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January 11, 2013News for travel agents

  Business and Industry Watch 
  • Tour operators seek to entice agents with package incentives
    This article details some of the new programs that tour firms have launched to draw travel agents and travelers. Trafalgar seeks to attract travelers with a 7.5% early- payment discount on its European tours when paid in full by Feb. 28. Travel Impressions is offering a $1,000 gift check to agents who book the most stays of five nights or more at Couples Tower Isle hotel in Jamaica. (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends and Technology 
  • Asian hotels will lead meetings segment in 2013, group says
    American Express Meetings & Events' 2013 forecast for the meetings industry indicates that the Asian region will enjoy the highest growth in meetings spending and activity. Spending and activity in North America will be relatively unchanged. "[O]rganizations in North America will need to balance their likely flat budgets with the increasing demands of their stakeholders to deliver effective meetings that deliver on business objectives," said Issa Jouaneh, a vice president at American Express Meetings & Events. (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Consumer Travel News 
  • South Korea keeps its rich history close at heart
    South Korea's conservation efforts have ensured that the country's prized historic sites remain to this day as testaments to a rich culture. The country's historical tourist attractions include the Seonamsa temple complex, the tomb of Sejong the Great, and several UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Temple of Bulguksa, Seokguram Grotto and Changdeok Palace. Travel Weekly (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulatory and Legislative 
  • FCC to boost Wi-Fi at airports, add more unlicensed airwaves
    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said the agency will try to increase "Gigabit Wi-Fi" -- high-speed, high-capacity Wi-Fi -- by up to 35% in airports and other major facilities starting in February. He said the FCC will also make more unlicensed airwaves available -- up to 195 megahertz of spectrum in the 5 gigahertz band, to be exact. USA Today/Today In The Sky blog (1/9), Reuters (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Best Practices 
  Small-Business Strategies 
  • Simple steps to stronger e-mail marketing
    E-mail is the key to making money with social media marketing, say experts, but the format has to be mobile-device friendly, the content must focus on education, and the message must be targeted. Other tips: Don't abuse the privilege of customer-permitted e-mail and place e-mail sign-up messages on multiple pages. (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 4 tips for managing your business' online reputation
    Your business might not be able to reach its potential if its online reputation isn't very good, Dave Thomas writes. If this is the case at your company, you should figure out why your reputation has suffered and determine whether what people are saying about your company is true. Try to create more positive buzz about your business, and continue to monitor your reputation. B2C Marketing Insider (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ASTA Spotlight 
  • Join NTA and ASTA at the Second Hispanics in Travel Caucus Jan. 20-24 in Orlando
    NTA and ASTA have joined forces to establish a Hispanics in Travel Caucus in recognition of the importance of the growing U.S. Hispanic market. We would like to invite you to attend the second signature "Café con Leche," during NTA's Travel Exchange in Orlando (Jan. 20-24). The "Café con Leche," sponsored by the Mexico Tourism Board, will be held 3:15-5 p.m. Jan. 22. Hear from Jorge Plasencia, chair of the National Council of La Raza and founder and chairman and CEO of Republica, and continue the conversation on how this growing market impacts travel and the economy. Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Becoming a travel agent
    Does travel to places like Hong Kong, Machu Picchu, London, Rome and Morocco sound good to you? If so, becoming a travel agent is a great career choice for you. Becoming a Travel Agent is a comprehensive, 25-page booklet that will open up your eyes to the exciting and fast-paced world of a professional travel agent. This educational and entertaining guide will teach you about the travel industry in general and the specifics on beginning your satisfying career as a professional travel agent, all while saving you hours and hours of searching online for information that may or may not be reliable. Find out more on LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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