Travel Industry Today

NORWEGIAN WILL STAY AFLOAT
Updated to show Norwegian secured additional financing

Norwegian Cruise Line said Tuesday it may have to seek bankruptcy protection, saying there’s “substantial doubt” about its ability to continue as a “going concern” and warned investors it doesn’t have enough money to cover its financial obligations this year. MORE

DREAM TEAM
Staying relevant and in touch with clients

by Jen Savedra

We suddenly find ourselves in strange and incomprehensible times. The industry we love is one of those hardest hit by the pandemic, and people, who today might have been flying to a conference or convention, enjoying a family vacation, or planning their next one, instead face self-imposed quarantines or government mandated lockdowns. Travel is at a standstill. But, we are confident it will come back. We know that, and travel experts are agreed that when it does, travel advisors will be more relevant than ever before. MORE

PRECIOUS PLACES
Six Irish beaches to go wild over

Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way is one of the longest coastal routes in world, winding its way for 2,500 spectacular kilometres along the Irish west coast from the Inishowen Peninsula in the north to the picturesque town of Kinsale, County Cork, in the south. MORE

ARMCHAIR TRAVELLER
Brand USA blazes new trails with GoUSA TV

Each week, GoUSA TV continues to roll out new programming to help explorers continue travel dreaming while they stay at home. The premier travel entertainment streaming platform is available without a subscription, fees, or logins required. MORE

OF TUBAS, TATER TOTS AND TRAVEL AGENTS

by Michael Baginski

Today, May 6, is an auspicious day. It is national crepe suzette day. Tomorrow, national roast leg of lamb day, Friday coconut cream pie day, and so forth, until clean up your room day at the end of the week. But that’s not why we’re here. In the annals of national day lore, May 6 is also, and more importantly, Travel Agent Day. MORE

GUIDING LIGHT
US Travel unveils post-COVID road map

by Michael Baginski

Rightly or wrongly, some US states and commercial companies have started to emerge from the COVID-19 cocoon by beginning to ease, amongst other things, travel-related restrictions. And that’s one curve that the US Travel Association is determined to stay ahead of. MORE

TRAVEL AND TOURISM AND COVID 19

Canada joined the global community Monday in helping to raise $11 billion toward a COVID-19 vaccine, amid promises to avoid past pandemic practice and make it available for all. That hasn’t happened with past outbreaks, including the H1N1 pandemic in 2009, where richer countries got a vaccine first at the expense of poorer ones. MORE

TRAVEL ABCs
Kom Ombo

by Michael Baginski

Being a travel writer, I’m constantly asked, “What’s your favourite place?” Answering is nearly impossible since there are so many; so, with a little time at hand thanks to COVID-19 protocols, I’ve compiled a list – and to make it challenging, settling on a place for each letter of the alphabet. I still don’t know my overall favourite, by when it comes to K, it’s Kom Ombo (Egypt). MORE

LISTENING IN
Bay-area bliss, Ari and the Alibis

by Michael Baginski

Ariella McManus has a sexy new ‘do, but cutting her hair hasn’t diminished the strength of this spectacular singer’s voice. As the focal point of Ari and the Alibis, McManus and bandmates are titans of the popular music scene around Tampa, Sarasota and St. Petersburg, but clearly deserve wider acclaim for Ari’s powerful pipes and the band’s unique sound, dubbed “multicultural fusion.” MORE

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