Asia & South Pacific

Asia & South Pacific

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.

Mongolia FAM

Travel All Mongolia is offering 7-, 9- and 10-day FAM trips to Mongolia with departures June 15-24, June 18-27, July 2-13 with Naadam Festival, July 9-20 with Naadam Festival, Aug. 2-11 and Aug. 15-24.

Wellness Meets Nature in Northern Thailand

At the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort in northern Thailand, a new holistic experience combining wellness and wildlife is bringing guests closer to nature with unique activities such as elephant yoga and training.

It’s ‘Time to Spa’ at the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore

The Mandarin Oriental, Singapore is offering a restorative Time to Spa package designed to relieve travel fatigue.
InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa is included in Tahiti Legends’ vacation packages.

Luxe Escapes

These sought-after destinations offer luxury, picturesque views, and quite a bit of relaxation (with a little added adventure, too).

Travel Leaders’ 2016 Summit in Shanghai

The 2016 Travel Leaders International Summit will take place in Shanghai, China, May 12-14, at the five-star Jing An Shangri-La hotel.

Travel Bound Offers Incentives on Beach Collection

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.

New Sites and Stays in Sydney

In addition to its famous landmarks, picture-perfect beaches and sunny weather, Sydney, Australia is sure to draw your clients in with these new sites and stays.
Koblenz, Germany.

Emerald Waterways’ New Agent Incentive

Emerald Waterways’ is offering agents a complimentary 8-day river cruise for two when they book three Emerald Waterways European or Southeast Asia river cruises with 2016 departures.

Get the 4-1-1 on Booking Tokyo & Japan

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.

USTOA: Positive Outlook for 2016

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.
On Far and High Travel's Mongolia FAM, guests have the opportunity to horseback ride in the Gobi Desert.

Mongolia FAM

Far and High Travel is offering a 13-day Mongolia FAM trip for a group of six to 16 travelers, departing July 4, 2016.
The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa's azul patio at sunset.

Tech Services for the Modern Traveler

Hotels across the globe are bridging the gap between technology and traditional concierge services by offering a range of products and amenities designed to make the modern traveler’s stay more convenient.

Avanti Destinations Unveils New Asia Program

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.
The Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City.

Starwood Hotels and Design Hotels Expand Partnership

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.
Avalon Waterways’ Avalon Passion and Avalon Imagery II will make their maiden voyages in Europe in 2016.

Inaugural Cruises Launching in 2016

River cruise ships and premium ships alike are sailing on their inaugural voyages in 2016 to India, Europe and North America.
Insight Vacations is offering a new India itinerary. (Insight Vacations)

Asia/South Pacific: Dive Into the New Year

With many natural wonders, history, culture, and the dignified attraction of Asia overall, selling Asia and the South Pacific is not a difficult task.
Sightseeing in Hue.

Onsite Review: Why Vietnam Now!

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.

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