Travel Advisor Coverage

Marketers From Closed Mexico Tourism Office Go Out on Their Own

Marketers From Closed Mexico Tourism Office Go Out on Their Own

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Former staffers from the closed Los Angeles office of the Mexico Tourism Board have regrouped to offer marketing services for Mexican destinations. Such services are needed, particularly for regions outside of Mexico's most popular tourist areas.

4 days ago

Mexico Tourism Marketing Gap Leads Ex-Board Staffers to Launch New Company

Mexico Tourism Marketing Gap Leads Ex-Board Staffers to Launch New Company

Paul Biasco, Skift

The true results of the Mexican government's dismantling of its tourism board likely won't be known for years, but former staffers in the Los Angeles office have formed a new marketing company they hope will fill in the gap. Keep an eye on neighboring tropical destinations, which are looking to swoop in on the opportunity.

4 days ago

In-Flight Wellness Now Means Yoga on the Plane

In-Flight Wellness Now Means Yoga on the Plane

Claire Ballentine, Bloomberg

Free diver and conservationist Hanli Prinsloo shares her tricks for packing the most useful clothes you’ll ever wear, taking care of your ears while traveling, and the importance of matching underwear. Most of the travel advice here is sound stuff, but a sarong? Well, that won't be for everyone, even if it's useful.

6 days ago

Themed Cruises Present New Opportunities for Travel Advisors

Themed Cruises Present New Opportunities for Travel Advisors

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Themed cruises are a fast-growing segment of the cruise industry with broad appeal. Although many are sold directly to consumers, travel advisors should get in on the action.

2 weeks ago

Themed Cruises Are a Double-Edged Sword for Travel Advisors

Themed Cruises Are a Double-Edged Sword for Travel Advisors

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

Travel advisors who understand their clients’ interests and hobbies will likely find a themed cruise that meets their needs. But it may not be plain sailing since some operators seem to prefer to sell direct — and have the marketing reach to do so.

2 weeks ago

Travel Agencies Find Success in Not Acting Like, Well, Travel Agencies

Travel Agencies Find Success in Not Acting Like, Well, Travel Agencies

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Breaking with the usual travel agency practices has proved to be a winning situation for two travel companies on this year's Inc. 5000 list. New approaches to hiring and travel planning are resonating in today's culture.

3 weeks ago

High-Touch and High-Tech Find Common Ground With Travel Advisors: Virtuoso CEO

High-Touch and High-Tech Find Common Ground With Travel Advisors: Virtuoso CEO

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Virtuoso Travel Week drew record attendance to the annual event it likens to Fashion Week. While heavily touting the consortium's new Wanderlist travel planning tool, it also emphasized the human touch.

4 weeks ago

Travel Advisors Say Price — Not Pollution — Still Top Concern for Most Cruisers

Travel Advisors Say Price — Not Pollution — Still Top Concern for Most Cruisers

Maria Lenhart, Skift

While the cruise industry's dismal record on sustainability hasn't yet sparked concern among most cruise passengers or inspired major changes, small cruise operators are stepping up their game on green practices.

1 month ago

Travel Advisors See Little Backlash From Carnival’s Pollution Fine

Travel Advisors See Little Backlash From Carnival’s Pollution Fine

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

There hasn’t been much backlash after Carnival Corp. copped a guilty plea and a $20 million fine for polluting the ocean, but some smaller cruise operators are pushing their green credentials in the hope of differentiating themselves.

1 month ago

In Latest Brexit Woe, UK’s On the Beach Travel Sales Plunge

In Latest Brexit Woe, UK’s On the Beach Travel Sales Plunge

John Lauerman and Lisa Pham, Bloomberg

A drop in the value of the British pound relative to the euro and the dollar is pressuring On the Beach. Smaller players like this UK-based packaged-vacation seller can't afford the currency hedges and other benefits of scale that larger players can. More industry consolidation is likely as a result.

1 month ago

Despegar Uses Installment Payments to Prod Demand

Despegar Uses Installment Payments to Prod Demand

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Some religions take it on faith that their messiah will come, but they stoically accept that the arrival has been delayed indefinitely. Similarly, Despegar believes that the online travel revolution will sweep Latin America, but it accepts that the glorious moment has been delayed indefinitely. Consumer financing is its secret sauce to sustain itself while it waits.

1 month ago

Caribbean Woes Send Travel Advisors Searching for Plan B

Caribbean Woes Send Travel Advisors Searching for Plan B

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Highly publicized incidents and policy changes surrounding some of the Caribbean's most popular destinations are putting a snafu in travel plans. As always, travel advisors need to roll with the punches and find workable alternatives for clients.

1 month ago