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Blueprint for Mexico, insight from Virtuoso Travel Week

21-08-2017

First, Mexico. The report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last week recounting incidents in which American visitors believe they may have been drugged, incapacitated and possibly abused is deeply disturbing. An earlier Journal Sentinel report on allegations of tainted alcohol left some room for skepticism, because anyone who has been to Mexican beach resorts has likely witnessed tourists who drink too much, sit too long in the sun and get sick. But the credibility of... Read more

Best booze cruises in the Caribbean

20-08-2017

Best booze cruises in the Caribbean

Melanie Reffes, Special for USA TODAY Published 8:28 p.m. ET Aug. 20, 2017 Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last Slide Next Slide New on the Island Routes roster and also going for $95 per person, Reggae Sunset Cruise is a club-on-water with DJs spinning dance tunes and bartenders shaking, stirring and pouring potent fruity cocktails. (Photo: Island Routes)   Technically speaking, a booze cruise refers to a ferry that crosses the English Channel to France... Read more

August hotel roundup: The latest openings, renovations, brand updates

20-08-2017

August hotel roundup: The latest openings, renovations, brand updates

The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills recently opened.   (Photo: Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts)   The U.S hotel industry reported positive year-over-year results in three key areas during the last week of July. Occupancy rates were up 0.3% to 77.4%. The average daily rate reached $132.21, an increase of 1.2% over the same week last year. And revenue per available room was up 1.5% to $102.39. That’s all based on the latest data from research... Read more

At Virtuoso Travel Week, a growing focus on agent communities

20-08-2017

LAS VEGAS -- As it grows, Virtuoso continues to add to its communities, groups of supplier partners and agents interested in travel niches: a family travel community launched this year, and a wellness community launched in 2016. The communities enable supplier and agent members to share best practices and develop educational and marketing materials. Virtuoso also hosts events built around the communities, such as this year's Virtuoso Community Globetrotting, a fair-style expo, held at last week's Virtuoso Travel Week at the Bellagio.... Read more

Tourists flocking to Spain, but locals far from welcoming

20-08-2017

Spain is experiencing a record-setting year in tourism and is the European destination du jour for U.S. travelers, according to travel sellers and tour operators. But that popularity has sparked a spate of anti-tourism protests that could ultimately make the country less attractive to prospective visitors. The deadly van attack in Barcelona last Thursday, a terrorist act for which Islamic State claimed responsibility, could also hurt Spain tourism in the short term. "Traveler sentiment is fickle, and it does not take many... Read more

Rick Steves: How to survive a European road trip

19-08-2017

Rick Steves: How to survive a European road trip

Rick Steves Published 8:00 a.m. ET Aug. 19, 2017 Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last Slide Next Slide Brace yourself for driving in Italian cities (such as Modica in Sicily): Drivers may be more aggressive than you're used to. (Photo: Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli) Horror stories about driving in Europe abound. They're fun to tell, but driving is really only a problem for those who make it one. If you know what to expect, your drive... Read more

Readers' Choice winners: Your wine country favorites

19-08-2017

Readers' Choice winners: Your wine country favorites

See which wine-centric tours, tastings, festivals, restaurants and hotels our readers voted the best in the U.S. In wine regions across the country, grapes are beginning to plump up on the vine; harvest season kicks off in August and continues through October. To celebrate this exciting time of year in the world of winemaking (and drinking), we asked our readers to help us crown our 2017 Readers' Choice winners for Best Winery Tour, Best Tasting... Read more

What you need to know about the Great American Eclipse

19-08-2017

What you need to know about the Great American Eclipse

Watch the solar eclipse with a deeper level of understanding and scientific curiosity On August 21, 2017, many across the United States will be looking up, hoping to catch a glimpse of a rare total solar eclipse. Cities from the coast of Oregon to the beaches of South Carolina are hosting festivals and throwing viewing parties to celebrate this event. But it's more than just a cool light show brought to us by Mother Nature.... Read more

Everything you've heard about Burning Man is wrong

19-08-2017

Everything you've heard about Burning Man is wrong

An aerial shot of Black Rock City — Photo courtesy of Kyle Harmon My first time going to Burning Man was in 2012 and I remember trying to explain it to my parents. By that point, they were already pretty used to me shocking them with my life choices: traveling around Asia while sleeping on strangers' couches, hitchhiking my way across foreign lands, breaking into one of Pablo Escobar's former mansions. Those kinds of things. ... Read more

Hilton encouraging Americans to get passports

19-08-2017

Hilton Hotels & Resorts this fall will start a campaign encouraging Americans to get passports.... Read more

 

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