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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 
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.
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."

Report from SOTIC, Part 4: News from Nevis, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten and St....

Spoiler alert: The Four Seasons will get even better, Statia is adding rooms, and stricken islands seem to be recovering faster than this reporter would have predicted.
Mariner's Resort Villas & Marina in Key Largo is one of many Florida Keys properties offering special rates.

Special Rates for Florida Keys Travel

About one month after Hurricane Irma devastated the Florida Keys, the island chain officially reopened to visitors on Oct. 1, 2017 with several resorts offering discounted rates to encourage guests to visit the Keys.
For the first time, Walt Disney World Resort is welcoming dogs at select hotels.

Walt Disney World Welcomes Dogs at Select Hotels

For clients who can't imagine visiting "The Happiest Place on Earth" without their furry friends, Walt Disney World Resort is now welcoming guests and their canine companions at four resort hotels. 
Variety Cruises specializes in small ship cruises with yachts accommodating no more than 72 passengers.

Variety Cruises Celebrates 50 Years with Free Cruises and Bonus Commissions

In celebration of its 50 years of small ship sailing around the world, Variety Cruises is rewarding the travel partners that helped them reach this milestone by offering agents free cruises and bonus commissions throughout 2018. 
Sebastian's On The Beach will be among the first hotels to reopen on the British Virgin Islands.

Report from SOTIC, Part 3: The Shipping News and other Tales from the Caribbean

Islands that were hit directly by the hurricanes are working to get back on their feet, and those that didn't suffer damage are offering aid to their neighbors, as well as expanding their tourism sector in important ways.
Antigua is ready to welcome guests post hurricanes

Report from SOTIC, Part 2: What’s New on Four Islands

Every country in the Caribbean was affected by the recent hurricanes—emotionally, that is. Physically, however, the overwhelming majority of destinations were unscathed. Here's the start of an update on Caribbean countries both lucky and unlucky.
A photo of St. Thomas from before the hurricanes shows several cruise ships in its harbor. (Photo credit: U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism)

U.S. Virgin Islands Updates Post Hurricanes Irma and Maria

The U.S. Virgin Islands was hit by both Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Like many of its neighbors, the nation is slowly but surely moving towards normalcy for its residents and eventually towards revving up its once-booming tourism industry.
The Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga is Latvia's first five-star Kempinski hotel and one of many new luxury properties around the world.

Luxury and Lifestyle: New Hotels Around the World

Whether your clients are looking to check out a different hotel in one of their favorite destinations or want to shake things up in an entirely new setting, here are some of the latest hotel openings to expand your offerings.
Celebrity Reflection is one of several ships in the Celebrity Cruises fleet that will be transformed over the next few years.

Celebrity Cruises Unveils Plans to Modernize Fleet

In a project that is expected to be completed by 2023, The Celebrity Revolution will bring about the complete transformation and modernization of all ships in the Celebrity Cruises fleet.
The JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort has reopened post Hurricane Irma.

Marco Island Resort Asks Visitors to ‘Return to Paradise’ Post Hurricane Irma

The JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort reopened its doors and is eagerly accepting guests with resort amenities, rooms, beaches, and the spa all open for business. 
After a two-year renovation process, El Embajador still stays true to its 1950's origins in some ways.

El Embajador Hotel Reveals New, Fully Remodeled Look

El Embajador, a Royal Hideaway Hotel, has unveiled the results of its $40 million renovation that combines the glitz and glam of its past with the enhancements and amenities expected of a luxury hotel today.
The 1,000-strand chandelier in the Dolphin lobby is just one of many changes made to The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort.

Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Resort Completes Major Transformation

The Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort has completed the largest transformation in the resort's history.
The spa inside the Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale is one of many hotel spas offering discounted services.

Dine and Relax with Fort Lauderdale’s Latest Promotion

The Great Fort Lauderdale Visitors and Convention Bureau has extended its special promotions offering discounts at spas and restaurants across the city, but only for a limited time.
MSC Meraviglia is one of several new cruise ships that will set sail on discounted voyages starting in late 2017.

Plan a Cruise Month Brings Discounts and Agent Incentives

October is Plan a Cruise Month, and MSC Cruises is marking the occasion with special 50 percent savings and additional agent perks throughout the entire month.
Two all-inclusive properties celebrated their openings at JAPEX, including Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa.

Report from JAPEX, Part 2: New Montego Bay All-Inclusives

Two important resorts celebrated their official openings during JAPEX in late September, and Caribbean Editor Ed Wetschler visited both. Here are a few of his thoughts on what stood out.
The family-friendly Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa opened its doors to new visitors last week.

New All-Inclusive Resort Opens in Montego Bay

On a private cove between the Caribbean Sea and the rolling hills of Jamaica, sits the island's newest oceanfront all-inclusive resort: Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa. 
Intrepid Travel's new itineraries will take travelers to off-the-beaten-path destinations like Moldova.

Intrepid Travel Combats Overtourism with New Off-Season Offerings

Intrepid Travel is setting out to curb the issue of overtourism in Europe with new itineraries to alternative European destinations and increased tour options during off-season.
View of the beach (well, part of it) from a room at Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa. (Photo Credit: Ed Wetschler)

Report from JAPEX, Part 1: The Big Picture

The Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association marked its 55th anniversary at JAPEX last week, and more than 105 tour operators and 150 travel agents attended. Here are a few takeaways:
The Sands at Grace Bay is ready to welcome new guests.

Turks & Caicos Resorts Reopen Post Hurricanes

After taking hits from both Hurricanes Irma and Maria, The Sands at Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos plans to reopen its doors. 
The Azamara Pursuit will join the Azamara Club Cruises fleet in early 2018.

Azamara Club Cruises Announces New Ship

Azamara Club Cruises is expanding its portfolio by 50 percent with the addition of a third ship to its fleet. 
Brett Tollman keeps sustainable travel in mind when traveling with his family or solo.

World Tourism Day Spotlights Sustainable Tourism

In honor of World Tourism Day, Brett Tollman, chief executive of The Travel Corporation and founder of The TreadRight Foundation, took the time to answer a few of our questions about sustainable tourism and what agents, travelers, and the industry as a whole can do to have a more positive impact on the Earth.
The new addition to Cunard's fleet will join the other ships in 2022.

Cunard Announces Expansion of Its Fleet

Cunard is marking the 50th anniversary of the Queen Elizabeth 2 launch with a big announcement for the luxury cruise world: the addition of its first new ship in 12 years. 

The Guadeloupe Islands in the Aftermath of Hurricanes Irma & Maria

Within two to three days, things will be back to normal in the Islands of Guadeloupe.

Martinique: Hurricane Maria Updates

As was the case with Hurricane Irma, the French island of Martinique did not experience a direct hit by this second powerful storm and was spared after yesterday’s close encounter with Hurricane Maria.

Saint Lucia: Hurricane Maria Update

Saint Lucia's Hewanorra International Airport is open, all flights have been resumed following the discontinued Tropical Storm warning from Hurricane Maria.