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How to Deal With Travel Writers, Part 2: What Writers Want From PR People

Mark Chesnut | Posted 12.18.2014 | Business
Mark Chesnut

A big part of securing ongoing coverage is about relationships. Journalists and travel writers need to know who you are, and you need to know who they are. If you have a personal connection, that's a great way to cement your brand further in their minds.

How to Deal with Travel Writers, Part 1: Bloggers vs. Journalists

Mark Chesnut | Posted 12.16.2014 | Business
Mark Chesnut

The world of travel writers, journalists and travel bloggers is ever-changing. So how do public relations and media relations experts in the travel industry deal with them?

Christians Do Not Need an Olive Branch From the LGBTQ Community

Sue Kerr | Posted 12.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Sue Kerr

Bruce Barron, a Pittsburgh resident and former staffer for Rick Santorum, penned a loathsome piece in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette requesting that the LGBTQ community offer Christians an olive branch. So let me break down the absurdity of this piece. Discrimination is discrimination.

Scoring Big With High End Sports Travel Niche

Sandy Abrams | Posted 11.01.2014 | Small Business
Sandy Abrams

Beck & Score is a new high end sports travel business that offers "tailor made travel experiences to the world's premier ticketed events." It launch...

7 Tips for Travel Businesses Looking to Harness Technology

Mark Chesnut | Posted 06.14.2014 | Business
Mark Chesnut

The world uses more mobile technology than ever before; there's no disputing that. The challenge for the travel industry, a segment that's especia...

Can Sustainable Tourism Thrive in Belize?

Larry Waight | Posted 02.22.2014 | Green
Larry Waight

Two weeks ago, I attended the 28th Annual General Meeting of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) in Belize City. The BTIA is the largest tourism association in Belize with over 25 years of membership commitment and is the voice of tourism related concerns.

Wave Season Keeps Cruises Afloat

AP | BETH J. HARPAZ | Posted 04.08.2013 | Travel

NEW YORK — Cruise watchers looking back at the industry's past year say the Concordia disaster affected everything from prices to safety drills ...

2012's Great Moments In Hotel Customer Service

HotelsCombined.com | Posted 02.23.2013 | Travel
HotelsCombined.com

While many like to bemoan the lack of customer service in the hospitality industry these days, there are still a handful of properties around the globe who know how to do things right.

Watching The Travel Industry From Behind The Scenes

Rick Steves | Posted 01.02.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

Here's a quick look behind the scenes of a mainstream travel industry event.

Why Travel Needs More Social Sharing

Steve Cohn | Posted 12.02.2012 | Travel
Steve Cohn

In a world with massive amounts of content generated by my friends, there is no single source to see where my friends have gone and what they did on their trip. Irrive aims to fix that problem. Irrive is a social scrapbook that automatically organizes an individual's or group's social media content (pictures, checkins, tweets, posts, etc.) around a specific event -- travel, party, wedding, weekend adventure, etc.

White House Trumpets Progress On Tourism Facilitation

Posted 09.19.2012 | Travel

The U.S. is making progress in welcoming foreign visitors to the country, adding overseas visa officers and facilities to reduce wait times for Brazil...

Mayor Nutter On How Hospitality Helps Philly

Michael Nutter | Posted 09.05.2012 | Travel
Michael Nutter

Like many American cities, a significant subset of our population remains in poverty, lacking the skills needed to fill many of the jobs the city has to offer. As mayor, it's my job to figure out how to both address our city's challenges and boost our assets and, whenever possible, find solutions that meet those two needs at the same time. The city's hospitality industry offers Philadelphia that solution.

The Vital Role Of The $1.9-Trillion US Travel Industry

Rep. Sam Farr | Posted 09.05.2012 | Travel
Rep. Sam Farr

While all of the cameras and reporters are focused on the convention floor in Charlotte this week, there is a different story going on behind the scenes that hardly anyone has noticed. In the first six months of this year, international visitors spent an estimated $82.2 billion on U.S. travel and tourism-related goods and services, an 11 percent increase over the same period last year. Each one of those foreign dollars helps build up our economy and create new jobs that can never be outsourced overseas.

Baltimore Mayor Talks Tourism

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake | Posted 09.05.2012 | Travel
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

As thousands of Democratic National Convention delegates descend on the great City of Charlotte, North Carolina, mayors across the country are reminded of just how important our convention, tourism and hospitality industries are for our local economies. In Baltimore, we have made smart investments in tourism to promote our city as a desired destination for large conventions, sports fans and the casual weekend traveler. These investments have had major impact on the city as a whole and the well-being of all of our residents.

What Tourism Means To New York City

George Fertitta | Posted 09.05.2012 | Travel
George Fertitta

Over the past five years, the travel and tourism industry has become a driving force for New York City's economy, growing into the City's fifth largest industry and supporting more than 320,000 tourism related jobs. The success of New York City's travel and tourism industry has not happened by accident. It's been part of a strategic, five-borough economic development plan put forth by Mayor Bloomberg to help grow and diversify the economy.

Remembering What's Changed In 25 Years Of Travel

Posted 08.29.2012 | Travel

Conde Nast Traveler turns 25 this September, and the magazine has pulled out all the stops on a fascinating infographic that shows the myriad changes ...

Paul Brady

Travel Companies Lay Off Workers As Candidates Ignore Easy Money

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Brady | Posted 08.29.2012 | Travel

In January 2011, President Obama issued a directive encouraging certain types of visits to Cuba and prompting tour companies to hurriedly submit appli...

Company To Lay Off Workers After Telling Them To Fudge Pay

Posted 04.18.2012 | Business

Talk about adding injury to insult. PrimeFlight, a contractor that provides wheelchairs and other services to airlines, is laying off more than 30...

Travel Agents, Thanks to Boomers, Re-Inventing Themselves

Doris Gallan | Posted 05.16.2012 | Fifty
Doris Gallan

Even though many baby boomers are independent travelers who do their own bookings, they still look to experts for complex voyages where advice and financial savings might be offered.

The Software Algorithm That Turns Hotel 'Lookers' Into 'Bookers' (Part Two)

Bill_Robinson | Posted 04.10.2012 | Technology
Bill_Robinson

The REVPAR GURU system allows hotel owners and staff to monitor many of their key metrics while in the office or on the fly.

The Software Algorithm That Turns Hotel 'Lookers' Into 'Bookers' (Part One)

Bill_Robinson | Posted 04.10.2012 | Technology
Bill_Robinson

Shouldn't the goal be the same in the airline and hotel industry: full capacity at any fare/rate? Wouldn't a better policy be "no plane leaves with an empty seat, ever" or "we'll fill every room tonight if we have to let them go for $10?"

Cruise Disaster Unlikely To Harm The Industry Long-Term

AP | By DANIEL WAGNER | Posted 01.15.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The luxury cruise liner that ran aground off the Italian coast has rattled even the most die-hard "cruisers" in an industry where catast...

How Travelers Can Help Stem Human Trafficking

Alison Craiglow Hockenberry | Posted 08.26.2011 | Impact
Alison Craiglow Hockenberry

The hospitality industry is increasingly making things decidedly inhospitable for a certain kind of person: human traffickers. Hotels, airlines and ...

No Respect for the Gay and Lesbian Traveler

Matthew Long | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Matthew Long

I do not understand why the hospitality industry does not do a better job of marketing to GLBT audiences. Drop the rainbow flags and instead educate your staffs.

Airport Hell

Melissa Biggs Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Melissa Biggs Bradley

I was despaired this holiday season to witness the new low that has arrived at our airports and how American travel companies are participating in their own demise and demonization.