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The U.S. Department of State will use new methods to keep U.S. citizens up to date on safety issues abroad.

Travel Advisories Now Issued for Each Individual Country

The U.S. Department of State has changed the way it will communicate with U.S. citizens abroad with the launch of Travel Advisories and Alerts to replace the previously used Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, Emergency Messages and Security Messages.
Brightline

Brightline Begins Introductory Service

Brightline, Florida’s express passenger rail service, will begin introductory service between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach this Saturday, Jan. 13.
Help your clients tie the knot on a Carnival cruise and receive increased commissions.

Ring the Carnival Cruise Wedding Bells With Increased Commissions

Wedding bells are ringing aboard Carnival Cruise Line, and agents who book their clients' nuptials during Carnival's Wave Season will now receive increased commissions.
2018 marks Seabourn's 30th year of operating in the cruising industry.

Seabourn Toasts to 2018 and a Major Milestone

When the clock struck midnight on Jan. 1, 2018, Seabourn marked the beginning of a new year with celebrations of the cruise line's 30th anniversary and plans to keep the party going throughout all of 2018.
Apple Vacations' expanded social media resources include guidelines for posting across multiple platforms.

Apple Vacations Expands Social Media Resources With Ready-Made Posts

In a world that increasingly turns to social media for information, Apple Vacations is helping travel agents stand out on these platforms with its expanded offering of social media resources, including ready-to-use digital content and tools.
IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Bavaro in Punta Cana is one of several participating resorts where Travel Impressions is offerings exclusive savings and offers.

Travel Impressions Kicks Off 2018 With Exclusive Offers

Travel Impressions is starting 2018 with exclusive savings and other offers for agents booking groups at select IBEROSTAR properties in Mexico, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic.
The Ponant Icebreaker will lead guests on polar expeditions after its delivery in 2021.

Ponant Breaks the Ice With New Ship Plans

Ponant is breaking the ice in the world of polar expedition cruises with the announcement of its recently ordered ship: an electric hybrid cruise icebreaker propelled by Liquefied Natural Gas.
Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado is one of 24 properties under the Bahia Principe brand.

Bahia Principe Rebrands Hotel Portfolio

Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts announced the reorganizing and rebranding of its 24-hotel portfolio in an effort to simplify the process for agents and consumers to identify which property best suits their needs. 
The Carton Estate dates back to the 12th century.

Landmark Irish Hotel Sold to Owners of Apple Vacations

After what was a competitive marketing process, the Carton House Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort, long considered a landmark Irish property, has been sold to the Belmullet Hospitality Group. 
The vibrant and colorful city of Cartagena is one of three cities that agents will visit on this Colombia FAM trip.

Explore Colombia FAM Trip

Explore three of Colombia's most popular cities on a spring 2018 FAM trip co-sponsored by Pacific Holidays and Avianca Airline.
Princess Cruises' fourth Royal-class ship will sail the Mediterranean for its inaugural season.

Princess Cruises Announces Name and Inaugural Season of New Ship

Princess Cruises' fourth Royal-class ship, Sky Princess is scheduled to launch on its inaugural season in October 2019. 
Agents will experience several islands of Tahiti on this 8-day FAM trip.

8-Day Tahiti FAM With Pacific Holidays

Pacific Holidays and Air Tahiti Nui are teaming up to co-sponsor an 8-day FAM trip that will bring agents to experience the islands of Tahiti.
Views of Panama City's Casco Viejo .

7-Day Luxury FAM Trip in Panama

For agents looking to explore Panama, Sunnyland Tours is hosting a 7-day luxury FAM trip to the Central American country in spring 2018.
Italy is one of many destinations where agents can book their clients on a GOGO Vacations itinerary.

GOGO Vacations Unveils $10,000 Special Award Incentive

GOGO Vacations is ending 2017 with its highest incentive to date: a singular prize of $10,000 awarded to one (very) lucky agent.
Warwick Paradise Island - Bahamas is offering increased commissions now through all of 2018.

Increased Commissions For Adults-Only Resort in The Bahamas

The adults-only, all-inclusive Warwick Paradise Island - Bahamas is enticing agents to book their clients at the Nassau property with increased commissions in effect now through all of 2018.

The Travel Corporation Expands Agent Academy Course Offerings

Launched in February 2017, The Travel Corporation's TTC Agent Academy is expanding with the addition of a new online course.
Exodus Travels launched its first online agent training platform.

Exodus Travels Launches Agent Certification Course With Contest

For the first time ever, Exodus Travels has launched its own online agent training platform: the Exodus Expert Program.
Leslie Peden, president, Celestyal Cruises, North America

Celestyal Cruises Appoints New President

Celestyal Cruises announced its latest appointment of Leslie Peden as president, Celestyal Cruises, North America in press materials released last week.
India is one of several countries where Travel Impressions has expanded its offerings.

