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Star Wars: Galactic Nights Returns to Disney's Hollywood Studios

Star Wars: Galactic Nights Returns

Star Wars: Galactic Nights, a 1-night special event, returns to Walt Disney World's Hollywood Studios on May 27.
Family Travel at Barcelo Maya Grand Resort.

Come One, Come All: Barceló Welcomes Families

With 88 percent of American families wanting to travel with their children, Barceló properties are welcoming these multi-generational groups with open arms.
Club Med Cancun Yucatan

Club Med Cancun To Add New Family-Focused Expansion

Club Med Cancun Yucatan, which is set to make its debut this summer, has released new renderings of the family-focused Aguamarina building.
The Great LEGO Race will transform the existing Project X roller coaster into a high-octane, virtual reality (VR) experience. (Photo courtesy of LEGOLAND.)

Virtual Reality Rollercoaster at Legoland Florida Resort

Virtual reality (VR) technology combined with the thrills of a rollercoaster is what your clients can expect when heading to Legoland Florida Resort this summer. 
Lobby area at the Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach. (photo credit: Architectural Photography Inc)

A Rock Star Makes its Debut in Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach’s newest beachfront hotel has opened, Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach. It’s the fourth Hard Rock Hotel in Florida.
The Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa will feature the Family Selection program perfect for family travel.

Palladium Adds Perks For Family Travel

Palladium Hotel Group is rolling out the red carpet for family travel with its new Family Selection program, complete with extra perks and services.
Surfari Water Park

New Waterpark at Disney World-Area Hotel

The Grove Resort & Spa, a Disney World-area hotel, has debuted a waterpark.
Roundtrip sailings from Rome is one new addition to Disney Cruise Lines set to debut in summer 2019.

Disney Cruise Line: New Ports, Itineraries for Summer 2019

Summer 2019 may be more than a year away, but in just a few days, travel agents will be able to book their clients on a variety of Disney Cruise Lines voyages, many of which include new ports, new destinations and new itineraries. 
Exploring the colonial quarter in St. Augustine.

Explore the U.S.A.’s Cultural Corners

From coast to coast, our grand backyard has a lot to offer your clients when it comes to cultural hotspots, including iconic music in the South, Florida’s Spanish-infused history, and national parks across the land that speak to our heritage.
Beaches Turks & Caicos caters to families with an array of kid- and adult-friendly activities.

What’s New in Family-Friendly All-Inclusives

The unofficial focus in much of the Caribbean is still on families, so here’s a look at what’s new at family resorts in the islands.
Hard Rock Hotel at Universal

Spotlight on Your Clients at Hard Rock

Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando’s newly redesigned Future Rock Star Suites are designed to capture the excitement of being on tour.
Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival

It’s a Culinary Feast at Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay‘s Food & Wine Festival returns March 3.
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.

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.
The new Slinky Dog ride at the Toy Story Land. (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World.)

Toy Story Land Set to Open at Disney World

Walt Disney World Resort has announced the opening date of its new Toy Story Land for June 30, 2018.

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. 
Guests enjoying the natural cenote excursion. (Photo credit: Michelle Marie Arean.)

Discover Destino Xcaret

During our stay at Hotel Xcaret, we ventured out for a day at the Xcaret park for a little exploration.
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.
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 rendering of what guests can expect at the new Disneyland Pixar Pier. (Photo courtesy of Disneyland.)

New Theme Park Fun for 2018

New adventures for families and thrill seekers are coming to a few theme parks in 2018 from the west coast to the east coast.
Symphony of the Seas will be the world's largest cruise ship and feature new additions like the two-level Ultimate Family Suite.

Royal Caribbean Set to Debut World’s Largest Cruise Ship

Royal Caribbean is adding a 25th ship to its fleet, and the cruise line is going big for the momentous...

