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Articles for Home Based Travel Agents

Both Tom and Joanie Ogg write articles for the various travel industry trade publications about home-based travel agents. Here are some recent articles that have been published. You might find them interesting. Keep checking back as we will post new articles as they are written.

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Newest Articles Just Added December, 2013

The Best Resolutions for 2014. Start with Professional Development By Scott Koepf: Scott shares ideas on some of the most important New Yer’s resolutions should be to improve your businessin this timely and engaing article.

Cheers to 2013! By Chris Austin: Chris takes a moment to say think you to all of you that have supported Starwood Hotels & Resorts and their StarwoodPro learning program. Chris also gives us some insight into what is coming in 2014.

It’s Coming — 2014! What Are Your New Year’s Resolutions? By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie shares some important ideas everyone should consider for 2014 in this timely article.

Newest Articles Just Added November, 2013

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Introduces Buenos Aires, Panama City and Rio De Janeiro Destination Modules By Chris Austin: Chris shares StarwoodPros newest training modules for StarwooPros.

New Book for Home Based Travel Professionals By Tom Ogg: Tom shares details about Tom and Joanie’s new book “Money Making Marketing, a Travel Agent’s Guide to Financial Freedom”.

How to Recruit New Travel Agents By Tom Ogg: Tom shares a fool proof and profitable way for you to recruit, train and enjoy the productivity of brand new travel agents in this must read article if you want to grow your business.

Where to Meet With Clients by Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie explores one of the challenges of being home based — where to meet clients — in this excellent article that offers several solutions.

Share the Wealth and Make Yourself Invaluable to Your Clients Bt. Craig Satterfield ECCS: Craig shares some excellent information everyone can use to bond with their clients.

Newest Articles Just Added October, 2013

OASIS Welcomes New Sellers of Travel: Joanie catches up with Kelly Bergin, Vice President of Business Development for the host agency OASIS. This is an excellent article, especially if you are a new agent looking for the right host to align yourself with.

Starwood Wants Your Vote!: Starwood is asking for your support. Please read this article and take action.

An Interview with Eric Autschul, CEO, ABC Global Services By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie finds out a very special offer that ABC Global is making agents on their EZ Book hotel booking engine. Don’t miss this article!

$5.00, or What is a Micro Job Site? By Tom Ogg: If you are not using micro job sites in your business you are missing a huge opportunity for stretching your budget. If you don’t know what a micro job site is, you need to read this article immediately!

Building Your Travel Business with Client Testimonials By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie shares how to obtain and use client testimonials to build your business in the “must read” article.

Newest Articles Just Added September, 2013

How Did Dugan’s Travels Get Started: Jennifer Dugan shares Dugan’s Travels past and why agents should seriously consider joining their host program.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Sends StarwoodPros to Experience Destinations: Starwood Hotels & Resorts is sending StarwoodPros to visit many of their destinations. Find out why you should sign up for the StarwoodPro training today!

CLIA’s Annual National Cruise Vacation Week: Once again CLIA is having its National Cruise Vacation Week promotion for CLIA members. This promotion drives business and CLIA members can look forward to even more success this year.

Travel Professional Association, Why Should I Join?: Find out about the new association and what it can do for you in this motivating article.

How to Contsruct a Killer 30- Second Elevator Speech By Tom Ogg: Tom shares exactly how to put a very effective introduction speech together that will dazzle whoever hears it in this no-nonsense (How To) article.

Publicity is Powerful By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie shares the details of how to get positive publicity by engaging in an active PR campaign in this must read article.

Newest Articles Just Added August, 2013

OASIS Host Agency Update: After a record breaking year find out what OASIS is up to in this timely article. Introducing both a new cruise booking platform and also an incredible air program, everyone even considering a new host should read this update.

Westin Hotels & Resorts Share Important Benefits for Weekend Guests By Chris Austin: Chris shares some really excellent news for clients staying at Westin Hotels & Resorts for weekend stays. You must read this if you have clients that are looking to be pampered.

CruiseWorld 2013, a Travel Weekly Show: Be sure to register by August 16th (This Friday) to receive the best possible rate for the entire convention! Use promo code HBTA.

Social Media Trolls, Flakes and Other Derelicts By Tom Ogg: Tom shares a wealth of experience on how to best deal with trolls, flakes and other derelicts that may be posting on your social media business pages in this “must read” article if you are using social media in your business.

Do you want to grow your business? By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie shares some secrets on how to grow your business by simply taking the time to access resources that are free and effective.

Cruisewhiz Craig or is Attending a Travel Show or Conference Worth the Time and Money? By Craig Satterfield, ECCS: Just back from the Cruise3Sixty show in Vancouver, Craig shares some insights into making the most from a cruise conference.

Newest Articles Just Added July, 2013

Delivering the Tools By Cruise Planners: If you have ever thought about focusing on cruises, here are 11 very compelling reasons to consider Cruise Planners as your partner.

Starwood Resorts Want to See You By Chris Austin: Chris invites travel professionals to enjoy one, or some of Starwood’s over 200 international properties offering Starwood’s STARPRO rate starting at $69.00 per night. There is an expanded inventory of rooms available at these STARPRO rates, so be sure to familiarize yourself with Starwood’s fantastic properties this summer.

Keeping the Travel Agent happy, one at a time! By Stefan Adelaar: Find out what’s new at EuroConnection and why you should be booking them right now!

Your Customers – Lnow When to Hold Them — Know When to Fold Them By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie takes a look at the age old challenge of which customers to retain and which ones to let go of in this timely and interesting article.

All About CLIA (Cruise Line International Association By Joanie Ogg: Joanie shares some insight into CLIA as they apply to home based travel agents in this short and entertaining video.

How to Establish Your Travel Niche By Tom Ogg: Tom shares insight on how to find your niche in a fun and entertaining way in this excellent article.

Newest Articles Just Added June, 2013

An Interview with TPI’s President Ken Gagliano By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie got the opportunity to talk with Ken Gagliano, TPI’s President to find out what the formidable host agency was up to this year in this in-depth interview.

ProLearning – Starwood Dstinations, Canada By Chris Austin: Chris shares the newest Canadian ProLearning modules for StarwoodPro agents.

Change and VRBO.com By Tom Ogg: Tom takes a look at VRBO.com and the opportunities that it has uncovered for home based travel agents.

Client’s Privacy and You! By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie brings up some excellent points about keeping your client’s information private, especially when talking on a cell phone.

Has Decent Commission on Cruises Gone Out the Window? By Craig Satterfield ECCS: Craig shares an abundance of ways to turn low commissions into robust one by just adding value.

Newest Articles Just Added May, 2013

An Interview With Howard Tanenbaum, Expedia CruiseShipCenters By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie has a chance to catch up with Howard Tanenbaum to find out what Expedia CruiseShipCenters is offering cruise professionals in their program.

Let Us Help You With Your Website: Marilyn shares some very compelling reasons why you should consider Passport Online as your primary website vendor. If you are looking for a web presence, you need to read this article.

News From Starwood by Chris Austin: If you are planning on traveling this summer, be sure to check out the additional discounts on top of the Starwoodpro rates for Starwood’s specialty brands.

The Best Hotel in Waikiki by Tom Ogg: Tom shares his insight into Waikiki Hotels after just returning from yet another trip to the islands. I think you will surprised at his pick.

The New Trend in Cruising – Amusement Parks by Craig Satterfield ECCS: Craig documents what looks like a new trend in cruising, which seems to be the creation of floating amusement parks in this excellent insightful article.

Google, Panda, Penguin and EMD, Oh My! By Tom Ogg: Google’s continual algorithm updates have cost some sights a huge amount of organic traffic. For a look at the current situation be sure to read Tom’s article.

Newest Articles Just Added April, 2013

Travel Quest Host Agency Update: Find out what is new at Travel Quest for 2013 in this informative article. If you are looking for a new host agency, don’t miss this article.

Join Helix in Savannah for Some Southern Hospitality: ARC’s Helix Symposium takes place this May 19th to 21st in Savannah, Georgia, Check out the features and benefits of attending this wonderful event!

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Launches Stunning Greece Module For Starwood Destinations By Chris Austin: Chris shares Starwood’s newest StarwoodPro learning module for their Greek properties. If you are not a StarwoodPro travel professional, now is the time to sign up!

NCL, CruiseCompete.com and You! by Tom Ogg: NCL has severed its relationship with CruiseCompete.com and enabled every agent to sell NCL without being “showroomed”. Tom shares ideas on how to exploit the opportunity and help cruise professionals everywhere in this timely and motivating article.

The Sound…. of Music by Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Want to know how to sell more travel? Crank up your favorite music and get in the mood.

8 “WOW” Factors For Your Travel Business: If you are looking for excellent ways to WOW your clients don’t miss reading this wonderful community chat that delivers solid opportunities to dazzle your clients.

Theme Group Travel: If you are looking at themed group travel as a potential niche, you must explore this excellent community cht that deals with the subject!

Accepting Credit Cards: If you have been looking for solutions to be able to accept credit cards for service fees and other miscellaneous charges, look no further. This hosted community chat discloses all.

Unusual European Destinations for Seasoned European Travelers: Now this is a fun chat. Find out some shining jewels for your more seasoned travelers and cruisers in the great community chat. Travel experts share their most prized secrets about little known destinations i Europe.

Newest Articles Just Added March, 2013

Nexion Programs Offer Solutions for both New and Experienced Travel Agents: Nexion’s President Jackie Friedman shares the many solutions that Nexion offers both new and experienced agents in this detailed article.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Launches New “UPSELLING” StarwoodPro Module: StarwoodPro introduces a new learning module on how to up-sell their properties. While this is good for Starwood, it will also help you up-sell in general.

FREE Equipment, NO Monthly Fee, Flat Rate Processing, Fixed Fees!: NTC shares their excellent merchant account program’s many benefits for travel professionals. If you are wanting to get a merchant account, don’t miss this article.

A Group Disaster, What Would You Suggest?: Tom shares some advice to an agent that had a group on a 4-day cruise go south on her and has ended up with threats of leagal action. What would you suggest in this case?

Newest Articles Just Added February, 2013

“Make ARC Yours” by Christopher Flores: ARC offers home based travel agents several awesome solutions for their businesses. Here is a great article that outlines them. This is a must read if you are thinking about going independent.

“Starwood Destinations” Newest Module Highlights Thailand’s Five Distinct Regions and 12 Starwood Resort Properties By Chris Austin: If you sell Thailand (or want to) Starwood has developed the StarwoodPro module that will not only teach you about Thailand, but their various properties unique propositions. Don’t be surprised if you receive a special surprise when you complete this destination educational module.

Surfing For a Host Agency by Tom Ogg: Tom shares 8 critical questions that you need to ask a potential host agency before you commit.

Can You Make a BNE (Business Networking Event) Work For You? By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie shares ways to optimize your return from attending a business networking event in this sage article that is a “Must Read”.

How to Cash in by Selling Luxury Travel: Join travel professionals as they discussed the secrets to selling luxury travel and how to cash in on this lucrative market.

Selling Alaska Cruises: Join other cruise agents that are discussing how to sell Alaska cruises and avoid many of the pitfalls. Make you clients happy with the information you will find in this chat.

All About Travel Insurance: Want to become a travel insurance expert? This chat will answer every question that you ever had and more. This is a “Must Read” if you sell travel insurance.

Travel 101; Starting Your Travel Agency: If you are new to the industry and are looking for sage advice on how to start your travel business, this chat is for you. Detail after detail is discussed to help you on your way.

Newest Articles Just Added January, 2013

An Interview With Avoya Travel’s Skip Fortier By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie gets the opportunity to interview Skip about Avoya Travel / American Express 2013 hosting program and what’s new and different. If you intend to increase your income in 2013 you should make it a point to read this article.

How to Make Booking Europe Fun and Profitable by Mitch Mason, Owner, Euro-Connection: Joanie catches up with Mitch Mason the owner of EuroConnection to find out what their program is all about. Don’t miss this article if you sell Europe!

EXPANDED INVENTORY AT STARWOOD’S HOTTEST DESTINATIONS ONLY FOR TRAVEL PROFESSIONALS, Expanded STARPRO Rates for a Limited Time Debut Cities Include New York, Boston & Toronto By Chris Austin: Starwood has expanded its availability of Starwoopro rates for Travel Professionals. Read this article to see where and when.

7 Secrets To Successful Banner Advertising By Tom Ogg: After working with banner advertising for years, Tom shares 7 secrets for successful banner advertising in this “Must Read” article.

The “Can-Do” Approach New Year’s Resolution Plan By Joanie Ogg, CTC, MCC: Joanie shares her New Year’s resolution after experiencing the “Can Do” attitude of a building contractor in Mexico.

All that Glitters is Not Gold: When looking for a new host agency, what are some signs that you may be looking in the wrong place?

