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How tourism hotspots can bounce back after terrorist attacks

Over the past 15 years, terrorism has been on the rise. There has been a five-fold increase in terror related deaths since 2000. These attacks have plagued the news. From 9/11 to the Madrid bombings, from Tunisia to Kenya, from Beirut to Baghdad to Paris; it is clear that terrorist attacks are very diverse in terms of their location, the impact as well as the perpetrators. The insights generated from these events have enabled policymakers and the industry alike to understand the implications of terrorism.

Heritage tourism: Using travel to explore roots and culture instead of Disney and Vegas

Luong La's family fled the communist regime in Vietnam in 1979. Now a father of three living in Santa Barbara, California, he and his wife decided they wanted to spend one of their family vacations bringing the kids back to his native country to learn about it.

So they spent a month on a heritage tourism trip to the Southeast Asian country to visit not just traditional tourist sites but also the places where he had grown up in the Mekong Delta.

Sink or swim: how internet overload saved travel agents

We live in a digital world where a simple tap on the iPad or a bit of jiggery-pokery on the smartphone can have us booked on the next flight to Ibiza and sipping cocktails by the beach before our battery's even died on the mobile.

And yet, it would appear that an increasing number of customers are opting to plump for a more traditional route when it comes to arranging our sun getaways. The travel agent is making a comeback, in fact, rumours of its demise may have been greatly exaggerated.

Why Did Amazon Quit The Online Travel Market?

Out of the blue, Amazon has decided to shut down its travel booking site, Amazon Destinations! Amazon entered into the hotel-booking business in April 2015 with Amazon Destinations, a travel reservation service focusing on weekend retreats and getaways in the Northeast, the Pacific Northwest, and Southern California. Amazon Destinations was available on desktop and Amazon’s mobile applications.

Tips for maintaining an edge

By Laura Del Rosso

Staying motivated when working from home can be a challenge for home-based travel agents, says Kammy Thurman, a former home-based agent who now is a copywriter and travel marketing consultant based in Montana.

Thurman, who provides training support to the Travel Institute, has several recommendations for success for home-based agents, collected over 18 years of working from home.

Riviera Maya's Tourism Growth Focuses On Luxury, Sustainability While Seeking To Improve Local Life

Riviera Maya is proving an example of how developers of tourism learned their lessons from past mistakes, experts say. High-rises packed along the beach, moving masses of land, destroying ecosystems and turning local landscapes into vanilla theme parks is the dark side of an industry that employs one in nine people worldwide and contributes $7.4 trillion to the world economy on an annual basis. However, in Mexico’s Caribbean, an 80 mile stretch of sandy beaches to the south of Cancun has seen rapid growth, yet managed to maintain a pristine image combining the wilds of the jungle where it meets the sea. Known as the “Cancun – Tulum corridor” until 1999, the area offers a mix of mass-market all-inclusive hotels, small inns and a growing inventory of luxury resorts.

Hotel workers in D.C. propose some of the strictest Airbnb regulations in the country

The District has not seen much in the way of fighting over regulation of housing in the so-called sharing economy since Airbnb agreed to collect and remit the full “tourist tax” levied on short-term rentals. But fights have continued in cities across the country, as community groups, lawmakers and hospitality interests seek to prevent property owners from using the service to set up what are functionally hotels without the regulation.

Stat: 44 Percent of Business Travel Clients Use "Sharing Economy" Accommodations

Travel Leaders Group has released its latest survey data on fall trends in business travel. More than two-thirds of its participating corporate travel specialists indicated that over 10 percent of their clients are flying in the “front of the plane” (First or Business Class), which is an increase over last year. Additional findings looked at the emergence of the “sharing economy” within business travel; 44.4 percent have clients who have used an alternative supplier for accommodation and 66.2 percent indicated their clients have used an alternative supplier for their ground transportation. Nearly 81 percent of respondents also stated that their business travel bookings are higher than or on par with last year at this time.

For Airlines And Agents, A Reversal of Fortunes

Representatives of the three major U.S. network carriers separately walked up onto a stage at the Omni Shoreham in Washington D.C. earlier this week. Having airline officials in our nation’s capital lobbying about something certainly isn’t news, however, in this case all three executives were speaking to a gathering of about 900 travel agents who were attending the ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents) Global Convention in Washington D.C. It marked the end of a long absence precipitated by Delta Air Lines decision to cut commissions to travel agents, a first blow that was matched and upped in what airline executives believed was not only a war on costs but the first step towards the panacea of cutting out the middle man and increasing direct bookings.

Five reasons why Chinese outbound tourism will continue to grow even in times of crisis

China is having a difficult year with the economy slowing down faster than expected, the stockmarket bubble bursting in stages despite all government efforts and the Tianjin explosion killing more than a hundred people and exposing again the very real dangers of corruption. The number of outbound trips taken by Mainland Chinese however shows no sign of slowing down. The official Chinese figure of 61.9 million trips for the first six months of 2015 represents a growth rate of 13% and without some changes apparently made to the way this number is calculated, it would would probably be even higher.