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editor's notes That's me in Tokyo, which I visited for Visit Japan Travel Mart 2015. For this Hot Destinations, Cruises & Tours issue, Recommend editors reached out to USTOA members, as well as other industry insiders, to get their take on the various destinations, trends and products we deem to be hot for 2016. At the top of that list is Cuba due to the easing of travel restrictions, but demand for travel to this Caribbean island from the U.S. has always been there. When Apple Vacations debuted its Cuba trips "[they] sold out in record time," says Apple Vacations' president Tim Mullen. Why? Because "the demand was already there." In that same feature (page 12), Abercrombie & Kent's Cuba product specialist Marianne McNulty says, "We launched our first people-topeople program in 2011.... Since then, we've seen steady growth, with double the number of guests compared with last year." Across the globe in Vietnam (page 18), visitor numbers are also increasing- in fact, for the first nine months of 2015, the destination welcomed more than 350,000 visitors from the U.S.; last year, it welcomed approximately 440,000. You do the math. So why the steady increase? Besides the lure of the exotic, Eric Oborski, Pacific Delight Tours' president, says there is "good access by air from many international gateways; good roads for overland travel; and the accommodations are stylish and affordable." One of the best ways to visit Vietnam is on a Mekong River cruise. After sailing the Mekong on AmaWaterways' new ship, AmaDara, contributing editor Carla Hunt reached out to Scott Avera, v.p., product development for Alexander+Roberts, who notes that "the Mekong River cruise is an excellent way to connect Cambodia and Vietnam, and for seeing the Mekong River area of southern Vietnam in particular, this is the way to go." Closer to home, Mexico has always been a big draw for U.S. travelers, but visitors want to see much more than just the shoreline. Today's travelers, says Richard Krieger, president, Isramworld Portfolio of Brands/Latour, "seek to have more authentic travel experiences, and colonial Mexico provides them with the most popular elements of experiential travel-food, wine, art, architecture and history." In that article (page 26), we give you a taste of Mexico's culinary offerings so that your clients can seek out experiences beyond the beach. To the north, Canada's greatest asset is its array of outdoor activities-a wonderful fit for nature aficionados. In fact, says Vanessa Parrish, channel marketing manager, Globus family of brands, "Travelers can experience some out-of-the-ordinary experiences [in Canada] that they may not have the opportunity to do at home. In Jasper National Park, you can ice walk through Maligne Canyon or take a guided wilderness safari. In Banff, take a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain...." 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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend November 2015

Editor’s Notes
Hotel Desk: Hilton
Tour Talk: What’s New
Cuba for Everyone
Cruising Asia’s Waterways
AmaWaterways’ AmaDara
Why Vietnam Now!
Canada: Road Tripping Through Ontario
Cool Patagonia is a Hot Ticket
Manchester, England
The Art of Cooking

Recommend November 2015