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Warwick Paradise Island - Bahamas is offering increased commissions now through all of 2018.

Increased Commissions For Adults-Only Resort in The Bahamas

The adults-only, all-inclusive Warwick Paradise Island - Bahamas is enticing agents to book their clients at the Nassau property with increased commissions in effect now through all of 2018.
Exodus Travels launched its first online agent training platform.

Exodus Travels Launches Agent Certification Course With Contest

For the first time ever, Exodus Travels has launched its own online agent training platform: the Exodus Expert Program.
A stay at this 6-bedroom villa in Turks and Caicos can cost $7,000 per night.

Travel Impressions’ Semi-Relaunch, Part 3

Executives from several hotel companies offered presentations about their agent incentives during the Travel Impressions Best of the Best meeting. One of the most interesting of many of them was from someone who doesn't represent a hotel company at all: Steve Lassman, v.p. and general manager at Villas of Distinction.
Guests can get up-close and personal with the diverse Costa Rican wildlife during Austin Adventures' new tour.

Nature Meets Comfort with Costa Rica Glamping Itinerary

For clients who want the connection to nature brought by camping while in Costa Rica, but also with the...
Agents will learn about Insight Vacations destinations like Ireland and more at the company's learn and earn events.

Insight Vacations to Host Learn & Earn Series Around the U.S.

Insight Vacations is hitting the road and visiting several cities around the U.S. to host its learn and earn series helping agents discover how they can earn big by selling with Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold journeys. 
Hotel Amapa will open its doors to guests in early February 2018.

Design Hotels Property Comes to Old Town Puerto Vallarta

While news of new hotel openings in Puerto Vallarta often involve all-inclusive properties on the beach, Hotel Amapa seeks to bring something different to the hotel landscape of the popular tourist destination. 
Agents have several options to experience an American Queen Steamboat Company voyage with upcoming FAM trips.

American Queen Steamboat Company Offers December FAMs

Agents who have previously booked their clients on a trip with American Queen Steamboat Company, can join in on one of the voyages themselves with the company's FAM rate offers for December 2017. 
Waterfront dining is one of several new additions to the renovated Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All-Inclusive & Spa.

Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All-Inclusive & Spa Completes Renovation

After four months of renovations and a $3.2 million investment, guests at Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All-Inclusive & Spa can now enjoy three additions to the property, including new dining options and an adults-only club.
VIA Rail Vacations by Railbookers adds new itineraries in Canada. (Photo courtesy of Yankee Leisure Group.)

What’s New in Rail Travel

Rail travel is expanding in both Canada and the U.S. with new itineraries and even a new departure destination. For...
The Time Out Market Miami is one of many attractions coming soon to South Florida.

What’s New in Miami: Hotels and Attractions

In a city with an ever-changing landscape of hotels, restaurants, visitors and even some transient locals, here's just a sampling of what's new and upcoming in Miami.
New restrictions will not stop tour operators and cruise lines from taking American travelers to Cuba.

How Cuba’s New Regulations Affect Agents + Cuba FAM

The U.S. State Department announced the specific restrictions Americans will now face when traveling to Cuba, but they are not as prohibitive as tour operators and cruise lines once feared.
The Allianz Global Assistance study may show how Millennials will change the travel industry in coming years.

Are Millennials Setting The Stage of Future Travel?

Millennials may go on shorter vacations and spend less money while doing so, but this generation of young travelers is still impacting the present and future of the travel industry.

Checking In to Travel Mart Latin America

September 2017 was Travel Mart Latin America (TMLA) time again, actually again for the 41st annual event. Here are updates from host country Ecuador and the Galapagos.
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What’s New in Riviera Nayarit

We checked in with Marc Murphy, managing director of Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau, to see what's new with this popular Mexican resort town. 
Los Cabos - Open of Surf 1

What’s New in Los Cabos

New hotels, new infrastructure developments, a rise in tourism numbers and a new five-point action plan to ensure a secure travel environment: Los Cabos Tourism Board's managing director, Rodrigo Esponda, gave us the 4-1-1 on what's new in Los Cabos. 
Contiki's latest travel agent contest is part of the company's Travel Makes Better Humans campaign.

Contiki Launches Contest for Agents

Contiki has launched a contest for travel agents as part of its new Travel Makes Better Humans campaign, which focuses on the positive impact that travel has on young people.
Visitors to Cancun can swim in the region’s famed cenotes.

