For travel agents, a new way to ‘get everyone excited, and thinking about new destinations, hotels and brands they might not have considered before.’
What’s the commission on a $240,000 cruise? From Main Street to Wall Street, experts give a thumb’s up to Royal Caribbean’s billion-dollar bet on luxury cruising.
‘We will succeed in North America,’ the company vows, hiring a new SVP for the trade as it quadruples its ships homeported on U.S. soil.
Designed to evoke the great ocean liners of the past, the $900 million, 4,134-passenger, 18-deck Seaview is the 15th ship in MSC’s rapidly growing fleet.
Whether it’s allowed or not, though, travel agents agree that rebating is a slippery slope.
Sure, travel agents love their customers--but as in any loving relationship, little things can drive them crazy. These tips will make you the perfect client that your travel agent wants to do business with over and over again.
For 22 years, Charles Russell carried the injured, and sometimes the dying, out of harm’s way on medical evacuation and critical air transport flights. Saving lives, he knew, was all about working as a team.
That skill at connecting is likely at the heart of Russell’s success in the travel business. Four years after buying a Cruise Planners franchise, the retired Air Force ICU nurse is a million-dollar-plus producer – and he credits his skill at networking with making it all possible.
From about $150,000 in 2014 and double that in 2015 and 2016, “each Wave Season has grown exponentially, to total gross sales of over $1 million last year. I’d say probably 50 percent of my growth is coming from networking; 20-25 percent from word-of-mouth referrals; and 25 percent from some very specific targeted marketing pieces, for which I partnered with my Royal Caribbean BDM,” Russell says.
In honor of Memorial Day and all who have served, here’s the story of a retired Air Force ICU nurse who built a million-dollar travel agency in just four years.
At the Carnival Horizon launch party in New York Harbor, Latifah gave a shout-out to travel agents.
Business is rolling in from Puerto Rico to Europe to the Middle East, said a panel of air, hotel and cruise experts at Valerie Wilson Travel’s ribbon-cutting this week, but there's still a major need for young agents.