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Travel Weekly's team of reporters, editors and contributors explore ideas, share experiences and provide insight into what they’ve uncovered while reporting on some of the biggest trends in travel.

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Travel Weekly's team of reporters, editors and contributors explore ideas, share experiences and provide insight into what they’ve uncovered while reporting on some of the biggest trends in travel.

    Black voices in travel, part 2

    Black voices in travel, part 2

    Two Travel Weekly contributors, Margie Jordan, a vice president at CCRA and a travel agency owner, and Classic sales exec Kier Matthews, continue their in-depth conversation about the need for more Black representation in travel. In our second episode, they share more personal experiences and professional perspectives. They delve into travel marketing – the need to see more people of color in advertisements and marketing. And why bias training is important -- what travel companies can do to be more welcoming to Black travelers.

    In Part 1, Jordan and Matthews discussed nurturing and promoting Black talent in the travel workforce, and why it’s uncomfortable, but important, for Black travel professionals to speak out about their experiences.

    Listen to part 1 here: https://www.travelweekly.com/Podcasts/Folo/Black-voices-in-travel

    FURTHER READING

    Margie Jordan’s essay, “Traveling while Black comes with a different set of rules”:https://www.travelweekly.com/Articles/Traveling-while-black-comes-with-a-different-set-of-rules

    A column by editor in chief Arnie Weissmann: “Black professionals, white allies”:https://www.travelweekly.com/Arnie-Weissmann/Black-professionals-white-allies

    An article on the new group the Black Travel Alliance: “On a mission to raise the visibility of Blacks in travel”:https://www.travelweekly.com/Travel-News/Travel-Agent-Issues/On-a-mission-to-raise-the-visibility-of-Blacks-in-travel

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    • 22 min
    Black voices in travel, part 1

    Black voices in travel, part 1

    The first of a two-part series: A tough, honest and powerful discussion with two recent Travel Weekly contributors about their personal experiences in the travel industry and the need for more Black representation in travel.

    In this episode, Margie Jordan, a travel agency owner and the vice president of the TRUE Global Network with CCRA, who recently wrote an essay on traveling while Black, and Kier Matthews, a sales director at Classic Vacations, who contributed his insights to a column, “Black traveler, Black travel professional,” talk about several aspects of being a Black executive in the travel industry, covering topics including hiring and retaining Black talent, filling pay gaps, and why it’s uncomfortable, but important, for Black travel professionals to speak out about their experiences.

    FURTHER READING

    Traveling while Black comes with a different set of rules: https://www.travelweekly.com/Articles/Traveling-while-black-comes-with-a-different-set-of-rules

    Black traveler, Black travel professional: https://www.travelweekly.com/Arnie-Weissmann/Black-traveler-black-travel-professional

    Destination DC’s Elliott Ferguson on Black Lives Matter and tough conversations: https://www.travelweekly.com/On-The-Record/Elliott-Ferguson-Destination-DC

    Black travel leaders call for more than just words of support: https://www.travelweekly.com/Travel-News/Travel-Agent-Issues/Black-travel-leaders-call-for-more-than-just-words-support

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    • 28 min
    Have pet, will travel

    Have pet, will travel

    As the summer season kicks off and more Americans are planning domestic getaways, editors Jeri Clausingand Johanna Jainchill go in depth on how travelers can vacation with their pets – not only safely but in style. It’s a conversation based off their collaborative cover story “Road Beasts.”

    RELATED READING

    Road Beasts: The travel industry has become more welcoming for pets: https://www.travelweekly.com/Travel-News/Hotel-News/Road-beasts-pet-travel

    Cunard Line’s exclusive zone for four-legged passengers and their VIP handlers: https://www.travelweekly.com/Blogs/Dispatch/Onboard-the-QM2-Going-to-the-dogs

    Airports use pet dogs to calm jittery flyers: https://www.travelweekly.com/Travel-News/Airline-News/Airports-use-pet-dogs-to-calm-jittery-flyers

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    • 25 min
    Travel agents prepare for travel’s comeback

    Travel agents prepare for travel’s comeback

    The travel industry has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, but travel agents are not simply sitting idle. As senior editor Jamie Biesiada discusses in this episode, travel advisors are working on proactive outreach to clients, investing in training and preparing for travel’s eventual comeback. In fact, the hardships travelers faced at the beginning of the pandemic have highlighted the benefits of working with a travel professional who can help travelers negotiate the altered landscape.

