Source: Travel Weekly (Secaucus,NJ)
By Tom Stieghorst
January is world cruise season, and this year a dozen ships are sailing on three- to four-month voyages around the world. It’s a time-honored tradition, especially for luxury lines.
So leave it to one of the industry’s iconoclasts to question whether the tradition makes sense.
“In my view, the world cruise is the itinerary of last resort,” said Frank Del Rio, chairman of Prestige Cruise Holdings.
ALTOUR has been ranked as the #1 travel management company in Los Angeles for 2012 by the Los Angeles Business Journal. ALTOUR has also been named as one of the “Fastest Growing Companies” in the city and one of the “Best Places to Work” for 4 years consecutively.
ALTOUR Index Reports People Are Traveling More, Opting For Luxury Tourists Are Looking To Travel And Choosing Premium Level At The Right Price
(New York – April 9, 2012) The April ALTOUR INDEX (the luxury travel expert’s bi-monthly survey of hundreds of leisure agents) shows a strong increase in travel overall from last year, and an increased demand for luxury vacations.
With some Kasparovian play, and a little help from ALTOUR, the South Bronx could be home to a future United States Chess Federation champion. That’s the hope for the WHEDCO (Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation) Chess Team, and its 8 players aged 9-13, when they travel to Minneapolis, Minnesota to compete in the United States Chess Federation chess championships April 13-15th.
Air travel has made the world a smaller place, but also a more complicated one. It’s great that we can eat breakfast in New York and be in London in time for tea, but with added access comes added security concerns and the endless miles of red tape that come with it. For frequent international travelers, this was simply a part of the process that couldn’t be avoided: a necessary evil. But new and expanded programs allow for simpler immigration procedures for trusted travelers.
When we decided to re-do the ALTOUR website, we wanted it to be world-class. That meant we had to create it from scratch.
Every other month, ALTOUR sends a survey out to hundreds of its leisure agents to get a bead on the industry. We want to know the where people are headed, how often, and what their chief concerns are. This knowledge helps us plan ahead so we can provide a better service. Below are some of our latest observations along with quotes from some of ALTOUR’s finest.