Asia & South Pacific

Asia & South Pacific

Avanti Expands Line-Up of Asia FIT Products

Avanti Destinations has expanded its line-up of Asia FIT products by adding six new destinations, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, South Korea and Taiwan for 2017.
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.

Coffee Time with Industry Vets: Peter Jon Lindberg

Think you know Peter Jon Lindberg, director of inspiration for Conrad Hotels & Resorts, think again….

A Wild Thai Adventure for Multi-Gen Families

For an off-the-beaten path vacation fit for multigenerational families, book one of Wild Planet Adventures’ custom Wildlife Adventures itineraries.

4 Ways to Spend the Holidays at Sea

For a picture-perfect holiday sailing with all of the trimmings, look no further than these luxury cruise lines.

2016/2017 Cruise Deals

We’ve rounded up a few of the latest cruise deals through 2017, including European, South American and Far East sailings.
INCA offers an activity-filled program in the Galapagos. (Carla Hunt)

Close Encounters in the Galapagos Islands

Charles Darwin sailed into the Galapagos Islands in 1835, and what he found are most of the same natural wonders that scientists, amateur naturalists and visitors bearing binoculars and cameras see today: Antarctic penguins and fur seals living right on the equator, cormorants that swim but no longer fly, sun flowers growing to treetop heights—just a sampling of flora and fauna found nowhere else on earth.
Koala-viewing at Featherdale Wildlife Park with Goway.

Where the Wild Things Are

How do your clients define family travel? Well, Gonzalo Gil Lavedra, general manager for Sri Lanka, Khiri Travel, defines it as, “Having fun with your loved ones while exploring and living new experiences.

Georgia FAM

This October, Panorama Travel is offering a FAM to the Republic of Georgia, where agents can explore Georgian cuisine and diverse wines, visit spa resorts, learn about the country’s ancient history and experience the warm Georgian hospitality.

A Culinary Twist to Guests’ Stay

According to the to the seventh annual Allianz Travel Insurance Vacation Confidence Index, more than 53 percent of Americans haven’t taken a vacation in the last 12 months, which means you can still make a big impact on your bottom line by tempting your vacation-deprived clients with one of these culinary offerings.

4 Art-Centric Hotels to Book This Year

History and culture collide at these art-centric hotels in the U.S., Asia and France.

Tigers, Temples and the Golden Triangle

Greaves Tours has launched its Luxury Escorted Group Journeys, combining exclusive experiences and insider access to India.

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.

Singapore Airlines Launches New Premium Economy Class

Singapore Airlines has launched its new Premium Economy Class in New York City on flights from JFK to Frankfurt (FRA) and Singapore (SIN) featuring enhanced amenities, additional inflight entertainment options and a fresh design.

Collette Offers Complimentary Fiji Extension on South Pacific Tour

Collette has rolled out six new South Pacific tours in its newly released 2017-2018 Australia & New Zealand brochure, and is also offering a complimentary extension to Fiji on the 27-day The Complete South Pacific tour featuring four meals and a 3-night stay in the five-star Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa.

Why Wuzhen: 5 Reasons to Visit China’s Historic Water Town

You may be asking yourself, “Why would I recommend my clients visit Wuzhen—a virtually unheard of town—when there is so much to see between bustling Beijing and scenic Shanghai in Mainland China?”
Guestroom at the President by Akaryn, which will open this fall in Laos.

It’s All in the Details

An elegant soaking tub, a romantic dinner on the beach, a relaxing spa experience… these new Asian hotels know it’s the small things that make for an unforgettable romantic escape.
Meijiawu Tea Plantation. (Melissa Bryant)

Hangzhou: China’s Rising Star

The word on everyone’s lips and travel bucket lists this year is Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province’s capital city where jaw-dropping natural scenery and well-preserved cultural sites are inspiring North American travelers to explore outside of Beijing and Shanghai and into this timeless Chinese retreat.

Book Now for Japan’s 2017 Cherry Blossom Season 

Super Value Tours has announced details of its cherry blossom season tours for 2017.

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.

AmaWaterways Announces 2016 FAM Dates        

AmaWaterways has announced the 2016 dates, itineraries and prices for its popular Seminars on the River travel agent FAM program.
Wild Planet Adventures’ Borneo itineraries offer the opportunity to see orangutans in the wild.

Journeys Beyond the Ordinary

Adventure travelers in general, and baby boomers in particular, have both ample appetites and ample budgets for vacations that mix up active adventure and involving cultural experiences, enhanced by expert guides and top-quality comfort, according to the Adventure Travel Trade Association. And that’s where the growth market seems to be in the wide and wonderful world called Asia, where clients will find a host of different paths to exploring far horizons on journeys beyond the ordinary.

Eye on the World: China

A picture is worth a thousand words, and my week-long press trip through northern and eastern China with Goway Travel left me utterly speechless (in a good way), so I’ll let these photos do the talking.

Shanghai Disney Resort Celebrates its Grand Opening

The Walt Disney Company has unveiled the long-awaited Shanghai Disney Resort, which opened on June 14 as the first Disney resort in Mainland China and the sixth Disney resort worldwide.

Virtuoso Reveals Top Resorts & Destinations for Honeymoons in 2016

A total of 279 Virtuoso honeymoon specialists from across the U.S. and Canada were surveyed in January 2016 to reveal what today’s upscale honeymooners seek for their romantic getaway.

Viking Ocean Cruises Announces First-Ever World Cruise

Viking Ocean Cruises has announced that its fourth ship, Viking Sun, will spend her maiden season sailing the company’s first-ever World Cruise departing December 2017.

