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A great sales tool that’s 144 years old

A great sales tool that’s 144 years old
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It’s almost impossible to imagine how we would cope with Covid-19 without the internet. How would we communicate without email, Zoom, Skype and access to online research?vWe would surely be even more isolated than we already are.
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Host Agency Reviews’ 2020 survey open to Canadian agents

Host Agency Reviews’ 2020 survey open to Canadian agents
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Host Agency Reviews has launched its annual Travel Agent Income Survey. While Host Agency Reviews is based in the U.S., the survey is open to Canadian travel agents as well - and input from north of the border helps create a clearer snapshot of the home-based agent sector, says Host Agency Reviews founder Steph Lee.
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Agents owe it to themselves to explore becoming a home-based agent permanently

Agents owe it to themselves to explore becoming a home-based agent permanently
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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced a lot of us to change how we live and work. For many, adapting to working from home was a challenge at first — everything from IT issues to finding a suitable workspace in our homes to boosting our Internet speed.   
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“Our members remain resilient”: TL Network

“Our members remain resilient”: TL Network
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Some TL Network members have transitioned their business from a bricks-and-mortar operation to home-based. More than a few are tapping into the federal government’s financial assistance programs.
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Delta donates 1 million pounds of food, and counting

Delta donates 1 million pounds of food, and counting
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Delta Air Lines has donated one million pounds of food (and counting) to communities around world in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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AQSC’s close-to-home cruises are gaining steam

AQSC’s close-to-home cruises are gaining steam
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Cruising may be put on hold for now but when it does resume American Queen Steamboat Company will be ready. With new health and safety protocols in place, and brand new cruises and booking incentives for 2021, AQSC is well positioned to make a triumphant return to some of America’s mightiest rivers.
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Cutting costs right now is best way to prepare for success in the future

Cutting costs right now is best way to prepare for success in the future
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As the travel industry hunkers down to weather this unprecedented time, large and small agency owners have to find every possible way to cut costs. The ongoing cost of things like rent or fees, or employees can be the undoing of a business when revenue isn’t coming in.  
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“We are seeing a very positive outlook for our 2021 and 2022 bookings”: TPI

“We are seeing a very positive outlook for our 2021 and 2022 bookings”: TPI
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Just because travel has effectively come to a halt, doesn’t mean travel retailers aren’t busy. Quite the opposite, in fact. Just ask TPI’s CEO, Zeina Gedeon.
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Reusable mask initiative has taken off, says TravelOnly President & CEO

Reusable mask initiative has taken off, says TravelOnly President & CEO
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Back in May host agency TravelOnly announced a new partnership with Face Forward Canada, to provide Canadians with safe protective measures when travelling. 
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Making the most of Zoom

Making the most of Zoom
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Ohhh, we’ve all been there. The Zoom meeting with one person face-down over their keyboard, invisible. Someone sitting with their back to a window so you see them only in shadow. Or the person sitting three feet away from the camera, a wee head in the distance.
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Agents react to COVID-19 insurance offerings – and help get the word out
Agents react to COVID-19 insurance offerings - and help get the word out
In recent weeks major players including Air Canada, Sunwing, WestJet, ACV and Manulife have introduced travel insurance...
Transat launches COVID-19 insurance coverage through Manulife
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Transat is the latest airline and tour operator to announce new COVID-19 insurance coverage, offered through Manulife.
Safe and healthy return to travel with Sunwing & Medcan
Safe and healthy return to travel with Sunwing & Medcan
As Sunwing resumes operations over the coming months, it will tap into its new partnership with Medcan for information...
ACV’s Toronto flights to Cuba re-start Sept. 26
ACV’s Toronto flights to Cuba re-start Sept. 26
ACV’s return to Cuba gets another gateway this weekend with the tour operator’s first post-pandemic flight from...
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