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 FAMTrips.travel 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 FAMTrips.travel 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)
INCLUDES:

  • 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!

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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.

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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 vacation.com’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

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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:

MyTravelAgencyWorld.com, MyTravelAgencyBlog.com, MyTravelAgencyClub.com, MyDigitalTravelAgency.com

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. Domai.nr

Domai.nr 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.  Domai.nr will also use subdirectories to give you even more options. For example, I entered the keywords “gay social” and Domai.nr generated a list of about 20 names, one of which was “gaysoci.al”, pretty cool, right? Here are a few more names the tool generated:

gay.social, gaysocial.me, gaysoci.al, gayso.ci/al

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 http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ad-code-manager/
Ad Codes Widget http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ad-codez-widget/
Ad Inserter http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ad-inserter/
Ads in Right Bottom http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-right-bottom/
AdSense Manager http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/adsense-manager/
AppAd Manager http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/appad-manager/
Better AdSense Targeting http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…nse-targeting/
Custom Ads Sidebar http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/custom-ads-sidebar/
Float Left Right Advertising http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…t-advertising/
Google AdSense Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/adsense-plugin/
In-Text Advertising http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-text2ad-lite/
Quick Adsense http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/quick-adsense/
Simple Ads Manager http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/simple-ads-manager/
WP Auto Post ADS http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-ads-auto-post/
Yepty – Pay Per Click Advertising. Monetize Blog and SkyRocket Income with Relevant Contextual Ads http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/yepty/
Ad Injection http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ad-injection/

Admin Tools

Admin Management Xtended http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ement-xtended/
Adminimize Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/adminimize/
AIO Cache & Performance http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/aio-cache/
Akismet Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/akismet/
Analytics360 http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/analytics360/
Audit Trail http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/audit-trail/
Ban User By IP http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ban-user-by-ip/
Codepress Admin Columns http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…admin-columns/
Count per Day http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/count-per-day/
Duplicate Post http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/duplicate-post/
Easy Google Analytics for WordPress http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…for-wordpress/
Gallery Carousel Without JetPack http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…thout-jetpack/
GD Press Tools http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/gd-press-tools/
GoCodes http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/gocodes/
Google Analyticator http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-analyticator/
Google Analytics for WordPress plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…for-wordpress/
Google sitemap plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…itemap-plugin/
Google XML Sitemap for Images http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…image-sitemap/
Google XML Sitemap for Mobile Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…obile-sitemap/
Google XML Sitemap for Videos Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ps-for-videos/
Google XML sitemaps Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…map-generator/
Hyper Cache http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/hyper-cache/
Jetpack http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/jetpack/
Peter’s Login Redirect Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ogin-redirect/
PS Auto Sitemap http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ps-auto-sitemap/
Quick Cache ( Speed Without Compromise ) http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/quick-cache/
Quick Count http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/quick-count/
Relevanssi A Better Search http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/relevanssi/
Thank Me Later http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/thank-me-later/
Uji Countdown http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/uji-countdown/
Visitor Maps and Who’s Online http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/visitor-maps/
W3 Total Cache plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/w3-total-cache/
White Label CMS http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/white-label-cms/
WordPress Admin Bar Improved http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-bar-improved/
WordPress Importer http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-importer/
WP Content Copy Protection http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…py-protection/
WP Google Analytics Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…gle-analytics/
WP Greet Box http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-greet-box/
WP Super Cache http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-super-cache/
WP-Activity http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-activity/
WP-Ban http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-ban/
WP-DB Manager http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-dbmanager/
WP-o-Matic http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-o-matic/
WP-PageNavi http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-pagenavi/
WP-PostViews http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-postviews/
WP-Sticky http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-sticky/
Types – Custom Fields and Custom Post Types Management http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/types/
WPtouch http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wptouch/
WP-UserOnline http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-useronline/
XML Sitemap & Google News Feeds http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/xml-sitemap-feed/

Advertising Plugins

Ad Codes Widget http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ad-codez-widget/
Ad Squares Widget http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ad-squares-widget/
Ads in Right Bottom http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-right-bottom/
Chitika http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/chitika-premium/
Float Left Right Advertising http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…t-advertising/
Float Left Right Advertising http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/float-banner/
In-Text Advertising http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-text2ad-lite/
MHR-Banner [Show banner/advertisement on page footer] http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/mhr-banner/
Osiris Signature Banner http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…nature-banner/
WP Bannerize http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-bannerize/

Affiliate Marketing Plugins

123Linkit Affiliate Marketing Tool http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…arketing-tool/
Affiliates http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/affiliates/
AffiLinker Affiliate http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/affilinker/
Amazon Affiliate Link Localizer Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ink-localizer/
Amazon Product In a Post Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…a-post-plugin/
CB Storefront http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/cb-storefront/
ClickBank Press http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/cbpress/
Commission Junction Link Shortcode http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ink-shortcode/
Duplicator Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/duplicator/
Easy Affiliate http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/easy-affiliate/
Infusionsoft Affiliates http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ft-affiliates/
iTunes Affiliate Pro http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…affiliate-pro/
MoneyPress : Commission Junction Edition http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…n-junction-le/
P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/p3-profiler/
Pinterest “Pin It” Button Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…pin-it-button/
Pretty Link Lite Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/pretty-link/
SellFire Affiliate Store Builder http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…store-builder/
Super Amazon Banners http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…mazon-banners/
uContext – Clickbank In-Text Affiliate Links http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ucontext/
WP Auto Affiliate Links http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…filiate-links/

Audio

Audio Player http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/audio-player/
Audiobar http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/audiobar/
CodeArt – Google MP3 Player http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-audio-player/
Flash MP3 Player http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/flash-mp3-player/
Haiku minimalist audio player http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-audio-player/
HTML5 jQuery Audio Player http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-audio-player/
iSimpleDesign Amazon S3 Music Player Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…player-plugin/
MediaElement.js – HTML5 Video & Audio Player http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-audio-player/
MP3-jPlayer http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/mp3-jplayer/
SoundCloud Shortcode http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…oud-shortcode/
Stratus http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/stratus/
WP Audio Player http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-audio-player/
Yahoo! WebPlayer http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/yahoo-media-player/

Author Box

Another Author Box http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/another-author-box/
Author Box After Posts http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…x-after-posts/
Better Author Bio http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/better-author-bio/
Fancier Author Box by ThematoSoup http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/fancier-author-box/
WP About Author http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-about-author/

