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10/20/2017

Royal Caribbean International's latest ship, Symphony of the Seas, will set sail three weeks early on March 31, 2018, with a voyage from Spain to Italy. Billed as the biggest cruise vessel in the world, the 6,000-passenger Symphony will include a unique interactive family cabin with a Lego wall, and redesigned boardwalk section with a variety of restaurants.

10/20/2017

United Airlines will start serving a new $10 burger featuring smoked gouda cheese starting Nov. 1. The burger will be available on domestic flights that run more than 3.5 hours.

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10/20/2017

The first all-female crew for Southwest Airlines flew the carrier's new Boeing 737 Max 8 from San Francisco to St. Louis on Wednesday. The crew consisted of a captain, co-pilot and four flight attendants.

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10/20/2017

Hamburg, Germany, is full of trendy shops and vibrant restaurants. Visitors can go shopping for local designs at Garment in the fashionable Karoviertel area, savor authentic Italian dishes at Il Cammino in the bohemian Schanzenviertel district and explore the neo-Gothic architecture in Speicherstadt.

10/20/2017

There are many ways to attract more clients, from faithfully following up on leads to learning how to better market yourself, Lisa Iannucci writes. "Spend more time marketing your business than learning product/supplier information," advises Vanessa McGovern of the Gifted Travel Network.

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10/20/2017

When taking a long, expensive vacation, the typical traveler chooses a destination up to five months out, according to Phocuswright, and it is during this "consideration phase" that agents need to boost their marketing efforts, Seth Forman of Quantcast said. Your efforts to close the sale should focus on understanding your clients' travel motivation and personalizing your marketing for what inspires them.

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10/20/2017

JetBlue Airways is severing ties with 12 online travel agencies in an effort to reduce costs. JetBlue says this move is the first step in its new focus on booking flights directly or with select third parties. "The distribution cost structure through third-party channels makes it challenging to offer a full range of fares. By eliminating lower-yield online travel agencies, JetBlue will not only support its structural cost efforts but also help ensure that customers traveling with JetBlue have the best experience possible," the airline said.

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10/20/2017

American Airlines will start flying a daily route from Dallas/Fort Worth to Jackson Hole, Wyo., all year, beginning next spring. Previously, the airline flew the route only in summer and winter.

10/20/2017

Hawaiian Airlines is waiving fees for passengers who have to change their reservations on Japan flights due to Typhoon Lan. The waiver applies to flights to and from Tokyo's Haneda and Narita airports and Osaka's Kansai International Airport between Oct. 21-24.

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10/20/2017

JetBlue Airways is starting to board passengers according to specific seating locations and type of aircraft as of this week, instead of the previous front-to-back process. The new boarding process is expected to reduce congestion on the jet bridge and in the aisles.

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