American Travelers Express Greater Satisfaction with Airport Security Compared to Last Year

Nationwide survey on airport security also reveals increases in “trusted travelers” and expedited screenings; top security measure travelers wish would change is removal of shoes NEW YORK, May 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — While airport security officials announced a more “comprehensive” physical screening for some airline passengers in March, findings released today ( from Travel Leaders… Continue reading “American Travelers Express Greater Satisfaction with Airport Security Compared to Last Year”

Travel Agent Podcasts – Recommended Favorites

Travel Agent Podcasts

In this post, I thought I’d share my favorite podcasts – from travel agent specific content and productivity programs to shows about expats and finance. What about you, do you listen to podcasts? Be sure to share your favorites in the comments section below!

In 2005, David Carr wrote “In a nascent state, podcasting is the platform du jour, the latest form of jailbreak media that has plain old citizens pulling up the microphone and mainstream media running scared.” Since then, podcasting has certainly seen it’s ups and downs in popularity but over the last year, I’ve noticed a proliferation in newly launched podcasts. One can only assume demand exists for all these new shows. In fact, Edison Research, who conducts market analysis on the topic, estimates 98 million people, or 36% of the global population, has listened to at least one podcast in their lifetime. In 2006, that number was only 11%.

Despite the rise and fall of podcasts and their popularity,

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I personally love listening to them. Whether in the shower, on an airplane or working out at the gym, podcasts are the perfect company. I love educating myself and learning from others who are more successful than I am. While the recommendations below aren’t necessarily specific to travel, they are all enlightening, educational or focused on business or personal development in some fashion or form. In no particular order, these are the podcasts that grace my favorites area in the smart phone app I use, called Pocketcast.

I intend for this post to be Evergreen, meaning, relevant and fresh for readers regardless of when the content is consumed. In other words, I plan on updating this post with new additions and as my tastes and needs change.

My Top Podcast Picks for Travel Agents and Travel Industry Professionals

1. Build Your Tribe
2. Beyond the To Do List
3. Freakonomics Radio
4. Get Paid for Your Pad
5. Listen Money Matters / College Info Geek

Experience Pura Vida, Costa Rica Travel Agent FAM Trip – May 2016

Experience Pura Vida, Costa Rica Travel Agent FAM Trip – May 2016

Join Gary and Melody Fee of as they show you to the pristine beauty of this “land of biodiversity.” Costa Rica, known for its volcanoes, coffee, sport fishing, exquisite beaches, and lovely resorts, is also known for its spas, healing thermal waters and its pure life or Pura Vida! Discover why Costa Rica is an emerging market for all types of travel, including adventure groups, honeymoons, destination weddings, and eco-tourism. Your supplier host, Condor Tours and Travel has specialized in this exquisite region of Central America and will introduce you to great ways to build profits when you promote this amazing country.

You’ll experience volcanoes, thermal springs, canopy tours and zip lines, as well as river rafting excitement and you will still have time for some all-Inclusive amenities and spa pampering! Come meet the friendly people of Costa Rica who will make you feel right at home. Get to know the real diversity of this wonderful region of Central America!

  • DAY 1: May 14th – Arrival in San Jose, Costa Rica
    Today you arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica ( SJO) and your transfer will bring you to your host property, the Corobici Crowne Plaza Hotel. Relax or check out the casino on site and later this evening, we will meet for our Welcome Dinner! Your hosts Condor Tours and Travel and are excited to meet you! (D)
  • DAY 2: May 15th – San Jose – Sarapiqui Whitewater Rafting Tour – Arenal Volcano
    We will enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then depart to Sarapiqui where we will enjoy the Sarapiqui Whitewater Rafting Tour. The Sarapiquí river is known as the scenic river of Costa Rica’s tropical rain forest, has its origin on the Deception Depression between the Poás and Barba volcanoes. Lunch will be served after the tour followed by a transfer to Arenal. We’ll conduct a brief hotel inspection and enjoy a lovely dinner at Arenal Kioro Kioro. Later we also have time to enjoy the hotel’s thermal private hot springs surrounding the exuberant gardens on the property. Arenal Kioro offers a fabulous place with a natural viewpoint to the Arenal Volcano. The hotel has 27 acres of undulating land, surrounded by two streams (La Palma and Kioro) with crystalline waters that begin to flow in the Arenal Volcano National Park. Overnight at Arenal Kiror Kioro Hotel. (B, L, D)
  • DAY 3: May 16th – Arenal Hanging Bridges – Arenal Volcano National Park
    After breakfast, we will enjoy a morning visit to the Arenal Hanging Bridges. The Arenal Hanging Bridges (Mistico Park) are a series of suspension bridges in the Volcan Arenal National Park area, offering stunning views of Lake Arenal and Arenal Volcano. The bridges form part of a 2-mile self-guided interpretive trail through a private rainforest reserve that allows visitors to walk on 15 bridges, six of which are hanging! After our morning on the bridges and in the rain forest, we’ll enjoy an included lunch. This afternoon we will take a guided walk in the Arenal Volcano National Park. Tonight you will enjoy a group dinner out at a typical restaurant in La Fortuna. After our fun-filled day of activities as we discovered the biodiversity of the Arenal region, we will sure appreciate our final overnight at Kioro Kioro Hotel. (B, L, D)
  • DAY 4: May 17th – Arenal Volcano – MonteverdeThis morning after breakfast, we transfer to the lush region of Monteverde surrounding the impessive Lake Arenal. There is such an outstanding history surrounding the conservation and preservation of Monteverde that includes the efforts of a Quaker community as well as many well versed biology students from the US who combined their concentrated efforts in the mid 1900’s to stop the destruction of the area and preserve its amazing biodiversity for generations to come. We will enjoy learning about this area during lunch and then we have the thrill of a lifetime as we do the zip line tour at Selvatura Park. Selvatura Park has some of the best canopy tour adventures in the beautiful cloud forests of Monteverde. This thrilling zipline tour has an amazing optional Tarzan swing AND a superman cable swing! Later we check in at our hotel, El Establo and enjoy a group dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at El Establo Hotel. (B, L, D)
  • DAY 5: May 18th – Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve – Gulf of Papagayo
    and Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve – Secrets Papagayo ResortAfter breakfast, we will enjoy a morning guided walk in a private cloud reserve in Monteverde. The Reserve consists of 6 ecological zones, 90% of which are virgin forest. An extremely high biodiversity, consisting of over 2,500 plant species (including the most orchid species in a single place), 100 species of mammals, 400 bird species, as well as over 120 reptilian and amphibian species. After lunch at El Establo Hotel nearby, we transfer to the New Secrets Papagayo All Inclusive Resort. We have the evening free to enjoy the all-inclusive facilities at the resort and have your choice of most of the lovely rstaurants at our resort for your private evening dinner. Overnight at Westin Secrets Papagayo Resort. (B, L + ALL INCLUSIVE)
  • Day 6:May 19th – Gulf of Papagayo
    This morning after breakfast, we will enjoy an educational hotel inspection as a group, in the morning. The rest of the day is yours to explore and enjoy the day at leisure at this magnificent new resort. Overnight at Secrets Papagayo Resort. (ALL INCLUSIVE)
  • DAY 7: May 20th – Gulf of Papagayo – LIR Airport
    Split transfers to LIR Airport. End of our services! (B)

  • Private transportation in a deluxe 40 seat bus with A/C
  • English speaking guide
  • Accommodation in DBL occupancy as shown in the itinerary
  • Whitewater rafting tour in Sarapiqui River
  • Guided visit to Arenal Hanging Bridges and Arenal Volcano Natl. Park
  • Zip Line tour at Selvatura Park
  • Guided visit to a private cloud forest reserve in Monteverde
  • Two days of All- Inclusive Amenities at Secrets Papagayo Resort
  • All meals as shown in the program
  • Hotel taxes

Price per agent :$1299.
Non Industry Guest Add $100.

