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News & Tools

Independent by Liberty Travel- ILT

Independent by Liberty Travel Restructures Commissions, Fees

Nearly six months after its launch, host agency Independent by Liberty Travel (ILT) is creating new structures for commission splitting and annual fees.
Crystal Cruises Tom Wolber

Tom Wolber: Reflecting on a Year as Crystal Cruises CEO

With nearly a year of service under his belt, Recommend reached out to Tom Wolber, president and CEO of Crystal Cruises, to hear about why he joined the Crystal Cruises team, what changes travelers can expect to see from the cruise line, and more.
saint lucia

Saint Lucia Offers Summer Promotion with Cash Prizes

The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA) is inviting both travel agents and their clients to take part in the Saint Lucia Summer of Discovery promotion, which gives participants the chance to win cash prizes.
Contiki Africa

Contiki Introduces Africa Trips

Contiki has announced that it is expanding into the Southern and Eastern regions of Africa.
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Khiri Travel Indonesia: Earthquake in Lombok Affects Travel

A 7.0 earthquake in Lombok, Indonesia struck on August 5; the most impacted areas have been North Lombok and the Gili Islands.
Costa Rica is one of several destinations highlighted in Central Holidays' "Top Ten Destinations" brochure.

Central Holidays Launches New Brochure with Agent Bonuses

Central Holidays is helping travel agents identify the best places to send their clients and rewarding them for booking trips to these locations with its new "Top Ten Destinations" brochure and the special booking bonus launched in celebration of the brochure's release.
Travel Impressions Karisma Hotels and Resorts

Travel Impressions, Karisma Offer August Promotion

Travel Impressions is offering discounts, resorts credits, and more when agents book their clients at select Karisma Hotels and Resorts during August.
Riviera River Cruises is expanding its solo traveler sailings to the Douro River.

Riviera River Cruises Welcomes Solo Travelers

Riviera River Cruises is increasing the number of sailings it offers exclusively for solo travelers in 2019, with two departures in the spring and two in the fall.
Mazatlan travel site

New Mazatlan Travel Site

The Mazatlan Tourism Board has launched a new Mazatlan travel site for the travel industry, which will offer quick and easy access to tourism information.
Guyana

Guyana Targets U.S. and Canada Travelers

Guyana, which is bordered by Brazil, Suriname, and Venezuela, and is not commonly known in the U.S. and Canada, targets these markets for travel.
Millennials and Gen Z travelers are eager to explore every corner of the globe and are opting for immersive experiences wherever they are. (ContikiUSA)

How to Sell to Millennial & Gen Z Travelers

How are Millennial & Generation Z travelers the same? How are they different? What makes them tick when it comes to travel planning and booking?
Susan Farewell

Travel Advisor Corner: Where the Crowds Aren’t

One of the never-ending challenges our travel firm faces is sending clients to places that aren’t crowded.
Travel Impressions travel agents

Travel Impressions Enhances Booking Capabilities

Travel Impressions has announced a deeper partnership with Trisept Solutions, a travel technology company, in an effort to enhance the ease of booking.
Agents will experience the life of Mongolian nomads on this 10-day FAM trip.

Mongolian Backcountry FAM

Agents can start planning their summer 2018 travels early with the latest offering from Travel All Mongolia: a 10-day FAM trip to explore the Mongolian backcountry.
apple leisure group

Apple Leisure Group is Expanding

Apple Leisure Group (ALG) is expanding with new resort brands, new hotels in development, and a new travel distribution channel.
The Sands At Grace Bay

The Sands at Grace Bay Launches New Hurricane Refund Policy

The Sands at Grace Bay announced the launch of its newly created No-Hassle, 100% Refund Policy, in the event of a hurricane, along with other special promotions.
Mexico Safety

How Safe is Travel to Mexico

How safe is it to travel to Mexico has been a hot topic in the news the past few weeks due to a few incidents.
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Travel Industry Embraces Plastic-Free Movement

The United Nations may have dubbed 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, but it is clear that the travel industry is keeping the ideals of sustainability alive in 2018 and beyond as many companies and organizations aim to reduce or entirely eliminate their usage of single-use plastic. 
st. lucia

Update on St. Lucia, Part 2

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet announced a huge road construction project at the recent 2018 North America Showcase in St. Lucia, but that was just part of a fact-filled update on attractions, events, infrastructure, and hotels.
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel is offering a special deal for families visiting this summer.

