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3/29/2017  |  by Richard D'Ambrosio

As the lack of experienced agents becomes more critical, some tips for finding and training agents at the high end.

3/29/2017  |  by Richard D'Ambrosio


Liberty Travel has launched a web series, “Destination Confidential,” showing couples as they plan a four-day vacation specifically designed for them by a travel consultant, and how they eventually connect with each other and their destination when they explore the world.

The first series, featuring Tiffany and Abdul traveling to Cancun, can be viewed on its website. It includes immersive experiences every day of the trip, like a Mexican healing by a shaman in Tulum, zip-lining and riding ATVs in the jungle.

Liberty is planning three more series and is currently conducting casting calls. To be featured in the next series, anyone can submit a brief story about why they should be feature, with a recent photo, by May 30, 2017. Destination Confidential couples must be 21 or older, have a valid passport with an expiration date that is at least six months out and be free to travel out of the country with limited notice.

3/28/2017  |  by Richard D'Ambrosio

Savvy travel agents are forming partnerships with local wineries, restaurants and cruise lines to generate high-growth sales and profits.

3/27/2017  |  by Richard D'Ambrosio

When a client’s health failed on a cruise, travel agent Lisa Griffith stepped in to help save his life.

3/13/2017  |  by Richard D'Ambrosio

All of the major airlines are waiving change fees for customers ticketed to fly to or from airports from the mid-Atlantic to northern New England through Wednesday.

3/8/2017  |  by Richard D'Ambrosio

First-ever China Expo and ASTA San Diego featuring Carnival CEO Arnold Donald are on the calendar.

3/8/2017  |  by Richard D'Ambrosio

Industry association fights for travel agents on issues like the travel ban and the threat to require European visas, as well as sales taxes and overtime pay.

3/7/2017  |  by Richard D'Ambrosio


Despite a decline in the value of their local currency, Canadian travelers continued to seek out and find reasonable lodging rates last year, Hotels.com said in a recent report on 2016 purchasing habits.

According to the company, its Hotel Price Index once again remained at 114, for the third straight year, with only modest increases in average rate paid in popular cities across Canada, the United States, and the Caribbean. 

Hotels.com noted that savvy Canadians were “undeterred” by currency changes against the U.S. dollar, and purchased hotel rooms at about the same price as 2015 rates in cities like Boston and San Francisco, while New York was up 3%. Canadians paid the steepest increases in Seattle, Portland and Las Vegas, where average per night prices were up 10%, 10%, and 9% respectively.

In Toronto, Canadians’ favorite domestic destination, lodging prices paid were up 7%, with Montreal (second most popular) average rates up 4%. Third most popular city Edmonton was down 6%.

Abroad, Canadians paid 9% less for overnights in London, and 7% less for Paris, while finding Asia to be a veritable bargain, with rates in Hong Kong and Bangkok down 1%, and Singapore down 5%.

3/6/2017  |  by Richard D'Ambrosio


The Steamboat Bay Fishing Club has opened The Residence at Steamboat Bay, a stand-alone, shoreside manor.

The new guesthouse features eight single accommodation bedrooms and two custom-built, 27-foot fishing boats with heated cabins dedicated exclusively to guests of The Residence. It features a Great Room with large fireplace, pool table, media center, a hot tub overlooking the bay, and a custom overwater dining room with glass floor for viewing the salmon that swim up the stream under the guesthouse. Guests also have complete access to services and amenities of Steamboat Bay including on-site massage and bay kayaks.

Located on Noyes Island in southeast Alaska, the angler-centric private has a one-to-one staff to guest ratio, cuisine customized to guest preference, U.S. Coast Guard licensed guides, and more than 20 species of sport fish nearby,

3/6/2017  |  by Richard D'Ambrosio


Colibri Boutique Hotels has access to some of the hottest restaurant tickets in Mexico—and guests booking its Gourmet Getaway Package will be able to reserve a spot at Noma Mexico, La Zebra, El Pez, Mezzanine and Mi Amor hotels in Tulum.

Noma Mexico, the latest limited engagement from the red hot Copenhagen restaurant, will unite René Redzepi with former sous-chef Rosio Sanchéz to “develop a new and original menu using only local and indigenous Mexican ingredients,” Colibri said. It will be situated outdoors, adjacent to La Zebra boutique hotel, from April 12 to May 28, 2017.

The two-day “Gourmet Getaway” package includes breakfast and accommodations in any room type. Tickets for the restaurants will be charged separately and at the restaurant’s standard price.