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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2011
Whether they're planning to travel to Italy, Tibet or Argentina, Larry and Bonnie Ohler call Lynda Maxwell first. Maxwell, the owner of Destinations Inc. travel agency, has been helping the Ellicott City couple plan vacations for years — booking tours, coordinating airport pickups, finding hotels and handling a myriad of other details. The Ohlers say they sometimes book parts of trips themselves, but not without Maxwell orchestrating it all from her office in Ellicott City. "We like the comfort of knowing someone who knows what they're doing is working for us," said Bonnie Ohler, who is retired.
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July 21, 2013
Michele Daneker, left, and Nancy Tabares recently attended the Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort Inaugural Event in Cancun. The two are travel agents at All Sights Travel, which recently relocated to The Festival Shopping Center, 5 Bel Air S. Parkway, Suite 1211.
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By New York Times News Service | February 20, 1995
When the airlines began imposing a maximum $50 cap on travel agency commissions a little less than two weeks ago, they seemed to have given the agents little choice but to meekly accept the lower fees.But the airlines may have miscalculated. In recent days agents have begun organizing rallies, protest marches and demonstrations aimed at forcing the airlines to restore the traditional 10 percent commission. And some agents have said that if the cap is not lifted they will try to steer customers to foreign carriers on international flights.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2013
Dorothy V. Perry, former owner of a Towson travel agency, died Jan. 16 of a heart attack at her daughter's Lutherville home. She was 90. The daughter of a streetcar conductor and a homemaker, Dorothy Wertz was born in Baltimore and raised on 30th Street. A 1940 graduate of Eastern High School, Mrs. Perry worked as a secretary at Commercial Credit Co. and did volunteer work. After World War II, she married Urner "Bo" Perry, who had served in the merchant marine and later became a Westinghouse Electric Corp.
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By Bloomberg Business News | February 23, 1995
WASHINGTON -- Amtrak, the national passenger railroad system, said yesterday that it will increase commissions to travel agents in a bid to capture business from air carriers.Amtrak's increase runs counter to the major airlines' recent moves to cap their standard 10 percent commission at $25 on one-way domestic flights and at $50 on two-way flights.Washington-based Amtrak said it plans to boost its payment on short-term promotional fares to between 12 percent and 15 percent of a ticket's price, up from 10 percent.
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By New York Times News Service | July 23, 1993
In a turnabout that has surprised even airline officials, the average ticket price has risen sharply this year -- not only from last summer, when a half-price sale helped put 24 million Americans in the air, but higher than in the first six months of 1991.With money-losing carriers striving to show profits, the increase shows signs of holding, despite sporadic fare sales, and even though upstart regional carriers are forcing the biggest airlines to lower prices on competitive routes.One consequence of the shifts: A year after the airlines abandoned efforts to simplify air fares, the fare categories are as numerous as ever, and just as confusing to passengers and worrisome to travel agents.
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By Michael Pollick | February 6, 1992
Anne Schmidt, the owner of Galleria Travel Center in Lutherville, flips through the morning's mail and pulls out the envelope she is looking for: a check from Club Med."That'll pay the rent," she says.Ms. Schmidt's relief is understandable.With only a few bright spots appearing in the travel industry -- cruise bargains and giveaway trans-Atlantic airfares, for example most travel agencies are licking their wounds from a grim year and hoping things get better."It was a very tough year, a very bad year," says Steve Ballinger, managing editor of Travel Management Daily, a New York trade publication.
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By J. Leffall and J. Leffall,SUN STAFF | August 27, 1998
Baltimore travel agent Mary Joan Levin calls the prospect of a strike by pilots at Northwest Airlines "sickening." But Pro Air, a Northwest rival that began operations 13 months ago, is benefiting from talk of a walkout."
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By Suzanne Wooton and Suzanne Wooton,SUN STAFF | October 12, 1997
For years, travel agencies were members of the "something-for nothing" club. They found the best airline deal, booked it and then delivered the tickets. With airlines paying agents handsome commissions, the cost to the consumer was zilch.But two years ago, in a dramatic move, the airlines capped travel agent commissions for domestic tickets. And recently, they took a 20 percent whack at commissions, prompting many agencies to charge a fee that amounts to an indirect increase in airfares."The customer is basically getting hit with a ticket price increase," said Dan Bohan, chief operating officer for Omega World Travel, based in Arlington, Va.Without the fees, travel agents say, they can't survive the latest commission cut, to 8 percent from 10 percent.
