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AmaWaterways to Host Culinary Cruise With Master Chef Joanne Weir

by Web Reporter @ Recommend

AmaWaterways is continuing its partnership with master chef and James Beard Award winner Joanne Weir by presenting a special sailing: Taste of Bordeaux- Culinary Cruise Hosted by Joanne Weir.

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Harbor tour

by MikesBikeTours @ Mikes Bike Tours Amsterdam

In 2013 Mike’s Bike Tours Amsterdam is beginning a brand new bike tour; The locks, docks, ferries and dykes tour aka the Harbor Bike Tour. This bike tour will take you through the development of Amsterdam as a harbor on the IJ, crossing the former sea inlet by ferry to Amsterdam Noord, past former squatted shipyards, along quaint old village dykes, across the Oranje ship locks past heralded modern architecture back into the city center. More

Updates on Caribbean Destinations Hit by Hurricanes

by Ed Wetschler @ Recommend

Representatives of six island destinations affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria attended last week's Climate-Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum and participated in a Tourism Recovery Roundup.

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Puerto Rico Is Open for Business

by Paloma Villaverde de Rico @ Recommend

The Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) has announced that Puerto Rico is open for business.

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Bad is the New Good: Pitti Bimbo 86

by Rosanna Cirigliano @ Magenta Publishing Florence

January 18-20: PITTI BIMBO 86. Fortezza da Basso and other venues.  Even the most disciplined kids misbehave once in a while – that’s part of their charm, as every adult knows. The renowned photographer Oliviero Toscani catches this occasional naughtiness in a show titled “Non fate i bravi. Le bambine e i bambini Benetton di […]

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KATS Program: Beyond the Wilderness

by Paloma Villaverde de Rico @ Recommend

The Beyond the Wilderness Elective Module heads to Kenya’s coast, where activities such as surfing, scuba diving and skydiving abound. It’s also the place to discover unique historical sites, and sit down for a culinary feast.  

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Walking Tour FAMs in France and Italy

by Jessica Poitevien @ Recommend

The Blue Walk is offering travel agents FAM trips on any of the company's regularly scheduled tours in France and Italy.

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City Tour

by MikesBikeTours @ Mikes Bike Tours Amsterdam

Mike’s Bike Tours City Tour is a great way to discover Amsterdam. You’ll be taken through the most beautiful and interesting aspects of this city and learn about its rich, strange history as well as the weird foibles that make up Amsterdam culture. If you are interested in getting the most out of your visit to Amsterdam, learn about it's rich past, develop a sense of orientation and find out about things you may otherwise miss out on, this is the Amsterdam City bike tour for you. More

Winter City tours

by MikesBikeTours @ Mikes Bike Tours Amsterdam

Mike’s Bike Tours offers different City bike tours throughout the colder months from November through February. All these bike tours are a great way to discover Amsterdam. You’ll be taken through the most beautiful and interesting aspects of this city and learn about its rich, strange history as well as the weird foibles that make up Amsterdam culture. More

A&K’s New Itineraries Come with Belugas, Breweries & Chocolate

by Jessica Poitevien @ Recommend

Unique and immersive experiences are at the forefront of Abercrombie & Kent's recently redesigned Connections Boutique Group Journeys, and now the tour operator has added three new itineraries to the collection: Churchill: Belugas & Bears, Poland to Prague, and Switzerland & the Italian Lakes. 

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Free Kenya FAM for Qualified KATS Agents

by Paloma Villaverde de Rico @ Recommend

The Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) would like to invite all certified KATS agents to its 2018 Roaring KATS Familiarization trip taking place this coming February.

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Photo Essay: CET Florence

by Anne O'Connor @ CET Academic Programs

Photos by Tessa Carreiro, (Brandeis University) CET Florence, Fall 2017                    

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What to eat in Hoi An, Vietnam

by Sam @ The last great taste of vietnam food tour – Drizzle and Dip

Last year I went on an amazing adventure to Vietnam with a strong focus on eating as much amazing Vietnamese food as was physically possible. Exploring the world via my stomach is always going to be the focus. One of the highlights of the trip was a few days spent in Hoi An in Central Vietnam [...]

mini City Tour

by MikesBikeTours @ Mikes Bike Tours Amsterdam

Got into town late? Overslept? Only have a couple of hours for sightseeing? If so Mike’s Bike Tours Amsterdam offers the ideal bicycle tour for you this year. We will be offering a two hour city tour showing you some of the greatest hits of Amsterdam such as the Museumsplein, Vondelpark, canal belt and Jordaan district, the Red-Light district, wooden drawbridges and crooked buildings. More

Explore Napa On Two Wheels With Getaway Adventures

by Jessica Poitevien @ Recommend

Active travel meets fine wining and dining experiences on the new 6-day Napa on a Bike tour from Getaway Adventures, a biking, hiking and kayaking tour company.

