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5 Ways to Make Your Travel Conference Count

It’s peak season for travel industry trade shows and conferences. If you’re a home-based agent missing the human touch, or a retail agent digging around for fresh ideas beyond your storefront, can be a short vacation from the isolation of working alone. If you’re a retail agent, conferences can be a goldmine of fresh business […]


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TOP 8 FACTORS TO CONSIDER: HOST OR FRANCHISE?

TOP 8 FACTORS TO CONSIDER: HOST OR FRANCHISE? ARE YOU ONE OF THESE? An entrepreneur with a passion for travel and are looking for the best option to start your own successful travel business? A travel professional with experience working in, or running, a travel agency for someone else, but you’re ready to work for yourself? […]


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AARC Host Agency Provides VIP Treatment for our Agent’s Clients

AARC Host Agency Provides VIP Treatment for our Agents’ Clients The relationships AARC Agents have with vendors and suppliers often result in clients getting upscale, customized and exclusive upgrades. “Through our affiliation with Travel Leaders Group, we at AARC Host Agency can offer our agents exclusive excursions, discounts, perks and benefits the clients cannot find […]


What is the GDS? (and who needs it?)

A GDS Primer: What is the GDS and Which Travel Agents Need It?

In short, the Global Distribution System (GDS) is a travel agent’s motherboard for booking airline tickets and other sorts of travel goodies (like hotel and car). So it might seem pretty odd for me to show up here and say that many travel agents don’t necessarily need it. (Yes, I understand I’m inviting intense controversy […]


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KHM Travel Group’s Record-Setting 2017: A Half-Year in Review

Just over half-way through 2017, KHM Travel Group’s travel agents and team members have collectively had another record-setting year. The year started off busy, with major updates to the host agency’s myTravelCRM and Agent Basics online educational modules in January. At the end of the month, the KHM Travel Group family also gathered to celebrate […]


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Disney Cruise Lines 101 for Travel Agents

We’ve talked at length on all things Disney here, here and here. But for those of you with clients that aren’t inclined toward land-dwelling vacations to Disney World or Disneyland, I present to you Disney Cruise Lines (DCL), where the Disney Magic sets sail on the high seas (I swear I am not getting paid by […]


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Avoya Travel Introduces Avoya Infinity As New Consumer Vacation Planning Journey

Avoya Travel®, the travel industry’s most innovative brand, introduces Avoya Infinity™, a pioneering consumer-focused model to deliver the best vacation planning and booking customer experience. Avoya Infinity will accelerate Avoya’s continued growth and power the company’s commitment to create the industry’s best cruise and vacation planning experience by placing Independent Vacation Planners in the Avoya […]


What is a Preferred Supplier?

What Is a Preferred Supplier in Travel?

  I was tossing around “preferred supplier” in an email the other day when I realized, gosh darn it, I don’t think I’ve ever explained to those new to our industry what a preferred supplier even is! Doh, sorry about that. 😊  Let’s go through it so that you can toss around the term preferred […]


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Travel Planners International July Partner of the Month: AmaWaterways

ORLANDO, FL – Travel Planners International, a top travel host and sales, marketing and support agency for the travel professional, has started a new program – Partner of the Month. It’s a perfect example of how the organization strives to bring new initiatives and events to engage preferred partners with the TPI family. July’s Partner […]


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Canadian Regulations for Travel Agencies in a Nutshell

  We have a pretty comprehensive article on US Seller of Travel Laws (SOT), but we don’t want to leave out our neighboring Canadian travel agents. Canada has enriched my life with many great gifts like poutine, Justin Trudeau, Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro, the prettier half of Niagara Falls, hockey, and Alaska (jk, that last one […]