Myths About Travel Agencies

Mention the phrase “travel agent” to many travelers, regardless of age, and they can’t imagine why they would ever use one. It’s easier and faster than ever to book a hotel, airline ticket or car rental online, and there are user reviews everywhere, so why would anyone need an agent? We found out when we looked at some of the myths about how they work.

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When planning a vacation, there are many things to take into account. You’ll need to search for kid-friendly hotels and attractions, flights, restaurants, deals, etc; and that’s not always an easy feat on your own. That’s where travel agents come in, to help you plan a vacation and take some of the stress off.

We are here to ease your mind about working with travel agents by debunking 7 myths about them.

I can book the same trip on my own: Yes, you can book a similar trip. But advisors can save you hours of time you’d spend on research and price comparisons. According to emarketer, consumers visit 21 sites in nine sessions before making a travel booking. Travel consultants do far more than just flight or hotel bookings. For example, they arrange car service, personalized tours, VIP activities and travel insurance.

Advisors send you to hotels or cruise lines that pay them higher commissions: They wouldn’t retain clients if they did that. Because they work for their clients, they am not burdened with the commission based business model. They spend time learning what a client wants and then only book travel that fits their personal tastes. They could be getting a huge commission from some cruise line but if the client isn’t a fit, it doesn’t make sense. It’s all about finding the perfect match.

The internet is replacing the need for advisors: The internet is a great resource, but it’s no substitute for the expertise, knowledge, counsel and service of a travel advisor. In fact, people who have tried doing it themselves online are coming back to advisors. Forrester reports that customer satisfaction with online travel agencies dropped 11% between 2007 and 2010, and online loyalty has dropped 33%.

Travelers want to do their own planning and working with an advisor takes away that fun: Good advisors consider themselves planning partners with their clients. They encourage clients to do their own research and planning, then work with them to put the entire trip together. Collaboration with an advisor actually eliminates the stress of the arrangements and lets you focus on the joy of the vacation. Because your advisor is available 24/7 before, during, and after your travels, you’ll have peace of mind throughout the process.

All advisors are the same: Like all professions, each professional is different. It’s like picking a lawyer, doctor or dentist. They need to be right for you and certified by the right organizations. Clients will realize travel agents are counselors and concierges and lifestyle planners. People should choose a travel planner the way they choose a financial planner.

I can get better prices online: This is sort of true…But what you think you pay walking in the door is not what you end up paying when you walk out. I am talking about the upgrades and added amenities that advisors get for clients through relationships with hotels, cruise lines and tour operators. Travel suppliers work to keep their loyalty and business by offering extra benefits to their clients. The pricing, packages and perks advisors can obtain aren’t usually available to the public.

No one uses advisors anymore: Actually, according to the American Society of Travel Agents, advisors sell 51% of airline tickets, 87% of cruises, 81% of tours and packages, 45% of car rentals and 47% of hotels. The New York Times reports that advisor bookings account for one-third of the $284 billion U.S. travel market. And the Bureau of Labor Statistics says that employment of travel advisors will grow by 10% from 2010 to 2020. Since there are more than 100,000 travel advisors in the U.S., that’s a sizable increase.

Travel agencies are not only still around, but they’re actually thriving. In this age of information overload on the internet, people need counsel from experts more than ever. But many people think travel agents are a vanishing breed or don’t understand why anyone would use one. So, let’s stop the continued spread of these old travel myths.

Let’s fight these fears, dispel the myths about travel, and encourage more people to get on the road and explore the world.

So do you want to reach out to these travel agency executives? Then Dunlopmarketing’s Travel Agency Executives Email Lists guarantees you in providing the best global data available on Travel Agents spread across the globe.

Written by: Andrea Price for Dunlopmarkerting
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Additional Sources:
https://www.nashtravelmanagement.com/single-post/2014/11/05/8-Travel-Agent-Myths-Debunked

 

Fuel for Thought: Is the Oil and Gas industry stable enough?

Much of the oil and gas industry has survived an especially tough few years with weak demand and low prices. It has been difficult to make strategic decisions and plan for the future. The character of Chuck Noland, played by Tom Hanks, says near the end of the film Cast Away, “…because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?” He makes this observation after having survived on a desert island for four years before being rescued and returned to civilization. If you’re a top executive in an oil and gas company, more than likely you’re feeling the same way right about now — optimistic but extremely cautious.

