President’s Corner January 2013

Dear Valued Clients,

On behalf of all of us here at Williamsburg Travel Management, we wish you a Very Happy and Healthy New Year. 2013 is looking like a banner year for travel. The economy has improved, we have at least some idea of what our tax rates will be, and the airline industry has stabilized after a profitable 2012.

The most desired travel itineraries for this year include unique experiences. For those wanting to see the majestic glaciers of Alaska, plan to go within the next few years or they may not be there since global warming has taken its toll on them. Another favorite destination, Venice, may change dramatically due to rising seas. For peak season cruises to Alaska and Europe, you will have to book early to get the best prices and accommodations. River cruising in Europe has also gotten very popular, and space is already tight on peak season departures.

Several of the premium cruise lines have added some great amenities. Crystal Cruises, the pioneer of large ship luxury cruising has changed to an all-inclusive model, with all beverages, including alcoholic beverages now included. Azamara Club Cruises has also added beer and alcoholic beverages to their complimentary wine service.

The new Boeing 787 is getting rave reviews as more U.S. Airlines are receiving deliveries and deploying them on the long haul International routes. This new aircraft does not require 0% humidity, so it minimizes the effect of jet lag and is also much more comfortable with larger windows, individual entertainment systems, and upgraded seating.

We look forward to assisting you with those unique experiences this year, and we Thank You for your business and your friendship.


Terry W. Brennan
Williamsburg Travel Management