Holiday Getaways in Florida

Tear your clients away from the stress that the holidays often bring by suggesting one of these Thanksgiving or Christmas-themed getaways in sunny Florida.
For the first time, Walt Disney World Resort is welcoming dogs at select hotels.

Walt Disney World Welcomes Dogs at Select Hotels

For clients who can't imagine visiting "The Happiest Place on Earth" without their furry friends, Walt Disney World Resort is now welcoming guests and their canine companions at four resort hotels. 
The 1,000-strand chandelier in the Dolphin lobby is just one of many changes made to The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort.

Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Resort Completes Major Transformation

The Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort has completed the largest transformation in the resort's history.
The Selimiye Mosque is one of many religious sites your clients can visit in Turkey. (Photo credit: Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey)

Faith-Based Travel in Turkey—The Other Holy Land

Thoughts of faith-based travel often evoke images of Jerusalem or Buddhist temples, but for practitioners of the world's major monotheistic religions, Turkey—often dubbed as "the other Holy Land"—provides a unique opportunity to experience some of the lesser-known sites of importance for these faiths.
Clients can celebrate the holidays with stunning views like this at Sugar Beach in St. Lucia.

Celebrate the Holidays at St. Lucia’s Sugar Beach Resort

Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort in St. Lucia, is offering a wide array of activities that will keep guests in the holiday spirits while they enjoy their Caribbean home away from home.
Water park complex at Wailea Beach Resort-Marriott, Maui.

Memorable Family Moments

From sleepovers with dolls to getting wet and wild at the water park, here’s a handful of family vacations your clients will be speaking about for years to come.
Tonnara di Scopello in Sicily.

Ancestry Vacations: Family Roots and Routes in Europe

With the popularity of sites such as Ancestry.com and its DNA tests for ethnicity and genealogy, heritage travel or ancestry vacations—exploring the origins of one’s family tree, searching through local archives and with luck even meeting a long-lost relative—has boomed in popularity.
Sailing lessons at Bitter End Yacht Club in BVI.

8 Resorts Whose Kids Programs Teach Real Skills

“I don’t care what they do; just keep my kids busy,” said no parent—ever. The following, therefore, are resorts whose camps and other programs don’t just keep children out of their parents’ hair, but actually impart knowledge and/or
The newly expanded kids club at the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun.

Kids Rule!

The kids are in charge—or at least they think they are—at these resorts where sandboxes, bunk beds and splash zones rule.
Exploring the surroundings at Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort in Fiji. (Photo courtesy of Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort.)

From Tykes to Grandparents: Multi-Gen Family Travel

Lucky for your bottom line, multi-generational family travel has proven to be a megatrend, not just a passing one, but finding the right fit for a variety of ages always has its challenges.
Captivating views from our room at Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort

Multi-Gen Staycation in Sunny Isles

I packed up my Jeep with my parents in tow, as my brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephew led the way to our destination— a staycation at Newport Beach Hotel & Resort in Sunny Isles.
Kennedy Space Center's NASA Now attraction. (Photo courtesy of Kennedy Space Center.)

Kennedy Space Center’s NASA Now Attraction: A Must-See for Space Fans

Space fans won't want to miss Kennedy Space Center's NASA Now attraction, which allows guests to get an up-close look at vehicles that have traveled in space.

Nick Jonas Performs Aboard Two Carnival Cruise Line Sailings

Nick Jonas, multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated recording artist, will be performing on board Carnival ships.
Nightime at Eden, a new venue on board Celebrity Edge.

Cruise Lines Enhance Offerings

We've gathered a roundup of what's new across the cruise line industry for your guests to enjoy.
The Commodore Suite.

Globetrotting: The Perry Hotel Key West

Key West’s latest property opening, The Perry Hotel Key West, brings a chic vibe to Stock Island, an area known for its fishing and artist community.
The Four Seasons At The Surf Club opening in March.