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.

Selling an Active Honeymoon

In the June issue, we covered weddings and honeymoons across the globe. And for those of you whose clients prefer to take on an adventure whether it's immersing themselves in a unique culture, going in a safari, or taking a hike or bike ride through some of nature's most splendid landscapes versus sipping margaritas by the beach, we rounded up some pointers from top tour operators on how you can sell these active honeymoons.

Stay, Spa, and Shop at The Reverie Saigon

The Reverie Saigon is welcoming guests to stay, spa, and shop at the luxury hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam with the debut of its first-ever package, Haute Ho Chi Minh.
G Adventures offers a Hike, Bike and Kayak Thailand trip that’s ideal for active honeymooners.

Adventure-Filled Honeymoons

Today’s honeymooners want to hang with the locals; eat authentic dishes; go hiking; drink fine wine; and post photos of stunning locations that will get them a dizzying number of likes on Instagram. In the first few days of marriage they want to grow as a couple by discovering a bucket list destination together.

Expert-Led Active Retreats

Some of your clients will want to spend the long summer days lounging by the pool sipping hand-crafted cocktails, and for them we suggest these waterfront properties featured in our May issue. But, for those looking for a more active, wellness-oriented getaway, we suggest the following expert-led wellness retreats.

A Vietnam Retreat Joins SLH

Naman Retreat, a boutique beachfront enclave in Da Nang City, Vietnam, joined Small Luxury Hotels of the World’s collection last month.

Life is Suite at the Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas

The Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas in Thailand is taking luxury to a new level with its Taste of the Suite Life package.

Aman Announces Exclusive Private Jet Journey

Aman is offering an exclusive 18-day Private Jet Expedition in October to China, Bhutan, India and Sri Lanka.

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.
Villa accommodations at Amanemu, a hot springs resort in Japan.

New Properties Beckon

The hotel scene is hot across the myriad destinations that make up Asia. Properties are popping up like wildflowers, with every country from China to Malaysia welcoming outstanding new properties and brands.
Carved in stone, warriors and devils, nymphs and gods stand guard over Angkor Wat. (Carla Hunt)

Onsite Review: Angkor Wat + Siem Reap = A Longer Stay

More than four decades ago, the Grand Hotel d’Angkor, which was opened by the French in 1932, was almost the only and certainly the most colonial place to stay in the sleepy town of Siem Reap. The property was once an important trading center and always the gateway to the magnificent temple complexes of Angkor, as well as the capital of the Khmer Empire from 800 to 1200 A.D.

Navigating Through the Venice of China

Once hailed as China's leading silk-producing city, Suzhou, a more than 2,500-year-old town in the Yangtze River Basin known as the "Venice of China," has partnered with the "Venice of America," Fort Lauderdale, and other U.S. cities to connect North American travelers with the Far East destination.

Anawrahta Navigates Myanmar’s Historic Waters on Maiden Season

Heritage Line’s newest luxury paddle wheeler, Anawrahta, began her maiden voyage from Yangon to Bagan, Myanmar on March 4.
Artisans of Leisure offers a 13-day Culinary Tour of India.

Devouring Asia

From street vendor fare to fine dining, the New Asia is an Old World of great tastes.

Get Amplified With Hard Rock Hotels

Hard Rock Hotels has launched its Amplified package, available at all 23 properties worldwide, including domestic locations in Florida and California, and international destinations in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Caribbean.

Coming Soon: Hotel Openings at Home and Abroad

This year will see a slew of new hotel openings at home and abroad. Here's a small taste of what you can expect to see.

The Call of the Wild

Take a closer look at these small-ship cruises that bring your clients up close to nature, whether it's on land or deep under water.

Hurtigruten Encourages Little Explorers to Discover Antarctica

Hurtigruten is encouraging little explorers to discover Antarctica with the launch of its Young Explorers Program.

Seoul Searching: What to See and Where to Stay in South Korea’s Capital City

Viewed as clean, green and efficient, enjoying a highly developed infrastructure, South Korea's capital city of Seoul is culturally rich, foodie fabulous, spiritually peaceful and people-friendly.

Avanti Debuts Video to Help Agents Sell Asia Travel

Avanti Destinations has created a new video designed to help travel agents sell FIT Asia travel.

Save $3,000 on Bookings to India

Pacific Delight Tours’ new Enchanting India program saves your clients $3,000 while exploring the sites, sounds and culture of bustling Delhi, historical Agra and the picturesque "Pink City" of Jaipur.

Posh Hotels Push the Luxury Envelope

It takes more than a few elegant restaurants and a resort-style pool to truly be considered a high-end property. Take these posh stays, for example, where the luxury envelope is being pushed with palatial suites and top-of-the-line amenities.

Around the World by Private Jet

Abercrombie & Kent’s new Around the World by Private Jet: The Tropics to the Arctic itinerary explores far-flung destinations from the French Polynesia to Iceland in a 26-day off-the-beaten-path private jet tour.

Q&A With Rail Europe’s Zine Belhonchet

Rail Europe is on a roll. Last year, Rail Europe, Inc. consolidated with Rail Europe 4A to form one business unit, in addition to launching a new version of its app—but the largest distributor of European rail products worldwide isn’t stopping there.

Worldhotels’ Hug an Agent Contest

In an effort to show the group’s appreciation for its travel agency partners, Worldhotels is offering an air-inclusive 6-night vacation in Vietnam for two with its new Hug an Agent social media contest.
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