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San Francisco Bay Area sees growing tourist interest in China: travel agencies - Xinhua | English.news.cn  Xinhua

SAN FRANCISCO, March 25 (Xinhua) -- People in the San Francisco Bay Area continue to show a growing interest in visiting China and exploring the country's ...


Washington state travel agencies facing big tax increase  Travel Weekly

If the governor's budget is approved, the tax on travel agents' revenue would rise from 0.275% to 2.5%.


OceanGate Offers Travel Agent Affiliate Program Which Will Include Titanic Expedition  TravelPulse

Travel agents and hosts will have access to all OceanGate expeditions in this affiliate program.


Survey illustrates advisor-agent divide  Travel Weekly

Outsourcing company Working Solutions finds that its travel advisors are somewhat fragmented when it comes to what they prefer to be called.


Here's Why Your Travel Agent Might Be Inviting You To A Party  Forbes

Chances are when you hear from your travel agent, it might be to see if they can help you with a getaway for your upcoming birthday or to check in after you ...


Would Tax Law Proposals Kill Travel Agencies in Some States?  Skift

As states look for new sources of tax revenue in the *service*-driven economy, businesses like travel agencies are viewed as likely targets. Part of the problem is ...


Sarasota travel agencies find success through specialization, one-of-a-kind experiences  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Because of a tech-savvy, educated client base, one-of-a-kind vacation packages and a personal touch you're not going to get from a wholesale internet booking ...


Did AirAsia's Rivals Arm-Twist Online Travel Agencies to Stop Selling Its Low Airfares?  Skift

A tiff between AirAsia and Indonesia's Traveloka has taken on a new twist. Garuda Indonesia and Lion Air have allegedly prevented the country's two Garuda, ...


How to Work With a Travel Agent: A Guide for First-Timers  TravelPulse

So, you've decided to work with a Travel Agent. Fantastic. Agents are the industry's matchmakers, harnessing the power of relationships with both suppliers and ...


List: Birmingham’s largest travel agencies  Birmingham Business Journal

Just in time for spring break, the BBJ's newest List spotlights local travel agencies helping vacationers book their next big trips.


Are urban mobility apps the new online travel agencies?  PhocusWire

As more money gets poured into the sector, it's time to start thinking about urban mobility and how it intersects with the travel industry.


Online travel agency giants spent $10.6B on marketing in 2018 (but look closer)  PhocusWire

The power of the platforms is huge: Expedia Group and Booking Holdings splashed out a record amount on customer acquisition during 2018. The pair spent ...


Who's Really Winning the Direct Booking Wars Between Hotels and Online Travel Agencies?  Skift

So, who is winning the so-called direct booking wars? Is it the hotels? Is it the online travel agencies? Is it Google? Is it the consumer?


Stats: Social Media Engagement Up 100% Among Travel Agencies  Travel Agent

Social media engagement for the travel agency community skyrocketed in 2018, according to Passport Online's analysis of its customers' social media data.


More customers accusing Mid-South travel agent of not refunding them  FOX13 Memphis

A recent FOX13 investigation exposed a local travel agent owing her customers a significant amount of cash.


Airbnb to buy HotelTonight as it battles hotels and online travel agencies  CNBC

Airbnb is acquiring hotel booking site HotelTonight as it builds an expansion narrative ahead of an eventual IPO.


How Jet Airways' Naresh Goyal lost to India's IndiGo, SpiceJet  Quartz

It may be a hard-to-swallow truth for Naresh Goyal, but investors are jubilant about his exit from Jet Airways—the Mumbai-based private airline he has run for 27 ...


Activity tech provider BookingKit secures multi-million euro round  PhocusWire

A Series C funding round in the "multi-million euro" range has been won by tours and activities tech vendor BookingKit. The investment in the Germany-based ...


Saluting the unsung 'sheroes' of the travel industry  Travel Weekly

Women's History Month is a chance to honor the unheralded contributions women have made throughout history. Nowhere is that more fitting than in the travel ...


ASTA Looks to Repeat Success on Proposed Travel Agent Taxes  Travel Market Report

The group is leading a grassroots campaign against state sales taxes to travel agency services in Connecticut.


Antalya sees record figures in tourists arriving via travel agencies  Daily Sabah

Having achieved all-time high figures for tourism in 2018, favorite tourist spot Antalya has seen an all-time high in the number of tourists coming to the city via ...


