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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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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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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Marketing through Facebook, Part 2

Marketing through Facebook, Part 2
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Last month I explained how easy and how important it is to market your business through Facebook. After all, how better to reach your target audience with a minimal outlay of time and money?
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And the winner is…

And the winner is…
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The travel industry isn’t short on awards. Suppliers give them to agents, consortia give them to suppliers. Everybody likes to be recognized and winning a professional award is validation that you – or your organization – have been recognized for your achievements. Some awards are based solely on results such as top sales or highest
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New study shows how Independent Contractors are changing the face of the retail travel industry

New study shows how Independent Contractors are changing the face of the retail travel industry
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Key findings from a new study called ‘The Changing Face of Travel Agents’ show a dramatic 10-year shift from travel agents working primarily as employees (71% in 2008) to working primarily as independent contractors, or ICs (62% in 2017). Not only that, but 92% of ICs and 22% of employees now say they work from home.
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Travel Edge aims to attract the best in the industry, and those looking to join the business

Travel Edge aims to attract the best in the industry, and those looking to join the business
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When it comes to picking a host agency, support is key. Travel Edge has invested in a dedicated department to support the professional development and growth of its advisors. Whether agents are new to the industry or experienced sales professionals, Travel Edge has a wealth of innovative programs on offer.
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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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