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Agents Still Largely ‘Shut Out’ Of Ancillary Trend

Almost all airline ancillaries are available only on airline websites, highlighting the airlines’ reluctance to commit to compensating agents for their time.

Marriott Launches New Platform For Wholesalers, Tour Ops

The solution provides real-time rates and inventory for Marriott’s 4,200 properties worldwide.

After A Decade Away, Former Sabre CEO Jeff Katz Is Back In Travel Tech

The father of the first OTA hints at his new latest thing.

IATA To Refresh Its Settlement Plans

An overhaul of IATA’s billing and settlement plans will include a new three-tiered agency accreditation model, among other changes.

Distribution 2020: A Big Change For Travel Agents

“The implementation of NDC”—IATA’s New Distribution Capability technical standard—“will have the most profound effect because of what it will enable,” Harteveldt said.

Travelport To Retire Legacy Link To Amtrak This Weekend

Travelport's legacy connection to Amtrak will be retired at 3 a.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 11, for all Apollo and Worldspan subscribers in the U.S.

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World’s Largest Cruise Ships By Length

1. Harmony of the Seas

2. Allure of the Seas

3. Oasis of the Seas

4. Quantum of the Seas

5. Anthem of the Seas

Source: Cruise Critic