AWeber / Newsletter

AWeber Integration http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/aweber-integration/
AWeber Web Form Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…b-form-widget/
Easy Automatic Newsletter Lite http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ic-newsletter/
MailChimp Comment Optin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…comment-optin/
Mingle AWeber Signup http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…aweber-signup/
Newsletter http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/newsletter/
Newsletter Manager http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/newsletter-manager/
Newsletter Sign-Up http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/newsletter-sign-up/
What Would Seth Godin Do http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…seth-godin-do/
Wysija Newsletters http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wysija-newsletters/

Backup

BackUpWordPress http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/backupwordpress/
BackWPup http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/backwpup/
Online Backup for WordPress http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wponlinebackup/
Simple Backup http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/simple-backup/
WordPress Backup to Dropbox http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…up-to-dropbox/

Captcha

Captcha http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/captcha/
Captcha Garb http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/captcha-garb/
FunCaptcha – game CAPTCHA http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/funcaptcha/
MyPuzzle Sliding http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/mypuzzle-sliding/
Really Simple CAPTCHA http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…imple-captcha/
SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…for-wordpress/
WP-reCAPTCHA http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-recaptcha/

Coming Soon / Under Construction

Custom Coming Soon Pages http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ing-soon-page/
Site Offline or Coming Soon http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ffline-plugin/
Ultimate Coming Soon Page http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ing-soon-page/
Ultimate Landing Page and Coming Soon Page http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ing-soon-page/
underConstruction http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/underconstruction/
WP Coming Soon http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-coming-soon/

Comments

Comment Redirect http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/comment-redirect/
CommentLuv http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/commentluv/
CubePoints http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/cubepoints/
Disable Comments http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/disable-comments/
Disqus Comment System http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…omment-system/
KeywordLuv http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/keywordluv/
Livefyre Comments 3 http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/livefyre-comments/
Simple Top Commenters http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…op-commenters/
Subscribe to Comments http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…e-to-comments/
Subscribe To Comments Reloaded http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ents-reloaded/
Top Commentators Widget http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…tators-widget/

Contact Forms

cFormsII table http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/cformstable/
Contact Form http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…t-form-plugin/
Contact Form by ContactMe.com http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contactme/
Contact Form Manager http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-form-manager/
ContactBuddy by PluginBuddy.com http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…luginbuddycom/
Custom Contact Forms http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…contact-forms/
Easy Contact Forms http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/easy-contact-forms/
FormBuilder http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/formbuilder/
Formidable Forms http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/formidable/
Gravity Forms Directory http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-forms-addons/
Grunion Contact Form http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-contact-form/
Ninja Forms http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ninja-forms/
SimpleModal Contact Form (SMCF) http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…act-form-smcf/
WordPress Google Form http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wpgform/

Counters

Counterize http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/counterize/
Counterize II http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/counterizeii/
hitcounter http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/hitcounter/
Mechanic Visitor Counter http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…sitor-counter/
Rich Counter http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/rich-counter/
Traffic Counter Widget http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ounter-widget/
Visits counter http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/visits-counter/

Facebook

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

Feeds

Custom Post Type RSS feeds http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…type-rss-feed/
Display Latest Feeds http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…est-rss-feeds/
Embed RSS http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/embed-rss/
FD Feedburner Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/feedburner-plugin/
Featured Image In RSS Feed http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…e-in-rss-feed/
FeedBurner FeedSmith Extend http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/feedburner-setting/
fix-rss-feed http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/fix-rss-feed/
JP’s Get RSS Feed http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/jps-get-rss-feed/
Multi Feed Reader http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/multi-feed-reader/
Readers From RSS 2 Blog Lite http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…om-rss-2-blog/
RSS Feed Checker http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/rss-feed-validator/
RSS Includes Pages http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/rss-includes-pages/
SB RSS feed plus http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sb-rss-feed-plus/
Scroll rss excerpt http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/scroll-rss-excerpt/
Simple Feed Stats http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/simple-feed-stats/
Subscribe / Connect / Follow Widget http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…follow-widget/
Subscribe Me http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sem-subscribe-me/
Super RSS Reader http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/super-rss-reader/
TentBlogger Vimeo, YouTube, RSS Embed http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ube-rss-embed/
WP RSS Multi Importer http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ulti-importer/
WP Simple Rss Feed Reader http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…s-feed-reader/

Instagram

Copygram widget http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/copygram-widget/
Instagram for WordPress http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…for-wordpress/
Instagrate to WordPress http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-to-wordpress/
Instapress http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/instapress/
oEmbed Instagram http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/oembed-instagram/
Simply Instagram http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/simply-instagram/
WP Instagram Digest http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…tagram-digest/
WP-Instaroll http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-instaroll/

Live Chat

Acobot Live Chat Robot

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/acobot/
ClickDesk Live Support – Live Chat – Help Desk Plugin for Websites http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…t-chat-plugin/
Comm100 Live Chat – Chat Plugin for WordPress http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/comm100-live-chat/
FlexyTalk http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/flexytalk-widget/
Live Chat Casengo http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…o-chat-widget/
Live Chat by UserPulse http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…contactusplus/
Live Chat with Multimedia Tools http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/verishow/
WP Live Chat Support http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-chat-support/

Maintenance

Dashboard Maintenance Mode http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ntenance-mode/
Maintenance http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/maintenance/
Maintenance Mode Notify http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…e-mode-notify/
Ultimate Maintenance Mode http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ntenance-mode/
Site Maintenance http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wet-maintenance/
WP Maintenance Mode http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ntenance-mode/

Maps

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

Menu Widget

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

Mobile

Juiz Smart Mobile Admin Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-mobile-admin/
Mobile Smart http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/mobile-smart/
MobileChief – Mobile Site Builder http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-site-creator/
MobilePress http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/mobilepress/
WordPress Mobile Pack http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…s-mobile-pack/
WP Mobile Detector http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-mobile-detector/

