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Anantara Chiang Mai Resort Unveils Its New Afternoon Tea Service

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Anantara Chiang Mai Resort Unveils Its New Afternoon Tea Service - TRAVELINDEXChiang Mai, Thailand, January 27, 2023 / TRAVELINDEX / Anantara Chiang Mai Resort unveils its new afternoon tea service, an ode to the English ritual of refinement and enjoyment, held daily in the gardens of the former British consulate on the banks of the Ping River.

The ritual of afternoon tea began among the English aristocracy in the 1800s. It was a small indulgence, an occasion to look forward to, to dress up for, and to share with friends.

Anantara Chiang Mai Resort’s new afternoon tea pays homage to the historic roots of the tradition. The setting could not be more ideal, on the verandah of what was Her Majesty’s consulate which dates back 100 years.

Each detail of the experience has been carefully designed by Chef David Eldridge and team, beginning with the fine porcelain. It has been sourced from Wedgwood, official potter to Her Majesty since the time of Queen Charlotte. The Paeonia Blush collection was chosen in a nod to Chiang Mai’s floral surrounds – it also has a hint of the Asian exotique.

The tea begins with delicate finger sandwiches and tartlets, then freshly baked scones with authentic Devonshire clotted cream. A selection of patisserie follows, and, perfect for Thailand’s warm weather, homemade tropical sorbet.

Guests enjoy a choice of loose-leaf teas from the TWG and Monsoon collections, as well as hot or iced coffee. Additional options include sparkling wine, an old-fashioned G&T, or a bubbly cocktail.

Afternoon tea is served daily 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm, beginning at THB 790++ per person or THB 1,390++ for two. For more information or reservations, call +66 53 253 333


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Be My Valentine at Cooling Tower Rooftop Bar Carlton Hotel Bangkok

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Be My Valentine at Cooling Tower Rooftop Bar Carlton BangkokBangkok, Thailand, January 27, 2023 / TRAVELINDEX / Cooling Tower Rooftop Bar at Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit unveils curated celebration menus to mark Valentine’s Day.

Romance is best celebrated with an evening sunset and rooftop views. A specially curated 4-course menu awaits, alongside live band music with love ballads.

Explore our special menu created for this day of love. Sip special Valentine’s cocktails by guest mixologist from Bacardi Thailand. Bring your soulmate and celebrate your love now and forevermore.

Regular Package
THB 3,499++ for 2 persons inclusive of a 4-course romantic set dinner with cocktail pairing plus a complimentary bouquet of flowers

Premium Package
THB 4,999++ for 2 persons inclusive of a 4-course romantic set dinner and a bottle of bubbles, free flow soft drink plus a complimentary bouquet of flowers and a Carlton teddy bear

Be My Valentine
Venue: Cooling Tower Rooftop Bar
Time: 5:30 pm – midnight

• Vegetarian Menu available, please let us know on the date of reservation
• The regular Cooling Tower menu and Happy Hour will not be available on 14 February 2023

For more information or reservations, please contact us at 02 090 7888

First published at – Global Travel News


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There’s a museum for almost everything it seems, so it’s of little surprise that automobile aficionados can get their hearts racing at a Kentucky venue dedicated to North America’s first sports car, the Corvette.

Located in Bowling Green, the state’s third largest city, the museum traces the post World War II development of the American sports car, culminating in the introduction of the Corvette in 1953.

The attraction is situated roadside off the I-65 making for an easy stop for visitors heading to or through Nashville, about an hour south, and complements the vehicle’s assembly plant. (It is the only place in the world Corvettes are made).

Indeed, a key feature of the museum is its “nursery,” where new owners can come to pick up their vehicle, to applause from watching visitors. Available at a price, the service includes day-long instruction on optimum use for vehicles that range in cost from US$60,000 for a base model to $100,000 for Z06 that can do zero to 60 mph in 26 seconds. A video feed allows friends and family to watch the ceremony.

For others, there are still plenty of cool cars to see, with approximately 70 sparkling vehicles showcased in appropriate period settings.

Vintage ‘vettes

Among them are classic and rare cars in mint condition, including the millionth Corvette ever made and the only 1983 model in existence (the other 42 were purposely destroyed – the story why is told by guides).

An exhibit also details the shocking 2014 sinkhole that suddenly appeared during the night in the central section of the museum and costing eight classic cars their lives.

