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6/22/2017

Carnival Cruise Line engaged visitors live on Facebook on Wednesday with a promotion that debuted a weather-forecasting sloth named Bill. It was a mystery how the mystical sloth would predict how long summer's warm weather will last.

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6/22/2017

Online travel sales will reach $189.6 billion this year, and 40% of those bookings will be via mobile devices, research firm eMarketer projects. The mobile share would be four percentage points above last year's numbers.

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6/22/2017

Hawaii, where nearly 9 million tourists in 2016 spent roughly $16 billion, is confronting how to balance the effect foot traffic has on the environment with the state's continued need to maintain tourism, its main employer. "What sells Hawaii in my mind are the people, the culture, the beauty," said Alan Oshima, CEO of Hawaiian Electric Co., who adds that now "sustainability is a big selling point."

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GreenBiz
6/22/2017

AmaWaterways will offer its passengers on cruises along the Mekong River in Cambodia and Vietnam the option of a longer trip, such as a 15-day cruise, starting next year. AmaWaterways will also feature a wine-themed cruise on the Mekong in March.

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6/22/2017

Starting out in a hospitality service role such as a hotel clerk, server or catering team member can help an individual develop interpersonal skills such as managing conflict resolution and effective communication. You learn to think on your feet and become adept at navigating change thanks to daily challenges that come with being on the front line of customer relations.

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mpiweb.org
6/22/2017

Chile's capital, Santiago, is starting to shine thanks to a growing art and culinary scene. Travelers can wander around the art galleries and boutiques in the Bellavista neighborhood, sample fresh seafood at the Central Market and tour the nearby Concho y Toro vineyards.

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TravelPulse
6/22/2017

Showing up late to events, meetings and appointments shows a lack of respect, so it is best to show up early, Mike Marchev writes. A tactic that can make a good impression is to call the people you are meeting to let them know you are on your way.

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6/22/2017

An important duty for agents is educating their clients on travel issues, including passports, Tammy Levent advises. Clients who are planning to leave on a trip and suddenly realize their passport has expired should be instructed to immediately reschedule their flight and go to the nearest passport issuing office to get a new one the same day.

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6/22/2017

The new midscale brand by InterContinental Hotels Group, scheduled for a 2019 debut, will have room rates 10%-15% below IHG's Holiday Inn Express brand, the company announced. IHG executive Heather Balsley discussed features of the still-unnamed brand in a recent webcast.

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Travel Weekly
6/22/2017

London's Yotel chain opened its second US microhotel Thursday in Boston's Seaport District. With their high-tech offerings, minimal guestroom space and large common areas, microhotels enjoy growing popularity with travelers who prefer to be out and about.

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