Photo / Image

Awesome Flickr Gallery http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…allery-plugin/
Camera slideshow Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/camera-slideshow/
CataBlog http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/catablog/
Dynamic Content Gallery http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…allery-plugin/
Easy Media Gallery http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/easy-media-gallery/
Eazyest Gallery http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/eazyest-gallery/
Facebook Page Photo Gallery http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…photo-gallery/
FancyBox for WordPress http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…for-wordpress/
Google Picasa Viewer http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…albums-viewer/
GRAND FlAGallery http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…album-gallery/
Image Widget http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/image-widget/
kPicasa Gallery http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/kpicasa-gallery/
Lazyest Gallery http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/lazyest-gallery/
Lightbox Gallery plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/lightbox-gallery/
Meteor Slides Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/meteor-slides/
NextGEN Gallery http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/nextgen-gallery/
oQey Gallery http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/oqey-gallery/
Page Flip Image Gallery http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…image-gallery/
PhotoSmash Galleries http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ash-galleries/
Photospace Gallery Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/photospace/
Portfolio Slideshow http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…lio-slideshow/
SEO Friendly Images http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/seo-image/
Slideshow http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…image-gallery/
Slideshow Gallery http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/slideshow-gallery/
TheThe Image Slider http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-image-slider/
WordPress Image Slider Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/soliloquy-lite/
WOW Slider http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wowslider/
WP Photo Album Plus http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…to-album-plus/
WP Smush.it http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-smushit/
Yet Another Photoblog http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…her-photoblog/
ZenphotoPress http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/zenphotopress/

Pinterest

Pinterest “Follow” Button http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…follow-button/
Pinterest “Pin It” Button http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…pin-it-button/
Pinterest Block http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/pinterest-block/
Pinterest Image Pin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…est-image-pin/
Pinterest Lightbox http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/pinterest-lightbox/
Pinterest Pinboard Widget http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…nboard-widget/

Podcasting

Blubrry PowerPress Podcasting plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/powerpress/
Podlove Podcast Publisher http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…for-wordpress/
Podlove Web Player http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/podlove-web-player/
podPress http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/podpress/
Post video players, slideshow albums, photo galleries and music / podcast playlist http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…allery-plugin/
Seriously Simple Podcasting http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…le-podcasting/

Polls

Colored Vote Polls http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/colored-vote-polls/
Pinnion Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/pinnion/
Polldaddy Polls & Ratings http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/polldaddy/
Pollphin for WordPress http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-pollphin/
Simply Poll http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/simply-poll/
Skysa Polls App http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/skysa-polls-app/
Skysa Polls App http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/skysa-polls-app/
Social Polls by OpinionStage http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-opinionstage/
WP-Polls http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-polls/
YOP Poll http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/yop-poll/

Quiz

mTouch Quiz http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/mtouch-quiz/
Quiz http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/quiz/
SlickQuiz http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/slickquiz/
SS Quiz http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ssquiz/
Watu http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/watu/
Wp-Pro-Quiz http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-pro-quiz/
WPQuiz http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wpquiz/

Ratings

(WTI Like Post) Thumbs up/down Plugin for WordPress http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wti-like-post/
Author Post Ratings http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-post-ratings/
EC Stars Rating http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ec-stars-rating/
GD Star Rating http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/gd-star-rating/
kk Star Ratings http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/kk-star-ratings/
Post Ratings http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/post-ratings/
Rating-Widget http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/rating-widget/
WP-PostRatings http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-postratings/

Related Posts

All Related Posts http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/all-related-posts/
Better Related Posts http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/better-related/
Contextual Related Posts http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…related-posts/
Editorial Assistant by Zemanta http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/zemanta/
Related Posts http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/related-posts/
Related Posts via Categories http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ia-categories/
Yet Another Related Posts Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-posts-plugin/

Security

6Scan Security http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/6scan-protection/
Anti-Malware (Get Off Malicious Scripts) http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/gotmls/
Antispam Bee http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/antispam-bee/
AskApache Password Protect http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…sword-protect/
Better WP Security http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/better-wp-security/
BulletProof Security http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…roof-security/
Defensio Anti-Spam http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/defensio-anti-spam/
Fast Secure Contact Form http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/si-contact-form/
Force Strong Passwords http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ong-passwords/
Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…pambot-plugin/
Limit Login Attempts http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ogin-attempts/
Lockdown WP Admin Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/lockdown-wp-admin/
Login Security Solution http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…rity-solution/
Login Security Solution Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…rity-solution/
NoSpamNX http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/nospamnx/
Secure WordPress http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/secure-wordpress/
Simple Login Lockdown http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ogin-lockdown/
Wordfence Security http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordfence/
WordPress File Monitor Plus http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-monitor-plus/
WP Security Scan http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-security-scan/

SEO

All in One SEO Pack Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-one-seo-pack/
All in One Webmaster http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…one-webmaster/
cbnet Ping Optimizer Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ing-optimizer/
EWWW Image Optimizer http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…age-optimizer/
Google Site Verification Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…cation-plugin/
HeadSpace2 SEO http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/headspace2/
jsDelivr – WordPress CDN Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ss-cdn-plugin/
Nofollow Case by Case http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-case-by-case/
Nofollow for external link http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…external-link/
Quick Page/Post Redirect Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…direct-plugin/
Redirection http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/redirection/
SEO Auto Links & Related Posts http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/seo-alrp/
SEO Content Control http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ntent-control/
SEO Friendly Images http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/seo-image/
SEO Rank Reporter http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/seo-rank-reporter/
SEO SearchTerms Tagging 2 http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…rms-tagging-2/
SEO Smart Links http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…tomatic-links/
SEO Ultimate http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/seo-ultimate/
Ultimate Nofollow http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/nofollow/
WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-seo/

Shopping Cart / E-Commerce

Bigcommerce http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…e-bigcommerce/
Cart66 Lite :: WordPress Ecommerce http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/cart66-lite/
Easy Donation http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/easy-donation/
Ecwid Shopping Cart http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…shopping-cart/
eShop http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/eshop/
FoxyPress http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/foxypress/
Jigoshop http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/jigoshop/
OrderStorm WordPress e-Commerce http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ss-e-commerce/
Prospress http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/prospress/
Quick Shop http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/quick-shop/
Ready! Ecommerce Shopping Cart http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ready-ecommerce/
Simple Cart & Buy Now http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-cart-buy-now/
Store Locator Plus http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/store-locator-le/
TheCartPress eCommerce Shopping Cart http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/thecartpress/
Welcart e-Commerce http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/usc-e-shop/
WooCommerce – excelling eCommerce http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/woocommerce/
WordPress Simple Paypal Shopping Cart http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…shopping-cart/
WordPress Ultra Simple Paypal Shopping Cart http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…shopping-cart/
WordPress Ultra Simple Paypal Shopping Cart http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…shopping-cart/
WP Auctions http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-auctions/
WP e-Commerce http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-e-commerce/
WP E-Commerce Dashboard http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…board-widgets/
WP e-Commerce Product Showroom http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…duct-showroom/
WP E-Commerce Weight & Destination Shipping Modules http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…gion-shipping/
wpStoreCart Ajax Ecommerce http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wpstorecart/
Zingiri Web Shop http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/zingiri-web-shop/

