Q&A With USTOA’s Terry Dale

Posted on December 15th, 2015

Recommend’s Editor-in-Chief Paloma Villaverde de Rico had a few moments to catch up with USTOA’s president and CEO Terry Dale during the organization’s annual conference & marketplace.

Get the 4-1-1 on Booking Tokyo & Japan

Posted on December 15th, 2015

Japan, which has been re-gaining popularity with U.S. tourists lately—it won Recommend Readers’ Choice Award for Best Selling Destination in Asia and has come up as an emerging destination in USTOA’s annual survey of its members—is a stunning country that has much to offer its visitors, but if you have not experienced this Asian country first-hand, booking a vacation for your clients can get a little tricky.

USTOA: Positive Outlook for 2016

Posted on December 9th, 2015

Listen closely to what USTOA members are saying, and you’ll be all smiles going into the holidays and into 2016. There’s a positive outlook for the coming year, with tour operator members showing strong growth this past year and going into 2016, and affirming that travel agents contribute significantly to USTOA members’ business. Let’s look at the numbers, shall we.

Cruising into the Future

Posted on December 1st, 2015

According to CLIA’s 2014 Economic Impact Study, which was just released in October 2015, “Demand for cruising worldwide increased 68 percent in the last 10 years, from 13.14 million passengers in 2004 to 22.04 million passengers in 2014. Since 2013, demand grew 3.4 percent.” Take note of those numbers, because North America accounted for 55 percent or 12.2 million cruise passengers.

Onboard Review: Norwegian Escape

Posted on December 1st, 2015

“It’s So Miami” is the slogan for the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, but it can easily describe the 4,200-passenger Norwegian Escape, which sailed out of PortMiami on its inaugural voyage in early November.

Travel Impressions: Going All Out for 2016

Posted on November 20th, 2015

"What is our relevance in the marketplace?" That's what Jeff Clarke, president and CEO of Travel Impressions, asked a ballroom full of travel consultants earlier this morning during Travel Impressions' Best of the Best general session.

Norwegian Escape is “So Miami”

Posted on November 19th, 2015

The new Norwegian Escape has so many bells and whistles it was hard to get a taste of everything during the 2-day inaugural sailing last week, but here’s a sampling of some delights we enjoyed and which your clients won’t want to miss.