Days of Association of Croatian Travel Agencies Start in Vinkovci  Total Croatia News

This year's Days of Association of Croatian Travel Agencies (UHPA) are being held from 21 to 23 March, for the first time in Slavonia, more precisely in Vinkovci, ...


Hispanic-Owned Travel Agency Emphasizes Trust as Key Selling Point  Skift

Express Travel, a travel agency serving a largely Hispanic customer base, has built an extensive clientele over the past 30 years. Relationships, community ...


VIDEO: Why operators should still have a voice in tours and activities  PhocusWire

Macro trends in tours and activities have created challenges and opportunities for those at the sharp end of the industry: those that provide a tour or activity and ...


Why Ebix Wants to Buy India's Corporate Travel Player Yatra for $336 Million  Skift

Ebix has made a generous takeover bid for Yatra, a corporate travel services provider and online travel agency, to create one of India's largest end-to-end travel ...


Baidu asked to answer complaints of ‘verified’ travel scams  South China Morning Post

Consumers say they were duped on holidays to Hong Kong and Macau over Lunar New Year.


Travel agencies and motel in Eugene looking to help those affected by snow in Eugene  nbc16.com

EUGENE, Ore. - In some areas in and surrounding Eugene, the power has not been restored just yet from the snow storm. “Yesterday, as we had the bad storm, ...


Airbnb buys HotelTonight amid ongoing battle for market dominance  TOPHOTELNEWS

Airbnb is set to acquire HotelTonight as it works to build up its expansion narrative ahead of its eventual IPO. Airbnb is planning to buy HotelTonight, which could ...


Travel intermediaries must figure out how to automate better  PhocusWire

Travel agencies and OTAs are required to automate in order to offer their clients with personalized services and enjoy a competitive advantage.


Go to Myanmar with a reliable travel agency  Thrive Global

If you are a traveller, Myanmar possesses everything for you.


Czech travel agencies note rise in senior clientele seeking exotic locales, extras  Radio Prague

Czech travel agencies have noted a steady rise in clients over the age of sixty, reflecting increased spending power among seniors looking to enjoy – in many ...


ISIS Commander Arrested in Hungary Held Refugee Passport Enabling Unrestricted Air Travel  PJ Media

BUDAPEST, Hungary – The alleged ISIS commander charged here last week with taking part in 20 beheadings obtained a special refugee passport in Greece ...


3 money-saving travel tips for retirees | Lifestyles | themorningsun.com  The Morning Sun

Though a transient lifestyle is something few people aspire to during much of their lives, come retirement, the idea of staying in a place for only a short time has.


Adventurous. Alone. Attacked.  The New York Times

The number of female solo travelers has skyrocketed, but amid Instagram-worthy escapades are tales of violence and death, raising questions about how the ...


Avoya Travel Achieves Record 2018 Sales and Network Growth  GlobeNewswire

Avoya Poised for Continued 2019 Growth with More Customers and Growing Travel Network.


Travel Arrangement And Reservation Services Market Technology Advancement and Future Business Opportunity 2019  industryreports24.com

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENT AND RESERVATION SERVICES GLOBAL MARKET REPORT 2018. Travel arrangement and reservation services market comprises ...


Pakistan International Airlines signs distribution deal with Travelport  Breaking Travel News

Travelport has reached a full *content* agreement with Pakistan's national carrier, Pakistan International Airlines. Under the new multi-year agreement, Travelport ...


Free agents: Unaffiliated travel advisors and agencies still exist  Travel Weekly

Though their ranks appear to be dwindling and affiliation today is de rigueur, agencies that are not affiliated with a consortium, a franchise or a host agency still ...


Japan Airlines,Travelport team up to launch GDS for Japanese travel agencies  Web In Travel

Japan Airlines, Travelport team up to form a a joint venture called Travelport Axess to operate a GDS tailored to the needs of the Japanese travel industry.


TripAdvisor Sees Booking Site Spending Hit 4-Year Low  Skift

The fact that Booking Holdings and Expedia Group are leaning away from TripAdvisor is a wake-up call for many metasearch sites. However, travelers still love ...


