Africa & Middle East

Africa & Middle East

Belmond is offering a 6-night itinerary in Botswana hosted by Alexander McCall Smith, author of the popular The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency book series. (Photo credit: Belmond)

Belmond Launches Expert-Led Journeys Through Africa, Europe and Asia

The latest news from Belmond for spring, summer and fall 2017 includes new product launches, renovations, and itineraries, in addition to the debut of expert-led journeys through Africa, Scotland, and Myanmar.
The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah opened this month in the United Arab Emirates.

The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah Makes Grand Debut in UAE

Earlier this month, Oberoi Hotels & Resorts announced the opening of The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah in the United Arab Emirates.
The Fireside Cafe and Bar at Hotel Zeppelin San Francisco.

Viceroy Hotel Group Introduces Three Brand Tiers

Viceroy Hotel Group (VHG) has segmented its portfolio into three tiers—The Viceroy Icon Collection, The Viceroy Lifestyle Series and The Urban Retreat Collection.
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).
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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.
Due to recent governmental moves, travel to Iran is shrouded with uncertainty. (Photo credit: Intrepid Travel)

Tour Operators Postpone/Cancel Iran-Bound Travel

This past December, tour operator members of the United States Tour Operators Association identified Iran as one of the Top 10 Off-The-Beaten Path Destinations for 2017. These days though, the buzz surrounding the country has turned from excitement to uncertainty.
Trafalgar offers a new itinerary in South Africa.

New Tours to Dazzling Destinations

Greaves Tours’ Owners Journey itinerary dives deep into India & Nepal, offering visitors the opportunity to see these two countries through the eyes of Greaves’ owners who have ties to these destinations.
Crystal Cruises' CEO, Edie Rodriguez, will host a President’s Cruisefrom Rome to Dubai aboard the Crystal Symphony.

Crystal Cruises to Host 2017 President’s Cruise to the Holy Land

Edie Rodriguez, CEO of Crystal Cruises, will host the line's annual President’s Cruise this year aboard the Crystal Symphony, when it sails from Rome to Dubai on Nov. 4.
Intrepid Travel’s 2017 line-up of family-themed itineraries includes a 19-day tour of Namibia and Botswana.

Family Adventures to Book This Year

When planning a multi-gen vacation, recommending activities that appeal to all ages is just as important as price and location.
The Leela properties in India offer an array of wellness options.

Pampered Souls

In places like India, Dubai, Fiji and Mauritius, there’s no shortage of serenity-inducing spas that know how to up the ante when it comes to all-out pampering.
Visit Iceland Northern Lights

From Texas to “Winterfell,” Trafalgar Has the Globe Covered

Trafalgar has introduced five new destinations and added 23 itineraries for 2017.
Agents, you can visit Iran with Flo Tours in November 2017. (Photo courtesy of Flo Tours.)

Flo Tours’ Best of Iran FAM

Agents, you can explore Iran with Flo Tours on its Best of Iran FAM itinerary Nov. 3-14, 2017.
Emirates has launched a daily nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport (FTL) and Dubai International Airport (DXB) (pictured). 

Emirates Says #HelloFortLauderdale

Earlier this month at the Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport (FLL) amidst great fanfare, a group of South Florida journalists, including myself, were (literally) on the ground to watch the landing of Emirates’ inaugural flight between Dubai and Fort Lauderdale. The new daily nonstop service marked Emirates’ 11th destination in the United States and the airline’s second destination in Florida, following the launch of an Orlando service in September 2015.
Sunset ceremony at the Outrigger Figi Beach Resort.

Outrigger Resorts Offers New Signature Experiences Series

Outrigger Resorts is offering expanded destination-specific cultural activities, programs and amenities to connect guests with the people and culture of its beachfront destinations.
The rooftop terrace at The Poli House in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Tel Aviv Welcomes Contemporary Urban Resort

The Poli House, a contemporary urban resort located in the heart of Tel Aviv, cultural center, has officially opened after three years of renovations.

