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Last week Gifted Travel Network (GTN) celebrated its third year by hosting the Second Annual GTN Conference in Charlotte, NC with over 40 agents and 30 supplier partners in attendance. During the two-day conference, GTN president and co-founder, Meredith Hill challenged attendees to “stretch your expectations of what’s possible for your travel business.” Attendees had …

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It depends.  The answer is an emphatic YES, if you are in a long term, committed relationship with your host agency or franchise. (Sound a little like a romantic relationship?) The answer is no if you are unhappy with your host or franchise and don’t feel that they make a good partner for your business. …

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When you become a travel agent, one of the pressing decisions you will have to make is whether or not you will charge a service fee. This decision can cause a lot of angst, especially for someone brand new to the business. Newbies often feel like they don’t have enough experience to warrant a fee. …

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The 5 MUSTS to Attracting Clients Whether you are looking to attract your very first client or you’ve been selling travel for 10 years but want more clients, attracting clients to your travel business comes down to 5 simple “Musts.”  Here they are: 1. You Must Have a Specialty I feel like a broken record …

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When Fathom came out with their impact travel concept in the Dominican Republic (DR), I was excited about experiencing it with my family. Fathom takes you right to where help is needed – via cruise ship — and makes it easy to sign up for volunteer activities that have a direct socio-economic impact on the …

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How many times have you heard these words: “I didn’t know travel agents still existed”? If not these exact words, something of the same flavor? Our own President of the United States has referred to travel agents as extinct on national TV. The reality (and problem) for your profession is that you are invisible. You …

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There is one, big, wrong reason to become a travel agent that continues to get included in so many recent articles about this subject, that I decided it was time to write an article on the right reasons to become a travel agent. The number 1 wrong reason to become a travel agent is to …

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Great question if you are looking into becoming a travel agent! As most travel agents these days are entrepreneurs instead of employees, if you are considering the travel agent path for yourself, you obviously want to know how you get paid and if it’s enough to support yourself. In this article, I will break it …

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When I first started my own home-based travel business selling travel to Africa, I took a leap of faith and left a great paying career to pursue my passion – travel…well really planning travel. Little did I know I was going to need an equal amount of passion for entrepreneurship. Luckily, I found it. But …

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If you’ve spent hours and hours online trying to figure out how to become a travel agent, what certification or licensing you need and wanting to know a step by step process for this, then I understand – completely! It wasn’t that long ago that I was in your shoes. I had a great, successful …

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