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Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica's Minister of Tourism (Photo credit: Barney A Bishop.)

Jamaica Will Host the World in November

Jamaica will host the UNWTO, Government of Jamaica and World Bank Group Conference on Jobs & Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism. To call this a big deal would be an understatement.
Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski bar

Kempinski Opens in Havana

Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana officially opens its doors to guests today.
CroisiEurope's portfolio of river, canal and coastal cruises in Europe, Asia and Africa are now available through the Classic Vacations’ Classic Connections program. (Photo credit: CroisiEurope)

CroisiEurope Partners with Classic Vacations 

CroisiEurope has partnered with Classic Vacations, allowing travel agents access to the river cruise company’s portfolio through the tour operator’s Classic Connections program.
Trafalgar is offering 22 Yangtze River cruises aboard the Victoria Selina in partnership with Victoria Cruises.

Trafalgar Partners with Victoria Cruises for Yangtze River Cruises

Trafalgar has named Victoria Cruises as its exclusive partner its Yangtze River cruises.
Paul Gauguin Cruises' new Stewards of Nature program invites guests to discover and value nature through hands-on, interactive learning.

Kid-Approved Cruises

These cruise lines are catering to their smallest clients with kid-approved activities the whole family can get involved in.
A yoga session at BodyHoliday in St. Lucia. (Photo courtesy of the BodyHoliday.)

A Salubrious Guide to Caribbean Wellness Weeks

A salubrious guide to Caribbean Wellness Weeks because many travelers now realize that staying healthy on a vacation refreshes them more than a week of tanning and margaritas, so in turn resorts are upping the wellness ante with retreats and packages.
The waterpark at Sandos El Greco. (Photo courtesy of Sandos El Greco.)

Sandos Hotels & Resorts Unveils Adults-Only Ibiza Property

Sandos Hotels & Resorts has announced the grand opening of Sandos El Greco Beach Hotel, an adults-only property in Cala de Portinatx, Ibiza.
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.
The pool at the Alila Yangshuo hotel in Guilin, China was transformed from a sugarcane dock.

High-End China Hotels For Your A-List Clientele

This trio of luxury hotel openings in China will make booking your A-list clientele a cinch.
A guestroom at Ion City Hotel in Reykjavik.

Design-Centric Ion City Hotel Debuts in Reykjavik

Cool Nordic design colors the sleek, 18-room Ion City Hotel, which made its debut in Reykjavik with a soft-opening last month.

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.
A rendering of a guestroom at Le Domaine Misincu in Cap Corsica.

A Stay on Corsica’s “Wild” Side

Set to debut this month on 86 acres of natural parks and gardens in the region of Cap Corsica, the five-star Le Domaine Misincu hotel is described as the only five-star rated, environmentally friendly and eco-certified luxury boutique hotel to open in the area.

Meet UNICO 20° 87° Riviera Maya

UNICO 20˚87˚Riviera Maya recently opened its doors to guests, and Recommend had the opportunity to settle in at this all-inclusive resort for a few nights to get a feel of what's in store.
A lobby with a view at Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba in the Sacred Valley.

Globetrotting: Inkaterra Hotels: A Sustainable Success Story

Last year, those in our industry selling travel to South America celebrated the 40th anniversary of Inkaterra, whose award-winning luxury lodgings set new standards for Peru’s travel industry, and whose founder, Jose Koechlin, is honored industry-wide as a pioneer in ecotourism and a major force in hotel development focused on conserving the environment and enriching local communities—all financed by sustainable tourism revenues.
Burgundy-Walking-Couple

Honeymoons on the Go: By Boat, On Foot, By Bike

For active honeymooning clients, consider this trio of self-guided adventures.
Couples can opt for the Driftwood Romance ceremony at the Hard Rock Hotels All-Inclusive Resorts.

4 Weddings & A Paradise Setting

Four weddings set in Mexico.
Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos is set to open this fall.

New Honeymoon Retreats

Whether honeymooning clients are dreaming of sand between their toes while cuddling, or exploring Mexico’s vibrant colonial side as a twosome, an array of new hotel openings cater to their fantasies.
The newly opened Conrad Bora Bora Nui.

Exotic Travel: Tahiti: A Utopian Escape

To equate the Islands of Tahiti with utopia isn’t a stretch. There are the otherworldly bright-emerald waters; the Garden...
The medieval cloister at the One&Only Ocean Club Nassau-Paradise Island in The Bahamas. (Nickolas Sergeant)

Off the Beach: Caribbean Weddings in Unique Venues

The classic island wedding on a beach will never lose its appeal, nor should it
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.
Guests can opt for a couples massage at Barcelo properties.

New Honeymoon Packages at All-Inclusives

You don’t need me to tell you that the honeymoon business is one of the pillars of Caribbean tourism.
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).
Royal Deluxe Suite Swim-up accommodations.

Globetrotting: The Royal Suites Turquesa by Palladium

Let travel writers rave about the four-posters with Memory Foam, the balcony views of palms and palapas and amoeba-shaped pools, the Nespresso coffee-maker and premium spirits in the mini-bar, or the hydromassage bath that’s conveniently near the bed
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.
The Avalon Visionary sails the Rhine.