Short-codes

Arconix Shortcodes http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/arconix-shortcodes/
Column Shortcodes http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/column-shortcodes/
Display Posts Shortcode http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…sts-shortcode/
Post Content Shortcodes http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…nt-shortcodes/
Shortcode Exec PHP http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/shortcode-exec-php/
Shortcoder http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/shortcoder/
Shortcodes Pro http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/shortcodes-pro/
Shortcodes Ultimate http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…odes-ultimate/
WordPress Shortcodes http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/synved-shortcodes/

Sidebars

Content Aware Sidebars http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ware-sidebars/
Custom sidebars http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/custom-sidebars/
Multiple Sidebars http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/multiple-sidebars/
Per Page Sidebars http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/per-page-sidebars/
Sidebar Manager Light http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…manager-light/
Simple Page Sidebars http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…page-sidebars/
Unique Page Sidebars http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…page-sidebars/
WordPress Custom Sidebar http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ustom-sidebar/

Social

Artiss Social Bookmarks http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ial-bookmarks/
Floating Social Media Icon http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…al-media-icon/
GetSocial http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/getsocial/
iLike Social Media Optimization http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-optimization/
InsiteBar Plugin for WordPress http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/insitebar/
Lifestream http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/lifestream/
Most Shared Posts – Social Media counter for Twitter, Facebook & Google+ http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/most-shared-posts/
NextScripts: Social Networks Auto-Poster http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ook-twitter-g/
Share Buttons by AddThis http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/addthis/
Shareaholic | email, bookmark, share buttons http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sexybookmarks/
SharePress http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sharepress/
ShareThis: Share Buttons and Sharing Analytics http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/share-this/
Sharexy – powerful social sharing and bookmarking tool (with floating widget) http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sharexy/
Simple Share Buttons Adder http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…buttons-adder/
Simple Social Icons http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-social-icons/
Slick Social Share Buttons http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…share-buttons/
Social http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/social/
Social Crowd http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/social-crowd/
Social Discussions http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…s/screenshots/
Social Essentials – Social Stats and Sharing Buttons http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…s/screenshots/
Social Login http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/oa-social-login/
Social Login, Social Sharing, Social Commenting and more! http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…for-wordpress/
Social Media Tabs http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/social-media-tabs/
Social Media Widget http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-media-widget/
Social Slider http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/social-slider/
Social Toolbar http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/social-toolbar/
WP MashSocial Wigdet http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…social-wigdet/
WP Social SEO Booster – Knowledge Graph Social Signals SEO http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…l-seo-booster/
WP Socializer http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-socializer/
WP-AutoSocial http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-autosocial/

Survey

db-form http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/db-form/
Feedweb http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/feedweb/
Pinnion Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/pinnion/
SurveyPress http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/surveypress/
WebEngage Feedback, Survey and Notification http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/webengage/
WordPress Simple Survey http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…simple-survey/

Tags

BuddyPress Group Tags http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ss-group-tags/
Configurable Tag Cloud (CTC) http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-cloud-widget/
Media Tags http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/media-tags/
Multi-column Tag Map http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…olumn-tag-map/
Simple Tagging http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…agging-plugin/
Strictly Auto Tags http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/strictly-autotags/
Tag Groups http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tag-groups/

Translater

Google Language Translator http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ge-translator/
GTS Translation Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/gts-translation/
Polylang (multilingual content management) http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/polylang/
qTranslate http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/qtranslate/
Translate This Blog Translator http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…og-translator/
Translate This Button http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…e-this-button/
Transposh WordPress Translation http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…for-wordpress/

Twitter

Animated Twitter Bird http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-twitter-bird/
Follow Me Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/follow-me/
Rotating Tweets (Twitter widget and shortcode) http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/rotatingtweets/
Tweet Blender http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tweet-blender/
Tweet Old Post http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tweet-old-post/
Tweet2Download http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tweet2download/
TweetMeme Button http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tweetmeme/
Twitter Digest http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/twitter-digest/
Twitter Fans (Like Box for Twitter) http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/twitter-fans/
Twitter Mentions As Comments http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…s-as-comments/
Twitter Tools http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/twitter-tools/
Twitter Widget Pro http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/twitter-widget-pro/
WP to Twitter http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-to-twitter/
WP-Twitter Retweet Button http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…etweet-button/

User Management

Members http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/members/
Sabre http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sabre/
Spam Free WordPress http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ree-wordpress/
Spammer Blocker http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/spammer-blocker/
Stop Spammer Registrations Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ations-plugin/
User Role Editor http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/user-role-editor/
WangGuard http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wangguard/
WP User Avatar http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-user-avatar/
WP-CMS Post Control http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-post-control/

Video

All Video Gallery Plugin for WordPress http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/all-video-gallery/
Audio And Video Player http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-video-player/
Cool Video Gallery http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/cool-video-gallery/
External Videos http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/external-videos/
Fluid Video Embeds http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/fluid-video-embeds/
HTML5 Videos http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/html5-videos/
JW Player for WordPress – Flash & HTML5 Video Player http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…for-wordpress/
ProPlayer http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/proplayer/
Secure HTML5 Video Player http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-video-player/
Smart YouTube PRO http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/smart-youtube/
Smooth Streaming Video Player (SVP) http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-video-player/
Stream Video Player http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-video-player/
Stream Video Player http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-video-player/
SZ – Video for WordPress http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sz-video/
TubePress http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tubepress/
Ultimate Video Gallery http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ultimate-gallery/
Video Embed & Thumbnail Generator http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ail-generator/
Video List Manager http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/video-list-manager/
WordPress Video Gallery http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…video-gallery/
WordPress Video Player http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/player/
WordPress Video Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-video-plugin/
Workbox Video from Vimeo & Youtube Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…outube-plugin/
WP Video Posts http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-video-posts/
WP Youtube channel gallery http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…annel-gallery/
WP YouTube Player http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-youtube-player/
YouTube http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/youtube-embed-plus/
YouTube Channel http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/youtube-channel/
Youtube Channel Gallery http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…annel-gallery/
Youtube Channel Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…nnel-showcase/

WYSIWYG Editor

Customized WYSIWYG Editor Page Widths http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…r-page-widths/
Drag And Drop HTML Visual Editor With CKEditor And Web Page Builder! WYSIWYG http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/plugnedit/
Gravity Forms WYSIWYG http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…forms-wysiwyg/
Smart WYSIWYG Blocks Of Content http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ks-of-content/
TinyMCE Advanced http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tinymce-advanced/
Ultimate TinyMCE http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ultimate-tinymce/

