Sunday October 22, 2017
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That work-life-kids balance

That work-life-kids balance
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Millions of us have viewed the hilarious YouTube clip of the serious professor Skyping with BBC reporters about South Korean politics from his home office. His two small children wander into the background and … there goes the interview. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out here: I promise it will bring a smile to your face.
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Lois Barbour has award–winning booking volumes to Sandals Resorts. What drives her?

Lois Barbour has award–winning booking volumes to Sandals Resorts. What drives her?
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I believe in the product and I personally enjoy the experience.
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Q&A with agent@home Transat Travel member Anita Stephens

Q&A with agent@home Transat Travel member Anita Stephens
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After keeping a tally of walk-in business vs. phone and email business, and examining where the bulk of income was coming from (i.e. my loyal clients) it became clear that the Transat Travel agent@home program was a solution that would work for me.
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Q&A: Ontario agent taps into the foodie niche and lands a spot on Saveur advisory board

Q&A: Ontario agent taps into the foodie niche and lands a spot on Saveur advisory board
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To quote Ludwick Marishane, ‘You can learn some entrepreneurial skills, but the entrepreneurial attitude cannot be taught’
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Training your clients (as much as you can)

Training your clients (as much as you can)
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There’s a hairdresser in Toronto who wanted more clients … so she expanded her working hours from four days a week to five. Guess what happened? “My same clients spread out their visits over the five days – I was doing the same amount of work but working one day more each week. So I went back to a four day work week and my clients are just fine with that.”
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Social media marketing? Ugh. If that’s your take on it, read on!

Social media marketing? Ugh. If that’s your take on it, read on!
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Many of us remember the ‘good old days’ when you used to sit in your travel agency and wait for walk-ins or for the phone to ring. Wasn’t marketing so much easier back then?
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Could you use more cash?

Could you use more cash?
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It’s all about people, this business. Making and keeping connections. Which is why it’s so crucial for your own customer database to remain up to date.
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Time management 101: Flight Centre Associates’ tips for ‘making time for home’ when you’re a home-based agent

Time management 101: Flight Centre Associates’ tips for ‘making time for home’ when you’re a home-based agent
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Many agents who work from home hold themselves to standards so high that the line between work and home is even blurrier than it was before, says Lee Zanello, Brand Leader for Flight Centre’s host agency, Flight Centre Associates.
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Selling Ireland: Getting the agent perspective

Selling Ireland: Getting the agent perspective
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Following a week-long fam with Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland that took place earlier this fall, travel agents contributed their top highlights and impressions of the Emerald Isle. Here are our favourites:   Luxury properties & must-do experiences “I really enjoyed Mount Falcon Estate and thought it was a beautiful property, as well as the
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Spreading the word: why consumers need to learn about travel agents 2.0

Spreading the word: why consumers need to learn about travel agents 2.0
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Have you ever heard “Travel agents? They still exist?”
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Daily flights on TAP Portugal’s Toronto-Lisbon route starting next summer
Daily flights on TAP Portugal’s Toronto-Lisbon route starting next summer
Travel agents and their Lisbon-bound clients can look forward to daily service on TAP Portugal’s Toronto-Lisbon route...
WestJet Vacations bumping up change fees as of Nov. 1
WestJet Vacations bumping up change fees as of Nov. 1
WestJet Vacations is increasing its change fee, from $75 to $100 per passenger starting Nov. 1. The cancellation fee...
Ensemble heading to Grand Hyatt Baha Mar for 2018
Ensemble heading to Grand Hyatt Baha Mar for 2018
Ensemble Travel Group’s 50th anniversary celebration and annual conference will take place at Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in...
G says goodbye to ‘Yolo’, hello to ‘18 to Thirtysomethings’
G says goodbye to ‘Yolo’, hello to ‘18 to Thirtysomethings’
G Adventures has announced a rebrand of its popular ‘Yolo’ style of youth tours to a new name...
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