Small Luxury Hotels of the World Unveils Its 2017 Travel Trends

For the first time in the company’s history, Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has unveiled its picks for the top travel trends for 2017.
Sydney, Australia.

Celebrate NYE in Style with InterContinental Hotels & Resorts

If scenes from the world’s longest fireworks display or Singapore’s Bay of Hope and Light covered in 20,000 “wishing spheres” are the kind of NYE festivities you want to flood your social feeds with, then these four, exotic InterContinental Hotels & Resorts properties will serve as the perfect setting or luxurious home base.
Maiko in Matsuo Taisha Shrine, Kyoto. (Q Sawami JNTO)

The Appeal of the Authentic

These three enticing destinations in Asia, Africa & the South Pacific are a fascinating slice of the tourism pie for clients seeking out authentic travel.
Globus is offering new tour options in Africa.

On the Road and River in Asia & Africa in 2017

It’s challenging enough to brand a country, let alone an entire continent, but that’s exactly what Africa has in mind.

One&Only Resorts Dishes Up Gourmet Dinner Series

This fall, One&Only Resorts has invited a number of leading chefs and winemakers to collaborate on a gourmet dinner series, The Ultimate Global Culinary Adventure, taking place at several of the luxury hotel brand’s properties around the globe.

Cox & Kings Unveils Over 20 New Journeys

Cox & Kings has released its new 2017-2018 brochures featuring more than 20 new journeys over seven continents.

Qatar Announces Free Transit Visa

Qatar Airways and Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) have announced a new transit visa that allows passengers with layovers of five hours or more at Hamad International Airport (DOH) to request a complimentary transit visa.

New Air Services Take Flight

Some of the latest air services to take flight include operations to London, Tokyo and beyond.

Intrepid Travel Launches Solo-Only Tours

The stigma of traveling alone is on its way out the door with the rise of solo trips, tours and cruises tailor made for those going it alone.

Morocco’s Dar Ahlam Joins Small Luxury Hotels of the World

Morocco’s iconic hotel Dar Ahlam has joined Small Luxury Hotels of the World’s (SLH) portfolio.

Hotel Montefiore Launches Tel Aviv Bleisure Package

Known for its thriving start-up scene, Tel Aviv is a micro-metropolis where business travelers can pair their professional obligations during the day with decadent dinners and sunset beach sessions at night.

Hot Luxury Travel Destinations for 2017

Find out what's hot in luxury travel for 2017.

Out-of-the-Ordinary Group Tours

For an out-of-the-ordinary tour suggestion that incorporates sought-after destinations and experiential learning opportunities, while taking into account your client’s special interests such as voluntourism or religious tourism, recommend these adventure-filled vacations.

South African Airways Vacations Launches 2017 Collection Brochure

South African Airways Vacations has launched its 2017 Collection brochure featuring an expanded portfolio of more than 70 air-inclusive vacation packages to a variety of destinations throughout Southern and East Africa.

Educational Vacation Ideas

Exodus Travels is taking travelers back to school, figuratively speaking, with educational vacations available through 2017 where visitors can visit archaeological sites, participate in hands-on cooking classes and go on responsible wildlife safaris.
The Conrad Bora Bora Nui Resort will open early next year.

An Escape From the Ordinary

Tell your clients to travel far and wide to explore exotic destinations, where the landscapes are mesmerizing and “off the beaten path” is the norm.

A “Standing Ovation” for Celebrity’s New “Far Away” TV Spot

A travel agent executive gives Celebrity Cruises' new TV spot “Far Away” a standing ovation.

Qatar Tourism Authority Opens Representative Office in New York

Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) is targeting the U.S. tourist market with the opening of a representative office in New York, one of the Gulf state’s fastest growing visitor source markets.

Discover Luxury on Abercrombie & Kent’s New Marco Polo Journeys

For your clients with more checks than blanks on their travel bucket lists, Abercrombie & Kent has created new limited-edition small group journeys to off-the-beaten path destinations including Papua New Guinea, Bolivia and Sri Lanka.

