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

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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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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
Season
Garden
Deluxe
Portofino Club
Sun – Thu
Fri – Sat
Sun – Thu
Sun – Thu
Value 1
$171
$183
$204
$243
Value 2
$177
$189
$210
$249
Regular
$189
$201
$228
$267
Summer 1
$207
$222
$252
$291
Summer 2
$219
$234
$258
$297
Peak 1
$219
$237
$264
$300
Peak 2
$225
$243
$270
$306



Portofino Bay Hotel
Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Season
Standard Room
Poolside Room
Courtyard Family Suide
Courtyard Family Suite Poolside
Tower Family Suite
Tower Family Suite Poolside
Value 1
Sun-Thurs
$83.30 $93.80 $121.80 $128.80 $121.80 $135.80
Fri-Sat
$93.80 $104.30 $132.30 $139.30 $132.30 $146.30
Value 2
Sun-Thurs
$86.80
$97.30
$125.30
$132.30
$125.30
$139.30
Fri-Sat
$97.30
$107.80
$135.80
$142.80
$135.80
$149.80
Regular
Sun-Thurs
$93.80 $104.30 $132.30 $139.30 $132.30 $146.30
Fri-Sat
$104.30 $114.80 $142.80 $149.80 $142.80 $156.80
Summer 1
Sun-Thurs
$107.80 $118.30 $146.30 $153.30 $146.30 $160.30
Fri-Sat
$118.30 $128.80 $156.80 $163.80 $156.80 $170.80
Summer 2
Sun-Thurs
$114.80 $125.30 $156.80 $163.80 $156.80 $170.80
Fri-Sat
$125.30 $135.80 $167.30 $174.30 $167.30 $181.30
Peak 1
Sun-Thurs
$118.30 $128.80 $163.80 $170.80 $163.80 $177.80
Fri-Sat
$128.80 $139.30 $174.30 $181.30 $174.30 $188.30
Peak 2
Sun-Thurs
$121.80 $132.30 $170.80 $177.80 $170.80 $184.80
Fri-Sat
$132.30 $142.80 $181.30 $188.30 $181.30 $195.30

 

Hard Rock Hotel
Hard Rock Hotel®
Season
Garden
Deluxe
Hard Rock Club
Sun – Thu
Fri – Sat
Sun – Thu
Sun – Thu
Value 1
$156
$168
$198
$222
Value 2
$162
$174
$204
$228
Regular
$177
$189
$222
$246
Summer 1
$207
$222
$252
$276
Summer 2
$218
$234
$258
$282
Peak 1
$219
$237
$261
$285
Peak 2
$225
$243
$267
$294



Royal Pacific Hotel
Loews Royal Pacific Resort
Season
Standard
Deluxe
Royal Club
Sun – Thu
Fri – Sat
Sun – Thu
Sun – Thu
Value 1
$137
$149
$135
$195
Value 2
$143
$155
$141
$201
Regular
$155
$167
$153
$213
Summer 1
$170
$185
$168
$237
Summer 2
$182
$197
$174
$243
Peak 1
$179
$197
$177
$246
Peak 2
$185
$203
$183
$252

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

TO BOOK:
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.

Grand Bahama Island Escorted FAMs from Birmingham, Richmond, Columbus and Baltimore

Grand Bahama Island Escorted FAMs

 

Grand Bahama Island Escorted FAMs from Birmingham, Richmond, Columbus and BaltimoreGrand Bahama Island Escorted FAMs from Birmingham, Richmond, Columbus and Baltimore

All inclusive escorted FAM to Grand Bahama Island is available for $249 for Agents and $299 for companions! This includes airfare, transfers, all inclusive hotel, site inspections, local representatives and all taxes!

  • Depart Birmingham on Thursday, June 12
  • Depart Richmond on Friday, June 13 or Wednesday, June 18
  • Depart Columbus on Saturday, June 14 or Thursday, June 19
  • Depart Baltimore on Friday, June 20

For more details, login to Vacation Express’ website!

 

Avalon Christens 2 Ships in Vienna

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Avalon Christens 2 Ships in Vienna

Travel agents from Australia and New Zealand were on hand for the Vienna christening of Avalon Waterways’ newest Suite Ships. Australia is the line’s second-largest customer market.     

Exclusive FAM to Southeast Asia – $200 Off for Early Birds!

Nexus Holidays Travel Agent Southeast Asia FAM Trip

Happy Tuesday everyone! I just received the following e-mail so wanted to pass this one along! If you want, skip straight to the registration form.

Exclusive FAM to Southeast Asia – $200 Off for Early Birds!

 

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Dear Steven,

Hello Everyone… I am Jeff Holtrop, National Sales Manager for Nexus Holidays. Welcome to June’s Panda Tracks.

