Newsroom https://www.gogowwv.com/ en Flight Centre Travel Group Names Marc Casto As President, Leisure Brands Americas https://www.gogowwv.com/node/161 <span>Flight Centre Travel Group Names Marc Casto As President, Leisure Brands Americas</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/16" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jsiegelski</span></span> <span>Wed, 06/03/2020 - 15:49</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Flight Centre Travel Group announced the appointment of Marc Casto to the role of president, leisure brands of the company's Americas division. The company has established this role on the heels of its recently implemented retail transformation, to oversee and steer the implementation and day-to-day to execution of its new business model.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-type field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Article Type</div> <div class="field--item">News Coverage</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-source-link field--type-link field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Source</div> <div class="field--item"><a href="https://www.travelagentcentral.com/your-business/flight-centre-travel-group-name-marc-casto-as-president-leisure-brands-americas?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWldObFpqVXhPVFUxTXpVdyIsInQiOiJmSHcrdHo5U3ZHUCs4b2JIUmc0S2Y4cWFFbkJMclc2WlpZQVwvU3ZZeGp6MGhTblYraEkyaVNpRXFDK1F6SHU3TzhvOEY1NWx6OGw5aFJEaFdYSnJDU2RXUTNIQWNBRldzZFQxem1kSkptQTZOeUlDY1pxYmFRdjdobVl3SDdcL1MwIn0%3D&amp;mrkid=2274155">Travel Agent Central</a></div> </div> Wed, 03 Jun 2020 20:49:09 +0000 jsiegelski 161 at https://www.gogowwv.com GOGO Vacations is Committed to Diversity & Justice https://www.gogowwv.com/about/newsroom/gogo-vacations-is-committed-to-diversity-and-justice <span>GOGO Vacations is Committed to Diversity &amp; Justice</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/16" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jsiegelski</span></span> <span>Wed, 06/03/2020 - 14:15</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/full_size/public/statement-fctg_0.jpg?itok=InN84mHB" style="float: right; margin-left: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px; width: 320px;" />At GOGO Vacations, equal rights are central to the way we operate. We are committed to having a diverse workforce and as a global player in the travel industry, we have the opportunity to lead the way and help bring about change to this sector. We believe everyone is welcome and appreciated both as an employee and as a customer. However, the recent death of George Floyd and many others and the massive demonstrations which have arisen in response to the racism and violence experienced by black and minority communities, has caused us to reflect and challenge ourselves to do better, and to do more.</p> <p>As a company, we owe it to our people, our customers and our communities to categorically condemn these acts of violence. Never has it been more important to stand together and stand up for justice.</p> <p>In order to ensure that we take meaningful action that will have a long-term, positive impact, we’re taking the time to listen and encourage the right dialogue to educate and inform ourselves and gather feedback. From there, we will be strengthening our global initiatives by establishing a committee that will focus on diversity, and race relations within our organization. The committee will help guide our decisions and implement appropriate, influential action. We’re working to identify a diversity officer that will serve as an internal point of contact for our employees who may need support, act as a representative on the committee, and assist in educating senior management on issues within our organization related to diversity and racism.</p> <p>This is an extremely difficult time. We know we all have work to do. However, we believe that if we unite as an organization, if we can listen and inform, we’ll be able to take action in a way that will have a significant, lasting and positive impact within our organization and hopefully, beyond.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-type field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Article Type</div> <div class="field--item">Press Release</div> </div> Wed, 03 Jun 2020 19:15:31 +0000 jsiegelski 146 at https://www.gogowwv.com On the Go With GOGO https://www.gogowwv.com/node/166 <span>On the Go With GOGO</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/16" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jsiegelski</span></span> <span>Sat, 02/29/2020 - 10:02</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>GOGO Vacations has been true to its name in the past couple of years. It’s been busy adding hotels, rebranding a small group division, introducing properties to its perk-rich My Time program, restructuring its branded affiliates and launching a new rewards program. What hasn’t changed, said John Van den Heuvel, president, is that GOGO deals only with travel advisors—as has been the case since its founding in 1951.