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AIC Hotel Group

AIC Kicks Off Enhanced Agent Training with Green Light Tour

AIC Hotel Group officially kicked off a new set of Green Light tour dates this week at a dance club in Plano, Texas, showing off the newly enhanced version of its existing agent training program.
Dream Vacations

Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. Announces New Technology & Partnerships

During the 2018 National Conference aboard the Norwegian Bliss, the company announced a new technology solution to allow its agents to book land vacations and add ease to the booking process, plus new brand partnerships.
Intrepid Group Antarctica

Intrepid Group Launches Its Biggest Agent Incentive of 2018

Intrepid Group is offering North American travel advisors the chance to win its biggest incentive of the year: a free spot on Intrepid Travel's 11-day Antarctica Explorer from Buenos Aires trip.
Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line Redesigns Travel Agent Finder

Carnival Cruise Line is launching a completely redesigned version of its popular Travel Agent Finder.
Scenic Eclipse

Scenic Group Launches New Advisor Rewards Program

Scenic Group, parent organization of cruise companies Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours and Emerald Waterways, has unveiled a new travel advisor rewards program
G Adventures

G Adventures Launches Change Makers Challenge

G Adventures has announced the launch of the Change Makers Challenge, a new incentive program for travel advisors aimed at highlighting their role in changing people's lives through tourism.
Discover Palm Beaches

The Palm Beaches Appoints New Senior Director of Group Sales

Discover The Palm Beaches (DTPB), the tourism marketing organization for Palm Beach County, Florida, has announced that Mike "MJ" Jackson has been appointed as its new senior director of group sales.
Dream Vacations Franchise winners

7 Military Heroes Awarded a Dream Vacations Franchise

Dream Vacations awarded seven military heroes with a free travel franchise as part of its annual contest, "Operation Vetrepreneur: Become Your Own General." 

IGLTA Global Convention Heads to NYC

IGLTA opened registration for its 36th Annual Global Convention, the premier educational and networking event for the global LGBTQ tourism industry.
Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises Announces 2021 Itineraries with Early Savings

Crystal Cruises announced its full lineup of 2021 all-inclusive sailings aboard the Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, becoming the first cruise line to announce a complete 2021 deployment.
Caribbean Tourism Organization

Caribbean Tourism Organization News, Part 2

Part two of this update on the Caribbean Tourism Organization brings news from additional islands that were not impacted by the 2017 hurricane season.
Apple Vacations

Apple Vacations Names New President

Apple Leisure Group (ALG) has elevated John Tarkowski to lead Apple Vacations as the company’s new president, effective Jan. 1, 2019.
Hyatt Hotels Two Roads Hospitality

Hyatt Hotels Acquires Two Roads Hospitality

Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced an agreement to acquire Two Roads Hospitality, an international lifestyle hotel management company.
Tauck Events

Tauck Announces Exclusive Single-Departure Events for 2019

Tauck has announced its 2019 collection of single-departure events, and the roster includes a new event in Italy featuring the author of "Under the Tuscan Sun," a jazz event with Ken Burns as the keynote speaker, and more. 
Silversea Cruises

Silversea Cruises Plans for Three New Ships

Having recently joined the Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL) family, Silversea Cruises and RCL announced agreements to build three new ships for Silversea Cruises.
Pleasant Holidays Journese Caribbean Mexico

Pleasant Holidays Lowers Deposit Requirement

Pleasant Holidays and its luxury brand, Journese, have lowered trip deposit requirements for all Caribbean and Mexico destinations by 75 percent.
Boston hotel strike

Boston Hotel Strike: Affected Hotels

The Boston hotel strike—the first in the city’s history—has affected seven key Marriott properties in the city.
Saint Lucia Tourism Authority_Dominic Fedee_Photo

Saint Lucia: New CTO Chair

Saint Lucia has been voted in as chair of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), with the election of its minister of tourism Dominic Fedee.
wellness travel

What are Consumers Seeking in Wellness Travel?

The Wellness Tourism Association (WTA), which launched earlier this year, has released the results of its first Wellness Travel Survey, which focused on what consumers are seeking when it comes to a wellness-focused vacation. 
Travel Bound

TravelBound Reaffirms Commitment to Travel Advisors

TravelBound, which will be launching a new website, booking platform, and more, is committed to the travel agent community.
Red tide

Red Tide Affects Florida Beaches: Stay Informed

Red Tide has been affecting Florida beaches for months now, and if you have clients heading to any Florida beach for a little R&R, you must stay informed of the red tide situation.
TravelCar

TravelCar Offers Commissionable Parking

TravelCar has launched a platform that allows travel advisors to book commissionable parking for clients at airports, seaports, train stations and city centers in more than 50 countries.
Berlin Travel Festival

Berlin Travel Festival: The Future of Travel in 3 Days

The Berlin Travel Festival, returning to the Arena Berlin in March 2019, offers a unique networking platform by creating a playground where consumers, brands, and travel pros meet face-to-face.
Delta Vacations University

Delta Vacations: Commitment to the Travel Agent Community

Offering an array of educational sessions for the travel agent community, the 2-day Delta Vacations University, in its 25th year, just wrapped up, and Recommend got the 4-1-1 on new goings-on at Delta Vacations.
Tanzania FAM

11-Day Tanzania FAM

FAMTrips.travel and AAAfrica are inviting travel advisors to explore Tanzania on an 11-day FAM departing this fall.
travel advisors

Survey Shows Americans’ Interest in Working with Travel Advisors

Despite the continuous rise in technology that allows travelers to plan and book their own vacations only, new research from AAA Travel shows that American travelers still see the value in working with a travel advisor.
Playa Hotels & Resorts Hilton