Others

Advanced Access Manager http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ccess-manager/
Advanced Code Editor http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…d-code-editor/
Author hReview http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/author-hreview/
BBQ: Block Bad Queries http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/block-bad-queries/
Benchmark Email Lite http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…rk-email-lite/
Better Internal Link Search http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…l-link-search/
Better Plugin Compatibility Control http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ility-control/
Black Studio TinyMCE Widget http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…inymce-widget/
Broken Link Checker http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-link-checker/
Code Snippets http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/code-snippets/
Comprehensive Google Map Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…le-map-plugin/
Drag & Drop Featured Image http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…eatured-image/
Drop Shadow Boxes http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/drop-shadow-boxes/
Easy Digital Downloads http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…tal-downloads/
Easy Recipe http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/easyrecipe/
Easy Theme and Plugin Upgrades http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ugin-upgrades/
Edit Flow http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/edit-flow/
Enhanced Text Widget http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…d-text-widget/
Exclude Pages http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/exclude-pages/
FitVids jQuery Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…for-wordpress/
Flexible Posts Widget http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-posts-widget/
GC Testimonials http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/gc-testimonials/
Global Content Blocks http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ontent-blocks/
Google Drive for WordPress http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-google-drive/
Google Plus Badge http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-plus-badge/
Google Rank Badge http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-rank-badge/
Hupso Share Buttons for Twitter, Facebook & Google+ http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…cebook-google/
Infinite-Scroll http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/infinite-scroll/
Lazy Load http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/lazy-load/
Lazy Widget Loader http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/lazy-widget-loader/
Liveblog http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/liveblog/
MapPress Easy Google Maps http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…for-wordpress/
nrelate Most Popular http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-most-popular/
Optin Revolution: WordPress Popup http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/optin-revolution/
Page Links To http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/page-links-to/
Personal Favicon http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/personal-favicon/
PHP Code for posts http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/php-code-for-posts/
Pingback Killer http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/pingback-killer/
Plugin Organizer http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/plugin-organizer/
Pricing Table http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/pricing-table/
Print Friendly and PDF Button http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/printfriendly/
Public Post Preview http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-post-preview/
Rewrite Rules Inspector http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…les-inspector/
SEO Auto Linker http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/seo-auto-linker/
SEO Facebook Comment http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…book-comments/
Simple Login Log http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/simple-login-log/
SlideDeck 2 Lite Responsive Content Slider http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/slidedeck2/
Spam Free WordPress http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ree-wordpress/
TablePress http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tablepress/
Terms descriptions http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/terms-descriptions/
Testimonials by WooThemes http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-by-woothemes/
True Google 404 http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/true-google404/
Ultimate Tag Cloud Widget http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-cloud-widget/
upPrev http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/upprev/
User Switching http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/user-switching/
Widget Builder http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/widget-builder/
Widgetize Pages Light http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…e-pages-light/
WordPress File Monitor Plus http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…-monitor-plus/
WordPress Importer http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-importer/
WordPress Ping Optimizer http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ing-optimizer/
WP Document Revisions http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ent-revisions/
WP Google Fonts http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-google-fonts/
WP Parallax Content Slider Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ontent-slider/
WP Publication Archive http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…ation-archive/
WP-EMail http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-email/
WP-HTML-Compression http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…l-compression/

 

Few More SEO Related Plugins

SEO Tools http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…tic-seo-tools/
Keyword Strategy Internal Links http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/…nternal-links/
SEO Plugin by SQUIRRLY http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/squirrly-seo/
AtContent. Increase SEO and Readership! Free! http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/atcontent/

Others

Music Store http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/music-store/
Goo.gl http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/googl/

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
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.

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

Free Tickets to Seaworld for Travel Agents

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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Explore the benefits:

  • Become an expert by exploring our 11 parks for the first time, or again!
  • You can receive CEU Credits, plus free tickets!*
  • Our all new course includes updated information on all our parks, interactive games, and information on our Travel Agent website and how you can earn commissions on tickets as well as vacation packages.

*Must be an IATAN or CLIA affiliated agent to register

*Free tickets issues to qualified agents who complete the training course

*Tickets are not valid at Discovery Cove and SEA reserves the right to cancel benefit at any time.

Free Admission to Seaworld for Travel Agents

Attention all Home Based and Independent Travel Agents: Enough is Enough – We must take a stand!

Update: 6/23/14 – GOGO Vacations Responds with the following FAQ:

FAQ on GOGO Agreement

Q: It seems this agreement is one sided in GOGO’s favor and that GOGO can now sue me/my agency for any issue because it eliminates all liability on GOGO’s end.  Is this true?

A: As a third party in the vacation-planning process, GOGO does not interact with the consumer and has no control over the actions of the travel agent or agency.  Therefore, we need to protect ourselves should the case of fraud arise.  In the unlikely event an agent or agency commits fraud and GOGO is brought into the lawsuit by the consumer, this agreement states that GOGO is not responsible for any errors or omissions made by the travel agent or agency.

As with the vast majority of travel service providers, GOGO, as a wholesale travel provider, does not own, operate, manage or control the travel service providers used by GOGO.  Accordingly, GOGO has a strong disclaimer of liability, quite common in the industry, to protect itself from claims arising out of incidents while an individual is under the control of a third-party travel service provider.

Rest assured, GOGO still remains liable for its own negligent acts and omissions that may cause or give rise to a lawsuit or claim.

Q: If my clients have/are having a bad vacation experience, does this contract say that GOGO will not be responsible?

A: No. GOGO will continue to help our travel agent partners should an issue arise with any aspect of a

booking made through GOGO, including the hotel, airline and car rental.  As some of you have experienced already, GOGO works together with the travel consultant to help rectify the situation for the traveler.   If that negative experience arose out of GOGO’s negligent acts or omissions, then GOGO shall remain liable. However, should the client’s negative experience result from the way the travel products and services was offered and sold by the travel agent, or due to some neglect in how the information, including pricing, was conveyed by the travel agent to the client, then GOGO is not liable. Q: If my agency and GOGO get sued, does my agency have to cover GOGO’s legal costs?

A: Only if GOGO has been brought into the lawsuit because of an act or omission on the travel agent’s part, such as fraud or neglect.  If GOGO is brought into a lawsuit where GOGO is found to have no fault, and GOGO incurs legal costs, this agreement allows us to reserve the right to ask for reimbursement for those legal expenses.

