Africa & Middle East

Africa & Middle East

South African Airways is the most awarded airline on the African continent.

Africa’s Best: South African Airways

South African Airways, the largest airline in Southern Africa, offers your clients award-winning service.
Elewana Kifaru House

Luxury Accommodations Join Elewana Collection

Anantara’s sister brand in Africa, Elewana Collection, has announced the latest addition to its portfolio: Elewana Kifaru House.
andBeyond Phinda Vlei Lodge

andBeyond Phinda Vlei Lodge Reopens in South Africa

After completing a refurbishment, andBeyond Phinda Vlei Lodge is reopening this June in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province. 
Ghana

Send Your Clients to Ghana or Senegal

Send your clients to Ghana or Senegal with South African Airways Vacations' all-inclusive packages.
W Amman

W Amman Opens—The First W Hotels Worldwide in Jordan

W Ammam, W Hotels Worldwide first property in Jordan is now open for bookings in the up and coming downtown neighborhood of Abdali. 
Central Holidays Egypt

Journey to Antiquity with New Egypt Itineraries

In response to an increase in demand for itineraries in Egypt, Central Holidays recently announced the expansion of travel programs to the country. 
Egyptian itineraries

Guaranteed Departures on Egyptian Itineraries

Classic Escapes is offering guaranteed departures in 2018 for its 10-day Egyptian itinerary.
Views of the Dead Sea. (Photo courtesy of Heritage Tours.)

New Tours to Israel and Jordan

Heritage Tours has added Israel and Jordan to its portfolio after witnessing a 20 percent increase in inquiries over the last two years from North American travelers.
The Nyamirambo Womens Center in Kigali, Rwanda is one of several community development projects that travelers can visit through G Adventures. (Photo Credit: Planeterra Foundation)

G Adventures Tours Empower Women Around The World

G Adventures connects travelers with community development projects around the world. In honor of National Women's History Month, G Adventures is highlighting four of its newest projects that are dedicated to empowering women.
Club Med Cancun Yucatan

Club Med to Expand All-Inclusive Offerings

Club Med will open five resorts per year, on average, over the next five years, and plans to execute renovations to its current resorts.
Views of the Sahara desert. (Photo courtesy of On The Go Tours.)

New Exotic Trips with On The Go Tours

On The Go Tours announced two new tours for 2018, which take travelers to exotic locales
The Setai Tel Aviv

Setai Sets its Eyes on Tel Aviv

Opening this spring and overlooking the beaches of Tel Aviv-Jaffa, The Setai Tel Aviv is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World.
Penguins on the beach in Cape Town. (Photo courtesy of The Twelve Apostles.)

Cape Town’s Water Shortage

The water shortage in Cape Town is a real issue, but the destination is still open and welcoming tourism business.
Overlooking Tel Aviv.

Tel Aviv: Start-Up Nation

Carlton Tel Aviv is launching a new series of experiential packages, starting with the White City x Start-Up Nation package.
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. 
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.
Guests can experience the local culture, shopping, desert safaris and more on a TravelBound tour in Qatar.

Qatar…More Than You Ever Imagined

Ten years ago, Qatar wasn’t on anyone’s radar. Many people, in fact, would be hard pressed to know where it was or really anything about it. Today, it is growing quicker and faster than anyone could have expected.
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.
Namibia

Flash Tour USA Announces Namibia FAM

Flash Tour USA is planning a 10-day agent FAM trip to Namibia for Summer 2018.
Lamu Henna body art 2 Kenya

KATS Program: Beyond the Wilderness

The Beyond the Wilderness Elective Module heads to Kenya’s coast, where activities such as surfing, scuba diving and skydiving abound. It’s also the place to discover unique historical sites, and sit down for a culinary feast.  

KATS Program: Safaris in Kenya

If you've already completed the Kenya Authorized Travel Specialist (KATS) Program and now you want to dig a little deeper into this African nation, the Safaris in Kenya elective module is your opportunity to do so. 
Longitude 131° is a luxurious wilderness camp in Australia.

