SOURCE: Tours.com

September 21, 2011 16:09 ET

Tours.com's Travel-Intel Reaches More Than 100,000 Travel Agents With Updates on DOT's New Airline Passenger Policies

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 21, 2011) - Tours.com's Travel-Intel published this week with the latest tips and tricks for working with the Department of Transportation's new policies in travel that go into effect in January 2012. As written by content director Lark Ellen Gould, the new policies protect consumers against bait and switch tactics when it comes to airline ticket fees and pricing. They also protect consumers against delays on the tarmac and at the departure gate.

The news stems from in-depth seminars given to travel agents -- those who need most to understand and cooperate with the new policies in the execution of their trade -- at last week's conference in Las Vegas put on by the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA). Explaining the new policies to agents was Paul Ruden, Senior Vice President for Legal & Industry Affairs for ASTA, who noted the new policies may not only make air travel less of a financial risk to consumers but they may also create ways for agents to become more valuable to their clients.

The Travel-Intel article, written and reported by Lark Ellen Gould, a veteran travel journalist who has been covering the travel industry for more than 20 years, shows how agents can no longer sell travel with a one-price sweep and also shows how passenger rights have solidified and improved over the past few years making airlines more cautious about their customer service and information accessibility.

The Travel-Intel newsletter seeks to send travel agents in the US and Canada bi-weekly updates about the travel industry, including trends in travel and marketing, hotel onsite reviews, tour news, cruise updates and destination developments. The news is emailed on the 1st and 15th of each month to more than 100,000 travel agents in North America. It is available on the newsletter page of Tours.com.

Other stories in this week's issue include an onsite look at the reinvention of the Tropicana Las Vegas, important tips about US passport registration and services, Fall Travel Trends for 2011 and immersive Culinary, Wellness and Humanitarian trips into remote Southeast Asia.

Tours.com is a comprehensive travel website operating since 1992 with a deep and searchable database of tours according to region and experience with information covering some 8,000 tour companies around the world. It is also a one-stop resource directory for visa information, important phone numbers for travelers, regional experts, and travel agents certified with in-depth knowledge in their chosen areas.

For more information visit http://www.tours.com/newsletter.htm

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