Editors' Picks

Editors' Picks

Hilton's new Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club, a Curio Collection by Hilton property is now open for business. (Photo Courtesy of Curio Collection by Hilton.)

New Openings for Hilton Hotels

New openings for Hilton Hotels in Mexico to Belize offer local flavors and experiences.
Captain America is just one of several superheroes that will join guests at the new Marvel Character Dinner at Universal's Islands of Adventure.

Dining With Superheroes At Universal Orlando

Your clients have seen their favorite Marvel superheroes on the big screen and now they can meet them in person at the all-new Marvel Character Dinner at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida.
Shunie festival in Nara

Essence of Japan with SLH

SLH and Japan want your clients to live like a local while visiting this fascinating Asian country.
British Royale

British Royale Tour Showcases UK History and Culture

Luxury Gold has announced the British Royale journey, a 9-day escorted tour of iconic sites and historic landmarks in the UK.

Flash Tour USA Announces Namibia FAM

Flash Tour USA is planning a 10-day agent FAM trip to Namibia for Summer 2018.
The Gardenview Orchid Villa at Stonefield Villa Resort.

Globetrotting: Saint Lucia’s Gems

Seeing the Pitons for the first time while sailing along Saint Lucia’s coastline is to be face-to-face with paradise.
Newly revamped accommodations at Caesars Palace Las Vegas’ Palace Tower.

The Ever-Evolving Hotel Landscape

From revamps to new openings, here’s what’s new for 2018 & beyond in the U.S. hotel landscape.
The Hotel Xcaret Mexico in Riviera Maya opens this month.

2018 Brings New Booking Opportunities

The new year brings with it an array of new developments—from hotels to attractions—offering even more booking options in already-popular Mexico.
Inside the Mesa Dragones room where guests can enjoy a private dining experience at Bovine.

New Private Chef’s Table Experience Offered in San Miguel de Allende

Your diehard foodie clients heading to Mexico will delight in the opportunity to enjoy a private feast at San Miguel de Allende's new and unique brasserie: Bovine. 
The recently delivered MSC Seaside will make its way to Miami in December.

MSC Cruises Receives New Ship and Announces Expansion Plans

MSC Cruises officially took delivery of its new flagship MSC Seaside—the second new MSC ship in six months—while executives from the company announced even more plans for expansion. 
The Double Queen Ocean View Guestroom at Amara Cay Resort.

Florida Keys Resort Set to Reopen After Post-Hurricane Renovations

In yet another sign that life is returning to normal in The Florida Keys, Amara Cay Resort will once again welcome guests starting on Dec. 15, 2017 following repairs and renovations post-Hurricane Irma.
The Venice Food & Wine Festival will be held for the first time in May 2018.

JW Marriott to Host Inaugural Venice Food & Wine Festival

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts is partnering with Time Inc.'s FOOD & WINE to host the inaugural Venice Food & Wine Festival from May 3-6, 2018.
India is one of several countries where Travel Impressions has expanded its offerings.

Travel Impressions’ Semi-Relaunch, Part 2

Advances in Travel Impressions' technology, agent education, and customer care were not the only topics at the company's recent Best of the Best meeting. Another change has been the expansion of destinations and experiences, such as single- and multi-day tours, available to agents.
Guests can experience the diverse landscapes of New Zealand on this 18-day tour.

Explore New Zealand on an 18-Day Itinerary

New Zealand is known for its diverse and dramatic landscapes and now your clients can explore them all on an 18-day Changing Landscape itinerary led by the guides of New Zealand In Depth. 

Shaken or Stirred?

Just in time for the holidays, the MGM National Harbor has introduced interactive cocktail demonstrations at its Lobby Bar.
Guests on AmaWaterways's special Taste of Bordeaux sailing will have the opportunity to interact with Master Chef and James Beard Award winner Joanne Weir.

AmaWaterways to Host Culinary Cruise With Master Chef Joanne Weir

AmaWaterways is continuing its partnership with master chef and James Beard Award winner Joanne Weir by presenting a special sailing: Taste of Bordeaux- Culinary Cruise Hosted by Joanne Weir.
Travel Impressions president Scott Wiseman addresses attendees at the Best of the Best conference. (Photo credit: Ed Wetschler)

Travel Impressions’ Semi-Relaunch, Part 1

Last week, during the Best of the Best conference, Travel Impressions managers and some of their key partners talked about customer care and product.
Visitors can discover Wales' countryside and more on The Wales Way scenic tour routes.

Visit Wales Launches Road Trips Highlighting Uniquely Welsh Experiences

Visit Wales has partnered with Aston Martin to give visitors a new and unique way to explore the country via three authentically Welsh cross-country routes.
Clarissa taking in the view during her trip to Brazil.

