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February 25, 2013News for travel agents

  Business and Industry Watch 
  • No curve: American Queen will launch baseball-themed summer cruises
    American Queen Steamboat has announced two upcoming baseball-themed sailings for this summer. The seven-night "Baseball Legends" cruises will launch July 19 from St. Louis on the Mississippi River and July 26 from Cincinnati for on the Ohio River. Baseball celebrities who will make appearances on one or both cruises include former New York Yankees hitter Ron Blomberg, veteran player Jay Johnstone and Art Shamsky, who played for the New York Mets when it won the World Championship in 1969. USA Today/Cruise Log blog (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends and Technology 
  • Post-Triumph, price drops are not likely, cruise experts say
    The fire that left the Carnival Triumph adrift for days in the Gulf of Mexico is unlikely to cause a drop in bookings and price cuts to attract hesitant cruisers, several experts say. Records show that earlier incidents, including the grounding of the Costa Concordia in 2012 and the Carnival Splendor fire in 2010, did not lead to significant booking declines. "There may be a hiccup in bookings, but people have moved on," said Stewart Chiron, founder of the Cruise Guy website. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Las Vegas tourism is recovering slowly but surely
    Tourism in Las Vegas improved last year, when 2.1% more visitors came to the city than in 2011. Hotel occupancy increased 0.6%, to 84.4%, and ADR rose 2.8%, to $108.08, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority says. The number of people driving in from Southern California is also on the rise. "Between hotels coming back online from renovations and new hotels coming into the market over the next 12 to 18 months, Las Vegas will see another 5,000 or more rooms added to the market," said Jim Cady, general manager of the DoubleTree by Hilton near the city's airport. Cady says he doesn't think occupancy will return to 2007 levels until 2015 or 2016. (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hotels secure negotiating power amid meetings recovery
    A new study by Colliers PKF Hospitality Research indicates an optimistic outlook for the meetings industry, with hoteliers positioned to control negotiations with planners. "The leverage up until now has been with planners but, due to rising occupancy levels, the leverage is swinging back to the hotel sales manager," said Robert Mandelbaum, a director at Colliers PKF Hospitality. Planners are now increasingly focusing negotiations on additional amenities such as breakfast and free Internet access, Mandelbaum said. (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Consumer Travel News 
  • Stunning night sky awaits above Death Valley National Park
    Death Valley National Park in California touts a breathtaking sky-scape that led to it being named an International Dark Sky Park by the International Dark-Sky Association. "Death Valley is a place to gaze in awe at the expanse of the Milky Way, follow a lunar eclipse, track a meteor shower, or simply reflect on your place in the universe," said Jonathan B. Jarvis, National Park Service director. The Baltimore Sun (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulatory and Legislative 
  Best Practices 
  • Column: Tips for writing engaging travel articles
    A great travel article weaves the highlights of a particular travel destination around a central theme, adding unique people or places to help build the story and catch the reader's attention, Richard Earls writes. "Avoid using the rather tired language of clich├ęs endemic to beginning travel writers. ... Put the reader in the story by showing them an image rather than telling them with an adjective or adverb," Earls writes. Travel Research Online (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Small-Business Strategies 
  • Why creativity and practicality are key for marketing success
    A successful marketing campaign should have both creative and practical components, writes Walter Dailey, consultant and creative director for Dailey Sound Vector. On the creative side, you should be willing to take risks and study how companies in other fields are delivering their marketing messages. On the practical side, you should set a budget and make sure your marketing prompts consumers to take action. Fox Business Small Business Center (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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