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catch yourself next time you say “I don’t have time


This is one of the worst excuses you could ever give…

…catch yourself next time you say “I don’t have time”.

You always do & it’s about choices.

For example…

People skip socializing with friends regularly because they “don’t have time”. But this socialization is one of those things that keeps depression at bay. If you skip it because “you don’t have time” – you’ll still have to pay for it by spending your mornings not being able to get out of bed.


If you’ve so much work to do that you skip exercising, you’ll eventually have to make time for regular hospital visits…


If you’ve too little time on your schedule to arrange date nights with your partner, you’ll eventually have to make time for either marriage counselling or a divorce lawyer…


If you’ve too little time to re-check your work before you submit it to your boss, then you’ll eventually have to make time for a PIP.
“I don’t have time” is an illusion.

It’ll take the exact same time anyway.

Do not justify skipping the right thing to do, just because you’re in a hurry.

I’ve been there, done that.

I’m sure, you’ve had one such experience too…

I want you to know that it’s never worth it.

Go all the way. Whole ass it. Do the right thing.

(no matter how little time you’ve).

If this Article resonated with you then let me know by hitting comment.

Breathless Resorts & Spas: Weekly Trip Instruvel

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A HOLIDAY MODE FOR EVERY MOOD

Vacation mode: that feeling of quiet freedom where you can tune out your usual responsibilities for a few days and focus on your ultimate self. Whether it’s relaxing alone in the warmth of the sun, chasing the urge to travel to a new destination, or celebrating life with a few cocktails and friends, activate your ideal vacation mode at Breathless Resorts & Spas!

FEELING FUN? SOCIALIZE AND THRIVE!

Celebrate anything and everything in an upbeat setting by the sea. These luxury resorts are designed with opulent social spaces, from swim-up bars and rooftop pools to the foyer plazas and communal tables of trendy restaurants. Mix, mingle, and live your best life in an energetic environment fueled by music, entertainment, and (of course) unlimited cocktails.

FEELING DISCREET? RELAX AND RECONNECT.

Extroverted life can be exhausting… Luckily, Breathless offers a balanced lifestyle with plenty of opportunities for rest and relaxation. Find those special moments of relaxation; like mornings made for fluffy bathrobes, fresh coffee, and ocean views; or sunrise yoga sessions breathing in the soft, salty air. To pamper you, our relaxing spa by Pevonia® offers soothing treatments to help you reach a zen state. Refresh, reset, and welcome back that ultimate content feeling.

FEELING INSPIRED? IMMERSE YOURSELF AND EXPLORE.

Indulge your wanderlust and find inspiration with our breathtaking destinations across Mexico and the Caribbean. With so many opportunities to get involved and live like a local, unleash your curiosity and develop a sense of belonging with ease. Try this cultural cuisine. Take a look at the local art. Take part in tequila tastings or cooking classes. Book this tour and explore the surrounding area. Feed your soul and bring home a new perspective!


AmaWaterways, in the heart of the river™: Travel every week Instruvel

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Marketing AmaRiver Cruises on Waterways

Award-winning AmaWaterways offers guests luxury experiences enhanced by a variety of included amenities and unparalleled service along the rivers of Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. AmaWaterways takes the same care to support travel advisors. Here are some of the resources they provide through your travel advisor portal.

Marketing Content Toolkits

AmaWaterways provides travel advisors with helpful toolkits that include beautifully produced content, images, insider tips, and special social media posts that you can use to help you engage and inspire your customers, as well as grow your business. Topics covered in the toolkit range from their itinerary destinations, such as the Rhine and Danube in Europe, to experiences that cater to specific customers, such as active excursions and food-focused tours, providing travel advisors with a variety of content to market AmaWaterways river cruises.

Weekly webinars on Wednesdays

For travel advisors who want to learn more about new itineraries, marketing tips and more, AmaWaterways hosts special webinars on Wednesdays every week. Travel Advisors can register for webinars through the Travel Advisor Portal and benefit from the most up-to-date information and insights from members of the AmaWaterways family and even other Travel Advisors.

AmaAcademy Informative Courses

Those who want to get more acquainted with AmaWaterways and their river journeys can also dive into the river cruise line’s AmaAcademy advisor training program. Take advantage of specialized courses centered around the AmaWaterways brand, their Danube itineraries, and creating group cruises – all to expand your knowledge of river cruising and increase your business success.


