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Post-Hurricane Irma, Fort Lauderdale Beach is back to normal and ready to welcome beach goers

Post Hurricane Irma: How Florida Tourism is Recovering

As the Sunshine State starts bouncing back to its pre-hurricane glory, travel agents are undoubtedly fielding questions from their clients about the fate of their already-planned and, in some cases, already-booked vacations. Here's what we know now about each region of Florida.
The Flavor By Loews Hotels program is serving up local favorites in heaps and mounds.

Loews Hotels Add More Than Local Flavors to the Menu

The farm-to-table movement has taken the U.S. by storm with restaurants highlighting native ingredients on their menus, but Loews Hotels is taking things to the next level with their new food and beverage experience rolling out nationally this year: Flavor By Loews Hotels. 

Saint Lucia: Hurricane Maria Update

Saint Lucia's Hewanorra International Airport is open, all flights have been resumed following the discontinued Tropical Storm warning from Hurricane Maria.
Agents stand to win large cash prizes with the Pleasant Holidays and Journese new incentive program

Cash Prizes Up For Grabs with New Tahiti Incentive

Agents have a new reason to book their clients on trips to the islands of Tahiti thanks to a new incentive program from Pleasant Holidays and its luxury brand, Journese. 
Guests can enjoy the balcony views from the Penthouse at Mango Bay for a discounted price.

Fall For Off Season Savings in Barbados

Reward your clients for traveling during low season with a discounted stay at one of the Mango Bay Hotel Group's all-inclusive properties in Barbados.
Agents will experience the life of Mongolian nomads on this 10-day FAM trip.

Mongolian Backcountry FAM

Agents can start planning their summer 2018 travels early with the latest offering from Travel All Mongolia: a 10-day FAM trip to explore the Mongolian backcountry.
Guests at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa can play beekeeper for the day with this new hands on experience

New Buzz Around Resort’s Beekeeping Program

September is National Honey Month in the U.S., and Ojai Valley Inn & Spa is celebrating by adding an extra buzz in the air around its tranquil southern California property: an apiary and immersive beekeeping experience for its guests.
El Paseo Hotel is one of several places on Miami Beach offering Post-Irma discounts to locals and first responders.

Post Hurricane Irma: Miami Beach Hotels Offer Deals to Locals and First Responders

Here are a few of the hotels that are up and running post Hurricane Irma and also offering special rates to locals, first responders and others aiding with disaster relief in the area.
Hotels in the Punta Cana area are open for business. Shown here, Alsol Sanctuary Cap Cana.

Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean, Part 2

Here is a guide to resorts and other facilities that are open in the Caribbean islands—and only those islands—that were slammed or grazed by Hurricane Irma.
The RV Indochine II will be CroisiEurope's second ship to sail the Mekong River.

CroisiEurope Debuts New Ship for Sailing the Mekong River

Travelers are demanding more options for cruising down the Mekong River, and CroisiEurope Cruises is answering that call with the inauguration of its newest ship, the RV Indochine II.
This National Hurricane Center map highlights the Caribbean islands impacted by the historic Hurricane Irma.

Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean, Part 1

Where and how did Hurricane Irma affect the Caribbean.
Cyclists on the 8-Day Postcards of Tuscany Bike Tour will enjoy classic views like this and more.

Cycle Through Tuscany With Perillo’s ItalyVacations

Active travelers can explore central Italy on an 8-day Postcards of Tuscany Bike Tour with Perillo's ItalyVacations.
Costa Rica's Arenal Volcano peeks out through the trees at Nayara Springs.

Language Learning Meets Resort Vacation At Nayara Springs

Boutique hotel Nayara Springs is serving up language learning with a side of Costa Rican culture and poolside relaxation with its new Spanish Immersion Package.
The Guinness Storehouse's Gravity Bar offers unparalleled views of Dublin

Aer Lingus Adds New Flight To Dublin

Whether your clients are looking to throw back a pint or two of Guinness in its birthplace or discover the stunning natural beauty that earned Ireland its nickname as the Emerald Isle, Aer Lingus is getting visitors there faster with a new route between South Florida and Dublin.
Water park complex at Wailea Beach Resort-Marriott, Maui.

Memorable Family Moments

From sleepovers with dolls to getting wet and wild at the water park, here’s a handful of family vacations your clients will be speaking about for years to come.
Tonnara di Scopello in Sicily.

Ancestry Vacations: Family Roots and Routes in Europe

With the popularity of sites such as Ancestry.com and its DNA tests for ethnicity and genealogy, heritage travel or ancestry vacations—exploring the origins of one’s family tree, searching through local archives and with luck even meeting a long-lost relative—has boomed in popularity.
Sailing lessons at Bitter End Yacht Club in BVI.

