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Trending Under the Umbrella of Wellness Travel: More Product for Agents to Sell

New retreats, new showpiece spas, multi-day programs at resorts, themed tours from operators, and other initiatives continue to grow the wellness-travel sector.

TSA Removes Head Of Security After Congressional Scrutiny

As complaints about long lines at security checkpoints grow, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has removed its head of security Kelly Hoggan from his post because of “mismanagement.”

Super Agent: Meet Stacy Small, The Unexpected Travel Agent

The last thing Stacy Small thought she would be doing 25 years after graduating Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Journalism is owning a travel agency.

US Summer Travel To Europe Up 10%; Istanbul, Brussels, Others See Falloff

As Memorial Day signals the start of the summer travel season, Allianz Global Assistance is predicting an overall 9.3% growth in bookings to Europe through Labor Day, though some key cities recently affected by terrorism will be down.

On Board Harmony of the Seas, Part One

Do two and a half feet really make a difference? TMR editor Cheryl Rosen set sail on the travel-industry preview of Harmony of the Seas this weekend to find out. 

Three Questions For Mark Lister, Chief Digital Officer, Ness SES, London

“When I call my travel agency, they know the ins and outs of travel to South America. I know that they’ve got the information to make my trip better. There is definitely still room for specialists.”

Queen Máxima Christens Holland America’s New MS Koningsdam

The premium line’s 14th ship aims to deliver a new modern-style cruising concept.

Five Tips For Selling Ever-Changing Luxury Travel

A new report from Amadeus highlights how travel agents should approach luxury travelers based on their behaviors rather than age, gender, or cabin class.

SuperAgent: Meet Marlys Aballi

Marlys Aballi isn’t one to take no for an answer. As a young mother she was a pioneer in what would later become a wave of travel professionals working from home. Now she runs a host agency with 20 independent contractors.

Celestielle Travel Claims To Be ‘The Best-Traveled Agency In The World’

9 months a year on the road + YouTube clips in 2 languages = 28% international sales. 

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We stopped taking the bargain hunters and focused on the complex FITs and river cruises. It happened naturally; the business you take is the business you make, I believe. When we learned to say no to what we didn't want, our requests turned into the kind we were saying yes to every time.

Heather Christopher
Travel Consulting