Asia & South Pacific

Asia & South Pacific

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.
The Colonial Suite aboard Ganges Voyager II. (Photo Credit:Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection.)

Uniworld Sails to India

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection adds a new itinerary sailing from New Delhi to Kolkata, India's Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges, debuting January 2016.
Hotel Gracery Shinjuku in Kabukicho opens in 2015.

New Hotel Opens in Tokyo

Opening April 2015, Hotel Gracery Shinjuku in Kabukicho—Tokyo's entertainment and nightclub district in the Shinjuku area—is now accepting reservations.
Stay Clippers offers six yoga-themed cruises.

Cruises for Every Personality

Cruises no longer follow the cookie-cutter mold—they now offer themes, as well as special tours to fit every personality. Whether your clients like to sleep in, are practicing or novice yogis, or are wine enthusiasts, we found a cruise to fit their personality and lifestyle.

Multi-Gen Travel with Globus Family of Brands

Ryan Droegemueller, product manager for Asia, East & South Africa, for the Globus family of brands, talks about multi-gen travel to Asia.
Family Friendly Journeys Panda Kindergarten

Family Fun in Asia

Been there, done that? Asia is calling.
Compagnie du Ponant offers new bookings for itineraries to the Antarctic and South America.

New Ship & Itineraries for Compagnie du Ponant

A new ship is joining Compagnie du Ponant's feet next spring, and the line is offering new bookings for itineraries to the Antarctic and South America for the 2015-2016 winter season.

Cruise Lines’ New Land-Based Tours

Cruise passengers can further immerse themselves in the local cultures through unique land experiences.

CroisiEurope Slashes Prices for 2014

CroisiEurope has slashed the prices on a few of its 2014 voyages.
Taktsang Monastery in Bhutan

FAMs to Latin America & Beyond

We’ve collected a few FAMs that will take you everywhere from Machu Picchu to far-flung Mongolia and Bhutan.
W Retreat Koh Samui in Thailand

Onsite Review: The Beat Goes on for Thai Tourism

Thailand shines even brighter after the early-2014 coup.

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