Travel Talk

Travel Talk

ME Miami debuts in the city’s downtown neighborhood.

Hotel Desk

We’ve got a bevy of hotel openings and renovations across the globe.
Travelers can take in views of Sicily while traveling with BellaVista Tours. (Photo credit BellaVista Tours)

Tour Talk

Buckle up because we’re headed around the world on a rollercoaster ride of new tour operator offerings.
Belmond’s high-end rail journeys take travelers through the heart of Europe. (Belmond)

Tour Talk: Rail Travel in Europe

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.
Red Rock Canyon exploration awaits guests staying at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa in Las Vegas.

Hotel Desk: Escape the Ordinary

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.
DuVine offers a bike tour in Zion National Park.

Tour Talk: A Peek at Our Peaks

This trio of tours offer a bird’s-eye view of the U.S.’s varied terrain.
The terrace at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort’s St. Somewhere Spa.

Hotel Desk: On the Waterfront

We’re putting the spotlight on waterfront properties that make for idyllic vacations.
Suncadia, a Destination Hotel.

Hotels for Foodies

For every guest, whether foodie or not, food plays a big part in their vacation satisfaction.
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Take to the Road with Enterprise

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.”
African Travel Inc. has a Kenya trip that includes a stay at Sala’s Camp in Maasai Mara.

Tour Talk: Are We There Yet?

On the hunt for the coolest family tours.
Bird’s-eye view of Barcelo Puerto Vallarta.

Hotel Desk: Growth of Barcelo

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.
Journese is now offering packages to Ireland.

Tour Talk: Upscale Bookings

Book your clients on one of these ultra upscale tours.
Grand Class Suite Terrace at Grand Velas Riviera Maya.

Hotel Desk: Spoil Your Clients

Pamper your clients with the decadent offerings at these properties.
Cuba’s pristine Varadero Beach.

Tour Talk: Travel Impressions

New Branding, New Loyalty Program & New Product from Europe to Cuba
Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City.

Hotel Desk: On Your 2016 Radar

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.
Poolside at the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort.

Hilton’s Updates and Openings

Across its many brands, Hilton has new hotel openings.
Sceptre Journeys offers trips to Germany with visits to Nuremberg.

New Leadership, New Divisions, New Tours

Tour operators search out new destinations.
Apple Vacations offer people-to-people programs to Cuba that offer an in-depth look at the island.

Cuba for Everyone

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.
Deluxe Suite at the Grand Hotel River Park in Bratislava.

The Luxury Collection

The Luxury Collection, a Starwood brand, encompasses a range of hotel experiences—from historic, intimate retreats to modern classics. The...
A stay in Ashford Castle is included in Insight Vacations itineraries.

Defining Luxury

These tour operators are redefining luxury with castle stays and private jets.
Delta Vacations now offers packages to Colombia, including Medellin.

New Offerings Abound

From added destinations to bonus perks, these tour operators have raised the stakes.
With Destination Hotels’ new signature touchpoints, guests are encouraged to discover the local area they are visiting, such as at Aspen’s The Gant.

Destination Hotels

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.
Guestroom at the AC Hotel New Orleans.

AC Hotels by Marriott

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."
Cuba Tour Planner’s 6-night program includes a visit to Cienfuegos.

Cuba Calling

Tour operators keep upping the ante when it comes to their Cuba offerings.
Le Meridien Bora Bora.

Goway’s IslandsEscapes

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 offers Hawaii vacations exclusively and books only through travel agents.

Blue Sky Tours

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.
Chefs with lettuce from the hydroponic garden at Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa.

Hawaii Hotels Offer a Menu of Culinary Options

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.”
Havana street singer

Tauck Celebrates 90th Anniversary

We reached out to Tauck's president, Jennifer Tombaugh, to talk about the company's 90th anniversary.

Q&A With Robert Veden, Destination Manager, Africa & Indian Ocean at Cox & Kings,...

Robert Veden, destination manager, Africa & Indian Ocean at Cox & Kings, The Americas, spoke to contributing editor Carla Hunt about the luxury landscape in Africa.

The Debut of Journeys by CH

Tailor-made tours for travelers searching for the ultimate vacation experience.

Outrigger Resorts

Outrigger Resorts is setting out to become the premier brand on the beach.
Burma

New for 2015: Exodus Travels

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.
Sunrise Kempinski Hotel in China.

New Hotels, Abroad

Morocco, China and Spain—we bring you three hotel properties opening in 2015.
Austin Adventures offers tours to Yellowstone National Park.

New USTOA Members, New Experiences

In 2014, USTOA grew by three new members—Austin Adventures, Down Under Answers and Perillo Tours.

Who is Today’s Luxury Client?

Three tour operators give us their insight and an out-of-this-world tour made specifically for the luxury client.
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts: Satisfying the Upscale Client

Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts offers upscale clients what they call True Waldorf Service.

Tour Talk

Tours where kids rule.
Ham Yard Hotel

Chic & New

We've got some new & chic hotels around the world you'll want to get the scoop on.
Taktsang Monastery in Bhutan

FAMs to Latin America & Beyond

We’ve collected a few FAMs that will take you everywhere from Machu Picchu to far-flung Mongolia and Bhutan.

Aloft Hotels

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.

Swain Destinations

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.

Generator

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.

Vistas by IsramWorld

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.

Georgia Off the Radar

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!”

COMO Hotels and Resorts

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.

Emirates Vacations

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.

Aston Hotels & Resorts

You can’t blame Aston Hotels & Resorts for tooting its horn a little.

Dan Hotels, Israel

Fourteen deluxe hotels with locations only in Israel and a history that stems back to 1947—that’s Dan Hotels in a nutshell.

Jacada Travel, Beyond-the-Average Itineraries

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.

DuVine Cycling + Adventure

Think a tour with DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co. is only suitable for the hard-core cyclist who wants to trek the world’s bike paths just to prove he’s a cycling phenom? Think again.

Eleven Experience

If you book your clients on a vacation with Eleven Experience, a travel brand encompassing luxury properties in the U.S. and Europe with a growing portfolio of new hotels opening later this year and in early 2014, expect them to return with a newfound respect for what adventure travel truly means—pushing the limits and living to tell the tale

Wedding Bells with Rosewood Hotels & Resorts

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