Globetrotting: Avalon Gets Active on the Rhine

It’s our first full day in Amsterdam after embarking on Avalon Visionary and we are standing at easels in Westerdok, the very same neighborhood where Van Gogh created his only two paintings during his 8-year stint in the city.
The resort’s exclusive Paradise Beach Resort Spa.

Gobetrotting: Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso

Sure, couples could choose any number of all-inclusive resorts in Mexico’s Riviera Maya for a getaway, but according to...
Brendan Vacations' new The Isle Awakens itinerary visits "Star Wars" filming locations. 

Brendan Vacations Launches “Star Wars”-Themed Self-Drive Vacation

Brendan Vacations has launched a "Star Wars"-themed self-drive vacation through Ireland.
Exotic Voyages has expanded into Japan with the new 8-day Golden Route Japan itinerary. 

Exotic Voyages Expands Into Oman, India and Japan

Exotic Voyages is expanding its luxury global portfolio to include Oman, India and Japan.

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 pool at Casa Chamaleon Las Cantalinas.

Client-Pleasing Takeaways from Costa Rica’s Expotur

From the close to 300 travel-product stands on the Expotur floor in Costa Rica, we've rounded up a short list of client-pleasing takeaways.
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.

Perillo’s Learning Journeys Launches Women-Focused Travel Series

Ideal for single travelers, mothers, daughter and friends, Perillo’s Learning Journeys—powered by Perillo Tours—has launched a women-focused Eat, Pray, Love travel series.
Renovated guestroom at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort.

St. Kitts Marriott Resort Undergoes Extensive Renovations

St. Kitts Marriott Resort is currently undergoing multi-million dollar renovations to all of its 389 guestrooms, to be completed by August, and to the lobby, which will be unveiled later this year.
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.

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Debuts in Nassau

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar made its debut on Nassau’s Northern Shore along the white-sand beaches of Cable Beach earlier this spring.
Belmond Las Casitas can arrange horseback riding excursions for guests in Colca Canyon.

Eco-Tourism in South America

Designed to bring guests closer to nature, these eco-conscious experiences in Peru and Chile are part of the rapidly expanding eco-tourism movement happening in South America and around the world.
Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort's unique collection of summer experiences includes a four-course “gypsy dinner” of authentic Mexican dishes  in a beachfront encampment.

Las Ventanas Unveils Summer 2017 Collection of Unique Experiences

Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort in Los Cabos is rolling out a unique collection of summertime experiences.
Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive Adults Only.

Experience Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta’s Hot Summer Extravaganza

From July 1 to Aug. 31, 2017, guests of La Coleccion’s Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive Adults Only property can experience the resort’s Hot Summer Extravaganza.
Accomodations at the Dan Haifa.

Dan Hotels Unveils Renovated Properties in Tel Aviv, Eilat and Haifa

Israel-based luxury hotel chain Dan Hotels has completed renovations to three of its properties in Tel Aviv, Eilat and Haifa.
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 beachfront suite at Eden Roc at Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic.A beachfront suite at Eden Roc at Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic.

Boutique Luxury in the D.R.

This month, at DATE, the Dominican Annual Tourism Exposition, there was more good news about low-volume, high-end resorts.
Sanctuary Cap Cana by AlSol—one of the hot resorts in Delta Vacations' Punta Cana portfolio. (Photo credit: Ed Wetschler)

Delta Vacations: Flying High in the D.R.

"2016 was a banner year, our best year ever in the Caribbean," declared Karen Kammer, Delta Vacations' director of product development for the Caribbean, at the DATE (Dominican Annual Tourism Exposition) meeting in early May.
Azamara Club Cruises has added four additional sailings to its lineup of 2017-2018 Cuba voyages

Azamara Club Cruises Boosts Cuba Departures

Azamara Club Cruises has added four additional sailings to its lineup of 2017-2018 Cuba voyages on board the Azamara Quest.
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!
On Butterfield & Robinson’s new India Walking, guests visit the Blue City of Jodhpur.

Butterfield & Robinson Announces Walking Tour in India for 2018

Butterfield & Robinson has announced its return to north India with the new 7-day India Walking itinerary running through February 2018.
The lounge at the Milestone Hotel where afternoon tea is served.

London’s Milestone Hotel Offers Exclusive Access to Wimbledon

For premier access to Wimbledon, book your clients at London’s Milestone Hotel, where guests can take advantage of an exclusive package that includes three days of pampering and entry to elite events around the city.
Bahia Principe Fantasia Castle

Grand Opening of a Bahia Principe Resort And How to Sort Out Its Six...

The 512-room Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia Don Pablo Collection on Bavaro Beach began welcoming guests in November and celebrated its grand opening May 2.

Dominican Republic: The Big Picture

The entire Dominican Republic is hot, and it keeps getting hotter. And we're not just talking temperatures.
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.
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