Sunday January 21, 2018
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Take that, Internet!

Take that, Internet!
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I’ll bet you are like me: whenever you explain to someone what you do, and they say “Really? Travel agents still exist?”, you want to sigh. (Or spit.)
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Million dollar cruise agencies share their best practices for Wave bookings

Million dollar cruise agencies share their best practices for Wave bookings
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What’s the best way to navigate Wave season? Avoya Travel asked some of its top producing independent agencies for tips and tricks on how to prepare for Wave season and maximize sales for the year ahead. Of the surveyed independent agencies in the Avoya Network that produce over US$1 million in annual sales, 95% revealed
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“Complete access to everybody in the organization”: Why Collette works with The Travel Agent Next Door

“Complete access to everybody in the organization”: Why Collette works with The Travel Agent Next Door
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Ron Lonsdale, Vice President, Canada at Collette recently shared his thoughts on working with The Travel Agent Next Door.
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6 great travel apps no client should be without

6 great travel apps no client should be without
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These days, as a travel advisor, you need to do more than recommend a great hotel or a fabulous ship.
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Why Lisa Connell likes working with The Travel Agent Next Door

Why Lisa Connell likes working with The Travel Agent Next Door
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Preferred supplier to The Travel Agent Next Door, Royal Caribbean International, weighs in this month on its partnership with the host agency.
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Working with your BDM

Working with your BDM
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They are your business partner, your ally and sometimes your lifesaver. They are your BDMs.
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Isn’t multi-tasking great? Nope. Here’s why

Isn’t multi-tasking great? Nope. Here’s why
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If you’re like me, you are proud of your multi-tasking abilities, able to shift gears between projects and conversations and emails at the blink of an eye.
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“It allows the network to focus on the suppliers”: the benefits of limiting the number of preferred partners

“It allows the network to focus on the suppliers”: the benefits of limiting the number of preferred partners
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The Travel Agent Next Door has a different approach to preferred suppliers, restricting their number and focusing their agents on selling those suppliers.
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Why – and how – you should specialize

Why – and how – you should specialize
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At Vision, our team of independent travel advisors are incredibly diverse. But one thing most of them share is that they are specialists.
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“Earning a great share of my commissions has been fantastic”: survey responses from home-based agents

“Earning a great share of my commissions has been fantastic”: survey responses from home-based agents
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A recent survey of home-based travel agents produced some very interesting results. Here is Theresa Winchester of The Travel Agent Next Door with her personal response to the survey results. SURVEY SAYS: Over 50% became home-based in last 5 years. Is this true of you? Winchester: “I’ve been a travel professional for six years now.
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After a brief ‘wintermission’ the frigid temps, record bookings should be on their way back
Don’t worry about the brief ‘wintermission’ – the frigid temps and record bookings are on their way back
There’s a January thaw on the way for much of Canada but forecasters say 2018’s colder-than-normal winter...
Gedeon ready to tackle the independent market with TPI
Gedeon joins TPI as CEO
To most people, the differences between managing a travel provider made up of employees and managing a travel...
Canadian government updates Jamaica travel information
Canadian government updates Jamaica travel information
The Canadian government has revised its travel advice for Jamaica in the wake of the State of Public Emergency declared...
Use this handy checklist to ensure dream destination weddings at Meliá Cuba hotels
Use this handy checklist to ensure dream destination weddings at Meliá Cuba hotels
Meliá Hotels International Cuba has launched a three-part video series that highlights just how easy it is to plan...
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