TravelPulse Podcast

TravelPulse

Cutting through all the noise and giving you what you need to hear about in travel. Tune-in to hear TravelPulse's Eric Bowman and Dan Callahan discuss travel news, tips, and more with industry experts and other insightful guests.

  • 34 minutes 38 seconds
    Overtourism Forcing Changes

    This week I'm joined by Becky Lukovic, owner of Bella Travel Planning, to first discuss the latest trending news in the travel industry, including big theme park updates, the FAA's new investigation, and much more. 

    Later, Lukovic and I chat on the issue of overtourism and the top destinations facing these problems. Lukovic provides insights on how it is impacting her job as a travel advisor and offers advice for her peers. 

    The discussion on overtourism begins before the 20-minute mark. 

    Today’s episode sponsor: Globus family of brands 

    Do you have clients asking you about guided touring in exciting destinations? How about river cruising? If you do, you’ve probably heard of Globus family of brands, including Globus, Cosmos and Avalon Waterways. The family of brands has ALSO just launched a new Travel Advisor Portal with exciting enhancements like the ability to share their itineraries with YOUR contact details, not to mention new training modules that get you access to exciting perks and Travel Advisor discounts. Check it out at traveladvisorportal.com

    Have any feedback or questions? Want to sponsor the show? Contact us at [email protected] and follow us on social media @TravelPulse. 

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    17 June 2024, 8:08 pm
  • 29 minutes 26 seconds
    The State of the Travel Advisor Industry

    This week I first discuss the latest trending news in the travel industry, including a wild week for American Airlines, the latest in Disney-DeSantis headlines, and much more. 

    Later, hear my interview with Zane Kerby, President and CEO of the American Society of Travel Advisors. I caught up with Kerby at the 2024 Travel Advisor conference. Tune in to hear where he was at when he found out ASTA's grassroots efforts had paid off with American Airlines' big decision, how ASTA changed up their annual conference, and much more. 

    The interview with Kerby begins after the 11-minute mark. 

    Today’s episode sponsor: Globus family of brands 

    Do you have clients asking you about guided touring in exciting destinations? How about river cruising? If you do, you’ve probably heard of Globus family of brands, including Globus, Cosmos and Avalon Waterways. The family of brands has ALSO just launched a new Travel Advisor Portal with exciting enhancements like the ability to share their itineraries with YOUR contact details, not to mention new training modules that get you access to exciting perks and Travel Advisor discounts. Check it out at traveladvisorportal.com

    Have any feedback or questions? Want to sponsor the show? Contact us at [email protected] and follow us on social media @TravelPulse. 

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    4 June 2024, 4:11 pm
  • 32 minutes 27 seconds
    Events in the Travel Industry

    This week I first discuss the latest trending news in the travel industry, including the State Department's recent worldwide travel warning, projections for Memorial Day weekend, and much more. 

    Later, I welcome two guests: Alicia Evanko-Lewis, Executive Vice President, Events at Northstar Travel Group, and Christen Perry, owner of Classic Travel Connection. 

    Together we discuss the events space in the travel industry. Evanko-Lewis provides insights into how the events space is doing in travel and the toughest part about putting on an event. Perry shares her thoughts on why it's so vital for travel advisors to attend events, as well as her best tips and practices. 

    The events in travel discussion begins after the 10-minute mark. 

    Today’s episode sponsor: All-Inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy

    Looking for a vacation that's beyond the ordinary? Immerse yourself in a world of unparalleled luxury and adventure with All-Inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy. From the sun-kissed shores of Barbados and Jamaica to the lush landscapes of Mexico and Costa Rica, they bring you to the most coveted destinations. Whether you're traveling with your partner, family, friends, or flying solo, All-Inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy® caters to your every whim. They specialize in crafting authentic moments that resonate with your unique travel style. And here's the best part – as a Bonvoy member, you unlock unlimited travel possibilities. The longer you stay, the more benefits you enjoy. Learn more at all-inclusive.marriott.com

    Have any feedback or questions? Want to sponsor the show? Contact us at [email protected] and follow us on social media @TravelPulse. 

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    21 May 2024, 6:11 pm
  • 28 minutes 2 seconds
    The MVPs of Travel

    This week I welcome Tyson Wharton, owner of Sioux Empire Travel, back to the podcast. We first discuss top trending travel news, including top U.S. airlines suing the Biden Administration, Boeing's continued woes, summer travel pricing, and more. 

    Later, we answer the question: who are the MVPs of the travel industry? Listen to hear what travel advisors can offer their clients, a special shoutout to Moms, as well as Wharton's advice for having an MVP-like summer travel season. 

    The discussion on MVPs of travel begins after the 17-minute mark. 

