Corporate travel and meetings company Etc Group, a female-owned business, has added customized, luxury, South African trips to its lineup. The SafariScapes division is viewed as a potential for crossover itineraries, allowing us "to better expose our talent, tout our accolades and secure new business given that Etc Group does not advertise," Connie Meyers, director of corporate travel relations, says.
Some Nevada-based slots manufacturers are eager to take part in Illinois' growing gaming industry despite a less-than-favorable tax structure. "These type of expansion opportunities don't come along too often anymore," says Marcus Prater of the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers, while SunTrust Robinson Humphrey forecasts that new unit sales could generate up to $224 million in earnings.
To skip the throngs and opt for a less-traveled European destination, some tourists are trading the seaside Cinque Terre for Isola d'Elba, which has Europe's largest marine park and plenty of forests and peaks to explore, as well as the five-star Hotel Hermitage and 20-room boutique Hotel Ilio among the lodging choices. Vis, Croatia; Sylt, Germany; and Gotland, Sweden, are among the nine locations described.
Celebrities who appear to be sporting bare-faced looks are often using the tones found in "skin work" to mimic a no-makeup appearance despite wearing some products, says makeup artist Kenneth Soh. "The key to nailing skin work is firstly taking a look at your face in clear daylight," he advises, and then using similar shades of makeup to enhance those hues.
Celebrity makeup artist Daniel Martin, who has done makeup for Meghan Markle, Jessica Alba, Michelle Yeoh and others, says he evaluates a client's personality before determining which look to use on them. "It's kind of assessing their personality and understanding what they are most comfortable in to figure out the feature that you want to [enhance]," he says.
Hoteliers can use artificial to collect and disseminate information better and faster. AI can help predict how much staff is necessary, send out concierge messages to guests, determine how much food will be needed and rent vacant rooms.
"The collision of two trends -- globalization and the experience economy -- has ignited a new travel zeitgeist with cultural curiosity at its heart ... the new culture economy," writes Kris Naudts of Culture Trip, who explains four cultural mindsets. But travel advisors must marry those cultural desires with clients' concern for the environment, as 42% of Culture Trip survey respondents are worried about the environmental impact of travel.
Arctic and Antarctic cruises from One Ocean Expeditions' MV Akademik Ioffe and the MV Akademik Sergey Vavilov appear to be on ice, as ship owner Russia seized the vessels, purportedly for repairs, without any notice, leaving the company without the two ships for the 2019-20 cruising seasons. The 146-passenger RGCS Resolute still is available for journeys to those destinations and a host of others.
Travel agency consortium Travel Leaders Group is partnering with New York University on overtourism research. Using NYU's overtourism index -- which measures environmental concerns, economic factors, societal issues and more -- the initiative will conduct new research, work to suggest different options to crowded destinations and seek help from travel advisors in recommending alternatives.
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