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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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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