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MELIA PRO Maximizes Earnings and Rewards

Melia Hotels International upgraded its travel professional portal, which now offers even more unbeatable benefits for agents.
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 13 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.
ID Travel Group is offering more than 80 ways to save through its brands.

ID Travel Group Offers More Than 80 Ways to Save

ID Travel Group is offering more than 80 ways to save through its Island Destinations, the Authority for Luxury Travel, IDx, The Power of Travel, and ID Ultimate Itineraries brands.
African Travel, Inc. is offering travel agents an additional $100 bonus commission on any of its 2017 safaris of five nights or more. (Photo credit: Christian Sperka)

How to Earn a $100 Bonus Commission with African Travel, Inc.

African Travel, Inc. is offering travel agents an additional $100 bonus commission on any of its 2017 safaris of five nights or more.
Travel Corporation

The Travel Corporation Opens a Manhattan Office

The Travel Corporation marked the official opening of its brand-new office in Manhattan last week with a celebration at the 21 Club.

Philippines Tourism Bureaus Highlight Destination Through Event Series

The Philippine Tourism Promotions Board in partnership with the Philippines Department of Tourism and their Philippines-based travel partners are hosting a series of events highlighting this lesser-known Southeast Asian country.
The Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace.

Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels Offer Teacher Appreciation Rates

In recognition of teachers and school support staff, the seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels in the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida are offering special Teacher Appreciation Rates
A Blue Diamond villas at the Altamer Resort in Shoal Bay, Anguilla.

Altamer Anguilla Luxury FAM

Altamer Resort—a luxurious island escape located in Shoal Bay, Anguilla—is offering an Altamer Anguilla Luxury FAM from June 22-25, 2017.
Mustache sculpture at the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Exploring St. Pete Beach, Florida’s Artistic and Cultural Side

For arts and culture enthusiasts, the historic Don CeSar in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida offers the new Don & Dali Museum package showcasing two exhibitions at the famed Dali Museum.
Anse Chastanet resort in Saint Lucia.

Saint Lucia Resort Offers Special Travel Agent Rates

Travel agents are being offered special rates to experience the luxurious Anse Chastanet resort located in the town of Soufriere, the French colonial capital of Saint Lucia.
Warwick Paradise Island - Bahamas's Verandah Terrace.

Warwick Paradise Island – Bahamas Travel Agent Incentives

In celebration of Travel Agent Appreciation Month, the adults-only, all-inclusive Warwick Paradise Island - Bahamas is offering travel agents a third night free of charge when they book two nights.
Hangaroa Eco-Hotel + Spa on Easter Island.

Easter Island Hotel Extends Discount Equal to Guests’ Age

Through Sept. 9, 2017, guests of the Hangaroa Eco-Hotel + Spa on Easter Island receive a discount that’s equal to their age.
Waikiki Beach.

Pleasant Holidays Offers BOGO Hawaii Activity Sale

Pleasant Holidays is offering a BOGO (Buy One Get One) Hawaii Activity Sale for vacation packages to Oahu, Maui, the Island of Hawaii and Kauai.
Sanctuary Cap Cana by AlSol—one of the hot resorts in Delta Vacations' Punta Cana portfolio. (Photo credit: Ed Wetschler)

Delta Vacations: Flying High in the D.R.

"2016 was a banner year, our best year ever in the Caribbean," declared Karen Kammer, Delta Vacations' director of product development for the Caribbean, at the DATE (Dominican Annual Tourism Exposition) meeting in early May.

Q&A With Windstar’s President John Delaney on the Future of Travel

Windstar's president John Delaney gives us his take on the future of travel.
The Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.

TravelBound Partners With Umapped to Deliver Mobile Itinerary Management Tool

TravelBound has partnered with Umapped to bring the tour operator's content to Umapped’s itinerary management platform.
Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach is offering discounted nightly room rates.

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach Travel Offer

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach—a four-Diamond hotel with sweeping ocean views, 240 spacious guestrooms and a waterfront restaurant—is offering discounted nightly room rates.
AmaWaterways has unveiled plans for its biggest ship ever, AmaMagna, which is expected to launch in 2019.

AmaWaterways Unveils Plans for Its Biggest Ship Ever

AmaWaterways has unveiled plans for its biggest ship ever, AmaMagna, which is expected to launch in 2019.
Zegrahm Expeditions has launched a loyalty program for the first time in the company's history. 

New Cruise Line Loyalty Programs

Book these cruise lines to earn perks for you and your clients.
Variety Cruises is offering FAM trips on select Spain & Portugal and Iceland mega-yacht itineraries. (Pictured: Alfama District in Lisbon, Portugal)

Variety Cruises Announces Spain & Portugal, and Iceland FAMs

Variety Cruises is offering FAM trips on select summer 2017 departures for its mega-yacht itineraries in Spain & Portugal, and Iceland.
Carnival Cruise Line has signed an agreement with the Bahamian government for the construction of a new cruise port facility. (Photo credit: Bahamas Ministry of Tourism)

Carnival to Develop New Bahamian Cruise Destination

Carnival Cruise Line has signed an agreement with the Bahamian government for the construction of a new cruise port facility.
Sales are now open for the MSC Bellissima.