Travel Impressions’ Semi-Relaunch, Part 2

Advances in Travel Impressions' technology, agent education, and customer care were not the only topics at the company's recent Best of the Best meeting. Another change has been the expansion of destinations and experiences, such as single- and multi-day tours, available to agents.
A stay at this 6-bedroom villa in Turks and Caicos can cost $7,000 per night.

Travel Impressions’ Semi-Relaunch, Part 3

Executives from several hotel companies offered presentations about their agent incentives during the Travel Impressions Best of the Best meeting. One of the most interesting of many of them was from someone who doesn't represent a hotel company at all: Steve Lassman, v.p. and general manager at Villas of Distinction.
Agents will learn about Insight Vacations destinations like Ireland and more at the company's learn and earn events.

Insight Vacations to Host Learn & Earn Series Around the U.S.

Insight Vacations is hitting the road and visiting several cities around the U.S. to host its learn and earn series helping agents discover how they can earn big by selling with Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold journeys. 
Travel Impressions president Scott Wiseman addresses attendees at the Best of the Best conference. (Photo credit: Ed Wetschler)

Travel Impressions’ Semi-Relaunch, Part 1

Last week, during the Best of the Best conference, Travel Impressions managers and some of their key partners talked about customer care and product.
Iberostar is making it easier for agents to book clients at its properties with a new online booking engine.

Iberostar Launches Online Booking Engine With 15% Commission Promo

Iberostar Hotels & Resorts launched iberostarpro.com—a new online booking engine for travel agents—and for a limited time is offering higher commissions on new bookings.
Agents can learn about the American Queen Steamboat Company through the online certification program.

American Queen Steamboat Company Launches Agent Certification Program

Agents looking to become experts on the offerings of the American Queen Steamboat Company can now do so through the Steam Boat Academy, an online travel agent certification program. 

Windstar Cruises’ President Will Sail from Puerto Rico

Windstar Cruises president John Delaney wants to help promote Puerto Rico and the rest of the Caribbean after its recent hit with the hurricanes earlier this year.
The latest addition to the Regent Seven Seas fleet is scheduled for delivery in 2020.

Regent Seven Seas Names New Addition to Fleet

Regent Seven Seas Cruises is adding a fifth ship to its luxury fleet and has officially announced its name: Seven Seas Splendor.
The Pleasant Holidays Mexico sale spans 250 hotels and all-inclusive resorts.

Pleasant Holidays Launches Portfolio-Wide Mexico Sale

Pleasant Holidays will end the year on a high note with a portfolio-wide Mexico Vacation Sale going on now through Jan. 31, 2018. 
New restrictions will not stop tour operators and cruise lines from taking American travelers to Cuba.

How Cuba’s New Regulations Affect Agents + Cuba FAM

The U.S. State Department announced the specific restrictions Americans will now face when traveling to Cuba, but they are not as prohibitive as tour operators and cruise lines once feared.
Agents on this FAM trip through Sicily will visit several UNESCO World Heritage Sites and over 10 towns and cities.

8-Day Sicily FAM Trip

Tours Specialists Inc. is offering travel agents the opportunity to get up-close and personal with Sicilian history, culture and food on an 8-day FAM trip through the island. 
The new properties set to be completed in 2020 will be AMResorts' introduction to the island.

Apple Leisure Group Announces Plans for St. Lucia

Apple Leisure Group (ALG) subsidiary AMResorts has announced that the company will bring two of its luxury, all-inclusive resort brands to St.Lucia, marking the company's entry into the island and the expansion of ALG's resort management portfolio to nine countries.
Information on the newly designed website can only be accessed via login, making it a website truly for travel agents.

Carnival Cruise Line Redesigns Travel Agent Website

Carnival Cruise Line has redesigned goccl.com, the company's travel agent online resource, after an extensive process of collecting feedback from travel agents on how to improve the website.
An artist rendering shows the future of the polar vessel to be built for the Linblad Expeditions-National Geographic fleet.

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Fleet Set For Expansion

The Linblad Expeditions-National Geographic fleet is set to expand in 2020 with the launching of a new polar vessel.
U By Uniworld river cruises are geared towards travelers ages 21-45.

U By Uniworld Announces 2018 Agent FAMs

U By Uniworld—the first-ever river cruise product for Millennials—is gearing up to launch in spring 2018 and has invited agents to experience its newly renovated ships and itineraries.
The Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay is offering discounts just in time for the holidays.

Holiday Promotions at Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay

The holidays are starting early at the all-inclusive Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay with the property now offering discounts for stays between Dec. 23, 2017 and Jan. 1, 2018.
Agents can enjoy a FAM trip in Italy or France alongside Blue Walk guests.

