Editors' Picks

Editors' Picks

Taking on the rapids on the Yellowstone river. (Photo courtesy of Austin Adventures.)

Travel Adventure to Montana and Yellowstone National Park

Families and adults looking for a multi-sport travel adventure should consider a trip with Austin Adventures, which now offers a 6-day Montana Vacation package.
MIR Corporation adds 21-day itinerary to Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia. (Photo courtesy of MIR Corporation.)

MIR Corporation Adds New 21-Day Itinerary

MIR Corporation has added a 21-day journey to Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia.

Carnival Fascination Resumes Schedule from San Juan

Carnival Fascination resumed its year-round schedule of 7-day southern Caribbean departures from San Juan this past Sunday.

Legoland Water Park Extends Its Season for 2018

Legoland Water Park kicks off its longest season ever on Saturday, March 10 with more operating dates since its opening in 2012. 
St. Peter's Basilica

The Roman Guy Announces New Tours for 2018

The Roman Guy's new tours are lip-smacking good.
At the street level, the pastel-colored houses of Old San Juan seem unscathed by last year's Hurricane Maria. Photo Credit: Ed Wetschler

Update on Puerto Rico, Part 2

So how is Puerto Rico doing 4-plus months after Hurricane Maria? Tourism officials addressed that question at the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association's Marketplace in San Juan, but I also wanted to get out and see things for myself.
The Bamboo Room, a Polynesian-themed bar, is one of several new offerings guests can expect to see on the Mariner of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean Ship Gets a Makeover and New Itineraries

After undergoing a $90 million makeover, Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas is preparing to offer travelers a new way to make the most of their weekends with short getaways to The Bahamas.
Exodus Travels' self-guided itineraries allow solo travelers to hike and bike through Europe at their own pace.

Hike or Bike Solo With Exodus Travels

Solo travelers are often motivated by a desire to travel and experience things at their own pace, but that doesn't mean they want to sacrifice having the guidance of an expert or tour operator. With Exodus Travel's new self-guided walking and cycling tours, they don't have to.
Silversea guests can contribute to marine conservation efforts on select voyages in 2018 and 2019.

Silversea’s New Partnership Goes Beyond Whale Watching

Guests on a whale-watching voyage with Silversea can now admire the beauty of these mammals and other marine life while also working to protect them thanks to the cruise line's new partnership with ORCA, a UK-based marine conservation charity. 
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.
Grail Springs Wellness Retreat in Brancroft, Ontario. (Photo courtesy of the Wellness Tourism Association.)

How Does the New Wellness Tourism Association Benefit You?

If you're wondering how exactly this new association works and how it benefits you, we have the answers.
Members of the Caribbean tourism industry gathered at the San Juan Convention Center in Puerto Rico for this year's CHTA Marketplace.

Takeaways from the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Marketplace

Fifty-eight percent of people in the Caribbean hospitality business are highly optimistic about 2018, and this is in the wake of two Category 5 hurricanes. But that's the big picture. Take a look at some of the details revealed at CHTA Marketplace's press conferences.
An increase in flights to St. Thomas will begin this month.

Major Airlines Increase Service to St. Thomas

With the U.S. Virgin Islands continuing to progress in post-hurricane recovery efforts, more demand for flights to the islands has led to three major airlines increasing flight service to St. Thomas.
The African Travel, Inc. educational Kenya trip will explore different areas of the country focusing on wild life and game drives.

Kenya FAM For First-Timers

Travel agents who have never visited Kenya can explore the wild side of this country on an educational safari...
Bachelorette parties can toast to the bride-to-be at The Westin Verasa Napa.

Westin Verasa Napa Welcomes Wine-Loving Bachelorettes

Wine-loving brides can wave goodbye to their single days with a relaxing celebration  at The Westin Verasa Napa thanks to the property's Napa Bachelorette Party package. 
More than $10,000 in gift cards and other prizes is up for grabs with Carnival's latest travel agent contest.

Test Your Carnival Cruise Line IQ and Win

How well do you know Carnival Cruise Line? With the company's latest contest, travel agents can test their "Carnival IQ" for a chance to win Amazon gift cards and a cruise for two.
Suites - Book Collectors Suite - Bedroom

4 Musts for Spring Travel

These destinations and splashy hotels are the "it" places to be come spring.
Winter landscape with travelers silhouettes at sunset.

Let Your Voice Be Heard: Recommend’s Travel Trends Survey

Recommend wants your help in determining today’s travel trends.
It’s spa time at the barefoot elegant Occidental Cozumel

Hip Getaways

Here are five hip stays across Mexico.
Cox & Kings, The Americas offers bespoke experiences including stays in sumptuous glass igloos in Finland.

Speaking Bespoke in Europe

In Europe, luxury travel experiences keep taking off in new directions, as can be expected on a continent tailor-made for today’s world of bespoke travel.
Grand Palace Suite at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia’s Joya Spa.

Wellness Trends in the U.S.

