Reason for celebration
President, Trafalgar Tours
PICTURED above: Former Yugotours employees from over 10 countries gather for a picture during grand reunion in Croatia in early May.
In early May, over 100 former Yugotours staff gathered in the famous resort of Porec, on the Istrian coast of present-day Croatia, for a massive reunion more than two decades after the company closed.
From May 3 to... more ›
X marks the park
PICTURED above: The Xcaret park among other things serves as a showcase for Mexican culture. Photo:Xcaret Park.
Mexico’s Grupo Xcaret is inviting people to engage in some X-rated family activities.
Xcaret has nine parks and tours on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, each eager to host families and all beginning with the letter X.
Indeed, even its tours that showcase cenotes... more ›
PICTURED above: Havana played host to this year's FITCuba tourism show, a fitting venue as the city is this year marking its 500th anniversary. Among those on hand for the event were Cubatur guide Betsy Olivares Betancourt seen here with Lazaro Torres Betancourt, Cubatur's director general.
Also in attendance were:
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Is disintermediation heading for the mainline aviation industry, cutting the retail travel trade out of the relationship between the world’s major carriers and their customers?
That was the question that lurked in the background of a recent press presentation on “changing the passenger experience via digital change” delivered by Eric Leopold, IATA’s director of financial... more ›
(Photo above: Acapulco Bay at night.)
AMResorts has truly lofty plans for Acapulco, which it hopes will help reattract foreign visitors to Mexico’s first major resort destination.
The company has acquired the Grand Hotel, a high-rise property found on downtown Acapulco’s main street and which overlooks Acapulco Bay.
The hotel was previously a Hyatt.
The property... more ›
The CEO of the Tobago Tourism Agency says his destination amounts to something of anti-mainstream Caribbean retreat that is markedly different than much of the rest of the Caribbean.
Louis Lewis told a recent Toronto gathering that his island hasn’t seen the massive tourism infrastructure development that some other parts of the Caribbean have.
“We’re not as developed... more ›
(Photo above: The Grand Reserve)
Meliá Hotels Inter-national says there’s plenty that’s Grand about one of its Punta Cana properties.
The Grand Reserve among other things has 108 guest units with swim-up pools for those eager to experience a luxury vacation in the Dominican destination.
And says Alan Duggan, Melia’s regional business development VP for the Americas,... more ›
S.S. Bon Voyage
Designed to immerse guests in French culture, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection recently welcomed the “new” S.S. Bon Voyage to its fleet, now sailing the scenic rivers of Bordeaux.
The former River Royale received a complete US$14 million top-to-bottom transformation that added new dining venues, a heated infinity pool – a first for the river cruise industry – and... more ›
Although Lenny Kravitz usually flies under the radar in Eleuthera, the director general of The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation said the Bahamian-American musician agreed to take part in its latest marketing campaign, aptly named Fly Away, because the Grammy-Award winning hit song was both written in and inspired by the destination.
“He said, that song, I pulled... more ›
(Photo above: Acapulco is famed for its bay and beaches.)
Acapulco’s on the verge of seeing a very weighty name in all-inclusive lodging arrive in the Pacific Coast destination, with tourism officials expecting it will provide a big boost to a city that has seen its share of foreign tourists vacationing in Mexico fall in recent years.
US-based AMResorts, which has upscale... more ›