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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.
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.
The Spa Internazionale at the exclusive Fisher Island Club Hotel and Resort in Miami Beach.

Reset & Refresh at the Fisher Island Club Hotel and Resort

When in need of some much-needed R&R, send your clients to the exclusive Fisher Island Club Hotel and Resort, located off the tip of South Beach, to unplug in one of the Florida’s most luxurious resort destinations.
A guestroom at The Laylow, an Autograph Collection hotel in Waikiki. 

Oahu Receives First Autograph Collection Hotel

Oahu recently received its first Autograph Collection hotel with last month’s opening of The Laylow on Waikiki’s revitalized Kuhio Avenue.
A proposal at OUE Skyspace LA overlooking the LA skyline. (Photo credit Szuszanik Hovakimyan.)

A Wedding Over LA

Many destination weddings take place by a beach, but equally as breathtaking is OUE Skyspace LA—it even hosted a dinner during the last season of ABC’s "The Bachelor."
Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica's Minister of Tourism (Photo credit: Barney A Bishop.)

Jamaica Will Host the World in November

Jamaica will host the UNWTO, Government of Jamaica and World Bank Group Conference on Jobs & Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism. To call this a big deal would be an understatement.
Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski bar

Kempinski Opens in Havana

Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana officially opens its doors to guests today.
CroisiEurope's portfolio of river, canal and coastal cruises in Europe, Asia and Africa are now available through the Classic Vacations’ Classic Connections program. (Photo credit: CroisiEurope)

CroisiEurope Partners with Classic Vacations 

CroisiEurope has partnered with Classic Vacations, allowing travel agents access to the river cruise company’s portfolio through the tour operator’s Classic Connections program.
Trafalgar is offering 22 Yangtze River cruises aboard the Victoria Selina in partnership with Victoria Cruises.

Trafalgar Partners with Victoria Cruises for Yangtze River Cruises

Trafalgar has named Victoria Cruises as its exclusive partner its Yangtze River cruises.
Paul Gauguin Cruises' new Stewards of Nature program invites guests to discover and value nature through hands-on, interactive learning.

Kid-Approved Cruises

These cruise lines are catering to their smallest clients with kid-approved activities the whole family can get involved in.
A yoga session at BodyHoliday in St. Lucia. (Photo courtesy of the BodyHoliday.)

A Salubrious Guide to Caribbean Wellness Weeks

A salubrious guide to Caribbean Wellness Weeks because many travelers now realize that staying healthy on a vacation refreshes them more than a week of tanning and margaritas, so in turn resorts are upping the wellness ante with retreats and packages.
The waterpark at Sandos El Greco. (Photo courtesy of Sandos El Greco.)

Sandos Hotels & Resorts Unveils Adults-Only Ibiza Property

Sandos Hotels & Resorts has announced the grand opening of Sandos El Greco Beach Hotel, an adults-only property in Cala de Portinatx, Ibiza.
Guestrooms and suites at Hotel 50 Bowery in NYC feature distressed oak floors and luxe linens and a color palette of traditional chinaware colors of blue and white.

Red, White & New: 7 U.S. Hotel Openings

With so many hotel openings happening across the country in the coming months, we decided to make an amendment to our previous “5 Hotel Openings in the U.S.” article with these eight additions.
The pool at the Alila Yangshuo hotel in Guilin, China was transformed from a sugarcane dock.

High-End China Hotels For Your A-List Clientele

This trio of luxury hotel openings in China will make booking your A-list clientele a cinch.
A guestroom at Ion City Hotel in Reykjavik.

Design-Centric Ion City Hotel Debuts in Reykjavik

Cool Nordic design colors the sleek, 18-room Ion City Hotel, which made its debut in Reykjavik with a soft-opening last month.

Zota Beach Resort Opens On Longboat Key, Florida

This month, the new Zota Beach Resort on Longboat Key, Florida opens featuring 187 guestrooms and suites.
A rendering of a guestroom at Le Domaine Misincu in Cap Corsica.

A Stay on Corsica’s “Wild” Side

Set to debut this month on 86 acres of natural parks and gardens in the region of Cap Corsica, the five-star Le Domaine Misincu hotel is described as the only five-star rated, environmentally friendly and eco-certified luxury boutique hotel to open in the area.

