February Issue

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Travel Agent Professional is a new site devoted to meeting the needs of the Home Based Travel Agent – the heart and soul of today's industry. With columns written by top travel professionals, this online magazine seeks to provide insights into the current travel industry climate and advice on how you can find profit opportunities.

Stories of The Month

Learning from Great Leaders — Takeaways Along With Building a Business


By Cindy Bertram

Cindy's Inside Cruise & Travel Track, LLC

Over the years I’ve run across great leaders in diverse industries. Ones in the travel industry have been truly inspiring, and I’ve been fortunate to get to know several of them through my work. I’ve learned so much — how they lead people, their own work styles, what’s important to them, how they interact on a day to day basis and more. Learning from them has helped me build my leadership style, and this ties directly into my work style. Having a great leadership style is the best way to successfully build our own businesses.  Read On

Celebrating The Cotswolds!


By Paull Tickner

Paull Tickner & Associates Ltd.

The sheep-clad hills, picturesque honey-coloured Cotswold stone villages and market towns, and quieter pace of rural life ticks all the boxes for those interested in stately homes, gardens, ancient coaching inns and sources of literary inspirations when delivered at a leisurely, travel less see more pace. With Stratford-upon-Avon to the north, Bath to the south and Oxford to the east, the Cotswolds wins the prize for THE travel less, see more destination.  Relate this to a good map of England and you will quickly see its proximity to London Heathrow and to the cruise terminal at Southampton.  Here are 10 inspiring ways of discovering one of the loveliest corners of England. Read On

How Six Women Executives Steer the Cruise Industry Today


The fast paced growth of the cruise industry, from ocean to river cruising, has also evolved with the addition of women executives leading cruise lines themselves. Today there are several women presidents of cruise lines, one woman who’s a Brand Chairman, and another woman who is a co-founder and co-owner of a river cruise line. In her book, How Six Women Executives Steer the Cruise Industry Today, Cindy Bertram shares the stories of these women executives. How they got into the cruise industry and moved up in their careers, successfully balancing out their personal family life while running a cruise line are key things Cindy covers, with their inspiring stories. Included are  Diane Moore, President, Paul Gauguin Cruises; Ellen Bettridge, President & CEO of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection®; Edie Rodriguez, Americas Brand Chairman and Corporate Special Advisor, PONANT; Jan Swartz, Group President, Princess Cruises® and Carnival Australia;  Kristin Karst, Executive Vice President and Co-Owner, AmaWaterways™; and Christine Duffy, President of Carnival Cruise Line®.  How Six Women Executives Steer the Cruise Industry Today is available on Amazon.

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