Local Culture Skyrockets as Travelers Search for Off-the-Beaten-Path Attractions: Travel Every Week Instruvel

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A transformative trend to explore beyond tourist areas and well-frequented attractions in major urban destinations is gaining momentum, fueled by travelers of all generations who are looking for more experiences that are true to the local culture.

This trend, which has been referred to as “life view” as opposed to “sightseeing,” is documented in key research studies, including a 2023 booking.com Report The survey found that 75% of survey participants said they wanted to “have experiences that are authentic and representative of the local culture.”

The American Express Global Travel Trends Report 2023 also identified a strong emphasis from travelers on unique tour opportunities “that give them a taste of local culture and allow them to explore hidden gems that their friends back home don’t know about.”

Tourism managers in major urban destinations have also observed this trend. “Guests are now looking for immersive experiences and a connection to the local identity and way of life, valuing regional delicacies, crafts and culture,” said Norbert Kettner, CEO of the Vienna Tourist Board. “They crave authentic and inspiring encounters, away from the usual crowds of tourists.”

Travelers looking for these encounters are increasingly straying off the beaten path of tourism and heading to lesser-known areas of the city.

“There has been a broad and clear trend of travelers looking for more unique experiences,” said Douglas Quinby, co-founder and CEO of Arival. A recent research report by Phocuswright (Travel Weekly’s sister brand) and Arival on The outlook for travel experiences The survey of more than 4,000 travelers in Europe and the U.S. found that 42% of travelers say “thinking outside the box” is “very important” to them when traveling. “That number rises to 50% for millennials and Gen Xers,” Quinby added.

© WienTourismus/Paul Bauer, Yppenplatz

In search of authenticity, personalization and positive impact on communities

As the volume of leisure travel has picked up, travel advisors and tour operators are increasingly responding to the demands of customers who want different and more personalized experiences during their urban explorations.

Lesser-known neighborhoods always have the ability to surprise you,” adds Gabriela Knöbl, tour guide and co-owner of Rebel Tours Vienna. “There’s always a new door to open, a new restaurant to eat in, or a hidden courtyard to discover.”
The quest for more individualized and personal experiences is also fueling the trend to go beyond a city’s tourist hub.

Gwen Kozlowski, President of the Association Exeter International Airport“I keep hearing from travel advisors that their clients want to think outside the box, think outside the box, do something that can’t be searched on Google. For every traveler, I think it means something different. Maybe it’s bragging rights, maybe it’s a personal connection. Or maybe they just don’t want to be in a herd on a bus tour, because where’s the magic in that?

American Express’ 2023 Global Travel Trends Report also found that a growing number of travelers want to know that the decisions they make while traveling can have a positive impact on the destinations they visit, and they want the money they spend on vacation to support the local community.

Such is the case with Vienna’s Heartbeat Streets initiative, “where conscious travelers seek to have a positive impact on the destinations they visit, while enriching their own experiences,” Kettner said. “By venturing into less explored areasOur clients actively contribute to the development of the city and its communities. »

Neighborhood tourism skyrockets as travelers seek a sense of local belonging

© WienTourismus/Paul Bauer, Spittelberg district

Who travels off the beaten track

The travelers most interested in venturing into a city’s lesser-known neighborhoods are usually regular travelers who have already covered that city’s top tourist attractions.

“No one is going to go somewhere for the first time and not see the main tourist areas of a city,” Kozlowski said. “Usually, it’s a traveler who’s been there before and is ready to leave that route for the first time.”

Tour operators and travel consultants recognize that most of their clients want a mix that includes well-known sights and attractions as well as unique local experiences away from the tourist hubs. The balance depends on the traveler, their level of experience with a particular destination, their age, length of stay, comfort level, and overall travel style.

Travelers pursuing their particular interests are also a key factor in the trend to explore lesser-known neighborhoods. Culinary trips and food tours are an example of this. A recent study conducted by luxury travel network Virtuoso found that 70% of Virtuoso advisors say they have seen a Increase in Culinary Trips, with 20% of travelers booking trips with food and wine as their primary goal. Nearly nine in 10 (87%) councillors said authenticity was a major motivator, and 53% said hyper-local dining – not just farm-to-table, but neighborhood-to-table – is really booming.

