Asia & South Pacific

Asia & South Pacific

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.
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.
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.
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...
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.

Perillo’s Learning Journeys Launches Women-Focused Travel Series

Ideal for single travelers, mothers, daughter and friends, Perillo’s Learning Journeys—powered by Perillo Tours—has launched a women-focused Eat, Pray, Love travel series.
On Butterfield & Robinson’s new India Walking, guests visit the Blue City of Jodhpur.

Butterfield & Robinson Announces Walking Tour in India for 2018

Butterfield & Robinson has announced its return to north India with the new 7-day India Walking itinerary running through February 2018.
Taking a cruise—both ocean-going and on the rivers—is one of the most popular ways to vacation, according to the survey, and Cuba is a top international destination. (Photo credit: Royal Caribbean International)

Travel Trends

You, too, are the travel experts, so we conducted a Future of Travel survey a couple of months back on recommend.com to get your take on what’s trending in travel in 2017 and 2018.
Windstar Cruises' Culinary Cruise Collection itineraries include culinary demonstrations, unique epicurean shore excursions and local market tours.

Windstar Sets Sail with JBF Celebrity Chefs

New and simply delicious on the high seas this year is the Culinary Cruise Collection, pairing Windstar Cruises and super-chefs from the illustrious James Beard Foundation (JBF) aboard eight designated sailings in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Asia and the Caribbean.
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 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games will held Feb. 9-25 in South Korea.

Winter Olympics 2018 Puts South Korea in the Sporting Spotlight

As part of an extensive schedule of road shows worldwide, the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) jump-started its U.S. promotion of the upcoming 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games and the Paralympic Games this month in New York City.
Geckos Adventures is now offering a new trip series to the world’s lesser-known festivals, including Santiago de Cuba’s Carnival. (Photo credit: Geckos Adventures)

Geckos Adventures Introduces Trip Series to World’s Lesser-Known Festivals

Millennial travelers looking for a taste of off-the-beaten-track festival life are in for a treat as Geckos Adventures is offering a new trip series to the world’s lesser-known festivals.
Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay is Small Luxury Hotels of the World's first Ibizan outpost.

New Island Escapes

Plan the perfect island escape for your clients at one of these new idyllic properties.
Emirates is offering a complimentary tablet loan service for First and Business Class passengers. 

Emirates Introduces Tablet Loan Service

In response to the recent ban on electronic devices, Emirates has introduced a new tablet loan service providing a way for U.S.-bound travelers to stay connected on their return flight home.
Victoria Cruises has repositioned the Victoria Sophia on its Three Gorges Highlights route.

Victoria Cruises Repositions Ship on Three Gorges Highlights Route

Due to increased demand for cruises to the famed Three Gorges, Victoria Cruises has repositioned the Victoria Sophia on its popular Three Gorges Highlights program.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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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.”
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.
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.
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.
Poolside at Eagles Nest.

Globetrotting: The Far North of New Zealand

It seems everyone wants to go to New Zealand these days—and understandably so. It’s the ultimate in natural beauty, wonderfully friendly, progressive and super easy to travel around.
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.
There are many ways for visitors to get their oyster fix in Auckland, New Zealand.

Dive Into New Zealand’s Oyster Bar Scene

From city bars to seafood festivals and roadside stalls, New Zealand offers a variety of options for an oyster fix.
The tropical Okinawa islands.

Cruise Okinawa, Japan

Live it up island style in Japan’s tropical paradise.
Guests can sail with Aqua Expeditions' CEO Francesco Galli Zugaro on a few new itineraries. (Photo courtesy by Aqua Expeditions.)

Aqua Expeditions Announces Exclusive Amazon and Mekong Sailings

Aqua Expeditions has announced two new river cruise voyages for 2017, where guests will have the opportunity to join the company's founder and CEO, Francesco Galli Zugaro, or consulting chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino.
Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi’an, China.

No Gluten, No Problem: Pacific Delight Launches Gluten-Free Tours

Pacific Delight is launching a Gluten-Free tour series beginning with a fully escorted 17-day China itinerary, departing May 12, 2017.
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.

Cruising Japan

Getting to Japan is easy, and getting around Japan on a land tour couldn’t be more seamless, but Princess Cruises wants you to think about selling cruising to Japan.
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.
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.

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.
Dream Hotel Group, A rendering of Dream Oceanami Villas & Spa in Long Hai, Vietnam. (Photo credit: Dream Oceanami Villas & Spa)

Dream Hotel Group Expands into Vietnam

Dream Hotel Group has signed its first hotel in Vietnam with locally owned Beegreen Group to develop Dream Oceanami Villas & Spa in Long Hai.
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.
MSC Cruises’ first-ever World Cruise will sail roundtrip from/to Genoa, Italy.

MSC Cruises’ First World Cruise

Sales are now open for MSC Cruises’ first-ever World Cruise, departing Jan. 5, 2019 and returning May 3, 2019.
The Bamboo Forest in Kyoto, Japan. 

Wendy Wu Tours Adds New Asia Tours

Wendy Wu Tours has expanded its product portfolio for the U.S. market to include six new tours in China, Japan, Myanmar, Tibet, Cambodia and Vietnam for 2017-2018.

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.

Nanjing Tourism Launches New Website

The Nanjing Municipal Tourism Commission has launched a new website designed specifically for North American tour operators, travel trade and consumers to better educate travelers on the robust tourism experiences available in this ancient capital city of eastern China's Jiangsu province.

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.

Cruising the Yangtze for up to 50 Percent Off

Victoria Cruises is offering up to 50 percent off of its popular Three Gorges Highlights cruise.

New Air Services Take Flight

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

Island Destinations Debuts New Itineraries and Booking Engine

Island Destinations debuted its 2017 Travelers Collection brochure and launched a new online booking engine to an audience of more than 200 travel professionals during an annual gala at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City last month.

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.

Dine & Wine at Hilton Airport Hotels

With the holiday season rapidly approaching and the inevitable threat of layovers, travel delays and cancellations, Hilton Hotels & Resorts is offering convenient alternatives to spending long hours, or the entire night, at the airport.

Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo Unveils One-of-a-Kind Japanese Suite

Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo, the five-star, flagship property from leading Japanese hospitality company Fujita Kanko, has completed the third phase of its renovations with plans to complete the refurbishment of 241 of its 267 guestrooms and suites by 2017.

Hot Luxury Travel Destinations for 2017

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

Asia Rising

There is no doubt about the popularity of Asia, so we’ve gathered some of the latest news on hotel openings to help you sell this hot region.

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.
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