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6/21/2018

Royal Caribbean International will debut WOD on the Waves, a fitness-focused cruise, on its Mariner of the Seas in January. The Miami-to-the-Bahamas cruise will feature customized fitness classes, shore excursions and workshops on training and nutrition strategies.

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TravelPulse
6/21/2018

Glamorous camping, or glamping, is a hot travel trend offering visitors a variety of upscale, nature-filled destinations. Travelers can view picturesque scenery at the Paws Up cattle ranch in Montana, take a nature walk at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti in Tanzania or enjoy a beachside barbecue at the Soneva Kiri resort in Thailand.

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Haute Living online
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Serengeti National Park
6/21/2018

Proving a former employee or independent contractor solicited clients is difficult, because an agency needs either documentation proving the ex-IC made specific requests or circumstantial evidence such as clients severing ties with the agency, Mark Pestronk advises. To combat the problem, it's best for agencies to state in their IC contract that once an IC leaves, the IC is banned from "handling" or "servicing" the clients instead of soliciting them.

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Travel Weekly
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Mark Pestronk
6/20/2018

Carnival Cruise Line introduced Loyalty Rocks this week, an agent-reward program that includes new features such as perks and a mobile-compatible design. "The rewards program is focused at the agent level, recognizing the individual agents and all that they do for Carnival Cruise Line in a more impactful way," Carnival sales executive Adolfo Perez said.

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Travel Market Report
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Adolfo Perez
6/20/2018

To meet a growing consumer demand for river cruises, AmaWaterways aims to add three new ships in 2019, including the AmaMagna, its largest ship to date, company executives said. The AmaMagna will include more eating options, larger staterooms and other features designed to attract more cruisers.

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Travel Weekly
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AmaWaterways, AmaMagna
6/20/2018

Bustling Hong Kong is a place where visitors can check out a variety of hip and trendy attractions. Travelers can enjoy upscale amenities at boutique hotel Tuve, dine on dim sum at Michelin-starred Duddell's and shop for Japanese housewares at Sake Central.

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TravelPulse
6/20/2018

Consumers often want the cheapest option. However, creating a unique image for your brand and determining the valuable services you offer consumers beyond basic travel products will allow you to counter price differential issues, Mike Marchev advises.

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Mike Marchev
6/20/2018

Micro-hotels, packaging advanced technology and bold utilitarian style in modestly priced guest rooms as small as 50 square feet, are gaining in popularity across the hospitality spectrum. Led by the Yotel, CitizenM and BD Hotels' Pod Hotels brands, the concept has special appeal to investors thanks to larger numbers of rooms to sell per property.

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BD Hotels, Pod Hotels
6/20/2018

An analysis of extended-stay hotels finds that moderately priced and higher-priced versions diverge in the types of investors they appeal to. Since 2010, the former have made stronger increases in revenues and profits, while the latter are posting premiums in occupancy, average daily rate, revenue and profits.

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Hotel News Now
6/20/2018

Vista Hospitality Group has sold the Courtyard by Marriott Myrtle Beach Barefoot Landing to AD1 Global. The 157-key property in South Carolina is among more than 100 stores and restaurants in the Barefoot Landing mixed-use complex.