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The Lounge with Travefy Academy
Join Travefy as we speak with industry leaders, experts and veterans to hear their story on how they built their business and their perspectives on where the industry is going. Welcome to The Lounge.
Nov 17, 2020
#9 - The Story of Travefy with Founding Team Members David Chait & Scott Rutz
Have you ever wondered how Travefy became an all-in-one software for travel advisors? The story might be different than you think! The Lounge chats with two of the founding team members, David Chait and Scott Rutz as we hear how Travefy got its start in the travel industry. We also discuss some of the many business lessons they learned along the way to grow Travefy and pivot into the software that it is today.
Oct 23, 2020
#8 - Building a Strong and Lasting Client Connection with Danielle Dybiec
Danielle Dybiec is a travel industry veteran. She started out building travel itineraries for tour suppliers and then founded her own travel agency, Nine Muses Travel. Danielle began sharing a weekly newsletter to market and keep in touch with her clientele but once the pandemic disrupted the travel industry in early 2020, her weekly newsletter became a connecting bridge to her clients. Danielle shares what makes her newsletter marketing unique and also the ways that she has had to pivot her business in recent months to accommodate travel safety protocols and travel restrictions. Visit Nine Muses Travel: https://www.ninemusestravel.com/
Oct 19, 2020
#7 - The Perks & Challenges of Being a Supplier in the Travel Industry with Jeff Pawid
In this episode of The Lounge, we talk with Jeff Pawid who has worked on both sides of the industry, as the advisor and also as the supplier. Jeff has worked with numerous travel suppliers and shares his favorite parts of working with advisors directly and what challenges suppliers can face and how to overcome those. We also learn more about Jeff and how he found himself in the travel industry in the first place!
Sep 28, 2020
#6 - Recognizing Your Strength as a Leader While Growing Your Business with Debi Mitchell
In this episode, we chat with Debi Mitchell, agency owner and founder of Wish Upon a Star With Us Travel. She shares insight on how she grew her business to $9 million in sales annually and the lessons that she has learned along the way. Debi is always finding ways to better her leadership skills and talks about the importance and value of always growing so that your business continues to excel with you. Visit Debi's Website at https://wishuponastarwithus.com/
Aug 5, 2020
#5 - Working Towards a More Inclusive Travel Industry with Kelley Woods
In the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement, the Black Travel Alliance was formed in the travel industry bringing awareness to build a more inclusive and diverse industry. During this podcast, we chat with Kelley Woods, a founding member of the Black Travel Alliance and learn how travel companies and travel advisors can help bridge the gap between the current divide. Kelley also shares what it’s like running her travel business during the time of COVID and how she’s preparing for the future of travel. Learn more about the Black Travel Alliance at https://www.blacktravelalliance.com. Visit Kelley's travel agency website at https://travelingwithcuteluggage.com.
Jul 2, 2020
#4 - Advocacy, Recovery And The Industry with Erika Richter of ASTA
There's never been a more important time to support the travel and tourism industry through advocacy organizations like the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA). Join us on this episode of the lounge as we speak with Erika Richter , the Senior Director of Communications of ASTA to hear her outlook on the industry.
Jun 12, 2020
#3 - Pivoting And Staying Positive With Evie Strange Of Wonderland Adventure Co.
In this episode of The Lounge we talk with Evie Strange of Wonderland Adventure Company about how she's handling pivoting her business, going virtual and staying positive during COVID-19. Learn more at: http://wonderlandadventureco.com/
Jun 12, 2020
#2 - Having Fun Engaging Clients With Brandon Foster of Magic Lamp Vacations
Finding creative and fun ways to stay engaged with clients is key to creating loyal, repeat clients for years to come. On this episode of The Lounge we chat with Brandon Foster of Magic Lamp Vacations on ways he stays in touch with his clients and how he sees the industry starting to emerge post COVID-19. Learn more at: https://www.magiclampvacations.com/brandonfoster
Jun 12, 2020
#1 - Staying Active In Your Community With Thomas Carpenter of Huckleberry Travel
During difficult times like COVID-19 it's easy as a business to want to retreat or hibernate, Thomas Carpenter speaks into why it's important and how travel businesses can continue to engage with their local communities during difficult times. Learn more at: https://www.huckleberrytravel.com/