ASTA releases 2018 "How America Travels" study
On Friday, we announced the release of the 2018 version of our groundbreaking consumer research study tracking perceptions of the American traveler - "How America Travels." Sponsored by Carnival Corporation & plc, this year's wide-ranging study includes key insights into the travel ecosystem, including emerging trends related to the use of "sharing economy" services, new daylight into the consumer travel planning and booking processes and growing consumer need for destination expertise, help with complex trips as agents transition to advisors. Your ASTA membership entitles you to a complimentary executive summary and preferential pricing on the full report. Check it out!Download Report
Alive and well: Phocuswright report portrays agencies as thriving (Travel Weekly)
The growth in the market and the overall positivity of the study will be helpful to ASTA with consumer outreach, according to Eben Peck, the Society's executive vice president for advocacy.
Stats: 42% say insider info best reason to use a travel advisor, says ASTA (Travel Agent Central)
ASTA's wide-ranging study includes insights into the travel ecosystem, including emerging trends related to the use of "sharing economy" services and new daylight into the consumer travel planning process.
State Department campaign has a holiday message for Americans abroad: Travel safely (Washington Post)
The State Department is sending out a seasonal message of good cheer - and safe travel - to the millions of Americans who will travel internationally this holiday season
Carnival's Airship to make west coast debut (Travel Pulse)
The 120-foot Carnival AirShip will journey throughout Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, San Bernardino and Riverside counties and then to Northern California, heralding the December 2019 launch of Carnival's newest ship, Carnival Panorama.
Lawsuit alleges hotel companies conspired to avoid online competition (Hospitality World Network)
Multiple hotel companies have been targeted in a federal lawsuit alleging they conspired to rig online search results through agreements not to compete over search terms.
Travelport to go private in $4.4 billion deal (Travel Weekly)
A hedge firm and private equity firm has agreed to acquire Travelport in a $4.4 billion transaction. If the acquisition is completed as planned, with regulatory and shareholder approvals, Travelport will become privately held.
Airbnb ranks the world's top destinations for 2019 (Forbes)
As the end of 2018 approaches and travelers prepare to plan their trips in 2019 and beyond, the internet becomes a veritable cacophony of catalogs listing up-and-coming destinations for every taste and budget.
The best new cruise ships for 2019 (CNN)
The cruise boom is continuing full steam ahead into 2019, with plenty of new ships -- piled high with innovations -- lined up to sail the seven seas.
Lonely Planet named Sri Lanka the No. 1 country to travel to in 2019 - Here's why you should go (Insider)
Travel guide company Lonely Planet named Sri Lanka the number one country to visit in 2019, chosen because of a diversity of experiences, great food, and a burgeoning tourism industry.
FAM Highlight: Southern India – Enlighten Your Body, Mind and Soul
There is so much more to India than the Taj Mahal. Southern India gives travelers a more relaxing experience than the chaotic cities of the north, making it ideal for a first-time visitor. Join us on this 9-day FAM through Southern India.
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