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Miami Beach. (Photo credit: Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Miami Beach to Receive the Forbes Travel Guide Hospitality Certification

The city of Miami Beach along with the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA) and the Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association (GMBHA) are partnering with “Forbes Travel Guide” to conduct the largest ever interactive Hospitality Service Training.
Guests of The Edgewater will now receive complimentary shoe rentals through Seattle-based Brooks Running Company to explore the city.

The Edgewater Hotel Launches Active Program with Brooks Running Company

The Edgewater, a Noble House Hotel situated on the Seattle waterfront, announced a new fitness program in collaboration with Seattle-based Brooks Running Company.

Eye on the World: #MIA2BOS Road Trip

On our road trip from Miami to Boston, we took a trip through American history, with stops in St. Augustine, Savannah, Richmond, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Charleston.
Ocean Club Resort in Turks and Caicos.

Turks and Caicos Christmas in July Sales

Celebrate Christmas in July in Turks and Caicos with one of these dream holiday getaway deals.
Grand Velas Los Cabos in Mexico.

Island Destinations Rolls Out Summers Deals to Exotic Locales

Island Destinations and IDX, The Power of Travel have rolled out summer deals for travelers heading to exotic locales.
Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay in Jamaica. 

Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay Offers FAM Rates

The all-inclusive Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay is offering a new FAM rate of $127 per night for resort stays between June 1 and Dec. 22, 2017.

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.
The Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort.

Stay Longer, Pay Less in Grand Cayman

Guests who book four nights or more at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort can save money with the resort's new extended vacation offer.

Celebrate Canada with TravelBound

TravelBound has a photo contest for travel agents with weekly prizes. From hotel stays, to gift cards and a grand prize of an all-inclusive trip, agents can win for sharing their experiences in Canada.
Avanti Destination's Rome City Break itinerary is part of the new Go 365 campaign. 

Avanti Offers Bonus Commission Through New Campaign

Avanti Destinations is offering special rates on European winter itineraries and bonus commissions for off-season bookings.

MELIA PRO Maximizes Earnings and Rewards

Melia Hotels International has upgraded its travel professional portal, which now offers even more unbeatable benefits for agents.
The Hyatt Regency Sydney.

Journese Offers Bonus Points on Hyatt Hotels and Resorts Bookings

Travel agents can earn 500 Bonus TRIP Points through Journese on any Hyatt Hotels and Resorts booking made by Aug. 31, 2017.
The Carnival Sunshine.

Carnival to Pay Travel Agents Commission on Future Cruise Credits

Carnival Cruise Line has announced it will pay travel agents commission on Future Cruise Credits applied to new bookings
Qatar Airways lifts ban on electronic devices.

Ban Lifted on Qatar Airways for Personal Devices

Qatar Airways confirms they now allow passengers to carry personal electronic items on board U.S.-bound flights, departing from Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar.

U.S. Virgin Islands Hotel News

At the U.S.V.I. Symposium in late June, a guide told me the National Park System had finished restoring Fort Christian (b. 1670s) in Charlotte Amalie just in time for the U.S. Virgin Islands' 100th Transfer Day. I wondered, What more could go so right?
A Paris music festival. (Photo credit: U by Uniworld)

Win a Spot on the First U by Uniworld Sailing

U by Uniworld has announced a social media contest for travel agents to gain an exclusive spot on its debut sailing.
International Expeditions’ Cuba Voyage cruises along western Cuba to Havana aboard the 46-passenger Panorama yacht.

Cuba Cruises: Buy One Get One Half Off

International Expeditions is offering 50 percent off the second person in guests’ cabin on its 2018 Cuba Voyages.
Views of Jade Mountain.

Reap the Benefits of Selling Saint Lucia

Set in the West Indies, Saint Lucia is an island vacation that appeals to a wide range of travelers, whether they are interested in all-inclusive hotels, classic inns, boutique hotels with spas or wellness programs.
The KLM Care Tag by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines provides visitors with information on how to travel around Amsterdam. 

Travel Technology for You and Your Clients

These apps and digital services allow technology to do the heavy lifting when it comes to traveling and travel planning.
G Adventures’ Summer Escape Sale include the 8-day Sailing Croatia: Dubrovnik to Split tour where guests can snorkel. (Photo credit: G Adventures, Inc.)

Last-Minute Summer Escape Sale

G Adventures has launched a Summer Escape Sale with discounts of 15 percent off or more on 40 different itineraries around the world.
The Blue Walk offers a 12-night Chalk Walk in Greece with American chalk artist Tracy Lee Stum.

The Blue Walk Expands FAM Programs

European walking tour specialist The Blue Walk has announced that it is expanding its travel agent FAM program to include any tour in its itinerary.
MMGY Global has released it 2017-2018 Portrait of American Travelers study.

MMGY Global Focuses on Millennial Family Travel

Now in its 27th year of surveying various aspects of Americans’ emerging travel habits, preferences and intentions, MMGY Global’s Portrait of American Travelers study predicts a slowdown in intent to travel and a drop in leisure travel spending in the coming months for the first time since 2013.
Pandora—The World of Avatar.

Onsite Review: New Openings in Central Florida

For the start of summer 2017, two of Central Florida’s theme parks—Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Universal Orlando Resort—enticed crowds with new fun-filled offerings: Disney opened the enchanting Pandora—The World of Avatar, and at Universal, the high-adrenaline Volcano Bay water theme park made its debut.

