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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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Why are more agents making the jump to home-based? A Q&A with Nexion Canada President Mike Foster

About one-third of Canadian travel agents are now home-based, says Nexion Canada President Mike Foster, “and we expect that number to continue to grow, based in part on U.S. data that estimates that half of all travel agents in that country are home-based.” We caught up with Foster with a quick Q&A for this issue […]
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Marketing through Facebook

Imagine targeting your ideal client quickly, effectively and affordably. Seems pretty good? Even better, it’s right under your nose.
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TPI salutes top advisors on Chairman’s Circle trip

Travel Professionals International (TPI) honoured its top advisors and their guests onboard the Crystal Esprit Yacht, which embarked on a seven-day Chairman’s Circle rip in the West Indies recently.
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A life preserver for struggling small agencies

When you ask small agency owners what they dislike the most about running their business, the answer is usually 1) all the costs 2) the back office and admin work. Small agency owners have been known to sell or close up shop for these two reasons.
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Hate admin work? Go home-based!

A lot of agents will tell you that the part they like the least about their job is all of the admin work that comes with it. This admin work gets in the way of dealing with clients and actually selling travel. The results of a recent nationwide survey of home-based agents reveals that they […]
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Industry-first collaboration for Avoya Travel, CLIA

As part of a new partnership between CLIA and host agency Avoya Travel, CLIA will serve as the preferred professional development and introductory travel education provider for new-to-travel professionals opening an Independent Agency in the Avoya Travel Network.
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Flight Centre Independent launches brand new fully bookable website for non-GDS agents

Undaunted by the brisk icy weather, many of Flight Centre Independent’s best and brightest gathered in Toronto this past weekend for FCI’s Annual Cross-Canada Meetup.
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Riu Palace Punta Cana is back in action and looking better than ever
Riu Palace Punta Cana is back in action and looking better than ever
Sunwing exclusive RIU Hotels & Resorts has announced the reopening of legacy resort Riu Palace Punta Cana in the D.R....
Celebrity embarks on US$500 million fleet-wide upgrade through 2023
Celebrity embarks on US$500m fleet-wide upgrade through 2023
Celebrity Cruises wants all of its ships to look as good as Celebrity Edge and it’s spending half a billion dollars...
New leadership for Merit as Merrithew steps down, Sproul appointed CEO
New leadership for Merit as Merrithew, de Grandpré step down, Sproul appointed CEO
Merit Travel is transitioning its leadership team as Merit founders Louise de Grandpré and Michael Merrithew have...
Avalon announces free air & savings on select river cruises
Avalon announces free air & savings on select river cruises
Savings abound this fall season with Avalon Waterways, but only if clients book by July 24.
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