Last updated: 04:12 PM ET, Wed November 23 2016

Giving Thanks

Dear Tammy: What are you thankful for this holiday season?

Tammy: First of all, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. I am thankful for many things and, first and foremost, is my family. After that, I’d have to say my clients, because without them I wouldn’t be doing what I love to do and of course my agents who make our business thrive.  Here are a few other things I’m thankful for this year:

Bouncing back: Boy are tourists resilient! They aren’t letting anything stop them. According to the New York Times, “in the months since the November terrorist attack in Paris and the March bombing of the Brussels airport, Americans did something that may seem counterintuitive. They went to Europe more, with travelers up 5 percent in April, according to the Department of Commerce’s National Travel & Tourism Office.” We need to support the tourism industry even in the worst of times and I’m happy we’re coming through!

The National Parks: This year the park service celebrated their 100th anniversary and it has definitely drawn attention to these treasures again. Visitors are flocking to their local and state parks as well as traveling to such iconic parks as the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone to see what all the fuss is about. They have not been disappointed.

River cruising: There has been a significant increase in the interest of river cruising and for good reason. It’s a fun way to explore rivers around the country and, especially, in Europe. According to an AAA survey, 14 percent of Americans have enjoyed a river cruise, but approximately four in 10 would consider river cruising for an upcoming vacation. Following this trend, river cruise bookings have increased more than 16 percent in just the last year.

Cuba: This was the year that the Obama administration relaxed the restrictions on travel to Cuba and allowed visitors for “people to people” educational trips to visit this beautiful country. There’s so much to see and it’s great that one door was finally opened so that Americans can travel to Cuba. Again, it’s definitely drawn an interest in travelers.

The ability to succeed: This is a wonderful time to be a travel agent. People want to travel and you can create a travel niche for yourself based on what you love. So if you want to be an expert in cruises, Disney, or even just Hawaii, you can specialize in whatever you want. I'm thankful that I am able to utilize my 25 years of knowledge in this industry and teach other agents how to also obtain  huge success and growth by attending TASK Live.  Remember travelers want to hear from the experts, so make sure you stand out and make sure to be thankful for your clients too.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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