Asia & South Pacific

Asia & South Pacific

Bush Pilots Scenic Flight, Wilpena Pound. Credit: South Australian Tourism Commission

Wilpena Pound Resort Offers Mini-Break Package

Wilpena Pound Resort is celebrating the launch of new flights direct from Adelaide by offering a 2-day Mini-Adventure package.
Visitors snorkeling in the Philippine Coral Reef.

Philippines FAM

Flash Tour USA is offering a 10-day FAM trip to the Philippines from Feb. 24 to March 4, 2016.
John Vandenheuvel will be GOGO Vacations' new president.

Flight Centre Travel Group Announces New Leadership

Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) just announced new leadership to its Liberty Travel and GOGO Vacations brands.
European Waterways and Silversea Cruises early booking discounts on 2016 cruises end Dec. 31 and Dec. 10, respectively. 

Early Booking Discounts

Silversea Cruise and European Waterways are both offering early booking discounts on 2016 cruises.
From the top of the amusement park/observatory Amanohashidate View Land, visitors can see views of the of the entire sandbar.

Seaside Kyoto’s Coastal Offerings

Kyoto by the Sea is the less expensive “younger sibling” of Kyoto City—similar in nature, yet wholly unique in its coastally influenced offerings.

A Cultural Immersion in Tokyo

TOKI offers high-end guided experiences in Tokyo that truly immerse guests in Japan’s traditions right in the middle of the country’s bustling capital city.

Tokyo Twosome

We’ve lined up a couple of hotels in Tokyo that fit a range of clients—families, twosomes or the very artsy kind.
Japan's Ise-Shima National Park is resplendent in unique outdoor activates, including sightseeing boat cruises on Kashikojima island in Ago Bay (pictured). 

Japan’s Ise-Shima National Park

Ise-Shima National Park in Mie Prefecture, Japan, reads more like an amusement park resort than a national park due to its diverse offerings of natural attractions, interactive cultural experiences and onsite hotel.

In the Heart of Tokyo

Tokyo is unimaginably vast, but for those who want to get to the very heart of this capital city filled to the brim with 30 million residents (and counting), recommend a visit to the Nihonbashi area.
Satoyama Experience's guided walking and cycling tours take guests through the Japanese countryside, past traditional farming village and into the towns where guests can sample sake and local delicacies. 

Let Satoyama Experience Be Your Guide

Satoyama Experience provides guided walking and cycling tours highlighting the Japanese countryside and arts and culture scene in the cities of Hida and Takayama—both of which are located in the landlocked Gifu Prefecture in central Japan approximately 4.5 hours away from Tokyo by train.
The Sakura hot spring (pictured) is one of three traditional open-air onsens located on the property.

Retreat to the Shima Onsen Kashiwaya Ryokan Resort

Tucked away in the rural Agatsuma District of the Gunma Prefecture in Japan is Shima Onsen Kashiwaya Ryokan, a modern ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) offering a quiet retreat roughly three hours away from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo.

Wellness in the Shadow of Mt. Fuji

The SUN and MOON Mt. Fuji Wellness Resort, or Hitsuki Club, which opened just this past spring, is ideal for clients who want to immerse themselves in traditional Japanese wellness.

Q&A With One&Only Resorts’ New Vice President of Marketing Mike Bonner

Travel industry veteran Mike Bonner joined One&Only Resorts’ team as the newly appointed vice president of marketing last month after working for more than two decades in various sales and marketing positions at well-recognized cruise and hospitality companies, including Celebrity Cruises, Maybourne Hotel Group, and most recently, Silversea Cruises.
Air India's new nonstop service to New Delhi begins Dec. 2, 2015.

Air India Launches Nonstop Service to New Delhi

Air India is launching a new nonstop service between San Francisco and Delhi beginning Dec. 02, 2015.
At a recent press conference in New York, Avanti Destinations announced its expansion into Asian, addition of river cruises and small group escorted tours in Europe, and the appointment of Mark Grundy as managing director of Asia. 

Avanti Expands Into Asia

For the first time in its history, FIT tour operator Avanti Destinations is expanding into six Asian countries in a product line offering that will also include new European river cruises and small group escorted tours in Europe and Latin America.
Kensington Tours’ new Vietnam Mountains & Islands itinerary takes guests all the way from remote mountain villages to the country's white sand beach in 12 days. 

New Kensington Tours in Vietnam

On Kensington Tours’ new Vietnam Mountains & Southern Islands tour, guests travel from the rice paddies in Vietnam's mountainous countryside to tropical beaches stretching along the country’s southern coastline while staying in an array of unique accommodations, including eco lodges and traditional junk boats.
Frontiers International Travel’s new 44-day Ultimate New Zealand Adventure + Hawaii itinerary features outdoor activities and luxurious accommodations. 

