Latin America

Latin America

Spring Steals and Summer Hotel Deals

You'll have to act fast to take advantage of these spring and summer hotel deals in Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America.

El Salvador FAM

Tara Tours is offering an El Salvador Travel Experience April 28-May 05, 2016 for travel agents and their spouse or companion.

Si! Hotels in South America Focus on Food

Nowadays, South American cuisine continues to make culinary headlines, and hotels south of our border are active participants in the cultural trend of treating their guests to hands-on food experiences.

Classic Family Vacations With an Adventurous Twist 

Classic Journeys' family multi-sport journeys invite the whole gang to participate in river tubing, snorkeling, and other outdoor activities, as well as experience interactions with locals throughout their vacation.

Celebrity Cruises Ups Galapagos Islands Capacity

Celebrity Cruises is planning to up its Galapagos Islands guest capacity by 65 percent with the acquisition of the award-winning Galapagos Islands tour operator Ocean Adventures and its two ships, the 48-passenger M/V Eclipse and the 16-passenger catamaran M/C Athala II.

Make Art, Make a Difference Onboard Lindblad Expeditions Galapagos Voyages

Lindblad Expeditions, in partnership with National Geographic, is offering guests the opportunity to make art and support local artisans while sailing the Galapagos Islands through the Make Art, Make a Difference program.
G Adventures offers family trips in Costa Rica that include plenty of outdoor activities.

Adventure-Lands Ripe for Family Travel

We all know that family travel is a booming segment of the leisure marketplace, and Latin America has some of the hottest spots of all.

The Perks of Being an Agent

Journese, a member of Pleasant Holidays' portfolio of luxury brands, has launched its Exclusive Perks campaign offering agents the opportunity to extend their clients a range of value-added amenities, from resort credits and complimentary nights to spa treatments and complimentary cabana use at select premier resorts.

Around the World by Private Jet

Abercrombie & Kent’s new Around the World by Private Jet: The Tropics to the Arctic itinerary explores far-flung destinations from the French Polynesia to Iceland in a 26-day off-the-beaten-path private jet tour.

Carnival in Brazil Draws Record Numbers

The party must go on, and it did. Despite the Zika virus threat, Brazil’s legendary Carnival hit the streets all over the country, drawing record numbers of revelers to festivities from Salvador de Bahia in the north to Santa Catarina in the south.

Indigenous-Inspired Spa Treatments in Honduras

Honduras’ Lodge at Pico Bonito, a Small Luxury Hotels of the World member, is offering new organic spa treatments inspired by the pre-Hispanic indigenous culture and traditions at the eco-lodge’s recently opened Spa at Pico Bonito.

Travel Industry Responds to Zika

New reports on Zika’s spread, potential effect and modes of transmission surface by the day, but is it, and how is it, affecting travel to destinations in the Caribbean and Latin America?
Avanti Destinations includes a stay at the Westin Golf Resort & Spa Playa Conchal.

The Luxury is in the Experience

Luxury travel is being re-defined all over the world, Central America included. Today, new ingredients—adventurous activities, authentic experiences, unique destinations, and personal discovery—are all part of the recipe for customer-perfect leisure travel. Always in the mix, of course, are luxury accommodations, perfectly matched to different tastes. Have a look at a sampling of products out there.

Latour Unveils Themed Tour Packages in Peru

Latour, a member of the IsramWorld portfolio, has expanded its offering in South America with four new packages to Peru.

It’s Showtime!

At the opening gong on Trade Day, Recommend’s Ed Wetschler and myself—Caribbean and Latin America editors, respectively—were lined up behind the starting “gate,” at the ready for the marathon course through the New York Times Travel Show on “trade day,” Jan. 8.

Lindblad Acquires Australis Ship for Galapagos Expeditions

Cruise and adventure travel operator Lindblad Expeditions has announced the purchase of the Via Australis ship to be used on its tours of the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.
Ski.com's new Resort Finder tool allows agents to view a side-by-side comparison of the up to three resorts.

Ski.com Launches New Travel Agent Website

Ski.com recently launched a new website for travel agents with online tools and resources that make it easier for agents to quote, book and manage their clients’ ski vacations.

Central Holidays Debuts Latin America Programs

Central Holidays is making its debut in Latin America with a collection of new itineraries for 2016, covering 13 countries including Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Bolivia and Chile.

USTOA: Positive Outlook for 2016

Listen closely to what USTOA members are saying, and you’ll be all smiles going into the holidays and into 2016. There’s a positive outlook for the coming year, with tour operator members showing strong growth this past year and going into 2016, and affirming that travel agents contribute significantly to USTOA members’ business. Let’s look at the numbers, shall we.
Standard dome tent at EcoCamp Patagonia, where AdventureSmith Explorations clients stay while touring Patagonia.

Cool Patagonia is a Hot Ticket

The newfound popularity of Patagonia is a credit to the discovery of its timeless landscapes of glacial lakes and towering peaks, its spectacular parklands and diverse flora and fauna.

Active Vacations in Belize and Guatemala

Backroads and the Francis Ford Coppola family resorts have teamed up to offer a Backroads Belize & Guatemala Multisport Adventure tour.
Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica.

