Jason Montague, president and CEO of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, talks with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report about how he hopes to bring cruising back later this year with the new Seven Seas Splendour and the rest of the Regent fleet. Montague details why delivering a luxury all-inclusive cruise experience is so important to the brand, new promotions benefiting both consumers and travel advisors, and how Regent differentiates itself from other luxury cruise lines in the market. For more information, visit www.rssc.com. 

Adolfo Perez, senior vice president of global sales & trade marketing for Carnival Cruise Lines, talks with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report about Carnival’s decision to keep travel agency commission rates at current tiers through 2022, a move matched by other Carnival Corp. lines like Holland America, Princess and Seabourn. Perez also details Carnival’s latest ship deployments for this year and how it’s working to support travel advisors in other ways. For more information, visit www.goccl.com

John Downey, president-Americas Region for Hurtigruten, talks with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report about his expedition cruise line’s newest offers in concert with National Plan a Vacation Day, the disposition of the Hurtigruten fleet, when the line is planning to restart cruising, how it’s supporting travel advisors and much more. For more information, visit www.hurtigruten.com

Carol Cabezas, newly promoted to president of Azamara, talks with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report about why private equity firm Sycamore Partners bought the cruise line from Royal Caribbean Group and why it just bought a fourth sister ship for the company. Cabezas also talks about how Azamara will stick to its destination immersion focus and continue to work closely with travel advisors to sell cruises. For more information, visit www.azamara.com

Javier Coll, president of global business development for Apple Leisure Group (ALG), talks with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report, about how ALG’s AMResorts grew branded resort portfolio by 59 properties last year even during the pandemic, and how it’s on track to add another 50 resorts this year in Europe (Greece, Spain and Portugal), Mexico and the Caribbean. Coll describes the appeal ALG has with resort owners and developers and why it’s giving travel advisors more resorts to sell. For more information, visit www.appleleisuregroup.com or www.amresorts.com.

Gai A. Spann, Shawnta Harrison and Veranda Adkins, co-founders of the Association of Black Travel Professionals (ABTP), talk with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report about why they are forming the group at this time, their own backgrounds in travel, the state of diversity in the travel business, why there aren’t more black travel advisors and what training, education and awareness ABTP will provide. For more information, visit www.abtprofessionals.org.

Bill McGee, airline expert, consumer advocate, consultant to Consumer Reports and a former columnist for USA Today, talks with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report about what's going on with airlines today as we emerge from nearly a year of the pandemic. McGee discusses how airlines have adapted to the new COVID-19 environment, points out the lack of government oversight on airline COVID policies, airline refunds and change fees, how airlines can survive with historically low airfares, the prospects for a return of business travel, the reintroduction of the 737MAX, a recent victory for airline consumers in a new DOT ruling, and much more. He also updates us on his own novel, "Half the Child," published nearly two years ago and now available as an audiobook. McGee also is author of a book on the airline industry, “Attention All Passengers.” For more information on “Half the Child” or to get in touch with Bill McGee, visit www.halfthechild.com.

Bill McGee, airline expert, consumer advocate, consultant to Consumer Reports and a former columnist for USA Today, talks with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report about what's going on with airlines today as we emerge from nearly a year of the pandemic. McGee discusses how airlines have adapted to the new COVID-19 environment, points out the lack of government oversight on airline COVID policies, airline refunds and change fees, how airlines can survive with historically low airfares, the prospects for a return of business travel, the reintroduction of the 737MAX, a recent victory for airline consumers in a new DOT ruling, and much more. He also updates us on his own novel, "Half the Child," published nearly two years ago and now available as an audiobook. McGee also is author of a book on the airline industry, “Attention All Passengers.” For more information on “Half the Child” or to get in touch with Bill McGee, visit www.halfthechild.com.

