The dangerous dance between North Korea and the United States has kept much of the world on edge, travel agency clients included. But the impact on bookings has been limited.
Italy, the U.K. and France, perennial favorites among U.S. travelers, will be the top three destinations, respectively, for affluent travelers during the remainder of the year, according to Virtuoso.
U.S. Virtuoso agencies' bookings for the fall months and holiday season reflect the consistent popularity of Europe, which occupies six spots on the Top 10 list. Spain ranks fifth among favored destinations, followed by the Netherlands (#8) and Germany (#9). Virtuoso travel advisors also reported strong sales to South Africa––the fourth most popular destination for the coming season. Also popular are Mexico (#6), Australia (#7) and China (#10). The findings, which are based on future travel plans of Virtuoso clients, were reported at Virtuoso Travel Network in Las Vegas this week.
Bliss will enter service in spring 2018, homeporting in Seattle and Miami and sailing to Alaska and the Eastern Caribbean.
Midway through its fourth year, the upstart Canadian host agency is banking on a business model that focuses on growing sales by each agent member rather than member numbers.
Destination wedding canceled because groom got cold feet? Stranded on the tarmac for two hours? New Travel Guard products address issues not typically covered by travel insurance.
Travel Insured International has rolled out technology that identifies travel agency bookings that have no insurance protection and simultaneously generates travel insurance quotes.
GOGO Vacations is offering savings of up to 67% on all-inclusive vacations to the Caribbean and Mexico for bookings made July 7 to 21. The sale also features value-added inclusions such as kids stay and eat free, free upgrades and $300 air credits. The promotion, good on travel through Dec. 22, is available at 69 hotels in 18 destinations.
In the years since Martin Sheen’s 2010 movie “The Way” popularized walking Spain’s Camino, commissionable tour options have expanded dramatically. That’s good news for travelers and travel agents alike.
“We’ve got a number of brand new agents who are blowing it out of the water,” says Uniglobe Travel Center VP Betsy Geiser. But bringing on new entrants comes with its own set of growing pains.
Southwest Airlines said it will stop flying to Varadero and Santa Clara, Cuba, effective Sept. 5, and will instead concentrate its service on Havana. The airline, which currently flies nonstop to Havana twice daily out of Fort Lauderdale, plans to increase that service to three daily roundtrips, pending U.S. Department of Transportation approval. Southwest also operates a daily nonstop to Havana from Tampa.
Southwest said it is contacting customers who held reservations for travel to Varadero and Santa Clara on Sept. 5 and beyond to offer refunds of purchased tickets.