Travel Advisors

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

U.S. Travel Arrangement and Reservation Sector to Top $57 Billion in 2020: Skift Research Forecast

U.S. Travel Arrangement and Reservation Sector to Top $57 Billion in 2020: Skift Research Forecast

Haixia Wang , Skift Research

The travel arrangement and reservation services sector has experienced strong growth for the past few years and outperformed other major travel verticals. We believe this trend will continue in the next few years, aided by more digital transformation.

1 week ago

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2 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.

2 weeks ago

Mondee Buys Airfare Wholesaler in Play for Ethnic Travel Agencies

Mondee Buys Airfare Wholesaler in Play for Ethnic Travel Agencies

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Mondee's acquisition of fast-growing CTS (Cosmopolitan Travel Service) makes the group North America's largest airfare wholesaler by market size. Notably, Mondee could afford the deal thanks to fresh backing by TCW Group, a giant asset management firm. Lots of institutional money is seeking opportunities in travel this year.

2 weeks ago

Travel Megatrends 2020: Gen Z Asserts Itself as Travel’s Next Big Opportunity

Travel Megatrends 2020: Gen Z Asserts Itself as Travel’s Next Big Opportunity

Meghan Carty, Skift

The millennial generation has been at the forefront of the collective mind of the travel industry for years. But starting in 2020, Generation Z will begin entering adulthood. The travel industry would be wise to shift some focus here if it wants to stay ahead of the game.

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