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326 - Score a Great Fam Trip With Anchorage Wild Expert

2012-12-02 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 326 // //
COHOSTED SEGMENTJody Overstreet and David Kasser join us in the co-hosted segment to talk about the new training modules they are adding to the Anchorage Wild Expert (AWE) program. The training modules offered by Visit Anchorage in their AWE program are designed as a fun way to learn all about what the Anchorage area has to offer your clients. Completing the fifteen minute modules will put you in the running for one of Visit Anchorage premier familiarization trips. These fam trips offer free airfare from any city serviced by Alaska Airlines; and, the trips are much more than hotel tours. You will experience what the great Alaska outdoors has to offer. Take a look at Lorene's YouTube presentation of her Visit Alaska fam trip where she observed the start of the Iditarod last March. A link to Lorene's YouTube presentation is in the "link" section below.Listen to the show and learn more about the beautiful Anchorage area and how Visit Anchorage can help you thrill your clients with a trip of a lifetime.LINKS TO ITEMS WE'VE DISCUSSED IN THE SHOW Visit Anchorage Travel Professional Web PageLorene's YouTube Presentation Showing Her Fam Trip Experience in AlaskaCONNECT WITH USThe Home Based Travel Agent Show Facebook PageSharp Tongued Consulting Facebook Page Sharped Tongued Consulting - Lorene's Travel Agent WebsiteBarry's Facebook PageLorene's Facebook PageEmail Barry at barry@hometravelagent.netEmail Lorene at sharptongued@mac.comThank you for listening to the Home Based Travel Agent Podcast.


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325 - The Northern Lights and Culinary Delights With Salmon Berry Tours

2012-12-01 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 325
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COHOSTED SEGMENTLorene and I had an enjoyable experience interviewing Candice McDonald, the owner of Salmon Berry Tours. Candice was joined by her co-workers Debora Dawn and Mandy to discuss their winter tours to the Iditarod dog sled races, to an exotic lodge to watch the northern lights at midnight and their summertime culinary tour where guests enjoy a variety of Alaska seafood. It wasn't long into the interview before I got a real sense that these three ladies enjoy working with their guests and  love bringing them to experiences that will create memories for life. I think you will get a sense, when you listen to the interview, that these are people you will want to work with.Salmon Berry Tours will work with you to give your clients the time of their lives with their package tours, or they will help you design a custom tour for your client.LINKS TO ITEMS WE'VE DISCUSSED IN THE SHOWOn the web at Salmon Berry Tours or call them at (907) 278-3572 and toll free at (888) 878-3572. Sharped Tongued Consulting - Lorene's Travel Agent WebsiteCONNECT WITH USThe Home Based Travel Agent Show Facebook PageSharp Tongued Consulting Facebook PageBarry's Facebook PageLorene's Facebook PageEmail Barry at barry@hometravelagent.netEmail Lorene at sharptongued@mac.comThank you for listening to the Home Based Travel Agent Podcast.


Lily Frost "Enchantment" (mp3) from "Cine-magique" (Aporia Records)
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324 - Cruise the Alaska Coast With Lorene on the Alaska Dream Cruise

2012-10-19 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 323 // //
COHOSTED SEGMENTJoin Lorene as she describes her experience cruising the Alaskan coastline aboard the small ship, Admiralty Dream of the Alaskan Dream Cruise Lines. Lorene provides vivid details of whale sightings, kayak adventures, wildlife and exquisite meals aboard the ship. Lorene's experience is an audio brochure that will convince you or your clients that a small ship cruise is an experience that lasts a lifetime.LINKS TO ITEMS WE'VE DISCUSSED IN THE SHOWAlaskan Dream Cruises Sharped Tongued Consulting - Lorene's Travel Agent WebsiteCONNECT WITH USThe Home Based Travel Agent Show Facebook PageSharp Tongued Consulting Facebook PageBarry's Facebook PageLorene's Facebook PageEmail Barry at barry@hometravelagent.netEmail Lorene at sharptongued@mac.comThank you for listening to the Home Based Travel Agent Podcast.


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323 - Increase Your Sales by Expanding Into the Gay and Lesbian Travel Marketplace

2012-08-26 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 323 // // COHOSTED SEGMENTThe International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) is an organization promoting tourism in the gay community. John Tanzella talks about how you can become a business partner with IGLTA as a travel agent to promote your business to gay and lesbian travelers. IGLTA is featured in more than twenty media outlets in addition to their popular website and Facebook page. Learn how you can use this exposure to promote your business in the gay and lesbian travel market. You can learn more at the IGLTA convention coming to Chicago May 2nd through 4th, 2013. Listen to the show and earn more about this opportunity to expand your market.LINKS TO ITEMS WE'VE DISCUSSED IN THE SHOWIGLTA Organization WebsiteIGLTA Convention WebsiteCONNECT WITH USThe Home Based Travel Agent Show Facebook PageSharp Tongued Consulting Facebook PageBarry's Facebook PageLorene's Facebook PageEmail Barry at barry@hometravelagent.netEmail Lorene at sharptongued@mac.comThank you for listening to the Home Based Travel Agent Podcast.


