Asia & South Pacific

Asia & South Pacific

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.
Artisans of Leisure's Culinary Tour of Japan features cooking classes and behind-the-scenes tours of bakeries, wineries and orchards. (Photo credit: Artisans of Leisure)

Culinary Travel Gets the Artisanal Treatment

Artisans of Leisure has announced 12 new culinary tours for 2016. The customized private tours offer food-focused travel and unique gastronomic experiences in locations such as Japan, India, Mexico and Sicily.

Q&A With Small Luxury Hotels of the World’s New CEO Filip Boyen

Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) is sporting a new look under the helm of a new CEO for its 25th anniversary year.
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.
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