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Sue Shapiro , Michael Miller and Nick Rago.

The Winner of the Joel & Lenore Abels Scholarship

Congratulations to Michael Miller

Congratulations to Michael Miller, a senior at Temple University’s 

School of Sports, Tourism and Hospitality Management, who won the 

Abels scholarship for 2018.  Money for the endowed scholarship was 

raised by contributions made by the travel agents, suppliers and 

others from the travel industry community.  In addition 

to attending school full time, Michael take tourism seriously in the 

work he does at his part time job in a local Philadelphia 

travel agency  handling large group operations to Israel and Panama.

Since his freshman year he has traveled to 7 countries for work, service,

academics and fun.  In his free time (not sure where he finds free time))

Michael enjoys photography, mountain biking kayaking . He’s looking

for an internshaip in the Philadelphia area so if you have something 

let us know and we’ll connect you.  Since he hoping to work in the 

hotel industry after graduation, you may encounter him in the future

so be sure to say hello and wish him all the best. (Photo L-R:Sue Shapiro, Michael Miller and Nick Rago.)

June Issue

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Don’t Be the Best Kept Secret – Be Visible!

By Cindy Bertram

Cindy's Inside Cruise & Travel Track, LLC

cindybert@att.net

Today we live in world where we have to be found. How does that happen? Think about the searches we do ourselves when trying to do research when trying to make a purchase. We do searches, we “Google” it, and we go to others for recommendations, getting names of people and companies they use and more. The same holds true when trying to grow your business. Being found is even more critical because you don’t want to be the best kept secret as far as your expertise and what do you best. Yes, we need to be also be visible in ongoing ways and efforts. Read On

Turn The Royal Wedding To Your Advantage

By Paull Tickner

Paull Tickner & Associates Ltd.

ptickner@customgb.co.uk

With Prince Harry and Meghan dominating the headlines, my first two suggestions will appeal to many anglophile clients heading across the pond this year, and in 2019.  If you like customising UK tours and pre/post cruise extensions for independent travellers and small groups, what follows will fire your imagination.
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Employ Aspirational Psychology to Increase Upscale Cruise Sales & Commissions

By Mitchell J. Schlesinger

Chief Marketing & Sales Officer, MJS Consultants, 

mjschlesinger@bellsouth.net

There is a very interesting trend in the car industry that has a direct correlation to selling cruises. According to data provided by Edmunds in a 2016 Lease Market Report, overall, approximately 31% of all car transactions are LEASES. Even more interesting is that for LUXURY cars, that figure ranges from 46-63%, depending on the manufacturer.

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