‘Ultraluxe,’ the tip-top of luxury travel, expands as travelers seek exclusivity
2022-02-15

Private planes. Resort buyouts. Whole-ship charters. It’s the upper end in the world of luxury travel, something Virtuoso calls “ultraluxe,” and it’s been growing in popularity. “What really tipped us off was all the increase for private villas,” said Misty Ewing Belles, Virtuoso’s managing director of global public relations. “Villas were the first piece of […]

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Returning cruisers continue to spend aboard ships like never before
2022-02-07

The revenue train has not slowed down onboard cruise ships. During Royal Caribbean Group’s fourth-quarter earnings call on Friday, executives said that revenue per passenger cruise day was up 10% from record 2019 levels, driven by strong onboard revenue. Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings both began reporting unexpectedly high onboard spending trends […]

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Puerto Rico drops testing rule for vaccinated U.S. visitors
2022-02-02

Effective Feb. 2, Puerto Rico is eliminating the Covid-19 testing requirement for entry for vaccinated visitors traveling from the U.S. who are age 5 and older. Unvaccinated travelers still have to present a negative Covid test result (molecular or antigen are accepted) taken within 48 hours of travel. Unvaccinated visitors who do not present a […]

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Carry-On Luggage Sizes: Size Restrictions by Airline
2022-01-31

Every airline has a strict set of rules to follow when it comes to carry-on luggage. These days, it’s rare for airlines to allow passengers to check bags for free – at least in economy class. So, the best way to avoid those fees is to stick to carry-on luggage. That said, you’ll usually need […]

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Advisors’ creative solutions for getting their clients tested before travel
2022-01-31

“Covid-19 testing” has become one more item advisors need to add to their pre-departure checklists for clients. In fact, it’s one of many. I recently asked Avril Winkle, owner of Destinations Travel Services in Sterling, Ill., how much more work a single booking takes now, as opposed to pre-pandemic. “Oh my gosh,” she said. “Lots […]

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The pandemic has changed travelers, and hotels need to adjust
2022-01-24

LOS ANGELES — As the Americas Lodging Investment Summit gets underway, a report released Monday from the American Hotel and Lodging Association suggests many of the hot topics at the conference will remain the same as six months ago. The 2022 State of the Hotel Industry indicates optimism for a continued recovery, although uncertainty over […]

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What to Do If Your Flight is Canceled
2022-01-18

Know your options when flight delays or cancellations threaten to ruin your vacation. Whether you’re flying for work or leisure, getting to your destination on time is something most travelers take for granted. However, severe weather, COVID-19 staff shortages, airport construction and security issues make flight disruptions more common than you may think. According to […]

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When an industry calls out sick: Cancellations, staff shortages
2022-01-18

For the last month, the travel sector has been hit by a perfect storm of factors leading to cancellations and service cuts in the face of the global omicron surge. The stream of flight cancellations before Christmas that soon became a flood was the first indication of the storm within travel and hospitality being fueled […]

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Royal Caribbean cancels sailings on four ships based in Florida
2022-01-11

Royal Caribbean International canceled sailings on four ships departing from Florida this weekend, citing “ongoing Covid-related circumstances around the world.” Travel advisors and passengers were informed of the change on Jan 7. From Miami, the Symphony of the Seas canceled its cruise scheduled to depart Jan. 8, and the ship will be out of service […]

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Righting the Ship
2022-01-11

“We,” the cruise industry, know cruising is safer than any cruiser’s city. Atlanta the home of the CDC’s positivity rate is 9%, about 100x worse than on a cruise ship! Now, how do “we” get reality to replace perception? Personally, I think that messaging says it all. CLIA’s social media billboards are effective messaging, albeit […]

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