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Formula for Success

September 1, 2008 By: Bernadette Mari Home-Based Travel Agent
 

Education, networking and entertainment are all part of this year's HBTA Expo


There is no denying that the economy is a hot topic for everyone—both personally and professionally. It is probably one of the most covered issues by every major news channel, newspaper and TV broadcast. What do you do as a home-based agent to keep yourself ahead of the curve? Keep your sales skills sharp, make sure your arsenal is brimming with the latest trends and network with travel suppliers who can assist in growing your sales commissions. Educational sessions are a highlight of the HBTA Expo

At Home-Based Travel Agent Expo & Conference, we have revamped our program to reflect the changing times—bringing you tips, tools and trends you can use to run your business more efficiently. Check www.homebasedtravelagentexpo.com regularly for the latest developments on the educational sessions available to home-based agents.

Connect With Suppliers

Face-to-face networking should be at the top of your list when creating relationships with suppliers you want to work with. Agents we speak with are constantly telling us how hard it was to get on a supplier's radar. The service you provide to your clients is paramount to the success you have, and supplier relationships are a crucial component to driving commissions. Attend Home-Based Travel Agent Expo & Conference and you will create relationships in two days that would normally take you more than one year to solidify on the phone. Make an investment in you and your business today.

Make sure to carve out time in your trade show schedule to meet with our event sponsors—the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and Travel Counsellors—as well as supporters CLIA, NCMA and The Travel Institute and, of course, the more than 200 domestic and international suppliers offering commissionable opportunities.

Show Tickets for Early Registrants

A popular activity for agents while in Las Vegas is to see a show, which can run the gamut from Broadway-style musicals and comedy shows to circus-atmosphere productions and more. We have procured 1,000 complimentary show tickets for our agents, who can choose from Fab Four Live; Joey & Maria's Comedy Italian Wedding; The Sopranos' Last Supper; and V—The Ultimate Variety Show.

Attention to detail elevates The Fab Four Live far above every other Beatles tribute. With uncanny, note-perfect live renditions of Beatles' songs, The Fab Four will make you think you're watching the real thing.

Joey & Maria's Comedy Italian Wedding brings the Gnocchis and the Cavatellis in the longest-running all-interactive comedy wedding in the nation. Join these two wacky families as you dance the Tarantella, witness the vows, and take part in some unconventional surprises.

The Sopranos' Last Supper shows us the Baritone family in a wild satire of the smash-hit series about the culture of an Italian-American mafia family.

V—The Ultimate Variety Show features some of the world's finest variety acts, and changes almost daily to accommodate the fast-paced Vegas scene.

Pre-registered attendees of the Home-Based Travel Agent Expo & Conference will be able to select their tickets in September. Tickets are available for performances on December 2, 3 and 4, 2008. To register, visit www.homebasedtravelagentexpo.com.

For more information, please contact:
Bernadette Mari
Marketing Manager Phone: 212-895-8264 E-mail: [email protected]


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