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News for travel agents | January 22, 2013

Special Report, Part 1: Leisure travel trends
Leisure travel will be better for the heart and for the soul in 2013 with better Wi-Fi in the air and less time spent at baggage claim. Additionally, the U.S. travel industry is promoting a new campaign called "Travel Effect," to show that an annual vacation can lower one's risk of heart attack and improve marriages. Read more here from United Press International.

Part 2 of this special report will appear in your inbox on Thursday, Jan. 24.

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  Travel Trends 
  • Childless single women 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
  • Tour operators: Experiential trend may boost leisure travel
    A growing desire among travelers for an authentic and immersive travel experience could provide an avenue for tour operators and travel agents to boost their business in 2013, industry leaders say. The continued growth of the baby boomer market and somewhat lower airfares to Europe could also help drive travel demand this year. TravelMarketReport.com (1/7) 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
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  Hotel Trends 
  • Hotels appeal to health-minded guests with fitness, food offerings
    Hotels are catering to health-conscious travelers, especially during this time of year when many people set resolutions to lose weight or improve fitness. Boston's Fifteen Beacon Hotel features minibars with items that include Boston baked beans, coconut water, Cape Cod "all-natural" potato chips and cucumber eye cream. The 45 Park Lane hotel in London has added an in-room fitness TV channel with workouts by fitness expert Matt Roberts along with complimentary yoga mats. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model)/Pack Up blog (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 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
  • Uncertainties cloud hotels' future in 2013, analysts say
    Whether the hotel industry will see a full recovery or another year of slow growth in 2013 is still up in the air, lodging analysts say. However, business and leisure travel are showing signs of improvement despite economic uncertainty and increased government attention to travel spending. Travel Weekly (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Rising demand in Chicago prompts a wave of development
    The Chicago lodging market is experiencing a boom in property development in response to a rise in leisure and business travel to the city. Downtown Chicago is expected to add 2,340 rooms to its supply, with seven hotels undergoing construction. Revenue per available room in the downtown area during the first 11 months of 2012 rose 11% compared with the previous year's figures. Crain's Chicago Business (free registration) (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Best Practices 
  • How to ensure top value for clients when booking hotels
    When booking hotels, travel agents can maximize value for their clients by hunting for complimentary perks and benefits, collaborating with hotel service providers and keeping their clients updated on destination and weather information that could affect their trip, ABC Global Services says. Agents should also strive to compare rates among hotels to find the best booking option. TravelPulse (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  

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