Eco & Sustainable Travel

Eco & Sustainable Travel

The Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa’s New Orchid Rooms Take a Cue From Nature

The Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa in Costa Rica has redesigned its Orchid Rooms to reflect the destination's culture and verdant landscape.

Germany’s Going Green

Germany’s showcasing her great outdoors this year in a global campaign, Holidays in the Heart of Nature, promoting getting to know and enjoy her 130-plus national landscapes, embracing 16 national parks, 15 UNESCO biosphere reserves and 104 nature parks.

Hurtigruten Encourages Little Explorers to Discover Antarctica

Hurtigruten is encouraging little explorers to discover Antarctica with the launch of its Young Explorers Program.

Make Art, Make a Difference Onboard Lindblad Expeditions Galapagos Voyages

Lindblad Expeditions, in partnership with National Geographic, is offering guests the opportunity to make art and support local artisans while sailing the Galapagos Islands through the Make Art, Make a Difference program.

Gala Vallarta Nayarit: We’ve Got the Intel on Destination Happenings

Our Associate Editor just spent five days surrounded by crystal-blue waters and lush green mountains in Puerto Vallarta. But she wasn't sipping away on margaritas by the pool. Instead, she was attending Gala Vallarta Nayarit to bring you what's new and what's happening in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit.

Sneak Peek of Playa Largo Resort & Spa

There’s about to be a new babe in town—jaw-dropping, head-turning kind of babe.

Getting to Guadeloupe: Easier Now Than Ever

Low cost airline Norwegian launched seven nonstop flights from the U.S. to Guadeloupe Islands last month, and American Airlines has added one weekly nonstop to Pointe-à-Pitre.

How Green Energy Will Impact Tourism in Nevis

"Nevis will soon become the greenest place on Planet Earth," said Hon. Mark A.G. Brantley, Minister of Tourism for Nevis (and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Aviation for St. Kitts and Nevis) at lunch on a visit to Manhattan.

Active Vacations in Belize and Guatemala

Backroads and the Francis Ford Coppola family resorts have teamed up to offer a Backroads Belize & Guatemala Multisport Adventure tour.

Winter Wonderland Destinations

Encourage your clients to embrace the cold at these winter wonderland destinations in North America, Europe and Eurasia.

A Stroll Through History in Taketa

Embraced by the green-shrouded Mt. Aso and the Kuju mountain range, Taketa City—also known as the Castle Town of Taketa—is located in central Kyushu and is known for its picturesque scenery, carbonated hot springs and historic heritage.

Wellness in the Shadow of Mt. Fuji

The SUN and MOON Mt. Fuji Wellness Resort, or Hitsuki Club, which opened just this past spring, is ideal for clients who want to immerse themselves in traditional Japanese wellness.
African Travel, Inc.’s new Namibia Desert Escape tour allows guests to can spot wild game and explore remote locations in Africa. (Photo Credit: Dana Allen)

African Travel, Inc.’s New Namibia Safari

African Travel, Inc.’s new 8-day Namibia Desert Escape expedition itinerary, starting at $8,225 pp dbl, offers guests the opportunity to spot game, including elephants, giraffe, brown hyena and desert-adapted lions while flying over Namibia's Skeleton Coast.
On Mayflower Tours’ America's Canyon Country expedition, guests can peer into the Grand Canyon's enormous chasm.

America’s Natural Wonders: 100 Years of the National Park Service

South America boasts millions of square miles of rainforest, and Africa is home to savannahs that cover almost half of the continent, but the United States possesses its own natural wonders—specially preserved national parks featuring waterfalls, wetlands, canyons and mountains.
Ecoventura's newest luxury ship, MV Origin, makes its inaugural voyage through the Galapagos Islands in January 2016.

Ecoventura Debuts the MV Origin

In January 2016, Ecoventura is debuting the new MV Origin set to sail the Galapagos Islands.
Seedlings is a kids' programs full of family-friendly activities that bring children closer to nature.

1 Hotels Launches Kids Programming

1 Hotels newly launched kids programming, Seedlings, features family-friendly activities, indoor camping kits and outdoor adventures.
Trinidad and Tobago are working on a new initiative to establish or improve both islands' trails.