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322 - Learn About a Cruise Experience That Will Make Your Client Come Back For More

2012-07-15 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 322
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COHOSTED SEGMENTIn today's show we talk with Lisa Presley. Lisa is the home based channel director for the Globus Family of Brands. Lisa describes many of the advantages for a travel agent to become a part of the Globus Family. We also hear about Lisa's recent first hand experience about her Avalon riverboat cruise of the Rhine. This interview will will inform you about a great family of products you can add to your inventory and generate excitement that you can pass along to your clients about river boat cruising.LINKS TO ITEMS WE'VE DISCUSSED IN THE SHOWGlobus Family Partners Travel Agent SiteEmail Lisa at lpresley@globusfamily.comCONNECT WITH USThe Home Based Travel Agent Show Facebook PageSharp Tongued Consulting Facebook PageBarry's Facebook PageLorene's Facebook PageEmail Barry at barry@hometravelagent.netEmail Lorene at sharptongued@mac.comThank you for listening to the Home Based Travel Agent Podcast.


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321 - Pinterest, A Big Deal for Your Business or Just Another Social Site

2012-06-18 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 321

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COHOSTED SEGMENT Pinterest is a social media site where you create your own bulletin board to share your interests and other people's interests. Catherine Heeg joins the show and explains how Pinterest is a powerful tool to promote your travel business. Catherine offers many ideas on the show about how to use Pinterest, the terminology associated with Pinterest, and how to use the site to expand your marketing efforts. You can learn more by reading the article on Catherine's blog, "Thirteen Pinterest Tips for the Travel Agent." You can learn more about Catherine at her website, http://www.cmsspeaking.com/, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/customizedmanagementsolutions.


Visit us on Facebook – The Home Based Travel Agent Show at http://www.facebook.com/HBTAS Barry at http://www.facebook.com/barry.kantz Lorene at http://www.facebook.com/lorener Gary at http://www.facebook.com/gary.ebels Check out Lorenes travel agent website at www.sharptonguedconsulting.com. Thank you for listening to the Home Based Travel Agent Podcast. You can email me at barry@hometravelagent.net or email Lorene at sharptongued@mac.com and Gary at wdwgary@gmail.com.


Sweet Chocolate Joseph Rockefeller "Brown Sugar Bear" (mp3) from "Original 1970's Blaxploitation Instrumental Tracks" (Distrophonix)
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320 - Maximize Your Profit Potential With Luxury Hotels and Resorts

2012-05-13 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)


Podcast Number 319

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COHOSTED SEGMENT

Earning your client's loyalty is the number one goal of the Starwood brand of hotels and resorts. Chris Austin, Starwood's Vice President of programs and education for the travel professional explains that you will receive credit from your client when you send them to a property they love. This translates to repeat business and referrals to maximize your profit potential. The Starwood Pro educational program is designed to help you earn your client's loyalty. In today's show Chris explains the various modules of the Starwood Pro program and highlights some of the many benefits you will receive by completing the program. Take a few minutes and listen in and learn about the Starwood Pro program.





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Thank you for listening to the Home Based Travel Agent Podcast. You can email me at barry@hometravelagent.net or email Lorene at sharptongued@mac.com and Gary at wdwgary@gmail.com.




Kerri Chandler
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from "House Legends: Kerri Chandler"
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319 - Pack Your Bags For This Alaskan Dream Cruise

2012-04-22 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 319
 Special Edition

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COHOSTED SEGMENT Every once and a while a great opportunity comes up that Lorene and I want to pass along to you. This show is a special edition to let you know about a FAM trip that you can take advantage of to expand your product line and bring a very unique product to your clients. Alaskan Dream Cruises along with NACTA is offering a FAM trip to familiarize you with a small ship cruise that will bring you up close to amazing wildlife and the beauty of the Alaska coastline. You will experience shore trips on all terrain vehicles and take a personal watercraft called a Zeego to explore some of Alaska's beautiful waterways. While on board you will experience excellent cuisine, including fresh seafood from Alaska.

The FAM cruise leaves Sitka, Alaska on June 23, 2012 and returns to Sitka on June 30, 2012. The cruise includes all dining and shore trips, exactly what your clients will experience when they sail with Alaskan Dream Cruises. Listen to the show and hear Michael Wien describe the beauty and excitement you will experience on this great FAM trip.

You can learn more by logging in to the NACTA website or immediately begin the qualification process by clicking the link following NACTA's description of the FAM below. You can learn more about opportunities to grow you business with Alaskan Dream Cruises by calling the toll free number, 855-747-8100.

 Alaskan Dream Cruises Your fabulous cruise on the Admiral Dream will depart Sitka on an 8 day cruise on June 23, returning to Sitka on June 30, 2012. Qualification is required. Click on the following link for qualification. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHVPYTRZY3BEUkJqOXhIYkN3aDdheVE6MQ



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Camilo Carrara
"The Swan (O Cisne)" (mp3)
from "Forest and Acoustic Guitar"
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318 - What's New And Exciting At Disney

2012-04-15 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 318

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COHOSTED SEGMENT Gary Ebels joins the show and gives us an update on many new and exciting things happening at Disney properties. Gary fills us in on a brand new value resort that will bring the family together in family suites. The Magic Kingdom is undergoing some renovation and Gary and fills us in on the new Fantasy Land. Plus there are many opportunities for the travel professional to take advantage of through the Disney Travel Agent website. Join us for some great information for the Disney fan or for the Disney Travel Agent.

Links
NACTA site - http://www.nacta.com/index.aspx

 The Disney Travel Agent Site - http://www.disneytravelagents.com/portal/site/dta-domestic/

 Walt Disney World Website - http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/

 Disneyland site - http://disneyland.disney.go.com/

Disney Cruise Line - http://disneycruise.disney.go.com/


Some good sites for updates and information -

Allears - http://allears.net/index.html

WDW Radio - http://www.wdwradio.com/

Inside the Magic - http://www.insidethemagic.net/

Orlando Travel Agent Website - http://trade.visitorlando.com/

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Check out Lorenes travel agent website at www.sharptonguedconsulting.com.