Meet UNICO 20° 87° Riviera Maya

UNICO 20˚87˚Riviera Maya recently opened its doors to guests, and Recommend had the opportunity to settle in at this all-inclusive resort for a few nights to get a feel of what's in store.
A lobby with a view at Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba in the Sacred Valley.

Globetrotting: Inkaterra Hotels: A Sustainable Success Story

Last year, those in our industry selling travel to South America celebrated the 40th anniversary of Inkaterra, whose award-winning luxury lodgings set new standards for Peru’s travel industry, and whose founder, Jose Koechlin, is honored industry-wide as a pioneer in ecotourism and a major force in hotel development focused on conserving the environment and enriching local communities—all financed by sustainable tourism revenues.
Burgundy-Walking-Couple

Honeymoons on the Go: By Boat, On Foot, By Bike

For active honeymooning clients, consider this trio of self-guided adventures.
Couples can opt for the Driftwood Romance ceremony at the Hard Rock Hotels All-Inclusive Resorts.

4 Weddings & A Paradise Setting

Four weddings set in Mexico.
Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos is set to open this fall.

New Honeymoon Retreats

Whether honeymooning clients are dreaming of sand between their toes while cuddling, or exploring Mexico’s vibrant colonial side as a twosome, an array of new hotel openings cater to their fantasies.
The newly opened Conrad Bora Bora Nui.

Exotic Travel: Tahiti: A Utopian Escape

To equate the Islands of Tahiti with utopia isn’t a stretch. There are the otherworldly bright-emerald waters; the Garden...
The medieval cloister at the One&Only Ocean Club Nassau-Paradise Island in The Bahamas. (Nickolas Sergeant)

Off the Beach: Caribbean Weddings in Unique Venues

The classic island wedding on a beach will never lose its appeal, nor should it
Telluride Ski Resort offers several wedding venues.

Weddings With a View

For clients who want to make a grand entrance on their wedding day—and who doesn’t—we’ve handpicked three venues with dramatic views.
Guests can opt for a couples massage at Barcelo properties.

New Honeymoon Packages at All-Inclusives

You don’t need me to tell you that the honeymoon business is one of the pillars of Caribbean tourism.
Glamping at Collective Yellowstone in Montana.

Active Honeymoons

Today’s honeymooners are looking for more than just lounging by the resort pool with mai tai in hand. Nowadays it’s about exploring a destination and packing in some outdoor adventure, and these three resorts are made for those active-laden honeymoons (although a little bit of downtime for cuddling is also in the picture).
Royal Deluxe Suite Swim-up accommodations.

Globetrotting: The Royal Suites Turquesa by Palladium

Let travel writers rave about the four-posters with Memory Foam, the balcony views of palms and palapas and amoeba-shaped pools, the Nespresso coffee-maker and premium spirits in the mini-bar, or the hydromassage bath that’s conveniently near the bed
The Ocean Course.

Globetrotting: Hammock Beach Resort

For Hammock Beach Resort—a Salamander Resorts property and member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts hugging the Atlantic shoreline in Palm Coast, Florida—damage caused by Hurricane Matthew last October presented the opportunity for the team to “redefine the Hammock Beach experience,” says Jason Kern, the resort’s director of sales and marketing.
The Avalon Visionary sails the Rhine.

Globetrotting: Avalon Gets Active on the Rhine

It’s our first full day in Amsterdam after embarking on Avalon Visionary and we are standing at easels in Westerdok, the very same neighborhood where Van Gogh created his only two paintings during his 8-year stint in the city.
The resort’s exclusive Paradise Beach Resort Spa.

Gobetrotting: Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso

Sure, couples could choose any number of all-inclusive resorts in Mexico’s Riviera Maya for a getaway, but according to...
Brendan Vacations' new The Isle Awakens itinerary visits "Star Wars" filming locations. 

Brendan Vacations Launches “Star Wars”-Themed Self-Drive Vacation

Brendan Vacations has launched a "Star Wars"-themed self-drive vacation through Ireland.
Exotic Voyages has expanded into Japan with the new 8-day Golden Route Japan itinerary. 

Exotic Voyages Expands Into Oman, India and Japan

Exotic Voyages is expanding its luxury global portfolio to include Oman, India and Japan.

Eye on the World: Pandora—The World of Avatar

Last week Recommend had a sneak peek of Pandora—the World of Avatar, at Disney's Animal Kingdom.