Asia & South Pacific

Asia & South Pacific

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.

Small Luxury Hotels of the World Unveils Its 2017 Travel Trends

For the first time in the company’s history, Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has unveiled its picks for the top travel trends for 2017.
Dream Hotel Group, A rendering of Dream Oceanami Villas & Spa in Long Hai, Vietnam. (Photo credit: Dream Oceanami Villas & Spa)

Dream Hotel Group Expands into Vietnam

Dream Hotel Group has signed its first hotel in Vietnam with locally owned Beegreen Group to develop Dream Oceanami Villas & Spa in Long Hai.
Sydney, Australia.

Celebrate NYE in Style with InterContinental Hotels & Resorts

If scenes from the world’s longest fireworks display or Singapore’s Bay of Hope and Light covered in 20,000 “wishing spheres” are the kind of NYE festivities you want to flood your social feeds with, then these four, exotic InterContinental Hotels & Resorts properties will serve as the perfect setting or luxurious home base.
Maiko in Matsuo Taisha Shrine, Kyoto. (Q Sawami JNTO)

The Appeal of the Authentic

These three enticing destinations in Asia, Africa & the South Pacific are a fascinating slice of the tourism pie for clients seeking out authentic travel.
MSC Cruises’ first-ever World Cruise will sail roundtrip from/to Genoa, Italy.

MSC Cruises’ First World Cruise

Sales are now open for MSC Cruises’ first-ever World Cruise, departing Jan. 5, 2019 and returning May 3, 2019.
The Bamboo Forest in Kyoto, Japan. 

Wendy Wu Tours Adds New Asia Tours

Wendy Wu Tours has expanded its product portfolio for the U.S. market to include six new tours in China, Japan, Myanmar, Tibet, Cambodia and Vietnam for 2017-2018.

One&Only Resorts Dishes Up Gourmet Dinner Series

This fall, One&Only Resorts has invited a number of leading chefs and winemakers to collaborate on a gourmet dinner series, The Ultimate Global Culinary Adventure, taking place at several of the luxury hotel brand’s properties around the globe.

Nanjing Tourism Launches New Website

The Nanjing Municipal Tourism Commission has launched a new website designed specifically for North American tour operators, travel trade and consumers to better educate travelers on the robust tourism experiences available in this ancient capital city of eastern China's Jiangsu province.

Cox & Kings Unveils Over 20 New Journeys

Cox & Kings has released its new 2017-2018 brochures featuring more than 20 new journeys over seven continents.

Cruising the Yangtze for up to 50 Percent Off

Victoria Cruises is offering up to 50 percent off of its popular Three Gorges Highlights cruise.

New Air Services Take Flight

Some of the latest air services to take flight include operations to London, Tokyo and beyond.

Island Destinations Debuts New Itineraries and Booking Engine

Island Destinations debuted its 2017 Travelers Collection brochure and launched a new online booking engine to an audience of more than 200 travel professionals during an annual gala at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City last month.

Intrepid Travel Launches Solo-Only Tours

The stigma of traveling alone is on its way out the door with the rise of solo trips, tours and cruises tailor made for those going it alone.

Dine & Wine at Hilton Airport Hotels

With the holiday season rapidly approaching and the inevitable threat of layovers, travel delays and cancellations, Hilton Hotels & Resorts is offering convenient alternatives to spending long hours, or the entire night, at the airport.

Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo Unveils One-of-a-Kind Japanese Suite

Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo, the five-star, flagship property from leading Japanese hospitality company Fujita Kanko, has completed the third phase of its renovations with plans to complete the refurbishment of 241 of its 267 guestrooms and suites by 2017.

Hot Luxury Travel Destinations for 2017

Find out what's hot in luxury travel for 2017.

Asia Rising

There is no doubt about the popularity of Asia, so we’ve gathered some of the latest news on hotel openings to help you sell this hot region.

Out-of-the-Ordinary Group Tours

For an out-of-the-ordinary tour suggestion that incorporates sought-after destinations and experiential learning opportunities, while taking into account your client’s special interests such as voluntourism or religious tourism, recommend these adventure-filled vacations.