Thank you for listening to the Home Based Travel Agent Podcast. You can email me at barry@hometravelagent.net or email Lorene at sharptongued@mac.com and Gary at wdwgary@gmail.com.

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317 - Catherine Heeg Explains How to Find Content to Put Into Your Travel Agent Blog

2012-03-10 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 317 Find more travel business related content at the TRAVEL CONSULTANT ACADEMY.


COHOSTED SEGMENT Catherine Heeg is an expert on using social media to increase the travel consultant's exposure to potential and existing clients. Catherine is full of ideas about how you can find interesting content that will attract readers to your blog. If you haven't created a blog for your travel business and not knowing what to write about is one of the challenges that is stopping you, then this show is for you. Catherine conducts webinars and she is a highly valued speaker at travel professional events. You can learn more about Catherine and her many talents by visiting her website at www.cmsspeaking.com. You will find a link to Catherine's blog at her website.

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2012-02-26 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)


Podcast Number 316

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COHOSTED SEGMENT

Ann VanLeeuwen joins Lorene and Barry on today's show to discuss the National Association of Career Travel Agents (NACTA). Ann is the Vice President of NACTA and she describes some of the many benefits NACTA offers travel agents. Members of NACTA receive the Agent Life magazine and the opportunity to participate in the NACTA Agent Digest. The Digest is where agents help other agents by giving advice and answering questions. NACTA events for members include Seminars at Sea, other familiarization trips, plus many training opportunities and seminars. NACTA membership is a great value for the travel agent. You can contact Ann at AVL@NACTA.COM or explore their website at www.nacta.com.

Ann makes an important announcement during the co-hosted segment about the Home Based Travel Agent Show. The Home Based Travel Agent show joins other great travel professional organizations such as CLIA and ASTA as an affiliate member of NACTA. Our affiliate membership recognizes The Home Based Travel Agent Show as a valuable resource for the travel trade community. Lorene and I are very proud of this affiliation and look forward to the new relationship with NACTA.





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What does it mean to be a travel agent?





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315 - Key Elements and Best Practices to Build Your Travel Business

2012-02-10 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 315 Find more travel business related content at the TRAVEL CONSULTANT ACADEMY.


COHOSTED SEGMENT Cris DeSouza from Celebrity Cruise Lines joins the show to talk about best practices and key elements to build your travel business. This show is full of gems you can use and put into practice that will take your business to the next level. The information you hear in this show will build your business whether you specialize in land based travel or cruises. Grab a pencil and a pad of paper because you will want to take notes and create an outline that will have you selling more travel products in 2012.

Travel News The focus in this show is on building your business so we have dispensed with the news items for today.

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314 – Learn About Anchorage And Win A Fam Trip

2012-01-15 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 314

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COHOSTED SEGMENT Join the fun and become an Anchorage Wild Expert (AWE) and possibly win a familiarization trip to Anchorage. Jody Overstreet and David Kasser join us in the co hosted segment where we talk about the great destination of Anchorage, Alaska. Jody and David are from the Anchorage Convention and Visitors' Bureau. Jody and David explain the AWE certification program that, when completed, will allow you access to the AWE Alumni Facebook page. You can win Fam trips by participating in contests on the AWE Facebook page and continue your learning about Anchorage. A new Anchorage.net website will go online next week where travel trade professionals will find easy access to information about the AWE training and other great content for the travel professional. Join us by listening to the show and learn more about the exciting opportunities offered by the Anchorage Convention and Visitors' Bureau. The best way to contact David or Jody is by email at; joverstreet@anchorage.net or dkasser@anchorage.net.  

Travel News

The Los Angeles Times Travel Show coming in late January

Near term travel trends

Disney cancels Mexico cruises

Visit us on Facebook – Barry at http://www.facebook.com/barry.kantz Lorene at http://www.facebook.com/lorener Gary at http://www.facebook.com/gary.ebels. Join the Home Based Travel Agent Show Facebook Group. On Twitter Lorene’s Twitter name is lorener Barry’s Twitter name is kantzb Gary's Twitter name is gary222 Check out Lorenes travel agent website at www.sharptonguedconsulting.com. Thank you for listening to the Home Based Travel Agent Podcast. You can email me at barry@hometravelagent.net or email Lorene at sharptongued@mac.com and Gary at wdwgary@gmail.com.



AURAH "I Decree Peace" (mp3) from "Etherea Borealis" (Very Music, Inc.)
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313 - Are You Using Social Media as Part of Your Marketing Strategy?

2011-12-30 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 313  

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COHOSTED SEGMENT Are you using social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter to develop presence and credibility for your travel business? If not, you should be. Catherine Heeg of Customized Management Solutions joins Barry and Lorene to discuss the potential of social media in getting your message out to potential clients. Don't miss this show, the last of 2011, to learn about the potential of connecting with people who may become clients. Contact Catherine at (403) 726-0171 or through her website at www.cmsspeaking.com.

Travel News Are travel agents making a comeback - Yes! Here's an opportunity to learn more about the niche market of medical and wellness travel A prediction that travel spending is increasing in 2012

Visit us on Facebook – Barry at http://www.facebook.com/barry.kantz Lorene at http://www.facebook.com/lorener Gary at http://www.facebook.com/gary.ebels. Join the Home Based Travel Agent Show Facebook Group. On Twitter Lorene’s Twitter name is lorener Barry’s Twitter name is kantzb Gary's Twitter name is gary222 Check out Lorenes travel agent website at www.sharptonguedconsulting.com. Thank you for listening to the Home Based Travel Agent Podcast. You can email me at barry@hometravelagent.net or email Lorene at sharptongued@mac.com and Gary at wdwgary@gmail.com.