Coffee Time with Industry Vets: Clarissa Mattos of Eurail

Growing up in a small town in Brazil, Clarissa Mattos, Eurail’s North America market manager, didn't take her first memorable trip until the age of 8. . And now, the travel bug has given her a bite so to speak. We’ll let her explain more in this installment of our Coffee Time With Industry Vets Q&A series.
A rendering of what guests can expect at the new Disneyland Pixar Pier. (Photo courtesy of Disneyland.)

New Theme Park Fun for 2018

New adventures for families and thrill seekers are coming to a few theme parks in 2018 from the west coast to the east coast.
The Pleasant Holidays Mexico sale spans 250 hotels and all-inclusive resorts.

Pleasant Holidays Launches Portfolio-Wide Mexico Sale

Pleasant Holidays will end the year on a high note with a portfolio-wide Mexico Vacation Sale going on now through Jan. 31, 2018. 
Agents on this FAM trip through Sicily will visit several UNESCO World Heritage Sites and over 10 towns and cities.

8-Day Sicily FAM Trip

Tours Specialists Inc. is offering travel agents the opportunity to get up-close and personal with Sicilian history, culture and food on an 8-day FAM trip through the island. 
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit takes guests on an exclusive tequila experience that includes a private plane to Tequila. (Photo courtesy of Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit.)

Exclusive Tequila Experience at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

Luxe travelers will want to get in on this one. Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit has a new exclusive tequila experience that includes a private plane to Tequila.
Malin Head is one of many sites that guests will visit on Zicasso's Star Wars-inspired tour in Ireland.

Zicasso Launches Star Wars-Inspired Itineraries

Luxury travel service Zicasso has just launched two brand new itineraries celebrating the Star Wars filming experience in Ireland and Croatia—perfect for the most dedicated of fans.
WOW Air continues to expand its offering in the U.S. making European travel more affordable.

WOW Air Launches JFK Service with Promo Fares to Europe

Iceland's budget transatlantic airline, WOW Air, is coming to John F. Kennedy International Airport and making it easier for U.S. travelers to reach Europe with promotional fares as low as $99.
U By Uniworld river cruises are geared towards travelers ages 21-45.

U By Uniworld Announces 2018 Agent FAMs

U By Uniworld—the first-ever river cruise product for Millennials—is gearing up to launch in spring 2018 and has invited agents to experience its newly renovated ships and itineraries.
The Watergate Scandal Room 214 allows guests a closer look at the infamous scandal that took place there.

Stay in a Scandalous Room at the Watergate Hotel

For your clients who live for political drama or for those who just love a good scandal, the iconic Watergate...

VacationCRM Integrates with Recommend EDU Travel Agent Specialist Platform

New functionality adds automatic rewards tracking.
Edie Rodriguez brings 30 years of experience to her new role at Ponant.

Edie Rodriguez is Passionate About Ponant

Sitting with Edie Rodriguez and talking about her new role as Ponant brand chairman and corporate special advisor, it was crystal-clear that Rodriguez is passionate and excited to be associated with the Ponant brand.
The Southwest Airlines route marks the seventh major carrier to service Turks and Caicos.

Southwest Launches Turks and Caicos Service With Promo Fare

On Nov. 5, 2017, Southwest Airlines will launch its new daily nonstop flight service from Fort Lauderdale International Airport to Providenciales International Airport in Turks and Caicos with one-way promotional fares starting at $69.
Top-sellers can win a trip to Tahiti as part of Pleasant Holidays and Journese's new incentive program.

Pleasant Holidays and Journese Give Thanks with Special Award Incentives

Pleasant Holidays and its luxury brand, Journese, have announced the beginning of their Travel Advisor Appreciation Month: 30 Days of Thanks, which will bring special award incentives to its top sellers.
The Silver Muse pool deck is a central area to soak up the sun, take a lap on the jogging track, and grab a drink or bite to eat.

On Board Silversea’s Silver Muse

Before voyaging on an itinerary bound for South America, Silversea invited Recommend along with other media members and travel agents to experience the cruise line's newest flagship Silver Muse on an overnight sailing to The Bahamas.
ZOetry Montego Bay Jamaica Couple Yoga_2A

What’s Hot in the Caribbean

What’s undeniably hot right now? A panel of three experts have answers.
Star Legend docked in Bordeaux. (Laurel Herman)

Globetrotting: Windstar’s Star Legend Culinary Excellence, Authentic Experiences

As we concluded our cruise from Dublin to Lisbon sailing on the 10-day Cuisines and Cultures of Spain, France and Portugal aboard the 106 all-suite Star Legend, our thoughts focused on all of the amazing, authentic and educational onboard and onshore experiences we’d had.
Snorkeling in Hawaii is one of many adventures your clients can enjoy at a discount with Exodus Travels.