A guided tour (11 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily) is the best way to experience the museum and learn some of the intriguing stories behind the vehicles, but self-guided visits are also possible. Several interactive exhibits exist, including a drive simulator and a simulation of the sinkhole cave-in.

Patrons can also drive a Z06 Corvette on an adjacent racetrack (appointments are necessary, previous experience is not) at a cost of $299 for about 30 minutes. Or drivers can take their own vehicle on the track for $125. And there’s also a Go Kart track with both adults and kids karts.

Of course, there’s also an expansive Corvette store, where a giclée print of a Corvette will set you back 100 bucks. Then again, that and the museum may be as close as most people get to the real thing.

Corvette Z06


First published at Travel Industry Today

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PUBS, PATIOS & BARS: The Beatles Bar Varadero, yeah, yeah, yeah

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In the land of Fidel and Che, a venue based on the memory of John, Paul, George, and Ringo certainly comes as a surprise. Nevertheless, The Beatles Bar Varadero is one of the Cuban beach resort’s most popular hangouts, drawing crowds nightly for live music and mojitos under the stars – or more accurately, under leafy trees on a patio.

Located at Calle 59, guests are welcomed by a sculpture/requisite photo op of the Fab 4 and the small interior bar is plastered with paraphernalia recalling the band’s career, garnished with shout-outs ensure the bar’s primary patrons (Canadians) feel at home – such as Canada and Quebec flags, and a Toronto Raptors banner.

But it’s outside on the patio where guests settle in, in front of a small stage that boasts nightly cover bands that invariably span the classic rock scale from ACDC to ZZ Top, prompting singalongs, dancing, and occasional spontaneous arm waving.

On a recent visit, the band did belt out “Hey, Jude,” but otherwise did not actually play any other Beatles songs.

Three bands rotate throughout the week, taking the stage nightly at 9 and playing non-stop till midnight (Mondays excepted). The venue opens at 1 p.m.

Like all visitors, our group, which was in town for Swoop’s inaugural flight to Varadero earlier this month, was limited to drinks in the rum family – mojitos, rum punch, and rum & cola – which cost $2.50 a pop. Notably, there was no wine or beer, the latter which, like in most Cuban bars, comes and goes according to availability.

(A general insider’s tip in Cuba: “If there are people on the patio, it means they have beer!”).

As for the Beatles Bar, lack of beer on the night notwithstanding, and despite a few vocal Internet reviews suggesting otherwise, the place was a blast. Just ask those among the throng of nightly patrons, or the ones queuing to get in.

Without a doubt, we loved it, yeah, yeah, yeah!

Merseyside via Varadero

With glass purposefully in hand, we at Travel Industry Today continue our series on some of the planet’s best bars, patios and rooftop venues. For more articles in the series, click here:


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At ITB Berlin Technology, Tours and Activities Platform for Fastest-Growing Markets

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At ITB Berlin Technology, Tours and Activities Platform for Fastest-Growing Markets - - TRAVELINDEXBerlin, Germany, January 26, 2023 / TRAVELINDEX / For the second time, the Technology, Tours and Activities (TTA) segment is represented live at the World’s Largest Travel Trade Show. The TTA marketplace and TTA Forum augment a wide-ranging programme with networking events and convention sessions for trade visitors and exhibitors.

Four years ago the Technology, Tours & Activities (TTA) segment was the first of its kind in Europe to successfully debut at ITB Berlin. In 2019 already, exhibitors, trade visitors, speakers and several hundred participants were able to build contacts, exchange experiences and discuss forward-looking topics surrounding one of the fastest-growing markets of the travel industry. From 7 to 9 March at ITB Berlin 2023, the TTA segment will again gather the relevant players of the tourism industry.

Inside the display area in Hall 4.1, the TTA segment is the main platform for three of the tourism industry’s most important markets, which all have one goal: to promote and sell in-destination services. The TTA marketplace at ITB is an important meeting place for tour managers, operators, technology specialists, travel destinations and agencies. This is where trade visitors will find startups as well as established companies exhibiting their products.

eTravel Track – TTA Forum focuses on trends, discussions and innovations

At the ITB Berlin Convention at the TTA Forum of the eTravel track, informative sessions on Tours & Activities featuring the latest survey findings, trends, numerous insights and discussions await trade visitors. Industry experts will provide first-hand information on specialist topics. Ahead of Wednesday’s TTA Forum, on Tuesday, 7 March 2023 on the Orange Stage in Hall 7.1, Johannes Reck, CEO of GetYourGuide, and Douglas Quinby, co-founder and CEO of Arival, will kick off themed events.