Destinations That Shine

Ask the principals at Apple Vacations and Funjet Vacations to name Mexico’s top-selling vacation spots and the destinations that roll off their tongues are: Cancun/Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit and Los Cabos.
Whittier, Alaska, is the gateway to Prince William Sound. (Paloma Villaverde de Rico)

Top-Selling Destinations

A trio of reliably top-selling destinations, say travel advisors, will continue to be top of mind in 2018.
Artist renderings reveal big plans for the Le Blanc Spa Resort, Los Cabos set to open in early 2018.

Palace Resorts’ Plans For Expansion

Travel agents, tour operators and industry insiders gathered at Moon Palace Jamaica for Palace Resort's fourth annual Palace Experience Global Conference where executives shared some big news on the brand's plans for expansion.

Mexican Resorts Celebrate Day of the Dead

Send your clients to these resorts to experience Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)—one of Mexico's most popular holidays. Often mistaken as the Mexican version of Halloween, Dia de los Muertos is a big celebration in its own right.

On Europe: The Vemex Report

Dozens of European exhibitors journeyed across the pond to attend the Visit Europe Media Exchange event and help promote what’s new for 2018 in their countries, regions, cities, attractions and services.
The Resort at Squaw Creek is offering 20 percent discounts to guests who book early for winter stays.

Getaways for Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Whether your clients are looking to spend some time on the slopes or enjoy other snow-filled activities, these properties and tour companies around the world are offering a variety of experiences fit for wintertime fun.

Holiday Getaways in Florida

Tear your clients away from the stress that the holidays often bring by suggesting one of these Thanksgiving or Christmas-themed getaways in sunny Florida.
For the first time, Walt Disney World Resort is welcoming dogs at select hotels.

Walt Disney World Welcomes Dogs at Select Hotels

For clients who can't imagine visiting "The Happiest Place on Earth" without their furry friends, Walt Disney World Resort is now welcoming guests and their canine companions at four resort hotels. 
Agents can earn up to 15 percent commission with Carnival Cruise Line's new program.

Carnival’s AMP Up Commission Program

Carnival Cruise Line is giving travel agencies a new opportunity to earn higher commission percentages in 2018 with its new AMP Up Commission Program.
Dawn over Eiffel tower and Seine, Paris, France.

Paris Like a Local with Delta Vacations

Whether your clients are Millennials, Gen Xers or Baby Boomers, today’s traveler wants to feel like they’ve dove into a destination, not just taken a quick dip.
Great Abaco Island, one of many in the Bahamas (and in the rest of the Caribbean region) that were untouched by the hurricanes.

Report from SOTIC, Part 1: Super-Charging the Brand Confronts Super-Charged Storms

This is a dramatic time for the Caribbean, so it's a dramatic meeting at the SOTIC, here in Grenada
The Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga is Latvia's first five-star Kempinski hotel and one of many new luxury properties around the world.

Luxury and Lifestyle: New Hotels Around the World

Whether your clients are looking to check out a different hotel in one of their favorite destinations or want to shake things up in an entirely new setting, here are some of the latest hotel openings to expand your offerings.
Glaciers, icebergs, whales and more await cruisers on a journey to remote Franz Josef Land.

New Cruises Highlight Arctic Adventure, Golf and the Amazon

With itineraries as unique as your clients and their needs, these new cruises and additional departures will take your clients to the far reaches of the Arctic Ocean, the Burgundy region of France and the heart of the Amazon.
Longitude 131° is a luxurious wilderness camp in Australia.

Exotic Travel: Captivating Stays…

Across the globe wellness has been synonymous with luxury, and these captivaiting stays offer clients pampering experiences, as well as high-end treats your upscale clientele will want to take dive into.
Front hall at The Merrion.

Globetrotting: Bespoke Experiences in Ireland & County Down

Adams & Butler, a luxury destination management specialist with itineraries in Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England (as well as Africa), shines the spotlight on those unique experiences travelers are seeking out.
Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa is one of many properties that has already reopened following the hurricanes that hit the Caribbean.

Agents on Rebooking After the Hurricanes

After Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the Caribbean, we asked a few agents how they handled rebooking their clients.
The Selimiye Mosque is one of many religious sites your clients can visit in Turkey. (Photo credit: Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey)

Faith-Based Travel in Turkey—The Other Holy Land

Thoughts of faith-based travel often evoke images of Jerusalem or Buddhist temples, but for practitioners of the world's major monotheistic religions, Turkey—often dubbed as "the other Holy Land"—provides a unique opportunity to experience some of the lesser-known sites of importance for these faiths.
The new addition to Cunard's fleet will join the other ships in 2022.