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-type field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Article Type</div> <div class="field--item">News Coverage</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-source-link field--type-link field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Source</div> <div class="field--item"><a href="https://www.travelpulse.com/articles/tour-operators/on-the-go-with-gogo.html">Travel Pulse</a></div> </div> Sat, 29 Feb 2020 16:02:11 +0000 jsiegelski 166 at https://www.gogowwv.com Travel Weekly Honors Best Of The Travel Industry https://www.gogowwv.com/about/newsroom/travel-weekly-honors-best-of-the-travel-industry <span>Travel Weekly Honors Best Of The Travel Industry </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/16" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jsiegelski</span></span> <span>Thu, 12/12/2019 - 14:19</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>NEW YORK – Travel Weekly, the most influential source of news, research, opinion and analysis to the travel industry, honored the winners of its 17th annual Readers’ Choice Awards at a black-tie gala dinner and ceremony on December 12 at the Conrad New York.</p> <p>The award winners, one for each of the 79 categories, represent the best of the best of the travel industry. The nominees and award recipients were chosen in two rounds of voting by Travel Weekly’s audience of travel professionals.</p> <p>These widely recognized, coveted awards are presented annually to the industry suppliers who led the way in product and service during the past year. The open ballot phase of the voting was conducted during the summer. Travel Weekly readers were invited to write in the names of any company they believe best exemplifies a particular category. The leading vote recipients were identified as finalists, and a second round of voting to determine the winners took place September through November 2019.</p> <p>“This is the highest recognition given to those who transport, entertain, enlighten and accommodate billions of travelers each year,” said Arnie Weissmann, Travel Weekly’s editor in chief. “Every day, those who vote in our Readers Choice Awards must evaluate an ever increasing number of transportation, hospitality and activity options on behalf of their clients. The companies they select as winners are the ones they know bring consumers the highest levels of satisfaction.” </p> <p>“Among our readers are travel counselors, industry marketing executives and the CEOs of the world’s largest travel companies – a group uniquely qualified to evaluate a very crowded field of potential nominees.”</p> <p>Travel Weekly also recognized Michelle Fee, CEO, Cruise Planners; Kristin Karst, Co-Owner and Executive Vice President, AmaWaterways; Rudi Schreiner, President and Co-Owner, AmaWaterways; Bruce Shulman, Senior Vice President | Group Publisher, Travel Weekly &amp; TravelAge West; and Andy Stuart, President and CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line, with Lifetime Achievement Awards. The award pays tribute to individuals whose efforts have led to extraordinary results within an organization and who have also made significant contributions to the industry as a whole. The legacy of the recipients of the Travel Weekly Lifetime Achievement Awards collectively defines the environment that the travel industry operates in today.</p> <p>Travel Weekly’s 2019 Readers’ Choice winners are:</p> <p>1. Airline: Domestic - Delta Air Lines<br /> 2. Airline: International – Delta Air Lines<br /> 3. Airline: Business/First Class - Emirates<br /> 4. Top Airline Global Network - United Airlines<br /> 5. Airline: Sales &amp; Service - Delta Air Lines<br /> 6. Top Airline Overall - Delta Air Lines<br /> 7. Car Rental: Domestic – Hertz<br /> 8. Car Rental: International - Hertz<br /> 9. Hotel Chain: Domestic - Marriott International<br /> 10. Hotel Chain: Asia – Hilton Worldwide<br /> 11. Hotel Chain: Caribbean - Sandals Resorts<br /> 12. Hotel Chain: Europe – Hilton Worldwide<br /> 13. Hotel Chain: Mexico – Playa Resorts/Hyatt<br /> 14. Hotel Chain: Hawaii/South Pacific – Marriott International<br /> 15. Hotel Chain: All-Inclusive - Sandals Resorts<br /> 16. Hotel Chain: Luxury - Ritz-Carlton Hotels &amp; Resorts<br /> 17. Hotel Chain: Upscale – Westin Hotels &amp; Resorts<br /> 18. Hotel Chain: Mid-Priced - Hampton Inn<br /> 19. Hotel Chain: Boutique – Karisma Hotels &amp; Resorts<br /> 20. Best Resort Worldwide – St. Regis Bora Bora<br /> 21. Hotel Chain: Sales &amp; Service – Marriott International<br /> 22. Top Overall Hotel Group - Marriott International<br /> 23. Tour Operator: Domestic Packaged – Travel Impressions<br /> 24. Tour Operator: Domestic Escorted – Tauck<br /> 25. Tour Operator: International – Trafalgar<br /> 26. <strong>Tour Operator: Adventure – GOGO Vacations</strong><br /> 27. Tour Operator: Africa – Abercrombie &amp; Kent<br /> 28. Tour Operator: Asia/Pacific - Trafalgar<br /> 29. Tour Operator: Canada - Collette<br /> 30. Tour Operator: Caribbean - Funjet<br /> 31. Tour Operator: Europe - Globus<br /> 32. Tour Operator: Hawaii - Pleasant Holidays<br /> 33. Tour Operator: Mexico – Apple Vacations<br /> 34. Tour Operator: Luxury - Abercrombie &amp; Kent<br /> 35. <strong>Tour Operator: Group, Packaged – GOGO Vacations</strong><br /> 36. Tour Operator: Escorted Sales &amp; Service - Globus<br /> 37. Tour Operator: Packaged Sales &amp; Service – Funjet Vacations<br /> 38. Tour Operator: Escorted Overall - Globus<br /> 39. Tour Operator: Packaged Overall - Delta Vacations<br /> 40. Cruise Line: Domestic – Carnival Cruise Line<br /> 41. Cruise Line: Alaska - Princess Cruises<br /> 42. Cruise Line: Caribbean - Royal Caribbean International<br /> 43. Cruise Line: Europe - Celebrity Cruises<br /> 44. Cruise Line: Hawaii/Pacific - Norwegian Cruise Line <br /> 45. Cruise Line: Under 500 Berths – Windstar Cruises<br /> 46. Cruise Line: 500 to 1,000 Berths - Seabourn<br /> 47. Cruise Line: Premium - Celebrity Cruises<br /> 48. Cruise Line: Luxury - Crystal Cruises<br /> 49. Cruise Line: River Cruising - Viking River Cruises<br /> 50. Best World Cruise Itinerary - Holland America Line<br /> 51. Best Family Experience – Carnival Cruise Line<br /> 52. Cruise Line: Expedition – Celebrity Cruises<br /> 53. Cruise Line: Best Cuisine – Oceania Cruises<br /> 54. Cruise Line: Best Entertainment – Royal Caribbean International<br /> 55. Cruise Line: Best Private Island/Destination – Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian Cruise Line<br /> 56. Cruise Ship: River Cruising – AmaMagna, AmaWaterways<br /> 57. Cruise Ship: New – Celebrity Edge, Celebrity Cruises<br /> 58. Cruise Ship: Premium - Celebrity Edge, Celebrity Cruises<br /> 59. Cruise Ship: Luxury – Seven Seas Explorer, Regent Seven Seas Cruises<br /> 60. Cruise Ship: Overall Individual – Symphony of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International<br /> 61. Cruise Line: River Cruise Sales &amp; Service - Viking River Cruises<br /> 62. Cruise Line: Sales &amp; Service - Royal Caribbean International<br /> 63. Cruise Line: Overall - Royal Caribbean International<br /> 64. Destination: Africa - South Africa<br /> 65. Destination: Asia/Pacific - Australia<br /> 66. Destination: Canada - Vancouver<br /> 67. Destination: Caribbean – Jamaica<br /> 68. Destination: Central/South America - Costa Rica<br /> 69. Destination: Europe - Ireland<br /> 70. Destination: Hawaii - Maui<br /> 71. Destination: Mexico - Riviera Maya<br /> 72. Destination: U.S. State - Hawaii<br /> 73. Destination: U.S. City - Las Vegas<br /> 74. Best Travel Advisor Educational Program – Carnival Learn &amp; Earn, Carnival Cruise Line<br /> 75. Best Advisor Loyalty Program – Norwegian Cruise Line<br /> 76. Best Rail Vacation - Rocky Mountaineer<br /> 77. Best Travel Technology Provider – VAX/Trisept<br /> 78. Best Insurance Provider – Allianz Global Assistance<br /> 79. Theme Park - Walt Disney World</p> <p>ABOUT TRAVEL WEEKLY: Travel Weekly is the most influential provider of news, research, opinion and analysis to the North American travel trade marketplace. It reaches a broad industry audience in print, online and face-to-face events throughout the year. Travel Weekly is a division of Secaucus, New Jersey-based Northstar Travel Group, the largest travel business-to-business travel publisher in the world.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-type field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Article Type</div> <div class="field--item">Press Release</div> </div> Thu, 12 Dec 2019 20:19:09 +0000 jsiegelski 151 at https://www.gogowwv.com Flight Centre reminds agents why they love the D.R. https://www.gogowwv.com/node/176 <span>Flight Centre reminds agents why they love the D.R.</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/16" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jsiegelski</span></span> <span>Tue, 10/08/2019 - 10:08</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>John Van den Heuvel, president of Gogo Worldwide Vacations, said companies like Gogo, its Flight Centre Travel Group parent and the travel industry at large have a responsibility to help destinations when they fall on hard times.