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Celebrity Announces Alaska and Pacific Tours

by Steve Grasso @ Recommend

Celebrity Cruises has unveiled details of its 2019-20 Alaskan and Pacific Coastal season, with three ships in the region, 13 destinations and a range of 7-night itineraries and in-depth shore excursions.

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Pasta alla Gricia: Roman cuisine triumph

by Isadora Bilancino @ Italy Food Culture Tours

New year is on! Welcome 2018! Do you already know how you want to start this new year? We suggest starting with new things! In terms of food, what about trying a recipe that it is popular in Italy but yet not regularly in Italian restaurants menus? There are some Italian dishes that are simply […]

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7 Foods You Must Eat in Boston.

by Katie Lofblad @ Food – The Collective – Powered by Topdeck Travel

Planning a trip to Boston? Make sure you pack your appetite! No matter what the season, you’ve got to sample some of Boston’s best food. Here are 7 yummy snacks not to miss in the city, as told by a local. Let’s go! 1. Iced coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts Still a little jet-lagged? Get yourself straight […]

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Women’s Rights January & March Rallies

by Rosanna Cirigliano @ Magenta Publishing Florence

On January 21, 2018, millions of women around the world gathered to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Global Women’s March. Here in Florence, about 100 women and men alike gathered that day at Piazza San Lorenzo in order to show support for equal rights for women. The group responsible for organizing the event, “Indivisible […]

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Never Forget: Florence’s 2018 Holocaust Remembrance Events

by Rosanna Cirigliano @ Magenta Publishing Florence

Since 2006, Tuscany has commemorated the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp by Allied forces on January 27. However, this year there is a slight change. This year the racial, anti-Semitic laws that were passed by Vittorio Emanuele III in 1938 will be also be acknowledged. For that reason, the commemoration will start one day […]

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FAM Trip Highlights Peru and Machu Picchu

by Web Reporter @ Recommend

Agents looking to experience Peru, including Mach Picchu, can join Tara Tours for a weeklong FAM trip departing this spring. 

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West Virginia Resort Offers Cold War Bunker Tours

by Jessica Poitevien @ Recommend

The Cold War may be over, but visitors to The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia can still get a taste of this tense time period in American history with a tour of the once top-secret government bunker built directly beneath the property. 

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Schiacciata con l’Uva Recipe

by Isadora Bilancino @ Italy Food Culture Tours

Schiacciata con l’Uva:  waiting for the wine   There is something Italians love as much as their mums: that dark red/purple liquid called wine. No surprise then that in Tuscany, one of the most important areas of wine production in Italy, there is lots of excitement and expectation when we come closer to the time  of […]

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Introducing the 2018 Spring Student Correspondents!

by Anne O'Connor @ CET Academic Programs

Valarie Yager, CET Florence Vanderbilt University ’19 Majors: Economics and Medicine, Health & Society Minor: Corporate Strategy My name is Valerie Yager, and I’m a junior at Vanderbilt University double majoring in Economics and Medicine, Health & Society, and minoring […]

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Vintage Selection 31: A Blast from the Past

by Rosanna Cirigliano @ Magenta Publishing Florence

Jan. 24–28:  VINTAGE SELECTION 31: FASHION AND DESIGN FAIR. Stazione Leopolda, Viale Fratelli Rosselli, 5. Open 10 am – 9 pm.  Admission:  €5. Old-time fashion is the star attraction at Vintage Selection. The fair is a creative laboratory that serves as a venue for big names in couture to showcase the trendiest of garments from […]

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my 10 best cake recipes

by Sam @ Drizzle and Dip

Today is my birthday and it’s highly likely I wont be eating cake. This is a little tragic but it is what it is. I’m rushing around like many other Capetonians trying to buy water-storing devices for the day we as a city run out of water. Horrific to contemplate I know. Although I have been [...]

Cox & Kings Adds New Tours For 2018

by Jessica Poitevien @ Recommend

In an effort to provide what the company calls deeper and more culturally engaging experiences, Cox & Kings is welcoming 2018 with five new itineraries on five different continents. 

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10 Things You Have To Eat In Vietnam.

by Nadia Marth @ Food – The Collective – Powered by Topdeck Travel

Whether you’re an adventurous eater or prefer to stick to the local favourites, here’s a list of 10 things you have to eat in Vietnam and the best spots to find them in Hanoi. Travelling is great for the chance to experience wonderful food. Vietnam’s food scene is a mix of flavours, aromas, textures and […]

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Take A Royal Tour of Britain

by Steve Grasso @ Recommend

Back-Roads Touring has announced details of its Royal Tour of Britain 2018, traveling from Edinburgh to London.

