United, Alaska Airlines CEOs note positive cash flow, booming travel demand

United, Alaska Airlines CEOs note positive cash flow, booming travel demand

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Jamaica Travel Specialist Advisory Committee Relaunched : South Florida Caribbean News

[KINGSTON, Jamaica]The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) has relaunched its Jamaica Travel Specialist Advisory Committee in an effort to enhance the development of its current program and boost sales of the destination. The 11-member advisory committee, comprises graduates of the JTB’s travel specialist program drawn from across the United States and Canada.  Members will serve for a one-year term.

“We are pleased to see the relaunch of this advisory committee, as we at the Jamaica Tourist Board truly value our relationships with travel specialists,” said Donnie Dawson, Jamaica Tourist Board’s Deputy Director of Tourism, Sales. “Our travel specialists are a crucial part of selling the destination.  Plus, they have proven time and time again their value to Jamaica. Especially,  based on the revenue generated in room nights sold. We welcome their input as the destination prepares to take advantage of the recovery of tourist industry.”

Jamaica Travel Specialist Advisory Committee Relaunched
Advisory Committee Members

The advisory committee members from the United States include:


  • Claire Robinson, Claire Skies Travel
  • Mark Hennigan, Dreamers Travel


  • Ruth DeMuth, Trip Guy Travel and
  • Gayle Ailshie, Totally Trips from the Midwest;


  • Irene Sauger, Vacation Guru
  • Andrea Williams, Exquisite Vacations
  • Steve Simmons, Honeymoons, Inc.


  • Tracy Mason, Time of Your Life Travel 
  • Michelle Carbone, Michelle’s Destinations Unlimited


  • Amy Wood, Romantic Planet Vacations
  • Katherine Poon, Fun in Paradise
JTB Representatives

The JTB will be represented on the committee by Dan Hamilton, Dian Holland, Christopher Dobson, Victoria Harper, Christopher Wright, Allana Faustin and Paulette Wright with Francine Carter Henry as the airline representative. The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association will be represented by Nicola Madden Greig.

Advisory Committee Goal

The main purpose of the advisory committee is to provide the Jamaica Tourist Board with advice on the way forward for the Jamaica Travel Specialist One Love Rewards Program to ensure future growth. Specific goals include developing niche market training strategy, revamping/updating the general training course to continuously increase the knowledge on Jamaica’s tourism product as well as offering incentives that are advantageous to members.



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Seton Hall to Participate in 2021 Fort Myers Tip-Off

Fort Myers, Fla. – The Seton Hall men’s basketball team will participate in the 2021 Rocket Mortgage Fort Myers Tip-Off in a four-team tournament that features schools from three other “Power Six Basketball” conferences, tournament officials announced Wednesday. The Pirates will be joined by California, Florida and Ohio State, and the event will take place on the campus of Florida SouthWestern State College during Thanksgiving week.

Game dates, matchups, game times and television designations will be announced at a later date.

Official fan travel packages for the 2021 Rocket Mortgage Fort Myers Tip-Off will be available in June for fans looking to spend Thanksgiving Week in sunny Fort Myers with their favorite team. Information on travel packages can be found at www.fortmyerstipoff.com/travel. Ticket-only packages, based on availability, will go on sale this fall. Fans interested in ticket-only packages can visit www.fortmyerstipoff.com/tickets to sign up to receive future ticket updates regarding the 2021 Tournament.

Seton Hall is 14-5 in its last 19 early-season, multi-team event (MTE) games, including winning the 2014 Paradise Jam Tournament title and the 2018 Wooden Legacy Tournament title. 

The Pirates last faced California in the 2016 Pearl Harbor Invitational in Honolulu, Hawai’i, a 60-57 Pirates win. They last played Florida in the 2016 AdvoCare Invitational, an 81-76 Gators victory. And The Hall last faced Ohio State on Dec. 20, 2003, a 75-59 Pirates win at the Meadowlands.

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New Global Survey Predicts Massive Summer Rebound for Travel

There is more optimistic news for the travel industry.