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312 - How You Can Become Your Own Custom Tour Company

2011-12-18 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

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COHOSTED SEGMENT Have you ever considered tapping into the affinity groups with customized tours for such groups as the Red Hat Ladies, your local church groups or the local garden club? Or, how about creating a special tour for your honeymoon clients? Chris Babb joins the show today to talk about his company, The Group Tour Company. Chris' company can help you create those special tours with your own branding using a wish book of sites, attractions and hotels for locations along the East Coast. Your clients can experience the attractions of such places as New York City, Washington D.C., New England, Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia. Listen to the show and learn how you can expand your market or enhance your niche. You can contact Chris at 800-424-8895. Or, drop him an email at chris@grouuptourcompany.com. And, you can visit the website at www.grouptourcompany.com to learn more.

Travel News How can travel suppliers leverage virtual assistants to help travel agents? Two travel agents receive the "top travel agent" award for agents under 30 years of age. The distinction is awarded by Travel Agent Magazine. What is airline ancillary revenue and what does that mean to the travel agent?

Visit us on Facebook – Barry at http://www.facebook.com/barry.kantz Lorene at http://www.facebook.com/lorener Gary at http://www.facebook.com/gary.ebels. Join the Home Based Travel Agent Show Facebook Group. On Twitter Lorene’s Twitter name is lorener Barry’s Twitter name is kantzb Gary's Twitter name is gary222 Check out Lorenes travel agent website at www.sharptonguedconsulting.com. Thank you for listening to the Home Based Travel Agent Podcast. You can email me at barry@hometravelagent.net or email Lorene at sharptongued@mac.com and Gary at wdwgary@gmail.com.



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311 - What Are 10 Things You Need To Become A Successful Travel Agent?

2011-12-04 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

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COHOSTED SEGMENT Here are ten things an independent travel consultant should know to build a successful business. Kelly Bergin, the Vice President for Business Development at Oasis Agents, details the ten things on today's show. Kelly is a long time travel professional and Oasis Agents has been in business twenty-five years. Also on today's show, Kelly announced an new program at Oasis Agents for people who want to start a career as a travel consultant. The new program begins in January of 2012. You can learn more by listening to the show or clicking on the links above, or contact Kelly by email at Kelly@oasisagents.com or by telephone at (800) 613-8380 extension 120. Oasis Agents can be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/oasisagentcom.

Travel News Jon Jones, one of our listeners responded to our questions posed on Show 310, "how does Siri on the new iPhone respond when asked to find a travel agent?" Jon produced a nice video showing Siri's response. This is a good video to watch if you've never seen Siri in action, or maybe you don't know who Siri is and want to find out. Check out Jon's production at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKsixjcCXdI&feature=youtu.be

Visit us on Facebook – Barry at http://www.facebook.com/barry.kantz Lorene at http://www.facebook.com/lorener Gary at http://www.facebook.com/gary.ebels. Join the Home Based Travel Agent Show Facebook Group. On Twitter Lorene’s Twitter name is lorener Barry’s Twitter name is kantzb Gary's Twitter name is gary222 Check out Lorenes travel agent website at www.sharptonguedconsulting.com. Thank you for listening to the Home Based Travel Agent Podcast. You can email me at barry@hometravelagent.net or email Lorene at sharptongued@mac.com and Gary at wdwgary@gmail.com.



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310 - Australia is Just a Click Away With AATKings

2011-11-13 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

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COHOSTED SEGMENT Australia and New Zeeland are great destinations to add to your line up of products you offer to clients. Jeff Adam from AAT Kings tours join Barry and Lorene on today's show. Jeff talks about the many products for touring Australia and New Zeeland offered by AAT Kings. Many of the tours come in modules so you can build your client a uniquely tailored tour experience that fits their desires and budget. AAT Kings is offering a live webinar this Friday, November 18, 2011, where you can learn about the many product offerings and an opportunity to win cash cards and a trip for two to Australia. Sign up by going to http://www.aatkings.com/us/webinars.php. The webinar will be recorded if you can't attend the live version on November 18th. Don't miss AAT Kings booth if you are attending the Luxury Travel Expo in Las Vegas happening from December 6 through 10, 2011. Jeff will be there to entertain you with a variety of animals from the Land Down Under.

Travel News
Marketing to the millennial generation
Air sales by travel agents up six percent
Booking travel using voice commands
Airliners flying in formation

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309 - NACTA Annual Conference

2011-11-06 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 309
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COHOSTED SEGMENT Familiarization (fam) trips expand your knowledge of destinations. Many fam trips offer classes to go along with the destination experience. Lorene recently attended NACTA's Annual Conference at Sea. MSC Cruise Lines hosted the event taking travel agents on a fall color tour of the Northeastern seaboard. Along the way Lorene attended courses and presentations offered by travel suppliers and vendors. One exciting session Lorene talks about on this show was a two hour presentation by Catherine Hegg. Catherine discussed the importance of blogging strategies to incorporate into your social media marketing plan. Listen in and learn about the great opportunities you can experience on fam trips.

Travel News Los Angeles Times Travel Show Travel spending up 26% The purchase of travel and tourism products by foreign visitors is up by 11% compared to last year

Visit us on Facebook – Barry at http://www.facebook.com/barry.kantz Lorene at http://www.facebook.com/lorener Gary at http://www.facebook.com/gary.ebels. Join the Home Based Travel Agent Show Facebook Group. On Twitter Lorene’s Twitter name is lorener Barry’s Twitter name is kantzb Gary's Twitter name is gary222 Check out Lorenes travel agent website at www.sharptonguedconsulting.com. Thank you for listening to the Home Based Travel Agent Podcast. You can email me at barry@hometravelagent.net or email Lorene at sharptongued@mac.com and Gary at wdwgary@gmail.com.



