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March 8, 2013News for travel agents

  Business and Industry Watch 
  • Royal Caribbean will offer 87 cruises in Canada, N. Europe in 2014
    Royal Caribbean International says it will send its ships Adventure, Brilliance, Explorer, Grandeur, Independence and Legend of the Seas to northern Europe and Canada/New England in 2014, during which they will operate a total of 87 sailings. The European cruises will go on sale March 20, while the Canada/New England sailings are already available for booking. Travel Weekly (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • $1B hotel complex will rise in Dubai, UAE
    A $1 billion project to build four towers with lodging and commercial space in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has been unveiled by development firm Damac Properties. Damac has partnered with Paramount Hotels & Resorts for the buildings' design. Paramount will also operate the buildings when they open by the end of 2015. Bloomberg Businessweek (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends and Technology 
  • Survey: Americans' sentiment toward travel is higher than before recession
    A new survey by MMGY Global indicates that consumers' travel sentiment has improved, surpassing even a benchmark rating established in March 2007. The study found that about 57% of all U.S. adults are looking to go on a vacation within the next six months. Business-travel sentiment also grew, with 20% of respondents indicating plans to take at least one business trip over the next six months. TravelPulse (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. airlines will expand ancillary revenue, executives say
    U.S. airline executives say they will continue to focus on ancillary revenue. "We're really about the core product and how you purchase up," said JetBlue Airways CEO David Barger. "I think people really appreciate the fact that the living space on the aircraft is something that people will pay a premium for." (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CEOs tout travel as an economic recovery tool
    Hotel executives speaking at the International Hotel Investment Forum in Berlin say governments are starting to realize the vital role that travel plays in economic growth. Arne Sorenson, president and CEO of Marriott International, said visa reform in the U.S. was a huge help to the industry, but Richard Solomons, CEO of InterContinental Hotels Group, said things haven't progressed as quickly in the U.K. (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Do hotel guests really want to go green? Yes, mostly
    Hotels may be going green, but there is a rather large divide between those who say they want to live sustainably and those who actually do so when they're in a hotel room. According to an analysis of a J.D. Power and Associates North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study, of 90% of hotel guests who were offered the chance to do something sustainable during their stays, two-thirds participated. Guests reported that they felt better when participating in sustainability programs, though some guests want little luxuries such as the use of a clean towel each day instead of reusing their linens. CNN (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Consumer Travel News 
  Regulatory and Legislative 
  • Homeland Security predicts 25% will qualify for expedited screening
    The Department of Homeland Security expects 25% of passengers will qualify for expedited screening by the end of 2013. The expedited programs include PreCheck from the Transportation Security Administration, as well as other "trusted traveler" programs. "In the coming months, TSA will work to develop additional programs that expand risk-based security initiatives to additional populations," said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Air Transport World (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Best Practices 
  Small-Business Strategies 
  • Using Instagram to promote your small business
    Photo-sharing platform Instagram can be a powerful tool for marketing your company, writes A.J. Kumar of Single Grain. Get started by figuring out what kind of images your customers would want to see. Make sure you take photos that are high quality. Consider using Instagram's geolocation feature or running contests to engage your followers, he recommends. Entrepreneur online (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ASTA Spotlight 
  • 2013 ASTA Agency Profile is available
    The percentage of sales related to international travel continues to increase. ASTA agencies reported that 60 percent of their sales are from international travel, according to the newly released 2013 ASTA Agency Profile. This survey was conducted with a research panel of ASTA agencies, the ASTA Research Family. The panel is composed of a representative sample of ASTA member travel agency owners and managers. The report indicates a 95% confidence with an error rate +/-4%. The ASTA Agency Profile report can be downloaded at no charge from the research page of LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Connect directly with ASTA travel agent members
    ASTA offers various opportunities for Allied Supplier members to connect with domestic and international travel agents. Expand your reach and take advantage of ASTA's marketing opportunities. This program was developed to provide additional resources for Allied Supplier members to promote their products and services. Take advantage of ASTA's marketing opportunities and begin to highlight your company's offerings today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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