Travel to European destinations remains strong; however, destinations that have experienced recent terror attacks such as Brussels and Istanbul have seen a fall in bookings, reports Allianz Global Assistance. "People still want to go to Europe, but they’re seeking those destinations that they think will be safe," said Allianz's Daniel Durazo.
"Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) -- sometimes separately, sometimes combined -- will be rapidly changing the way that travel is sold and experienced," Editor in Chief Arnie Weissmann writes in his weekly column.
American Airlines announced plans to launch a nonstop flight from Tucson, Ariz., to New York City in the fall. The flight will offer daily service to John F. Kennedy International Airport. "From a network side, this is a big deal," said Joseph Hughes, regional director for government and community affairs at American.
Among Croatia's beautiful islands sits Losinj, a historic destination that used to be visited by European royalty on holiday. Today, this "island of wellness and vitality" offers visitors a chance to see wildlife and beautiful scenery, indulge in spa treatments and do outside activities like walking and cycling.
Your travel business could benefit greatly from understanding and maximizing the Marketing Funnel, which turns potential clients into actionable leads, writes Richard Earls. Following the journey prospects will take in the Marketing Funnel, agents should line up tactics that will bring prospects closer to a sale, sell themselves, show prospects how their services would benefit them and don't display everything online.
Jim Bennett, the aviation director for the city of Phoenix, said he is aiming to increase international service to the city's airport.
US airlines are lending a hand to help the excessive Transportation Security Administration lines. American Airlines and United Airlines are taking steps to address lengthy lines at security checkpoints. "In an effort to get you through security faster, we are redeploying some of our employees at our hubs to help manage wait lines and perform other non-screening tasks," United wrote on its blog.
Airlines for America rounded up newsworthy stories from member airlines over the past week. Southwest Airlines employees sent thank you notes to military service members as part of the A Million Thanks initiative. Meanwhile, United Airlines offered a behind-the-scenes peek at flight attendant training.
United Airlines plans to reintroduce complimentary snacks for coach passengers on international flights in June. The snacks consist of candy and a small sandwich, and will be served on flights of 12 hours or longer, as well as flights between the West Coast and Europe.
Southwest Airlines intern Jordan Livingston plans to return to the carrier as a pilot one day. Livingston received a cochlear implant when he was a boy after a diagnosis of hearing loss. Both his parents both work at Southwest as flight attendants.
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