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Windstar Cruises’ President Will Sail from Puerto Rico

Windstar Cruises president John Delaney wants to help promote Puerto Rico and the rest of the Caribbean after its recent hit with the hurricanes earlier this year.
The latest addition to the Regent Seven Seas fleet is scheduled for delivery in 2020.

Regent Seven Seas Names New Addition to Fleet

Regent Seven Seas Cruises is adding a fifth ship to its luxury fleet and has officially announced its name: Seven Seas Splendor.

The Galapagos Gets a New Friend: Celebrity Cruises’ Flora

Celebrity Cruises will be bringing a new ship to the Galapagos Islands in 2019: the 100-passenger Celebrity Flora.
The Naples Grande Beach Resort re-opens with upgrades after Hurricane Irma. (Photo courtesy of Naples Grande Beach Resort.)

The Naples Grande Beach Resort Re-Opens After Irma

After a three and a half month closure due to Hurricane Irma, the Naples Grande Beach Resort re-opens on Dec. 15 with a refreshed look and upgraded guestrooms.
A rendering of what guests can expect at the new Disneyland Pixar Pier. (Photo courtesy of Disneyland.)

New Theme Park Fun for 2018

New adventures for families and thrill seekers are coming to a few theme parks in 2018 from the west coast to the east coast.
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KATS Program: Beyond the Wilderness

The Beyond the Wilderness Elective Module heads to Kenya’s coast, where activities such as surfing, scuba diving and skydiving abound. It’s also the place to discover unique historical sites, and sit down for a culinary feast.  
The Pleasant Holidays Mexico sale spans 250 hotels and all-inclusive resorts.

Pleasant Holidays Launches Portfolio-Wide Mexico Sale

Pleasant Holidays will end the year on a high note with a portfolio-wide Mexico Vacation Sale going on now through Jan. 31, 2018. 
New restrictions will not stop tour operators and cruise lines from taking American travelers to Cuba.

How Cuba’s New Regulations Affect Agents + Cuba FAM

The U.S. State Department announced the specific restrictions Americans will now face when traveling to Cuba, but they are not as prohibitive as tour operators and cruise lines once feared.
Agents on this FAM trip through Sicily will visit several UNESCO World Heritage Sites and over 10 towns and cities.

8-Day Sicily FAM Trip

Tours Specialists Inc. is offering travel agents the opportunity to get up-close and personal with Sicilian history, culture and food on an 8-day FAM trip through the island. 
The new properties set to be completed in 2020 will be AMResorts' introduction to the island.

Apple Leisure Group Announces Plans for St. Lucia

Apple Leisure Group (ALG) subsidiary AMResorts has announced that the company will bring two of its luxury, all-inclusive resort brands to St.Lucia, marking the company's entry into the island and the expansion of ALG's resort management portfolio to nine countries.
Information on the newly designed website can only be accessed via login, making it a website truly for travel agents.

Carnival Cruise Line Redesigns Travel Agent Website

Carnival Cruise Line has redesigned goccl.com, the company's travel agent online resource, after an extensive process of collecting feedback from travel agents on how to improve the website.
The Apple Vacations Hawaii SuperSale features perks from properties like the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay.

Exclusive Perks Available for Apple Vacations in Hawaii

Apple Vacations introduced its biggest sale of the season, making trips to Hawaii more affordable with exclusive rate reductions, free nights and daily breakfast at participating hotels and resorts.
The Allianz Global Assistance study may show how Millennials will change the travel industry in coming years.

Are Millennials Setting The Stage of Future Travel?

Millennials may go on shorter vacations and spend less money while doing so, but this generation of young travelers is still impacting the present and future of the travel industry.
An artist rendering shows the future of the polar vessel to be built for the Linblad Expeditions-National Geographic fleet.

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Fleet Set For Expansion

The Linblad Expeditions-National Geographic fleet is set to expand in 2020 with the launching of a new polar vessel.
U By Uniworld river cruises are geared towards travelers ages 21-45.

U By Uniworld Announces 2018 Agent FAMs

U By Uniworld—the first-ever river cruise product for Millennials—is gearing up to launch in spring 2018 and has invited agents to experience its newly renovated ships and itineraries.
The Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay is offering discounts just in time for the holidays.

Holiday Promotions at Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay

The holidays are starting early at the all-inclusive Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay with the property now offering discounts for stays between Dec. 23, 2017 and Jan. 1, 2018.
Agents can enjoy a FAM trip in Italy or France alongside Blue Walk guests.