Walking Tour FAMs in France and Italy

The Blue Walk is offering travel agents FAM trips on any of the company's regularly scheduled tours in France and Italy.

VacationCRM Integrates with Recommend EDU Travel Agent Specialist Platform

New functionality adds automatic rewards tracking.
Edie Rodriguez brings 30 years of experience to her new role at Ponant.

Edie Rodriguez is Passionate About Ponant

Sitting with Edie Rodriguez and talking about her new role as Ponant brand chairman and corporate special advisor, it was crystal-clear that Rodriguez is passionate and excited to be associated with the Ponant brand.
Collette Cares

Collette Announces New Global Giving Guide

Global tour operator Collette has announced the release of the first dedicated Collette Cares inspirational guide to giving back globally.

Avoya Travel Unveils Details of 2018 Conference

Avoya Travel has announced details of its 2018 Annual Conference, which will take place on both land and sea, in partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line.
Contiki's latest travel agent contest is part of the company's Travel Makes Better Humans campaign.

Contiki Launches Contest for Agents

Contiki has launched a contest for travel agents as part of its new Travel Makes Better Humans campaign, which focuses on the positive impact that travel has on young people.
Top-sellers can win a trip to Tahiti as part of Pleasant Holidays and Journese's new incentive program.

Pleasant Holidays and Journese Give Thanks with Special Award Incentives

Pleasant Holidays and its luxury brand, Journese, have announced the beginning of their Travel Advisor Appreciation Month: 30 Days of Thanks, which will bring special award incentives to its top sellers.

Travel Impressions Gears Up to Improve Group Business

Travel Impressions has teamed up with Softrip Travel Solutions, a provider of technology solutions for tour and group operators, in an effort to create advanced technology customized to improve Travel Impressions' handling of agents' group business.
Guests participating in AmaWaterways' Wellness Program activities can enjoy yoga on the sun deck and more.

AmaWaterways Promotes Healthy Habits With Expanded Wellness Program

AmaWaterways is encouraging its guests to stay healthy while on board its ships through the Wellness Program, which will expand to six ships in 2018.
Agents on the Sterling Vacations FAM trip will have the opportunity to explore parts of Morocco.

Morocco and Mediterranean Cruise FAM

Agents looking to explore Morocco and the Mediterranean on the high seas can do so with Sterling Vacations' 13-day/12-night cruise FAM trip through the area.
The latest addition to the Anguilla Tourist Board's website will help agents in planning their clients' vacations to the island.

Anguilla Tourist Board Launches Post-Irma Recovery Website

With many left wondering about the status of tourism in the Caribbean after hurricanes impacted the area, the Anguilla Tourist Board has launched a special landing page on its website to keep everyone up to date on how the island is recovering.
The indoor/outdoor Aquavit Terrace will be a feature on all new Viking river ships debuting in 2019.

Viking Announces Seven New River Ships

In a statement made on Oct. 24, 2017, Viking announced that it has ordered seven new river ships that will debut in 2019.
Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace is one of several resorts in the Disney Springs area offering holiday discounts.

Disney Springs Hotels Offer Holiday Sale Rates

A trip to Walt Disney World during the holiday season is on the bucket list of many, and with the latest promotion from nearby Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels, making that dream a reality for your clients just became a little bit easier. 
Travelers looking for a tropical getaway to escape cold weather will enjoy discounts from Miami Beach hotels.

Miami Beach Hotels Offer Special Rates for Winter Escapes

As snow birds and sun seekers flock to South Florida in search of a warm getaway, several Miami Beach hotels are welcoming guests with discounts and additional perks now through the end of the year. 
Delta will increase flight options to St. Kitts and Nevis just in time for the holidays.

Delta Offers Additional Direct Flights to St. Kitts

For clients looking to escape to the Caribbean this winter, Delta, will soon offer direct flights to the islands of St. Kitts and Nevis from two of its biggest hubs. 
Artist renderings show HANSEATIC inspiration sailing alongside its sister ship, HANSEATIC nature.

Hapag-Llyod Cruises’ Newest Ship

On Oct. 18, 2017, crowds gathered around the Romanian port of Tulcea for the keel laying ceremony of the HANSEATIC inspiration—the second of two new expedition ships for Hapag-Llyod Cruises.
The Berlin Travel Festival will make its debut in March 2018.

Berlin Travel Festival Caters to Millennial Travelers and Innovators

Joining the list of travel shows and forums regularly taking place in Germany, the nation's capital city is set to debut its latest event— Berlin Travel Festival—on March 9-11, 2018.

11 Important Updates about Guadeloupe

Things are changing in Guadeloupe. Stay in the know with the latest news coming from the islands.
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