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From Canada to Kissimmee: Why clients should book in 2020

There’s nothing like a long, Canadian winter to make you start planning a Kissimmee getaway. Though most Canadians come for the sunny weather and theme parks, this Florida hotspot offers much more for all ages, making it a true year-round getaway. In this week’s edition of Take 5, we sat down with Denise Graham, Account Manager, Experience Kissimmee c/o VoX International Inc., and asked her why book Kissimmee in 2020, and how the destination plans on staying visible in the Canadian market.
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“Travel advisors are our primary distribution channel”: Silversea’s Mark Conroy

If you have a client who cruises in a suite on a mainstream cruise line, takes an upscale land tour, or travels business class for work, that client is essentially a Silversea guest - they just doesn’t know it yet, says Mark Conroy, Silversea’s Managing Director, The Americas, in this edition of Take 5.
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Experiential travel: GLP Worldwide on adventure on the high seas

Make no mistake – GLP Worldwide may specialize in small-ship experiences but it delivers over-the-top memories in some of the world’s most captivating destinations. As the wholesaler heads into 2020 and beyond,
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“Genuine trust, strong relationships”: AmaWaterways

The connection that AmaWaterways has with its Canadian travel partners is key to the cruise line’s success, says Kristin Karst’s, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, AmaWaterways, in this edition of Take 5.
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Celtic pride: How CIE Tours continues to win hearts

Any company that’s been around for close to 90 years would know a thing or two about success. To CIE Tours, a leading specialist in tours to the U.K., success comes as a result of careful planning, authentic experiences
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“We are confident and excited for our next 50 years”: Ensemble Travel

Ensemble Travel has long been a powerful player in the Canadian retail travel market. Ensemble now has 335 member locations in Canada and 392 in the U.S. Sales figures will stay strong in 2020
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Playa Hotels & Resorts: Changing the future of all-inclusive resorts

In the competitive market of all-inclusive hotels and resorts, how must one stand apart? Being consistent, reliable and having the support of travel agents is a good start, says Playa Hotels & Resorts.
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The Agency Solution: Here to help small businesses

One of summer’s biggest headlines came courtesy of The Travel Agent Next Door, which launched a brand new division that caters specifically to smaller travel agencies. Called The Agency Solution, it’s designed to support smaller storefront agencies in the $1 million to $3 million range
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“Committed to excellence”: Uniworld

By 2020 more than half of the ships in Uniworld’s fleet will be Super Ships “as part of our commitment to converting our entire fleet to Super Ships in the coming years, so we can continue to offer the highest standard of luxury available in river cruising,”
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Hola Sun makes Cuba a priority in milestone anniversary year

With its beautiful beaches, vast array of value-added properties and easy access from Canada, Cuba has traditionally been an easy sell for travel agents. But there are ways to make the process even easier, and we have Hola Sun to thank.
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It’s the least of their concerns: Competition Bureau report on Air Canada, Transat deal
The proposed merger of Air Canada and Transat has been called into question by the Competition Bureau, which in a newly...
Credit card chargebacks a “critical concern” for travel agencies: ACTA
TORONTO — ACTA’s latest update on its lobbying efforts includes citations from the CTA and TICO supporting the use...
Ensemble Travel Group layoffs impact employees in Canada and the U.S.
Ensemble Travel Group is in the process of temporarily reducing its workforce by approximately 50%, with cuts impacting...
A message from Transat’s President and CEO
Transat has temporarily shuttered its travel agencies due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and will continue to...
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