Tuesday August 21, 2018
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Bookings using bitcoin (what is it, anyway?) create new TPI client base

Bookings using bitcoin (what is it, anyway?) create new TPI client base
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Bitcoin isn’t the only crypto-currency out there, but it’s the best known. You might have heard of it, but like 99.9% of people you’re not sure what it is. In the travel industry, organizations including TPI have started accepting bitcoin, and just a few weeks ago the host agency processed over $75,000 in bitcoin bookings.
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Avoya sees returns with Avoya Travel Institute educational forum

Avoya sees returns with Avoya Travel Institute educational forum
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Avoya Travel hosted its first-ever Avoya Travel Institute this month to give independent agencies in the Avoya Travel Network exclusive networking with the company’s Diamond Level Preferred Suppliers.
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5 ways to compete with OTAs

5 ways to compete with OTAs
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I’ll bet you’ve seen him on TV. That grey-haired guy jumping around extolling the virtues of booking your hotel (and more) online because the selection, convenience and value simply can’t be beat. Just one more reason for potential clients to say to you “Why would I need a travel agent when I can book online?”
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All that glitters is not gold

All that glitters is not gold
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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.
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Make it Melbourne with Air Canada

Make it Melbourne with Air Canada
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Air Canada recently launched its year-round Boeing 787 Dreamliner service to Melbourne, Australia. In conjunction with the service, Air Canada’s destination partner Visit Victoria, represented in this edition of Friday Five by David Evans, Regional Manager, The Americas, Visit Victoria, shares his expertise about what makes Melbourne great.
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“Luxury provides the opportunity to be amazed”: João M. Rocco

“Luxury provides the opportunity to be amazed”: João M. Rocco
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Luxury travellers no longer perceive a high-end experience merely on the basis of their surroundings or how much it costs, but on how it enriches their life and the way it makes them feel, says João M. Rocco, Vice President, Global Luxury Brand Management for Sofitel Legend, Sofitel Hotels & Resorts, SO/ for AccorHotels, in
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The fun of developing your personal brand

The fun of developing your personal brand
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As an independent agent, your personal brand is incredibly important to your success. Chances are you are working from home, no longer at a desk in a sparkling shopping mall sitting under a huge, well-recognized sign. It’s all about you.
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“Quality over quantity is our goal”: Nexion Canada sharpens its focus on service, for members and clients

“Quality over quantity is our goal”: Nexion Canada sharpens its focus on service, for members and clients
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Nexion Canada has 5 years under its belt here, with presence in 9 provinces and a membership that currently tops 350. “We’ve experienced phenomenal growth over the last five years, more than tripling in size since 2015,” says Nexion Canada President, Mike Foster. So what’s next for the host agency?
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One-third of Canadian agents are now home-based

One-third of Canadian agents are now home-based
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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!
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Friday Five: Switzerland is a “great hub destination for every trip to Europe”

Friday Five: Switzerland is a “great hub destination for every trip to Europe”
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In this week’s Friday Five, we sit down with Pascal Prinz, Director Canada, Switzerland Tourism to talk about Switzerland’s appeal, how to get the most out of a visit, and the one thing most people don’t know about the country.
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“The best outcome for all”: Air Canada’s group ups offer for Aeroplan, deal to close this fall
“The best outcome for all”: Air Canada’s group ups offer for Aeroplan, deal to close this fall
Air Canada is taking back control of the valuable Aeroplan loyalty business that it created in 1984 and spun off in...
Limited space left for 18 remaining Sandals workshops
Limited space left for 18 remaining Sandals workshops
Ready to head into the final month of its cross-Canada tour of educational workshops, Sandals Resorts is sending...
Turkey gets a boost from Intrepid with three brand new trips
Turkey gets a boost from Intrepid with three brand new trips
Turkey is Intrepid Travel’s fastest-growing destination to date in 2018, with 214% growth in global bookings this...
Goway, AMAWaterways to offer Christmas cruise along the Danube
Goway, AMAWaterways to offer Christmas cruise along the Danube
Goway Travel has expanded its offerings in Europe with the recent addition of a Christmas Markets tour that includes an...
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