Congratulations to Tripologist Robert Beukema

Monday, July 14th, 2014
Robert Beukema

Robert Beukema of Le Grande Tour

Congratulations to Tripologist Robert Beukema from Le Grande Tour
Richmond, Virginia who submitted the top voted trip by consumers in the Tripology Caribbean Trip Giveaway.

To share a closer look at how Tripology’s Caribbean travel specialists can help consumers plan a fantastic Caribbean vacation, the company recently held a Pro Planning Challenge, in which its professional Caribbean specialists were asked to design and submit their ideal Caribbean getaway. All entries were reviewed by the editors of USA TODAY, who then selected the 10 most amazing Caribbean vacations from the submissions.

Consumers were invited to review the ten best Caribbean trips submitted by Tripologists and vote for their favorite. One lucky winner won the sweepstakes for a free Caribbean getaway for two and the agent with the trip garnering the most votes, Tripologist Robert Beukema, planned the winner’s Caribbean vacation. The trip that received the most votes was to Punta Cana in the Domincan Republic.

Beukema, who has been a Tripologist since 2008 and has made approximately $500K from Tripology leads, says that travel is his passion. For 12 years, he has specialized in customized European travel and more recently has become a Caribbean travel planning pro, specializing in all-inclusive resorts.

Since its acquisition by USA TODAY, Tripology continues to invest in widening the Tripology network via USA TODAY Travel Media Group sites with the ultimate goal of driving even more high-intent online leads to travel agents. Sweepstakes like the Tripology Caribbean Trip Giveaway provide registered agents of Tripology.com greater exposure to USA TODAY Travel Media Group’s 5.3 million unique monthly visitors who are seeking travel planning expertise.

Additionally, as part of a strategic initiative of USA TODAY, Tripology is now being featured as a prominent element of the Travel Media Group’s websites — including a highly visible trip request widget on each site’s homepage that encourages travelers to connect with a professional travel planner via Tripology.com. These sites include the travel section of USA TODAY, 10Best.com, Experience Cruises, Experience Caribbean, Experience Beach, Experience Food & Wine and many other Experience Travel sites.

Make sure to sign-up to receive the Tripology Agent Newsletter to learn about new promotions, trip planning challenges, and other opportunities to be showcased as a USA TODAY travel planning pro.

Tripology Publishes Consumer Travel Trends – presented by Tripology and USA TODAY Travel Media Group

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Tripology is pleased to unveil its most recently published consumer travel trends offering travel agents valuable information about where travelers are looking to go now and in upcoming months.

Data regarding requested regions for national and international travel, trip budgets and most-requested areas for travel are included in the report.

Here are the key findings:

  • Florida remains the most-visited state in the country, regardless of the season.
  •  During the Winter of 2014, as the Polar Vortex was at its peak, consumers dreamed of travel to warmer climes, with Florida (33% of requests), Nevada (19%), Hawaii (16%) and California (12%) the four most popular states by request.
  • Global travel planning followed a similar trend, with Mexico (22% of requests), The Bahamas (17%) and Jamaica (11%) comprising the top three most-requested destinations by Tripology users.
  • The average trip budget for Tripology users for trips planned in Q1 2014, was $4,983. This is higher than the average amount Americans spent on all vacations in 2013 according to MRI, $4,813, suggesting that consumers who use travel agents do so when planning a vacation far more expensive than the average. This was also an 8% increase from Q1 2013 ($4,595), suggesting consumer optimism is on the rise.
  • Key West and Arizona appeared in the top ten most-requested U.S. cities and states
  • Los Angeles is listed as one of the ten most-requested global cities for the first time
  •  For the first time, those identifying themselves as families with kids surpassed married as the most common traveler type among those identifying with a lifestyle category.

The complete report is available for download at: http://www.tripology.com/consumer/travel-trends/.

Tripology: Your Connection to New Clients!

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

In 2013, Tripology was acquired by USA TODAY and relaunched the agent portal to be cleaner, more mobile friendly and easier to use. As part of the USA TODAY family, Tripology is exposed to millions of travel planning consumers which means increased travel leads for its registered travel specialists.  Find out how this immense exposure to consumer travelers helps increase your opportunities for getting new clients in our upcoming webinar on  Tuesday, June 24th.

John T. Peters, CTIE, President of USA TODAY Travel Media Group

John T. Peters, President of USA TODAY Travel Media Group

Join John T. Peters, President of USA TODAY Travel Media Group, as we introduce the enhanced Tripology and show you how it helps travel specialists get new clients based on their areas of specialization or expertise.  John will be joined by Men Gorleku, Tripology’s Relationship Manager, who will share some insightful tips and suggestions on how to create a compelling profile.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to learn how to become a registered Tripologist!

