The Travel Professor
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Love problems in Paris?

Love is threatening to destroy Paris, Forbes reported yesterday. What started as a heartfelt symbol of amour toujours has gotten out of hand and is putting many of the City of Love's sites at risk. It started in 2008 with two lovers who engraved their names on a lock, closed it over a bridge railing and threw the key into the Seine as a symbol of their undying love. 

The idea spread among tourists and locals, leaving the bridges of Paris covered with thousands of locks of all shapes and sizes and colors, warping the metal on their protective railings and threatening disaster. 

The Paris Council worries, for example, that the railings on the Pont des Arts will crumble under the weight and crash into the river, sending lovers tumbling, along with the heavy metal grates, onto the tourist boats on the river below. 

For now, Paris authorities are monitoring the situation, but not banning the love locks. Still, the love that is today eternal may soon become ephemeral. The mayor has proposed removing all the locks every six months "to make room for new lovers."

Monday, October 21, 2013

All Aboard!

The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has declared that October is the best month to book a cruise. The organization annually helps travelers who want to shop for cruises with its "World's Largest Cruise Sale" (WLCS) October 21 - 25, 2013 by gathering exclusive sale offers from almost all major cruise lines.

The Travel Professor has teamed up with CLIA to add even MORE benefits for travelers who book cabins during the WLCS!

Don't Miss the Ship! 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Printed Cruise Brochures Return!

For the first time in five years, Carnival Cruise Lines will offer travel agents a printed fleet brochure to use in their sales and marketing materials. The new brochure, which will be available prior to the 2014 Wave Season, comes as a result of feedback from travel agents and consumers. 

It may only be colorful photos on glossy stock but to this travel guy it helps turn an intangible product into something tangible. 

Don’t you like to get your hands on a product brochure or flyer?

I only hope that other travel suppliers follow the Fun Ships and supply printed sales materials!