Cunard Announces Expansion of Its Fleet

Cunard is marking the 50th anniversary of the Queen Elizabeth 2 launch with a big announcement for the luxury cruise world: the addition of its first new ship in 12 years. 
Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club will be Belize's first luxury resort from a luxury brand.

Belize Welcomes Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club on Ambergris Caye

Belize will be stepping up its luxury vacations profile with the December debut of the Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club, Curio—A Collection by Hilton on Ambergris Caye, occupying a beautiful 60-acre grove of tropical foliage.
Post-Hurricane Irma, Fort Lauderdale Beach is back to normal and ready to welcome beach goers

Post Hurricane Irma: How Florida Tourism is Recovering

As the Sunshine State starts bouncing back to its pre-hurricane glory, travel agents are undoubtedly fielding questions from their clients about the fate of their already-planned and, in some cases, already-booked vacations. Here's what we know now about each region of Florida.
Costa Rica's Arenal Volcano peeks out through the trees at Nayara Springs.

Language Learning Meets Resort Vacation At Nayara Springs

Boutique hotel Nayara Springs is serving up language learning with a side of Costa Rican culture and poolside relaxation with its new Spanish Immersion Package.
Water park complex at Wailea Beach Resort-Marriott, Maui.

Memorable Family Moments

From sleepovers with dolls to getting wet and wild at the water park, here’s a handful of family vacations your clients will be speaking about for years to come.
Tonnara di Scopello in Sicily.

Ancestry Vacations: Family Roots and Routes in Europe

With the popularity of sites such as Ancestry.com and its DNA tests for ethnicity and genealogy, heritage travel or ancestry vacations—exploring the origins of one’s family tree, searching through local archives and with luck even meeting a long-lost relative—has boomed in popularity.
Celebrity Cruises’ Galapagos voyages are ideal for a multi-gen vacation.

Globetrotting: Celebrity Xperience in the Galapagos

Like virtually all species before us, we are carried to the Galapagos Islands by the wind and the sea.
Sandals Love Nest Suites

Sandals Rolls Out Sweepstakes for Travel Agents

Sandals Resorts has announced the new Fall In Love Nest Suites sweepstakes for travel agents.
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In Lithuania, the Welcome Mat is Out

Lithuania’s tourism industry is thriving. Last year visitor figures hit a new high of 1.5 million, including in that number this writer.

Delta Partners with American Red Cross to Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Delta customers can support relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Plan a Cruise Night with Viking Cruises and sell more sails.

How to Think Outside the Box with Viking Cruises

It's time to think outside the box, and Viking Cruises has tips on how you can do this, while also scoring high revenue and leads.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Buenos Aires

Beyond its European glamour, its love for tango and its magnificent cityscape, Buenos Aires has a lot to offer its visitors. Here are 10 facts you might not have known about this South American city, capital of Argentina.
A selfie of Josh in Venice.

Coffee Time with Industry Vets: Josh Leibowitz

Josh Leibowitz, CSO for Carnival Corporation and senior v.p. for Cunard North America, most recent trip was a Transatlantic sailing from London to New York on Cunard's Queen Mary 2. Though at first he wasn't sure how he would fill his time while out at sea for seven consecutive days, he now adds it as a must-do experience for travelers. We’ll let him explain in this edition of the Coffee Time With Industry Vets Q&A series.

A Game of Thrones: 5 Lavish Lavatories

Lavish lavatories with eye-catching, memorable designs color these luxury hotels in Las Vegas and Washington D.C.
The Norwegian Bliss will feature the largest competitive racetrack at sea.

Norwegian Bliss To Debut Many Firsts at Sea

Featuring the largest competitive racetrack at sea, original new dining concepts, and heart-racing waterslides that round the side of the ship, Norwegian Cruise Line’s sixteenth ship, the Norwegian Bliss, is already making quite the splash ahead of its spring 2018 debut.

7 Over-the-Top Suites

Swanky suites from New York to Tokyo represent the best of the best when it comes to design, square footage, and luxe amenities.

Nick Jonas Performs Aboard Two Carnival Cruise Line Sailings

Nick Jonas, multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated recording artist, will be performing on board Carnival ships.
View of the Piton from Ladera in Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia Celebrates Top-Producing Tour Operators

Saint Lucia's friendly faces, verdant landscape and achingly beautiful Pitons greeted us last week for the 5th Annual Saint Lucia Showcase - North America, an event that connects hotels, DMCs, and tourism officials with North America-based tour operators that sell Saint Lucia as one of their primary destinations.

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