Walking Tour FAMs in France and Italy

The Blue Walk is offering travel agents FAM trips on any of the company's regularly scheduled tours in France and Italy.

VacationCRM Integrates with Recommend EDU Travel Agent Specialist Platform

New functionality adds automatic rewards tracking.

Checking In to Travel Mart Latin America

September 2017 was Travel Mart Latin America (TMLA) time again, actually again for the 41st annual event. Here are updates from host country Ecuador and the Galapagos.
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What’s New in Riviera Nayarit

We checked in with Marc Murphy, managing director of Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau, to see what's new with this popular Mexican resort town. 
Edie Rodriguez brings 30 years of experience to her new role at Ponant.

Edie Rodriguez is Passionate About Ponant

Sitting with Edie Rodriguez and talking about her new role as Ponant brand chairman and corporate special advisor, it was crystal-clear that Rodriguez is passionate and excited to be associated with the Ponant brand.
The Southwest Airlines route marks the seventh major carrier to service Turks and Caicos.

Southwest Launches Turks and Caicos Service With Promo Fare

On Nov. 5, 2017, Southwest Airlines will launch its new daily nonstop flight service from Fort Lauderdale International Airport to Providenciales International Airport in Turks and Caicos with one-way promotional fares starting at $69.
Guests at the Corinthia Palace Hotel won't be far from the action as Malta celebrates hosting 2018's European Capital of Culture.

Hotel Offers Promotion for Malta’s European Capital of Culture

In honor of Valletta—capital city of Malta—being named 2018's European Capital of Culture, the Corinthia Palace Hotel, located in nearby San Anton,...
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What’s New in Los Cabos

New hotels, new infrastructure developments, a rise in tourism numbers and a new five-point action plan to ensure a secure travel environment: Los Cabos Tourism Board's managing director, Rodrigo Esponda, gave us the 4-1-1 on what's new in Los Cabos. 
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Collette Announces New Global Giving Guide

Global tour operator Collette has announced the release of the first dedicated Collette Cares inspirational guide to giving back globally.

Avoya Travel Unveils Details of 2018 Conference

Avoya Travel has announced details of its 2018 Annual Conference, which will take place on both land and sea, in partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line.
Contiki's latest travel agent contest is part of the company's Travel Makes Better Humans campaign.

Contiki Launches Contest for Agents

Contiki has launched a contest for travel agents as part of its new Travel Makes Better Humans campaign, which focuses on the positive impact that travel has on young people.
Top-sellers can win a trip to Tahiti as part of Pleasant Holidays and Journese's new incentive program.

Pleasant Holidays and Journese Give Thanks with Special Award Incentives

Pleasant Holidays and its luxury brand, Journese, have announced the beginning of their Travel Advisor Appreciation Month: 30 Days of Thanks, which will bring special award incentives to its top sellers.

Travel Impressions Gears Up to Improve Group Business

Travel Impressions has teamed up with Softrip Travel Solutions, a provider of technology solutions for tour and group operators, in an effort to create advanced technology customized to improve Travel Impressions' handling of agents' group business.
The Silver Muse pool deck is a central area to soak up the sun, take a lap on the jogging track, and grab a drink or bite to eat.

On Board Silversea’s Silver Muse

Before voyaging on an itinerary bound for South America, Silversea invited Recommend along with other media members and travel agents to experience the cruise line's newest flagship Silver Muse on an overnight sailing to The Bahamas.
Guests participating in AmaWaterways' Wellness Program activities can enjoy yoga on the sun deck and more.

AmaWaterways Promotes Healthy Habits With Expanded Wellness Program

AmaWaterways is encouraging its guests to stay healthy while on board its ships through the Wellness Program, which will expand to six ships in 2018.

Mexican Resorts Celebrate Day of the Dead

Send your clients to these resorts to experience Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)—one of Mexico's most popular holidays. Often mistaken as the Mexican version of Halloween, Dia de los Muertos is a big celebration in its own right.
Agents on the Sterling Vacations FAM trip will have the opportunity to explore parts of Morocco.

Morocco and Mediterranean Cruise FAM

Agents looking to explore Morocco and the Mediterranean on the high seas can do so with Sterling Vacations' 13-day/12-night cruise FAM trip through the area.
Agents on the Pacific Holidays and TAP Airlines FAM trip will visit Kronstadt and several other Romanian cities.

Romania FAM Trip

TAP Airlines and Pacific Holidays are teaming up to bring travel agents on a FAM trip through Romania.

On Europe: The Vemex Report

Dozens of European exhibitors journeyed across the pond to attend the Visit Europe Media Exchange event and help promote what’s new for 2018 in their countries, regions, cities, attractions and services.
Snorkeling in Hawaii is one of many adventures your clients can enjoy at a discount with Exodus Travels.

