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Travel Bound Bookings Gain Rewards

More Americans were attracted to Eastern Europe in 2013 with Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland all enjoying double digit increases.

Tour China’s Hidden Gems

Visit Hangzhou on the Hangzhou & Yellow Mountain journey. General World Tours introduces three new small group and private journeys for 2014 through 2015, exploring less popular regions of China.

Stay Free with a Grand Slam

Stay free when the Astros hit a Grand Slam. There’s more to Texas than the rodeo—baseball is also a big pasttime and with the Astros starting their season just last week, Magnolia Hotel Houston is offering a Grand Slam special for guests.

News from Switzerland: Hotels, Tours and More

Kornhausbruecke, the Muenster, and the old town of the Capital of Switzerland, Bern with the Alps in the back.

New Hotels Popping Up All Over Turkey

House Hotel facade at night. New hotels are popping up all over Turkey with brands like St. Regis, Hilton, Sheraton and more adding properties to the new tourist hot spot.

Group Flights Get 6th Fare Free

Fly to Jamaica with the Every 6th Passenger Flies Free promo. (Photo credit: Jim Smith courtesy of the Jamaica Tourist Board.) Apple Vacations and Travel Impressions are helping travel agents sell group travel with the Every 6th Passenger Flies Free promo, which is offered in conjunction with the tour companies’ risk flight programs.

Eye on the World: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Recommend’s editor-in-chief, Paloma Villaverde de Rico, visited Puerto Vallarta last week for the Gala Vallarta-Nayarit 2014 trade show. is Britain’s Official Shop for the Best Deals and Discounts Online is the official online store for the British Tourism Authority. The is the official online store of the British Tourist Authority, offering a large selection of attractions and travel essentials in local languages and currencies in one place.

On Board the Azamara Quest

The Azamara Quest offers destination immersion experiences for passengers. Recommend recently had the opportunity to visit the intimate 686-passenger, Azamara Quest.

Disney Cruise Line Adds New Sailings for 2015

The Disney Magic will focus on European itineraries. Disney Cruise Line has added new sailings for 2015, exploring the Norwegian fjords, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands.

Q & A with Michelle Fee of Cruise Planners

Cruise Planners-American Express Travel’s CEO and co-founder, Michelle Fee aboard the Azamara Quest. Recommend recently had the opportunity to tour the Azamara Quest as part of a fundraiser lead by Cruise Planners – American Express Travel’s CEO and co-founder, Michelle Fee, who was also nominated for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Woman of the Year.

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Editor’s Notes

Me on board the Norwegian Getaway.This ISLANDS issue is one of my favorite issues of the year. Obviously, there’s a sense of paradise attached to the word “islands,” but it’s more than that.

Hotel Desk: Commune Hotels & Resorts

London’s hip Belgraves hotel, part of the Thompson Hotels collection. 3 Brands, One Common Core Although Commune Hotels & Resorts is made up of three separate brands—Thompson Hotels, Joie de Vivre and the new Tommie hotels—at its core, “we are wholly committed to creating transformative experiences for our guests, across all lifestyle brands,” says Commune Hotels & Resorts’ CEO Niki Leondakis.

Tour Talk: Collette

Collette offers tours to Cuba, with a visit to Havana.Collette Vacations, which has been offering high-value escorted tours for almost 100 years, has hit the refresh button, dropping the word “Vacations,” and going simply by Collette.

What’s New in Mexico

Poolside at the Iberostar Playa Mita along the Pacific coast. new or improved Azul Ixtapa Grand: The most recently opened property in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, along Mexico’s southwest coastline, this all-suite, all-inclusive property is located only 20 minutes from Zihuatanejo International Airport (ZIH) and does not skimp on the qualities of what an all-inclusive property is made up of.

Fiji: Fantasy Islands

Bure accommodations at Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort.Even in the most enchanting tropical daydream, it’s difficult to conjure up fantasies that transcend the realities of Fiji.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Beachside on Palm Island.There’s a good reason why St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) was chosen as a prime shooting location for the first “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie a decade ago—it’s a destination untouched by mass tourism, where the castaway vibe of yore very much lives on, and at prices generally less (with key exceptions such as boldface-name magnets like Mustique) than neighboring destinations.

RCI’s Vision of the Seas

From updated staterooms to WiFi available from bow to stern, six new dining options and an outdoor movie screen, Royal Caribbean International’s Vision of the Seas offers a revitalized look and upgraded amenities that were first introduced on Oasis-class ships such as the Allure of the Seas.

Florida Keys

Room with a view at Cheeca Lodge in Islamorada.1. WHERE TO GO: Made up of six islands, Islamorada, nicknamed the “sportfishing capital of the world,” offers great diving, dining and shopping.