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Taking a cruise—both ocean-going and on the rivers—is one of the most popular ways to vacation, according to the survey, and Cuba is a top international destination. (Photo credit: Royal Caribbean International)

Travel Trends

You, too, are the travel experts, so we conducted a Future of Travel survey a couple of months back on recommend.com to get your take on what’s trending in travel in 2017 and 2018.
Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay is Small Luxury Hotels of the World's first Ibizan outpost.

New Island Escapes

Plan the perfect island escape for your clients at one of these new idyllic properties.
Backroads offers active family-friendly tours in Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, Italy’s Dolomites and the Swiss Alps. (Photo credit: Backroads / Kathy Kawakami)

Family Cycling Adventures in Europe

Active travel company Backroads has announced it will be running nearly 450 family departures this summer to top destinations for multigenerational travelers.
Jimmy Fallon at the grand opening of the new Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon ride at Universal Studios Florida.

Jimmy Fallon-Inspired Ride Opens at Universal Orlando Resort

Join “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon on an action-packed race through the Big Apple at Universal Orlando Resort, where an all-new ride inspired by the popular comedian just opened.

Jungle Island’s Extreme Makeover

Jungle Island, the 18-acre landmark attraction on Watson Island in Miami is getting an extreme makeover.

Official Florida Travel Industry Education Program—Family Course

If you are selling FAMILY vacations throughout the state of Florida, or are interested in delving into this market, the Official Florida Travel Industry Education Program—Family Course is the course for you.
Hot air balloon festival at Stoweflake Mountain Resort in Vermont.

A View from the Top

Beyond stunning bird’s-eye views, crisp air, and outdoor adventures, mountain vacations offer a bevy of experiential activities, as well, including hot air ballooning, Western adventures and visits to whisky distilleries.
The Bristol Cathedral, Southwest England

Eye on the World: Southwest England

Eclectic towns, cultural cities, street art, captivating castles, and memorable meals filled my days while touring Southwest England during this year’s ExploreGB.
Adventures by Disney's Rhine River Cruise includes a visit to the famous storybook Heidelberg Castle in Germany.

Adventures by Disney’s Themed European River Cruises for 2018

Adventures by Disney is offering new, themed European river cruise vacations for 2018.
Modern sculpture at Legacy Place in Palm Beach Gardens. (Photo credit: Discover The Palm Beaches)

What’s New in The Palm Beaches

The Palm Beaches—a collection of 39 cities and towns located in South Florida—wants to entice your clients to book their next getaway in this little slice of paradise with new hotels, attractions and wellness offerings.
SeaWorld Orlando is launching a new Dolphin Days show.

SeaWorld Orlando to Debut Dolphin Days Show

On Saturday, April 1, SeaWorld Orlando will launch a new Dolphin Days show, replacing the popular Blue Horizons animal show after an 11-year run at Dolphin Theater.
Royal Caribbean International’s Empress of the Seas will offer new overnight itineraries to Havana.

Princess Cruises Announces Caribbean Princess Renovation

Princess Cruises’ Caribbean Princess will undergo a multi-million dollar renovation during a 2-week dry dock in Freeport, Bahamas, March 26-April 6.
A child enjoying an Adventures by Disney Danube River Cruise excursion.

Raising Globally Minded Children

I always tell my clients that when thinking about the cost of travel, they should put it in their budget as an educational expense, rather than a recreational expense.
Barcelo Bavaro Grand Resort in Punta Cana

Globetrotting: Barcelo Bavaro Grand Resort

The flavors of the Dominican Republic took center stage when Recommend recently visited the Barcelo Bavaro Grand Resort in Punta Cana during its annual culinary week.
The Marvel Day at Sea on board Disney ships will debut this fall.

Sailing the High Seas, Family-Style

A look at the 2017 crop of seagoing vessels reveals such a wave-making bounty of family-friendly features that your clients likely can’t resist the urge to round up the tribe and set sail.
Luxury Junior Suite Swim Out accommodations.

Globetrotting: Royalton Blue Waters

Royalton Blue Waters is just one of Blue Diamond Resorts’ recent additions in the Caribbean. Although the company only launched in 2011, it has already grown to 23 resorts in eight countries.
Ukulele lessons at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the Big Island, Hawaii.