Exotic Travel: Captivating Stays…

Across the globe wellness has been synonymous with luxury, and these captivaiting stays offer clients pampering experiences, as well as high-end treats your upscale clientele will want to take dive into.
Explore Southern and Eastern Africa on fully customizable itineraries from South African Airways Vacations.

South African Airways Vacations Launches 2018 Collection

South African Airways Vacations launched its 2018 Collection brochure and with it announced the addition of 15 new hotels and safari lodges that nearly double their product offering.
Intrepid Travel has launched a new range of For Solo Travelers tours for 2018.

Adventure Tours to Book in 2018

2018 is the year for adventurers with new tours that allows travelers to get up close with giant pandas in China, cycle South Africa’s most picturesque trails and travel solo in Africa, Southeast Asia and beyond.

South African Airways, Africa’s Most Awarded Airline

South African Airways, a Star Alliance member and Africa’s most awarded airline, serves over 75 destinations on the continent in conjunction with regional partners.

Kenya Authorized Travel Specialist Program

Get the in-depth knowledge you need to become a Kenya Authorized Travel Specialist.
Accommodations at Leshiba Wilderness.

Globetrotting: Safari-Style Romance in South Africa

“Now is where the journey really starts,” announced our guide, Bruce Nobela, as we switched from his van into a 4x4.
Butterfield & Robinson's new trips for 2018 includes a 6-day Holland Walking itinerary.

Butterfield & Robinson Reveals New Trips and Destinations for 2018  

Butterfield & Robinson (B&R) has revealed six new trips for 2018, as well as a handful of itineraries in new destinations across Europe.
At the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem in Israel.

Travel Talk

From faith-based tours to what's new in rail travel, this month's Travel Talk sums it up.
Emirates' new First Class product will debut onboard a Boeing 777-300ER.

Emirates to Unveil New First Class Product

Emirates has announced that it will unveil a new First Class product this November at the Dubai Air Show.
African Travel, Inc. has launched a travel gift registry service to help travelers pay for their trip to Africa. (Photo credit: Linkwasha Camp)

African Travel, Inc. Launches Travel Gift Registry Service

African Travel, Inc. has launched a travel gift registry service to allow friends and family to contribute toward travelers planning a trip to Africa for a birthday, anniversary, honeymoon or other celebration.
CroisiEurope's portfolio of river, canal and coastal cruises in Europe, Asia and Africa are now available through the Classic Vacations’ Classic Connections program. (Photo credit: CroisiEurope)

CroisiEurope Partners with Classic Vacations 

CroisiEurope has partnered with Classic Vacations, allowing travel agents access to the river cruise company’s portfolio through the tour operator’s Classic Connections program.
Exotic Voyages has expanded into Japan with the new 8-day Golden Route Japan itinerary. 

Exotic Voyages Expands Into Oman, India and Japan

Exotic Voyages is expanding its luxury global portfolio to include Oman, India and Japan.
Accomodations at the Dan Haifa.

Dan Hotels Unveils Renovated Properties in Tel Aviv, Eilat and Haifa

Israel-based luxury hotel chain Dan Hotels has completed renovations to three of its properties in Tel Aviv, Eilat and Haifa.
Taking a cruise—both ocean-going and on the rivers—is one of the most popular ways to vacation, according to the survey, and Cuba is a top international destination. (Photo credit: Royal Caribbean International)

Travel Trends

You, too, are the travel experts, so we conducted a Future of Travel survey a couple of months back on recommend.com to get your take on what’s trending in travel in 2017 and 2018.
South African Airways and Hawaiian Airlines have established a new interline agreement.

South African Airways Partners with Hawaiian Airlines

South African Airways and Hawaiian Airlines have established a new interline agreement that provides new and convenient flight options for both SAA and Hawaiian passengers flying between the Hawaiian Islands and Southern Africa.
Belmond is offering a 6-night itinerary in Botswana hosted by Alexander McCall Smith, author of the popular The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency book series. (Photo credit: Belmond)

Belmond Launches Expert-Led Journeys Through Africa, Europe and Asia

The latest news from Belmond for spring, summer and fall 2017 includes new product launches, renovations, and itineraries, in addition to the debut of expert-led journeys through Africa, Scotland, and Myanmar.
The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah opened this month in the United Arab Emirates.

