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March 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

Don’t Be the Hidden Gem


By Cindy Bertram

Cindy's Inside Cruise & Travel Track, LLC


In the business world today, things continue to change. With the extremely high percentage of people now doing online searches first to find a company that fits their purchase needs, being found is just the first part of building clients. Being at the top of the list, along with positive reviews are other critical areas. People often explain, “Oh, I just Googled it, and that’s how I found this company.” As business owners, think back to how you’ve found companies you decided to use for services and purchases. Those tend to come through referrals, but once again it takes time to build those. And we must make sure that we are not the hidden Gem. Read On

Window on Britain


By Paull Tickner

Paull Tickner & Associates Ltd.


As you know where untapped sources of new business can be found, use this small selection to:

  • Convert Masterpiece Theatre and Movies into customised On Location tours
  • Commemorate the courage and sacrifice of those who fought for our freedom in WWII
  • Celebrate newly acquired skills at a 5-star Cookery School
  • Create value added travel experiences for culturally minded clients

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Niche Travel Sales Grow Commissions & Profitability


By Mitchell J. Schlesinger

Chief Marketing & Sales Officer, MJS Consultants, 


Cruise Industry News recently released two reports; 2018 Annual Cruise Industry Report and 2019 Luxury Market report. Amidst pages and pages of data and statistics there are take-aways that are valuable for professional cruise sellers.

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Moaning & Groaning — Again

By Les-Lee Roland

Owner of The Package Deal


I was talking to someone who retired from the travel business over fifteen years ago. He had been very successful, had over 30 satellite offices, had great contracts with suppliers and he had traveled all over the world. And after selling out, he never looked back. Not even once.

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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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Cindy Bertram


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