Family Focus Across the U.S.

These properties across the U.S. are not only packed with fun for the kiddos, but offer parents spas, lots of dining, and some adventure too.
Signature Eco Junior Suite accommodations at Sandos Caracol Eco Resort in Riviera Maya.

Five Fun-Inclusives

It’s fiercely competitive in Mexico’s resort landscape. If a hotel company isn’t building a new resort, they are renovating or upping the ante in terms of onsite amenities. And when it comes to their family-friendly properties, hotel companies are constantly adding offerings to please each member of the family.

D-Boat Experience in Antigua

In Antigua, D-Boat offers families a high-energy water park experience.
UnCruise Adventures offers itineraries in Central America.

Beyond Alaska

UnCruise Adventures, with eight ships that range in size from 22 to 88 passengers, recently debuted the remodeled 62-passenger Safari Voyager.
Ziplining in Antigua. (Photo credit: Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority)

Antigua’s Multi-Generational Appeal

When it comes to family fun, Antigua means business.
Florida's Historic Coast is offering dozens of attractions, tours, events and adventure are sure to satisfy all ages this spring.

Springtime Activities in Florida’s Historic Coast

Midway between Daytona Beach and Jacksonville lies Florida's Historic Coast, a celebrated area encompassing historic St. Augustine and golf-centric Ponte Vedra, where dozens of attractions, tours, events and adventure are sure to satisfy all ages this spring.
A rendering of the new Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

Experience Spring Training in the Palm Beaches

Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa is celebrating this month’s opening of the new The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches with a Spring Training package.
The star attraction at Universal Orlando's Volcano Bay will be the Krakatau Aqua Coaster.

Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay Roars to Life

Volcano Bay, Universal Orlando’s new water theme park, roars to life May 25.
Pandora – The World of Avatar will open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida on May 27.

Pandora – The World of Avatar Poised for Spring Opening

On May 27, the highly anticipated Pandora – The World of Avatar will open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.
Disney Cruise Line’s popular “Star Wars” Day at Sea will return with 15 special Disney Fantasy sailings next year.

Star Wars Day at Sea 2018

In 2018, Disney Cruise Line’s popular “Star Wars” Day at Sea will return with 15 special Disney Fantasy sailings to the Caribbean from January through April.

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach Makes Its Coastal Debut

Reservations are now open for the 343-room Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach in Central Florida.
This year, grandparents can stay for free at Generations Riviera Maya, by Karisma, because when guests book a 2-bedroom suite, they’ll receive a complimentary 1-bedroom oceanfront suite.

Grandparents Stay Free at Generations Riviera Maya by Karisma

This year, grandparents can stay for free at Generations Riviera Maya, by Karisma, because when guests book a 2-bedroom suite, they’ll receive a complimentary 1-bedroom oceanfront suite.

Gansevoort Turks + Caicos Ups the Ante

Gansevort Turks + Caicos, a full-service luxury resort on Providenciales, is offering a few enhancements to up the ante on it's Penthouses or Suites stay experiences.
Poolside at the renovated Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa. (Photo couresty of Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa)

Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa Debuts in January

January 2017 Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa debuts with 310 guestrooms and suites. After completing a $40 million renovation,
Poolside at the Palapa Royal Service Restaurant. (Photo courtesy of Paradisus Los Cabos.)

Paradisus Los Cabos Opens

Paradisus Los Cabos, an all-inclusive resort, is set to open December 23, 2016. The 350-guestroom property, formerly Melia Cabo Real, recently went through a multi-million dollar renovation to transform it into a Paradisus by Melia hotel.
View of Mount St. Helena from Cardinale Winery.

Expect the Unexpected

These three hot destinations—California, Florida and Nevada—offer your clients more than the conventional travel opportunities.
A 300-ft.-high glacier wall on Prince William Sound. (Paloma Villaverde de Rico)

Onsite Review: Alaska, the John Hall Way

To say that Alaska left me hypnotized is to put it mildly. Yes, I admit it was my first time to the 49th state, so that’s going to happen with most destinations you or your clients visit for the first time, but there’s something about Alaska that resonates with visitors long after they’ve left it behind.
Disney's Electrical Parade returns to Disneyland January 2017. (Photo credit: Disneyland Resort.)

