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Contains pertinent information for both store front travel agencies and on-line travel sites. Includes news and useful tourism knowledge to help increase profits, and stay informed for their customers' safety and pleasure.

Top Web Sites for Travel Agents, Consultants and Trip Planners
About.com Web sites created and maintained by experts offer travel agents, consultants trip planners accurate, current information for professional development and growth.

Florida AAA Four Diamond Hotels and Resorts for 2013
List of Florida hotels and resorts awarded AAA Four Diamond ranking.

Florida AAA Four Diamond Hotels and Resorts for 2013
List of Florida hotels and resorts awarded AAA Four Diamond ranking.

The 2012 Holiday Season Aboard Disney Cruise Line
Travel agents want to recommend the Disney Cruise Line's special holiday itineraries to clients making vacation plans for November and December.

Crystal Cruises Holiday Sailings
Holiday sailing itineraries and special programs aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity

Holland America Line 2012 Holiday Sailings
Overview of the holiday offerings aboard Holland America Line

South American Tourism Boards: Argentina -- Colombia
Government tourism offices websites offer help selling Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, and Columbia

South American Tourism Boards: French Guiana to Uruguay
Government tourism offices in French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname and Uruguay help tourism professionals.

Central American Tourism Boards -- Part One
Government tourism boards promote vacation, leisure and business travel to Central American destinations in Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Guatemala by working with and providing incentives for travel agents, tour operators, developers, writers and other travel industry professionals.

Central American Tourism Boards -- Part Two
Government tourism boards promote vacation, leisure and business travel to Central American destinations in Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama by working with and providing incentives for travel agents, tour operators, developers, writers and other travel industry professionals.

Encouraging Cruise Line Safety
In light of the tragic cruise disaster on the Costa Concordia, January 13, 2012, travel agents are asked to assure clients of the safety and advantages of cruising, as opposed to other vacations, or for those first time cruisers who may choose not to go at all.

New Caribbean Hotels and Resorts
Travel agents have a variety of new hotels and resorts to offer clients in the Caribbean. There are new boutique hotels and large mega resorts. Some offer an all inclusive package, there are new adults only properties, and some great for kids.

Travel Agents Offered New ARC Programs
Travel agents are very familiar with the Airline Reporting Corporation (ARC), for accreditation in the travel industry, and moreover, to process airline tickets from travel agency and airline sales.

United and Continental Airlines Merger
United Airlines and Continental Airlines have been in the midst of merging the two airlines into one brand name, United Continental Holdings, beginning in 2010. For travel agents, this means watching for updates, notifying passengers about schedule changes and flight updates, and working through the technical side of air and vacation package...

Brazil, World Cup and Olympics
Rio de Janeiro has been honored with hosting both the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. Since the announcements of the World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, more travelers from the U.S. have shown interest in travel to Brazil, according to some travel surveys.

Fall Festivals and Oktoberfest Vacations 2011
Not everyone can afford to travel to Germany to take part in Ocktoberfest, but there are plenty of festivals this fall travel agents can book for clients. Money is tight for many people, but a simple suggestion of a fun three or four day festival or fall foliage trip, may keep customers traveling and make an agency profit.

Travel Agents Utilizing Airfare Consolidators
Travel agents often use consolidators to find lower airfares for their customers, while adding more profit for the travel agency. With so many consolidators to choose from, an agent needs to be discerning when choosing a consolidator to work with.

Aulani-Disney Arrives in Hawaii
Walt Disney lovers can now enjoy a new resort in Hawaii, the Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa, on the island of Oahu. Besides having outstanding service and ambiance Disney Resorts are known for, Hawaiian cultures and traditions are evident around the Aulani as well.

New Travel Agent Hotel Booking Engine
Travelport, the travel GDS provider, is unveiling a new hotel booking engine, Travelport Rooms and More™, exclusively for travel agents. This new booking platform will not only be available to those agents using Travelport, but those who do not currently use their GDS service as well.

ASTA Travel Agent Courses
The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) offers a variety of productive education courses and webinars travel agents may want to look into that may boost their careers.

Some New Legal American Travel to Cuba
Good news for the client waiting to travel to Cuba. It is now legal through Insight Vacations. They have obtained a license from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control and can begin selling tour packages.

