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1/19/2017  |  by Jessica Montevago


Carlos Joaquin, governor of Quintana Roo, the coastal state of Cancun and Playa Del Carmen, has asked the Mexican government for security assistance following two attacks by gunmen this week.

Officials said one police officer and three gunmen died when a gunman opened fire on a prosecutor’s office in Cancun. Five suspects were arrested.

Police are investigating whether that incident is related to Monday’s attack on an electronic music festival in Playa Del Carmen, where a gunman opened fire at the crowd in the Blue Parrot Nightclub, killing 5 and injuring 15 others. A Canadian, an Italian and a U.S. citizen were identified among the victims.

The governor said the attacks were fueled by his crackdown on crime and drugs.

Travel agents remain mostly unconcerned, however. Jamie Wilkie, an agent at Travel Travel, said it’s a random act of violence that can happen anywhere. “Cancun—and Mexico—is a huge leisure destination. A majority of the time things are fine.”

Yvonne Malka, of Nonstop Travel in Torrance, CA, agreed. It’s the nature of the business; some clients aren’t scared of anything, while others will worry, she said.

1/19/2017  |  by Jessica Montevago

The wellness resort and spa brand operates the acclaimed Miraval Arizona in Tucson.

1/18/2017  |  by Jessica Montevago


Marriott International has announced plans to bring its tech-savvy brand Aloft Hotels to Ireland.

Aloft Dublin City is scheduled to open in the spring of 2018. The hotel will offer 202 loft-style guestrooms, keyless room entry, complimentary WiFi and a bar and lounge on the top floor.

Aloft Hotels operates 100 hotels in 16 countries. In Europe, the brand can be found in Belgium, Germany, Turkey and the United Kingdom. Five more Aloft properties are slated to open in the region over the next two years.

1/18/2017  |  by Jessica Montevago

The all-inclusive operator will open the Grand Massif Samoëns in December.

1/13/2017  |  by Jessica Montevago


After getting slammed with 10 inches of snow, many ski resorts in Tahoe have been forced to shutter their doors.

Resorts on both the California and Nevada sides of Tahoe were closed, including Woodward Tahoe Ski Area, Kirkwood Mountain Resort and Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe. Both the Sugar Bowl Ski Area in California and the Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area were not operational due to road closures and flooding.

Lake Tahoe lifted its blizzard warning on Wednesday afternoon. Winter storm warnings, however, remain in effect.

1/13/2017  |  by Jessica Montevago


Delta Vacations is running a global sale from now through the end of the month, and agents can help their clients save on a flight and hotel vacation package to any Delta Vacations destination worldwide.

Vacations from $2,500 to $3,999 get $50 off; vacations from $4,000 to $6,999 get $150 off; and vacations of $7,000 or more get $250 off. SkyMiles members can also earn up to 7,500 bonus miles per person on each booking.

1/12/2017  |  by Jessica Montevago


French hotel giant AccorHotels is launching a new lifestyle division for its collection of boutique brands.

The Millennial-focused division will include the Jo&Joe youth hostel brand and AccorHotels' stakes in Germany's 25hours Hotels and France's MamaShelter brands.

“Increasingly, travelers appreciate unique brands with strong personalities that are both working environments for urban nomads and places to meet people and enjoy interesting experiences,” said Sébastien Bazin, chairman and chief executive of AccorHotels.

Cedric  Gobilliard, who joined AccorHotels in 2009 after 10 years at France-based Club Med, will lead the division effective Feb. 1. He previously was responsible for the operations of Accor’s Mercure and Novotel brands for the French provinces.

1/12/2017  |  by Jessica Montevago

SpongeBob and Dora the Explorer take a dive 20 feet down.

1/11/2017  |  by Jessica Montevago

Explore the city beyond the standard trip to Times Square.

1/11/2017  |  by Jessica Montevago


Playa Hotels & Resorts is launching a new, all-inclusive resort brand with lifestyle company Panama Jack.

Playa will re-develop Gran Caribe Resort in Cancun and Gran Porto Resort in Playa del Carmen as Panama Jack-branded properties early this year, followed by additional resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean. Panama Jack is a consumer brand known for its suncare products, eyewear, apparel, headwear, footwear and beach accessories. The brand’s concept and asthetic will inspire the all-inclusive’s design, including Panama Jack-influenced experiential dining, entertainment, furnishings, in-room products, signage and uniforms. Playa Hotels will also carry Panama Jack retail stores.