Frontiers International Travel’s Ultimate Pacific Vacation

High-end travel agents whose clients expect an upscale vacation regardless of their rustic surroundings will rejoice over Frontiers International Travel’s new 44-day Ultimate New Zealand Adventure + Hawaii itinerary.

Promoting Travel to Japan Takes Center Stage in Tokyo

Recommend attended the VISIT JAPAN Travel & MICE Mart 2015, which took place Sept. 25-27 at Tokyo Big Sight, as well as the JATA Tourism EXPO Japan, which took place Sept. 26-27.

Eye on the World: Tokyo Teaser

My faithful companion, the iPhone, and I captured these images as we made our way through one of the world's most vibrant capital cities.

All Eyes on Japan

Five years from now all eyes will be on Japan when the country hosts the 2020 Olympics, but it seems visitors are not waiting around for that milestone event to visit fascinating Japan.
A portion of Global Geringer’s new 14-day Explore Nepal bookings will be donated to rebuild the Sanjiwani Vocational Girls School.

Nepal Stimulates Tourism With New Offerings

Efforts to stimulate tourism in Nepal continue in the wake of the April/May 2015 earthquakes.
Villa accommodations at Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort.

New Asian Beauties

Pool Beach Villa with outdoor rain showers at Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort.  If this were a beauty competition, it’d be...
Agent who book a new Mountain Travel Sobek trip by Dec. 15 will receive a $100 booking bonus. 

Agent Incentives

Mountain Travel Sobek is offering agents and their clients monetary incentives when booking one of the company's itineraries.
Down Under Endeavors' Family Vacation Adventure itinerary features daredevil activities in popular New Zealand destinations. 

Adventurous New Zealand Itineraries

Guests can experience the adventurous side of New Zealand with Down Under Endeavours' three new itineraries featuring daredevil activities and sightseeing experiences.
Agents can receive up to 2 percent bonus commission on Travel Impressions' 2016 land itineraries.

Travel Impressions Offers Bonus Commission

Travel Impressions is offering agents up to 2 percent bonus commission on 2016 land itineraries booked between now and Oct. 31, 2015 for travel in 2016.
Marriott’s Vroom Service is a first-of-its-kind virtual reality guest service.

Marriott’s In-Room Virtual Reality Travel Experience

Marriott Hotels has collaborated with Samsung Electronics America to launch VRoom Service, a new virtual reality travel experience.
Perillo’s Learning Journeys’ Yoga Journeys deepens guests’ spiritual and cultural awareness.

Traditional Vacations Give Way to Voluntourism

As more vacationers catch on to the idea of volunteering for a part of or for their entire vacation, an increasing number of travel companies are creating unique ways for travelers to lend a helping hand, and good news for agents, they're all agent commissionable.
The Waldorf Astoria's Unforgettable Experience in Louisiana includes an evening of food and music at Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro.

The Waldorf Astoria’s Unforgettable Packages

Waldorf Astoria hotels are offering guests incredible vacation packages in 25 destinations around the world as part of the new Waldorf Astoria Unforgettable Experiences.
Guests of The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Hokkaidohe can experience some of the world's best powder skiing at the Kiroro Ski Resort in Japan.

International Hotels Join Starwood’s Tribute Portfolio

Two international hotels, The Kiroro in Hokkaido in Japan and the Great Northern Hotel in England, are joining Starwood’s new Tribute Portfolio brand.
The Seabourn Sojourn will sail across Asia on multiple departures in Seabourn's late 2015 and early 2016 cruise season.

Seabourn Increases its Far East Sailings

Seabourn is increasing its Far East sailings with an array of Asia itineraries on deck for its late 2015 and early 2016 cruise season.

Royal Caribbean Kicks It Up A Notch

Royal Caribbean International kicks things up a notch with more ways for guests to explore while onshore, a new luxury suite class, and an interactive aqua park just for kids.

USTOA Offers Travel Together Month Incentives

USTOA’s Travel Together Month program offers agents bonus commissions, the option to earn free trips, special FAM rates and deals throughout the month of September.
The main lobby on the seventh floor of the Reverie Saigon hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

The Quintessentially Vietnam Holiday Package

The Quintessential Collection Vietnam is offering ultra-affluent individuals and couples the opportunity to tour five upper-echelon hotels in the Southeast Asian country with the Quintessentially Vietnam holiday package, with rates starting at $19,358 pp.
Bethany Wines vineyard in Barossa Valley, South Australia.