Agents irked by Four Seasons' direct-booking social media ads  Travel Weekly

While travel advisors say the campaign diminishes the value of their services in the eyes of consumers, Four Seasons maintains it is committed to the agent ...


Trips Led by and for Women, to Celebrate Women’s History Month  The New York Times

The number of agencies and tour operators specializing in travel tours for women have grown significantly in recent years. Here are a few special destinations.


There are many customers who feel burdened when planning their trips. Travel agency outlets will likely become places to introduce clients to previously unknown travel destinations and inspire a desire to travel.  Japan Today

Taku Sameshima, an associate professor of tourism studies at Komazawa Women's University. Major travel agencies are upgrading the consultation services at ...


Host Agency 101  TravelPulse

If you're wondering, “What is a host agency?” and “How would it benefit me and my business?” you're likely eager to start your path to success. Well, you've ...


Property Management Star Guesty Raises $35M in Series C Funding  RealtyBizNews

Guesty, a property management software that helps simplify short-term rental management, has announced raising $35M in Series C funding.


Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir's Frequent Flying Leads to $36K Bill  Phoenix New Times

In the past three years, Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir's city-funded travel has taken her to Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, and South Carolina. She has ...


With A Toe Already In, BCD Jumps Into Government Travel Waters  The Beat

Last year, BCD Travel CEO John Snyder described his travel management company's growth strategy as "aggressive." Achieving this ambition apparently ...


Tourism boom expected for extended May Day holidays  Global Times

With the extension of the upcoming May Day holidays from three to four days, China is expected to see a tourism boom that will mobilize 150 million tourists ...


Condominium Travel Club Honored Named Best Membership Program at 2019 Perspective Magazine Awards - Press Release  Digital Journal

Orlando, Florida - March 25, 2019 - Condominium Travel Club, the award-winning travel club dedicated to providing its members the best value for their vacation ...


Hotels Tap New Tech to Clamp Down on Rogue Rates  Skift

The typical consumer likes to visit a price-comparison travel site and see a wide array of hotel rates from multiple sources for a stay on the same night Hotels are ...


Super Agent Crystal Dyer Is Transforming Her Community  Travel Market Report

This Chicago-area travel agent is determined to unpack the tragedies in her life into opportunities for her neighbors to expand their horizons.


Are You Memorable?  TravelPulse

With more than 80,000 agents in the U.S., the one thing that you don't want to do is just blend in. There are thousands of travel advisors who are just doing the ...


A city split in two: Students travel to the southwestern Mexican border wall  The Beacon

Over spring break, 11 University of Portland students heard jarring stories like this and many others. The students traveled to southwestern Mexican border wall ...


Iran flood: More than a dozen killed in flash flooding  Aljazeera.com

Southern city of Shiraz suffers extensive damage as government urges people to cancel trips amid forecast of more rains.


NYC & Company's new CMO talks data, influencers and why the city doesn't market itself  Marketing Dive

Nancy Mammana also chatted with Marketing Dive about digital initiatives, Hudson Yards and how the city's official tourism body is winning over emerging ...


South Florida sees a boom in Russian ‘birth tourists’  USA TODAY

Pregnant Russian women pay anywhere from $20000 to sometimes more than $50000 to brokers who arrange their travel documents, accommodations and ...


TD Securities Lowers TRANSAT AT (TSE:TRZ) Price Target to C$5.00  Fairfield Current

TRANSAT AT (TSE:TRZ) had its price objective decreased by TD Securities from C$6.50 to C$5.00 in a research report released on Monday, March 18th.


How Brands Are Improving Customer Experiences in the Travel and Hospitality Industry  The Content Standard by Skyword

Travel and hospitality brands are improving customer experiences by turning to CX marketing methods and emerging technology. Here's why, and how it works.


Brokerages Anticipate Sabre Corp (SABR) Will Announce Earnings of $0.31 Per Share  Fairfield Current

Brokerages expect that Sabre Corp (NASDAQ:SABR) will report earnings per share of $0.31 for the current quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports.


What Marriott's CEO Had to Say About Airbnb, Amazon and Google  Skift

Marriott International isn't *content* to "stand still." That was the overarching theme of Marriott President and CEO Arne Sorenson's opening presentation Skift ...


