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10/17/2017

Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises are among cruise operators to announce return dates to several sought-after Caribbean destinations heavily damaged by Hurricane Irma. Royal Caribbean will make port in St. Maarten and St. Thomas in November, while Celebrity will cruise to St. Thomas later this month.

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10/17/2017

FedEx and UPS are donating cash and free transportation of supplies to survivors of hurricanes Maria, Harvey and Irma, it was announced Monday.

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10/17/2017

Perugia, in central Italy, is a city steeped in history with sites dating back to the 3rd century BC. Travelers can explore the architecture of historic buildings and statues, tour the 16th-century Rocca Paolina fortress and attend a festival at the University of Perugia, which was built in the 1300s.

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10/17/2017

For many agents, focusing on a specialty has led to their success, but they first had to pinpoint their passions and target market, Richard D'Ambrosio writes. Establishing a successful niche "starts from a personal place, where you know who you are and you know your ideal client," ASTA's Erika Richter says.

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10/17/2017

"Traditional" marketing tactics such as expensive marketing materials and cold calling are not feasible for home-based agents, Anita Pagliasso advises. Designing a quality brochure addressing how they meet clients' needs and a creative business card stating their specialty are more effective techniques.

10/17/2017

United Airlines is hoping to strengthen ties with potential customers in China by flying the NBA's Golden State Warriors there for exhibition games. United hosted a reception in Shanghai at one of the events earlier this month for American and Chinese dignitaries, promoting its role as a global airline.

10/17/2017

With moves like offering $99 airfares to areas hit by hurricanes, JetBlue Airways' buzz score rose from 2 in mid-August to 9 in early October. This score measures positive customer feedback and is calculated by YouGov's BrandIndex buzz metric.

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10/17/2017

A research team at Washington State University has created jet biofuel from lumber waste. The team demonstrated its work with an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Washington, D.C. last November.

10/17/2017

Coach passengers aboard some domestic flights are once again enjoying a free meal during their trips. American Airlines began offering cabin meals last May on flights from New York to California.

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10/17/2017

These six credit cards will give you the best value when it comes to airline miles to earn. The list includes Capital One Venture, Starwood Preferred Guest, Chase Sapphire Preferred and American Airlines, all with varying degrees of benefits and rewards to apply toward flights.

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