How The Travel Industry Is Responding To The Rising Demand For Vegan Vacations

More people are seeking vegan vacations that include fun and relaxation, as well as adventure.

In 2004 travel firm VegVoyages launched, offering three trips in one country. Fourteen years later, the company, which specializes in vegan adventure tours in Asia, now runs up to 23 trips a year in five different countries. Based in Texas, it’s one of several operators that caters for this growing market of ethical consumers seeking to experience different cultures without harming animals, exploiting people or devastating the environment.

“There’s definitely been an increase in the demand for vegan travel,” says VegVoyages co-founder Zac Lovas. “More people around the world are warming up to vegan ideas, concepts and benefits who were previously put off by the mere mention of the word ‘vegan’, much less considering it as a full-time or part-time diet in their daily life. This directly fuels vegan travel – whether it’s more vegans searching for vegan travel options or more non-vegans not fearing being on a tour with vegans and eating vegan meals for one or two weeks at a time.”

According to Lovas, food is one of the biggest incentives for travelers to choose a vegan tour. “People don’t want to go to a country and be able to only eat side dishes and salads, or be stuck eating the same thing that they eat back home,” he says.

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World Trade Center Arkansas to Lead Trade Mission to Caribbean

ROGERS, Ark. – The World Trade Center Arkansas is leading a trade mission for Arkansas companies interested in exporting to Caribbean countries. The mission will go to the Trade Americas – Business Opportunities in the Caribbean Region Conference in Miami, Florida, from May 6-7.

Beginning May 8, Arkansas companies can then travel to a Caribbean country of their choice to participate in business-to-business meetings with a pre-screened potential buyer, agent,

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Caribbean visitor numbers are strong, but work is ahead

The catastrophic hurricanes may have slowed down tourism’s progress, but they sure did not stop it.

Stayover visitor arrivals topped a record 30.1 million in 2017, and visitor spend hit a record $37 billion, even as the region battled the effects of hurricanes Irma and Maria, as well as Hurricane Harvey, which lashed parts of the U.S., the Caribbean’s primary market.

cruise performance mirrored that of tourist arrivals, growing by 2.4% over 2016, to a milestone 27 million passengers.

“In short, despite the severe challenges of 2017, more visitors arrived in the Caribbean, and they spent more,” said Hugh Riley, secretary general of the Caribbean Tourism Organization, during a video briefing at CTO headquarters in Barbados.

“But is that enough? Is our work now over?” Riley asked.

“Not by a long shot,” he answered himself. “The Caribbean, with our highly competitive tourism product, has quite some distance to go in order to realize our full potential.”

Riley acknowledged that rebuilding, developing and sustaining the infrastructure and image of the Caribbean is an immense task.

“Our first order of business as a region is to stop treating tourism as some sort of casual pursuit,” he said. “Tourism is a serious business. It employs, directly and indirectly, 13.7% of the people in the Caribbean, and it contributes, in total, from 7% to over 80% of the GDP across the region.”

Riley said that, while thankful for the results achieved in the region in 2017, “there are bigger celebrations occurring in

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Regent Seven Seas schedules cruise with three calls in Cuba

Regent Seven Seas cruises
said the Seven Seas Mariner will sail the line’s first immersive
Cuba itinerary next year. A cruise departing Oct. 15, 2019, will call in Havana, Cienfuegos
and Santiago de Cuba. 

Havana is also being added
to the Seven Seas Navigator’s voyage departing April 25, 2020.

The Mariner made
Regent’s maiden call in Havana in April 2017. 

With the two
itinerary changes, Regent has eight upcoming cruises that visit Cuba, including
a Panama Canal transit cruise on the Mariner departing Oct. 10, 2018; a Navigator cruise to
Havana on Nov. 11, 2018; Seven Seas Voyager’s Dec. 6 and 16, 2018 cruises to
Havana; plus four trips in 2019 and 2020.