Pick Your Favorites For a Chance to Win

Cast your vote for Recommend's 21st Annual Readers' Choice Awards at by Aug. 1 for a chance to win an Amazon gift card.
Grupo Posadas is adding more travel agent benefits to its new La Coleccion Rewards program.

La Coleccion Adds More Incentives to Travel Agent Program

Grupo Posadas’ Agent Cash Incentive is changing its name to La Coleccion Rewards, and with that change comes more benefits for travel agents.

Experience New Zealand on East Coast Roadshow

Agents can discover the treasures that await travelers in New Zealand on an upcoming East Coast roadshow taking place July 24-27, 2017.
The water park at Sunscape Splash Montego Bay.

Take a Bite into Apple Vacations

As the seasons begin to morph and travelers seek to extend their summer vacations into warm-weather getaways, Apple Vacations is offering significant savings on vacation packages.
The Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica FAM with Tara Tours

Tara Tours has announced The Costa Rica Travel Guide Agent Adventure for travel agents.
Club Med Sandpiper Bay in Florida.

Club Med WOWs

Club Med has launched its summer WOW sale, which offers savings of up to $1,000 pp.
A rendering of the new Eden concept on board the Celebrity Edge.

Celebrity Edge’s New Eden Concept

The latest addition to the Celebrity Edge is Eden, a venue that invites groups to “Chill, Play and Sin” in an immersive environment that changes throughout the day.
Guests can save up to $300 pp on Collette’s Costa Rica: A World of Nature small group tours.

Summer Savings with Collette

Collette is offering a summer savings sale on all Explorations small group tours.
The Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection aft marina.

First Look at The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company is bringing its renowned luxury hospitality service to the sea with the launch of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection.
A temple in Bali.

Bali FAM

Flash Tour USA is offering a 9-day Bali FAM, departing Jan. 25, 2018.
A rendering of the National Geographic Quest.

Lindblad Expeditions Cancels National Geographic Quest Alaska Voyages

Lindblad Expeditions has cancelled its July 8 and July 15 Alaska voyages on the National Geographic Quest due to an accident that happened during the process of launching the vessel from the shipyard into the sea.
Delta Vacations University 2017 will takes place Sept. 16-17, 2017 at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta.

Registration is Open for Delta Vacations University 2017

Registration is now open to attend Delta Vacations University 2017.
Views of Espanola Way from a balcony at El Paseo Hotel.

Miami Beach’s Española Way Reopens

Española Way, one of the most historic lanes on Miami Beach, reopened last month after the completion of the City of Miami Beach's $2.5 million restoration project.
The doors to Cuba are still open.

Travel Experts Weigh in on New Cuba Travel Policy

Tour operators and cruise lines remark on President Trump’s rollback of President Obama’s Cuba policy.
Bird migration in Hula Valley.

Israel FAM

JAF TRAVEL is offering a 9-day Israel FAM, departing Feb. 19, 2018, where guests will be guided through the Holy...
A rendering of the TRS Yucatan.

Palladium Hotels & Resorts to Rebrand The Royal Suites

Palladium Hotels & Resorts is rebranding its adults-only luxury resorts, The Royal Suites by Palladium, to TRS Hotels.
Melia Cable Beach in the Bahamas.

News from Caribbean Week

Caribbean Editor Ed Wetschler gives an update on the Caribbean Tourism Organizations' Caribbean Week in New York.
The Pitons From Jade Mountain. (Photo credit: Saint Lucia Tourist Board)

Saint Lucia Agent Months 2017

The Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB) has launched its annual travel agent incentive program, Saint Lucia Agent Months (SLAM), for the 7th year.
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.
A couple enjoys the beach in Grenada. (Photo credit: Grenada Tourism Authority)

Updates on Grenada

Updates on Grenada from Caribbean Week in New York City.
The Journeys’ North India FAM visits the Taj Mahal in Agra.

North India FAM

The Journeys is hosting a 12-day North India FAM from Sept. 17-28, starting at $837 pp dbl (land only) with a companion rate of $1,063.
Dublin's Guinness Storehouse spans seven immersive floors.

Learn to Pour the Perfect Pint at the Guinness Storehouse

The Irish take their Guinness very seriously, and your clients will too after touring the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin and seeing the care that goes into brewing and pouring the perfect pint.

Cast Your Vote for Recommend’s 21st Annual Readers’ Choice Awards

The voting process for Recommend's 21st Annual Readers' Choice Awards has begun at, and you'll have until July 21 to cast your vote.
Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica's Minister of Tourism (Photo credit: Barney A Bishop.)

Jamaica Will Host the World in November

Jamaica will host the UNWTO, Government of Jamaica and World Bank Group Conference on Jobs & Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism. To call this a big deal would be an understatement.
Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski bar

Kempinski Opens in Havana

Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana officially opens its doors to guests today.

Azamara Launches Nights On Us Promotion

Azamara Club Cruises has launched the new Nights On Us promotion, providing travelers with complimentary nights for voyages in 2018
Rendering of Pennant's new underwater lounge. (Photo courtesy of Ponant.)

Details on Ponant’s New Underwater Lounge

Ponant is launching its new underwater lounge, the Blue Eye, on board the four new Ponant Explorer ships launching in summer 2018 and 2019.
Group IST is offering FAM trips on ten Cuba departures.

Group IST Cuba FAM

Group IST is offering FAM trips on ten Cuba departures.
Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos is set to open this fall.

New Honeymoon Retreats

Whether honeymooning clients are dreaming of sand between their toes while cuddling, or exploring Mexico’s vibrant colonial side as a twosome, an array of new hotel openings cater to their fantasies.