Articles tagged “travel agents”

U.S. Tour Operators Optimistic About Cuba Travel Because They’re Even More Essential

U.S. Tour Operators Optimistic About Cuba Travel Because They’re Even More Essential

Dan Peltier, Skift

U.S. tour operators and travel agents are betting that it will be business as usual, or perhaps even better, as the new Cuba restrictions take effect and individual people-to-people visas get sidelined. But many also find it ironic that the White House announced these changes while Trump was courting leaders of Asian countries that have poor human rights records.

9 hours ago

Ryanair Settles Legal Dispute Over Misleading Ads With Google and eDreams

Ryanair Settles Legal Dispute Over Misleading Ads With Google and eDreams

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Sadly, whatever resolution was agreed upon will remain a secret between Ryanair, Google, and eDreams. We'll have to keep an eye on the Google search results to see if anything changes.

1 month ago

TripAdvisor Tours and Activities Brand Viator Debuts a Booking Tool for Travel Agents

TripAdvisor Tours and Activities Brand Viator Debuts a Booking Tool for Travel Agents

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Who needs middlemen distributors? TripAdvisor-backed Viator is hoping that travel agencies come directly to its new platform to find tours and activities to sell to consumers.

2 months ago

Travel Agent Plans Pricey (and Tricky) Trips for Corporate CEOs and Former U.S. Presidents

Travel Agent Plans Pricey (and Tricky) Trips for Corporate CEOs and Former U.S. Presidents

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

Wealthy people have a right to spend their money as they wish. But some of the requests and complaints detailed in this story are absurd. Did one hedge fund owner actually complain the weather in Italy was too hot? Did his children really share "over-the-top" criticisms of a luxury spa?

3 months ago

Travel This Week — What to Expect: Virtuoso Will Tout Pivotal Role of Travel Agents

Travel This Week — What to Expect: Virtuoso Will Tout Pivotal Role of Travel Agents

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It's only a segment of the U.S. population that has a go-to travel agent for trip planning, although they are more popular in other parts of the world. Virtuoso is trying to equip its members with the smarts to adapt to the evolving traveler, and you have to give Virtuoso credit for that.

3 months ago

Where Millennials and Baby Boomers Agree on Luxury Travel

Where Millennials and Baby Boomers Agree on Luxury Travel

Laura Powell, Skift

Demographics always defy preconceived notions, but the mindsets of consumer segments are where the focus should be.

4 months ago

Lola Travel App Will Pivot to Target Business Travelers

Lola Travel App Will Pivot to Target Business Travelers

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Paul English was pretty candid about the limitations of his initial idea and equally excited about the potential of tapping into the corporate travel world. The "travel agent in your pocket" approach was never going to be big for the average consumer and targeting businesses seems much more sensible.

6 months ago

Millennials Now Enjoy Cruising More Than Boomers

Millennials Now Enjoy Cruising More Than Boomers

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

After years of talking up the importance of attracting millennials and families to cruising, it appears cruise lines are leaving them with a positive impression of their time onboard when they do choose a cruise vacation.

7 months ago

Isolation Is the Next Big Thing in Luxury Travel

Isolation Is the Next Big Thing in Luxury Travel

Laura Powell, Skift

Silence is indeed golden and isolation comes at a premium as well for luxury travelers who really, really want to get away.

7 months ago

Travel Agents and the Power of Word-of-Mouth Recommendations

Travel Agents and the Power of Word-of-Mouth Recommendations

Colin Nagy, Skift

Break through the travel recommendation bubble with a good old-fashioned human expert.

7 months ago

Affluent Travelers Increasingly Turning to Hiking and Upscale Hotel Packages

Affluent Travelers Increasingly Turning to Hiking and Upscale Hotel Packages

Abbie Kozolchyk , Bloomberg

Unplugging from push notifications, 24/7 intrigue in the White House, and the desire to get off the couch and to get active, are all feeding into a trend that has upscale travelers looking for active pursuits paired with a luxury hotel stay.

8 months ago

UK Travel Association ABTA Targeted in Cyber Attack

UK Travel Association ABTA Targeted in Cyber Attack

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Sadly these types of attacks are becoming more common. We’ll have to wait and see whether the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office takes any action over the breach.

8 months ago