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Seabourn Celebrates 30 Years of Luxury

TravelPulse - Opinion - 25 September 2017
Thirty years in the business. RELATED OFFERS Introducing Seabourn Ovation SEABOURN Ultra-Luxury Australia & South Pacific ... SEABOURN Show Your Clients Extraordinary Worlds SEABOURN ALL TRAVEL OFFERS Seabourn has spent three decades providing guests a luxury cruise experience, and this cruise line only seems to only get better with time. In spring of 2018, they will be a five-ship fleet with the addition of the Seabourn Ovation.
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Let the Travel Bug Get You Trying New Things

TravelPulse - Opinion - 21 September 2017
Don’t be afraid. Step outside your comfort zone. Try new things. These phrases get echoed a great deal for a variety of reasons but, when it comes to travel, truer words may have never been spoken. The travel bug can bite at any time, and when it does, you need to embrace it.
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Foods to Taste when Visiting Great Britain with Collette

TravelPulse - Opinion - 18 September 2017
Great Britain is known for having afternoon tea, usually accompanied by a scone or some sort of yummy pastry. It’s a pastime people dream of doing all over the world.
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Top 10 Favorite Things About Hyatt Ziva Cancun

TravelPulse - Opinion - 18 September 2017
Having just returned from the STUNNING Hyatt Ziva Cancun, Sara Purdy, our Northeast Business Development Manager for Playa Hotels & Resorts, has done it again. She has compiled a list of her top 10 favorite things the resort offers. Read on to discover why Hyatt Ziva Cancun is a must-book location in the heart of the hotel zone.
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Agent to Agent: Be Ready, Be Helpful

TravelPulse - Opinion - 18 September 2017
This week, in place of my traditional Agent to Agent format, I wanted to share with my readers what happened with me during Hurricane Irma and how travel agents should be prepared to prevent, and bounce back, from catastrophe. I was actually out of the country when Hurricane Irma hit.
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Which Caribbean Island Wins the Post-Irma Cruise Traffic?

TravelPulse - Opinion - 15 September 2017
Before Hurricane Irma did a number on the Caribbean, St. Kitts was fostering partnerships with cruise lines. They are sure coming in handy now as the undamaged island welcomes more visitors.
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Indulge in a Couples Massage at Couples Resorts

TravelPulse - Opinion - 15 September 2017
Your Jamaican getaway awaits. Couples Resorts are the perfect places to spend a week of relaxation. You can soak up the sun by the pool, walk the beach alongside the waves or go for a swim in the ocean. To make the trip even more relaxing, book a couples massage at the spa. You won’t regret it! Charlie’s Spa at Couples San Souci is one-of-a-kind. During your service, you will hear the waves gently crashing into the rocks and feel the breeze brushing against your skin, as each couple gets their own private hut right on the water.
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Carnival Cruise Line is in the Spotlight

TravelPulse - Opinion - 14 September 2017
Carnvial Cruise Line is making a big splash in Travel Planners International's new Partner of the Month program, which aids in engaging their preferred partner companies. With 25 ships in their fleet and four new ones coming, Carnival Cruise Line is one of many cruise lines under the Carnival Corporation. Their partnership with TPI is very positive, with TPI helping to make sure their ships are full. Because of this, it is important to have a plan to make sure they will be filled.
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Repairing Disney's Tomorrowland Identity Crisis

TravelPulse - Opinion - 14 September 2017
When Disneyland originally opened in 1955, its Tomorrowland presented a vision of the future that was both idealistic and entertaining. Today, the concept doesn't quite resonate as it once did, and the slice of the beloved theme park now languishes a bit as an intellectual property patchwork and partial ghost town. Nonetheless, the land sustains popularity thanks to tentpole classic attractions like Space Mountain and Star Tours, (and has always been my personal favorite).
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What do you Mean United did Nothing Wrong?

TravelPulse - Opinion - 13 September 2017
You may recall in early April when United Airlines needed to move five employees from Chicago O’Hare to Louisville, Kentucky, so it decided to bump paying passengers from the flight to free seats for the employees. One of the passengers, a 69-year old doctor named David Dao, refused to give up his seat and was dragged off the plane by security officers, who broke his nose, knocked out two teeth and gave him a concussion.
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Don't Forget the Book

TravelPulse - Opinion - 11 September 2017
Your bags are all packed up for your next vacation, and you are just missing one thing: a good book. A few magazines are fun to page through while soaking up the sun, but there is nothing like getting lost in a page-turning novel while on vacation—now that you will actually have the time to read!
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The Future of Travel Distribution

TravelPulse - Opinion - 11 September 2017
The future of the travel distribution landscape is a hot topic these days, with many industry leaders and insiders pondering how the marketplace will evolve as new technologies continue to emerge and fracture the way business has been done for decades.
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If Fathom Could Help Rebuild the Caribbean

TravelPulse - Opinion - 8 September 2017
The wrath of Hurricane Irma—the strongest ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean—has not even come to an end. Yet, its devastating effects on the Caribbean and its local people are already coming into clearer focus. Meanwhile, the cruise lines and ships that frequent the region are left scrambling, diverting and canceling many sailings.
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Agent to Agent: Doing What Matters

