Articles tagged “cruise”

Travel Advisors Will Lobby Sometimes-Clueless Politicians

Travel Advisors Will Lobby Sometimes-Clueless Politicians

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Contributions to the American Society of Travel Advisors’ political action committee are up this year, indicating growing awareness of the value of political advocacy. Making politicians aware of the particular needs of travel agencies — something many have little understanding of — is crucial.

3 days ago

Travel Advisors With LGBTQ Clients Need to Know Local Norms

Travel Advisors With LGBTQ Clients Need to Know Local Norms

Maria Lenhart, Skift

LGBTQ consumers are a particularly well-traveled and high-spending business source for travel advisors. Serving them requires knowledge and sensitivity about their preferences, as well as the legal and cultural landscape in various destinations.

2 weeks ago

Luxury Yachts Are Changing the Galapagos One Cruise at a Time

Luxury Yachts Are Changing the Galapagos One Cruise at a Time

Fran Golden, Bloomberg

Are luxury yachts the solution to preventing overtourism in the Galapagos or are they part of the problem?

4 weeks ago

The AOC Effect Comes to Travel, Whether You Like It or Not

The AOC Effect Comes to Travel, Whether You Like It or Not

Dennis Schaal, Skift

U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her Green New Deal have stirred up debate about the path toward a sustainable travel future. She's right on time — and hopefully not too late.

2 months ago

Skift Podcast: Why Travel Should Be Optimistic About 2019

Skift Podcast: Why Travel Should Be Optimistic About 2019

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Tune in to hear the reasons the travel industry could be in for a good year — or the factors that could steer 2019 off course.

2 months ago

Travel Advisors Put the Thrill Back Into Vacation Planning

Travel Advisors Put the Thrill Back Into Vacation Planning

Maria Lenhart, Skift

A growing number of travel advisors are offering mystery vacations, created by keeping trip details a secret from clients until the departure date. It puts the surprise element back in travel, which is something often lost these days, but the challenges for advisors are many.

2 months ago

Recession Watch: The Debt Load of the Travel Industry’s Public Companies

Recession Watch: The Debt Load of the Travel Industry’s Public Companies

Dennis Schaal, Skift

When it comes to their debt, easyJet has a much more liquid position than Ryanair, while United and Delta have a lighter debt burden relatively speaking than American Airlines. In the event of a recession, debt loads would be one critical factor among many in hamstringing or contributing to a company's ability to maneuver.

3 months ago

Expect Solid Year of Growth for Travel in 2019: New Skift Research

Expect Solid Year of Growth for Travel in 2019: New Skift Research

Rebecca Stone and Seth Borko, Skift Research

Our latest Skift Research report provides a look-back on 2018 and details our 2019 economic expectations for the U.S. and globally. All in all, we expect a solid year of economic growth in 2019 which should translate well for the travel industry.

4 months ago

Carnival Plans Onboard Roller Coaster for Biggest Cruise Ship Ever

Carnival Plans Onboard Roller Coaster for Biggest Cruise Ship Ever

Christopher Palmeri, Bloomberg

Cruise lines continue to compete by upping the ante with onboard attractions. As ships get bigger and more profitable, there is more room for experimentation with theme park-style attractions.

4 months ago

How TUI Weathered Europe’s Summer Heat Wave

How TUI Weathered Europe’s Summer Heat Wave

Patrick Whyte, Skift

TUI seems to have mitigated the potential damage from a challenging operating environment. It will be interesting to see how it sustains its growth over the coming years.

4 months ago

Rail Tour Operator Rocky Mountaineer Targets Cruisers Through Agent Sales

Rail Tour Operator Rocky Mountaineer Targets Cruisers Through Agent Sales

Paul Biasco, Skift

Rocky Mountaineer relies heavily on travel advisors to sell its luxury train experiences through the Canadian Rockies, but there’s room for improvement. The rail tour company launched a new agent training program to clear up misconceptions about its mode of travel.

5 months ago

Travel Advisor Innovation Report: Virgin and Ritz Cruise Lines Have Brand Loyalty Hopes

Travel Advisor Innovation Report: Virgin and Ritz Cruise Lines Have Brand Loyalty Hopes

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Will Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection and Virgin Voyages, two high-end and newbie cruise lines, be able to attract passengers who have never chosen a cruise vacation? The two brands are counting on it.

5 months ago