June 13, 2019 - Travel Advisor Daily ASTA Weekly - Publications - ASTA

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Issue: June 13, 2019

  • ASTA releases guidance regarding Dominican Republic tourist deaths

    You have likely have gotten client questions about reports have appeared recently in the national news media regarding safety concerns for tourists visiting beach resorts in the Dominican Republic. To help you have those conversations, ASTA has released member-only guidance on the topic. The bottom line is that it is up to the individual traveler to make the decision whether or not to travel to a certain destination, ideally doing so in an informed manner and in light of his or her own individual risk tolerance. ASTA members, take a look.

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  • Travel Headlines

  • Carnival launches more WUATA tools to promote travel advisors (Travel Agent Central)

    Carnival Cruise Line is expanding its yearlong "Why Use a Travel Advisor" (WUATA) program with a new website, WUATA.com, a WUATA brochure and an exclusive WUATA Facebook page. 

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  • China warns on travel to U.S. (NEXT Travel Stream)

    Continuing tensions between the U.S. and China are boiling over into the travel industry.



  • For the Dominican Republic, six U.S. tourist deaths, the shooting of David Ortiz and a new image problem (Washington Post)

    This country of azure waters and white sand beaches, which attracts more American visitors than France, is suddenly facing a potentially devastating image problem. "Unfortunately, the unrelated incidents coincided in timing," said a tourism adviser to the Dominican Republic government.


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  • Industry Insights

  • Under new rules, some Cuba hotel stays are legal (Travel Weekly)

    Americans traveling to Cuba are allowed to stay in hotels, as long as the hotels are not on the State Department's restricted list, and assuming the travel activity is authorized. 


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  • American will put its managers on Boeing 737s before paying customers (Skift)

    American Airlines Group Inc. managers will fly on Boeing Co. 737 Max aircraft before paying passengers are asked to climb aboard - a move meant to build confidence in the plane's safety. 


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  • Will sightseeing buses be first to globally scale with autonomous vehicles? (PhocusWire)

    After 15 years within the digital travel industry, spending the last 18 months at the autonomous end of the vehicle industry has been an eye-opener. 


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  • Trending with the Traveler

  • Travel safer with these 12 brilliant ideas (CNN)

    Traveling can be an amazing experience, but from stolen luggage to water-logged phones, there are plenty of things that can go wrong. 


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  • Hotel review: The Line Hotel, D.C. (TravelSense.org)

    Considering the uprising culture of food and design in the District, it is without question that the LINE DC has added another gem worth visiting in our nation's capital. After their recent success with the LINE LA in Korean town, the Sydell Group, has made its own footprint and aims to add another dimension to the somber mix of hotels that rarely display's the city's uprising art and design scene.


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  • Remembering Anthony Bourdain's most iconic trips (CNN)

    Anthony Bourdain wasn't just the host of the award-winning CNN series "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown." He was the core and the heart. 



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