Monthly Archives: April 2019

Turn Off That Computer

One of the most difficult lessons we learn as adults is that we are virtually all the same. We are just a bunch of older children.

Some more gray than others, and some with a few more regrets. Some with a few more letters after their name and some with a police record. (I’m just saying.)

But if life mirrors the sine wave (which I believe it does) and the back and forth motion of your piano’s pendulum sums up our existence, than perhaps it is time to give you the same advice you give to our young’uns: “Why don’t you turn off your computer and go to the library?” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted In: Soundings

If you don’t have your Europe wish list handy, go ahead and toss it aside because you’re going to need a new one altogether after this. Instead of the usual European vacation, conjure up the kind of bucket list experiences you’ll always remember from speed boats, golf cart tours, icy hideaways, and snowmobiling across glaciers. Here’s what to do and see in Europe to remember for a lifetime. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted In: cartoons

Posted In: Deck Plans

Seabourn has given the first glimpse of select public spaces on its two new ultra-luxury purpose-built expedition ships set to launch in June 2021 and May 2022. The work of Adam D. Tihany, the Expedition Lounge, Discovery Center, Landing Zone, and Atrium will act as the communal hubs on Seabourn Venture and another yet-to-be-named sister ship. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted In: Luxury Travel Tips

Who is your Competition?

I recently moderated an adviser panel at the Travel Agent Forum in Las Vegas. In my closing remarks, I mentioned to the audience that before they started advertising, they needed to be able to answer this simple question: “Why should a prospect buy from me?” I suggested that they look around, because each person in the room was their competition and those who can answer the question will win.

After the session concluded, two of the four panelists made it a point to tell me that they didn’t consider the people in the room to be their competition. Well, I asked, who is? They both made it clear they were competing with Costco, Vacations to Go, and other agencies – but not those travel agents in the room. Read the rest of this entry »

As sales and marketing advice goes, this may very well be up there with the best of it. I was reminded of this natural phenomenon this week, and I could not find my way to my computer keyboard fast enough to share it with whoever is out there listening. This is a BIGGIE. Tune in.

I ended a recent tele-class with what I consider to be some sage advice. To me, what I am about to suggest is both logical and extraordinarily simple. It is effective and incredibly apropos. It does not cost a red cent and the results are extremely powerful.

The truth is however, that nobody can do what I am about to suggest without feeling uncomfortable to some degree. This last sentence, in and of itself, may explain why there are not more successful travel-related sales professionals in the United States today. Read the rest of this entry »

The 2019 Masters Golf Tournament

I will try not to bore you with yet another lesson from this year’s Master’s Golf Tournament, but I just can’t help myself.

Yes, we witnessed one of the sports most impressive comebacks from a man who has just gone through a less-than-attractive chunk of life. Like him or not for your own reasoning what Tiger Woods recently accomplished qualifies him as a poster-child for resilience, commitment, hard work and belief in one’s self. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted In: 60-Second Geography

La Fortuna and Arenal in Costa Rica

There’s a reason that La Fortuna remains one of the most visited areas in Costa Rica. Simply put, it is paradise. This small town, located in an area named the same, is a fortune of relaxation and allowing the richness of life to wash over the traveler. With a magnificent volcano as a backdrop, La Fortuna’s lush natural surroundings and laid-back atmosphere lets the traveler settle into a worthwhile vacation.

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NOTE: LeBron James is a professional basketball player (Los Angeles Lakers) 

I’ll give you the cliff note recap and save you the prose.

This athletic super hero is managing to enjoy his job. How blasphemous is that?

It seems that LeBron has opened himself up to criticism because he dunks balls during his warm up session. (Eh?) So what? He told reporters he does this because he finds dunking a basketball fun. I say, “You go dunk, LeBron.” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted In: 1:1

•    Started with STI Travel (leader in travel to Egypt) in Hackensack, NJ in 2006. (STI Travel became part of the Central Holidays Travel Group in 2012.)
•    Handled FIT & Group Sales from 2006-2016
•    In charge of Product Development from 2008-2015
•    Rejoined Central Holidays in August, 2018
•    Visited Egypt for the 4th time in December 2018
•    Call Center Team Leader for Egypt FIT & Group sales
•    Develops custom itineraries for both FITs and Groups
•    Handles Egypt Product Development including itinerary creation Read the rest of this entry »

As much as you probably DO NOT want to hear this, one of the most important marketing tools you can have is an article that you give to prospects once you have made initial contact.

