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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

Go Ahead Tours Hires New VP of Marketing, Announces Discounts Program
May 18, 2007

Go Ahead Tours recently announced the hiring of Cyril Lemaire as vice president, marketing.

AAA: Gas Prices Won't Affect Memorial Day Travelers
May 17, 2007

According to AAA, travel will increase this Memorial Day holiday despite high gas prices and increasing vacation costs. Gets a Makeover
May 17, 2007

Aruba recently announced that is getting a makeover.

TCS Expeditions' Campbell Resigns
May 17, 2007

First Choice Expeditions, parent company of TCS Expeditions of Seattle, announced Wednesday the resignation of TCS President Mark Campbell.

Radisson Resort St. Martin: Key Role in Caribbean Expansion
May 16, 2007

Carlson Hotels Worldwide announced Wednesday that Radisson Resort St. Martin is scheduled to open in the summer of 2008.

Elan Resort & Spa Offers Bonus Commissions to Agents
May 16, 2007

Elan Resort & Spa in Cancun, which recently opened, is offering agents a special bonus commission of $50 per room per night for bookings between now and November 1.

Mexico Not Heavily Phased by Passport Restrictions
May 15, 2007

Mexico's international tourism arrivals and revenues were up in the first quarter of this year, a sign that the new passport restrictions put into effect in late January hasn't had much negative impact on the country's tourism.

Virtuoso Hires Expedia Exec for Sales and Marketing
May 15, 2007

Virtuoso announced Tuesday that its new executive vice president of sales and marketing will be Tony Gonchar; he has 25 years of experience in the following areas: sales distribution; marketing and branding; and, customer recognition and retention.

Caribbean Week Kicks Off June 9 in NYC
May 14, 2007

With Caribbean Week less than a month away, Travel Agent spoke with Hugh Riley, marketing director of the Americas for the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), to find out what agents, operators and consumers can expect for the event that kicks off June 9 in New York and runs through June 17.

Altour Appoints Director of Leisure Operation
May 14, 2007

Altour named Edward Donaldson to the position of director of leisure operations.