North America

North America

At Home on the Range: All-Inclusive Retreats in the U.S.

The phrase “all-inclusive resort” generally conjures up thoughts of glittering shorelines, plush cabanas and piña coladas, yet some U.S. properties have taken a dramatically different approach to the concept, creating luxurious rustic retreats for discerning guests who don’t mind getting their hands a little dirty.

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort Adds New Waterslide and Lazy River

The Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort in Bonita Springs, Florida has begun work on a $7.1 million triple waterslide and lazy river pool complex.

Pelican Grand Beach Resort’s Midsummer Celebration

In Sweden, friends and family gather around the time of the summer solstice to welcome summertime and the season of fertility with a festive celebration for the Midsummer holiday.

Luxe Teepees Take Glamping To The Next Level

The Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo have added to their glamping accommodations with the addition of 10 Luxe Teepees.

It’s Time for Tee in St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra

If your clients prefer the feel of fairway beneath their shoes versus sand between their toes, then these golf packages in St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra are sure to be a hit.

Where to Stay and Play this Summer in Miami

The temperatures in Miami are rising and so are the numbers of incoming tourists. Get your clients in on the action beginning with a luxury hotel stay at one of these properties.

Eye on the World: Club Med Sandpiper Bay

This past weekend I headed over to Port Saint Lucie in Florida where I spent a few days at Club Med Sandpiper Bay. This property, located on the St. Lucie River, offers more than a just relaxing escape tanning by the water.

A Spiritual Spa Retreat in Fort Lauderdale

As Global Wellness Day (June 11) approaches and wellness travel continues to trend upward, now is a great time to suggest your clients take a mental wellness getaway to sunny South Florida, where the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach is offering a Reiki cleansing spa treatment.

Take Off on an Alaskan Adventure with K2 Aviation

At 7,000 plus feet in the air, your clients will have a bird's-eye view of Alaska's picturesque landscape and 1,000 more reasons to thank you for booking them on K2 Aviation's Denali flightseeing tour.

Friendly Skies: JetBlue and Ukraine International Airlines Partner Up

JetBlue and Ukraine International Airlines have partnered up in a new international air agreement to facilitate American travelers flying from dozens of U.S. gateways to Kiev with connections throughout the Ukraine, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

The Swag Announces Three Cooking Schools for 2016

Located high above the Great Smoky Mountains at an elevation of 5,000 ft., The Swag—a 14-guestroom luxury hideaway situated on 250 acres of private property in Waynesville, North Carolina—has announced a series of mountaintop cooking schools in 2016.

Explore Canada’s Outdoors With the Loden Hotel

In Vancouver, British Columbia, the five-star Loden Hotel and cycling-themed Musette Caffe have teamed up to launch a fitness initiative that encourages guests of the boutique property to explore outdoors while enjoying all of the urban luxuries the hotel has to offer.

French America Line Makes Its World Debut

American river cruise line French America Line is making its world debut this fall with the launch of the intimate 75-stateroom Louisiane.

Cunard Announces Independence Day Celebration Cruise

On July 1, Cunard's remastered Queen Mary 2 is sailing roundtrip from New York on an Independence Day Celebration cruise with political consultant Mary Matalin, and political commentator James Carville.

2016-2017 “Sale-ings”

Sweeten your sales pitch by recommending these incentive-added cruises.

Great Wolf Lodge Makes a Splashy Debut in Southern California

Great Wolf Resorts, Inc.’s new Great Wolf Lodge indoor water park resort made its Southern California debut in March in the city of Garden Grove.
Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa in Colorado has opened the doors to Palisade Ranch.

Taking It to New Heights

Sure, summer vacations by the beach are all the rage, but mountain resorts across the U.S. are packing the no-snow months with a frenzy of activity. We’ve got a snapshot of places to go and things to do for clients who want to reach for the sky.
The Hangar restaurant at Disney Springs.

What’s New? Lots in Orlando

Did you hear that? No? Listen, it’s getting closer. I think we need to make a run for it…King Kong is on our heels....
Discovery Cove offers a relaxing environment.

Escape to Discovery Cove

While visiting the Discovery Cove all-inclusive day resort on a recent press trip in Orlando, I underwent a digital detox as a result of a depleted phone battery and MIA portable solar charger.

Transport Your Clients to South America at the New Faena Hotel Miami Beach

Your clients can feel as if they’ve been transported to South America at the new Faena Hotel Miami Beach, which opened this past December. The opening of the hotel also marked the inauguration of Faena District—a new neighborhood focusing on art and culture that spans six blocks

Ivanka Trump Unveils Luxurious New Spa Suites at the Trump National Doral Miami

Ivanka Trump, who serves as the executive v.p. of development and acquisitions for the Trump Organization; Mayor Luigi Boria, City of Doral; David Feder, v.p. and managing director of Trump National Doral; and Councilman Pete Cabrera were all in attendance at the April 25 grand unveiling of the new Trump Spa Suites at the Trump National Doral Miami, which marked the completion of the luxury resort's $250 million restoration that began in 2012.

Sunsational Savings at the W South Beach

The lavish 347-guestroom W South Beach in Miami Beach is offering a Sunsational Savings offer for guests who book stays at the chic beachfront hotel through Sept. 30, 2016.

A Ritzy Spa Experience on Amelia Island

Just when your clients thought they’ve seen it all when it comes to unique spa experiences, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island reveals a new Heaven in Hammock massage.