Neighborhood tourism is here to stay

The steady increase in neighborhood tourism is likely to continue due to travelers’ growing desire for personal travel experiences, and potential neighborhoods need to offer visitors richer, deeper, and more authentic encounters with a city and its people.

To find out more about the different districts of the cities, consult destination management companies, such as the Vienna Tourist Board. These organizations are like local experts and can help provide travel advisors and tour operators with the best advice and information about their cities.


Department of Transportation Criticized for Approach to Oversight of U.S.-Mexico Airline Joint Ventures, Travel Weekly Says Instruvel

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A diplomatic dispute between the U.S. and Mexico has ensnared the Delta-Aeromexico joint venture and prevented a proposed antitrust alliance between discount carriers Allegiant and Viva Aerobus.

Some analysts are joining the affected airlines in questioning the tactic adopted by the U.S. Department of Transportation and suggesting it could hurt consumers.

“I don’t know, frankly, what the U.S. government expects to signal with this,” said Carlos Ozores, vice president of ICF, a global aviation consultancy.

The Department of Transportation issued an interim order in January denying Delta and Aeromexico’s request for an extension of antitrust immunity, which allows carriers to jointly schedule, market and operate flights between the U.S. and Mexico. If the decision stands, carriers will have to end the alliance by the end of October. Both airlines have filed a formal objection and are awaiting a final order.

As of last July, the Ministry of Transport also suspended consideration of the application for antitrust immunity for Allegiant and Viva Aerobus.

The two decisions of the Ministry of Transport are motivated by the measures taken by the Mexican government under the presidency of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador regarding commercial aviation in Mexico City.

In 2022, the Mexican government reduced the number of hourly flight operations allowed at the city’s main airport, Benito Juarez, from 61 to 52 and further reduced it to 43 in early January.

The actions are part of the Lopez Obrador administration’s drive to increase services at the new, military-run Felipe Angeles Airport, which the president commissioned after halting construction of what was supposed to be a $13 billion Mexico City airport, shortly after taking office in 2018.

The Department of Transportation said in its January order that capacity reductions at Benito Juarez violated the U.S.-Mexico open-air air transport agreement. Compliance with the agreement is a necessary condition for any partnership between a U.S. and Mexican airline to enjoy antitrust immunity, the ministry said.

In their official responses, Delta, Aeromexico, Allegiant, and Viva Aerobus stated that DOT’s actions constituted an excess that was detrimental to consumers. Delta urged the Ministry of Transportation to continue consultations with Mexico and consider measures that specifically punish Mexico, such as restricting Mexican airlines’ operations to and from the United States.

What’s at stake for flyers?

Allegiant and Viva Aerobus, meanwhile, say Benito Juarez would be involved in just 6 percent of the alliance’s 92 routes that carriers plan to launch in the first two years of their partnership.

In a regulatory filing, the carriers wrote that not proposing an alliance, which “met the public interest test and promises innovation and increased price competition, represents a step backwards from DOT’s historical encouragement of such developments.” The carriers added that doing so on a single airport dispute “is not only disproportionate, but probably unprecedented in the context of a market that already benefits from open access.”

Ozores, along with Brett Snyder, author of the blog Cranky Flier, agreed that the Allegiant-Viva Aerobus joint venture would have clear benefits for consumers: Allegiant doesn’t fly to Mexico, so the partnership wouldn’t eliminate them as competitors on any route. And by combining services, carriers could deploy their combined fleet to offer low-cost alternatives to larger competitors.

The overall benefits of the Delta-Aeromexico partnership for consumers are less clear.

Delta stated that the elimination of the joint venture would jeopardize 23 daily cross-border frequencies. But the partnership has not resulted in a substantial increase in capacity between the U.S. and Mexico for both carriers since its launch in 2017. Since 2015, airlines have increased their combined number of cross-border seats by just 3 percent, compared to a 42 percent increase market-wide, according to an Ozores analysis of OAG’s flight schedule data.

Still, there would be some impact. Snyder cited Aeromexico’s service between Boston and Mexico City, which is scheduled to launch on March 21, as an example of a route that could be affected if the DOT terminates the Delta-Aeromexico joint venture. The Mexican carrier is reportedly relying heavily on Delta, which has a hub in Boston, to sell the flight. In the absence of a share of the company’s profits, Delta would have less incentive to do so, even if it continues to share codes on the road.

