Why is The New York Times Travel Show one of the largest trade and consumer travel events in North America? Well, let’s take a quick look at the numbers of the 10th annual tourism showcase, held Jan. 23-25, under the banner of 150 Countries, One Destination.
For over 50 years, travel to Cuba has been limited from the U.S., but as of last Friday, new travel rules between the two countries are now in effect. This could mean big changes for both travelers and travel advisors, but tell clients not to start packing just yet.
While the temperature plunged to an all-time low for this year’s winter season—10℉, not counting the wind chill factor—and the stock market shot up a staggering 323 points on the Dow Jones, our good neighbors from the Costa Rica Tourism Ministry came to New York City to launch their Save the Americans campaign. The rescue victims are the overworked American worker and the rescue cure is—you guessed it: come relax in Costa Rica.
After last year's announcement to build a tram to the ruins of Choquequirao, the government of Peru has announced plans for a second tram headed to the ancient Chachapoyas fortress of Kuelap. The new cable car is expected to accommodate up to 1,000 visitors to Kuelap every hour.
Let’s seriously consider a corner of Costa Rica that this traveler is not sure even the Costa Ricans know is there—the Caribbean coast, no match for the high-end pleasures and treasures of the Pacific coast, but a perfect match for clients who want wildlife viewing, snorkeling and surfing, laid-back beach towns, a join-in nightlife, and a less-costly vacation.
A few weeks ago, Recommend attended an event in Miami to get the 4-1-1 on AMResorts' new AMRewards program, where the senior director of sales, Matt Mullen, mentioned the brand was expanding to Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as adding more properties in Mexico.
Journese, the luxury brand of Pleasant Holidays, has grown its Central America portfolio with the addition of Belize as its newest destination. The new product line includes five deluxe resorts on Ambergris Caye, a variety of activity options and excursions, as well as private air and ground transportation options.
Australis, an expedition cruise company sailing on 3- and 4-night cruises between Ushuaia, Argentina and Puerto Arenas, Chile, has a magical routing: the Strait of Magellan, Cape Horn, the Beagle Channel and other places down in far-flung Tierra del Fuego that reverberate with adventure and history.
Jet-setting could be the definition of high-end travel. After all, skipping the hassles and crowds at the airport is motive enough to fly on a private jet. We've rounded up three jet-setting escapes that will whisk your clients away in luxury, whether it's coast-to-coast in Florida, or exploring abroad.
Many of us who focus on Latin America look forward to TravelMart LatinAmerica (TMLA), an annual gathering of Central and South America buyers and sellers of travel products and services. Held in Salta, Argentina this year, the 3-day marathon of business meetings gave all attendees a chance to find out what’s trendy, what’s hot or not, and what’s new among Latin America travel destinations.
InterContinental Hotels Group is offering its Fantastic Escapes program to more than 200 properties throughout Latin America, the Caribbean and Mexico.
South America destinations can fill the bill in new and involving experiences for adventure and culinary aficionados as well as nature-loving travelers. Consider this sampling of niche vacation choices that bring clients closer to the heart of Argentina and Uruguay.
The road to Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa, located on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast and built in 2007, is paved with a lush Costa Rican rainforest landscape, not to mention a few intimidating crocodiles. Recommend visited this area of Costa Rica last year, and before arriving at Alma Del Pacifico from Juan Santamaria International Airport, we made a quick stop to see the infamous basking crocodiles at the Tarcoles River Bridge—a famous bridge where dozens of crocodiles can be seen lounging in the murky river waters below.