Gourmet Getaways in South Australia

Air Adventures’ new culinary-focused itineraries, offering 10 percent commission, take guests on a gourmet getaway to South Australia’s world-famous wine regions and restaurants for samplings of the area’s best wines and local produce.

Latest Airline Happenings

We've rounded up the latest airline happenings, which include expansions into new markets and added conveniences for guests, such as flight tracking with the Apple Watch.
Trafalgar’s Samurai Discovery tour includes drumming lessons for the kids.

Escorted Tours That Pack a Punch

“Lord of the Rings” movie sets, ninjas, and forbidden cities…the family tours we’ve sprinkled on this page make me want to pack my bags, grab my daughters and husband, and jump on a plane to far-off lands.
Tom and his family at Beaches Turks & Caicos.

The 4-1-1 on Booking Family Travel Abroad

One-on-one with Tom Varghese, owner of Travel Tom.
Guests ride 5,249-feet above sea on H+I Adventures' New Zealand itinerary.

On the Move: Bike Tours Around the Globe

Forget the luxurious spa treatments and enticing poolside cabanas this fall and book your clients on an active vacation that will have them biking through some of the world's most scenic areas.
Members of Chiang Mai's hill tribe communityin Thailand.

Agent Speak: What Does “Authentic” Travel Really Mean?

Michael Healy, general manager, Khiri Travel USA, submitted this commentary to Recommend on his take on the cultural authenticity of travel experiences.
Island views of Tasmania.

Explore Tasmania with Swain Destinations

Explore Tasmania with Swain Destinations' new Discover Tasmania program. Guests who are not afraid of “roughing it” will enjoy all of the wildlife and natural features Australia has to offer.
Ceylon Tea Trails's Summerville Bungalow pool overlooking Castlereagh Lake, in Sri Lanka

UltraVilla: In the Lap of Luxury

UltraVilla.com is the newest guide for travel agents looking for exclusive villas, lodges, chalets, apartments, and holiday rentals for their clients.

PER AQUUM Niyama Launches Explorers Kids’ Club

PER AQUUM Niyama’s new interactive activity-based children’s club, Explorers, encourages mini adventurers to have fun and use their imaginations while embracing the Maldivian culture.
Guests at the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy.

Solos Vacations’ New Offerings

Solos Vacations' new offerings for adult, individual travelers include escorted tours to Norway, Italy, Japan and Ecuador, plus a variety of cruises.
The Chateau at Lake Quinta.

New Properties to Keep an Eye On

New properties are opening for every type of client, whether they prefer historical sightseeing in the desert, upscale shopping, outdoor activities, or the island life.
The Taj Mahal in Agra, India.

Couples Discount on India Itineraries

Pacific Delight Tours is offering a $300 discount per couple on select India programs booked by Aug. 31, 2015 for travel starting September 2015 through March 2016.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s New Destinations

Norwegian Cruise Line offers guests new destinations and ports in 2016 and 2017, including itineraries to Asia, the Arabian Gulf, and India.
A lion from Big Cat area in the Serengeti. (Photo courtesy Zohar Safaris.)

Pack Your Bags—Four Agent FAMs

Agents, we have a load of FAM trips you can take advantage of—from safaris in Africa to sightseeing in Japan, to cruising in China and experiencing Cuba.

Festival Time: “Step Outside the Ordinary”

“There is quite possibly no better way to truly connect with a foreign culture than to join in a local festival,” says Kirsten Louy-Nasty, CEO of Asia Transpacific Journeys.
Mt. Everest in Nepal.

Tauck Resumes Fall Departures to Nepal

Tauck has announced it will resume all scheduled fall departures of its 17-day Northern India & Nepal itinerary starting with the Oct. 20, 2015 departure (it took a 6-month hiatus following the April 25 earthquake).

Crystal Cruises Reveals Major Brand Expansions

Crystal Cruises unveils some significant expansions to its luxury brand.
Backroads explores China on two wheels.

Off-Beat Adventures

What is adventure travel? We can debate that answer till the cows come home, but without question, for an increasingly large segment of today’s travel marketplace, the answer is journeys beyond the ordinary.
Travelers cycling over Sun Moon Lake.

Tour Taiwan’s Cultural Landmarks & Foodie Finds

Taiwan has a lot to offer travelers—eight national parks, 13 national scenic areas, 18 national forest recreation areas, many cultural sights, hot springs, and a booming culinary scene. Recommend picked two tour operators with experiential itineraries that showcase Taiwan and its many wonders.

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