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From Minority to Majority: On Navigating My Identity Abroad

by Anne O'Connor @ CET Academic Programs

Written by Stephanie Jamilla (George Washington University) Student Correspondent CET Vietnam, Fall 2017 As I sit on a bench on the Book Street (Đường Sách), which has become one of my favorite nooks of Saigon, and draft my final blog post, it strikes […]

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30 Ways to Feel Like a Local When You Travel

by Sara Tucker @ Wendy Perrin

My aunt Ruth, a wise woman, once popped into a city hall and asked to speak with the mayor. The mayor was produced, and Aunt Ruth said, “I bring you greetings from Ringwood, New Jersey!” The mayor, whose town was also called Ringwood, responded with a guided tour. It was one of the highlights of ...

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Explore Central Europe on a FAM

by Jessica Poitevien @ Recommend

Foreign Independent Tours is inviting travel agents to explore Central Europe on an escorted FAM trip through Prague, Vienna and Budapest.

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2018 Tour Announcement: Travel With Me To Kamchatka, Russia!

by Matthew Karsten @ Expert Vagabond

You guys have been asking to travel with me for years, now I'm finally going to make it happen! Join me this spring for my first adventure travel & photography tour to Kamchatka.

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Cruising FAM in Croatia

by Jessica Poitevien @ Recommend

Agents looking to sail the high seas while exploring Croatia can join Tours Specialists Inc. for one of the company's 8-day FAM trips scheduled for several departure dates throughout 2018.

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7-Day Luxury FAM Trip in Panama

by Jessica Poitevien @ Recommend

For agents looking to explore Panama, Sunnyland Tours is hosting a 7-day luxury FAM trip to the Central American country in spring 2018.

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What’s New in Miami: Hotels and Attractions

by Web Reporter @ Recommend

In a city with an ever-changing landscape of hotels, restaurants, visitors and even some transient locals, here's just a sampling of what's new and upcoming in Miami.

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Collette to Host Webinar on Commission Rebating

by Web Reporter @ Recommend

For years Collette has protected travel professionals and their commissions through its no discounting strategy. Now the tour operator is hosting a webinar designed to help agents overcome the issue of commission rebating.

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The Grand Tour: Jeremy Clarkson is really taunting the BBC now

The Grand Tour: Jeremy Clarkson is really taunting the BBC now


the Guardian

Clarkson, Hammond and May’s new show is part tease, part watch advert – with swearing and stunts that would give the BBC standards committee palpitations

Spain FAM Trips Scheduled for 2018

by Jessica Poitevien @ Recommend

With weekly departures scheduled throughout all of 2018, Tours Specialists is giving travel agents ample opportunity to discover Spain on one of its many FAM trips. 

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Visit Vietnam and Cambodia on a FAM Trip

by Web Reporter @ Recommend

Agents with a desire to increase their bookings in Vietnam and Cambodia can visit both countries on FAM trip co-sponsored by Singapore Airlines and Pacific Holidays. 

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8 Events of 2017 That Will Impact Future Caribbean Travel

by Ed Wetschler @ Recommend

“The Caribbean had been performing at a healthy growth rate of 5.2 percent between January and June,” said CTO (Caribbean Tourism Organization) chair Joy Jibrilu at the State of the Tourism Industry Conference in October, and growth continued to soar this summer until September, when two Category 5 hurricanes crashed the party. Let’s see how this and other events of 2017 will affect the islands—and you—in 2018.

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Architecture & Design Talk in English at Cal State

by Rosanna Cirigliano @ Magenta Publishing Florence

A lecture in English, “Architecture + Design: Short Circuits” is free and open to the public on January 17 at California State University (via Leopardi 12) at 5 pm.  Works by the speaker, Gianni Pettena, are currently on display at the “Radical Utopias: 1966 – 1976” show in the Strozzina exhibition space in Palazzo Strozzi […]

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Windstar Exec Sails Caribbean for Post-Hurricane Updates

by Jessica Poitevien @ Recommend

With many members of the tourism industry working diligently to spread the word about the Caribbean being open for business post-hurricane season, Steve Simao, v.p. of sales at Windstar Cruises, decided to head south and check things out for himself. What he found was a Caribbean still in recovery, but still as vibrant and vacation-worthy as ever.