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308 - Travel Agents Learn How to Become Full Service by Selling Airline Tickets

2011-10-16 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)


Podcast Number 308

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COHOSTED SEGMENT

Bobbi Hamida joins us for part two of his interview. Bobbi is the Strategic Air Director for the host agency Nexion. In this segment we discuss how travel agents can become full service agents without purchasing and learning a Global Distribution System (GDS). Why book a cruise for your clients and then send them to the internet to find flights to their embarkation point. That's a recipe for giving away business. Nexion has developed a point and click interface that allows you to book air for your clients and collect a commission. You can learn more about this exciting service by listening to the show.





Travel News

National Cruise Vacation Week offers travel agents the opportunity to give their clients exceptional value for a cruise vacation.

Disney World turns 40

The best all inclusive vacation values





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307 - The Travel Business Where Change is Constant and Education is Imperative

2011-10-08 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

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COHOSTED SEGMENT The travel business is in a constant state of change and that is why travel agent training is so important. Bobbi Hamadi from the host agency Nexion joins our show to talk about travel agent training. Nexion University is launching next week and is a remarkable product that will bring your training to one central location.  We also delve into the process of becoming a travel agent and how Nexion's "Power Up" program has you selling travel in short order.

Travel News A story about how Steve Jobs inspired this couple to achieve business and travel independence Princess Cruise Lines awarded for its blog, "50 Essential Experiences: The Travel Bucket List." Hawaii hotels are experiencing a boost in occupancy rates and price.

Visit us on Facebook – Barry at http://www.facebook.com/barry.kantz Lorene at http://www.facebook.com/lorener Gary at http://www.facebook.com/gary.ebels. Join the Home Based Travel Agent Show Facebook Group. On Twitter Lorene’s Twitter name is lorener Barry’s Twitter name is kantzb Gary's Twitter name is gary222 Check out Lorenes travel agent website at www.sharptonguedconsulting.com. Thank you for listening to the Home Based Travel Agent Podcast. You can email me at barry@hometravelagent.net or email Lorene at sharptongued@mac.com and Gary at wdwgary@gmail.com.



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306 - the Royal Kona Resort, A Great Value for Your Clients

2011-09-25 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 306

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COHOSTED SEGMENT Jay Rubenstein of the Royal Kona Resort joins the show and tells us about the great amenities of the resort and the fantastic value offered to your clients. The Royal Kona is a privately owned resort on the Big Island of Hawaii and offers a taste of old Hawaii with modern facilities and unparalleled customer service. Jay describes the resort, amenities, food and the specials offered to your clients at the resort. We started this segment with Lorene but here Mifi connection failed. Lorene visited the Royal Kona Resort on her recent NACTA fam trip and was very impressed by the facility. Unfortunately she was not able to share her enthusiasm about the resort when Jay was on the show. So, we brought Lorene back for another segment where she relates her impressions and experiences with the resort. You can contact Jay at jayr@hawaiianhotels.com or give him a call at (808) 930-3249. Or you can visit their travel agent website at www.hhrtravelagents.net. Jay will take care of your clients and you when you book at the Royal Kona Resort. I know you will get a sense of the great customer service he provides when you listen to the interview.

Travel News We did not have a travel news segment in today's show. We did this in the interest of time because our goal is to keep the show within a forty minute time frame. We substituted Lorene's impressions of the Royal Kona Resort for the news segment.

Visit us on Facebook – Barry at http://www.facebook.com/barry.kantz Lorene at http://www.facebook.com/lorener Gary at http://www.facebook.com/gary.ebels. Join the Home Based Travel Agent Show Facebook Group. On Twitter Lorene’s Twitter name is lorener Barry’s Twitter name is kantzb Gary's Twitter name is gary222 Check out Lorenes travel agent website at www.sharptonguedconsulting.com. Thank you for listening to the Home Based Travel Agent Podcast. You can email me at barry@hometravelagent.net or email Lorene at sharptongued@mac.com and Gary at wdwgary@gmail.com.



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305 - Learn About Exciting Disney Products for Your Travel Business

2011-09-11 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

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COHOSTED SEGMENT Gary Ebels produces a Disney segment for today's show. Gary describes Disney's new and improved travel agent website. Gary talks about the workflow of the Disney Travel Agent site and talks about the many products you can access there. A little known product is Disney Adventures which is a tour product with tours in Asia, Europe, South America, the Pacific and the United States. Another product is the new Disney resort in Hawaii, the Alani. Gary encourages travel agents to become familiar with these many offerings because they broaden the offering for your clients and help you increase your income. Listen to the show and learn more.

Travel News Azamara Cruise Lines is offering travel agents special incentives Skip Fortier honored as a top travel agent Special deep discounted rates offered to travel agents at Costa Rica Marriott Hotels

Visit us on Facebook – Barry at http://www.facebook.com/barry.kantz Lorene at http://www.facebook.com/lorener Gary at http://www.facebook.com/gary.ebels. Join the Home Based Travel Agent Show Facebook Group. On Twitter Lorene’s Twitter name is lorener Barry’s Twitter name is kantzb Gary's Twitter name is gary222 Check out Lorenes travel agent website at www.sharptonguedconsulting.com. Thank you for listening to the Home Based Travel Agent Podcast. You can email me at barry@hometravelagent.net or email Lorene at sharptongued@mac.com and Gary at wdwgary@gmail.com.