The Tax Man Cometh: It’s that time of the year again when taxes lie right around the corner. Here is a great article for home based travel agents on how to plan for the inevitable taxes we all pay.

My Host isn’t Paying My Commissions: While everyone hopes that you will not have this problem, here is an article that clearly explains what to do if it happens to you.

TRAVEL FREE! The 8 Top Signs of a Travel Scam!: There always seems to be a scammer everywhere you go. Be smart when talking with host agencies. Here are the top 8 scams you might run into.

Newest Articles Just Added December, 2012

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Exactly, What is a Host Travel Agency?: Here is an article that clearly spells out what a host agency is and why they can benefit you!

How to Pick a Host Travel Agency: If you are looking for a new host agency, here is an article that will help you pick one out.

Your Host Agency Contract: Your host agency Agreement will cover lots of topics. Here is a great article to help you find your way through the maze.

Partners, with Benefits: Understanding the realities of travel agent benefits will go a long way to helping you negotiate with your host agency. This articles cleans up all the details in an easy to understand fashion.

Host Agency, Franchise or Consortia?: Ever wondered what the differences are in the various types of organizations that serve home based travel agents? Here is a clear and concise article that explains in detail.

Newest Articles Just Added November, 2012

Consistency or Change? By Margaret Murphy, SVP of Marketing and Training, CLIA: If it’s time to renew your CLIA membership, here is an excellent article to remind you why it is of such value.

An Interview with Travel Plannersl International’s President Ken Gagliano by Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC:  Joanie gets a chance to interview Ken Gagliano about TPI’s IC program for 2013. Lota going on at TPI in this great interview.

New “Agency Retainer Agreement and Instructions” By Tom Ogg: Tired of clients booking online and then coming to you for advice? Here is an Agreement that will have you looking forward to the opportunity to sign them up.

Family Travel: If you have been thinking about specializing in family travel, don’t miss this community chat that deals with the ins and outs of selling family travel.

How to WIN the Conference” or Confessions of a Trade Show Booth Worker By Tom Ogg: Just back from CruiseWorld2012 and the Home Based Travel Agent Conference, Tom shares some interesting insight as to how to maximize the results from attending conferences.

All About Groups: The Travel Professional Community discussed everything you ever wanted to know about group travel in this lively and interesting community chat. Don’t miss it.

Newest Articles Just Added October, 2012

Turning Premium Clients into Luxury Clients by Sharon Concepcion, Operations Manager, Luxury Travel Network: If you have ever thought about moving into the luxury travel market, this article is full of information on how to do it.

Travel Professionals, Earn a Free Night at Any Starwood Property!: Invest 4-minutes to complete the Starwood Resort module and you will be awarded a free night’s stay at the Starwood property of your choice. This is a special offer that expires this Friday (10/19)

Travel Weekly’s “Smart Phone Ap”: Check out Travel Weekly’s new Smart Phone Ap for CruiseWorld2012 and Home Based Trvel Agent Show in Ft. Lauderdale November 7th – 10th.

Duplicate Content – Your Website’s Worst Enemy, 6 Tools to Find Duplicate Content By Tom Ogg: Tom shares the harsh reality of having duplicate content on your website or having someone plagiarize your content for their site and what to do about it.

New Airline Consolidator Directory: After seeing numerous questions about international airline consolidators, we decided to put together a directory of quality consolidators that work with travel agents Click HERE to visit the group and then click on the consolidator you are interested in finding out about.

AA, Too Big To Fail? By Tom Ogg: American Airlines just can’t seem to cut a break, but it really doesn’t come as any big surprise to what were once its loyal frequent flyer cstomer base. Tom shares take-a-ways from the AA debacle.

Before You Go Checklist: Here is a great new form to give clients before they depart on vacation. It is chock full of great suggestions.

Timeshare Notice to Clients: Do your clients a fovor and clue them into the timeshare realities BEFORE they travel so that they can be prepared to handle timeshare sales people and presentations. This new form does wonders to help them make decisions.

Newest Articles Just Added September, 2012

Join the Nexion Generation: the Next Generation of Travel Professionals By Jackie Friedman, CTC, CTIE, President of Nexion LLC: Jackie brings us up to date on what is happening at Nexion and why you should be looking at Nexion as your host agency.

Helix Ft. Lauderdale Helix Symposium, November 5-6, 2012, Highlights Risk Management Best Practices: Join Helix in Ft. Lauderdale for the Helix Symposium. If you haven’t attended a symposium, you should make every effort to attend this one. Scheduled right before CruiseWorld2012, the symposium offers excellent seminars on important topics.

New Educational Opportunities at CruiseWorld & Home Based Travel Agent Show November 7 – 10, Ft. Lauderdale, FloridaBy Mary Pat Sullivan CTC: Mary Pat shares information about Travel Weekly’s new “Learning Bursts”. Be sure to check out this awesome event!

Let’s Talk About Your Business Card By Tom Ogg: After going through hundreds of business cards collected azt trade shows, Tom shares some insight into what you should and shouldn’t do when creating your business cards in this interesting article.

Why and How They Win My Customer Loyalty By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Here is a real life look at how to create and keep customer loyalty over the long run.

Seller of Travel Laws: This new group lists all of the seller of travel laws throughout the United States and Canada. Be sure to check this group out to make sure you are in compliance with any laws that your state may have.

Passport Disclosure and Waiver of Liability Form: This form is necessary anytime you have clients traveling without a passport book. If they are using a passport card for a closed loop cruise departing and returning from the U.S., this form is mandatory to protect yourself. Instructions on its use are also included. Scroll down the page until you see the link to the form. The form and instructions are in Word so that you can personalize it.

Anniversary in Hawaii: The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel By Tom Ogg:  Tom and Joanie visited the New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel for their 30th wedding anniversary and did a comlete review on this stunning refurbished property.

Newest Articles Just Added August, 2012

New to The Travel Industry? 6 Tips for New Travel Agents By: Betsy Geiser, Vice President, UNIGLOBE Travel Center: Betsy shares 6 tips new agents should read and understand in this excellent article.

SAVE 15%, Travel Weekly CruiseWorld and Home Based Agent Show November 7-10, 2012 By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: If you are new to the travel industry and have not been to one of these shows, take advantage of this generous offer to attend this fall in Ft. Lauderdale!

Do I Need A Business Coach to Get to the GOLD? By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie explores the reality of trying to find the right business coach in this stimulating article that deals with the plethora of “business coaches” in our industry.

How to Get New Clients: This fascinating community chat delves into the question of how to get new clients and contains a ton of great information well worth your time to read it.

Mobile Apps for Travel Professionals By Tom Ogg:  With seemingly millions of travel related apps it is becoming more and more difficult for travel professionals to find apps suitable for their own use and to also recommend to their clients. Most apps are designed by competitors to sell travel bypassing the travel professional community and as such, do not make sense to distribute. Here is the start of a list of appropriate apps that travel professionals can feel comfortable recommending to their clients.

International Air Travel Guidelines By Tom Ogg: At the request of Travel Professional Community members here is a complete client piece for clients traveling on international flights. Feel free to copy and use it as is, or make what ever changes that you would like. It is also found in the “Travel Professional Forms and Documents Group” in the community.

NEW! “Mobile Apps for Agents” Group: If you are looking for that special travel app, look no further than the Mobile Apps for Agents group. Apps are listed by genre and include links to their download site. Enjoy!

What Special Services Do You Offer?: Find out what agents are offering in the way of special services to keep their clients happy and coming back for nmore in this lively community chat.

Newest Articles Just Added July, 2012

An Interview with Travel Quest’s Chad Batter’s by Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie catches up on Travel Quest’s new host agency features.

MailPound offers New Specialist Program: MailPound has teamed up with some of the U.S.’s best Dude Ranches and developed a Specialist Program for agents that want to sell the Dude ranch market. Don’t miss this opportunity to add a new niche to your business platform.

Starwood Invites Travel Professional Community  to Aloft, Element and Four Points By Chris Austin: New benefits for StqrwoodPros, not a StarwoodPro? Sign up now to cash in.

Special  Offer on CruiseWorld 2012, See You in Ft. Lauderdale November 5th – 10th, 2012, By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC:  Lots going on in Ft. Lauderdale this November. Check out the special offers to save.

The Travel Agent Revolution By Tom Ogg: Tom shares the evolution of travel agents that actually created a revolution in this wonderful article.

The Business Success Threatening Disease By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Procrastination is one sure way to find yourself stalled in growing your business. This excellent article looks at identifying if you are procrastinating or not and what to do about it.

Grtting the Most From Your Host: Travel Professional Community discussed how to get the most from your host agency in this lively and interesting chat that is a must read.

Selling Luxury Travel: Read how agents are cashing in on selling luxury travel successfully in this engaging and motivating chat.

How to Get New Clients: This lively conversation shares some outstanding ideas on how to find new clients. If you are looking for marketing ideas, look no further.

Newest Articles Just Added June, 2012

An Interview with Scott Koepf V.P. of Sales Avoya Travel / American Express By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie catches up with Scott for an update on Avoya’s awesome program for agents.

Seven Ways to Grow Your Business in a Changing Travel Marketplace: ABC Global Services shares seven way to grow your business in this excellent “Must Read” article.

Pandas and Penguins, Oh My! How Google Made Search Travel Agent Friendly By Tom Ogg:  On April 24th, 2012 Google released Penguin onto the world. Find out how Penguin can help you gain organic traffic in the timely article for folks that build their own websites.

CRUISEWHIZ CRAIG OR THEME CRUISES ARE MAKING A TREMENDOUS COMEBACK By Craig Satterfield,  CLIA Elite Cruise Counselor Scholar: Craig shines the light on theme cruises in this timely and actionable article.

If You Need Me – Give Me a Powerful, Authoritative Link, By Nadia Jastrjembskaia PhD, MCC: Nadia shares ways that our industry can help develop professionalism and integrity.

Losing a Client and Learning Lessons By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Losing a client is never fun, but Joanie shares what to do when it happens to you in this excellent article.

Carnival Splendor Update Review By Tom Ogg: Just back from a Mexican Riviera cruise on the Carnival Splendor Tom compares this cruise to the last one he took on the Splendor. How did it compare? You may find the review interesting.

Newest Articles Just Added May, 2012

An Interview with Montrose Travel’s Andi Mysza, President, MTravel.com By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie has a chance to catch up with Andi regarding MTravel’s excellent programs for all agents.

Sharpening Tools for Better Results By Sabre Travel Network: If you don’t know about ClientBase you need to read this article so you can understand what it is and how it will help your business dramatically.

Managing your High Risk Travel Merchant Account, What makes your travel merchant account high risk? By: Catherine Fanshaw  National Transaction Corp:Have you ever wondered why travel merchant accounts are considered so high-risk by so many banks? This great article will explain why and give you an understanding of how to get one for your business.

What is Escorting Groups All About? BTom Ogg: Did you ever wonder what escorting groups is all about? What skills you will need and what to do and not do? This article is a “Must Read” if you plan on escorting a group.

Getting It Done! By: Joanie Ogg, CTC, MCC: Joanie shares the secrets to getting things done in this excellent article that explores what motivates us all.

CRUISE VACATION CHECKLIST. (Helpful tips to make for smooth sailing)By: Nancy Norris: This is a “Must Have” checklist for your cruise clients. Print it out and have it available in your cruise sales file.

Destination Wedding: In My Own Backyard? By: Shari Cronk, Custom Travel Service: Travel Professional Shari Cronk shares her experience at handling a destination wedding in Puerto Vallarta, her home in this insightful and engaging article..

Newest Articles Just Added April, 2012

Delivering the Tools, By Michelle Fee, CEO and Co Founder, Cruise Planners / American Express: If you have ever thought about buying a cruise franchise, this article will answer all your questions and more.

Are You a StarwoodPro? By Chris Austin, Vice President, Global Retail Leisure & Luxury Sales: If you haven’t taken the StarwoodPro training, now is the time to register and take advantage of Starwood’s many benefits.

How Deep is Deep-Sea Fishing? By Tom Ogg: After reading an article about stupid questions consumers ask, Tom shares ways to cash in on stupid questions in this “must read” article.

Growing Your Travel Business – Are you really committed to make it happen? By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Take Joanie’s challenge and grow your business? Don’t miss this great article!

CRUISEWHIZ CRAIG OR “I JUST CAN’T GET ANY RESPECT FROM MY VENDORS” By Craig Satterfield, ECCS: Craig explores the reality of being home based and getting the attention of the supplier’s line sales force.

Caribbean Cruise Packing Tips By Nancy Norris: Nancy shares some common sense packing tips that every cruiser to the Caribbean will appreciate. You will want to print this out and include it with final docs for your Caribbean cruise clients.

Newest Articles Just Added March, 2012

An Interview With OASIS’ Kelly Bergin Vice President of Business Development By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie catches up with Kelly to find out why OASIS is experiencing such dramatic growth.