MMGY Travel Intelligence has released the results of its 2021 “Spring Edition” of the Portrait of American Travelers survey.


The research indicates unprecedented optimism from leisure travelers in advance of the summer travel season, and MMGY’s Traveler Sentiment Index (TSI) rose to 119, which is on par with pre-pandemic levels.

These results indicate that U.S. adults are thinking much more positively about travel.

However, the research also shows that, while there is an increase in the intent to travel, Americans still have concerns about safety precautions. With increased vaccinations and decreasing COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, perceptions of safety remain below pre-pandemic levels, lingering 12 points lower.

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PHOTO: Mother and sun jumping on the beach. (photo via E+ / skynesher)

“It has been a devastating year for the travel industry, but companies have remained incredibly resilient and steadfast in their commitment to meeting travelers’ needs and concerns,” said Chris Davidson, executive vice president, MMGY Travel Intelligence. “The results from the study show that we are already in the midst of an impressive rebound, and travel companies should leverage these insights and use them to guide their strategies in the months ahead.”

The top states for travelers are Hawaii, Florida, California, Colorado, Alaska and New York. However, certain cities have seen large decreases in visitors, including Portland, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

The survey found that just 19 percent of Americans expressed interest in international travel in the next six months, which is down from 24 percent in January of 2020.

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Road trips continue to boom.

Three in 5 U.S. adults (62 percent) expect to take at least one leisure vacation during the next six months with the preferred mode of transportation being a personal car.

Two in 5 (38 percent) indicated that they will take a domestic flight. I

n the next 12 months, four in five (81 percent) of U.S. adults expect to take at least one trip.

When it comes to spending, those who intend to travel within the next 12 months expect to take 3.7 overnight leisure trips this year and spend an average of $2,415 on those trips. Gen-x and Boomers intend to take fewer trips than Gen Zs and Millennials, however, they intend to spend more.

Travelers are also on the lookout for deals. Travelers’ perceptions of the affordability of travel is the only metric that went up during the pandemic as they expected travel companies would slash prices with reduced demand.

MMGY Global’s CEO, Clayton Reid noted that business travel demand has historically driven fare and rate strength but the pandemic has created a “unique and historic shift” in this dynamic.

“MMGY Global believes the next six months will see a unique environment whereby weekend leisure travel demand is so significant that it pushes leisure demand to weekdays, thereby displacing traditional corporate travel. We are calling this ‘reverse-compression.’ We think trip volume will not only be led by leisure demand but that fare and rate strength will also come first from consumers and second from business, even in market environments and periods where that just doesn’t happen,” said Reid.

While the pandemic hasn’t completely shifted the mindset of travel, sustainability does weigh heavier on the minds of travelers post-pandemic and they are naturally inclined to seek out the outdoors and more open spaces in light of COVID-19. However, while older travelers are less inclined to care about their impact, 83 percent of active leisure travelers overall indicate they are open to changing some aspect of their travel behavior to reduce their impact on the environment.

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Spring Memories and Flying Tips

Trey’s Bio

Trey Walters (Co-Owner / CEO) and his wife, Kelsey (Co-Founder), started Blue Line Aviation with one goal: to provide the highest quality flight instruction for your dollar. Trey is a decorated Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran and former Raleigh Police Officer. Trey is an FAA Safety Representative and holds multiple ratings including Instrument Ground Instructor, Gold Seal Flight Instructor Airplane Single Engine, Multi-Engine, and Instrument instructor certifications.

Trey’s Most Memorable Spring Flying Trips

When it comes to springtime flying, I often think back to the many trips I would take down to Florida for a cruise with my wife. She was a travel agent and would often coordinate cruises for our family and friends, many of which departed from Fort Lauderdale. It’s still to this day one of my favorite vacation spots to fly into! There’s something very satisfying about heading South for warmer weather and setting off on a cruise with some of the favorite people in your life—especially after a dreary winter.

Out of the many trips and vacations I’ve been on, there are two that distinctly stand out in my mind. For one trip, I took advantage of being the proud owner of a King Air 300, which I primarily used for charter operations.

