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9/19/2017

Amtrak's "Break the Travel Quo" campaign courts travelers with online ads and videos highlighting the pluses of traveling by train. Amtrak doesn't charge baggage fees, offers comfortable seating with no middle seats, and allows passengers to talk on their cellphones and move about at will.

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9/19/2017

Virtuoso has grown in 2017 due to the revitalized condition of the travel agent profession. The luxury agency network is enhancing its growth by working with agents to increase sales, leveraging technology and attracting the right talent, said Matthew Upchurch, Virtuoso's CEO and chairman.

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Travel Market Report
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9/19/2017

Asian floating lantern festivals are attracting more tourists from around the world. Festive travelers can enjoy the Hindu Festival of Lights in India, Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival in Taiwan and Kaga Yuzen Toro Nagashi in Japan, which offers a unique take on the festivals.

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TravelAge West
9/19/2017

Having an infectious personality and being different from your peers will draw people to you, John Frenaye writes. To make an impression and stand out from the competition, be courteous, show a positive attitude, smile during phone conversations and follow up with handwritten thank-you notes.

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9/19/2017

Empty-nesters have the resources and time to travel, and have been doing so more often, Jamie Biesiada writes. Agents can target potential empty-nest travelers by turning to client relationships for leads, such as noting when clients' children are leaving the household, says Nexion agent Diane Frisch.

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Travel Weekly
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9/19/2017

American Airlines will offer daily, year-round service between Dallas and Colorado's Eagle County Regional Airport starting in spring 2018. The carrier is expanding its existing seasonal service.

9/19/2017

United Airlines will in January 2018 launch nonstop service between Houston and Sydney, competing with Qantas and Air New Zealand. The flight will be the airline's second-longest.

9/19/2017

Air Canada and the Air Canada Pilots Association have renegotiated their labor agreement to allow the airline to expand its Rouge-branded North American narrow-body fleet. "These amendments, voted on and ratified by our pilots, further emphasize our pilots' alignment with Air Canada's successful business strategy to compete effectively in the highly competitive airline industry, and make adjustments of mutual benefit as the competitive environment evolves," Air Canada's Benjamin Smith said.

9/19/2017

A report from The Points Guy looks at the best of domestic elite status programs, examining perks by categories including airport, reservation, in-flight, bonuses, partners, flexible offerings and nonflying perks.

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The Points Guy
9/19/2017

United Airlines will offer its last flight aboard a Boeing 747 on Nov. 7. The flight will re-create the carrier's first 747 flight from San Francisco to Honolulu, complete with a 1970s-inspired menu and vintage crew uniforms.

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