In 2016, ASTA began to expand its consumer awareness initiatives, resulting in a higher amount of mentions about agency networks and agents in mainstream publications. "The more visible we become in the mainstream, the more inquiries I receive, the more stories we land," said Erika Richter, ASTA's director of communications.
Las Vegas and Myrtle Beach, S.C., are the top US destinations, and hotels near national parks are seeing booming business, according to highlights of Trivago's reading of summer travel trends. Among other developments to guide hotel marketing, Cancun and London lead in foreign destinations, and Latin America overall is on the rise.
UPS will create 100 jobs over the next five years near Kansas City, Kan., as it invests $220 million in area facilities. "Kansas is at the center of the reliable UPS network to keep packages rapidly moving in all directions across the country," said Fern Shaw of UPS.
The Auriga Spa at Capella Marigot Bay resort in St. Lucia is set among lush greenery and even boasts a spa treehouse. The Auriga Spa signature treatment offers a choice of four treatments that represent the energies of the lunar cycle, whether you want to rise to your full potential or renew yourself.
Amtrak has teamed with Twentieth Century Fox to promote "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul," which was released last week, and its discount fare for kids. Every day, children 2-12 years old can ride at half price with each adult passenger paying full fare, and children under 2 travel free.
AmaWaterways has revealed plans for its newest ship, AmaMagna, a 194-passenger vessel that will sail on the Danube in Europe beginning in 2019. At 72 feet it will be almost twice as wide as AmaWaterways' other ships, which limits where it can travel, but it allows for better facilities such as bigger staterooms and more dining venues.
Agents can reach more clients and prospects by posting new and old free content on their websites, John Frenaye writes. Ideally, the travel pieces should be about common-sense travel strategies and no more than 500 words long.
Travelers looking for a safe, low-cost and mysterious destination should explore Uzbekistan. This must-visit country is full of cultural and historic sites, including the tomb of conqueror Timur, the Ark Fortress and 2,000-year-old Buddhist ruins.
Agents depend on suppliers to provide insider knowledge, assistance with client emergencies and other valuable resources, so it is important for agents to work on their relationships with suppliers, Marilee Crocker writes. Agents should concentrate their efforts on a few partners, be truthful and have solid business goals.
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