Denver Hotel Welcomes Families with Special Offer

Clients still in need of a summer vacation can head to the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, which is offering families a special Stay & Play Package.
Playa Largo Resort & Spa is rewarding guests with resort credits for longer stays.

Key Largo Resort Invites Guests to Stay and Play

Playa Largo Resort & Spa is offering resort credits to guests through its Stay & Play offer.
Dubrovnik will be a stop on all Croatia FAMs offered by Tours Specialists Inc.

Croatia FAMs Departing Late Summer and Fall

Before your clients start asking you about trips to Croatia, familiarize yourself with the country on a FAM organized by Tours Specialists Inc. 
Atlantis, The Palm is offering discounted stays and activities to those paying with a Mastercard.

Atlantis and Mastercard Team Up For Special Offers in Dubai

Atlantis, The Palm and Mastercard  have teamed up to bring discounted accommodations and activities to those visiting Dubai.
The Grand Wailea is one of four properties participating in the Pleasant Holidays 2019 Exclusive Hawaii Vacation Package Deals.

2019 Hawaii Vacation Deals

Pleasant Holidays announced its new 2019 Exclusive Hawaii Vacation Package Deals, featuring its best vacation values in Hawaii for the coming year.
Merrick_Suite Coral Gables

Coral Gables: Miami’s Gem

Located in the heart of Miami’s historic Coral Gables neighborhood, the Hotel Colonnade is a top recommendation for visitors who want to easily get to shops, restaurants, movie theaters, and attractions.
northern Italy FAM

Explore Northern Italy on a Springtime FAM

The Blue Walk is taking travel agents on a springtime FAM to discover some of the highlights of northern Italy on a guided, small-group walking tour.
Costa Rica

Costa Rica Educational Seminars To Be Held On U.S. West Coast

Members of Costa Rica's tourism community are hitting the road to host a series of educational seminars in major cities along the West Coast of the U.S.
Dreams Inn Santa Cruz

Enjoy a Beach Read at Dream Inn Santa Cruz

Those bookworms on your client list won't have to worry about packing their favorite beach read when heading to Dream Inn Santa Cruz.
Avoya Travel

Avoya Partners with The Mark Travel Corporation

Avoya Travel has made a significant investment to expand its product portfolio through a new partnership with The Mark Travel Corporation.
Moon Palace Jamaica

Moon Palace Jamaica Offers Complimentary Flights

Moon Palace Jamaica is taking the idea of all-inclusive to new heights with its new Fly Me To The Moon offer, which includes airfare for travelers.
The Blue Walk's Greece FAM will end in Santorini.

The Blue Walk Offers 2019 Greece FAM

Travel agents can start planning their 2019 travels with the latest 12-day Greece FAM offering from The Blue Walk.
St Martin

Secrets Resort to Open in St. Martin

Apple Leisure Group enters 11th country with signing of a Secrets Resort & Spa in St. Martin.
MSC Meraviglia PortMiami

MSC Cruises to Debut New PortMiami Terminal

MSC Cruises will debut a cruise terminal at PortMiami—the company's exclusive homeport in the U.S.—in 2022.
Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line Orders New Ships

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. confirmed that the company has ordered its fifth and sixth Project Leonardo Class ships with Fincantieri S.p.A.
Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines Opts For Larger Economy Seats

While several airlines are making headlines for downsizing the dimensions of their seats, Delta Air Lines has decided to give passengers more room.
millennials

Trips for Millennials

Socially conscious millennials are driving the growth of sustainable tourism, according to Intrepid Travel, which has inspired the company to launch trips specifically for the 18 to 29 age range.
Creole Queen jazz cruises are offered at a discounted rate through the Navigate New Orleans package.

