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7/21/2017  |  by Steve Gillick

It's your expertise in the world of travel that clients depend on, and therefore the more you know about travel options, the more credibility you have as a “Travel-the-World Specialist.”

7/20/2017  |  by Anne Dimon

Wellness-minded parents will be happy to know that resorts are helping keep the younger set entertained while promoting activities that encourage mindfulness, self expression and “digital detox.”      

7/20/2017  |  by Daniel McCarthy


After months of speculation and rumors, the U.S. lifted its ban on passengers carrying electronics larger than a smartphone onboard some airplanes this week and the travel community has reacted with relief.

In a statement Thursday, U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow called the lifting of the Department of Homeland Security’s ban on large electronic devices “welcome news, from both a security and economic standpoint.”

"Confronting the challenges posed by the global security landscape appears to be a reality that is here to stay, but there are signs that disruptions to legitimate business and leisure travel are becoming shorter-lived,” Dow added.

Dow went on to congratulate the airports and airlines who changed their protocols to comply with enhanced security standards.

“We are glad that all passengers on these flights will be able to travel as safely and conveniently as possible.”

7/19/2017  |  by Barbara Peterson

‘The long-held belief that it is better to purchase round-trip tickets whenever possible to get the best fares is simply no longer true.’ 

7/19/2017  |  by Richard D'Ambrosio


ABC's The Bachelorette might get your customers pining for Rioja, Spain, the north central wine region where the reality TV series filmed an episode that will appear on July 24.

Rachel Lindsay, a 32-year-old attorney from Dallas, and a host of potential suitors visit the region, famous for its vineyards and medieval villages. The episode broadcasts 8-10 p.m, ET.

Rioja is a one-hour drive from Bilbao, the capital of the Basque region and home of the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum, and the foodie capital San Sebasti­an.

Most famous for their wines made with Tempranillo grapes, Rioja's wineries have been producing wine for over 200 years. Rioja has the most acreage under vines of any wine region -- more than 57,000 hectares (approximately 140,850 acres) -- yielding 250 million liters of wine annually.

7/19/2017  |  by Daniel McCarthy

Four shorter sailings will offer a more convenient option for those short on time.

7/18/2017  |  by Daniel McCarthy

A saga that started in March will finally reach its end.

7/17/2017  |  by Jessica Montevago

The galaxy far, far away is heading to Orlando.

7/17/2017  |  by Jessica Montevago

Disney unveiled a slew of new attractions coming to its parks at its D23 Expo this weekend.

7/14/2017  |  by Daniel McCarthy


American Airlines has ended its codeshare agreements with Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways because of disputes over what it calls unfair government subsidies of Gulf carriers.

The codesharing agreement will officially end June 29 with March 24, 2018, set as the last valid date of travel using the codeshare.

American, along with Delta and United, has been petitioning the U.S. government to revisit the Open Skies treaty that has allowed Gulf carriers to expand rapidly over the Atlantic. The U.S. airlines believe that government subsidies that Gulf airlines receive violate the Open Skies agreement. President Donald Trump is reportedly mulling those changes but no decision has been made yet.

In a statement, Etihad said that American’s decision “will reduce choice for consumers and may result in higher fares for travelers” and that it terminates “flight options to points in the Middle East, Indian subcontinent and other destinations” for U.S. travelers.

Despite the tension, which included Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker calling U.S. flight attendants "grandmothers" last month, Qatar is still expected to go ahead with its purchase of a 10% stake in American Airlines.

American will continue to honor other agreements with the Qatar and Etihad including interline access cargo agreements, frequent flyer program and lounge access.