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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

News
Onsite: Tourism Exchange Bucks All-Inclusive Properties Trend   April 13, 2007
By: Joe Pike

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 >>

News
Registration Opens for Travel Week 2007   April 13, 2007
By: Joe Pike

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.

News
Harrah's to Debut Largest Pool in Atlantic City   April 10, 2007
By: Joe Pike

Atlantic City's largest indoor pool complex will debut at Harrah's Atlantic City over Memorial Day weekend.

Article
Anguilla Turns 40   April 9, 2007
By: Anastasia (Stasha) Mills Healy,Joe Pike

Not everyone dreads turning 40. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Anguilla's secession from the association of states of St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla, and island representatives are touting this landmark year with the slogan "40 and Fabulous."

News
The Caribbean's Cricket Debacle   April 9, 2007
By: Joe Pike,Mark Rogers

How many ways can a major worldwide sporting event go wrong? Cricket World Cup may have managed them all, with even a murder thrown in for good measure. The eight Caribbean nations staging World Cup matches are now singing the blues after the predicted sell-out crowds have failed to appear.

News
F.Y.I.   April 9, 2007
By: Joe Pike

ST. LUCIA-During a recent interview, Allen Chastanet, prime minister of tourism for St. Lucia, told Travel Agent that the government has approved the island's first casino.

Article
CLIA Study: Caribbean Remains King of Cruises   April 9, 2007
By: Joe Pike

Travel agents polled in a survey by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) once again confirmed what cruise enthusiasts have known for a long time: The Caribbean is the hottest cruise region in the world.

Article
Staying in Touch on the Road   April 1, 2007
By: Joe Pike

This May, Tony Salamone, owner of Tony Salamone Travel Company in Chicago, will be traveling to Australia for close to 20 days, the longest he'll ever be away from his home office. At the same time, most of his clients will be traveling overseas in Europe and Hawaii. Since accessibility is...more >>

Article
Dawn Gascoigne Sells Everything   April 1, 2007
By: Joe Pike

There are a number of ways to become a successful home-based travel agent. For example, you can find an untapped niche market waiting to explode and devote your business to it, or you can do what Dawn Gascoigne does: sell everything.

News
Exclusive: Almond Resorts Announces Travel Impressions As Booking Engine   March 29, 2007
By: Joe Pike

Wendy Cole, Almond Resorts' vice president of sales and marketing for North America, told Travel Agent on Thursday that the company will be the private label for Travel Impressions, which offers agents up to a 13 percent commission.