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Fireworks & Scandinavian Photography: Norden

by Rosanna Cirigliano @ Magenta Publishing Florence

Until Feb. 18:  NORDEN: MAN AND NATURE.  Villa Bardini, Costa San Giorgio 2.  Open Tuesday – Sunday 10 am – 6 pm.  Admission:  €8.  Residents of Florence, Arezzo and Grosseto have free access to the adjacent Bardini garden. Past and present blur together in a new photography show titled “Norden: Man and Nature between Scandinavia […]

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21 Inspirational Movies about Food and Chefs

by Ekaterina @ Happy Bellyfish

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Breezing Along the U.S. East Coast (Part 2)

by Paloma Villaverde de Rico @ Recommend

After traveling 1500+ miles from South Florida up the East Coast, with a couple of slight detours along the way—think South Philly for a Philly cheesesteak—we’d finally made it to Washington, DC.

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This Is Why Prague Is Europe’s Gem.

by Carolina Sarmiento-Ortiz @ The Collective – Powered by Topdeck Travel

Europe. It’s massive. Not to mention the fact that it’s filled with incredible food and enough history to keep you curious for years to come. But there’s way more on offer than your classic Paris and Rome. Enter Prague. Have a read of our Prague travel blog to check out 5 reasons why you should […]

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4 Unique Bike Tours Around The World

by Jessica Poitevien @ Recommend

From exploring Samurai roads in Japan to visiting famous film locations across Europe, the destinations on these bike tours are sure to keep your clients active and immersed in local culture.

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Sustainability as a Travel Business Issue

by Ed Wetschler @ Recommend

Much of the talk at the Caribbean Tourism Organization's recent Climate-Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum in St. Kitts was, as advertised, about climate change, but it was more than that. Here are a few of the many takeaways.

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8-Day Sicily FAM Trip

by Jessica Poitevien @ Recommend

Tours Specialists Inc. is offering travel agents the opportunity to get up-close and personal with Sicilian history, culture and food on an 8-day FAM trip through the island. 

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my top 10 recipes of 2017

by Sam @ Drizzle and Dip

At the end of each year, I look back on all the food I made on Drizzleanddip and make a list of the 10 most delicious recipes. It’s a tough thing to do because all the food is delicious otherwise it wouldn’t be here in the first place. I’m talking about the recipes that have [...]

Exclusive Countryside Tour

by MikesBikeTours @ Mikes Bike Tours Amsterdam

Join us for our bike tour through the beautiful Waterland north of Amsterdam. A lovely ride through the polder landscape that surrounds Amsterdam where we cycle through three little villages; Zunderdorp, Ransdorp and Dugerdam. On this unique tour we climb a more than 400 year old church tower and enjoy the spectacular view. More

Are These The 10 Best Things To Do In Melbourne?

by April Davis @ The Collective – Powered by Topdeck Travel

Melburnians take their title of ‘the world’s most livable city’ very seriously. Which is great for you because it means they put on a hell of a show for travellers and locals alike. Think great food, laneway art, pretty epic architecture and great shopping – you name it, Melbourne’s got it! Check out our 10 best […]

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Light Festival tour

by MikesBikeTours @ Mikes Bike Tours Amsterdam

On the amazing Amsterdam light festival bike tour, we'll show you all the amazing light displays, give you a run down on the artists and their art installations as well. We'll be sure to position the stops, so you'll be able to get the best possible views of the art works all along the route. We'll also cover some of the history of the city and the areas we bike through. More

Italian Apple pie: torta di mele!

by Isadora Bilancino @ Italy Food Culture Tours

Autumn, autumn…winter is just alle porte! And so it is family time! Italians are really bounded to their families and cold months are a perfect occasion to get close to your relatives and spend some time together! So what to bring in occasion of a warm family reunion? Well let us tell you: una bella torta […]

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Eye On The World: Il Salviatino, A Florentine Villa

by Regina Baraban @ Recommend

Contributing writer Regina Baraban traveled to Florence, Italy last month for a visit to Il Salviatino, a gorgeously restored 15th century villa that has hosted many weddings and a guest list of such luminaries as the Dali Lama.

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6 Places To Eat In Florence That Will Change Your Life.

by Emma Reyes @ Food – The Collective – Powered by Topdeck Travel

There’s more to Florence than sightseeing and people-watching. Check out our 6 places to eat in Florence that’ll change your life. Once you’ve climbed up to the top of the Duomo, visited the Uffizi Gallery and walked over the famed Ponte Vecchio, fill up at these top food destinations in Florence, Italy. 1. La Ménagère A […]

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Private Tours

by MikesBikeTours @ Mikes Bike Tours Amsterdam

Looking for an unique private experience on two wheels through Amsterdam, then we can also arrange private bike tours for either small or large groups. So if you have a school group, social club, stag or hen's do or just a bunch of friends or family who like do a private tour together send us a request for a tour. Choose between the City Bike Tour or the Countryside Bike Tour or if you have a special request contact us and we'll see if we can accommodate your wish. More

Best Fermented Foods from Around the World

by Ekaterina @ Happy Bellyfish

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Caribbean Resorts Roll Out New Wellness Programs

by Ed Wetschler @ Recommend

The Caribbean Tourism Organization has declared 2018 The Year of Wellness and Rejuvenation. Here are some of the new packages, facilities, and programs at Caribbean resorts that will help travelers end their vacations in better shape than they were in when they started them. 