Tuesday, June 24 at:
3pm Eastern, 2pm Central, 1pm Mountain, 12pm Pacific

Click on the following link to register: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/546346929

Creating a Winning Personal Statement

Friday, June 6th, 2014

The very first chance you have to impress your prospective clients when using Tripology is via your personal statement. It is the premier opportunity to showcase why you are the ideal travel specialist they should select to plan their travels.

Here’s a look at some of the items you should include in your personal statement to best communicate your expertise:

• List your destinations of specialization or the types of travel you are most experienced in planning
• Feature your personal experience in these countries or cities…Have you lived there or traveled to those places? Make mention of your firsthand experience in your specialty destinations
• Detail your years of travel planning background as well as any certifications you have — Mention any ongoing education or training that gives you even more insight into the places you specialize in
• Include some inspiring copy that communicates your knowledge and passion about the destinations you serve — Enticing verbiage helps demonstrate how your “insider” experience will make their trip the very best in can be
• Mention any host agency or consortia affiliation that enables you to pass along special pricing, upgrades or other perks to clients

To help you even further, we have included some examples of effective personal statements below:

Sample 1
“Customizing vacations to Italy and Spain based on clients’ specific interests is what I love to do. Having lived in Spain’s Madrid and Seville and in Italy’s Florence, I spent the most amazing of times traveling throughout these two countries. The insight I have into these destinations gives you the ideal trip you are dreaming of…with authentic experiences that take you to live the true essence of these places – enjoying the food & wine, the people, their history, and their culture at every turn. Some of the most memorable trips I have planned for clients included private touring and exclusive experiences such as after-hours tours of museums, cooking classes in Tuscany, wine and gastronomy tours with tastings in acclaimed wineries, cruise programs with private shore excursions throughout the Mediterranean, and so much more.

To help me with these tours, I work with tour companies located in these countries. We arrange for them to provide private touring, transfers and shore excursions, even Michelin star restaurant reservations.

In my 18-year career in the travel industry, I have established relationships with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and tour companies. For you, my experience and contacts often translate into a complimentary upgrade, amenity or shipboard credit, as well as the assurance you will be treated as a valued guest as you enjoy the best of your selected destinations.”

Sample 2
“My passion and specialty is planning memorable vacations for families. As a mother, I know how important it is to deal with a family specialist when you are planning a holiday for 3, or a family reunion for 100. I understand the needs of parents, and use my expertise to create the perfect vacation for families with children of all ages.

I have over 10 years of experience in planning family vacations, and have taken my children on trips ranging from cruises, to tropical resorts and soft adventure tours. I use my experience and knowledge to address the unique needs of parents, handling the myriad of details to ensure a smooth and hassle-free vacation.

I am an independent agent affiliated with an agency that belongs to the exclusive luxury network Virtuoso, which gives my clients preferred rates, and complimentary upgrades and amenities at top resorts & hotels worldwide. My clients also receive automatic VIP status, and access to a network of the best travel insiders worldwide. My clients receive the customized services of a personal travel consultant, backed by the clout of a prestigious agency.”

Remember, you can always have a Tripology Relationship Manager review your profile and your personal statement to help make it a winning one!

Our Search for USA TODAY Weekend Getaway Specialists is Still On!

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Tripology, in partnership with USA TODAY Travel Media Group, is looking for the ultimate weekend getaway travel experts. Do you consider yourself an authority in planning exciting trips within less than three nights? If so, you may be selected as a USA Today Travel Media Weekend Travel Specialist.

To get started, send us an email to weekends@tripology.com with responses to the following questions. Be as detailed as possible as the most compelling information will be featured online and you would be featured as a USA TODAY Weekend Getaway specialist.

Weekend Getaway expert questions:

1. Please submit one (OR more) novel weekend itinerary(ies) for a destination listed below that showcases your expertise as a weekend getaway specialist. Include your top five things to do in the destination selected.  We are still seeking itineraries in the following destinations:
CHICAGO, DALLAS/FORT WORTH, DENVER, HOUSTON, LAS VEGAS, MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, NEW YORK CITY, ORLANDO, PHILADELPHIA, PHOENIX, PORTLAND, OREGON, SALT LAKE CITY, SAN ANTONIO, SEATTLE, and ST. LOUIS

2. What makes you stand out among other agents? Why should a consumer use you as their weekend getaway planner as opposed to booking online?

3. What are some of your tips or hints for travelers seeking to plan a weekend getaway?

4. How can your expertise help clients to:
– save money?
– enjoy exclusive experiences?
– get to know all there is to do in the destination(s) being visited?
– make the most of their weekend getaway?
(ANECDOTES ENCOURAGED)

We look forward to receiving your responses by June 1, 2014 — Excerpts from the best submission will be featured on USA TODAY Travel Media Group sites.