“I think they’re really trying to push Mexico to deliver on its promises,” Snyder said of DOT. “But I don’t think Mexico will give in.”

Ending the alliance, he added, won’t help U.S. consumers. Ozores agreed, saying that strengthening the joint venture will not hurt Lopez Obrador. “But I don’t endorse any kind of punishment,” he added, “because I think at the end of the day, you’re really hurting consumers.”


What a TikTok ban in the U.S. could mean for the travel industry: Travel Weekly Instruvel

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The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed an lopsided bill that would require TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, to sell the popular video app to non-Chinese owners within six months or risk banning it in the U.S.

Lawmakers — as well as President Joe Biden, who has said he will sign the bill — argue that China’s relationship with ByteDance poses a threat to national security.

The prospect of TikTok’s 170 million users in the U.S. being banned from the site could have far-reaching ramifications for travel companies looking to boost brand recognition among travelers through the site’s wildly popular short videos.

The travel industry has embraced the site. Among the most followed companies on TikTok are Ryanair with 2.2 million, Expedia and Trip.com with 1.5 million and Booking.com with 1.2 million. When Berlin-based GetYourGuide posted a job posting for a TikTok creator, it garnered so much interest that the digital travel experience market removed it from LinkedIn.

The future of the bill is uncertain in the Senate, where some MPs have opposed it. And even if the bill passes, legal challenges are likely.

What would a TikTok ban mean for travel agencies?

There is precedent for this possibility.

In December 2022, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin issued an executive order banning the use of TikTok on state government devices and wireless networks. That meant the state’s destination marketing organization, Virginia Tourism, had to delete its accounts.

The incident became something of a case study for Richie Karaburun’s destination marketing and branding course.

“They were actually doing well,” Karaburun, a professor of hospitality and tourism at New York University, said of the WCO. “They had a large following.”

After the ban, Virginia Tourism posted its content on other sites, such as Instagram Reels and YouTube Shorts, which Karaburun expects other travel companies to do if a TikTok ban goes national. But he doesn’t expect it to be easy or as beneficial, especially in the short term.

“TikTok, whether people want to admit it or not, is one of the most effective traffic generators. The engagement rate is one of the highest among Americans compared to others [social media platforms]” he said. ” “It’s really more than an 800-pound gorilla. It’s a very big beast that worked very well.

Madeline List, a researcher at Phocuswright, noted that U.S. travelers who use TikTok don’t typically rely on it exclusively. A study from Phocuswright’s 2023 U.S. Consumer Travel Report found that social media travelers use an average of 2.4 platforms, making it easier for travel agencies to find them, even if they can no longer use TikTok.

“In terms of content strategy, a lot of the content that brands post on TikTok is repurposed for multiple platforms,” List said. “Because vertical and short-form videos have become so popular, I expect many brands to continue to produce content in this style.”

Jared Alster, co-founder and chief strategy officer of tourism marketing agency Dune7, agrees.
“A lot of travel brands and brands in general are repurposing content on social platforms,” Alster said. “However, this is not always recommended, as each platform is optimized for consumers to view content that is uniquely formatted for that platform. But I imagine many companies would just move their TikTok content to Instagram as Reels as a “triage metric” until they come up with a longer-term strategy.

In the longer term, companies may find that some of the qualities offered by TikTok would be difficult to replicate on other sites, List said.

“It’s a platform that fosters research and discoverability,” she said. “You’re seeing videos of small creators explode, even people or brands that arei do not intend to go viral. There are plenty of opportunities for brands, large and small, to reach new audiences through the platform.

Instagram, on the other hand, is known to be less egalitarian in its algorithms, she said. “Profiles with a large number of existing followers are favored, while smaller ones have fewer opportunities to reach new eyes. So building an audience might be more difficult without the platform, especially for smaller brands.

What are the legal issues of banning TikTok?

To justify such a sweeping ban, the government would have to demonstrate a security risk, according to legal experts. U.S. intelligence officials told lawmakers on Tuesday that they “can’t rule out” the possibility that the Chinese government could use TikTok to influence this year’s election.

Corinne Mullen, a New Jersey-based attorney who specializes in First Amendment and internet defamation litigation, called the government’s stance problematic.

“I think you’re going to see filings right away if this becomes law,” she said.

In November, a federal judge blocked a Montana law that sought to ban TikTok in that state.