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The Non-Sporty Girl’s Guide To The Swiss Alps.

by Jessica Morris @ The Collective – Powered by Topdeck Travel

Let’s face it, there are two kinds of people: those who hail the Swiss Alps as a skiing, snowboarding, cliff-walking mecca, and those who vaguely remember seeing some mountains on the side of a Toblerone box while on a confectionery binge. I hate to admit it but until a few weeks ago I fell into […]

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New Private Chef’s Table Experience Offered in San Miguel de Allende

by Jessica Poitevien @ Recommend

Your diehard foodie clients heading to Mexico will delight in the opportunity to enjoy a private feast at San Miguel de Allende's new and unique brasserie: Bovine. 

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15 Common Travel Scams (And How To Avoid Them)

15 Common Travel Scams (And How To Avoid Them)


Expert Vagabond

Shady people love to take advantage of unsuspecting tourists. It’s easy to become a victim. These are the most common travel scams around the world.

oh florence

by Sam @ Drizzle and Dip

Florence has been one of my favourite cities since I first visited about two decades ago and I fell in love with it hard back then. The old streets, the buildings, the romance, the art, everything. It’s achingly beautiful and has a presence that sort of wraps itself around you. I have the fondest memories [...]

Design Hotels Property Comes to Old Town Puerto Vallarta

by Web Reporter @ Recommend

While news of new hotel openings in Puerto Vallarta often involve all-inclusive properties on the beach, Hotel Amapa seeks to bring something different to the hotel landscape of the popular tourist destination. 

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Eating Italy Takes a Bite Out of Florence - Recommend

Eating Italy Takes a Bite Out of Florence - Recommend


Recommend

Eating Italy is offering its second tour in the Tuscan capital of Florence.

9 Yummy Festive Foods From Around The World You 100% Have To Try.

by Marianne Lampon @ Food – The Collective – Powered by Topdeck Travel

‘Tis the festive season, which means time spent with family and friends, watching Christmas movies and eating lots and lots of food. Come take a look at 9 yummy festive foods from around the world that you 100% have to try. Like, ASAP. 1. Mince pie, Britain The humble mince pie. The day these get […]

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Meeting-point

by MikesBikeTours @ Mikes Bike Tours Amsterdam

Check out the Mike's Bike Tours meeting-point, which is located on the Prins Hendrikkade 176 A. This location is across from the Nemo museum and is a 10 -15 minutes walk to the east of the Central Station. You can view map and walking routes here... More

Flights to Rome (FCO) | Emirates Vietnam

Flights to Rome (FCO) | Emirates Vietnam


Emirates Vietnam

Book flights to Rome today. Free Wi-Fi, comfortable seats and award-winning entertainment – all part of the Emirates experience. - Emirates Vietnam

Top 7 Culinary Schools in Italy to Master the Art of Cooking

by Ekaterina @ Happy Bellyfish

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JW Marriott to Host Inaugural Venice Food & Wine Festival

by Jessica Poitevien @ Recommend

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts is partnering with Time Inc.'s FOOD & WINE to host the inaugural Venice Food & Wine Festival from May 3-6, 2018.

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Cachi: oriental fruits that became part of Italian Autumn

by Isadora Bilancino @ Italy Food Culture Tours

At this time of the year, Italian countryside’s landscapes are changing colors; from light yellowish they are going towards one of my favorite colors: orange and red! Colors are bright  and warm and every little gem of nature adds a pinch of Autumn in our days. There is one gem that became very popular and typical […]

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Food and Wine Tours

Food and Wine Tours


Urban Provider Cooking School

      Nico & Belinda Moretti of Cooking Passions Cooking School invite you to pack a bag and sense of adventure, and join them in some of the most inte

Hong Kong Dazzles With Light and Special Effect Shows

by Jessica Poitevien @ Recommend

The Hong Kong Tourism Board ushered in the holiday season with the unveiling of new enhancements to A Symphony of Lights show and the winter version of the Hong Kong Pulse Light Show. 

