Articles tagged “travel agents”

Travel Advisors May Benefit as Virgin Voyages Bundles Amenities Into Premium Prices

Travel Advisors May Benefit as Virgin Voyages Bundles Amenities Into Premium Prices

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Virgin Voyage's decision to charge high fares that include gratuities, premium dining, and other onboard features means higher earning potential for travel advisors. That's because advisors often lose out when cruise lines offer cheap fares, and then make up for it with onboard, non-commissionable charges.

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Australian Travel Advisors Find That Luxury Clients Still Care About Price

Australian Travel Advisors Find That Luxury Clients Still Care About Price

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

Survey findings about a healthy luxury travel market in Australia demonstrate significant and lucrative opportunities for travel advisors who can meet clients’ lofty expectations while still delivering value.

2 days ago

Advisors Tap Into the Changing Consumer Behavior of Boomer Travelers

Advisors Tap Into the Changing Consumer Behavior of Boomer Travelers

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Despite all the marketing interest in reaching millennials, it may be the baby boomer generation that is the most likely business source for travel advisors. It’s a high-spending demographic that values interaction with those they can trust.

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Travel Advisors Make the Most of Post-Trip Phone Calls in a Digital World

Travel Advisors Make the Most of Post-Trip Phone Calls in a Digital World

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Following up with clients after a trip is a critical part of the travel-planning process. However, getting clients to truly open up about their experiences takes finesse.

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Travel Advisors Put the Thrill Back Into Vacation Planning

Travel Advisors Put the Thrill Back Into Vacation Planning

Maria Lenhart, Skift

A growing number of travel advisors are offering mystery vacations, created by keeping trip details a secret from clients until the departure date. It puts the surprise element back in travel, which is something often lost these days, but the challenges for advisors are many.

2 weeks ago

Travel Advisors Work in Mysterious Ways to Put Discovery Into Vacations

Travel Advisors Work in Mysterious Ways to Put Discovery Into Vacations

Paul Biasco, Skift

The allure of a mystery vacation is growing for some travelers as the world continues to shrink thanks to an overwhelming flood of photos and videos in social media about the world's great destinations. We see this sector as one set to continue its growth in coming years.

2 weeks ago

Virtuoso Looks to Help Agencies Get Beyond the Daily Grind

Virtuoso Looks to Help Agencies Get Beyond the Daily Grind

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Virtuoso is a you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours kind of business. The luxury travel network has some good programs to help member agencies, and that increases engagement with Virtuoso. It also provides learnings on how to keep refining the company.

3 weeks ago

ASTA Launches Myanmar Chapter Amid Ethics Concerns

ASTA Launches Myanmar Chapter Amid Ethics Concerns

Maria Lenhart

ASTA's new Myanmar chapter and plans for training projects with Myanmar tourism should benefit travel advisors seeking more education about an intriguing destination once off-limits for travel. However, the fact that the country engages in ethnic cleansing is raising ethical questions about visiting there at this time.

3 weeks ago

Travel Association Forms Myanmar Chapter But Will the Government Benefit?

Travel Association Forms Myanmar Chapter But Will the Government Benefit?

Maria Lenhart, Skift

ASTA’s new Myanmar chapter and planned partnership with Myanmar tourism will give travel advisors new opportunities to learn about an emerging destination. However, it also raises ethical concerns about supporting a country that engages in ethnic cleansing.

3 weeks ago

Travel Advisor Innovation Report: U.S. Black-Owned Agencies Specialize in Africa Tourism

Travel Advisor Innovation Report: U.S. Black-Owned Agencies Specialize in Africa Tourism

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Several black-owned travel agencies in the U.S. will be sending clients on tours of Ghana this year to mark the Year of Return. African travel has been a pillar of their businesses for years, even before genealogical travel became a thing.

4 weeks ago

Black-Owned Agencies in the U.S. Carve a Successful Niche in African Tourism

Black-Owned Agencies in the U.S. Carve a Successful Niche in African Tourism

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Henderson Travel, a black-owned agency founded back in the Civil Rights era, pioneered roots travel to Africa. Its continued success is a testament not just to the popularity of genealogical tourism, but a booming African-American travel market.

4 weeks ago

The Must-Have Items Battle-Hardened Travel Advisors Always Take on the Road

The Must-Have Items Battle-Hardened Travel Advisors Always Take on the Road

Paul Biasco, Skift

Take a page from the books of some experienced travel advisors from around the U.S. before you head out on your next adventure or business trip. We love the suggestion to swap out the hotel room's bar of soap with your favorite from home to start your day at ease.

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