I am very excited about this month’s issue because we are announcing our fall 2014 FAM. Maybe you are not too familiar with Nexus Holidays’ FAMs; they are full-immersion experiences and offer you a deep understanding and education of local history, culture, food and the opportunity to friend some local people. Many times I have been asked by locals to take my picture, so they can prove they have a friend in the west. (Never knew I was so popular, well at least in Asia.)
I have been asked by many travel consultants… When are you going to do a Southeast Asia FAM because I really want to go?
I am thrilled to announce October 2, 2014 is the departure date for our 15 day Southeast Asia FAM that covers Vietnam, Cambodia, and optional Thailand. Additionally, we have partnered with Starwood Hotels, ASTA and NACTA to make this FAM a comfortable, educational, and fun experience.
Details are enclosed. You can also save $200 if you early bird book. Come join me as we discover Southeast Asia…. Have a great month and safe travels!

SPLENDID SOUTHEAST ASIA FAM: VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA 11 DAYS
Name: 
Splendid Southeast Asia FAM: Vietnam and Cambodia 11 Days

Dates:
10/02/2014(Thu) to 10/12/2014(Sun)
Cities:
Vietnam (Hanoi, Halong, Ho Chi Minh City); Cambodia (Siem Reap, Phnom Penh)
Price:
$1890 Per Person
 
Extension:
Thailand 5 Days (A total of 15 Days)
 
$200
OFF PER PERSON
EARLY BIRD SAVINGS
Book before June 15th and receive $200 off per person on 11-day Vietnam and Cambodia tour portion. For more information, please contact Jeff Holtrop at [email protected]
Hanoi
Hanoi is an industrial and cultural center, as well as the capital of Vietnam. As a city with more than one thousand years of history, there’s a great number of World Heritage Sites and interesting sights. Although it has turned into a cosmopolitan city in the Indochina Peninsula, Hanoi has retained its traditional charms and cultural richness.
Halong Bay
Halong Bay literally means Descending Dragon Bay. It is one of the most enjoyed attractions in Vietnam by both locals and foreigners. Cruise through the emerald waters while indulging in amazing Karst Limestone Formations. Enjoy sunbathing from the comfort of your chair on the deck while sipping a glass of local beer, or swim in aquamarine water at its best.
Ho Chi Minh City
Better known as Saigon, it was once the capital of the French colony of Cochinchina. As the largest city in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City has so much to offer and is the perfect destination to cap off your journey in Vietnam. Whether you want to experience a lively foreign culture or wander around metropolitan area, this city has it all.
Siem Reap
Best known as the hometown to one of the ancient man-made World Wonders, the Angkor Wat, Siem Reap attracts hundreds of thousands of travelers from all over the world every year. This town is a cluster of small villages developed around Buddhist pagodas. As a result of booming tourism, you can now find a number of hotels and resorts in the main road to Angkor.
Phnom Penh
Capital and largest city in Cambodia, Phnom Penh is considered one of the loveliest French-built cities in Indochina. Due to its colonial history, the city has grand and architecture and scenic cityscape. Must-see attractions include the Royal Palace with the Silver Pagoda and the National Museum.
For more information or questions, please contact Jeff Holtrop at [email protected] or call 1-888-68-nexus(63987), ext 777

Come Join Norwegian Cruise Line and “MO” Your SR BDM for a Seminar At Sea!!!

Join us for this exclusive event! As a valued Norwegian Cruise Line travel partner, please accept our invitation to sail with us and experience Freestyle Cruising firsthand on Norwegian Jewel November 1st, 2014 7-days round-trip from Houston The cost for your Seminar at Sea is as follows, based on availability… Balcony Stateroom $525.00 The above rate is per person, based on double […]     

MSC Cruises: Looking for More U.S. Biz

MSC Cruises has had a presence in North American for ten years but now the Italian line is planning to boost awareness of its brand with the hope of attracting more U.S. passengers.     

MSC Cruises: Looking for More U.S. Biz

MSC Cruises has had a presence in North American for ten years but now the Italian line is planning to boost awareness of its brand with the hope of attracting more U.S. passengers.     

MSC Cruises: Looking for More U.S. Biz

MSC Cruises has had a presence in North American for ten years but now the Italian line is planning to boost awareness of its brand with the hope of attracting more U.S. passengers.     

344 – Cultural and Wildlife Adventures in Africa

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Podcast Number 344

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Add amazing wildlife and cultural adventures to your product specialties with African Travels, Inc. Howie Perlin describes many types of African adventures, all tailored to your client’s tastes, in this show. Many people have an African safari, or an African cultural experience in their bucket list. Howie describes how you can be the agent to satisfy those clients with a tailored adventure.
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