Navigate New Orleans with New Hilton Offer

With the Big Easy celebrating its Tricentennial this year, Hilton New Orleans Riverside is enticing travelers with yet another reason to visit through the property's Navigate New Orleans package.
Quintana Roo Tourism Board

Quintana Roo Launches New Tourism Board

Mexico's State of Quintana Roo—which encompasses 11 tourist destinations including Cancun and Cozumel—has launched the Quintana Roo Tourism Board.
Kempinski Hotels ASTA

Luxury Hotel Group Joins ASTA

Kempinski Hotels recently announced that it has joined the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA).
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Journese

Bonus Reward Points at Fairmont Hotels

This week, Journese announced its newest travel agent incentive for bookings made now through Aug. 31, 2018 for stays at various Fairmont Hotels & Resorts.
India itineraries crafted by Friendly Planet Travel include visits to iconic sites like the Taj Mahal and more.

India Itineraries On Sale with Friendly Planet Travel

Friendly Planet Travel is offering a sale on over seven itineraries to India with savings of up to $600.
Club Med

Club Med Launches Sales and Double Agent Points

Now through August, Club Med is offering new air-inclusive packages, double loyalty points for travel agents, and other special perks for travelers.
Renderings show the newly restored Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa.

St. Maarten Resorts Welcome Agents with Special Rates

After nearly a year of working to fully restore the Sonesta St. Maarten Resorts following damage done by Hurricane Irma, the company is inviting travel agents to visit both of its St. Maarten properties through the See For Yourself program.
The Westin Playa Bonita is among several properties offering special deals and packages for summer travel.

Summer Specials in the Caribbean and Latin America

Summer may be in full swing, but that doesn't mean it's too late to book your clients on a last minute summer trip, especially with several properties in the Caribbean and Latin America offering special seasonal savings and packages.
Construction of Celebrity Cruises' Terminal 25 will be completed in October 2018.

Celebrity Cruises to Build First Brand-Designed Terminal

Celebrity Cruises' first ever brand-designed cruise terminal is set to be completed in October 2018 as a complement to the cruise line's newest ship Celebrity Edge, which will also debut in fall.
Travel Impressions

31 Days of Giveaways with Travel Impressions

Travel Impressions' annual 31 Days of Giveaways promotion has officially begun and with it comes the opportunity for travel agents to win vacation stays around the world.
Seabourn

Seabourn Announces Plans For New Expedition Ships

Seabourn announced the construction of two new expedition ships with a new partnership between shipbuilders T.Mariotti and Damen.
cyber safety

Cyber Safety in a Digital World

Here, we have a few tips for you on how you can keep your client's information safe, while conducting your business in a digital world. 
Aerial view of Occidental Tucancun, one of two Barcelo properties offering family discounts this summer.

Cancun Resorts Offer Family Discounts

Two all-inclusive resorts in Cancun are giving families incentives to visit during the summer months.
Nice, France will be the home base for agents' adventures throughout The Blue Walk French Riviera FAM.

French Riviera FAM

The Blue Walk is giving travel agents the opportunity to discover the French Riviera by foot with its latest FAM offering in the area.
AmaWaterways

Amawaterways’ First-Ever Founder’s Cruise

Amawaterways is offering its first Founder's Cruise, alongside its co-owners Rudi Schreiber and Kristin Karst, this November.
Boucan-by-Hotel-Chocolat--Couple Saint Lucia Travel Agent Expert (SLEx) Program

Learn, Earn & Grow with the Revised Saint Lucia Travel Agent Expert (SLEx) Program

Designed to support your efforts and your business, the Saint Lucia Travel Agent EXPERT (SLEx) Program has been revised with an array of new benefits.
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