Q: Why is this agreement even in place?

A: GOGO’s relationship is with you, the travel agency and in an effort to document that relationship, GOGO has a sub agent agreement with you. This agreement sets out various aspects of the relationship with you, including the commission to be paid to you, how payments for products will be made, how information shall be treated and how disputes and issues will be dealt with. Such agreements are commonplace and most, if not all, travel wholesalers have something similar in place.

Q: I am a part of a consortia, do I have to still sign this?

A: Ultimately it will depend upon GOGO’s agreement with the consortia entity and what protections are afforded to GOGO with respect to the acts and omissions of the consortia members. As previously stated, GOGO’s relationship is with you, the travel agency and accordingly the sub agent agreement helps to document this relationship.

Q: Why did you introduce this agreement now?

A: GOGO has actually had this agreement in place for some time.  When you signed up with GOGO, you agreed to these terms.  The difference now is that we have added two new indemnity events to cover: (i) any chargebacks or bounced checks by the travel agent or the travel agent’s customer; and (ii) any claims by travel agent’s employees, sub-contractors or independent consultants for payment of commission. In both instances, GOGO’s relationship is with you, the travel agency and not the customer or the travel agent’s employees, sub-contractors or independent consultants. Following an increase in fraudulent activity on the agency side and an increase in chargebacks due to the travel agency not making the customer aware of the cost involved or that GOGO Vacations may appear as the merchant on their statement, GOGO has introduced these additional protections.  GOGO has no control over what is said to the travel agent’s customer or how it is said. If for some reason a charge is disputed by the customer and GOGO loses the dispute, GOGO needs to hold the agency accountable for failing to convey the proper information.  GOGO is still required to pay the hotel and other service providers and therefore need to be able to collect what is due to these travel vendors.

We take great pride in our business and we need to ensure we protect it for all parties involved, from our staffers to your agency.  If there are any other questions you have regarding this agreement, we would be happy to discuss further.


 

Original Post 6/9/2014:

I don’t have time to read every travel related article from all the different trade publications on any consistent basis but I happened to stumble upon an article on Travel Weekly’s website today which really burned me up. Travel Weekly The author is Mark Pestronk, whom I have never met before and don’t know from Adam.

The article talks about Gogo’s new sales agreement and how it relieves them from all responsibility and liability with regard to payments (or lack thereof), client mishaps, potential lawsuits and several other things. Gogo VacationsBasically, we as independent and often home-based agents are going to be responsible, of course, unless we pass the buck on to our clients. In the Travel Weekly article, written as a Q&A and originally posted here, Mr. Mark Pestronk posts the following:

Q: Gogo Vacations has issued a new “Sub-Agent Agreement” that it requires retailers to sign. That agreement appears to contain several clauses that, among other things, disclaim liability for whatever happens on a trip. Does such an agreement help us defend against client claims by binding our client to these disclaimers, or does it make it even more vital that we get clients to agree to our own disclaimer protecting our agency? Also, if our frontline agent signs the Gogo agreement as part of the booking process, would such a signature bind our agency? A: Gogo’s agreement does not bind your client; nor does it protect you. If your client sues you for a loss or injury during a trip, Gogo’s agreement effectively prevents you from getting Gogo to cover your client’s loss, so you need your own disclaimer more than ever. You can find free sample disclaimers for your agency at www.pestronk.com/free.html, but remember that sample forms cannot cover every problem that arises. Gogo’s own disclaimer is very comprehensive: “The Travel Agents’ use of the products hereunder provided by Gogo Vacations are [sic] at Travel Agents’ own risk and that Gogo Vacations is supplying all products on an ‘as is’ basis without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, and Gogo Vacations hereby disclaims all warranties.” Gogo’s agreement not only protects itself from liability but it also shifts liability onto your agency to a greater extent than any other industry contract I have seen. Even the ARC agreement is not as one-sided. For example, the agreement states, “The Travel Agent indemnifies and keeps indemnified Gogo Vacations against all losses, damages, claims, costs (including reasonable attorney fees), demands and expenses which Gogo Vacations may sustain or incur directly or indirectly from or concerning: (i) any failure by the customer … to pay for the booked Products in accordance with Gogo Vacations payment terms as advised from time to time; (ii) any chargebacks or bounced checks by the … customer ;… (v) any injury or death to any customer or any person howsoever caused arising out of the sale of the Products; and (vi) any damage, loss or theft of any property belonging to any customer.” So if your client fails to make a final payment, your agency owes it. If your client’s credit card is dishonored, your agency owes the money. If the client successfully disputes a credit card charge after the trip, your agency is on the hook to Gogo. In addition, the paragraph quoted above makes your agency the insurer against anything that can go wrong on a trip, including injury or death. If Gogo gets sued by your client for any reason, you must pay its attorney’s fees. If an accident is determined to be Gogo’s fault, you must reimburse Gogo for the amount of the judgment against it. If your client’s property is stolen at the resort, you must cover any verdict against Gogo. If your frontline agent signs Gogo’s agreement, the signature would probably not bind your agency because he or she would have no actual or implied authority to do so. No one below the position of manager would normally have such authority, but it is always safer to instruct your employees not to sign any contracts. Mark Pestronk is a Washington-based lawyer specializing in travel law. To submit a question for Legal Briefs, email him at [email protected]

Reading this completely blows my mind. Why? Because so many of us are home based and don’t have the financial resources to pay an attorney to draw up a bunch of mumbo jumbo, much less keep up with all the ways the next greedy travel company can screw us over. The multi-national companies are passing the buck to the agent and now we’re expected to pass it on to the client? What role do host agencies play into a scenario like this? Oh, let me guess – I need to hire an attorney to figure that out too?

Do you know how many hundreds of thousands of affiliate programs exist out there? Every major company, website, store, service and blog offers an affiliate program – often times, paying much more than the travel industry standard of 10%, too. So, one can get 10% commission just for having a user click on a link that leads to a sale directly with a supplier and there’s virtually no risk, whatsoever. Why is it that a travel agent essentially does the work a supplier would’ve had to do had the deal been direct between the end user and the supplier? It seems obvious to me that an arrangement like that saves the supplier overhead, right?

The whole model needs to be seriously evaluated and flipped on its head.  Home based agents and travel agencies in general save the supplier money and it’s not right that commissions continue to be slashed yet we have to deal with BS like this.

