Destinations

Destinations

Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts offer unique wellness options.

Wellness: At All-Inclusives That Get It

Thomas Edison’s lightbulb heralded modern times in 1879, but it took another century for the first modern wellness resort to appear in the Caribbean.
Poolside at The Arrabelle at Vail Square, A RockResort.

Swanky Sojourns

Looking to recommend a swanky sojourn without having to include long-haul flights to Asia or Europe in the booking process? We’ve got a handful of options across the United States that your clients will relish—whether it be a chic ski resort or a renovated luxury property in a trendy destination.
Two-story beachfront Casita accommodations.

Falling for The Beloved Hotel

First-hand look at The Beloved Hotel in Playa Mujeres, Mexico.
The chicly designed The Spa at Aria.

Spotlight on Vegas

Offering everything from a new chocolate experience 550 ft. in the air to indulgent spa experiences and high-end suites, Las Vegas knows how to roll out the red carpet for your clients.
The eco-conscious Treehouse accommodations at Playa Viva.

The Best of All Worlds

Here’s a handful of escapes in Mexico—from a South Pacific-style retreat to a fitness-infused getaway.

Saint Lucia Tourist Board Gives ‘All Clear’ Following Tropical Storm Matthew

The Saint Lucia Tourist Board has announced that Saint Lucia is fully operational following the passage of tropical storm Matthew.

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.

Ocean Riviera Paradise Poised for Winter Debut

Ocean Riviera Paradise—a five-star all-inclusive resort located on the seafront in the Playa Del Carmen area of Riviera Maya, Mexico— is poised to open Dec. 15, 2016.

Touring Ireland by Rail

Ireland saw an 18 percent increase in overseas visitors in the first quarter of 2016 according to Tourism Ireland, which is good news for agents looking to sell unique experiences in a popular destination.

The Luxury Travel Buzz at SOTIC

Here are a few post-conference takeaways Recommend’s Caribbean Editor Ed Wetschler gathered from the Caribbean Tourism Organization's State of the Travel Industry Conference in Barbados.

Delta Vacations Adds Europe to Romance Program

If you’re a destination wedding/honeymoon specialist, or would like to become one, then you should know that Delta Vacations has added some of Europe's most sought after destinations to its Honeymoon Program, including Rome, Venice, Florence, Paris and London.

A “Standing Ovation” for Celebrity’s New “Far Away” TV Spot

A travel agent executive gives Celebrity Cruises' new TV spot “Far Away” a standing ovation.

Coffee Time with Industry Vets: Peter Jon Lindberg

Think you know Peter Jon Lindberg, director of inspiration for Conrad Hotels & Resorts, think again….

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.

Experience Saint Lucia Firsthand

The Saint Lucia Tourist Board has launched its annual travel agent incentive program Saint Lucia Agent Months (SLAM), designed to showcase the island to visiting agents.

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.

Qatar Tourism Authority Opens Representative Office in New York

Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) is targeting the U.S. tourist market with the opening of a representative office in New York, one of the Gulf state’s fastest growing visitor source markets.

Rancho La Puerta Provides a Heavenly Stay For Bleisure Travelers

For some, vacation is no time to skimp on work and fitness commitments, which is why Rancho La Puerta—a luxury destination spa in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico—offers bleisure travelers the opportunity to fulfill both.

The Travel Corporation’s Buy One Get One European Air Deal

It pays to book early, and The Travel Corporation’s Trafalgar, Brendan Vacations and Cost Saver trio of brands is making early booking that much sweeter with a Buy One Get One European air deal.

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.

Airlift, Weddings and Villas at SOTIC

Delegates here in Barbados are talking about the Caribbean in general, but at this huge annual Caribbean Tourism Organization event, the news from specific islands got my attention, too. Here's a peek...

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.

All-Inclusive Hard Rock Hotels Enhances Amenities for Kids

For those who think all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotels is all foam parties and cocktails by the pool, the groundbreaking of the new Woodward Riviera Maya kids club at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in Mexico should change their minds.

The Sights, Sounds and Flavors of South America

South America is the ideal destination for active travelers looking to dive into the sights, sounds and flavors of pre-Columbian cultures.

Enjoy the 7th Night Free at Beach Enclave North Shore

Agents, if you book 6-nights at the luxurious Beach Enclave North Shore in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands by Oct. 31, your clients will receive the seventh night complimentary.

Warwick Paradise Island Bahamas Offers FAM Rates

Warwick Paradise Island Bahamas—a new adults-only all-inclusive in Nassau—is offering special FAM rates beginning Sept. 28, 2016, during the resort’s soft opening.

Play Time Reimagined

Hotels and resorts are stepping up and out “to fill the evolving needs of family travelers who are more active, more global and more socially connected than ever before,” says Brian Povinelli, global brand leader of Westin Hotels & Resorts and Le Meridien.

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.

A Wild Thai Adventure for Multi-Gen Families

For an off-the-beaten path vacation fit for multigenerational families, book one of Wild Planet Adventures’ custom Wildlife Adventures itineraries.

A German Chocolate Museum That’s Sweet on Families

Visitors of all ages can indulge their sweet tooth with a visit to the Chocolate Museum in Cologne, Germany.

News from SOTIC 2016

At SOTIC 2016, the Caribbean Tourism Organization's annual State of the Travel Industry Conference in Barbados, Recommend’s Caribbean Editor Ed Wetschler studied the numbers, which revealed a few eyebrow-raising surprises.

Silversea Appoints Roberto Martinoli as CEO

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

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