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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.
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.
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.

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.
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.

Aruban and Cuban Governments Sign Milestone Agreement

Last week in Havana, Cuba, the governments of Aruba and Cuba signed a cooperative agreement in an effort to boost both countries’ tourism sectors.

Cruise Industry Comes Together in New Association

Nine cruise industry associations have joined to form a new global trade association utilizing the name Cruise Line International Association (CLIA).

ASTA’s International Destination Expo Offers Dubai Tours

For travel agents interested in learning more about Dubai as a destination for their clients, American Society of Travel Agents’ (ASTA) eighth annual International Destination Expo (IDE) in Dubai will take place April 4-7, 2013.

Jewel Runaway Bay Beach & Golf Resort Welcomes All Ages

All-inclusive Jewel Runaway Bay Beach & Golf Resort in Jamaica is now welcoming all ages and introducing a variety of programs, activities and accommodations for the whole family.

St. Regis San Fran Turns Tech

As San Francisco welcomes the new “dotcommers” offices downtown, The St. Regis San Francisco is also drawing this audience,...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Launches 2012 Global Resorts Campaign

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced a new resorts campaign designed to educate travel professionals on the more than 200 resorts in Starwood’s global portfolio.
American Airlines

American Airlines to Launch the Only U.S. to Paraguay Air Service

With the introduction of nonstop flights between Miami and Asuncion, Paraguay, on Nov. 15, American Airlines is filling a void in the air services network of South America.
ASTA International Destination Expo

Dubai to Host ASTA’s 2013 International Destination Expo

Travel agents interested in expanding their knowledge of the Middle East as a destination for their clients should make plans to attend the American Society of Travel Agents' (ASTA) eighth annual International Destination Expo (IDE) in Dubai, April 4-7, 2013.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Regent Seven Seas Cruises Partners with ACTA

Regent Seven Seas Cruises (RSSC) has recently joined the Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA) as an exclusive cruise line partner.
airberlin

airberlin’s FlyFlex Fare Promises Flexibility

airberlin has introduced a new fare structure aboard its flights that presents travelers with a wide array of bonuses and flexibility.
ASTA

ASTA Expo Recap: Travel Trends and Agent Training

Approximately 1,300 travel agents, suppliers and other industry officials met in Los Angeles from Sept. 6-9 for ASTA’s annual Trade Retailing and Destinations Expo held in the city’s downtown convention center.

Voting is Open for the 16th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards

For 15 years, Recommend readers have named the best in the business, from the individual hotels and tour operators that your clients enjoy, to the companies that do their best to support you, the travel professional.
Preferred Hotel Group

Preferred Hotel Group Welcomes Five New Members

In order to join Preferred Hotel Group, hotels and resorts must meet or exceed a list of quality standard criteria.
LAN Airlines

B-787 Dreamliners Scheduled for Take Off with LAN Airlines

LAN Airlines will be the first carrier in Latin America to operate Boeing 787 Dreamliners, introducing service between Los Angeles and Lima, Peru, before the end of this year.
Interjet

Interjet’s Introductory Airfare to Mexico Extended Through 2013

On Aug. 2, Interjet launched its first service between New York (JFK) and Mexico City (MEX)—and the route's introductory airfare of $399 roundtrip has been extended through Jan. 31, 2013.
Cunard CompleteAir

Book Cruise + Air with Cunard CompleteAir

Gone are the days when agents had to book cruises and airfare separately. Thanks to Cunard Line’s newly launched Cunard CompleteAir program, agents are able to get immediate confirmations on coordinating air travel plus cruises.
Ethiopian Airlines

Airline Update

We’ve reached far and wide to create a thorough report on the recent goings-on in the air travel industry.
Etihad Airways

Etihad Thanks Agents with Incredible Promotions

You may remember Etihad Airways’ recent Live Free for a Year promotion, which promised a year’s worth of paid cost-of-living expenses to the travel agent with the most contest entries. Eric Hrubrant and his team sure do.
TRAVELSAVERS

Getting to Know TRAVELSAVERS and NEST

After American Marketing Group's recent annual Travel Market Conference, we thought it would be a great time to get reacquainted with two of its flagship brands, TRAVELSAVERS and NEST, as they continue to grow.
Star Alliance

Avianca, Copa & TACA Airlines Join Star Alliance

Last month, Copa Airlines, Avianca, and TACA Airlines officially joined the Star Alliance network, providing passengers of those airlines with access to more than 1,350 destinations throughout 193 countries in the Caribbean and North, Central and South Americas.
USTOA

Six Months Into USTOA’s “Year of Engagement”

Recently, editor Rick Shively conducted a phone interview with Terry Dale, president of the United States Tour Operator Association, and talked about the USTOA executive's first mid-year report.
Galapagos National Park

The Galapagos Islands Loses a Favorite Son

Everyone knows him: clients who have visited the Galapagos Islands, agents who have sold those magical Galapagos vacations, tour operators who have designed nature’s wonderland experiences in Ecuador and the Galapagos, travel writers like me who rarely left him out of a story about Las Islas Encantadas.
LATAM Airlines Group

Welcome Aboard the New LATAM Airlines Group

LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines have successfully exchanged merger vows, an agreement that officially combines their businesses and creates the new LATAM Airlines Group
airberlin introduced new flight routes.

Airline Update

Read on to find new routes and added value and comfort spanning 11 airlines.
AmaWaterways Expands its River Cruising Family

AMAWaterways Expands its River Cruising Family

No, Vilshofen, Germany does not celebrate Carnival in May.
Rail Europe offers two promotions through June 14.

Two Rail Europe Promotions Make Hearts Flutter

With two promotions running through June 14, Rail Europe is making it easy to get your clients from Point A to Point B…and Points C, D, and E, too.
Tony Gonchar, CEO, American Society of Travel Agents

ASTA Kicks Off Join and Be Counted Membership Drive

The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) has kicked off its newest campaign—an industry-wide effort to expand its membership base and educate the industry on the importance of ASTA’s advocacy work at local, state and federal levels.

Aeromexico Takes Over the Skies in the Americas

Aeromexico continues to cast a wide net for travelers across two continents, with no end in sight.

TAM Airlines Announces U.S.A./Brazil Web Check-In

Passengers flying aboard TAM Airlines can now enjoy web check-in on flights from Miami, New York and Orlando to Brazil.

AMResorts’ May Madness is Here

It’s time for AMResorts largest travel agent incentive of the year, May Madness, exclusively for AMResorts Master Agents.

Golf Bags Fly Free with Southwest Airlines

As part of the Southwest Travel Experience, Southwest Airlines allows passengers to check two bags at no cost, with the ability to substitute one checked bag for sporting equipment—such as golf bags.

Etihad Airways Wants to Double Your Salary

Talk about the incentive of all incentives—Etihad Airways has launched a Double Your Annual Salary promotion, which will grant one grand prize winner a bonus equal to their annual income.

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