Cheap Travel – How To Avoid The Trap

Cheap Travel: Will It Lose You Customers? by Kelly Monaghan “Cheap travel.” The very words draw prospects like moths to a flame, and leave travel agents with a fear of getting burned. My office received a call once from a woman who was thinking about becoming a home-based travel agent. But one thing was bothering…

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Have Travel Agents Disappeared? I Say No, No, No.

Have Travel Agents Disappeared? No! No! No! by Kelly Monaghan Have travel agents disappeared? Of course not, but it’s a zombie idea that never seems to die. Now we can add The New York Times to the list of those wondering “Have travel agents disappeared?” I read a review by Barbara Ehrenreich of “Rise of…

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Travel Agents and the Future [Infographic]

As a Travel Agent, What Does Your Future Look Like? by Kelly Monaghan In today’s time-pressed, overwhelmed society, travel agents are becoming more essential than ever. So what does the future look like for travel agents? That’s good news for us travel agents, of course, but along with the opportunity comes responsibility for keeping abreast…

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Cruise Industry Outlook 2015 – Full Speed Ahead

by Kelly Monaghan The cruise industry outlook for 2015 shows nothing but smooth sailing ahead. Cruising is a perennial favorite for home-based agents looking to specialize, so if you haven’t chosen a specialty yet, listen up. CLIA has released some eye-opening stats on the industry, along with a list of 7 key themes, if you…

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Travel Agents Are Dead? Not So Fast

“Travel agents are dead.” by Kelly Monaghan That’s what the trolls on the Internet love to say after they’ve rolled out of bed in their Mom’s basement and waded through the old pizza boxes to their laptops for another hard day’s work spreading their ignorance over the ‘Net. That sort of thing — travel agents…

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Hotel Occupancy To Rise in 2015

Hotel Occupancy is looking up By Kelly Monaghan According to a recent report by PKF Hospitality Research, 2015 is shaping up to be a good year for U.S. hotels, with hotel occupancy rising even though hotel rates will also go up. And that means it will also be a good year for travel agents booking…

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Travel to Cuba: What Travel Agents Need to Know [Video]

by Sally Bahner Ever since President Barack Obama announced the thawing of travel restrictions to Cuba in January, the travel industry has been abuzz about the possibilities. For many people, the most exciting news is that those much-lusted-after Cuban cigars are now legal. But what about travel to Cuba? Not so fast. Although there are…

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Google Flights Gets It Wrong. Again. And Again

By Kelly Monaghan “Google Flights is the Messiah!” Or so thinks a “journalist” at Huffington Post. A recent article headlined 6 Google Flight Tricks That Are Better Than Any Travel Agent adds fuel to the “travel agents are dead” meme that is endlessly circulated by ramen-slurping technophiles who believe the Internet is the answer to…

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Card Mills and the Serious Home-Based Agent

By Kelly Monaghan Card mills. <sigh> I’m laughing to keep from crying. If you’re on LinkedIn, you may have come across a group called Cruise and Travel. It’s made up of some 5,600 travel industry professionals. But since there is no screening process for joining this group, a few morons are included as well. Here…

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Small Group Tours: Why Thinking Small Makes Big Sense

By Kelly Monaghan When it comes to groups, travel agents like to think big. “Wow! If I could only put 100 people on a cruise…” But like the classic ad from Volkswagen (© VW) reminds us, there are a number of reasons to think small, especially when it comes to escorted tours. Let’s count the…

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