In the past year during strikes by Lufthansa, a computer meltdown at Delta, storms, terrorism, Zika and other things that throw a wrench into travel plans, travel agents have again and again shown their worth by getting their clients to important business meetings, vacations, or home to loved ones, while consumers who booked direct or via OTAs were posting messages of frustration to Twitter and Facebook. In fact, the profession is seeing both an influx of new blood, and a talent shortage. Nearly 70 percent of Virtuoso agencies reported they are planning to hire more advisors. What’s more, the demographics of agents themselves are changing dramatically. Anthony Huffman, owner of Huffman Travel says, “Five years ago we had nobody here (at Virtuoso Travel Week) under 50. Today, I’m the only one over 50.” That’s partly because the job of travel agent, which used to mean sitting in front of a flickering computer terminal from nine to five, tapping on a keyboard, has changed dramatically. Many agents work from home, or if they have an office are rarely in it, instead traveling the world, scouting out what’s best, newest and next for their customers. While it may not pay like investment banking, with the median salary under $50,000, top advisors get well into six figures, and it is the type of job where if you are OK answering client emails 24/7, you aren’t tied to a desk, you get to see the world, stay in nice places and often get VIP treatment as if you were a big company CEO. Get the full story at Forbes