A New Outlook on ARC By Christopher A. Flores: ARC is changing and Chris is leading the way. Find out what ARC can do for you.

Good, No Make that GREAT, Customer Service By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie explores key elements of giving GREAT customer service in this “must read” article

Cruise Passenger Safety Tips By Tom Ogg: Here is an article that every agent should provide all of their cruise passengers on how to stay safe while on their cruise. It is full of sage advice on exactly what to do.

Newest Articles Just Added February, 2012

An Open Letter From Travel Weekly’s Bob Sullivan: Bob extends an open invitation to attend the upcoming CruiseWorld and Home Based Travel Agent Show in Seattle this coming June 18th to 20th. Use the special code and save money when registering!

National Plan a Vacation Week, An interview with Kathy Fitzpatrick, President of VAX VacationAccess By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie catches up with Kathy Fitzpatrick, President of VAX, VacationAccess in this interesting interview of why you should participate in the “National Plan a Vacation Week”.

Does your customer data give you the full picture? Secrets to turning customer inquiries into a gallery of vibrant masterpieces: TRAMS shares secrets on building information on your client that will help you serve their needs better.

“The Biz” Revisited By Tom Ogg: If you have been in the travel industry for decades you may well remember Sandy Elson’s “The Biz” in Compuserve. Well, the good news is that Sandy is back with the next generation of “The Biz” and you won’t want to miss it!

Mission and Vision Statements for the Future By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie revisits a time when she was asked what NACTA’s Mission Statement was and went blank. This article will show you how to answer the questions in a compelling way.

CRUISEWHIZ CRAIG OR WHAT IS ALL THIS TALK ABOUT BEING A NICHE TRAVEL AGENT?HOW CAN I CASH IN OR IS IT JUST A WASTE OF TIME? BY CRAIG SATTERFIELD, ECCS: Craig takes a look at his 35-year quest to develop his niche and shares how you can do the same. If you are looking to evolve a niche, don’t miss this article.

An Interview with Community Member (CruiseWiz) Craig Satterfield, ECCS By Tom Ogg: CruiseWiz Craig shares his wisdom and insight into the cruise industry in this “Must Read” article for cruise agents.

Newest Articles Just Added January, 2012

An Open Letter to All Travel Professionals From Paula Hayes, Vice President – Sales, Globus Family of Brands: Paula shares what’s new with Globus Family of Brands in this revealing article that every agent should read.

An Interview With Harvey Simon of Incentive Connection Travel, Inc. By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Long time host agency ICT (Incentive Connection Travel) shares everything that is going on in this in-depth interview that should be read by all travel professionals that work through a host agency.

An Interview With Community Member Murray Lundberg By Tom Ogg: Murray has built a thriving business based in the Yukon using technology in an interesting and motivating way. Find out how you can cash in on some unique opportunities in the “Must Read” interview!

Challenges & Finish Lines for 2012 By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie reminds us all that the new years is an excellent time to make changes for the better in this engaging article.

Aloha Airlines, Lessons Learned By Tom Ogg: Once a powerful influence in the Hawaiian market, poor Aloha Airlines is nothing more than a distant memory. Tom spent 12-years in Marketing with Aloha and shares some of his most valuable lessoned learned during that time period.

CRUISEWHIZ CRAIG OR DOES THE CONCLUSION OF A BIG GROUP CAN GIVE YOU POST PARDUM DEPRESSION? BY CRAIG SATTERFIELD, ECCS: At the conclusion of escorting a large group over Christmas, Craig shares his feelings about the aftermath and the value of professional CLIA training.

Newest Articles Just Added December, 2011

Merry Christmas! Get Your FREE Copy Now! Selling Niche Cruises “How to Turn Small Ships into Big Bucks” By Tom Ogg: Here is a Christmas present will will continue to give and give. Tom and Joanie are giving their book away for free. Don’t miss this opportunity!

The Home Based Travel Agent Show & CruiseWorld2011 in ReviewBy Tom Ogg: Tom reflects on the past convention in Ft. Lauderdale that other than one negative was the best ever.

Promoting YOU! By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie explores the reality of exploring how to promote yourself in social situations without coming off as crass or commercial in this insightful article.

Cruisewhiz Craig or Should You Tie Your Business Into Star Power? By Craig Satterfield, ECC: Craig turns his focus on how to use star power just like the cruise lines to cash in on the current marketing trend of tying travel to celebrities.

Papeete, Tahiti Port Review By Nancy Norris: Just back from her Paul Gauguin cruise, Nancy shares an excellent port review for Papeete and Tahiti.

Newest Articles Just Added November, 2011

CRUISEWHIZ CRAIG OR EVERY OLD CRUISE IS NEW AGAIN/RETURN TO TRADITIONAL CRUISING By Craig Satterfield, ECC: Ahhh, remember the early days of cruising? Craig does an excellent job of recapturing the opportunities to experience them again.

Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda Port Review (aka King’s Wharf) By Nancy Norris: Nancy continues her outstanding and in-depth review of Bermuda with this look at the Royal Naval Dockyard.

Portofino, Italy On Your Own Shore Excursion By Tom Ogg: If you have clients calling on Portofino, Italy this review will show them how to have a wonderful time without spending tons of money.

Gibraltar On Your Own Shore Excursion By Tom Ogg: Visiting Gibraltar is full of surprises and climbing the Rock of Gibraltar is a “must do” in this wonderful port. Here is how to visit Gibraltar On-Your-Own and have a great time.

Britain in Addition to the Olympics By Paull Tickner: Paull shares some very interesting ideas for packaging groups to Britain for 2012. This article will surely spark some ideas.

Newest Articles Just Added October, 2011

Interview with Cheryl Myerson  Expedia® CruiseShipCenters Mobile Agent:™ Cheryl shares her perspective on working with Expedia CruiseShipCenters in this revealing article.

An Interview with Joni Rein, Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Carnival Cruise Line By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie interviews Joni Rein about Carnival’s many changes in this in-depth article. This is a “Must Read” if you sell cruises.

My Host Agency Isn’t Paying My Commissions By Tom Ogg: While this seems to be happening more and more, here is an article that tells you exactly what to do if your host agency is not paying you your commissions

Am I Worthy? (of asking for referrals that is…) By: Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie explores the benefit of referrals and how to get them so that they are very meaningful.

Newest Articles Just Added September, 2011

The Top Three Secrets of a Luxury Travel Consultant By Sharon Concepcion: Do you sell luxury and are looking for a new host to help you succeed. Check out Luxury Travel Network in this informative article.

Chicago? Las Vegas? Helix is coming for you! By Chris Flores: The Helix Symposiums are taking the nation by storm. Read how you can find out why in this timely article.

CRUISEWHIZ CRAIG OR IT NEVER HURTS TO LEARN SOMETHING YOU ALREADY KNOW By Craig Satterfield, ECC: After selling cruises for 30 years, Dave is taking every CLIA class that is available and tells you why.

Where to get Physical with Clients? By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Being home based sometimes has its challenges and Joanie explores different opportunities to engage your clients with face time.

Touching Base with Greg Hybl, American Express Vice President, National Client Group, Travel and Entertainment, Merchant Services By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie touches base with Greg Hybl regarding their current agency promotion.

Home Based Travel Agent or Travel Professional? By Tom Ogg: The time has come for home-based travel agents to abandon their moniker and celebrate their independence and professionalism in this timely article.

Hamilton, Bermuda Port Review On Your Own by Tom Ogg and Nancy Norris: Have clients going to Bermuda? This is exactly the information they need to have fun, see more and spend less.

St. George’s Bermuda Port Review On Your Own by Tom Ogg and Nancy Norris: Have clients going to Bermuda? This is exactly the information they need to have fun, see more and spend less.

Bermuda’s Best Beaches On Your Own by Nancy Norris: Your clients will love this article on how to access the “Best of the Best” beaches during their stay in Bermuda by using public transportation.

Newest Articles Just Added August, 2011

An Interview with Scott Koepf, Vice President of Sales, Avoya Travel / American Express By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie catches up with Scot to find out what is new with Avoya.

An Open Letter From Bob Sullivan, Executive Vice President / Group Publisher, Travel Weekly: Bob shares the new developments taking place at the upcoming CruiseWorld2011 and HomeBasedAgentShow in Ft. Lauderdale this November.

An Interview with Travel Professional Community Member Eben Schoeman By Tom Ogg: Eben operates a successful African trekking and safari business that he and his wife started after climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro  Eben shares some of his expertise with other agents on how to succeed in the travel business in this “Must Read” article.

Content, Content, Content By Tom Ogg: Ever wonder why your website doesn’t search well? Tom tells you exactly how to make sure search engines love your content. This is a “must read” article for everyone that wants to nurture organic traffic.

CRUISEWHIZ CRAIG OR HOW DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU’RE GOING IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE YOU’VE BEEN? By Craig Satterfield, ECC: This is a “must read” article for anyone looking to grow your business by a cruise expert that goes back 25 years.

The Continuing Travels of the Big Dog By: Joanie Ogg: If you handle “pet friendly” travel on behalf of your clients you will want to read this informative article.

Floriade, Keukenhof and the Chelsea Flower Show 2012 By Paull Tickner: Having visited the last Floriade in 2002, I can vouch for Paull’s recommendation for putting a group together NOW! Read Paull’s excellent advice and book some space now!

Bora Bora Society Islands — French Polynesia Port Review By Nancy Norris: Just back from cruising in the Pacific on the Paul Gauguin, Nancy shares how to visit Bora Bora on your own.

Moorea, Society Islands — French Polynesia Port Review by Nancy Norris: Ahhhh Moorea. Just back from her South Pacific cruise on the Paul Gauguin, Nancy shares how to enjoy the port of Moorea on your own. This review contains many pictures too.

Nawiliwili, Kauai Port Review By Tom Ogg: If you think that your clients will have to spend hundreds to enjoy themselves on Kauai during their port call, think again. Tom Shares how to have a fabulous day without spending an arm and a leg.

Newest Articles Just Added July, 2011

STARWOOD HOTELS & RESORTS LAUNCHES GLOBAL RESORTS CAMPAIGN: “REVEAL A WORLD OF POSSIBILITIES” By Chris J. Austin: Chris shares Starwood’s newest educational opportunity that everyone is going to want to take advantage of.

7 Tips for Making the Most of your Hostby Betsy Geiser, Vice President, Uniglobe Travel Center: Betsy shares some excellent advice on how to get the most from your host agency relationship.

An Interview with Julie Zadeh, CTC, Managing Director of Travel Trade Marketing, Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau  By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie conducts an in-depth interview with Julie Zadeh of the HVBC and discovers all the things that are available for you.
6 Essential Tips – Card Mill to Travel Agent By Tom Ogg: If you got into the travel industry through one of the card mills, this article is for you.

CRUISEWHIZ CRAIG OR EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE, NOTHING STAYS THE SAME By Craig Satterfield, ECC: Craig takes a look at all of the new innovations the cruise lines are making during the lull in newbuilds. This is a “must read” if you are feeling like there isn’t much new to talk about when selling cruises.

Could Old Be New Again? By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie remembers what used to be exciting about “getting the mail” that just isn’t any more. See if you think her ideas are on the money.

Aitutaki, Cook Islands Port Review By Nancy Norris: Just back from a Paul Gauguin cruise through the Society and Cook Islands, Nancy shares an excellent port review of Aitutaki. There are also several pictures included in the review.

Rarotonga, Cook Islands Port Review By Nancy Norris: Doing Rarotonga on your own is easy to do and fun. Find out how in this excellent review by Nancy Norris with tons of pictures too.

St. Petersburg, Russia Port Review Update: The new International cruise ship terminal, the Sea Facade Terminal has just opened in St. Petersburg and the port reviews has been completely updated with pictures.This is a major improvement for On-Your_Own part explorations.

Newest Articles Just Added June, 2011

An Interview with ARC’s Chris Flores, Helix and VTC Program Director By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie asks Chris to brings us up to date with all of the new innovations that ARC has introduced in this fascinating interview.

You and Your Digital Presence By Mary Pat Sullivan: If you are looking for solutions to your website and social media needs this article will really help you with practical and immediately available solutions.

An Interview with Community Member Geoff Millar By Tom Ogg: Get to know Geoff Millar and find out why he is so successful. Geoff shares some great insight in this article.

Cruisewhiz Craig or Intuition is not exclusively from Women! By Craig Satterfield: Craig shares great insight into how to turn ideas into action during challenging times.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Revisited By Tom Ogg: Your online activity matters and how you portray yourself will have serious consequences. This article reminds us all on how to present ourselves successfully online.

Ethics, Morals, Right and Wrong in Business By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: How we act is a reflection of our ethical and moral standards and Joanie’s article reminds us all of the importance of ethics and morals.

