Top Stories: Leisure Travel
Value-Seeking Millennials Turn To the Sharing Economy
Value-Seeking Millennials Turn To the Sharing Economy

Americans are generally more confident that they will be taking a vacation this summer, but they will be spending less on those vacations with the culprit being millennials turning to less expensive “sharing economy” alternatives like Airbnb, Uber and Home Away, according to  a recent survey.

Selling Cuba: Tour Ops Share Tips
Selling Cuba: Tour Ops Share Tips

There are more options for touring Cuba than ever before, but travel agents still need to prepare their clients for the experience. Here are some tips from tour operators.

Crystal Cruises Plans Big Expansion With Expedition-Capable New-Builds
Crystal Cruises Plans Big Expansion With Expedition-Capable New-Builds

Crystal Cruises plans to launch several new ships across a variety of categories, and a private 787 Boeing Dreamliner aircraft, following a big investment from new owner Genting Hong Kong, Crystal CEO Edie Rodriguez announced yesterday

Relaxed Restrictions Prompt New Cuba Tours
Relaxed Restrictions Prompt New Cuba Tours

More tour operators are expanding into the Cuba market, prompted by relaxed licensing restrictions and a bump in consumer demand.

High Tech Won’t Replace ‘High Touch’ In Travel, Sez AmEx Survey
High Tech Won’t Replace ‘High Touch’ In Travel, Sez AmEx Survey

New research from American Express Travel finds that an overwhelming majority of travelers don’t believe technology will replace the human touch in their travel experience. That means the outlook for travel agents has become extremely strong as consumers look to wed the ability to personalize their vacations with the ease of using a travel professional.

Fitting the Client to the Cruise
Fitting the Client to the Cruise

Like any vacation, hitting the high seas—or maybe a rushing river—is loaded with the potential for fun, adventure and lasting memories. Skilled travel agents should take measures to help match their clients with the right cruise experience.

Selling Romantic Destination Spas
Selling Romantic Destination Spas

Couples looking for a destination spa getaway to improve their physical, mental and emotional selves—with a nice dose of romance thrown in—represent a nice niche for interested agents.

Asian Cruise Market Grows As Cruise Lines Expand Offerings
Asian Cruise Market Grows As Cruise Lines Expand Offerings

After years of slow growth, Asia is ready to become the next big thing in the cruise industry. With an abundance of different cultures packed into the region, Asia is starting to attract cruise lines from all over the world.

Travelport Smartpoint conversion “a piece of cake”

It wasn’t too long ago that Martin Travel faced the challenge of both a complex system conversion and a three-location operating system migration. However, thanks to Travelport Smartpoint, things were up and running in no time.

“We were afraid that the conversion, added to the other changes we took on at the same time, might rock our world,” said Kelly Fitzgerald, Key Account Manager at Martin Travel. “Instead, thanks to Travelport Smartpoint, the process was a piece of cake.”


Dreams Resorts & Spas Brings Unlimited-Luxury® to Costa Rica
Dreams Resorts & Spas is bringing its Unlimited-Luxury® experience to Costa Rica. On Nov. 1, Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica will offer guests a luxurious, family-fun getaway on the Guanacaste coast of Costa Rica.