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Speakers at the Caribbean Tourism Organization's Climate-Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum spoke on a variety of issues from climate change to resilience post-natural disasters.

Sustainability as a Travel Business Issue

Much of the talk at the Caribbean Tourism Organization's recent Climate-Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum in St. Kitts was, as advertised, about climate change, but it was more than that. Here are a few of the many takeaways.
Kenya Maasai

KATS Program: Sustainable Kenya

The Sustainable Kenya elective module—part of the KATS (Kenya Authorized Travel Specialist) Program—covers the efforts being made by Kenya to promote sustainability.
Travelers can fly between the bustlings streets of New York and Nairobi on a non-stop flight with Kenya Airways.

Kenya Airways Launches First U.S. Flight Service

Kenya Airways' new non-stop flight between Nairobi and New York marks a major milestones for the airline: Launching the airline's first route servicing the U.S. and becoming the first airline to offer a non-stop flight between East Africa and the U.S. 

Dynamic Great Britain

Dynamic—that’s the word Gavin Landry, Director, The Americas, VisitBritain, uses to describe Great Britain.
Innisbrook Resort

Escape the Cold with the ‘32° and OUT’ Promotion

The Innisbrook Golf Resort & Spa in St. Petersburg is inviting snowbound sufferers to escape the low temperatures with a limited time ‘32° and OUT’ offer.
Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Sahra Spa Suite

Get Fit in Vegas

Here's to a healthy 2018.
For clients suffering in the harsh winter temperatures, a vacation in the Turks & Caicos may be just what they need.

Early Bird Gets the Worm…And Winter Discounts

They say the early bird gets the worm, and at the Seven Stars Resort & Spa, that worm comes in the form of discounted room rates for travel now through April 16, 2018.
Savannahhistoric

Breezing Along the U.S. East Coast (Part 1)

The morning summer sun cast its vibrant glow across the road as we whooshed past the retro-style roadside store in South Carolina, hoping to make it to South Florida before the sun dipped into the horizon.

Breezing Along the U.S. East Coast (Part 2)

After traveling 1500+ miles from South Florida up the East Coast, with a couple of slight detours along the way—think South Philly for a Philly cheesesteak—we’d finally made it to Washington, DC.
Steve Simao, v.p. of sales at Windstar Cruises, visited San Juan, Puerto Rico and other islands impacted by the 2017 hurricane season on his recent trip to the Caribbean.

Windstar Exec Sails Caribbean for Post-Hurricane Updates

With many members of the tourism industry working diligently to spread the word about the Caribbean being open for business post-hurricane season, Steve Simao, v.p. of sales at Windstar Cruises, decided to head south and check things out for himself. What he found was a Caribbean still in recovery, but still as vibrant and vacation-worthy as ever.
Costa Rica volcano

Costa Rica: Wonder of Nature

Costa Rica offer a complete country, where visitors can spend three to four days in a different area. It’s not just about a volcano, a waterfall, etc., it’s about a whole country—you participate in the Pura Vida lifestyle.
Celebrity Edge will sail the Caribbean earlier than expected, debuting new features, including two-story suites.

There’s a New Ship in Town, Earlier Than Expected

Make room on the water. A new ship is hitting the high seas, and it's doing so much earlier than expected. 
Swap out the cold of winter for a frozen cocktail at Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman.

Baby It’s Cold Outside…Warm Up at Margaritaville

With record low temperatures hitting many part of the U.S., nothing will warm your clients' hearts more than planning a winter escape to the Caribbean. Thanks to Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman's winter promotion, your clients can make those plans at a discounted rate. 

A Good Night’s Rest with a White Walker

Winter is here…in the form of a “Game of Thrones”-themed hotel making its home above the Arctic Circle.

5 Stays to Celebrate New Orleans’ 300th Anniversary

This year New Orleans is celebrating its 300th anniversary. In honor of the tricentennial celebration, these five properties are offering perks, discounts, and included tours with guests' stay.
Discounts on South African Airways Vacations' offerings include safari packages.

Africa on Sale

South African Airways Vacations (SAA Vacations), the leisure division of South African Airways, is kicking off 2018 with savings on all air-inclusive vacation packages booked by Feb. 28, 2018.
Travelers on the LGBT Getaways group cruise will sail aboard the Celebrity Silhouette.

LGBT Getaways Sailing Debuts

Cruises Inc., CruiseOne, and Dream Vacations are coming together to host their first LGBT Getaways group cruise, which is set to sail on a 7-day voyage to the Eastern Caribbean this spring.
Maurice Bonham-Carter, ID Travel Group president and CEO delivered relief items to Anguilla following Hurricane Irma.

ID Travel Group Helps Caribbean After Hurricanes

Months after the 2017 hurricane season devastated several countries in the Caribbean, ID Travel Group and its nonprofit foundation are continuing to help in relief efforts through raising funds and offering special perks to encourage travel to the region. 
Guests spotting beluga whales while on the Hudson Bay in Canada. (Photo courtesy of Abercrombie & Kent.)

