Agents selling all-inclusive trips to Berlin can now offer the Berlin WelcomeCard, a pass that covers public transportation and admission to 30 city attractions, such as the Jewish Museum. The commissionable card can be purchased for durations of 48 hours, 72 hours and four days.
A Jewish heritage-themed visit to Warsaw can be heavy, so travel agents in the know should add a visit to the Warsaw Zoo. During a guided tour, clients can learn about zookeeper Jan Zabinski and his wife, Antonina Zabinski, who risked their lives to hide more than 300 Jews in their villa and animal cages during the Nazi occupation of Poland. The visit takes place at the Zabinskis' preserved villa, where clients can step into actual hiding places and hear incredible stories of bravery.
Porto Elounda, on the Greek island of Crete, is a family-friendly island destination that's less expensive than the nearby glitzy Spinalonga Peninsula. The Kids Ark water park is a great fun spot for children, while adults can enjoy a spa treatment at the Porto Elounda Golf and Spa Resort.
Since electronic devices are not allowed into the cabin of flights from eight designated countries, agents should prepare clients for how best to protect their devices in their checked luggage. Agents can suggest quickly retrieving bags from baggage claim, taking a device inventory and properly padding electronics, according to Bob Chambers of CSA Travel Protection.
Online travel agencies are expected to continue growing their share of hotel bookings while hotel brands use advertising and discount techniques to woo consumers, especially members of their loyalty programs, to book directly on their sites. About 80% of direct bookings come from loyalty club members, according to Phocuswright.
Southwest Airlines' systems upgrade includes moving to electronic ticketing and incorporating tablets into workflows. Overall the airline is investing $800 million to update its reservation system and bringing on new technology to further enhance the travel experience.
Agents are capitalizing on religious travel by booking faith tours for individuals, families and groups. Israel is a top destination, with followers of Judaism, Christianity and Baha'i touring such cities as Jerusalem and Haifa.
America's largest hotel chains are addressing food waste in pilot programs conducted by the World Wildlife Fund. Prevention strategies include training staff, measuring waste, educating customers and revising menus.
The French town of Argeles-sur-Mer on the Mediterranean coast is the perfect place for luxurious family camping. Families can stay at an upscale campsite such as five-star La Sirene, and little ones can enjoy the beach and the playground.
Keep pushing to turn prospects into clients and don't quit, because 75% your competition will give in first, Mike Marchev writes. Once you find your groove by consistently using your skills to master business activities, you will attract new business.
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