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Archive for September, 2012
The take on the travel industry as gleaned from the recent American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) conference in Los Angeles was as encouraging as anything the travel industry has heard so far this year: travel bookings are up from their recession lows – inching toward their 2007 levels, tours are moving away from on-the-bus […]
Despite wars, natural disasters, world economic recession, political upheaval and population unrest, people are still traveling and at greater numbers than ever. In fact, record 467 million tourists took to the road in the first half of 2012, and world tourism remains firmly on track to reach one billion travelers by the end of the […]
While that most famous of circumnavigators, Phileas Fogg, inspired the notion of sailing around the world in 80 days, most people, including cruise lovers, are lucky if they can take a two-week vacation. In response to an increasingly time deprived society, many members of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), including luxury and specialty lines, report […]
Easing through the Bosporus on a holiday in Turkey and eyeing the minarets that crown the jagged cliffs amid ruins of once thriving cities of Caesars and kings, you know you have arrived at the very root of Western civilization. The steel and glass high-rises fade into the din and almost cease to exist. All […]
Each year travel agent members of the exclusive Virtuoso group, a consortia that brings qualified travel sellers together with the world’s luxury travel products, vote in their hot list of recommended hotels. This year, the group’s Best of the Best awards come as no surprise for the categories they serve. The following is an at-a-glance […]