Let’s not forget the greedy host agency who is going to snatch anywhere from 10-60% of your earnings with their grubby little hands. Greedy Travel Host AgenciesThis, of course, after they have charged you a fee to access a GDS system, for example,  when in reality there getting incentives for every single segment you book.

The solution to all of this?

Choose your preferred suppliers, service providers, host agency (if you absolutely must have one), consortia and associations carefully. We vote with our money and the  fastest way to create change is to stop the cash from flowing!

Fight Back Against the Host Agencies and Travel SuppliersOkay, I’m done venting and being negative. I just had to get that out. What are your thoughts? How are you “fighting back”?

I’ve contacted Gogo for a response to the original article as well. It’s been a few weeks and I never received a response.

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!

 

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!

 

Travel Deals  |  China Tours  |  Yangtze River Cruise  |  Asia Tours  |  Customization  |  Free Brochure
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

Training Session – Sales & Marketing 101

Sales & Marketing 101 for Travel Agents

Trying to figure out how to successfully market to your target audience to drive leads to your business? Check out “Sales & Marketing 101” for some advice, guidance and a little motivation to get you on the right track!

 

Last Minute Travel Agent Carnival Cruise Fares

Carnival Last Minute Travel Agent Cruise Fares

Last Minute Travel Agent Cruise Fares Being Offered by Carnival! Some Excellent Deals and Perfect Opportunity to Check out any of the Ships you haven’t had the opportunity to explore yet!

Carnival is calling all Travel Professionals to take advantage of our exclusive last minute deals for your personal travel. These deals won’t last long, so book your Carnival cruise today and let the FUN begin!

For more information on these and other great Carnival offers, visit the “Sales” page on GoCCL.com. To book, visit GoCCL.com or your GDS.

Ship / Length / Disembarkation
 Date
Interior
Ocean V
Balcony
CARNIVAL BREEZE 6 Day Miami 5/18/14 $169 $189 $209
CARNIVAL BREEZE 8 Day Miami 5/24/14 $179 $199 $219
CARNIVAL CONQUEST 7 Day Miami 5/11/14 $169 $189 $209
CARNIVAL DREAM 7 Day New Orleans 5/4/14 $169 $189 $339
CARNIVAL DREAM 7 Day New Orleans 5/18/14 $169 $189 $209
CARNIVAL DREAM 7 Day New Orleans 5/25/14 $169 $189 $209
CARNIVAL ECSTASY 4 Day Miami 5/19/14 $109 $139 N/A
CARNIVAL ELATION 5 Day New Orleans 5/31/14 $129 $149 N/A
CARNIVAL GLORY 7 Day Miami 5/17/14 $169 $189 N/A
CARNIVAL GLORY 7 Day Miami 5/24/14 $169 $189 $209
CARNIVAL IMAGINATION 4 Day Long Beach 5/25/14 $109 $139 N/A
CARNIVAL INSPIRATION 4 Day Long Beach 5/26/14 $109 $139 N/A
CARNIVAL LEGEND 7 Day Tampa 5/18/14 N/A $189 $209
CARNIVAL LEGEND 7 Day Tampa 6/1/14 $169 $189 $209
CARNIVAL LIBERTY 8 Day Orlando 5/9/14 $169 N/A N/A

 

Terms and Conditions:

Cruise rates are in US dollars, per person and based on double occupancy. Offer is capacity controlled and is not combinable with any other discount or promotional offer. Category restrictions and exclusions apply. Carnival reserves the right to withdraw and/or change offer at any time without prior notice. Cruise fare does not include Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses. Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses range from $42.38 to $324.27, and are assessed on a per guest basis and according to the itinerary. Travel agent may select the stateroom, but a minimum purchase of category 4A is required. Qualifying travel agents are permitted to book one cabin. Verification documents must be submitted to [email protected] for confirmed reservations within 72 hours for cruises outside one week prior to sailing and 24 hours for cruises within one week prior to sailing. Carnival reserves the right to assess a change fee according to the date of the request, the length of the cruise, and the actual cruise sail date. Cancellation penalties apply. Valid on new bookings only. Please request rate code PTA. Ships’ Registry: The Bahamas, Panama & Malta.

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RATES STARTING FROM   INTERIOR  OCEAN VIEW  BALCONY
CARNIVAL LIBERTY 7 Day Orlando 5/17/14 $169 $189 $209
CARNIVAL LIBERTY 7 Day Orlando 5/24/14 $169 $189 $209
CARNIVAL LIBERTY 7 Day Orlando 5/31/14 $169 $189 $209
CARNIVAL MIRACLE 7 Day Seattle 5/20/14 $269 $289 $329
CARNIVAL MIRACLE 7 Day Seattle 5/27/14 $269 $289 $329
CARNIVAL PRIDE 7 Day Baltimore 5/4/14 $169 $189 $309
CARNIVAL PRIDE 7 Day Baltimore 5/25/14 $169 $189 $209
CARNIVAL SUNSHINE 8 Day Orlando 5/2/14 $179 $199 $219
CARNIVAL SUNSHINE 7 Day Orlando 5/10/14 $169 $189 N/A
CARNIVAL SUNSHINE 8 Day Orlando 5/17/14 $179 $199 N/A
CARNIVAL SUNSHINE 8 Day Orlando 5/25/14 $129 $149 N/A
CARNIVAL SUNSHINE 8 Day Orlando 5/30/14 $179 $199 $219
CARNIVAL SPLENDOR 8 Day New York 6/17/14 $179 $199 $219
CARNIVAL VALOR 7 Day San Juan 5/4/14 $169 $209 $259
CARNIVAL VALOR 7 Day San Juan 5/25/14 $169 $189 $209
CARNIVAL VALOR 7 Day San Juan 6/15/14 $169 $189 $209
CARNIVAL VICTORY 5 Day Miami 5/3/14 $129 $149 $169
CARNIVAL VICTORY 5 Day Miami 5/12/14 $129 $149 $169
CARNIVAL VICTORY 5 Day Miami 5/17/14 $129 $149 $169
CARNIVAL VICTORY 5 Day Miami 5/26/14 $129 $149 $169

 

Terms and Conditions:

Cruise rates are in US dollars, per person and based on double occupancy. Offer is capacity controlled and is not combinable with any other discount or promotional offer. Category restrictions and exclusions apply. Carnival reserves the right to withdraw and/or change offer at any time without prior notice. Cruise fare does not include Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses. Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses range from $42.38 to $324.27, and are assessed on a per guest basis and according to the itinerary. Travel agent may select the stateroom, but a minimum purchase of category 4A is required. Qualifying travel agents are permitted to book one cabin. Verification documents must be submitted to [email protected] for confirmed reservations within 72 hours for cruises outside one week prior to sailing and 24 hours for cruises within one week prior to sailing. Carnival reserves the right to assess a change fee according to the date of the request, the length of the cruise, and the actual cruise sail date. Cancellation penalties apply. Valid on new bookings only. Please request rate code PTA. Ships’ Registry: The Bahamas, Panama & Malta.

