The Airlines Reporting Corp. reports that the average price of tickets sold through large travel agencies was $751 in March, down 3.8% compared with a year ago. Prices for advance purchases from those agencies also showed a decline, with a drop in prices of 4.6% for 60-day advance purchases, 3.2% for 30-day advance purchases and 4.1% for 10-day advance purchases.
Agents can jump-start their creativity by building on the ideas of others, writes Stephanie Lee, owner of Host Agency Reviews. "We aggregate ideas from others, mix them together in a pot, add a dash of our own, and -- voila! -- out comes our unique contribution to the business world," Lee writes.
Travel agents should build a profile of their ideal target market by studying the characteristics of their best clients, Richard Earls writes. "Analyze your best clients. ... The more that you know about your best clients, the better you will be able to begin to pin-point people just like them," Earls writes.
On the outskirts of Puebla, Mexico, lies the ancient Cholula Pyramid -- a pre-Columbian architectural marvel that some consider to be the largest pyramid in the world. Spared from destruction during the Spanish conquest and the advance of civilization, this massive labyrinthine complex today offers its mysteries to hardy tourists and explorers.
Royal Caribbean International will operate a series of short cruises in the Bahamas and the Caribbean during the 2014-2015 cruise season. The offerings include three- and four-night sailings aboard the Enchantment of the Seas and Majesty of the Seas, which will launch out of Port Canaveral, Fla., and Miami, respectively.