Summer is approaching and it is time for you to sit back and take a breather as peak season has come to an end. Whether you are established and have a solid client base or are new to the industry looking to get started, there is always room to grow. Take this time to see just how VAX can help your overall business. VAX VacationAccess, the premier leisure travel marketplace, has five key resources exclusively on our site that can help you boost your business. From education to editorial content to booking tips, we are always looking to create a boost for your business. 1. The Compass:The Compass is VAX’s home for editorial content created exclusively for travel agents like you. The Compass is your true north, providing daily content, editorials, and information to help agents like you stay informed in the industry and grow your business. From thought leadership articles written by industry leaders to tips and training on business betterment as well as travel inspiration for your clients, The Compass is your home base, giving you the direction you need to be ready for the issues of today and innovation of tomorrow. The Compass is organized into six distinct categories:Agent Development: Grow with topics in business development, engagement strategies best practices and agency/host information.Perspectives: Learn from the best voices in the industry, with executive interviews and insights from the top-performing agents.Around the Industry: Stay up-to-date on regulation updates, industry studies, events and supplier announcements and press releases. It’s everything you need to understand and overcome market challenges.Travel Inspiration: Spark your clients’ wanderlust with content that’s ready to share – simply send the article link to your clients and begin the planning.Making Waves: Arrive at your dedicated port of call for all things cruise – whether it’s a domestic river cruise or an adventure out at sea.Destinations: In-depth destination guides and quick-hit listless give you the content you need when researching the best-fit destinations for your clients. 2. Educational OpportunitiesIn an ever-growing industry working with technology that is ever-changing, it is important you stay educated on the new enhancements, features, and functionalities VAX provides. We want to make sure you have all the tools you need work like a pro on VAX. Sometimes it takes time to adapt to new features, but that is the great thing about VAX, we are always looking for ways to enhance your experience. We have three distinct educational tools you can use to help better your business. Supplier Training & EducationUnderstanding the destinations and suppliers you are booking for your clients is imperative. On VAX we house a full list of live and on-demand webinars to sharpen your skills and become well-versed in the industry. VAX Training & EducationWhether you are new to VAX or need a refresh on our platform, we provide specific instructions and short videos explaining VAX’s features and functionalities. From managing reservations, to site manger resources, and steps to send your clients a sales email, we have it all for you at your fingertips. New Agent EducationThe industry has more new agents than ever before, so to help new agents get up to speed, we have a full education program dedicated just for you. Here you get a glimpse of VAX in detail, with step-by-step guidance to ensure your bookings are smooth. 3. Industry CalendarWith the travel industry growing and rapidly changing, it is easy to forget about other educational opportunities for you to experience like: FAMS, tradeshows, and webinars. VAX provides you an industry-wide calendar with tradeshows, seminars, FAMS and webinars to ensure you are aware of events you may want to attend. Attending industry events gives you exposure to some of the industry’s top brands and suppliers along with other agents who you can learn from. You can find information on some of the industry’s biggest events on our industry calendar along with direct links to register so you can be a part of them. If we are missing anything on the calendar, we would love for you to submit any requests to us directly via the form on our calendar page. 4. VAX’s Top 6 Booking TipsIf you are new to VAX, or possibly used to a different booking platform and want to see where the things you need to book are located on VAX, we have compiled our favorite booking quick tips. We want to help you make your experience booking on VAX as easy as possible and plus we get to share our favorite insights with you. These resources and many more are available to you on VAX’s Training & Education pages as well as our New Agent Education. Tip 1: Get to the Charter Destination Search Tip 2: See More Hotel Room Options Tip 3: Send Your Clients a Sales Email Tip 4: Request Paper Documents Tip 5: Find and Adjust Your Commission Tip 6: Find the Deposit Due and Other Payment Info Look to VAX as your resource to help you earn, learn and grow in the profession you love. Join our community of 100,000+ travel agents and gain access to book 55+ leisure travel suppliers and the latest travel industry information and insights.
OTTAWA, Ont. — Statistics Canada says retail sales fell 0.6% in June to $40.1 billion, which partially offset a large gain in May.The biggest decrease in dollar terms was a 1.2% drop at food and beverage stores, with weaker sales reported by all types of stores in this subsector.Analysts had expected a smaller decline following strong results earlier this year.Statistics Canada says retail sales in the first six months of 2013 were still up 1.8% compared to the same period last year.It says strong sales in May, a labour strike in Quebec and flooding in southern Alberta all contributed to lower sales in eight of 11 subsectors in June, representing 57% of total retail trade.Statistics Canada says retail sales fell in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador in June, while British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan all reported sales gains.In volume terms, retail sales declined 1.2% after three straight months of gains.