    Today’s episode sponsor: All-Inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy

    Looking for a vacation that's beyond the ordinary? Immerse yourself in a world of unparalleled luxury and adventure with All-Inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy. From the sun-kissed shores of Barbados and Jamaica to the lush landscapes of Mexico and Costa Rica, they bring you to the most coveted destinations. Whether you're traveling with your partner, family, friends, or flying solo, All-Inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy® caters to your every whim. They specialize in crafting authentic moments that resonate with your unique travel style. And here's the best part – as a Bonvoy member, you unlock unlimited travel possibilities. The longer you stay, the more benefits you enjoy. Learn more at all-inclusive.marriott.com

    Have any feedback or questions? Want to sponsor the show? Contact us at [email protected] and follow us on social media @TravelPulse. 

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    14 May 2024, 6:33 pm
  • 24 minutes 21 seconds
    Marriott Growing All Inclusive Resorts

    Welcome back to another episode of the TravelPulse Podcast!

    This week I first discuss the latest trending news in travel, including the U.S. Travel Association's statement that Congress could create chaos for air travel this summer, big news in Hawaii, and much more. 

    Later, I welcome Alex Fiz, Area Vice President for the Caribbean and Managing Director All-Inclusive at Marriott to the show. Fiz provides updates on what's new with All-Inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy, from renovating Marriott Cancun to the new properties slated to open in 2024. He also shares how the brand works with travel advisors. 

    The interview with Fiz on All-Inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy begins after the 11-minute mark. 

    Today’s episode sponsor: All-Inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy

    Looking for a vacation that's beyond the ordinary? Immerse yourself in a world of unparalleled luxury and adventure with All-Inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy. From the sun-kissed shores of Barbados and Jamaica to the lush landscapes of Mexico and Costa Rica, they bring you to the most coveted destinations. Whether you're traveling with your partner, family, friends, or flying solo, All-Inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy® caters to your every whim. They specialize in crafting authentic moments that resonate with your unique travel style. And here's the best part – as a Bonvoy member, you unlock unlimited travel possibilities. The longer you stay, the more benefits you enjoy. Learn more at all-inclusive.marriott.com

    Have any feedback or questions? Want to sponsor the show? Contact us at [email protected] and follow us on social media @TravelPulse. 

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    7 May 2024, 6:10 pm
  • 28 minutes 52 seconds
    What to Know About CruiseWorld

    This week I first discuss the latest trending news in travel, including big brands partnering together, the government's new rules for airlines, and so much more. 

    Later, I'm joined by two guests: Cat BraskMarketing Director at Northstar Travel Group and LaTasha Henderson, travel advisor with 2B1 Travel by Dream Vacations. 

    We talk about the CruiseWorld event - how it goes beyond cruising, how travel advisors can benefit, the epic lineup for ship inspections this year, and much more. Brask and Henderson also share insights into the STAR program that is available for all travel advisors. 

    The interview on CruiseWorld begins after the 14-minute mark.

    Today’s episode sponsor: Travel Insured 

    Travel mostly comes down to two simple things: a FOMO bucket-list, and financing it! Am I right? This is why TravelInsured.com is travel protection that can help with those big trip decisions. You’ll love how customizable the coverage is, which helps manage what you can’t control from departure to arrival. Get going with an easy online quote, and depending on the plan and availability, upgrade with the Cancel For Any Reason add-on benefit for an extra cost. The best part is, with protection that meets the moment, it's easy to say yes to new adventures at TravelInsured.com

    Have any feedback or questions? Want to sponsor the show? Contact us at [email protected] and follow us on social media @TravelPulse. 

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    30 April 2024, 6:17 pm
  • 26 minutes 40 seconds
    What You Need to Know About Travel Insurance Today

    This week I first discuss the latest trending news in travel, including big cruise news, new rules from the FAA for air traffic controllers, Amsterdam's big changes and more. 

    Later, I interview Barbra Merwin, President of Travel Insured. Merwin talks about how the travel insurance sector has changed following the pandemic and common misconceptions about travel insurance. Additionally, she shares advice and insights for travel advisors in handling travel insurance with their clients. 

    The interview on travel insurance begins at the 11-minute mark.

    Today’s episode sponsor: Travel Insured 

    Travel mostly comes down to two simple things: a FOMO bucket-list, and financing it! Am I right? This is why TravelInsured.com is travel protection that can help with those big trip decisions. You’ll love how customizable the coverage is, which helps manage what you can’t control from departure to arrival. Get going with an easy online quote, and depending on the plan and availability, upgrade with the Cancel For Any Reason add-on benefit for an extra cost. The best part is, with protection that meets the moment, it's easy to say yes to new adventures at TravelInsured.com

    Have any feedback or questions? Want to sponsor the show? Contact us at [email protected] and follow us on social media @TravelPulse. 

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    23 April 2024, 3:07 pm
  • 22 minutes 27 seconds
    Wellness Travel Trends

    This week I first discuss the latest trending news in travel, including travel in the Middle East right now following Iran's attack on Israel, how airfare prices are trending ahead of summer, and so much more. 

