The Advantage Blog

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.

Hotel Forecast – repurposing assets to move with the times

  • 29 Oct 2020
  • Leigh Cowlishaw

Advantage Global Supplier Director, Leigh Cowlishaw attended a PwC session on the UK Hotels Forecast looking ahead to 2021. Here she shares insights and thoughts from the session with the Advantage TMCs and community.

"Buyers should be working closely with their TMCs to understand Covid challenges and utilise their TMC’s expertise"

  • 21 Oct 2020
  • Julia Lo Bue-Said

Advantage CEO, Julia Lo Bue-Said was a guest speaker on the 2nd GBTA Europe Town Hall event on 20 October 2020. Here she shares insights and thoughts with the Advantage TMCs and community.

Advantage supporting diversity

  • 25 Jun 2020
  • Danni de Nervaux

At Advantage, we nurture and foster an inclusive organisational culture. We have created a fair, accepting and safe environment. We actively build on our skills in working in different cultures and countries.  And we make everyone who encounters us, both offline and online, feel valued and respected.

What women inspire the team at Advantage?

  • 08 Mar 2018
  • Danni de Nervaux

We asked the team at Advantage to share with us the woman who inspires them in 2018. From Michelle Obama, Maya Angelou to the singer Pink, and even someone's Mum we had some fantastic answers, and some great reasons.

Beat the January Blues

  • 19 Jan 2017
  • Danni de Nervaux

This January we want to laugh in the face of wet January, so we are asking you to not ‘feel blue – but think yellow!’. Yellow symbolises sunshine and holidays, and what better way to beat the blues than to book a holiday! With holiday’s in mind here are five general tips to help you to beat the January Blues.

What makes a good travel agent?

  • 22 Dec 2016
  • Danni de Nervaux

In today's world, time is everything. Many of us want things done quickly allowing little time to consider or to reflect. When we book a holiday we want it to be done in the most efficient way possible, and we expect our travel agent to know this and to know exactly what we want. 

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