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THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY
JULY 30, 2012
Alaska, cruise lines battling
EPA over new clean-air rule SPECIAL SECTION being customized for consortia, hosts By Kate Rice A loose coalition of the cruise in- dustry, Alaska state officials and trade groups are waging a battle on various fronts to challenge a federal air quality regulation that would cost cruise lines sailing Alaskan wa- ters millions of dollars and could produce a 15% drop in Alaska cruise business. By Nadine Godwin SEE PULLOUT SECTION
Last week, the state of Alaska sued the
federal government over the new regulation,
known as the Emissions Control Area (ECA),
which applies stringent emissions standards
to the shipping industry in an attempt to im-
See ALASKA on Page 61
prove air quality by reducing toxic chemicals
in the atmosphere.
The regulation, promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is part
of an environment treaty overseen by the International Maritime Organization.
The new rule requires that ships sailing
within 200 miles of the U.S. coastline burn
low-sulfur fuel, which is more expensive
than the bunker fuel generally burned by
oceangoing vessels. The cruise industry estimates that the increased cost could push up
cruise prices anywhere from $15 to $18 per
passenger per day.
It could increase the cost of operating a
cruise ship for a season in Alaska by as much
as $3.5 million to $5.5 million, according to
the Alaska Cruise Association.
And those figures just apply to phase one.
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New-generation hotel-booking tech
Under pressure to counter online discounting, the trade is rapidly embracing a surge
of new and more efficient technologies for
agencies to find and
book the right hotel at
the right price for each
Hotel programs have
been around for decades, and non-GDS
hotel booking portals
have been operating for
at least the last 10 years.
But the new breed of portals and apps take
booking efficiencies to new levels.
For starters, ABC Global Services and
Thor Travel Services, both long known for
their hotel programs, are about to introduce
new hotel booking engines.
Then next month, Hickory will implement
a new “electronic booking path” through its
extranet, PartnerHQ. And the American
Marketing Group is creating a proprietary
hotel database and booking engine that it
will roll out in the fourth quarter to agencies
affiliated with Travelsav-
ers and the Network of
Will products that
interface with inventory
databases help agents
compete with OTAs?
Our latest survey of people who buy travel reveals much about
how the market is changing, but it also underscores a constant:
the crucial importance of the agent sales force.