Travel Advisor Develops Subscription Model to Deal With New World of Travel

Travel Advisor | June 12, 2020

Ralph Iantosca, owner of Iantosca Travel in Irving, Texas, has been a successful high-end travel advisor for many years, with a portfolio of loyal affluent customers. But the pandemic threw his business into disarray with his having to repay commissions while some suppliers did not offer refunds to clients. “I’ve never been through anything like this,” said Iantosca, “but after I got sick and tired of being sick and tired, I decided it was time to redo the way I do business.”

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Paired with changing workforce dynamics, contact centers are coping with issues such as economic uncertainty, customer vulnerability, an increase in global compliance regulations and ongoing pandemic-related disruptions —
from the supply chain to employee health concerns. A perfect storm of external factors have led to higher interaction volumes and more complex customer conversations.

Spotlight

Paired with changing workforce dynamics, contact centers are coping with issues such as economic uncertainty, customer vulnerability, an increase in global compliance regulations and ongoing pandemic-related disruptions —
from the supply chain to employee health concerns. A perfect storm of external factors have led to higher interaction volumes and more complex customer conversations.

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