A&K’s New Itineraries Come with Belugas, Breweries & Chocolate

Unique and immersive experiences are at the forefront of Abercrombie & Kent's recently redesigned Connections Boutique Group Journeys, and now the tour operator has added three new itineraries to the collection: Churchill: Belugas & Bears, Poland to Prague, and Switzerland & the Italian Lakes. 
Estonia is one of three Baltic countries added to Avanti Destinations' portfolio for 2018.

Baltic Beauties Added to Avanti Destinations’ Portfolio

Agents in need of options in more off-the-beaten-path European destinations can now turn to the latest countries added to Avanti Destinations' portfolio: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
Restaurant and lobby bar, Jake & Eli, has replaced the casino floor inside The Westin Las Vegas Hotel & Spa.

Smoking & Gaming Are Out; Jake & Eli Are In

The Westin Las Vegas Hotel & Spa may be located just steps away from the casino-filled Las Vegas Strip, but it's heading a new direction after transforming into the city's newest non-gaming, non-smoking property.
Trails at the foothills of the Chugach Mountains offer views overlooking Anchorage. (Photo Credit: JodyO.Photos)

Wintertime Adventures in Anchorage

With Anchorage receiving an average of 70 inches of snowfall annually and at least six hours of sunlight even on the shortest days of the year, Alaska's most populous city has several reasons to draw in visitors during the colder months of the year.
Ropes course at the 110,000-sq.-ft. indoor theme park at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

Valuable Experiences

What are you're clients looking for in a value-focused vacation? We'll tell you one thing, it's not the price. Find out what it is they're seeing when it comes to value travel.
The Sian Ka’an resort offers a haven for adults, with poolside cabanas, accommodations made for romance and meditative nooks.

Globetrotting: The Sian Ka’an at Grand Tulum

For clients looking to have an all-inclusive vacation that consists of an eat, sleep, relax and repeat schedule with plenty of options to add dashes of adventure, entertainment, and cultural experiences, The Sian Ka’an at Grand Tulum is the place to be.
The Calgary Stampede is one of the city’s most unique experiences. (Destination Canada)

Globetrotting: Calgary

As someone who loves country music, cowboys, and basically anything having to do with the Western culture, I felt right at home in Calgary, a cosmopolitan city in Alberta, Canada.
The Spa Lounge at Salamander Spa.

Globetrotting: The Henderson

The crowning jewel of sought-after locales, The Henderson beach resort, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort, pays homage to bygone days while offering the modern amenities relaxation seekers desire.
AdventureSmith Explorations has debuted a new 18-day excursion in Alaska that explores three national parks, including Glacier Bay.

Exploring the ‘Last Frontier’

It’s untamed, expansive and wild. As it invigorates you, Alaska takes your breath away.
Cosmos is offering a Magic of the Italian Lakes itinerary, which visits Lake Garda.

Defining Value Travel

What does value travel mean for your clients heading to Europe? Let these experts tell you what your clients really mean when they say they want a value vacation.
Families can book a session at the trampolines and spring floor zone.

Globetrotting: Camp Woodward Rocks!

I gulped. I was face-to-face with the Wreck Tangle, a Ninja Obstacle Course at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya’s brand-new Camp Woodward facilities.
Accommodations at the reinvented RIU Palace Paradise Island.

Globetrotting: RIU Palace Paradise Island

Does the reinvented RIU Palace Paradise Island offer the best all-inclusive value in Nassau-Paradise Island? Although the answer to that depends upon who your clients are, what they want, and what they can pay, there are compelling reasons to answer “yes.”
Poolside at Hotel el Convento in Leon. (Carla Hunt)

Globetrotting: Nicaragua’s Calling

The United Nations World Tourism Organization has ranked Nicaragua among the top 10 World’s Fastest Growing Tourist Destinations, up 28.4 percent in 2016, and indeed, Central America’s largest country has become a go-to pick among savvy travelers looking for new vacation horizons.
Colorado's red rock canyons will provide the backdrop of Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa's Winter Wellness Weekend.

Winter Wellness Weekend in Colorado’s Red Rock Canyons

For its third year, Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa is inviting wellness-seekers to indulge in a few days of self care to refresh their minds, bodies, and spirits during the Colorado resort's Winter Wellness Weekend.
Fairbanks, Alaska is one of six new U.S. destinations in the Delta Vacations portfolio.

Delta Vacations Expands U.S. Offerings

Delta Vacations, the official vacation provider of Delta Airlines, is making it easier for travelers to explore the company's backyard with the addition of six new U.S. destinations to its portfolio.
On Riviera River Cruises' new December 2018 itineraries, guests can visit several of Europe's Christmas markets.

Plan Ahead for Christmas 2018 with Riviera River Cruises

While most people are still recovering from the holiday season, it's never too early to start planning your clients travels for Christmas 2018. With two new Christmas market cruises on the Danube and Rhine rivers, Riviera River Cruises is adding to your list of options. 
Sports Tours International will give guests VIP access to the Tour de France with viewing stages and more.

