TRAVEL CONTENT, CONCEPTS & CONSULTING BY MARK CHESNUT

As you might guess, I'm passionate about travel. I'm also passionate about providing travelers and travel advisors with news and travel tips to help them make informed decisions. And I'm passionate about helping travel industry clients engage with customers and build business.

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Hotel Review: Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya

Getting drenched with a strange green liquid isn’t usually the highlight of a Mexico resort vacation, but at the new Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya, it’s one of the biggest sources of smiles among guests. Anyone familiar with Nickelodeon’s television programming, of course, knows that the emerald-hued substance is called slime, and the daily “sliming” that takes place at the resort’s massive waterpark is an interactive re-creation of one of the TV network’s most legendary traditions.

Puerto Rico Wants to Be the LGBTQ Capital of the Caribbean

Only a handful of destinations in the Caribbean are marketed as LGBTQ-friendly by their official tourism organizations. One of them, Puerto Rico, is now aiming to grow its LGBTQ tourism even more with a new campaign called “Live Out.” The new campaign was announced by Discover Puerto Rico, the destination’s marketing organization, during last month’s annual International LGBTQ+ Travel Association (IGLTA) convention. According to recent studies commissioned by Discover Puerto Rico, the country

Top Family Resorts in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit

With their vast natural beauty, interesting attractions and wide variety of family-friendly accommodations, the Mexican Pacific destinations of Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit are perfectly positioned to satisfy families looking for a rewarding getaway. Children of every age will find activities geared to their interests and abilities, while adults will find lots of opportunities to relax and enjoy quality time with the kids while treating themselves to indulgent experiences, as well. H

The Increasing Importance of Virtual Interlining for Airlines and Travel Retailers

In a perfectly connected world, it would be easy to create and sell airline itineraries that include connections between multiple carriers, even if they don't have interline or codeshare agreements. In this sponsored feature created in partnership with TripStack, we explore why virtual interlining may be the answer that airlines, online travel agencies and travelers are looking for.

Guide to Meeting & Event Planning in Ireland

There are scores of reasons why meetings, convention and incentive groups love Ireland. It's easily accessible, endlessly exciting and steeped in tradition, with picturesque settings ranging from the rugged natural beauty and spectacular coastline of the Wild Atlantic Way to the buzz and excitement of Dublin. And that's not all: The destination was ranked 12th in the world in 2020 for health and safety by Vision of Humanity, proof of the destination's

Top Tourism Activities in Leon, Guanajuato's Biggest City

Travelers who love central Mexico are probably quite familiar with the charms of San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato, the two highest-profile tourism destinations in the state of Guanajuato. But even well-traveled Mexico-philes likely don’t know much about the state’s most-populous city: Leon. During a recent trip around the region, I spent several days exploring Leon and found a surprisingly diverse array of reasons to visit.

Is the Mummy Museum in Guanajuato Too Scary and Shocking?

It’s the time of year when people think about Halloween travel destinations, and there’s an appropriately interesting attraction in Guanajuato, Mexico: the Museo de las Momias de Guanajuato (Guanajuato Mummy Museum). But is it too scary and shocking, even for Halloween? In my latest Guanajuato travel video, I showcase the Guanajuato mummies — a perfect complement to my previous video about how to celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Mexico. You’ll find the Guanajuato mummy video at

Guadalajara Hums with Mariachi, Tequila, History and Diversity

As one of Mexico’s largest cities, it’s no surprise Guadalajara is one of the nation’s most progressive when it comes to LGBTQ+ life. That also makes it a great place for LGBTQ+ travelers to explore. After a pandemic-era hiatus, Guadalajara’s vibrant nightlife scene is getting back into gear, with a variety of bars and clubs catering to different tastes. Among the more upscale places to dance is Envy, located in the chic Americana neighborhood, while California’s and Caudillos both attract a lo

How to Celebrate Day of the Dead in Mexico This Year

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a fascinatingly rich tradition in Mexican culture. But what will it be like this year, and where are the best places to celebrate Día de los Muertos in Mexico? To get the inside scoop on the Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico City and Day of the Dead history, I spoke with my friend Ubish Yaren, an expert Mexico tour guide and owner of Mexico Underground, a company that offers curated Mexico City tours. In this Mexico travel video, Yaren talks about ...

IPW Daily Wednesday Edition — U.S. Travel Association

The Wednesday edition of IPW Daily is out! It's the last day of IPW, the nation's biggest international inbound tourism convention, and I'm working with the U.S. Travel Association yet again to showcase the most important travel industry trends through custom and sponsored content. In this issue, I highlight travel news from Visit Las Vegas, Travel Nevada, Experience Kissimmee, Florida and Alamo Rent A Car, as well as trends in travel technology.

IPW Daily Tuesday Edition — U.S. Travel Association

The nation's biggest international tourism conference is happening right now! And I'm working with them to give you the latest news and sponsored content. If you want to know what trends are driving travel to the USA, look no further than IPW Daily, the official publication of IPW, the nation's largest international inbound tourism conference. It's a pleasure to work with the U.S. Travel Association on this compelling custom content. • In today's Tuesday issue, I showcase what's new from Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority - LVCVA, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Visit California, NYC & Company, Travel Texas & Big Bus Tours.

IPW Daily Weekend Edition — U.S. Travel Association

Every year, I'm contracted by the U.S. Travel Association to research and create custom content for IPW Daily, the official publication of the largest international inbound tourism convention in the United States. This is the Weekend edition, the first of several editions published during the conference, which takes place this year in Las Vegas. My content focuses on what's new in Las Vegas, great travel apps and news from important IPW sponsors and partners including the Las Vegas CVA and Visit Orlando.

In Mexico, St. Regis Blends City and Sand with Luxurious Style

Mexico is a land of many contrasts, and one of the grandest ways to explore them is with a multi-destination vacation at two noteworthy luxury hotels: St. Regis Mexico City, in the nation’s capital, and St. Regis Punta Mita, in Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit. During a recent visit to Mexico, I sampled the offerings at both properties and found that they complement each other well, with a satisfying mix of big-city sophistication and Pacific coast beachfront relaxation.
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