TravelPulse - Opinion - 24 August 2017
Dear Tammy: I’m working so hard, even after hours, to make my travel agency business succeed. At the same time, I’m getting a ton of requests to help some organization in the community or to be on the board of a good cause.
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An Adult Summer Camp You Don't Want to Miss

TravelPulse - Opinion - 17 August 2017
What better time than now to pack your bags and take off on a trip designed just for you? Treat your mind and your body at Hotel Royal Hideaway Sancti Petri in Spain. Located on the Costa de la Luz, this five-star luxury Barceló hotel is a great place to find relaxation and rejuvenation. You’ll return home feeling like a brand new person.
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Playa Hotels & Resorts Give Back

TravelPulse - Opinion - 17 August 2017
Giving back to the surrounding community is something that is instilled in the nature of Playa Hotels & Resorts. As of September 2016, Hyatt Ziva Cancun and Hyatt Zilara Cancun began participating in the Youth Care Initiative Program, welcoming teens from nearby neighborhoods to work at the all-inclusive resort located in Cancun.
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Agent to Agent: Getting it Together on Solo Travel

TravelPulse - Opinion - 16 August 2017
Dear Tammy: How is the market when it comes to solo travelers? I’m wondering if there really are many who want to travel on their own or if it’s best for business to focus on couples and families?
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Your Kids will Thank You for This

TravelPulse - Opinion - 16 August 2017
If Spain and Mexico are destinations on your travel list, Sandos has resort options for you and the family to choose from. They not only have beachfront locations but an all-inclusive plan as well. There are three resorts that really stand out as the best options for families.
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Sounds Like You Could Use a Trip

TravelPulse - Opinion - 15 August 2017
The daily drama of American reality TV politics has ratcheted up intensely. It sometimes feels like you may have missed a major event that has changed the world if you have not checked your news source for 20 minutes. The crises skip from one theater one day to another one remotely distant the next. One day's "disaster" supplants the previous one. And so on.
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Family Fun at Sunscape Resorts & Spas

TravelPulse - Opinion - 15 August 2017
Now that your vacation is in the books, start scoping out all the fun activities available on property. Make it a family pre-vacation planning event and get the kids involved! What better way to get yourselves excited for the upcoming trip?
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Tips for Visiting Fiesta de la Luz in Quito

TravelPulse - Opinion - 14 August 2017
In 2016, the historic downtown of Quito shared a remarkable light and art show when the Fiesta de la Luz (feast of light) used the historic buildings´ walls to reflect the massive artistic videos on the street. This marked the start of what is now an annual festival.
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Help! I Need Somebody

TravelPulse - Opinion - 11 August 2017
I've spent the first 15 years of my adult traveling life clocking crazy mileage while road-tripping domestically. I wouldn't trade anything that's come so far. However, I kinda sorta got the urge (and the opportunity) to do what my father and three sisters have done so much more of: see the rest of the world. It's not that I've run out of dream destinations at home, it's just that there's a whole lot more on Planet Earth to experience as well. So I'm going to Vietnam in less than a month.
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A Touch of Luxe in Nassau Paradise Island

TravelPulse - Opinion - 10 August 2017
Every vacation in The Bahamas is a special occasion. With beautiful beaches, exciting activities and excursions, and one-of-a-kind cultural activities and attractions, a Nassau Paradise Island getaway is guaranteed to be unforgettable. But for a truly indulgent vacation in Paradise, why not treat yourself to a bit of extra luxury? Upgrade to a spacious suite or a stay at one of the world’s most elegant resorts, splurge on a five-star dinner (with dessert, of course!) or spend a day being pampered in a top-notch spa—there are countless ways to enjoy a touch of luxe in The Bahamas.
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The Booming Music Festival Scene

TravelPulse - Opinion - 10 August 2017
When rock and roll music came on the scene in the 1960s, a generation of young people fell in love with the new sound. Fifty years later, they have not let go. Baby boomers are digging into their pockets to see their favorite bands—wherever they may be. Boomers—those born in the years 1946 to 1964—want relaxation coupled with shared experiences. They are spending money on learning Thai cooking, hitting the world's beaches, music concerts and festivals.
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Pack Your Brain Along with Your Heat

TravelPulse - Opinion - 8 August 2017
No, this isn’t a treatise on whether or not Americans should have the right to bear arms. Despite my liberal leanings, I actually believe that sane, sensible Americans should be allowed to purchase and carry weapons if they so choose. (Cue the angry hate mail from both sides?)
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Top 8 Factors to Consider When Selecting a Travel Network

TravelPulse - Opinion - 8 August 2017
Looking for a network that will set you up for success? Trying to understand the difference between host agencies and franchise networks can be overwhelming, especially if you’re new to the industry. Ask us to help you compare all the options. You’ll be surprised! Let’s take a look at the top factors to consider when searching for a travel network for your independent travel business, and compare how other networks add up against the Avoya Travel Network™.

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