Happy Trails to You

As if it weren't already one of the top eco-travel destinations in the Caribbean and beyond, Trinidad and Tobago are working on a new Eco-Adventure Trails Project.
Guests relax in a jucuzzi while taking in the mountainous scenery in Nicaragua.

Book and Save with Pleasant Holidays

Pleasant Holidays announced the addition of several new hotels joining its Central America portfolio.
The Chateau at Lake Quinta.

New Properties to Keep an Eye On

New properties are opening for every type of client, whether they prefer historical sightseeing in the desert, upscale shopping, outdoor activities, or the island life.

Onsite Review: Amara Cay Resort, Islamorada, Florida Keys

Islamorada's newest gem, Amara Cay Resort.

Q&A With Lauren Summers, Director of Marketing, Visit Wales North America

Lauren Summers, director of marketing, Visit Wales North America, talks to Recommend about why Wales should be on a Great Britain itinerary.
Travelers participate in social impact activities.

Carnival Corporation Launches Fathom

Carnival Corporation launched a new brand, fathom, defining a new travel category it is calling "social impact travel," that will offer consumers authentic, meaningful impact travel experiences to work alongside locals as they tackle community needs.
Rendering of the deck aboard Ecoventura's MS Origin.

Ecoventura’s New Luxury Yacht

The Ecoventura has announced sailings for its new luxury yacht.
The Palms Do Good, Feel Good package involves guests in a beach cleanup.

‘Do Good, Feel Good’ at The Palms Hotel & Spa

Guests at The Palms Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach can take part in the Do Good, Feel Good package, a good fit for nature-minded or eco-friendly travelers.

Outdoor Adventures on Hawaii Island

Nearly twice the size of all the other islands in the chain combined, Hawaii Island is more than large enough to contain the most exhilarating experiences your clients could possibly imagine.
Ready for a ziplining adventure, which is very popular in Costa Rica.

Parks & Recreation = Family Travel Highs in Costa Rica

“If any destination is tailormade for family travel, Costa Rica is it.” I wrote that sentence in Recommend’s Costa Rica Specialist Program based on just looking around during many years of traveling in this family-friendly nation. Last July was time to sample the product: The Hunt family traveled in an Adobe Rent a Car’s 4x4 to a trio of kid-friendly wild places: Tortuguero National Park (three nights), the Sarapiqui region (two nights), and Monteverde National Park (three nights). Perhaps a trip report on what worked (most things) and what didn’t (just a few) will be helpful in client trip planning.
Travelers hiking up the Inca trail.

So You’re Hiking the Inca Trail: Which One?

Dasatariq Peru, a leading tour operator and DMC based in Lima, notes that more than 75,000 people make the trek each year to get to Machu Picchu the way the Incas did—on foot—and today there are many different ways to hike the Inca Trail.

Martinique C’est Magnifique! Sign up for the Martinique Specialist Program

Martinique is magnifique! Recommend's newest travel agent program is here, the Martinique Specialist Program.

Ebola: Not a Risk for African Safari Travel

We reached out to a few tour operators that sell travel to Africa to see how the Ebola crisis is affecting their bookings to this continent. Here's what they had to say.

Mexico’s Sun Triangle

Acapulco, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo and Taxco—three distinct cities on the forefront of Mexico’s tourism initiative aimed to entice travelers to where the sun always shines.
On a Natural Habitat Adventures tour, visitors to Namibia have the opportunity to view the black rhino at the Doro Nawas Camp.

Namibia: Southern Africa’s New Hot Ticket

South Africa might get all the attention, but Namibia knows how to draw the crowds, too.
Martinique features stunning seaside hotels and villas.

Onsite Review: Martinique

While it was once an also-ran in the North American tourism biz, this French department is suddenly seeing an uptick in arrivals from North America.

Eye On The World: Grand Bahama Island

Recommend's Managing Editor spent a few days in Grand Bahama to experience the island lifestyle while staying at the Grand Lucayan Bahamas Resort.
Hot air ballon safari season has begun in the Busanga Plains of Zambia's Kafue National Park.

