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Ometepe, Nicaragua - One Island, Two Volcanoes
May 21, 2014
Ometepe Island in Nicaragua should brace itself for a tourism influx… Yes, some 24 tourist per week will now be flocking to the island, thanks to the long-awaited opening of the Island’s $12 million La Paloma Airport last week. Yes, that’s right. And whopping 24 extra tourists! Every week! But that’s the nature...
Central America - Yoga Retreats
Apr 23, 2014
Every year thousands of yogis and yoginis make their way to Central America to breathe in the serene beauty of a tropical landscape and breathe out the stress of their everyday lives. Central America hosts some of the finest yoga retreats in the world where many go to incorporate the meditative...
Nicaragua – Lovely Leon
Apr 18, 2014
Founded in 1524 by Spanish conquistadores, Leon is a colonial town in the western part of Nicaragua, filled with awe-inspiring architecture and a lazy, laid-back culture. Don’t let the sleepy exterior fool you though; Leon is sparkling with culture, art and an exciting nightlife. This is one of those towns...
Tree House Hotels – Branch Out On Your Next Vacation
Apr 10, 2014
Looking to branch out on your next stay? In the most beautiful forested areas around the world, hotel entrepreneurs are venturing into an area that was once purely the domain of young children: tree houses. These hotels are usually suspended high in the air and offer some breathtaking views while...
Snapshots - Belize, Fiji, British Columbia, Australia, France
Feb 9, 2014
Belize: Artists In Residence Join two of Canada’s most celebrated culinary leaders, Toronto chef Chris McDonald and Food Network’s Manic Organic...
Buzzing In Belize - 10 Ways To Bring Out Your Adventurous Side
Jan 24, 2014
1. Bird Watching Home to over 600 species of birds, Belize offers some of the best bird watching in the world.
Costa Rica - An Exotic, Ecological Eden
Jan 1, 2014
Costa Rica is a wild and rugged Central American natural playground that appeals to the more adventurous Canadian traveller. In fact, 9.3 per cent of the country’s visitors hail from the Great White North, and Costa Rica is the country of choice for some 4.2 per cent of Canadian travellers...
Dig In - Christmas Food Traditions Around The World
Dec 24, 2013
While the roast turkey that Canada enjoys every Christmas may seem pretty common place in a lot of other countries, every country celebrates Christmas a little differently...
Green Sleeps - Rest Your Head At An Eco-Chic Hotel
Dec 15, 2013
In this day and age, it’s chic to be environmentally-conscious. Hotels and destinations around the world are catching on to this trend and offering tempting green options for their guests, as well as doing their part to be eco-friendly while remaining truly luxurious. Below you can find a roundup of...
I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas - Top Five Holiday Trips for Wildlife Lovers
Dec 9, 2013
A wildlife vacation is inspirational and it can impact how people move through life long after they have returned home. So forget about the computer games and cell phones – international travel can be the best possible gift that you can give a child of any age. Here are five...
An Exotic, Ecological Eden - Now Is The Time To Brush Up On Your Costa Rica Knowledge
Nov 28, 2013
Costa Rica is a wild and rugged Central American natural playground that appeals to the more adventurous Canadian traveller. In fact, 9.3 per cent of the country’s visitors hail from the Great White North, and Costa Rica is the country of choice for some 4.2 per cent of Canadian travellers...
Keeping It Real In Belize
Nov 7, 2013
From Pyramids To Parrot Fish: It’s Great To Get Down To Earth In Belize By Tim Johnson It came exactly as described...
Snap Shots - Artful In Amsterdam, Tech Detox, Austin F1
Jul 8, 2013
Amsterdam’s iconic De L’Europe hotel is celebrating the reopening of the Rijksmuseum by transforming every room into an art gallery.
Snapshots Fall 2012
Nov 21, 2012
  BELIZE Some Things AreWorth It The locavore dining movement has deep roots in Canada, but there are some daily indulgences even those...
A Riviera Bucket List
Sep 21, 2012
Most first-timers to one of the Mayan Riviera's palatial all-inclusive resorts spend their holidays happily sequestered in the resorts, wringing...
