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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Travel Insurance Update To The Course

by Kelly Monaghan The travel business is constantly changing. And so, as you may or may not know, the Home-Based Travel Agent Success Course is updated on a regular basis. Certain material becomes out of date as policies, procedures, and technologies change. New developments and new strategies need to be taken into account. The latest…

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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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Travel Hacks For Your Clients (and You)

`By Kelly Monaghan Seems like a whole cottage industry has grown up around the idea of “hacks” – clever little ideas that are quick and easy to implement and that solve a nagging annoyance or just make life a little easier. Here are some I’ve come across that you might want to share with your…

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The Travel Business Is Booming

By Kelly Monaghan The travel business is looking better and better. Hard on the heels of the State of the Union comes the State of the Travel Industry, courtesy of U.S. Travel Association President Roger Dow. Apparently it will be an annual thing going forward. First, some background. USTA is a lobbying organization based in…

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Selling Benefits? This Sales Guru Begs to Differ

By Kelly Monaghan Someone whose sales savvy I respect, recently turned me on to a video about selling benefits by Mark Hunter, The Sales Hunter. (Get it? Mark Hunter. Sales Hunter. Pretty clever, huh? Maybe I should start calling myself “Kelly Monaghan, the Travel Monaghan.” But I digress.) Since I am kind of passionate about…

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Disney Dining: The Best Snacks At Disney World

By Sally Bahner Food glorious food! The magic of Walt Disney World is eclipsed only by the vast array of treats and savory entrees available. Disney dining offers something for everyone, especially those with a sweet tooth. So we asked The Intrepid Traveler’s team of Disney guidebook authors to share their favorite Disney treats and…

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Top Destinations For 2015?

By Sally Bahner Throughout January various “experts” in travel press, consumer and trade, flooded us with predictions about what will be the top destinations for 2015. And guess what? Surprise, surprise, there was virtually zero agreement among the many lists we checked out. Do you think there’s any possibility that the destinations were chosen based…

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