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American suspending Chicago-Beijing service

Travel Industry News - 5 hours 35 min ago
United and Hainan Airlines are competitors in the market.

Sandals severs ties with Funjet Vacations

Travel Industry News - 6 hours 50 min ago
Funjet will no longer sell Sandals and Beaches resorts effective May 26.

Flight-search app Hopper touts exclusive low fares

Travel Industry News - 8 hours 25 min ago
Hopper has partnered with six airlines to offer fares that are cheaper than the fares those airlines list anywhere else, including on their own websites.

Family Fun in Panama City, Panama

TakingTheKids RSS - 9 hours 27 min ago

Street art in Old Town, Panama City

By Allison Tibaldi, Taking the Kids correspondent

Panama is a destination that seems to be on the tip of every traveler’s tongue. Panama City is the gateway to this country’s beaches, rainforest and diverse flora and fauna.  My family and I recently had the opportunity to explore this colorful city, where the 21st century mingles with the old world. It’s very well connected to most of North and South America, so nonstop flights from many cities into the capital’s modern airport are the norm. We boarded a plane at JFK in NYC and five hours later we were swimming in our hotel’s pool.

The Santa Maria Hotel & Golf Resort

 The new Santa Maria Hotel & Golf Resort is only 10 minutes from Tocumen International Airport and 15 minutes from the city center. The neighborhood has a swanky suburban feel but it’s close to top attractions.

The 182 guestrooms and suites feature authentic Panamanian design celebrating the country’s artisan traditions. Each spacious room is decorated with Panamanian crafts including the Guna Yala traditional Mola blankets that adorn the beds, baskets hand-woven by the Embera community and furnishings constructed from wood mined from Gatun Lake. Handmade masks and colorful paintings by Panamanian artists mesh with upscale global touches such as Italian marble accents in the bathrooms and European high-thread count sheets.  The rooms are comfortable and uncluttered. The common areas are equally welcoming with an indoor-outdoor flow that encourages exploration of the lovely grounds.

Swimming Pool-Santa Maria

Hotel Activities

 For families, the gigantic pool with views of the 18-hole golf course means there’s plenty of kid-approved fun after a long day of sightseeing. Three restaurants, spa and high-tech fitness center round out the options.

If your family likes to golf, the hotel is the place to swing a club in Panama City. It is home to the only Championship Nicklaus Design 18-holes, 72-par golf course in all of Panama City.

Panama Canal

Don’t miss the Panama Canal

The Miraflores Visitor Center is the best land-based platform to see this engineering marvel. You’ll view mega-cruise ships squeezing through the lock, watch the informative short video and explore the museum.  You’ll leave with a better understanding of the canal’s history and the people who came to Panama to build it.

 Explore the Old Town

Strolling the revitalized historic district, known as Casco Viejo or Casco Antiguo, is a must. Now a World Heritage Site, it was a decaying neighborhood only a generation ago. Today, it’s Panama’s hippest and most vibrant neighborhood. The charming architecture includes plenty of wrought iron, Juliet balconies and cobblestone alleys. The visuals reminded us of New Orleans or Charleston. Restaurants, colorful street art, chocolate shops and galleries are plentiful.


The Biomuseo

The stunning Frank Gehry-designed Biomuseo highlights Panama’s natural and cultural history. The interactive galleries give visitors a good sense of how human ingenuity shaped this country as well as the importance that preserving Panama’s natural environment has on the canal. The long-reaching effects of the canal are explored as are Panama’s indigenous peoples.

Parque Natural Metropolitano

This 265-hectare city park is a rambling urban escape. It offers well-marked hiking trails through the tropical forest and the chance to see titi monkeys, sloths and iguanas right near the city center.

 Biomuseo image courtesy of Visit Panama

Study shows travel websites should tighten cybersecurity

Travel Industry News - 11 hours 50 min ago
The websites of major companies in the travel industry do not provide users with adequate protection from hackers, according to an analysis by the digital security company Dashlane.

The Kids Food Festival is returning to the Oculus at Westfield Trade Center NYC

TakingTheKids RSS - 16 hours 19 min ago

Kick off Mother’s day weekend by enjoying food, family and fun! The Kids Food Festival is a celebration to educate families about making balanced food choices that create wholesome lifelong eating habits. It will take place in NYC on May 12th and 13th. Festivities include hands-on cooking classes in collaboration with the James Beard Foundation (hosted in Épicerie Boulud), the Balanced Plate Scavenger Hunt, family-friendly entertainment, and much more. The Kids Food festival is also seeking interns for culinary and event planning. For more information, please email VolunteerOutreach@KidsFoodFestival.com.

Will the Year of Troy trigger the year of the comeback for Turkey tourism?

Travel Industry News - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 23:40
Hope is that arrival numbers will continue to rebound, bolstered by a yearlong celebration that includes the opening of the Troy Museum and even a Trojan theme park.

Hotel-hostel chainlets lead with their food and drink offerings

Travel Industry News - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 21:40
The high-brow/budget-conscious hybrid is an unusual model for traditional hotels, but the approach is fueling steady growth at Freehand and Mama Shelter.

Puerto Vallarta upgrades urban transit system

Travel Industry News - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 18:05
Eight buses went into operation this month, and an additional 90 will be added until December, when 332 new units will make up the entire bus system.

Destino Xcaret announces latest developments

Travel Industry News - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 18:00
Xcaret recently announced plans for a second hotel project, the ecologically inclined La Casa de la Playa.

Mundo Maya looks southward

Travel Industry News - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 17:40
Similar to the way travelers can visit multiple European countries in one trip, Mexico is aiming to unite with Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

Rome rises to AAA's top international destination this summer

Travel Industry News - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 17:10
Orlando once again is the top domestic destination.

FAA issues another inspection order after Southwest accident

Travel Industry News - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 16:50
Airlines will be required to perform ultrasonic tests by the second half of August on fan blades that have been used at least 20,000 times.

Agents pitch rebounding Turkey as an exciting destination

Travel Industry News - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 16:10
The Travel Advisor Leadership Council met in Istanbul last week, getting a firsthand look at how some popular attractions are faring.

Hyatt's Mark Hoplamazian

Travel Industry News - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 15:15
The hotel company's CEO talks about wellness travel, group commission cuts and sustainability.

Eileen quoted in Forbes on Mount Desert Island, Maine for summer vacation

TakingTheKids RSS - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 14:44

Eileen’s is quoted in Forbes in an article about inexpensive summer vacations. “You can go out on a lobster boat, see tiny lobster hatchlings at the Oceanarium in Bar Harbor and eat all kinds of seafood and every variety of lobster dish — even lobster ice cream — at Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Emporium in Bar Harbor.” More here.

Biz travel specialist OneJet acquiring Ultimate JetCharters

Travel Industry News - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 13:40
The acquisition includes the Ultimate Air Shuttle brand, which operates regularly scheduled charters between Cincinnati and five eastern cities, utilizing private airports.

Sabre partners with Amazon Web Services to aid cloud migration

Travel Industry News - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 13:15
Under the partnership, Amazon Web Services will provide Sabre with additional services and training.

Visitor numbers could hit another record in the Dominican Republic

Travel Industry News - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 10:15
The country accounted for 21% of all Caribbean travel in 2017.

What's in a name? For Turks and Caicos-based company, almost everything

Travel Industry News - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 10:05
"Two years ago we decided to form a brand new, full-service destination management company to work exclusively with travel advisers to serve their luxury clients," Val Kalliecharan said.