Debbie Strong

Debbie Strong
Story Editor Spas, Deals, Calendar of Events
Travel Agent?s spa editor Debbie Strong also covers the spa beat for Luxury Travel Advisor, reviewing leading high-end spas all over the globe. She?s an annual attendee at international spa tradeshows and conferences, and can be found all over New York City, scouting out the newest spas and relaying that information to readers out of our Manhattan offices. Strong has interviewed many top travel professionals in the field, including Bob Malmberg, CEO of Malmberg Travel, Barry Liben, CEO of Tzell Travel, and Valerie Wilson, Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg. and Kimberly Wilson Wetty, the founder and co-CEOs of Valerie Wilson Travel. Her past cover stories include ?Family-Run Travel Businesses,? a look at the issues facing some of the most successful travel companies run by generations of a single family. Prior to living in New York, Strong worked at The Salem News in Massachusetts. She holds a journalism degree from the University of New Hampshire.

Stories by Debbie Strong

Casa Dorada Resort and Spa

The brand new and luxurious Casa Dorada Los Cabos Resort and Spa in Mexico is a perfect complement to the natural, breathtaking surroundings.

Girlfriend Getaways

You Could Call it the sisterhood of the traveling...well, travelers! These days, it seems that more and more women are leaving the men and kids at home and taking a vacation focused around good old-fashioned female bonding-a "girlfriend getaway."

Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino

Agents Can Rest Assured: Send your Caribbean-bound Clients to the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino (www.aruba.hyatt.com), and they'll come back relaxed and with much to rave about.

Secluded Romantic Getaways

In the ever-changing travel industry, honeymoons remain a dependable market for agents. As Alex Kutin, owner of Carlson Wagonlit Travel in Indianapolis, puts it, "The honeymoon market is virtually recession-proof. People are always going to be getting married, and even if they have to spend a bit less, couples are still going to take that honeymoon." So, when your next lovebird clients come calling, what kind of honeymoon will you suggest?

Selling Family Travel

Tracy Dennis, who runs Four Seasons Travel out of her home in Mechanicsville, MD, has been selling family-friendly travel for almost three years. Since starting her company as an independent associate of New Mexico-based Dugan's Travels in 2005, she has attracted customers with her down-to-earth personality and expert knowledge of what families need when traveling. Still, no one was more surprised than Dennis herself when she was named Endless Vacation Rentals' "Agent of the Year" in December.

What's New on Oahu

SEVERAL RESORTS ON OAHU, the island nicknamed the "Heart of Hawaii," have upgraded facilities or amenities, and some activity and entertainment offerings on the island have been enhanced in time for the winter season. Read on for a few of the highlights; for even more information on hotels, attractions and activities, check out www.visit-oahu.com.

Serenity in Hawaii

"Luana" is hawaiian for "to relax," or more accurately "to be at leisure with one's surroundings." And there's no better place for travelers to unwind and enjoy Hawaii's gorgeous surroundings than at one of its many spas. Always a popular vacation pick, Hawaii-with its stunning scenery and laid-back atmosphere-can satisfy everyone from honeymooners to baby boomers to families with young children. We suggest adding spa aficionados to your list of potential Hawaii travelers, and here we highlight three facilities that will send them home spoiled and stress-free.

Like Mother, Like Son

It's an exciting time in Marc Casto's life, and for many reasons. The 32-year-old president and COO of Casto Travel says that business is bright not just at his Santa Clara, CA-based agency but for travel as a whole.

Matching Your Clients to the Proper Spa

With all indications that the spa industry is booming, travel agents should expect—if you're not already getting them—a lot of requests for spa-related vacations. As with any trip, your goals in planning spa travel should be to send clients on a memorable, enjoyable trip that meets their desires and budget and to ensure that they have new experiences while still feeling comfortable during their stay. We asked spa experts for their best tips on how to achieve this, and how to make certain-especially for first-time spa visitors-that no surprises occur.