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TRAVEL TREND

Hidden Gems

Forget old standbys and go off the beaten path. Spruce up itineraries by thinking outside the box and offering secret treasures

Coming up with new and exciting vacation ideas can be a challenge, but one-of-a-kind getaways are crucial for success. Keep customers coming back and attract new business by offering low-profile destinations that will get high approval ratings from your clients.

Seafood, sports and spirits
Urban destinations are not always the most family-friendly (try maneuvering a mini-van around Manhattan), but for families looking for a big-city experience, Baltimore offers the best of both worlds. This East Coast waterfront gem (nicknamed “Charm City”) is home to the National Aquarium in the Inner Harbor, a thriving art scene and landmark historical sites.  


Sports fans love the local baseball stadium (Oriole Park at Camden Yards) and the famous Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum, and hungry patrons come from miles away for the area’s famous seafood and crab cakes. 

Caribbean calm
Puerto Rico’s Vieques Island is a 30-minute flight or ferry ride from San Juan and offers more than a dozen pristine beaches, including the world’s brightest glowing bay (as designated by the Guinness Book of World Records).

Unspoiled and uncongested, the island is an endless source of natural beauty, with plenty of ways to experience it. Visitors can go horseback riding through the mountains or visit the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge, which boasts coastal lagoons, coral reefs, mangrove wetlands, and forest areas.


Raise your glass
While Sonoma and Napa Valley are old standbys for American oenophiles, Southern California’s vineyards have been moving up the ranks.

Santa Barbara and the nearby Santa Ynez Valley are just north of Los Angeles, and the Temecula Valley is located an hour’s drive from San Diego and Palm Springs. The former has more than 75 wineries and tasting rooms, art galleries, gourmet restaurants, lavender farms and horse ranches—making it a great option for a wide variety of traveler tastes and interests.

More than Margaritaville
Popular sisters Cancun and Cabo San Lucas are common tourist destinations, but less mention is made of their more cosmopolitan relative, Mexico City. Mexico’s capital boasts nearly 150 museums, more than any other city in the world. They include the National Museum of Anthropology, the Museum of Modern Art, The Antique Toy Museum, the Palace of Fine Arts and the Anahuacalli Museum—which was designed by muralist Diego Rivera and is home to his personal art collection.
 
For customers still interested in beach-front all-inclusives who want a little culture along with their piña coladas, let them know that Cancun recently opened the world’s largest underwater museum. Visitors can snorkel or scuba dive their way through the museum and admission is free. They can also venture off-property to take in the sights and tastes of the Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival, which will be held annually and alternate between the two regions. 

Next time you feel stumped by a request for “something different,” remember these hidden gems and use them as your inspiration. Use Amadeus Selling Platform Connect*  to book all your vacations, including those to off-beat or unusual locations. This personalized, Web-based platform allows you to book anywhere, anytime, to offer your customers the best global, local and regional content. 

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