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Editors' Picks

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.
Suites at the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach often offer views of the ocean and/or intracoastal waterway.

Sneak Peek of the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach

South Florida's luxury travel scene has a new contender coming to town, and it's ready to compete with the best of the best. Before its Oct. 10, 2017 grand opening, Recommend had the chance to catch a sneak peek of what the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach has to offer.
After a two-year renovation process, El Embajador still stays true to its 1950's origins in some ways.

El Embajador Hotel Reveals New, Fully Remodeled Look

El Embajador, a Royal Hideaway Hotel, has unveiled the results of its $40 million renovation that combines the glitz and glam of its past with the enhancements and amenities expected of a luxury hotel today.
Accommodations at Royal Hideaway Playacar.

VIP Wellness Stays

These all-inclusive resorts in Mexico cater to VIP clients who can’t tear themselves away from their wellness-focused lifestyle.
Cap Maison’s The Cliff at Cap restaurant in Saint Lucia.

9 Top Resorts with All-Inclusive Packages

Save this story; Google says you won’t find an article like it anywhere else, despite the fact that it bundles information travel agents really need.
View of the beach (well, part of it) from a room at Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa. (Photo Credit: Ed Wetschler)

Report from JAPEX, Part 1: The Big Picture

The Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association marked its 55th anniversary at JAPEX last week, and more than 105 tour operators and 150 travel agents attended. Here are a few takeaways:
The Sands at Grace Bay is ready to welcome new guests.

Turks & Caicos Resorts Reopen Post Hurricanes

After taking hits from both Hurricanes Irma and Maria, The Sands at Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos plans to reopen its doors. 
Brett Tollman keeps sustainable travel in mind when traveling with his family or solo.

World Tourism Day Spotlights Sustainable Tourism

In honor of World Tourism Day, Brett Tollman, chief executive of The Travel Corporation and founder of The TreadRight Foundation, took the time to answer a few of our questions about sustainable tourism and what agents, travelers, and the industry as a whole can do to have a more positive impact on the Earth.
Snowy mountain views are a part of any springtime cruise through Alaska, and now, lower fares are, too.

Cruise Alaska This Spring with Lower Fares and Agent Perks

Cruises are often lauded as the best way to experience the beauty of Alaska, and now, with UnCruise Adventures' Alaska Awakening special for springtime departures, your clients can take advantage of lower fares, fewer crowds, and the chance to see wildlife and the Northern Lights, all while you enjoy the promotion's additional agent perks. 
New adventure itineraries for 2018 will bring your clients across the world from the mountains of Europe to the game preserves of Africa

From Botswana to Borneo: New Adventure Itineraries for 2018

For your most active clients who want it all from adventure and gourmet dishes to rest and relaxation in the lap of luxury, these new itineraries debuting in 2018 are right up their alley.
The Flavor By Loews Hotels program is serving up local favorites in heaps and mounds.

Loews Hotels Add More Than Local Flavors to the Menu

The farm-to-table movement has taken the U.S. by storm with restaurants highlighting native ingredients on their menus, but Loews Hotels is taking things to the next level with their new food and beverage experience rolling out nationally this year: Flavor By Loews Hotels. 

Saint Lucia: Hurricane Maria Update

Saint Lucia's Hewanorra International Airport is open, all flights have been resumed following the discontinued Tropical Storm warning from Hurricane Maria.
Agents stand to win large cash prizes with the Pleasant Holidays and Journese new incentive program

Cash Prizes Up For Grabs with New Tahiti Incentive

Agents have a new reason to book their clients on trips to the islands of Tahiti thanks to a new incentive program from Pleasant Holidays and its luxury brand, Journese. 
Guests at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa can play beekeeper for the day with this new hands on experience

New Buzz Around Resort’s Beekeeping Program

September is National Honey Month in the U.S., and Ojai Valley Inn & Spa is celebrating by adding an extra buzz in the air around its tranquil southern California property: an apiary and immersive beekeeping experience for its guests.

The Ranch—Wellness to the Nth Degree

I planned for a 20-minute sit down with CEO & co-founder of The Ranch, Alex Glasscock, and an hour later I was still talking with him about vegan food, long hikes and life-changing experiences.
El Paseo Hotel is one of several places on Miami Beach offering Post-Irma discounts to locals and first responders.

Post Hurricane Irma: Miami Beach Hotels Offer Deals to Locals and First Responders

Here are a few of the hotels that are up and running post Hurricane Irma and also offering special rates to locals, first responders and others aiding with disaster relief in the area.
Andy Stuart, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, aboard the company's first cruise to Cuba.

Coffee Time With Industry Vets: Andy Stuart

Andy Stuart, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, had an early start to his international travel experience—taking his first trip before his first steps—but it wasn't always smooth sailing. We'll let him explain in this edition of the Coffee Time With Industry Vets Q&A series.
Cruisers on the 2019 Viking World Cruise will enjoy sail for 128 days following the itinerary above.

Cruising Around the World in 128 Days

Months before its first-ever World Cruise takes its maiden voyage, Viking Cruises has already announced the second iteration of this round-the-world itinerary.
Cyclists on the 8-Day Postcards of Tuscany Bike Tour will enjoy classic views like this and more.

Cycle Through Tuscany With Perillo’s ItalyVacations

Active travelers can explore central Italy on an 8-day Postcards of Tuscany Bike Tour with Perillo's ItalyVacations.
Intrepid Group's newest incentive will send top sellers on some of their most popular tours.

