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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 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

Selling Puerto Plata's Renaissance
April 23, 2007

The much-needed improvements to the infrastructure of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, will be complete by the end of the month, creating a list of new selling points for a destination that desperately needed to revamp its image. Last year, the Dominican Republic announced to travel industry...more >>

Agua Resort & Spa Offers Luxury in Uvero Alto
April 23, 2007

Travel Agent got a sneak preview April 10 of the soon-to-be-open Agua Resort & Spa in Uvero Alto, an up-and-coming town near Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. The 40,000-square-meter facility literally opened its doors when we arrived for a pre-opening ceremony. The resort will be fully...more >>

Almond Resorts' Morgan Bay Upgrades
April 23, 2007

Travel Agent was recently on site in St. Lucia to see the renovated Smugglers Cove. Almond representatives also showed off their original St. Lucia property, Morgan Bay Beach Resort, giving us a glimpse of what Almond's second all-inclusive will look like when it is again fully operational.

Continental Partners With Latin America and Caribbean Media
April 19, 2007

Continental Airlines is sponsoring the Caribbean Media Exchange on Sustainable Tourism (CMEx) in San Juan.

St. Kitts Expects Cruise Arrivals to Increase Significantly in 2008
April 18, 2007

The St. Kitts Tourism Authority recently announced that its cruise arrivals will increase by more than 70 percent next year.

New Airport Breaks Ground in the Bahamas
April 18, 2007

Creation of a new resort destination in the Bahamas recently grew one step closer as officials broke ground on a 7,300-foot runway and international airport terminal on the island of Mayaguana.

Turkey: Rich With History
April 16, 2007

After just one visit to Turkey, an agent will have a wealth of good information to share with intrigued travelers. Yet before teaching potential Turkey clients what the country has to offer, perhaps the first thing a client should know is what Turkey is not.

Almond Resorts Reopens Renovated St. Lucia Property
April 16, 2007

Almond Resorts likes to get things done quickly. About four months ago, the company began a $23 million mission to make over the former Club St. Lucia, a nearly 20-year-old property. Smugglers Cove reopened on February 23 after a surprisingly quick three-month renovation.

Onsite: Tourism Exchange Bucks All-Inclusive Properties Trend
April 13, 2007

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC-An estimated 100 suppliers and wholesalers attended the two-day Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange held at the Barceló Bavaro Convention Center in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, where Travel Agent discovered a growing trend in non all-inclusive properties aimed at the luxury...more >>

Registration Opens for Travel Week 2007
April 13, 2007

Registration for Travel Week, this year's don't-miss industry gathering that in 2006 drew more than 6,800 travel industry professionals, is now open.