Luxurious Grand Cayman hotel is the perfect retreat from winter | Enterprise to offer rental car services in Finland | Hilton seeking "sweet spot" for in-room technology
February 16, 2018
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Luxurious Grand Cayman hotel is the perfect retreat from winter
The 375-room Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman offers a variety of upscale amenities and happenings for travelers looking to escape the cold of winter. Travelers can enjoy family fun time at the Starfish Cay water park and dine on cuisine from top celebrity chefs at the Cayman Cookout.
TravelAge West (2/7) 
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Enterprise to offer rental car services in Finland
Enterprise to offer rental car services in Finland
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Enterprise Holdings will extend car rental services to Finland via franchisee LansiAuto Group later this year. LansiAuto currently runs a rental business with about 2,500 vehicles.
Travel Market Report (2/15) 
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Trends and Technology
Consumer Travel News
Everyone can find a great experience in Mexico City
Mexico City is a vibrant destination, easily navigated and offering a bevy of options for all types of travelers. Visitors can see artwork by the renowned Frida Kahlo at The Blue House, munch on excellent tostadas at the Coyoacan Market and go on a cruise to explore ancient waterways in Xochimilco.
TravelPulse (2/15) 
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Best Practices
Assess your business to make improvements
To take your business to the next level, you need to do a business assessment to find what needs improving, Richard Turen advises. Factors to note include the agency's name, business tagline, product offerings and who answers the phone.
Travel Weekly (2/15) 
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Small-Business Strategies
Use technology for faster sales closings
The digital world has resulted in consumers wanting instant responses, and agents can use technology to meet this demand as well as speed up sales and enhance closing rates, industry experts say. Responding to consumer leads within 24 hours of receipt, using automated email responses and developing an email response template for leads are all techniques experts point to for agents to improve sales.
Travel Market Report (2/15) 
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ASTA Spotlight
Why does ASTAPAC matter?
Why does ASTAPAC matter?
A political action committee (PAC) provides a unique and effective way for travel advisors to become involved in the political process. A strong PAC indicates the Society's determination to be a major component in the democratic process and identifies the travel agency community as a recognizable force in seeking good government for the industry and the small business community at large. Visit ASTA/ASTAPAC to make your voice heard today.
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