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Leading Travel Authority Forms Host Agency

August 23, 2011 By: George Dooley Travel Agent

Leading Travel Authority (LTA), a new host agency, reports it was formed to provide home-based and independent travel agents with a comprehensive travel agency environment specializing in cruise, resort and travel experiences worldwide. The new host said that skilled or novice travel agents can join and access the company’s best training programs, booking tools and marketing materials. 

“We are pleased to announce this new opportunity for travel agents. LTA invites agents to join and take advantage of the technology, systems and programs needed to build a successful career in today’s competitive travel marketplace,” noted Steven Heydt, CEO of The Fairweather Group (FWG), parent company of LTA. “From those just entering the field to experienced professionals, LTA has a program that specifically matches each individual’s goals and needs.”  

The LTA management team has an average of more that 25 years of experience, LTA said, and is comprised of qualified and knowledgeable veterans from the cruise and resort industry. LTA said it offers agents the know-how and tools to succeed plus earn top commissions, up to 100 percent.

 Staff includes: MaryAnn Leahy, general manager, Gene Brezenoff, director of agent recruitment & retention and Carol Ascari, manager of operations & client services.

LTA said it enables individual agents to advise clients and sell travel from their home. Offerings include cruises, luxury travel, all-inclusive resorts, land-based vacations, tour operators’ packages along with air, car and hotel bookings.

Through state-of-the-art technology, travel professionals both new and experienced can grow their business by utilizing the following tools, LTA says:

  • Referral & lead generation
  • E-mail & direct mail marketing
  • Personalized website with consumer booking engine
  • Compelling travel content & deals
  • Easy online booking tools
  • Real time pricing and inventory
  • Amadeus and Sabre GDS.

“Whether selling cruises, private or group adventures or looking to assist a client with a hotel room, LTA has the systems, resources and expertise to help agents grow and expand their travel business,” said Leahy, who is a 20-year veteran and Virtuoso travel agent.

“Our ongoing training and coaching combined with marketing and business development tools allow us to help agents provide a high level of expertise and exceptional service while offering clients the best deals at the best prices," Leahy said.

The company is headquartered in South Florida, home to some of the largest cruise lines and well-known travel operators, LTA said.

LTA reports it also offers the technology that make an agent’s day-to-day operations easier and more efficient including customer resource management (CRM) tools, a back-office accounting system, real time inventory and pricing, an integrated online reservation system and a personalized website with integrated consumer booking engine. 

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By George Dooley | August 23, 2011
Leading Travel Authority is a new host agency from The Fairweather Group designed to support home-based and independent travel agents.
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