On one occasion, when the King Air wasn’t busily flying charter customers, my family and I decided to load up the airplane and take a trip to the “SUN ‘n FUN” fly-in. After departing from Raleigh, we were off to pick up my sister and her family in Atlanta, Georgia. Once we had an airplane full of passengers, half of which were kids under the age of six, we departed for Tampa.

Shortly after takeoff, we climbed through a cloud layer and broke out just in time for sunset. Everyone, the kids especially, loved seeing the sun set below a vast sheet of white clouds on our way to warmer weather. My family and aviation mean the world to me, so any chance I get to bring the two together, I make sure to take full advantage of.

Another memorable springtime trip, although less eventful than my outing with the King Air, was flying a Robinson R-44 a few hundred miles down the coast from Palm Beach to Raleigh. Although not quite as fast as the King Air, I was able to cruise low over the coast, and see a new level of detail in the topography that’s entirely lost at higher altitudes.

Trey’s Spring Flying Tips

Generally, when I plan trips for the springtime, I try to look at the whole picture and get an idea of what I need to happen, and what is possible to happen. Planning as far ahead as practical is crucial, and using aeronautical decision making during every step of the planning process is the key to success.

Making sure you have the right aircraft, right airport, and finally the right FBO. I recommend forming a good working relationship with the staff at your destination’s FBO. You may find that it yields pleasant results. I fly to Florida a lot, so whenever I can I try to take a coastal approach down South. It’s stunning during all times of day, and the weather typically tends to be a little bit calmer off the shore than it does over the land. Just be sure you stay within power off glide range if you don’t have life preservers!

A tip that I like to keep in my pocket when flying during the spring is to always take weather into account. Weather has always been one of those things that makes flying fun (interesting). If you want to fly South, do your best to time your arrival to come in either before or after the afternoon pop up storms. As always, having an instrument rating is a key component to flying safely, but also being current and proficient in your aircraft and instrument flying in general. If you haven’t flown in a while, a long cross country in instrument conditions probably isn’t the best place to start back up again. Having an extra set of eyes in the flight deck never hurts either, if all else fails they can get some awesome pictures as you are coming in on your approach!

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Travel health warning, finding vaccine, testing updates

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This message covers

  • Travel health warning
  • How to find vaccine
  • Talking about vaccination
  • Testing updates

Travel health warning

  • Travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. More contagious variants of COVID-19 are being found around the country and within Wisconsin. This threatens to produce another surge in illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths. For these reasons, travel is strongly discouraged, even for people who are vaccinated.
  • If you must travel, learn how to reduce your risk.
  • If you travel, upon returning to the Madison area, you are expected to get tested 3-5 days after your trip and self-quarantine (stay home except for attending class and work) for a full 7 days after travel, even if your test is negative. If you don’t get tested, self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.

How to find the vaccine

UW–Madison encourages all employees and eligible students who are interested in vaccination to seek appointments both on and off campus. Because University Health Services’ vaccine supply has so far been limited, you may be able to be vaccinated more quickly off campus.

  • Who is eligible: All UW–Madison employees, including student employees and employees working both in-person and remotely, are eligible to be vaccinated. In addition, students are eligible if they meet other state criteria, including having certain medical conditions or working in certain settings. Effective April 5, everyone age 16 and older who lives, works or studies in Wisconsin will be eligible.
  • Getting started: Visit the MyUHS portal. It allows you to search for appointments on campus and to sign up for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services vaccine registry. Once you are registered, DHS will email you with off-campus appointment options. Employees, including student workers, qualify for vaccination under the state’s definition of faculty and staff with direct student contact or under previous eligibility criteria.
  • More off-campus options: Check with your health care provider to see if they are offering appointments. Also, more pharmacies, including many at major retailers, are starting to offer vaccine. Visit the DHS website for a list of participating pharmacies and instructions on finding an appointment.
  • Keep checking MyUHS: UHS anticipates increased vaccine supplies in the coming weeks, so you should continue to check the MyUHS portal.
  • Learn more about what to expect when being vaccinated.
  • If you’re vaccinated off campus, remember to upload your record to MyUHS. You must do this in order to be excused from routine campus COVID-19 testing.
  • This week, UHS is offering expanded hours to accommodate second and third shift employees in the following departments:Facilities Planning and Management, Athletics, Wisconsin Unions, Conference Centers and Mail Services, Housing, Mouse Breeding Core and Research Services, University Health Services. Learn more
  • Additional clinic options for other second and third shift employees will be available soon. UHS will share more information with these employees when details are available.