Airlines Reporting Corporation
ARC is a premier provider of sales and settlement solutions for the travel and hospitality industry.

American Society of Travel Agents
ASTA, short for the American Society of Travel Agents, is the world's largest association of travel professionals.

Finding a Good Travel Agent
Finding a good travel agent who will work with you to select the best cruise possible is sometimes as difficult as finding a good doctor, dentist or other service professional.

Hotel and Car Rental Loyalty Programs:
One of the incentives of being a travel agent is being rewarded by vendors for a substantial number of reservations, better known as loyalty programs for both agents and travelers. Loyalty programs benefit travel professionals as well as the individual traveling.

Cruising Power for Travel Agents
Cruising Power is a vital resource for travel agents for booking individual or group reservations for Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity and Azamara Club Cruises. This web based program is chocked full of information, brochure and flier templates, and a booking engine for reservations.

Global Tourism Issues
Global Tourism Issues covers travel news and awareness around the world, including information travelers need to tour the world safely, while having fun and relaxation on vacation, or getting the job done while traveling for business.

Hapaq-Lloyd Cruises for Luxury Cruisers
Hapaq-Lloyd Cruises offers a luxury small ship experience with four to 26 day itineraries around the world. For those travel agents selling to luxury cruisers, this may be just what the client is looking for. This cruise line has a variety of itineraries, much different than the average Europe, Caribbean or Alaska cruise, with luxurious...

Travel Agents: Finding Military Travel Discounts
After serving their country in the U.S. and Canadian Military, many travel and tourism companies offer substantial discounts to help service men and women find rest and relaxation, or just some plain fun with their families on a vacation.

Hotel and Car Rental Loyalty Programs: Benefits for Agents and Travelers
One of the incentives of being a travel agent is being rewarded by vendors for a substantial number of reservations, better known as loyalty programs for both agents and travelers. Loyalty programs benefit travel professionals as well as the individual traveling.

Airlines Reporting Corporation
ARC is a premier provider of sales and settlement solutions for the travel and hospitality industry.

American Society of Travel Agents
ASTA, short for the American Society of Travel Agents, is the world's largest association of travel professionals.

GLBT Travel Business Opportunities
There is a demand for travel agents with a specialty niche and an awareness of travel needs for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) travelers around the world. The International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) supports the use of a travel agent to plan a vacation. IGLTA suggests finding a specialty travel agent who is an...

Ancillary Fees Creating Travel Havoc
Ancillary fees, or all those extra fees added to airline travel, are creating havoc in the travel community. These fees are making travel costs uncertain and nearly impossible to compare actual costs of airfare in advance of travel. This creates problems for travel agents, travel management companies, and travelers themselves.

Travel Agents’ Car Rental Tips Review
Car rental reservations can be a tricky business for some travel agents and individuals booking on line. Of course some people make their reservations on line, but they may often not be aware of some important details a travel agent usually can pass along to their clients.

Travel Agents Profit by Selling Shore Excursions
Cruise lines, for the most part, do not pay travel agents for selling shore excursions. However, there are third-party vendors selling shore excursions that do pay travel agent commission. Besides paying the agent, the tours are often lower prices for the customers, or at least the same price.

Travel Updates for New Orleans
New Orleans is ready, and the visitors are coming back. Many business owners say they have been ready since Hurricane Katrina, but the media dramatized the devastation to the point they have actually lost business due to overreaction of the hurricane and the Gulf oil spill. The travel industry should be aware of the many updates and additions...

Alabama Gulf Beach Vacations
Hurricane Katrina and the gulf oil spill curbed vacation travel to the beaches of Alabama in the past few years. However, most of the area is beautiful, clean, and ready for visitors. The gulf beach area is coming back to life. Travel professionals may want to recommend this for a family or couples beach or golf vacation.

Dauphin Island, Alabama,
Dauphin Island, the one mile wide island across the causeway from the Alabama mainland, is a gem on the gulf coast. White sand beaches spread around the island, along with history, activities and even higher education.

