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Visiting the ancient site of Petra in Jordan is one of several highlights of this Tours Specialists Inc. FAM trip.

14-Day FAM in Jordan and Israel

With the help of Tours Specialists Inc., agents can spend 14 days exploring Jordan and Israel on a FAM trip.
The sun deck of American Cruise Line's American Constellation, sailing this year in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.

American Cruise Lines Helps Agents With Group Bookings

American Cruise Lines is looking to help travel agents and tour operators booking their clients on group trips aboard its vessels with the addition of Group Coordinators to its sales team.
Royal Afternoon Tea at The Arch London (1)

A Royal Wedding for the Ages

Your clients might not have Ed Sheeran serenading them on their wedding day, but The Arch London is offering the ultimate luxury getaway to celebrate the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan.
Independent by Liberty Travel

Independent by Liberty Travel Launches

Liberty Travel is expanding with the launch of Independent by Liberty Travel, a group of agents that are independent, yet part of the expansive Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) family.
The Setai Tel Aviv

Setai Sets its Eyes on Tel Aviv

Opening this spring and overlooking the beaches of Tel Aviv-Jaffa, The Setai Tel Aviv is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World.

Ready, Set, Get Active With AmaWaterways Wellness Program

For every traveler who is looking forward to relaxing on their luxurious river cruise, others are seeking to give their fitness routines an extra boost. Cruises with AmaWaterways combine the best of both worlds.
Penguins on the beach in Cape Town. (Photo courtesy of The Twelve Apostles.)

Cape Town’s Water Shortage

The water shortage in Cape Town is a real issue, but the destination is still open and welcoming tourism business.
Agents will visit Dubai and Abu Dhabi on this 6-day FAM trip.

6-Day FAM in UAE

Experience the UAE's most popular emirates on a FAM trip exploring Dubai and Abu Dhabi with TWC.
Grail Springs Wellness Retreat in Brancroft, Ontario. (Photo courtesy of the Wellness Tourism Association.)

How Does the New Wellness Tourism Association Benefit You?

If you're wondering how exactly this new association works and how it benefits you, we have the answers.
Members of the Caribbean tourism industry gathered at the San Juan Convention Center in Puerto Rico for this year's CHTA Marketplace.

Takeaways from the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Marketplace

Fifty-eight percent of people in the Caribbean hospitality business are highly optimistic about 2018, and this is in the wake of two Category 5 hurricanes. But that's the big picture. Take a look at some of the details revealed at CHTA Marketplace's press conferences.
The African Travel, Inc. educational Kenya trip will explore different areas of the country focusing on wild life and game drives.

Kenya FAM For First-Timers

Travel agents who have never visited Kenya can explore the wild side of this country on an educational safari...
Guests enjoying brunch doing a bus tour with U by Uniworld. (Photo courtesy of U by Uniworld.)

The Bachelor Sails with U by Uniworld + Selling Tips

Tonight's "The Bachelor" episode, which airs on ABC, will be featuring the cast sailing with U by Uniworld. Here are tips on how to make this episode beneficial for you.
More than $10,000 in gift cards and other prizes is up for grabs with Carnival's latest travel agent contest.

Test Your Carnival Cruise Line IQ and Win

How well do you know Carnival Cruise Line? With the company's latest contest, travel agents can test their "Carnival IQ" for a chance to win Amazon gift cards and a cruise for two.
G Adventures' 4-month campaign features perks and prizes for top-selling agents.

G-Normous Prizes Up For Grabs With G Adventures

Small-group tour operator G Adventures is giving travel agents some 'G-Normous' perks and prizes in a 4-month campaign running now through April 30, 2018
Crystal Bach

Crystal River Cruises’ New Moselle Itineraries for 2019

Crystal is introducing brand-new 10-day Enchanting Moselle itinerary aboard Crystal Bach for 2019.
Collette is giving away 100 prizes to travel agents and their clients.

100 Days, 100 Giveaways With Collette

In honor of its 100th birthday, tour operator Collette is spending 100 days giving away 100 prizes to travel agents and their clients who enter the company's contest online. 
An aerial view shows Marigot, one of several areas to have already reopened in St. Martin.