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304 - Travel Agent Support From OSSN

2011-09-04 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 304

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COHOSTED SEGMENT

In today's show we talk about the Outside Sales Support Network (OSSN). Gary Fee the president of OSSN joins Lorene and Barry to discuss the many benefits OSSN offers travel agent. The goal of OSSN is to ensure the success of your travel business. OSSN offers education related programs, familiarization trips, online networking and 80 chapters throughout the country where you will have face-to-face contact with your peers. Lorene and I hope you take the opportunity to listen to the show and learn what OSSN offers you.




Travel News

Inspiration from the world's oldest travel agent

Royal Caribbean offers a cruise and a Universal theme park package

Disney opens a Hawaii luxury resort









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303 - Are You Starting or Growing Your Travel Business? This Show is for You!

2011-08-28 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 303

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COHOSTED SEGMENT

On today's show our guest is Anita Pagliasso. Anita is the author of two books, "From Home Based to Power House," and her recent book, "How I Made a Small Fortune as a Home Based Travel Agent." Anita has a companion CD full of documents to help you grow your business, prevent mistakes and help clients. During our show Anita describes her books and shares her knowledge of the travel business. You will learn a couple of great tips during the course of the show that you will want to immediately incorporate in your travel business.

You can find Anita's books and CD at her website, www.redticketproductions.com. You don't want to miss out on these excellent resources for your business and they are reasonably priced. Listen to the show and find out more!




Travel News

President Obama's comments about obsolet travel agents provide a teaching moment for the profession

Answers to questions about hurricanes and travel insurance









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302 - A Down to Earth Tour of Hawaii

2011-08-21 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 302

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COHOSTED SEGMENT

In today's show we talk about very untypical tours of Hawaii. Earth Bound Tourswill give your clients a glimpse of the Hawaiian agricultural and culinary community. The tours are a learning experience that take



clients to interesting places like a sustainable mushroom farm, lavender farms, abalone farms and much more. Your clients engage in true learning experiences from the people who run the farms. The tours end with a meal that is a culinary experience linked to the farms. Jim Reddekopp, the founder of Earth Bound Tours, encourages travel agents and tour operators to contact him to arrange an unforgettable experience for your clients.

Jim and his family own the Hawaiian Vanilla Company that is the family's vanilla farm. The Hawaiian Vanilla Company has a great gift shop for your clients to browse through when they tour the vanilla farm. If  you would like to get a flavor for the gift shop without going to Hawaii, the shop is on line and accessed at www.hawaiianvanilla.com. You will find culinary delights and recipes at the on line gift shop.



Join us on the show and learn more about Earth Bound Tours and the Hawaiian Vanilla Company.




Travel News

Today in the travel news segment I depart from hard news and talk about a Google service that measures the public's interest in travel. The service is Google's Domestic Trends. There are several trends that are tracked including travel, luxury goods, air travel, mortgages, jobs and many others. Within the travel trends graph, Google tracks queries related to such terms as Las Vegas, hotels, airlines, car rental, flights and other travel related terms. The tracking is graphed over time so you can see patterns of when people are interested in travel. With this service you can overlay other trends on the travel trend graph and compare interest in travel to the rise and fall of the S&P 500, other major indexes or individual stocks.

One interesting trend I noted was that interest in travel drops significantly from October through December. This drop has occurred every year for the past five years. On the other hand, the searches for travel significantly increase beginning in May and continues through July. My guess is that people are traveling in the last half of the year and looking to book their vacations in May, June, July and August. This Google service is an interesting device that may help you time your advertising campaign to peak times of the year or to increase your advertising efforts based on other factors affecting travel.









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287 - Disney Cruises and Disney Education for the Travel Agent

2011-04-30 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 287 Try GoToMeeting Free for Thirty Days BUSINESS SEGMENT Don't fight the internet as competition, use it in your favor. Do your research and learn your strengths in your market niche. CO HOSTED SEGMENT Gary Ebels talks about Disney Cruises…

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286 - The World of Coffee and What SEO Means for Your Travel Business

2011-04-10 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 286 BUSINESS SEGMENT Search engine optimization (SEO) and what it means for your travel agent business. Check out this article in PC World if you want some quick tips in writing on how to optimize your website. The article is titled, "Five…

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285 - Promote Yourself as a Destination Expert on Hearplanet

2011-03-28 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 285 CO HOSTED SEGMENT Steven Echtman joins the show to talk about Hearplanet. Hearplanet is a personal tour guide in your pocket. Actually it's a sophisticated app for your iPhone or Android powered smart phone. Geolocation along with power…

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284 - Don't Overlook Your Special Needs Clients Whether at Sea or on Land!

2011-03-20 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 284 BUSINESS SEGMENT Increase you sales by finding opportunities to partner with other businesses in your area. CO HOSTED SEGMENT The Special Needs Group, also know as Special Needs At Sea, offers you the opportunity to expand your business…

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283 - NACTA The Travel Agent's Water Cooler, Where You Go For Support and Education

2011-03-13 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 283 BUSINESS SEGMENT Learn how to become a well known travel expert in your hometown. CO HOSTED SEGMENT Bob Duglin, the Director of Industry Relations for the National Association of Career Travel Agents (NACTA), joins Lorene and Barry in t…

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282 - Explore the Vallarta Botanical Gardens With Lorene in Puerto Vallarta

2011-03-07 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 282 BUSINESS SEGMENT What makes a great travel agent? It's more than talking and convincing. It's how you make your clients feel! CO HOSTED SEGMENT When Lorene traveled to Puerto Vallarta she took the opportunity to record a segment of the…