And on Tuesday, Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute and the American Civil Liberties Union joined 22 other free speech, technology policy and civil liberties organizations in sending a letter of opposition to Congress.

The groups say the ban would violate the First Amendment rights of TikTok users and have called on Congress to pass comprehensive privacy legislation.

The bill “is outright censorship,” the letter said, adding, “Passage of this legislation would trample on the constitutional right to free speech of millions of people in the United States. TikTok is home to massive amounts of protected speech and associations: it allows its users to discuss their opinions, share their hobbies, make art, and access news from the street and around the world. Putting access to the platform at risk jeopardizes access to freedom of expression.

Mullen said users’ use of TikTok as a source of information could make the government’s case even more problematic.

“We’ve never had a situation in the U.S. where Americans have been banned from using a media outlet,” she said. “I understand the rationale for trying to ban it on an official phone. … They have already banned TikTok’s presence on [U.S.] Official business phones. But how they can ban it on private phones is really, really problematic.

How Travel Agencies Could Bypass TikTok’s Ban

Even in the event that a ban becomes law and stands up to a legal challenge, Mullen said she expects U.S. companies to be able to continue using TikTok to market to consumers who can still access the site.

Travel marketing experts agree.

“All kinds of different apps and social sites are banned by various governments around the world,” said Alster of Dune7. “Yet, where there’s a will, there’s a way, and there will always be loopholes for consumers to access TikTok.”

Travel agencies, in particular, are used to adapting to different regulations when crossing government borders, Karaburun said.

“Global companies are used to dealing with these differences,” he said. “They’re saying, ‘Okay, we have to do this for European consumers, we have to do this for Americans.’ It won’t be easy, but they’ll get through it.

Ultimately, however, he believes a ban is a far less likely outcome than failing to get the bill into law or selling TikTok within the timeframe set by lawmakers.

“TikTok won’t be banned [in the U.S.]. It’s too big — 170 million Americans,” he said. “And that’s good for the U.S. economy. So my prediction would be qEven if the Senate passes it, within six months, the problem will be resolved.

Spring: PhocusWire


ASTA Launches Advertising Campaign Against American Airlines : Travel Weekly Instruvel

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ASTA has fired another blow in its war against American Airlines, launching an ad campaign in Politico and a consumer-facing website where customers of travel counselors can send messages to lawmakers calling for a congressional investigation into American.

In an email to members, ASTA President and CEO Zane Kerby cited American’s recent announcement that many tickets booked through the agency will no longer earn AAdvantage points.

“This latest development doubles American Airlines’ clear agenda since last year to force the travel agency industry to adopt immature technology, monopolize distribution channels, and squeeze channel partners and customers to cut costs and profits,” Kerby wrote. “We’re fighting.”

ASTA has been at loggerheads with American since it launched a new distribution strategy last April. American Airlines has removed a number of fares from the old GDSs in an effort to shift bookings from travel agencies to NDC connections. ASTA took the matter to the Department of Transportation, asking the department to force American to reinstate fares in GDSs, citing service issues with NDC reservations.

In its latest salvo, ASTA launched a campaign with Politico in the hope of attracting the attention of legislators and their staff.

“Congress, don’t let American Airlines eliminate consumer choice,” the ad says.

It is linked to the new ASTA website, Save my miles, which has a section for travellers and another for advisors. Each of them helps users submit comments to legislators.

In addition to asking advisors and consumers to share personal stories about how American’s actions have affected them, ASTA also includes a pre-composed message.

The consumer-focused message talks about the benefits of working with a travel advisor.

“Now, American Airlines is using the reward points I’ve earned to force me to book directly on their website, or through an agent they prefer,” the post continues. “This is an outrageous attempt to eliminate competition, and it will reduce the level of service and protection for travellers.”

Agent- and consumer-focused messaging encourages a congressional investigation of the United States.

ASTA encourages advisors to send a message to legislators and share its website with their clients.

“Tell them to stop AA from disenfranchising customers who book through travel agencies by telling Congress not to let American Airlines eliminate consumer choice,” Kerby wrote.


American Express Global Business Travel Announces Acquisition of CWT: Travel Weekly Instruvel

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In what would be one of the largest mergers of travel management companies in recent history, American Express Global Business Travel announced Monday that it had agreed to acquire rival CWT for $570 million in cash and stock.

