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November 20, 2012News for travel agents

  Business and Industry Watch 
  • N.Y., N.J. port authority eyes more high-speed taxiways at airports
    In an effort to decrease the number of air traffic delays, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is looking to add more high-speed taxiways at Newark, JFK and LaGuardia airports. The taxiways can reduce the time it takes to take off or land by 8 seconds, which adds up to a valuable time savings for the airports. JFK already has six high-speed taxiways and the port authority wants to add three more; there are seven at LaGuardia and four at Newark with two more being constructed. The port authority is assessing if it can add more at LaGuardia and Newark. USA Today/Today In The Sky blog (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Trends and Technology 
  • Column: Meetings will see less paper, more high-tech engagement
    The rise of mobile devices and media-distribution platforms will lead to a future meetings industry with less-to-no paper usage and greater engagement with participants, writes meetings-industry consultant Corbin Ball. "The days of finding the event planner by looking for the person carrying the thick 3-ring binder full of paper are rapidly drawing to a close. Meeting planners are trading their heavy paper 'conference bibles' for svelte iPads and other tablets," Ball writes. 4Hoteliers (11/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Travel Weekly Spotlight 
  • Industry comes to aid of others, and its own
    G Adventures had recently converted a school bus into a "bio bus," fueled by vegetable oil, painted it purple and christened it the MV Freedom. The plan was to take the bus on the road to travel events. Instead, its inaugural journey was a very long day's round trip to the Rockaways, an area in the borough of Queens that had been ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  Home-Based Agent Update 
  • Column: Buying local strengthens ties with the community
    Turning to local suppliers for basic needs can help a travel agent form a bond with the neighborhood business community, writes Stephanie Lee, operator of Host Agency Reviews. New leads and travel clients can also arise from these relationships, Lee writes. "Like you, your local vendors feel the pain of online competition or big box stores. Like you, they stay alive by offering an experience or product that the online competition and mega-retailers can't or won't provide," Lee writes. (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Consumer Travel News 
  Regulatory and Legislative 
  • DOT adds regulations to chartered travel operations
    Issues that surfaced from the dissolution of Southern Sky Air & Tours in Myrtle Beach, S.C., have prompted the Department of Transportation to impose new requirements for tour operators and charter groups. The new rules, which include requiring charter operators to "retain direct control of all passenger reservation records," take effect Dec. 13. Travel Weekly (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Best Practices 
  • Column: Generating interest is advertising's main function
    Advertising helps build interest in a travel agency to open up the possibility of a sale to a customer, Richard Earls writes. Completing the next step -- the sale -- depends on the travel agent's abilities. "Advertising will set expectations about your travel agency. You have to demonstrate the ability to deliver on those expectations within the first few minutes of your initial opportunity to begin the sales process, when the client first calls," Earls writes. Travel Research Online (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Small-Business Strategies 
  • How to train yourself to focus on the positive
    Research shows you can train your brain to let go of stress by focusing on the positive things that happen throughout the day and getting inspiration from others who remain upbeat, Michele Hoos writes. Also practice "self-compassion" and let go of self-critical thoughts so you're more focused on the joy in your life, experts say. (11/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 3 ways to enhance workplace morale
    You can boost employee morale by promoting communication throughout the organization and by providing training to your workers. Also, try to add a sense of fun to your business by celebrating employees' birthdays and honoring them for their accomplishments. (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ASTA Spotlight 
  • Make NACTA's calendar your calendar
    The National Association of Career Travel Agents' website features a comprehensive calendar that allows agents to register for webinars, regional meetings, Seminars @ Sea and more. It is the best place to plan your educational opportunities. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Check out ASTAs latest YouTube videos
    ASTA has more than 40 videos available on its YouTube channel. You can find out more about IDE Dubai 2013, see tips about the travel industry and share consumer videos with clients. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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