Incentive Travel Yields New Opportunities for Leisure Advisors

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The 2018 Monaco Grand Prix. Monaco is a popular destination for incentive travel. Andy Hone/LAT Photographic / Flickr

Skift Take: While incentive travel is most often handled by travel management companies, it can also be a good fit for leisure travel advisors, especially those accustomed to working with high-end clients and those who make good use of outsourcing. While there are major differences between incentive and leisure travel, some of the same principles apply.

— Maria Lenhart

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College Tour Planning Is a Growing Niche for Travel Advisors

Custom College Visits

Brittany Caine, the daughter of Janice Caine, founder of Custom College Visits, at Southern Methodist University.
Custom College Visits

Skift Take: The business of planning custom college tours has the potential to grow as tuition continues to balloon at schools across the U.S. The relative cost of having an expert plan an intensive college visit may be worth it for students and families preparing to make a major investment.

— Paul Biasco

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Can Leisure Advisors Crack the Incentive Travel Market?

Hotel Des Indes

Even relatively small agencies can organize incentive travel to luxury destinations. Pictured is Hotel Des Indes, a Luxury Collection Hotel, The Hague, the Netherlands. Hotel Des Indes

Skift Take: For leisure travel advisors, especially those already accustomed to providing concierge-style services, expanding into incentive travel could be a realistic goal. With help from outsourcing services, even small agencies can handle the complexities involved.

— Maria Lenhart

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Club Med Will Expand into New Market With First South Africa Resort

South African Tourism

A family at a South African beach in KwaZulu-Natal province. Club Med’s first planned resort in sub-Saharan Africa will attract not only international visitors but also growing numbers of local travelers. South African Tourism

Skift Take: Club Med has finally committed to long-overdue expansion into sub-Saharan Africa. It’s good news for South Africa’s tourism prospects and introduces the brand to an untapped African market.

— Richard Holmes

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MGM Resorts Completes Layoffs in Cost-Cutting Effort

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In this Aug. 3, 2015, file photo, a man rides his bike past the MGM Grand hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Casino giant MGM Resorts International announced Thursday, May 30, 2019, it’s completing planned layoffs with 779 job cuts, mostly in Las Vegas. John Locher / Associated Press

Skift Take: MGM Resorts tried to get ahead of the curve by downsizing before a potential economic downturn hits. The hospitality company can now focus on developing new experiences and products to drive revenue and truly future-proof its business.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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Skift Tech Forum: How Artificial Intelligence Can Improve Guest Experience

G6 Hospitality

Motel 6 in Carlsbad, NM. Jessie Burgess, chief information officer at G6 Hospitality, will speak about innovative platforms at Skift Tech Forum on June 27. G6 Hospitality

Skift Take: For travelers, tech overload can easily lead to burnout, but when used the right way, a flexible platform can foster a solid human connection.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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