Disney’s Electrical Parade Heads Back to Disneyland

The Main Street Electrical Parade returns to Disneyland on January 20, 2017 running nightly through Sunday, June 18.
Amtrak Vacations is offering new tours throughout the U.S.

2017 Brings New Travel Options at Home

Next year is bringing with it lots of new travel options for clients looking to vacation in their own backyard, including new hotels, new tours and theme park fun
Central Park is home to many of the ship’s restaurants.

Onboard Review: Harmony of the Seas

Adventures for All Royal Caribbean International’s newest ship, Harmony of the Seas, is visually stunning, inside and out. It’s certain...
Shigeru Miyamoto with Nintendo.

Nintendo Heads to Universal

The world of Nintendo—gigantic piranha plants, question blocks and all—is coming to three Universal theme parks around the globe.
Walt Disney World Resort's Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade is one of the most beloved holiday traditions. (Photo credit: Ryan Wendler)

Holidays at Orlando’s Theme Parks

There’s no place like Orlando’s theme parks for holidays.

5 Unique Christmas Markets in Germany

These unique German Christmas Markets are putting a unique twist on one of Europe’s most beloved old world traditions.

Oasis Hotels & Resorts Brings Day of the Dead to Life

On Nov. 1-2, Oasis Hotels & Resorts is bringing the rich tradition of the Day of the Dead holiday to life through a series of interactive events for both adults and kids at Grand Oasis Cancun.

Elementary, My Dear Watson

Follow the clues at The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes.

Ocean Riviera Paradise Poised for Winter Debut

Ocean Riviera Paradise—a five-star all-inclusive resort located on the seafront in the Playa Del Carmen area of Riviera Maya, Mexico— is poised to open Dec. 15, 2016.

Hauntingly Good Fun in Florida

During the spookiest time of year, Florida's top theme parks transform into ghoulish wonderlands that are still suitable for the entire family.

Villas of Distinction Adds Orlando to its Portfolio

If you're looking for a spacious family-friendly property in the heart of Central Florida to book your multigenerational families, family reunions and groups of friends, consider one of the luxury properties in Reunion Resort and Encore Club Resort that Villas of Distinction has added to its new Orlando portfolio.

All-Inclusive Hard Rock Hotels Enhances Amenities for Kids

For those who think all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotels is all foam parties and cocktails by the pool, the groundbreaking of the new Woodward Riviera Maya kids club at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in Mexico should change their minds.

North American Hotels Know Families

From marshmallow cookouts on the mountains of Lake Tahoe to water rafting in West Virginia, there's an abundance of family oriented offerings available throughout North America over the coming months.

A Wild Thai Adventure for Multi-Gen Families

For an off-the-beaten path vacation fit for multigenerational families, book one of Wild Planet Adventures’ custom Wildlife Adventures itineraries.

Cool Savings on Abercrombie & Kent’s Antarctica Adventure

Abercrombie & Kent is offering families cool savings on the ultimate adventure to Antarctica.

Discovery Cove Enhances Florida Resident Discount

It’s good to be a Florida resident, especially when Orlando's Discovery Cove is offering unlimited admission to SeaWorld and Aquatica, SeaWorld’s water park, through January 2017.

A German Chocolate Museum That’s Sweet on Families

Visitors of all ages can indulge their sweet tooth with a visit to the Chocolate Museum in Cologne, Germany.

Ring in the Holidays Down South 

This holiday season, three hotels in the American South are offering the ideal location to celebrate Halloween, Christmas and the New Year.
Disney Cruise Line is debuting “Frozen, A Musical Spectacular” on board the Disney Wonder in November (David Roark).

Onboard Fun Made for Gen Z & Their Families

Gen Z. You’ve heard of them, I’m sure. They’re the generation that’s coming full-force right after the Millennials. They’re still kids, for sure, but they already play a major role in family vacation decisions, especially when it comes to a cruise vacation.
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