The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah Makes Grand Debut in UAE

Earlier this month, Oberoi Hotels & Resorts announced the opening of The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah in the United Arab Emirates.
The Fireside Cafe and Bar at Hotel Zeppelin San Francisco.

Viceroy Hotel Group Introduces Three Brand Tiers

Viceroy Hotel Group (VHG) has segmented its portfolio into three tiers—The Viceroy Icon Collection, The Viceroy Lifestyle Series and The Urban Retreat Collection.
Downtown Dubai. (Dubai Corporation of Tourism & Commerce Marketing)

Globetrotting: VIP in DXB

Characterized by its extravagance and popularized as a playground for the rich and famous, Dubai just got a little closer to home for South Floridians following the December 2016 launch of Emirates’ daily nonstop service out of Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport (FLL).
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Editors’ B-Roll: Dubai Through My Eyes

In this first video of Recommend's new Editors' B-Roll series, we're taking you on a visual journey to Dubai, the City of Gold, for a look at some of this emirate’s top sights.
On The Go Tours' ultimate bucket list tour that takes travelers to each of the New Seven Wonders of the World, including the Taj Mahal in Agra.

Explore the New Seven Wonders of the World

On The Go Tours is offering the ultimate bucket list trip that takes travelers to each of the New Seven Wonders of the World, including the Great Wall of China and Machu Picchu.
Due to recent governmental moves, travel to Iran is shrouded with uncertainty. (Photo credit: Intrepid Travel)

Tour Operators Postpone/Cancel Iran-Bound Travel

This past December, tour operator members of the United States Tour Operators Association identified Iran as one of the Top 10 Off-The-Beaten Path Destinations for 2017. These days though, the buzz surrounding the country has turned from excitement to uncertainty.
Trafalgar offers a new itinerary in South Africa.

New Tours to Dazzling Destinations

Greaves Tours’ Owners Journey itinerary dives deep into India & Nepal, offering visitors the opportunity to see these two countries through the eyes of Greaves’ owners who have ties to these destinations.
Crystal Cruises' CEO, Edie Rodriguez, will host a President’s Cruisefrom Rome to Dubai aboard the Crystal Symphony.

Crystal Cruises to Host 2017 President’s Cruise to the Holy Land

Edie Rodriguez, CEO of Crystal Cruises, will host the line's annual President’s Cruise this year aboard the Crystal Symphony, when it sails from Rome to Dubai on Nov. 4.
Intrepid Travel’s 2017 line-up of family-themed itineraries includes a 19-day tour of Namibia and Botswana.

Family Adventures to Book This Year

When planning a multi-gen vacation, recommending activities that appeal to all ages is just as important as price and location.
The Leela properties in India offer an array of wellness options.

Pampered Souls

In places like India, Dubai, Fiji and Mauritius, there’s no shortage of serenity-inducing spas that know how to up the ante when it comes to all-out pampering.
Visit Iceland Northern Lights

From Texas to “Winterfell,” Trafalgar Has the Globe Covered

Trafalgar has introduced five new destinations and added 23 itineraries for 2017.
Agents, you can visit Iran with Flo Tours in November 2017. (Photo courtesy of Flo Tours.)

Flo Tours’ Best of Iran FAM

Agents, you can explore Iran with Flo Tours on its Best of Iran FAM itinerary Nov. 3-14, 2017.
Emirates has launched a daily nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport (FTL) and Dubai International Airport (DXB) (pictured). 

Emirates Says #HelloFortLauderdale

Earlier this month at the Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport (FLL) amidst great fanfare, a group of South Florida journalists, including myself, were (literally) on the ground to watch the landing of Emirates’ inaugural flight between Dubai and Fort Lauderdale. The new daily nonstop service marked Emirates’ 11th destination in the United States and the airline’s second destination in Florida, following the launch of an Orlando service in September 2015.
Sunset ceremony at the Outrigger Figi Beach Resort.

Outrigger Resorts Offers New Signature Experiences Series

Outrigger Resorts is offering expanded destination-specific cultural activities, programs and amenities to connect guests with the people and culture of its beachfront destinations.
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