Editor's Notes: October 2011

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Welcome to our October luxury & spa issue, a market segment that keeps chugging along with little or no change in a pretty consistent pattern of whopping sales. Certainly a good part of that success has come about because of the suppliers’ willingness in that segment to not only offer great service and over-the-top amenities, but also offer great value whenever and wherever they can. It’s an industry truism that people with money know how to spend money and they really don’t spend it frivolously, which is why you’re going to see some great value product in these pages this month. Each and every hotel, resort, cruise and destination product we highlight within these pages is loaded with value, not only in terms of the amenities and services offered, but even more importantly, the unforgettable travel memories and truly unique vacation experience, once-in-a-lifetime products like these can deliver.

Take, for example, the value you receive in terms of accommodations, service and food on a luxury Silversea ship like the Silver Spirit (page 34), or at Hayman Island near the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, not to mention the Four Seasons Resort Vail in Colorado, and the incredible adventures available in Chile and Argentina, or even the cover feature, Montana’s The Resort at Paws Up, which has upped the glamping experience to the Nth degree.

And speaking of value, last month we flew off to Egypt to give you an update on the tourism happenings in this travel destination Mecca. This is a destination that’s poised to get back in the game. In fact, Abercrombie & Kent has some very hot value product—there’s that word again—for folks eager to experience the Land of the Pharaohs.

amazing thailand When you turn to our in-depth Thailand: Around Every Corner… It’s Amazing travel planner this month, you’re going to be pretty amazed yourself because the depth of that country’s travel product is almost unbelievable. It won’t really matter what your client’s travel or general interest might be, because just about whatever the interest may be, you’re going to find it in Thailand. Culinary? Yep, got that covered. Golf? How about in some of the most exotic spots you could ever conjure up. Okay, here’s one you’ll never come up with—martial arts? Yep, got a travel segment for that, too—Muay Thai, the country’s national sport. You’re going to love this planner, so don’t miss it. Oh, how about a train tour to the Bridge on the River Kwai?

next month Next month, we’re going to be doing one of our favorite theme issues, editors’ hot list, covering the destinations we think are going to be hot in 2012. We don’t want to spoil everything and mention too much, but think of an exotic destination in Asia that hasn’t been visited very often. Okay, don’t hurt me, I’ll fess up—it’s Burma, or Myanmar, along with Barcelona and private islands in the Caribbean, not to mention Toronto and Boston in North America.

Also next month, we’ll be featuring an Aruba Travel Agent Specialist Program, the Aruba Certified Expert (ACE), which will be filled with comprehensive information on this island nation, including destination weddings, gastronomic and spa offerings, active vacation pursuits, accommodations throughout the island and so much more. In the meantime, have a great read.