Articles tagged “travel advisors”

Travel Advisor Innovation Report: Bleisure Trend a Mixed Blessing for Agents

Travel Advisor Innovation Report: Bleisure Trend a Mixed Blessing for Agents

Maria Lenhart, Skift

As more business travelers view their trips as working vacations, travel advisors must draw on both corporate and leisure travel-planning skills. It's no simple challenge, but it's necessary given the strength of the bleisure travel trend.

4 days ago

Travel Advisors Warn U.S. Clients to Get Ready for Real ID Deadline

Travel Advisors Warn U.S. Clients to Get Ready for Real ID Deadline

Paul Biasco, Skift

It may seem early to be worrying about the October 2020 deadline for so-called Real IDs for U.S. domestic travel, including U.S. territories, but planning ahead could reduce headaches at the airport or motor vehicle agencies.

4 days ago

Travel Advisor Innovation Report: South African Agents Build Trips for the Untraveled

Travel Advisor Innovation Report: South African Agents Build Trips for the Untraveled

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Whether it's an appeal to young black South Africans or seniors who fear paying a single supplement, travel advisors who know the particular needs of their own peer groups can have a built-in advantage.

2 weeks ago

Young Black South African Agents Inspire Their Peers to Travel

Young Black South African Agents Inspire Their Peers to Travel

Richard Holmes, Skift

Personal experience counts when it comes to encouraging young black South Africans to pack their suitcases and discover their own country, say the co-founders of Johannesburg-based Traveling Cheapskates. The co-founders build trips that they'd like to take, too, and feel like they intimately understand their customers.

2 weeks ago

Travel Specialist Develops a Buddy System for Seniors on Vacation

Travel Specialist Develops a Buddy System for Seniors on Vacation

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Senior travel is a lucrative and growing segment, but many seniors stay home because they don’t want to go solo. A travel advisor’s new matching site for seniors may be a modest solution.

2 weeks ago

Travel Advisor Innovation Report: Leading Life-Changing Tours for Women of Color

Travel Advisor Innovation Report: Leading Life-Changing Tours for Women of Color

Maria Lenhart, Skift

The owner of Rogue Experiences is a good example of the way that travel advisors, for whom travel is often a second career, can draw on past experiences to reinvent themselves in a fulfilling way.

3 weeks ago

Travel Advisor Innovation Report: Virgin and Ritz Cruise Lines Have Brand Loyalty Hopes

Travel Advisor Innovation Report: Virgin and Ritz Cruise Lines Have Brand Loyalty Hopes

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Will Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection and Virgin Voyages, two high-end and newbie cruise lines, be able to attract passengers who have never chosen a cruise vacation? The two brands are counting on it.

4 weeks ago

Travel Advisor Innovation Report: Sell Services, Not Fees

Travel Advisor Innovation Report: Sell Services, Not Fees

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Travel advisors need to reinvent how they market themselves. It's not about service fees anymore. Forward-thinking agents sell service packages — unabashedly.

1 month ago

Luxury Agents Try to Combine High-Level Service With Street-Level Experiences

Luxury Agents Try to Combine High-Level Service With Street-Level Experiences

Paul Biasco, Skift

Luxury travel advisors are experts at planning a five-star vacation for their clients, but agents are more frequently being asked to add a more local element to their plans. A lot of behind-the-scenes work goes into making sure these experiences go off without a hitch.

1 month ago

Travel Advisors Are Selling Concierge Services — Just Don’t Call Them Fees

Travel Advisors Are Selling Concierge Services — Just Don’t Call Them Fees

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Consultant Nolan Burris is a pioneer in advocating that travel agencies charge service fees. Now that the practice has become standard, Burris says many agencies have failed to realize the revenue potential of service packages and need to overhaul their approach.

1 month ago

Committee Leadership Changes in Divided Congress Will Be Mixed Bag for Travel Industry

Committee Leadership Changes in Divided Congress Will Be Mixed Bag for Travel Industry

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, controlled by opposing parties, will be at loggerheads over many issues related to both the travel industry and travelers. However, there will be plenty of wiggle room, if not on airplanes with reduced passenger legroom, then in the halls of Congress, where some legislation will undoubtedly get done.

1 month ago

Tzell Travel Advisor Turned Eric Clapton and Pink Floyd Into Fans of Her Tour-Planning

Tzell Travel Advisor Turned Eric Clapton and Pink Floyd Into Fans of Her Tour-Planning

Paul Biasco, Skift

As a travel advisor focusing on the entertainment industry, Amy Keeling has been practicing personalization for years, although not in the way the tech world thinks about it. Keeling has become an expert in ensuring comfort for her roster of rock bands as she learned their unique preferences over the last 25 years.

1 month ago