Happy Holidays 12-15-2006

Kenneth Shapiro This year was one of the best in recent memory for travel, and having just returned from the USTOA annual conference, I can tell you the outlook for 2007 is even brighter. For our part, in the past year we covered destinations from Antarctica to Africa; niche travel like the medical touris

By: Kenneth Shapiro

This year was one of the best in recent memory for travel, and having just returned from the USTOA annual conference, I can tell you the outlook for 2007 is even brighter. For our part, in the past year we covered destinations from Antarctica to Africa; niche travel like the medical tourism story featured in this issue and more; industry topics, including the GDS battles and marketing basics every agent should know; and profiles of industry players, such as Tauck, CLIA, Ensemble and Ritz, to name a few. Perhaps our biggest achievement this year, however, was the launch of our WAVE Awards for suppliers, which will be expanded in 2007. In addition, we will be bringing back a reader favorite next year the Trendsetter Awards for agents so please keep an eye out for more information on that in future issues. From the entire staff at TravelAge West, we wish you a great holiday season, and many new frontiers to explore in the year ahead. K.S.
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