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January 18, 2013News for travel agents

  Business and Industry Watch 
  • Celebrity Cruises offers savings through new restaurant packages
    Celebrity Cruises has launched a series of specialty dining packages that offer travelers a discount of up to 31% compared with individual reservations. The offerings range from a three-dinner package that costs $85 aboard the Celebrity Constellation to an "Ultimate Specialty Package" that provides unlimited meals in certain restaurants. TravelPulse (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
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  Trends and Technology 
  • Luxury market must focus on up-for-anything millennials
    Luxury marketers are eyeing the millennial demographic as key spenders who are open to travel and value engagement. "The situation is that baby boomers are moving off the stage as the leaders in luxury consumption, as Gen X and Gen Y are moving into their luxury consumption years," said Milton Pedraza, CEO of the Luxury Institute in New York. Luxury Daily (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sleepy travelers at Chicago's O'Hare can stretch out in Minute Suites
    Minute Suites at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport will offer "extended-stay suites" with daybeds that can be used for naps between flights. The suites can be rented for $30 an hour or $120 per night. "When you have a five-hour layover between flights, the first thing you think of is sleep, getting some food or souvenirs and getting some work done," said Ronnie Gross, location supervisor for the suites in Philadelphia. Chicago Sun-Times (free registration) (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Consumer Travel News 
  • Valladolid, Mexico, harbors the essence of Yucatán culture
    Valladolid, a city on Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, offers most of the history and natural beauty present in some of the more popular tourist destinations in the region but with less of the crowds that can make visiting a hassle. Visitors can explore nearby ruins and cenotes or stop by the museums and the city's relaxing main plaza. San Francisco Chronicle (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulatory and Legislative 
  • Corporate reforms could prove taxing for business travelers
    U.S. fiscal policy changes that brought the new year in with a bang could prove to be a dud for business travelers because traditional tax deductions may have been herded over the cliff. That's the warning shot fired by the Global Business Travel Association in a Jan. 14 letter. "Traditionally accepted business deductions, including the travel and entertainment tax deduction, remain at risk," wrote GBTA Executive Director Michael McCormick. (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Best Practices 
  • Column: How to ease clients along a major business change
    Travel agents should pair a decision to make a significant change in operations with efforts to smooth the transition for clients, Richard Earls writes. Agents should communicate with clients about the effects of the new status quo and how the changes will be to their benefit. Requesting and responding to client feedback are also vital, Earls writes. Travel Research Online (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Small-Business Strategies 
  • Do you have too many LinkedIn connections?
    If you've made a resolution this year to improve your networking and your business, consider joining a LinkedIn group to help you brainstorm ideas and get advice, LinkedIn Connection Director Nicole Williams says. She also suggests focusing on making meaningful connections instead of aiming for hundreds of weak connections. (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Small-business to-do list for 2013
    Tax changes, corporate structure and out-of-state expansion plans: All are issues small-business owners need to consider in the new year, writes Nellie Akalp, CEO of CorpNet. Other items on the entrepreneur's checklist should include getting on top of record keeping, making sure the business' legal structure is sound and up-to-date and refreshing the copyright date on the firm's website, she writes. Small Business Trends (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story — Common sense advice for today's traveler
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  ASTA Spotlight 
  • Joining Forces Travel Coalition reports gains for 2012
    Members of the ASTA-led Joining Forces Travel Industry Coalition hired more than 2,300 veterans and military spouses in 2012, putting the coalition on track to surpass its goal of providing 3,500 jobs by year-end 2013. The coalition was launched in February 2012, in conjunction with the White House Office of the First Lady's Veterans Hiring Initiative, to provide richly deserved career opportunities to veterans and military spouses. Coalition participants have committed to providing a specified number of jobs by 2014. To learn more about the Joining Forces Travel Coalition, visit the Joining Forces Page on LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Attention, U.S. Travel Agency members: Extend ASTA benefits to your employees
    If you haven't already heard the news, ASTA's Travel Agent membership has transitioned to a company membership. This means that ASTA's valuable and critical industry resources are now available for all of your travel agent employees! Now ASTA can serve a broader travel agent population while strengthening our representation on Capitol Hill. Travel agency owners and their employees will have access to our member-exclusive educational resources, professional networking opportunities and critical industry updates. To ensure a smooth transition for our valued Travel Agent members, we've created resources to answer all of your questions. Learn more or contact us to renew your membership or sign up your employees. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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