Marriott International is promoting short online films that highlight the chain's boutique brand, the Autograph Collection. The videos tell the stories of eight hotels and offer insight into what unique features the properties offer.
United Airlines achieved the second overall ranking for on-time domestic flights, thanks in part to the company's "Quick-Turn Playbook" strategy. United developed the strategy last year after conducting an analysis of its operational standards, compared to other carriers.
Summer business has been strong for agents, Cheryl Rosen writes, with this summer being one of the best since 2013, and the market for high-grade experiences is making its mark against value-focused travel. Referrals and repeat business are two ways agents are seeing record-breaking bookings.
Wine lovers looking for travel options this fall might enjoy one of North America's variety of festivals, such as the Caribbean Food & Wine Festival in Turks and Caicos, or Rhode Island's Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival. Mexico will also welcome guests during its Independence Day celebrations, including the Hilton Los Cabos' Mole Festival.
Improv comedy and its principles are used by companies to adapt to change, build teamwork and increase creativity, writes Harvey Chipkin. Agents can take those principles, such as being positive and taking risks, and apply them for business growth.
Specializing in solo travel presents great opportunities, as 40% of adults have no qualms about traveling abroad alone, according to a Intrepid Travel study. Solo travelers tend to worry about getting bored and lonely, so agents can address this by designing itineraries that include tours and excursions.
Savanthi Syth, an analyst with Raymond James Financial, notes that US airlines are likely to start extending similar basic economy pricing for their overseas flights as excess capacity in the marketplace has driven down average fares per mile.
The average fare costs for airlines in 56 markets dropped 15% after Southwest Airlines entered the market, while demand for tickets along those routes increased by 28%, according to a study from the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. The study termed this phenomenon the "Southwest Effect."
The Department of Transportation granted an extension to American Airlines' start date for daily flights from Los Angeles to Beijing. The flights will begin Nov. 5.
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