The Advantage Blog

Moving Forward Together Makes Us Stronger

  • 04 Oct 2021
  • Julia Lo Bue-Said

From 4am on 04 October the rules in relation to international travel have been updated with the traffic light system replaced by a Red List and a Rest of the World category. Advantage CEO Julia Lo Bue-Said reflects on how the news will affect the travel recovery roadmap, and talks about what's next at Advantage following receiving the Travel Legend Award at last week's Travel Industry by TTG Awards.

Why it’s important more than ever to have the right insurance policies in place for your business

  • 13 Sep 2021
  • Heather Haggis

As the travel industry is beginning to recover, we know how important it is to ensure your customer’s trips take place without a hitch. In this blog update, Heather Haggis, our Head of Advantage Financial Services (AFS), talks about the importance of sourcing the right financial protection for your businesses.

How do you start your own travel business off the back of a global pandemic?

  • 16 Aug 2021
  • Kelly Cookes

Setting up a travel agency under a ‘managed branch’ model is becoming a more popular option for those thinking of realising their dreams and starting their own travel business. Kelly Cookes shares why now might just be the right time for you to 'start your own travel business'.

Is it time to re-evaluate the role of the TMC?

  • 20 May 2021
  • Guest blogger

In what could be the biggest era of change for business travel, and specifically the role of the TMC, in association with leading mid-office software supplier Midoco, we assembled a panel of leading sector players to ask the question: Is it time to re-evaluate the role of the TMC? Midoco’s David Chappell shares a summary of the discussion.

A first-hand experience as international travel reopened on 17 May 2021

  • 18 May 2021
  • Julia Lo Bue-Said

On 17 May 2021, international travel for UK travellers officially restarted. We wanted a first-hand experience of the total travel experience, so Advantage CEO, Julia Lo Bue-Said booked the first flight out Faro, along with Advantage member, Jackie Steadman from Traveltime World. Read a full summary of Julia’s travel experience including the testing experience and the process at the airport.

Leading through a pandemic

  • 13 Apr 2021
  • Danni de Nervaux

Advantage CEO, Julia Lo Bue-Said, has been featured in a new Senior Women Leaders series ‘Leading during a pandemic’, as part of a Deloitte Inspiring Women Leaders in Travel initiative. Read Julia's story here.

Advantage people: supporting the vaccination rollout programme

  • 19 Mar 2021
  • Danni de Nervaux

Jo Dentry, our inhouse PA, has been on flexible working hours since the pandemic broke out. In December she heard her local Doctor’s surgery needed volunteers for the vaccination rollout in her area, so she signed up. We wanted to find out what had motivated Jo to volunteer and what the experience has been like for her…

Being a female CEO during a pandemic

  • 08 Mar 2021
  • Julia Lo Bue-Said

When I look back over the past twelve months, it is frightening to reflect on how much our industry has been through. We have been challenged like never before.

The value of joining a travel agent consortium

  • 25 Feb 2021
  • Kelly Cookes

Advantage Travel Partnership leisure director Kelly Cookes examines the benefits of joining a consortium and what travel agents should consider when it comes to making a decision.

Coming together as a single voice to protect future travel

  • 17 Feb 2021
  • Julia Lo Bue-Said

It’s important that we are using the right avenues to lobby the relevant government departments in a considered and balanced manner, in order to protect the industry’s reputation

Congratulations on your new business Sarah Kelley!

  • 20 Jan 2021
  • Danni de Nervaux

Former Advantage member, Sarah Kelley decided to set up her new business through Advantage Managed Services Trust Account (AMS). We wanted to catch up with Sarah to find out more about her plans for Future Travel Group.

Insurers must pay many small firms for Covid lockdown losses

  • 15 Jan 2021
  • Heather Haggis

Today the Supreme Court found largely in favour of small firms receiving payments from business interruption insurance policies. Heather Haggis is our main contact for all insurance bond-related queries within the group, so we asked Heather to share her thoughts on the judgement.

BTN Europe Hotlist 2021

  • 06 Jan 2021
  • Danni de Nervaux

Advantage CEO Julia Lo Bue-Said named as 'Industry Influencer' in influential industry hotlist.

A new hope...

  • 18 Dec 2020
  • David Moon

As the industry moves on to the next phase of the coronavirus pandemic, we look at some of the key areas in which our industry has changed and will need to evolve.

Diversifying in a pandemic

  • 03 Nov 2020
  • John Hobbs-Hurrell

How a Global Network member adapted to the pandemic by providing clients with sanitiser, door-to-door covid testing and set up a charter flight business.

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