Kona Port Review By Tom Ogg: Folks arriving in Kona have the opportunity to go off on their own and thoroughly enjoy Kailua, Kona. Here is a review that tells them exactly how to do it.

Maui Port Review By Tom Ogg: Ahhh, what to do in Maui if you only have two-days in port? Tom shares exactly what to do and how to do it in this On Your Own port review.’

Paul Gauguin Cruise Review By Nancy Norris: Just back from Tahiti and the Cook Islands, Nancy shares a detailed review of the ship and the experience. There are over 80 pictures in this in-depth review.

AmaWaterways AmaDolce Cruise Review By Jan Shaugnessy: Just back from a Tulip Time river cruise on the AmaDolce, Jan shares her thoughts and experience as a seasoned cruise agent about the cruise.

“Airside” “Kerbside” in less than 30 minutes By Paull Tickner: When the BHX (Birmingham International Airport) runway is extended in 2014, this airport will allow savay travel agents to speed their clients through the customs and immigration process and avoid the long lines at Gatwick, Heathrow and other international arrival points. Paull Tickner tells you how to do it in this article.

Newest Articles Just Added May, 2011

STARWOOD HOTELS & RESORTS RECOGNIZES 20,000th STARWOODPRO By Chris Austin: Starwoods StarwoodPRO certification program has just welcomed its 20,000th travel professional. If you haven’t taken the training and earned your certification, you should sign up NOW!

The 8 Secrets of Long-Tail Keywords By Tom Ogg: Often misunderstood, Tom sheds some light on how Long Tail Keywords can increase your website’s productivity and profitability. If you are selling travel on the web, this is a “Must Read” article.

CRUISEWHIZ CRAIG OR THE ROAD TO HELL IS PAVED WITH ASSUMPTION BY CRAIG SATTERFIELD, ECC: Craig shares some very sage advice in a way we can all understand in this MUST READ article.

Have You Googled Yourself Lately? By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: When Joanie’s nephew Googled her name he found tons of information about her. How about you? This article relates how to stay on top of your on-line reputation.

An Interview With Community Member Sandy Elson By Tom Ogg: Meet one of our industry’s most prolific on-line innovators. Sandy is one of the Admins for the Travel Professional Community and when you read about her past involvement in online forums you will be very impressed.

Norwegian Epic Cruise Review By Nancy Norris: If you have not had a chance to cruise on the Epic, this review is the next best thing. There are over 100 pictures of the ship and detailed information that will help you sell it.

Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii Port Review By Tom Ogg: Ahhh, Hawaii. Here is definitive information that your clients need when they take their Hawaiian cruise and want to do it on their own.

Hilo, Hawaii Port Review By Tom Ogg: Often overlooked by cruise passengers who board motor coaches and spend the day waiting for other passengers at Volcano National Park, here is a review of how cruise passengers can see and do it all on their own.

Newest Articles Just Added April, 2011

Change Brings Great Things By Jackie Friedman, CTC, CTIE, President of Nexion, LLC: Jackie shares the new changes at Nexion in this very interesting article.

Can You Recommend a Website Developer? 8-Website Project Bid Sites That Will Save You Thousands By Tom Ogg: If you are looking to get some websites developed, you will want to print this article out and save it.

Cruisewhiz Craig or Confessions of a Cruise Ship Gourmet? By Craig Satterfield, ECC: Craig give us all something to think about when selling the value of cruises and the culinary experience in today’s cruise line up.

An Interview with Community Member Nancy Norris By Tom Ogg: NEW FEATURE! Starting with this issue, each month we will introduce you to one of HBTACommunity.com’s active members who will share their experiences and insight with you. This month, meet Nancy Norris.

Crowdsourcing for the Travel Industry By Tom Ogg: Crowdsourcing has become the new buzzword on the Internet, but what does it do and how does it work? How can travel agents benefit from it and will travel ever be sold in a crowdsource environment? Find the answers to these questions and more in this stimulating article.

Bountiful, Beautiful, Bermuda, An Overview By Nancy Norris: Ahhh, Bermuda. Nancy shares her special love for Bermuda in this excellent article that agents can use to stimulate clients to consider Bermuda for their vacation.

When Technology Fails You- Lessons Learned By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: It is a wise person that learns from another’s mistakes. Joanie shares an experie4nce that we can all learn from in this “must read” article.

The Bells are Ringing for William and Kate…and for you By Paull Tickner:  With the Royal wedding only weeks away, Paull shares how you can cash in on the event.

Newest Articles Just Added March, 2011

Globus Family of Brands Update By Paula Hayes, VP of Sales: Find out what is going on at Globus Family of Brands and how you can dramatically increase your bottom line. This is a “MUST READ” article.

The maturing role of the host agency in the distribution process: How hosts are leveraging technology to enhance their agents’ value in the marketplace By Chad Burt: Chad reflect on the changing role of host agencies and how Outside Agents is morphing to lead the way.

Professional Luxury Leisure Consultant” or “Travel Agent”? By Tom Ogg: If you are not doing your agency disclose agreements in writing, you need to read this article. This should be mandatory for every travel agent to read.

Cruisewhiz Craig or Confessions of a Cruiseship Junkie By Craig Satterfield: Meet Craig Satterfield aka Cruisewhiz. Craig shares his wealth of experience selling cruises in a way that is both educational and fun. Be sure to meet Cruisewhiz Craig in his first article in HBTA NEWS.

Update – The Travel Blog Project By George Oberle: George brings us up to date with The Travel Blog Project. This is a very interesting project that is helping many travel professionals establish their online presence.

Are you MANAGING at Home? By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie takes a long hard look at how you can better manage your time, both (business and personal) while working from home.

Surfing, the Essence of TravelBy Tom Ogg: Tom shares the secret of motivating your client to return to you over and over again in this “must read” article.

Ah, The Cotswolds… By Paull Tickner: Paull shares the various opportunities from Garden Tours to pre and post cruise excursions in England’s Cotswolds.

Newest Articles Just Added February, 2011

Starwood Announces 2011 Travel Agent Promotional Sweepstakes Win Starpoints, Resort Stays and a chance to win 1 million Starpoints! By Chris Austin: Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity to cash in while selling Starwood Hotels and Resorts in 2011.

An Interview with OASIS Vice President Kelly Bergin By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie gets an opportunity to interview Kelly on a conference call with some of the OASIS agents.

The ABCs of Cruising with Children Part 2 By Nancy Norris: Nancy lays out the details of each major cruise line’s children’s programs. This is a “Must Save” for your selling files, as it will make it quite easy for your clients to see the differences between cruise line’s programs.

Customised Pre and Post Cruise Extensions in England By Paull Tickner: If you have clients departing or terminating their cruise in England, Paull shares his vast knowledge of the U.K. on how to cash in on pre and post cruise expensions. You will want to save this article in your selling files.

Professionalism Reflects Who We Are By Jan Shaughnessy: Jan takes a look at how professionals present themselves in this interesting take of professionalism.

Defining E-Marketing Lingo By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie removes the mystery of E-Marketing nomenclature in this easy to understand article that defines the various terms used by E-Marketers.

Selling Mexico By Tom Ogg: If you have clients considering Mexico, but are worried about all of the crime they have heard about, this is a “must read” article. Please print this out and put it into your Mexico selling files.

Newest Articles Just Added January, 2011

8 Reasons Travel Agents Will Prosper in the 21st Century By Tom Ogg: Tired of hearing about the demise of travel agents? Here are 8 reasons that travel agents will continue to prosper and grow more profitable.

St. Petersburg, City of the Tsars By Nancy Norris: Nancy does an excellent job of capturing the very essence of St. Petersburg’s charm and excitement in this On-Your-Own port review

How to Drive in the Lane to Success By: Joanie Ogg, CTC, MCC: Joanie shares some sage advice on how to get your home based travel agency to not only prosper, but make it do everything that you want it to do.

The ABC’s of Cruising with Children (Part 1) By Nancy Norris: Cash in on one of the fasting grownin cruise markets out there. Fmily and multi-generational cruising with children is a fantastic market. Here are the details that will make it easy for you to be effective. You will want to print this out for your selling files.

Who Mentors You? By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie shares the power of mentors can have on your carreer and life. If you do not have one, here is how to find one.

Top 7 Mistakes Travel Agents Make on Their Websites By Tom Ogg: Having trouble getting your website to perform for you? Tom shares the most common mistakes that travel agents make on their websites. Some may really surprise you.

Newest Articles Just Added December, 2010

An Interview With Chris Flores, IP&S Program Manager, VTC Program Manager, Airline Reporting Corporation By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: There is a lot going on with ARC’s VTC program and lots more to come. Find out what every agent should know about the VTC program and your future.

Credit Card Processing Opportunities By: Mark Favel, President, National Transaction Corporation: Mark explores some of the challenges and solutions for today’s home based travel agent when it comes to processing credit crd charges.

The Travel Blog Project 100 TRAVEL AGENTS BLOGGING AND SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING FOR 100 DAYSBy George Oberle: Want to jumpstart your social media marketing? George is offering 100 travel agents interested in building their social media marketing skills in 100 days a free opportunity to do so. Don’t miss out on this!

Get Slimed and Meet Shrek By Jan Shaughnessy: Just back from cruises on NCL’s new EPIC and Royal Caribbean’s new Allure of the Seas, Jan shares her insight into these two new ships.

Lights, Camera, Action by Tom Ogg: New Text to Video sites like XtraNormal.com have changed the way travel agents can promote themselves in a way no one could have imagined just a couple of years ago.

Public Speaking Made Easy By: Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie shares some of her secrets to public speaking and how to make it fun, not terrifying. This is a “must read” if you have any public speaking opportunities coming up.

Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review By Nancy Norris: If you were not able to sail on any of the agent inaugurals on the Eclipse, this review is the next best thing. Thorough descriptions of the ship and 65 pictures leave nothing to the imagination.

“The E-Myth” by Tom Ogg: hearing several impressive travel professionals at the Travel Weekly Home Based Travel Agent Show in Atlantic City cite “The E-Myth” as being essential to their success, Tom reads and reports on this interesting book that every travel agent should read.

Newest Articles Just Added November, 2010

Turn Your iPhone or iPad into a Merchant Credit Card Processing Terminal – FOR FREE! By Tom Ogg: If you collect service fees or need a merchant account you have to read this article. It is unbelievable!

Catch the “Enthusiasm Epidemic” By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: The Travel Weekly conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey set off an explosion of enthusiasm for our industry. See how you can cash in on this exciting opportunity at substantial savings.

Crunching Numbers, Which Number Should I Use? By Tom Ogg: ARC, VTC, IATAN, CLIA, True, Pseudo ARC numbers? Which one is right for you? This article details the history and best choices in today”s travel industry.

Split, Croatia on Your Own Shore Excursion By Nancy Norris: Learn how to explore Split on your own and share it with your clients in this detailed review.

Are YOU Unique? By Joanie Ogg, CTC, MCC: Celebrate your uniquness and shine the light on it every day for success in your agency. This is a great article for everyone to enjoy.

An Interview With Chad Burt of OutsideAgents.com By Joanie Ogg CTC MCC: Joanie catches up with Chad Burt of OutsideAgents.com to see what is going on as we head into 2011.

Glasgow, Scotland On Your Own Port Review By Tom Ogg: Edinburgh’s sister city is a wonderful port for a day. Here is exactly how to do it On Your Own.

Newest Articles Just Added October 2010

An interview with Michelle Fee, CEO and Co-Founder of Cruise Planners/American Express By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie interviews Michele Fee about the new things happening at Cruise Planners.

WESTIN® HOTELS AND RESORTS INVITES TRAVEL PROFESSIONALS TO “WRAP YOURSELF IN WESTIN & WIN”: Don’t miss out on this fabulous opportunity to win one of 250 personal fam trips at Westins Hotels by enjoying a few minutes learning about Westin Hotels.

6 Secrets for Buying Domain Name By Tom Ogg: If you are searching for the perfect domain name, here is how to go about acquiring it.

Protecting You and Your Clients; Data Breach and Credit Card Security By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie talks about a responsibility we all have when it comes to our client’s information and how to protect yourself and your client.

Spooktacular Times By Jan Shaughnessy: Jan celebrates Halloween with a look at how agents can cash in on the holiday. As Jan points out, a stunning 5 billions dollars will be spent by consumers o this year’s Halloween holiday. Are you getting your share?

Sound of Music By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Do you enjoy music while you work? Here is an article that explores the benefits of music on your work environment at home.

Edinburgh, Scotland Port Review By Tom Ogg: Spending just a day in Edinburgh is a difficult task, but here is a thorough review showing you how to do it on-your0own and have a great day.

Corsica, France Port Review By Tom Ogg: Enjoying Corsica’s port city of Ajaccio is easy to do on-your-own. Here is a detailed look at how your clients can save a ton of money by exploring this beautiful port on-their-own.

