May 2017

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MSC Cruises

Since 2004, MSC Cruises has grown by 800 percent, making it the fastest growing cruise line in the industry.
Seabourn Encore


“Seabourn understood from the very beginning that guests should never be viewed as passengers,” says Chris Austin.
Barcelo Hotel Group

Barcelo Hotel Group

Barcelo has been going strong for 85 years, and the 2016 acquisition of Occidental Hotels & Resorts made it even stronger.
Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean International's ships, innovation, product, support and relationships are the main draws for the clients of one franchise owner at Expedia CruiseShipCenters.

Allianz Global Assistance USA

More than 13 million travelers trust Allianz Global Assistance USA each year to protect them while they're away from home.
Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises

Edie Rodriguez, Chairman, CEO and president of Crystal Cruises, came up with a new acronym E.C.O., which stands for what she believes “Exclusivity,” “Customization” and “Options."
AmaPrima in Passau


“We are at the forefront of being an innovator and trendsetter in river cruising,” says Kristin Karst, co-owner and executive v.p. of AmaWaterways, proudly.
Celebrity Cruises LawnClub_Croquet

Celebrity Cruises

“I think it’s very special when you’re able to offer people the opportunity to travel to every continent and visit over 200 ports of call...,” says Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Celebrity Cruises’ president and CEO.
Melia Braco Village

Melia Hotels & Resorts

“As the largest resort chain in the world, Melia Hotels International (MHI) has definitely impacted the vacation segment worldwide,” says Jurgen Stutz, MHI’s v.p. of sales, marketing & distribution for The Americas.
Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All-Inclusive Adults Only

La Colección

Did you know that Grupo Posadas, the umbrella company to the La Colección brand, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year?
Windstar Cruises

Windstar Cruises

“We have a tremendous brand,” says John Delaney, president of Windstar Cruises.

Destination Barbados

“Barbados is the most British of the Caribbean islands, with a mesmerizing mixture of history, culture, prosperity, beauty, and sophisticated island life," says Petra Roach, director, USA of Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.

IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts

Last year IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts marked the 30th anniversary of its first hotels in Mallorca. Today it has more than 100 properties in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and Mexico, and more are in the pipeline.
Port Canaveral

Port Canaveral

Since its inception in the 1980s, Port Canaveral has become the number two port in the world, according to Captain John Murray, port director and CEO at Canaveral Port Authority.
Aerial Photos of Carnival Vista

Carnival Cruise Line

When your cruise clients think Carnival Cruise Line, many might have flashbacks to their first cruise experience, as “Carnival is the place where people try their first cruise, especially through the various weekend options,” points out Christine Duffy, Carnival’s president.
Goway Travel

Goway Travel

Meet Bronwyn and Adam Hodge, general manager of IslandsEscapes by Goway and marketing manager, respectively, for Goway Travel, founded, they both tell us, by their father Bruce Hodge, who in 1970 “with passion and dedication, opened for business with just $300 and a reservations system operated by telegraph.”
Sandals South Coast.

Sandals Resorts International

Recommend is not the only business celebrating a big anniversary this year. Sandals Resorts International is marking its 35th, so we asked founder and chairman Gordon “Butch” Stewart what his company stands for and how it’s changing.
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Elite Island Resorts

Elite Island Resorts has offered travelers superb all-inclusives for almost four decades.
Space Travel

The Future of Travel

As Recommend celebrates 50 years of helping travel agents sell travel, the editorial staff thought it fitting to look to the future to see where innovations—technological and otherwise—might be taking the travel industry.

Recommend: Yesterday, Today and Into the Future

It has been our privilege over the past 50 years to be part of an amazing industry that promotes...
Taking a cruise—both ocean-going and on the rivers—is one of the most popular ways to vacation, according to the survey, and Cuba is a top international destination. (Photo credit: Royal Caribbean International)

Travel Trends

You, too, are the travel experts, so we conducted a Future of Travel survey a couple of months back on to get your take on what’s trending in travel in 2017 and 2018.
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50 Tips for Travel Agent Success

Now more than ever, when travelers think they don’t need travel agents, it’s your job to prove them wrong.
Viking Longship Kvasir near the town of Wurzburg, Germany along the Main River with Marienberg Fortress in the background

Viking Cruises

“Twenty years ago, I lost everything in life,” Torstein Hagen, Viking’s chairman, said in a press conference on board the recently christened Longship, Hild. “With a guy and two phones, we started Viking, and since then, we have come quite far.”