Early Booking Deals on the MSC Bellissima

MSC Cruises has opened sales for MSC Bellissima, the second mega cruise ship in the line’s Meraviglia generation.
Cruise Planners' new virtual learning tool features more than 150 courses covering a range of topics at varying levels of expertise.

Cruise Planners Launches Virtual Learning Tool

Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, has launched Cruisitude Academy, a brand-new virtual learning tool for Cruise Planners travel advisors.
ASTA has released the finding from a survey conducted in partnership with global research firm PSB.

7 Takeaways from ASTA’s National Travel Study

On May 2, Zane Kerby, president and CEO of ASTA, and Erika A. Richter, ASTA’s director of communications, held a...
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.
Las Casitas Village at El Conquistador, A Waldorf Astoria Resort.

Journese Offers Bonus TRIP Points for New Hilton Bookings

Journese is offering travel agents 500 bonus TRIP points for new bookings at select Conrad, Hilton and Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts.
GOGO Vacations is celebrating Travel Agent Appreciation Month by giving away $20,000 in cash. (Pictured: Punta Cana sunrise)

Enter to Win GOGO Vacations’ Cash Giveaway

Throughout the entire month of May, GOGO Vacations is celebrating Travel Agent Appreciation Month by giving away $20,000 in cash.

Dominican Republic: The Big Picture

The entire Dominican Republic is hot, and it keeps getting hotter. And we're not just talking temperatures.
Travel agents can win a 4-night stay for two at Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort during Apple Vacations' 13th Annual Travel Agent Appreciation Month promotion. (Photo credit: Apple Vacations)

Travel Agent Appreciation Month Giveaways

Apple Vacations is celebrating its 13th Annual Travel Agent Appreciation Month during May by offering a variety of giveaways and prizes.
Insight Vacations is offering last-minute summer and fall airfare savings to Europe.

Last-Minute Summer and Fall Air Savings to Europe

For a limited-time, travelers can take advantage of last-minute summer and fall airfare savings to Europe with Insight Vacations.
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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.
Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts is offering a new Kids Free Summer 2017 program for summer travel.

Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts Launches Kids Stay Free Program

Just in time for summer, Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts is offering a new Kids Free Summer 2017 program at select all-inclusive properties in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Florida features a 6.5-acre multi-level water complex.

Hammock Beach Resort’s Sublime Summer Savings

Hammock Beach Resort—an oceanfront destination in Palm Coast, Florida—is offering a 100 Days of Summer package to celebrate the countdown to summer and Flagler County’s 100th anniversary.
Bolongo Bay, U.S. Virgin Islands. (Photo credit: Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, St. Thomas)

Update on the U.S. Virgin Islands

The U.S.V.I. has announced a Centennial Plus program, wherein an all-star team of tour packagers are offering visitors a fourth night free and $400 in spending credits.
A rendering of a Seabreeze Penthouse Suite.

The 4-1-1 on Crystal Symphony’s and Crystal Serenity’s Redesigns

Crystal Cruises has unveiled the complete plans for Crystal Symphony’s and Crystal Serenity’s dry dock transformations.
New Orleans art

New Orleans CVB Offers Independent Summer FAM Trips

From June 1-Aug. 31, 2017, 10 hotels throughout the city of New Orleans are offering travel agents special rates starting at $79 per night through the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau (NOCVB)’s independent Summer FAM trip.
Peru's Tambo del Inka is offering a 4th Night Free.

Costa Rica and Peru Resorts Offer Travel Promotions

Resorts in Costa Rica and Peru are offering travel promotions that will sweeten your next sales pitch.
The Explorean Kohunlich offers heart pumping activities such as biking through the Mayan rainforest.

Kids Stay and Eat Free Year-Round at La Coleccion Beach Resorts

La Coleccion, Grupo Posadas’ recently reimagined collection of Mexico beach resorts, is offering a new year-round Kids Stay and Eat Free promotion.
JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa. (Photo credit: Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts)

Marriott Launches Paradise Perks for Travel Agents

Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts has launched Paradise Perks, an incentive program rewarding travel agents with exclusive benefits for their bookings at select resorts.
The pool at Valentines Resort & Marina in Harbour Island, Bahamas.

Bahamas Resort Increases Travel Agent Commission

Valentines Resort & Marina in Harbour Island, Bahamas is increasing its travel agent commission from 10 percent to 12 percent for resort stays from now through Labor Day, excluding holidays.

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