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Stephanie Lee
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Connect travel agents + host agencies. Help people start their travel biz. Lover of travel, writing, and the stars.
Connect travel agents + host agencies. Help people start their travel biz. Lover of travel, writing, and the stars.

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Ever wish you could look into a crystal ball to see what’s possible for the growth of your business a decade or so down the line? I'm no magic-maker, but in her most recent Travel Agent Chatter podcast, I chatted with +Jennifer Doncsecz of VIP Vacations on how her Romance and Honeymoon agency was able to thrive over the years. Her wisdom will give you a peek at what may lie ahead!
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Did you know that this Google+ Travel Agent Chatter group is the namesake for Host Agency Reviews’ podcast series? If this is news to you, go check it out! If you’re a part of this group, you’re bound to love the podcast series too! Our latest episode features, +Jennifer Doncsecz, is a romance and honeymoon specialist with 26 years of travel industry experience under her belt. She's brilliant with marketing and branding and her industry insights will put your own industry knowledge on the fast track.

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We got tired of the question, “Why use a travel agent when I can book online?” So we wrote an article (https://goo.gl/nBE1uz) that gives on hard data on how using a travel agent can save someone a whole lot of time and money.

Here’s a few fun facts to pique your interest:

** The average American visits 140 travel-related sites in the 6 weeks before they book a vacation.

** The average amount of time spent planning and booking travel per vacation is almost 23 hours.

** The average hourly wage in the U.S. $26.39/hr.

That’s right! This means that a travel agent can save travelers, on average, over $600. And this is nothing to say of the cash savings they provide too.

Intrigued? We thought so. Read the article to see the rest of the data.

https://goo.gl/nBE1uz

#travel #travelagent #travelagency #smallbusiness #savemoney
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Did you know that the average American visits 140 travel-related websites in the six weeks before booking a vacation? Doesn’t that sound bonkers to you?!?

What if I told you that they also lose over $450 they could have saved by using a travel agent instead of booking online.

Skeptical? You’d probably be curious to see the data to back all this up, and we’re more than happy to share it for in our latest article over at Host Agency Reviews.

https://goo.gl/iAWN4e

#travel #travelagent #travelagency #smallbusiness #savemoney

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Hey friends! Info on travel MLMs isn’t exactly easy to find, so we found it for you and put it all in one place. The article is jam-packed full of data on travel MLMs and info on why HAR is of the opinion they should be avoided if you want to want to work as a travel agent. It includes:

1.) An infographic with data from travel MLM income disclosures that reveals that the majority of MLM members operate at zero or at a loss.
2.) Entertaining videos that reveal the manipulative marketing strategies of travel MLMs.
3.) A quiz to help readers determine if a travel organization is an MLM.

We don’t want you to get roped into a pyramid scheme! So read it and tell your travel industry friends!

#travel #travelagent #hostagency #MLM #travelMLM #pyramidscheme
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Travel MLMs are a little slippery, and it was tough to get concrete info about them, but our most recent article really breaks down what separates a travel MLM from a host agency (hint: A LOT), and why we recommend you steer away from them if you want to build a career as a travel agent. It includes:

1.) An infographic with data from travel MLM income disclosures that reveals that the majority of MLM members operate at zero or at a loss.
2.) Entertaining videos that reveal the manipulative marketing strategies of travel MLMs
3.) A quiz to help readers determine if a travel organization is an MLM

It’s a multimedia feast. (Seriously, don’t miss out on the MLM quiz and travel MLM video mashup!)

#travel #travelagent #hostagency #MLM #travelMLM #pyramidscheme

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We're getting ready to launch our in-depth article on Travel MLMs (also known as: multi-level marketing companies, pyramid schemes, network marketing, direct sales companies)!

Here's a video mashup highlighting the way MLMs train and recruit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLfpCcJMYT8

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Are you a travel agent (or an aspiring agent) who wishes school were back in session for yourself? Well, if you’re craving some industry knowledge, our latest article is a treasure trove. It boils down info on host education, travel schools, and certification options to help you decide what kind of training program will work for you.

It also includes tons of goodies too––a table with host education and travel school info, plus a cheatsheet to help agents discern their education needs. There are learning opportunities abound. Not for you? Tell your travel agent friend! They’ll love you forever.

#travel #travelagent #hostagency #travelagenttraining #travelagenteducation #travelschool #certification #travelagentcertification
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Wondering how to choose between all the travel agent training options? Well we just made that process a heckuva lot easier in our most recent article, “Travel Agent Training and Education, 2017.” The article guides you through training choices a some great resources:

1. A table of host education and travel school opportunities with concrete info about their programing.

2. A cheatsheet to help you determine your education priorities and to figure out what kind of questions to ask hosts to ensure their education program is a good fit for you.

3. A link to travel agent certification options and what that process entails.

In short, if you’re looking for some travel agent training, this article is pretty much the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow 🌈🌈🌈


#travel #travelagent #hostagency #travelagenttraining #travelagenteducation #travelschool #certification #travelagentcertification

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Our latest installment of Travel Agent Chatter is an opportunity to learn directly from a master travel agent, Deb Fogarty of Be Well Travel! In her interview, she shares expert advice on:

1. Creative marketing strategies
2. Breaking into booking groups
3. Growing a business against the odds (hint: she started her business during a recession).

Don’t take my word for it! Go check out our chat, and hear what Deb has to say!

#travelagent #cruise #travel #travelagentchatter #bewelltravel #nexion #marketing #grouptravel #beertourism
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