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All posts by Kathryn Folliott

Kathryn is Editor at Travelweek and has worked for the company since 1995. She has travelled to more than 50 countries and counts Hong Kong, Jerusalem, the Swiss Alps and the Galapagos Islands among her favourite destinations.

“Let’s get it right the first time”: Agents weigh in on cruise lines’ ready-to-sail plans

Few sectors within the travel industry have been hit as hard by COVID-19 as cruising.
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“The pent-up demand for travel, it’s real”: CoNexion 2020

When Nexion got its start in 1995, airlines were capping and then cutting commissions. The caps and cuts, combined with the exponential growth of OTAs in those days, made for a one-two punch for travel agencies, and many predicted that the traditional retail distribution chain would never recover.
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5 questions for Nexion’s newest Canadian Rising Star, Eric Cohen

Building up a client list and generating some bookings as a brand new travel agent is a challenge at any time. Doing it during a pandemic? The mind boggles.
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Experience Kissimmee keeps trade in the loop, even if travel to Florida is on hold for a while

Two route maps from Orlando Airport show the stark impact COVID-19 has had on one of the world’s most popular vacation spots.
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Here’s what agents are saying about WestJet’s cuts – and will there be refunds?

WestJet isn’t the first airline to pull its flights from a once-robust market amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and it likely won’t be the last.
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What a difference 18 months can make: Air Canada, Transat announce new acquisition terms

Back before COVID-19 changed just about everything, Air Canada was set to buy Transat for $720 million. Now under new terms just announced by both companies, the sale price is much lower: $190 million.
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Why getting back to selling travel amid COVID-19 is not an open-and-shut case

No one wants another lockdown, but a second wave of the pandemic is looming - and many say it’s happening already. Businesses that reopened their doors this summer may face closures again, and that includes travel agencies. Meanwhile Canada’s travel restrictions are nearing the seven-month mark.
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“The pent-up demand for travel, it’s real”: Ready for CoNexion 2020

When Nexion got its start in 1995, airlines were capping and then cutting commissions. The caps and cuts, combined with the exponential growth of OTAs in those days, made for a one-two punch for travel agencies, and many predicted that the traditional retail distribution chain would never recover.
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Agents react to COVID-19 insurance offerings – and help get the word out

In recent weeks major players including Air Canada, Sunwing, WestJet, ACV and Manulife have introduced travel insurance coverage for COVID-19. And just today, Transat announced new coverage as well.
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