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Travel Impressions is launching two new Cuba people to people tours next Monday.

Travel Impressions’ New Cuba Tours Launch Monday

Next Monday, Travel Impressions will be launching two new Cuba people to people tours—one direct from JFK, the other from Miami.
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.

Agent-Exclusive Incentives

Karisma Hotels & Resorts and Discover Dominica Authority are incentivizing agents to visit Mexico and the Caribbean with exclusive offers.

Eye on the World: Puerto Rico’s Hilton Worldwide Properties

Puerto Rico combines idyllic beach resorts with rich culture and history, and a vibrant culinary scene.
Alaskan Airlines’ new nonstop service operates connects Orange County, California with Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (pictured).

New Nonstop Services to Mexico and Jamaica

Alaskan Airlines and Southwest Airlines are now operating new nonstop services from the U.S. to Mexico and Jamaica, respectively.
The Hilton San Luis Potosi in Mexico.

Hilton Worldwide Continues to Expand in Latin America & Caribbean

Hilton Worldwide’s plans to reach 100 hotels in Latin America and the Caribbean by the end of 2015 are well on its way.

Major Cruise Lines Announce 2016/2017 Itineraries

AmaWaterways, Crystal Yacht Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, SeaDream Yacht Club and Windstar Cruises have all announced new itineraries scheduled for their upcoming cruise seasons.
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.
At the Caribbean Tourism Organization's annual State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC), William “Billy” Griffith, CEO of Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc., forecasted continued growth in Barbados' tourism. 

Barbados Is Nifty at Fifty

"Air arrivals from Canada increased 19 percent January through September 2015 over 2014, and 27.9 percent from the United States—positive results for the first time in six years," said William “Billy” Griffith, CEO of Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.

Curaçao Now: Enter, North America

North American arrivals to Curaçao are up 21 percent year to date, with U.S. visits up 14 percent and Canadian visits, 50 percent.
Parliamentary Secretary with Responsibility Cardigan Connor at the Caribbean Tourism Organization's annual State of the Industry Conference.

What’s New in Anguilla

Here's the 4-1-1 from the Caribbean Tourism Organization's annual State of the Industry Conference on how Anguila plans to keep it's reputation of being an "authentic Caribbean experience."

Trinidad and Tobago’s New Emphasis on Tourism

"The new government of Trinidad and Tobago has embraced tourism," said Tourism Minister Shamfa Cudjoe at the Caribbean Tourism Organization's State of the Industry Conference in Curacao. "For me, the last four weeks have been quite exciting and interesting as I've had a chance to engage stakeholders, and we are working to take the tourism product to where it needs to be."

Apple Leisure Group Is Growing

The Apple Leisure Group is as all-encompassing an enterprise as you'll find in any industry. This is the real big Apple, with three distinct tour operators (Apple Vacations, CheapCaribbean.com, Travel Impressions), AMResorts' six hotel brands (Zoetry, Secrets, Breathless, Dreams, Now, Sunscape), the Unlimited Vacation Club at AMResorts, and the destination management company Amstar DMC. What's more, all branches of the family are on a roll.

Travel Impressions Discontinues Sale of Sandals Resorts

Travel Impressions will discontinue sale of Sandals, Beaches and Grand Pineapple Resorts effective Oct. 15, 2015.
Trinidad & Tobago is expecting to receive more than 30,000 visitors during the 2015/2016 cruise ship season, which kicks off next month.

Cruise Ship Season Kicks Off in Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad & Tobago is anticipating 16 ships and more than 30,000 visitors during the 2015/2016 cruise ship season, which kicks off next month.
Sonia Laguna is sharing Cuba's culture, cuisine, music and art with guests through tours of her native country.

Cuba-Born Sonia Laguna Leads Authentic Cuba Tours

Cuba-born Sonia Laguna is leading authentic cultural tours of Cuba on three new trips highlighting the island’s rich culture, cuisine, music and art.
AMResorts’ Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa unveiled its newly renovated lobby, restaurants and lounges, fitness center and suites to guests during its grand opening on Oct. 1.

Dreams Los Cabos Reopens After Hurricane Odile

One year after the devastation caused by Hurricane Odile in Mexico, most of Los Cabos’ hotel properties are back in operation.

Fall Into Fun in the Dominican Republic

Casas del XVI and Sublime Samana Hotel and Residences resorts in the Dominican Republic are offering a cultural package experience and limited-time, fall promotion.
Earlier this month, JetBlue launched two new routes to Mexico City from Fort Lauderdale and Orlando. 

JetBlue Jets to Mexico City

JetBlue Airways is jetting to Mexico City, its newest destination, on two new routes from Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.
One of the 300+ white-sand beaches on Antigua and Barbuda.

Antigua and Barbuda Tourism

"Fifteen months ago Antigua and Barbuda's economy was decimated by global crises and bad management," says Prime Minister Gaston Browne. "We were told tourism arrivals would be down 15 percent." Fifteen percent? It never happened.
Agents can save their clients up to 47 percent on new IBEROSTAR Premium Gold Hotels & Resorts bookings with this Travel Impressions offer.

Travel Impressions Helps Clients Save and Agents Earn

Travel Impressions is helping your clients save money on air-inclusive/all-inclusive vacation packages at IBEROSTAR Premium Gold Hotels & Resorts by offering up to 47 percent savings on bookings made by Oct. 31, 2015 for travel Oct. 1 through Dec. 23, 2015.
Recommend's Caribbean editor, Ed Wetschler, covers the new hotel scene in the Caribbean at JAPEX.

