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North America

Guests who book W Hotels' Heat Wave package receive this playful, limited edition pool float.

W Hotels’ Summer Offerings

W Hotels across the country are celebrating the summer season with a line-up of new offerings.
Pandora—The World of Avatar.

Onsite Review: New Openings in Central Florida

For the start of summer 2017, two of Central Florida’s theme parks—Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Universal Orlando Resort—enticed crowds with new fun-filled offerings: Disney opened the enchanting Pandora—The World of Avatar, and at Universal, the high-adrenaline Volcano Bay water theme park made its debut.
Hiking near Canyon Ranch Tucson.

Nourish Your Soul

“I think it’s fair to say that wellness is no longer a trend among today’s luxury travel segment; it’s really a lifestyle that is here to stay, particularly in a market like Los Angeles,” says Zachary Lapidus, director of rooms at The Beverly Hills Hotel.
JW Marriott Nashville will accommodate weddings ranging from intimate affairs to large-scale ceremonies.

JW Marriott Nashville’s Customized Weddings

JW Marriott Nashville will offer couples a one-one-kind wedding experience meticulously tailored to their individual tastes when it opens next year.
The adults-only Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico is offering a new romance package.

Wedding Bands and Sun Tans: Beach Nuptials

Sunsets and white-sand beaches are the backdrop for these beach weddings.
Acqualina Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles Beach hosts small beach gatherings as well as lavish affairs. 

Specialty Wedding Options

Make your clients’ special day that much more memorable by providing them specialty wedding options unique to the couple.
The well bar at The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens.

Charlestowne Hotels is Opening 5 Historic Reuse Properties

Hospitality management company Charlestowne Hotels is opening five boutique hotels repurposed from historic structures and landmarks within the next year.
Walt Disney World is saluting Independence Day with fireworks displays and more at each of its park.

Where to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks Display at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World is saluting Independence Day with fireworks displays and more at each of its park.
Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa's Funky Fish Ocean Camp ocean adventure program includes sports activities like snorkeling, skim boarding and boogie boarding.

Under the Sea Adventures in Florida

These under the sea adventures in Florida take explorers below the ocean's surface where a world of discovery awaits.
An aerial view of the Don CeSar hotel in St. Pete Beach.

Everything’s Coming Up Rosy at Florida’s Pink Palace

In honor of #NationalPinkDay tomorrow (June 23), the Don CeSar hotel in St. Pete Beach, known as Florida’s Pink Palace, is celebrating with a limited-time package for those who can’t get enough pink.
SeaWorld Orlando's new virtual reality roller coaster, Kraken Unleashed, is now open.

SeaWorld Orlando Debuts Kraken Virtual Reality Experience

Just in time for family summer vacation, SeaWorld Orlando has debuted its first-of-its-kind virtual reality roller coaster, Kraken Unleashed.
The Hidden Lake bike trail at Grande Lakes Orlando offers guests 13 and older a 2-mile mountain bike route.

Grande Lakes Orlando Expands Adventure Program

Grande Lakes Orlando, comprised of The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott properties, is expanding its adventure program at a new hub for all things adventure on property: Grande Lakes Sports.
Kayaking at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in North Florida.

Work Your Core at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort

Now through Dec. 31, Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in North Florida is offering a Coastal Core package.
Views of Espanola Way from a balcony at El Paseo Hotel.

Miami Beach’s Española Way Reopens

Española Way, one of the most historic lanes on Miami Beach, reopened last month after the completion of the City of Miami Beach's $2.5 million restoration project.
San Antonio River Walk

What’s New in San Antonio

There’s more to San Antonio than The Alamo and great tacos. Through the end of 2017 and into 2018, this fast-growing city will see a host of new offerings, from restaurant openings and site renovations to hotel developments.
Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach features two Asian restaurants and a tropical beer garden from celebrity chef Masaharu Morimoto

Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach Splashes Onto the Scene

Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach is set to splash onto the Honolulu hotel scene this fall on the site of the current Pacific Beach Hotel.
The Hotel Marques de Riscal in Elciego, Spain is part of Marriott International's  Luxury Collection.

Marriott International’s Ever-Expanding Luxury Portfolio

During Marriott International's showcase presentation in New York last week, the press had a chance to examine the luxury, boutique sector of the brand's portfolio.
Le Meridien Denver Downtown's open-air rooftop bar is said to be the highest in the city.

Denver Hotels Debut This Summer

Le Meridien Denver Downtown opens this summer and we’ve got your sneak peek of this property.
The Spa Internazionale at the exclusive Fisher Island Club Hotel and Resort in Miami Beach.