NumerixS Investment Technologies Inc Acquires Shares of 10,300 Sabre Corp (NASDAQ:SABR)  Fairfield Current

NumerixS Investment Technologies Inc purchased a new position in Sabre Corp (NASDAQ:SABR) in the 4th quarter, according to its most recent filing with the ...


Senior Corporate Counsel  Above the Law

Our People & Culture and Legal teams make sure we provide a highly ethical working environment where everyone at priceline can bring their whole selves to ...


Hengchun Airport to launch international charter service by summer 2019  CAPA - Centre for Aviation

Pingtung County Government said airlines and travel agencies from the Philippines investigated the condition of Hengchun Airport on 14-Mar-2019 and ...


Financial Comparison: KONICA MINOLTA/ADR (KNCAY) & TUI AG/ADR (TUIFY)  Fairfield Current

KONICA MINOLTA/ADR (OTCMKTS:KNCAY) and TUI AG/ADR (OTCMKTS:TUIFY) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the ...


IATA Contributing To Gradual Extinction Of Travel Agents In Nigeria – Stakeholders  Independent Newspapers Limited

Stakeholders in the Nigerian aviation industry at the Quarterly Business Breakfast Meeting (BBM), organsied by Aviation Round Table (ART), recently, alleged ...


Airbnb's Potential Investment in Oyo, Explained  Skift

Recent news that Airbnb was considering an investment in fast-growing discount hotel chain Oyo, with mostly a footprint in Asia, underscored the Tech-driven ...


10 Days After Christchurch Shootings, Jacinda Ardern Announces a Trip to China  The New York Times

The planned visit signals a return to normal government business as the prime minister tries to mend frayed relations with New Zealand's largest export market.


Sarajevo will host the First International Tour Operator Meeting  Sarajevo Times

Sarajevo will host the First International Tour Operator Meeting, where more than 100 countries around the world will participate. Named “Meet Up Sarajevo ...


For love and money: From Taipei to Penang, how two independent hoteliers are doing it their way  Web In Travel

For love and money: How two independent hoteliers from Taipei and Penang are carving niches in the hospitality industry and are doing it their way.


‘How Travelstart became Africa’s leading travel agency’  Guardian

Traveling by air in Nigeria entails varying degrees of stress and complications, from the difficulty in getting cheap flight tickets to the complicated flight booking ...


320 jobs go as Thomas Cook closes travel shops  The Times

Thomas Cook is to cut 320 retail jobs and close 21 travel agencies in response to the continuing shift by holidaymakers to online booking.The travel group said ...


Agency opens gym-based office to target fitness fans  TTG

Bedford-based Select Travel Holidays is hoping its new venture, The Travel Studio, can capitalise on the growing trend for wellness travel, while servicing the ...


Blue Sphere (BLSP) versus Sabre (SABR) Financial Analysis  Baseball Daily News

Blue Sphere (OTCMKTS:BLSP) and Sabre (NASDAQ:SABR) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies ...


Maximizing The Amex Gold Card  Forbes

Whether you're a long time cardholder or signed up for the limited edition rose gold card design, let's take a look at some tips to maximize your Amex Gold Card.


Girls Party in Paris New Fun Travel Reward Launches to Celebrate Equality  EIN News

Recruiting for Good is on a fun mission to help fund summer camp; and is rewarding participation with small group party trips to Celebrate Women's Day in Paris.


Police called in over claims thousands has vanished from social club funds  Huddersfield Examiner

Hundreds of members of Huddersfield Sports & Social Club - which is linked to global firm Cummins - could be left out of pocket.


International travel agencies worried about imminent strike  Iceland Monitor

Travellers to Iceland are not cancelling their reservations to hotels or to activities according to companies contacted by Morgunblaðið. However, international ...


Travefy Announces New Collaboration With Expedia TAAP To Increase Travel Agent Efficiency and Productivity  PR Web

Lincoln, NE (PRWEB) February 25, 2019 -- Travefy - the leading itinerary management tool for Travel Agents - announced a new collaboration with Expedia ...


Buses no longer using Seattle’s transit tunnel; Monday commutes test new routes  The Seattle Times

Monday morning marks the first weekday commute since buses stopped using the downtown transit tunnel. The change will affect thousands of bus riders ...


✈ Trends 2019: The New Ways to Travel the World  The London Economic

The habits and preferences of world travelers have evolved enormously over recent years. Luxury travel in particular has opened the door to the most ...


