Trade Secrets, Episode 1: Travel advisor Sally Black on Covid-era client expectations

Welcome to Trade Secrets, a podcast from the editors of Travel Weeky and TravelAge West. On Trade Secrets, travel advsors ask questions -- and travel advisors answer. 

Our first episode of Trade Secrets features Sally Black, the founder of Vacationkids in Kunkletown, Penn. We're tackling questions about #Covid-19 testing and vaccination requirements, along with how to best approach clients who may be hesitant to travel right now.

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Trade Secrets is a new podcast from the editors of Travel Weekly and TravelAge West, where travel advisors ask -- and answer -- questions. On each podcast, hosts Emma Weissmann and Jamie Biesiada will ask a veteran travel advisor to join them and field listeners' questions. Topics will range from business advice to industry trends, history and more  as long as it's travel-related, we want to address it! Find Trade Secrets wherever you get your podcasts, or at

Jamie Biesiada is a senior editor with Travel Weekly. She is an award-winning journalist, including being named the American Society of Travel Advisors' 2019 Travel Journalist of the Year. Her roots are in community journalism, where she was the editor of several local newspapers and a regional entertainment magazine.

Emma Weissmann is a senior editor of TravelAgeWest, a print and online magazine for travel advisors based in the Western U.S. She is also the host of the Humans of Travel podcast, where she interviews notable individuals in the travel industry about their lives  the highs and lows that make them human.

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Since the podcast was recorded, Canada did extend its cruising ban into 2022, which may have an outsized impact on Alaska cruising and its travel economy.

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Need to know research: Travel advisors support strict Covid-19 testing requirements

Is the travel industry opposed to requiring negative Covid-19 tests for domestic travel?

Since the podcast was recorded, some other suppliers have said they will require vaccines, and still others say it's too early to tell. More on that in these articles:

Crystal makes it clear: No vaccine, no cruise

Vaccines required on Carnival Corp. lines? CEO Arnold Donald says too early to tell

Royal Caribbean Group will require crew to be vaccinated

Globus will require Covid-19 vaccine, negative test or immunity

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