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Transat TDC wants to grow Agent@Home; hires Lalonde to ramp things up

Transat TDC wants to grow Agent@Home; hires Lalonde to ramp things up
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What do agents look for in a host agency? “Trust, consistent support, training, web tools, strong commissions & preferred partners, and the Transat Travel Agent@Home program offers all of the above and much more,” says Agent@Home’s newly appointed director, Monique Lalonde.
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Diversity pays off when agents go home-based: Survey

Diversity pays off when agents go home-based: Survey
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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.
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4 great tips for networking

4 great tips for networking
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Networking hasn’t gone away. It’s still important today, especially for those of us in the luxury relationship arena, but needs to be accomplished in a much more subtle way.
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TPI signs preferred supplier partnership with Travefy

TPI signs preferred supplier partnership with Travefy
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Travel Professionals International has announced a preferred supplier partnership with Travefy, a leading itinerary management and client communication tool for travel agents.
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“You mean they still have travel agents?”

“You mean they still have travel agents?”
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When a stranger asks you what you do for a living and you explain that you are a travel agent or travel advisor, do you ever hear: “Really? They still exist?” Or: “Wow. I thought travel agents weren’t necessary anymore because of the Internet.”
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Avoya Travel achieves record 2018 sales and network growth

Avoya Travel achieves record 2018 sales and network growth
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Avoya Travel posted a double-digit uptick in sales in 2018 along with “unprecedented” growth in the Avoya Travel Network.
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National Travel Agent survey suggests many agents considering going home-based

National Travel Agent survey suggests many agents considering going home-based
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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.
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510 Travel re-launches home-based agent division as The Travel Agent Hotline

510 Travel re-launches home-based agent division as The Travel Agent Hotline
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510 Travel, no stranger to the retail travel industry, is looking to expand its at-home division.
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Introducing The Supplier Rep Next Door

Introducing The Supplier Rep Next Door
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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
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Top tips from the NY Times Travel Show

Top tips from the NY Times Travel Show
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Every January, hundreds of travel suppliers and agents convene at the massive Javits Conference Center in New York City to attend The New York Times Travel Show, the largest of its kind in North America.
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“Where innovation meets vacation planning”: TDC debuts first eX par Voyages Transat
“Where innovation meets vacation planning”: TDC debuts first eX par Voyages Transat
Transat Distribution Canada (TDC) says its new boutique agency concept eX par Voyages Transat “will change the way...
OHIP travel insurance “may be giving people a false sense of security”
On the chopping block? OHIP travel insurance “may be giving people a false sense of security”
Even if the Ontario government does follow through on a proposal to cut OHIP’s Out-of-Country Travellers Program...
15% commission on Hawaii packages with ACV
15% commission on Hawaii packages with ACV
Air Canada Vacations is offering 15% commission for any Hawaii package booked April 23 - May 6, 2019 for travel April...
Vacation home rentals make an ideal base for busy Kissimmee getaways
Vacation home rentals make an ideal base for busy Kissimmee getaways
For the vast majority of visitors to Kissimmee, it’s all about the theme parks, and Experience Kissimmee knows it.
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