April 19, 2018 - Travel Advisor Daily ASTA Weekly - Publications - ASTA

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Issue: April 19, 2018

  • ASTA Registers Concerns as FAA Bill Goes to House Floor

    Next week, the U.S. House of Representatives will consider H.R. 4, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. We went public yesterday with our views on the bill, which sets aviation policy for the federal government. It contains some items we support, like a ban on in-flight voice calls and adding a seat for independent travel distributors to a federal advisory committee, and some we don't, like unwarranted customer service standards for large agencies, an expansion of the insecticide disclosure and a repeal of the consumer-friendly full-price advertising rule.


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  • Travel Headlines

  • With new leader in Cuba, Insight Cuba hopeful for renewed travel interest (Travel Weekly)

    With 58-year-old Miguel Diaz-Canel succeeding the retiring Raul Castro as president of Cuba, it's the end of an era. For the first time since 1959, someone not named Castro will be in power.


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  • Meeting planners and travel agents prepare for a reinvention amid hotel commission cuts (Skift)

    Gavel of Travel Repertoire, a home-based travel agency, also placed the hotel commission cuts in a historical context. "I know there's a lot of huffing and puffing about this, but there's certainly historical precedence in this industry - and most others - for trying to cut out the middle...

     


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  • U.S. hotels report growth in ADR & occupancy in March (Business Travel News)

    The U.S. hotel industry saw year-over-year gains in both average daily rate and occupancy during March, according to STR.


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  • Priceline vs Booking - what's in a name? (Eye For Travel)

    The industry believes the moves designed by CEO Glenn Fogel are part of a change of business model. Industry players see him migrating Bookings Holdings towards being a full-service online travel agency, nearer to the models of Expedia and Ctrip. This makes sense to the marketing people.


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  • Industry Insights

  • #PartnershipGoals Campaign Recruits Expert Travel Agents (Franchising.com)

    During a press conference at Cruise Lines International Association's Cruise360, home-based travel franchise opportunity Dream Vacations announced its new #PartnershipGoals initiative to recruit existing expert travel agents.


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  • Three ways to avoid tipping your hand on net rate markups (Travel Weekly)

    Mark Pestronk Q: Our agency has a recurring problem involving wholesalers and markups. Here's an example: When we plan a destination wedding, we ... A: Yours is a common dilemma that applies not only to destination weddings but also to group cruise contracts, group hotel contracts and meetings and ...


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  • Agent to Agent: Do you track your marketing and advertising efforts? (Travel Pulse)

    Tracking marketing efforts is the best way for you to keep track of as well as understand actionable insights.


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  • One agency's recipe for success (Travel Weekly)

    According to Kerry Dyer, director of talent development, Brownell's travel agents who go through its one-year mentorship program average $300,000 in sales one year in. In year two, they double their production, and early in year four, have reached $1 million in sales.


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  • Meet the rising budget airline that's taking on the world (Travel Agent)

    "People are getting smart, they are willing to travel, and travel should become more affordable," explains Anastasija Visnakova, chief commercial officer at Primera Air.


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  • Trending with the Traveler

  • Which airlines go cheap on wine? (The Wall Street Journal)

    Among the tricks of the airline trade, one of the wiliest may be which wines carriers serve to premium international business-class passengers.


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  • Surreal Los Angeles: Touring the city's strangest museums (The Wall Street Journal)

    On Hollywood Boulevard, reality felt more tenuous by the minute. I dodged crowds of tourists photographing their feet on the Walk of Fame, wove past Spider-Man, Wonder Woman and armies of panhandlers, then rode an elevator into a sprawling outdoor mall.


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  • 7 best 'secret' holiday destinations (South China Morning Post)

    It is why your friends are still telling you to go to Iceland five years after it became a thing, and why you cannot stop seeing pictures of blue-and-white Portuguese tiles all over Instagram. So we turned to the experts at the forefront of the travel industry – either agents you would hire to help you decide where to go next, or their ...


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  • ASTA Spotlight

  • Take Advantage of ASTA's Resources

    From free industry webinars, reliable research, a consumer-oriented website (TravelSense.org) and many other valuable business resources, ASTA members have the tools and insights to remain successful in this fast-paced industry. Join ASTA today!


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