Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Fake Travel Agent Credentials and Hilton Values Travel Agents

Podcast Six

In this podcast I discussed some of the technical details of making a podcast. The software that I use to produce the podcast is Mixcastlive. For my mobile podcasting I use a Sony Digital voice recorder, ICD-ST25.

I discussed a news article from the Washington Post that cautions people about travel agent card mills where you pay $300 to $600 for an I.D. card that allegedly gives you all kinds of travel perks. The only real travel agent I.D. cards come from International Airline Travel Agent Network or from the Cruise Line International Association.

I discuss another article that says that Hilton is going to begin paying travel agent commissions on a weekly basis. This really points out the value that Hilton places on their relationship with travel agents.

Another article highlights the value that Thrifty Car Rental places on travel agents. They are offering a contest called "Hug Your Travel Agent." They are soliciting stories of how your travel agent saved your vacation or business trip. These stories will be valuable marketing tools that you can use to highlight the value a travel agent brings to the table when you are planning a trip. You can enter the contest at www.hugyouragent.com.

In the second segment I discussed the commissions you might earn when selling travel and how the commission is shared with your host agency. I also brought up our ongoing problem with the Wyndham O'hare hotel.

Thank you for visiting the show notes and I hope you tune in to the podcast. You can link to the podcast at my website at www.hometravelagent.net. You can also email me at barry@hometravelagent.net.

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