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Joe Pike

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Joe Pike

Joe Pike is Travel Agent's senior editor covering the Caribbean, Bahamas & Bermuda; Hawaii; Central & South America. Previously, Pike was a newspaper reporter for The Asbury Park Press based in the Jersey Shore, covering local news. In 2009, Pike was awarded the Jamaica Tourist Board's Marcia Vickery-Wallace Memorial Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism. Pike then won the Caribbean Tourism Organization's Inner Circle King Award for Best Feature Article in a Trade Publication in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Pike is also the author of the blog, The Joe Pike Blog, which documents his adventures around the world. Pike has also co-hosted the Young Leaders Conference in Las Vegas for the past three years. He received his Master's Degree in Newspaper, Magazine and Online Journalism from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

"I want to meet the person responsible for the mandatory airline warnings not to tamper with smoke detectors in the bathroom. I have a pretty good feeling it was the 'just one drag" guy from the movie, 'Ghost.'"

"During my first visit to Ecuador about five years ago, I was leaving the opening reception of a conference. It was at a famous church and there were hundreds of people rushing to get out when it was over because it was so crowded and stuffy. A man bumped into me pretty hard, prompting me to say, 'Watch where you're going, buddy!' I soon realized it was the Prime Minister of the country."

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Recent Articles By: Joe Pike

Puerto Rico Gets Caribbean Week Started Early
June 7, 2007

NEW YORK -- Puerto Rico Tourism Company representatives got a jump start on Caribbean Week Thursday as it hosted a lunch for media where the objective was to further emphasize the island's ongoing mission to build.

Hidden Caribbean Gems
June 4, 2007

Let's be honest: booking a Caribbean vacation for someone who has never been there should be a pretty easy task for any experienced agent. But what about the "been-there-and-done-that" traveler who has visited to all major Caribbean islands and is looking for something new?

Ecuador Hotel Product Continues to Grow
June 4, 2007

To keep agents up to speed with some new properties and suites that have popped up in Ecuador this year, Travel Agent here discusses three properties across the country—one that offers a 30 percent commission—that will make booking rooms easier.

Bahamas Names New Tourism Minister
June 4, 2007

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism has announced that Hon. Neko Grant is the new minister of tourism and aviation. Grant takes over for the Hon. Obie H. Wilchcombe, who served as minister of tourism from 2002 to 2007.

Discovering St. Lucia
June 1, 2007

Airlift: The two main airports in St. Lucia are the Hewanorra International Airport (758-454-6644) and the George F.L. Charles Airport, formerly Vigie Airport (758-452-2596).

Mountains of Selling Points
June 1, 2007

No one wants it to rain when they are in the Caribbean, but because I was a recent victim of a nearly three-day, on-and-off downpour in St. Lucia, I figured I'd use the opportunity to put the island to the test.

Waldorf-Astoria Collection Sweepstakes
June 1, 2007

The Waldorf-Astoria Collection, introduced in January 2006 as the new luxury brand by Hilton Hotels Corp., is inviting travel agents to discover more about this collection of luxury hotels by entering to win a complimentary two-night stay at any U.S. hotel or resort in The Collection.

Tauck Adds New South America Tour
May 31, 2007

Tauck World Discovery is adding a new "Essence of South America" journey to its portfolio of trips for next year.

LAN Airlines Launches LAX, JFK Flights to Chile
May 29, 2007

As of June 2, LAN Airlines will begin nonstop operation between John F. Kennedy International airport in New York and the Los Angeles International Airport to Santiago, Chile, in addition to its services to Buenos Aires and other Argentinean destinations including Cordoba, Mendoza, and Rosario,...more >>

Divi Resorts Names President of Hotels Marketing
May 29, 2007

Divi Resorts recently announced that E. J. Schanfarber has taken on the dual role of president of Divi Hotels' marketing division and executive vice president of Divi Hotels.