FAA Reauthorization Bill: Senate and House Versions
The last Federal Aviation Administration, FAA, Reauthorization expired in 2007, though extensions have been renewed several times. The Senate has passed their version of the new bill, and the House will vote this week, after ongoing deliberations of the bill. Both the House and Senate will have two months to combine a version that all can live...

Global Impact of Japan Earthquake Disaster
The global tourism community is watching and calculating the impact of the recent earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear reactor issues that have devastated parts of Japan, and how it will affect the rest of the world. Besides extending well wishes for the people of Japan, many countries wonder how it will affect trade, tourism, and other financial...

Becoming an Independent Travel Agent
Becoming an independent travel agent can still be a very profitable business to consider. According to a study by ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents), and NACTA ((National Association of Career Travel Agents), 57 percent of independent travel agents saw an increase in sales in 2010, even with the downturned economy.

Sports Related Business Travel
No matter what the state of the economy is, there is always business travel related to sports. As a travel agency account representative, landing an account that travels for sports business can be lucrative and challenging.

The Future of Global Distribution Systems for Airline Travel
Imagine if every airline used a separate reservation system to distribute flight information, instead of the familiar global distribution systems (GDS) in place now. Individuals and travel professionals would have to compare flight costs on every reservation page or call each airline separately. This would make the price comparison procedure a...

Reservations Ready for the New Disney Dream
The gleaming new Disney Dream was christened on January 19th, by godmother, Jennifer Hudson, with 3,000 spectators watching. With a swish of her magic wand, a helicopter then heaved a 16 foot bottle of dreams toward the new ship in spectacular Disney style. Travel agents now have another ship to help fulfill Disney customers’ dreams.

New Cruise Ships Add More New Jobs
With so many new cruise ships entering the vacation market, many more jobs are created as well. According to the Cruise Lines International Association, or CLIA, 35 new ships are planned to enter the North American fleet by 2012. Ships are also getting larger on the whole, accommodating more passengers, therefore needing more crew.

The Ever Evolving Las Vegas
Las Vegas, the ever evolving hot spot in the Nevada desert has made big changes in the last few years with more to come soon. Particularly for upscale customers, there are several new choices in accommodations, restaurants and nightlife. Meeting planners and travel agents may have a tough time deciding, with all the variety of accommodations and facilities their clients can choose from in Las Vegas.

Planning the Perfect Honeymoon for Clients
Spring wedding season is right around the corner. Experienced travel agents know where to find the best deals and the most romantic spots to celebrate the new beginning. Travel professionals will plan the most outlandish honeymoons whether it be a tree house in the rainforest or an elegant resort on a white sand beach.

Open Skies Airlines-An All Business Concept
Open Skies Airline asserts itself as a business class only airline with upgraded services on the ground and in-flight, along with complete French meals on board. The airline, which began service in 2008, offers service from Washington Dulles Airport and Newark Airports in the U.S.A., round trip to Orly Airport in Paris.

Weather Issues for Holiday Travel 2010
Weather issues may cause delays and flight interruptions this week prior to Christmas. Travelers are already stranded at airports like London Heathrow, plagued by ice and snow Sunday, December 19 as they wait to be accommodated on other flights. Reaching their holiday destinations has become a chore for many traveling this week.

TSA Requirements and Advisements for Airline Travel
TSA requirements and advisements for travel professionals to advise airline travelers including rules for carry-on luggage, redress numbers and how to get one. TSA travel warnings and advisements, and new screening technology for passengers are reviewed.

New DOT Airline Consumer Protection Rules
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has implemented new rules to benefit airline passengers, on or before January 26, 2012. Generally the new rules improve the customer’s treatment for flight delays or cancellations, baggage service and airline reservations, plus makes sure all fees are transparent to the customer when quoted.

What is a Consortium in the Travel Industry?
Travel agents join consortia to increase buying power and amenities they can provide their clients.

What is ASTA?
ASTA or the American Society of Travel Agents is the world's largest travel trade association.

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NTA Travel Exchange
The Travel Exchange is the NTA's annual conference bringing together tour operators, suppliers and destination marketing organizations.

Seuss At Sea on Carnival Cruise Lines
Seuss at Sea on Carnival Cruise Lines offers Seuss-themed activities, dining and entertainment. Program rolls out first with Carnival Splendor.

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