Sean Hebert, regional vice president-Americas for Kensington Tours, talks with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report about his luxury tour company’s eight travel trends and how Kensington has the right products to meet customers’ desires as we emerge from the coronavirus crisis. For more information, visit www.kensingtontours.com

Lauren Volcheff Atlass, new regional director-Americas for Bedsonline, talks with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report about what her company, which provides hotel, activities and transfer bookings to travel advisors, has gotten through the pandemic by becoming a leaner organization and providing even more programs and services for advisors. She also talks about how Bedsonline.com, owned by HotelBeds.com, is still transitioning from its former TravelBound brand. For more information, visit www.bedsonline.com

Katina Athanasiou, chief sales officer for Norwegian Cruise Line, talks with Alan Fine of Insider Travel Report about NCL's travel advisor outreach programs, which include "Week of You," CruiseFirst and PartnersFirst. She also talks about the progress of upcoming new Leonardo-class ships and whether NCL's SailSafe health protocols will change in light of the current climate for cruising in Europe. For more information, visit www.ncl.com.

 

Sabrina Cendral, senior vice president of marketing and sales for Club Med North America, talks to James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel about the all-inclusive resort pioneer’s upcoming ski property, Club Med Quebec Charlevoix; the status of its other resorts in Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe; how Club Med is getting through the pandemic; plus brand new travel advisor programs and much more. For more information, visit www.clubmed.us.

Jerry Inzerillo, CEO of Diriyah Gate Development Project and a veteran hotel and resort executive, talks with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report about Saudi Arabia’s plan to become a major tourism destination by 2030, including the massive resort, cultural and entertainment complex he oversees being developed around the At-Turaif UNESCO World Heritage Site. Inzerillo, who has worked with such hotel and resort luminaries as Ian Schrager and Sol Kerzner, offers his perspective on how the country is emerging as a prime destination in the Middle East. For more information on Diriyah Gate, visit https://dgda.gov.sa

Jackie Friedman, president of Nexion Travel Group, talks with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report about Nexion Expo, the new virtual event taking place Jan. 13-14 designed to showcase Nexion and its programs to experienced and new-to-travel advisors interested in joining the network. Friedman also provides an update on Nexion, its advisors and programs as we emerge from the crisis. For more information on Nexion Expo, visit www.nexion.com.

Kelly Bergin, president of OASIS Travel Network, talks with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report about how her host travel agency has supported its affiliates through the crisis, what bookings like for this year and 2022, how new to travel advisors have been joining the group in greater numbers to take advantage of its New2Travel program. For more information, visit www.oasistravelnetwork.com.

 

Mark Adams, CEO of Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa and Serenity at Coconut Bay, talks with Greg Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report about the vacation experiences available at both properties. Adams also discusses the unique luxury offerings at Serenity, the all-inclusive, couples-only property suitable for honeymoons and more. For more information, visit www.cbayresort.com and www.serenityatcoconutbay.com.

Jason King, president of P. Jason King Associates, an travel executive search firm and agency matchmaker, talks with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report about the state of the employment market in travel as the industry starts emerging from the pandemic. King focuses on what the jobs market looks like today, where demand will be different travel segments, how those currently unemployed should start searching for jobs, and what the market is for travel agency acquisitions and mergers. For more information, email info@pjasonkingassociates.com or visit www.YoursInTravel.com, www.pjasonkingassociates.com,  www.TravelMatchmakers.com.

Heather Heverling, president of AdventureWomen, talks with Alan Fine of Insider Travel Report about her newly created role at this relationship-oriented tour company, why the time was right for her to lead the company, and how AdventureWomen has changed since it was founded in 1982. Heverling also details what trips were successful in the second half of 2020 and what she sees is the future of travel for women post-pandemic. For more information, visit www.adventurewomen.com

Brandon Townsley, vice president-sales and trade partnerships for Atlas Ocean Voyages, talks with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report about his luxe-expedition cruise line’s plans for the first L’Occitane spa onboard the new World Navigator. Townsley also reveals new details about the unique itineraries and excursions that the ship will feature when it makes its debut this summer, as well as why travel advisors will find Atlas Ocean so easy to work with. For more information, visit www.atlasoceanvoyages.com.

Christopher Cowdray, CEO of Dorchester Collection, and Helen Smith, customer experience officer, talk with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report about how their hotels have gotten through the pandemic period, what’s new at properties in the group, new programs and packages being offered, and how they see luxury hospitality changing after the crisis. For more information, visit www.dorchestercollection.com

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