Talking about vaccination

Does an employee have to tell their supervisor or manager whether they have been vaccinated?

No. A person’s vaccination status is private, just like any other medical issue or condition. Employees are not required to share this information with supervisors or managers. There are limited exceptions to this (such as health care roles) where sharing vaccine status information is required, but in these limited cases employees are formally notified of this requirement. In general, especially as more people become eligible for vaccination due to health conditions, it is important to avoid asking these types of questions of employees because it could cause an employee to feel compelled to share medical or disability information. However, supervisors and managers are permitted to ask for Safer Badger app color or designation (green/building access granted).

Is it okay to ask someone I work with if they have been vaccinated?

No. A person’s vaccination status is private, just like any other medical issue or condition, and employees should not be asked to share this information. In general, especially as more people become eligible for vaccination due to health conditions, it is good etiquette to avoid asking people their vaccination status. Anyone who wants to share their vaccine status information with others is free to do so, but there is no requirement to share this information with others with whom they work and/or report.

Testing updates

  • The employees at our testing sites and behind the scenes are working diligently to make the process as safe and easy as possible. We appreciate your patience and understanding as you interact with them.
  • If you overfill your vial while providing a testing sample, please do not try to empty it; doing so is a contamination risk. Staff will assist you in disposing of the vial and give you a fresh vial.
  • Because a growing number of employees and students are vaccinated and no longer need to test regularly, campus is able to reduce the number of testing sites while still providing sufficient access.

    The following sites will shut down at the end of the day on April 1;
    nearby sites are listed as alternates: Health Sciences Learning Center (Alternate site: Nielsen Tennis Stadium), Carson Gulley Center (Alternate site: Dejope Residence Hall), Helen C. White (Alternate site: Pyle Center).All other sites will remain open, with their same operating hours.Testing sites will remain open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday April 2-4. Employees and students should continue to test on their regular schedule.

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ALG Vacations™ Declares 2021 “The Year of the Travel Advisor” | News

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa., March 31, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — In a recent consumer study conducted by ALG Vacations™, Americans’ confidence in travel advisors skyrocketed to the 90th percentile, while the value of recommendations from family and friends hit single digits. In the wake of the 2020 COVID travel chaos of bookings, rebookings and cancellations, travel advisors have never been more valued, especially when advisors partner with solid travel companies, like Apple Vacations™ and Funjet Vacations™, that assist in navigating a rapidly changing landscape.

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In celebration of the travel agencies, suppliers and destinations who strive to bring personal and professional service to their clients, ALG Vacations™ has declared 2021 “The Year of the Travel Advisor,” (#YOTTA2021) which emphasizes the position, importance, visibility and value of the agent community.

“During the height of COVID cancellations and rebookings, no one worked harder, and put in longer hours, to protect their clients than travel advisors.” said ALG Vacations™ Group President Ray Snisky. “The value of an experienced travel advisor is more important than ever so customers have a skilled advocate working on their behalf.”

If you haven’t used a travel advisor before, here are three top reasons to give it a try:

  1. Get a customized vacation, every time. From helping you choose your destination and hotel to finding the best flights, room types, and even optional excursions, travel advisors will personalize your vacation based on your individual needs and preferences. Travel advisors are likely to have been to your destination/ hotel or have personal feedback from others who have.
  2. Gain expert advice.

    How an Advisor Helps: Why take your chances? When it comes to planning travel, advisors have years of experience behind them in providing the answers you’re looking for. And when it comes to booking group travel, you’ll be more than grateful for a travel advisor’s advice and assistance.

  3. Benefit from pro booking tips.

    How an Advisor Helps: Advisors know where to find the best deals, and often have access to special offers that aren’t available to travelers booking on their own. 

