Another news-maker this year was the opening of the Hard Rock Hotel Cancun (hardrockhotels.com), one of only three all-inclusive Hard Rock properties in the world (with a fourth on the way in 2013).
The last 12 months were filled with momentous happenings, especially in the thrilling and exotic Asian and South Pacific destinations.
From traditional European destinations like Great Britain, Germany, Spain and France to more off-the-beaten-path hotspots such as Romania and Estonia, in 2012 U.S. travelers headed to Europe in record numbers.
When The Affluent Traveler polled 3,000 readers a few months ago, readers said that above all, they wanted a beach escape. Where? The Caribbean.
Pliny The Elder Knew What He Was Talking About Back In A.D 77 When He Said, "Ex Africa Semper Aliquid Novi." Which Translates As "Out Of Africa, Always Something New."
Many of us who focus on Latin America look forward to TravelMart Latin America (TMLA), an annual ingathering of buyers and sellers of travel products and services, this year held in Cartagena, next year in Quito.