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Canada Needs To Broaden Peak Season

Destination Canada executive-director Chantz Strong says this country’s tourism trade clearly needs to broaden its peak season beyond two currently all-important summer months. Strong told a Thursday webinar that the damage done to Canadian tourism during the coronavirus pandemic underscores the risks of having tourism rely heavily on July and …

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Absolutely Devastating

It is absolutely chilling. The American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) surveyed close to 1,200 of its members at the beginning of August and the responses make clear the financial devastation that COVID-19 has caused in the retail travel sector and the precarious situation that many of these agencies are …

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For Cruising, It’s All About Safety, Safety, Safety

The CEO of Royal Caribbean International says the recent cases of coronavirus on two cruise ships (belonging to other cruise companies) amounts to a “learning experience” for his much larger company. Michael Bayley said during a Wednesday webinar that Royal Caribbean is studying “how and what happened” when a ship …

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Take Action

With the U.S. Congress negotiating a new coronavirus relief package for individuals and businesses, the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has called on Congressional leadership to enact measures to renew business travelers’ confidence and to curb the devastating impact of the pandemic on this vital sector of the global economy. …

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Adventure In The Forecast

In the U.S. Adventure Traveler Sentiment – June-July 2020, the Adventure Travel Trade Association found that U.S. consumers of ATTA adventure tour operators are expected to resume near pre-COVID level travel spending in 2021, spending an estimated 7% less than their 2019 travel expenditure. That is in contrast to a …

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Cruising Pause Continues Through Oct. 31 

In a statement issued today (Aug 5), that despite the alignment between its previous voluntary suspension to Sept. 15 and the CDC’s current No-Sail Order date of Sept. 30, the association believes that it is prudent at this time to voluntarily extend the suspension of U.S. ocean-going cruise operations to …

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Making Sure Agents’ Voices Are Heard

A Conversation With ACTA’s Wendy Paradis In this week’s issue of Canadian Travel Press, ACTA president, Wendy Paradis talks about how the association is working to advocate for its members, while at the same time dealing with its own challenges during a global pandemic. Paradis told CTP that: “We are …

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Brand USA Charts Its Path Forward

In a message to Brand USA’s partners, the organization’s president & CEO, Christopher Thompson offers an update on its recently quarterly Board of Directors meeting where it outlined its paths forward and reinforced its commitment to support the industry through these unprecedented times. Writes Thompson: “As we maintain a state …

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A Turning Point For UK Agents

According to GlobalData, the decision by TUI to close 166 of its travel agencies in the UK “marks a turning point” for agents there. GlobalData’s Johanna Bonhill-Smith said that: “This move from TUI UK is unsurprising after the European travel giant already declared initiatives to digitize operations in its half …

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Travelport Launches Airline Health & Safety Tracker

Responding to the demand from both travellers and travel agents for information on airline health and safety measures, Travelport has launched the Travelport Airline Health & Safety Tracker. The tool, which is available free of charge to both Travelport customers and the wider industry, highlights the safety measures being undertaken by more …

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