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December 26, 2012News for travel agents

  Business and Industry Watch 
  • Winter storms hamper Christmas travel
    Travelers across parts of the U.S. suffered from poor travel conditions caused by winter storms in recent days. Heavy snow in New Mexico slowed ground travel to a crawl, while Texas experienced at least three tornadoes. Carriers including American Airlines and American Eagle canceled flights because of the inclement weather. ABC News/The Associated Press (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends and Technology 
  • Climbing foreign demand in Hawaii limits options for U.S. tourists
    Hawaii continues to enjoy rising visitor arrivals and tourist spending, mostly as a result of a rebound in demand from international markets. Hoteliers and travel agents say the influx of foreign visitors is beginning to limit U.S. tourists' booking options. "Our occupancy [percentage] has been in the mid-to-high 90s for August, September, October and November. We've just seen a really large increase in overall demand to Hawaii, and a lot of that's been from international markets rather than domestic," said Kelly Sanders, general manager at the Sheraton Waikiki. Travel Weekly (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Consumer Travel News 
  • Historic structures in Porto, Portugal, add a touch of intrigue
    Porto, Portugal, offers a variety of tourist spots that showcase the city's far-reaching history. The city boasts historic structures with architectures ranging from Roman and Gothic to Baroque and neoclassical styles. The moody weather and the signature Porto philosophy of "saudade" add an ambiance of mystery to any trip. TravelAge West (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulatory and Legislative 
  Best Practices 
  • Column: Agents should stay up-to-date on destination information
    Travel agents need to ensure that information they provide to clients regarding local laws and safety issues in particular destinations are always up-to-date to safeguard their companies from liability, Richard Earls writes. "When asked questions about issues close to the logistics of the travel transaction, such as entry requirements, provide clients with written statements of requirements. Check resources such as Timatic frequently, and don't rely on memory. For matters such as travel advisories and health issues, refer the client to the State Department and to the CDC as primary resources of information," Earls writes. Travel Research Online (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Small-Business Strategies 
  • Those so-called "best practices" could be hurting your business
    Some strategies that are considered best practices in your industry might actually be harmful for your company, Freek Vermeulen of the London Business School writes. In some cases, these practices might yield a short-term benefit while hurting your business in the long run; often managers implement these strategies simply because their competitors already have. "Often, these are practices that most firms in their line of business have been following for many years, leading people in the industry to assume that it is simply the best way of doing things," Vermeulen writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Smart strategies for profitable content marketing
    Savvy content marketing can consistently help draw new customers to your business, Walter Chen writes. To get content out there requires identifying sites where you can realistically get published, then following up with editors and other bloggers to open up new and more important avenues for your content. "When an article becomes popular on a social-news site, it can mean more than 50,000 visitors to your site," Chen notes. Entrepreneur online (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ASTA Spotlight 
  • Carolinas, Central Atlantic chapters make charitable donations
    Kudos to ASTA's Carolinas and Central Atlantic chapters, which have recently taken advantage of the Corporate Advisory Council-funded ASTAPAC Charitable Match Program. The two chapters qualified for matching funds through this program based on their exemplary PAC fundraising efforts in 2011. Learn more about ASTAPAC and help your chapter qualify for the Charitable Match Program. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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