Kenneth Shapiro, Editor-in-Chief
With this issue, I am proud to announce the launch of TravelAge West’s new website at TravelAgeWest.com.
The revamped TravelAgeWest.com will continue to observe our print publication’s editorial philosophy — bringing travel agents the best firsthand destination, cruise, tour, hotel and product reviews in the industry, and to help guide Western agents through the changing frontier of travel — and it will also provide plenty of new elements for agents who are familiar with our old site.
Immediately noticeable will be the changes we have made to the site’s landing pages, which now offer more content, making it easier for agents to find the information they need. Also, because TravelAge West is the voice of the Western agent, we are enhancing our coverage of the people who make up the travel industry. News coverage of staff appointments, Q&A articles and more articles and blogs written by travel agents themselves are all part of our new line-up.
In response to the numerous requests we have received from agents, we will be providing even more photos to accompany our articles. So important are photos and videos, in fact, that agents will now be able to post their own in our updated multimedia section.
Bringing this site to life has been a nearly year-long effort involving focus groups, Web development teams and many late nights by our own editorial staff. We hope you spend some time exploring it and let us know what you think. In particular, in response to the many excellent comments we receive about our editorial coverage (both by agents who love it and those who have generously pointed out our rare missteps), we have added a significantly enhanced comment area. I look forward to hearing your suggestions.