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Jamaica Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Focus Series
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Jamaica abounds with colorful sites for weddings, proposals and other romantic adventures. East of Treasure Beach, Lovers Leap is a sheer 1,700-foot cliff overhanging the sea. Legend has it that during the days of enslavement two young lovers would meet secretly on the adjoining Yardley Chase Plantation. The owner wanted the woman for himself and arranged to have her lover sold. Not wanting to be separated, the two plunged together to their death.

Port Antonio’s “Blue Lagoon” is a small, secluded lagoon renowned for its vivid blue color. This makes for a “tropical paradise” setting for an intimate ceremony and can only be accessed via a narrow lane off the coast road or by boat.

Jamaica is also home to many gardens with colorful tropical flowers and lush greenery providing a beautiful wedding backdrop. A top pick is Shaw Park Gardens, high in the hills overlooking Ocho Rios with a panoramic view of the seaside town below.

In the pages ahead you’ll find more of what makes Jamaica a popular wedding and honeymoon destination, including accommodations news, adventures for couples to share and more.

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Hawaii Adventure Focus Series
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Hawaii’s wealth of opportunities for hiking, biking, climbing and trekking (which are specified in the Portrait), as well as snorkeling, diving, camping, zip lining, helicopter touring and such, are surely contributing factors in its continuing popularity. Year after year, according to the Portrait, the state’s Neighbor Islands (primarily Maui, Kauai and Hawaii Island) generate the most interest among vacationers wishing to stay in the U.S., with Honolulu a close second. That trend has continued in 2017.

On the pages ahead are dozens of examples of activities in Hawaii for dedicated adventure seekers as well as active couples and families.

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Caribbean Family Focus Series
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A sun-and-fun vacation in the Caribbean is certainly a great choice for a family getaway and the resort options are seemingly endless. That’s only half the equation, however. Every island in the region has a rich culture and history that begs to be explored and enjoyed. Read all about it in the Focus Series!

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Las Vegas Focus Series
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Las Vegas Welcomed 42.9 million visitors in 2016, surpassing 2015’s recordsetting 42.3 million, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). That total marks a third consecutive year of growth for the city, which got off to an even better start in 2017. January visitor volume was up 1.1 percent over January 2016, and the LVCVA is projecting another record year.

The destination also continues to enjoy industry-leading occupancy rates with an exceptionally large base of nearly 150,000 available rooms. That number keeps growing as well with new hotels and expansions to established properties. Here are some of the latest developments on that front.

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Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Focus Series
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Destination weddings continue to grow in popularity, with new trends emerging on a regular basis. We asked a number of destination wedding pros to share their latest observations, hot tips and sales advice about this dynamic niche. Read the focus series to learn more

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London Focus Series
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With more than 56 million overnight stays in 2016, London has set a new visitation record. The milestone also means that in 2016, London drew more overnights than any other city in Europe, according to new research from the city’s destination marketing organization, London & Partners. European Cities Marketing reports there were over 41 million overnight stays from international tourists last year –– an increase of 7 percent over 2015.

London’s enduring popularity has its roots in Britain’s many centuries of rich traditions and colorful heritage — Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and all things royal are perennial must-see attractions, to be sure — but pop culture and recent history have served to enhance and broaden the city’s appeal. Here are some current and upcoming happenings that celebrate the timely and timeless aspects of London.