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The Surprising Way Travelers Are Booking Entire Vacations

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Happy Travel Tuesday!

17.4 million travelers passed through a TSA checkpoint in April so far. That’s 7.8 percent higher than the same period last year.

The top destinations for summer travel are London, Paris, Tokyo, Rome, and New York, according to a new report from Google.

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The Travel Top 10

Kona, Hawaii

  1. Hotel of the Week 🏨: 🌴  Lodge at Marconi - Tomales Bay, CA 🌴

  2. Destination of the Week 🌍: 🗺️ Montreal, Canada 🗺️

  3. Restaurant of the Week 🍴: 🍽️  Mott 32 - Inside The Venetian Las Vegas 🍽️

  4. Experience of the Week 🎭: Cirque du Soleil JOYÀ in Riviera Maya, Mexico

  5. Tour of the Week 🚶‍♀️: 🗿 Warner Bros. Studio Tour in Los Angeles 🗿

  6. Activity of the Week 🏄‍♂️: 🌊 Surfing in Kona, Hawaii 🌊

  7. Airline of the Week ✈️: ✈️ La Compagnie ✈️

  8. Cruise of the Week 🚢: 🌅 Virgin Voyages 🌅

  9. Spa of the Week 💆‍♀️: 🧖‍♀️ The Lodge at Woodloch 🧖‍♀️

  10. Staycation of the Week 🏡: 🌅 The Lake House on Canandaigua 🌅

Surprising Booking Method - 42% of Gen Z travelers, and one in four millennials, said they had used TikTok to plan trips, versus 7% of Gen X and older travelers, according to a new report from Deloitte. It’s a sign of the times of how different generations are using technology to book entire vacations. TikTok has made a strong push into commerce, and is courting many brands to begin offering more goods and services on the platform.

Hilton + Travis Kelce Partnership: Hilton Honors is teaming up with football star Travis Kelce to offer fans an unforgettable blend of sports and music at the legendary Kelce Jam music festival in Kansas City, Missouri, on May 18, 2024. Members can bid on exclusive packages to gain VIP access, meet Kelce, and even compete in a football toss with the three-time Super Bowl champion himself. The festival will feature performances by Lil Wayne, Diplo, and 2 Chainz, with opportunities ranging from general admission to an ultimate experience that includes a meet-and-greet and signed memorabilia. For those not yet members, joining Hilton Honors is free, allowing fans to start earning points for experiences like Kelce Jam right away.

Celebrating Heroes: To honor Nurses and Teachers Appreciation Weeks, CheapCaribbean is giving away 50 vacations to these everyday heroes for some much-needed relaxation at RIU Resorts. Eligible nurses and teachers can win a free three-night stay for two, with entries open from May 6 to May 20, 2024. This giveaway is a token of appreciation, offering a perfect blend of sun, sand, and entertainment to those who give so much.

Spring Break Travel Hack: For travelers on the go, the new water supplement mio (Amazon) is a great addition. It fits easy in your bag and tastes great!

Feeling Lucky? This list rounds up the best U.S. Cities for historic treasures. The top cities include Fort Lauderdale, San Francisco, and Newark, NJ.

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Airlines Set Sights On Olympic Wins, New Routes

Airlines Going For Gold: As the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris (July 26-August 11) quickly approach, the travel industry is buzzing with excitement, especially with an increase in flight bookings to the City of Light. French bee, a Paris-based long-haul airline, is responding to the summer demand by boosting its US to Paris routes by 9% compared to last year. Offering the most affordable fares, French bee stands out as the only nonstop airline flying into Orly Airport, providing the easiest access to central Paris. Key expansions include increased flights from New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, with special routes for Olympic events, like San Francisco to Tahiti for surfing competitions. With roundtrip flights starting as low as $648, and a convenient air+train partnership with SNCF to explore beyond Paris, French bee offers an enticing option for those cheering on the American team or exploring France during the Olympics.

Speaking of the Olympics: With the Olympics just around the corner, Citymapper is rolling out special features to guide travelers through Paris during the 2024 Games. In partnership with Paris's public transport agency, IDFM, the app promises a streamlined travel experience, offering personalized journey options and real-time updates in multiple languages. Known for its precision and local insights—like the best train carriage for your trip—Citymapper is set to be an indispensable tool for visitors navigating the bustling city this summer, ensuring an intuitive and stress-free exploration of Paris amidst the Olympic excitement.

