(Harvard Business Publishing - May 18, 2009) -- In the face of the current recession, there has been much talk about using sustainability to get lean by being more efficient. But in every crisis is also a hidden opportunity to grow, and today's economic turmoil is no exception.read more »
(DiveTravelBusinessNews.com - Nov 30, 2009) -- UK Telegraph reporter Gill Charleton recently caused a stir in the travel world when he reported that the popular TripAdvisor website was promoting questionable tour operators. While the ground tour operators cited were located in Florence Italy, the story raises questions about unlicensed tour operators using trusted sites on the Internet to advertise their services. These ground operators lack basic public liability insurance and should something unfortunate happen, travelers using such tour operators are usually not covered under their own travel insurance.
The source of the problem lies with reviewers at the TripAdvisor.com website, and travelers in general, who are unaware that many guided ground tours are operating outside the law and without insurance. Many of these tours are picked up outside a hotel, the traveler pays cash and the company works from a cellphone, not a bricks and mortar operation. Travelers should check to see if a company is legitimate and has insurance before booking.
(November 26, 2008 - The Salt Lake Tribune) --The Transportation Security Administration now permits passengers to board airplanes with large bottles of medically necessary liquids that exceed the agency's 3-ounce limit.
But there's a catch.
The catch is that passengers -- no matter how experienced with TSA security lines and procedures -- must go through specially marked family lanes equipped with scanners able to detect liquid explosives.
"It can delay your screening process if you have those liquids. But, on the other hand, it keeps you from having to put those items into checked baggage, as you had to before," said Dwayne Baird, TSA Salt Lake City spokesman, on Tuesday.
TSA rolled out the new procedure at Salt Lake City International Airport on Thursday - one week ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, when, according to the Air Transport Association of America, planes are expected to be close to 90 percent full despite a projected 10 percent decrease in passenger numbers. read more »
“A la carte” pricing — along with “unbundling,” — is the airline industry’s preferred terminology for the practice of separating, and charging for, services that were traditionally included in the price of a ticket. Here’s the operative chunk:
After asking more than 1,600 airfarewatchdog travelers how they would feel about flying under a new a-la-carte pricing structure that airlines such as American Airlines, Spirit and Air Canada are adopting, 67% voted that it was a big step backward. The new structure, which means that flyers get lower base fees but will pay extra for things like soda, pillows, seat selection, checked bags and meals is, according to airfarewatchdog founder George Hobica, “the new normal.” read more »
Linda Gonding, travel agent and owner of A Dream Realized in Jackson, helped Moore plan her Alaskan cruise and made many suggestions, which turned the trip into an even better experience than Moore had anticipated. For example, Gonding encouraged Moore and her husband to spend time exploring "pre- and post-cruise" in British Columbia. read more »
(Dive Travel Business News - November 21, 2008) -- The Maldives will begin to divert a portion of the country's billion-dollar annual tourist revenue into buying a new homeland - as an insurance policy against climate change that threatens to turn the 300,000 islanders into environmental refugees, the country's first democratically elected president has told the UK's Guardian.
Mohamed Nasheed, who took power last week in the island's capital, Male, said the chain of 1,200 island and coral atolls dotted 500 miles from the tip of India is likely to disappear under the waves if the current pace of climate change continues to raise sea levels.
The UN forecasts that the seas are likely to rise by up to 59cm by 2100, due to global warming. Most parts of the Maldives are just 1.5m above water. The president said even a "small rise" in sea levels would inundate large parts of the archipelago. read more »
(Dive Travel Business News - November 20, 2008) -- Airlines are punishing booking agents who fail to adhere to the airlines' booking and ticketing policies. While many airlines have published policies prohibiting certain practices, enforcement actions are constantly being implemented as new audit tools and methods are introduced. With new capabilities in place, airlines are also stepping up their auditing frequency bookings and ticketing and debiting agents for violating their policies.
A few of the more common ticketing and booking violations are: read more »
(Dive Travel Business News - Wednesday November 19, 2008) -- This holiday season, it's still shoes off and liquids out at airport security, but changes may be on the way to part of this routine, and agents will be watching much more than the contents of your carry-on.
In the coming months, the government expects to revisit its rule for the amount of liquids that may be brought aboard planes, while boosting the number of behavior detection officers deployed at checkpoints across the country.
More than 2,000 are already on the job, and the program is growing every day, said Christopher White, a spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration.
"What the officers are looking for are physiological signs that cannot be manipulated that indicate stress, fear or deception," White said. "We find bad people everyday with behavior detection officers."
The specially trained agents, who work in teams, establish a baseline of behavior and then search for people who rise above that level, he added. read more »
November 17, 2008 (Travel Mole.com) -- Jungle Bay Resort & Spa has been shortlisted in the Poverty Reduction category at the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards 2008.
The nature resort, in the southeast of Dominica, employs most of its staff from local villages and provides financial backing to many projects in the area. It also operates the Southeast Entrepreneur Loan Fund (SELF) which allows up to 15 local entrepreneurs to borrow up to EC$12,000 (approx: ) for business activities such as organic produce, local arts and crafts production and guiding of cultural tours and hikes that can contribute to the Jungle Bay services.
Dominica, itself, proved its position as a world leader in sustainable tourism by receiving a nomination at the World Travel Awards Green Awards in the Best Green Destination category (October 2008). Dominica was the only country besides Costa Rica, the eventual winner, to be selected for nomination.
Dominica is a dive destination that offers sustainable adventure above as well as below.
(November 14, 2008 - U.S. Embassy Kenya)-- The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Kenya. American citizens in Kenya and those considering travel to Kenya should evaluate their personal security situation in light of continuing threats from terrorism and the high rate of violent crime. This replaces the Travel Warning of August 22, 2008, to note increased security concerns in northeast Kenya near the Somali border. read more »