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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About That Book On Amazon

By Kelly Monaghan I recently received an email from someone asking me for free advice about a business idea. He said he was interested in investing in The Home-Based Travel Agent Success Course, but was considering buying one of my books he saw on Amazon because, after all, it looked similar and was cheaper. Two…

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Do You Have Multiple Twitter Accounts?

Most travel agents (like just about every other twitter user) think of Twitter as a broadcast medium, something they use to get their messages out into the world. But they also discover that Twitter is a great way to receive information and they wind up following heavy hitters in the travel industry and the travel trade press, along with brands and destinations.

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The Truth About Cheap Flights

by Kelly Monaghan In the Home-Based Travel Agent Success Course I call it the “cheap travel trap” and I hope I’ve helped more than a few would-be travel agents avoid it. But for those of you who are not yet convinced, may I submit in evidence the video below. It reveals the sordid truth about…

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Americans Are Bullish on Leisure Travel

Leisure travel trends by Kelly Monaghan Leisure travel is back! Over half of Americans will take at least the same number of trips this year as they did last year. More than a third plan on taking more trips. Only 13% said they’d take fewer trips, while 62% said they have already taken one leisure…

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Alert Your Clients to Enhanced Airport Security

by Kelly Monaghan Recently, I took a weekend trip to visit family. Before I boarded the plane, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) treated me to both a trip through the “porno scanner” and an “enhanced pat-down.” Welcome to the post-bin-Laden era of airline travel. Perhaps things will calm down after a while, but for now…

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