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How Travel Agents Design Graphics Like a Pro Using Canva

Travel Agent Graphic Design

We all know how important social media can be to our travel agencies and businesses but how can we rise above the competition? In this two part video series, I go over the importance of graphics and the critical role they plan in your social media presence.

Furthermore, I explain how you can be your own graphic designer and create graphics just as good as a professional graphic designer! Don’t be intimidated, anyone can do it, I promise you can too!

Travel Agent Support: How to Design Graphics Like a Pro Using Canva (Part 1)

In part one of the tutorial, I explain why graphics play a key role in your marketing strategy, including social media. Don’t be left behind and watch this tutorial to learn everything you need to know!

Travel Agent Support: How to Design Graphics Like a Pro Using Canva (Part 2)

In the second part of this tutorial, I take you through creating graphics for your travel agency business using real life scenarios. Whether you’re looking to create your Youtube channel cover art, a Facebook post graphic, a resume or a brochure – utilizing the free tool, Canva, you can do it in record time!

A Travel CRM is Critical for Agencies Looking to Grow their Businesses

Which Travel CRM Options Do Home Based Travel and Cruise Agencies Have?

One of the greatest tools available to any sized travel or cruise agency business is a Travel CRM system which caters to your needs. What exactly is a CRM? It means “Customer Relationship Management” for travel businesses. Home based or independent travel agencies are busy people, often times wearing many hats to run the business.

Having a great Travel CRM solution in place for your home based agency is the difference between success and failure.

travel crm infographic Up until recently, the travel industry has only really had a couple mainstream options. The option that’s been available  for those industry professionals in the market for an agency client management tool the longest, is Clientbase, owned by Sabre. It’s definately a legacy platform and it definately shows. Although Clientbase is constantly being developed in and improved, it looks like something straight out of the nineties. Clientbase is antiquated, expensive to implement (once you account for all the add-ins and extra services) and isn’t very intuitive.

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Since I originally wrote about my frustration with the CRM options out there, a few additional options have popped up. I’ve tried only one of these small travel agency solutions so far. Unfortunately, it really didn’t work for me. I plan on posting several  reviews very soon. The second cruise, tour operator or travel agency solution just launched – in fact, they are in a beta program right now so access to Xcelerator CRM is totally free until the end of January!

Check Out these New Travel or Cruise Agency CRM Options Available!

Vacation CRM


Vacation CRM was created by two travel agency owners who were both frustrated with the lack of options and who decided to have a custom and proprietary solution created. After realizing there were tons of other agencies in the same boat, decided to open it up to everyone.

Future of travel reservation systems is CRM – but not as we know it

Then we get dedicated travel CRM systems such as Pro Eq, now owned by Comtec. Pro Eq changed the game. No longer was a customer record a side-effect of a booking, but a booking was a side-effect of a customer record. Hence it did a great job of …

Xcelerator by Trisept Solutions


Xcelerator is from the same folks who created Vax Vacation Access which is promising. I plan to do a full review but I just got access a couple of days ago. The only feedback I have so far has to do with their decision to monetize the platform in two different ways.

Most of the time, developers would choose a single monetizing option. For example, if software is free, it’s usually supported with advertising revenue. Alternatively, users who pay a subscription fee shouldn’t have to deal with advertising banners, pop ups and stuff like that. Trisept Solutions have evidently decided to both charge a subscription fee and display “in-your-face” advertising on their site. The current banners are front and center and distracting, out-of-place almost. I’m not a fan of double dipping which is what they’re doing in my opinion.

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Believe it or not, we are still looking for a CRM solution for our travel agency and it’s not for lack of trying that we haven’t found one. We have tried countless platforms, downloadable desktop applications, SaaS solutions and anything else we could get our hands on.  The vast majority of solutions our there aren’t industry specific and claim to work regardless of your industry or how your business functions. Whether this is true or not, I can’t say but what I do know is that a ton of customization would be required, at minimum.

This post is being written out of pure frustration with the hope that someone will hear our calls for help and throw us a lifeline.

It is beyond me why there doesn’t seem to be a solution, or at least one that meets our needs while also being affordable for smaller travel agencies and one-man-shows.  Is this something that could be crowd-sourced? Are tFinding the perfect Travel CRM solution is paramount to a home based travel agent's success!here enough travel agents around who would be willing to contribute towards the development of an ultimate business management application or service? I think so – and I’d even be willing to spearhead such an effort but how in the world would I make contact? Sure, there are mailing lists out there but they cost a fortune and whose to say the effort would even work?

Is all of your travel client information stored in a spreadsheet? Time to transition to a Travel CRM!

The Washington Post says there are 50,000 full time travel agents in the United States alone, as of August 2013. CNN says the number of retail travel agencies is fast declining but we all knew that. We have evolved! We are mostly home based travel businesses now which makes perfect sense.
Travel Weekly did an excellent write up on this topic and concluded a much more likely scenario: there are about 100,000 travel agents in the United States, 40,000 of which are home based and that number is based on Bureau of Labor statistics. Whitravel crmle the number of independent travel agencies or agents is up for debate, one thing  is clear – there are still tons of us out there and more than enough to make it worth while for someone to develop a solution capable of automating much of our daily business practices and free up time we should be spending on building relationships with our current and potential clients.

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Back in the 1960’s when the airline industry created the first GDS as a way to keep track of flight schedules, availability and prices,  the travel industry as a whole seemed to be at the cutting edge of technology – essentially creating the world’s first ever “e-commerce” platform.  Now, we are light years behind – at least I think we are – again this is all from the perspective of a small business owner – not a giant company with unlimited funds.
The History of the GDS

How To Build a Successful Travel Agency and Start Traveling for Pennies on the Dollar Today!


I am Projecting My Best Year Ever in 2015! Learn the Secrets to Success by Taking Advantage of Super Simple Resources Available to Travel Agents – Most of Which are Free!

Although I think my story is pretty interesting, I realize some folks don’t give a damn which is why you are more than welcome to scroll to the bottom of this page to skip all that and go straight to the goods!

Many people, passionate about travel, seeing the world and helping others do the same, have this preconceived notion that travel agents are obsolete, that somehow, the world wide web eliminated the need for travel industry professionals, much like like technology has done for many other professions. Travel Agent Salaray Others, believe there is still a place for travel agents in the world think travel professionals make about the same wage as a someone working at a local fast food joint.  While that is certainly the case with some folks, the reality is that you are only limited by your imagination, drive and goals! There are many opportunities available and more than enough clients looking for someone to guide them through the travel planning process. Sure, the internet has made information available to everyone but travel continues to get more and more complex. People want to do things never done just a few years ago. They want unique experiences and they want a travel consultant who specializes in their preferred destination or travel interest. Guess what folks? Specialized service like that comes at a premium and unless you plan on working for free, you’ll get paid for your valuable time, expertise and knowledge!

There are other ways to maximize your earning potential as well. You see, owning your own business means you get to call the shots, you get to choose the type of people you want to do business with and it’s perfectly acceptable to turn people away. If you don’t think you “click” with a potential client, they’ll be thankful for you referring them to someone better suited to help them! There’s no sense in wasting anyone’s time!

You can also decide whether you want to be governed by suppliers who dictate what commission they pay. Sure, if you see that a hotel pays 10% commission and you allow that hotel to make decisions for your business, you may very well make minimum wage! Never forget, you run the show! Why limit yourself to 10% commission? In fact, why get paid commission at all? Who wants to wait for up to 90 days AFTER a client returns from their trip to get paid? I certainly don’t! You don’t have to! You can collect your money  the second the client pays for the product or service!