Discover Miami Beach’s Up-and-Coming Town of Surfside

From the newly opened Four Seasons At The Surf Club to a range of local events, there's a lot to discover in Miami's uptown destination of Surfside.
Guests can get up-close and personal with five species of shark at Discovery Cove in Orlando. 

Swim with the Sharks at Discovery Cove

Discovery Cove is known for its dolphin interactions, but now guests can get up-close and personal with five species of shark.
Travelers can take a trip to Uncle Qu’s home to find priceless ceramic treasures through the Four Seasons Hotel Beijing's Family First Program.

Four Seasons Hotel Beijing Invites Families to Explore Chinese Culture

With the Family First Program at Four Seasons Hotel Beijing, guests can choose from a variety of family-friendly activities that give a glimpse into the Chinese culture.
Pandora—The World of Avatar.

Onsite Review: New Openings in Central Florida

For the start of summer 2017, two of Central Florida’s theme parks—Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Universal Orlando Resort—enticed crowds with new fun-filled offerings: Disney opened the enchanting Pandora—The World of Avatar, and at Universal, the high-adrenaline Volcano Bay water theme park made its debut.
Walt Disney World is saluting Independence Day with fireworks displays and more at each of its park.

Where to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks Display at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World is saluting Independence Day with fireworks displays and more at each of its park.
SeaWorld Orlando's new virtual reality roller coaster, Kraken Unleashed, is now open.

SeaWorld Orlando Debuts Kraken Virtual Reality Experience

Just in time for family summer vacation, SeaWorld Orlando has debuted its first-of-its-kind virtual reality roller coaster, Kraken Unleashed.
San Antonio River Walk

What’s New in San Antonio

There’s more to San Antonio than The Alamo and great tacos. Through the end of 2017 and into 2018, this fast-growing city will see a host of new offerings, from restaurant openings and site renovations to hotel developments.

Eye on the World: Pandora—The World of Avatar

Last week Recommend had a sneak peek of Pandora—the World of Avatar, at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Snowbasin Resort's kid-friendly line-up of summer activities includes the Bark at the Basin event on Sept. 10.

Summer Happenings on the West Coast

Help your clients make the most of their summer vacation on the West Coast with these outdoor activities.
Bahia Principe Fantasia Castle

Grand Opening of a Bahia Principe Resort And How to Sort Out Its Six...

The 512-room Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia Don Pablo Collection on Bavaro Beach began welcoming guests in November and celebrated its grand opening May 2.
Taking a cruise—both ocean-going and on the rivers—is one of the most popular ways to vacation, according to the survey, and Cuba is a top international destination. (Photo credit: Royal Caribbean International)

Travel Trends

You, too, are the travel experts, so we conducted a Future of Travel survey a couple of months back on recommend.com to get your take on what’s trending in travel in 2017 and 2018.
Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay is Small Luxury Hotels of the World's first Ibizan outpost.

New Island Escapes

Plan the perfect island escape for your clients at one of these new idyllic properties.
Backroads offers active family-friendly tours in Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, Italy’s Dolomites and the Swiss Alps. (Photo credit: Backroads / Kathy Kawakami)

Family Cycling Adventures in Europe

Active travel company Backroads has announced it will be running nearly 450 family departures this summer to top destinations for multigenerational travelers.
Jimmy Fallon at the grand opening of the new Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon ride at Universal Studios Florida.

Jimmy Fallon-Inspired Ride Opens at Universal Orlando Resort

Join “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon on an action-packed race through the Big Apple at Universal Orlando Resort, where an all-new ride inspired by the popular comedian just opened.

Jungle Island’s Extreme Makeover

Jungle Island, the 18-acre landmark attraction on Watson Island in Miami is getting an extreme makeover.
Hot air balloon festival at Stoweflake Mountain Resort in Vermont.

A View from the Top

Beyond stunning bird’s-eye views, crisp air, and outdoor adventures, mountain vacations offer a bevy of experiential activities, as well, including hot air ballooning, Western adventures and visits to whisky distilleries.
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