Getting Your Clients To Ground Zero in New York City

Ground Zero New York City by Kelly Monaghan Have clients heading for New York? If so, a visit to the Ground Zero memorial in lower Manhattan will no doubt be high on their list. Unfortunately, they are likely to be disappointed. You see, while there is no admission fee and the memorial is open to…

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Selling Late Season Alaska

Selling late season Alaska by Kelly Monaghan It is conventional wisdom that the last sailing of the Alaska season (roughly mid-September) is not the ideal time to head into the Inside Passage and many travel agents will reflexively steer clients to earlier dates. However, there are reasons some of your clients may be interested in…

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QR Codes for Travel Agents

QR codes for travel agents by Kelly Monaghan You’ve probably seen a QR code, even if you have no idea what it is. QR codes
 are those funny looking square symbols that look like miniature examples of 
black and white “op art.” You’ve probably seen them in newspaper or magazine 
ads or on signs in…

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Credit Checks and Home-Based Agents

Credit checks and the home-based travel agent by Kelly Monaghan I received this question from a potential home-based agent: I emailed a potential host agency and they just emailed me back. They said that I had to be “bondable” and submit to a credit check. I don’t own anything and I have bad credit. Does…

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Ship Inspections at the HBTA Forum in Boston, Oct 20

by Kelly Monaghan One of the neatest things about regular home-based travel agent conventions like the Home-Based Travel Agent Forum being held in Boston from October 17 to 19 is the chance to visit cruise ships that perhaps you’ve never had the opportunity to sail on. This time around RCL’s Explorer of the Seas and…

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Mr. President, Travel Agents Are NOT Obsolete

Presidents should have someone on staff to do a reality check before their boss makes any observation of how things work in the real world outside their little bubble. The simple fact of the matter is President Obama is clueless about the lives of mere mortals like you and me.

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Home-Based Travel Agent Forum, October 17 -19

Home-Based Travel Agent Forum is coming up by Kelly Monaghan I’m heading to Boston in October to participate in the Home-Based Travel
 Agent Forum, sponsored by OSSN and managed by the Travel Show Marketing
 Group. If you’ve never been to one of these events, why not make this one
 your first? Not only would I…

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Turn Single Bookings Into Groups

by Kelly Monaghan Most of us are perfectly happy to book a couple on a nice cruise, especially if it’s on a luxury cruise line. But what if you could turn that booking and every other one like it into a group? If you say that’s impossible . . . well, your probably right. But…

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More Good News For Travel and Travel Agents

by Kelly Monaghan I have long maintained (and history has backed me up on this) that travel is remarkably recession-proof. People may take different vacations, shorter vacations, but for most Americans vacations are necessities rather than options. So I was pleased to note some recent news reports that show that, even in a time when…

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Join HomeTravelAgency.com On Facebook

By Kelly Monaghan HomeTravelAgency.com and The Home-Based Travel Agent Success Course now have a “fan page” on Facebook. It’s another way to stay in touch and join the conversation. To join in, just point your browser to . . . http://www.facebook.com/hometravelagency . . . and click the Like button. See you there!

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