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.
Break free from technology, if only for a week, on Intrepid Travel’s four new Digital Detox tours.
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.
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.
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 has announced that its fourth ship, Viking Sun, will spend her maiden season sailing the company’s first-ever World Cruise departing December 2017.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas in Thailand is taking luxury to a new level with its Taste of the Suite Life package.
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.
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.
Heritage Line’s newest luxury paddle wheeler, Anawrahta, began her maiden voyage from Yangon to Bagan, Myanmar on March 4.
Hurtigruten is encouraging little explorers to discover Antarctica with the launch of its Young Explorers Program.
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 Destinations has created a new video designed to help travel agents sell FIT Asia travel.
The Mandarin Oriental, Singapore is offering a restorative Time to Spa package designed to relieve travel fatigue.
Travel Bound has launched its new Beach Collection 2016 and is offering vacation incentives to agents who make a booking from any of the featured destinations.
Japan, which has been re-gaining popularity with U.S. tourists lately—it won Recommend Readers’ Choice Award for Best Selling Destination in Asia and has come up as an emerging destination in USTOA’s annual survey of its members—is a stunning country that has much to offer its visitors, but if you have not experienced this Asian country first-hand, booking a vacation for your clients can get a little tricky.
Listen closely to what USTOA members are saying, and you’ll be all smiles going into the holidays and into 2016. There’s a positive outlook for the coming year, with tour operator members showing strong growth this past year and going into 2016, and affirming that travel agents contribute significantly to USTOA members’ business. Let’s look at the numbers, shall we.
Avanti Destinations just unveiled, at a press conference at USTOA, that it will now offer 22 customizable FIT vacation packages and more than 30 city stay packages in Cambodia, China, Japan, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, with all packages featuring private guides from arrival through departure.
Today, at the International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) in France, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and Design Hotels announced the company’s expanded partnership, as well as Design Hotels inception as the 11th Starwood brand.
The assignment is: Go find out what all this bucket-list buzz about Vietnam is; why this country is atop so many hotspot lists. Cut to the end of a 10-day trip, and the answer can start with: This is a surprising place of dramatic landscapes, fascinating history, pulsating energy and epic food.