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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

Major Puerto Rico Resort to Get Wyndham Makeover
May 7, 2007

The ribbon-cutting ceremony this Thursday, May 10, to unveil the Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa, A Wyndham Grand Resort, will mark the beginning of a nearly three-year plan to fully transform the property in Rio Grande from a Westin resort to a Wyndham staple.

News From JAPEX
May 7, 2007

OCHO RIOS, JAMAICA-Travel Agent recently attended a media breakfast hosted by SuperClubs Resorts at the recent Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) 2007. SuperClubs' Executive Chairman John Issa told attendees about plans for a 203-room hotel in Sergipe, Brazil's smallest state on the...more >>

The Ongoing Debate About Passengers' Rights
May 1, 2007

VALENTINE'S DAY HAS NEVER REALLY HAD MUCH SIGNIFICANCE FOR THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY. But this year, it marked the day an ice storm caused JetBlue to have perhaps it's angriest customers ever. The winter storm that blasted the Midwest and Northeast in February prompted a now-famous JetBlue...more >>

Onsite Exclusive: New Agent Booking Tool to Launch in June
May 1, 2007

OCHO RIOS, JAMAICA-At the final day of the Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort & Spa, Travel Agent sat with Nigel Osborne, the executive vice president of Dynamic Leisure Corp., who said a new booking engine will be launched for agents by as early as June 1.

Onsite: Jamaica to Add 10,000 Hotel Rooms in Next Five Years
April 30, 2007

OCHO RIOS, JAMAICA-At the Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) 2007 at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort, the first day included a media luncheon in which Horace Peterkin, president of the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association, said Jamaica plans to add about 10,000 new hotel rooms in the next five...more >>

Funjet Vacations Enhances Sandals' Travel Agent Incentives
April 25, 2007

Funjet Vacations is coming together with Sandals and Beaches Resorts to support travel agents by adding bonus items to the two new Jet Set Getaway and It's In the Bag incentives.

ONSITE: First Cancun News Media Marketplace Held in New York
April 24, 2007

NEW YORK-Travel Agent was on site Tuesday for the first Cancun New Media Marketplace in New York, attended by about 35 Cancun-focused suppliers.

Officials Study Measures to Protect Galapagos Islands
April 24, 2007

Ecuador recently announced it is evaluating the implementation of further measures aimed at protecting the Galapagos Islands--a UNESCO World Heritage site--from all activities that are deemed non-sustainable.

D.A.T.E. 2007: New Luxury Resorts and Expansions
April 23, 2007

Dominican Republic-On the way to a fam trip at the Agua Resort and Spa in Uvero Alto prior to the Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (D.A.T.E.) 2007, held April 12-14 in Punta Cana, Travel Agent noticed miles of virgin land.

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 >>