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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

Tiara Air to Launch Nonstop Service Between Aruba and Bonaire
July 26, 2007

Tourism corporation Bonaire recently announced the launch of Tiara Air, a privately owned Aruban airline, which began nonstop service between Aruba and Bonaire last Friday.

Ritz-Carlton Cancun Names New General Manager
July 26, 2007

Hermann W. Elger has been appointed general manager of the Five Diamond oceanfront resort.

Expert Tips on Closing the Sale
July 23, 2007

The art of selling travel is one that takes time to master. Agents must be devoted to researching destinations, building contacts, and earning their clients' trust. But what about those final few minutes—is there something you say or do to ensure that you'll close the deal and make the...more >>

Trianon Palace & Spa to Undergo Renovations
July 23, 2007

Trianon Palace & Spa in Versailles will undergo a complete refurbishment and transformation this summer.

Global Hyatt Corp. to Build New Five-Start Hotel in Chile
July 17, 2007

The Global Hyatt Corp. is building a new 138-room five-star hotel, the Park Hyatt Patagonia, as part of Said's Patagonia Virgen resort's $250 million development in the southern Chilean city of Frutillar.

ASTA's Findings on Service Fees
July 16, 2007

The finding that the vast majority of agencies responding to the American Society of Travel Agents' (ASTA) recently released service fee survey charges clients fees for air travel comes as no surprise to Paul Ruden, ASTA's senior vice president for legal and industry affairs. He says many...more >>

Radisson Aruba Aims to Attract Honeymooners
July 16, 2007

Travel Agent recently chatted with Francis Purvey, Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino's director of sales and marketing, to discuss the property's ongoing attempts to draw more honeymooners without turning its back on other clients.

Oasis' Four New Hotels in the Dominican Republic
July 16, 2007

Travel Agent was recently on site for an event hosted by Oasis Hotels & Resorts, in which the company with an already strong Mexico presence announced it will be operating properties in the Dominican Republic's most popular destinations.

Regent to Open Costa Rica Resort by 2010
July 16, 2007

Although still about three years away from being open, Travel Agent was recently able to gather information on the Regent Papagayo Bay, a Carlson hotel, which is due to open in 2010 in the hot destination of Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

ONSITE: Grand Isle Resort & Spa Unveils $5.4 Million Penthouse
July 16, 2007

ONSITE: Grand Isle Resort & Spa Unveils $5.4 Million Penthouse Emerald Bay, Bahamas-Travel Agent was just on site for the unveiling of Grand Isle Resort & Spa's $5.4 million Master Grand Penthouse, which sits on the highest point of Emerald Bay in the Bahamas.