A Notch Above: MTravel’s Professional Development Programs


By Emily Peters Contributing Writer Montrose Travel Though many people sell travel, few can claim to be true designers; innovators when it comes to creating travel experiences. So we’ll let you in on a secret: professional development is the plumbline. It’s what separates the perfectionists from the poseurs, the ace from the amateur. Because of Continue Reading

Second Quarter Check-Up Checklist for a Healthy Travel Agency


By Emily Peters Contributing Writer Montrose Travel It’s May, and even the colder corners of our beautiful nation are showing signs of spring. The sunshine may tempt you to spend your spend free time outdoors, but there is something else that’s equally important this time of year: knowing what the heck is going on with Continue Reading

5 Signs You’re NOT Ready to Hire An Employee for Your Travel Business


By Emily Peters Contributing Writer Montrose Travel Last week, we interpreted five signs that show you’re ready to hire an employee for your travel business. For many, an overwhelming workload or a juicy opportunity can represent the right time to bring on some help. That said, seasons of need are inevitable for any independent travel Continue Reading

5 Signs It’s Time to Hire An Employee for Your Travel Business


By Emily Peters Contributing Writer Montrose Travel The story of the one-person-show has been writ large in the history of independent travel agents. We all know that solopreneurs need varied skills to be successful, often handling sales, financials, marketing and customer support all on their own. We also know many a travel professional can struggle Continue Reading

Top 3 Social Media Platforms for Your Travel Agency (And Why We Like Them)


By Emily Peters Contributing Writer Montrose Travel Let’s be honest: social media is no longer a new concept. Most of us are sufficiently aware of it, even if we don’t actively engage in it. That said, choosing not to use social media to promote your travel business is choosing to shut yourself off from an Continue Reading

Here’s Why You Need to Attend MTravel’s MTech Academy


By Emily Peters Contributing Writer Montrose Travel You’ve got a lot on your to-do list as an independent travel agent: training, marketing, customer support, accounting, research.  To assist the hungry entrepreneur, there’s an ever-growing mountain of tools and programs that promise to boost productivity. But HOW do you know what’s out there? Which programs are Continue Reading

Professional Development for Independent Travel Agents: It’s Not Optional


By Emily Peters Contributing Writer Montrose Travel In 2009, MTravel held its first Annual Educational Conference. Our purpose was to bring together all the members of the MTravel family to help independent travel professionals become stronger, more profitable business owners. Now in our ninth year of the event, and we’ve added countless webinars, regional events, Continue Reading

Debunking 3 Home Based Travel Agent Myths


By Emily Peters Contributing Writer Montrose Travel It’s early 2017, but we’re well into the age of the Gig Economy and rise of the home based business. Host agencies like Montrose Travel have been around for decades, helping anyone who has the chutzpah to say goodbye to traditional employment and start a home based travel Continue Reading

How to Charge Travel Agent Fees, Part 2: Easing Your Clients Into Fees


By Emily Peters Contributing Writer Montrose Travel In Part 1 of our 2-part “How to Introduce Travel Agent Fees” series, we taught you how to determine your rates and to understand the pros and cons of certain fee structures. Today, we’ll show you how to take those beautiful fees and put them into practice. Identify Continue Reading

How to Charge Travel Agent Fees, Part 1: Determining Rates and Fee Structures


By Emily Peters Contributing Writer Montrose Travel A few months back, we explained why it’s so important for travel agents to charge fees. But we know what some of you were thinking: easier said than done. We feel your pain. Fortunately, we’ve put together a 2-part roadmap to help you safely introduce fees to finally Continue Reading

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