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Travel Agent's December 12, 2011 issue.

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U.S. Travel Association Applauds Congress for Action on Visa Reform

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Blaze PR to Represent AmaWaterways
Regent Seven Seas Cruises Releases 10 Winter Tropical Escape Itineraries
Oceania Cruises' Riviera Offers 10 Dining Venues
Celebrity Cruises Presents President's Awards to Crucon Cruise Outlet and...
Luxury Travel Expo Prize Drawings Generate Interest
Carnival Cruise Lines' Carnival Paradise to Sail Four- and Five-Day...
SeaDream Yacht Club Releases 2012/2013 Voyage Brochure
Holland America Line's Travel Agent Headquarters Receives New Tools
Bill Harber Named Vice President of Corporate Marketing at Carnival...
Silversea Offers Grand Prix de Monaco Land Package
Pleasant Holidays Launches 2012 Europe and Southeast Asia Itineraries for...
Celebrity Cruises to Feature New Suites Aboard Celebrity Reflection
Windstar Cruises Offers New Islands of Italy Voyage
Oceania Cruises Introduces New Beverage Packages
Silversea Launches the "Slow Food in Tuscany" Land Option
Mahogany Bay Cruise Center in Roatan Welcomes its One Millionth Cruise...
Carnival Updates Web Site for Meeting and Event Planners
Norwegian Cruise Line Announces Deployment Schedule for Winter 2013/2014...
Oceania Cruises Offers Three New Sightseeing Options for Purchasing...
Seabourn's North American Sales Team Meets Aboard the Seabourn Quest
Hurtigruten to Partner With Revelex Corporation to Provide Online Booking...
Richard Brilliant Named Senior Vice President of Management Advisory...
Royal Caribbean Releases Winter 2012-13 Season for Vision of the Seas
Carnival Inspiration to Sail Year-Round from Long Beach, Calif.
Lindblad Expeditions Offers Seasonal Rates for 2012 Bookings
Disney Fantasy Leaves Building Dock at Meyer Werft
Crystal Cruises Announces Complete Worldwide Cruise Collection for 2013
Paul Gauguin Cruises Offers PEARLS Accredited Partner Program
Crystal Cruises to Add Casual Chinese Eating Options to the Crystal...
Royal Caribbean International Debuts "The Sea is Calling. Answer it...
Crystal Cruises Announces Expiration Date for New "Book Now" Fares
Disney Cruise Line Releases Disney Fantasy Musical Lineup
French Country Waterways Offers New Itineraries for 2012
This Week in Cruise: December 12, 2011
Crystal Serenity Rescues Two Capsized Rowers


In-Depth on Four New Four Seasons Resorts in the Caribbean
What’s New in Monaco
Big Sky, Montana
Travel Agent Magazine's Top Travel Destinations of 2011
Peru: Lima and Cusco Keep it Fresh
Royal Caribbean's Back to Back Cruises
Fairytale Weddings
2012 Will Be a Strong One

Business Operations

Total Travel Management Compensation Up 5 Percent
Funjet Offers Instant Early Booking Discount
USTOA Names 2012 Executive Committee
Top 2012 "Bucket List" Vacations From Restructures Sales Team
Americans Flocking to European Cruises
ASTA and NTA Support New SBA Standard
TRUE Launches New Agency Acceptance Criteria
Globus Brands Now on VAX VacationAccess
Cruise Network Introduces Air Booking Platform
Starwood Launches New Luxury Learning Module for Fiji
Top 5 Tips for Traveling With Pets
Hot Trends: Gourmet Getaways
New “eGlobal24” Gives Agencies 24-Hour Service
ASTA Offers Hispanic Market Webinar
Funjet Offers Multi-Stop Packages for All Cities
TRAVELSAVERS Details New Lifestyle Marketing Campaigns
ITA Reports Sale of Two Agencies
NTA and ASTA Launch U.S. Hispanic Initiative
Travel Quest Announces 90 Percent Commission Plan
Consumer Confidence Improves Again
Win a Trip to Las Vegas With New Agent Contest From VAX Vacations
Opinion: Agency Groups Remain Sources of Innovation
Good News: Consumer Confidence Improves
Hotel Industry Enters 2012 on Solid Footing
Travel Institute Offers Customized Learning

ARC Warns Agents of Phishing Scams and Fraud
John Hancock To Distribute Travel Insurance
Travel Leaders’ 2012: Upbeat on Travel
Top Ten Sales Tips From CruiseShipCenters Emphasize Social Media
Business Travel Will “Take Off” in 2012
CruiseOne Signs Agreement for Expansion in UK
GBTA: Business Travel Outlook - Expect Steady Growth 