Charlotte Lamp Davies of A Bright Approach, the moderator at the TTA Forum, said: “I am really delighted to be able to moderate a live TTA Forum again. In 2019, when the event was launched, we witnessed one of the busiest days at ITB Berlin. The industry is desperately awaiting its return. We have prepared a wide-ranging programme and look forward to live participation from the audience. The afternoon session will provide insights and specific tips for travel and tour operators.”

On the afternoon of Wednesday, 8 March 2023, industry experts will take a look at the future and discuss changing consumer behaviour, sustainability, corporate partnerships and the use of new technologies. The ITB Berlin Convention slogan ’Mastering transformation’ is particularly relevant to the Tours & Activities industry. Recent events and profound challenges have changed consumer behaviour, the focus and booking patterns in this sector.

At several interactive sessions on the ITB eTravel Stage in Hall 6.1, TTA specialists will have information on the latest trends, look to the future and offer practical tips. Douglas Quinby, co-founder and CEO of Arival and moderator of a C-Suite panel hosted by TourRadar, Tiqets and Viator, will highlight how adjusting to new technologies has changed consumer behaviour. Travel Curious, Hyatt, G Adventures and Planeterra will present case studies illustrating successful partnerships. Layered Reality will demonstrate the potential AR has for the industry and explain how this technology can augment traditional tour products.

ITB Berlin in partnership with Arival and Bookingkit

ITB Berlin, Arival and Bookingkit have established a closed partnership that extends beyond activities at ITB Berlin 2023. Over the coming weeks the two companies will host some fascinating events for the TTA community: at a conference, Arival 360 | Berlin will provide the setting for travel and adventure tour operators to network and engage with other companies, distributors and prospective partners. Exclusive research findings will also be available, highlighting the most important industry trends. Experiences Connect 2023, a free event hosted by Bookingkit, will take place on 2 February online from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Additional information is available at online event: Experiences Connect 2023. ITB Berlin is also a partner of this event.

About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention
ITB Berlin 2023 will take place from Tuesday, 7 March, to Thursday, 9 March, as a pure B2B event. Since 1966, ITB Berlin has been the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. The internationally renowned ITB Berlin Convention will take place parallel to the show and will be held live on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds – selected sessions will be streamed on ITBxplore. The ITB Berlin convention is the world’s largest travel industry event of its kind. In 2022 it took place as a virtual event on the brand’s website and registered 60,700 attendees from 125 countries who took part in more than 100 sessions featuring 223 speakers. In 2022, under the heading ’TRVLX by ITB’, ITB Berlin has planned a series of B2B networking events in European markets – the kick-off event took place in May in Georgia. Before the pandemic at ITB Berlin 2019, around 10,000 exhibitors from 181 countries displayed their products and services to some 160,000 visitors, including 113,500 trade visitors.

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UNWTO and Development Bank of Latin America Partner for Tourism Investments

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UNWTO and Development Bank of Latin America Partner for Tourism Investments - - TRAVELINDEXCaracas, Venezuela, January 26, 2023 / TRAVELINDEX / UNWTO and the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) will partner to promote and retain investment in tourism across the Latin American and Caribbean Region. As the sector’s recovery continues, the United Nations specialized agency for tourism has highlighted the importance of investments for building a more sustainable and resilient sector. The new cooperation agreement with CAF was announced against the backdrop of the FITUR trade fair in Madrid. Here, UNWTO welcomed high-level representatives from Member States of the region and from the private sector.

The joint plans will see the two organizations work together to develop a set of comprehensive tourism investment guidelines. The guidelines will be focused on five countries, namely Ecuador, Uruguay, Panama and El Salvador in the Latin American region, as well as and Barbados in the Caribbean region.

With this new partnership agreement, UNWTO and CAF will work together to boost investment into the sector and to target it towards projects and initiatives that will make the biggest difference

Alongside this, UNWTO and CAF will collaborate on the development of frameworks to attract, promote and retain foreign direct investment (FDI) towards sustainable tourism initiatives and to accelerate economic recovery and foster sustainability and resilience throughout the tourism sector.

