This month we’re introducing a new column in which we’ll be reporting on new products and trends across the industry.
Tour operators are gearing up for the new year with a bounty of new offers and itineraries around the globe.
Hotels around the globe are upping the ante on authentic experiences with refreshed properties, dolled up suites, Zen getaways and classic family fun.
We’ve got a bevy of hotel openings and renovations across the globe.
Buckle up because we’re headed around the world on a rollercoaster ride of new tour operator offerings.
Today’s modern traveler wants to connect with a destination’s past, and traveling via rail offers a peephole into those bygone times, a great complement to the castles, museums and cafes often visited when traveling through Europe.
A wellness-focused getaway wrapped with a bit of local experiences make for an ideal vacation that everyone from adventurous millennials to well-traveled baby boomers can appreciate.
This trio of tours offer a bird’s-eye view of the U.S.’s varied terrain.
We’re putting the spotlight on waterfront properties that make for idyllic vacations.
For every guest, whether foodie or not, food plays a big part in their vacation satisfaction.
Many clients heading to Europe want to tour their chosen destination or destinations at their own pace. Yes, many tour operators offer such diversity in their product offerings, including customized tours, that agents are sure to find something to suit their clients’ needs, but there are, as you know, those clients who insist on vacationing on their own. That said, many travelers are a bit wary of renting a car and heading into the unknown, but Jeff Coggin, assistant v.p. of travel agency sales, Enterprise Holdings Inc., has quite a few tips that are sure to, as he says, “remove customer barriers to renting internationally.”
On the hunt for the coolest family tours.
We caught up with Juan Perez Sosa, senior v.p. of sales and marketing, USA for Barcelo Hotels & Resorts, to ask about the growth of Barcelo and the company’s long-term strategy.
Book your clients on one of these ultra upscale tours.
Pamper your clients with the decadent offerings at these properties.
New Branding, New Loyalty Program & New Product from Europe to Cuba
Two top-notch hotel companies are upping the ante for 2016 by getting a brand refresh and adding even more product to their already thick portfolio.
Across its many brands, Hilton has new hotel openings.
Tour operators search out new destinations.
In its 2014 Economic Impact Study, members of the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) named Cuba one of the top two “emerging” countries whose popularity would grow in 2015.
The Luxury Collection, a Starwood brand, encompasses a range of hotel experiences—from historic, intimate retreats to modern classics. The...
These tour operators are redefining luxury with castle stays and private jets.
From added destinations to bonus perks, these tour operators have raised the stakes.
Authentic. Local feel. Regional flavor. Immersive experiences. These are concepts many hotel brands are now using to describe their properties, but Destination Hotels, according to Marie Torres, v.p. of branding and marketing, has been conducting business this way for over four decades.
AC Hotels, one of Marriott International’s four lifestyle hotel brands, is “designed,” says Marriott International’s v.p. of lifestyle brands Toni Stoeckl, “for all those creative, well-traveled, entrepreneurial spirits, millennials and other travelers who are constantly on the go."
Tour operators keep upping the ante when it comes to their Cuba offerings.
Loews and Starwood launch new hotel brands.
Goway’s World’s Most Idyllic Islands brochure is a page-turner. The aquamarine waters of the South Pacific beckon on each page; photos of the high-end to luxury resorts are dream destinations; and the island packages offer immersive experiences spilling over with romantic moments and outdoor adventure.
Blue Sky Tours was the first in the industry to create a completely customizable Hawaii vacation, says Levi Sanchez, Blue Sky Tours’ marketing manager. “That spirit is still alive today in the care we put into making each booking perfect for our customers’ Hawaii vacations,” he points out.
Karen Hughes, v.p., Meet Hawaii and travel industry partnerships, Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau, hits it right on point when she says that “great dining experiences are at the forefront of any successful vacation.”
We reached out to Tauck's president, Jennifer Tombaugh, to talk about the company's 90th anniversary.
Robert Veden, destination manager, Africa & Indian Ocean at Cox & Kings, The Americas, spoke to contributing editor Carla Hunt about the luxury landscape in Africa.
Tailor-made tours for travelers searching for the ultimate vacation experience.
Outrigger Resorts is setting out to become the premier brand on the beach.
It says a lot about a tour operator’s range of adventure-driven itineraries, and how focused it is on offering out-of-the-box experiences, when it highlights “Wildlife & Polar” tours on its website’s homepage as one of the main categories.
Morocco, China and Spain—we bring you three hotel properties opening in 2015.
In 2014, USTOA grew by three new members—Austin Adventures, Down Under Answers and Perillo Tours.
Three tour operators give us their insight and an out-of-this-world tour made specifically for the luxury client.
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts offers upscale clients what they call True Waldorf Service.
Tours where kids rule.
We've got some new & chic hotels around the world you'll want to get the scoop on.
We’ve collected a few FAMs that will take you everywhere from Machu Picchu to far-flung Mongolia and Bhutan.
Music. Design. Technology. It may be difficult to imagine that these three elements can be associated with a hotel brand, but Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ Aloft Hotels are striving to transform the overall hotel experience for its guests using exactly these three components.
Yes, you read right—the company you’ve come to know as Swain Tours is kicking off 2014 by rebranding to Swain Destinations, but don’t worry, the ownership and culture of the organization will remain unchanged and the core values of the family-run business will remain steadfast, the tour operator stresses.
The hospitality industry has been buzzing lately with a new breed of boutique mid-range hotels and hostels cropping up, targeting Millennials with stylish spaces at affordable prices.
Why is IsramWorld hot? Simply put, this tour operator isn’t one to rest on its 40-plus years of experience to draw in clients.
It was just after a scrumptious lunch of trout, fresh tomato and cucumber salad, Georgian cheese and bread, boiled and seasoned potatoes, and ajapsandali (an eggplant dish with bell peppers, tomatoes, garlic and spices) at Valodia’s Cottage in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region of Georgia when travel agent Elizabeth Koon from Coronado, CA, exclaimed, “You know, Georgia is the new frontier for the sophisticated traveler!”
Luxury brand COMO Hotels and Resorts has a knack for setting up shop in some of the most exotic destinations, ranging from a private island in the Turks and Caicos to the Maldives and the Thai island of Phuket.
Inquiring minds would like to know how Arizona-based DSA Vacations, a tour operator specializing in travel tours to the African continent, was able to snag a 5-year franchise contract with Emirates Holidays, the overseas travel arm of Emirates Airlines.
You can’t blame Aston Hotels & Resorts for tooting its horn a little.
Fourteen deluxe hotels with locations only in Israel and a history that stems back to 1947—that’s Dan Hotels in a nutshell.
The booking agents at Jacada Travel, a luxury private-guided tour company headquartered in London, are referred to as “travel designers”—experienced and independent globetrotters who go beyond the pre-set menu of a travel itinerary to build individual, customizable trips, while always keeping the client’s interests in mind.