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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.
Lithuania

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.

Kenya Authorized Travel Specialist Program

Get the in-depth knowledge you need to become a Kenya Authorized Travel Specialist.
The bleisure traveler is looking to mix business with a leisure vacation.

Travel Talk: Bleisure Travel

The line between business and leisure travel continues to blur, so much so that the term “bleisure” is now commonplace.
Walt Disney World Resort is offering a special 4-Park Magic Ticket that allows guests to experience all four theme parks.

Summer Savings on Disney 4-Park Magic Ticket and More

Like those carefree summer days, these summer savings won’t last long. Ranging from a limited-time Disney 4-Park Magic Ticket...
Culture Holidays is offering a 7-day Transformative India FAM.

Transformative India FAM

Culture Holidays’ 7-day Transformative India FAM tours some of the most exotic locations of the Golden Triangle.
The lobby at Aleph Rome Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton in Rome.

Curio Collection by Hilton Opens First Hotel in Rome

Curio Collection by Hilton has acquired the newly renovated Aleph Rome Hotel—an elegant property in the heart of Rome.
Guests of The Edgewater will now receive complimentary shoe rentals through Seattle-based Brooks Running Company to explore the city.

The Edgewater Hotel Launches Active Program with Brooks Running Company

The Edgewater, a Noble House Hotel situated on the Seattle waterfront, announced a new fitness program in collaboration with Seattle-based Brooks Running Company.
The black sand beaches of Vik, Iceland featured in Jon Snow’s quest north of the Wall. (Photo credit: Shutterstock)

Zicasso’s “Game of Thrones” Tribute Tours

Zicasso has introduced two new “Game of Thrones” tribute tours—one in Iceland, the other in Spain—in advance of the hit TV series’ return to HBO.
BE.YOU. training on board Hapag-Lloyd’s MS Europa 2.

High-Energy Cruising

New expedition ships are popping up; wellness programs are the new norm; and the open seas are inviting adventurous clients to charge up their adrenaline.
Hiking near Canyon Ranch Tucson.

Nourish Your Soul

“I think it’s fair to say that wellness is no longer a trend among today’s luxury travel segment; it’s really a lifestyle that is here to stay, particularly in a market like Los Angeles,” says Zachary Lapidus, director of rooms at The Beverly Hills Hotel.
Barcelo Bavaro Grand Resort is offering Sports Week in September.

All-Inclusives Where Wellness is Alive and Well

Most all-inclusive resort brands in the Caribbean have spent the last few years ratcheting up the wellness factor, from spas to aquarobics to gluten-free pasta.
Cox & Kings is offering a wellness retreat in Rishikesh, India.

3 Enchanting Retreats

Entice your clients with these wellness-focused getaways in Asia.
Bob Older, president of Delaware-based travel service and transportation company Creative Travel, Inc., has been taking U.S. travelers to Cuba for six years. (Photo credit: Bob Older/Creative Travel, Inc.)

Travel Agent Veteran Shares His Views on New Cuba Policy

"The next 90 days are going to be important,” Bob Older, president of Delaware-based travel service and transportation company Creative Travel, Inc., told us in a recent interview about President Trump’s new Cuba policy.
Acqualina Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles Beach hosts small beach gatherings as well as lavish affairs. 

Specialty Wedding Options

Make your clients’ special day that much more memorable by providing them specialty wedding options unique to the couple.
The well bar at The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens.

Charlestowne Hotels is Opening 5 Historic Reuse Properties

Hospitality management company Charlestowne Hotels is opening five boutique hotels repurposed from historic structures and landmarks within the next year.
Eating London's  Brick Lane – Flavors of India & Beyond tour features nine tastings “Banglatown."

Eating London Launches Two New Walking Tours

Eating London has expanded its offerings in the British capital with the launch of two new tours in Brick Lane and the Docklands, respectively.
The view from Victoria Tower in London England. (Photo credit: VisitEngland/Andrew Pickett)

Summer Travel to Great Britain On Track

The summer travel season is upon us and despite the latest string of terror attacks in London and Manchester, the allure of travel to Great Britain, and Europe as a whole, remains high, proving American’s resilience in our post-9/11 world.
The Hotel Marques de Riscal in Elciego, Spain is part of Marriott International's  Luxury Collection.

