HBTA Student Offers Tips for Home-Based Travel Agents

By Sally Bahner Life experiences are fuel for this home-based agent Stephanie Cannon purchased the Home-Based Travel Agent Success Course in 2006, after a career in accounting and corporate finance, and entered the travel industry. She hasn’t looked back. She started Travel by Cannon while pregnant with her first child, then moved from New Jersey…

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The 5 Most Lucrative Baby Boomer Travel Niches

Baby boomer travel is still a “thing.” by Kelly Monaghan Yes, despite all that you’ve been hearing lately about how millennials are the new force in the travel business the baby boomer generation is still very much with us. The baby boomer demographic is usually defined as those born between 1946 and 1964; in other…

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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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How Much Do Home-Based Travel Agents Make?

How much DO home-based travel agents make? Really. by Kelly Monaghan Let me be the first to reveal the truth: no one really knows. People, generally, are reluctant to talk about how much they make and when they answer surveys they are likely to, shall we say, fudge a bit. Does anyone remember when Howard…

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Why Being a Travel Agent Is Such a Great Business

Being a travel agent means low overhead and no inventory by Kelly Monaghan Why do I think being a travel agent — a home-based travel agent! — is such a great business opportunity? Yeah, yeah, I know. You love to travel and, yes, travel agents have plenty of outstanding opportunities to expand their travel horizons. That’s…

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Selling Travel – The Time Factor

Selling Travel Can Be Fun, But There’s Something You Should Know by Kelly Monaghan If you are reading this, there’s a good chance you have been surfing the ‘Net looking at those super attractive websites put up by host agencies. Nice looking, aren’t they? Now I have nothing against host agencies. They fill a valuable…

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Jonathan Tisch On The Travel Industry

by Kelly Monaghan Jonathan Tisch is the Chairman of Loews Hotels. I once had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Tisch and chatting with him at the Loews Portofino Bay Resort about what makes his chain of luxury hotels so successful. I was impressed. But my good opinion of him took a major leap upwards when…

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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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Will I Learn Everything I Need To Become A Travel Agent?

by Kelly Monaghan Every once in a while I get an email like this (reproduced in its entirety): Should I join a host travel company. Will I learn everything I need to become a travel agent? I want to learn. Hoo, boy! Where to start? First of all, I don’t have the time to answer…

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10 Places To See Before They Disappear

by Kelly Monaghan The ocean is starting to reclaim the Maldives. Venice sinks a bit more every year. The ecology of the Galapagos is threatened, ironically because we love the place so much! And in the world of travel, change is the only constant. Listen, I don’t want to be an alarmist and I haven’t…

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