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Seatrade Cruise Global Shines Spotlight on Final Day Program

NEW YORK, Feb. 21, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — As

  • Rick Sasso, Chairman of MSC cruises USA, will deliver From Niche to Mainstream: A Look into the cruise Industry’s Evolution and Growth
  • Condé Nast Traveler Articles Editor Paul Brady moderates Expedition Cruising and Polar Cruising Outlook – Managing Explosive Growth with Mark Conroy, Managing Director of Americas, Silversea cruises; Navin Sawhney, CEO of Americas, Ponant; Captain Ben Lyons, Expedition Voyage Consultants; and Daniel Skjeldam; CEO

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  • Carnival Cruise Line Names Travel Partner Advisory Committee Members

    WHY IT RATES: By collaborating with agents, Carnival cruise Line can better its product support along the way. — Jason Leppert, cruise Senior Writer

    Carnival cruise Line has appointed three new members to its 32-member Travel Partner Advisory Committee (TPAC) for 2018. Each year, the line invites select travel partners, spanning an array of agency models, to participate in the committee, offering guidance related to various trade programs, tools and initiatives introduced by Carnival. This year, 29 of the committee members have returned to continue their advisory role for ongoing trade programs.

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    “In the last year, we’ve introduced many new initiatives through our Travel Agents Rock program, and our TPAC has been instrumental in providing valuable feedback throughout the process,” said Carnival’s Vice President of North American Field Sales Mike Julius. “We want to continue the strong momentum we have with our current group and are thrilled that the majority of them are returning for another year, along with some exciting new additions.”

    Members of TPAC are nominated by Carnival’s sales leadership team and business development managers. Nominees are selected with the goal of creating a panel that reflects an array of

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    Target Partnership Lets Couples Register For Honeymoon Funds

    Through the retailer’s partnership with Honeyfund, couples making a wedding registry can ask for honeymoon travel and even cash

    Because you can only have so many nonstick woks and crystal gravy boats, Target is teaming up with honeymoon crowdfunding app Honeyfund to let couples ask for cash on their Target wedding registries.

    Couples can receive the full cash value of these gifts in the form of Honeyfund digital gift cards, which are good at various travel, dining and entertainment partners. However if they want to put the money in their bank or PayPal account and use it for whatever they want, there is a 2.8% plus 30 cent fee. So, for example, if you want to cash out a $100 gift from Aunt Sally, you get $96.90 of it and Honeyfund gets $3.10.

    Users can either add Honeyfund items—like resort stays, air travel, dining and cash for anything else—to their Target registry, or start a Honeyfund registry first and add it to their Target registry.

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    Koepf leaves Avoya for Cruise Planners: Travel Weekly

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    cruise Planners said
    that travel trade veteran Scott Koepf will become its vice president of
    strategic development.

    Koepf has headed
    several agency networks, including Nexion, cruise Vacation Shoppes
    America and cruise Holidays. For the past eight years, he has been vice
    president of sales at Avoya Travel.

    Koepf is recognized
    not only for his management skills but as one of the most charismatic
    motivational speakers in the industry.

    “I’ve known Scott for
    more than 20 years, and we are excited for him to join our powerhouse executive
    team,” said Michelle Fee, CEO and founder of cruise Planners.

    In his new role, Koepf
    will lead the training and events teams and explore new opportunities for
    strategic development.

    Koepf said he was
    excited about the change. “I started my career in travel as a cruise franchise
    owner, and now I am coming back full circle to help each cruise Planners
    franchisee achieve their goals.”

    In addition to leading
    several networks, Koepf was president of the National Association of Career Travel Agents immediately prior to taking
    his position with Avoya.

    Koepf starts his new
    job in March.

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    Want to take better travel photos? Lonely Planet photographer will teach you how on Norway cruise

    Price: From $9,863 per person, double occupancy. Includes accommodations, transportation from Oslo to Kirkenes, Hurtigruten voyage from Svolvær to Kirkenes, some meals, escorts, activities, photo coaching with Evans and local photo guides. International airfare, airport transfer in Oslo and optional Hurtigruten excursions not included.

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    Scott Koepf Moves From Avoya to Cruise Planners | Travel Agent …

    Scott Koepf has moved from Avoya Travel to cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, where he will serve as the home-based travel agent franchise network’s vice president of strategic development. In his new role, Koepf will lead cruise Planners’ training and events team, exploring new opportunities for strategic development and helping cruise Planners travel agents to continue to develop their franchises. The appointment is effective March 2018.

    Most recently Koepf served as senior vice president of sales at Avoya. He has also held leadership roles at cruise Holidays and Nexion, as well as served as president of NACTA. He began his career in travel as a cruise franchise owner, and has also been an entertainer onboard a cruise ship. He has also often been quoted as an expert in travel media, cruise Planners said.

    Agents can contact Koepf directly at [email protected].

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