8 Resorts Whose Kids Programs Teach Real Skills

“I don’t care what they do; just keep my kids busy,” said no parent—ever. The following, therefore, are resorts whose camps and other programs don’t just keep children out of their parents’ hair, but actually impart knowledge and/or
The newly expanded kids club at the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun.

Kids Rule!

The kids are in charge—or at least they think they are—at these resorts where sandboxes, bunk beds and splash zones rule.
Nayara Hotel & Gardens, located in Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano National Park.

Go Central America: 6 Different Ways

Here are six unique ways to experience Central America.
Celebrity Cruises’ Galapagos voyages are ideal for a multi-gen vacation.

Globetrotting: Celebrity Xperience in the Galapagos

Like virtually all species before us, we are carried to the Galapagos Islands by the wind and the sea.
Take a FAM trip with Pacific Delight Tours aboard the Victoria Jenna.

Travel to China on a FAM

Travel to China with Pacific Delight Tours on an 11-night agent FAM departing on March 19, 2018.
Exploring the surroundings at Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort in Fiji. (Photo courtesy of Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort.)

From Tykes to Grandparents: Multi-Gen Family Travel

Lucky for your bottom line, multi-generational family travel has proven to be a megatrend, not just a passing one, but finding the right fit for a variety of ages always has its challenges.
Lithuania

In Lithuania, the Welcome Mat is Out

Lithuania’s tourism industry is thriving. Last year visitor figures hit a new high of 1.5 million, including in that number this writer.
The front deck at the new Bron-Yr-Aur property. (Photo courtesy of Touch of Spice.)

Touch of Spice Expands in New Zealand

Touch of Spice, a luxury operator that launched its Residence Collection in early 2017, is expanding in New Zealand.
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Editor’s B-Roll: Traveling through Southwest England

During my trip to Southwest England for ExploreGB, I had the opportunity to traverse through a few cities and towns including beachside Brighton, bustling Bristol, quaint Devon, and the charming Port Isaac.
Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.

Eye on the World: Calgary

Though we visited Calgary during Rendez-vous Canada, we were able to sneak in a few experiences around town.

First Rosewood Hotels & Resorts Property in China Opens

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts opened its first property in China this week.

Let’s Talk Sandos Hotels & Resorts in Mexico

Let's talk about the Sandos brand, new initiatives at Sandos Cancun Lifestyle Resort, and big news for travel agents.
Captivating views from our room at Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort

Multi-Gen Staycation in Sunny Isles

I packed up my Jeep with my parents in tow, as my brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephew led the way to our destination— a staycation at Newport Beach Hotel & Resort in Sunny Isles.
The 1-bedroom suite at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne.

The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne’s Latest Re-imagination

The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne in Miami recently debuted its latest multi-phase re-imagination, which included newly designed guestrooms and a new signature dining venue.
Kennedy Space Center's NASA Now attraction. (Photo courtesy of Kennedy Space Center.)

Kennedy Space Center’s NASA Now Attraction: A Must-See for Space Fans

Space fans won't want to miss Kennedy Space Center's NASA Now attraction, which allows guests to get an up-close look at vehicles that have traveled in space.
Guests can enjoy this pool and ocean views at B Ocean Resort for just $1 on their birthday. (Photo courtesy of B Hotels and Resorts.)

Go Virgo, It’s Your Birthday with $1 Stays

Agents, start picking up your phones and sending out those happy birthday e-mails to clients on your roster whose birthdays are from Aug. 22 - Sept. 22.
The Flagler King guestroom at The Julia. (Photo courtesy of The Julia.)

South Beach’s Newest Adults-Only Boutique Hotel

South Beach's newest boutique hotel, The Julia, opened earlier this month as an adults-only property in the South of Fifth, "SoFi," neighborhood. 
Guests staying at The Perry Hotel Key West have access to the onsite Stock Island Marina, which makes it easy to enjoy a plethora of water activities.

Eye on the World: The Perry Hotel Key West

The Perry Hotel Key West is the Keys' latest opening, located on Stock Island—an area known for its fishing community with an artsy vibe—just a 15-minute drive to Key West's popular Duval Street.
Save on winter escapes to The Sebastian-Vail in Vail Village. (Photo courtesy of The Sebastian-Vail.)

