Top Stories: Leisure Travel
Agents & All-Inclusives: Happily Mutually Dependent
Agents & All-Inclusives: Happily Mutually Dependent

As the all-inclusive resort segment enhances and expands its offering, especially on the luxury end, it wants––and needs––travel agents to sell its product. That’s good news for agents.

Norwegian to Enter Asia Market
Norwegian to Enter Asia Market

For the first time since 2001, Norwegian Cruise Line will sail in Asia. The company’s president and COO Andy Stuart made the announcement during a webinar with travel partners yesterday. Other new developments include the introduction of a new marketing campaign to debut next month and an update on the company’s newest ship, the Norwegian Escape.

Coffee, Tea . . . or Travel? An Agency’s New ‘Lounge’ Concept
Coffee, Tea . . . or Travel? An Agency’s New ‘Lounge’ Concept

Applying for a liquor license isn’t usually associated with operating a travel agency. But that’s what Omaha-based Travel and Transport had to do in preparation for the Sept. 17 opening of its Travel Design Lounge, an innovative concept aimed at generating demand at a time when many people book travel on their own.

All-Inclusives Move to Next Level, Creating Opportunities for Agents
All-Inclusives Move to Next Level,  Creating Opportunities for Agents

All-inclusive resorts are taking things to a new level, offering more luxury, more innovation and more choice. The entry of Hyatt into the arena marks a turning point in this rapidly growing segment.

Crystal Cruises’ Expansion: Agents are (Mostly) Enthusiastic
Crystal Cruises’ Expansion: Agents are (Mostly) Enthusiastic

Travel agents are excited about the new opportunities presented by Crystal Cruises’ recently-announced expansion plan. Some, though, say it’s too early to tell how the line’s new ships will match up against those of Crystal’s competitors.

Trump Expected To Name Hotel Veteran Eric Danziger CEO
Trump Expected To Name Hotel Veteran Eric Danziger CEO

Eric Danziger is expected to be named CEO of the Trump Hotel Collection, according to Travel Market Report sources. Danziger, currently CEO of Hampshire Hotels Management LLC, will fill the position vacated earlier this year by Jim Petrus. The appointment comes as Donald J. Trump appears on tonight’s presidential debate.

Take Back Your Vacation Movement Grows
Take Back Your Vacation Movement Grows

With 429 million vacation days in America going unused, according to the U.S. Travel Association (USTA), a movement focused on convincing American workers to take all their vacation days, is growing rapidly.

Weddings Trend Report: New Destinations and the LGBT Effect
Weddings Trend Report: New Destinations and the LGBT Effect

According to a report by Knot, 24% of couples opt for a destination wedding. With more couples choosing to get married away from home—and a new demographic entering the market—the destination wedding business is getting even more robust.

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.