Travel Packages for Summer Dreamers


Modern Classic Stays on Sale through Morgans Hotel Brand

Through September, Morgans Hotel Group is running flashback offers brand-wide to celebrate the hotel brand’s history. The “Modern Classic” rates and highlights include: Read more »

Is Vacation Confidence Staying Aloft?

Vacation Confidence index
Are Americans traveling as much as they once did? If you are looking at metrics for summer vacation 2016 specifically, the answer is no according to Allianz. Do Americans want to travel as much or more than they once did? If you are looking at recent numbers from MMGY Global, the answer is yes. Are Americans spending more than they once did? If you are looking at numbers from those who are traveling the answer is an absolute, yes. Read more »

Which is Hotter for Travel 2016: Cuba or Iran?

Ancient Persia tours MIR

Cuba may have been the “it” destination for the past 18 months, but 2016 is seeing Iran take its turn at the international forefront of the coolest places to go. Since economic sanctions were lifted in January, intrepid travelers have set out to explore Iran’s fabulous bazaars, amazing archaeological sites, and, not so surprisingly, warm and friendly people.

MIR Corporation has had a long-standing relationship and understanding with this complex and captivating culture, developed over 15 years of leading tours throughout the region. With Iran ready to seek out deeper connections with the U.S. and the rest of the world, there has not been a better time in nearly four decades to visit this ancient land. Read more »

Maximizing India: Finding Luxury in Adventure

Travel to India Sujan

If you do have a bucket list, visiting India inevitably will be on it. And to make that visit to India count it should be managed in style. A customized itinerary arranged by Banyan Tours & Travels is a good place to start and the luxury experiences to be found with a property owned by SUJÁN marks a good place to stay.

India should not be approached by personal knowledge alone. An easy destination for backpackers and budget wanderers, travelers beyond a certain age and stamina may not fare so well when creating their own trip to this daunting subcontinent. The swirls of cacophony, color and chaos are true hallmarks of a visit to India, overwhelming at times, mesmerizing at all times and often frustrating for those who may not have all the time in the world to wander, get lost and get found again. For travelers with limited time off and who want to seek purposeful times in India with certain must-sees in mind, having a destination specialist, such as Banyan Tours & Travels, can make all the difference between an amazing time, a smooth time, a problem-free time in India and a vacation spent parsing out and solving problems. READ MORE …

Cruise Muse: Skip the Veranda; Take the Suite

Upgrade cruise to suite

Seabourn Spa Villa

Not all cruises are created equal and not all vacations are either. If a cruise is on the horizon, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) says upgrading is the way to go. And for many who once were ecstatic to move from port hole to balcony, these days it means moving to a whole new level of expectations, amenities and service.

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Are Boom Times for Hotels Turning to Thuds?

Slowdown in Hotel market

After enjoying several years of what was one coined “irrational exuberance,” halcyon days for the hospitality industry may be coming to an end. Hotels should prepare for tougher times ahead, say Alan Lewis and Dan McKone, managing directors at L.E.K. Consulting and authors of Edge Strategy: A New Mindset for Profitable Growth (Harvard Business Review Press, 2016).

2016 has finally seen a deceleration in the growth of revenue per available room. And some bellwether markets, such as New York City, recently experienced declines in these numbers. Meanwhile, many properties that started construction during the boom are coming online, adding supply to a market that may already be full enough. Read more »

Betting on Bogota: Tourism to South America


Landing in Bogota, as the clouds part from the peaks of the Andes and a bumpy tapestry of green farms and muddy lakes flow into the broad, buzzing of Bogota, you remember you are never too far from heaven. Bogota is its own special paradise – as old as the Spanish conquests, as new as the latest luxury hotels and as smart and fast to adapt as the apps in your phone. Read more »