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Apple Vacations is offering two complimentary tickets for a whale-watching cruise at participating resorts in Maui and Oahu. (Photo credit: photo credit is Apple Vacations)

Apple Vacations Offers Free Whale-Watching Cruise

Apple Vacations is offering two complimentary tickets for a whale-watching cruise (value of $75) at participating resorts in Maui and Oahu.
Stacy Lowman has joined Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, as the new director of training and development.

Stacy Lowman Joins Cruise Planners in Newly Created Role

Stacy Lowman has joined Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, as the new director of training and development.

A Taste of Bordeaux Cruise FAM and AmaWaterways are inviting travel agents to discover the renowned vineyards and breathtaking landscapes of the France-Bordeaux region on an 8-day Cruise FAM departing April 20, 2017 or Aug. 3, 2017.
Norwegian Cruise Lines announces the new build Norwegian Bliss will homeport in Miami.

Norwegian Bliss will Homeport in Miami

This morning at a ceremony at the company's corporate offices in Miami, Norwegian Cruise Line announced that it's newly built ship, Norwegian Bliss, which begins sailing in 2018, will homeport seasonally in Miami.
Eurostar has joined Eurail.

Eurostar Joins Eurail

Eurail has added Eurostar, the high-speed passenger rail service linking the UK with mainland Europe, to its membership group.
Dream Hotel Group has launched under one master chain code on the GDS. Pictured: The Time New York Hotel.

Dream Hotel Group Launches Master Chain Code on GDS

Dream Hotel Group has announced the consolidation of all the company’s brands—Dream Hotels, Time Hotels, Night Hotels, The Chatwal and Unscripted Hotels—under one master chain code—DZ—on the GDS.
Family at the Arc de Triomphe.

The Journese Advantage Travel Agent Promotion

During the Journese Advantage promotion, travel agents can earn a future travel credit of up to $500 for their clients and Bonus TRIP Points for themselves when they book more than 80 of the company’s partner resorts worldwide.
Lake Pukaki in Tekapo, New Zealand.

Tourism New Zealand Names New CEO

This April, Stephen England-Hall will join Tourism New Zealand as the organization’s new CEO.
Emirates A380.

Emirates Launches 7-Day Airfare Sale

From Bangkok to Johannesburg, your clients can get around the world for less with Emirates’ 7-day airfare sale.
Elephants in Sri Lanka.

Pacific Holidays’ Sri Lanka FAM

Travel agents can experience the natural and cultural wonders of Sri Lanka on Pacific Holidays’ 10-day Sri Lanka FAM Sept. 5-14, 2017 with an optional Maldives or Dubai extension.
Les Saintes, Guadeloupe.

The Perks of Selling Guadeloupe

The Guadeloupe Islands, a department of France located in the Caribbean, are attracting visitors thanks to flights and theme packages, not to mention an endless array of activities.
Avanti offers bike tours in several destinations.

Travel Talk: Wellness

Here's what's new for hotels and tours. This month we're focusing on hotels with a wellness perk and biking tours.
Agents, you can visit Iran with Flo Tours in November 2017. (Photo courtesy of Flo Tours.)

Flo Tours’ Best of Iran FAM

Agents, you can explore Iran with Flo Tours on its Best of Iran FAM itinerary Nov. 3-14, 2017.

TravelBound Offers 3-2-1 Bonus Commission Promotion

Now through January 2017, TravelBound is offering a 3-2-1 bonus commission promotion.
The drawing room on the Azamara Quest.

Azamara Club Cruises’ Wave Season Savings

This Wave Season, Azamara Club Cruises is offering exclusive savings on some of its most popular 2017 and 2018 voyages.
Views over Prague. (Photo credit: CroisiEurope)

CroisiEurope Teams Up with TRAVELSAVERS

CroisiEurope has teamed up with TRAVELSAVERS in a new partnership that will begin at the start of 2017.
Michelle Fee, Cruise Planners' CEO and co-founder presenting at the 2016 annual convention in Miami, Fla. (Photo courtesy of Cruise Planners)

Cruise Planners Hits the Road for Trainings

Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel representative, is hitting the road for regional trainings in key markets.
A screenshot of Classic Vacations' new website.

Classic Vacations Unveils New Website

Classic Vacations has unveiled its redesigned website featuring a new booking engine and other improved benefits.
Apple Leisure Group CEO Alejandro Zozaya.

Good News from Apple Leisure Group CEO

Between Apple Leisure Group's nonstop growth and innovations, and the purchase of ALG by venture capital companies KKR (Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.) and KSL Capital Partners, it makes sense at this time to ask ALG CEO Alejandro Zozaya for his take on the industry.
CHIC Punta Cana poolside DJ booth.

Blue Diamond Resorts Launches New Loyalty Program

Blue Diamond Resorts has launched a new loyalty program, which rewards travel agents for booking Memories and Royalton Luxury Resorts in Mexico, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Saint Lucia, and the Dominican Republic.
Audley Travel offers tours in more than 80 countries, as well as Antarctica cruises. (Photo credit: Rich WIse)

Audley Travel Joins USTOA

Audley Travel, specialists in customized travel, has joined USTOA, bringing the association’s current total to 52 active members representing nearly 160 brands.
Pacific Holidays' 11-day Indonesia FAM visits Jakarta, Solo City, Jogjakarta and Bali. 

