Asia & South Pacific

Asia & South Pacific

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.
Picnic in Chiang Mai.

Khiri Travel Adds Culinary Experiences

Khiri Travel has added seven culinary experiences across five countries in Asia that showcase authentic local food in iconic settings.
The Sheraton Lake Como Hotel.

New Properties Around the World

New properties around the globe range from five-star hotels to a quaint bed and breakfast.
The Mantra Samui Resort.

Q&A with Co-Founders of the Louis T Collection

Recommend's Editor, Paloma Villaverde de Rico, recently had a chance to get the scoop on the Louis T Collection, a new personality-driven hospitality and building solutions company, which was inspired by the life and times of Louis T. Leonowens.

Honeymoon Delights

A sprinkling of honeymoon hotspots in Asia and the South Pacific.

The Lure of Asia & the South Pacific

Far-off lands beckon honeymooners seeking out exotic destinations framed by incomparable settings.

Vietnam FAM

Travel agents take notice—you can take a FAM to Vietnam, free of charge if you work with Ciao Travel; if not, the 7-day trip is priced at $345 dbl pp for potential agents, journalists, travel bloggers, and guests.
Travelers can customize their Central Holidays' tours of Dubrovnik.

Culturally Infused Tours

These culturally infused tours immerse travelers in a city's local flavor while also taking in its famous landmarks.
Passion is displayed throughout this guestroom at Vive Versa Hotel Paris.

More Than Just a Place to Sleep

Hotels are becoming more than just a place to sleep. Many are now offering unique experiences and decor—with a twist. If you have clients looking for something more in line with their likes, hobbies, or desires, we've rounded up three properties that give guests a little more than just a place to call home while on vacation.
Insider Journeys takes travelers to Burma

Different Routes to Southeast Asia

These tours will treat your clients to experiences that only Southeast Asia can deliver.
The Nepal Kathmandu Spinning Prayer Wheels.

G Adventures Adds Eight New ‘Comfort’ Trips

G Adventures has added eight new trips to its 2015 Comfort brochure, including trips to Belize, Central and Eastern Europe, East Africa, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Patagonia, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
The Sant Francesc Suite.

Three Renovated Properties

We have rounded up three properties in Africa, Europe and China that are re-opening after undergoing extensive renovations. These properties have upgraded their guestrooms, and their guest offerings, making them more than just renovated hotels—in fact, they're practically new.

Culinary Journeys In Asia

A trip to a local market, cooking lessons and sharing a meal with locals— your clients will experience all this and more on these tours in Asia.
Cox & Kings offers new journeys to Asia.

Cox & Kings’ Journeys to Asia

Cox & Kings announces 50 new journeys over seven continents for the 2015-2016 season, including 11 new private journeys to Asia.
Peru's Sacred Valley Women's Weaving Co-op.

G Adventures’ 2015 FAMs

G Adventures' 2015 FAM lineup for U.S. agents has been released. Agents will have the opportunity to explore Egypt, Belize, Argentina, Chile and Peru.
Castle Kanota is the set of the Viceroy Club in the film. (Photo Credit: Castle Kanota.)

Second Exotic Marigold Hotel Tour

Geringer Global Travel is offering a 14-day Second Exotic Marigold Hotel itinerary, perfect for movie buffs who can follow in the footsteps of the cast in "The Second Best Marigold Hotel."

China’s (Really) Got It Going On

In our March issue, we put together news and notes on what's happening in China, from new hotels to new tours.

Get to Know Heritage Line

Heritage Line is launching a new ship, offering passengers unique experiences, and immersing its travelers in the local culture. Let's get to know this cruise line sailing through Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar.
Open-air balcony views aboard Avalon Waterways new Suite Ship, the Avalon Siem Reap.

Avalon Waterways’ Suite Ship on the Mekong

Avalon Waterways has introduced a new suite ship on the Mekong River.
Ritz Tours’ new 10-day China Charm tour leads travelers to Beijing, Hangzhou, Suzhou and Shanghai.

China’s Got it Going On

Expect plenty from China in 2015, as this country—rich in history and culture—is front and center with new happenings.
Amapura sailing the Irrawaddy River Amawaterways.

AmaWaterways is Making Waves

From the tulip fields of Holland to the temples of Southeast Asia, AmaWaterways is offering myriad opportunities to experience many of the great waterways in Europe, Russia, Africa and Asia aboard new ships, following new itineraries, and offering enhanced amenities.
The Club Med Finolhu Villas over water.

Club Med Finolhu Villas Opens in the Maldives

Club Med recently debuted Club Med Finolhu Villas on a private island in the Maldives, on Jan. 31, 2015.
Western Brook Pond at Gros Morne National Park. (Photo courtesy of Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism.)

In Focus: 150 Countries, One Destination

Why is The New York Times Travel Show one of the largest trade and consumer travel events in North America? Well, let’s take a quick look at the numbers of the 10th annual tourism showcase, held Jan. 23-25, under the banner of 150 Countries, One Destination.
Poolside at the Hard Rock Hotel Goa in India.

A Sense of Wellness in India

For a profound travel experience made for the mind, body, and soul, meditate on India.
The Victoria Anna, one of the ships in partnership with Ritz Tours.

Victoria Cruises Continues Partnership with Ritz Tours

Victoria Cruises continues its partnership with Ritz Tours, as the exclusive cruise provider for Ritz Tours' China programs, which include a Yangtze River component.

Jewish Connection in Japan

See Japan through Jewish Eyes via a tour with the Jewish Travel Agency, in conjunction with Windows to Japan, a travel agency based in Kyoto.
A group of traveler with Super Value Tours in front of the Golden Pavillion.

Super Value Tours’ Itineraries to Japan

If you're looking for a tour operator that specializes in journeys to Japan, Super Value Tours offers three itineraries ranging from four to eight nights. As booming travel destination for 2015, Japan is filled with plenty to take in—both traditional and modern—and Super Value Tours guides you through this destination.
The Harajuku area is a funky shopping mecca for travelers. (Paloma Villaverde de Rico)

5 Places to Hang in Tokyo

Here are five can't miss places to see in Tokyo.

Sail with the Seahawks Aboard Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises announces Sail with the Seahawks—A Cruise for the 12s.

Hip & Traditional Japan

Here are our top picks of places to see and things to do in Japan.
Japan's anime culture in Tokyo.

Japan with G Adventures

In the January issue of Recommend, we gave you four of our favorite city picks that illustrate both the hip and traditional sides of Japan. G Adventures offers two itineraries to explore this picturesque country filled with anime culture and vast traditions. Here are some hidden gems your clients should take in.
The Bangkok Ball Drop at lebua Hotels & Resorts.

Ring in 2015 with Fab Getaways

If your clients are still deciding on where to ring in 2015, we've rounded up three properties with fabulous celebrations—from a festive ball drop in Thailand to celebrations in Chicago, as well as a white party in South Beach.
Sunrise Kempinski Hotel in China.

New Hotels, Abroad

Morocco, China and Spain—we bring you three hotel properties opening in 2015.
Scenic Cruises launches its luxury cruises in January 2016. (Photo Courtesy: Scenic Cruises.)

Scenic Cruises Launches Scenic Spirit

Scenic Cruises unveiled plans for its latest luxury river cruise ship, the Scenic Spirit, which launches January 2016 on the Mekong River.
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