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January 3, 2013News for travel agents

  Business and Industry Watch 
  • Un-Cruise launches cruise series to Hawaii and Mexico
    Small-ship cruise line Un-Cruise has introduced new sailings in its 2013 schedule focusing on marine life and photography. The Kids in Nature voyages are aimed at family travelers with children 12 and younger and will feature outdoor activities. Another themed series aims to draw photography enthusiasts with sailings featuring top nature and travel photographers. USA Today/Cruise Log blog (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends and Technology 
  • European cruises are becoming a hot product, survey finds
    A survey on cruise trends by Cruise Holidays has found that Europe is climbing the list of top cruise destinations among travelers. Lower cruise fares are helping to increase bookings despite steep air-ticket prices, the survey found. "When you couple the cost of the cruise, which is virtually an all-inclusive vacation, along with the airfare, you are looking at a vacation value that far exceeds what travelers to Europe could expect 20 years ago," said Mark Schiffner, Cruise Holidays International vice president. TravelPulse (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Business travel is evolving as mobile's role expands, experts say
    Travel managers will need to adapt to changes in the corporate travel environment, led by the increased adoption of dynamic pricing by hotels and the growing influence of mobile technology on the market, experts said. "It is going to be the job of the travel manager to be aware of all these changes, to leverage information in negotiations with suppliers and to create policies that are flexible enough to accommodate these shifts in bookings," said Norm Rose, president of Travel Technology Consulting. (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Travel to Beijing, Shanghai are visa-free for 72 hours
    In a move to entice more visitors, Beijing and Shanghai have launched policies that do not require travelers from 45 countries to have a visa for 72 hours. Visitors cannot leave the cities for other Chinese destinations during the 72-hour span, and must leave from the respective cities. China Daily (Beijing) (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Destination of the Week 
  • Kauai cures the winter blues
    Apps, airlift and activities highlight the latest Kauai news, which might provide just the right enticement for travelers who are ready to ditch the cold. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  Home-Based Agent Update 
  Consumer Travel News 
  • Iraqi Kurdistan holds promise as a global tourism hotspot
    Barring negative developments in the region's security and political climate, the autonomous Iraqi region of Kurdistan is poised to become the next premier tourism destination with its natural outdoor attractions and historical sites, this feature says. Tourists can explore Gali Ali Beg and go rafting or marvel at its magnificent views, or visit the Erbil Citadel, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulatory and Legislative 
  Best Practices 
  • Column: 5 steps to streamline social-media efforts
    Travel agents' social-media strategies may benefit from a bit of tweaking as the industry is poised to evolve further from the influence of social media on marketing, Sophie Bujold writes. Picking a key focus on marketing, having a solid strategy, integrating social media into everyday operations, securing ties with other businesses and seizing on consumers' desires are key to mastering the social-media space in 2013. (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Small-Business Strategies 
  • How to set your business up for a successful 2013
    As a small-business owner, you might want to consider increasing the rates you charge, Justine Smith writes. "The ideal time to re-evaluate your current pricing and packages is the New Year," she writes. You should also organize your workspace and identify goals for the year. Small Business Trends (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wise words: 10 things managers must say
    Business leaders need 10 words or phrases if they want to be effective managers, says Jason Henham, managing director of Slate Consulting. Among them are: "No," "Tell me more," and "What do you think?"  "The right words have the potential to be transformational," Henham says. Intuit Small Business Blog (12/24) 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
  • Make professional connections at ASTA's International Destination Expo (IDE) Dubai 2013
    The excitement begins now. Join ASTA at our IDE Dubai April 4-7. Meet with local suppliers and experience firsthand the mystical adventures of Dubai. This one-of-a kind event provides the knowledge and tools you need to be a Dubai Destination Specialist. Receive a 30% discount when booking your air with Emirates airline and take advantage of exclusive rates at the official IDE host hotels. Participate in exciting sightseeing and pre- and post-tour options. Register now and discover why the key to increasing sales to Arabia is Definitely Dubai. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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