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Four Seasons and Costco Direct-Booking Efforts Irk Travel Advisors

Four Seasons and Costco Direct-Booking Efforts Irk Travel Advisors

A recent segment on NBC's Today show touting the benefits of booking travel through Costco is drawing fire from the American Society of Travel Advisors, A recent Today Show segment touting Costco Travel is riling ASTA, as are Four Seasons ads on Facebook promising perks for direct bookings.

2019 Travel Agent Survival Guide

2019 Survival Guide

Many challenges advisors had to deal with in 2018 are still lingering and some new ones are looming as the travel industry starts a new year. Here is what you need to know to overcome them and stay successful in 2019.

What Agents are Saying About the Latest ALG, Mark Travel Merger Effects

What Agents are Saying About the Latest ALG, Mark Travel Merger Effects

Last week, Apple Leisure Group (ALG) announced that it will be ending its relationship with Playa Hotels and Resorts, representing the latest domino effect following the company's acquisition of The Mark Travel Corporation (TMTC) earlier this year. The chips began to fall in May when Funjet Vacations cut ties with Lomas Travel and Sandals Resorts International cut ties with Funjet Vacations.

Voyage Chicago Inspiring Stories: Meet Stephen Scott of Travel Hub 365

Meet Stephen Scott of Travel Hub 365

Today we'd like to introduce you to Stephen Scott. A native of Chicago, Stephen grew up in the travel industry as his parents owned and operated a travel agency for 7 years. After studying sales and marketing at DeVry University, Stephen began his career in corporate sales at United Airlines.

Travel Agent Takes on Costco Travel at Its Own Game

Travel Agent Takes on Costco Travel at Its Own Game

If there's one thing that seems to be topping the New Year's Resolution list for travel agents in 2018, it's charging fees. But the models they plan to use are as varied as their business models - from a simple deposit to be applied to the booking, all the way up to a membership club modeled after Costco and Amazon.

Travel Agents Resolve To Make New Year Exceptional

Travel Agents Resolve To Make New Year Exceptional

Travel agents survived a tumultuous 2016, with the Zika virus and terrorism disrupting travel patterns, hotels going direct to their frequent guest program members, and an economy that forced them to work harder to produce modest travel sales growth.But travel professionals still thrived as everyone-from Millennials to Baby Boomers, from the consumer media to key travel suppliers-seemed to once again recognizing the value of travel agents.

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