Tuesday January 19, 2021
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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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“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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“Our members remain resilient”: TL Network

“Our members remain resilient”: TL Network
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Some TL Network members have transitioned their business from a bricks-and-mortar operation to home-based. More than a few are tapping into the federal government’s financial assistance programs.
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AQSC’s close-to-home cruises are gaining steam

AQSC’s close-to-home cruises are gaining steam
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Cruising may be put on hold for now but when it does resume American Queen Steamboat Company will be ready. With new health and safety protocols in place, and brand new cruises and booking incentives for 2021, AQSC is well positioned to make a triumphant return to some of America’s mightiest rivers.
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“Rail travel allows for a lot more social distancing”: Amtrak & Railbookers

“Rail travel allows for a lot more social distancing”: Amtrak & Railbookers
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Travel agents are showing a lot of interest in rail travel as an ideal post-pandemic travel product, says Amtrak and Railbookers’ Vice President of Sales, Canada, Cris David. In this edition of Take 5
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Sailing close to home with St. Lawrence Cruise Lines

Sailing close to home with St. Lawrence Cruise Lines
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It’s been 40 years since St. Lawrence Cruise Lines first set sail on Canada’s rivers. Now, in its 40th anniversary year and dealing with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the Kingston, Ontario-based company is more dedicated than ever to continue sailing for generations to come.
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“We will keep moving forward together”: Enterprise Holdings

“We will keep moving forward together”: Enterprise Holdings
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Like most businesses, Enterprise Holdings, which owns the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands, has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
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Meet AC: “We await your arrival in Atlantic City”

Meet AC: “We await your arrival in Atlantic City”
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Travel may not be possible at this time due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start planning our next getaway. Meet AC, which represents that timeless destination of Atlantic City, is encouraging travel agents to keep Atlantic City on their clients’ radars during this time.
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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
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