Author Archives: Taylor Ruecking

The Alphabet Soup of Accreditation  

The Alphabet Soup of Accreditation   The Travel Institute team is often asked about requirements for success in the travel business. One of the first things someone new to the travel industry encounters is the overwhelming number of acronyms and accreditations available. To be successful, individuals new to the industry will need to ramp up and […]

Annual ‘TRIP of a Lifetime’ October Promotion Underway

Annual ‘TRIP of a Lifetime’ October Promotion Underway TRIPKit Tuition Assistance and TAP® Test Combine Industry Knowledge and Confidence “Since The Travel Institute’s inception, our singular goal has been to advance the industry one professional at a time. TRIPKit strengthens the professional foundation for new and less experienced agents by giving them the knowledge and confidence […]

What Would Your Clients Do If You Suddenly Weren’t There?  

What Would Your Clients Do If You Suddenly Weren’t There?   This month, many people along the East Coast of the United States and Canada, along with the Caribbean, were affected by Hurricane Dorian…some, tragically so. With a hurricane approaching, many of you successfully completed your hurricane preparations. But did that prep include making plans in […]

The Importance of Offering Travel Insurance to Groups  

The Importance of Offering Travel Insurance to Groups   Part Two of a two-part series on group travel. As we discussed last week, Group Travel is a very fruitful niche, but it’s also a complicated niche. As a Group Travel Counselor, you need to be familiar with all the components of group travel. This includes being […]

Group Contracts: Planning Ahead to Minimize Your Risk

Group Contracts: Planning Ahead to Minimize Your Risk   Part One of a two-part series on group travel. By Marie A. Smith, CTA, KHM Travel Group Group Travel is a very lucrative market. In fact, it’s an excellent niche, but, like anything else, it requires hard work and a lot of knowledge. Just because you build […]

Eating and Drinking Your Way Around Ireland!   

Eating and Drinking Your Way Around Ireland!    by Evan McElligott, CTA, Owner of Independent Ireland, which specializes in customized FITs and small groups This is Part Two of a two-part series on the changing face of tourism in Ireland. Part One addressed shopping and entertainment. I can’t think of another nation that has turned dining […]

Opening the Door to Villa Travel   

Opening the Door to Villa Travel    By Judy Sweetland, Director Marketing & Asset Management,    Private Trade Winds, Inc. The world is now at the traveler’s fingertips, thanks to search engines and online booking sites, but, as we all know (because we’ve been there ourselves), nothing can take the place of human interaction, knowledge, wisdom, […]