Indonesia FAM

Pacific Holidays is offering an 11-day FAM to Indonesia departing May 8, 2017 from LAX.
Travel2 is paying international air taxes on vacation packages to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and The Cook Islands.

Fly Internationally Tax Free with Travel2

Now through the end of December, Travel2 is paying international air taxes on vacation packages to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the Cook Islands.
Azamara Club Cruises' Azamara Quest will sail to Cuba on March 21, 2017. 

Azamara Club Cruises Offers Destination Immersive Cuba Sailing

Azamara Club Cruises is the latest cruise line to announce that it will begin sailing to Cuba next year....
Royal Caribbean International's first Cuba sailing will take place on April 19, 2017.

Royal Caribbean International’s Empress of the Seas Sets Sail for Cuba

For the first time in the cruise line’s history, Royal Caribbean International will sail to Cuba.
The Solarium onboard Celebrity Silhouette.

Cruise Tools Designed with Agents in Mind

The latest cruise tools from Celebrity Cruises, Cruise Planners and World Travel Holdings’ Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. brands are helping agents make the most out of their bookings by providing cash incentives, lead-generating opportunities and ways for agents to provide the best available fares for their clients.

Insight Vacations Partners with Ensemble Travel Group

Insight Vacations has entered into a preferred partnership agreement with Ensemble Travel Group, offering new premium and luxury touring options for travelers and new revenue opportunities for Ensemble’s members.
Old Bahama Bay Resort And Yacht Marina in Grand Bahama Island. (Photo credit: Ed Wetschler)

Bahamas Update: Openings, Re-Openings and Events

During an exclusive interview in New York City with Recommend’s Caribbean Editor Ed Wetschler, Jeannie Gibson, the communications manager for The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, and Valery Brown-Alice, senior director of global marketing, shared some of the news from the Bahamas.
Petra, Jordan.

Jordan FAM

Sunny Land Tours is offering an 8-day Royal Tour of Jordan FAM for 2017.
Eurail train arriving in Zermatt, Switzerland.

Ride Into 2017 with Eurail Savings

If a European adventure is part of your client's 2017 plans, recommend they see the continent’s famed cities and lesser-known but equally gorgeous towns by train with Eurail.
Sophia’s Travel’s 10-day FAM trip visits Georgia and Armenia. 

Georgia-Armenia FAM

There are only a few spaces left on Sophia’s Travel’s 10-day FAM trip to Georgia and Armenia departing May 27, 2017.
Tara Tours’ 10-day Bolivia FAM trip includes a visit to Lake Titicaca

Bolivia FAM

Travel agents can experience the culture and history of Bolivia on Tara Tours’ 10-day FAM trip departing March 22, 2017.
Shigeru Miyamoto with Nintendo.

Nintendo Heads to Universal

The world of Nintendo—gigantic piranha plants, question blocks and all—is coming to three Universal theme parks around the globe.
International Travel Experts is offering a 9-day FAM to three Baltic states next March, including Latvia.

Baltics FAM

International Travel Experts is offering a 9-day FAM to three Baltic states March 9-17, 2017, visiting the capitals of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.
International Travel Experts is offering a 6-day FAM in Russia next March includes a tour of the Kremlin in Moscow.

Russia FAM

International Travel Experts is offering a 6-day FAM in Russia March 3-8, 2017.
Collette is offering a 9-day FAM in Sri Lanka May 12-20, 2017, featuring one night in the capital city of Colombo; two nights in the ancient city of Sigiriya; one night in the sacred city of Kandy; one night in Nuwara Eliya, a resort city in Sri Lanka’s Central Mountain range; and two nights in the coastal town of Bentota. Highlights include visits to the Minneriya National Park, the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy and a tea plantation. Land only rates start at $999 pp dbl; $1,499 per companion; and $1,599 sgl. For more information, call (800) 340-5158 or visit

Sri Lanka FAM

Collette is offering a 9-day FAM in Sri Lanka May 12-20, 2017.

Norway FAM

Collette is offering a 7-day FAM in Norway April 4-10, 2017, where agents will spend two nights in the capital city of Oslo, one night in the small village of Flam and two nights in Bergen, a UNESCO World Heritage City and a European City of Culture.

Northern Italy FAM 

The Blue Walk, a New Jersey-based tour operator specializing in leisurely, small-group, guided walking vacations, is offering a 6-night Northern Italy FAM April 10-16, 2017.
Oceanfront Jacuzzi Suite Swim-Up accommodations at Generations Riviera Maya

Karisma Hotels & Resorts FAM

Between the more than a dozen family-friendly and adults-only properties across Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ portfolio including El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels, Azul Hotels, Generations Resorts and Hidden Beach Resort, and the private butlers and personal concierge services, kids and teens clubs, Swim-up suites and bars, plus weddings, honeymoons, and romance offerings located at the various resorts, agents have much to explore and learn about when visiting a Karisma property.

Winter Savings at Warm-Weather Marriott Resorts

This fall and winter, Marriott Caribbean and Latin America Resorts is inviting guests to take advantage of travel deals at 15 beachfront resorts in warm-weather destinations across the Caribbean and Latin America.

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