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Oil and Gas Indusry

The oil price collapse, which began in June 2014, triggered a wave of cost reduction among upstream businesses. Global oil and gas companies slashed capital expenditures by about 40 percent between 2014 and 2016. According to Barclays’s latest E&P Spending Survey, oil and gas industry capital expenditures are expected to increase by as much as 7 percent in 2017. In addition, global rig counts, particularly in the U.S., have been on the rise since the middle of 2016, according to Baker Hughes.

The Oil Industry And Its Effect On Global Politics

So what makes oil so highly valuable that individuals, companies and sovereign states would actually be willing to go to war, if necessary, in order to defend or fight to win their “beloved?”

There is no surprise just how much international, geo-political concern and conflict arise regarding oil and the companies that supply it around the globe.

On the other side of the coin, higher oil prices have also served to bring greater political stability and prosperity to several regions around the planet. Some of these locations, including Mexico, Columbia, Venezuela, China, India, several of the Persian Gulf States, Russia, as well as many former Soviet Central Asian Republics and portions of the continent of Africa, particularly Nigeria are just getting their first tastes of “the good life” and are quickly developing a strong liking to the flavor.

For some countries, higher oil prices mean finally having the money needed to invest in outdated infrastructure, technology, etc. The old axiom has never been more true “As flows the oil, so flows prosperity.” Everything from a countries economy and currency exchange rate to their population’s over-all sense of security and political stability seem to hinge precariously on what has come to be known as “Black Liquid Gold!”one thing is absolutely for certain. For the next 50 to 100 years, oil will continue to play a major role in determining the geopolitical make-up of this planet.

Do Oil Prices Affect The Auto Industry?

Within the auto industry, vehicles and petroleum are considered complimentary goods whereas gas-guzzling trucks and SUVs are similar enough to their smaller more fuel-efficient counterparts to be considered reasonable substitutes. With the significant decline in the price of oil over the past year, this distinction is essential in understanding how the auto industry has and will be affected.

American auto industry is exhibiting expected effects from the recent plunge in the price of oil. Lower fuel prices make driving cheaper, consequently making automobile ownership more appealing. The reduced cost of driving also means the difference between the gas-guzzlers and the smaller fuel-economy substitutes less significant, creating a shift in consumer preferences towards bigger and more powerful vehicles. While American automakers are enjoying the significantly higher profits from this trend, they would be wise to invest these increased earnings in strategies that improve the fuel-efficiency of their vehicles in order to comply with greener standards.

Electric vehicles will deflate oil demand

From an oil industry perspective, the positive news in our Alternative Energy Outlook is that EVs will have no meaningful impact on crude oil demand in the short term, irrespective of the assumptions used.

For the evaluation of the medium term impact of EVs it is important to remember that the recent crash of the oil price was caused by a supply – demand imbalance estimated to be around 2 mmbd. The low case of the AEO would already remove a similar quantity from crude oil demand, meaning that EVs should be expected to have a substantial impact on crude oil demand, and hence the crude oil price, in the medium term.

In the longer term the impact of the trends currently underway in the auto industry could well be devastating for the crude oil industry. The sooner the industry realizes this, the bigger the chances it will find new opportunities for growth in the future that the auto industry intends to create.

Conclusion:

We are acutely aware that oil and gas executives have their hands full during this upheaval, and that there may be more pain to come. But the industry has proven time and again its ability to innovate and to reinvent itself. Despite a tough two years, the sector has successfully brought costs down in order to operate in an environment of radically lower oil prices. With the right actions, a more flexible and robust sector can emerge, one that is prepared to get the most value out of existing and yet-to-be-discovered fossil fuel reserves while making an orderly transition to a lower-carbon world. In other words, the industry’s future lies on the optimistic side of Cast Away’s mixed message.

If you want to reach out to Oil and Gas Executives and are facing challenges you can reach out to Dunlopmarketing. Their Oil and Gas Industry Executives Email Lists guarantees you in providing the best global data available on Oil and Gas Industry Executives spread across the globe.

