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Everest Helicopter tour

We need to wake up early morning in Kathmandu, Drive to the domestic airport one hour before flying hours, Boundless Adventure will inform you a day before that you are going on a Helicopter tour for three to four hours. Helicopter Landing at the Kalapathar with officer and board the Everest tour by Helicopter.Max four hours Itinerary with the officer.Phase=1=Fly from Kathmandu – Lukla (fueling in Lula and take off to Pheriche) 5/10 minutes landing.Phase=2=Fly to Pheriche and landing for the…

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SEO for travel industry companies & individuals

scyther5 As a travel company - whether you're a tour operator, travel agent, hotel, transportation provider, destination management company, or whatever - or  you are certainly wondering how you can get the most out of search-engine optimization. With a well thought out SEO strategy, you can win over users. In addition, they rank higher in Google searches, which generates additional traffic. Search-engine optimization (SEO) basically includes all measures that help to improve the ranking of…

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5 of the most effective social-media sites for travel agencies

Allowing customers currently traveling to include their comments on a travel agent's social media site allows the travel agent to know right away what is happening. This has a number of benefits that allow the travel agent to: • Make any changes needed if it's a negative comment.. • Send the message to all viewers about the great experience the customer had if it's positive. • Better know what their customers want. An agent can improve customer service immediately and come out ahead of…

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Using online travel agencies to land a great lodging

A fair number of factors need to be taken into account when planning a vacation, from picking a destination to deciding upon your dates, putting together an itinerary, and booking transportation. And of course you also need to figure out where to stay - and this can be especially challenging if you are traveling to the destination for the first time. read post

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  • Hello!im a travel agent here in Palawan, Philippines.if you have questions about our place, please feel free to ask..
  • ASTA study examines trends in travel agency business

    December 1, 2009
    (Forimmediaterelease.net) Whereas some travel agencies were able to weather the past year unscathed, the majority of agencies showed large drops in revenue and transactions, according to the recently-released ASTA Travel Agency Business Trends survey. The survey also shows that while most leisure agencies are expecting to recover in early 2010, corporate agencies are not expecting a recovery until the spring of 2010 or later.

    “Every agency executive, like me, who wants to benchmark revenue and transactions against other agencies or who wants to know the changes other agencies are considering to succeed, should read this report. It is a great tool for anyone planning for the future," said Chris Russo, ASTA president and chair.

    Among the survey's findings were:

    • When comparing the first half of 2009 to the same time period in 2008, 78.2 percent of agencies saw a decrease in revenue, while 75.2 percent saw a decrease in transactions.

    • 63.6 percent of agencies saw a decrease in the number of clients when comparing the first half of 2009 to the first half of 2008. Not surprisingly, corporate agency respondents have seen greater decreases in revenue.

    • 76 percent of respondents cut “operating costs" and 54 percent “took less pay" in response to the economy.

    • More than half of all responding agencies are planning no changes in regards to employees. A larger percentage of corporate agencies are considering changes in regards to employees.

    ASTA conducted the study to assist leisure and corporate agencies in planning for the future, as well as benchmarking their first half 2009 sales performance. The report looks at changes agencies made to weather the past year, as well as changes planned for the future. Agencies were asked specifically about changes in employment and independent contractor usage to gauge how employment has been affected by the slowdown.

    The ASTA Research Family is comprised of a representative sample of ASTA member travel agency owners and managers. The report indicates a 95 percent confidence with an error rate +/- 4.8 percent.

    Premium members receive ASTA's Travel Agency Benchmarking reports as part of their membership. ASTA Travel Agent members may purchase the entire report for US$99; ASTA Allied members pay US$199. Non-members pay US$299. For additional information, please contact mteates@asta.org or visit the research page on www.ASTA.org .

    ABOUT ASTA

    ASTA's (American Society of Travel Agents) mission is to facilitate the business of selling travel through effective representation, shared knowledge, and the enhancement of professionalism. ASTA seeks a retail travel marketplace that is profitable, growing, and a rewarding place to work, invest, and do business.

    ASTA Kristina Rundquist/Laura Gajewski Phone: 703.739.8710 Email: PR@asta.org Web: www.asta.org
  • Hi, my name is Akash and I manage a travel agency in India. While I will seek help on many destinations as i need help, please feel free to ask questions about India if you need any clarifications.

    Akash
  • How many of you have sold packages for the Football World Cup 2010 in South Africa?
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    Hope to C U in London!
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