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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

Hotel Rewards Programs
December 10, 2007

While there are many programs such as Sandals' STAR Awards that recognize agents? achievements in selling a particular property, many hotels also offer rewards for consumers who show some loyalty as well. And those rewards to guests can only lead to more business for agents. Here are just a few...more >>

Sandals' 6th Annual STAR Awards
December 10, 2007

As the Sixth Annual Sandals Travel Agent Recognition (STAR) awards wrapped up at Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort, we got to thinking. Sure, the plaque agents receive at such hotel-sponsored ceremonies makes a great decoration in the office, but do awards from suppliers actually help...more >>

Quito, Ecuador
December 10, 2007

Ecuador's capital, Quito, will be hosting Travel Mart Latin America in 2008 for the second time in five years. The event, which Travel Agent attended this year in Cartagena, Colombia, is considered by many to be the best Latin America trade show. Next year's show in Quito is scheduled for...more >>

Turks and Caicos Looking Strong for '08
December 10, 2007

TURKS AND CAICOS HAS BUILT A SOLID REPUTATION FOR LUXURY in the Caribbean, and has no plans to slow down growth of its tourism infrastructure. About half a dozen developments are slated for completion or groundbreaking in 2008, and all should draw big-spending clientele.

Hotels in St. Kitts
November 26, 2007

While St. Kitts is about two years away from some major resort developments, it is also currently the home of an array of properties all worth pitching to clients. Here's a look.

Puerto Rico's Other Rainforest
November 26, 2007

When the puerto rico tourism board started pushing its "Explore Beyond the Shore" theme a year ago, it must have had activities such as the Toro Negro Rainforest Adventure in mind. I've just gone "beyond the shore" on this excursion, offered by tour operator Acampa. Considered the "other"...more >>

St. Kitts
November 26, 2007

In our past few issues, Travel Agent HAS BEEN MAKING AGENTS MORE AWARE OF THE SMALLER, lesser-known islands to pitch to clients looking for something different in the Caribbean. Any discussion of these islands would be incomplete if we didn't mention perhaps the best among them: St. Kitts.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines: Less Is More
November 12, 2007

Glen Beache, minister of tourism, youth and sports for St. Vincent and the Grenadines, is probably the most straight-shooting minister Travel Agent has spoken to in a while.

St. Maarten's New Commissioner of Tourism
November 12, 2007

Roy R. Marlin, WHO was appointed commissioner of tourism for St. Maarten in July, told Travel Agent that food is what agents should pitch when booking his destination. Sure, it has the usual Caribbean gems-beautiful beaches, plenty of yachting opportunities, a vibrant nightlife with 13 casinos-but...more >>

One on One with CTO's Chairman
November 12, 2007

Travel agent was lucky enough to find Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Chairman Allen Chastanet enjoying a little alone time between meetings and interviews at the 30th annual Caribbean Tourism Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and we were glad we could persuade the popular tourism official...more >>