Travel Trends & Tips

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Grand Mayan Resort in Puerto Vallarta

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This incredible resort is available at $499 per week for a party of 2.

Other Locations In Mexico

  • Nuevo Vallarta
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  • Mazatlan
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Best International Vacation Trends for 2016

Caribbean Top Vacation Trend for 2016

Americans are setting sail for the Caribbean, according to a new survey of travel experts. Once again, Caribbean cruises comprise the most popular international vacation destination for 2016.

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By the pool at the House Resort on Barbados.

In its Travel Trends Survey, Travel Leaders Group polled 1,316 USA based travel agency owners, managers and front-line agents asking them to name the five top international destinations they’re already booking for clients in 2016.

Caribbean cruises came out in first place with 42.9%; followed by Cancun, Mexico, 35.1%; European river cruises, 24.4%; London, 23.5%; and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, 19.8%.

Caribbean Princess

Cruise on the Caribbean Princess.

The demand for Caribbean cruises means that there are always new choices for travelers. In November, Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship, Vista, will set sail from Miami to ports throughout the region, with an onboard brewery and the first IMAX Theater on a cruise ship.

Holland America is launching the Koningsdam this year, which will feature the cruise line’s first staterooms specially designed for families and solo travelers.

As a new entrant into deep sea cruising, Viking Cruises has several new Caribbean itineraries for 2016, including an 11 day trip from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Cancun Mexico Tips & Trends

Located near Mexico’s ancient Mayan ruins and with miles of pristine white beaches, Cancun is a perennially popular vacation choice, with numerous options for hotels and resorts for every taste and budget.

For travelers who love to party as well as soak up some sun, there’ll be a new place to stay in 2016. The adults-only Breathless Mayan Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa from AMResorts opens in April, with plenty of ways to kick back and have some fun, including a masquerade party every Saturday.

European River Cruises

With their leisurely pace and fascinating ports of call, river cruises are a great way to experience Europe’s history and culture. Their growing popularity moves them up from fourth place in 2015 to third place this year in the Travel Leaders survey.

River cruising takes travelers through the heart of such major European cities as Budapest, Vienna, Paris, while offering themed cruises on everything from D-Day to Valentine’s Day.

London England Trends & Tips

In 2016, visitors to London can help celebrate the life and legacy of William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death. There’ll be performances by the Royal Shakespeare Company and London Philharmonic, as well as exhibits and guided tours examining the history of the English-speaking world’s greatest playwright.

London’s new attractions include the Shard, which is the European Union’s tallest building and offers incredible views of the famous Tower Bridge and nearby Tower of London from its rooftop. There’s also the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace and a tunnel slide set to open in the spring in Olympic Park.

Punta Cana

Punta Cana is on the easternmost point of the Dominican Republic, and apart from its beautiful beaches where the Atlantic and Caribbean meet, it’s known as a haven for some of the region’s top all-inclusive resorts.

Adventure travelers enjoy the area because of the opportunities ranging from kayaking and windsurfing to zip-lining. Plus, Punta Cana’s relative cost and proximity to the southeast United States make it an ideal weekend getaway.

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Best Luxury Vacation Trends for 2016

European river Cruises Best Luxury travel for 2016

As part of its annual Travel Trends Survey, Travel Leaders Group polled 1,316 U.S.-based travel agency owners, managers and front-line agents about the top trends they’re seeing for 2016, including in the growing area of luxury travel.

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River Cruising in Europe.

Three Europe destinations were among the top five luxury vacation spots.

European river cruises are at the very top, at 32.5%; followed by Italy, 25.5%; and Mediterranean cruises, 19.4%. Rounding out the top five are Caribbean cruises, 19.2%; and Australia, 11.5%.

When it comes vacation destinations trends, European river cruises also come out in first place, at 11.2%. But after that, there’s quite a bit of variety, indicating that luxury travelers are interested in a range of experiences. Cuba comes in second, at 8.3%; followed by an African safari, 4.6%; Australia, 3.9%; and Costa Rica, 2.9%.

Mediterranean Cruises

Whether you’re talking about sailing along a European river, through the Mediterranean or in the Caribbean, luxury cruises have some things in common.

Mediterranean cruise

Take an cruise excursion in Venice that includes a Gondola.

The voyages are generally all-inclusive and the ships tend to be smaller, with more spacious accommodations and a greater level of amenities such as gourmet dining, a high staff-to-passenger ratio and unique shore excursions.

