In our fast-paced world, there is something to be said for slowing down and taking the time to enjoy the journey. These five great rail trips in Canada give visitors a chance to see the best the country has to offer.
It may come as a surprise, but North America's most northerly major city is also Canada's sunniest city. During summer solstice, Edmonton receives up to 17 hours of sunshine, followed by a twilight period that extends for the entire night. Averaged out over a year, the hours of sunshine the city sees is more than any other major city in Canada. These long summer days are ideal for enjoying all that Edmonton has to offer. On one visit, clients can experience great dining, tour several downtown attractions, explore the river valley and attend a summer festival or two.
Travel agents who have met a disappointing end to a prospective travel sale should try to retrace their steps to find out where they went wrong, writes Stuart Cohen, chief motivation officer at Exclamation Points Inc. Missing an appointment, showing lack of confidence or failing to fulfill requests can be decisive factors that push clients away, Cohen writes.
Traveling to Birmingham, Ala., uncovers a variety of sites that showcase the significant role the city played during the civil rights movement. Kelly Ingram Park's statues capture the atmosphere of the period, while the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute helps visitors relive the fight for civil rights through exhibits and multimedia presentations.
Travel agents should stick to the major social media channels -- such as Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn -- before exploring other, less popular networks, writes social media expert Sophie Bujold. "The fact is that they reach the bulk of the social media population. When your time is limited and you're aiming for maximum impact, this is a critical factor," Bujold writes. Agents should strive for a consistent posting schedule while keeping the workload light enough to avoid being stressful, Bujold writes.
Taking a trip does not entail a vacation from mobile devices, with 98% of travelers surveyed saying they take their devices with them and almost 4 in 5 saying they use their devices on their trips "all the time." The survey by eMarketer also found that in flight, 4 in 5 travelers use their smartphones, while about 2 in 5 use laptops.