Top Stories: Leisure Travel
Comfortable with Religion? It Helps in Selling Faith Travel
Comfortable with Religion? It Helps in Selling Faith Travel

Tapping the huge faith-based travel market requires some know-how and a comfort level with religious language. You don't have to share beliefs to sell to faith groups, but you do have to be sincere. Hint: Don’t blaspheme.


Want to Sell River Cruises? Try Your Existing Clientele
Want to Sell River Cruises? Try Your Existing Clientele

River cruise executives say travel agents need only look as far as their experienced, ocean cruisers to find prospective clients for the booming—and highly lucrative—river cruise niche.

 


Agents Find Fault with Sandals Online Discount
Agents Find Fault with Sandals Online Discount

Sandals Resorts is reaching out to consumers with a $35 discount for direct online bookings. Not surprisingly, the move has proved unpopular with some travel agents. They're protesting to their BDMs—and voicing their opposition to the policy on social media.


Travel Review Sites: A Threat to Agents?
Travel Review Sites: A Threat to Agents?

Consumer review sites are increasingly popular, especially in the travel arena. Does their proliferation pose a competitive threat to travel agents whose job includes providing clients with expert advice and guidance? We asked agents that question.


Royal Caribbean Debuts New High-Tech Booking Engine
Royal Caribbean Debuts New High-Tech Booking Engine

Royal Caribbean Cruises will launch a new reservations system designed to decrease the number of steps it takes travel agents to make a booking. The company expects to launch the system in March.


Agents Weigh in on New China Visa Policy
Agents Weigh in on New China Visa Policy

Some travel agents think the new extended visa for China travel will boost leisure travel while others are less enthusiastic. For high-end clients, the cost of a visa was never a deterrent to travel they say, and for mid-market travelers, a trip to China is a once-in-a-lifetime trip.


New Cruise Ships Are Coming: What Agents Need to Know
New Cruise Ships Are Coming: What Agents Need to Know

A building boom is underway in the cruise industry with more than a dozen ships expected to enter service before the end of the decade. The cruise lines are banking on continued growth in consumer demand and the allure of new state-of-the-art ships.


Smooth Seas for Cruising in 2015
Smooth Seas for Cruising in 2015

What is in store for the cruise industry in 2015? Travel Market Report asked cruise industry executives to reflect on the events of 2014, and cast a critical eye toward the opportunities of 2015.


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.
Be the First to Experience Dreams Sands Cancun Resort & Spa!
Dream Resorts & Spas opens its newest property in Cancun on Sept. 1. For a limited time, AMResorts Master Agents can stay for just $59 per person per night. Low rates are available for your clients too.