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World Travel Market 2021


Reconnect. Rebuild. Innovate.


So much about travel has changed, and yet for those inspired to reconnect, rebuild and innovate, the new potential is breath-taking.

WTM London is bringing the world of travel back together and both Paul Cowley & Sharon Warriner-Rowarth from The Travel Rep will be there, in person, to talk with partners, both old and new, and we cannot wait to reunite and reconnect properly with you all.


It's time to rebuild our businesses and uncover the innovations and ideas that will reshape travel.  Together, let’s rekindle the inspiration that makes this the ultimate industry to be in and we look forward to seeing you next month, in London.

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Covid 19 has severely effected the Travel & Tourism industry for the past 18 months and the team here at the Travel Rep have been either on furlough or working from home. 


Hopefully, the travel and tourism sector will return to a safe and sustainable level once again for all our working partners, our ongoing projects and for the UK travel agents that our sales team regularly visit on behalf of the brands we represent.


The safety and wellbeing of all of our employees, partners, suppliers, and of the travel agents we visit still remain of the greatest importance to us and we very much look forward to the day when we can all meet up once again.

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Nicko Cruises has joined  CLIA Europe.


nicko cruises has joined Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Europe with the aim to enhance the line’s brand awareness across Europe, bringing it into CLIA's wider community of cruise lines, travel agents and partners.

For more than 25 years, the Stuttgart-based cruise line has operated as a specialist in small ship cruising with all-inclusive ships, designed for 50-220 passengers. English is spoken on board and no-fly options are available from the UK.

nicko cruises became one of the first cruise operators in the world to restart operations last year and going forward, has introduced a 10-point health and safety plan in response to Covid 19.

Andy Harmer, CLIA UK & Ireland director, said: “We’re delighted to have nicko cruises join CLIA. They are a well-established, premium brand which provides guests with unique river cruise experiences. We look forward to supporting them as they develop and build relationships with the trade across Europe.

nicko cruises will take part in CLIA’s virtual river cruise showcase, which is being held on March 3 and March 4.

                                                                                                                                                                                            March 2021

ITT Future You: Skills Fest

National Careers Week, 1st - 6th March 2021

ITT Future You will host its first ‘Skills Fest’  to coincide with National Careers Week.


The week-long event will include a series of interactive workshops and virtual assignments for students and graduates, focusing on the key skills needed to have a successful career in aviation, travel, tourism and hospitality.


Interactive workshops will be hosted via the talent hub and ITT Future You social media channels, with travel businesses setting assignments for students and graduates to take part in; supporting them to become industry-ready. Key industry skills will be highlighted including sales, customer service, networking, crisis management, digital, personal branding and entrepreneurship; with different industry themes running throughout the week including sustainability, business travel, cruise and aviation.


The ITT Future You campaign is part of a pledge on behalf of the travel and tourism industry to get involved in the 10th National Careers Week #NCW2021.

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Introducing Ocean Victory


We are extremely pleased to announce a brand new vessel is joining the Victory Cruises fleet in 2021, when the magnificent M/V Infinity Class Ocean Victory will be taking passengers on Alaskan adventures starting in April 2021.


Ocean Victory is the first ship of her kind to sail to Alaska and combines the ultimate protection of the environment with the perfect comfort of our guests, as she uses the cleanest available fuel and offers unique access to wilderness waters, and provides an unparalleled platform for discovery.

To find out more about Ocean Victory contact either Light Blue Travel or with the team here at The Travel Rep and we can can assist you in promoting Alaska adventures to your customers.

                                                                                                                                                                                   November 2020

BBC's Autumnwatch comes to RSPB Old Moor

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The BBC's popular wildlife programme, Autumnwatch, is back on our TV screens this month from the 27th October to 6th November, Tuesday to Friday on BBC Two at 8pm.

The RSPB’s Old Moor Nature Reserve in the Dearne Valley, has been chosen to host Gillian Burke along with a small team from the hit BBC TV series.

