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During Travel Agent Startup Week we heard from 6 agents who are building incredible businesses with the guidance of the Travel MBA mentor, Lisa Fletcher. Our first interview was with Michael & Shannon Pickens of Boots to Journeys. Michael is a veteran and has built a strong business focusing on the military community. When we …

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We get a lot of questions from Travel MBA prospects (and new enrollees) wondering if they have to complete their training program before they can start actually servicing clients and selling travel.  The answer to that is a most definite “NO”! As soon as you have completed and submitted all your required paperwork and processed …

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Whether you have been in travel for 10 months or 10 years I hope you understand that your client list is the most important asset your business has. But it doesn’t do you any good if you don’t do anything to reach those clients. If the only time you access that list is when you …

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Great Question! A lot of people are confused by this. They are different marketing tools but can work together easily. Your weekly Ezine (Electronic Newsletter) is the tool that you actively send out from your autoresponder every single week at the same day & time to your client and prospect lists. You maintain (and consistently …

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One of the top pain points for a lot of travel agents is client attraction. They don’t have trouble getting product and destination knowledge, but how do you get people to sell those products and destinations to? Sure, your friends and family are where you start, but that is rarely enough to create a successful …

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How can I tell when I’m booking the bare-bones “Basic Economy” airfares for my clients?  Do Tour Operators sell these fares on their booking engines? In a never-ending attempt by the airlines to further complicate airfares, the “Big Three” (American Airlines, Delta Airlines and United Airlines) have recently created a new stripped-down class of service …

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Gifted Travel Network (GTN) is excited to announce our first ever Travel Agent Startup Week designed for both members of the general public who have a desire to get into the Travel industry and for existing agents who feel like their business may need a reboot to get on the path to success.  This virtual event …

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All industries have their ups and downs, but right now the travel industry – and travel agents in particular – is flying high. Why? Aside from the fact that there are so many places to travel, there are three key reasons it’s a great time to work in the travel industry: People are traveling more. …

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“I’m worried about keeping up with my financial records, but don’t have a lot of extra cash to spend right now.” If you are truly new to the industry and don’t have your business entity set up yet, or even have a name for your business yet, it is still not too early to start …

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It’s a sad truth: the love of travel does not make you successful in the travel industry. So why is it that some people jump into travel – an industry they are brand new to – and achieve success, while others struggle? There are a lot of factors, but it has much more to do …

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