Is Cruising Safe? Tours.com's Travel-Intel Talks to Costa Cruises One Year Later to Look at the Future of Sailing on the High Seas
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Feb 19, 2013 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
One year after Costa Cruises lost the Concordia to shallow seas off
the coast of Italy, the cruise line is bouncing back in some
unexpected and surprising ways. In the latest issue of Tours.com's
Travel-Intel, editors sat down with Costa Cruise's Scott Knutson,
vice president of marketing for North America, to find out what's
been learned and discerned about the cruise industry in the wake of
recent disasters at sea.
Travel-Intel also looks at Cuba, a destination that has been gaining
favor and attention as a top spot for Americans to visit. Although
tour operators sending Americans to Cuba must comply with certain
regulations, the publication highlights one company that is making it
very easy for Americans to see this once forbidden island nation.
And while many travelers are happy to plan their own travel
arrangements these days, there are those travelers who would rather
allow destination experts handle the call. But then, who to call
Travel-Intel looks at four travel companies, all specialists in their
areas of the world, who are members of the exclusive Kurtz-Ahlers
collection of travel companies and could be tabbed as the ones to
dispatch to handle travel arrangements for those travelers who may be
considered the hardest to please.
Meanwhile, Travel-Intel offers money saving tips on travel during
Spring Break this year and also brings an up-close look at travel to
Micronesia with a feature on adventure vacations in Kosrae.
Travel-Intel, a division of Tours.com, monitors the travel industry
with weekly newsletters on trends, news and updates about the travel
industry sent to a database of more than 100,000 travel agent
subscribers in the U.S. and Canada.
Although Travel-Intel is direct-mailed, current features and archives
can be viewed at www.travel-intel.com.
"Travel is one industry that does not stay still," says Lark Gould,
content director for Travel-Intel and Tours.com. "We are out there
finding out what's new, what's worth knowing, and what is worth
trying in travel by dispatching our writers to conferences and
destinations all over the globe."
Gould, a veteran travel journalist who has been covering the travel
industry for more than 20 years, puts her incisive perspective into
the weekly publication, with features and news updates on the 1st and
15th of each month.
These issues are complemented by the Travel-Intel "packages"
publications that detail great deals to be found at hotels and resort
locations worldwide, all sent to more than 100,000 travel agent
subscribers in the U.S. and Canada, before posting on Tours.com.
Gould also serves on the editorial team for travel at the Washington
About Tours.com: Tours.com since 1995 - The Official Directory of
Tours & Vacations Worldwide. Tours.com has a deep and searchable
database of vacation and tour companies searchable by company name,
destination and/or activity. A comprehensive one-stop Travel Resource
section, plus the Find A Travel Agent Specialist search allows one to
search for travel agents with in-depth knowledge in their chosen
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