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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Card Mills and the Serious Home-Based Agent

By Kelly Monaghan Card mills. <sigh> I’m laughing to keep from crying. If you’re on LinkedIn, you may have come across a group called Cruise and Travel. It’s made up of some 5,600 travel industry professionals. But since there is no screening process for joining this group, a few morons are included as well. Here…

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How Do Home-Based Travel Agents Make Money?

By Kelly Monaghan I’m often asked, “How do travel agents make money?” It seems like a simple enough question and I bet you think you know the answer. But read on. Some of the ways home-based travel agents – the smart ones at least – earn money may not be quite so obvious. The Obvious…

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8 Ways To Blow It When Selling Travel [Infographic]

by Kelly Monaghan Selling travel is not hocus-pocus A lot of those slick host agency offers try to get you to part with your hard-earned cash by convincing you that all you have to do to make money as a travel agent is “share your love of travel.” Hey, being passionate about what you sell…

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Small Group Tours: Why Thinking Small Makes Big Sense

By Kelly Monaghan When it comes to groups, travel agents like to think big. “Wow! If I could only put 100 people on a cruise…” But like the classic ad from Volkswagen (© VW) reminds us, there are a number of reasons to think small, especially when it comes to escorted tours. Let’s count the…

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How To Add Video Marketing To Your Travel Agent Site FAST

Quick and Easy Video Marketing for Home-Based Travel Agents By Kelly Monaghan Don’t let the term “video marketing” scare you off. You don’t have to be a hot shot Hollywood director or a talk show super star to start adding video to your website that will make your site stand out. And you don’t need…

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