Believe me. there are lots of decisions to make and things can get rather complicated but CALM DOWN! Known of them are permanent decisions, they don’t have to be decided right this minute and you’re free to change the way you to business whenever YOU choose to!

But I’m here to show you 4 easy and completely free tools as well as marketing services that will prove that both the assumptions I mentioned are simply not true.

My name is Steven Talbott and before I give you these 4 fast tracks to success, I would like to tell you a bit of my story. . .

In September of 2012, I was laid off after a 10 year career working for a Fortune 50 company in the technology industry. You’ve probably heard of the industry giant and if you haven’t, well – crawl out from under that rock! I worked for Dell Inc.steven-talbott-beach

I never thought, in a million years, that my job, talent, skills and experience could be replaced by outsourcing workers from a third world country. After everything I had done for the company, the millions of dollars earned, saved and added to the bottom line , it was the last thing on my mind! I think many of us working in the corporate world have this false sense of security. Lesson learned!

You see, I had been working remotely since 2005, long before it became a buzz word and I did so after my previous boss’ warning that working from home makes it very difficult to remain visible to executives. I took his warning with a grain of salt. “My work speaks for itself”, I thought. Ha!

Anyway, I was born and raised in Nashville, TN and have always wanted to live in another city. Not because I disliked Nashville – quite the opposite, I adored Nashville and it was all I ever knew. Basically, I wanted the life experience of living somewhere else but it always seemed impossible – moving to a place where I didn’t know a living soul? Not my style!

My partner and I were great friends with a couple who had just decided on moving to Asheville, NC and who invited us to move with them. Between the four of us, we could easily afford to live in a huge house, or more of an estate in the beautiful mountains of Asheville!

Of course we both jumped at the opportunity and accepted but I still  needed to run it by my Dell Manager. I was hesitant – just because living in Nashville afforded me the ability to run to the office in 20 minutes anytime I needed to, although I hadn’t stepped foot on the Dell campus in over 18 months at this point but thinking of my old boss’ advice or warning, I was nervous about asking.

Hell, I was only 3 out of 15  people on my direct team who lived near the Nashville office, everyone else was scattered throughout the country – in Hawaii, the Carolinas, Texas, Tennessee and abroad in India, Malaysia and the Philippines. Having weighed out everything and gathering the courage, I asked the question and as I expected, it wasn’t a big deal at all! Two months later, our friends sort of backed out but we still wanted to find a place of our own and move anyway but we were gonna need some time to save up the money.

The move date I had given my boss passed and during one of our weekly one-on-one meetings, he asked me how I was liking it. Not wanting to add confusion by telling him we hadn’t moved and that we still planned to but didn’t really know when, I just told him I loved it. Little did we know, just mere weeks after I confirmed the move, I would receive the most horrifying phone call of my life, or so I thought.

Laid Off from Dell

I’m sure you’ve heard it before or know of someone who has, it was the standard corporate mumbo jumbo about the economy and how the decision was purely strategic, having nothing to do with my expertise, performance or quality of work. You guess it – I was LAID OFF and I was absolutely devastated — and  heart broken. Dell was the only thing I had ever known. I had been with them since before I was old enough to drink! Everything I knew, every skill I had developed, every relationship built, was all Dell-centric. What in the world was I gonna do!?!?

Thankfully, I was given a sizable severance package that would last a while plus I could draw unemployment as well. I always knew I was destined to start a business and I knew I’d be really good at it. I also wanted to employ other hard working people and give back to the community. Being Laid off was the Best thing that Ever Happened to Me!It also just so happened that prior to being employed by Dell in 2002, I had worked for a company called Cendant Travel, fresh out of high school. It was at Cendant I learned the ropes of the travel industry, the various GDS systems like Sabre and Apollo and the core skills around customer service, loyalty, retention and providing something unique and different. Hell, the the pay at Cendant was horrid looking back and the only reason I stayed was for the excellent travel benefits, which were all taken away after 9-11  so being a technology lover, Dell caught my eye for opening up a brand new call center right down the street from my house – that’s why I left Cendant. I went to Dell because my travel benefits had pretty much been stripped away and because Dell payed much more, MUCH MORE!

In the years working for Dell, I started off making +$35-40K in my first year to $60K my third or fourth year and just shy of $80K my last couple of years. That was my challenge, how in the world can I work in the travel industry and build a sustainable business that can net at least $80K with the possibility to grow to be much more profitable? I read and read: books, ezines, training courses, blogs, white papers, watched training sessions, listened in on conference calls and attended webinar after webinar. Out of all the resources out there, and there are MANY, I am going to share with you the 4 that changed my world. Each of these 4 tools I’m going to share are either 100% free or free by association!

So, whether your passion is traveling the world, helping others travel the world, knowing you were the person that brought the smile to their face when they first saw that ancient ruin or perhaps visited their very first beach outside of America or if you are considering a change in your career – one where you can make your own decisions, set your own hourstravel agent tools, hire your own employees and travel as a perk, I’ll be uncovering the 4 free tools, in a 4 part series which I hope will change your world, too. Each part will be released over the next several months via e-mail. All you need to do is sign-up to receive this free and LIFE-CHANGING information!

And don’t worry, if you’re just now reading this post and I’ve already sent out this awesome free information, signing up now will out you on the list to receive the first one the same day you sign up and each subsequent one a week after the last. So, what are you waiting for?

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The Insiders Guide to Using Press Releases in Your Travel Business

Check out these Awesome Press Release Generators, Wizards, Creators and Examples for your Travel Agency

Want to promote your travel agency business to thousands, including media sites, radio stations, news broadcasts and countless RSS feeds? Look no further than press releases to announce your business to the world! Whether you just completed a new certification, hired a new key employee or started offering a new service, press releases are a great way to gain exposure for your travel business or agency.

While there are many services available that will syndicate or distribute your press release for a fee, sometimes a very hefty one, there are also plenty of free services available which you can take advantage of.

Check out the resources compiled below, divided into three main sections. First, you’ll find some tools to help you create the press release itself. In the second section, you’ll find a list of useful resources for training, examples and tutorials on press releases and finally, in the third section, you’ll find a list of free online services for getting your press release out to the masses!

Press Release Creators, Wizards & Generators for Travel Agents

How to Write Press Releases / Examples of Travel Agency Press Releases

Free Press Release Submission Sites to Use in Your Travel Business

5 Steps to Building an Online Presence for Your Travel Agency

Importance of Establishing an Online Presence for your Travel Agency, What You need to Succeed and Where to Start

Whether starting from scratch, trying to stay relevant or simply trying to maintain your website, my goal with this post is to help get you there or at least pointed in the right direction.

Are you a travel pro who, like me, gets frustrated trying to navigate through all the different systems, software, job aids, logins, suppliers, portals, websites, booking engines, co-branded sites, micro-sites, webinars, host agencies, consortia and associations? I know I am! I hope you found this post before you started chewing your finger nails or pulling your hair out!

Perhaps at the very least, you’ve caught yourself in a dead stare, in front of a mirror with huge eyes staring at  their own reflection, trying to figure out where the hell you should start. In this post, I’ll be going over the importance of establishing an online presence for your travel business and what steps you can take to get online today! You may be shocked to find out that you don’t need an online booking engine, you don’t necessarily need real time supplier promos and you can definitely do without destination and travel guides. Read on to find out why! 

Online Booking Engine for Travel Agents - Do I need a booking engine for my website?

There are mountains of various technologies and platforms to choose from as well as service providers everywhere you turn offering what they claim to be the greatest solution for travel agents. With their promises of more website traffic, better engagement from your clients, more leads calling you ready to book their dream vacation.

