Mexico

Train Like a Champion at One&Only Palmilla

For a truly one-of-a-kind health, wellness, and adventure experience in Los Cabos, Mexico, book your clients One&Only Palmilla’s Live Life Alive package, where guests receive fitness instruction from big-wave surfer and renowned waterman Laird Hamilton and Gabrielle Reece, a fitness expert and Olympic beach volleyball champion.

New Mexico Beachfront Resort: Grand Velas Los Cabos

Grand Velas Los Cabos is set to make its debut on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula this November.

Ultimate Jet Vacations Offers Elevated Commission on Banyan Tree Mayakoba Bookings

Throughout the month of May, Ultimate Jet Vacations is offering agents 16 percent commission on their bookings at the Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

A Look at the Upcoming Moon Grand in Cancun

This December, Palace Resorts is debuting a new resort concept located within Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort in Cancun—Moon Grand.

Grupo Posadas Unveils Collection of Beach Resorts

Grupo Posadas has officially introduced its Fiesta Americana Resort Collection featuring 12 unique beach resort properties in some of the most sought-after locations throughout Mexico.

The Reality of Virtual Travel

Virtual reality technology is popping up across all sectors of the travel industry, bringing your clients closer to far-flung destinations and you closer to closing that deal.

Eye on the World: Iberostar Playa Mita & Sayulita

Last month, I ventured off to Iberostar Playa Mita in Mexico's Riviera Nayarit. Here's a peek at what my iPhone and I captured at the resort and in the fishing village (or surfing town) of Sayulita.

ID Travel Unveils Cancellation Waiver Promotion

Luxury tour operator ID Travel Group has launched a complimentary cancellation waiver at select properties.

Getaways Made Just For Mom

This Mother’s Day, help your clients surprise their family’s matriarch with a getaway packed with mom-approved activities.

Savory Stays

We're sampling four savory stays around the globe where your clients can get a taste of the good life.

AMResorts Announces Round-the-Clock Dining Program

AMResorts, an Apple Leisure Group subsidiary, is offering round-the-clock food and beverage options across its six luxury resort brands that include 43 properties in 21 destinations.

Catering to Solo Travelers

Royalton Luxury Resorts is encouraging solo travelers to go it alone by waiving its single supplement fee and offering a 55 percent discount off stays from Aug. 24 to Oct. 31 at the adults-only CHIC Punta Cana and Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun resorts.
The Viceroy Zihuatanejo offers a mezcal and chocolate experience for couples.

Mexico: Spotlight on Gastronomy

Dining in Mexico is always a treat—whether one is on the hunt for the very best culinary experience in Mexico City’s affluent neighborhoods or enjoying a romantic dinner at one of the country’s many beachfront resorts.
The Tres CerveZa’s microbrewery.

Onsite Review: Hyatt Ziva Cancun

In the rapidly expanding world of all-inclusive resorts Hyatt Ziva Cancun is finding new ways to up the all-inclusive ante.

Get Amplified With Hard Rock Hotels

Hard Rock Hotels has launched its Amplified package, available at all 23 properties worldwide, including domestic locations in Florida and California, and international destinations in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Caribbean.

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.

Let the Mayakoba Games Begin

The Mayakoba Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico is launching a new day-long experience for kids based off the popular adventure novel series "The Hunger Games" and its movies.

Eye on the World: Riviera Maya

For four days I ate, slept and played like rock 'n' roll royalty at the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in Mexico, experiencing the luxuries and VIP treatment available only to guests of the resort's new Rock Royalty Level.
Paradisus Resorts is offering an array of new activities for teens.

New Happenings at All-Inclusives

Today’s all-inclusives have finally dusted off yesteryear’s mindset and are playing a whole different ballgame.

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.

In a Tropical State of Mind

In celebration of its new website design and logo, Paradisus Resorts brought sun and sand to Union Square in New York City earlier this month via the Be Sunny Mobile pop up beach.

And the Winner Is…Playa Hotels & Resorts

The awards keep rolling in for Playa Hotels & Resorts, reinforcing its position as one of the top luxury all-inclusive resort brands in this fast growing market.

Q&A With Grand Residences’ General Manager Carlo Bicaci

Tucked away in a private enclave between Riviera Maya and Cancun, the 103-all-suite Grand Residences Riviera Cancun provides, according to general manager Carlo Bicaci, something unique to the area’s hotel landscape.

A Handsome Wedding Day Offer for Husbands-to-Be

Husbands-to-be can shake off their wedding day jitters with the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit’s new Groom Suite Experience.

A Peek at Thompson Playa del Carmen’s Boho-Chic Beach House

The 27-guestroom and -suite oceanfront Beach House at Thompson Playa del Carmen recently made its debut in the heart of downtown Playa del Carmen on the heels of the main hotel’s November 2015 opening.

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?

Eye on the World: Scenic Puerto Vallarta

Recommend just got back from Gala Vallarta Nayarit, where we got the scoop on what's new in Puerto Vallarta, including updates to hotels and info on new hotels, too.

