February 21, 2019 - Travel Advisor Daily ASTA Weekly - Publications - ASTA

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Issue: February 21, 2019

  • Join us for the ASTA Corporate Advisory Council Forum (March 24 - 25 in San Diego)

    In this inaugural event, ASTA's Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) is opening its doors to bring together like-minded, progressive agency executives and business partners to explore the changing world of travel and travel technology as we lay the foundations for a new story, with both the corporate and leisure agency at its heart. This event is not limited to CAC members - agency executives from all manner of corporate and leisure travel agencies are welcome!

    Join us March 24-25 in San Diego, CA for the ASTA Corporate Advisory Council Forum to Change the Narrative. 

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  • Travel Headlines

  • Don't believe the hype, or the rhetoric. Cuba is still open and ready for American travelers (Boston Globe)

    When the Trump administration announced it would tighten the economic embargo on Cuba, travelers who dreamed of individual exploration on the island feared that their opportunity to visit had mamboed away for good.

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  • Travel advisors reveal 'hot 10' list of rising destinations (Incentive Magazine)

    Global travel agency network Virtuoso this week published its latest Hot 10 list of popular vacation spots. Based on Spring booking data from Virtuoso's U.S. travel agency members, the roster comprises 10 countries around the world that saw the largest percentage of growth.

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  • Survey examines how much Americans are spending on Spring Break vacation (Travel Pulse)

    Spring break is slowly approaching, and while some travelers are trying to figure out where to go, others are more concerned with how they're going to pay for the trip.

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  • Industry Insights

  • Novel spaces: Brick-and-mortar storefronts evolve (Travel Weekly)

    Innovative agency owners are turning the brick-and-mortar storefront, thought by some to be a vestige of the past, into a welcoming, mixed-use space where a customer is as likely to find a latte as a brochure.

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  • Five essentials for creating a thriving travel business (Travel Research Online)

    For many years, I counseled travel business owners from the comfort of my corporate office. I didn't have to worry about paying the bills, I doled out advice and collected my salary.

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  • Travelers have big frustrations with in-destination services online (PhocusWire)

    Amadeus says it wants to "help the travel agent become part of the picture post-booking." Currently the app is used for extra baggage and seat upgrades, but it plans to add ground transfers and "skip the line" tour-booking services.

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  • Trending with the Traveler

  • How to start a travel blog when you're studying abroad, so the memories can live on forever (Elite Daily)

    So, you want to start a travel blog? You're not alone, and it's easy to see why you'd want to start sharing your journey abroad with the world.

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  • 5 best places to travel to in the U.S. alone, for a sweet escape from adulting (Elite Daily)

    Alone time is a necessity. You work hard all week long, and deserve a break. (Adulting can be exhausting, after all.) Traveling is a great way to get a change of pace and to break out of your normal day-to-day routine.

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  • Planning a trip to London? Don't miss Europe's coolest free attraction (Forbes)

    Museum entry fees worldwide have soared and many popular attractions like the Eiffel Tower have started selling higher priced VIP "cut the line" passes.

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  • ASTA Spotlight

  • IGLTA Buyer/Supplier Marketplace Roadshow

    The IGLTA Annual Global Convention, the premier global educational and networking event for LGBTQ+ tourism, celebrates its 36th anniversary April 24-27, 2019, at the New York Hilton Midtown. A highlight of the event, presented thi s year by The Fabulous Dream Cruise Line, is IGLTA's Buyer/Supplier Marketplace on the first day of the conference. IGLTA's appointment-driven day of meetings is now organized in partnership with ASTA, and unites suppliers interested in growing their LGBTQ+ travel business with travel advisors from the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Asia and South Africa. Last year's event generated 720 appointments with buyers that sell more than US$470 million in annual travel. Registration is available to suppliers for the marketplace only or the full four-day convention, with discounts available to ASTA members who also join IGLTA. For more information, please visit iglta.org/convention or email convention@iglta.org.

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