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March 4, 2013News for travel agents

  Business and Industry Watch 
  • American Airlines seeks to expand flights to Brazil
    American Airlines has asked federal regulators to approve daily flights from Los Angeles and Chicago to Sao Paulo, Brazil. "American is committed to expanding its presence throughout Brazil to match customer demand in this extremely important and growing market," said Chuck Schubert, American's vice president of network planning. The carrier flies to Sao Paulo from New York, Miami and Dallas/Fort Worth. The Dallas Morning News (free content)/Airline Biz Blog (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Carnival adds new cruises on Carnival Dream schedule
    Carnival Cruise Lines unveiled two new eight-night sailings out of Port Canaveral, Fla., aboard the 3,646-passenger Carnival Dream. The cruise line also announced that the Carnival Dream will operate two five-night cruises out Port Canaveral, marking the first short cruise being operated by a Dream-class vessel. USA Today/Cruise Log blog (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • United delivers passengers and also their luggage
    United's baggage-delivery program is now available at 36 airports including Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The program offers delivery within a 100-mile radius of the airport, and the fee is in addition to regular checked-bag fees. Fliers who set up delivery within a 40-mile radius of the airport can pay $29.95 for the first bag, $39.95 for two bags and $49.95 for up to eight bags. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends and Technology 
  • Honeymoon travel, spending are still going strong, survey finds
    A new survey of travel agents by Allianz Travel Insurance indicates that honeymoons continue to be a travel priority for consumers, with 67% of couples reported as spending $2,500 to $5,000 for the trip. Respondents named Mexico, the Caribbean and Hawaii as some of the most popular honeymoon destinations, and June as the most popular month to take a honeymoon trip. "Honeymoons have always been a significant investment for couples, both financially and emotionally," said Alan Josephs, chief marketing officer at Allianz Global Assistance USA. TravelPulse (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hotel rec rooms are all the rage in digital age
    Hotels are going back to traditional recreation rooms to tear guests away from playing games on digital devices -- and some are ditching separate rooms to house the fun. The Pod 39 hotel in New York added two pingpong tables next to a bar in the lobby where guests can enjoy snacks, while other hotels are sticking to rooms packed with coin-operated games, board games and billiards. USA Today/Hotel Check-in blog (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Consumer Travel News 
  Regulatory and Legislative 
  • TSA eyes plan to let fliers apply directly for PreCheck
    Transportation Security Administration Administrator John Pistole says the organization is hoping to let fliers apply for the PreCheck program directly -- instead of requiring them to enroll in the Customs and Border Protection trusted-traveler program -- by the end of this year. He said TSA is also evaluating a plan to let fliers pay private vendors to approve them as trusted travelers. FierceHomelandSecurity (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Best Practices 
  • Column: Agents should find and promote their differentiators
    Being unique among the masses of travel professionals in the market is vital to securing clients' continued business, writes Jack Mannix, president of Jack E. Mannix & Associates. "Underscore your differentiators with virtually everything you do. Selling yourself in every way possible is at least as important as selling a product or destination," Mannix writes. TravelPulse (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Small-Business Strategies 
  • Don't grow too fast, and other business mistakes to avoid
    It's tempting to expand your business as quickly as possible, but careless growth can cause problems, writes Jan Fletcher. "Invite a seasoned entrepreneur to give you feedback (and perhaps a reality check) on your expansion plans," she recommends. Among other common pitfalls for business owners are insulting competitors and bragging too much. Intuit Small Business Blog (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ASTA Spotlight 
  • Marketing opportunities for ASTA Allied Members
    Make ASTA your ultimate marketing partner to reach the travel agent and agency community. Our travel agent members represent 80% of travel sold and we'll help you connect directly with this market segment through a variety of marketing opportunities fit for any budget. Marketing and advertising options range from Web-based strategies to face-to-face meetings at our annual conferences to educational programs. Review ASTA's Marketing Opportunities and start connecting with ASTA travel agent members. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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