Travel Website Promos can make you rich!The technology suppliers in particular, the ones selling website solutions or stand-alone booking engine add-ons, flaunt you with all the charts and graphs showing the millions of consumers who book online. They get you all fired up thinking about all the money you could make! As disappointing as it is, I’m here to tell you, for the vast majority of travel agents, an online booking engine will make no difference on your day-to-day revenue operations or revenue streams.

When I launched my agency, I had just left a 10 year career in the technology industry so I put a huge emphasis on making sure my website offered the capability of booking online. In fact, the first host agency I went with, was chosen based on that particular feature! What a huge mistake that was, but more on that later.

What I learned the hard way was that having a booking engine is not important and despite all the marketing and advertising I did, which drove quite a bit of traffic to my site, no one ever booked on it.  Ever.

Clients who want to book online will go to an OTA. They typically arrive at an agency’s site  because they’re in need of an agent’s service, recommendations and expertise! Clients are not driven to your site because of promotions, either. There are deals and promotions everywhere.

What will drive them to your site, however and keep them coming back for more is helpful information, tips, time saving processes and unique, fresh content!

All of the fee based website service providers focus their offerings on providing promotional content for your website with some destination information but it’s all duplicate content so adds absolutely no value with regard to SEO (search engine optimization). In fact, Google and the other search engines will most likely categorize your site as having “thin content” which is not a good thing and can severely hurt your rankings.

In my opinion, the most important thing you can have on your website is original content. Helpful information for your visitors and unique information for the search engines to crawl. While having automatic supplier promotions is a “nice to have”, it’s not critical and is something that can come later, once you can afford to spend the extra money.

Plus, there’s really no need to pay to have promotions and booking capabilities on your site because there are many suppliers who offer co-branded websites free of charge that give your clients tons of information and will even allow them to book online all the while you get all the commission, should you happen to get lucky!

In future posts, I’ll not only be revealing the names of all the travel suppliers offering a co-branded or micro website solution to travel agents and agencies but I will also be walking you through setting them up, step-by-step so be sure to stay tuned for that!

5 Steps You Can Take Today to Get Your Travel Agency Online

  1. Purchase your domain name and hosting plan. If you need help finding the perfect domain, check out our article on 7 online tools to help you find the perfect domain for your travel agency website. If you don’t have a host, I recommend StableHost. I’ve used about 5 different hosting providers and Stablehost, as its name implies,  is very “stable”, they have lightening fast support, allow you to host an unlimited number of domains as well as provide Softaculous which allows you to install about 150 different website scripts and templates with the click of a mouse.
  2. Install a CMS, I prefer WordPress which is the most popular and has thousands of travel agency themes available for free. There are many reasons you should use WordPress if you don’t already have a solution, just 10 of which are mentioned in the video below.
  3. 10 Reasons You Should Use WordPress at your Travel Agency
    If you’ve already setup your hosting account, have access to cPanel and Softaculous, here’s an instructional video showing you how to install WordPress in minutes.
    1. How to Setup WordPress as your Travel Agency Website Solution
  4. Start adding fresh content! The Travel Institute’s “Travel Agent’s Guide to Writing Content” is a great resource and available free. Travel Research Online also offers tons of articles to get you started, motivated and advice for brainstorming. They even offer a white paper which supplies you with 365 days of topics you can cover in your first year.
  5. Sign up for a service like Agent Social Link by Passport Online which gives you content, including videos, blogs, articles and images you can freely use on your website and social media account, although I’d recommend rewriting the articles or spinning the articles to make them unique. According to’s preferred supplier directory (page 183), Agent Social Link is free to us. They weren’t aware of this when I contacted them and I had to scan and send them the page from the guide to prove it. In the end, the service ended up being free. To save you time, I uploaded images of page 183 below.
  6. Use travel agent websites, blogs and forums (such as this one) to ask for help! There are tons of people willing to help their fellow agent and many who have not only been in the business for years but who have pretty much mastered getting online exposure from their websites.

I certainly hope this helps or at least points you in the right direction. There are tons of different solutions out there, this one just costs a lot less and is just as effective, likely even performs better! Using the tools and resources I’ve mentioned above should get you well on your way! If you have any questions, feel free to comment below or give me a shout:  [email protected]

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7 Tools to Help You Find the Perfect Domain Name for Your Travel Agency


Have you been searching for the perfect travel domain for your travel business?

I am almost embarrassed by the number of travel domains I personally own but when I have an idea for a domain name or come across one which has recently expired that I like, I usually grab it. I certainly don’t use them all and most of the time, they just sit in my hosting account collecting dust.  However, I personally find having a small vault of domain names comes in handy on occasion but I do go a bit overboard at times.

Okay, let’s get to the tools but first, let me start by giving this advice: If you’re an established agency and already have a company name, I strongly recommend you get a domain name to match. I also recommend that you setup your primary agency website before you venture out and start creating lead generating websites or niche-travel websites.  I think it’s best to focus on your core online home first.

travel-agency-domain-namesLet’s say you’re just starting out, you don’t have a name figured out for  your agency yet or perhaps you’re just looking to buy a domain name or two for any number of reasons.

In this post, I’m giving you 7 Tools to Help You Find the Perfect Domain Name for Your Travel Agency.

1. Lean Domain Search

Lean Domain Search Helps Travel Agents and Agencies Find Website Names for their Business

This domain-finding tool helps users find names by pairing whatever term you enter into the search box with other popular and commonly found keywords in website names. This tools also instantly shows you the names which are available to register.

When I tested out the tool with the words “My Travel Agency, here are 4 of the 4,997 available domain names the tool came back with:,,,

Some of them may not make great sense but the tool is very helpful! Lean Domain Search also allows you to click the ones you like and saves those to a favorites least which is a great extra feature.

2. helps Travel Agencies Find Unique Domains with ALternative Endings


Did you know  there are more than 280 domain name extensions available? A domain extension is the “.com”, “.net” or “.us” part of the domain. This tool allows you to enter your keyword(s), press enter and get a list of domains available using domain extensions. will also use subdirectories to give you even more options. For example, I entered the keywords “gay social” and generated a list of about 20 names, one of which was “”, pretty cool, right? Here are a few more names the tool generated:,,,

3. Dot-o-mator

Dot-o-mator helps Travel Agents find Website Domain Names


Dot-o-mator consists of a few different tools to help you come up with the perfect domain name for your travel agency.  The first tool allows you to enter in various keywords which will generate names by adding nouns, adjectives or other types of words either to the beginning or end of the keyword. Dot-o-mator also checks for availability and allows you to keep a shortlist of the domains you like within the tool.

The second part of this tool is the “Web 2.0 Name Generator” which is pretty simple and sort of luck Google’s “I’m feeling Lucky” search option. You simply press the button and out pops domain name suggestions. Pressing the button over-and-over again would eventually lead to a pretty catch name, don’t you think?

4. Name Cheap

Name Cheap for Travel Agency Websites

Name Cheap offers a tool similar to what many domain registrars offer. You enter your desired domain name and if it’s not available, Name Cheap’s algorithm spits out domain names it think you’ll like and which are also available.

5. Domize

Domize Domain Finder Review

This tool is great because it works similar to Google’s instant search feature. This means domain name availability is instantly checked, as you type the domain name! Give it a try if you already have a list of domain names you’ve brainstormed and just want to quickly check to see which ones are available.

6. Name Mesh


Name Mesh has over 6M words in its database and actually utilizes 20 different generators all at the same time.  Whether you want a domain which is a common name, new, short, extra, similar, sea-centric, fun or a number of other types of domains, Name Mesh has you covered.

7. Domains Bot


Domains Bot is one of my favorites, although it doesn’t generate anything super creative, it is quick and generates tons of options in an instant. I highly recommend this tool if you’re on the lookout for the perfect travel agency domain for your website, business or both.