Tourism as a driver of regional growth

UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili says: “Tourism is a recognized driver of sustainable development, growth and opportunity across the Latin American and Caribbean regions. With this new partnership agreement, UNWTO and CAF will work together to boost investment into the sector and to target it towards projects and initiatives that will make the biggest difference.”

CAF Executive President, Sergio Diaz-Granados, says: “We are implementing an agenda to become the Green Bank of Latin America and the Caribbean, that will also include the development of sustainable and regenerative tourism. A proof of our commitment is that we are the first multilateral institution to sign the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism. The partnership with UNWTO will boost our tourist sector approach and will help us reach our goals.”

Growing investments in tourism

UNWTO recently confirmed that World Tourism Day 2023 (27 September) will be held around the theme of ‘Tourism and Green Investments’. This new partnership with CAF builds on its work promoting investments in tourism, including through its Doing Business Guidelines, publications focused on individual countries in every global region.

CAF is an accredited entity of the Green Climate Fund and in collaboration with UNWTO, their member countries will be able to access innovative financing models that reduce investment risk, supporting climate adaptation and mitigation policies and reducing the energy dependence of the sector. The work will complement the progress being made through the Glasgow Declaration: A Decade of Action for Climate and Tourism, launched at the UN Climate Summit in 2022 with the aim of guiding the sector to Net-Zero emissions by 2050 at the latest.

About CAF

CAF – Development Bank of Latin America- was created in 1970, is owned by 19 countries – 17 of Latin America and the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal- as well as 13 private banks in the region which aim is to promote sustainable development and regional integration, by providing multiple financial services to clients in the public and private sectors of its Shareholder Countries.

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Accor Hotels Introduces Handwritten Collection

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Accor Hotels Introduces Handwritten Collection - - TRAVELINDEXParis, France, January 26, 2023 / TRAVELINDEX / The new brand launches with an immediate footprint of 12 committed hotels around the world; properties will connect guests with the charm, character, and warmth of their hoteliers. Accor Hotels announced an exciting new addition to the Group’s unparalleled network of brands: Handwritten Collection, a global portfolio of charming bespoke hotels that offer an intimate and stylish hospitality experience. Accor already has over 110 Handwritten leads globally totaling more than 11,500 rooms, including 12 secured signings, with five properties expected to debut throughout the first trimester of 2023.

Handwritten Collection properties opening over the next several months include Hotel Shanghai Sheshan Oriental, Handwritten Collection in Shanghai, China; Le Saint Gervais Hotel & Spa, Handwritten Collection in Saint Gervais, France; Wonil Hotel Perth, Handwritten Collection in Perth, Australia; Hotel Morris, Handwritten Collection in Sydney, Australia; and Le Splendid Hotel Lac d’Annecy, Handwritten Collection in Annecy, France. Additional properties will open throughout the remainder of the year and beyond, including Hotel Les Capitouls Toulouse Centre, France; Oru Hub Hotel, Handwritten Collection in Tallinn, Estonia; Square Lodge Hotel La Roche sur Yon, Handwritten Collection in La Roche-sur-Yon, France; Sunrise Premium Resort, Handwritten Collection in Hoi An, Vietnam; Paris Montmartre Sacré Coeur*, Handwritten Collection in Paris, France as well as properties in Bucharest, Romania and Madrid, Spain. The Handwritten Collection portfolio is expected to reach more than 250 hotels by 2030.

“Handwritten Collection enriches Accor’s offering in the ‘collection brands’ segment with a curated selection of hotels that exhibit charming and one-of-a-kind concepts. Our aim, beyond delivering a truly authentic guest experience, is to support the growing number of independent and boutique hotel owners looking to boost their global profile, connect with more audiences and grow their revenue without losing their identity,” said Alex Schellenberger, Chief Marketing Officer, Premium, Midscale, Economy Brands, Accor. “The hotels we will feature in Handwritten Collection are those sought out by travelers who appreciate heartwarming travel experiences and a twist on traditional hospitality, as well as by hoteliers who cherish the unique personality of their properties while desiring the benefits that come with a leading global partner.”