For example Crystal Cruises, which will launch the Mozart, an all-suite vessel, on its maiden voyage along the Danube River in July, focuses on longer stays, allowing travelers to immerse themselves in European history and culture.

Italy

For land-based destinations, such as Italy, a luxury vacation offers travelers more opportunities to customize their trip. They can select top-of-the-line hotels and resorts, smaller tours and an itinerary that appeals to their interests.

For some, that could be a specific region such as sun-drenched Tuscany, the gorgeous Amalfi coast or the grand cities of Venice, Florence and Rome. Others may want to focus on a particular topic, such as wine and food or art and history.

Luxury travelers in search of unique experiences, who yearn for a taste of adventure, may want to try one of the survey’s top up-and-coming destinations.

Cuba

A trip to Cuba can be priceless for Americans who want to be among the first to visit the island in the wake of normalized relations. People to people tours allowed under USA law give visitors a level of interaction they wouldn’t get on a typical vacation, with visits to schools, businesses and cultural organizations. An African safari affords an unparalleled chance to see wildlife up close.

Australia

Australia offers the opportunity to explore a vast continent, from bustling cities to the Great Barrier Reef to the rugged Outback. For something truly unique, try the Margaret River wine region in Western Australia where you can enjoy some of the best wines that never make it to the U.S.

Costa Rica

A visit to Costa Rica is a chance to focus on eco-tourism, whether that means exploring the rainforest or a breathtaking view of a volcano, while enjoying one of the Central American country’s many luxury resorts.

For help planning a luxury vacation anywhere in the world, contact your travel agent.

Best Travel Trends for 2016

Disney World Orlando Top Choice

In a result that would make Mickey Mouse proud, Orlando squeaked by Maui to claim the top spot in a survey of U.S. vacation destinations for 2016, according to a national poll of travel experts.

As part of its annual Travel Trends Survey, Travel Leaders Group surveyed 1,316 U.S.-based travel agency owners, managers and front-line agents about the top destinations they’re already booking for 2016. The agents were asked to name the five top domestic destinations in demand from their clients.

Orlando, which finished second last year, came in first at 35.9 percent, followed very closely by the Hawaiian island of Maui with 35.8 percent. Rounding out the top five are Alaskan cruises, 35.3 percent; New York City, 30.6 percent; and Las Vegas, 28.8 percent.

Visitors to Orlando will find plenty of new attractions in 2016. Disney World Orlando has given its shopping and dining area a makeover and a new name, Disney Springs, inspired by Florida’s historic architecture. Plus, Disney is building several new attractions one based on the hot Star Wars movie franchise, plus an addition to its Animal Kingdom that’s inspired by the film Avatar.

Best Travel Tips & Trends for Hawaii

Maui is Hawaii’s second-largest island and a great option for travelers who want to experience the Aloha State’s stunning scenery and world-famous beaches.

Wailea Golf Course on the Maui.

Wailea Golf Course on the Maui.

Maui offers recreational activities from hiking and horseback riding to windsurfing and snorkeling. January to April is peak time for whale watching. Haleakala National Park is home to the island’s highest peak, rising 10,023 feet above sea level. The summit is an unforgettable vantage point from which to view a sunrise or sunset.

Alaska

In 2016, there’ll be more options for travelers who want to experience Alaska’s breathtaking landscape from a cruise ship.

Alaska

Alaska Cruise

Princess Cruises will have six ships plying the state’s waters, offering a combination of land and sea packages. Holland America Line is planning a new “Base Camp” at the entrance to Denali National Park, an area with shopping, dining and entertainment that will accompany the cruise line’s signature Alaska Land + Sea Journeys.

Best of New York

Two New York City landmarks are turning 125 years old in 2016, making this year a perfect time to visit. The New York Botanical Garden is a National Historic Landmark, with 250 acres that are home to more than a million living plants. The annual Orchid Show takes place Feb. 27 to April 17. Carnegie Hall is also celebrating its 125th birthday. There’ll be a gala concert May 5, as well as a full slate of performances all year long.

Las Vegas Trends

Las Vegas, a city known for entertainment options, is getting more this year. In April, the 20,000-seat Las Vegas Arena opens with a roster of rock, pop and country music stars performing throughout 2016.

Also in the spring, MGM Grand Hotel and Casino is bringing the sports entertainment chain Top golf to the Strip, offering competitive golfing for all ages and abilities, with technology that tracks the accuracy and distance of players’ shots.

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