North America

North America

Eye on the World: Alaska

Earlier this month, I left the humidity of Miami for the dry—and delightful—weather of Alaska. I hopped on one of John Hall's Alaska tours and...well, the images speak for themselves. Stunning? So much more than that.

Marriott International Finalizes Acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Marriott International has finalized its acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., creating the world’s largest hotel company.

Hauntingly Good Fun in Florida

During the spookiest time of year, Florida's top theme parks transform into ghoulish wonderlands that are still suitable for the entire family.

Third Update: Florida’s 2016 Hotel Forecast

The year is winding down and fall is upon us, yet Florida’s hotel scene shows no signs of cooling down. Here are a few additional properties that have recently opened, or will open before the year’s end.

Villas of Distinction Adds Orlando to its Portfolio

If you're looking for a spacious family-friendly property in the heart of Central Florida to book your multigenerational families, family reunions and groups of friends, consider one of the luxury properties in Reunion Resort and Encore Club Resort that Villas of Distinction has added to its new Orlando portfolio.

Intrepid Travel Sets Sail for the Florida Keys

Intrepid Travel has introduced a new sailing tour in the Florida Keys' remote Dry Tortugas National Park for travel in 2017.

COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach Extends Miami Spa Month Offerings

COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach has extended its Miami Spa Month offerings at the COMO Shambhala Urban Escape through Oct. 31, 2016.

Cheers to the Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami

I had the opportunity to dine at the Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami to check out their Miami Spice menu offerings, but there's more going on at the resort than a delicious meal.

8 Takeaways from Delta Vacations University 2016

Recommend's Web Editor Melissa Bryant, along with approximately 2,000 attendees and 187 of Delta Vacations' supplier partners, converged onto the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta, Georgia Sept. 16-18 for the inaugural Delta Vacations University 2016 travel industry educational seminar series and tradeshow.

Eye on the World: Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia is home to two unique properties from the Kessler Collection, The Mansion on Forsyth Park and its riverside sister-property, The Bohemian.

Travel Agent Training at the 2016 Travel Leaders National Meeting

Registration is open for the 2016 Travel Leaders National Meeting taking place Nov. 9-11 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in Louisiana.

Exodus Travels Strengthens Agent Channel

Exodus Travels has announced the appointment of Sheena Rosentreter and Kent Phillips as the company’s new regional business development managers for Western USA and Canada.

Prime Dining at the Inn on Fifth

Dining is a pivotal component of guests’ stay, which is why the Inn on Fifth hotel, a boutique 119-guestroom property in Naples, Florida, has decided to replace its Avenue 5 restaurant with the modern American restaurant and lounge from renowned restaurateur Cameron Mitchell Ocean Prime.

North American Hotels Know Families

From marshmallow cookouts on the mountains of Lake Tahoe to water rafting in West Virginia, there's an abundance of family oriented offerings available throughout North America over the coming months.

Silversea Appoints Roberto Martinoli as CEO

Silversea Cruises has announced the appointment of Roberto Martinoli as CEO, effective Sept.19.

American Queen Steamboat Company Introduces the American Duchess

American Queen Steamboat Company today introduced a new vessel, the American Duchess, which is expected to set sail June 2017.

Ring in the Holidays Down South 

This holiday season, three hotels in the American South are offering the ideal location to celebrate Halloween, Christmas and the New Year.

A Golfer’s Paradise

Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts has launched a collection of exclusive golf packages in partnership with “Golf Digest” available at select Waldorf Astoria hotels around the world.

Classic Vacations Reveals National Parks Itineraries

On the heels of the National Park Service celebrating its 100th birthday, Classic Vacations has joined forces with National Parks Revealed to offer a host of new itineraries to U.S. National Parks, as well as other destinations in the western U.S., Alaska, and southern Florida, including The Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Mount Rushmore, and Yellowstone.
Grand Wailea in Maui offers nine pools, waterslides, waterfalls and caves.

Hawaii’s Making Waves with Fresh Family Focus

From soft adventure to education that’s downright fun, Hawaii’s multigenerational appeal makes it a dream destination for families seeking fresh approaches to balancing action with education.
Kids can tee off at Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in St. Augustine.

