Travel Advisor Coverage

How Much Damage Will Coronavirus Do to Cruise Industry?

How Much Damage Will Coronavirus Do to Cruise Industry?

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Cruise lines were set to have a banner year in 2020, but coronavirus and resultant ship quarantines are putting that in doubt. No one knows what the long-term impact will be.

3 months ago

Cruise Lines Relax Cancellation Policies, Hold the Line on Coronavirus-Related Discounts

Cruise Lines Relax Cancellation Policies, Hold the Line on Coronavirus-Related Discounts

Maria Lenhart, Skift

While dealt a blow by coronavirus, the cruise industry is managing to hold the line on pricing, at least for now. The long-term impact of the crisis remains to be seen, but the cruise industry has weathered many others in the past.

3 months ago

Travel Advisors Face Daunting Cruise Business Shake-Up From Coronavirus

Travel Advisors Face Daunting Cruise Business Shake-Up From Coronavirus

Maria Lenhart, Skift

The coronavirus is dealing a blow to travel in general, but ship quarantines and other factors may be making cruise especially vulnerable. Travel advisors are scurrying to chart the best way forward for their worried clients.

3 months ago

Take Your Family Around the World? Travel Advisors Show the Way

Take Your Family Around the World? Travel Advisors Show the Way

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Extended around-the-world travel is no longer just for the superrich or the unencumbered. It's now within reach of middle-class families. Travel advisors are showing how it can be done.

3 months ago

Travel Advisors Work to Make Once Elusive Round-the-World Trips a Reality

Travel Advisors Work to Make Once Elusive Round-the-World Trips a Reality

Linda Humphrey, Skift

Sabbatical travel is in the spotlight, but is a year-long trip around the globe feasible for a family? A couple? Two travel advisors set out for a string of faraway places, showing clients and friends that it can be done.

3 months ago

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.

3 months 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?

3 months 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.

4 months 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.

4 months 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.

4 months 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.

4 months 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 months ago