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Karen Smith Joins Worth International Media Group’s Exclusive Brands, Recommend and Prevue

by Web Reporter @ Recommend

Miami Lakes, FL (January 8, 2018) – Worth International Media Group, the brand that sets the standard in creating stylish, engaging and content-rich media solutions for the global travel, meetings and tourism industry, is pleased to announce the addition of Karen Smith, Regional Sales Director for Arizona, Nevada and Utah for Prevue and Arizona, Nevada, […]

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4 Wellness Retreats to Nourish The Mind, Body and Soul

by Jessica Poitevien @ Recommend

Whether your clients are approaching 2018 with a "new year, new me" attitude or are simply in need of a break, these wellness-focused tours and retreats will do just the trick.

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How Cuba’s New Regulations Affect Agents + Cuba FAM

by Jessica Poitevien @ Recommend

The U.S. State Department announced the specific restrictions Americans will now face when traveling to Cuba, but they are not as prohibitive as tour operators and cruise lines once feared.

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A Quick Guide To Japanese Food.

by Freya Chesterman @ Food – The Collective – Powered by Topdeck Travel

Is Japan on the cards this year? A visit to this vibrant country definitely won’t leave your taste buds unsatisfied. Get ready to be spoilt for choice with an array of tasty Japanese food from budget to blowout. Read on for a definitive guide to Japanese dishes you will encounter on your travels, before you can say arigatou gozaimasu. Tempura […]

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Women’s March Firenze 2018 Rally

by Rosanna Cirigliano @ Magenta Publishing Florence

A number of encore Women’s Marches will take place around the globe on the one-year anniversary of the first event, and Florence is no exception. On January 21 from 2:30 – 5 pm, all are invited to gather in Piazza San Lorenzo to call out for respect for women and a woman’s right to choose. […]

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Nature Meets Comfort with Costa Rica Glamping Itinerary

by Jessica Poitevien @ Recommend

For clients who want the connection to nature brought by camping while in Costa Rica, but also with the usual comforts and luxuries of a regular hotel stay, Austin Adventures’ new tour blends the best of both worlds. The 8-day Costa Rica: Chiquita Glamping & Pacuare River Raft itinerary takes guests to national parks, wildlife refuges, and remote islands, […]

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And the Kenya Authorized Travel Specialist FAM Winners Are…

by Web Reporter @ Recommend

After sifting through hundreds of applications, the Kenya Tourism Board has chosen the winners of a free FAM trip to Kenya scheduled for Feb. 24 through March 4, 2018.

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14 Foods You Must Try In Morocco.

by Gemma Music @ Food – The Collective – Powered by Topdeck Travel

An afternoon spent exploring the local markets and rooftop riads in Morocco is an unbeatable experience. With the help of our  guide, we navigated our way through the market streets behind Jemaa el-Fnaa – Marrakech’s beating heart, brushing shoulders with the swarms of locals and tourists jostling for the best street eats. After our first encounter […]

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Vegan Tour in Saigon | Food Tours in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh

Vegan Tour in Saigon | Food Tours in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh


Happy Bellyfish

Let us guide you to vegetarian restaurants with a variety of vegetarian dishes! Vegan Tour in Saigon will be a unique food adventure in Vietnam

Cruise Trends in 2018: What Your Waistline Has Been Waiting For

by Carolyn Spencer Brown @ Wendy Perrin

One of the best things about chronicling cruise travel over the past 20 years has been watching the industry morph from a sedate and somewhat sedentary form of travel—in which dining times were assigned and bus tours were about the limit of sightseeing—to there’s-a-cruise-for-every-traveler-out-there. Seriously, there really is, no matter if you’re more inclined to ...

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Italian Christmas traditions: from North to South

by Isadora Bilancino @ Italy Food Culture Tours

Christmas is coming… It’s time to enter this joyful moment of the year, during which everything is lightened and colorful. And yet I really want all of you who are planning to visit Italy this time of the year to be ready, so let me just introduce the topic, would you? There is something very […]

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Octopus and potatoes salad: easy and summery

by Isadora Bilancino @ Italy Food Culture Tours

  Who said that Italian culinary tradiion is all about pasta? Italian cuisine has a lot to say also about fish! This recipe is going to join your need of fresh flavors and Italian taste! It is great as a starter, as a main dish and also as finger food if you provide toothpicks. The […]

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How to Never Wait in Line at a Tourist Attraction Again

by Wendy Perrin @ Wendy Perrin

Why waste your precious vacation time battling crowds and waiting in lines? Popular tourist sites the world over grow more congested every year and, sadly, the typical fixes—reserving an entry time, booking a “skip-the-line tour”—are not always a good solution. So I thought I’d share the best fixes I’ve found. Reserving a time slot might ...

