The Baltic has long attracted adventurers, from Hanseatic League merchants, who first plied its waters six centuries ago, to modern-day visitors, who now cruise its harbors on ferries and luxury liners. Emerging triumphant from World War II and later Communist domination, the Baltic capitals offer some of Europe’s most dazzling cultural attractions as well as innovative, locally sourced cuisine.
Why you may wonder, are Belgium’s city of Mons and the Czech Republic’s Plzeň (or Pilsen as Americans would recognize it), marketing their distinctly different cities together? Yes, you could combine visits to both Mons and Plzeň via Eurail or Rail Europe rides taking seven hours, or a less than a two-hour flight, but no, that is not the link, at least not this year.
Simply put, no resort chain knows the Caribbean better than Sandals. With fifteen properties on six islands (Jamaica, St. Lucia, Barbados, Grenada, Bahamas and Antigua), the adults-only all-inclusives sit pretty on the calm side of every island fronting beaches that are protected by offshore reefs.
One-stop-shopping for vacationers who covet the convenience of a no-wallet holiday, the upscale resorts come with high-end perks like a Rolls Royce pick-up at the airport, gratis Wi-Fi and butlers who are delighted to unpack your luggage, deliver breakfast in bed and cater a candlelit dinner on the beach. Upping the all-inclusive ante, the properties offer tour desks, spas, diverse dining and unlimited pours from top-shelf bottles from Napa’s Beringer Vineyards. Courtesy of a host of incentives for travel agents, Royal Bahamian in Nassau and Emerald Bay in Exuma are perennially popular for clients shopping for an everything-included vacation.
There are weddings and then there are really great weddings and although taking the plunge in the Caribbean is reliably great, creative nuptials beyond barefoot on the beach come with pretty good odds that you’ll never forget your anniversary. Whether it’s the first time down the aisle, three times lucky or vow renewals, Valentine’s Day, or any day as the winter winds blow at home, it is the perfect time for a heart-pumping new beginning that comes with a laundry list of conversation starters once you get back home.
“We have food, wine and festivals and families with strong ties to their heritage and tradition,” stated Mekhak Apresyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the Ministry of Economy, Tourist Department for the Republic of Armenia. “We want to share these with visitors making Armenia their destination,” he said, adding, “the country is stable and safe.”
In 2013, Armenia’s tourism and technology sector grew by 13%, “conditioned by increasing the quality of services and skills,” said the Deputy Prime Minister. The banking sector is open to foreign competition. The country has improved its investment, trade and fiscal strategies since gaining independence from the Soviets in 1991.
Travel agents all have at least one client seeking a unique vacation, one that offers a sense of discovery and greater world knowledge.
For that next one-of-a-kind adventurer consider Ethiopia, located in the horn of Africa.
One of the lesser traveled regions, Ethiopia has a fascinating history that actually begins with human civilization.
Ethiopia, entrenched with indigenous tradition and ceremony, is enjoying an uptick in tourism. Tourists will find that the people are friendly and curious about them.
Saying “Bula” (hello) will come naturally as soon as you step off the plane in Fiji, a year-round paradise located in the heart of the South Pacific, comprising an archipelago of more than 332 islands, of which 110 are inhabited. Fiji is renowned for its stunning beaches, warm climate and relaxed island atmosphere, but it is also home to a local population of the most welcoming and helpful folks in the South Pacific.
One of the most popular tourist destinations in Mexico, the Riviera Maya extends along the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula from Puerto Morelos to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. Once home to small fishing villages, the Riviera Maya coastline has since been developed into a modern tourist attraction, with everything from all-inclusive resorts and boutique hotels to fine dining. An ideal vacation destination, the Riviera Maya is home to some of the most stunningly beautiful beaches in all of Mexico with expansive stretches of powdery white sand and the clear turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. The Riviera Maya is home to the world’s second largest coral reef just a short distance offshore. With the Mayan ruins of Tulum and Coba nearby, the region is truly a perfect destination for sightseeing, water sports and all around sun worshipping.
While an economic downturn may be bad news for Argentina, it’s very good news for travelers, so there’s no better time to suggest Argentina to your clients. The highly favorable exchange rate isn’t the only reason to urge them to choose this South
Savvy travel agents know their customers’ favorite destinations well. They make periodic visits to evaluate hotels, dine at the newest eateries, and test drive the latest amusements and attractions.
Las Vegas tops the list for some travelers and agents. Recently US Airways Vacations invited 39 agents to participate in the 8th Annual Las Vegas Scavenger Hunt with a 3-night, 4-day stay at the Aria Resort & Casino.