Winter Getaway Savings

For your clients thinking of their winter getaway, The Sebastian-Vail is offering a Book Winter and Save up to 40 Percent offer.
Hotel Beaux Arts Autograph Collection

Hotel Beaux Arts Wows

The Autograph Collection Hotels knows a pretty thing when it sees it, so it’s no surprise to yours truly that the fabulous Hotel Beaux Arts recently joined the Autograph Collection.

Marriott International Exec. Talks Puerto Rico and Marriott’s Millennial Appeal

In this interview, we caught up with Steve Contos, senior v.p. – Caribbean & Luxury Portfolio Latin America, Marriott International, to talk Puerto Rico, Marriott's Millennial appeal and the company's expansion plans. 
Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas Resort Master Suite bedroom.

Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas Resort to Debut This December

The Solmar Group is expanding its footprint in Los Cabos, Mexico with the opening of a new luxury resort on the region's Pacific coast.
The AeroMayan Pass opens up creative itineraries through southern Mexico.

Aeromar’s New Air Pass Speeds Travelers Along the Route of the Maya

Visiting the Mayan masterpieces of Mexico has just become easier with the introduction of the AeroMayan Pass.
Excellence Oyster Bay in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Excellence Oyster Bay Ready for Bookings

Excellence Oyster Bay is set to open its doors on June 1, 2018 in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Intrepid Travel has launched a new range of For Solo Travelers tours for 2018.

Adventure Tours to Book in 2018

2018 is the year for adventurers with new tours that allows travelers to get up close with giant pandas in China, cycle South Africa’s most picturesque trails and travel solo in Africa, Southeast Asia and beyond.

South African Airways, Africa’s Most Awarded Airline

South African Airways, a Star Alliance member and Africa’s most awarded airline, serves over 75 destinations on the continent in conjunction with regional partners.
Air France is rolling out a brand-new immersive entertainment system.

Air France Rolls Out New Immersive Entertainment System

Air France is rolling out a brand-new immersive entertainment system in partnership with the startup SkyLights.
The Norwegian Bliss will feature the largest competitive racetrack at sea.

Norwegian Bliss To Debut Many Firsts at Sea

Featuring the largest competitive racetrack at sea, original new dining concepts, and heart-racing waterslides that round the side of the ship, Norwegian Cruise Line’s sixteenth ship, the Norwegian Bliss, is already making quite the splash ahead of its spring 2018 debut.
Ponant is offering up to 30 percent off select Arctic expeditions in 2019. (Photo credit: Ponant/Lorraine Turc)

Ponant Offers Up To 30 Percent Off Arctic Expedition

Ponant is offering up to 30 percent off select Arctic expeditions in 2019.
Silversea has unveiled details of its enrichment program for 2017 voyages, which includes complimentary yoga.

3 Cruises that Blend Wellness with Culture

Whether it's meditation classes in Cambodia or mindfulness hikes in Espiritu Santo, these luxury cruises let you stay physically and mentally balanced while exploring some of the most culturally rich areas of the world.
Norwegian Cruise Line is offering a limited-time promotion of $50 in onboard spend for new bookings on the line’s 4-day round-trip cruises to Cuba

Cuba Cruise Promotion

Travelers looking to explore the art, culture and history that abounds in Cuba can take advantage of a limited-time Havana Nights promotion through Norwegian Cruise Line.

Sail Through History with American Cruise Lines

Featuring several new ports of call in Washington D.C., Chestertown, Maryland, and Mt. Vernon, Virgina, American Cruise Lines’ new 11-day American Revolution Cruise visits some the nation’s most historically significant ports along the Chesapeake Bay.
Ellen Bettridge succeeded Guy Young as the president and CEO of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection last August. (Photo credit: Rainer Witzgall)

Ellen Bettridge Recounts Her First Year at Uniworld

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection's president and CEO Ellen Bettridge takes a look back at the line's banner year with Recommend.
Exterior rendering of the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California.

Pechanga Rising

When the entire $285 million expansion project is complete this December, Pechanga Resort & Casino will become the largest resort/casino on the West Coast.

Sin City Update

This summer we’ve got our eyes set on the expansion of a Las Vegas original as well as some unbelievably “suite” deals for clients looking to book a last-minute summer rendezvous to Sin City.
Beginning next March, skiers and snowboarders will find the best of Tordrillo Mountain Lodge’s legendary heli-ski adventures at Winterlake Lodge. (Photo credit: Within the Wild Adventure Co/Tyrone Potgieter)

Heli-Ski in 2018

For winter sports enthusiasts who are always looking for the next mountain to conquer, 2018 will be the year they can check heli-skiing off of their travel to-do list.