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  MICHAEL SCHOTTEY   JUNE 14, 2018 Aren’t  travel agents  a thing of the past? That kind of notion is what travel agents are used to hearing from the main stream media when it comes to their profession. The average person is a few years behind when it comes to the resurgence of travel agents, so it’s nice to see someone recognizing that not only is the industry on the upswing, but that travel agents...
With the number of independent contractors (ICs) continuing to grow, host agencies are responding with new-to-travel programs to help new consultants begin building their careers in travel. The reasons why such programs were introduced, however, go beyond the increase in agents joining the industry. “We didn’t find the serious candidates we were looking for,” said Kelly Bergin, president of  OASIS Travel Network ....
AGENT@HOME    FEATURES & ADVICE    ROBIN AMSTER For independent agents, the decision as to whether to affiliate with a host agency or consortium is one that deserves careful consideration. Before making a final determination, you must weigh a considerable number of issues while researching the large field of players. “When travel agents research and select a host agency, it’s important that they...
VACATION AGENT    TRAVEL AGENT    ALLYSON H. SICARD Travel agents looking to create packages that include all the bells and whistles that enable their clients to thoroughly discover a destination need look no further than Viator, which offers upward of 80,000+ commissionable shore excursions, tours and attractions to thousands of global destinations. For agents seeking to enhance their clients’ cruise...
AGENT@HOME    TRAVEL AGENT    MARK MURPHY How would you define training? Is it certification programs from such organizations as  ASTA ,  CLIA  and  The Travel Institute ? Is it a 45-minute webinar from a travel supplier or a fam trip? Is it a deep, immersive and interactive eLearning experience like what we do at  TravelAgentAcademy.com ? It is, in fact, all of the above. The travel agency...
By  JANEEN CHRISTOFF   JUNE 13, 2018 Starting out as a travel agent is a difficult business. One of the keys to running a successful agency is developing strong relationships with those in the industry, and having the right connections is important. Speaking to the owner of Clementine Travels, a Cruise Planners agency, Jessica Pentland, highlighted how making the connection with  Cruise Planners  gave her an...