In this Issue:
- Onboard Review: Queen Mary 2 Remastered
- North America: Getaways for Twosomes
- Onsite Review: RIU Republica, Punta Cana
- Caribbean: All-Inclusive Resorts for Rekindling Romance
- Mexico: Couples + All-Inclusives: Match Made in Heaven
- Asia & South Pacific: It’s All in the Details
There’s something wildly romantic about walking in the footsteps of ancient civilizations and historic cultures, and Latin America has more than its share of world-class antiquities and living cultures.
An elegant soaking tub, a romantic dinner on the beach, a relaxing spa experience… these new Asian hotels know it’s the small things that make for an unforgettable romantic escape.
The word on everyone’s lips and travel bucket lists this year is Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province’s capital city where jaw-dropping natural scenery and well-preserved cultural sites are inspiring North American travelers to explore outside of Beijing and Shanghai and into this timeless Chinese retreat.
Come on, Baby, light my fire. Great song, but after childbirth, child rearing, or just years of coupledom, the ember often dims. That’s when couples need an escape from routine so they can rediscover their love, and all-inclusives help by eliminating extraneous concerns over how to get back to the hotel after dinner or whether to pony up for nightcaps.
How did Saint Lucia come to be such a powerhouse in the romance travel business? Prime time on “The Bachelor” didn’t hurt, but above all, it was (and remains) a combination of scenery rivaling that of Polynesia and some of the most innovative and well-run hotels in the Caribbean, not to mention a tourist board and hotel association that were smart enough to capitalize on all that.
It’s not just about sending your clients off to a beach resort and calling it a day. As a travel advisor, you need to create memorable travel experiences for couples—whether it’s their first romantic getaway or their umpteenth one.
Did you know that by 2020 Millennials will make up roughly 50 percent of the U.S. workforce, which means they’ll be spending lots of money, including on their vacations. But how they perceive vacations, as you well know, is a whole lot different than previous generations, and in order to cash in on this sizeable generation, you need to get into their mindset. So what do they want?
It’s only been about a month since its opening date and already the RIU Republica is booked at about 90 percent occupancy. In fact, it’s been at about 90 percent since the first week.
Buckle up because we’re headed around the world on a rollercoaster ride of new tour operator offerings.
There are lots of new options for river cruising, and we have the 4-1-1 for you.
Couples looking to rekindle their flame amidst exotic locations should look east to Africa and the Middle East. Here, the flame is fanned while viewing the Big 5, exploring cities steeped in history and walking in the footsteps of early explorers.
Think the honeymoon stage is over between you and your clients once you’ve booked them on a successful destination wedding and honeymoon? Think again.
When I sit down with my clients that have young families to discuss their upcoming year of travel plans, I encourage them to claim some travel time alone, without their kids. I am always surprised to see their response which is usually a “Why didn’t we think of that?” look.