One-track mind

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Agents were urged to become more cognizant of the euro and its impact on their business by speakers at Travel Weekly's Euro Conference in New York last week. Clearly, the introduction of the new currency in 11 countries on Jan. 1 will present many new issues and challenges for the trade. For example, clients will have many questions regarding the euro, and agents will be expected to provide the added value of answering those questions, even though United will pay them a lousy $50 commission on the air ticket, but I digress ...

A new California company called Cruise Vacation Professionals is running infomercials soliciting "associates" to sell Carnival cruise products. This "associates" arrangement means that agents, in theory, could find themselves competing with consumers for cruise sales, which is the last thing that agents need now that United's paying them a lousy $50 commission on international air tickets, but I digress ...

President Clinton reportedly settled the Paula Jones case but admitted no wrongdoing. Still, it seems the president could've taken the time to say something about United's paying agents a lousy $50 commission on international air tickets, but I digress ...

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