World Report
Sep 21, 2012
  Fiji Adventure Ahoy! Fiji seems to have an endless choice of adventures, on land, at sea, and in the sky. Trek mountain trails culminating in a swim under a waterfall, and visit caves to hear stories of great chiefs and tribal wars. Fiji boasts one of the world’s top snorkeling and diving...
More Than A Sailing Trip - Shore Excursions Make The Memories On A Western Caribbean Itinerary
Aug 29, 2012
Snorkeling through crystalline waters as the sun’s rays streamed over a kaleidoscopic garden of coral reef, I was living a dream sparked long ago by a film clip of Jacques Cousteau. As tropical fish flashed by, their neon hues glowing in the light, I recalled the French explorer’s description of...
6 Places To Explore - Culturally Speaking
May 25, 2012
We are not all alike. Never have been and never will be. Let’s celebrate our differences. Mardi Gras Leave the inhibitions and...
6 Places Savvy Travellers Have On The Radar
May 4, 2012
Once a destination gets too popular certain travellers move on to the next best thing. Here’s where they’re going.
A Room With A View - Putting Your Clients' Heads In The Right Beds Makes Great Commissions
Apr 27, 2012
Flights are booked, now it’s time for the hotels, if you’re booking an FIT trip for you clients. Where to stay? There are limitless options. Check out these suggestions to get you started.
5 Places To Experience Local Flavour
Apr 27, 2012
What better way to experience other cultures than to do as the locals do? Worship, taste, listen and watch. You’ll be surprised what you can learn.
Central America
Apr 10, 2012
It’s a jungle out there and these undiscovered countries want you in it. Nature and wildlife is your bedside, seaside, and mountainside companion where adventure not crowds reign.
Rising From The Jungle - Land & Sea Adventures In Belize
Oct 26, 2011
Many centuries ago, the Mayan civilization rose out of the rainforests of Belize with dazzling temples, massive artworks and a culture based on the cultivations of corn, chocolate and cassava, only to be reclaimed by the jungle once its time had passed.
Mundo Maya Gears Up For A New Beginning
Sep 28, 2011
Clearly, delegates at the Mundo Maya Tourism Fair were pumped. According to the long count Mayan calendar, the last day of the year is December 21, 2012. Contrary to popular but misinformed belief, no, the world does not end then but a new calendar begins.
See You In Chiapas - Southern Mexico State To Host 2011 Adventure Travel World Summit
Feb 24, 2011
Chiapas, the southern-most state in Mexico, has won the bid to serve as Destination Host to the Adventure Travel Trade Association’s (ATTA) eighth annual Adventure Travel World Summit, an assembly of 600 adventure tourism professionals, which will be held October 17 to 20 in San Cristóbal de las Casas.
By The Sea - Ecuador's Coastal Towns Boast Wildlife, Ancient Cultures & Panama Hats
Dec 13, 2010
“The most important thing you need to know about Ecuador is its diversity,” says Patricio Tamariz, owner/operator of Bahia Dolphin Tours.
Serious Sunbathing - Sample The Beaches In Belize, Costa Rica & Panama
Oct 27, 2010
By Merle Rosenstein Sun-saturated Central America, an s-shaped isthmus between Mexico and Columbia, has more than its fair share of beautiful...
Mexico Report
Oct 5, 2010
The Cozumel Promotion Board is inviting travel agents to become a Cozumel expert with the new Cozumel Consultant online training course. The program offers a trio of education and support programs including the Isla Cozumel Consultant Study Course, 2010 FAM Trip and the innovative “Heavenly Stars” Reward Program. These courses...
From Jungle to Reef - Affordable, Educational & Family Oriented Travel in Belize
Oct 5, 2010
The English speaking country of Belize is emerging as an affordable and educational destination for family vacations. The country’s unspoiled landscapes, rich cultural history and colourful locals offer a variety of activities to keep everyone in the family happy. Located between Mexico and Guatemala in Central America there are crystal...