</p> <p>That includes the Dominican Republic, where tourism took a hit after the consumer press scrutinized a series of tourist deaths in the country this summer, labeling them "mysterious" and prompting many U.S. travelers to cancel or change bookings.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-type field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Article Type</div> <div class="field--item">News Coverage</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-source-link field--type-link field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Source</div> <div class="field--item"><a href="https://www.travelweekly.com/Travel-News/Travel-Agent-Issues/Flight-Centre-reminds-travel-agents-why-they-love-Dominican-Republic-">Travel Weekly</a></div> </div> Tue, 08 Oct 2019 15:08:46 +0000 jsiegelski 176 at https://www.gogowwv.com GOGO's John Van den Heuvel on Dominican Republic bookings https://www.gogowwv.com/node/171 <span>GOGO&#039;s John Van den Heuvel on Dominican Republic bookings</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/16" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jsiegelski</span></span> <span>Tue, 10/08/2019 - 10:07</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Flight Centre Travel Group recently sent 60 travel advisors from its Gogo Worldwide Vacations and Liberty Travel brands on an educational trip to the Dominican Republic, where they met with government officials and hoteliers after a rash of scrutiny in the consumer press on tourist deaths in the country this summer. Senior editor Jamie Biesiada spoke with Gogo president John Van den Heuvel about Gogo's experience with bookings to the Dominican Republic and what looks like the beginnings of a recovery.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-type field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Article Type</div> <div class="field--item">News Coverage</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-source-link field--type-link field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Source</div> <div class="field--item"><a href="https://www.travelweekly.com/On-The-Record/John-Van-den-Heuvel-Gogo-Worldwide-Vacations">Travel Weekly</a></div> </div> Tue, 08 Oct 2019 15:07:38 +0000 jsiegelski 171 at https://www.gogowwv.com GOGO Vacations Introduces TripSecure Product for Travel Agents https://www.gogowwv.com/node/186 <span>GOGO Vacations Introduces TripSecure Product for Travel Agents</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/16" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jsiegelski</span></span> <span>Wed, 05/15/2019 - 10:11</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>GOGO Vacations, a leading U.S. travel wholesaler, boosts travel agency partners’ competitive edge just in time for Summer sales offerings, with the introduction of GOGO’s new suite of trip cancellation waivers, TripSecure. Starting at $69, TripSecure is the only product that allows a cancel for any reason (“CFAR”) waiver to be sold separately or combined with a low air deposit offering.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-type field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Article Type</div> <div class="field--item">News Coverage</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-source-link field--type-link field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Source</div> <div class="field--item"><a href="https://www.travelpulse.com/news/travel-agents/gogo-vacations-introduces-tripsecure-product-for-travel-agents.html">Travel Pulse</a></div> </div> Wed, 15 May 2019 15:11:15 +0000 jsiegelski 186 at https://www.gogowwv.com GOGO Vacations Introduces New Trip Cancellation Waivers https://www.gogowwv.com/node/181 <span>GOGO Vacations Introduces New Trip Cancellation Waivers</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/16" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jsiegelski</span></span> <span>Wed, 05/15/2019 - 10:10</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>GOGO Vacations has introduced a new suite of trip cancellation waivers, TripSecure, just in time to boost travel advisors’ competitive edge when booking summer sales offerings.</p> <p>Starting at $69, TripSecure is the only product that allows a Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) waiver to be sold separately or combined with a low air deposit offering. Delivering CFAR protection in conjunction with commission protection for advisors, TripSecure strengthens agency partners’ overall service offering to customers and gives travel agents a new opportunity to increase their earning potential, without the risk of a total loss of commissions.