An article is the ideal follow up vehicle to give to someone you meet through networking, after a speaking engagement, and on your website to encourage a visitor to opt-in to your mailing list. An article is often the first tool you use in the marketing process. It gives you a reason to follow-up with a prospect to learn more about them or to send them more information that can ultimately lead to a meeting.

As logical as it may be, most people consider writing to be a difficult “chore.” They can’t decide what to write about or how long it should be. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted In: Editorial Musings

Seems like a harsh headline, no? Well, if US District Court Judge Patricia Seitz gets her way, it may become a reality.  It seems that the Judge has had enough and has strongly suggested that the biggest of the Carnival big-wigs be in her courtroom in June.  She has requested that Mickey Arison, Arnold Donald, and other executives be present. The story broke in the Miami Herald late last week (Subscription req’d with free preview). Read the rest of this entry »

Posted In: Publishers Corner

You Got Personality

My early recollections of the world of brands and business have to do with the companies with which a five year old first has contact. I can remember that Esso put a tiger in our tank and that my Keds tennis shoes would make me run a little faster and jump a little higher. The personality of many companies had to do with their cartoon mascots whether that was Mr. Clean , Green Giant or a leprechaun whose marshmallows were lucky charms. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted In: Deck Plans

Two weeks ago, I traveled aboard Celebrity Cruises’ newly renovated Celebrity Summit. I’ll be sharing my opinions about my voyage in next week’s podcast and through a series of stories over the next few weeks.

However, this week on Avid Travel With Britton Frost, I will focus on the opinions of my fellow travelers. Though my time aboard was short, I gathered the opinions of other travelers to see what they thought of the ship. We begin the episode with a very special guest, Celebrity Cruises’ Associate Vice President of Entertainment, Becky Thomson-Foley. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted In: Agent Perspectives

This window on England opens on the Royal Horticultural Society and the stunning flower shows they organise along with the Chelsea Flower Show. I’ve sharpened the focus on Blenheim Palace, York, our home of chocolate and the autumn Ceramics Biennial in Stoke on Trent before taking a closer look at Cornwall. Although it is in the far southwest of England, it’s a first-class illustration of a TRAVEL LESS-SEE MORE destination and my suggestions will begin to reveal what this rugged southwestern tip of England can offer enterprising travel counsellors.

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Posted In: cartoons

Today’s message is a message based on a true story. It contains an important reminder for all of you.

A particular industry conference was on my calendar for over a month. I knew as a professional speaker that good things result from my wandering trade show aisles. This alone serves as a walking example that “Marchev is alive and well.” I was not attending this show as a conference speaker. I was a paid attendee. This was a few years ago and the conference was conducted by the Cruise Association.

For those of you who know me, you can appreciate that one of my favorite reminders involves “visibility.” Read the rest of this entry »

You Can Thank Me Later

As sales and marketing advice goes, this may very well be up there with the best of it. This is a BIGGIE. Tune in.

I ended a recent webinar with what I consider to be some sage advice. To me, what I am about to suggest is both logical and extraordinarily simple. It is effective and incredibly apropos. It does not cost a penny and the results are extremely powerful.

The truth is, however, that nobody can do what I am about to suggest without feeling uncomfortable to some degree. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted In: Preview

Uyuni’s Bare Beauty

In the southwest corner of Bolivia, nestled in between rugged mountainous terrain and the world’s biggest salt flats, Uyuni is often overlooked town in the middle of nowhere. Yet, this small town of approximately 10,000 people receives almost 60,000 tourists a year. Thanks to Marnella Tours, today’s 60-Second Geography is all about this fascinating town and what to do there.

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Posted In: Supplier Profile

Iceland ProCruises

Iceland has been a rising star in the travel industry for almost 15 years now. With 2.3 million visitors in 2018, it has become a major choice of destination for travelers. There’s no denying why it has become popular among travelers. The sparse population leaves much of the natural sites intact and pristine, while the people are welcoming to anyone who wishes to come see their exquisite country. Surreal fjords and waterfalls create a sense of wonder. Cities full of a distinct culture and lively modern feel compel a visit. Read the rest of this entry »

I pride myself as being upbeat, self-motivated, make-it-happen type of guy. In fact, my business card labels me as a “Motivational Speaker” so I must be more than squared away more often than not.

But I am also a seasoned realist…a guy who has been around the bases more than once and who has developed the skill of spotting a creep from down the block. I am a student of the customer service game and not much gets by me.

This week alone, four organizations entered my world and rapidly positioned themselves as “not-so-good.” In each case I had a wallet that I was prepared to make lighter with them in mind. Disappointment is not the right word… Read the rest of this entry »