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Tuesday Travel Ticker: Agents get their say

January 17, 2012|By Chris Erskine | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
  • One of eight villas at the Retreat in Laguna, a revamped property that has just reopened.
One of eight villas at the Retreat in Laguna, a revamped property that has… (The Retreat in Laguna )

Marriott and Enterprise took two of the top honors in an annual poll of travel agents on suppliers and destinations they prefer. Marriott won for best hotel and resort chain and Enterprise for best domestic car rental company. Royal Caribbean was the top pick for best overall cruise line and Southwest was chosen best domestic airline. The poll of 113,000 agents was done for the trade magazine, Vacation Agent . . . . Thinking of hiking Half Dome this summer? Note that permits will be required to ascend using the safety cables, the most popular route. Applications for permits are available from March 1 through March 31. For details, click here . . . . The Ocean Front Cottages in Laguna Beach have been reimagined as the Retreat in Laguna, with eight Tuscan-style villas that pay homage to Laguna artists. For info, call (877) 999-2928 . . . . The Snowcial event in South Lake Tahoe on Wednesday through Sunday  is being touted as the "Sundance Festival for the Facebook Generation." The gathering brings together leaders in the digital, mobile and social media worlds for presentations and networking. For details, click here . . . . Southwest Airlines’ Chinese New Year Parade steps off Feb. 11 at 2nd and Market streets in San Francisco. The 5:15 p.m. event features floats, dance teams, bands and other performances . . . .Transatlantic air traffic surged in December, with leading carriers reporting an average 5.3% increase. The December increase followed two months of virtually no growth . . . . Travel Quote of the Day: "Life is a great adventure . . . accept it in such a spirit." (Theodore Roosevelt)

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