ALG Vacations™ (ALGV) is a collection of powerful and growing vacations brands widely recognized for providing the industry’s leading leisure travel experience across the world. ALGV features well-established vacations brands including Apple Vacations®, Travel Impressions®, Cheap Caribbean®, Funjet Vacations®, Southwest Vacations®, Blue Sky Tours®, BeachBound®, and United Vacations®. ALGV, a portfolio company of Apple Leisure Group® (ALG), is the leading North American travel, hospitality and leisure management group. 


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The 10 best resistance bands of 2021

Not a fan of lifting heavy dumbbells? Don’t fret, there are plenty of other ways to build some serious strength without all that metal equipment. The secret is having alternative gym gear to help you reach your fitness goals.

Enter: Resistance bands, the most affordable, travel-friendly and versatile pieces of exercise gear you can buy. As a bonus, they barely take up any space in your house, making them a good option for those without a lot of room in their homes.

Perfect for working out both your upper and lower body, resistance bands can help anyone (at any fitness level!) get into shape. However, not all resistance bands are created equal. Here, we’ve rounded up the best bands on the market. From budget-friendly options to picks that target specific muscle groups, these choices will help you build muscle in no time.

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Best resistance bands for the upper body

Love Sweat Fitness Resistance Tube Bands

Built to last, these tube bands utilize no-slip grips and latex rubber to offer a high-quality alternative to dumbbells. Simply slide the center of the band under your feet while gripping the handles to perform a bicep curl or a row for a full arm workout.

Intey Pull Up Assist Bands

If pullups are your preferred form of upper body workouts, then these resistance bands are for you. They come in four intensity levels, and the amount of resistance of the workout bands can be adjusted by giving more or less slack on the band. Not only does this band work great for assisted pullups, it can also add resistance to your pushups. Simply lay the band across your upper back, loop each end of the band into each hand and complete your pushups as you normally would.

Best resistance bands for the lower body

Tone It Up Resistance Bands

Take your workout to the next level with resistance bands from the popular fitness brand Tone It Up. The light and heavy stretch bands cost less than $10, and if you’re not sure how to incorporate them into your exercise routine, you can download the Tone It Up app to find workouts that utilize your new gear.

Spawn Fitness Resistance Bands

This trio of resistance bands includes three different colors to differentiate the three different resistances. As a bonus, the set comes with a trendy black carry bag.

Peach Bands Resistance Band Set

As a favorite on Amazon, this four-piece set ranges from 10 to 35 pounds of resistance. Customer reviews rave that the bands are both cute and effective, and that the included pouch makes traveling with them a breeze.

Best resistance bands for stretching

TheraBand Resistance Band Sets

If you’re looking for bands that provide more rehabilitative results, then this option is for you. Often used by physical therapists to help heal injuries, these non-latex elastic bands measure five feet and are easier to use than their circular counterparts. The color-coded options also make it easy to tell which fitness level you’re at.

Valeo Stretch Exercise Resistance Bands

Made specifically with stretching in mind, these four-foot bands act similarly to a yoga strap. Pro tip: fold the band in half to add more tension when stretching.

Best overall resistance bands

Fit Simplify Resistance Loop Exercise Bands

With over 56,000 five-star reviews, these resistance bands are clearly a fan favorite. They come in five varying resistances making them optimal for any fitness level, and they’re made of high-quality latex to ensure they stretch further than other options.

Bala Bands

It should be no surprise that Bala makes this list. After all, the brand’s workout gear already has a lot of people hooked on it (us included). Simply set these bands around your calves or thighs to get the ultimate leg burn, or use them to strengthen your core, quads and hamstrings.

Black Mountain Products Rubber Resistance Band Set

As the most versatile option on this list, this set includes five resistance bands, a door anchor, an ankle strap, a carry bag and a starter guide with detailed workout instructions. The five resistance bands are color coded and range from two to 30 pounds of resistance. In order to help users attach handles (for upper body workouts) or ankle straps (for lower body workouts), each resistance tube comes complete with a metal clipping system for easy set up.

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