So, I hope this post has been useful to you. Using one of the 7 tools above is sure to help you during your search for the perfect domain name but just in case they’re all a bust, there are many more tools out there . Need more inspiration? Check out this list of 15 additional domain name generators.


Best Travel Agent WordPress Plugins for Your Travel Business

Does your travel agency website use WordPress? Do you wish you knew the best plugins to use for various processes, tasks, appearances or development?

Check out this exhaustive list of WordPress plugins by category. If you want to skip having to install plugins only to turn around and have to uninstall the same plugins because your needs weren’t met, we hope this post will help you put a stop to that!

Check out the Best Travel Agent WordPress Plugins for Your Travel Business

Ad Management

Ad Code Manager
Ad Codes Widget
Ad Inserter
Ads in Right Bottom…-right-bottom/
AdSense Manager
AppAd Manager
Better AdSense Targeting…nse-targeting/
Custom Ads Sidebar
Float Left Right Advertising…t-advertising/
Google AdSense Plugin
In-Text Advertising
Quick Adsense
Simple Ads Manager
WP Auto Post ADS
Yepty – Pay Per Click Advertising. Monetize Blog and SkyRocket Income with Relevant Contextual Ads
Ad Injection

Admin Tools

Admin Management Xtended…ement-xtended/
Adminimize Plugin
AIO Cache & Performance
Akismet Plugin
Audit Trail
Ban User By IP
Codepress Admin Columns…admin-columns/
Count per Day
Duplicate Post
Easy Google Analytics for WordPress…for-wordpress/
Gallery Carousel Without JetPack…thout-jetpack/
GD Press Tools
Google Analyticator…-analyticator/
Google Analytics for WordPress plugin…for-wordpress/
Google sitemap plugin…itemap-plugin/
Google XML Sitemap for Images…image-sitemap/
Google XML Sitemap for Mobile Plugin…obile-sitemap/
Google XML Sitemap for Videos Plugin…ps-for-videos/
Google XML sitemaps Plugin…map-generator/
Hyper Cache
Peter’s Login Redirect Plugin…ogin-redirect/
PS Auto Sitemap
Quick Cache ( Speed Without Compromise )
Quick Count
Relevanssi A Better Search
Thank Me Later
Uji Countdown
Visitor Maps and Who’s Online
W3 Total Cache plugin
White Label CMS
WordPress Admin Bar Improved…-bar-improved/
WordPress Importer
WP Content Copy Protection…py-protection/
WP Google Analytics Plugin…gle-analytics/
WP Greet Box
WP Super Cache
WP-DB Manager
Types – Custom Fields and Custom Post Types Management
XML Sitemap & Google News Feeds

Advertising Plugins

Ad Codes Widget
Ad Squares Widget
Ads in Right Bottom…-right-bottom/
Float Left Right Advertising…t-advertising/
Float Left Right Advertising
In-Text Advertising
MHR-Banner [Show banner/advertisement on page footer]
Osiris Signature Banner…nature-banner/
WP Bannerize

Affiliate Marketing Plugins

123Linkit Affiliate Marketing Tool…arketing-tool/
AffiLinker Affiliate
Amazon Affiliate Link Localizer Plugin…ink-localizer/
Amazon Product In a Post Plugin…a-post-plugin/
CB Storefront
ClickBank Press
Commission Junction Link Shortcode…ink-shortcode/
Duplicator Plugin
Easy Affiliate
Infusionsoft Affiliates…ft-affiliates/
iTunes Affiliate Pro…affiliate-pro/
MoneyPress : Commission Junction Edition…n-junction-le/
P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) Plugin
Pinterest “Pin It” Button Plugin…pin-it-button/
Pretty Link Lite Plugin
SellFire Affiliate Store Builder…store-builder/
Super Amazon Banners…mazon-banners/
uContext – Clickbank In-Text Affiliate Links
WP Auto Affiliate Links…filiate-links/


Audio Player
CodeArt – Google MP3 Player…-audio-player/
Flash MP3 Player
Haiku minimalist audio player…-audio-player/
HTML5 jQuery Audio Player…-audio-player/
iSimpleDesign Amazon S3 Music Player Plugin…player-plugin/
MediaElement.js – HTML5 Video & Audio Player…-audio-player/
SoundCloud Shortcode…oud-shortcode/
WP Audio Player
Yahoo! WebPlayer

Author Box

Another Author Box
Author Box After Posts…x-after-posts/
Better Author Bio
Fancier Author Box by ThematoSoup
WP About Author

AWeber / Newsletter

AWeber Integration
AWeber Web Form Plugin…b-form-widget/
Easy Automatic Newsletter Lite…ic-newsletter/
MailChimp Comment Optin…comment-optin/
Mingle AWeber Signup…aweber-signup/
Newsletter Manager
Newsletter Sign-Up
What Would Seth Godin Do…seth-godin-do/
Wysija Newsletters


Online Backup for WordPress
Simple Backup
WordPress Backup to Dropbox…up-to-dropbox/


Captcha Garb
FunCaptcha – game CAPTCHA
MyPuzzle Sliding
Really Simple CAPTCHA…imple-captcha/
SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam…for-wordpress/

Coming Soon / Under Construction

Custom Coming Soon Pages…ing-soon-page/
Site Offline or Coming Soon…ffline-plugin/
Ultimate Coming Soon Page…ing-soon-page/
Ultimate Landing Page and Coming Soon Page…ing-soon-page/
WP Coming Soon


Comment Redirect
Disable Comments
Disqus Comment System…omment-system/
Livefyre Comments 3
Simple Top Commenters…op-commenters/
Subscribe to Comments…e-to-comments/
Subscribe To Comments Reloaded…ents-reloaded/
Top Commentators Widget…tators-widget/

Contact Forms

cFormsII table
Contact Form…t-form-plugin/
Contact Form by
Contact Form Manager…-form-manager/
ContactBuddy by…luginbuddycom/
Custom Contact Forms…contact-forms/
Easy Contact Forms
Formidable Forms
Gravity Forms Directory…-forms-addons/
Grunion Contact Form…-contact-form/
Ninja Forms
SimpleModal Contact Form (SMCF)…act-form-smcf/
WordPress Google Form


Counterize II
Mechanic Visitor Counter…sitor-counter/
Rich Counter
Traffic Counter Widget…ounter-widget/
Visits counter


Add Link to Facebook…k-to-facebook/
Facebook Friends Inviter…iends-inviter/
Facebook Like Button Plugin…button-plugin/
Facebook Page Promoter Lightbox…oter-lightbox/
JSL3 Facebook Wall Feed…ook-wall-feed/
Really simple Facebook Twitter share buttons…share-buttons/
Simple Facebook Connect…ebook-connect/


Custom Post Type RSS feeds…type-rss-feed/
Display Latest Feeds…est-rss-feeds/
Embed RSS
FD Feedburner Plugin
Featured Image In RSS Feed…e-in-rss-feed/
FeedBurner FeedSmith Extend
JP’s Get RSS Feed
Multi Feed Reader
Readers From RSS 2 Blog Lite…om-rss-2-blog/
RSS Feed Checker
RSS Includes Pages
SB RSS feed plus
Scroll rss excerpt
Simple Feed Stats
Subscribe / Connect / Follow Widget…follow-widget/
Subscribe Me
Super RSS Reader
TentBlogger Vimeo, YouTube, RSS Embed…ube-rss-embed/
WP RSS Multi Importer…ulti-importer/
WP Simple Rss Feed Reader…s-feed-reader/


Copygram widget
Instagram for WordPress…for-wordpress/
Instagrate to WordPress…-to-wordpress/
oEmbed Instagram
Simply Instagram
WP Instagram Digest…tagram-digest/

