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E d it o r 's N o t e s Ok, so I know I look a little silly in my editor's notes pic, but that's what happens when you are having a great time, as I recently did during a press trip to Iberostar Playa Mita in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico. See that fabulous sunset? Your clients can catch it every day of their stay at this all-inclusive resort. How luxuriating-sitting down at the resort's rooftop lounge, sipping a cocktail and watching the sun slip into the Pacific right before heading to dinner. And that last bit brings me to this issue-our annual Culinary Travel Issue. I'm always quite hungry when I'm done editing this issue. I want to devour those pastries on the cover, as well as that gorgeous plate of food in the cruise feature on page 14, or that simply divine-looking dish in the North America feature on page 25. And that chocolate dripping onto page 22 in the Saint Lucia Loves Chocoholics piece is just too decadent for words-that feature, in fact, is a keeper for when your chocolate-loving clients want top recommendations for lavish resorts on that stunning Caribbean island. From Mexico (page 34) to China (42), and on over to Israel (page 33), and Costa Rica (page 24), this issue spills over with recommendations on cooking classes, restaurants that create out-of-the-box dining experiences, tequila tastings, farm-to-table dining, and foraging for food experiences. And in Vegas (page 30), we've gathered a bite-sized collection of new to-do's you'll want to tell your clients about. Recommend Luxury Travel Survey This past February, to coincide with the Luxury & Spa Travel issue, Recommend conducted a luxury travel survey and the results are in. When asked if you book luxury travel through a high-end tour operator or completely customize a vacation for your client, the response was overwhelmingly, at 75 percent, that you use both methods to create that dream vacation. The top brands you're using when booking luxury travel range from Crystal Cruises and Sandals to Viking and AmaWaterways. So where is it that many of you are sending your clients? Destinations are all over the map-from Italy, Tahiti and Morocco to Australia, Hawaii and Germany. If you didn't get a chance to participate in the survey, drop me a line and tell me about your luxury bookings. -Paloma Villaverde de Rico E-mail me at Official Florida Travel Industry Education Program Recommend has partnered with VISIT FLORIDA to create a course focused on Family Travel throughout Florida. 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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend April 2016

Editor’s Notes
Hotel Desk: Hotels for Foodies
Tour Talk: Take to the Road With Enterprise
Cruise Lines Whip Up Culinary Treats
Viking Celebrates Agents
5 Adults-Only All-Inclusives Where Dinner Is an Art
Saint Lucia Loves Chocoholics
Accent on Food
Hotel Culinary Options in the U.S.
Culinary Travel: A Buffet of Options
Vegas Bites
Dining Through the Holy Land
Spotlight on Gastronomy
Hyatt Ziva Cancun
Lovely Valencia
Thuringia: Germany’s Best-Kept Secret...Revealed
Devouring Asia

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