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5 ways to compete with OTAs

I’ll bet you’ve seen him on TV. That grey-haired guy jumping around extolling the virtues of booking your hotel (and more) online because the selection, convenience and value simply can’t be beat. Just one more reason for potential clients to say to you “Why would I need a travel agent when I can book online?”
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OTA says 880,000 payment cards likely hacked

Orbitz says a legacy travel booking platform may have been hacked, potentially exposing the personal information of people that made purchases between Jan. 1, 2016 and Dec. 22, 2017.
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TICO keeps controversial TRVL site out of Ontario ­– for now

TICO has stepped in to quash a website that allows consumers to sign up to become so-called ‘TRVL agents’...
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OTAs get a taste of their own medicine as JetBlue drops them to ‘reduce costs’

JetBlue will stop selling tickets on a dozen discount travel websites in hopes of driving customers to the airline's site and reducing the company's costs.
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The unlikely alliance between agents, OTAs as Expedia TAAP reaches 15,000 mark in Canada

Flashback to 1996: Travel agencies are still reeling from the first wave of airline commission caps a year earlier.
Read more opens in Toronto, wants to win over trade with agent platform

Online travel agency has set up shop in Toronto with a hiring mandate for 200+ customer service reps in 2017 and a total of 600+ over the next four or five years.
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Turkey’s travel agent association manages to get blocked

A Turkish court has ordered the travel website to be blocked in a dispute with the country's main travel agency association, Turkey's state-run news agency reported Wednesday.
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Miron launches OTA TripXpertz with host agency The Travel Agent Next Door

TORONTO — Former itravel2000 and TravelBrands exec Brad Miron has resurfaced with TripXpertz, an OTA billed as the next generation of online travel agencies and a “virtual agency website network” that includes Mexico-focused
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Agent goes viral after posting video of himself mocking OTA user

An Australian travel agent has become a social media star and hero among agents after posting a mock video that highlights the pitfalls of booking with an OTA.
Read more targets travel agents with new agent platform

One of the world’s biggest OTAs has launched a new platform specifically designed with the needs of travel agents in mind.
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Haven Resorts & Spas boosts Canadian presence with VoX and LaPointe
Jan LaPointe has been named Director Sales & Marketing for North America for Haven Resorts & Spas.
Nintendo theme for Universal’s Epic Universe, opening 2023
Nintendo theme for Universal’s Epic Universe, opening 2023
Universal Orlando’s fourth theme park, Universal’s Epic Universe, will be Nintendo-themed.
Biblical Journeys Canada charged and convicted
Biblical Journeys Canada charged and convicted
After being charged by TICO, Mr. Raed Karborani, operating as Biblical Journeys Canada, has pleaded guilty to one count...
Alaska cruise ship dock permit issued; construction to begin
KETCHIKAN — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a permit for a cruise ship dock in southeast Alaska, but the...
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