Travel Advisor Coverage

Cruise Lines Ramp Up Investment in Private Island Experiences

Cruise Lines Ramp Up Investment in Private Island Experiences

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Cruise ship private island experiences in the Caribbean are taking off in new directions. With everything from ecotourism and wellness to theme park activities, passengers can do a whole lot more than lie on the beach.

5 days ago

Travel Advisors See Advantages of Cruise Lines Expanding Scope of Private Islands

Travel Advisors See Advantages of Cruise Lines Expanding Scope of Private Islands

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Just as they've focused on building bigger and more elaborate ships, cruise lines are now seeking to outdo one another with private islands. MSC Cruises' eco-conscious approach is commendable, but will it resonate with passengers?

5 days ago

Coronavirus Puts Travel Advisors to the Test

Coronavirus Puts Travel Advisors to the Test

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Confusion and fears surrounding the coronavirus are putting travelers on edge and travel advisors in a difficult spot. Travel advisors can present the facts but should not try to influence cancellation decisions.

2 weeks ago

Travel Advisors Scramble as Coronavirus Rattles Clients

Travel Advisors Scramble as Coronavirus Rattles Clients

Maria Lenhart, Skift

As the coronavirus spreads, so are concerns among travelers. Travel advisors are feeling the effects, coping with cancellations, and providing reassurance to nervous clients.

2 weeks ago

Travel Agency Expansion Heats Up in the Face of Staffing Challenges

Travel Agency Expansion Heats Up in the Face of Staffing Challenges

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Strong sales are giving travel agencies the means to expand, but they face challenges in finding experienced travel advisors. As a way around this, some are looking to acquire existing agencies or attract more independents to their host operations.

3 weeks ago

Major Travel Agencies Are on a Consolidation and Expansion Fast Track

Major Travel Agencies Are on a Consolidation and Expansion Fast Track

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Travel agencies are poised for expansion, but the major challenge is finding travel advisors to fill new positions. Acquiring agencies and enticing newcomers to join the industry are ways around it.

3 weeks ago

‘Wave Season’ 2020 Brings More Questions From Cruisers on Environment

‘Wave Season’ 2020 Brings More Questions From Cruisers on Environment

Maria Lenhart, Skift

This year's wave season isn't business as usual for travel advisors. Cruisers are showing a preference for remote destinations, and they are tracking cruise lines' sustainability records like never before.

4 weeks ago

Travel Advisors See Changing Cruiser Preferences for Peak Booking ‘Wave Season’

Travel Advisors See Changing Cruiser Preferences for Peak Booking ‘Wave Season’

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Travel advisors say this year's "wave season" is showing strong preferences for less-visited ports and immersive land experiences. There are also indicators that passengers are more likely to hold the cruise industry accountable on sustainability.

4 weeks ago

Despegar Buys Mexican Travel Agency Best Day for $136 Million

Despegar Buys Mexican Travel Agency Best Day for $136 Million

Sean O'Neill, Skift

At a stroke, Despegar will boost its annual revenue by about 25 percent. Acquiring Best Day Travel Group, one of the largest travel agencies in Mexico, will also solidify its set of products, including in the promising business-to-business segment.

4 weeks ago

‘Skip-Gen’ Travel Takes Off as Grandparents Seek to Bond With Grandkids

‘Skip-Gen’ Travel Takes Off as Grandparents Seek to Bond With Grandkids

Maria Lenhart, Skift

More grandparents are viewing traveling with grandkids as a way to get some much-needed bonding time. This skip-gen trend is creating an important market for travel advisors, but there are things to know in order to handle it right.

1 month ago

‘Skip-Gen’ Vacations Are a New Family Travel Offshoot for Travel Advisors

‘Skip-Gen’ Vacations Are a New Family Travel Offshoot for Travel Advisors

Maria Lenhart, Skift

"Skip-gen" travel involving grandparents and grandchildren is an important market for travel advisors to pay attention to. Not only are grandparents more active these days, many see travel as a rare bonding opportunity with grandchildren.

1 month ago

Can Travel Advisors Help Hawaii Deal With Its Tourism Issues?

Can Travel Advisors Help Hawaii Deal With Its Tourism Issues?

Maria Lenhart, Skift

The many travel advisors who sell Hawaii certainly have a part to play in contributing to Hawaii's sustainable future.

1 month ago