USTOA Forecasts 2012 Increase in Business, Jobs
PKF Forecast: Recovery Better For Some, But Not All

Funjet Vacations Announces Contest With 100 Prizes
Avoya Travel Launches Instant Commission Program
Nexion Honors Top Producing Agents
Nexion Announces 2012 Boot Camp Dates
Travel Agent Air Sales Up 6 Percent


Funjet Offers Seat Assignments During Booking
Amadeus Launches Hotel Sales Package
Travelport Rescinds Agility Program Mandatory Fees for Current Subscribers
iflybags Helps Agents Comply with DOT Bag Rules
Amadeus Offers Tips on Tech Trends Among Travelers
Travel Insured Web Site Features Agent Selling Tools
Amadeus and LOT Sign Agreement
Travel Leaders Group Names First Chief Information Officer
GDS Effective to Reach Travel Agents at Point of Sale
Amadeus and Travelodge Sign Deal
Turks & Caicos Resort Targets Tech-Savvy Travelers
ARTA At War With Travelport Pay-for-Use Plan

ASTA Urges Travelport Dialogue on Agility Program
Amadeus Study Sees Technology Key to Future Travel
Austrian Airlines and Travelport Sign Agreement
Sabre Partners With Glowpoint
Southwest Vacations Offers 40 Percent Off Hotels, Free Nights
Travelport Changes Agility Program


DOT Reports Passenger Gains
U.S. Travel Commends Expedited Military Screening
Air India Announces New Fares
U.S. and Montenegro Reach Open-Skies Agreement
Air Travel: Airline Bag Policies a Barrier to Travel
DOT's Forecast: Fair Skies Ahead for Air Travelers
DOT Marks 25 Years of Equal Access for Travelers
DOT Delays Process on New Fee Disclosure Rules
Airlines Strengthen Labor Relations Expertise
Northeast Christmas Snowstorm Possible
DOT Fines AirTran
CLIA Offers Insights Into Shipboard Dining Trends
What Agents Need to Know About New DOT Advertising Regulations
FAA Issues New Rules on Pilot Fatigue
American Airlines Delisted From New York Exchange
Sun Air International Joins ARC
FAA Administrator Babbitt Resigns
A4A Forecasts Drop in Holiday Air Travel
Vacations By Rail Offers New 2012 Program
Expedia Signs Agreement With United
TSA Launches Helpline for Disabled Travelers
Airlines Report Seven Tarmac Delays
DOT Shuts Down Bus Firm
St. Christopher and Nevis Sign Open-Skies Agreement
Etihad Airways Increases Stake in airberlin
Eurozone Crisis Biggest Risk to Airline Profits

News Impact

Japan's Tourism Recovering Faster Than Expected
U.S. Airlines See Cash-Grab in European Union Tax Plan
EU Court Decision on Emissions Trading Faces Global Opposition
Cruise Holidays Forecasts Solid Cruise Sales for 2012
BTC and WTTC Blast UK Passenger Tax
CruiseOne Welcomes "Second Chance" Winners
Western Governors Association Supports Visa Reform
Yankee Leisure Names Marini President
New U.S.-Canadian Border Deal Helps Travel
2012: Complex Issues Will Demand Agent Participation
Reitz Named Chairperson of ARC Board
Thomas Cook Group Reports Loss
ARTA Launches Skills Certificate Program

U.S. Travel Association Urges Congress to Expand Visa Waivers
U.S. Airlines Object to European Court Tax Decision
Economic Contribution of Travel Gains Recognition
AAA Projects Near Record Travel During Holidays
Consumers Will Wait: What the DOT Delay Means
ASTA's Russo Joins Travel Insured
ASTA: Web 2.0 Plays Key Role in Agency Marketing
IsramWorld's A. Ady Gelber Gelber Wins Recognition


Colorado Ski Resorts Ready for Holidays
Pacific Delight Tours Offers $1,000 Off Luxury China Programs
Funjet Expands European Hotel Inventory
Israel Reports Tourism Gains
North Carolina Travel Guide Goes Hi-Tech
Travel Impressions Offers $100 AMEX Reward
Southwest Vacations Offers Ski Free Sale
Taiwan Nominated to Visa Waiver Program
St. Maarten Offers Discounted Rates, Packages
December 2011

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