Reset & Refresh at the Fisher Island Club Hotel and Resort

When in need of some much-needed R&R, send your clients to the exclusive Fisher Island Club Hotel and Resort, located off the tip of South Beach, to unplug in one of the Florida’s most luxurious resort destinations.
A guestroom at The Laylow, an Autograph Collection hotel in Waikiki. 

Oahu Receives First Autograph Collection Hotel

Oahu recently received its first Autograph Collection hotel with last month’s opening of The Laylow on Waikiki’s revitalized Kuhio Avenue.
A proposal at OUE Skyspace LA overlooking the LA skyline. (Photo credit Szuszanik Hovakimyan.)

A Wedding Over LA

Many destination weddings take place by a beach, but equally as breathtaking is OUE Skyspace LA—it even hosted a dinner during the last season of ABC’s "The Bachelor."
Guestrooms and suites at Hotel 50 Bowery in NYC feature distressed oak floors and luxe linens and a color palette of traditional chinaware colors of blue and white.

Red, White & New: 7 U.S. Hotel Openings

With so many hotel openings happening across the country in the coming months, we decided to make an amendment to our previous “5 Hotel Openings in the U.S.” article with these eight additions.

Zota Beach Resort Opens On Longboat Key, Florida

This month, the new Zota Beach Resort on Longboat Key, Florida opens featuring 187 guestrooms and suites.
Telluride Ski Resort offers several wedding venues.

Weddings With a View

For clients who want to make a grand entrance on their wedding day—and who doesn’t—we’ve handpicked three venues with dramatic views.
Glamping at Collective Yellowstone in Montana.

Active Honeymoons

Today’s honeymooners are looking for more than just lounging by the resort pool with mai tai in hand. Nowadays it’s about exploring a destination and packing in some outdoor adventure, and these three resorts are made for those active-laden honeymoons (although a little bit of downtime for cuddling is also in the picture).
The Ocean Course.

Globetrotting: Hammock Beach Resort

For Hammock Beach Resort—a Salamander Resorts property and member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts hugging the Atlantic shoreline in Palm Coast, Florida—damage caused by Hurricane Matthew last October presented the opportunity for the team to “redefine the Hammock Beach experience,” says Jason Kern, the resort’s director of sales and marketing.

Eye on the World: Pandora—The World of Avatar

Last week Recommend had a sneak peek of Pandora—the World of Avatar, at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
The W Fort Lauderdale’s rooftop WET deck pool.

A Sneak Peak at the W Fort Lauderdale’s Makeover

The W Fort Lauderdale is revealing the first phase of its $55 million-dollar renovation touching every corner of the property

Reservations Are Now Open for Universal Orlando Resort’s Sixth Onsite Hotel

Reservations are now open for Aventura Hotel, Universal Orlando Resort’s sixth onsite property.
Mustache sculpture at the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Exploring St. Pete Beach, Florida’s Artistic and Cultural Side

For arts and culture enthusiasts, the historic Don CeSar in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida offers the new Don & Dali Museum package showcasing two exhibitions at the famed Dali Museum.
Snowbasin Resort's kid-friendly line-up of summer activities includes the Bark at the Basin event on Sept. 10.

Summer Happenings on the West Coast

Help your clients make the most of their summer vacation on the West Coast with these outdoor activities.
By the end of 2017, Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas will have renovated more than 800 suites, including the Augustus Spa Suites in the Augustus Tower at Caesars Palace.

Caesars Entertainment Adds Newly Renovated Suites to Las Vegas Portfolio

Caesars Entertainment has added newly renovated suites to the most exclusive collection of luxury accommodations in its portfolio of Las Vegas resorts.
A rendering of American Cruise Lines' American Constellation.

American Constellation Completes Construction Ahead of Schedule

American Cruise Lines has announced that its new cruise ship American Constellation has completed construction ahead of schedule.

Celebrate an Alaska Experience 70 Years in the Making

Holland America is celebrating 70 years of showing guests the marvels of the Great Land. That's longer than any other company, even longer than Alaska has been a state!
Current, a new Autograph Collection Hotel by Marriott, is opening in Tampa Bay next year.

Tampa Bay Autograph Collection Hotel to Open in 2018

Next year, Current, a new Autograph Collection Hotel by Marriott, is opening in Tampa Bay.
Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa is giving guests a chance to get up close to the endangered loggerheads, leatherbacks and green sea turtles that nest in the area.

