Travel Advisors Are Selling Trips as a Kind of Therapy

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Bicyclists are shown in Copenhagen in this photo from 2018. The city in Denmark is a place some travel pros recommend for clients seeking to learn more about work-life balance. Kristoffer Trolle / Flickr

Skift Take: Transformative travel has been a buzzword for a while, and these companies are finding a way to put the concept into practice. Actual therapy should be left to professionals, but there’s no denying travelers can find a helpful fresh perspective through their journeys.

— Hannah Sampson

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Travel Advisors Tap Into Lucrative Destination Weddings Driven by Immigrants

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In this June 9, 2016 photo, Renaissance Schaumburg hotel employee Shelby Wollscheid gets Henna body art from Henna artist Sumeyya Rehman, as Marriott International, hosts a multicultural training session for employees to handle Indian weddings at the Renaissance in Schaumburg, Illinois. Bob Chwedyk / Daily Herald via Associated Press

Skift Take: South Asian destination weddings, which involve large groups and multi-night stays, are big business for a growing number of resorts and travel advisors. Succeeding in the niche requires a marriage of cultural knowledge and logistical skill.

— Maria Lenhart

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Travel Advisors Find South Asian Destination Weddings Very Lucrative But Tough

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Pictured is a destination wedding at Moon Palace Cancun in Mexico. Travel advisors need to have a lot of savvy to be successful at destination weddings. VIP Vacations

Skift Take: South Asian destination weddings are a lucrative and growing travel niche, fueled by demand from affluent Indian immigrant communities in North America. However, travel advisors need to be prepared for complex challenges.

— Maria Lenhart

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Adventure Travel Specialists Take Customers Beyond the Beach

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Tour operators and travel advisors are seeing clients looking for adventure vacations rather than staying at resorts and run-of-the mill activities. Bloomberg

Skift Take: Adventure travel is a booming niche that many agencies would be wise to take on. Given the trends for retirees to live longer and healthier lives and for millennials to search for unique experiences, this segment of the travel market is just getting started.

— Paul Biasco

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Skift Forum Europe: Ennismore CEO Sharan Pasricha on Reimagining Hospitality

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Sharan Pasricha, the CEO of Ennismore, is speaking at the upcoming Skift Forum Europe in London on April 30. Ennismore

Skift Take: The success of Ennismore’s Hoxton hotels brand is founded on the fact that you don’t have to completely reinvent something to make it exciting or lasting. You just need to know what elements bring you — and your guests — joy (while also making a profit).

— Deanna Ting

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