Emma Tuckey, Senior Site Manager at RSPB Old Moor said “It’s so exciting for us to be hosting part of BBC Autumnwatch this year. The valley is such a fantastic example of how wildlife can thrive in an area which has been heavily industrialised. Regeneration can be good news for wildlife as well as people, and we can prove that here.”

                                                                                                                                                                                    October 2020

World Travel Market - Recover, Rebuild, Innovate


World Travel Market has been the UK's premier event for travel and tourism companies for the past 40 years. For this year, from the 9th until the  11th of November, WTM will become a virtual event.

The main aim for 2020 is to help recover, rebuild and shape the travel industry at a time when it needs it the most. .


Paul Cowley will be attending on behalf of our river cruise and small ship partners, including nicko cruises, the American Queen Steamboat Company and Victory Cruises all of whom can be sold via the UK travel trade through our partnership with Light Blue Travel.      


To discuss how we can help you promote, and sell these iconic brands and products to your cruise customers, please contact Paul either directly via this website or through World Travel Markets' virtual meeting app once you have registered for this virtual event.

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ITT Future You International Careers Conference


The Institute of Travel & Tourism (ITT) will host its first 'International Careers Conference 'on Wednesday 15th July in partnership with global community Travel Massive.


This one day event will showcase a diverse range ofspeakers from around the world and aims to support those considering the next step in their career. The conference is free to attend, will be streamed live through Travel Massive's platform as well as through ITT's Facebook page as well as on YouTube and via Linkedin and is open to all in the travel industry as well as students and graduates.

The ITT Future You International Careers Conference will be split in to three themes throughout the day:

*   Recharge Your Career: Targeted at individuals in the travel and tourism sector, looking at their next industry career move.

*   Reset Your Career: Focused on transferable skills for those considering self-employment,or a career-change out of the industry.

*   Kickstart Your Career: Aimed at students and graduates thinking abouta career in the sector.

Paul Cowley  will be moderating on two of the days panel sessions.

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American Queen Steamboat Company


The American Queen Steamboat Company vessels are testimonies to the floating palaces of long ago and the perfect way to explore the heartland of the United States.


Guests can plan their next getaway aboard one of four, unique river cruise vessels, and cruise along Americas' most scenic rivers, all of which offer a fabulous perspective of untouched nature and then be able to visit the historic river cities that helped to define the soul of the country.

All vessels offer a unique blend of American beauty and history, acclaimed cuisine, lively showboat-style entertainment, as well as the thrill of the adventure of exploring Mark Twain’s riverside America.  Guests will discover a side of the country that few ever see, from the indescribable perspective of the river.


So step on board and experience America in style as the American Queen Steamboat Company takes you on a journey that you will never forget.


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The Travel Rep and Light Blue Travel

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The Travel Rep are proud to work inconjunction with Light Blue Travel and represent their river cruise and small ship products to the UK Travel Trade Trade


Light Blue Travel specialise in creating cruises, holidays and flight arrangements tailored to your needs.

Whether it's a European river cruise, a Mississippi river cruise on a paddle steamer, a luxury small ship cruise on America's Great Lakes, a luxury hotel escape, a villa perfect for all the family or an activity holiday with friends, let us remove the stress from arranging your travel plans.


To find out more about the various cruise lines offered or about the wonderful itineraries on offer simply get in touch with either Light Blue Travel or with the team here at The Travel Rep and we can can assist you in promoting to your customers.

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Nicko Cruises now available in the UK

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For more than 25 years, the nicko brand has been synonymous with unforgettable river travel experiences, offering top service and a personal touch for the best value for money.


As a specialist in cruises on small ships, nicko not only draw on their own experience, but also on an international network of partners, all in order to implement the nicko cruises philosophy.


English is spoken on all ships and as guest travel in the company of like-minded people, the experiences of the places visited  combine with the relaxation of onboard wellbeing.


This promise to guests is expressed in nicko's slogan: "Small ships. Great experiences"

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