If you are among those who eke out an honest living outside the travel industry and also possess a passion for personal travel, this humble little blog was created with you in mind. The vast majority of the posts are intended to harmlessly entertain and painlessly educate you about various travel destinations.
However, as time goes by, I seem to have acquired a number of devotees to this blog who, like me, toil in the hot sun (not to mention soft sand) of the travel industry. Many of those are front line travel agents spending their days . . . and likely a few sleepless nights . . . making their clients’ travel dreams come true. (A few of them are almost as good as our own agents! See “shameless plug”.)
This particular post is written with those folks in mind. You who belong to the first category have my permission to jump off the train at any point that your eyes start to glaze over. The good news for you is that this post is going to be shorter than one of Paris Hilton’s miniskirts if not quite as titillating.
I was recently asked to contribute an article to one of the travel industry’s premier online trade publications called Travel Research Online. The article I wrote recommends a new program for travel agents called AMRewards. The title of the article is:
I am not going to replicate any of the content here for two perfectly sound reasons:
- It would only bore those of you who belong to my primary audience.
- Equally important, if you know anything about how internet search engines work, you may know that Mr. Google (as well as his first cousins Bing, Ask, Yahoo etc.) frown upon duplicate content floating around in cyberspace.
Thus, if you are a travel agent and are dying to read my provocative article, you could buy a ticket, stand on the platform and jump on the AMRewards Express . . . or I suppose you could just click here. I highly recommend you step on board this milk run to greater prosperity and higher customer satisfaction. Don’t worry, there is plenty of time to thank me by way of a small but thoughtful gift later.
As for all my non-travel-professional followers, one quick clarification and I am done. If you are worried in general that any rewards earned by a travel agent are going to compromise their objectivity in selecting the right vacation for you, let me drive a silver stake right through the heart of that old vampire. In the first place, several of the items referred to in my article accrue directly to the benefit of you, the consumer, not the agent! Secondly, travel agents live and die on happy repeat customers. No agent with half a brain would trade loyalty and trust for a trunk full of trinkets.
Come back soon and I promise you more tantalizing travel tales, all written to the same impeccably high standard you have come to expect from this space. No, really, I’m serious!