Hilton’s New Partnership Will Expand Caribbean, Latin American Portfolio

Hilton announced a new strategic alliance with Playa Hotels & Resorts in an effort to expand the brand's portfolio of all-inclusive properties in the Caribbean and Latin America.
Hurricane Florence North Carolina

Updates on Hurricane Florence’s Impact on North Carolina Tourism

Florence's slow crawl across North Carolina, along with its consistent rainfall is causing severe flooding and road closures in several parts of the state, including areas that are popular among tourists.
Avoya Travel Agency Dashboard

Avoya Launches New Agency Dashboard

Avoya Travel launched the Avoya Agency Dashboard to give Independent Agencies insights into their agencies' performance that were never available before.
Tourism New Zealand

Tourism New Zealand to Host Training Roadshows

Travel advisors looking to increase their New Zealand bookings can learn more about the 2-island nation during one the training roadshows scheduled for this October.
Pleasant Holidays Journese

Pleasant Holidays Adds Cruise Vacation Protection Plan

Pleasant Holidays and its luxury brand Journese announced the addition of Cruise Vacation Protection Plan Plus to their vacation coverage product line.
Travel Leaders Network

Travel Leaders Network to Host Second Annual Sales Expos

Travel Leaders Network recently announced plans for its second annual series of Sales Expos heading to four major cities across the U.S.
Radisson Hotel Group

Book-Spin-Win with Radisson Hotel Group

Radisson Hotel Group launched its Book-Spin-Win online promotion as part of the introduction of its newly re-branded business loyalty program.
Chicago hotel strike

Hotel Strike: Chicago & Marriott

Hotel workers are readying for a strike, with all eyes on UNITE HERE Local 1, Chicago’s hospitality workers union, and on Marriott.
affluent client

Notes from Virtuoso Travel Week: Engaging the Affluent Client

Do you know what luxury travel means to today’s affluent clients? Do you know where they want to travel? We got answers to these questions at last month’s 30th annual Virtuoso Travel Week.
Seadust Cancun Family Resor trio

Trio of Things to Know

Here's a trio of things to keep top of mind today. 
Allianz

 Allianz Improves Benefits for Travel Disruptions

With millions of American travelers affected by travel disruptions every year, Allianz Global Assistance is aiming to make the process of navigating delays in travel and baggage a little easier with the launch of its new SmartBenefits.
Karisma Hotels Show Your Love Story

Karisma Hotels Creates “Show Your Love” Campaign

This year, Karisma Hotels and Resorts’ 11th Annual Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Agent Sales & Marketing Forum Awards 2018 will feature a special commemoration celebration for Snr. Martinez and Sra. Dolores, owners of El Dorado Spa Resorts, Generations Resorts and Hidden Beach Resort.
Viking River

Travel Advisors Respond to Viking River Going Adults-Only

Travel advisors say this is a smart choice for Viking River Cruises.
Melia Hotels International

Melia Hotels Debuts New Guest Technology

Melia Hotels International has introduced new technologies to facilitate communication with guests and eliminate the use of room keys.
Kenya Airways

Delta and Kenya Airways Enter Partnership

Delta Air Lines has entered into a codeshare partnership with Kenya Airways on flights to and from Kenya Airways’ hub at Nairobi’s international airport.
Windstar Cruises launched Signature Expeditions in Alaska earlier this year.

Windstar Welcomes New V.P. of Marketing

With more than 25 years of work in the luxury and travel segments under her belt, Mary Beth Wressell is bringing her experience and expertise to her new role as Windstar Cruises' v.p. of marketing and public relations.
Globus family of brands

Globus Brands: New Itineraries, Discounts

Tour operators within the Globus Family of Brands are launching new tours for 2019, plus offering discounts to travelers who book early. 
The Travel Institute

The Travel Institute Launches Educational Partnership with Royal Caribbean

The Travel Institute (TTI) is launching a new collaboration with Royal Caribbean International to support travel agents’ continued education.
Las Vegas

New CEO Named for Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

Effective Sept. 1, 2018, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) will have a new CEO: Steve Hill.
Intrepid Group

Intrepid Group Brings Back Largest Agent Incentive

Intrepid Group is bringing back its largest incentive, encouraging agents to sell its products in order to earn a dollar value off any of its over 1,500 tours.

It’s a Celebration: Trails of Indochina

Trails of Indochina will be celebrating its 20th anniversary next year with two custom-tailored itineraries hosted by the company’s founder and president John Tue Nguyen.
American Society of Travel Advisors

ASTA Changes Name to American Society of Travel Advisors

ASTA, the American Society of Travel Agents, has changed its name to American Society of Travel Advisors.
Independent by Liberty Travel- ILT

Independent by Liberty Travel Restructures Commissions, Fees

Nearly six months after its launch, host agency Independent by Liberty Travel (ILT) is creating new structures for commission splitting and annual fees.
earthquake in lombok

Khiri Travel Indonesia: Earthquake in Lombok Affects Travel

A 7.0 earthquake in Lombok, Indonesia struck on August 5; the most impacted areas have been North Lombok and the Gili Islands.
Travel Impressions Karisma Hotels and Resorts

Travel Impressions, Karisma Offer August Promotion

Travel Impressions is offering discounts, resorts credits, and more when agents book their clients at select Karisma Hotels and Resorts during August.
Guyana

Guyana Targets U.S. and Canada Travelers

Guyana, which is bordered by Brazil, Suriname, and Venezuela, and is not commonly known in the U.S. and Canada, targets these markets for travel.
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