With the creation of Handwritten Collection, Accor is broadening its unrivalled brand portfolio and midscale hotel offerings and will look to replicate the success it has achieved with the Group’s other collection brands across other segments. This includes the MGallery Hotel Collection, a storied portfolio in the upper upscale brand segment that now counts more than 100 boutique hotels worldwide and Emblems Collection, Accor’s first luxury collection brand, a carefully curated selection of distinctive hotels that are emblematic of their destination, designer or place in history. With a similar bespoke approach, Handwritten Collection will bring together hotels with individual personalities, intimately reflecting the character and warmth of the people who love and look after them. Like a handwritten note, each host’s individual touches will be subtly encountered at select moments throughout the guest journey. From a warm welcome that cascades into conversation, to freshly baked treats that have guests sneaking seconds into their pockets, no two hotels or stays will be the same.

A Host with Passion

Handwritten Collection offers a variety of hotels that are so distinct, it’s as if each local hotelier were inviting guests into their charming and stylish homes. The guest experience at Handwritten Collection brings to life the spirit of the host: their tastes, their passions and the little quirks of their personality. Each local hotelier provides a charming presence that weaves their character and personality into the fabric of their hotel, engaging guests with local wisdom and delightful conversation, bringing a personalized energy to the guest experience.

“The manner in which each host interacts with their guests is thoughtfully considered and brings to life their own personal passions,” added Caroline Bénard, Global SVP Economy & Midscale Brands, Accor. “Whether in a social setting or the privacy of a guest’s room, there will be moments of storytelling and engagement that create a genuine connection. This rapport between host and guest contributes to a more meaningful and memorable stay experience.’

Designed for Independent Hoteliers

The Handwritten Collection is also designed with the needs of independent hotel owners in mind. With a current conversion rate of 80%, the bulk of properties joining Handwritten Collection will be conversion projects rather than new builds, requiring a simpler transition and ramp up process and a more sustainable growth and development model. The brand’s standards are designed to be flexible, light, and easy to attain. Moreover, Handwritten Collection provides direct ROI and the opportunity for owners to maximize revenue with immediate access to the power and reach of Accor’s sales, distribution and loyalty platforms, while also benefiting from the Group’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) capabilities.

“In 2022, Accor signed on average globally more than one hotel per day and opened nearly one hotel per day. We aim to continue this growth by anticipating the needs of our guests and aligning with the investment criteria of our partners and owners. Independent hotels are increasingly seeking the strength of Accor’s powerful sales, distribution and loyalty platform to increase their revenue and assist them in optimizing their costs, whilst retaining their own distinctive personality and offering a highly qualitative product, service and experience. Handwritten Collection offers them an ideal solution, providing the option for a franchise contract and a flexible and cost-effective level of investment. We look forward to working collaboratively with owners and partners and welcoming additional hotels from around the world into this outstanding collection. With over 110 properties and 11,500 rooms in negotiation to become part of Handwritten Collection, including 12 hotels committed already, we aim to have over 250 properties by 2030.” said Camil Yazbeck, Global Chief Development Officer, Premium, Midscale, Economy, Accor.

First published at – Global Travel News


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Just how easy is it for Canadian travellers to get to Sandals Emerald Bay in the Bahamas? Well, according to Jeremy Mutton, the resort’s General Manager, his guests can “have breakfast in Toronto and lunch in Great Exuma”. With Air Canada Vacations’ exclusive seasonal weekly direct service between Toronto and Great Exuma (with 51 connections across Canada) now through April 30, 2023, there’s no time like the present to recommend this stunning destination to your clients.

Where exactly is Great Exuma? The Bahamas, an archipelago nation, is comprised

of 700 islands and cays. Within that lie the Exuma Cays, a chain of 365 “out” islands. Great Exuma, the largest island in the Exuma Cays, is a pristine isle boasting some of the most spectacular beaches in the Caribbean and a population of just over 7,000 people.

Sandals Emerald Bay is located on 500 tropical acres with just 249 rooms and suites. The resort was practically tailor-made for “physical distancing”, long before it became the trend that it is today. For couples looking for that perfect blend of luxury, service, sophistication and seclusion, look no further than Sandals Emerald Bay. Of course, guests can expect the famed Sandals Luxury Included Vacation experience including unlimited, anytime food and premium-brand drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), around-the-clock entertainment (but only if you want), all-you-can-play land and water sports with professional instruction and more.

