Asia & South Pacific

Asia & South Pacific

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.
Gateway to the Grand Palace, Bangkok.

Thai Hotels that are Divine

We've hand-selected a few Thai hotels that are truly divine.

Pool Parties & More Around the Globe

Summer is in full swing, so it's time to take advantage of those unused vacation days, and soak up the long summer days for just a little bit longer.

Spotlight Tours with Collette

Collette's new Spotlight tours, with its first departures in May 2015, are now on sale.

Swain Destinations Gets First Peek at One&Only Hayman

Recommend's Associate Editor, Michelle Arean, had a chance to chat with Ian Swain, founder of Swain Destinations, last week about his recent visit to One&Only Hayman, on the Great Barrier Reef, where he was the first guest to experience the property. Swain, one of the industry's top experts on Australia shares with us his first-hand experience, as well as a few tidbits about traveling in Australia and Swain Destinations.

Tauck Expands Exotic Portfolio

Tauck expands its Exotic portfolio of travel tours with trips to Myanmar and the Arabian Peninsula.
Guests on Natural Habitat Adventures’ Borneo itineraries have the opportunity to view orangutans in the Danum Valley.

Borneo the Bountiful

If a destination award for wilderness travel were to be handed out, Borneo would be a top contender.

Windstar Cruises’ Private Events

Travelers sailing to Asia on board Windstar Cruises can experience Private Events focused on providing guests with in-depth and authentic experiences that complement their Asian voyage.

Exploring Bali With Crystal Cruises

Travelers can explore Bali on land and at sea with Crystal Cruises' four new itineraries sailing this fall and early winter.

Explore Nepal by Helicopter

Travelers can explore Nepal by helicopter with Geringer Global Travel.

Mandarin Oriental Bodrum Opens

Mandarin Oriental Bodrum opens in Turkey. The luxury hotel is located on an 148-acre waterfront site on the northern side of the peninsula at Cennet Koyu (Paradise Bay) and offers panoramic views of the Aegean Sea. To celebrate, the hotel is offering guests the Discover Paradise Bay package.

Borneo by Water

In the July Active & Experiential Travel Issue, we covered Borneo because when it comes wilderness travel Borneo is ahead of the pack. Here, we recommend Borneo by water, both independently and with Lindblad Expeditions.

Andaz Hotel Opens in Japan

Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills, the first Andaz Hotel in Japan, opened in June.

Thailand Regains Its Footing

On the morning of May 22, the army of the Kingdom of Thailand staged a coup d’etat against a transitional government that had ruled the country for about six months, declaring that Thailand would henceforth be governed by a junta.

Hong Kong Specialist Program

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has introduced a Hong Kong Specialist training course, designed to educate travel agents on all of Hong Kong's offerings.

G Adventures Offers Discounts

G Adventures has partnered with Tourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand to offer agents a 20 percent discount on all of its New Zealand trips through June 30.

Discover Cambodia with Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa

Travelers can discover Cambodia with Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa, which is offering a Siem Reap Discovery package that enriches the discovery of the Angkor UNESCO World Heritage site with local Anantara experiences.

FAMs with Exeter International

Exeter International is offering three FAMs abroad.

Explore Sri Lanka

Travelers can explore Sri Lanka with Artisans of Leisure, who announced new private tours filled with hands-on experiences that capture what this island country has to offer.

One&Only Opens in Australia

Australia's private island resort located by the Great Barrier Reef, One&Only Hayman Island, reopens on July 1 after a multimillion-dollar refurbishment.

Eye on the World: Thailand

Recommend's Asia/South Pacific Editor just returned from Thailand, where he attended Thailand Travel Mart Plus and visited Koh Samui. Take in the cultural beauty of Thailand through these images in Eye on the World: Thailand.

TAT Governor, Thawatchai Arunyik, Answers Questions from Recommend

Recommend's Asia/South Pacific Editor, Sergio Ortiz, had a chance to chat with TAT Governor, Thawatchai Arunyik, at the Thailand Travel Mart held on June 4-6 to talk about safety issues in Thailand.

Traveling Alone? No Problem

If your clients are traveling alone, no problem because the French cruise line, Compagnie du Ponant, is offering them their own stateroom without the added single supplement.

Victoria Cruises’ Yangtze River Voyage

Victoria Cruises has partnered with Orient Flexi-Pax Tours, an IsramWorld Company, to offer a 12-day Yangtze River Voyage, which gives travelers an up-close look at China’s wonders.

SITA’s Family Tours

Your clients can indulge in cultural family tours abroad with SITA World Tours' discount of up to $200 off per person on select tours.
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