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January 10, 2013News for travel agents

  Business and Industry Watch 
  • New year, new luxury hotels on the way
    In February, the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, in the United Arab Emirates, is set to open with 447 rooms, 85 villas and 11 restaurants. Other notable hotel launches include the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg, which is in a former Russian palace; and the Shangri-La Hotel in London's Shard skyscraper, which both open in May. USA Today/Hotel Check-in blog (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends and Technology 
  • Cruise sellers hope pent-up demand will drive 2013 cruise rebound
    In this feature, leaders in the cruise industry outline key opportunities in the market that cruise lines and agencies will need to seize on to ensure a recovery. "Consumer confidence indicators are at the highest level in a long time, so there is pent-up demand for people to get out and do things. It's incumbent upon us to sell and market," said Bob Lepisto, president of SeaDream Yacht Club. (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: U.S. airlines will face drop in traffic for 2013
    An aviation consulting firm predicts traffic in the U.S. air transportation system will drop by up to 2% in 2013. The forecast is less optimistic than the official outlook from the Federal Aviation Administration. "Airline traffic can no longer be forecast simply with mathematical formulas based on metrics such as GDP, inflation, buying power and the like," said Michael Boyd, chairman of the Boyd Group. The Denver Post (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 2013's expected cruising trends have arrived
    River cruising may finally have its day, or year, in 2013, this feature says. Excursions on Europe's Rhine, Danube and Rhone rivers are already popular -- and exotic destinations such as Andaman and Nicobar islands are expected to flourish, too. Another cruising trend in 2013 will be ships that let guests stay overnight at hotels in port cities. AOL Travel (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • MGM announces free Wi-Fi service at its Las Vegas resorts
    MGM Resorts International, which has completed the installation of Cisco Systems' network at four of its resort casinos in Las Vegas, says it will start offering free Wi-Fi. The service will be available in the casino, restaurants, the pool and the lobby, this feature says. "No one else in Las Vegas, and even the U.S., can offer the scale, quantity and quality of wireless services we now have available," said John Bollen, vice president of technology strategy for MGM Resorts, in a statement. Las Vegas Sun (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Destination of the Week 
  • Valentine's Day cruise ideas
    Clients are sure to fall in love with the exotic itineraries and special savings that cruise lines are offering this Valentine's Day, where two people can often cruise as cheaply as one and, in some cases, fly free. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  Home-Based Agent Update 
  • Childless single women are a potentially lucrative niche market
    Travel agents could seize on a largely untapped but high-spending market consisting of PANKS -- professional aunts, no kids -- who like to bring their nieces and nephews along on their travels, this feature says. A recent study found that 23 million women make up this segment in the U.S.; they spend about $9 billion per year on trips with younger relatives. Travel Weekly (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Consumer Travel News 
  Regulatory and Legislative 
  • PreCheck, "managed inclusion" program speed security at Fla. airport
    Delta Air Lines travelers at Tampa International Airport in Florida have enjoyed the PreCheck program for security from the Transportation Security Administration, this feature says. In addition, the TSA has been testing a "managed inclusion" pilot program at the airport. "We have been evolving as an agency and looking for ways to move into risk-based security," said agency spokeswoman Sari Koshetz. Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Best Practices 
  • Column: Positivity boosts productivity
    Staying away from negative people and surrounding oneself with positive individuals has the potential to stimulate creativity, Mike Marchev writes. "When you come across a person full of ideas and who is not frightened to try new things, make an attempt to hitch your wagon to this stabilizing force and explore the possibilities," Marchev writes. Travel Research Online (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Small-Business Strategies 
  • Managing past your workers' weaknesses
    No worker is perfect, but managers who learn to focus on their employees' strengths, provide regular feedback instead of waiting until a performance review and lead by example can work around employees' weaknesses. Other tips: Instill a culture of open communication in the business, create a positive atmosphere, and match workers to the jobs that take into account their skills and weak spots. Business Insider (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How customers inspire change in businesses
    Customers -- not industry -- lead change in today's community-driven markets, writes social media and marketing expert Jeff Korhan. That includes most service businesses, where information influences what customers buy. Businesses can use customer feedback to inspire change and harness the power of social media to find out what customers are thinking, Korhan writes. B2C Marketing Insider (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ASTA Spotlight 
  • Make direct connections with agency decision makers at ASTA's IDE 2013
    Exhibiting at ASTA's International Destination Expo (IDE) Dubai (April 4-7) gives you the opportunity to strengthen your global business, increase your customer base and form vital relationships with hundreds of qualified travel agencies around the world. With more than 74% of attendees being managers or owners, your company can connect with the most influential business leaders in the industry. Last year, more than 38% of attendees sold travel to Peru (IDE 2012 Destination) within the first three months following the event. Don't miss this opportunity to promote your products to travel agents that want to do business with you. Purchase a stand now and receive a free year of ASTA membership. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Make your voice heard
    ASTA is the only trade organization that supports and protects the entire travel industry from excessive taxation, burdensome regulation and unnecessary legislation, saving you thousands of dollars in the process. If you don't support ASTA, who will support you? Join today and be counted. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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