Following a three and a half-hour direct flight from Toronto, it’s a short 20-minute ride from Georgetown International Airport (GGT) to Sandals Emerald Bay. As with all Sandals Resorts, complimentary airport transfers are included for guests of Sandals Emerald Bay.

Let’s take a closer look at this award-winning resort.

Sandals Emerald Bay is beloved by guests from around the world for its long private white-sand beach and gorgeous blue waters. Beach lovers should definitely add this resort to their list! The resort features elegant villas and suites spread across an expansive 500 acres, three pools (including a half-acre zero-entry pool), 11 specialty restaurants serving cuisine that includes French, Italian and authentically Bahamian options, eight bars including Sandals’ signature swim-up pool bars, a Red Lane Spa for the ultimate in pampering and the list goes on. Sandals Emerald Bay also has a marina, which is accessible for guests arriving by yacht.

With 18 room categories available, there is certain to be one that’s best suited to your clients’ needs and preference….and price point. Sandals Emerald Bay offers classic contemporary accommodations reflecting magnificent Bahamian architecture. Best of all, each and every accommodation is either located directly on the beach or just a short stroll away. This alluring beachfront hideaway includes the low-rise, high style Beach Houses, sumptuously appointed rooms and suites nestled amongst manicured lawns, vibrant bougainvillea and coconut palm trees. The epitome of island living, the exclusive seaside villas—including the one and only Royal Estate Villa—offer expansive elegantly furnished suites that are located directly on the silky white Emerald Bay beach. The accommodations at Sandals Emerald Bay are so elevated; they all begin at Club Level. And nearly half of the resort accommodations include Butler Service.

Designed by golf legend Greg Norman, the award-winning Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Course is recognized as one of the most scenic 18-hole ocean-side golf courses in the Caribbean. The 18-hole, par 72 championship course is renowned for its challenging fairways. A golfer’s paradise, six signature holes hug the coastline of a scenic peninsula and prevailing trade winds promise new experiences with each game. Green fees are included for guests of Sandals Emerald Bay. Among its many awards, Sandals Emerald Bay was named “Bahamas’s Best Golf Hotel” for three years in a row at The World Golf Awards. The course is also the home of the Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, a PGA Tour-sanctioned Korn Ferry Tour event.

There’s also a 2.6-mile jogging or walking trail that takes guests on a scenic route, right around the famed golf course. It starts with vibrant views of lush greenery and wildlife, then trots along the majestic Emerald Bay Peninsula.

With 11 globally inspired restaurants, as part of Sandals 5-Star Global Gourmet, the hardest decision your clients will have to make during vacation is where to dine every night. La Parisienne, a restaurant offering authentic French cuisine, is a popular option for dinner, while Il Cielo (an Italian restaurant in the evening) with its famous crunchy banana French Toast is a must-try breakfast spot. The flavours of India are on nightly display at Bombay Club. The menu at Soy Sushi Bar pairs perfectly with sake. For those with a sweet tooth, a visit to Café de Paris is a must-do…..morning, noon and night.

The magnificent Red Lane Spa facility encompasses 16,000 square-feet with 17 relaxing treatment rooms. It’s the perfect place to enjoy some well-deserved pampering, either solo or together as a couple.

Sandals Emerald Bay is a dream come true for Canadians couples wanting romance and relaxation. It’s the perfect choice for those discerning clients who want to get away from it all or to disconnect from their busy lives to reconnect with that special someone. And thanks to Air Canada Vacations’ exclusive direct flights, this exotic escape is within easy reach. Please contact your local Sandals Business Development Manager for details on an exclusive instant savings available for Canadians at Sandals Emerald Bay.


First published at Travel Industry Today

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With over 700 islands and cays, The Bahamas offers something for everyone. For those clients seeking the perfect blend of seclusion and sophistication, the Exuma Cays definitely fit the bill.  The Exumas are famous for their sapphire-blue waters – waters so spectacular that the vibrant colours are even visible from outer space.  This chain of 365 islands is home to secluded beaches, isolated cays and luxurious resorts.

Here, nature outnumbers humans, coastlines remain flawless and private islands are home to some of the world’s most famous stars – including a group of four-legged local celebrities.