If the transaction receives shareholder and regulatory approval, Amex GBT said it expects the transaction to close in the second half of 2024. The boards of directors of both companies have approved the deal, according to Amex GBT.

Both companies are mega-agencies that rank at the top of Travel Weekly’s annual list of powerhouses. In the most recent list, Amex GBT was No. 3, with $23 billion in annual sales in 2022. CWT was No. 5, with $13 billion.

“Integrating CWT into Amex GBT’s proven software and services model will create more choice for customers, more opportunities for people, and more value for shareholders,” Paul Abbott, CEO of Amex GBT, said in a statement. Amex GBT said it expects CWT to generate revenue of about $850 million in 2024 and adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of $70 million to $80 million.

“Joining forces with Amex GBT helps us accelerate our vision for a technology future for business travel, where people and technology combine to deliver an exceptional customer experience,” Patrick Andersen, CEO of CWT, said in a statement. “We are very confident in the value creation of the combined business.”

This report was originally published in Business Travel News.


Travel Sellers Evaluate Strategies to Survive Vendor Shutdowns: Travel Weekly Instruvel

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The closure of two suppliers last month served as a wake-up call to the travel advisory community: no matter how strong a business is, due diligence is required.

American Queen Voyages and Gogo Vacations both closed their doors at the end of February. American Queen, which has cancelled all future sailings, has implemented a refund process and has stated that all guest deposits will be fully refunded. Gogo, meanwhile, said that all existing bookings will be supported under the banner of parent company Flight Centre Travel Group.

Shutting down a supplier can be both a logistical and emotional headache for advisors who have active bookings with the defunct business. Not only do they have to ask for refunds, but they also have to deal with the potential erosion of customer trust in the industry or even in their advisor.

While it’s not possible to know for sure the financial health of any given provider, there are telltale signs – like missed commission payments – that point to trouble in heaven. There are also steps advisors can take to ensure their clients are protected in the event of an unexpected closure.

“As we know, every once in a while, suppliers are going to have a failure along the way,” said Nicole Mazza, chief marketing officer at Travelsavers. “It happens. You just have to stay alert. Keep reading the charts. Keep reading the news.

Mazza said the closure of American Queen Voyages and Gogo is an anomaly: None of the other suppliers in Travelsavers’ portfolio appear to be struggling. But, she said, advisers should carefully consider any vendor they want to work with.

“Make sure they’re insured, make sure they’re bonded, make sure they’re financially stable,” Mazza said. “I think that’s one of the biggest benefits of being part of a consortium or a host agency. We do all that work for them when we sign them up as a preferred partner, and we all have very robust verification processes.

She encouraged advisors to book appointments with preferred suppliers in their host agency or consortium, because of this extra layer of research that allows for onboarding of supplier partners.

Peter Lobasso, ASTA’s senior vice-president and general counsel, agrees. While it’s “difficult” for individual advisers or smaller agencies to vet providers, Lobasso said if they were part of a larger network, they would have to rely on its partners.

“While it’s not a guarantee that a provider won’t subsequently go bankrupt for reasons that no one could reasonably anticipate, third-party verification can be a useful tool for evaluating which providers advisors should recommend to their clients,” he said.

Signature Travel Network, Pleasant Holidays and AAA Travel had all suspended sales of American Queen Voyages before it shut down.

If an advisor decides to book with a provider that isn’t part of a preferred partner program, “be careful,” Mazza said. Ask your peers for recommendations and book only with a credit card.

Unfortunately, Lobasso said, “there are often no signs of financial distress detectable outside.”

But he encouraged councillors to read the trade press and keep abreast of any reports of delays in the payment of commissions. This could be an indication that a company is in financial trouble, he said.

He also encouraged counselors to book with tour operators that are members of the USTOA, which requires members to participate in its traveler assistance program.

This program was designed specifically to protect consumers in the event of bankruptcy, insolvency, or the closure of a supplier. Active members of the association must deposit $1 million in security, which is held by the association and used only to reimburse consumers if such situations arise.

Lobasso also recommended that advisors purchase errors and omissions insurance, which typically covers claims made by clients that an advisor’s referral of a provider resulted in financial losses. Finally, he said, advisors should always recommend that customers purchase travel insurance with coverage against payment default.

Allianz maintains a list of covered suppliers, said Richard Aquino, vice president and head of sales at Allianz Partners. If a supplier is on that list, he said, the insured is covered in the event of financial default as long as the policy is purchased within a certain number of days after a deposit has been paid and the full cost of the trip is insured.

