There is no better place for a visitor to have fun in the sun than in the state of Florida. Florida offers so much, from an Everglades experience, to Disney, to historical destinations that dot the state throughout. However, the real reason Florida pops into most people’s mind is because of the amazing white sand beaches. There are 1,200 miles of coastline in Florida and visitors can choose between either the Gulf of Mexico side or the wilder waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
Not only are travel agents competing for business from online travel agencies, there is also healthy competition between travel agents themselves. As with most businesses, not all are created equally - some have advantages over others, but travelers don’t know what makes your business stand apart unless you tell them. How can you make your agency shine brighter than the rest, and be the best in this business that you can be?
On this page two years ago, I wrote about the lip service that is being given to the impact that the Millennial generation will have on the travel industry. At the time, I expressed my confusion about the abrupt switch I had seen from the industry experts and analysts in their projections about the strength of the Baby Boomers to that of the Millenials. To be sure, Millennials are indeed the future of the travel industry, but the Baby Boomers are its “here and now.” Their ranks are 76 million strong and it is projected that 99% will travel in 2016.
I recently received an article about the Baby Boomer generation from a customer, and thought it was worth sharing with our readers.
The Festival del Sole, recently renamed Festival Napa Valley, is held every summer in California’s gorgeous Napa Valley -- a dazzling showcase of great food, fine wine and top cultural performances. A chic and fun crowd, clad in fashions that Anna Wintour would approve, make this the most happening party around. The festival runs for 10 days, July 15 - 24 this year, and attracts a wide array of talented artists and interesting people from near and far. Some of the luminaries who have graced the festival’s stages include opera super star Renee Fleming, Tony award winner Audra Mc Donald and jazz great Chris Botti. Throughout the event the major valley wineries host lunches and dinners at various places in Napa. At these soirees regulars get to catch up and socialize with friends they initially met at the festival. “It’s like a summer camp for adults,” said one festival aficionado.
As river cruises continue to grow in popularity, those on Europe’s rivers still top the list. CLIA cruise line members currently have 170 ships on the world’s rivers (most in Europe), with 18 new vessels (most will sail in Europe) on order for 2016.