North America

North America

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.

Anything is Possible With Travel Bound

Travel Bound’s new aNYthing is Possible campaign features hotel savings at luxury properties in the U.S. and Canada and the chance for agents to win a 2-night hotel stay in New York.

Pamper Your Four-Legged Companion at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Pamper your four-legged companion at the pet-friendly The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, California with the Posh Pooch experience.

What Happens in Vegas, Can In Fact, Stay In Vegas

According to a 10-question survey conducted by travel insurance provider Allianz Global Assistance through Google Consumer Surveys, 55 percent of the 2,109 respondents reported that what happens in Vegas, more often than not, stays in Vegas.

The Call of the Wild

Take a closer look at these small-ship cruises that bring your clients up close to nature, whether it's on land or deep under water.

New Hotels Springing Up in Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville, North Carolina, sees several new openings this year from the Downtown area to the Biltmore Estate.

Live Out Your “House of Cards” Fantasy at The Jefferson, Washington, D.C.

Fans of the popular Netflix series “House of Cards” have the opportunity to channel their inner Frank Underwood at The Jefferson, Washington, D.C. with the hotel’s new Welcome to our House (of Cards) package.

Ink48’s Photo Scavenger Hunt

Ink48 is launching a property wide scavenger hunt on March 30 to encourage guests to explore the Kimpton Hotel in Midtown Manhattan and promote the New York Said photo series.

Put the Spring Back In Your Step

Spring is finally here, and these special offers are guaranteed to help you shake off the winter blues and put a bounce back in your step.

What’s New in Las Vegas

It’s a new year, which means the Las Vegas Strip is due for a shake up. First-timers and visitors returning to The Strip are in for some exciting new hotel, entertainment and culinary offerings. Here are a few of the changes you and your clients can expect to see this year.
Fairmont Kea Lani Maui waterslide.

Spring Into Hawaii’s Family Fun

Families tie into sweet deals, free meals and plenty of perks.
The Beach House at Playa Largo Resort & Spa.

Florida’s Going Bonkers with New Choices for Families

Throughout Florida, new attractions, tours and hotels ideal for mom, dad, jr. and princess, not to mention grandma and grandpa, are continuously popping up, cementing Florida as a one-stop family vacation fun shop.
Icy Strait Point in Hoonah, Alaska is building a new dock and Welcome Center for the upcoming cruise season.

Onsite Review: Icy Strait Point, Hoonah

What can a town with no stop lights, two gas stations, one public school from pre-K to 12th grade, a total population of 765, one combined volunteer fire and police station, and a clinic with one doctor who comes to town a few times a month offer your clients? A whole lotta charm.
Alaska Railroad’s 8-day customizable Alaska’s National Parks by Rail itinerary.


We've gathered a handful of new offerings in Alaska.

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.

A Blissful Meditation Retreat in the Mountains

This May, a new wellness retreat, Aja Malibu, is opening in the Santa Monica Mountains in California.

Spring Into Naples

Most of the U.S. is still bundled up against the winter blues, so what better time than now to think of a spring getaway in sunny Florida.

8 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Client’s Discovery Cove Visit

There's much to see and try at the Discovery Cove theme park in Orlando, so to help make the most out of your client's trip, I decided to round up a few of the do's and dont's I discovered while on a recent press trip to the all-inclusive park.

Eye on the World: St. Augustine, Florida

I took advantage of the long President's Day weekend to take a 3-day trip to St. Augustine, where I experienced the culture (at the Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum's Odditorium), soaked up the history (on a pirate pub crawl), and learned about legendary former residents (on a walking ghost tour) in our nation's oldest continuously occupied European settlement.

Don’t Leave Fido Behind When Traveling

The Marlin Hotel, a boutique hotel in Miami Beach, is offering guests a Spring Luxe Pet package from March-May 2016. Now, guests won't have to leave their four-legged family members behind when traveling.

Shop, Play, Sleep, Repeat

Starting March 1, Viceroy Miami will be offering a Shop & Stay package to complement the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Miami Shop Month.

Sharon Siskie Named Sr. V.P., Sales, for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, U.S.

Disney executive Sharon Siskie has been named senior v.p. of sales for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, U.S.