Exodus Travels’ Offer Will Make 2018 Your Client’s Year of Adventure

Adventure tour operator Exodus Travels wants to help your clients hit the road next year without breaking the bank as part of the company's Make 2018 Your Year of Adventure promotion.
The latest addition to the Anguilla Tourist Board's website will help agents in planning their clients' vacations to the island.

Anguilla Tourist Board Launches Post-Irma Recovery Website

With many left wondering about the status of tourism in the Caribbean after hurricanes impacted the area, the Anguilla Tourist Board has launched a special landing page on its website to keep everyone up to date on how the island is recovering.
Agents on the Tara Tours FAM trip in Peru will explore the Amazon on a river cruise.

FAM Through Peruvian Amazon

Tara Tours is offering agents the opportunity to get up-close and personal with the Amazon on a seven-day/six-night FAM trip in Peru.
The indoor/outdoor Aquavit Terrace will be a feature on all new Viking river ships debuting in 2019.

Viking Announces Seven New River Ships

In a statement made on Oct. 24, 2017, Viking announced that it has ordered seven new river ships that will debut in 2019.
Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace is one of several resorts in the Disney Springs area offering holiday discounts.

Disney Springs Hotels Offer Holiday Sale Rates

A trip to Walt Disney World during the holiday season is on the bucket list of many, and with the latest promotion from nearby Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels, making that dream a reality for your clients just became a little bit easier. 
Travelers looking for a tropical getaway to escape cold weather will enjoy discounts from Miami Beach hotels.

Miami Beach Hotels Offer Special Rates for Winter Escapes

As snow birds and sun seekers flock to South Florida in search of a warm getaway, several Miami Beach hotels are welcoming guests with discounts and additional perks now through the end of the year. 
Delta will increase flight options to St. Kitts and Nevis just in time for the holidays.

Delta Offers Additional Direct Flights to St. Kitts

For clients looking to escape to the Caribbean this winter, Delta, will soon offer direct flights to the islands of St. Kitts and Nevis from two of its biggest hubs. 

Jewish Heritage FAM Trips

Sophia's Travel is offering agents a chance to experience Poland, Ukraine and Romania from a cultural perspective with three new FAM trips that focus on Jewish history and traditions in these countries.
Artist renderings show HANSEATIC inspiration sailing alongside its sister ship, HANSEATIC nature.

Hapag-Llyod Cruises’ Newest Ship

On Oct. 18, 2017, crowds gathered around the Romanian port of Tulcea for the keel laying ceremony of the HANSEATIC inspiration—the second of two new expedition ships for Hapag-Llyod Cruises.
The Berlin Travel Festival will make its debut in March 2018.

Berlin Travel Festival Caters to Millennial Travelers and Innovators

Joining the list of travel shows and forums regularly taking place in Germany, the nation's capital city is set to debut its latest event— Berlin Travel Festival—on March 9-11, 2018.

11 Important Updates about Guadeloupe

Things are changing in Guadeloupe. Stay in the know with the latest news coming from the islands.
The Resort at Squaw Creek is offering 20 percent discounts to guests who book early for winter stays.

Getaways for Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Whether your clients are looking to spend some time on the slopes or enjoy other snow-filled activities, these properties and tour companies around the world are offering a variety of experiences fit for wintertime fun.
Symphony of the Seas will be the world's largest cruise ship and feature new additions like the two-level Ultimate Family Suite.

Royal Caribbean Set to Debut World’s Largest Cruise Ship

Royal Caribbean is adding a 25th ship to its fleet, and the cruise line is going big for the momentous...
Now your clients can extend their winter vacations with Baha Mar's latest promotion.

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Offers Sunshine on Sale Promotion

The Bahama's new Grand Hyatt Baha Mar is enticing guests to visit this winter with its Sunshine on Sale promotion.
Edie Rodriguez brings 30 years of experience to her new role

Edie Rodriguez Joins PONANT

PONANT has announced the latest addition to its team: Edie Rodriguez. 

Avanti Appoints Mark Grundy COO

Avanti Destinations has announced the appointment of Mark Grundy as COO.
The actors who play Victor Krum, Fred Weasley and George Weasley will be among the films' stars who attend A Celebration of Harry Potter.

A Celebration of Harry Potter Returns to Universal Orlando Resort

Call your Potterhead clients and tell them to pack up their wands and head to Florida. Universal Orlando Resort has officially announced the return of "A Celebration of Harry Potter."