Summer Getaways in Israel

There’s still seven weeks left of summer, which means there’s plenty of time to take advantage of El Al’s Summer Israel Getaway package.
Elephant sighting at Chongwe River Camp in Zambia is on the INCA itinerary.

A Love for the Exotic

Couples looking to rekindle their flame amidst exotic locations should look east to Africa and the Middle East. Here, the flame is fanned while viewing the Big 5, exploring cities steeped in history and walking in the footsteps of early explorers.

Unplug With Intrepid Travel’s New Digital Detox Tours

Break free from technology, if only for a week, on Intrepid Travel’s four new Digital Detox tours.

The New Stylish Loisaba Tented Camp

The new luxury Loisaba Tented Camp opened earlier this year on a 600-ft. escarpment in Kenya’s Loisaba Conservancy.
The Outdoor Lounge at Karongwe River Lodge.

South Africa From Beach to Bush

At INDABA 2016, one catchphrase that kept ringing throughout Africa’s largest tradeshow was “value for money.” While this notion could easily apply to hotels alone in South Africa (five-star lodges at less than $200 a night are just the start), value in this country goes far beyond the physical.
Puzzle Israel is offering a yoga and culinary itinerary in Israel.

Explore Israel Off the Well-Trodden Road

Israel is known for its Holy Land treasures—and rightfully so—but tell your clients that this tiny country is much more than a mecca for religious-focused travels. This country is made for visitors seeking out active exploration and cultural interactions with the locals.

An Intimate Escape for Honeymooners in Africa

If you have clients looking for an intimate honeymoon escape in Africa, suggest the owner-run Angama Mara safari lodge in Kenya.

Collette Extends Savings on Trip of a Lifetime Itineraries

Agents can save their clients up to $1,500 per couple on Collette’s recently launched Trip of a Lifetime itineraries in Africa, Asia, Australia, and South America when using the promo code BUCKETLIST.

EL AL’s Launches Discounted Summer Fares to Israel

EL AL Israel Airlines has launched discounted fares to Israel, in addition to providing families with increased savings for children ages 2 to 14, just in time for summer travel.
The Elite Travel Collection offers a 15-day South Africa trip that’s ideal for honeymooners.

Wildest Dreams

A honeymoon in Africa is beyond many honeymooners’ wildest dreams, but it doesn’t have to be. Imagine romancing it up in Morocco, exploring the savannahs in South Africa or living the island life in the Seychelles. The trio of tours we’ve married together for this story allow your newlywed clients to dive right into their wildest dreams.

Coffee Time with Industry Vets: Sherwin Banda

Think you know Sherwin Banda, think again….

andBeyond Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge Offers Bushmen Experience

For thousands of years, the San people, or Bushmen of South Africa, lived off of the land as hunter-gatherers, utilizing traps, throwing sticks, and bows and poisoned arrows to catch their food in the wilderness.

Takeaways From Israel Day 2016

Why sell Israel? Just “look at the numbers,” said Eyal Carlin, director of the Southern Region for the Israel Ministry of Tourism last Wednesday at the Israel Day 2016 event in Fort Lauderdale. “2015 was the best year ever of travel from the U.S. to Israel and the trend is continuing on into 2016.”

INDABA 2016: Africa’s Tourism Gets Its Groove Back

When travelers come to South Africa, one of the highlights of the experience tends to be meeting the locals.

The Reality of Virtual Travel

Virtual reality technology is popping up across all sectors of the travel industry, bringing your clients closer to far-flung destinations and you closer to closing that deal.
CW Safaris takes clients to Botswana, said to have the highest elephant population in Africa.

Southern Africa’s New Enticements

We’ve got a sprinkling of new tours and lodges in Southern Africa for a range of clients, whether they’re looking for a dream safari vacation, a budget-friendly travel experience, or tours made specifically for those with a disability.

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African Travel Inc. is offering a new agent promotion where agents can win a safari vacation for four.

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