Save the Sea Turtles at Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa

Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa has partnered with the local, non-profit Loggerhead Marine Life Center to offer guests a chance to get up close to the endangered loggerheads, leatherbacks and green sea turtles that lay their eggs in the area during the summer nesting season.
Taking a cruise—both ocean-going and on the rivers—is one of the most popular ways to vacation, according to the survey, and Cuba is a top international destination. (Photo credit: Royal Caribbean International)

Travel Trends

You, too, are the travel experts, so we conducted a Future of Travel survey a couple of months back on recommend.com to get your take on what’s trending in travel in 2017 and 2018.
Club Med Sandpiper Bay’s annual Body & Mind Weeks will connect guests with more than 20 pro athletes through the resort’s existing sports offerings.

Club Med Sandpiper Bay Hosts Annual Body & Mind Weeks

The time is almost here for Club Med Sandpiper Bay’s annual Body & Mind Weeks held April 29-June 3 this year at the all-inclusive hotel in St. Lucie South Florida.
The St. Regis Bal Harbour's Fifth Anniversary Catch & Cook Experience includes a private 5-hour-long fishing excursion in Miami.

South Florida Hotel Offers Catch & Cook Experience

In celebration of its decade in business, Miami’s St. Regis Bal Harbour is offering an over-the-top Fifth Anniversary Catch & Cook Experience.
The Pallavi Luxury Spa at the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach.

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach Debuts Pallavi Spa

Following its opening earlier this year, Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach has announced the debut of The Pallavi Luxury Spa.
The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village in Cape Coral is offering a new pet menu.

Florida Hotels Unleash Unique Pet, Spa and Cultural Amenities

If the only thing hotels in Florida offered were decent guestrooms, a restaurant and access to a white-sand beach or sparkling pool that would be enough to please most travelers, but these hotels are taking it a step further by offering unique amenities for the pet lover, spa enthusiast and culture buff.
South African Airways and Hawaiian Airlines have established a new interline agreement.

South African Airways Partners with Hawaiian Airlines

South African Airways and Hawaiian Airlines have established a new interline agreement that provides new and convenient flight options for both SAA and Hawaiian passengers flying between the Hawaiian Islands and Southern Africa.
Collective Retreats Lodge

New Experiential Travel Company Debuts Summer Retreats

Experiential travel company Collective Retreats launched last month, while at the same time announcing three new retreat locations set to open this summer.
Geckos Adventures is now offering a new trip series to the world’s lesser-known festivals, including Santiago de Cuba’s Carnival. (Photo credit: Geckos Adventures)

Geckos Adventures Introduces Trip Series to World’s Lesser-Known Festivals

Millennial travelers looking for a taste of off-the-beaten-track festival life are in for a treat as Geckos Adventures is offering a new trip series to the world’s lesser-known festivals.
Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay is Small Luxury Hotels of the World's first Ibizan outpost.

New Island Escapes

Plan the perfect island escape for your clients at one of these new idyllic properties.
Jimmy Fallon at the grand opening of the new Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon ride at Universal Studios Florida.

Jimmy Fallon-Inspired Ride Opens at Universal Orlando Resort

Join “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon on an action-packed race through the Big Apple at Universal Orlando Resort, where an all-new ride inspired by the popular comedian just opened.

Jungle Island’s Extreme Makeover

Jungle Island, the 18-acre landmark attraction on Watson Island in Miami is getting an extreme makeover.
A dessert feast at Zuma, a new eatery at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

A Dash of Vegas

Here’s a sprinkling of new tasty morsels in Vegas.
Hot air balloon festival at Stoweflake Mountain Resort in Vermont.

A View from the Top

Beyond stunning bird’s-eye views, crisp air, and outdoor adventures, mountain vacations offer a bevy of experiential activities, as well, including hot air ballooning, Western adventures and visits to whisky distilleries.
Chairman Suite accommodations.

Globetrotting: MGM National Harbor

Last November, the Washington metropolitan area stood on the precipice of a monumental new beginning…and I’m not talking about the election.
Travel agents can earn up to 25 percent commission on America’s Trains Inc. (ATs) all-inclusive, luxury train vacation bookings.

Earn Up to 25 Percent Commission on Luxury Train Vacations

Beginning December 2017, travel agents can earn up to 25 percent commission on America’s Trains Inc. (ATs) all-inclusive, luxury train vacation bookings.
The Fireside Cafe and Bar at Hotel Zeppelin San Francisco.

Viceroy Hotel Group Introduces Three Brand Tiers

Viceroy Hotel Group (VHG) has segmented its portfolio into three tiers—The Viceroy Icon Collection, The Viceroy Lifestyle Series and The Urban Retreat Collection.
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