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5/10/2017  |  by Richard D'Ambrosio

San Francisco Chronicle and Boston Globe promote travel agents to the public as ASTA's PR campaign throttles up.

4/30/2017  |  by Cheryl Rosen

The recent ban on electronic devices in the cabins of airplanes traveling to and from the Middle East presents a new security concern.

4/27/2017  |  by Harvey Chipkin


When you travel as much and as adventurously as Anthony Bourdain, the host of the CNN television travel show “Parts Unknown,” you develop some helpful knowledge. Here are the travel tips he offered up to The New York Times last week:

  • Be cool: Don’t get angry; don’t be the person huffing and puffing and getting angry in the security line. It doesn’t help. Like a recidivist convict, you should go limp.
  • Dress for security.
  • Eat at the airport. (Probably Changi Airport in Singapore has the best food; it has a hawker center for the employees that’s open to the public. Tokyo has a Lawson convenience store with ethereal egg salad.”
  • Be nice. Be grateful for any hospitality offered and be flexible in your plans, because a rigid itinerary is lethal to a good time.
  • Carry a knife.

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4/25/2017  |  by Richard D'Ambrosio

In an article about how to choose the right agent, the Times promotes the qualities that make a difference.

4/25/2017  |  by Jessica Montevago


Condé Nast Traveler’s May issue includes the annual “Hot List” of top new hotels and resorts across the globe, from the California coast to islands in the Indian Ocean.

This year’s list shows a definite trend toward boutique, with more than half of the winners having fewer than 50 guest rooms.

Here are the top 10 in North America, the Carribbean and Europe.

United States and Canada:
11 Howard, New York, NY
Ace Hotel New Orleans, La
Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa, AZ
The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel, NY
Brentwood, Saratoga Springs, NY
Casa Grande at Vermejo Park Ranch, NM
Casa Laguna Hotel & Spa, Laguna Beach, CA
The Dewberry Charleston, SC
EAST, Miami, FL
Four Seasons Resor Lanai, HI

Caribbean and Mexico:
Zemi Beach House,Anguilla
The Other Side, Harbour Island, Bahamas
Mar Adentro, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Chablé Resort, Yucatan, Mexico
Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa, St. Barts
Hotel Le Toiny, St. Barts
Villa Marie Saint-Barth, St. Barts
The Shore Club Turks and Caicos, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Europe:
Hôtel Panache, Paris, France
Le Roch Hôtel & Spa, Paris, France
Ritz Paris, France
Il Sereno, Lake Como, Italy
Villa Pliniana, Lake Como, Italy
Sikelia, Pantelleria, Italy
Palazzo Venart, Venice, Italy
Casa Bonay, Barcelona, Spain
Soho House Barcelona, Spain
The PIG at Combe, Devon, England, United Kingdom
Killiehuntly Farmhouse & Cottage, Highland, Scotland, United Kingdom

For the full list, go here.

4/20/2017  |  by Jessica Montevago

Running a cruise line may indeed be as complicated as rocket science. But who knew Viking chairman Torstein Hagen really was a physicist?

4/17/2017  |  by Richard D’Ambrosio

Agents have a place in inspiring travel decisions and serving consumers, leading online travel editor writes.

4/6/2017  |  by Richard D’Ambrosio

'Canada’s Downtown' portrayed as the quintessential Canadian urban experience, and welcoming to LGBT couples.

4/6/2017  |  by Cheryl Rosen

“Don’t save your tax refund check — spend it on travel,” says The New York Times. And who are we to argue with that?

3/15/2017  |  by Maria Lisella


Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit started off as a suburb of chic and bustling Puerto Vallarta just 10 years ago.

Its hotel inventory reached 10,000 in 2007 compared to its current and still counting, 15,485 rooms. By 2019, expect to see One&Only Mandarina, the Fairmont Costa Canuva and the Rosewood Mandarina among the stellar properties. Additionally, today Riviera Nayarit boasts four AAA Five Diamond hotels, 11 AAA Four Diamond hotels, one AAA Five Diamond restaurant and six AAA Four Diamond restaurants.

With this kind of hotel power it has become a celebrity beacon attracting Christina Aguilera and Joe Jonas, Alessandra Ambrosio and Selena Gomez to its 192 miles of beaches. Share your experiences using #RivieraNayarit10 on your favorite social platforms.