Newest Articles Just Added September, 2010

An Interview With Expedia CruiseShipCenter’s Ed Mass By Joanie Ogg, CTC, MCC: Joanie had the opportunity to interview Ed Mass with Expedia CruiseShipCenters to find out what the latest news and events with this quickly growing host agency are.

Buying the Right Domain Name – Part One By Tom Ogg: Buying just the right domain name just might make the difference between success and failure for your website. In this two-part article Tom shares how to find and purchase the perfect domain name for you.

The Name Game – Dining Dilemma By Jan Shaughnessy: Jan nails the dining name issue with this excellent and provocative article. If you sell cruises, you will want to read this.

Meet the Press & Spread the Word By Joanie Ogg CTC MCC: Joanie shares some excellent ideas on how to use your local press to get tons of free publicity.

Belfast, Ireland On Your Own Port Review By Tom Ogg: Here is a wonderful port review on visiting Belfast for the day. There is no need to purchase an expensive shore excursion in this city.

Don’t Just Sit There, Do Something! By Amy Caldwell MCC, CTA: “Sometimes You Have to Get Out of the House To Bring the Business Home!” Amy shares her secrets and offers some sage advice for getting new clients in this awesome article.

The Essential Cruise Carry-On for Women By Nancy Norris:  This is a “Must Read” is you sell cruises. I would suggest that you print it out and give it to the ladies on every cruise that you sell.

Uniworld River Cruise’s River Duchess Review By Sherry Laskin: Just back from a Danube river cruise, Sherry shares the experience from a travel agent’s perspective.

Newest Articles Just Added August, 2010

An Interview With TravelQuest’s Stephanie Lee By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: TravelQuest had their best year ever. Read this in depth interview with Stephanie Lee to find out why.

How to Set Yourself Apart From the Rest Online by Passport Online’s Sarah Bauman: Sarah (from Passport Online Inc.) share some wonderful insight into how you can dramatically improve the results from your website. If you want a better response from your electronic marketing, you must read this informative article.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” By Tom Ogg: Tom puts on his sweater and comfortable shoes and talks about today’s “neighborhoods” and how to be a great neighbor. This is a must read article if you spend time in online communities.

Using Direct Mail to Explode Your Website By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: As fewer and fewer agents use direct snail mail in favor of email, the effectiveness of direct mail grows. Joanie explores how you can use direct mail to explode your website in this informative article.

A Travel Agent’s Cruise Vacation Checklist By Nancy Norris: Here is an awesome article that shares a checklist that you can use for your cruise clients.

NCL Epic Cruise Review by Jan Shaugnessy: Jan shares her experience cruising NCL’s exciting new Epic on an inaugural 2-day cruise.

Athens (Piraeus) Greece On Your Own Port Review by Nancy Norris:  Nancy Norris shares how to do Athens On Your Own from Piraeus. Your clients will thank you for a copy of this review.

Dublin, Ireland On Your Own Port Review by Tom Ogg: Tom shares Dublin’s hidden secrets in the thorough On Your Own review that your clients will love.

Newest Articles Just Added July, 2010

An Interview with Nexion’s President and General Manager, Jackie Friedman CTC, CTIE By: Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie catches up with Nexion’s Jackie Friedman in this extensive review of what Nexion is doing in 2010.

TRAMS Summer Camp: Discover the 4 steps to get your business in shape. Attend the TRAMS Summer Camp this August 25th – 27th. Here is your invitation.

Travel Agents, Airlines and NCFs By Tom Ogg: Tom takes a realistic look at the situation created by the cruise line’s use of NCFs to limit the amount of commission that they pay travel agents. These “Commission Caps” demand your attention now to take action to correct your profitability.

Do You Find That Price Is the Most Important Issue With Your Clients? By Geoff Millar: Sage advice from a successful marketer on how to set yourself apart from the rest and put put price in its place.

Family Ties By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie shares the secrets of working with your spouse in a family business.

Tennessee Weekend Get-a-Ways by Jan Shaughnessy: It is now just weeks since the horrible flood in Nashville and the surrounding area and Jan is asking for your help in this awesome article. Please read it and if you have clients looking for something fun to do on the weekend, Jan has the solution.

Romance, Ruins and Religion: The Riches of Rome’ by Nancy Norris: Have clients cruising into Rome? Be sure to print out this article and give it to them. It captures the very essence of the Rome experience.

Alaska Port Reviews By Tom Ogg: Updated Alaska reviews are now available for all of the ports in Alaska. These will make your clients happy by saving them a ton of money. Feel free to print them out and distribute them freely.

Newest Articles Just Added June, 2010

An Interview With Uniglobe’s Betsy Geiser CTA By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie runs into Betsy and sits down for an update on everything host agency Uniglobe is doing in 2010.

A StarwoodPro Update By Chris Austin, Vice President, Global Retail Leisure & Luxury Sales: Chris shares the progress of the StarwoodPro Program that has already graduated over 10,000 travelk professionals. Find out why you should also take the training in this excellent article.

The Importance of Follow-up By Geoff Millar: After making a large sale and inquiring why the client decided to book with Geoff’s agency, Geoff learned a valuable lesson.

EMail Marketing “Secrets” By Tom Ogg: After reading articles on “email marketing secrets” Tom decided to share what really works in an email campaign. This is a must read if you are engaged in email marketing campaigns.

When Being Sold is a Good Thing! By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie shares her experience while trying to purchase a new mattress and learned some excellent tips on selling.

Stockholm, Sweden, On Your Own Port Review By Nancy Norris: Nancy shares exactly how to do this wonderful port completely “On Your Own” in this excellent review.

Klaipeda, Lithuania, On Your Own Port Review By Tom Ogg: If you have clients sailing to Lithuania, this review will help you sell the port with authority

Palanga, Lithuania, On Your Own Port Review By Tom Ogg: Palanga is an excellent side excursion from Klaipeda for your clients visiting Lithuania. This review shows them exactly how to do it on their own.

Newest Articles Just Added May 2010

Relationships, Social Media and You By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie’s “back to the basics” sage advice seems completely appropriate in today’s online world.

An Interview Chad Burt, Co-Owner of OutsideAgents.com, By: Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie catches up on OutsideAgents.com features and benefits in this interview.

Paint The Picture, By Geoff Millar: Geoff shares his secrets to selling ultimate all inclusives with an extremely high closing rate. This is a “must read”.

Looking Forward, by Looking Back, Mary Pat Sullivan, CTC: Mary Pat looks at her 20-year tenure in the travel industry and sees the future. This article is a “Must Read” especially if you attended the Home Based Travel Agent Show in Ft. Lauderdale!

First Impressions and Your Marketing Materials By Laura Frazier: Laura shares some sage advice for newer agents just starting out on what to do and not do.

Microsoft or Apple, Which Is Your Business Like? By Tom Ogg: Wow! This article really shines the light on the difference between booking with an online giant and a local home based travel professional. Be sure to read it.

Uniworld’s River Beatrice Cruise Review By Nancy Norris: Nancy just returned from a Danube river cruise on the River Beatrice. If you sell river cruises, you must read this review!

MSC Poesia Cruise Review By Jan Shaugnessy: Just back from a 3-day cruise on thePoesia, Jan shares her thoughts on the MSC product.

Newest Articles Just Added April, 2010

Oh, What a Show! By Tom Ogg: Just back from Ft’ Lauderdale and the Home Based Travel Agent Show & Conference and CruiseWorld2010, Tom shares his thoughts and those of many agents that attended the event.

Technology in 2010 and You By Tom Ogg: How are you doing in the 2010 technology environment? This article is a mist read for any agent looking at expanding their online presence.

Your Homepage is Your 30-Second Elevator Speech By Michelle Mangio, CTA, Owner of Magical Escapes: This article is a “must read” for anyone that markets their services on the web.

Springtime -Stop and Smell the Roses By Jan Shoughnessy: Great article by Jan reminding us to spend time beyond working hard and working smarter.

Amsterdam, a Modern Day Babylon By Nancy Norris: Nancy shares a very thorough review of Amsterdam in this excellent port review.

FOR CRUISE SALES PROFITIBILITY….LESS IS MORE By: Mitchell J. Schlesinger: If you want to focus on quality and internal yield, this article is a MUST READ!

Memories of Booking Blunders By: Joanie Ogg, CTC, MCC: Joanie shares a hilarious error that she made when booking a couple to Hawaii. This is a very fun article.

Newest Articles Just Added, March, 2010

Interview with Chris Parker, Vice President of Partners In Travel By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: See what’s happening at Partners in Travel for 2010. This dynamic host agency offers some excellent programs.

10 Ways Home Based Agents Can Focus on Client Relationships By TRAMS: Here is some sage advice for building client relationships that last from TRAMS.

Working Hard or Working SMART? by Joanie Ogg, CTC, MCC: Now here is an article everyone should readIf you find yourself working harder and getting fewer results, maybe it is time to visit how effectively your are working.

FOR CRUISE SALES PROFITIBILITY….LESS IS MORE By Mitchell J. Schlesinger, Director, Sales and Marketing, Voyages to Antiquity: Mitch shares a unique look at opportunities for cruise professionals in a new and unique way. This is a must read if you sell niche cruise product.

New Agent Marketing By Laura Frazier: Laura takes a close look at the challenges facing new home based travel agencies in dveloping their businesses in this interesting and informative article.

Barcelona: A Catalan City of Colorful Contrasts By Nancy Norris: This is a very thorough review that should be read by every visitor to Barcelona. Includes several excellent pictures.

Cead Meale Failte (100,000 Welcomes) By Jan Shaughnessy: Jan celebrates St. Patricks Day with this overview of Ireland’s wonderful tourist infrastructure.

Newest Articles Just Added, February, 2010

An Interview with ARC’s Christopher A. Flores, Product Manager – IP & S By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie catches up with Chris regarding ARC’s VTC program. This is a “must read” if you are thinking of going completely independent.

Announcing Starwood’s “BOOK AND WIN” Promotion For 2010! An Open Letter to All Travel Professionals From Chris J. Austin, Starwood’s VP Global Customer Partnership, Leisure & Luxury Sales: Don’t miss this opportunity to wins valuable Starpoints that can be redeemed for hotel nights at any Starwood property. Grand prize is 1,000,000 Starpoints.

Passport Online; An Interview with Greg Kott, President and CEO of Passport Online By Tom Ogg: Tom catches up on Passport Online’s newest offerings to travel professionals. See the exciting technology Pasport Online is making available to agens.

About Face (book) By Tom Ogg: If you are using Facebook, you must read this article that unveils the shocking truth regarding the lack of security for social media users. It shares tips on protecting yourself that everyone should read!

Finding Your Niche By Laura Frazier: Laura shares the benefits of focusing on a specific niche in this interesting and timely article.

Celebration Cruise line’s Bahamas Celebration Cruise Review By Nancy Norris: Here is a very thorough and concise review of the new cruise line / ship serving the 2 and 3-day Bahamas market. This is a “must read” if you sell this market.

Royal Caribbean’s Monarch of the Seas Cruise Review By Jan Shaughnessy: Just off one of Royal Caribbean’s older ships, read what Jan has to say about her condition and level of passenger satisfaction.

When is it time to “Just Say No” and “Let Them Go”? By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: After just firing a long time client, Joanie shares her insight into when it’s time to take action with your unprofitable clients.

Newest Articles Just Added, January, 2010

An Interview with the Leadership Team at Nexion, including General Manager Jackie Friedman By Joanie Ogg: Find out what’s up at Nexion for 2010 in this in=dept interview.

Please join us in Ft. Lauderdale! Travel Weekly’s Home Based Travel Agent Show and Conference, Travel Weekly’s CruiseWorld 2010, Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center, Florida By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: SPECIAL OFFER FOR HOME BASED TRAVEL AGENT NEWS READERS! Joanie has arranged a special offer for our readers who are attending these shows. Don’t miss out, read this article!

Service Fees and You By Laura Frazier: Laura shares her expertise on establishing and collecting service fees from clients. If you find yourself working hard only to see your clients shop online, this article is a “must read”.

It’s Alright to Look Peyond the porthole…I did! By Dave Randon:  Many agents wonder how to develop a new niche. Dave explores the samll shipp / specialty cruise market and how you can exploit the opportunity.

Travel Trade Shows and You! By Tom Ogg: The New Year brings out a new calendar and the opportunity to plan on attending the major trade shows in the travel industry. Here are the top four shows to consider attending.

Build It and They Will Come By Nancy Norris: Boy, the newbuilds just keep coming. Nancy tracks the newbuilds i9ntroduced last year and coming this year in this informative article that is a must read for cruise agents.

Let’s Go Surfing By Jan Shaughnessy: 2010 is upon us and here is a great article to let you view the new year in a wonderful way.

