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News for travel agents | January 24, 2013

Special Report, Part 2: Leisure travel trends
Taking a trip on an amenity-packed RV is just one travel trend that is rising this year. Travel+Leisure's Kathryn O'Shea-Evans said today's RVs are packed with technology and are more comfortable than ever. "Super-design, super-mod, comes with HDTVs and Wi-Fi, and is gorgeous inside and out," she noted. Themed cruises, pop-up hotels and green travel will also be big in 2013. Read more from WFOR-TV, Miami-Fort Lauderdale.

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  Travel Trends 
  • 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
  • Cruise execs: Celebration-themed voyages are hot
    A number of leaders in the cruise industry suggest that agents focus on multigenerational cruises and sailings for celebrations, as they have become popular among cruisers. Agents' cruise business could also benefit from strong relations with pro-agent cruise lines and deep, long-term ties with clients, they say. (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Hotel on-site libraries offer guests a good read
    Hoteliers are adding libraries as a way to offer guests more than reading material -- some use it to sell books or beverages, too. "The [new space] gives guests a chance to congregate instead of staying in their rooms," says Ian Harvey, the general manager at the Capitol Hill Hotel, which recently debuted a library. "They can play cards, hold a meeting or read a good book." USA Today/Hotel Check-in blog (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Digital detoxing and other 2013 wellness trends
    Wellness Tourism Worldwide has named its top 10 wellness travel trends for the new year, and digital detoxification made the list. Hotels either hold devices in a safe location for guests who want to unplug, or market technology-free trips. In addition to spas and gyms, luxury hotels are appealing to guests with measures to alleviate jet lag, improve sleep, humidify the air, and more. (free registration) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Adults-only all-inclusive resorts add luxury flairs
    Adults-only all-inclusive resorts are a popular choice for couples that don't want to keep pulling out their wallets to pay for extras, an expert says. Most locations include butler service, and are tying in more luxury-hotel aspects so they are not viewed as a budget-travel option, this feature says. Royal Hideaway Playacar in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, was the first adult all-inclusive to win a five-diamond rating from AAA. USA Today (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Hotels eye digital check-in options
    InterContinental Hotels Group has launched a digital check-in kiosk at the Crowne Plaza Orlando-Universal in Florida, which lets guests scan a bar code on paper or via their smartphones to obtain room keys. The company will continue testing the technology before rolling it out at other locations. Hilton lets its HHonors members use the Suite Selection service at its Homewood Suites by Hilton, which allows them to choose the room they want via a virtual map of the hotel. (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FCC to boost Wi-Fi at airports, add more unlicensed airwaves
    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said the agency will try to increase "Gigabit Wi-Fi" -- high-speed, high-capacity Wi-Fi -- by up to 35% in airports and other major facilities starting in February. He said the FCC will also make more unlicensed airwaves available -- up to 195 megahertz of spectrum in the 5 gigahertz band, to be exact. USA Today/Today In The Sky blog (1/9), Reuters (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Best Practices 
  • Column: Keys to travel-agency growth in 2013
    The travel-agent industry is poised to meet surging demand in 2013 with the elections over and the release of pent-up demand among American travelers, John Frenaye writes. Agents will have to stay alert to capture this demand and carefully monitor the market and their own operations. Travel Research Online (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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