It's been another unbelievable week - being in Jacksonville, I've just experienced Irma's wrath firsthand, as have many of our CCRA staff based in Orlando, Destin, Jupiter and Delray Beach, Florida. It's been a scary week for all of us, but I'm happy to report that aside from some troublesome power outages and lack of internet, we are all ok.
So let's get into some GOOD stuff!
We just learned this week that TRUESites, our email, social media and website builder platform has just brought home a GOLD Magellan Award from Travel Weekly! That's right! GOLD!
So if you've been contemplating an upgrade to CCRA Accredited Agency status - or you're not sure if TRUESites is the right add-on for your accreditation, this is just one more sign that you could be missing out on one of the best tools out there to help you organize, manage and publish your marketing.
The best part of TRUESites is really the control it gives you over your brand. YOU choose what to feature. YOU choose the right supplier partners to put in front of your clients. CCRA is here to help you, but never to dictate what to have on your site. It's YOUR site!
So please, if you haven't yet taken a look, don't wait. Right now our pricing is well below anything out there on the market - the very same suite of products from Voyager Websites will set you back over $600 per year - so take advantage of your CCRA Accredited Agency status and get started building the marketing machine of your dreams with us today!
Irma’s Final Phase: Flooding in the Southeast is Biggest Concern By The Washington Post
Irma weakened to a tropical storm Monday morning and is expected to further weaken by Tuesday to a tropical depression. But this storm, while wounded, is still dangerous. Both storm surge and inland flooding, which cause the majority of deaths in tropical cyclones, remain a risk over the Southeast states.
Cruise Ships Race to Caribbean to Help Irma Victims By CNN Money
Royal Caribbean announced this weekend that it will dispatch two ships to St. Thomas and St. Maarten, two islands that were hit hard by Hurricane Irma. Norwegian Cruise Line is sending one ship to St. Thomas to pick up about 2,000 people late Monday who couldn't get off the island before the storm.
After nearly a decade of decline and then six years of flat growth, a funny thing happened in 2015. The number of travel agents as recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau jumped nearly 20% to 118,974, the most recent government statistics.
The Mexico / LATAM Lunch and Think Tank in Miami is ON! Don't miss it on October 3rd at the Travel Agent Forum!
The Hyatt Regency in Miami has reported NO DAMAGE after Hurricane Irma passed to the west of Miami this week. All Travel Agent Forum activities will proceed as planned!
More than 15 LATAM-focused travel industry suppliers will be on hand with CCRA for the fall Travel Agent Forum in Miami.
Coming on the heels of mounting concerns over traveler safety and a survey of agents by CCRA, the goal of the event is to equip agents with the information they need to guide their clients and continue strong Mexico and LATAM sales. Suppliers on hand include:
• Krystal Grand Punta Cancún
• Desire Hotels – Temptation
• Wyndham Hotel Group
• Turismo Cuenca Del Plata
• MELIÁ Hotels International
• APG Group/Avianca Brazil
• Viajes Pacifico
• Panama Hotel Collection
• Vivo Resorts
• Aerolineas Argentinas
• Central Hoteles
• Faranda Hotels
CCRA Agents can attend for a steeply discounted rate of $70 for the entire 4-day event, and will even get a special welcome cocktail and amenity bag upon arrival. Do NOT miss your chance to be a part of what's going to be an outstanding opportunity to connect with your peers, experts, and suppliers in Miami.
Please be sure you register with discount code 8264 to qualify.
This webinar will focus on the rise of independent hotels in the past decade, as well as highlight new additions to the HotelREZ portfolio including key locations in Europe but also in the Americas and Asian continents.
Discover Luxury at InterContinental® Los Angeles Downtown
Imagine the excitement of breathtaking visuals from the tallest building west of Chicago. With miles of glass and steel shaped 73 stories high rising 1,100 feet above street level. A structure that on the outside redefines the Los Angeles skyline, but on the inside, the InterContinental® Los Angeles Downtown hotel presents the glamour and exhilaration that defines what it means to live the InterContinental life, with its rich storied history and promise of good things to come.
From ballrooms to boardrooms, InterContinental® Los Angeles Downtown has a venue—and 94,000 square feet of event space—for any occasion. We’re passionate about perfecting your events, whether you’re planning an intimate occasion or a gala for thousands. Perched atop the 73rd floor is also Spire 73, the tallest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere. This rooftop lounge offers breathtaking views of the entire city, chic fire pits, signature cocktails and a wide selection of whiskey, as well as culinary expressions to rival the view.
Experience life, and unparalleled vistas, above Los Angeles in our spacious classic rooms. Modern, natural design elements create a comfortable haven and retreat from the city after a day of sightseeing or business travel. Or our suites are the ultimate home away from home in the city. A soothing color palette, natural materials, ample amenities and to-die-for views add up to a luxurious stay.
Discover how you can experience luxury travel as it should be with InterContinental® Los Angeles Downtown, part of the IHG® family of hotels.
For reservations, please use our chain code: IC and book the CCR rate code.
TRUE Code Holders: If you haven't registered with IHG as a travel agency yet - you're missing out on insider deals, exclusive offers and more. Don't miss this opportunity to grow your agency!
When in ROAM utilizes technology to connect Agents and their clients with local concierges all over the country who will provide 100% customized, on-the-ground trip itineraries tailored to your clients’ interests & personality. ROAM takes city-based research off your plate.