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.
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.
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.
Offering customized trip material such as travel documents and packing lists can help build up clients' anticipation for their upcoming vacation as well as serve as a differentiator for an agent's travel practice, writes Steve Cousino, owner of Journeys by Steve and Exclusive Events At Sea. "Receiving something tangible ahead of the trip that builds excitement and helps the client feel better about dropping thousands of dollars on a trip is so important, and it's a place where you can really shine," Cousino writes.
The Lake Geneva Region has an enduring ability to attract some of the most celebrated figures in the arts, from Lord Byron to Charlie Chaplin and Coco Chanel to Audrey Hepburn. Now, it's trying to attract a new audience by offering celebrated skiing as well.