    We’re not yet seeing a mass closure of travel agencies, Biesiada says; still, experts expect some fairly major consolidation among agencies of all sizes. And, perhaps surprisingly, some people are actively considering starting careers as travel agents. 

    RELATED READING

    ASTA releases video for Heroes campaign -https://www.travelweekly.com/Travel-News/Travel-Agent-Issues/ASTA-releases-video-for-Heroes-campaign?ct=

    Most agencies adapting quickly to keep their businesses alive -https://www.travelweekly.com/Travel-News/Travel-Agent-Issues/Most-agencies-adapting-quickly-to-keep-their-businesses-alive?ct=

    ASTA asks for improvements to Paycheck Protection Program - https://www.travelweekly.com/Travel-News/Travel-Agent-Issues/ASTA-asks-for-improvements-to-Paycheck-Protection-Program?ct=

    Rewriting the marketing playbook - https://www.travelweekly.com/Jamie-Biesiada/Rewriting-the-marketing-playbook

    In times of crisis, advisors shine - https://www.travelweekly.com/Travel-News/Travel-Agent-Issues/Insights/In-times-of-crisis-advisors-shine

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    • 19 min
    What will cruising be like?

    What will cruising be like?

    How might cruising return – safely – as a vacation product? On this podcast, news editor Johanna Jainchill and river cruise editor Jeri Clausing discuss with host Rebecca Tobinsome possible Covid-related changes, from the cruise ship itself to itineraries and destinations, that they uncovered in their Focus on Cruise report.

    RELATED READING

    Our Focus on Cruise report - https://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise-Travel/Focus-on-Cruise-Sailing-into-the-wind

    The latest Cruise Insight by Johanna Jainchill: When will cruise lines really resume operations? - https://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise-Travel/Insights/What-do-cruise-resumption-dates-mean?ct=cruise

    The latest River Cruise Insight by Jeri Clausing: Coming up with the new normal - https://www.travelweekly.com/River-Cruising/Insights/Coming-up-with-the-new-normal?ct=river

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    • 22 min
    An East Africa safari in the ‘short-rain’ season

    An East Africa safari in the ‘short-rain’ season

    Is sighting the Big Five, sleeping in a tented camp and unwinding with a sundowner cocktail on your (eventual) bucket list? Destinations editor Eric Moya talks about an unusual way to go on safari in East Africa: To go during the so-called “short-rain season,” i.e. the offseason.

    In this episode, Moya and host Rebecca Tobin discuss the benefits of traveling during the off-peak period, the types of animals he was hoping to spot on this trip to Tanzania and how a safari might be attractive to families and multigenerational groups once the coronavirus pandemic has ended.

    RELATED READING

    Tanzania in style with Elewana's SkySafari - https://www.travelweekly.com/Middle-East-Africa-Travel/Tanzania-in-style-with-Elewana-Collection-SkySafari

    Wet & Wild: Summer is peak safari season in East Africa, but wondrous wildlife encounters can occur year-round. - https://www.travelweekly.com/Middle-East-Africa-Travel/Wet-and-wild-peak-safari-season

    A green-season safari in Tanzania - https://www.travelweekly.com/Media/A-green-season-safari-in-Tanzania

    Dispatch, Kenya: Big Five? Who's counting? -https://www.travelweekly.com/Blogs/Dispatch/Dispatch-Kenya-Big-Five-Who-s-counting-

    Dispatch, Kenya: Up, up and away -https://www.travelweekly.com/Blogs/Dispatch/Dispatch-Kenya-Up-up-and-away

    Kenya safari lodges, from rustic to refined - https://www.travelweekly.com/Middle-East-Africa-Travel/Kenya-safari-lodges-from-rustic-refined

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    • 23 min

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Thank you for this podcast! Margie and Kier are tackling uncomfortable topics that need to be discussed. Their insightful views on this topic are well stated and and I sincerely appreciate them sharing them.

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