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Culinary Package at Casa Marina Resort

Casa Marina Resort offers a toes-in-the sand dining experience. (Photo courtesy of Goat Rodeo Productions Inc.

Miami to Welcome Impressive Marriott Development Project

The Marriott Marquis Miami Worldcenter Hotel & Expo. Miami will soon welcome an impressive new development project that is expected to add 1,800 guestrooms and approximately 600,000 sq.

Tailored Experiences at New U.S. Properties

Views of the The Inn at Newport Ranch. Whether it’s the great outdoors, a trendy hotel vibe, or a laid-back ambiance, these new U.S.

BABOR Spa Treatments at The Viceroy Miami

The Viceroy Miami Spa water lounge. The Viceroy Miami Hotel recently added BABOR skincare products to its offerings at The Spa at Viceroy.

USTOA Releases its Spring 2015 Packaged Travel Index

USTOA has released its spring 2015 Packaged Travel Index and it reveals that there’s been an increase in travel spending by survey respondents this year of 8.3 percent and more have already booked travel this year—34 percent compared to 26 percent in the fall of 2014.

Eye on the World: Israel

Israel is a country rich in history, culture, exquisite cuisine and welcoming people. Recommend’s Managing Editor had the pleasure of visiting this country (the size of New Jersey) on an intimate FAM with only two other travel trade writers.


INDABA 2015 at Durban. At INDABA 2015, the largest tourism tradeshow in Africa showcasing Pan-African tourism products and services, the new Honorable Minister of Tourism, Derek Andre Hanekom, thought it fitting to recite a quote from former President Nelson Mandela: “When he [Nelson Mandela] opened the first INDABA in a free South Africa, this is what President Mandela said, ‘It is in tourism that nature and humanity meet most equitibly and profitably.

Vietnam FAM

Tam Coc, or three caves, located in the Ninh Ninh province. Travel agents take notice—you can take a FAM to Vietnam, free of charge if you work with Ciao Travel; if not, the 7-day trip is priced at $345 dbl pp for potential agents, journalists, travel bloggers, and guests.

People-to-People Cruise to Cuba

Travelers can explore Havana with AdventureSmith Explorations’ People to People Cruise itinerary to Cuba.

Langham Place New York: Understated Elegance in Midtown

The Langham Place New York, Fifth Avenue lobby. The subtlest of details often have the most impact: Oxidized copper.

Get Educated on the True Caribbean

Learn all about what Trinidad & Tobago have to offer. Recommend’s Trinidad & Tobago Travel Agent Specialist Program is now available for you to find all the information you need to provide your clients with a unique vacation experience.

Send your clients shopping in Las Vegas

Shopping in Las Vegas. If your clients love to shop, send them to Las Vegas. With the many fabulous indoor and open-air venues to choose from, they’re sure to find something for everyone on their list.

Palace Resorts Exclusively Invites You

  The most anticipated event of the industry is back, the 2nd Annual Palace Experience Global Conference.

The Buzz at the SMART Meeting

The island of Saba in the Caribbean. I’m just back from the Sint Maarten/St. Martin Annual Regional Tradeshow (SMART), a meeting for travel industry people from both sides of this island, Anguilla and Saba, and tour operators.

“Trips of a Lifetime” Picks “Day of the Dead”

Tia Stephanie Tours’ Day of the Dead: Michoacan. Some of us keep track of the annual tours that National Geographic Traveler anoints “Tours of a Lifetime,” and this year on that hit parade of exciting and enriching travel opportunities around the world is Tia Stephanie Tours’ Day of the Dead: Michoacan.

Magic Kingdom Open for 24 Hours

Space Mountain at Tomorrowland, Magic Kingdom. (Photo credit: Walt Disney World Resort)   Now that I have your attention, read this very carefully: To launch the traditional start of summer vacation season and as part of its Coolest Summer Ever celebration, Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort will open for 24 hours nonstop May 22-23, from 6 a.m.

The New All-Inclusive Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan

The Grand Lucayan adds the all-inclusive Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan. The Grand Lucayan, in the Bahamas, announces the launch of a new all-inclusive concept, Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan.

Casa Palopo Becomes First Relais & Chateaux Hotel in Guatemala

A guestroom in Casa Palopo. A private home turned luxury boutique Hotel, Casa Palopo is the first property in Guatemala—and only the second in Central America—to became an official member of the Relais & Chateaux hotel group.

In Honduras, Copan Airport Makes its Debut

Copan Airport in Rio Amarillo, Honduras opened. Copan, the Maya city-state, was connected by trails through the jungle during the first millennium: by a 2.5-hour road trip from San Pedro Sula in the second millennium: and as of March 10, 2015, by air services into the Copan Airport.

Pure Peru for Independent Travelers

A country of vast contrast, incredible vistas, fine cuisine and ancient cultures, Peru continues its rise as the top destination in South America.