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Ancon Expeditions’ Centennial Special


Panama Canal. Ancon Expeditions is offering Recommend readers a “Centennial Special”: 15 percent commission (normally 10 percent) on the Nov.

Flights & Travel Apps Make Colombia Closer Than Ever Before


Proexport Colombia has developed apps to help travelers during their visit. Tourism to Colombia, Latin America’s growing travel hotspot, is breaking record after record as the country experiences an influx of international travelers.

A Warmth That Doesn’t Just Come From the Sun


An hour outside of Miami, the Cayman Islands is the ideal destination for your clients’ next getaway.

Palace Resorts Sweetens its Offerings


  Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort in Cancun, Mexico. Palace Resorts sweetens its offerings with new Wellness Suites at Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort in Cancun, Mexico, and a new property in Jamaica, Moon Palace Jamaica Grande.

Save at The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa


  Bird’s-eye view of The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa in St. Maarten. Your clients can save when booking at The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa in St.

Living it Up in Mexico


Hanging with those adorable dolphins at Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Resort & Spa. With new dolphin experiences, new hotels, authentic cuisine, and some great vacation packages for families, your clients can live it up in Mexico.

Fantastic Escapes with InterContinental Hotels Group


Poolside at Real InterContinental San Jose in Costa Rica. InterContinental Hotels Group is offering its Fantastic Escapes program to more than 200 properties throughout Latin America, the Caribbean and Mexico.

New Hyatt Hotel Opens in Chile


Mountain views at Hyratt Place Santiago/Vitacura. Hyatt Place has announced the opening of its first property in Chile and South America, the Hyatt Place Santiago/Vitacura.

Israel Update


Here’s a quick update on the situation in Israel in terms of tourism. In a statement sent out today by Haim Gutin, Israel Tourism Commissioner, North & South America, Gutin notes that “tourism is continuing, and hotels, restaurants, tourist sites and holy places are open as usual.

Rhode Island Wineries


The crops at Newport Vineyards. Rhode Island, the smallest state in the U.S., is home to several wineries producing more white wine than red wine, and, in fact, its climate of coastal breezes, fluctuating temperatures, and moist air produce crops that are similar to those found in Germany and northern France.

D-Day Anniversary Tours to Normandy


  Europe Express offers tours to Normandy for the 70th anniversary of D-Day. In remembrance of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Europe Express is offering group and individual travelers tours to the French region of Normandy now through 2015.

LGBT Volunteer Vacations


  Volunteer Vacations in Costa Rica building trails in the cloud forest. (Photo courtesy of Global Volunteers.) Travelers are yearning to do more with their vacation time than just lay around the beach.

Agents Earn CEUs at MLT University


Travel agents earn a year’s worth of CEUs at MLT University 2014. Travel professionals attending MLT Vacations’ MLT University 2014 can earn a year’s worth of continuing education units (CEU) toward their annual professional certifications. Approved by The Travel Institute, MLT Vacations offers 10 CEU credits to agents that attend MLT University, Sept.

Spotlight Tours with Collette


  Explore Venice with one of Collette’s Spotlight tours. Collette’s new Spotlight tours, with its first departures in May 2015, are now on sale.

College Football Hall of Fame Package


Omni Hotel at CNN Center offers College Football package. To celebrate the opening of the College Football Hall of Fame, the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta, is offering the College Football Hall of Fame package.


New travel brand, brute spoke, offers adventure travelers exclusive experiences, such as rally car racing.

Editor’s Notes


Stomping grapes at Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos. When I asked Mark C. Morello, CEO of brite spokes, why unique and off-the-wall experiences are becoming more and more popular with travelers (brite spokes, incidentally, offers a rally car driving experience that you can read about on page 28 as part of the 5 Active Trips in the States feature), I didn’t expect his response to be so on point with what I heard expressed again and again at the two consortia conferences I attended last month, American Marketing Group’s TRAVELMARKET 2014 and the Vacation.com conference: travelers are no longer happy going on a beach vacation and sipping a margarita by the pool; they want to EXPERIENCE a destination.

Editor’s Notes


Stomping grapes at Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos When I asked Mark C. Morello, CEO of brite spokes, why unique and off-the-wall experiences are becoming more and more popular with travelers (brite spokes, incidentally, offers a rally car driving experience that you can read about on page 28 as part of the 5 Active Trips in the States feature), I didn’t expect his response to be so on point with what I heard expressed again and again at the two consortia conferences I attended last month, American Marketing Group’s TRAVELMARKET 2014 and the Vacation.com conference: travelers are no longer happy going on a beach vacation and sipping a margarita by the pool; they want to EXPERIENCE a destination.

Swain Destinations Gets First Peek at One&Only Hayman


One&Only Hayman has access to seaplanes for excursions.   Recommend’s Associate Editor, Michelle Marie Arean, had a chance to chat with Ian Swain, founder of Swain Destinations, last week about his recent visit to One&Only Hayman, on the Great Barrier Reef, where he was the first guest to experience the property.

Swain Destinations Gets First Peek at One&Only Hayman


One&Only Hayman has access to seaplanes for excursions.   Recommend’s Associate Editor, Michelle Arean, had a chance to chat with Ian Swain, founder of Swain Destinations, last week about his recent visit to One&Only Hayman, on the Great Barrier Reef, where he was the first guest to experience the property.


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