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February 18, 2013News for travel agents

  Business and Industry Watch 
  • Travel agents await fallout of Carnival Triumph incident
    The incident involving the Carnival Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico has left the cruise industry bracing for damage to its business in the midst of wave season. Travel Leaders Group spokesman Steve Loucks says that his company has yet to experience any cruise cancellations since the incident and that prices for Caribbean cruises have little room to drop further. USA Today (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Column: Benefits to U.S. fliers worth disruptions from AMR merger
    With the merging of American Airlines and US Airways into the largest carrier in the U.S., some short-term disruptions may be worth the benefits, Scott McCartney writes. Service could be better, passengers could enjoy newer planes, the employees may be happier, and the new airline would be more stable. "Bottom line: The merger is about better airline service in the U.S.," writes McCartney, who says dependable airlines are lacking. The Wall Street Journal (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends and Technology 
  • Sabre launches info and booking tool for South American buses
    Sabre Travel Network has unveiled a new application that provides travel agents with real-time information on buses in several South American countries. The Voyenbus Red App integrates the seating, prices and schedule information on buses with every travel-booking tool under Sabre's system, which also provides booking services for air travel and hotels. TravelPulse (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More hotels are adding social media booking this year
    According to a TravelClick survey, most hotels will have booking options integrated into their social media platforms this year. Of the more than half of hotels that do not have social media integration, 22.5% say they will by the end of 2013. TravelPulse (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Consumer Travel News 
  • Cameroon offers a snapshot of Africa
    An exploration of the diverse natural landscapes that make up Cameroon could be seen as a condensed trip throughout the vast African continent. The varied foreign influences that shaped the country's culture can also be gleaned from its cuisine, its music and the urban lifestyle. The Washington Post (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulatory and Legislative 
  Best Practices 
  • Cruise business could still make a splash, agent says
    The allure of cruising remains strong despite the Carnival Triumph fire, and agents should strive to push the incident further out of memory by pushing for bookings, writes Amber Blecker of CruiseOne. "Each of us has the same opportunity to be in front of our prospects right now -- not talking about the safety of cruising, but about ... the fun, the excitement, the anticipation of a cruise vacation," Blecker writes. (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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