Written by: Andrea Price for Dunlopmarkerting
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Additional Sources:

https://www.strategyand.pwc.com/trend/2017-oil-and-gas-trends

http://energypost.eu/wake-call-oil-companies-electric-vehicles-will-bigger-impact-oil-demand-think/

http://www.investopedia.com/articles/personal-finance/062515/do-oil-prices-affect-auto-industry.asp

http://oilprice.com/Energy/Oil-Prices/The-Oil-Industry-And-Its-Effect-On-Global-Politics.html

 

 

The 5 Most Popular Types of Mortgage Brokers

Mortgage brokers are mediators of loan between the lender or lending agency and the recipient. A mortgage broker negotiates the loan on your behalf and he is the link between the borrower and lender. Mortgage bankers on the other hand are lenders. Most home buyers avail the services of leading mortgage brokers as they work in the best interests of the customers. Mortgage bankers act as lenders that sell their loans in pools to the secondary market ensuring that new loans can be generated.

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Mortgage Brokers

 

There are several reasons why one should invest in the services of mortgage brokers. First and foremost, mortgage brokers have regular contact with lenders therefore they can get you the best average rates depending on the type of mortgage you are applying for.

The different types of Mortgage Bankers:

Mortgage companies are often referred to as Mortgage Bankers. They differ from Banks in the way that they operate. Mortgage Companies have lines of credit from other lending institutions. Based on the lending guidelines, the Mortgage Company closes the loan in the correspondent`s name.

There are different types of Mortgage Brokers:

Portfolio Mortgage Lenders

Portfolio mortgage lenders create and fund their own loans. They typically offer deposit accounts to consumers and they are able to hold on to the loans they fund. On receiving the loans they may be sold to the secondary market easily.

Correspondent Mortgage Lenders

Correspondent mortgage lenders work in a distinct fashion as they first originate and fund loans in their own name. Eventually they sell them off to larger mortgage lenders which may then be transferred to the secondary market.

Direct Mortgage Lenders

A direct mortgage lender is essentially a bank that works with a homeowner without the need for a middleman or broker. Mortgage bankers often fall in this category.

Wholesale Mortgage Lenders

Wholesale mortgage lenders have wholesale and retail divisions and they are quite similar to mortgage bankers. They originate loans and then sell them to secondary market. They may work on the retail end with borrowers and once they secure the deal they forward that deal to a wholesale mortgage lender for underwriting and processing.

Warehouse Lenders

Warehouse lenders offer financing to mortgage lenders to ensure that they are able to originate their own mortgages. This short-term funding ensures that smaller lenders get liquidity to help them focus on making cost effective mortgages while selling existing ones to the secondary market.

The role of the mortgage broker is gaining prominence like never before. Since mortgage brokers are professionals with the expertise and knowledge to cater to every borrower`s financing needs, mortgage brokers have become an integral part of the real estate sector and other industries. If you or your business is looking for services from Mortgage lenders we promise to give you nothing but the best and most authentic list of Mortgage lenders. Avail the best features in home loans and give your purchases and investments an edge with Mortgage bankers’ expert guidance.

 
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Emerging Trends in Real Estate

What is ‘Real Estate’?

Real estate is property consisting of land and the buildings on it, along with its natural resources such as crops, minerals or water, immovable property of this nature, an interest vested in this, an item of real property, buildings or housing in general.

 

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Trends in Real Estate

A kinder gentler real estate cycle?

Real estate fundamentals continue to steadily improve, transaction volume and prices are back to historical high levels. Despite the current length of the real estate market expansion, the amount of new supply remains at low levels. Has the real estate industry learned its lesson? Is this the first of more moderate real estate cycles to come?

The impact of labor scarcity on construction costs

Workers left the construction industry in the Global Financial Crisis. These workers have been slow to return as the economy has recovered. A shortage of construction workers is slowing down project time lines and pushing up total costs. Any idea as to what can be done to address this problem?

Gaining entry beyond the velvet rope

At a time when a number of markets are struggling with a shortage of affordable housing, opposition to potential solutions are on the rise.

Transformation through location choice

Business leaders are turning a widespread economic development approach on its head, transforming neighborhoods and cities in the process.

Ready for augmented reality?

Improvements in Augmented Reality, are enhancing the way we look at potential real estate uses. Brokers can use the technology in their business and it is melding the “clicks” experience with the “bricks.”

Recognizing the role of the small entrepreneurial developer

Nimbleness and local knowledge are not commodities, and several factors suggest that small and mid-sized developers have an increasingly significant role in the industry.

Blockchain for 21st Century real estate

Blockchain is the record-keeping technology functioning as the encrypted register of digital data. It has the potential to be a powerfully disrupting technology for real estate.

