Tuesday November 13, 2018
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300 cruise booking requests in 24 hours: Burlington, ON’s Melissa Erskine, Rising Star

300 cruise booking requests in 24 hours: Burlington, ON’s Melissa Erskine, Rising Star
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Home-based agent Melissa Erskine, eager to build her groups business, knew to keep her eye out for a ‘pied piper’, a key client with a strong network of contacts. And boy, did she ever find one.
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TPI’s Klassen gets Gold Crown status

TPI’s Klassen gets Gold Crown status
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Home-based agent and TPI advisor Kelly Klassen was recognized with a Gold Crown award at the Palace Hotels & Resorts’ Palace PRO Awards gala, held recently at The Grand at Moon Palace in Cancun.
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Making the most of your next fam

Making the most of your next fam
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They are a legendary perk of our industry. In the ‘good old days’ there were limitless fams, or so it seemed, and they were free of charge. But times have changed and now a fam often represents not only a time commitment but also a financial investment.
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Flemming Friisdahl reflects on the future of home based agents

Flemming Friisdahl reflects on the future of home based agents
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We asked The Travel Agent Next Door Founder, Flemming Friisdahl, for his predictions for the continued growth of the home-based agent phenomenon.
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Home-based agents: Always ask these 10 questions

Home-based agents: Always ask these 10 questions
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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.
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Avoya Travel creates new dashboard with aim to improve travel planning, support agents

Avoya Travel creates new dashboard with aim to improve travel planning, support agents
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Avoya Travel says its new Avoya Agency Dashboard gives Independent Agencies in the Avoya Travel Network insights into their agencies’ performance that were never available before.
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Home-based travel agent, JetNote app developer and mom of three boys: Carrie Anne Gillespie does it all

Home-based travel agent, JetNote app developer and mom of three boys: Carrie Anne Gillespie does it all
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Finding a work-life balance can be a real juggling act and no one knows that better than working moms with young kids. So maybe it’s no surprise that Regina, SK-based travel agent Carrie Anne Gillespie came up with her idea for a new travel app while caring for her newborn son in the wee hours of the night.
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“Above all, let them talk”: Tips to successfully qualify clients

“Above all, let them talk”: Tips to successfully qualify clients
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Let’s say you want to buy a house. You have a meeting with the real estate agent explaining in detail what you want. He smiles and nods – but makes no note of what you are saying.
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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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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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Air Transat announces departure of President Lemay
Air Transat announces departure of President Lemay
After five years at the helm of Air Transat, President and General Manager Jean-François Lemay will be leaving the...
What do you think? Crystal Serenity shows off its most extensive reno ever
What do you think? Crystal Serenity shows off its most extensive reno ever
After a 4-week dry dock Crystal Serenity now boasts new dining options and open-seating dining along with new...
Avalon’s $600 per person EBB combinable with Fly Free deal
Avalon’s $600 per person EBB combinable with Fly Free deal
From now through Dec. 18, Avalon Waterways is offering savings worth $600 per person offer nearly 60 Active Discovery...
Buy 1, get 2nd at 50% off with Sunwing’s BOGO sale
Buy 1, get 2nd at 50% off with Sunwing’s BOGO sale
Sunwing is bringing back its popular BOGO sale, but for one week only.
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