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Two Fun, Short Hikes to do at Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas

by Julie @ Earth Trekkers

Just 30 minutes from downtown Las Vegas is Red Rock Canyon, an outdoor playground for hikers, families, and outdoor adventurers. Go mountain biking, rock climbing, explore the hiking trails, and enjoy the view on the scenic drive through the park. If you want to escape the bright, neon lights and all-you-can-eat food buffets for a little outdoor adventure, Red Rock ...

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Vietnam veterans discuss stories and experiences of war during panel discussion

Vietnam veterans discuss stories and experiences of war during panel discussion


The Grand Island Independent

As 17-, 18- or 19-year-old boys, Dennis Bjorklund of Greeley said he and his fellow soldiers went off to fight in the Vietnam War. While most kids today, he said,

Collette Announces New Global Giving Guide

by Steve Grasso @ Recommend

Global tour operator Collette has announced the release of the first dedicated Collette Cares inspirational guide to giving back globally.

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Italy Food Culture presents: “Meet your local guide: Daniele!”

by Claudio @ Italy Food Culture Tours

Italy Food Culture presents: “Meet your local guide: Daniele from Milano!” We’ve been away for awhile but are now back with new entries and new posts! This time we’re taking you to Milan to meet Daniele a witty and personable local guide, that is waiting just for you, to make the most of your visit! […]

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Wednesday, January 24

by Rosanna Cirigliano @ Magenta Publishing Florence

MOVIE IN ENGLISH: ELLA & JOHN with Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland. Cinema Odeon, Piazza Strozzi. 4, 6:15 & 9 pm. LECTURE IN ITALIAN: Professor Giovanni Cipriani presents “Il Ruolo della Inghilterra nel Risorgimento Italiano (England’s Role in Italy’s Unification).” British Institute Library. Palazzo Lanfredini, Lungarno Guicciardini 9. 6 pm. Admission: €6, which includes drinks […]

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Scoop: The New Park Hyatt St. Kitts

by Ed Wetschler @ Recommend

When I showed up a second time at Fisherman’s Village, one of the restaurants at the brand new Park Hyatt St. Kitts, the greeter at the front desk said, “Will you be joining us for lunch, Mr. Wetschler?” How’d she do that? Here’s one hypothesis: This luxury hideaway—the first-ever Park Hyatt in the Caribbean—had pushed […]

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two days at al gelso bianco in tuscany

by Sam @ Drizzle and Dip

Located in the heart of the Tuscan countryside is a beautiful agritourism resort called Al Gelso Bianca and I was lucky to spend two beautiful days and nights there on my recent trip to Italy. Close to San Gimignano, Florence, and Siena, this is the perfect place set up a base and explore the region [...]

Flash Tour USA Announces Namibia FAM

by Steve Grasso @ Recommend

Flash Tour USA is planning a 10-day agent FAM trip to Namibia for Summer 2018.

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Tuesday, January 23

by Rosanna Cirigliano @ Magenta Publishing Florence

MOVIE IN ENGLISH: A ROOM WITH A VIEW (restored version/Odeon Classics). Cinema Odeon, Piazza Strozzi. 4 pm. EXHIBITIONS FROM BROOKLYN TO THE BARGELLO. GIOVANNI DELLA ROBBIA, THE ANTINORI LUNETTE & STEFANO ARIENTI. Bargello Museum. Open 8:15 am – 2 pm. Admission: €8. TESSUTO E RICCHEZZA A FIRENZE NEL TRECENTO: LANA, SETA, PITTURA. (14TH CENTURY TEXTILES […]

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Countryside Tour

by MikesBikeTours @ Mikes Bike Tours Amsterdam

Mike's Bike Tours Countryside bike tour is a great way to explore the Dutch landscape. The majority of the tour is spent riding along the Amstel River beyond the edge of town. We’ll show you one of the few remaining authentic windmills and we visit an eccentric and entertaining Dutch farmer at his cheese farm/clog factory. More

Dates Set for 2018 Key West Food and Wine Festival

by Web Reporter @ Recommend

Get your food and wine-loving clients ready to flock to Key West. The island's Food and Wine Festival is officially slated to take place Jan. 24-28, 2018. 

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Florence's First Vietnamese Restaurant – Magenta Publishing Florence

Florence's First Vietnamese Restaurant – Magenta Publishing Florence


Magenta Publishing Florence

Florence’s newest restaurant, Com Saigon (via dell'Agnolo 93/r), which means “Saigon’s Rice,” offers a variety of Vietnamese specialties to the Florentine

British Royale Tour Showcases UK History and Culture

by Steve Grasso @ Recommend

Luxury Gold has announced the British Royale journey, a 9-day escorted tour of iconic sites and historic landmarks in the UK.

