Travel Advisors

Surging Demand for Milestone Celebrations Means New Business for Advisors

Surging Demand for Milestone Celebrations Means New Business for Advisors

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Despite the opportunity, there are challenges involved in successfully putting together celebration travel. One of the biggest ones is to keep things under control with unwieldy groups, particularly if there is no designated group leader.

5 days ago

Affluence Is Fueling Demand for Advisors to Plan Milestone Group Travel

Affluence Is Fueling Demand for Advisors to Plan Milestone Group Travel

Maria Lenhart, Skift

The trend for groups of family and friends to celebrate birthdays and other milestones with travel is growing in scope. It's a likely niche for many travel advisors to pursue.

6 days ago

College Tour Planning a Likely Course for Travel Advisors

College Tour Planning a Likely Course for Travel Advisors

Maria Lenhart, Skift

With college such a substantial investment for many families, touring prospective campuses is a growing priority. This is creating opportunities for travel advisors to step in and handle the logistics.

2 weeks ago

College Tour Planning Is a Growing Niche for Travel Advisors

College Tour Planning Is a Growing Niche for Travel Advisors

Paul Biasco, Skift

The business of planning custom college tours has the potential to grow as tuition continues to balloon at schools across the U.S. The relative cost of having an expert plan an intensive college visit may be worth it for students and families preparing to make a major investment.

2 weeks ago

Incentive Travel Yields New Opportunities for Leisure Advisors

Incentive Travel Yields New Opportunities for Leisure Advisors

Maria Lenhart, Skift

While incentive travel is most often handled by travel management companies, it can also be a good fit for leisure travel advisors, especially those accustomed to working with high-end clients and those who make good use of outsourcing. While there are major differences between incentive and leisure travel, some of the same principles apply.

3 weeks ago

Can Leisure Advisors Crack the Incentive Travel Market?

Can Leisure Advisors Crack the Incentive Travel Market?

Maria Lenhart, Skift

For leisure travel advisors, especially those already accustomed to providing concierge-style services, expanding into incentive travel could be a realistic goal. With help from outsourcing services, even small agencies can handle the complexities involved.

3 weeks ago

Navigating Cruise Sales Is Sink or Swim for Travel Advisors

Navigating Cruise Sales Is Sink or Swim for Travel Advisors

Maria Lenhart, Skift

With more cruise choices than ever before, there are plenty of opportunities for travel advisors to boost earnings from cruise sales. Doing so, however, means taking a proactive approach to education and customer service.

4 weeks ago

Travel Advisors Find Already-Complex Cruise Bookings Are Getting Even Harder

Travel Advisors Find Already-Complex Cruise Bookings Are Getting Even Harder

Maria Lenhart, Skift

This might be the best time in history for travel advisors to sell cruises, but it's also the most complex. Those who take time to know the growing array of cruise choices and focus on the high end of the market are the most likely to succeed.

4 weeks ago

Travel Advisors Can Fill Gap in Credit Card Trip Insurance

Travel Advisors Can Fill Gap in Credit Card Trip Insurance

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Sales of travel insurance are on the rise, possibly due to heightened awareness of risks posed by everything from terrorist attacks to a sudden illness. For travel advisors, insurance is both a source of revenue and a way to provide good customer service.

1 month ago

Travel Advisors See Trip Insurance Opportunity Where Credit Cards Fall Short

Travel Advisors See Trip Insurance Opportunity Where Credit Cards Fall Short

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

Awareness of the need for travel insurance is on the rise in some quarters. This trend offers significant opportunities for travel advisors to generate additional revenue and offer peace of mind to travelers.

1 month ago

Travel Advisors Mull the Implications of Potential Hawaii Short-Term Rental Crackdown

Travel Advisors Mull the Implications of Potential Hawaii Short-Term Rental Crackdown

Maria Lenhart, Skift

A proliferation of Hawaii short-term rentals, which are exacerbating an already expensive and tight housing market, is sparking heavy debate in a state where tourism is the main economic driver. While such accommodations are needed to handle rising visitor numbers, some say it's time to get them under control and look at the consequences of unchecked tourism growth.

1 month ago

Qantas to Levy Surcharges on Travel Agencies That Don’t Join Program Starting in August

Qantas to Levy Surcharges on Travel Agencies That Don’t Join Program Starting in August

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

In Australia, the New Distribution Capability is moving from a vague concept to an active business model, as Qantas urges travel agents to sign up to a new channel with expanded content. Those who miss the June 30 deadline could lose out on some enhancements but also face new fees for airline bookings.

1 month ago