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Posted on March 4th, 2015

Bringing Americans back to Egypt—Luxor Conference

Tour operators and journalists met this February at the Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor for the Egypt Visit & Luxor Conference. On the agenda? How to bring back tourists. Safety, the unique experience of seeing the Egyptian pyramids, and Luxor’s temples up-close, and the new Grand Egyptian Museum was the focus during the travel conference.


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The Newport Water Wallat the Newport Marriott..

Posted on March 4th, 2015

Newport Marriott Hotel Renovations

The Newport Marriott hotel is undergoing a $35 million renovation with an expected completion by spring 2015.


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A family on The Current at Atlantis Paradise Island.

Posted on March 3rd, 2015

Atlantis, Paradise Island, from an Agent’s Perspective

Remember those “Bo knows baseball” and “Bo knows football” ads? Bethann Platt, a corporate/leisure agent with Frosch International Travel, knows booking Atlantis, and she shed some light on things.


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Atlantis Paradise Island Aquaventure.

Posted on March 3rd, 2015

Advice for Clients en Route to Atlantis, Paradise Island

As a longtime repeat visitor, I’ve had a lot of experience on how to manage this bigger-than-life destination. I say “destination” rather than “resort,” because Atlantis’ marketing and sales people use that term, arguing that in this case, the resort, rather than The Bahamas, is the destination. They have a point. Anyway, what follows are some tips I’ve learned over the years.


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A weaver working on a Turkish towel.

Posted on March 3rd, 2015

Turkish Delights by INCA

Turkey’s a personal favorite destination, one treasured for its ancient sites in spectacular locations, marvelous food, souks and boutiques full of irresistible crafts. Over the years, I’ve shopped ‘till I dropped for carpets, copper and ceramics, tiles, saffron and tribal jewelry—you name it. What I never thought to look for were Turkish towels, until talking with the experts at California-based International Nature & Cultural Adventures (INCA).


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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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Glacier Discovery Train hiking.

Posted on March 3rd, 2015

Alaska

From family-fun to new hotels, celebrations, cruises, and adventure activities, these 11 tips on traveling through Alaska will help you get your clients a unique experience.


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Atlantis, Paradise Island.

Posted on March 3rd, 2015

Hotel Happenings in the Caribbean

Three new hotel openings in the Caribbean.


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Atlantis, Paradise Island.

Posted on March 3rd, 2015

Atlantis, Paradise Island

Sol Kerzner dined with two 6-ft. models the night that the Royal Towers and the Mayan Pyramid had their official opening. I knew better than to stare. I also knew Michael Jackson was upstairs in the instantly iconic Bridge Suite, and I knew the mythologically themed casino, the “ruin”-filled aquarium, and the new Aquaventure water park were unlike anything else in the region. I knew it all, right? Wrong, as I realized on subsequent trips. And now I’m back from my fourth visit, a trip inspired by two events: Atlantis, Paradise Island’s 20th anniversary and its linking up with the Marriott Autograph Collection.


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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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