United partners with The Private Suite to pamper LAX passengers | Aman cultivates loyal following among guests | Air Canada adds 4 US-bound routes
May 25, 2018
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Agencies support hiring veterans, military spouses
There has been a rise in travel agencies seeking to hire veterans and members of veteran families such as spouses to solve the industry's agent shortage problem, according to Travel Leaders Group's Ninan Chacko. Desirable qualities such as compassion, leadership and drive make veterans great candidates, Nexion President Jackie Friedman said.
Travel Market Report (5/24) 
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United partners with The Private Suite to pamper LAX passengers
United partners with The Private Suite to pamper LAX passengers
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United Airlines is partnering with The Private Suite to offer some travelers a luxury experience at Los Angeles International Airport that includes private security screening, private suites and chauffeur services to take them directly to the aircraft.
CNBC (5/23) 
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Aman cultivates loyal following among guests
Aman, formerly Amanresorts, plans to grow slowly as it maintains its fiercely loyal following, one that the 33-hotel chain has cultivated without a loyalty program. Many guests will connect multiple Aman properties as part of an extended vacation, said Chief Marketing Officer Jane Mackie.
Hotel News Now (5/22) 
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Air Canada adds 4 US-bound routes
Air Canada adds 4 US-bound routes
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Air Canada recently added four new daily nonstop routes between Canadian and US cities: Montreal-Baltimore/Washington; Vancouver-Sacramento, Calif.; Toronto-Providence, R.I.; and Montreal-Pittsburgh.
Airline Network News & Analysis (5/21) 
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Hilton, Country Garden Hotels enter partnership
Hilton, Country Garden Hotels enter partnership
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Six Country Garden Hotels in Shanghai will come under Hilton management thanks to a new partnership between the companies. Hilton will bring its DoubleTree and Garden Inn brands to the partnership.
TravelPulse (5/23) 
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Fitness buffs find adventure in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Chattanooga, which is located at the base of the Appalachian Mountains in Tennessee, offers visitors a wide variety of outdoor adventures. Travelers can explore the underground Lookout Mountain Caverns during a lantern-lit Ruby Falls tour, zip line at 35 mph at ZIPStream Aerial Adventure and scale a 60-foot outdoor climbing wall at the Highpoint Climbing and Fitness Gym.
The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (5/24) 
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Regulatory & Legislative
Airlines, TSA ready for expected record summer travel season
With travelers expected to fly in record numbers due to bargain fares this summer, US airlines and the TSA are prepared to handle the rise in passengers. This summer, the TSA is adding an extra 1,000 officers at screening areas and airlines are deploying heavier schedules, with an extra 116,000 seats per day.
ABC News (5/23) 
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Travel Tips & Best Practices
Don't let bad reviews get the best of you
Bad reviews can hurt a business, but an agent can't please everyone, Tammy Levent writes. To combat bad reviews, agents can follow the trend of reviewing the negative reviewer and can keep track of bad reviews while learning how to deal with different client personalities.
TravelPulse (5/23) 
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In observance of Memorial Day in the US, SmartBrief will not publish Monday. Publication will resume Tuesday.
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