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November 16, 2012News for travel agents

  Business and Industry Watch 
  • CLIA, ECC announce additional cruise-line policies
    The Cruise Lines International Association and the European Cruise Council have jointly announced three new safety policies to be implemented by its members. One requires life jackets to be placed near either muster stations or life-boat embarkation areas. "This policy further enhances shipboard safety as passengers will have even greater access to life jackets in the event of an emergency," the groups said. The other policies require heavy objects to be secured when not in use and call for consistency in procedures at the ship's bridge. USA Today/Cruise Log blog (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Silversea announces Galapagos cruise fares, routes
    Silversea Cruises has unveiled seven-day itineraries and pricing for its luxury cruises to the Galapagos Islands. The cruises are set to launch in September. The ship's "Western Itinerary" will set sail across the western, southern and eastern islands, while the "North Central Itinerary" will cruise in the northeast, central and southeast areas. USA Today/Cruise Log blog (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends and Technology 
  • Airlift problems hamper tourism in the Caribbean, experts say
    Air travel between Caribbean islands usually consists of multileg flights that take several hours. This lack of convenient flight options could be one reason that tourism in the region is not growing as rapidly as hoped, tourism experts say. "Intra-Caribbean tourism is down by 40% in the last five years. Make air travel more accessible -- get rid of the visa regulations, make it cheaper -- and more people will travel. It changes the equation," said Richard Doumeng, president of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association. Travel Weekly (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Not all airplane-class upgrades are created equal
    In an effort to attract and pamper travelers, U.S. airlines are hopping on the "premium economy" bandwagon, this feature says. Although this hybrid class allows some fliers to feel as if they are part of the "1 percent," travelers need to be aware of the differences in the plans offered by each airline. This feature attempts to clear up confusion by comparing the premium-economy benefits offered by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and Virgin America. (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • High-end hotels offer one-day stays for the hit-and-run business traveler
    Some of the world's most luxurious hotels are quietly catering to the hit-and-run business traveler with single day-stay offers that can be had at a discount price. "Most of the time, it's for business guests. Many of them might have an early meeting, and they want a place to get themselves ready and have a shower," said Nassar Khalil of The Beaufort Knightsbridge hotel in London. CNN (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Consumer Travel News 
  Regulatory and Legislative 
  • Scanner redistribution creates "better efficiencies"
    The Transportation Security Administration has rearranged the distribution of two types of scanning equipment to make security lines move more quickly in busier airports, says TSA Administrator John Pistole. By shifting backscatter scanners out of busy airports and replacing them with the smaller millimeter wave technology, the TSA has set up screeners in busy airports to operate more efficiently. Homeland Security Today (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Best Practices 
  • Luxury travel is leaning toward uniqueness, customization, experts say
    Luxury travelers are increasingly demanding customized trips heavy in out-of-the-ordinary experiences, experts said during Signature Travel Network's Sales Meeting and Trade Show in Las Vegas this week. "We have arranged white-linen banquets on the Great Wall and trips down a tributary of the Li River (Guilin) in bamboo rafts. We take clients to studios of major artists and fashion designers. In Beijing, there's a private $300 million art collection, which people can see, and be taught by the owner how to understand Chinese art," said Margot Kong, a vice president with Imperial Tours in San Francisco. (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Small-Business Strategies 
  • The secrets to a successful blog
    If you want to create a successful blog, you should post content regularly, be honest about your business affiliations and put a personal touch on it, Ty Kiisel writes. "Because business is personal, sharing a little of yourself makes you more accessible. People like doing business with other people," he writes. Forbes (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • LinkedIn Groups can act as posters for a conference presence
    Posting to LinkedIn Groups can be a low-visibility time suck, but plastering your face next to comments is a way to build connections in preparation for a conference, John Nettles writes. "There are some really great groups out there. It's just that LinkedIn Groups were not created to be RSS feeds. Unless your branding goals are carefully targeted, you may want to consider building your reputation through other means," Nettles writes. (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ASTA Spotlight 
  • Tell Congress to support the JOLT Act
    While the number of global long-haul travelers increased by 61 million from 2000 to 2010, the number of overseas visitors to the United States stayed flat. This inability to keep pace has cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars. There is legislation pending in Congress to help turn this situation around: the Jobs Originated through Launching Travel Act, or "JOLT Act." This legislation proposes a number of sensible reforms to streamline and expedite the visa process. Please take a minute or two and here to ask your Members of Congress to cosponsor the JOLT Act. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    Go social and connect with ASTA on Twitter. You can follow ASTA @AmSocTrvlAgents to get the latest updates and news from the association and travel industry. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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