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All posts by Cindy Sosroutomo

Cindy is Deputy Editor at Travelweek and has worked for the company since 2007. She has travelled to more than 50 countries and counts Kenya, Morocco, Thailand and Turkey among her favourite destinations.

10 questions with Bruce Poon Tip: Travel after the pandemic

As someone who hasn’t been at home for more than two months in the past 30 years, Bruce Poon Tip had a tough time at first adapting to self-isolation. But the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the founder of G Adventures to sit still (for once) and think about the “potential and possibilities” of this very difficult time.
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Happy Travel Agent Day: “There has never been a greater need to celebrate agents”

If there is one silver lining of COVID-19, it’s that the value of travel agents has never been more apparent. In the first few weeks of the pandemic, agents across the country spent countless hours helping to bring stranded clients home, rebooking them for future travel and sifting through rapidly-changing travel policies from suppliers, all while struggling to keep their businesses afloat in the midst of lockdown measures and global travel restrictions. 
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“It will absolutely survive”: Cruising’s future promising, forward bookings up

The US$45 billion cruising industry was among the first to be hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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Staying positive and keeping up morale amid the COVID-19 crisis

Travel is resilient by nature and so too, by extension, are travel agents. Travelweek checked in with a consortium, a chain and a host agency to see what morale is like, and to get tips for coping during these difficult times. Here’s what they had to say…
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Women in travel: The Travel Corporation is leading the way

We should all be so lucky to view our jobs the way Roxanne Joyal does. As CEO and co-founder of ME to WE, the Toronto-based social enterprise, Joyal considers it not so much as a job but a lifestyle, one that has not only transformed her own life but the lives of those she works with.
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“We’re handling it as a team”: Globus on the Italy outbreak, and travel myths

With the number of coronavirus cases rapidly increasing in Italy, Globus family of brands is reassuring travel agents and travellers that it’s doing everything it can to monitor the situation and keep clients safe and secure.
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“This is the new WestJet”: Agents and new Dreamliner celebrated at partner awards

When it comes to investments, WestJet has made three in particular that have paid off in a big way: its product, its people, and its partners.
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Going micro: Why shorter vacations and cruises are on the rise

People are busier than ever these days, with little time to spare for extra-curriculars, much less a two-week holiday abroad. But for those hell-bent on carving out some travel time, the rising trend of ‘micro-cations’ could be a good solution.
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The rains have come: Australia is open for business

Following a weekend of much-needed heavy rainfall, the timing of Australia’s key messaging couldn’t be better: the country is open for business and ready to welcome back visitors.
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“Sales are exceeding our expectations”: Emerald & Scenic on the Azzurra and Eclipse

It’s a worrisome time for Emerald Waterways but not in the way that you may think. Since announcing earlier this week its entry into the luxury yacht market with the 100-passenger Emerald Azzurra, sales have been through the roof, so much so that the brand is already having trouble keeping up with demand.
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