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Essential Support

Written by  Katie Hultgren

Sometimes, when our magazine pages are finally off to the printer, I wonder how we managed to get everything done in time; from story assignments, to sourcing photos, to ad sales, to design and layout - not to mention all the behind the scenes administrative stuff. It truly takes a team to get it all done, and there is great comfort in knowing that together we create a product to be proud of, and one that helps so many travel agents meet the needs of their clients.

We have a network of people to call for help when we need it, including outstanding writers and a talented designer, and their support is essential to what we do. Knowing they are there gives me such peace of mind. Do you have all the support you need in your role as a travel agent?
In the Industry News section of this issue, we have some updates and information from host agencies, and our next issue will feature our annual Guide to Host Agencies supplement. Our goal is to offer you comprehensive information about these companies, because we believe that they can be a source of support for you in your business, and help you succeed.
Not everyone is interested in working with a host agency - and that is fine. If you can take care of all the administration, technology, marketing, and have your own source of suppliers, we salute you! But if you need a helping hand, or want to take advantage of the modern technology and tools that these companies offer to travel agents, you might want to consider finding the one who will best meet your needs and support you as your travel business grows. We hope to provide you with all the information you need to make the decision that is right for you.
One benefit of working with a host agency is just being part of a group of other travel-minded people who do the same work as you do. Host Agencies have already developed solutions to some of the issues you face, and offer supportive back end services which frees your time to focus more on working with your clients - leading to more sales, and more revenue!
In any type of business, it is imperative to surround yourself with the people and tools that will help you succeed and accomplish your goals. It’s a great feeling to know they are there.

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