Kid-Friendly Fun in the Florida Sun

Florida is a tried and true destination for families. Here are some offerings to consider for your clients.

CIE Tours Looks to the Future with New CEO

Agents, you should be booking CIE Tours International because, as the company's new CEO Elizabeth Crabill says, "with an average score of 98 percent satisfaction, the travel agent cannot go wrong with their client and their client is going to be very happy to come back and book future travel with them.”

Aloft Unveils Voice-Activated Hotel Rooms

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is changing the way guests interact with their room by introducing the first-ever voice activated hotel room at Aloft Boston Seaport in Massachusetts and Aloft Santa Clara in San Jose, California.

A Culinary Twist to Guests’ Stay

According to the to the seventh annual Allianz Travel Insurance Vacation Confidence Index, more than 53 percent of Americans haven’t taken a vacation in the last 12 months, which means you can still make a big impact on your bottom line by tempting your vacation-deprived clients with one of these culinary offerings.

Iberostar Debuts in NYC and Miami

Iberostar Hotels & Resorts is making its U.S. debut with the opening of two new properties in New York City and Miami.

Amtrak Names Charles W. Moorman as Next President and CEO

Amtrak has named Charles W. “Wick” Moorman as the next president and CEO of the national railway system.

Universal Orlando Shares Spine-Tingling Preview of Halloween Horror Nights 26

Tickets are now on sale for Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) 26, Universal Orlando’s terrifying thrill fest featuring menacing "scareactors," live shows, and incredibly detailed haunted houses styled after iconic horror films, hit TV shows and original stories

Onsite Review: The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne

A weekend in paradise...I mean, a weekend at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, was tasty, fabulous, swanky and purely blissful.

A Florida Keys National Park Eco-Adventure

Get your clients in on the National Park Service's centennial celebrations by booking the "Gate"way to the Dry Tortugas package at The Gates Hotel Key West.

Norwegian Flies Nonstop From Fort Lauderdale To Paris

Low-cost airline Norwegian Air Shuttle has launched its first nonstop flights from the U.S. (JFK, LAX and FLL) to Paris (CDG) aboard its brand-new Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” fleet.

A Dolphin Tale Getaway

Guests can now meet Winter and Hope, two rescued dolphins who are the stars of the "Dolphin Tale" movies, which tell the story of how Winter came to have a prosthetic tail.

4 Art-Centric Hotels to Book This Year

History and culture collide at these art-centric hotels in the U.S., Asia and France.

YMT Vacations Ups Commission on 2017 Hawaii Tours

In celebration of the 50th anniversary launch of its Best of Hawaii tour, YMT Vacations is increasing the commission on all January and February 2017 Hawaii land tours from 10 percent to 15 percent.

Spring Into Wellness at Sunrise Springs Resort

In Sante Fe, New Mexico, Sunrise Springs Resort is inviting travelers to embark on a 7-night transformative wellness experience at the spa resort located on 70 acres of gardens, walking paths and scenic high desert landscape surrounding spring-fed waters.

Uniworld Hires Ellen Bettridge as President and CEO

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has hired Ellen Bettridge as the line’s new president and CEO.

Singapore Airlines Launches New Premium Economy Class

Singapore Airlines has launched its new Premium Economy Class in New York City on flights from JFK to Frankfurt (FRA) and Singapore (SIN) featuring enhanced amenities, additional inflight entertainment options and a fresh design.

4 Places to Celebrate the Olympics Stateside

Hotels around the country are getting into the Olympic spirit by offering fitness activities and themed amenities inspired by the iconic games.
Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. (San Francisco Travel-Jack Hollingsworth)

Getaways for Twosomes

It’s not just about sending your clients off to a beach resort and calling it a day. As a travel advisor, you need to create memorable travel experiences for couples—whether it’s their first romantic getaway or their umpteenth one.

Artful Dining at the National Hotel Miami Beach

The food, almost too beautiful to eat. The venue, an iconic Art Deco hotel in Miami Beach. Me, as happy as a clam dining on samples from the National Hotel Miami Beach’s new menu at the charming Tamara’s Bistro restaurant.

Paradise Found at St. Somewhere Spa

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to indulge in an aromatherapy treatment at St. Somewhere Spa at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach. After my 50-minute treatment, I felt as if I was leaving paradise.

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