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Scotland 2019 By James Dwyer, VP Administartion SKAL USA Skål International is a worldwide tourism organization with chapters on 6 continents.  Skål Northern New Jersey is one of those chapters or clubs and has a mission.  For the past 15 years members of their group have visited over 30 clubs in Europe in the spirit or friendship and camaraderie. This April a group of 32 tourism leaders met with members of...
What is the average salary of a Corporate Travel Agent? Hot Travel Jobs has compiled these results from surveys done in 2016 and 2017. We do show an overall increase from 2016 to 2017 with the average national salary up by 12%. This is no surprise as the demand for Corporate Travel Agents is high and the supply pool is low. Our 2018 survey is currently underway, and we will share these results with you when completed. If you are...
JANEEN CHRISTOFF   | TRAVEL PULSE | OCTOBER 04, 2018 Travel commerce platform,  Travelport , is highlighting its latest  technology developments , including its first New Distribution Capability (NDC) API product, which will be rolled out this quarter. In remarks at the Beat Live in Atlanta, Georgia, Gordon Wilson, the president and CEO of Travelport said that progress is being made in enabling airlines to merchandise...
There are many ways  travel agents  find new clients but some are more lucrative than others. Referrals are certainly key to growing an agent’s clientele. Nonetheless, that’s not a feasible route for all agents, especially those who are just getting started. Agents at the starting line can set themselves up for success by beginning with the people they already know. “I made a list of family, friends and...
TRAVEL AGENT    JANEEN CHRISTOFF In the most recent  U.S. Family Travel Survey , travel agents ranked as one of the industry’s top suppliers—with a grade of B-plus. For travel agents who want to turn that grade into an A-plus, there are some key ways to earn extra credit. The families participating in the survey gave agents some easy benchmarks to hit, making clear that affordability and planning are the two...
By Dan Chappelle, Agent At Home Magazine   Remember when you first decided to become an independent travel professional? You were so excited to be embarking on a new career, one that could take you all over the world—and you were even going to get paid for it! The thought of associating yourself with a trusted brand or finding a business model made the decision that much easier. Fast forward to today. You are lost....
By JIM BYERS  | TRAVEL PULSE | OCTOBER 03, 2018 The Caribbean needs more business to help it recover from last year’s storms, a top U.S. travel official said yesterday at the annual SOTIC 2018 conference. And travel agents are there to help. Speaking at the Caribbean State of the Tourism Industry Conference in The Bahamas, Travel Leaders International chief marketing officer Stephen McGillivray said agents have played...
This is the final overview of our 2017 Employee/Job Seeker Survey. We'd like to move through the balance of information with comparing from 2016 to 2017. We will start with responses as it reflects the information collected on the amount of time travel professionals have reported being unemployed. Length of Unemployment We can clearly see a growth for corporate agents in Unemployment of Less than a month, up 10% from 2016's...
The age of Travel Professionals has become an important issue as of late in the Travel Industry.  With so many seasoned veterans aging out of the industry and taking retirement, an influx of new talent has been an issue at the forefront of many minds. For this segment of our 2017 Survey information, we’ve chosen to highlight that increasingly important question directly, by measuring the age range of surveyed Travel...
As we reviewed the salaries reported by Corporate Travel Agents, we do show an overall increase compared to the previous year with the average national salary up by 12%. This is no surprise as we have been predicting a drop in qualified workers as the numbers reflect an overall increase in retirement from an aging workforce. Corporate Travel Agents   For leisure agents, you will notice that the overall salary is down...