A Stylish Fort Lauderdale Stay

In celebration of the unveiling of the Bellissima: Italy and High Fashion 1945-1968 exhibit at the NSU Art Museum of Fort Lauderdale, the Pelican Grand Beach Resort, part of Noble House Hotels & Resorts collection, is offering an all-inclusive Culture & Couture Escape package.

Disney Springs Hotels Offer “Magic Rates”

With summer just around the corner and a bevy of Orlando hotels offering special rates for guests, now is the ideal time for your clients to visit Central Florida, where popular events, including The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival and The 2016 Garden Rocks Concert Series are currently underway.

Cheers to Florida’s Gulf Toast Beer Trail

Along Florida's glittering Gulf Coast, your clients will find brilliant beaches, waterfront resorts and a treasure trove of local bars, wineries and breweries spanning 140 miles from Parrish, Florida to Marco Island.

Hyatt’s Newest Brand: The Unbound Collection by Hyatt

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has launched a new brand featuring a global collection of unique and independent stay experiences.

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Brews Up A Stimulating Spa Treatment

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is inviting coffee lovers to the AAA five-diamond resort in Arizona’s blooming Sonoran Desert for an immersive caffeine-filled spa experience.

Coffee Time With Industry Vets: Paul Wiseman

Think you know Paul Wiseman, think again...

(Adult) Summer Camp is in Session

Adult summer camp is in session from July 15-18 at Bear Claw Lodge in northwest British Columbia’s Kispiox Valley.

Pleasant Holidays Releases Its Latest U.S. and Canada Sales Brochure

Pleasant Holidays recently released its 2016/2017 United States and Canada sales brochure featuring North America’s most sought-after vacation destinations and five new U.S. cities.

Anbang Withdraws Billion Dollar Bid for Starwood

Anbang Insurance Group Co. has withdrawn its non-binding proposal for billion-dollar hotel chain Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. citing market constraints.
The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson offers interactive culinary experiences.

Hotel Culinary Options in the U.S.

There are definitely clients on your roster who binge-watch the Food Network or have pretended to be a contestant on “Top Chef” when cooking at home. Why not help them bring these fantasies to life? Culinary travel is on the rise, and according to chef Russell Michel of The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona, “The rise of food shows and culinary competitions on TV have definitely influenced a growth in culinary travel. The culinary aspect of a trip is now just as important as the local activities and sights explored during a vacation.”
Lip Smacking Foodie Tours.

Vegas Bites

A bevy of new to-do's for clients headed to Las Vegas.

The Renovated Marlin Hotel in South Beach

The Marlin Hotel, located in South Beach, is currently undergoing a major makeover from the guestrooms to the lobby, and even a new pool.

Intimate Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach

Metropolitan by COMO opened in Miami Beach in 2014 as the first COMO property in the U.S. Recommend recently stopped by to check out what this five-star, ultra-luxury boutique property, which was once known as the Traymore hotel, has to offer your clients. Here's a peek at the Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach.

Universal Orlando Unveils New Travel Agent Website

Universal Orlando has announced the launch of a new travel agent website featuring custom sales tools and an online training program.

Crane’s Beach House Sports a New Look

Delray Beach's hidden treasure, Crane’s Beach House Boutique Hotel & Luxury Villas recently completed a $1.2 million top to bottom transformation of all its tropical-style villas, suites and rooms.

Fit and Fun South Florida Vacations

Nowadays, vacations are no longer an excuse to slack on travelers' daily exercise and fitness routines. In fact, many hotels are incorporating health and fitness programs into guests' stays to keep them on track. Take these hotels for example, where staying fit is also fun.

Meet ME Miami

ME Miami, the first ME by Melia property in the U.S., is set to open next month in Downtown Miami.

The Sawgrass Marriott Spruces Up for Summer

The Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa, a North Florida golf haven set on 65 acres of lush greenery, began its $25 million renovations last fall and is now nearing the completion of the resort-wide project.

Princess Boosts Its North to Alaska Program With New Culinary Experience

Princess Cruises has launched a new culinary experience called "Cook My Catch," which adds to its award-winning North to Alaska program for 2016.

Uncork Fun in the Sun at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery & Retreat

Summer is almost here, which means it's time to break out the sunscreen and pool toys and plan that family vacation.

Family-Friendly Vacation Packages

Family-friendly vacation essentials include plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained, alone time for parents, and something the entire family can enjoy together. Take these hotel packages for example.

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.

(Family) Fun and Games in Florida

These Central Florida theme parks are attracting families with a plethora of new offerings that are fun for all ages.

Kids Ski Free at Colorado’s Keystone Resort

It’s good to be a kid at the Keystone Resort in Colorado, where children ages 12 and younger have the opportunity to ski for free with no blackout dates for the duration of the winter season, including weekends and holidays.

Austin Adventures Invites Tiny Explorers to Visit Canada’s National Parks

Austin Adventures is expanding its 4th Graders Go Free travel program into Canada for the 2016 season.

Starwood and Marriott Sign Amended Merger Agreement

The race to win over Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has been won by Marriott International, Inc. in a deal that will create the world’s largest hotel company.

SeaWorld Begins a New Chapter

The days of SeaWorld’s theatrical orca shows have come to an end, as the leading theme park and entertainment company has announced that it will no longer breed killer whales (orcas).

Coming Soon: Hotel Openings at Home and Abroad

This year will see a slew of new hotel openings at home and abroad. Here's a small taste of what you can expect to see.

Gateway Canyons Unveils New Incentive Program

Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa, a Noble House Hotels & Resorts property located in Western Colorado, has announced a new incentive program for travel advisors.