Guests staying at the Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club's Garden Cottage will receive a discount through the end of February.

Belizean Resort Offers Special Grand Opening Rates

The Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club may have opened its doors to guests in December 2017, but the property is continuing the celebration of its grand opening with a special introductory rate.
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.
The adults-only rooftop pool at Hotel Xcaret.

Hotel Xcaret

Guests who book a stay at Hotel Xcaret are privy to unlimited access to Grupo Experiencias Xcaret’s eight nature parks and tours in addition to the property’s first-class accommodations, high-quality amenities and a carefully crafted culinary offering.
Scenic Eclipse’s submarine will provide the opportunity for unique experiences.

Today’s Upscale Cruise Style

Although luxury clients do expect the finest in service and accommodations, it’s not just about “a higher price point,” adds HJ Sauer, owner of a Dream Vacations franchise, “luxury is also being defined by the uniqueness of the travel.
Ayurvedic Centre at BodyHoliday in Saint Lucia.

The Caribbean Wellness Push

Every year the Caribbean Tourism Organization identifies a dominant trend (adventure, romance, etc.), and it has named 2018 The Year of Wellness and Rejuvenation in the Caribbean.
Seabourn Encore Observation Bar 2016 (79)

Ultra-Luxury Cruising, the Seabourn Way

I interviewed Chris Austin, v.p. of global sales and marketing for Seabourn, so he could give us the fine details on what sets the cruise line apart as an ultra-luxury cruise offering.
Travel agents can visit Azul Beach Resort Sensatori Jamaica, among other Karisma Hotels & Resorts, on a FAM trip this year.

Karisma Hotels & Resorts 2018 FAM Trips

Karisma Hotels & Resorts is inviting travel agents to experience its all-inclusive properties throughout Mexico and the Caribbean on a series of FAM trips scheduled for 2018.

What’s Wild at Heart? Madhya Pradesh, India

Want to get into the heart of India? Feast your eyes on the region of Madhya Pradesh, located in the heart of India.
Club Med Punta Cana is one of several properties where guests can take advantage of early booking rates and other perks.

Live Your Bucket List With Club Med’s New Offer

With many people letting their vacation days and bucket list dreams go to waste, Club Med is offering discounts and extra perks to encourage people to 'live their list' at any of its resorts in Mexico, Florida, and the Caribbean.
Aerial views of the Fountaine Bleau Miami Beach where couples can enjoy a special Valentine's Day concert and overnight hotel stay.

Turn Up the Florida Heat This Valentine’s Day

It's not too late to help your lovebird clients turn up the heat—literally and figuratively—with a romantic getaway to the Sunshine State. With these Florida hotels offering packages made just for couples, now is the time to book those Valentine's Day escapes.
The Hungarian Parliament in Budapest is one of several sites travel agents will see on this FAM trip.

Explore Central Europe on a FAM

Foreign Independent Tours is inviting travel agents to explore Central Europe on an escorted FAM trip through Prague, Vienna and Budapest.
Central Holidays

Central Holidays’ Travel Agent Seminar Series

Central Holidays is offering a travel agent seminar series.
Beach yoga is one of many wellness activities guests can participate in at various Royalton Luxury Resorts throughout the Caribbean.

Caribbean Resorts Roll Out New Wellness Programs

The Caribbean Tourism Organization has declared 2018 The Year of Wellness and Rejuvenation. Here are some of the new packages, facilities, and programs at Caribbean resorts that will help travelers end their vacations in better shape than they were in when they started them. 
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.

Dynamic Great Britain

Dynamic—that’s the word Gavin Landry, Director, The Americas, VisitBritain, uses to describe Great Britain.
Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Sahra Spa Suite

Get Fit in Vegas

Here's to a healthy 2018.
Help your clients tie the knot on a Carnival cruise and receive increased commissions.

Ring the Carnival Cruise Wedding Bells With Increased Commissions

Wedding bells are ringing aboard Carnival Cruise Line, and agents who book their clients' nuptials during Carnival's Wave Season will now receive increased commissions.
Costa Rica volcano

Costa Rica: Wonder of Nature

Costa Rica offer a complete country, where visitors can spend three to four days in a different area. It’s not just about a volcano, a waterfall, etc., it’s about a whole country—you participate in the Pura Vida lifestyle.

A Good Night’s Rest with a White Walker

Winter is here…in the form of a “Game of Thrones”-themed hotel making its home above the Arctic Circle.
Travelers on the LGBT Getaways group cruise will sail aboard the Celebrity Silhouette.

