ B-Roll: Dubai Through My Eyes

In this first video of Recommend's new Editors' B-Roll series, we're taking you on a visual journey to Dubai, the City of Gold, for a look at some of this emirate’s top sights.
On The Go Tours' ultimate bucket list tour that takes travelers to each of the New Seven Wonders of the World, including the Taj Mahal in Agra.

Explore the New Seven Wonders of the World

On The Go Tours is offering the ultimate bucket list trip that takes travelers to each of the New Seven Wonders of the World, including the Great Wall of China and Machu Picchu.
Restaurant Benazuza at Grand Oasis Sens in Cancun, Mexico specializes in molecular dining.

Unique All-Inclusive Eats

All-inclusive hotels in Mexico are satisfying guests' demand for unique dining options with specialized menus and menu items catered to the travel gourmand.

Chilean Vineyards Take Wine Tourism Beyond Tastings

Smart visitors to Chile leave time for at least one or two days away from Santiago, following the wine roads that link the vast vineyards just beyond the capital.
According to trend information provided by nearly 1,100 leisure travel agents from Travel Leaders Group, demand for Cuba is still hot.

New Cuba Itineraries

Based on trend information provided by nearly 1,100 leisure travel agents from Travel Leaders Group, demand for Cuba is still hot among American travelers.
In 2016, Club Med opened Club Med Sanya in China.

Club Med’s Plans for 2017 and Beyond

Club Med has announced 15 new all-inclusive resorts and renovations across the globe for 2017 and beyond, including Club Med Samoens in the French Alps, which is now open for bookings.

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