LATAM Airlines has begun special operations for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, adding 150 domestic flights, as well as services such as translators at key airports, advance check-in at the Athletes’ Village, special wheelchairs and a LATAM Passenger Guide in three languages
Break free from technology, if only for a week, on Intrepid Travel’s four new Digital Detox tours.
On Saturday, July 16, Aqua Expeditions’ founder and CEO Francesco Galli Zugaro announced that an accidental explosion caused the luxury cruise line’s 12-suite Aqua Amazon vessel to sink during the ship’s regular Saturday supplying and turn-around.
Never underestimate the power of a hotel to capture for guests the specialty adventures of its immediate neighborhood, and to unlock the essence and authenticity of its locale. By opening new hospitality horizons, Latin America hotels continue to change the landscape of vacation planning for the active and adventurous traveler, while also delivering memorable cultural experiences. Let’s consider some prime-time examples...
With the opening of explora Valle Sagrado in Peru’s Sacred Valley on July 1, the explora group will be welcoming guests to its first hotel outside Chile.
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.
The Westin Playa Bonita is offering a Luxe & Local Panama package for travelers looking to escape to tropical Panama City, Panama for an indulgent getaway sprinkled with a bit of adventure.
A survey by travel insurance provider Allianz Global Assistance has found that although 42 percent of Americans are interested in visiting Cuba now that travel restrictions from the U.S. have been eased, 70 percent are currently unlikely to do so.
It’s always interesting to learn what new discoveries specialists in travel to Latin America have made on recent journeys. It’s even better to find these discoveries in new client-pleasing vacations. We asked an adventurous quartet of U.S. tour operators the following: “What is the one corner of Latin America that you think might be the next new-frontier/new-attraction for North American travelers?”
Hyatt Hotels Corporation has launched a new brand featuring a global collection of unique and independent stay experiences.
Once upon a time—eons ago, actually—the South American continent was physically joined to Africa. This year we have a couple of tour companies, specialists in luxury African safaris and lodgings, who are expanding their horizons and heading West to add Latin America to their luxury travel portfolios.
The April issue of Recommend highlights tours focusing on food in Latin America. Now, our Latin America Carla Hunt is expanding on that “travel menu” to include a “preview tasting” of two hotels offering clients farm-to-table culinary experiences to accompany luxury lodgings in five-star destinations.
The Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa in Costa Rica has redesigned its Orchid Rooms to reflect the destination's culture and verdant landscape.
Classic Journeys' family multi-sport journeys invite the whole gang to participate in river tubing, snorkeling, and other outdoor activities, as well as experience interactions with locals throughout their vacation.
Celebrity Cruises is planning to up its Galapagos Islands guest capacity by 65 percent with the acquisition of the award-winning Galapagos Islands tour operator Ocean Adventures and its two ships, the 48-passenger M/V Eclipse and the 16-passenger catamaran M/C Athala II.
Lindblad Expeditions, in partnership with National Geographic, is offering guests the opportunity to make art and support local artisans while sailing the Galapagos Islands through the Make Art, Make a Difference program.
Journese, a member of Pleasant Holidays' portfolio of luxury brands, has launched its Exclusive Perks campaign offering agents the opportunity to extend their clients a range of value-added amenities, from resort credits and complimentary nights to spa treatments and complimentary cabana use at select premier resorts.
Luxury travel is being re-defined all over the world, Central America included. Today, new ingredients—adventurous activities, authentic experiences, unique destinations, and personal discovery—are all part of the recipe for customer-perfect leisure travel. Always in the mix, of course, are luxury accommodations, perfectly matched to different tastes. Have a look at a sampling of products out there.
Cruise and adventure travel operator Lindblad Expeditions has announced the purchase of the Via Australis ship to be used on its tours of the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.
Listen closely to what USTOA members are saying, and you’ll be all smiles going into the holidays and into 2016. There’s a positive outlook for the coming year, with tour operator members showing strong growth this past year and going into 2016, and affirming that travel agents contribute significantly to USTOA members’ business. Let’s look at the numbers, shall we.
AMResorts opened its first Secrets Resorts & Spas property in Costa Rica—Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica—last month.