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NACTA Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary

The National Association for Career Travel Agents (NACTA) is turning 30 this year, and president Ann Chamberlin and her team are celebrating by opening new NACTA chapters nationwide and launching a new mobile-friendly site.

Heads Up Travel Agents: The ‘Dreaming Period’ for Summer Travel Starts Now

Everyone’s dreaming of summer—so now is the time for travel agents to grab their attention, says a new report from Sojern. 

The Passport Crisis Is Heating Up: What Travel Agents Need to Know

If your passport is expiring this year, you better renew it soon, the State Department said last week. About 125 million Americans hold passports today, and 40% of them—almost 50 million in all—will expire in the next three years.

Consumer Publications Highlight Romance Travel in February

It's Valentine's Day, and the February issues of some top consumer travel magazines will be highlighting romantic destinations. Here's a rundown of some articles your customers will be reading this month.

ASTA Focuses on Five Key Issues for Annual Legislative Day

March 14 and 15 will be ASTA’s Legislative Day on Capitol Hill, and the association and its travel agency members already are prepared with five agenda items to discuss.

Industry Mourns the Ritz Paris

Insiders lament the temporary loss of the iconic Ritz Paris, where more than 60 firefighters spent hours battling a devastating blaze that soared through the roof. 

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The cruise lines are cozying back up to agents, paying higher commissions to win back their favor after agents began turning toward land-based products when cruises became a tough sell. For selling bigger-ticket trips to today's repeat cruisers, traditional agents are the cruise lines' best friends.
  
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Five Things to Cross off Your Checklist before You Travel

1. Clean out your wallet or purse

2. Keep an eye out for large crowds

3.  Learn a little about money customs in the locale where you’re planning to travel

4. Keep your travel plans and destinations off of social media

5. Travel light and carry copies of important documents

 

-Smith & Howard Wealth Management