Adventures by Disney's 8-day Danube River cruise is an action-packed itinerary that takes clients to eight destinations in four countries, and I've got a whirlwind photo tour with all the highlights.
In the June issue, we covered weddings and honeymoons across the globe. And for those of you whose clients prefer to take on an adventure whether it's immersing themselves in a unique culture, going in a safari, or taking a hike or bike ride through some of nature's most splendid landscapes versus sipping margaritas by the beach, we rounded up some pointers from top tour operators on how you can sell these active honeymoons.
Le Meridien Chambers Minneapolis and W Minneapolis - The Foshay recently announced travel packages to encourage your clients to get out and explore "the most bikeable city in America" with the property's general manager as their personal guide.
Paula Twidale, the executive v.p. of Collette, prays for peace, embraces social responsibility and hopes that her new position as the first female chair of USTOA inspires other women not to take a back seat in their professional lives. We chatted with her during the 2015 USTOA Annual Conference & Marketplace, which took place in Chicago in early December.
Japan, which has been re-gaining popularity with U.S. tourists lately—it won Recommend Readers’ Choice Award for Best Selling Destination in Asia and has come up as an emerging destination in USTOA’s annual survey of its members—is a stunning country that has much to offer its visitors, but if you have not experienced this Asian country first-hand, booking a vacation for your clients can get a little tricky.
Listen closely to what USTOA members are saying, and you’ll be all smiles going into the holidays and into 2016. There’s a positive outlook for the coming year, with tour operator members showing strong growth this past year and going into 2016, and affirming that travel agents contribute significantly to USTOA members’ business. Let’s look at the numbers, shall we.
Avanti Destinations just unveiled, at a press conference at USTOA, that it will now offer 22 customizable FIT vacation packages and more than 30 city stay packages in Cambodia, China, Japan, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, with all packages featuring private guides from arrival through departure.
Tourism across the U.S. and Canada is booming, with new tours, hotels and attractions adding to its allure. Plus, we’ve got the Centennial celebration of the National Parks Service coming up in 2016, which to you translates to more booking opportunities at these local gems. No question—North America offers an array of popular tourism destinations.
The Apple Leisure Group is as all-encompassing an enterprise as you'll find in any industry. This is the real big Apple, with three distinct tour operators (Apple Vacations, CheapCaribbean.com, Travel Impressions), AMResorts' six hotel brands (Zoetry, Secrets, Breathless, Dreams, Now, Sunscape), the Unlimited Vacation Club at AMResorts, and the destination management company Amstar DMC. What's more, all branches of the family are on a roll.
Travel Impressions will discontinue sale of Sandals, Beaches and Grand Pineapple Resorts effective Oct. 15, 2015.
To be able to see the church in Madrid where my 101-year-old grandmother—who now lives in Miami—got married or see the stately apartment building where she spent her childhood, so close to the city’s famed Retiro Park, is one of those “cue the grand orchestra” moments that doesn’t come along every day.
Central Holidays has expanded its destination offers beyond Europe and the Mediterranean with the launch of five people-to-people itineraries in Cuba—Afro Cubanismo, L'Chaim Cuba, A Taste of Havana, The City & The Sea, and Hola Cuba.
Virtuoso agent Staci Kimball gave us her take on what it's like to sell the Adventures by Disney product and what she learned from her recent travels to Central Europe with the tour operator.
Recommend just got off a conference call with Apple Vacations' president Tim Mullen, and his claim that Apple is offering a rarity in the "Brave New World of Cuba" travel rings true.
Recommend's Editor, Paloma Villaverde de Rico, recently had a chance to get the scoop on the Louis T Collection, a new personality-driven hospitality and building solutions company, which was inspired by the life and times of Louis T. Leonowens.
Think romance. Think leading honeymoon destination. Think Italy. It seems time to think of speaking with Steve Perillo, president of Perillo Tours, as Recommend did. During the conversation, we learned that the company that has been taking American travelers to Italy for 70 years is applying its Italian know-how to delivering top-of- the-line destination weddings.
Some of us keep track of the annual tours that National Geographic Traveler anoints “Tours of a Lifetime,” and this year on that hit parade of exciting and enriching travel opportunities around the world is Tia Stephanie Tours’ Day of the Dead: Michoacan.