New Airline Route: This June, Turkish Airlines is set to launch Denver's inaugural nonstop flights to Istanbul, marking a significant expansion in its North American network. Starting June 11, 2024, with three weekly flights and increasing to four in July, this new service connects Denver International Airport directly to over 340 destinations worldwide via Istanbul. This addition strengthens Turkish Airlines' presence in the U.S., reflecting its ongoing mission to connect diverse cultures and destinations. Denver's community and Turkish Airlines celebrate this milestone, anticipating enhanced cultural, commercial, and travel opportunities, alongside the airline's renowned hospitality and service offerings.

Mystery Destination Flight A Success: SAS EuroBonus launches its inaugural "Destination Unknown" flight today, taking 180 passengers on an innovative journey without revealing the destination, sparking huge interest among members. This unique travel concept, exclusively available for bookings with points, underscores SAS' commitment to pioneering new experiences in travel. With over 6,000 members signing up and more than 20,000 contest entries for seats, it's clear that the allure of the unknown is a powerful draw for today's adventurers. SAS is now considering making this a regular offering, proving the importance of innovation in the travel industry.


Destinations Focus On Sustainable Travel

For Earth Day, let's talk about two spots that totally get the vibe of celebrating our planet. First up, The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch in sunny California – think fifty-five acres of blooming flowers and all sorts of fun, earthy activities. They've got this foundation that's all about getting kids into agriculture, showing them how cool and important the Earth is. Then there's Backland Luxury Camping in Arizona, where glamping goes next level with eco-friendly luxury tents and a spa, all about loving on nature and making sure we leave the place better than we found it. Both spots are perfect for soaking in the Earth Day spirit and remembering why we gotta take care of our world.

For those looking to celebrate the environment through nature and wine, Shafer Vineyards unveils The Hillside Select Experience, Napa Valley's latest luxury wine adventure, offering an unparalleled exploration of the acclaimed Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon. Starting May 2, for $500 per guest, this seasonal experience available May through October, includes a champagne and caviar welcome, an exclusive vineyard tour with stunning Napa views, and a tasting of current and rare vintages. This immersive journey through Shafer's estate adds a new dimension to Napa's wine tasting offerings, promising guests a blend of exquisite flavors and breathtaking landscapes.


New Ships Take To The Sea

🚢Margaritaville at Sea introduces the Islander, its latest cruise ship embarking from Port Tampa Bay, boasting over 700 balcony staterooms and exclusive Signature Suites inspired by Jimmy Buffett's hits. Set to elevate the cruising experience with its maiden voyage in June, the ship offers renovated staterooms reflecting the brand's signature beachy vibe across twelve passenger decks. Unique to Islander are amenities like the three-story poolside LandShark Bar, family-friendly spaces, and themed dining experiences, ensuring an unforgettable journey to Cozumel, Mexico.


New Hotel Openings, And Unique Vacation Packages

Beaches Resort

In collaboration with new flights to Jamaica, Sandals and Beaches Resorts are offering the 'Love and Let Fly' package, a nod to the spring season and cinematic travel fantasies, whisking travelers from the airport to the golden shores of Jamaica in style. The package, valid for bookings through May 16 for travel until May 24, 2024, enriches the vacation experience with exclusive adventures and cocktails inspired by the James Bond series, starting at $266 per night, blending luxury with adventure for an unforgettable island getaway.

Greenhorn Ranch, nestled in the breathtaking Northern Sierras of California, just an hour and a half drive from Reno, is opening its doors for the season from May through October. Spread across 608 pristine acres, the ranch offers a unique stay in one of its 16 updated rustic cabins, 12 lodge rooms, or a charming, refurbished airstream trailer, all on an all-inclusive basis. Guests can indulge in Chef Brian Doyle’s hearty, nostalgic meals, participate in a variety of outdoor activities from horseback riding to skeet shooting, and enjoy evening entertainment at The Saloon. Whether you’re looking to connect with nature, seek adventure, or simply unwind in a serene setting, Greenhorn Ranch, with its rich history dating back to the gold rush era, promises an unforgettable experience that might just become your new cherished tradition.

Hotel Indigo La Paz Puerta Cortés, a gem in IHG Hotels & Resorts' luxury collection, marks a new chapter for La Paz, Baja California Sur, as it opens its doors in the eco-conscious Puerta Cortés complex. Offering 115 renovated rooms with stunning views, this upscale resort blends modern luxury with the tranquil beauty of its coastal setting. Guests can indulge in a Gary Player-designed golf course, exclusive beach club, and a variety of dining experiences that celebrate local ingredients. The resort not only offers a gateway to the "aquarium of the world" but also embodies a commitment to sustainability and cultural immersion, promising an unparalleled experience in Mexico's best-kept secret.

