The Travel Industry Is Outpacing The Rest Of The Economy

By Kelly Monaghan Maybe you’ve been following the news about how job growth in the United States is, shall we say, tepid and how the issue is becoming a hot potato in the presidential race. Or maybe, like me, you’ve just been putting your fingers in your ears and humming loudly whenever political news comes…

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Need Help Setting Up Your Agency?

By Kelly Monaghan I got a question from someone via the HomeTravelAgency.com Facebook page asking if I could be hired to help this person choose a host agency and “set up my IATA number.” Well, yes, actually. I suppose I could do that, but my fee would wind up being much more than the cost…

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Listening In On Your Competition

It is my personal opinion that using CruiseCompete is not a very wise strategy for any but the largest travel agencies, the ones who have the very best volume-based relationships with certain cruise lines and who can, thus, make a nickel in this kind of marketplace. It is also my opinion that the sort of people who use CruiseCompete (like those who swear by Travelocity and Expedia) are not the kind of customers most of us want. To that extent then, CruiseCompete is doing us all a service by servicing them.

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Lessons From The Costa Tragedy

By Kelly Monaghan I had a prospect recently remark to me “Can’t we arrange to get a really cheap cruise on that Italian line that keeps crashing and sinking in the Mediterranean? Seems they might be under-booked.” Very funny. (Not.) But there’s a lesson to be learned here (besides not making light of tragedy). To…

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More On Spousal Support

By Kelly Monaghan Recently, I wrote about some reasons why a husband and wife might want to team up as home-based travel agents. I thought I’d pretty much hit them all. Now comes an article in  Travel Weekly about Nancy and Dave Finn of Wisconsin which highlighted another reason a spouse might get involved in…

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Why You Should Do It With Your Spouse

Spouse travel agent? But of course! By Kelly Monaghan Maybe you are just considering getting into the travel business or 
maybe you’ve taken my course and your career is well under way.
 Either way, I’d like to ask the married folks among you whether
 your spouse is in the business with you. And if not,…

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Getting The Word Out About Your Travel Agency Blog

By Kelly Monaghan If you have a blog (and if you don’t perhaps it’s time to ask yourself, “Why not?”), you may be waiting patiently for your readership to increase. Perhaps you’re even hoping your blog will “go viral.” Maybe you should be a little more proactive. There are many ways to do that, but…

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Was Your LinkedIn Account Hacked?

By Kelly Monaghan As you may know, LinkedIn has announced a major breach of its users’ passwords. Some 6.5 million passwords have apparently been compromised and posted on a notorious hacker site.. If you use LinkedIn to forge deeper relationships with BDMs and others in the supplier and distribution community (and if you don’t, it’s…

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Travel Agents Aren’t Back. They Never Went Away!

Travel agents back By Kelly Monaghan Recently, the New York Times’ Travel Section splashed across its front page the banner headline “Are Travel Agents Back?” It was a welcome article for those in the industry, I suppose, because it recognized the not inconsiderable value that knowledgeable travel agents provide their customers. It also represented a…

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A New Look On Facebook

Facebook timeline has a new look By Kelly Monaghan After much wailing and gnashing of teeth, we’ve accommodated ourselves to the new “Timeline” look on HomeTravelAgency’s Facebook page. Check it out: https://www.facebook.com/hometravelagency While you’re there, take a moment to click the “Like” button (it’s at the top, toward the right, just under our spiffy new…

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