The connection of cities

Smart cities that take advantage of technological enhancements appear to be attracting more interest from investors as the use of technology by the city and its’ citizens drives economic growth.

Housing affordability

The affordability conversation now includes a distinction between “big-A” and “small-A” affordability. Big-A affordability refers to housing for low-income households, and Small-A affordability recognize that in many markets middle-income households are “housing stressed.”

Optionality

Both on the investor side and the user side of the market, optionality not just one use, not just one user, not just one user profile is gaining favor as the way to navigate cross-currents of volatile markets.

Although media often refers to the “real estate market” from the perspective of residential living, real estate can be grouped into three broad categories based on its use: residential, commercial and industrial. Examples of residential real estate include undeveloped land, houses, condominiums, and town homes; examples of commercial real estate are office buildings, warehouses, and retail store buildings; and examples of industrial real estate are factories, mines, and farms. If you want to reach out to Real Estate Executives and are facing challenges you can reach out to Dunlopmarketing. Their Real Estate Industry Executives mailing Lists guarantees you in providing the best global data available on Real Estate Industry Executives.

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Additional Sources:
http://www.pwc.com/us/en/asset-management/real-estate/top-ten-trends.html

Employment, Recruitment and Staffing Agencies – How Do They Work

Human resource management is the strong pillar that helps manage people within an organization. Employees are the most valuable assets across organizations and the major focus for HR should be effective recruitment and client retention. Staffing is integral to business growth because ‘human capital’ is high on the priorities list of CEOs` and other corporate officers. A department that is in charge of recruitment and staffing services is the human resources department that is indispensable to organizations both big and small.

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Human Resource Executives

HR executives are associated with recruitment, training and payroll management contributing significantly to the enrichment of the workforce. They effectively manage compensation and benefits along with employee relationships, employment law and more. Since a very long time, manpower has been the most valuable resource of big and small businesses world-wide.

Manpower is one of the most valuable resources of both big and small businesses and having HR professionals to manage the resources effectively is the essence of a thriving business. A preview into the successful process of hiring and staffing is as follows:

Hiring solutions come in different sizes:

There is no ‘one size fits all’ rule in the world of staffing. Therefore companies looking at different recruitment needs will have to specify the type of vacancy that needs to be filled so as to ensure effective staffing. Business requirement also plays a crucial role in ensuring that the right candidates are chosen for the job.

Emphasizing on communication as key to successful hiring:

Communication through email may seem like the easiest solution but it may not be the most effective one. Therefore it is important for decision makers to communicate the need at a specified time to ascertain that the recruitment made is one that is going to add value to the business. Direct verbal communication may seem just right for promoting effective staffing solutions.

Create lucid job descriptions:

Communication is key and most recruiters looking to place candidates to specific job roles should focus on the major job responsibilities that are specified on the job description. A detailed job description will ensure that staffing agencies are aware of the type of candidate they are looking for. A peek preview into the corporate culture is also necessary to ensure that successful recruitments ensue.

Staffing agencies and their contribution to successful recruitment

Staffing agencies are often associated with budget-conscious businesses and going with the right firm means that you save on costs and get the right talent into the business. Staffing agencies thus make sure that they recruit highly talented staff and the most suitable candidate for the post that is open. Sometimes, the budget allocated may be directly proportional to the type of recruitment that takes place.

Organizations world-wide need stronger HR and recruitment executives that will devise the rules and regulations and ensure that employees follow them to foster good work culture. At Dunlopmarketing we provide marketers with verified mailing list of employment agencies that will solve any problem that may be associated with recruitment and staffing. Reach genuine staffing agents and recruiters to give your business a definite edge.

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The Chief Technological Officer- CTO

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted that the job openings for CTOs are going to rise between 2012 and 2022. The incessant and continued growth of business through information systems is one of the major causes for the rise in job opportunities. There have been increased advancements in business solutions and growth in mobile device usage that have contributed significantly to the increase in job openings for IT leaders.

The CTO is the technological backbone of the company and he is responsible for the management of the organization`s research and development besides technological needs. The CTO examines the short and long-term needs of the business and makes optimal use of the capital to ensure that the organization achieves its business goals. Reporting directly to the CEO, the CTO is an integral part of companies that deal with scientific and electronic products. They are responsible for the oversight of intellectual property.

