Black Travel Summit hosts weekend webinar to talk travel

Traveling with kids, taking care of your mental health on the road, traveling while Black — these are some of the topics an upcoming webinar hosted by the Miami-based Black Travel Summit will highlight this weekend.

The two-day virtual event will bring together 26 speakers from around the globe, including content creators and a director for the Seychelles Tourism Board. The event runs from Oct. 17-18 and is sponsored in part by the Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

“This is a celebration of people of color in the travel space,” said Anita François, founder of the Black Travel Summit. “We’re trying to create a connection between us and the travel industry by fostering collaboration with influencers and encouraging partnerships.”

Attendees can register online at General admission is free, but up to 500 VIP tickets ranging from $20 to $70 include vendor discounts and a lifetime membership to the Black Travel Summit.

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Pence, cruise line CEOs talk about resumption of sailing in US


Vice President Mike Pence on Friday joined cruise industry executives and the Centers for Disease Control director on a call to discuss COVID-19 and how the industry plans to approach the restart of operations, according to the White House.

Their discussion on resumption included the 74 recommendations from the Healthy Sail Panel published in September, which were adopted for sailing in U.S. waters by Cruise Lines International Association, the industry’s leading organization, on Friday ahead of the meeting.

The recommendations include protocol to prevent the introduction and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on cruise ships, including testing, face coverings and temperature checks.

During the meeting, Pence also gave an overview of the “no-sail” order that was extended last week through Oct. 31, according to a readout published by the White House.  

The CDC had requested that the order be extended to Feb. 15, 2021, but compromised with the White

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American Cruise Lines Execs Talk New Ships, Booking Trends and More

“This has been quite a year for the cruise industry, and we are all ready for the promise of next year,” Charles B. Robertson, president and CEO of American Cruise Lines, told reporters attending the line’s press conference at Seatrade Cruise Virtual this week.

While the U.S.-flagged line is still hopeful that it could possibly cruise the lower portion of the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Memphis in 2020, that’s not yet known. If the sailing schedule would need to be pushed into 2021, the line would begin American river sailings in February with voyages continuing through December 2021.

2021 Booking Trends

Also participating in the briefing was Susan Shultz-Gelino, vice president of trade relations, American Cruise Lines, who said she’s learned from her chats with travel advisors that “2021 is going to be absolutely huge. People are ready to travel. They want to get

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Donald, Fain, Del Rio and Vago Talk Cruise Industry, Restart

Earlier this week, Cruise Lines International Association‘s (CLIA) global board of directors approved mandatory health/safety protocols for member lines—and submitted them to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It’s the hope that this will provide a path to lifting of the CDC’s “No Sail Order” and the resumption of cruising from U.S. ports.

Advisors can read Part 1 of our CLIA press briefing coverage (with perspective from senior CLIA executives), and below is Part 2, with comments from the “Big Four”—top leaders from the world’s largest cruise companies.

What’s their “take” on the current status of the industry? What’s the start-up time frame for U.S. cruising to resume? Here are highlights from executives of the “Big Four.”

A Path to Cruise Resumption

“This probably has been the most difficult period in our industry’s 50-year history and it certainly has been for our company,” said

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