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Stephanie Lee
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Opening a travel agency just got as easy as it can possibly be, https://goo.gl/rCUvno.

Check out the free HAR 7-Day Setup Travel Agency Challenge: it will walk you through the process of getting your agency up and running in no time! #7daysetup #travel #entrepreneurship #entrepreneur
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Our new article and infographic, https://goo.gl/pbhWXX, reveals trends in travel agent service fees. How did we get all this data? Over 550 travel agents filled out our first-ever survey, sharing info on how much they charge for which services. It breaks down service fee trends according to:

1. Experience level
2. Geography
3. Niche

… and more! It’s the most current and comprehensive info on service fees out there, so don’t miss out!!!
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This article, https://goo.gl/dR1k73, is proof that some people deck the halls with boughs of holly, and some people (ahem, me) decorate halls with dazzling infographics!!! This latest one offers travel marketing pearls of wisdom from 7 travel agents who’ve been in the industry 20+ years. They cover topics from social media, community outreach, customer service, email marketing campaigns and more!!! Now that’s what I call festive! 
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Hey Agents! Take our 2-minute Service Fee Survey and be entered to win a $250 credit with your host agency! https://hostagencyreviews.com/hosted-agent-service-fee-survey/

We're looking for information from new and experienced agents to help everyone better understand what the average service fee is. We'll publish the results so you can see how your agency compares!

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below. :)


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Looky here! We have a newly minted audio series, https://goo.gl/JRsWMF, named after yours truly–ahem, Travel Agent Chatter! The interviews offer pro tips from seasoned travel agents . . . it’s like a mini mentorship rolled into an audio clip. For our first round, Steph chatted with Andrey Zakharenko of Russian Connections and Always Travel. In his interview he chats in depth about:

* Creative travel agency marketing strategies
* Info on why service fees are a must for travel agents
* Why he offers air ticketing
* The power of Yelp reviews
+ more!

Tune in and let us know your thoughts! 
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Here’s some dapper data brought to you from HAR: https://goo.gl/Tud0xT. A story in pictures about what travel agents can expect in air commissions on average, and other factors (i.e. debit memos and agent service ticketing fees) that go into shaping the bigger picture of air ticketing. Take a gander! Tell us what you think & what questions you have! 
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We just launched a huge project at HAR! Check it out, https://goo.gl/DbNu4b.

It’s a 7-Day Setup Travel Agency Challenge! It’'s like a pocket-map to opening your own agency.

The 7-Day Setup is totally free (yes, “free” as in really truly free), and during that week you’ll receive daily emails with each step broken down into digestible tasks.

Goodbye analysis paralysis . . . you’ll have your agency up and running in no time! 🚀🚀🚀 #7daysetup
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This month, the Host Agency Reviews crew were like elves at a data factory. Here’s what we made, https://goo.gl/m9C7Tf–a comprehensive article and infographic that reveals current trends in travel agent service fees, breaking down different fees according to geography, niche and years of experience (+more). Santa wouldn't even be able to fit this massive amount of data down a chimney if he tried, so we’re delivering it right to your inbox!!! 
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Shoot, so sorry +Lori Tedrick! Thanks for letting us know. Here's the working link: hostagencyreviews.com - Hosted Travel Agent Service Fees Rundown [+Infographic] 
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This nifty infographic, https://goo.gl/1o8Eq1, offers marketing gems from 7 travel agents who have worked in the industry for 20+ years! They share dynamic marketing strategies ranging from social media, community outreach, customer service, email marketing campaigns and more. Give your biz an early gift this year and check it out! 
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Our new audio series, Travel Agent Chatter, https://goo.gl/TtsAvS, is like guilt-free eavesdropping on experienced travel agents’ pro industry tips on building a robust biz. For our first round, Steph chatted with Andrey Zakharenko of Russian Connections and Always Travel about building and marketing two brands, the power of Yelp reviews, the necessity of charging service fees and more! 
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Our new infographic––https://goo.gl/c3l6BS ––is the latest masterpiece over at the HAR headquarters. It gives a large-picture look at travel agent income from air ticketing, linking info such as:
1. Average travel agent air commission
2. Average travel agent ticketing service fee
3. Average Debit memo fines
4. + article info on how to book air for travel agents without access to GDS.

Don’t miss out! 
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Let me be with your scheme
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Sure, Alaska is an adventure-land of awe and discovery. But in this article, https://goo.gl/8cVDb8, I chat about how I was able to navigate their wilderness landscapes with some serious chronic arthritis. Turns out, anyone can find adventure in Alaska regardless of physical limitations. Check out the article and come along for the ride! 
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Connect travel agents + host agencies. Help people start their travel biz. Lover of travel, writing, and the stars.
Introduction
I run a quaint little B2B website for travel agents called Host Agency Reviews.  It's like the Yelp for a home based travel agent looking for a host agency.  

I try to live life to it's fullest.  I am insatiably curious.  I love to travel, love my pup, and find the power of the web and online social connections fascinating. 

I write, I read, I daydream.  I do it not only because I enjoy it, but because it keeps my creative spirit vibrant and sparkling!  

In the summer you'll find me playing tennis or walking around with my sidekick.  When the cold sets in, I jump for joy and grab my snowshoes and skis, my snow-loving dog in tow.

Most of my posts are on travel, happenings in the travel agent world, science (especially space), technology, nature, marketing, pups, social media, and of course the day-to-day happenings of my dog, Rigel.  The rest of the posts?  Your guess is as good as mine. 

Oh, yes.  Let's get the elephant out of the room.  No, travel agents aren't dead.  They're still alive, kicking, and are quite relevant to today's travelers' needs... you should consider using one!

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Did you meet Rigel when he was a pup? I survived.
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Minneapolis, MN
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Minneapolis, MN - Crested Butte, CO - Idyllwild, CA - Saratoga, CA - Monticello, MN - Kira, Uganda - St. Joseph, MN - Piermont, NH
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Specialist in Host Agency Sector | Travel Professionals
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  • Host Agency Reviews
    Founder, 2012 - present
  • Travel Quest
    Director, 2007 - 2012
  • C.A.L.M. Uganda
    Teacher, 2005 - 2006
  • Santa Clara County Office of Education
    Outdoor Educator, 2004 - 2005
  • Youth League Tennis
    Tennis Instructor, 2003 - 2005
  • Guided Discoveries
    Science Instructor, 2003 - 2004
  • Mt. Crested Butte
    Liftee (yeah!), 2003 - present
  • Alternative Youth Adventures
    Field Instructor, 2002 - 2003
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