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Travel Update: Egypt and Ukraine
Travel Update: Egypt and Ukraine

Political turmoil continues to affect both traditional and emerging destinations around the world. Travel Market Report spoke with several tour operators for an update on travel to some of these destinations including Egypt and Ukraine.

Cruising's Trouble Spots—An Update
Cruising's Trouble Spots—An Update

Royal Caribbean’s and Disney Cruise Lines’ cancellations of port calls at Puerto Vallarta are just the most recent examples of cruise lines changing itineraries to ensure the safety of passengers. Still, both cruise agents—and their clients—are mostly unruffled. There are always alternative port calls, agents say.

River Cruise Niche Expands As Lines Diversify Offerings
River Cruise Niche Expands As Lines Diversify Offerings

As river cruising options expand—and new ships head to new river destinations around the globe—travel agents looking to hone in on the niche need to stay educated and involved with the cruise lines they want to sell.

Want to Sell More Cruises? Focus on Cruising’s Strong Value
Want to Sell More Cruises? Focus on Cruising’s Strong Value

What should travel agents focus on when pitching a cruise, given the numerous cruise lines, destinations, itineraries, and options? A panel of cruise line executives at the recent cruise3sixty  urged agents to stress the overall value proposition.

ASTA Packs 2015 Convention Agenda With Industry Leaders & Fresh Voices
ASTA Packs 2015 Convention Agenda With Industry Leaders & Fresh Voices

ASTA is aiming high for its 2015 Global Convention, hoping to attract 1,000 attendees to the nation’s capital by planning a program packed with top speakers who will tackle critical industry issues.

CLIA: New Ships & Destinations Will Boost Travel Agent Sales
CLIA: New Ships & Destinations Will Boost Travel Agent Sales

At CLIA’s 11th annual cruise3sixty conference, the organization presented member travel agents with bold words about how expanded capacity and more diverse destinations will help members of the travel trade.

Agents Get Onboard With Weddings at Sea
Agents Get Onboard With Weddings at Sea

Norwegian Cruise Line has joined a growing list of cruise lines to offer weddings at sea. Agents are getting on board with the niche which has a lot in common with arranging group travel.

The ABCs of Villa Sales
The ABCs of Villa Sales

A villa company exec thinks many travel agents are missing an opportunity to net high commissions by selling villas. Many agents agree.

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.
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.