Intrepid Group Launches Best of the Best Incentive

Intrepid Group has upped the ante for travel agents who book their tours throughout the fall season.
almodovar del rio cordoba spain

Europe a Top Pick for U.S. Travelers

According to data released by Virtuoso, six of the top 10 slots where upscale Americans are heading this fall and holiday season are in Europe.
The newly expanded kids club at the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun.

Kids Rule!

The kids are in charge—or at least they think they are—at these resorts where sandboxes, bunk beds and splash zones rule.
Exploring the surroundings at Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort in Fiji. (Photo courtesy of Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort.)

From Tykes to Grandparents: Multi-Gen Family Travel

Lucky for your bottom line, multi-generational family travel has proven to be a megatrend, not just a passing one, but finding the right fit for a variety of ages always has its challenges.
The front deck at the new Bron-Yr-Aur property. (Photo courtesy of Touch of Spice.)

Touch of Spice Expands in New Zealand

Touch of Spice, a luxury operator that launched its Residence Collection in early 2017, is expanding in New Zealand.
Captivating views from our room at Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort

Multi-Gen Staycation in Sunny Isles

I packed up my Jeep with my parents in tow, as my brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephew led the way to our destination— a staycation at Newport Beach Hotel & Resort in Sunny Isles.
The Flagler King guestroom at The Julia. (Photo courtesy of The Julia.)

South Beach’s Newest Adults-Only Boutique Hotel

South Beach's newest boutique hotel, The Julia, opened earlier this month as an adults-only property in the South of Fifth, "SoFi," neighborhood. 
Save on winter escapes to The Sebastian-Vail in Vail Village. (Photo courtesy of The Sebastian-Vail.)

Winter Getaway Savings

For your clients thinking of their winter getaway, The Sebastian-Vail is offering a Book Winter and Save up to 40 Percent offer.
Earn more perks when booking La Coleccion Resorts such as Live Aqua Boutique Resort Playa del Carmen.

La Coleccion Upgrades Travel Agent Program

La Coleccion Resorts, which encompasses Live Aqua Resorts, Grand Fiesta Americana Hotels & Resorts, Fiesta Americana Hotels & Resorts, and The Explorean, has upgraded its travel agent program.
Crystal AirCruises Boeing 777

Crystal is Sky High with the Debut of Crystal Skye

There’s nothing like the Crystal Skye, says Crystal's Edie Rodriguez.

Marriott International Exec. Talks Puerto Rico and Marriott’s Millennial Appeal

In this interview, we caught up with Steve Contos, senior v.p. – Caribbean & Luxury Portfolio Latin America, Marriott International, to talk Puerto Rico, Marriott's Millennial appeal and the company's expansion plans. 
TravelBound has added a month-long A Buck a Room Night promotion to its Amazon Rewards Program for travel agents.

TravelBound Gives Travel Agents “A Buck A Room Night” This August

TravelBound has added a month-long A Buck a Room Night promotion to its Amazon Rewards Program for travel agents.
Ellen Bettridge succeeded Guy Young as the president and CEO of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection last August. (Photo credit: Rainer Witzgall)

Ellen Bettridge Recounts Her First Year at Uniworld

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection's president and CEO Ellen Bettridge takes a look back at the line's banner year with Recommend.
On Alpenwild’s Cheese, Chocolate, and Wine in the Scenic Alps tour, guests have the option to make artisan alpine cheese. 

5 Ways to Experience the Swiss Alps

These five experiences in the Alpine region of Switzerland are sure to delight every sense.
The Qatar Tourism Authority's 2017 roadshows will provide travel agents with in-depth information on the destination with an emphasis on art and culture. (Pictured: the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha)

Qatar Tourism Authority 2017 Roadshows

Receive all of the tools you need to sell Qatar during the Qatar Tourism Authority's 2017 roadshows.
Olive Tree Escapes is hosting its first-ever FAM to Italy from Nov. 13-21 visiting Rome, Florence and Venice.

Olive Tree Escapes Italy FAM

Olive Tree Escapes is hosting its first-ever FAM to Italy from Nov. 13-21 visiting Rome, Florence and Venice.
Poolside in Monaco.

Rainbows Over Europe

Summertime is party time for Gay Pride destinations in Europe.

Pick Your Favorites For a Chance to Win

Cast your vote for Recommend's 21st Annual Readers' Choice Awards at recommend.com/rca by Aug. 1 for a chance to win an Amazon gift card.
Steve Lassman golfing on his travels.

Coffee Time with Industry Vets: Steve Lassman

Steve Lassman v.p. of villa product and agency relations for World Travel Holding's Villas of Distinction, took his first trip at the age of seven to Miami Beach, but it was a job with Cunard Cruise Line that turned him to the travel industry. We'll let him explain...
Sugar Bay Beach Resort & Spa was the host hotel for the USVI Symposium.

8 Takeaways from the USVI Symposium

Here are eight of the key points made at USVI Symposium arranged by the U.S. Virgin Islands Hotel & Tourism Association and hosted by the Sugar Bay Beach Resort & Spa.
On Jan. 2, 2018, Australis Expeditions will debut the 210-passenger Ventus Australis.

Ventus Australis to Cruise Round the Tip of South America

On Jan. 2, 2018, Australis will debut the 210-passenger Ventus Australis.