LGBT Getaways Sailing Debuts

Cruises Inc., CruiseOne, and Dream Vacations are coming together to host their first LGBT Getaways group cruise, which is set to sail on a 7-day voyage to the Eastern Caribbean this spring.
Estonia is one of three Baltic countries added to Avanti Destinations' portfolio for 2018.

Baltic Beauties Added to Avanti Destinations’ Portfolio

Agents in need of options in more off-the-beaten-path European destinations can now turn to the latest countries added to Avanti Destinations' portfolio: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
Restaurant and lobby bar, Jake & Eli, has replaced the casino floor inside The Westin Las Vegas Hotel & Spa.

Smoking & Gaming Are Out; Jake & Eli Are In

The Westin Las Vegas Hotel & Spa may be located just steps away from the casino-filled Las Vegas Strip, but it's heading a new direction after transforming into the city's newest non-gaming, non-smoking property.
Trails at the foothills of the Chugach Mountains offer views overlooking Anchorage. (Photo Credit: JodyO.Photos)

Wintertime Adventures in Anchorage

With Anchorage receiving an average of 70 inches of snowfall annually and at least six hours of sunlight even on the shortest days of the year, Alaska's most populous city has several reasons to draw in visitors during the colder months of the year.
Ropes course at the 110,000-sq.-ft. indoor theme park at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

Valuable Experiences

What are you're clients looking for in a value-focused vacation? We'll tell you one thing, it's not the price. Find out what it is they're seeing when it comes to value travel.
The Calgary Stampede is one of the city’s most unique experiences. (Destination Canada)

Globetrotting: Calgary

As someone who loves country music, cowboys, and basically anything having to do with the Western culture, I felt right at home in Calgary, a cosmopolitan city in Alberta, Canada.
AdventureSmith Explorations has debuted a new 18-day excursion in Alaska that explores three national parks, including Glacier Bay.

Exploring the ‘Last Frontier’

It’s untamed, expansive and wild. As it invigorates you, Alaska takes your breath away.
Viking now offers combo Ocean & River Voyages.

Capitalizing the Cruise Experience

Talk to travel pros about the sellable value and cultural rewards of a cruise experience and you get varying perspectives. Not surprisingly, considering the particular expertise, it may start with services rendered.
Poolside at Hotel el Convento in Leon. (Carla Hunt)

Globetrotting: Nicaragua’s Calling

The United Nations World Tourism Organization has ranked Nicaragua among the top 10 World’s Fastest Growing Tourist Destinations, up 28.4 percent in 2016, and indeed, Central America’s largest country has become a go-to pick among savvy travelers looking for new vacation horizons.
Sports Tours International will give guests VIP access to the Tour de France with viewing stages and more.

Get VIP Access to the 2018 Tour de France

For the most dedicated cycling fans who would join the Tour de France if they only had the skills, Sports Tours International is offering a VIP viewing tour and package that may be the next best thing. 
NASA enthusiasts can train like actual astronauts preparing for Mars travel thanks to the new programs at the Kennedy Space Center.

Train Like An Astronaut at the Kennedy Space Center

Your clients may not be able to travel to Mars (yet), but thanks to the Astronaut Training Experience at the...
The Sandals Grande has just reopened after a refresh.

Updates on Caribbean Destinations Hit by Hurricanes

Representatives of six island destinations affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria attended last week's Climate-Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum and participated in a Tourism Recovery Roundup.
Agencia Global

Agencia Global Gives Power Back to the Agent

Travel agents now have a new tool at their disposal: Agencia Global.
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.
Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Is Open for Business

The Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) has announced that Puerto Rico is open for business.
The vibrant and colorful city of Cartagena is one of three cities that agents will visit on this Colombia FAM trip.

Explore Colombia FAM Trip

Explore three of Colombia's most popular cities on a spring 2018 FAM trip co-sponsored by Pacific Holidays and Avianca Airline.
Princess Cruises' fourth Royal-class ship will sail the Mediterranean for its inaugural season.

Princess Cruises Announces Name and Inaugural Season of New Ship

Princess Cruises' fourth Royal-class ship, Sky Princess is scheduled to launch on its inaugural season in October 2019. 
A private dinner on board the Royal Yacht Britannia

Take A Royal Tour of Britain

Back-Roads Touring has announced details of its Royal Tour of Britain 2018, traveling from Edinburgh to London.