Content is King When it Comes to Your Website” by Michelle R. Mangio, CTA: Michelle was on the technology panel at the Luxury show in Las Vegas and simply dazzled everyone with her knowledge. Joanie and I were so impressed that we asked her to share her experience and insight with all of you. You will find this article invaluable.

Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review From a Cruise Professional’s Perspective By Nancy Norris: Nancy shares her perspective on Royal Caribbean’s newest mega ship.

Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review By Jan Shaughnessy: Just back from the Eastern Mediterranean and Egypt, Jan shares her experience on this interesting itinerary.

Voyages to Antiquity Named “Best Educational Cruise Line for 2010″ By Mitch Schlesinger: If you are not familiar with Voyages to Antiquity, this article is a must read.

Library of Articles by Topic

Articles About Travel Marketing
Articles About Travel Marketing On-Line
Articles About Travel Automation
Articles About Travel Suppliers
Articles About Being Home-Based
Articles About Host Agencies
Articles About Cruising
Articles About Selling Groups
Articles About Travel Industry Education
Articles About the Travel Industry in General
Articles About Legal Issues
Articles About Destinations

Articles About Travel Marketing

Let’s Go Surfing By Jan Shaughnessy: 2010 is upon us and here is a great article to let you view the new year in a wonderful way.

Your News in the New Year, To print or not to print, that is the question? By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie explores the issue of whether a printed newsletter out performs an e-newsletter in this interesting article of keen interest if you currently, or intend to start an agency newsletter.

Plan to Market Today for that Sale Tomorrow! By Cory Andrichuk: Here is some sage advice from Cory Andrichuk about getting your marketing plan for 2010 ready now.

GHOST, GOBLINS, AND GHOULIES By Jan Shaughnessy: Now is the time to cash in on Halloween travel and Jan makes it easy by outlining the various opportunities to convince your clients to make this Halloween fun!

How Do You Fight the Battle By Jan Shaugnessy: Here is a timely and wonderful article that we all should read. It is especially appropriate in today’s economy.

Wow! I want to open that email advertisement…By Joanie Ogg, CTC, MCC: If you have ever struggled to write a successful headline for an advertisement or e-mail subject line, this article is a must read. Joanie shares some of the secrets of the trade.

Good for the Goose and Gander by Jan Shaughnessy: Jan takes a hard look at the reality of travel in 2009 and makes some excellent suggestions on how to protect your client while also increasing yields. Great and timely article!

The Graying of America – Extraordinary Selling Opportunities By Mitchell J. Schlesinger Here is an excellent article regarding the senior market and how to successfully market to it.

Elevator Speech Writing 101 By Joanie Ogg, CTC, MCC: WOW! Ever wondered how to dazzle people in 60 seconds? Joanie’s article will motivate you to build your elevator speech for maximum impact.

Baby Boomer by Mitchell Schlesinger: A travel professional cannot ignore this growing and vibrant market. Mitch takes a look at the Baby Boomer generation and defines their size and scope. This is a “must read” for anyone looking to tap into this market.

Plan to Go Agreements and You By Tom Ogg: If you are tired of doing work for clients only to have them either no follow though with the trip, or worse, book it online after shopping for price? You must read this article on how to use Plan to Go Agreements to solidify your position. There is also a sample Plan to Go Agreement at the end of the article.

Blow Your Horn by Jan Shaughnessy:  Jan shares an insight into what it takes to become a knowledgeable and professional travel agent.

Client For Life – Stick to the Basics By Mitchell J. Schlesinger: Here is the fifth in a series of articles by Mitch sharing the secrets of retaining clients for life. These are a “must read”.

The Art of Connecting By Cory Andrichuk:  Here is an excellent article about connecting with potential clients and how to structure your time to maximize your connections.

Clients for Life Managing Travel Over Time: The fourth article in the series that deals with how to maintain clients for life.

Client for Life, The Dollars and Sense of Client Loyalty: Here is the third article in a series of five that share how to keep your clients for life. This is a “must read”.

C-e-l-e-b-r-a-t-e  Good Times, Come On! Jan Shaughnessy shares her secrets on how to cash in on the recession and difficult times.

Eight Tips For Writing and Editing Copy: Here are things to remember when you’re writing copy for your website, booklet, brochure or any other writen communication that will help you stay focused on the result that you want.

Client For Life, The Successful Customer Service Action Plan Needs the 3 “R”s (Part 2): Mitchell J. Schlesinger, a well known and respected industry executive shares how to maintain clients for life is his provocative 5-part essay. Don’t miss reading this article.

Client For Life, Managing the Customer Relationship (Part One): Mitchell J. Schlesinger, a well known and respected industry executive shares how to maintain clients for life is his provocative 5-part essay. Don’t miss reading this article.

What Do You Mean By Service?: Rusty Pickett piques your thinking about customer service in this great article that reminds us what is important.

Crafting YOUR USP (Unique Selling Proposition): Joanie Ogg CTC MCC shares how to discover and use your Unique Selling Proposition to succeed in your marketing efforts.

Travel Video, YouTube.com and You: If you want to drive traffic to your website by the droves for free, then this article is for you. The video phenomenon is here to stay. Find out how you can cash in on it now!

Practical and Tactical Marketing Techniques: We all sometimes forget basic techniques to market ourselves. Here is an excellent look at every day ways to market your business.

Relationship Networking Works: Joanie Ogg CTC MCC shares how to use relationship networking to build a solid referral network and plenty of new clients. If you are unfamiliar with relationship networking, this article is for you!

Customer Care: Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC shares some thought provoking ideas on how to make sure your customers don’t go anywhere else.

Targeting Your Audience: Getting focused can make all the difference in your business. Here is how to target your audience for results.

New Years Resolutions for Customer Service Power! Here is a customer service wish list for the new year.

Great Expectations: Selling luxury cruises has its own challenges. Here is an article that deals with matching your client’s expectations with the actual experience.

Articles About Travel Marketing On-Line

“Content is King When it Comes to Your Website” by Michelle R. Mangio, CTA: Michelle was on the technology panel at the Luxury show in Las Vegas and simply dazzled everyone with her knowledge. Joanie and I were so impressed that we asked her to share her experience and insight with all of you. You will find this article invaluable.

All a Twitter by Tom Ogg: If you are all excited to launch your new marketing effort on social media and cash in on the explosion of business that is going to come your way, you probably need to read this article first.

Where Can I get a Cheap Travel Website? By Tom Ogg: This is the first in a series of articles that deals with travel websites and travel agents. Destined to become an e-book, these articles will clear up the mystery most agents face when considering their web presence.

New Viral Marketing Tool For Travel Agents By Tom Ogg: Marketing on the Internet was never this easy! Cruise countdown clocks are enjoyed by tens of thousands of people. They use them in bulletin boards, discussion groups, on websites and even on their desktops. Check out how this new tool can drive traffic to your website, special group promotion, reunions and more.

Google Wave and the Travel Industy By Tom Ogg If you do not know what Google Wave is, you MUST read this article. Wave is likely to change the very nature of travel marketing as we know it.

E-Mail Marketing – What’s in it for Me? By: Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC How is your e-mal marketing going? Here is a great article on how to fie tune it for results.

PayPal Merchant Services and You! If you have wrestled with how to collect service fees, operate your own shopping cart and generally have wanted to develop your own online store to sell tours, shore excursions and collect fees, this article shows you just how easy it is.

Viral Marketing and You: Are you looking to grow organic traffic to your website? Here are  critical things to know about viral marketing.

Social Netiquette: Working the various social media for business requires some very specific behavior to be successful. Here is a detailed look of what, and what not, to do to harvest business.

30 Tips to Drive Traffic to Your Website: Want a ton of free traffic delivered to your website to generate new clients? Here is an article chock full of ideas that you can use.

Travel Video, YouTube.com and You: If you want to drive traffic to your website by the droves for free, then this article is for you. The video phenomenon is here to stay. Find out how you can cash in on it now!

Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It: I have known Jan for several years now and have been impressed at how she presents herself online. She is a moderator for Cruise-Chat.com and quickly started forming cruise groups and turned her interest in online communities into hard cash. I asked Jan to write an article sharing her experiences so we all could learn from her.

Drive Traffic and Business with Travel Articles: If you want to drive focused traffic to your website in droves and for free, this article will show you how to do it. Using travel articles focused on your area of expertise is an excellent way to spread the word about your web. Check it out Here.

Global Settlement and You: This fascinating article deals with the various global settleent processes that have sprung up. This is a “must Read” if you do business outside of the United States.

eNewsletters; Part One: Thinking of publishing an eNewsletter to distribute to your clients? This article is a “must read”.

eNewsletters; Part Two: Here is the second half of the eNewsletter article. You will love the info in this article.

Growing Your Business Online: Written by Nancy Norris, a self professed online junkie, this is excellent information for anyone looking to expand their business working with online discussion groups.

Online Communities and Your Future: Here is a wonderful article that deals with the reality of online communities and how they affect travel agents.

Clicks, Conversions and Customers: Here is an article of great interest if you sell cruises as a home based cruise agent on the web.

Google Levels Playing Field for Home Based Travel Agents: If you are not familiar with contextual advertising on the web, you need to read this article closely.

Blogging for Fun and Profit: Have you ever wanted to start a blog but didn’t know where to start? This article shows you the way.

Making the On-Line Cruise World Work For You: Want to sell some cruises, but don’t have access to clients? Go on-line and learn how to massage the cruise forums for your benefit.

Home-Based Travel Webpreneur’s Tools of the Trade: If you are looking at the web as a resource for your business, here are the tools you need to succeed.

Travel META Search and Your Future: The new travel META search sites are changing the way consumers will use the Internet. How will it affect you?

AdSense Secrets Revealed: A “must read” if you are using Google’s AdSense program for publishers.

10 Things Search Engines Hate: Here is a very interesting article about what not to do if you are trying to gain top rankings in the search engines.

10 Things Search Engines Love: Here are ten things you can do to enhance your search engine rankings.

Articles About Travel Automation

Where Can I get a Cheap Travel Website? A Basic Travel Agency Presence Site By Tom Ogg: Here is a continuation of the series on how to get a cheap website. This is a “must read” if you are thinking about obtaining a website for your agency.

Do You Bump? By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: If you use an iPhone, you have got to check this useful ap out! Say so long to business card exchanges at trade shows.

Google, Bing, Yahoo and eBay, What’s Going On? – Part Two By Tom Ogg: Here is part two of the controversial article that deals with the evolution of technology and the likely effect it might have on the travel industry distribution channel.

Google: Helping Travel Agents Succeed: Here is an article about everything that Google offers travel agents so that they can succeed in their business. The best thing about it is that all of the tools are absolutely free.

Content, Content, Content: Want to know how to get your website to perform? Here is an article that will show you how to do it. While the mantra in real estate investing is Location, location, location the content in your website is everything in terms of its performance.

Global Settlement Solutions and You: From collecting service fees from clients to selling tours across currency platforms, you need to understand how to use global settlement solutions to process funds. Here is a great article that investigates exactly how you can use PayPal.com to prosper.

Oh, Those Keyword Domain Names: Even the New York Times recognizes the value of keyword domain names. Here is an article that deals with the buying and selling of keyword domain names. You will believe the prices some people are asking, and getting.

The Future of Portable Desktops: Here is a great article to read if you are just considering the purchase of a new desktop or laptop computer.

Buying your Website Globally: Thinking of getting a website built? This article will save you hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars. This is something everyone should be aware of.

You Won’t Believe This – SKYPE.com: If you are not using VOIP and SKYPE, you need to read this article.

Mozilla and You: Fed up with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer? It is time to download Firefox and rejoice! Check this article out to get the latest open source browser.

What’s In a (Domain) Name?: The travel industry is racing to the web as they number one product. Find out how important a domain name may be to your future.

Google, VoIP and You: If you are wondering what VoIP is and how it might affect your future, as a home-based travel agent, you need to read this article.

Romancing Search Engines for Fun and Profit: If you are looking to develop a strong web site based on search engine deliveries of potential clients for your home based travel business, you need to read this.

Articles About Travel Suppliers

An Interview with Sharon Meyer, C.E.O. of TRAMS Inc. By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: ClientBase Online is the perfect CRM for home based travel agents. Find out why in this interview.

A message From Starwood’s Vice President of Global Customer Partnerships Chris Austin: Chris shares some important last minute information about the holidays and Starwood.

TheTourOperator.com By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie ran into Jake Steinman, the CEO of TheTourOperator.com and asked him to share some information with us about the company and why they are anxious to work with travel professionals.

SHERATON HOTELS INVESTS $4 BILLION – OFFERS YOUR CLIENTS NEW EXPERIENCES IN DESTINATIONS ACROSS NORTH AMERICA: Great update from Starwood about their Sheraton brand.

Passport Online Offers Complete Website Solution: Customizable, Extensive Supplier Content, Social Networking Options By Greg Kott, President & CEO: Need a website? Check out Online Agency’s offerings. Lots going on here.