AMResorts Opens First Secrets Property in Costa Rica

AMResorts opened its first Secrets Resorts & Spas property in Costa Rica—Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica—last month.
Santorini, Greece.

Variety Cruises’ FAMs

Variety Cruises is offering special rates to travel agents on its winter 2015/2016 and summer 2016 FAM trips.
A highlight of Say Hueque’s new Salta: Adventure Tolar Grande is visits to the large salt flats in Salta, Argentina.

Culturally Unique Tours of South America

For a culturally unique vacation set amongst the natural wonders of South America, suggest your clients take part in one of these tours.

Complimentary Diving with Zegrahm Expeditions

Discover the diverse marine life of Central America with Zegrahm Expeditions, which is now offering complimentary diving excursions on the upcoming Rainforests & Reefs cruise.
Central Holidays $600 pre-holiday sale for couples is available on five Cuba programs through DATE. 

Central Holidays’ Pre-Holiday Cuba Sale

Central Holidays is offering couples a $600 pre-holiday sale on five of its Cuba programs, including A Taste of Havana, Hola Cuba, L’Chaim Cuba and Cruise Around Cuba, through Nov. 30.
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.
Ecoventura's newest luxury ship, MV Origin, makes its inaugural voyage through the Galapagos Islands in January 2016.

Ecoventura Debuts the MV Origin

In January 2016, Ecoventura is debuting the new MV Origin set to sail the Galapagos Islands.
The Pavilion at Viña Vik in Chile.

Southbound, by Design

Bespoke travel—it’s a many-splendored concept with many perspectives. Think truly customized upscale travel in which a journey is solely...
Agent who book a new Mountain Travel Sobek trip by Dec. 15 will receive a $100 booking bonus. 

Agent Incentives

Mountain Travel Sobek is offering agents and their clients monetary incentives when booking one of the company's itineraries.

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.
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.
Marriott’s Vroom Service is a first-of-its-kind virtual reality guest service.

Marriott’s In-Room Virtual Reality Travel Experience

Marriott Hotels has collaborated with Samsung Electronics America to launch VRoom Service, a new virtual reality travel experience.
On Condor Travel’s Llama Trek Trail, guests visit indigenous weaving community.

Llama Trekking Plus a New Hotel in Peru

Condor Travel’s 1-day llama trekking excursion is ideal for agents booking large groups.
Tara Tours’ is offering its new Guatemala FAM for travel in December.

Guatemala FAM

Tara Tours’ new Guatemala Travel Agent Adventure & Shopping Spree FAM offers agents, and their companions, an all-inclusive trip to Central America for travel this December.
The Singular Patagonia is preparing to reopen for its summer season.

The Singular Patagonia Reopens for the Summer Season

As the ice melts away another winter season in Chile, The Singular Patagonia prepares to reopen on Sept. 17.
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.

Travel Impressions Extends 31 Days of Giveaways Contest

Due to a positive response from agents, Travel Impressions is extending its 31 Days of Giveaways booking window through Sept. 30, 2015.

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.
Delta Vacations now offers packages to Colombia, including Medellin.

New Offerings Abound

From added destinations to bonus perks, these tour operators have raised the stakes.
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 relax in a jucuzzi while taking in the mountainous scenery in Nicaragua.

Book and Save with Pleasant Holidays

Pleasant Holidays announced the addition of several new hotels joining its Central America portfolio.

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.

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.
The MS Nordkapp.

Cruise Lines Add New Voyages

Un-Cruise Adventures has released a new brochure of small ship adventure and river cruises, including a new 2017 Panama itinerary, in addition to revealing their 2016 schedule of Alaska adventure cruises. Across the pond and a sea in Norway, Hurtigruten is offering three special sailings in October and November 2015 for venturesome travelers.
Aqua Expeditions Aqua Amazon and Aria Amazon.

Aqua Expeditions Renovates Peruvian Vessels

Aqua Expeditions renovates its two Peruvian vessels—the Aqua Amazon and the Aria Amazon.
Delta Vacations now offers trips to Cartagena.

Delta Vacations Expands to Colombia

Delta Vacations is expanding its presence in Latin America with the addition of packages in Bogota, Catagena, and Medellin, Colombia.

Checking In: Latin America

Any time is a good time for an update on new products in Latin American countries. Why? Check out these figures: Nicaragua continues to be hailed as the “new Costa Rica”; Colombia’s good notices are expanding touring beyond Cartagena and Bogota; Ecuador’s tourism numbers grew by 14 percent last year; Brazil’s by 10.6 percent; and Chile’s by 5.3 percent. Peru, meanwhile, is earning accolades for great wilderness comforts and award-winning culinary treats.
Haimark Line offers 9-night itineraries to Cuba.

Haimark Set to Sail to Cuba

Haimark Line will begin sailing to Cuba aboard the MS Saint Laurent; it will be the first small ship operated by a U.S. cruise line to sail to Cuba in over 40 years.

Crystal Cruises Reveals Major Brand Expansions

Crystal Cruises unveils some significant expansions to its luxury brand.

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