Asia & South Pacific

Asia & South Pacific

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.
Windstar sails to Tahiti.(Photo courtesy of Windstar Cruises.)

Windstar’s Year-Round Sailings in Tahiti

Windstar Cruises announced year-round sailings in Tahiti with continuous voyages starting May 26, 2015 on board the renovated 148-passenger Wind Spirit.
Sanctuary Retreats

Q&A with Marco Rosa, Sr. V.P., A&K Hospitality

Marco Rosa, sr. v.p., A&K Hospitality, discusses the Southeast Asia river cruising product.
Mekong Princess

Q&A with Haimark, Ltd.’s Tom Markwell

Tom Markwell, managing partner, sales and marketing,­ Haimark, Ltd., discusses the Southeast Asia river cruising product.
Mongolia Trans Siberian Train route. (Photo credit: Melissa Chau.)

G Adventures Launches Rail Program

G Adventures is launching its new rail travel program with 25 itineraries ranging from 7- to 54-day trips in more than 20 countries within Africa, Asia, and Europe, as well as North America. G Adventures created this new program to meet the demand for affordable train-based trips.

Q&A with Globus’ Ryan Droegemueller

Ryan Droegemueller, product manager ­, Asia, East & South Africa,­ Globus family of brands, discusses the Southeast Asia river cruising product.
Aqua Mekong exterior.

Aqua Expeditions Begins Mekong River Cruises

Aqua Expeditions has begun its 3-, 4-, and 7-day cruises on Indochina's Mekong River, connecting Saigon with Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, aboard the Aqua Mekong.
Papua New Guinea’s Skeleton People.

Journey to Another World: Papua New Guinea

A visit to this Melanesian nation is like journeying to a land that time forgot.
The Sundowner Bar Grill at the Outrigger on the Lagoon in Fiji.

Outrigger Rebrands & Expands

Ke 'Ano Wa'a, the "Outrigger Way," was a branding strategy designed to advance Outrigger's corporate culture and business guidelines back in 1993 when Hawaiian scholar and historian, Dr. George Kanahele, created the branding strategy. Twenty years later, the value-based branding initiative to connect three core elements of the hospitality industry—the employees, the guests, and the destination—is still going strong, but undergoing a bit of a revamping.
The Apsara Suite on the Mekong Princess, part of Haimark's suite.

There’s No Stopping Southeast Asia River Cruising

Europe thought it had a phenomenon all its own, but the rivers in Southeast Asia are saying, not so fast.
Austin Adventures offers tours to Yellowstone National Park.

New USTOA Members, New Experiences

In 2014, USTOA grew by three new members—Austin Adventures, Down Under Answers and Perillo Tours.
Ha Long Bay Cruise with Super Value Tours.

Super Value Tours Revamps Indochina Tours

Super Value Tours has revamped its Indochina tours for 2015.
See lemurs on the Madagascar Adventures tour inspired by the film, Island of the Lemurs: Madagascar.

Movie-Inspired Tours with Kensington

Hollywood's film sets can't compare to the real-life experiences travelers can take with Kensington Tours' private-guided itineraries inspired by this fall's blockbuster films.

Tailored Luxury Itineraries

Clients looking for tailored luxury itineraries, high-end accommodations, private guides, and unique travel experiences can find it all, and then some, on these cultural and adventure tours to Argentina, Thailand, Japan, and Switzerland.
The plunge pool at the qualia Resort.

Down Under Endeavours’ Luxury Spa Getaways

A luxury spa getaway is all about being pampered, and if your clients are looking for a peaceful vacation abroad, Down Under Endeavours offers the best in spa travel.
Two little monks running in Myanmar.

Win a Trip to Myanmar

Win a trip to Myanmar with Kensington Tours when you book any customizable tour from now through Dec. 31, 2014 (for travel in 2014 or 2015).

Blue Lagoons, White Beaches & Black Pearls

Tahiti's natural beauty is ideal for clients looking for a luxury getaway in the South Pacific.

Alexander+Roberts’ Vision of Vietnam

Alexander + Roberts' Vision of Vietnam small group tour will offer more experiences for 2015 and 2016.

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