Big, Very Big - From Plazas To Pyramids Mexico City Is Full Of Amazing Stuff
Aug 29, 2010
There are conflicting reports over which is the world’s biggest city, but it could well be Mexico City. This remarkable city offers an overwhelming amount of culture, history, dining, and entertainment to the curious traveller: five Aztec temples, the continent’s largest cathedral, and stunning architecture ranging from Aztec ruins to...
Central America Report - August 2010
Aug 29, 2010
“The idea of the resort is everything in one place,” says Danny Apelboim of the Blue River Resort Hot Springs & Spa in Costa Rica. And it is a great idea. Located near Rincon De La Vieja volcano, the all-inclusive eco resort features large suites with separate bedroom, tvs, refrigerators.
The Popular Ones - Part Two Of Our Look At Hot Spots In The Sun
Aug 25, 2010
This month, Canadian Traveller shines a light on some of the most popular sun destinations. Take a look at destinations like San Andres, Columbia; Acapulco, Cozumel, Huatulco and Los Cabos, Mexico; Nicaragua; Panama; and Isla Margarita, Venezuela. Find out what these hot spots offer and what major tour operators are...
Adventure in Paradise - Los Cabos Offers Active Adventures On Land & Sea
Aug 25, 2010
The sapphire Sea of Cortez lapped the shore; cacti and desert shrub nodded lethargically under a halogen sun – and between, along the white-sand beach, my gallant steed Bambino followed six other horses with riders.
Sun Destinations 2009 - What's New From Canada's Tour Operators This Winter?
Aug 16, 2010
With the summer almost behind us, Canadian tour operators have been busy planning their 2009-2010 winter season. And what a season it is shaping up to be. While Canadians are faring better than their neighbours to the south economically, there are other factors that will determine whether Canadian snowbirds will...
Mexico's Capella Pedregal Offer 20%
Aug 16, 2010
Capella Pedregal, the luxury resort in Cabo San Lucas which opened in July, is offering travel agents 20 per cent commission who book stays at the resort through December 22.
Mexico Upgrade With Signature
Aug 16, 2010
Signature Vacations has partnered with Princess Hotels & Resorts to offer a free room upgrade at the 5-star Grand Riviera Princess All Suites Resort and Spa in the Riviera Maya.
Small Size, BIG Adventure - Diving, Mayan Ruins & Nature Reserves - Belize Has It All
Aug 13, 2010
Belize (pop. 322,000) fits like the thumb of a left-hand mitten against Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, with Guatemala forming its straight-as-a-rule boundary to the west. Yet Belize’s lack of size doesn’t stop it from being one of the world’s foremost adventure destinations.
More Commissions, Less Emissions - How To Become The Neighbourhood GREEN Machine
Jun 29, 2010
Green. It’s the colour of travel, tourism and yes, commissions. Who knew, eh? Well, actually quite a lot of people did. It really wasn’t a politician who discovered it – but now that those that govern have green-lighted everything that’s green, I guess the chequered flag is up! That means...
A Diversity of Riches - Sun, Adventure & Historic Treasures In Mexico
Jun 29, 2010
This month in Sun Destinations, Canadian Traveller presents Mexico, a country that offers sun, adventure and historical treasures. Mexico, a long-time favourite of vacationers, offers a diverse bounty of natural wonders that will delight any client. Turquoise seas, a stunning variety of breathtaking panoramas, beaches that spread into the horizon,
Beyond The Beach - Daytrips In & Around Cancun
Jun 28, 2010
Renowned for its gorgeous white-sand beaches, turquoise waters and year-round sunny climate, Cancun is on everyone’s radar as a beach destination. Water sports like snorkelling, scuba diving, parachuting, even riding a waverunner, abound and the hotel strip, more than 30 kilometres long, offers everything from villas and five-star hotels to...
Costa Rica Targets Carbon-Zero Status
Jun 28, 2010
Two words – green and sustainable – sum up Expotur 2009, the travel trade show organized by the Costa Rican Association of Professionals in Tourism (ACOPROT) held near San Jose in May. Whether or not each of the 200-plus sellers “walked the talk” of the widely acclaimed eco-sensitive factors, the...
