Tuesday January 19, 2021
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Multi-generational travel is bound to boom post-COVID

Multi-generational travel is bound to boom post-COVID
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Multi-generational travel has been trending for some time now and will be even more popular as travel resumes.
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Make sure your voice is heard!

Make sure your voice is heard!
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The entire travel industry is suffering and in need of government help. Without it, many companies and individuals won’t be there when the recovery happens.
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“We owe this to the travel agents”: Celebrity Cruises

“We owe this to the travel agents”: Celebrity Cruises
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Celebrity Cruises, along with all CLIA-member ocean-going cruise lines, has extended its temporary pause in operations to Dec. 31, 2020.
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Steady and strong: Mexican Caribbean expecting good winter

Steady and strong: Mexican Caribbean expecting good winter
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The Mexican Caribbean has done all that it can to protect both travellers and residents throughout the pandemic, implementing a wide array of protocols across its tourism sector. Its efforts have certainly paid off – since reopening to tourism, there has been no reported rise in COVID-19 cases in the region. In this edition of Take Five, we sit down with Elizabeth Cole Guerrero, Executive Director of the Quintana Roo Tourism Board, to discuss what kind of numbers the region is expecting this winter season and what the current vibe is like in its most popular tourist destinations.
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“We will never recall the advanced commission”: Collette

“We will never recall the advanced commission”: Collette
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Learning to navigate through the global pandemic is challenging for any travel company, which is why Collette is doing it with the support of travel agents. In this week’s Take Five interview, we sit down with Vice President Ron Lonsdale who says it’s absolutely essential to be supporting agents at this time, and this means not recalling advanced commissions and implementing policies that “put the travel advisor at the forefront of the customer experience.” Here’s what else he had to say about new travel trends and what clients can now expect on a Collette tour:
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Federal programs provide a lifeline for independent contractors

Federal programs provide a lifeline for independent contractors
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The Travel Agent Next Door has been keeping its agents informed about the various government programs available for independent contractors and small businesses.
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Independent Insights – Know Your Value

Independent Insights – Know Your Value
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I heard from an agent last week that she told her client she now had to start charging fees because supplier commissions were down or non-existent. She told her client her fee was $65. Her client’s response? “I’d pay you $100.”
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Why sell luxury travel?

Why sell luxury travel?
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COVID-19 has changed so much in our lives and careers.
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“I would like to thank agents for all of their support”: Air France-KLM

“I would like to thank agents for all of their support”: Air France-KLM
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Catherine Guillemart-Dias took over as Vice-President and General Manager Canada for Air France-KLM on Aug. 1. Needless to say, with the timing of her new posting amid a pandemic, “the transition has been quite unique!” says Guillemart-Dias in this edition of Take 5. Communicating and providing reassurance are key during these unprecedented times, she adds.
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“We have seen a spike in our bookings”: TPI’s Gedeon

“We have seen a spike in our bookings”: TPI’s Gedeon
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When TPI surveyed its members this summer about plans for promoting travel, 78% said they were ready to “re-ignite” their travel marketing plans this fall, and of that 78%, some 63% said they had never stopped promoting travel during COVID-19, just modified their approach. 
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St. Vincent and the Grenadines reaches out to trade in wake of Air Canada cuts
St. Vincent and the Grenadines reaches out to trade in wake of Air Canada cuts
The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority is advising agents that Air Canada has been forced to temporarily...
TDC welcomes new members to Quebec network
TDC welcomes new members to Quebec network
Transat Distribution Canada (TDC) closed 2020 on a high note by welcoming eight new affiliated agencies to its Quebec...
Saint Lucia to offer PCR and rapid tests at select resorts
Saint Lucia to offer PCR and rapid tests at select resorts
Saint Lucia is the latest destination to announce PCR testing for COVID-19 at select resorts, offering Canadians added...
B.C.’s travel industry rallies against possible travel ban
B.C.’s travel industry rallies against possible travel ban
B.C.’s travel and tourism industry is speaking out against a potential travel ban on inter-provincial, non-essential...
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