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July 30, 2014
 
 
One part Instagram, one part Uber...100% for the travel agent
The Travel Valet technology aims to level the playing field between OTAs and traditional travel agents
Terrilyn Kunopaski
Ryan McElroy
Ryan McElroy
As the saying goes, "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em" and despite the never-ending debate surrounding technology's impact on the survival of the traditional travel agent, a new tool is aiming to make a marriage between the two viable and profitable. It's called The Travel Valet, a pocket travel adviser coming soon to a smartphone near you. The app was built to connect agents with their clients' mobile devices, offering a comprehensive search tool, a wealth of travel product, and communications platforms so both parties can quickly and easily interact with each other. It's a hybrid solution between online booking and traditional travel distribution, allowing travel agents.... Full text... and comments...
 
 
 
 
WestJet reports Q2 net earnings of $51.8 million
Earnings up from $44.7 million in Q2 2013
Greg Saretsky, President and CEO of WestJet
Greg Saretsky
On July 29, WestJet announced its 2014 second quarter results, posting net earnings of $51.8 million, as compared with the net earnings of $44.7 million reported in the second quarter of 2013. Based on the trailing twelve months, the airline achieved a return on invested capital of 13.7 per cent, consistent with the 13.7 per cent reported in the previous quarter. "We had a great second quarter, reporting record earnings, exceeding our ROIC target for the eighth consecutive quarter, and achieving an on-time performance rate of 84.5 per cent, a year over year improvement of 3.5 percentage points," said WestJet President and CEO... Full text... and comments...
 
 
 
 
Vision announces new management system for business travel
INNFINITY system geared toward industry, FIFO travel
!!!Vision Travel announces new management system for business travel
Vision Travel, Canada's largest independently owned travel management company, has announced the creation of a new software program designed to help industry easily move employees across Canada and the world. Dubbed Vision INNFINITY, the resource management system is designed to help businesses requiring FIFO (fly in, fly out) travel for their employees. Among those sectors... Full text... and comments...
 
 
Un-Cruise to set sail for Galapagos, Costa Rica/Panama
New cruises to be added in 2015 and 2016
Panama City
Panama City
Small ship cruise line operator Un-Cruise Adventures is adding the Galápagos Islands and Costa Rica/Panama to its list of destinations, all of which are detailed in the company’s new 72-page brochure. The brochure details Un-Cruise’s adventures through April 2016, which include cruises in Alaska, Mexico’s Sea of Cortés, the Hawaiian Islands, the Columbia... Full text... and comments...
 
 
IATA calls on Venezuela to repatriate remaining airline funds
$4.1 billion in ticket sales still held by government
Tony Tyler, Director General and CEO, IATA
Tony Tyler
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently called on the Venezuelan government to honour the commitment it made in March to permit airlines to repatriate in full and at fair exchange rates airline funds being blocked in the country, which have ballooned to a total of $4.1 billion due to continuing sales. The blocked funds are from ticket sales in Venezuela and are being held by the government in breach of international treaties. The IATA states that the global air transport industry is expected to post a collective $18 billion profit this year... Full text... and comments...
 
 
Contiki seeks the ultimate travel story
Company turns to travellers for their tales
!!!Contiki seeks the ultimate travel story
Contiki Holidays is turning to its customers this year to collect memorable travel stories to share with the world, one of which will be retold with a Hollywood flair... Full text... and comments...
 
 
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