Sightseeing News & Views
June 15th, 2016

Sightseeing News & Views - June 15th, 2016

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   Special IPW Issue Orlando June 18-22


U.S. Travel's IPW 2016, June 18-22 in New Orleans Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
U.S. Travel Association
Download the IPW Mobile App-Now with Real-Time Appointment Updates for IPW 2016 the travel industry's premier international conference. In just three days of intensive pre-scheduled appointments, more than 1,000 U.S. travel organizations from every region of the USA and more than 1,300 international and domestic buyers from 70+ countries meet to talk travel to the US (and also have a lot of fun!). If you're going, check out the new and improved IPW mobile app which offers easy, streamlined access to all the information.  READ MORE


Technology made travel agents obsolete. Now it's saving them Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Bloomberg
Booking travel feels old-school, no matter how you spin it: Such sites as Expedia and Orbitz have barely updated their layouts since 1999, and dialing a travel agent hardly feels appropriate in the age of Uber. That's about to change, thanks to a series of disruptive travel services that are blending human intelligence with mobile technology. The goal: Striking a middle ground in an industry where the personal touch still means something, but the bottom-line savings of D.I.Y. tech is hard to beat.  READ MORE

TSA is tired of the wait too and wants new technology to speed up airport screenings Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Los Angeles Times
Faced with long airport lines and frustrated travelers, the Transportation Security Administration is hoping new technology can help speed up airport screenings. The agency requested information from technology companies on ways to screen passengers without requiring that they take off their coats or shoes. It also sought ways to more quickly and thoroughly examine carry-on packages.w technology.  READ MORE

9 sins that get Chinese tourists added to nation's travel blacklist Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
TIME
Chinese tourists get a bum rap. The resurgent Asian superpower sent around 120 million people abroad last year — the largest cohort in the world — and among that multitude are naturally a few bad apples, swiping life jackets, fighting on planes, and defecating, defecating, defecating. Even if such behavior is the exception rather than the rule, it clearly does not please the Chinese Communist Party top brass, who this week set out nine sins that are sufficient to get citizens added to the travel "black list."  READ MORE

American Airlines making major frequent flyer program changes Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
TravelPulse
American Airlines is changing the way it rewards frequent flyers. Starting on Aug. 1, members of the AAdvantage program will no longer earn points based on the number of miles that they have flown. Instead the airline will follow the lead of most of the country's other carriers and award loyalty points based on the amount spent, not on the number of miles flown.  READ MORE




Meet Virtuoso's newest agency member: Lola Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Travel Agent Central
Last December, Lola, a company that provides travel services to consumers who communicate with a team of live travel agents by messaging them through a smartphone app, was launched by Paul English, co-founder and CTO of Kayak, the online travel site that aggregates hotel and air pricing.  READ MORE

These are the US airlines that will take you to Cuba Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Travel + Leisure
Six airlines just received permission from the Department of Transportation to resume commercial flights to Cuba this fall. For the first time in more than five decades, American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest, Sun Country, and Silver Airways (a relatively new regional carrier based in Florida) will begin operating nonstop flights between the U.S. and the island nation 90 miles south of Florida.  READ MORE

5 travel destinations bound to please family members of all ages Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Huffington Post
Whether it's relaxing by the pool or participating in action-packed activities, the older and younger generations often have very different ideas about what makes for an unforgettable vacation. A new analysis by online polling site YouGov has found that while young adults and their parents and grandparents have different priorities and interests when it comes to traveling.  READ MORE

Focus on social media: Missing the big picture Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Travel Weekly
Facebook has become a place where many travel agents have successfully built a personal brand through posting photos of their travels and in many cases themselves. It has turned into a lead generator, often creating business or sparking a desire to travel in a past client, thanks to a well-placed destination photo or video.  READ MORE


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2015 saw record breaking 23.3 million ocean cruise passengers Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
TravelPulse
In a new report from the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the total number of ocean cruise passengers topped 23.2 million people in 2015, the highest number in recorded history. According to CruiseCritic.com, the growth of the ocean cruise industry has been credited to the emergence of companies in areas where cruising wasn't prominent before. Asia saw the number of cruisers increase by 24 percent to an astounding two million passengers last year.  READ MORE

The latest travel luxury: Not going Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Quartz
Travelers are shelling out more for insurance this year that allows them to cancel their vacations. Allianz Global Assistance has experienced a 20 percent increase in U.S. sales of "cancel anytime" travel insurance policies from January to early June compared with last year, a spokesman told Quartz. (He declined to give the exact sales figures.) "We believe that increased traveler concerns over Zika and terrorism."  READ MORE


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