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.
By Cindy Bertram
Cindy's Inside Cruise & Travel Track, LLC
The recent back to back catastrophic hurricanes that first went through the Caribbean, and then moved inland were scary. And as we watched the news coverage, it brought genuine concern for people in the areas that were hit and affected. Yes, it halted transportation — canceling flights, cruise departures and more. But the travel industry jumped in immediately to help out through diverse ways. Travel agent professionals worked diligently helping their clients, from rescheduling, redirecting, and rebooking, using contacts, leveraging help from suppliers and more. It did give new meaning to the idea of successfully navigating the through the storms. Read On
By Paull Tickner
Paull Tickner & Associates Ltd.
I don’t know what the collective word is for a group of detectives but I’m throwing my hat in the ring with this definition. Many of you will instantly recognise the images, as will several of your clients who may have organised their social calendar just to watch next week’s episode of Inspector Morse, Lewis, Poirot, Miss Marple or Foyles War to name just five of the popular British TV series screened on PBS in the past few years. Read On
By Mitchell J. Schlesinger
Chief Marketing & Sales Officer, MJS Consultants,
There are significant developments in the cruise industry that present burgeoning sales and profit-based opportunities for savvy travel sellers. The order book is filled with new and interesting ships being introduced over the next 5 years, there is rapid expansion of ships and itineraries to exotic, soft adventure and enrichment focused destinations and ship configurations that continues to provide upsell opportunities to customers and prospects. Read On
By Les-Lee Roland
Owner of The Package Deal
With very little news coverage, a major travel company with its headquarters in Sarasota, has shut down. This retail agency, employed many agents both in house and outside agents, even in other cities, were referred to as additional offices. At one time, they had satellite offices in Ft Myers, The Villages in Florida and elsewhere.
I haven’t heard about a company this size closing up in a very long time. For years, the travel section of our local newspaper ran their weekly ads. I should state that this travel section is usually only one or two pages every Sunday – not exactly the New York Times outpouring of destinations and full page ads.