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December 24, 2012News for travel agents

  Business and Industry Watch 
  • Club Med moves against commission rebating by travel agents
    Club Med has announced modifications to its Advertising and Rebating policy that reflect a stronger stand against commissions rebating, this feature says. Under the new policies, travel agents are no longer allowed to advertise products by Club Med at prices lower than those specified on its website. "Club Med values the important role that travel agents play in the distribution and sale of Club Med vacations. Only through a healthy distribution system will Club Med be assured of their continued success as the pioneer and innovator of all-inclusive resort vacations around the globe," the company said in a statement. TravelPulse (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Alaska Airlines, Aeromexico sign code-share agreement
    Aeromexico and Alaska Airlines have signed a code-share deal that will let passengers use loyalty miles between the carriers. The agreement will also allow fliers to buy tickets via Aeromexico for 20 Alaska Airlines routes, including eight Alaska Airlines destinations in Mexico that will fly from Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose and San Diego. (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends and Technology 
  • Business travelers are using mobile to take control of travel
    The rise of mobile technology in 2012 empowered corporate travelers with a wider array of choices and greater decision-making capabilities, experts say. "2012 has been a turning point. Vendors have achieved a critical mass in the move away from the controlled distribution channel model to direct-but-integrated distribution. Apps have evolved to offer individual business travelers faster and personalized solutions," said Richard Eastman, who is president of The Eastman Group. (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IFE, meet the tablet
    IPads -- and tablets in general -- may very well be the next big thing when it comes to in-flight entertainment. OpenSkies airline, El Al Airlines and American Airlines distribute tablets on some flights so travelers can enjoy on-demand programming. Other airlines are leveraging Wi-Fi technology to let customers stream content on their own mobile devices. USA Today (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Consumer Travel News 
  • Kyoto, Japan, sends visitors back in time
    The traditional atmosphere in Kyoto, Japan, is a departure from the ultramodern vibe in Tokyo, the capital; Kyoto offers visitors a glimpse of the Japanese life of old. Travelers can stay a night in a ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn, for a night steeped in culture -- engaging in tea ceremonies or exploring the city's streets while clad in the traditional yukata, or loose kimono. TravelAge West (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulatory and Legislative 
  • TSA readies operations for influx of holiday travelers
    A spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration says the agency has taken steps to address the larger volume of passengers flying for the Christmas holidays. The TSA is also on the lookout for a potential repeat of the Christmas Day terrorist attempt on a Northwest Airlines flight in 2009. "Airport checkpoints and baggage rooms are fully staffed as this is a busy time of the year for airline travel," said TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein. The Hill/Transportation blog (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Best Practices 
  • Column: How to turn an idea into a reality
    The key to to turning a flash of inspiration into a concrete achievement is to take immediate action, writes Mark Murphy, president and CEO of Travalliancemedia. "[C]onsider the initial steps you need to take in order to get moving on your idea. It can be a small step, but you need to take a step in that direction," Murphy writes. TravelPulse (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Small-Business Strategies 
  • How to lead like Santa
    There's a lot that business leaders can learn from the example set by Santa Claus, writes Lindsay Olson of Paradigm Staffing. You can take a page out of Santa's book by doing extensive planning, offering positive feedback to your employees and focusing on keeping your workers happy. "Slave driving never got long-term positive results, so consider how to make your work environment one that your staff wants to come to each day," she writes. U.S. News & World Report/On Careers blog (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ASTA Spotlight 
  • ASTA holiday office closure
    ASTA will close for the holidays from Dec. 24 through Jan. 1. ASTA wishes you a safe and happy holiday. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Editor's Note 
  • SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday
    In observance of Christmas, SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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--William Blake,
British poet and painter

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