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“You never felt alone”: Here’s how this Melbournian agent got through (another) lockdown

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THERE IS A COMMON MISCONCEPTION THAT HOME-BASED TRAVEL AGENTS ARE CUT OFF FROM THEIR TRADE COMMUNITY. Seasoned travel expert Amelia Roth reckons that could not be further from the truth. She said her home-based travel agency was a saving grace through an extremely tough time – Melbourne’s record COVID-19 lockdown period, which lasted more than

Success story: How this dynamic duo kept their business afloat despite the odds

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DURING THIS DEVASTATING TIME OF CLOSED BORDERS, TIGHT BUDGETS, AND DISAPPOINTED CLIENTS, WE LOVE A GOOD SUCCESS STORY. Travel agents are a wily bunch, with truckloads of love for what they do, but these tough times have brought the industry to its knees. MTA – Mobile Travel Agents’ Carine Boost and Linda Kiernander managed to

MTA Advisor thrilled to make Hobart – Auckland history

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An exuberant MTA-Mobile Travel Agent – Gina Edwards was thrilled to be offered one of only 70 spots on the inaugural Air New Zealand flight NZ198 from Hobart to Auckland, last Thursday. “The Air New Zealand cabin crew were delighted to be flying from Australia again,” said Tasmanian based Edwards, “I was honoured to be

Trans-Tasman travel bubble opens 19 April

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It’s the announcement we’ve been waiting for – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a two-way, quarantine-free trans-Tasman travel bubble will start from 11.59pm on Sunday, April 18. The decision comes after coming close several times only to have the announcement delayed after minor outbreaks on both sides of the Tasman. “While we absolutely wish

Busier than ever…Kim Newton talks to Travel Weekly

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IT IS WITHOUT QUESTION THAT THE WORLD IS A DIFFERENT PLACE TO WHAT IT WAS PRE-PANDEMIC. Our lifestyles have changed dramatically, and many businesses have been left economically devastated. There is also no doubt that the travel industry has borne the brunt of this devastation. One thing that can be taken away from this disastrous

Orange travel agents say domestic travel still the focus as cruises gain interest

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TRAVEL BUG: MTA – Mobile Travel Agent Michelle Young says although there’s future interest in international travel, right now people are looking domestic. The introduction of digital health passes is expected to provide reassurance for international jet setters once borders reopen, but Orange travel agents have confirmed while they remain closed interest is still firmly

MTA Debbie Andrews chats with Travel Weekly

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THIS WEEK, TRAVEL WEEKLY GOT UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH MTA SENIOR TRAVEL SPECIALIST, DEBBIE ANDREWS. WELL, AS CLOSE AS YOU CAN GET TO SOMEONE DURING A PANDEMIC. SO, REALLY, IT WAS 1.5 METRES AWAY AND SEMI-PERSONAL. What are you reading? A variety of suspense thrillers. Nothing too gory and nothing too sad, as emotions

Travel Weekly quizzed our own Tracey Flower…

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TRAVEL WEEKLY QUIZZED TRACEY FLOWER – MTA TRAVEL ADVISOR ON HOW SHE’S BEEN COPING WITH THE GLOBAL PANDEMIC. SHE GOT MOST OF THE ANSWERS RIGHT … WE THINK. What are you reading? The Art of Travel (again) by Alain De Botton. What are you watching? Ozark on Netflix. A thrilling series based in the Ozark Mountains of

Fiona Gent shares why 2020 is the year to join MTA

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As the role of the travel advisor evolves, it’s now more possible to create curated travel experiences on your own terms. Whether it’s flexible hours or simply the satisfaction of working for yourself, going mobile is what more and more travel advisors are turning to. Gold Coast-based advisor Fiona Gent made the move to MTA

Sheer genius!

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Travel Agents are some of the most resourceful people around – take MTA-Mobile Travel Agent Darren Leckie who would normally be attending the Whittlesea Show, one of Victoria’s biggest agricultural exhibitions, but seeing the event was cancelled this year due to COVID, Darren decided to put on a little show of his own, promoting his