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January 17, 2013News for travel agents

  Business and Industry Watch 
  • Lindblad Expeditions will offer 38-day South American voyage
    Lindblad Expeditions has announced that it will launch a 38-day cruise along South America in celebration of the 125th year of the National Geographic Society. The Epic South America cruise begins Sept. 18 in Trinidad aboard the National Geographic Explorer and will explore three famed rivers in the region: the Amazon, the Essequibo and the Orinoco. TravelAge West (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends and Technology 
  • Airports go high-tech with hub parking
    Airlines are looking to improve customer service and operational efficiency and generate revenue with innovative parking solutions. The myLJLA Mobile Passenger App at Liverpool John Lennon Airport in the U.K. lets travelers pay for parking via the application, while kiosks at Incheon International Airport in South Korea enable drivers to find vacant spaces to park and locate their cars on the way out. (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Travel Weekly Spotlight 
  • Catching the Kona coffee buzz in Hawaii
    Steeped in Hawaii Island history, Kona coffee has been opening eyes since its origins in the early 1800s. These days, farm tours and a festival help visitors explore the area's cachet of coffee. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  Home-Based Agent Update 
  • Column: Good supplier ties ensures the perfect vacation match
    Travel agents should build up a strong list of suppliers to have a dependable source of products that match their clients' preferences, writes Stacy Small, president of Elite Travel International. "In this business, you can never have enough friends and contacts! It truly is all about who you know, so maximize your opportunities to meet the right people," Small writes. TravelPulse (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Consumer Travel News 
  Regulatory and Legislative 
  • Blog: Several programs offer expedited security screening
    Blogger Grant Martin recommends enrolling in a program to speed through security screening. Programs include PreCheck from the Transportation Security Administration, as well as Clear from a private firm. Some airlines are also expanding priority access for frequent fliers to credit-card members. blog (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Best Practices 
  • Focusing on value, service leads to success in luxury travel
    Travel agents looking to make it big in the luxury market need to accentuate the perks available in upgrading to luxury when talking to clients and ensure that they receive a superior level of service during their vacation, said Nadia Giudice of Voyages Groupe Ideal, and Jennifer Leventhal of Sentinel Travel. "The level of service really does make a difference in the experience. To have the wonderful beach chairs with nice fitted towels, servers who come with cold water and snacks -- this all costs more, but some clients will go for it," Leventhal said. (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Small-Business Strategies 
  • 3 ways to juggle the roles of leader and manager
    If you want to become a better manager and leader, you should be honest and focus on delivering results, Emily Jasper writes. "Even if parts of your job are delegated to others, make sure they're delivering according to expectations." Also, look for ways to address issues that crop up at your company, she advises. The Starr Conspiracy (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to automate your marketing efforts -- and why you need to
    Much of your social media marketing activities can be automated, which allows you to use your time for other purposes, Ryan Sides writes. For example, you can use WordPress' scheduler to make sure your blog posts are published on the days and times of your choosing. "Automation reduces the minutia, the monotony, the repetitive tasks that we can do without," he writes. Social Media Today (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ASTA Spotlight 
  • ASTA offers recommendations for fans evaluating sports travel packages
    With the National Football League playoffs under way and the Super Bowl approaching, sports fans around the country will be looking for travel bargains and packages for the big game. ASTA offers some recommendations for fans evaluating travel packages. Read the full press release. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Complimentary ASTA membership included in IDE 2013 stand purchase
    Are you looking for the opportunity to strengthen your global business, increase your customer base and form vital relationships with hundreds of qualified travel agencies around the world? Exhibit at ASTA's International Destination Expo (IDE) Dubai (April 4-7). 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. Purchase a stand now and receive a complimentary year of ASTA membership, valued at $549. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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