 Sandals Emerald Bay located deep within these idyllic waters of the Exuma Cays, brings unprecedented luxury to the easy-going rhythms of the Out Islands of the Bahamas. With weekly direct flights (YYZ-GGT plus convenient connectors from across Canada), this exotic private escape is within easy reach thanks to Air Canada Vacations.

Do you have clients heading to Sandals Emerald Bay soon?   Do they want to explore this incredible part of the world?  Keep reading for some “Exuma Must Do’s” and be sure to recommend these unforgettable experiences, guaranteed to make their vacation that much more memorable!

Spend the day at Stocking Island

Do your clients want to spend the day on an island that is only accessible by boat? Stocking Island is a small, long, narrow island located just one mile from the port of George Town, Great Exuma.  Easily reachable by boat from Elizabeth Harbour, Stocking Island is home to some of the finest, private white sand beaches in The Bahamas, perfect for snorkelers and divers to explore the island’s blue holes, coral gardens and undersea caves. The island is also home to Stromatolites, said to be the oldest known macro-fossils on the planet, found on the Atlantic-side beaches.  With lots of space to explore and roam, Stocking Island is perfect for a day of adventure, especially with the breathtaking cliffside ocean views.   There’s just one high hill, known locally as the Beacon, which is capped with an old, unused gas beacon with its missing glass top portion but the concrete pillar that is visible for miles.  The central part of Stocking Island features an inlet, known as Hurricane Hole, where sailboats seek protection during storms and features a blue hole.  Opposite to Hurricane Hole is a sandbar beach called the Spit, home to a popular local bar and restaurant called “Chat and Chill” – that’s accessible only by boat.  Sounds like the perfect place to spend an afternoon!

Relax at Tropic of Cancer Beach

Also known as Pelican Beach, Tropic of Cancer Beach is a serene crescent of white-powder sand bordering the translucent water along the coast of Little Exuma. The longest beach on the island, it is also the prettiest in the Exuma chain and more than likely, your clients will probably have it all to themselves! Located at 23 26N 75 35W, the beach is named after the meridian line that defines the northern extent of the tropics and crosses right through it.   With no infrastructure or amenities on this pristine piece of paradise, it’s a good idea for your clients to pack their own food and drinks during this heavenly experience. After all, visitors come from all over the world to bathe and sun here, one of Exuma’s well kept secrets…

Meet the iguanas at Bitter Guana Cay

A whole island full of Bahamian Rock Iguanas?   Dozens of native iguanas can be found on Bitter Guana Cay in the Exumas.  An endangered and protected species, these colourful creatures can live up to 40 years!    The reptiles are probably as close to dinosaurs as can be found in the present day. In fact, parts of the movie “Jurassic Park III: The Lost World” was filmed right here on Bitter Guana Cay.  The iguanas are harmless and on most days, can been seen simply soaking up the sunshine….or the attention of visitors to their little island.

Swim with nurse sharks at Compass Cay

Swimming with sharks isn’t for everyone…..but…’s one of those exhilarating experiences that won’t be soon forgotten for those brave enough to do it.  Compass Cay in the Exumas is the go-to-spot for those willing to swim with nurse sharks, which are slow-moving bottom feeders and are mostly harmless to humans.  Even so, it’s always important to exercise caution when swimming with them……and listen to the expert instructions from the local guides.

Meet Exuma’s World-Famous Swimming Pigs

If there’s one Exuma Must-Do for your clients…..this is it.    The world-famous swimming pigs are often at the top of the list for any visit to the Exuma Cays.  This is one experience that your clients simply can’t miss while they are here. Yes, there are other islands in the Bahamas where guests can see swimming pigs….but only Exuma is where you can find the “original swimming pigs” on Big Major Cay (Pig Island).   Wondering about how the pig got to Pig Beach in the first place?  It’s not really known.  Big Major Cay is uninhabited and the pigs are not native to the island.  Some say they were left by a bunch of sailors who planned to come back and cook them for dinner.  Or that the pigs swam over from a nearby shipwreck.   In either case, there are now about 20 pigs and piglets living the “easy life” with daily visits (and food) from local Bahamians and tourists alike.     How famous are the pigs?  They even have their own Instagram account and official hashtag!