Live Chat

Acobot Live Chat Robot
ClickDesk Live Support – Live Chat – Help Desk Plugin for Websites…t-chat-plugin/
Comm100 Live Chat – Chat Plugin for WordPress
Live Chat Casengo…o-chat-widget/
Live Chat by UserPulse…contactusplus/
Live Chat with Multimedia Tools
WP Live Chat Support…-chat-support/


Dashboard Maintenance Mode…ntenance-mode/
Maintenance Mode Notify…e-mode-notify/
Ultimate Maintenance Mode…ntenance-mode/
Site Maintenance
WP Maintenance Mode…ntenance-mode/


Basic Google Maps Placemarks…ps-placemarks/
Comprehensive Google Map Plugin…le-map-plugin/
Convert Address to Google Maps Link…gle-maps-link/
Google Post Map…ople-post-map/
Leaflet Maps Marker (Google Maps, OpenStreetMap, Bing Maps)…t-maps-marker/
MapPress Easy Google Maps…for-wordpress/
Pronamic Google Maps…c-google-maps/
WP Flexible Map
WP Google Maps

Menu Widget

Advanced Menu Widget…d-menu-widget/
BuddyPress Custom Profile Menu…-profile-menu/
CodeFlavors floating menu…floating-menu/
Dropdown Menu Widget…n-menu-widget/
JQuery Accordion Menu Widget…ccordion-menu/
JQuery Drill Down Ipod Menu Widget…u/screenshots/
JQuery Mega Menu Widget
JQuery Slick Menu Widget
JQuery Vertical Mega Menu Widget…cal-mega-menu/
Menu Master Custom Widget…custom-widget/
Vertical Menu Widget…l-menu-widget/
Responsive Select Menu Plugin…e-select-menu/
WordPress Menu Vertical…menu-vertical/


Juiz Smart Mobile Admin Plugin…-mobile-admin/
Mobile Smart
MobileChief – Mobile Site Builder…-site-creator/
WordPress Mobile Pack…s-mobile-pack/
WP Mobile Detector

Photo / Image

Awesome Flickr Gallery…allery-plugin/
Camera slideshow Plugin
Dynamic Content Gallery…allery-plugin/
Easy Media Gallery
Eazyest Gallery
Facebook Page Photo Gallery…photo-gallery/
FancyBox for WordPress…for-wordpress/
Google Picasa Viewer…albums-viewer/
GRAND FlAGallery…album-gallery/
Image Widget
kPicasa Gallery
Lazyest Gallery
Lightbox Gallery plugin
Meteor Slides Plugin
NextGEN Gallery
oQey Gallery
Page Flip Image Gallery…image-gallery/
PhotoSmash Galleries…ash-galleries/
Photospace Gallery Plugin
Portfolio Slideshow…lio-slideshow/
SEO Friendly Images
Slideshow Gallery
TheThe Image Slider…-image-slider/
WordPress Image Slider Plugin
WOW Slider
WP Photo Album Plus…to-album-plus/
Yet Another Photoblog…her-photoblog/


Pinterest “Follow” Button…follow-button/
Pinterest “Pin It” Button…pin-it-button/
Pinterest Block
Pinterest Image Pin…est-image-pin/
Pinterest Lightbox
Pinterest Pinboard Widget…nboard-widget/


Blubrry PowerPress Podcasting plugin
Podlove Podcast Publisher…for-wordpress/
Podlove Web Player
Post video players, slideshow albums, photo galleries and music / podcast playlist…allery-plugin/
Seriously Simple Podcasting…le-podcasting/


Colored Vote Polls
Pinnion Plugin
Polldaddy Polls & Ratings
Pollphin for WordPress
Simply Poll
Skysa Polls App
Skysa Polls App
Social Polls by OpinionStage…-opinionstage/
YOP Poll


mTouch Quiz
SS Quiz


(WTI Like Post) Thumbs up/down Plugin for WordPress
Author Post Ratings…-post-ratings/
EC Stars Rating
GD Star Rating
kk Star Ratings
Post Ratings

Related Posts

All Related Posts
Better Related Posts
Contextual Related Posts…related-posts/
Editorial Assistant by Zemanta
Related Posts
Related Posts via Categories…ia-categories/
Yet Another Related Posts Plugin…-posts-plugin/


6Scan Security
Anti-Malware (Get Off Malicious Scripts)
Antispam Bee
AskApache Password Protect…sword-protect/
Better WP Security
BulletProof Security…roof-security/
Defensio Anti-Spam
Fast Secure Contact Form
Force Strong Passwords…ong-passwords/
Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin…pambot-plugin/
Limit Login Attempts…ogin-attempts/
Lockdown WP Admin Plugin
Login Security Solution…rity-solution/
Login Security Solution Plugin…rity-solution/
Secure WordPress
Simple Login Lockdown…ogin-lockdown/
Wordfence Security
WordPress File Monitor Plus…-monitor-plus/
WP Security Scan


All in One SEO Pack Plugin…-one-seo-pack/
All in One Webmaster…one-webmaster/
cbnet Ping Optimizer Plugin…ing-optimizer/
EWWW Image Optimizer…age-optimizer/
Google Site Verification Plugin…cation-plugin/
HeadSpace2 SEO
jsDelivr – WordPress CDN Plugin…ss-cdn-plugin/
Nofollow Case by Case…-case-by-case/
Nofollow for external link…external-link/
Quick Page/Post Redirect Plugin…direct-plugin/
SEO Auto Links & Related Posts
SEO Content Control…ntent-control/
SEO Friendly Images
SEO Rank Reporter
SEO SearchTerms Tagging 2…rms-tagging-2/
SEO Smart Links…tomatic-links/
SEO Ultimate
Ultimate Nofollow
WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast

Shopping Cart / E-Commerce

Cart66 Lite :: WordPress Ecommerce
Easy Donation
Ecwid Shopping Cart…shopping-cart/
OrderStorm WordPress e-Commerce…ss-e-commerce/
Quick Shop
Ready! Ecommerce Shopping Cart
Simple Cart & Buy Now…-cart-buy-now/
Store Locator Plus
TheCartPress eCommerce Shopping Cart
Welcart e-Commerce
WooCommerce – excelling eCommerce
WordPress Simple Paypal Shopping Cart…shopping-cart/
WordPress Ultra Simple Paypal Shopping Cart…shopping-cart/
WordPress Ultra Simple Paypal Shopping Cart…shopping-cart/
WP Auctions
WP e-Commerce
WP E-Commerce Dashboard…board-widgets/
WP e-Commerce Product Showroom…duct-showroom/
WP E-Commerce Weight & Destination Shipping Modules…gion-shipping/
wpStoreCart Ajax Ecommerce
Zingiri Web Shop


Arconix Shortcodes
Column Shortcodes
Display Posts Shortcode…sts-shortcode/
Post Content Shortcodes…nt-shortcodes/
Shortcode Exec PHP
Shortcodes Pro
Shortcodes Ultimate…odes-ultimate/
WordPress Shortcodes


Content Aware Sidebars…ware-sidebars/
Custom sidebars
Multiple Sidebars
Per Page Sidebars
Sidebar Manager Light…manager-light/
Simple Page Sidebars…page-sidebars/
Unique Page Sidebars…page-sidebars/
WordPress Custom Sidebar…ustom-sidebar/