The WILD by Interni in Mykonos, a boutique hotel celebrated for its chic design and serene location, reopens this April. Nestled on a clifftop overlooking the Aegean, this 40-key hideaway offers exclusive beach access and panoramic views, encapsulating the essence of Mykonos' rustic landscape and maritime heritage. This season introduces a unique sailing excursion aboard a traditional fisherman's vessel, enhancing the guest experience with authentic fishing adventures and fresh, local cuisine at the property's Taverna. With luxurious accommodations, a slow food philosophy, and bespoke island explorations, The WILD promises an immersive retreat into the tranquil beauty and vibrant spirit of Mykonos from April 26 to October 30.

Finally, for sports fans, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Manchester United's iconic 1998-1999 Treble-winning season, Marriott Hotels, in partnership with the club, is offering the "Suite of Dreams" experience at Old Trafford for one fortunate fan. This unique stay, part of Marriott Bonvoy Moments, includes an exclusive tour of the Carrington training ground and Old Trafford, a dining experience with a Manchester United Legend, and the chance to prepare kits in the home dressing room. Guests will also enjoy accommodations at the Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel surrounding their stadium sleepover, merging the vibrant spirit of the '90s with the legacy of the club in a once-in-a-lifetime fan experience.

Upcoming Travel Calendar

April 8 - 11 Oracle Hospitality Summit, taking place April 8th-11th at Loews Portofino Bay in Orlando

April 18 - New travel series from Conan O’Brien debuts on streaming service MAX. “CONAN O'BRIEN MUST GO” features Conan where he dives deep with listeners from around the world. Making stops in Norway, Thailand, Argentina, and Ireland, O’Brien surprises some of his most memorable fans while also taking in local culture, cuisine, and sights.

May 1 -Auberge du Soleil, Napa Valley’s quintessential adults-only retreat will debut its annual Rosé All May programming this May which will extend throughout the season. The perfect timing for a trip to Napa!

May 2 - Shafer Vineyards (Napa Valley) Launches the Hillside Select Experience - Booking Link

May 3 - W Costa Navarino kicks off the new season on May 3 with an exciting line up of events centered around music, wellness, sports, fashion, and gastronomy, designed to foster guests’ creativity, individuality and freedom of expression. Greece’s first W Escape, located in Costa Navarino, the sustainably driven destination in southwest Peloponnese, will host a series of events as of May, and continue throughout the summer, including celebrated Greek chefs cooking on open fire, exclusive wellness retreats, watersports festivals and renowned DJ sets.

May 19-25 is National Travel and Tourism Week from U.S. Travel Association

May 23 - AirFrance debuts new service between Paris and Phoenix. The airline also announced a new partnership with triple Michelin-Starred French Chef, Dominique Crenn

March 23 - Peak Cherry Blossoms Begin in Washington, D.C. according to the National Parks Service. (Check out our favorite hotels in the area, Viceroy Washington DC and Kimpton Banneker Hotel)

May 24–26 - Cali Roots in Monterey, CA

May 28 - Tony, GRAMMY, and Emmy Award winner Ben Platt will play an exclusive concert residency at Broadway’s recently refurbished Palace Theatre

April 19 - 21 - 18th Annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance

April 25-30 - San Luis Obispo International Film Festival

June 6 - 16 MURAL Festivals returns with 14 headlining visual artists for its 12th edition - Quebec is a great place to visit during the summer, so we recommend checking out this awesome festival in Montreal.

June 7, 8, 9 - Governor’s Ball NYC - New for the first time ever this year is the ultra-premium Ultimate Ticket which has had incredible public reception! The ticket includes access to a shared Ultimate guest Cabana with all day snacks, dinner buffet, all-inclusive bar, dedicated restroom, and prime views of Main Stage, exclusive front-of-stage viewing at all stages with complimentary beer & seltzer, golf cart transportation between stages, festival concierge to assist with your festival needs, $100 credit to use at official Festival Merch store, and more.

Summer Olympics - This summer, Paris takes the center stage as host of the Summer Olympics and Paralympics. On Location, the official Hospitality provider for the Games, has special tourism packages to help visitors get in on the action.

Aug 15–17 - Park City Song Summit in Park City, UT

October 28 - The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and Questex announced today that registration is now open for this year’s The Hospitality Show (The Show), which will be held in San Antonio, Texas, from October 28-30. Attendees can register here. (While in San Antonio, check out one of our favorite hotels - the Hotel Emma!)

Bon Voyage! See you next Travel Tuesday!

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