The Ultimate in Luxurious Pampering

Go ahead and let your clients spoil themselves for a day, weekend or all year-round at these upscale spa facilities in North America.

Posh Hotels Push the Luxury Envelope

It takes more than a few elegant restaurants and a resort-style pool to truly be considered a high-end property. Take these posh stays, for example, where the luxury envelope is being pushed with palatial suites and top-of-the-line amenities.

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.

Aloha, Savings!

Mauna Lani Bay Hotels & Bungalows in Hawaii is offering its Standard Rooms and Ocean Front Rooms for up to 38 percent off from March 1 through June 30, 2016.

The U.S. and Cuban Governments Ink a Deal to Resume Commercial Flights

The ink has dried on the U.S.-Cuba deal to re-establish scheduled air services between the two countries, and now the race has begun for U.S. air carriers trying to snag as many coveted runway time slots as possible.

Island Escapes Via Delta Vacations

Delta Vacations, the official vacation provider for Delta Air Lines, is expanding its portfolio in the Bahamas with the debut of two new packages to Marsh Harbor and Eleuthera.

Three New Ways to Adventure With Disney

Adventures by Disney has unveiled three new weeklong itineraries across the U.S. that combine education and entertainment with family-friendly activities.

Un-Cover History in the Pacific Northwest

Un-Cruise Adventures' 2016 Columbia and Snake River cruise itineraries explore the Pacific Northwest’s rich history and wine culture on 7-night sailings aboard the 88-passenger S.S. Legacy

Exercise Your Sales Skills

This spring, Cruise Planners is hosting three intensive travel agent boot camps in Las Vegas, Fort Lauderdale and Atlantic city.

Innovation at Sea

Whether it's building a naturally powered ship with the largest guest capacity in the world or utilizing the latest technology to satisfy guests' needs, there's no shortage of innovations coming from the Genoa-based Costa Group, whose Costa Cruises line, interestingly enough, began as a party cruise—it's come a long way, baby.

American Queen Steamboat Company FAM

The American Queen Steamboat Company is offering a 9-day river cruise FAM from Portland, Oregon or Vancouver, Washington to Clarkston, Washington via the Columbia and Snake rivers.

Crystal Cruises’ Plans to Restore the SS United States

During a press conference at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal in New York City, Crystal Cruises announced its plans to restore the SS United States into a modern luxury cruise ship.

The Latest Hotels to Grace Charming Savannah

It’s easy to see why Savannah, Georgia, "The Hostess City of the South," is one of the most popular travel destinations in the U.S.

It’s ‘Time to Spa’ at the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore

The Mandarin Oriental, Singapore is offering a restorative Time to Spa package designed to relieve travel fatigue.

JetBlue and XL Airways France Launch Seasonal Flights

JetBlue’s seasonal nonstop service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) began Jan. 14 and will operate through May 1.

Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel Unites Couples With Dream Weddings and Honeymoons

Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel is uniting couples with their dream wedding and/or honeymoon in the idyllic destination wedding setting—Honolulu, Hawaii.
Superior Premium Room at Turnberry Isle Miami.

On the Green & in the [Steam] Room

Upscale North American resorts

Update: Florida’s 2016 Hotel Forecast

Here a few addendums to the Florida’s 2016 Hotel Forecast article we published last November with a peek at a newcomer arriving in 2017.

The Brazilian Court Hotel Offers Exclusive Anniversary Package

The Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year with a luxury $90,000 package that explores the iconic city by land, air and sea.

Little Palm Island Unveils Multi-Million Dollar Renovation

The Lower Florida Keys’ Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, a part of the Noble House Hotels & Resorts collection, has unveiled a number of luxury enhancements stemming from a recent multi-million dollar revitalization.

The Gates Hotel’s Winter Getaway Promotion

Sun, sand and a Blind Pig (food truck) await guests at The Gates Hotel in Key West, where a limited-time winter getaway promotion is currently being offered.

Frontier Airlines Launches Nonstop Services With Low Introductory Fares

In celebration of the launch of two new nonstop services from Northeast Florida Regional Airport (UST) in St. Augustine to Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and to Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD), Frontier Airlines is offering low introductory fares.

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