Wellness travel and spa escapes are more than the buzz words du jour. According to Virtuoso, there are six wellness travel segments that are here to stay for 2018
AMA Waterways Wine Cruises

Join the Wine Party with AmaWaterways

What’s not to love about cruising down Europe’s stunning waterways while sipping on a fine glass of wine?
The American Queen will sail the Mississippi River allowing travel agents to explore New Orleans and nearby cities.

Explore the Big Easy and Beyond on a River Cruise FAM

Agents can explore the Big Easy and nearby cities on a roundtrip New Orleans river cruise FAM trip aboard an American Queen Steamboat Company vessel.
Pavilion-style suites at the Rosewood Half Moon Bay Antigua will offer ocean views when the property opens in 2021.

Rosewood Expands With New Caribbean Property

A 1950's hotel is getting new management and a new lease on life when it reopens as the Rosewood Half Moon Bay Antigua in 2021.
TravelImpressionsPresidentScottWisemanAtNYtimesTravelShowEdited

Travel Impressions: The Year of Helping Agents Be Successful

When I asked Travel Impressions president Scott Wiseman what's new during a conversation at The New York Times Travel Show, he had plenty of answers.

Cox & Kings Expands Travel Agent Support

In an effort to bolster relationships within the travel agencies and luxury travel advisors, tour operator Cox & Kings has expanded its U.S. sales team.
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.
Iberostar Las Letras in Madrid, the location of the press event for Iberostar. (Photo courtesy of Iberostar.)

Iberostar ‘Lets It Shine’ with Rebrand

Iberostar Group has undergone a rebranding and received a new segmentation of its properties. During an event at Iberostar Las Letras, Sabina Fluxa, Iberostar Group’s vice-chairman and CEO explained to a crowd of journalists from across the globe, the brand’s new revamped identity.
Ulla Hefel Böhler traveling with her two sons.

Coffee Time with Industry Vets: Ulla Hefel Bohler of Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold

Ulla Hefel Bohler has travel memories she can go on about for hours, and a bucket list that is just as long. We’ll let her explain more in this installment of Coffee Time With Industry Vets Q&A series.
Guayaquil, Ecuador is one of several destinations where Spirit Airlines will fly to out of Fort Lauderdale.

Spring 2018 Brings New Flights

Spring 2018 will bring new routes for Spirit Airlines flying out of the company's home base in Fort Lauderdale.
Sailing with AmaWaterways, the new Adventures by Disney Seine River cruise will allow travelers to explore the heart of France.

From SoCal to France, Adventures by Disney Expands

Twenty-eighteen may have just begun, but Adventures by Disney is already looking forward to 2019 with the announcement of expanded cruise sailings and other vacation options, including all-new sailings down France's Seine River.
Couples can enjoy a romantic getaway in the Bahamas at the Warwick Paradise Island resort.

Celebrate Love in Paradise this Valentine’s Day

With less than a month to go before Valentine's Day, help your clients rev up their love lives with a romantic getaway at the Warwick Paradise Island resort in the Bahamas.
Agents will visit Machu PIcchu and several other sites in Peru on the upcoming Tara Tours FAM trip.

FAM Trip Highlights Peru and Machu Picchu

Agents looking to experience Peru, including Mach Picchu, can join Tara Tours for a weeklong FAM trip departing this spring. 
Agents can double their AMRewards points when booking clients at this Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa throughout January. (Photo credit: Dreams Resorts & Spas)

AMResorts Plans for New Perks, Resources and Education Program for Agents

AMResorts, a subsidiary of Apple Leisure Group, is starting 2018 with new campaigns to double agents' reward earnings and plans to enhance resources and education programs for them as well. 
Halong Bay is one of several areas that agents will visit on this FAM trip through Vietnam and Cambodia.

Visit Vietnam and Cambodia on a FAM Trip

Agents with a desire to increase their bookings in Vietnam and Cambodia can visit both countries on FAM trip co-sponsored by Singapore Airlines and Pacific Holidays. 
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. 
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.
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. 
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.
2018 marks Seabourn's 30th year of operating in the cruising industry.

Seabourn Toasts to 2018 and a Major Milestone

When the clock struck midnight on Jan. 1, 2018, Seabourn marked the beginning of a new year with celebrations of the cruise line's 30th anniversary and plans to keep the party going throughout all of 2018.
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. 
Apple Vacations' expanded social media resources include guidelines for posting across multiple platforms.

Apple Vacations Expands Social Media Resources With Ready-Made Posts

In a world that increasingly turns to social media for information, Apple Vacations is helping travel agents stand out on these platforms with its expanded offering of social media resources, including ready-to-use digital content and tools.
IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Bavaro in Punta Cana is one of several participating resorts where Travel Impressions is offerings exclusive savings and offers.

Travel Impressions Kicks Off 2018 With Exclusive Offers

Travel Impressions is starting 2018 with exclusive savings and other offers for agents booking groups at select IBEROSTAR properties in Mexico, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic.
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.”
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.
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. 
Cordoba is one of several cities that agents can discover on a FAM trip to Spain.

Spain FAM Trips Scheduled for 2018

With weekly departures scheduled throughout all of 2018, Tours Specialists is giving travel agents ample opportunity to discover Spain on one of its many FAM trips. 
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. 
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