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8/16/2017

To combat the problem of clients booking their own hotel reservations, Virtuoso initiated a process this year that allows travelers to book rooms on their website, but all bookings are credited to a Virtuoso adviser. The website is also open to advisers to make bookings.

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8/16/2017

To upgrade a Hawaii trip to the next level for your clients, include some premium add-ons focused on adventure and culture, Marty Wentzel writes. Your clients can take an insider's tour of the Polynesian Cultural Center, enjoy a fire knife dance up close at the Mauna Kea Luau and go on a VIP tour of the Maui Ocean Center.

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8/16/2017

Becoming a specialist at selling wellness travel involves a staged approach, writes Anne Dimon, which starts with gaining a high level of knowledge about the field and clearing up any doubts that will prevent you from moving forward. Next, market yourself as the go-to wellness travel expert to a target audience and continue to promote your services.

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Travel Market Report
8/16/2017

Offering information about destinations on your website encourages engagement from consumers and increases overall leads, advises Marilyn Macallair of Passport Online. It is vital to always include a call to action on every destination content page, such your email address and phone number; as well as a number for text messages from clients.

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8/16/2017

The microhotel chain Pod Hotels will open its fifth property this fall in Manhattan, N.Y. Pod Times Square will offer 665 guestrooms on 28 floors, with decor by interior designer Vanessa Guilford.

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8/16/2017

The current wave of mergers and acquisitions and the emergence of home-sharing add heavily to an already busy hospitality legal front, industry attorney Todd Soloway says. The hotel practice chairman at New York City-based Pryor Cashman LLP discussed a wide range of issues in a recent interview.

8/16/2017

Famed golf venue Pebble Beach Resorts has added meeting space, 38 new guestrooms and two cottages to its 99-year-old California coastal property. The cottages, each with four bedrooms, are named for actor Clint Eastwood and golfer Arnold Palmer, both owners and board members of Pebble Beach Co.

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8/16/2017

Frederick W. Smith, chairman and CEO of FedEx, credited his company's exceptional 2017 -- reporting $60 billion in revenue for the fiscal year ending in May -- with its focus on investment, integration and innovation. "FedEx has never been better positioned for significant long-term growth that delivers increased value to shareowners and a more promising future for our team members," he wrote in a letter to shareholders.

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8/16/2017

In a featured Q&A, David Abney, chairman and CEO of UPS, says roads and bridges in disrepair cause delays that in turn lead to lost profits. "We have about 100,000 drivers, and if we have a five-minute congestion delay on each of those drivers every day, that's $105 million a year," he said.

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8/16/2017

Bill Flynn, CEO of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, discusses his company's increased focus on express shipping over heavy freight, a shift that led Atlas to sign an agreement to provide services for Amazon.com. Flynn said 70% of Atlas' freighter fleet will be devoted to express services by 2018.

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