Hong Kong Dazzles With Light and Special Effect Shows

The Hong Kong Tourism Board ushered in the holiday season with the unveiling of new enhancements to A Symphony of Lights show and the winter version of the Hong Kong Pulse Light Show. 
Social Media

Using Social Media Strategically: It Works If You Work It

Many agents and agencies slap up posts and photos just to feed the hungry social media beast…but to no avail. The truth is, unless your agency is doing it the right way, you’re completely wasting your time and in some cases, may be doing more harm than good.
Guests on an UnCruise Adventures voyage in Alaska can explore the area on a kayak.

UnCruise Adventures Takes Travelers Places Other Cruises Don’t—and Can’t Go

Recommend contributing writer sits down with UnCruise Adventure's president and COO Tim Jacox to get the inside scoop on future plans for the cruise line.
Beach sanctuary at Baha Mar.

8 Events of 2017 That Will Impact Future Caribbean Travel

“The Caribbean had been performing at a healthy growth rate of 5.2 percent between January and June,” said CTO (Caribbean Tourism Organization) chair Joy Jibrilu at the State of the Tourism Industry Conference in October, and growth continued to soar this summer until September, when two Category 5 hurricanes crashed the party. Let’s see how this and other events of 2017 will affect the islands—and you—in 2018.
Rendering of tent villa accommodations at Rosewood Luang Prabang in Laos.

Travel Talk: Hotel Openings in Exotic Destinations

We put the focus on hotel openings in exotic locales—from Asia to Australia.
The Embera community shares its customs through music and dance. (Carla Hunt)

Globetrotting: UnCruise Adventures in Panama

Recommend's Latin America contributing writer, Carla Hunt, joined Journese’s top-producing travel advisors on what proved to be a pure adventure in Panama.
Warwick Paradise Island - Bahamas is offering increased commissions now through all of 2018.

Increased Commissions For Adults-Only Resort in The Bahamas

The adults-only, all-inclusive Warwick Paradise Island - Bahamas is enticing agents to book their clients at the Nassau property with increased commissions in effect now through all of 2018.
Exodus Travels launched its first online agent training platform.

Exodus Travels Launches Agent Certification Course With Contest

For the first time ever, Exodus Travels has launched its own online agent training platform: the Exodus Expert Program.
A stay at this 6-bedroom villa in Turks and Caicos can cost $7,000 per night.

Travel Impressions’ Semi-Relaunch, Part 3

Executives from several hotel companies offered presentations about their agent incentives during the Travel Impressions Best of the Best meeting. One of the most interesting of many of them was from someone who doesn't represent a hotel company at all: Steve Lassman, v.p. and general manager at Villas of Distinction.
Guests can get up-close and personal with the diverse Costa Rican wildlife during Austin Adventures' new tour.

Nature Meets Comfort with Costa Rica Glamping Itinerary

For clients who want the connection to nature brought by camping while in Costa Rica, but also with the...
Agents will learn about Insight Vacations destinations like Ireland and more at the company's learn and earn events.

Insight Vacations to Host Learn & Earn Series Around the U.S.

Insight Vacations is hitting the road and visiting several cities around the U.S. to host its learn and earn series helping agents discover how they can earn big by selling with Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold journeys. 
Hotel Amapa will open its doors to guests in early February 2018.

Design Hotels Property Comes to Old Town Puerto Vallarta

While news of new hotel openings in Puerto Vallarta often involve all-inclusive properties on the beach, Hotel Amapa seeks to bring something different to the hotel landscape of the popular tourist destination. 
Agents have several options to experience an American Queen Steamboat Company voyage with upcoming FAM trips.

American Queen Steamboat Company Offers December FAMs

Agents who have previously booked their clients on a trip with American Queen Steamboat Company, can join in on one of the voyages themselves with the company's FAM rate offers for December 2017. 
Waterfront dining is one of several new additions to the renovated Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All-Inclusive & Spa.

Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All-Inclusive & Spa Completes Renovation

After four months of renovations and a $3.2 million investment, guests at Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All-Inclusive & Spa can now enjoy three additions to the property, including new dining options and an adults-only club.
VIA Rail Vacations by Railbookers adds new itineraries in Canada. (Photo courtesy of Yankee Leisure Group.)

What’s New in Rail Travel

Rail travel is expanding in both Canada and the U.S. with new itineraries and even a new departure destination. For...