Several travel guides have named New Orleans a top destination for 2018, as the "The Big Easy" readies to celebrate its tricentennial year with special cultural offerings. Visitors can tour exhibits focusing on the history of the city, Catholicism's influence and women's efforts that helped build the vibrant city.
United Airlines has appointed Michael Leskinen managing director of investor relations. "Mike brings an outstanding mix of investing experience, sector knowledge and shareholder perspective, all of which place him in an excellent position to deepen United's relationships within the financial community as well as articulate our strategy going forward," said Scott Kirby, president of United Airlines.
River cruise line AmaWaterways provides passengers with a desirable luxury experience, from onboard menus inspired by the region it's cruising through to well-organized tours. Another upscale offering is the chef's table dining experience, available at no additional cost.
The US State Department recently revised its country-specific travel advisory method by giving a travel advisory ranking to every nation in the world from 1 ("exercise normal precautions") to 4 ("do not travel"). "All in all, we view the new system as an improvement on the old," said Eben Peck, ASTA's executive vice president for advocacy.
Research has shown that people stop focusing on learning after five years on the job, but agents can buck this trend by aiming to become a better agent, Jennifer Doncsecz writes. Steps include staying in a learning mode, figuring out ways to perform routine tasks efficiently and developing plans to improve your skills.
Though multitrip insurance may have fewer features than standard single-trip insurance, it usually costs less and is convenient, providing coverage for a year. Target audiences for this type of insurance would include frequent travelers and last-minute bookers who don't have time to contemplate a variety of insurance options, a travel insurance company executive says.
American Airlines and China Southern Airlines have announced a new codeshare agreement, effective Jan. 18. A new interline agreement will give American Airlines passengers access to more than 100 destinations in China served by China Southern.
Los Cabos is made up of of two Mexican cities: artsy San Jose del Cabo and adventure-filled Cabo San Lucas. Visitors can shop for authentic Mexican crafts in San Jose del Cabo and enjoy luxury sailing and water sports on Cabo San Lucas' beaches.
Airlines with flights to and from Texas' San Antonio International Airport are implementing flexible rebooking policies ahead of a winter storm. Travelers are advised to check the status of their flight online before heading to the airport.
Companies should develop a positive, healthy workplace to bolster recruitment and retention efforts instead of just offering perks, such as yoga classes or catered meals, that may not inspire corporate loyalty, says Paul McDonald of the global staffing firm Robert Half. Employees value a competitive pay package and respect for a healthy work-life balance, McDonald says.