Supplier Spotlight: TripAtlas.com By Tom Ogg: Tom caught up with TripAtlas.com’s Travis Snelling who shares what appears to be an excellent opportunity for agents looking for quality leads. Travis also make an excellent special offer to entice readers to try TripAtlas.com.

Interview with Bo Adams, Founder and President of City Escape Holidays: I have known Bo for over three decades and consider him one of the most astute entrepreneurs in our industry. Bo shares some sage advice for everyone in this article.

TripAtlas.com Q & A By Tom Ogg: If you have an interest in getting sales leads to work on TripAtlas.com has a formidable program for your investigation. Here are the questions and answers to the ones you will probably want to ask.

Riding Shotgun in Troubled Times: Have you ever felt as if you were the caught between the client and the supplier and taking bullets from each one? Here is a great article about choosing the right relationships to avoid being caught in the middle.

Globus Family of Brands – Avalon Waterways: If you sell river cruises, here is an article that you need to read by the COO of Globus Family of Brands

Tripology and You: If you want to know how to get the most from Tripology, this article by the CEO tells you how to maximize the quality of your leads.

Articles About Being Home-Based

Travel Trade Shows and You! By Tom Ogg: The New Year brings out a new calendar and the opportunity to plan on attending the major trade shows in the travel industry. Here are the top four shows to consider attending.

Leadership is Traveling By Example by Cory Andrichuk: Here is some great advice that Cory shares with you. Excellent read!

An Ideal World By Jan Shaughnessy: Here is a timely article that all of us should read and consider. It isn’t if, it is when and Jan does an excellent job of reminding us to take care of business.

Staying the Course – Your Highway to Success By Joanie Ogg, CTC, MCC: Joanie explores the reality of operating your business and maintaining focus on your core result areas as a way to make sure that you are staying on course in this “must read” article no matter how long you have been operating your home-based travel agency.

My New Year’s Resolution: If you are home based, here is an article that is a “must read”. Joanie Ogg CTC MCC shares some motivating insight into working from home that you should consider.

Re-Ignating the Entrepreneurial Flame: Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC the poast President of NACTA shares why she made the decision to become entrepreneyrial once again after an 8-year stint with ASTA.

10 Commandments for Home Based Travel Agents: Written by Nancy Kist of the Career Quest Training Center, here is a great article to remind us all to focus on the important issues.

Procrastination, Tomorrow’s Problem, or Today’s? Here is a wonderful article about how procrastination interferes with our success.

Travel Business Parental Success: Here is a great article for parents working from home that deals with how to cope with the many challenges.

Home Based Travel Agents, Are You Buried in Paper?: Here is a wonderful article to read if you are like most home-based travel professionals and are buried in paper. Here is the way out!

The Name Game: Trying to decide upon your agency’s name? Here is a great article that will help you find just the right name.

Tools for Projecting a Professional Image: Here is an excellent article on the OAG tools that Nancy uses to project a professional image to her clients.

Father Time: Here is a great article if you are having a difficult time managing your time in your business.

How to Start Your Home-Based Cruise Agency: I wrote this article for Princess Cruise’s Princess Academy and thought you might find it interesting. Check it out.

Home Based Symptoms and Cures: Joanie writes about the symptoms of being home based and also the cures for the symptoms. See if you can relate to any of these.

What it Takes to Be a Successful Home-Based Travel Agent: Here is a hard hitting article that outlines what it takes to become a successful home-based travel agent. This is interesting reading for everyone (especially those new to our industry)

5 Tips For Success for a Home-Based Travel Agent: Here are 5 excellent tips for succeeding as a home-based travel agent.

Home-Based Agent Qualities that Lead to Success!: Do you have what it takes to succeed as a home based travel agent? Check this out.

Are You in the ZONE? Making sure your home-based travel business is on the legal side is a very important consideration. This article sheds some light on very important issues.

Surfing and Home Based Travel Agents: A look at the explosion in the interest level of home-based travel agents.

Professionals Need Professionals: Great article about finding and working with other professionals.

Do You Need Help? Here is an article that looks at the issue of finding help when you have too much business to handle. It offers some creative ways to find staff.

Do You Need to be Insured? Great article about the various types of insurance a home-based travel agent might need to consider.

The History of Home-Based Travel Agents, NACTA and Good Reporting: I wrote this article in response to an article that appeared in a trade publication implying that NACTA was not the first association for independent contractors and that this other association really founded the movement. I have always found that it is more meaningful to focus on positives, rather than negatives, so you might find this interesting reading.

Connect For Success: The reality of isolation as a home-based travel agent is a huge factor for some people. Here is how you combat it.

Growth? Good or Bad?: Here is an excellent article that looks at the reality of growing your home-based travel business.

Six Chicken Soup Tips for the Travel Professional: This article deals with some basic ideas we all lose sight of.

Articles About Host Agencies

An Interview with the Leadership Team at Nexion, including General Manager Jackie Friedman By Joanie Ogg: Find out what’s up at Nexion for 2010 in this in=dept interview.

An interview with Terri Burke, SVP of Relationship Marketing, Cruise Planners/American Express By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC:

An Interview with Montrose Travel’s Andi Mysza, President, MTravel.com By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Montrose Travel (MTravel) has been hosting independent travel agents for over 35 years. Find out what is so special about them.

An Interview with TPI’s President Ken Gagliano By: Joanie Ogg, CTC, MCC: Joanie catches up with Ken Gagliano at THETRADESHOW in Las Vegas. Here is what is going on at TPI.

Making Dreams Come True For Travel Agents and Entrepreneurs, Q & A With Michael Deaver CEO and Founder of Expedia Cruise Ship Centers By Tom Ogg:  CEO and Founder Michael Deaver shares Expedia Cruise Ship Center’s success story in this interesting interview.

Incentive Connection Interview with Harvey Simon By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie Ogg meets up with Harvey Simon, founder of ICT, Incentive Connection Travel. You will enjoy this wonderful interview with the founder of one of the first host agency models.

An Interview With Host Agency UNIGLOBE travel USA By Joanie Ogg CTC MCC: Joanie meets up with Betsy Geiser, V.P. of UNIGLOVE Travel USA and asks some probing questions about Uniglobe’s hosting program. This will be of interest to seasoned agents, as ell as new agents alike.

An Interview with TravelQuest’s CEO, Stephanie Lee: Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC sits down with STephanie Lee and asks some tough questions about TravelQuest’s hosting program. This is an excellent interview agents will want to read.

Partners in Travel Host Agency Spotlight Interview: Joanie asks Paula davenport all about Partners in Travel’s host agency programs. If you are looking for a host agency, be sure to read this.

Evaluating the Benefits of a Host Agency Affiliation, An Interview with Don Gould, Chairman & CEO of GTM By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Joanie meets up with long time friend Don Gould, Chairman and CEO of GTM Travel Partners for an enlightening interview regarding host agencies.

An Interview with Michele Fee, CEO of Cruise Planners: Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC had an opportunity to sit down with Michele Fee, CEO of Cruise Planners for an in-depth look at Cruise Planer’s home-based agent program. Also, Michele offers some sage advice on how to survive this economy.

An Interview with TPI’s President Ken Gagliano: Looking for a host agency? Here is an interview with TPI’s President who answers tough questions about their hosting program.

Accelerate Your Success with Nexion: An Interview with Nexion’s General Manager Jackie Friedman By: Joanie Ogg CTC MCC. Find out what is new with Nexion for 2009.

The Talent to Scam: Worried about getting scammed by a host agency, card mill, franchise operator or other unscrupulous company? This article will tell you exactly how to avoid getting taken for a ride.

Host or Scam: Here is an article from a lady who signed up with a host agency and has regretted it ever since. See what she did wrong and read her suggestions on how to find the right host agency the first time.

Selecting a Host Agency: Looking for information of what to look for when selecting a host agency? Here is a detailed look that you will find very helpful.

Articles About Cruising

Build It and They Will Come By Nancy Norris: Boy, the newbuilds just keep coming. Nancy tracks the newbuilds i9ntroduced last year and coming this year in this informative article that is a must read for cruise agents.

It’s Alright to Look Peyond the porthole…I did! By Dave Randon:  Many agents wonder how to develop a new niche. Dave explores the samll shipp / specialty cruise market and how you can exploit the opportunity.

Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review From a Cruise Professional’s Perspective By Nancy Norris: Nancy shares her perspective on Royal Caribbean’s newest mega ship.

Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review By Jan Shaughnessy: Just back from the Eastern Mediterranean and Egypt, Jan shares her experience on this interesting itinerary.

Voyages to Antiquity Named “Best Educational Cruise Line for 2010″ By Mitch Schlesinger: If you are not familiar with Voyages to Antiquity, this article is a must read.

The Oasis of the Seas First Look By Tom Ogg: If you missed sailing on the Oasis of the Seas in augural cruises, here is a thorough pictorial review of the ship deck by deck. There are hundreds of pictures to enjoy.

MSC Poesia First Look by Sherry Laskin: Aboard the President’s Cruise, Sherry shares a thorough review of the Poesia’s entry into the Caribbean marketplace.

Little Waves + Cool Experience = BIG PROFITS By Dave Randon: Dave shares some tips on how to cash in on the expedition / small ship market. This is just the ticket if you are stuck selling low end cruises.

Voyages to Antiquity – No Single Supplement! By Tom Ogg: Voyages to Antiquity is making some terrific inaugural season offers that will entice your older and single clients. Here is what is being made available for you to prosper with. This cruise line is going to be great!

Stone Island, Off-the-Beaten-Path in Mazatlan By Nancy Norris: On a recent Mexican Riviera cruise, Nancy Norris discovers a hidden jewel that is perfect for those wanting to get away from the crowds and enjoy Mazatlan’s fabulous beaches.

Cruising Alaska By Tom Ogg: Ahhh, there is nothing like an Alaska Cruise, but staying up on current port information is an extremely important task for agents selling Alaska. Here are completely up-to-date reviews of each port as of 2009. You will probably want to print them our and keep them in your Alaska cruise selling files.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  September 29 and 30, 2009 – Oasis of the Seas Virtual Experience By Joanie Ogg: The Oasis of the Seas is coming. Don’ miss this opportuntiy to experience the ship with a virtual tour. There is going to be huge demand and you need to know the product to properly sell it. Mark you calendars and register today!

Civitavecchia To or From Rome On Your Own by Tom Ogg: Wondering how to get your clients from the airport to Rome and then from Rome to Civitavecchia? Here are complete instructions on how to do it with pictures that will show you exactly what to do using lots of pictures. You will want to print this one out for your Mediterranean selling files.

Gibraltar Shore Excursion On Your Own by Tom Ogg: Gibraltar is a wonderful port, but don’t make the mistake of signing up for a shore excursion. Here is exactly how to explore Gibraltar on your own.

Valletta, Malta On Your Own Shore Excursion by Tom Ogg: Valletta is quickly becoming an important port for Mediterranean cruises and is also a home port to a growing number of ships. Here is a great review of how to explore Valletta on your own. The review also includes a detailed review of how to do Mdina On Your Own.

Cinque Terre On Your Own Shore Excursion By Tom Ogg:  If you have clients cruising the Western Mediterranean this summer and want to do something out of the ordinary when they visit Livorno, this is the trip for them. Cinque Terre is Italy at its best and this review will show you (and your clients) exactly how to do it on your own. You will want to add these to your Western Mediterranean cruise files.

Aix en Provence – On Your Own Shore Excursion By Tom Ogg: Turn a visit to Marseille into an adventure into Provence. This review shows you (and your clients) exactly how to Visit Aix en Provence via public bus from Marseille. It leaves nothing to the imagination. You will want to add these to your Western Mediterranean cruise files.

Port of Vancouver Travel Agent’s Guide: Here is another home port in Nancy’s series of port guides for travel agents. You will want to print this one mout and save it in your Alaska file.

Travel Agent Guide to Port of Seattle by Nancy Norris:  Here is another port review by Nancy Norris for travel agents. You will want to print this out and save it in our Seattle port information file.

Oceans of Profit in International Destination Cruise Sales By Mitchell Schlesinger: Mitch shares some wonderful information that sophisticated cruise professionals should take the time to read and absorb.

Nancy’s Alaska Cruise Packing Tips by Nancy Norris: Here is great advice to give your Alaska bound cruisers. Print it out and save it in your Alaska files to give to your clients when the book their Alaska cruise.

Travel Agent’s Guide to Port Canaveral by Nancy Norris: Here is another Travel Agent’s Guide in a series of home port guides by Nancy Norris. You will want to print this out and make sure you have it in your Port Canaveral files.

Carnival Splendor Cruise Review: Here is an in-depth review of Carnival’s new Splendor by Tom Ogg a seasoned cruiser. This review also contains information on how to get the best cruise rates on Carnival that is timely and is a “must read” if you sell cruises.