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-type field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Article Type</div> <div class="field--item">News Coverage</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-source-link field--type-link field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Source</div> <div class="field--item"><a href="https://recommend.com/news-tools/gogo-vacations-introduces-new-trip-cancellation-waivers/">Recommend.com</a></div> </div> Wed, 15 May 2019 15:10:07 +0000 jsiegelski 181 at https://www.gogowwv.com Travefy Announces Partnership With GOGO Vacations https://www.gogowwv.com/about/newsroom/travefy-announces-partnership-with-gogo-vacations <span>Travefy Announces Partnership With GOGO Vacations</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/16" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jsiegelski</span></span> <span>Wed, 03/28/2018 - 15:37</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Travefy, the leading itinerary management and client communication tool for travel agents, announced a new partnership with GOGO Vacations, one of the leading travel wholesalers.</p> <p>Through this integration, travel agents can directly import all customer bookings from GOGO Vacations or its sister brand, Worldwide Traveler, onto any Travefy itinerary. A travel agent simply authenticates their GOGO Vacations account on the Travefy Pro platform. Once complete, they can seamlessly import any client bookings which will auto-populate an itinerary with rich information.</p> <p>"Travefy is focused on helping travel agents save time through streamlined processes," notes Scott Rutz, head of sales and marketing, Travefy, Inc. "This new integration helps these agents build robust itineraries with the click of a button and further speed up their sales process. We’re honored to be working with GOGO and their incredible team, who are truly committed to innovation in the travel agent ecosystem."</p> <p>"We are continually looking for ways to help make the booking process more efficient for our valued travel agent partners," said Brennan Quesnele, vice president of sales, GOGO Vacations. "With the addition of Travefy to the equation agents will be saving time which ultimately turns into increased revenue as they can convert business into confirmed bookings faster. Our end goal is always to make travel agents’ lives easier and more profitable."</p> <p>In addition to Travefy's partnership and integration with GOGO Vacations, the company has recently announced several other large-scale product enhancements to help its agent users save time. These have included the integration of over 600 new city guides and 70+ new integrated land tour and cruise suppliers among others.</p> <p>For more information on Travefy and GOGO Vacations, visit <a href="https://travefy.com/pro">https://travefy.com/pro</a> and at <a href="/">www.gogowwv.com</a>.</p> <p>For press assets please see: <a href="https://travefy.com/press">https://travefy.com/press</a></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-type field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Article Type</div> <div class="field--item">Press Release</div> </div> Wed, 28 Mar 2018 20:37:26 +0000 jsiegelski 156 at https://www.gogowwv.com GOGO Goes Global https://www.gogowwv.com/node/191 <span>GOGO Goes Global</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/16" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jsiegelski</span></span> <span>Tue, 01/23/2018 - 10:22</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>GOGO Vacations, which recently celebrated 65 years in business, has undergone a tremendous transformation in the 10 years since it was acquired by Flight Centre Ltd., a global travel group.</p> <p>Yet, in many ways, it remains the same company that travel agents came to know over its first 55 years.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-type field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Article Type</div> <div class="field--item">News Coverage</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-source-link field--type-link field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Source</div> <div class="field--item"><a href="https://www.travelpulse.com/articles/tour-operators/gogo-goes-global.html?utm_source=AAH&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=02-08-2018&amp;omhide=true">Travel Pulse</a></div> </div> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:22:50 +0000 jsiegelski 191 at https://www.gogowwv.com