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UFTAA and UNWTO strengthen tourism collaboration

(eTN) ITALY - For the first time in the last 10 years, Mario Bevacqua, President of UFTAA, the World Federation of Travel Agents and Tour Operators, and Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the UNWTO (UN

Singapore Airlines extends distribution agreement with Sabre

SINGAPORE - Singapore Airlines has renewed its full-content distribution agreement with Sabre Travel Network, meaning all Sabre-connected travel agents will continue to have access to all Singapore Ai

Trenitalia only rail company at meeting of Roman UFTAA

ROME, Italy - More than 80 associations representing thousands of travel agencies from all over the world, of which only about 7,000 are in Italy, met in Rome from February 3 to 5 to take stock of the

ARTA continues to be the voice of independent travel agents

From its roots in 1963, when a small, but vocal group of retail travel agents founded the first agent-only trade association, ARTA, the Association of Retail Travel Agents, continues to be the voice o

Dutch Association of Travel Agents commits to World Tourism Organization Code...

UTRECHT, The Netherlands - The Dutch Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (ANVR), representing 200 tour operators and 1,400 travel agencies in the Netherlands, has pledged to observe the pr

Visa waiver plan to boost Taiwanese tourism to US by 30...

TAIPEI, Taiwan - The number of Taiwanese visitors to the United States could surge by more than 30 percent after Taiwan is included in the U.S.

New Centara CEO hosts leading travel industry members attending Thailand Travel...

Thirayuth Chirathivat (3rd right in photo), the new Chief Executive Officer of Centara Hotels & Resorts, recently presided over a cocktail party to welcome leading members of the travel industry and e

Brits flock to Greece

British holiday bookings to crisis-hit Greece are soaring, despite the country's economic woes.

Thompsons Holidays travel agents enjoy fam trip to Seychelles

After six-days of a fully-packed itinerary, touring various tourism establishments of Seychelles, the familiarization visit of a group of 30 travel agents of Thompsons Holidays ended with a fun-filled

Kenya travel agents raise service fees

The Kenya Association of Travel Agents has just announced that their members will charge their clients an extra US$15 equivalent for consultations and bookings made on their behalf beginning April 1,

Tapping into the US Hispanic travel market

PUERTO VALLARTA-RIVIERA NAYARIT, Mexico - In a historic partnership between two visionary travel industry organizations, the NTA-ASTA Hispanic Business Development Task Force met for the first time in

Seychelles organizes travel agent training at Paris Office

As part of its B2B promotional activity program, the Seychelles Tourism Office in Paris is organizing a series of destination and product training for travel agents in Paris and suburbs (île de Franc

Belgium travel agents become acquainted with Seychelles

A group of 43-leading travel agents from the Belgium-based tour operator of UNICLAM was recently in Seychelles on a five- day educational visit to learn firsthand of the destination.

ARTA continues to be the voice of independent travel agents

From its roots in 1963, when a small, but vocal group of retail travel agents founded the first agent-only trade association, ARTA, the Association of Retail Travel Agents, continues to be the voice o

Signature Travel Network fine tunes new marketing programs

MARINA DEL REY, California – Signature Travel Network recently held its annual Marketing Committee meeting at the Marina del Rey Ritz Carlton.

ASTA Young Professionals Group to gather in Las Vegas

ASTA's Young Professionals Society (YPS) will again be holding its annual Member’s Only Day on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011 at the Topicana Las Vegas.

ARTA alerts travel agents refunds may be due for US ticket...

SCOTTSDALE, Arizon - The Association of Retail Travel Agents (ARTA) alerted members that certain US ticket taxes would not apply for tickets issued on or after July 23, 2011 or for tickets issued prio

Taj Hotels launches training program for travel agents

MUMBAI, India - Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces has launched the Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces Specialist Program, developed in conjunction with Travel Agent Custom Solutions, the most comprehensive t

Sabre enters South African market

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Sabre Travel Network, a global technology company serving travel agencies and suppliers, today entered the South African market.

Expedia launches “Expedia Access” portal for agents

Expedia.com has launched a new platform to support its Expedia Travel Agent Affiliate Program (TAAP). The Expedia Access portal was developed to help agents manage their Expedia Affiliate account.

ASTA: Changing the way the travel industry meets

Alexandria, Va. - ASTA is changing the way the travel industry meets with the newly revamped Travel Retailing & Destination Expo (Las Vegas, Sept.

Travel agents: Win a trip to Seychelles 2012 carnival

DUBAI, UAE - Emirates Holidays and the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) have once more teamed up to boost tourist traffic to the Seychelles.

Carnival UK chief: Agents have responsibility to keep cruise prices up

“The cruise industry and travel agents have a responsibility to diminish customers’ notions that fares will always be reduced”, the boss of Carnival told delegates at the UK Cruise Convention la

France travel agents compete to join Seychelles 2012 carnival

Three of the best sales agents will travel to Seychelles accompanied by their partners for a six-night stay and participate in the island’s Carnival of Carnivals set for March 2-4, 2012.