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Tampa, Fla. – Local travel agent Tammy Levent has been nominated for a Travvy Award in the category of Most Innovative Travel Agent for the second year in a row!

Earlier this year, Tammy Levent won the 2015 TRAVVY award as the Most Innovative Travel Agent. Since entering the race for the award in 2014 Tammy has proven that she still is the most innovative agent in the travel industry. By continuing to use her strategic partnerships to create new travel trends and new travel experience opportunities Tammy has raised the bar just a little bit higher in less than a year! Because of this, it’s no surprise that Tammy has been nominated for a Travvy Award in the category of Most Innovative Travel Agent for the second year in a row!

The annual Travvy Awards, presented by travAlliancemedia, recognize the highest standards of excellence in the industry today and honor travel companies, travel products, travel agencies and destinations for their outstanding achievement.

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Travel Guru Tammy Levent Wins Silver AND Gold Magellan Awards

Palm Harbor, Fla. – Travel guru and CEO of Elite Travel Tammy Levent has won a Silver and a Gold Magellan Award honoring the best in travel!

In the Travel Agent Innovation individual category Tammy won the Gold Magellan award and for the Travel Agent Training Program category Tammy’s training program the Travel Agent Success Kit (TASK) took home the silver!

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Hotel Tips for Travel Agents

Ensuring a perfect hotel stay is one of the crucial ways travel agents can prove their worth to their clients. A sub-par hotel experience can ruin your clients’ trip. If they encounter a serious hotel snafu, they may question your ability to get the job done and look elsewhere the next time they plan a trip. There are ways to stack the odds in your favor by putting hotel best practices into play. At the same time, adopting these practices will also improve your bottom line.

Personal Relationships Are Key
The American Society of Travel Agent’s 2011 Supplier-Travel Agent Marketing Report showed that 94 percent of agents ranked reputation/product quality as top criteria, 62 percent say that firsthand knowledge of product is important and 47 percent noted that a personal relationship with a supplier representative was important. If and when problems arise, an agent’s relationship with the hotel representative can help settle the waters.

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Working With Airlines

Once upon a time, in brick-and-mortar Travel agencies across the land, travel agents could make a living booking air travel for their clients. Agents were a source for information and ticketing, and they were rewarded with commissions from the airlines. The shift away from travel agents began with airline commission caps in 1995 and continued with reduced commissions in 1999. The travel agency industry was delivered an even heavier blow in 2002, when airlines cut commissions altogether.

In the decade that followed, the relationship between travel agents and airlines was prickly to say the least. Airlines still needed travel agents as an arm of its distribution system, and agents needed to interact with airlines if they were going to book travel for their clients. Presently, with the country knee-deep in a challenging economic environment, it could be time for agents and airlines to partner once again, even if it’s on a customized, case-by-case basis.

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