“I think our list is pretty solid,” he said. “We have the majority of all cruise and tour lines on this list.”

Aquino noted, however, that just because a supplier isn’t on the list doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not financially stable, and vice versa (American Queen was on the list, for example). The listing simply states that Allianz’s risk assessment team deemed the company to be an appropriate addition.

Daniel Durazo, director of external communications at Allianz, said suppliers are added and removed from the list from time to time.

“It’s not really a comment on the company if they’re not there,” Durazo said. “They may just not meet our underwriting criteria.”

Like Mazza and Lobasso, Aquino encouraged advisors to look to their networks, such as host agencies or consortia, when choosing their suppliers.

“I’m sure a consortium wouldn’t have [a supplier] on their list if they don’t feel like [they’re] a reputable company,” he said.


Executives Discuss Expected Benefits of Amex GBT-CWT Combination: Travel Weekly Instruvel

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Executives at American Express Global Business Travel said Monday that the $570 million acquisition of rival CWT would bring significant shareholder value, add 4,000 new customers and generate immediate synergies.

If approved, the merger would be one of the largest in recent history for travel management companies: in 2018, Amex GBT acquired Hogg Robinson Group. Amex GBT expects the transaction to close in the second half of 2024. On a conference call with investors, Amex GBT CEO Paul Abbott said the company has identified about $155 million in annual synergies in the first three years. “Our proven track record gives us confidence that we will achieve this goal,” he said, adding that Amex GBT expects the transaction to be “highly accretive,” breaking even in the first year and being accretive thereafter. Karen Williams, Amex GBT’s chief financial officer, added that the acquisition is “an incredible story of synergies,” with the $155 million primarily being achieved by consolidating the cost base of CWT and Amex GBT. About 80% of this synergy target is related to improving efficiency through consolidation, she said, while the rest is expected from supplier optimization. “It’s important to note that we expect AI and automation to represent a significant opportunity for us,” Williams said. “CWT is very much in line with this goal and offers several generative AI use cases within its CWT platform, highlighting the incredible leverage we have for margin expansion in the future.”
A GBT chart from American Express showing the expected synergies from the acquisition of CWT.
Abbott said the deal was part of Amex GBT’s focus on mergers and acquisitions (M&A). Abbott called the industry “vast and fragmented” with significant M&A opportunities. “Our agreement with CWT clearly shows that we are seizing this attractive opportunity and delivering on our M&A priorities,” Abbott said, adding that Amex GBT’s first M&A priority is to “drive growth. This acquisition will allow us to immediately increase our revenue by a third, with the potential for even greater earnings growth over time. CWT will add a diverse set of customers in terms of industry, geography and size, Abbott said, noting that the company has a “strong presence in high-value segments including energy, resources, marine, media, entertainment and sports, life sciences, defense and government.” Abbott said customers will benefit from the deal. “Creating more value for customers is really at the center of the transaction here,” he said. “And that comes in different forms, such as greater choice, including access to combined proprietary software solutions and combined professional services. And saving customers money. “We do this by giving them access to the most comprehensive and competitive content and creating the most valuable travel market,” said Abbott. “And it will certainly be a great benefit for CWT’s customers to have access to our marketplace and have access to the best and most comprehensive content in the industry.”

