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Bookings using bitcoin (what is it, anyway?) create new TPI client base

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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Avoya sees returns with Avoya Travel Institute educational forum

Avoya Travel hosted its first-ever Avoya Travel Institute this month to give independent agencies in the Avoya Travel Network exclusive networking with the company’s Diamond Level Preferred Suppliers.
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5 ways to compete with OTAs

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

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

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

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

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

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…

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

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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What a show! Transat’s newly revamped Product Showcase arrives in Toronto
What a show! Transat’s newly revamped Product Showcase arrives in Toronto
In case you didn’t attend Transat’s Product Showcase in Toronto last night, here’s what you missed: over 60...
Earn bonus commission on Celebrity Equinox bookings with ACV
Earn bonus commission on Celebrity Equinox bookings with ACV
Air Canada Vacations has launched an exclusive new offer with Celebrity Cruises that includes bonus commission for...
Up to two kids stay free with AMResorts’ new family promo
Up to two kids stay free with AMResorts new family promo
AMResorts has launched a new family promotion that allows two kids to tag along for free.
More cash, incentives with Palace Resorts’ new PRO 2.0
More cash, incentives with Palace Resorts’ new PRO 2.0
Palace Resorts says its new and improved Palace Pro Agents Specialist Program, PRO 2.0, offers agents more incentives...
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