Florida's Tampa is home to many kid-friendly attractions that provide fun for the entire family. Families can interact with sea creatures at the Florida Aquarium, ride roller coasters at Busch Gardens amusement park and go for a family stroll along the Tampa Riverwalk.
Upscale hotels are offering more unforgettable immersion activities to guests. For example, travelers can take a leadership course around horses at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe in New Mexico and use traditional Fijian methods to hunt for boar at the Nanuku Auberge Resort in Fiji.
Royal Caribbean International's 3,114-passenger Mariner of the Seas has docked in Miami after undergoing $120 million in upgrades, including a new tiki bar dubbed the Bamboo Room and SkyPad bungee trampoline activity. Beginning today, the ship will sail three- and four-day cruises to the Bahamas.
A recent survey by Ensemble found that 65% of agents believe an agent's product knowledge is the skill most valued by customers, so agents need a system in place to master their knowledge of products, Steve Gillick advises. It should include a variety of actions, including role-playing scenarios where agents explain a vacation package in detail and completing supplier-sponsored specialist programs.
A new mobile app called EazyO facilitates speedy delivery of food, beverages and other items to hotel guests at beachfront and poolside. CEO Brett Benza counts several major hotels and resorts among clients for the GPS-based service.
The United States Tour Operators Association recently announced Authentic Vacations is becoming a member of the association. "Authentic Vacations brings extensive expertise in travel to Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, and Scandinavia to the USTOA membership base, as well as a shared value of providing 'live like a local' experiences to travelers," USTOA President and CEO Terry Dale said.
Puerto Rico's St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort plans to reopen its doors in October after a $60 million makeover. The renovations include custom furniture pieces in guest rooms, upscale poolside cabanas and a new restaurant by the pool.
Panama's renowned canal may be its most popular attraction, but the country also has a lot to offer nature lovers. Travelers can watch monkeys during a tour of Gatun Lake, go hiking in Soberania National Park and explore the country's natural history at the Biomuseo exhibits.
To get back on the success track, you need to stop procrastinating and make time for unpleasant tasks, Mark Marchev advises. By tackling to-dos daily, you will become disciplined and happy you are staying on top of your work.
Denihan Hospitality has sold the James Chicago hotel in the city's Magnificent Mile for $83 million after purchasing it for $136.6 million, according to Cook County records. The buyer, Junius Real Estate Partners, used a $67.5 million loan from ACORE Capital for financing and partnered with boutique hotel and art museum chain 21C Museum Hotels.
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