Travel Agents Guide to the Port of San Diego: Here is a detailed report for travel agents on the Port of San Diego that you will want to save in your files.

MSC Lirica Cruise Review by Sherry Laskin: Sherry just returned from a Caribbean cruise on the MSC Lirica. She shares her perspective of the ship and MSC generally in this in-depth look at the Lirica with lots of pictures.

Have Wheel Chair, Will Travel by Nancy Norris: Approached by a young woman in a wheel chair for a cruise, Nancy researched all of the cruise lines to see which ships were the most accessible. Her findings may surprise you.

Travel Agent’s Guide to Port Everglades By Nancy Norris: OK, here is another complete guide to ports written by Nancy Norris. You will want to print this out and save it, as you will use it over and over again as a resource.

Carnival Spirit Cruise Review: Cruise Editor Nancy Norris reviews her recent cruise on the Carnival Spirit out of San Diego.

Travel Agents Guide to the Port of San Diego: Here is a detailed report for travel agents on the Port of San Diego that you will want to save in your files.

From the Heart…: Rusty Pickett shares a warm experience that he had on a recent cruise. Take a minute to read this article to feel good about what you do.

New Cruise Ships on the Horizon: Even in the recession the cruise industry is expanding its fleet. Here is the run down on all oif the newbuilds currently in process compiled by “HBTANEWS” Cruise Editor Nancy Norris

Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review – (a Travel Agent’s Perspective): Sailing on a pre inaugural cruise aboard the Celebrity Solstice, HBTA News Cruise Editor gives her honest evaluation of the ship.

Far From the Maddening Crowd: Nancy Norris looks at the opportunities for those cruise passengers that want to avoid the over crowded mass-market ports. This is a must read for cruise agents.

Articles About Selling Groups

VOYAGES TO ANTIQUITY, Extraordinary Experiences and Value for Guests, Extraordinary Opportunities for Travel Agents By Mitch Schlesinger: Outstanding itineraries, wine and shore excursions are included and commission on everything for travel agents. What more could we ask for?

All the World’s a Stage – The U.K. for the Performing Arts: Paull Tickner shares his wealth of knowledge of the U.K. and how to appeal to special groups in this wonderful article.

Tours of Your Bookshelf: Paull Tickner continues his wonderful look at specialty tours of the U.K.. This is a must read if you do small specialty group to Europe.

“Girls Getaways to London and the Cotswolds”: Paull Tickner, a well known expert in tourism to the U.K. shares inside information on this growing market.

Streamlining Your Group Business with Easy Technology – Part 2: Here is the second part of Sandy Elson MCC’s wonderful article that is a “must read” for every agent.

Streamlining Your Group Business with Easy Technology – Part 1: Sandy Elson MCC shares wonderful tips on how to “WOW” your groups using simple technology. This is a “MUST READ” if you sell groups.

Marketing Special Groups on YouTube.com: Here is an excellent article with Karen Dawson CTC, CTIE about her success at marketing a cooking tour to the U.K. on YouTube.com. This is very interesting reading and will get your imagination going about the opportunities.

Articles About Travel Industry Education

Please join us in Ft. Lauderdale! Travel Weekly’s Home Based Travel Agent Show and Conference, Travel Weekly’s CruiseWorld 2010, Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center, Florida By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: SPECIAL OFFER FOR HOME BASED TRAVEL AGENT NEWS READERS! Joanie has arranged a special offer for our readers who are attending these shows. Don’t miss out, read this article!

Tradeshow 2.0   Part 2 – The Exhibitor, By Cory Andrichuk: Having just returned from THETRADESHOW in Las Vegas, this is one article that every supplier should read and hand out to their sales force.

Tradeshow 2.0   Part One – The Attendee By Cory Andrichuk: Before you head off to a tradeshow, be sure to read this article on how to maximize your returns from your investment.

Is Your Attitude Half Full or Half Empty By Cory Andrichuk Now is the time to do an attitude check and this article will help you focus on the right thinking that will lead to success, even in today’s economy.

On The Road Again! Trying to find the Ogg’s upcoming seminars? Here is a brief article outlining their fall / winter 2008 schedule.

What is a Professional? Jim Terracciano, CTC, MCC, Executive Director of TPN shares his thoughts on what makes a travel professional

Wear Your Professional Credentials on Your Sleeve: Here is an excellent article written by industry leader Jim Smith regarding the coming shortage of travel professionals and industry professionalism. Great Reading!

Cruise Seminars, How to Maximize Your Productivity: Here is a wonderful article on how to maximize your productivity while taking a industry cruise seminar. I think everyone should read this one.

Cruising: The Best Education Money Can Buy: Nancy Norris shares her experience at becoming a solid cruise agent and how you can do the same.

Cruise Sellers Should Cruise: Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC shares the reasons that home-based travel and cruise specialists should take cruises and outlines the reason that NACTA cruise seminars are highly regarded by both the agents that attend them and the cruise lines that sponsor them.

Articles About the Travel Industry in General

Service Fees and You By Laura Frazier: Laura shares her expertise on establishing and collecting service fees from clients. If you find yourself working hard only to see your clients shop online, this article is a “must read”

Holiday Message for Travel Agents By Jan Shaughnessy: Jan reminds us what is so special about what we do for people in this entertaining and motivating article.

The Home Based Travel Agent Show, An Interview With Barry Krantz and Lorene Romero By Tom Ogg: Barry and Lorene host the popular podcast known as “The Home Based Travel Agent Show” and produce a weekly show for the travel industry. If you haven’t utilized their podcasts, be sure to check our their site. There is lots of information to be found there.

Remembering to Give Thanks By Jan Shaughnessy: Jan reminds us all that it is that time of yesr to give thanks and shares her poem with all.

Bad Times or Good Times, What Are Travel Professionals Saying? By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC – Part Two: More from Joanies seminar with NACTA. Very interesting reading.

Bad Times or Good Times, What are Travel Professionals Saying? By Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC: Just back from a meeting where agents shared their experiences in today’s economy, Joanie shares some insights from some of the attendees.

Internet Research Tools for Travel Agents By Nancy Norris: Nancy shares her most favorite bookmarks in this informative and valuable article. You are going to want to take notes on this one.

Air Travel Survival in the Not-So Friendly Skies by Nancy Norris: Nancy is a hard-core traveler and she shares some inside tips to survive today’s reality of flying on commercial airliners. You should print this out and give it to every client that is flying to their cruise or destination.

Paradigms and the Travel Industry: Do you have the feeling that something is going on, but cannot put your finger on it? Here is a look at where we might be going.

Flying 101 By Jan Shaughnessy: You have to take a minute and read this hilarious article about taking long flights. I this doesn’t make you laugh, nothing will. There are also some excellent tips for travel agents who are flying long distances.

ARC’s VTC Program: If you are thinking about getting your own travel industry identification number, check out ARC’s new VTC program! This is the solution you have been waiting for! It is the least expensive way to go and also the most effective!

Maximizing Your Time in Challenging Times: Just back from the Leisure Travel Conference in Miami, Florida, Joanie Ogg CTC MCC shares was to maximize your time in the current economic environment and focus on successful strategies.

Are You Going to Participate in the Recession? Here is a timely and provocative article about how to avoid the effects of recession on your business. What to do, where to focus and how to avoid the pitfalls of recession are delt with in he “must read” article.

Airline Bankruptcies, Fuel Prices and You: Who is next? This stimulating article looks at the realities of the airlines financial positions and rates the major carriers likelihood of going bankrupt. Which major airline faces a 50% chance of going bankrupt by the end of 2008?

Niche Cruises and the Future For Cruise Professionals: Larry Dessler of the Niche Cruise Marketing Alliance (NCMA) did a presentation at the Cruise-A-Thon in Vancouver that was right on the money. Read how niche cruise products are the way to your future profitability.

An Interview With Larry Dessler of the NCMA: After watching Larry Dessler’s presentation at Cruise-A-Thon in Vancouver, I wanted to interview him regarding the obvious opportunities NCMA offers travel professionals. Larry agreed and here it is. The only reason that you wouldn’t read this interview and take its advice is that you are already making too much money and don’t need any more.

Editorial: You Too Can Become a Professional Travel Agent For Only $$$$ Per Year! Upset about card Mills and the proliferation of “for profit” solutions? Take charge of the future and get involved with this movement!

Travel Gadgets, Gizmos and Tips: Here is the latest in “must have” travel gadgets that everyone needs.

Travel Agents, Card Mills and Witch Hunts: This is a very timely and interesting article about the evolution of cards mills in the travel industry and how travel professionals can take action to neutralize them in today’s world.

Luxury Cruise vs. Luxury Resort, Which One is Better? If you are selling to the luxury market, this article makes great points when you are selling cruises vs. luxury resorts. Check it out Here.

The Article I have Waited 25 Years to Write: Being an old airline employee I love the airline business, but deregulation has led to the deterioration of service and amenities to a point where flying is just not enjoyable. Enter Continental Airlines…read why you should switch to Continental now.

River Cruising, Opportunities Run Deep: If you haven’t explored selling river cruises to boost your profitability, this article will pinpoint many reasons that you should.

Great Expectations: Matching the client to the right product is what being a professional travel agent is all about. Here is an excellent article that explores that process.

A History of Travel Retailing: The travel industry has changed dramatically over the last 4 decades. This article shares waht has changed and what has not. This is an excellent article for those wanting to understand why travel industry training is so different today than it was decades ago.

All About Selling Travel Insurance: Straight talk between Joanie Ogg and a travel insurance supplier about the realities of selling travel insurance.

Travel Affiliates, What is it All About? If you have a travel related website and want to generate some incremental revenue, check this article out.

The More Things Change…: Here  is an article about how the travel industry is changing regarding host agencies. If you ever read “Animal Farm” you will relate to this article.

Luxury Travel, Hurricane John and Punta de Mita a Lesson Learned: Here is a great article about the reality of today’s leisure traveler.

Articles About Legal Issues

Home Based Travel Agents; Copyrights: Trademarks and You: Here is an important article regarding the use of content and registered trademarks as an independent contractor. Unless you completely understand copyright and trademark law, you must read this article.

Making Taxes Less Taxing: When that time of year rolls around, this is the article for you.

Articles About Destinations

So You Think You Know London? By Paull Tickner: Paull shares his unique knowledge of London in a way that should intriuge clients even if they have “been there, done that”.

A closer look at the Heart of England By Paull Tickner: Just back from taking dozens of travel professionals throughout the heart of England, Paull shares his insights and experiences with everyone.

The UK/Ireland and the Faith Tourism industry? By Paull Tickner: Faith based travel is exploding and the U.K. and Ireland offer excellent venues for all religions. Here is how to cash in on it.

PUTTING THE “T” IN BRITAIN By Paull Tickner: Paull continues with his niche marketing hints for the UK. This is extremely valuyable information for any one selling the UK or special groups.

SEE IT! SAMPLE IT! SELL IT! By Paull Tickner: U.K. expert Paull Tickner is inviting you to immerse yourself in the specialty group opoortunities in the U.K. by attending an in-depth Educational in England. If you want to sell the U.K., this is a huge opportunity for you.

Niche Market Britain on and off the Beaten Track By Paull Tickner: This month Paull takes a look at packaging and selling niche groups to the U.K.. This is a great way to develop groups during this economy.

Beyond Band of Brothers By Jan Shaughnessy: Jan just returned from a tour following the 101st Airborne Paratroopers “Easy Company” during WWII. This is a fascinating article and a “must read” especially after just passing the 65th anniversary of “D Day”. The tour starts at Normandy Beach and ends in Germany. Lots of pictures and a great read. You will have clients interested in this tour product.

The British Ceramics Biennial By Paull Tickner: Here is a look at some unusual opportunities to reach out to clients interested in ceramics and offer a very detailed and focused tour of Britain’s wonderful culture.

In an English Country Garden By Paull Tickner: Thinking of doing a customized group itinerary to the UK based around the U.K.’s fabulous gardens? Here is a “how to” article that you will want to save.

Have Big Dog Will Travel Part Two By Joanie Ogg CTC MCC: Here is the second part of Joanie’s popular article on traveling with a large animal. It contains all of the things you need to advise your clients when they travel with their pets.

Set Your Sights on South Africa By Nancy Norris: Just back from ASTA’s IDE in South Africa, Nancy Norris shares her experiences and offers advice on how agents can cash in on selling South Africa’s robust experience.

Shaking the Dust Off the History Books By Paull Tickner:  Excellent article dealing with selling the U.K.’s wonderful history. Paull is an expert at organizing themed visits to the U.K. and shares his wealth of knowledge with eveyone.

Have Big Dog – Will Travel: Joanie Ogg CTC MCC shames her experience taking her St. Bernard to Mexico for an extended stay. If you have clients that travel with pets, this article is a “must read”!

Forty Shades of Green: Jan Shaugnessy shares information regarding her recent visit to Ireland.