Friday August 23, 2019
Facebook Twitter Linkedin Linkedin Linkedin Linkedin
color for Marketplace

Travelweek AUthors

All posts by Jill Wykes

Jill Wykes is a travel industry veteran who has held a series of senior management portfolios in travel corporations. A former chairman of the Travel Industry Council of Ontario, she is now an independent communications consultant and writer since retiring in 2011.

From the horse’s mouth: TTAND agents explain what Z.I.P. means to them

The Travel Agent Next Door is launching a zero interest financing program – in partnership with Flexiti – that allows clients to finance their vacations. Consumers pay a set financing fee that is much lower than the interest rate on credit cards – and on other financing plans.
Read more

Dispelling the myths against going home-based

In the recent national Travel Agent Survey, 43% of non-home-based agents said they would consider becoming home-based and yet they have not yet done so. So what is holding them back?
Read more

Diversity pays off when agents go home-based: Survey

Agents who have deep and diverse knowledge of many product types – not just sun and beach destinations – including cruise, river cruise, luxury, coach tours, etc. have a much higher likelihood to be successful in a home-based environment, according to the third annual National Travel Agent Survey.
Read more

National Travel Agent survey suggests many agents considering going home-based

The third annual National Travel Agent Survey, an independent nationwide survey of close to 700 Canadian travel agents, was expanded for the first time to include non-hosted agents on commission and/or salary. The results provide first time insight into the non-home-based retail sector.
Read more

Introducing The Supplier Rep Next Door

The Travel Agent Next Door has come up with an innovative program known as ‘The Supplier Rep Next Door’, where hosted agents and agencies will be better supported by their local supplier reps. Traditionally, host agencies were treated as one agency which meant that they only were assigned one Business Development Manager (BDM) or sales […]
Read more

Why don’t most host agencies use GDS for air bookings?

Most host agencies do not use Global Distribution Systems (GDS) for booking air. They may use the accounting side but they are not using the GDS for booking air, at least not like they would have done 20 years ago.
Read more

What are home-based agents selling?

The landscape has certainly changed in the Canadian travel industry with the phenomenal growth of the home-based, independent travel professional supported by host agencies. But what is really interesting is to look at what those agents are selling today, as compared with a decade ago.
Read more

Home-based agents: Always ask these 10 questions

How do home-based agents make sure they are making the right choice when they join a host agency? It can be very confusing with so many host agency propositions in the market.
Read more

All that glitters is not gold

Host agencies are actively competing to add agents and the industry is seeing a variety of incentives being offered to persuade agents to sign up.
Read more

One-third of Canadian agents are now home-based

It seems nothing can stop or slow down the global travel industry trend towards home-based travel agents. Each year the numbers keep growing. Four years ago roughly 25% of travel agents in Canada worked from home. Today that number is about 37% and climbing. That means that one in three travel agents works from home!
Read more
FEATURES
LEARNING CENTRE
Go to Learning Centre






Get travel news right to your inbox!