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Searching for the Ultimate Luxury Experience -- in Tudor, England

Searching for the Ultimate Luxury Experience -- in Tudor, England | Luxury Travel | Scoop.it
Searching for the Ultimate Luxury Experience -- in Tudor, England - The Huffington Post
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A visionary commission model - Travel Weekly

A visionary commission model - Travel Weekly | Luxury Travel | Scoop.it
The devil is in the details with Azamara and Virtuoso's new commission model.
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Missing from this analysis—benefit to client?  In age of total transparency is the Azamara/Virtuoso deal prescient or anachronistic?  Will it flash a spotlight on deals between suppliers and consortia that are intended to move market share for all consumers to see and evaluate? Is this a bad thing?

 

 

Will the traveling public see this deal as just economies of scale/rearranging the grocery shelves or worse the dreaded “Turkish carpet factory” kickback?   I think Azamara has a terrific product to sell.  I love their itineraries and know their two ships well.  During my years at the Smithsonian we enjoyed many charters on the Renaissance ships. 

 

Most agents I have met from all consortia put client benefit above all commission levels.  So if this is true—what is the ultimate benefit of such a highly visible move?  Shows the “Good ole boy network” is still operating?  For whose benefit?   According to Mr. Turen, Virtuoso market share has moved since the deal was signed.  What will those clients newly introduced to Azamara through this initiative think?  I think they will probably love the product once they are onboard, but shadow of doubt may remain.  Could this short term movement of product share be just that—short term?

 

 

The pie is large for cruising around the world. Matching clients/cruisers to the right product is a benefit of a great agent who has learned the differences between cruise lines and ships through effective agent education and marketing to both agent and consumer by the cruise line.  Let’s hope this deal doesn’t bring that benefit into doubt with the consuming public. 

 

This discussion is just beginning in the greater travel marketplace.  I know other consortia agreements, FAM trips, preferred partner programs etc all offer the same benefit/risk ratio in terms of agent’s objectivity.   So it is good this discussion is spilling over into the consuming public and the direct to supplier traveler.   Let’s include all the pros and cons of agents and their assorted “tools” and expertise in future discussions—but hope the discussions are focused on the benefit for the client—first, last and always. 

 

  (Note:  I understand that Travel Weekly is an industry publication, but let's not fool ourselves, there is no such thing as “industry only” news in our world today.  All information reaches the consuming public. Transparency is total. And that is a very good thing.)  Final note:  “thoroughbreds in a stable”?  Really?

 

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Is Crete the “New” Tuscany? - Jean Newman Glock

Is Crete the “New” Tuscany? - Jean Newman Glock | Luxury Travel | Scoop.it
Outside the front door of our villa on the mountain was a fountain.  Really just a spigot in a stone hearth bringing water up from the well, but the water from this Cretan well was the best I have ever tasted.   Perhaps it was the purity or the...
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What is it like to travel with author and historian Alison Weir? - Jean Newman Glock

What is it like to travel with author and historian Alison Weir? - Jean Newman Glock | Luxury Travel | Scoop.it
What is it like to travel with author and historian Alison Weir?  Here is a glimpse–melding history, art and unbelievable research.
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Dear Luxury Hotels, You Are Almost Perfect, Except... - Jean Newman Glock

Dear Luxury Hotels, You Are Almost Perfect, Except... - Jean Newman Glock | Luxury Travel | Scoop.it
I have stayed in thousands of luxury hotels ( From 5 to 7 star) over my years in travel and they are usually wonderful — but most with some small exceptions. While the following pet peeves may seem petty (isn’t that the definition of a pet peeve?
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Great Scotland Yard building to be turned into luxury London hotel with rooms among most expensive in world

Great Scotland Yard building to be turned into luxury London hotel with rooms among most expensive in world | Luxury Travel | Scoop.it
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10 Holiday Traditions Around the World

10 Holiday Traditions Around the World | Luxury Travel | Scoop.it
For those of us blessed (or cursed) with incurable wanderlust, the allure of an unexplored city or destination is hard to resist. But, this time of year, what I crave is tradition and a deep-rooted sense of home.
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I was honored to be asked to contribute to Annie Fitzsimmons' most recent article in National Geographic about Holiday Traditions Around the World.  I love your favorites and will be adding them to my "Must See"  list for the future.  Happy Holidays all and maybe you can join me at Mount Vernon next year for the candlelight tours.  They are wonderful!

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The Slow Cruise Movement. Are You a Slow Cruiser? - Jean Newman Glock

The Slow Cruise Movement. Are You a Slow Cruiser? - Jean Newman Glock | Luxury Travel | Scoop.it
     Though megaships/cities at sea have been grabbing all the headlines recently, cruises come in all sizes and shapes.   I have written about my passion for smaller ships but I need to elaborate further.
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Luxury Travel Advisor Magazine | Featuring Jean Newman Glock - Jean Newman Glock

Luxury Travel Advisor Magazine | Featuring Jean Newman Glock - Jean Newman Glock | Luxury Travel | Scoop.it
By: Meagan Drillinger for Luxury Travel Advisor For Jean Newman Glock, luxury isn’t about how much you spend; it’s about how much you see. It is about exploring one’s interests as exclusively and as in depth as possible.
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Highlights of the Getty Museum and Villa - Jean Newman Glock

Highlights of the Getty Museum and Villa - Jean Newman Glock | Luxury Travel | Scoop.it
One of my favorite museums in the world is the Getty Museum, which I recently paid a visit to.  Check out the highlights in my video below! Be Sociable, Share! Tweet
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Globetrotting Tips After A Travel Warning - Jean Newman Glock

Globetrotting Tips After A Travel Warning - Jean Newman Glock | Luxury Travel | Scoop.it
Jean Newman Glock was pleased to be asked by Fox Business to give her top tips for travelling after a travel warning.  Click here to see the original article, or read below. Be Sociable, Share! Tweet
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