Editor's Notes: August 2010

It’s August and it’s hot, hot, hot—and so is this month’s issue and a few other projects we have lined up. First, you’re definitely going to want to save our “Central America Calling…” pullout supplement because it’s positively loaded with information on new product, new properties, along with information on all the Central America hotspots that’s going to add a lot to your bottom line. But we’ve got a lot more in the pipeline this month and next month that are geared to—as our tag line proudly says—“helping travel agents sell travel.” Beginning Aug. 12, Recommend and yours truly will be introducing an 8-part Magical Kenya Webinar Series in conjunction with the Kenya Tourist Board highlighting all the product this “Magical” destination has to offer. The individual webinars will be co-hosted by select Kenya specialist wholesaler partners and Kenya experts, including African Travel, Inc., Big Five Tours & Expeditions, Ker & Downey, Micato Safaris and Swain Tours. As a special incentive, participants in all eight webinars of the Magical Kenya Webinar Series will be entered into a drawing to win one of 25 Kenya prize packages. But wait, there’s more—as the TV pitchmen say. Next month, we’re kicking off the Saint Lucia Travel Agent Specialist Program in both our print September issue and online at the Recommend Education Center (edu.recommend.com). In this invaluable information and education program, you’ll get in-depth knowledge of everything you need to know to effectively sell this beautiful island as a Saint Lucia specialist, plus earn ongoing education credits and a whole lot more.

We’ll also be front and center at the “Home Based Travel Agent Forum,” scheduled for Sept. 27-29 in Miami at the Hyatt Regency Miami, where yours truly will be the moderator on the panel, A Turnaround in Tours? Catching the Upswing, and the rest of the Recommend team will be on hand to meet you, as well, so we all look forward to seeing you there.

next month
Get ready to call your family travel clients, because we’ve got a whole issue dedicated to family travel with features on everything from “Most Affordable Family Tours to Europe,” the top 10 family resort stays in Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as Africa family safaris and family cruising. You’re also going to get an in-depth look at the new Harry Potter attraction at Universal Studios in Orlando, as well as sightseeing in Montreal, family-style. In the meantime, have a great read