Artiss Social Bookmarks…ial-bookmarks/
Floating Social Media Icon…al-media-icon/
iLike Social Media Optimization…-optimization/
InsiteBar Plugin for WordPress
Most Shared Posts – Social Media counter for Twitter, Facebook & Google+
NextScripts: Social Networks Auto-Poster…ook-twitter-g/
Share Buttons by AddThis
Shareaholic | email, bookmark, share buttons
ShareThis: Share Buttons and Sharing Analytics
Sharexy – powerful social sharing and bookmarking tool (with floating widget)
Simple Share Buttons Adder…buttons-adder/
Simple Social Icons…-social-icons/
Slick Social Share Buttons…share-buttons/
Social Crowd
Social Discussions…s/screenshots/
Social Essentials – Social Stats and Sharing Buttons…s/screenshots/
Social Login
Social Login, Social Sharing, Social Commenting and more!…for-wordpress/
Social Media Tabs
Social Media Widget…-media-widget/
Social Slider
Social Toolbar
WP MashSocial Wigdet…social-wigdet/
WP Social SEO Booster – Knowledge Graph Social Signals SEO…l-seo-booster/
WP Socializer


Pinnion Plugin
WebEngage Feedback, Survey and Notification
WordPress Simple Survey…simple-survey/


BuddyPress Group Tags…ss-group-tags/
Configurable Tag Cloud (CTC)…-cloud-widget/
Media Tags
Multi-column Tag Map…olumn-tag-map/
Simple Tagging…agging-plugin/
Strictly Auto Tags
Tag Groups


Google Language Translator…ge-translator/
GTS Translation Plugin
Polylang (multilingual content management)
Translate This Blog Translator…og-translator/
Translate This Button…e-this-button/
Transposh WordPress Translation…for-wordpress/


Animated Twitter Bird…-twitter-bird/
Follow Me Plugin
Rotating Tweets (Twitter widget and shortcode)
Tweet Blender
Tweet Old Post
TweetMeme Button
Twitter Digest
Twitter Fans (Like Box for Twitter)
Twitter Mentions As Comments…s-as-comments/
Twitter Tools
Twitter Widget Pro
WP to Twitter
WP-Twitter Retweet Button…etweet-button/

User Management

Spam Free WordPress…ree-wordpress/
Spammer Blocker
Stop Spammer Registrations Plugin…ations-plugin/
User Role Editor
WP User Avatar
WP-CMS Post Control…-post-control/


All Video Gallery Plugin for WordPress
Audio And Video Player…-video-player/
Cool Video Gallery
External Videos
Fluid Video Embeds
HTML5 Videos
JW Player for WordPress – Flash & HTML5 Video Player…for-wordpress/
Secure HTML5 Video Player…-video-player/
Smart YouTube PRO
Smooth Streaming Video Player (SVP)…-video-player/
Stream Video Player…-video-player/
Stream Video Player…-video-player/
SZ – Video for WordPress
Ultimate Video Gallery
Video Embed & Thumbnail Generator…ail-generator/
Video List Manager
WordPress Video Gallery…video-gallery/
WordPress Video Player
WordPress Video Plugin…-video-plugin/
Workbox Video from Vimeo & Youtube Plugin…outube-plugin/
WP Video Posts
WP Youtube channel gallery…annel-gallery/
WP YouTube Player
YouTube Channel
Youtube Channel Gallery…annel-gallery/
Youtube Channel Plugin…nnel-showcase/


Customized WYSIWYG Editor Page Widths…r-page-widths/
Drag And Drop HTML Visual Editor With CKEditor And Web Page Builder! WYSIWYG
Gravity Forms WYSIWYG…forms-wysiwyg/
Smart WYSIWYG Blocks Of Content…ks-of-content/
TinyMCE Advanced
Ultimate TinyMCE


Advanced Access Manager…ccess-manager/
Advanced Code Editor…d-code-editor/
Author hReview
BBQ: Block Bad Queries
Benchmark Email Lite…rk-email-lite/
Better Internal Link Search…l-link-search/
Better Plugin Compatibility Control…ility-control/
Black Studio TinyMCE Widget…inymce-widget/
Broken Link Checker…-link-checker/
Code Snippets
Comprehensive Google Map Plugin…le-map-plugin/
Drag & Drop Featured Image…eatured-image/
Drop Shadow Boxes
Easy Digital Downloads…tal-downloads/
Easy Recipe
Easy Theme and Plugin Upgrades…ugin-upgrades/
Edit Flow
Enhanced Text Widget…d-text-widget/
Exclude Pages
FitVids jQuery Plugin…for-wordpress/
Flexible Posts Widget…-posts-widget/
GC Testimonials
Global Content Blocks…ontent-blocks/
Google Drive for WordPress
Google Plus Badge
Google Rank Badge
Hupso Share Buttons for Twitter, Facebook & Google+…cebook-google/
Lazy Load
Lazy Widget Loader
MapPress Easy Google Maps…for-wordpress/
nrelate Most Popular…-most-popular/
Optin Revolution: WordPress Popup
Page Links To
Personal Favicon
PHP Code for posts
Pingback Killer
Plugin Organizer
Pricing Table
Print Friendly and PDF Button
Public Post Preview…-post-preview/
Rewrite Rules Inspector…les-inspector/
SEO Auto Linker
SEO Facebook Comment…book-comments/
Simple Login Log
SlideDeck 2 Lite Responsive Content Slider
Spam Free WordPress…ree-wordpress/
Terms descriptions
Testimonials by WooThemes…-by-woothemes/
True Google 404
Ultimate Tag Cloud Widget…-cloud-widget/
User Switching
Widget Builder
Widgetize Pages Light…e-pages-light/
WordPress File Monitor Plus…-monitor-plus/
WordPress Importer
WordPress Ping Optimizer…ing-optimizer/
WP Document Revisions…ent-revisions/
WP Google Fonts
WP Parallax Content Slider Plugin…ontent-slider/
WP Publication Archive…ation-archive/


Few More SEO Related Plugins

SEO Tools…tic-seo-tools/
Keyword Strategy Internal Links…nternal-links/
AtContent. Increase SEO and Readership! Free!


Music Store

The Ultimate Tool for Managing Travel Agency Email Volume

If your daily email volume is anything like mine, you likely get 100’s of emails on a daily basis from travel suppliers, travel service providers, tour operators, hotel chains and cruise lines with subjects ranging from the latest deals, travel agent perks, travel agent incentives, contests and consumer offers. It’s a tad bit OVERWHELMING, right?

The goal of this post is to introduce my travel agent colleagues to a new tool I discovered about 2 months ago that I can not live without! It’s 100% free and it has honestly changed my life!

I created a video walkthrough of the service below which will take you step-by-step through how the service works, what’s required and the magic it does to your inbox! It’s incredible!

The service is called Unroll.Me and what it does is scans your email box and consolidates all those emails that aren’t worthy of taking up so much space but just might be important enough for you to give them a quick glance or reference them in the future. Unroll.Me has saved me HOURS of time and I can’t say enough about how helpful it is! Everyone I’ve shared this tool with so far has thanked me time and time again and you will too!

So go ahead, take a look at the video tutorial below. Be sure to leave a comment below if you have any questions or to give us your feedback about the tool!

Create Your Travel Agency Mission Statement with the Help of a Free Generator for Agents

Travel Agent Mission Statement

Travel Agent Mission Statements – New Tools to Assist in Creating the Perfect One For Your Business

Coming up with a mission statement for your travel agency business can seem like a daunting task or Mission Statement for Travel Businessesmaybe it seems completely unnecessary to you or maybe, you need to rethink your current mission statement. Either way, this article aims to explain the importance of a mission statement while providing a free tool to help you come up with something for your travel business. Below, you’ll be introduced to the Travel Agent Mission Statement Generator v1.0 .

Does my tour company need a mission statement, even though it’s a one-woman operation and I just do a few groups a year?

Writing a mission statement is typically part of the business planning process for most businesses, including travel agencies. No matter how small you are, mission statements are a means of communicating your company’s values and its purpose or reason for being!

What are the benefits of my cruise agency creating a mission statement and how will it help us reach our goals?