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What’s New in Los Cabos

by Paloma Villaverde de Rico @ Recommend

New hotels, new infrastructure developments, a rise in tourism numbers and a new five-point action plan to ensure a secure travel environment: Los Cabos Tourism Board's managing director, Rodrigo Esponda, gave us the 4-1-1 on what's new in Los Cabos. 

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Travel Impressions Teams Up With Back-Roads Touring Co.

by Web Reporter @ Recommend

Travel Impressions is teaming up with Back-Roads Touring Co. to offer 14 new experiential itineraries throughout the UK and Europe. 

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Sunday, January 21

by Rosanna Cirigliano @ Magenta Publishing Florence

FAIRS & MARKETS FORTEZZA ANTIQUARIA.  Antiques market. Viale Lincoln, Cascine Park.  9 am – 6 pm. FIERUCOLINA. Piazza Santo Spirito. 9 am – 7 pm. Once upon a time, “organic” was the normal method of growing our food. On the third Sunday of every month,  piazza Santo Spirito comes alive with rows of farmers, bakers, […]

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5 Reasons Why Death Valley Should be the Next National Park You Visit

by Julie @ Earth Trekkers

When you think of Death Valley, what is the first thing that comes to mind? A barren desert landscape, crawling with scorpions and rattlesnakes? Yes, you can find that here, but there is so much more to Death Valley than a forbidding desert landscape. We spent several days touring the park and fell in love with this place. Out of ...

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Silversea Appeals to Foodies With Culinary- and Wine-Themed Voyages

by Jessica Poitevien @ Recommend

For clients who believe the cuisine of a destination is just as important as its landmarks and monuments, Silversea is launching a series of culinary and wine-themed sailings—Enriched Voyages—in 2018 and 2019.

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Meet your local guide in Rome: Tony ;)

by Claudio @ Italy Food Culture Tours

Meet your local guide in Rome: Tony. Italy Food Culture Tours. Planning a visit to Rome? Here are some tips from Tony, The Best foodie guide in town!! Tony will lead you to his favourite places and restaurants, with tips on how to make the most of your stay in Rome. Name:  My name is Tony […]

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Risotto alla zucca: an Autumn must!

by Isadora Bilancino @ Italy Food Culture Tours

Autumn is here! Landscapes are getting orangish and brownish, sky is blue, rain is back again in Italy after a long dry summer! Tomato, eggplant, zucchini season is almost over…but no despair!! It is time of one of the greatest pearl of our vegetable gardens: butternut squash! Starting from the end of September on, these […]

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Travel Impressions’ Semi-Relaunch, Part 2

by Ed Wetschler @ Recommend

Advances in Travel Impressions' technology, agent education, and customer care were not the only topics at the company's recent Best of the Best meeting. Another change has been the expansion of destinations and experiences, such as single- and multi-day tours, available to agents.

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Get VIP Access to the 2018 Tour de France

by Jessica Poitevien @ Recommend

For the most dedicated cycling fans who would join the Tour de France if they only had the skills, Sports Tours International is offering a VIP viewing tour and package that may be the next best thing. 

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The Ultimate Europe Foodie Guide.

by Lauryn Wilson @ Food – The Collective – Powered by Topdeck Travel

Whether you’re hitting up a gelateria in Italy or a country pub in England, a crêpe stall in France or a beer house in Germany, Europe is filled with local cuisine that’ll get those taste buds tingling. Check out our ultimate list of unmissable culinary delights, in no particular order because how could we possibly choose… 1. Gelato […]

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5 Stays to Celebrate New Orleans’ 300th Anniversary

by Michelle Marie Arean @ Recommend

This year New Orleans is celebrating its 300th anniversary. In honor of the tricentennial celebration, these five properties are offering perks, discounts, and included tours with guests' stay.

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Globetrotting: Nicaragua’s Calling

by Carla Hunt @ Recommend

The United Nations World Tourism Organization has ranked Nicaragua among the top 10 World’s Fastest Growing Tourist Destinations, up 28.4 percent in 2016, and indeed, Central America’s largest country has become a go-to pick among savvy travelers looking for new vacation horizons.

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Photo Essay: CET Vietnam | CET Academic Programs

Photo Essay: CET Vietnam | CET Academic Programs


CET Academic Programs

Photos by Lily Thomas, (Southern Methodist University) Student Correspondent CET Public Health & Service-Learning in Ho Chi Minh City, Spring 2016                

Baked clams: fish for Christmas!

by Isadora Bilancino @ Italy Food Culture Tours

Christmas, Christmas… coming closer! Getting ready for having some friends over? If you want to make your Christmas eve dinner more Italian, read some of our tips on Christmas traditions in Italy! Among this traditions, the fact that Italians prefer to avoid meat on Christmas eve and therefore have developed a large variety of fish […]

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