Vietnam's capital Hanoi is expected to become very festive and vibrant during the Vietnamese New Year weeklong celebration, which begins Jan. 28. Travelers can go on free city tours, visit centuries-old sites such as the Temple of Literature and dine on authentic Vietnamese dishes at A New Day.
The family travel market is expected to grow at least moderately over the next three to five years, according to a Family Travel Association survey, and there are several ways agents can take advantage of this boom. When sending marketing messages to consumers, agents should highlight the emotional and bonding benefits of family travel, while noting how they can save them money and time.
Agents should focus on getting repeat business, and the way to accomplish that goal is to enhance client relationships through personalization, writes Cindy Bertram. "Personalization is that extra step that shows commitment and dedication to creating memorable experiences for customers on an individual basis," said Ellen Bettridge, head of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection.
Hawaiian Airlines has raised its forecast for revenue per available seat mile for the fourth quarter, saying it expects ASM revenue to grow between 3% and 6%. The airline also announced plans to add three new aircraft to its future orders, bringing its total new orders for the A321 model to 18 by 2020.
JetBlue Airways and Amazon have teamed up for a unique promotion. Members of JetBlue's loyalty program can earn points by shopping at Amazon through a special link.
Agents can access travel trends, tips, stories and guides through Apple Vacations' new CarryOn online magazine. "The magazine is designed to help travel agents maintain and strengthen their online presence, connect with clients and promote destination and resort bookings through inspiring content," President Tim Mullen said.
Southwestern French city Toulouse has increased its art options by turning centuries-old buildings into top-class museums. Art lovers can view Renaissance art pieces at Fondation Bemberg, medieval sculptures at Musée des Augustins and contemporary art at Les Abattoirs.
Falling into a routine can stunt your ability to create new ideas and be innovative, writes John Frenaye. To refresh your mindset, mix up your routine by changing your work environment, limiting interruptions, enjoying quiet time and decluttering your mind.
The Justice Department approved the acquisition of Virgin America by Alaska Air Group for $2.6 billion. "With this combination now cleared for takeoff, we're thrilled to bring these two companies together and start delivering our low fares and great service to an even larger group of customers," said Brad Tilden, Alaska CEO and chairman.
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