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Silversea's Silver Cloud.

A Sneak Peek at the Redesigned Silver Cloud

Silversea has unveiled a selection of renderings showcasing multi-million dollar renovations to take place on the Silver Cloud ahead of her conversion into an ice-class expedition ship.
A rendering of the new Britannia Club restaurant.

Cunard’s Queen Victoria To Undergo Multi-Million Dollar Refit

On May 5, Cunard’s Queen Victoria will be taken out of service for a multi-million dollar refit scheduled for completion on June 4, 2017.
A rendering of project 8651, one of four new ships in Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.'s next generation of ships. 

Norwegian Cruise Line Announces Next Generation of Ships

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. has announced the next generation of the line’s fleet.
An exhibit at the Cite du Vin museum in Bordeaux, France.

French Tourism Rebounds Two Years After The Start of Terror Attacks

Despite the 2015 and 2016 terrorist attacks in Paris and Nice, France managed to record a record year in welcoming 84.5 million foreign visitors.
Mekong Delta, Can Tho, Vietnam.

Wendy Wu Tours Expands U.S. Headquarters

Wendy Wu Tours has announced the expansion of its U.S. headquarters in New York with the hiring of Leslie Peden as president, North America, and Marc Leventhal as the newly appointed business development manager.
Saint Lucia's 2017 festival season includes events such as Saint Lucia Jazz, Carnival and the Saint Lucia Food & Rum Festival.

CHTA Marketwatch News: Saint Lucia Summer Festival

This year's May-October festival season in Saint Lucia is, in a way, a whole new ballgame for this stunning island.
Baha Mar in Nassau, Bahamas. 

News from CHTA Marketplace: The Bahamas

How's this for timing? After a double renovation (thanks, Hurricane Matthew), Paradise Island's One & Only Ocean Club will re-open on Valentine's Day.
Karisma Hotels & Resorts and Margaritaville are developing a new collection of all-inclusive Margaritaville resorts. Pictured: The Flavours restaurant at the Azul Fives Hotel by Karisma in Playa del Carmen.

Introducing the New Margaritaville, an All-Inclusive Experience, by Karisma

Karisma Hotels & Resorts and Margaritaville are joining forces to develop a new collection of all-inclusive Margaritaville resorts.
"UNICO 20°87°, for example, will have a different kitchen for every restaurant and handmade components in drinks," says Frank Maduro, AIC Hotel Group's  v.p. of marketing.

Caribbean Commentary at the New York Times Travel Show

Here are a few nuggets Recommend’s Caribbean Editor Ed Wetschler picked up at The New York Times Travel Show panels.
Concord Falls in Grenada.

Pure Grenada Keeps It That Way

You're not about to see high-density megaresorts in Grenada, because “we’re not into mass tourism,” Christine Noel-Horsford, the Grenada Tourism Authority's director of sales for the USA, told Recommend’s Caribbean editor Ed Wetschler on Trade Day at The New York Times Travel Show.
From L to R: Cordula Wohlmuther, UNWTO Head of Institutional Relations and Resource Mobilization / IY2017; Brett Tollman, CEO of The Travel Corporation; Miranda Tollman; and Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the UNWTO.

The Travel Corporation Announces Diamond Sponsorship of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism...

The Travel Corporation (TTC) has announced its Diamond Sponsorship of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017.
Nate Berkus has been named design ambassador Celebrity Cruises's newest class of ships—Edge Class.

Celebrity Cruises Partners with Nate Berkus to Introduce Celebrity Edge

Celebrity Cruises has named interior designer Nate Berkus as design ambassador for the brand’s newest class of ships—Edge Class.
A rendering of the new AC Kingston.

Sandals Announces New Partnership with Marriott

For the first time in the hospitality companies’ history, Sandals Resorts International (SRI) and Marriott International, Inc. are partnering to introduce modern, design-driven, lifestyle brand AC Hotels by Marriott to the Caribbean.
Cox & Kings, The Americas has appointed Warren H. Chang as Chief Operating Officer.

Cox & Kings, The Americas Appoints New COO

Cox & Kings, The Americas has announced the appointment of Warren H. Chang as Chief Operating Officer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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