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When you are trying to build a business, it’s always great to learn from and be inspired by others who are succeeding in what you are attempting to do. One of the easiest ways to do this is by following successful travel pros on social media. Today I am sharing examples of people who are …

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ClientBase Online is actually a very powerful CRM system that can help you with your marketing as well as reporting your bookings to the back-office accounting system here at GTN.  So, basically, the more info you put INTO ClientBase, the more power you will get OUT OF ClientBase.  Sandy Saburn holds an Open Q&A Call …

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Shannon LeBlanc of Paradise Vacation Escapes will be taking over the Gifted Travel Network Instagram account during October 1 – 5 while at the Sandals South Coast in Jamaica for a destination wedding group! As the travel advisor for the destination wedding group, Shannon will travel to Jamaica with the group and attend the wedding …

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The GTN Conference and the BMTW are two very different events and you really should try to attend both if it is at all possible.  We schedule one in February and one in the fall so it is more “doable” to fit them both into your education calendar. The Book More Travel Workshop (Feb 21 …

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Every day I see posts in travel agent groups on Facebook from people who are trying to figure out the best way to make travel their career. They love to travel. They plan trips for their friends and family. They love researching and finding off-the-beaten-path places and activities. They craft amazing experiences for themselves and …

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It’s a sad truth: the love of travel does not equate to success in the travel industry. Just being passionate about traveling does not mean that you are going to have a successful travel business. A hobby maybe, but not anything that will allow you to live the laptop lifestyle so many people want. Hobbyists …

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Great question!  Most all travel suppliers that work with the travel professional community employ sales staff, usually referred to as BDMs, Sales Reps, etc.  Their job is to facilitate those all-important RELATIONSHIPS between our host agency and the supplier and provide support to in many ways: 1) They can offer sales support and collateral when …

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Like many other industries, there is seasonality in the travel industry. The period of January through April (“wave” season) is by far the busiest time of the year. Why? People are back at work and the holidays are over, and for many it is time to get their annual vacations on the calendar for the …

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Suppliers in the travel industry will sometimes offer Familiarization trips (“Fams”) designed to familiarize agents with certain destinations or resort companies.  These opportunities range widely in cost to the agent, but usually offer severely discounted costs for the land portion although airfare is most always “on your own”.  It’s important to realize that these are …

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