Mexico Is Bouncing Back From H1N1 - Riviera Maya Took A Hit, But Keeps On Ticking
Jun 28, 2010
Despite the fact that it’s a mere mild illness for most people, the H1N1 virus briefly knocked tourism to Mexico, especially Riviera Maya, into economic intensive care. North American airlines took a 10.9-per cent hit to traffic to Mexico in May 2009, and Mexican carriers’ traffic dwindled by almost 40...
New In Cancun
Jun 25, 2010
The first phase of the Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort, opening this month, is SVO’s first vacation ownership resort in Cancun, Mexico, as well as the first hotel-branded vacation ownership resort in Cancun. Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun opened this month, with 446 adults-only suites, all with spectacular views of the sparkling...
Into The Blue - And the Green On Land & Sea Adventures In Belize & Costa Rica
Jun 25, 2010
Warm ocean waters teeming with marine life. Lush tropical jungles alive with the sounds of birds and animals. Impassive Mayan ruins guarding ancient cultures. Combine these with friendly people, great food and infectious music and there really is no better place for adventure-seeking travellers than Latin America and more specifically,
Cenotes & Sea Fun - Mexico & Family Vacations Go Hand In Hand
May 26, 2010
When you get to know Mexico, you realize it's no surprise that one of the most wonderful surprise packages ever invented for kids – the piñata – originated here.
Still Growing - Cancun Has Developed Way Beyond The Beach
May 1, 2010
Forty years ago, Cancun wasn’t here. That may seem both unimaginable and a scandalous waste of perfectly good sand and water, but it’s true nonetheless.
Seeing San Jose
Mar 1, 2010
If your clients plan to stay in the capital, check out the Aurola Holiday Inn, central and reasonably priced. (www.aurolahotels.com). For something unique, the 37-room Grano de Oro is converted from a Victorian mansion and hard to beat for its distinctive ambience (www.hotelgranodeoro.com).
Rainbow Nation - But Costa Rica Is Mainly Green
Mar 1, 2010
Costa Rica is a country of many colours, with as many ways to promote it to clients. The vivid hues of exotic plants, jewel coloured birds flashing among the tree canopy, and brightly painted roadside cafés (sodas in the vernacular) all contribute to its cheery ambience.
Maya Money-Maker - It Is Always A Good Time To Sell The Riviera Maya
Feb 1, 2010
From Cancun to the Belize border, Riviera Maya unfurls along 130 kilometres of Mexico’s Caribbean coast. With some of the finest beaches and golf courses in the world, nearly 40,000 hotel rooms, duty-free shopping, eco-adventures, archeological sites and Great Mayan Reef – largest coral reef in the western hemisphere –...
Canals & Indians - Panama Boasts Big City Bustle & Forest Tranquility
Jan 1, 2010
Sleeping volcanoes, gorgeous beaches and tropical forests home to a huge number of birds and animals – this is Panama – a birder’s paradise and adventure-seeker’s nirvana.
Panama With Nolitours
Jan 1, 2010
I flew to Panama with Nolitours, which runs weekly service to Panama through April 26 aboard Air Transat’s A310 aircraft from Edmonton stopping in Vancouver and Calgary on alternating weeks, and offers a choice of six hotel packages.
Cancun Remains Positive
Dec 1, 2009
Despite the spate of unfortunate events and bad press affecting Mexico, officials at the 22nd edition of the Cancun Travel Mart remained upbeat. “This year, the Cancun Travel Mart has an important role to play as we are facing one of the worst crisis periods Mexico has ever had in...
Everything Old Is New Again - Acapulco Is On The Tourism Comeback Trail
Dec 1, 2009
About 800,000 Canadians visit Mexico for winter vacations in an average year – but the last couple of years have been anything but average for most winter hotspots. Yet while a plummeting economy has seen North Americans drop or drastically curtail winter vacation plans, and reports of swine flu and...
I Do For Free
Nov 1, 2009
Couples who book their nuptials at Barceló's newest resort, Barceló Los Cabos Palace Deluxe, opening in December, will receive a free wedding package simply by meeting a minimum of 25 room-nights. The offer coincides with the launch of Barceló’s new website, www.BarceloWeddings.com, that helps couples plan every aspect of their...