You’ll notice there’s a new picture alongside the editor’s notes this month and just so you don’t think Rick Shively got cosmetic surgery and suddenly got a whole lot prettier (wink, wink), I wanted to introduce myself as Recommend’s new editor-in-chief. After being the managing editor for almost a decade, I’m very excited about taking the editorial helm at the magazine and look forward to bringing you, along with our team of what I think are some of the best writers in the travel trade publication business, even more exciting, engaging content, not only within the magazine but in our online products as well. I’d love to hear from you on how we can better provide the information you need to sell travel. Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or if you feel the need to chat it up a bit, give me a ring at 305-828-0123, ext. 108.
Now, getting down to business. For the “On Location” issue, our editors hop-scotched across the globe and wrote about their first-hand experiences from Cape Cod to Cape Town. They checked out hotels in the U.S. and the Caribbean, took a charming river cruise in Europe, photographed awe-inspiring landscapes in New Zealand, and checked-in at one of Cancun’s all-inclusive resorts, the whole time gathering information that will better help you sell the tours, hotels and destinations highlighted in this issue. And in the spirit of this “On Location” issue, I asked our editors to fill me in on something that stood out during their travels that wasn’t able to squeeze its way onto our pages.
Our Caribbean editor, Ed Wetschler, who reported on Turks & Caicos’ Seven Stars Resort on page 44, says he liked the fact that the TV screen over the indoor bar at the property usually plays art films instead of sporting events, “reminding me that this is an urbane crowd.” Taylor Harker, our web and Florida editor, headed to the new Iberostar Cancun—her story appears on page 46—where she couldn’t get enough of the pool complex: “As astounding as Iberostar Cancun’s giant pool complex is by day, it’s even more so by night, when the palm trees are lit up and the waves crash on the beach. It’s a complete sensory experience.” When it came to cruising on the Danube with AmaWaterways (page 14), Carla Hunt, our Latin America editor, said something surprising: “I love passing through locks. It’s truly and totally an engineering thing…no pretty bells and whistles.” It’s always in the details, isn’t it—details that can’t be picked up by navigating a website and why your expertise and your first-hand travel experiences are so invaluable to travelers looking to get the most out of their journeys around the world. And it’s the very reason Recommend editors, too, are always jumping on a plane and traveling around the world, so we can truly recommend, from first-hand experiences, all of the product we feature in these pages.
central & south america guide
The centerpiece of this issue is the Central & South America Guide (page 19). This part of the world offers myriad experiences, with its Maya and Inca legends, tango and samba, the Patagonia and the Amazon, and some of Earth’s most unique islands (think Easter and Galapagos). Want to delve a little deeper? Check out the Panama Specialist Program or the two Costa Rica Specialist Programs on edu.recommend.com.
For even more online offerings, recommend.com features FAMs (your ticket to a first-hand experience), Q&As with industry insiders and Eye on the World photo essays, including Asia/South Pacific editor, Sergio Ortiz’s spectacular New Zealand photo essay, whose accompanying onsite can be found on page 40. Look for “eye on the world” under “departments.” And you can become part of our social circle @Recommendmag and facebook.com/recommendmag.