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Tackling Overtourism

Do travel agents have the power to help combat overtourism? Ninan Chacko, the CEO of Travel Leaders Group, believes the travel industry at large can play a pivotal role in tackling the issue moving forward. “Travel advisors play a crucial role in educating travellers about alternative destinations, itineraries or seasons,” …

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Partnerships Appreciated

Baxter Media, Globus, Torstar Praise Tourist Boards For Their Contributions The president of Baxter Media has thanked the different foreign tourist boards represented in this country for the contribution they make to Canada’s travel industry. David McClung told a Tuesday Toronto lunch jointly sponsored by Baxter Media, the Globus Family …

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Avianca Brasil To Exit Star Alliance

Brazilian airline Ocean Air Linhas Aéreas S/A, headquartered in São Paulo and formerly doing business as Avianca Brasil, will formally leave Star Alliance with effect from Sept. 1, 2019. Ocean Air’s withdrawal follows several months of bankruptcy protection and the withdrawal of its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) by Brazilian regulator …

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Writing A New Chapter

United Stories is the latest addition to a suite of story-telling platforms by Brand USA that help illustrate and define the characteristics – and characters – of the United States. Prospective visitors to the U.S. are the intended consumers of this content, which is on a schedule of ongoing production, …

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Hogg Resigns As CX CEO

Rupert Hogg has resigned as the CEO of Cathay Pacific and Paul Loo has stepped down as the airline’s chief customer and commercial officer. Both resignations have been accepted by the carrier’s board of directors. Following the departures, Augustus Tang has been appointed CEO, succeeding Mr. Rupert Hogg; while Ronald …

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GWS Moves Summit From Hong Kong To Singapore

The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) is moving its 2019 event from Hong Kong to Singapore. In announcing the move, GWS’ chairman and CEO, Susie Ellis wrote: “In 13 years of planning the Global Wellness Summit, this is a first for me. After careful consideration, we have decided to move the …

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Discover The Wonders Of Austria’s Wachau Valley

“Look around and you will see what this region is all about: wine, wine and wine,” tour guide Christine Wölfel said as rows upon rows of terraced vineyards set in steep hillsides drew near stretching as far as the eyes could see. Located along the Danube River between the towns …

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AmaWaterways Launches Agent Webinar Series

AmaWaterways has launched a new initiative to continue strengthening its relationships with travel agents through “Webinar Wednesdays,” a series of live webinars hosted by company executives and industry experts. The series is designed to educate and empower agents interested in developing or expanding their luxury travel business. The inaugural event, …

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Sunwing Finalizes Winter Schedule Without The MAX 8

Sunwing has announced that all flight services during the coming winter season will now be operated without the Boeing 737 MAX 8. The new schedule comes into effect on Nov. 5 and runs until mid-May 2020. While the move has been prompted by the ongoing worldwide grounding of the Boeing …

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Goway Introduces New Combo Vacations Downunder

Agents are invited to offer their clients the South Pacific in all its diversity with a range of new combo vacations from Goway. New itineraries combine Australia or New Zealand with the South Pacific island destinations of French Polynesia (Tahiti), Fiji or the Cook Islands. Clients can visit Tahiti and …

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