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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Dec. 20, Alaska Airlines will expand its service between California and Hawaii with thrice-weekly nonstop flights between Sacramento and Kona. "This new route shows Alaska's ongoing commitment to continued growth and investment throughout the West Coast," said John Kirby of Alaska Airlines.
United Airlines is adding a fourth daily flight from Duluth International Airport in Minnesota to Chicago O'Hare International Airport. The new flight will operate seasonally, through the end of October.
In December, American Airlines will launch weekly service between Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. The flights will operate on Saturdays during the winter season.
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