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Special Limited Time Offer for Private Villa FAM in Troncones, Mexico

Troncones Private Villa Travel Agent FAM

Incredible Private Villa in Troncones, Mexico – Save $100 if you pay in full by April 20th!

Just 20 Minutes from Ixtapa and Zihuatanjeo…

Troncones, Mexico

$895 $795

Save an extra $100 if you book and pay in full by Friday, April 20!

per week for your entire party of up to 8 guests in a beachfront, private villa and guest house nestled on a quiet beach. Available May, June, July, August and September.

Special Pricing for Agents and Their Companions Only!
Pay in 2 payments of $447.50* OR pay in full by April 20th and SAVE an extra $100!!!

This charming, Italian Farmhouse style villa and guest house with infinity pool and staff is available for any week between May 1 and September 30 of this year. Located in Troncones, a small and quiet beach town popular with surfers and Conveniently located just a short drive to several popular destinations…Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo and Acapulco. You can get to know several destinations in one trip and still have plenty of time to relax and enjoy this peaceful retreat.

Upon arrival, you will enter from a beautiful garden setting to a unique two bedroom villa with stucco walls and beamed ceilings. You can look straight through the home, past the gorgeous infinity edge pool, to gaze upon the majestic Pacific Ocean. The living room, dining room and kitchen of the main house all have expansive views of the ocean. This very private house is tastefully decorated in keeping with the Italian design, which is reflecetd in the details like hand painted sconces from Sicily, and ceramics from different parts of Italy.

Take your pick from either of the ensuite bedrooms, each with queen beds and tastefully appointed. Sunbathe on the deck surrounding the two-level infinity pool, or take a stroll down the private path to the beach below. Kitchen is fully equipped, including a confection oven.

The two story guest house located in the back of the property offers privacy from the main house. The first floor is a garage, kitchen and eating area. The second floor is a large bedroom with queen size bed, two full beds and large bathroom. The balcony offers views of the garden and the ocean. Maid service is included, a gardener and pool person is on site daily to make sure all is well. A gratuity of $100 per week is required upon departure. Click here for more photos!
*(First payment due 4-20-2014 and final payment due 5-20-14. Payment Plan only available for dates of travel 6-20-14 or later.) Agent Rate is per week for the entire villa for up to 8 guests including agent!
Please email Rachel Kelly at [email protected] for more information or to reserve your week now!

Explore Mexico’s Pacific Coast

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Special Pricing for Agents and Their Companions Only!
Pay in 2 payments of $447.50* OR pay in full by April 20th and SAVE an extra $100!!!This charming, Italian Farmhouse style villa and guest house with infinity pool and staff is available for any week between May 1 and September 30 of this year. Located in Troncones, a small and quiet beach town popular with surfers and Conveniently located just a short drive to several popular destinations…Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo and Acapulco. You can get to know several destinations in one trip and still have plenty of time to relax and enjoy this peaceful retreat.

Upon arrival, you will enter from a beautiful garden setting to a unique two bedroom villa with stucco walls and beamed ceilings. You can look straight through the home, past the gorgeous infinity edge pool, to gaze upon the majestic Pacific Ocean. The living room, dining room and kitchen of the main house all have expansive views of the ocean. This very private house is tastefully decorated in keeping with the Italian design, which is reflecetd in the details like hand painted sconces from Sicily, and ceramics from different parts of Italy.

Take your pick from either of the ensuite bedrooms, each with queen beds and tastefully appointed. Sunbathe on the deck surrounding the two-level infinity pool, or take a stroll down the private path to the beach below. Kitchen is fully equipped, including a confection oven.

The two story guest house located in the back of the property offers privacy from the main house. The first floor is a garage, kitchen and eating area. The second floor is a large bedroom with queen size bed, two full beds and large bathroom. The balcony offers views of the garden and the ocean. Maid service is included, a gardener and pool person is on site daily to make sure all is well. A gratuity of $100 per week is required upon departure. Click here for more photos!

*(First payment due 4-20-2014 and final payment due 5-20-14. Payment Plan only available for dates of travel 6-20-14 or later.) Agent Rate is per week for the entire villa for up to 8 guests including agent!
Please email Rachel Kelly at [email protected] for more information or to reserve your week now!

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Special Pricing for Agents and Their Companions Only!
Pay in 2 payments of $447.50* OR pay in full by April 20th and SAVE an extra $100!!!This charming, Italian Farmhouse style villa and guest house with infinity pool and staff is available for any week between May 1 and September 30 of this year. Located in Troncones, a small and quiet beach town popular with surfers and Conveniently located just a short drive to several popular destinations…Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo and Acapulco. You can get to know several destinations in one trip and still have plenty of time to relax and enjoy this peaceful retreat.

Upon arrival, you will enter from a beautiful garden setting to a unique two bedroom villa with stucco walls and beamed ceilings. You can look straight through the home, past the gorgeous infinity edge pool, to gaze upon the majestic Pacific Ocean. The living room, dining room and kitchen of the main house all have expansive views of the ocean. This very private house is tastefully decorated in keeping with the Italian design, which is reflecetd in the details like hand painted sconces from Sicily, and ceramics from different parts of Italy.

Take your pick from either of the ensuite bedrooms, each with queen beds and tastefully appointed. Sunbathe on the deck surrounding the two-level infinity pool, or take a stroll down the private path to the beach below. Kitchen is fully equipped, including a confection oven.

The two story guest house located in the back of the property offers privacy from the main house. The first floor is a garage, kitchen and eating area. The second floor is a large bedroom with queen size bed, two full beds and large bathroom. The balcony offers views of the garden and the ocean. Maid service is included, a gardener and pool person is on site daily to make sure all is well. A gratuity of $100 per week is required upon departure. Click here for more photos!

*(First payment due 4-20-2014 and final payment due 5-20-14. Payment Plan only available for dates of travel 6-20-14 or later.) Agent Rate is per week for the entire villa for up to 8 guests including agent!
Please email Rachel Kelly at [email protected] for more information or to reserve your week now!

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