St. Martin Invites Travelers to Return to ‘The Friendly Island’

When representatives from the French St. Martin Tourist Office traveled to Miami last week to update members of the media on the island's post-hurricane recovery efforts, their overall message was heard loud and clear: St. Martin is open for business and eager to welcome visitors.
The Wellness Tourism Association will serve as a network for professionals in this sector of the travel industry.

Booming Wellness Tourism Industry Launches New Organization

Wellness tourism is a booming sector of the travel industry and now it comes with its own professional organization: the Wellness Tourism Association (WTA).
Greece is among several destinations that travel agents can visit on select Variety Cruises itineraries.

Special Travel Agent Rates for 2018/2019 Cruising

As Variety Cruises continues to expand its portfolio, the small ship cruising company is inviting travel agents to experience several of its itineraries at a discounted rate.
Celebrity Cruises hosts first legal same-sex marriage at sea.

Celebrity Cruises Rings Wedding Bells With Pride

Celebrity Cruises celebrated a major milestone not only for the company itself, but also for the LGBTQ+ community when it hosted the wedding of Francisco Vargas and Benjamin Gray, the first same-sex couple ever to be legally married at sea on a major cruise line.
The American Queen will sail the Mississippi River allowing travel agents to explore New Orleans and nearby cities.

Explore the Big Easy and Beyond on a River Cruise FAM

Agents can explore the Big Easy and nearby cities on a roundtrip New Orleans river cruise FAM trip aboard an American Queen Steamboat Company vessel.
The American Song will make its debut on the Lower Mississippi River in the fall of 2018.

The Revolution in U.S. River Cruising

American Cruise Lines is pleased announce American Song, the first in a new class of modern riverboats destined for America’s rivers, which is scheduled to begin service in the fall of 2018.
Both travelers and agents can benefit from the Warwick Paradise Island-Bahamas' special promotions for stays throughout 2018.

Bahamas Resort Offers Promotions With Increased Commissions

The adults-only, all-inclusive Warwick Paradise Island-Bahamas is enticing would be visitors and travel agents with special discounts and increased commissions for travel throughout 2018.
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.

Travel Impressions: The Year of Helping Agents Be Successful

When I asked Travel Impressions president Scott Wiseman what's new during a conversation at The New York Times Travel Show, he had plenty of answers.

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.
The pool at Forte Village Resort,a 120-acre luxury property in Sardinia.

Sardinian Luxury Resort Expands in North American Market

Forte Village Resort, a luxury resort on the southern tip of Sardinia, has welcomed a new member to its team: Silvia Brighenti, global sales director.

Increase Your Sweden Bookings—Visit Sweden Webinar

Increase your bookings in Sweden and enter for a chance to win a $250 gift card by attending an exclusive webinar where Magnus Lindbergh, head of travel trade for Visit Sweden, will give the inside scoop on this Scandinavian country.

Cox & Kings Expands Travel Agent Support

In an effort to bolster relationships within the travel agencies and luxury travel advisors, tour operator Cox & Kings has expanded its U.S. sales team.
The 2018 Miami International Boat Show will welcome thousands of boating enthusiasts for the annual event.

Calling All Boat Lovers to Miami’s Annual Boating Event

Now in its 77th year, the Miami International Boat Show will welcome thousands of boating enthusiasts to the 2018 event with new features and VIP experiences.
Overlooking Tel Aviv.

Tel Aviv: Start-Up Nation

Carlton Tel Aviv is launching a new series of experiential packages, starting with the White City x Start-Up Nation package.
Iberostar Las Letras in Madrid, the location of the press event for Iberostar. (Photo courtesy of Iberostar.)

Iberostar ‘Lets It Shine’ with Rebrand

Iberostar Group has undergone a rebranding and received a new segmentation of its properties. During an event at Iberostar Las Letras, Sabina Fluxa, Iberostar Group’s vice-chairman and CEO explained to a crowd of journalists from across the globe, the brand’s new revamped identity.
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.

At Travel Leaders Network, the Power of “One”

The power of "One" was on view as Travel Leaders Network celebrated its first anniversary as a single brand, following the merger of, Travel Leaders and Results! Travel last January.
Central Holidays

Central Holidays’ Travel Agent Seminar Series

Central Holidays is offering a travel agent seminar series.