First published at Travel Industry Today

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GOLF GREENERY AND BAHAMIAN SCENERY: The Korn Ferry Tour Returns To Sandals Emerald Bay For The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic 2023

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Great golf starts in the Caribbean, where 132 professionals swung into The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay, hosted January 15-18. This year’s PGA TOUR-sanctioned event marked the sixth year Sandals Resorts has hosted the Korn Ferry Tour Season Opener, the first stop for players competing for one of 30 coveted cards on “The Path to the PGA TOUR” in 2023.

Great golf starts in the Caribbean, where 132 professionals swung into The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay, hosted January 15-18, 2023. Golf fans are invited to reserve their 2024 resort stays for the next Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, taking place during January 11-17th, 2024, at Sandals Emerald Bay.

A series of engaging events teed up to an energizing week ahead, starting with a Pro-Am Draw Party attended by the Hon. I. Chester Cooper, Deputy Prime Minister of the Bahamas. The Sandals Pro-Am Competition paired 80 amateurs, including Sandals Emerald Bay guests, with 40 Korn Ferry Tour pros for an 18-hole round – with the winners honored at the official VIP Pro-Am Awards Party.

Supported by the Sandals Foundation, a champion for youth sports, Korn Ferry Tour pros hosted the annual Youth Golf Clinic with the Nelson’s Rangers. The local community program, committed to uplifting underserved children, invited 45 local youth to perfect their swings with expert coaching, while off the links, players and guests traded their spikes for swimsuits and enjoyed an exotic escape to swim with Exuma’s famous pigs.

Excitement continued to build as the official Korn Ferry Tour competition kicked off on January 15th. After four rounds of captivating gameplay against the Caribbean’s brightest blue waters, Texas native Chandler Phillips emerged victorious at four under par and was named champion at the winner’s trophy presentation and closing ceremony – celebrated by attendees who included esteemed members of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Korn Ferry Tour President Alex Baldwin, and Sandals Emerald Bay General Manager Jeremy Mutton.

All ‘Fore’ 2024
Ever looking forward to one of the Caribbean’s most anticipated golf events, Sandals Resorts capped the week with official dates announced for the next Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, taking place during January 11-17th, 2024, at Sandals Emerald Bay. Golf fans are invited to reserve their 2024 resort stays, which include complimentary spectator passes for all Sandals Emerald Bay guests, immersing them in the heart of the action. Enhanced Pro-Am and VIP guest experiences for next year’s event will soon become available, with inclusions ranging from playing positions in the official Pro-Am to special event invitations, daily VIP course hospitality and spectator gallery access, and more.

Golf in the Caribbean is Better at Sandals Resorts
Located at Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis & Spa Resort, and designed by Greg Norman, the award-winning Emerald Bay Golf Course in Great Exuma, Bahamas, is renowned for its cliff-side views, six signature holes, and prevailing trade winds, as much as its bold layout and year-round 80-degree weather. Guests travel here for the golf and unique vacation experience alike, enjoying a la carte dining at eleven restaurants, unwinding at the Red Lane® Spa, and swimming along one mile of Exuma’s electric blue coastline.

Recently announced at all of Sandals Resorts’ award-winning collection of golf courses across the Caribbean, guests can now enjoy an expanded selection of Titleist and FootJoy products as part of a new partnership with Acushnet Company. Products available to rent include an assortment of men’s and women’s FootJoy shoes and sets of Titleist clubs with its industry-leading woods and irons, iconic Vokey Wedges, and Scotty Cameron putters, as well as its premium line of TOUR golf balls available at Sandals’ practice facilities – where green fees are always complimentary for resort guests.

To learn more about the award-winning Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Course, please visit To book your stay for the 2024 The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, visit:

About Korn Ferry Tour
Founded (1990), owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Korn Ferry Tour identifies and develops golf’s next stars, preparing them to compete and win on the game’s biggest stage. The Korn Ferry Tour, which has served as a path to the PGA TOUR since its inception, will begin awarding 30 PGA TOUR cards based off its points list in 2023, with the No. 1 player earning exemptions into the following year’s PLAYERS Championship and U.S. Open. With more than 600 PGA TOUR titles, 27 major championships and six FedExCup champions, Korn Ferry Tour alumni make up over 80 percent of the PGA TOUR’s current membership. To learn more about the PGA TOUR, the Korn Ferry Tour and to follow the season-long quest for a PGA TOUR card, visit PGATOUR.COM or follow the Korn Ferry Tour on social media.


First published at Travel Industry Today

First published at – Global Travel News