Travel professionals go by many names. In this story, Weissmann conducted a roundtable discussion with eight million-dollar travel agents” (as in: that’s how much travel they sell in a year) on how they’ve achieved financial success as an advisor and what other agents can do to step up their knowledge regarding the business side of travel.

It can still be a good place to get timely information on a destination rapidly changing (countries in turmoil, how new laws are impacting a particular place, etc.). With that said, we have seen the quality of the TripAdvisor Travel Forums (or Travel Boards) decline significantly in the last few years.

On our recent travels, we tried to piece together how many of the reviews were fake (incorrect details, information that was included based on a media story but not an actual person, etc.). Our best guess is that at least 60% of the reviews are fake.

A travel advisor advocacy portal with a provided message advisors can send their local legislators to inform them of the positive economic impact of the tourism industry, and a custom pre-written “letter to editor” advisors can send their local media.

A real-life example of this: A search of online travel sites for a three-night refundable stay this October at Le Royal Monceau, in Paris, one of the city’s most luxurious hotels, turned up an average price of $930 a night without any additional amenities such as breakfast.