European Travel Commission: European Tourism Shows Modest Growth in 2016

European tourism demand continues to grow and proves resilient to safety and security challenges and political turmoil. Overall growth, however, has slowed from the previous year (+5% in 2015) affected by those destinations required to rebuild market confidence following tragic events. The most visited region in the world welcomed 620 million international tourist arrivals in 2016, a 2% increase compared to the same period in … [Read more...]

New Study Reveals Financial Leaders Must Embrace Travel and Expense Solutions Strategically to Drive Growth and Innovation

Managing Expenses and Cash Flow is the Single Most Challenging Responsibility Cited by Financial Decision-makers A new commissioned global study conducted by Forrester Consulting released today explores how mobile and digital channels have disrupted travel and expense management, creating new challenges for finance managers. The study offers exclusive insights into the steps finance managers are taking to successfully overcome these challenges … [Read more...]

Visa Launches the First of its Kind Digitally Integrated Airport Privilege Program in Asia Pacific

Replaces traditional one-dimensional lounge program with a comprehensive digital solution to create a unique and seamless "total airport experience" for Visa cardholders -- Visa announced the launch of "Visa airport companion" program. This program, the first of its kind in Asia Pacific, offers Visa cardholders a complete airport experience via a digitally integrated mobile platform. The Visa airport companion program is a comprehensive digital … [Read more...]

Trip-Smart.com™ Announces the Launch of MetaDeux – A Savvier Way to Search for Travel

Greenville, SC - Trip-Smart.com unveiled today a revolutionary way to search and buy travel on their Trip-Smart.com website. While Meta-Search platforms such as Kayak have become the preferred resource for sophisticated travelers, there are considerable limitations to the technology. For instance, travelers are often disappointed to find that taxes and fees are not included in the prices presented. Founder of Sitejabber.com, Jeremy Gin, reports … [Read more...]

It’s Time to be Authentic

The People Part of Travel Sales By Joy Martinello   LIVING THE TRAVEL DREAM People dream of seeing far off places and having exciting experiences. They dream of bustling cities, exotic animals, and foods they’ve never tasted. They dream of perfect beaches and much needed relaxation. Or maybe they dream of going back to where they were born to see the house they grew up in.   Whatever travel dream your client is … [Read more...]

Travel Team Consulting Expands

Travel Team Consulting is proud to announce the addition of Joy Martinello. Joy Martinello is a Travel Sales and Service Specialist with over 20 years’ experience in the industry. Her sales style is upbeat, consultative and detail-oriented, providing clients with seamless travel experiences from start to finish. As the highest producer for the Condé Nast award-winning adventure travel company ExpeditionTrips, Joy developed the company’s sales … [Read more...]

The World’s 6 Best Airline Suites and Where to Fly Them

This is great article from Skift: http://skift.com/2015/07/24/the-worlds-6-best-airline-suites-and-where-to-fly-them/?utm_campaign=Daily+Newsletter&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20818981&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9JF1WtlzQjNuN63FIo42olt2cUM-DGC7IlHDrKvkSDBAfo4iKcFjFuemitQObkSclHmsNsVgsb8__DrprRMbGYv4jueVvfOYzxwuZv2ZX0Re5rj64&_hsmi=20818981 … [Read more...]

New Packing, Cleaning, Delivery Service for the Frequent Traveler

When customers are preparing to hit the road, they can pack by selecting items from their virtual closet within the app and choosing a destination and arrival date. DUFL takes care of the rest, delivering the customer's DUFL suitcase to the hotel. When it's time to go home, customers just schedule a pickup via the app and leave the bag at the front desk. DUFL picks it up, takes it back to the warehouse and inventories, cleans and stores the … [Read more...]

Disney Announces Plans for Shanghai Project

Today Disney announced creative elements of Shanghai Disneyland, including its six themed lands filled with world-class attractions and live entertainment spectaculars – many of them a first for a Disney park.   Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger revealed a scale model of the world-class theme park and displays showcasing key highlights of unique attractions, entertainment, dining and hotels at a presentation held today at the Shanghai Expo … [Read more...]

Marriott Vacation Club to Offer Space @ Mayflower in DC

This comes to me as quite a surprise.  I read this as the vacation rental marketing is blurring into tradition travel...very interesting.  Marriott Vacation Club, a global leader in vacation ownership, announced today it has purchased 71 rooms in The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. and plans to make them part of its Marriott Vacation Club vacation ownership program. Located in the heart of the Nation's Capital, the iconic Mayflower Hotel is … [Read more...]