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March 25, 2013News for travel agents

  Business and Industry Watch 
  • Viking River Cruises plans to sail the Mississippi
    Viking River Cruises has confirmed reports that it is aiming to send a vessel to the Mississippi River. The planned vessel would be similar to the line's 190-passenger Viking Longship model and is scheduled to begin operations in 2015, Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen said. TravelPulse (3/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New all-suites hotel brand to target upscale business travelers
    New all-suites brand Woolley's Classic Suites is aiming to capture the upscale corporate traveler segment in Aurora, Colo., where work has begun on its first property near Denver International Airport, says Robert Woolley II, executive vice president of WSC Hotels. Regarding expansion, chief financial officer Alex Merson says the new chain will target the Midwest, Southern and Western U.S. regions, including "Dallas, Seattle, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Austin, Texas." (free registration) (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends and Technology 
  • Website reports rise in air-ticket prices to top travel destinations
    Data released by indicate that airfares to some of the most popular tourist destinations around the world were up last year compared with prices in 2011. "We found that overall airfare increased 17% across the board from 2011 to 2012," said Maria Katime, a spokeswoman for Kayak. Ticket prices from North America to Lima increased 33%, while air travel prices to London rose 30%. Reuters (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: N.J. saw 5% increase in visitors, 3% rise in spending
    The number of visitors to New Jersey rose 5% in 2012, according to a report released by the state Wednesday. According to The Economic Impact of Tourism Report, visitor spending in the state also increased nearly 3% despite Hurricane Sandy's disruption. "New Jersey really is coming back," Gov. Chris Christie said at the New Jersey Conference on Tourism at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Consumer Travel News 
  • Unusual sights beckon in Cambria, Calif.
    Visitors to Cambria, Calif., have the opportunity to see a variety of fascinating and uncommon sights, such as the annual mating rituals of elephant seals at the beach, a landmark building made of trash and a post-World War II bar with a violent history. Travel to most of these landmarks is accompanied by breathtaking views of the Cambria seaside. San Diego Union-Tribune (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulatory and Legislative 
  Best Practices 
  • Column: Agents should increase efforts to draw luxury business
    Travel agents need to make a greater effort to capture demand from the luxury segment as the values of today's upscale travelers continue to evolve, writes Jack Mannix, principal of Jack E. Mannix & Associates. "You need to be someone who knows your clients -- and their preferences -- intimately. They are getting advice from Aunt Millie, their friends and from strangers online. Make sure you emerge from that 'cadre' as the true expert to whom they look before parting with their wealth," Mannix writes. TravelPulse (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Small-Business Strategies 
  • Giveaways can demonstrate the value of your products
    Giving away your product or service can help customers immediately grasp the value of your product, Lee Polevoi writes. In addition, some customers feel obliged to buy from you in the future if you give them something for free. When planning a giveaway, start with a goal in mind. "The best freebie is one that costs you little or nothing to produce but delivers measurable results," Polevoi writes. Intuit Small Business Blog (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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