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Carnival Cruise Line’s New Travel Agent Learning Game

Carnival Cruise Lines has created a new travel agent learning game dedicated to its newest ship, Carnival Vista.

Norwegian Cruise Line Announces New President & COO

Andy Stuart is named Norwegian’s new president and COO. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. announced Andy Stuart as the new president and chief operating officer of Norwegian Cruise Line, following the resignation of Drew Madsen.

Eye on the World: Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the grand opening of the Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta, which is owned and managed by Playa Hotels & Resorts and officially opened its doors December 2014.

VIA Rail Canada Drops Rates

The Canadian in route. VIA Rail Canada is dropping their rates with new Economy fares on two of its routes—between Toronto and Vancouver aboard the Canadian, and its maritime route between Montreal and Halifax aboard the Ocean.

FAMs to South America

Travelers on the Colombia FAM. Tucan Travel is offering two FAMs to South America. The 12 Days of Peru trip is an adventure-style FAM offered only for agents.

Bringing Americans Back to Egypt—Luxor Conference

The Luxor Temple seems almost deserted with not many visitors attending. Tour operators and journalists met this February at the Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor for the Egypt Visit & Luxor Conference.

Bringing Americans back to Egypt—Luxor Conference

The Luxor Temple seems almost deserted with not many visitors attending. Tour operators and journalists met this February at the Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor for the Egypt Visit & Luxor Conference.

Newport Marriott Hotel Renovations

The Newport Water Wall at the Newport Marriott. The Newport Marriott hotel is undergoing a $35 million renovation with an expected completion by spring 2015.

Atlantis, Paradise Island, from an Agent’s Perspective

A family on The Current at Atlantis Paradise Island. Remember those “Bo knows baseball” and “Bo knows football” ads?

Advice for Clients en Route to Atlantis, Paradise Island

Atlantis Paradise Island Aquaventure. As a longtime repeat visitor, I’ve had a lot of experience on how to manage this bigger-than-life destination.

Turkish Delights by INCA

A weaver working on a Turkish towel. Turkey’s a personal favorite destination, one treasured for its ancient sites in spectacular locations, marvelous food, souks and boutiques full of irresistible crafts.

Why Kauai is Hawaii’s Island of Discovery

  Most travelers know Kauai for breathtaking natural beauty that can be enjoyed in every season, thanks to ideal year-round temperatures.

“Ahlan wa Sahlan” Says Egypt’s Welcome Sign

Alexander+Roberts’ Alexander the Great. In culture, beauty and hospitality, Egypt has historically been a destination fit for pharaohs.


Glacier Discovery Train hiking. alaska railroad Alaska Railroad is launching all-inclusive dining on its GoldStar service this summer.

Hotel Happenings in the Caribbean

The Paradise Beach Nevis. paradise found The Caribbean island of Nevis is home to the first beachside villa property on the island, Paradise Beach Nevis.

Atlantis, Paradise Island

Atlantis, Paradise Island. Sol Kerzner dined with two 6-ft. models the night that the Royal Towers and the Mayan Pyramid had their official opening.

Parks & Recreation = Family Travel Highs in Costa Rica

Ready for a ziplining adventure, which is very popular in Costa Rica. (Photo credit: Chris Hunt) “If any destination is tailormade for family travel, Costa Rica is it.” I wrote that sentence in Recommend’s Costa Rica Specialist Program based on just looking around during many years of traveling in this family-friendly nation.

Family-Focused Caribbean Escapes

Tamarijn Aruba. tamarijn aruba Families staying at Tamarijn Aruba can plan all their family fun using the property’s family-dedicated microsite, which features information about all the activities families and kids can enjoy on the property and around the island.

Viking to Sail along the Mississippi

The Viking Freya sailing in Austria. The river cruise line announced plans to introduce itineraries in North America.

Discover O‘ahu: Experiencing Aloha in The Heart of Hawai‘i

  An Island of Diverse Wonders Awaits Your Clients O‘ahu’s natural beauty, warm aloha spirit, and authentic Hawaiian culture create a magical backdrop for one-of-a-kind vacations.