From October 2014 through April 2015, ms Eurodam, ms Maasdam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms Noordam, ms Ryndam, ms Westerdam and ms Zuiderdam sail regular Caribbean voyages, while ms Amsterdam and ms Prinsendam each sail one December holiday cruise in the region.
The award recognizes the accomplishments of the travel management practitioners who have distinguished themselves in the past year by advancing innovation and best practices in the corporate travel industry.
International tourist arrivals grew by 4.6% in the first half of 2014 according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Destinations worldwide received some 517 million international tourists between January and June 2014, 22 million more than in the same period of 2013.
Royal Bahama Cruise Line is offering a free two night cruise for a limited time. Named Best Bahama Getaway Cruise by Porthole Magazine three times, Royal Bahama has decided to show the world how great they are, and this two night cruise is their way of doing it.
When asked to compare overall 2014 travel bookings so far to 2013 at this time last year, a majority (60.2%) indicated that their bookings are higher and 28.6% indicated that they are the same as compared to a year ago.
Travel is the second-largest U.S. export by industry ($214.8 billion in 2013), trailing only transportation equipment ($240.4 billion) and well ahead of sectors like financial services ($84.1 billion) and agriculture ($66.2 billion);
David Huether, senior vice president of research and economics at the U.S. Travel Association, provides analysis on today's Labor Department announcement that the U.S. economy added 142,000 jobs in August while the unemployment rate was little changed at 6.1 percent.