TTC Launches New Travel Portal

In an effort to make the lives of travel agents and their clients easier, The Travel Corporation (TTC) has launched My Travel Portal (MTP), a new online initiative aimed at streamlining the process of booking and managing trips.

Collette to Host Webinar on Commission Rebating

For years Collette has protected travel professionals and their commissions through its no discounting strategy. Now the tour operator is hosting a webinar designed to help agents overcome the issue of commission rebating.
Agents will visit Machu PIcchu and several other sites in Peru on the upcoming Tara Tours FAM trip.

FAM Trip Highlights Peru and Machu Picchu

Agents looking to experience Peru, including Mach Picchu, can join Tara Tours for a weeklong FAM trip departing this spring. 
Agents can double their AMRewards points when booking clients at this Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa throughout January. (Photo credit: Dreams Resorts & Spas)

AMResorts Plans for New Perks, Resources and Education Program for Agents

AMResorts, a subsidiary of Apple Leisure Group, is starting 2018 with new campaigns to double agents' reward earnings and plans to enhance resources and education programs for them as well. 
Speakers at the Caribbean Tourism Organization's Climate-Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum spoke on a variety of issues from climate change to resilience post-natural disasters.

Sustainability as a Travel Business Issue

Much of the talk at the Caribbean Tourism Organization's recent Climate-Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum in St. Kitts was, as advertised, about climate change, but it was more than that. Here are a few of the many takeaways.
Interacting with giraffes is one activity agents can look forward to on this Kenya FAM trip.

And the Kenya Authorized Travel Specialist FAM Winners Are…

After sifting through hundreds of applications, the Kenya Tourism Board has chosen the winners of a free FAM trip to Kenya scheduled for Feb. 24 through March 4, 2018.
Halong Bay is one of several areas that agents will visit on this FAM trip through Vietnam and Cambodia.

Visit Vietnam and Cambodia on a FAM Trip

Agents with a desire to increase their bookings in Vietnam and Cambodia can visit both countries on FAM trip co-sponsored by Singapore Airlines and Pacific Holidays. 
Kristina Miranda brings more than five years of experience to her new position at Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold.

New Director Joins Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold

On Jan. 29, 2018, The Travel Corporation will welcome the newest member of its team: Kristina Miranda.

Dynamic Great Britain

Dynamic—that’s the word Gavin Landry, Director, The Americas, VisitBritain, uses to describe Great Britain.
Innisbrook Resort

Escape the Cold with the ‘32° and OUT’ Promotion

The Innisbrook Golf Resort & Spa in St. Petersburg is inviting snowbound sufferers to escape the low temperatures with a limited time ‘32° and OUT’ offer.

Karen Smith Joins Worth International Media Group’s Exclusive Brands, Recommend and Prevue

Miami Lakes, FL (January 8, 2018) – Worth International Media Group, the brand that sets the standard in creating...
For clients suffering in the harsh winter temperatures, a vacation in the Turks & Caicos may be just what they need.

Early Bird Gets the Worm…And Winter Discounts

They say the early bird gets the worm, and at the Seven Stars Resort & Spa, that worm comes in the form of discounted room rates for travel now through April 16, 2018.
The U.S. Department of State will use new methods to keep U.S. citizens up to date on safety issues abroad.

Travel Advisories Now Issued for Each Individual Country

The U.S. Department of State has changed the way it will communicate with U.S. citizens abroad with the launch of Travel Advisories and Alerts to replace the previously used Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, Emergency Messages and Security Messages.

Breezing Along the U.S. East Coast (Part 1)

The morning summer sun cast its vibrant glow across the road as we whooshed past the retro-style roadside store in South Carolina, hoping to make it to South Florida before the sun dipped into the horizon.

Breezing Along the U.S. East Coast (Part 2)

After traveling 1500+ miles from South Florida up the East Coast, with a couple of slight detours along the way—think South Philly for a Philly cheesesteak—we’d finally made it to Washington, DC.

Brightline Begins Introductory Service

Brightline, Florida’s express passenger rail service, will begin introductory service between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach this Saturday, Jan. 13.