Gala Vallarta Nayarit: We’ve Got the Intel on Destination Happenings

Our Associate Editor just spent five days surrounded by crystal-blue waters and lush green mountains in Puerto Vallarta. But she wasn't sipping away on margaritas by the pool. Instead, she was attending Gala Vallarta Nayarit to bring you what's new and what's happening in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit.
A premium oceanview guestroom.

Onsite Review: Viva Ziva!

Symbolizing rebirth after Hurricane Odile’s wrath forced the shuttering of Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos in September 2014, a single surviving palm continues to sprout fresh fronds. One year and one day after Category 3 winds battered the Baja Peninsula’s southern tip, the Playa Hotels & Resorts-owned beachfront property emerged as a re-imagined playground more deeply infused with the area’s rich spirit.
Spa relaxation area.

Onsite Review: Luxury Bahia Principe Akumal Don Pablo Collection

The Bahia Principe resort in Riviera Maya, a huge, 4-complex property complete with a casino, a marketplace, a nightclub, spas, and more than enough places for kicking back and relaxing, is made for clients who might want to venture offsite to explore the area, but are perfectly content staying put and enjoying all the amenities an all-inclusive resort of this magnitude offers.

Eye on the World: Hyatt Ziva Cancun

Fire-wielding acrobats rappelling off of a building, suspended aerial silk dancers performing midair over a pool, and a daring performer (also wielding fire) soaring over the same pool with the assistance of water jet pack wowed guests at the Hyatt Ziva Cancun's grand opening party on Jan. 12—and I had a front row seat to all the action.

Acapulco Achieves Record High Hotel Occupancy

According to the Acapulco Destination Marketing Office, Acapulco achieved record high hotel occupancy this past December, making it the most successful winter season in the past seven years for the resort city located on Mexico's Pacific coast.

Karisma Hotels & Resorts Ups Commission to 21 Percent

Karisma Hotels & Resorts is upping its commission to 21 percent and adding a new loyalty travel club program.

Travel Bound Offers Incentives on Beach Collection

Travel Bound has launched its new Beach Collection 2016 and is offering vacation incentives to agents who make a booking from any of the featured destinations.

AC Hotels by Marriott To Open 22 Design-Led Hotels

AC Hotels by Marriott recently announced its plans to open 22 new design-led hotels around the world in 2016.

Eye on the World: Thompson Playa del Carmen

We just got our hands on this eye candy and couldn’t wait to share.
A reef in Cozumel, Mexico.

Agent Incentives in Mexico and the Caribbean

Here’s a round-up of the latest agent incentives being offered in Mexico and the Caribbean.
The Mahekal Beach Resort's Deluxe Oceanfront King palapa-style bungalow.

Mexico Debuts New and Revamped Hotels  

Los Cabos and Playa del Carmen are debuting one new and one revamped hotel, respectively before the year’s end.
The Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City.

Starwood Hotels and Design Hotels Expand Partnership

Today, at the International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) in France, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and Design Hotels announced the company’s expanded partnership, as well as Design Hotels inception as the 11th Starwood brand.
The spa at the newly opened Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya.

Mexico: New Year, More Choices

Mexico is energized.

Q&A With Kevin Froemming

Recommend’s contributing writer Donna Ray had the pleasure of speaking with Kevin Froemming, executive v.p. & chief marketing officer for Playa Resorts Management, at the Nov. 19 grand re-opening celebration of Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos.
Beachside at The Pyramid at Grand Oasis in Mexico.

Grand Oasis Cancun Rings In NYE With EDM Stars

Oasis Hotels & Resorts is ringing in the New Year with a beach bash featuring performances from electronic dance music superstars Steve Angello from Swedish House Mafia and Empire of the Sun at the Grand Oasis Cancun.
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.
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.
Frida restaurant at the All-Inclusive Hard Rock Hotels.

The Art of Cooking

In 2006, tequila was named a World Heritage by UNESCO, and in 2010, UNESCO proclaimed traditional Mexican cooking an Intangible Cultural Heritage. No wonder Mexicans boastfully say, “In Mexico, cooking is an art.”

Q&A With One&Only Resorts’ New Vice President of Marketing Mike Bonner

Travel industry veteran Mike Bonner joined One&Only Resorts’ team as the newly appointed vice president of marketing last month after working for more than two decades in various sales and marketing positions at well-recognized cruise and hospitality companies, including Celebrity Cruises, Maybourne Hotel Group, and most recently, Silversea Cruises.

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.

Recovery Efforts Have Begun After Fire Breaks Out at Iberostar Properties

Iberostar has begun recovery efforts after fire breaks out at two Iberostar properties in the Riviera Maya.

Eye on the World: Bahia Principe Riviera Maya Resort

Last week I had the opportunity to step away from the office and make the Bahia Principe Riviera Maya Resort in Mexico my home for four days.
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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.

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