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281 - A Great Destination Resource and QR Codes for Your Business

2011-02-27 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 281 BUSINESS SEGMENT What are QR codes and what do they mean for your business? These codes are popping up everywhere. You will find them on business cards, on stickers placed about anywhere, on products or anything else you can imagine. Th…

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280 - Avoya Travel Leads to Increasing Your Business

2011-02-20 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 280 BUSINESS SEGMENT Accept credit cards anywhere and at anytime with these new smart phone apps. Intuit, the company that owns Quickbooks is offering a free app and reader device for your smart phone to allow you to accept credit cards. Im…

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279 - Putting Together a Theme Cruise and Helping Your Clients Rave About You

2011-02-13 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 279 BUSINESS SEGMENT Testimonials are great sales tools everyone should employ to drive business.  Don't leave your client scratching their head about what to write when you ask them for a testimonial.  Bust through a client's writer's bloc…

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278 - Reflections of a Travel Agent and What's in a Name

2011-01-30 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 278 BUSINESS SEGMENT Barry talks about how to organize and name the files on your computer.  The key is to organize and name your files so you can quickly locate them in the future.  Here are examples of the naming conventions Barry talks a…

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277 - The Chocolate Farm and Travel Agent Licensing

2011-01-24 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 277 BUSINESS SEGMENT Do you need a license in your state to sell travel?  Barry tells you how to find out if you must obtain a license or register as a seller of travel. CO HOSTED SEGMENT Who wouldn't want to visit a chocolate farm?  Will L…

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276 - Branding Your Business and Viking Riverboat Cruises

2011-01-16 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 276 BUSINESS SEGMENT Creating a brand for your business will help you gain business. Barry defines what a brand is and how you can create a brand for your travel business. CO HOSTED SEGMENT Mike Weldon from Viking Riverboat Cruise lines joi…

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275 - Taking Your Business to a New Level in 2011

2011-01-09 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 275 BUSINESS SEGMENT Grace Murray Hopper said, "A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for."  Setting goals is like setting a course to take your business out of its safe harbor and taking it to a new level - after all,…

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274 - Lawful Endorsements and Creations from Koa Wood

2011-01-03 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 274 BUSINESS SEGMENT Client endorsements in your sales literature and on your website can work wonders to bring you sales.  But, the Federal Trade Commission has some rules you need to know about when it comes to those endorsements.  Barry…

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273 - Hawaii Kayak Adventures and Web Pages That Grab Clients

2010-12-05 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 273 Sponsor: Visit gotomeeting.com, click the try it free button and use promo code: Podcast. BUSINESS SEGMENT Create a web page that helps your potential clients to know, like and trust you.  Put lessons learned in a survey conducted by Te…

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272 - Giving, Getting Things Done and a New Travel Market

2010-11-22 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 272 Sponsor: Visit gotomeeting.com, click the try it free button and use promo code: Podcast. BUSINESS SEGMENT Keeping track of things to do is a challenge for the busy person.  Barry has tried several online task management programs and fo…

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271 - Give Your Clients a Taste of France With Bella Terra Travel

2010-11-15 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 271 Sponsor: Visit gotomeeting.com, click the try it free button and use promo code: Podcast. BUSINESS SEGMENT What's the difference between cash and accrual methods of accounting?  Which should you use for your travel business?  Listen to…

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270 - An Unforgettable Experience Aboard 26 Glaciers Day Cruise

2010-11-08 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 270 Sponsor: Visit gotomeeting.com, click the try it free button and use promo code: Podcast. BUSINESS SEGMENT Success in creating a direct mail piece depends on who you direct your mailing to and how you word the piece.  Barry continues th…

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269 - Boost Your Business With Direct Marketing - Here's How!

2010-10-31 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 269 Sponsor: Hold your meetings online for just $49 a month Try GoToMeeting free. Marketing on Twitter and Facebook is all the buzz today. In fact, we've been a part of that buzz here on the Home Based Travel Agent Show. However, there is a…

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268 - Traveling Solo

2010-10-25 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 268 Sponsor: Hold your meetings online for just $49 a month Try GoToMeeting free. "Why wait for the perfect travel companion to go with you on your dream vacation?" Says Gray Cargill of the travel blog, "www.solofriendly.com."  Gray is our…

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267 - Lorene and Barry Together at Viansa Winery

2010-10-11 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 267 Sponsor: Hold your meetings online for just $49 a month Try GoToMeeting free. Barry and Lorene meet in person for the second time in more than five years. Otherwise, Barry and Lorene meet once a week by telephone or Skype to record the…

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266 - Top of the World Touring in Barrow, Alaska

2010-09-19 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 266 Sponsor: Hold your meetings online for just $49 a month Try GoToMeeting free. You don't want to miss this show because your clients now have many more options for sightseeing when visiting Alaska.  Join us as Ethan Tyler describes these…

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265 - Segway in Chicago

2010-09-12 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 265 Sponsor: Hold your meetings online for just $49 a month Try GoToMeeting free. Lorene interviews Barry about his recent trip to Chicago. Chicago is one of the top cities as a tourist destination in the country. The highlight of Barry's t…

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264 - Free Learning Opportunities at the Mac Computer Expo

2010-09-06 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 264 Sponsor: Hold your meetings online for just $49 a month Try GoToMeeting free. The North Coast Mac Users' Group is holding their annual Mac Computer Expo on October 2, 2010. Lorene is the event manager for the Expo and Barry is heading t…

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263 - Marketing Your Travel Business, "The Idea Machine!"

