AmaWaterways has increased its wine-themed sailings from 34 in 2016 to more than 50 for next year, with visits to such wine regions as Portugal's Douro River area and Bordeaux in France. The river cruise line has brought on a number of US-based wine entrepreneurs, oenologists and winemakers to give lectures, conduct tastings and engage passengers.
Recent months have brought one round of bad news after another, causing an immediate drop in travel sales followed by a sometimes swift rise in bookings. Agents have noticed that bookings' recovery period depends on how quickly a new story grabs the headlines.
Strange twilight and average temperatures well below zero describe Barrow, Alaska, the nation's farthest-north city and the ideal destination for adventurous travelers. Visitors can take a walking tour of the area, learn about its indigenous people at the Inupiat Heritage Center and see the Barrow Whale Bone Arch.
Today's consumers are too savvy to fall for traditional high-pressure sales techniques, so it's best for agents to change their thinking about how to close a sale, Richard Earls writes. When agents have developed strong client relationships, they no longer have to sell and close because it's the clients who will close the deal in a planned, foreseeable way.
Agents are responsible for offering safe accommodations for their clients, so referring clients to unvetted Airbnb properties is not a good idea, Tammy Levent advises. Airbnb has millions of properties under its purview, which makes it an impossible task for the company to vet them and prevent unsafe situations.
Alaska Airlines announced it is adding a new nonstop flight from Albuquerque, N.M., to San Diego starting this week. The airline is also adding a second nonstop flight to Seattle from Albuquerque.
A partnership between Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines will improve customer choices, according to Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian's president and CEO.
Airlines seeking luxury brands for first- and business-class flights are creating a half-billion dollar market for these products, industry experts say. These brands produce items like pajamas and bedding.
FedEx and UPS will rely on rockets to deliver their packages, Morgan Stanley analysts predict. "The freight transportation business -- especially parcel delivery -- is on the cusp of transformation from multiple new transportation modalities," they say.
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