Hot Air Balloon Safaris in Africa

Hot air balloon season has begun in the Busanga Plains of Zambia's Kafue National Park. Travelers can now glide in a hot air balloon over the 69,000-acre Busanga Concession, one of the most exclusive hot air ballooning destinations in Africa, which offers complete seclusion and scenery to guests through Wilderness Safaris.

Get to Know Geckos Adventures

Those of you who have clients in the 18- to 39-year-old demographic, know how differently millennials go about planning their travel. Geckos Adventures, an adventure travel brand housed under Intrepid Group, is new to the North American market and can help you plan the perfect immersive travel experience for this age group.
Laguna San Rafael in Chile

Latin America: Tour Operators Do the Talking

No sector of the travel industry has been more important in opening up new vacation horizons in Latin America than tour operators. They invest in the research, do the leg work, and point the way with new and flexible travel products.
Panda Cub’s First Snow Day at San Diego Zoo

California Adventure

Travelers head to California to take in the scenery, savor the culinary scene, and visit the wineries, the Hollywood sign, and the famous Golden Gate Bridge. To complement that experience we've put together a few adventures your clients can add to their to-do list while visiting the Golden State, such as hitting the race tracks, ziplining through canyons, or splashing around in a water park.

Borneo by Water

In the July Active & Experiential Travel Issue, we covered Borneo because when it comes wilderness travel Borneo is ahead of the pack. Here, we recommend Borneo by water, both independently and with Lindblad Expeditions.

Family Getaways at Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach

With kids out of school for the summer, it's time to start booking family getaways. Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach in Miami's Sunny Isles Beach has just launched the Family Escape package.

Wildlife & Adventure in the Everglades

Bonaventure Resort & Spa is offering The Everglades Bon-adventure package through a partnership with the Sawgrass Recreation Park, which is located just 10 minutes from the resort.

Spotlight on Germany

More than 600 tour operators, travel agents, and international journalists gathered together to learn about Destination Germany at the 40th GTM Germany Travel Mart.

Art Safari in Kenya

Joy's Camp in Kenya is offering an Art Safari perfect for the art aficionado, or even the art rookie, interested in a lesson.

Discover the Galapagos Islands with Kensington Tours

Kensington Tours helps travelers discover the Galapagos Islands with new customizable tours.

Adventuring in Africa

Travelers can take part in many African adventures, from safaris to cheetah watching, or just relaxing in a boutique hotel or luxurious bush camp, all while taking in Africa's majestic scenery. Tour packages, unique lodging experiences and new hotels will entice the adventurous traveler or honeymooners.

French Polynesian Resort Opens this Summer

The Brando, a luxury resort on the French Polynesian island of Tetiaroa just 30 miles north of Tahiti, opens in July.

Latin America in 2013 & Beyond

This year, the cream that seemed to rise to the top of Latin America’s travel marketplace brew was a trio of trends—luxury, sustainability and enriching experiences.

It’s Time to Experience Guatemala

Now that Recommend has launched the Guatemala Specialist Program, this Central American gem can be an easy sell for the active traveler, the cultural buff or the family looking to experience a country rich in architecture, cuisine and centuries-old Maya temples.

The Greening of the Caribbean

Is green the new black?

Eye on the World: Costa Rica

Last week, Recommend spent a few days in Costa Rica exploring its lush rainforests in Jaco (via a zipline), taking in a few surfing lessons, and soaking up the magnificent views on a catamaran ride in Manuel Antonio National Park.

Eye on the World: The Broadmoor, Colorado

This month we headed to the Southwest to Colorado Springs, where we made the very illustrious Broadmoor our home for a few days.

Eco-Friendly Earth Day Offers

Celebrate Mother Nature this Earth Day with an eco-inspired package or stay at these properties worldwide.

Q&A With Jesus Almaguer, CEO of the Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau

For our April issue, which focused on island stays around the world, we highlighted Mexico’s offshore islands: Isla Holbox, Cozumel and Isla Mujeres. That led us to interview Jesus Almaguer, CEO, Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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