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2019 Trend Report: Transformational travel, and are those real followers, or just bots?

The Canadian travel industry is fuelled year after year by huge volumes of ITC package sales to sun and sand destinations. So does that mean we’re immune to 2019’s travel trends? Not at all.
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Agents show resilience in the face of Costco Travel’s alleged extreme rebating

Evidence of the latest threat to the Canadian retail travel sector is probably right in your own wallet. It’s your Costco membership card.
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ATL celebrates 50 years and its role in helping to launch Sandals Resorts

It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Sandals Resorts International owes much of its success to an air conditioner.
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The biggest mistakes you’re making on social media, plus three must-try apps

Forget everything you think you may know about social media because chances are, you’ve been using it incorrectly this whole time.
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Who owns the client? Agents push back against supplier ‘comeback’ programs

Nine out of 10 travel advisers don’t want suppliers contacting their clients after a stay or trip to offer discounts for booking future travel directly with the suppliers, according to a DWHSA poll surveying Canadian and U.S. travel agents.
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Millennials – who else? – are fuelling the bleisure trend

Six out of 10 business trips are now ‘bleisure’ trips with vacation days added on. With all those extra vacation days tacked on here and there, are clients starting to cut back on bookings for longer, traditional getaways – the kind that keep leisure-focused travel agencies in business?
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Airlines bump up non-commissionable ancillaries, leaving agents out in the cold

Ancillaries have gone from one-off add-ons to revenue behemoths for the airlines and now, smarting from rising fuel costs, many airlines are opting to bump up ancillaries – most recently, fees for checked baggage – instead of raising base fares.
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Home-based travel agent, JetNote app developer and mom of three boys: Carrie Anne Gillespie does it all

Finding a work-life balance can be a real juggling act and no one knows that better than working moms with young kids. So maybe it’s no surprise that Regina, SK-based travel agent Carrie Anne Gillespie came up with her idea for a new travel app while caring for her newborn son in the wee hours of the night.
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Fun, hip & not for everyone: Why Virgin Voyages is banking on being different

Every captain needs a first mate. And at Virgin Voyages, the adults-only cruise line set to debut in 2020, its second-in-command will be none other than travel agents.
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Comp Fund claims in wake of Sinorama closure could exceed $5 million, says TICO

Sinorama Holidays has closed its doors after 13 years in business, with a voluntary termination of its Ontario Travel Industry Act, 2002 registration.
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Cuba surpasses 1,000,000 visitors from the Canadian market for 2019
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Cuba has reached the one million mark for Canadian visitors - and it reached that milestone on Dec. 4, the exact same...
Jamaica’s Half Moon to debut new 57-room luxury resort on March 1
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Half Moon, considered one of Jamaica’s finest resorts, will be opening a new luxury resort experience on March 1...
Hyatt Regency Maui’s new wedding package is star-studded
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Couples in love can reach for the stars with the new ‘Stellar Maui’d Under the Stars’ wedding experience at Hyatt...
TravelBrands’ 12 Days of Giveaways offers chance to win $3,000 cruise voucher
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Clients can unwrap cruise offers with TravelBrands’ 12 Days of Giveaways, plus agents can book applicable product for...
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