2010-08-21 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 263 Sponsor: Hold your meetings online for just $49 a month Try GoToMeeting free. This show is full of tips and ideas about how to market your travel business. Barry is in Chicago for a long weekend and Lorene is off on an adventure therefo…

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262 - We Share Our Travel Agent University Experience With You

2010-08-16 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 262 Sponsor: Hold your meetings online for just $49 a month Try GoToMeeting free. Gary Ebels, Lorene Romero and Barry share their experience with Travel Agent University.  We each took a course at Travel Agent University and came to this sh…

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261 - A Truly Great Client Experience, The Alaskan Wildlife Conservation Center

2010-08-08 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 261 The Alaskan Wildlife Conservation Center is an excellent place to have your clients visit during a pre or post cruise.  The Center is dedicated to preserving Alaskan wildlife through public education.  Your clients will observe a variet…

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260 - Free Webinars for Travel Agents to Learn All About Social Media

2010-08-01 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 260 Sponsor: Hold your meetings online for just $49 a month Try GoToMeeting free. Stephanie Lee and Martin Bell join Lorene and Barry to talk about free educational opportunities for travel agents.  Stephanie's host agency company, Travel Q…

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259 - A Great Hotel for Your Clients Cruising out of South Florida

2010-07-26 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 259 Sponsor: Hold your meetings online for just $49 a month Try GoToMeeting free. Olvin Sanchez joins Lorene and Barry to talk about the amenities of the Hilton Garden Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Hilton Garden is conveniently cl…

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258 - Travel Agent Training for the Beginner to the Professional

2010-07-19 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 258 Training is important in any profession but perhaps essential in the travel industry. Lorene Romero, Gary Ebels and Barry Kantz discuss training opportunities ranging from the beginning travel agent to the seasoned professional. Gary's…

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257 - Travel Agent Social Media Resources

2010-07-11 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 257 Join the fun with Lorene Romero, Gary Ebels and Barry Kantz as they discuss social media resources for the travel agent. Barry describes Over The Top TV and how that is a resource for travel agents. Gary gives us a peek at Twitter and s…

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256 - Travel Technology Round Table With Gary Ebels, Lorene and Barry

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Podcast Number 256 Happy Birthday United States Sponsor: Hold your meetings online for just $49 a month Try GoToMeeting free. Gary Ebels joins Lorene and Barry for a round table discussion about using technology in the travel business. We talk about how t…

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255 - Is Technology Really Helping You Connect With Clients?

2010-06-28 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 255 Lorene recently worked with a client who was nervous about booking travel with someone she never met. With the help of the client's son, Lorene was able to build the client's trust with the aid of technology. Listen in and learn how Lor…

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254 - Vancouver, a Beautiful Opportunity for Pre and Post Cruise Visits

2010-06-20 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 254 Vancouver is the focus of today's show. Ryan Robutka, the sales and market development manager for Tourism Vancouver joins Barry and Lorene for the show. Vancouver is a great city for your clients to spend time before a cruise or after…

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253 - TravelQuest, A Host Agency for the New and Seasoned Travel Agent

2010-06-14 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 253 Stephanie Lee from TravelQuest host agency describes the benefits of their host agency. TravelQuest was founded in 1998, by Bonnie Lee. Bonnie saw a need for a quality, values based host agency. Bonnie's vision came from her experiences…

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252 - Travel Agent Friendly Amawaterways

2010-06-07 :: barry@hometravelagent.net (Barry R. Kantz)

Podcast Number 252 Anna Figueroa from Amawaterways teams up with Barry and Lorene to describe the fantastic voyages her company can provide for your clients. Amawaterways has seven ships that sail European and Asian waterways where your clients will enjoy…

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294 - The Big Island

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Podcast Number 293

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293 - Celebrity Goes All Out for Travel Agents

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Podcast Number 293

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292 - Azamara Club Cruises Offers Destination Immersion

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Podcast Number 292

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Edie Bornstein, Azamara's Vice President of Sales and Marketing is on board to talk about the great oppor…

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291 - Starwood Hotels and Starwood Pro for the Travel Agents

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Podcast Number 291

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290 - NACTA's Technology Training and Tools for the Travel Agent

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Podcast Number 290

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289 - Travel Agent Friendly Fort Lauderdale

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Podcast Number 289

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288 - A Long Time Participant in the Travel Industry Shares Her Wisdom and Experiences

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Podcast Number 288

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296 - All About Fam Trips for the Travel Agent

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This week's co hosted segment focuses on familiarization trips (fam trips). Travel agents have opportunities to visit hotels, resorts and cruise ships. M…

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295 - Adventures in Alaska

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Mico Godinez returns to the show to talk about his adventures in Alaska. Mico has spent five years in Alaska exploring the waterways, mountains and wilde…

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297 - Learning About Maui

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298 - On to Kauai

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This week we move to Kauai with Maile Horner. Maile is the sales and marketing director of the Kauai Visitor's Bureau. Maile explains that Kauai is the g…

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299 - NACTA Travel Agent Benefits and Fam Trips

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The National Association of Career Travel Agents (NACTA) has a lot to offer travel agents. Mary Clegg, Vice President of NACTA talks about the many benef…

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300 - Show Three Hundred Has a Real Surprise Inside

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301 - Travel Agent Training, Certification, Continuing Ed, Speakers All in One Spot!

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Podcast Number 301

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Home Based Travel Agent Podcast

The travel business is changing from a store front, strip mall business to a business that is supported by home based agents. This is a discussion and podcast dedicated to the home based travel agent and the journey of learning the travel business. The podcast also features information about destinations, travel news, travel tips and sound seeing tours.

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