Marriott International’s Ever-Expanding Luxury Portfolio

During Marriott International's showcase presentation in New York last week, the press had a chance to examine the luxury, boutique sector of the brand's portfolio.

The Knickerbocker’s Back

Location. Location. Location. In New York City, few hotels have a more exciting address than The Knickerbocker Hotel, which recently opened its doors at 6 Times Square.

Visiting Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

Your guests can spend the afternoon roaming the museum and gardens, and have lunch on property at the onsite restaurant.

In France, Book a Rendezvous with Nancy

If you thought it was easy to fall in love with Paris, wait ‘till you meet Nancy.

Adventurous Ski Journeys in Alaska

Chugach Powder Guides (CPG) takes travelers on adventurous journeys in Alaska. The company is equipped with four helicopters, two snowcats, and access to the Alyeska Resort.

Eye on the World: A Taste of Wales

We made it to Wales and clicked away at our iPhone camera because, really, you can't find a single corner of this country that isn't worthy of a photo shoot.
A weaver working on a Turkish towel.

Turkish Delights by INCA

Turkey’s a personal favorite destination, one treasured for its ancient sites in spectacular locations, marvelous food, souks and boutiques full of irresistible crafts. Over the years, I’ve shopped ‘till I dropped for carpets, copper and ceramics, tiles, saffron and tribal jewelry—you name it. What I never thought to look for were Turkish towels, until talking with the experts at California-based International Nature & Cultural Adventures (INCA).
The Four Seasons adds Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogota to its portfolio.

Four Seasons Debuts in Bogota

Two elegant boutique hotels in Bogota’s fashionable North Zone have switched hotel families.

Haiti’s New TV Ads and Partner: Apple Leisure Group

Apple Leisure Group CEO Alejandro Zozaya announced last night that Apple affiliates are now offering vacations in Haiti. "Haiti is the next great destination in the Caribbean," he said, noting its beauty, culture, beaches, and people.
Infinity pool at the Condado Vanderbilt.

Eye on the World: A Taste of Puerto Rico

Recommend attended the Caribbean Travel Marketplace a couple of weeks ago in Puerto Rico, and although we certainly worked hard, we also had some time to "play," abusing our iPhone to give you a taste of Puerto Rico from our lens.
Western Brook Pond at Gros Morne National Park. (Photo courtesy of Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism.)

In Focus: 150 Countries, One Destination

Why is The New York Times Travel Show one of the largest trade and consumer travel events in North America? Well, let’s take a quick look at the numbers of the 10th annual tourism showcase, held Jan. 23-25, under the banner of 150 Countries, One Destination.
Guests can take in a Scottish pipe band while touring with Kensington Tours.

Travel Trends for 2015

It's officially 2015, so we've scanned our inbox to see what tour operators and other industry insiders are saying about travel trends in 2015. Here's the scoop from our inbox to yours.
Jimmy Buffet performs for Norwegian Cruise Line employees after the Margaritaville at Sea announcement.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s New Margaritaville at Sea

Norwegian Cruise Line announced its new Margaritaville at Sea on board the Norwegian Escape on Dec. 4 with a new partnership with Margaritaville—complete with a private concert by Jimmy Buffet.
Khiri Travel Vietnam's tour celebrates the Kon Tum culture in the Central Highlands of Vietnam

Tours Abroad

From Asia to various destinations in Europe, these tour companies are offering tours abroad that give your clients first-hand cultural experiences. Here are a few you can choose from—some even saving your clients with early bookings.

Colombia is Winning Big in Tourism

Ok, so Colombia might not have gone on to the Semifinals at the World Cup in Brazil (although Colombians must still be celebrating following yesterday’s Brazil massacre), but this country is winning big in tourism.