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The top 3 skills that every CTO must possess:

Selection of technical design: The selection of the platform and technical design depends on the business strategy of the organization. The business strategy may be to create a lean start-up or to effectively manage a larger conglomerate, the CTO must be well equipped with the right education and professional skill set. The CTO must be an effective team player who the members can turn to when there are projects getting off the ground.

The ability to see the big graphic picture: The CTO must be fully aware of what a specific technology can do or cannot do and this means being aware of what is written and what is not. Based on experience and statistics, the CTO must know about the tangible and non-tangible projects. Foreseeing the macro and micro aspects ensures that the business in in safe hands of the technological expert.

Provide solutions and options: An important attribute of the CTO is that he should be able to provide suitable options and serve the customer segment efficiently. Assimilating the business products and proposals for change is yet another factor that ensures that the CTO is the final point of contact for your queries and business proposals. The CTO must therefore be able to decide and choose the best options for the business.

The CTO is the highest technology executive across business enterprises with technology and engineering products. Larger companies with bigger budgets may have a CTO or CIO or both. In addition to developing policies and protocol that focusses on optimal use of technology, the CTO zeroes in on the cost-benefit and ROI analysis. The Chief Technological Officers are therefore architects, evangelists and interface designers with a great skill set. You may reach such exceptionally talented CTOs from leading business enterprises for the sale and promotion of your services and products. Get the CTO email list and await the most enticing campaign response.

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TRENDS AND PREDICTIONS FOR THE RETAIL INDUSTRY

Today, everyone is looking to set their expectations for the year ahead. For retail, it promises more disruption ahead as they try to figure out the changing shopping behaviors they see from customers who are more digitally savvy than ever.

Retailers who promote product transparency & sustainability will flourish.

These days, you can find any information you want online and shoppers are no longer content not knowing everything about the products they’re purchasing. A worldwide shift toward sustainability, consumer desire to be more ethically conscious in purchase decisions, and a keen interest in supporting brands with a “strong sense of identity.”

Stores providing unique in-store experiences will thrive.

Retailers who can provide unique in-store experiences will be king in 2017. After all, the only way to justify a customer making the trip to your store rather than shopping online is to give him an experience he can’t get anywhere else.

Retailers across the board will adopt mobile payment solutions.

Mobile payments are the way of the immediate future. TechCrunch estimates that 70 percent of all mobile users in the United States will make a mobile payment in 2017, mobile payments in general next year are expected to total $60 billion, and if you take Business Insider’s word for it, by 2020 mobile payments will account for $503 billion in sales.

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Smaller stores are in; larger stores are out.

When it comes to store size, less will be more in 2017. Consumers don’t want to waste precious time wandering around the endless aisles of enormous stores anymore. Instead, they want ease and efficiency in the form of smaller stores with specialized selections.

Personalization will become increasingly important to consumers.

According to an Accenture Interactive study, “56% of consumers are more likely to shop at a retailer in store or online that recognizes them by name.”

Same-day shipping will become more prominent.

Free shipping is no longer an option; it’s a requirement in today’s world. Consumers might not want to actually make the trip to physical locations, but they still want the instant gratification of taking their purchases home immediately.

Retailtainment will pervade the industry.

Retailtainment, as the name suggests, is the fusion of retail and entertainment. An effort on the part of retailers to provide customers with fun, unique experiences that elevate shopping above anything it’s previously been.

Data will continue to be a significant component of retail success.

More retailers will apply data to every part of the retail process, from the supply chain to the post-purchase stage of the buyer’s journey. Retailers who make data-backed decisions will outperform those who don’t. Which is why we think companies will double-down on data collection and analysis.

Retailers will turn to apps, services, and third parties to fulfill the needs of modern shoppers.

The number of retail-centric apps will increase, and we can expect merchants to leverage them to stay competitive. Retailers are seeking help from third parties to get their products into consumers’ hands quickly and easily.

The year ahead will favor retailers who come up with smart, bold ways to personalize & elevate every aspect of the shopping experience.

Success will boil down to retailers’ ability to offer customers a personalized, seamless shopping experience. Forward-thinking retailers will concentrate their efforts on a shop that responds to customers’ demands, integrating in-store technology, mobile, cloud, analytics and social media in a unified system to boost customer engagement.

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Additional Sources:
https://www.vendhq.com/university/retail-trends-and-predictions-2017