Exodus Travels’ Offer Will Make 2018 Your Client’s Year of Adventure

Adventure tour operator Exodus Travels wants to help your clients hit the road next year without breaking the bank as part of the company's Make 2018 Your Year of Adventure promotion.
Outdoor spinning class is one of many activities guests can participate in to stay fit while on vacation at IBEROSTAR.

New IBEROSTAR Program Helps Guests Stay Fit on Vacation

While staying at an all-inclusive resort often involves lots of eating and drinking, IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts is encouraging guests to stay active while on vacation through its Fit & Fun program.
Guests can enjoy a ride on the Santa Train among many other holiday activities in Napa Valley.

Napa Valley Welcomes Visitors with Special Holiday Events

Coinciding with the height of Cabernet season, Napa Valley is hosting several events to get both visitors and locals in the holiday spirit.
The indoor/outdoor Aquavit Terrace will be a feature on all new Viking river ships debuting in 2019.

Viking Announces Seven New River Ships

In a statement made on Oct. 24, 2017, Viking announced that it has ordered seven new river ships that will debut in 2019.

Jewish Heritage FAM Trips

Sophia's Travel is offering agents a chance to experience Poland, Ukraine and Romania from a cultural perspective with three new FAM trips that focus on Jewish history and traditions in these countries.
Clients can take in the views of a Confucius temple on a river cruise in Nanjing.

Nanjing Now!

Nanjing’s tourism delegation visited New York City to explain why Nanjing is an essential and accessible destination on any client tour of China. And they made an appealing case.
Artist renderings show HANSEATIC inspiration sailing alongside its sister ship, HANSEATIC nature.

Hapag-Llyod Cruises’ Newest Ship

On Oct. 18, 2017, crowds gathered around the Romanian port of Tulcea for the keel laying ceremony of the HANSEATIC inspiration—the second of two new expedition ships for Hapag-Llyod Cruises.

11 Important Updates about Guadeloupe

Things are changing in Guadeloupe. Stay in the know with the latest news coming from the islands.
Now your clients can extend their winter vacations with Baha Mar's latest promotion.

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Offers Sunshine on Sale Promotion

The Bahama's new Grand Hyatt Baha Mar is enticing guests to visit this winter with its Sunshine on Sale promotion.

Report from SOTIC, Part 4: News from Nevis, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten and St....

Spoiler alert: The Four Seasons will get even better, Statia is adding rooms, and stricken islands seem to be recovering faster than this reporter would have predicted.
Bulgari Hotel Shanghai in China

Virtuoso Unveils the Hottest Soon-to-Debut Luxury Hotels

According to Virtuoso, here are some of the hottest hotels around the globe opening this fall and beyond.
Sebastian's On The Beach will be among the first hotels to reopen on the British Virgin Islands.

Report from SOTIC, Part 3: The Shipping News and other Tales from the Caribbean

Islands that were hit directly by the hurricanes are working to get back on their feet, and those that didn't suffer damage are offering aid to their neighbors, as well as expanding their tourism sector in important ways.
Contiki Independent Insider

Contiki Launches Independent Insider Tours for Millennial Travelers

Contiki, the travel company specializing in destination experiences for 18-35 years olds, has announced its new Independent Insider travel style.
A photo of St. Thomas from before the hurricanes shows several cruise ships in its harbor. (Photo credit: U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism)

U.S. Virgin Islands Updates Post Hurricanes Irma and Maria

The U.S. Virgin Islands was hit by both Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Like many of its neighbors, the nation is slowly but surely moving towards normalcy for its residents and eventually towards revving up its once-booming tourism industry.

Silversea Announces 2018 Couture Collection of Bespoke Global Experiences

Silversea Cruises has unveiled details of its 2018 Couture Collection, an exclusive series of nine pre- and post-cruise travel...
Over Water Villa with Pool Day Conrad Bora Bora Nui

Delta Vacations Heads to Tahiti

“It’s eight hours from Los Angeles to paradise,” says Tahiti's Tourism Minister Nicole Bouteau.
After a long day of training, participants in the Two Years to the Top package will be happy to return to a comfortable resort to relax and go to the spa.

Adventure-Seeking Thrills at Salamander Resort & Spa

Start calling your most ambitious adventure-seeking, goal-setting clients. The Salamander Resort & Spa is partnering with extreme adventurer and 8-time world record holder Sean Burch to bring clients on two exclusive journeys that are not for the faint of heart.
Celebrity Reflection is one of several ships in the Celebrity Cruises fleet that will be transformed over the next few years.

Celebrity Cruises Unveils Plans to Modernize Fleet

In a project that is expected to be completed by 2023, The Celebrity Revolution will bring about the complete transformation and modernization of all ships in the Celebrity Cruises fleet.