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Luxury Travel Agencies Claim Bragging Rights in VIP Business Travel

Luxury Travel Agencies Claim Bragging Rights in VIP Business Travel

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Some luxury-focused leisure travel agencies are finding success in handling their clients' business travel needs. The bleisure trend, as well as the desire for CEOs to keep their lavish travel a secret from employees, is creating opportunities for these agencies.

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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.

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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.

1 month 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.

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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.

1 month 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.

2 months ago

Fast-Growing Travel Companies Break With Agency Traditions

Fast-Growing Travel Companies Break With Agency Traditions

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Eschewing the usual travel agency business model, two travel companies on the Inc. 5000 list are enjoying significant success by providing highly curated itineraries and hiring staff with specialized expertise. Their approach is clearly resonating in today’s on-demand culture.

2 months ago

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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

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