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USTOA’s Offers Travel Together Month Incentives

USTOA’s Travel Together Month program offers agents bonus commissions, the option to earn free trips, special FAM rates and deals throughout the month of September.

The Quintessentially Vietnam Holiday Package

The main lobby on the seventh floor of the Reverie Saigon hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. The Quintessential Collection Vietnam is offering ultra-affluent individuals and couples the opportunity to tour five upper-echelon hotels in the Southeast Asian country with the Quintessentially Vietnam holiday package, with rates starting at $19,358 pp.

Gourmet Getaways in South Australia

Bethany Wines vineyard in Barossa Valley, South Australia. Air Adventures’ new culinary-focused itineraries, offering 10 percent commission, take guests on a gourmet getaway to South Australia’s world-famous wine regions and restaurants for samplings of the area’s best wines and local produce.

Latest Airline Happenings

Finnair partners with Apple Watch. We’ve rounded up the latest airline happenings, which include expansions into new markets and added conveniences for guests, such as flight tracking with the Apple Watch.

Family is the Focus in Mexico

Waterpark at Great Parnassus All-Inclusive Resort & Spa in Cancun. Cooking classes for kids, circus activities, and Mayan cultural experiences are just some of the offerings—beyond the kids clubs—found at these Mexico properties.

B Resort & Spa Lake Buena Vista

The resort offers family-friendly guestrooms with bunk beds. With hundreds of hotels to choose from in Orlando—there are currently approximately 450 hotels with more than 116,000 rooms in the area—how can you decide which hotel is right for your clients?

Falling Into Paradise

Keiki hula dancers at Turtle Bay Resort. On the heels of a sizzling summer, Hawaii’s hoteliers are flaunting a flurry of sweet perks to make fall family getaways even more enticing.

CRUISING, Family-Style

The Perfect Storm Trio of waterslides on board Harmony of the Seas, set to debut in May 2016. Considering what’s afloat in the way of coming attractions—from a new Disney “Star Wars” adventure and Norwegian’s first nursery for tiny tots, to Carnival’s new Family Harbor Cabins and Holland America’s first purpose-built staterooms for family groups—it’s scarcely a stretch to say that a cruise-shopping family never had it so good.

Escorted Tours That Pack a Punch

Trafalgar’s Samurai Discovery tour includes drumming lessons for the kids. “Lord of the Rings” movie sets, ninjas, and forbidden cities…the family tours we’ve sprinkled on this page make me want to pack my bags, grab my daughters and husband, and jump on a plane to far-off lands.

In the Footsteps of History…

Ross Castle in Killarney, Ireland. To be able to see the church in Madrid where my 101-year-old grandmother—who now lives in Miami—got married or see the stately apartment building where she spent her childhood, so close to the city’s famed Retiro Park, is one of those “cue the grand orchestra” moments that doesn’t come along every day.

On the Move: Bike Tours Around the Globe

Ida Clayton Road in Calistoga, California. (Photo Credit: Pure Adventures) Forget the luxurious spa treatments and enticing poolside cabanas this fall and book your clients on an active vacation that will have them biking through some of the world’s most scenic areas.

Family-Friendly Fitness Activities at NYC’s Langham Place

Langham Place New York’s Family Place room. Langham Place in New York City has created new family-friendly fitness activities in partnership with kids’ fitness expert Steve Ettinger.

Agent Speak: What Does “Authentic” Travel Really Mean?

Members of Chiang Mai’s hill tribe community in Thailand. (Photo credit: Khiri Travel) Michael Healy, general manager, Khiri Travel USA, submitted this commentary to Recommend on his take on the cultural authenticity of travel experiences.  In the travel industry certain buzzwords become popular each year.

Collette’s New Spotlight Tours

Guests have the opportunity to dine at the Eiffel Tower on Collette’s Spotlight on Paris tour. Collette has announced 13 additional European and North American Spotlight Tours in its newly released “2016-2017 Spotlights Travel Guide.” Spotlight Tours allow guests to experience the culture, history and cuisine of a specific destination on guided excursions in addition to providing plenty of leisure time for self-guided explorations.

YVE Hotel Miami’s Concert Series Package

The exterior of YVE Hotel Miami. YVE Hotel Miami is offering the new Concerts by the Bay package for music lovers staying at the Downtown Miami property.

The View from the Top

The Graceland Suite at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando. In Florida, swanky penthouse suites feature expansive floor plans, a number of special VIP perks, and spectacular views from the top.

Five Diamonds for Hotel Mousai, Mexico

The Hotel Mousai’s rooftop in Mexico. Joining the ranks of the world’s most luxurious and prestigious hotels, Hotel Mousai in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico receives the AAA Five Diamond Award 2016 in recognition of its place as one of North America’s most luxurious accommodations according to AAA.

Official Florida Travel Industry Education Program

Recommend has partnered with VISIT FLORIDA to create four courses that will make you a specialist on the Sunshine State: Active; Family; Beaches; and Destination Weddings & Honeymoons.

Starwood’s Tribute Portfolio Adds Fort Lauderdale Property

A rendering of Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ newest addition to the Tribute Portfolio brand in Fort Lauderdale.

Universal Studios Orlando Gets “Fast and Furious”

The Fast & Furious: Supercharged attraction debuts in 2017 at Universal Studios in Orlando. The “Fast & Furious” action-film franchise is going from the big screen to the Universal Studios theme park in Orlando.