Perfect Indian Destinations for a Holiday with Toddlers Instruvel

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Going on holiday with toddlers is a delightful adventure filled with moments of joy, discovery and complicity. From the excitement of packing their favorite toys to the laughter shared during a playful exploration, every aspect of the trip becomes a treasured memory. As parents, it’s paramount to keeping our little ones comfortable and safe, whether it’s choosing kid-friendly accommodations, planning age-appropriate activities, or packing essentials to keep them happy and satisfied.
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Here are some Indian destinations that are perfect for a holiday with toddlers:
Perfect Indian Destinations for a Holiday with Toddlers
Goa: Goa’s serene beaches such as Calangute, Baga, and Palolem offer shallow waters and soft sand, perfect for toddlers to play under supervision. Splashdown Water Park in Anjuna and Froggyland Water World in Nuvem are popular for their safe and enjoyable water activities suitable for young children. In addition, the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary or Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary are perfect for wildlife viewing.
Perfect Indian Destinations for a Holiday with Toddlers
Kerala: Experience a leisurely houseboat ride through the tranquil backwaters of Alleppey or Kumarakom, providing a unique and comfortable experience for families. For a quieter holiday, head to hill resorts like Munnar or Wayanad, where toddlers can enjoy gentle hikes amid tea plantations and picturesque landscapes.
Perfect Indian Destinations for a Holiday with Toddlers
Rajasthan: Explore the majestic Amber Fort in Jaipur or the City Palace in Udaipur, where the family can marvel at the grandiose architecture and spacious courtyards. Elephant rides to Amer Fort are also very popular. A boat ride on Lake Pichola in Udaipur will also add a unique touch to your Rajasthan adventure. In Rajasthan, a traditional puppet show and folk shows are a must. Read also: Cool Asian getaways for your April adventures
Perfect Indian Destinations for a Holiday with Toddlers
Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Relax on family-friendly beaches like Radhanagar Beach or Corbyn’s Cove Beach, offering calm waters and soft sand for toddlers to play safely. You can also take a glass-bottom boat ride to North Bay Island or Jolly Buoy Island. It will give toddlers the opportunity to observe marine life without getting wet. Explore the lush greenery of Chidiya Tapu, where toddlers can enjoy easy nature walks amidst diverse flora and fauna. Read also: Everything you need to know about the world’s first Om-shaped temple in Rajasthan’s Pali district
Perfect Indian Destinations for a Holiday with Toddlers
Himachal Pradesh: Take a scenic ride on the Kalka-Shimla Railway, giving toddlers a fun and memorable journey through picturesque landscapes. Visiting the apple orchards in Manali or Shimla is also a lot of fun. There, toddlers can pick fresh fruit and enjoy nature walks in a serene setting.

5 Countries That Offer Easy Work Visas for Indians Instruvel

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Obtaining a work visa abroad often presents considerable hurdles, involving complex eligibility standards and bureaucratic procedures. Nevertheless, opting for a country with simplified processes and fewer prerequisites can make this process much easier. Whether one is looking for work-life balance in the Netherlands, economic prospects in the UK, the picturesque appeal of New Zealand, the vibrant atmosphere of Singapore, or the promising opportunities in Australia, each destination offers distinct benefits for Indian professionals venturing into an international career path.
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Here, we highlight five of these countries where obtaining a work visa from India is relatively straightforward, each offering distinct benefits to consider when determining the best solution for your needs.
5 Countries That Offer Easy Work Visas for Indians
Netherlands: Renowned for its excellent work-life balance, the Netherlands offers a flexible visa approval system suitable for professionals looking for advancement. The nation’s commitment to technological exploration fosters an environment conducive to career advancement. In addition, lower taxes and a high standard of living ensure access to top-notch career prospects, education, and healthcare.
5 Countries That Offer Easy Work Visas for Indians
United Kingdom: As a global economic powerhouse, the UK offers many opportunities for Indian citizens looking to work abroad. With a range of visa options, including the Global Talent Visa and the Skilled Worker Visa, entry into the country is made easy for skilled professionals. The UK’s thriving economy and supporting infrastructure provide a promising environment for career development.
5 Countries That Offer Easy Work Visas for Indians
New Zealand: Offering stress-free visa procedures and minimum requirements, New Zealand is emerging as an attractive destination for Indian professionals. The natural beauty of the country, complemented by first-world amenities, creates an attractive living environment. With its welcoming immigration policies, New Zealand offers plenty of opportunities for career advancement and personal growth. Read also: Assam: Two new species identified in Kaziranga National Park; What is it?
5 Countries That Offer Easy Work Visas for Indians
Singapore: Known for the ease of its work visa process, Singapore welcomes Indian professionals in a variety of sectors, from education to information technology to hospitality. As a global financial center, the city-state offers many employment opportunities and a favorable business climate. Singapore’s warm climate adds to its appeal, making it an attractive destination for people looking for career growth in a fast-paced environment. Read also: Central Türkiye: Discovering the Wonders of Cappadocia
5 Countries That Offer Easy Work Visas for Indians
Australia: With reduced quotas of skilled workers, Australia offers favorable work visa options for Indian professionals aspiring to international career growth. The country’s citizenship rights, safe environment and sustainable standard of livingmake it an attractive destination. Australia’s robust economy and diverse labour market provide many opportunities for professionals to thrive and succeeded