Travel Advisors

The Bachelor and Bachelorette Party Tradition Is Growing Up

The Bachelor and Bachelorette Party Tradition Is Growing Up

Claire Ballentine, Bloomberg

Millennials are getting married later in their lives, which means the debauchery typically associated with bachelor and bachelorette parties is changing with the times. There's an opportunity for travel companies to respond to that demand.

16 hours ago

How Much the Human Connection Still Matters

How Much the Human Connection Still Matters

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Serving the emotional needs of clients, a key theme during this year's Virtuoso Travel Week, is another indicator of how the travel advisor's role continues to evolve beyond the booking of travel. Tech tools are a help in determining emotional needs, but not as much as human interaction.

5 days ago

Travel Advisors Address the Power of Gen Z and the Emotional Quotient

Travel Advisors Address the Power of Gen Z and the Emotional Quotient

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Travel advisors are finding that kids are playing an increasingly important role in travel planning decisions. They must address the preferences of all family members, including their emotional needs.

6 days 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.

6 days ago

Today’s Honeymooners Want Adventure Over Relaxation

Today’s Honeymooners Want Adventure Over Relaxation

Justin Ocean and Claire Ballentine, Bloomberg

Once, many honeymooners just wanted to relax at a quiet beach. But times change. Now it's all about adventure, experts say. And why not? In all aspects of travel, people are becoming more daring.

1 week 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

3 weeks ago

Travel Advisors See Growing Demand for Women-Only Tours That Promote Empowerment

Travel Advisors See Growing Demand for Women-Only Tours That Promote Empowerment

Maria Lenhart, Skift

A proliferation of women-only tours reflects the fact that women are a driving force behind the trend for experiential and adventure-oriented travel. The tours enable participants to interact with women from cultures far different than their own.

3 weeks ago

Travel Advisors Scramble to Find Alternatives for Caribbean-Bound Clients

Travel Advisors Scramble to Find Alternatives for Caribbean-Bound Clients

Paul Biasco, Skift

In the age of mass media, word of incidents in travel destinations quickly spread across the globe, and travel advisors need to be prepared to handle client requests for changes in their wake. It's important for advisors to start looking for backup plans when news begins to break.

3 weeks ago

Travel Advisors Book Their Clients Away From Resort Fees

Travel Advisors Book Their Clients Away From Resort Fees

Maria Lenhart, Skift

The proliferation of resort fees even at non-resort hotels is creating an extra layer of responsibility for travel advisors. Along with ensuring that their clients are aware of the charges, many are also recommending alternative hotels.

4 weeks ago

Expedition Cruising Is Still Small But Going Mainstream for Travel Advisors

Expedition Cruising Is Still Small But Going Mainstream for Travel Advisors

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

Expedition cruises have come a long way from bunk accommodations on old Russian ships, with a growing fleet of luxury vessels presenting lucrative opportunities for travel advisors. It's especially so for those looking for unique holiday solutions for their well-heeled customers.

4 weeks ago