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September 13th 2013:Travel Agents on the Rise

How to find the right travel agent? What services do they offer? What qualities do you look for when choosing a travel agent? These are just some of the questions we will answer during this week’s episode of Cruise Views with Ken Muskat. Join us as Tom Stieghorst, senior cruise editor from one of the industry’s leading travel publications, discusses the travel agent industry and the resources they offer consumers. Nina Meyer, President and Chairman of the American Society of Travel Agents, will speak to us about how the industry has evolved and her experience as an owner of several leadin

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Tom Stieghorst

Tom Stieghorst first began covering the cruise industry in 1986. He's been a reporter and editor at the Sun-Sentinel one of South Florida’s leading daily newspapers and for the past year has been the senior cruise editor at trade publication Travel Weekly. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Tom has also written about tourism, airlines and other hospitality businesses. He covered Florida's citrus industry for the Lakeland Ledger and was an editor at Dow Jones News Service in New York. He is a native of Wisconsin.
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Nina Meyer

Nina started in the travel industry in 1976 as an Independent Contractor for an agency called CIA Travel. Within two years, she opened her own agency, Vision Travel, where she developed a tour operation for Laker, Arrow and Eastern Airlines plus three branch locations. In 2001, she merged Vision Travel with Traveleaders. In 2005, Nina became the National Director of Leisure for this $220 million travel company. Her duties included developing preferred vendor relationships, generating and using marketing dollars and developing larger group programs. When TAG (Travel Acquisitions Group) acquired Traveleaders, Nina became Nat'l Director of Leisure for Traveleaders. In April 2009, she joined Ex
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Susan Mirabito

Susan Mirabito is currently Vice President of Operations for the global headquarters of Travel Network/Vacation Central located in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Susan has over 25 years of experience working in various areas of the travel industry in both corporate and leisure travel. Susan began her career at United Airlines and held positions with the Colgate Palmolive Co (in corporate travel and with the corporate jet base), with Bauer Publishing in corporate travel among other companies. She also owns her own leisure travel company.
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