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China’s austerity campaign has chilling effect on tourism industry

JINAN, China - An austerity campaign launched in China has produced a chilling effect on the tourism industry, with travel agencies having to realign their strategies to heat up their profits.

Korean travel agencies ask for government help due to drop in...

SEOUL, Korea - Korean travel agencies asked for financial help from the government on Monday to assuage their financial difficulties amid a sharp decline in the number of Japanese tourists to South Ko

US luxury travel destinations honored by very affluent Chinese travelers

SHANGHAI, China - The Shanghai Travelers' Club has the pleasure to announce the results of its 2013 Luxury Travel Awards.

Research: Travel agencies “rob” South Africans

Johannesburg - South Africans are being ripped off by traditional travel agencies which do not provide the best available flight prices for customers, according to research commissioned by online trav

Protecting the female traveler

Since the inception of modern tourism, women have played a significant role in the development of the world's largest composite industry.

UK travel firms’ profits suffer

Travel operators Thomas Cook and TUI Travel will reveal how they are coping with soaring fuel prices and weakening consumer confidence in second quarter trading updates in the coming week.

Russia may ban tourist flights to Egypt

Russian tourism authorities said on Tuesday that they may have to ban tourist flights to Egypt in view of growing political tensions in the popular vacation destination.

How to survive in a zero commission world

The international federation of travel agencies, gathering over 70,000 agencies worldwide, is facing a topical moment in its history and has chosen TTG Incontri to start the change.

Why are airlines stealing from travel agencies?

I recently had an interesting discussion with one of the airlines that we book groups with.

Six Florida agencies charged in travel insurance scam

Florida regulators have charged six travel agencies, including one in Boynton Beach, with using unlicensed agents to sell bogus trip insurance policies through a company never authorized to do busines

Australia joins UNIGLOBE Global Partner Program

Australia’s Platinum Travel Corporation has joined the UNIGLOBE Travel International Global Partner Program – a worldwide network of to

Cracking travel agencies’ acquisition code

Acquisition is the fastest way to penetrate a market and minimize stress on employees and systems.

US travel agency fee cuts could become permanent

CHICAGO - U.S. online travel agencies, hungry for business in an economic recession, may extend or make permanent the booking fee cuts and waivers they implemented this year on a promotional basis.

Despite economic slump, more Japanese tourists expected: Lai

Despite the current global economic downturn, the number of Japanese tourist arrivals is expected to increase by 4 percent to 5 percent this year, Tourism Bureau Director General Janice Lai said Wedne

Finding fees a tricky game even for seasoned fliers

US airlines have made a real meal out of charging for niceties -- like pillows, choice seats and food -- that used to be part of standard fares, but they aren't making it easy for passengers to know w

R.O.A.R.: Airlines then, cruise lines next?

In the past 30 years, we agents have attended countless sales meetings, giving our time, and interest to keeping ourselves updated on our suppliers ideas, suggestions and whims.

THETRADESHOW announces new legal, industry seminars

Alexandria, VA - In today's world, it is increasingly important that travel agency owners and managers be aware of the key industry issues that face them and take advantage of professional development

Online travel agencies fear years of fast growth are over

CHICAGO - Online travel agencies, after growing rapidly for years, could face a slump in bookings later this year when U.S. airlines start reducing the number of tickets for sale.

YTB faces legal action in California for illegal pyramid scheme

In a move that will be welcomed by many professional travel agents, California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. has sued YourTravelBiz.com for operating a gigantic pyramid scheme.

Extra fuel levy by airlines and agencies is illegal, says council

The Consumer Council warned on Monday that travel agents and airlines charging an extra "fuel levy" after plane tickets have been ordered and paid for are acting "illegally".

Part-timers defended by stunned travel industry after controversial speech

Senior travel agency HR directors have defended their use of reduced-hours staff after a senior figure publicly told them: "don't employ part-timers".

Tourism exec warns on US visa racket

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — The Department of Tourism in Central Luzon has warned the public about an “instant visa” racket and called as “fraudulent and utter falsehoods” reports that some travel agencies exert “inside influence” at the United States Embassy in Manila.