Hotelier continues to value, engage LGBTQ community | Column: Airport lounges need better amenities, fewer guests | Famous Thai beach temporarily closing due to overtourism
February 20, 2018
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Hotelier continues to value, engage LGBTQ community
Hilton's marketing strategy for the LGBTQ community has evolved over the years, but its main focus has always been to connect with the community in authentic ways, Hilton marketing executive Amy Martin Ziegenfuss says. The hotelier's initiatives include offering gay-friendly organizations room nights for their fundraising endeavors and providing cultural sensitivity training for its employees.
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Creating a child-friendly itinerary for New Zealand
New Zealand is a family-friendly destination, offering plenty of activities to keep children entertained. Kids can pet sheep at Mount Nicholas Farm, stroll and explore around Queenstown Gardens and enjoy a sundae at Bazaar at the QT Queenstown.
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New VR products help agents boost Hawaii sales
Agents can use a variety of new virtual reality tools to help close Hawaii bookings, Marty Wentzel writes. For example, Kuhio's Hilton Waikiki Beach has a VR mobile app that allows viewers to tour the hotel with headsets, and it's perfect for agents who travel often.
TravelAge West (2/18) 
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Travel Protection Plans for Industry Employees
Travel industry employees are eligible to purchase Insider's Club plans. ANNUAL plans begin at USD 26.95. Plans include travel accident protection, baggage protection and more. Visit our website to enroll. Visit UATP's booth at Las Vegas Travel Agent Forum on 10-11 April.
ASTA Spotlight
Special webinar today for ASTA Destination Expo
Special webinar today for ASTA Destination Expo
We're just around 8 weeks away from ASTA Destination Expo 2018! Don't miss out on this exciting event. Register today! Have questions? We have all the answers for you today at 2 p.m. ET for a special webinar. RSVP now!

There are three new FAMs to our program for ASTA Destination Expo 2018, taking place April 14-17, 2018 in Athens, Greece. Check them out below!

Classical Tour of History, Culture and Gastronomy
• Dates: April 9-13, 2018
• Costs: $735 double occupancy only. Only 12 spots available.

Jewish Heritage Tour Athens & Thessaloniki
• Dates: April 11-13, 2018
• Costs: Varies per occupancy and room type. Booking deadline is Feb 28th and only 15 spots are available.

Rhodes -- The Island of the Knights
• Dates: April 18-21, 2018
• Costs: $797 double/ $1,078 single
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