Avanti Expands Line-Up of Asia FIT Products

Avanti Destinations has expanded its line-up of Asia FIT products by adding six new destinations, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, South Korea and Taiwan for 2017.
The Conrad Bora Bora Nui Resort will open early next year.

An Escape From the Ordinary

Tell your clients to travel far and wide to explore exotic destinations, where the landscapes are mesmerizing and “off the beaten path” is the norm.

A “Standing Ovation” for Celebrity’s New “Far Away” TV Spot

A travel agent executive gives Celebrity Cruises' new TV spot “Far Away” a standing ovation.

Coffee Time with Industry Vets: Peter Jon Lindberg

Think you know Peter Jon Lindberg, director of inspiration for Conrad Hotels & Resorts, think again….

A Wild Thai Adventure for Multi-Gen Families

For an off-the-beaten path vacation fit for multigenerational families, book one of Wild Planet Adventures’ custom Wildlife Adventures itineraries.

4 Ways to Spend the Holidays at Sea

For a picture-perfect holiday sailing with all of the trimmings, look no further than these luxury cruise lines.

2016/2017 Cruise Deals

We’ve rounded up a few of the latest cruise deals through 2017, including European, South American and Far East sailings.
INCA offers an activity-filled program in the Galapagos. (Carla Hunt)

Close Encounters in the Galapagos Islands

Charles Darwin sailed into the Galapagos Islands in 1835, and what he found are most of the same natural wonders that scientists, amateur naturalists and visitors bearing binoculars and cameras see today: Antarctic penguins and fur seals living right on the equator, cormorants that swim but no longer fly, sun flowers growing to treetop heights—just a sampling of flora and fauna found nowhere else on earth.
Koala-viewing at Featherdale Wildlife Park with Goway.

Where the Wild Things Are

How do your clients define family travel? Well, Gonzalo Gil Lavedra, general manager for Sri Lanka, Khiri Travel, defines it as, “Having fun with your loved ones while exploring and living new experiences.

Georgia FAM

This October, Panorama Travel is offering a FAM to the Republic of Georgia, where agents can explore Georgian cuisine and diverse wines, visit spa resorts, learn about the country’s ancient history and experience the warm Georgian hospitality.

A Culinary Twist to Guests’ Stay

According to the to the seventh annual Allianz Travel Insurance Vacation Confidence Index, more than 53 percent of Americans haven’t taken a vacation in the last 12 months, which means you can still make a big impact on your bottom line by tempting your vacation-deprived clients with one of these culinary offerings.

4 Art-Centric Hotels to Book This Year

History and culture collide at these art-centric hotels in the U.S., Asia and France.

Tigers, Temples and the Golden Triangle

Greaves Tours has launched its Luxury Escorted Group Journeys, combining exclusive experiences and insider access to India.

Discover Luxury on Abercrombie & Kent’s New Marco Polo Journeys

For your clients with more checks than blanks on their travel bucket lists, Abercrombie & Kent has created new limited-edition small group journeys to off-the-beaten path destinations including Papua New Guinea, Bolivia and Sri Lanka.

Singapore Airlines Launches New Premium Economy Class

Singapore Airlines has launched its new Premium Economy Class in New York City on flights from JFK to Frankfurt (FRA) and Singapore (SIN) featuring enhanced amenities, additional inflight entertainment options and a fresh design.

Collette Offers Complimentary Fiji Extension on South Pacific Tour

Collette has rolled out six new South Pacific tours in its newly released 2017-2018 Australia & New Zealand brochure, and is also offering a complimentary extension to Fiji on the 27-day The Complete South Pacific tour featuring four meals and a 3-night stay in the five-star Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa.

Why Wuzhen: 5 Reasons to Visit China’s Historic Water Town

You may be asking yourself, “Why would I recommend my clients visit Wuzhen—a virtually unheard of town—when there is so much to see between bustling Beijing and scenic Shanghai in Mainland China?”
Guestroom at the President by Akaryn, which will open this fall in Laos.