Combating Overtourism Requires a More Holistic Approach  Skift

For decades, destination managers were able to ignore the negative effects of tourism. Now, the age of overtourism calls for a more robust approach to plan for ...


Korean retailer makes 5 acquisitions here  Ragtrader

Korean retailer Lotte Duty Free has marked its expansion into the Oceania region acquiring five JR/Duty Free stores: four in Australia and one in New Zealand.


Travelport Wants Travel Agents to Use Assistance Codes for Travelers with Intellectual Disabilities  TravelPulse

Travelport wants to inform travel agents about the DPNA SSR code.


Arrest made after undercover online child predator investigation  WXMI FOX 17 West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Massachusetts man is in police custody after they say he spent months planning a trip to west Michigan for the sole purpose of ...


SEPTA keeps bleeding bus riders. It may take years to stanch the losses.  Philly.com

SEPTA's bus ridership in 2018 was its lowest in 17 years.


Co-Living and Co-Working Are Gimmicks, Declares 25hours Hotels CEO  Skift

You might think that the co-founder of a lifestyle hotel brand like 25hours might embrace emerging hospitality concepts such as homesharing, co-living, Skift sat ...


Baidu accused of failing to vet ‘trusted’ travel agency  Macau Daily Times

China's most popular search engine, Baidu, has been accused by mainlanders of providing users with untrustworthy results again. This time, Baidu is accused of ...


Trade fair ‘Philippine Harvest’ to feature country’s farm, food destinations  INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines — A trade fair dubbed as “Philippine Harvest” which will feature the country's farm and food destinations is set to take place at a mall in ...


Are online travel agents in Indonesia dropping AirAsia from their listings?  Marketing Interactive

Following AirAsia's withdrawal of flights from online travel agent Traveloka, the airline told Marketing Interactive that it will be placing its focus on enhancing its ...


Travel agencies in Malaysia may leave out London over Brexit - Nation  The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: Travel agencies may change their itinerary and exclude London as a destination from their tours to Europe should there be immigration ...


Airlines, NCAA, FAAN, Others Charged On Data Sharing For Industry  Independent Newspapers Limited

Players in the Nigerian aviation industry have charged respective agencies and organisations in the sector to share data information for accurate reporting and ...


Soju is out and sport is in as society shifts  Korea JoongAng Daily

Recent social shifts in Korea are affecting local businesses, a government report shows. According to a Monday report from the National Tax *Service* (NTS) that ...


Road damage, crashes have cities looking to commercial truck enforcement  Houston Chronicle

Katy among a handful of places where crashes and craters in the pavement have officials asking for permission to police commercial truck rules.


Online travel agencies, supermarkets, laptops: The hidden monopolies that may cost you money  Los Angeles Times

Let's say you'll be spending a night in San Francisco -- the night of Feb. 19, to pick a date at random. You check for hotels on Expedia.com, find a room listed for ...


Work on World Tourism Alliance headquarters starts in Hangzhou  CGTN

The World Tourism Alliance (WTA) was initiated by China in 2017 under the theme of "Better Tourism, Better World, Better Life.”. The WTA is a global ...


With rise of digital booking platforms, local travel agencies continue to grow, adapt, while adding personal touch  Lynchburg News and Advance

Online platforms such as Airbnb, Skyscanner, Uber and Travelocity have changed the way consumers think of modern travel.


BBB Tip of the Week: Shady Travel Agencies Scam Schools, Students, and Parents  The Spokesman-Review

School trips can be incredible, life-changing experiences for students. But don't let scamsters steal the magic of such experiences.


This Is Why Travel Agents Want To Be Called Travel Advisors  Forbes

When Peter Schwartz needs to book a trip, he doesn't contact a travel agent. He calls a travel advisor. "She's an expert at identifying great deals on planes and ...


Why Are So Many South Korean Travel Agencies Closing?  Skift

Last year was gloomy for Korean tour agencies. In October, major brand Top Travel, which had its heyday in the early 2000s selling cheap flight tickets,


Online travel agencies under spotlight from regulators and academics over hotel strategies  PhocusWire

A "victory" for travelers is the message from a regulator after it apparently won cooperation from a number of online travel agencies to "change their ways.".


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