Travel agenda: Frequent Traveler Awards pick the best loyalty programs

Next week sees the second Frequent Traveler Awards, dedicated to recognizing the best in loyalty programs from hotels and airlines. After that, it's over to Italy for the launch of the Carnival Magic cruise ship.

2nd Frequent Traveler Awards
April 28
Flushing, NY, USA

The best reward programs for frequent travelers are set to be announced for the second time April 28, with prizes awarded for best redemption, best points promotions and program of the year, for both hotel and airline schemes.

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Carnival Magic debut
May 1
Venice, Italy

Carnival's newest 130,000 ton ship can carry nearly 3,700 guests and will sail a nine-day inaugural voyage to Barcelona. On board, it offers the WaterWorks aqua park, an on-board pub with its own home brews and the first ropes course at sea, featuring an above-deck net with dizzying views of the water 45 m below.

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World Travel Awards - Middle East
May 2
Dubai, UAE

The season begins again for the travel world's leading award program, honoring the best destinations and travel businesses in the Middle East. It's the first of five regional ceremonies before the finalists progress to the grand final ceremony later this year.

18th Arabian Travel Market
May 2-5
Dubai, UAE

The Arabian Travel Market examines the potential of the Middle East as both an outbound and rapidly growing inbound region. Expect major announcements from some of the world's leading hotel brands and a sneak peak at some of the exciting developments in the region.

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28th Fort Lauderdale: Unleashed
May 10-15
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

The largest event in the LGBT travel community, Fort Lauderdale: Unleashed is organized by the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association to bring together industry experts, LGBT brands and gay-friendly brands.

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