Get VIP Access to the 2018 Tour de France

For the most dedicated cycling fans who would join the Tour de France if they only had the skills, Sports Tours International is offering a VIP viewing tour and package that may be the next best thing. 
NASA enthusiasts can train like actual astronauts preparing for Mars travel thanks to the new programs at the Kennedy Space Center.

Train Like An Astronaut at the Kennedy Space Center

Your clients may not be able to travel to Mars (yet), but thanks to the Astronaut Training Experience at the...
Your clients can explore Napa's wine and culinary scene on the back of a bike. (Photo credit: Getaway Adventures)

Explore Napa On Two Wheels With Getaway Adventures

Active travel meets fine wining and dining experiences on the new 6-day Napa on a Bike tour from Getaway Adventures, a biking, hiking and kayaking tour company.
L'Impressionniste will take guests down the Burgundy Canal for the second half of the Back-to-Back itinerary.

It’s Wine Time with European Waterways’ New Offering

European Waterways is now offering back-to-back hotel barge cruises that allow for exploration some of France's most popular wine regions—Champagne and Burgundy—with a stay in Paris in between. 
The Sandals Grande has just reopened after a refresh.

Updates on Caribbean Destinations Hit by Hurricanes

Representatives of six island destinations affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria attended last week's Climate-Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum and participated in a Tourism Recovery Roundup.
The recently renovated Gates Hotel South Beach combines Art Deco and contemporary styles.

New and Renovated Hotels Across Florida

Florida beckons sun-seekers of all walks of life to its shores year round. To keep your offerings new and fresh, here are just a few of the renovated or soon-to-be-opened properties that call the Sunshine State home.
The 2018 Key West Food and Wine Festival is set to take place in late January.

Dates Set for 2018 Key West Food and Wine Festival

Get your food and wine-loving clients ready to flock to Key West. The island's Food and Wine Festival is officially slated to take place Jan. 24-28, 2018. 
Beaches Turks & Caicos reopened post Hurricane Irma with new features for guests to enjoy.

Beaches Turks & Caicos Reopens Post-Hurricane Irma

After closing for several months due to Hurricane Irma, Beaches Turks & Caicos reopened its doors to guests on Dec. 14, 2017.
The Park Hyatt St. Kitts is the first Park Hyatt property in the Caribbean. (Photo credit: Ed Wetschler)

Scoop: The New Park Hyatt St. Kitts

When I showed up a second time at Fisherman's Village, one of the restaurants at the brand new Park...
Agents now have 14 new options to choose from when booking their clients on a Travel Impressions itinerary in the UK and Europe.

Travel Impressions Teams Up With Back-Roads Touring Co.

Travel Impressions is teaming up with Back-Roads Touring Co. to offer 14 new experiential itineraries throughout the UK and Europe. 
Giraffe Manor in Kenya.

Free Kenya FAM for Qualified KATS Agents

The Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) would like to invite all certified KATS agents to its 2018 Roaring KATS Familiarization trip taking place this coming February.
Nikki Beach Barbados will make its debut in Port Ferdinand this winter.

Nikki Beach is Coming to Barbados’ Shoreline

Port Ferdinand, Barbados will welcome a newcomer to its shores this winter: Nikki Beach Barbados. 
Featured here is one of six villas by Bluefields Bay Country Retreat on the Sea, where agents can received increased commissions for booking clients this holiday season.

Increased Commissions for Holiday Getaways in Jamaican Villas

There's still time to book clients on a last minute holiday getaway to Jamaica, and with the newest offer from Bluefields Bay Country Retreat on the Sea, you can receive increased commissions just for doing so.
The Carton Estate dates back to the 12th century.

Landmark Irish Hotel Sold to Owners of Apple Vacations

After what was a competitive marketing process, the Carton House Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort, long considered a landmark Irish property, has been sold to the Belmullet Hospitality Group. 

Eye on the World: Hotel Xcaret, Riviera Maya

The new Hotel Xcaret, which opened on Dec. 1, is located in Riviera Maya and is the first property for Destino Xcaret.
The Conrad Cartagena opened with 109 guestrooms and suites and plans to unveil an additional 159 rooms.

Conrad Hotel Opens in Colombia

The Conrad Cartagena opened last week, marking the Conrad Hotels & Resorts brand's first hotel in Colombia and third in Latin America.
A private dinner on board the Royal Yacht Britannia

Take A Royal Tour of Britain

Back-Roads Touring has announced details of its Royal Tour of Britain 2018, traveling from Edinburgh to London.
Hilton's new Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club, a Curio Collection by Hilton property is now open for business. (Photo Courtesy of Curio Collection by Hilton.)

New Openings for Hilton Hotels

New openings for Hilton Hotels in Mexico to Belize offer local flavors and experiences.
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