    Later, Ali Krupnik, Chief Wellness Officer & Founder of My Well Co, joins me to chat about wellness travel today. Krupnik shares insights into how this sector of travel has transformed over recent years, the top trending destinations right now, and more. 

    The discussion on wellness travel begins just after the 9-minute mark. 

    Today’s episode sponsor: Travel Insured 

    Travel mostly comes down to two simple things: a FOMO bucket-list, and financing it! Am I right? This is why TravelInsured.com is travel protection that can help with those big trip decisions. You’ll love how customizable the coverage is, which helps manage what you can’t control from departure to arrival. Get going with an easy online quote, and depending on the plan and availability, upgrade with the Cancel For Any Reason add-on benefit for an extra cost. The best part is, with protection that meets the moment, it's easy to say yes to new adventures at TravelInsured.com

    Have any feedback or questions? Want to sponsor the show? Contact us at [email protected] and follow us on social media @TravelPulse. 

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    16 April 2024, 8:04 pm
  • 34 minutes 47 seconds
    Yachts, Villas and More Luxury Experiences

    This week I'm joined by Andrea Wright, Vice President, Luxury Sales at Opulence by OutsideAgents. Together we first discuss the latest trending news in the travel industry, including record breaking tourism numbers, the projections for the most active Hurricane Season ever, and much more. 

    Later, Wright shares her insights into the meaning of luxury travel and what's hot in the luxury space, from yachts to villas to private jets and more. She also offers up advice to fellow travel advisors on expanding luxury travel sales. 

    The luxury travel discussion begins at the 17-minute mark. 

    Today’s episode sponsor: Travel Insured 

    Travel mostly comes down to two simple things: a FOMO bucket-list, and financing it! Am I right? This is why TravelInsured.com is travel protection that can help with those big trip decisions. You’ll love how customizable the coverage is, which helps manage what you can’t control from departure to arrival. Get going with an easy online quote, and depending on the plan and availability, upgrade with the Cancel For Any Reason add-on benefit for an extra cost. The best part is, with protection that meets the moment, it's easy to say yes to new adventures at TravelInsured.com

    Have any feedback or questions? Want to sponsor the show? Contact us at [email protected] and follow us on social media @TravelPulse. 

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    9 April 2024, 3:24 pm
  • 25 minutes 26 seconds
    Destination Weddings and Honeymoon Travel Trends

    This week I'm joined by Mario Lopez, President of Destination Weddings Expert and Destination Wedding University. Together we first discuss the latest trending news in the travel industry, including privacy and fraud in travel, updates from the major US airlines, new developments for cruise line private islands and more. 

    Later, Lopez shares insights into the top trends in destination weddings and honeymoon travel, from fewer toes in the sand to more and more honeymoons in Europe. Lopez also provides tips for managing sargassum season in Mexico and the Caribbean and more tips for how travel advisors can improve their business in this market. 

    The destination weddings and honeymoon travel discussion begins at the 14-minute mark. 

    Today’s episode sponsor: Travel Insured 

    Travel mostly comes down to two simple things: a FOMO bucket-list, and financing it! Am I right? This is why TravelInsured.com is travel protection that can help with those big trip decisions. You’ll love how customizable the coverage is, which helps manage what you can’t control from departure to arrival. Get going with an easy online quote, and depending on the plan and availability, upgrade with the Cancel For Any Reason add-on benefit for an extra cost. The best part is, with protection that meets the moment, it's easy to say yes to new adventures at TravelInsured.com

    Have any feedback or questions? Want to sponsor the show? Contact us at [email protected] and follow us on social media @TravelPulse. 

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    26 March 2024, 4:03 pm
  • 32 minutes 57 seconds
    Boeing's Woes and More Trending Travel News

    This week I'm joined by Sydne Stubbs of Those Who Wander Travel and Ryan Doncsecz of VIP Vacations. 

    Together we discuss the latest trending news in the travel industry. Four years ago today the travel world was a week into the pandemic shutdown - how has the industry changed now that the world has reached pre-pandemic openness levels? 

    Other news talking points include Boeing's continued woes, Airbnb's latest move, river cruising on the rise, and more. 

    Today’s episode sponsor: Travel Insured 

    Travel mostly comes down to two simple things: a FOMO bucket-list, and financing it! Am I right? This is why TravelInsured.com is travel protection that can help with those big trip decisions. You’ll love how customizable the coverage is, which helps manage what you can’t control from departure to arrival. Get going with an easy online quote, and depending on the plan and availability, upgrade with the Cancel For Any Reason add-on benefit for an extra cost. The best part is, with protection that meets the moment, it's easy to say yes to new adventures at TravelInsured.com

    Have any feedback or questions? Want to sponsor the show? Contact us at [email protected] and follow us on social media @TravelPulse. 

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    19 March 2024, 6:05 pm
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