Crash Course in Singapore

If you ever conveniently find yourself in Southeast Asia on a day with nothing to do, Grace Teo has got you covered! Grace is originally from Kuala Lumpur but currently lives in Germany; she blogs and YouTubes about her various travel experiences. (Also, how cute are her dimples?!)

In this video, Grace he spends just 24 hours in Singapore and films her experience, effectively giving you a crash course in the must-sees and must-eats of the vibrant place. She covers essentials like chili crab and a 24-hour shopping center (fellow night owls rejoice!), and the video is definitely worth checking out.

How Social Media is Like Sex

How social media is like sexIn the travel industry, agents are flocking to Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and even Google+ as these channels become valuable ways to reach new prospective clients, and keep in touch with existing clients. There are likes, shares, fans, +1′s, followers…but what does it all mean? What’s valuable to our client relationships and marketing, and HOW valuable are each of these?

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Press Release: Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialists Association

For many U.S. and Canadian travel agents, destination weddings and honeymoons are big business:

  • 350,000 destination weddings take place every year – they’re 24 percent of all weddings, in fact.
  • More than half of those couples say they get outside help planning these trips.
  • And, 86 percent of them still plan to talk honeymoons after their destination weddings.

To help more agents tap into this market, the Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialists Association (DWHSA) will “soft launch” today, in preparation for a charter membership drive this spring (Feb. 1-April 30). Continue reading

Getting Your Travel Website to Rank Well in 2012+

Rand Fishkin of SEOmoz posted this terrific White Board Friday video today:

He talks about some of the classic ranking factors–things you still need to do to your site to get your pages to rank for the terms you’re targeting. But more importantly, he dives into some of the newer factors that help not just ranking but also conversion, and all at a level that should be understandable to a non-SEO person.
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