JAPEX—Part 2

So many resorts are opening in Jamaica that it's hard to keep up with them.
The MoBay City Run is a charitable event that draws both locals and visitors.

JAPEX—Part 1

Last week at the annual Jamaican Product Exchange (JAPEX), Minister of Tourism Wykeham McNeill reminded all of us in attendance, "A few years ago Jamaica broke the 2 milllion mark for stayovers.
A Bolus Bag Massage at The BodyHoliday.

Onsite Review: The BodyHoliday

The BodyHoliday, a 154-room all-inclusive resort on Saint Lucia that’s undergoing a $20 million renovation project, has long been...
Butler service at Sandals.

The Butler Did It

The first time I ever stayed in a butler suite, I had no idea how to make use of...
The spa at Petit St. Vincent.

SPA Wars

If all the independently owned, ultra-upmarket all-inclusives have splendid beaches, designer decor, and chefs who can crank out foie...
Royal Caribbean’s new shore excursion travel agent website allows agents to access to the latest news on Royal Caribbean. 

Royal Caribbean’s New Shore Excursion Website for Agents

Royal Caribbean’s new shore excursion website is a one-stop shop for travel agents planning a tropical vacation for their clients.

Q&A With Central Holidays’ New V.P. of Latin America and Cuba Division

After many years of serving as the executive vice president of the South America division at LATOUR, Arthur Berman has joined Central Holidays as vice president of the company’s newly created Latin America and Cuba division.
AskMeWeddings’ new agent incentives include air credit, an all-inclusive vacation for two and up to 15 percent commission.

New Agent Perks From AskMeWeddings

We’re excited to be among the first to reveal AskMeWeddings’ new agent perks and incentives.
Trinidad and Tobago are working on a new initiative to establish or improve both islands' trails.

Happy Trails to You

As if it weren't already one of the top eco-travel destinations in the Caribbean and beyond, Trinidad and Tobago are working on a new Eco-Adventure Trails Project.
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.
Couples receive a free wedding when they book three or more nights at a Sandals or Beaches Resorts hotel.

Caribbean Resorts Take the Stress Out of “I Dos”

These Caribbean resorts are taking the stress out of couples’ upcoming nuptials, vow renewals and honeymoons with specially curated destination wedding and honeymoon packages.
Fit in Paradise is a new exercise initiative developed by The Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts and Sarah Fit.

Get Fit with Marriott’s Exercise Initiative

Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts has partnered with YouTube personality, Sarah Fit (Sarah Dussault), to launch Fit in Paradise, a new year-round exercise initiative.
Abercrombie & Kent’s new Cuba- Across the Island- People to People itinerarybrings guests face to face with Cuban locals.

Tour Around Cuba With Abercrombie & Kent

Abercrombie & Kent’s new 13-day Cuba: Across the Island: People-to-People itinerary, with departures throughout 2016, takes guests across the island from Holguin, the city where Christopher Columbus landed in 1942, to Santiago de Cuba, the country’s second largest city located at its southern tip.
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.

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.
Guests on Central Holidays and Celestyal Cruises' Cruise Around Cuba itinerary have the opportunity to dance with Havana’s Danza Chevere troop.

Cuba Cruises Flourish

Cuba is located just 90 miles south of the United States, but due to stringent travel restrictions the island has been out of reach for most Americans until now.

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.
Beachside at Grand Lucayan.

The Buzz in Caribbean Family Travel

Can somebody tell me what “family vacation” really means? Is it a getaway during which adults savor some downtime while the kids acquire new friends and skills in a childcare facility, or is it a week of nonstop togetherness?
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.

Antigua and Barbuda’s New Terminal: 10 Things You Need to Know

People used to build things—tables, houses, the Pyramids—so they could survive anything man or nature threw at them. The new Chinese-built terminal at V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU), which I just toured, is designed that way, too, but with cutting-edge technology.
The Flavours restaurant at the Azul Fives Hotel by Karisma in Playa del Carmen.

Karisma Hotels & Resorts Offers Free WiFi

Karisma Hotels & Resorts is now offering complimentary WiFi at each of its Gourmet Inclusive properties in Mexico and the Caribbean.
The Gansevoort Dominican Republic's pool.

VIP Island Getaways

Avid adventurers, sports enthusiasts and VIP travelers are sure to flock to these islands for their pick of three fun-laced getaways.
School children in Cuba.

Cuba Bound with Journeys International

As relations between the United States and Cuba continue to normalize, an increasing number of travel companies are creating tours that allow Americans and other foreign travelers to visit the island.

LATAM is Born

LATAM Airlines is the new kid on the aviation block, a brand that joins LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines to form the largest airline group in Latin America.
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.

Tools and Incentives Just for You

These goodies are sure to help your bottom line.
The Palazzo di Varignana Resort's spa pool.

Sumptuous Spa Packages

Upscale spas in Europe and Mexico offer some sumptuous spa delights.
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.

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.

Windstar Cruises’ New All-Inclusive Package

Windstar Cruises is offering an opportunity to book brand-new, all-inclusive cruise packages on select itineraries.
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