Interested in becoming a TA
Posted 08 July 2009 - 09:40 AM
Would you recommend taking a course at a community college or online before applying to agencies or no?
Posted 08 July 2009 - 09:48 AM
Posted 08 July 2009 - 09:54 AM
Posted 08 July 2009 - 06:53 PM
Mo nailed every aspect of the job, there's good and bad, and it is important to know that you do wait a long time to get paid, when you think about how far out people typically book vacations, especially weddings.
I'm happy to answer any questions anyone has as well, but everything Mo said mirrors what I would have said. Maybe TA Jennifer will chime in as well, I know Tammy won't be around much the next few days.
Posted 08 July 2009 - 07:37 PM
What are your opinions on being a cruise ship TA, for example? Are you perceived as a "specialist" or "limited in what you can do" ?
Posted 29 July 2009 - 03:15 PM
I would prefer to eventually become more of a destination specialist than a cruise specialist. I know St. Lucia would definitely be one of my areas. Not sure where else yet.
Posted 29 July 2009 - 11:43 PM
There seems to be two things going on right now- agencies that are heavy corporate with some leisure are hurting badly. About half the leisure agencies are hurting badly and the other half are incredibly busy. We're happily one of the swamped agencies.
We're also experiencing a time when some of the online agencies are dropping their prices so low on a few products that we just can't compete- in my experience I would not be suprised if these companies are making a last ditch effort to either A) stay in business at all costs and are falling miserably or making a last minute cash grab.
We've already seen over the last two years a few online companies (one was a cruise company-can't remember the name) and airlines go suddenly bankrupt- leaving clients stranded and having paid for services that were not delivered. Personally I'd be suprised if some of them are still around a year from now ( of course that is just my opinion and I know nothing about what their true financial condition) But with the other companies we saw about 6 months of LOW pricing before their sudden demise. So I am not really worried about the super low pricing - we'll lose some business in the short term but it's more important that I stay in business for the long haul!
At any rate I just wanted to give you a snapshot of what you'd be looking at for trying to get into an agency.
Posted 31 July 2009 - 11:25 AM
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