It’s All in the Details

An elegant soaking tub, a romantic dinner on the beach, a relaxing spa experience… these new Asian hotels know it’s the small things that make for an unforgettable romantic escape.
Meijiawu Tea Plantation. (Melissa Bryant)

Hangzhou: China’s Rising Star

The word on everyone’s lips and travel bucket lists this year is Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province’s capital city where jaw-dropping natural scenery and well-preserved cultural sites are inspiring North American travelers to explore outside of Beijing and Shanghai and into this timeless Chinese retreat.

Book Now for Japan’s 2017 Cherry Blossom Season 

Super Value Tours has announced details of its cherry blossom season tours for 2017.

Unplug With Intrepid Travel’s New Digital Detox Tours

Break free from technology, if only for a week, on Intrepid Travel’s four new Digital Detox tours.

AmaWaterways Announces 2016 FAM Dates        

AmaWaterways has announced the 2016 dates, itineraries and prices for its popular Seminars on the River travel agent FAM program.
Wild Planet Adventures’ Borneo itineraries offer the opportunity to see orangutans in the wild.

Journeys Beyond the Ordinary

Adventure travelers in general, and baby boomers in particular, have both ample appetites and ample budgets for vacations that mix up active adventure and involving cultural experiences, enhanced by expert guides and top-quality comfort, according to the Adventure Travel Trade Association. And that’s where the growth market seems to be in the wide and wonderful world called Asia, where clients will find a host of different paths to exploring far horizons on journeys beyond the ordinary.

Eye on the World: China

A picture is worth a thousand words, and my week-long press trip through northern and eastern China with Goway Travel left me utterly speechless (in a good way), so I’ll let these photos do the talking.

Shanghai Disney Resort Celebrates its Grand Opening

The Walt Disney Company has unveiled the long-awaited Shanghai Disney Resort, which opened on June 14 as the first Disney resort in Mainland China and the sixth Disney resort worldwide.

Virtuoso Reveals Top Resorts & Destinations for Honeymoons in 2016

A total of 279 Virtuoso honeymoon specialists from across the U.S. and Canada were surveyed in January 2016 to reveal what today’s upscale honeymooners seek for their romantic getaway.

Viking Ocean Cruises Announces First-Ever World Cruise

Viking Ocean Cruises has announced that its fourth ship, Viking Sun, will spend her maiden season sailing the company’s first-ever World Cruise departing December 2017.

Collette Extends Savings on Trip of a Lifetime Itineraries

Agents can save their clients up to $1,500 per couple on Collette’s recently launched Trip of a Lifetime itineraries in Africa, Asia, Australia, and South America when using the promo code BUCKETLIST.

Selling an Active Honeymoon

In the June issue, we covered weddings and honeymoons across the globe. And for those of you whose clients prefer to take on an adventure whether it's immersing themselves in a unique culture, going in a safari, or taking a hike or bike ride through some of nature's most splendid landscapes versus sipping margaritas by the beach, we rounded up some pointers from top tour operators on how you can sell these active honeymoons.

Stay, Spa, and Shop at The Reverie Saigon

The Reverie Saigon is welcoming guests to stay, spa, and shop at the luxury hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam with the debut of its first-ever package, Haute Ho Chi Minh.
G Adventures offers a Hike, Bike and Kayak Thailand trip that’s ideal for active honeymooners.

Adventure-Filled Honeymoons

Today’s honeymooners want to hang with the locals; eat authentic dishes; go hiking; drink fine wine; and post photos of stunning locations that will get them a dizzying number of likes on Instagram. In the first few days of marriage they want to grow as a couple by discovering a bucket list destination together.

Expert-Led Active Retreats

Some of your clients will want to spend the long summer days lounging by the pool sipping hand-crafted cocktails, and for them we suggest these waterfront properties featured in our May issue. But, for those looking for a more active, wellness-oriented getaway, we suggest the following expert-led wellness retreats.

A Vietnam Retreat Joins SLH

Naman Retreat, a boutique beachfront enclave in Da Nang City, Vietnam, joined Small Luxury Hotels of the World’s collection last month.
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