Your mission statement should be the guiding light for every decision you have to make, perpetually steering your travel business towards every goal and objective. Travel Agent Mission, Vision and GoalsEvery legitimate business needs a well thought out mission statement for many reasons, only one of which is to help keep your preferred suppliers and strategic partnerships as well as your team on the same path and moving in the right direction. The mission statement for your travel agency will help eliminate any conflicts or disputes that can otherwise be detrimental to the to the growth of your business and its future success.

Isn’t writing a mission statement for my travel services agency as simple is writing down a few general words specific to what we specialize in?

Writing Travel Agent Business Plan Examplesa mission statement seems easy enough – they are typically short, have a few bullet points or sentences and have to do with a subject matter of which you’re an expert. However, when you actually go to write the mission statement for your travel business, it can prove to be elusive and difficult to capture.

Okay. I get the importance of a mission statement but I need help. Do you have any travel agent mission statement examples or travel mission statement templates?

The mission statement tool aims to help you come up with your travel agency’s statement quickly and easily or at the very least, will help get the wheels turning and well on your way to locking in on the perfect mission statement for your travel business.

 Simply click each tab at the top and input the types of words the tool asks for that specifically apply to your business, then click “GENERATE“.

You may want to do a bit of brainstorming so that you come up with a combination of complimentary words that really peg your business, values and goals. Once you input words under all 4 tabs; ADVERBS, VERBS, ADJECTIVES and Mission Statement Generator Tool Online for Agents of TravelNOUNS, simply click the GENERATE button to automagically create a mission statement for you! If you don’t like the mission statement the tool generates, simply make your own by changing some of the words or click generate to receive a brand new one!

 Glossary for the Travel Agent Mission Statement Generator Tool

Just in case you’re not brushed up on your grammar and sentence structure skills, here are a few definitions you’ll need to know. You can also click on each word for a popup with more detailed information.

  1. ADVERBS – a word that provides information about the manner, place, time, frequency or other circumstances of the activity denoted by the verb or phrase.

    Example: She was walking slowly

  2. VERBS– a word that conveys and action, an occurrence or a state of being.

    Example: She was walking slowly

  3. ADJECTIVES – a word that qualifies a noun or noun phrase, giving more information about the object specified.

    Example: She was walking slowly in her new shoes.

    Launch Free Mission Statement Generator


2014 Travel Agent Rates – On-site Hotels at Universal Orlando

2014 Travel Agent Rates – On-site Hotels at Universal Orlando

Universal Studios Orlando offers travel agent rates at all four of their exclusive onsite properties. In addition, graduates of their specialist program are eligible for free park admission.

Check out the rates below or book your Universal Orlando Travel Agent rate online now!

Portofino Bay Hotel
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
Portofino Club
Sun – Thu
Fri – Sat
Sun – Thu
Sun – Thu
Value 1
Value 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
Peak 1
Peak 2

Portofino Bay Hotel
Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Standard Room
Poolside Room
Courtyard Family Suide
Courtyard Family Suite Poolside
Tower Family Suite
Tower Family Suite Poolside
Value 1
$83.30 $93.80 $121.80 $128.80 $121.80 $135.80
$93.80 $104.30 $132.30 $139.30 $132.30 $146.30
Value 2
$93.80 $104.30 $132.30 $139.30 $132.30 $146.30
$104.30 $114.80 $142.80 $149.80 $142.80 $156.80
Summer 1
$107.80 $118.30 $146.30 $153.30 $146.30 $160.30
$118.30 $128.80 $156.80 $163.80 $156.80 $170.80
Summer 2
$114.80 $125.30 $156.80 $163.80 $156.80 $170.80
$125.30 $135.80 $167.30 $174.30 $167.30 $181.30
Peak 1
$118.30 $128.80 $163.80 $170.80 $163.80 $177.80
$128.80 $139.30 $174.30 $181.30 $174.30 $188.30
Peak 2
$121.80 $132.30 $170.80 $177.80 $170.80 $184.80
$132.30 $142.80 $181.30 $188.30 $181.30 $195.30


Hard Rock Hotel
Hard Rock Hotel®
Hard Rock Club
Sun – Thu
Fri – Sat
Sun – Thu
Sun – Thu
Value 1
Value 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
Peak 1
Peak 2

Royal Pacific Hotel
Loews Royal Pacific Resort
Royal Club
Sun – Thu
Fri – Sat
Sun – Thu
Sun – Thu
Value 1
Value 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
Peak 1
Peak 2

Value 1: 1/5-1/16, 1/20-2/13, 9/1-10/2, 11/30-12/11
Value 2: 8/17-8/31; 12/12-12/18
Regular: 1/17-1/19, 4/25-5/22, 5/26-6/5, 10/3-11/6, 11/10-11/25
Summer 1: 6/6-6/21, 8/3-8/16
Summer 2: 6/22-8/2
Peak 1: 2/23-3/13, 5/23-5/25, 11/7-11/9, 11/26-11/29
Peak 2: 2/14-2/22, 3/14-4/10

Blockout Dates: 1/1–1/4; 4/11-4/24, 12/19-12/31

Please contact (888) 837-2273 X2 or CLICK HERE 

*Rates are based on availability & exclusive of tax (12.5%); Limited to two (2) rooms per reservation and 7-night maximum stay. Rates for Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort are not available at this time.

*Must present valid (official) IATAN or CLIA card with photo upon check-in. Other forms of credentials such as company-issued ID cards, letterhead or business cards are not accepted. Rates are per night plus tax and valid for stays most nights for travel. Maximum two (2) rooms per travel agent and maximum seven (7) night stay permitted. The number of rooms available at these rates is limited. Rates vary by hotel and room type. No group rates or other discounts apply. Rates are higher on Fri/Sat and holidays. Blockout dates and other restrictions may apply and are subject to change without notice. Reservations must be made in advance of arrival and are subject to availability. All prices, package inclusions and options subject to availability and to change without notice and additional restrictions may apply. Errors will be corrected where discovered, and Universal Orlando reserves the right to revoke any stated offer and to correct any errors, inaccuracies or omissions, whether such error is on this website or any print or other advertisement relating to these products and services.

Morgans Hotel Group upgrades reservation technology with Sabre

Sabre Corporation, a leading global technology provider to the travel and tourism industry, has signed a technology agreement with Morgans Hotel Group to upgrade all Morgans’ properties to Sabre’s SynXis Central Reservation System(CRS). Sabre successfully completed this technology implementation with Morgans Hotel Group on June 10.     

Routes Africa opens in Victoria Falls

The 9th Routes Africa, the largest route development event in Africa, will open this weekend in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The event will bring together the leading airports, airlines, tourism authorities, policy-makers and aviation stakeholders to develop new air services to, from and within Africa. Hosted by the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe, Routes Africa 2014 will take place at the Elephant Hills Hotel and Resort 22-24 June     

Chile signs WTTC Open Letter supporting tourism

In recognition of tourism as an important vehicle for socio-economic development, the president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, has accepted the UNWTO/WTTC Open Letter on Tourism. The government of Chile commits to support the sector in both the national and the international policy agenda. The UNWTO/WTTC Open Letter calls on heads of state and government around the world to acknowledge tourism’s key role in delivering more sustained and balanced growth and prioritize the sector higher in national policies in order to maximize its potential.     

Get 2 Free SeaWorld Tickets by Completing the Specialist Course for Travel Agents

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Get 2 Free SeaWorld Tickets by Completing the Specialist Course for Travel Agents and Travel Agent discounts for additional SeaWorld Tickets

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Banyan Tree launches new Cassia brand

The award-winning hospitality group, Banyan Tree, has announced the launch of a new brand, Cassia, in a completely new space for the group. Having identified a niche in the market, Banyan Tree brings its expertise in design and innovation to create an exciting and bold new proposition in the serviced apartment sector bringing the company’s portfolio to three brands.