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July 21, 2013
Michele Daneker, left, and Nancy Tabares recently attended the Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort Inaugural Event in Cancun. The two are travel agents at All Sights Travel, which recently relocated to The Festival Shopping Center, 5 Bel Air S. Parkway, Suite 1211.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | November 10, 2012
Margaret N. Metz, a retired Harford County educator and world traveler, died Nov. 2 of complications from a stroke at her Bel Air home. She was 80. The daughter of an educator and a homemaker, Margaret Nancy Jackson was born in Abingdon, Pa., and raised in Jenkintown, Pa. After graduating from Jenkintown High School in 1950, she earned a bachelor's degree in 1954 from what was then Beaver College, now Arcadia University. She married Howard Metz in 1956. Mrs. Metz taught business courses for three years at Upper Dublin High School in Fort Washington, Pa., before moving to Bel Air in 1963.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | October 20, 2012
Stephen Baxter, a retired travel agent, died of liver disease Oct. 2 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Mays Chapel resident was 66. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Samuel Baxter and Lola Annen Baxter. He lived on Barclay Street and in Anneslie. He attended St. Mary's School in Govans, as well as Calvert Hall College High School and City College. He also studied at the old Baltimore Junior College. As a young man, he was the night switchboard operator at the Highfield House apartments.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2012
Adella "Alli" Russel, a retired Pikesville travel agent who made her way out of Nazi-controlled Germany in the 1930s, died of congestive heart failure Sept. 3 at the North Oaks retirement community. She was 96. Born Adella Zipser in Leipzig, Germany, she was the daughter of a wholesaler of milk and dairy products. She received a grade school education and worked in a department store while in her teens. A practicing Jew, she and her family came under increasing scrutiny by Nazi authorities.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 13, 2012
Abbey Victor Kovens, a Baltimore travel agent who during the 1970s circled the world in record time, earning him a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records, died Wednesday of complications from heart disease at his Owings Mills home. He was 67. The son of a vending machine manufacturing executive and a homemaker, he was a cousin of the late Baltimore political kingmaker Irv Kovens. Mr. Kovens, who never used his first name, was born in Baltimore and raised near Mondawmin and later in the Strathmore Park neighborhood in Northwest Baltimore.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2011
Whether they're planning to travel to Italy, Tibet or Argentina, Larry and Bonnie Ohler call Lynda Maxwell first. Maxwell, the owner of Destinations Inc. travel agency, has been helping the Ellicott City couple plan vacations for years — booking tours, coordinating airport pickups, finding hotels and handling a myriad of other details. The Ohlers say they sometimes book parts of trips themselves, but not without Maxwell orchestrating it all from her office in Ellicott City. "We like the comfort of knowing someone who knows what they're doing is working for us," said Bonnie Ohler, who is retired.
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By Tribune Newspapers | April 26, 2009
A recent column mentioned using "a cruise-connected travel agent" to get preferential cruise deals. That sounds good, but travel articles never seem to tell how to find agents who legitimately fit this category, rather than just any old travel agent who might make such claims. How do we do this? In today's info-intensive world, you can find ratings of hotels (TripAdvisor), plumbers and electricians and other home-repair specialists (Angie's List), and restaurants (Zagat), but finding a great travel agent requires a personal connection because it's really all about the relationship.
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By EDWIN MCDOWELL and EDWIN MCDOWELL,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | August 9, 1999
Travel agents reacted with anger and disappointment to the latest airline offers of additional discounts on tickets booked over the carriers' World Wide Web sites."
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February 3, 2008
Cecil College is offering a "Prepare to be a Travel Agent" course that will meet from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Feb. 5 to March 6 at Hill Travel in North East. This entry-level course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of the travel industry. Tuition is $165, and the course fee is $70. Students who complete the class will be eligible to enroll in "Automation for the Travel Agent," a second-level course beginning March 11. Information: 410-287-6060 ext. 211. Information session on allied health jobs Cecil College is offering a free information session about training options for careers in the allied health field from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Room 327 of Elkton Station, 107 Railroad Ave. The college offers full- and part-time training programs for medical assistants and receptionists, medical coders/billers, dental assistants, certified medicine aides, certified nursing assistants, phlebotomists and medical transcriptionists.
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By Doug Donovan and Doug Donovan,Sun reporter | July 9, 2007
Clarence "Shad" Brown Sr., a former bail bondsman, travel agent and fixture in the long-faded nightlife of Pennsylvania Avenue, died of an infection June 30 at Genesis Eldercare in Randallstown. He was 92. Born in Blackstone, Va., he moved to Baltimore with his parents and two brothers at a young age. He graduated from Frederick Douglass High School. He married Helen Francis in 1935, and the young family lived in the 300 block of Presstman St. for decades. Mr. Brown operated an after-hours club in the basement of his West Baltimore home that attracted many top entertainers when they were in town, said his son, Clarence Brown Jr. of Lochearn.
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